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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...

  • 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...

  • Gray resident seeks House District 109 seat

    NORTH YARMOUTH — Gary Foster of Gray, a self-employed residential builder and remodeler, announced his candidacy for the state Legislature in House District 109, which includes parts of North Yarmouth, Pownal and Gray. The seat is currently held by Rep. Susan Austin, R-Gray, who...

  • Peaks Island budget proposal includes ferry and parking discounts, additional police

    PORTLAND — The Peaks Island Council has submitted requests totalling $361,000 to the city for consideration in the 2011 budget. This is the first year the island council has made a formal budget request. The requests range from continuing to fund ferry passes for Peaks Island ...

  • Portland schools face loss of up to $5.8M

    PORTLAND — The School Department will have to make up a $4.3 million loss in state funding for 2011, and could face another $1.5 million loss in additional state and federal funds. Portland received $14.9 million in state general aid to education for 2010. The schools were originally...

  • Portland's East Bayside area to be part of national planning effort

    PORTLAND — A group of architects and urban planners this spring will work on a plan to make East Bayside a more vibrant, pedestrian-friendly and connected neighborhood. The neighborhood was chosen by the American Institute of Architects as one of seven communities in the United State...

  • UPDATE: A snowball's chance in Portland: No snow means no WinteRush festival

    PORTLAND — A shortage of snow has foiled the city's plan to hold a winter festival at Deering Oaks Park this weekend. The second annual WinteRush was scheduled for Saturday. But the activities, including a snow plow parade, a man-made sledding hill, animal tracking and a snow sculptu... 1

  • Falmouth teachers, students get creative with Haiti fundraisers

    FALMOUTH — In the weeks since a devastating earthquake hit Haiti, Falmouth teachers, staff and students have employed a variety of creative ways to raise money to help the struggling country. According to Service Learning Coordinator Holly MacEwan, a lot of different school organizat...

  • Portland urges landlords to take advantage of rehab program

    PORTLAND — The city wants owners of multi-unit buildings to take advantage of new funding it has to help them spruce up their properties. The city's Housing and Neighborhood Services Division plans to offer low-interest loans of up to $15,000 per unit to apartment building owners int...