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  • South Portland High School faculty OKs student-led change in Pledge of Allegiance routine

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Leaders of all 12 faculty departments at South Portland High School have unanimously approved a formal change in the daily recitation inviting students and faculty to stand for the Pledge of Allegiance.  Principal Ryan Caron said he received word Wednesday ...

  • Harpswell school sale remains on track for April 15

    HARPSWELL — The Board of Selectmen decided unanimously Monday to allow the sale of the West Harpswell School to close on April 15, and not try to reopen negotiations on a section of the sale agreement. At issue was a specific clause in the agreement with the Harpswell Coastal Ac...

  • Coffin celebration slated for May 8 in Portland

    PORTLAND — A public celebration of former congressman and longtime federal appeals court Judge Frank M. Coffin will take place Saturday, May 8, at 1:30 p.m. at the University of Southern Maine Abromson Community Education Center on Bedford Street. Coffin, a resident of South Portland...

  • Flighty guests: Land trust hosts Falmouth nature walk to celebrate Migratory Bird Day

    FALMOUTH — On a humid, spring morning Caleb Hemphill tilted his right ear toward a quiet, insect-like buzzing in the distance. "Hear that?" he asked. "That's the blue-winged warbler. It's a really unusual bird for southern Maine and we've got some here." Hemphill is an avid bi...

  • Turnpike begins Scarborough-Falmouth repaving

    PORTLAND — Night work along an eight-mile stretch of the Maine Turnpike started this week and is expected to continue throughout the summer. The Maine Turnpike Authority said in a press release that residents and businesses between Mile 44 in Scarborough and Mile 52 in Falmouth may e...

  • Tapping into their inner geek: Yarmouth robotics team finishes 13th in world event

    YARMOUTH — When math teacher Paul Lamson-LaPlume organized the high school's first robotics team this year, he expected the students to take away tips for next year and have fun. He did not expect them to win the state championship and a trip to the world competition. "I figur...

  • Cape Elizabeth woman organizes 'green' 5K race

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Rachel Piper has single-handedly organized an environmentally friendly five-kilometer road race to support local business, help raise non-profit awareness, and benefit the

  • Proposed Cumberland County Charter proposes job, district changes

    PORTLAND — A charter for Cumberland County that has been two years in the making is ready for public review, as its drafters prepare to send the document to a November vote. The Cumberland County Charter Commission was elected in November 2008 to create a charter for the county, whic...

  • SAD 51 sends $28M budget to Cumberland, North Yarmouth voters

    CUMBERLAND — The School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors on Monday unanimously approved a $28 million budget for fiscal 2011. Residents of Cumberland and North Yarmouth will have the opportunity to accept or reject the budget in a district meeting on June 3, followe...

  • Riverton library, minority affairs dominate Portland budget comments

    PORTLAND — The City Council is considering sparing two executive positions and a library branch originally marked for elimination in the fiscal 2011 budget. The city Finance Committee has also recommended that the Police Department receive about $26,000 to provide extra summer weeken...