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  • Plan for Portland-Auburn commuter train gets ‘game changer’ grant

    PORTLAND, Maine — A long envisioned passenger rail service connecting Portland with Auburn took another important step forward Thursday as a national Realtors group announced it has awarded a grant to study, in part, new ways to fund the 29-mile public transit line. The promise of a ...

  • Maine entrepreneurs take a lesson from Google

    PORTLAND — C.H. Becksvoort, a maker of fine furniture in New Gloucester, is on the Web, but not enough potential customers are finding their way to the site. So Peg Becksvoort spent Friday morning with some experts in se...

  • 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...

  • 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)

  • Tour highlights Portland school's environmental efforts

    PORTLAND — Elementary school students this week got a close look at the many programs that promote and explore environmental sustainability at Lincoln Middle School. On Monday, students from Longfellow Elementary School toured the school, where they planted seedlings they hope wil...

  • MaineHealth pulls out of Portland Bayside deal

    PORTLAND — A $40 million project that would have put an eight-story office building and a parking garage on city land in Bayside has become a victim of the economic downturn. MaineHealth last week announced the cancellation of the project, citing economic instability and financial...

  • Portland Trails to discuss future routes

    PORTLAND — Portland Trails will hold a public forum Thursday, April 9, to gather input on future trails in Libbytown, Valley Street and Parkside. The nonprofit organization would like suggestions about ways to improve sidewalks, trails and trail connections, and bike facilities in...

  • State pier brainstorming session Saturday in Portland

    PORTLAND — The city will hold its final public input session about the Maine State Pier from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 11, at the Ocean Gateway Terminal. The workshop, "Creating a Pier for Portland's Future," will include group work sessions where participants ...

  • School budget reduces Portland tax burden

    PORTLAND — The School Committee on April 1 unanimously approved a $91.36 million budget. The fiscal 2010 budget, which takes effect on July 1, is an increase of $1.86 million, or 2 percent, over the current $89.5 million budget. Next year's budget eliminates 17 positi...

  • Portland council pushes green design rules

    Councilors spar over formula business delay PORTLAND — The City Council approved a measure Monday that will require new or renovated buildings that either belong to the city or are somehow funded by the city to get green building certification. The city's Green ...