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  • Portland WinterFest takes off

    Snowboarder Zander Stearns, 24, of Old Orchard Beach, glides across a C box Friday during the Portland WinterFest Rail Jam. The city closed an eastbound, one-block stretch of Spring Street to accommodate the terrain park, which included a steep pile of snow and three rail features. It was built d...

  • Why and how behind Portland's new storm-water fee

    PORTLAND — The Portland City Council this week approved new storm-water fees, signing off on a measure that was once controversial, but over years of deliberation become an accepted inevitability. Christopher O’Neil, a government liaison for the Portland Community Chamber ...

  • Bath turf field bond opponents optimistic after submitting petitions to city

    BATH — Petitioners hoping to overturn a plan to borrow up to $300,000 for an artificial turf field at McMann Field submitted 1,111 signatures to City Clerk Mary White on Feb. 23 – 356 more signatures than required. If White certifies the 755 necessary signatures and s...

  • Topsham selectmen weigh moratorium on marijuana dispensaries

    TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen plans further discussion on Thursday, March 4, of a moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries. Maine voters last November approved a regulated distribution system of marijuana for people with specific medical conditions, and a task force then ...

  • Falmouth council hears school budget concerns

    FALMOUTH — A looming school budget crisis was foremost on people's minds at the Town Council meeting on Monday, Feb. 22. Preliminary reports on fiscal year 2011 state funding for Falmouth's schools suggest a loss of nearly $900,000 in general aid to education. During Monday's ...

  • Freeport weighs cost of dispatch merger with Brunswick

    FREEPORT — A Town Council workshop Monday night gave Brunswick police and communications officers a chance to show residents what a merger of dispatch services would look like for the two towns. A council meeting Tuesday night gave the nearly 50 residents in attendance an opport...

  • UPDATE: Police arrest suspect in failed Yarmouth bank robbery

    YARMOUTH — Police arrested a 22-year-old Yarmouth man Wednesday in connection with an attempted robbery at Norway Savings Bank Tuesday afternoon. Police said Rodrick J. MacLean, 22, of Old County Road, is being held at the Cumberland County Jail on $200,000 cash bail.  T...

  • Market moves indoors

    Portland's indoor winter farmers market opened for a 10-week run at 85 Free St. on Saturday, Feb. 20, with a crowd of shoppers looking for fresh produce, cheese and meats.

  • 3 nominated to be college trustees

    AUGUSTA — Three Portland-area residents were nominated by Gov. John Baldacci this week to serve on the boards of trustees for the University of Maine and Maine Community College systems. Portland resident Victoria Murphy was nominated to the University of Maine System Board of Truste...

  • Cumberland voters to decide fate of Route 88 project

    CUMBERLAND — Whether the town should borrow up to $4.5 million to improve Route 88 will be decided by voters on Tuesday, March 2. Monday’s Town Council meeting was packed with residents who heard representatives of Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers describe the drainage ...