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  • Invasive green crabs creep back into Casco Bay

    FREEPORT — Despite cautious optimism earlier this year that midcoast mudflats would be spared, invasive European green crabs were apparently only waiting for warmer water to scurry back into the area and begin wreaking havoc on the shellfish industry. “Since the beginning of la...

  • Cure for the summer slide in Portland

    Nataly Mendez, a soon-to-be first-grader at Reiche Community School, joins her peers in a game of bouncing balls within a parachute Thursday during a Summer Success picnic at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The event, which was hosted by Portland ConnectED, featured a free meal for children, tours...

  • Cumberland County preps for 250th anniversary

    PORTLAND — Planning is underway for Cumberland County's 250th anniversary. To kick off the county's 250th year, county government is sponsoring a logo contest for students living in Cumberland County. Assistant County Manager Bill Whitten said county officials hope the celebra...

  • Storm surge

    An off-shore storm and a full moon always brings high tides along the coast, but not often on Kennebec Street in Portland. Motorists driving past the Whole Foods store on Saturday, Jan. 2, had to cope with more than a foot of standing water near the intersection with Franklin Arterial.

  • Veterans Memorial Bridge southbound to be closed Thursday night for repairs

    PORTLAND — The southbound lane of the Veterans Memorial Bridge will be closed the night of Thursday, Jan. 7, so crews can fix a failing bridge joint. The Maine Department of Transportation said motorists should use the Fore River Parkway on-ramp and Exit 5 to access Interstate 295 so...

  • Transformation of former hotel, college dormitory in downtown Portland nearly complete

    PORTLAND — The west end of the Arts District should soon experience an influx of residents, when a former college dormitory on Congress Street reopens as a completely renovated apartment complex. The building at

  • Classes resume at Portland middle school after threat of violence, lock-down

    PORTLAND — Lyman Moore Middle School was locked down for more than two hours Monday morning after discovery of  a threat of mass violence at the school. Principal Lee Crocker said a student reported finding a "threatening note indicating the presence of a weapon" in a restroom a...

  • Cape officials to host open space meeting

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Town officials have invited residents of the Leighton Farms and Cross Hill neighborhoods to a meeting Jan. 7 to discuss access to town-owned open space. At a Town Council meeting held in November, councilors voted 7-0 to have resident Phillip O'Hearn remove part...

  • Baldacci announces nominees to Brunswick base agency, omits Brown

    BRUNSWICK — The town's chief executive won't be among those serving on the agency overseeing the redevelopment of Brunswick Naval Air Station. Gov. John Baldacci on Thursday announced nominations to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. Despite endorsements from the Town Council...

  • Updated: Lobsterman drowns in Harpswell

    HARPSWELL — Authorities say they may never know exactly how a lobsterman who died Dec. 31 ended up in the 40-degree waters of Quahog Bay. According to the Cumberland County Sheriff's Office, Christopher M. Hanna, 27, of Bath, drowned after falling from the Emily & Logan, a two-man lo...