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  • Invasive green crabs creep back into Casco Bay

    FREEPORT — Despite cautious optimism earlier this year that midcoast mudflats would be spared, invasive European green crabs were apparently only waiting for warmer water to scurry back into the area and begin wreaking havoc on the shellfish industry. “Since the beginning of la...

  • Cure for the summer slide in Portland

    Nataly Mendez, a soon-to-be first-grader at Reiche Community School, joins her peers in a game of bouncing balls within a parachute Thursday during a Summer Success picnic at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The event, which was hosted by Portland ConnectED, featured a free meal for children, tours...

  • New Walgreens looms large in appearance, and importance, for Scarborough's Oak Hill

    Workers place a brick facade on the Walgreens pharmacy under construction at Oak Hill in Scarborough. The building is between 35 and 40 feet from Route 1, which some residents say is too close to the road.

  • Comprehensive planning overhaul gains momentum in South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A group of city officials and community members are being assembled to undertake the task of updating the city's Comprehensive Plan. The process is expected to be unlike previous planning efforts. This time around, the city will hire outside consulta...

  • Local chefs + local foods + Cape Elizabeth locale = 20-Mile Meal

    CAPE ELIZABETH — As the weather turns chilly and farms begin harvesting the last vegetables of the season, Cultivating Community will host its third annual 20-Mile Meal this Sunday, Oct. 4, at Turkey Hill Farm. The meal will be created by area chefs who will use produce, meat and seafood ra...

  • Police: Death of woman at South Portland fire scene unsolved, but not suspicious

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Investigators are still looking for explanations after a convicted arsonist was found dead in an Ocean Street apartment when firefighters extinguished a small fire in nearby apartment.   Maine State Police on Tuesday said the death of 24-year-old Alyssa Jensen, ...

  • Maine Mall owner seeks delay, change of venue for tax dispute with South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The state Board of Property Tax Review has scheduled three days of hearings starting Oct. 20 to settle a dispute over a 2006 tax bill between the city and General Growth Properties, owners of the Maine Mall. But GGP, which filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protectio...

  • Together for eternity

    L.L. Bean's flagship store in Freeport on Saturday, Sept. 26, unveiled a new taxidermy display called "The Final Charge." The rare display depicts two moose, their antlers locked in a deadly struggle, just as they were found in New Sweden in 2006. Taxidermist Mark Dufresne developed the display, whi...

  • Alpaca up close

    Kathryn Coldwell, left, and Amelia Waite make some new friends at Longwoods Alpaca Farm on Main Street in Cumberland on Saturday, Sept. 26, during the annual Alpaca Open Farm Weekend organized by the Maine Alpaca Association.

  • Air-lift rescue

    Freeport Fire and Rescue personnel hurry an accident victim to a Life Flight helicopter that landed on the northbound side of Interstate 295 on Friday, Sept. 25, after a car went off the highway near Mile 25.