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  • Deadline nears for North Yarmouth fire chief applicants

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The town is accepting applications through Wednesday, Oct. 8, from candidates for the fire-rescue chief job vacated last month by Ricky Plummer. In the meantime, Michael Robitaille – Yarmouth's fire-rescue chief – has been appointed by the town to serve i...

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    PORTLAND — Baxter Black, a one-time Portland resident, recently had an experience most people wouldn't even consider. He spent nearly 40 days climbing the Himalayas, as part of a course offered by the National Outdoor Leadership School to learn about glacial travel and mountaine...

  • 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 ...

  • Feds will fund Portland IMT, skip cruise ship mega berth

    PORTLAND — The state won $5 million in federal Recovery Act funds to pay for improvements at the International Marine Terminal, but the city will have to find alternative funding to build a second cruise ship berth at Ocean Gateway. The federal Department of Transportation last week ...

  • Restaurant workers lobby for better pay, benefits

    PORTLAND — As local restaurants gear up for 10 days of special promotions designed to lure diners out of late-winter hibernation, advocates for servers and kitchen workers say restaurant working conditions must be improved. According to a study released by the Maine Restaurant Indust...

  • $255K grant brings high-speed Internet to classrooms in 3 Portland schools

    PORTLAND — King Middle School and Riverton and Presumpscot elementary schools will be equipped with wireless, high-speed Internet access thanks to a $255,000 federal grant. In addition to wireless Internet, each classroom will also be equipped with voice-over-Internet protocol equipm...

  • Craftsmen come out for 1st taste of Herbie 'cookies'

    NEW GLOUCESTER — Although the massive tree known as Herbie was cut down in January, wood from the 217-year-old elm will live on as bowls, jewelry and furniture. Herbie was removed from the corner of Yankee Drive and East Main Street in Yarmouth on Jan. 19. The 110-foot tree was finally ...

  • Court documents claim dispute preceded Portland murder

    PORTLAND —A 21-year-old Portland man made his first appearance in court Friday, Feb. 19, to answer to a murder charge. Moses Okot was charged Feb. 18 by Portland police with murder in connection with the shooting death of Serge Mulongo, according to police Capt. Ted Ross. He w...

  • Falmouth foundation seeks Portland community development funds

    PORTLAND — A Falmouth foundation wants to tap into Portland's share of federal Community Development funds to help pay for a $2 million education facility at the old Tidewater Farm. Tidewater Farm Regional Learning Center is a collaboration between Tidewater Conservation Foundation, the ...