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  • Pitching in at Pope Preserve in South Portland

    Owen Coon, John Dore, and others remove debris and unwanted growth at Pope Preserve on Mill Cove during South Portland’s Earth Day Clean-Up on Sunday, April 20. Volunteers organized by the South Portland Land Trust cleaned up sites throughout the city, including Bug Light Park, the Greenbel...

  • Inspection could decide fate of Harpswell water tower

    HARPSWELL — The dilapidated, unused water storage tank that stands above Mitchell Field off Harpswell Neck Road is finally going to get some close scrutiny. The 104-foot-high tower, built more than 60 years ago, is rusting in many spots. Its sky-blue protective coating has failed, al...

  • Billings, Sun Journal staff win FOI award

    NORTHPORT — The Sun Journal daily and Sunday newspapers were named the best in the state at the Maine Press Association's annual conference Saturday night. The papers serving Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties took top honors for the second year in a row. The contest was ...

  • Swine flu confirmed in Portland school

    PORTLAND — Two people at Longfellow Elementary School are the first in the city schools to be diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, known as the swine flu. One individual with the illness remained home for seven days and is now symptom-free, the School Department said in a press release ...

  • Portland orders demolition of Washington Ave. building; owner expects a lawsuit

    PORTLAND — The owner of a roofless and windowless building on Washington Avenue has been ordered by the city to demolish the structure. "It is a public safety hazard," said Penny Littell, the city's director of Planning and Urban Development. "For several years we'v...

  • Council delays decision on funds for Portland fireboat crew quarters

    PORTLAND — Funding for new bleachers at Fitzpatrick Stadium, repairs at the Maine State Pier and a new bridge in Deering Oaks Park was approved Monday as part of the city's annual $10 million capital improvements budget. The $1.3 million set aside in the budget for new quarters fo...

  • 'Naked Shakespeare' gets reprieve, but Portland council says bars still have to keep their distance

    PORTLAND — The City Council voted Monday night to amend an ordinance that had resulted in the banishment of Shakespeare performances from a local bar. The council did not, however, support a proposal by Councilor David Marshall to eventually do away with the requirement that bars ...

  • Portland schools may face $3M budget cut

    PORTLAND — The School Committee on Wednesday, Oct. 21, will consider a resolution authorizing the superintendent to begin working on a strategy to identify nearly $3 million in potential cuts to the current budget. The resolution follows an announcement by Gov. John Baldacci that...

  • Water supply, fluoridation motivate Portland Water District candidates

    PORTLAND — A one-year seat on the Portland Water District Board of Trustees has attracted two candidates, one with a passion for Sebago Lake and the other an advocate for discontinuing the practice of adding fluoride to drinking water. Kenneth Levinsky and Oliver Outerbridge are r...

  • Brunswick base agency seeks slice of Downeaster subsidy for airport operations

    BRUNSWICK — The agency redeveloping Brunswick Naval Air Station is eyeing funds that have been used to subsidize the Amtrak Downeaster. The Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority says the money is needed to operate the airport after the Navy base is decommissioned. ... 1