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  • Pumpkins picked: End of the vine for the Wilcoxes of Intervale Farm

    Carl and Jan Wilcox (and golden retriever Midge) stand under a rainbow Oct. 18 at Intervale Farm in New Gloucester. For the past 20 years, the couple has grown and sold pumpkins and gourds; this year, however, marks their final crop, most of which has already been sold.

  • Dueling cost estimates for Freeport's withdrawal from RSU 5

    FREEPORT — Residents on Nov. 4 will vote to decide if Freeport will withdraw from Regional School Unit 5. The referendum question will ask voters if the town should leave the school unit it formed with Durham and Pownal in 2009, as part of a state-mandated school district consolidati...

  • S.P. gets grant to boost OUI enforcement

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Motorists can expect to see extra patrols and checkpoints on the roads from now through Labor Day as police ramp up enforcement of drunken driving laws. The Police Department received a $5,000 grant from the Maine Bureau of Highway Safety to increase patrols through ...

  • Online vehicle registry adds Harpswell

    HARPSWELL — Residents can now renew their motor vehicle registrations online. The service, known as Rapid Renewal, is offered through the secretary of state's website. It allows residents to renew their registrations via the Internet by connecting municipal and state governments thro...

  • Brunswick library unveils self-checkout

    BRUNSWICK — Curtis Memorial Library now has an automatic checkout system. The book-lending system, called Self-Check Selma, will allow patrons to check out books on their own, rather than waiting for a librarian to assist them. According to a press release from the library, Se...

  • Correction

    Last week's story about the South Portland City Council approving a collective bargaining agreement with public works employees should have said employees, not the Maine Labor Relations Board, decided to create a separate bargaining unit for bus drivers.

  • Developer eyes Scarborough for 'green' neighborhood, solar array

    SCARBOROUGH — The sun may soon shine brightly on approximately 100 acres of undeveloped area on Running Hill Road. At least, that's what Scott Beaulieu is hoping for. Beaulieu, a South Portland resident and owner of Green Living Development Co., is looking to create a Leadersh...

  • Dog patrol: 'Golden girls' watch for scofflaws at South Portland's Willard Beach

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Susan Larrivee and Michelle Danois walked along the retreating waterline at Willard Beach shortly after 5:30 p.m. on Aug. 19.  But, unlike dozens of other people on the beach, they were not there to soak up the last rays of sunlight on the picturesque evening.

  • South Portland council takes 1st step toward $44.2M high school renovation bond

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council approved the first reading of a $44.2 million bond referendum for high school renovations on Monday, Aug. 23. The 4-2 vote sets up the borrowing measure for decisive vote on Sept. 8. 

  • Cumberland council OKs truck buy, review fee

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council on Monday unanimously authorized a lease/purchase agreement for a new plow truck. The agreement, with Gorham Leasing, is for a 2011 International 7400 Series truck, which will replace a model from 1992. The cost is nearly $164,000 and is included in...