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  • South Portland tar sands ban: 1 vote down, 2 to go

    SOUTH PORTLAND — An ordinance that would prevent unrefined tar sands oil from being piped through the city passed the first of three hurdles in a special meeting Wednesday night. The City Council voted 6-1 in a first reading of the so-called “Clear Skies” ordinance.

  • Missing South Portland woman found safe in Waterford

    WATERFORD — A 77-year-old South Portland woman who had been missing for 48 hours was found safe in the woods of Waterford Wednesday morning. Ruth Francis Brennan, who had been missing since Monday, was found safe by Maine Search and Rescue Dogs canine handler Elizabeth Fossett and he...

  • Brunswick renovation project fails to boost local subcontractors

    BRUNSWICK — A renovation project billed as a local stimulus project will be more regional than anticipated. The Town Council learned Monday that a $780,000 project to retrofit an 1854 building on Union Street to accommodate local retirement services provider People Plus will involve ...

  • Harpswell changes Town Meeting to March 20 to accommodate SAD 75 vote

    HARPSWELL — The Board of Selectmen voted Jan. 21 to change Town Meeting from March 13 to March 20. The vote follows a recent decision by School Administrative District 75 to schedule a March 9 referendum on the closing of the West Harpswell School. The move by selectmen will a...

  • Showdown looms over hunting in North Yarmouth; selectmen OK May turkey hunt

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Tuesday evening to allow weekday turkey hunting this May at Old Town House Park. The board’s decision echoed a recommendation by the Recreation Commission earlier this month, but doesn't go far enough to appeas...

  • Yarmouth schools set budget schedule, prepare for reduced funding

    YARMOUTH — School officials are working to find savings and plan for the future in light of a nearly $520,000 reduction in state funding this year and an estimated $1.2 million reduction in fiscal 2011. Superintendent of Schools Judy Paolucci said the schools have nearly made up...

  • Falmouth resident donates vehicle to town

    FALMOUTH — An Elm Drive resident gave the town a "brake" recently – and an engine, seats and steering wheel – when he donated a 2001 Ford Expedition for the Police Department to use during winter storms. Frank Langlois gave the town the vehicle, which is valued at $10,000...

  • Cumberland business group meets Feb. 3

    CUMBERLAND — The Cumberland Maine Business Association will hold its first quarterly meeting and networking event at the Val Halla banquet center at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 3. Town officials will discuss the benefits of being an association member, as well as the ongoing effor...

  • Former Yarmouth real estate broker indicted for theft

    YARMOUTH — A former commercial real estate broker was indicted Jan. 8 on a count of theft by deception. A Cumberland County grand jury handed up the indictment charging Daniel J. Coyne with raising money to finance a real estate development that allegedly did not exist. A...

  • Cumberland council sets Route 88 referendum for March 2

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council voted 6-1 Monday to schedule a special, citizen-initiated referendum March 2 on whether the town should borrow up to $4.5 million to improve Route 88 (Foreside Road). Councilor Mike Perfetti, who cast the dissenting vote, said he preferred a June&nb...