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  • South Portland renews concern about contamination from dry cleaner

    SOUTH PORTLAND — For at least 25 years, a harmful chemical has existed in soil beneath and air around Pratt-Abbott Cleaners at Broadway and Cottage Road. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recorded tetrachloroethylene contamination in the late 1980s and again in 20...

  • Scarborough School Board members urge defeat of revised budget

    SCARBOROUGH — The School Board finance committee, taking direction from the Town Council, eliminated $500,000 in a revised School Department budget proposal that goes to voters July 7. Board members said the reduction will cripple clubs, sports and after-school activities. ...

  • Harpswell hopes to clarify property line at Hildreth Road landing

    HARPSWELL — In light of continuing access disputes at Hildreth Road Landing, the town is proposing to clarify the boundary between the public and private sections of a beach on Harpswell Sound. Margaret McMahon Hickey owns part of a gravelly beach shared by the town, and has

  • Brunswick Planning Board says no to radio tower on Pleasant Hill Road

    BRUNSWICK — The Planning Board has derailed a local radio station's latest attempt to bring back community radio. First Wave Media, the name of the group that operates WMCE 900 AM, petitioned the board on Tuesday for a zoning change that would allow construction of a 199-foot AM radi... 2

  • Down in the dumps: Brunswick landfill has history of environmental woes

    BRUNSWICK — The steady stream of brown water that runs out of a lagoon at the town's Graham Road landfill disappears quickly into the Androscoggin River. The flow is no bigger than a kitchen faucet that has been left on. But this tiny trickle of leachate, or waste water that has seep... 1

  • Bath man drowns after fishing accident

    BRUNSWICK — A 38-year old Bath man drowned in the Androscoggin River on July 10 after a fishing accident. According to Deputy Police Chief Marc Hagan, William Clark was fishing with his girlfriend on a sandbar near Baybridge Landing around 3 p.m. After receiving a tug on his pole, he...

  • Topsham Public Library: 80 years of literary legacy

    TOPSHAM — Although the Topsham Public Library building is just seven years old, it's been 80 years since the institution was born. The library, now at 25 Foreside Road, presented a long-range plan for the next three years to the Board of Selectmen on July 7. Topsham's library ...

  • Rotary pitches winter festival, skating shelter for South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Mill Creek Park will be home to southern Maine's newest winter carnival next year, if local Rotarians have anything to do with it. Dan Mooers, a volunteer from the Rotary Club of South Portland-Cape Elizabeth,  pitched the idea for two days of snowy festivities ...

  • Freeport council cans proposal for pay-per-bag trash disposal

    FREEPORT — Residents will not have to purchase specific bags to dispose of trash after the Town Council on Tuesday night ended discussions about pay-per-bag pick-up. The Solid Waste and Recycling Committee has been working on a proposal since last September, after the council asked i...

  • Brunswick to consider proactive fire inspections

    Neighbors concerned about condition of burned building BRUNSWICK — Residents are urging the town to improve its fire inspection program, and to make the owner of a recently burned building clean it up or tear it down. Neighbors are concerned that the apartment building at 16...