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Hawaii: Unease in a Dem oasis HONOLULU — Hawaii should be a happy outpost for the Democratic Party. It has a Democratic governor. Democrats overwhelmingly control the Legislature. It has Barack Obama in the White House and all the prestige that brings, most recently an Asia-Pacific economic summit meeting with the president as its host, packing this city’s streets, restaurants and hotels with international leaders. These are hardly happy days for Hawaii Democrats. Governor Neil Abercrombie, is ending his first year under a storm of criticism, referred to himself the other evening as “the most unpopular governor in America.” Obama’s struggles in Washington have cast a bit of a pall here. And the Republican Party suddenly has a shot of picking up a United States Senate seat that has been in Democratic hands for more than 30 years, with the announcement by Linda Lingle, a Republican former governor, that she will seek the seat held by Senator Daniel K. Akaka, the retiring Democrat. A Republican victory here would be a serious embarrassment to Obama and would make it that much more likely that Republicans take back the Senate. “Hawaiians want change, and if the Democrats don’t offer change, Hawaiians are going to vote for the Republican who offers change,” Ed Case, a former member of Congress who is seeking the Democratic nomination, said.

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U.S. concedes error, but says House G.O.P. leaders agree to Pakistan fired first at border extension of payroll tax cut WASHINGTON (NY Times) — Mistakes by both American and Pakistani troops led to airstrikes against Pakistani posts on the Afghanistan border that killed 26 Pakistani Army soldiers last month, according to a Pentagon investigation that for the first time acknowledged some American responsibility for the clash, which plunged the already frayed relationship between the United States and Pakistan to a new low. But two crucial findings — that the Pakistanis fired first and that the Americans fired back in self-

defense after repeatedly warning that Pakistanis they were shooting at allied troops — were likely to further anger Pakistan. In an early-morning statement on Thursday and later at a Pentagon briefing, the Defense Department said three separate American airstrikes over more than an hour around midnight on Nov. 26 were justified because Pakistani soldiers opened fire on a joint team of Afghan and American Special Operations forces operating along the often poorly demarcated frontier between Afghanistan and Pakistan.

WASHINGTON (NY Times) — Bowing under pressure from members of their party to end the politically damaging impasse over a payroll tax holiday, House Republican leaders agreed Thursday to accept a temporary extension of the tax cut, beating a hasty retreat from a showdown that Republicans increasingly saw as a threat to their election opportunities next year. Under a deal reached between House and Senate leaders — which Speaker John A. Boehner was presenting to the rank and file in a conference call — House members would accept the twomonth extension of a payroll tax holiday and unemployment benefits approved by the Senate last Saturday, while the Senate would appoint members of a House-Senate conference committee to negotiate legislation to extend benefits through 2012. House Republicans — who rejected an almost identical deal on Tuesday on the House floor — caved under the political rubble that accumulated over the week.

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Near and deer Portland’s deer reduction program on Peaks Island enters 10th season BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Every year around this time, a group of three or four men boards a ferry to Peaks Island several nights a week with high-powered rifles, night vision goggles and other hunting gear. From there, they fan out to various spots around the island and wait — often on porches or other discreet spots, sometimes for hours on end. If a deer comes along, one of the shooters will spot it, aim and pull the trigger. These men aren’t poachers, and technically they’re not hunters either. In fact, they’re “shooters” sanctioned by the city and the state to keep the islands’ once-prodigious deer herd in check. “The intent is to make sure that we maintain the deer,” said Mike Murray, the city’s island and neighborhood administrator. “We don’t want to eliminate them, but we don’t want to allow them to grow out of control again.” Deer reduction programs were installed on several Casco Bay islands in the mid-1990s as local populations surged. The exact makeup of those programs differed based on what individual island residents would tolerate. Controlled culling in one form or another that was overseen by the state began on Great Diamond and Cliff islands sometime after 1995 (official dates from city and local officials were unclear and sometimes contradictory). And on Long Island, which seceded

from the city in 1993, a number of hunting permits are issued for a short period each fall to control the deer herd. Although these programs showed rapid results, it took until around 2000 for residents on Peaks Island — the largest in Casco Bay — to endorse some form of controlled deer harvest. By that time, many of the most stringent opponents had come around: there was simply too many deer. "I didn't live here then but my grandparents remember it well — no garden survived for a few years," said Rusty Foster, who lives on Peaks Island. With no natural predators and a steady food supply, the deer herd concentrated on Peaks swelled to 250 or more. With that growing deer population came concerns about Lyme disease and problems. With few options left, the city hired a team of sharpshooters in 2000 to reduce the number of deer on Peaks. In just a few nights, shooters outfitted with silencers and night-vision goggles killed more than 220 deer. The effort cost about $60,000 but seemed to pay off. Scott Lindsay, a wildlife biologist with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said the combined efforts reduced the deer herd from more than 100 per square mile to 20 or fewer per square mile today. see CULLING page 6

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Make Congress vote on war on Iran Returning from Afghanistan, Iraq and Libya, Defense Secretary Leon Panetta dropped some jolting news. Asked by CBS’s Scott Pelley if Iran could have a nuclear weapon in 2012, Panetta replied: “It would probably be about a year before they could do it. Perhaps a little less. But one proviso, Scott, is that if they have a hidden facility somewhere in Iran that may be enriching fuel.” Panetta was saying the mullahs are a year or less away from an atom bomb, and if they have a hidden site for enriching uranium to weapons grade, they may be even closer. “That is a red line for us,” Panetta added. “If we get intelligence they are proceeding with developing a nuclear weapon, then we will take ––––– whatever steps necessary to Creators deal with it.” Syndicate Panetta is raising the specter of pre-emptive war. When Pelley’s report hit, however, the Pentagon immediately began to walk the cat back. “The secretary was clear that we have no indication that the Iranians have made a decision to develop a nuclear weapon,” said Pentagon press secretary George Little. “He (Panetta) didn’t say that Iran would, in fact, have a nuclear weapon in 2012.”

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–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– COLUMN –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– At their original Arts District location, Tracy Elliott (left) and Dan Hatt of Emerald City gift shop decorate the store's display window for Easter. The store, which celebrated its grand opening on Nov. 5, 2009, has been named a winner for best windows in the Portland Downtown District winter walk. The gift shop is located at 564 Congress St. near High Street. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)

An intown Christmas stroll Portland is a town for walking … we’ll just kind of meander. … We meet at the Copperbeach Tree on High Street and stand for a moment looking up at the twinkling white lights woven through the branches ... it’s Christmas! Heading up to Congress Square we glance over at the Cumberland Club and see that there’s wreaths in the windows and bows of evergreen wrapped around the stately white columns on the front porch. That old-fashioned Christmas look. We can almost hear the bells of a gentleman’s carriage as it pulls up at the house on a long-ago December night such as

Cliff Gallant ––––– Daily Sun Columnist this. The breath of the panting horses visible in the cold night air, the gentleman emerges from the house smiling contentedly, keeping the door open just long enough for us to get a glimpse of the genteel holiday gaiety going on inside. Looks very friendly and inviting, but let’s not get ahead of

ourselves, anyone invited would of course be expected to be possess a very stylish carriage. As soon as we get up to Congress Square we’re immediately brought back to the here and now by Pandora LaCasse’s elegant abstract “light forms” … WOW! … they’re enchanting … dazzling … attached to and hanging from … everything … everywhere you look up and down the street … an endless variety of shapes … and colors … a series of individual creations that somehow come together to make a whole … she see GALLANT page 10


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A new Kim. A new chance? On my first trip to North Korea in 1989, I made a nuisance of myself by randomly barging into private homes. I wanted to see how ordinary North Koreans actually live, and people were startled but hospitable. The most surprising thing I found was The Loudspeaker affixed to a wall in each home. The Loudspeaker is like a radio but without a dial or off switch. In the morning, it awakens the household with propaganda. (In his first golf outing, Comrade Kim Jong-il shoots five holes-in-one!) It blares like that all day. The Loudspeaker underscores that North Korea is not just another dictatorship but, perhaps, the most totalitarian country ever. Stalin and Mao were murderous but low-tech; the Kim family added complex systems of repression. Anyone disabled is considered an eyesore, for example. So people with disabilities are often expelled from the capital, Pyongyang. Government propaganda is shameless. During a famine, North Korean news media warned starving citizens against overeating by recounting the cautionary tale of a man who ate his fill, and then exploded. Once in North Korea, I stopped in a rural area to interview two high school girls at random. They were friendly, if startled. So was I when they started speaking simultaneously and repeating political lines in perfect unison. They could have been robots. When videos (of movies, music or religion) began to be smuggled in from China, police began to turn off the power to entire buildings. Then the police would go door to door and examine what video was stuck inside players. A smuggled tape could mean

North Koreans visited designated mourning sites in Pyongyang on Tuesday to pay their respects to Kim Jong-il. (Korea Central News Agency, via European Pressphoto Agency/New York Times)

Nicholas D. Kristof ––––– The New York Times the dispatch of an entire family to a labor camp. What do we make of this country? For Americans, a starting point should be to recognize some failures of American policy. A few lessons: Don’t assume that the end of the regime is imminent. I’ve been covering North Korea on and off since 1987, and outsiders have always been whispering about rumored uprisings or suggesting that the government is on its last legs. Yes, North Korea’s regime could collapse tomorrow — or it could stagger along for another 20 years. The “Great Successor” Kim Jong-un could outlast President Obama. Don’t assume that everybody detests the regime. All those North Koreans crying because of Kim Jong-il’s death? Their grief is probably sincere. In conversations with North Korean defectors, I’m struck by how many lambaste the Kim regime but add that their relatives left behind still believe in it — because they know nothing else. Many also are passionate nationalists, preferring a homegrown despot to any hint of foreign economic colonialism. Faith and fear combine to keep people in line. In a book about North Korea, Bradley Martin tells how one of Kim Jong-il’s aides told his wife about his boss’s womanizing. The wife

truly believed in the basic decency of the North Korean system and wrote to the leadership to protest the debauchery. The letter was passed on to Kim Jong-il, who brought the woman in front of a crowd and denounced her. Her own husband then stepped forward, pleading to be allowed to execute her. This request was granted, and the husband then shot his wife to death. Don’t try to isolate North Korea. The West has reacted to North Korean’s nuclear program by sanctioning and isolating the country. But isolation has mostly backfired. It’s one of the things that keeps the Kim family in power, and we’re helping enforce it. Moreover, economic pain is not going to destroy the regime. In the mid-1990s, perhaps one million people died in famine, and the regime was unhurt. Our failures in North Korea are manifest. In 1994, we came close to war on the Korean Peninsula, averting it with a nuclear deal that rested on false hope: The Clinton administration thought the regime would collapse before the West had to deliver

civilian nuclear reactors as its part of the agreement. Confronted with evidence of cheating by North Korea, the Bush administration then backed out of the deal. The result was even more disastrous: North Korea accelerated its nuclear assembly line and accumulated enough plutonium for perhaps eight weapons. American officials blame China for coddling North Korea, but at least Beijing has a strategy. It is to encourage the Kim regime to replicate the opening and reform policies that transformed China itself. These days, Chinese traders, cellphones, DVDs and CDs are already common in border areas of North Korea, doing more to undermine Kim rule than any policy of the United States. There are no good solutions. But let’s take advantage of the leadership transition to try a dose of outreach. If we can inch toward diplomatic relations, trade and people-to-people exchanges, we’re not rewarding a monstrous regime. We just might be digging its grave.

Panetta and Obama have talked about keeping ‘all options on the table’ BUCHANAN from page 4

Little added that U.N. inspectors remain in Iran and have access to its uranium stockpile, and should Iran attempt a “breakout” by diverting low-enriched uranium to a hidden facility to convert it to weapons grade, U.N. inspectors would instantly detect the diversion. “We would retain sufficient time under any such scenario to take appropriate action,” said Little. In short, the Pentagon does not believe Iran has made a decision to build atomic weapons, and the department is confident that, should it do so, the United States would have ample warning. Little’s definitive statement, “We have no indication that the Iranians have made a decision to develop a nuclear weapon,” coincides with the consensus of all 16 U.S. intelligence agencies, including the CIA and Defense Intelligence Agency, in December 2007. In that report, the entire U.S. intelligence community stated unanimously, with “high confidence,” that Iran had given up its drive for an atom bomb back in 2003. Yet the Pentagon’s categorical statement this week, and the 2007 declaration by the entire U.S. intelligence community that Iran abandoned its bomb program in 2003, raises a question. How could the International Atomic Energy Agency conclude, as it did last month, that Iran “has carried out activities relevant to the develop-

ment of a nuclear device”? Did the IAEA discover clandestine bomb-building that our own intelligence community failed to detect? If Iran is doing experiments consistent with building an atomic bomb, as the IAEA reports, why does the U.S. intelligence community not revise and update its 2007 report? Why are CIA and DIA silent? This is no minor matter. For not only have Panetta and Barack Obama talked about “all options on the table” regarding Iran — i.e., we do not rule out military strikes — so, too, have the GOP presidential candidates, save Rep. Ron Paul. Sen. Rick Santorum says we are already at war: “Iran is a country that has been at war with us since 1979. ... The Iranians are the existential threat to Israel.” In fierce rebuttal to Paul’s suggestion that the real threat to America is being stampeded into a new war, Rep. Michele Bachmann retorted: “We know beyond the shadow of a doubt that Iran will take a nuclear weapon, they will use it to wipe our ally Israel off the face of the map. ... The Iran Constitution ... states unequivocally that their mission is to extend jihad across the world and eventually to set up a worldwide caliphate.” But is all this consistent or credible? If Iran is an “existential threat” to Israel and intends to use a bomb it is now building on Israel, why have the Israelis, with 200 to 300 nuclear weapons, who have bombed both Iraqi and Syrian

nuclear sites, not removed that “existential threat” themselves? Second, assume the Bachmann horror scenario that we know “beyond the shadow of a doubt” that Iran, as soon as it gets the bomb it is building, will use it on Israel. If that is so, who does Bachmann think will then be establishing that caliphate in an Iran that an Israeli retaliatory strike will have reduced to atomic ash? Lest we forget, the Israelis are a “Never Again!” nation. And there is another serious matter here. While Obamaites, neocons and Republicans are talking about “all options on the table,” the war option, if we still have a Constitution, cannot be used against a nation that has not attacked us, unless Congress, which alone has the power to declare war, has authorized military action. When did Congress tell Obama or any president he can bomb Iran as soon as he concludes Iran is building a nuclear weapon? If, after leaving Iraq, we are going into yet another war of choice, let the Congress debate and vote on this new war with Iran. (Patrick J. Buchanan is the author of “Suicide of a Superpower: Will America Survive to 2025?” To find out more about Buchanan and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate Web page at www. creators.com.)


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Deer are shown swimming in Casco Bay, en route to an island, in an image provided by Mike Murray, city liaison to the island communities. (COURTESY PHOTO)

In Portland, program staffed entirely by volunteers CULLING from page 3

In a recent interview, he described the program this way: "It's needed." Phil Bozenhard, a retired biologist with Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, helped design the deer culling programs on city islands in the 1990s, and in the case of Peaks, in the early 2000s. He’s also one of four experienced shooters permitted by the city and state to harvest deer on the islands. Then, as now, it's almost impossible to know how many deer live on any given island, he says. Deer are capable swimmers and can easily move from island to island or from the island to the mainland. In any case, trying to get a finite number is almost beside the point. "People often say to me, 'Well how many deer do we have and how many do we want to get down to?'" Bozenhard said. "I don't know how many they have. It's not a point of contention because they swim from island to island. One week we could get it down to

10 deer, and a week later it could be (up) to 25 deer." He believes deer-reduction programs have paid off. "I think deer population is right where we want it to be," Bozenhard, who lives in Biddeford, said this week. In Portland, the program is staffed entirely by volunteers, starting with Bozenhard, who admits he’s become its “de facto” leader. The program works like this: permanent island residents and city public works crews monitor a handful of bait sites on the islands. When the piles of corn kernels get low, they add more and also alert either Murray or one of the shooters. There are also motion sensor cameras at some of the sites to help determine how many deer have stopped by. Once there’s been a certain level of activity, Bozenhard and other permitted shooters will head to the islands to monitor the sites in person. Like most states, Maine’s deer hunt is heavily regulated. Hunters, for instance, can only bag a certain number of deer on certain days during the

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Search continues for missing Maine toddler BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Waterville’s chief of police said Thursday the search for a 20-month-old girl is still a missing person case, not a criminal investigation. The news came during a daily press conference held just a short time after the home of where the Maine toddler was last seen had been roped off with police crime-scene tape, and only hours after one of the state’s top homicide prosecutors had arrived at the Waterville residence. “This is still a missing child case,” said Chief Joseph Massey, of the Waterville Police Department, telling reporters to not “read anymore into” the fact that the home of the missing girl was taped off on the sixth day of the search for Ayla Reynolds. Ayla was living with her father, Justin DiPietro, when she was reported missing Saturday morning. Dipietro told police the toddler was last seen sleeping in her bed at about 10 p.m. On Thursday, the Maine State Police mobile unit and Assistant Attorney General Bill Stokes could be seen at DiPietro’s home for the first time. Also, cadaver dogs were used to search an area of woods near the Waterville airport. But when pressed on whether there was any evidence that a crime has been committed in the case of the missing girl, Massey responded, “This is a missing child case.” The police department had received nearly 200 tips by Thursday afternoon, but the number of officers and searchers were reduced from the 80 who were involved Wednesday, Massey said. He could not immediately say how many authorities were on scene Thursday. “I’m not going to speculate,” Massey said, refusing to comment on whether he thought Ayla may still be alive. “We need to stay focused,” he said. “Our number

one priority is to find her.” Ayla was last seen wearing a green one-piece pajama with polkadots and the words “Daddy’s Princess” displayed on the front, according to police. DiPietro issued a statement earlier in the week saying he has “no idea what happened to Ayla.” Massey said family members, including Ayla’s mother, Trista Reynolds, who lives in the Portland area, were cooperating with authorities. “The family members are cooperating,” said Massey, who was asked by reporters if any relatives had taken a lie detector test since her disappearance; he responded they had not. Similarly, no search warrants have been issued for DiPietro’s residence located at 29 Violette Ave., Waterville, Massey said.

“We have not activated any search warrants,” he said. “We are currently searching the house with the consent of the owners at this point.” The police chief didn’t say what exactly the next step of the search process would entail. He did say, however, that progress had been made in the search. “I think we’ve made some significant process,” he said. “There’s a lot of things we’ve eliminated.” The search for Ayla has garnered national attention and is also a topic being discussed on social networking websites, like Facebook, where a page titled “Find Ayla Reynolds Missing Since 12/16/2011 From Waterville, Maine” had more than 9,060 followers by Thursday afternoon. Also, the Waterville Police Department’s Facebook page detailed how personal and serious the department’s officers were taking the search. “Last night, the mother of one of our supervisors suffered a medical emergency. One of our detectives has a wife who expecting a baby any moment. Both are on-line today, looking for Ayla,” read a recent post by the department. Rumors that Ayla had been found alive also began circulating on Facebook Thursday afternoon, though a police spokesman confirmed the information was not accurate. On Thursday evening around 6:30 p.m., Waterville Police wrote on Facebook, “This afternoon, rumors have run rampant regarding the status of this case. Please understand that at this hour, Ayla has not been located. Investigators are working harder than ever on this case, and we will release information as it becomes available and appropriate. We fully understand the emotion and attention that Ayla’s disappearance has caused. Please stay with us as we move forward, and please share this with your friends to help get the word out.” Massey said a morning briefing among authorities was slated to be held today at 8 a.m.

Police continue to search for a 20-month-old Waterville girl, Ayla Reynolds, who was last reported seen Friday. (COURTESY PHOTO)

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Cities face tough choices as U.S. slashes block grants program BY MICHAEL COOPER THE NEW YORK TIMES

ALLENTOWN, Pa. — It is no secret that these are hard times for cities, with tax collections down, state aid dwindling, unemployment high and foreclosures pitting many blocks. So, as he sat in his office here, Mayor Ed Pawlowski of Allentown echoed the question mayors around the country are asking: Why has Washington cut one of the main federal programs for cities by a quarter in the last couple of years? “It’s just insane,” an exasperated-sounding Mayor Pawlowski said. The shrinking federal program, called Community Development Block Grants, was devised by the Nixon administration to bypass state governments and send money directly to big cities, which were given broad leeway to decide how to spend it. This year the federal government is giving out just $2.9 billion — a billion dollars less than it gave two years ago, and even less than it gave during the Carter administration, when the money went much further. Here in Allentown the steadily shrinking funds mean that there will be hard choices ahead. The grants have helped pay for the tidy new facades on restaurants like Casa Latina and Winston’s West Indian & American Restaurant on Seventh Street, which have been credited with sprucing up the neighborhood and drawing college students downtown to eat. They have paid for inspections of 1,500 homes in the city’s poorest wards, and for repairs of some. And recently, behind a door with an orange “Unfit for Human Habitation” sticker on it, they paid a crew to do a gut rehab of a blighted row house at the edge of a blossoming historic district. The money is not just for brick-and-mortar projects. It pays for two after-school teachers at St. Luke’s Neighborhood Center, where a couple of dozen children, some homeless, spent a recent afternoon making artwork by gluing pompoms to strips of foam. And it helps pay for the Daybreak program,

This year the federal government is giving out just $2.9 billion — a billion dollars less than it gave two years ago. a drop-in center for people with mental illness or substance abuse problems, where a couple of dozen people spent the afternoon watching “Mr. Magoo’s Christmas Carol” on a big-screen television while workers scurried around the kitchen, which serves three meals a day. But with its share of the grant halved in recent years, to $15,000, Daybreak is looking for savings. “We do stand the chance of having to cut a staff member,” said the Rev. Dr. Christine L. Nelson, the executive director of the Lehigh County Conference of Churches, which runs Daybreak, who said other sources of money were drying up as well. “That would be very difficult because with this kind of program, we only have five as it is, and we need to keep two on the floor at all times for safety’s sake, for the clients’ safety.” Cuts to the block grants program were cited in a recent report by the nonpartisan Government Accountability Office, which noted that the number of vacant properties in America has jumped to 10 million from 7 million in 2000, threatening to attract crime and cause blight. “With sustained high foreclosure and unemployment rates and further declining home values, local officials said that continued, flexible C.D.B.G. funding would help them maintain efforts to address vacant properties in their areas,” the report noted. The program has its share of critics. The flexibility that so endears it to mayors and county executives has sometimes led to terrible misuses of the money, and even to criminal fraud. Policing the program has become a cottage industry for federal investiga-

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Friday, Dec. 23, the 357th day of 2011. There are eight days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Dec. 23, 1941, during World War II, American forces on Wake Island surrendered to the Japanese. On this date: In 1783, George Washington resigned as commander in chief of the Continental Army and retired to his home at Mount Vernon, Va. In 1788, Maryland passed an act to cede an area “not exceeding ten miles square” for the seat of the national government; about 2/3 of the area became the District of Columbia. In 1823, the poem “Account of a Visit from St. Nicholas” was published anonymously in the Troy (N.Y.) Sentinel; the verse, more popularly known as “’Twas the Night Before Christmas,” was later attributed to Clement C. Moore. In 1893, the Engelbert Humperdinck opera “Haensel und Gretel” was first performed, in Weimar, Germany. In 1928, the National Broadcasting Company set up a permanent, coast-to-coast network. In 1968, 82 crew members of the U.S. intelligence ship Pueblo were released by North Korea, 11 months after they had been captured. In 1975, Richard S. Welch, the Central Intelligence Agency station chief in Athens, was shot and killed outside his home by the militant group November 17. In 1986, the experimental airplane Voyager, piloted by Dick Rutan and Jeana Yeager, completed the first non-stop, nonrefueled round-the-world flight as it returned safely to Edwards Air Force Base in California. In 1991, fire destroyed a house in Corsicana, Texas, killing three young children; their father, Cameron Todd Willingham, was convicted of starting the blaze and was executed in 2004, although some experts raised questions about whether the fire had been deliberately set. One year ago: Mail bombs blamed on anarchists exploded at the Swiss and Chilean embassies in Rome, seriously wounding two people. Today’s Birthdays: Actor Gerald S. O’Loughlin is 90. Actor Ronnie Schell is 80. Actor Frederic Forrest is 75. Actor James Stacy is 75. Rock musician Jorma Kaukonen is 71. Rock musician Ron Bushy is 70. Actor-comedian Harry Shearer is 68. Actress Susan Lucci is 65. Singer-musician Adrian Belew is 62. Rock musician Dave Murray is 55. Actress Joan Severance is 53. Singer Terry Weeks is 48. Rock singer Eddie Vedder is 47. Rock musician Jamie Murphy is 36. Jazz musician Irvin Mayfield is 34. Actress Estella Warren is 33.

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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: My friend “Candi” regularly drinks and drives. She often drinks at a friend’s house and then drives herself home. Other times, she drinks at home and then goes out. There are even times when she takes her teenage daughter in the car after she’s been drinking. I’ve confronted Candi only to be told that she doesn’t have a drinking problem and I should be quiet. But, Annie, I can’t tell you how many times her children and I have found her passed out in the yard, on the floor, at the dinner table or behind the wheel of her car while it’s in the driveway. Candi is endangering her life and the lives of everyone around her. I can no longer idly sit back and let this continue. What’s worse is that she has a legal handgun, and I am scared to death that she will use it while she’s drunk. Is there anything I can do to convince her she needs help? -- Looking for Some Answers Dear Looking: Candi sounds like a tragedy waiting to happen. We don’t know whether she will ever admit that she needs help, and you can’t force her. So, if you know when she is driving drunk, call the police. If she is drinking in your presence, take away her car keys. Caution Candi’s daughter not to get into the car with her mother when she’s been drinking. Also contact Al-Anon (al-anon.alateen.org) and suggest to Candi’s daughter that she do the same. Dear Annie: “Clay” and I are both 23 and have been friends for a while. Lately, I’ve noticed that Clay is dating younger and younger girls. He seems to go for the ones under 18. His current girlfriend is going to be 15 in a month. Clay has told me that he meets girls in a chat room specifically for teens. I’ve been trying to find a way to talk to him about this, and I finally said that I can’t support his choices. I told him if he messes up his life, it’s his problem and I will not defend him. He claims he likes dating younger girls and

is always careful. I don’t know what to do anymore. I don’t want him to get hurt, but if he gets arrested, it’s his own fault. Please help. -Pennsylvania Dear Pennsylvania: Clay is being exceedingly reckless by stalking young teenage girls. (The term for adults who are attracted to teenagers between the ages of 11 to 14 is hebephilia.) If Clay has sex with these girls, he can be sent to prison, though it’s possible the risk excites him. There may be underlying reasons for his inability to be attracted to adult women, but unless he is willing to address that, there’s not much more you can do for him. But if you know what chat rooms he is using, you can notify the servers. If you are aware that he is having sex with these girls, you can report him to the authorities. Dear Annie: I read the letter from “Frank,” who cheated on his wife and lost his family, his position in the community and his once-charmed life. I, too, made a huge mistake by cheating. I was so ignorant and selfish that I didn’t realize how badly I would be scarring individuals I loved. My husband and I divorced. My children heard about my infidelities from everyone in town. I was shunned by people who once respected me. My children’s spouses are now privy to my mistakes and will never be able to bond with me as they might have. I eventually married a man who turned out to be a callous, lying philanderer. Perhaps this is justice for the pain I caused. If I could go back and live my first marriage as a faithful wife, I would. I should have counted my blessings, instead of nit-picking his flaws and using that as an excuse for my bad behavior. -- Living in Sad Regret

Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to: anniesmailbox@comcast.net, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045.

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Low-income heating assistance heralded by Pingree, Snowe DAILY SUN STAFF REPORTS U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, on Thursday applauded an allotment of $845 million in Low Income Home Energy Assistance funding, including $6.2 million that can be distributed in Maine. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has allotted $6,219,001 to Maine for the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program, also known as LIHEAP, from funding allocated in a Fiscal Year 2012 Continuing Resolution. Snowe said she’s championed LIHEAP since its creation in 1980. Pingree has sponsored a bill in the House to increase overall funding to last year’s level of $4.7 billion from the currently approved level of just $2.6 billion. The bill mirrors legislation sponsored by Snowe in the Senate. The budget funding brings Maine’s current total to roughly $30 million compared to last year’s $56.5 million, Snowe said. Pingree agreed. “We’ve heard from so many families and seniors who are struggling to put heating oil in the tank and aren’t sure how they are going to get through the winter,” Pingree said. “The $6 million being released to Maine is good news but the truth is that the LIHEAP funding passed by Congress isn’t enough. The economy is still tough and oil prices are still high. We need to come up with more money to help families heat their homes.” Both members of Maine’s congressional delegation made their statements in separate press releases. Governor Paul LePage said he has asked Maine State Housing Authority and Efficiency Maine Trust to develop a contingency plan to address the unmet need should Congress not appropriate sufficient funds for LIHEAP this winter season.

The Nation salutes Rep. Russell in honor roll of top progressives The progressive weekly magazine, The Nation, listed Portland state Democratic Rep. Diane Russell on its “Progressive Honor Roll of 2011.” Calling itself “America’s oldest weekly magazine, founded in 1865,” The Nation wrote, “With deep roots in Maine and a record of agitating for progressive causes, Russell battled to block a right-wing move to eliminate Maine’s election-day-registration law. After Republicans rammed the change through, she became a leading advocate for the referendum that restored the law. Active with the Progressive States Network, Russell joined the protests in Wisconsin and returned to Maine with a renewed determination to pass pro-worker legislation.” The article, written by John Nichols, appeared on Wednesday. The honor roll also saluted the Occupy Wall Street movement. Russell wrote on Facebook, “Ummmm ... ‘Most Valuable State Representative: Diane Russell’ ... Kinda speechless right now.”

Cutler Files documents can be released to the public, judge rules A federal judge has ruled that documents related to The Cutler Files, a political attack website created during last year’s gubernatorial campaign, can be made public, WCSH6 reported. The Maine Civil Liberties Union filed suit on behalf of Dennis Bailey, the formerly anonymous creator of the political blog that took aim at independent gubernatorial candidate Eliot Cutler. Bailey was discovered and found to have violated Maine election law and fined $200 by the Maine Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices.


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Friday, Dec. 23 Portland Fire Department graduation ceremony 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Portland Fire Department celebrates the graduation of 20 firefighters known as class 2011-19. “Their graduation follows a rigorous and intense 21-week training in advanced firefighting and life support medical training. During the ceremony, the new graduates will receive their fire fighting pin from a chosen loved one, a longstanding PFD tradition. Portland Fire Chief Fred LaMontagne will be joined by members of the PFD as they congratulate the graduates: Michael Mutchie of Omaha Nebraska; Travis Ferrante of Portland Maine; Paul Muldoon of Casco, Maine; Stephen Coppi of Hollis, Maine; David Anderson of Yarmouth, Maine; Andrew Johnston of Windham, Maine; P.J. Cook of Congers, New York; Adam Kalakowsky of Framingham, Massachusetts; Nick Calvert of Steep Falls, Maine; David Gain of South Portland, Maine; Brandon Farley of South Portland, Maine; Craig Voisine of Gorham, Maine; Robert White of Portland, Maine; Jason Mudge of Townsend, Massachusets; Glen Gorden of Yarmouth, Maine; Michael Casey of Kennebunk, Maine; Bobbi Jo Barden of Charlottesville, Virginia; Scott Brown of Portland, Maine; Corey Morin of Hudson, New Hampshire; and, Greg Knights of Brookline, N.H.” Portland High School Auditorium.

low Pierce participated in the war effort by making bandages, socks, shirts, and other supplies to be sent to soldiers in addition to her usual charity work; Lucia Wadsworth was interested in political affairs and city life, and also contributed knitted and sewn goods to the war effort. Tours: Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Last tour leaves at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Last tour leaves at 1 p.m. http:// www.mainehistory.org/programs_events. shtml

Christmas Eve service 7 p.m. First Universalist will present its annual Christmas Eve service in song and prayer. First Universalist Church is located at 169 Pleasant St., with entry on Spring St. Accessible. For more information, call 783-0461 or www.auburnuu.org.

Sunday, Dec. 25

Merry Christmas! Chanukah on Wheels 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. A family Chanukah bash at Happy Wheels, 331 Warren Ave., Portland. Music, dreidels, latkes, grand raffles, donuts, gelt, lighting of the menorah. Admission is $7 per person. RSVP ChabadofMaine@gmail.com.

The Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance and Creative Portland are co-hosting a “Meet the Mayor” event for the local arts and cultural community, 5 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 11, at SPACE Gallery. Newly elected Monday, Dec. 26 2 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. “Portland Ballet mayor, Michael Brennan, will answer questions. Here, Brennan is shown being sworn into office earlier this Company brings its own unique New Eng- month. In November, Portland voters used ranked choice voting to elect Brennan to office. He is the first land version of the Nutcracker to Merrill elected mayor for the city in over 80 years. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) Holiday curbside trash and recycling Auditorium with its beloved ‘The Victorian 6:30 a.m. “This holiday season, Portland Nutcracker.’ The show, which takes the Public Services crews will collect curbside trash and recy‘Being Elmo’ at the PMA classic Nutcracker story and sets it in historical Portland, cling as usual with no changes to the schedule. Crews will 6:30 p.m. Film screening at Movies at the Museum, PortMaine with sets, costumes, and characters inspired by collect trash and recycling Monday, Dec. 26 and Monday, land Museum of Art. Friday, Dec. 23, 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday, historical figures, will be performed twice at Merrill AudiJan. 2. Residents are asked to place their items out by 6:30 Dec. 27, 2 p.m.; Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2 p.m.; Thursday, torium on Friday, Dec. 23 at 2 p.m. and 7.30 p.m. The cast a.m. for collection. Christmas trees can be left for collecDec. 29, 2 p.m.; Friday, Dec. 30, 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m.; Satof professional dancers from the Portland Ballet Company, tion on your normal trash day between Dec. 26 and Jan. urday, Dec. 31, 2 p.m. NR “Beloved by children of all ages accompanied by the Portland Ballet Orchestra, is known 20. Trees can also be dropped off at one of the following around the world, Elmo is an international icon. Few people for its lively, entertaining and beautiful Nutcracker. The story locations during the month of January: Cutter Street parkknow his creator, Kevin Clash, who dreamed of working unfolds as young Olivia follows her Nutcracker Prince to the ing lot, Payson Park Little League Field and the nine-hole with his idol, master puppeteer Jim Henson. Displaying his enchanted Kingdom of the Sweets, where she is dazzled by golf course lot on Riverside Street. Please note that wrapcreativity and talent at a young age, Kevin ultimately found dancers from around the world - from the Russian Trepak ping paper is recyclable, and Styrofoam packaging is not.” a home on Sesame Street. Narrated by Whoopi Goldberg, to the Sugarplum Fairy. The Victorian Nutcracker features this documentary includes rare archival footage, interviews Maine Academy of Modern Music’s Rock Camp Portland Ballet Company’s professional dancers as well with Frank Oz, Rosie O’Donnell, Cheryl Henson, Joan Ganz 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. “School’s out and it’s time to rock! as Portland School of Ballet students selected by audiCooney, and others and offers a behind-the-scenes look Forget the books and come play at the Maine Academy tion. This year’s conductor is Sean Newhouse, assistant at Sesame Street and the Jim Henson Workshop.” http:// of Modern Music’s Rock Camp. Whether on the nice list conductor at the Boston Symphony Orchestra. Newhouse www.portlandmuseum.org/events/movies.php with a brand new guitar … or stuck on the naughty list for made an acclaimed last-minute debut with the Boston jamming too loud, MAMM’s cool Rock Camp series pro‘Home For the Holidays Cabaret’ Symphony in February 2011, conducting Mahler’s Ninth vides young aspiring musicians a place to learn rock ‘n’ roll 7:30 p.m. Lucid Stage announces A New Edge producSymphony on two hours’ notice in place of James Levine.” and have fun. This weeklong crash course in modern music tion: “Home For the Holidays Cabaret,” Celebrate the Tickets are available through PortTix at www.porttix.com covers songwriting, recording and tips on how to start a holidays and community with Home for the Holidays or 207-842-0800. Ticket prices range from $17-$47. New band — everything it takes to get out of the garage and Cabaret! Singing, storytelling, audience participation and this year, season subscriptions to Portland Ballet are availinto the studio or on stage. Ages 10 and up. Price: $300. an optional Yankee Swap (bring a wrapped “re-gift”). able. For more information, please contact Portland Ballet Dec. 26 through Dec. 30. Location: Portland (Breakwater $8 at Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland. 899-3993. at 772-9671 or visit www.portlandballet.org. School/856 Brighton Ave.). Registration: www.maineacadwww.LucidStage.com The Polar Express emyofmodernmusic.org/camps, 899-3433. 2:45 p.m. The Polar Express is back, with an early train time Saturday, Dec. 24 of 2:45 p.m. and another First Class car. Fridays, SaturTuesday, Dec. 27 days and Sundays through Dec. 23. The Polar Express will come to life when the Maine Narrow Gauge train departs Christmas at the Movies its Ocean Gateway depot for a journey to the “North Pole.” Phyzgig festival in Portland 10 a.m. Next Level Church presents “Christmas at the Holiday decorations inside the train will add to the festive 11 a.m. For the past 13 years, Acorn Productions has been Movies,” an incredible family Christmas experience featuratmosphere as guests on board meet the conductor, have brightening the cold bleak week between Christmas and ing clips from the holiday movie, “Elf,” a family photo booth, hot chocolate and a treat, listen to a reading of the enchantNew Year’s with Phyzgig, a unique festival featuring vaudegreat gifts, and tons of holiday treats and fun. “Christmas at ing story over our sound system, and sing carols. Santa will ville variety shows in downtown Portland from Dec. 27 the Movies” will happen on Saturday, Dec. 24 at 10 a.m. at ride back with everyone to the train station from a special through New Year’s Eve. “Phyzgig shows offer a complete the Cinemagic Grand Theater, located at 333 Clarks Pond outpost of the North Pole and every child will receive their package of entertainment for all ages — juggling, illusion, Road in South Portland. Tickets are free but are required, special bell on board the train. www.mainenarrowgauge. physical comedy, live music and much more. Acorn annuand are available by visiting www.nlc.tv anytime. Next Level org/polar-express ally attracts performers from all over the country to appear in Church is one church, meeting every weekend across three Phyzgig, which is attended by approximately 2,500 audience locations (Dover, N.H.; Newington, N.H. and Portland). Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech project for youth members each year. This year’s edition of Phyzgig features 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Portland Housing Authority and study Christmas with the Longfellows 11 traditional acts and three local burlesque groups, along centers located at Riverton Park, Sagamore Village and 10 a.m. Through Saturday, Dec. 31, Christmas with the with the live sounds of ‘The Fabulous Lacklusters’ under the Kennedy Park in Portland will be working with youth to reflect Longfellows: Holiday House Tours. “Visit the Longfellow musical direction of Joel Eckhaus. The festival is comprised upon Martin Luther King Jr.’s speech and how that speech still House for a special holiday experience. This year’s seasonal of 13 shows at three different venues: the mainstage at Porthas meaning, on Fridays from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. between now decoration and interpretation, based on family letters and land Stage Company, SPACE Gallery on Congress Street, and and Martin Luther King Jr. Day and between 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. documents, focuses on 1861. Objects have been added the Acorn Studio Theater in Westbrook.” Tickets to Phyzgig on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. The students will work with volto rooms to illustrate both the emergence of Christmas as range from $10 to $20 and a complete performance schedule unteers to write and perform three plays that will take place at the holiday we recognize today, and the impact of the Civil appears below. For more information or to purchase tickets, the NAACP event in their communities. If you would like more War on residents of the house and of Portland. Wadsworthcall 854-0065 or visit www.phyzgig.org. information or are interested in volunteering at this event, conLongfellow family members kept up with their usual habits tact Emily Fitch at efitch@porthouse.org or 773-4753. and interests throughout the holiday season: Anne Longfelsee next page

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Portland Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament 3:30 p.m. At the Portland Expo, Maine Red Claws presents Portland Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament, Bonny Eagle vs. Wells; 5 p.m. — South Portland vs. Lake Region; 6:30 p.m. — Deering vs Spruce High; 8 p.m. — Cheverus vs. Yarmouth. www.portland-calendar.com

Pizza for the Prom 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Pizza and the Prom: what a perfect combination! Join us from 5 to 9 pm Tuesday, Dec. 27 at the Flatbread Company, 72 Commercial St. in Portland, for Pizza for the Prom. A portion of the proceeds from the evening’s pizza sales will be donated to Friends of the Eastern Promenade.

Wednesday, Dec. 28 Lady Bulldogs Basketball Tournament 8:30 a.m. At the Portland Expo, Portland High School Lady Bulldogs Basketball Tournament, Greely vs Biddeford; 10 a.m. — Portland High School Lady Bulldogs Basketball Tournament Westbrook vs. Richmond; 11:30 a.m. — Portland High School Lady Bulldogs Basketball Tournament Cape Elizabeth vs Thornton Academy. www.portland-calendar.com

Portland Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament 1 p.m. At the Portland Expo, Maine Red Claws presents Portland Boys Basketball Holiday Tournament, Scarborough vs. Cape Elizabeth; 2:30 p.m. — Falmouth vs. Moore Catholic, N.Y.; 4 p.m. — Greely vs. Mt Valley; 5:30 p.m. — Portland vs. Susan Wagner, N.Y.; 7 p.m. — Winner Game 5 vs. Falmouth; 8:30 p.m. — Portland vs. Winner Game 7.

Amateur Kids Stand-up Comedy auditions

‘Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits, Volume I’ 7 p.m. Freeport Factory Stage presents: “Forbidden Broadway’s Greatest Hits, Volume I” — a musical roast of Broadway’s best on New Year’s Eve. Two performances at 7 p.m. and 10 p.m. Tickets are $25; call the box office at 8655505 or purchase tickets online through the website at www.freeportfactory.com.

Thursday, Jan. 5 Vein Healthcare Center leg screenings 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Vein Healthcare Center will be giving free leg screenings. “Patient visits will include a venous exam of both legs, an overview of treatment options and an opportunity to have questions answered by Dr. Cindy Asbjornsen, one of the leading phlebology (vein health) specialists in Maine. Though the leg screening is free, an appointment is required.” Call the Vein Healthcare Center at 221-7799 to make an appointment, or visit www.veinhealthcarecenter.com for more information. The Vein Healthcare Center is located in South Portland at 100 Foden Road, Suite 307.

Friday, Jan. 6 ‘Reflection, Revelation, Resolution’ 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Gallery at Harmon’s & Barton’s presents “Reflection, Revelation, Resolution,” a collection of inspirational dance images by Maine photographer Arthur Fink and encaustic artist Lori Austill. 584 Congress St., Portland. First Friday Art Walk reception, exhibit and sale through January.

Auditions for Performance Troupes 3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Auditions for Performance Troupes, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St. “Seeking actors ages 11-17 to join the Kids on the Block puppeteer troupe and/or the Youth Voices On Stage anti-bullying performance troupe. Audition will include improvisation. No experience necessary; new faces encouraged.” More information: www.kitetails.org, 828-1234, ext. 247.

6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Schoolhouse Arts Center’s will hold auditions for an Amateur Kids Stand-up Comedy Show on Dec. 28. Shows will be presented in our new Black Box theater beginning on Jan. 14. “This is a chance for any kid who likes to make people laugh Saturday, Jan. 7 and wants a chance to show off their ‘stuff.’ Those auditioning should come prepared to Iman Lizarazu’s first role was playing the mouse in “The Nutcracker” when she was six years old. perform before a small group. Performers Now, with four decades arranged inside her capable and provocative physique, she has created ‘The Real Stories of Incarcerated Women’ an alluring 70-minute solo show titled “Basquette Quese,” an entertaining portrayal of a character 1 p.m. From Jan. 5 to Jan. 31, Freeport Library must be at under 18 years of age. Content should be appropriate for kids of any age. who’s insomnia initiates a series of mesmerizing gravity-defying vignettes. Lizarazu is part of will be hosting Family Crisis Services’ “More Auditions will be held at the Schoolhouse Arts Acorn Productions’ Phyzgig, a unique festival featuring vaudeville variety shows in downtown Than a Rap Sheet: The Real Stories of Incarcerated Women,” an exhibit featuring photoCenter, located at 16 Richville Road (Route Portland from Dec. 27 through New Year’s Eve. (Photo by Steve DiBartolomeo) graphs and the poems of Maine’s incarcerated 114) in Standish, just north of the intersection letters and documents, focuses on 1861. Objects have women. The exhibit will officially open on Jan. 7. At 1 p.m., of Route 114 and Route 35. For more information, call been added to rooms to illustrate both the emergence FCS staff and women from the project will be discussing Schoolhouse Arts Center at 642-3743 or log onto our of Christmas as the holiday we recognize today, and the the roots of the exhibit and reading select poems. The snow website at www.schoolhousearts.org. impact of the Civil War on residents of the house and date for the opening is scheduled for Jan. 11 at 6:30 p.m. of Portland. Wadsworth-Longfellow family members kept Family Crisis Services, the domestic violence agency for Thursday, Dec. 29 up with their usual habits and interests throughout the Cumberland and Sagadahoc counties, has been working holiday season: Anne Longfellow Pierce participated in with incarcerated women at Cumberland County Jail and the war effort by making bandages, socks, shirts, and Maine Correctional Center since 2000; a community where U.S. Postal Service processing operations other supplies to be sent to soldiers in addition to her approximately 95 percent of the women have experienced consolidation meeting in Brewer rescheduled usual charity work; Lucia Wadsworth was interested in domestic violence in their lifetimes. 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public political affairs and city life, and also contributed knitAuditions for ‘Wiley and the Hairy Man’ meeting to discuss its proposal to move mail processing ted and sewn goods to the war effort. Tours: Monday3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. Auditions for “Wiley and the Hairy operations from the Eastern Maine Processing and DistriSaturday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m. Last Man” at the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 bution Facility in Hamden to the Southern Maine Processtour leaves at 4 p.m. Dec. 24 and 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Free Street, Portland. Seeking actors ages 8 to 17. Audition ing and Distribution Center in Scarborough. The public Last tour leaves at 1 p.m. http://www.mainehistory.org/ will include improv games and movement. No experience meeting originally scheduled for Dec. 29 to explain this proprograms_events.shtml necessary; new faces encouraged. More information: www. posal and to allow public input has been rescheduled for NRCM Polar Bear Plunge and 5K Race kitetails.org, 828-1234, ext. 247. Jan. 11, 2012. The time and location remain the same: 6 10:30 a.m. East End Beach, Portland. “Be bold in the cold p.m. to 7 p.m. at Jeff’s Catering, East West Industrial Park, with a plunge in at East End Beach and/or a walk or run 5 Coffin Ave, Brewer. Anyone who wishes to submit comTuesday, Jan. 10 around Back Cove to support the Natural Resources Counments in writing can send them to: Manager, Consumer and cil of Maine’s work to reduce global warming pollution. Industry Contact, Northern New England District, 151 Forest Run/walk registration starts at 10:30 a.m. at Back Cove; Dip Film screening of ‘Dragonslayer’ Ave., Portland, ME. All comments must be postmarked Jan. registration starts at 11:30 a.m. at East End Beach. Pre-reg7:30 p.m. “‘Dragonslayer’ documents the transgressions of a 13, 2012.” ister online at http://supporters.nrcm.org/register. The walk lost skate punk falling in love in the stagnant suburbs of Fulbegins at 11, the run at 11:15, and the dip at noon — the lerton, California in the aftermath of America’s economic ‘warmest’ part of the day!” collapse. Taking the viewer through a golden SoCal haze Saturday, Dec. 31 of broken homes, abandoned swimming pools and stray Celebrate New Year’s with the Pirates glimpses of unusual beauty, ‘Dragonslayer’ captures the life 5:30 p.m. Portland Pirates vs. Worcester Sharks, Kid’s New Christmas with the Longfellows’ and times of Josh ‘Skreech’ Sandoval, a local skate legend Year’s Celebration. Bud Light Saturday Night is Hockey and new father, as his endless summer finally collides with final day of Holiday House Tours Night. Celebrate New Year’s with the Pirates. “The game, the future.” SPACE Gallery,538 Congress St., Portland. 10 a.m. Through Saturday, Dec. 31, Christmas with the an expected sellout, will mark the 17th season the Pirates Admission $7; $5 for SPACE members. www.dragonslayLongfellows: Holiday House Tours. “Visit the Longfellow have celebrated New Year’s featuring New England’s largermovie.com House for a special holiday experience. This year’s seaest indoor fireworks display at the conclusion of the game.” sonal decoration and interpretation, based on family www.portlandpirates.com/promotions.asp see next page


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Wednesday, Jan. 11 Meet the Mayor at SPACE Gallery 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance and Creative Portland are co-hosting a “Meet the Mayor” event for the local arts and cultural community. “Portland’s first elected mayor in 88 years, Mayor Michael Brennan was sworn into office on Dec. 6, telling Portlanders: ‘My success will also be your success, and I can only be successful with you.’ Expressing an interest in working across sectors to address community issues, Mayor Brennan also acknowledged the significant value the arts, culture, and creative economy add to the city. This event will provide Portland’s arts and cultural community an opportunity to meet the mayor, hear briefly about his priorities in the months ahead and to ask questions. Information about the hosts and the event can be found at portlandarts.org and liveworkportland.org.” Free, all ages. www.space538.org/events.php

U.S. Postal Service processing operations consolidation meeting in Brewer 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. The U.S. Postal Service will hold a public meeting to discuss its proposal to move mail processing operations from the Eastern Maine Processing and Distribution Facility in Hamden to the Southern Maine Processing and Distribution Center in Scarborough. The public meeting originally scheduled for Dec. 29 to explain this proposal and to allow public input has been rescheduled for Jan. 11, 2012. The time and location remain the same: 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. at Jeff’s Catering, East West Industrial Park, 5 Coffin Ave, Brewer. Anyone who wishes to submit comments in writing can send them to: Manager, Consumer and Industry Contact, Northern New England District, 151 Forest Ave., Portland, ME. All comments must be postmarked Jan. 13, 2012.”

Thursday, Jan. 12 Portland Ovations presents ‘Mamma Mia!’ 8 p.m. The smash hit musical based on the songs of ABBA

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Friday, Jan. 13 Sea Dogs Hot Stove Dinner and Silent Auction 5:30 p.m. Seattle Mariners pitcher and South Portland native Charlie Furbush has been added to the Sea Dogs’ lineup of guests for the annual Hot Stove Dinner and Silent Auction. Furbush joins Red Sox catcher Jarrod Saltalamacchia and Red Sox outfielder and former Sea Dog Josh Reddick as the featured guests. The event will take place at the Sable Oaks Marriott in South Portland. Tickets for the event are $50 and are limited to 300. Tickets can be purchased in person at the Hadlock Field Ticket Office, by phone at 8799500 or online at www.seadogs.com. Everyone who attends will receive a signed 8 X 10 photo of Saltalamacchia. All proceeds from the dinner and silent auction will benefit the official charity of the Portland Sea Dogs’; the Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program. The Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program was established in 1995 to raise money for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. For every strikeout that a Sea Dogs’ pitcher throws money is raised through generous pledges of businesses and individuals. For more information on the Strike Out Cancer in Kids Program log onto www.seadogs.com.

Monday, Jan. 16 A Charity Fashion Show 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Catholic Charities Maine will be hosting “Walking in the Light: A Charity Fashion Show” on Jan. 16 at One Longfellow Square, 181 State Street, Portland. “Catholic Charities has partnered with local high schools, colleges and boutiques in order to plan the event. The show will feature clothes from the Catholic Charities thrift store in hopes to raise awareness to the need for warm, affordable winter clothing and to boost clothing donations. High school and college students with an interest in fashion will play key roles in making the whole show come together. If you would like more information or are interested in volunteering at this event, contact Kerrie Keller, AmeriCorps VISTA at kkeller@ccmaine.org or 523-1156.”

Wednesday, Jan. 18 ‘Warriors Don’t Cry’ 7:30 p.m. “Portland Ovations in collaboration with NAACPPortland presents ‘Warriors Don’t Cry,’ a powerful onewoman play inspired by the award-winning memoir of the same title by Dr. Melba Pattillo Beals at Hannaford Hall, USM Portland. ‘Warriors Don’t Cry’ stars Almeria Campbell and recounts the courageous story of 15-year-old Melba, who endures violence and discrimination as she and eight other African-American students integrate Little Rock, Arkansas’ Central High School. Melba and her fellow student-warriors — known as the Little Rock Nine — captured the world’s attention in 1957 as they struggled and triumphed in pursuit of equal education. Themes of fear and courage, isolation and community, education, history, the family and the nation all come alive through Campbell’s compelling portrayal of 21 characters. A preview to the performance will take place during the NAACP’s 31st Annual Martin Luther King, Jr. Observance Breakfast Celebration at the Holiday Inn By The Bay on Jan. 16. Ovations Offstage will present a Pre-Performance Lecture Struggles for Civil Rights: Local Stories on Jan. 18 at 6:30 p.m. at Hannaford Hall, USM Portland. Students from King Middle School will discuss their expedition Small Acts of Courage: Memories of the Civil Rights Movement, a project that involves students learning and telling important stories of local citizens. Julia Adams, a member of the Portland String Quartet, will join the students to discuss her own experience during the Civil Rights Movement. Tickets for Warriors Don’t Cry are $23 for Ovations’ Members, $25 for the general public and a limited amount of $10 student tickets are also available. To purchase tickets, contact PortTix at 842-0800 or visit the box office window at Merrill Auditorium.


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Friday, Dec. 23 Rustic Overtones at Port City

summer of 2010, the founding members of the pioneering underground metal band Corrosion of Conformity—bassist/vocalist Mike Dean, drummer/vocalist Reed Mullin and guitarist Woody Weatherman—gathered at Weatherman’s farm in the Virginia hills and began jamming together as a three-piece for the first time since the mid-1980s. KYNG the southern California hard rock trio, originated in January of 2008 in Los Angeles. This event is all ages. $20 advance/$25 day of show. www. statetheatreportland.com

8 p.m. Rustic Overtones at Port City Music Hall. Rustic Overtones formed in Portland, hometown to each of them. Members of this seven-piece outfit are guitarist and lead vocalist Dave Gutter, drummer Tony McNaboe, trombonist Dave Noyes, baritone saxophonist Jason Ward, bassist Jon Roods, alto saxophonist Ryan Zoidis, and Spencer MAMM SLAM Albee on keyboards and piano. Roods and 5 p.m. “The Maine Academy of Modern Music, in Gutter began performing together first, in a partnership with the Portland Music Foundation, family basement. They later added the rest kicks off the next year of the MAMM SLAM and of the group, all friends from high school, announces the opening of registration with a show and became what is Rustic Overtones. Local featuring 2011 MAMM SLAM winner Modest Progigs earned them a fan base that expanded posal, hot new indie rockers Worried Well (featuring as the band began to travel, appearing at former MAMM Slam judges Daniel James and Cam close to 200 shows some years. Rustic OverJones), and rising openers Cosmonaut Astrox and tones’ “The New Way Out” is the first album Dusty Grooves on Dec. 28 at 5 p.m. at Bayside Bowl of entirely brand new music from the band in Portland. The concert is open to all ages; cover in over eight years. Recorded in their own is $5. The MAMM SLAM is much more than your makeshift studio between November of 2007 typical battle of the bands, providing young, careerand September of 2009, it’s the bands fifth minded musicians with a platform for developing full length studio LP and first without longtime not only their songwriting and performance skills, keyboard player Spencer Albee who left the but also forcing them to consider their web presgroup shortly after production began to form ence, marketing materials, professional appearSpencer and the School Spirit Mafia. He was ance and all the other factors that go into being replaced during the writing and recording of the record by Nigel Hall (Soulive, Lettuce, Matishayu’s Festival of Light featuring Matisyahu and Cris Cab comes to the State Theatre on a professional touring and recording band. The winner of the MAMM SLAM not only lays claim to a Robert Randolph) who handles the keyboard Monday, Dec. 26 at 7:30 p.m. (COURTESY IMAGE) title that is increasingly prestigious in Maine and far duties on TNWO. Advance: $18; door: $20; beyond, but also takes home a prize package that VIP: $30. http://portcitymusichall.com Wednesday, Dec. 28 includes $1,000, recording time, radio play, plum gigs and professional marketing help. Bands can register at www. Monday, Dec. 26 MaineToday.com/Mammslam starting Dec. 28 through Clutch with Corrosion Of Conformity, Kyng Feb. 14. The competition starts with preliminary rounds 8 p.m. State Theatre. Clutch combined elements of funk, Matishayu’s Festival of Light Led Zeppelin, and metal with vocals inspired by Faith No at the Big Easy March 24 and 25. Finals will be held April 7:30 p.m. Matisyahu with Cris Cab at the State Theatre. More. Formed in 1991 in Germantown, Md., the group 28. 2011 winners Modest Proposal used their package to Matisyahu fuses the contemporary styles of rap, beatboxincluded Neil Fallon (vocals), Tim Sult (guitar), Dan Maines record their self-titled debut album which they’ll release at ing, and hip-hop in general, with the more traditional vocal (bass), and Jean-Paul Gaster (drums). They built a local the show on December 28. Since they took home the title, disciplines of jazz’s scat singing and Judaism’s hazzan style following through constant gigging, and after just one 7” the band has opened for Fearless recording artists Sparks of songful prayer—more often than not rolling it all into a single (the classic Earache release “Passive Restraints”) the Rescue, top-selling local act the Mallett Brothers Band dominant background of reggae music. $25 advance/$28 Clutch was signed by EastWest Records. Their debut LP, and a number of other great bands at venues like Bar Harday of show. Transnational Speedway League, followed in 1993. In the bor’s Criterion Theater and the LL Bean Music Series.”

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