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  • Cure for the summer slide in Portland

    Nataly Mendez, a soon-to-be first-grader at Reiche Community School, joins her peers in a game of bouncing balls within a parachute Thursday during a Summer Success picnic at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The event, which was hosted by Portland ConnectED, featured a free meal for children, tours...

  • Train barn foes, Downeaster official clash in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — A meeting of an advisory group for a proposed train layover facility Thursday lapsed into an acrimonious exchange between opponents of the project and representatives of the agency that runs the Amtrak Downeaster. At the meeting, three members of the Brun...

  • Cumberland council awards bid for Route 88 work, OKs higher trash-bag fees

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council on Monday accepted a bid from Storey Bros. Excavating for improvements to Foreside Road (Route 88). Six councilors supported the decision, while Councilor Shirley Storey-King abstained. The company’s $3.79 million bid, plus construction...

  • Brunswick base campus bill awaits Baldacci's signature

    BRUNSWICK — A complex bill designed to pay the start-up costs for a planned campus at Brunswick Naval Air Station and municipal services at the base now awaits Gov. John Baldacci's signature. Last week, the bill, sponsored by Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, survived additional scru...

  • Bath man indicted for thefts in Cumberland, Yarmouth

    PORTLAND — A Bath man was indicted April 9 for a series of motor vehicle burglaries and other crimes he is alleged to have committed in January in Cumberland and Yarmouth. Charles Bushman, 28, was charged with 22 counts of burglary to a motor vehicle, Class C theft, six counts o...

  • Cumberland seeks veterans to march in Memorial Day parade

    CUMBERLAND — Fire Chief Dan Small wants this year’s Memorial Day parade to be filled with the kind of individuals the holiday celebrates: the service people who have given their time to this country. He is looking for active and retired military members who have ties to th...

  • Judge rejects Yarmouth honor code challenge

    PORTLAND — A federal judge Tuesday denied a student's request for a temporary restraining order that would have prevented her from being punished under the Yarmouth High School honor code. The 16-year-old student – identified in court documents only by the initials S.F. –...

  • SAD 51 OKs new use for Drowne Road School in Cumberland

    CUMBERLAND — The School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors voted unanimously Tuesday to move third-graders from the Drowne Road School to the Mabel I. Wilson School next year and find a new use for the Drowne Road building. Recommendations from the district’s Su...

  • Portland councilors mull school funding, Peaks Island police coverage

    PORTLAND — City Councilors lauded the schools Tuesday for the effort put in to a $90 million budget proposal, despite a 1.3 percent proposed increase in spending over this year. The police chief at Tuesday's Finance Committee meeting also presented the council with options to keep tw...

  • Call for help: Cumberland County sees itself as solution to dispatch dilemma facing towns

    FALMOUTH — When most people dial 911, their biggest concern is getting emergency service as quickly as possible. The location of the person who answers the call is probably far from the caller's mind. But as budget crises force more Maine communities to make drastic cuts, some towns ...