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  • Pumpkins picked: End of the vine for the Wilcoxes of Intervale Farm

    Carl and Jan Wilcox (and golden retriever Midge) stand under a rainbow Oct. 18 at Intervale Farm in New Gloucester. For the past 20 years, the couple has grown and sold pumpkins and gourds; this year, however, marks their final crop, most of which has already been sold.

  • Dueling cost estimates for Freeport's withdrawal from RSU 5

    FREEPORT — Residents on Nov. 4 will vote to decide if Freeport will withdraw from Regional School Unit 5. The referendum question will ask voters if the town should leave the school unit it formed with Durham and Pownal in 2009, as part of a state-mandated school district consolidati...

  • 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...

  • Falmouth principal: Education drives kindergarten change

    FALMOUTH — Parents crowded into a classroom and settled into the small chairs at Lunt Elementary School on Tuesday evening to talk with Principal John Flaherty about his decision to switch all kindergarten classes to a 2.5-day schedule next fall. Under the new plan, Flaherty exp...

  • School consolidation worries Harpswell parents

    HARPSWELL — Parents are expressing concern over the possible closure of West Harpswell School and transfer of its students to the Harpswell Island School.

  • Sweet thanks

    Penny Dennison examines Girl Scout Cookie selections last Saturday at Family Ice Center in Falmouth with the help of Maddy LePage, left, and Elizabeth Babcock before deciding which ones she will buy to send to troops in Iraq. The goal of the "Buy a Box for Our Soldiers" program run by Cumb...

  • Falmouth, Yarmouth take drama festival top honors

    Theater troupes from Falmouth and Yarmouth high schools took first place in Class A and Class B, respectively, at the finals of the Maine State Drama Festival. The annual event is "a strong tradition in the arts community," Dede Waite, director of the Falmouth Theatre Comp...

  • South Portland officials take a stab at strategic planning

    5-year plans to address facilities, staffing, operations SOUTH PORTLAND — City department heads are working on strategic plans for their departments that would help guide decision-making for the next five years. City Manager Jim Gailey said department heads were dire...

  • State panel seeks to resolve South Portland labor dispute

    Library workers without a contract since vote to unionize in 2006 SOUTH PORTLAND — An independent panel will conduct a fact-finding session April 13 into an ongoing dispute between the city and library workers, who voted in 2006 to form a union.  Since th...

  • Subsidy cut leaves $500K hole in Cape Elizabeth school budget

    CAPE ELIZABETH — If the state subsidy to schools is approved as currently proposed for fiscal 2010, the School Department will lose more than $500,000 in funding compared with this year's budget. The subsidy is proposed by the state at just below $2.6 million. The total school exp...