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Active shooter training pits officers against the unknown — Portland police run simulations. Story, photos, pages 8-9


Spice now in crosshairs of Maine Legislature See page 3

Moms, lessons and loss The Portland Police Department held active shooter training at the Portland Ocean Terminal on the Maine State Pier on Tuesday, with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and support from the Maine Emergency Management Agency. The Tuesday exercises were the last in a string of 10 active shooter trainings conducted by the PPD that included all the department’s officers. (CRAIG LYONS PHOTO)

Kids pick up the pace with Maine’s biking, walking initiatives

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— Walking School Bus a hit;

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See Natalie Ladd, page 4

The Bicycle Coalition of Maine staged its Bike Swap at University of Southern Maine. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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Google Glass meets resistance SAN FRANCISCO (NY Times) — Google’s wearable computer, the most anticipated piece of electronic wizardry since the iPad and iPhone, will not go on sale for many months. But the resistance is already under way. The glasseslike device, which allows users to access the Internet, take photos and film short snippets, has been pre-emptively banned by a Seattle bar. Large parts of Las Vegas will not welcome wearers. West Virginia legislators tried to make it illegal to use the gadget, known as Google Glass, while driving. “This is just the beginning,” said Timothy Toohey, a Los Angeles lawyer specializing in privacy issues. “Google Glass is going to cause quite a brawl.” As personal technology becomes increasingly nimble and invisible, Glass is prompting questions of whether it will distract drivers, upend relationships and strip people of what little privacy they still have in public. A pair of lens-less frames with a tiny computer attached to the right earpiece, Glass is promoted by Google as “seamless and empowering.” It will have the ability to capture any chance encounter, from a celebrity sighting to a grumpy salesclerk, and broadcast it to millions in seconds.


To err is human - and to blame it on a computer is even more so.” — Robert Orben

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“It’s very stressful becoming a parent. You know what was really hard for me? Coming up with names for our children. I panic when I have to name a new document on my computer. Damn, everybody uses ‘miscellaneous.’” — Jeff Stilson

White House holds firm on cautious path in Syrian crisis



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WASHINGTON (NY Times) — The White House insisted on Monday that it would not be thrown off its cautious approach to Syria, despite Israeli military strikes near Damascus and new questions about the use of chemical weapons in the civil war there. The administration cast

doubt on an assertion by a United Nations official that the Syrian rebels, not the government of President Bashar al-Assad, had used the nerve agent sarin. And it backed Israel’s right to strike Syrian targets to disrupt shipments of weapons from Iran to the Islamic militant group Hezbollah.

For President Obama, both developments muddied a crisis that is already rife with complexity. But there was little evidence that they did anything to affect what his aides say is a deep reluctance to be drawn further into a conflict that has killed more than 70,000 people.

Kidnapping suspect had contact with police CLEVELAND (NY Times) — The police had been called two times to a house where three young women from Cleveland, who disappeared about a decade ago and who friends and relatives feared were gone forever, were found on Monday, the authorities said on Tuesday. In 2000, the owner of the house, Ariel Castro, had called the police about a fight in the street. In 2004, the authorities interviewed Castro, a driver, after he “inadvertently” left a child on a school bus. Neither of those visits by the authorities resulted in any arrests, nor was there any indication about the dramatic discovery for which Castro is now being held. But at a news conference on Tuesday, the police and investigators said that they were

slowly starting to unravel the thread of events that led up to the escape of the women after one of them, Amanda Berry, tried to force her way through the front door of the house on Seymour Avenue. On Tuesday the authorities said Castro, 52, was one of those arrested in connection with the case. Two of his brothers, Pedro, 54, and Oneil, 50, were also arrested. The saga started to unfold on Monday when Berry told a dispatcher that she had been kidnapped and pleaded for the police to come before the man who was holding her captive returned. The 911 call was released by the authorities to local news media. “I’m Amanda Berry, I’ve been on the news for the last 10 years,” she said.

China cuts ties with key North Korean bank

HONG KONG (NY Times) — The state-controlled Bank of China said on Tuesday that it had ended all dealings with a key North Korean bank in what appeared to be the strongest public Chinese response yet to North Korea’s willingness to brush aside warnings from Beijing and push ahead with its nuclear and ballistic missile programs. Chinese analysts said the Bank of China’s move carried clear diplomatic significance at a time when the Obama administration has been urging China to limit its longtime support for the North Korean government. The Bank of China’s action also dovetails with a longstanding American effort to target the North Korean government’s access to foreign currency. “I personally don’t believe that this would have been a business decision by the bank alone, and it’s probably a signal from the government to reflect its views on North Korea,” said Cai Jian, a professor and the deputy director of the Center for Korean Studies at Fudan University in Shanghai.

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Chipman introduces bill to place two-year moratorium on tar sands Daily Sun Staff Reports On Monday, Maine Rep. Ben Chipman, I-Portland, introduced a bill that would place a moratorium on transporting tar sands oil in Maine. The hearing, held by the Environment and Natural Resources Committee, was packed with environmentalists as well as oil executives, according to a press release from Chipman. Chipman, who is himself a member of the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources, noted in his testimony, “Locations that have suffered tar sands spills grapple with the question of how to clean them up even years after the accident happens. Significant land areas are Chipman wrapped with hazard-tape, and prohibited from entry.” The bill, L.D. 1362 titled “Resolve, To Establish a Moratorium on the Transportation of Tar Sands,” would put a two-year moratorium on all transport of tar sands in Maine including transport by rail, truck or pipeline. It would require the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to conduct a study into the potential effects of tar sands on the environment

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as well as its health and public safety implications. “We need more information before we allow the transport of tar sands in Maine carte blanche,” Chipman said. “We need to know whether the revenue to the state of such an investment would justify the cost of a clean-up. We need to know by how much properties would be devalued by a spill in Maine’s communities. We need to know what kind of health risks would be at stake in the event of a spill.” A work session on L.D. 1362 is likely to be held this coming Monday, May 13 by the Committee on Environment and Natural Resources. The date is tentative.

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Mukhtar sentenced to eight years for gross sexual assault By Marge Niblock


Mohammed Mukhtar, who climbed into an open window in an apartment building on High Street almost one year ago, on May 26, 2012, and sexually assaulted a “sleeping, helpless victim,” was sentenced Tuesday to eight years in prison for gross sexual assault. Mukhtar pleaded guilty on April 17 to the charges in the fourcount indictment against him. Those were: gross sexual assault; burglary; aggravated criminal trespass; and misdemeanor criminal trespass. Judge Richard Mulhern sentenced Mukhtar in court Tuesday. Mukhtar Attorney Jonathan Berry successfully argued last July that Mukhtar was only 17 at the time of the crime, not 18, because immigration officials had arbitrarily assigned his birth date. At that point the District Attorney’s Office decided to try Mukhtar as an adult, due to the seriousness of his crime. After several court skirmishes involv-

ing bind-over hearings related to the issue, Mukhtar agreed to be tried as an adult. Officer Coreena Behnke, School Resource Officer at Portland High School, stated during a bind-over hearing in January that Mukhtar had a street name of “Africa,” associated with his gang connections. She said that he was involved with drug activity and had affiliations with members of the gang True Somali Bloods. Other testimony described a record of troubling behavior from Mukhtar and an inability of his mother to control him. During sentencing in Portland, the judge stated on Tuesday, “I presided over the bind-over hearing where the victim testified. I had the opportunity to hear her in person.” Judge Mulhern also said he’d read the victim’s letter that was submitted before the sentencing. He said that in that letter, she testified about the impact of the assault, which caused her to move away from Portland and to suffer from medical problems. He continued, “This was a terrible assault on a sleeping, helpless victim,” who was anally raped in her bed. Judge Mulhern said he felt the eight-year sentence to be an appropriate one. He referred to it as a

“significant sentence,” which he felt was warranted by the crime committed. He said he’d also seen the videos of Mukhtar taken by surveillance cameras in the High Street apartment building where the attack occurred. He said the video shows Mukhtar spent some time in the residence going in and out of various doors. “I see no mitigating factors,” said Judge Mulhern, who then mentioned Mukhtar’s youth. The judge said, “Based on his pattern of antisocial behavior so far, I think his youth would give him more time for such behavior. I see no remorse for his actions. I see little prospects of rehabilitation.” The judge also considered the effect of this crime on the community and stated, “Society needs to be protected from Mr. Mukhtar for a lengthy period of time. I think eight years will accomplish that.” Mukhtar also must be a lifetime registrant as a sex offender. When Assistant District Attorney Deborah Chmielewski was asked how she felt as she was exiting the courtroom after the sentencing, she said, “I’m happy. This was good.” She also said the victim has no argument with the sentencing terms and that she wants to put this behind her.

Spice testimony: Legality shows ‘a disregard for public health and public safety’ By Marge Niblock


As legislators tackle a drug problem that has rapidly spread in Maine, a work session has been scheduled on Friday, May 10 at 1 p.m. for L.D. 661, “An Act to Prohibit Sale or Possession of Synthetic Cannabinoids.” This bill was introduced by Rep. Adam A. Goode of Bangor, and has many cosponsors in both houses of the legislature. Synthetic cannabinoids are being sold in head shops and many convenience stores in McKinney Portland and all over Maine. They are also available nationwide and over the Internet. The various brand names come under the general terms of “Spice” and K2. The product is packaged in brightly colored bags with names that appeal to young people, who are the target

market. It may say “incense” on the packet or “not for human consumption,” but those buying it know that its purpose is to give a high similar to that obtained from smoking a “joint,” officials note. In fact when the Spice material is placed into cigarette rolling paper, it is also referred to as a “joint.” The similarity ends there, however. Because experimental chemicals are placed into the plant material in unknown quantities, the potency is difficult to gauge. There is an unpredictable element connected to smoking Spice, and sometimes just a few “tokes” may place someone into a perilous condition requiring immediate medical attention. Addiction is one of the outcomes of constant use and withdrawal can be quite harsh. Roy McKinney, the director of Maine Drug Enforcement Agency, finds it disturbing that these products are so readily available, and was one of those who testified at the public hearing on the bill on March 22 of this year. He was quite impressed when he heard what Dylan Young had to say

on that occasion. The 13-year-old Augusta boy who spoke gave a firstperson account of his very negative experience with Spice, causing him to spend four nights in the intensive care unit of a hospital. McKinney said, “He carried himself very well — drove it home.” McKinney comments on his feelings regarding the manufacture and sale of these products: “It’s about a disregard for public health and public

safety.” McKinney wants the bill strengthened by adding an amendment that will use generic language to capture those drugs classified as synthetic cannabinoids. He said 33 states have adopted versions of the generic language to prevent the necessity of having to schedule each synthetic substance specifically. The problem with listing each substance has been that by changing one or two molecules in see SPICE page 13

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Who are the war criminals in Syria?

Last week, several polls came out assessing U.S. public opinion on intervention in Syria. According to the Huffington Post poll, Americans oppose U.S. air strikes on Syria by 3-to-1. They oppose sending arms to the rebels by 4-to-1. They oppose putting U.S. ground troops into Syria by 14-to-1. Democrats, Republicans and independents are all against getting involved in that civil war that has produced 1.2 million refugees and 70,000 dead. A CBS/New York Times poll found that by 62-to-24 Americans want to stay out of the Syrian war. A Reuters/Ipsos poll found that by 61-to-10 Americans oppose any U.S. intervention. But the numbers shift when the public is asked if it would ––––– make a difference if the Syrian Creators regime used poison gas. In that Syndicate case, opposition to U.S. intervention drops to 44-to-27 in Reuters/Ipsos. Yet on the Sunday talk shows and cable news, the hawks are over-represented. To have a senator call for arming the rebels and U.S. air strikes is a better ratings “get” than to have on a senator who wants to stay out of the war. In that same CBS poll, however, the 10 percent of all Americans who say they follow the Syrian situation closely were evenly divided, 47-to-48, on whether to intervene.

Pat Buchanan

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Moms, lessons and loss This week’s column isn’t about restaurants. In fact, it’s only marginally about food — and that’s a stretch. Some of the things are ironic, may induce a slight nod and smile, and it also isn’t very funny. Instead, it’s a timely Mother’s Day tribute to myself, to my mother, “The Betty,” and to a real-life family of my acquaintance, who are wadding through the fresh waters of maternal loss. Loss within a family, no matter how dysfunctional, is something we can all relate to in some way, often with the parent/child tables turned. It’s a day-to-day life companion, initially happening on smaller scales with varying degrees of intensity. For example, when children board the bus for that first memorable day of kindergarten, their mothers feel a healthy pang of separation and loss, but loss none-the-less. When teenagers grab the car keys and head out into the night, unavoidable feelings of fear and loss flood their mothers’ senses. When both those kids pack up and head off to college, or to backpack through Europe (do people still do that?), the circle of life churns (think Mufasa and Simba of “Lion King” fame) as time marches on. In the latter case,

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the well-earned feeling of pride partners with loss, resulting in an empty nest. If we’ve done our jobs reasonably well, the baby birds are prepared for what is yet to come, and dealing with loss of all types in a healthy manner is one of the key components. Coping with everyday loss and disappointment is one skill set where The Betty may have failed me. Granted, it’s much easier to blame her than fess up to my own shortcomings, but letting go of things that have run their natural course is hard. Intellectually, I know moving on is the stuff growth and development are made of, and my occasional reluctance to do so keeps my Therapist (with a capital T) in business. I keep threatening to fire him, but after all this time and keeping true to form, how could I give him up?!

That puzzling inability to process and accept minor loss spills over into my social life. I avoid certain haunts because I used to go there with a dear friend who moved and it makes me miss our shenanigans dearly. I shun even the smell of certain foods and drinks as they have become “symbolic,” once again reminiscent of days gone by. “Over the top?” I ask myself. Indeed it is and if I keep it up, I won’t be able to go anywhere, talk to anybody or eat anything except Lima beans, which no one I know likes. “This isn’t loss,” I tell myself. “This is sentimentality, denial, and a large pinch of fear, gone wild. It’s time to wake up and smell the Coffee by Design on Congress Street, which means I’m actually going back in there.” Heck, I may even go back to my favorite bar stool at the Armory. Yes, the family I’ve described above is twice as resilient about this pre-Mother’s Day major blow as I am about most of my “use it or lose it” hang-ups. There’s more than a twinge of shame in my avoidant attitude about places, people and days gone by, and, as see LADD page 5

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America has not gone isolationist, but has become anti-interventionist BUCHANAN from page 4

The portrait of America that emerges is of a nation not overly interested in what is going on in Syria, but which overwhelmingly wants to stay out of the war. But it is also a nation whose foreign policy elites are far more interventionist and far more supportive of sending weapons to the rebels and using U.S. air power. From these polls, it is hard not to escape the conclusion that the Beltway elites who shape U.S. foreign policy no longer represent the manifest will of Middle America. America has not gone isolationist, but has become anti-interventionist. This country does not want its soldiers sent into any more misbegotten adventures like Iraq and Afghanistan, and does not see any vital national interest in who comes out on top in Syria. But who is speaking up for that great silent majority? Who in the U.S. Senate is on national TV standing up to the interventionists? Who in the Republican Party is calling out the McCainiacs? Another story that came out this weekend, smothered by news of Israeli air strikes on Syrian military installations and missile depots, might cool elite enthusiasm — and kill any public desire to intervene. “Syrian Rebels May Have Used Sarin Gas,” ran the headline in Monday’s New York Times. Datelined

Geneva, the story began: “United Nations human rights investigators have gathered testimony from casualties of Syria’s civil war and medical workers indicating that rebel forces have used the nerve agent sarin, one of the lead investigators said Sunday.” The U.N. commission has found no evidence that the Syrian army used chemical weapons. But Carla Del Ponte, a former Swiss attorney general and a commission member, stated: “Our investigators have been in neighboring countries interviewing victims, doctors and field hospitals, and according to their report of last week, which I have seen, there are strong, concrete suspicions but not yet incontrovertible proof of the use of sarin gas, from the way the victims were treated. “This was use on the part of the opposition, the rebels.” In short, the war criminals may be the people on whose behalf we are supposed to intervene. And if it was the rebels who used sarin gas, and not the forces of President Bashar Assad, more than a few questions arise that need answering. For just two weeks ago, the White House informed Congress: “Our intelligence community does assess, with varying degrees of confidence, that the Syrian regime has used chemical weapons on a small scale in Syria, specifically, the chemical agent sarin.”

A clamor then arose demanding Obama make good on his threat that the Syrian regime’s use of poison gas would cross a “red line” and be a “game changer,” calling forth “enormous consequences.” If the Syrian military did not use sarin, but the rebels did, who in the U.S. intelligence community blew this one? From whom did U.S. agencies get their evidence that sarin had been used by Damascus? Were we almost suckered by someone’s latest lies about weapons of mass destruction into fighting yet another unnecessary war? When allegations of the Syrian government’s use of sarin arose, many in Congress, especially in the Republican Party, denounced Obama for fecklessness in backing off of his “red line” threat. It now appears that Obama may have saved us from a strategic disaster by not plunging ahead with military action. And the question should be put to the war hawks: If Assad’s use of sarin should call forth U.S. air strikes, ought not the use of sarin by the rebels, if confirmed, cause this country to wash its hands of those war criminals? (Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” To find out more about Buchanan and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate webpage at

This Mother’s Day, I am taking inventory of the skills sets I can impart LADD from page 4

usual, I can learn something important from this clan. It’s called courage and perseverance. It’s also called perspective, which is a beautiful thing, and real, true loss is what these people are experiencing. The blow is fresh and some of them are in denial, some are sad and angry and at least one of them is detached, which I know first hand is a far cry from not caring. They are all emotionally tender and have much to process. This Mother’s Day, I am taking inventory of the skills sets that I still have time to impart on Number One and Carlykardashian. Perspective and letting go of everyday loss and disappointment, no matter how hard, will be on top of the list. I am also celebrating The Betty, mothers everywhere, and, with

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much love in my heart for her family, my newest guardian angel. The Down Low: While I was never able to wrap my head around it (much less eat it), the following is a favorite recipe of the family mentioned earlier. I used to call it, “The Gross Green Stuff,” when I mastered it by trial and error, but it’s really called: Lime Jello Cottage Cheese Salad. 1 (oz.) package lime Jello 1 c. boiling water 1/2 c. sugar Salad oil 10 maraschino cherries, halved 1 c. crushed pineapple, drained 1 c. cottage cheese 1/2 c. walnuts



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Starting young with biking, walking Children in Maine hitting their stride with bicycling and walking initiatives By David Carkhuff THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Today is National Bike to School Day, but leave it to Maine to pedal harder and faster than the rest of the nation. “In Maine we’ve gone to looking at the whole month of May as walking and biking to school month,” said Darcy Whittemore, program manager for the Maine Safe Routes to School program. “We’re hoping that people get in the habit and like the idea of walking and biking to school daily.” A first-in-the-state Walking School Bus program in Portland has hit the ground running, evidence that kids and exercise do mix, even if it’s in the morning en route to school. Officials with Maine’s federally funded Safe Routes to School Program are promoting a raft of bikingand walking-related activities at local schools. And this afternoon at Portland City Hall, the city invites residents to a meeting about a proposed Bikeshare initiative, a program in which bicycles are made available for shared use for short-distance trips as an alternative to motorized public transit or private vehicles. There are other signs that young and old alike are open to stretching their legs rather than riding in cars. The Bicycle Coalition of Maine reported one of its most successful Great Maine Bike Swaps ever. Held April 28 at the University of Southern Maine, the swap attracted more than 2,000 people; and 700 cyclists walked away with new bicycles, the coalition reported. “We hear all this stuff about how it’s hard to get kids outdoors, but there’s tons of kids who still want bikes, and it’s just magical just watching them jump on,” said Nancy Grant, executive director of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. “We had absolutely every type of bike imaginable at this event,” Grant said in the final hours of the swap, noting that “lots of families with kids” attended. Clark reported “as many bikes as ever, we sold almost everything,” with roughly 1,000 bikes on the floor. For the first time, anybody who wanted to sell a bike could register the bike online, a “huge improvement,” Clark added.

Walking School Bus program A pilot program started with Reiche School and East End Community School, the Walking School Bus program is “growing in interest every day,” according to Whittemore. Maine Safe Routes to School program is one of the partners who launched this

Karen Ebersole and daughter, Sarah, 4, of Auburn take part in the Bicycle Coalition of Maine’s Bike Swap at the University of Southern Maine on Sunday, April 28. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

“I’ve had parents tell me this has been life-changing,” Betsy Critchfield said, pointing to “touching and sincere emails and phone messages” she has received from parents “who have expressed what a great difference this has made in their children’s lives.” Critchfield runs the new Walking School Bus program in two local schools. walk-rather-than-ride alternative for school children last month. Portland became the first city in Maine to have a coordinated and regularly operating Walking School Bus program, and with strong response, the plan is to expand to additional Portland elementary schools beginning next fall, organizers noted. The program, a collaboration between the Portland Public Schools and the Maine Safe Routes to School program, is funded through a federal Safe Routes to School grant and closely involves the Portland Police Department and the Healthy Portland Let’s Go! program. The idea is simple: A Walking School Bus is a group of students, supervised by a trained adult volunteer, who walk along a designated route to and/ or from school on a daily basis. Children can join the Walking School Bus at stops along the route near their homes. Families can also drop off their children at a collection point, such as a nearby park, to join the procession.

Program director Betsy Critchfield said response since the program started on April 24 has been “fabulous,” and she said the benefits have extended beyond exercise. “I’ve had parents tell me this has been life-changing,” Critchfield said, pointing to “touching and sincere emails and phone messages” she has received from parents at both schools “who have expressed what a great difference this has made in their children’s lives.” “We’ve got close to 60 kids walking now from the East End alone. Reiche, it’s a smaller group, it’s just as consistent,” Critchfield said Monday. “We’re running five days a week in the morning, which to start out is quite a success. We’ve got lots more volunteers trickling in, and we’re gearing up to hopefully start offering some afternoon routes as well,” she said. Participating children “look forward to waking up and going to school,” and they are able to connect with neigh-

bors along the route, Critchfield noted. Whittemore said volunteers are key to the program’s success since many supervisors can assure the children’s safety. “We really emphasize safety first,” she said. “Our main goal is to offer a safe form of transportation to school for kids, that’s active,” Whittemore said. “Thirty kids coming from Kennedy Park and crossing Washington Avenue” requires attention of motorists as well, a common element to all of the state’s bicycling and walking initiatives. Drivers need to pay attention, organizers noted. “One of our routes started with 10 kids and it’s grown to almost 30,” Whittemore said. Leaders will follow a route of up to one mile, picking up children along the way at designated stops. “The program offers volunteers a way to get regular exercise and to interact with young people in the neighborhood,” Whittemore noted. Parents benefit as well, she agreed. “It relieves a big burden for people who are juggling multiple kids and early work, it’s a benefit to the parents that their kids are getting to school safely, but also the people who have volunteered say it’s a wonderful thing for them,” she said. see BIKING page 7

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“Hopefully it’s a model that we can replicate and adapt to different neighborhoods,” Whittemore said, noting that Lyseth Elementary and Riverton Elementary are candidates to start in the fall. The program continues to welcome volunteers this spring. All volunteers receive an hour of training, and a criminal background check is required, at no cost to the volunteers. To learn more, visit, or contact Critchfield, at or call 200-5287.

Maine Safe Routes to School grants Mini-grants for up to $250 can give a nudge for healthier transportation options, Whittemore said. “It just adds enough of a carrot so that a teacher or maybe a school nurse or someone who is working with the Healthy Maine Partnerships, as long as they put a team together and plan several activities for biking or walking to school, it’s a fairly easy thing to accomplish in a short amount of time,” she said. Maine’s federally funded Safe Routes to School Program is a program of the Maine Department of Transportation, the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and communities throughout the state. This spring, 15 schools, municipalities and organizations from across the state were picked to receive up to $250 to support projects designed to encourage students and their families to safely walk and bicycle to school and after-school activities. The minigrant activities, some led by students, will occur this spring. Those include, in Portland, Lincoln Middle School, which plans: Walk and Bike to School Week; the start of a year-round, student-led Safe Routes to School group with adult facilitator; and Student Travel Tally. Portland’s Lyseth Elementary School, which plans: Bike rodeo; distribution of new helmets and used bikes to students in need, with assistance of the Multilingual Center and a local bike shop; Bike to School Day on May 8; installation of a muchneeded bike rack for upper elementary wing; and Student Travel Tally. “For not a lot of money, you get a lot of things happening,” Whittemore noted. “It brings more awareness to the program and to safety,” she said, noting that children can buy reflective zipper-pulls and vests among the accessories. “We’ve seen, beyond Portland, there are more and more schools who are developing in-school fleets of bicycles so they can teach biking during P.E. class,” Whittemore said. Kennebunk Elementary School is one example of

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How to get involved Wednesday, May 8 Proposed travel changes in Libbytown

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The public can view four proposed sets of changes in Libbytown to include various combinations of eliminating exit and entrance ramps to I-295 and making Park and Congress streets one or two-way. All scenarios include improving the area for bikers and walkers, the city reports. A study will also make recommendations for better lighting, landscaping and other streetscape elements. Individual displays illustrating the proposed changes will be available from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for comments, with staff available to answer questions. A more formal presentation on the neighborhood conditions and the proposed changes will also take place from 6:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The public is welcome to come to the entire meeting or any portion that is convenient. Portland City Hall, Room 24, 389 Congress St. For more information, visit or contact Carol Morris at Diagrams of the proposals can be seen at libbytowntraffic/libbytownalternatives042213.pdf. Public comments can also be made online at the city’s website,

Bikeshare Public Forum

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The city of Portland will host a Bikeshare Public Forum at City Hall. The public is invited to participate in the conversation about establishing a Bikeshare program in the city, share their thoughts and ideas and ask questions. The meeting is a component of a technical assistance grant the city received in February from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. The EPA selected the city of Portland as one of five communities nationwide to receive technical assistance to explore the potential of establishing a Bikeshare program. City Hall, State of Maine Room, 389 Congress St., Portland. Visit

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Monthlong school activities Lincoln Middle School — Walk and Bike to School Week, May 6-10; Lyseth School — National Bike to School Day on May 8; Walk to School Day and Bike Rodeo; Ocean Avenue Elementary — Monthly Walk and Roll to School Days all year, Bike Rodeo in June. For events across Maine, visit bikeped_news&id=519541&v=full.

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Portland police hold active shooter training By Craig Lyons THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Portland police officers broke through doors and charged down smoke-filled halls to find a man with a gun as a part of training exercises to help them react in “active shooter” incidents. The Portland Police Department held “active shooter” training at the Portland Ocean Terminal on the Maine State Pier on Tuesday, with funding from the Federal Emergency Management Agency and support from the Maine Emergency Management Agency. The Tuesday exercises were the last in a string of 10 active shooter trainings conducted by the PPD that included all the department’s officers. “It’s been very, very successful,” said Chief Mike Sauschuck. “ ... It’s something we want to continue to do in the future.” The training exercises included hostage situations, individual shooter incidents and a host of other mock incidents. As officers work through the various scenarios, Sauschuck said, they don’t know what they might be up against, much like in a real-world active shooter incident. “I think that is key,” he said. The training applies to situations that might involve a shooter in schools, businesses and government buildings, according to the chief, and uses

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RIGHT: During the active shooter training Tuesday in Portland, officers used “simunitions” that act like real firearms but have small bullets with a dye pack. Chief Mike Sauschuck pointed out how dye packs left orange imprints when someone was hit. (CRAIG LYONS PHOTO)

ABOVE AND ABOVE LEFT: Officers practiced breaching doorways by first using a sledge hammer, then cutting a chain during the first scenario in the active shooter training. (CRAIG LYONS PHOTOS)

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Wednesday, May 8, the 128th day of 2013. There are 237 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 8, 1945, President Harry S. Truman announced on radio that Nazi Germany’s forces had surrendered, and that “the flags of freedom fly all over Europe.” On this date: In 1541, Spanish explorer Hernando de Soto reached the Mississippi River. In 1794, Antoine Lavoisier (lah-vwahz-YAY’), the father of modern chemistry, was executed on the guillotine during France’s Reign of Terror. In 1884, the 33rd president of the United States, Harry S. Truman, was born in Lamar, Mo. In 1886, Atlanta pharmacist John Pemberton invented the flavor syrup for Coca-Cola. In 1921, Sweden’s Parliament voted to abolish the death penalty. In 1958, Vice President Richard Nixon was shoved, stoned, booed and spat upon by antiAmerican protesters in Lima, Peru. In 1962, the musical comedy “A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to the Forum” opened on Broadway. In 1972, President Richard Nixon announced that he had ordered the mining of Haiphong Harbor during the Vietnam War. In 1973, militant American Indians who’d held the South Dakota hamlet of Wounded Knee for ten weeks surrendered. In 1984, the Soviet Union announced it would boycott the upcoming Summer Olympic Games in Los Angeles. In 1988, science-fiction author Robert A. Heinlein died in Carmel, Calif., at age 80. In 1993, the Muslim-led government of BosniaHerzegovina and rebel Bosnian Serbs signed an agreement for a nationwide cease-fire. Ten years ago: The Senate unanimously endorsed adding to NATO seven former communist nations: Bulgaria, Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Romania, Slovakia and Slovenia. A federal grand jury indicted Chinese-born California socialite Katrina Leung on charges that she’d illegally taken, copied and kept secret documents obtained from an FBI agent. (A federal judge later dismissed the case against Leung, rebuking prosecutors for misconduct.) The rear door of a Russian-built cargo plane burst open over Congo, hurling more than 100 Congolese soldiers and their families to their deaths. Five years ago: Sen. Barack Obama got a front-runner’s welcome back at the U.S. Capitol, where he was surrounded on the House floor by well-wishers calling him “Mr. President” and reaching out to pat him on the back or shake his hand. One year ago: Six-term veteran Indiana Sen. Richard Lugar lost a bitter Republican primary challenge, his nearly four-decade career in the Senate ended by tea party-backed state Treasurer Richard Mourdock. North Carolina voters decided overwhelmingly to strengthen their state’s gay marriage ban. Children’s book author Maurice Sendak died in Danbury, Conn. Former U.S. Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach, 90, died in Skillman, N.J. Josh Hamilton became the 16th player to hit four home runs in a game, carrying the Texas Rangers to a 10-3 victory over the Baltimore Orioles.


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calls from Maine. These calls are coming from hospitals with sick the chemical composition, the subpatients who have taken Spice. stance becomes something entirely Dr. Simone said most people different but is no less harmful, suffer from a fast heart rate, a bad although it would be legal. “trip,” and elevated blood pressure. McKinney says the object of the “We worry about what people bill is “banning dangerous subwould do while they’re that upset.” stances so no one can get it. And She referred to these people as we want to hold the sellers account“scared individuals,” she said. able.” Some states that have passed The number for the Poison similar laws are meting out severe Center is 1-800-222-1222. At that punishment to shops that continue number officials deal with emertrying to sell the products. Those gency issues and will answer basic states are removing stock, taking questions as well. away business licenses, and are Maine Rep. Ben Chipman, who imposing very high fines against represents District 119, which A Spice “joint.” (MARGE NIBLOCK PHOTO) shops that are noncompliant. includes Bayside, East Bayside, McKinney states, “Selling Spice and the Parkside neighborhoods of is unethical and immoral, but not criminal.” He says Portland, said he could see the need for legislation. When shipments come from overseas from countries that don’t asked about his feelings on the topic of Spice, he said, regulate chemicals, and wants to see more federal and “It sounds like something that shouldn’t be sold over the international cooperation. McKinney said, “There is no counter.” consistency from lot to lot. The people mix chemicals in Discussing the work session that is planned for L.D. huge lots and coat the plant material. Sometimes they 661, Chipman said a formal vote will be taken the same use large troughs or cement mixers.” day the work session is held. If there’s a split vote, a disIn McKinney’s testimony he discussed the wide-rangcussion will be held in the House. If the bill receives a ing and potentially fatal aspect of these drugs, which are unanimous vote, there won’t be a formal vote held later cheap, easy to make, and return a high profit for manuon, and the bill will pass “under the hammer.” facturers and distributors. The bill could become law 90 days after the end of Dr. Karen Simone is a toxicologist who works for the the legislative session in which it was passed. A bill can Northern New England Poison Center, which serves become law immediately if the legislature declares an Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. She said they’ve emergency exists, by a two-thirds vote of each chamber. gone from zero calls in Maine in 2010 to 55 last year It would then take effect the date it is signed by the govrelated to Spice. So far this year they’ve responded to 16 ernor. SPICE from page 3

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Wednesday, May 8 Maine Gov. Paul LePage at Eggs & Issues

8 a.m. “The Portland Community Chamber is pleased to announce that Maine Governor Paul LePage will speak at Eggs & Issues on Wednesday, May 8, at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Doors for the event open at 7 a.m. for networking, breakfast begins at 7:30, and the program will begin at 8 a.m. The cost of the event is $17 for Chamber Members and $27 for Non-members. To register, visit www. and click on “Register for an Event.” If space is available, registrations will be taken at the door. Members of the media may attend for free in the designated seating area. For more information, please visit or contact Nancy Trottier, Event & Program Manager ( at the Portland Regional Chamber at 772-2811, ext. 233.”

Author Debra Spark in Cumberland

2 p.m. Meet the Author, Debra Spark, “The Pretty Girl,” Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland. Refreshments will be served. FMI 829-2215

Police event for child passenger safety

2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The South Portland Police Department has partnered with Safe Kids Maine for educating the public with child passenger safety. “Nine out 10 child safety seats are installed incorrectly. SPPD will be hosting its monthly Fitting Station Event on Wednesday from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. The location is at the Cash Corner Fire Station, 360 Main St., South Portland. This is a new time and location for this event. If you are unable to attend this event or have questions concerning child passenger safety please call 799-5511, ext 7229 and leave a message for Officer Robert Libby.”

Lawyers in Libraries on unemployment comp

3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Lawyers in Libraries presents: “How to prepare for an Unemployment Compensation Hearing or Appeal” Wednesday, May 8 from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Portland Public Library, Lower Level Room No. 5. “Lawyers in Libraries will be hosting ‘How to Prepare for an Unemployment Compensation Hearing of Appeal. ... Attorney David Sherman will discuss how to prepare for hearings and appeals if one has been denied unemployment, what the rules are and what evidence is important to present to a hearing officer. Attendees will be able to ask general questions of the lawyer after the presentation but for specific answers they will be encouraged to call the Volunteer Lawyers Project (toll free 1-800-442-4293, in Portland 774-4348), to arrange for a personal consultation.”

Libbytown area planning public comments

5 p.m. “Those interested in changes in the Libbytown area of Portland can view and comment on four possible scenarios for change in the neighborhood. Diagrams of the proposals can be seen at libbytowntraffic/libbytownalternatives042213.pdf. Public comments can also be made online at the city’s website. To give people more options in terms of opportunity to comment, individual displays illustrating the proposed changes will be available from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. and 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. for comments, with staff available to answer questions. A more formal presentation on the neighborhood conditions and the proposed changes will also take place from 6:30-7 p.m. ... Overseen by the City of Portland and the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System (PACTS), this study is funded by the Federal Highway Administration. For more information, visit libbytowntrafficcirculation.htm or contact Carol Morris at ”

Bikeshare Public Forum

5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. The city of Portland will host a Bikeshare Public Forum at City Hall. The public is invited to participate in the conversation about establishing a Bikeshare program in the city, share their thoughts and ideas and ask questions. The meeting is a component of a technical assistance grant the city received in February from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Building Blocks for Sustainable Communities program. This meeting will be followed by a workshop on Thursday with experts during which staff and invited participants will explore the feasibility of a bikeshare system. Afterwards, the city will seek to develop a business model for how such a program might be developed, managed and made financially sustainable. Wednesday, May 8, 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. City Hall, State of Maine Room, 389 Congress Street, Portland

‘Defending Water for Life in Maine’

7 p.m. Join Friends of Merrymeeting Bay on Wednesday, May 8 at 7 p.m. for the final presentation of their 16th annual Winter Speaker Series, at the Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick. “This program, ‘Defending Water for Life in Maine’ features Field Organizer Chris Buchanan. Communities, individuals and nature have certain rights

Shawn Werner, director of political operations for Freedom to Marry, speaks at a rally for Question 1, the gay marriage initiative in Maine. Now that the measure has passed, the organizers for Southern Maine Pride are seeking engaged or committed same sex couples who would like to publicly marry or renew their vows during an en masse wedding ceremony held at Deering Oaks Park on Saturday, June 15, during the 27th Annual Southern Maine Pride Parade & Festival in Portland. See (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) and one of these is the right to clean fresh water. From the point of view of the organization Defending Water for Life in Maine, water is for life, not profit.” Buchanan “is also the statewide coordinator of Stop the East-West Corridor, a coalition of Maine citizens and organizations dedicated to raising awareness, fostering open communication, requesting transparency and demonstrating that the project is not in the interest of Maine and that Maine citizens don’t want it.” The FOMB Winter Speaker Series takes place monthly from October-May on the second Wednesday. Full speaker schedule and speaker biographies are available on the web at

‘Wittenberg’ by David Davalos

7:30 p.m. April 30 – May 19. “Trouble brews in the hallowed halls of Wittenberg University as professors Martin Luther and Doctor Faustus duel for the allegiance of their pupil – Prince Hamlet. From tennis and beer to soliloquies over skulls, Davalos’ imaginative comedy of 16th century college life mixes slapstick and wordplay with a philosophical exploration of reason versus faith, played out in a zany spin on classic characters – real and imaginary!” May 8-10 at 7:30 p.m.; May 11 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; May 12 at 2 p.m.; May 14-17 at 7:30 p.m.; also May 16 at 2 p.m.; May 18 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; May 19 at 2 p.m. Portland Stage. http://

Thursday, May 9 Maine Office of Tourism director in Brunswick

7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Brunswick Downtown Association: “The BDA will host the second of our Speaker Series Thursday, May 9, 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. at the Brunswick Golf Club. “Join us as we welcome Carolann Ouellette, director of the Maine Office of Tourism. Ms. Ouellette provides the strategic direction and planning for the major elements of the Tourism and Film Office’s integrated marketing programs, including Advertising, Media Relations, International Promotions, Research, Product Development and Special Promotions. Come learn more about Carolann and The Maine Office of Tourism’s campaign entitled ‘The Maine Thing.’” “Be Inspired, Be Adventurous, Be Yourself. Discover Your Maine Thing.” $20 individual or $15/each, parties of four or more. t?oeidk=a07e7bhbamt735c96a2&llr=oegoxzdab

Fishspotting with Wayne Davis

7 p.m. to 8 p.m. Gulf of Maine Research Institute (doors open at 6:30 p.m.) “Join fishspotter, fisherman, and aerial photographer Wayne Davis as he shares stories and observations from a long career flying over New England’s coastal and offshore fishing grounds. Wayne’s incredible collection of aerial photographs includes whales, large pelagics, sea birds, seals, seascapes, fishing boats, and the recent influx of Great White sharks off of Cape Cod. Taken during more than 15,000 hours in the air, his images contain rare scenes of marine life only witnessed by a handful of offshore fish-

spotters.” Free, open to the public, GMRI, 350 Commercial St., Portland. Parking: Free, adjacent lot. RSVP to Christina Traister, Donor Relations Manager,, 2281622.

Final Latino Cancer Educational Forum

7 p.m. “The city of Portland’s Minority Health Program, Public Health Division of the Health & Human Services Department will host two Latino Cancer Educational Forums for the community. Members of the Latino community are encouraged to attend and learn about the less obvious signs and symptoms of the three most commonly diagnosed cancers among the population, breast, colorectal and lung cancer. Attendees will learn the cancer basics, the benefits of early detection and prevention and how to access proper cancer screening and health care.” The events are sponsored by the city of Portland, the Maine Cancer Consortium and the Portland Community Health Center. Nélida Berke, Latino Community Health Promotion Specialist at 874-8452 or Thursday, May 9, 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. at El Sinai Church, 837 Brighton Ave., Portland.

Student Picture Show at USM

7:15 p.m. Ninth Annual Student Picture Show (Advanced Production Course Student Film Showcase), Gerald Talbot Auditorium, Luther Bonney Hall, University of Southern Maine Portland campus; free and open to the public. “Burgeoning filmmakers/storytellers at the University of Southern Maine will have their gala showcase night later this week, and the public is invited to attend. Upper-level students in the Advanced Video Production course taught jointly by Kate Kaminski, communication and media studies instructor, and Nat Ives, manager of the USM Communication and Media Studies Production Center, will hold their final showcase presentation on Thursday night. A total of 13 original films ranging in tone from reflective to dark humor will be shown during the Ninth Annual Student Picture Show.”

MOMIX: Botanica

7:30 p.m. MOMIX: Botanica, Merrill Auditorium, Portland. Tickets: $44, $38, $30; Members: $40, $34, $27. “In this highly anticipated appearance, revolutionary dance company MOMIX brings its breathtaking Botanica to Portland for one performance only. Botanica transports audiences to a fantasy world of surreal images and childlike wonder brought to life through athletic dance, riveting music, outrageous costumes, inventive props, and pure talent. The company evokes a vivid landscape populated by legendary choreographer Moses Pendleton’s whimsical, fertile, and mythical imagination. Set to an eclectic score that ranges from birdsong to Vivaldi, Botanica reveals through MOMIX’s signature illusionary style nature’s changing imagery. This is dance at its most organic and inventive, an unforgettable multimedia experience.” shows/momix-botanica.shtml see next page

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Irish famine ship story explores silver lining to dark period By Timothy Gillis


A miraculous story of struggle and survival was retold Sunday at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Kathryn Miles, author of “All Standing: The Remarkable Story of the Jeanie Johnston, the Legendary Irish Famine Ship,” recounted the remarkable tale of the ship and its courageous crew. The Jeanie Johnston made 12 voyages, and kept more than 2,000 passengers alive through the arduous six-week voyages from Tralee, Ireland, to Quebec. The route was one leg of a triangle which included two more trips, with timber to the Caribbean and sugar, molasses and rum back to the United Kingdom. England needed to offer something of value on their leg of the trips, and so came up with the idea of using Irish emigrants as human ballast, solving several problems at once. The starving population of Ireland was winnowed, the passengers could load and unload themselves (unlike the sand and rock ballast counterparts), and when they landed in British North America (now Canada), they could be put to work felling trees for the British Navy. This simple solution masked the preventable horrors of the Irish Potato Famine, which took 1 million lives and displaced 1 million more. Those staggering numbers, and the relatively minor discussions about them, surprised the author when she began to investigate. “I was amazed in my research about how little we talk about this culturally,” Miles said. “I met the recreation of the Jeanie Johnston back in 2004 in Ireland. It’s the kind of thing that elicits attention. I thought: ‘What’s this ship’s story?” I had the same questions when I learned that no passengers had died: How?” Miles realized there hadn’t been much research into the history of the ship, and so spent four years going through the ship’s records, newspaper accounts, and personal documents to weave her narrative together. “All Standing” is the second book for Miles, who directs the environmental writing program at Unity College, where she has taught for 11 years. Her first book, “Adventures with

Kathryn Miles, author of “All Standing,” talks about the Jeanie Johnston, the Irish famine ship that did not lose a passenger in 12 crossings. Ellen Murphy, from the Maine Irish Heritage Center, which hosted the talk, is in the background. (TIMOTHY GILLIS PHOTO)

Ari,” describes encounters she has when experiencing the environment with her dog. “He’s bummed the current book tour doesn’t involve him,” she said. She has traveled the country to recount the story of the Jeanie Johnston, out to California and back, and on St. Patrick’s Day was featured on NPR. “I really enjoy the New England leg of the tour,” she said. “So many people have stories about family members who were in the famine. They share stories about how their ancestors came over here and became part of the collective community.” Her Maine appearances have evoked memories from audience members whose family made the walk to Portland from New Brunswick after one voyage stalled there.

Piecing together the many records from a variety of sources proved a sizable task to Miles. “That’s part of why the book took so long,” she said. “I didn’t have a single diary or stack of letters to draw from, so it was a matter of trying to triangulate the story around the sources I did have.” She made good use of the ship’s manifest. The captain James Attridge had to files reports in Tralee as well as Canada or the United States. “It was fascinating to hold the original manuscript in my hand and read Attridge’s handwriting. At the end of every voyage, he would send a letter back by steamship to (the owner Nicholas) Donovan and, since he was such a PR guy, I could square that with other information,” Miles said.

She also used articles in old copies of Lloyd’s of London. “If you’re patient enough to sift through months of reports, you’re apt to come up with something that resembles a good narrative,” said Miles, who encountered many grim stories of starvation and death. “It was really traumatic. I would keep a grisly file of all the terrible things that happened. It’s important as 20th century readers that we’re aware of the horrible things that happened, but, as a writer, you have to be gentle in the retelling.” Ellen Murphy, chair of program committee at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, hosted the talk and included an account of her encounter with the miracle ship. She enjoyed connecting see IRISH page 16

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‘Wittenberg’ by David Davalos

7:30 p.m. April 30 – May 19. “Trouble brews in the hallowed halls of Wittenberg University as professors Martin Luther and Doctor Faustus duel for the allegiance of their pupil – Prince Hamlet. From tennis and beer to soliloquies over skulls, Davalos’ imaginative comedy of 16th century college life mixes slapstick and wordplay with a philosophical exploration of reason versus faith, played out in a zany spin on classic characters – real and imaginary!” May 8-10 at 7:30 p.m.; May 11 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; May 12 at 2 p.m.; May 14-17 at 7:30 p.m.; also May 16 at 2 p.m.; May 18 at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m.; May 19 at 2 p.m. Portland Stage. http://

‘The Last Romance’ at The Public Theatre

7:30 p.m. “Is it ever too late to find love? The answer is a resounding ‘no’ in ‘The Last Romance,’ the heartwarming romantic comedy about the thrill and complications of love in the later years, now playing at The Public Theatre May 3 -12. Widower Ralph Bellini has a life filled with routine, but life is suddenly a thrill again when he takes a new route on

his walk home and spies a lovely lady in a dog park. The traditional ways to woo a woman may be chocolate and roses, but Ralph is no ordinary suitor. Using a few operatic arias and a bar or two of rap music, Ralph puts his heart on his sleeve and leaps headfirst into a last chance at romance. ‘The Last Romance’ is playing at The Public Theatre, Lewiston/Auburn’s Professional Theatre, May 3, 4, 5, 9, 10, 11, 12. Show times are Thurs/Fri at 7:30, Sat at 8 p.m., Sun at 2 p.m., with an added Sat matinee on May 11 at 2 p.m. For tickets call 782-3200 or visit for more information.”

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Friday, May 10

noon. “Layne Witherell will be at the Portland Public Library for the Friday Local Author Series on May 10 at noon to speak about the second edition of his book ‘Wine Maniacs: Life in the Wine Biz.’ The second edition includes more reviews of the books on wine in 2012, as well as the changes in winery takeovers (what you thought you bought), as well as Witherell’s favorite regions including Oregon and Virginia. This is an irreverent, readable memoir by a man who has experienced all aspects of the business for over 30 years; from retailer, wholesaler, writer, teacher, radio-commentator and competition judge.”

AARP driver safety class

9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Presented in Portland, an AARP Driver Safety Class for drivers age 50 and older will be presented from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. at the AARP Maine State Office, 1685 Congress St. The registration fee is $12 for AARP members, $14 for others. To register, phone Phil Chin, AARP volunteer instructor, at 370-9647. Because class size is limited, early registration no later than May 1 is advised. The AARP Driver Safety Program is the first and larg-

Layne Witherell at Portland Public Library

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with the author a while ago, and planning the talk, part of the Duchas series. Duchas means heritage in Irish. “She had done a reading at Longfellow Books. I had been a docent on the project that built a replica of the Jeanie Johnston at a shipyard in Blennerville, outside of Tralee, Ireland, in County Kerry,” Murphy said. “She had a great crew, and apparently a caring captain and an exemplary ship’s doctor.” Murphy praised the book, which she said combines official history through archival sources and contemporary newspapers with family histories. “It’s really a genealogical detective story, following the descendants of the baby who was born on the ship, the night before the very first voyage. So it’s a great read, too,” Murphy said. Miles “Watching the replica being built was amazing. How often do you get a chance to see wooden tall ship built from the keel up?” The building of the replica, in 1999, involved shipwrights from Ireland and the U.S., and trainees from Northern Ireland from both Catholic and Protestant backgrounds, some of whom had never met people from the other faith. “It’s a remarkable effort. I was able to sail aboard the ship several times, including from Montreal to Quebec in 2003, and we docked at Grosse Ile, an island in the St. Lawrence River, which was the landing point for emigrant ships during the famine, where tens of thousands of Irish emigrants are buried. There was very moving memorial ceremony there. People are buried in unmarked trench graves in Grosse Ile,” she said. “The ship is fitted out, down below, with a museum to give you an idea of what it would be like to sail aboard a ship at the time. It is now docked in the Liffey River in Dublin, Ireland, near the Famine Memorial. And you can go aboard and visit.” Murphy said Miles’s talk would have a lasting effect on the audience. “I think people coming to the talk will have a more personalized connection with the history of the famine, because the horror of it — it’s very abstract, but when you hear the details of the people who traveled on board, and when she conveys the political and social history, it brings it all home.”

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The Portland Daily Sun, Wednesday, May 8, 2013  

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