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Finding money to repair Portland church’s bell tower a tall order

The small but caring congregation at the landmark in Deering Center needs to raise up to $1.5 million for critical restorations.

Several residents displaced by fire in Munjoy Hill apartment building

All 13 residents have been accounted for, and there were no injuries in the 3-alarm blaze at 6 Cumberland Ave. in Portland, the fire chief says.

K. Horton Specialty Foods, a fixture of the Public Market House in Portland, will close

The cheese and food specialty shop, which has been in business for 18 years, is running a cash-only clearance sale.

Kids celebrate new year early at Children’s Museum in Portland

Hundreds of children and their families ring in 2017 in advance at a noon countdown.

Over 300 people take part in Lobster Dip at Old Orchard Beach

Proceeds from the event benefit Special Olympics Maine.

Ever wondered what happens at a highway weigh station? Take a look

The fatal Maine Turnpike crash involving a trucker in November has put the spotlight on inspections.

Thousands of Mainers still without power after heavy snowstorm

CMP says it could take several days to restore power in some areas.

Storm pulls a fast one, blankets southern Maine with heavy snow

A nor'easter changed course late Thursday, burying some southern and central Maine towns in 2 feet of wet snow – or more.

For a police chief shaped by the job, a sweet goodbye

Saco Police Chief Brad Paul signs off after 40 years with the department.

Overturned truck spills home heating fuel in Buxton

Route 22 was closed between Haines Meadow Road and Skip Road until early afternoon, a dispatcher says.

Plan for Rufus Deering site includes nearly 300 housing units in downtown Portland

The latest in a string of large-scale developments, the project would add three buildings – with units for sale or rent – to Commercial Street.

Ice fishing season gets strong start, thanks to cold December

Fisheries biologists say there are already great opportunities to catch trout and other fish in southern and central Maine.

Crowd at Portland vigil mourns loss of homeless residents

Though 12 fewer homeless people died in the city this year, advocates say 32 deaths is far too many.

A Secret Santa spreads holiday $100s in out-of-the-way spots

'We feel that God has blessed our lives,' says the anonymous gift-giver. 'We might as well share.'

Nativity pageant unfolds in Portland, unchanged over 90 years

The pageant has been the First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church's Christmas gift to the community since 1926.

Portland Symphony Orchestra musicians enhance learning at Portland elementary schools

A recent $600,000 grant will enable the PSO Explorers program to expand and continue through 2020.

Another snowy day

Winter slows traffic to a snarl.

Casino funds could offer hope for retired harness racing horses

The horses' post-racing lives are often bleak, but with the likely closure of Scarborough Downs, advocates for 'aftercare' see a possible solution.

With traffic up 12 percent on Interstate 295, state says ‘volume is really pressing capacity’

Congestion is raising safety concerns for the Maine State Police, forcing troopers to adjust the way they respond to crashes and enforce traffic laws on the highway.

Mainers wake to school closings and snowy morning commute

Some areas of the state were expected to see 7 inches of snow.

Stained-glass tree sparkles in remembrance, delights patients at Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital

The eye-catching sculpture, 18 feet tall and loaded with 95 hidden small treasures, was created by Falmouth artist Laura Fuller in memory of her daughter Delaney.

Kennebunks celebrate 35th Christmas Prelude

The festival, which started Thursday, runs for two weekends in Kennebunkport's Dock Square and Cape Porpoise village and Kennebunk's Lower Village.

Kittens join downward-facing dogs in Saco yoga class

Kittens join downward-facing dogs in Saco yoga class

Restoration aims to put the Parisian gleam back in neglected Portland fountain

The project is the first step in efforts to restore Lincoln Park – the city's first public park – which was created as a firebreak after the Great Fire of 1866.

Portland kicks off holiday season with tree lighting in Monument Square

A crowd braves a cold, rainy evening to fill the square for the annual event.

Landlord in deadly Portland fire gets 90 days for code violation

It's believed to be the first jail sentence in Maine for a landlord's 'knowing' inattention to a safety issue, putting others on notice after a blaze in Gregory Nisbet's building on Noyes Street.

Animal Refuge League in Westbrook opens shelter with lots of room to roam

Along with more space for each animal, the new shelter brings all operations under one roof, including a surgical center, isolation rooms for sick animals and outdoor play areas.

Southern Maine’s first snowfall provides a taste of what’s to come

The first snow leads to numerous slide-offs and fender-benders throughout the region, as well as a run on snow tires, sand and ice melt.

Young Maine dancers take a turn with the Moscow Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker’

Children ages 7 to 17 fill roles for a performance of the 'Great Russian Nutcracker.'

In York County, donors open their hearts to provide Thanksgiving dinners: Photos

An appeal via Facebook brings in enough donations to provide 1,700 to 2,000 family dinners.

Ponds and lakes far from frozen, but ice is nice at Thompson’s Point

Skaters cut fine figures in shirtsleeves at the venue's outdoor rink, and a tubing hill opened in December.

Not an election, but still a big turnout for Bernie Sanders in South Portland

Adulation is evident in the crowd as the former presidential candidate talks about populist topics and promotes his new book.

Photo gallery: Thanksgiving came a day early at St. Vincent DePaul soup kitchen

Piping-hot meals are served with compassion at a church meal the day before Thanksgiving.

Nearly 1,500 runners turn out for Turkey Trot

The winner finished the four-mile road course in 20 minutes even.

Black Friday deals draw Maine shoppers by the thousands

Buyers get an early start to take advantage of sales, while retailers report brisk business and new tactics to compete with online sellers.

Waterboro man, 5-year-old boy killed in crash that backs up Maine Turnpike for 8 miles

The car driven by Earl Gray is hit by a box truck and pushed into a tractor-trailer near mile 22 in Wells.

Portland-grown Christmas tree rises in Monument Square

The 40-foot blue spruce, donated by a family who planted it in their yard in Riverton 30 years ago, will be lit in a ceremony Nov. 25.

Football: Brunswick beats Kennebunk to end long Class B title drought

After losing in the Class B state final the previous two years, the Dragons earn their first championship since 1963.

Maine refugees to Trump: ‘Tell us … that we have a place in America’

After seeing the success of a presidential campaign brimming with anti-immigrant rhetoric, even those with legal status seek some reassurance.

Portland-grown Christmas tree rises in Monument Square

The 40-foot blue spruce, donated by a family who planted it in their yard in Riverton 30 years ago, will be lit in a ceremony Nov. 25.

At a Gorham farm, a 43-foot whale carcass became garden fertilizer

The skeleton of whale No. 3694, which was found dead off Boothbay Harbor in September, will be used for research and education.

Football: Wells tops Cape Elizabeth, advances to Class C state final

The Warriors knock off the top-seeded Capers to win the South regional title.

Football: Kennebunk tops Biddeford in Class B South final

The unbeaten Rams break open a close game in the second half, securing a 42-21 win.

Hundreds protest Trump’s election during march through Portland

The event was organized to promote volunteerism in the wake of Tuesday's election, but many used it as an opportunity to express dissatisfaction with the outcome.

Wind-driven brush fire extinguished in Scarborough

The flames were largely contained within an hour, the fire chief says.

Emotional aftermath of presidential election: Wild elation, utter despair

Donald Trump's victory makes his Maine supporters happy but leaves opponents sad, angry – and in the mood for comforting hugs.

Veterans deserve our best, Portland parade crowd is told

'What are we willing to do to give back to the best of our country? The best of our city?' asks Police Chief Michael Sauschuck.

Camden Hills edges Gorham in OT to win Class A crown

The Windjammers capture their first state championship in girls' soccer.

Children’s author Ashley Bryan engages Portland audience

He leads an overflow library crowd in a poetry chant and reads excerpts from his new book, 'Freedom Over Me.'

Scarborough stuns Thornton Academy, 36-29

The Red Storm oust the two-time defending state champs from the Class A South playoffs.

Sanders spurs on Maine voters in campaign rally for Clinton

The Vermont Democrat returns to Deering High School, where thousands of Portland Democrats stood in line for a party caucus in March and gave Sanders a victory over Hillary Clinton.

Tears flow at vigil for student killed when hit by pickup truck in Lewiston

Police say Jayden Cho-Sargent, 13, was struck while on his way to middle school as he used a crosswalk on a busy street.

The ‘lobster capital of the world’ faces a crucial question

Imposing a license wait-list divides those protective of a prized natural resource and others who see a growing fleet as key to a thriving regional economy.

Volleyball: Greely wins Class A state title

The Rangers defeat the defending champs, Scarborough, in four sets.

Families, friends commemorate Noyes Street fire victims

They gather at Longfellow Park in Portland, down the street from the fatal 2014 fire.

Top-seeded Kennebunk survives a scare

The unbeaten Rams turn back an upset bid by Leavitt in the Class B South quarterfinals.

In Eastport, nothing overruns like whitetail deer

Hit by a wave of whitetails – 'they are everywhere' – this island community has proposed a special doe-only hunt and is awaiting state approval.

Maine used to be the ax-making capital of the world, and now vintage has its value

Fans of vintage Maine axes want to see the industry restored.

Trump seizes on email issue to attack Clinton at rally in Lisbon

The Republican applauds the FBI's decision to review more emails, calling it the "biggest scandal since Watergate" in an appearance before a rain-soaked crowd in a Christian school gymnasium.

Field hockey: York earns fourth straight regional title

The unbeaten Wildcats rally in the second half to beat Yarmouth, 2-1, and advance to the Class B state final again.

Portland tells owner of tiny RV homes in Bayside: Hit the road

Brent Adler says he has tenants lined up but he now faces a dilemma, as the city deals with its first case of code issues raised by the mini-homes-on-wheels movement.

Masters of invention: Maine’s history of firearm production

Guns were a tool for survival in the 19th century, and a new exhibit at the Maine State Museum documents the remarkable talents and contributions of the state's gunsmiths.

New Hampshire town’s embrace of ATV tourism gets Millinocket’s attention

After the decline of papermaking, Berlin reinvents itself into a destination for motorsport enthusiasts.

Horse-powered farms aren’t old-fashioned anymoreHorse-powered farms aren’t old-fashioned anymore

More new farmers are finding using animals rather than tractors creates a unique work environment.

‘Some Writer!’ celebrates E.B. White as a boy and beloved writer

After years of painstaking research, Melissa Sweet has produced a lovingly illustrated biography for young readers.

Short-term rentals bring needed cash, Portland residents tell committee considering new rules

Many at Thursday's public hearing speak in favor of short-term rentals such as Airbnb.

Drought a sticking point for Maine beekeepers as honey production falls off this fall

The bees weren't buzzing much in southern Maine, with some farmers reporting a total loss on their fall harvest.

Trump promises jobs, says Clinton should be in jail, at boisterous rally

Gov. Paul LePage, who has been at Donald Trump's previous rallies in Maine, instead attends a university homecoming as he had planned.

The state’s school gardens survive the drought

But some experience growing pains as students, teachers and parents pull together.

Cold Stream Forest is a rich habitat for wild brook trout

The state land, protected earlier this year, is a fisherman's playground.

Portland councilor wants to delay Munjoy Hill condo project

The proposal aims to protect the view at Fort Sumner Park, a popular spot for watching sunsets.

No major delays on first day of Bath viaduct closure

The reconstruction of the viaduct on Route 1 is slated to continue until at least Memorial Day 2017.

At rally, Gabby Giffords urges Mainers to ‘be courageous’ on gun background checks

The former Arizona congresswoman, a shooting victim who became a national figure in the debate over gun control, appears in Portland to support Question 3 on the November ballot.

Chelsea Clinton tells Orono crowd the election is ‘ultimately about our values’

The younger Clinton is a top surrogate for her mother in a campaign for the White House in which women are likely to play a pivotal role.

Sen. Bernie Sanders urges Mainers to back Hillary Clinton on the issues

The Vermont senator tries to convince voters who supported him in Maine's Democratic caucuses to embrace her candidacy.

At Willowbrook Museum Village, a chapter of history closes

News of the outdoor museum's closing has brought a wave of visitors who, along with history buffs and teachers, say the 20-structure village will be impossible to replace.

Donald Trump’s son, daughter-in-law, campaign at apple orchard in Maine’s 2nd District

The Republican presidential candidate plans a visit to Bangor on Oct. 15 as he tries to take at least one of Maine's electoral votes.

Football: Portland surges past Cheverus

The Bulldogs score three touchdowns in the fourth quarter for a 35-27 victory.

Former ‘American Idol’ judge, hit songwriter Kara DioGuardi of York has passion to help others

She is putting her experience and skills to work on New England Sings, a fundraiser set for Oct. 11 at the Ogunquit Playhouse.

Football: Thornton Academy tops Scarborough, 34-19

Quarterback Michael Laverriere rushes for 196 yards and three TDs.

Meet Arianna, the little girl who lived in Portland’s woods

Dozens of people have lived homeless in the woods of Portland this year. One of them is a 5-year-old girl.

As southern Maine’s drought deepens, homeowners with shallow dug wells get desperate

They change their routines to conserve water and flood drillers and bulk water companies with requests as rainfall drops far below normal.

Portland’s ‘Our Lady of Victories’ statue gets some overdue attention

The statue in Monument Square is being cleaned and will receive a protective coating this week.