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  • Portland WinterFest takes off

    Snowboarder Zander Stearns, 24, of Old Orchard Beach, glides across a C box Friday during the Portland WinterFest Rail Jam. The city closed an eastbound, one-block stretch of Spring Street to accommodate the terrain park, which included a steep pile of snow and three rail features. It was built d...

  • Why and how behind Portland's new storm-water fee

    PORTLAND — The Portland City Council this week approved new storm-water fees, signing off on a measure that was once controversial, but over years of deliberation become an accepted inevitability. Christopher O’Neil, a government liaison for the Portland Community Chamber ...

  • Topsham selectmen send $8M budget to May Town Meeting

    TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen approved warrant articles for the May 18 Town Meeting, where residents will vote on an $8.09 million fiscal 2012 municipal budget. Next year's spending plan reflects a slight decrease from the current $8.14 million. The entire town budget, including S...

  • Maine Senate District 7 candidates spar over LePage, environment, economy

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Voters on May 10 will choose a new District 7 state senator to represent South Portland, Cape Elizabeth and part of Scarborough. The ballot choice will be between South Portland Republican Louis Maietta Jr. and state Rep. Cynthia Dill, a Cape Elizabeth Democrat. ...

  • Criminal probe ongoing after Brunswick building fire

    45 Maine St. had history of fire, safety code violations BRUNSWICK — The Police and Fire departments and the state fire marshal are investigating whether any laws were broken leading up to the April 17 blaze that destroyed an apartment and commercial building at 45 Maine St.

  • Freeport Community Services pays off loan to town

    FREEPORT — The Town Council on Tuesday approved a lease and deed to 53-55 Depot St. for Freeport Community Services, after the agency repaid the final $30,000 of a loan from the town. For the past six years, FCS has been raising funds to support the Freeport Community Center and to p...

  • Brunswick-Topsham bridges undergoing repairs

    BRUNSWICK — Two bridges between Brunswick and Topsham will be periodically closed for repairs in coming weeks. The Merrymeeting Bay bridge, which carries Route 196 across the Androscoggin River, is undergoing surface repairs starting in May, the Maine Department of Transportation sai...

  • Falmouth voters will decide 3 referendum questions

    FALMOUTH — Approximately 30 residents turned out Monday night for public hearings on the $37 million school and municipal budget, and the proposed town center. The Town Council also added a last-minute third question to the June 14 ballot that would authorize spending $1.7 million fo...

  • Cumberland council sends gravel pit ban to voters

    Citizens' petition forces historic town vote CUMBERLAND — The Town Council voted unanimously Monday to send changes in gravel pit rules to a June 14 referendum. The referendum was triggered by a petition drive by a citizens' group, the Cumberland Environmental Action Network...

  • Clarification

    Last week's Page 3 story, "Peaks Island secessionists 'bloodied, but unbowed' by failed effort," should have said the Peaks Alliance opposed the secession process defined in LD 1079, but has not taken a stand on secession.