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  • Lighting up faces, tree boughs in Portland

    Jacob Lavigne, 7, and father Dan, of Dayton, cheer the lighting of Portland's Christmas tree Friday, Nov. 28, in Monument Square. Hundreds of people packed the square, despite sub-freezing temperatures, for the ceremony, a performance by singer Rick Charette and the Bubble Gum Band, and an appear...

  • Portland opens electric vehicle charge station

    PORTLAND — Electric vehicle owners can now get charged up at the Elm Street parking garage. Two Level II chargers are now in service at the garage, with one reserved for the city's Nissan Leaf. Vehicle batteries can recharge in four to five hours at the station, City Hall spokeswoman...

  • Rooster: It's what's for dinner

    I cooked my first rooster last weekend. I had reservations. I thought the meat would be tough. I thought it would taste too "gamey." I thought it would smell like a barnyard. I was wrong. Penny Jordan of

  • Bedbug-buster: Brunswick pest expert joins industry task force

    BRUNSWICK — Rich Stevenson was brought up with bugs. He's an entomologist and is the third generation in his family to go into the bug-busting business. He grew up fighting termites, mice, and cockroaches alongside his two brothers. Now they are co-owners of Modern Pest Services, a c... 1

  • Council warms to $9M unified plan for Freeport fields

    FREEPORT — The Town Council did not take any formal action Tuesday night, but councilors reacted favorably to a combined proposal of more than $9 million for fields, trails and outdoor recreation from community and school groups. The two groups are community members known as Freeport...

  • North Yarmouth selectmen weigh reduced employee benefits

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The Board of Selectmen unanimously curbed benefits for future town employees on Tuesday, but tabled consideration of the same reductions for current employees. Among the changes, proposed by the town's Personnel Committee, are elimination of several paid holidays: Ma...

  • Back to a new school

    Second-graders in teacher Kelly Drolet's class enjoy their first day in the new Ocean Avenue Elementary School in Portland on Monday. From left, William Oppenheimer Modin, Anthony Stansek, Hannah Smith, Drolet, Bryona Pelletier and Nicholas Leschy.

  • Falmouth council moves toward single question on community center, library proposals

    FALMOUTH — A June referendum question asking voters if they support moving the library to the Lunt School building and creating a community center at the Motz School, at a "net-zero" tax impact, moved closer to approval Monday night. After a presentation of a new cost analysis and pr...

  • Yarmouth council finds savings, but tax rate rises 2.5%

    YARMOUTH — The tax rate has been a moving target as changes to the school budget and the cost of fuel for Wyman Station has raised a projected increase from 1.37 percent to 2.5 percent. Working as the Operations Committee on Feb. 14, the council identified several ways to reduce the ...

  • Cumberland council sends proposed gravel, water rules to Planning Board; petition seeks referendum

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council voted 6-1 Monday to send the Planning Board proposed ordinance changes for gravel and water extraction. The language will later return to the council for a decision. The council voted first on the water extraction changes, and then on gravel extraction; ...