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  • South Portland renews concern about contamination from dry cleaner

    SOUTH PORTLAND — For at least 25 years, a harmful chemical has existed in soil beneath and air around Pratt-Abbott Cleaners at Broadway and Cottage Road. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recorded tetrachloroethylene contamination in the late 1980s and again in 20...

  • Scarborough School Board members urge defeat of revised budget

    SCARBOROUGH — The School Board finance committee, taking direction from the Town Council, eliminated $500,000 in a revised School Department budget proposal that goes to voters July 7. Board members said the reduction will cripple clubs, sports and after-school activities. ...

  • I-295 bridge repairs planned this weekend

    YARMOUTH — Repairs to the Royal River bridge on Interstate 295 in Yarmouth, which was originally scheduled for August, has now been set for this weekend. Northbound traffic on the highway will be reduced to one lane at the bridge from 9 p.m. Friday, Sept. 10, through noon Monday, Sep...

  • Compost project promotes waste reduction on Chebeague Island

    CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — With the help of a grant from the Island Institute and the support of friends and family, Sarah McKinnon and Kyle Koerber have started a community composting project on the...

  • The next budget crisis: Maine voters locked pension 'cookie jar,' but the jar now needs more money

    Third in a series by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting about the state’s debt to teachers and state employees for their pensions and retiree health care. Next: Is there any way around the looming budget crisis? In 1995, fed up with the state's failure to adequat...

  • Portland League to host legislative candidates

    PORTLAND — The League of Young Voters will host two forums this month with candidates for the state Legislature. The forum for candidates for state representative from Districts 113 through 117 is scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 9, at 6:30 p.m. at Borealis Bread, 182 Ocean Ave. ...

  • Deering Oaks cleanup set for Saturday

    PORTLAND — The city and Hour Exchange Portland are sponsoring a beautification and clean-up day Saturday, Sept. 11, at Deering Oaks Park. The event is part of the 9/11 National Day of Service and Remembrance. Volunteers can meet at the park bandstand at 1:30 p.m. The clean-up ...

  • Proponents begin campaign for elected Portland mayor

    PORTLAND — Civic leaders gathered on the steps of City Hall Tuesday morning to announce support for electing a mayor. A commission elected to review the City Charter has recommended Portland switch to an elected, full-time mayor. The recommendation will go to voters in the form of a ...

  • Playing to win: Conservative think tank rankles left with activism, anonymous donors

    PORTLAND — John Piotti says he pays no attention to the Maine Heritage Policy Center – and then quickly admits he's being flippant. In reality, Piotti, a state legislator, and his Democratic colleagues are becoming increasingly wary of the free-market think tank and its quest ...

  • Portland warehouse gets new life as urban farm, fermentory

    PORTLAND — A single-story, brick warehouse in East Bayside may seem the antithesis of a farm, but a pair of thirty-somethings are looking to change that. Eli Cayer, 37, and David Homa, 34, have teamed up to establish the Urban Farm Fermentory at 200 Anderson St., where they are not l...