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  • Scarborough firefighters have to dig out hydrants to fight garage fire

    SCARBOROUGH — More than two hours after a call was placed to the Fire Department Wednesday morning, firefighters were still determining the cause of a blaze that destroyed most of a garage at 26 Powderhorn Drive. No one was injured in the blaze, and Fire Chief Michael Thurlow de...

  • Weathervane to close South Portland restaurant

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Four Weathervane Seafood restaurants, including one at the Maine Mall, are closing. The closures in South Portland, Brewer, Waterville, and Bedford, New Hampshire, are “due to current economic conditions,” according to a company statement. “M...

  • Portland sidewalk snow removal, a 'perennial council discussion,' is back again

    PORTLAND — As sure as the snow will fly, clearing snow and ice from sidewalks has residents riled up and demanding the city re-examine into its sidewalk clearing policy. "People obviously get frustrated this time of year," Councilor David Marshall said this week. "Sidewalk clearing h...

  • Councilor's position could jeopardize new Falmouth development rules

    FALMOUTH — By casting the deciding vote to reduce open-space requirements for new developments, a town councilor with a subdivision currently under review may have opened the town's zoning regulations to a legal challenge. Councilor and real estate developer Fred Chase introduced the...

  • 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...

  • 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, ...

  • 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...

  • 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...