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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 ...

  • Habitat for Humanity offers home-repair loans

    BATH — Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine is offering a year-round repair program for low-income homeowners who live in Lincoln and Sagadahoc Counties, as well as Brunswick and Harpswell. The program offers qualified homeowners a low-interest loan to make home improvements that...

  • Topsham library presents juried photo exhibit

    TOPSHAM — The Topsham Library Board of Trustees and Friends of Topsham Public Library will present the first “Joy of the Lens” photography show this spring. The exhibit celebrates the work of year-round Maine resident photographers who are 16 and older. Categories i...

  • Brunswick delays land purchase for police station, seeks to unload Industry Road building

    BRUNSWICK — The town has decided to postpone potential land acquisition for a new police station until the fall. Meanwhile, town officials are proposing to renew efforts to sell the old Times Record building on Industry Road, a facility that has been twice considered for new police h...

  • Memories of Bath in 1949 to be discussed

    BATH — Historian Charles E. Burden and Sue Fitzgerald will share their “Memories of Downtown Bath in 1949” at a Bath Historical Society program at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 17. The program will be held in the Community Room of the Patten Free Library at 33 Summer St...

  • Rite of spring in Brunswick

    Tom Settlemire, co-owner with Seth Kroeck of the sheep enterprise at Brunswick's Crystal Spring Farm, holds a young lamb in his arms for children to pet at the farm's annual New Lamb Day on Sunday, April 11. Crystal Spring Farm is owned by the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust and leased to Seth and M...

  • State backs off on fees at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Mackworth Island in Falmouth

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The state Bureau of Parks and Lands on Wednesday announced visitors will not have to pay mandatory entrance fees at two popular state parks starting in May. Instead, Gov. John Baldacci directed the state agency to allow visitors to Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth ...

  • Cape Elizabeth School Board sends $20.7M budget to Town Council

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board unanimously approved a nearly $20.7 million school budget on April 13. The proposed fiscal 2011 budget is $672,000 more than this year's $20 million budget, an increase of 3.4 percent. If passed, the budget would increase the property tax rate 3...

  • South Portland City Council opts for tax increase

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A firefighter, a police officer and raises for nonunion employees have been added back into the proposed fiscal 2011 municipal budget. The City Council decided to restore more than $180,000 in proposed cuts, which may increase the local tax rate by more than 1 percen...