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  • Cure for the summer slide in Portland

    Nataly Mendez, a soon-to-be first-grader at Reiche Community School, joins her peers in a game of bouncing balls within a parachute Thursday during a Summer Success picnic at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The event, which was hosted by Portland ConnectED, featured a free meal for children, tours...

  • Train barn foes, Downeaster official clash in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — A meeting of an advisory group for a proposed train layover facility Thursday lapsed into an acrimonious exchange between opponents of the project and representatives of the agency that runs the Amtrak Downeaster. At the meeting, three members of the Brun...

  • Construction of Brunswick's new elementary school ahead of schedule

    BRUNSWICK — With the construction of a new elementary school well ahead of schedule, the School Department is facing a host of new changes. The Har...

  • North Yarmouth board OKs limited hunting in town park

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The Board of Selectmen voted 4-0 on Tuesday to allow limiting hunting in Old Town House Park. The board’s approval, with Selectman Rob Wood abstaining, echoed a recommendation earlier this month from the Recreation Commission. It allows deer hunting in Nov...

  • RSU 5 boasts new school in Durham, new program in Pownal

    FREEPORT — Regional School Unit 5 will welcome students back on Tuesday, Aug. 31, with new athletic opportunities, a new self-contained special education classroom in Pownal and a new school in Durham. Superintendent of Schools Shannon Welsh said the biggest change will be the Durham...

  • 'Ambitious' goals set for Yarmouth school year

    YARMOUTH —  Teachers and administrators have been working through the summer to ensure a successful 2010-2011 school year, which begins Tuesday, Aug. 31. Superintendent of Schools Judy Paolucci said teachers will continue to move the curriculum forward without any major changes ...

  • United Way beats food collection goals

    PORTLAND — The United Way's Pantry Project more than doubled its food collection goals, the non-profit announced on Monday. The group collected 860 boxes of food since December, surpassing its goal of 400 boxes. The food was collected by placing specially branded boxes and shelves at...

  • Tri for a Cure 2010

    Michele Bednarz of Portland crosses the finish line after the running portion of the third Tri for a Cure Maine women's triathlon at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland on Sunday, Aug. 15. The event attracted more than 900 participants and raised more than $900,000 for the Maine Cance...

  • Celebration to open Bayside Trail on Thursday

    PORTLAND — The city and trail advocates will hold a ribbon-cutting ceremony Thursday afternoon, Aug. 19, at the new Bayside Trail. The event begins at 4 p.m. at Elm Street Plaza off Marginal Way. The city, Portland Trails and the Trust for Public Land will officially open the 1.2-mil...

  • Freeport residents show interest in municipal, school boards

    FREEPORT — About a half a dozen residents have taken out nomination papers in the past two weeks for seats on the Town Council, Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors and Sewer District Board of Trustees. There are two seats available on the council: a three-year term in District ...