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  • Halfway Rock Light auction closes with highest bid ever for Maine lighthouse

    HARPSWELL — The auction of Halfway Rock Light has closed with a high bid of $283,000. If accepted by the federal government, it would be the highest winning bid ever for a Maine lighthouse. The bid trumps the previous high of $190,000 in 2010 for Ram Island Ledge Lighthouse at...

  • Vision rehabilitation, training center coming to Portland

    PORTLAND — The city may soon be home to the only training and rehabilitation center for the visually impaired north of Newton, Mass., after the Iris Network received a $1.1 million grant from the federal government. The funding was secured by the state Department of Labor's Divi...

  • Cumberland-North Yarmouth school budget to be discussed in forum

    CUMBERLAND — School Administrative District 51 will hold a fiscal 2011 budget forum on Thursday, Feb. 25, to discuss the financial challenges the district faces and the latest information on revenues and expenses. The forum will be held in the Commons area of Greely High School ...

  • Brunswick School Board chairman, legislators spar over aid cuts, e-mail remarks

    BRUNSWICK — The School Board chairman and members of the town's legislative delegation are feuding over a proposed $3 million slash in state e...

  • North Yarmouth's Graham makes 3rd run in House District 109

    NORTH YARMOUTH — Selectman Anne Graham, who was narrowly defeated in the last two House District 109 elections, announced she is again a candidate in the district that includes parts of North Yarmouth, Pownal and Gray. Graham, a Democrat, said in a press release that she is runn...

  • North Yarmouth draft budget shows 2.6% reduction

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The draft fiscal 2011 municipal budget, which faces a long review process before being approved in June, is 2.6 percent smaller than the existing budget. The total budget proposed by Administrative Assistant Marnie Diffin is $2.25 million, compared with $2.31 mi... 2

  • Brunswick budget forum draws small turnout

    BRUNSWICK — Fewer than a dozen residents voiced concerns about a projected $5 million budget gap during a Feb. 11 forum hosted by the Town Council. The town meeting-style event was designed to gather input on how the council and School Board should address a shortfall that officials ...

  • Financing plan for Brunswick inn offers developer 5 tax-free years

    BRUNSWICK — A proposed 10-year agreement with the town will rebate an average of 85 percent of property taxes to the developer of an inn planned at Maine Street Station and not tax the project at all during its first five years. An outline of the credit enhancement financing was pres...

  • WinteRush remnants

    Although a lack of snow canceled this year's WinterRush festival in Portland, the Polar Bear 5K and Freezin' for a Reason Dip went on as scheduled on Feb. 13. The weather was bright and sunny, but judging from the dippers' faces, the water at East End Beach was still cold as heck.

  • Jumping for health

    Ben Fisher, left, takes a turn twirling the rope as his classmates Caleb Delano and Alex McGonagle jump during the "Jump for the Health of It" fundraiser at Longfellow Elementary School in Portland on Feb. 12.