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  • Brunswick budget, tax hike whittled, but work remains

    BRUNSWICK — Like stubborn patches of snow that are slowly receding, a projected increase in the town's 2015 property tax rate may also be shrinking. Or so town officials hope. Interim Town Manager John Eldridge has been working to whittle down budget requests from town departm...

  • Pitching in at Pope Preserve in South Portland

    Owen Coon, John Dore, and others remove debris and unwanted growth at Pope Preserve on Mill Cove during South Portland’s Earth Day Clean-Up on Sunday, April 20. Volunteers organized by the South Portland Land Trust cleaned up sites throughout the city, including Bug Light Park, the Greenbel...

  • Admiral Steakhouse expected to open this month in Bath

    BATH — After opening a pub last year, and with a steakhouse scheduled to debut at the end of this month, Joe Byrnes is fulfilling one of his life's dreams. The Admiral Steakhouse – a building at the corner of Centre and Washington streets that Byrnes is purchasing from the Cho...

  • Update: Topsham selectmen choose Snowden Consulting for Bay Park study

    TOPSHAM —The Board of Selectmen on Thursday unanimously chose Snowden Consulting Engineers of Oakland to conduct an engineering study at Bay Park, Public Works Director Rob Pontau said. Although the town budgeted $60,000 for that study, the five bids it received for the work all came...

  • Falmouth seeks stimulus money for improvements to fire station

    FALMOUTH — The town has applied for federal stimulus money to help fund a $1 million renovation and addition to Fire Station 4 on Winn Road. The request is for just under $500,000 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Falmouth would match the funding with $500,000 fr...

  • Freeport council supports creation of Chamber; membership drive begins

    FREEPORT — After more than a year of discussion, the Freeport Merchants Association, Freeport Economic Development Corp. and a task force have worked out a compromise to move forward with creating a Chamber of Commerce in Freeport. Sande Updegraph, director of FEDC, told the Town Council at...

  • Neighbors bark 'foul' over dog day-care business planned for North Yarmouth

    NORTH YARMOUTH — Neighbors are appealing the Planning Board's decision last month to approve a dog day-care business at a home on North Road. The appeal will be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday, July 22. Herb and Ellen Hopkins, whose property abuts the approved busin...

  • Panel gives Portland police permission to try using Tasers

    PORTLAND — City police officers will begin carrying Tasers as part of a three-month trial of the device. The City Council Public Safety Committee reviewed and approved the measure Tuesday evening, and Police Chief James Craig said officers have already started training to use the ...

  • Fresh Air Fund brings city kids to Maine families for summer fun

    The Scott family and their friends have enjoyed introducing Fresh Air Fund guest Evelyn Merino, of Queens, N.Y., to activities on the water. From left, Clara Brown, Jillian Rothweiler, Leika Scott, Merino, Chantal Scott, Gibson Scott and Jaclyn Scott. Missing from picture, Chantal Scott's husband Gr...

  • New book brings Falmouth history to life

    FALMOUTH — Anyone who has ever wondered how many different bridges have spanned the Presumpscot River at Allen Avenue, or where early 1800s stagecoach travelers could stop for food and drink along Blackstrap Road can now find the information easily and in one place in "Falmouth," a ...