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  • Freeport town clerk named best in Maine

    FREEPORT — After two years of serving the residents of Freeport, plus years of prior experience, Tracey Stevens has been named Maine Town Clerk of the Year. The award, presented by the Maine Town and City Clerks Association, was presented to Stevens Sept. 9 at MTCCA's annual business...

  • University of New England to acquire Portland armory

    PORTLAND — The University of New England has struck a deal with the Maine Army National Guard to acquire the armory at 772 Stevens Ave. The two entities agreed to a land swap: UNE will purchase land in Scarborough, and turn it over to the Guard to build a new readiness center. I...

  • Falmouth council hears school budget concerns

    FALMOUTH — A looming school budget crisis was foremost on people's minds at the Town Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 22. Preliminary reports on fiscal year 2011 state funding for Falmouth's schools suggest a loss of nearly $900,000 in general aid to education. During Monday's ...

  • Freeport weighs cost of dispatch merger with Brunswick

    FREEPORT — A Town Council workshop Monday night gave Brunswick police and communications officers a chance to show residents what a merger of dispatch services would look like for the two towns. A council meeting Tuesday night gave the nearly 50 residents in attendance an opport...

  • UPDATE: Police arrest suspect in failed Yarmouth bank robbery

    YARMOUTH — Police arrested a 22-year-old Yarmouth man Wednesday in connection with an attempted robbery at Norway Savings Bank Tuesday afternoon. Police said Rodrick J. MacLean, 22, of Old County Road, is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on $200,000 cash bail.  T...

  • Cumberland draft budget adds 8 cents to tax rate

    CUMBERLAND — Next year’s draft municipal budget shows a 0.34 percent increase, from $8.01 million in fiscal 2010 to $8.04 million in fiscal 2011. Taking into account a 1.24 percent drop in revenues, the next budget could add 8 cents to the current property tax rate of $14....

  • Yarmouth council backs dispatch merger with Falmouth; public hearing on March 1

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council voted 6-1 on Feb. 18 to support a merger of emergency dispatch services with Falmouth rather than the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center in Windham. No final decision had been made. A public hearing is set for March 1. About two ...

  • News Analysis: Questions remain for Brunswick base agency after departure of Bailey, Oxford Aviation

    BRUNSWICK — Last summer, when The Forecaster began examining Oxford Aviation's bid to expand at Brunswick Naval Air Station, Steve Levesque, the executive director of the agency redeveloping the base, warned a reporter that negative press could kill the deal. Perhaps Levesque is bles... 3

  • Market moves indoors

    Portland's indoor winter farmers market opened for a 10-week run at 85 Free St. on Saturday, Feb. 20, with a crowd of shoppers looking for fresh produce, cheese and meats.

  • 3 nominated to be college trustees

    AUGUSTA — Three Portland-area residents were nominated by Gov. John Baldacci this week to serve on the boards of trustees for the University of Maine and Maine Community College systems. Portland resident Victoria Murphy was nominated to the University of Maine System Board of Truste...