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  • Pumpkins picked: End of the vine for the Wilcoxes of Intervale Farm

    Carl and Jan Wilcox (and golden retriever Midge) stand under a rainbow Oct. 18 at Intervale Farm in New Gloucester. For the past 20 years, the couple has grown and sold pumpkins and gourds; this year, however, marks their final crop, most of which has already been sold.

  • Dueling cost estimates for Freeport's withdrawal from RSU 5

    FREEPORT — Residents on Nov. 4 will vote to decide if Freeport will withdraw from Regional School Unit 5. The referendum question will ask voters if the town should leave the school unit it formed with Durham and Pownal in 2009, as part of a state-mandated school district consolidati...

  • South Portland signs group contract to clean up polluted Long Creek watershed

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Wednesday formally signed an agreement to work with other west end property owners to improve water quality in the Long Creek Watershed, an urban impaired stream spanning four municipalities that must be cleaned up by 2020.  The agreement mar...

  • New rules on farm animals, river protection, home businesses advance in Scarborough

    SCARBOROUGH — Proposed changes to the zoning ordinance to allow farm animals, gardens and farm stands in residential area are moving forward after a Town Council public hearing April 21.  Planning Director Dan Bacon explained the changes proposed by the Maine Department of Agric...

  • Cape Elizabeth properties to be revalued

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Residents can expect another property revaluation in the coming year, and will see changes to their property tax bills in October 2011 and April 2012. Town Assessor Matthew Sturgis said the last equalization took place in 2004 and increased the valuation from $763 mi...

  • Volunteers sought for Scarborough Marsh, beach cleanup day

    SCARBOROUGH — Earth Day is all about giving back to the planet, and nowhere is that more obvious than the annual marsh and beach cleanup day, the Saturday after Earth Day. More than 100 residents came out last year for the event, and Linda Woodard of the Audubon Society said she expe...

  • 'Extreme situation' in Haiti spurs Scarborough man, local companies to continue relief efforts

    SCARBOROUGH — Darcy Pierce is a veteran of large-scale disasters. He traveled to Thailand after the tsunami in 2004 and Indonesia after the earthquake in 2009. But after a trip to Haiti last week, the ongoing devastation there surprised him. "It's an extreme situation. I thin...

  • Bowdoinham farm hopes to cultivate community from Portland to Augusta

    BOWDOINHAM — The Dancing Cricket Farm is kicking off an endeavor to provide people from Portland to Augusta with top-notch organic vegetables, flowers and herbs through environmentally friendly and sustainable farming practices. The 75-acre farm is the flagship project of the Ce...

  • Yarmouth PTO hosts kitchen tours

    YARMOUTH — The Yarmouth Parent Teacher Organization will host a self-guided tour of 10 uniquely designed kitchens on May 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will be able to see the work of several designers and artisans. Tickets are $20 each and include a tour book. All proceeds w...

  • Healthy lessons for kids

    Emilie Estabrook, 9, of Yarmouth, shows off her Hula Hoop skill on April 17 during Healthy Kids Day at the Casco Bay YMCA in Freeport. The Y held the annual event to show young people a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be boring.