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  • Siblings challenge Portland School Board incumbents

    PORTLAND — All three School Board members whose terms are expiring are seeking re-election in November. So far, two of them have potential challengers in a pair of brother-and-sister candidates. Nominating petitions became available June 30. As of July 24, several candidates h...

  • Portland poised to acquire 43 acres to protect Capisic Brook

    PORTLAND — A proposed $800,000 land deal off Warren Avenue could hasten improvements to Capisic Brook, one of the city's longest waterways. On Monday, Aug. 3, the City Council will vote on the purchase of 42.5 acres of land behind Happy Wheels and other businesses in the 300 blo...

  • Voters face another decision on future of West Harpswell School

    HARPSWELL — About 50 people showed up at the Harpswell Islands School on Tuesday night for a public hearing on the potential closing of the West Harpswell School. The meeting was held to discuss a Feb. 1 referendum, where residents will decide whether to pay School Administrative Dis...

  • Brunswick council OKs draft plan for downtown

    BRUNSWICK — Agreement was in the air when town councilors unanimously approved every item on their agenda at Monday's meeting. Noteworthy issues included approval of the draft Master Plan for Downtown Brunswick and Outer Pleasant Street Corridor. The plan includes 160 recommendations...

  • Freeport council wrestles with new e-mail policy

    FREEPORT — After a heated discussion and an abrupt end to deliberations, the Town Council on Tuesday adopted new guidelines for use of e-mail by its members. The vote was 5-2. Councilors Joe Migliaccio and Eric Pandora voted against the policy, saying they wanted a more comprehensive...

  • Falmouth puts century-old fire station up for sale

    FALMOUTH — In the mid-1800s, the best place to party in town was the Union Hall. That's where people came to play whist, to dance, to see minstrel shows and generally to have fun. However, according to a history of the building put together by Howard Reiche, the Union Hall was no lon...

  • Correction

    A Jan. 19 Page 1 story, "Marchers in Portland honor MLK Jr., send message to LePage," should have said Jessica Butts has a family member who struggled with homelessness and mental illness. Also, the march was organized by the NAACP.

  • Falmouth councilor denies conflict, council eases development limits

    FALMOUTH — Despite suggestions of a conflict of interest involving one councilor, a sharply divided Town Council on Monday relaxed some rules governing future residential subdivisions. The Resource Conservation Overlay District rules were first approved five years ago, requiring deve... 1

  • Trail alliance forming in Topsham

    TOPSHAM — The Conservation Commission and the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust are helping to establish the Greater Topsham Trail Alliance. The alliance's purpose is to coordinate efforts by various trail groups, individuals and organizations to maintain and develop trails in Topsham and...

  • Sliding into winter

    Portland's seventh annual WinterKids Welcome To Winter Festival was held in Payson park on Saturday. The event helps introduce immigrant kids and their families, some of whom may never have seen snow before, to outdoor activities like sledding and snowshoeing, and how to dress for the cold. Local...