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  • Freeport farmer vows to create a market with local emphasis

    FREEPORT — Disgruntled farmers will participate in the Cumberland Farmers Markets Association in Freeport this season, but say they will form their own market for Freeport, Pownal and Durham vendors next year. At a Town Council meeting on May 5, Ralph Turner, owner of Laughing St... 2

  • Pownal faces 'perfect storm' after education chief withdraws offer to offset school taxes

    FREEPORT — Only days after she offered the Pownal School Department a $190,000 grant to help offset a potential 36 percent tax increase, state Education Commissioner Susan Gendron on Monday night withdrew the offer.

  • Brunswick incident ends with 2 men arrested for alleged kidnapping

    BRUNSWICK — Two Brunswick men were arrested and charged with robbery and kidnapping Monday night following a frantic 911 call from their alleged victims, who claimed the men were going to kill them. Scott A. Coombs, 32, of 3 Swett St., and Manesseh C. Massaline, 39, of 3 Heath St....

  • Temporary bridge to preserve pedestrian, bike access during Veranda Street closure in Portland

    PORTLAND — A temporary bridge will be built to preserve pedestrian and bicycle access between Martin's Point and Washington Avenue when the Veranda Street bridge is closed in June. Jim Wentworth, project manager of the Maine Department of Transportation, said the bridge will be cl...

  • Downtown Portland hotel has new owners

    PORTLAND — The Holiday Inn by the Bay on Spring Street has a new owner. Bangor-based Lafayette Hotels announced May 11 that it had acquired the hotel from Harper Hotels of Vermont. The hotel, which opened in 1973 and is Maine's largest, has been approved by InterContin...

  • Lawsuit returns against owners of State Theater in Portland

    PORTLAND — An attorney for a former State Theater tenant said a lawsuit between his client and the owner of the theater is gaining momentum. Attorney Dan Skolnik said this week that the 3-year-old suit, which has been dormant since 2007 – along with the theater – has come bac...

  • Students vs. the economy: College grads face uncertain times

    PORTLAND — University of Southern Maine seniors Brandon McKenney and Gwen Merrick have taken the last few weeks one day at a time. Both are wrapping up projects, finishing papers, and preparing for the final exams that will allow them to graduate this Saturday, May 16. Neither ha...

  • $1M grant to help at-risk elementary students in Portland

    PORTLAND — The school district is teaming up with local nonprofit groups to increase academic support and cultural enrichment opportunities for about 110 economically disadvantaged and at-risk youth. Over the next five years,