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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. ...

  • Portland's Eastern Prom too crowded for boat ramp?

    PORTLAND — A community group is making finding a new place for the city's commercial boat ramp a priority for improving the Eastern Promenade park. As park use increases along the waterfront, the commercial boat ramp there is becoming a safety issue for the public, said Diane Davison...

  • UPDATE: Legislators reject Peaks Island secession bill

    AUGUSTA — The Legislature's Joint Standing Committee on State and Local Government on Wednesday unanimously killed a bill that would have restarted the secession of Peaks Island from Portland. Legislators said during a half-hour discussion that the secession process outlined by state...

  • Portland plans safer routes for walkers, bicyclists in Deering Center

    PORTLAND — The city hopes to have a network of streets in place by the next school year that are safe for bicyclists and walkers to travel to schools, shops and parks. The pilot Neighborhood Byways program is part of the city's effort to encourage physical activity and prevent obesit...

  • Felting, foraging and forestry

    Mid-Coast residents start a traditional-skills school BOWDOINHAM — Hand-made donuts are stacked in glass jars on the counter. The kitchen serves up maple syrup from Poppa's Sugar Shack right in town. And flower bulbs grown by a local woman are for sale. The Town Landing rest...

  • Discussion of CMP 'smart' meters planned in Topsham

    TOPSHAM — A briefing on Central Maine Power Co.'s wireless "smart" electric meters is planned for the May 19 Board of Selectmen meeting. Town Manager Cornell Knight reported at the board's April 7 meeting that installation of the meters is scheduled to start in the Brunswick service ...

  • Portland police chief: Man shot by officer used car 'as a dangerous weapon'

    Jonathan Mitchell in custody at Maine Medical Center PORTLAND — A car chase through East Deering early Sunday morning ended with a burglary suspect being shot by police. Police Chief James Craig, in a press conference on Monday, said Officer Robert Miller fired two bullets a...

  • Challenge emerges to school-imposed activity fees in Maine

    Fee structure varies widely across local communities SCARBOROUGH — As more Maine school districts begin charging students fees to participate in sports and extra-curricular activities, some people are questioning the legality of the charges. "A public education should be fre...

  • U.S. House panel to again consider curbs on restraint, seclusion of students

    AUGUSTA — Federal legislation that would restrict the use of restraints and isolation on children in school was introduced last week in the U.S. House of Representatives. Rep. George Miller, D-Calif., the senior Democrat on the Education and Workforce Committee, introduced the legisl...