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  • South Portland renews concern about contamination from dry cleaner

    SOUTH PORTLAND — For at least 25 years, a harmful chemical has existed in soil beneath and air around Pratt-Abbott Cleaners at Broadway and Cottage Road. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recorded tetrachloroethylene contamination in the late 1980s and again in 20...

  • Scarborough School Board members urge defeat of revised budget

    SCARBOROUGH — The School Board finance committee, taking direction from the Town Council, eliminated $500,000 in a revised School Department budget proposal that goes to voters July 7. Board members said the reduction will cripple clubs, sports and after-school activities. ...

  • Good credit means low interest, savings on Falmouth school construction

    FALMOUTH — With the help of some of the highest credit ratings in the state, the town announced it has refinanced its high school construction bond. The lower interest rate – less than half of the original rate – will save an estimated $1.3 million in finance costs.

  • Music, art connect Yarmouth and Brunswick

    YARMOUTH — With the help of a grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, 317 Mai...

  • Freeport farm's DIY program grows, offers seasonal classes

    FREEPORT — The Wolfe's Neck Farm Do-It-Yourself program is in its third year and will offer more classes on gardening, cooking, fermenting, energy conse...

  • Portland hopes to have new city clerk by spring

    PORTLAND — The City Council could hire a new city clerk by April, filling the position responsible for running elections, recording council actions and overseeing vital records keeping. Linda Cohen left the job at the beginning of the year, following a 10-year run during which she wa...

  • Ethics panel seeks info from Portland chamber, newspaper ahead of hearing

    PORTLAND — Proponents of last year's successful campaign for an elected mayor have until Wednesday, Feb. 2, to respond to the state Ethics Commission's request for more information about nearly $47,000 in newspaper ads. Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Maine Commission on Go...

  • 'Bleak' budget season begins for Portland schools

    PORTLAND — Only a handful of residents last week took advantage of a public hearing that opened the School Board's budget deliberations for fiscal 2012. Superintendent James C. Morse Sr. began the meeting at King Middle School by laying out a budget scenario in which the district wil...

  • 2 new districts approved for Cumberland County

    PORTLAND — The Cumberland County Board of Commissioners last week unanimously approved the creation of two additional districts, including one that combines a Portland neighborhood with several suburban communities. Residents in the new districts will vote for their respective commis...

  • Energy program shuts after questions about politics, effectiveness

    HALLOWELL — A lawyer who was once Gov. John Baldacci’s counsel set up a "green" nonprofit organization that got a three-year, $3 million no-bid contract in 2010 through a state agency with the help of the governor. That contract, designed to help Maine residents sign up for ene...