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  • Portland WinterFest takes off

    Snowboarder Zander Stearns, 24, of Old Orchard Beach, glides across a C box Friday during the Portland WinterFest Rail Jam. The city closed an eastbound, one-block stretch of Spring Street to accommodate the terrain park, which included a steep pile of snow and three rail features. It was built d...

  • Why and how behind Portland's new storm-water fee

    PORTLAND — The Portland City Council this week approved new storm-water fees, signing off on a measure that was once controversial, but over years of deliberation become an accepted inevitability. Christopher O’Neil, a government liaison for the Portland Community Chamber ...

  • Grants fund projects for MLK Day of Service

    PORTLAND — As a way to encourage community fellowship, the Maine Commission for Community Service awarded 16 grants to organizations around th...

  • Take comfort: Caterer, North Yarmouth church team up for dinner business

    NORTH YARMOUTH — A place well-known for the Good Book is now a place known also for good food.Since January, Mark Heath has been working from the North Yarmouth Congregational Church kitchen to produce an assortment of comfort foods for a growing number of hungry clients with no tim...

  • Task force to study Portland's athletic field uses, needs

    PORTLAND — A group of school and sports representatives will spend the next several months studying the conditions and uses of the city's athletic facilities. The Athletic Facilities Task Force is expected to develop a 10-year plan for improvements and also make recommendations ...

  • Fire destroys Bath city councilor's home

    BATH — A fire that broke out Thursday, Dec. 10, at City Councilor James Omo's 177 Middle St. house gutted the building and killed two pets. Omo, who represents Ward 1 on the council, said Friday morning that the cause of the fire remains unknown and said he believed his home was "a comp...

  • Follow the light

    Light trails from a passing fishing boat headed out to sea point the way to Spring Point Light in South Portland, recently decorated for the holidays.

  • Climbing practice

    Gov. John Baldacci, center left, watches from below with David Harrison as Justin Alberico of Skowhegan prepares to demonstrate the finer points of rappelling on Tuesday, Dec. 8, at Harrison Shrader Enterprises-Gould Training Facility in South Portland. A group of Mainers were being trained to work ...

  • Bath firefighter a candidate for Maine House

    BATH — Mike Clarke, a captain in the Fire Department, announced last week that he will run for the Maine House District 62 seat. The office is held by four-term Rep. Thom Watson, D-Bath, who has reached his term limit. Clarke is a U.S. Navy veteran and a member of t...

  • Bath to hold holiday open house, window contest

    BATH — Downtown Bath is the place to express some holiday spirit on Friday, Dec. 18. A "Holiday Open House" evening will be held, with stores remaining open until 8 p.m. The lobbies of First Federal Savings, KeyBank, Bath Savings Institution and The Kennebec Co. at the Cust...