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  • Cape Elizabeth Recycling Center change gets mixed reviews

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Residents this week had mixed views about a new traffic pattern at the Recycling Center. The new pattern, which no longer allows drivers to back up to the trash hopper, went into effect Jan. 21. It includes four diagonal parking spaces outside of the trash ...

  • Scarborough author crusades for convicted soldier

    SCARBOROUGH — On a chilly day late last March, author Don Snyder got a call from a phone number he did not recognize. Thinking it might be a fan who had somehow found his number and was calling to to talk about one of his novels, Snyder answered, reluctantly. The caller, ...

  • Hearings set on Cumberland budget, higher trash bag fees

    CUMBERLAND — The Town Council set public hearing dates on Monday for the fiscal 2011 budget and a proposed increase in trash bag fees. The budget hearing is set for Monday, March 22. Town Manager Bill Shane has proposed a $7.99 million budget for next year, a 0.3 percent drop fr...

  • Falmouth panel seeks 'middle ground' on natural resource protections

    FALMOUTH — The Community Development Committee has amended the work completed by the Long Range Planning Advisory Committee in its Natural Resources report. The panel introduced the document, described as an attempt to balance natural resource protections and property owners' rights...

  • City Hall art wall

    Liz and Joe DeCourcey of Portland take in the fourth annual exhibit of artwork by city employees and their families at Portland City Hall on March 5. The exhibit, sponsored by the National Arts Program, includes works by nearly 100 employees and family members. The display is open weekdays through M...

  • State grants help local towns, businesses harness energy

    AUGUSTA — Installation of solar hot water heaters and the conversion of landfill gas to electricity are among the projects funded by nearly $635,000 in grants awarded last week by Efficiency Maine, the conservation arm of the Public Utilities Commission. More than $220,000 worth of g...

  • Portland agencies, councilors question grant methodology

    PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday ordered another review of grant funding recommendations for social service providers, despite objections that doing so would further muddy what some believe is an already a flawed process. The council voted 6-2 for a committee to explore percenta... 1

  • Blacksmith barn burns at Cumberland County Fairgrounds

    CUMBERLAND — Firefighters quickly extinguished a blaze at a Cumberland County Fairgrounds blacksmith barn early Tuesday morning. Fire Chief Dan Small said his department received the call around 5 a.m. Firefighters were able to knock the fire down within 10 to 15 minutes, but we...

  • Residents speak out against music cuts proposed in Portland school budget

    PORTLAND — Dozens of parents, residents, teachers and students on Monday asked the School Committee to reconsider proposed budget cuts in school music and special education. Monday night's public hearing, attended by more than 100 people at the Fred. P. Hall Elementary School, was the fi...

  • Added state funding could reduce cuts, tax impact of Portland school budget

    PORTLAND — The School Department could receive $1.3 million more in state education funding than originally anticipated. Last week, Gov. John Baldacci announced that with state revenues exceeding expectations, he would allocate an additional $20 million in general purpose aid to loca...