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— Planting for the fall? Native plants offer landscapers, gardeners another option; see page 7 Linda Jones, who works at the Skillins Greenhouses store in Cumberland, talks about native plants during a workshop in Gray on Saturday. “I don’t think people realize how many there are when they look at the list of native plants,” she said. Some greenhouse operators place what might be called an “aster-isk” next to the definition of native plants. Asters and other familiar native plants are simpler to classify than some hybridized species, which defy the label. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

Appointments we regret — See Robert Libby’s column, page 4

City council workshop today to take up controversial Congress Square Park sale proposal

— See Briefs, page 6

September starts with flash flood warnings; August soggy for parts of Maine — See page 8


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(NY Times) — On “Sesame Street,” a distressed cow has a big problem. She made it up the stairs to the beauty parlor but now, her bouffant piled high, she’s stuck. Cows can go up stairs, she moans, but not down. Enter Super Grover 2.0. Out from his bottomless “utility sock” comes an enormous ramp, which, as the cow cheerily notes before clomping on down, is “a sloping surface that goes from high to low.” Simple ABCs and 123s? So old school. In the last four years, “Sesame Street” has set itself a much larger goal: teaching nature, math, science and engineering concepts and problem-solving to a preschool audience — with topics like how a pulley works or how to go about investigating what’s making Snuffleupagus sneeze. The content is wrapped in the traditional silliness. But the more sophisticated programming, on a show that frequently draws an audience even younger than the 3- to5-year-olds it targets, raises a question: Is there evidence that it is doing anything more than making PBS and parents feel good? Officials at Sesame Workshop, the nonprofit educational organization that produces the show, believe the new approach has succeeded in introducing children — at least, the target-age audience — to scientific ideas and methods.

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WASHINGTON (NY Times) — The Obama administration began a fullpress campaign on Sunday for Congressional approval of its plan to carry out a punitive strike against the Syrian government. The lobbying blitz stretched from Capitol Hill, where the administration held its first classified briefing on Syria open to all lawmakers, to Cairo, where Secretary of

(NY Times) — The San Francisco Gay Men’s Chorus sang “Give ’Em Hope” for a revered and in some ways surprising guest who shared a California stage with them last month: Justice Anthony M. Kennedy. Justice Kennedy was in San Francisco for an American Bar Association meeting, but he was also there to be celebrated by the men on the risers behind him. In remarks from the stage, San Francisco’s mayor, Edwin M. Lee, thanked the justice “for upholding the Constitution and justice for all” in his majority opinion in June in United States v. Windsor, a major gay rights victory.

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Drug agents use vast phone trove, eclipsing NSA’s By Scott Shane and Colin Moyniham THE NEW YORK TIMES

For at least six years, law enforcement officials working on a counternarcotics program have had routine access, using subpoenas, to an enormous AT&T database that contains the records of decades of Americans’ phone calls — parallel to but covering a far longer time than the National Security Agency’s hotly disputed collection of phone call logs. The Hemisphere Project, a partnership between federal and local drug officials and AT&T that has not previously been reported, involves an extremely close association between the government and the telecommunications giant. The government pays AT&T to place its employ-

ees in drug-fighting units around the country. Those employees sit alongside Drug Enforcement Administration agents and local detectives and supply them with the phone data from as far back as 1987. The project comes to light at a time of vigorous public debate over the proper limits on government surveillance and on the relationship between government agencies and communications companies. It offers the most significant look to date at the use of such large-scale data for law enforcement, rather than for national security. The scale and longevity of the data storage appears to be unmatched by other government programs, including the N.S.A.’s gathering of phone call logs under the Patriot Act. The N.S.A. stores the data for

nearly all calls in the United States, including phone numbers and time and duration of calls, for five years. Hemisphere covers every call that passes through an AT&T switch — not just those made by AT&T customers — and includes calls dating back 26 years, according to Hemisphere training slides bearing the logo of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy. Some four billion call records are added to the database every day, the slides say; technical specialists say a single call may generate more than one record. Unlike the N.S.A. data, the Hemisphere data includes information on the locations of callers. The slides were given to The New York Times by Drew Hendricks, a peace activist in Port Hadlock, Wash.

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Sunday, Aug. 25 10 a.m., Brady Joseph Fusco, 25, of Portland, was arrested for operating after suspension on Eleanor Street by Officer Thomas Reagan. 11 a.m., Charles Davis, 43, of address unknown, was arrested for indecent conduct on Fore Street by Officer John Cunniff. 6 p.m., Charity West, 22, of Portland, was arrested for assault on Park Avenue by Officer Joshua McDonald. 6 p.m., Richard Johnson, 50, of address unknown, was arrested for public drinking in Congress Square by Sgt. Benjamin Noyes, Jr. 6 p.m., Donald Cousino, 36, of address unknown, was arrested for public drinking on Deering Street by Officer Eric Johnson. 7 p.m., James Logan, 50, of address unknown, was arrested on a warrant for operating under the influence on Thames Street by Officer Robert Hawkins. 8 p.m., David Duquette, 49, of Portland, was arrested for violation of a protection order and violation of a protection order from abuse on Valley Street by Officer Eric Johnson. 9 p.m., Mark Madore, 51, of Presque Isle, was arrested for operating under the influence on I-295 by Officer Nicholas Gowen. 9 p.m., Caleb Qualey, 31, of Portland, was arrested for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs on Mellen Street by Officer Thomas Kwok. 10 p.m., Alton Bunker, 46, of Portland, was arrested for violation of conditional release on Congress Street by Officer Christopher Kelley.

Monday, Aug. 26 12 a.m., Mackery Mohn, 22, of address unknown, was arrested for refusing to submit to arrest or detention on Forest Avenue by Officer Sean Hurley. 12 a.m., Eric Neumann, 45, of address unknown, was arrested for assault on Congress Street by Sgt. Timothy Farris. 12 a.m., David McGlashing, 58, of address unknown, was arrested for criminal trespass on Washington Avenue by Officer Joseph Jaynes. 2 a.m., Haben Teffere, 33, of Portland, was arrested for criminal trespass on High Street by Officer Terrence Fitzgerald. 5 p.m., George Gerald Nelson, 58, of Portland, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Forest Avenue by Officer Erik Richard. 9 p.m., Michael Timmins, 37, of address unknown, was arrested on a warrant for violation of conditional release on Congress Street by Officer Christopher Kelley. 10 p.m., James Suarez, 34, of Portland, was arrested for assault on Vesper Street by Officer Charles Ames. 10 p.m., Giot Nguyen, 44, of Portland, was arrested for violation of bail conditions on Wilmot Street by Officer Heather Brown.

Tuesday, Aug. 27 2 a.m., Brian French, 52, of Portland, was arrested on a warrant for criminal trespass on Emery Street by Officer Thomas Kwok. 2 p.m., Matthew Fournier, 32, of address unknown, was arrested for indecent conduct on High Street by Officer David Argitis. 2 p.m., Zachary Whtiaz, 29, of Portland, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Forest Avenue by Officer Jennifer Lamperti. 2 p.m., Nickolas Saint Aldrich, 21, of Portland, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Congress Street by Officer Daniel Rose. 5 p.m., Robert Rowe, 36, of Portland, was arrested for indecent conduct on Congress Street by Officer Laurence Smith, Jr. 8 p.m., Jeffery Zoulias, 31, of address unknown, was arrested for assault on India Street by Officer Joshua McDonald. 11 p.m., Alexandra Ingeborg Mohr, 24, of Portland, was arrested for burglary of a motor vehicle on Brighton Avenue by Officer Jason Leadbetter.

Wednesday, Aug. 28 12 a.m., Kevin Lindeke, 42, of Newark, Del., was arrested for operating under the influence on Preble Street by Officer Nicholas Gowen. 1 a.m., Gary Kimball, 53, of Portland, was arrested for public drinking on Portland Street by Officer Thien Duong. 2 a.m., Eric Sherman Miller, 25, of Portland, was arrested for trafficking in dangerous knives on Forest Avenue by Officer Paul King. 10 a.m., Koral Mitchell, 32, of Portland, was arrested for misuse of identification and burglary of a motor vehicle on Alder Street by Officer Kyle Brake. 3 p.m., Amanda Marie Ansolini, 26, of address unknown, was arrested for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs on Park Avenue by Officer Matthew Rider. 7 p.m., Nolan Ashton, 21, of Portland, was arrested for violation of bail conditions on Island Avenue by Officer Cynthia Rumery-Taylor. 9 p.m., Christopher Pinkham, 42, of address unknown, was arrested for disorderly conduct on Congress Street by Officer Christopher Dyer. 9 p.m., Mark Moreau, 43, of address unknown, was arrested for public drinking on St. John Street by Officer Henry Johnson. 9 p.m., Brian Matthew Dumaine, 33, of Portland, was arrested for criminal trespass on Lambert Street by Officer Christopher Coyne. 10 p.m., Christopher Morgan, 36, of Portland, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer of Congress Street by Officer Cristopher Coyne.

Thursday, Aug. 29 8 a.m., Russell Arbo, 28, of Portland, was arrested for engaging a prostitute on Oxford Street by Officer Daniel Knight. 11 a.m., Ryan Currie-Huggard, 32, of address

unknown, was arrested on a warrant for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on West Commercial Street by Officer Michelle Cole. 2 p.m., Osman Mohamed Sheikh, 29, of address unknown, was arrested for public drinking on Park Avenue by Officer Robert Hawkins. 2 p.m., Hashi Ali, 25, of Portland, was arrested for criminal trespass on Park Avenue by Officer Matthew Rider. 3 p.m., Joe Labrecque, 48, of Portland, was arrested for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Congress Street by Officer Daniel Knight. 5 p.m., Belinda Libby, 45, of address unknown, was arrested for misuse of the 911 system on Oxford Street by Officer Thien Duong. 7 p.m., Jason Todd Hill, 38, of address unknown, was arrested for assault on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Thien Duong. 8 p.m., James Logan, 50, of address unknown, was arrested on a warrant for theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on India Street by Officer David Cote. 8 p.m., Richard Sneddon, 46, of address unknown, was arrested for public drinking on Congress Street by Officer Laurence Smith, Jr. 11 p.m., Jeremy Fidele, 23, of South Portland, was arrested for criminal trespass on Oxford Street by Officer Christopher Dyer.

Friday, Aug. 30 12 a.m., Jose Guerra, 53, of address unknown, was arrested for criminal trespass on Oxford Street by Officer Jeffrey Ruth. 8 a.m., Bashir Hersi, 54, of Portland, was arrested for criminal trespass on Park Avenue by Officer Daniel Townsend. 8 a.m., Richard Anthony Savoy, 26, of Windham, was arrested for criminal trespass on Oxford Street by Officer Daniel Knight. 10 a.m., Horow Omar Hagi, 52, of Portland, was arrested for public drinking on Park Avenue by Officer Kyle Brake. 11 a.m., Scott Valliere, 30, of Naples, was arrested for receiving stolen property and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Brown Street by Officer Kyle Brake. 5 p.m., Robert Grady, 51, of Steep Falls, was arrested for misuse of identification and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Wilmot Street by Officer Daniel Hondo. 5 p.m., Jennifer Cobb, 35, of address unknown, was arrested on a warrant for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs on Oxford Street by Officer Marjory Clavet. 6 p.m., Scott Bilodeau, 47, of address unknown, was arrested for public drinking on State Street by Officer Brent Abbott. 7 p.m., Roy Presby, 48, of address unknown, was arrested for criminal trespass on St. John Street by Officer Henry Johnson. 10 p.m., Richard Palombo, 49, of Falmouth, was arrested for operating under the influence on Presumpscot Street by Officer Mathew Dissell. (Information furnished by the Portland Police Department.)


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Beauty and the beasts DURING an August vacation with my family, I enjoyed lodgings so spectacular that not even Bill Gates or Warren Buffett could ever buy or rent them. The scenery was some of America’s finest: snowcapped mountains, alpine lakes, babbling brooks. The cost? It was free. We were enjoying some of America’s public lands, backpacking through our national patrimony. No billionaire can acquire these lands because they remain — even in a nation where economic disparities have soared — a rare democratic space. The only one who could pull rank on you at a camping spot is a grizzly bear. The New York “This is the most beautiTimes ful place in the world,” my 15-year-old daughter mused beside a turquoise lake framed by towering fir trees. She and I were hiking 200-plus miles on the Pacific Crest Trail, joined for shorter bits by my wife and sons. We imbibed from glacier-fed creeks, startled elk, and dallied beside alpine meadows so dazzling that they constitute an argument for the existence of God. At night, if rain didn’t threaten, we spread our sleeping bags under the open sky — miles from any other human — and fell asleep counting shooting stars. You want to understand the concept of a “public good”? It’s exemplified by our nation’s wilderness trails. In some ways, this wilderness is thriving. Cheryl Strayed’s best-selling book “Wild,” about her long backpack on the Pacific Crest Trail, has inspired hordes of young women to try the trails. Reese Witherspoon is starring in a movie of “Wild,” made by her production company, and that will undoubtedly send even more out to feed the mosquitoes. The talk of the trail this year was of a woman named Heather Anderson who shattered a record by backpacking from Mexico to Canada on the Pacific Crest Trail, without support, in 61 days. That’s nearly 44 miles a day over tough terrain. She says she graduated from high school at 200 pounds and found purpose — and lost 70 pounds — on the trails.

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When regulators betray our trust Loud noises will distract our attention from smaller issues. Recent horrific deaths in the Syrian Civil War have focused public attention on the need for military action to mark a red line in the sand warning of unacceptable practices. Governor LePage commands national debate by making rumored remarks at a Republican fund raising event which seem to continue his streak of undiplomatic utterances. Big noises get big headlines. In the rush to comment on the hot new outrage, reporters might lose sight of the more mundane everyday issues that effect our lives. This week a public hearing is scheduled in Augusta to allow public comment on the requested waiver from meeting regional compact standards for nitrogen dioxide and volatile organic compound emissions. This proposal nearly slipped through this summer without opportunity to comment. In a recent statement in the Maine Sunday Telegram Department of Environmental Protection Commissioner Aho commented that the Maine DEP welcomed the opportunity to share the factual analysis that supports the waiver from standards for emission. Next week an investigation by the legislative Government Oversight Committee and the state Office of Program Assessment and Government Administration

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One Man’s Island is to consider an investigation of Commissioner Aho’s performance at DEP. The important issue framed here is the role of regulatory agencies in our system of government. The agencies, state and federal, are created to protect public interests. When a state elects a governor or the nation elects a president, it confers a responsibility to appoint commissioners and directors who can oversee the letter and spirit of the laws. When Governor LePage was elected with a small plurality of voter approval and majorities of his political party in both houses of the legislature, he appointed many department heads that shared his agenda of reducing governmental regulations frequently called red tape. Most people dislike bureaucratic practices, but most also want to be protected from unsafe chemical practices and industrial destruction of the environment. In the case of Commissioner Aho, there is a long history of her work as a prominent lobbyist for corporate interests. She raised

some eyebrows years ago as the advocate in Maine for the “takings” concept that would require state governments to reimburse private property owners for public encroachments on their property. Most environmentalist organizations have discredited this concept as intended to weaken environmental protection. More recently critics allege that she has worked to oppose “product stewardship” programs; these programs confer responsibility for the environmental safety of products throughout their manufacture, use, and discard. Consider what we have recently learned about the dangers of minute amounts of mercury in the environment. Maine had been looked upon as a model for the nation in corporate responsibility for product safety before Commissioner Aho assumed control of DEP. Now, not so much. The most serious allegation concerns the culture of the agency. Some veteran staff members have alleged that the current administration discourages staff from responding to legislative and citizen requests for information on environmental issues. Some cite the removal of Emergency Preparedness Plan for Response To Natural Disasters from DEP website as an indication of this change in culture. The department’s former spokesperson has see LIBBY page 5


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Reader enjoys Ladd’s column, humor unique to restaurant work Editor, I live south of Portland but visit frequently. Whenever I’m in town, I pick up a copy of the paper. One of my favorite things to do is sit with the paper over a cup of tea (or a beer) and read Natalie’s column. I worked in the restaurant business for years and the only thing I miss is the humor unique to restaurant workers. I experienced many a stifled fits of laughter on the floor and sarcastic kitchen banter. Ladd brings it all back. I was thrilled to see that she’s begun a new column. Really clever idea. Now I’ll have to drink two cups of tea (or two beers) when engaging in a favorite ritual. Great addition to your paper! Alanna Craffey South Berwick

Obamacare raises cost of health care, hurts ordinary Americans Editor, “Before repealing Obamacare, don’t we need an alternative?” If you are having a heart attack, do you want treatment first or a demand that you lose

weight and adopt an exercise program first? Democrat Senator Max Baucus, an Obamacare author, calls Obamacare a “train wreck.” You, all of us, are on that imminent train wreck. Should we stop the train wreck or debate alternatives while the train crashes? Americans were better off before Obamacare. Seventeen of every 20 Americans had health insurance and 100 percent could go to a hospital for good and continually improving treatments. The primary problem was the high cost (although it is hard to imagine something more worth our money than improving longevity and quality of life). Before Obamacare, different states experimented with different approaches to reducing costs while maintaining quality care and encouraging investments and innovations that improve people’s lives. Examples: The Indiana Health Savings Account program was wildly popular and successful. Texas efforts, including tort reform, successfully reduced costs and enticed doctors to Texas. While Obamacare was being considered in Congress, Republicans proposed these successful approaches and others to make healthcare more affordable, e.g., allowing people to fully deduct (from income taxes) health insurance premiums and/or buy insurance from states offering different insurance options and lower premiums. But Democrats had enough votes in Congress to reject Republican proposals and force government controlled health care, Obamacare, on the American people. Obamacare creates another huge and expensive

government bureaucracy which will control doctors, hospitals, health insurance companies, and whether we can receive the treatments, e.g., hip replacements or expensive cancer drugs, needed to improve our lives. Obamacare will be funded with money immorally borrowed (without their consent) from subsequent generations. Obamacare costs and regulations are disastrous for middle income Americans, causing job losses, stifling job creation, and turning millions of good full time jobs into part-time jobs. Health insurance premiums are skyrocketing, some good insurance plans are no longer available and many people are losing their coverage. Doctors are considering early retirement, and becoming a doctor is less enticing to our most talented students. Obamacare only covers one more person (18 instead of 17) out of every 20 while it harms those previously insured, reduces the availability of quality medical care, and damages our economy. We can learn from Obamacare’s harmful effects and from the successful approaches in Indiana, Texas and elsewhere to improve America’s great health care system. The way to start is to stop spending money on Obamacare. Sign the petition at DONTFUNDIT.COM. Call, write, or e-mail your Congressmen and Senators and demand that they stop funding Obamacare.

About once a year, my family hikes the spectacular Timberline Trail, constructed in the Great Depression around Mount Hood in Oregon as a public works project. But one section washed out in 2006, and it still hasn’t officially reopened. What our ancestors were able to create when we were a poor country, we are unable to sustain even now that we are rich. That’s not because of resources. It’s because they were visionaries, and we are blind. Wallace Stegner called our national parks America’s “best idea.” The sequester, which I would call “America’s worst idea,” was supposed to save money, but when sloping trails aren’t maintained every year or two, they erode and require major repairs that cost even more. Republicans praise the idea of citizen volunteers and public-private partnerships. But our agencies are so impoverished that they can’t take full advantage of charity. Mike Dawson of the Pacific Crest Trail Association says that volunteers could provide about 250,000 hours repairing the trail each year. But the Forest

Service doesn’t have the resources to organize and equip all the volunteers available, so it will be able to use only one-third of that free labor this year, he says. That’s crazy. All this is symptomatic of a deeper disdain in some circles for the very idea of a public good: Who needs a national forest? Just buy your own Wyoming ranch! This fall will probably see a no-holds-barred battle in Washington over fiscal issues, and especially the debt limit. But, in a larger sense, it’s a dispute over public goods. So, considering how ineffective Congress is, perhaps we should encourage all 535 members to take a sabbatical and backpack the Pacific Crest Trail. I’m not sure we’d miss them for five months. And what an entertaining reality show that would make! It would also have a serious side. Maybe when dwarfed by giant redwoods, recalcitrant politicians would absorb a lesson of nature: We are all part of something larger than ourselves. Perhaps they would gain perspective and appreciate the grandeur of our public lands of which they are such wretched stewards.

Bruce Poliquin as Treasurer, Charlie Summers as Secretary of State, and Stephen Bowen as Commissioner of Education, all embroiled in some controversies about the agenda and responsibilities of their departments, voters must realize the importance of giving administrative leadership to a candidate. Republican legislative majority choice for Attorney General William Schneider gained notoriety for his attacks on the Affordable Care Act, a Tea Party priority.

Government offices are created to protect and serve the public good. Providing assistance to corporate and commercial interests is not their proper role. The largest question is clearly what do citizens want government to do.

Don Ewing Meredith, N.H.

Wallace Stegner called our national parks America’s ‘best idea’ KRISTOF from page 4

On this trek, she had encounters with five rattlesnakes, eight bears and four mountain lions. (For more on Heather Anderson’s extraordinary journey, visit my blog at kristof.blogs.nytimes.com.) Yet America’s public goods, from our parks to “Sesame Street,” are besieged today by budget-cutters, and it’s painful to hike some trails now. You see lovingly constructed old bridges that have collapsed. Trails disturbed by avalanches have not been rebuilt, and signs are missing. “Infrastructure is really crumbling,” Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, herself a backpacker, told me. She notes that foreign tourists come to visit America’s “crown jewels” like Yosemite and are staggered by the beauty — and flummoxed by the broken toilets. It’s even worse at the Forest Service, which is starved of funds partly because firefighting is eating up its budgets. The Forest Service has estimated that only one-quarter of its 158,000 miles of trails meet its own standards.

This administration is loaded with controversial appointments of former lobbyists LIBBY from page 4

called it streamlining. If there is an attitude of censure for staff members that advocate for more regulation based on their professional analysis, that is a serious problem. If this were an isolated case, it would be interesting. In an administration loaded with controversial appointments of former lobbyists like Mary Mayhew to the Department of Health and Human Services,

(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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majority of Congress Square Park, to RockBridge Capital and retain 4,800 square feet of the park as a part of the effort to redesign the space. On Aug. 21, the city’s Housing and Community Development Committee voted 3-1 to recommend the full council pass a purchase and sales agreement between the city and RockBridge Capital to sell a portion of the park to the hotel developers for $523,000. Opponents of the city proposal to sell a portion of Congress Square to the firm renovating the former Eastland Park Hotel unveiled plans last Wednesday to launch a citizens’ initiative that they say could retroactively overturn any sale of a portion of the Congress Square Park to developers.

On Sept. 8, Victoria Mansion to present its first-ever Victorian Fair

On Sunday, Sept. 8, Portland’s Victoria Mansion will present its first-ever Victorian Fair, managers of the historic site reported. An outdoor learning event in the style of a 19th century fair, the event will offer both children and adults the opportunity to experience, experiment with and interact with technologies, arts and customs of the mid-to-late 1800s. The event will include a broad variety of exhibitors, including a reenactment of a Civil War encampment, Victorian songs performed in period costume by an a capella group, blacksmithing demonstrations, historic woodworking, tintype photography, theatrical performances, music, and period knitting lessons, along with other exciting surprises. The Victorian Fair will run from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sept. 8 at Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., Portland. Admission is free for children accompanied by an adult, and $10 for adults. Admission for college and graduate students is $5 with schoolissued ID. Constructed in 1858, Victoria Mansion is one of America’s finest surviving examples of architecture and interior design from the mid-nineteenth century, according to a Victoria Mansion press release.

Baxter Academy among charter schools opening in Maine this week Portland’s Baxter Academy for Technology and Science is among several public charter schools due to open this week, an association reported. The public charter schools opening this week are located in Portland, Hinckley, Cornville, Harpswell and Gray. Between the five schools, 392 students will be attending public charter schools in Maine to begin the 2013-2014 school year, according to a press release from the Maine Association for Charter Schools, based in Union.

Maine’s five public charter schools ready to open over the next two weeks include: • Cornville Regional Charter School, Cornville, opening Tuesday, Sept. 3: 90 students enrolled in grades K-7; 28 new students enrolled by lottery for 2013-2014 school year; opened for the first time for the 2012-2013 school year.  • Harpswell Coastal Academy, Harpswell, opening Tuesday, Sept. 3: 60 total students enrolled: 30 in sixth grade; 30 in ninth grade; opening for the first time this year. • Fiddlehead School of Arts & Sciences, Gray, opening Tuesday, Sept. 3: 42 total students in grades pre-kindergarten to second grade; lottery was held and received a total of 103 applications; opening for the first time this year. • Baxter Academy for Technology and Science, Portland, opening Wednesday, Sept. 4: 135 students enrolled in grades 9-10; opening for the first time this year.  • Maine Academy of Natural Sciences (MeANS), Hinckley, opening Tuesday, Sept. 10: 65 students enrolled in grades 9-12; opened for the first time for the 2012-2013 school year.  Public charter schools are tuition-free and open to any student living in the state of Maine, the association noted. If more applications are received than slots available for students, a random lottery is held to determine student enrollment at each school. “Maine was the 40th state in the nation to approve public charter schools, putting our state a bit behind the curve,” said Roger Brainerd of the Maine Association for Charter Schools. “But with a nationally topranked enabling law and authorizing process, a full year of experience behind us and three new schools opening this week, Maine students now have more opportunities to succeed than ever before. And ultimately, that is our greatest responsibility as parents and adults — to ensure that each child has every chance to succeed.” In 2011, the Maine Legislature passed legislation to allow voluntary groups and superintendents to develop new public chartered programs. The state Charter School commission was set up to authorize a 10-year, 10-school public charter school pilot program. The rationale behind the pilot program was to give the law a chance to work using a limited number of schools, allowing time to develop a track record from which changes could be made if necessary, the association reported. To learn more about public charter schools in Maine, visit www.mainecharterschools.org.

Spaghetti supper in Saco Sept. 20 to benefit Team Ashley ‘AJ’ Johnston 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.

Peer support group offered for adults with mental health concerns The National Alliance on Mental Illness in Maine will sponsor a free Connection Peer Support Group specifically for adults who have mental health concerns, the organization reported. The first meeting will be held on Oct. 1. This ongoing group will meet every first and third Tuesday of the month from 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. The meetings will be held at St. Francis of Assisi Storefront Church, 952 Post Road in Wells. For more information call Jean at (781) 572-1393 or Carol (978) 501-4959.


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Back to the roots of Maine planting Native plants in Maine give fall landscapers, gardeners another option By David Carkhuff THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

It’s that time of year when relentless sun has given way to intermittent showers, and greenhouse operators say native species rank right up there with deer-resistant plants in the list of most sought-after plantings for the fall. Sometimes the best of both worlds is available. A shrub like the common juniper, which is classified as native by the Cumberland County Soil & Water Conservation District and deer resistant by landscaping companies, can help fall gardeners and landscapers defy hungry deer. Other examples include catmint, beebalm, hemlock and columbine. Deer resistant is always popular, especially in a place like Peaks Island, where the first official deer cull was held last winter due to surging numbers of the garden grazers. “Some people that live out on the island want deer-resistant plants because they have a severe deer problem,” said Gavin McCannell, one of the nursery personnel who grows perennials at Broadway Gardens of South Portland, 1640 Broadway (http://www. bgperennials.com/default.htm). Natives also are sought by customers, and fall gardeners can do their own research at sites such as http:// www.yardscaping.org/plants/n_flowers.htm. “There’s just so many, a lot of people were already using them and just didn’t know,” said Linda Jones, who offered advice on Saturday at a booth in the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray. Jones represented the Skillins Greenhouses store in Cumberland (http:// www.skillins.com). “They’re excellent for landscaping,” Jones said of native plants, noting that the landscaper who actually wants to attract deer or other wildlife can achieve that goal as well. “Native plants easily adapt to any of the different soils. As long as you plant them to the culture they require, they’ll adapt very well,” Jones said. “And most of them, because they’re used to being here, they are used to

Sophie Dupuy, 3, of Bangor plays in front of a booth for Skillins Greenhouses, based in Falmouth, Cumberland and Brunswick. The booth was at the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray Saturday. Dupuy was there with grandparents who live in Lewiston. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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Rain showers pause to allow a rainbow to shine in this scene in Sabattus Sunday. The National Weather Service in Caribou on Monday issued a flash flood watch for portions of east central Maine, north central Maine and west central Maine due to torrential rains. In the northern part of the state, the National Weather Service reported the 11th wettest August on record, with a total of 5.67 inches of rain observed at Caribou. Today’s forecast for Portland calls for a chance of thunderstorms before 8 a.m., then a chance of showers and thunderstorms later in the day with a high near 79 degrees. Chance of precipitation is 40 percent. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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them in,” she said. “They’re less expensive in the long run because properly cared for in that first year, they’re not going to be as tender or difficult to grow,” Jones added. “I think once people plant them and use them, they speak for themselves, they’ll just do well. And they’re fun. It’s a nice feeling when you’re doing it and you know you’re either planting for wildlife or you’re using native plants that are meant to be here.”

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Lobsterman union joins annual labor breakfast Maine workers celebrate Labor Day, welcome Maine’s newest union By Craig Lyons THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Members of the Southern Maine Labor Council got to do a little extra celebrating on Labor Day by welcoming the state’s new lobsterman union to its ranks.

The Southern Maine Labor Council hosted its annual Labor Day breakfast on Monday, attended by more than 200 people, including members of the newly formed International Association of Machinists Maine Lobstering Union Local 207. Labor Day is a chance for people to get together, be grateful for the work they do and celebrate working Americans, said Doug Born, president of the Southern Maine Labor Council. see LABOR page 13

U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud was one of the featured speakers during the annual Southern Maine Labor Council’s Labor Day breakfast on Monday. (CRAIG LYONS PHOTO)

January will mark the oneyear anniversary of the Maine labor mural being installed at the Maine State Museum, shown at left in Augusta. This month’s First Friday Art Walk will feature an exhibit about the mural, as the Maine Irish Heritage Center opens its doors to the public and focuses on labor as a theme. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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Also on display will be photographs by Guy Saldnaha, Maine-based documentary photographer and owner of Harbor Works Gallery; original art created by labor activist and artist Gail Wartell, “who will be on hand to discuss her art and politics”; “and a series of banners recently produced by the Union of Maine Visual Artists, ARRT! (Artists Rapid Response Team) that deal with the issue of Healthcare as a Human Right.” A panel, including Jeff Young, lead attorney in the mural lawsuit, and local Maine artist Rob Shetterly “will be on hand to discuss the intersection of art and activism,” the center announced. “We’ll sort of make it a party,” said O’Malley, noting that the center has hosted a Labor Day breakfast for the last eight years. “The whole idea is labor art and activism. It’s not a traditional museum sort of exhibit,” he said. “The people who are involved in this, some of them are artists or labor activists, people donated their time and their art because it is important,” O’Malley said. “There’s lots of labor history that is involved with the arts.” In 1997, Saint Dominic’s, deemed the third oldest Catholic Church (serving Catholics since the 1820s) in the state and the home to the largest Irish Catholic parish north of Boston, was closed by the Catholic Diocese, but the church has since been revitalized as a museum. O’Malley said planning for First Friday focused partly on making the public aware of the center. “It’s getting people into our building,” he said, and floated the idea of sending emissaries to the art walk to recruit people for a trip to the center. “We hope to get some exposure,” he said. For more information about the First Friday Art Walk at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, visit https:// www.facebook.com/events/612837118755896.


Today’s Birthdays: “Beetle Bailey” cartoonist Mort Walker is 90. Actress Anne Jackson is 88. Actress Pauline Collins is 73. Rock singer-musician Al Jardine is 71. Actress Valerie Perrine is 70. Rock musician Donald Brewer (Grand Funk Railroad) is 65. Rock guitarist Steve Jones (The Sex Pistols) is 58. Actor Steve Schirripa is 56. Actor Holt McCallany is 49. Rock singer-musician Todd Lewis is 48. Actor Charlie Sheen is 48. Singer Jennifer Paige is 40. Dance-rock musician Redfoo (LMFAO) is 38. Actress Ashley Jones is 37. Actress Nichole Hiltz is 35. Actor Nick Wechsler is 35. Actor Garrett Hedlund is 29. Olympic gold medal snowboarder Shaun White is 27.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). What you want is constrained by other people, people you must influence in order to obtain your desired outcome. Consider carefully the many approaches available to you, including charm. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Stimulating circumstances make for a happy occasion, and yet there’s a point of diminishing returns. Cross that threshold, and discomfort sets in, followed by displeasure. Get out while the gettin’s good. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). When is it a good time to tell others what you expect of them? Either from the start, or just as soon as they have crossed one of your boundaries. If you wait, it will get awkward. Do not write a note. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Happiness is a room of your own and a stretch of uninterrupted time when it’s occupied only by you. Your beauty or your mess, your noise or your silence; you need it this way. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Your cat nature comes through as you metaphorically stretch, pounce and climb. This doesn’t have to take you anywhere or add up to anything. There’s value in going off purpose or not having one to begin with. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). The thing that just doesn’t feel right deserves some attention. You’ll likely need to take a step back and carefully separate your identity from another person’s idea of who you should be. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Is it wise or foolish to make long-term projections? The winding staircase to the future can only be climbed one step at a time, and yet today brings an accurate feeling about where it will lead. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You’ll feel that someone is telling you something with their eyes -- a secret of the heart that no one else knows. Indeed, you’re getting the signal right, though it may be some time before you get the rest of the details. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Given the number of responsibilities you have and

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Tuesday, Sept. 3, the 246th day of 2013. There are 119 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On September 3, 1943, Allied forces invaded Italy during World War II, the same day Italian officials signed a secret armistice with the Allies. On this date: In 1189, England’s King Richard I (the LionHearted) was crowned in Westminster Abbey. In 1658, Oliver Cromwell, the Lord Protector of England, died in London; he was succeeded by his son, Richard. In 1783, representatives of the United States and Britain signed the Treaty of Paris, which officially ended the Revolutionary War. In 1861, during the Civil War, Confederate forces invaded the border state of Kentucky, which had declared its neutrality in the conflict. In 1868, the Japanese city of Edo was renamed Tokyo. In 1923, the United States and Mexico resumed diplomatic relations. In 1939, Britain, France, Australia and New Zealand declared war on Germany, two days after the Nazi invasion of Poland. In 1951, the television soap opera “Search for Tomorrow” made its debut on CBS. In 1967, Nguyen Van Thieu (nwen van too) was elected president of South Vietnam under a new constitution. Motorists in Sweden began driving on the right-hand side of the road instead of the left. In 1972, American swimmer Mark Spitz won the sixth of his seven gold medals at the Munich Olympics as he placed first in the 100-meter freestyle. In 1976, America’s Viking 2 lander touched down on Mars to take the first close-up, color photographs of the planet’s surface. In 1999, a French judge closed a two-year inquiry into the car crash that killed Princess Diana, dismissing all charges against nine photographers and a press motorcyclist, and concluding the accident was caused by an inebriated driver. Ten years ago: Paul Hill, 49, a former minister who said he murdered an abortion doctor and his bodyguard to save the lives of unborn babies, was executed in Florida by injection, becoming the first person put to death in the United States for anti-abortion violence. President George W. Bush signed legislation to begin free trade with Singapore and Chile. Five years ago: Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, John McCain’s choice of running mate, roused delegates at the Republican National Convention in St. Paul, Minn., as she belittled Democrat Barack Obama and praised her new boss. Thousands of New Orleans residents who had fled Hurricane Gustav forced the city to reluctantly open its doors, while President George W. Bush returned to the scene to show that the government had turned a corner since its bungled response to Katrina. One year ago: President Barack Obama consoled victims of Hurricane Isaac along the Gulf Coast and stoked the enthusiasm of union voters in the industrial heartland, blending a hard political sell with a softer show of sympathy on the eve of the Democratic National Convention.

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The PORTLAND Daily Sun, Tuesday, September 3, 2013— Page 13

Michaud attends Labor Day breakfast LABOR from page 9

Rock Alley, the union’s president, said, at first, he was skeptical that the notoriously independent lobstermen would agree to unionize but the group has received support from people across the state, and boasting more than 500 members. Alley said the union will play an important role in advocating for the state’s lobstermen, who are watching the industry dwindle as lobster prices remain low, the expense of the operations is ever increasing and state and federal regulations are making it difficult for small, independent businesses to survive. A moment when the power of working as a group was most apparent, Alley said, was when the state’s lobstermen worked with the International Association of Machinists to help defeat a by-catch bill during the last legislative session. “If we had not gone in and fought as a group, that bill would have slid through,” he said. “Today is an opportunity to recognize and honor our Maine workers,” said U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, longtime Democratic congressman who is also running for governor in 2014. The workers are the backbone of the economy and take pride in their work, he said, as they produce good products and contribute to communities. Michaud said he punched a clock for more than 29 years at Great Northern Paper, stood in the picket line and will continue to protect the workers. “I’ll continue to fight shoulder to shoulder with you and the nation’s workforce,” he said, whether in Washington or Augusta. Aside from touting the importance of the country’s workers, the breakfast was a chance to highlight a new campaign to find better ways to provide access to health care for people. Born — president of the Southern Maine Labor Council — said the SMLC will be working with the Southern Maine Workers Center on its health care as a human right campaign. He said the effort will look at needed reforms to best serve people, so everyone has access to health care. Portland Mayor Michael Brennan said in October, the city will roll out an effort to make sure every

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Tuesday, Sept. 3 Artist Ruth Gorton’s works in Falmouth

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. “South Portland artist Ruth Gorton will be showing her paintings at People’s United Bank, 188 Rte. One, Falmouth, Maine, throughout the month of September. The paintings are available to purchase, with 50 percent of the proceeds being donated in the buyers’ name to The Preble Street Resource Center in Portland. The mission of Preble Street is to provide accessible barrier-free services to empower people experiencing problems with homelessness, housing, hunger, and poverty, and to advocate for solutions to these problems.” Hours: Mon-Thurs. 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.; Fri. 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Sat. 9 a.m. to noon. 781-3131

MCMA First Tuesday Book Club: Cheryl Strayed

noon. The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association First Tuesday Book Club will meet on Sept. 3 to discuss Cheryl Strayed’s “Wild: From Lost to Found on the Pacific Crest Trail” by Cheryl Strayed” (nonfiction). “A Best Nonfiction Book of 2012: The Boston Globe, Entertainment Weekly, A Best Book of the Year: NPR, St. Louis Dispatch, Vogue. At twenty-two, Cheryl Strayed thought she had lost everything. In the wake of her mother’s death, her family scattered and her own marriage was soon destroyed. Four years later, with nothing more to lose, she made the most impulsive decision of her life. With no experience or training, driven only by blind will, she would hike more than a thousand miles of the Pacific Crest Trail from the Mojave Desert through California and Oregon to Washington State — and she would do it alone. Told with suspense and style, sparkling with warmth and humor, ‘Wild’ powerfully captures the terrors and pleasures of one young woman forging ahead against all odds on a journey that maddened, strengthened, and ultimately healed her.” http://www.cherylstrayed.com/wild_108676.htm. The MCMA library book club meets on the first Tuesday of each month in the library at noon, bring a sandwich; dessert coffee and tea provided. For more information, call Pat at 773-8396.

‘The Navy’s Role in the War of 1812’

noon to 1 p.m. Maine Historical Society, “The Navy’s Role in the War of 1812: A Dual Book Talk” with speakers: George Daughan and George Emery. “Authors and friends George Daughan (‘1812: The Navy’s War’) and George Emery (‘In Their Own Words: The Navy Fights the War of 1812’) discuss their recent publications in the context of the Battle of the HMS Boxer and USS Enterprise. Both books will be on sale in the MHS museum store, and a book signing will follow the talk. This event kicks off a week of programming related to the 200th anniversary of the battle off Pemaquid Point during the War of 1812. Daughan is also the author of ‘If By Sea.’ He holds a Ph.D. in American History and Government from Harvard University, was a professor at Connecticut College, and taught at the Air Force Academy. Sanford, Maine, native Emery is a retired Vice Admiral with the U.S. Navy. Prior to retirement, he was appointed 24th Commander of the Submarine Force U.S. Atlantic Fleet, and Commander of the Submarine Allied Command Atlantic by President Clinton in August 1993.” https://www. mainehistory.org

Congress Square Plaza workshop

5:30 p.m. “The Portland City Council will hold a workshop meeting to review a proposal to sell a portion of Congress Square Plaza to RP Portland Building, LLC for the construction of an event center for the Westin Harborview Hotel (f/k/a/ The Eastland Hotel). Pursuant to City Council rules, Council workshops are open to the public, however, no public comments will be taken at this workshop meeting. (As previously noticed, the City Council is planning to hold a public hearing on this matter at a later date, Sept. 9, at 7 p.m., at which public comment will be taken.). The Council Workshop meeting will be held at the following time and location: Tuesday, Sept. 3, Portland City Hall, 389 Congress St. For more information, e-mail ljn@portlandmaine.gov.”

Wednesday, Sept. 4 School budget citywide referendum

7 a.m. to 8 p.m. “Portland voters will be asked to approve the updated Portland Public School System’s budget in a citywide referendum. This second referendum reflects changes in state funding for the city’s schools. Maine’s School Administrative Reorganization Law requires all school districts to hold elections for approval of their budgets. The budget must be approved by a majority of voters. Voters will be asked: 1) Do you favor approving the Supplemental Portland School Budget for the upcoming school year that was adopted at the latest City Council budget meeting on August 5, 2013? Detailed information about the Portland school budget may be found on the Portland Public Schools website. All qualified residents of the City of Portland are encouraged to vote. Starting today, absentee

The Eastern Cemetery in Portland will be the site of a graveside service on Thursday devoted to Capt. Burrows, Capt. Blyth and Lieut. Kervin Waters. Among those speaking will be historian Herb Adams, shown in February 2011. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) ballots are available upon request and can be returned to the City Clerk’s office in City Hall from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Pursuant to Maine law, there is no absentee voting three days before any election. For this election, Aug. 30, 2013 will be the last day of absentee voting. Absentee ballots must be returned by Sept. 4 at 8 p.m. Residents can register to vote in person at the City Clerk’s office or on the day of election at their polling place. All local polling places will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. For more detailed information about where or how to vote, contact the City Clerk’s office at 874-8677.”

Portland Public Schools start of classes

8 a.m. “The Portland Public Schools will begin classes for students in first through 12th grade on Sept. 4. They will attend school on Sept. 4 and 5, but Sept. 6 will be a professional development day with no classes. School will resume on Sept. 9. That also is the first day of classes for kindergartners. The hours for regular school days are: Elementary schools: 8:55 a.m. to 3:05 p.m. Middle schools: 8:25 a.m. to 2:35 p.m. High schools: 8 a.m. to 2:10 p.m. Portland Arts and Technology High School (PATHS) morning session: 8 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.; afternoon session: 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. West Program: 7:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On early release days, classes end one hour early. The early release hours at PATHS’ morning session are 8 a.m. to 10 a.m., and the afternoon session meets from 11 a.m. to 12:45 p.m. See the district calendar listing holidays, early release days and vacations: http://www2.portlandschools.org/sites/default/ files/13-14%20Final.pdf.”

Historical tours of Congress Square

12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Free. “Architectural Historian Scott Hanson will provide a dynamic look at the history of Congress Square. From churches and mansions to streetcars, hotels, museums, and plazas — this important intersection has been an epicenter of downtown Portland’s evolving development for more than two centuries. The half-hour tour starts inside SPACE Gallery with an illustrated talk and then finishes outside in Congress Square. Two tours are offered, 12:30 p.m. and 6 p.m. Tours are free and open to the public. Sponsored by the City of Portland Planning & Urban Development Department and hosted by SPACE Gallery.”

War of 1812 Historians’ Roundtable

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. War of 1812 Historians’ Roundtable. “Four historian-authors discuss the causes and effects of the Battle of the HMS Boxer and USS Enterprise within the context of the War of 1812. David Hanna (Knights of the Sea) moderates a panel that includes Vice Adm. (Ret.) George Emery (‘In Their Own Words’), James Nelson (‘George Washington’s Secret Navy’), and Joshua M. Smith (‘Battle for the Bay: The Naval War of 1812’). Maine Historical Society, https://www.mainehistory.org. “This event is part of a

week-long series of activities in Portland commemorating the Battle of the Boxer and Enterprise. The panelists’ books will be on sale in the museum store and a book signing will follow the talk.”

Medical Marijuana 101 free seminar in Augusta

7 p.m. “Wellness Connection of Maine (WCM) is hosting a free informational session for the public and patients about the basics of medical marijuana. Topics will include: benefits of using medical marijuana, an explanation of the current law and commentary from an expert osteopathic physician on its uses. The discussion aims to inform patients whether medical marijuana is right for them and how to legally obtain it. 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the Buker Community Center Senior Room, 22 Armory St., Augusta. Co-presenters: Becky Dekeuster M.Ed., ECD of WCM and Dustin Sulak, D.O. of Integr8 Health.”

Thursday, Sept. 5 Graveside service at Eastern Cemetery

1 p.m. “The Maine Historical Society and Maine Military Historical Society will host a graveside service with military honors at Portland’s Eastern Cemetery. Scheduled to speak are: David Googins, Maine Historical Society Chairman; Colonel Andres Gibson, Maine Army National Guard Chaplain; David Hanna, Author; Ann LePage, First Lady of Maine; Susie Kitchens, British Consulate General, Boston; Brigadier General James Campbell, Maine National Guard; Michael Brennan, Mayor of Portland; Herb Adams, Historian. The Italian Heritage Center Concert Band and the Maine Army National Guard will perform, and descendants of the captains will lay wreaths on their tombs.” MHS and MMHS will host this graveside service at Portland’s Eastern Cemetery honoring Capt. Burrows, Capt. Blyth and Lieut. Kervin Waters. “Members of the public are welcome to observe the graveside commemoration from Mountfort Street, but are asked to be respectful of the historic cemetery by remaining outside of the fenced area or along the path. This event is free and open to the public.” 200th Anniversary Ceremony for the Captains. http://www.spiritsalive.org

Auditions for ‘Hansel and Gretel’

3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland. www.kitetails.org. “We’re looking for actors ages of 8 to 17 for our fall production of ‘Hansel and Gretel.’ Actors should arrive any time between 3 and 5 with a one-minute monologue prepared. No acting experience is required; newcomers are welcome. To schedule an alternate audition time, contact Reba Short (828-1234 x247 or reba@kitetails.org) by Thursday, August 29th.” see next page


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Portland Observatory tours; part of anniversary

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Greater Portland Landmarks hosts evening tours of Portland Observatory. “On Sept. 5, 1813, during the War of 1812, the British HMS Boxer and the American USS Enterprise engaged in a naval battle off the coast of Monhegan, near Pemaquid anniversary of the historic battle will be the subject of a series of programs in Portland from Sept. 3-7 hosted by Maine Historical Society, in conjunction with the Maine Military Historical Society, Greater Portland Landmarks, Spirits Alive, and the City of Portland. Maine Historical Society will also display an exhibit about the battle through late October. Support for the Bicentennial Celebration is provided by the Maine Humanities Council.” More information about these programs can be found at http://www.mainehistory.org/ programs_1812.shtml.

Maine DOT meeting about North Elm Bridge

6 p.m. Notice of formal public meeting in Yarmouth To discuss future replacement of North Elm Bridge, Thursday, Sept. 5, 6 p.m., in The Community Room, Yarmouth Town Hall, 200 Main St. “Please join MaineDOT at a formal public meeting to discuss the future superstructure replacement of the North Elm Bridge (#5444), which carries E Elm Street over the Royal River, in Yarmouth. Representatives of the Maine Department of Transportation will be present ... to listen to concerns, receive comments, and answer questions from anyone with an interest in the project. The Department is particularly interested in learning local views relative to project consistency with local comprehensive plans, discovering local resources, and identifying local concerns and issues. Anyone with an interest is invited to attend and participate in the meeting.”

‘Sign Painters’ screening

7 p.m. SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St. “Sign Painters” screening. “There was a time, as recently as the 1980s, when storefronts, murals, banners, barn signs, billboards, and even street signs were all hand-lettered with brush and paint. But, like many skilled trades, the sign industry has been overrun by the techno-fueled promise of quicker and cheaper. The resulting proliferation of computer-designed, die-cut vinyl lettering and inkjet printers has ushered a creeping sameness into our landscape. Fortunately, there is a growing trend to seek out traditional sign painters and a renaissance in the trade. Join us for a follow up Q+A with Faythe Levine, and stay to have a look at Steady Work, an exhibition including work by five local sign painters. Copresented with the Portland Museum of Art. You can purchase Sam and Faythe’s Sign Painters book at the PMA store.” http://www.space538.org/events/sign-painters or http://www.portlandmuseum.org/Content/8238.shtml?PH PSESSID=ea3f7c7fd33c5cf91073aa290e0b893c

Boxer vs. Enterprise — Herb Adams presentation

7 p.m. to 9 p.m. East End Community School: Community Room. “Friends, mark your calendar! Historian Herb Adams will take us back 200 years to the famous sea battle between the HMS Boxer and USS Enterprise. While the battle took place off Pemaquid Point, you’ll learn about the role our City and neighborhood played. Roll & Go will be on hand to perform sea shanties about the historic naval fight The event complements the 200th Anniversary of the Boxer vs. Enterprise series hosted by the Maine Historical Society. If you like history, you’ll love Herb Adams’ presentation as he brings our backyard’s past to light. $5 for FoEP members; $8 for non-members. Free for those who become members that evening.” http://easternpromenade.org

Steamy Nights 2013

7:30 p.m. St. Lawrence Arts Center. “Don’t miss this sultry summer evening filled with collaborative and solo dance acts from all your favorite Portland Maine dance and burlesque groups! This performance is a benefit for St. Lawrence Arts. Come support local performers and a great nonprofit venue for the arts all at the same time. Featuring acts from groups and mostly soloists: Vivid Motion; Stripwrecked Burlesque; Grace Glamour; Candy Sprinkles; Ginger Rita; Pixie Bust; Little Boy Broadway; Hunky Dory; Dick Von Tassel and more. With MC Gay Jay. This performance is one show only starting at 7:30 p.m. on Sept. 5. For more information please visit: http://www.stlawrencearts.org.”

Friday, Sept. 6 ‘Maurice Sendak: 50 Years, Works, Reasons’

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Portland Public Library, Lewis Gallery. Sept. 6 to Oct. 25, 5 Monument Square, Portland. Lewis Gallery hours: Sunday, closed; Monday/Tuesday/Wednesday/Thursday, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. “A retrospective or original paintings and illustrations by Maurice Sendak honoring the 50th anniversary of when Where the Wild Things Are was originally published. Presidents, educators, renowned illus-

trators, friends and celebrities share thoughts about Maurice Sendak; how he inspired them, influenced their careers and touched their lives. The quotes are presented together with artwork, offering visitors food for thought, as well as a feast for their eyes. Presented by Portland Public Library and MECA.”

Anastasia S. Weigle at the MCMA

5 p.m. The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association September artist in the library, opening on Sept. 6 for the First Friday Downtown Art Walk, will be assemblage artist Anastasia S. Weigle, “The Dark Carnival Papers.” Tass was the July artist in 2012, exhibiting-”Down the Rabbit Hole.” For more info on Anastasia S. Weigle, visit http://www.anastasiaweigle.com or http://www.inabindstudio.com or http:// www.mainecharitablemechanicassociation.com

Thundered Over the Tide at MHS

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. First Friday, Thundered Over the Tide Exhibit Grand Opening. MHS hosts an exhibit of documents and objects related to the naval battle and joint funeral procession. Free during First Friday. Location: Maine Historical Society. www.mainehistory.org

Sam Jones/Liz Mortati/Alicia Ines Etheridge

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Show, Mayo Street Arts. Sam Jones, flickr.com/samjonesart; Liz Mortati, www.lizmortati.com; http://www.etsy.com/shop/yarrowandbirch; Alicia Ines Etheridge. http://mayostreetarts.org/calendar

SPACE Gallery First Friday Art Walk

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. SPACE Gallery First Friday Art Walk. “Join us for the opening of three new exhibits. An ambitious project in our annex by Greta Bank, NSFW, weaves an epic narrative about the confused agency of women; come see her perform as Gustav Menet. In our main gallery, we welcome five sign painters: Jimmy ‘Spike’ Birmingham, Pat Corrigan, Josh Luke, Kenji Nakayama and Will Sears, who have installed work that blurs the lines between commercial signage and art object in Steady Work. In the window, Rollin Leonard has created life-sized photographs of bodies that are face-mounted to over 3,000 1-inch by 1-inch plexiglass squares in his piece titled Pig Pile.”

‘So Emotional’ at Green Hand

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk opening of “So Emotional,” prints and drawings by Eric Hou, at the Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St., Portland. Friday, Sept. 6, from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. (on display through the end of November 2013). FMI: contact Michelle Souliere at 2536808 or michelle.souliere@gmail.com. “Eric Hou returns to the Green Hand with prints of his latest drawings. Come find out what those darn koalas are up to now! Viewers may remember some of his past exhibits of Koala High characters and other all-too-human creatures from the Salty Kisses animal universe.“

‘45 Years of No’ at Meg Perry Center

5 p.m. to 9 p.m. First Friday Art Walk at Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St. Portland. Show runs through September. “In Regards to the 45 Year Nestle Water Contract — The Hidden Ladder Collective, Meg Perry Center, Artists and Activists and individuals and families from around the state are standing up against the Nestle/Poland Spring cooperation with an art show called ‘45 Years of No.’ Forty Five Illustrated Letters, some as large as 4 feet, will be on display for September’s First Friday event. In addition to the featured artists, one wall of the Meg Perry Center will start the night empty and blank “NO” letters and art supplies will be available for visitors to illustrate their own letters and be entered in a month long Coloring Contest. A petition, video and and guest speakers will be speaking throughout the night.”

Guerrilla Downtown

5:30 p.m. Local directors and actors will join forces in a series of site-specific, 10-minute performances in the second installment of Guerrilla Downtown on the Sept. 6 First Friday Art Walk. The initial installment during August’s First Friday took place in the hallway of The Artist Studios, with over 200 First Friday participants experiencing the immediacy of site-specific performance. The location of September’s installment will be revealed on Sept 6 by logging into www.facebook/GuerillaDowntown.com or the Creative Portland website at www.FirstFridayArtWalk.com. Reba Short from the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, Nicholas Schroeder from Lorem Ipsum, and local director/actor Linda Shary will each create pieces based on ideas and material selected 48 hours beforehand and rehearsed with two actors at a downtown location TBA the day of the event. ... The First Friday events will take place on the half hour starting at 5:30 p.m., drawing audiences from the crowd as well as from new-fashioned ‘flash-media’ and good old-fashioned hand-bills. Guerrilla Downtown is funded in part by a grant from the Maine Arts Commission, an independent state agency supported by the National Endowment for the Arts.”

First Friday at the Irish heritage center,

6 p.m. Maine Irish Heritage Center, corner of Gray and

State streets. “Stop by the Maine Irish Heritage Center (corner of State Street & Gray Street) during First Friday Art Walk! Come join labor leaders, artists and activists as we celebrate the victorious campaign to have the Maine Labor Mural, created by Maine artist Judy Taylor, liberated from captivity and triumphantly displayed at the Maine State Museum. MIHC will usher in our first Friday Art Walk with a bang! We’ll display: life-size silk banner recreations of the Maine Labor Mural panels reproduced by MECA MFA graduate Nancy Nesvet; photographs by Guy Saldnaha, Maine based documentary photographer and owner of Harbor Works Gallery; original art created by labor activist and artist Gail Wartell (who will be on hand to discuss her art and politics); and a series of banners recently produced by the Union of Maine Visual Artists, ARRT! (Artists Rapid Response Team) that deal with the issue of Healthcare as a Human Right. A distinguished panel, including Jeff Young, lead attorney in the mural lawsuit, and local Maine artist Rob Shetterly will be on hand to discuss the intersection of art and activism. http://www.maineirish.com.”

Comedy by Design

6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. “End your First Friday Art Walk with coffee, music, and laughter! Portland Comedy Co-op presents: Comedy by Design, a monthly showcase featuring veteran and up and coming comedians from all over Maine and New England. This month features comedians Sam Ike and Tim Hofmann as well as members of the Portland Comedy Co-op. In addition to the jokes, the show kicks off at 6:30 with a musical guest! Free admission. Hosted by the Portland Comedy Co-op at Coffee by Design, 67 India St., Portland.”

‘Dinosaurs at Dusk’ at Southworth Planetarium

7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m. “This September: Full Dome Dinosaurs attack the Southworth Planetarium! ‘Dinosaurs at Dusk’ — a whirlwind time travel adventure back to the epoch of the dinosaurs! Starts in September at the Southworth Planetarium. First showings: Friday, Sept. 6, 7 p.m. and 8:30 p.m.” For full September schedule and admission, call 780-4249 or e-mail egleason@usm.maine.edu for more information or to reserve a space. (Considering this is a full dome dinosaur show, making reservations is advisable.)

POV screening of ‘56 Up’

7:30 p.m. A documentary film by Michael Apted, at Portland Public Library for Summer POV Documentary Films series. “In 1964, a group of British 7-year-olds were interviewed about their lives and dreams in the ground-breaking television documentary ‘Seven Up.’ Since then, renowned director Michael Apted has returned to film the same subjects every seven years, creating one of television’s greatest projects. In ‘56 Up,’ the ‘kids’ have settled into middle age and come to terms with both hope and disappointment.” For more information visit www.pbs.org/pov. Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700, www.portlandlibrary.com

Portland Playback: ‘Our Town, or Your Town’

7:30 p.m. “On First Friday, Sept. 6, Portland Playback Theatre will honor ‘Our Town, or Your Town.’ Audience members are invited to tell their stories about the towns and cities we live in and where we grew up and watch our improvisors re-enact the story on the spot. Whether it’s Portland or Wichita, there is a story that makes it special. Every month, Portland Playback uses improvisation to honor true stories from audience members’ lives. Find out more at www.portlandplayback.com.” CTN5 Studio, 516 Congress Street, Portland. $7 suggested donation at the door.

Dark Follies First Friday Show

8 p.m. Monument Square, Portland. Cost: By Donation. “Come one, Come all to see the Dark Follies in their last First Friday show of the season! Join us for live music, dance, juggling, storytelling and flow performances in Monument Square. Featuring the talents of The Dark Follies Vaudevillians and The Dark Follies Not Just Rhythm Orchestra! You donations to support the artists who entertain you are greatly appreciated. Born of a love of street theater and a desire to bring together the talent in Portland’s goth community, Dark Follies began bringing its special brand of street vaudeville to life during Portland’s First Friday Art Walks in Autumn of 2008. Over the next four years they have produced multiple stage shows and have performed around the northeast at the Cape Cod Festival of Magic, The Steampunk World’s Fair, The Watch City Festival and the Shelburne Museum. They have won Best Street Performer in the Portland Phoenix Best of Portland Awards two years running (2011 & 2012).” FMI: www.darkfollies.com or darkfollies@gmail.com, 671-4292

Port City Swing Dance

8 p.m. “Live music by The Lay-Z-Gait Band! Lessons 8 p.m.; dance 9 p.m. Woodford’s Club. No partner needed, beginners encouraged! 179 Woodford St., Portland. $10. FMI — FB: Mainiac Swing Dance Society, portcityswing. com, 563-8632.”


Page 16 — The PORTLAND Daily Sun, Tuesday, September 3, 2013

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