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  • Siblings challenge Portland School Board incumbents

    PORTLAND — All three School Board members whose terms are expiring are seeking re-election in November. So far, two of them have potential challengers in a pair of brother-and-sister candidates. Nominating petitions became available June 30. As of July 24, several candidates h...

  • Portland poised to acquire 43 acres to protect Capisic Brook

    PORTLAND — A proposed $800,000 land deal off Warren Avenue could hasten improvements to Capisic Brook, one of the city's longest waterways. On Monday, Aug. 3, the City Council will vote on the purchase of 42.5 acres of land behind Happy Wheels and other businesses in the 300 blo...

  • Brunswick adopts PACE, Willow Grove hydrants, parking lot lease

    BRUNSWICK — The town this week became the 62nd in Maine to adopt an ordinance that gives residents access to loans for home weatherization improvements. Freeport, Topsham and Bath, have already signed on to the Property Assessed Clean Energy program, which is run by Efficiency Maine ...

  • 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...