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  • South Portland renews concern about contamination from dry cleaner

    SOUTH PORTLAND — For at least 25 years, a harmful chemical has existed in soil beneath and air around Pratt-Abbott Cleaners at Broadway and Cottage Road. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recorded tetrachloroethylene contamination in the late 1980s and again in 20...

  • Scarborough School Board members urge defeat of revised budget

    SCARBOROUGH — The School Board finance committee, taking direction from the Town Council, eliminated $500,000 in a revised School Department budget proposal that goes to voters July 7. Board members said the reduction will cripple clubs, sports and after-school activities. ...

  • Casco Bay islands to elect representatives to ferry board

    PORTLAND — Island communities on Nov. 8 will elect three people to the Casco Bay Island Transit District Board of Directors. Two candidates hope to represent Great Diamond Island: Kathleen Hoffner, of Pleasant Cove Lane, and Roger Robinson, of Crescent Avenue. The Great Diamon...

  • Portland Water District election pits contractor against watchdog

    PORTLAND — Voters on Nov. 8 will choose between a construction contractor and an environmental watchdog for an open seat on the Portland Water District Board of Trustees. The five-year seat is currently held by David Margolis-Pineo, who is not seeking re-election. The district... 2

  • First lady to visit Portland as legislators vote on redistricting

    PORTLAND — First lady Michelle Obama will be in town Friday to raise money for her husband's presidential re-election campaign. The fundraiser comes the ...

  • Green building tour opens homes, businesses to the public

    FALMOUTH — Homes and businesses throughout the region will be open for anyone to stroll through on Saturday, Oct. 1, all in the name of green energy. "This isn't a house-beautiful tour, this is about energy," said Falmouth resident Claudia King, who is also chairwoman of the town's r...

  • Dining Dish: Bresca Day to open, Arby's closes, L.F.K. moves in

    Beginning at the end of October, Bresca in Portland will be open during the day to offer pastries, sandwiches and light lunches. Owner and recent James Beard Award nominee Krista Kern De...

  • Unsung Hero: Cape Elizabeth's Meghan Mette, fiddling for the bay

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Some lucky people discover a passion in life that feeds the soul. Meghan Mette avidly pursues two such passions, Irish fiddle music and marine biology, and she’s only 18 years old. Moreover, she’s making the world a better place in the process. Met...

  • The eyes have it: Guide dog trainers give a lot, get a lot in return

    PORTLAND — Raising and training a dog as a personal pet can be hard, but rewarding. Raising and training a guide dog can much harder, but much more rewarding, according to several area residents who raise puppies for the local chapter of Guilding Eyes for the Blind, an internationall...

  • Kelp wanted: Seaweed farms expand in Maine's Casco Bay

    CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — Tollef Olson and Paul Dobbins are passionate about seaweed. Pointing to a blown-up photo of a microscopic sugar kelp seedling, Dobbins calls it their first baby. Olson and Dobbins own Ocean Approved, a kelp farming operation with several aquaculture projects...