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  • Freeport celebrates blueberries this weekend

    FREEPORT — The Summer Blueberry Festival will kick off with a free concert by the Chandler Military Band on Friday night, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. at the South Freeport Church. The Half Moon Jug will also perform at the festival, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 3 The local band will take th...

  • Wood-chipping available on Portland islands next week

    PORTLAND — Residents of the city's coastal islands can reduce the risk of wildfires by having brush and debris chipped by city crews next week. The federally funded Defensible Space Chipping Program begins Monday, Aug. 4, on Cushing Island. Residents can place cleared brush curbside ...

  • UMaine Foundation gives up on Falmouth property

    FALMOUTH — A lavish mansion at 200 Woodville Road that once belonged to Shaw's Supermarkets heiress Mary Alice Davis, and now owned by the University of Maine Foundation, is for sale again. The last owner, Eric Cianchette, donated the property to the foundation in December 2006, afte...

  • Chief: Falmouth fire station should remain closed

    FALMOUTH — As expected, Falmouth's fire-EMS chief recommended to the Town Council on Monday that the aging Pleasant Hill Fire Station remain closed indefinitely. Chief Howard Rice said the length of time it takes emergency services personnel to respond to calls has actually dropped s...

  • First the lights, then the latkes

    Rabbi Moshe Wilansky lights the first lanterns on the grand menorah in front of Portland City Hall on Saturday night, Dec. 12, the second night of Hanukkah, the Jewish Festival of Lights. A party with latkes (traditional potato pancakes), balloons, music and dancing followed in the Maine Room of Cit...

  • Cumberland residents may challenge plan to borrow up to $4.5M for Route 88 upgrades

    CUMBERLAND – The Town Council voted unanimously Monday to proceed with a Foreside Road (Route 88) shoulder and drainage improvement project requiring borrowing up to $4.5 million.The next morning, though, a Hedgerow Drive resident requested a petition to begin the process to send the cou...

  • Reading corner dedicated to "Nana" Brown, foster grandparent to hundreds of Yarmouth students

    YARMOUTH — When foster grandparent Molly "Nana" Brown died last spring, her family requested memorial donations be sent to Yarmouth Elementary School for a reading corner in her name. Last Friday, Brown's family, school students, faculty and friends gathered to honor her service to ...

  • USM president encourages Yarmouth High School students to pursue higher education

    YARMOUTH — Selma Botman, president of the University of Southern Maine, visited Yarmouth High School this week to encourage students to pursue a higher education. Her stop in Yarmouth on Monday, Dec. 14,marked the first in a series of high school visits she'll make around the st...

  • SailMaine appeals for donations

    PORTLAND — SailMaine, a nonprofit that teaches kids to sail, launched its first public fundraising appeal this week. The 13-year-old organization is asking for donations to help it continue to offer affordable sailing training to kids. More than 325 young sailors participated in the prog...

  • South Portland fitness program for seniors fills void left by USM budget cuts

    SOUTH PORTLAND — When the University of Southern Maine cut its Lifeline program earlier this spring, about 100 senior citizens were left without services they had depended on for years. But Lifeline, a fitness program geared towards people 60 or older, has been given a second life as Fit...