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  • Freeport's exit from RSU 5 could add up to $345K to tax bill

    FREEPORT — The added tax burden if the town withdraws from Regional School Unit 5 would range from almost $289,000 to almost $345,000, depending on how many students attend Freeport schools.  The Freeport Withdrawal Committee on Tuesday presented the estimate to the Town Co...

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    PORTLAND — Baxter Black, a one-time Portland resident, recently had an experience most people wouldn't even consider. He spent nearly 40 days climbing the Himalayas, as part of a course offered by the National Outdoor Leadership School to learn about glacial travel and mountaine...

  • Falmouth library expansion, renovation up to voters

    FALMOUTH — Voters will head to the polls Nov. 4 for a single local ballot question: whether to fund renovation and expansion of Falmouth Memorial Library. The project will cost $5.6 million, with the town committed to financing half, or just over $2.8 million. The rest will be f...

  • Panel sets July 2015 target for hiring Portland's next city manager

    PORTLAND — The goal of the committee tasked to replace departed City Manager Mark Rees is to have a successor on the job by July 1, 2015. The committee, led by Mayor Michael Brennan, met for the first time in a 75-minute session Monday, where they also decided a consultant will ...

  • Senate president faces GOP, Green challengers in District 27

    PORTLAND — State Senate President Justin Alfond is opposed by a pair of familiar faces in his campaign for a fourth, two-year term. The Senate District 27 Democrat is challenged by Republican Peter Doyle and Green Independent Asher Platts. Doyle ran unsuccessfully against Alfond in 2...

  • After 50 years, Falmouth farm couple cutting down, not out

    FALMOUTH — Half a century ago, newlyweds Elwin and Jean Hansen went into business for themselves. They started farming at Idleknot Farm, a 125-acre span where everything from corn and cucumbers to hay and pumpkins is grown. Fifty years later, the couple is planning to cel...

  • Colorful in Cumberland

    Amusement rides light up the night in Cumberland last week at the annual Cumberland County Fair.

  • Chebeague Island special election draws 1 candidate

    CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — One candidate is on the ballot in an Oct. 7 special election for an unexpired seat on the Board of Selectmen. Chris Loder was the only person to submit nomination papers for

  • Gourd explored

    First-grader Ella Phelan returns from the pumpkin patch with her Pond Cove Elementary School classmates on Monday, Sept. 29, during a field trip at Alewive's Brook Farm in Cape Elizabeth. All Cape Elizabeth first-graders are visiting the farm to learn about the life cycle of pumpkins, part of a f...

  • Grants to USM Muskie School target 'opportunity youth'

    PORTLAND — The University of Southern Maine's Muskie School of Public Service has received a second round of grants from the Opportunity Youth Incentive Fund to reconnect young people who are neither e...