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  • Harpswell water tower fixes could cost $430K

    HARPSWELL — Immediate action needs to be taken on an empty, unused water tower at Mitchell Field to prevent further deterioration and possible collapse, according to an engineer hired by the town to evaluate the structure. Fully restoring the 100,000-gallon steel tank to its full cap...

  • Land sale to resolve 26-year-old Bath code violations

    BATH — The City Council voted 5-2 Wednesday to allow an elderly couple to purchase land adjoining their Mallard Road property to settle code violations created because two of their buildings are on city property. The panel also unofficially supported selling a sliver of city-owned Wi...

  • Falmouth council rejects harbor panel's recommendations

    FALMOUTH — Despite protests from the chairman of the Harbor and Waterfront Committee, the Town Council last week unanimously accepted a list of harbor management implementation steps suggested by the committee. The council, however, removed what committee Chairman Steve Archambault s...

  • Reading is right

    Karen Baldacci, Maine's first lady, begins the annual Read With Me campaign at Hall Elementary School in Portland on Tuesday, reading to a group of kindergarten students from this year's featured book, "The Circus Ship" by Chris Van Dusen. The program's goal is to improve literacy and reading skills...

  • MCLU challenges Falmouth council's proposed rule changes

    FALMOUTH — The Maine Civil Liberties Union is challenging a Town Council resolution passed last week in response to "abusive, bullying and threatening" language directed at councilors. In a May 12 letter to the council, the MCLU said the resolution and proposed council rule changes w...

  • Libby Mitchell: Augusta insider again seeks statewide success

    Editor’s note: Part of a series by the non-profit Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting examining the claims and records of some of the leading candidates for governor. Elizabeth “Libby” Mitchell has enjoyed a highly successful legislative c...

  • Brunswick residents blast freshman sports school budget cut

    BRUNSWICK — Coaches and parents stunned by the School Board's May 12 decision to ax freshman sports vented their frustration to the Town Council on Monday, potentially adding a late hurdle to a budget process that seemed to be in the home stretch. Until Monday, the majority of the co...

  • Improvements planned for Portland's St. John, Valley streets

    PORTLAND — A $100,000 improvement plan for the St. John Street-Valley Street neighborhood is expected to begin later this year, pending approval from the City Council. The streetscape improvements include new crosswalks, traffic islands, trees and more traffic signs. The city will al...

  • Falmouth candidates to debate

    FALMOUTH — The Forecaster next week will sponsor a public forum featuring candidates running for Falmouth Town Council and School Board. The debate-style event will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at Town Hall, in the Council Chambers. It will be televised live on Falmou... 2

  • Portland City Council approves $196.3M budget, tax hike

    PORTLAND — A $196.3 million municipal budget approved by the City Council Monday night includes an increase in the cost of trash bags and a decrease in the number of police officers on Peaks Island. The fiscal year 2011 budget goes into effect July 1. It is $7 million larger than the...