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THURSDAY, MARCH 3, 2011

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New tack for homeless panhandling: Honesty? BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

The man on Exchange Street who calls himself Joshua is trying something different in the world of homeless panhandling. He holds a sign that reads: “Why lie? Need whiskey. Anything helps.” “It works,” he said, “most people just laugh about it. Who knows? There are probably people who are like, ‘I love your honesty, so here you go.’” Throughout Portland, it’s not uncom- The sign reads: “Why lie? Need whiskey. mon to see men and women, usually stand- Anything helps.” The ing at busy intersections, who hold homeless artist callcardboard signs that ing himself Joshua appeal for money says, “Who knows? because they’re homeThere are probably less and hungry. But what’s to be made of people who are like, ‘I Joshua’s “honesty” love your honesty, so approach? here you go.’” “I’m serious, I need to get warm, so whiskey helps,” he said, laughing but demonstrating candor about his sincerity. “I am pretty much homeless right now,” he explained. “I stay at the shelters, as of right now I sell art, I barely skim by. It’s definitely see PANHANDLING page 3

A self-described homeless man who called himself Joshua holds a sign reading, “Why lie? Need whiskey. Anything helps.” He said he raised $2 in an hour of sitting on Exchange Street. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

Chief: Police calls, crime drop in 2010 BY MATT DODGE THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Don’t want to become Portland’s next crime victim? According to Police Chief James Craig, you improve your odds by staying out of the western half of the peninsula between the hours of 10 p.m. and 3 a.m. “Police Beat Three,” encompassing most of the Old Port along Commercial Street, overtook Parskide

last year for the dubious honor of most calls for service to police, with 11,720 calls in 2010, up from 9,288 in 2009. But overall, calls for service were down from every month last year and the city saw a 3 percent reduction in property crime and 2 percent reduction in violent crime over last year. These statistics and others were presented as

part of a the Portland Police Department’s annual “year in review presentation, held Wednesday at the Wishcamper Center on the campus of the University of Southern Maine. “Is [Portland] a dangerous place? No, it’s a very safe city, even safer if you look at stats compared see CRIME page 9

Facing layoffs, schools encourage retirement BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Portland Schools Superintendent James Morse has extended the deadline for an early-retirement incentive program, hoping to reduce the number of layoffs in the district’s 2011-2012 budget.

He’s hoping more school district employees will take advantage of the program, which promises up to $20,000 for eligible retirees. “The more staff we have who retire, the fewer staff lose their jobs,” he said in an interview with reporters yesterday at the school district’s admin-

istrative offices. As proposed, the $92.7 million budget would eliminate 81 jobs, including more than two-dozen teachers, but still increase spending by 3.9 percent over this year. see SCHOOLS page 6

Oops, Portland did it again

Who knew? GOP loves voter-reg parties!

On the move at Saddleback

See Bob Higgins on page 4

See Curtis Robinson’s column on page 5

See Marty Basch in Sports, page 7


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Arkansas quake most powerful in 35 years (NY Times) — A 4.7-magnitude earthquake that researchers described as the largest in Arkansas in 35 years was recorded late Sunday night near Greenbrier. It was the latest in a swarm of quakes that has bedeviled the region since early last fall. There were no reports of major damage, though some residents spoke of dislodged screen doors and cracked ceilings. Damage or not, some said this was the longest and scariest quake yet. “It felt like a real loud thunder, but like 10 times worse than that,” said Kim Bannister, 34, who lives just outside Greenbrier. “I have felt some of them, but nothing like last night.” The swarm in central Arkansas has brought dozens of rumblings each week, many of them with magnitudes beyond 2.0. The situation has garnered national attention because of its possible connection to natural-gas drilling operations in the area. Researchers with the Arkansas Geological Survey have pointed out spatial and temporal relationships between the earthquakes and the use of injection wells, which are used to dispose of the wastewater left over from gas drilling. (Researchers see no such correlation between the quakes and the drilling itself, a process called hydraulic fracturing.)

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Libyan rebels are said to repulse government attack BREGA, Libya (NY Times) — In a fierce day-long battle, rebel forces in this strategic oil town repelled an attack on Wednesday by government loyalists backed by artillery and war planes, witnesses in the town said. At least six were confirmed dead and 16 wounded in the fighting, the witnesses said, and the death toll was expected to rise. The attack seemed to spearhead a broader effort by the government of Col. Muammar

el-Qaddafi to reassert control over strategic oil assets in the eastern part of the country, which have been seized by rebel forces in recent weeks. The attack began at dawn, the witnesses said, as the government fighters arrived in a convoy of more than 50 SUVs and quickly control of the airport and port facilities in this oil-exporting terminal on the Libyan coast around 500 miles east of Colonel Qaddafi’s strong-

hold in the capital, Tripoli. News of the attack galvanized rebel fighters in the nearby cities of Ajdabiya and Benghazi, who raced to the front lines armed with AK-47s, rocket-propelled grenades and aging anti-tank weapons. By midafternoon, the opposition forces had turned the tide, driving the Qaddafi loyalists out of the port and adjoining oil facilities and back into a university on the shores of the Mediterranean.

Gunmen kill Pakistani cabinet minister LAHORE, Pakistan (NY Times) — The only Christian minister in the Pakistan government was shot dead Wednesday two months after the assassination of another liberal politician, raising questions about how firmly Pakistan’s government is tackling Islamic extremism. Shahbaz Bhatti, 41, the minister of minorities, had made a life work of campaigning for tolerance in Muslim majority Pakistan, and most recently became a lonely voice, with a handful of others, in a campaign to reform the harsh blasphemy law.

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Artist says he frequents shelters in Portland PANHANDLING from page one

tough in the winter. No one’s really out. People who are out are not really wanting to look at art. It’s cold.” Joshua said he didn’t witness a backlash from pedestrians — rather, there seems to be sympathy. “A lot of people around here, you see, ‘Homeless, need help, God bless.’ And it’s like, why don’t you just tell them you’re going to go get drunk?” Joshua said. “You got that right,” offered a passerby who overheard this part of the conversation and felt compelled to agree. Homeless advocates point out that the problem is serious. The Homeless Persons Memorial Vigil is held annually on the winter solstice — the longest night of the year. The event is meant to remember people who have died in homelessness. On any given night in Portland, more than 300 people are homeless, according to Preble Street Resource Center, the umbrella organization that serves the homeless. Every year, more than 5,000 youths, adults and families who live in poverty reach out to Preble Street for help, according to Donna Yellen, director of the Maine Hunger Initiative and Advocacy. Mark R. Swann, Preble Street executive director, has cited three factors for homelessness — a collapse of community and extended families, failed housing policies and deinstitutionalization. In Portland, it’s legal to panhandle, but it’s not legal to panhandle aggressively, according to the city’s Homeless Outreach and Mobile Engagement Team project, a street intervention effort. Joshua said he has seen first-hand the abuse of alcohol by homeless people. “I know a lot of them out here, for the most part, they’re all drunks, they just want to get drunk,” he said. “I figure why beat around the bush and tell people that I’m homeless, I need food or help me out? I just tell them straight out, I want to get drunk. They’re like, ‘Oh, I like your honesty, here’s some money.’” Originally from Washington state, Joshua said he has been in Maine for seven years. On Wednesday, he reported making $2 in an hour of honest panhandling.

“A lot of people around here, you see (signs that say), ‘Homeless, need help, God bless.’ And it’s like, why don’t you just tell them you’re going to go get drunk?” says this man who calls himself Joshua. His sign tries a more direct approach. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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Jackson Laboratory plans expansion in Sarasota, Fla.

Two Maine men injured in New Gloucester crash

BAR HARBOR — Jackson Laboratory has announced plans to build a new research facility in Sarasota County, in Florida. The announcement comes less than two months after the bio-tech firm withdrew a plan to expand into Collier County amid opposition from residents over $130 million in tax incentives, according to a report on Maine Public Broadcasting Network. Under the new expansion plan, the company would build a 120,000-square-foot facility in Sarasota County in partnership with the University of South Florida, a local hospital network, and other partners. MPBN says supporters of the project hope it will spur development of a “biomedical village” by 2030 that creates more than 2,000 new jobs and $600 million in annual economic activity. It’s not clear how much the lab is seeking in tax incentives for its Sarasota project, but a referendum on the plan could be held as soon as this year, MPBN reports.

NEW GLOUCESTER — Two men are being treated at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston for serious internal injures after the pick-up trucks they were driving crashed head-on yesterday morning, police said. Maine State Police spokesman Steve McCausland said in a news release that Joshua Campbell, 29, of Auburn and Keith Rogers, 42, of New Gloucester, were alone in their vehicles when the collided on Route 100, in New Gloucester, at 6:45 a.m. Wednesday. The crash occurred on a straight stretch of Route 100, near the Morse Road. Trooper Christopher Farley said Campbell’s pickup truck veered into the opposite lane and struck the second pickup head-on. Farley reported that speed was not a factor in the crash which shut down the road for about an hour and a half.

Town won’t ban big boxes BRIDGTON — A referendum in Bridgton that would have banned

construction of fast food restaurants and big box stores was roundly defeated this week. According to the Sun Journal, residents voted 931-472 not to ban fast-food stores and 963-432 not to ban commercial or retail developments larger than 30,000 square feet. The vote was a setback for Keeping Bridgton Local, a group that supported both proposals. Scott Finlayson, of Keeping Bridg-

ton Local, told the Sun Journal that many residents seemed concerned about missing out on future jobs. Despite losing both votes, he told the paper that the outcome was still positive because this was the first time in 30 years residents thought about growth and land-use planning. Meanwhile, another proposal that would have enacted a clean energy ordinance for the town also failed.

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Tenant once compared Portland’s Franklin Arterial to Berlin Wall Editor, Enjoyed the interesting piece on Brian Boru in intown Portland ("What 'one dish, one glass' can tell us," Margot Mallar food column, March 1). When listing previous tenants, you might not have remembered that the structure once housed a floor covering store owned by Popkins Zakarian. He was a Portland City Council gadfly who got so involved with municipal dealings that he ran for election to the Council. . . . and won! An acute “aginer,” Popkins in the late 1960s bitterly denounced the construction of Portland’s neighborhood-splitting Franklin Street Arterial. Quoted in the Maine Memory Network: “Councilor Popkins Zakarian warned Monday night the proposed Franklin Street arterial highway will be cutting the city in half’” (Fournier 1968, p.1). Zakarian went on to compare the Arterial to the Berlin Wall separating East and West Berlin and proposed tunneling the divided roadway under the Portland peninsula. Thanks for the memories. Sandi and Ron Palmquist Cape Elizabeth

Rep. Russell should represent people of Maine by staying put Editor, (Regarding the late-February trip by Rep. Diane Russell to the union protests in Wisconsin.) Where is Rep. Russell? She’s not in Augusta representing her constituents as she was elected to do. But traveling to Wisconsin to stick her nose in someone else’s business. She should be docked her pay for the time she has missed for not being present for Maine business. Rep. Russell is a Maine rep for all the people, not herself, trying to make a name for herself. Maybe she should resign and stay in Wisconsin if she’s so interested in what’s going on as she isn’t there for Maine state business. Richard Campbell South Portland All letters columns and editorial cartoons are the opinion of the writer or artists and do not reflect the opinions of the staff, editors or publisher of The Portland Daily Sun. We welcome your ideas and opinions on all topics and consider every signed letter for publication. Please send your letters to: THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN, news@portlanddailysun.me.

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Oops, Portland did it again I love a good brouhaha, no matter who prints it. In an article in The Forecaster this week, Kate Bucklin noted a kerfuffle down at City Hall. The Eastland Hotel has recently been sold, and according to the article, a couple of members of the city council are not exactly happy about decisions made by city staff in the matter. This all comes down to the much maligned “Housing Replacement Ordinance,” a milky teat that this municipality has suckled on for far too long. In a perhaps noble to retain as much housing as possible, the ordinance was originally passed to require any housing torn down be replaced on a one-to-one basis, or a fee levied against developers to be tossed into the city fund for housing projects. Ah, you can draw an airplane on paper, but you can’t make it fly off the page. This is a great example of an idea with good intentions, and the well-paved road to the hell of reality. The tweaking of the ordinance last fall led to an interpretation by city staff that exempted the hotels new owners, RockBridge Capital, from paying an estimated $2.5 million in fees to the housing replacement fund. Councillor John Anton was

Bob Higgins ––––– Daily Sun Columnist miffed, and councillor Kevin Donoghue was not far behind him in the “Scanners” style head explosion. Anton said that the city staff put together the changes to the ordinance last year, but “now, only a year later, the same city staff is arguing that the language they drafted actually states that all housing units in the city are exempt from the Housing Replacement Ordinance.” Gong. That is what you voted on, John. That is the funny thing about writing city code and laws. You don’t always get in the end what you originally intended. Sneaky scurrilous lawyer types pounce all over what you have written, and parse every sentence and punctuation mark in search of a loophole. Kevin Donoghue claimed that “the language is not consistent with the intent of the council.” He also stated that there is an accountability issue with city staff, and that certain staffers

Are we seriously expecting the planning department to suddenly don Johnny Carson’s “Amazing Carnac” hat, hold an envelope with a housing proposal to their heads, and guess what a council member might or might not think about it? have long opposed the Housing Replacement Ordinance. Translated, that’s councilor speak for words usually associated with an abbreviation shared with the World Trampoline Foundation. Let’s just roll that back a few steps. Are we seriously expecting the planning department to suddenly don Johnny Carson’s “Amazing Carnac” hat, hold an envelope with a housing proposal to their heads, and guess what a council member might or might not think about it? Down at the far end of the council seats is a member of city staff called “Corporate Counsel,” a lawyer by trade, and familiar with the shifty moves of the shadowed ones who propose projects before the city. Ask him stuff, that is what we pay him for. On an ordinary council meeting, he might field three or four see HIGGINS page 5


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Who knew? GOP loves voter-reg parties! Who knew? It turns out that the Republicans, now that they run the state, admit they actually love a good party. How else can we explain an effort to push voter registration back to the Tuesday before Election Day — a full week before the balloting? Yes, some of my best party-down memories come from voter registration drives. In many states where I’ve lived and/or worked, it’s clearly illegal to offer financial incentives to vote or even register to vote. But you can have 50-cent beer pints at a political rally where folks just happen to have an opportunity to register. And then there are the card tables outside grocery stores and even doorto-door registration campaigns. These are important, because in a mediacluttered culture many people wait until the last minute to engage in the political process — but if they are not registered, then they don’t get a vote. Maine has, of course, long been a leader in voter registration party-

Curtis Robinson ––––– Usually Reserved pooping. By allowing day-of-vote registration, the state led a buzz-kill coalition that traded voter-reg keggers for increased citizen participation. Bor-ing. Plus, jobs were lost. It’s impossible to know how many voter-reg consultants lost valuable work because of the system. Well, you do-gooder inclusionists, get ready to rumble. Voter-reg party hero Rep. Gary Knight, R-Livermore Falls, is opening up a big can of whoop-ask on the Legislature with his bill the “Act To Assist Municipal Clerks By Providing Adequate Time To Register Voters.” Not only does the proposed law con-

tinue the GOP’s legendary workplace advocacy for public employees, especially municipal clerical workers, it joins other laws in bringing sanity to how we vote. Other bills let us force “voters” to show photo ID before being allowed to cast a ballot. And it’s a great idea to require everyone to answer the question “are you now, or have you ever been, a registered owner of a Volvo with NPR bumper stickers?” This falls short of the old Philly trick of having police officers stroll around the grounds or the old-school “Baltimore Bulletin,” which is a mailed-tovoters reminder to pay back parking tickets before voting. But who said that voting should be easy? Just think of the gullible morons who would have voted without some intimidation or trickery. Hey, nature loves natural selection. Is Democracy soooooo much better than Mother Nature? Where I was raised, Election Day was not the participate-on-demand, vote-early, vote-absentee slack-fest it

is today. It was an event, with a man named Fred handing out matchbooks to many voters ... only later did I learn that they had $20 bills, a token of his appreciation for electoral participation. At least they knew the value of a vote. And they registered, although I do seem to recall half-pints of whiskey having a motivating role in those efforts. But we looked forward to Election Day with a zeal usually reserved for the county fair or a decent murder trial. So it’s high time we embraced the Grand Ole (voter registration) Party and moved away from this “increased participation” nonsense. It seems perfectly reasonable that this voterregistration roadblock has the same advantage as a northern Maine winter: Keeps the riff-raff out. (Curtis Robinson is editor of The Portland Daily Sun. Contact him at curtis@portlanddailysun.me.)

Who cares about the Oscars? Not quite as many people as last year, it turns out, but more than the two years preceding that, at least as measured by the ratings for the ABC telecast. Of course, Twitter was twittering at full speed, there were sizeable bumps in Internet traffic, the red-carpet shows scored, and “Good Morning America” beat “Today” the morning after (fueled by people who didn’t change the channel before falling asleep). But despite being almost universally panned (as Oscar shows usually are until we view them fondly in retrospect), in a year in which the big movie was “The King’s Speech” and not “Titanic,” the Oscars did just fine, thank you. And this speaks well for America. The new conservative majority in Congress includes plenty of fans of American “exceptionalism.” To be honest, I didn’t even know what that meant until someone explained — only very slightly in jest — that it was the prettified version of the tried and true campaign slogan about “making America No. 1 in the world.” The problem with the campaign

Susan Estrich ––––– Creators Syndicate slogan, anyway, is that while it always tests off the charts (Sir, would you like America to be No. 3 or No. 4 in the world?), once you try to turn it into something, you end up with a host of problems. For starters, someone always objects because it suggests that we aren’t No. 1 already — which, depending on whether you’re the incumbent or trying to unseat one, can be a dangerous suggestion. Someone else always objects because it makes no sense to pretend that America can be No. 1 at everything. That person has no future in political campaigns. No, American exceptionalism is a masterful political idea — the idea that we are the chosen country, the best at everything, a gift to the world. But we aren’t the best at everything. And we aren’t going to be. The whole idea of living in a global

economy is not that one country is the best at everything and everyone else competes for second, but that many countries have many strengths, and some of them might even be better — at least if better is defined as cheaper or more efficient — at doing certain things than we are. I buy clothes proudly made in Los Angeles, but Los Angeles is not going to be the garment production capital of the world — which is not to say that we are second best. What we make here, better than anyone in the world, is entertainment. Celebrity. Stardom. Hollywood. The whole nine yards. It isn’t just a show once a year, but a huge industry that literally covers the globe. You may like or dislike our politics or disagree with our principles, but everybody watches our movies. For all the talk of Bollywood and the Nigerian film industry, and God bless them all, the best movies in the world are being financed and marketed and distributed, if not literally made, right here in the United States. In recent years, the entire entertainment industry, from movies to

video games, has been the subject of easy political attack, particularly from conservatives: too sexual, too political, too angry, too much violence. The truth is, a lot of it is bad. Many times you just shake your head and wonder why, with all the smart people who can’t get arrested in this town, so much truly and unredeemingly bad stuff still gets made. Sure, it looks easier than it is. (How hard can it be, with all those stars, to make a good television show?) But that is not the only excuse. Chris Dodd, the former senator from Connecticut who is taking over as head of the Motion Picture Association of America, will find himself in the hot seat more than he’d like. But at the end of the day, there really is no business like show business. It is a true example of American exceptionalism, which may not be enough to get conservatives to truly embrace Oscar. Thankfully, much of the globe does. (To find out more about Susan Estrich, visit the Creators Syndicate website at www.creators.com.)

Not every project proposed is a project of special merit, or an emergency HIGGINS from page 4

questions. The rest of his time is spent listening to deliberations and microscopic rule change proposals that would lull a duller man into periods of deep slumber. Quit seeing every individual episode that happens like this as an excuse to diddle with the code some more. Leave it alone for a while. Not every project proposed is a project of special merit, or an emergency. In January, Avesta Housing placed before the council a proposal for 72-80 Oak Street, phase II. They got a little over $380 thousand dollars handed to them for the project. In recent memory, I can’t

recall a single project proposed before the city that Avesta didn’t receive money for. I may be wrong, but that appears to be where most of the HRO funding is spent. Stop treating the HRO fund as their personal cookie jar. Stop thinking that when a project is given a waiver under city rules, an opportunity to stuff wads of the folding green stuff in the treasury was missed. Stop deciding to spend the money before you get it. Portland does have affordable housing issues, but the HRO process is just another in a long line of “gimmees” of danegeld that the city requires of anyone who wants to do a project here. Cut some of those, and you MIGHT just see projects start to roll in that will pay good wages, and make the housing

we do have not just affordable, but desirable. If you want to make housing more affordable in Portland, let’s get some more jobs here that pay wages high enough to afford the “median contract rent” of $773 a month. That figure, from city-data. com, should scare you. That is pre-utilities, prevehicular and transportation costs, pre-food, and predictably going to rise. And btw, nobody who actually has a low-wage job will ever set foot in your affordable housing. They make too much to qualify. How is that for the law of unintended consequences. (Bob Higgins is a regular contributor to The Portland Daily Sun.)


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More early retirements would mean fewer layoffs SCHOOLS from page one

Major challenges in the proposed budget included a combined $4 million increase for rising food, utility and salary costs combined with the loss of $6 million in federal stimulus money. “That’s really the tragedy of the proposed 20112011 budget, that so many people will lose their jobs, not that they weren’t doing a good job, but because the revenue isn’t there to pay their salaries,” Morse said. The school committee will begin reviewing Morse’s budget later this month. Earlier this year, the school committee approved early retirement incentives for employees who are at least 60 years old and have 10 or more years service in the district. The program offers a $10,000 lump sum Morse for retires or $5,000 a year for four years. Some 40 staff applied for early retirement before the previous Feb. 28 deadline. But Morse said yesterday he wants that deadline extended until midMarch. “I have asked the school committee for a two-week extension on that. Right now, the total number of retirees is 40, but I think it could get higher,” he said. “Portland has a very senior staff, and ... it’s a good enticement for those who are considering retirement, to retire.” The school committee must agree to extend that deadline. School board member Justin Costa, who sits on the finance committee, supports the proposal and says most of his colleagues do, too. “I would not foresee that being an issue,” he said yesterday. “Ultimately, we can save jobs by doing this, so I don’t think anyone would be opposed to

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“Ultimately, we can save jobs by doing this, so I don’t think anyone would be opposed to doing that.” — School board member Justin Costa doing that.” Possible changes in the state pension system may also convince more school employees to retire. Under a proposal from Gov. Paul LePage that would take effect in January, some health insurance costs could get shifted to retiring public employees, Morse said. “That actually I think is helping the retirement incentive,” Morse said, adding, “That is getting them very seriously to think about retiring.” Although the school district has multiple revenue streams, including state and federal sources, the amount of money that must be derived from local property taxes increases by $2.7 million next year. That alone could drive the city’s $17.92 property tax rate up by 36 cents next year, according to a report by the Portland Press Herald. At those rates, the owner of a home valued at $250,000 would owe $90 more in taxes next year. This does not factor in any increases in the municipal budget, which has not yet been released. Morse said student enrollment trends guided the proposed job cuts. A 4 percent increase in elementary school enrollment meant fewer cuts in those schools, while decreasing enrollment at the middle and high school levels exposed those schools to more reductions. All told, eight high school teachers will lose their jobs, while three middle school teachers and two elementary school teachers will be let go. Another 2.5 special education tutor positions will be eliminated, along with eight adult education teachers. The elimination of a program at Portland Arts and Technology High School that provides students with job training and workplace assistance was also scrapped, eliminating two more teaching positions.

Another 38 education technician jobs would be cut, leaving the district with about 100 of these specialized staffers. Ed techs perform many functions, including leading small groups and one-onone assistance for some students requiring special needs. Despite the cuts, Morse said early education programs and maintaining “reasonable” class sizes are priorities in his budget. “We still need the ed techs, but we don’t have the funds to keep the ed techs,” Morse said. “So that’s the dilemma we’re in. The teachers we have to have, the ed techs we would like to have, that’s the distinction.” One secretary, three custodians and six administrators would also be eliminated under this budget plan. These job cuts come a year after 42 positions were eliminated, although eight positions were added back in the fall with the arrival of new federal funds, Morse said. To be sure, the layoff picture is far from clear. Morse said he’s negotiating with the school unions on a possible pay freeze, which could save the district $911,000 next year. That money alone could save at least 18 positions. Student need will dictate how layoffs are re-allocated once it becomes clear how many employees are taking early retirement, he said. This budget would add three multi-lingual positions next year, on top of eight new multi-lingual teachers hired this year. Morse said this reflects the growing number of non-native English speakers entering the school system. School sports programs and other non-core programs like music are basically untouched in the budget. Despite the cuts and program changes, Morse believes students in the city’s school system will still receive a quality education. “The bottom line is the teacher in the classroom, and we kept the class sizes small,” he said, adding, “that’s the heart and soul of our education program.”

City employees display art Winners in several categories will be announced Friday, March 4 at 6:30 p.m. DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT This Friday, City of Portland, Portland Public Schools and Portland Public Library employees and their families will showcase their artwork on the walls of City Hall as a part of the fifth annual Exhibit and Awards of the National Arts Program,

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On the move at Saddleback BY MARTY BASCH SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Snowfields. Two thousand foot vertical drop. Average seasonal snowfall of 225 inches. Which ski area comes to mind? Saddleback. The 66-trail Rangeley mountain has been on the move in recent years, morphing from a once overlooked area in a remote part of the state to something of a destination. Owned by Bill and Irene Berry since 2003, Saddleback is run by Christopher Farmer — he replaced the venerable Warren Cook — who is in his first season as the mountain's general manager. Under the Berry regime, Saddleback has underLow- and mid-level gone a resurgence with improvements includ- skiers will delight in the ing an expanded and gentle cruiser America more airy base lodge, to Hudson Highway, a condos, Kennebago quad lift (replacing 3-mile delight destined to the old and sometimes become a New England sinister T-bar), an onmountain yurt and classic with its views of growing terrain includthe lakes — Rangeley, ing the Casablanca Saddleback, Mooselookglades. meguntic and RichardGone are the days of wrangling with neigh- son. Tri-Color is another bors over the Appalachian Trail corridor upper mountain joy as it over the hoar-frosted descends along with the summit of the 4,210tall snowy evergreens foot mountain. under a clear but cold Better skiers and riders can tackle blue sky. narrow black diamond Supervisor and its next door neighbor slightly wider Tight Line. There are a couple of expert finger-like runs in Frostbite and Black Beauty (and the short Artula) off the cat track ridge. And, of course, there is Saddleback's classic, double black diamond Muleskinner with its double fall lines and tree stumps plus the challenges found in the glades of Thrombosis and Intimidator. Low- and mid-level skiers will delight in the gentle cruiser America to Hudson Highway, a 3-mile delight destined to become a New England classic with its views of the lakes — Rangeley, Saddleback, Mooselookmeguntic and Richardson. Tri-Color is another upper mountain joy as it descends along with the tall snowy evergreens under a clear but cold blue sky. Of course, the trails are filled with names of fishing flies, a testament to the Rangeley area's place as a trout fishing heaven and Royal Coachman, Blue Devil and Silver Doctor will hook you when it comes to cruising. The mountain is chock full of events, with a weekly giant slalom race league called Fast Friday and a Friday Night Lights Rail Jam for twin-tippers and riders. This Saturday is the Saddleback Ski Patrol auction and reunion while Sunday is a $29 Maine Day for Pine Tree State residents. On Sundays, the terrain park crew conducts freestyle clinics in the Freerider terrain park, a bit of an introduction to newbies looking to try jumps and rails. Events are planned at least into the first weekend of April, including the April 2 pond skimming contest and another $29 Maine Day April 3. With Sugarloaf not too far away, Saddleback's $35 midweek non-holiday rates are certainly affordable, and even a $50 adult weekend ticket is reasonable in a state with lift tickets north of $70 at a couple of other mountains also starting with the letter S. Rangeley is no hopping ski town like North Conway, N.H. or Stowe, Vt., and many restaurants have cubbies for snowmobilers to store their gear before sitting down to a meal. But Saddleback's slopeside condos give Portland day trippers the

The expanded base lodge is part of the growing improvements at Saddleback in Rangeley. (Marty Basch photo)

chance to turn the visit into an overnight, while in town there are options like the maple-floored Rangeley Inn and Lakeside Hotel behind it. The town's a little bit country, a little bit rock and roll, and apres ski starts upstairs in the base lodge at the Swig 'n Smelt before going into town at places like Sarge's Sports Pub and Grub and later downstairs in the Lakeview Tavern at the Farmhouse Inn. With spring skiing clearly within sight, winter still tends to linger at Saddleback. But as the days get longer, the temperatures rise and layers of outerware are shed, the season is right at Saddleback. ••• New England Telemark comes to Mt. Abram Sunday for a day of demos, clinics and races called Knees in the Trees Telebration...Shawnee Peak will keep the lifts turning until 1 a.m. Saturday night. Saturday is also the 8th annual Mary's Firemen for a Cure where teams of five gear-wearing fireman race to raise money for breast cancer research. The Super Hits Sunday finale is held Sunday at Shawnee. Black Mountain of Maine holds its third annual Winterfest Weekend. The IZStyle Winter Tour stops at Sunday River Saturday and Sunday with music, samples and the always funky Reverb Eco Village. Sugarloaf hosts the Junior 2 National Championships through

March 11. The second annual Maine Handicapped Skiing Social is Saturday with many auction and raffle items. (Marty Basch can be reached through www.onetankway.com.)


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Potential mill buyer seeks ‘devastating’ tax incentives EAST MILLINOCKET — With a deadline looming for the sale of two Central Maine paper mills, town officials said this week that the possible buyer is seeking tax breaks that could cripple their communities. Bangor Daily News reported this week that Meriturn Partners LLC wants $48 million in tax breaks from East Millinocket and Millinocket over the next 10 years. Meriturn has until April 11 to buy the mills from Brookfield Asset Management, the current owners. Quoting selectmen from both towns, Bangor Daily News reported the tax breaks would mean layoffs and reduced services unless state and federal governments chipped in. East Millinocket board Chairman Mark Scally told the paper the offer was “a joke” that “would make a total mockery of our property tax system if we just accepted it.” Representatives from the investment firm did not answer calls from the paper. The East Millinocket mill currently employs 450 people, while the shuttered mill in Millinocket could yield up to 200 jobs if the sale goes through and it reopens.

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In the West End, a motorist displays a message to parking enforcement officials: “Attention parking authority, do not ticket, legal resident, rental due to car accident, notified P.A. ...” It’s unclear if ticket officers heeded the plea. (CASEY CONLEY PHOTO)

The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced yesterday that the eastern cougar, officially an endangered species since 1973, is officially extinct. Although sightings across parts of Maine persist, biologists say those creatures are either another species altogether or are cougars escaped captivity or were freed by their owners. “We recognize that many people have seen cougars in the wild within the historical range of the eastern cougar,” said the Service’s Northeast Region Chief of Endangered Species Martin

Miller. “However, we believe those cougars are not the eastern cougar subspecies. We found no information to support the existence of the eastern cougar.” The government’s decision to declare the eastern cougar extinct does not affect the status of the Florida panther, another wild cat subspecies listed as endangered, agency said in a statement. Though the Florida panther once ranged throughout the Southeast, it now exists in less than five percent of its historic habitat, and in only one breeding population of 120 to 160 animals in southwestern Florida.

Roof collapses at Hallowell ice arena HALLOWELL — Authorities haven’t said what caused the roof of a hockey rink used by local hockey teams and for public skating sessions to collapse Wednesday, according to news reports. The Associated Press reported that the roof of the 41-year-old Kennebec Ice Arena in this Central Maine town failed at around 3 p.m. Nobody was injured. The news agency said steel girders were ripped from the ground when an entire length of the building’s 240-foot-long roof collapsed.

SoPo won’t buy Ocean St. property The city of South Portland, which is considering alternatives for its aging city hall building, won’t buy a 7,100-square-foot property at 148 Ocean St., according to the Portland Press Herald. The paper says the property is listed at $499,000 but generates $40,000 in rental income per year. City officials were considering the property, located on one-third acre behind the current city hall, for a possible addition of the municipal complex, the Press Herald reports.


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to 2009 and 2008,” he said. “Right now, year-to-date in 2011, we have a 12 percent reduction in crime, but I don’t get excited in the first quarter, because when you’re dealing with small numbers the stats will skew,” he said. But Craig said numbers and stats aren’t his primary concern; he’d rather ensure that citizens feel safe. “I’m more concerned about perceptions the of the community. If I was sitting before you here today and had a 10 percent increase but the community felt safer, we would have won. I am more impressed when I meet Craig with the community and the community tells me, ‘Hey, I’m happy,’” Craig said, using the example of a neighborhood meeting in the Riverton area last year, compared to the same meeting this year. “A year prior, people were unhappy, they were afraid, they didn’t feel safe, they felt like drug dealers were taking control of their community. I knew we were successful when one year later there wasn’t one complaint and they kept saying ‘thank you’ and applauding us for all our work,” he said. At Wednesday’s meeting, Chief Craig also announced the formation of a “crime suppression detail,” a unit expected to debut in late spring which will be tasked with responding to specific crime trends throughout the city. “A crime suppression detail is not a new concept, but it’s one of the things that we’ve done well in our community policing partnerships and now we can take it to the next level,” said Craig. The detail is envisioned as a flexible force which can be deployed to any

Portland Police in 2010, by the numbers Sworn officers: 159 Total employees (sworn and civil): 212 Calls for Service: 84,738 (down 1,034 from 2009) Arrest: 4,534 (342 fewer than 2009) External complains: 19 Property crime: down 3 percent from 2009) Violent crime down 2 percent since 2009, 12 percent since 2008 Highest arrest month: July, with 8,570 arrests Lowest arrest month: February, with 5,463 arrests Use of force incidents: 108 (down from 174 in 2009) SOURCE: Portland Police Department

part of the city to address trends in area crime. “This group of officers will be a small unit working varying hours. The hours will be dictated by crime trends. It will be a very fluid unit that will work as issues come up. That’s an efficient way of really abating criminal activity, [and] that’s what’s missing now; we go at it in a sporadic way,” he said. Craig used an example from the last quarter of 2009 to illustrate how such a detail might be deployed in the future. “We saw an increasing number of residential burglaries in the North Deering area. In that kind of instance what we would do is take that team of officers and they would work that problem until it’s abated,” he said. Speaking at University of Southern Maine’s Wishcamper Center, home of USM’s Muskie School of Public Service, Craig posited that Muskie grad students could be deployed to complete a police community survey, something the department has not undertaken in

ABOVE: Portland Police Department crime trends. BELOW: Fast stats from the year-end report.

over almost 20 years. “I think it’s about time to do it, it’s a good opportunity to recalibrate how we’re doing our business,” he said. Employing an analogy he’s used several times throughout his tenure as chief, Craig compared the public service function of a police department to

the customer-driven business model of luxury hotel, the Ritz Carlton. “How do you replicate that in a police office? That promise of being high in integrity and high in character? How do you change the culture? That’s the challenge and we should be in the business of soliciting input,” said Craig.


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By Holiday Mathis bliss. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). When was the last time you made a decision based purely on your own needs and preferences? You’re overdue for making a seemingly selfish choice, and you’re not the only one who will benefit from this. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Not all of your friends are a good influence on you all of the time. Be aware of the subtle persuasions of others. Try to keep company strictly with those who make you feel good about yourself. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). The dating world is an extremely complicated place. But you will be guided by natural instincts that make it easier to navigate, whether for yourself or for your loved ones. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). You’ll be at your best in casual situations. Avoid formality wherever possible. And if you must take part in a formal arrangement, learn the rules first and apply them well. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Choose carefully who you want to get to know, because this choice will send you on a journey. You’ll make eye contact, and suddenly the ball is rolling. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (March 3). When it comes to your love life, your judgment will be consistently stellar. You’ll make choices that bring you closer to the ones you want to be near. You’ll participate in an exciting challenge in the next six weeks. There’s a move or renovation in June. Family additions come in August. You have a special connection with Aquarius and Gemini people. Your lucky numbers are: 5, 25, 44, 10 and 15.

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Thursday, March 3, the 62nd day of 2011. There are 303 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On March 3, 1931, President Herbert Hoover signed a congressional resolution making “The Star-Spangled Banner” the national anthem of the United States. On this date: In 1845, Florida became the 27th state. In 1849, the U.S. Department of the Interior was established. In 1894, British Prime Minister William Gladstone submitted his resignation to Queen Victoria, ending his fourth and final premiership. In 1911, actress Jean Harlow was born in Kansas City, Mo. In 1940, Artie Shaw and his orchestra recorded “Frenesi” for RCA Victor. In 1945, the Allies fully secured the Philippine capital of Manila from Japanese forces during World War II. In 1961, King Hassan II acceded to the throne of Morocco, following the death of his father, King Mohammed V. In 1969, Apollo 9 blasted off from Cape Kennedy on a mission to test the lunar module. In 1974, a Turkish Airlines DC-10 crashed shortly after takeoff from Orly Airport in Paris, killing all 346 people on board. In 1991, motorist Rodney King was severely beaten by Los Angeles police officers in a scene captured on amateur video. Twenty-five people were killed when a United Airlines Boeing 737-200 crashed while approaching the Colorado Springs airport. One year ago: Appearing before a White House audience of invited guests, many wearing white medical coats, President Barack Obama firmly rejected calls from Republicans to draft new health care legislation from scratch. British politician Michael Foot died in north London at age 96. Today’s Birthdays: Bluegrass singermusician Doc Watson is 88. Socialite Lee Radziwill is 78. Movie producer-director George Miller is 66. Actress Hattie Winston is 66. Singer Jennifer Warnes is 64. Actordirector Tim Kazurinsky is 61. Singer-musician Robyn Hitchcock is 58. Actor Robert Gossett is 57. Rock musician John Lilley is 57. Actress Miranda Richardson is 53. Radio personality Ira Glass is 52. Actress Mary Page Keller is 50. Olympic track and field gold medalist Jackie Joyner-Kersee is 49. College Football Hall of Famer Herschel Walker is 49. Rapper-actor Tone-Loc (lohk) is 45. Rock musician John Bigham is 42. Actress Julie Bowen is 41. Country singer Brett Warren (The Warren Brothers) is 40. Actor David Faustino is 37. Singer Ronan Keating (Boyzone) is 34. Rapper Lil’ Flip is 30. Actress Jessica Biel is 29. Rock musician Blower (aka Joe Garvey) (Hinder) is 27.

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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: I am a 28-year-old mother of two beautiful girls, ages 8 and 2. I have a problem controlling my anger, and I take out all of my frustrations on my girls. When something is done wrong or not fast enough, or when my 8-year-old talks back, I lose it. When talking and screaming don’t work, I’ve spanked her and slapped hands. My older daughter is afraid of me. Is there any help out there for me? I don’t want to blame others for my actions, but could this have anything to do with the way I was brought up? I was beaten with a belt, spanked and slapped. I thought I would grow up to be nothing like my parents, but I was wrong. I feel lost. I want to be able to have a great relationship with my girls, not like the nonexistent one I have with my parents. Please help me fix this. -- Maria in Texas Dear Maria: You are taking the right steps. You recognize that you have a problem and are asking for help. It is often true that parents revert to the way they were raised, and if physical and verbal abuse were commonplace when you were growing up, you could resort to those same tactics with your children. You can change, however, with some training and mindfulness. Your local YMCA or park district may offer parenting classes to help you learn how to respond more appropriately and lovingly to your children. Also check with your doctor, clergy and local social service agencies. Your children are too precious to let your anger get the better of you. Dear Annie: I am bisexual and don’t know how to tell my family, especially my mother. They say it’s against God, but I can’t help who I am. I told one of my best friends, and she told me she felt the same way. Please help me talk to my family about this. -- Bi in the Boonies Dear Bi: Don’t be in too big of a hurry to make any an-

nouncements. It is not uncommon for young people to be temporarily confused about their sexuality, including being attracted to both sexes. It does not necessarily indicate that you are gay, straight or bisexual. PFLAG (pflag.org) can help you figure this out and find ways to discuss your sexual orientation with your parents. Please contact them. Dear Annie: I believe you misread the concerns of “Son who is Wondering,” who said his father constantly touches him during conversations. While the son didn’t tell us everything, he did say that his father ignores obvious attempts to maintain personal space and even “flew into a rage” when the son moved out of range. It should be acknowledged that the father’s behavior is creepy, disrespectful and maybe obsessive-compulsive. It sounds like the son has fought this battle for a long time, and his father continues to be unable to respect his son’s basic requests, which has created a rift. I love my parents, but would not tolerate them constantly touching me, especially if they were touching my leg with theirs. Hugs, shoulder slaps, handshakes, etc., are fine because they are brief. We all have the right to define and protect our personal space. Maybe if the son understands why his father cannot restrain himself, then, hopefully, a solution will present itself. -- My Space, My Rules Dear My Space: We agree that something about this situation seems off-kilter. The son objected primarily to Dad poking him on the arm when speaking to him, which strikes us as more of a control issue, reinforced by the fact that the problem began when the son reached his teens. But you are right that one’s personal space should be respected, even by parents, and we, too, hope the two of them can work out what’s going on and find a solution.

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

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Thursday, March 3 Dress for Success Southern Maine 7:30 a.m. to noon. Dress for Success Southern Maine is hosting its fourth annual Professional Development “Success Starts With You” seminar at Hannaford Hall, Abromson Community Education Center at the University of Southern Maine in Portland. The theme of the conference is: “Less is More: Let Go, Cut Back, and Slow Down To Accomplish Your Goals More Quickly” and proceeds will benefit Dress for Success Southern Maine. Featured speakers include Ann Marie Connor, Assistant Vice President of Client Services, UNUM, presenting: “Shortcuts to Success at Work”; Kristin Guibord, MBA, financial professional from BDMP Wealth Management, presenting: “Reduce Money Stress and feel More Prosperous”; and Amy Wood, Psy.D., psychologist specializing in personal and professional coaching and training, presenting: “The Lowdown On Living Well.” For more information and to register, go to www. dressforsuccess.org/southernmaine or call 780-1686.

Discussion of painting ‘Untitled’ by Bernard Langlais at the PMA 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. A group meets monthly to study and discuss one piece in the Portland Museum of Art’s collection. “Say what you think, and learn from new friends-it may change the way you see. This month the group will focus on the painting ‘Untitled’ by Bernard Langlais. Conversation is led by a member of the Museum’s Education staff and continues over lunch in the Café (bring your own or purchase in the Café).” www.portlandmuseum.org/

for guest of the event Captain & Celeste — the WBLM morning show —will broadcast live from the Sea Dog Brew Pub. This Maine Restaurant Week event benefits Preble Street Resource Center. General admission is $15 per person or $27 per pair. http://www.brownpapertickets. com/event/153215

First Friday Art Walk: Cannonball Press 5 p.m. Cannonball Press presents Burn the Lot: Splinter Heads, Nut Mobs & Ballyhoo, featuring a huge new pile of limited-edition $20 prints by the likes of Dusty Herbig, Angela Earley, Drew Iwaniw, Sarah Nicholls, Tyler Krasowski, and Donna Diamond. Also, Martin Mazorra and Mike Houston will premiere their new supersized woodcuts depicting the capitalist wasteland, as seen through the lens of a carnival for the ages. Mega carny prints on canvas; free, all ages.

‘Hardware’ photo display at The Green Hand bookstore 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. This month the Green Hand is continuing to showcase photography with a series of black and white photos by Wayne Frederick. “Hardware” is a collection of humorous, serious, and mysterious prints of “guy stuff” that includes abstracts, still life, action shots, and plain old pictures. Suitable for viewing by all age groups. First Friday Art Walk opening at The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St. On display through the month of March. FMI: Contact Michelle Souliere at 450-6695 or michelle.souliere@gmail.com.

Arts, Artists, and Personalities in 1930s Maine at Maine Historical

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Maine Historical Society presents a new exhibit, Arts, Artists, and Personalities in 1930s Maine. Original photographs on display March 4 through May 3. The opening Crook, Hennesy, Rounds, reception is free and open to the public and will be held on March 4 from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. in Lehmann in concert the Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall. This 12:15 p.m. Quartet for flute, guitar, viola and exhibit will be open to the public at no charge cello by Franz Schubert. Keith Crook has taught during the April First Friday Art Walk. While classical guitar at the University of Maine and/or stories of hardship and suffering are not hard the University of Southern Maine for the past 25 to find in Depression-era Maine, a series of years. Lisa Hennessy is principal flutist with the photographs taken to accompany newspaper Portland Symphony Orchestra and the Boston articles during that era offer another view: the Landmarks Orchestra. Kimberly Lehmann,, received her Bachelor of Music in violin For First Friday Art Walk this Friday, Minnesota artist William Hessian will display his art at the strength and vitality of the arts and artists and of performance from the University of Minnesota Meg Perry Center. Here is a Hessian-designed poster for an April 4 event in Augusta. (COURTESY other personalities in 1930s Maine. G. Herbert Whitney, an accomplished amateur photograand her Master of Music in violin performance IMAGE) pher, captured these people and scenes while and literature from the Eastman School of Music. his wife, Emmie Bailey Whitney, interviewed the William Rounds has been a member of the An Evening at Osher Map Library postponed personalities for the Lewiston Journal Saturday Magazine. Portland Symphony Orchestra since 1988, as well as being 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Maine Historical Society and Osher A number of the dozen people featured in this display are an active soloist and chamber musician in the Boston area. Map Library present: An Evening at Osher Map Library: well-known artists or writers. The MHS Museum and LecFirst Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress Celebrating Printed Maps of Maine. This event has been ture Hall gallery are open Monday through Saturday 10 a.m. St. Concerts are free and open to the public. For information postponed. Check www.mainehistory.org for updates. to 5 p.m. Admission is free for MHS members, $8 for adults, call the Portland Conservatory of Music at 775-3356. $7 for seniors, students, and AAA members, and $2 for chil‘The Shadow Box’ pay what you can preview ‘Knit Or Not Nights’ at Spindleworks dren, free for children under 6. 6:30 p.m. “The Shadow Box,” a Pulitzer Prize- and Tony 5:15 p.m. to 6:15 p.m. Spindleworks Art Center and Award-winning play that is a “must experience” event! Pay Lambs among Wolves oil paintings musician Hope Hoffman will be hosting monthly “Knit Or what you can preview at 7 p.m. Starring 10 of Portland’s 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meghan Howland: Lambs among Wolves. Not Nights” at Spindleworks Art Center in Brunswick. The finest actors and directed by Vincent Knue, this production Oil paintings. Opening show at Mayo Street Arts. (First public is invited to attend the next free evening event at will have you talking long after the final bow. Now Playing Friday) http://mayostreetarts.org/ Spindleworks, 7 Lincoln St. in Brunswick. Live traditional at the Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple Street in Portland music will be performed by Hope Hoffman and Jeff Trippe, William Hessian solo show at the Meg Perry Center through March 20. Doors open tonight at 6:30 p.m. “first playing Irish tunes on fiddle and guitar. Guests are invited 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. For First Friday Art Walk, Minnesota artist come, first seated.” For more information call the box office to listen along, bring knitting projects for a knitting circle, William Hessian will display his art at the Meg Perry Center, at 773-0333. and see new work created by artists in the Spindleworks 644 Congress St. Free kitty stickers. “Basically I will be putRabelais and Grace Present: Dinner, book signing studios and store. Parking is available on Lincoln Street ting up over 200 works of art, from miniature works to larger 7 p.m. Gabrielle Hamilton, award-winning chef/owner and in the lot located behind the Spindleworks building. paintings,” Hessian wrote on his blog. “New paintings done of Prune restaurant in NYC and renowned chef’s chef, For more information, contact Alyce Ornella at 725-8820 on glass, where you must look through one painting to see is coming to Portland to celebrate the launch of her first and see listings on www.spindleworks.org and www. the rest of the painting. I am also going to have an unanbook “Blood, Bones & Butter: The Inadvertent Education hopehoffman.org. nounced hidden treasure hunt in the gallery. That is all I will of a Reluctant Chef.” “Rabelais and Grace restaurant are be saying about the treasure until someone finds it, or the UMF gallery features artist Jean M. Sanders pleased to present this evening of great food and fantasart show ends (at the end of March).” http://www.blogger. 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. The University of Maine at Farmington Art tic writing. The evening will include a roast lamb dinner com/profile/12091165616820244881 Gallery is pleased to present a unique collection of phoinspired by ‘Blood, Bones & Butter,’ with wine. Hamilton will togravure and carbon prints by artist Jean M. Sanders Freeze Out Hunger 2011 give a short reading and sign copies of her book, which will as its next exhibit. Free and open to the public, the show 5:30 p.m. to 10 p.m. Freeze Out Hunger 2011 at the be included in the price of the dinner.” At Grace Restaurant. runs from March 3-27, with a gala opening reception. This Ocean Gateway Terminal Building. “Enjoy bidding on live www.mainerestaurantweek.com installation is largely based on Sanders’ new photographic and silent auction Items; enjoy delicious appetizers presuite “Ivan the Boneless,” richly detailed images documentpared by Kitchen Chicks of Kennebunk; cash bar with Friday, March 4 ing the life of her dog, Ivan. These works employ antique spirits donated by Whiterock Distilleries, Inc. and Gritty’s; photographic techniques that impart a strange, dream-like meet the Portland Pirates as they join the fight to Freeze quality to the images. Movement and energy seem to be Out Hunger; dance the night away with the nine piece The Incredible Breakfast Cook-off frozen in time while the animals appear to be suspended in band Retrospecticus. Tickets are $45 until March 3. 7 a.m. to 9 a.m. Twelve of Maine’s “Champions of Breaka glowing atmosphere that shifts from beauty to menace— Then they will be $55. Junior League of Maine, “a nonprofit fast” are invited to the Sea Dog Brew Pub to compete. from the familiar to the uncanny—in the blink of an eye. organization of women committed to promoting volunteerThey line up side-by-side and serve small plates. Guests Sanders’ images revel in the mystery and strangeness of ism, developing the potential of women, and improving the of the event choose whose breakfast reigns supreme. Last animals, while simultaneously embracing the emotional community through the effective action and leadership of year Good Table restaurant from Cape Elizabeth won top depth of their daily experience. For more information, or to trained volunteers. Its purpose is exclusively educational honors — their Creme Brulee French Toast lived up to its make special arrangements, please call 778-7002, or email and charitable.” www.jlpmaine.org “Bring you to your knees delicious” description. They’ll Elizabeth Olbert, director of the UMF Art Gallery, at elizabe back to defend their title and so will a large group of see next page beth.olbert@maine.edu. competitors, each vying for the top prize. As a special treat


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‘Phil Ochs: There But For Fortune’

land. The service is open to the community. It will include special prayers, songs and a brief talk by Christine Hastedt, co-founder and public policy director of Maine Equal Justice. After the service, representatives from several nonprofit programs serving low-income Mainers will provide information about how volunteers can get involved. Everyone attending the March 4 service is requested to bring canned goods to donate to a local food pantry. A list of needed items is posted on the Social Action Committee’s blog: http://www.bhsocialaction. blogspot.com/

6:30 p.m. Film screenings. Friday, March 4, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, March 5, 2 p.m.; Sunday, March 6, 2 p.m. NR. “There’s no place in this world where I’ll belong, when I’m gone, And I won’t know the right from the wrong, when I’m gone, And you won’t find me singin’ on this song, when I’m gone. So I guess I’ll have to do it while I’m Master Hypnotist here.” — “As our country continues to embroil itself at Fryeburg Academy in foreign wars and once 7:30 p.m. Dan Candell, Master again pins its hopes on a Hypnotist and mind reader is new leader’s promise for appearing at Fryeburg Acadechange, this feature-length my’s Laura Hill Eastman Performdocumentary is a timely ing Arts Center to hypnotize and tribute to an unlikely Ameriread the minds of any volunteer can hero. Phil Ochs, a folk brave enough to participate. All singing legend, who many tickets are $10 per person. Procalled “the emotional heart ceeds will go to the graduating of his generation,” loved his class of 2013. 935.9232 country and he pursued its honor, in song and action, A 2011 Bernard A. Osher Lecture: An Evening with Robert ‘The Shadow Box’ with a ferocity that had no Pinsky: Is Vision The Twin of Speech? will take place Monday, 8 p.m. “The Shadow Box,” a regard for consequences. March 7, at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn By the Bay. This event is Pulitzer Prize- and Tony AwardWielding only a battered made possible by the Bernard A. Osher Lecture Fund at the winning play that is a “must experience” event! Starring 10 guitar, a clear voice, and a Portland Museum of Art. (COURTESY PHOTO) of Portland’s finest actors and quiver of razor sharp songs, directed by Vincent Knue, this production will have you he tirelessly fought the ‘good fight’ for peace and justice talking long after the final bow. Now playing at the Old Port throughout his short life. He took his own life in 1976 at Playhouse, 19 Temple St. in Portland through March 20 with the age of 35.” Movies at the Museum, Portland Museum shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays and of Art. http://portlandmuseum.org Sundays at 2 p.m. All seats are $15. For reservations and Casco Bay Lines fourth annual Inter-Island Cruise more information call the box office at 773-0333. 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Departs Portland at 6 p.m. and returns to George Hamm at the Comedy Connection Portland at 10 p.m. Heavy appetizers provided by the Inn 8:30 p.m. Portland’s own George Hamm with Tony Moson Peaks Island; music provided by 43N -70W. Cash bar on chetto. Tickets $16. Portland Comedy Connection, 16 board. Tickets $25 per person, available at the CBL ticket Custom House Wharf. Also Saturday. Reservations: 774window. For more information call Caity at 774-7871, x105. 5554. $7.50. Schedule and information: www.mainecomIrish Night with the Maine Red Claws edy.com. Box office open Thurs.-Sat., noon to 10 p.m. 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. Portland Expo. Second annual Irish Night and help support the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Saturday, March 5 “Wear green to show your Irish Pride as we celebrate Maine’s Irish community. A portion of the special fundraising tickets will go to support the Irish American Club Riverton Trolley Park walk of Maine and the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Festivities 8:45 a.m. to 10 a.m. Portland Trails is excited to announce include: Halftime performance by the Stillson School of a 2011 Winter Walk series. This free series, made possible Irish Dance. Pre-Game Parade of Flags from Ireland and by a grant from Healthy Portland, is for adults and families Bagpipes from Claddagh Mhor Pipe Band. Special fundwith children who are making an effort to get more exerraiser tickets will be $10 and $15. Please help support cise, but are stymied when it comes to winter recreation. the MIHC!” For more information contact Kay Martin at Participants are reminded to wear warm clothing, hats and 878-3724 or Pat McBride at irishhc@maine.rr.com gloves and bring snowshoes if there is adequate snow on ‘Exhibit This’ at Deering High the ground. Portland Trails has snow shoes available (free 7 p.m. Deering High School Drama presents “Exhibit This,” for members, $5/non-members) which can be reserved a one-act comedy by Luigi Jannuzzi about the Metropolitan ahead of time. Please register for any walk by emailing Museum of Art, on March 4 and 5 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $5 info@trails.org or calling 775-2411. For more information in advance or $7 at the door. Call 874-8260 during school or to check cancellations due to the weather go to www. hours for reservations. Visit www.deeringdrama.org. trails.org. Michelle Boisvert, Portland Trails GIS intern and volunteer will lead a walk through the site of this former park ‘The Cleansed: Season One’ which once welcomed throngs of people from the city who 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. As part of First Friday Art Walk, Coffee by paid five cents to take the trolley from Portland. Few remDesign will be hosting Audio Producer Fred Greenhalgh nants of this historic site remain, but it makes for a beautiful at their India Street Cofeehouse, 67 India St., Portland. winter walk. Meet at Corsetti’s (just over the town line in Greenhalgh, who was the recipient of a 2010 CBD Rebel Westbrook), 125 Bridgton Road. Blend arts grant, will be sharing audio samples and talking about his new work, “The Cleansed: Season One.” New Gloucester History Barn The pilot of “The Cleansed,” which aired on Halloween, 9 a.m. to noon. The next New Gloucester History Barn 2010 on both WKIT in Bangor and WMPG in Portland, Open House will be held. In addition to the permanent disfollows the stories of a group of civilians and soldiers play of antique vehicles and historic town photos, the spewho are caught in the middle of civil upheaval caused by cial Open House feature this month will be a display of old a disastrous shortage of fossil fuels. The show has been town reports. The barn is located behind the Town Hall on called a “huge achievement” by BBC Radio 4 producer Route 231. The barn is owned and operated by the New John Dryden. Irish playwright Roger Gregg says the Gloucester Historical Society — the Open House is free and work is at “the forefront of the contemporary American open to the public. [radio drama] scene.” More information and free down‘Civil War Heroes and Heroines’ loads of the pilot episode of “The Cleansed” are available 10 a.m. “Civil War Heroes and Heroines Buried in Evergreen at: http://thecleansed.com. The Cleansed is a co-proCemetery,” at Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St. duction of FinalRune Productions and WMPG, commuSpirits Alive, the advocacy group for Portland’s Eastern nity radio of from the University of Southern Maine. Cemetery, will offer a three-lecture series of presentations ‘In the Shelter of Each Other:A Social Action Shabbat’ around the theme, “Death and Survival in the Civil War.” 7:30 p.m. The Social Action Committee of Congregation Supported in part with funding from the Maine Humanities Bet Ha’am presents “In the Shelter of Each Other,” a speCouncil, admission is free, but donations are suggested. cial Social Action Shabbat service focusing on the needs of The theme of the lecture series was chosen in support of Maine families who are struggling financially, on March 4 at the 150th Anniversary of the American Civil War (2011the synagogue, located at 81 Westbrook St., South Port2015). These lectures will offer insight into this country’s

greatest national crisis in relation to death and dying. It is estimated that up to 700,000 people, or 2 percent of the population died in the War Between the States. One of the first Maine regiments to be mustered in, The Forest City Regiment included 1,046 men from southern and central Maine, and left Portland in July 1861. After three years, this fighting regiment mustered out only 193 — the rest were killed in action, died from disease, were wounded, deserted, or transferred to other regiments. Visit the Fifth Maine Regiment’s website for more: http://www.fifthmainemuseum.org. Free, donations suggested.

Money Management 101 10 a.m. to noon. “The Institute for Financial Literacy has launched a new interactive personal finance seminar series. Taught by certified educators and open to the general public, the seminars are designed to improve financial literacy in Maine. In this session, you will learn everything you always wanted to know about successful money management and more including: budgeting, net worth, financial planning and goal setting. All seminars are being held at the Institute’s new campus conveniently located near the Maine Mall at 260 Western Avenue in South Portland.” Cost is $50 per adult/$75 couple. Attendance is limited and advance registration is required. To register, please call 221-3601 or email help@financiallit.org. www.financiallit.org

Winter birding on Casco Bay 10 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. On the Mail Boat Cruise with Casco Bay Lines at 10 a.m. sharp. The Casco Bay Lines Mail Boat Cruise will leave Portland carrying avid bird watchers and their guides. Bob Bittenbender, a board member of Oceanside Conservation Trust and his wife Margi Huber will lead their group in a scavenger hunt of sorts to find and identify the intrepid birds wintering in Casco Bay. Bittenbender and Huber are a husband and wife team who have led birding and nature trips to such diverse places as Kenya; Tanzania; Mexico to see the wintering monarch butterflies; Italy to learn about culture, food and natural places; Newfoundland to see colonies of Atlantic puffins; and Churchhill, Manitoba, Canada, to watch polar bears. Bob and Margi are both graduates of The National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS). For many years Margi planned trips for Maine Audubon. Bob is the assistant property manager for Maine Audubon, based in Falmouth at the Gilsland Farm Sanctuary where he is involved in a major invasive plant removal program. As the boat cruises around Casco Bay, hot soup and snacks will be served. Bob and Margi will point out the preserved lands of the islands and discuss the natural and cultural history of the islands and their inhabitants. Participants will learn about the individual birds and general bird identification practices. The tickets are $15 for members of Oceanside Conservation Trust and $20 for non-members. To register for the event, call 699-2989 or email portlandnorth@gmail.com.

Portland Public Library partners with Portland Ovations to present a Knuffle Bunny family event 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. The Portland Public Library in conjunction with Portland Ovations will be offering a family event based on the upcoming performance of “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Musical” at Merrill Auditorium. This event is at the Portland Public Library. The event, for children and families, will include a story time, art project and a chance to win tickets to see a performance of “Knuffle Bunny” at Merrill Auditorium. Children are encouraged to bring their own Knuffle Bunny to the story time. “Knuffle Bunny: A Cautionary Tale,” is performed by the Kennedy Center Theater and is based on the award-winning children’s story by Mo Willems. Following the storyline about things going terribly wrong at a Laundromat, the performance features dancing laundry, songs and an adventurous plot. The musical is geared for ages 4 and up. For more information about this special event at the Portland Public Library, call 871-1700, ext. 707.

‘The Shadow Box’ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. “The Shadow Box,” a Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play that is a “must experience” event! Starring 10 of Portland’s finest actors and directed by Vincent Knue, this production will have you talking long after the final bow. Now playing at the Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St. in Portland through March 20 with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. All seats are $15. For reservations and more information call the box office at 773-0333.

Breezemeere Boys in New Gloucester 7:30 p.m. Village Coffee House, New Gloucester Congregational Church. Tickets at the door. Directions: 19 Gloucester Hill Road, at the intersection of Church and Gloucester Hill Roads in Lower Village of New Gloucester. For more information, contact Julie Fralich 926-3161 or the church office 926-3260. See also www.villagecoffeehouse.org; or www. creativenewgloucester.org see next page


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Annual Mardi Gras Ball 6 p.m. to midnight. The sights and sounds, tastes and fun of New Orleans will be experienced at the Annual Mardi Gras Ball, a true Big Easy-style fête that will have revelers dancing to live music of Robert Sylvain & the Cajun Aces, in Portland’s only Grand Ballroom at the Eastland Park Hotel. Chef Marc Bell will create a multi-course meal with authentic Louisiana cuisine, and each partygoer will receive Mardi Gras beads, throws, and a chance to win several valuable door prizes. Dessert will be provided with dinner, so a King Cake will be presented to a lucky guest to keep their party going till Fat Tuesday! Master of Ceremonies for this year’s gala is Jeff Peterson, WGME 13 and FOX 23 anchor, Portland Daily Sun sports writer and former New Orleans resident. Peterson’s personal knowledge and experience on the parade floats is sure to add some unexpected Bourbon Street flair and surprises to the night. “With Maine’s rich French heritage having many of the original families from the area leaving Acadia to create Acadiana in Louisiana, it’s time for Portland to join our New Orleans cousins in welcoming everyone to winter’s most boisterous celebration, and bring the French Quarter home!” Floor seating is $40, select balcony seating is offered for $50. Tickets are available at all Bull Moose Music locations, and online through MardiGrasPortland.com. Proceeds support Portland’s Cathedral School, a nonprofit helping support the education of underprivileged children and their families in the community.

Cheverus High championship game 7 p.m. Cheverus High will compete in the Class A Boys State Championship Game at the Augusta Civic Center. Tickets will be on sale at Cheverus, sold in the Loyola Hall Switchboard and Cheverus’ Main Office on Thursday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. and on Friday from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. All tickets are general admission for the Augusta Civic Center. Adults tickets are $7 and student tickets are $4. Ticket sales are cash only (no checks or credit cards ) and all sales are final. There is a 10-ticket limit. Tickets will also be on sale at the Augusta Civic Center one hour prior to each of the Championship Games. The boys and girls state championship games are separate admissions.

‘Acappellooza 11’ benefit for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine 6 p.m. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine will host its fourth one-of-a-kind multigenerational a cappella musical concert at University of Southern Maine’s Hannaford Hall (in the Abromson Center on the Portland Campus). “Acappellooza 11” is an annual event, created by the late Terri Hatt, who was a Big Sister with the organization. The 2011 program will feature seven singing groups from Maine and New Hampshire who have again volunteered to help the local nonprofit organization raise funds to support kids needing mentors in Southern Maine. The concert is sponsored by Winxnet, UBS, and Mainebiz. It features a cappella groups volunteering from USM, Colby, Bates and Bowdoin Colleges, the University of New Hampshire, and the Portland area women’s quartet known as “Rally.” Tickets can be purchased by calling 773-KIDS, or at the door, or at Bull Moose Music locations, or at the door. The general admission price is $12.

A Tribute to Do-Wop at Anthony’s 7 p.m. Back by popular demand, A Tribute to Do-Wop, starring the Juke Box Boys, at Anthony’s Dinner Theater. Cost of $39.95 includes live show and five-course dinner. Beer and wine available. Free parking. Also March 13 and 26. Anthony’s at www.anthonysdinnertheater.com.

STRIVE 14 Hour, All Night Dance Marathon 8 p.m. From Saturday at 8 p.m.-Sunday at 10 a.m., 700 high school and college students, community members and STRIVE members (teens and young adults with developmental disabilities) will participate in an all-night, 14 hour, Dance Marathon to benefit STRIVE. University of Southern Maine Sullivan Gym, Portland Campus. This is STRIVE’s seventh annual Dance Marathon event. The 2010 event drew 600-plus dancers who stayed up all night dancing to live bands, DJ’s and participating in games and activities. Dancers raise funds and pledges to participate, and all funds go directly to supporting STRIVE Programs. Performing bands this year include: Sidecar Radio, Steinger Street, and Man the Reformer. Organizers will also have psychic readings, the National Guard’s Inflatable Obstacle Course, a photo booth, a mechanical bull, a moon bounce, massages, food and lots more! www.striverocks.org

Sunday, March 6 ‘Vagina Monologues’ auditions 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Auditions for V-Day Auburn’s “The Vagina Monologues” will be held. Women or those who

identify as female are welcome to audition. Due to adult content, actors must be 16+. Audition material will be provided. To request an alternate audition time, contact director Karen Lane at lane_karen@hotmail.com. Rehearsals will be scheduled on an individual basis. Monologues will be read, not memorized. Show performance will be April 2 only.

Snowshoe hike at the Rines Forest 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Cabin Fever? The Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust will host a snowshoe hike at the Rines Forest in Cumberland. All ages are welcome to explore this magnificent 200-plus-acre forest. Guided tours will be given by Forester Jay Braunscheidel and Sally Stockwell, Director of Conservation at Maine Audubon. Children can take part in a Scavenger Hunt through the woods and will receive Maine animal tracks pocket guides to help them discover who lives in the forest. Free hot cocoa and snacks will be provided. A limited number of snowshoes will be available, courtesy of Eastern Mountain Sports. Forester Jay Braunscheidel will discuss recent activities at the Rines Forest to harvest red pine and remove invasive species in order to promote growth of native species and maintain a healthy forest. The Chebeague and Cumberland Land Trust www.ccltmaine.org is a nonprofit organization whose purpose is to preserve and protect the intrinsic values and public benefits of the natural resources in the Towns of Chebeague and Cumberland — mainland, island and contiguous Casco Bay — and to be responsible stewards in perpetuity for those resources in our trust.

Staged reading of ‘Grace and Glorie’ in Bath 2 p.m. Come enjoy a special staged reading of “Grace and Glorie” at the Chocolate Church Arts Center Curtis Room in Bath starring Jerry Day Mason and Leila Percy. The reading is in conjunction with a retrospective showing of Mason’s paintings, “A Backwards Look,” on exhibit in the Chocolate Church Gallery. Grace, played by Mason, and Glorie, played by Percy, are the sole characters in “Grace and Glorie,” the sentimental odd-couple crowd pleaser by Tom Ziegler. The staged readings will take place Sundays, March 6 and 13 at 2 p.m. Tickets are $15 per person or 2 for $25, all proceeds benefit the Chocolate Church Arts Center. Call 442-8455 for tickets.

‘The Shadow Box’ 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. “The Shadow Box,” a Pulitzer Prize- and Tony Award-winning play that is a “must experience” event! Starring 10 of Portland’s finest actors and directed by Vincent Knue, this production will have you talking long after the final bow. Now playing at the Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St. in Portland through March 20 with shows on Fridays and Saturdays at 8 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 2 p.m. All seats are $15. For reservations and more information call the box office at 773-0333.

the troupe’s popular “Sonnet and Soliloquies” series at the Wine Bar on Wharf Street in Portland’s Old Port. The March edition will feature the usual mixture of new pieces and old favorites, includes speeches delivered in an intimate setting in the round, and short scenes that are environmentally staged in the space. The performance is free with an $8 suggested donations. Patrons are encouraged to arrive early and order food and drink to enjoy during the show. Call Acorn Productions at 854-0065 or visit www.nakedshakespeare.org for more information about “Sonnets and Soliloquies” or any other programs offered by Acorn Productions.

Tuesday, March 8 Book on Deering discussed noon. William David Barry, author and historian, will be speaking about his research for the book ”Deering: a Social and Architectural History” (Greater Portland Landmarks, 2010) at the Falmouth Memorial Library as part of the Library’s LunchBox Friends’ program. Bring a sandwich. Friends will supply beverages and deserts. Books will be available for sale and signing. 781-2351.

‘Plants and People of Maine’ at COA 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. “Plants and People of Maine” by Hazel Stark, an exhibit of plant photographs along with common local uses of the plants. Ethel H. Blum Gallery of College of the Atlantic. Gallery hours, Monday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. College of the Atlantic, 105 Eden St., Bar Harbor. Despite supermarkets and pharmacies packed with supplies, College of the Atlantic senior Hazel Stark has found that New Englanders also relish the native plants that grow wild outside their doors.” She will be mounting this guide as a photography exhibit with text at the college’s Ethel H. Blum Gallery from March 7 through 12, with an opening reception for the show on March 8 from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m.

Tai Murray and the PSO 7:30 p.m. Guest conductor Eckart Preu leads the Portland Symphony Orchestra in a program featuring Felix Mendelssohn’s Violin Concerto with guest soloist Tai Murray at Merrill Auditorium, Portland. Mendelssohn’s popular Violin Concerto in E minor, Op. 64 was the composer’s last large orchestral work. Its popularity has continued to grow and the violin concerto is one of the most frequently performed violin concertos. Anton Bruckner’s magical and wistful Symphony No. 4., titled “Romantic,” completes the evening’s program. For program notes, artist biographies, Online Insights and audio samples, as well as complete season information, visit PortlandSymphony.org.

Wednesday, March 9 Monday, March 7 Falmouth Memorial Library’s silent auction 9:30 a.m. Beauty and the Books, the Falmouth Memorial Library’s silent auction and annual fund-raiser will begin on March 7. Visit the library at 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, between March 7 and March 31 during library hours to view and bid on dozens of unique art and craft items donated to the Library by local artists and crafters to benefit the library. 781-2351

U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky 6 p.m. The Portland Museum of Art will present a lecture by U.S. Poet Laureate Robert Pinsky at 6 p.m. at the Holiday Inn By the Bay. Titled “Is Vision The Twin of Speech?” and inspired by the exhibition Weston: Leaves of Grass (on view through March 13), Pinsky will share his love of poetry, Walt Whitman, and belief in the potential for poetry to be part of everyday life. Tickets are $15/$10 for members and can be purchased at portlandmuseum.org or at the museum. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. A book signing will follow the lecture at the museum. “As three-term U.S. Poet Laureate, Robert Pinsky is a public ambassador for poetry, dedicating himself to identifying and invigorating poetry’s place in the world. Founding the Favorite Poem Project, he sought to document that presence, giving voice to the American audience for poetry. Elegant and tough, vividly imaginative, Pinsky’s own poems have earned praise for their wild musical energy and ambitious range. For his most recent volume of poetry, Gulf Music (2007), The New York Times Book Review stated, ‘Pinsky is our finest living specimen of this sadly rare breed, and the poems of Gulf Music are among the best examples we have of poetry’s ability to illuminate not only who we are as humans, but who we are — and can be — as a nation.’ ... He is one of the few members of the American Academy of Arts and Letters to have appeared on ‘The Colbert Report’ and ‘The Simpsons’ (Season 13, Episode 20).”

‘Naked Shakespeare’ at Wine Bar 8 p.m. The Acorn Shakespeare Ensemble, presenters of the “Naked Shakespeare” series, continues the company’s 2010-11 season of events with another edition of

University of Maine at Farmington Spring Job Fair 11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. University of Maine at Farmington Career Services is hosting its annual Spring Job Fair in the hallway and North Dining Hall in the UMF Olsen Student Center located on South Street in Farmington. The event is free and open to the public. An annual event for over 15 years, this year’s Spring Job Fair will feature recruiting representatives from over 25 businesses, non-profit and government organizations, summer camps and learning centers. To register, visit the UMF Career Services website at http://chd.umf.maine.edu/Recruiting/CareerFair.php.

‘Latin American Revolutions’ at Bates 4:15 p.m. An analyst from the National Security Archive and scholars from Duke and New York universities take part in the Bates College symposium “Latin American Revolutions” in afternoon and evening sessions on Wednesday and Thursday, March 9 and 10. Hosted by the Latin American studies faculty, with support from the Mellon Innovation Fund, the symposium is open to the public at no cost. For more information, please contact 786-8295. Sibylle Fischer, associate professor and chair of the Spanish and Portuguese department at New York University, offers the lecture “Haiti and the Revolutions in Spanish America” at 4:15 p.m. Wednesday, March 9, in Room 204, Carnegie Science Hall, 44 Campus Ave. At 7:30 p.m. that day, Jocelyn Olcott, associate professor of history at Duke University, gives a talk titled “Soldiers, Suffragists and Sex Radicals: Women, Gender and the Mexican Revolution,” also in Carnegie 204. Peter Kornbluh, a senior analyst at the National Security Archive who directs the archive’s Cuba and Chile Documentation Projects, presents the lecture “The Cuban Revolution: 50 Years of Bedeviling U.S. Foreign Policy” at 4:15 p.m. Thursday, March 10, in the Keck Classroom (G52) in Pettengill Hall, 4 Andrews Road (Alumni Walk), Lewiston. Concluding the symposium is a roundtable discussion with the three guest speakers on the theme “Latin America’s Many Revolutions” at 7:30 p.m. that day, also in the Keck Classroom. see next page


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Gala Opening for Portland Flower Show 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Gala Opening for the Portland Flower Show, Portland Company. Thursday, March 10, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.; Friday, March 11 and Saturday, March 12, 10 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Sunday, March 13, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by the plant auction at 5:30 p.m. “Join us for the annual rite of spring, the 2011 Portland Flower Show. We are a collaboration of green industry landscapers, growers, gardeners and industry retailers dedicated to the continued success of everything about ‘Gardening in Maine.’ Whether you are a property owner, renter, or consumer of fine flowers and vegetables, this is the garden show that will bring it all together for you. We have every aspect of the landscape industry represented here at 58 Fore St. These buildings lend themselves to supporting the new inside the old. You know that feeling you get when winter has been upon us for too long a time, and you just want to go out to your garden to see those first bits of green popping up, well they are all here! Smell the mulch, enjoy the flowers and trees, buy some new garden tools or homemade jams, pottery, or jewelry at the vendor booths, whatever your fancy the “Enchanted Earth” is here for you. Come spend some time with us, we look forward to seeing you.

Credit & Debt Management Seminar 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. The Institute for Financial Literacy has launched a new interactive personal finance seminar series. Taught by certified educators and open to the general public, the seminars are designed to improve financial literacy in Maine. In this session, you will learn how to gain control over your credit and debt with proven tips to effectively manage credit, assess personal debt level and eliminate your debt. All seminars are being held at the Institute’s new campus conveniently located near the Maine Mall at 260 Western Avenue in South Portland. Cost is $50 per adult/$75 couple. Attendance is limited and advance registration is required. To register,

please call 221-3601 or email help@financiallit.org. www.financiallit.org

Jeff Dunham at the Civic Center 7:30 p.m. Jeff Dunham at the Cumberland County Civic Center. Tickets: $41.50. All seats reserved. “The amazing rise of Jeff Dunham to becoming the international king of contemporary comedy continues apace, with his latest achievements in 2010 setting the stage for even further triumphs this year. In April, he hits Europe for his third tour, performing in arenas in Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, Norway, Denmark, Sweden and France, with additional shows being added due to unprecedented sales. Hence it’s no wonder that Pollstar has again determined that Dunham and his crew of creative characters are the top-grossing live comedy act in the world for the second year in a row plus in North America for the third year running.” www.jeffdunham.com

‘William S. Burroughs: A Man Within’ 7:30 p.m. Film screening at SPACE Gallery. “Featuring never-before-seen archival footage of William S. Burroughs, as well as exclusive interviews with colleagues and confidants including John Waters, Patti Smith, Iggy Pop, Gus Van Sant, Genesis Breyer P-Orridge, Sonic Youth, Laurie Anderson, Amiri Baraka, Jello Biafra, and David Cronenberg, ‘William S. Burroughs: A Man Within’ is a probing, yet loving look at the man whose works at once savaged conservative ideals, spawned countercultural movements, and reconfigured 20th century culture. The film is narrated by Peter Weller, with a soundtrack by Patti Smith and Sonic Youth.” The website, http://burroughsthemovie.com, states: “His novel, ‘Naked Lunch,’ was one of the last books to be banned by the U.S. government. Allen Ginsberg and Norman Mailer testified on behalf of the book. The courts eventually overturned their decision in 1966, ruling that the book had important social value. It remains one of the most recognized literary works of the 20th century. ... Eventually he was hailed the godfather of the beat generation and influenced artists for generations to come.”


The Portland Daily Sun, Thursday, March 3, 2011