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  • UPDATED: Cape Elizabeth woman, 65, died before kitchen fire started

    CAPE ELIZABETH — A 65-year-old woman died of natural causes Friday before a fire broke out in the kitchen of her 75 Starboard Drive home. The determination on the death of Lamy Alkurdy was made Saturday after an autopsy by the state Medical Examiner's Office, Maine Department of...

  • Portland-area schools get grants from ecomaine

    PORTLAND — Nonprofit waste management company ecomaine awarded nearly $20,000 in educational grants to southern Maine schools to foster sustainability and recycling efforts. Erik Street, a member of the ecomaine board of directors who chairs its recycling committee, said in a press r...

  • Bath council backs new $1.1M bond, refinancing of others

    BATH — The City Council gave preliminary approval Wednesday to borrow $1.1 million for work at Waterfront Park and other improvements, and to refinance existing debt from prior bonds. The council last month accepted a $415,000 bid from Wyman & Simpson to replace a pier and improv...

  • AMVETS auxiliary seeks items for troops

    YARMOUTH — On Sunday, Dec. 5, the AMVETS Ladies Auxiliary will host a care package drive from noon to 4 p.m. at AMVETS Post No. 2, 148 North Road.  Games, packaged snacks and phone cards are needed. Items will benefit 12 troops in Afghanistan and should reach them by the holiday...

  • Mall owner emerges from bankruptcy, seeks return of $925K in South Portland taxes

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The owners of the Maine Mall are appealing their 2009 property tax assessment, seeking the return of nearly $1 million. The appeal by Chicago-based General Growth Properties, which recently emerged from Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, comes nearly a year after a st...

  • Greely High School club spreads global awareness

    CUMBERLAND — The sign in Chris Hoffman's classroom at Greely High School nods to Mr. T: "I pity the fool who does not recycle." It also echoes a sentiment felt strongly by the student group advised by Hoffman, who teaches several subjects including social studies. Improved rec...

  • Report offers snapshot of dog violations at South Portland's Willard Beach

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The majority of dog owners contacted by police volunteers at Willard Beach over a two-month period last summer were not in compliance with – and claimed ignorance of – the city's leash laws. Recommendations to stem the number of violations inclu...

  • Clammers to host Freeport benefit dinner

    FREEPORT — The Maine Clammers Association will host a clam supper benefit on Saturday, Dec. 4. The meal will be served from 4-7 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge on Mallett Drive. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. All proceeds will benefit the 2010 MCA Fund. ...

  • Family tradition

    In an annual Thanksgiving weekend tradition, Dick and Paula Michael of Cumberland took their grandchildren to Vinings Choose & Cut Tree Farm in Cumberland on Saturday to pick a Christmas tree. After much searching, they settled on this balsam fir.

  • Seasonal hazard

    Freeport firefighter Jason Miller reacts as flames shoot out the chimney of a Brown Road home in Pownal on Saturday, where firefighters from Pownal and Freeport responded to a chimney fire. Miller and Lt. Ken Coslet attacked the problem from the roof, using a weight and chain to clear the chimney of...