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  • SAD 75 budget under pressure from contracts, charter schools

    TOPSHAM — Contractual salary increases, a potential rise in health insurance costs, and the impact of charter schools are among factors that could influence the next School Administrative District 75 budget. The district's spending plan, including adult education, decreased from $34....

  • Harpswell to vote on sharing Cedar Beach legal fees

    HARPSWELL — A proposal to use $110,000 in town revenue to help pay for the legal battle over access to Cedar Beach will go to voters in March.  The Board of Selectmen on Jan. 22 approved a Town Meeting warrant article that would raise the money and direct it to a reserve ac...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Flighty guests: Land trust hosts Falmouth nature walk to celebrate Migratory Bird Day

    FALMOUTH — On a humid, spring morning Caleb Hemphill tilted his right ear toward a quiet, insect-like buzzing in the distance. "Hear that?" he asked. "That's the blue-winged warbler. It's a really unusual bird for southern Maine and we've got some here." Hemphill is an avid bi...

  • Turnpike begins Scarborough-Falmouth repaving

    PORTLAND — Night work along an eight-mile stretch of the Maine Turnpike started this week and is expected to continue throughout the summer. The Maine Turnpike Authority said in a press release that residents and businesses between Mile 44 in Scarborough and Mile 52 in Falmouth may e...

  • Tapping into their inner geek: Yarmouth robotics team finishes 13th in world event

    YARMOUTH — When math teacher Paul Lamson-LaPlume organized the high school's first robotics team this year, he expected the students to take away tips for next year and have fun. He did not expect them to win the state championship and a trip to the world competition. "I figur...

  • 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...

  • Proposed Cumberland County Charter proposes job, district changes

    PORTLAND — A charter for Cumberland County that has been two years in the making is ready for public review, as its drafters prepare to send the document to a November vote. The Cumberland County Charter Commission was elected in November 2008 to create a charter for the county, whic...