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  • Gourd explored

    First-grader Ella Phelan returns from the pumpkin patch with her Pond Cove Elementary School classmates on Monday, Sept. 29, during a field trip at Alewive's Brook Farm in Cape Elizabeth. All Cape Elizabeth first-graders are visiting the farm to learn about the life cycle of pumpkins, part of a f...

  • Grants to USM Muskie School target 'opportunity youth'

    PORTLAND — The University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service has received a second round of grants from the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund to reconnect young people who are neither e...

  • Portland police chief admits blacks arrested at ‘disproportionate’ rate

    PORTLAND — The city’s black population is underrepresented on the city’s police force and overrepresented in the arrest logs, Police Chief Michael Sauschuck told an audience of more than 50 people Monday night. Of Portland’s approximately 66,000 residents, 7 percent...

  • Portland school lunch menu adds new meaning to TGIF

    PORTLAND — The city's public schools have committed to serving more local foods, and have a goal of serving 225,000 pounds of local fruits, vegetables and proteins in the school meal programs. To achieve this, the Portland Public Schools Food Service Department has imp...

  • 3,500 runners expected for annual Maine Marathon

    PORTLAND — The 23rd annual Maine Marathon will take place Sunday, Oct. 5, at 7:45 a.m., starting and finish on Baxter Boulevard. The out-and-back marathon is a qualifier for the Boston Marathon. There ...

  • HUD grant assists Portland residents

    PORTLAND — Portland Housing Authority residents will have more opportunities for education and job skill training after a $71,400 grant from the federal Housing and Urban Development Department. The grant was announced Monday by U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, and independent U.S. ...

  • Portland officer, dog top New York competition

    PORTLAND — Top dog and top cop honors went to the Police Department team of Officer Christian Stickney and dog Blaze on Friday, Sept. 26, in Poughkeepsie, New York. City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin announced Monday that the team competed against 22 other teams from the Northeast in a...

  • Incumbent, challenger contrast in Portland House District 41

    PORTLAND — The essence of what government can and should do is at the core of the race in Maine House District 41, where incumbent Democratic Rep. Erik Jorgensen is challenged by Republican Jim Azzola. “I have been in Maine for my entire adult life," Jorgensen, 49, said. "I hav...

  • Vacant Yarmouth Town Council seat attracts 2 newcomers

    YARMOUTH — Two candidates are running for one open seat on the Town Council. Joan Dollarhite and Rob Waeldner are seeking the seat vacated by Steve Woods. Woods, who served as chairman for three years, resigned the day after losing the June 10 Democratic primary in state Senate Distr...

  • Former Falmouth councilor, political newcomer vie for House seat

    FALMOUTH — The election in  House District 44 pits a former town councilor against a carpenter who has never previously run for office. The seat is open because Democratic Rep. Mary P. Nelson chose not to seek a fourth term. House District 44 covers most of Falmouth, and wa...