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  • Portland WinterFest takes off

    Snowboarder Zander Stearns, 24, of Old Orchard Beach, glides across a C box Friday during the Portland WinterFest Rail Jam. The city closed an eastbound, one-block stretch of Spring Street to accommodate the terrain park, which included a steep pile of snow and three rail features. It was built d...

  • Why and how behind Portland's new storm-water fee

    PORTLAND — The Portland City Council this week approved new storm-water fees, signing off on a measure that was once controversial, but over years of deliberation become an accepted inevitability. Christopher O’Neil, a government liaison for the Portland Community Chamber ...

  • Despite objection, Brunswick council OKs sale of Thomas Point Road property

    BRUNSWICK — The Town Council on Monday voted 8-1 to sell a 2-acre parcel on Thomas Point Road to Brinks Allied Holdings of Topsham. The property is one of two the town has been trying to sell since last year. The other, the former Times Record building on Industry Road, is still f...

  • Pact with South Portland firefighters contains no-layoff clause, fitness stipends, but no cost-of-living raises

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday night unanimously approved a two-year contract with firefighters, who will not receive across-the-board raises, but gained a no-layoff clause. The contract, which expires on June 30, 2011, is expected to cost the city more than $8,000 t...

  • SAD 51 seeks input from Cumberland, North Yarmouth at Nov. 18 budget forum

    CUMBERLAND — School Administrative District 51 will hold a budget forum on Wednesday, Nov. 18, to hear public input as the district plans its fiscal 2011 budget. The forum will begin at Greely High School at 7 p.m. "What we're trying to do is get, from the community, the ...

  • Cooking with the best

    Mary Blenk of Cumberland prepares her Blueberry Chocolate Blintz Crepes, which earned the third-place prize of $500 on Nov. 1 at the Hood New England Dairy Cook-Off at Ocean Gateway in Portland. Blenk faced 29 other cooks from throughout the region, in a competition judged by Steve Corry, executive ...

  • PROP comes to Freeport

    People’s Regional Opportunity Program recently expanded its coverage from Portland to include Freeport. Last week it began weatherization of the home of Margret Baker, left, who talks with Gov. John Baldacci and Baker's daughter Nancy about how insulation of the house will save her money. Funds fo...

  • Family selected for Habitat home in Freeport, celebration planned next week

    FREEPORT — Mikki Cote and her son Eli have been selected as the new homeowners of the environmentally friendly Habitat for Humanity house on West Street. The home is the third built by Habitat in town, but the first to be rebuilt to green standards. "I feel like...

  • Planning Board approves 'urban chickens' for Bath homeowner

    BATH — A Middle Street resident can continue to keep chickens at her home after the Planning Board voted 6-1 Tuesday for her site plan request. Planning Director Jim Upham said the city does not have an ordinance that pertains specifically to raising chickens. Whether Tuesday'...

  • Bath City Council, School Board incumbents win uncontested elections

    BATH — Uncontested incumbents were re-elected Tuesday to the City Council and Regional School Unit 1 board. Councilor Sean Paulhus received 394 votes in Ward 2 seat, while Councilor Kyle Rogers received 365 votes in Ward 3 and Councilor Bernard Wyman had 391 votes in Ward 4. There was one w...