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  • Ethical questions swirl around Brunswick councilor's zoning vote

    BRUNSWICK — Actions by four-term Town Councilor David Watson have raised questions about whether he violated the council's ethics policy by voting on a request to rezone a parcel of land partially owned by his cousin, contractor Ted Crooker. At a June 21 public hearing, Watson m...

  • 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...

  • Falmouth seeks stimulus money for improvements to fire station

    FALMOUTH — The town has applied for federal stimulus money to help fund a $1 million renovation and addition to Fire Station 4 on Winn Road. The request is for just under $500,000 through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Falmouth would match the funding with $500,000 fr...

  • Freeport council supports creation of Chamber; membership drive begins

    FREEPORT — After more than a year of discussion, the Freeport Merchants Association, Freeport Economic Development Corp. and a task force have worked out a compromise to move forward with creating a Chamber of Commerce in Freeport. Sande Updegraph, director of FEDC, told the Town Council at...

  • Neighbors bark 'foul' over dog day-care business planned for North Yarmouth

    NORTH YARMOUTH — Neighbors are appealing the Planning Board's decision last month to approve a dog day-care business at a home on North Road. The appeal will be heard by the Zoning Board of Appeals Wednesday, July 22. Herb and Ellen Hopkins, whose property abuts the approved busin...

  • Panel gives Portland police permission to try using Tasers

    PORTLAND — City police officers will begin carrying Tasers as part of a three-month trial of the device. The City Council Public Safety Committee reviewed and approved the measure Tuesday evening, and Police Chief James Craig said officers have already started training to use the ...

  • Fresh Air Fund brings city kids to Maine families for summer fun

    The Scott family and their friends have enjoyed introducing Fresh Air Fund guest Evelyn Merino, of Queens, N.Y., to activities on the water. From left, Clara Brown, Jillian Rothweiler, Leika Scott, Merino, Chantal Scott, Gibson Scott and Jaclyn Scott. Missing from picture, Chantal Scott's husband Gr...

  • RSU 5 hopes to increase budget awareness as 2nd town meeting approaches

    FREEPORT — In an effort to pass a budget before the start of the school year and keep residents engaged in the budget approval process, Regional School Unit 5 directors reduced their proposed operating budget by an additional $86,000 and have launched a get-out-the-vote campaign. The board ...

  • New book brings Falmouth history to life

    FALMOUTH — Anyone who has ever wondered how many different bridges have spanned the Presumpscot River at Allen Avenue, or where early 1800s stagecoach travelers could stop for food and drink along Blackstrap Road can now find the information easily and in one place in "Falmouth," a ...

  • Livin' Large

    Special Olympian Susie Cloutier shows Portland Sea Dogs pitcher T.J. Large (now a member of the Pawtucket Red Sox) how to play behind the plate during a Special Olympics softball program at Loring Field in Payson Park on July 11. Large and several of his teammates brought a big-league atmosphere to ...