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  • 'Escape room' games arrive in Portland, South Portland

    PORTLAND — After the doors lock, you have 60 minutes to find your way out. And the people with the keys are betting against you. This isn't some diabolical dungeon with fiendish creators. It's the latest, trendy entertainment venture to come to Maine, and it's happening in Portland a...

  • Portland's debt a 'scary monster in the closet'

    PORTLAND — About 18 hours after the four members of the City Council Finance Committee opposed the new $225 million municipal budget, they warned city debt is becoming unsustainable. "We need to put ourselves on a bit of a diet with the capital improvement plan and make some tough de...

  • Cape Fire Department honors volunteers

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Five Fire Department volunteers were recognized for their service and 12 anniversaries were celebrated at the department's annual appreciation night at Purpoodock Club. The Fire Department has five companies with 105 volunteers. The top award, named for the la...

  • Cape 'Art Night' begins July 8

    CAPE ELIZABETH — A new monthly display of work by local artists, photographers and artisans called "Art Night on the Cape" will begin July 8. About a dozen businesses will display work by various residents for the month, with open houses the second Friday of the month. Partici...

  • South Portland manufacturer to close, eliminate 40 jobs

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The parent company of Portland Valve announced it would close the manufacturer by the end of the year, eliminating the jobs of 40 workers. Portland Valve, at 1 Madison St., was founded in 1973. It has been a U.S. Navy and U.S. Army subcontractor and also makes system... 1

  • South Portland likely to extend tax break for National Semiconductor

    SOUTH PORTLAND — City councilors are poised to approve a one-year extension of a tax break for National Semiconductor. The move is calculated to facilitate growth at the plant after the company is acquired by Texas Instruments in a $6.5 billion deal. The city and National Semi...

  • Independence Day events on tap in South Portland, Scarborough

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Live musical entertainment will be added this year to the South Portland Historical Society's Independence Day celebration. Festivities at Bug Light Park on Monday, July 4, will begin at 10 a.m., and Portland-based Tricky Britches will perform at 11 a.m. Kathr...

  • State Senate vote creates uncertainty for Scarborough Downs

    Financial backers 'assessing all aspects' of Biddeford racino SCARBOROUGH — A proposal that would allow Scarborough Downs to move to Biddeford and build a racino failed Tuesday in the state Senate, leaving questions about the future of the harness racing track. The Senate vo...

  • South Portland seeks funds for facelift of former armory

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The old Maine Army National Guard Armory on Broadway has guarded one of the busiest entrances to South Portland for decades. But the years have not been kind to the old building. Weather and neglect have joined forces to blight many of the buildings most prominent fe...

  • As one pest leaves, Brunswick braces for another's arrival

    BRUNSWICK — The bout of cold, wet weather that struck in May may have had a silver lining: it wiped out the area's burgeoning browntail moth population. But as one pest disappears from the area, local officials and the Maine Forest Service have teamed up to plan for the arrival of ot...