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  • Freeport celebrates blueberries this weekend

    FREEPORT — The Summer Blueberry Festival will kick off with a free concert by the Chandler Military Band on Friday night, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. at the South Freeport Church. The Half Moon Jug will also perform at the festival, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 3 The local band will take th...

  • Wood-chipping available on Portland islands next week

    PORTLAND — Residents of the city's coastal islands can reduce the risk of wildfires by having brush and debris chipped by city crews next week. The federally funded Defensible Space Chipping Program begins Monday, Aug. 4, on Cushing Island. Residents can place cleared brush curbside ...

  • Harpswell to update Comprehensive Plan

    HARPSWELL — Emerging trends driven by climate change, including sea level rise and invasive species, are among issues town officials would like addressed in a new Comprehensive Plan. At their July 24 meeting, the Board of Selectmen endorsed moving ahead with a new Comp Plan, at ...

  • 3 Bath city councilors not seeking re-election

    BATH — With their terms expiring this year, City Councilors Meadow Merrill, David Sinclair and Andrew Winglass have all decided not to seek re-election. Nomination papers are available Friday, Aug. 1, and can be returned to the city clerk's office from Aug. 19-Sept. 16. Election Day ...

  • Annual Topsham Fair to celebrate summer starting Aug. 5

    TOPSHAM — Summer's in the air, and in Topsham all is fair. The 160th Topsham Fair kicks off Tuesday, Aug. 5, and wraps up Sunday, Aug. 10. The event follows two days of free harness racing Sunday and Monday, Aug. 3 and 4, at 5 p.m. each day. Admission, which includes rides, is...

  • Topsham bike tour returns Saturday

    TOPSHAM — The 11th annual Tour de Merrymeeting Bay takes place Saturday, Aug. 2., offering 25- and 50-mile bicycle rides around one of the Mid-Coast's great natural treasures. Both rides start and end at the Foreside Recreation Fields. Registration for the 50-mile trek is at 7 a.m., ...

  • Portland campers construct computing futures

    PORTLAND — By July 25, Isaac Bell was ready to take his new creation out for a spin. On a screen in front of him, a bright red race car sped through a course. "Installing (Microsoft) XP at the beginning was tough, the computer wasn't set up right, so we had to go and change th...

  • India Street plan in Portland proposes historic district, new building codes, affordable housing

    PORTLAND — Combine five working groups, five goals, six vision statements, 13 principles and 14 critical actions, and the sum is the draft for creating a sustainable, mixed-use India Street neighborhood. Plans calling for the creation of a historic district, "form-based" building cod...

  • Portland campaign against underage drinking targets sellers, youth, parents

    PORTLAND — A coalition dedicated to combating underage and high-risk drinking hopes information distribution and a series of training sessions for servers, sellers and law enforcement will reduce youth access to alcohol. But the effectiveness of the effort will be difficult to gauge,...

  • Have RV, will travel for Habitat: Freeport is 46th notch on couple's tool belt

    FREEPORT — For two people who have been living in a motor home for the past two decades, Diane and George Gravlee sure like to build houses for other people. "We're living in 300 square feet, but building simple, 1,300-square-foot homes for others," Diane Gravlee said last week. ...