The fresh smell of pine and happy voices floating in the crisp air set the scene at the Old Farm Christmas Place of Maine in Cape Elizabeth, where customers were out last weekend walking the property to find their perfect tree to help celebrate the holiday season.
A site plan for a large Westbrook retail center now called “Dirigo Plaza” was praised by Westbrook Planning Board members Tuesday for including pedestrian-friendly elements such as pond-view walkways and streetscape enhancements along Main Street.
More than 150 families in Windham – about 20 more than last year – will visit the Clothes Closet & Food Pantry Monday to pick up their Thanksgiving turkeys, as well as bags filled with vegetables, potatoes, stuffing, gravy, cranberry sauce and other traditional side dishes, all assembled by a dedicated group of volunteers.
Concerned about divisive issues that have pitted neighbor against neighbor in Scarborough in recent years, as well as the negativity and online attacks seen on local social media sites, three women in town are hoping to bring the community back together through a new kindness initiative.
A midnight fun run and walk on Thanksgiving night led by Santa Claus on a Harley-Davidson, followed by an early Black Friday shopping spree, will get Freeport in the mood for the holiday extravaganza that is to come a week later. That will be the time for FreeportUSA’s Sparkle Celebration and the rush of humanity that descends on Maine’s premier shopping destination for the holiday season.
A portion of a dilapidated school building in South Windham that has been used as a storage facility for the past several years will be demolished in the coming months, according to Bill Hansen, facilities director of Regional School Unit 14.
Friends, family, classmates and Bonny Eagle High School officials gathered in the school’s cafeteria Wednesday to celebrate the life of Angel Marie Greene, the 16-year-old Standish girl killed in a one-car crash last week in Buxton.
This fall the marching band at South Portland High School won a 10th gold medal while under the direction of Craig Skeffington and both Skeffington and the band were recognized for this special achievement during Monday’s school board meeting.
Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth’s primary east-to-west route, would see a variety of improvements under a so-called “Complete Streets” project pitched to the Town Council recently by Public Works Director Robert Malley.
Despite several hours of passionate lobbying from residents and several city councilors, South Portland will not impose a moratorium on a controversial proposal for a new liquid propane distribution facility at the Rigby Rail Yard.
Angela Garrison had what she thought was a winning business model when she began planning an early childhood education and care center. Now, just two years later, Garrison’s Beansprouts Early Learning Childcare Center, on Lower Main Street in Freeport, broke ground Nov. 4 on an expansion of 2,200 square feet.
Two Durham families have made it possible for the Royal River Conservation Trust of Yarmouth to create a 103-acre preserve along the Runaround Pond shoreline, as well as an adjoining stream, open marshes, beaver lodges and wooded areas.
As the center of gravity for the Thanksgiving Community Dinner, Freeport Community Services pulls in a diverse cross section of people who work the occasion, as well as people who want to accept a holiday meal on a day when people don’t want to be alone.
Freeport High School juniors who take the American Studies course were assigned a project recently – pick a topic they were concerned about and write a letter. The letters had to be modeled on the structure of the Declaration of Independence, to include rhetorical devices they had been taught.
It’s a period of flux for the Bridge Street area of downtown Westbrook. Construction vehicles on the new Bridge Street bridge hum during daylight hours, while at One Riverfront Plaza, the offices of major city employer Disability RMS are vacated.
A Gorham innkeeper, who closed his high-end dining facility Friday, is still upset about demands fire inspectors are requiring of his business, but a meeting Tuesday with the fire chief may have tempered some of the heat.
The Route 1 bridge that spans the Cousins River at the Freeport-Yarmouth town line has structural issues, but does not pose a danger to motorists, an engineer with the Maine Department of Transportation said Friday.
A Veterans Day observance in Durham will come a day early again this year, when Boy Scout Troop 145 serves a free spaghetti supper to all area veterans and active-duty personnel, and a guest, on Tuesday, Nov. 10, from 5-6:30 p.m., at the First Congregational Church of Durham. The 15 members of Troop 145 will set up the church hall, prepare the food, bus the tables and then clean up, in two-hour shifts beginning at 3.
Workers at Wolfe’s Neck Farm already are busy preparing the soil for new winter greenhouses to be purchased through a recently awarded $50,000 Harvard Pilgrim Health Care grant, directed toward the Freeport nonprofit’s Teen Ag program, which in turn will provide winter food for families facing hunger.