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  • Portland city councilors may weigh proposed hike in minimum wage

    PORTLAND — Mayor Michael Brennan last week said a proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage in the city might be vetted next week by a City Council committee, and could go before the full council for consideration next month. Brennan advocates hiking the minimum wage to $9.50 an h...

  • Auction adds meat to annual Cumberland County Fair schedule

    CUMBERLAND — Fans of local pork, lamb and beef may want to flock to an auction at the Cumberland Fair on Sept. 24. The auction, to be held at the fairgrounds show arena at 4 p.m., will allow people to buy meat raised by area 4-H members. Sold "on the hoof," the animals will be...

  • Hood cook-off finalists compete Saturday

    PORTLAND — Five Maine women have been chosen to compete for a $10,000 grand prize in the second Hood New England Dairy Cook-Off at the Ocean Gateway terminal in Portland on Saturday, Oct. 30. Amateur home cooks Jessie Grearson of Falmouth, Danica Schroth  of Freeport, Kathleen J...

  • Pumpkin festival scheduled for Oct. 30 at L.L. Bean

    FREEPORT — The eighth annual Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival will take place at L.L. Bean on Saturday, Oct. 30. There will be live music, pumpkin carving, a whoopie pie eating contest, costumes, prizes and other activities. Children can explore a Pumpkin House and see thousands of jac...

  • Falmouth councilors delay vote on library; residents criticize process

    FALMOUTH — The Town Council delayed a vote Monday on the library space needs resolution after a consultant's final report came in late on Oct. 22, after the council agenda was published. The report by consultant Nolan Lushington presented a recommended range of net usable space to ad...

  • Ben & Jerry's gets the boot in latest L.L. Bean plan for downtown Freeport

    FREEPORT — L.L. Bean has submitted a plan to the Project Review Board to demolish the Ben & Jerry's Ice Cream shop on Main Street and creating a pedestrian plaza with brick walkways, landscaping and seating.  The proposal includes building a new, 1,300-square-foot Ben & ...

  • Cumberland council sets hearing for moratorium on gravel pits

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council voted Monday to hold a public hearing Nov. 8 on a proposed 180-day moratorium on gravel pits and water extraction sites. The discussion was scheduled after Elvin Copp and his son, Randy Copp, said they intended to seek a permit for a pit on land Elvin ow...

  • Yarmouth council sets final Comp Plan vote for Dec. 2

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council held a second public hearing on the 2010 draft Comprehensive Plan and completed the review process on Thursday, Oct. 21. Councilors are expected to hold a final public hearing and vote to adopt the plan in early December. The plan was presented to t...

  • Yarmouth Historical Society picks executive director

    YARMOUTH — Michael P. Chaney of Sheepscot has been named executive director of the Yarmouth Historical Society. Chaney will begin work on Nov. 1, replacing former director Marilyn Hinkley. Ed Ainsworth, chairman of the board of trustees, said the executive committee &ndas...

  • Cumberland County commissioner: Witonis challenges Shaughnessy

    WINDHAM — Two candidates are vying for a four-year seat as Cumberland County Commissioner in District 3 on Election Day: Incumbent Malory Shaughnessy of Windham and Susan Witonis of Casco. District 3 includes the towns of North Yarmouth, Pownal, New Gloucester, Freeport, Brunswick, H...