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  • South Portland renews concern about contamination from dry cleaner

    SOUTH PORTLAND — For at least 25 years, a harmful chemical has existed in soil beneath and air around Pratt-Abbott Cleaners at Broadway and Cottage Road. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recorded tetrachloroethylene contamination in the late 1980s and again in 20...

  • Scarborough School Board members urge defeat of revised budget

    SCARBOROUGH — The School Board finance committee, taking direction from the Town Council, eliminated $500,000 in a revised School Department budget proposal that goes to voters July 7. Board members said the reduction will cripple clubs, sports and after-school activities. ...

  • Yarmouth publisher Islandport Press expands to e-books

    YARMOUTH — You can read the latest release from Islandport Press without even turning a page. Instead, you can turn on a Kindle, iPad, or Nook – devices used to read books electronically. "Abbott's Reach," a historical novel written by Bangor native Ardeana Hamlin, ...

  • South Portland High School grad lives life aquatic

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Maureen Blanchard has been calling moorings throughout southern Maine and the Caribbean "home" for much of her life. The South Portland High School senior lives with her mother at Sunset Marina on a 34-foot marine trader. Before that, they lived at DiMillo's marina i...

  • Wetland, boardwalk complete South Portland school's Learning Garden

    SOUTH PORTLAND — With the completion of a new Rain Garden and boardwalk, a vision of outdoor environmental education at Skillin Elementary School has been realized. "This marks the completion of our Learning Garden," said first-grade teacher Anne Cyr, who has headed the development o...

  • Cape Elizabeth Land Trust, with town aid, to add 64 acres near Robinson Woods

    CAPE ELIZABETH — With the help of local, state and private funding, the Cape Elizabeth Land Trust will acquire nearly 64 acres adjacent to Robinson Woods.  Chris Franklin, executive director, said the land trust's acquisition will piece together property that will complete a tra...

  • Council approves Bath budget, 'smart' electric meter rules

    BATH — The City Council approved a $13.4 million municipal budget for fiscal 2012 Wednesday. Despite the possibility of a lawsuit, the council also enacted a 180-day moratorium on installation of wireless "smart" electric meters by Central Maine Power Co. without prior approval of re...

  • Buy Local campaign celebrates first year in South Portland, Cape Elizabeth

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The South Portland Buy Local organization plans to celebrate a successful inaugural year with a gathering at the Snow Squall restaurant. More than 180 local businesse...

  • Scarborough energy plan suggests regional co-op, generator

    SCARBOROUGH — Town Councilors on Wednesday unanimously adopted an energy plan that recommends creation of a town energy office and a cooperative that would eventually buy and sell energy on the market. The 1

  • Honoring those who served

    Early Monday morning, members of the American Legion meet at the village green in Yarmouth to raise deceased military veterans' casket flags to half-staff. Each Memorial Day pole had a plaque with the service member's name, branch of service, birth and death dates.