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  • Topsham students read while they ride with 'Bus Book Bags'

    TOPSHAM — Schools are encouraging kids to read more at home and at school. School bus driver Don Sanders is trying to boost it on the ride in between. Sanders' "Bus Book Bags" program, now a joint effort between School Administrative District 75 and the Topsham Public Library,...

  • Topsham manager proposes 8% budget hike

    TOPSHAM — The fiscal 2016 municipal budget proposed by Town Manager Rich Roedner calls for an 8 percent increase over current spending. But the number could change when the Board of Selectmen and Finance Committee deliver their recommendations next month. Residents, who

  • Portland explores priority for buses on Congress Street

    PORTLAND — The city and several transportation planning agencies are studying whether Congress Street should become a "bus priority corridor." The designation would, among other things, allow Metro buses to remain in traffic lanes for stops. The "Portland Mobility Project: Con...

  • PUC staff presents plan for opting out of CMP 'smart' meter program

    Proposal still faces scrutiny from commissioners HALLOWELL — Customers may be able to opt out of Central Maine Power Co.'s wireless "smart" meter program – for a fee – if a Maine Public Utilities Commission staff proposal is adopted by commission... 2

  • Cape Elizabeth budget hearing set for Monday

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Town Council will hold a public hearing and vote Monday, April 25, on the proposed $31 million budget for fiscal 2012. The $8.9 million municipal budget has been characterized as a maintenance budget; the $21 million school budget adds no new services or programs...

  • Helping hands

    University of Southern Maine volunteers Annie Stevens, right, and Sam Harmon organize medical supplies at the Partners for World Health warehouse in Scarborough on April 15 as part of USM's second annual Day of Service.

  • Bathras Market set for return to South Portland's Willard Square

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Tim Bathras said he can still see his grandfather sitting next to the old gumball machine that once stood next to the entry of Bathras Market in Willard Square. He said the first-generation Greek immigrant had warm words and smiles for everyone who entered the neighb...

  • Councilor denies conflict of interest as South Portland approves community garden plan

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Wednesday voted 6-1 to allow a nonprofit group to establish a community garden on city-owned land on Sawyer Street. But councilors were split on a provision that would require the city to reimburse the group up to $10,000 if the city terminates th...

  • Scarborough enacts beach smoking, tobacco ban

    SCARBOROUGH — Smoking on town beaches is now against the law. The Town Council voted 4-2 Wednesday, with Councilors Jessica Holbrook and Richard Sullivan opposed, to ban the use of tobacco products on all town-owned beaches, including Pine Point, Ferry and Higgins beaches. "I ... 1

  • Cape Elizabeth picks food vendors for Fort Williams

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Five vendors have been selected to sell food at Fort Williams Park this summer. Park visitors will be able to buy lobster cakes and lobster rolls, hot dogs, turkey dogs, salads, sandwiches, snacks, chips and beverages between May 1 and Oct. 31. Town Manager Mi...