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  • Bath council narrowly OKs $300K bond for turf field

    BATH — The City Council voted 5-4 Wednesday evening in favor of borrowing up to $300,000 for all-weather turf at McMann Field. The vote mirrored a preliminary tally a month ago. The council this time granted final passage to authorize a bond, which will fund the purchase ...

  • South Portland debates closing road for retail project

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday night held a special workshop to hear a revised proposal to discontinue Gorham Road Extension for construction of a strip mall. The new proposal would discontinue 600 feet of Gorham Road Extension from the Western Avenue intersection, rather th...

  • Tides of change: Energy firm unwraps first-of-its-kind turbines in Bath

    BATH — What was billed as the first all-composite hydrokinetic turbine built in the U.S. was unveiled last week. Christopher Sauer, chief executive officer of Ocean Renewable Power Co., presented the...

  • SAD 75 board sets public hearing on Harpswell school closure

    TOPSHAM — School Administrative District 75 directors scheduled a Feb. 25 public hearing on the West Harpswell School closure referendum.The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Harpswell Islands School. The referendum is March 9.While the School Board voted to close the ...

  • Brunswick council OKs train station lease with downtown business group

    BRUNSWICK — Just days after learning that rail lines in Brunswick could become a direct link to Portland, Boston and points south, the Town Council on Monday voted unanimously to turn over management of a new welcome center and train station to the Brunswick Downtown Association. The...

  • Former Yarmouth Rep. Woodbury seeks Senate seat held by Falmouth's Davis

    YARMOUTH — Former state Rep. Richard Woodbury announced his candidacy Tuesday for the state Senate in District 11. Woodbury, an independent, served in the House from 2002-2008. His senate candidacy sets up a potential three-way race in November against Sen. Jerry Davis, R-Falmou...

  • Falmouth sports boosters see threat in pay-to-play proposal

    FALMOUTH — No one at a Feb. 1 School Board workshop argued against the importance of providing more equitable funding for high school and middle school sports. Some sports are fully funded by the School Department, while others are only partially funded or not funded at all. B...

  • RSU 5 board eyes hiring outside bus company

    FREEPORT — Regional School Unit 5 is considering cost-cutting measures that would replace district-owned buses and drivers with a hired transportation company. The transportation budget is currently $1.06 million. A transportation analysis presented at the RSU 5 board mee...

  • Mystery of Herbie's age keeps tree experts busy

    YARMOUTH — A brutal wind and biting cold on Jan. 29 did not keep Whitney Tree Services and the Maine Forest Service from cutting another piece from the stump of Herbie, the once-giant Elm tree. Herbie was cut down Jan. 19 after losing a 50-year battle against Dutch elm disease. ...

  • Panel proposes changes to Portland housing replacement rules

    PORTLAND — The Housing Committee is recommending several changes to a city ordinance that requires property owners to either replace or pay a fee for housing units they remove from the market. A draft of the new Housing Replacement Ordinance will be reviewed by the committee in March...