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  • Thanksgiving Day runners make Hay in Portland

    A pack of runners, some dressed in holiday costumes, round the Hay Building in Congress Square on Thursday morning, Nov. 27, during the 33rd annual Portland Thanksgiving Day 4 Miler road race. A two-mile loop led runners on a serpentine, two-lap course through the Old Port. More than 1,100 runner...

  • Portland road race, tree lighting to require street closings

    PORTLAND — Several downtown street closures are planned Thursday and Friday for annual holiday events. On Thursday, more than 1,500 runners are expected to take part in the Thanksgiving Day 4 Miler road race. The following streets will be closed to vehicle traffic from 8:30-10...

  • Brunswick council OKs negotiations for train station

    BRUNSWICK — The Town Council on Monday voted 8-1 to allow its Maine Street Station Oversight Committee and acting Town Manager Gary Brown to negotiate with JHR Development to become the master tenant of the $23 million project's 2,100-square-foot train station. Councilor Karen Kla...

  • South Portland council cautious about Jetport zone change

    SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council gave initial approval to zone changes that would allow the Portland International Jetport to expand its runways and build an aircraft de-icing pad. But rather than simply forwarding the proposal to the next business meeting, the request will be d...

  • Falmouth borrows to keep school projects on schedule

    FALMOUTH —The School Department will use short-term borrowing to jump-start construction of athletic fields and a wood chip boiler, Director of Finance and Operations Dan O'Shea said. An elementary school project approved by voters last fall, which includes $1.25 million for the f...

  • Steel drums soothe busy students with mellow music

    FALMOUTH — With the popularity of steel drum bands on the rise, Falmouth High School band director Jim Horwich said he used to hear, "how do we get one started at the high school?" This year the question was answered with a $10,000 grant from the Falmouth Education Found...

  • Cumberland lawmaker proposes sales tax holiday

    CUMBERLAND — State Rep. Meredith Strang Burgess, R-Cumberland, is hoping to make Maine one of the more than two dozen states with a sales tax holiday, and she has her sites on Columbus Day weekend. Burgess said the tax exemption will encourage people to buy locally, instead of tra...

  • Freeport police claim shortcomings threaten public safety

    FREEPORT — A nine-page letter signed by members of the Police Department was sent to the police chief, the town manager and the Town Council last week listing concerns about public safety, departmental staffing, budgetary limitations and dispatch consolidation. The open letter out...

  • MMA hired for N. Yarmouth's top job search

    NORTH YARMOUTH — The Board of Selectmen took initial steps Tuesday toward hiring a new administrative assistant, retaining the Maine Municipal Association to open a search for candidates. Selectmen also set a meeting for Monday, April 13, from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m., to assess and discu...

  • Anti-poverty protest

    Elizabeth Ortiz demonstrates for the homeless in Portland's Monument Square on Monday, part of a week-long effort to bring economic human rights to the public's attention. Behind her is national anti-poverty organizer and housing rights activist Cheri Honkala, a former homeless single mother who now...