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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 ...

  • New flood-map process proposed by FEMA

    HARPSWELL — After being criticized for the way it changed coastal flood maps earlier this year, the Federal Emergency Management Agency is inviting Harpswell and other communities to participate in a new mapping process. Town Administrator Kristi Eiane presented information about FEM...

  • WCME could return to Brunswick airwaves

    BRUNSWICK — Anyone who has lived in Brunswick for a while will probably recall radio station WCME. Now, a new owner of the call letters and frequency aims to resurrect the station. Jim Bleikamp purchased the frequency at 900 AM in April 2009 from his friend Bob Bittner, who owns WJT...

  • Maine education chief cuts $5K from cost to keep West Harpswell School open

    HARPSWELL — State Education Commissioner Angela Faherty has told selectmen that the cost to keep West Harpswell School open will be reduced to about $191,000. Selectmen sought a reduction from the original School Administrative District 75 estimate of nearly $196,000, based on a disc...

  • Falmouth council: Town Hall should stay put

    FALMOUTH — A possible community center project was delayed Monday after the Town Council tabled a resolution describing the project's potential space needs. But councilors reached a consensus about keeping the Town Hall on Falmouth Road. The motion to table the community cente...

  • Topsham residents to vote on marijuana dispensary rules

    TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Nov. 18 to extend the town's moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries for up to six more months. But the moratorium would end if voters at a special Town Meeting on Jan. 12, 2011, support proposed ordinance language that would go...

  • Energy alliance spreads word about home improvement rebates

    YARMOUTH — David Craig is planning to put nearly $5,000 into his 25 Madison Drive home to improve its heating efficiency, and he's looking forward to getting a chunk of that back through energy rebates. He'll do it with help from the Maine Green Energy Alliance, a statewide nonprofit...

  • Hiking Tryon: New trail connects Pineland, Bradbury, but some want more

    POWNAL — The newly frozen mud crunches under our feet and we try not to slip on a slick bed of oak leaves that line the trail up Tryon Mountain on Sunday morning. Feldspar and quartz-flecked rocks catch the light as we hike up the sometimes steep, sometimes gradual trails along the n...

  • Forum on teenage drug abuse slated for Nov. 29

    PORTLAND — A town hall meeting about prescription drug abuse by teenagers will be held Monday, Nov. 29, at King Middle School. The forum will provide parents with information about the latest trends in teenage prescription drug abuse, as well as common warning signs of drug use and h...