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New voting may require old counting

Machines can’t process ballots under city’s new RCV system BY MATT DODGE


In November, Portland citizens voted to create the position of a popularly elected mayor for the first time in 88 years using a system of rank choice

voting (RCV) that advocates say ensures a winner who reflects the will of the majority of the electorate. But the new election system, which asks voters to pick their fi rst, second, and third choices, may force the city to use an old vote-counting practice — counting the votes by hand. Portland’s vote tabulating machines cannot process ballots based on RCV without a major upgrade, forcing the city to either rent newer equipment or

“We’re in a holding pattern.” — Nicole Clegg, city spokesperson count next November’s mayoral ballots by hand. With Linda Cohen stepping down from the job of city clerk in January, the decision will have to wait see VOTING page 6

Irish center helps families reach for their roots BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

On a day when everyone’s Irish, the Maine Irish Heritage Center can help you find out how deep your Irish roots run. From 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, for St. Patrick’s Day, the center’s library will be open for free genealogy assistance. Matthew Barker, center genealogist, said he provides help pro bono, although more extensive research outside of a library visit may involve a fee. see HISTORY page 3

St. Patrick’s Day flag raising

Pat McBride, board member with the Maine Irish Heritage Center, holds a donated plaque that chronicles a family’s Irish roots. According to Matthew Barker, center genealogist, the coat of arms dates to 1831, and it’s from a northern Ireland family, descendants of Protestant Englishwho lived in Ireland. “It’s been kicking around for 180 years,” he noted. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

On Thursday at noon, in honor of St. Patrick’s Day, the Ancient Order of Hibernians, the Irish American Club of Maine and members of Claddagh Mor Pipe Band welcome the public to the annual raising of the Irish fl ag. Participants will leave the Maine Irish Heritage Center at noon and proceed to Harbor View Park for a short ceremony. Afterward, the public is invited to an open house at the Maine Irish Heritage Center for tea, coffee, soda bread and scones. The event features live music, tours, access to the center’s library and genealogy assistance. Visit for details.

Japan crisis, BP spill aside, cash still fuels conservation BY CURTIS ROBINSON THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Images of Japan’s nuclear power crisis and the summer-long BP oil spill may increase awareness of saving energy, but financial incentives and rising

oil prices remain the prime motivators for Mainers who actually take action, according to local energy auditors. “What really makes a difference is not nuclear power plants or oil spills,” said state representative

Spring cleaning can improve your attitude

See Maggie Knowles’ column on page 5

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and energy activist Diane Russell, D-Portland. “It’s when the cost of oil goes up.” Russell is among those calling for more stability in state and federal programs aimed at saving energy,

See Natalie Ladd’s column on page 8

see ENERGY page 7

Tragedy in Japan See coverage from around the world, page 9

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Owsley Stanley, artisan of acid, dies

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(NY Times) — Owsley Stanley, the prodigiously gifted applied chemist to the stars, who made LSD in quantity for the Grateful Dead, the Beatles, Jimi Hendrix, Ken Kesey and other avatars of the psychedelic ’60s, died on Sunday in a car accident in Australia. He was 76 and lived in the bush near Cairns, in the Australian state of Queensland. His car swerved off a highway and down an embankment before hitting trees near Mareeba, a town in Queensland, The Associated Press reported. Mr. Stanley’s wife, Sheilah, was injured in the accident. Mr. Stanley, the Dead’s former financial backer, pharmaceutical supplier and sound engineer, was in recent decades a reclusive, almost mythically enigmatic fi gure. He moved to Australia in the 1980s, as he explained in his rare interviews, so he might survive what he believed to be a coming Ice Age that would annihilate the Northern Hemisphere. Once renowned as an artisan of acid, Mr. Stanley turned out LSD said to be purer and fi ner than any other. He was also among the fi rst individuals (in many accounts, the very first) to mass-produce the drug; its resulting wide availability provided the chemical underpinnings of an era of love, music, grooviness and much else. Conservatively tallied, Mr. Stanley’s career output was more than a million doses, in some estimates more than five million. His was the acid behind the Acid Tests conducted by the novelist Ken Kesey and his Merry Pranksters, the group of psychedelic adherents whose exploits were chronicled by Tom Wolfe in his 1968 book “The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test.” The music world immortalized Mr. Stanley in a host of songs, including the Dead’s “Alice D. Millionaire” (a play on a newspaper headline, describing one of his several arrests, that called him an “LSD Millionaire”) and Steely Dan’s “Kid Charlemagne.” So widely known was Mr. Stanley that he appears in the Encyclopedia Britannica article on LSD under the apparently unironic index term “Augustus Owsley Stanley III (American chemist).” The Oxford English Dictionary contains an entry for the noun “Owsley” as “an extremely potent, high-quality type of LSD.” In 2007, Mr. Stanley was the subject of a long profi le in an issue of Rolling Stone magazine commemorating the 40th anniversary of the Summer of Love.

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Fire at reactor adds to challenges TOKYO (New York Times) — The company that runs the troubled Fukushima Daiichi plant in northeastern Japan announced Wednesday that a fi re was burning there, just hours after offi cials said fl ames that erupted Tuesday had been doused. Soon after that announcement, a government offi cial at Japan’s nuclear watchdog agency said that fl ames and smoke were no longer visible, but he cautioned that it was unclear if the fi re had died out. The offi cial, Minoru Ogoda, said it was also unclear if this was a new fi re or if the fi re Tuesday had never really gone out. It is too dangerous for workers to get near the reactor, No. 4, to determine exactly what is happening. The reports are a troubling reminder

of the diffi culties the company is having bringing the plant, which has suffered multiple explosions since Saturday, under control. The situation became especially dire on Tuesday, when releases of radiation led the company to pull most of its workers from the plant. The authorities are especially concerned about pools for spent fuel rods at several reactors at the plant, including No. 4, where the pond has lost some of the water needed to keep the fuel rods stable. The rods are still radioactive and potentially as hot and dangerous as the fuel rods inside the reactors. Mr. Ogoda said a proposed plan to use helicopters to put more cold water into the pool was looking unlikely. He said the Tokyo Electric Power Com-

pany, which runs the plant, would probably try to spray water into the reactor building through a gaping hole in the wall blasted open by an earlier explosion. The hole or holes in the roof caused by that blast did not appear big enough to allow amounts of water in, he said. That explosion on Tuesday was caused by hydrogen gas bubbling up from chemical reactions set off by the fuel rods in the pool, Japanese offi cials said. Inspectors from the United States Nuclear Regulatory Commission said they had been told that what was burning was lubricating oil from machinery near the pool. Concern remained high about the storage pools at that reactor and at two other reactors, Nos. 5 and 6.

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Man dies in Portland apartment house fire

Bill weakening seat belt law advances in legislature

Authorities are investigating a fatal fi re yesterday morning at a multi-unit apartment house in the city’s Parkside neighborhood that killed a 43-year-old man. Steve McCausland, a state police spokesman, said investigators believe the victim’s clothes caught on fire. The fire reported started at around 8 a.m. yesterday, at 65 Grant Street, Portland police said in a news release. Paramedics and firefi ghters entered the building and found a male victim with serious injuries in apartment 6. He was transported to Maine Medical Center, but died soon afterward. Police have declined to identify the victim until they can consult with the state Medical Examiner’s Offi ce. Damage to the apartment building, and to apartment 6, where the fi re started, is said to be minimal.

Maine, a job he held for 20 years. Recently, he accepted an administrative position at a school in the California State University system. “I love serving in the Legislature, helping the people in my district solve problems and make Maine a better place,” Bliss said in a statement. “However, after 16 months of unemployment, my family and I needed to make some tough decisions and that included accepting work out of state.” Bliss has served in the Legislature for 11 years. He is currently serving his second term in the Maine State Senate, representing South Portland, Cape Elizabeth, and part of Scarborough. Prior to that, he served eight years in the Maine House. Democrats lost the majority in the state Senate in November’s election. They currently have 15 members, to 20 Republicans and 1 Independent. Bliss’ last day in the Maine State Senate is April 15. Under state law, Gov. Paul LePage will set the date for a special election to fi ll the seat sometime after Bliss’ last day.

Maine state senator to resign, move to Calif. for new job

State drug enforcement agents raid suspected meth lab

More layoffs announced for Bath Iron Works

SOUTH PORTLAND — State Sen. Larry Bliss, D., South Portland, announced yesterday he had accepted a new job in California, and would be resigning his seat in the Legislature next month. Bliss’ seat will be fi lled with a special election. Bliss was laid off 16 months ago from his position as director of the Career Center at the UniBliss versity of Southern

LEWISTON — Maine Drug Enforcement Agents and Lewiston police offi cers raided a suspected methamphetamine lab this week at 41 River Street. State police spokesman Steve McCausland said Lewiston police secured the apartment Monday night, while a meth lab team from MDEA searched the apartment Tuesday morning. Methamphetamine is a highly-addictive drug concocted from a mixture of chemicals. McCausland said offi cials believe the apartment was used to make the drug “in the recent past.” As such, Drug agents will wear protective suits and breathing masks to search the apartment, he said. There was no immediate word on what was found in the apartment.

Bath Iron Works has announced plans to lay off 84 employees by the end of March, according to the Portland Press Herald. A company spokesperson told the paper 10 supervisors and 74 other workers, including electricians, outside machinists, pipe coverers and insulators, will be let go effective March 25. BIW has laid-off 260 employees this year, and the spokesperson, Jim DeMartini, told the paper more layoffs are possible as “workfl ow ebbs and fl ows.” DeMartini told the Press Herald the cuts are the result of declining production of DDG-51 Arleigh Burke-class destroyers, a ship BIW builds under contracts with the U.S. Navy.

A bill that would prevent police in Maine from stopping drivers who aren’t wearing seat belts advanced in the state Senate today by a 18-17 vote. However, the bill still faces another senate test before it moves on to the Maine House, according to published reports. Current state law requites motorists to wear their seat belts, or face fi nes ranging from $50 to $125, according to the Associated Press. Under the proposal, which was sponsored by state Sen. Ron Collins, R-Wells, seatbelt violations could only be issued if a driver was stopped for another infraction, the wire service is reporting. Wells is quoted in the Portland Press Herald as saying he typically wears a seat belt, but supported the bill because he is a “libertarian at heart.” Opponents say the measure sends a bad message to teens and would cost the state up to $1.2 million over the next two years, the paper said.

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McNair named Maine’s poet laureate DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT

Wesley McNair, award-winning poet and University of Maine at Farmington professor emeritus and writer in residence, was recently appointed by the governor as Maine’s poet laureate, the university announced Tuesday. McNair accepted the honor at a ceremony at the Poetry Out Loud State Finals — a national competition for high school students sponsored by the National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation. “We congratulate Wes on this prestigious honor,” said Theodora J. Kalikow, UMF president. “His mastery of the written word combined with his appreciation for life in Maine makes him a wonderful

choice as Maine’s poet laureate.” McNair is the author of 18 books, including poetry, prose and edited anthologies. His most recent collection of poems, “Lovers of the Lost: New & Selected Poems” (Godine, 2010), was launched at UMF’s Visiting Writers Series in 2010. “I’m proud to carry the banner for poetry in a state which has been home to so many important American poets in the past,” said McNair, “and which boasts such an active poetry scene in the present.” The recipient of numerous prizes for his poetry, McNair has received grants from the Guggenheim and Fulbright foundations, the Rockefeller Foundation, the National Endowment for the Arts and the National Endowment for the Humanities.

In 2006 he was selected for a United States Artists Fellowship as one of “America’s finest living artists.” A guest editor in poetry for the 2010 Pushcart Prize anthology, McNair has served four times on the nominating jury for the Pulitzer Prize in poetry. McNair is “one of the great storytellers of contemporary poetry,” according to Philip Levine, considered to be one of the elder statesmen of contemporary American poetry today. Included among McNair’s many honors are the Robert Frost Prize, the Theodore Roethke Prize, the Jane Kenyon Award for Outstanding Book, the Sarah Josepha Hale Medal for “distinguished contribution to the world of letters” and three honorary degrees.



Saint Patrick’s Day at GR DiMillo’s

Thursday, March 17 Matt Barker, a local researcher and writer, conducts family research, much of it regarding Irish immigrants. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)

Center offers help with genealogy HISTORY from page one

“It gets bigger and bigger every year; I’ve talked to a few people, especially in the past few weeks, maybe because of St. Patrick’s Day coming up, a lot of people are going to Ireland in the spring to do family research,” Barker said. The heritage center, located in the old St. Dominic’s Church at the intersection of State and Gray streets, is a good place to start, center users note. Pat McBride, board member with the Maine Irish Heritage Center, said it took about nine months to open the library as part of ongoing building restoration efforts. In the last two and a half years, the library has been functioning, with over 1,200 donated items for the public to check out. On Saturdays through the end of April from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., the center hosts the Portland Winter Farmer’s Market, and many attendees have been surprised to fi nd a research library in the historic church, McBride said. “The farmer’s market has been a great success, a great success. We’ve had the library open on Saturdays so a lot of people come up, check out the library, check out the sanctuary,” she said. Part of the impetus behind visitors using the center library has been

the new NBC series “Who Do You Think You Are?” (Fridays, 7 p.m.), Barker said. According to the Deseret News, Utah-based, the world’s largest online family history resource, teamed up with NBC for the series, which chronicles genealogists researching celebrity families. “We’ve seen a lot of interest just in the last year, especially in the last couple of months. I’ve had four different people in the last couple of weeks hire me to look up stuff for them,” Barker said. Barker said he helped one woman identify her birth mother. The woman’s mother, an Irish immigrant, gave her up for adoption in Connecticut. “I do a lot of it pro bono, if people want me to do an in-depth investigation,” then there’s a cost associated, :but we help them if they come in the center,” he said. Recently, a woman came to the farmer’s market and alerted the center of an Irish artifact that she wanted to donate. Barker is researching the item, an Irish coat of arms dating to 1831. The coat of arms is from a family hailing from northern Ireland, and they appear to be descendants of Protestant English who lived in Ireland, he said. “It’s been kicking around for 180 years,” Barker said.

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Mother Nature defeats best laid plans A wall of water now rules our freak-of-nature nightmares. Like the whirling funnel that drops down from the sky, it gives scant warning. But unlike a tornado, it devastates wide swathes of civilization, and there’s no tsunami equivalent of a tornado cellar for sitting out the violent weather. Hurricanes consume entire cities, but they generally arrive after days of warnings. What could one do in the coastal Japanese city of Sendai, when the ground suddenly shook and two stories of water came rolling over? That instant upheaval is the terror of it, and no Hollywood disaster movie can equal those scenes of large boats fl ying off the wave’s edge and smashing under bridges. (Warner Broth––––– ers has pulled Clint Eastwood’s Creators tsunami move, “Hereafter,” from Japanese theaters.) And Syndicate any movie that portrayed the real-life sequence of “frightening failures in three nuclear power-plant reactors” would have been bashed as propaganda by nuclear-power interests. In an editorial titled “Nuclear Overreactions,” The Wall Street Journal sought to downplay the dangers by calling the event “a once-in-300-years

Froma Harrop

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Spring cleaning can improve your attitude The best part of spring: long hours of sunny bliss. The worst part: said sunny hours equal more time to expose scads of dust and grime covering the house. It is not a coincidence that the “spring cleaning” urge aligns with this time of year. We had a few good months of darkness, when the lack of sparkle could be hidden beneath winter’s mood lighting. Now, thy cup overfloweth with a very dirty martini and a twist of dust bunny. Spring-cleaning can be more than washing the windows and watching Buddy rediscover toys he buried in the snow last November. It can be a time to purge your environment, cleanse your body and change your attitude about where you are in life. You are what you smell: When you clean do you equate your watering eyes and burning throat to how effective the products are? That reaction isn’t your body going, “Whoo hee! I love watching germs die in this uber sterile bathroom!” It is horrifi ed. Those chemicals are not good for you to be breathing in. It certainly is terrible for your kids to be around. Ditch the toxins. We are programmed to think germs on the sink are running at us with

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Use Your Outdoor Voice machetes. You can have a perfectly clean house and save your poor lungs as well as the planet. Mix equal parts water and white vinegar for a naturally disinfecting cleaner; four TBSP baking soda with one quart warm water for an abrasive scrub; blend six drops of orange essential oils and four drops cinnamon oil into one cup distilled water for a deodorizing room spray; use sunlight as a natural bleacher. There are more than skeletons in the closet: My linen closet was a mess. I had enough little shampoos to stock a Hilton. Enough pillow cases for 45 Halloweens. Enough medicine to open a CVS — and most of it expired years ago. Go into your hidden alcoves of shame and dump it all (donate the little shampoos to a shelter). It is amazing what we save in hopes of future use. Psst: guests will look in there. Do you want them summing

you up as a wart covered, sea sick, indigestion-ridden, PMS sufferer? Imagine there’s not. My wise friend Tanya changed my perspective recently. When I called her to vent about a crappy week, she listened patiently then asked, “Now, who would you be without those thoughts?” Zing! Do you feel like you clutch onto negative dung like some perverse security blanket? As soon as I internalized her words, it was permission to release all of that crippling dead weight. It was like ice melting away. This season, recognize when you are being pessimistic then visualize what it would feel like to not have those thoughts. Delish! Be a back seat driver: March is National Colorectal Awareness Month. Colorectal cancer is the second leading cause of cancer-related deaths in the US. However, colorectal cancer is very preventable if you take measures to scan for signs early. Frank discussion about anything between the belly button and knees tends to make people uncomfortable—but words are much less painful than cancer. So, if you are over 50, it is time to be aware of your derriere and get a colonoscopy. If you are under 50, you can also ensure a happy digestive system

with a Spring Cleanse. The Chinese believe Spring is the most important time of the year to detox. After months of meat stew, meat pies and pies in general, it is the perfect time to refresh our internal energy. There is a wide array of ways to cleanse, but it can be as simple as eating only organic vegetables and fruits, vegetable broths, green smoothies and water with lemon for a few days (i.e. no refi ned sugar, caffeine, alcohol, fl our). Your system stops trying to fi gure out what to do with toxic processed foods and can focus on absorbing the nutrients you need to thrive. Of course, you still have to fl ip the mattresses and drag out the fridge to mop behind it (oh, there’s my cell phone circa 2002!), but these other tips will help get some zing in your Spring, dust bunnies notwithstanding. (Did you sign up for my Mom’s Night Out that takes place Wed the 23rd at Greenlight Studio? Food, gifts, me reading? What’s not to love? Put down your latte and call 899-1900 to reserve your seat!) (Maggie Knowles is a columnist for The Portland Daily Sun. Her column appears Wednesdays.)

Science has gotten better at watching than at fixing HARRIOP from page 4

earthquake.” (Meanwhile, the front-page headline screamed, “Japan Races Against Time,” and a subhead read, “Officials Struggle to Prevent Meltdown at Two Reactors.”) Note the tendency to assess the frequency of occurrences by the yardstick of the human lifespan. Three hundred years is a speck of time for Mother Nature. Even in personal experience terms, it leaves a one-third probability of something happening during a centenarian’s lifetime. Those odds are scarier in the case of nuclear energy, which — while non-greenhouse-gas-producing and not imported from the Mideast — does hold a tiny risk of causing a catastrophe, but one that does not now seem inconsequential. Your writer has been a supporter of nuclear energy for the good reasons cited above. She had put the calamitous failure scenario on a high shelf of worries, due to the layers of safeguards installed in modern nuclear plants. (Her main environmental concern has centered on where to store the nuclear waste.) Now she’s less sure. The Japanese are the most orderly of people. And as the only country to experience the trauma of a nuclear explosion, it ensured that any nuclear facility be among the safest and best managed. And now we have all sorts of things going wrong there. Humankind has conquered many diseases. Smallpox and polio, which killed or maimed millions, are now largely gone. But on the geological level, science has gotten better at watching than at fixing. We can’t stop the earth’s plates from moving. No wall can hold back a sea determined to flood. The fi rst levees “protecting” low-lying New Orleans from surging waters were built by French settlers in the 1700s. In the centuries that followed, the levees grew in size and sophistication. But when Hurricane Katrina came to visit in 2005,

many of them failed, and only the natural highground areas escaped inundation. Blame poor maintenance. Blame nearly 100 years of fl ood-control projects that tampered with the Mississippi River’s upstream course. Blame the levees themselves for compromising the marsh’s ability to control flooding. But also blame the complacency that grows from measuring time through human memory banks. When Hurricane Katrina hit in 2005, Hurricane Betsy and the fl oodwaters she sent surging into New Orleans were 30 long years in the rearview. Bear in mind that Betsy and Katrina were category 4 hurricanes. Three category 5 hurricanes have made recorded landfall in the United States. The most recent was Andrew in 1992, which devastated South Florida. Neither national wealth nor planning nor discipline can stop Mother Nature on a rampage. Societies may be able to contain their losses, but humankind is clearly not in charge. (To find out more about Froma Harrop, and read

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City clerk’s office explores different options VOTING from page one

until a replacement is found as the clerk handles all election matters within the city. “We’re in a holding pattern,” said Nicole Clegg, city spokesperson. The clerk’s offi ce has explored a few options, but Clegg said the city will wait until a new clerk is hired to make a fi nal decision. “There are a variety of different ways you can do this that run the gamut from $80,000 to rent ballot boxes, software, memory cards and ballots to a few thousand [dollars] for a hand count,” she said. Currently the cost for a city-wide election is $60,000, including staff at the polling places, according to Clegg. “We’ve contacted three different companies that offer three different approaches, two of which would involve using existing ballot boxes,” said Clegg. One company would tally votes with Portland’s existing machines and use scanners and software to read the ranked choices if there is no clear winner, at a cost of $20,000. The city could also opt to hand-count ballots, a process which would yield results one to two days after the election. But the vote-tallying process doesn’t have to be as expensive as Clegg suggests, said John Silvestro, president of Massachusetts-based election services company LHS Associates. Depending on the number of candidates vying for the job of Portland mayor, the company could either upgrade the city’s existing equipment or rent out a set of machines for election day. “It’s all based on the size, layout and complexity of the ballot. Machines can be upgraded for a small ballot with only a few candidates. If there are only three choices there is a chance we could upgrade the [machine’s] fi rmware, but if there are 10 choices, it can’t be done,” said Silvestro, citing the a lack of memory space on the city’s existing machines.

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In meetings last June, Charter Commission member Nathan Smith said the machines “could be programmed to handle [ranked choice voting],” according to minutes on the city’s website, estimating that the cost of reprogramming would be $30,000. But seeing as November’s mayoral election will be the fi rst opportunity for a non-city councilor to hold the position in Chipman 88 years, Silvestro said a simple upgrade might not suffice. “I can’t give an estimate until I meet with somebody in Portland, but if the information the [interim clerk] provided is correct, it could be as low as $10,000 plus cost of ballots,” said Silvestro. The cost is largely determined by the number of candidates in the race and the number and populations of the city’s voting precincts. “If the information was incorrect, it could go as high as $30,000 plus the ballot, but I would say it would never be higher than $50,000,” said Silvestro. “The expensive part comes in that you need to print a whole different set of ballots to use separate machines [and] those can run 20 to 25 cents a piece.” Some elected offi cials said they expect a crowded fi eld of candidates come November, and doubt any one candidate will earn the 50 percent of the vote necessary to prevent the race from being decided on second and third place choices. “I think it would be surprising if someone took 50 percent plus one vote in the fi rst round, I think it’s likely we would have to go to a second of third round before we’re able to find someone with a clear majority,” said Dave Marshall, a Portland city councilor. “I wouldn’t be surprised if we have 10 to12 [candidates] on the ballot,” said Ben Chipman, District 119 state representative and a member of the Char-

“The expensive part comes in that you need to print a whole different set of ballots to use separate machines [and] those can run 20 to 25 cents a piece.” — John Silvestro, president of Massachusetts-based election services company LHS Associates ter Commission which pushed the elected mayor/ RCV voting measure. For Portland’s fi rst go-around with RCV, Chipman said he favors a traditional hand count of the votes — a system he said would not only save the city money, but add a air of transparency to what, for some, in an unnervingly newfangled system of voting. “I’ve encouraged the clerk’s offi ce to do a hand count because I think it’s really important we don’t have anyone suspicious about how votes are counted since it’s our first time doing it,” said Chipman. “RCV is not an easy thing to explain or understand, so I think it’s absolutely critical that we have the first RCV that’s being done anywhere in Maine be counted by hand, and I think it’s the probably easiest way out of issue of costs,” he said. “The last thing we want is to have a cloud of suspicion cast over the results.” Portland Green Party chair and former Charter Commission member Anna Trevorrow also said she supported the idea of a hand count in November to acclimate voters to the new system. “It’s old fashioned, but it’s tried and true,” said Trevorrow, who extols the educational benefi ts of the hand count system. “When you go through the process, that’s when you start to understand how the system works. It would get people familiar with system and help them to understand how we arrive at the outcome,” she said.

King eighth graders taking trip to Oregon to give keynote on expeditionary learning DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT Four eighth graders at King Middle School — Aren Kiladjian, Keyly Martinez, Mohamed Nur and Joanna Quinn — will travel to Portland, Ore., on Thursday, March 17 to give the keynote address to 800 teachers and principals from around the country at the Expeditionary Learning National Conference, Portland Public Schools announced. Their 30-minute presentation is about Small Acts of Courage,

a civil rights learning expedition that they completed last spring. King seventh graders interviewed 22 local citizens who were involved in the movement. The students created a four-volume oral history that is part of the Gerald E. Talbot Special Collection at the University of Southern Maine. Aren, Keyly, Mohamed and Joanna will travel to Oregon with King teachers Caitlin LeClair, Karen MacDonald and David Grant and King Principal

Michael McCarthy. Expeditionary Learning is covering the cost for the entire King delegation to attend the Oregon conference. The students have been practicing their presentation several times a week since November. On March 3, they held a rehearsal for their classmates who were involved in the expedition. The same expedition was featured last August when U.S. Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited King Middle School.

Four Portland students to compete in state geographic bee DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT Four students from the Portland Public Schools have qualified to compete in the 2011 Maine Geographic Bee on April 1 at the University of Maine Farmington, according to a press release from Portland Public Schools. The bee is open to students in grades four through eight. School-level winners took a qualifying test which they submitted to the National Geographic Society. Students with the top 100 scores in each of the 50 states

were invited to compete at the state level. The Portland students are: William Bourque, a fourth grader at Ocean Avenue Elementary School; Ellianna Boothe, a sixth grader at Lyman Moore Middle School; Benjamin Jones, a seventh grader at Lincoln Middle School, and Matthew Knowles, a seventh grader at King Middle School. The state winner will receive $100, the “Complete National Geographic on DVD” and a trip to Washington, D.C. to represent

Maine in the national fi nals on May 24 and 25. First prize in the national competition is a $25,000 college scholarship and lifetime membership in the National Geographic Society. The national winner will travel (with one parent or guardian), all expenses paid, to the Galápagos Islands to experience geography fi rsthand through up-close encounters with the wildlife and landscape of the islands. Secondand third-place fi nishers receive $15,000 and $10,000 college scholarships, respectively.

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Maine Festival of the Book promises diverse authors DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT Fiction and poetry will be well-represented at the fi fth annual Maine Festival of the Book with themes ranging from widowhood and death, to missing children and mystery, the Maine Reads program reported. Fiction and poetry are just a few of genres that will be presented at the fi fth annual Maine Festival of the Book. On Saturday, April 2 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Abromson Center at the University of Southern Maine, more than 50 authors will participate in free programs for all ages. Fiction programming on Saturday begins at 9:30 a.m. with 2010 Pulitzer Prize-winning author Paul Harding (“Tinkers”) presenting with Sarah Braunstein, a 2010 National Book Foundation “5 Under 35” winner for “The Sweet Relief of Missing Children.” The two will discuss the writing of their debut novels in a program titled “Wrestling a Book into the World.” In a concurrent program at 9:30 am, Gerry Boyle, Cornelia Read and Toby Ball will talk about the writ-



ing of mysteries in a panel discussion. At 11 a.m., Lily King, author of the award-winning novel “Father of the Rain,” will discuss the hold mothers and fathers have on us in a program with sociologist Liza Bakewell, author of “Madre.” In a concurrent 11 a.m. program titled “All About You: The Fine Line Between Fiction and Nonfiction,” novelist Shonna Milliken Humphrey (“Show Me Good Land”) and science writer Hannah Holmes (“Quirk”) will go head to head about

when to tell your truth and how, while touching on the publishing process. At 1:30 p.m., Jacqueline Sheehan (Now and Then), who comes from the world of psychology, and Ellen Meeropol (House Arrest), who comes for the medical world, join forces to discuss the art of developing believable villains in a program entitled “Evil Characters We Love to Hate.” “From Far East to Old West — True Tales of the American Frontier” at 3 p.m. features historical novelist Colin Sargent whose recent book “The Museum of Human Beings” explores the story of Jean Baptiste Charbonneau, child start of the Lewis and Clark expedition. He will present with nonfi ction writer Christopher Corbett whose books explore the impact the Pony Express and the Chinese experience had on opening the American West. Poetry comes to the forefront at 3 p.m. in a concurrent poetry reading featuring Bruce Spang and Ric hard Foerster

and they read new work and a medley of contemporary favorites. Spang is the author of several books of poetry including “To the Promised Land Grocery.” Foerster’s six collections of poetry include “Penetralia,” for which he received a 2010 National Endowment for the Arts Poetry Fellowship. Poetry programming continues into Saturday evening with the Annual Poetry Party at 7 p.m. at Local Sprouts, 629 Congress St. in Portland. Presented in conjunction with Port Veritas, the Poetry Party is free and features libations, music and slams. On Saturday evening, the theatrical side of fi ction will be highlighted at 7 p.m. at Portland Stage Company. Longfellow’s Shorts will feature a dramatic reading by the Portland Stage Affi liates of Ron Currie Jr.’s novel “Everything Matters!” With the exception of Opening Night: An Evening with Stewart O’Nan and Julia Glass on Friday, April 1 at 7:30 p.m. at the Abromson Center, events are free and unticketed. Tickets for Opening Night are available at www. or at the door.

develop another crew” but is worried that incentives might dry up before the new hires become fully trained. “I’ve worked for stable funding sources, but we’re not there yet,” she said. As for energy disasters like Japan’s

nuclear crisis and the BP spill, the representative says those events should remind us that conservation is important beyond just financial incentives. “The cheapest form of energy is the energy never used,” said Russell.

Energy audits considered critical to support taxpayer spending aging homes didn’t make ENERGY from page one economic sense. especially the federal stimuOil prices actually lus funding that fueled a dipped a bit this week statewide retrofitting boom on concerns that Japan’s last fall. She also contends economy will slow because that increased “energy of its earthquake disaster, audits” should accompany but remain higher than the programs to make sure they were in mid-February both taxpayers and homwhen uprisings in Libya eowners are getting a good terminated its oil producdeal. tion, sending “benchmark Audits have become crude” from about $85 a Russell increasingly important in barrel to more than $105 the world of energy policy a barrel — the highest because they not only offer property level since the fall of 2008. owners ways to improve, but also docIn addition to oil prices, there’s ument fi nancial and energy savings also Maine’s national political envifor policy makers. As state and federal ronment, where U.S. Senator Olymoffi cials cut budgets, say Russell and pia Snowe has mostly earned high other energy activists, the audits offer marks from energy advocates, espean objective tool to support taxpayer cially for her recent work on assurspending. ing funds from the Low Income In fact, says Russell, energy audits Housing Energy Assistance Promight even be more important that gram (LIHEAP), the federall block the better-known LEED-certifi ed grant program that provides states building certification. The LEED with annual funding to operate status – the letters stand for Leaderhome energy assistance programs ship in Energy and Environmental for seniors and low-income houseDesign – was developed by the U.S. holds. Green Building Council to promote “She [Sen. Snowe] is seen as a improved performance via improved national leader in bi-partisan efforts design. on energy conservation issues,” said But Russell says the LEED certifi Steve Baden, executive director of the cation is focused on how buildings are Residential Energy Services Network, built more than on how they perform. or RESNET. An energy audit six months and a Baden agreed with Maine-based year after occupancy, she says, would experts that financial incentives drive offer a better picture of how the strucretrofi tting decisions but also noted ture is performing. that spending on energy creates jobs Energy consumption has become a that obviously have to be performed front-burner issue for Maine in part locally. because it has the nation’s oldest housHe also noted that a shifting federal ing stock and heats nearly 80 percent landscape on both tax incentives and of those homes with oil. As a relatively potential stimulus funding “unfortupoor state, Russell explained, that nately make it hard to plan” in the made sense before heating oil prices industry. “spiked and didn’t really come back Rep. Russell echoed those comdown.” ments, saying she personally knows And when heat was cheap, the of one energy-focused builder who financial benefi ts of retrofi tting those “would hire six more people and

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Charles Ouillette (ABOVE), owner of Fields of Dreams Soaps of Scarborough, sells bars of his homemade soap at the Portland Flower Show. The olive oil-based soaps (LEFT) contain no animal fats, he noted. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTOS)

Fields of Dreams Soaps Fields of Dreams Soaps in Scarborough makes olive oil-based soaps with coconut and palm oil moisturizing agents. No animal fats; no animal testing. Fields of Dreams evokes the natural ingredients, and, no, the name has nothing to do with a well-known baseball movie. “Back when I was growing up in the city I used to go out and lay in a field of sawgrass and I’d look up at the sky and dream, basically,”

said company owner Charles Ouillette. “And 15 years ago, when I decided to come up with a name, that’s what I came up with. That was before the Kevin Costner movie.” Fields of Dreams Soaps sells online and on the road. To order, call 885-0563 or visit one of the trade shows where Fields of Dreams can be found. For details, visit the website at — David Carkhuff

Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project CeleSoirée March 25 DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT The Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project will host the seventh annual CeleSoirée: Celebrating Immigration through the Arts on Friday, March 25 at the Portland Company, 58 Fore St., from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., the organization reported in a press release. This “family-friendly event,” benefitting ILAP’s work for Maine immigrants, will feature international

cuisine, live African drumming by Jordan Benissan, Flamenco dancing and rhythms by Olas, and a silent auction with art and products from over 80 Maine artists and businesses. CeleSoirée serves as ILAP’s largest fundraiser and raised $40,000 for the group last year, the press release stated. The event is sponsored by Fairchild Semiconductor, Maine Medical Center, and Mercy Hospital with a host of other contributors.

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‘Hey, Bus Boy! Don’t steal my tips’ and other nuggets Last week I wrote about an amazing gift I received while enjoying a busy Sunday brunch in a popular Portland hot spot. A young restaurant server named Lydia had spent the past six years jotting down (and dating) bits of wise-beyond-her-years advice and observations, based on incidents that actually took place during her shift that day. Each quip was written on a bit of paper, a printer receipt, a match book cover, or anything she could grab and was then tossed into a crumbled brown paper bag for safe keeping. Before giving her notice to move west, Lydia chose to give me the bag, saying she felt the contents were "important." After spending hours separating hundreds of pieces of paper into categories and topics, and reading over her simple yet poignant pearls of wisdom, I concurred. Lydia's lessons are not just for restaurant personnel. They are not preachy or condescending. They are not judgmental or lofty. They are chalked with common sense, based on the principles of cosmic karma and the golden rule, and are well worth sharing again. As I dug deeper, I found one reoccurring theme was that of co-worker relationships. "Hey, Bus Boy! Don't steal my tips. Not all of them or part of them or even one penny. If you really need the money so bad that you are willing to steal it, ask me and I'll just give it to you. March 8, 2010" "It isn't your turn for a table, so please don't tell the host that the Big Tipper and his group walking in the door are your really good, personal friends. We all want to wait on that guy and when your time comes, then you can wait on him just because it'll be your turn. September 18, 2009" "Please pre-bus plates and silver as much as possible after a table leaves. Don't leave your unnecessary mess for the bus boy just because it's his job. April 1, 2007" "It pains me to have to say this, but the 'I’m in the industry' line is never amusing nor helpful, nor will it curry favor when we go out as a group. You should know better. October 28, 2009" "If someone complains about the music, do something about it, without upsetting the ambiance. The music is not for us – it’s for the customers. August 27, 2010" "When you were sick last week, I let you go home and I closed the restaurant for you. You wouldn’t help me out tonight? Really? March 19, 2006" "Cover your mouth when you cough and sneeze. We have an open kitchen and you are the owner. It’s gross. May 4, 2007"

Natalie Ladd

––––– What It’s Like "My tables and the people at the bar don’t want to hear about your 'excellent party adventures' last night or who said what. Let’s talk about it after work. July 23, 2010" "We really have to stop trash-talking the owner. Granted, he’s a dill weed, but we make our tip money off his restaurant, his food, and his bar. January 3, 2008" "I like you a lot, but I don’t want to pool my tips with you because you’re lazy and not a very good server. Sorry if this hurts your feelings or your ego because I know you think you’re attentive. I’ve tried to tell you nicely. December 16, 2008" "My two dogs and my personal life are as important to me as your children are to you. Please don’t expect me to work the crappy shifts every time a kids’ classmate has a birthday party. June 12, 2007" "I appreciate your help if the kitchen has a question, but please don’t butt in when I’m taking an order. It’s rude to me and the customer who is ordering. September 12, 2008" "Stop making the new girl do all the closing side-work. It isn’t fair, and someday you may have to get a new job and be the new girl. Seniority doesn’t mean anything if you haven’t earned it. February 24, 2009" "I can’t cover up for you if you come to work stoned or drunk again. It isn’t safe or fair …you’re taking advantage of our friendship and potentially screwing over our customers. September 6, 2008" "Hey, Chef! It isn’t my fault the customer doesn’t like mushrooms. April 27, 2009" "This is a Zagat rated restaurant with great food. Why are you dressed like you work at Hooter’s? I’m not jealous or resentful … just confused! August 4, 2010" Next week, “What’s It Like?!” will begin a three-part series on food service- hospitality related news from Slugger and the nice people in the Portland Seadog’s organization. However, Liner Notes from Lydia will periodically pop up again in small doses, yielding family-sized portions of food for thought. (Natalie Ladd and her “What's It Like” column take a weekly look at the culinary business in and around Portland.)

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Radiation fears increase; death toll mounts from Japan earthquake Editor’s note: Following is a sample of coverage from news sources around the world of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

Thousands of dead bodies wash ashore A total of about 2,000 bodies have been found in Miyagi Prefecture’s coastal area in the wake of last week’s calamitous earthquake and tsunami, according to the prefectural government. In a meeting Monday morning at the disaster response headquarters set up by the prefectural government, it was reported that about 1,000 bodies had been discovered in MinamiSanrikucho, a coastal town razed by a tsunami generated by the latest killer quake. Meanwhile, an estimated 1,000 bodies have been found on the coast of the Ojika Peninsula in Ishinomaki, the prefectural police said, adding the death toll likely would continue to rise. According to a central government count, about 530,000 people were taking shelter at public facilities and other makeshift evacuation centers early Monday morning in areas struck by the massive earthquake and tsunami. About 9,600 people remained stranded on hills, buildings and other elevated locations, waiting for rescuers to arrive at their sites after fl eeing from structures flooded by tsunami waves. — Yomiuri Shimbun, Tokyo, Japan

Radioactive wind threatens people of Tokyo FUKUSHIMA, Japan — Japan warned radioactive levels had become “significantly” higher around a quake-stricken nuclear power plant on Tuesday after explosions at two reactors, and the French embassy said a low-level radioactive wind could reach Tokyo

A child is shown against the backdrop of earthquake devastation in Kesennuma, Japan, on Tuesday. (Shiho Fukada for the International Herald Tribune/New York Times)

within hours. In a sign of mounting fears about the risk of radiation, neighbouring China said it was strengthening monitoring and Air China said it had cancelled fl ights to Tokyo. The French Embassy in Tokyo warned in an 0100 GMT advisory that a low level of radioactive wind could reach the capital — 240 km (150 miles) south of the plant — in about 10 hours. Winds over the facility were blowing slowly in a southwesterly direction that includes Tokyo but will shift westerly later on Tuesday, a weather official said. There have been a total of four explosions at the plant since it was damaged in last Friday’s massive quake and tsunami. The most recent were blasts at reactors No 2 and No 4. — China Daily, Beijing, China

Fresh fire breaks out at reactor A fi re has broken out at one of the reactors at

Japan’s stricken Fukushima nuclear power plant, just hours after Japanese officials said radiation levels around the facility had fallen, but remained above safe limits. The fi re, the second at reactor No.4 of the Fukushima Daiichi plant in as many days, was reported by national broadcaster NHK, quoting the facility’s operator Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO). Yesterday, explosions and a fi re at the plant unleashed dangerous levels of radiation around the facility, with Japanese Prime Minister Naoto Kan calling for people living a further 10 kilometres from a 20-kilometre exclusion zone to stay indoors. Japanese workers, who have been using fire-fighting equipment to pump seawater into the reactors, said they may pour water from helicopters to stop fuel rods from being exposed to the air and releasing even more radioactivity. — The Sydney Morning Herald, Sydney, Australia

Japan disaster re-opens atomic power debate The debate over the safety of nuclear power has reignited in Spain, and throughout Europe, in light of the nuclear accident at Japan’s Fukushima nuclear power plant damaged by Friday’s earthquake and tsunami. Industry Minister Miguel Sebastián reassured the Spanish population of the safety of the country’s eight power plants, which accounted for over 18 percent of Spain’s energy in 2008, while Socialist Secretary Marcelino Iglesias said the party’s nuclear policy was unchanged. — El Pais, Madrid, Spain

Japan battles to contain crisis Fears of a catastrophe at the Fukushima nuclear power plant in Japan escalated following a third explosion and a fi re in another reactor that caused

radiation to rise to harmful levels. Fifty to 70 technicians were left to struggle with the possible breach of the containment vessel in reactor No 2, where meltdown is feared. All but nonessential staff were ordered away from the plant. That blast is thought to be the most serious yet because it may have damaged the crucial containment vessel that surrounds the nuclear core and prevents radiation from leaking out. Any damage to the reactor’s steel containment system caused by the explosion increases the risk that radiation will be released from the core, though IAEA offi cials said the damage is minor and there appeared to be no immediate danger of radiation escaping. The explosion was followed by a fi re at a storage pond at reactor 4, where spent fuel rods were being cooled. Although the fi re was extinguished, officials were concerned that the pool could boil dry and expose fuel rods to the atmosphere. The fire led

to a brief spike in radiation that reached a dose known to be dangerous to health, although levels dropped substantially later in the day. — The Guardian, London, England

Quake damages 46,000 buildings Buildings demolished by the earthquake or swept away by the tsunami were estimated at 5,700. Of these, 3,056 of which were located in the prefecture of Iwate and 2,413 in the area of Fukushima. According to police, roads and bridges were seriously damaged in 600 locales within the country. The earthquake additionally caused 66 mudslides. The news agency ANSA indicated that the situation surrounding nuclear power plants in Japan was further complicated by two explosions which occurred in reactor number three of the Fukushima I plant, in the northeastern part of the country. — Granma Internacional, Havana, Cuba


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By Holiday Mathis you care, you really show it. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Each decision you make gives birth to a new reality, even the small gestures. Cleaning up stray litter from a public space or smiling at a stranger will bring utopia closer to hand for everyone. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You are adventurous and fun-loving and will meet those who enjoy lively social contact as much as you do. Some of the day will be spent planning your participation in clubs, parties and travel. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19 ). You have a zesty approach to work, and others get a refreshing boost of energy being around you. You are multidimensional, and your talent reflects this. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You have a vision of the ideal future. You’ll meet with those who share your strong desire to make a difference in the world. You’ll discuss current affairs and work together to make a brighter tomorrow. PISCES (Feb. 19 -March 20). You are willing to put in effort and ideas whether or not others appreciate and build on your contributions. However, it always feels better when they do -which is what you experience today. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 16). This year is exciting and very different from last year. Work opens your horizons. You will gain levels of refi nement and be accepted into exclusive situations. A June romance is just the beginning. In July, people learn from you. Your luck extends naturally into areas of writing, teaching or health care. You have a special spark with Cancer and Scorpio people. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 42, 25, 49 and 44.

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HOROSCOPE ARIES (March 21-April 19). You will accomplish what you couldn’t quite fi nish yesterday. The timing wasn’t right, or you just weren’t comfortable enough to open your mind to the possibilities. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). If that thing you are holding on to “just in case” doesn’t fi nd said “case” today, you should let it go. Something has to give in order for you to make way for the future. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You’ll want to keep track of the beauty in this day. Take a photo of the view that pleases you, or record that nature sound that your mind interprets as music. Share your discovery with friends. CANCER (June 22-July 22). A project is turning into more than you wanted to take on, but it’s all doable. You may “hit the wall,” but it’s not going to stop you. Take a break, and come back to it later. You’ll have success the second time around. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You will overhear something that wasn’t intended for your ears. This will turn out to be fortunate, indeed. It’s as though you were meant to get the information, even if others didn’t want you to know. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Pay careful attention to your work, focusing on only one task at a time. A slip of the finger is all it takes to send an accidental e-mail, erase your work or worse. You’ll stay alert, and all will go well. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). Your even temper isn’t a steadfast rule. You are occasionally prone to sudden outbursts of passion, both surprising and impressive to those around you. When

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Wednesday, March 16, the 75th day of 2011. There are 290 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 16, 1802, President Thomas Jefferson signed a measure authorizing the establishment of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, N.Y. On this date: In 1751, James Madison, fourth president of the United States, was born in Port Conway, Va. In 1850, Nathaniel Hawthorne’s novel “The Scarlet Letter” was first published. In 1968, during the Vietnam War, the My Lai (mee ly) Massacre of Vietnamese civilians was carried out by U.S. Army troops; estimates of the death toll vary between 347 and 504. In 1971, former Republican presidential candidate Thomas E. Dewey, 68, died in Bal Harbour, Fla. In 1984, William Buckley, the CIA station chief in Beirut, was kidnapped by terrorists (he was tortured by his captors and killed in 1985). In 1985, Terry Anderson, chief Middle East correspondent for The Associated Press, was abducted in Beirut; he was released in Dec. 1991. In 1991, U.S. skaters Kristi Yamaguchi, Tonya Harding and Nancy Kerrigan swept the World Figure Skating Championships in Munich, Germany. In 1994, fi gure skater Tonya Harding pleaded guilty in Portland, Ore., to conspiracy to hinder prosecution for covering up an attack on rival Nancy Kerrigan, avoiding jail but drawing a $100,000 fine. One year ago: In testy exchanges with Republicans, Attorney General Eric Holder told a House Appropriations subcommittee that Osama bin Laden would never face trial in the United States because he would not be captured alive. Today’s Birthdays: Comedian-director Jerry Lewis is 85. Country singer Ray Walker (The Jordanaires) is 77. Movie director Bernardo Bertolucci is 70. Game show host Chuck Woolery is 70. Singer-songwriter Jerry Jeff Walker is 69. Country singer Robin Williams is 64. Actor Erik Estrada is 62. Actor Victor Garber is 62. Actress Kate Nelligan is 60. Country singer Ray Benson (Asleep at the Wheel) is 60. Rock singermusician Nancy Wilson (Heart) is 57. Golfer Hollis Stacy is 57. Actress Isabelle Huppert is 56. Actor Clifton Powell is 55. Rapperactor Flavor Flav (Public Enemy) is 52. Rock musician Jimmy DeGrasso is 48. Folk singer Patty Griffi n is 47. Country singer Tracy Bonham is 44. Actress Lauren Graham is 44. Actor Judah Friedlander (FREED’-landuhr) is 42. Actor Alan Tudyk (TOO’-dihk) is 40. Actor Tim Kang (TV: “The Mentalist”) is 38. Rhythm-and-blues singer Blu Cantrell is 35. Actress Brooke Burns is 33.


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Wednesday, March 16 Maine Restaurant & Lodging Expo

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Maine Restaurant & Lodging Expo is Maine’s only comprehensive, business-to-business tradeshow for the hospitality industry. More than 120 companies exhibit their wares to hundreds of foodservice and lodging industry professionals – all under one roof, all on one day. Cumberland County Civic Center. Tickets may be purchased at the door for $15. displaycommon.cfm?an=1&subarticlenbr=51

Caitlyn Shetterly at the library

noon to 1 p.m. Caitlin Shetterly will read from her debut memoir, “Made for You and Me: Going West, Going Broke, Finding Home” at a Brown Bag Lecture Series in Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library. (She also will appear at Longfellow Books on Thursday, April 7 at 7 p.m.) A writer and actor, Shetterly began blogging in 2009 during her and her husband’s return to Maine after the recession took the last of the young couple’s savings they’d put away for their California dreams. “A year after heading West, going broke and a surprising and diffi cult pregnancy, they were driving back East, with a new baby in tow, to move in with Caitlin’s mother. Caitlin quickly found her way into hearts across America turning her blog into an audio diary for NPR’s Weekend Edition. The response from listeners was immediate and astounding to Caitlin and her husband, Dan, as virtual strangers offered help, opening their hearts and their homes. Through the challenge of moving back into her mother’s small house in rural Maine, Caitlin learned to expand her vision of “the American dream,” to embrace the role of family in that vision and live in the present as much as the future.”

Teens Through Time movie series

4:30 p.m. Teens through Time movie series Wednesdays in March and April, The Portland Public Library and Videoport are joining forces to present a six-month long fi lm series entitled “Teens Through Time.” This exciting and innovative program will consist of a month-long exploration of movies made through the decades of the fi fties, sixties, seventies, eighties; ninety’s and even the 00’s that possess a positively “teencentric” view. March 16: “Riot on Sunset Strip” (Rines Auditorium)March 23: Over The Edge (Rines Auditorium); March 30: Billy Jack (Rines Auditorium); April 6: The Warriors (Rines Auditorium); April 13: Cooley High (Meeting Room No. 3; April 20: The Breakfast Club (Rines Auditorium); April 27: Breakin’ (Rines Auditorium).

‘Triumph of Love’ at USM

5 p.m. The University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre and USM School of Music present “Triumph of Love,” a witty musical romance — in disguise, directed by Assunta Kent, musical direction by Edward Reichert. “Razzle-dazzle Broadway music energizes Marivaux’s classic 18th century play and will leave audiences laughing, sighing and humming the catchy tunes!” Performances in the Russell Hall auditorium on the Gorham campus are March 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m., March 20 at 5 p.m. $10 students, $15 seniors/faculty/staff/alumni, $21 general public. $10 at fi ve show on March 16 at 5 p.m., all seats $10. High school

Acorn Productions presents the second production of the season by the “Fairy Tale Players,” an ensemble of kids, teens and adults who have studied at the Acorn Acting Academy. The troupe’s new production is JoJo Dubois Meets His Match, an adaptation by local wr iter DeLorme Taylor of “Seven at One Blo w,” the Grimm Brothers story featured in the Disney cartoon “The Brave Little Tailor.” (COURTESY PHOTO) matinee March 15 at 10 a.m. To make reservations please call the USM Theatre Box Offi ce at 780.5151 or purchase tickets online via the USM Theatre Department: www.usm.maine. edu/theatre. For more information on show times and tickets call the USM Theatre Box Offi ce at 780.5151 or visit www. to purchase tickets online.

‘Siberian Lives in Post-Soviet Russia’

7 p.m. Vladimir Munkhanov, a teacher, historian and lawyer from Siberia, visits Bates College to present the lecture “Buryat Traditions and the Modern World: Siberian Lives in Post-Soviet Russia” in Room 204, Carnegie Science Hall, 44 Campus Ave. Presented by the environmental studies program at Bates with support from the Mellon Innovation Fund, the event is open to the public at no cost. For more information, please call 786-6289. Munkhanov is ethnically Buryat, a Mongolian people of the Lake Baikal region of south central Siberia near Mongolia. His talk will explore the cultures of this region and how ancient place-based traditions are responding to contemporary challenges in postSoviet Russia. Professor of Environmental Studies Jane Costlow, who invited Munkhanov to campus, fi rst met him in 2009 when he spoke to her students at a Lake Baikal biological station during a Bates Fall Semester Abroad program in Russia.

Maine Frozen Shorts

7 p.m. The Maine Frozen Shorts is a community event showcasing new short fi lms from local Maine fi lmmakers. The featured fi lm of evening will be Maine fi lmmaker Nicholas Brennan’s upcoming short fi lm “A Marine’s Guide to Fishing.” Because the fi lm deals with the experiences of a young veteran’s return to the dockyards of Maine after getting injured overseas, all profi ts from the event will go to support the Coalition to Salute America’s Heroes (www., a veterans organization that was infl uential in helping the fi lm’s lead actor, Matthew Pennington, return to civilian life in Maine as a veteran and amputee. Along with Nicholas Brennan’s fi lm, shorts by Lisa Wolfi nger, Sputnik Animations, the Maine Studios and others will be showcased. Nickelodeon Theater, 1 Temple St., Portland. After-party, Sonny’s on Exchange Street, 9 :15 p.m. (sponsored by Double Cross Vodka and Sonny’s. Besides the Portland screening, Brennan is scheduled to show his fi lm in New York City on Sunday, March 27 at the Cantor Film Center.

Thursday, March 17 St. Patrick’s Day open house

7 a.m. to 7 p.m. The Maine Irish Heritage Center will host an open house at the center on Gray Street, formerly St. Dominic’s Church.

A cat show will take place Saturday, March 19 in Portland with 10 rings of competition. (COURTESY PHOTO)

St. Patrick’s Day party at USM

11 a.m. to 2 p.m. University of Southern Maine St. Pat’s

celebration. Cafeteria, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland. There will be a band named Boghat, a traditional Irish dance music trio of accomplished musicians based out of Portland. Snacks will also be provided. Sponsored by Portland Events Board, Commuter Assistance Program and Portland Student Life. For more info, email

Granite stonecutters, quarries of Cumberland County by the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association

noon. Maine Charitable Mechanic Association offers a noontime presentation by Dorothea McKenzie about the Granite Stonecutters and Quarries of Cumberland County. She has many photos and maps and will talk about the granite industry in Maine. Refreshments provided. The public is welcome. For details, call 773-8396.

St. Patrick’s Day Annual Raising of the Irish Flag

noon. Annual Raising of the Irish Flag. Leave Maine Irish Heritage Center at noon proceed to Harbor View Park for short ceremony. Led by Ancient Order of Hibernians along with Irish American Club of Maine and members of Claddagh Mor Pipe Band. Open House after at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, tea, coffee, soda bread and scones. Live music, tours, library open and genealogy assistance available. All are welcome!

Winners of Ocy Downs Piano Competition to perform at First Parish Unitarian Universalist

12:15 p.m. Dumka, Tchaikovsky, Haydn, Liszt, W.A. Mozart, Staknys, Brahms, Rachmaninoff. Kelia Ingraham is a sophomore in high school, and lives in Kennebunk. She has been playing piano since she was 4 and has been studying with Chiharu Naruse for the past three years. She has attended the International Piano Festival for two years, and in 2010 she won the Elsie Bixler Junior Prize for the Young Stars of Maine program. She also enjoys doing theatre, and this year has been playing piano for musicals at A/D/A/M theatre in Biddeford. Christopher Staknys, 14, of Falmouth, studies with Roberto Poli at the New England Conservatory Prep. and the Walnut Hill School for the Arts. He has won many competitions not only for piano, but also composition. Last spring, the Portland Symphony Orchestra premiered his symphonic dance, “Congo.” “He is very grateful to his former teachers at the Portland Conservatory of Music where he has studied, performed and attended the Piano Festival.” First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St. Concerts are free and open to the public. For information call the Portland Conservatory of Music at 775-3356.

Saint Patrick’s Day Crafts at Falmouth library

3:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. The Falmouth Memorial Library will be showing anyone interested how to make Leprechaun Goo on Saint Patrick’s Day. Just the thing to help catch those slippery little creatures and get your own pot of gold! Stop in or call to sign up or for more details. 781-2351. see next page

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L.L.Bean’s Spring Fishing Weekend

Member Appreciation Day with the Regional Chamber

5 p.m. to 7 p.m. Business After Hours. It’s Member Appreciation Day. We appreciate your membership! It may be St. Patrick’s Day, but it’s also Member Appreciation Day with the Portland Regional Chamber. “Join us at the Portland Marriott at Sable Oaks in South Portland with Co-Sponsor Verizon Wireless for networking, great food, cash bar, door prizes and the 50.50. A great way to celebrate with fellow Chamber members. As this is a highly attended event, please register by March 16.”

‘Women in Development and Environment: African Perspectives’ by Dr. Helida Oyieke at UMF

6:30 p.m. University of Maine at Farmington is proud to announce that Dr. Helida Oyieke, a Fulbright Scholarin-Residence at University of New England, will present several talks on the UMF campus. Oyieke will speak on “Women in Development and Environment: African Perspectives” at 6:30 p.m., on March 17, in North Dining Hall in the UMF Olsen Student Center, with a reception immediately preceding her talk. In addition, she will speak on “Biodiversity: Kenya’s Rich Heritage and Its Conservation,” at 11:45 a.m., March 18, also in North Dining Hall. Both events are free and open-to-thepublic. “An internationally-recognized expert in environmental studies and marine botany, Oyieke is currently director of research and scientifi c affairs at the National Museums of Kenya in Nairobi, where she oversees research and collection programs for the institution. Over the years, she has mobilized multiple grants in the fi elds of taxonomy, ecology, biodiversity, conservation and collections Hiroya Miura, conductor of the Bates College Orchestra and a native of Japan, has announced that the orchesmanagement.” tra’s March 19 concert will serve as a fundraiser for a town where 1,000 people are thought to have died during the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. (COURTESY IMAGE) ‘Elephant’s Graveyard’ at UMF 7:30 p.m. University of Maine at Farmington presents George Brant’s award winning drama “Elephant’s Graveyard,” as the spring 2011 Theatre UMF production. Based on the true story of a traveling circus and its cultural collision with a small southern town, the play will be presented at 7:30 p.m., March 17-19; and 2 p.m., March 20, at the UMF Alumni Theater. “Elephant’s Graveyard” explores the public’s craving for spectacle and violence as it takes the audience on a journey to the world of the circus at the turn of the century. Building on both historical fact and legend, Brant’s drama tells the story of how a small, struggling circus is confronted by a Tennessee community when an accident occurs and how misunderstanding leads to tragedy. Critically acclaimed by Columbia City Paper as “a theatrical masterpiece,” Brant’s play is the Winner of the 2008 Keene Prize for Literature and 2008 David Mark Cohen National Playwriting Award.

Mad Horse Theatre presents ‘The Late Henry Moss’

7:30 p.m. “The Late Henry Moss” by Sam Shepard, March 12-27. “In a seedy New Mexican bungalow, two estranged brothers confront the past as they piece together the mysterious circumstances of their father’s death, over his rotting corpse — a silent but still dominant presence in their relationship. Pulitzer Prize-winning playwright Sam Shepard makes a fi nal, triumphant return to the signature dysfunctional family paradigm of his best-known plays (‘Buried Child,’ ‘True West’). Two warring brothers. An absent mother. An alcoholic father. The rural American West. Classic Sam Shepard.” Show times are: Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m.; Sundays at 2 p.m. Tickets are $20 for adults and $18 for students and seniors. Mad Horse also offers pay-whatyou-can performances each Thursday during the run. Reservations are recommended. 29 Baxter Boulevard, Portland. Call 899-3993, or order tickets online at www.

‘Bedroom Farce’ by Good Theater at the St. Lawrence Arts Center

7:30 p.m. A Good Theater Production. “Enter the suburban bedrooms of four married couples in this comedy

about the trials and tribulations of relationships. Be on the lookout for a stolen kiss (or two).” “Hilarious…The stuff of gleeful recognition.” — London Evening Standard March 10 through April 3. Tickets at www.stlawrencearts. org. St Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland. Cost: $15-$25.

‘Triumph of Love’ at USM

7:30 p.m. The University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre and USM School of Music present “Triumph of Love,” a witty musical romance — in disguise, directed by Assunta Kent, musical direction by Edward Reichert. “Razzle-dazzle Broadway music energizes Marivaux’s classic 18th century play and will leave audiences laughing, sighing and humming the catchy tunes!” Performances in the Russell Hall auditorium on the Gorham campus are March 17, 18, 19 at 7:30 p.m., March 20 at 5 p.m. $10 students, $15 seniors/faculty/staff/alumni, $21 general public. $10 at fi ve show on March 16 at 5 p.m., all seats $10. High school matinee March 15 at 10 a.m. To make reservations please call the USM Theatre Box Offi ce at 780.5151 or purchase tickets online via the USM Theatre Department: www.usm.maine. edu/theatre. For more information on show times and tickets call the USM Theatre Box Offi ce at 780.5151 or visit www. to purchase tickets online.

Friday, March 18 Maine Boat Builders show

10 a.m. to 6 p.m. The show times for the Maine Boat Builders are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, at the Portland Company Complex. “A gathering of the fi nest fi berglass and wooden custom boat builders on the East Coast. Also exhibiting numerous manufacturers of boating equipment. Sailboats, powerboats, canoes, kayaks, and rowing boats with the builders there to discuss and sell their work.” boatShow. For further information contact Portland Yacht Services at 774.1067.

10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Some of the biggest names in fi shing will be at L.L.Bean on March 18-20 for L.L.Bean’s annual Spring Fishing Weekend. Lefty Kreh, Dave Whitlock, Emily Whitlock, Tim Rajeff, Dave Klausmeyer and others will be available at the store from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday to visit with customers, share stories, sign autographs, books and more. And new this year, L.L.Bean will be showing the best short fl y-fishing fi lms from The Drake Magazine’s renowned Fly-Fishing Film Awards, which are shown to audiences exclusively at the International Fly Tackle Dealer Show each year in Denver. Featured celebrity fl y tyers include David Klausmeyer, Don Bastian and Sam Kenney, who at only 12 years old has already become a renowned tyer. Other weekend highlights include free fl y-casting lessons, kids’ activities, and a variety of demonstrations, clinics and seminars including presentations by the Maine Professional Guide Association, as well as several L.L.Bean experts. Biologists from the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife will also be conducting a special presentation on a very unique brook trout project they have been working on. All event activities are free. For more information, visit www., or call 800-5590747, ext. 37222.

The 40th Annual Maine Boat Show

11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Also Saturday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Cumberland County Civic Center. Tickets: $8 adult, $7 senior, $4 youth (7-14), and children under 7 free. Ken & Mike of the WGAN Morning Show will be broadcasting Live Saturday. More than 100 boating and boating-related exhibitors. Sportsfi shing seminars with Capt. Ben Conway of Reel Action Charters & Dave Barnes of Clark Marine. Pre-season boat pricing. Hosted by: Berlin City Auto Group, Shipyard Brewing, WGME 13, 560 WGAN, 107.5 Frank FM, 9 4.9 WHOM. Outside exhibits (large boats) free street curb boarding. Check America’s Best Shows, Inc. out on Facebook or on our website

Capitol for a Day in Saco

6 p.m. Governor Paul LePage will hold the second Capitol for a Day event visiting several businesses during the day and attending a town hall style meeting in the evening on Friday, March 18. The governor will tour four businesses located in York County and the town hall meeting will be held at Thornton Academy in Saco where attendees will have the opportunity to ask questions to the governor and his Cabinet. “On Friday morning Governor LePage will kick off the day by opening Maine for business. A sign, that reads ‘Open for Business,’ that was given to Governor LePage by supporters on inauguration evening will be unveiled on Interstate 95 on the northbound side in Kittery. For safety reasons, Maine State Police are asking the public and media to refrain from stopping on the Interstate during the unveiling of the sign. At 11:30 a.m. there will be media availability with the Governor at the Eliot Commons Shopping Center off exit 3 on Route 236 in Eliot. During the afternoon, once again, business owners will meet with Governor LePage to talk about their ideas on how to move Maine’s economy forward. The governor will visit Shipyard Brewery, Stonewall Kitchen, Arundel Machine and Sweetser. The governor’s goal is to hear from leaders within the business community to find out what’s currently working for them and what can be improved to encourage job growth in our State. According to Forbes Magazine, Maine ranks 50th on The Best States for Business and Careers list. The list has Maine at 47th place for business costs and 48th in regulatory environment.” The day will conclude with a town hall style meeting at Thornton Academy in Saco at 6 p.m. The meeting will be held at the Thornton Academy Theatre. Commissioners Bernhardt, Bowen, Brown, Congdon and Mayhew will join the Governor and answer questions from audience members until 7:30 p.m. This will be the governor’s second Capitol for a Day event. The fi rst was held on Feb. 18 in Cumberland County. Capitol for Day is a monthly event that will be held in each of Maine’s 16 counties. see next page

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Legislators from Falmouth and Cumberland

7:30 a.m. to 9 a.m. Connect Learn Contribute Series, Come and connect with your local legislators. Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth. Join the Falmouth/Cumberland Community Chamber for an open forum with your state legislators representing the Falmouth and Cumberland communities. Attending will be Sen. Dick Woodbury, Rep. Meredith N. Strang Burgess, Rep. Mary Pennell Nelson and Rep. Mark N. Dion. Bring your questions and concerns. Please register by March 17. Register online,

‘On the Bowery,’ ‘The Perfect Team’

6:30 p.m. Film screenings at the Portland Museum of Art. Friday, March 18, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 19 , 2 p.m.; Sunday, March 20, 2 p.m. NR “Lionel Rogosin (1924–2000) taught himself filmmaking in order to investigate such issues as poverty, racism, and the threat of nuclear war. Shooting ‘On the Bowery,’ his first fi lm, was his way of preparing for a future project on apartheid in South Africa. Using a hidden camera and creatively staged scenes, he created a harsh documentary/fi ction hybrid about the lives of the down-and-out in Manhattan’s Bowery, the skid row of the 1950s. The fi lm follows three days in the life of Ray Salyer, a fresh-from-the-road arrival in the Bowery, as he passes from the street to fl ophouses and back, interacting with human ruins who seem to exist only to find their next drink. ‘On the Bowery’ was the fi rst U.S. film to win the award for best documentary at the Venice Film Festival. ... Stay on for ‘The Perfect Team,’ a new documentary on the making of ‘On the Bowery’ by Rogosin’s son, Michael. Using archival and recent footage, he provides context for his father’s film by delving into the history of the Bowery neighborhood and following up on the fi lm’s crew and ‘star,’ Ray Salyer. ‘The Perfect Team’ features two of the few filmed interviews ever recorded with Lionel Rogosin, one of them a 1956 interview on ‘The Today Show’ that also featured Ray Salyer.” http://

Fairy Tale Players

7 p.m. In March, Acorn Productions presents the second production of the season by the “Fairy Tale Players,” an ensemble of kids, teens and adults who have studied at the Acorn Acting Academy. The troupe’s new production is JoJo Dubois Meets His Match, an adaptation by local writer DeLorme Taylor of Seven at One Blow, the Grimm Brothers story featured in the Disney cartoon The Brave Little Tailor. Acorn’s Producing Director Michael Levine directs the story of a tailor who uses his wit to parlay a relatively minor feat into a kingdom, though Acorn’s “fractured fairy tale” version is set in 1940’s Louisiana, where the king becomes a mafia don, and his enemies corrupt government officials. Against this backdrop, JoJo Dubois Meets His Match tells the story of a professor with a knack for knots who fi nds his heart tied up over a gang boss’ daughter. The production runs from March 11 to 27 in the Acorn Studio Theater in Westbrook, with tickets $7 for adults and $5 for kids 12 and under. Unlike previous productions by the fl edging group, “JoJo” will feature several teenage actors and is best suited for audiences 8 and up due to the piece’s more mature themes. Friday, March 18 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 19 at 2 p.m.; Sunday, March 20 at 2 p.m.; Friday, March 25 at 7 p.m.; Saturday, March 26 at 3 p.m. (note change in time); Sunday, March 27 at 2 p.m. Acorn Studio Theater, Dana Warp Mill, 90 Bridge St., Westbrook. Cost is $7 adults; $5 kids 12 and under. FMI: www. or 854-0065.

‘The Late Henry Moss’ at Lucid Stage

8 p.m. Mad Horse Theatre Company presents “The Late Henry Moss,” by Sam Shepard, March 10-27. Performances Thursday through Saturday evenings. Sunday mat-

inees. Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard, Portland. Playing times are Thursday: 7:30 p.m.; Friday 8 p.m.; Saturday 8 p.m.; and Sunday 2 p.m. For ticket information, visit www. or call 899-3993

Comedian Lisa Lampanelli at Merrill

8 p.m. Lisa Lampanelli is Comedy’s Lovable Queen of Mean. Heralded as “more than a standup — a standout,” by comedy legend Jim Carrey, Lampanelli is a cross between Don Rickles, Archie Bunker, and a vial of estrogen. She even won accolades from The King of All Media Howard Stern, who called her “a true original and a brilliant comedy mind who’ll steal the show every time.” Merrill Auditorium.

Saturday, March 19 Presumpscot River Trail, West

8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Portland Trails is excited to announce a 2011 Winter Walk series. This free series, made possible by a grant from Healthy Portland, is for adults and families with children who are making an effort to get more exercise, but are stymied when it comes to winter recreation. Participants are reminded to wear warm clothing, hats and gloves and bring snowshoes if there is adequate snow on the ground. Portland Trails has snow shoes available (free for members, $5/non-members) which can be reserved ahead of time. Please register for any walk by emailing info@trails. org or calling 775-2411. For more information or to check cancellations due to the weather go to Charlie Baldwin, Trail Foreman, will lead a walk on our most westerly of the Presumpscot River Trail network. Enjoy this calm part of the river and the new bridge installed by Portland Trails’ board and staff this summer. Meet at Corsetti’s (just over the town line in Westbrook), 125 Bridgton Rd.

Cat show in Portland

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. 155 Riverside Street, behind the Howard Johnson’s Hotel. Cat show with 10 rings of competition. Many different breeds and household pet competition. Admission: Adults $50; seniors $4/students $3. Children under 12 free and active military free. 4330155.

Big Brothers Big Sisters used book sale

9 a.m. to 4 p.m. More than 15,000 used books will be part of the Big BIG Book Sale to benefi t Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine. This unique fundraising event will be held on Saturday, March 19, from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Sunday, March 20, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Woodfords Club, 159 Woodford St., Portland. There is ample parking and the event is handicap accessible. The books, donated by several benefactors around southern Maine including a huge collection that took more than 30 years to amass, are in good, fresh condition and are new to the market. The sale includes books, ephemera and sheet music. For more information or to ask specific questions, email or call 773.5437 and ask for extension 50.

AWS at Portland Children’s Museum

10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Join the Animal Welfare Society of West Kennebunk Humane Educator and a shelter pet at the Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine on Free Street in Portland for a hands-on program about pets and pet care. Meet some great animals and learn about Pet Care and Handling. The Children’s Museum is at 142 Free St., Portland, Maine (828-1234). For more information, call Animal Welfare Society ( at 985-3244.

National Surveyors Week

1 p.m. The Narragansett Chapter of the Maine Society of Land Surveyors will be commemorating National Surveyors Week with an exhibition on Portland’s Western Promenade

(Bramhall Hill) at the old surveyors’ calibration monument closest to the Maine Medical Center. The public is welcome to drop by and learn more about the surveying profession and meet local surveyors. The project is part of a nation wide effort sponsored by the National Society of Professional Surveyors (NSPS). Land Surveyors throughout the United States will simultaneously establish new Geodetic Control Points by the use of Global Positioning System (GPS) equipment. The new points, with their coordinates, will then be published with the offi ce of the National Geodetic Survey and will be available to professionals that use the information for survey or engineering projects. The Narragansett Chapter of Maine Society of Land Surveyors is a local group of professionals that meet monthly to engage in topics and events of interest and to promote the importance of using professional licensed land surveyors to the public. Members will be available during the event on Portland’s Western Promenade to answer questions and to discuss the role of land surveyors in the community. For more information about the Narragansett Chapter, vsit or

‘Zimbabwe Today’

6:30 p.m. Round Table discussion on Zimbabwe and its current political, economic situation and prospects for the country’s future under the Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) sponsored Global Political Agreement (GPA). Guest speaker: Tom Morgan, who has 10 years experience working in Africa with the Peace Corps in Nigeria, Malawi and Nigeria, with Africare in Ghana and, most recently, with the Catholic Relief Services in Zimbabwe. $5. The Museum of African Culture, 13 Brown St., 871-7188.

Bates orchestra fundraiser for earthquake victims

7:30 p.m. Hiroya Miura, conductor of the Bates College Orchestra and a native of Japan, has announced that the orchestra’s March 19 concert will serve as a fundraiser for a town where 1,000 people are thought to have died during the devastating March 11 earthquake and tsunami. The orchestra performs music by Beethoven and Richard Strauss in the Olin Arts Center Concert Hall, 75 Russell St., Lewiston. Donations to a relief fund for the coastal town of Yamamoto-cho, 24 miles south of Sendai, will be gratefully accepted. Miura was born and raised in Sendai, near the epicenter of the earthquake, and his parents currently reside in Yamamoto-cho. The orchestra will dedicate the concert to the memory of those lost in the disaster, and Miura will personally see that audience donations are delivered to the mayor of Yamamoto-cho. Donations can also be made online at or mailed to: Support for Japan, Bates College, Olin Arts Center, 75 Russell St., Lewiston, ME 04240. For more information or to reserve seats, please contact 786-6135 or

Sunday, March 20 Free Device Workshop for smartphone owners

9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. A device workshop is scheduled at the U.S. Cellular Mallside retail store located at 198 Maine Mall Road in South Portland. “U.S. Cellular, which was recently recognized in a survey by Consumer Reports as the best wireless carrier in the country, is hosting a free workshop at its Mallside retail store in South Portland on March 20 to guide customers through all of the functions and features of their Android-powered, BlackBerry and Windows Mobile smartphones. All questions are welcome from current and potential smartphone users, and the workshop will cover both basic and advanced uses. The Device Workshop is being offered at U.S. Cellular retail stores across Maine. All smartphone accessories will be 25 percent off.” see next page

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Summer Children’s Camp Fair

1 p.m. to 4 p.m. East End School Gymnasium, 195 North St., Portland. Free admission. Come meet camp staff and explore summer experiences for your child, ages tots to teens. This is the only camp fair in Southern Maine this year. For information, see Or call 518-9557.

be immersed in the primordial, resonant, healing, sacred, vibratory sounds of the gong. Bring a pillow, mat or blanket to lie on, or a meditation cushion. There is a suggested donation of $12 to $18.” Advance registration is encouraged. FMI or to register contact: 761-2142 or dragonfl

‘The Late Henry Moss’ at Lucid Stage

8 p.m. Mad Horse Theatre Company presents “The Late Henry Moss,” by Sam Shepard, March 10-27. Performances Thursday through Saturday evenings. Sunday matinees. Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard, Portland. For ticket information, visit or call 899-3993

South Portland High School Fashion Show

2 p.m. South Portland High School Project Graduation proudly presents its annual Fashion Show as well as an afternoon with Maine’s premier funnyman, Bob Marley, live at South Portland High School Auditorium. The class of 2011 will model the latest formal and casual wear fashions from area clothing outlets. Then at 4 p.m., Bob Marley will take the stage for an afternoon of humor and laughter. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for students, available at Willow’s, Broadway Variety and South Portland House of Pizza, all in South Portland. Net proceeds will benefi t Project Graduation, the chem-free organized graduation celebration to help keep the newest high school graduates safe.

Three B’s: Brahms, Britten, and the Beatles

2:30 p.m. A fresh new take on “three Bs,” this concert pays tribute to composers who have had as much impact on their eras as Bach, Beethoven and Brahms (the original “three Bs”) had on theirs. Portland Symphony Orchestra, featuring Johannes Brahms, Variations on a Theme by Haydn, Op. 56a; Benjamin Britten, Nocturne for tenor, seven instruments, and strings, Op. 60; Peter Schickele, Beatleset; Benjamin Britten, The Young Person’s Guide to the Orchestra. Merrill Auditorium.

‘Gong Meditation’

7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.The planetary Spring Equinox comes on Sunday evening, March 20. The Full “Crow” Moon comes just before that on Saturday afternoon. “To better attune to these solar and lunar energies, Dragonfl y Taijiquan will be hosting a ‘Gong Meditation’ the evening of the Equinox, March 20 at its studio in Portland, at 222 St. John Street, Suite 240. Gongs are ancient instruments used for thousands of years to promote healing, balance and intuition. Come, relax, and experience the sounds of gongs, singing bowls and other sound meditation instruments in a musical improvisation by Todd Glacy of Saco River Yoga. On this day of the Spring Equinox and (day after the) Full Moon,

For St. Patrick’s Day on Thursday, the Maine Irish Heritage Center will host an open house at the center on Gray Street, formerly St. Dominic’s church, starting at 11 a.m. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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