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  • 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; ...

  • Portland hires Florida head-hunter to find next city manager

    PORTLAND — The city has hired a consulting company from Florida to help find a new city manager. Colin Baenziger & Associates was selected last week by the City Council to assist in the process of hiring a replacement for Joe Gray, who retired Feb. 11 after 10 years as city manag...

  • Portland city councilors unhappy over housing ruling for new owners of Eastland Park Hotel

    PORTLAND — Some city councilors are displeased that the new owners of the Eastland Park Hotel won't have to pay for or replace the building's 50 residential apartments, which are planned for conversion to hotel rooms. A Feb. 23 ruling by Planning and Urban Development Director Penny ...

  • LePage, legislators back opt-outs for CMP's 'smart' meter customers

    AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage supports offering opt-outs to Central Maine Power Co. customers who do not want "smart" electric meters installed on their homes. "Philosophically, he believes people ought to have the right to opt out," LePage spokesman Dan Demerrit said. "He doesn't have ... 16

  • Portland Water District proposes rate hike

    PORTLAND — The Portland Water District wants to increase rates 1.9 percent, which would add about 32 cents to residential water bills. The district has filed a request to raise the rate with the Public Utilities Commission. A public hearing is scheduled for March 14. The water...

  • Science writing and self-analysis: All in a day's work for author Hannah Holmes

    SOUTH PORTLAND — It's a snowy Friday, and there are no footsteps leading up the sidewalk to author Hannah Holmes' house near Willard Square. She's holed up in the living room, sharing the snow day with a Diet Coke, her computer and two dogs. She likes it this way. "I'm crippli...

  • Best of the West

    Cheverus High School senior captain Peter Gwilym joins the celebration in the Stags' cheering section after Monday night's 30-27 win over Bonny Eagle in the Western A Final.