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  • Portland WinterFest takes off

    Snowboarder Zander Stearns, 24, of Old Orchard Beach, glides across a C box Friday during the Portland WinterFest Rail Jam. The city closed an eastbound, one-block stretch of Spring Street to accommodate the terrain park, which included a steep pile of snow and three rail features. It was built d...

  • Why and how behind Portland's new storm-water fee

    PORTLAND — The Portland City Council this week approved new storm-water fees, signing off on a measure that was once controversial, but over years of deliberation become an accepted inevitability. Christopher O’Neil, a government liaison for the Portland Community Chamber ...

  • Chebeague expects quicker emergency response with new tower

    CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — An emergency communication tower is being constructed on the island after years of obstructed signals. Town Administrator Eric Dyer said a 120-foot tower, base and antenna, will be built in front of the Fire and Rescue Department. He said it should be done this win...

  • Freeport finds new finance director in Lisbon

    FREEPORT — The town has hired a new finance director following the resignation of Abbe Yacoben. Jessica Maloy, who has been the finance...

  • Portland council approves House Island historic status, business park property sale

    PORTLAND — House Island, the 26-acre Casco Bay site of military and immigration facilities, became the newest city historical district Monday by a unanimous City Council vote. Councilors also approved the $625,000 sale of the first parcel in the the city's designated technology busin...

  • Cumberland-North Yarmouth board hears pitches for turf field, performing arts center

    CUMBERLAND — The School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors heard reports on two major projects – an artificial turf field and performing arts center – at a workshop Monday. The 100,000-square-foot turf field, which would be laid on Greely High School's var...

  • South Portland building ready for Portland state offices

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Mayor Linda Cohen welcomed a new state office building Monday, and Gov. Paul LePage praised the anticipated savings of $23 million over the next 30 years that the 151 Jetport Blvd. building represents. The new 75,000-square-foot structure, which cost approximate...

  • Portland tenants group seeks clarity, enforcement

    PORTLAND — A fledgling tenant's association plans to proceed with advocacy and education after its first meeting Jan. 2 drew about a dozen tenants and landlords. Formed by Grace Damon and Catherine Wilson, the group spent two hours outlining basic issues regarding safety, city rental...

  • West Bath votes next week on RSU 1 withdrawal

    WEST BATH — Voters will decide Tuesday, Jan. 13, if the town should withdraw from Regional School Unit 1, which West Bath helped form in 2008. Not only is a majority needed for the vote to succeed, it also requires enough people to vote. A minimum voter turnout of 50 percent o...

  • Brunswick food pantry expands hours

    BRUNSWICK — The Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program has expanded its hours. The organization's food pantry will now be open Mondays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Wednesdays from 11 a.m.-4 p.m., and Fridays and Saturdays from 11 a.m.-2 p.m.  Additionally, the program's soup ki...