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  • Cumberland teen turns car into veggie oil-burning machine

    CUMBERLAND — Luke Booth no longer groans when gas prices rise. Early this summer the 17-year-old Greely High School senior installed a device onto his 2000 Volkswagen Jetta that allows the vehicle to run not just on diesel fuel, but on vegetable oil. He's been getting the liquid...

  • Falmouth resident receives $25K award for work at The REAL School

    FALMOUTH — A Falmouth man who teaches at The REAL School on Mackworth Island received a $25,000 Milken National Educator Award in a surprise assembly at the school Tuesday morning. Richard Meserve, 43, is in his sixth year as an alternative education teacher at the school, which i...

  • Police identify man sought in connection with stolen checks

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Police say they have tentatively identified a man who has allegedly been cashing checks stolen in recent burglaries. Based on tips received from the public, Sgt. Steven Webster said police are looking for 40-year-old Kenneth Jackson, who was described as being 6 f...

  • Portland kickball team eliminated by eventual champs

    PORTLAND — The top-seeded Portland All Stars Only kickball team was booted from the 72-team World Adult Kickball Association Founder's Cup tournament in Las Vegas last weekend before the quarterfinal round. The All Stars Only team rolled through early games, with victories of 12-...

  • University of Southern Maine Osher Map Library to reopen in Portland

    PORTLAND — After being closed for nearly two years, the Osher Map Library at the University of Southern Maine will open its doors to researchers and the general public this weekend with a range of events. The reopening of the map library at the corner of Bedford Street and Forest...

  • District 1 seat is Portland's only City Council contest

    PORTLAND — The three City Council seats up for election on Nov. 3 generated little interest from candidates, with only one contested race. Four residents of Peaks Island are also running unopposed to serve on the Peaks Island Council. Marjorie Phyfe, a Sandpiper Road resident, and Rut...

  • Only 1 contested race in Portland School Committee election

    PORTLAND — There are three seats up for election Nov. 3 on the School Committee. But only the ballot in District 2, which represents the West End and Parkside, has a contested race. In District 1, newcomer Jenna Vendil, 25, is running unopposed for the seat being vacat...

  • Portland neighborhoods get go-to police officers

    PORTLAND — The Portland Police Department is now only a text message or phone call away for residents concerned about crime or other issues in their neighborhoods. Police Chief James Craig on Oct. 9 unveiled the department's new "Senior Lead Officer" program, which makes... 1

  • Car excise tax: Too high or necessary?

    Maine voters get the chance to vote for lower motor vehicle excise taxes, thanks to a citizen's initiative that placed it on the Nov. 3 ballot, though municipal officials who oppose the change say there will be consequences if the question is approved. The proposal would cut motor vehicle exci...

  • Time to give up on school consolidation?

    Since its passage in 2007, Maine's school consolidation law has been the subject of much debate, from parents at school board meetings to lawmakers in Augusta. Now Mainers will decide whether or not to repeal the law, which appears as Question 3 on the Nov. 3 ballot. The law was designed to re...