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  • Parades, fireworks, more for the July 4 weekend in Freeport

    FREEPORT — In many area towns, including Falmouth, Yarmouth and Cumberland, July Fourth will be a quiet day, with no town-sponsored activities planned. But in Freeport, it's a different story. Freeport's Independence Day activities start at 7:30 a.m. Saturday morning w...

  • Good to be Greek

    The annual Greek Festival drew several thousand people to Holy Trinity Greek Church at Pleasant and Park streets in Portland June 25-27 for three days of dancing and food celebrating Greek culture. Here, people joined in a traditional Greek dance while others waited patiently in the long food lines....

  • Yarmouth student helps save the world 1 pair of jeans at a time

    YARMOUTH — As fifth-grader Emma Flanders read through National Geographic Kids this spring, an article jumped out at her: "Donate Jeans and Help us Set a Guinness World Record," the headline said. Flanders decided it was time to make a difference. "I lo...

  • Portland Somalis grow skills, produce at Falmouth's River Point

    FALMOUTH — The garter snake had just reached the top of the five-gallon bucket after somehow slithering up the slippery plastic side when Bootz Sharrif, 16, picked it up and examined its tortuous body and gently tried to touch its forked tongue. Mahad Warsame, 16, and Ilhan Hilowl...

  • Agency asks feds to investigate Portland's allocation of community development funds

    PORTLAND — A local nonprofit agency is accusing the city of ignoring the needs of low-income and minority residents and has asked the federal government to investigate the city's allocation of bonus community development funds it recieved as part of the federal stimulus package. P...

  • National distributor picks up Portland producers' latest film

    PORTLAND — Two local film producers are continuing their climb up the movie-making mountain with their first nationally distributed film.  Portland residents Aaron Duffey and Jim Cole, who made names for themselves in 2005 with "Sundowning," are celebrating the national...

  • You be the cop: Local police departments to offer citizen police school

    PORTLAND — Make no mistake about it, people find police work intriguing. Police shows dominate prime-time television, with more "CSI" and "Law & Order" spin-offs than you can count.  But there are many misconceptions about what actual police wo...

  • Portland School Committee commits to laptop computers for students, awaits funding

    PORTLAND — The School Committee last week voted 8-1 to participate in the state initiative to put laptop computers into the hands of high school students. The program, however, depends on a waiver from the U.S. Department of Education to use about $1.8 million in stimulus money e...