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  • Portland WinterFest takes off

    Snowboarder Zander Stearns, 24, of Old Orchard Beach, glides across a C box Friday during the Portland WinterFest Rail Jam. The city closed an eastbound, one-block stretch of Spring Street to accommodate the terrain park, which included a steep pile of snow and three rail features. It was built d...

  • Why and how behind Portland's new storm-water fee

    PORTLAND — The Portland City Council this week approved new storm-water fees, signing off on a measure that was once controversial, but over years of deliberation become an accepted inevitability. Christopher O’Neil, a government liaison for the Portland Community Chamber ...

  • Brunswick 3rd in Maine soft-shell clam landings; harvesters fear border change

    BRUNSWICK — Clams dug from the vast mudflats of Middle Bay, Thomas Point and Skolfield Cove boosted Brunswick to third in the state for soft-shell clam landings, according to recent figures from the Department of Marine Resources. In 2010, Brunswick harvesters dug more than 592,000 p...

  • Freeport seeks flat tax rate, finds field funds

    FREEPORT — The Town Council Tuesday night directed the finance director to maintain a flat municipal tax rate while creating the fiscal year 2012 budget. The municipal budget will be rolled out April 5. Town Manager Dale Olmstead said even though the county budget has increased, the ...

  • Adult education backers seek relief from Portland school budget cuts

    PORTLAND — Single mothers, retirees and refugees were among the dozens of people who pleaded with the School Board Tuesday night to spare the city's adult education program from cuts proposed in the 2012 school budget. Several parents and teachers also warned School Board members abo... 1

  • Freeport program offers 40 home energy audits

    FREEPORT — Using stimulus funds from an $81,000 Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant, 40 residents have the chance to receive a free home energy audit. Town Planner Donna Larson said the home audits complete the last piece of a town-wide conservation effort. The money has b...

  • Bond costs, all-day K fuel 6.6% Falmouth school budget hike

    FALMOUTH — The School Department is proposing a 55-cent increase in the property tax rate to support next year's $26.2 million school budget. The increase, which does not take into account the municipal side of the budget, would mean a tax increase of $110, or 6.6 percent, for owners...

  • Falmouth council prepares $5.65M town center question for voters

    FALMOUTH — Voters are a Town Council meeting away from deciding whether to establish a community center and library at the Plummer-Motz and Lunt school properties. During a workshop on Monday, the Town Council discussed and reached consensus on language for a June referendum on the $...

  • Repaving of Falmouth Road set; sewer extension proposed

    FALMOUTH — Dodging potholes should soon be just an unpleasant memory for drivers who travel Falmouth Road, because the town will begin repairing and repaving the road at the end of May. "It's a state project from 10 years ago that we're taking over as a local project," Parks and Publ...

  • Cumberland council approves $8M municipal budget

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council on Monday unanimously approved a fiscal 2012 municipal budget that is slightly smaller than the current spending plan. Next year's nearly $8 million budget is down about $22,000, or 0.27 percent. Revenues are expected to total $3.6 million, so the amount...