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  • 'Escape room' games arrive in Portland, South Portland

    PORTLAND — After the doors lock, you have 60 minutes to find your way out. And the people with the keys are betting against you. This isn't some diabolical dungeon with fiendish creators. It's the latest, trendy entertainment venture to come to Maine, and it's happening in Portland a...

  • Portland's debt a 'scary monster in the closet'

    PORTLAND — About 18 hours after the four members of the City Council Finance Committee opposed the new $225 million municipal budget, they warned city debt is becoming unsustainable. "We need to put ourselves on a bit of a diet with the capital improvement plan and make some tough de...

  • Brunswick delays land purchase for police station, seeks to unload Industry Road building

    BRUNSWICK — The town has decided to postpone potential land acquisition for a new police station until the fall. Meanwhile, town officials are proposing to renew efforts to sell the old Times Record building on Industry Road, a facility that has been twice considered for new police h...

  • Memories of Bath in 1949 to be discussed

    BATH — Historian Charles E. Burden and Sue Fitzgerald will share their “Memories of Downtown Bath in 1949” at a Bath Historical Society program at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, April 17. The program will be held in the Community Room of the Patten Free Library at 33 Summer St...

  • Rite of spring in Brunswick

    Tom Settlemire, co-owner with Seth Kroeck of the sheep enterprise at Brunswick's Crystal Spring Farm, holds a young lamb in his arms for children to pet at the farm's annual New Lamb Day on Sunday, April 11. Crystal Spring Farm is owned by the Brunswick Topsham Land Trust and leased to Seth and M...

  • State backs off on fees at Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth, Mackworth Island in Falmouth

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The state Bureau of Parks and Lands on Wednesday announced visitors will not have to pay mandatory entrance fees at two popular state parks starting in May. Instead, Gov. John Baldacci directed the state agency to allow visitors to Kettle Cove in Cape Elizabeth ...

  • Cape Elizabeth School Board sends $20.7M budget to Town Council

    CAPE ELIZABETH — The School Board unanimously approved a nearly $20.7 million school budget on April 13. The proposed fiscal 2011 budget is $672,000 more than this year's $20 million budget, an increase of 3.4 percent. If passed, the budget would increase the property tax rate 3...

  • South Portland City Council opts for tax increase

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A firefighter, a police officer and raises for nonunion employees have been added back into the proposed fiscal 2011 municipal budget. The City Council decided to restore more than $180,000 in proposed cuts, which may increase the local tax rate by more than 1 percen...

  • November vote eyed for South Portland High School renovation bond

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The Secondary Schools Facility Committee voted overwhelmingly April 8 to place a $42 million bond for high school renovations on the November ballot. The recommendation must now be accepted by the School Board, according to Assistant Superintendent of Schools Steve B...

  • Bath man indicted for thefts in Cumberland, Yarmouth

    PORTLAND — A Bath man was indicted April 9 for a series of motor vehicle burglaries and other crimes he is alleged to have committed in January in Cumberland and Yarmouth. Charles Bushman, 28, was charged with 22 counts of burglary to a motor vehicle, Class C theft, six counts o...