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  • Intense campaign expected on South Portland pot question

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Voters, who will decide Nov. 4 whether to legalize recreational marijuana in the city, can expect to be wooed in the weeks leading up to Election Day.  The City Council on Monday unanimously put a citizen-initiated measure on the Nov. 4 ballot to legalize p...

  • Scarborough celebrates summer

    SummerFest 2014 on Friday, Aug. 15, at the high school sports complex in Scarborough attracted hundreds of residents for an evening of family entertainment and activities, live music, food, and support booths for nonprofit agencies. 

  • Garden of delights: Yarmouth schools celebrate Harvest Week

    YARMOUTH — On the first day of Maine Harvest Week, high school senior Sam Waxman could be found barefoot, with his pants legs rolled up, gathering heads of cabbage and cucumbers at the Yarmouth District Garden. The vegetables he harvests will be used as meals for students throughout the week.

  • Chebeague Island child-care program campaigns for new home

    CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — The island's child-care program, which depends on borrowed space, has kicked off a capital campaign to raise funds for a new and permanent home. Kids' Place, which has 30 children enrolled between the ages of 4 months and 12 years, is aiming to raise about $13...

  • As usual, no contests for Freeport Town Council; 5 candidates in sewer district election

    FREEPORT — Unless there are write-in candidates, the Nov. 3 Town Council elections will be uncontested – again – because only three candidates returned nomination papers by the Sept. 9 deadline. District 4 Councilor James Cassida and Councilor-at-Large Charlotte Bishop are se...

  • Computers to help track cash transactions in Portland school cafeterias

    PORTLAND — The School Department is installing computerized cafeteria terminals that will make it easier to track cash transactions – a need highlighted by an audit of the 2008 budget. The system is being installed at all mainland and island schools. The cost of the hardware and software ...

  • Birds shot to death at Portland cemetery

    PORTLAND — Someone has killed seven birds, including a blue heron, at Evergreen Cemetery in the past month. Cemetery workers were first alerted to the dead birds about three weeks ago, said Joe Dumais, the Parks, Playgrounds and Cemeteries coordinator for the city. He said a man c... 2

  • Portland Democratic leadership regroups

    PORTLAND — The Democratic City Committee has a new executive board and is hoping the new composition attracts more involvement from rank-and-file Democrats. Although nearly half the city's enrolled voters are Democrats, the local committee has struggled to find members during the...

  • Peaks Island wind test hits a snag, seeks new source for equipment, analysis

    PORTLAND — After months of wrangling over zoning, two wind power tests in the city will be delayed until a Public Utilities Commission program chooses its next round of recipients for free testing equipment. A test proposed at the East End Community School by the School Department...

  • Seasonal flu vaccination clinics begin throughout southern Maine

    PORTLAND — The U.S. Centers for Disease Control on Sept. 9 released expanded recommendations for who should receive the seasonal influenza vaccine, and local organizations and businesses are responding by launching seasonal flu clinics throughout southern Maine.