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  • Freeport celebrates blueberries this weekend

    FREEPORT — The Summer Blueberry Festival will kick off with a free concert by the Chandler Military Band on Friday night, Aug. 1, at 7 p.m. at the South Freeport Church. The Half Moon Jug will also perform at the festival, which runs through Sunday, Aug. 3 The local band will take th...

  • Wood-chipping available on Portland islands next week

    PORTLAND — Residents of the city's coastal islands can reduce the risk of wildfires by having brush and debris chipped by city crews next week. The federally funded Defensible Space Chipping Program begins Monday, Aug. 4, on Cushing Island. Residents can place cleared brush curbside ...

  • Cumberland budget hearings begin next week

    CUMBERLAND — The first of two public hearings on the municipal budget will be held Monday, April 13, at 7 p.m. in Town Hall. The second will occur April 27 at the same time and place. Both will be televised. With proposed municipal spending at $8 million and projected revenues at...

  • Tour highlights Portland school's environmental efforts

    PORTLAND — Elementary school students this week got a close look at the many programs that promote and explore environmental sustainability at Lincoln Middle School. On Monday, students from Longfellow Elementary School toured the school, where they planted seedlings they hope wil...

  • Portland council pushes green design rules

    Councilors spar over formula business delay PORTLAND — The City Council approved a measure Monday that will require new or renovated buildings that either belong to the city or are somehow funded by the city to get green building certification. The city's Green ...

  • MaineHealth pulls out of Portland Bayside deal

    PORTLAND — A $40 million project that would have put an eight-story office building and a parking garage on city land in Bayside has become a victim of the economic downturn. MaineHealth last week announced the cancellation of the project, citing economic instability and financial...

  • School budget reduces Portland tax burden

    PORTLAND — The School Committee on April 1 unanimously approved a $91.36 million budget. The fiscal 2010 budget, which takes effect on July 1, is an increase of $1.86 million, or 2 percent, over the current $89.5 million budget. Next year's budget eliminates 17 positi...

  • Swing your partner

    The 19th annual Down East Country Dance Festival at the Orion Performing Arts Center at Mt. Ararat Middle School drew a large crowd last weekend in Topsham, with Sue Rosen calling and music by Phantom Power. (Keith Spriro photo)

  • Scarborough property tax rate expected to rise

    SCARBOROUGH — Residents will likely see an increased property tax rate with the fiscal 2010 budget, Town Manager Tom Hall said at Wednesday's Town Council meeting. With revenues projected to be down by 4.7 percent, even a conservative rise in expenditures, projected to be an incre...

  • Ethics panel 'peels back the curtain' on Scarborough PAC

    SCARBOROUGH — A state ethics commission hearing last week shed some light on operations of the political action committee behind last year's failed Scarborough Downs racino proposal. Among other things, the hearing revealed a former state legislator was paid $30,000 for services t...