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  • Have RV, will travel for Habitat: Freeport is 46th notch on couple's tool belt

    FREEPORT — For two people who have been living in a motor home for the past two decades, Diane and George Gravlee sure like to build houses for other people. "We're living in 300 square feet, but building simple, 1,300-square-foot homes for others," Diane Gravlee said last week. ...

  • Quaker school to break ground in Cumberland

    CUMBERLAND — Friends School of Portland will break ground for its new home Aug. 7 at 11 U.S. Route 1. A 4 p.m. ceremony will be held at the 21-acre, forested site, near the Falmouth town line. The 15,000-square-foot facility will be "a beautiful, net-zero building based on Pas...

  • Portland Pumpkin Festival

    Pumpkins glowing at night in Monument Square for the Camp Sunshine Portland Pumpkin Festival on Oct. 16.

  • Charter panel to discuss elected mayor for Portland

    PORTLAND — The main issue the city's Charter Commission is expected to grapple with in the coming year will be the subject of a panel discussion Monday, Oct. 26. Whether Portland should have an elected mayor was the driving force behind the commission being established. Under the ...

  • AG finds Portland police justified in Okot shooting

    PORTLAND — The attorney general last week determined police officers acted in self-defense on April 25 when they shot and killed an armed, intoxicated man in Parkside. Officers Benjamin Roper and Joshua Wiseman shot 26-year-old David Okot the evening of April 25, shortly after res...

  • Paint meets tank: Work begins on Art All Around project in South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — On a cold and gray Thursday afternoon, the first swaths of color were ceremoniously applied to one of 16 Portland Harbor oil storage tanks that will be decorated as part of an international Art All Around competition. A crowd of about 20 supporters watched the ope...

  • Billings, Sun Journal staff win FOI award

    NORTHPORT — The Sun Journal daily and Sunday newspapers were named the best in the state at the Maine Press Association's annual conference Saturday night. The papers serving Androscoggin, Franklin and Oxford counties took top honors for the second year in a row. The contest was ...

  • Swine flu confirmed in Portland school

    PORTLAND — Two people at Longfellow Elementary School are the first in the city schools to be diagnosed with the H1N1 virus, known as the swine flu. One individual with the illness remained home for seven days and is now symptom-free, the School Department said in a press release ...

  • Portland orders demolition of Washington Ave. building; owner expects a lawsuit

    PORTLAND — The owner of a roofless and windowless building on Washington Avenue has been ordered by the city to demolish the structure. "It is a public safety hazard," said Penny Littell, the city's director of Planning and Urban Development. "For several years we'v...

  • Council delays decision on funds for Portland fireboat crew quarters

    PORTLAND — Funding for new bleachers at Fitzpatrick Stadium, repairs at the Maine State Pier and a new bridge in Deering Oaks Park was approved Monday as part of the city's annual $10 million capital improvements budget. The $1.3 million set aside in the budget for new quarters fo...