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  • Portland councilors seek broad plan for city entertainment venues

    PORTLAND — The Finance Committee wants to look into how the city can better manage its "quasi-business" operations – some of which are losing money every year. The committee in January asked city staff to present information about management at Riverside Municipal Golf Course, ...

  • Winter farmers' market thrives at Irish Heritage Center in Portland

    PORTLAND — A steady flow of people found their way into the Irish Heritage Center on Saturday morning to peruse winter offerings from Maine farmers and listen to a little local music. About 15 vendors filled tables with potatoes and carrots, canned goods, honey and meat. Lots of meat...

  • SAD 51 students raise money for children in Zambia

    NORTH YARMOUTH — Although wearing hats in school is typically frowned upon, North Yarmouth Memorial School will make an exception on Friday, Feb. 18. Students will be allowed to wear hats – if they pay a dollar. The funds will be used to help build a school study room in Zambia...

  • Portland schools up the ante to encourage retirements

    PORTLAND — The School Board approved a retirement incentive designed to help cope with an anticipated revenue shortfall of $6 million next year. The incentive increases the maximum payout to age- and experience-eligible employees from $10,000 to $20,000. The package, however, ...

  • Freezin' for a reason

    First-time participant Tina Louis, left, of Portland, and veteran Meredith Manning of Buxton make a dash for the beach and hopefully a little warmth after their brief exposure to the cold waters off East End Beach in Portland on Saturday during the fourth annual Polar Dip to benefit Camp Sunshine...

  • Special Town Meeting approves funding plan for new Chebeague Island fire truck

    CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — Voters overwhelmingly approved every warrant item at a special Town Meeting on Feb. 12, Town Administrator Eric Dyer said Monday. The approximately 45 people at the 1 1/2-hour meeting approved the use of $115,000 from the town's Undesignated Fund, and $5,000 from f...

  • Ethics panel staff opposes probe of Portland newspaper ads

    PORTLAND — The state Ethics Commission should not investigate allegations against the state's largest daily newspaper for its role in Portland's 2010 elected mayor referendum, the panel's executive director said. But Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Maine Commission on Gover...

  • The Forecaster receives 7 New England journalism awards

    BOSTON — The Forecaster received seven awards Feb. 12 when the New England Newspaper & Press Association announced its annual Better Newspaper Contest award winners. A panel of 24 judges reviewed nearly 3,000 entries produced by staffers at daily, weekly and monthly publications ...