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It’s been less than two months since stricter rules governing “disorderly houses” took effect, but the city's neighborhood prosecutor says they are already paying off. “In 2010, we had three (properties classified as) disorderly houses all year, one of which we brought legal action against,” said Trish McAllister, whose job at Portland Police Department is to take aim at quality-of-life issues in the city. “This year, starting May 4, we’ve got 10 active disorderly house cases” and none that have gone to court, she said. Revisions to the ordinance, which were approved by the city council in April, make it easier for the city to classify a property as a “disorderly house.” Under the new system, properties with five or

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“I realized, in my research, that there were a lot of hot spots, and a lot of repeat hot spots.” — Trish McAllister of the Portland Police Department. fewer units are considered disorderly if police are called there three or more times in a 30-day period. Properties with between six and 10 units are considered disorderly after four calls within that same time period, and buldings with 11 units are disorderly after five police calls. Although the ordinance has existed for several years, McAllister says it was written in a way that allowed most landlords to bypass city sanctions. Previously, houses could have eight police responses in a 30-day period before the city could take action. “That’s a lot,” she says. The new system does away with a provision in the

ordinance that classified problem properties as “hot spots” they drew four calls within a 30-day period. Under that system, all the city could do against owners of "hot spot" buildings was send a letter. “I realized, in my research, that there were a lot of hot spots, and a lot of repeat hot spots,” said McAllister, who added that landlords knew they could “just toss the letter and they would be fine.” “Now, once a property is declared a disorderly house, the landlord’s got to come in, meet with us, and decide what they are going to do about this,” she see DISORDERLY page 8

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Diedre Isherwood of Westbrook peruses the offerings of Kennebec Flower Farm of Bowdoinham Wednesday during the midweek farmer’s market in Monument Square. Isherwood bought a butterfly bush, spinach, strawberries and sugar snap peas. The market runs Wednesdays, 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. A second market offers Maine produce at Deerng Oaks Park on Park Avenue, Saturdays from 7 a.m. to noon. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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A power drain that runs nonstop (NY Times) — Those little boxes that usher cable signals and digital recording capacity into televisions have become the single largest electricity drain in many American homes, with some typical home entertainment configurations eating more power than a new refrigerator and even some central air-conditioning systems. There are 160 million socalled set-top boxes in the United States, one for every two people, and that number is rising. Many homes now have one or more basic cable boxes as well as add-on DVRs, or digital video recorders, which use 40 percent more power than the set-top box. One highdefinition DVR and one highdefinition cable box use an average of 446 kilowatt hours a year, about 10 percent more than a 21-cubic-foot energy-efficient refrigerator, a recent study found. These set-top boxes are energy hogs mostly because their drives, tuners and other components are generally running full tilt, or nearly so, 24 hours a day, even when not in active use. The recent study, by the Natural Resources Defense Council, concluded that the boxes consumed $3 billion in electricity per year in the United States — and that 66 percent of that power is wasted when no one is watching and shows are not being recorded.


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Obama: GOP leaders must bend on taxes WASHINGTON (NY Times) — President Obama said Wednesday that he believed Republicans would concede to tax increases as part of a deficit reduction package in time to avoid a default on the nation’s debt, and voiced exasperation at the lack of progress in negotiations between the administration and Congressional leaders.

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Syria pulls armed forces back from some areas BEIRUT, Lebanon (NY Times) — The Syrian military and the government’s security forces have largely withdrawn from one of the country’s largest cities as well as other areas, residents and activists said Wednesday, leaving territory to protesters whose demonstrations have grown larger and whose chants have taunted a leadership that once inspired deep fear. The military’s move out of Hama, where a government crackdown a generation ago made its name synonymous with the brutality of the Assad family, has

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struggling economy and capital markets and slow down private efforts to create jobs. Obama repeatedly mocked tax breaks that he said were for “millionaires and billionaires, oil companies and corporate jet owners,” saying that voters would not look kindly on Republican lawmakers who defended such breaks at the cost of cuts in popular programs like health care, education and food safety.

Investigators: West Virginia mine owners misled inspectors (NY Times) — Federal investigators said Wednesday that Massey Energy, the owner of the West Virginia mine where 29 people died in an explosion last year, misled government inspectors by keeping accounts of hazardous conditions out of official record books where inspectors would see them. Kevin Stricklin, administrator for coal at the Mine Safety and Health Administration, described a dual accounting system practiced by Massey before the explosion, in which safety problems and efforts to fix them were recorded in an internal set of books, out of sight of state inspectors and off the official books that the law required them to keep. That was the conclusion of a large team of federal investigators who spent a year sifting through documents, interviewing witnesses and examining evidence at the site of the explosion at the Upper Big Branch mine. Some of the findings echoed a report issued by an independent team of state investigators this month, which blamed Massey and its culture of impunity for the explosion.

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LePage signs sign allowing charter schools Up to 10 charter schools will be created in the next decade under a new law signed yesterday by Gov. Paul LePage. Maine is now the 41st state to allow charter schools, which provide alternatives and innovative educational models for students who don’t thrive in traditional public schools, Associated Press Reports. In addition to limiting the number of schools that can be created over the next 10 years, the law would limit the number of students who can attend the new charter schools during the first three years, AP reports. That provision is intended to protect smaller public schools that could lose some funding if students depart for charter schools. Republican Sen. Garrett Mason of Lisbon Falls, who sponsored the bill, tells AP it will take the state “from a one-size-fits-all approach to an individualized education for all.” The charter schools would be voluntary for students, and would not be


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Police catch murder suspect who fled Bangor mental hospital Authorities have captured a 29-yearold murder suspect who escaped from Dorothea Dix Psychiatric Center in Bangor on Tuesday by climbing over a fence. William Hall, who was arrested June 15 in connection with the June 9 strangling of Melvin Abreu in Bangor, was caught by police in Brewer Wednesday while walking down a street roughly two miles from the psychiatric hospital, according to the Associated Press. Hall, of Bangor, is believed to have jumped over a fence at the hospital and might have swim across the Penobscot River into Brewer, the Bangor Daily News reported. “This morning at approximately 10:30 a.m., Brewer Lt. Chris Martin and Officer Nelson Feero located Hall walking along Route 9 [North Main Street] and arrested him … after receiving information of a suspicious male walking in this area,” Brewer Deputy Police Chief Peter Arno said in a statement cited by Bangor Daily News. “Hall was transported to the Bangor Police Department for questioning. He will be taken to the Penobscot County Jail, where he will be charged [with] felony escape.” Witnesses who saw Hall told the paper he looked disheveled and was wearing dirty white socks. He reportedly fled the hospital at around 7:45 p.m. Tuesday during an evaluation, the paper reported. He wasn’t wearing shoes when he escaped.

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Gray man sentenced to 30 months in Monument Sq. punching death Williams Googins has been sentenced to 30 months in prison for throwing a punch in Monument Square that led to the death of a Westbrook man, the Press Herald is reporting. Googins, 21, pleaded guilty yesterday to aggravated assault in connection with the death of Eric Benson, 24, the paper said. A manslaughter change against Googins was dropped. According to published reports, Googins punched Benson one time in the face, causing him to fall down and hit his head on the brick sidewalk in May 2010. Witnesses attempted CPR but Benson died at Maine Medical Center. The episode reportedly began when Googins made suggestive comments to a woman Benson was with, according to the Press Herald. Googins sentence actually calls for 10 years in prison, with all but 30 months suspended, the paper reported.

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WASHINGTON (New York Times) -- After months of saying his position on samesex marriage is “evolving,” President Obama on Wednesday traded that language for comments that stopped just short of endorsing the notion that gay people have the right to marry. But if his personal evolution is complete, Mr. Obama, who has previously opposed same-sex marriage, is not saying so. “I think what you’re seeing is a profound recognition on the part of the American people that gays and lesbians and transgender persons are our brothers, our sisters, our children, our cousins, our friends, our co-workers, and that they’ve got to be treated like every other American,” Mr. Obama said at a news conference. “And I think that principle will win out.”

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City resident parking permits expire tomorrow Residential parking permits for 2010-2011 that allow unlimited parking in one and two-hour parking zones will expire after today, leaving vehicle owners susceptible to parking tickets. The city, as it has done in past years, has distributed blue fliers on cars without the new parking decals reminding them to renew, said John Peverada, parking manager for the city. New parking stickers can be obtained in the Parking Division officers, in the basement at City Hall. That office is open from 7:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. For more information, and to learn what documents are required to obtain a new sticker call 8748498 or 874-8443, or visit asp#residential.

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Utopia on the Hudson I FIGURED I’d get straight to it. “So, Governor,” I asked, “are you afraid you’re going to hell?” Andrew Cuomo, inculcated at Immaculate Conception grade school, Archbishop Molloy High School and Fordham University, chuckled. “There are forms of hell, Maureen,” he answered. “The question is, which level?” He’s his father’s son, all right. “It’s troubling for me as a Catholic to be at odds with the church,” he began, before dissolving into a wry laugh. “Having said that, it seems that my entire political life, the tension with the church has come up again and again.” Just as his father seized a social issue and established himself in opposition to the church with his Notre Dame speech on abortion, now the ––––– son has seized a social issue The New York and established himself in Times opposition to the church with gay marriage. Is it genetic, I wonder. “I have a portrait of Saint Thomas More in my office,” the governor said, calling from the statehouse in Albany. It is a picture Mario Cuomo once kept in his office. He gave it to Andrew as a present when he graduated from Albany Law School, and the younger Cuomo has kept it with him for 30 years as he moved from job to job and city to city. “It’s not the first time there is a tension between the teachings of the church and the administration of the law, for my father and for myself.” Dryly, he adds: “I haven’t lost my head yet.”

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Only 15 months left to go Usually, I come across an item of news that makes my blood boil. Wednesday was no exception to the standard rule. William Googins pled guilty to an aggravated assault charge, one that led to the death of Eric Benson. You remember the case. Just over a year ago, a late-night encounter in Monument Square between Googins and Benson led to Googins punching Benson in the head. The latter fell to the pavement, unable to block his fall. When his head hit the bricks of Monument Square, the deal was sealed, and he died later that day. With today’s plea deal, Googins was sentenced to a term of two and a half years. Yup, you heard that right. Two and a half years, for murder. In making the plea deal, the increased charge of involuntary manslaughter was tossed out. For 11 months, Googins sat in the Cumberland County Jail. Eleven months where he could have stepped up, admitted what he did at any time, and rolled the dice. No, he decided to sit and wait, to make the best deal possible. To hope that time would go by, and that the outrage that we felt a year ago about his crime would have subsided. Good luck with that, chummy.

Bob Higgins ––––– Daily Sun Columnist I’m still pissed. More so after the verdict. Just angry enough to possibly get in touch with some old friends I have in Windham, to arrange a nice pleasant stay for you. The punishment society had decided to mete out does not fit the crime. Hardly a sane person out there would consider a twoyears-and-change sentence for murder to be adequate. Did the DA drop the ball? Who knows. Reporters from this paper have frequently tried to reach Stephanie Anderson, but somehow all those phone messages just keep getting lost. Kind of like the concept of justice did for Eric Benson. From one end of this city to the other, there are reminders of bad episodes in this city’s history. When I was looking for apartments months back, I kept noticing one that was perpetually “for rent” in an era where apartments are snatched up like loose hundred dollar bills found on the sidewalk.

Eric Ernest Benson, 24, from Westbrook, died on Sunday, May 23, 2010, after he was struck by William Googins (inset, below) in Monument Square. Googins of Gray was sentenced Wednesday to two and a half years, after a guilty plea to aggravated assault. (FILE PHOTOS)

It was where Zoe Sarnacki was killed. Tuesday, I was walking home from Union Station Plaza, and passed a small house on the corner of Weymouth Street and Grant. I noticed that the landlord hasn’t even bothered to replace the siding where the bullets went into the see HIGGINS page 5

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Big government gets ugly It’s not unusual for the federal government to provoke widespread retching among its citizens, but it rarely does so intentionally. The new warning labels required on cigarette packs, however, have that goal. Designed to evoke disgust with smoking, they may also induce revulsion at excessive uses of power. The old cigarette warnings inform consumers of straightforward facts, such as: “Smoking Causes Lung Cancer, Heart Disease, Emphysema, And May Complicate Pregnancy” and “Quitting Smoking Now Greatly Reduces Serious Risks to Your Health.” Thanks in part to such labels, Americans today fully grasp that smoking is unsafe. But the point of the new labels is not to ensure that potential and actual smokers understand the hazards of the habit and make an informed choice. The point is to get people to avoid cigarettes whether they want to or not. The Food and Drug Administration finds it intolerable that despite all the efforts to stamp out smoking — through tobacco taxes, advertising restrictions, educational campaigns and smoking bans — nearly 50 million Americans continue to puff away. The hope is that repeated assaults with nauseating photos will kill the urge. So anyone electing to smoke will have to run a gauntlet of horrors: a corpse, a diseased lung, rotting gums and a smoker exhaling through a tracheotomy hole. All this is made possible thanks to legislation passed in 2009 and signed by President Barack Obama. If it sounds like the sort of bossy, intrusive, big-government approach championed by Democrats, it is. But it passed by overwhelming majorities in both

houses, with most Senate Republicans in support. Health and Human ––––– Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius Creators imagines that the Syndicate FDA is filling an unfortunate information gap. With these labels, she says, “every person who picks up a pack of cigarettes is going to know exactly what risk they’re taking.” By “every person,” she means every person who’s been trapped at the bottom of a well for the past 50 years. Everyone else already knew. Cigarette companies have had to provide health warnings since the 1960s. The current labels allow no fond illusions about the fate awaiting tobacco addicts. Sebelius apparently thinks the health information has been widely overlooked. Not to worry. Vanderbilt University law professor W. Kip Viscusi has found that smokers greatly overestimate the risk of dying from ailments caused by tobacco. If the government wanted to make sure that Americans were accurately informed, it would have to tell them smoking is considerably less dangerous than they assume. The likely ineffectuality of this mandate does not discourage antitobacco crusaders. Its basic character, however, should spur everyone else to ask what business the federal government has interfering with a transaction between legal sellers and informed buyers who are minding their own business. The new labels thrust the government further into gratuitous regulation of personal behavior, motivated less by medical concerns than moralism. Now, that’s ugly.

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Signs of violence remain HIGGINS from page 4 the wake of Googins’ punch. Googins contributed yet another ghost to a city of building the night David people killed far too soon. To Okot pulled a gun on Portbe sentenced to two years land Police, and was shot and change is not just an dead on his porch. insult to Benson’s family, Looking back at that but a slap across the face fateful weekend, I looked of a city that continually at the story I filed at the prides itself on a low crime time. I still remember rate, and being voted one of walking through Monuthe “most live-able cities in ment Square that early America.” Monday morning, seeing But that is what we’ve the blood drops covered over by sand, circled with Chad Gurney, 29, killed Zoe become. A city where a thug Sarnacki in his apartment chalk and labeled for the on Cumberland Avenue can punch someone hard crime scene photographs. on May 25, 2009. Justice enough to knock him to the Monument Square Roland Cole ruled recently bricks and kill him, and changed a lot for me that that Gurney was guilty of walk away after a couple of day, and over a year later, murder and of arson in the years behind bars. it still doesn’t feel the killing of 18-year-old Sar- From this point forward, no deals. They diminish us same. The folks hanging nacki. (FILE PHOTO) all. out there now are calling it “Monument Square Beach” these (Bob Higgins is a regular contribudays, but somehow I doubt that many tor to The Portland Daily Sun.) of them saw the mess that was left in

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Far from it. The New York governor says he still goes to church with his three teenage daughters. He received Communion at his Inaugural Day Mass, but mostly abstains. He has managed to stay on good terms with New York’s pugnacious archbishop, Timothy Dolan, who waged a relatively muted battle against gay marriage that Cuomo calls “reasonable.” When I asked if the archbishop would preside over the ceremony if the governor decides to tie the knot with the Food Network glamour girl Cuomo Sandra Lee, Cuomo says it couldn’t happen “because I’m divorced.” He shrugged off the shrill complaint of Vatican adviser Edward Peters that he’s living in “public concubinage” with his girlfriend in their Westchester home. “He was a blogger, not from my state,” Cuomo said of Peters. “I didn’t want to give it too much credibility.” As for whether Lee was hurt by the crude, archaic term, he conceded, “It was not a pleasant conversation for anyone.” Back when he was a young strat-

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in Albany, including himself, to break down partisan barriers and move things forward. Andrew calls himself “an aggressive progressive” and thinks liberals have to reorient themselves toward a government with goals and effective service, rather than big government. Those who have followed Cuomo’s career for decades do not think he took on the same-sex marriage issue out of the goodness of his heart. They think he saw how he could get a strategic win with little downside. But like Ted Olson when he fought Prop. 8 in court in California, Cuomo seems genuinely moved by the reaction. He says that at many points “I did not think we were going to win,” which explains why he signed it so quickly on Friday just before the clock struck midnight “with the ink still wet.” At Sunday’s gay pride parade in Manhattan, the guy who was once the cold insider blossomed into the cherished hero. “I have never been in anything like that in my life, period,” he said. “Not when I worked with Clinton. Not with my father. In my 30 years in government, I never felt what I felt in that parade. Just the difference we made in people’s lives, how we touched people and made them feel good about society. It was really magic. “A father, maybe 60 years old, came up to me and said, ‘You know, I have a gay son, and I never really accepted him and I shouldn’t have needed you to tell me that it was O.K. to accept my own boy. But I did.’ ” For the moment, and it may only be a moment given all the thorny issues he has coming up, he is in that imaginary place his idol Sir Thomas More invented: utopia. He wanted to prove government could work and the two parties could trust each other, and he has — avoiding his father’s mistake of being too highhanded with lawmakers. He wanted to transform a dysfunctional Albany from a joke, after the shenanigans of Eliot Spitzer and David Paterson, to a respected place where young people once more aspired to work, and he has. “For a moment in time, you had people in this state capital who really heard their better angels and responded,” he said. “Government here has a renewed bounce in its step.” The governor says he sold the marriage-equality bill as a matter of conscience and didn’t try to buy off any recalcitrant lawmakers with promises about roads or bridges. He said Senator Roy McDonald, a Republican who grew up in public housing and represents a somewhat conservative district in the Albany area, told him that he wanted to vote for the bill because “it’s the right thing. I believe my God is a God of love and acceptance.” When Republican donors were brought in to assuage skittish Republican legislators, Cuomo said, “It wasn’t really about the money. It was to say the Republican Party in this state has always been a moderate Republican Party, a Rockefeller party.” If a politician’s character is defined by what he chooses to put himself on the line for, then Cuomo has shown character.

I asked him if President Obama had missed the moment when he stuck to his position at a Democratic fund-raiser for the gay community in Manhattan that states should decide the issue. “No, there will be other moments,” he said diplomatically. “The president comes to New York and they ask him that question. That question didn’t exist a year ago. There’s been an amazingly rapid evolution on this.” But, for many gays, Cuomo is now the civil rights leader among elected officials, a role President Obama should have proudly held. Cuomo, who now has a huge and excited base of millions of volunteers, activists and donors across the country, can press a button and raise millions. And that, of course, has led to talk of 2016, when he could face his neighbor Chris Christie, who says he is not a fan of the gay marriage legislation, and even Michele Bachmann, who reacted to the joy in New York by saying she wants a Constitutional amendment protecting marriage. “If I’m breathing in 2016, I’ll be happy,” said the man who learned the value of humility. He says he does not tease his father about the fact that his poll numbers are now higher. “Some things you don’t kid about and that’s one of them,” he says. They talk at least once a day, and he says he values his father’s advice on any issue the “always rational” Mario chooses to weigh in on. It is a stark contrast to the Bush 43, who was still afraid of his dad’s shadow as president and avoided talking issues with 41. By contrast, 56 says of 52: “I ask him everything. When you work together as intensely as we did, either you’re very, very close, binary, or it destroys the relationship. He’s so smart, so informed, such a gift to me. I understand him more and more.” He said he believes that a big part of his job is “leadership on the social, moral and legal issues of the day” because “that’s the model of leadership that I was exposed to as a boy. “My father was against the death penalty, and that was hard in the Son of Sam summer when fear was driving the desire for the death penalty. You can see a line of continuity from the death penalty to choice to marriage equality. You could argue there’s a 30-year span of the pressing social, moral and legal issues of the day.” I ask him if it bothers him that he lives with a Food Network star but often keeps a 6 a.m. to 10 p.m. schedule at work that causes him to miss out on his girlfriend’s famous “semi-homemade” meals at home. (His mom’s criticism of her lasagna is another thing you don’t kid about.) “The first six months were a sprint, but I make time for my private life,” he says. “My personal life is all good. The kids are good. Sandy’s good.” So how does the workaholic on the Hudson relax? “I’m a Queens boy at the end of the day,” he said. “I go fishing. I ride my motorcycle. I work on my cars. I spend time at home. I try to amuse my daughters, although teenagers do not have all that much use for a slightly controlling father.”

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CAPE NEDDICK, Me. — The most enthusiastic customers at the Eldredge Brothers Fly Shop of late are not looking to buy fly fishing reels or snag stripers. They are here to make a fashion statement. In an improbable collision of cuttingedge chic and a hobby that requires drab waders, fly fishing shops around the country are suddenly inundated with stylish women looking to get in on the latest trend: long, colorful feathers that are bonded or clipped into hair. Demand for the feathers, before now exclusively the domain of fly fishermen, who use them to tie flies, has created a shortage, forcing up the price and causing fly shops and hairdressers to compete for the elusive plumes. “I’ve been out for probably a month,” said Bill Thompson, the owner of North Country Angler in North Conway, N.H. “There is that worry that next year, fishermen won’t have materials they’ll need.” The circumstances are especially strange because a proudly stodgy and tradition-bound industry content to hide from the world beyond the river is competing in this niche marketplace with a fad that may not last as long as a trout’s spawning season. “For someone to use them as a fashion statement is just sacrilegious,” said Bob Brown, 65, a fly fisherman who lives in an recreational vehicle parked in Kennebunk, Me. He said he had been tying flies for 50 years and this is the first time he had ever heard of a feather shortage. “They’ve been genetically bred for fly tying, and that’s what they should be used for,” Mr. Brown said. Fly fishing feathers — which individually are called hackles and as a group called saddles — are harvested from roosters painstakingly bred to grow supple feathers. It takes more than a year for a rooster to grow feathers long and pliable enough for use by fly fishermen. Because no one could have predicted the fashion trend, there are not enough to go around. Thomas Whiting, the owner of Whiting Farms, the country’s larg-

est hackle producer, said the company stopped taking new accounts several months ago after being unable to fulfill orders for current customers. Today, about one-fifth of their feathers are used for “fashion fodder,” Mr. Whiting said. Mr. Whiting produces about 80,000 roosters a year for feathers and owns specific genetic lines that guarantee long, strong feathers. Each bird has his own “apartment” where he is “truly pampered” before being euthanized and plucked, he said. “The fashion world is a vastly larger animal than the fly fishing world,” Mr. At the Eldredge Brothers Fly Shop in Maine, Tom Cormier has fielded a number of calls about the suddenly hard-toWhiting said. “We can’t keep find feathers (Photo: Craig Dilger for The New York Times). up with demand. Things are about 300 white, velvety-soft feathers Hanover, N.H., refuses to sell feathers pretty crazy.” that Jim Bernstein, the store manto anyone other than fly fishermen. The feathers, anglers said, are used ager, said sold for about $120 last year. “We felt we would be better off with to help the flies that mimic bugs that “I found out this is worth $1,000,” good will than just selling out,” Mr. sit atop the water, which are called Mr. Bernstein said, adding that no fly Ciardelli said. dry flies, as well as wet flies, which fisherman would pay that much. “It The feathers are fetching big intersink below the surface and are supwould be nice if you had blond hair. It est — and money — on the Internet, posed to look like bait fish. has that subtle barring on it.” with nearly 6,000 listings for “hair Dry flies typically use brown and neuThe store would have more, Mr. Berextension feathers” on the Web site tral feathers, which women prefer for a nstein said, were it not for a and more than 6,000 listings more natural look, and flies that sink long delay from its supplier. It has a on eBay. Feathers that used to cost a often use feathers in colors like yellow wall filled with packages of colorful few dollars are fetching $20 each in and electric blue, which deliver more feathers, but they’re the wrong ones some salons. pop as a hair accessory. Some feathers — too short and wide for most people’s The situation has spawned some come in solid colors, and others have tastes. But that seems to be changing. interesting business alliances. patterns of contrasting colors. “Now they’re buying any saddles, “We do get our feathers from a local The qualities that make the feathwider feathers, and that’s going to fly fishing shop,” said Rebecca Pellers so attractive to anglers — pliabilaffect fly shops even more,” Mr. Berman, a spokeswoman for Vain, a salon ity and durability — are also what nstein said. with two Seattle locations. She said appeal to hairdressers. The feathers Mr. Bernstein has no problem sellshe understood why fishermen might can be washed, blow dried, curled and ing to hair-extension seekers; he even be upset. flat ironed, and typically stay in hair teaches them how to dye the feathers. “Can you imagine some Dad type for a few months. Todd Lanning, manager of South Fork coming in for feathers and hearing, “They’re just like hair and they Outfitters in Swan Valley, Idaho, says ‘Sorry, I sold them all for people’s hairdon’t fade,” said Sheryl Miller, the the trend is good for fly fishing. dos’?” Ms. Pellman said. artistic director at Fringe Hair Art “It’s business. We’re happy to sell She estimates that the salon has in Kennebunkport, Me., where three whatever feathers we can to whomput feathers in the hair of at least feathers cost $25. ever,” said Mr. Lanning, who has 1,000 clients. But she and others recHere at the Eldredge Brothers received some calls about his feathers. ognize that the shortage, and the hairFly Shop on Saturday morning, Tom And, he likes the look. “I think it’s dos, will probably be short-lived. Cormier said, “Feather call,” from kind of sexy, to be honest with you, for “It’s a fad,” said Jim Makris of the behind the counter as he hung up lack of a better word.” Opechee Trading Post in Laconia, the telephone. Another disappointed But other fly shops want nothing to N.H., which still has some shorter feather-seeker was on the other end. do with the fashionable. Tom Ciardelli, feathers available. “And like all fads, The store is keeping and will eventhe owner of Hanover Outdoors in tually sell one saddle, a large mane of it will go away. But right now, it’s hot.”

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Five seats on Peaks Island board up for election in fall PEAKS from page one

meet Cincinnati police chief James Craig! Ask him about his public safety plans for Cincinnati's island communities, or just wish him good luck out there in the flyovers. Also, please bring cookies. We keep asking, and no one ever brings cookies. It's like you think we're kidding. We're not kidding. We really like cookies." The posts go on to clarify that, no, Portland's police chief wouldn't be attending the council meeting, since Craig recently announced he had accepted the job of police chief for Cincinnati, where he starts Aug. 2. But the council couldn't resist throwing in one more zinger: "The police Foster meeting tonight is still on, with Interim Chief Mike Sauschuck and Commander Vern Malloch, 6:30 pm at the Community Center. Former Chief Craig will not be able to attend, as he has a lot of packing to do." Welcome to the Peaks Island Council of 2011. Peaks Island, home to 1,000 or more year-round residents, didn't always revel in absurdity and tonguein-cheek sarcasm. Indeed, things were notably tense for the council last year, when nearly every incumbent resigned amid complaints that the council lacked authority and had been steadfastly ignored by Portland officials. On Nov. 8, in what could be another bizarre election on the island, five seats are open, and already the city is soliciting interest. "Residents of Peaks Island I would like to inform you that nomination papers will be available for the Peaks Island Council on July 1, 2011," City Clerk Kathy Jones wrote in a June 13 memo to Peaks Island residents.

The Aucocisco III, a Casco Bay Lines ferry named after the Abenaki word for Casco Bay meaning “resting place,” leaves the Portland mainland on a trip toward the islands. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

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said. “If they don’t, we can take action otherwise by filing a civil lawsuit.” Councilor Ed Suslovic, chair of the city’s Public Safety Committee, which reviewed the ordinance changes before they were adopted, said he hasn’t heard any negative feedback since the new provisions took effect. “A, it enables the city to get involved earlier so the neighborhood doesn’t have to put up with a real problem as long as under the old way, and B, it gives the city a little more flexibility in how we respond,” he said. McAllister says civilian officials at the neighborhood policing centers use daily calls for service logs to keep track of how many times officers are called to a certain property. She says individual police officers have leeway to determine whether a complaint about a certain property is “warranted” — meaning there truly was some sort of disturbance — or “unfounded.” McAllister won’t release addresses of active “disorderly houses” in the city, saying there is no public record of the properties until the city files a lawsuit. That has only happened once in the past two years, involving a house at 259 Oxford St. In that case, a judge ruled in the city’s favor, which gave McAllister more authority to force changes. McAllister says she’s seen a “terrific turnaround” at that property since

the court hearing, and police calls for service are down about 80 percent. “The landlord is a little more involved and is working with the city to get the tenants screened before they come in,” said McAllister. Per the court order, the landlord is also required to offer counseling to his tenats, many of which were recently homeless. According to the city assessor, Ace Holdings LLC owns 259 Oxford. Attempts to reach someone associated with that property were not successful. Although the city isn’t releasing locations of the disorderly houses, McAllister says several are in Parkside, something she says probably “will not come as a surprise to anyone.” In most of those cases, she says, the owners have met with the city and are taking steps to rein in disruptive behavior among tenants. Councilor Dave Marshall, whose district includes Parkside, said “it sounds as though (the new rules) are having the intended effect of helping us hold landlords accountable.” McAllister agrees. “The goal is to fix these quality-oflife issues for neighborhoods and to make the neighborhoods a little more peaceful or safer by having landlords take responsibility for their buildings ... not just fill them up, take the rent checks, and then turn their backs,” she said. “I want Portland to be a city where landlords take responsibility,” she added.

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Tongue-in-cheek humor part and parcel of posts COUNCIL from page 8

On Nov. 9, 2010, in the wake of last fall’s

That means only two Peaks Island Counelections, the first post on the Peaks Island cilors — Eaton and Fowler — will continue Council’s Facebook page was suitably their terms past the Nov. 8 election. The absurdist: “It’s a new day in Peaks Island other five members will either be elected, as current appointees seeking full terms or politics. And there’s a new sheriff in town. as newcomers; or — in the absence of canFirst order of business: Fire the sheriff.” didates — new members may be appointed to the advisory board, as Meharg, Thompson and Kelley were after the last election. The earliest that nomination papers can Foster was semi-serious in an email reply to be returned to the City Clerk’s office is Aug. questions from The Portland Daily Sun this 15, and the latest is Aug. 29. Candidates week about the council's future. need at least 50 signatures but no more "I don't know of any continuing secession effort. than 100 signatures of registered Peaks And I suppose if there was one I'd know about it, Island voters to qualify for the ballot, Jones so I guess there isn't one," he wrote. "I haven't explained. heard anyone say that they're running for the It's unclear how the election may play out. PIC. I guess we'll see if anyone takes out papers. Mike Murray, city liaison to Peaks Island, As to why anyone would — well, it appears that said, "I would think that if nobody were we're not going to be a town any time soon, and elected it may go dormant, or there may the PIC is, for good or ill, all the official neighbe the possibility for appointments again, borhood representation we have. I think it can which they did after the last election." do some good and I think we have, in at least a Council chairman Foster said new blood small way, done some good for city/island relaon the council could help the island, even tions. I hope that there are a few people out though a secession effort appears to be dead. there with some good ideas and a cooperative In mid-April, the Legislature's State attitude who are willing to sign themselves up and Local Committee unanimously voted for a modicum "Ought Not To Pass" on a secession bill, of abuse and “The police meeting ... is effectively thwarting an effort by some This artwork showed up on the Peaks Island Council Facebook page, spurring a few tedium in order islanders to withdraw from Portland. The bemused comments. (COURTESY IMAGE) to improve their still on, with Interim Chief subsequently left the council. Marjorie Phyfe, an setback to advocates of island independence home a little bit." Mike Sauschuck and incumbent and lone holdover from the earlier board, capped a period of upheaval, when nearly all of the "And if none of ended up resigning as well. Three appointed memcouncilors quit. Last fall's council election created, the preceding heart- Commander Vern Malloch, bers, Meharg, Thompson and Kelley, later joined. through write-ins and appointments, a new council, warming commu- 6:30 pm at the Community Their terms are up in November. which emerged, the new councilors quipped, from nity-service crap The running joke on Peaks Island is that the coun"the smoking ruins of the old." inspires you, people Center. Former Chief Craig cil lacks any real authority, acting only as an advisory will not be able to attend, Foster wrote early on that the Peaks Island Counshould know that body to the Portland City Council, which created it in cil was "serious business," but he clearly had tongue PIC members are as he has a lot of packing the wake of a failed 2007 bid for island secession. firmly planted in cheek. invited to judge the to do.” — Peaks Island Islanders contribute to the online bantering, as On Nov. 9, 2010, in the wake of last fall's elections, baked goods contest did one posting, which read: "Dear Peaks Island the first post on the council's Facebook page was at PeaksFest. We've Council Facebook page Council: (well Rusty and Eric anyway) I'd like to see suitably absurdist: "It's a new day in Peaks Island got some damn good your 1000 point of light non-action plan for the unpolitics. And there's a new sheriff in town. First bakers out here. And governance of our fifedom. Thank you." The counorder of business: Fire the sheriff." in exchange, all you have to do is attend one meetcil replied: "Read our lips: 1000 points of hope and Foster and Eaton, the only elected Peaks Island ing a month and vote how I tell you. It's not a bad change will show that it's morning on Peaks Island. Council members (they earned their seats through deal. (Voting how I tell you is not strictly required, You don't change horses in midstream, so I like Ike. write-in votes last fall), share quips on Facebook. A although it will save prospective councillors a lot of If we don't go clean for Gene, it'll be 54 40 or fight!" third candidate who won by write-in, Sid Gerard, effort and thinking.)"


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By Holiday Mathis SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). Even the most dependable and balanced parts of your life are not entirely under your control -- something to admit, accept and possibly even enjoy now that the surprises are likely to please you greatly. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You’ll do quite a lot with your day, but is it enough? That’s the question that will stick with you even after you’ve closed your eyes to go to sleep, and your ambitions will fill your dreams. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You will master the art of being easygoing. You can be high maintenance when you think it’s appropriate. But for now, you’re content to master the art of being AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Relax. Recharging your brain is as important as any of the other activities you do to maintain your health and well-being. It’s as vital as brushing your teeth, eating nutritious food or taking a shower. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). The one who puts you on the defensive has something to teach you, as well. It’s not so easy to find the lesson when you’re in the middle of the fight, but later you can look back and see it very clearly. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (June 30). You’ll happily do more of what you’re best at this year. You’ll harmoniously co-exist with loved ones for the vast majority of the time. You’ll enjoy independent work in July and be a valuable part of a group effort in August. October brings a financial opportunity, and you’ll be able to help family with your new resources, too. Leo and Scorpio people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 20, 1, 24, 35 and 17.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). There are many different ways to handle a tricky situation, though your prior conditioning may bring only one to mind. So go deeper. Ask “what else?” and let the brainstorming begin. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). Telling someone who is frustrated to calm down is like telling a scared person to be brave -- a fine suggestion that’s likely to be met with big-time resistance. Let people move through their feelings while you move through yours. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). The smallest situation to the biggest, now is the time to make a plan for how you want to resolve each one and write those plans down. Tomorrow’s moon will bring luck to all who do the preliminary work. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Someone will ask you a question that, in some subtle way, encourages you to commit to a position. Consider that it may not benefit you to take a position or even answer at all. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). Though you may turn to the world of celebrity as a fun escape, be careful not to wish to have the lives of others. Your own world is more enjoyable in so many ways and is definitely better for you. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Just as a loving parent will seek outside expertise to develop a child’s abilities or help a child get healthier, you may need some outside help to solve a current problem. Be your own loving parent. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). When you accept information that supports your point of view and reject information that doesn’t, you are doing what is only natural and human. That doesn’t make it right, though. Try to have an open mind.

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Thursday, June 30, the 181st day of 2011. There are 184 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On June 30, 1936, the epic Civil War novel “Gone with the Wind” by Margaret Mitchell was first published by The Macmillan Co. in New York. On this date: In 1859, French acrobat Charles Blondin (blahn-DAN’) walked back and forth on a tightrope above the gorge of Niagara Falls as thousands of spectators watched. In 1860, the famous Oxford University Museum debate on Darwin’s theory of evolution took place as Anglican Bishop Samuel Wilberforce led his side in denouncing the concept, while biologist T.H. Huxley rose to defend it. In 1908, the Tunguska Event took place in Russia as an asteroid exploded above Siberia, leaving 800 square miles of scorched or blown-down trees. In 1921, President Warren G. Harding nominated former President William Howard Taft to be chief justice of the United States, succeeding the late Edward Douglass White. In 1934, Adolf Hitler carried out his “blood purge” of political and military rivals in Germany in what came to be known as “The Night of the Long Knives.” In 1958, the U.S. Senate passed the Alaska statehood bill by a vote of 64-20. In 1963, Pope Paul VI was crowned the 262nd head of the Roman Catholic Church. In 1971, the Supreme Court ruled, 6-3, that the government could not prevent The New York Times or the Washington Post from publishing the Pentagon Papers. In 1985, 39 American hostages from a hijacked TWA jetliner were freed in Beirut after being held 17 days. One year ago: President Barack Obama talked about the economy at a town hall in Racine, Wis., saying, “We got it moving again,” and that he intended to get “our debt and our deficits under control,” but warned he wouldn’t slash spending at the expense of the economic rebound. Benigno Aquino III was sworn in as the Philippines’ 15th president. Today’s Birthdays: Actor Tony Musante is 75. Actress Nancy Dussault is 75. Singer Glenn Shorrock is 67. Jazz musician Stanley Clarke is 60. Actor David Garrison is 59. Rock musician Hal Lindes (Dire Straits) is 58. Actor-comedian David Alan Grier is 55. Actor Vincent D’Onofrio is 52. Actress Deirdre Lovejoy is 49. Actor Rupert Graves is 48. Boxer Mike Tyson is 45. Rock musician Tom Drummond is 42. Actor Brian Bloom is 41. Actor Brian Vincent is 41. Actress Monica Potter is 40. Actor Rick Gonzalez is 32. Actress Lizzy Caplan is 29. Rhythm-andblues singer Fantasia is 27. Olympic gold medal swimmer Michael Phelps is 26.


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Despite lingering fears, home ownership retains allure, poll shows BY DAVID STREITFELD AND MEGAN THEE-BRENAN THE NEW YORK TIMES

cent, say the government should help. And almost no one favors discontinuing the mortgage tax deduction, a prized middle-class benefit that has been featured on some budget-cutting proposals. President Obama, who has been criticized for both doing too much to help the housing market and for not doing enough, was given poor marks. Only 36 percent of those polled approve of what Mr. Obama has done, while 45 percent disapprove. In assessing blame for the housing crash, people are increasingly seeing financial institutions as the central culprit. Amid the swirl of recent disclosures about banks following improper and illegal procedures in pursuing foreclosures, 42 percent blame lenders, while 29 percent blame regulators. When the question was asked in early 2008, as the crisis was still building, the numbers were reversed, with 40 percent blaming regulators and 28 percent blaming lenders. Only a handful of respondents at either moment blamed the borrow-

ers themselves for taking loans they could not afford. “I believe the financial institutions willingly and knowingly allowed people to apply and receive credit at a rate higher than they could afford and this has degraded our economy,” said Steven Goode, an environmental health manager in Las Vegas, in a followup interview. Making an offer for a house, something often done in past generations with little apprehension, is now riddled with worry. Only 49 percent call it a safe investment, while 45 percent feel it is risky. In a market where prices are consistently dropping, there is no easy exit. “For the average person, it might not be a good idea today to buy,” said another respondent, Beth Lovcy of Troutdale, Ore., who bought a year ago. The value has already shrunk, but Mrs. Lovcy is unfazed. “It works out better financially than renting now because we can claim the interest on the mortgage.”


Owning a house remains central to Americans’ sense of well-being, even as many doubt their home is a good investment after a punishing recession. Nearly nine in 10 Americans say homeownership is an important part of the American dream, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News poll. And they are keen on making sure it stays that way, for themselves and everyone else. Support for helping people in financial distress over housing is higher than support for helping those without a job for many months. Forty-five percent of the respondents say the government should be doing more to improve the housing market, while 16 percent say it should be doing less. On the politically contentious issue of direct financial assistance to those having trouble paying their mortgages, slightly more than half of those polled, 53 per-


Dear Annie: My daughter, “Chloe,” receives child support for her son, “Logan,” who is 3. Chloe does not live with her son because she is not capable of taking care of him. She is an alcoholic who lives with her abusive boyfriend. My husband and I have raised Logan since birth. He lives with us. Since Chloe has legal custody, however, she receives the child support payments. Unfortunately, she spends most of the money on herself and her boyfriend. Every time I ask her for money to cover day care costs, food and other expenses for Logan, we get into a big fight. She does buy her son a few clothes and toys from time to time. But she recently received $926 in back support, and it is already gone. Less than half was spent on Logan. What can I do? I would like Logan’s father to get custody. He already has him four days a week and wants to be with him. Chloe usually sees her son once a week. Should I tell Logan’s father what is going on? I think he would still let us take care of Logan a few days a week. I love my grandchild and want to be a part of his life. -- Nebraska Dear Nebraska: Chloe should not be receiving child support payments if she is not actually raising her child or using the money for its intended purpose. You should do whatever is in Logan’s best interests. If his father wants to raise him and can provide a stable, loving home, it makes sense for him to ask for custody. You also may be in a position to be given custody of your grandchild since you have been his informal guardian since birth. If you want to do that, please talk to a lawyer. Dear Annie: I’m an alcoholic. I’ve been to rehab three times and now go to AA every day. I also attend an intensive outpatient program every week. It’s finally had an impact. I have

NO desire at all for a glass of wine. I am an attractive professional and had a very high-paying job for 25 years. Alcohol played a major role in my losing my job. It also caused serious issues with my family. I got three DUIs and pretty much took a perfectly good life and allowed alcohol to screw it up. Alcohol does that. After being “dry” for three weeks, I finished up some landscaping work with a friend and said, “Boy, a beer would be great right now.” So I ordered a non-alcoholic beer at the local bar. Since then, I’ve had a few more. I feel great, I don’t wake up jittery, and I have a lot more energy and drive. Here’s my question. Is non-alcoholic beer OK for an alcoholic? I’m aware that there is .05 percent alcohol in a beer, but it satisfies the urge without the problems associated with normal alcoholic beverages. -- Wondering About the Brew in Massachusetts Dear Wondering: We commend you for trying to stay sober, but any alcohol, even a small amount, could be a problem for you. Studies have shown that the smell of non-alcoholic beer can trigger the same increase in the brain chemical dopamine as regular beer, causing some recovering alcoholics to eventually relapse. Please discuss this with your AA sponsor. Dear Annie: This is in response to “Crying in California,” the woman who did not receive a condolence card from her doctor after the loss of her daughter. She has my sympathy. At least she did not experience the horror of receiving a call from the doctor reminding her of her dead daughter’s next appointment. That’s what happened to our mother shortly after Dad passed away. Please tell “Crying” to wipe her tears and change doctors. -- K in Kentucky

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

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3 Family Garage Sale- 62 Atlantic St, Munjoy Hill, Saturday July 2nd, 9-12pm.

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AUBURN, Lewiston Coin/ Marble Show- 7/9/11, American Legion Post 31, 426 Washington St, 8-2pm. (802)266-8179. Free admission.

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Thursday, June 30 ‘Effective Networking’ seminar at library noon to 1 p.m. “What Everyone Does, But Few Do Well: Effective Networking,” part of the Wisdom at Work series at the Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium. Free and open to the public. Featuring Barbara Babkirk of Heart At Work Career Counseling.

Maine Red Claws Summer Clinic Series noon to 2 p.m. The Maine Red Claws announced the return of their Summer Clinic Series which is once again sponsored by local Dunkin’ Donuts business owners. The series will be kicked off with a free clinic in Monument Square in Portland. The clinic will be hosted by members of the Maine Red Claws staff and is open to kids of all ages. This event will mark the first stop on the Red Claws’ caravan to 13 select Dunkin’ Donuts locations across Maine. Throughout July and August, the Red Claws will travel as far south as Kittery and as far north as Presque Isle holding 90-minute clinics that will teach the fundamentals of basketball. Additional information can be found on the Red Claws website as well as information about upcoming clinics.

Build Your Network with the Sea Dogs 5:30 p.m. The Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A affiliate of the Boston Red Sox, are offering a summer networking series titled “Build Your Network.” The series, which gets underway on June 30th, is designed to give professionals in the business community an opportunity for professional development, creating contacts and to network in a casual social setting at the ballpark. The summer networking series will consist of three events over the course of the summer. The first event is on June 30 with the remaining events taking place on July 14, and Aug. 23. Each event will include a featured local business leader speaking, networking opportunities in the Coca-Cola Picnic Grove at Hadlock Field, and a Portland Sea Dogs baseball game. The speaking portion of the series will take place at 5:45 p.m. in the Portland Room and will conclude at approximately at 6:15 p.m. Following the speaking portions, all attendees are welcome to continue networking in the Coca Cola picnic area, where you will be able to enjoy a ballpark style dinner consisting of hamburgers, hot dogs, BBQ chicken sandwiches, Sea Dog biscuits, and much more. After dinner enjoy watching the Sea Dogs in action, game time is set for 7 p.m. Tickets to each event cost $20, and include the speaking portion as well as your ticket to the game in the Coca Cola Picnic Area with food. Tickets are limited and can be purchased by contacting Liz Riley at the Sea Dogs office at 874-9300 or email at lriley@ The series will kick off on Thursday, June 30 at 5:30 p.m. and will feature Eastern League President Joe McEacharn as the speaker prior to that evenings’ 7 p.m. game against the New Hampshire Fisher Cats (Blue Jays).

Portland Improv Experience at Lucid Stage 7:30 p.m. “Since 2010, Portland Improv Experience (PIE) has brought long form improvisational theater to audiences across southern Maine. Each show features PIE’s ensemble cast working together to create uncommon stories driven by audience inspiration. ... Portland Improv Experience brings a different kind of improv to Maine’s theater scene. In addition to live performances, PIE is committed to expanding theater and arts education across Maine through classes and workshops. Most recently PIE worked with Yarmouth High School to produce student programming for the state’s One Act Festival and was a featured company in the first annual Portland Improv Festival.” $10. Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Boulevard, Portland. 899-3993.

Friday, July 1 Peaks Island photographer Arthur Fink exhibit kicks off Bates Dance Festival in Lewiston 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The Bates Dance Festival based in Lewiston announces its 29th season of public events, taking place July 1 through Aug. 13 on the Bates College campus. The six-week festival showcases contemporary performance works by Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Nicholas Leichter Dance, Zoe | Juniper, The Equus Projects and Black Label Movement, and David Dorfman Dance. Performances, panel discussions and lectures by more than 40 internationally recognized dancers from across the United States and abroad. Performance times and locations appear on the festival website: Images from the Festival: Dance Photo Exhibit — “Peaks Island photographer, Arthur Fink, has a passion for dance. For the last four summers he has spent several weeks photographing dancers at the Festival. These stunning and provocative images capture the dancers at work — warming up, taking class and rehearsing. Included are images of the acclaimed artistsin-residence.” July 1 to Aug. 14, Chase Hall Gallery, Open

Kevin Brooks appears with Portland Improv Experience (PIE). The troupe will perform at Lucid Stage tonight. (COURTESY PHOTO) daily 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Also featured: Monday, July 11, Schaeffer Theatre, 7:30 p.m., a sneak preview: Camille Brown and her dancers share snippets and talk about the stories behind the work. Camille A. Brown & Dancers, Friday and Saturday, July 15 and 16, Schaeffer Theatre, 8 p.m., the vivid and versatile Camille A. Brown is a pixy-ish performer who packs a punch. Festival Finale, Saturday, Aug. 13, Alumni Gym, 7:30 p.m., discover and celebrate the next generation of dance luminaries.

Scenes of Life in Portland, 1940s at MHS 2 p.m. “Innocent Interlude: Scenes of Life in Portland, Maine, 1940-41 (2004),” Daily Screenings: Monday-Friday in July and August at the Maine Historical Society. “Take an amazing tour of Portland in the early 1940s. City officials made this remarkable series of color films that document life around Portland, capturing: longshoremen unloading ships on the waterfront; regattas; a soap box derby on Park Avenue; baseball, swan boats, and ice skating at Deering Oaks Park; aerial views of the city; snow plows; the removal of trolley tracks from Congress Street, and many other subjects. Film narrated by Historian Joel Eastman. (60 minutes).”

Bath Heritage Days 5 p.m. Celebrate the Fourth of July during Bath Heritage Days. “Join us for a citywide festival featuring live music, a carnival on the waterfront, art and craft shows in Library Park, a fireman’s muster, and annual Heritage Days Parade. There will be a fireworks finale on the 4th on the Kennebec River.” Events start with Smokey’s Greatest Show and Carnival, 5-11 p.m. at Waterfront Park. Downtown Bath/Waterfront/Library Park. July 1-July 4.

Robert Moran photos at Trinket & Fern 5 p.m. First Friday July Art Opening features running with scissors studios artist Robert Moran, Opening Reception 5-8 p.m. at Trinket & Fern, 172 Middle St. 699-4030. http://

Images of the Longfellow Garden 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Images of the Longfellow Garden, First Friday Art Walk. “Enjoy Portland’s vibrant First Friday Art Walk and come see the current show in the Shettleworth Gallery, Images of the Longfellow Garden (May 6-Aug. 30). The historical images in this exhibit trace the evolution of the garden — one of Maine Historical Society and Portland’s great treasures — through the years. The Longfellow Garden will be open late for art walk patrons.

First Friday Art Walk at Meg Perry 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Meg Perry Center at 644 Congress St. presents: The Refugee Women’s Craft Collective, featuring work from Columbia, Rwanda and Japan. “Imagine arriving in a country where everything, from language to social customs, is different from everything you have ever known. To a refugee, our country is another world. Many refugee

women arrive uneducated and illiterate and have difficulty in adjusting to their new lives in America. It is difficult to find work because they are unable to afford childcare for their children. ... A group of refugee women have come together to form the Refugee Women’s Craft Collective as a way to support their families, eliminating the language barrier that they all face. The women in the group originate from areas such as, Burma, Iraq, Somalia, and Sudan. Please help us support the women as they work to rebuild their lives.” Call 523-2737 or email

Sonia Anne-Cook Broen at the St. Lawrence 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Open Artist Reception: “Transitions” New Works by Sonia Anne-Cook Broen. Free open-house reception. “‘Transitions’ is Sonia’s first solo-show here in Portland since moving to the city a year ago after the Deep Water Horizon oil spill forced her to consider a new place to live. Sonia moved to Portland to be closer to family and because the city embraces an environmental consciousness that she felt was lacking in her southerly home.” For more information on this artist please visit her site at: A portion of proceeds will benefit the St. Lawrence Arts and Community Center. For more information: www.

Art Walk opening of Mushrooms 5 p.m. First Friday Art Walk opening of Mushrooms, soft sculpture by Loren Leahy. “Mushrooms: Fresh from the woods of northern Vermont —are those mushrooms with faces or pixies in disguise? This series of delectable textile concoctions hand-crafted by Loren Leahy will enchant viewers. Each one has its own charming personality!” The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St. (on display through the month of July). Contact Michelle Souliere at 450-6695 or

First Friday Art Walk at SPACE 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. New York based artists Elia Bettaglio, Selena Kimball and Tatiana Simonova present drawings in various media. This is SPACE Gallery’s first show in a new annex space.

Dressing Up: First Friday Art Walk 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dressing Up: First Friday Art Walk at Maine Historical Society. “Spend a wonderful summer evening at MHS. See the amazing accessories, costumes, and other accoutrement on display in Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In: Adornment & Identity in Maine, 1750-1950, our brand new exhibit, and then take a stroll through the magnificent, serene Longfellow Garden. Visitors are invited to take and email us photographs of themselves in front the Dressing Up studio backdrop, and to contribute their own audio stories to our exhibit cell phone tour. Refreshments will be served.” see next page

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One Longfellow Square’s First Friday Free Concert 6 p.m. “Celebrate summer with some live outdoor music at One Longfellow Square. This Friday, July 1, between 6-7:30, the band Truth About Daisies, http://www.truthaboutdaisies. com, will be playing in Longfellow Square. Truth About Daisies is not some far flung zen meditation practice but rather is an original folk flower power trio of Portland musicians wielding acoustic guitars, harps, mando, banjo, and bass. They even fire up the electric guitar from time to time. The band is known for their vocal harmonies and quirky introspective songs that range from ballads to blues, folk to reggae.”

‘Octubre’ at the PMA 6:30 p.m. Friday, July 1, 6:30 p.m.; Saturday, July 2, 2 p.m.; Sunday, July 3, 2 p.m. NR. Portland Museum of Art presents “Octubre” as part of its Movies at the Museum series. “October is the ‘purple month’ in Lima, when the grey city’s somber tones give way to processions celebrating the Lord of Miracles. Hope is reborn among the throngs of devotees who light candles and follow the processions, each in search of their own miracle. Tucked away in one of the Lima’s modest flats lives Clemente, a small time loan shark with a penchant for reckless hookers, grave solitude, money lending, and nothing else. Stuck in a shallow routine, Clemente lacks any real emotional connection to anyone. People, in turn, refer to him not by name, but as ‘the pawnbroker’s son.’ Whether it’s a slippery counterfeiter, an amiable thief or a desperate neighbor, Clemente is sensitive only to what their business might bring him.” events/movies.php

Comedian Bob Marley at The Landing 6:30 p.m. Comedian Bob Marley at The Landing at Pine Point in Scarborough. “Bob Marley is back at it again at The Landing at Pine Point!!! We are really excited about the funny man’s return. In fact, due to popular demand and the fact that he has sold out 4 consecutive times here, we are excited to have him back in September also. Get your tickets now and don’t wait.” Doors at 6:30 p.m., dinner served until 9 p.m., curtain at 8 p.m. A 21-plus event.

‘Ida’s Having a Yard Sale’ 7:30 p.m. Ida Leclair, “the funniest woman in Maine,” is having a yard sale. From crocheted toilet paper covers to the complete Box Car Willy record collection and plenty of gossip going around Mahoosuc Mills. Performances are June 22 through July 2, Wednesday through Fridays at 7:30 p.m., Saturdays at 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., and Sundays at 5 p.m. Tickets are $22.50/ $17.50 for seniors and students, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets, 865-5505. The Freeport Factory Stage is located at 5 Depot St., downtown Freeport, one block east of L.L. Bean.

Portland Playback Theater ‘Bloopers’ 7:30 p.m. “Join us this month as we visit those moments that didn’t go exactly as planned. In life, control and predictability are illusions, and every once in a while we are reminded of that. Sometimes it’s for the better, and sometimes not, but as Lennon said, ‘Life is what happens to you when you’re busy making other plans.’ Also for this month’s performance, Playback is moving to a new location, Community Television at 516 Congress St. in Portland (the per-

formance will not be recorded). Show starts at 7:30 p.m. sharp, $7 at the door. Every month, Portland Playback Theater Company puts five actors at your disposal to honor the stories of your life, unrehearsed and on the spot.” Learn more at

‘Summer of Love’ continues its run at Ogunquit Playhouse 8 p.m. The Ogunquit Playhouse, Route 1, Ogunquit. Box Office 1-800-982-2787 or go online for online ticketing and more information. June 22 through July 16, “Summer of Love.” “When a runaway bride discovers the countercultural revolution of the Haight-Ashbury neighborhood of San Francisco, with a little help from the hippies and dropouts of Golden Gate Park, she comes to realize she has to make her own kind of music! This hippie, trippy musical features the powerful music of the late 1960s, by some of the most influential artists of the love generation: The Mamas and the Papas, Donovan, Janis Joplin, Jefferson Airplane and many more.” Next on stage: “The Music Man,” July 20-Aug. 20; “Legally Blonde” starring Sally Struthers, Aug.24-Sept. 17; and “Miss Saigon,” Sept. 21-Oct. 23.

Follow the Cassini probe 8:30 p.m. “The Southworth Planetarium is Portland Sea Dogs outfielder Chih-Hsien Chiang is one of the Portland Sea Dogs the one place where you can go under the selected to the 2011 All Star Game. The Portland Sea Dogs will send four other playground to discover the wonders above the ers to the midsummer classic: pitchers Stephen Fife and Alex Wilson, outfielder Alex sky.” The Southworth Planetarium is in the Hassan, and infielder Will Middlebrooks. The All Star Game will be played on WednesScience Building on the University of Southday, July 13 at the home of the New Hampshire Fisher Cats, Northeast Delta Dental ern Maine’s Portland Campus. The building’s Stadium in Manchester, N.H., at 7:05 p.m. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO) physical address is 70 Falmouth St. “Follow the Cassini probe as it travels to the Saturn herbs, herb blend recipes and prepared foods will be part of system. See close-up views of this fantastic world.” Admisthis workshop as well as attendees making their own herb sion: $6, adults; $5, children. blends. Fee: $40 (pre-registration required).

Saturday, July 2 Open Gates Equine Rescue yard sale 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Open Gates Equine Rescue is sponsoring a multi-family yard sale at the First Congregational Church Parish House, 8 Brown Street, Gray (right behind McDonald’s). If raining, yard sale will be held inside the Parish House. Many household items, some estate items and some horse tack. FMI, please call 926-5570.

Bath Heritage Days continues 8:30 a.m. Celebrate the Fourth of July during Bath Heritage Days. “Join us for a citywide festival featuring live music, a carnival on the waterfront, art and craft shows in Library Park, a fireman’s muster, and annual Heritage Days Parade. There will be a fireworks finale on the Fourth on the Kennebec River.” Events continue with Farmer’s Market. Downtown Bath/ Waterfront/Library Park. Bath Municipal Band Pre-fireworks Concert 8 p.m. Monday; fireworks over the Kennebec River 9 p.m. Monday. July 1-July 4.

LucidFest at Lucid Stage 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd, presents LucidFest. “Stop by Lucid Stage this weekend for an outdoor fair! We’ll have arts & crafts vendors, caricatures by Ed King, massage therapy, a yard sale, live music, performances and children’s activities! If it rains, we’ll move inside. Performers scheduled: The Humble Farmer, Herb Adams, Chuck Muldoon, Harlan Baker, Daniel Noel and friends, Cliff Gallant, Peter Mezoian, Deena R. Weinstein, Britta Pejic, The Magic of The Steelgraves, and many more!” Also Sunday. 899-3993

Herb Cooking Workshop

The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St. presents a First Friday Art Walk opening of Mushrooms, soft sculpture by Loren Leahy, at 5 p.m. Friday. (COURTESY IMAGE)

10 a.m. to 2 p.m. A hands-on Herb Cooking Workshop will be held at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester. Harvesting and drying of

New Gloucester History Barn Open House 10 a.m. The Declaration of Independence will be read aloud at the monthly New Gloucester History Barn Open House, Route 231, behind the Town Hall. The complete History Barn open hours on that day are 9 a.m. to noon. The event is sponsored by the New Gloucester Historical Society.

Floorcloth Workshop 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A Floorcloth Workshop will be held on, 2011 at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester. Participants will make a 2-foot by 3-foot canvas floorcloth using traditional designs or designs of their own making. Betsy Grecoe who sells her floorcloths at the Shaker Store will be the instructor. Fee: $55 (includes all materials) (pre-registration required).

The Dave Astor Show Visits Jordan’s Meats 2 p.m. The Dave Astor Show Visits Jordan’s Meats, at Maine Historical Society. Weekly Screenings: Saturdays at 2 p.m. in July and August. “Join us for a screening of the only remaining episode of The Dave Astor Show, one of Maine’s best-loved homegrown television shows. The program, which aired on Saturday afternoons from 19561971, featured students from area high schools performing dance routines and other productions. The Dave Astor Show, Maine’s own American Bandstand, quickly became a teenage phenomenon, a fixture in numerous homes, and provided invaluable training and experiences for the students who participated. In this episode, recorded in 1962, Dave and his students help celebrate the opening of the new Jordan’s Meats plant in Portland with song, dance, and lots of fun. (60 minutes).”

The Chebeague Chebang! 3 p.m. “A New Traditions Festival, it’s a summer jubilee, replete with Pig Roast, Live Music, Games and huge fireworks. Play some badminton, have a cocktail out on the porch or cut a rug out on the lawn. It’s going to be a splendid afternoon of activities for young and old.” Children’s Art Activities: Oak Street Studios, Yard Games: Port Sports. Musical performances throughout the day: Jose Ayerve, Emilia Dahlin, Turn Pollock, South Bound & Grand Hotel. Rain Date: Sunday, July 3. Departure: 3 pm Casco Bay Lines to Chebeague Island.

‘IndepenDance — Rage Against LePage’ 9 p.m. Club Evolution (Racks), 272 St John St. (downstairs below Maine Hardware) formerly The Station. A Raging Benefit Dance Party for the Portland Democratic City Committee, created by Greg Silverchild Gould, Jill Barkley, Bryan Bonesaw Kessler, Joel Turgo. “IndepenDance — Rage Against LePage raises funds and heart rate for Portland Dems.” see next page

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Monday, July 4 Blueberry Pancake & Sausage Breakfast 7 a.m. Twentieth annual breakfast will be celebrated by serving free meals to “active-duty military personnel.” Local parade down Main Street follows at 10 a.m. St. Jude Church, 134 Main St., Freeport. 865-6624

Bath Heritage Days continues 7:45 a.m. Celebrate the Fourth of July during Bath Heritage Days. “Join us for a citywide festival featuring live music, a carnival on the waterfront, art and craft shows in Library Park, a fireman’s muster, and annual Heritage Days Parade. There will be a fireworks finale on the Fourth on the Kennebec River.” Events continue with One-Mile Fun Run. Downtown Bath/Waterfront/Library Park. Bath Municipal Band Pre-fireworks Concert 8 p.m. Monday; fireworks over the Kennebec River 9 p.m. Monday. July 1-July 4.

Celebrate the Fourth of July noon. A Public Reading of the Declaration of Independence by former state representative Herb Adams. Join the Maine Historical Society to celebrate the Fourth of July with a public reading of the Declaration of Independence in front of the Longfellow House at 489 Congress St. MHS owns one of only 25 surviving copies of the rare 1776 Dunlap Broadside of the Declaration. programs_events.shtml#event_206

Fourth of July celebration in Portland

4 p.m. On Independence Day, the Simply Tsfat are on tour in the U.S. and will be performing at Shaarey Tphiloh Synagogue, 76 Noyes St. in Portland. “This is a band of musicians from Tsfat, Israel, who perform Breslov Chassidic music, which is full of joy and mystical magic. This will be a great event, with music, singing, dancing, storytelling. Don’t miss it! Free event, sponsored by Beth Israel of Old Orchard Beach, and generous donations of a number of individuals.” Call 934-2928 or visit

MECA Master of Fine Arts lectures 6:30 p.m. Each summer, the Master of Fine Arts program at Maine College of Art invites guest artists, curators and scholars to participate in the curriculum. All visiting artists deliver a free public lecture in Osher Hall at 6:30 p.m. July 5: Juan Logan; Logan’s paintings, drawings, sculptures, installations and videos address the interconnections of race, place and power. July 11: Sina Najafi; Najafi is the Editor of Cabinet Magazine. July 18: Anne West; West is a writer, theorist, and independent curator. She teaches in the graduate program at RISD. July 25: Lee Boroson; Boroson’s airy sculptures give viewers the chance to experience the ineffable impossibilities of the world. Aug. 1: Hamish Fulton; Since the early 1970s, Fulton has been labeled as a sculptor, photographer, conceptual artist andland artist. Fulton, however, characterises himself as a “walking artist.” Aug. 8: Lisi Raskin; Raskin handcrafts whimsical recreations of military command centers. This summer the MFA’s Moth Press is also releasing Mapping the Intelligence of Artistic Work; An Explorative Guide to Making, Thinking, and Writing by Anne West. Her lecture on July 18 will be followed by a book signing. West is an educator, writer, and independent curator.

Independence Day Fireworks Display in Ogunquit 7:30 p.m. Musical entertainment at 7:30 p.m. Fireworks display at 9:30 p.m. Ogunquit Beach.

Wednesday, July 6 Lobsterman’s Park kids’ activities 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Free activities with the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine every week, Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20, 27 from 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. at Lobsterman’s Park (corner of Union and Middle Streets). July 6 — Whale Wonders. Lean the difference between toothed and baleen whales, touch real whale baleen and make a whale tail craft. July 13 — Beaver Business. Take a look at a beaver skull and fur, then take part in a craft to learn about beaver adaptations. July 20 — Dino Discovery. Investigate a life size T-Rex jawbone and make a dough dino fossil to take home. July 27 — Understanding Owls. Lean about an owl’s silent flight and other hunting techniques by exploring artifacts and making a craft. or

LearningWorks hosts Gov. Paul LePage 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. “In keeping the Community Conversations focus on generational poverty, the Governor will share his personal story of overcoming adversity: the combination of personal fortitude, adult role models, and community supports needed to help him succeed. At LearningWorks we work with at-risk youth who come from very similar circumstances to the Governor’s: broken homes, domestic abuse, and homelessness. The Governor’s willingness to share his story will be an inspiration to our students as well as program attendees. A distinguished panel will join the Governor, reacting to and asking questions about his story.” Maine Medical Center, Dana Health Education Center, 22 Bramhall St., Portland. The event is free and open to the public. Pre-registration is required. To register, email the name and full contact information of all attendees to or call 775-0105. Sponsors: Wright Express, Maine Medical Center, and Bangor Savings Bank.

Free summer concerts in Portland 8 p.m. Bring a chair or blanket, sit back and enjoy the music throughout the summer months. Portland Recreation, Families of the Western Prom Neighborhood, West End Neighborhood Association, Maine Red Claws, Quirk Chevrolet,

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Friends of Eastern Promenade, Kemp Goldberg Partners, Betty Winterhalder Fund, Trevor & Joe, Coyne Piergrossi Associates, Keller Williams Realty, SMRT, the Italian Heritage Center Concert Band and the Willey Trust sponsor these free outdoor concerts. FMI: 756-8275; Information and cancellation hotline: 756-8130. Sunset Folk Series At The Western Prom Park: Sponsored by Families of the Western Prom Neighborhood and WENA. Concerts last approximately 40 minutes. (During inclement weather, concert canceled.) Held Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. (or as announced) at Western Prom Park. July 6, 8 p.m. Rob Simpson robysimpson; July 13, 7:45 p.m., Darien Brahms http://; July 20, 7:45 p.m., Mark Farrington; Wednesday, July 27, 7:30 p.m., Sorcha; Aug. 3, 7:30 p.m., Phantom Buffalo; Aug. 10, 7:30 p.m., Will Gattis http://www.myspace. com/gattistheband. Crusher’s Kids Concerts in the Park: Concerts last approximately 40 minutes. Concerts held Thursdays at 12:30 p.m. at the Bandstand, Deering Oaks Park. (During inclement weather concert relocated to Reiche Community Center, 166 Brackett Street). July 7, Jon Call (Camp Songs); July 14, Delilah & Chandra (Singing Hands); July 21, Tangletoons (Maine Songs); July 28, Sparks Ark (Wild Animals); Aug. 4, Sammie Haynes (Singer Songstress). Friends Of Eastern Promenade Concert Series: Sponsored by the Friends of the Eastern Promenade. Concerts last approximately one hour. Concerts held Thursdays at 7 p.m. at Bandstand, Fort Allen Park. July 7, Delta Knights (Rock ‘n’ Roll) sponsored by SMRT; July 14, Don Roy Band (Fiddlers); sponsored by a Friend of the Eastern Prom; July 21, Chandler’s Band (Marches & Big Band Era) sponsored by the Willey Trust; July 28, Sean Mencher and his Rhythm Kings (Rockabilly) sponsorship in Memory of Betty Winterhalder; Aug. 4, Big Chief (Rhythm & Roots Music) sponsored by Trevor & Joe Coyne Piergrossi Associates and Keller Williams Realty; Aug. 11, The McCarthys (Country Rock) sponsored by Kemp Goldberg Partners; Aug. 18, Banda di Nepi (Community Band from Italy) sponsored by the Italian Heritage Center (rain date at center).

Maine Festival of American Music 7 p.m. The Sixth Annual Maine Festival of American Music: Its Roots and Traditions will be held from July 6-9 at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, New Gloucester. The festival’s free program flyer is now available by contacting 9264597 or

‘Trollhunter’ at SPACE Gallery 7:30 p.m. “The government says there’s nothing to worry about – it’s just a problem with bears making trouble in the mountains and forests of Norway. But local hunters don’t believe it — and neither do a trio of college students who want to find out the truth. Armed with a video camera, they trail a mysterious ‘poacher,’ who wants nothing to do with them. But their persistence lands them straight in the path of the objects of his pursuits: Trolls. They soon find themselves documenting every move of this grizzled, unlikely hero — The Troll Hunter — risking their lives to uncover the secrets of creatures only thought to exist in fairy tales. Talk on trolls to follow with Loren Coleman, cryptozoologist, author and director of the International Cryptozoology Museum.” see next page

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noon. Portland’s annual Fourth of July celebration, The Stars and Stripes Spectacular, will be held at the Eastern Promenade Park. Vendors will be open at noon. The celebration will feature a free Patriotic Pops concert by the Portland Symphony Orchestra with performances of Sousa, Copland, and Tchaikovsky. The concert is scheduled to begin at 7:40 p.m. and will run throughout the fireworks display, which will begin at 9:20 p.m. Prior to the pops concert, spectators can enjoy a special performance by “Maine’s funniest comedian,” Bob Marley, presented by the Bangor Savings Bank and starting at 6 p.m. A rain date for the Fourth of July event is scheduled for Tuesday, July 5. Call the city’s hotline at 756-8130 if a change seems likely. The Stars and Stripes Spectacular is entirely privately funded including support from Founding Partners of the July 4th Portland Foundation, The Portland Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, Quirk Chevrolet, Wright Express and the Maine Red Claws. Additional support for this year’s event was provided by Major Sponsor — Bath Savings Bank; Gold Sponsors — Time Warner Cable, Unum and Cross Insurance; Silver Sponsors — PowerPay, Woodard & Curran, Famous Dave’s BBQ, and Citadel Broadcasting; Contributing Sponsors — Proprietors of Union Wharf, MEMIC, Creative Office Pavilion, KeyBank and countless donations from area business and individuals. “It is estimated that 50,000 people will watch the program throughout the city and to accommodate spectators that want to ride their bikes to Munjoy Hill, the city’s first ever Valet Bicycle Parking area, located near the cannon at Fort Allen Park, will be open allowing cyclists to park their bicycle for free. Sponsored by the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Portland Bicycle Community Meetup, people will be able to leave their bike in a staffed parking area, no lock required. Bicycle lights will be available for sale from Gorham Bike & Ski, to ensure that spectators can ride home legally after dark. Valet Bike Parking will be available from 6 p.m. until 10:30 p.m. Attendees are reminded to throw their trash away or take it with them when they leave the park. In an effort to make recycling easier for spectators, recycling bins will be widely available throughout the area for bottles, cans and other recyclables. Staff will be walking through the park to answer questions or direct the public to the nearest recycling bin or trash container. Public restrooms will be open at the East End Beach, Turner Street and the top of Cutter Street. Due to the crowds and loud noises, spectators are asked to leave their pets at home. A variety of vendors offering 4th of July souvenirs, food and drink will be located along the Eastern Promenade. Per the State Fire Marshal, the tennis courts, playground and ball fields on the Eastern Promenade, are within the fireworks shoot zone and will be closed as of 7 a.m. on July 4. The East End Boat launch as well as Cutter Street and all the parking lots at Cutter Street will be closed from 10 p.m. July 3 to 6:30 a.m. July 5. Boaters can access alternate launches nearby including the Falmouth Town Landing on Route 88 ($10 for non-resident, 781-7371), Bug Light Boat Launch in South Portland ($5 for resident, $6 for non esident) and Portland Yacht Services ($50 includes parking, $35 no parking, 774-167). For information about the events scheduled for the day, visit

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Opera at the Mansion 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. PORTopera and Victoria Mansion partner for the first time to present Opera at the Mansion. This benefit will be at the Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St. in Portland. The Opera at the Mansion event will feature soloists Claire Coolen, soprano, and Robert E. Mellon, baritone, from PORTopera’s Young Artists program, and includes hors d’oeuvres and a cash bar. Tickets are $50 and can be reserved by calling Victoria Mansion at 772-4841. The funds raised from this event will benefit PORTopera and the Victoria Mansion. PORTopera Young Artists are selected through national auditions. They are young singers on the cusps of major operatic careers. The Young Artists Program was created to support PORTopera’s mission to bring opera to Maine’s communities and to foster operatic talent from Maine and elsewhere. PORTopera is Maine’s only opera company performing fully staged operas with nationally and internationally acclaimed artists. The company will present “The Daughter of the Regiment” on July 28 and 30 at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium. For more “Radio, a box and a thermos,” by Robert Moran. This is among the work that will be in Trinket & information, visit Fern’s July show. The opening reception is Friday, July 1. (COURTESY IMAGE)

Hypnotist Paul Ramsay at Lucid Stage 7:30 p.m. Lucid Stage presents hypnotist Paul Ramsay. “The days of clucking like a chicken are over. Hypnotist Paul Ramsay’s ‘Mind Games’ show breaks the mold

of stage hypnotism. Using interactive polling software and remote controls, audience members steer the course of the show by voting on what they want to see happen on

Portland Trails 10K: Trail to Ale Preview 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. Portland Trails 10K: Trail to Ale Preview. Mark Goettel and Andy Abrams, Portland Trails Board Members and experienced runners, will be offering a preview of the Portland Trails 10K: Trail to Ale as part of the Portland Trails Discovery Trek Series. Runners of all abilities are invited to meet at Ocean Gateway and run the 10K course. The 10 kilometer (6.2 mile) race course is run exclusively off-road and allows beautiful views of the Casco Bay as runners enjoy the Eastern Prom and Back Cove Trails. This will give runners an idea of what to expect the day of the Trail to Ale 10K race which will be held on Sept. 18 this year. Folks training for the run are encouraged to come. Bring running shoes. Meet at Ocean Gateway Terminal on the Eastern Prom Trail just after the intersection of India and Commercial streets. Free for Portland Trails members, $5 suggested donation for non-members ($5 can go toward new or renewed membership.) Reservations suggested. Call Portland Trails: 775-2411. For a full schedule of Portland Trails Discovery Treks, visit

East Bayside Neighborhood Organization talent show at Mayo Street Arts Center

7:30 p.m. Support the East Bayside Neighborhood Organization by coming out to a night of great local talent! MC ALex Endy! A Bake Sale too! Mayo Street Arts. Break dancing, Taiko drumming, bake sale and much more! Proceeds benefit East Bayside Neighborhood Organization and Mayo Street Arts. Contact Alex Endy to sign up for a performance slot! http://

Open Mic/Poetry Slam in Auburn 7:15 p.m. Open Mic/Poetry Slam. First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant St. Free. FMI 783-0461 or

A Theater Tasting 8 p.m. A Theater Tasting is a twist on the traditional wine tasting, and a fundraiser for Lucid Stage (www.lucidstage. com). A roster of performers will present, and between the acts the audience will be invited into the lobby for a wine and appetizer pairing that is chosen to go with each performance. Performers will include: Carolyn Gage (excerpt from her play The Parmachene Belle); stand-up comedy from Mike Sylvester; Michael Lane Trautman; Dark Follies (burlesque); Jake Brooks (musician); Naya’s Trance (bellydancing); The Green Room musical, produced by New Edge. $25.

Tom Clark at Freeport Factory Stage 8 p.m. Freeport Factory Stage features Tom Clark. “Tom Clark has been called the ‘Mel Tillis of stand-up comedy,’ his slight stutter disappears when his comedic voices hit the stage. He has appeared on A&E’s “An Evening at the Improv.” Performances are Friday, July 8 and Saturday, July 9 at 8 p.m. Tickets are $15/$12 seniors and students, and are available through Brown Paper Tickets; www.freeportfactory. com or 865-5505. Freeport Factory Stage is located at 5 Depot St., Freeport.

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