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  • Nova Star arrives at Ocean Gateway Terminal

    Dock hands tie down the Nova Star on Thursday as it arrives in Portland from Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. The 529-foot ferry entered the harbor just before noon, escorted by a city fire boat. City officials including Mayor Michael Brennan and City Manager Mark Rees greeted the ferry at the Ocean Gatewa...

  • Latest proposal slightly reduces proposed Scarborough tax hike

    SCARBOROUGH — Changes to the proposed school and municipal budgets for fiscal year 2015 and the proposed dog leash ordinance are still works in progress after Wednesday night's Town Council public hearings. In the public hearing, Town Manager Tom Hall presented updated versions ...

  • Steel drums soothe busy students with mellow music

    FALMOUTH — With the popularity of steel drum bands on the rise, Falmouth High School band director Jim Horwich said he used to hear, "how do we get one started at the high school?" This year the question was answered with a $10,000 grant from the Falmouth Education Found...

  • Anti-poverty protest

    Elizabeth Ortiz demonstrates for the homeless in Portland's Monument Square on Monday, part of a week-long effort to bring economic human rights to the public's attention. Behind her is national anti-poverty organizer and housing rights activist Cheri Honkala, a former homeless single mother who now...

  • Portland council gets $189M budget proposal

    PORTLAND — The city manager presented a $189 million budget to the City Council this week, a 2.2 percent increase over the current budget. The schools, meanwhile, presented a $91.3 million budget that actually seeks less in local tax money than this year, because of an increase in...

  • Workshop teaches woods safety to children

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Jim Bridge, a volunteer with Maine Search and Rescue Dogs, began his woods safety workshop In the basement conference room of the South Portland Public Library by asking parents and young children, "what is the most important thing to take with you in case you get lost in the...

  • Chickens: The ultimate spring accessory

    Classes, orders for chickens fill up PORTLAND — Paris Farmers Union will receive 800 live chickens next month, and some of them may end up in a backyard near you. "We've seen a great increase in orders for chickens," said Clint Farnham, manager of...

  • SAD 51 board, public seek spending cuts

    Employees asked to consider renegotiations  CUMBERLAND — Despite a few positive financial surprises, including an increase of $231,000 in state aid for next year, School Administrative District 51 is still working to draft a budget palatable to taxpayers. The C...

  • Collection 2009

    Falmouth High School sophomore Amy Cook, 16, works on a puffy pink glamour gown for Portland Arts and Technology High School's Collection 2009 fashion show being held April 16 at Deering High School. (Billings photo)

  • Cumberland budget hearings begin next week

    CUMBERLAND — The first of two public hearings on the municipal budget will be held Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. The second will occur April 27 at the same time and place. Both will be televised. With proposed municipal spending at $8 million and projected revenues at...