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  • Projected school budget includes potential tax cuts in Freeport, Pownal, Durham

    FREEPORT — A $23.6 million draft budget for fiscal 2012 was presented to the Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors Tuesday, with a nearly $19,000 reduction in spending from this year. Kelly Wentworth, director of finance and human resources, said the nearly 1 percent reduction is...

  • Maine's bail system: A 19th century holdover

    People who set bail in Maine have almost no legal training First in a series by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. Next week: bail commissioners can lack the information they need to set the right bail. If you are arrested in Maine, everyone you deal with &nd...

  • Out of service

    Firefighters from Yarmouth and Freeport use foam to neutralize a gas spill around noon on Saturday, March 19, at the Irving station on Mallet Drive. The spill took place when a customer took her dog for a walk while fueling her car and the pump shut-off failed. In addition to firefighters, an EPA re...

  • UPDATE: More questions than answers after Maine Cottage Furniture closes; bank begins liquidation

    YARMOUTH — Government officials and customers are wondering what happened after Maine Cottage Furniture, a nationally known retailer, abruptly closed with no public explanation. Customers who have paid for furniture are not expected to get their money back after the company's lender,... 1

  • Cumberland town councilor to step down after 12 years

    CUMBERLAND — After 12 years on the Town Council, at-large Councilor Jeff Porter is not seeking re-election for another term. "I've served four terms, and I think it's time for somebody else to run," he said Monday. "I've had a pretty good run; I've really enjoyed being able to serve ...

  • Portland City Council: University of New England parking a big problem

    UNE looks for ways to deter cemetery parking PORTLAND — The City Council has given its staff until June to come up with a plan to deal with parking complaints directed at the University of New England. University students and staff have been parking along the access road to ...

  • Cumberland-North Yarmouth school budget may rise nearly 3% in fiscal 2012

    CUMBERLAND — The School Administrative District 51 budget next year could increase nearly 3 percent under a proposed spending plan presented Monday evening by Superintendent Robert Hasson. The $28.9 million fiscal 2012 budget is about $821,000 larger than this year's budget. More tha...

  • Portland to appeal Hall School rank on state building list

    PORTLAND — School officials plan to appeal the rank of the Fred P. Hall Elementary School on the state school construction list. The state released a preliminary list of school construction priorities on March 9 and gave school districts 60 days to review the list and make formal app...