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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 ...

  • Judge refuses to halt consolidation of dispatch by Freeport, Brunswick

    PORTLAND — A attempt to temporarily halt the transfer of Freeport emergency dispatch service to Brunswick was denied in Maine Superior Court, but a lawsuit seeking to invalidate the contract is continuing. Superior Court Justice Nan...

  • Portland inauguation ceremonies slated for Dec. 6

    PORTLAND — Newly elected city councilors and School Committee members will be sworn in at City Hall on Monday, Dec. 6. Councilors will take the oath of office at noon and School Committee members will be sworn in at 4 p.m. Mayor Nicholas Mavadones, an at-large councilor since ...

  • Hanukkah ceremony Dec. 1 at Portland City Hall

    PORTLAND — The annual lighting of the giant Hanukkah menorah at City Hall will take place on Wednesday, Dec. 1, at 6:30 p.m. Hanukkah is celebrated by Jews to commemorate religious liberty and the triumph of light over darkness. The eight-day holiday continues through Dec. 8. ...

  • Small alpaca farm in Cumberland helps redefine an industry

    CUMBERLAND — Tom Munroe and his wife Stacey Whitton could be the new face of farming at a time when raising healthy, homegrown food and promoting sustainable living is on the rise, but time and money are in short supply. They bought Abbott Farm about five years ago and now run a smal...

  • Portland school to host anti-bullying expert

    PORTLAND — A national expert and author on bullying prevention will speak Dec. 1 at 6:30 p.m. at Hall Elementary School, 23 Orono Road, about strategies parents can use in guiding their children. Prior to his presentation, Stan Davis will spend the day teaching Hall students and staf...

  • Yarmouth schools get new business manager

    YARMOUTH — Herbert I. Hopkins Jr. of North Yarmouth is the new director of business services for the Yarmouth School Department. He replaces Carol Kinney, who is retiring after serving 19 years as the School Department's business director. Most recently, Hopkins was business m...

  • Money grows on trees: Falmouth forestry project moves into 2nd year

    FALMOUTH — In this financial climate, any little bit of revenue helps. So, last year as part of the Open Space Plan, the town approved a pilot forestry program in Hadlock Forest that would harvest 30 percent of the forest and sell the lumber and firewood to benefit the town. At its N...

  • Portland's oldest place of worship opens a new, woman-led chapter

    PORTLAND — Over the past 335 years, the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church has had a history of transforming its trials into triumphs. A Revolutionary War cannonball that tried, unsuccessfully, to demolish the church in 1775 is now a link in a chain supporting the massiv...