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  • Freeport celebrates blueberries this weekend

    FREEPORT — The Summer Blueberry Festival will kick off with a free concert by the Chandler Military Band on Friday night, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. at the South Freeport Church. The Half Moon Jug will also perform at the festival, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 3 The local band will take th...

  • Wood-chipping available on Portland islands next week

    PORTLAND — Residents of the city's coastal islands can reduce the risk of wildfires by having brush and debris chipped by city crews next week. The federally funded Defensible Space Chipping Program begins Monday, Aug. 4, on Cushing Island. Residents can place cleared brush curbside ...

  • Changes on the way for Scarborough's Payne Road

    SCARBOROUGH — A committee organized to suggest ways to reduce and slow Payne Road traffic south of Haigis Parkway is expected to present its recommendations to the Town Council in August. Made up primarily of residents along that stretch of Payne Road, the committee has discussed man...

  • Study calls for new, $5M-$8M library in Cape Elizabeth

    CAPE ELIZABETH — A report recommending a new, multi-million dollar Thomas Memorial Library is expected to be finalized next week and presented to the Town Council in August. The Thomas Memorial Study Committee voted earlier this year to accept a report prepared by library consulta...

  • Scarborough wind turbine ordinance returns to council

    SCARBOROUGH — Proposed regulations for small wind energy systems, which first came before councilors the same week a resident was prevented from installing a wind turbine in his yard, are returning to the Town Council next week with some modifications from the Ordinance Committee. In ...

  • Ceremony slated to commemorate 1944 South Portland plane crash

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A memorial observance on the 65th anniversary of one of the state's worst aviation disasters will be held this weekend on Westbrook Street. The service will honor the victims and survivors of a July 11, 1944, tragedy that killed 19 people and injured 20, many of whom...

  • Topsham Navy Annex study predicts minimal environmental impact from redevelopment

    TOPSHAM — An environmental assessment of the Topsham Navy Annex predicts minimal impact as a result of reuse or redevelopment of the site, officials said Wednesday. The U.S. Navy and consultants held a public meeting at Town Hall to present a draft of that assessment. The final d...

  • Brunswick council endorses tax breaks for filmmakers, will mull expansion of drug-free zones

    BRUNSWICK — In a 7-2 vote that the opposition warned would set a dangerous precedent for meddling in state tax legislation, the Town Council on Monday agreed to endorse a bill designed to give tax incentives to the film industry. The state Legislature in June pushed the bill,

  • Citizen group seeks groundwater protections in Brunswick base zoning

    BRUNSWICK — A citizen group monitoring environmental clean-up at Brunswick Naval Air Station is pushing for future zoning restrictions that could affect how developers use or contribute to the groundwater beneath the base. Although such restrictions are in place at other Superfund hazardous ...

  • Bath, Topsham public works officials battle against recent rain assault

    BATH — While the weather has had some people wondering whether they should start building an ark, public works directors in the area are looking for ways to handle the added pressures of the rain and the problems it causes. One such malady, discussed at length during the July 1 B...