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  • South Portland School Board approves $37.8M budget, seeks 1.5% tax increase

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The School Board on Monday unanimously approved a $37.9 million budget, which eliminates 25 jobs for the fiscal year starting July 1. The budget is projected to increase taxes by 1.5 percent, adding 14 cents to the current tax rate of $14.70 per $1,000 of valuation.

  • Brunswick School Board strips Watson of leadership over e-mail to Pingree, 'angry' comments

    BRUNSWICK — During an emotionally charged meeting that pushed budget deliberations to the periphery, the School Board on Wednesday removed Byron Watson as chairman. Watson, who has publicly criticized the town's state legislators and recently sent what some said was an inappropriate and ... 2

  • Let the sun shine

    Workers from ReVision Energy in Portland install solar energy panels atop Falmouth High School on Monday, March 8. The The project was funded by Maine's Renewable Resource Fund and will have a data monitoring system to enable students to monitor energy production online.

  • Nomination papers available for Yarmouth elections

    YARMOUTH — Nomination papers for the June 8 municipal elections will be available at the town clerk's office at Town Hall on Thursday, March 18. There are two Town Council seats, two School Committee seats and one seat on the Water District Board of Trustees to fill. All positions ...

  • Bath celebrates Irish culture with Old Blarney Days

    BATH — The City of Ships becomes the City of the Irish next week during Old Blarney Days. A “Banners over Bath” reception with Irish music will be held at City Hall at 5 p.m. Friday, March 12, while a Moonlight Madness sale will take place downtown from 5-8 p.m. ...

  • Harpswell votes to keep West Harpswell School open

    HARPSWELL — Voters on Tuesday narrowly rejected the school district's proposal to close West Harpswell School. The decision means the town will absorb $219,000 to keep the building open next school year. The town voted 906-827 against the closure, a 4 percent margin that town ...

  • Trader Joe's pursues former Wild Oats space on Marginal Way in Portland

    PORTLAND — Documents filed with the Federal Trade Commission indicate Trader Joe's has agreed to acquire the former Wild Oats grocery store space on Marginal Way. According to the FTC, the Monrovia, Calif.-based grocery store chain has an agreement to purchase the store from Whole Fo... 4

  • Topsham fire chief tapped to head Brunswick department

    TOPSHAM — With approval expected from the Brunswick Town Council next week, Ken Brillant will be taking his fire department management skills across the river. The Topsham fire chief’s nomination by Brunswick Town Manager Gary Brown to head the Brunswick Fire Department go...

  • Topsham moves closer to moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries

    TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously March 4 to send draft language for a medical marijuana dispensary moratorium to the Planning Board for review. The Planning Board is scheduled to hold a public hearing on the matter April 6, after which it will send the language...

  • School jobs, programs still on the line despite state revenue gains

    BRUNSWICK — Although more optimistic state revenue projections released last week could save local education jobs, school officials warned that several positions will still have to be cut. Superintendents from the region's three districts responded to Gov. John Baldacci's March 3 ann...