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  • Ethical questions swirl around Brunswick councilor's zoning vote

    BRUNSWICK — Actions by four-term Town Councilor David Watson have raised questions about whether he violated the council's ethics policy by voting on a request to rezone a parcel of land partially owned by his cousin, contractor Ted Crooker. At a June 21 public hearing, Watson m...

  • Kestrel CEO: Financing puzzle still coming together, not complete

    PORTLAND — Alan Klapmeier, chief executive officer of the startup airplane manufacturer Kestrel, Wednesday said the company has secured a new foreign investor and put some employees back to work at its Brunswick Landing facility. But he declined to share many details. “A...

  • Freeport teens to present a curious version of 'Alice'

    FREEPORT — A handful of creative Freeport High School students, in collaboration with Carol and John Farrell and Ian Bannon of Figures of Speech Theater, have created an adaptation of the Lewis Carrol books "Alice's Adventures in Wonderland" and "Through the Looking Glass."

  • Portland council gets $189M budget proposal

    PORTLAND — The city manager presented a $189 million budget to the City Council this week, a 2.2 percent increase over the current budget. The schools, meanwhile, presented a $91.3 million budget that actually seeks less in local tax money than this year, because of an increase in...

  • Workshop teaches woods safety to children

    SOUTH PORTLAND — Jim Bridge, a volunteer with Maine Search and Rescue Dogs, began his woods safety workshop In the basement conference room of the South Portland Public Library by asking parents and young children, "what is the most important thing to take with you in case you get lost in the...

  • Chickens: The ultimate spring accessory

    Classes, orders for chickens fill up PORTLAND — Paris Farmers Union will receive 800 live chickens next month, and some of them may end up in a backyard near you. "We've seen a great increase in orders for chickens," said Clint Farnham, manager of...

  • SAD 51 board, public seek spending cuts

    Employees asked to consider renegotiations  CUMBERLAND — Despite a few positive financial surprises, including an increase of $231,000 in state aid for next year, School Administrative District 51 is still working to draft a budget palatable to taxpayers. The C...

  • Collection 2009

    Falmouth High School sophomore Amy Cook, 16, works on a puffy pink glamour gown for Portland Arts and Technology High School's Collection 2009 fashion show being held April 16 at Deering High School. (Billings photo)

  • 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...

  • 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)