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  • Obama calls for hope and votes in Portland rally for Michaud

    President Barack Obama joins hands with Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Thursday during a rally supporting Michaud's gubernatorial bid against incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent challenger Eliot Cutler. Obama headlined the rally, which drew 3,000 people to the Portlan...

  • Land Trust raises $500K to purchase Scarborough farm

    SCARBOROUGH — The Scarborough Land Trust recently announced that it has met the $500,000 fundraising goal it had set to purchase the Benjamin Farm property on Pleasant Hill Road. The trust plans to purchase ...

  • Old Cumberland photos sought for history project

    CUMBERLAND — Thomas Bennett led a tour through Cumberland’s history during Monday’s Town Council meeting, with a pictorial presentation of the people and places of yesteryear. The Prince Memorial Library director said his presentation was an outgrowth of the Maine Co...

  • Rosa Scarcelli: Political 'newcomer' with old-fashioned connections

    Editor’s note: This examination of Democratic gubernatorial candidate Rosa Scarcelli by the non-profit Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is part of a series examining the claims and records of some of the leading candidates for governor. PORTLAND &m... 1

  • Sister-city celebration

    Takenobu Honda, chairman of the Shinagawa Assembly, sights a green marker bouy in Casco Bay as he takes a turn piloting a ferry on the way to Peaks Island on April 26. Honda and Shinagawa Mayor Takeshi Hamano, left, are part of a delegation visiting Portland to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the ...

  • Thank you, Falmouth: Residents donate school supplies for Iraqi children

    FALMOUTH — When U.S. Army 1st Lt. Mark Seelen called home to Falmouth from Iraq to tell his mother he needed school supplies for the children in the area he where he was deployed, Barbara Seelen leaped into action. She called her friends, her church, the Falmouth Rotary and anyone el...

  • Topsham cell tower proposal returns to Planning Board

    TOPSHAM — A cellular communications tower proposed for the Heights neighborhood returns to the Planning Board on Tuesday, May 4. The 7 p.m. meeting at the Municipal Building will be preceded by a 6 p.m. site walk, at 14 Oak St., of the tower's proposed location. Mariner T...

  • Residents call for reversal of proposed budget cuts in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — If the Town Council uses Monday's public comments as the only metric for determining spending in fiscal 2011, residents can probably expect a property tax increase beyond the proposed bump of 2 percent.  Even with a 2 percent increase, the council will be forced to r...

  • Falmouth council OKs $34.9M budget, no tax increase

    FALMOUTH — The Town Council unanimously approved a $34.9 million municipal and school budget after a public hearing Monday evening. The budget, which avoids a property tax rate increase, includes $24.5 million for the school system, 1.63 percent less than last year. That is st...

  • Yarmouth council election will depend on write-in candidates

    YARMOUTH — The only contested town election will be for a seat on the Water District Board of Trustees after the deadline for submitting nomination papers expired on April 26. There are two, three-year seats available on both the Town Council and School Committee, but only three...