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  • Portland WinterFest takes off

    Snowboarder Zander Stearns, 24, of Old Orchard Beach, glides across a C box Friday during the Portland WinterFest Rail Jam. The city closed an eastbound, one-block stretch of Spring Street to accommodate the terrain park, which included a steep pile of snow and three rail features. It was built d...

  • Why and how behind Portland's new storm-water fee

    PORTLAND — The Portland City Council this week approved new storm-water fees, signing off on a measure that was once controversial, but over years of deliberation become an accepted inevitability. Christopher O’Neil, a government liaison for the Portland Community Chamber ...

  • After 44 years, Yarmouth Clam Festival goes green

    YARMOUTH — Instead of creating buckets of thick yellow waste, the vegetable oil used to fry hundreds of clams to a crispy golden brown at this year's Clam Festival will be recycled and converted into an alternative fuel for diesel engines. This is one of the ways organizers of the 44th annua... 1

  • Ready for fireworks

    Hannah Duston, 7, had the most homemade, do-it-yourself and reasonably priced vendor set-up of the day on the Fourth of July, selling lemonade and cookies on the Eastern Promenade in advance of Portland's annual fireworks display. (Natalie Conn photo)

  • Singapore beckons for Cumberland family on a mission

    CUMBERLAND — At the end of the month, Doug and Joyce Erdmann will pack up the last of their belongings, say goodbye to their friends, neighbors and church, and trade their large, rural Cumberland home for a high-rise apartment in one of the most densely populated cities in the world.

  • State begins 4 months of work on Interstate 295 in Portland, South Portland

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The state Department of Transportation started making safety upgrades on Monday to a two-mile stretch of Interstate 295 in Portland and South Portland. The scope of the work includes adding northbound and southbound travel lanes between Exit 3 (Westbrook Street) ... 2

  • Long-range planning tops Portland School Committee's agenda

    PORTLAND — The School Committee will vote Wednesday on a resolution that aims to increase the financial stability of the district. The resolution would direct the superintendent, school staff and Finance Committee chairman to collect information and recommend a multi-year budgetin...

  • New traffic rules on Peaks Island

    PEAKS ISLAND — Ferry passengers planning to take vehicles to Peaks Island this summer should note new traffic rules in the busy Down Front area. The changes are meant to help with traffic flow on Welch Street and Island Avenue, where cars queue for the ride back to the mainland. T...

  • Falmouth school, 4th-grade teacher apologize for mock marriage to student

    FALMOUTH — Two weeks after a fourth-grade teacher "married" one of his students in a mock ceremony on the school playground, the teacher and the school principal have issued letters of explanation and apologies. The June 18 ceremony between Plummer-Motz School teacher Pa...

  • Burglar strikes while Portland family enjoys fireworks

    PORTLAND — While Kate Nelson, James Brown and the couple's three daughters enjoyed Independence Day with hundreds of other families on Munjoy Hill, someone was helping themselves to the family's possessions. "We got up on (July 5) and noticed things were missing," Nelson...