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  • Lighting up faces, tree boughs in Portland

    Jacob Lavigne, 7, and father Dan, of Dayton, cheer the lighting of Portland's Christmas tree Friday, Nov. 28, in Monument Square. Hundreds of people packed the square, despite sub-freezing temperatures, for the ceremony, a performance by singer Rick Charette and the Bubble Gum Band, and an appear...

  • Libbytown future topic of Portland workshop

    PORTLAND — Growth in Libbytown along outer Congress Street will be the topic of a Dec. 11 public workshop at the Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St. The 6 p.m. workshop is part of the larger Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System Land Use and Transit Technical Assistance...

  • Write-in candidates join Yarmouth council race

    YARMOUTH — Write-in candidates are emerging after the April 26 deadline to submit nomination papers passed with only one Town Council candidate submitting papers to be on the June 8 ballot. Steve Woods was the only resident to return papers for one of the two available Town Council s... 1

  • Showing their heart in Portland

    Walkers, including 5 1/2-year-old Emily from Scarborough, pass the three-mile marker during the Southern Maine Heart Walk around Portland's Back Cove on Sunday, May 16. Organizers hoped to raise $370,000 in the annual fundraiser for the American Heart Association.

  • Pipeline brings natural gas service to Freeport, Pownal

    FREEPORT — Pownal and Freeport could be in line to benefit from natural gas being transported from Canada and northern Maine. With final approval expected from the Pownal Planning Board and Zoning Board of Appeals within a few weeks, residents, businesses and schools in Freeport and ...

  • Regional School Unit 5 passes $23.4M school budget

    FREEPORT — The Regional School Unit 5 Board of Trustees will send a $23.4 million budget for fiscal 2011 to the annual budget meeting on May 26. A total of $65,400 was added to the budget on May 12, including $60,000 for the contingency fund and $5,400 to fund library books. T...

  • Falmouth council rejects harbor panel's recommendations

    FALMOUTH — Despite protests from the chairman of the Harbor and Waterfront Committee, the Town Council last week unanimously accepted a list of harbor management implementation steps suggested by the committee. The council, however, removed what committee Chairman Steve Archambault s...

  • Brunswick residents blast freshman sports school budget cut

    BRUNSWICK — Coaches and parents stunned by the School Board's May 12 decision to ax freshman sports vented their frustration to the Town Council on Monday, potentially adding a late hurdle to a budget process that seemed to be in the home stretch. Until Monday, the majority of the co...

  • Improvements planned for Portland's St. John, Valley streets

    PORTLAND — A $100,000 improvement plan for the St. John Street-Valley Street neighborhood is expected to begin later this year, pending approval from the City Council. The streetscape improvements include new crosswalks, traffic islands, trees and more traffic signs. The city will al...

  • Falmouth candidates to debate

    FALMOUTH — The Forecaster next week will sponsor a public forum featuring candidates running for Falmouth Town Council and School Board. The debate-style event will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at Town Hall, in the Council Chambers. It will be televised live on Falmou... 2