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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 5 board sends $3M bond to voters in Freeport, Pownal, Durham

    FREEPORT — Residents of Freeport, Pownal and Durham will vote June 14 on a nearly $3 million athletic facility, infrastructure renovations and improvements at Freeport High School. The Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors voted 7-3 on March 23 to send the bond to the public....

  • Freeport High School student brings Broadway to the middle school

    FREEPORT — High school junior Sarah Pier has combined her love of Broadway with her ability to teach young actors and will direct a cast of middle school students in a musical next week. Pier created a proposal, auditioned the actors, organized rehearsals and is directing "Honk! Jr.,...

  • Falmouth weighs 2.6% municipal budget hike, no impact on taxes

    FALMOUTH — While the School Department is asking for a 6.3 percent increase in taxes to cover the first interest payment on the new elementary school bond, the municipal budget will not contribute to a proposed increase in property taxes. Town Manager Nathan Poore unveiled his $10.7 ...

  • Labor mural not expected to land in Portland

    PORTLAND — The Maine labor history mural that was unceremoniously removed over the weekend in Augusta is not likely to find a home at Portland City Hall. After originally considering accepting the 36-foot mural that Gov. Paul LePage ordered removed from the Department of Labor buildi...

  • Cumberland council endorses Twin Brook community garden

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council on Monday unanimously supported establishment of a community garden at the Twin Brook Recreation Area. The council accepted the recommendations of the Twin Brook Advisory Committee. The committee called for the first year of the garden to be a pilot prog...

  • Portland, Cape Elizabeth teachers are Teacher of the Year semifinalists

    AUGUSTA — Teachers in Portland and Cape Elizabeth are semifinalists for the state Department of Education's 2012 Teacher of the Year Award. Paige Fournier of Portland's Lyman Moore Middle School and Ingrid Stressenger of Cape Elizabeth's Pond Cove Elementary School are among six semi...

  • $10K for seal research on the line for Yarmouth native

    YARMOUTH — Dashiell Masland wants to help save critically endangered monk seals in Hawaii. With enough online votes in a National Geographic Channel contest,...

  • Portland seeks end to all-ages nights at bars

    PORTLAND — Public hearings on two bills regulating bar operations will take place on Wednesday in Augusta. One bill would ban all-ages nights at bars and another would prohibit bar owners from discounting drinks. The bills, LD 901 and 902, respectively, are sponsored by Rep. D...