THURSDAY, JANUARY 20, 2011
VOL. 2 NO. 249
PORTLAND’S DAILY NEWSPAPER
City wins $3.196M in homeless grants
Game on in the front yard
HUD funds seen as ‘critical money’ BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Portland received nearly $3.2 million in federal money for homeless relief, most of it in the form of subsidized housing, officials announced Wednesday. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development announced its Continuum of Care grants, which provide permanent and transitional housing to homeless people as well as services including job training, health care, mental health counseling, substance abuse treatment and child care. The one homeless service not awarded funding in Portland was the city’s newest — Florence House, a center on Valley Street
that houses up to 25 formerly homeless women and provides a short-term place to live for up to 40 more women. But the $7.9 million facility, christened last June, didn’t receive funding because it’s too new to be on the list of recurring funding sources, explained Jon Bradley, associate director at Preble Street Resource Center. Preble Street and Avesta Housing teamed up to build Florence House. “Florence House isn’t in there because it’s new this year,” Bradley said. HUD’s Continuum of Care grants are awarded competitively to local programs. “It’s critical money, it funds see HOMELESS page 3
Police: Grocery store robber also hit bank BY MATT DODGE THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Owen Dionne, 9, practices his hockey moves on a homemade ice rink in North Deering. His father, Ron, decided to take the plunge into the rink community, building a frozen pond for his son. For a story on this brand of Maine innovation, see Sports, page 7. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Portland police say a man arrested in connection with two grocery store robberies over a 24-hour period also robbed a Forest Avenue bank during his Tuesday afternoon spree that ended when police used a Taser to subdue the suspect. Howard Gribbin, 45, listed by police as a transient, is suspected of Gribbin robbing the clerk at the service desk of the Hannaford supermarket on Philbrook Road near the Maine Mall
at 11 a.m. on Tuesday. He left without getting any cash. Gribbin is also believed to have robbed the Shaw’s supermarket on Waterman Drive in South Portland Monday night at 6 p.m. when authorities say a man in his late 40s mentioned a gun and demanded money from a clerk. Authorities now say that, shortly before being arrested, Gribbin also approached a teller at the Bank of America at 446 Forest Ave., saying he had a gun and demanding money. The suspect then fled the bank with an undisclosed amount of money, and witnesses reported that they say Gribbin leave the area in a taxi. see SPREE page 3
Farewell to a muse
The woman who saved the Union?
Bethel’s Simon Dumont’s focused on the ski halfpipe
See Bob HIggins on page 4
See Adam Goodheart’s column on page 5
See the story in Sports, page 8
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Home cooking for pets (NY TImes) — Orion’s appetizer was a giant carrot. The Alaskan malamute, a 12-year-old who bounced into the kitchen like a puppy, followed that with a main course of ground raw chicken necks and livers, red cabbage, cucumbers, carrots, berries, garlic and parsley, formed into tidy patties. He licked it off a plate embellished in blue and green flowers. Like nearly everything else Orion has eaten for most of his life, this meal was prepared for him by his owner, Barbara Laino. Her standard recipe, which will feed Orion along with the other dog and the three cats in her house for around 10 days, calls for grinding 40 pounds of pasture-raised chicken necks with another 20 pounds of chicken giblets. To this, she adds five pounds of carrots, a whole cabbage and several other fruits, all from the organic fields of Midsummer Farm, Ms. Laino’s farm in Warwick, N.Y. Finally, she blends the mix with herbs and supplements. Ms. Laino, 39, demonstrated her technique at a workshop on homemade pet food that she gave in her kitchen in July. In addition to the workshop, which she has led regularly for the last four years, she also coaches human clients who want to eat seasonally and organically. And in fact, her philosophy for the two classes is not all that different. She says she wants for her pets what she wants for herself: a healthy diet of unprocessed organic foods. “We know processed foods are wrong for us,” Ms. Laino said, scratching behind Orion’s ears as he licked his nose and paws clean. “It has to be wrong for them. If you can feed yourself healthily and your children, then you can feed your pets healthily, too. It really isn’t that hard.” According to many veterinarians and pet food producers, it can, in fact, be quite hard to formulate an animal’s diet at home. But Ms. Laino, the students in her workshop and others say they have reasons for taking on the challenge. Many of them say they made the switch out of desperation after their animals had lingering illnesses that resisted medicine and other remedies. With home-cooked meals, they say, those health problems cleared up. But they also say it’s hard to justify dumping a can of mystery meat for Bo while the rest of the family is sitting down to grass-fed osso buco with a side of biodynamic polenta. As people eat more sustainable seasonal produce and meat raised and butchered outside the industrial system, so do their pets.
A cat will be your friend, but never your slave.” —Theophile Gautier
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Obama presses human rights, trade with Hu BY MARGARET TALEY AND WARREN P. STROBEL MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS
U.S. President Barack Obama and Chinese President Hu Jintao hold a joint press conference in the East Room of the White House on Wednesday in Washington, D.C. (Olivier Douliery/Abaca Press/MCT)
WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama pressed China on Wednesday to improve its human rights record and let its currency float freely, delivering pointed messages on key U.S. priorities even as he rolled out a lavish welcome for Chinese President Hu Jintao in China’s first state visit since 1997. The leaders of the world’s two largest economies, meeting at the White House, pledged mutual cooperation on a daunting array of global issues. They announced $45 billion in deals for U.S. exports to China, including 200 Boeing airplanes. They discussed matters ranging from economic development to containing nuclear threats from North Korea and Iran and keeping the peace in Sudan. Hu was feted in an elaborate arrival ceremony, a star-studded State Department lunch and a lavish state dinner. Bill Clinton, Jimmy Carter, Henry Kissinger, Yo Yo Ma and Barbra Streisand were among 225 anticipated dinner guests. First lady Michelle Obama’s office said the Chinese delegation had asked for a “quintessentially American” night. Jazz artists were to perform. Lobster, rib eye steak and apple pie were on the dinner menu. But big underlying differences between the two powers, especially on currency and human rights concerns, were on display during a four-question joint news conference. Obama, who’s been criticized for hosting Hu while Nobel peace laureate Liu Xiaobo languishes in a Chinese jail, said at the news conference that he’d been “very candid” with the Chinese president on the human rights issue. Hu rarely addresses the question of China’s human rights record in public, but he told a questioner that “a lot still needs to be done in China in terms of human rights.”
Hard part begins for GOP: Replacing health care law BY DAVID LIGHTMAN MCCLATCHY NEWSPAPERS
WASHINGTON — After taking a largely symbolic stand on Wednesday, Republicans on Thursday will begin a new phase of their effort to overturn the sweeping 2010 health care law, pursuing a variety of strategies: court tests, funding cutoffs and piecemeal changes. The GOP-led House of Representatives voted Wednesday 245-189 to repeal the law, but that effort is likely to go nowhere in a Senate still ruled by Democrats, and even if it passed there, repeal wouldn’t survive a certain presidential veto. That’s one reason why on Thursday the House plans another vote directing its committees to look for specific changes they can make to the health care law. Changes over the next two years could involve reducing paperwork burdens on businesses, permitting the sale of coverage across state lines, denying the government funds to implement the law, and denying funds for a series of grants and other health-related programs. Still, many political hurdles stand between House Republicans and success in those endeavors, as one house of Congress generally needs to reach compromise with
the other house — and the president — to achieve anything. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell of Kentucky said the GOP will push for repeal despite the seemingly long odds, since Democrats control 53 of the 100 seats. “The Democratic leadership in the Senate doesn’t want to vote on this bill,” McConnell said after the House vote. “But I assure you, we will. We should repeal this law and focus on common-sense steps that actually lower costs and encourage private sector job creation.” Republicans may have a better chance of success in court. Some 25 other states have joined Florida’s lawsuit in federal court challenging the health care law — six signed on Tuesday — and Virginia is pressing a separate case. All those states echo a key Republican argument in contending that the law’s requirement that nearly everyone buy insurance by 2014 or face penalties is unconstitutional. In December, federal District Court Judge Henry Hudson ruled that a person can’t be forced to buy coverage; the Obama administration is appealing. But Virginia, which filed the suit, also is appealing, saying that Hudson should have overturned the entire law. The case is expected to wind up before
the U.S. Supreme Court. First, though, some Democrats in Congress say they’re open to some change: “We will certainly look at any good ideas that come down,” said House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md. But they also warn that the law is a carefully crafted balancing act, and removing one piece could jeopardize the success of another. For instance, Republicans are eager to overturn the individual mandate, but would keep the terms barring insurers from rejecting people with pre-existing conditions. Doing that, though, risks sending premiums higher, since in theory healthy people would be less inclined to buy coverage while the number of people needing coverage would increase. “The argument for a mandate is that if you’re going to lower costs, improve access and improve the quality of care, you have to increase the risk pool,” said House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif. Several bipartisan discussions are under way on Capitol Hill about possible changes in the law, but without strong support from the administration they are expected to languish.
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Maine received more than $9.4 million in homeless aid HOMELESS from page one
most of the homeless activities that we do,” said Bradley. The list of programs renewed include: • MaineStay, youth and young adult transitional housing — $307,099. • Logan Place, efficiency apartments that target homeless people with 24-hour support on site — $304,266. • Portland Collaborative, case work and outreach services at several shelters — $158.125. • 22 Park Avenue, transitional housing for parenting teens, run by Youth Alternatives Ingraham — $126,936. • Morrison Place, transitional housing and treatment for homeless adults with co-occurring disorders, specifically mental health and substance abuse issues — $82,356. • MAPS/StepUp!, pregnant and parenting women housing — $71,355. • Bell Street, transitional housing for families — $70,652. Portland’s $3.196 million share included nearly $2
Christina Grifﬁn (left), Florence House supervisor, and Maria Tripp, director of residential services for Preble Street nonproﬁt resource agency, show off emergency shelter beds at Florence House. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)
million for “shelter plus care” housing vouchers for people who meet HUD criteria — rent reimbursement to landlords similar to Section 8 subsidized
housing, explained Portland Social Services Division Administrator Bob Duranleau. HUD awarded more than $9.4 million in funding to keep 46 homeless assistance programs in Maine operating in the coming year, the agency announced. “This funding is very important to the consumers that we help, this is the only pot of money that goes directly to the service providers, the shelters,” Duranleau said. “If we didn’t get it we’d be in tough shape,” said Bradley. In addition to HUD’s annual Continuum of Care grant, the agency allocated $1.5 billion in one-time money through its federal stimulus-funded Homeless Prevention and Rapid Re-housing Program. This outlay included a two-year grant of $876,120 awarded in 2009 to the Portland Health and Human Services Department, Social Services Division, to help pay for salaries of housing counselors, who were hired to provide housing relocation and stabilization services, the city reported. For a link to the grants, visit http://portal.hud. gov/.
Standoff with suspect perfect scenario for deployment of Taser, police report SPREE from page one
Police dispatchers contacted the cab company and learned that Gribbin was en route to Weymouth Street, where officers arrived to find a man fitting the description of the bank robber walking away from the cab. Police reports say Gribbin refused to stop for officers and went into the back yard of a Congress Street property and went under a porch. When officers approached, police say, he came out from under the porch with his hands in his pockets and told officers “shoot me, I have a gun” without showing a weapon. Gribbin, who was also wanted on robbery warrants from South Portland Police, was tased and taken into custody by Portland Police, who did not find a gun on the suspect, according to Lt. Gary Rogers of the Portland Police. “Gribbin is a known drug user who seems to be getting more desperate.
He should be considered dangerous and nobody should attempt to approach him,” said South Portland police in a press release issued during a brief manhunt Tuesday. Rogers said that drug use often creates a situation that leads to such crime sprees. “People do get desperate and act desperately and violently,” said Rogers. The standoff with Gribbin was the perfect scenario for deployment of the Taser, according to Rogers. “You certainly have a concerning situation — a person just claimed to have a gun but wouldn’t follow the officer’s command to show their hands. It’s not necessarily a deadly force situation, so the Taser helps you, it’s another tool you can use,” said Rogers. The suspect was treated by paramedics at the scene and transported to Maine Medical Center. Gribbin has since been transferred to Cumberland County Jail, according to Rogers.
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Keep dogs out of cold weather, South Portland group urges Editor, Here we are in the dead of winter, and we at Maine Friends of Animals want to make sure that people take the proper precautions to ensure their dogs are safe and warm. Dogs should be kept indoors during cold and wet weather whenever possible. If your pooch needs a potty break while you’re at work, see if a friend or neighbor can come by, or consider installing a dog door. Provide extra food as dogs burn more calories in the cold. Clean off their paws when they come in. If you MUST keep your dog outdoors for an extended period of time provide a sturdy doghouse. Use straw bedding as anything else will get wet and freeze. Have an off-center door with a flap to keep the wind out. Face the doghouse to the south and elevate it off the ground. Make sure food and water are available at all times and ensure the water is not frozen. Let’s do all we can to ensure our four-legged friends are comfortable this winter! Thanks. Don Kimball Coordinator, MFOA South Portland
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Farewell to a muse Since I began writing this column about two years ago now, I’ve often used the device of including a friend of mine without including her name. “She who will not be named” used to take great delight on me using that in-joke. It also described the relationship between us. Sometimes, while hanging out and causing mischief of all sorts, those rare moments of “relationship status” would sneak up on us. Were we a couple? Were we friends minus benefits? Potential unindicted cellmates? We would look at each other and shrug, declining to try and figure it out. I settled on the not-named moniker for her by chance, and it stuck. Every time she read it in print, she got that cheap thrill, but somewhere down deep I know she got a bigger charge than she’d admit. On Wednesday afternoon, I was told that she had died at her home last Saturday. Over the past few months, we had drifted apart a bit more than usual. I’d been busy with work and such, and she had been busy “trying not to drive me nuts.” It’s rare when two lives can intersect
Bob Higgins ––––– Daily Sun Columnist and overlap without doing irreparable damage to either one, but we managed it. We worked hard at staying out of each other’s way. She had her demons, and I have mine. We both tried really hard to keep them separate, lest they co-mingle and form some super demon that would destroy us both. I was bent on finally chipping out a career writing for a living, and she was determined to get her dance act more frequent gigs. Some in Portland who attended one of the fashion shows held at SPACE Gallery last year had seen her perform. It was an “Ariel Silk” act, done on a low stage, but with all the classic moves you would see in a Cirque Du Soleil show. For a while, she did the show at STYXX nightclub. It worked for a while, but fell apart just as quickly. The reasons aren’t important, just the fact that she
thought her act had merit, that some people in Portland would enjoy it, and she was determined to keep on trying no matter what the obstacle. She was a tough young woman, and life had kicked her in the ass more than a few times for it. She told me the story of when she was working as a dancer at a club in Florida, and hanging out with the Outlaws Motorcycle Club. A notorious bunch of bikers, they were “entertaining” a collection of heads of international OMC chapters, and the one from Scotland got a bit too grabby. She knew just how to deal with a Scotsman. She head-butted him right off the chair. Normally, she claimed, such a response might have gotten her abandoned in a body-bag in the swamps of South Florida. But the biker in question thought it was a hoot, and asked her to sit with him and get drunk for the rest of the night. She and I first met a few years back, after she had been involved in a horrific car accident. The friendship grew, but she saw my life spinning out of control, and said so. When I finally crashed and crashed hard, she was the one person in this city who offered me see HIGGINS page 5
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The woman who saved the Union? Washington, D.C., Jan. 19, 1861 Hovering hour after hour above the hailstorms of brimstone and torrents of invective in Congress – Northerners heaping scorn on Southern slave-drivers; Southerners blasting Northern abolitionists; moderates begging fruitlessly for national harmony – one person in the room seemed to keep her peace. A congressman later recollected: “There sat daily in the [balcony] a short, stout, middle-aged maiden lady, intently listening through an ear trumpet to the ineffective talk.” She would prove far more effective than most of those legislators. Indeed, certain people would claim afterward that the “maiden lady” had a greater impact on the Civil War’s outcome than any of the men below. Some went so far as to call her “the woman who saved the Union.” In any case, Anna Ella Carroll was one of the most gifted politicians in the Capitol. Like her home state, she bridged North and South – and linked an older America with a newer one. The 45-year-old Carroll was a daughter of Maryland, as well as of a remarkable political dynasty. Her father had been governor three decades earlier; her cousin had been the last surviving signer of the Declaration of Independence. Although born and raised on a remote plantation on the eastern shore of the Chesapeake Bay, she had grown up reading Shakespeare, Kant, Blackstone and Coke – paying far more attention to literature, law and philosophy than needlework and housekeeping. At age 14, when her father took office, she was already advising him on statecraft, offering sage wisdom derived from the ancient Greek lawgiver and military strategist Lycurgus of Sparta. Beware of indecisive moderate politicians, she warned him: “It is my principle, as well as that of Lycurgus … that they are the inveterate enemies of the state.” During the secession winter of 1860-61, Maryland’s indecisive, moderate leaders needed all the wisdom and statecraft they could muster. No one was feeling the strain more than the slaveholding, Unionist governor, Thomas Hicks. Amid the crisis, he turned to the stout lady with the ear trumpet. On Jan. 19, 1861, he wrote a letter to Carroll asking her to lobby the politicians in Washington on behalf of her home state – to urge them, in short, to do anything that
Adam Goodheart ––––– The New York Times might preserve peace. Sickened by the “harrassings of calculating demagogues” on both sides, he expressed his devout wish “that Congress may early do something to stave off and [prevent] a collision.” (And yet the governor had also recently declared: “I am a slaveholder, not by accident, but by purchase, out of the hard earnings of a long life of toil …. I have never lived and should be sorry to be obliged to live, in a State where slavery does not exist, and I never will do so if I can avoid it.”) Perhaps more than any other part of the country, Maryland was pulled between divided allegiances. Fireeaters in Virginia were calling for their state to band together with its slaveholding neighbor across the Potomac, “seize the National Capital, and by force of arms prevent the inauguration of Mr. Lincoln.” Maryland’s own leading newspaper, the Baltimore Sun, was only slightly less emphatic, declaring: “If disunion proves inevitable, the line will be drawn North of Maryland.” With Washington, D.C., cut off from the rest of the nation, the Union was unlikely to survive. Yet other Marylanders felt very differently. Their state, especially the Baltimore region, had drawn large numbers of immigrants, who felt little direct connection to the plantation economy. And even though slaveholders still dominated its political elite, many recognized that their own interests were far different from those of the Cotton Belt. Contrasting Maryland to South Carolina, one planter wrote: Beyond the mere “institution” of slavery there is nothing in common between us. … slavery is a necessity with her; – with us it is a convenience.– Without it her lands would be a desolate waste; without it we could [still] have plentiful harvests and rich garners. She is a buyer [of slaves] because of this inexorable necessity; and therefore has an interest in keeping prices at a low figure. We are sellers because we must get rid of our surplus negro population; and therefore interested in keeping prices up. She wants the restrictions taken off the African slave-trade in
Anna Ella Carroll (Image courtesy of Library of Congress/NYT)
order to get cheap labor. We want the restrictions to continue in order to get high prices for our slaves. … We are on the border; – she is environed by an impregnable cordon of slave states. … We cannot secede. Secession with us is actual war, and war is devastation. In short, the writer concluded, “Maryland is like a man standing on the brink of a precipice in the dark. She cannot step one way or the other without the danger of precipitating her own ruin.” Carroll herself, however, was certain that she knew which way her state must step. She had supported Lincoln in the recent presidential contest – indeed, she had celebrated his victory by emancipating her own slaves. She had the backbone that Governor Hicks lacked. And she was a skilled propagandist and polemicist who had already authored numerous articles and pamphlets on matters of national importance, from party politics to the troubles in Kansas to American designs on Cuba. Though she renounced any belief in “women’s rights,” she also insisted that her sex should participate vocally in public life. “God has given to woman to enlighten America,” she wrote, “and America to enlighten the world.” Carroll’s lobbying efforts in Washington amounted to little – at least for the time being. (“How could you suppose I could ever advocate reconstruction?” Jefferson Davis scolded her.) Yet she did play a crucial role in the early months of 1861. As Governor Hicks’s confidante and fre-
quent correspondent, she steadfastly urged him to stay true to the Union. As Maryland’s chief executive vacillated this way and that, she used flattery to steady his course: “As a daughter of Maryland, I am proud to have her destiny in the hands of one so worthy of her ancient great name; one who will never betray the sacred trust imposed on him. … I shall continue to fight your battle to the end.” That spring, when Union soldiers on their way to Washington were attacked by a Baltimore mob, and pro-Southern Marylanders called for Hicks to block any more such crossings, Carroll again steeled his nerve. “You cannot deny the right of transit to the Northern troops through the territory of Maryland, called by the President to defend their capital and your own,” she lectured him. And the governor obeyed. In mid-January 1861, the battle for Maryland was far from over. And yet, as Hicks himself would write to her later that year: When all was dark and dreadful in Maryland’s future, when the waves of secession were beating down furiously upon your frail executive, borne down with private as well as public grief, you stood nobly by and watched the storm and skillfully helped to work the ship, until, thank God, helmsman and crew were safe in port. Sources: Albert Gallatin Riddle, “Recollections of War Times: Reminiscences of Men and Events in Washington, 1860-1865 ; Janet L. Coryell, “Neither Heroine Nor Fool: Anna Ella Carroll of Maryland”; Sarah Ellen Blackwell, “A Military Genius: Life of Anna Ella Carroll, of Maryland”; Lawrence M. Denton, “A Southern Star for Maryland: Maryland and the Secession Crisis, 1860-1861”; Easton (Md.) Gazette, Jan. 12, 1861; New York Times, Jan. 12, 1861; James Biser Whisker, ed., “Anna Ella Carroll (1815-1893), American Political Writer of Maryland”; Carol C. Marks, “Moses and the Monster and Miss Anne”; Jefferson Davis to Carroll, March 1, 1861, in Lynda Lasswell Cryst, ed.. “The Papers of Jefferson Davis,” Vol. 7. (Adam Goodheart is the author of the forthcoming book “1861: The Civil War Awakening.” He lives in Washington, D.C., and on the Eastern Shore of Maryland, where he is the Hodson Trust-Griswold Director of Washington College’s C.V. Starr Center for the Study of the American Experience.)
Many friends now realize how badly she needed our help HIGGINS from page 4
a couch, and words of comfort. I would survive, and move on to bigger things. The important thing was to never “tap out.” Last April Fools Day, I had a horrific prank involving her all planned. It involved a walk in Monument Square, “just happening” to run into a few of her friends there, one knee, and a jewelry box filled with
a disgusting proposal. Unable to pull it together in time, I told her about it later that night. “If you had done that, fatman, I would have said yes. Right after I knocked out that last snaggletooth of yours.” She is gone. No real reason to go into how or why right now. But there are those who helped her along her destructive path, and to them I’d advise a quick change in address, possibly to the other side of the
planet. Many friends now realize how badly she needed our help, and as the old saying goes, “many hands make light work.” She had a name, it was Jessica-Lin Sorrentos Gibson. She was my friend, and so much more. (Bob Higgins is a regular contributor to The Portland Daily Sun.)
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Actress wins award for part in Maine-made horror ﬁlm DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT Maine actress Sue Stevens was recently named Fright Meter’s 2010 Best Supporting Actress for her work in the locally made horror movie “The Wrong House.” Her competition included fellow nominees Katie Cassidy from the $35 million “A Nightmare on Elm Street” reboot and Ashley Bell from Eli Roth’s “The Last Exorcism.” The film was inspired by a break-in at the home of Stevens and her husband, writer/director Shawn French. It tells the story of a group of friends who burglarize a remote home in the Maine woods and learn too late they picked The Wrong House. “I’m still in a whole lot of awe and disbelief,” Stevens said. “This all started as a way to vent after the house was broken into and now we have an actual movie in hand (and a pretty good one at that!) and I have a Best Supporting Actress award. Unbelievable.” Stevens also produced “The Wrong House” and helped come up with the story for this, her first feature film. This is the second recent national award for the Maine-made film, which was also named one
Local actress Sue Stevens won a national award for her performance in “The Wrong House.” (COURTESY PHOTO)
of the 10 Best Horror Movies of 2010 by Fatallyyours.com. FrightMeter.com editor Troy Escamilla has been honoring the best in horror since 1999 and this
marks the first nomination or win for any Maine production. “Stevens’ performance towers as she creates one of the most disturbing and interesting female villains in recent memory,” Escamilla wrote of the local actress. Stevens follows in the footsteps of previous award winners Anna Faris, Karen Black, Jennifer Carpenter and Mia Farrow. Other 2010 Fright Meter winners were “Let Me In” (Best Picture, Screenplay, Leading Actress), “Frozen” (Director, Supporting Actor), “The Human Centipede” (Leading Actor) and “Hatchet II” (Special FX). Stevens says her role in “The Wrong House” played a key part in her recovery from the break-in. “By the time we wrapped filming, I felt completely empowered and was no longer the victim,” she said. “Write a movie… exact some revenge… heal.” “The Wrong House” is available at all Bull Moose music location in Maine/NH and at Amazon.com. Later this spring, Elite Entertainment will be releasing this Maine film nationally on DVD/BluRay. The Elite release will be loaded with over an hour of behind-the-scenes featurettes.
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Maine-based tall tale of Paul Bunyan. Ian Bannon, Figures of Speech’s director of education explains, “I’ve been fretting over the fact that we are, generationally, losing touch with America’s rich history of storytelling. Characters like Paul Bunyan, Pecos Bill and John Henry embody our collective spirit as Americans. With all of the talk about immigration policies and border safety, it’s good to remember our commonalities through these legends of tenacity, ingenuity and bravery and as well as the immigrants and pioneers upon whom they are based.” The 12-member ensemble will use
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Man charged with driving more than 100 mph claims he was being chased BY ABIGAIL CURTIS THE BANGOR DAILY NEWS
BELFAST (McClatchy) — A Morrill man allegedly on a 100 mile per hour ride this week — at times with his lights off — was issued two criminal summonses after an off-duty game warden said he caught him in the act. Gary J. Desautels, 20, had been driving a 2003 Subaru station wagon on Monday night in Morrill when Warden Chris Dyer apparently noticed that he was driving erratically, according to a Belfast police official. “When Warden Dyer first saw the vehicle, it was traveling at speeds of over 100 miles per hour,” Detective Bryan Cunningham said Wednesday afternoon. The warden tried to follow the Subaru, but “couldn’t keep up with him,” Cunningham said. Then Desautels appeared to be trying to evade Dyer, the detective said, by turning his headlights off, driving erratically and even hiding from him in a parking lot. When a Belfast officer arrested him on the Marsh Road at 8:50 p.m., Desautels claimed that he had been having trouble with his lights. He also said that he had noticed a truck following him when he left his house, and then tried to speed up in order to lose its driver. Desautels was issued a criminal summons for exceeding the speed limit by 30 miles per hour or more and one for driving to endanger. He was also issued violation summonses for failure to stop at a stop sign, for operating without lights after dark and for failure to display an approved registration plate. Copyright (c) 2011, Bangor Daily News. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
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Nothing rinky-dink about at-home hockey pond BY JEFF PETERSON SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
You see them popping up all over the Portland area this time of year, as man-made frozen ponds grace just about every neighborhood. Some are just for casual skating, but some parents put in hours of work to build mini ice rinks for their little hockey players. A couple of months ago, Ron Dionne decided to take the plunge into the rink community, building a frozen pond for his 9-year-old son, Owen. The rink is in the front yard of his North Deering home. “I had talked with other parents who had built rinks and seen what they had done,” said Dionne. “I thought it would be a great way for my son to practice his skills without driving to the rink and go out and skate really any time he wanted.” The project started over a month ago with Dionne and his son taking measurements, surveying and cutting wood on the weekends. They decided to build it in the front yard because it appeared to be flatter than the backyard. “That ended up not being the case,” said Dionne. “What I ended up with was a rink that has depth everywhere from four inches to 24 inches. It ended up becoming a much bigger task than I anticipated. There have been lots of fun days, but lots of frustrating ones as well. After building the sides of the rink and making sure everything was level, the Dionnes then put plastic down to eventually hold the ice. Then it was time to monitor the forecast and look for a stretch of cold weather, cold enough to freeze water put into a rink 16 feet by 40 feet. Once the weather cooperated, the man-made pond was filled with water. After a week or so, it was frozen enough for Owen Dionne to skate. “It’s nice,” said Owen. “I can now play anytime I want. I have friends come over or I just play by myself. I really appreciate my dad building it. It is really cool.” Besides skating on it, Owen also has to maintain the rink. “When we had six to eight inches of snow after the last storm he was out shoveling the surface and then grooming the ice,” said Dionne. The first time was a learning experience for Ron Dionne. “I really didn’t know what I was up against, said Dionne. “I should have started earlier.”
A man-made pond serves its purpose. Owen Dionne, 9, of North Deering tries out his family’s front-yard hockey rink. (COURTESY PHOTO)
The rink and the process are pretty impressive when you consider Dionne really didn’t know that much about hockey until about three years ago. Growing up in the Bangor area, he never played hockey – his high school didn’t even have a hockey team. The Dionnes got into hockey when their son, then 6, joined Casco Bay Hockey. Owen now skates with the Wild in the squirt league. “I am still new to the sport,” said the elder Dionne. “ ut I really like the sport. I guess I have to, to build a rink in my front yard.” Ron Dionne does get out on the ice every now and then, but make no mistake about it, he says the rink is for his son. “I can basically skate straight and that is about it,” said Dionne. “I built it for Owen, and his enjoyment has made everything worth it.” When I asked Ron if he planned on building a rink again next year, he paused, probably to ponder all the hours he has put into the project. “Maybe,” he said, “Probably. Okay, I will. Next year can’t be as tough.” At least he can only hope so. No matter what happens next year, it’s game on this winter in the front yard of the Dionnes.
Nearly half of attendees at pro sporting events consumed alcohol, research ﬁnds (McClatchy) This is for anyone who’s ever encountered a drunken fan at a sporting event. University of Minnesota researchers tested the blood alcohol content of 362 people to see how much folks drink when they go to professional baseball and football games. In their study, released Tuesday, they determined that 40 percent of the participants had some alcohol in their system and 8 percent were drunk, based on the legal BAC threshold of .08 or higher.
“Given the number of attendees at these sporting events, we can be talking about thousands of people leaving a professional sporting event who are legally intoxicated,” lead author Darin Erickson said. To collect the data, research staff waited outside 13 Major League Baseball and three National Football League games and randomly approached fans as they left. Those who consented took a breath test and answered questions about when, where and how much they drank on game day.
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Dumont’s focused on the ski halfpipe BY MARTY BASCH SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Bethel’s Simon Dumont has a lot going for him, but there’s one thing he doesn’t have. An Olympic medal. The reality is that right now he can’t even compete for one. It’s doesn’t matter that the 2004 Telstar High School graduate has skied in the X Games since 2002 and garnered an incredible collection of medals. It doesn’t matter he once leapt more than 35 feet out of a 38-foot quarter pipe at Sunday River in 2008 to claim the world record. And although it’s impressive that he won the opening freeski superpipe contest at the Winter Dew Tour in Breckenridge, Colo. last month and is competing this weekend at the Tour’s stop in Killington, Vt., it still only gives him bragging rights when it comes to the Olympic dream. But what Dumont, and many other winter action sports heroes, has going for him is that the International Ski Federation, the governing body of the Olympics, is considering three new action sports for the 2014 Olympic Winter Games in Russia: snowboard slopestyle, ski slopestyle and ski halfpipe. That last one makes Dumont’s day. “I’m really focusing on halfpipe skiing and winning an Olympic medal,” said Maine’s lord of the superpipe by phone last week before flying east from Colorado for this weekend’s contest. Until a decision is announced, Dumont continues to fly high above the icy walls of the halfpipe. Ski half-
pipe was added to the Grand Prix circuit for the first time this season and the 24-four-old finished in third place last month at Copper Mountain, Colo. That provided him with a berth on the 2011 World Championship team for ski halfpipe that competes at Deer Valley, Utah in February. Dumont is no stranger to success. He makes action ski movies. He’s won a total of eight X games medals. Six were in superpipe (2 gold, 2 silver, 2 bronze) and two in big air (gold and bronze). Still, a chance at the Olympics is making him better his game. The Olympics have the biggest audience, the most prestige. “I’ll do whatever it takes,” he said. The young freeskiing veteran sees the whole action sports scene progressing. Kids 12, 13 and 14 are, he says, doing crazy things while skateboarding, snowboarding and skiing. “You don’t need to be super old, you just have to be dedicated and have a lot of fun. The field is getting deeper by the minute,” he said. Though it’s still several weeks away, Dumont will be back in Maine for the pro/amateur third annual Dumont Cup at Sunday River March 25-26 on Sunday Punch and Rocking Chair. The slopestyle event last year attracted top freeskiers like Jossi Wells, TJ Schiller and Tom Wallisch. “I plan to keep making the course better,” he said. “I’ll try to make it the best I can, comparable to any course out there. I’d like to have halfpipe, big and it be the most prestigious events in freeskiing.” see next page
Mushers gear up for 100-mile race BY DIANA BOWLEY THE BANGOR DAILY NEWS
SHIRLEY (McClatchy) — Ashley Simpson, 26, of Shirley is eagerly looking forward to making good time at this year’s popular 100-mile Wilderness Sled Dog Race in Greenville on Feb. 5. Simpson, who at 18 was the youngest woman in the history of the Can-Am 250 dog sled races to finish fourth in 2003, said Monday the trail looks good in the Moosehead Lake region. This is the first year the race is being conducted on Appalachian Mountain Club trails, and there appears to be plenty of snow. “It’s all in the point of really crossing your fingers. Hopefully, this winter works out because it is a blast always to be able to run the dogs during the night and of course see all the communities kind of work together,” Simpson said. “What to heck else do we have to look forward to out in the cold air?” For Simpson, who owns a kennel with 20 dogs, the Wilderness Sled Dog Race will be the second one she has run in the Moosehead Lake region. The popular event, which features a
100-mile and a 30-mile race, draws dog teams and spectators from throughout the United States and Canada, according to Maryann Herbert, a race director. The two challenging sled dog competitions will begin and end at the Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Headquarters on Village Street in Greenville. In addition to the races, activities for spectators and families, including a bonfire, children’s snowshoe races, a snowman contest and educational exhibits, are scheduled throughout the day, according to Herbert. “One of the greatest things about this sport is that men and women compete on an equal footing,” Herbert said. As of Tuesday, 27 dog teams, including some local mushers, had registered for the races along the scenic trails, Herbert said. The 100-mile event is one of only three long-distance races in New England. The 100-mile race will start at 9 a.m., and the 30-mile race begins at 11 a.m. Spectators may watch at the starting chute or along the route, including at West Branch Pond Camps in Shawtown Township.
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central Vermont doing his signature doubles above a 22-foot high superpipe that could very well be a stepping stone for a visit to Russia three years from now.
Simon Dumont waits for his score at the ski halfpipe at the Visa U.S. Halfpipe Grand Prix in Colorado’s Copper Mountain resort. (Photo courtesy of USSA/Tom Kelly)
••• WinterKids’ “Welcome to Winter” festival for immigrant children is in Payson Park on Saturday, Jan. 22. Immigrant and refugee families will have the opportunity to experience sledding and snowshoeing. It is from 12:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Try skijoring or dog sled riding at Bridgton’s Mushers Bowl and Winter Carnival this weekend. After a three-year break the Moonlight Charity Challenge to raise money for Camp Sunshine and Shawnee Peak’s adaptive program is returning to the Bridgton ski area Feb. 4. Four person teams are needed. Auburn’s Lost Valley is holding the Pontbriand Memorial Race at 5 p.m. Saturday. Take a guided hike to the top of Mt. Abram Saturday at 5:45 p.m. At the summit, have some hot cider before descending by foot or ski. Call ahead at 875-5000. There’s a USASA snowboard race — slalom and GS — Sunday at 10 a.m. The Sugarloaf Outdoor Center hosts its first triathlon Sunday, a 1.5k ice skate, 1.5k snowshoe trek and 4k freestyle XC ski. In collaboration with OutRyders, New England’s premier GLBT ski and snowboard club, Sunday River will host White Out Weekend, Feb. 10-13 dedicated to the gay and lesbian community. The weekend features “drag” races where skiers and riders can showcase their divine selves, après rendezvous get-togethers, an ’80s dance party, and an Angels and Demons party with Provincetown’s DJ Maryalice at The Peak Lodge. Other activities over the weekend include 12-Hour Skiing/Riding on Friday and Saturday; Zipline Tours; and fireworks. (Marty Basch can be reached through www.onetankway.com.)
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Thursday, Jan. 20, the 20th day of 2011. There are 345 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Jan. 20, 1961, John F. Kennedy was inaugurated as the 35th President of the United States; in his inaugural address, Kennedy declared, “Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe to assure the survival and the success of liberty.” On this date: In 1801, Secretary of State John Marshall was nominated by President John Adams to be chief justice of the United States (he was sworn in on Feb. 4, 1801). In 1841, the island of Hong Kong was ceded by China to Great Britain. (It returned to Chinese control in July 1997.) In 1936, Britain’s King George V died; he was succeeded by Edward VIII. In 1937, President Franklin D. Roosevelt became the first chief executive to be inaugurated on Jan. 20 instead of March 4. In 1942, Nazi officials held the notorious Wannsee conference, during which they arrived at their “final solution” that called for exterminating Jews. In 1949, President Harry S. Truman was sworn in for a second term of office. In 1969, Richard M. Nixon was sworn in as the 37th president of the United States; Spiro Agnew took the oath of vice president. In 1981, Iran released 52 Americans it had held hostage for 444 days, minutes after the presidency had passed from Jimmy Carter to Ronald Reagan. In 1986, the United States observed the first federal holiday in honor of slain civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr. In 2009, Barack Obama was sworn in as the nation’s 44th, as well as first AfricanAmerican, president. One year ago: National Intelligence Director Dennis Blair conceded missteps in the government’s handling of the Christmas Day 2009 airline bombing attempt in testimony before the Senate Homeland Security Committee. Today’s Birthdays: Country singer Slim Whitman is 87. Comedian Arte Johnson is 82. Former astronaut Buzz Aldrin is 81. Olympic gold medal figure skater Carol Heiss is 71. Singer Eric Stewart is 66. Movie director David Lynch is 65. Country-rock musician George Grantham is 64. Actor Daniel Benzali is 61. Rock musician Paul Stanley is 59. Rock musician Ian Hill (Judas Priest) is 59. Comedian Bill Maher is 55. Actor Lorenzo Lamas is 53. Actor James Denton is 48. Rock musician Greg K. is 46. Actor Rainn Wilson is 45. Actress Stacey Dash is 44. Singer Xavier is 43. Actor Reno Wilson is 42. Actor Skeet Ulrich is 41. Actor Evan Peters is 24.
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Mysterious Poe visitor doesn’t show for second year BY CHRIS KALTENBACH THE BALTIMORE SUN
BALTIMORE — Maybe the time for nevermore is finally here. For the second year in a row, the mysterious Poe Toaster failed to show up at his namesake’s Baltimore grave Wednesday morning. And the curator of the Poe House, who has spent years protecting the famed writer’s legacy and fanning the flames of the toaster’s legend, is about ready to give up on the ghost. “I will be here in 2012, but that will be it,” said a weary Jeff Jerome, who stayed by Edgar Allan Poe’s gravesite until 5:45 a.m. EST waiting for the toaster. “If he’s a no show, I will officially pronounce the tradition dead.”
Not that Poe, dead for 161 years, or the toaster, missing for two, are without fans _ or potential successors. Jerome said four toaster wannabes showed up at the gravesite with the requisite cognac and red roses. But all, he insisted, were pretenders to the tradition, not the real thing. Even though the toaster’s identity has remained secret _ even Jerome swears he never knew a name or clearly saw a face _ his general appearance remained constant. None of the four who showed up this morning matched it. “They were not our boy,” he said. “We can usually tell within a few seconds. We’ve been seeing this guy for a number of years, and I could tell just by looking at them that they were not the
real Poe toaster.” For some 60 years, the toaster would appear every Jan. 19 to pay tribute to Poe, a Boston native who died on Oct. 7, 1849 in Baltimore under circumstances that have never been fully explained. Arriving at the gravesite without fanfare, he would leave behind three red roses and a bottle of cognac, then quietly disappear into the night. Last year’s no-show was the first since at least 1949. Speculation over the true identity of the Poe toaster has raged for years. Many names have been floated, including a Baltimore prankster who died in 2010, an ad man who said he started the tradition as a publicity stunt, a father-and-son team, even Jerome himself.
But Jerome, who has been shepherding the tradition since 1977, insists it’s not he. And none of the other possibilities has conclusively panned out. About a dozen people waited outside the gates of the Westminster Burying Grounds in Baltimore Wednesday this morning, but as dawn approached, it was clear the true toaster would not be showing up. Jerome eventually opened the gate and allowed the visitors to leave their own tributes on Poe’s grave. Interest in Poe, the writer of such mystery and horror classics as “The Tell-Tale Heart” and “The Black Cat,” remains strong. (c)2011, The Baltimore Sun. Distributed by McClatchy-Tribune Information Services.
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Thursday, Jan. 20 Labyrinth Walk 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. Trinity Episcopal Church’s 28-foot Chartres-style indoor labyrinth will be open between 4 p.m. and 8 p.m. for meditative walks. All are welcome. Trinity is located at the corner of 580 Forest Avenue in Portland. Walkers should allow approximately 30 minutes for their walk. FMI: 772-7421.
Rebekah Raye reads at Lyseth School 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Rebekah Raye, a Maine writer and artist known for her bird and animal paintings and sculptures, will read one of her stories and talk about her work at Portland’s Lyseth Elementary School. The public is invited to attend the free event, sponsored by the Lyseth School Parent Teacher Association Enrichment Committee. The reading will take place in the library of the school, located at 175 Auburn St. Raye will read her storybook, “The Very Best Bed,” which tells about a gray squirrel searching for a place to spend the night. After the reading, she will sign books. Children are encouraged to wear pajamas and bring their favorite stuffed animal to the event. Animal crackers and chocolate milk will be served. Raye won a 2010 Moonbeam Children’s Book Award in the category of environmental issues. She wrote and illustrated “Bear-ly There,” a book inspired partly by a visit by a bear to her studio and home in East Blue Hill. She also illustrated “Thanks to the Animals,” a book by Allen Sockabasin.
Boston artist E.S. Finney at UMF 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The University of Maine at Farmington Art Gallery kicks off the New Year with an exhibit of vast sculptural works by Boston artist E.S. Finney. Dramatic in its subject and scale, this free and open-to-the-public exhibition runs from Jan. 20–Feb. 20, with an opening reception at the gallery from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., Thursday, Jan. 20. Active in the Boston arts community, Finney constructs exciting sculptural works that are as imposing and mysterious as they are evocative. His work is built of massive wooden beams, motors, mirrors and found objects of every description. Like the pieces included in this exhibit, his art explores the qualities of weight and weightlessness, darkness and light. Finney’s “Vehicle Intended for Fluid Movement” is the exhibit’s featured work. A unique timbered construction of a wooden sailing boat on a grand scale, it occupies both the ﬁrst and second gallery levels. Also included in the installation is “Cornerstone,” an intriguingly antiquated construction that tracks the passage of the sun. The UMF Art Gallery is located at 246 Main St. in Farmington, immediately behind the Admissions Ofﬁce. The gallery is open noon to 4 p.m., Tuesday through Sunday, during the UMF academic year and by appointment. For more information, or to make special arrangements, please call 207-778-7002, or email Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
‘Izaak’ by Tamy Ben-Tor at MECA 6 p.m. “Izaak” by Tamy Ben-Tor screening in the Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art. “Israeli performance and video artist Tamy Ben-Tor’s eccentric characters represent a world of xenophobia, violence and selﬁshness. In “Izaak,” a meditation on stereotypes, tradition and taboo, Ben-Tor uses ﬁeld recordings, puppetry, pornography, and select subtitles to force the viewer to make sense of the variously awkward comic vignettes.” For more information, see www.meca.edu or phone 207.775.3052.
Social Security Disability 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Social Security Disability with Henri and Anna Benoit. “Social Security Disability Beneﬁts including: application process and appeals, evaluation, the role of healthcare providers and attorneys in the process. Designed with special consideration for cancer patients.” Free; preregistration required. Phone: 774-2200; Email: info@CancerCommunityCenter.org; www.cancercommunitycenter.org/ calendar. Visit 778 Main St. (Rte 1), South Portland.
New Gloucester Historical Society 6:30 p.m. The January 2011 meeting of the New Gloucester Historical Society will be in the New Gloucester Meetinghouse, Intervale Road (Route 231), next to the Town Hall. The program will be presented by a history class from GrayNew Gloucester Middle School that has just completed ﬁeld trips and projects related to local history. The public is invited. Refreshments will be served. The program will be followed by the society’s annual meeting.
Chuchito Valdes at The Landing 7 p.m. Chuchito Valdes, following in the footsteps of his famed father Chucho Valdes and grandfather Bebo Valdes, continues the legacy of great piano players from Cuba. With inﬂuences of Caribbean rhythms and jazz, Chuchito creates an exciting and energetic blend of spicy music that drives audiences wild. Don’t miss ChuChito and his dynamic band on stage at The Landing at Pine Point. 353 Pine Point Road Scarborough.
Pianist Frank Glazer will perform three “Sundays With Schubert” programs at Bates College in January and February, beginning Sunday, Jan. 23. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Edward Albee’s ‘The Goat’ 7:30 p.m. “The Goat, Or Who Is Sylvia?” through Feb. 6 at Lucid Stage. “Martin — a hugely successful architect who has just turned ﬁfty — leads an ostensibly ideal life with his loving wife and gay teenage son. But when he conﬁdes to his best friend that he is also in love with a goat (named Sylvia), he sets in motion events that will destroy his family and leave his life in tatters. Albee’s most provocative, daring, and controversial play since ‘Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?’.” Mad Horse Theatre Company is a resident, professional theatre ensemble based at Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard. www.madhorse.com
Friday, Jan. 21 Richard Boyd Pottery Studio & Art Gallery 10 a.m. Richard Boyd Pottery Studio & Art Gallery, 15 Epps St., Peaks Island, presents “Serenity,” a group show from Jan. 21 through Feb. 20. The exhibit features recent works in porcelain by gallery artists, potters Rick Boyd and Pamela Williamson. For more information contact the Art Gallery by phone 712.1097, email: email@example.com or visit www.richardboydpottery.com. Richard Boyd Gallery is located at the corner of Island Ave. and Epps St. on Peaks Island, ﬁrst building on the right.
2011 Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner 5:30 p.m. The Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A afﬁliate of the Boston Red Sox, have announced that Red Sox prospects Tim Federowicz and Will Middlebrooks have been added to the list of guests for the 2011 Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner and Silent Auction, presented by Hannaford Supermarkets. The event takes places at the Marriott Hotel at Sable Oaks in South Portland. Additionally, new Sea Dogs’ manager Kevin Boles will be formally introduced at the event. Highlighting the event are Red Sox outﬁelder and former Sea Dog Ryan Kalish and Maine native and Milwaukee Brewers pitcher Mark Rogers. All proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will beneﬁt the Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program. Tickets can be ordered by phone at 879-9500 or online at www.seadogs.com. Individual tickets are $50 each; reserved tables of 10 are also available for $500. Everyone who attends will receive a signed 8 X 10 photo of Ryan Kalish and Mark Rogers.
‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Old Port Playhouse 7:30 p.m. “The Wizard of Oz,” the sell-out hit musical returns to Old Port Playhouse with Gina Pardi returning as “Dorothy Gale.” “Full of special effects, colorful costumes and all your favorite characters, this show sold out before it opened last season. Because of the intimate space within this 70 seat theater, kids of all ages not only see OZ, they experience it! Due to the demand for tickets, OZ will play for four weeks beginning Jan. 14. And to make it affordable for everyone, the Playhouse has priced all tickets at only $15.” Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. To make a reservation or for more information, call
773-0333 or go to oldportplayhouse.com.
Saturday, Jan. 22 Cancer Community Center one-day symposium on personal growth and career advancement 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Join the Cancer Community Center and personal and professional development experts David Lee, Fran Liautaud and Michelle Neujahr for the second annual one-day symposium focusing on personal growth and career advancement. “Each workshop explores methods to transcend our limiting behaviors and discover our unique gifts and talents. The ideas and strategies will result in improved communication, better relationships, a stronger sense of direction and purpose and a greater ability to bring your talents and gifts into the world.” The symposium will take place at St. Maximilian Kolbe Church, 185 Blackpoint Road, Scarborough. Cost is $55 for the seminar and includes lunch. Each presentation will last an hour and will include opportunities for Q&A. There will be a one-hour lunch break, during which attendees are encouraged to network and visit personal growth and wellness exhibitor tables. There will also be a full session dedicated to networking and action planning, to ensure that our participants return home and can apply what they learned. Reservations can be made by calling 774-2200, online at www.CancerCommunityCenter.org or in person at the Cancer Community Center, 778 Main St. (Route 1) South Portland. The snow date for this event is Saturday, Feb. 5.
Nathan Clifford Elementary School packing party 9 a.m. to noon. Families, neighbors and staff at Nathan Clifford Elementary School in Portland will hold a packing party at the school to help prepare for the move to the new Ocean Avenue Elementary School (OAES). The move is slated to take place during the February vacation. Parents, children and community members will help the staff prepare by putting together boxes and ﬁlling them with books and other materials. Coffee and donuts will be provided. For more information, please contact Principal Beverly Coursey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Nathan Clifford is located at 180 Falmouth Street.
‘The Wizard of Oz’ at Old Port Playhouse 2 p.m. “The Wizard of Oz,” the sell-out hit musical returns to Old Port Playhouse with Gina Pardi returning as “Dorothy Gale.” “Full of special effects, colorful costumes and all your favorite characters, this show sold out before it opened last season. Because of the intimate space within this 70 seat theater, kids of all ages not only see OZ, they experience it! Due to the demand for tickets, OZ will play for four weeks beginning Jan. 14. And to make it affordable for everyone, the Playhouse has priced all tickets at only $15.” Fridays at 7:30 p.m.; Saturdays at 2 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. To make a reservation or for more information, call 773-0333 or go to oldportplayhouse.com. see next page
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‘Fiddler on the Roof’ 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. National Broadway Tour presented by Portland Ovations. “The Tony Award winning musical that has captured the hearts of people all over the world with its universal appeal comes to Portland. Based on the stories of Sholom Aleichem, ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ has been lauded by critics again and again. Filled with a rousing, heartwarming score, which includes ‘Tradition,’ ‘Matchmaker, Matchmaker,’ ‘If I Were A Rich Man’ and ‘Sunrise, Sunset,’ ‘Fiddler on the Roof’ is a timeless classic. No other musical has so magically woven music, dance, poignancy and laughter into such an electrifying and unforgettable experience. Merrill Auditorium. Pre-concert lecture: In City Hall, conference room 24 (entrance on Myrtle Street to the left of the Merrill Auditorium doors).
Soup and Stew Cook-off 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Soup and Stew Cook-off, Westbrook Eagles No. 2977, 89 Saco St., Westbrook. To enter, call Maggie at 310-8510. Entry fee is $5. To come to taste and vote: $5.
‘Best of Women in Harmony’ 7 p.m. Women in Harmony presents “Best of Women in Harmony,” a choral concert featuring songs about women’s experiences and work for social justice, on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland. Tickets are available at the Women in Harmony Web site (www.wihmaine.org). They also may be purchased at Longfellow Books and Starbird Music in Portland, Nonesuch Books in South Portland and at the door. Ticket prices are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $10 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are free.
‘The Juke Box Boys’ 7 p.m. “The Juke Box Boys,” Tribute to Do-Wop; $39.95 p/p ﬁve-course dinner, beer and wine available. Free parking. January 15, 22 and 29 at Anthony’s Dinner Theater, 151 Middle St., Portland. Call for reservations. 221-2267.
Contra Dance at COA 7:30 p.m. Contra Dance with Big Moose Contra Dance Band and caller Chrissy Fowler in College of the Atlantic’s Gates Center, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor. Lessons at 7:30 p.m., Dance begins at 8 p.m. $6. Children free. www.coa. edu or 288-5015.
The Peterson Project at Sunday River 8 p.m. to 11 p.m. BluesGraZZ music (acoustic blues, bluegrass and jazz mash-up) by The Peterson Project at Sunday River. The Peterson Project is a bluesgrazz acoustic trio (blues, bluegrass & jazz mash-up), formed in 2009. Working a single mic, they slide from one genre to another, sometimes mid-tune. Mark Peterson’s voice is smooth, his blues harmonica commanding; when not taking the lead it supports the back beat for Mike Conant’s bluegrass-style instrumentation (guitar, banjo, and occasionally frenetic ﬁddle). Keeping this train on the tracks is jazz standup bassist Tim Clough. Tim not only keeps the heartbeat going but frequently takes this ensemble to places where the tracks don’t go. It’s a work in process (that’s why it’s called a project); no two performances are the same. Part of the Legends in the Grand Summit Hotel series, 97 Summit Drive, Newry. 824-3500. www.thepetersonproject.net
Sunday, Jan. 23 Peaks Island Independence Committee 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. The Peaks Island Independence Committee is conducting a public meeting to provide an update on the progress of the independence bill that has been submitted to the Maine Legislature. Peaks Island Community Center Meeting discussion topics include the Independence Bill and progress to date; work to do and standing committees; and the steps and rough tmeline for independence, which involve a legislative hearing, enactment of the bill, negotiation on debt and asset issues, binding arbitration, and an Island-wide vote for ratiﬁcation. For more information, please contact Rand Gee, (585) 451-9530 or email email@example.com
The Maine Jewish Museum presents ‘The Thinking Heart — the Life and Loves of Etty Hillesum’ 2 p.m. “The Thinking Heart—the Life and Loves of Etty Hillesum,” an ensemble performance work in two voices, with cello, based on the journal and letters of Etty Hillesum, a Dutch woman who opposed Nazism with compassion and love, will be presented at The Maine Jewish Museum, Etz Chaim Synagogue, 267 Congress St., Portland on Sunday, Jan. 23, at 2 p.m. (Snow date Sunday, Jan. 30, at 2 p.m.) Admission is free.
‘Sundays With Schubert’ 3 p.m. Shining a light on one of the most important com-
On Sunday, the Peaks Island Independence Committee will conduct a public meeting to provide an update on the progress of the independence bill that has been submitted to the Maine Legislature. (FILE PHOTO) posers of the Classical era, renowned pianist Frank Glazer performs three “Sundays With Schubert” programs at Bates College in January and February. All at 3 p.m., the performances take place on Jan. 23, 30 and Feb. 6 in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. Admission is free, but tickets are required. For more information, please contact 786-6135 or firstname.lastname@example.org. An artist in residence at Bates since 1980, Glazer, of Topsham, is arguably Maine’s best-known pianist. Turning 96 in February, he has enjoyed a long career marked by numerous recordings, his own television program in the 1950s and countless solo recitals and performances around the world with orchestras and chamber ensembles. Schubert, a Viennese composer who lived a short but astonishingly proliﬁc life in the early 19th century, is known for melodies that attain both formal and lyrical elegance. While he may be thought of more often for his contribution to vocal music, speciﬁcally the song and song-cycle forms, Schubert’s piano writing offers a brilliant distillation of his artistry.
‘Best of Women in Harmony’ 4 p.m. Women in Harmony presents “Best of Women in Harmony,” a choral concert featuring songs about women’s experiences and work for social justice, on Jan. 22 at 7 p.m. and Jan. 23 at 4 p.m. at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Street, Portland. Tickets are available at the Women in Harmony Web site (www.wihmaine.org). They also may be purchased at Longfellow Books and Starbird Music in Portland, Nonesuch Books in South Portland and at the door. Ticket prices are $12 in advance, $15 at the door and $10 for seniors and students. Children under 12 are free.
Fur Cultural Revival peace rally 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. A Peace Rally for Darfur featuring the ﬁlm, “Violence Against Women and The Darfur Genocide” is planned at The Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St. Fur Cultural Revival (part of The Darfur Community Center of Maine) presents a Peace Rally for Darfur, featuring a showing of the documentary ﬁlm, “Violence Against Women and the Darfur Genocide.” This rally will feature guest speakers from the local Darfuri community, including El-Fadel Arbab, lecturer for Fur Cultural Revival, and area activists. Also, the documentary ﬁlm, “Violence Against Women and The Darfur Genocide,” will be shown. “Violence Against Women and The Darfur Genocide” is a short documentary ﬁlm produced by The Save Darfur Coalition. This ﬁlm provides a background on the genocide in Darfur and details the use of rape as a weapon of war. Since 2003, more than 400,000 people have died in Darfur, Sudan. More than 2.7 million people have been displaced. Southern Maine boasts the largest organized Darfuri refugee population in The United States. Although Sudanese President Al-Bashir is now wanted by the international courts for war crimes, the genocide in Darfur continues. This rally is intended to demonstrate support for the people of Darfur both here in The United States and throughout the Darfuri diaspora. It is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. For further information, please contact El-Fadel Arbab at 221-5197 or at email@example.com or visit www.furculturalrevival.org.
Monday, Jan. 24 Environmental Health Strategy Center fundraiser 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Environmental Health Strategy Center will be holding a fundraiser at Bayside Bowl located at 58 Alder St. in Portland. Five percent of all proceeds will go to EHSC. There will be a rafﬂe to win a free Bayside Bowl cheese pizza at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 7 p.m. and 8 p.m. for everyone who is out bowling to support EHSC. The Environmental Health Strategy Center is a Maine based nonproﬁt that works to reduce cancer and learning disabilities by eliminating exposure to toxic chemicals in everyday products and create new safe alternatives such as plastic made from Maine potatoes.
Assessment of national healthcare reform at Bates College in Lewiston 4:15 p.m. Joseph Newhouse, a professor of health policy and management at Harvard University and founding director of the university’s doctoral program in that ﬁeld, visits Bates College in Lewiston to offer an assessment of the national healthcare reform enacted last year. “An economist known worldwide for his work on health and health insurance issues, Newhouse is the John D. MacArthur Professor of Health Policy and Management, director of the Division of Health Policy Research and Education, chair of the Committee on Higher Degrees in Health Policy and director of the Interfaculty Initiative in Health Policy. He is a member of the faculties of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, the Harvard Medical School, the Harvard School of Public Health and the faculty of arts and sciences, as well as a faculty research associate of the National Bureau of Economic Research.” This talk will take place in the Keck Classroom (G52), Pettengill Hall, 4 Andrews Road (Alumni Walk). The talk is sponsored by the Bates economics department and is open to the public free of charge. For more information, please call 786-6490.
‘The Play About the Baby’ 7:30 p.m. Mad Horse Theatre’s Dark Night Series presents “The Play About the Baby” Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday evenings, Jan. 24 through Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. While Mad Horse Theatre Company’s production of Edward Albee’s “The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” is being performed on the Main Stage, the Company’s Dark Night Series returns with the perfect companion piece, Albee’s The Play About the Baby. By turns funny, mysterious and disturbing, The Play About the Baby concerns a young couple who have just had a baby, and the strange turn of events that transpire when they are visited by an older man and woman. Performances of the Dark Night Series run Monday through Wednesday nights, when the theatre would otherwise be dark, giving theatre enthusiasts yet another chance to experience the work of this living icon of the American theatre. “The Play About the Baby” is directed by William Steele, Professor of Theatre at the University of Southern Maine. Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland. Suggested donation of $10. 899-3993, or order online at www.lucidstage.com see next page
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Tuesday, Jan. 25 ‘How to Succeed at Poetry without Really Trying’ 4 p.m. There are many ways to create poetry says Andrew Periale, who is teaching at College of the Atlantic this term. Periale will be taking an innovative approach to talking about writing poetry in a presentation he calls “Showing Up: Or How to Succeed at Poetry without Really Trying.” The talk, part of the college’s weekly Human Ecology Forum, will be in the college’s McCormick Lecture Hall. Periale, who works as a puppeteer, playwright and poet, has the following to say about writing poetry: “There are all kinds of ways to create poetry. There is the ﬂash of brilliance that ﬂoods your entire being while relaxing in the bath, or when you notice that the stain on your favorite T-shirt looks exactly like Lady Gaga. There is the passion ignited by a just cause. And then there is the workmanlike decision to just show up, that is, to write every day, rain or shine, in sickness and in health, whether you feel like it or not.” College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor For more information about the talk, which is free and open to all, contact John Visvader at firstname.lastname@example.org or 801-5715.
DownEast Pride Alliance event 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “Business After Hours” Networking Event by the DownEast Pride Alliance at Yankee Lanes, 867 Riverside St., Portland. Snacks, cash bar and reserved bowling lanes will be provided. “The DownEast Pride Alliance (DEPA) is a GLBTQ business networking group in Southern Maine meeting monthly at local establishments for ‘Business After Hours’ events that provide a safe forum for, and help strengthen, the local gay & gay-friendly business community. Bring business cards to share on our Media Table. No fees or RSVP to attend. All in the community are welcome to come for ‘cocktails & conversation.’” FMI www.depabusiness.com
Portland Trails’ 20th anniversary 5:30 p.m. Portland Trails kicks off its 20th anniversary year with its annual meeting at the Portland Public Library. The evening starts at 5:30 p.m. in the Lewis Gallery with a reception for Portland Trails Members and Volunteers with special guests, Portland Trails’ founders Tom Jewell, Nathan Smith, and Dick Spencer. Directly after the reception a presentation in the Rines Auditorium, “20 Years and Building: Stories from the Trail,” will be followed by special announcements, proclamations and an unveiling of the new 20th Anniversary Edition Portland Trails Map and Guide. This event is kindly sponsored by Woodard & Curran, with refreshments provided by Whole Foods Market and Shipyard Brewing Co. Portland Trails was founded in 1991 by Tom Jewell, Nathan Smith, and Dick Spencer, who envisioned a land trust with a mission to preserve open space and build a network of trails throughout Greater Portland. Over the past 20 years Portland Trails has created a network of over 35 miles of trail that support biking, walking, exercise and people powered commuting year round. The organization works to build and maintain the trails as well as to create events and guided walks year round to promote healthy outdoor activity. Portland Trails also houses the School Ground Greening Coalition which works with local schools to create naturally landscaped playgrounds and classroom curriculum that supports outdoor exploration and education. To RSVP (required) email email@example.com or call 775-2511. The Portland Public Library is located at 5 Monument Square in Portland.
Rosemont crime watch meeting 7 p.m. Portland City Councilor Ed Suslovic and members of the Portland Police Department will host a meeting to help members of the Rosemont neighborhood establish a crime watch for the area. Senior Lead Ofﬁcer for the neighborhood, Tim Farris, will present various strategies that can be used to establish a crime watch and help guide the neighborhood as they develop a program that best meets their needs and concerns. “This meeting is a great ﬁrst step toward improving the safety of the Rosemont neighborhood and reducing crime,” said Councilor Suslovic. “When you organize the eyes and ears of a community, it not only allows the residents to feel safer and more in control of their neighborhood but it also brings people together to form a more close knit community. For more information about the meeting or crime watch efforts, contact Ofﬁcer Tim Farris at 650-8763 or firstname.lastname@example.org. St. Ansgar’s Church, 515 Woodford St.
The Art of Delegating with Jim Millken 7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Seminar — The Art of Delegating with Jim Millken. Chamber Ofﬁces, 60 Pearl Street, Portland. Free to Chamber members; $10 for nonmembers. Jim Milliken is a consultant who specializes in helping individuals and organizations become more productive. He works on-site with executives and managers to improve the processes and structures of organizations, and to provide cus-
tomized skill-building training. He also presents classroom training, with workplace-based designs that emphasize practical skills in Project Management, Communication and Personal Productivity. Few things in the workplace are as difﬁcult as delegation – or as important. Anyone in a position of supervision, management or leadership must be able to get results through the work of other people. The process must be reliable and effective. It must be handled without excessive duplicated effort, and it must produce a net gain in output and in the value of the mutual relationship. “Delegation is a special combination of teamwork, supervision and project management. When it is done well, it creates remarkable productivity. As a bonus, it provides a very satisfying growth process for everyone.”
Effective Caregiving with Michael Brescia 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Effective Caregiving with Michael Brescia. “Michael’s wife, Grace, passed away at age 46 in 2006 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. What he learned about caregiving for his wife and children during the course of her illness. Most relevant for husbands and partners of women who have cancer; useful for anyone providing support to a loved one with cancer.” Free; pre-registration required. Phone: 774-2200; Email: info@CancerCommunityCenter.org; Web: www.cancercommunitycenter.org/calendar. Visit 778 Main St. (Rte 1), South Portland.
Wednesday, Jan. 26 ‘Leading Edge School Choices’ discussion 6:30 p.m. “The message of National School Choice Week is very simple: let parents decide which kind of school works best for their child. It might be a charter school (which is just another type of public school), a cyberschool, a private school, a religious school, or a traditional public school. Whichever option they choose, parents should have the right to decide which school will best help their child to learn and grow. Led by the Maine Center for Constitutional Studies, this event is part of National School Choice Week.” Bruno Behrend, director of education reform, The Heartland Institute; Ken Capron, CEO, Maine Center for Constitutional Studies are among the guests. 5:30 p.m. dinner ($25). Presentation begins after dinner at approximately at 6:30 p.m. Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Avenue, Portland. Located behind Shaw’s Westgate. www.maineccs.org/ wMCCS/Heartland.html or www.schoolchoiceweek.com
Thursday, Jan. 27 Developing an International Nonproﬁt 11:10 a.m. to 12:35 p.m. Florence Reed, president and founder of Sustainable Harvest International talks about Developing an International Nonproﬁt to Jay Friedlander’s Launching a New Venture class. SHI is a nonproﬁt dedicated to working with rural Central American communities
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‘Fracturing the Burning Glass’ 5 p.m. Institute of Contemporary Art at Maine College of Art features “Fracturing the Burning Glass: Between Mirror and Meaning,” Jan. 26-April 10. Opening reception: Jan. 27. Gwenäel Bélanger, Susan Leopold, Daniel Rozin, Alyson Shotz. “Navigating the disparity between the actual and the understood, the artists in this exhibition break the plane of the mirror, suggesting that illumination comes not always from what is reﬂected, but from what light slips through the cracks.” Artist Talk by Daniel Rozin on Feb. 10 at 3:30 p.m. in Osher Hall. http://www.meca.edu
‘Storytellers’ public reception at USM 5:30 p.m. University of Southern Maine’s Kate Chaney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts exhibit, “Storytellers,” will be on exhibit from Monday, Jan. 24 through Saturday, March 12, in the Unum Great Reading Room on the seventh ﬂoor of USM’s Glickman Family Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland. There will be a free public reception and panel discussion to celebrate the opening of the exhibit at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 27 in Library’s University Events Room. The exhibit is free and open to the public during library hours: 10 a.m.-11 p.m. Sunday; 7:45 a.m.11 p.m., Monday-Thursday; 7:45 a.m. -8 p.m., Friday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday. Closed holidays. Guest Curator Henry Wolyniec was invited to curate this group show, which includes eight Maine artists who make it their business to ask questions by using their visual skills to tell stories that inquire, provoke and analyze. Greta Bank, Patrick Corrigan, Carl Haase, Adriane Herman, Charlie Hewitt, Lisa Pixley, Alex Rheault, and David Wolfe will have work included in the show. Exhibitors Greta Bank, Adriane Herman and Carl Haase will participate in the January 27 panel discussion. For information about library hours and access, call 780-4270.
Police to hear from gay community 6 p.m. Later this month, the City of Portland Police Department will host a forum with the city’s gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender population to discuss safety concerns and ways the department can improve its relationship with the gay community. The forum will provide an opportunity for members of the GLBT community to share their thoughts openly and hear from the department about efforts to ensure that Portland is an inclusive and safe community for all. “Easy access and open communication are basic tenants for how the police department operates in Portland,” stated Portland Police Chief James Craig. “This forum provides members of the city’s gay community an opportunity to voice their concerns and be heard.” University of Southern Maine, Abromson Community Education Center, Room 213, 88 Bedford St. For more information about the forum, call 874-8601 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
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