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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...

  • Report suggests slashing $2.5M from Portland special education budget

    PORTLAND — A new report on special education in city schools says the district could save $2.5 million a year through programming changes, staff reductions and reorganizing the administration.  The report, released on Jan. 28, is also critical of the "site-based" management...

  • Portland officials review response to school threats

    PORTLAND — School Department and city officials are reviewing how they respond to threats after two Portland schools were locked down on three occasions last week. Lyman Moore Middle School was first locked down on Jan. 4, then twice last week on Jan. 25 and 26. The following day, Portla...

  • With Portland-Brunswick rail extension set, focus switches to funding Downeaster operations

    PORTLAND — After last week's receipt of a $35 million federal grant brightened the prospects for extending Amtrak Downeaster service from Portland to Brunswick within three years, state and federal officials are now trying ensure that the passenger service has the money to keep running....

  • Portland seeks input on King memorial; waterfront spot eyed for fisherman statue

    PORTLAND — The city is looking for ideas from the public about how best to pay tribute to slain civil rights leader the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Meanwhile, a group that has been working for six years to erect a monument to honor Portland's fishing heritage is gaining momentum....

  • Preliminary Freeport municipal budget shows $366K shortfall for fiscal 2011

    FREEPORT — Town Manager Dale Olmstead and Finance Director Abbe Yacoben presented the Town Council with a preliminary overview of the 2011 municipal budget last week. On Jan. 26, Olmstead told the council that town departments have been doing more work with fewer employees. In Town ...

  • Haiti benefit concert a Super Bowl alternative

    FALMOUTH — Though the Super Bowl may keep some folks away, a concert for Haiti disaster relief on Sunday, Feb. 7, promises to be a super entertainment alternative. While The Who may be the Super Bowl halftime show, the who's who list at Sunday's concert includes three Maine performin...

  • Before the deluge

    Lisa Tallman of Harpswell and her niece, Laura, 3, climb around the playground at the Topsham recreational area on Foreside Road on sunny Saturday, Jan. 23, before warm, rainy weather interrupted winter.

  • Scarborough schools advocacy group attracts members, criticism

    SCARBOROUGH — An organization of residents, parents and teachers hopes to engage the public as it examines what the town must do to protect and improve its educational system while grappling with a drop in state education funding that could exceed $2 million next year. But the group ...