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  • On Main Street in Yarmouth, not everyone embraces change

    YARMOUTH — There was much fanfare when Andy's Handy Store, a Main Street fixture, became Handy's Market & Cafe in June, with new owners, new products, and a new look. But the store's owners are finding out not everyone is a fan of change. The market at 367 Main St. had its...

  • Freeport expands dead-end street development allowances

    FREEPORT — The Town Council on Tuesday approved an ordinance amendment governing dead-end roads and the waivers needed to build on them. The amendment, recommended by the Planning Board, changes the waiver criteria that the Project Review Board must use to determine if the number of ...

  • Teachers may assume leadership at Portland elementary school

    PORTLAND — Starting next year, Reiche Elementary School may be run by a small group of teachers, rather than a full-time, professional administrator. The School Board on Tuesday was scheduled to conduct a first reading of a proposal that would make Reiche a teacher-led school. 

  • Portland budget approval, 2% tax hike, a quiet affair

    PORTLAND — The City Council Monday evening approved a nearly $202 million municipal budget for fiscal year 2012, an increase of about 1.2 percent over current spending. The municipal budget, combined with the previously approved school budget of $89.5 million, will increase the prope...

  • Waynflete School gets $2M grant for scholarship endowment

    PORTLAND — A $2 million grant will allow a local private school to establish a permanent endowment for gifted and talented students. Waynflete School said in a press release on May 12 it was awarded the grant from the Malone Family Foundation, established in 1997 to improve education...

  • Rising to the occasion: Falmouth parents call 'therapeutic kindergarten' a success

    FALMOUTH — For many kids, starting kindergarten is an exciting time, even if it is a bit scary. But for children with disabilities or behavior disorders, starting kindergarten can be a traumatic transition, that, if not negotiated well, can set the stage for a lifelong struggle in sc... 1

  • Developers seek maximum extension of permits for proposed East End condo project in Portland

    PORTLAND — A Massachusetts development company is asking the city to extend its special zoning and site plan approvals for a mixed-used condominium complex on the former Village Cafe property. The company, Village at Oceangate, is seeking extensions that would allow it to build a fiv...

  • The miracle foodie: 'Unsung Hero' Sybil Riemensnider of South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Fresh fruit first catches your eye: bananas, apples and oranges all displayed neatly on the long table. And across the room, on another table, baked goods beckon: pies, cakes, and doughnuts. In the next room two women sit at a desk, engaging in a friendly conversatio...

  • Lawmakers order formal, 'rapid' probe of Maine Green Energy Alliance

    AUGUSTA — The head of the state’s accountability agency promised on Friday to “follow the money” as she investigates a $1.1 million grant that went to a now-defunct energy group. The Legislature's bipartisan Government Oversight Committee voted unanimously to not on...

  • Military tears, cheers

    U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Sodergren of Waldoboro hugs his girlfriend, Amanda Sullivan of Durham, before heading getting on the bus May 5 when Marine reservists departed from Topsham for the start of a year-long deployment to Afghanistan.They travel first to California for several months of trai...