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  • Kestrel CEO: Financing puzzle still coming together, not complete

    PORTLAND — Alan Klapmeier, chief executive officer of the startup airplane manufacturer Kestrel, Wednesday said the company has secured a new foreign investor and put some employees back to work at its Brunswick Landing facility. But he declined to share many details. “A...

  • RSU 5 board submits Freeport withdrawal proposal to state, seeks November referendum

    FREEPORT — The board of directors of Regional School Unit 5 on Wednesday sent the Freeport withdrawal agreement to the Department of Education, with the intent to have it on the local ballot in November. The School Board's unanimous vote to submit the agreement to Education Comm...

  • Car excise tax: Too high or necessary?

    Maine voters get the chance to vote for lower motor vehicle excise taxes, thanks to a citizen's initiative that placed it on the Nov. 3 ballot, though municipal officials who oppose the change say there will be consequences if the question is approved. The proposal would cut motor vehicle exci...

  • Time to give up on school consolidation?

    Since its passage in 2007, Maine's school consolidation law has been the subject of much debate, from parents at school board meetings to lawmakers in Augusta. Now Mainers will decide whether or not to repeal the law, which appears as Question 3 on the Nov. 3 ballot. The law was designed to re...

  • Same-sex marriage veto question tops ballot

    The question topping Maine's Nov. 3 ballot asks voters whether or not they want to repeal the same-sex marriage law passed earlier this year. Though Maine was the fifth state to legalize same-sex marriage, it was the first where the Legislature approved the measure and it was signed by the gov...

  • Scarborough council approves TIF for Route 1 project

    SCARBOROUGH — Town councilors on Wednesday unanimously approved a tax increment financing agreement with a developer who intends to rework a vacant Route 1 building into office space. The council also voted 5-1 to oppose Question 2 on the statewide November ballot, which would re...

  • Miles of smiles

    Lisa Kostopolous, right, of The Good Table restaurant, serves a salad using fresh apples and walnuts as part of the third annual 20-Mile Meal on Oct. 4 at Turkey Hill Farm in Cape Elizabeth. The fundraiser for Cultivating Community has area chefs prepare dishes using meat, seafood and produce raise...

  • Bath to undertake annual Comp Plan updates

    BATH — The multi-year process of revising a Comprehensive Plan long in need of updating is now a thing of the past. The City Council voted unanimously Wednesday night for annual reviews of the plan beginning in 2011. The most recent update, which the council adopted Sept. 2, cal...

  • Volunteers sought for Scarborough Marsh clean-up

    SCARBOROUGH — Several organizations and the town are asking for volunteers to help during the annual fall clean-up of the marsh and beaches. The effort will take place at various sites on Saturday, Oct. 10, from 9 a.m. to noon. After the clean-up, workers are invited to a free gui...

  • South Portland city councilor: TABOR II a 'dangerous fantasy'

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council voted unanimously Oct. 5 to oppose Question 4 on the statewide referendum ballot, the second so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights. TABOR II would essentially freeze state and local government budgets at the current level, allowing growth at the same ...