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  • Portland WinterFest takes off

    Snowboarder Zander Stearns, 24, of Old Orchard Beach, glides across a C box Friday during the Portland WinterFest Rail Jam. The city closed an eastbound, one-block stretch of Spring Street to accommodate the terrain park, which included a steep pile of snow and three rail features. It was built d...

  • Why and how behind Portland's new storm-water fee

    PORTLAND — The Portland City Council this week approved new storm-water fees, signing off on a measure that was once controversial, but over years of deliberation become an accepted inevitability. Christopher O’Neil, a government liaison for the Portland Community Chamber ...

  • SAD 75 School Board sends $35.8M budget to voters

    TOPSHAM — The School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors unanimously approved a nearly $34.8 million budget for fiscal 2011. The spending plan will go before voters at a district budget meeting at 6:30 p.m. on May 27 at the Orion Performing Arts Center. A budget valida...

  • Brunswick council presses for more info on library spending; majority ready to spike Coffin Pond funding

    BRUNSWICK — A majority of town councilors on Monday said they are prepared to restore a portion of the $107,000 subsidy cut proposed for Curtis Memorial Library, but not until library officials reveal if the allocation would provide raises for employees. Meanwhile, the Town Council a...

  • Historical Society hopes to establish Freeport Heritage Trail

    FREEPORT — As a way to educate visitors and residents about Freeport's 300-year history, the Historical Society is working to establish a Heritage Trail. Executive Director Christina White said when the idea arose nearly a year ago, there was a positive response and much encouragemen...

  • Yarmouth High School senior a U.S. Presidential Scholar

    YARMOUTH — Reed Wommack was named a 2010 United States Presidential Scholar on May 3 by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Wommack, a senior at Yarmouth High School, is one of 141 high school seniors nationally who were chosen for their exceptional academic achievement, ar...

  • Falmouth eyes 2-tier pay-to-play fee system

    FALMOUTH — Participation in school sports is about to cost parents more than the price of cleats, helmets and gloves. The School Department is proposing to charge high school students $175 for most teams they play on, and $100 to participate in indoor and outdoor track, in a pay-to-p...

  • Cape Elizabeth woman organizes 'green' 5K race

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Rachel Piper has single-handedly organized an environmentally friendly five-kilometer road race to support local business, help raise non-profit awareness, and benefit the

  • Taking steps for healthy babies

    People of all ages walked a four-mile loop from the Martin's Point Health Care offices on Washington Avenue through Payson Park and around Baxter Boulevard on Sunday, May 2, for the annual March of Dimes March for Babies. The Portland fundraising walk, which attracted several hundred participants...

  • Coffin celebration slated for May 8 in Portland

    PORTLAND — A public celebration of former congressman and longtime federal appeals court Judge Frank M. Coffin will take place Saturday, May 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine Abromson Community Education Center on Bedford Street. Coffin, a resident of South Portland...