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PORTLAND’S DAILY NEWSPAPER
Butsitsi found guilty in Parkside murder BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
A Portland man was found guilty Thursday of gunning down his former friend last year in an incident that prosecutors called an ambush attack. Dandoit Butsitsi, 25, was led out of the courtroom in handcuffs after more than five hours of jury deliberation over the course of two days. As Butsitsi — charged with murder — was led out of court, he nodded and waved to family who sat in the back. "The jury rejected the self defense argument," said prosecutor Lisa Marchese, assistant attorney general. Butsitsi was arrested after the February 2010 shooting of 24-year-old Serge Mulongo at their Parkside apartment building. In the days and hours leading up to the shooting, the two men fought constantly, officials said. Prosecutors claimed that when Butsitsi shot Mulongo six times at close range it was to get back at him, while the defense argued the shooting came in reaction to Butsitsi being attacked that night, saying he feared for his life. see MURDER page 3
Murder weapon linked to unsolved Richardson case BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
As questions linger about the handgun used to kill 24-year-old Serge Mulongo, contempt of court charges may be filed against convicted killer Dandoit Butsitsi, state prosecutors said Thursday. Lisa Marchese, assistant attorney general, said Butsitsi's refusal to answer questions about where he got the murder weapon used to shoot Mulongo could be an issue in the future. The prosecutor wouldn't go into further Portland Police Chief James Craig (left) appeals for leads in the Darien Richdetails, only saying that the .45-caliber ardson homicide case last June at police headquarters. Joining him were see WEAPON page 3
(from left) Wayne and Judy Richardson, parents of Darien Richardson, and sister Sarena. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)
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LePage ‘comments’ spur debate over anti-Portland bias BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
A crew with Woods Excavating and Landscaping of Gorham (from left) Doug, Chris and John Woods plant shrubs and level ground next to Burnham Arms apartments at 633 Congress St. Thursday. The beautiﬁcation effort, undertaken by Burnham Arms, involves installation of a hedge, loaming, seeding and installation of a fence along the sidewalk, John Woods said. The crew battled temperatures in the 90s, as the city endured a heat wave. For a story on the sweltering weather, see page 3. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
Does Gov. Paul LePage have it out for Portland? That’s been a common (if only half-serious) refrain among locals and even some city officials since LePage took office seven months ago. But recent comments attributed to the governor suggest there may be some truth to it. According to a former cabinet official who resigned this week, LePage directed staff not to work with Portland on fishing policy because he believed the city was “against him.” Norman Olsen, the former commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources, said in his resignation letter Wednesday that LePage ordered “no further collaboration with the City of Portland LePage to develop measures to return our groundfish boats to Maine.” Groundfish include halibut, sole, flounder and other fish that live near the ocean floor. Olsen claims LePage said his administration “will not work with that city,” referring to Portland. In the letter, Olsen also said LePage threatened to build a new port somewhere else in Maine, apparently as payback for Portland. Olsen also made other unflattering claims about the governor and his leadership style. see LEPAGE page 7
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The weather service also issued “excessive” heat watches for Massachusetts, North Carolina and Virginia, and said that “above normal” temperatures could last at least two more weeks over much of the eastern half of the United States. The heat is not through with the central part of the country, either: Chicago is forecast to be 95 degrees on Thursday, and Cincinnati and St. Louis are expected to hit 99 degrees.
Boehner, Obama nearing Euro zone leaders clinch rescue plan for Greece deal on cuts and taxes WASHINGTON (NY Times) — President Obama and the Republican House Speaker, John A. Boehner, raced against the calendar and resistance from their respective parties on Thursday in a last-ditch effort to strike a sweeping deficit-reduction agreement that could avert a government default in less than two weeks. Congressional and administration officials said that the two men, who had abandoned their
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BRUSSELS (NY Times) — After weeks of uncertainty, European leaders on Thursday clinched a new rescue plan for Greece that could push the country into default on some of its debt for a short period but would give Europe’s bailout fund sweeping new powers to shore up struggling economies. At a press conference late Thursday, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany confirmed the aid package of 109 billion euros ($157 billion) for Greece. European officials also said that financial institutions that own Greek bonds would contribute 50 billion euros through 2014 through a combination of debt extensions and the purchase of discounted Greek bonds on the secondary market. The outlines of the plan worked out by leaders of the 17 euro zone nations deals with the economic problems of bailed-out Ireland and Portugal as well as Greece, and calling for a “European Marshall Plan” to get Greece itself on a road to recovery.
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Anthony Sineni, Butsitsi's attorney, said his client "will be filing an appeal" on the grounds of "legal issues that occurred during the trial," he said, declining to elaborate. "It's going to be hard for both families," said Etienne Mulongo, Serge Mulongo's father, following the verdict. "We just have to stay strong and move on." After walking out of the courtroom, Etienne Mulongo spoke privately with Butsitsi's father in the hallway. The two men hugged before Butsitsi's father walked away without giving any comments on the verdict. Maxwell Chikuta, a family friend of the Mulongo family, spoke with the victim's family outside the Cumberland County
“It’s going to be hard for both families,” said Etienne Mulongo, Serge Mulongo’s father, following the verdict. “We just have to stay strong and move on.” Courthouse. He thanked everyone involved in the case on behalf of the family. "We come from the same country," said Maxwell Chikuta, who, like the Mulongo and Butsitsi family, is from the Democratic Republic of the Congo. "I hope this is a lesson to our community, to our children," he said, adding the incident is hard for both families who knew each other before the shooting. Jurors spent most of Thursday morning behind closed doors.
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They only came into the courtroom to rehear testimony from one of the state's witnesses — a neighbor who heard the gunshots and witnessed two men running out of the building at 218 Park Ave. The verdict was read shortly after 2 p.m. The murder charge carries a 25 years to life prison term. The sentencing is slated tentatively for sometime in August. The other man arrested in connection with the shooting, Moses Okot, pled guilty to felony murder on July 7. Okot was accused of driving the getaway vehicle and supplying Butsitsi with latex gloves. He was sentenced to 10 years in prison, with all but three years suspended. He will also serve four years on parole.
WEAPON from page one
handgun is linked to the shooting of Darien Richardson, 25, who was shot about a month before Mulongo's death. Two masked gunman shot Richardson and a friend early in the morning on Jan. 8, 2010, at a duplex at 25 Rackleff St., near Stevens Avenue and Woodfords Street, police said. Richardson, who was shot in the arm and upper thigh, died more than a month later from a blood clot caused by the wounds. While on the stand during his murder trial, Butsitsi refused to name the person he received the gun from the day he shot Mulongo, Marchese said. The state's Attorney General's office declined to give any further details, citing the ongoing investigation into Richardson's shooting. In June 2010, Portland Police Chief James Craig called a press conference asking the community to come forward with any additional details of the Richardson shooting.
Portland bakes but fails to shake 99-degree record high BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
This week's oppressive heat failed to rank as the hottest on record in Portland, but only by three degrees. "The high on Thursday was 96 degrees in Portland," said Margaret Curtis, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray. "Today’s (Thursday's) record is actually 99, and that’s actually the hottest for the entire month of July. That was in 1977." Yesterday's high of 96 degrees happened shortly before 3 p.m., and was 17 degrees above normal, the weather service reported. Today and Saturday will remain humid and hot — "We’ll probably still be in the mid-90s," Curtis said of today's high temperature — but a cold front
“That heat that was in the middle of the country has just moved east, and everything east of the Mississippi hit the 90s today.” — Margaret Curtis, meteorologist with the National Weather Service in Gray expected Saturday night should drop the high temperature to 80 on Sunday. "It’s definitely up there," Curtis said, noting that last summer's heat wave crested at 95 degrees on July 6. The last time Portland felt a high of 96 came in 1999, she said. The federal government's Hydrometeorological Prediction Center blames the heat wave on a large
Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament set DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT South Portland is calling all captains for the annual Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament slated for the beginning of August. Captains will compete for cash prizes in an attempt to catch the five largest Blue-fin tune. The event kicks off with The Captain's Meeting and fund-raising auction Wednesday, Aug. 3. The auction is open to the public. Fishing begins noon Aug. 4 and concludes at 4 p.m. Aug. 6 and will be followed by an awards dinner at 6 p.m. The Captains who land the five largest Blue-fin tuna qualify for the cash prizes of $6,250 for first prize, $3,250 for second, $1,500 for third, $1,000 for fourth, and $500 for fifth prize.
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ridge of high pressure in the upper levels of the atmosphere. "The hot temperatures combined with high relative humidity will create dangerous heat indices well above 100 degrees over a large portion of the nation," the center stated yesterday, noting that across the Mid-Atlantic states, "heat indices of 115 degrees will be possible." Curtis said searing heat from the Southwest and Midwest has drifted east. "That heat that was in the middle of the country has just moved east, and everything east of the Mississippi hit the 90s today," she said Thursday. With Portland skirting a new record, there were no bragging rights from this heat wave, just plenty of perspiration. "Not record breaking but awfully hot," Curtis said.
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New leadership brings new opportunities for Portland This fall’s mayoral election doesn’t merely mark a turning point in the city’s history, with a new Charter and a new form of governance. It could also mark a significant shift in political leadership for the entire state of Maine. While governments and politicians nationwide are asking their citizens to expect less of them and scrambling to abandon long-held public trusts, Portland’s citizens are creating a new position of political leadership freighted with higher expectations and greater responsibility. If the city can elect a mayor capable of living up to those ––––– expectations and responsibiliDaily Sun ties (an outcome that can’t be Columnist taken for granted, given the number of candidates who have opposed the very idea of a stronger mayor), then the city has a golden opportunity to stand up for itself after decades of losing resources to the surrounding suburbs.
see MILNEIL page 5
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What will the game changer be? I feel that we’re in a moment of flux. The bread and circuses parade that is one-two-ing us at every turn with murder trials of pretty white girls, perjury trials of sports figures, rape trials of top level monetary policy makers, ineffectual congressmen and media conglomerate malfeasance is swamping the airwaves. Everything presented to us feels contrived in a fashion that seems to serve one purpose: To focus our instinctual abilities away from what may lie ahead. A few weeks ago I asked if “you could feel it,” but found out from readers that while there was certainly a feeling of something not right in the world, it was impossible to put a finger on exactly what “it” is. Human nature is a phenomenal force in this universe. One of the most phenomenal things about it is that as a human, you are remiss to try to explain in a five paragraph essay its intricacies, and an attempt to do so would be an act of arrogance. Sometimes our place in this world is best explained in one’s gut; on your own and to yourself. In my gut I know that everything we’re being spoon-fed by the media machine in these last ten years has nothing to do with, and is not suffi-
Jeffrey S. Spofford ––––– Daily Sun Columnist ciently preparing us for what’s to come. What my inner gut is telling me when I talk to people, when I stop to feel how nature is acting while outside gardening, when I read what people in local humanitarian organizations are saying, is that people are sensing something big is afoot — A game changer. But in what form will that game changer manifest itself? Will it be governmental? Will government end its corruptive ways on its own and return itself to being for and by the people without the engagement of the citizenry? It seems as if the United States has passed the point of no return in this regard. Will it come in the form of a massive change in our government with the help of a modern-day Spartacus to lead us to revolution? There is certainly a case to be made for that in the history annals of human civilization. Will
government perform yet another black flag operation to further oppress us and take away more of our freedoms? Nothing hides economic malaise better than an allowed attack on a harbor or a metropolitan building complex to provide tens of thousands of jobs in the industrial military complex or in airports ripping off Grammy’s diaper. Will it be natural? Will the changes to our earth increase at a faster clip? The weather over the last few years and the steady increase in seismic activity certainly adds to the feeling. Massive dust storms in Phoenix and massive drought in many parts of the world are even making the headlines on a daily basis. Or, will it be cosmic? Will there be something to Hopi prophecy and the end of the Mayan calendar? Could it be that we are witnessing the death throes of a global control structure designed to oppress? Everything we think we know and have been told or taught could be deemed unimportant and we could be playing witness to a human enlightenment that reveals the truths about ourselves and our place in the universe. We could potentially be the see SPOFFORD page 5
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Debt ceiling impasse reflects culture While most of us have been living our lives — going to school, raising families, working hard — politicians in the hallowed halls of Washington, D.C. have gone unchecked and unchallenged for far too long. At every election we entrust the majority has chosen the right man or woman for the tough task of representing the masses, but now we learn that they have ALL let us down. Not to sound too cynical, but this is no longer about party bashing or scoring political points. The future of this country stands upon the brink of fiscal dissolution unless our so-called political leaders take drastic measures. Even an emergency compromise to raise the debt ceiling will not be enough to undo the damage that has accrued over years of taking up our national credit card. That national credit card has a deficit of over $14.3 trillion. Imagine getting to spend that at the Mall of America. The sad reality is the fault doesn’t rest with our representatives and senators alone; it is actually the person we see in the mirror every day. We, the American people, generally think it is our inherent freedom to be able to live outside of our means. That new plasma screen TV or the newest must-have cell phone might be too costly on the surface until we remember we have that shiny piece of plastic in our wallets and purses. A simple yet steady swipe of the card makes our wildest materialistic fantasies come to fruition. It seems as though short term pleasures for long term consequences is a recurring pattern in our society. Yet there is a double standard between the acceptability of that practice on Main Street but not past the steps of the capitol building. Accountability of reining in congressional spending is vital, don’t get me wrong, but accountability of the general public to set the fiscally responsible example for its representative body is of equal importance. Pay-as-you-go
Justin Chenette ––––– Guest Columnist might be a phrase of the past, but in order to begin the long haul out of the black, the goal post must be set. The passing of the buck must stop now. Don’t you think it’s time we stop dining and dashing foreign countries' fiscal notes at the expense of our children, grandchildren, and beyond to pay the bills we choose to ignore? Rethink, reform and renew need to be the foundation for domestic policy over the next few years no matter what party is in power. The conversations by talking heads on TV and around the dinner table should be less about who is poised to benefit most from this crisis and instead be centered on developing potential solutions. As taxpayers, voters, and most importantly citizens we must have an all-in-this-together mentality. Whether the plan debated in Congress incorporates spending cuts to programs you and I might deem essential or tax increases to the wealthiest Americans or a combination of the like, we must start making the tough choices in
doing what is right over what is easy. There will undoubtedly be a tough road ahead and as the deadline of Aug. 2 looms ever closer, we will be holding our breath for the political courage we all so desperately need. (Justin Chenette is a TV host of "Youth in Politics" airing on WPME Sundays at 7 a.m. and WPXT at 8:30 a.m. He is a former member of the Maine State Board of Education and is currently attending Lyndon State College majoring in broadcast news. Follow him on Twitter @justinchenette, like him on Facebook.com/JustinChenetteOfficial, and visit his website at justinchenette.com.)
The city has a golden opportunity to stand up for itself MILNEIL from page 4
Unfortunately, the mayor will find that, after decades of weak city governance, there are precious few areas over which City Hall still has a controlling interest. Independent boards of directors control the city’s public transit, libraries, schools, and public housing; the city’s jail and civic center are governed by a county government left over from colonial times; multi-town consortiums handle the public water supply and waste management. So while City Hall has controlled aspects of these agencies’ budgets, much of their management and direction has been left on auto-pilot, without much heed for the city’s broader goals. The Housing Authority, to pick on just one example, has not lifted a finger to sell or develop acres of empty or under-utilized lots it owns throughout the city, in spite of City Hall’s stated desire to encourage the construction of more affordable homes and put more properties on the tax rolls. Meanwhile, in some of the few areas where the
city still runs things more or less independently of other jurisdictions, a decades-long lack of vision and leadership has created systems that are overly bureaucratic and inefficient. The city’s public parking spaces and garages, for instance, are a real-world example of a Soviet land policy, complete with heavy subsidies, apparent shortages, and arbitrary punishments. And the city’s zoning codes are an antique patchwork of rules that frequently subvert the city’s goals to provide egalitarian housing opportunities, foster walkable neighborhoods, or generate new tax revenue. Aligning and streamlining the bureaucracies inside City Hall will do a world of good, and should be the least of our expectations of the city’s new City Manager and the new mayor. It will be harder for the city’s new leaders to wrangle the various regional and independently-managed agencies that have been long accustomed to a hands-off approach from City Hall. But making sure that all of our public agencies are working in concert with each
other, aligned in the work of realizing our goals as a region, will be an important effort for our new mayor to undertake. Meanwhile, while Augusta culls its own influence, a strong mayor might even be able to assert a stronger voice for greater Portland in state politics, where rural interests have been dominant for as long as Maine has been a state. Far too many politicians in Augusta denigrate or mistreat the greater Portland region, even though the place where we live is the economic engine that provides the majority of new jobs, economic activity, and tax revenue for the rest of the state. A strong mayor should be able to demonstrate to the rest of the state’s lawmakers how much they rely on our city’s work, while also encouraging the rest of the state to emulate our city’s successes. (Christian MilNeil is a blogger at “The Vigorous North: A field guide to the wilderness areas of American cities,” www.vigorousnorth.com.)
When’s the next shoe going to drop, on the international stage? SPOFFORD from page 4
witnesses of something beautiful. God, I truly hope that is what this feeling is. I can’t take an extension and continuation of the now; and a World War exploding out of the untelevised monetary, resource and cyber battles going on between the sovereigns
of the world right now is something no sane human being wants. Whatever the game changer may be, this surreal period in time we find ourselves living will be rapidly exposed for what it is or isn’t. My gut is telling me that “it,” in whatever form “it” takes, is going to make itself known sooner rather than
later. I can’t wait. So if you can feel it, hang in there. “It” is coming soon. (Jeffrey S. Spofford is the circulation manager for The Portland Daily Sun. Contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org)
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A spokesman for the governor’s office called Olsen’s claims “absurd.” “If you look at the specifics of this particular assertion, that the governor was talking about building a new port outside Portland, that’s logically absurd, and it doesn’t match with the record,” said the spokesman, Adam Fisher, who said the administration wouldn't respond "tit for tat." City officials were quick to latch on to Olsen’s claims. In a letter addressed to LePage, Mayor Nick Mavodones asked for a meeting with LePage to discuss the issue. “Statements implying that the Governor’s office 'will not work' with Portland, true or not, are harmful to the business climate both locally and statewide,” Mavodones said in the letter, released yesterday. In an interview, Mavodones said LePage’s comments would be “very troubling if they are true.” Portland has long been a liberal bastion in an otherwise moderate state, but LePage’s performance here in 2010 was worse than many previous Republican candidates. The governor, who received 38 percent of the vote statewide, received just 20 percent in Portland. While divisions in Augusta around urban and rural interests are nothing new, members of Portland’s all-Democratic legislative delegation say those tensions in the GOP-controlled Capitol appear to be worsening. “I think there has always been a North-South divide; there has always been a Portland versus the rest of state divide,” said state Rep. Anne Haskell, D-Portland. “I think it is certainly exacerbated by some of these comments and some of the things that have happened in the last session. I think it’s a ramp-up.” Several proposals that emerged from Augusta in the last legislative session seemed to have Portland in the cross hairs. For example, new education funding formulas introduced by a state senator from Washington County will cost the city more than $900,000 in state aid in the 2012-2013 school year. Other proposals, which failed to pass but were backed by the governor’s office, would have reduced state revenue sharing and shifted the burden of state-mandated welfare programs to Portland taxpayers (Bangor and Lewiston would also have been affected). City officials say their day-to-day interactions with certain state agencies is more or less unchanged compared with the Baldacci administration. But several state legislators are seeing signs of a growing anti-Portland bias. “When I think of revenue sharing, school funding, welfare and general assistance cuts … Portland gets screwed,” said state Rep. Peter Stuckey, D-Portland, of this last legislative session. State Rep. Steve Lovejoy, D-Portland, said he has
heard people say they perceive the administration as anti-Portland and is “not so sure he disagrees.” Lovejoy said members of the Portland delegation are considering some kind of response to comments attributed to Lepage, but said he wants to “look the governor in the eye” before weighing in on that issue. “But if he did say it, it is one of the more inappropriate things said by a governor in a long time,” said Lovejoy, who added that Olsen has a reputation in Augusta for honesty and integrity. Councilor John Anton said yesterday that perception of anti-Portland biases in Augusta are nothing new, regardless of whether a Democrat or Republican is in the Blaine House. He believes not all state lawmakers, regardless of their hometown, are wedded to "parochial interests." "I think LePage is the exception and not the rule,” Anton said. “Most people in Augusta are reasonable; even if they tend towards skepticism towards Portland, they can get past it when presented with facts. “Even more importantly, pretty much everyone in Augusta is willing to put the interests of the state as a whole ahead of their own narrow perspective,” he continued. Rhetoric aside, the joint effort to bring fishing vessels back to Portland has very real consequences. In the last four years alone, the city has lost roughly half of its fishing fleet to Gloucester, Mass., largely because that state is seen as more attractive to business, city spokesperson Nicole Clegg said. With much less fish being caught from Portlandbased crews, there is less fish to be processed, packed, trucked and sold. Volumes at the Portland Fish Exchange have dropped from more than 20 million pounds per year a few years ago to less than 10 million pounds. That shift has affected fishingindustry jobs throughout Southern Maine and created economic uncertainty at the fish exchange. Recent progress has been made on removing regulations and taxes aimed at drawing these fishing crews back to Portland, but the city says more work needs to be done. “There are other issues at hand that need to be addressed, and we would hope to do that as a city in partnership with the state,” Clegg said. State officials responded quickly to the Olsen flap, saying they wish to continue working with Portland on fishing policy. Mavodones said the interim commissioner of the Maine Department of Marine Resources has already reached out to him about a meeting with the governor. The mayor said the meeting could happen as soon as next week.
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Oxford Plains hits the gas on TD Bank 250 BY JEFF PETERSON SPECIAL TO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
It is without a doubt, Maine's biggest sporting event. More than 10,000 fans are expected to pack Oxford Plains Speedway on Sunday for the TD Bank 250. It is a race, but for the fans and drivers who have attended many of the 37 previous 250's, it is more than just a sporting event. "It is a great tradition," said Oxford Plains Speedway president Bill Ryan. "It's something the fans look forward to and have a passion for. Some fans come up here and make a long weekend by camping out. They mark it on their calender." What has made this race so special over the years is when some of NASCAR's biggest drivers make an appearance. Sprint Cup drivers love to come up to Oxford and race against the locals. In the past, drivers like Kevin Harvick, Kurt Busch and Ricky Craven have raced around the Oxford Plains Speedway oval. This year will be no exception, Kyle Busch will be putting the pedal to the metal this weekend. "Kyle takes this very seriously," said Ryan. "He is not just coming up here during an off week to have a good time. He is coming up here to work hard and win. He was up here last week and was underneath the hood of his car from 11 a.m.-7 p.m." The locals get a kick out of it as well.
Ricky Rolfe is one of many local drivers preparing to swap paint with the likes of Sprint Cup driver Kyle Busch this Sunday. (JEFF PETERSON PHOTO)
For most of the drivers it is their only opportunity to swap paint with some of the big boys. "I have driven in this race since 2003 and raced against Harvick, Busch and Matt Kenseth," said Albany Township driver Ricky Rolfe. "Sure it is great to have these guys here, but when you
are in the car, you are all the same and you rough them up if you have to." Qualifying starts at 2 p.m. Sunday and then the green flag is dropped at 6 p.m. The race can run anywhere from a couple of hours to several and even go past midnight depending on weather and crashes. "250 laps can be a long race," admitted Rolfe. "It is a long day. Around 80 guys will try to qualify for 35 to 40 positions. The biggest challenge is just making the race. More guys go home and don't qualify than race." The one thing about the TD Bank 250 is organizers hope to not only
attract the rabid fans, but maybe folks who have never attended a race before. "If you come up and watch racing live, you are going to love," said Ryan. It is always better live than on television. You can appreciate the sights and sounds. The speed is not really captured on television like it is in person. This is a small track. Throw in 40 cars going 90 miles per hour and there is action everywhere on the track." Tickets to see the action range from $50-$90, and for the fans and drivers who follow the sport on a daily basis, it is money well spent.
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Maine Red Claws officials announced Thursday its new head coach to lead the Crustacean Nation. Dave Leitao, former head coach at the University of Virginia where he was named the 2006-2007 Atlantic Coast Conference Coach of the Year, was named the team's second head coach in Red Claws history. "(He) has a tremendous resume of developing young talent and of getting the best out of his players," stated Jon Jennings, Red Claws president and general manager, in a statement. "This organization has enjoyed a great number of successes, on and off the court, and this day marks the beginning step to the next level for this franchise." Leitao has 25 years of experience in college programs. The Massachusetts native also coached at Northeastern University and DePaul University. He previously served as an assistant coach at Northeastern and the University of Connecticut. A two-year captain at Northeastern from 1978-1982, the 6-foot, 7-inch forward helped the Huskies reach
the NCAA Tournament in his final two years. Leitao entered the coaching ranks as Northeastern’s assistant coach in 1984, then going to UConn in 1986. He returned to UConn as associate head coach in 1996, remaining for six years. The announcement was made at the Boys and Girls Club on Cumberland Avenue. It came two years to the day of naming Austin Ainge as the team's first coach. Ainge left the Red Claws in May to join the Celtics front office as director of player personnel.
Red Sox take two of three from Orioles, home today Jacoby Ellsbury hit two solo homers, Andrew Miller and three relievers combined on a two-hitter, and Boston defeated the Orioles in Baltimore 4-0 Wednesday. Adrian Gonzalez had four hits for the Red Sox, who took two of three from Baltimore to conclude their sixth consecutive winning trip. Boston also went 2-1 at Tampa Bay. After being idle yesterday, the Red Sox are home tonight, facing the Seattle Mariners at 7:10 p.m.
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Former Moore principal returns for one-year job Former Moore Middle School Stephen Rogers will return to the school this fall for one year as interim principal, school department officials announced this week. Rogers replaces Lee Crocker, who retired. Rogers has served as assistant principal at Portland High School for the past five years. Before that, he spend nine years as principal at Moore. In that time, he was credited with expanding the school’s team approach and boosting its test scores. “I am delighted to return to Moore,” Rogers said in a statement. “We will focus on improving student achievement scores, especially in math and literacy. We will make more connections to the community to keep our curriculum relevant. We also will work with the Multilingual Department and other community resources to improve our learning environment for students of varying backgrounds.” Rogers holds a bachelor’s from Bowdoin College and a master’s in educational administration from the University of Southern Maine. He began his career as a math teacher at Mahoney Junior High School in South Portland and Deering and Portland High. He also coached several sports and the Portland High math team. — Staff Report
Schools team with Wayside for summer dinner program The Portland Public Schools and the Wayside Community Food Program offer a free summer dinner program through Aug. 18 at the Presumpscot Elementary School at 69 Presumpscot St., according to a school district release. Dinners will be provided Monday through Thursday from 5 p.m. to 6 p.m. to all children 18 years and younger as well as adults who accompany them. The program also will offer activities such as Cumberland County 4H activities, presentations by Maine Cooperative Extension educators, Open Library night on Wednesdays and a book giveaway coordinated by the Portland Altrusa Club. Funding for the program is provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Summer Food Service Program, with substantial support from Wayside Food Program. The school district’s food service staff and Wayside volunteers will serve the meals. There will be no cost to the Portland Public Schools. — Staff Report
Interstate 295 construction backs up trafﬁc In a one-lane section, trafﬁc backs up on Interstate 295 northbound at Freeport Tuesday night. Maine Department of Transportation warns motorists that a signiﬁcant amount of work is occuring on Interstate 295 from South Portland to Freeport, including repaving, guardrail repair and drainage work. Road work is expected to continue through October. The improvements on I-295 in greater Portland represent an investment of nearly $24 million, the state reports, but motorists can expect delays as trafﬁc is often reduced to one lane. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Friday, July 22, the 203rd day of 2011. There are 162 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 22, 1861, the U.S. House of Representatives passed a resolution declaring the Civil War was being waged to preserve the Union rather than to end slavery, a stance that would shift as the conflict continued. (The Senate passed a similar resolution three days later.) On this date: In 1587, an English colony fated to vanish under mysterious circumstances was established on Roanoke Island off North Carolina. In 1893, Wellesley College professor Katharine Lee Bates visited the summit of Pikes Peak, where she was inspired to write the original version of her poem “America the Beautiful.” In 1916, a bomb went off during a Preparedness Day parade in San Francisco, killing ten people. In 1934, bank robber John Dillinger was shot to death by federal agents outside Chicago’s Biograph Theater, where he had just seen the Clark Gable movie “Manhattan Melodrama.” In 1943, American forces led by General George S. Patton captured Palermo, Sicily, during World War II. In 1975, the House of Representatives joined the Senate in voting to restore the American citizenship of Confederate General Robert E. Lee. In 1991, police in Milwaukee arrested Jeffrey Dahmer, who later confessed to murdering 17 men and boys (Dahmer ended up being beaten to death by a fellow prison inmate). One year ago: President Hugo Chavez severed Venezuela’s diplomatic relations with neighboring Colombia over claims he was harboring leftist guerrillas. Today’s Birthdays: Former Senate Majority Leader Bob Dole, R-Kan., is 88. Actor-comedian Orson Bean is 83. Fashion designer Oscar de la Renta is 79. Actress Louise Fletcher is 77. Game show host Alex Trebek is 71. Singer George Clinton is 70. Actor-singer Bobby Sherman is 68. Movie writer-director Paul Schrader is 65. Actor Danny Glover is 65. Actor-comedian-director Albert Brooks is 64. Rock singer Don Henley is 64. Actor Willem Dafoe is 56. Rhythmand-blues singer Keith Sweat is 50. Actress Joanna Going is 48. Actor Rob Estes is 48. Folk singer Emily Saliers is 48. Actor John Leguizamo is 47. Actor-comedian David Spade is 47. Actor Patrick Labyorteaux is 46. Rock musician Pat Badger is 44. Actress Irene Bedard is 44. Actor Rhys Ifans (rees EYE’-fanz) is 44. Actor Colin Ferguson is 39. Rock musician Daniel Jones is 38. Singer Rufus Wainwright is 38. Actress Franka Potente (poh-TEN’-tay) is 37. Actress A.J. Cook is 33. Actress Selena Gomez is 19.
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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: I work as a clerk at a clothing store. Yesterday, a woman came in with a boy who looked to be about 13. She wanted him to try on a speciﬁc outﬁt, and he refused, saying it “looked stupid.” I silently agreed with his assessment. The outﬁt was ridiculous for a boy his size and age. The two of them got into an argument, and I heard her say, “I want you to look nice for the wedding. Try it on.” I walked over and gently told his mother, “I’ve heard this from other customers, and I can assure you, if he doesn’t like it, he’s not going to wear it, and you’ll be wasting your money.” The boy then said, “See, Mom? Listen to this guy. Even he knows this is stupid.” The mother then shouted, “No! I want you to look nice, and you cannot wear a dark suit with a dark shirt. You’ll look like a pimp.” The boy calmly replied, “Well, in that case, I won’t go.” Whereupon the mother said she’d make him wear a dress to the wedding and called him a moron. At that point, I politely told her she’d have to leave, and I escorted her out while she screamed that her son was an ingrate. Was I wrong to have escorted her out? My boss wasn’t angry, but I know he would rather have made the sale. I thought the woman’s behavior was inappropriate. -- Sales Clerk in Kansas Dear Kansas: Screaming customers should be politely asked to leave, and that mother seemed particularly past coping. However, clerks need to be careful. It doesn’t help to take sides and become the paying customer’s adversary. You might have had better luck if you could have steered both of them toward an outﬁt that would have allowed for a compromise. Dear Annie: You printed a letter from “Feeling Alone,” who has been married for 40 years and her retired husband is too busy to spend time with her. She wanted to meet an old ﬂame
for lunch. She got the same old advice from you: Tell your husband how you feel, ﬁnd outside interests, or get counseling. You just don’t get it. I’ve also been married 40 years, and my spouse is recently retired. I still work full time. When he retired, he became even more involved with community affairs. He’s intelligent, well-spoken, a great problem-solver and a real “can-do” guy. The result is that I never see him. Even when he’s home, he isn’t really here -- he’s on the phone or online, dealing with yet another committee or crisis. I have shared my feelings of loneliness with him. I am involved in other things. What I don’t have is a husband who is interested in me. I didn’t get married so I could become an expert quilter, gardener and volunteer. These spouses are addicted to their outside interests and give their marriages whatever time is left over. “Feeling” should decide whether she is better off with or without him, and then act accordingly. -- Lonely but Staying Dear Lonely: We agree that each spouse must decide whether or not to stay in the marriage. Discussing it is the ﬁrst step. Finding other activities is best for those who choose to stay. We recommend counseling in order to air grievances and make the best decision. Too often, neglected spouses expect the other person to change, when that is not likely to happen. We appreciate your input. Dear Annie: I’m not an expert, but I recommend that “Itching in Ky.” and other homeowners with bedbug problems place their guest bed mattress in a full mattress cover made of plastic or other non-penetrable material with a zippered closure. -- Fellow Kentuckian Dear Fellow: With bedbugs such a problem, it can’t hurt to protect yourself before the critters move in. Some of these mattress covers also protect against dust mites and allergens.
Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to: email@example.com, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
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by Scott Stantis
Three nonprofit advocacy groups that were denied tax exemption by the Internal Revenue Service were all units of Emerge America, an organization devoted to cultivating female political leaders for local, state and federal government. The I.R.S. denied tax exemption to the groups — Emerge Nevada, Emerge Maine and Emerge Massachusetts — because, the agency wrote in denial letters, they were set up specifically to cultivate Democratic candidates. Their Web sites ask for evidence that participants in their training programs are Democrats. News of the I.R.S. decision, which surfaced in heavily redacted denial letters to the groups that were posted to the agency’s Web site last Thursday, raised concerns among advocacy groups, known as 501(c)(4) organizations after the section of the tax code that governs them, at large. Crossroads GPS, a conservative advocacy organization with ties to Karl Rove, the Republican strategist, sent an e-mail to supporters on Tuesday, assuring them that it was not one of the three groups denied exemption. Karen Middleton, president of Emerge America, acknowledged on Wednesday that the three state organizations had been denied an exemption. She said the groups were in the process of converting into 527 organizations, which are also tax-exempt but disclose their donors, unlike 501(c)(4) groups. “We’re all small organizations,” Ms. Middleton said. “We train about 25 Democratic women each year in each state where we work, and we don’t engage in any work that involved candidates or campaigns.” The I.R.S. has approved five other state Emerge organizations — in California, Arizona, New Mexico, Wisconsin and Kentucky — as advocacy groups. “It’s just bizarre,” said Kimberly Ellis, executive director of Emerge California. “Nevada has been around and waiting for approval for the last five years, and in the interim, Oregon and Kentucky are established and file for their approval — and Kentucky gets it but Nevada, Maine and Massachusetts don’t.” Michelle Eldridge, an I.R.S. spokeswoman, said the agency could not comment on individual taxpayers. Paul Streckfus, a former I.R.S. official, said such inconsistency was not unusual. In part, it is because the office that handles approval of tax-exempt groups, he said, receives hundreds if not thousands of applications a day at its office in Cincinnati. Some of the applications are then sent for processing at field offices around the country, and, in some cases, to headquarters in Washington. “My guess is that the one that recently got approved went to a different office than the ones that were denied, which seem to have been handled in Washington,” Mr. Streckfus said. Ms. Ellis said Kentucky’s application was processed in an I.R.S. office in the Western United States. She did not know where the still-pending application of Emerge Oregon ended up.
Portland Symphony Orchestra notes new trustees, staff members The Portland Symphony Orchestra recently welcomed five new members to its board of trustees. New trustees, elected to three-year terms, are Sally Bancroft, Jan Gerry, Matthew O’Reilly, Alicia Sampson and Margaret Wilkis. Debby Hammond has been elected president of the board. In addition, Sue Burdsall and Marjorie Gallant have joined the staff. The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Designer Show House will be open to the public Sept. 10 through Oct. 2. For tickets, visit portlandsymphony.org. — Staff Report
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Friday, July 22 Jimmy Fund/Deering High School Classic 10:30 a.m. The Jimmy Fund/Deering High School Classic to beneﬁt the Deering High School Golf Team and the Jimmy Fund will be held July 22, at Riverside Golf Club in Portland. This tournament is part of the Jimmy Fund Golf Program. The Jimmy Fund Golf Program is one of the oldest and largest charity golf programs in the country. Now in its 29th year, The Jimmy Fund Golf Program has raised more than $80 million for life-saving cancer research and treatment for adults and children at Dana-Farber Cancer Institute. The 2011 presenting sponsors for this year’s program include American Airlines, Callaway Golf, Dunkin’ Donuts, Forty Seven Brand, HomeGoods, the International Golf Club, and GateHouse Media New England. Registration Time: 10:30 a.m. Shotgun Time: noon. Registration Fee: $100 per golfer. For more information, visit www.jimmyfundgolf.org or call 866-521-4653.
Hunger strike for Sudan noon to 2 p.m. Today, protests against continuing genocide in Sudan will include a gathering from noon to 2 p.m. at Monument Square, part of a 24-hour hunger strike that will last from Friday at noon to Saturday at noon. At 7 p.m. today, the public can meet at the Root Cellar on Washington Avenue in Portland and join a bus trip departing at 8 p.m. en route to Washington, D.C., for a Peace in Sudan Rally at the White House. Portland is home to the largest community — nearly 100 people — of Fur tribal members of any city in the United States, according to the public education group Fur Cultural Revival (http://sites.google.com/site/furculturalrevivalme). For more information, contact El-Fadel Arbab, secretary, speaker and educator with the nonproﬁt Fur Cultural Revival, by email at elfadel@furculturalrevival. org or at 221-5197
Little Red Riding Hood reimagined 4 p.m. This summer, Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother ﬁnd themselves facing not just one wolf, but two! The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine kicks off its 2011-2012 theatre season with Little Red Riding Hood (or Grandmother Slyboots), a twist on the well-worn tale of a ﬂighty girl and conniving wolf. In this story, Little Red’s nemesis, the wolf, is an arrogant young prankster. A sage older wolf advises him to give up his foolish impersonations of humans and just be the best wolf he can be. The Children’s Museum & Theatre’s Dress Up Theatre has been home to more than a dozen productions since 2008, but the staging for Little Red Riding Hood will offer audiences a uniquely immersive experience: the show will take place in the center of the room, with rows of seating (some elevated) along two opposite walls. A troupe of nine young actors ages 8 to 16 have spent the not-so-lazy days of summer rehearsing almost daily. The cast
Mariano Mawein, chairman of the Sudanese Community of Maine, surveys posters regarding violence and aggression in Sudan, while standing in the Meg Perry Center this week. Today, activists plan a hunger strike starting at noon. An event is planned from noon to 2 p.m. at Monument Square. Saturday, July 23 marks the seventh anniversary of the declaration of the Darfur genocide by the U.S. Congress. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO) features newcomers in the roles of Little Red Riding Hood (Phoebe Little, 13, of South Portland) and Young Wolf (Even Laukli, 13 of Yarmouth). The show runs for two weekends, July 21-31: Thursdays and Fridays at 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $9 each ($8 for members) and can be reserved at the front desk (142 Free St.), at kitetails.org or by calling 828-1234, ext. 231. Advance reservations are encouraged.
‘Yoga and Walking Meditation on the Fore River’ 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. “Yoga and Walking Meditation on the Fore River.” Rebecca Stephans leads a yoga walk on the Fore River Trail. Beginning with gentle stretches, breathing exercises, and yoga postures the walk will continue with a walking meditation. The walk will end with a closing meditation and check-in. No yoga experience necessary, and all levels of ﬁtness are welcome. Meet at the Fore River Trail head on Hobart Street off outer Congress Street. Parking is available along Hobart Street. Free for Portland Trails members, $5 suggested donation for nonmembers ($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 http://trails.org/events.html
SPACE screens ‘Hobo With A Shotgun’ 10 p.m. “Celebrating the classic American ‘Grindhouse’ genre, ‘Hobo With A Shotgun’ is the product of a trailer competition held by Quentin Tarantino and Robert Rodriquez for the making of their collaborative ﬁlm ‘Grindhouse.’ A hobo (played by Rutger Hauer) rolls into town hoping for a fresh start but instead ﬁnds himself trapped in an urban hell ruled by a murderous crime boss and his sadistic sons. As the brutality rages around him, the hobo realizes the only way to make a difference in this town is with a pawnshop shotgun in his hands. Viewer discretion is strongly advised.” $7/$5 for SPACE Gallery Members, 18 plus.
Saturday, July 23 Philosophy at the Edge conference in Camden
The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine kicks off its 20112012 theatre season with Little Red Riding Hood (or Grandmother Slyboots), playing in late July. Here, Young Wolf (Even Laukli) is disguised as grandmother. (COURTESY PHOTO)
9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The Camden Philosophical Society will hold its ﬁfth annual Philosophy at the Edge conference in Camden, “on one of the hottest new topics in the ﬁeld — Experimental Philosophy — and will be featuring some of the stars of the new movement, while also questioning whether this is the best way of tackling all the age-old issues that constitute philosophy. The regular meetings of the society are hosted by the Camden Public Library throughout the year, but the Experimental Philosophy Conference will be at St. Thomas Episcopal Church in Camden.” www.librarycamden.org/
Psychic/Paranormal Faire 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A popular event returns to Fort Knox when
the second Psychic/Paranormal Faire kicks off Saturday and Sunday, July 23 and 24. The Faire will feature renowned cryptozoologist Loren Coleman, TV personality and author of “Mysterious America”. Joining Coleman will be author of “Ghosts of Acadia”, Marcus LiBrizzi, East Coast Ghost Trackers paranormal investigation group, UFOologists, and psychic, Sky Taylor. Visitors to the Faire will also be able to consult various psychics that will be on site for the event. The Friends work in partnership with the Maine Department of Conservation’s Bureau of Parks and Lands for the beneﬁt of Fort Knox. fortknox.maineguide.com.
What About Whales? presentation by Children’s Museum & Theatre on Peaks Island 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. What About Whales? presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine at Brackett Memorial United Methodist Church, 9 Church St., Peaks Island. “Istar, the life-size inﬂatable whale model that lives in the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, wows thousands of visitors each year when they climb inside her and discover just how massive humpbacks are. On July 23, Istar will visit Peaks Island to wow islanders and travelers alike. Guided trips inside the whale will take place on the hour from 1-3 p.m.” Istar’s voyage is part of Science at Sea, a program created by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine and funded by the Peaks Island Fund of the Maine Community Foundation. The program was created to increase islanders’ access to science programming and educate Casco Bay residents about their ocean-dwelling neighbors. This event is the concluding celebration of a series of educational science programs in Peaks Island schools and preschools. The Brackett Memorial United Methodist Church is located at 9 Church Street, a half-mile walk from the ferry.
Breakwater Creative Arts camp ﬁlm screening 12:30 p.m. “Tova Kemmerer is not your typical eight-yearold summer camper. Sure, she can weave a friendship bracelet and play a mean game of Duck Duck Goose, but at Breakwater Creative Arts (BCA) summer camp, Tova also gets to make movies. In fact, three ﬁlms that she and her Cinematic Storytelling class made last summer at BCA have been selected for viewing at the 34th Maine Student Film and Video Festival, held in conjunction with the Maine International Film Festival, in Waterville,” the arts program announced. The three narrative works — “Rhonda’s Pillow Adventure,” “The Pencil Dilemma” and “Mystery Shack” — will be screened on July 23 at 12:30 p.m. at the Railroad Cinema in Waterville. The ﬁlms were conceived, developed, acted, ﬁlmed and directed entirely by students in grades K-6. Located in Portland, Breakwater is an independent day school and after-school enrichment center for students, pre-K through grade 8. see next page
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Little Red Riding Hood reimagined 1 p.m. This summer, Little Red Riding Hood and her grandmother ﬁnd themselves facing not just one wolf, but two! The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine kicks off its 2011-2012 theatre season with Little Red Riding Hood (or Grandmother Slyboots), a twist on the well-worn tale of a ﬂighty girl and conniving wolf. In this story, Little Red’s nemesis, the wolf, is an arrogant young prankster. A sage older wolf advises him to give up his foolish impersonations of humans and just be the best wolf he can be. The Children’s Museum & Theatre’s Dress Up Theatre has been home to more than a dozen productions since 2008, but the staging for Little Red Riding Hood will offer audiences a uniquely immersive experience: the show will take place in the center of the room, with rows of seating (some elevated) along two opposite walls. The show runs for two weekends, July 21-31: Thursdays and Fridays at 4 p.m., Saturdays and Sundays at 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Tickets are $9 each ($8 for members) and can be reserved at the front desk (142 Free St.), at kitetails.org or by calling 828-1234, ext. 231. Advance reservations are encouraged.
Fenix Theatre Company 6:30 p.m. By the bridge in Deering Oaks. “Fenix Theatre Company exists to provide the southern Maine community access to free classical theater in the beauty of Deering Oaks. We thrive on the unique collaboration between audience and performer found in outdoor theater.” Next up: “Waiting for Godot.” “‘Waiting for Godot’ is an absurdly hilarious and starkly beautiful study on how we exist in the world. It is Samuel Beckett’s dramatic masterpiece. As always bring your own seat and some food, drink, etc.” www.fenixtheatre.com
A Tribute to the Music of Kermit Goell
Presentation on Complete Streets 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Portland’s Department of Public Services and Planning and Urban Development will host a public presentation on Complete Streets facilitated by experts from the National Complete Streets Coalition. Complete Streets is a transportation policy that calls for the construction, maintenance and operation of roads that are accessible to all users, including motorists, pedestrians, bicyclists, and transit riders. The event will include a presentation on the fundamentals of Complete Streets, as well as strategies utilized in other cities with an opportunity for the public to discuss and provide feedback on the policy. For information about this month’s presentation, contact Bruce Hyman, Bicycle and Pedestrian Program Coordinator at the City of Portland Public Services Department (email bhyman@ portlandmaine.gov or phone 874-8833). Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square.
Tuesday, July 26 Rapid River Races, 1940. noon. Screening: Rapid River Races, 1940. Zip Kellogg, Author and Paddler. Join the Maine Historical Society for a special screening and story. This 17 minute silent color ﬁlm provides a treasure trove of images, incidents (yes!), and windows into canoe and kayak racing equipment and techniques of another era. It documents the 1940 National Whitewater Canoe & Kayak Championships which were held on the Rapid River in western Maine. The ﬁlm had been thought lost since it was produced 70 years ago; Maine paddler Zip Kellogg had been on the lookout for it for thirty years, holding out little hope that it had survived. And only by utter chance and a twist of fate did it turn up! Zip will share this wonderful story of historical serendipity. Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St.
Free events in the parks of Portland 8 p.m. Maine Singers Atelier (MSA), directed by noon to 1 p.m. With a full schedule of diverse free events, Julie Goell, will present “My Love Serenade: A Tribute to the Music of Kermit Goell,” at the 5th Maine Fenix Theatre Company is a group of artists dedicated to staging the classics of there is something for everyone to enjoy each week Regiment Center (http://www.ﬁfthmainemuseum.org/). theater in the most compelling and relevant manner for the audience of today. in downtown Portland. Post Ofﬁce Park, Congress Between 1940 and 1980, Kermit Goell wrote the lyrics Next up: “Waiting for Godot,” 6:30 p.m. Saturday by the bridge in Deering Oaks. Square and Lobsterman’s Park provide perfect venues for live music, talented local performers and activities to over 200 songs, including the hit, “Near You.” His (COURTESY PHOTO) for kids. Whether during a lunch break or with the kids, songs have been recorded by a wide range of artists downtown Portland’s free events are not to be missed. from Johnny Cash, Andy Williams and Frank Sinatra mouth, Higgins Farm on Chebeague Island, The Bluffs on Weekday Performance Series — Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. to the Andrews Sisters, Sarah Vaughan and Barbara StreiCliff Island, Wreck Cove on Long Island and many more. Enjoy your lunch outside and be entertained by Portland’s sand. Some have appeared in the soundtracks of movies, The board members of the three land trusts are coordinatbest talented performers! Post Ofﬁce Park: July 26, Fire including “Mask” and “Practical Magic,” and on TV shows, ing inter-island transport enabling islanders to travel from dancing with Melle. Come and see a variety of ﬁre dance including “Six Feet Under” and “The Sopranos.” Kermit Long, Cliff, Chebeague, Peaks and Cushing Island directly. and ﬁre arts. Poi, fans, hoop and ﬁre breathing as well as Goell also happens to be the father of MSA director Julie Names and numbers can be found by calling 699-2989 for regular hoop routines. Take part in a few hands on activities Goell. Tickets to the event are available at the door for $10. more information. Portlanders can take the 1:15 ferry from with us! Congress Square: Aug. 2, Music from the Andes Maine Singers Atelier (www.juliegoell.com/singing.php) is a Casco Bay Lines to arrive at Diamond’s Edge at 1:35. Charwith Inca Sun. The richness of Peruvian folk lore comes lab-style workshop held in Portland, for singers in any genre ter sponsors are Bayside Print Services, Diamond’s Edge alive with Inca Son. Haunting melodies that will transport of music to hone skills in performance, presentation and Restaurant, JWA Holdings, Casco Bay Island Development the listener clear to the Andes Mountains. Aug. 9, Samuel expressive power, in an atmosphere of support and colleAssociation, and the David Banks Team of Remax by the James acoustic blues. A roots troubadour of the highest giality. The workshop is directed by performer, singer and Bay. Silver Level sponsors include Handy Boat, Dummond order, James will sing you a song with raw, sweat-pouring director Julie Goell (http://www.juliegoell.com/). Woodsum, Warren Currier & Buchanan LLC, Wright-Ryan, soul, all the while playing the guitar with such commanding Lionel Plante Associates and Horny Toad/Nau. Sunday July 24 virtuosity you’ll swear he’s reinventing it. Then he’ll tell you a story enrapturing you to the point where you’ll almost forget Monday, July 25 he’s a musician. Aug. 16, West African rhythms with AnneOld Port Half Marathon & 5K Road Race gret Baier. Annegret Baier will present West African rhythms 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. In its ﬁrst year, this event is organized by and songs on authentic drums and percussion instruments! GiddyUp Productions. The expected number of runners Learn from the Pros Summer Basketball Camp Brought to you by WPXT, WPME, WHOM, mainetoday. overall this year is 700, according to a city agenda item. 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Learn from the Pros Summer Basketball com, raisingmaine.com. For more information and a full Proceeds from the races beneﬁt Habitat for Humanity and Camp by the Maine Red Claws, July 25-29, Portland Expo. schedule of free summer events visit portlandmaine.com or Independent Transportation Network. The race will start on Boys and girls ages 7-12; all skill levels are welcome. Camp call772.6828. the Eastern Prom and ﬁnish at the Maine State Pier. The half features: Camp to be held at Portland Expo, home of the marathon starts ﬁrst at 8 a.m. The 5K race starts at 8:15 Maine Red Claws; expert instruction from Red Claws staff; DEPA ‘Business After Hours’ a.m. www.oldporthalfmarathon.com special guest lecturers; stations, drills, skills contests and 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The DownEast Pride Alliance “Busilive games; 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. daily, 8:30 a.m. dropoff welness After Hours” Networking Event at Harbour’s Edge Sunday Shindig on the Bay. come; camp t-shirt; ticket to a 2011-12 Red Claws game; Room, 6 Custom House Wharf, Portland. Cash bar, lite 1:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. Diamond’s Edge Restaurant, Great pizza party; award ceremony; $185 for the weeklong camp. food & media table provided. Bring business cards to share. Diamond Island. A large group of land conservation pracwww.nba.com/dleague/maine/jrredclawscamp.html Free. See you there for “cocktails and conversation!” The titioners, supporters and families will gather at Diamond’s DownEast Pride Alliance (DEPA) is a GLBTQ business netEdge Restaurant to celebrate 25 years of land conservaMECA Master of Fine Arts lectures working group in Southern Maine meeting monthly at local tion in the Casco Bay region at the Sunday Shindig on the 6:30 p.m. Each summer, the Master of Fine Arts program establishments for “Business After Hours” events that proBay. The event, which is a fundraiser and to which all are at Maine College of Art invites guest artists, curators and vide a safe forum for, and help strengthen, the local gay & invited, is family friendly and as such will feature games, scholars to participate in the curriculum. All visiting artists gay-friendly business community. Bring business cards to activities and a juggler for the young kids. Additionally for deliver a free public lecture in Osher Hall at 6:30 p.m. July share on our Media Table. No fees or RSVP to attend. www. the kids of all ages, there will be lawn games like badminton 25: Lee Boroson; Boroson’s airy sculptures give viewers depabusiness.com and croquet, and a great band called Local Circus. Tours of the chance to experience the ineffable impossibilities of the the Fort will also be offered during the event. Food, beer, world. Aug. 1: Hamish Fulton; Since the early 1970s, Fulton Friends of Evergreen Docent Training wine, soft drinks and juice will be served and there will be a has been labeled as a sculptor, photographer, conceptual 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Introductory Meeting for docent rafﬂe drawing featuring one-of-a-kind gifts with great value. artist and artist. Fulton, however, characterises himself as training. “Become a Docent for Evergreen Cemetery! If you The tickets are $40 with 12 and under Free, and can be a “walking artist.” Aug. 8: Lisi Raskin; Raskin handcrafts would enjoy learning more about Evergreen Cemetery and purchased at www.brownpapertickets.com/event/181685. whimsical recreations of military command centers. This working with the Friends of Evergreen in developing this The hosts of the event are three local land trusts: Chesummer the MFA’s Moth Press is also releasing Mapping new program please join us! An evening discussion and beague & Cumberland Land Trust, Falmouth Land Trust and the Intelligence of Artistic Work; An Explorative Guide to introduction to our new Docent Training program will include Oceanside Conservation Trust of Casco Bay. Each of these Making, Thinking, and Writing by Anne West. West is an a slide show and walking tour of Evergreen Cemetery led by land trusts has worked diligently over the past 25 years or educator, writer and independent curator. She teaches in Janet Morelli. Light refreshments will be provided.” This more to protect and steward many places in and around the Division of Graduate Studies at Rhode Island School event will take place at Wilde Memorial Chapel in Evergreen Casco Bay. Some of the protected properties of these of Design, where she supports students across disciplines Cemetery, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland. Parking is available land trusts include Basket Island, Daveis Cove on Peaks, in conceptualizing and writing their master’s thesis. www. on Stevens Avenue. www.friendsofevergreen.org Rines Forest in Cumberland, Blackstrap Hill Preserve in Falmeca.edu/mfa see next page
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Wednesday, July 27 Kid’s Activity Day with Owls 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Kid’s Activity Day — Wednesdays in Lobsterman’s Park, 10:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine. Bring the kids to Lobsterman’s Park to enjoy a different activity each week and learn interesting facts! July 27, Understanding Owls. Learn about an owl’s silent ﬂight and other hunting techniques by exploring artifacts and making a craft. Brought to you by WPXT, WPME, WHOM, mainetoday.com, raisingmaine.com
Biking Through Bhutan 6:30 p.m. Biking Through Bhutan will be the topic of the Falmouth Memorial Library’s next travelogue to be held in the meeting room of the Library. This will be a slide presentation of a mountain biking adventure through the ultimate mountains: the Himalayas, presented by Cliff Krolick of Back Country Excursions. The Library is located at 5 Lunt Road in Falmouth just off Route 1 behind Staples and the Shops at Falmouth Village. Free and open to the public. 781-2351.
140 Years of Skiing in Maine 7:30 p.m. Fireside chat with Scott Andrews, curator, Ski Museum of Maine. Down-Mountain & Cross Country: 140 Years of Skiing in Maine, lecture at the Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island. $5. “Did you know that Maine’s skiing history dates back to 1870? Mainers have led the way in developing this sport, having built the world’s tallest ski jump and the ﬁrst chairlift in the East. Maine was the leading producer of skis in the midtwentieth century. And a Mainer wrote America’s ﬁrst book about skiing.” The Fifth Maine Regiment Museum is a nonproﬁt museum and cultural center housed in the 1888 Fifth Maine Regiment Memorial Hall. Its mission is the preservation of Civil War and local history. For more information, call 766-3330 or email ﬁfthmaine@juno.com.
Thursday, July 28 Jeannie Brett at library book reading 10:30 a.m. Jeannie Brett, illustrator of the newly released
children’s book “My Cat, Coon Cat,” will read from and sign copies of the book at the Portland Public Library. Children will also have the opportunity to create their own cat masks with the artist. The library is located at 5 Monument Square. “The charming children’s book, written by Sandy Ferguson Fuller, published by Islandport Press, uses verse to tell the story of a young girl who moves into a new house and slowly wins the affection of a classic Maine coon cat. Through the course of a day, the girl and the cat share experiences which bring them closer. As the shy cat meets the girl’s kitten, chases dragonﬂies and explores the neighborhood, he realizes he has a safe new home. The gentle rhymes and appealing watercolors will delight early readers as they learn how to make a new friend with patience, humor and kindness.” For more information, contact the library at 871-1700. For more information about the book, please contact Islandport Press at firstname.lastname@example.org or 207-846-3344, or visit www.islandportpress.com. Islandport Press, an award-winning Maine-based publishing company, is dedicated to producing quality books about Maine and Northern New England.
Alive at Five free outdoor concert 5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The much anticipated Alive at Five free outdoor concerts kick is taking place each Thursday in Monument Square. “What better way to spend a summer night than to kick back, listen to free music in the summer sun and enjoy a cold drink in the beer garden, presented by Sebago Brewing Company.” July 28 — Marion Grace (Singer-Songwriters) and Gypsy Tailwind (Americana / Roots); Aug. 4 — The Modest Proposal (MAMM SLAM High School Band Winners) and The Kenya Hall Band (Rhythm and Blues). For more information and a full schedule of free summer events, visit portlandmaine.com or call 772.6828.
Bark in the Park to raise funds for the Portland Police Department’s K-9 Unit
6:15 p.m. is pre-game parade for pups and people led by Slugger, the Seadog’s mascot, and the Portland Police K-9 Units around Hadlock Field; game starts at 7 p.m. Hadlock Field. Tickets cost $7 (children under 2 free). They can be purchased at the Planet Dog Company Store at 211 Marginal Way, Portland (346-8606) or by calling Planet Dog at 800-381-1516.
Free Lakescaping Demonstration Event 6:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Lakescaping for Clean Water: Buffers, Rain Barrels, Rain Gardens ... How to capture and control Maine’s rain to protect Maine’s clean lakes. Did you know that soil is the No. 1 pollutant in Maine’s lakes? Want to learn how to do your part to keep soil and other substances out of our water and on the ground where they belong? Join us as Master Gardener-trained Kirsten Ness describes Lakescaping: easy, inexpensive, and attractive methods each of us can use to help protect clean water in Maine. We’ll show you around the Ecology Center demonstrations of lake-friendly plantings and installations and offer advice for your own property. (Free, limit 20). Sebago Lake Ecology Center, Intersection of Routes 237 and 35 in Standish. Reserve a seat: 774-5961, ext 3324 or email sebagolake@ pwd.org.
Concert at Fort Allen Park: Sean Mencher 7 p.m. “We’re putting the band back in the bandstand at Fort Allen Park!” In July and August, Friends of the Eastern Promenade scheduled seven Thursday evening concerts. Sean Mencher and his Rhythm Kings (Rockabilly), sponsorship in memory of Betty Winterhalder. Other concerts: Thursday, Aug. 4 — Big Chief (Rhythm & Roots Music). Sponsored by Coyne Piergrossi Associates, Keller Williams Realty. Thursday, Aug. 11 — The McCarthys (Country Rock). Sponsored by Kemp Goldberg Partners. Thursday, Aug. 18 — Banda di Nepi (Community Band from Italy). Sponsored by the Italian Heritage Center.
‘The Daughter of the Regiment’
6:15 p.m. Dogs and their families are invited to enjoy an evening of baseball while raising valuable funds to support the Canine Unit of the Portland Police Department. Bark in the Park ticket holders sit in the third base bleacher section with all access to the “birthday section” behind the bleachers. There will be dogs up for adoption, a grassy relief area, wading pool, canine watering station, dog treats and games for pups and their families. Dog valets will also be on hand to care for pets so people can visit the concessions. At
7:30 p.m. PORTopera’s 2011 mainstage production, “The Daughter of the Regiment,” stars Bangor native and University of Southern Maine graduate Ashley Emerson in the lead role, supported by a cast of seasoned performers and another up-and-coming young artist. PORTopera presents the opera comique “The Daughter of the Regiment” (La Fille du Régiment) in two performances on Thursday, July 28 and Saturday, July 30 at Portland’s Merrill Auditorium. Both performances begin at 7:30 p.m.
The 18th Annual Show presented by
Saturday, August 6, 2010 • Show 10:00am to 3:00pm Rain Date: Sunday, August 7, 2010 Naples Information Bureau (207) 693-3285