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  • Kestrel CEO: Financing puzzle still coming together, not complete

    PORTLAND — Alan Klapmeier, chief executive officer of the startup airplane manufacturer Kestrel, Wednesday said the company has secured a new foreign investor and put some employees back to work at its Brunswick Landing facility. But he declined to share many details. “A...

  • RSU 5 board submits Freeport withdrawal proposal to state, seeks November referendum

    FREEPORT — The board of directors of Regional School Unit 5 on Wednesday sent the Freeport withdrawal agreement to the Department of Education, with the intent to have it on the local ballot in November. The School Board's unanimous vote to submit the agreement to Education Comm...

  • Freeport weighs cost of dispatch merger with Brunswick

    FREEPORT — A Town Council workshop Monday night gave Brunswick police and communications officers a chance to show residents what a merger of dispatch services would look like for the two towns. A council meeting Tuesday night gave the nearly 50 residents in attendance an opport...

  • UPDATE: Police arrest suspect in failed Yarmouth bank robbery

    YARMOUTH — Police arrested a 22-year-old Yarmouth man Wednesday in connection with an attempted robbery at Norway Savings Bank Tuesday afternoon. Police said Rodrick J. MacLean, 22, of Old County Road, is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on $200,000 cash bail.  T...

  • Cumberland draft budget adds 8 cents to tax rate

    CUMBERLAND — Next year’s draft municipal budget shows a 0.34 percent increase, from $8.01 million in fiscal 2010 to $8.04 million in fiscal 2011. Taking into account a 1.24 percent drop in revenues, the next budget could add 8 cents to the current property tax rate of $14....

  • Yarmouth council backs dispatch merger with Falmouth; public hearing on March 1

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council voted 6-1 on Feb. 18 to support a merger of emergency dispatch services with Falmouth rather than the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center in Windham. No final decision had been made. A public hearing is set for March 1. About two ...

  • News Analysis: Questions remain for Brunswick base agency after departure of Bailey, Oxford Aviation

    BRUNSWICK — Last summer, when The Forecaster began examining Oxford Aviation's bid to expand at Brunswick Naval Air Station, Steve Levesque, the executive director of the agency redeveloping the base, warned a reporter that negative press could kill the deal. Perhaps Levesque is bles... 3

  • Market moves indoors

    Portland's indoor winter farmers market opened for a 10-week run at 85 Free St. on Saturday, Feb. 20, with a crowd of shoppers looking for fresh produce, cheese and meats.

  • 3 nominated to be college trustees

    AUGUSTA — Three Portland-area residents were nominated by Gov. John Baldacci this week to serve on the boards of trustees for the University of Maine and Maine Community College systems. Portland resident Victoria Murphy was nominated to the University of Maine System Board of Truste...

  • Cumberland voters to decide fate of Route 88 project

    CUMBERLAND — Whether the town should borrow up to $4.5 million to improve Route 88 will be decided by voters on Tuesday, March 2. Monday’s Town Council meeting was packed with residents who heard representatives of Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers describe the drainage ...