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  • Invasive green crabs creep back into Casco Bay

    FREEPORT — Despite cautious optimism earlier this year that midcoast mudflats would be spared, invasive European green crabs were apparently only waiting for warmer water to scurry back into the area and begin wreaking havoc on the shellfish industry. “Since the beginning of la...

  • Cure for the summer slide in Portland

    Nataly Mendez, a soon-to-be first-grader at Reiche Community School, joins her peers in a game of bouncing balls within a parachute Thursday during a Summer Success picnic at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The event, which was hosted by Portland ConnectED, featured a free meal for children, tours...

  • Train barn foes, Downeaster official clash in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — A meeting of an advisory group for a proposed train layover facility Thursday lapsed into an acrimonious exchange between opponents of the project and representatives of the agency that runs the Amtrak Downeaster. At the meeting, three members of the Brun...

  • Financially strapped Maine-based Ocean Classroom Foundation to close

    PORTLAND — The Ocean Classroom Foundation, a nonprofit based in Damariscotta that has run educational programs for students aboard schooners for almost 20 years, will stop operating at the end of this summer, according to Executive Director Greg Belanger. The reason, according to Bel...

  • Game wardens rescue Portland man in Casco

    PORTLAND — An 86-year-old Portland man was rescued Wednesday after spending two days outdoors in Casco. Maine Warden Service spokeswoman Emily Maccabe reported Thursday that David Crocker, whose address was not released, suffered a "severe medical event" Monday while fishing along Me...

  • Kidney transplant saga ends at TD Beach to Beacon 10K finish line in Cape Elizabeth

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Last August, when Patty Blankenship ran the TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race, Daavid Swift watched from the sidelines.  But after a life-saving kidney transplant brought them t...

  • Brunswick panel favors seasonal motorboat use at Simpson's Point

    Keaton and Quinn Repetto play in the water at Simpson's Point in Brunswick this week. A commission is recommending that the boat lauch be reopend to motor traffic during the off-season.

  • Cape Elizabeth town councilor won't seek re-election

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Town Councilor David Sherman this week said he will not seek re-election in November. Nomination papers are available Monday, July 28, for four open seats on the Town Council and School Board. Sherman was first elected to the council in 2008 and was re-el...

  • Marijuana question qualifies for South Portland ballot

    SOUTH PORTLAND — City officials confirmed Wednesday that a citizen initiative to make recreational possession of small amounts of marijuana legal for adults over age 21 has qualified for the November ballot. The City Council will consider the petition in its next meeting, A...

  • Topsham chairwoman resigns from Riverwalk committee

    TOPSHAM — The co-chairwoman of a committee trying to develop a Brunswick-Topsham riverwalk resigned abruptly this week, citing a desire to refocus her attention on other projects and in apparent frustration with the pace of the project's Brunswick section. "I have way too many c...