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    December 7, 2022

    RSU 5 Superintendent’s Notebook: Bus drivers, the ambassadors for our schools

    Before the sun rises during the school year in Freeport, Durham and Pownal, members of the RSU 5 Transportation Department are preparing to pick up our most precious cargo, our students, to transport them to school. Our team carefully completes required bus safety checks and ensures engines start, even on the coldest days of the […]

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    December 7, 2022

    School Notebook: Dec. 7

    Diocese names Christmas card contest winners Valerie Saba of St. Brigid School in Portland and Ella Brown of Holy Cross School in South Portland are among the winners of the Diocese of Portland’s Christmas Card Art Contest. Saba was the winner in the grades 3-5 category and Brown in grades 6-8. In the other categories, […]

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    December 7, 2022

    Northern Meetings: Dec. 8-15

    Chebeague Island Mon.  12/12  6:30 p.m.  Planning Board Meeting  Island School Cumberland Mon.  12/12  6 p.m.  Town Council Meeting  Council Chambers Tue.  12/13  6:30 p.m.  Housing Task Force  Town Hall Falmouth Thu.  12/8  7 p.m.  Shellfish Conservation Committee  Council Chambers Mon.  12/12  7 p.m.  Special Town Council Meeting  Zoom Freeport Thu.  12/8  6:30 p.m.  Shellfish […]

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    December 7, 2022

    People and Business: Dec. 7

    Hires, promotions, appointments Lucy Norvell has been unanimously named Maine Summer Camps’ new executive director, succeeding Ron Hall, who is retiring in early 2023. Norvell previously worked for 15 years with American Camp Association New England. Ethos|VONT, a Maine-based, employee-owned branding and digital marketing agency, has promoted 11 employees: Robyn Dionne, to chief operations officer; Hannah […]

  • Published
    December 6, 2022

    Through My Lens: Soccer crosses barriers and can connect all Americans

    Soccer or, as the rest of the world calls it, football, can bring us together as Americans. The World Cup has proved this. If you watched this year’s U.S. performance in Qatar you must have felt proud of your country, the flag and the national anthem. The one sport that I understand well is soccer. […]

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    December 6, 2022

    Mainewhile: Bob Cratchit would have loved a four-day workweek

    Recently, when I was writing about the rescue horses returned to the wild, I referenced the classic tale “A Christmas Carol” by Charles Dickens. Unavoidable really. From now until the new year, good luck navigating your day without encountering it on radio, in film and on stage, both in the original and in numerous modern […]

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    December 6, 2022

    Forum: Unplug the ‘need machine’ of Christmas consumerism

    We have all heard the adage, “No matter how much you have, someone always has more.” However, we sometimes fail to realize the opposite is also true. No matter how much – or little – you have, someone always has less. The Forecaster recently reported “Tree shortage leaves some nonprofits out on a limb.” While […]

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    December 5, 2022

    Portland Meetings: Dec. 7-14

    Wed.  12/7  5 p.m.  Historic Preservation  Zoom Fri.  12/9  9 a.m.  Board of Assessment Review  Zoom Mon.  12/12  5 p.m.  City Council Workshop  Council Chambers Tue.  12/13  4:30 p.m.  Planning Board Meeting  Zoom Wed.  12/14  Noon  Land Bank Commission  Zoom

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    December 5, 2022

    Arts Calendar: Dec. 9-16

    Comedy Friday 12/9 Deep Thoughts Comedy Show: 7 p.m., Maine House of Comedy, 77 Free St., Portland. Standup comedy show featuring New England comedians, produced by Maine comedian Danny Jordan. Ongoing Thursday Night Comedy: 7 p.m. every Thursday, Stroudwater Distillery, 28 Resurgam Place, Portland. Hosted by Ian MacDonald. Weekly rotating lineup. $10 online or in […]

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    December 5, 2022

    Community Calendar: Dec. 9-16

    Books/Authors Ongoing Blurb Club in Congress Square Park: noon to 1 p.m., every other Thursday in Congress Square Park, Portland. Hosted by Portland Public Library, Riverton Branch, 1600 Forest Ave. portlandlibrary.com Books and Brews: 6 p.m., first Wednesday, Flight Deck Brewing, Brunswick Landing, 11 Atlantic Ave., Brunswick. curtislibrary.com/book-groups Books on Tap: 5:30 p.m., third Monday […]

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