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  • SAD 75 voters begin budget approval process on May 27

    TOPSHAM — Voters in School Administrative District 75 will gather next week to cast the first of two votes on the district’s fiscal 2011 budget. The nearly $34.8 million spending plan will be decided at a district budget meeting at the Orion Performing Arts Center at 6:30 ...

  • Freeport faces rights complaint as deadline looms for dispatch petition

    FREEPORT — A campaign that would force a referendum on whether to keep emergency dispatch service in town is about 200 names shy of the required signatures with a week left in the petition process. Town Clerk Beverly Curry said 417 people had signed the petition as of Tuesday, May 18...

  • Reading is right

    Karen Baldacci, Maine's first lady, begins the annual Read With Me campaign at Hall Elementary School in Portland on Tuesday, reading to a group of kindergarten students from this year's featured book, "The Circus Ship" by Chris Van Dusen. The program's goal is to improve literacy and reading skills...

  • MCLU challenges Falmouth council's proposed rule changes

    FALMOUTH — The Maine Civil Liberties Union is challenging a Town Council resolution passed last week in response to "abusive, bullying and threatening" language directed at councilors. In a May 12 letter to the council, the MCLU said the resolution and proposed council rule changes w...

  • Libby Mitchell: Augusta insider again seeks statewide success

    Editor’s note: Part of a series by the non-profit Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting examining the claims and records of some of the leading candidates for governor. Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell has enjoyed a highly successful legislative c...

  • Falmouth Town Council, School Board candidates discuss the issues

    FALMOUTH — Voters will elect three town councilors and two School Board members on June 8. There are five candidates for the council and four for School Board. Here's where they stand on some of Falmouth's most significant issues. Town Council 1

  • Write-in candidates join Yarmouth council race

    YARMOUTH — Write-in candidates are emerging after the April 26 deadline to submit nomination papers passed with only one Town Council candidate submitting papers to be on the June 8 ballot. Steve Woods was the only resident to return papers for one of the two available Town Council s... 1

  • Showing their heart in Portland

    Walkers, including 5 1/2-year-old Emily from Scarborough, pass the three-mile marker during the Southern Maine Heart Walk around Portland's Back Cove on Sunday, May 16. Organizers hoped to raise $370,000 in the annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

  • Pipeline brings natural gas service to Freeport, Pownal

    FREEPORT — Pownal and Freeport could be in line to benefit from natural gas being transported from Canada and northern Maine. With final approval expected from the Pownal Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals within a few weeks, residents, businesses and schools in Freeport and ...

  • Regional School Unit 5 passes $23.4M school budget

    FREEPORT — The Regional School Unit 5 Board of Trustees will send a $23.4 million budget for fiscal 2011 to the annual budget meeting on May 26. A total of $65,400 was added to the budget on May 12, including $60,000 for the contingency fund and $5,400 to fund library books. T...