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  • Cure for the summer slide in Portland

    Nataly Mendez, a soon-to-be first-grader at Reiche Community School, joins her peers in a game of bouncing balls within a parachute Thursday during a Summer Success picnic at Deering Oaks Park in Portland. The event, which was hosted by Portland ConnectED, featured a free meal for children, tours...

  • Train barn foes, Downeaster official clash in Brunswick

    BRUNSWICK — A meeting of an advisory group for a proposed train layover facility Thursday lapsed into an acrimonious exchange between opponents of the project and representatives of the agency that runs the Amtrak Downeaster. At the meeting, three members of the Brun...

  • Wind in their sails: Program puts cancer patients on Casco Bay

    PORTLAND — Cancer patients and survivors and their families have the opportunity this week to cruise Casco Bay for free in chartered sailboats. SailMaine, a Portland nonprofit that facilitates high school racing programs, summer camps and more, has partnered with the Cancer Comm...

  • North Yarmouth Fire Dept. gets $5K worth of donations

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The town's Fire-Rescue Department is benefiting from $5,000-worth of new gear and tools, thanks to a donation from the North Yarmouth Fire Company. When town growth triggered formation of the department in 2011, the Fire Company remained a separate entity, supporting...

  • Revised Cumberland proposal varies dog leash areas, times

    CUMBERLAND — With residents taking opposing sides on mandatory leashing of dogs on public lands, a new suggestion going to the Town Council next week seeks compromise. After two hours of discussion June 2 on a proposed town code ...

  • Unsung Hero: Janice Parker, born to teach

    PORTLAND — When she was in fourth grade, Janice Parker recalled, her teacher said she was a "pain" because she would finish her work early. "She pointed to two boys in the class and told me to teach them how to read," Parker said. "So I'd take them into a closet at school and teach t...

  • South Portland's 4th on the 5th

    South Portland resident David Bourbeau tosses daughter Gracie, 2, into the air while sister Lila, 5, watches during the Family Fourth Celebration on Saturday, July 5, at Bug Light Park. The Independence Day celebration was delayed a day by rain on the Fourth of July.

  • Independence Day late, but not short, in Portland

    Stilt walker Way Too Tall Torrie strides down Eastern Promenade on Saturday during Portland's Stars and Stripes Spectacular. The Independence Day celebration was postponed to July 5 due to heavy rain on the Fourth of July.

  • Portland July Fourth celebration postponed to Saturday

    PORTLAND — The July Fourth "Stars and Stripes Spectacular" on the Eastern Promenade has been postponed to Saturday because of expected stormy weather. City spokeswoman Jessica Grondin said all scheduled activities, including fireworks and the traditional Portland Symphony Orchestra P...

  • Neighbors may seek land trust protection for South Portland green space eyed for doughnut shop

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The city could be faced with a new proposal next week when the Planning Board reopens discussion about rezoning green space in Thornton Heights. In a meeting hosted Wednesday night by Congregation Bet Ha'am, which abuts the property at Westbrook and Main streets, nei...