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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...

  • Freeport-Pownal-Durham School Board identifies 2012 budget priorities

    FREEPORT — The Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors identified six budget priorities for fiscal year 2012 and will formally begin its budget process on Tuesday, March 22. Superintendent of Schools Shannon Welsh said the proposed priorities are estimated to cost $625,000, bu...

  • Sale of Eastland Park Hotel in Portland is imminent

    PORTLAND — A Columbus, Ohio-based investment company plans to buy the Eastland Park Hotel by the end of this month. RockBridge Capital, a partner in RB Portland LLC, has the 241-room hotel under contract from the current owner, Portland Hotel Associates. RockBridge is expected to mak...

  • Down-East Village Restaurant to close, but Yarmouth motel continues

    YARMOUTH — The Down-East Village Restaurant has been serving Maine comfort food like crab au gratin, lobster rolls and fried clams for nearly 60 years. But owners Ed and Sue Ferrell have decided it is time to hand over the keys and lease the space to a couple formerly from Massachuse...

  • Cumberland council to dig through rules for gravel pits, water removal

    CUMBERLAND — Changes to the town's gravel and water extraction ordinance will be among items discussed at a Town Council public hearing on Monday, Feb. 28. The council in November enacted a 180-day moratorium on new applications for gravel pits and water extraction sites. The tempora...

  • Falmouth Memorial Library welcomes new children's librarian

    FALMOUTH — Will Brown is the newest face at the Falmouth Memorial Library. Brown took over as the new children's librarian three weeks ago and has already done a Valentine's Day-themed craft day for young children and has plans for a  technology week event for teenagers to discu...

  • Fresh Air in Falmouth: Local family shares Maine winter with inner-city child

    FALMOUTH — Lakirah McPhail's favorite thing about Falmouth is how quiet it is. "It's so loud where I live," she said. "There's gun shots all the time." McPhail, 12, lives in an apartment with her grandmother, brothers and sisters, and several cousins, in Manhattan. She is in s...

  • Florida man arrested after Cumberland-to-Brunswick car chase

    BRUNSWICK — A Florida man was arrested early Tuesday morning after a car chase that began in Cumberland. John Elvis Fenn, 29, of Quincy, Fla., was spotted by Cumberland Police Department Officer Antonio Ridge on Route 88 around 2:30 a.m. Police said Fenn was reportedly driving below ...

  • Portland councilor wants to revisit dumping snow in harbor

    PORTLAND — A City Council committee last week rejected revisions to the snow removal ordinance regarding sidewalk shoveling, but the issue is expected to return to a different committee this summer along with the controversial prospect of dumping snow in the harbor. The Transportatio...