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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 ...

  • Fees prompt Scarborough to stop accepting credit cards

    SCARBOROUGH — It was a topic of debate for last year's Finance Committee. Now, with town officials scrambling to save money, the town has decided not to accept credit cards for tax bills and other fees paid at Town Hall. Last year, credit card processing fees cost Scarborough nearly ...

  • Tides of change: Energy firm unwraps first-of-its-kind turbines in Bath

    BATH — What was billed as the first all-composite hydrokinetic turbine built in the U.S. was unveiled last week. Christopher Sauer, chief executive officer of Ocean Renewable Power Co., presented the...

  • SAD 75 board sets public hearing on Harpswell school closure

    TOPSHAM — School Administrative District 75 directors scheduled a Feb. 25 public hearing on the West Harpswell School closure referendum.The hearing will be held at 6:30 p.m. at the Harpswell Islands School. The referendum is March 9.While the School Board voted to close the ...

  • Brunswick council OKs train station lease with downtown business group

    BRUNSWICK — Just days after learning that rail lines in Brunswick could become a direct link to Portland, Boston and points south, the Town Council on Monday voted unanimously to turn over management of a new welcome center and train station to the Brunswick Downtown Association. The...

  • Former Yarmouth Rep. Woodbury seeks Senate seat held by Falmouth's Davis

    YARMOUTH — Former state Rep. Richard Woodbury announced his candidacy Tuesday for the state Senate in District 11. Woodbury, an independent, served in the House from 2002-2008. His senate candidacy sets up a potential three-way race in November against Sen. Jerry Davis, R-Falmou...

  • Falmouth sports boosters see threat in pay-to-play proposal

    FALMOUTH — No one at a Feb. 1 School Board workshop argued against the importance of providing more equitable funding for high school and middle school sports. Some sports are fully funded by the School Department, while others are only partially funded or not funded at all. B...

  • RSU 5 board eyes hiring outside bus company

    FREEPORT — Regional School Unit 5 is considering cost-cutting measures that would replace district-owned buses and drivers with a hired transportation company. The transportation budget is currently $1.06 million. A transportation analysis presented at the RSU 5 board mee...

  • Panel proposes changes to Portland housing replacement rules

    PORTLAND — The Housing Committee is recommending several changes to a city ordinance that requires property owners to either replace or pay a fee for housing units they remove from the market. A draft of the new Housing Replacement Ordinance will be reviewed by the committee in March...