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  • RSU 5 board eyes hiring outside bus company

    FREEPORT — Regional School Unit 5 is considering cost-cutting measures that would replace district-owned buses and drivers with a hired transportation company. The transportation budget is currently $1.06 million. A transportation analysis presented at the RSU 5 board mee...

  • Winter welcome

    Several hundred immigrant and refugee children and their families braved cold temperatures and even colder wind-chill values on Saturday, Jan. 30, to experience sledding and snowshoeing for the first time at the sixth annual WinterKids Welcome to Winter Festival at Payson Park in Portland.

  • School chief: 'Everything on the table' in SAD 51 budget, including jobs, buildings

    CUMBERLAND — School Administrative District 51 Superintendent of Schools Robert Hasson says "every position is being reviewed" as he works on a no-growth budget for fiscal 2011.The fiscal 2010 operating budget is $28 million, which was unchanged from fiscal 2009.While there w...

  • Annual 24-hour Freeze Out fundraiser returns Friday to Freeport

    FREEPORT — As a way to raise awareness and collect donations for those who cannot afford heating fuel or food, three Freeport residents will stand outside for 24 hours on Friday. From noon on Feb. 5 until noon Saturday, Feb. 6, Freeport  Community Services Program Director ...

  • Mystery of Herbie's age keeps tree experts busy

    YARMOUTH — A brutal wind and biting cold on Jan. 29 did not keep Whitney Tree Services and the Maine Forest Service from cutting another piece from the stump of Herbie, the once-giant Elm tree. Herbie was cut down Jan. 19 after losing a 50-year battle against Dutch elm disease. ...

  • Panel proposes changes to Portland housing replacement rules

    PORTLAND — The Housing Committee is recommending several changes to a city ordinance that requires property owners to either replace or pay a fee for housing units they remove from the market. A draft of the new Housing Replacement Ordinance will be reviewed by the committee in March...

  • Public hearings to discuss METRO fare hike

    PORTLAND — The Greater Portland Transit District has announced a series of public hearings to discuss proposed METRO bus fare increases scheduled to go into effect April 1, 2010: • Tuesday, Feb. 9, 6-7 p.m., at the Westbrook Public Safety Building, first-floor large meeting room...

  • Portland sets May school budget referendum

    PORTLAND — The City Council Monday night scheduled a special school budget referendum for May 11, even though recent special elections have attracted only a few thousand voters. Under state law, municipalities are required to send annual school budgets to the voters for approval. Since t...