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  • Harpswell incumbents unopposed on town ballot

    HARPSWELL — Barring any write-in candidacies, a trio of incumbent office-holders will be unopposed in their bids for new terms. Selectman Ellie Multer, School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors member Joann Rogers, and Road Commissioner Ron Ponziani will be the only candid...

  • Brunswick dog day-care business has tails wagging

    BRUNSWICK — When she opened Blue Dog Day Care in November, Meghan Osborne suspected business would be good, but she didn't expect to have a full house every day. "I don't know if I thought we were going to reach the limit in the first two months," Osborne said, in an interview at the...

  • Open house at ecomaine

    Arlene Hall, 9, of Windham, tests the acidity of three water samples as Anne Hewes, ecomaine environmental manager, explains how the facility helps monitor water quality. The demonstration was one of several on Saturday, Oct. 10, during an open house at ecomaine's 240-acre landfill off outer Congres...

  • Cumberland councilors speak out against excise tax initiative

    CUMBERLAND — Town Council Chairman Ron Copp plans to draft a public letter stating the council's opposition to the proposed motor vehicle excise tax reduction and second so-called Taxpayer Bill of Rights on the Nov. 3 ballot. Several councilors on Monday evening spoke against the ex...

  • Parkside block party aims to build bridges toward a safer neighborhood

    PORTLAND — Several neighborhood organizations are pooling their expertise and resources to throw a block party on Oct. 17 for the city's Parkside residents. Saturday's party will take place from noon to 2:30 p.m. at Sherman and Mellen streets, next to the Sacred Heart/St. Dominic's Pa...

  • Yarmouth council opposes excise tax repeal

    YARMOUTH — The Town Council last week unanimously opposed Question 2 on the statewide referendum ballot, which would reduce the motor vehicle excise tax and provide tax exemptions for owning or buying new energy-efficient vehicles. In a letter to The Forecaster, councilors said p...

  • Portland schools to study security, elementary facility needs

    PORTLAND — After adopting a report on the programming and space needs of the city's school buildings, the School Committee last week wasted no time taking the next steps toward drafting work plans for the city schools. The committee passed two resolutions on Oct. 7 calling for an...

  • Cumberland teen turns car into veggie oil-burning machine

    CUMBERLAND — Luke Booth no longer groans when gas prices rise. Early this summer the 17-year-old Greely High School senior installed a device onto his 2000 Volkswagen Jetta that allows the vehicle to run not just on diesel fuel, but on vegetable oil. He's been getting the liquid...

  • Falmouth resident receives $25K award for work at The REAL School

    FALMOUTH — A Falmouth man who teaches at The REAL School on Mackworth Island received a $25,000 Milken National Educator Award in a surprise assembly at the school Tuesday morning. Richard Meserve, 43, is in his sixth year as an alternative education teacher at the school, which i...

  • Police identify man sought in connection with stolen checks

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Police say they have tentatively identified a man who has allegedly been cashing checks stolen in recent burglaries. Based on tips received from the public, Sgt. Steven Webster said police are looking for 40-year-old Kenneth Jackson, who was described as being 6 f...