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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. ...

  • PUC lets Casco Bay ferry fare changes stand

    PORTLAND — The Public Utilities Commission on Tuesday ruled that a May 2009 rate increase by Casco Bay Lines was reasonable and has rejected a petition demanding an investigation. The budget passed in May 2009 by the CBL Board of Directors resulted in increases to tickets across the ...

  • Bottle return: Friends reconnect 15 years after launching message from Yarmouth

    YARMOUTH — Nearly 15 years ago, four little girls from Yarmouth wrote a message, put it in a thick green bottle, threw it into the ocean and hoped for a response. After a few years, the girls moved away from Maine, grew up and forgot about their message – until last w... 4

  • Metro raises bus fares

    PORTLAND — The cost to ride Metro is scheduled to increase beginning Thursday, April 1. A one-way fare is increasing 25 cents, from $1.25 to $1.50. A 10-ride pass goes from $11 to $13.50, and a monthly pass will increase $2.50, to $40. Senior tickets will be 65 cents – u...

  • Pownal program could be cut to save $185K in RSU 5

    FREEPORT — A proposal to bus Pownal Middle School students to either Durham or Freeport next year could save $185,000, according to the Regional School Unit 5 superintendent. The School Board is working through a $23.6 million operating

  • Union organizer found role in candidate Richardson’s state agency

    Editor’s note: This examination of Democrat John Richardson by the non-profit Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting is the second in a series probing the records of some of the leading candidates for governor.

  • Pierce Atwood law firm considers moving Portland office

    PORTLAND — One of the region's prominent law firms is considering moving out of its downtown headquarters and possibly out of the city. Pierce Atwood, the major tenant at 1 Monument Square, is looking at several properties in greater Portland, according to the firm's marketing and bu...

  • Farmers market moves to Bean campus as Freeport Community Market

    FREEPORT — There will be a new farmers market in Freeport this summer hosted by L.L. Bean off Main Street. The Freeport Community Market will open on May 28 at 3 p.m. at two locations – one at Discovery Park, and the other in the area between the handicapped parking lot a...

  • Yarmouth rep's waste disposal bill signed into law

    YARMOUTH — Rep. Melissa Walsh Innes, D-Yarmouth, worked for months to create a bill that would hold manufacturers – not municipalities or taxpayers – financially responsible for their product's waste collection and disposal. The bill, “An Act to Provi...