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  • Cape Elizabeth Recycling Center change gets mixed reviews

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Residents this week had mixed views about a new traffic pattern at the Recycling Center. The new pattern, which no longer allows drivers to back up to the trash hopper, went into effect Jan. 21. It includes four diagonal parking spaces outside of the trash ...

  • Scarborough author crusades for convicted soldier

    SCARBOROUGH — On a chilly day late last March, author Don Snyder got a call from a phone number he did not recognize. Thinking it might be a fan who had somehow found his number and was calling to to talk about one of his novels, Snyder answered, reluctantly. The caller, ...

  • Board approves SAD 51 budget, closing Drowne Road School

    CUMBERLAND — The School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors on Monday approved a fiscal 2012 budget and the closing of Drowne Road School. The Cumberland-North Yarmouth district's $28.9 million spending plan was OK'd 7-1, with board member Bill Dunnett opposed. If ap...

  • Weekly curbside recycling, trash pickup to begin this summer in Falmouth

    FALMOUTH — Trash will be picked up weekly, with recycling available at the curb, beginning the week of July 6, thanks to a new contract with Pine Tree Waste. The town also plans to move the "silver bullet" recycling containers now at the fire station on Bucknam Road and behind the Ha...

  • Falmouth agrees to sell Pleasant Hill Fire Station

    FALMOUTH — The Pleasant Hill Fire Station at 44 Allen Ave. Extension may soon become a home or small business if the town and buyer sign on the dotted line. The Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to accept the proposal of David Hembre Architects to purchase the old fire stat...

  • Storm evacuation route markers coming to coastal Maine

    AUGUSTA — Maine's major roads are not conducive to avoiding hurricanes and tsunamis. The interstate highways and Route 1 were built to ferry people and goods along the coast instead of away from it. That's why motorists on those roads may not notice the culmination of a multi-year Ma...

  • Portland takes waterfront inventory after state OKs new rules

    PORTLAND — City officials are taking a waterfront inventory to help monitor anticipated changes now that the state has approved zoning amendments adopted last December by the City Council.  The Maine Department of Environment Protection last week signed off on changes to Po...

  • Greater Portland high schools see overall rise in graduation rates

    4 schools do not meet federal standards AUGUSTA — Public high school graduation rates remain high across southern and mid-coast Maine, although some schools are doing better than others, according to graduation data released last week by the state Department of Education. Ei...

  • Forecaster reporter's investigative series on physical restraints in schools wins national award

    FALMOUTH — A series of stories in The Forecaster about physical restraints used on public school students has earned one of the nation's most prestigious journalism awards. The Society of Professional Journalists announced Tuesday in Indianapolis that reporter Emily Parkhurst will re... 1

  • Bin Laden's death poses challenge for Maine clergy

    FALMOUTH — The killing of Osama bin Laden last week provided many Americans with a sense of relief and closure. But for members of the clergy in southern Maine, the news presented a challenge: guiding their congregations through a response to the episode. In churches and synag...