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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 ...

  • Brunswick, Harpswell parcels receive conservation funding

    BRUNSWICK — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's National Coastal Wetlands Conservation Grant programs last week awarded nearly $1.4 million to the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife to support protection of more than 300 acres in Brunswick and Harpswell. A press relea...

  • LePage aide hears about red tape from Mid-Coast businesses

    BRUNSWICK — Several common themes emerged last week as local business owners gathered in Brunswick to discuss the business climate in Maine and what can be done to improve it. The "red tape removal" workshop was sponsored by the Southern Maine Midcoast Chamber of Commerce and in...

  • Congress funds 2 BIW destroyer programs

    BATH — Final passage this month of a defense bill by both the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives fully authorizes funding for two destroyer programs being worked on at Bath Iron Works. H.R. 6523, the Ike Skelton National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2011, supports ...

  • Legislation extends operations of Brunswick Naval Air Station exchange, commissary

    BRUNSWICK — A defense bill passed by Congress last week includes a provision to continue operations of the Navy Exchange Service Command store at Brunswick Naval Air Station and the Defense Commissary Agency at the Topsham annex through next June. The stores were scheduled to close i...

  • Cumberland may ask North Yarmouth to share more costs

    CUMBERLAND — North Yarmouth currently pays a portion of Cumberland's recreation and library budgets, and next year it may also be asked to help fund the parks budget. Town Manager Bill Shane said at Monday's Town Council meeting that a parks budget was developed in fiscal 2005. That ...

  • Arc d'oomph

    Snow is propelled from his plow's chute in a near-perfect arc as Tom Ginn of the Yarmouth Public Works Department tries to locate and open up sidewalks on the east end of town during Monday's near-blizzard. Strong winds and cold temperatures continued into Tuesday, but more moderate conditions were ...

  • Falmouth teacher pleads innocent to pot charge

    FALMOUTH — A high school English teacher who was charged with possession of marijuana after a raid of the school parking lot pleaded innocent to the charge on Dec. 16. Mark Melnicove, 58, of Dresden, was charged in November after a search of the high school parking lot allegedly turn...

  • Falmouth panel develops survey in advance of new Comp Plan

    FALMOUTH — Members of the Long Range Planning Advisory Committee are organizing and drafting a survey to find out where residents stand on a range of issues. The committee's purpose is to create a new Comprehensive Plan for the town, something that is required by state law. The town'...