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  • Pitching in at Pope Preserve in South Portland

    Owen Coon, John Dore, and others remove debris and unwanted growth at Pope Preserve on Mill Cove during South Portland’s Earth Day Clean-Up on Sunday, April 20. Volunteers organized by the South Portland Land Trust cleaned up sites throughout the city, including Bug Light Park, the Greenbel...

  • Inspection could decide fate of Harpswell water tower

    HARPSWELL — The dilapidated, unused water storage tank that stands above Mitchell Field off Harpswell Neck Road is finally going to get some close scrutiny. The 104-foot-high tower, built more than 60 years ago, is rusting in many spots. Its sky-blue protective coating has failed, al...

  • Portland council pushes green design rules

    Councilors spar over formula business delay PORTLAND — The City Council approved a measure Monday that will require new or renovated buildings that either belong to the city or are somehow funded by the city to get green building certification. The city's Green ...

  • MaineHealth pulls out of Portland Bayside deal

    PORTLAND — A $40 million project that would have put an eight-story office building and a parking garage on city land in Bayside has become a victim of the economic downturn. MaineHealth last week announced the cancellation of the project, citing economic instability and financial...

  • School budget reduces Portland tax burden

    PORTLAND — The School Committee on April 1 unanimously approved a $91.36 million budget. The fiscal 2010 budget, which takes effect on July 1, is an increase of $1.86 million, or 2 percent, over the current $89.5 million budget. Next year's budget eliminates 17 positi...

  • Not your typical family heirloom

    Bomb squad called to Falmouth to destroy Civil War cannon ball FALMOUTH — A routine visit to the Police Department Monday quickly morphed into an episode that could rival some action films – with a plot line that Stephen Ryder and his wife, Helga, of Edgewater Road, will...

  • Dean's Sweets helps take the sting out of tax day

    Despite the tumbleweed atmosphere gripping Exchange Street in the Old Port, there is no shortage of new restaurants and bars opening up around Portland. But first – Dean's Sweets at 82 Middle St. is giving away truffles. Go in, tell them you heard about the "Tax Day T...

  • Freeport teens to present a curious version of 'Alice'

    FREEPORT — A handful of creative Freeport High School students, in collaboration with Carol and John Farrell and Ian Bannon of Figures of Speech Theater, have created an adaptation of the Lewis Carrol books "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass."

  • 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...