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  • Portland city councilors may weigh proposed hike in minimum wage

    PORTLAND — Mayor Michael Brennan last week said a proposed ordinance to raise the minimum wage in the city might be vetted next week by a City Council committee, and could go before the full council for consideration next month. Brennan advocates hiking the minimum wage to $9.50 an h...

  • Auction adds meat to annual Cumberland County Fair schedule

    CUMBERLAND — Fans of local pork, lamb and beef may want to flock to an auction at the Cumberland Fair on Sept. 24. The auction, to be held at the fairgrounds show arena at 4 p.m., will allow people to buy meat raised by area 4-H members. Sold "on the hoof," the animals will be...

  • Portland Charter Commission expected to set path this week

    PORTLAND — The Charter Commission is expected to elect its leaders and set dates for future meetings during its first session Thursday. Nine members were elected to the commission June 9. They join three City Council appointees on the board charged with reviewing and recommending ...

  • Demolition of Portland's Baxter School starts June 22

    PORTLAND — Demolition of the Percival P. Baxter Elementary School is scheduled to begin on Monday, June 22. The school is being razed to make way for a new, 440-student elementary school that is expected to be ready for the 2011 school year. Two programs housed at 150...

  • Dogs at Mitchell Field prompt Harpswell selectmen to unleash task force

    HARPSWELL — The 119-acre Mitchell Field has become a favorite destination for dog owners and their pets. But some residents say they're avoiding the former U.S. Navy fuel depot because some of the owners allow their dogs to run amok, or fail to clean up after their canines.  The...

  • New Hampshire man admits starting fires in Yarmouth, York

    PORTLAND — Everett S. Stickney of Exeter, N.H., pleaded guilty in federal court Tuesday to two counts of arson for fires that destroyed more than two dozen businesses in January at 500 Route 1 in Yarmouth and at a York office building. He also pleaded guilty to a third count of po...

  • Veranda Street bridge to close June 24 for up to 3 months

    PORTLAND — The Veranda Street bridge will close for three months next week so crews can replace the 1920s-era span. Maine Department of Transportation spokesman Jim Wentworth said the street will be closed to vehicular traffic for about three months starting on Wednesday, June 24....

  • Speed dating for a good cause launches in Portland

    PORTLAND — April LaFrance noticed what many members of the city's young adult population have come to accept as a depressing truth in an otherwise fabulous town: the dating scene leaves much to be desired. "I have a lot of single friends and found that it is especially difficult ...

  • South Portland firefighter dies on duty

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Hundreds of people attended funeral services Tuesday in Biddeford for a South Portland firefighter who died on duty last week.  Fire Department spokesman Lt. Robb Couture said Debra Cole had a stroke and collapsed while working an overtime shift on June 10 at th...