Articles by Ben McCanna

Connie Koengeter, owner of Cork & Barrel in Falmouth, is closing the Route 1 store after 22 years in business.

Despite vintage sales year, lack of qualified workers leads owner of Falmouth wine shop to close after 22 years

By Ben McCanna on April 21, 2014, at 7:37 p.m.
Christopher Girard

Police seek Falmouth burglary suspect who sped off with victim’s Lexus

By Ben McCanna on March 25, 2014, at 12:22 p.m.
Tom Marjerison, left, and John Veilleux of Casco Bay Hockey Association at the site of a defunct outdoor ice rink on Hat Trick Drive in Falmouth. The association plans to build a new pavilion-style rink, if the Town Council grants the nonprofit group a lease for the land.

Falmouth ice arena directors wary of competition from new rink

By Ben McCanna on March 19, 2014, at 3:06 p.m.

Falmouth schools, teachers union agree on three-year contract

By Ben McCanna on March 19, 2014, at 2:50 p.m.

Falmouth Police Department makes case for adding detective to sort through evidence

By Ben McCanna on March 19, 2014, at 10:40 a.m.
Emmanuel Caulk

Portland school chief proposes $4.1M budget increase, 3.7 percent tax hike

By Ben McCanna on March 12, 2014, at 7:58 a.m.
Crew leader Dave Baker (from left), Andrew Coughlin, and Eric Lunn of Falmouth's Public Works Department fill potholes Monday on U.S. Route 1.

Brutal Maine winter paves way for challenging pothole season

By Ben McCanna on March 05, 2014, at 9:21 a.m.
Benjamin E. LaMontagne

Community mourns Cheverus student who died after oral surgery; questions linger over sudden death

By Ben McCanna on March 04, 2014, at 11:48 a.m.
Stephen Betters, 58, of Portland has gained international attention for going pink and turning a losing bet into a fundraising effort for Barbara Bush Childrens' Hospital.

Portland biker turns losing football bet into fundraising effort, goes viral with pink beard

By Ben McCanna on Feb. 21, 2014, at 2:55 p.m.
Kelly Hansen, right, lead singer of rock band Foreigner, is accompanied by the Deering High School chorus in a performance of the band's 1984 hit song "I Wanna Know What Love Is" during a sold-out show Tuesday, Feb. 18, at the State Theatre in Portland.

‘At the age of 18, I sang with Foreigner’: Portland teens relish chance to perform with rock stars

By Ben McCanna on Feb. 19, 2014, at 12:45 p.m.
Falmouth High School student Sarah Caldwell, who helped to raise money and awareness for ALS research, was named one of Maine's Prudential Spirit of Community Award winners.

Falmouth teen who lost father to Lou Gehrig’s Disease awarded for activism

By Ben McCanna on Feb. 19, 2014, at 11:31 a.m.
Portland Public Schools Superintendent Emmanuel Caulk addresses a modest crowd Thursday at King Middle School during the district's first town hall-style budget meeting.

Public slow to embrace Portland’s new school budget approach

By Ben McCanna on Feb. 05, 2014, at 11:38 a.m.
Geoff Bruno, a candidate for superintendent of Falmouth Schools, answers questions during a meet-and-greet session with residents Wednesday, Jan. 29, in the Falmouth Elementary School library.

Falmouth schools down to one finalist for superintendent job

By Ben McCanna on Feb. 05, 2014, at 11:14 a.m.
Workers at ecomaine sort recyclable materials at the plant in Portland.

Southern Maine towns to share $2.9 million in waste disposal savings, but money won’t last

By Ben McCanna on Feb. 05, 2014, at 8:55 a.m.
Blair Currier, Portland Public Schools' local food specialist, stirs soup with an immersion blender Monday at the district's Central Kitchen. Currier was recently honored by the School Board for serving 65,000 pounds of local foods to elementary students last year. This year, the kitchen is on track to double the amount.

Farm-to-school: Portland on pace to double amount of local produce, meats served in schools

By Ben McCanna on Jan. 29, 2014, at 1:13 p.m.

Falmouth residents criticize town plan to outsource assessing work

By Ben McCanna on Jan. 29, 2014, at 12:31 p.m.

Hockey group proposes $1.3 million ice rink project in Falmouth

By Ben McCanna on Jan. 29, 2014, at 12:09 p.m.
Kathy A. Vargas

Cleaner charged with stealing prescription drugs from elderly Falmouth client’s home

By Ben McCanna on Jan. 22, 2014, at 1:57 p.m.
Sarah Huling, an instructor for Circus Atlantic, dangles from silks during a demonstration of aerial acrobatics at the Portland YMCA. Circus Atlantic is a youth program recently started by the Circus Conservatory of America, which plans to soon announce the date of its opening on Thompson's Point.

Country’s first circus college, part of $100 million Portland development, quietly builds momentum toward launch

By Ben McCanna on Jan. 21, 2014, at 7:16 p.m.
Griffin Kline

Former Falmouth firefighter indicted on arson charge

By Ben McCanna on Jan. 14, 2014, at 1:37 p.m.