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  • Topsham draws criticism after pulling political signs

    TOPSHAM — A free-speech debate erupted Monday after the town removed political campaign signs it said were planted illegally on public property. State law allows political signs to be placed in a public right of way six weeks before an election. But Topsham's local ordinance reduces ...

  • Freeport's exit from RSU 5 could add up to $345K to tax bill

    FREEPORT — The tax impact if the town withdraws from Regional School Unit 5 would range from a reduction of almost $289,000 to an increase of almost $345,000, depending on how many RSU students attend Freeport schools.  The Freeport Withdrawal Committee on Tuesday presented...

  • Brunswick, Maine Street Station developer close to financing plan for inn

    BRUNSWICK — Two weeks after scrutinizing a proposal that would return a portion of property taxes to the developer of the Maine Street Station project, the Town Council on Monday said it is close to finalizing the deal. The funding mechanism – known as credit enhancement financ...

  • Yarmouth schools face $1.1M subsidy loss

    YARMOUTH — Preliminary reports from the Department of Education show Yarmouth will receive $1.1 million less in state aid for education in fiscal year 2010-2011. Superintendent of Schools Judy Paolucci said while the preliminary numbers are close to what she expected, she though...

  • Successful 'Race Up Boston Place'

    Members of Portland Fire Local 740 took part in the annual "Race Up Boston Place" on Feb. 6 in Boston. The stair-climbing race raises money for the American Lung Association of New England. The Portland team finished first in the Firefighter Division, which requires all participants to race up 41...

  • Yarmouth council meeting rescheduled

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council meeting scheduled for Feb. 4 had to be canceled when only three of seven councilors attended the meeting. "One was in the hospital, one was away on a trip, and one was gone on business," Town Manager Nat Tupper said of the missing councilors. "The sit...

  • Freeport considers Brunswick for all emergency dispatching

    FREEPORT — Formal negotiations could soon begin toward consolidation of all dispatch services with Brunswick. The two towns began preliminary discussions last month as they consider ways to balance declining state revenue sharing with local mandates not to increase property taxes.

  • Slices of Yarmouth's 217-year-old Herbie to go on display

    YARMOUTH — Two 1,600-pound slices of the elm tree known as Herbie will be given to the town and the Maine Department of Conservation. The 110-foot tall tree was removed from the corner of Yankee Drive and East Main Street on Jan. 19 due to Dutch elm disease. He was saved from th...

  • Photo contest celebrates volunteerism

    AUGUSTA — The Maine Commission for Community Service is holding a "Volunteers in Action" photo contest to celebrate volunteerism in the state. The commission is looking for photographs that depict volunteers serving the com...

  • Cumberland to consider raising trash bag fees

    CUMBERLAND — The price residents pay per trash bag through the town’s “pay-as-you-throw” program may rise in the fiscal 2011 budget. At Monday’s Town Council meeting, Town Manager Bill Shane said Cumberland’s 20-gallon bags cost $1 each, while its 3...