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  • Cape Elizabeth woman, 65, dies in kitchen fire

    CAPE ELIZABETH — A 65-year-old woman died Friday when a fire broke out in the kitchen at her 75 Starboard Drive home. Sgt. Joel Davis of the Office of the State Fire Marshal said the woman would be identified when the investigation into what seemed to be an accidental fire concl...

  • Portland-area schools get grants from ecomaine

    PORTLAND — Nonprofit waste management company ecomaine awarded nearly $20,000 in educational grants to southern Maine schools to foster sustainability and recycling efforts. Erik Street, a member of the ecomaine board of directors who chairs its recycling committee, said in a press r...

  • Brunswick council OKs draft plan for downtown

    BRUNSWICK — Agreement was in the air when town councilors unanimously approved every item on their agenda at Monday's meeting. Noteworthy issues included approval of the draft Master Plan for Downtown Brunswick and Outer Pleasant Street Corridor. The plan includes 160 recommendations...

  • Freeport council wrestles with new e-mail policy

    FREEPORT — After a heated discussion and an abrupt end to deliberations, the Town Council on Tuesday adopted new guidelines for use of e-mail by its members. The vote was 5-2. Councilors Joe Migliaccio and Eric Pandora voted against the policy, saying they wanted a more comprehensive...

  • Falmouth puts century-old fire station up for sale

    FALMOUTH — In the mid-1800s, the best place to party in town was the Union Hall. That's where people came to play whist, to dance, to see minstrel shows and generally to have fun. However, according to a history of the building put together by Howard Reiche, the Union Hall was no lon...

  • Correction

    A Jan. 19 Page 1 story, "Marchers in Portland honor MLK Jr., send message to LePage," should have said Jessica Butts has a family member who struggled with homelessness and mental illness. Also, the march was organized by the NAACP.

  • Falmouth councilor denies conflict, council eases development limits

    FALMOUTH — Despite suggestions of a conflict of interest involving one councilor, a sharply divided Town Council on Monday relaxed some rules governing future residential subdivisions. The Resource Conservation Overlay District rules were first approved five years ago, requiring deve... 1

  • Trail alliance forming in Topsham

    TOPSHAM — The Conservation Commission and the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust are helping to establish the Greater Topsham Trail Alliance. The alliance's purpose is to coordinate efforts by various trail groups, individuals and organizations to maintain and develop trails in Topsham and...

  • Sliding into winter

    Portland's seventh annual WinterKids Welcome To Winter Festival was held in Payson park on Saturday. The event helps introduce immigrant kids and their families, some of whom may never have seen snow before, to outdoor activities like sledding and snowshoeing, and how to dress for the cold. Local...

  • Boxing day

    Fourth-graders Hanna Smith, left, and Amanda Theall move packed boxes into a hall at the Nathan Clifford School on Saturday as part of a "Packing Party" in advance of the Feburary vacation move to the new Ocean Avenue Elementary School.