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  • Kestrel CEO: Financing puzzle still coming together, not complete

    PORTLAND — Alan Klapmeier, chief executive officer of the startup airplane manufacturer Kestrel, Wednesday said the company has secured a new foreign investor and put some employees back to work at its Brunswick Landing facility. But he declined to share many details. “A...

  • RSU 5 board submits Freeport withdrawal proposal to state, seeks November referendum

    FREEPORT — The board of directors of Regional School Unit 5 on Wednesday sent the Freeport withdrawal agreement to the Department of Education, with the intent to have it on the local ballot in November. The School Board's unanimous vote to submit the agreement to Education Comm...

  • Several Portland candidates to run uncontested in November

    PORTLAND — City elections in November could be a quiet affair, with several elections uncontested unless write-in candidates appear. Nomination papers were due at the city clerk's office Monday, Aug. 24, for candidates to be on the Nov. 3 ballot. Of the three City Coun...

  • Maine State Ballet holds open house, auditions

    FALMOUTH — The Maine State Ballet will hold an open house for students and their families from 5-7:30 p.m., Tuesday, Sept. 8, at its studio on Route 1 in Falmouth. The dance company will also hold open auditions for "The Nutcracker" Thursday and Friday, Sept. 10 and 11: ...

  • PROP to close Redbank Head Start center in South Portland on Sept. 30

    PORTLAND — The People's Regional Opportunity Program last week announced it will close the Redbank Head Start/Child-Care Center at 72 MacAurthur Circle in South Portland.  Although the center is equipped to serve 30 children, about 14 children are expected to be affected when the...

  • Portland school officials to hold hearing on alternative plan for laptop computers

    PORTLAND — The School Committee has scheduled a public hearing for Wednesday, Aug. 26, on a plan to purchase more than 2,000 netbook computers for high school students. Buying netbooks surfaced as an alternative to participating the Maine Laptop Computer Initiative, which is being...

  • Principal, 2 teachers leaving Peaks Island school, where the mission may change

    PORTLAND — Radical changes could be in store for the 50-student Peaks Island Elementary School, considered by many islanders the life-blood of the community. The School Department is poised to revise the school's mission, which could change from traditional education to an expedit...

  • Back to school means free flu vaccinations for Portland students

    PORTLAND — When students return to schools on Sept. 3, they will be welcomed back with an unprecedented immunization effort to prevent the spread of the H1N1 virus, known as the swine flu. Portland schools will offer free immunizations this fall in a concerted effort to reduce th...

  • Convicted arsonist charged with setting Portland blaze

    PORTLAND — A man on probation for setting fire to several buildings in 2004 is allegedly responsible for an Aug. 20 blaze that destroyed one Forest Avenue building and damaged another. Phillip Caron, 25, was reportedly found inside a building at 745 Forest Ave. at about 11:15 p....

  • First wine from Falmouth growers in stores this week

    FALMOUTH — A new wine made from Maine grapes and produced by a Falmouth family in their old chicken coop will be available in markets starting this week. Steve Melchiskey and Nanci Kahn have been working to find the right vines and the right blends for a decade at their farm on Hu...