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  • Portland Daily Sun publisher shuts down free paper weeks after buying Portland Phoenix

    PORTLAND — Portland Daily Sun Publisher Mark Guerringue confirmed Friday that the free newspaper will publish its final edition on Dec. 23. The paper’s two full-time staff members will move to the Portland Phoenix, which The Sun Newspapers Group, parent company of the Daily Sun...

  • Portland fire safety panel suggests new inspection department

    PORTLAND — A new city department dedicated to enforcing fire safety and housing ordinances, and conducting inspections, could be a recommendation of the task force set up in the aftermath of the Nov. 1 Noyes Street fire that killed six people. In their Dec. 17 meeting, task force mem...

  • Long-time Falmouth police officer retires

    FALMOUTH — A police officer familiar to generations of residents has retired from the force. Sgt. Bradford Walker left the Police Department recently after 35 years of service. He was a sergeant for more than 20 years and throughout his career worked rotating shifts. B...

  • Cost up to $4M for improvements planned next year on Route 88 in Cumberland

    CUMBERLAND — A major drainage and shoulder improvement project along Foreside Road (Route 88) could begin next April, design team engineers told the Town Council during a public hearing Monday night. Tom Gorrill and Al Palmer of Gorrill-Palmer Consulting Engineers said the approx...

  • Freeport-Pownal-Durham schools hire curriculum coordinator

    FREEPORT — The Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors has hired Sarah Simmonds of Falmouth as curriculum coordinator for schools in Freeport, Pownal and Durham. Superintendent Shannon Welsh said Simmonds was selected from 14 applicants from across the nation. "...

  • Falmouth begins school superintendent search with public forums, hiring of consultant

    FALMOUTH — The consultant hired to assist the School Board in its search for a new superintendent of schools will lead a series of discussions with the public next week to focus in on the ideal candidate for the position. Jacqueline Roy, of J.A. Roy Associates in Dennisport, Mass....

  • Garden of delights: Yarmouth schools celebrate Harvest Week

    YARMOUTH — On the first day of Maine Harvest Week, high school senior Sam Waxman could be found barefoot, with his pants legs rolled up, gathering heads of cabbage and cucumbers at the Yarmouth District Garden. The vegetables he harvests will be used as meals for students throughout the week.

  • Chebeague Island child-care program campaigns for new home

    CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — The island's child-care program, which depends on borrowed space, has kicked off a capital campaign to raise funds for a new and permanent home. Kids' Place, which has 30 children enrolled between the ages of 4 months and 12 years, is aiming to raise about $13...

  • As usual, no contests for Freeport Town Council; 5 candidates in sewer district election

    FREEPORT — Unless there are write-in candidates, the Nov. 3 Town Council elections will be uncontested – again – because only three candidates returned nomination papers by the Sept. 9 deadline. District 4 Councilor James Cassida and Councilor-at-Large Charlotte Bishop are se...

  • Computers to help track cash transactions in Portland school cafeterias

    PORTLAND — The School Department is installing computerized cafeteria terminals that will make it easier to track cash transactions – a need highlighted by an audit of the 2008 budget. The system is being installed at all mainland and island schools. The cost of the hardware and software ...