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Four ways to oblivion? Record Store Day is an event embraced by true music fans like Mark Curdo. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Kearns)
See Telly Halkias, page 4
Finding that indy groove on Record Store Day See Curtis Robinson, page 5
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Earth Day memorial: Late educator, trail activist to be honored Sunday in Portland Bench, kiosk on Riverton Rail Trail — Page 3
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Marking the two-year anniversary of the BP oil spill, international oceans conservation group Oceana held a public demonstration in Monument Square Friday to highlight what the group called the risk of expanded offshore oil drilling to the East Coast and to urge a “clean energy future.” Here, Sean McDonough represents a “clean energy worker” behind a windmill display as part of the demonstration. Ben Hayman, senior organizer for the group’s Climate Clean Energy Campaign, acknowledged that the BP oil spill is receding in people’s memories. “Images that were so strong are starting to fade,” he said. Wind power, meanwhile, has seized headlines recently. Hayman promoted offshore wind power, which he said could create 164,000 jobs. “It’s a tremendous opportunity,” he said. The Oceana display was a lead-in to a busy weekend of Earth Day events in Portland. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
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NEW YORK (NY Times) — For more than two decades, Roy Fox, a retired radio host who earns a modest pension, has been enviably situated in an airy abode with park views, burnished wood floors and historic detailing. In fact, he is the sole resident of a 29-room mansion in Jamaica, Queens, constructed before the Declaration of Independence was written. Fox, 72, is one of only 19 people lucky enough to nab the role of resident caretaker of a city-owned historic home, a job that comes with no salary but they not only live in some of the city’s most splendid manors, but they also do so completely rent-free. The little-known program under the auspices of the Historic House Trust, administered by the New York City Department of Parks and Recreation in partnership with private organizations that care for the properties, was established to ensure that someone was around to protect these buildings from vandalism, fire and frost. Even though the applications are easily available online and anyone can apply, many of the positions go to those with connections to the world of historical preservation. Still, there is remarkably little competition for the slots and no requirement to reapply, so those who are handed the keys to these mansions often keep them for decades. The city even pays the utilities. But Franklin Vagnone, the executive director of the trust, said the central attraction of the houses was the opportunity to interact with the history of the people who had lived in them. “The houses provide a kind of physical manifestation for that legacy,” he said.
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Zimmerman: ‘I am sorry’ SANFORD, Fla. (NY Times) — Speaking publicly for the first time, George Zimmerman, the man accused of second-degree murder in the shooting of Trayvon Martin, briefly took the witness stand at his bail hearing on Friday and apologized to Martin’s parents. “I wanted to say I am sorry for the loss of your son,” Zimmerman, 28, said as he took the stand. “I did not know how old he was. I thought he was a little bit younger than I am. I did not know if he was armed or not.” Martin’s parents, Tracy Martin and Sybrina Fulton, sitting in the second row of the
small courtroom here, showed little emotion during Zimmerman’s remarks. They did not comment after the hearing ended, hurrying to a waiting car. Their lawyer, Benjamin Crump, said Martin’s family was “completely devastated” by the judge’s decision to allow Zimmerman to be released from jail on $150,000 bail, which was considerably lower than the $1 million requested by prosecutors. Martin was unarmed when he was shot and killed while walking home on Feb. 26 through the gated community where Zimmerman was a neighborhood watch volunteer.
Syrian protesters mock cease-ﬁre, U.N. observers BEIRUT, Lebanon (NY Times) — Demonstrations erupted across Syria on Friday, with some of the protesters’ anger focused on the United Nations observers, who have decided that they will not circulate on Fridays, the normal day for mass rallies that are suppressed by the government. Despite an ostensible cease-fire, violence flared across the country, with a roadside bomb killing 10 soldiers in the south, according to the state-run news, while YouTube videos posted from the devastated city of Homs showed flames and intense black smoke after government shelling of a downtown residential neighborhood. Col. Ahmed Himmiche, the Moroc-
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Crump also described Zimmerman’s apology as “self-serving” and said he considered it a ploy to help win his release from jail, where he has remained since his arrest last week. Zimmerman’s lawyer, Mark O’Mara, said he had asked for Zimmerman to be allowed to deliver an apology privately to the parents, but that the request was rebuffed. O’Mara said that Zimmerman answered “very specifically the three questions posed by the mother: Why haven’t you apologized? Did you know he was a teenager, and did you know he was unarmed?”
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Late educator, trail activist to be honored Sunday Kiosk, bench part of dedication to St. Joseph’s College professor BY CRAIG LYONS THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
The name of a beloved St. Joseph's College professor and trail enthusiast will now be forever associated with the trail he worked so hard to establish. Portland Trails announced that on Sunday, Earth Day, the group will dedicate a kiosk and bench in memory of Stephen Aylward, who died in a car accident last October, according to a press release. The bench and kiosk are along Portland's Riverton Rail Trail — which was established, in part, due to Aylward's efforts. "He had a really strong passion for his neighborhood," said Jaime Parker, the trails manager for Portland Trails. The ceremony is set for Sunday at 9 a.m. at the end of Harris Street, according to a press release, and Portland Trails will install the kiosk that explains the history of the trail and the railroad that previously traversed the area. "He was a great guy," Parker said. Parker said Aylward was the person who got the ball rolling on the rail trail project because Portland Trails had thought about it but the trail wasn't high on the list of priorities. Once the go-ahead was given to start on the project, Parker said, Aylward tapped whatever resources he could find to move the project forward.
Stephen Aylward, who died in a car accident last October, was recognized with Portland Trails’ Kay Wagenknecht-Harte Trailblazer Award for Volunteer Service in 2010. (COURTESY PHOTO)
Before the initiative to start the rail trail was under way, Parker said, it was nothing more than an ATV trail. He said the path was rutted up and in disrepair from the ATV traffic and wasn't used that much. Through Aylward's efforts, Parker said, thw trail
has become something that many people use and it's a nice addition to the neighborhood. He said Aylward even worked to get the rail trail connected to the rest of the system at Morrill's Corner. The Riverton Rail Trail follows the former Portland-Lewiston Interurban Rail line that ran through Aylward's neighborhood. Developing that trail was a pet project for Aylward, according to a press release, because it combined his love of history, his devotion to Riverton and his belief in Portland Trails' mission. Parker said Aylward was retired from the military and always worked with a great deal of determination. "He carried things out with military precision," he said. Aylward was a member of the trails committee and focused on development and stewardship, according to a press release, and even pushed his students to work on projects to understand trail usage. Aylward was also involved in his church, the Riverton Neighborhood Association, the Landmark Commission and Portland Trails, according to a press release. He was recognized with Portland Trails' Kay Wagenknecht-Harte Trailblazer Award for Volunteer Service in 2010. Parker said Aylward really loved history and had worked on researching the Cumberland and Oxford Canal for Portland Trails. Portland Trails (http://trails.org) has developed and maintained nearly 50 miles of trails that run through the city.
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Saturday, April 21 WENA Spring Clean-up From 8 a.m. to noon, the West End Neighborhood Association will hold a clean-up focusing on Harbor View Park, Clark Street Park and MacIntyre Park. People are asked to meet at the Reiche Community Center in the morning to sign in.
Discover Acadia National Park 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Discover Acadia National Park during the U.S. National Park Week on April 22-29. Every year, America designates a week to celebrate its National Parks and renews its commitment to conserve these natural and historic treasures. To see a schedule of National Park Week events visit http://www.nps.gov/npweek/sched. htm. To reach the Acadia website directly, please visit http://www.nps. gov/acad.
April Stools Day and Litter Pickup From 9 a.m. to noon, get out the bags and join the 20th annual April Stools Day & LItter Pickup on the Eastern Promenade and at Fort Sumner Park, Reiche Park and Baxter Woods (rain or shine). “Come out this Saturday to help pick up a winter’s worth of litter and/or unscooped poop (you pick)," reads the announcement. The event is sponsored by Friends of the East-
ern Promenade and Portland’s locally owned Fetch pet supply store. "The lucky finder of the Golden Turd will win a gift certificate to Fetch.”
Green Neighbor Family Festival Celebrate Earth Day and support clean water education at the City of Portland’s Green Neighbor Family Fest from 9:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Deering High School. The festival is free and will include a kids’ obstacle course, live entertainment, face painting, kids’ environmental activities, and more.
USM Spring Craft Show From 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., artisans from around Maine and New England will be at University of Southern Maine’s Costello Sports Complex Field House, Gorham Campus.
League of Conservation Voters At 3 p.m. at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, will speak at the national convention of the League of Conservation Voters. Congresswoman Pingree is a vice-chair of the Sustainable Energy and Environmental Coalition in Congress.
Sunday, April 22 Wake Up the Farm At 9 a.m., Cultivating Community's Boyd Street Farm is inviting people to come and help get the property ready
for the 2012 farming season.
Urban Earth Day Celebration The city of Portland and MENSK are sponsoring the annual Urban Earth Day celebration at 11 a.m. in Monument Square. Mayor Michael Brennan will start the event and a variety of environmental and non-profit groups, artists and sustainable businesses will be set up throughout the day. People can learn more about sustainable practices and how to maintain Portland's
environment at the event, according to a press release, but also take part in demonstrations on green technology, local agriculture, urban gardening, recycling and bike decorating. There will also be a parade and live music.
WENA Butt Brigade Starting at 3 p.m., the West End Neighborhood Association will hold an Earth Day clean-up in Longfellow Square to pick up cigarette bucks in the square and along Congress, State and Pine streets.
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Four ways to oblivion? Even though my son Jason has turned getting his driver’s license into an odyssey, the one thing he excels at is knowledge of traffic rules. So I always smile when we reach a four-way stop and he asks me: “Dad, why do so many people go at the wrong time?” That’s an astute observation for someone who has perfected the art of the stall before taking his road test. Still, Jason is onto something. Sitting at a four-way stop is a laboratory of the human condition and makes for grand opera. Anyone driving through my neighborhood and stopping at the intersection of Brackett and Pine can get a front row seat to this daily show. The problem is the rule itself, which is perceived as many ways as there are states in the Union. But whether in Georgia, New Mexico, or here in Dirigoland, there is one common From the thread to the logic behind a Stacks four-way stop: The first car there goes first. Period. It sounds simple, right? But there are many things that can happen at such an intersection, and just as many personalities behind the wheels of the cars coming to a halt.
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It’s good to know that if there is one thing I can expect from the “Baboon In The Blaine House,” it’s consistency. I can count on him to be consistently wrong. Last Sunday, in a speech before the party faithful at a “tax day” rally, the Governor decided to answer a question about wind power directed from the crowd. He used the opportunity for a little heavy elbow work, trying to soften up former Governor Angus King for one of the triumvirate of minions that is running against him for the open U.S. Senate seat. Here was the thrown elbow. “A certain person that is running for the U.S. Senate said last week that the Republican Party had gone too far to the right. Let me tell you what’s happened here. This same person has made a fortune off the backs of Maine people.” Though that is right, depending on your point of view, where he really went wrong is the whole approach to wind power. in an April 15 “Capital For A Day,” LePage went after the wind energy ideas yet again by claiming the cost to the ratepayer per kilowatt hour is too high, ranging from 18 cents to 23 cents per kw/h. Those numbers have been sprinkled with magic pixie dust.
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Daily Sun Columnist The method of obtaining such magic pixie dust is simple. Pull some numbers out of an unnameable orifice, let them dry in the sun for a while, grind them to powder, and pixie away. Then, hand them to a lobbyist for Hydro-Quebec. Those numbers must come as a shock to Texas wind farms, who seem to be producing energy at prices as low as 9 cents kw/h, with federal subsidies bringing the cost projections over the life of a project as low as 3. Here is the question you have to ask yourself. If wind power is SO bad, why is the Governor’s office currently in negotiations with Statoil, a Norwegian firm who sent the state an “unsolicited” proposal for three offshore floating wind turbines? Hey, using the conventional logic, if it’s a burden to the taxpayer onshore, wouldn’t it be one offshore as well? But we forget, these are “magic pixie dollars,” those long term contracts that are heavily reim-
If wind power is SO bad, why is the Governor’s office currently in negotiations with Statoil, a Norwegian firm who sent the state an “unsolicited” proposal for three offshore floating wind turbines? bursed by the feds. The three leases in question have been narrowed to one “test area” shared with another offshore tidal energy project by the University of Maine (also heavily grant-funded ... poor Baboon.) And who is going to get the money for this offshore lease? You might think it would be the State of Maine, but you would be wrong. Since the project is 12 miles offshore, it falls under the Federal “Bureau of Energy Management” (BOEM) auspice for cutting a long term contract. Toss in locals who seem to believe that wind turbine syndrome will cause their hair to fall out from increased stress, folks who believe the low “infrasound” is causing health problems (not that paraquat-soaked joint they smoked at a Nugent show back in see HIGGINS page 5
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Record Store Day, love it or increase your meds Worried that your life has become a cultural desert, where the soul-sucking monotone of cookie cutter commerce drapes a shroud of misery over your very existence? Does the commercial landscape strike you as something out of a drunken James Howard Kunstler nightmare, beyond redemption on its path to justified oblivion? Okay, first, get back on your meds. Secondly, you gotta get out more — so, consider this your official “quit your (and my colleague Mr. Higgins would use another term because he doesn’t have a 7-year-old in advanced reading mode) complainin’” weekend. Saturday, April 21, is the fifth annual Record Store Day. In some circles, RSD creates the anticipation usually reserved for Christmas morning or the arrival of overdue government assistance checks. It famously started here, the brainchild of Chris Brown of Bull Moose who more or less tossed a flaming torch into some sort of social fuel. Okay, it likely helped that Metallica kicked off the first California Record Store Day at Rasputin Music in San Francisco. Here’s the website description of what’s up: “Special vinyl and CD releases and various promotional products are made exclusively for the day and hundreds of artists in the United States and in various countries across the globe make special appearances and performances. Festivities include performances, cook-outs, body painting, meet & greets with artists, parades, djs spinning records and on and on.” And of course, in this age of huge
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companies marketing local-local, the stores are defined: “... a stand alone brick and mortar retailer whose main primary business focuses on a physical store location, whose product line consists of at least 50% music retail, whose company is not publicly traded and whose ownership is at least 70% located in the state of operation. (In other words, we’re dealing with real, live, physical, indie record stores — not online retailers or corporate behemoths).” One problem: RSD is so huge and cool that some folks associate it with TLP (That Larger Portland), just assuming that our overgrown namesake city must have spawned something this successful — although it is fun to gently correct them in same tone you usually reserve for first graders when you take away the grown-up knife. From the beginning, this has been a sort of on-the-charts, with-a-bullet sort of movement, with hundreds of bookstores signing up right away as the event both identified and organized a certain sort of aesthetic community. Maybe the most interesting thing is the number of specific releases geared to Record Store Day. This year there are more than 300 RS releases
“This list contains misleading, incorrect, and completely fictitious information. Someone at another store volunteered to compile it from 35 different e-mails. Titles will be added, dropped, revised, rumored, lost, found, mis-printed, and rescheduled 14,001 times between now and Record Store Day.” planned by an honor roll of the music industry, and the buzz has been around a Flaming Lips release that’s been on YouTube and such. Or, maybe the most interesting thing is the in-store performances being planned (at the Old Port Bull Moose they are at 1 p.m. and 6 p.m.) Or maybe the most interesting thing is that, at 5 years old and an international event, RSD is still casual and non-corporate in a way reflected exactly in this note on the Bull Moose website concerning some list: “This list contains misleading, incorrect, and completely fictitious information. Someone at another store volunteered to compile it from 35 different e-mails. Titles will be added, dropped, revised, rumored, lost, found, mis-printed, and rescheduled 14,001 times between now and Record Store Day.” No, wait, I’ve got it: the most interesting thing about RSD is what it means to people who really love music, like WCYY local music icon Mark Curdo, who loves music the way a PETA member loves Planet Dog discounts. “Mark With A K,” as he’s known, once wrote (in this paper, actually) that the stores are “... now a church in a world less excited about practicing group religion. Music has always been
a religion so to speak. To see it continually bringing people away from the stores to the mouse makes me wonder, what kind of music fans are we breeding these days?” Curdo also noted that “... although I might be making this sound purely nostalgic, my support for record stores is actually for opposite reasons. I’m thinking of the future. I’m focused on a world of music fans coming together on-line only and it scares me. I’m thinking about an album by some band years down the line who can’t give you an amazing album cover and package to stare at while you listen to the music. When you have a day that drags and you hear a song on the radio you want to have right then and there, [online] clicking just doesn’t give you that sense of freedom and content that buying music should.” So ... well ... if you don’t consider that a vacation from the cultural wasteland, maybe you should actually increase the meds, with a doctor’s advice of course. Find our more, about the music and participationg stores near you, not aobut the meds, at www.recordstoreday.com or at the Bull Moose website, www.bullmoose.com. (Curtis Robinson is the founding editor of The Portland Daily Sun.)
For big-truck-big-men, what is going on at the intersection is of no consequence HALKIAS from page 4
For example, let’s start with the polite wavers. These drivers are either very skilled or very shy. Either way, their disposition is one of manners, and certainty. They want to get across the intersection alive, so letting everyone else go first makes perfect sense to them. The problem with that reckoning is if they stop first, the rest of us are supposed to wait for them to go. What follows is endless series of waves, sign language, and indecisiveness from all cars involved, each trying to get the other to cross, and none of them sure if they will broadside someone, or be broadsided. Then there are the big-truck-big-men. Such drivers give new meaning to the term “size does matter” when they come upon a four-way stop. The bottom line here is the overall spatial displacement of their vehicles. Basically, to these guys, what is going on at the intersection is of no consequence. When they feel
they have the girth and length advantage and have come to enough of a California roll to consider a stop, they lift their feet off the brakes and barrel on through. This maneuver is often accompanied with virile glances in all directions as if to say: “No blue pill needed here, Hoss.” Let’s not forget the opportunists. These might be the worst of the crowd because their actions are variable; they depend on taking advantage of whatever is happening at the moment. Drivers of this ilk typically get to the intersection last, but somehow find a way to weasel through while the rest of us wait our turn. This happens in several ways. One is when any car at a four-way stop makes a left hand turn in front of the next car due to go. That maneuver usually blocks out two waiting cars, but the third, if occupied by an opportunist, will seize the day and closely tail the turning car while other drivers throw their hands up, exasperated. Another wild card is pedestrians. They have the added effect of turning normal, rules-abiding motor-
ists into opportunists. If a pedestrian starts to cross in any direction, drivers who see they can go often will, even if they were the last ones coming to a halt. And yes, there are those pedestrians who decide to walk out a few yards, and then turn into polite wavers themselves, their smiles and good will on parade in the middle of the intersection. The list of usual suspects who steer clear of simplicity at a four-way stop is endless. Several columns can’t hold the vignettes to be told about this traffic anomaly. Maybe you can all drop me a line with your best stories, and if I get enough good ones, I’ll compile them into another column. Meanwhile, if you have any advice on how best to persuade Jason to take that road test, scribble those down for me, too. We already know one maneuver he won’t fail. (Telly Halkias is an award-winning freelance journalist from Portland’s West End. You may contact him at: firstname.lastname@example.org.)
Question: If it’s a burden to the taxpayer onshore, wouldn’t it be one offshore as well? HIGGINS from page 4
the 1980s) or that somehow local fish will become confused, leap into the air, and suddenly find themselves swimming in the fan-blades, or lobster that will just stop climbing into the traps. Add these all together, toss in a few lawyers, or an odd dozen of them. Then chuck in federal oversight, state oversight, state and federal dithering, service charges, convenience fees, inconvenience fees, sub-
surface surcharges, more lawyers, a year or two in court, regulatory filings with mandatory 90 day review processes, fees paid up front for “decommissioning” of a project that hasn’t even started yet. Add those all together, and you STILL haven’t come close to the “LePage magic mystery number.” Toss in migratory patterns of seabirds, NOAA oversight, Marine Fisheries service hearings, Maine Legislature oversight and review, DEP/EPA, and LAWSUITS! LAWSUITS! LAWSUITS! and you
begin to creep close to that number. Of course, we could just keep digging stuff up, burning and boiling it to make better stuff, then transporting it using the better stuff to make energy, then sending that energy down the long line. Next time, let’s just plan to put a wind turbine at the Blaine House. (Bob Higgins is a regular contributor to The Portland Daily Sun.)
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State: Closures planned as a part of Veterans Bridge replacement project DAILY SUN STAFF REPORTS As a part of the replacement of the Veterans Memorial Bridge, the Exit 4 off-ramp from Interstate 295 will be closed from 7 p.m. to 6 a.m. on Monday and Tuesday, Maine Department of Transportation reported. Aside from the closure off I-295, the Route 1 ramp in South Portland that goes onto the bridge will be completely closed until May 4. The closures are planned to keep the work crews safe during the project, according to a press release. Signs for the detours will be posted for travelers. For more information on MaineDOT projects, visit http://www.maine.gov/mdot.
ATF not pursuing charges in Scarborough bomb-making case A Scarborough man accused of criminal use of explosives will not face federal charges, officials said. Philip Lekousi was issued a summons on a charge of criminal use of explosives by the Office of The Maine Fire Marshal on April 13, Scarborough Police Sgt. Rick Rouse told the Maine Sun Journal. "Officers from Scarborough, the fire marshal's office and the U.S. Bureau of Alchohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives searched Lekousi's apartment and found galvanized steel pipes with threaded end caps, a mix of nails, screws, nuts and bolts suspected to be used for shrapnel, and other materials, Rouse said," according to the Sun Journal. ATF Agent Dale Armstrong said Friday that the federal government will not bring charges. "We were called to assist, ATF usually goes out on any explosives incident or discovery of suspect explosives," he said. "There was nothing there that we decided to pursue federally."
Fire at Gorham business deemed accidental, not arson-related After a fire that burned grass and brush around a house at 363 Sebago Lake Road in Gorham was deemed a case of arson, another fire that damaged a downtown Gorham building Thursday night was called accidental. The State Fire Marshal's Office said the overnight fire at the Gorham House of Pizza was not related to a string of arson fires that have struck the town in the past three weeks. Investigators said Thursday night's fire started in the ceiling of a second floor apartment, according to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety. A Wednesday morning fire that was reported about 1:20 a.m. on April 18 was the sixth suspicious fire in Gorham in the past three weeks, five of them being declared arson, McCausland said. Fire investigators said the target of the Wednesday morning fire was an unoccupied house on the property, but the wind blew the fire away from the building.
The Nature Conservancy unveils $100 million campaign in Maine On Sunday, The Nature Conservancy in Maine will launch its Sustainable Maine, Sustainable Planet campaign, an effort to raise $100 million to fund the widest-reaching effort to protect Maine’s lands and waters that has been mounted in the state’s history, the group reported. “It’s a big goal, but we have a very big challenge facing all of us,” said Mike Tetreault, executive director of The Nature Conservancy in Maine. The Sustainable Maine, Sustainable Planet campaign’s major initiatives stretch from Moosehead Lake to Washington County; from the Gulf of Maine to Mount Agamenticus and beyond, including: • Helping the Gulf of Maine regain its status as
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Crack sealing work to cause delays Continuing through this month, crews will be tackling day and nighttime crack sealing along major arterials and residential streets throughout Portland, the city warned. Work on residential streets will be done during the day, and major arterials work will take place overnight, city staff said. While the work is underway, commuters can expect delays, the city said.
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City council to take up housing, comprehensive signs BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Student and elderly housing and comprehensive signs for the city are among the issues coming before the Portland City Council Monday. A 55 and older eldery housing complex, Danforth on High, will be reviewed by the council at its 7 p.m. meeting. Danforth on High, LP is requesting an amended conditional zone agreement for the property at 81-85 Danforth Street (corner of Danforth and High streets). This item must be read on two separate days, the council agenda explains. This is its first reading. The $5.4 million Community Housing of Maine project aims to build 30 rental units for the elderly. Previously, Peter Bass of Random Orbit received approval in 2008 to build a four-story, 26-unit condo complex on the site. "Given a subsequent downturn in the real estate market, the project was never commenced," states a letter to the Historic Preservation Board by Historic Preservation Program Manager Deb Andrews, who has been involved with the project. Community Housing of Maine, a nonprofit organization that serves homeless and special needs populations and provides workforce housing, appeared before the city's planning
board prior to approaching the city council. Other items include: • Blue Atlantic Portland LLC, new owner of the Bayside Village Student Housing Project, is requesting that the city consent to the assignment of a Credit Enhancement Agreement — an allowance for "captured" property tax dollars to be channeled directly to a developer or business. In February, Blue Atlantic Portland LLC acquired Bayside Village. The company indicated it plans to continue operating the complex as a student housing facility, the city agenda reports. Federated Companies sold the three-year-old complex on Marginal Way to the Chicago-based real estate investment firm at a listed sales price of $18.2 million. According to city records, Federated paid $9.2 million for the 100-unit apartment building, parking garage in late 2010. Five votes are required for passage of the agreement following public comment. • The council will review a project to install "wayfinding" signs as part of a comprehensive redesign of signs in Portland. The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System, source of a $50,000 grant to the city, wrote that the new study would "build on" a 2008 PACTS-funded study "to establish
Nonprofit, ReVision teams up on solar pact The Natural Resources Council of Maine has begun powering its Augusta headquarters with solar energy, the group noted. NRCM partnered with ReVision Energy, a leader in solar design, installation and service in Northern New England, to install solar panels on the roof of NRCM’s headquarters in Augusta as part of an innovative agreement, NRCM reported in a press release. The agreement called for ReVision Energy to install the panels, while NRCM will pay the company for the power generated from the system at a rate per kilowatt-hour that is two cents less than a normal electric bill. “NRCM always tries to find new and exciting ways to celebrate Earth Day, but I think this year’s celebration takes the cake,” said Lisa Pohlmann, executive director for NRCM. “The solar panels on our roof are making an immediate difference in our environment, as well as our electricity bills at NRCM. The innovative power purchase agreement with ReVision Energy has made this project a reality for us. It
is enabling us to take significant steps forward in terms of clean energy, in a building where protecting Maine’s environment is a top priority.” The Solar Power Purchase Agreement has been developed by ReVision Energy to allow nonprofit organizations to invest in solar energy. While federal tax incentives have made solar energy projects more affordable for homes and businesses, nonprofits are ineligible for those benefits, as are municipalities and schools, NRCM noted. In this case, ReVision Energy arranged the financing, installation and management of the power output through the life of the agreement. The nonprofit pays its energy bills to the solar company. At the end of the agreement, the nonprofit has the option to renew the agreement, purchase the system outright, or return the equipment with no added expense. “To most people, the most amazing fact about solar energy in Maine is its abundance in a state known for cold weather,” said ReVision Energy partner Phil Coupe. “In reality, Maine sees about
30 percent more sunshine per year than Germany, one of the world leaders in solar energy installations. Our solar resource is plentiful in Maine, and it is both environmentally friendly and cost effective for homes, businesses and nonprofits.” — Staff Report
policies and graphic conventions for a comprehensive wayfinding for the city." A $10,000 local match in funding is required. A June 23, 2008 report by the city
identified "wayfinding" or coordinated installation of signs and kiosks as a priority. The Monday meeting is at Portland City Hall.
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U.S. Postal Service, partners announce Stamp Out Hunger drive tainer and member of the Feeding America Entertainment Council, is the national spokesperson for the Stamp Out Hunger food drive for the second consecutive year. The drive particularly hits home for Cannon, who experienced hunger and visited food pantries as a child. Cannon will promote the drive on television and radio, as well as in print and social media to encourage even greater participation and donations. To participate in the 20th Stamp Out Hunger food drive, residents are encouraged to leave a sturdy bag containing non-perishable foods, such as canned soup, canned vegetables, pasta, rice or cereal next to their mailbox prior to the time of regular mail delivery on Saturday, May 12. Letter carriers will collect these food donations as they deliver the mail and take them to their local food bank or pantry. Post cards and shopping bags promoting the food drive will be delivered by letter carriers to more than 90 million homes across the country as a reminder to participate in the drive. Other partner organizations supporting the Stamp Out Hunger food drive are the National Rural Letter Carriers’ Association, Valpak, United Way, AFL-CIO, Uncle Bob’s Self-Storage and AARP. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive began at the local level in the late 1980s and went nationwide in 1992. For more information about the annual Stamp Out Hunger food drive, visit www.helpstampouthunger.
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New flea market caters to Maine vendors BY JOANNA SMILEY SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
A visceral vintage vibe drifts through the rustic beams inside Portland’s new Flea-for-All. The market opened its doors April 14 with an 18-month lease at 125 Kennebec St., nearly 55 vendors and a fierce vision to stay local. Its founders, entrepreneurial couple Erin Kiley and Nathaniel Baldwin, relocated from Los Angeles to become business owners in a cozy community they believe is unique to Portland. “We knew we wanted to start a business and that’s really what drew us here. The local support has helped us tremendously,” Baldwin says, noting he will only rent booth space to Maine vendors. He admits he’s had to turn down certain vendor applications who “tried putting a craft bend on mass production.” Upon walking into the Flea-for-All, one of the first items to see is Ziggy the Clown, a talking, multi-colored collectible that appears to be a reincarnation from a 1960s carnival. A fringe lace wedding dress hangs on a nearby mannequin; a hipster-looking bike rests in front. Baldwin says most vendors price their items under $50, which doesn’t take into account any bartering that happens at their discretion. He also notes he’s had some
vendors move their booth space from nearby markets, including Brunswick’s Waterfront Flea Market, to the Flea-for-All. He says one such vendor, a vintage clothing seller, believed it would attract a stronger customer base by having a Portland venue. According to the National Flea Market Association’s newest statistics, the U.S. has over 1,100 flea markets, over $30 billion in sales and $150 million visitors annually. Flea Market Source New England estimates Maine has about 20. Pride’s Corner Flea Market, out of Westbrook, is a veteran market that has been selling to the community for the past decade. It specializes in older items including turn of the century paintings and real Buddha artifacts. Mike Breton, director of marketing, says it attracts up to 75 vendors and hundreds of bargain hunting enthusiasts each weekend. He mentions it’s the only market in town that offers indoor and outdoor space for vendors. At $10 per weekend for an outdoor booth space and $30 for an indoor spot, he says Portland-Flea-for-All is twice as expensive. Even so, he’s pleased with the latest addition to the industry. “It’s a really good thing for Southern Maine to see all flea markets succeed and theirs is in a great area.”
The Portland Flea-for-All is open at 125 Kennebec St., at the end of the Bayside Trail. The market will be open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. today and Sunday For more information, visit portlandfleaforall.com. (JOANNA SMILEY PHOTO)
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Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad plans National Train Day events The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad announces that Saturday and Sunday, May 12 and 13, the musuem will host “A Day in the Life” National Train Day Celebration. The public can come to the museum, located on Fore Street at the Portland Company complex, for train rides and fun to celebrate National Train Day. There will be hands-on activities for children. Visitwww.mainenarrowgauge.org/specialevents.
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–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– EVENTS CALENDAR––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– the Eastern Promenade and Portland’s locally owned Fetch pet supply store. The lucky finder of the Golden Turd will win a gift certificate to Fetch.”
Saturday, April 21 WENA Spring Clean-up 8 a.m. to noon. The West End Neighborhood Association’s Spring Clean-up. “Meet at Reiche Community Center to sign in. Rakes, bags, gloves and shovels provided or bring your own. We’ll be concentrating on Harbor View Park, Clark Street Park and McIntyre Park on Taylor Street. We’ll also be participating in April Stools Day at the same time, so come help us make the West End clean for spring and try your luck at finding the ‘Golden Turd’ and winning a gift card from Fetch.” www.wenamaine.org
Food+Farm: Grow Fair at SPACE 10 a.m. Food+Farm: Grow Fair at SPACE Gallery. “As part of Food+Farm, we offer our first Grow Fair. A variety of events, workshops and hands-on learning experience to help you along the way to producing your own food. Maine Master Gardeners will offer free 20-Minute Gardener consultations. Urban Farm Fermentory will offer intensive workshops in home scale organic gardening and kombucha-making. Plus a variety of hands-on food production learning activities, including a seed-bomb making workshop, a harvest calendar making project for the kids and more.” www.space538. org/events.php
Maine’s gunpowder mills 9 a.m. “During the Civil War, at least one fourth of the gunpowder used by the Union soldiers was manufactured at the gunpowder mill located on the Presumpscot River in GorhamWindham, mllls being located on both sides of the river. On Saturday, April 21, Windham Historical Society will present a program about these mills and the part they played in the Civil War and other wars as well as for expansion of the nation. The program begins at 9 a.m. at the Society museum, 234 Windham Center Road. The public is invited. There is no fee, but donations are welcome. At 1 p.m., following a lunch break,a tour of the gunpowder mill site and view of the artifacts still in place will be conducted by the Society and Don Wescott, Presumpscot Regional Land Trust. For more information, contact David Tanguay, 892-1306 or email Kay Soldier at email@example.com.”
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10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The state’s largest gem and mineral show to be held at Saint Joseph’s College, April 21 and 22. The Maine Mineralogical & Geological Society presents its 29th annual Gem & Mineral Show at Saint Joseph’s College on Saturday and Sunday, April 21 and 22. It is the state’s largest gem and mineral show. “More than 25 vendors, including 12 displayPink tulips shimmer in the rain in Lincoln Park. The plots were planted as part of the Maine Cancer ing jewelry, will show gems, rocks, fluorescent Foundation’s Pink Tulip Project, which supports the Women’s Cancer Fund. Established in 2001, minerals, crystals, fossils and geodes. The the fund insures that resources would always be available for breast and other cancers that affect show also features gold panning and gem-cutwomen. For information, visit http://pinktulip.kintera.org. On Saturday, April 28, from 1 p.m. to 3 ting demonstrations, along with many unusual, p.m., the Pink Tulip Party will take place at the home of Rob and Robin Whitten, 23 St. Lawrence one-of-a-kind items for sale. Children will be St. in Portland. A minimum donation of $10 is suggested. All proceeds benefit the Pink Tulip Proj- able to dig for treasures in the mini-mine, win ect, which raises funds for the Women’s Cancer Fund at the Maine Cancer Foundation. (DAVID prizes on the spin wheel and handle rocks and CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO) gems at the touch table.” The event runs at the 20th annual April Stools Day Harold Alfond Center gymnasium on Saturday, Park, Reiche Park and Baxter Woods. Volunteers can report and Litter Pickup April 21, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., and Sunday, April 22, from to one of five stations on the Prom: near the top of Cutter 9 a.m. to noon. 20th Annual April Stools Day & LItter 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show includes a silent auction and Street; the Cleeves Monument at Congress Street; at the Pickup on the Eastern Promenade and at Fort Sumner hourly door prizes. Admission is $4 for adults, $3 for seniors playground and ballfields; Loring Memorial Circle; and East Park, Reiche Park and Baxter Woods (rain or shine). “Come and students 18 and under, and free for children 12 and End Beach. Special guest Scooby-Doo will cheer on volout this Saturday to help pick up a winter’s worth of litter under. Admission includes entry into our grand prize raffle unteers at the Eastern Prom and, no doubt, beg for Scooby and/or unscooped poop (you pick). The 20th annual April drawn at the end of the show. For more information, conSnacks (ruh-roh!). Gloves and trash bags will be provided. Stools Day & Litter Pickup will be held from 9 am to noon tact firstname.lastname@example.org or 893-6627. Volunteers can choose to pick up litter, dog droppings or rain or shine Saturday, April 21. April Stools Day locations both. Bring a friend!” The event is sponsored by Friends of in Portland include the Eastern Promenade, Fort Sumner see EVENTS page 15
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ARIES (March 21-April 19). The one you didn’t appreciate will now get a little more of your attention. What could have been? That can be a painful question or an inspiring one, depending on your attitude. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You’ll be in a position to protect others from the harshness of the world, to shield loved ones from rejection or soften the hard edges of reality. You’ll succeed in this matter. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). What happens to you is always far less important than what you take from the experience. Extrapolating meaning from your life is a highly personal choice. It means what you think it means, so think something good! CANCER (June 22-July 22). There’s a lot of good that can be said of being on autopilot. It gets you to the destination with little effort. The problem with it arises when you want to go somewhere other than where you’re programmed to go. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Success won’t happen overnight, but it will happen over night after night after night. A month of nights will bring you to a place you can be proud of. So keep making the effort. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Does it seem that things are getting simultaneously better and worse? Nothing can stay the same. You’ll be able to turn things in your favor, though. You’re the great improver of the zodiac, after all. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). However you feel, it’s an acceptable feeling. Furthermore, you won’t be able to move through the feelings until you ﬁrst accept them for what they are. Your emotional intelligence will expand. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Saturday, April 21, the 112th day of 2012. There are 254 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On April 21, 1962, the Century 21 Exposition, also known as the Seattle World’s Fair, opened. President John F. Kennedy spoke briefly to the event by telephone from Palm Springs, Fla., where he tapped a gold telegraph key to signal the official start of the six-month fair. On this date: In 1509, England’s King Henry VII died; he was succeeded by his 17-year-old son, Henry VIII. In 1649, the Maryland Toleration Act, which provided for freedom of worship for all Christians, was passed by the Maryland assembly. In 1789, John Adams was sworn in as the first vice president of the United States. In 1836, an army of Texans led by Sam Houston defeated the Mexicans at San Jacinto, assuring Texas independence. In 1910, author Samuel Langhorne Clemens, better known as Mark Twain, died in Redding, Conn., at age 74. In 1918, Baron Manfred von Richthofen, the German ace known as the “Red Baron,” was killed in action during World War I. In 1930, a fire broke out inside the overcrowded Ohio Penitentiary in Columbus, killing 332 inmates. In 1955, the Jerome Lawrence-Robert Lee play “Inherit the Wind,” inspired by the Scopes trial of 1925, opened at the National Theatre in New York. In 1972, Apollo 16 astronauts John W. Young and Charles M. Duke Jr. explored the surface of the moon. In 1986, a rediscovered vault in Chicago’s Lexington Hotel that was linked to Al Capone was opened during a live TV special hosted by Geraldo Rivera; aside from a few bottles and a sign, the vault turned out to be empty. In 1992, Robert Alton Harris became the first person executed by the state of California in 25 years as he was put to death in the gas chamber for the 1978 murder of two teen-age boys, John Mayeski and Michael Baker. One year ago: President Barack Obama announced the Justice Department was assembling a team to “root out any cases of fraud or manipulation” in oil markets that might be contributing to $4 a gallon-plus gasoline prices. Sen. John Ensign, R-Nev., announced he would step down amid a developing ethics probe while insisting he’d done nothing wrong. Japan sealed off a wide area around the radiation-spewing Fukushima power plant to prevent residents from sneaking back to homes they’d quickly evacuated. Jess Jackson, 81, founder of the KendallJackson winery, died in Geyerville, Calif. Today’s Birthdays: Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II is 86. Actress-comedian-writer Elaine May is 80. Actor Charles Grodin is 77. Singer-musician Iggy Pop is 65. Actress Patti LuPone is 63. Actor Tony Danza is 61. Actress Andie MacDowell is 54. Rock singer Robert Smith is 53. Rock musician Michael Timmins is 53. Actor John Cameron Mitchell is 49. Rapper Michael Franti is 46. Rock singer-musician Glen Hansard is 42. Comedian Nicole Sullivan is 42. Football player-turned-actor Brian White is 39. Rock musician David Brenner is 34. Actor James McAvoy is 33.
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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: My husband’s parents live on the farm where he grew up, which is about an hour away from my folks’ house. When we go home to visit, I prefer to stay with my parents. I have no problem visiting the farm and spending time with my husband’s family, but the accommodations at my parents’ house are more comfortable. We have an entire section of the house to ourselves, including a private bathroom. At my in-laws’, the entire family shares a bathroom. Also, my mother-in-law has OCD and insists we shower every time we enter the house, and anything in our possession (phone, watch, wallet) must be wiped off. The last time we visited, my husband had to tell his mother three times not to wipe off my dry-clean-only outﬁt with her wet dishrag. In addition, all of our belongings end up smelling like manure. I think the family is only enabling my mother-in-law’s issues by accommodating all of her odd requests. I’ve tried to tell my husband how uncomfortable this makes me, and that I’d rather spend the night at my parents’ home and split the daylight hours between the two houses. But he says it’s not fair, it hurts his feelings and we should spend nights at the farm, too. What is your take on the situation? -- Sick of the Farm Dear Sick: We can certainly understand your discomfort, but you also must consider your husband’s preferences. If you visit only once or twice a year, we say suck it up and stay there half the time and wear clothes you don’t mind wiping with a wet dishrag. His mother’s issues are not really your business unless you live with her. But also discuss this calmly with your husband and ask if you can spend more daylight hours at the farm to make up for fewer sleepovers. Find other things to like and admire about his family so this doesn’t turn into a power play. He needs to know that you don’t consider his folks inferior to yours.
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11 a.m. (Saturday continued) The Southern Maine Daylily and Hosta Society will have as guest speaker Lori Jones. Jones, from Knoll Cottage Daylilies in Southampton, Mass., hybridizes large unusual form daylilies that are Zone 5 Hardy. Southern Maine Daylily and Hosta Society meets at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland in the Horticulture Building on Slocum Drive. The public is invited to attend. For more events and information go to www.smdhs.info.
1:30 p.m. The sneakers will hit the pavement for a good cause as the Maine Law Student Bar Association hosts the annual Race Judicata, a 5K race/walk along Portland’s scenic Back Cove. Race Judicata is a fundraiser for Maine ‘The Pirates of Penzance’ Law’s Cumberland Legal Aid “The Pirates of Penzance” was the only Gilbert and Sullivan 8 p.m. Lyric Music Theater in Clinic. At the clinic, third-year opera to have its official premiere in the United States. This South Portland presents the law students provide legal ser- comic opera in two acts, with its humor and distinctive melo- comic operetta, the classic: vices to low-income clients. dies, will be performed in South Portland by Lyric Music The- “The Pirates of Penzance.” The “student attorneys” are ater this weekend. (COURTESY IMAGE) “Gilbert and Sullivan at their specially licensed by the state finest! Young Frederic joins a and federal courts, and they work under the close superviband of tender-hearted pirates, indentured until his 21st sion of Maine Law professors. The race starts at 1:30 p.m. birthday. Alas, discovering he is a leap-year baby, this could Awards will be given to the top three males and females take longer than expected.” Saturday, April 21 at 8 p.m.; overall, and top two in the following age groups: 14 and Sunday, April 22 at 2:30 p.m.; Through Saturday May 5, at under; 15-19; 20-29; 30-39; 40-49; 50-59; 60-69; 70-79; 8 p.m. www.lyricmusictheater.org/portland-theater-shows. 80 and over. Registration is $15, visit www.active.com/runaspx#pirates ning/portland-me/race-judicata-5k-race-and-walk-2012, or $20 on the day of the race. For more information, contact Sunday, April 22 Maine Law student and race organizer Chris Harmon at email@example.com.
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6 p.m. Maine Roller Derby’s Calamity Janes vs Pair O’Dice (Massachusetts), Portland Expo, tickets $10 adv, $13 doors; kids aged 5-12 $5, kids under 5 free. Afterparty at Flask Lounge. www.mainerollerderby.com/events
Figure drawing with a live model 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Join Constellation Gallery for this open, drop in studio session of figure drawing with a live model. $10 fee. “This session provides the opportunity to work in a studio environment and interact with other artists as you draw from a live model in your preferred medium. The workshop is open to adults of all skill levels from complete beginners to experienced artists. Bring your own supplies. Light refreshments served.” Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St. www.constellationart.com
Old Fashioned Hymn Sing 7 p.m. Cape Elizabeth Church of the Nazarene, Route 77, will host an old-fashioned hymn sing. Refreshments following. FMI call Pastor Jon, 318-3515.
Keeping Kids Safe charity event 7 p.m. Keeping Kids Safe, a Maine charity, is holding its First Charity Event in South Portland. “A great band, food, dancing, silent auction, and cash bar. We are excited to have the band Color Blind! www.colorbband.com All proceeds benefit Keeping Kids Safe (www.keepingkidssafe. us). Advanced Tickets are $10 a piece (Day of event $15). RSVP by e-mailing Jeff@KeepingKidsSafe.us or calling 450-8270 or 671-0807. RSVP at Event Sponsor: www. MaineSuccessfulThinkers.org. At Events on Broadway, 729 Broadway, South Portland.
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under his belt, and Tucker a promising upstart who endures counseling, life lessons and endless opinions from his elder. The relationship between the two men is ultimately transformative, and will leave audiences swept up by their experiences both on and off stage. This play is peppered with plenty of salty language, and is intended for adult audiences.” Performances are April 19-May 5, Thursday, Friday and Saturday evenings at 7:30 p.m. Thursday performances are Pay-WhatYou-Can. (Pay-what-you-can performances are intended to be a community benefit for those who really want to see good plays, but simply can’t afford to do so) Ticket prices for all other performances are $19 general admission and $15 students/seniors. Special group pricing is available. FivePass Subscriptions can be purchased at $15/pass general and $12/pass student/senior.
7:30 p.m. “Hedda Gabler,” by Henrik Ibsen, directed by William Steele, University of Southern Maine Department of Theatre. April 20-21 and April 26-28 at 7:30 p.m.; April 22 and April 29 at 5 p.m.; special discount show at 5 p.m. on April 25, all seats $5; tickets $15, $8 for students, $11 seniors and USM employees and alumni. www.usm.maine. edu/theatre
‘A Life In The Theater’ 7:30 p.m. David Mamet’s homage to show business at Freeport Factory Stage: “A Life In The Theater.” “This production features two of Portland’s most important and talented actors: Will Rhys and Dustin Tucker, and is directed by PSC Affiliate Artist, Sally Wood. Rhys and Tucker play two actors: Rhys, a sage professional with years of shows
Wake Up the Farm with Cultivating Community
9 a.m. “Celebrate Earth Day by coming out to Cultivating Community’s Boyd St. Urban Farm in downtown Portland and help them get ready for the 2012 growing season. You’ll help CC wake up the farm and you’ll get hands-on experience and an opportunity to ask the CC staff about your farming/gardening questions. Activities for all ages and skill levels. Cultivating Community’s mission is to strengthen communities by growing food, preparing youth leaders and new farmers, and promoting social and environmental justice. We use our community food work as an engine for high-impact youth and community development programs that reconnect people to the natural and social systems that sustain us all.” www.space538.org/events. php or www.cultivatingcommunity.org
Dedication to Stephen Aylward by Portland Trails 9 a.m. “Stephen Aylward, a popular and respected professor at Saint Joseph’s College who was instrumental in developing Portland’s Riverton Rail Trail will be remembered with a kiosk and bench on the neighborhood trail to which he dedicated much of his time, energy and skill. The dedication ceremony will take place Sunday, April 22 at 9 a.m. at the end of Harris Street. Steve Aylward was a shining example of community service at its best. In addition to being an educator who was respected by his colleagues and loved by his students, he also was heavily involved in his church, the Riverton Neighborhood Association, the City’s Landbank Commission and Portland Trails. Shortly after he was recognized with the Kay Wagenknecht-Harte Trailblazer Award for Volunteer Service for his work on the Riverton Rail Trail, and in the midst of a battle with brain cancer, Steve was killed in a car accident last October. Steve was a valuable member of the trails committee, providing creative ideas for trail development and stewardship around the city, as well as enlisting his students at Saint Joseph’s to develop projects to better understand trail usage patterns. But his real legacy with Portland Trails lies with the Riverton Rail Trail, a trail that would not exist but for his efforts. This 1.5-mile trail follows the historic PortlandLewiston Interurban Rail line and passed by his neighborhood. Riverton Rail Trail was the perfect project for Steve, combining his love of history, his belief in the importance of Portland Trails’ mission and his devotion to the Riverton neighborhood. We’ll be placing a memorial kiosk, explaining the history of the trail and the railway that preceded it, near the head of the trail on Earth Day.” http://trails.org see next page
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2012 Urban Earth Day Celebration 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. In Monument Square, MENSK and the City of Portland will host Portland’s 2012 Urban Earth Day Celebration. Portland Mayor Michael Brennan will kick off the event, which will showcase many of Portland’s environmental and non-profit organizations, artists and sustainable businesses. Attendees can learn about local efforts to promote sustainable business practices and improve Portland’s urban environment. “The event offers fun, free activities for all ages including demonstrations on green technology, local agricultural practices, urban gardening, recycling, bike decorating, a parade, and live music!” www.MENSKmaine.org
WENA Butt Bucket Brigade 3 p.m. The West End Neighborhood Association’s Butt Bucket Brigade will hold an Earth Day Action at Longfellow Square. “Come pick up a bucket and gloves and join us in picking up cigarette butts on the Square, Congress, State and Pine Streets for one hour. Let’s do something nice for Mother on Earth Day!” www. wenamaine.org
‘Finding a Just Peace in Israel-Palestine’ 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Alice Rothchild will speak at University of Southern Maine, Portland Campus, University Events Room, seventh floor of the Glickman Library. Maine Voices for Palestinian Rights. www.mvprights.org. “Finding a Just Peace in Israel-Palestine,” free and open to the public; however, donations gratefully accepted. Light refreshments will be served. Co-sponsors: Amnesty International, Colby College Student Chapter; Chaplaincy Institute of Maine (ChIME); Churches for Middle East Peace, Maine; Episcopal Peace Fellowship of Maine; First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church; Greater Brunswick PeaceWorks; Multicultural Students’ Association of USM; Partners for World Health; Pax Christi Maine; Peace Action Maine; Portland Friends Meeting; Social Action Committee of Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church; Social Justice & Peace Commission of Sacred Heart/St. Dominic Church. Contact: rmschaible@gmail. com, 239.8060.
UMF Career Fair 12:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. The University of Maine at Farmington is holding its annual spring Career Fair in North Dining Hall in the UMF Olsen Student Center. This event is free and open-to-the-public. Previously focused solely on openings in the field of education, this year’s career fair has been renamed to the UMF Career Fair: Education and Liberal Arts and expanded to include career opportunities in education, business and human services.
‘Business After Hours’ 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The DownEast Pride Alliance will host a “Business After Hours” Networking Event at District, 45 Danforth St., Portland. “Cash bar, lite appetizers and media table. Bring business cards to share. Free admission. See you there for ‘cocktails and conversation!’ Event sponsored by Proactive Resources Design, Norman, Hanson & DeTroy and RBC Wealth Management.” Visit www.depabusiness.com
Reiche school, center community forum 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Reiche Community Room, 166 Brackett Street, Portland. “City Councilor David Marshall will host a community forum to discuss efforts underway to improve Reiche Elementary School and the Reiche Community Center and get feedback from the public. In collaboration with the Reiche Parent Teacher Organization, West End Neighborhood Association, Councilor Marshall is leading efforts to improve access, enhance safety and utilization of the space. In addition to this discussion, attendees will be able to learn about and provide input for the city’s five-year capital improvement plan and proposed improvements for the Reiche School and Community Center including enhanced traffic management with additional crosswalks, speed limit and traffic signs as well as seek input for the design process for the building’s renovation.” www.WENAMaine.org
Rebuilding Veterans Memorial, Martin’s Point bridges
7 p.m. Gateways to Portland: Rebuilding Veterans Memorial and Martin’s Point Bridges. (Re) DesignThe railroad overpass bring on Route 100 in Falmouth has been replaced. Here, crews dismantle remnants of the old ing the Greater Portland Landscape: bridge. On Tuesday, April 24, Maine Historical Society will help host Gateways to Portland: Rebuilding Veterans Memorial Issues in Contemporary Design Earth Walk event at Lincoln Park and Martin’s Point Bridges. (Re) Designing the Greater Portland Landscape: Issues in Contemporary Design and Developand Development (Program 3 of 10 a.m. Earth Walk event at Lincoln ment. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO) 4). Maine Historical Society. “The Park, sendoff for Earth Walkers on a bridges and roadways that connect registration required. “The Portland Public Library is hosting trek to Augusta, where, on May Day, Portland to the interstate and surrounding communities a Family Place Workshop for children 6 months to 3 years May 1, they will present a petition for a sustainable way of play an essential role in the life of the city and are a definold and their parents/caregivers. Each workshop stresses life in the Hall of Flags. “Everyone is invited to join the walk, ing characteristic of its landscape. They carry thousands of the importance of play to a child’s development. Play helps whether for just a segment or for the entire journey.” Visit vehicles every day to and from surrounding towns and furstimulate motor skills as well as brain development; thereMaine Earth Walk on Facebook, or email maineearthwalk@ ther points. They function as both critical thoroughfares and fore, as parent and child engage in meaningful and fun play gmail.com. gateways to the city’s downtown. Two of Portland’ most with age appropriate toys the benefits are enormous. At Teen library hosts Portland Police Department important and heavily trafficed bridges—Veterans Memorial each workshop parents will be introduced to some of the Youth Services Officer Bethany Murphy Bridge which connects the city to I-295 and South Portland, many local resources available to help them in the reward2:15 p.m. to 3:15 p.m. Teens ages 12-19 are invited to the and the Martin’s Point Bridge which provides a commuter ing but challenging task of parenting a toddler. Among Portland Public Teen Library to meet with Portland Police link to Falmouth — are currently being rebuilt. Both projects the topics covered will be Child Development; Nutrition; Department Youth Services Officer Bethany Murphy in the have mobilized diverse stakeholders, and raise practical Speech/Hearing; Music/Movement; and Literacy.” Teen Library. “Have any questions about the community issues ranging from cost to traffic efficiency, social issues and the police department? Officer Murphy will be here to like the impact on local neighbors, and conceptual issues Tuesday, April 24 hang out with teens to hear from them about what’s going such as how the design of a bridge or roadway heralds entry on in their community. For more information about Offiinto a city. In Partnership with Greater Portland Landmarks. Tips for Keeping Your Money Safe cer Murphy, please visit: http://police.portlandmaine.gov/ Open to the public. Suggested donation: $10 ($5 for MHS/ noon to 1 p.m. “Healthy Skepticism: Tips for Keeping Your bmurphy.asp. Refreshments will be served!” Murphy came GPL members).” Moderator: Sally Oldham Speakers: Joyce Money Safe. Part of Money Smart Week, a series of free to the Portland Police Department in 2008 with an accomTaylor, Director, Project Development, Maine Department of presentations designed to help people better manage their plished background and education in health and human Transportation; Patrick Costin, Martin’s Point Bridge Advifinances. Gorham Savings Bank’s security officer, Kate services and a love of sports! Officer Murphy attained her sory Committee; Theo Holtwijk, director of long range planCarney, will outline common fraud schemes. An attorney Bachelor’s Degree in Mental Health and Human Services ning, Falmouth. Public programs at MHS are sponsored, in from Legal Services for the Elderly will share stories of from the University College of Bangor in 2007. part, by the Margaret E. Burnham Charitable Trust. www. clients who have experienced financial exploitation. This mainehistory.org Family Place Workshop series at PPL event is free and open to the public. Bring a lunch and the 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. Portland Public Library to host Family library will supply coffee and dessert.” Falmouth Memorial see next page Place Workshop series, Mondays, April 23 through May 21, Library
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Saturday, April 21 Joel Carpenter at Local Music Night 7 p.m. Reindeer Recording Artist Joel Carpenter, a Portland-based acoustic singer-songwriter, will be hosting another night of local talent as Coffee House Bookings presents Local Music Night at The Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland. In addition to performing songs from his recent debut CD “Dirty Words” Joel will be turning the stage over to a great line-up of local acts that will include Tom Cook, Louis Grassi and Whit Walker. Doors open at 7 p.m. All ages are welcome. Tickets are $10, available from the artists, at the door, or by visiting facebook. com/joelcarpentermusic.com.
Zemya and Improvox in Brunswick 8 pm. A cappella ensembles Zemya and Improvox in concert at the Frontier Cinema Gallery & Cafe, Brunswick. Additional vocal exploration “Vortex” with Improvox from 5:30-7 p.m. in the Jai Yoga Studio. Concert tickets: $12 in advance, $15 at the door; Reserve Tickets at 755-5222; Workshop $10. RSVP to Matt: 891-9593. www.explorefrontier.com
Sunday, April 22 Electronic funk duo, J.WAIL 8 p.m. Colorado live electronic funk duo, J.WAIL, has announced a string of dates in the Northeast for their upcoming “Colorphorms Tour,” one of which include a stop in Portland at The New Venue. Just a few short weeks after the release of the new album, “Lazers n’ Flowers,” J.WAIL is ready to hit the road and share their version of world clashing modern day womps, wobbles and glitches with wailing guitar riffs and live drums to accompany. http://venuemusicbar.com/blog
Spotlight Concert Series: ‘Carmina Burana’ 3 p.m. University of Southern Maine presents “Carmina Burana.” Proceeds go toward music scholarships.” Merrill Auditorium, Portland. “It’s a musical homecoming when
alumni join the USM Concert Band and USM Chorale in this impressive performance, conducted by Peter Martin with preparation by Robert Russell. ‘Carmina,’ made popular through movie and commercial placements, combines the rich, full sound of dissonant chords with driving rhythms that make it an amazing experience to hear – and perform. All alumni are invited to take part! Come for the concert Sunday, or stay the weekend and enjoy masterclass instruction from School of Music graduates, as well as a special Saturday evening reception. Alumni who would like to join in the performance should contact Peter Martin at firstname.lastname@example.org for rehearsal and lodging information. $15 recommended donation at the door.
zheng (Chinese zither), and Jonathan Bernard (Canada) on percussion. This ensemble blends these ancient instruments and traditions from China and beyond. The school programs will feature instruments, music and stories from China and around the world. Student participation will be offered at Morse High School, at Bath Middle School, the Merriconeag Waldorf School in Freeport, and for students at Temple Beth-El in Portland. In addition, a free special program of Jewish/Chinese fusion music will be presented at Temple Beth-El on Wednesday, April 25 at 7 p.m. Among other music that evening, the Oratorio Chorale will perform a composition by Moshe Denberg. Based on the Orchid Ensemble’s “Ten Thousand Miles to Kai-Feng,” this program explores the Jewish presence along the Silk Road and in China, from the 7th century and beyond. It features music that combines Jewish and Asian traditions. Oratorio Chorale and Orchid Ensemble performances take place on Saturday, April 28, at 7:30 p.m. at Montgomery Theater, Morse High School, Bath, and on Sunday, April 29, at 3 p.m. at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland. Tickets to the weekend concerts are $20 in advance, $25 at the door, students half price, children under twelve free. For ticket information, contact 7987985, or visit www.oratoriochorale.org for ticket venues.
Imogen Cooper on piano Wednesday, April 25 Oratorio Chorale, Orchid Ensemble in Maine 7 p.m. On Saturday, April 28 and Sunday, April 29, the Oratorio Chorale brings a new and innovative program to two venues on the coast of Maine, part of a five-day residency with the Vancouver-based Orchid Ensemble. During the week the Orchid Ensemble will provide school presentations of East-West music, and a program of Chinese-Jewish music of the Asian Diaspora. The musical programs are billed as “Cold Fusion,” in which the Oratorio Chorale will perform with the Orchid Ensemble’s Lan Tung, of Taiwan and Canada, on the erhu (Chinese violin), Yu-Chen Wang, of Taiwan and the U.S. on the
7:30 p.m. Merrill Auditorium, Portland. British pianist Imogen Cooper is lauded for her virtuosity, poetic poise and suave athleticism. With an enormous range within the classical repertoire, she makes beautiful work of challenging music. http://portlandovations.org
O.A.R. at the State Theatre 8 p.m. O.A.R. at the State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland. O.A.R.’s latest album, “King,” marks a new beginning for the band, while also paying homage to their past. It is the seventh studio effort in a career that began with their high school recording, The Wanderer. Tickets available in person at the Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office, charge by phone at 800-745-3000 and online at www.statetheatreportland.com. $30 advance, $35 day of show.
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Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater 7:30 p.m. “Since its first performance in 1958, the Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater has forever changed the perception of American — and modern — dance, becoming one of the world’s favorite companies for their brilliant artistry and passionate energy. AAADT’s incomparable and infectious sense of joy, freedom and spirit has been shared with an estimated 23 million people in 71 countries on 6 continents. As part of their Portland program, the company celebrates 50 years of Revelations, an enduring classic that pays tribute to Ailey’s African-American heritage using traditional spirituals to explore the places of deepest grief and holiest joy in the human soul.” Merrill Auditorium. Tickets: $60; $52; $45; students: $20.
Wednesday, April 25 ‘Tale of Captain Ephraim Jones’ 1765 voyage’ noon. “Tale of Captain Ephraim Jones’ 1765 voyage on the 90-foot Schooner Mary, which left from Falmouth and sailed to Bermuda and the Turks Island and back. He kept a detailed ship’s log upon which Dr. P.M. Outwin’s talk is based. The program will include a slide presentation, and lots of fabulous photos.” The Maine Charitable Mechanic Association has about 300 members. Members have the use of the historic library on Congress Street and may attend events including readings by local and national authors and travel lectures presented by producers of films from around the world. The library welcomes new members. If interested, contact Pat Larrabee at 773-8396. www. mainecharitablemechanicassociation.com
Schools’ Spring Art Show 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The Portland Public Schools’ Spring Art Show will be held at Portland City Hall from April 26 through May 10. Artwork created by students in kindergarten through grade 12 will be displayed during City Hall’s regular hours. An opening reception with cookies and punch will take place on April 26 from 3 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Your Money in the Media 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Your Money in the Media. Some fun and valuable ways to keep up with the right news at the right time. Come hear Stefan Willimann, founder of Maine News Simply and Gren Blackall, director of marketing at Gorham Savings Bank discuss how to approach staying informed in our cluttered media with the right news at the right time. Free and open to the public. Light refreshments will be served.” Falmouth Memorial Library
Fort Allen Park Rehabilitation 7 p.m. The Historic Preservation Board has rescheduled the final public hearing on the Fort Allen Park Rehabilitation Project in Room 209 at City Hall. “The original meeting, scheduled for April 18, was changed due to a lack of a quorum for this date. A revised concept plan will soon be posted on our website, easternpromenade.org, and presented at the April 25 hearing. The new plan considers comments from the public, community groups, the Historic Preservation Board, City of Portland Planning Department and Friends of the Eastern Promenade’s Board of Directors. Friends of the Eastern Promenade is sponsoring the Fort Allen Park Rehabilitation Project, working with landscape designers Martha Lyon and Regina Leonard, the Historic Preservation Board and staff from the City of Portland. The final hearing is the culmination of design development and public process, providing opportunity for feedback from throughout the community. The Historic Preservation Board has held three public workshops offering preliminary guidance on the design of the park and receiving public input. In addition, Friends of the Eastern Promenade sponsored a March 8 public meeting on the project, which was attended by about 75 people. The Parks Commission also reviewed the project at its March meeting.”
Thursday, April 26 Cash Mob at Tommy’s Park in Portland 5:30 p.m. Tommy’s Park. Cash Mob in Portland. “Join gr8PortlandME and Cash Mob Portland Maine in our efforts to support our local business community with monthly ‘Cash Mobbing’ events. Everyone is invited to Portland Maine Cash Mobs! Each ‘Mobber’ is asked to bring $20 to spend at the chosen business and also encouraged to join in the ‘after mob’ at a local watering hole. Details of the businesses to be ‘cash mobbed’ and ‘after mobbed’ will be revealed at the meeting time and place, as well as simultaneously on the Cash Mob Portland Maine Facebook page and on Twitter @cmportlandme.” www.facebook. com/CashMobPortlandMaine
Brighton Avenue-Deering Avenue-Falmouth Street study meeting by the city of Portland, PACTS 6 p.m. Portland District 2 City Councilor David Marshall and District 3 City Councilor Ed Suslovic, the city of Portland and the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System will host a second public meeting for the Brighton AvenueDeering Avenue-Falmouth Street Intersection Study. The study, funded by a PACTS grant and local match, is analyzing the complex six-legged intersection near the University
of Southern Maine campus and evaluating different configurations to better meet traffic, bicycle, pedestrian, transit access and safety needs. “As part of its recent campus expansion, USM contributed $250,000 to make improvements to the intersection for motor vehicles, bicyclists, pedestrians, and transit users as well as to improve the quality of the streetscape. Currently wide expanses of pavement make pedestrian crossings difficult and unsafe. Bicycle lanes are discontinuous, and high volumes of traffic along a principal arterial, Route 25, create significant congestion and long signal delays. The feedback from this meeting will help determine the outcome for the study and what improvements to fund.” 6 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., Open House, Light Refreshments; 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m., Public Meeting, USM Wishcamper Center, Room 102, Bedford Street, Portland.
‘The Problem of Money’ author 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. Jane Honeck, author of “The Problem of Money” will be a guest speaker at the Falmouth Memorial Library as part of the Falmouth Memorial Library’s Money Smart Week. This event is co-hosted by the Friends of the Falmouth Memorial Library and Gorham Savings Bank. This event is free and open to the public. Snacks and refreshments will be served. Pre-registration is suggested. Contact 781-2351.
Little Black Dress Event for Goodwill 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Goodwill Industries of Northern New England will hold its first Little Black Dress Event — It Works! at the Portland Club (156 State St., Portland). “It is an evening that celebrates everyone’s favorite little black dress, while raising funds to support Goodwill’s Workforce Solutions programs that help people in Maine get back to work. The event will feature heavy hors d’oeuvres, a cash bar, live music from The Wetsuits and exciting live auction items and raffle prizes throughout the event. Goodwill will also feature a boutique store, where guests will have the opportunity to pick up affordable vintage jewelry, shawls and other accessories.” Tickets for the event are $40 each or two for $75 and are available online at www.goodwillnne.org or by calling 774-6323.
Gibson Fay-LeBlanc reading, book party 7 p.m. Join Portland writer and former Telling Room director Gibson Fay-LeBlanc for a reading and book party at SPACE Gallery. His first book of poems, “Death of a Ventriloquist,” won the Vassar Miller Prize and, in love songs and prayers, short histories and tragic tales, tracks the consequences of speaking in a voice other than one’s own. In a starred review, Publishers Weekly calls the book “a debut that rings out long after Fay-LeBlanc’s lips stop moving.” Gibson teaches workshops at The Telling Room and throughout Maine. FMI: gibsonfayleblanc.com.
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‘Charlotte’s Web’ gives voice to girls’ troupe BY TIMOTHY GILLIS SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Sometimes it's that personal connection that makes a difference. A relative to E.B. White helped fuel the acting inspiration of East End Community School student Sadie Cross. Cross said she was inspired by E.B. White’s granddaughter, Martha White, who spoke at the University of Southern Maine about her famous relative, his writing and her own. “She talked about when he started writing the books,” Cross said. Cross can be seen filling dual roles in A Company of Girls' production of “Charlotte’s Web” this weekend. Cross, who plays Charlotte and Fern, said she does not prefer one role to the other. “It’s sometimes confusing since I’m also in the chorus, which tells the story, but I usually don’t mix up my lines,” the 10-year-old actress said. In addition to “Charlotte’s Web,” forever a favorite for children of any generation, White also penned “The Trumpet of the Swan,” and “Stuart Little” which, like the spider story, has found fame on the stage and the big screen. White lived on a salt-water farm in Maine, and was also an accomplished essayist and grammarian. His co-authored “Elements of Style” is still the writer’s bible. Children love him for his animal books, though. And the cast of A Company of Girls revelled in dressing as farm animals and carrying on human conversation. Asked about her favorite part of the acting company, Cross said, “You get to meet and make some great friends. You come here, you can be yourself. Sometimes, at school, kids tease. It’s always safe Summer Special: 60’x20’ $1935 Includes Everything!
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A Company of Girls, the local youth acting troupe, is performing “Charlotte’s Web,” adapted from E.B. White’s revered children’s book. The play is at the Studio Theater at Portland Stage on May 4-6. Here, Chloe Doughty, Maiah Marles, Frances McCarthy, Bryanna Alley-Villers and Cat Bernier perform. (JASON BERTHIAUME PHOTO)
here. It’s really fun.” Cross, in her third year with the company, previously played in their productions “How the Children Stop the War” at the Studio Theater and “Holes” at Portland Stage. Although the cast is young, by Broadway standards, there is an undeniable enthusiasm among the actresses, the stage crew, and the 50-plus people who turned out this past Thursday afternoon for the opening show of A Company of Girls. Made up of mainly moms and young daughters, the audience also featured a smattering of dads and grandparents. The energy from the performance was equally felt by all. For children, there is something magic and powerful about dressing up as an animal, and the kids got right into it, decked out as a goose and a gander that repeats itself, a sheep and a lamb, Templeton the rat, Wilbur the pig, and, of course, Charlotte, the spider who saves Wilbur’s life with the power of words. A Company of Girls, the after-school theatre and arts-based resiliency program for girls aged 8-18, is composed of different mixed age ensembles and
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meets after school throughout the entire school year. Each ensemble produces at least one play a year. Productions have included “Eloise,” “Romeo and Juliet,” “Cynderella Cycle,” “On the Bench and Sticky Like a Frog,” and “A Wrinkle In Time,” according to the website. Working for the company is not easy, as the young actresses can attest. Most of them play two or more roles, assuming different roles on different days. Gina Laramore-Jones plays Templeton, Uncle and Fern, and is also in her third year with ACOG. She attends Presumpscot Elementary School. She said her favorite aspect to acting was getting up on stage. “I like having a good time, making people laugh,” she said. Next up for Laramore-Jones is “Seussical, the Musical” put on by Stages. She said she also likes ostriches, wherever she can find them — in books or at the farm. Cat Bernier and Kaylie LaCour are friends who love spending time together at ACOG. Bernier, who plays Charlotte, the sheep, and the chorus, goes to Hall Elementary School and is in her second year with the company. LaCour plays Edith Zuckerman, goes to Lyman Moore Middle School, and has been acting with ACOG for four years. “Everything is all happy and exciting here,” Bernier said. “We can always do a new project, and all the plays are fun.” “This is a place where you can be safe, and hang out with your friends,” LaCour added. Both stressed that it wasn’t all fun and games, however. It is a lot of hard work, to memorize lines for several characters, but persistence pays off. “The more rehearsals the better. If you miss any, you don’t know where you are,” LaCour said. Part of the Ensemble group for middle to high school girls, LaCour is working on “Lord of the Flies” next. She plays Rachel, the female version of Ralph from the William Golding novel. One of the signature styles of the company is the way they interpret and reinvent male-centered works through female perspectives. For example, they produced “Queen Lear” to offer a female POV on the Shakespeare regicide. The Fledgling group of the company is comprised of beginning actresses, aged 8-11. Mackenzie and Maiah Marles keep acting all in the family. Mackenzie goes to Portland High School, and was in the company for seven years. Even though she left the company three years ago, she see next page
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Open for Breakfast & Lunch 949 Forest Ave., Portland, Maine • 878-6575 Evoking E.B.White’s classic story, Maiah Marles, Chloe Doughty and Sadie Cross perform in A Company of Girls’ “Charlotte Web” production. Of the area troupe’s atmosphere for learning the theater, Cross said, “You get to meet and make some great friends. You come here, you can be yourself. Sometimes, at school, kids tease. It’s always safe here. It’s really fun.” (JASON BERTHIAUME PHOTO)
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still has volunteered for the last two, and plays Mrs. Arable in the play. She is involved in the musical theater class at Portland High, as well as the Drama Club, which produced “The Curious Savage” most recently. Her younger sister, Maiah Marles, has been with the company for three years, since she was six. “I left Charlotte on stage a little too early today,” Maiah says of her day’s first performance. “She had to improv a little bit.” Not deterred by the slight miscue, Maiah was buoyant about the next show that evening. “I love the plays, when everybody finds out their parts. When I heard I was going to play Wilbur, that was exciting!” Mackenzie said she got into theater because she enjoys pretending to be someone she’s really not. “The memorization is tough, but I’ve gotten used to it. I get really nervous if a line is skipped. I’m not sure if I will be able to pull myself back to where I’m supposed to be. Usually, though, someone is pretty good at saving the scene.” The sisters practice at home as much as possible, and thereby limit the potential mis-
spoken lines. Jen Roe, the executive and artistic director of ACOG, is excited about the power of this production company that uses the arts to strengthen the minds and spirits of young girls. The company was founded 16 years ago by Odelle Bowman, who stepped down last year. Roe’s first year in this new position has been filled with exciting challenges. “Strengthening and empowering youth benefits all of us in the greater Portland area and beyond," states the theater company’s brochure. "Resilient girls are better able to withstand the stress to which they are subjected, can adapt to change, and can move through adversity. That means we get safer, healthier, more prosperous communities with lower crime rates, less substance abuse, and fewer girls having babies before they reach their own adulthood." A Company of Girls is performing “Charlotte’s Web,” adapted by Joseph Robinette from E.B. White’s revered children’s book, at Studio Theater at Portland Stage on May 4-6. Visit http://www.acompanyofgirls.org for details.
Slugger, the Portland Sea Dogs mascot, mingles with fans this week during home games at Hadlock Field. The team is on a seven-game road trip. Portland’s second leg of the trip begins Monday with a three-game set in New Britain, a Twins affiliate. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
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