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  • Pumpkins picked: End of the vine for the Wilcoxes of Intervale Farm

    Carl and Jan Wilcox (and golden retriever Midge) stand under a rainbow Oct. 18 at Intervale Farm in New Gloucester. For the past 20 years, the couple has grown and sold pumpkins and gourds; this year, however, marks their final crop, most of which has already been sold.

  • Dueling cost estimates for Freeport's withdrawal from RSU 5

    FREEPORT — Residents on Nov. 4 will vote to decide if Freeport will withdraw from Regional School Unit 5. The referendum question will ask voters if the town should leave the school unit it formed with Durham and Pownal in 2009, as part of a state-mandated school district consolidati...

  • Loss of federal waiver could be 'lethal blow' to laptop computers for Portland high school students

    PORTLAND — City schools may not be able to participate in a statewide initiative to expand the laptop computer program to the city's 2,200 high school students.  Participation in the program depended on the district securing a waiver from federal education officials to allow use ...

  • Portland hosts urban triathlon this weekend

    PORTLAND — The Zone Urban Epic Triathlon is set to happen this weekend, with an all-day festival afterwards. The waterfront triathlon, now in its third year, begins at 8:30 a.m. at East End Beach, were participants will – if enterococcus levels aren't too high – jump in for ...

  • Maine joins regional coalition to lobby for Downeaster extension, faster speeds

    AUGUSTA — With the filing deadline to present rail projects qualifying for stimulus funding fast approaching, Gov. John Baldacci announced Monday that he has joined a coalition of New England governors to create a unified rail vision for the region. Six priority projects were iden... 1

  • Updated: Auburn developer confirms bid for Brunswick base housing

    BRUNSWICK — George Schott, the developer behind several commercial successes in Auburn, confirmed Friday that he is trying to purchase the 702 military housing units associated with Brunswick Naval Air Station.  Schott, who last summer purchased the former Atrium Inn & Convention...

  • 22 South Portland graduates get scholarships from grassroots group

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Twenty-two high school graduates who would have otherwise gone without scholarships this year received some financial assistance, thanks to a local initiative launched in 2007. Pro...

  • Scarborough residents seek to buy former sludge dump

    SCARBOROUGH — A Tibbetts Road couple has expressed interest in buying a portion of a former sludge dumping ground owned by the town. Dennis and Susan Hall own 33 Tibbetts Road, the property that abuts the 69-acre lot that borders Saco. In a May 28 letter to the town, the Halls' attorn...

  • 233 years young

    A crowd gathered near the entrance to Bug Light Park last Saturday to hear John Kierstead, dressed as Ben Franklin, read the Declaration of Independence from the front porch of the restored headquarters of the South Portland Historical Society on the Fourth of July. (Rich Obrey photo)

  • RSU 5 board cuts $86K from budget for Freeport, Pownal, Durham

    FREEPORT — Regional School Unit 5 directors trimmed their proposed operating budget by an additional $86,000 on Wednesday and sent the $23.4 million spending package to a second tri-town meeting on Tuesday, July 21. The School Board passed the slightly reduced budget 9-2, with Po...