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  • Portland WinterFest takes off

    Snowboarder Zander Stearns, 24, of Old Orchard Beach, glides across a C box Friday during the Portland WinterFest Rail Jam. The city closed an eastbound, one-block stretch of Spring Street to accommodate the terrain park, which included a steep pile of snow and three rail features. It was built d...

  • Why and how behind Portland's new storm-water fee

    PORTLAND — The Portland City Council this week approved new storm-water fees, signing off on a measure that was once controversial, but over years of deliberation become an accepted inevitability. Christopher O’Neil, a government liaison for the Portland Community Chamber ...

  • 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...

  • 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.

  • 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...

  • State fields hundreds of customer complaints after Brunswick oil company closes

    BRUNSWICK — Thibeault Energy has closed, leaving some customers literally out in the cold. A recording on the company's answering machine on Wednesday directed customers to other oil companies and said the closing was beyond the company's control. Company officials did not res...