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  • Cape Elizabeth Recycling Center change gets mixed reviews

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Residents this week had mixed views about a new traffic pattern at the Recycling Center. The new pattern, which no longer allows drivers to back up to the trash hopper, went into effect Jan. 21. It includes four diagonal parking spaces outside of the trash ...

  • Scarborough author crusades for convicted soldier

    SCARBOROUGH — On a chilly day late last March, author Don Snyder got a call from a phone number he did not recognize. Thinking it might be a fan who had somehow found his number and was calling to to talk about one of his novels, Snyder answered, reluctantly. The caller, ...

  • Diners craving tradition, BLTs, line up at Fat Boy in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — Even though the first official day of spring was cloudy and cold, the Fat Boy parking lot on Bath Road was still full of cars with their windows halfway down, black wire trays hanging on the glass. Like ice thawing on the Androscoggin River, or pulling rubber boots out of...

  • Projected school budget includes potential tax cuts in Freeport, Pownal, Durham

    FREEPORT — A $23.6 million draft budget for fiscal 2012 was presented to the Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors Tuesday, with a nearly $19,000 reduction in spending from this year. Kelly Wentworth, director of finance and human resources, said the nearly 1 percent reduction is...

  • Maine's bail system: A 19th century holdover

    People who set bail in Maine have almost no legal training First in a series by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. Next week: bail commissioners can lack the information they need to set the right bail. If you are arrested in Maine, everyone you deal with &nd...

  • Out of service

    Firefighters from Yarmouth and Freeport use foam to neutralize a gas spill around noon on Saturday, March 19, at the Irving station on Mallet Drive. The spill took place when a customer took her dog for a walk while fueling her car and the pump shut-off failed. In addition to firefighters, an EPA re...

  • Cumberland town councilor to step down after 12 years

    CUMBERLAND — After 12 years on the Town Council, at-large Councilor Jeff Porter is not seeking re-election for another term. "I've served four terms, and I think it's time for somebody else to run," he said Monday. "I've had a pretty good run; I've really enjoyed being able to serve ...

  • UPDATE: More questions than answers after Maine Cottage Furniture closes; bank begins liquidation

    YARMOUTH — Government officials and customers are wondering what happened after Maine Cottage Furniture, a nationally known retailer, abruptly closed with no public explanation. Customers who have paid for furniture are not expected to get their money back after the company's lender,... 1

  • Portland City Council: University of New England parking a big problem

    UNE looks for ways to deter cemetery parking PORTLAND — The City Council has given its staff until June to come up with a plan to deal with parking complaints directed at the University of New England. University students and staff have been parking along the access road to ...

  • Cumberland-North Yarmouth school budget may rise nearly 3% in fiscal 2012

    CUMBERLAND — The School Administrative District 51 budget next year could increase nearly 3 percent under a proposed spending plan presented Monday evening by Superintendent Robert Hasson. The $28.9 million fiscal 2012 budget is about $821,000 larger than this year's budget. More tha...