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  • South Portland firefighters appreciate help with hydrants

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Every time a winter storm hits, firefighters stand by, waiting to be deployed with shovels to dig out the city's more than 700 fire hydrants. Depending on the volume of snow and ice, the effort is laborious for the Fire Department, which has about 13 firefighter...

  • Cape Elizabeth councilor proposes mediation for minor disputes

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Councilors are considering creating a citizen mediation program to help residents resolve neighborhood issues without going to the Town Council. Councilor Caitlin Jordan said she thought of the idea for a mediation program after seeing many residents come to the...

  • Cape Elizabeth council holds off on Fort Williams bus, trolley fees, OKs funds for land acquisition

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Town councilors Monday night approved a $350,000 contribution to help the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust acquire nearly 64 acres of open space next to Robinson Woods. Councilors also postponed until fall further discussion about fees for tour buses and trolleys that use F...

  • Brunswick Planning Board takes up Longfellow School rezoning

    BRUNSWICK — The Planning Board is seeking legal advice on the proposed rezoning of the Longfellow School before proceeding with the process. Bowdoin College and town officials say the rezoning is necessary to proceed with the proposed swap of the Longfellow School for the college-own...

  • Report: Work still needed to restore Kennebec Estuary health

    BATH — A new report on the health of the Kennebec Estuary concludes that while improvement efforts have been somewhat successful, the work has failed to reverse centuries of environmental abuse. The 100-plus page report – "The Kennebec Estuary: Restoration Challenges and Oppo...

  • Historic 'Coal Pocket' property for sale in downtown Bath

    BATH — The historic, vacant Commercial Street property known as the "Coal Pocket" is for sale for nearly $1.5 million. The 4.6-acre waterfront parcel has about 1,000 feet of Kennebec River access, according to the CB Richard Ellis real estate listing. The 133 Commercial St. property ...

  • Final funds push begins for South Portland oil terminal murals

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Since late 2009, millions have driven, boated or flown by the Sprague Energy oil terminal in South Portland. And all those passersby have had an eyeful of the geometric designs painted on the sides and tops of three giant fuel tanks. Now the

  • Thieves hit Harpswell Community TV where it hurts: Bottle shed

    HARPSWELL — Over the past month, thieves have been stealing returnables from the Harpswell Community Television bottle shed. The shed, at the gate to the transfer station on Mountain Road, gives residents a convenient way to contribute to the TV station. In past years, the donations ...

  • Harpswell narrowly votes to stay in SAD 75

    HARPSWELL — Residents on Tuesday defeated a proposal that would have initiated the process to withdraw from School Administrative District 75. The referendum failed by 25 votes, 475-450. Two other questions on the ballot, on Eagle Island shore-land zoning and an environmental ...

  • Voters oust incumbent Yarmouth town councilor, OK school budget

    YARMOUTH — In an election that attracted about 14 percent of registered voters, residents on Tuesday elected three fresh faces to the Town Council. Incumbent Judiann Smith will serve another three-year term on the School Committee with newcomer Margaret Groban. Newcomer Susan ...