WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 10, 2011
VOL. 3 NO. 134
PORTLAND’S DAILY NEWSPAPER
Key personnel decisions await city manager’s nod For the time being, Mike Sauschuck is serving as acting chief and running the police department day to day. Sauschuck has said he intends to be a candidate for the permanent position, but said recently he wants Rees to pick the best candidate for the job.
BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Former Police Chief James Craig was sworn in last week as Cincinnati’s new chief, but back here in Portland, it’s still unclear how his replacement will be chosen. New City Manager Mark Rees has sole authority to appoint a new chief, but as of yesterday he still hadn’t decided whether to open a competitive search or promote an internal candidate, as Craig and some city councilors have advocated.
Through a spokesperson, Rees said he would wait until he feels up to speed before deciding “how to conduct a search for the new chief." see PERSONNEL page 6 RIGHT: Mike Sauschuck, a veteran of the police department, is serving as acting police chief in Portland and running the police department day to day. It will be up to new city manager Mark Rees to recommend a process for ﬁlling the position of police chief, which could be ﬁlled in house or put out for competitive advertising. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
Route 25 job to give pedestrians a leg up Signals, crosswalks part of major, $5.5M Westbrook street job BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Pedestrians can breathe a little easier about crossing a one-mile stretch of Route 25 in Westbrook, now that a state contractor is on the verge of finishing a $5.5 million widening and improvement of the heavily driven William Clarke Drive. "It is a major project, some parts of that road actually see over 19,000 vehicles a day," said Mark Latti, spokesman for the Maine Department of Transportation. "It is a major project in that it's a heavily traveled road, it's in an urban see STREET page 9 RIGHT: Warren Latham of A/D Electric of Monmouth adjusts new trafﬁc signals on Route 25 in Westbrook Tuesday. The company is subcontracting with R.J. Grondin and Sons of Gorham to redesign the busy street and install about half a dozen new trafﬁc signals. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
Car thefts spike in 2011; easy targets a consistent theme BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
Police say car thefts are on the rise this year, reporting a 110 percent increase in 2011 year to date compared to all of last year. The Portland Police Department received 63
reports of vehicle thefts to date. The figure is subject to change following an investigation into recent cases, but with more than four months left in the year, the number is more than double last year's 30 reported thefts. On the surface, officials say there's not a lot that
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DNA proﬁle of Bundy gives hope (NY Times) — The serial killer Ted Bundy confessed to 30 murders before he was executed in Florida in 1989, but he hinted that the true body count was far higher. Now a DNA profile of Bundy — extracted from a vial of blood discovered in a courthouse where it had been stored for three decades — may help investigators around the country figure out if he was responsible for any of their unsolved murder cases. The profile was uploaded into the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s DNA database on Friday. David Coffman, chief of forensics at the Florida Department of Law Enforcement, which assembled the profile, said that police departments could now enter any DNA evidence they might have from cold cases into the system, to see if there was a match with Mr. Bundy’s DNA. Coffman said his department began searching for enough DNA to create a profile after being contacted by the police department in Tacoma, Wash., this year. Detectives there were hoping to finally solve the case of Ann Marie Burr, an 8-year-old girl who disappeared from her house in 1961. Bundy, who was 14 at the time of Ann Marie’s disappearance, had lived in Tacoma, and there was speculation after his arrest that the girl might have been his first victim. Bundy, however, denied responsibility for the murder. Mr. Coffman said he receives four or five calls a year from investigators inquiring about Mr. Bundy’s DNA in connection with unsolved cases, but that no full DNA profile had been available. Mr. Bundy’s lengthy killing spree, which left bodies strewn across the Pacific Northwest as well as in Florida and possibly other states, took place well before the advent of DNA technology. A partial DNA profile was created in 2002 from a tissue sample taken at Mr. Bundy’s autopsy, Mr. Coffman said, but it was not complete enough to enter into the F.B.I. database. The call from Tacoma, however, persuaded Mr. Coffman to pursue the matter further. An attempt was made to extract DNA from two dental molds on display with other Bundy memorabilia in the department’s forensics laboratory. The impressions were found to match bite marks on the left buttock of 20-year-old Lisa Levy, one of two sorority students at Florida State University Mr. Bundy was convicted of killing in 1979. But the DNA found in the dental molds was too degraded to use for a profile.
Each murder is one too many.” —Jurgen Habermas
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Cameron deploys more cops as London rioting grows BY ALAN COWELL THE NEW YORK TIMES
LONDON — Prime Minister David Cameron pledged Tuesday to flood the streets of London with 10,000 extra police officers, and said that Parliament would be recalled in emergency session, after rioting and looting spread across and beyond London for a third night in what the police called the worst unrest in memory. At the same time, the police said they had begun a murder inquiry after a 26-year-old man was shot and killed in a car in Croydon, south of London, late Monday as rioters torched and looted buildings — the first known fatality since the unrest began in Tottenham, another part of the city, on Saturday. Mr. Cameron spoke after cutting short a vacation in Tuscany to return home, as violence convulsed at least eight more districts in greater London late Monday and early Tuesday and broke out for the first time in other areas, including Britain’s second-largest city, Birmingham. Coming after a cascade
of crises, the measures announced by Mr. Cameron seemed intended to restore some appearance of official authority after nights of chaos and near anarchy, with rioters taunting and outmaneuvering the police, raiding stores and burning buildings. Seeking to reinforce the message — and to counter public rage at what many perceive as an indecisive official response to the violence — Mr. Cameron toured Croydon, one of the worst-hit areas, and was shown on television accompanied by police officers outside burnedout buildings. The BBC and other British news organizations reported that the police might be permitted to use rubber bullets for the first time as part of the government’s strengthened response to any resumption of the mayhem. David Lammy, a member of parliament from Tottenham and a former intellectual property minister, also called for a suspension of BlackBerry’s encrypted instant message service. Many rioters, exploiting that service, have been able to organize
Police ofﬁcers in riot gear tried to block a road near a burning car in the northern district of Hackney, in London, where rioting continued for a third night (New York Times)
mobs and outrun the police. “It is unfortunate, but for the very short term, London can’t have a night like the last,” Mr. Lammy said in a Twitter post. Fresh unrest was reported late Tuesday afternoon from Salford adjacent to the northwestern city of Manchester and West Bromwich in the English Midlands. In central London, owners of electrical goods stores along busy Tottenham Court Road shuttered their premises as convoys of riot police vans with sirens wailing crisscrossed
the city, a show of force that seemed designed to cow potential looters and reassure their potential targets. By early evening, police in Manchester said rioters had set fire to a large clothing store in the center of the city, suggesting that the measures taken in the capital -- drawing in extra officers from neighboring police forces to boost the presence on metropolitan streets -- had not completely averted a fourth night of challenges in some parts of the country.
Dow surges in wild trading day Obama travels to Delaware to honor helicopter crash victims BY CHRISTINE HAUSER THE NEW YORK TIMES
Stocks pushed broadly higher on Tuesday, ending a volatile trading session in which the market fluctuated widely between gains and losses. The surge by the end of the day came after the market showed signs of recovery from the worst sell-off on Wall Street in more than two years, even as it wavered throughout the trading session. The three main indexes, for example, gyrated wildly in the half-hour after a Federal Reserve announcement that included no new steps to pare interest rates further or to foster economic growth, shedding gains, plunging sharply and recovering their losses. At the close, the Dow Jones industrial average was up 429.92 points, or nearly 4 percent, at 11,239.77. Standard & Poor’s 500-stock index was up 53.07 points, or 4.74 percent, at 1,172.53, the largest point gain in a day since March 2009, and the Nasdaq was up 5.29 percent, or 124.83 points, at 2,482.52. The yield on the benchmark United States Treasury 10-year
notes fell to almost 2.2 percent, from 2.32 percent late Monday. Two-year yields, already at a record low, were down to 0.186 percent. It was a marked contrast to the close on Monday when the markets had spiraled downward on the first trading day after Standard & Poor’s downgraded its rating of the United States government’s long-term debt. In the statement, the Federal Reserve said it would hold short-term interest rates near zero through mid-2013, but it announced no new measures. Dan Greenhaus, the chief global strategist for BTIG LLC, noted that the Fed acknowledged in its statement that risks of further deterioration have increased and that it specified how low rates would be and for how long. Altogether, Mr. Greenhaus said, “the implication is clearly that the Fed is moving to a more accommodative policy, albeit one that doesn’t do much to boost economic activity.” Benchmark crude declined 2.5 percent to close at $79.30 a barrel.
BY HELENE COOPER THE NEW YORK TIMES
President Obama traveled to Dover Air Force Base in Delaware on Tuesday to pay his respects to the 30 American servicemen killed in a helicopter crash in eastern Afghanistan over the weekend. Four helicopters took the President Obama arrives at Dover Air Force Base on Tuesday (Doug Mills/The president and a coterie of New York Times) military and administration officials for the 45-minute unanMabus, the secretary of the nounced trip from Fort McNair Navy. in Washington to Dover, where Speaking to reporters at the the remains of the Americans, White House on Monday, Mr. including the 22 Navy Seal Obama vowed that American commandos killed in Saturday’s troops would “continue the attack, were being transported. hard work of transitioning to Because of the nature of the a stronger Afghan government crash of the Chinook helicopter, and ensuring that Afghanistan the remains of the dead were is not a safe haven for terrorreturned to Dover “unidentiists.” fied” until they can be positively But, he added that “now is identified by the Armed Forces the time to reflect on those we Mortuary Affairs Office. Also lost and the sacrifices of all who in Dover for the return of the serve, as well as their families.” remains were Defense Secre“These men and women put tary Leon E. Panetta, Admiral their lives on the line for the Mike Mullen, chairman of the values that bind us together as Joint Chiefs of Staff and Ray a nation,” the president said.
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Federal Reserve votes to hold rates near zero through mid-2013 THE NEW YORK TIMES
The three men regard inflation as a more serious threat to the economy than unemployment. The Fed’s announcement was eagerly awaited by investors who have responded to grim economic tidings in recent weeks by driving down global markets. The economy grew only 0.8 percent during the first half of the year. The work force is shrinking. State and local governments are cutting back. And fiscal policy is immobilized by partisanship, leading Standard & Poor’s to remove the United States from its list of risk-free borrowers. That has left investors to hope that the Fed would consider new steps to help the economy. The central bank has held its benchmark short-term interest rate near zero since December 2008, flooding the financial system with the nearest thing to free money. It has promised after each of its meetings since late 2008 to keep interest rates near zero “for an extended period,” which Ben S. Bernanke, the Fed chairman, defined earlier this year as meaning a period of at least several months. The central bank also has amassed more than $2.5 trillion in Treasury securities and mortgage-backed securities, putting downward pressure on long-term interest rates. The purchases have pushed investors into the stock market and other riskier investments, and reduced the value of the dollar, helping American exporters. The Fed has said that selling off these assets would be its first step when the economy begins to improve, but it has avoided setting any timetable for a
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BY BINYAMIN APPLEBAUM WASHINGTON — The Federal Reserve said Tuesday that it would hold short-term interest rates near zero through mid-2013 to support the faltering economy, but it announced no new measures to further reduce long-term interest rates or otherwise stimulate renewed growth. The Fed’s policy-making board said in a statement that growth “has been considerably slower” than it had expected, and that it saw little prospect for rapid improvement, prompting the change in policy. It had previously said that it would maintain rates near zero “for an extended period.” “The committee now expects a somewhat slower pace of recovery over the coming quarters,” the Fed’s statement said. “The unemployment rate will decline only gradually.” Many economists and outside analysts argue that the Fed should act more aggressively in response to rising unemployment and faltering growth. But internal divisions are limiting the central bank’s ability to pursue additional steps. Even the modest commitment announced Tuesday was passed only by a vote of 7 to 3. The central bank prefers to act unanimously whenever possible. The dissenters included Richard W. Fisher, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas; Narayana Kocherlakota, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Minneapolis; and Charles Plosser, president of the Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia.
the best atmosphere for enduring job growth. The Fed projected in June that inflation could reach 2.5 percent this year, a crucial reason it has shown little interest in taking additional steps to help the 25 million Americans who can’t find full-time work. There are signs that inflation is abating, as a temporary spike in commodity prices earlier this year works through the economy, and as growth weakens. But conservative members of the policy-making board remain focused on the risk that inflation will sneak up on the Fed. The Fed’s policy-making committee next meets Sept. 20.
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Who’s really downgrading America? The decision by Standard & Poor’s to strip the United States of its AAA credit rating, for the first time, has triggered a barrage of catcalls against the umpire from the press box and Obamaites. S&P, we are reminded, was giving A ratings to banks like Lehman Brothers, whose books were stuffed with suspect subprime paper, right up to the day Lehman Brothers fell over dead. Moreover, S&P made a $2 trillion error in its assessment of U.S. debt and used political criteria in making its downgrade. All of which may be true. But none of which is relevant. This downgrade is deeply deserved. For no one really believes the United States is going to pay its creditors back the $14 trillion it owes them, or the $21 trillion it will owe them at decade’s end, with dol––––– lars of the same value as those Creators that the United States is borSyndicate rowing today. In the last year alone, the U.S. dollar has lost 30 percent of its value against the Swiss franc. A Swiss citizen who exchanged francs for $100,000 in dollars in June 2010 to buy one-year T-bills, then cashed those T-bills in this June, would have gotten back $100,000 in U.S. dollars. But those dollars would now be worth 30 percent less in Swiss francs. On “Meet the Press,” Alan Greenspan insisted that the United States is not going to default. Why not? Because our debt is denominated in dollars, and we can print dollars to pay off our creditors. Which is pretty much what Chairman Ben Bernanke and the Fed have been doing. With the dollar down 5 to 10 percent this year alone against the world’s more respected currencies, we are engaged in what the Romans called coin-clipping — official stealing from citizens and foreigners. Why are the Chinese so upset? Because they are sitting on more than $1 trillion in U.S. bonds and Treasury bills bought with dollars we paid them for Chinese-made goods, while the purchasing power of the dollars that those bonds and T-bills represent withers away every week.
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Downgrade blues Barack Obama must wonder sometimes if his luck has run out. Maybe he used it all up in 2008. “Yes, we can!” has devolved into “Hey, we might.” “When I said, ‘Change we can believe in,’ I didn’t say, ‘Change we can believe in tomorrow,’ ” he told an audience at a Chicago fund-raiser on Wednesday. “Not, ‘Change we can believe in next week.’ We knew this was going to take time, because we’ve got this big, messy, tough democracy.” True enough, but not F.D.R.inspiring to a deflated and desperate nation that may face higher borrowing rates after the shock of the first credit downgrade in United States history. Barack Obama blazed like Luke Skywalker in 2008, but he never learned to channel the Force. And now the Tea Party has run off with his light saber. The dissonance of his promise and his reality is jarring. When he had power, he didn’t use it. He wanted to be a “transformational” president like Ronald Reagan, but failed to understand that Reagan’s strategic shows of strength allowed him to keep the whip hand without raising his voice. And now, just when the high school principal in the Oval has been browbeating Congress to help create jobs, he is once more distracted from that task as he
Maureen Dowd ––––– The New York Times tries to save his own. He goes to fund-raisers to tell people to stick with him, but he seems to be trying to reassure himself. “I have to admit,” the president said in Chicago, “I didn’t know how steep the climb was going to be.” At the large fund-raiser in his hometown, he tried to reassure disillusioned liberals about “unfinished business” to help those in need. Later, at a smaller $35,800-a-head dinner, he defended the unpopular debt package like a proud fiscal conservative. The president talks fondly of George Bush the elder, just as Bush the elder does of him. Obama thinks Bush is a poignant figure because he did the right thing, breaking his tax pledge to fix the deficit, even though he got punished for it with one term. It is clear that the once cocky Obama is feeling that same poignancy about his own presidency. Left in a giant pickle by the hotdogging Bush the younger, the
president who gloriously made history is now stuck in Sisyphus mode. He thinks he’s doing the right things to crawl out of W.’s mudslide, but he ends up being castigated by the right as a socialist, by the left as a conservative, and by the middle as wobbly. The one clear-cut, chesty victory that Obama has had may have come too late for beleaguered Americans to much care. When the president is asked what it felt like to kill Osama, he’s low-key and modest, even though he personally refocused the mission to capture the 9/11 architect after W. dropped the ball. He has told people what a thrill it was to meet Seal Team 6 — and the dog Cairo — which pulled off the hit, noting that the men looked less young and fearsome than he expected, and more like guys working at Home Depot. But while Obama takes the high road, his aides have made sure there are proxies to exuberantly brag on him. The White House clearly blessed the dramatic reconstruction of the mission by Nicholas Schmidle in The New Yorker — so vividly descriptive of the Seals’ looks, quotes and thoughts that Schmidle had to clarify after the piece was published that he had not actually talked to any of them. see DOWD page 5
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Dispelling the fairy tale image of marriage “You complete me,” is one of the biggest crocks spread by Hollywood. It is lingo like that, along with Disney movies where the princess is doomed to a life of eternal sleep unless she kisses the strong-chinned dude, that sets relationships up to fail. (Certainly, if said princess had children, the lure of 100 sleeping years would seem fairly fabulous. But then the movie would only last for 3-minutes and who wants to buy an action figure who only snores?) For the first decade of life, kiddos are madly in love with themselves. Is there anyone greater than a six-year old to himself? They relish in their own talents, brilliance and opinions. There is no questioning their wants, passions and desires. Then the teen years hit. Conformity reigns. And that is a slippery slope to adulthood. The girl that once swore she would not stop until she was starring on Broadway is watching movies she loathes with someone she kinda likes in hopes that this will be the guy who “makes her happy.” It is a heck of a lot of pressure to expect someone else to complete us. If they fall short of this monster task, which they will, clouds of regret and blame darken the relationship and who wants to live in an endless hurricane? When a relationship starts, it is natural to imbed yourself into the other person’s passions, so you can better
Maggie Knowles ––––– Use Your Outdoor Voice understand them. The problem is that a lot of women drop their own in lieu of their partner’s. Then five years and two kids later, the gal is bitter that “she gave up everything” for the family. She blames everyone else for holding her back and not “making her happy.” Sound familiar? How much energy to do waste resenting your partner because they don’t fulfill you? How much more do you waste feeling guilty for wanting to be fulfilled? There is shame and humiliation in wanting more for ourselves. Why can’t our partner, our job, our family be enough? It makes you feel like a failure. You didn’t choose the right mate, you didn’t try harder, you didn’t love enough. You are looking in the wrong direction. It is hard to believe now, because you have spent many years ignoring her, but everything you need to be complete is inside. Stop neglecting yourself. Start dating yourself. Remember, or find out for the first time, what excites and ignites you.
Begin filling in the missing gaps in your sad soul. Today’s Pop Quiz: If I had 2-hours a week just for me, I would _____________. (And you can’t say, “sleep.”) When is the last time you did “X?” Your mission for the week is to do it. Excuse No. 1: You don’t have the time. People are so caught up in Time. They don’t have enough as it is, so why would they use it on something so selfish? When you make the time for that which is important to you, magically, there is more time in the day for the other stuff. My fill-in-the-blank answer is Yoga. But with everything to do, who was I to spend over an hour practicing, so I ceased all together. But I yearned. I craved. I thought about it all day long. I was bitter that no one came to me and said, “I notice you aren’t doing yoga. Why don’t you head to the studio for the afternoon?” I made a pact to do 15-minutes first thing. Not only do I start the day on a positive note but there is more time to do the laundry because I am not aching for something else. It is important that you pick something and Do. It. Now. Don’t put off feeling complete until you get a new job, the kids are in school, the credit cards are paid off or you retire. Nothing says “I love myself!” more than “See you in 28 years!” Excuse No. 2: My partner won’t sup-
port me. Don’t pretend to be less than you are. That is insulting to everyone around you. It is like when you play tennis with someone better than you. You up your game to compete and hence become a better version of yourself. If, in turn, you are the better player and dumb down your skills so the other person doesn’t feel badly about their backhand, you are suffocating their opportunity to become better. P.S. I think your partner will be quite relieved the pressure to make you happy is off. Excuse No. 3: Too busy with the kids. We expect our partner to complete us. Then the kids take on that charge. Our kids are on borrowed time. Don’t be the parent that dissolves when your kids move out because you put 100 percent of your soul into their needs. How are you going to inspire them to follow their passions when all you do is iron and count down the hours to their next soccer game? They need to see you as your own (happy!) person not just their maid. Become the action figure that sells out in the store because she does so many cool things. Share your fill-in-the-blank answer with me! (Maggie Knowles is a columnist for The Portland Daily Sun. Her column appears Wednesdays. Email her at Maggie@portlanddailysun.me.)
‘Obama made it worse!’ is shaping up as GOP slogan for 2012 BUCHANAN from page 4
“I believe this is, without question, the ‘Tea Party downgrade,’” says Sen. John Kerry. How so? Because the Tea Party blocked the big deal President Obama sought to cut with House Speaker John Boehner to resolve the deficit-debt crisis. The president, we are told, was prepared to accept $3 trillion in reduced future spending for entitlements like Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid, but the Tea Party caucus refused to let Boehner agree even to $1 trillion in “revenue enhancement.” But here, a question arises: If the president believes entitlement reform is essential to get America’s deficit-debt crisis under control, why does he need Tea Party cover to do his duty? He doesn’t. Tea Party intransigence on taxes is not the reason for Obama’s failure to cut spending. It is his excuse. Indeed, if Obama announced tomorrow that he was going to cut future spending on entitlements by $3 trillion to restore our AAA credit rating, he would
have the full support of the Tea Party. His opposition would come from Kerry’s colleagues in the Senate and Nancy Pelosi’s in the House. To see how absurd it is to blame Tea Party Republicans for the downgrading of America’s debt, imagine this scenario: Rep. Ron Paul is speaker of the House, Sen. Rand Paul is majority leader, and Rep. Paul Ryan is president of the United States. Does anyone doubt this trio would restore the U.S. credit rating in a New York minute? Every sacred cow in the federal pasture, from food stamps to foreign aid, would be hanging in the meat locker. The American people have come to like the president, but a majority is coming to believe he is simply not the decisive president we need to lead us out of the morass in which he found the country and from which he has failed to extricate us. “He made it worse!” is shaping up as the GOP slogan for 2012. If Obama wishes to restore the AAA rating of his country, he might consider two separate and bold steps, both consistent with his professed beliefs.
First, tell the Republicans that if they will not agree to revenue enhancement, he will nonetheless do his duty and pare back spending in the entitlement programs. He would get instant GOP support. Following this, he could go to the Republicans and tell them that if they agree to eliminate the clutter in the tax code — exemptions, loopholes, deductions — he will agree to cut tax rates for individuals and corporations alike, to make America more competitive. Again, he would have the support of Republicans and the Tea Party. It might even advance his reelection prospects, if he could get renominated by his own party, which would rebel at both reforms because they would mean a suspension of the politics of tax and spend. As for the S&P downgrade, again, the only surprise is it didn’t come sooner. (To find out more about Patrick Buchanan, and read features by other Creators Syndicate writers and cartoonists, visit the Creators Syndicate web page at www.creators.com.)
Moviemakers getting top-level access to the most classiﬁed mission in history DOWD from page 4
“I’ll just say that the 23 Seals on the mission that evening were not the only ones who were listening to their radio communications,” Schmidle said, answering readers’ questions in a live chat, after taking flak for leaving some with the impression that he had interviewed the heroes when he wrote in his account that it was based on “some of their recollections.” The White House is also counting on the Kathryn Bigelow and Mark Boal big-screen version of
the killing of Bin Laden to counter Obama’s growing reputation as ineffectual. The Sony film by the Oscar-winning pair who made “The Hurt Locker” will no doubt reflect the president’s cool, gutsy decision against shaky odds. Just as Obamaland was hoping, the movie is scheduled to open on Oct. 12, 2012 — perfectly timed to give a home-stretch boost to a campaign that has grown tougher. The moviemakers are getting top-level access to the most classified mission in history from an administration that has tried to throw more people in jail for leaking classified information than the
Bush administration. It was clear that the White House had outsourced the job of manning up the president’s image to Hollywood when Boal got welcomed to the upper echelons of the White House and the Pentagon and showed up recently — to the surprise of some military officers — at a C.I.A. ceremony celebrating the hero Seals. Just like W., Obama is going for that “Mission Accomplished” glow (without the suggestive harness). At least in this president’s case, though, something has been accomplished.
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Mayoral candidate Strimling to take leave from LearningWorks Ethan Strimling is taking a three-month leave of absence from his job as CEO of LearningWorks while he pursues the “exciting adventure” that is running for Portland mayor. In a press release issued by LearningWorks, Strimling says he will leave his post effective Aug. 15. Joel Russ, director of development for the West End nonprofit, will fill in while Strimling is out. “I couldn’t be leaving the organization in better hands,” Strimling said in a statement. “Joel is an amazing and experienced leader who has served as President and CEO of the Greater Strimling Portland Chamber of Commerce, President and CEO of the Maine Science and Technology Foundation and Executive Director of Portland Landmarks “As leader of LearningWorks’ development efforts for the past two years, Joel turned his enthusiasm for our work into many new relationships and partnerships. I know he’ll bring the same energy and ability to his new role,” Strimling continued. LearningWorks, which works with immigrants and teens deemed at risk, won’t miss a beat while he’s gone, Strimling said. — Staff Report
Governor, First Lady take to the skies for refueling exercise
On Tuesday, Gov. Paul LePage and First Lady Ann LePage witnessed the 101st Air Refueling Wing in action. The Governor and First Lady this morning boarded a ﬂight in Bangor at the Air National Guard Base, according to a press release from the governor’s ofﬁce. “It is a great day for the Maine Air Guard to have our Governor ﬂy with us,” said Colonel John D’Errico, Wing Commander, 101sts Air Refueling Wing. Those aboard the orientation ﬂight included Aircraft Commander, Colonel Doug Farnham; Co-Pilot, Major Bill Dunn; Boom Operator, CMSgt Jay Eillingsen; and Boom Operator, CMSgt Bob Phair. Tuesday morning, four F-16s from the Vermont Air National Guard were refueled. Each was given approximately 1000 gallons of fuel. The Governor’s participation was the ﬁrst time a Governor took part in an orientation ﬂight since Governor Angus King did in December of 1995. (Photo courtesy 101st Air Refueling Wing)
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“We are fortunate to have a very competent and capable Acting Police Chief who can lead the department in the meantime,” he continued. Rees, who began as city manager July 20, declined to be interviewed for this story. In Portland and elsewhere these days, hiring a police chief is often an involved affair. Public processes are usually laid out, and search committees made up of residents and city officials often formed to review candidates. Former city manager Joe Gray created a similar process in 2009 before selecting Craig as Portland’s new chief. Likewise, Craig was initially vetted by a search committee before being hired in Cincinnati. In his last press conference before leaving, Craig made clear that he wants a replacement chosen from an internal candidate. He said the department had a deep talent pool to draw from. City councilors have also expressed support in the past for an internal hire, including John Coyne, who said at the July 18 council meeting
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that we “probably don’t need another national search” to fill the chief ’s position. However, councilor and mayoral candidate Jill Duson said at the same meeting that she strongly supports holding a competitive search to get the best candidate possible. Duson said she believes Sauschuck would likely end up being that person. “I can’t imagine anyone being able to walk on water better than Mike, but I think we should do a Marshall competitive hire,” said Duson at the July 18 city council meeting. Councilor Dave Marshall said yesterday that Rees has polled councilors individually over recent weeks on how they want the chief search process to proceed. “Mark just got to town and he is trying to figure everything out. I am confident he will be able to make the right decision on how to move forward when he is ready to do it,” said Marshall. He added, “It’s OK to have an acting chief for a little while. We had an acting chief in Joe Loughlin before we had the process that brought us to James Craig.” Marshall said it would be a “good idea” if Rees ultimately decided to “appoint a committee to give advice and help with the selection process.”
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The police chief position isn’t the only high-level vacancy in city government. There has been no director of the Housing and Neighborhood Services Division for more than 18 months, Duson since the departure of former director T.J. Martzial. That position has worked with local affordable housing developers and applied for federal housing grants, including several obtained through the federal stimulus. “Not having anybody minding that store for several years has not served us particularly well,” said Councilor Kevin Donoghue, who sits on the council’s Housing Committee. Planning Division director Penny St. Louis has been managing the housing and neighborhood services division since Martzial left. Nicole Clegg, the city’s spokesperson, said the housing position is funded in this year’s budget. The city is seeking resumes through today for the position that pays between $1,071 and $1,253 per week, according to a job ad on the city website. Clegg said Rees and other planning department employees will jointly discuss candidates to fill that position. There is no time line in place for when that might occur.
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USM named one of The Princeton Review’s ‘Best in the Northeast’ The University of Southern Maine is one of the best colleges in the Northeast according to the nationally known education services company, The Princeton Review, the university reported Tuesday. It is one of 220 institutions The Princeton Review recommends in its “Best in the Northeast” section of its website feature, “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region,” that posted Aug. 1 on PrincetonReview.com. “We are very pleased that USM has again been named a ‘Best in the Northeast’ college,” said USM Dean of Undergraduate Admission Scott Steinberg. “These colleges are chosen mainly for their excellent academic programs, based on information The Princeton Review gathers from institutional data, school visits, plus feedback from current students and college counselors. USM is proud to be considered among these ‘best’ colleges.” Student comments on The Princeton Review’s USM profile include “The Gorham campus is where the dorms are,” and it offers a more “traditional undergrad experience,” and “there are constantly events being held.” “The performing arts community is huge and fun.” Students also commented about the diversity of USM’s student body, saying, “Every class is a mix of fresh-faced dorm dwellers, nerdy brains, arty alternakids, returning veterans, nontraditional adult students,” and international students. Only about 25 percent of the nation’s 2,500 fouryear colleges are chosen for The Princeton Review’s “2012 Best Colleges: Region by Region.” The 220 colleges chosen for its “Best in the Northeast” list are located in 11 states: Connecticut, Delaware, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island and Vermont, and the District of Columbia.
Transportation forum today to offer answers about regional planning The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System will host a public forum today from 5:30 p.m. to 7 p.m. regarding transportation services and systems in the Greater Portland region, PACTS stated in a press release. Staff and committee members, including representatives of several public transportation providers, will conduct the forum at the Merrill Rehearsal Hall in Portland City Hall.
The forum will include the following sessions: 5:30 p.m. to 6 p.m., informal time. Come to see the displays and talk with PACTS staff and committee members; 6 p.m. to 6:15 p.m., a presentation of the transportation planning and funding process for the Greater Portland region — and the public outreach processes of PACTS and the region’s other transportation organizations; 6:15 p.m. to 7 p.m., public comments, questions and answers. The presentation will include a brief description of the draft “PACTS Transportation Improvement Program for federal fiscal years 2012 to 2015.” PACTS does federally-funded transportation planning and funding for the Biddeford to Freeport to Windham 15-municipality area. For more information, visit www.pactsplan.org.
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U.S. Senator Olympia J. Snowe, R-Maine, on Tuesday held a Main Street Tour in Saco, where she visited with constituents and small business owners and discussed their top concerns and priorities. “With uncertainty over our nation’s debt and the economy on the minds of families and small businesses everywhere, listening to the thoughts and JU ST LISTED ! concerns of my constituW ind ham ents during these difficult
people are hiding keys in their center console." From Jan. 1 to July 14, there were 46 reports of theft. During that period, 31 of the vehicles were recovered or returned to the owner, 10 cases resulted in arrests and eight instances were unauthorized use by a known suspect. The high recovery rate is evidence that people are not taking the cars to a place to have them disassembled and sold for parts, also known as a chop shop, police said. "We're keeping an eye out if there are any trends," Goodale said. "(But) other than a lot of crimes of opportunity, there's not a real pattern." Cutting the numbers of thefts should be relatively easy, he added, and the department is asking Portland residents to not be an easy target for criminals. "Don't leave your keys in your car (and) don't leave your car running," Goodale said.
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‘The most common vehicle stolen would be the one the keys were left in’ "The most common vehicle stolen would be the one the keys were left in," said Sgt. Dean Goodale, of the department's Criminal Investigation Division. "It's just happening more," he said. "A lot of it is a crime of opportunity." Goodale called this year's numbers high, but "not totally off the scale." In 2009, there were 44 reports for stolen vehicles. But Goodale says a recent theme for the thefts has been people either leaving their cars idling outside their home or a store, or having a spare key hidden in their car and leaving the vehicle's doors unlocked. He says thieves typically rummaged through the car looking for valuables, and when they come across a key, they sometimes take off with the whole vehicle. "There's a problem with problem leaving their cars unlocked," he said. "Recently we've seen that a lot of
economic times is a top priority of mine,” Snowe said in a press release. “My constituents are my best teachers and tours like these are a prime opportunity to learn about their challenges and suggestions, which I am able to bring back to Washington and address on their behalf. When it comes to burgeoning debt and stagnant economic growth, we clearly have our work cut out for us in the coming weeks and months. As I witnessed today, families and businesses cannot wait a day longer for relief from the uncertainty emanating from Washington, which is why I believe Congress should forgo its August recess to address the nation’s business immediately.”
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Twin Electric’s ‘Hands-On Dad’ believes in helping kids BY NATALIE LADD THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN
LOCATION: 32 Garﬁeld St., Westbrook CONTACT: Randy MacWhinney, 318-8808, firstname.lastname@example.org 24-Hour Service, Licensed Master Electrician
When Randy MacWhinnie of Westbrook struck out on his own to start his electrical business in 2004, his twin sons were turning one. Randy credits his wife, Laurie, for coming up with the name of the budding business, and Twin Electric became the logical choice. The kids have grown fast and the business has, too. Originally from Madawaska, MacWhinnie packed up his bags the day after receiving his associate's degree and moved to Southern Maine where a job was waiting. After 14 years of working for someone else, MacWhinney says, "It was time to go out on my own and now I have one experienced full-time guy and a parttime kid who's in his second year at SMCC. He has a great attitude and like I did up at Northern Maine Technical Institute, he's learning the trade in school. But I can train him to do things my way and there will probably be a job for him when he gets out. We're busy, but the kind of work we're doing has changed with the slow down in new construction, especially those big million dollar houses. When I first started the company, we did eight to ten of them a year, now we don't do as many. Actually, we're traveling to do a big one in Belgrade, but a lot of the work has shifted to commercial stuff, service upgrades and remodels. People are fixing up what they've got and I don't blame them one bit. We go in and help them by rewiring and trouble shooting." "Hands-On Dad" is MacWhinney's other job title and the Twin Electric owner coaches Little League, and sponsors mostly, "kid related stuff" in Westbrook as he strongly believes, "Sports helps keep kids off the streets and out of trouble." Hands-On Dad duties are about to increase as Laurie, who MacWhinney says, "Holds it all together by keeping the business' books and making sense of notes I give her on post-its and scraps of cardboard", is pregnant with their third child. The couple is pleased the expansion plans include adding a girl to brighten up the home front. Leaning back in a maroon logoed shirt, MacWhinney modestly but proudly says, "I'm grateful we're busy year round and I'd say my rates are low-to-competitive. We provide fast, quality service and we're one of just a few 24-hour service companies in the area." Not surprisingly, he adds, "Big jobs are nice but really nothing is too small."
Cultivating Community staffs a farm stand in front of Local 188 every Thursday, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Portland Farmers’ Market Association in partnership with the city and Cultivating Community has developed Market Money, which enables participating farmers to accept Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) funds, better known as food stamps. The group’s farm stands run through the fall. For details, visit www.cultivatingcommunity.org. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
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Not so fast food: Menu ordering procrastination afflicts writer My sympathies and sincere apologies are extended to those who dine out with me on a regular basis. It isn’t necessary to mention my usual cast of characters by name. They know who they are and they know why I’m apologizing. They know it isn’t just because I have to sit with my back to the dining room because I am unable to relax while watching the operation, or scouting the reactions of other diners, or eagle-eyeing the service staff performing their duties. Yes, those of you who know and love me know I am apologizing because waiting for me to decide what to order off any menu, regardless of how many times I’ve been to a particular restaurant, is sure to take longer than any made-to-order specialty I may end up with. Rest assured, I have tried to order spontaneously when in a hurry to make a play or concert or when I feel pressured by the fact that everyone else closed their menus ten minutes prior. No matter how patient a kindredspirited server is, I always have to ask for, “just another moment please ...” while I study the menu as if it held the cryptic code to
Natalie Ladd ––––– What It’s Like peace in the Middle East. The decision making problem rests in the fact that I want to try new things, taste as many different foods/flavors/combinations as possible and aim not to order anything “simply prepared” that I might be able to make almost as well at home. Then I get hung up on elaborate descriptions, what wine to drink with a choice, priceto-perceived values, what the guy at the next table is eating, how hungry I really am, if anyone else at my table ordered something I’m contemplating (Why order the same thing as my bff when she’ll give me a bite for sure?), how recently did I have a similar dish and a multitude of other factors that keep the food ordering process from being simple. As of late, though, the most important factors revolve around health, my participatory quest for
The decision making problem rests in the fact that I want to try new things, taste as many different foods/ﬂavors/combinations as possible and aim not to order anything “simply prepared” that I might be able to make almost as well at home. buns of steel, and the fact that I want everything to taste amazing and satisfying without a bunch of bad fat or empty calories. After a bit of research, I find I’m not alone in my menu ordering procrastination and the types of choices we have influence the food decisions we make. The Journal of Consumer Research publishes a lot of interesting studies, many of which don’t have a lot to do with food, but one about calorie-counting in particular caught my attention. Researchers at the universities of Minnesota and Pennsylvania found that people confronted with too many food choices tend to underestimate the amount of see LADD page 9
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Westbrook road work aids access for pedestrians STREET from page one
area and we're redoing and reconstructing that entire road from sidewalk to sidewalk and everything in between." Using 80 percent federal highway funds and 20 percent state funds, Maine DOT hired R.J. Grondin and Sons of Gorham as the contractor. The job started in spring 2010 and it's scheduled to be completed by the end of this October, Latti said. "Basically we're widening that road, it's nearly a mile long, from the Westbrook Connector to Saco Street in Westbrook," Latti said. Over 16,500 vehicles a day use this stretch of Route 25, which connects the Westbrook Arterial to Saco Street. More than 19,000 vehicles a day travel some sections, Latti said. In the past, pedestrians faced a steady flow of traffic with few easy crossings. Crews widened the road to allow a left-hand turn lane at the signals as well as crosswalks, Latti said. "That will allow for traffic to flow through there smoothly as well as allow for safer pedestrian crossings. What you used to get in that area, it was two lanes of traffic in both directions, but if someone was turning left, it would back up traffic," he said. Subcontractor A/D Electric of Monmouth has spent more than a week installing a half dozen new traffic signals. "They're getting toward the final stages, soon we'll be putting on the surface pavement and doing the marking, painting, they're finishing up with the signal lights and then they'll also be doing some landscaping along the roadside," Latti said. With 214 road projects under construction in the state, Latti said William Clarke Drive is one of the bigger ones, and one of longer duration. "We're getting close," he said.
Signal upgrades are part of the $5.5 million Route 25 project in Westbrook. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)
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food that’s available. Fast food restaurants like to say that because they offer healthy options they can also offer unhealthy options, since people who want to eat healthier can simply chose not to indulge. But it doesn’t always work out that way, according to another report. When college students were shown different menus for a hypothetical fast food joint, they chose to order fries three times more often when a salad was also on the menu than they did when there was no healthy option. When the menu had just fries, chicken nuggets and a baked potato ten percent of the students opted for fries, but when a salad was added to what was otherwise the same menu, thirty-three percent wanted fries. Researchers think that’s because just thinking about having a healthier option lowers people’s guard and leads them to be more self-indulgent. They found that the people most likely
to go for the fries when a salad was offered (10 percent) were also those considered by standard tests to have the most self-control, while those with less self-control were more likely to choose fries when the salad wasn’t on the menu (33 percent). Not surprisingly, this opens a whole new category of menu perusing for me as now I’ll add the number of healthy choices into the mix, armed with the knowledge that I fall into the not-verymuch self-control category. Maybe I should just go places that have very limited offerings, or more realistically arrive twenty minutes before everyone else to make my choices, sum up my surroundings and plan to unapologetically enjoy my companions, regardless of my final menu selection or the reasons behind it. (Natalie Ladd and her “What It’s Like” column take a weekly look at the culinary business in and around Portland. Contact her at email@example.com.)
Two more cruise ships carrying a combined 2,350 passengers are coming to Portland this weekend. On Friday, the Independence, an American Cruise Line ship, will return to port for the end of her Maine Coast and Harbors itinerary. The following day, she will disembark with approximately ninety-eight passengers for another eight-day cruise along the Maine coast. The Independence, which home ports in Portland, will visit a number of Maine towns including Boothbay Harbor, Bar Harbor, Camden, Belfast, Castine and Rockland. On Saturday, the Enchantment of the Seas will visit the port carrying approximately 2,250 passengers and 870 crew. The Royal Caribbean International ship will head north for Bar Harbor at the end of her visit and will conclude her nine-day itinerary in Baltimore. Sixty-three ships carrying a record-setting 86,393 passengers are expected to call to the Port of Portland from June to October this year. The berthing schedule includes a number of maiden visits including Cunard’s Queen Elizabeth, the Caribbean Princess and Norwegian Jewel. Two American Cruise Line ships, American Glory and Independence home port. — Staff Report
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By Holiday Mathis may feel less purposeful than before. You still have good reasons for doing what you do and wanting what you want, but you need to take a break. Rejuvenate by doing very little tonight. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). Your soul needs freedom. Otherwise, it feels like doors to your true potential are being closed. When you feel constricted, speak up. Express yourself. You’ll be respected. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You will be in a studious mood, though ﬁnding the time to actually indulge your intellect will be challenging. If you aren’t in a position to sit and read or research, then look for the learning opportunities in everyday life. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). Someone will be acting differently around you, and it won’t take you very long to ﬁgure out just why. You’re an expert detective and a keen observer of human behavior. PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). When you do what you really want to do, you will be surrounded by helpful supporters. That is because people can feel your earnest devotion, and they want to see you succeed. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (August 10). You will go through a happy transformation this year. Mix and mingle through the next six weeks. You’ll increase your number of connections and decrease the obstacles to furthering your interests. A love connection grows stronger through October. You’ll play a part in some kind of big production in December. Cancer and Gemini people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 6, 25, 30, 11 and 50.
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ARIES (March 21-April 19). Anything worth having is worth working for. Yet those who are doing the work are not always the same ones who are doing the “having.” Today, you’ll rectify an unfair situation in keeping with this theme. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You will be well equipped to meet the demands of your current social environment. It will feel nice to be among people you can relate to and interact with easily. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). You will be free of the limitations that come with self-consciousness. You know better. Other people are not evaluating you, as they are too concerned with their own personal dramas to care. CANCER (June 22-July 22). You put family ﬁrst, partially because you’re a responsible individual and partly because you love to feel that swell of inner conﬁdence that comes from contribution. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). You want to succeed for your loved ones. They will provide you with far more motivation than you would ever have if you were merely intent on succeeding for yourself. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). You have a special interest that you are falling more and more in love with every day. Being able to follow this interest has been a luxury in the past, though now it feels more like a necessity. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). It’s so important to you that things get done and done right. You will provide quality control for your group. You may be inspired to create a system that people can follow when you’re not around. SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You
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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Wednesday, Aug. 10, the 222nd day of 2011. There are 143 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 10, 1861, Confederate forces routed Union troops in the Battle of Wilson’s Creek in Missouri, the first major engagement of the Civil War to take place west of the Mississippi River. On this date: In 1680, Pueblo Indians launched a successful revolt against Spanish colonists in present-day New Mexico. In 1792, during the French Revolution, mobs in Paris attacked the Tuileries Palace, where King Louis XVI resided. In 1821, Missouri became the 24th state. In 1846, President James K. Polk signed a measure establishing the Smithsonian Institution. In 1874, Herbert Clark Hoover, the 31st president of the United States, was born in West Branch, Iowa. In 1921, Franklin D. Roosevelt was stricken with polio at his summer home on the Canadian island of Campobello. In 1969, Leno and Rosemary LaBianca were murdered in their Los Angeles home by members of Charles Manson’s cult, one day after actress Sharon Tate and four other people were slain. In 1991, nine Buddhists were found slain at their temple outside Phoenix, Ariz. (Two teen-agers were later arrested; Alessandro Garcia was sentenced to life in prison, while Jonathan Doody received 281 years.) In 1993, Ruth Bader Ginsburg was sworn in as the second female justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. One year ago: The House pushed through an emergency $26 billion jobs bill that Democrats said would save 300,000 teachers, police and others from layoffs; President Barack Obama immediately signed it into law. Today’s Birthdays: Actress Rhonda Fleming is 88. Actor-director Tom Laughlin (“Billy Jack”) is 80. Singer Ronnie Spector is 68. Actor James Reynolds is 65. Rock singer-musician Ian Anderson (Jethro Tull) is 64. Singer Patti Austin is 63. Country musician Gene Johnson (Diamond Rio) is 62. Actor Daniel Hugh Kelly is 59. Folk singersongwriter Sam Baker is 57. Actress Rosanna Arquette is 52. Actor Antonio Banderas is 51. Rock musician Jon Farriss (INXS) is 50. Singer Julia Fordham is 49. Journalist-blogger Andrew Sullivan is 48. Singer Neneh Cherry is 47. Singer Aaron Hall is 47. Boxer Riddick Bowe is 44. Rhythm-andblues singer Lorraine Pearson (Five Star) is 44. Singer-producer Michael Bivins is 43. Actor-writer Justin Theroux is 40. Actress Angie Harmon is 39. Country singer Jennifer Hanson is 38. Actress JoAnna Garcia is 32. Rhythm-and-blues singer Nikki Bratcher (Divine) is 31. Actor Ryan Eggold is 27.
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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: I am 26 and a single parent to a 3-year-old girl. I love my daughter more than anything in this world. However, in the past few months, she has become a brat and a monster, doing everything she can to test me. Due to recent ﬁnancial problems, we had to move in with my mother until I can ﬁnish my degree and get a job. No matter what discipline I use, nothing works because my mother undermines me. There is no consistency in what is right or wrong. My mother always gives in to her every request. Once in a while, I will spank my daughter, but only on very rare occasions. I would never hurt her. My mother, however, cornered me and gave me a lecture on how awful I am for spanking my child. Yet I can clearly recall being spanked by my mother numerous times when I was little. Mom often questions my parenting in front of my daughter and then treats me like an 8-year-old. I am enormously grateful that she opened her home to us, but I can’t be an effective parent when she constantly undercuts my authority. How can I get her to keep her child-rearing opinions to herself and allow me to make the parenting decisions for my child? -- Texas Dear Texas: While we agree with your mother that discipline does not require spanking your daughter, we also understand how difﬁcult it is to raise a child when an indulgent grandparent rules the roost. First, have a sit-down discussion with Mom when your daughter is asleep. Get her to acknowledge that a lack of discipline is not healthy for her grandchild. And you can compromise by agreeing to use different forms of discipline other than spanking. Create rules you can both abide by. If that doesn’t work, bring Mom to your next pediatrician appointment, and ask the doctor to speak to her. And please, ﬁnd other living arrangements as soon as possible. Dear Annie: I am a typical 20-year-old college guy. About
ﬁve years ago, on the way back from a family vacation, my brother got carsick. Since then, he constantly complains about stomachaches, gets nervous about everything and never travels. He’s been to various doctors, but all of them say nothing is wrong. He doesn’t have friends anymore. He works once a week and says he’s “too sick” for a second job. He sits in his room playing computer games all day. I want to motivate him, but whenever I try, he turns the argument against me. I see how much it upsets my parents. They are trying everything they can, and honestly, none of us knows what to do anymore. Can you help? -- Concerned Brother Dear Brother: Your brother has anxiety issues that have not been addressed, so they have become worse over time. In addition, he may now be suffering from depression. This is not to say he isn’t also using his anxiety as an excuse to avoid responsibility, but it nonetheless can be crippling to deal with. Your parents should get a referral to a psychiatrist and then insist that your brother make an appointment and be evaluated. There is medication for anxiety disorders, and the sooner he can be helped, the better. Dear Annie: “Scared Sister” said she was afraid whenever her sister, “Louise,” had to drive at night, because her vision was impaired. My 22-year-old son’s night driving was scary. It took two separate visits to the ophthalmologist to discover that he had congenital cataracts. It affected his depth perception. He was very clumsy as a little kid and had a lot of bruises. It was unnerving to be questioned by the school principal about child abuse. Despite multiple eye exams, the cataracts were not diagnosed until recently. Maybe “Louise” has the same condition. -- Accused Mom
Annie’s Mailbox is written by Kathy Mitchell and Marcy Sugar, longtime editors of the Ann Landers column. Please e-mail your questions to: firstname.lastname@example.org, or write to: Annie’s Mailbox, c/o Creators Syndicate, 5777 W. Century Blvd., Ste. 700, Los Angeles, CA 90045.
by Scott Stantis
The debate over raising the debt ceiling, which brought the nation to the brink of default, has sent disapproval of Congress to its highest level on record and left most Americans saying that creating jobs should now take priority over cutting spending, according to the latest New York Times/CBS News Poll. A record 82 percent of Americans now disapprove of the way Congress is handling its job — the most since The Times first began asking the question in 1977, and even more than after another political stalemate led to a shutdown of the federal government in 1995. More than four out of five people surveyed said that the recent debt-ceiling debate was more about gaining political advantage than about doing what is best for the country. Nearly three-quarters said that the debate had harmed the image of the United States in the world. Republicans in Congress shoulder more of the blame for the difficulties in reaching a debt-ceiling agreement than President Obama and the Democrats, the poll found. The Republicans compromised too little, a majority of those polled said. All told, 72 percent disapproved of the way Republicans in Congress handled the negotiations, while 66 percent disapproved of the way Democrats in Congress handled negotiations. The public was more evenly divided about how Mr. Obama handled the debt ceiling negotiations: 47 percent disapproved and 46 percent approved. The public’s opinion of the Tea Party movement has soured in the wake of the debt-ceiling debate. The Tea Party is now viewed unfavorably by 40 percent of the public and favorably by just 20 percent, according to the poll. In mid-April 29 percent of those polled viewed the movement unfavorably, while 26 percent viewed it favorably. And 43 percent of Americans now think the Tea Party has too much influence on the Republican Party, up from 27 percent in mid-April. There were signs that the repeated Republican calls for more spending cuts were resonating with the public: 44 percent of those polled said the cuts in the debt-ceiling agreement did not go far enough, 29 percent said they were about right and only 15 percent said they went too far. More than a quarter of the Democrats polled said that the cuts in the agreement did not go far enough. But by a ratio of more than two to one, Americans said that creating jobs should be a higher priority than spending cuts. Though Republicans prevented tax increases from being included in the debt-ceiling deal, half of those polled said the agreement should have included increased tax revenue, while 44 percent said it should have relied on cuts alone. That issue is likely to be revisited soon: Congress is preparing to appoint a special committee to recommend ways to reduce the deficit. Sixty-three percent of those polled said that they supported raising taxes on households that earn more than $250,000 a year, as Mr. Obama has sought to do — including majorities of Democrats (80 percent), independents (61 percent) and Republicans (52 percent). The poll found that Mr. Obama was emerging from the crisis less bruised than the Republicans in Congress. The president’s overall job approval rating remained relatively stable, with 48 percent approving of the way he handles his job as president and 47 percent disapproving — down from the bump up he received in the spring after the killing of Osama bin Laden. By contrast, Speaker John A. Boehner saw his disapproval rating shoot up 16 points since April: 57 percent of those polled now disapprove of the way he is handling his job.
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Wednesday, Aug. 10 Bowling with the Sea Dogs 10:30 a.m. to noon. The Portland Sea Dogs, Double-A afﬁliate of the Boston Red Sox, have partnered with The Big 20 Bowling Center and 99.9 “The Wolf” to host “Bowling with the Sea Dogs” to beneﬁt the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. The bowling event will take place at the Big 20 Bowling Center in Scarborough. The registration fee to bowl with the Sea Dogs is $25 per person and $100 for a team of ﬁve. Bowlers may register online at www.seadogs.com and www.999thewolf.com.
WENA picnic 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The annual West End Neighborhood Association picnic is planned; festivities will take place on the Salem Street block between Brackett and Clark streets. Grill will be located in the driveway at 30 Salem. www. WENAMaine.org
Did Lincoln Really…..? 7:30 p.m. Illustrated program by Gerald Prokopowicz, former Lincoln Scholar, Lincoln Museum in Fort Wayne, Ind. Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island. Admission is $5. “Abraham Lincoln remains one of the most compelling ﬁgures in American history. Join Dr. Prokopowicz for an interactive evening of frequently asked questions about this popular and revered president. 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. To that end the museum offers a wide variety of lectures, concerts, tours, youth education programs, and community activities. Membership is open to the public. For more information call 766-3330 or email ﬁfthmaine@juno.com.
Pulled: Members Reception 5:30 p.m. This event is open to SPACE and PMA Members only and is free, all ages. “Together with the Portland Museum of Art we are hosting a member’s preview of Mike Perry’s new exhibit Pulled, with a slide talk and a book signing where Mike will be hand screen printing directly on the books! This event is open to SPACE Gallery and PMA members only. Pulled will be available in the Museum Store along with some of Mike’s earlier books.”
‘The Wiz’ by Maine State Music Theatre 7:30 p.m. Maine State Music Theatre presents “The Wiz,” a Tony Award-winning musical that follows the well-known tale of Dorothy, the Tin Man, the Scarecrow and the Lion as they travel through the Land of Oz, “but it adds a dazzling and lively mixture of rock, gospel and soul music made popular in the 1970s. This show is a mysterious, opulent and fancily journey that follows a beloved story of courage, brains, heart and home.” Pickard Theatre, Bowdoin College, Brunswick. August 10 to Aug. 27. www.msmt.org, 725-8769.
Thursday, Aug. 11 United Maine Craftsmen’s Cumberland Arts & Crafts Show at the Cumberland Fairgrounds 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In its 42nd year. “Show your local support, Buy Maine Made! Join us for the largest craft show in Maine, featuring over 250 of Maine’s talented artisans. On Saturday, help us feed Maine’s hungry and ‘Stuff the Truck’ for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Donate and receive a free admission pass for Sunday. On Sunday purchase local produce from the Farmer’s Market. Free Parking, Food Vendors, Rain or Shine. Admission: $4, children under 12 free. Cumberland Fairgrounds, 197 Blanchard Road Cumberland. Thursday through Saturday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Sunday 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. www.unitedmainecraftsmen.com
Hot Water Bath Canning 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Hot Water Bath Canning Low-sugar Blueberry Jam and Freezing Fruit and Vegetables, UMaine Cooperative Extension Androscoggin-Sagadahoc Ofﬁce, 24 Main St., Lisbon Falls. Cost: $10 (Scholarships are available). Instructor: Kate McCarty, Food Preservation Program Aide and Master Food Preserver Volunteers. To register: call781.6099 or email Lois at email@example.com.
Concert at Fort Allen Park: The McCarthys 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. The McCarthys (Country Rock). Sponsored by Kemp Goldberg Partners. Other concerts: Thursday, Aug. 18 — Banda di Nepi (Community Band from Italy). Sponsored by the Italian Heritage Center.
Portland’s Second Annual Improv Comedy Festival 8 p.m. Lucid Stage. “This local event will feature groups from throughout the state as well as other Improv Groups! So get your adult diapers ready because Maine is about
SPACE Gallery Weekend at The Saco Drive-In features “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” and “Aliens,” screening Friday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Aug. 28. (COURTESY IMAGE) to get funny up in here! Schedule: Thursday: Defenders of the Funny; MB Curtain Raisers; The Focus Group; Friday: Active Ingredients; Teacher’s Lounge Maﬁa; ImprovBoston Mainstage; Saturday: Sea Tea; Tedley’s Lover; Laughletics (RI vs. Maine Rematch Throwdown with Running with Scissors); Sunday: Family Show: After Dark PIE. Check the website for more info http://www.portlandimprovfestival. com”
Full Moon Canoeing 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. Paddle Scarborough Marsh by the light of the full moon. 7:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m. on the evenings of Aug. 11, 12 and 13. Also tours from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Sept. 10 and 11. Cost is $11 for adult Maine Audubon members/$12 for nonmembers; $9/$10 for children 12 and under Call 883-5100 to register. http://habitat.maineaudubon.org
The Femme Show 8 p.m. The Femme Show returns to Portland for a one-night only engagement at the Mayo Arts Center at 10 Mayo St., Portland. Tickets are available for $12 in advance, $15 at the door. www.brownpapertickets.com/event/183293. Local guests will include The Dirty Dishes, Miss Amy Rain, Lisa Bunker and Ms. Gingerita. “The Femme Show is queer art for queer people, with a variety of diverse perspectives on queer femininity that can be thoughtful, sad, funny, sexy, and fun. In October of 2007, the ﬁrst-ever Femme Show sold out and received rave reviews from audience members who called it ‘wild, raw, transparent, and unique,’ and ‘a fantastic, funny, powerful show.’”
Friday, Aug. 12 Free-form Improv workshop with Will Luera 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. “This workshop explores the makings of the unique style of the ImprovBoston Mainstage. The format of our show follows the concept that every moment in a show can be deconstructed and can lead to another scene all while following the funny and where the show wants to take you. We’ll review the tools that will enable to create a unique free-form performing experience every time you hit the stage. We will review ideas of listening to what the show wants, what can be funny, when are the best times to edit and how to edit the scene. Will Luera is the Artistic Director of ImprovBoston, former Artistic Director of the Lowell Comedy Festival, former Mainstage Director at ImprovAsylum, and Artistic Associate of the Chicago Improv Festival.” www.lucidstage.com
Portland High School — Fall 2011 Sailing Team 5:30 p.m. Registration is now open. Friday, Aug. 12: Registration deadline at 5:30 p.m. Monday, Aug. 29: Practice begins for all sailors. Tuesday, Sept. 6: Tryout period. Sailing is a varsity, co-ed Portland HS sport open to Portland and Casco Bay High School students from grades 9 -12. For more information about registration, practice, cost, scholar-
ships, call PHS at 874-8250. Visit SailMaine website: http:// sailmaine.org/ for High School Sailing Program information.
St. Peter’s Four-Mile Road Race 7 p.m. Annual four-mile Road Race. Register online at www.baystateevents.com. Also the Clarion Hotel, 1230 Congress St., Portland, 2.7 miles from the start, is offering rooms for $150 for up to four people for a “runner’s special.” 774-5611
‘Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus’ 7 p.m. Crash Barry will read from his novel, “Tough Island: True Stories from Matinicus, Maine” at Longellow Books. “The new collection of gritty true stories by Crash Barry, Bollard columnist and author of “Sex, Drugs & Blueberries” details his stint as a lobsterman on Matinicus, a ﬁshing community off the coast of Maine notorious for its hard-living, big-hearted characters. During his two years on the island, Crash discovered that despite being 20 miles out to sea, Matinicus was a microcosm of modern American society. In ‘Tough Island,’ Crash tells true stories from his time there, tales of love, sex, hate, violence and death in a place of idyllic and breathtaking beauty.” http://longfellow.indiebound.com
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 www. auburnuu.org.
Saturday, Aug. 13 Tour de Merrymeeting Bay 8 a.m. The Rotary Clubs of Brunswick and Topsham present the ninth annual Tour de Merrymeeting Bay. Noncompetitive bicycle rides featuring rides of 25 and 50 miles around scenic Merrymeeting Bay in the Midcoast of Maine. Free post ride BBQ for all participants. Proceeds of the event beneﬁt the Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust’s Head of the Tide Park in Topsham. For more information or to register, contact Town of Topsham Parks & Recreation, 100 Main St., Topsham, 7251726 or online at www.topshammaine.com/pnr.
‘March Back to School in Style’ 9 a.m. A Walk and Fashion Show to Beneﬁt the March of Dimes takes place at the Maine Mall. The March of Dimes, Maine Chapter announces a premiere event, “March Back to School in Style,” hosted by the Maine Mall. Participants are invited to register at www.marchforbabies.org to join the morning festivities in support of healthy babies. Following a loop at the Maine Mall, guests will be treated to a back-to-school fashion show in Garden Court. Hosted by Mrs. Maine, Tina Hendricks, the Mall March is sponsored by Newick’s Restaurant and Key Bank. The March of Dimes is the leading nonproﬁt organization for pregnancy and baby health. For latest resources and information, visit marchofdimes.com or nacersano.org. “Find us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.” see next page
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‘Support Our Own’ Motorcycle Run 10 a.m. The Dirigo Fraternal Order of Eagles No. 618 of Lewiston will host the ﬁrst annual “Support Our Own” Motorcycle Run at the New Auburn Social Club located at 7 Second St. in Auburn. The event is open to the public. Cost for the ride is a donation of one item to the cause. Breakfast will be held at the Social Club from 10-11 a.m. Riders will depart at 11:30 a.m. with stops at the New Gloucester Eagles, the Windham Eagles, the Gray American Legion and the Past Time Club. The ride ends at the Lewiston Eagles at 5 p.m. where there will be a pig roast free to the riders and $5 for non-riders with music from the live band 4Play. Items acceptable for donation include disposable razors, shaving cream, toothpaste, tooth brushes, deodorant, soap, tampons, etc. No Aerosol cans are permitted. Any cash donations for the project will be used to buy additional supplies. The Dirigo Eagles has maintained a presence in the Lewiston community since 1904 and currently hosts nearly 500 Aerie members. For information, contact David Veinott at 713-2484 or call Gail Pelletier at 212-2905.
Eighth annual Southern Maine Pagan Pride Day 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The eighth annual Southern Maine Pagan Pride Day will celebrate Southern Maine’s Pagan Community at a new location at The Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco & Biddeford in Saco. Admission: One nonperishable food item to beneﬁt Saco/Biddeford UU Food Pantry. The Unitarian Universalist Church of Saco & Biddeford is located at 60 School St., Saco. FMI: www.mainepaganprideday.org.
Native American Pow Wow in Gray noon. On Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 13 and 14, the Maine Wildlife Park in Gray will be the extremely popular “‘Honor The Animals’ Native American Pow Wow.” Representatives from several Maine and New England tribes will be at the park for two full days with native dancers, drummers, craft vendors, singers and traditional food booths. Special events will be presented throughout each day. The Friends of the Maine Wildlife Park will be stafﬁng a B-B-Q lunch on both days, with all proceeds to beneﬁt the wildlife park. Music will include performances by Black Thunder, Hard Times (from Canada) and Mountain Spirit. A traditional Wikki travel shelter, with numerous Native American and Colonial artifacts, will be available for viewing each day with Ken Hamilton, a Maine 17th and 18th century woodland living historian, interpreter and blacksmith. For more information about any of these programs, please call the Maine Wildlife Park at 657-4977; or visit online at www.mainewildlifepark.com, www.meﬁshwildlife.com or on Facebook.
Western Cemetery walk 2 p.m. Matt Barker, historian at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, will lead a Western Cemetery walk; meet at the MIHC library at 1:30 p.m. Suggested donation: $10.
Bayside Neighborhood Block Party 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. Bring your lawn chair to the Bayside Neighborhood Block Party, in parking lot next to Dyer’s Variety, Portland St. Music, food and more! Sponsored by Bayside Neighborhood Assoc., Preble Street, Wayside Soup Kitchen, Goodwill, Lost Coin Café, G&R DiMillo’s, City of Portland and Rickey’s Tavern.
86th Annual St. Peter’s Bazaar/Street Festival 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. August 13 and 14, Annual Italian Street Festival, 72 Federal St. Saturday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m. and Sunday from 4 p.m. to 9 p.m. Annual rafﬂe, win up to $2,000. Games for the entire family! 1 p.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, pasta dinner w/salad and beverage ($8 Adult/ $5 children under 16). http://stpetersbazaar.eventbrite.com
Sunday, Aug. 14 Unity features Peter Canova, Quantum Spirituality 12:15 p.m. to 2 p.m. “Are we living in a giant hologram? Guest speaker Peter Canova will explore this and many other haunting possibilities at Unity of Greater Portland, 54 River Road in Windham. This exciting workshop, Quantum Spirituality, will explore such topics as: The suppressed story of early Christianity; the secret teachings of Jesus; Mary Magdalene and the lost women of the Church; the ancient Mystery Schools; Gnosticism; quantum physics; the illusory nature of our universe as a holographic play of light; the meaning of consciousness; Jungian psychology and Gnostic parallels. At the end of WWII, the Gnostic Gospels were unearthed in the Egyptian desert. These scrolls are not only revising our Judeo-Christian history, they are slowly transforming our entire spiritual perspective. The recovered texts portray the origins of Judaism and Christianity as the Western branches of a radically feminine oriented Universal spiritual tradition that links our religious history to the mysti-
cal core of every major faith in the world. Peter Canova’s talk examines how the writings of the ancient mystics foreshadowed quantum physics and Einstein’s theory of relativity in describing the creation of the universe, the origins of humanity, and the nature of our reality. ... A love offering is requested. Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity to explore new paradigms in religious thought.” For more information about Unity or Peter Canova, call 893-1233 or visit www. unitygreaterportland.org.
Memorial mass in the Western Cemetery 1 p.m. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, Division 1, Portland, will celebrate a memorial mass in the Western Cemetery. This will be the 12th anniversary of the dedication of the Memorial Stone, originally dedicated Aug. 15, 1999. The Memorial Stone is in memory of the early Catholics, predominantly Irish, who are buried in the “Catholic Ground.” The Hibernians placed the Memorial Stone to honor the 1,000 individuals, most of whom were in unmarked graves, and many of whom came from Ireland during and after the Great Hunger in Ireland in the 1840s, resulting from the potato crop failure. The annual mass will be followed by a reception at St. Patrick’s Church on Congress Street. All are welcome. In case of rain, the mass will be held at St. Patrick’s. The Western Cemetery is located at the corner of Danforth and Vaughan streets.
Kalever Rebbe, Holocaust Survivor, in Portland 4 p.m. The public is invited “for the exciting, upcoming visit of the Kalever Rebbe to Portland. The Kalever Rebbe is a Holocaust Survivor, world renowned for his inspiration, wisdom, advice and blessings. The rebbe is a direct descendant from the great sages who studied under the Baal Shem Tov, the Master of the Great Name — centuries ago. For 30 years the Rebbe has met with people of all ages and denominations in over 50 countries. Hundreds of thousands have been uplifted and motivated by his advice and words of inspiration. The Kalever Rebbe will be visiting Portland accompanied by some of his Chassidim. The students of the Kalever Rebbe have been quietly helping our community beautify our local mikvah. The Mikvah — Mikvat Shalom — is run by an incredible group of people who dedicate their time and efforts to promoting the important mitzvah of mikvah in Maine. Shaarey Tphiloh, 76 Noyes St.
Tuesday, Aug. 16 West African rhythms with Annegret Baier noon to 1 p.m. Post Ofﬁce Park, Congress Square and Lobsterman’s Park provide perfect venues for live music, talented local performers and activities for kids. Whether during a lunch break or with the kids, downtown Portland’s free events are not to be missed. Weekday Performance Series — Tuesdays, noon to 1 p.m. Enjoy your lunch outside and be entertained by Portland’s best talented performers! Congress Square: Aug. 16, West African rhythms with Annegret Baier. Baier will present West African rhythms and songs on authentic drums and percussion instruments! Brought to you by WPXT, WPME, WHOM, mainetoday.com, raisingmaine.com
‘Meet Your Farmer’ ﬁlm event 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Brunswick-Topsham Land Trust is partnering with Maine Farmland Trust to show eight short ﬁlms in an event titled “Meet Your Farmer” at the Topsham Public Library. Free and open to the public, this ﬁlm series will begin with a short meet and greet with local farmers including Seth Kroeck of Crystal Spring Farm, and several varieties of locally grown foods to sample. Following the ﬁlm screenings, there will be a brief discussion Q & A. Maine ﬁlmmakers Cecily Pingree and Jason Mann, have created ﬁlms that tell the diverse stories of eight Maine farms: from Aroostook to York; potatoes to dairy, from large commercial operations to small farmers who sell directly to local people. The ﬁlms have traveled to over 50 locations throughout the state, telling the important story of farming in Maine and have been hailed as “moving portraits” and “incredible ﬁlm work” by observers. For more information www.btlt.com
Wednesday, Aug. 17 Linda McConnell in Falmouth via Skype 7 p.m. Linda McConnell, the beloved librarian from Australia, will make a come-back appearance at the Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth via Skype. “As part of the Library’s summer travelogue series, Linda will be coming to us live from Melbourne, Australia to talk to us about living and traveling in her native land.” 781-2351.
Thursday, Aug. 18 Inspirations in Color 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. Inspirations in Color: a new exhibit by artist Beth Westra is coming to the Falmouth Memorial
Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, beginning Aug. 18 and running through the end of September. Come meet the artist at the reception on Aug. 31 from 5-7. 781-2351.
Concert at Fort Allen Park: Banda di Nepi 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. Banda di Nepi (Community Band from Italy). Sponsored by the Italian Heritage Center.
Portland Chamber Music Festival 7 p.m. Beethoven: String Trio in C minor, Op. 9 No. 3; Melinda Wagner: Scritch for Oboe + String Quartet; Poulenc: Sextet for Piano and Winds. The concert will be preceded by an informal pre-concert lecture by composer Elliott Schwartz at 7 p.m. Abromson Community Education Center, University of Southern Maine (Portland Campus). 88 Bedford St., Portland.
Crash Barry at Bull Moose in Scarborough 7 p.m. Maine author Crash Barry will read from and sign copies of his new book “Tough Island: True Stories From Matinicus, Maine” at Bull Moose in Scarborough, 456 Payne Rd. Tough Island will be available for the reduced price of $11.70 as a ﬁrst edition hardcover. “The gritty memoir provides a guided tour of a unique society inhabited by resourceful individuals and scoundrels. Barry tells stories of danger and drugs, sex and violence, death and sorrow, all unfolding in a landscape of breathtaking beauty.” More information about Crash Barry and his work can be found at http://crashbarry.com.
‘Passion of the Hausfrau’ in Freeport 7:30 p.m. A one-woman show that combines comedy, innovative projections, and music in portraying the hilarious misadventures of a Portland mom who discovers that the rollercoaster ride of raising young kids is actually the path to creating her own masterpiece; “comedic genius” declares the Portland Phoenix. Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St. Freeport. Aug. 18-Aug. 27. 7:30 p.m. Thurs. through Sat., and 2 p.m. on Sunday.
Friday, Aug. 19 A Walk Around the East End 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. A Walk Around the East End with Friends of the Eastern Prom. “Sometimes Portland Trails’ biggest accomplishments are wrapped in small packages. Join Friends of the Eastern Promenade to discover how making a few connections within the trail network has helped create access and linkage across the peninsula. Meet at the Gazebo on the Eastern Prom at Ft. Allen Park.” http://www.trails.org/events.html
A Prairie Home Companion 8 p.m. A Prairie Home Companion: Summer Love Tour 2011 at the State Theatre. SOLD OUT.
Saturday, Aug. 20 Snowy Egret Day at Scarborough Marsh 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center features Snowy Egret Day, including a bird walk, canoe tours, a used book sale, nature crafts and more. Special programs for children. No registration necessary. 883-5100.
Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Arts Festival on the streets of Brunswick. Over 90 artists and artisans line Maine Street and the mall. Live music, children’s activities, theater performances, and more! FMI, www.brunswickdowntown.org
R & R Spinners at Sabbathday Lake 10 a.m. The R & R Spinners will show their extensive traditional skills at a demonstration to be held at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester. The demonstation is free and open to the public.
Slit tapestry workshop 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Perfect for children and beginning weavers! Weave A Wachumacallit is the title of a slit tapestry workshop to be held at the Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village, Route 26, New Gloucester. What you will create from a variety of materials can be a bookmark, doll house furnishings, bracelet or a wachumacallit! Just bring scissors. Fee: $30 (pre-registration required). 926-4597.
First annual MS Harborfest Shoreside Festival 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This event is a fundraiser for the MS Society. The festival will feature local musicians, food vendors, artists, crafters and kids games/activities. It will be held in Fort Allen Park and portions of the Eastern Promenade Park on Aug. 20 and 21 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The festival areas will also be used as vantage points for the Lobster Boat Races and Tug Boat Muster on Casco Bay. see next page
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Art & Fine Craft Show at Gilsland Farm 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Gilsland Farm in Falmouth presents the 15th annual juried art and craft show featuring 60 vendors selling jewelry, pottery, sculpture and other high-end handmade work. Gourmet lunch will be offered by Belle Fete Caterer and in the afternoon Island Cow Ice Cream will be selling a delicious cold treat. Saturday, Aug. 20, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday, Aug. 21, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. All entry donations beneﬁt Maine Audubon. http://habitat.maineaudubon.org
Portland Music & Arts Festival 2 p.m. The second annual Portland Music & Arts Festival on Free Street. A day-long festival on Free Street, featuring the work and performances of Maine artists, local and national musicians and appropriate food and drink concessions. Proceeds from ticket sales, sponsor contributions, donations and vendor rentals will be donated to The Maine Children’s Cancer Program. www.theportlandmusicandartsfestival.com/schedule
Barb Truex performs with August Ensemble 8 p.m. Barb Truex performs with August Ensemble in Portland. The house concert, hosted by Jay York at 58 Wilmot St. begins at 8 p.m. Tickets will be available at the door for a suggested donation of $10. For more information or to reserve seats contact Barb Truex via phone (892-7578) or email (firstname.lastname@example.org).
Sunday, Aug. 21 Tri for Preservation Sprint Triathlon and Aquabike 7:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m. The Tri for Preservation triathlon consists of a 500-yard ocean swim along the well-protected cove of Crescent Beach. (Wetsuits are strongly recommended, and may be required on race day at the discretion of the race director in the interest of athlete safety). Participants then transition to a 14-mile, rolling bike course past the scenic farmlands and marshlands of Cape Elizabeth. The course concludes with a well-marked 3.1-mile run along the shore of Crescent Beach (on a well-maintained ﬁre road) towards Kettle Cove and back along Route 77. capelandtrust.org/triathlon/2011/
Maine Maritime Museum commemoration 4 p.m. “On April 11, 1986, Dodge Morgan, who had chosen to become a resident of Maine, sailed his 60-foot boat American Promise into the harbor of St. George’s, Bermuda, 150 days from the date he had set out from the same port. The event marked the ﬁrst time that an American had sailed solo around the world nonstop. Most remarkably, Morgan had accomplished the feat in only 150 days, almost slashing in half the previous record of 292 days, and even besting his optimistic goal of a 220-day voyage. On Aug. 21, Maine Maritime Museum will commemorate the 25th anniversary of that signiﬁcant event and pay tribute to the remarkable individual whose dream it was to accomplish it. Sadly, Dodge Morgan passed away on Sept. 14 last year, following complications from cancer. The tribute will be held at the Portland Company complex on Fore Street in Portland. It will begin at 4 p.m. with a screening of ‘Around Alone,’ the documentary ﬁlm that followed Morgan during his epic journey and was a featured program on the PBS program, ‘Adventure.’ The 57-minute ﬁlm was produced from more than nine hours of ﬁlm that had been shot by six cameras mounted on the boat, three topside and three below decks. Following the screening, members of the circumnavigation team and those whom Dodge Morgan inspired will share their reﬂections of both the man and his voyage. Morgan’s only companion on the voyage, his boat American Promise, will be dockside for tours. Following the epic voyage, the boat spent twenty years as a sail training vessel for the United States Naval Academy before becoming the mother ship for the Rozalia Project focused on ridding the oceans of plastic debris.” Tickets for the tribute are available online at www.MaineMaritimeMuseum.org.
Tuesday, Aug. 23 Peace in Sudan Rally and Candle Light Vigil 9 p.m. to 10 p.m. Fur Cultural Revival (part of The Darfur Community Center of Maine) presents a Peace in Sudan Rally and Candle Light Vigil at Monument Square on Congress Street in Portland. This event is free, and the public is encouraged to attend. “In observation of Ramadan, this event will be held after the Break of Fast. Speakers will include El-Fadel Arbab, as well as local activists, members of the Sudanese refugee communities, and survivors of Genocide worldwide. If it rains, the rally will be held at The Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St. in Portland, Maine at 9 p.m. Please note the change of time and location in the event of bad weather. Since 2003, more than 400,000
“The Passion of the Hausfrau” is a one-woman show about the hilarious misadventures of a mom who discovers that the roller coaster ride of raising young kids is actually the path to creating her own masterpiece; featuring Bess Welden. Performances are Thursday, Aug. 18 through Saturday, Aug. 27, Thursdays through Saturdays at 7:30 p.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m., at Freeport Factory Stage. (Photo courtesy of Darren Setlow/Freeport Factory Stage) people have been killed in Darfur, Sudan. More than 2.7 million people have been displaced. Currently, there is also an ongoing crisis in the Abyei region of Sudan. Thousands of citizens have been displaced in the South Kurdofan, Nuba Mountain, and Blue Nile regions. Southern Maine now boasts the largest organized Sudanese refugee community in the United States. Although Sudanese President Al-Bashir is now wanted by The International Criminal Court for war crimes in Darfur, the genocide continues. July 23 is the anniversary of the U. S. Congress’ 2004 declaration of Darfur as Genocide. On July 23, 2012 Fur Cultural Revival will host the second Peace in Sudan Rally at The White House in Washington, D.C.”
Wednesday, Aug. 24 Fermented Root Vegetables 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. Class on Fermented Root Vegetables (Carrots, Beets) at Urban Farm Fermentory, 200 Anderson St., Portland. Cost: $20 ($10 scholarships are available). Instructor: Kate McCarty, Program Aide, and Master Food Preserver Volunteers. To register: call 653.7406 or visit www.urbanfarmfermentory.com/skills-classes.
Friday, Aug. 26 History on the Eastern Promenade 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. A bit of history on the Eastern Promenade. “Enjoy a fascinating evening walk with former State Representative Herb Adams and learn about historically signiﬁcant events that have happened at places seen from the Eastern Promenade. Herb’s walk will take you along the Eastern Promenade and through hundreds of years of history. This event is RSVP only as space is limited. Please RSVP for information on where to meet.” http://www.trails. org/events.html
SPACE Gallery Weekend at The Saco Drive-In 7 p.m. SPACE Gallery Weekend at The Saco Drive-In featuring “E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial” and “Aliens.” Friday, Aug. 26 through Sunday, Aug. 28 at the Saco Drive-In, 969 Portland Road (US1), Saco. Gates open at 7 p.m.: First feature (“E.T.”) begins at dusk. Admission: $15 per carload. Saco Drive-In website: www.facebook.com/home.php#!/sacodrivein. 799.6649. SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828.5600. “SPACE Gallery has brought hundreds of original ﬁlm programs to downtown Portland over the years and the Saco Drive-In has been hosting outdoor screenings of ﬁlms since 1939. This weekend we join forces to bring you a doublefeature of classic blockbuster ‘alien’ ﬁlms to close out your summer in the warm Maine night air, Steven Spielberg’s 1982 classic ‘E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial’ followed by James Cameron’s 1986 sequel in the Alien trilogy, ‘Aliens.’ Before and between ﬁlms, SPACE will curate a mix of music by local musicians to be played over the Drive-In’s
broadcast system. A portion of the gate proceeds will go to support SPACE Gallery’s programming.”
Saturday, Aug. 27 Picnic Music+Arts Festival 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fourth annual Picnic Music+Arts Festival will take place on Saturday, Aug. 27. “This juried indie craft fair will be held outdoors at Lincoln Park on Congress Street and Franklin Arterial, in Portland. The festival will run in the park, rain or shine. The Picnic Music+Arts Festival will feature clothing, jewelry, prints, accessories, bags, plush, stationery, photography, housewares, ﬁne art, vintage goods and more. There will be live music and tasty food to enjoy all day. Spindleworks of Brunswick will have a booth among over 50 other crafters. www.picnicportland.com
Juried Arts and Craft Show 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. On the Green, Kennebunkport; sponsored by the Society of Southern Maine Craftsmen. Concessions provided by the Animal Welfare Society of Kennebunk. Free admission and free parking. (Rain Date: Aug. 28)
Birdie Googins at Lucid Stage 8 p.m. Birdie Googins: Maine’s Only Supermodel and Possible Future Queen at Lucid Stage. “Birdie is also a well known and respected television personality who has received rave reviews from outdoor sportsmen who marvel at the rugged outdoor skills of such a glamorous and famous model. In addition to being wildly popular, Ms. Googins has wicked funny sense of humor.”
Sunday, Aug. 28 ‘Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington’ 4 p.m. A special performance in Southern Maine of the play “Mrs. Smith Goes to Washington” will be held at University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center in Portland to beneﬁt the American Heart Association. “This one-woman show provides an intimate look into the life and times of Margaret Chase Smith. It tells of her journey from humble beginnings in Skowhegan, Maine, to a position of power and respect as the ﬁrst woman to be elected to the U.S. Senate.”
Thursday, Sept. 1 USM Welcome Husky Fest 2011 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lawn between Payson Smith and Luther Bonney Halls, Portland campus, University of Southern Maine. “Follow the paws to Husky Fest! USM’s largest event ... the 11th annual welcome kick-off party! FREE BBQ for all students! Live Music and activities! Campus departments, student organizations, and community vendors will all be present to help you get connected to the USM community! Rain location: Sullivan Gym, Portland Campus.” 228-8200