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  • Freeport celebrates blueberries this weekend

    FREEPORT — The Summer Blueberry Festival will kick off with a free concert by the Chandler Military Band on Friday night, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. at the South Freeport Church. The Half Moon Jug will also perform at the festival, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 3 The local band will take th...

  • Wood-chipping available on Portland islands next week

    PORTLAND — Residents of the city's coastal islands can reduce the risk of wildfires by having brush and debris chipped by city crews next week. The federally funded Defensible Space Chipping Program begins Monday, Aug. 4, on Cushing Island. Residents can place cleared brush curbside ...

  • Orr's & Bailey's Island FD receives $42K federal grant

    HARPSWELL — The Orr's & Bailey's Islands Fire Department will receive a more than $42,700 grant for training equipment and facility modifications, according to a press release from the office of U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. Collins, the ranking member of the Senate Homeland ...

  • Dancing the night away

    Trish Moulton, right, of Dance Studio of Maine leads a hip hop session during last weekend's sixth annual "STRIVE Rocks Dance Marathon" at USM's Sullivan Gym in Portland. The 14-hour event raises money to support STRIVE, a local nonprofit that provides social, educational and employment training pro...

  • Cape Elizabeth teachers offer salary cut to help balance budget

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The teachers union on March 9 announced its members are willing to work a day without pay as a way to help bridge a budget gap that could otherwise require elimination of more than a dozen jobs. Dwight Ely, president of the Cape Elizabeth Education Association, said ... 1

  • Cape Elizabeth council accepts flat municipal budget

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Town Manager Michael McGovern presented an $8.5 million proposed budget for fiscal year 2011 to the Town Council Monday night with no tax increases, no spending increases and no reductions in service. "We must be the envy of a lot of other communities," he said....

  • Report recommends changes for Mill Creek Park in South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A landscape architect has recommended creating a gateway to Mill Creek Park at the corner of Broadway and Ocean Street – a proposal that would change the proposed spot of a monument honoring military service members. Other recommendations for improving the park...

  • South Portland business offers free training space to firefighters

    SOUTH PORTLAND — On Wednesday afternoon, Platoon 2 of South Portland Fire Department broke into groups in the HSE Gould warehouse on Cash Street. While Jason Perry stood atop a steel frame next to a makeshift plywood wall telling fellow firefighters about the ropes, knots and figure-...

  • South Portland School Board approves $37.8M budget, seeks 1.5% tax increase

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The School Board on Monday unanimously approved a $37.9 million budget, which eliminates 25 jobs for the fiscal year starting July 1. The budget is projected to increase taxes by 1.5 percent, adding 14 cents to the current tax rate of $14.70 per $1,000 of valuation.

  • Brunswick School Board strips Watson of leadership over e-mail to Pingree, 'angry' comments

    BRUNSWICK — During an emotionally charged meeting that pushed budget deliberations to the periphery, the School Board on Wednesday removed Byron Watson as chairman. Watson, who has publicly criticized the town's state legislators and recently sent what some said was an inappropriate and ... 2