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  • Pitching in at Pope Preserve in South Portland

    Owen Coon, John Dore, and others remove debris and unwanted growth at Pope Preserve on Mill Cove during South Portland’s Earth Day Clean-Up on Sunday, April 20. Volunteers organized by the South Portland Land Trust cleaned up sites throughout the city, including Bug Light Park, the Greenbel...

  • Inspection could decide fate of Harpswell water tower

    HARPSWELL — The dilapidated, unused water storage tank that stands above Mitchell Field off Harpswell Neck Road is finally going to get some close scrutiny. The 104-foot-high tower, built more than 60 years ago, is rusting in many spots. Its sky-blue protective coating has failed, al...

  • Freeport-Pownal-Durham schools hire curriculum coordinator

    FREEPORT — The Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors has hired Sarah Simmonds of Falmouth as curriculum coordinator for schools in Freeport, Pownal and Durham. Superintendent Shannon Welsh said Simmonds was selected from 14 applicants from across the nation. "...

  • Falmouth begins school superintendent search with public forums, hiring of consultant

    FALMOUTH — The consultant hired to assist the School Board in its search for a new superintendent of schools will lead a series of discussions with the public next week to focus in on the ideal candidate for the position. Jacqueline Roy, of J.A. Roy Associates in Dennisport, Mass....

  • Garden of delights: Yarmouth schools celebrate Harvest Week

    YARMOUTH — On the first day of Maine Harvest Week, high school senior Sam Waxman could be found barefoot, with his pants legs rolled up, gathering heads of cabbage and cucumbers at the Yarmouth District Garden. The vegetables he harvests will be used as meals for students throughout the week.

  • Chebeague Island child-care program campaigns for new home

    CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — The island's child-care program, which depends on borrowed space, has kicked off a capital campaign to raise funds for a new and permanent home. Kids' Place, which has 30 children enrolled between the ages of 4 months and 12 years, is aiming to raise about $13...

  • As usual, no contests for Freeport Town Council; 5 candidates in sewer district election

    FREEPORT — Unless there are write-in candidates, the Nov. 3 Town Council elections will be uncontested – again – because only three candidates returned nomination papers by the Sept. 9 deadline. District 4 Councilor James Cassida and Councilor-at-Large Charlotte Bishop are se...

  • Computers to help track cash transactions in Portland school cafeterias

    PORTLAND — The School Department is installing computerized cafeteria terminals that will make it easier to track cash transactions – a need highlighted by an audit of the 2008 budget. The system is being installed at all mainland and island schools. The cost of the hardware and software ...

  • Birds shot to death at Portland cemetery

    PORTLAND — Someone has killed seven birds, including a blue heron, at Evergreen Cemetery in the past month. Cemetery workers were first alerted to the dead birds about three weeks ago, said Joe Dumais, the Parks, Playgrounds and Cemeteries coordinator for the city. He said a man c... 2

  • Portland Democratic leadership regroups

    PORTLAND — The Democratic City Committee has a new executive board and is hoping the new composition attracts more involvement from rank-and-file Democrats. Although nearly half the city's enrolled voters are Democrats, the local committee has struggled to find members during the...