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  • Bowdoin College professor: Ranavirus killed 200,000 tadpoles in Brunswick pond

    BRUNSWICK — It resembled something out of a science fiction movie, but the science behind a massive die-off of tadpoles in a local pond is shockingly real, according to a Bowdoin College biology professor. An estimated 200,000 wood frog tadpoles died in a pond in his backyard over a ...

  • Condon garden to be rededicated in Yarmouth

    YARMOUTH — The Beth Condon Memorial Butterfly Garden will be rededicated on Saturday with a butterfly release. The garden behind Town Hall is in memory of Elizabeth "Beth" Condon, a 15-year-old girl who was killed on Aug. 28, 1993, by a drunk driver while walking on U.S. Ro...

  • Face-lift for Monument Square

    Portland Public Services crews began constructing new granite planters this week at Monument Square, in anticipation of tree planting in May. The square will get 15 new trees, most likely ginkgos, according to city Arborist Jeff Tarling. Eight will be installed along storefronts (shown), three in...

  • Lawmakers seek scrutiny of tax rebate for Brunswick inn

    BRUNSWICK — A tax rebate program for the developer of Maine Street Station is coming under increased scrutiny by the state agency reviewing the proposal. The rebate, which over 10 years would award JHR Development an average of 85 percent of property taxes collected on a proposed 54-...

  • Kilty pleasure: Tartan Day at Maine Military Museum in South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Call it a kilty pleasure. On Saturday, April 10, the Maine Military Museum Annex will host an event honoring Maine Tartan Day, a celebration of Scots and Scots-Americans in Maine. The event will feature bag pipers, living historians, a parade of colors and, of course... 1

  • Topsham selectmen eye TIF amendments for Town Meeting warrant

    TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen next week will decide which warrant items to send to Town Meeting. Among the items are amendments to the Highlands’ three tax increment financing districts and proposed code of conduct and code changes related to Town Meeting. The board hel...

  • Kites will soar as Brunswick celebrates its Cuban connection

    BRUNSWICK — Nestor Gil is admittedly conflicted about 1959, Fidel Castro and the Cuban Revolution. On the one hand, Gil, an artist doing a two-year fellowship at Bowdoin College, can appreciate Castro, who for 50 years has thumbed his nose at the United States, holding on to power de...

  • Brunswick council hears budget outline

    BRUNSWICK — The town could close Coffin Pond, reduce its allocation to the Curtis Memorial Library and dial back some street paving projects, even if the Town Council adopts a fiscal 2011 budget with a 2 percent property tax increase.  That scenario, which includes the eliminati...

  • Brunswick council OKs McKeen-Maine traffic signal

    BRUNSWICK — A proposal to put a traffic signal at the intersection of Maine and McKeen street received a green light from the Town Council on Monday. The council voted 6-3 to support the approximately $100,000 signal. Although some councilors worried it could become a nuisance for re...

  • Challenge threatened after Freeport council agrees to merge dispatch with Brunswick

    FREEPORT — A divided Town Council voted Tuesday to consolidate dispatch services with Brunswick, and some residents said they will fight to keep the service in town. The Town Council voted 5-2 in favor of consolidation, and aut...