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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. ...

  • Scarborough run benefits arts center

    SCARBOROUGH — The Fiddlehead Center for the Arts is sponsoring a 5K run for adults and a 1K fun-run for children on Saturday, April 24, at 8:30 a.m. at the Clambake Restaurant at Pine Point. The event aims to raise money for the Fiddlehead Center, a nonprofit organization that provid...

  • Correction

    A photo caption on Page 1 of last week's Mid-Coast edition should have identified Tom Settlemire as co-owner with Seth Kroeck of the sheep enterprise at Brunswick's Crystal Spring Farm. The farm is owned by the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust, which leases the property to Kroeck and his wife, Maura....

  • South Portland council quickly OKs $4.3M capital spending plan

    SOUTH PORTLAND — When City Manager Jim Gailey asked the City Council last week to fast-track next year's $4.3 million Capital Improvement Plan and add $125,000 in funds for more street paving, he didn't expect it would be passed Wednesday night with no discussion. "Wow," Gailey said,...

  • South Portland sees way to turn oil into cash: 500% hike in tanker inspection fee

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The city is looking to cash in on the hundreds of tankers that annually dock and unload oil at eight local terminals to help fight the effects of declining revenues.  During budget deliberations last week, City Manager Jim Gailey unveiled a proposal, drafted wit...

  • South Portland signs group contract to clean up polluted Long Creek watershed

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Wednesday formally signed an agreement to work with other west end property owners to improve water quality in the Long Creek Watershed, an urban impaired stream spanning four municipalities that must be cleaned up by 2020.  The agreement mar...

  • New rules on farm animals, river protection, home businesses advance in Scarborough

    SCARBOROUGH — Proposed changes to the zoning ordinance to allow farm animals, gardens and farm stands in residential area are moving forward after a Town Council public hearing April 21.  Planning Director Dan Bacon explained the changes proposed by the Maine Department of Agric...

  • Cape Elizabeth properties to be revalued

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Residents can expect another property revaluation in the coming year, and will see changes to their property tax bills in October 2011 and April 2012. Town Assessor Matthew Sturgis said the last equalization took place in 2004 and increased the valuation from $763 mi...

  • Bowdoinham farm hopes to cultivate community from Portland to Augusta

    BOWDOINHAM — The Dancing Cricket Farm is kicking off an endeavor to provide people from Portland to Augusta with top-notch organic vegetables, flowers and herbs through environmentally friendly and sustainable farming practices. The 75-acre farm is the flagship project of the Ce...