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  • Freeport's exit from RSU 5 could add up to $345K to tax bill

    FREEPORT — The added tax burden if the town withdraws from Regional School Unit 5 would range from almost $289,000 to almost $345,000, depending on how many students attend Freeport schools.  The Freeport Withdrawal Committee on Tuesday presented the estimate to the Town Co...

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    PORTLAND — Baxter Black, a one-time Portland resident, recently had an experience most people wouldn't even consider. He spent nearly 40 days climbing the Himalayas, as part of a course offered by the National Outdoor Leadership School to learn about glacial travel and mountaine...

  • Report suggests South Portland spend $1.6M on energy improvements

    SOUTH PORTLAND — An energy auditor has submitted a preliminary report suggesting nearly $1.6 million in upgrades to city buildings and mechanical systems.  Councilor Tom Blake said representatives from Siemens Industry delivered their preliminary findings last week. City Manager...

  • Debate over roosters continues at Cape Elizabeth Planning Board

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Planning Board is still wrestling with how to best restrict rooster noise in residential neighborhoods at its next workshop on Jan. 4, 2011.  A proposal to limit roosters to properties of 40,000 square feet or more was discussed at the Dec. 21 board meeting,...

  • Harpswell tea party leader rips, but will he run?

    BRUNSWICK — A photographer tries to take Andrew Ian Dodge's picture, but the man who has become one of the leading national spokesmen for the tea party is having difficulty sitting still. Dodge, 42, shifts on his bar stool, as if subconsciously seeking the shadows made elusive by the... 1

  • SAD 75 superintendent: No 'media campaign' to close West Harpswell School

    HARPSWELL — Superintendent Michael Wilhelm this week said the suggestion that School Administrative District 75 is planning a "media campaign" for closure of West Harpswell School is unfounded. He said the only discussions that have taken place within the SAD's strategic plannin...

  • 'Haiti changed me': Scarborough man treats amputees in ravaged nation

    SCARBOROUGH — While in Haiti in May prosthetic limb designer Ian Engelman helped treat more than 20 car accident victims in an open-air emergency room, figured out the best way to set up a mosquito net, met with patients living in tent cities and had his underwear stolen off a clothes line....

  • Farr leaves Brunswick Downtown Association, Slocum returns

    BRUNSWICK — Executive Director Greg Farr is leaving the Brunswick Downtown Association to become senior vice president of Rollease Corp., a Stamford, Conn., maker of window coverings. "I look forward to my new challenge and also keeping my ties with the Brunswick area," Farr said, ad...

  • Brunswick, Harpswell parcels receive conservation funding

    BRUNSWICK — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant programs last week awarded nearly $1.4 million to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to support protection of more than 300 acres in Brunswick and Harpswell. A press relea...

  • LePage aide hears about red tape from Mid-Coast businesses

    BRUNSWICK — Several common themes emerged last week as local business owners gathered in Brunswick to discuss the business climate in Maine and what can be done to improve it. The "red tape removal" workshop was sponsored by the Southern Maine Midcoast Chamber of Commerce and in...