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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. ...

  • 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...

  • Yarmouth PTO hosts kitchen tours

    YARMOUTH — The Yarmouth Parent Teacher Organization will host a self-guided tour of 10 uniquely designed kitchens on May 1 from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Visitors will be able to see the work of several designers and artisans. Tickets are $20 each and include a tour book. All proceeds w...

  • Healthy lessons for kids

    Emilie Estabrook, 9, of Yarmouth, shows off her Hula Hoop skill on April 17 during Healthy Kids Day at the Casco Bay YMCA in Freeport. The Y held the annual event to show young people a healthy lifestyle doesn't have to be boring.

  • Volunteers sought for Scarborough Marsh, beach cleanup day

    SCARBOROUGH — Earth Day is all about giving back to the planet, and nowhere is that more obvious than the annual marsh and beach cleanup day, the Saturday after Earth Day. More than 100 residents came out last year for the event, and Linda Woodard of the Audubon Society said she expe...

  • Former PUC chairman took equity stake in wind company

    AUGUSTA — While he was Maine’s chief utilities regulator, Kurt Adams accepted an ownership interest in a leading wind energy company. One month later, in May 2008, he went to work for that company, First Wind, as a senior vice president. The move from chairman of th...

  • Call it 'Parkinggate': Brunswick bank's barrier raises hackles

    BRUNSWICK — When the Savings Bank of Maine installed a pay-to-park gate for its Maine Street parking lot in January, it was supposed to act as a deterrent to non-customer parking. But for some motorists who don't heed the posted warning sign, the gate has become more of a trap. Those... 1

  • Budget debate expected to dominate Brunswick council meeting

    BRUNSWICK — The April 26 Town Council meeting will be light on agenda items, but heavy on budget discussion. The meeting will be largely dedicated to public comment on a proposed fiscal 2011 spending plan, which includes a 2 percent property tax increase and reductions in staff, serv...

  • Bath school administrators make room for Woolwich students

    BATH — The administrative offices of Regional School Unit 1 were scheduled this week to move out of the Huse School on Andrews Road and into the nearby Small School in order to make way for students of the soon-to-be-reconstructed Woolwich Central School. RSU 1 Superintendent Wi...