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Portland, Maine. Yes. News is good here! Tuesday, SeptemBEr 10, 2013
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Alien-abduction event due to land here again Congress and Syria See Robert Libby, page 4
— Maine coordinator plans return in 2014. This year’s conference speakers vary from Travis Walton of ‘Fire in the Sky’ to niece of N.H.’s Hills; see stories, page 15
Victorian Fair evokes Civil War era — See page 8 South Portland teens summonsed in wake of cat-inmicrowave clip See page 6
Ayla Reynolds’ father arrested for violation of bail in South Portland
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ABOVE: Fifteen of the Portland Fire Department’s responders and dispatchers who helped resuscitate Lt. Steve Henderson are recognized by the Portland City Council. BELOW: Portland Police Officers Andjelko Napijalo (left) and Senior Lead Officer Daniel Knight. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTOS)
Portland Fire Department staff recognized for saving co-worker By Craig Lyons THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
The mayor and City Council recognized members of the Portland Fire Department who saved a co-worker who suffered an episode of cardiac arrest while on duty. Fifteen of the department’s responders and dispatchers who helped resuscitate Lt. Steve Henderson, a 26-year veteran of the PFD, when he suffered from cardiac arrest on July 20 while finishing end of shift paperwork. Henderson, who is now recovering, was found without a heartbeat and slumped over a keyboard by David Crowley and Gary Anderson, both firefighter/emergency medical technicians, who called 911 and began performing CPR until other members of the department arrived. Crowley, Anderson, Deputy chief David Jackson, Capt. Michael Nixon,
Lt. Edward Dexter, firefighter Craig Messinger, firefighter Andrew Johnston, firefighter Jonathan Denham, firefighter Elizabeth Morrissey, firefighter Sean Donaghue, firefighter Edward Doughty, firefighter Vincent Difillipo, Jr., firefighter Ronald Giroux, Jr., firefighter Todd Libby and firefighter Joshua Tripp were all recognized during a brief ceremony. “This was a team effort, too often
this type of event ends with a sad outcome, and I am delighted to say that Steve is home with his family and friends because we were trained, present and prepared.” said Chief Jerome LaMoria, in a statement. The chief said the department has put a lot of emphasis in cardiac care and cardiac arrest resuscitation, and seen its survival rate for patients suffering cardiac arrest triple. indicates that the department has placed a great deal of emphasis on cardiac care and cardiac arrest resuscitation. “The department has made sure that our crews are trained, prepared and ready to do what needs to be done to ensure the best possible outcome,” LaMoria said. “... New protocols, training and equipment have made a measurable difference in our response to cardiac arrest victims, and Steve’s recovery is the latest and
For coverage of the City Council’s review of Congress Square Park, also part of Monday’s agenda but after our presstime, visit us online at www.portlanddailysun.me very gratifying example of this hard work.” ••• Aside from recognizing the members of the PFD, the mayor and council recognized two members of the Portland Police Department: Officer Andjelko Napijalo and Senior Lead Officer Daniel Knight. Napijalo was recognized as the officer of the month for June and Knight as the officer of the month for July.
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A spaghetti supper on Friday, Sept. 20, at 6 p.m. at the Elks Lodge in Saco will benefit a team participating in a Sanford walk dedicated to suicide prevention. Tickets are $9.95/person, and kids 12 and under are free. The funds are to benefit Team Ashley “AJ” Johnston for the 5k Walk/Run on Oct. 5 at Gowen Park in Sanford, for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP.org), organizers of the supper said. Tickets can be purchased ahead of time online at RememberAJ. com and can be picked up at the door the day of the supper.
Maine Jewish Film Festival notes board changes after meeting The Maine Jewish Film Festival announced changes to its board of directors following an annual board meeting for the 2013-2014 season. Dr. Natan Kahn assumes the board presidency, the festival organizers
announced. Kahn has been on the screening committee of the Maine Jewish Film Festival since 2007 and on the board since 2008. Kahn is an oculoplastic surgeon with Maine Eye Center. He is a resident of Portland and president of Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh. Festival founder David ConnertyMarin is now vice president. He was the first executive director of the Maine Jewish Film Festival, serving in that role for five years, and has been a board member since 2008. Connerty-Marin is responsible for outreach on standards and assessment at the Maine Department of Education and served as communications director for the office of the Speaker of the House of the Maine Legislature. He also serves on the board of the New York-based Morris J. & Betty Kaplun Foundation. Amy Goldberg has been named treasurer and chair of the Finance Committee. She has served as treasurer of the Maine Jewish Film Festival since 2009. Before joining the festival, she served on the board of the Jewish Community Alliance. She has worked in the pharmaceutical and medical device industry for the past 20 years with Eli Lilly and Co., Boston Healthcare, and, currently, the Pinnacle Health Group. Goldberg lives in Falmouth. Currently the secretary, Hedy Cohen has been a board member of
the film festival for over 10 years. She is an active participant on both the development and film selection committees and is a resident of Cape Elizabeth. Andy Russem, managing principal/ client services and strategy at the Garrand Agency, is new to the board and will be active on the Publicity/ Marketing and Screening Commit-
tees. He is a resident of Portland. The Maine Jewish Film Festival is a nonprofit organization “whose mission is to provide a forum for the presentation of films to enrich, educate and entertain a diverse community about the Jewish experience. Portland is the smallest city in the nation to boast an independent, professional Jewish film festival,” a press release noted.
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First: Paul Sabin’s stupid op-ed in The New York Times Saturday shows how intellectually bankrupt and pusillanimous the “newspaper of record” has become, in step with the depraved and decadent empire whose record-keeper it supposedly pretends to be. Sabin is flame-keeper for the theories of the late cornucopian demi-god Julian Simon, a business school professor whose great idea stokes the wishful thinking that has overtaken a class of American leaders who ought to know better, and spread through the public they serve like a fungal infection of the brain. The core of Julian Simon’s great idea is ––––– that material resources don’t Kunstler.com matter; human ingenuity will overcome all limits. Maybe that’s a temporarily comforting thought for leaders in business, media, and politics, who don’t
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Time for Congress to step up on Syria Many Americans have been contemplating the proper response to the use of chemical weapons in Syria one week ago. President Obama announced his intention to seek the support of Congress representing the American people before acting as Commander in Chief to order a military response. A range of responses has cascaded from every stripe of the political rainbow and served to underscore how difficult the position of the United Stares is in the world today. Our nation has become the superpower that the entire world expects will come to its aid and somehow protect it from evil, an impossible task. The current situation illustrates how much the world has changed since the Constitution was crafted two hundred and twenty-six years ago. We have changed from a culture that feared a standing army and the power of monarchy to the degree that it put the control of the military in civilian hands and made explicit that a declaration of war must be ordered by the people’s
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One Man’s Island representatives to an armed military state that provides weapons and military expertise to most nations of the world. The complexity of our military extension reaches into every remote village and mountain valley of the globe. The intricate machinations of experts to protect the interests of the American economy have twisted our government into pretzel logic. We have spent and continue to spend vast amounts of our nation’s treasure on military hardware and the most expensive standing army the world has ever seen and have sent all manners of destructive weapons to repulsive dictatorial regimes hoping they would use them to stabilize their regions, make their people
open markets for our products. We as a nation have dropped millions of tons of explosives, invented and distributed millions of land mines, and deployed predator drones to threaten those that we perceive wish us harm. How many trillions of dollars have been spent on covert military operations and preparedness in the name of national security since the last Congressional Declaration of War in 1941? How many wounded and injured veterans have served and returned to this country with altered lives in the pursuit of our interests abroad whatever they might have been? While we ask the world to join us in punishing Assad, do we ignore the repressive military coup in Egypt and continue to provide billions of dollars of military aid to its rulers? Is Pakistan an ally in the military adventure in Afghanistan? How do we justify the continued support of Israel’s nuclear arsenal while drawing a red line against Iran’s pursuit of nuclear power? How did the see LIBBY page 5
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The proposed spanking was a bad idea from the start KUNSTLER from page 4
want to face the realities of peak resources and climate change, but it guarantees a harsher economic outcome since the wishful public will do nothing to prepare for the very different terms of daily living that are already shoving them into hardship and desperation. Julian Simon, who died in 1998, is best remembered now for a bet he made in 1980 with biologist Paul Ehrlich, author of The Population Bomb. The bet was supposed to determine whether the converging difficulties of our time should be taken seriously. The two men picked a menu of commodity metals and bet whether the price would rise or fall by 1990. Ehrlich bet that scarcity would drive the price up; Simon bet that they would go down. Simon won the bet only for temporary circumstantial reasons, namely that the last great discoveries of cheap, easy-to-get oil ramped into full production by the mid-1980s and pushed a final orgy of global industrial development until 2008, when things really started falling apart. By then, Julian Simon has been dead for a decade. Simon’s idea lives on in the wishful thinking around shale oil and gas, which have led the American public and their leaders to believe that we’re in an “energy renaissance” that will lead to “energy independence.” Just the other day, Senator John McCain made the inexcusably dumb remark that the U.S. is now a net oil exporter. This is a man who ran for president five years ago, talking completely out of his ass. Now oil is well over $100 a barrel, a price that the American economy, as currently configured, cannot endure. That price is crushing the kind of activity we have depended on lately: the house-building and lending rackets associated with the creation of suburban sprawl. And $100 oil is especially corrosive to the problems of capital formation, because without more racket-driven “growth,” we can neither generate new credit, nor pay the interest on old credit. We’ve used accounting fraud in banking and gov-
ernment to cover up this failed equation. But it has only led to greater deformities in markets and a general fiasco in the management of money all around the world, and it is spinning out of control right now. If these conditions were to crash the global economy and the price of everything fell in a deflationary depression, with oil back under $60 a barrel — then it would not pay enough to frack the shale rock, or drill miles under the ocean, or do any of the very expensive operations of what’s called unconventional oil recovery. For The New York Times to keep hauling out the sorry-ass figure of Julian Simon to “prove” a specious and dangerous point surely shows the limits of one thing: intelligence in the media. Because of that and other related failures in the transmission of ideas, this is now a nation that cannot construct a coherent narrative about what is happening to it. Now, second: Syria. The world has pretty much lined up against President Obama’s proposal to issue a cruise missile spanking to Syria for supposedly gassing its own citizens. Nobody thinks this is a good idea, some for reasons of tactical advantage and some on the idea’s basic merit, or lack of. Mr. Obama pulled his punch over a week ago by standing down and taking the issue to Congress for approval. I’m convinced he did that because he would have been impeached for launching an overt act of war — despite similar actions by his recent predecessors. The proposed spanking was a bad idea from the start. There was no visible threat to the national interest from Syria’s bad behavior within its own borders. The gas attack was a terrible act of depravity, but firing missiles into Syria wasn’t going to bring back the dead. It was only going to cause more death. There’s no advantage to the U.S. for supporting either side in the Syrian civil war. The spread or deepening of any kind of disorder in that region will threaten a critical portion of America’s oil imports. In the background of this, things are becoming unstuck in the seriously ill and constipated realm of international banking. The aforementioned deformi-
Now oil is well over $100 a barrel, a price that the American economy, as currently configured, cannot endure. ties caused by central bank interventions, market manipulations, Too Big To Fail carry-trade rackets, and misreporting of financial data have begun to shred currencies in nations at the margin (India, Brazil, Indonesia) and that illness may prove contagious. The global economy depends on some basic faith that major financial institutions are sound, and that they trade in sound instruments that represent real wealth. That is all being called into question now, and how long will it be before a general paralysis freezes the entire letters-of-credit system that underlies global commerce? The Syria soap opera has also managed to upstage the imminent mud-wrestling match between congress and the executive branch over the national debt limit and related matters of government spending. These problems appear for now to be completely intractable. If the government overcomes the latest version of this recurring dilemma, it will only be due to generating even more layers of accounting fraud to an already well-papered piñata that is just waiting to be smashed. While this goes on, the American public gets pushed deeper and deeper into a financial abyss, haunted by re-po men, lying bank officers, verminous lawyers, and chiseling hospital administrators. All this is a recipe for a political explosion. What happens if the U.S. Government starts gassing its own citizens? It happened in 1967. That one only made people cry. Maybe next time, they’ll use a different kind of gas. (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 email@example.com.)
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Daily Sun columnist Kunstler like ‘the dad that many never had’ Editor, Just quickly, being so rush, but had to take the time just to say: What a pleasantry to see James Howard Kunstler’s piece in today’s Thursday paper after having gone missing this past Tuesday. And not just for “the content”! His voice on these subjects that are so close to home, here in the U.S., is like that of the “dad that many never had.” Made my day! Thank you, Audrey Spence Portland
Reader looks forward to seeing Halkias columns in the Sun Editor, Thanks to Telly Halkias for sharing the story “Letters to Kandi,” in the Portland Daily Sun. Literally one of the best things I have ever read. Look forward
to reading his column every week. All the best. Matt Taylor South Portland
‘Letters to Kandi’ column struck a chord; one reader recalls ‘Enrique’ Editor, Something otherworldly put the Daily Sun and the “Letters to Kandi” column by Telly Halkias in my life for an important reason. THANK YOU for all the connections, memories, tears and hope that I’ve taken away from the reading. His name was Enrique — summer ‘69 in London — saved my flat from the garbage strike consequences — love at first sight — spent next 10 years crossing and missing each other at many turns — but, always ... those beautiful, long letters. Only person on Earth who could finish my sentences for me, and always be right, even tho’ English wasn’t his native language. Sent him a plane ticket to Boston for my 40th birthday — he used it — all feelings still there, but circumstances keep throwing up insurmountable
obstacles. He’s recovering from a heart attack, while I’m about to undergo extensive cancer surgery. I put a niche above the closet in my newly renovated retirement cottage. The moulding is shaped like the prow of a boat and it faces toward Spain. The trunk my grandfather used to immigrate from Greece will live up there, lovingly protecting stacks of Enrique’s letters. Maybe someday the progeny will read them and finally understand. Ann Fraser Buxton
Reader appreciated Halkias column Editor, This is fan mail: that was a fine piece by Telly Halkias in the Labor Day weekend edition of Portland Daily Sun (“Letters to Kandi”). Great story, and just wonderfully written. Thank you for it. Sincerely, Jon C. Gale, Esq. Portland
It is not sufficient to point at the president and blame his ineffective leadership LIBBY from page 4
United States acquire a military base at Guantanamo Bay in Cuba? President Obama is correct to seek the support of the Congress for the contemplated action, further the United Nations and the United Arab States should be forced to go on record on this issue. If
strict economic sanctions are being effective in Iran, why will they not work in Syria? Each representative in Congress should present a clear statement of what should be done and why. It is not sufficient representation to point at the president and blame his ineffective leadership, it demands each representative should speak directly to constituents and explain each vote. The Constitution makes Congress
the preeminent branch of government, responsible for the budget and in control of our military. It is time to act like it. (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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South Portland teens summonsed in wake of cat-in-microwave clip
12 years in jail and six years of supervised release for possession with intent to distribute oxycodone, according to U.S. Attorney Thomas E. Delahanty II. Snow pled guilty to the charge on May 9, a press release from Delahanty reported. According to court records, on Jan. 29, Snow was stopped by Maine State Police troopers and found to be in possession of 500 oxycodone pills. Snow admitted the pills were his and that he intended to distribute them, Delahanty reported. At sentencing, Judge Hornby found Snow to be a career offender which subjected him to enhanced sentencing penalties. This case was investigated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, the Maine State Police and the Scarborough Police Department.
Daily Sun Staff Reports Two 15-year-old female South Portland High School students were issued summonses for cruelty to animals in the wake of a video posted on Twitter that appeared to show two teenage females, reportedly students from South Portland, putting a cat in a microwave, the South Portland Police Department reported. On Friday, the department received reports that a video posted on Twitter appeared to show the teens putting a cat in a microwave on or about Sept. 5, Lt. Frank Clark reported. On Monday morning, as part of the investigation resulting from those reports, the students were issued summonses, Clark reported. The girls’ names and identifying information are being withheld due to their age, he noted. The matter remains under investigation, and the case will be referred to the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office for review and consideration of the appropriate formal juvenile charges, Clark reported. The cat is reportedly not displaying any ill effects at this time, Clark reported. Its owners, however, have agreed to turn the cat over to South Portland’s Animal Control Officer, who will be seeking a veterinary evaluation and appropriate disposition for the cat, he reported. This incident has prompted a widespread response in social media circles, strongly condemning these actions, and the police department wanted the public to know that the matter is being addressed and referred to the Juvenile Justice System, Clark reported. “We want to say thank you to those who reported this matter to the department, and would ask for the public’s patience in letting the system do its job,” he said.
Police locate man sought as part of Portland burglary probe The Portland Police Department has located a man they sought as a person of interest related to a series of residential burglaries in the city, after the Portland man allegedly was caught committing a break-in in Buxton. David Michael Ferrar, 23, of Portland, was taken into custody Saturday morning by members of the Portland Police Department, the Buxton Police Department, Maine State Police and the Maine Warden Service in Buxton, according to a press release. He was charged with burglary and theft of a firearm. Ferrar was Ferrar wanted on a probation violation and is still a person of interest in a rash of residential burglaries in the areas of Morrill’s Corner and Munjoy Hill in Portland. Police received information that Ferrar was in the Buxton area and officers found him on Dunnell Road while allegedly committing another burglary, according to a press release. Ferrar is being held at the York County Jail in lieu of $150,000 bail. Several weeks ago, the Portland Police Department cautioned residents to lock their homes and vehicles after a series of burglaries were reported on Munjoy Hill and the Morrill’s Corner neighborhoods. Police said the burglars had either entered homes through unlocked windows or, in some cases, cut through screens. Items reported stolen during the burglaries included laptop computers, computer tablets, cash, jewelry, medication and firearms. Some of the burglaries were concentrated around
Westbrook Public Safety, businesses team up on Sept. 21 Kids Safety Day
This screenshot shows part of a video clip of a South Portland teen placing a cat in a microwave. (COURTESY IMAGE)
Melbourne Street, the Munjoy South complex, Hammond Street, Vesper Street, Morning Street, Glengarden Drive, Harvard Street, Harris Avenue, Newton Street, Goodridge Avenue , Plymouth Street, Harmony Street and Palmer Avenue. One resident confronted a burglar and described him as a white male about 6 feet tall, with scruffy facial hair, and wearing dark clothing.
Ayla Reynolds’ father arrested for violation of bail in South Portland Justin DiPietro, 26, of Waterville, father of missing Waterville toddler Ayla Reynolds, was arrested by the South Portland Police Department Friday at about 11 a.m. for violation of bail, due to possession of alcohol, police said. He was being held on $350 cash bail, staff at the Cumberland County Jail reported. DiPietro’s violation was he was in possession of alcohol, according to the South Portland Police Department. DiPietro was driving a vehicle that was pulled over for having an expired inspection sticker, police said. One of his bail conditions is he must submit to random searches and testing, and when the officer searched the vehicle, the officer found alcohol in the vehicle, according to the South Portland Police Department. In July, Portland police officers arrested DiPietro in the area of 88 Spring St. after a police lieutenant passing by observed him DiPietro assault a woman, according to Portland police. The victim, a 25-year-old Portland woman, was identified by police at the time as an ex-girlfriend of Dipietro. She was not injured in the assault. Dipietro was charged with domestic violence assault and released on bail from that incident. DiPietro pleaded not guilty in court at the time. The disappearance of Ayla Reynolds has captivated the nation. She was reported missing from the house she shared with her father in Waterville on Dec. 17, 2011.
Mass. man sentenced for possession with intent to distribute oxycodone Joshua Snow, 30, of Lynn, Mass., was sentenced in U.S. District Court by Judge D. Brock Hornby to
Westbrook Public Safety, Hannaford and Saco & Biddeford Savings plan to host a free Kids Safety Day for the community from 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Saturday, Sept 21, the Westbrook Police Department reported. Westbrook Public Safety, in partnership with the Westbrook Hannaford and Saco & Biddeford Savings will be hosting the day with a variety of fun and educational family activities, police announced in a press releaes. This event will include vehicle extrication demonstrations; K-9 demonstrations; the processing of a mock crime scene from 11 a.m. to noon in the Saco & Biddeford Savings branch; and car fires with live firefighting demonstrations. A smokehouse, fire trucks, ambulances and police cruisers will be on site for viewing and exploration for the duration of the event. Ernie’s Cycle Shop and the Bicycle Coalition of Maine will be sponsoring a bicycle rodeo and providing bike safety checks throughout the event. And, the Michael T. Goulet Traumatic Brain Injury and Epilepsy Foundation will be giving away free bike helmets to the first 100 kids, along with a fitting and helmet safety check. Also, the Maine Freemasons will be offering free child identification kits through their MECHIP Program. Kids Safety Day will be held rain or shine in the parking lot between Hannaford and Saco & Biddeford Savings, at 2 Hannaford Drive in Westbrook. Visitors also can expect free hotdogs, popcorn, water and soda. Nickles, the Saco & Biddeford Savings mascot, will meet and greet from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., according to the announcement. This event is being provided free of charge for all that attend, according to the announcement. For information, visit http://www.westbrookmaine.com.
University of Maine at Augusta to host Fourth Amendment forum Commemorating Constitution Week this year, University of Maine at Augusta’s Office of Civic Engagement will hold a public forum, “The 4th Amendment & Your Right to Privacy: Endangered Species?” on Tuesday, Sept. 17 in the Richard Randall Student Center Fireside Lounge from 11:45 a.m. to 12:45 p.m., UMA reported. Among the topics covered will be the status of the Fourth Amendment in this country and in Maine, a historical perspective on the abrogation of rights, and how advances in technology have affected privacy rights, according to the announcement. The forum features three guest speakers: Shenna Bellows, executive director of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) of Maine; Robert Bernheim, a human rights scholar and UMA Professor of History; and Joseph Szakas, UMA Provost and Professor of Computer Information Systems. Following the brief speaker presentations, Dr. Szakaz will facilitate a discussion among the speakers and the audience. The forum is free and open to the public . For more information contact Valerie Marsh at 621-3158.
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Acclaimed French comic Gad Elmaleh at Port City: Comedy ‘my language and way of communicating’ By Timothy Gillis
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Nomme a la fois le “Ben Stiller” et le “Jerry Seinfeld” Francais, Gad Elmaleh est certainement le plus important et aime comedien Francais. Tu comprends? Even if you haven’t had French since high school, you can still probably understand that Gad Elmaleh is being compared to the great American comics, Ben Stiller and Jerry Seinfeld. Organizers of the comedy show, which will be Wednesday, Sept. 11, at Port City Music Hall, are betting that humor is universal and that there are enough French-speaking people in the greater Portland area to fill the venue. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, Elmaleh speaks Moroccan Arabic, French, English, and Hebrew. In 2006, he was awarded the “Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres” by France’s minister of culture and was voted “The Funniest Person in France.” Shortly thereafter, he followed up with his fifth one-man show, “Papa est en Haut” (“Dad is Upstairs”) which premiered at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal, as well as to sold-out audiences in Miami, Los Angeles, and the Beacon Theater in New York City. In December of 2007, Gad made history when he sold out the prestigious L’Olympia (Paris’ Carnegie Hall) for seven consecutive weeks, something no one has done before. Immediately after his stint at the Olympia, Gad performed for another seven sold out weeks at Le Palais des Sports, a 3,800-seat venue. Early tickets sales were slow, and forced the State Theatre to move the show to Port City Music Hall, but organizers still expect Elmaleh to have the room in stitches. I caught up with the comedian a few weeks ago, as he returned from a trip with his partner, Charlotte Casiraghi, a member of Monaco’s “House of Grimaldi” royal family. They are engaged and expecting their first child at the end of 2013. Gad: I’ve been on vacation for one month, so I restart with you, Tim, I don’t know if it’s a good thing. I don’t know if I will remember you in a good way. Tim: You’re coming to Portland, Maine. Will show be in French or English or both? Gad: In French. This is a tour that I’m doing in the United States for the Francophones. I like to put some English in it. It’s an opportunity to work on some English material, because it will be my next step. Tim: What do you expect from a Maine audience? Have you been here before? Gad: It’s my first time in Maine. I don’t expect anything, so I can only be surprised. Lobster — I can only give you the clichés. Tim: You did your first routine all in English in July in Montreal, and got a great reception, a standing ovation. Tell me about that. Gad: My good friend, Eddie Izzard (a British comedian), invited me. I didn’t have a standing ovation in French! I was really surprised. It was a special night for me. The challenge is to go to Maine, now. Tim: You have filmed a comedy routine with Jerry Seinfeld called “Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.” What was that like? Gad: We’re really very close friends now. Comedians are linked, even if they don’t know each other. But when they get to work together — Jerry came to Paris — and then when I performed in French in New York City, he did this great surprise: he came and did the opening. It was a great surprise, this icon of comedy. We became good friends and he proposed to me that do “The Bee Movie.” He called me one day and said ‘I heard you where in New York. I’m doing this show called Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee.’ I said ‘what do I have to do?’ He said ‘Nothing. I’ll pick you up and we’ll get coffee
and film it.’ We had a great time. Tim: How’s Jerry’s French? Gad: Very bad. He knows nothing about France. But we laughed. All the Americans say, ‘I took two years of French in high school, but I forgot.’ We do English, and we don’t forget. Tim: I understand you and Charlotte are expecting. When is the baby due? Gad: Really? I better check. You’re just informing me of someElmaleh thing. Tim: Wikipedia says that, so it must be true. Gad: Oh boy. I must get ready for that. Tim: What jokes do you dare to tell the royal family? Gad: I think that a comedian doesn’t have to adapt his jokes or change who he is — and humor is really my language and way of communicating. I am who I am, whatever happens. Tim: Who is your favorite French comedian? Gad: That’s a hard question because they all my friends — so Jamel Debbouze is one of my favorites, one of the best in France (he pauses and then includes himself in the count). I think he should be maybe number two or three, something like that. Tim: You were born in Morocco. Do you return there often? Gad: Oh, yes. I like to visit Marrakesh. I have a place there, and like to go with the family. I like to bring American people over there, to show them where I was born. Morocco is a great country. Once they (Americans) understand it’s not the Middle East or next to China, they begin to understand, and fall in love with the country. Tim: Much like Seinfeld, your humor is observational, and difficult to retell, even in the same language. What do you focus on in trying to convey your
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jokes in another language? Gad: This is the real thing that I think about almost every day because being able to make jokes in another language is not only a matter of translation, and has nothing to do with accent. You can kill people with laughing with a French or Moroccan or Chinese accent, but you have to be understandable each second. (The audience) never has to say in their mind ‘oh, what did he say’ because humor is about timing, it’s about pacing, and you don’t want to lose them with that. What I’m working on very hard now is this rhythm and sometimes not the translation but to get the real syntax formula in English. When I translated my ten-minute bit into English, I had four pages in French and I got two pages in English. That was great because it was contracted. I have to learn all that to make people laugh in English, and not only translate. It’s more adaptation. Tim: What are your favorites comedy topics? Gad: I like to choose universal things. I won’t do an impression of a famous French — I don’t know what — politician. If I’m talking about a dog in French and it’s funny, it’s going to be funny in English or any language. Looking Ahead: Gad Elmaleh’s future projects include the lead role in the Costa Gavras feature, “Le Capital” opposite Gabriel Byrne, the much-anticipated French comedy “Les Seigneurs,” the romantic comedy “Le Bonheur n’arrive jamais seul” opposite Sophie Marceau as well as a lead role in Michel Gondry’s next feature “Mood Indigo,” which will be released in 2013.
Gad Elmaleh, French comedian at Port City Music Hall Wednesday, Sept. 11 at 8 p.m. General admission tickets $40 Student tickets ($15) are available in advance at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office with student ID, or the night of the show at the Port City Box Office with proper ID.
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Docent Muffie Fernald chats with a visitor inside the Victorian Mansion on Sunday during the Victorian Fair, a first-time event at the Portland landmark. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
Victorian Fair brings Civil War era to life By David Carkhuff THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Civil War re-enactors from the Third Maine Regiment turned back the clock outside of one of the best preserved pre-Civil War-era mansions in the nation Sunday.
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LEFT: Carolyn Lawson talks about Victorian era dresses as part of the Victorian Fair on Sunday. ABOVE: Solomon Spiegel and Sam Smith (back left) of the Portland Blacksmith Guild demonstrate how to forge metalworks. BELOW LEFT: Re-enactors gather on the lawn outside of Victorian Mansion on Sunday. BELOW RIGHT: The Bath City Grays mustered into federal service on June 4, 1861, in Augusta, as Company “A” of the Third Maine Regiment Volunteer Infantry. Here, re-enactors run drills as the Company. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTOS)
‘We try to portray what life was like for a Civil War soldier’ from preceding page
The Company A, Third Maine Regiment Volunteer Infantry, according to its website (http://www.thirdmaine. org) “is a nonprofit educational and living history organization dedicated
to preserving the memory of Maine’s role in the American Civil War.” The Bath City Grays mustered into federal service on June 4, 1861, in Augusta, as Company “A” of the Third Maine Regiment Volunteer Infantry. The majority of the men, according
to the re-enactment group, were tradesmen, shipwrights, shopkeepers and artisans, while the rest of the regiment was largely composed of Kennebec lumbermen. “When the Seventeenth finally mustered out of service on June 10, 1865, in Portland, Maine, several veterans of the original Third Maine had served four years and one week-a total of 1,468 days of this county’s most horrible and devastating war to date,” the group’s website noted. On Sunday, the portrayals included “civilian ladies,” who “research and illuminate the roles of women in the early 1860s,” including “Maine women who served in the Maine Camp and Hospital Association and the United States Sanitary Commission.” Those included Carolyn Lawson, who helped visiting women try on elaborate Victorian era dresses. Portland Blacksmith Guild member Sam Smith and Solomon Spiegel dem-
onstrated how to forge metalworks on an anvil. The Victorian Mansion will host a special performance by Joanna Olsen: “the story of the woman for whom King Edward VII would abdicate the throne,” noon on Wednesday and Thursday, Sept. 18 and 19, at the Cumberland Club. Tickets are $75 per person, proceeds from this event benefit Victoria Mansion. For more information on the fundraiser or for visits to the mansion, visit http://victoriamansion.org.
Today’s Birthdays: World Golf Hall of Famer Arnold Palmer is 84. Actor Philip Baker Hall is 82. Actor Greg Mullavey is 80. Country singer Tommy Overstreet is 76. Jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers is 73. Singer Jose Feliciano is 68. Actor Tom Ligon is 68. Actress Judy Geeson is 65. Rock musician Joe Perry is 63. Actress Amy Irving is 60. Country singer Rosie Flores is 57. Actress Kate Burton is 56. Movie director Chris Columbus is 55. Actor Colin Firth is 53. Actor Sean O’Bryan is 50. Actor Raymond Cruz is 49. Rock musician Robin Goodridge is 48. Rock musician Stevie D. is 47. Rock singer-musician Miles Zuniga (Fastball) is 47. Actress Nina Repeta is 46. Movie director Guy Ritchie is 45. Contemporary Christian singer Sara Groves is 41. Actor Ryan Phillippe is 39. Actor Kyle Bornheimer is 38. Rock musician Mikey Way is 33. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Timothy Goebel is 33. Rock musician Matthew Followill (Kings of Leon) is 29. Singer Ashley Monroe (Pistol Annies) is 27. Actor Chandler Massie is 23.
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Tuesday, Sept. 10, the 253rd day of 2013. There are 112 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 10, 1813, an American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. (Afterward, Perry sent out the message, “We have met the enemy and they are ours.”) On this date: In 1608, John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia. In 1846, Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine. In 1912, the jungle character Tarzan made his debut as “Tarzan of the Apes” by Edgar Rice Burroughs was first published in The All-Story magazine. In 1919, New York City welcomed home Gen. John J. Pershing and 25,000 soldiers who’d served in the U.S. 1st Division during World War I. In 1939, Canada declared war on Germany. In 1945, Vidkun Quisling was sentenced to death in Norway for collaborating with the Nazis (he was executed by firing squad in October 1945). In 1962, the U.S. Supreme Court ordered the University of Mississippi to admit James Meredith, a black student. In 1963, twenty black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace. In 1979, four Puerto Rican nationalists imprisoned for a 1954 attack on the U.S. House of Representatives and a 1950 attempt on the life of President Harry S. Truman were freed from prison after being granted clemency by President Jimmy Carter. In 1983, John Vorster (FAWS’-tur), prime minister of white-ruled South Africa from 1966 to 1978, died in Cape Town at age 67. In 1987, Pope John Paul II arrived in Miami, where he was welcomed by President and Mrs. Reagan as he began a 10-day tour of the United States. In 1993, “The X-Files” premiered on Fox Television. Ten years ago: Swedish Foreign Minister Anna Lindh, 46, was stabbed in a Stockholm department store; she died the next day. (Mijailo Mijailovic was later convicted of murdering Lindh and was sentenced to life in prison.) The first video image of Osama bin Laden in nearly two years was broadcast on Al-Jazeera T. Five years ago: The world’s largest particle collider passed its first major tests by firing two beams of protons in opposite directions around a 17-mile (27-kilometer) ring under the FrancoSwiss border. Frank Mundus, the legendary shark fisherman said to have inspired the character of Quint in “Jaws,” died in Honolulu at age 82. One year ago: An airstrike killed al-Qaida’s No. 2 leader in Yemen along with six others traveling with him in a breakthrough for U.S.-backed efforts to cripple the terror network’s operations in the impoverished Arab nation. Chicago teachers walked off the job in what would become a seven-day strike, idling nearly 400,000 students in one of the nation’s third-largest school district. Andy Murray became the first British man since 1936 to capture a Grand Slam title, beating Novak Djokovic, to win the U.S. Open in five grueling sets.
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Saturday, Aug. 31 12 a.m., Angel Velez, 47, of address unknown, was arrested for operating without a license and failure to stop for a police officer on I-95 by Officer Thomas Reagan. 2 a.m., Nicholas Dimott, 18, of Portland, was arrested for aggravated forgery on Park Street by Officer Christopher Kelley. 3 a.m., Robert Dow, 33, of Gorham, was arrested for operating under the influence and illegal attachment of plates on St. John Street by Officer Thomas Kwok. 10 a.m., Kimberly MacKenzie, 55, of address unknown, was arrested for criminal trespass on Congress Street by Officer Matthew Morrison. 2 p.m., Holly Bartlett, 33, of Portland, was arrested for operating after suspension on State Street by Officer Joseph Jaynes. 5 p.m., Leanna Rhode, 24, of address unknown, was arrested for engaging in prostitution on Congress Street by Officer Brent Abbott. 5 p.m., Richard Rogers, 44, of address unknown, was arrested for indecent conduct on Congress Street by Officer Charles Frazier. 10 p.m., Jennifer Velez, 27, of Portland, was arrested for engaging in prostitution on Brackett Street by Officer Brent Abbott.
Sunday, Sept. 1 2 a.m., Brent Gross, 24, of Westbrook, was arrested for disorderly conduct on Dana Street by Officer Laurence Smith, Jr. 12 p.m., Anthony DiPhillipo, 29, of Portland, was arrested for assault on Pearl Street by Officer Stacey Brooker. 1 p.m., Brittany Ann Manzo, 26, of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Lancaster Street by Officer Andjelko Napijalo. 2 p.m., William Merrow, 27, of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Chestnut Street by Officer Matthew Morrsion. 2 p.m., Geraldo Alberto Gonzalez, 49, of Somersworth, N.H., was arrested for operating after suspension and as a fugitive from justice on Leland
Street by Officer John Cuniff. 4 p.m., Matthew Carver, 30, of Portland, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Euclid Avenue by Officer Thomas Reagan. 6 p.m., Sean David McDaniel, 42, of Portland, was arrested for violation of bail conditions and violation of conditional release on Franklin Street by Officer Michael Bennis. 11 p.m., Raymond Bliss, 18, of Bath, was arrested for operating under the influence and operating after suspension on Franklin Street by Officer Kali Hagerty. 11 p.m., Samuel Gama Peter Ogak, 28, of Portland, was arrested for failure to register a motor vehicle, violation of bail conditions and on a warrant for operating after suspension on Riverside Street by Officer Matthew Pavlis.
Monday, Sept. 2 12 a.m., Isaac Allen, 40, of Portland, was arrested as a fugitive from justice on Preble Street by Officer Joshua McDonald. 12 a.m., Michael Norcross, 27, of Exeter, N.H., was arrested for disorderly conduct on fore Street by Officer Laurence Smith, Jr. 2 a.m., Emily Demikat, 224, of Allston, Mass., was arrested for assault on Park Avenue by Officer Jason Leadbetter. 8 a.m., Conner comeau, 23, of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for criminal mischief on Parris Street by Officer Andjelko Napijalo. 3 p.m., Ken Labrie, 29, of Portland, was arrested for violation of conditional release and violation of bail conditions on Riverside Street by Officer John Cunniff. 10 p.m., Joshua Miller, 19, of South Portland, was arrested for criminal mischief on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Christopher Kelley. 10 p.m., Kelly Kentigan, 31, of Windham, was arrested for operating after suspension on Brighton Avenue by Officer Jason Leadbetter. 11 p.m., Alec Niemy, 21, of address unknown, was arrested for disorderly conduct on Fore Street by Sgt. Timothy Farris.
Tuesday, Sept. 3 3 p.m., Matthew Todd Robbins-Widdecombe, 29, of Portland, was arrested for criminal threatening on Washington Avenue by Officer Joseph Jaynes. 6 p.m., Leroy Gove, 53, of address unknown, was
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arrested for criminal trespass on Congress Street by Officer Laurence Smith, Jr. 7 p.m., Cheunglui Hing Yee, 56, of Portland, was arrested for operating under the influence on Ocean Avenue by Officer Vincent Rozzi. 8 p.m., John Aboda, 31, of address unknown, was arrested for obstructing public ways on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Joshua McDonald. 9 p.m., Scott Robinson, 48, of Portland, was arrested for public drinking on Forest Avenue by Officer Christopher Coyne. 9 p.m., Michael Hammond, 22, of Portland, was arrested for aggravated criminal mischief on Park Avenue by Officer Laurence Smith, Jr. 9 p.m., Dave Covington, 27, of Portland, was arrested for robbery and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Joshua McDonald. 10 p.m., Nicholas Lavoie, 22, of address unknown, was arrested for probation violation on Summer Street by Officer Thomas Kwok.
Wednesday, Sept. 4 2 a.m., Christian McCarthy, 39, of Portland, was arrested for disorderly conduct on Deering Street by Officer Jeffrey Ruth. 1 p.m., Jeremy Day, 34, of address unknown, was arrested for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs on Portland Street by Officer Daniel Knight. 5 p.m., Rogers Harrell, 47, of Portland, was arrested for assault and aggravated assault on Washington Avenue by Officer David Schertz.
Thursday, Sept. 5 1 a.m., Robert Smith, 52, of address unknown, was arrested for violation of conditional release and violation of bail conditions by Officer Jeffrey Ruth. 3 a.m., Dave Covington, 27, of address unknown, was arrested for assault on Deering Avenue by Officer Jonathan Roberts. 9 a.m., Amanda Marie Ansloini, 26, of Portland, was arrested for disorderly conduct, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, on a warrant for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and criminal trespass on Portland Street by Officer Daniel Knight. 9 a.m., Matthew Libby, 36, of Portland, was arrested for operating after suspension on Congress Street by Officer James Keddy. 1 p.m., Rupert Marshall Wilmoth, 47, of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs on Park Street by Officer Thomas Reagan. 2 p.m., Noel Suru, 34, of Portland, was arrested for assault and unlawful possession of scheduled drugs on Lancaster Street by Officer Robert Hawkins. 9 p.m., Nolan Richard Ashton, 21, of Portland, was arrested for assault on Congress Street by Officer Jeffrey Ruth. 10 p.m., Zachary Dunham, 23, of Portland, was arrested for obstructing government administration on Congress Street by Officer Jeffrey Ruth.
Friday, Sept. 6 1 a.m., Augustine Anthony, 22, of Portland, was arrested for receiving stolen property and burglary on Munjoy South by Officer Ryan Gagnon. 8 a.m., Theresa Dumond, 23, of address unknown, was arrested for criminal trespass on Oxford Street by Officer Daniel Knight. 8 a.m., Mark William Lyon, 59, of address unknown, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Marginal Way by Officer Cong Van Nguyen.
Saturday, Sept. 7
Jesse Westerman, 32, of South Portland, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Dow Street by Officer Eric Johnson. (Information furnished by the Portland Police Department.)
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Tuesday, Sept. 10 Regional employer forums
9 a.m. to noon. “The Maine Business Leadership Network (MEBLN), in partnership with the Maine State Chamber of Commerce, is excited to announce two upcoming regional employer forums focused on the benefits to businesses in hiring people with disabilities, part of Maine’s untapped workforce. The Biddeford forum will take place at Volk Packaging on Tuesday, Sept. 10. The Auburn forum will take place on Tuesday, Sept. 17 at Procter & Gamble. The Maine Business Leadership Network is a state affiliate of the United States Business Leadership Network (USBLN). ... For more information on the Maine BLN, please visit our web site: http://mainebln.org.” Time for both: 9 a.m. to noon.
Eastern Cemetery tours
1:30 p.m. Regularly scheduled tours at Eastern Cemetery with Spirits Alive, through Oct. 13. Wednesdays 1:30 p.m.; Saturdays 10:30 a.m.; Sundays 1:30 p.m. “This tour will take you through the 6-acre site while a guide explains the history of the grounds, those buried within, the types of stones and an overview of how the site fits into the history of Portland.” http://www.spiritsalive.org/tours/index.htm
Gad Elmaleh, French comic
8 p.m. Gad Elmaleh at Port City Music Hall. State Theatre, Portland, presents: Touted as the ‘Ben Stiller of France’ and the ‘Jerry Seinfeld of French Comedy’ Gad Elmaleh is arguably the biggest and most loved comedic star in France. Born in Casablanca, Morocco, he speaks Moroccan Arabic, French, English, and Hebrew. In 2006, he was awarded the ‘Chevalier des Arts et des Lettres’ by France’s Minister of Culture and was voted ‘The Funniest Person in France.’ Shortly thereafter, he followed up with his fifth one man show ‘Papa est en Haut’ which premiered at the prestigious Just for Laughs Comedy Festival in Montreal as well as to sold out audiences in Miami, Los Angeles and The Beacon Theater in New York City. In December of 2007, Gad made history when he sold out the prestigious L’Olympia (Paris’ Carnegie Hall) in Paris for seven consecutive weeks, a task never before achieved. Immediately after his stint at the Olympia, Gad performed for another seven sold out weeks at Le Palais des Sports — a 3,800-seat venue.” Doors 7 p.m./show 8 p.m. http://www.statetheatreportland.com/ event/308203-gad-elmaleh-portland/
National Suicide Prevention Day awards
2 p.m. The Blaine House, State Street, Augusta (opening remarks at 2:30, awards at 3:10 p.m.) for National Suicide Prevention Day. “Governor Paul R. LePage and representatives of law enforcement and human resources will be recognized for their suicide prevention effort and will be presented with the Caring About Lives Award. The First Lady will accept the award on behalf of the Governor, who is unable to attend. Speakers scheduled to participate include: First Lady Ann LePage; Department of Education Commissioner Stephen Bowen, Maine Center for Disease Control and Prevention Director Dr. Sheila Pinette, and National Alliance on Mental Illness Executive Director Jenna Mehnert. 2013 Caring About Lives Honorees: Governor Paul R. LePage supported the recent passage and implementation of LD 609 in public schools and issued an Executive Order for the implementation of State of Maine Government suicide prevention protocols. Westbrook Police K9 Officer Roxie, her partner, Officer Phil Robinson. Officer Gus Rodriguez and Sgt. Steven Hanlon are credited with saving a woman’s life earlier this year. Roxie tracked the woman and located her some distance away from where she had initially been reported missing. Bangor Police Officer Derek Laflin pulled a young man to safety after it was reported he was threatening to jump from a bridge. Detective Marc Bowering of Farmington talked a man down from his intent to commit. Maine Bureau of Human Resources Management Analyst Howard Jones coordinated and oversaw the workgroup assembled to create the State of Maine’s Suicide Awareness and Prevention Policy requiring each State agency to implement the policy via employee training delivered in partnership with the National Association on Mental Illness Maine.”
Starting Your Own Business
2 p.m. to 5 p.m. Portland SCORE offers a workshop on Starting Your Own Business: Covering all the Basics, 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.
Greendrinks on the East End Beach
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. East End Beach. “Friends of the Eastern Promenade is partnering with Portland Greendrinks to engage with Portland’s young professional crowd. Bring your own vessel $5 ($10 entry fee without a cup) and enjoy a sampling of local beer and non-alcoholic beverages while enjoying the spectacular scenery of the East End Beach. This 21 plus event requires photo identification with proof of age. We encourage utilizing alternative transportation to the beach. Narrow Gauge Railroad will provide complementary rides from its downtown station (next to Portland Yacht Services on Commercial Street), and bike racks will be available for those who ride along the Eastern Promenade trail.” Rain date Sept. 12.
Olympic Biathlon team members at PPL
5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “Portland Public Library hosts two members of the Olympic Biathlon team for an evening with the athletes Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the Rines Auditorium. U.S. Olympic Team Biathlon members Annelies Cook and Lowell Bailey will be at Portland Public Library on September 10th to talk about Biathlon and competing at World Cup and Olympic events. Biathlon is a winter sport which combines cross country skiing and rifle shooting. This event is presented by Portland Public Library and Maine Winter Sports Center Olympic Development Team.”
Expansion of Falmouth Memorial Library
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Public meeting to discuss and review preliminary conceptual sketches for onsite expansion of Falmouth Memorial Library will be held on Tuesday, Sept. 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth. FMI: Jeannie at 781-2351 or jmadden@ falmouth.lib.me.us.
Auditions for ‘Zombie America’ in Standish
6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Audition notice for “Zombie Amer-
Thursday, Sept. 12 Today at 2:30 p.m. at the Blaine House, State Street, Augusta, National Suicide Prevention Day award recipients will include Westbrook Police officers and K9 Roxie (pictured). These honorees were involved in responding to a May 11 incident of a a suicidal person who had run into the woods off of Andover Road, officials reported. The distraught 25-year-old woman had made one suicide attempt and fled from people who were trying to assist her, police said. Officer Phil Robinson and his K9 Roxie were quickly able to locate the woman and successfully interrupt a second suicide attempt. The woman was transported to Maine Medical Center by Westbrook Rescue. (COURTESY PHOTO) ica” at Schoolhouse Arts Center on Sept. 11 to 12. “Auditions for ‘Zombie America’ will be held at Schoolhouse Arts Center on Wednesday, Sept. 11 and Thursday, Sept. 12, from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Those auditioning will be asked to do cold readings from the script. No preparation necessary. Characters can vary in age. All ages over 20 may audition. No acting experience necessary. We are looking for the right group of cast members to audition and join in this opportunity to be the first cast ever to do this play.” Schoolhouse Arts Center at Sebago Lake, Standish. http:// www.schoolhousearts.org
Wednesday, Sept. 11 September 11th memorial in Portland
8:46 a.m. “The Portland Fire department will honor those who died during the attacks on September 11, 2001 with a wreath laying ceremony and a day-long blood drive. At the September 11th memorial at Fort Allen Park on the Eastern Prom, participants will observe a moment of silence at 8:46 a.m., the time when American Airlines Flight 11 hit the North tower of the World Trade Center in New York. Honor guard from the Portland Fire and Portland Police and will be present as a wreath is laid at the memorial. At 11 a.m. the American Red Cross will open its donor center at 524 Forest Avenue and hold the “Roll Up your Sleeve and Remember” blood drive. Sponsored by the Portland Fire Department, the blood drive is an easy way for the community to give back. The American Red Cross states that the need for blood is great. The Northern New England Region — Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont, needs to collect on average 700 units to maintain sufficient blood supply. The blood on the shelves today will help save lives tomorrow. Residents of the surrounding areas are encouraged to roll up their sleeves for a good cause. “We welcome the Portland community give blood on September 11th. It is our privilege to partner with the Portland Fire Department as we look for a way to honor and remember those who lost their lives that day,” said Michael Kempesty, CEO of the Red Cross Northern New England Region. The donor center, located at 524 Forest Avenue in Portland, is open from 11 a.m. until 6 p.m. Participants who donate at the American Red Cross
Wayside Food Programs food drive
9 a.m. to 7 p.m. “To rebuild food inventory that has dwindled over the summer, Wayside Food Programs will hold a three-day food drive on Sept. 12-14 that will be hosted by Whole Foods Market, located at 2 Somerset St. in Portland. Running from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Thursday through Saturday, the food drive will focus on collecting food for in-need families served by Wayside and its partner agencies. In addition, on Sept. 14 from 9:30 to 11 a.m Whole Foods will hold a ‘Kids Day of Service,’ during which children and parents will assemble food bags for Wayside to distribute to Portland Community Policing. To find out more about ‘Kids Day of Service’ and to sign up, visit http://ptlkidsdayofservice. eventbrite.com/. Space is limited.”
Working Harbor Guided Tour
5 p.m. to 7 p.m. “Portland’s Working Harbor Guided Tour by Portland Senior Planner Bill Needleman. Join us and Portland Senior Planner Bill Needleman for a fascinating update to last year’s history and planning tour of the port of Portland. From West Commercial Street to East Commercial Street, learn about the latest and future developments, the working piers, and the evolving marine economies. Suggested $5 donation for Portland Trails members, $7 for non-members.” http://trails.org/programs
Mad Horse Theatre sneak peek event
6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Join Mad Horse Theatre Company at their performance space for refreshments and a sneak peek at the upcoming 2013-2014 season. Thursday, Sept. 12 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the Hutchins School, 24 Mosher Street, South Portland. Mad Horse Company and Board members will be on hand to offer exciting details about our upcoming season, special events, volunteering opportunities, subscriptions and ways you can participate and support Mad Horse Theatre. It was a great first season at Mad Horse in our new home and this year we have a powerful lineup of award-winning plays, including three Maine premieres and special events. ‘The School for Lies’ by David Ives, Maine Premiere, Sept. 26 to Oct. 13; ‘Vigils by Noah Haidle,’ Maine Premiere, Jan. 16 to Feb. 2, 2014; ‘Orphans’ by Lyle Kessler, March 13 to 30, 2014; ‘Grey Gardens’ book by Doug Wright, music by Scott Frankel, lyrics by Michael Korie, Maine Premiere, May 29 to June 22, 2014.” For more information call 730-2389, visit the Facebook page or www.madhorse.com.
Freeport Players’ ‘Indoor/Outdoor’
7:30 p.m. Freeport Players present “Indoor/Outdoor,” by Kenny Finkle. September 12-29, Fri./Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. Pay-what-you-want Preview Sept. 12, 7:30 p.m. Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St, Freeport. “A light comedy about an indoor cat who longs for the wild outdoors. Tickets $15 at the door, $10 in advance, available online at www.fcponline.org/tix.htm or in person at the Thrift Store at Freeport Community Center, 43 Depot Street, Freeport. FMI: www.fcponline.org or 865-2220.”
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Organizer of alien-abduction conference vows to return By David Carkhuff THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Audrey Starborn of Oxford, founder of Experiencers Speak in Portland, said a Sept. 7-8 conference on alien abduction at the Clarion Hotel will be back in 2014. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
This year’s Experiencers Speak in Portland summoned stories of trauma and accounts of encounters with alien beings that forever altered the lives of the speakers. Audrey Starborn of Oxford, founder of Experiencers Speak in Portland, said the Sept. 7-8 conference at the Clarion Hotel was “all about education” and vowed to return in 2014. But now that the second conference is over, outreach and support will continue, Starborn said. Support groups for people who believe they were abducted by aliens will continue meeting, and Starborn will begin contemplating next fall’s conference in conjunction with a similar-themed New Hampshire gathering. “We plan on having it every year, probably this week of every year,” Starborn said of the Experiencers series. “Usually, Labor Day weekend is the Exeter UFO
“It’s all about having a place that can help the person who is having experiences with being abducted, it’s a very lonely, scary thing, and if they don’t have anyone to talk to it really can have post-traumatic stress as an issue.” — Audrey Starborn of Oxford Fest (they canceled it this year), but we like to do them back to back so people coming in from other states can do a week and have two UFO events to go to,” Starborn said. According to press reports, repairs to a town hall building forced cancellation of this year’s UFO Festival in Exeter, but organizers are planning next year’s event with a target date of Aug. 30, 2014 (more details are avail-
able at http://www.exeterufofestival.com). Starborn Support, which started in 2006, now features 10 chapters on the East Coast, and Starborn said the organization offers therapies and support group meetings in between its annual conferences. “It’s all about having a place that can help the person who is having experiences with being abducted, it’s a very lonely, scary thing, and if they don’t have anyone to talk to it really can have post-traumatic stress as an issue,” Starborn said. An outreach program teaches families and friends “how to be supportive” and alleviate the sense of isolation, she said. “Since 2006 since I started, we’ve had thousands of calls from all over the country and the world, so a lot of people are starting to have recollections about what’s going on, maybe starting to have dreams or getting some kind of messages,” she said.
‘Get the facts first,’ urges ‘Fire in the Sky’ author By David Carkhuff THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
The second Experiencers conference in Portland last weekend brought together several high-profile speakers whose stories of alien abduction or aliencentered research touched on cases both in New England and elsewhere in the country. • Travis Walton Walton and Steve Pierce, an eyewitness to Walton’s reported Wednesday, Nov. 5, 1975 alien abduction in the Apache-Sitgreaves National Forest in Arizona, recounted their experiences, an incident which inspired the 1993 film, “Fire in the Sky.” Walton was one of seven men thinning trees on a U.S. Forest Service contract, and the crew was driving along a ridgeline after a day of work when they saw a startling sight through the trees. A glowing, humming spacecraft hovered on the mountain, they said. According to his written account, Walton said he “was suddenly seized with the urgency to see the craft at close range. I was afraid it would fly away and I would miss the chance of a lifetime to satisfy my curiosity about it. I hurriedly got out of the truck and started toward the hovering ship. ... I ducked into a crouch when a tremendously bright, bluegreen ray shot from the bottom of the craft. I saw and heard nothing. All I felt was the numbing force of a blow that felt like a high-voltage electrocution.” What has been deemed “the best documented account of alien abduction yet recorded,” Walton’s story (formerly titled “The Walton Experience”) was told in detail at the Portland conference, including his five-day disappearance, his return and the ensuing controversy and investigation. Asked why he attended the Experiencers Speak conference, Walton said, “It’s to advance the cause and make people aware that there is a core reality here.” Like other speakers, Walton insisted that facts of the case have been clouded by disinformation. “Probably the worst stuff was just disinformation, things that were said early on to try to explain it away, but much of the evidence that disproved those notions was available at the time,” Walton said in an interview. “It has taken all this time for it to filter out and gradually dispel those kinds of rumors. But it surprised me that just as recently as a few years ago someone went online and found somebody from
my hometown and asked them what they thought, and they said, ‘Oh, that was disproved a long time, that was all shown to be a drug hallucination.’ No, it wasn’t, it was almost immediately disproved by medical tests and blood and urine samples, with the county medical examiner’s drug screen, which showed there was no trace of any drug in my body. And also that was a question on several of my lie detector tests.” Walton underscored a key theme of the movie, which was the consistency of accounts and near unanimity of lie-detector tests. “I’ve taken and passed five different lie-detector tests from three different examiners,” Walton said, “and just after the crew passed theirs, their six tests caused the president of the American Polygraph Association to say that the odds were over a million to one of there being any mistake with that many people passing tests on a single issue.” Walton urged members of the public to do their own investigation. “Get the facts first,” he said. “In the first few pages of my book, I quote Emerson: ‘Condemnation, without investigation, is the height of ignorance.’” And while “we don’t have absolute proof,” Walton likened the eyewitness testimony regarding his abduction to a case for murder in a judicial setting, noting how well accepted a case would be if based on six other eyewitnesses. Asked the most common question he fields, Walton said, “Probably the silliest is, ‘what was that like?’ OK, where do I begin? Another common question is, ‘Has that ever happened again?’ I’ve always said from the beginning, people will compliment me and say, ‘It’s great that you have the courage to come out and talk about this.’ It wasn’t by my choice, I was basically forced to. After I was returned ... well, before I was returned it was already worldwide news. ... In order to counter all the misinformation, I found out I was better off to go ahead and do it” and speak out about the experience. Asked the question he dreads the most at public forums, Walton said, “Did this really happen?” rises to the top of the list. Asked about the movie, “Fire in the Sky,” Walton said, despite its fictionalization of much of the abduction sequence (the intensity of his experience was captured, even if the events differed from book to film, he said), the film still “really pointed people in the direction of looking at the facts.”
Walton said he is looking for a movie remake that is more accurate in the retelling, noting “popular demand” for a new Hollywood treatment of his story. • Stanton Friedman On his website (http://www.stantonfriedman. com), Friedman notes that he was “employed for 14 years as a nuclear physicist by such companies as GE, GM, Westinghouse, TRW Systems, Aerojet General Nucleonics, and McDonnell Douglas.” Only by chance — and a desire to save a little money — did Friedman encounter a book about flying saucers that turned his attention to the topic for the remainder of his life. “In 1958, I was a young nuclear physicist working for General Electric aircraft nuclear propulsion department, it was a big program, that year we spent $100 million and employed 3,500 people of whom 1,100 were engineers and scientists,” Friedman recalled in an interview. “And I was ordering books from Marlboro Books of New York, my wife and I used to order discounted books, and I needed one more book so I wouldn’t have to pay shipping because I’m a cheapskate, and there was one, a hardcover book, a report on unidentified flying objects,” by an Air Force captain. Friedman said he read the book and pondered the possible applications of nuclear power for UFOs as part of the GE program. Friedman would become a fixture in UFO analysis, and gained notoriety as the original civilian investigator of the Roswell Incident “way back in 1978” (he co-authored “Crash at Corona: The Definitive Study of the Roswell Incident”). Lecturing since 1967, with more than 700 lectures, Friedman said, Maine is “no different than anyplace else” when it comes to encounters with unidentified flying objects. Friedman said audience members at conferences who admit to seeing flying saucers also say they did not report the incidents. “That’s the problem,” he said. The informal polling of audiences sometimes yields surprising results. “If there are hands left up, I will ask, ‘How many of you are still in the military at the time,’ and if there are still some hands, I’ll ask, ‘ Do you want to tell us about it?’ One guy in front of 1,300 people in Texas said, ‘I can’t. They told me not to say anything.’ That was a great line.” see ALIENS page 16
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‘There was a lot of physical evidence that this was real’ ALIENS from page 15
Another member of the military, someone who flew over the Pacific and claimed he encountered a flying saucer, enjoyed credibility with the audience before which Friedman was spakeing. This military witness said pictures were “taken away” so he lacked the evidence other than his own account. In his presentation, Friedman posed the question: “Airlines don’t select their travel routes by throwing darts at a dart board. Why expect that aliens would act and travel at random? Once one knows about nuclear fusion, nearby planetary systems would be within reach. We didn’t find out about fusion until 1938. It only took 14 years to explode our first Fusion weapon. What else would one expect from a primitive society, like ours, whose major activity is tribal warfare?” Friedman lives in New Brunswick, Canada, but maintains a post office box in Houlton. He and Kathleen Marden co-authored the book, “Captured! The Betty and Barney Hill UFO Experience.”
“Get the facts first,” urged Travis Walton of “Fire and the Sky” fame. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
• Kathleen Marden Now a resident of Clermont, Fla., Marden is the niece of two of New Hampshire’s most famous figures in alien-abduction literature, Betty and Barney Hill. “I was 13 years old when they had their close encounter and their subsequent abduction, and I have for the past 23 years been working full time as a UFO and abduction researcher,” Marden said in an interview. Marden On Sept. 19, 1961, Betty and Barney Hill were driving down Route 3 in northern New Hampshire after vacationing in Niagara Falls, N.Y., and Montreal, Canada. The couple stopped south of Twin Mountain and then again in Franconia Notch, both times marveling at an alien craft. At one point, Barney Hill disembarked from their car to approach the craft, according to a narrative at Marden’s website, http://www.kathleen-marden. com/the-betty-and-barney-hill-ufo-experience.php. “As Barney rapidly accelerated down the highway in an attempt to escape from the craft, it shifted directly overhead,” Marden recounts on her website. “Suddenly, rhythmic ‘buzzing’ tones seemed to bounce off the trunk of their vehicle and they sensed a penetrating vibration. They drove on without speaking until 35 miles down the road, once again they heard a second series of buzzing sounds. Vague memories of encountering a roadblock, of seeing a huge fiery red-orange orb resting upon the ground, and feeling a desire for human contact preoccupied their thoughts. They looked for an open restaurant to no avail, so they drove on through Concord, picked up Route 4 and made a beeline to Portsmouth, expecting to arrive at approximately 3 a.m. The Hills were surprised to notice that, as they crossed into Portsmouth, dawn was already streaking the sky.” Marden, who spoke at last year’s conference as well, said part of her message is that her aunt and uncle bring a level of personal credibility to the realm of alien abduction. “I want people to know that Betty was a social worker for the state of New Hampshire, that Barney had been appointed by the governor of the state of New Hampshire to sit on the state advisory commit-
In the 1950s, Stanton Friedman was a young nuclear physicist working for General Electric when he began exploring UFOs. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
tee to the U.S. Civil Rights Commission, that both were active in politics in the state of New Hampshire,” Marden said. “Working for voters rights, campaigning for Lyndon Johnson, they were politically active, members of the NAACP, doing good things for the state, and their abduction was the last thing that they ever wanted to be made public.” After a violation of confidentiality brought the story to light, Marden said the couple’s memory of the event constituted part of an impressive quantity of evidence. “I want people to know that part of the story,” she said. “There was a lot of physical evidence that this was real and there was also conscious, continuous recall that they had had a close encounter, that my uncle had observed what he described as nonhuman figures looking back at him. ...” People ask questions about the couple’s credibility and their recollection, but questions that make her cringe, Marden said, include trite queries. “A lot of times, it’s just the same old, ‘Why don’t they land on the White House lawn?’ ... I guess it’s the speculation,” Marden said.
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