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  • Obama calls for hope, and votes, at Michaud rally in Portland

    President Barack Obama joins hands with Democratic U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud on Thursday during a rally supporting Michaud's gubernatorial bid against incumbent Republican Gov. Paul LePage and independent challenger Eliot Cutler. Obama headlined the rally, which drew 3,000 people to the Portlan...

  • Land Trust raises $500K to purchase Scarborough farm

    SCARBOROUGH — The Scarborough Land Trust recently announced that it has met the $500,000 fundraising goal it had set to purchase the Benjamin Farm property on Pleasant Hill Road. The trust plans to purchase ...

  • Goodwill Industries to open retail store in former Circuit City building in South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Goodwill Industries of Northern New England will open a flagship store in the former Circuit City building at 555 Maine Mall Road.  Randy Finamore, Goodwill senior vice president of retail, said the store could be open as soon as next spring, creating up to 50 jo...

  • Brunswick School Department braces for state aid curtailment

    BRUNSWICK — The School Department anticipates it will have slash approximately $664,000 from its budget to cope with an expected state aid curtailment. School Superintendent Paul Perzanoski said Tuesday that he expected the official curtailment edict to be announced later this week, w...

  • Despite objection, Brunswick council OKs sale of Thomas Point Road property

    BRUNSWICK — The Town Council on Monday voted 8-1 to sell a 2-acre parcel on Thomas Point Road to Brinks Allied Holdings of Topsham. The property is one of two the town has been trying to sell since last year. The other, the former Times Record building on Industry Road, is still f...

  • Pact with South Portland firefighters contains no-layoff clause, fitness stipends, but no cost-of-living raises

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a two-year contract with firefighters, who will not receive across-the-board raises, but gained a no-layoff clause. The contract, which expires on June 30, 2011, is expected to cost the city more than $8,000 t...

  • SAD 51 seeks input from Cumberland, North Yarmouth at Nov. 18 budget forum

    CUMBERLAND — School Administrative District 51 will hold a budget forum on Wednesday, Nov. 18, to hear public input as the district plans its fiscal 2011 budget. The forum will begin at Greely High School at 7 p.m. "What we're trying to do is get, from the community, the ...

  • Cooking with the best

    Mary Blenk of Cumberland prepares her Blueberry Chocolate Blintz Crepes, which earned the third-place prize of $500 on Nov. 1 at the Hood New England Dairy Cook-Off at Ocean Gateway in Portland. Blenk faced 29 other cooks from throughout the region, in a competition judged by Steve Corry, executive ...

  • PROP comes to Freeport

    People’s Regional Opportunity Program recently expanded its coverage from Portland to include Freeport. Last week it began weatherization of the home of Margret Baker, left, who talks with Gov. John Baldacci and Baker's daughter Nancy about how insulation of the house will save her money. Funds fo...

  • Family selected for Habitat home in Freeport, celebration planned next week

    FREEPORT — Mikki Cote and her son Eli have been selected as the new homeowners of the environmentally friendly Habitat for Humanity house on West Street. The home is the third built by Habitat in town, but the first to be rebuilt to green standards. "I feel like...