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  • Topsham bike tour returns Saturday

    TOPSHAM — The 11th annual Tour de Merrymeeting Bay takes place Saturday, Aug. 2., offering 25- and 50-mile bicycle rides around one of the Mid-Coast's great natural treasures. Both rides start and end at the Foreside Recreation Fields. Registration for the 50-mile trek is at 7 a.m., ...

  • Portland campers construct computing futures

    PORTLAND — By July 25, Isaac Bell was ready to take his new creation out for a spin. On a screen in front of him, a bright red race car sped through a course. "Installing (Microsoft) XP at the beginning was tough, the computer wasn't set up right, so we had to go and change th...

  • 'Famous Mainahs' to help launch 49th Yarmouth Clam Festival

    YARMOUTH — The Yarmouth Clam Festival parade always has a grand marshal. One grand marshal. This year, with a theme of "Famous Mainahs," there will be eight honorees. The 49th annual festival will feature a variety of famous Mainers in its Friday night parade, including ultima...

  • State panel rules Brunswick Junior High School discriminated against student who was bullied

    BRUNSWICK — The Maine Human Rights Commission on Monday ruled there are reasonable grounds to believe the Brunswick School Department discriminated against a Brunswick Junior High School student. In a complaint filed in 2012, the student's mother claimed her 13-year-old son was emoti...

  • SAD 75 board OKs funding for Topsham stage repair

    TOPSHAM — The School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors unanimously approved contributing about $5,700 from a fund balance for a new stage surface at the Orion Performing Arts Center. A fundraising campaign by the center's advisory committee raised about $12,400 for the pr...

  • Portland City Council, School Board openings attract potential candidates

    PORTLAND — Nomination papers are available for candidates to be on the ballot in the Nov. 4 city election. Early interest suggests two City Council races, in District 4 and District 5, will be lively. Councilors Cheryl Leeman, of District 4, and John Coyne, District 5,

  • Portland bar's liquor license appeal to be heard in September

    PORTLAND — The owner of Sangillo's Tavern will get a chance to argue why he shouldn't lose his liquor license in an appeal hearing scheduled Sept. 11 in Council Chambers at City Hall. The bar at 18 Hampshire St. lost its license after a 5-4 City Council vote April 7. It has remained ...

  • Cardboard boat races new for Compass Project in Portland

    PORTLAND — An annual festival to raise money for the Compass Project will add a sink-or-swim element Saturday, July 19, when contestants build and race cardboard boats. The festival runs from 8 a.m.-4 p.m. at Pebble Beach and the Eastern Promenade, with live music from Jerks of Grass...

  • Lawmakers question plan to build Amtrak layover facility in Brunswick, suggest South Portland

    BRUNSWICK — The executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority said Friday that she looks forward to meeting with six Democratic legislators to discuss their concerns about a proposed 60,000-square-foot layover facility in Brunswick. In a letter June 18 ...

  • Yard sale seeks funds for Cape Elizabeth gun club renovations

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The Spurwink Rod and Gun Club is hosting a yard sale Saturday, July 12, to raise at least $3,000 for renovations required by the town's new shooting range ordinance. The ordinance required the gun club to submit a new site plan to the firing range committee by July 1...