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  • Cure for the summer slide in Portland

    Nataly Mendez, a soon-to-be first-grader at Reiche Community School, joins her peers in a game of bouncing balls within a parachute Thursday during a Summer Success picnic at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The event, which was hosted by Portland ConnectED, featured a free meal for children, tours...

  • Train barn foes, Downeaster official clash in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — A meeting of an advisory group for a proposed train layover facility Thursday lapsed into an acrimonious exchange between opponents of the project and representatives of the agency that runs the Amtrak Downeaster. At the meeting, three members of the Brun...

  • RSU 5 budget fails by 79 votes as Pownal, Durham voters balk

    FREEPORT — Voters rejected the Regional School Unit 5 budget by a 79-vote margin Thursday, 661-582. The budget validation referendum held in Freeport, Pownal and Durham on June 25 brought out about 11 percent of registered voters from all three towns. Almost 9 percent of voters ...

  • Bubbly in Brunswick

    The foam flies as Amy Warner of the Great Impasta serves champagne to Brunswick Downtown Association member Dave Nadeau during the waitstaff competition at the Taste of Brunswick on June 20. Warner eventually won the contest, part of a charitable event that gave attendees the chance to sample treats...

  • South Portland police to step up OUI enforcement

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The Police Department announced that it will increase sobriety checkpoints and patrols throughout the summer, starting this weekend. According to a June 23 press release, drivers with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 percent who are convicted of operating under the ...

  • Eating for a good cause

    David Turin, left, chef/owner of David's 388 on Cottage Road in South Portland and David's restaurant in Portland, offers ahi tuna tartar Napoleon with coconut chili, white truffle oil and sweet potato goufret at Taste of the Nation at Southern Maine Community College. The annual Share Our Strength ...

  • Heritage Days celebrate Bath's enriched community

    BATH — Eighty is the magic number in this year's Heritage Days celebration, particularly since it's the age of Bath City Hall. "Remembering 80 Years Past ... Planning 80 Years Hence" is the theme of this 37th annual event, which runs Thursday, July 2, through Sunday, Ju...

  • South Portland councilors warm to wood-to-energy plant proposal

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Partners in a  local consortium with plans for a renewable energy power plant on Highland Avenue told the City Council on Monday they are on track for construction next summer, pending state and local permits. The Maine Renewable Energy Consortium plans a 10-mega...

  • Attorney: Reports clear South Portland official

    SOUTH PORTLAND — An attorney representing the city's director of public works and cultural services says his client has been exonerated and will return to work, although the city manager declined to provide confirmation. Gregg Frame, a Portland labor and employment attorney, was ...

  • Bath council approves downtown TIF amendment for hotel

    BATH — The City Council on Wednesday unanimously approved an amendment to the city's downtown tax increment financing district, an expansion that will encompass the future Hampton Inn hotel. The 55,000-square-foot Hilton-chain hotel is being constructed on the Prawer Block, boun...