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  • 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...

  • Not your typical family heirloom

    Bomb squad called to Falmouth to destroy Civil War cannon ball FALMOUTH — A routine visit to the Police Department Monday quickly morphed into an episode that could rival some action films – with a plot line that Stephen Ryder and his wife, Helga, of Edgewater Road, will...

  • Scarborough property tax rate expected to rise

    SCARBOROUGH — Residents will likely see an increased property tax rate with the fiscal 2010 budget, Town Manager Tom Hall said at Wednesday's Town Council meeting. With revenues projected to be down by 4.7 percent, even a conservative rise in expenditures, projected to be an incre...

  • 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...

  • 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...

  • Town, schools hold the line on Falmouth budget

    FALMOUTH — The municipal and school budgets presented at a special Town Council meeting last week will neither increase nor decrease the existing property tax rate. Councilors all praised school administrators for their efforts to bring in a nearly flat budget. Coming in at just o...