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  • Cure for the summer slide in Portland

    Nataly Mendez, a soon-to-be first-grader at Reiche Community School, joins her peers in a game of bouncing balls within a parachute Thursday during a Summer Success picnic at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The event, which was hosted by Portland ConnectED, featured a free meal for children, tours...

  • Train barn foes, Downeaster official clash in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — A meeting of an advisory group for a proposed train layover facility Thursday lapsed into an acrimonious exchange between opponents of the project and representatives of the agency that runs the Amtrak Downeaster. At the meeting, three members of the Brun...

  • Brunswick council OKs funding applications for Kestrel; rejects anti-war ballot measure

    BRUNSWICK — The Town Council on Tuesday unanimously approved two requests for state aid on behalf of Kestrel Aircraft Co., which is expected to be an anchor tenant at the redeveloped Brunswick Naval Air Station. One application was for a $200,000 grant from the Community Development...

  • 2 contested local elections this fall in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — Election Day will resolve two contests for the Town Council and School Board, and four other uncontested local races. Scott Taylor of High Street is challenging incumbent Town Councilor Margo Knight of Page Street in District 6. School Board incumbent Byron Watson of...

  • Topsham selectmen OK bridge trail construction

    TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Sept. 2 to authorize construction of the Bridge to Bridge Trail. Work on the off-road trail, which will run from across Front Street and down Bridge Street to the Swinging Bridge, is due to begin by early fall, according to Plan...

  • Freeport council sets Sept. 14 decision on charter amendments

    FREEPORT — The Town Council will vote Sept. 14 on whether to send proposed Town Charter amendments to voters on Nov. 2. The amendment discussions became necessary after a council decision to consolidate dispatch services with Brunswick's communication center prompted a group of resi...

  • Falmouth council delays town center ballot question

    FALMOUTH — A proposed bond referendum to fund a new town center at the Lunt and Plummer-Motz schools has been postponed and will not appear on the November ballot. The Town Council reached a consensus in a special meeting Tuesday to kill the question that, until this week, has moved ...

  • Longfellow School families get ready

    Students, parents and teachers mingle in the playground outside Longfellow School on Stevens Avenue on Thursday, Sept. 2, during the annual back-to-school barbecue. The first of classes in Portland was Tuesday, Sept. 7.

  • Remembering a war's end

    Espem Christensen, who served in the 82nd Airborne Division, was a veteran of D Day and the Battle of the Bulge, and holder of the French Legion of Honor, speaks at the USS Portland Memorial in Fort Allen Park on Sept. 2 during ceremonies marking the 65th anniversary of the end of World War II.

  • I-295 bridge repairs planned this weekend

    YARMOUTH — Repairs to the Royal River bridge on Interstate 295 in Yarmouth, which was originally scheduled for August, has now been set for this weekend. Northbound traffic on the highway will be reduced to one lane at the bridge from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, through noon Monday, Sep...