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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. ...

  • RSU 1 hires Topsham educator as superintendent of schools

    Shuttleworth opts out of retirement for Camden-Rockport job BATH — The Regional School Unit 1 Board of Directors voted unanimously Monday evening to hire Patrick Manuel as the district's new superintendent. The same day, departing Superintendent William Shuttleworth announce...

  • Brunswick parents hope to keep Jordan Acres school open

    BRUNSWICK — Residents are mounting a campaign to avoid the temporary closing of Jordan Acres Elmentary School. More than 75 people have joined a Facebook group called

  • Maine's First Ship earns $15K grant

    BATH — Maine’s First Ship, a non-profit organization dedicated to preserving the Kennebec River boat-building tradition, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from the Davis Family Foundation. The money will be go toward Maine’s First Ship’s summer program, which will la...

  • Freeport council eschews bond referendum, allocates $2.3M for fields, trails

    FREEPORT — With nearly 100 people in attendance, the Town Council Tuesday night agreed to use $2.3 million from an excess fund balance for athletic fields and trails on Hunter Road. Freeport Fields and Trails, a coalition of residents and business owners, has proposed a multi-use com...

  • Improvements incremental for Maine bail system

    Last in a series, "Maine’s bail system: a 19th century holdover," by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. Gov. Paul LePage’s proposed budget restores to the state judicial system a position that in the past has helped to improve the hiring and training of th...

  • Correction

    Last week's sidebar story with Part 3 of the Maine Center for Public Interest series on bail commissioners should have said commissioners can charge up to $60 in cases where a defendant is released on personal recognizance. Also, in Part 2 of the series, the name of Cumberland County bail commiss...

  • Yarmouth initiative hopes to inspire green design

    YARMOUTH — Residents interested in green infrastructure planning, permaculture and open space protection will have an opportunity to attend two more workshops hosted by Greenprint Yarmouth. Vanessa Farr, the town's director of planning and development, said the Greenprint Town Hall S...

  • Doane property contract zone gets nod from Cumberland Town Council

    CUMBERLAND — A contract zone agreement for the first phase of the Village Green Revitalization Master Plan received unanimous Town Council approval Monday. The agreement is between the town and Village Green Cumberland, a corporation created by project developer Bateman Partners....