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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. ...

  • Freeport council OKs $9.3M municipal budget, keeps taxes flat

    FREEPORT — The Town Council Tuesday night approved a $9.3 million municipal budget for fiscal year 2012 and a $2.5 million capital improvement plan for 2011. Although the meeting lasted about five hours and many budget options and new programs were supported by some councilors, in th...

  • SAD 75 board floats $34.2M budget

    TOPSHAM — The School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors on April 28 unanimously approved a $34.2 million budget for fiscal 2012, a 1.65 percent decrease from the current year. Residents of Topsham, Harpswell, Bowdoin and Bowdoinham will now vote twice to ratify the spendin...

  • 'Knowledge is belonging': A month-long celebration of Brunswick history

    BRUNSWICK — For those who know to look, there is an unexpected form carved in the stone above the large columns that flank the entrance to Bank of America on Maine Street. Where one might expect an ornate swirl, or perhaps a cherub, instead there are ears of corn, dating back to the ...

  • Correction

    Last week's Page 1 story, "Restaurant to install waterfront wind turbine as Portland readies rules," should have said a Peaks Island wind turbine could power public buildings, not residences, with revenue going to an island-based nonprofit, not the city.

  • Walmart presents 1st plans for Falmouth expansion, demolition of cinema

    FALMOUTH — Walmart presented plans to expand into the Regal Cinemas space on Route 1 at Tuesday evening's Planning Board meeting. The expansion would increase the size of the store from 84,000 square feet to 124,000 square feet by razing the Regal Cinemas building and expanding into ...

  • Falmouth Rotary hosts electronics recycling day

    FALMOUTH — The Rotary Club is hosting an electronics recycling event on Saturday from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Falmouth Shopping Center on Route 1. The Rotary will accept items such as televisions, computer monitors, printers, scanners, DVD players, microwaves, batteries, cell phones ...

  • Gateway study proposes 'significant' Route 1 changes in Yarmouth

    YARMOUTH — Pedestrian and traffic safety is the primary goal of the final phase of the Route 1 corridor Gateway Committee study. A public meeting on the study is scheduled May 11. Town Engineer Dan Jellis said the preliminary Phase III concepts include short- and long-term pla...

  • Pipeline politics: Falmouth hopes to attract natural gas service

    FALMOUTH — It's no secret that town officials and business owners want to see a natural gas pipeline running through town. And with the impending reconstruction of the Martin's Point bridge, they believe a connection to the pipeline that ends on Veranda Street in Portland makes sense...