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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. ...

  • New Cape Elizabeth school chief: Different locale, same priorities

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Meredith Nadeau has had a lot to do in a little time. The new superintendent of schools is in the process of moving her family to a new community; looking for a place to live; meeting teachers, administrators, parents and town officials, and learning about the cultur...

  • Harpswell officials consider single-sort recycling program

    HARPSWELL — Town officials are considering changes that may boost the recycling rate. But the cost benefit to taxpayers is uncertain. Harpswell now recycles 47 percent of its total waste stream, well over Maine's statewide recycling rate of 38.5 percent, according to State Pla...

  • South Portland cemetery raises flags on new veterans memorial

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A once-abandoned cemetery has been given another new breath of life with the addition of a cluster of flags raised to honor the nation's veterans. The Highland Memorial Cemetery Association agreed earlier in the year to erect new flagpoles for each branch of the mili...

  • Assistant city manager to leave Portland for Camden post

    PORTLAND — Assistant City Manager Pat Finnigan will leave her job next month to become the town manager in Camden. The move comes three months after Finnigan was passed over for the top administrative job in Portland city government. Finnigan, a Bangor native, said she is exci...

  • 'It could have taken out a whole dock': Irene beaches 65-ton boat in Harpswell

    The 65-ton catamaran Bearcat II sits on the sand at Mackerel Cove in Harpswell after breaking loose from its mooring on Sunday night during Tropical Storm Irene.

  • Back to school: New leadership team in Bath-area RSU 1

    BATH — Regional School Unit 1, like nearby School Administrative District 75, is starting its 2011-2012 year with two new people at the helm. Patrick Manuel replaced William Shuttleworth as superintendent July 1. The Topsham resident was previously assistant superintendent of Regiona...

  • Vacant Brunswick lot to become green, low-cost housing

    BRUNSWICK — A weedy, vacant lot on the corner of Cushing and Cumberland streets is being transformed into an energy-efficient affordable housing development. Habitat for Humanity and the Greater Brunswick Housing Corp. are teaming up to build a three-unit condominium project across f...

  • Stormy weather

    Central Maine Power Co. linemen Mike Ross, in the bucket, and Bob Taylor deal with fallen tree limbs that started a fire at the corner of Forest Avenue and Holly Street on Aug. 28 as Tropical Storm Irene passed through Portland. At one point, according to City Hall, 60 streets were without power. A ...