January 28, 2013


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Mayor Brennan to give first State of the City address

Portland Mayor Michael Brennan will deliver his first State of the City address Monday evening during the City Council's regular meeting.

Brennan's speech is expected to include a summary of the first year of his term and his vision for the future.

Brennan became Portland's first popularly elected mayor in 88 years after winning a race in 2011 that included 15 candidates. Previously, the mayoral post rotated among City Council members.

When outlining the role for Portland's popularly elected mayor, the city's charter commission called for annual State of the City addresses.

Since becoming mayor, Brennan has started a coalition of mayors from Maine's largest cities to collaborate on common issues. Brennan has also been outspoken on issues such as gun control and same sex marriage.

State parks reservations start with Sebago this week

Maine's state park reservation system for the 2013 camping season opens this week.

On Friday, the Division of Parks and Public Lands will accept reservations only for Sebago Lake State Park, and only for a minimum of four nights.

Then on Feb. 4, the reservations system opens at 9 a.m. for all state park campgrounds.

Parks and Public Lands Director Will Harris said the Sebago Lake campground is one of the most popular in the state, and campers tend to stay there longer than at other state parks.

Campers have four ways to make reservations: online at www.CampWithMe.com; by calling in-state at (800) 332-1501; by mail; or by making them in person in Augusta.

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