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  • South Portland renews concern about contamination from dry cleaner

    SOUTH PORTLAND — For at least 25 years, a harmful chemical has existed in soil beneath and air around Pratt-Abbott Cleaners at Broadway and Cottage Road. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection recorded tetrachloroethylene contamination in the late 1980s and again in 20...

  • Scarborough School Board members urge defeat of revised budget

    SCARBOROUGH — The School Board finance committee, taking direction from the Town Council, eliminated $500,000 in a revised School Department budget proposal that goes to voters July 7. Board members said the reduction will cripple clubs, sports and after-school activities. ...

  • Falmouth candidates to debate

    FALMOUTH — The Forecaster next week will sponsor a public forum featuring candidates running for Falmouth Town Council and School Board. The debate-style event will begin at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, May 26, at Town Hall, in the Council Chambers. It will be televised live on Falmou... 2

  • Portland City Council approves $196.3M budget, tax hike

    PORTLAND — A $196.3 million municipal budget approved by the City Council Monday night includes an increase in the cost of trash bags and a decrease in the number of police officers on Peaks Island. The fiscal year 2011 budget goes into effect July 1. It is $7 million larger than the...

  • Officials concerned about spread of hemlock-destroying aphid

    HARPSWELL — State entomologists say a woolly adelgid infestation in Cundy's Harbor means the invasion of the hemlock-destroying aphid is farther north than ever and likely spreading. Officials with the state Fo...

  • 2 recommended for Portland school positions

    PORTLAND — The School Committee on Wednesday is expected to appoint two new school administrators. Superintendent James C. Morse Sr. is recommending Ira Waltz as the new principal of Deering High School and Hiram Sibley to fill the assistant principal position at King Middle School.

  • Saving trees to housing the needy: Fact-checking the Democratic candidates for Maine governor

    Editor’s note: Last of a two-part series by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting examining the campaign resumes of the candidates for governor. One takes credit for leading the fight to save the Maine forests. One takes credit for lowering M...

  • Highway headache

    Firefighters respond to a fully engulfed truck fire near Exit 22 on southbound Interstate 295 in Freeport shortly after 5:30 a.m. Friday, May 14. The driver of the truck, which is owned by Central Maine Disposal, escaped without injuries and said the flames apparently started in the cab's wiring. So...

  • Magical moment

    The fifth annual Mother-Daughter Princess Tea Party at the South Portland Community Center attracted more than 80 mothers, daughters and grandmothers last week, and found the princesses reaching excitedly for magic dust during a show by Dennis Labbe, a.k.a. Mr. Magic.

  • He rocks

    Roland Charles and his rocks attract a crowd of kids at the Environmental Fair at Dyer Elementary School in South Portland on May 7. The fair, recognizing the 40th anniversary of Earth Day, included exhibitors from local and state government and non-profit organizations.