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  • Pumpkins picked: End of the vine for the Wilcoxes of Intervale Farm

    Carl and Jan Wilcox (and golden retriever Midge) stand under a rainbow Oct. 18 at Intervale Farm in New Gloucester. For the past 20 years, the couple has grown and sold pumpkins and gourds; this year, however, marks their final crop, most of which has already been sold.

  • Dueling cost estimates for Freeport's withdrawal from RSU 5

    FREEPORT — Residents on Nov. 4 will vote to decide if Freeport will withdraw from Regional School Unit 5. The referendum question will ask voters if the town should leave the school unit it formed with Durham and Pownal in 2009, as part of a state-mandated school district consolidati...

  • Kunin seeks new challenges, Deering High School seeks new principal

    PORTLAND — Ken Kunin will resign as principal of Deering High School at the end of the school year, he said, to seek a new challenge. Kunin said his resignation has nothing to do with the bleak financial forecast for city schools, which face a mid-year cut of $2.6 million in state aid in...

  • Analysts: School funding crisis an opportunity for change

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Maine has too many school districts, too many administrators, too few students per teacher and too many students identified for special education. Those were just some of the problems behind the current funding crisis for public education identified by attorney and educa...

  • Portland's historic black meeting house wins more money for restoration

    PORTLAND — The Abyssinian Meeting House is a shell of what it was three years ago. And the folks in charge of restoring the landmark couldn't be happier. "We thought we'd have to do a lot of guessing," said David Paul, treasurer of the Committee to Restore the Abyssinian. "The buildi...

  • Bath police search for drugstore robbery suspect

    BATH — Police are investigating a robbery that occurred Monday at 9:50 a.m. at the Walgreens store on State Road. Police said a white man in his 20s entered the store and demanded prescription narcotics at the pharmacy counter. He said he had a gun, although he displayed no gun ...

  • Brunswick legislators to hold office hours

    BRUNSWICK — State Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, and Rep. Charlie Priest, D-Brunswick, will hold office hours on Saturday, Feb. 13, from 2-4 p.m. at the Little Dog Coffee Shop on Maine Street. The session is open to anyone who would like to voice opinions and concerns. Gerzofsky r...

  • Private effort launched to fund Shore Road Pathway in Cape Elizabeth

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The community group Safe Access for Everyone is acquiring non-profit status and starting a campaign to raise the local portion required for a federal grant to construct the Shore Road Pathway....

  • Sale of Scarborough property still on hold as town weighs procedure

    SCARBOROUGH — Town officials are still waiting for results of a conservation analysis on a 69-acre parcel known as the Tibbetts Road property, a piece of town land that abutters have expressed interest in purchasing. But the delay of written findings from the Parks and Land Conservat...

  • Cape Elizabeth Town Council sets Fort Williams parking fees, plans advisory referendum

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Town councilors on Feb. 8 approved parking fees at Fort Williams Park starting in April 2011, including annual permits for residents and non-residents. Voters will be given one more opportunity to express their opinion in a non-binding referendum in June.