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  • Cumberland voters to decide $3M public beach purchase

    CUMBERLAND — After lengthy and sometimes heated discussion Monday, the Town Council voted unanimously to send a proposed $3 million purchase of beach property to voters in November. But public opinion was much more divided, and often critical. Some residents criticized the spe...

  • Falmouth library seeks Nov. 4 vote on expansion

    FALMOUTH — The Town Council on Monday was receptive to a request from the Falmouth Memorial Library board to hold a voter referendum on a bond for library expansion, but showed concern about the board's ability to fund half the project. Board President Mark Porada asked the council t...

  • Skowhegan man to be arraigned Monday for South Portland shooting death

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A 50-year-old Skowhegan man accused of killing a South Portland man is free on bail after turning himself in to authorities on Tuesday. Malcolm "Bruce" LaVallee-Davidson is scheduled to be arraigned on a manslaughter charge in Cumberland County Superior...

  • Scarborough students' fundraiser to benefit Preble Street Resource Center

    SCARBOROUGH — Empty bowls can mean full plates for many who would otherwise go hungry. The Empty Bowls Project, out of North Carolina, is a national effort to combat hunger by encouraging participants to...

  • Safe at home

    An osprey that nests on top of the center field lights at Morse High School took a lap around the ball fields and returned home to roost under clear skies last week. (Roger S. Duncan photo)

  • RSU 5 delays budget vote, wants to put brakes on reorganization; state won't allow it

    FREEPORT — Some members of the Regional School Unit 5 Board of Trustees want to press the state for a timeout in the consolidation of Freeport, Pownal and Durham schools. But Superintendent Shannon Welsh and other board members disagree. They say the legal implications would be de...

  • South Portland may dim street lights to balance budget

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council is considering a proposal to turn off more than 100 street lights to generate savings needed to balance next year's budget. The city estimates it could save nearly $20,000 a year, or $1,600 a month, by turning off 112 street lights along some of ...

  • South Portland City Council openly reviews policy, manager

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday held a spirited and public discussion about the city manager's job performance and, to some extent, the city's personnel policy. Councilors generally described the city's personnel policy as a flawed document, and City Manager Jim Gaile...

  • South Portland board refuses to recommend zone change to council

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The Planning Board on Tuesday rejected a zone change that would have allowed 59 units of age-restricted housing to be built in a wooded area southeast of Wilkinson Woods. The unanimous board vote, however, is only a recommendation to the City Council, which is ex...

  • Lawmakers reject Harpswell border claim

    AUGUSTA — A bill that would redraw a portion of the Harpswell's boundary with Brunswick suffered a major setback Wednesday when the Legislature's State and Local Government Committee voted 10-3 against the measure. The bill had been advanced by a Harpswell group known as the Carry...