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Time to amend? See Robert Libby, page 4

Legislator pushes Yelp to sever ties with conservative think tank See page 8

Tugboats make waves as they race in Casco Bay Sunday as part of MS Harborfest, a three-day festival that benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

MS Harborfest projects more than $100,000 in donations — Tugboats racing in the bay among highlights of festival; see page 6 Little Portland Paws food scene plans to capturing close — See national page 15 attention ... HART cat shelter faces again overflow conditions — See page 7 — See page 15


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HONG KONG (NY Times) — Communist Party cadres have filled meeting halls around China to hear a somber, secretive warning issued by senior leaders. Power could escape their grip, they are being told, unless the party eradicates seven subversive currents coursing through Chinese society. These seven perils were enumerated in a memo referred to as Document No. 9 that bears the unmistakable imprimatur of Xi

Jinping, China’s new top leader. The first was “Western constitutional democracy”; others included promoting “universal values” of human rights, Western-inspired notions of media independence and civil society, ardently pro-market “neo-liberalism,” and “nihilist” criticisms of the party’s traumatic past. Even as Xi has sought to ready some reforms to expose China’s economy to

stronger market forces, he has undertaken a “mass line” campaign to enforce party authority that goes beyond the party’s periodic calls for discipline. The internal warnings to cadres show that Xi’s confident public face has been accompanied by fears that the party is vulnerable to an economic slowdown, public anger about corruption and challenges from liberals impatient for political change.

Egyptian court said to order Sea level could rise 3 feet by 2100, climate panel finds that Mubarak be released CAIRO (NY Times) — A court in Egypt has ordered that former President Hosni Mubarak, who has been detained on a variety of charges since his ouster in 2011, should be set free, according to state media and security officials on Monday, but it remained possible that the authorities would find a way to keep him in detention and his release did not appear imminent. Egyptian state media reported that Mubarak would remain in custody for another two weeks under a previous judicial order before the authorities make a decision on his release. The out-

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(NY Times) — An international team of scientists has found with near certainty that human activity is the cause of most of the temperature increases of recent decades, and warns that sea levels could rise by more than three feet by the end of the century if emissions continue at a runaway pace. The scientists, whose findings are reported in a summary of the next big United Nations climate report, largely dismiss a recent slowdown in the pace of warming, which is often cited by climate change contrarians, as probably related to short-term factors. The report emphasizes that the basic facts giving rise to global alarm about future climate change are more established than ever, and it reiterates that the consequences of runaway emissions are likely to be profound. “It is extremely likely that human influence on climate caused more than half of the observed increase in global average surface temperature from 1951 to 2010,” the draft report says.

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Sunday, Aug. 11 12 a.m., James Logan, 50, of address unknown, was arrested for criminal trespass on Fore Street by Officer Kali Hagerty. 12 a.m., Noorhussein Ibrahim, 27, of Portland, was arrested for operating after suspension on Congress Street by Sgt. Benjamin Noyes, Jr. 1 a.m., Eric Stearns, 35, of Portland, was arrested for operating under the influence on Middle Street by Officer Kevin Murphy. 5 a.m., James Bowie, 44, of Portland, was arrested for violation of a protection order and violation of a protection order from abuse on County Way by Officer John Cuniff. 6 a.m., Douglas Warren Petersen, 65, of Portland, was arrested for assault while hunting on Deering Avenue by Officer Smauel Turner. 11 a.m., John Patrick Dyer, 32, of Westbrook, was arrested for operating without a license on Congress Street by Officer Jason Leadbetter. 5 p.m., William Lafond, 38, of Raymond, was arrested for operating under the influence on Veranda Street by Officer Thomas Reagan. 7 p.m., Gerald Hall, 49, of address unknown, was arrested for assault on Portland Street by Officer Thomas Kwok. 11 p.m., Timothy Hofmann, 34, of Portland ,was arrested for operating under the influence on Congress Street by Sgt. Benjamin Noyes, Jr.

Monday, Aug. 12 12 a.m., Michael Bisson, 38, of address unknown, was arrested for assault and criminal trespass on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Thomas Reagan. 8 a.m., Krystal Carrier, 30, of Windham, was arrested on a warrant for driving to endanger on Forest Avenue by Sgt. Aaron Pepin. 12 p.m., Daniel Burns, 23, of Portland, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Washington Avenue by Officer Matthew Eide. 12 p.m., Christopher DiRocco, 21, of Portland, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Congress Street by Officer Matthew Morrison. 2 p.m., Andre Finley, 48, of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for negotiating a worthless instrument on Cumberland Avenue by Officer William Stratis. 2 p.m., Mark Beaton, 54, of address unknown, was arrested for burglary on County Way by Officer Mark Gibbons. 3 p.m., Shantell Lockett, 24, of address unknown, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Marginal Way by Officer Brent Abbott. 3 p.m., Troy Welch, 46, of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for operating under the influence on Oak Street by Officer Robert Hawkins. 7 p.m., Jamie Lynn McCarthy, 34, of address unknown, was arrested for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs on Brackett Street by Officer Matthew Rider. 9 p.m., Michael Coffin, 41, of Portland, was

arrested for burglary on East Oxford Street by Officer Brent Abbott.

Tuesday, Aug. 13 5 a.m., James McCarthy, 21, of Westbrook, was arrested on a warrant for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Brentwood Road by Officer Jennifer Lamperti. 10 a.m., Travis Joseph Durr, 21, of Portland, was arrested for criminal mischief on Preble Street by Officer Kyle Brake. 1 p.m., Faiz Luka, 36, of Portland, was arrested for operating under the influence on Holiday Drive by Officer Sara Clukey. 4 p.m., Timothy Charles Doyle, 54, of address unknown, was arrested for public drinking on Exchange Street by Officer Daniel Knight. 11 p.m., Claude Dionne, 60, of address unknown, was arrested for public drinking on Avon Street by Officer Joseph Jaynes. 11 p.m., Joseph Aceto, 20, of Portland, was arrested for criminal mischief, violation of conditional release and violation of bail conditions on Forest Avenue by Officer Vincent Rozzi.

Wednesday, Aug. 14 12 a.m., Crystal Lynn Cherry, 23, of Portland, was arrested for assault on State Street by Officer Erik Richard. 1 a.m., Haben Taffere, 33, of Portland, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Commercial Street by Officer Erik Richard. 6 a.m., Jonathan Reed, 44, of address unknown, was arrested for refusing to submit to arrest or detention on Sheridan Street by Officer Terrence Fitzgerald. 9 a.m., Jacob Horwitch, 34, of address unknown, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Congress Street by Officer William Stratis. 12 p.m., Jason Carr, 27, of Portland, was arrested for public drinking on Oxford Street by Officer Daniel Knight. 7 p.m., Dereck Brown, 28, of Portland, was arrested for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs on Federal Street by Officer Nicholas Goodman. 7 p.m., Aaron Loring Pelletier, 44, of address unknown, was arrested on a warrant for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Oxford Street by Officer Marjory Clavet. 10 p.m., Everett Winslow, 38, of address unknown, was arrested for aggravated assault on Cutter Street by Officer Ryan Gagnon. 10 p.m., Scott McCracken, 51, of Portland, was arrested for aggravated assault on Portland Street by Officer Kyle Brake. 10 p.m., Russell Adna Taylor, 43, of Portland, was arrested for carrying a concealed weapon and operating under the influence on Grant Street by Officer Nicholas Gowen. 10 p.m., Michael Kempton, 33, of Portland, was arrested for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs on Grant Street by Officer Joseph Jaynes.

Thursday, Aug. 15 1 a.m., Lauren Beauregard, 23, of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for theft by unauthorized

taking or transfer on Pleasant Street by Officer Ryan Gagnon. 8 a.m., Ricky Payne, 44, of Portland, was arrested for public drinking on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Kyle Brake. 2 p.m., Chaka Coleman, 29, of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for assault on Danforth Street by Officer John Morin. 4 p.m., Frank Fabozzi, 29, of Biddeford, was arrested on a warrant for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on St. John Street by Officer Michelle Cole. 5 p.m., Davic McGlashing, 58, of Portland, was arrested for public drinking on Congress Street by Officer Robert Hawkins. 7 p.m., Kristina Marie Littig, 24, of Portland, was arrested for operating under the influence on Long Wharf by Officer Joseph Jaynes. 7 p.m., Amber Tuck, 35, of Portland, was arrested for public drinking on Park Avenue by Officer Laurence Smith, Jr. 7 p.m., Richard Savoy, 26, of Windham, was arrested for criminal trespass on Sewall Street by Officer Henry Johnson.

Friday, Aug. 16 12 a.m., Preston Martinez Cooper, 49, Portland, was arrested for assault on Park Avenue by Officer Nicolas Gowen. 2 a.m., Alberic Kadomo, 42, of Portland, was arrested for misuse of the 911 system on Forest Avenue by Officer Jeffrey Ruth. 11 a.m., Shawn Michael Littlefield, 32, of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for operating after revocation for habitual offender on Montgomery Street by Officer Kyle Brake. 1 p.m., Timothy Doyle, 54, of South Portland, was arrested for public drinking and violation of bail conditions on Portland Street by Officer John Cuniff. 4 p.m., Louis McAfee, 24, of Portland, was arrested for criminal mischief on Portland Street by Officer Daniel Knight. 5 p.m., Lisa Powers, 47, of address unknown, was arrested for criminal trespass on Commercial Street by Officer Michael Bennis. 6 p.m., Dennis Fairweather, 29, of Portland, was arrested for assault on a police officer on Bates Street by Officer Nicholas Goodman. 6 p.m., Paul Leo Charette, 49, of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for operating under the influence on Congress Street by Officer Kali Hagerty. 9 p.m., Misty Cornell, 43, of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for arson on Marginal Way by Officer Jay Twomey. 11 p.m., Matthew Brown, 20, of Portland, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and refusing to submit to arrest or detention on Congress Street by Officer Dan Aguilera.

Saturday, Aug. 17 8 a.m., Christopher Gilley, 29, of address unknown, was arrested for refusing to submit to arrest or detention on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Matthew Morrison. (Information furnished by the Portland Police Department.)


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Nowhere to run, nowhere to hide The Federal Reserve answers only to God, but Ben Bernanke must not have known that his boss was such a prankster. All of a sudden here is the interest rate of 10-year Treasury paper rising like an angry carbuncle on Ben’s pale tuchus just when he thought he could sit back and watch the mud wrestling contest between Larry Summers and Janet Yellen. Poor Ben, sedulous student of the Great Depression, who didn’t notice that the country had changed from a nation of farmers and factory workers to a nation of pole dancers and waiters, now awaits his sublime moment of Hooverization. Like poor President Hoover, he gets to hang around the pilot house half a year after he runs the garbage barge of US finance aground on the shoals of wishful thinking and accounting fraud. Everyone who has to pay attention to the order of things ––––– in the universe — meaning Kunstler.com those not stewed on crank or drank, or waiting on line for a SNAP card, or leafing through the tattoo catalog, or waiting for a Kim Kardashian gangbang guest shot on Duck Dynasty, or lost in the alt reality of their cell phone — is suddenly very nervous about the order of things in this little corner of the universe. Sag Harbor is starting to live up to its name and down along the Hamptons the tide has gone out to feed a Tsunami of margin calls that soon will give the phrase “under water” a whole new life in the twisted mythology of capital. The immortal Bill Gross even sent out an SOS on Twitter at the end of the week. No wonder folks have got the heebie-jeebies. The fear is that the central banks have finally lost

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The drive to repair Congress The Congressional Reform Act Amendment keeps bouncing around the Internet and surfaced again this week. Every time I see and share it, everyone comments what a great idea it is, but nothing more comes of it. The Twenty-seventh Amendment of the Constitution forced congressional pay raises to take effect in the session after they were enacted. The proposed twenty-eighth amendment is more specific and more far reaching; serving in Congress is an honor, a responsibility of public service and not a career. Why are there pensions and special health care plans for all members of Congress? Warren Buffet’s televised comment suggesting tying incumbent eligibility for re-election to the budget deficit staying less than three percent of GDP is a simple idea and achievable. Having the federal government use only the Social Security System for federal workers and members of Congress and use only the exchange provisions of the Affordable Care Act for federal employee health care are sensible and laudable ideas. The Simpson-Bowles Deficit Reduction Commission recommendations would address the enormous expense of military pensions and Veterans Administration Health Care. The purpose of a Twenty-eighth Amendment would simply expect performance from representatives in order to continue in office; is that too much to ask?

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One Man’s Island Recently Speaker Boehner told an interviewer that Congress should not be judged by laws being passed, but judged by laws repealed. To date the current Congress has repealed none. So by any measure the current Congress is failing and yet still getting paid and “earning” their pensions. What about double dipping? I know millions of former public employees that paid into social security and state and municipal retirement systems and discovered that social security benefits were reduced because of their pension funds. Is the same thing true for federal government and military pensions? The Buffet Rule and the end of special Congressional pensions and health care programs makes a workable amendment that would mandate more effective performance of government. It is preferable to a balanced budget amendment because it allows a sensible three percent of GDP and allows overrides by a two thirds vote in each house to meet extraordinary circumstances. Every prospective voter should be asking each candidate and incum-

bent if they support a Twenty-eighth Amendment featuring performancebased standards for reelection. If the American people demand this amendment, it will become law. On the other hand Mark Levin’s treatise “The Liberty Amendments” provides a different vision for the future of American government. Many of his ideas address the same frustration with an ineffective Congress and the seemingly authoritarian reach of the Supreme Court. Term limits for Supreme Court judges and congressional legislators and budget constraints and “sunset” review of federal agencies respond to the desire of most citizens to reduce the control government has taken in our lives. Levin’s ideas on states’ rights and taxation are problematic, and the rejection of populist democracy and return to elitism raise red flags for this vision. Most citizens are frustrated by the status quo entropy of our government and eager for reform. Demanding performance standards for Congress and eliminating special treatment for politicians is a good start. Ending the alleged “personhood” of corporations and anonymous political donation bundling are equally needed. Demand your representatives support these initiatives today. (One Man’s Island columnist Robert Libby of Chebeague Island is a teacher, writer, organic gardener, executive director of the Maine Center for Civic Education.)


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Obamacare in Maine “RE: Changes to the 2014 Verso Health Benefits Program,” a memo sent to all employees of Verso Paper from Kenny D. Sawyer, V.P. Human Resources. The VP explains “...our benefits team has worked closely with our health care providers to mitigate increased costs...” of the Affordable Care Act of 2010. Let’s savor that phrase for a moment—”mitigate increased costs.” Here are some other key phrases in the document: “...implement a resulting premium increase...” “...decreasing our health care offerings...” “...co-insurance payments will be adjusted from 90% to 80%...” “...increase in out-of-pocket maximums...” “...you will see a premium increase around 3.5%...” In summary, for Verso Paper employees Obamacare means increases and decreases. The increases are all about their cost; the decreases are all about their coverage. On another front, NBC News tells us that Loren Goodridge, who owns 21 Subway franchises, including one in Kennebunk, is cutting hours for 50 workers to no more than 29 hours a week to avoid triggering the Obamacare provision man-

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––––– Guest Columnist dating health insurance coverage to employees who work 30 hours or more per week. Mr. Goodridge has this to say: “To tell somebody that you’ve got to decrease their hours because of a law passed in Washington is very frustrating to me.” The TV network reports the Subway magnate’s experience as typical “Employers around the country, from fast-food franchises to colleges, have told NBC News that they will be cutting workers’ hours below 30 a week because they can’t afford to offer the health insurance mandated by the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.” Joseph Hansen, president of the United Food and Commercial Workers union (UFCW) has this to say: “You’ll see tremendous impact as workers have their hours reduced and their incomes reduced. The facts are already starting to show up.”

Hansen, along with the Teamsters, and UNITE-HERE presidents have sent a letter to Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi which begins: “When you and the President sought our support for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you pledged that if we liked the health plans we have now, we could keep them. Sadly, that promise is under threat. Right now, unless you and the Obama Administration enact an equitable fix, the ACA will shatter not only our hard-earned health benefits, but destroy the foundation of the 40 hour work week that is the backbone of the American middle class.” The UFCW claims 1.2 million members including those in Local 791, which covers Maine, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island. UNITE HERE represents 251,000 workers in the hotel, gaming, food service, manufacturing, textile, distribution, laundry, and airport industries throughout the U.S. and Canada, including members of Locals 406 in Saco and 486 in Bangor. The Teamsters claim 1.4 members, including those in Local 340 in Portland. Jason Furman, chairman of the president’s Council of Economic Advisors, dismisses all such “anecdotal evidence.” He sees “no systematic evidence that the Affordable Care

Act is having an adverse impact on job growth or the number of hours employees are working. ... “ He boldly asserts that “nearly 90 percent of the gain in employment has been in fulltime positions.” In contrast Keith Hall, a senior researcher at George Mason University’s Mercatus Center, reports that “Over the last six months, of the net job creation, 97 percent of that is parttime work,” The Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) Household Survey shows 963,000 more people reporting that they were employed, and 936,000 of them reported they’re in part-time jobs. Hall ran the US Department of Labor’s BLS, which puts out monthly job reports, from 2008 to 2012. Who to believe? I’m taking no position other than to suggest that readers ask around among businessmen they know. There’s a point when anecdotal evidence (a.k.a., “experience”) grows to a volume that transform it into data. (Professor John Frary of Farmington is a former congressional candidate and retired history professor, a board member of Maine Taxpayers United and publisher of www.fraryhomecompanion.com and can be reached at: jfrary8070@aol.com.)

If you prepare for anything, prepare for a world without financial pretense KUNSTLER from page 4

control of a situation that they have only pretended to control since 2007, when the grotesque racket of mortgage re-bundling caused a psychotic break in the banking system. The prescribed therapy for that was half a decade of ZIRP and maxing out the national credit card. The ugly truth now emerging through this fog of psychosis is that the bond market probably can’t be saved, and without it all other paper markets are toast, including the stock markets and very possibly the entire fiat currency system. In the background, of course, is the energy melodrama. How can anybody with half a brain suppose that the late turbo-industrial economy could “recover” with oil priced at $107 a barrel? Anyway, all the “recovery” memes floating around the collective media zeitgeist are based on a handful of

doctored and massaged GDP numbers universally known to be false. In short, the USA can’t run the current setup on oil over $100 a barrel and has been trying to compensate for that basic fact by lending itself money. So has virtually every other advanced economy, and now they are all in trouble so there is nowhere to run, nowhere to hide — and for us, nowhere to export our financial quandaries to. Japan is the most interesting corpse in the pathology lab. It shot its wad twenty years ago and has been self-cannibalizing ever since. It has no oil or gas of its own, and now it has a runaway nuclear meltdown that is getting only slightly less attention than its financial meltdown. I used to think that Japan had no choice except to go medieval. Now I wonder if there will be anything there in ten years but a depopulated archipelago of steaming radioactive kelp. They can’t possibly buy more U.S. treasury paper and must desperately need to dump their

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National Fire Sprinkler Association comments about Grant Street fire Editor, The recent fire in Portland, on August 14, 2013 at 129 Grant Street, highlights the importance of a nation-wide debate as to the cost-effectiveness of states adopting the current International Code Council building requirement of installing residential fire sprinkler systems in all newly constructed homes. Fortunately, the only thing that was lost in this fire was property. The heroic efforts of the brave firefighters who responded to the scene and were able to control and eventually extinguish the flames ensured that any affected persons lost only property and not their lives. Too often that is not the case. According to the (www.firesprinklerinitiative. org) National Fire Protection Association, in (http://

www.nfpa.org/research/statistical-reports/overallfire-statistics/fire-loss-in-the-united-states) 2011 in the United States, residential fires were responsible for 85 percent of the total 3,005 civilian fire related deaths. There were an additional 15,635 civilian injuries and a total of $11.7 billion nationally in property loss in structure fires. It is this cost with which we concern ourselves and not the $1.61 national average per square foot that these life and property saving devices cost builders to install. It is with the human cost in mind that we ask for you to check the batteries in your smoke alarms, educate yourself on the current fire protection requirements in your own city and state, and learn how to protect yourself, your loved ones and your community from the ravages of fire. Sincerely, David A. LaFond New England Regional Manager National Fire Sprinkler Association

accumulated holdings, and when they do they will start a financial chain reaction that will flense the pretense of value from all the world’s sovereign debt paper. It may already be happening. If you prepare for anything, prepare for a world without financial pretense. Credibility is caught in that riptide developing off the Hamptons. When the water goes out, all you will see is ugly things wriggling in the mud, and when the water comes rushing back in again, all you will see is a spectacle of drowning bankers. The only higher ground to go to will be your local community, if you have one, and even there it will be a struggle to make sense of what has happened to the world. (James Howard Kunstler is the author of several books, including “The Long Emergency,” “The Geography of Nowhere” and “The Witch of Hebron.” Contact him by emailing jhkunstler@mac.com.)

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ABOVE: Tugboats race in Casco Bay Sunday as part of MS Harborfest, a three-day festival that benefits the National Multiple Sclerosis Society. BELOW: The winning tug, the Patricia Winslow, a 195-ton, 1,800-horsepower vessel, passes the Maine State Pier prior to the competition. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTOS)

Tugboats pull their weight in MS Harborfest Benefit for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society raises more than $100,000, organizers say By David Carkhuff THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

The MS Harborfest, a three-day festival of sailboats, powerboats, tugboats and lobster boats that overtook Portland Harbor last weekend, was expected to raise more than $100,000 for the National Multiple Sclerosis Society once all the donations had been counted. “We’re on track to raise $100,000 or more from the entire weekend,” Event Manager Sue Tidd said Monday. The weekend competitions began with the MS Regatta, with eight divisions, including a service

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LEFT: Joe Yonan, Food & Travel Editor of the Washington Post and author of “Eat Your Vegetables: Bold Recipes for the Single Cook” (2013) and “Serve Yourself: Nightly Adventures in Cooking for One” (2011), chats with visitors at Rosemont Produce Company of Portland Sunday during a book event. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

LEFT: In an effort to promote Maine lobster, as well as the economic opportunities that would result from national attention for the industry, Maine Governor Paul LePage sent a box of Maine lobster products to the 49 other governors across the United States. “What better time than summer to share the iconic Maine lobster?” said LePage in a press release. Boxes full of prepared lobster meat and value added items, including bisques and spreads from Maine processors and dealers, were shipped overnight. LePage said, “I want my friends and colleagues across the country to experience the flavor of Maine.” (COURTESY PHOTO)

Local food scene capturing national attention ... again By David Carkhuff THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Customer walking out of restaurant: “By the way, I’m a food writer.” Us: “For whom”? Customer pokes her head in the door: “The New York Times.” Us: “Whaaaaaaa?” The “Us” in question is El Rayo Taqueria at 101 York St., which posted this exchange last Tuesday on the restaurant’s Facebook page. Cheryl Lewis, executive chef at El Rayo Taqueria, said in an interview that she’s circumspect about the incident from Monday, Aug. 12, when a self-described food writer from the New York Times sampled El Rayo’s food. “I don’t know what she’s writing, and I don’t know if I’ll be in it. I was standing at the counter, she walked in and asked for a to-go menu,” Lewis recalled. Then came the admission. “She said, ‘I’m a food writer.’ And I heard that and turned around,” Lewis recalled. The chance of national recognition in the New York Times is not far fetched, not in Portland. The city has received national attention for its cuisine, often occupying top 10 lists. Just last week, Estately, a national real estate search site, published an article titled Six Best U.S. Cities for Locavores and noted that Portland came in fifth, behind Seattle; Portland, Ore.; San Francisco; and New Orleans. The list, according to a press release, was compiled “based on proximity to farms, ranches and fishing areas; local enthusiasm for the locavore lifestyle; and the availability of locally-sourced ingredients through Community Assisted Agriculture (CSA), farmers markets, and farm-to-table restaurants.” In September 2009, with the article, “In Portland’s Restaurants, a Down East Banquet,” the New York Times writer Julia Moskin profiled the city’s eateries in detail. That was the same year that Bon Appetit magazine named Portland the Foodiest Small Town in America, the city of Port-

land notes on its website (http://www. ci.portland.me.us/toprankings.asp). Other honors have raised the city’s profile. In January, the Huffington Post named the Portland-Lewiston region as the eighth best restaurant metro area in the U.S., the city of Portland recalls. While it’s difficult to confirm the New York Times rumor — “eating in Iowa” was one of the newspaper’s most recent travel and dining installments — Nicole Clegg, director of communications for the city of Portland, said she wouldn’t be surprised. “It’s been nice, they’ve written several travel pieces about coming to Portland, and especially our restaurant scene, so it’s nice to get that kind of national attention,” Clegg said. Why the national praise? “Portland is a pretty special place, we have a remarkable food scene for a city of our size, and it’s a beautiful place to come and visit, especially in the summer,” Clegg said. On Sunday, James Beard Foundation award winner, Joe Yonan, Food and Travel editor of The Washington Post, stopped by Rosemont Produce Company on Commercial Street in Portland to promote his new cookbook, “Eat Your Vegetables.” The book event — arranged by Rosemont Produce Company and Rabelais Fine Books on Food and Wine of Biddeford — gave Yonan a chance to meet fans and later to dine at Eventide Oyster Co. (former site of Rabelais before its move from Portland to Biddeford). Asked about Portland’s recognition by top food writers, Yonan told The Sun, “I think Portland attracts attention as a food town because the cooking has an honesty and purity about it that shines through. There’s plenty of creativity, but it doesn’t feel gimmicky, at least not to my sometimes-cynical eye. Obviously, the raw materials — the farm-fresh produce and the sparkling seafood — have something to do with it, too.” Maine food production created an impression on Yonan, according to his

sister, Rebekah Yonan, who lives with her husband, Peter Kellman, in North Berwick, south of Sanford in York County. She said her brother learned first hand about local food production because during a sabbatical, he worked on the couple’s homestead, cleaning up manure, “going and getting seaweed” and delving into food production at ground level.

“I know it had quite an influence,” Rebekah Yonan said, “he has been so much more interested in knowing where his food comes from, for decades now, but then being able to grow it and know how to do it. Since he’s gone back to D.C., he was part of a community garden that sadly has closed ... but he’s involved in a church and a community garden, he’s getting a big kick out of it.”


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Dozens of sailing vessels participated in the MS Harborfest last weekend in Portland. ABOVE LEFT: A tugboat moves past the Maine State Pier to line up for a tugboat race. ABOVE RIGHT AND BELOW: Sailboats participate in the Saturday regatta. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTOS)

MS Harborfest features races on land and on sea HARBORFEST from page 6

for power, so they don’t really go too fast, but when you get them racing, it’s something to see,” Russell said. This year, the Patricia Winslow, a 195-ton, 1,800-horsepower tug, won the competition. In 2009, she was acquired by Winslow Marine of Falmouth. For a lobster boat competition, 60 boats in 24 different categories battled it out in Casco Bay. Companies like Longhorn Steak House donated food and Cozy Harbor donated lobsters; Global, a local petroleum company, donated 1,600 gallons of diesel fuel, Tidd noted. In the MS Harborfest Shoreside 5K Run on Sunday, Steven McCarthy of Greene set a new event record, 17:03, breaking the old record of 19:35 set by Eric Krohne in 2012. Full results of the race are available at http:// www.coolrunning.com/results/13/me/ Aug18_MSHarb_set1.shtml. Started in 1982 by Merle Hallett of Handy Boat and Dan Wellehan of Sebago, Inc., the MS Harborfest has raised more than $2 million since its inception, and hosts the largest charity sailing event in New England, according to the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.

32nd Annual MS Regatta, MS Harborfest 2013 Leaders in the regatta Etchells — 1 GREYHOUND, John Milburn, sponsored by AGA Correa & Son, 14:53:36. Cruising Division 3 — 1 FIDDLER’S GREEN, Jimi Cullum, sponsored by Flatbread Company, 15:29:07. Cruising Division 2 — 1 DENALI, Tony Jessen, sposored by Watson Enterprises, 15:12:07. Cruising Division 1 — 1 MORNING STAR, Jim Palmer, sponsored by Verrill Dana LLP, 15:25:04. Classics — 1 CRAZY HORSE, Paul Leddy, sponsored by Maine Home + Design, 15:20:43. Racing Division 3 — 1 SHORT BUS Jake Maloney, sponsored by Maine Yacht Center/Portland Rotary Club, 15:00:11. Racing Division 2 — 1 INTANGIBLE Lynn Bauchinger, sponsored by Springer’s Jeweler’s/Falmouth Rotary Club, 14:38:17. Racing Division 1 — 1 TAMARACK Bob Kellogg, sponsored by Custom Coach & Limousine, sponsored by Free Range Fish & Lobster, 14:47:59. MS Regatta Challenge Cup, Service Club Division — Portland Rotary Club, Decoy, Bob Daigle, Cruising 1, finish 2; Short Bus, Jake Maloney, Racing 3, finish 1; Scapa, Ryan Raber, Racing 2, finish 3; team score, 6. For full race results, visit http://www.nationalmssociety.org/chapters/mam/fundraising-events/harborfest/ regatta/index.aspx.

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Tuesday, Aug. 20 ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

8 p.m. “Clay Aiken in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at the Ogunquit Playhouse. “The Playhouse is going Technicolor with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s irresistible story of Joseph, his jealous brothers and one very colorful garment. The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable.” July 31 – Aug 25. http://www.ogunquitplayhouse.org/2013season/joseph

Wednesday, Aug. 21 Maine Farm Days at Clinton

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “One of Maine’s largest agricultural events will be held this year on August 21 and 22. Maine Farm Days will take place at Misty Meadows Farm on the Hill Road in Clinton. This exciting event features activities for both farmers and non-farmers alike, and takes place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free and open to the public. ... Misty Meadows Farm is owned and operated by John and Belinda Stoughton of Clinton. The farm currently ships

38,000 pounds of milk daily to Oakhurst Dairy in Portland, with an average of 87 pounds per cow for their 530 cow herd. The Stoughton’s have a total of 850 dairy animals, and manage over 900 acres of cropland to produce feed for their herd. For more information about the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, go to: www.maine.gov/acf.”

Douglas Kennedy to speak about ‘Five Days’

noon. Brown Bag Lecture Series, in the Rines Auditorium, at the Portland Public Library. Douglas Kennedy, an author talk and signing for his new book “Five Days.” www.portlandlibrary.com

‘Mary Poppins’ in Brunswick

2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “‘Mary Poppins,’ Disney’s family classic filled with magic, music, dance and flying! Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick. $52 to $59.” Through Aug. 24. “Due to demand, we’ve added extra matinee performances of Mary Poppins on August 17 and August 24 at 2 p.m.” Msmt.org. Wednesday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday 7:30 p.m.; Friday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 7-24.

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Thursday, Aug. 22 Maine Farm Days at Clinton

9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “One of Maine’s largest agricultural events will be held this year on August 21 and 22. Maine Farm Days will take place at Misty Meadows Farm on the Hill Road in Clinton. This exciting event features activities for both farmers and non-farmers alike, and takes place between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. daily. Admission is free and open to the public. ... Misty Meadows Farm is owned and operated by John and Belinda Stoughton of Clinton. The farm currently ships 38,000 pounds of milk daily to Oakhurst Dairy in Portland, with an average of 87 pounds per cow for their 530 cow herd. The Stoughton’s have a total of 850 dairy animals, and manage over 900 acres of cropland to produce feed for their herd. For more information about the Maine Department of Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry, go to: www. maine.gov/acf.”

‘Discover the world of birds’ at the marsh

1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. For ages 5 and up, Scarborough Marsh, 100 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, Maine Audubon event. $5/member $7/nonmember (family discounts available). “Discover the world of birds. Soar like an osprey or catch fish like a cormorant or heron.” maineaudubon.org/events

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

2:30 p.m. and 8 p.m. “Clay Aiken in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at the Ogunquit Playhouse. “The Playhouse is going Technicolor with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s irresistible story of Joseph, his jealous brothers and one very colorful garment. The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable.” July 31 – Aug 25. http://www.ogunquitplayhouse.org/2013season/joseph

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SCORE workshop on financials

6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Portland SCORE offers a workshop on “Preparing the Financials for your Business Plan,” from 6-9 p.m. at SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Portland. Cost is $35 with online registration. For more details or to register visit website: www.scoremaine.com or call 772-1147 weekday mornings.

Finale of Bug Light Summer Movie Series

6:30 p.m. “Movies under the stars, by the sea at beautiful Bug Light Park. The South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Chamber of Commerce Chamber and the City of South Portland have teamed up to host a series of outdoor movie events at Bug Light Park this summer.” August 22 — “Disney Night” Featured movie will be “Monsters, Inc.” www.facebook. com/pages/South-Portland-Cape-Elizabeth-CommunityChamber/191334510959976

‘Art of Katahdin’ at Maine Historical Society

7 p.m. “Maine Historical Society welcomes author and artist David Little Thursday, August 22, at 7 p.m., to discuss and show slides from his recently published book, ‘Art of Katahdin’ (Down East Books, 2013). With more than 200 illustrations and 15 essays on its subject, ‘Art of Katahdin’ is a chronicle of the many artists who have found inspiration in Katahdin — Marsden Hartley, Frederic Church, John Marin, and many others, including Little himself. The book includes early renderings and maps, as well as numerous contemporary views. It was edited by Littleís brother, Carl Little.” Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress Street, Portland. FMI: www.mainehistory.org/programs

Eastern Promenade Concert Series

7 p.m. Friends Of Eastern Promenade Concert Series, sponsored by the Friends of Eastern Promenade and area businesses. Concerts this summer are held at Fort Sumner Park, North Street (in case of inclement weather, concert canceled). North of Nashville (Outlaw Country/American Roots) see next page


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‘Neurotypical’ at PPL

7:30 p.m. “‘Neurotypical,’ a documentary film by Adam Larsen, at Portland Public Library for Summer POV Documentary Films series. “‘Neurotypical’ is an unprecedented exploration of autism from the point of view of autistic people themselves. How they and the people around them work out their perceptual and behavioral differences becomes a remarkable reflection of the ‘neurotypical’ world — the world of the nonautistic — revealing inventive adaptations on each side and an emerging critique of both what it means to be normal and what it means to be human.” Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700, www.portlandlibrary.com

‘Mary Poppins’ in Brunswick

7:30 p.m. “‘Mary Poppins,’ Disney’s family classic filled with magic, music, dance and flying! Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick. $52 to $59.” Through Aug. 24. “Due to demand, we’ve added extra matinee performances of Mary Poppins on August 17 and August 24 at 2 p.m.” Msmt.org. Wednesday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday 7:30 p.m.; Friday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 7-24.

Friday, Aug. 23 Fair Trade Friday Fund Raiser

11 a.m. to 6 p.m. “Come shop for unique, meaningful gifts at Karma Fair Trade 570 Brighton Ave., at Rosemont Corner in Portland from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and a percentage of your purchase will go to Organics4Orphans in Kenya (you can also order on line at www.karmafairtrade.com and put orphans in the comments section).” FMI: Karen at 831.4531.

‘Mary Poppins’ in Brunswick

2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. “‘Mary Poppins,’ Disney’s family classic filled with magic, music, dance and flying! Maine State Music Theatre, Brunswick. $52 to $59.” Through Aug. 24. “Due to demand, we’ve added extra matinee performances of Mary Poppins on August 17 and August 24 at 2 p.m.” Msmt.org. Wednesday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Thursday 7:30 p.m.; Friday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 7:30 p.m.; Sunday 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.; Aug. 7-24.

Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid, Jr.’

7 p.m. Schoolhouse Arts Center will present Disney’s “The Little Mermaid, Jr.” from Aug. 23-25. Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid, Jr.’ by Alan Menken and Doug Wright, is the story of Ariel, a beautiful young mermaid who longs to live on land. Disney’s ‘The Little Mermaid, Jr.’ at Schoolhouse is directed by Ben Potvin and will be performed by a cast of over 20 local children.” Performances will be held Aug. 23 at 7 p.m., Aug. 24 at 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. and Aug. 25 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $10 for adults, $8 for students and seniors, and $5 for children under 5 years old. Schoolhouse Arts Center is located at 16 Richville Road (Route 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection of Route 114 and Route 35. Call 642-3743 for reservations or buy tickets on-line at www. schoolhousearts.org.

‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’

8 p.m. “Clay Aiken in ‘Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat’ at the Ogunquit Playhouse. “The Playhouse is going Technicolor with Andrew Lloyd Webber and Tim Rice’s irresistible story of Joseph, his jealous brothers and one very colorful garment. The Biblical saga of Joseph and his coat of many colors comes to vibrant life in this delightful musical parable.” July 31 – Aug 25. http://www.ogunquitplayhouse.org/2013season/joseph

Saturday, Aug. 24 Bird Sounds Walk in Bowdoinham

7 a.m. to 9 a.m. The next Friends of Merrymeeting Bay Outside 2013! event will be a Bird Sounds Walk with Will Broussard at Stevens Road on Merrymeeting Bay in Bowdoinham. For more information on FOMB programs, call Kathleen McGee at 666-3598 or go to the FOMB web site at www.friendsofmerrymeetingbay.org.

Paws for a Cause Fundraiser

8 a.m. The Coastal Humane Society is once again gearing up for the organization’s Paws for a Cause Fundraiser on Saturday, Aug. 24, part of L.L. Bean’s Dog Days of August. What has traditionally been a one mile walking-only event will now include a 5k at 8 a.m. starting at Memorial Park in Freeport. As in years past, at 10 a.m., animal lovers are invited to come together and walk around Freeport to show their support for shelter animals. This is the fourth year Paws for a Cause has been a collaboration with L.L. Bean’s Dog Days of August celebration. Last year the walk

The Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse is open to the public, weather permitting, on Saturdays in August from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and for specified fall hours. Visit www.SpringPointLedgeLight.org for more information. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) and Dog Days event attracted over a hundred walkers, and hundreds more spectators and other participants. Close to 200 dogs congregated among their biggest fans in Discovery Park. Following the 5k and Walk are the popular dog contests for Best Kisser, Best Barker, Best Costume, Best Tail-Wagger, and Pet/Owner Look-Alike. The rest of the day features demonstrations by expert dog handlers, including returning favorites Officer Michelle Small of the Bath Police Department and her police dog and pal ‘Sampson.’ Other instructional workshops, booths, raffles, and giveaways will be offered throughout the day, along with on-site veterinarian Q & A with Dr. Mandie Wehr, obedience training, a rabies vaccination and microchip clinic (dogs only), and lots of other family and dog-friendly activities.”

The WCSH 6 Sidewalk Art Festival

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “Downtown Portland will be a sea of artists and art lovers. ... Although many participating artists are from Maine and New Hampshire, a significant number are from states up and down the Eastern Seaboard. It’s exciting to welcome our first-time participants, artists who’ve participate for just a year or two, as well as artists who’ve made this Festival a part of their summer for more than 30 years! The Festival is professionally-judged show with cash prizes. Artists have the option to participate in the judging. Merchants and restaurants along Congress Street anticipate brisk business that Saturday. Pedestrians will once again enjoy the safety of streets closed to traffic (Congress Street between Congress Square and Monument Square, or High Street to Preble Street). For more information, contact Debbie Sample, director of Community Relations at WCSH 6.”

Native American artists at Shaker Village

10 a.m. to 3 p.m. “Come and see the fifth annual festival of Maine’s finest, award-winning Native American artists at Shaker Village. Members of the Penobscot, Passamaquoddy, Micmac and Maliseet tribes will demonstrate traditional Wabanaki art forms including basketmaking, stone carving, bark etching, beadwork and jewelry in addition to featured performances of drumming, dancing and story telling. This is the southernmost gathering of more than 40 Wabanaki artists in the state of Maine. Don’t miss this rare opportunity to learn about and experience first-hand Maine’s Native American culture. Free Admission! Saturday, August 24, from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. Rain or shine. Sponsored by the Maine Arts Commission and the Davis Family Foundation.” Shaker Village is located on Route 26 (707 Shaker Road) in New Gloucester. FMI: www.shaker. lib.me.us or 926-4597.

Juried Arts and Craft Show in Kennebunkport

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen will be holding its annual Juried Arts and Craft Show on the Village Green — Ocean Avenue, in Kennebunkport. Rain date is Aug. 25. This show features all handmade and Maine-made arts and crafts from Maine artisans in photography, jewelry, soaps and lotions, fine art, woodwork, pottery, needlecrafts, food and much more. Proceeds benefit the Kennebunk Animal Welfare Society.

‘The Life of the Honeybee’ in Gray

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Maine Wildlife Park, Route 26, Gray. www.

mainewildlifepark.com. “Did you know that the honeybee is the official Maine state Insect? Or how important the honeybee’s work is to the economic success of the official Maine State Fruit, the Wild Blueberry? On Saturday, Aug. 24 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., learn about the industrious life of the honeybee, its job as an important pollinator of fruits and vegetables, and the role of the beekeeper. Parts of a beehive, beekeeping equipment and a small observation hive will be on display, and several experienced beekeepers will be available to answer your questions. Pure Maine Honey and other products of the hive will be for sale. The Cumberland County Beekeepers Association (CCBA) is a local chapter of the Maine State Beekeeping Association (MSBA). They promote the art of beekeeping in the Cumberland County area through open-hive sessions, monthly meetings with guest speakers, and other educational events. Anyone with an interest in beekeeping is welcome! No prior knowledge of beekeeping is necessary.” The CCBA meets monthly from September to May on the first Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the library at the Mabel Wilson School, 353 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, ME, 04021. For further information, visit the MSBA website at: http://www.mainebeekeepers.com

Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse open to public

11 a.m. to 3 p.m. The Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse is open to the public, weather permitting, on Saturdays in August from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., and in September and October, on Sunday, Sept. 1 (Labor Day weekend); Saturday, Sept. 14 (Maine Lighthouse Day). For that event only, admission is free and tours operate from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m..; Sunday, Sept. 15; Saturday, Oct. 12; and Sunday, Oct. 13. “Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse has the unique distinction of being the only caisson-style lighthouse in America accessible by land and open for public tours. Constructed in the late 1800s on a dangerous ledge that is now covered by a breakwater, Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse marks the entrance to picturesque Portland Harbor. Spring Point Ledge Lighthouse is located off of Fort Road on the campus of Southern Maine Community College (SMCC) in historic South Portland.” A tour donation of $5 is requested. Children under 14 are free. A minimum height of 51 inches is required for access. Call the Spring Point Ledge info-line at 699-2676 or visit www. SpringPointLedgeLight.org for more information.

‘Shangaa: Art of Tanzania’

1 p.m. Museum talk, “Shangaa: Art of Tanzania and the Healing Power of the Arts” by Oscar Mokeme, Director, Museum of African Culture; Portland Museum of Art. Through Aug. 25, exhibition at the PMA: “Shangaa: Art of Tanzania is the first major exhibition in the United States to focus on the traditional arts of Tanzania. ‘Shangaa’ means “to amaze” in Swahili, the primary shared language in East Africa. This exhibition features more than 160 objects on loan from private and institutional collections throughout the United States and Europe, ranging from expressionistic to abstract, from raw to refined. Mostly sculptural, these works highlight how Tanzanian cultures use art to channel energy to heal, embody authority, mark initiation into adulthood, address the spirits, and celebrate life and competition. The objects range in date from the 19th century to recent works made by celebrated artists for contemporary events, underscoring the vibrant, living traditions of art and culture in Tanzania.


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HART volunteers face overflow conditions By David Carkhuff THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Calling the effort a “labor of love,” volunteers with the Homeless Animal Rescue Team of Cumberland staffed tables and sold treats at a yard sale in one of the buildings of the Cumberland Fairgrounds. HART, a shelter and adoption center for cats, staffed entirely by volunteers, raised money with the yard sale to deal with an overflow situation, according to Sarah McNamara, board president of HART. “We’ve dealt with a couple of hoarding situations, overcrowding situations, and we’ve taken in a lot of cats. The shelter is full to the gills,” she said. HART, on its website (http://www.hartofme.com/ about.html), stated the shelter “is facing an incred-

ible overpopulation situation. There are currently more than 100 kittens in foster care and 130 cats residing at the shelter, with more expected to come in during the next several weeks. As a no-kill shelter with limited space, we must carefully balance how many cats we can accept while at the same time providing the best environment for the cats that are already in our care.” McNamara said other events will raise money for

the shelter. Tabling events are scheduled as follows: • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Aug. 24 — Pet Life, Shaw’s Northgate Shopping Plaza, Portland. • 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 14 — Aubuchon Hardware, 777 Roosevelt Trail, Windham. • 9:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Sunday, Sept. 29 — PetFlix at the Windham Mall, 795 Roosevelt Trail, Windham. For details, visit http://www.hartofme.com.

ABOVE: Cheeto, a tabby kitten, enjoys a nuzzle from a visitor to the Homeless Animal Rescue Team yard sale at the Cumberland Fairgrounds Saturday. LEFT: HART volunteer Barbara Needham holds Cheeto and gives the kitten a kiss. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTOS)

Picketed Little Paws pet store announces plans to close By David Carkhuff THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Little Paws pet store of 456 Payne Road, Scarborough, has announced its plans to close, after being quarantined twice by the state. “Yes, Little Paws is closing,” said Gorham resident Lynne Fracassi, founder of Maine Citizens Against

Maine Citizens Against Puppy Mills protest Little Paws pet store in Scarborough in this scene from last winter. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)

Puppy Mills. “They have the sign up.” In July, the store was quarantined for the second time this year. A puppy that the store sold tested positive for parvovirus, according to news reports. “This is huge because this is the beginning of what we were planning on as far as stopping the pet stores that sell the puppy mill puppies,” Fracassi said in an interview on Monday. Little Paws issued a statement shortly after the state’s quarantine order last month, stating that operators were “surprised and heartbroken” by the news about the detection of “parvo” in an ori-pei, a mix of Shar-Pei and pug, sold to a Westbrook resident. In February, the Department of Agriculture, Conservation was notified of the death of a Siberian husky puppy purchased by a New Hampshire family from Little Paws. A quarantine was in effect at Little Paws, and at the time, Barbara Cross, owner of Little Paws, said she could find no indications that the store was the origin of the parvovirus. Efforts to contact the store on Monday were unsuccessful. Retailers of pets from large-scale breeding facilities, known as puppy mills, are at risk of spreading diseases, Fracassi said. “It’s just a matter of time before parvo breaks out in the other stores” that sell puppy-mill pets, she said. In February, a protest at Little Paws attracted 73 people. Three weeks ago, 52 protesters showed up to picket outside Little Paws, which remained a feat.

Fracassi remembered when she would be the only one out there holding a sign. “I think it’s a trend, across the whole country, there are 38 cities that have banned the sale of puppies and kittens in a retail setting,” she said. “There are so many groups like Maine Citizens Against Puppy Mills,” Fracassi said, noting that she now counts 1,700 members in Maine Citizens Against Puppy Mills, up from a few hundred last fall. Next on the list of stores the group plans to target is Mainely Puppies on Route 26 in Oxford, which also is accused of breeding hundreds of dogs. “We are going to Oxford because they are teetering also,” Fracassi said. Paws and Claws in North Windham is another targeted business, she said. Other events can be found at the group’s Facebook page, https://www.facebook.com/pages/Maine-Citizens-Against-Puppy-Mills/315416461801729. According to the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, “a puppy mill is a largescale commercial dog breeding operation that places profit over the well-being of its dogs — who are often severely neglected — and acts without regard to responsible breeding practices. ... At any given point in time, there are typically between 2,000 and 3,000 USDA-licensed breeders (commonly referred to as puppy mills) operating in the United States,” the ASPCA reports (http://www.aspca.org/FightAnimal-Cruelty/puppy-mills/puppy-mill-faq).


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