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  • Freeport town clerk named best in Maine

    FREEPORT — After two years of serving the residents of Freeport, plus years of prior experience, Tracey Stevens has been named Maine Town Clerk of the Year. The award, presented by the Maine Town and City Clerks Association, was presented to Stevens Sept. 9 at MTCCA's annual business...

  • University of New England to acquire Portland armory

    PORTLAND — The University of New England has struck a deal with the Maine Army National Guard to acquire the armory at 772 Stevens Ave. The two entities agreed to a land swap: UNE will purchase land in Scarborough, and turn it over to the Guard to build a new readiness center. I...

  • Cape Elizabeth panel will examine employee health insurance

    CAPE ELIZABETH — Health-care coverage, benefits and costs for town and school employees will be the focus of the Town Council's newest committee. Health insurance coverage costs the town about $3.5 million annually, or about 10 percent of the town's combined budgets. But according...

  • Drugs, alcohol a factor in South Portland shooting

    PORTLAND — A 50-year-old Skowhegan farmer accused of fatally shooting a South Portland man pleaded not guilty May 18 in Cumberland County Superior Court. Malcolm Bruce Lavallee-Davidson is charged with manslaughter for killing his friend, Fred Wilson, a 50-year-old computer progr...

  • South Portland solicits planning help for Mill Creek Park

    SOUTH PORTLAND — A process is underway that may produce a long-term plan for Mill Creek Park by next January. Meanwhile, city leaders are shopping around for a new gazebo, which is expected to be installed this fall. Earlier this month, the city began soliciting offer...

  • Topsham voters approve $7.8M municipal budget

    TOPSHAM — Voters at Wednesday's Town Meeting approved a $7.8 million municipal budget for fiscal 2010. The meeting at Mt. Ararat High School drew 201 of Topsham's more than 7,400 registered voters, or fewer than 3 percent. One component of the budget is $1.4 million...

  • February layoffs continue to divide South Portland City Council

    SOUTH PORTLAND — In late February, City Manager Jim Gailey decided to balance the budget by laying off five veteran employees. The move sparked protests and outrage from some residents and city councilors because of the way it was handled. Acting on the advice of an attorney, Gail...

  • Bath to use EPA funds for petroleum contamination assessments

    BATH — The city will use a $200,000 U.S. Environmental Protection Agency grant to assess petroleum contamination. "We have some sites that we've identified as potential sites," said Al Smith, Bath's community development director, adding that owners of those sites would...

  • Brunswick power upgrade expected to bring out business park foes

    BRUNSWICK — A proposal to build a business park on Old Portland Road has been dead for nearly nine months. But the fight over development of the 114-acre parcel lives on. That was apparent Monday night, as business advocates spoke in favor of a $50,000 Community Devel...

  • No tax increase in Brunswick budget; preschool start-up jeopardized

    BRUNSWICK — The Town Council may get its wish for a budget with no property tax increase, but it remains to be seen if the mandate will come with a political cost. A long-desired preschool program could be a casualty if the council adopts what is now a $53.8 million spending plan...