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Historian finds himself all booked up Barker’s newest to explore experience of Portland’s Irish in the Civil War BY DAVID CARKHUFF THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

At age 8, Matthew Jude Barker began tracing his family history. At age 11, he joined the Maine Historical Society. So it may come as no surprise that Barker today is immersed in writing not just one but two books on Irish history. The 1992 graduate of South Portland High School is laboring on a history of the Irish in Portland, and — just in time for the 150th anniversary of the Civil War — Barker is poised to complete a separate book this fall on the role of the Portland Irish in the Civil War. Barker (http://www.mattjbarker. com) estimated he has another 30 pages to go on his Civil War opus. "I'm trying to get it done by Sept. 1, so that's what I'm aiming for. ... With the anniversary and interest in Civil War history and Irish history, it's coming along really well; it's a bigger project than I thought it would be," Barker said. see BARKER page 6

Matthew Barker stands in front of a booth for the Maine Irish Heritage Center during last Sunday's Saltwater Celtic Music Festival in Brunswick. “Matt Barker is a one-man library, a walking encyclopedia for Maine’s Irish past,” said fellow historian Herb Adams. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, Barker will present a lecture, “History of St. Dominic’s Church, First 100 Years,” at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO)

Officials identify victim of Munjoy Hill street turned fatal Libbytown shooting back into two-way roadway BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Officials released the name of the 41-year-old Portland man shot and killed in Libbytown early Monday morning. Allen MacLean died on a Congress Street sidewalk after police say he was shot behind an apartment building at 4 Massachusetts Ave. The state’s office of the Chief Medical Examiner conducted an autopsy on MacLean and released his name shortly after 1 p.m. Tuesday.

Allen MacLean — For an obituary, see page 3 MacLean died of a single gunshot wound to the chest, according to the Maine medical examiner’s office.

Council defers decision on Kotzschmar bond, returns Walnut St. to two-way traffic BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

One way traffic or two? Threeway stop or four? City councilors dug into the nitty gritty of road patterns and stop sign policy before voting Monday to return Walnut Street

see COUNCIL page 7

see VICTIM page 6

Food stamps accepted at farmer’s market Debt ceiling debate stirs a restless public See News Briefs on page 3

to a two-way street. Like before, the street will have a three-way stop at the intersection with North Street at the crest of Munjoy Hill. Drivers heading up the hill on Walnut will have no

See Ray Richardson’s column on page 4

New SMCC president named See the story in Business, page 8


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Markets evoke memories of Mexico MADERA, Calif. (NY Times) — Every Sunday, Juan Enriquez, a former farm worker from Mexico, shows off his culinary art, sculpting sweet white meat from young coconuts with a knife and briskly sprinkling it with salt and lime. “It is better than working in the fields,” said Mr. Enriquez, of his new job as a vendor at the Madera Flea Market. “Here at least there is shade.” In the Latino communities along Highway 99, the agricultural artery of the San Joaquin Valley, the grand tradition of the Sunday flea market has been transformed into a tianguis, the famed open-air bazaar that is a fixture of daily life throughout Mexico. Madera is a mecca for the state’s estimated 120,000 indigenous Mexican-Indian farm workers, many of whom are from Oaxaca and speak a pre-Columbian language called Mixtec. The Sunday flea market has become a colorful world-within-a-Latino-world, a recreation of the Sunday gatherings around hundreds of village plazas. Upwards of 6,000 marketgoers banter over cucumbers laced with fiery pico de gallo, buy CDs of traditional Mixtec bands and scout the best prices for pápalo, an aromatic green that grows wild in the mountain villages of Mexico and infuses the summer air. Music shifts like living radio from vendor to vendor, from the Beatles to Chilenas con violin. It is a backdrop to the array of sombreros, tomatillos, copal incense for Mass and simulated ostrich ranchero boots. For a linguistically and socially marginalized population grasping the bottom rung of the labor ladder, “It is a place to remind yourself who you are,” said Gaspar RiveraSalgado, a project director for the Center for Labor Research and Education at the University of California, Los Angeles. The Mixtec farmworkers are recent arrivals, having migrated first within Mexico where they picked cotton or cut sugar cane. Many hail from home villages that are specks on the map, like San Martin Peras, an impoverished community of fewer than 1,500 people, named like many for its patron saint. For Antonio Barrera, originally from Guerrero State, who rises long before daybreak to pick onions, the market is “an entertainment” that reminds him of home. Many farmworkers have come from remote villages without electricity, down tortuous gravel roads, hours from any semblance of a supermarket.

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Debt bill becomes law, averting default BY JENNIFER STEINHAUER THE NEW YORK TIMES

WASHINGTON — The Senate voted Tuesday to raise the government’s debt ceiling and cut trillions of dollars from its spending, concluding a long and fractious partisan battle just hours before the government’s borrowing authority was set to run out. The bill, which passed 74 to 26, was immediately signed by President Obama, who took a final shot at his Republican opposition for what he called a manufactured — and avoidable — crisis. “Voters may have chosen divided government,” he said, “but they sure didn’t vote for dysfunctional government.” Voter will render their verdicts on the merits of divided government next year, but its impact is now abundantly clear: The agenda of the 112th Congress will be dominated by continuous fighting over spending priorities and regulation, with a high bar for big debates on foreign policy and other domestic issues coming to the fore. “When was the last time anybody said anything about Libya?” said Representative Phil Gingrey, a Republican from Georgia who was elected in 2002. “This is the way it is going to be until the election.” In the seven months since the change of power in the House, the Washington discourse has shifted almost completely from the decades-long battle between both parties over how to allocate government resources to jousting over the moral high ground on imposing austerity, with seemingly none of the political or practical motivations that have historically driven legislation. Republicans, though controlling only one-third of the process through their majority in the House, appear to have firmly snagged the upper hand in the legislative dynamics, largely because of their unwillingness to sacrifice ground even when their stance threatens both the government’s ability to operate and pay its debts, and their own prospects for retaining their jobs. “The difference is the intensity here,” said David R. Mayhew, a political science

professor at Yale. “The Republicans have the Tea Party, and the Democrats don’t have anything of comparable animation on their side.” Democrats, hamstrung in part by Congressional procedures and hewing to more traditional methods of compromise and negotiation, allowed Republicans to pull the center of debate much closer to their priorities. “We could draw parallels and distinctions with other tumultuous times such as the Civil War,” Glen Browder, a former congressman from Alabama and professor emeritus at Jacksonville State University, said in an e-mail. “But I do believe that this is something different from most Democrat-Republican struggles in our recent history. The traditional game of politics in which the two sides contest over control of issues and decisions for core constituencies has erupted into an intense struggle with critical ideological/philosophical divisions about what America means and how America ought to work.” The compromise over the debt ceiling, which the House passed on Monday, has been decried by Democrats as being tilted too heavily toward Republican priorities,

mainly because it does not raise any new revenues as it reduces budget deficits by at least $2.1 trillion in the next 10 years. But it attracted the votes of many Democrats, if only because the many months of standoff had brought the country perilously close to default. On Tuesday evening, Moody’s Investors Service appeared to echo the mixed feelings in Congress about the deal, saying that it was not going to immediately lower the government’s Aaa credit rating but also officially signaled that it was prepared to downgrade the rating unless more is done to deal with the deficit. The wrangling in Congress also laid bare divisions within both parties, with the final passage in the Senate relying on the votes of the remaining center of each party — 28 Republicans, 45 Democrats and one independent voted aye — with the most rightand left-leaning members left ultimately on the sidelines. In the Senate, Kelly Ayotte of New Hampshire and Mike Lee of Utah, both Republican freshmen blessed by the Tea Party, voted against the bill, mirroring their counterparts in the House, including a third of that chamber’s freshmen.

President Obama spoke from the Rose Garden after the Senate vote on the debt ceiling bill on Tuesday. (Jim Watson/Agence France-Presse — Getty Images)

Somalis waste away as insurgents block escape from famine MOGADISHU, Somalia (The New York Times) — The Shabab Islamist insurgent group, which controls much of southern Somalia, is blocking starving people from fleeing the country and setting up a cantonment camp where it is imprisoning displaced people who were trying to escape Shabab territory. The group is widely blamed for causing a famine in

Somalia by forcing out many Western aid organizations, depriving drought victims of desperately needed food. The situation is growing bleaker by the day, with tens of thousands of Somalis already dead and more than 500,000 children on the brink of starvation. Every morning, emaciated parents with emaciated children stagger into Banadir Hospital, a shell of a build-

ing with floors that stink of diesel fuel because that is all the nurses have to fight off the flies. Babies are dying because of the lack of equipment and medicine. Some get hooked up to adult-size intravenous drips — pediatric versions are hard to find — and their compromised bodies cannot handle the volume of fluid. Most parents do not have

money for medicine, so entire families sit on old-fashioned cholera beds, with basketballsize holes cut out of the middle, taking turns going to the bathroom as diarrhea streams out of them. “This is worse than 1992,” said Dr. Lul Mohamed, Banadir’s head of pediatrics, referring to Somalia’s last famine. “Back then, at least we had some help.”


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Allen Patric MacLean SOUTH PORTLAND — A.P. “Macdaddy” MacLean, 41, of Lawn Avenue died unexpectedly on Monday, Aug. 1, 2011 in Portland, Maine. A.P. was born in Portland on Nov. 23, 1969 the son of Robert Allen MacLean and Linda R. Frost. He attended local schools and earned his GED from Portland High School. A.P. was a warm hearted and loving person who lived his life to the fullest. He loved going fishing with his father, sister and Uncle Bill, playing basketball or frisbee with friends, following the Boston Red Sox’s and New England Patriots or just sitting around the table with family and friends enjoying

some of his step dad’s homemade beef jerky. A.P.also had a great gift for writing beautiful poetry. He was most comfortable when spending time in the outdoors. He was predeceased by his father Robert A. MacLean, maternal grandparents Leon and Madelyn Frost, paternal grandparents Gordon and Thelma MacLean and an uncle Bill Frost. He is survived by his mother and stepfather Robert F. and Linda Crangle of South

Portland, a daughter Kayla M. MacLean of Scarborough, a sister Venus E. MacLean of South Portland, two brothers Ricky and Dana MacLean both of South Portland, a grandmother Helen E. Crangle of Scarborough along with many aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews and cousins. Visiting hours will be held on Thursday, Aug. 4, from 10 a.m. to noon at the Conroy-Tully Crawford South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway followed by a funeral service at noon at the funeral home. Burial will be private in Brooklawn Memorial Park. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ctcrawford.com Those who wish may make memorial contributions in A.P.’s name to Animal Refuge League, PO Box 336, Westbrook, ME 04098

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Food stamps accepted Public meeting on trail connector set for today at Portland farmer’s will have an opportumarket starting today nityResidents tonight to join a public meeting Low-income families enrolled in the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — better known as food stamps — will officially be able to use their SNAP cards to purchase fresh food from the city's farmer's market beginning today. The Portland Farmers' Market Association and the nonprofit group, Cultivating Community, will be joined by Mayor Nicholas Mavodones today in Monument Square to kick off the new program. Officials say the use of "Market Money" will enable SNAP recipients to make direct purchases from participating farmers. "With nearly 58 percent of the adult population in Cumberland County overweight or obese, we need to implement initiatives that remove hurdles to healthy and acting living," stated Mavodones in a news release. "This program not only supports our local economy, but also makes it easier for low-income familiars to purchase locally grown produce," he continued. SNAP recipients will be able to purchase Market Money from the farmer's market information booth using their swipe card. Market Money will be accepted at either today's Monument Square stalls or the Saturday market held from 7 a.m. to noon Saturdays at Deering Oaks, in addition to local produce stands at community gardens. The initiative was funded by a $2,500 contribution from the city's obesity prevention program, officials said. "The Portland Farmers’ Market is thrilled for the whole community to have greater access to the market and to healthy, local foods,” said Jaime Berhanu, Portland Farmers’ Market Association coordinator.

on plans to construct a trail connector that officials say will improve the Bayside Trail. City officials will be joined by Maine Department of Transportation and Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System representatives to discuss the connector from the Franklin Street and Marginal Way intersection to the Back Cove Trail. “Linking these popular trails with a safe and accessible connector is going to have a tremendously positive impact both on the Bayside neighborhood but also for those who commute to the downtown by bike or foot,” stated Michael Bobinsky, director of Public Services, in a news release. “The success of this project is directly related to the willingness of all parties ... (to) make the city accessible to all modes of transportation.” The $195,000 trail connector project is expected to be constructed this fall. It's being funded by the state's transportation department and with a 20 percent match by the city of Portland. The meeting is slated to be held in Merrill Auditorium's rehearsal hall, located behind City Hall at 389 Congress St. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Sketch of Manchester pharmacy robber issued Police released a composite drawing Tuesday of a man who made off with an unknown quantity of prescription pills at a Manchester pharmacy Monday morning. Maine State Police are searching for the man, believed to be about 20 years old, who walked into a Manchester

Rite Aid Pharmacy and stole Oxycodone pills. Officials said the suspect may have been armed. “We think he had a gun but nothing was displayed,” said Steve McCausland, State police released this s p o k e s m a n composite drawing Tues- for the Maine day of a man accused of Department of stealing prescription pills Public Safety. from a Manchester pharOfficials macy. The crime occurred described the Monday morning. (COUR- man as about TESY IMAGE) 5 feet, 7 inches tall and said he was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. Anyone with information is asked to contact the state police in Augusta at 624-7076.

Court overturns drunk driving conviction, MCLU reports Maine’s high court overturned a drunk driving conviction of a man who, according to the Maine Civil Liberties Union, was arrested after a state trooper sought information on another motorist. The Maine Supreme Judicial Court ruled unanimously that the trooper did not have sufficient reason to justify stopping motorcyclist Ronald LaPlante, the MCLU said in a news release. LaPlante was arrested after a trooper stopped him and asked whether he knew which direction a speeding motorist went after the trooper lost sight of the speeding car, according to court documents. The MCLU filed an appeal with the state’s high court after a lower court prevented LaPlante from suppressing the evidence against him. — Matthew Arco

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The racist scourge LONDON — Soon after I was born my father moved our family from Britain back to his native South Africa to become dean of the school for black medical students at the University of the Witwatersrand. Blacks were obliged to live separately from whites, a principal reason for his having left Johannesburg in the first place. There had been some troubles. He told the students he was handing them responsibility for their affairs. That helped settle things on campus. Outside was a different story. Much of my father’s time was spent going to police stations to negotiate the release of black students who had been detained for no reason by stupid white cops. Once he arrived to hear an Afrikaner policeman scoffing at a young black woman who was close to qualification as a doctor: “You think you’re ––––– some clever student, but really The New York you’re just a Kaffir.” (The insult is now legally actionTimes able in South Africa.) Racism is stupidity’s recourse. There are plenty of stupid people in the world. Apartheid survived for almost a half-century, a system based on the view that the only thing blacks were good for was to work as hewers of wood and drawers of water. It had its American parallels: Jim Crow laws were on the books for almost a century.

Roger Cohen

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Debt ceiling debate stirs a restless public For as debt ceiling weary as we all are, one very good thing happened with this mess. The finances of our nation’s government are front-and-center in the minds of the average citizen in a manner they have not previously been. Countless folks have stopped me at my favorite morning haunt, Mr. Bagel in Westbrook, during the on-going debate and asked, “What are you hearing?” For some, what has happened in Washington, D.C. only proves their worst fears are true with regard to our government. For others, they were un-aware of just how bad the government’s fiscal picture was and this sudden awareness has caused them great concern for the future. As we have witnessed throughout our country’s history, when the American people are awakened to an issue, we rise to meet the challenge. I have no doubt that will be the case again this time. In 2006, the American people revolted against the Bush administration and the Republicans by installing a Democratic majority in the U.S. Congress. As our nation’s economy melted down

Ray Richardson ––––– Daily Sun Columnist in 2008, the American people further revolted against the Republicans and strengthened the Democratic majority in the Congress, giving them 60 seats in the Senate, meaning a filibuster proof working majority. Additionally, as the Republicans put forth the very weak candidate in Senator John McCain, Senator Barack Obama roared to a big victory, gaining the White House and insuring a democratically controlled federal government for the first time since the early 1990s. Just as quickly, the disgruntled nature of the American voter turned against the Democrats and President Obama by giving the Republicans a big majority in the U.S. House and a very narrow minority in the U.S. Senate in 2010. What is the point of this trip down memory lane? Merely this;

The American people know this. They are tired of doing their part to support our government and then see the folks in Washington, D.C. not do theirs. the American people are very restless. Our nation’s economy is continuing to drag. Unemployment is now higher than when President Obama took office, and the prospects for the immediate future are looking less bright. The recent debt ceiling battle is yet another signal, in a long line of signals, to the people of this country that the leadership (the Speaker, the House Minority Leader, and the Majority and Minority Leaders of the Senate) of our elected leaders in the Congress are not serious about actually solving problems. The debt ceiling bill that was agreed to and signed into law by the President was nothing more than an appeasement bill that does nothing to solve the long-term financial mess our government is in see RICHARDSON page 5


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Sifting through the rough stuff for diamonds “You have to come to the house and go through all of your things,” my mom’s message said. “I close next Friday, so try to come tomorrow.” Mom moved out of my childhood home last week. Forty years of stuff to go through in three weeks. She not only managed to accumulate stuff from the family’s lifetime, but for lives yet to exist. There were tubs galore from a life that did occur: itty bitty baby clothes, bald Barbies, rusty instruments, middle school mix tapes, unopened pen pal letters and binders of everything I had ever written. And more from ones that hadn’t: frilly clothes in case I ever had a daughter, doubles in case I had twins, birthday decorations should someone ever want a yachtthemed party, Hallmark cards yet to be marked. My mom’s house was full of somedays, maybes and just-in-cases. It had the makings for an A & E sweeps episode. I sat surrounded by boxed-up years wondering if it was best to bury them without a further peek. If I hadn’t missed anything from my past yet, what were the chances I ever would? But the potential pull of discovering something wonderful (or something worth a chance on Antiques Road-

Maggie Knowles ––––– Use Your Outdoor Voice show) had me sneezing through the dust. Most of it was crumbs: Horrible selfportraits (who let me wear my hair like that??), spelling tests (not my stroing pointe), broken roller blades that I never got the hang of. But there were gems mixed in. Old letters my friends wrote to me from camp filled with inside jokes only funny to 8-yearolds; sweet pictures of my brother and me in matching sweaters on an autumn beach and obituary notices from relatives I never had the chance to meet. Did you ever play that game, “If your house was on fire what are the three things you would grab, besides, you know, your cat and stuff?” Answers morph over time. Today, I would make a beeline for family picture albums. (I would make sure the self-portraits were the first to burn.) What would be your save-worthy items?

Think about that when you decide what to save from your own children’s past. Sure, that scribble is cute now, but it is worth having tubs filled with identical ones? It may be more important to your kiddo that you hang their work around now versus saving it for when they are 40. You can make a little gallery space using a window rod mounted on the wall and shower curtain clips to hang the pieces. (This saves your stainless steel fridge from being scarred by scratchy magnets; ask me how I know.) I ran a poll asking people what they were glad their parents saved. The top answers were baby pictures, old blankies, and “firsts,” e.g., first plane ticket and first picture from Santa’s lap. A lot of the men said sports trophies and women said dance costumes. No one said spelling tests. Plus, few of us have the space to save everything our kids do. But we also don’t want to forget. Keep a journal. Nothing fancy, just a few short lines when something remarkable or funny happens. Your kids will love knowing the hilarious stuff they said when they were four, and no, you won’t remember it if you don’t jot it down. And use technology. If you are the type who wants to memorialize every science worksheet, just scan it and

save it all to a disk. At the end of the day, the actual memories will be the most important thing for your kids. Don’t spend a whole experience panicking, “I lost the ticket stub and now she will never know she went to the ballet with me!” Create a sensory experience full of sounds, sights and smells so the brain has several triggers for the future. Whenever I smell fresh lime, I am transported to a perfect summer evening when I was five playing in the yard, the sun a golden spill across the grass, my whole family there and happy and my dad let me squeeze lime into his drink. Make it a point to create good memories, because someday that is all you have left. A friend of mine had moved overseas to write his memoirs. Due to dramatic circumstances, he had to abandon years of work on the hotel desk. When I gasped at the tragedy of the decision, he shrugged. “It’s all still in here somewhere,” he said tapping his head. “And if I can’t remember it now, it probably isn’t worth remembering.” (Maggie Knowles is a columnist for The Portland Daily Sun. Her column appears Wednesdays. Her blog is at http://sexynaptime.blogspot.com.)

Sorry, folks. Our government does not solve problems anymore RICHARDSON from page 4

and will be in for the foreseeable future. The American people know this. They are tired of doing their part to support our government and then see the folks in Washington, D.C. not do theirs. Let’s face it. Our government does not solve problems anymore. Our leaders band-aid the issues, pretend they have done something, rail against the process and then use the whole mess to raise campaign money.

The American people have had enough because they know we can do better. President John Kennedy said in June of 1963, “All our problems are man-made, therefore they may be solved by man. And man can be as big as he wants. No problem of human destiny is beyond human beings.” He was right then and those words are right today. Think about it this way. If all current members of the United States Congress were no longer allowed

to run for re-election, meaning the next 17 months were all the time they had to govern, do you think the decisions they would make would be vastly different than they decisions they are currently making? I know I do. (Ray Richardson is a political activist and the host of “The Ray and Ted Show,” weekdays from 6 a.m. to 9 a.m. on WLOB 95.5/1310; 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 a.m. on WPME TV. www.wlobradio.com)

Racism is a mind game, making victims grateful for small mercies COHEN from page 4

That was the first year of my life, with the black Wits students. My father returned with the family to England. We’d go back regularly to South Africa. I remember the jacarandas, the faraway horizons, the firm yellow peaches. Beauty was too abundant. A shadow lurked. That’s how I absorbed racism, like a twinge, the first hint of a dangerous microbe in your blood. These things shape you. The Jews in South Africa tended to view the blacks as a large buffer against their own persecution even as they were more engaged than most in trying to break the system. It’s a grotesque thought, but if you’re busy persecuting tens of millions of blacks you don’t have much time left over for tens of thousands of Jews. This thought did occur to the Jews, whose families (many of Lithuanian origin), had fled European pogroms and so avoided the ditches to which Hitler’s Einsatzgruppen would have dispatched them. As a South African Jew, watching blacks without passes being bundled into the back of police vans was discomfiting. But this was not mass murder after all. You tried to look away. Racism is a mind game. It makes its victims grateful for small mercies until such time as they rise in uncontainable anger.

I was schooled early by South Africa in racism’s poison. The Michels, my maternal family, lived in a spread only half-jokingly referred to as Château Michel. From beach to pool to barbecue the living was large, with its undertow of disquiet. I felt as an infant the I-might-drop-you hostility in a black maid’s arms. I wondered at the blacks swimming in a filthy harbor when whitesonly sand stretched for miles. I caught the illicit glances as an adolescent, flirtation as crime. I listened to the meat-chomping justifications, bigotry dressed up as scientific theory. Years later in Lagos, watching Fela Kuti in a disco where I was the only white among a thousand blacks, I understood the word “minority.” The thing I’ve been most grateful for in journalism is the ability to cross lines: of racism and bigotry, for example. The blacks in South Africa weren’t even a minority. They were a majority corralled into serfdom. Over in England things were O.K. I got called a “yid” for a while at school. I look up Jew in the Oxford English Dictionary of the day. Definition 1: A person of Hebrew descent; a person whose religion is Judaism. Definition 2: A person who behaves in a manner formerly attributed to Jews; a grasping or extortionate person.” There you go. Nothing makes my blood boil like racism. I got a lot of angry mail over a recent column about

Norway’s rightist mass murderer and his sympathy with “racist Islamophobia.” Muslims are not a race, the writers claimed. Funny, several of the angry notes were from Jews, who seemed to have forgotten that not being a race but a religion had scarcely saved Jews from racist persecution: Perhaps the Einsatzgruppen just got in a semantic muddle before opening fire. Perhaps the Malaysian soccer crowd who just booed Chelsea’s Yossi Benayoun, an Israeli player and a Jew, were not really racists. Dream on. Hatred of Muslims in Europe and the United States is a growing political industry. It’s odious, dangerous and racist. Thanks to my colleague Andrea Elliott, we now know the story of the orchestration of the successful anti-Shariah campaign in the United States, led by a Hasidic Jew named David Yerushalmi who holds that “most of the fundamental differences between the races are genetic.” The rightists in Europe using antiMuslim rhetoric are true heirs to the Continent’s darkest hours. I’m glad that at an impressionable age my Dad told me of a dumb white cop with power telling a smart young black woman with promise she was “really just a Kaffir.” The settings change, the vile stupidity does not. You can follow Roger Cohen on Twitter at twitter. com/nytimescohen .


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‘From Galway Bay to Casco Bay’ expected out next year BARKER from page one

How Barker, an archivist, genealogist and historian at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, has time to write books is anyone's guess. He's editor of the Downeast Shamrock, an Irish genealogy and history journal; he helps people research their family trees at the Irish Heritage Center, housed in the old St. Dominic's Catholic Church at 34 Gray St.; and he keeps up a busy itinerary of speaking engagements. At 2 p.m. on Sunday, Aug. 7, Barker will present a lecture, "History of St. Dominic's Church, First 100 Years," at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. A lecture related to his upcoming book, "Portland Irish during the Civil War," is scheduled for 2 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 11, also at the center. The working title of his book is "The Blue and the Green: The Portland, Maine Irish During the Civil War." "I've gotten about 145 pages so far, I have to wrap it up pretty quick here," Barker admitted. "It's an offshoot of my Portland Irish history. My chapter on the Civil War from my book was 28 pages." Finding more material than could fit comfortably in one chapter, Barker took the advice of local historian Herb Adams, who suggested Barker write a separate book about Maine Irish in the Civil War. Barker said he jumped into an historical niche that hasn't received much attention. "Very little has been written, there have been no books on the Civil War and how it affected Portland ... especially focusing on the Irish immigrants who fought during the war, that whole component of immigration and who and why did the Irish fight during the Civil War," he said. "One hundred of them were killed in the Civil War. There are some fascinating stories, such as the second lieutenant Michael Boice, he got married on March 16, 1863, and four months later he was killed at Gettysburg." After his Sept. 11 talk, Barker plans a workshop about how to trace Civil War ancestors. "Matt Barker is a one-man library, a walking encyclopedia for Maine's Irish past," Adams said. "His upcom-

‘History of St. Dominic’s Church, First 100 Years’ Sunday, Aug. 7 at 2 p.m. Matthew Jude Barker, historian at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, will present this Duchas lecture series installment, at the center. 34 Gray St. www.maineirish.com/

Memorial mass in the Western Cemetery Sunday, Aug. 14 at 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.

Matthew Barker stands inside the Maine Irish Heritage Center in Portland. On Saturday, Sept. 17 is a St. Dominic’s Reunion at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)

ing book about Portland's Irish in the Civil War — titled 'The Blue And The Green' — is full of surprises, some absolutely amazing stories forgotten for 150 years." Adams called the Civil War "an Irish redemption" of sorts. "Just 20 years after the horrors of

the potato famine and the hard emigration to America, the next generation of Portland's Irish-Americans produced real battlefield heroes, political leaders, women nurses and teachers, and religious figures that shaped our city for a century to come," Adams said. "To jump from stereotype

Police said a firearm, other evidence recovered VICTIM from page one

He was not shot in the head, as reported by a witness to the aftermath of the shooting who spoke with The Portland Daily Sun Monday. “The investigation is ongoing,” said Acting Police Chief Mike Sauschuck, of the Portland Police Department. “We’re continuing to follow up on the leads from (Monday), as well as additional leads that have developed.” Police said a firearm and other evidence that may be associated with the homicide were recovered in the neighborhood around the apartment building Monday night. Witnesses who heard the shot and saw MacLean after the incident said that he ran across the street, saying, “I’m dying,” according to Melissa Broome, who was standing nearby outside a convenience store where she works, waiting to open for the day. MacLean collapsed on the sidewalk in front of a

Mobil gas station at 1196 Congress St. His death is the city’s first homicide of the year. Cumberland County Jail officials said MacLean had been arrested about 20 times since July 1990 for various offenses, including burglary and theft charges. He was arrested and booked at the county jail a year ago for bail violations. Prior to that arrest, he was taken into custody for theft in November and December of 2009. Also that year, he was arrested for possession of drugs and bail violations, officials said. Sauschuck declined to give further information regarding the case, citing the ongoing investigation. He said police were “not sure of what the relationship” was between MacLean and the shooter. Anyone with information should call the PPD at 874-8533 or text a tip from a mobile phone using keyword “GOTCHA” plus their message to 274637 (CRIMES), he said.

to leadership in 20 years — that's a huge story for our people. And Mattt knows every one of those folks by first name, too!" Barker said he has a storage unit packed with research materials. His broader writing project, "From Galway Bay to Casco Bay, the Story of the Portland Irish, 1661 to 1901," is scheduled for release next year. Two of 20 chapters are completed. Barker estimated he has spent "at least once a week for 16 years" gathering information for this book. "I've got boxes and boxes of notebooks," he said. A contributor to several books on local history, including "They Change Their Sky, The Irish in Maine" (2004) and "John Ford In Focus" (2008), Barker has been a professional genealogical and historical researcher since 1981. "It's a good obsession," he said.

Walk for ALS research planned at Payson Park on Sept. 10 The Northern New England Chapter of the ALS Association announced that on Saturday, Sept. 10 at 9 a.m., the public can register for a Walk for ALS research at Payson Park. Registration will be from 9 a.m. to 10:30 a.m., and the walk will begin at 10:30 a.m., organizers said. The goal is to raise funds for research and patient services for people with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, or ALS. Commonly known as Lou Gehrig’s disease, ALS is an incurable, progressive neuromuscular disease that affects 30,000 people annually. Life expectancy is two to five years from time of diagnosis. The ALS Association is the only national nonprofit voluntary health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. Visit www. alsanne.org.


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Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ group plans renovation COUNCIL from page one

stop sign. The change is expected to be made by Aug. 19. In a unanimous vote, the council erased a decision made late last year to split the top half of Walnut, which runs from Washington Avenue to the Eastern Prom, into a one-way configuration. Currently, motorists can drive down the hill on Walnut from North Street, but anyone driving up the hill must turn onto Sheridan Street. The city changed the street into a one-way to test whether it would improve pedestrian safety at the intersection of Walnut and North. In the past, neighbors have complained about pedestrian safety and reported a number of near misses. That fix was no panacea, and there was general agreement that the oneway experiment was a failure. The debate about whether to add a fourway stop or a three-way at the Walnut/ North intersection, was not so simple. Indeed, the stop sign issue divided councilors, neighbors and even the city’s public safety community. Portland Police Department favored the four-way stop to prevent potential incidents between pedestrians and vehicles. Portland Fire Department and Public Services favored the threeway out of concerns about traction on the hill during winter months. Taxi driver Charles Bragdon said it would be nearly impossible to stop at the peak of the hill for the stop sign without losing traction. Resident Ann Landsberg said the lack of accidents involving cars and pedestrians suggested the intersection was less unsafe than some had suggested. She also said the one-way added about a half mile to her regular commute. Councilor Kevin Donoghue, who offered an amendment in support of a four-way stop, said he believed pedestrian safety should trump motor vehicle convenience. “I don’t think we need to wait for an incident to happen” to take action, he said. The amendment was defeated 2-4, with three councilors absent. Donoghue and Mayor Nick Mavodones were in support, while Councilors John Anton, Dave Marshall, Jill Duson and Ed Suslovic voted against the four-way alignment. Anton said the intersection probably should have a four-way stop, but voted against the amendment because he didn’t believe the council should intervene on the placement of stop signs. He urged Public Services chief Mike Bobinsky to look closer at whether the intersection warranted a four-way stop.

Kotzschmar Organ bond decision delayed to Sept. 7 Meanwhile, councilors voted to continue a $2 surcharge on tickets to Merrill Auditorium events but deferred action on a $1.5 million bond issue for the 99-year-old Kotzschmar Organ, which is in need of major repairs. If approved, $1.25 million from that

Stephen Tharp, concert organist and recording artist, acquaints himself with the Kotzschmar Organ prior to an organ concert at Merrill Auditorium. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)

bond would go toward organ repairs and $250,000 would be directed toward lighting and sound improvements at Merrill. The group Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ has committed to privately raising half of the $2.5 million needed to repair the city-owned instrument. The city would pay for the other half with revenues from the $2 ticket surcharge.

Sensible Portland waiting for answer from council The council also deferred action on an emergency change that would align city code with state law on citizen petitions. The measure would give petition takers 10 days to collect signatures if the initial campaign fell short of the 1,500 registered voters required under city code. Earlier this year, Sensible Portland fell 93 signatures short in its effort to bring a ballot referendum on marijuana policy in Portland. In situations like this, city code does not allow petition takers to collect the remaining signatures, although state law allows for a 10-day extension. Sensible Portland wants city voters to vote on a proposal that would make marijuana enforcement the lowest police priority. The council could not vote on either measure because only six councilors were present, short of the seven needed to authorize borrowing or votes on emergency changes to city code. The council is expected to take up the issue on Aug. 15. If the emergency changes are approved, they would give Sensible Portland enough time to potentially get the question onto the

Nov. 8 ballot, said Anna Trevorrow, a spokesperson for the group. Any delays beyond Aug. 15 would prevent the measure from appearing on this

fall's city ballot. The council is expected to revisit the Kotzschmar Organ bond measure on Sept. 7.

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Finding the passion for a hard sell Zumba experience leads to reflections on art of promotion Product endorsement is not my thing. I keep telling myself I don’t like or am not good at sales, but then I get enthusiastic about some concept, an idea, or something tangibly useful which is meaningfully enhancing my life and has the potential to do so for others. The perceived hard sell morphs into public service and it becomes my civic duty to project my enthusiasm onto others. Most people patiently humor me by listening to my poetic waxing about something I’m doing, or

Natalie Ladd ––––– What It’s Like a new idea I honestly believe will help them personally or professionally. A few will cut my rant off cold, but occasionally someone will bite and I feel as though I’ve made a contribution to mankind, one person at a time. Such an epiphanous moment came when I was in Zumba toning class a few weeks ago. Espousing the whole Zumba thing itself is really a pay-itforward idea since over a year ago

my friends Elizabeth and Maureen dragged me to the Latin-infused, dance based “exercise in disguise” studio of Portland’s Zumba Goddess, Nina Alves. The timing was just postEx break up and pre-New Guy and I stuck with it for a bit but was still too busy wallowing in the muck to allow myself to reap any benefits. It cut into my drinking time and I wasn’t quite ready to believe I deserved the spike in feel-good serotonin or ability to get a full six hours of sleep. Then, about a six weeks ago, I decided to give it another try. Summer was heating up on the Boulevard and while not much cooler in Nina’s Studio, it felt as if this is what I needed to be doing and where I needed to be doing it. Lavish, the studio isn’t, but full of charm it truly is as it’s located

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Ronald G. Cantor, associate vice president and dean at Mohawk Valley Community College in Utica, N.Y., has been appointed president of Southern Maine Community College in South Portland, the college reported. The Maine Community College System Board of Trustees unanimously endorsed the nomination of Cantor at a meeting today in Augusta. He will assume his new post on Aug. 29. “Ron brings a set of essential attributes to this important job: highly relevant professional experiences, strong leadership skills, a vision for the college, and genuine kindness and warmth,” said MCCS President John Fitzsimmons in announcing the board’s vote. “I am confident that SMCC will thrive under his leadership Cantor and that students, employees, and community members will be proud to have him at the head of this great institution.” Cantor brings nearly three decades of experience in higher education administration to his new post. In his current position, he oversees the administration, academics, and student affairs of a comprehensive branch campus. Previously he served as an associate dean at Jefferson Community College in Watertown, N.Y., and as Vice President of the Great Lakes Colleges Association. Cantor holds a Ph.D. from Syracuse University, a master’s in higher education from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, and a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of New Hampshire. “My family and I are delighted to join the SMCC community,” said Cantor of his appointment. “From South Portland to Brunswick and Bath, the college and region are filled with superb opportunities. My career has been focused on education and workforce development to fuel economic and cultural growth. No place is better than Maine for accomplishing meaningful, practical goals in these areas, and Southern Maine Community College is helping to brighten the region’s future.” Cantor will replace James O. Ortiz, who has served as SMCC president for the past 10 years and will retire this summer.


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–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– WHAT’S IN A NAME? –––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– Alpha Management employees Kyle Reichert and Jamie Ruginski are part of a team that keeps grounds and landscapes looking fresh at Oak Hill Plaza in Scarborough and several apartment communities in the area. (COURTESY PHOTO)

Alpha Management an A-Z maintenance firm BY NATALIE LADD THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

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“As the first letter of the Greek alphabet, Alpha takes on the meaning of first, best and primary. The name Alpha also doesn’t hurt in terms of the alphabetical placement in the phone book either and has been the name of our Maine owned and operated residential and commercial real estate management and maintenance company for 36 years,” says Steven Berg, who directs the daily operations of the company and has served as its president for the past 16 years. Founded and based in Scarborough since 1975, Alpha Management has an extensive portfolio of more than 125,000 square feet of commercial and

retail properties and oversees the management of approximately 350 rental apartments throughout the Greater Portland area. Employing 12 people at an office located in the Oak Hill area of Scarborough, the small team handles all aspects of the real estate management business from advertising and showing properties to screening prospective renters, processing rental applications and work requests, as well as the monthly incomes and expenses associated with each property. “We look at properties with the idea of maintaining or improving their values. Value enhancement is an important ingredient in managing real estate, positioning the property so it has curb appeal and marketability and ensuring the financial integrity and maintenance of the property for the owners and residents alike,” says Berg. Assisted by their affiliated

maintenance team, Alpha Management takes a “proactive” approach to property maintenance and does everything from simple repairs to complete remodeling and construction services. Berg says, “We also endeavor to take the burden out of the day to day running of a property for busy owners and offer personalized plans and service with extra time taken to educate, mediate and advise. It’s all part of a bigger plan to enhance client property investments and offer peace of mind; or on the other side of the coin, to help someone find the most appropriate apartment or space. Like most businesses that want to be the first and the best, client satisfaction at Alpha Management Corporation is our goal.” Visit the website for apartment availability, to look at typical floor plans or to inquire about property maintenance packages, services or recommendations.

Stocks slump more than 2 percent despite debt vote (The New York Times) A Senate vote to pass the debt ceiling plan on Tuesday may have averted the potential for the United States to default on its obligations, but it failed to lift investors’ spirits. The Dow Jones industrial average declined 266 points by the close of trading, and all of the major Wall Street indexes shed more than 2 percent. Stocks had slumped since the morning opening as investors weighed recent data that drove home the challenges the economy faced. Their next step: assessing the debt limit agreement’s impact on the economy and whether it could slow growth. “As the macro data comes out, it seems like we may have more on our hands than just getting the debt ceiling raised,” said Myles Zyblock, chief institutional strategist and managing director of capital markets research at RBC Capital Markets. “We get no default, but the bad news is there is a growth trade-off,” he said. “They had to agree on fiscal contraction that would weigh on growth.” At the close of trading, the Standard & Poor’s 500stock index was down 32.89, or 2.56 percent, erasing all of the gains it had made this year. The Dow Jones industrial average was off 265.87 points, or 2.19 percent, to 11,866.62, recording its eighth consecutive day of declines. And the Nasdaq index fell 75.37 points, or 2.75 percent. Uri Landesman, the president of Platinum Partners, said that investors were discounting the debt deal and, with such poor economic data, starting to question the viability of corporate earnings for rest of the year. “Economic data has been a disaster,” he said. “It’s clunker after clunker. If the economy is desultory, how are the earnings going to excel?” Stanley Nabi, the chief strategist for Silvercrest Asset Management Group, said he was starting to hear the word “recession” in questions from clients over the last few days. Referring to the debt deal, he said: “That was yesterday’s story. Today’s story is what is going to happen on the economy.” The most recent indicators were released Tuesday, when the Commerce Department said personal spending fell 0.2 percent in June, the first time it had declined since September 2009. Nominal personal income inched up by 0.1 percent in June, and wage and salary income, central to the ability of consumers to open their wallets, was unchanged in June from 0.2 percent in May, its smallest rise this year.

When I’m waiting tables, I upsell to a better glass of wine LADD from page 8

It also gave me the fever to soap-box talk about Zumba to anyone who would listen. The Fall Out: One of my co-workers from my day gig is hooked and one of my full-time restaurant sisters was duly impressed at how intense, yet fun the workout was. And New Guy? Ever the man of few words, he’ll occasionally look at me out of the blue and simply say, “Zumba,” which from him is the equivalent of a wolf-whistle and a compliment. Promotion with the intent to help others also spills over into a major kitchen appliance purchase I made in early spring. I went into Whole Foods looking for fruit and cheese samples to hold me over until lunch time and left with two car payments worth of the most amazing blender-on-steroids. A really hot guy was doing an in-store demonstration of the Vitamix machine and was whipping up hot bacon, cheddar and potato soup (yes, in a blender), key lime kiwi smoothies and peach melba sundaes. The thing was really amazing and is very popular and practical for those leading a raw and whole food lifestyle. I had to walk away after the sundae to resist making an impulse purchase and not to laugh out loud when one of two spry elderly ladies standing next to me asked if the demonstrator came home with the purchase. After perusing the wine section, I bought the

thing and for the first few weeks did nothing but make whole fruit margaritas which prompted me to rename it the Vitamargamixerita. The ice truly emulsified and no one I know stands a chance of getting scurvy for the next ten years. But the machine is so much more (I could probably jump my car battery with the motor) and while no doubt a luxury item, it has become my food preparation and cooking tool of choice with health benefits too numerous to list. I want everyone to know about it and have one. Perhaps, there’s a bit of “salesperson” in all of us and the point is to get rid of the negative connotation being “in sales” may imply. I know when I’m waiting tables, I upsell to a better glass of wine not just because I want to increase the average check, but because I believe in the product and most of the time, people will accept the suggestion. Just by sharing my passion for Zumba and awe of the Vitamix, I have learned from listening to others as they also “sell” their beliefs and experiences in an effort to be helpful and make their own meaningful contributions. The Down Low: At print time, the current Hobson’s Wharf location of Nina’s Zumba Studio is in peril due to the city of Portland’s sudden decision (after three years of continuous classes) that the second floor space is “unsuitable” for such use. While willing to take on City Hall, Alves is scouting new locations in order to provide uninterrupted Zumba

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Wednesday, Aug. 3, the 215th day of 2011. There are 150 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Aug. 3, 1936, Jesse Owens of the United States won the first of his four gold medals at the Berlin Olympics as he took the 100-meter sprint. On this date: In 1492, Christopher Columbus set sail from Palos, Spain, on a voyage that took him to the present-day Americas. In 1807, former Vice President Aaron Burr went on trial before a federal court in Richmond, Va., charged with treason. (He was acquitted less than a month later.) In 1811, Elisha Otis, founder of the elevator company that still bears his name, was born in Halifax, Vt. In 1921, baseball commissioner Kenesaw Mountain Landis refused to reinstate the former Chicago White Sox players implicated in the “Black Sox” scandal, despite their acquittals in a jury trial. In 1943, Gen. George S. Patton slapped a private at an army hospital in Sicily, accusing him of cowardice. In 1949, the National Basketball Association was formed as a merger of the Basketball Association of America and the National Basketball League. In 1958, the nuclear-powered submarine USS Nautilus became the first vessel to cross the North Pole underwater. In 1966, comedian Lenny Bruce, 40, was found dead in his Los Angeles home. In 1981, U.S. air traffic controllers went on strike, despite a warning from President Ronald Reagan they would be fired, which they were. One year ago: Engineers began pumping heavy drilling mud into the blown-out Gulf of Mexico oil well in an attempt to permanently plug the leak. Today’s Birthdays: Author P.D. James is 91. Broadway composer Richard Adler is 90. Singer Gordon Stoker (The Jordanaires) is 87. Singer Tony Bennett is 85. Actor Martin Sheen is 71. Lifestyle guru Martha Stewart is 70. Singer Beverly Lee is 70. Rock musician B.B. Dickerson is 62. Movie director John Landis is 61. Actress JoMarie Payton is 61. Actor Jay North is 60. Country musician Randy Scruggs is 58. Actor Philip Casnoff is 57. Actor John C. McGinley is 52. Rock singer-musician Lee Rocker is 50. Actress Lisa Ann Walter is 50. Rock singer James Hetfield is 48. Actor Isaiah Washington is 48. Country musician Dean Sams is 45. Rock musician Stephen Carpenter is 41. Actress Brigid Brannagh is 39. Country musician Jimmy De Martini is 35. Actress Evangeline Lilly is 32. Country singer Whitney Duncan is 27. Actor Jon Foster is 27. Singer Holly Arnstein (Dream) is 26. Actress Tanya Fischer (TV: “The Defenders”) is 26. Pop-rock musician Brent Kutzle (OneRepublic) is 26.

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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: I married my wife, “Debbie,” more than a decade ago. I genuinely believe we were brought together by divine providence. The only thing that troubles me is our kids -- Debbie’s children from her first marriage. They didn’t get off to a great start -- the biological father is a deadbeat dad, philanderer, alcoholic and a repeat-offender criminal. I wish I had been there from the start, but that’s the way it goes. I’ve had a lot of catching up to do. Debbie’s son is terrific -- smart, friendly, talented and putting himself through college. The daughter, however, is a walking soap opera. She’s had two kids (one at age 16), several abortions, multiple divorces and broken relationships, and she’s usually strung out on pills and pot. Her current boyfriend is a married man. The oldest granddaughter lives with her father, who married someone else and has built a solid family. The younger granddaughter (age 11) lives with her mother. The kid does all the cooking, housekeeping and grocery shopping. My stepdaughter even tried to get the girl to fake a urine sample for a drug test. My wife and I are at the end of our rope. We cannot endure anymore of this woman’s drama. We know we can’t fix her, so right now, all we want to do is rescue our granddaughter before her life is ruined. I feel like I’m aiming a squirt gun at a forest fire. How can I help my family? -- Stepfather of a Train Wreck Dear Stepfather: Is the father of this child capable of caring for her? If so, you should encourage him to ask for custody. Barring that, you and your wife ought to consider petitioning for guardianship of your granddaughter. The best way to “rescue” this child is to get her out of her mother’s home and into a stable, loving environment. Please make every effort to do so.

Dear Annie: My husband and I have been together for 25 years, and the entire marriage has consisted of his continuous lies about money, gambling and drinking. The latest adventure is his obsession with Internet porn and singles websites. We attended counseling individually and as a couple. He knew these things were ruining our marriage and vowed over and over to change. Instead, he played me. He would change just long enough for me to forgive him. But I have stopped playing his game. We share a house, and that’s about it. Years ago, girly magazines were just pictures. Today, there is streaming video of real people who call you by name and can even contact you. After I read the conversations my husband had with other women, any intimacy went out the window. He wonders now why I had a hard time showing him affection. Guys need to stop and think with their hearts and not their computers, and realize the permanent damage these things can do to a marriage. -- Over and Out Dear Over: We agree that Internet porn is a huge problem these days, creating intimacy and trust issues in relationships. Your husband also has other problems and seems unwilling to work on them. So we have to ask -- why are you still with him? Please give some serious thought to your alternatives. They might be more attainable than you think. Dear Annie: This is for “At the End of my Tether in South Dakota,” who is frustrated with her daughter’s filthy room. The easiest way to deal with this is to tell the daughter that her room is her own business, but she may not have anything in there that can bring vermin into the house. This means no food in her room, and the trash needs to be emptied regularly. Mom should keep the door closed and let the daughter be a slob, but draw a line where it affects the sanitation of the house. It is not about the daughter. It is about health and safety. -- Ventura, Calif.

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

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Red Claws announce tryout at UMass Boston The Maine Red Claws announced that the basketball team will hold open tryouts on Saturday, Sept. 10 at the University of Massachusetts Boston. This will be the third consecutive season the NBA Development League affiliate of the Celtics, Bobcats and 76ers will hold an open tryout in Boston, the Red Claws announced. The single-day tryout format will include team drills, individual skills work and scrimmages. Red Claws General Manager and President Jon Jennings, Head Coach Dave Leitao and Red Claws basketball operations and support staff will be on-hand to evaluate participants. “We are excited to once again be returning to UMass Boston for tryouts this season,” said Jennings. “The university and its staff have been incredibly accommodating, and the facilities on the campus are first-class and offer everything that we need to hold an event of this kind.” The Red Claws have enjoyed tremendous success uncovering talent through open tryout camps, with five players earning invites to training camp and eventually making the Red Claws over two seasons, the team reported. Last season, two players received invitations to training camp and went on to play for the 2010-11 Red Claws, Northeastern’s Eugene Spates and Lamonte Ulmer from the University of Rhode Island. “This is an opportunity for players to showcase their talents and perhaps earn an invite to a professional training camp,” said Leitao. “I am very familiar with the level of talent in and around Massachusetts, and I am hopeful we can find some players who can battle their way onto the opening day roster.” The fee for the tryouts will be $150 in advance or $200 at the door. Registration forms can be downloaded at www.nba.com/dleague/maine/tryouts_ NE_2011.html. The number of participants will be limited and must meet NBA D-League player eligibility requirements as outlined on the registration form.

TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K to hit ground running Top road racers from around the globe, including American marathon record-holder Deena Kastor, will join the best in Maine and New England in Cape Elizabeth on Saturday for the 14th running of the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race. Elite athletes from Africa, Asia and Europe will share the scenic coastal course with thousands of recreational runners who receive cheers and encouragement from excited spectators. The festive atmosphere each year re-affirms the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K’s reputation as a world-class event with smalltown charm. This year’s expected race-day field of 6,000 will include runners from 11 countries and 41 U.S. states. Maine native and Olympic gold medalist Joan Benoit Samuelson is the founder of the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K (www.beach2beacon.org). More than $60,000 in prize money is at stake, including a $10,000 prize each to the top man and woman. Also, a $2,500 bonus is available for an open course record and $500 for a course record in the Maine category, providing added incentive in a race that consistently ranks among the fastest and most competitive 10Ks in the world. Beneficiary of this year’s race is Day One (www.day-one.org), a non-profit agency providing substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and aftercare programs for Maine youth.


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Wednesday, Aug. 3 Portland Farmer’s Market 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. Portland Farmer’s Market in Monument Square in Portland from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. http://portlandmainefarmersmarket.org. “We are excited to announce our new SNAP Program ... a system that allows customers to buy (almost) any farmers’ market food item or vegetable seedling with their SNAP (food stamp) benefits. SNAP Program opening day is Wednesday, Aug. 3 in Monument Square.”

Portland Museum of Art tour with cancer center 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Join the Cancer Community Center of South Portland this Wednesday for a free field trip to the Portland Museum of Art. Meet at the Cancer Community Center at 10:30 a.m. to carpool or meet at the museum at 11 a.m. “We will participate in a tour (approx 1 hour) then dine together in the museum cafe (buy lunch there or bring your own). Afterward, browse the museum at your own pace. Admission is covered as part of your registration; only seven openings remain. To learn more and to reserve your seat call 774-2200 or register on-line at: http://cancercommunitycenter.org/RegistrationJulAug.htm.”

Meeting of the Committee to Restore the Abyssinian Meeting House 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. The next meeting of the Committee to Restore the Abyssinian Meeting House will be an open house from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting of the Board of Directors, concluding by 6 p.m. and including final plans for the Excavation Project. Estimated to begin Aug. 20 and completion hoped to conclude by Dec. 1. The Open House will feature “Meet the Author” Christopher L. Webber: hear the story of the Rev. James W.C. Pennington, the fugitive slave who was a national leader in the pre-Civil War abolition movement and also Pastor of the Abyssinian Church in Portland.

‘Breaking Ground’ author at library noon. William D. Andrews will read from and sign copies of his new novel, “Breaking Ground,” at the Portland Public Library’s Brown Bag Lunch at noon. The library is located at 5 Monument Square.“Breaking Ground” is Andrews’ second novel. The first, the highly acclaimed “Stealing History,” introduced readers to Julie Williamson, the inquisitive director of an historical society in a western Maine mountain town. In “Breaking Ground,” Julie is embroiled yet again in another mystery set at the historical society. This time, a well-known benefactor is murdered on the morning of the ceremony to celebrate construction of an important new building. As in Stealing History, Julie can’t help but want to solve the murder, much to the dismay of those around her. From the familiar board of trustees to the tireless town police chief, to Julie’s professor boyfriend, Andrews presents another suspenseful novel filled with Maine characters and history. Andrews is the former president of Westbrook College in Portland, Maine. Now a consultant, freelance editor, and writer, he divides his time between Newry and Portland, with his wife, Debby. For more about the event, contact the library at 871-1700. For more information about the book, contact Islandport Press at 846-3344 or at info@islandportpress.com, or visit www.islandportpress.com. Islandport Press is a Maine-based publisher of quality books about Maine, New Hampshire, and Vermont.

The Empty House Party & Lobster Bake 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The evening before a group of the area’s top interior designers begin the process of redesigning an historic Portland Tudor for the 2011 Portland Symphony Orchestra Designers’ Show House, the public is invited to tour the empty house and feast at a festive lobster bake presented by Bernie’s Foreside. The Empty House Party & Lobster Bake costs $40 per person. The 2011 Designers’ Show House is located at 149 Western Promenade in Portland. The event is the first, last, and only opportunity the public has to view the “before” of the house prior to the Show House’s opening, completed, on Sept. 10. The designers will redecorate nearly the entire house beginning on Aug. 4, working over the course of the five weeks between the Empty House Party and the Gala Preview Party on Sept. 9. Reservations are required and can be made by calling the PSO at 773-6128, ext. 311, or emailing events@portlandsymphony.org.

Discover Girl Scouts 6 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. Girl Scouts of Maine is hosting an event for girls aged 5-9, entering grades k-3 in the fall, and who are not yet in a troop. First Congregational Church in Scarborough. This fun event will allow new girls and their parent or guardian to sample a variety of activities and discover what Girl Scouting is all about! Girls must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. Registration is required in advance and a fee of $6 will help cover supplies. To register, please

Members of Spirits Alive, the organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Eastern Cemetery, will host a tour of the cemetery on Friday at 5:30 p.m. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO) call 772-1177, by July 28.

‘L. L. Bean: The Man and His Company’ 6 p.m. Bull Moose Scarborough (456 Payne Road) will host James Witherell, author of the biographical “L. L. Bean: The Man and His Company,” for a book signing. The book was released on May 2. “Witherell’s book tells the story of the L. L. Bean Company, from its modest beginnings when Leon Leonwood Bean developed the now famous ‘boot’ because his feet got wet and sore on a hunting trip, to its growth into a company with its own zip code. It follows the ups and downs of the company, a family business that has held onto its core principles and has become an icon nearly synonymous with the state of Maine, lighthouses and lobster. Witherell is a Master Maine guide and creator of hiking maps for Acadia National Park and Baxter State Park. He is also the author of Bicycle History and is currently working on a book about the Tour de France. He is an avid cyclist.” Bull Moose will have copies in stock for $13. Nearly all of the 20,000 books in Bull Moose’s Scarborough and Bangor locations are 35 percent off list price.

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three locations and a total of 25 performances over an 18-day period. An estimated 12,000 people will attend one or more of these shows. On Thursday, July 28, a three-week production of “Before Bill” kicked off the festival at the new Freeport Factory Stage, located in downtown Freeport at 5 Depot St. Visit www.freeportfactory.com for details. Then, on Tuesday, Aug. 2, the mainstage production of “Twelfth Night” opened at L.L. Bean Discovery Park. Audiences can choose from 10 nightly free performances from Aug. 2 through Aug. 12 (no performance on Monday, Aug. 8). Visit www.freeportshakespearefestival.org for schedules.

Thursday, Aug. 4 American Legion Northeast District Regional Championship Tournament 9:30 a.m. Old Orchard Beach will be hosting the American Legion Northeast District Regional Championship Tournament from Aug. 4-8. More information and a schedule is available at www.oob365.com

6 p.m. Maine Department of Transportation and Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System will host a public meeting to discuss plans to construct a trail connector from the Franklin Street-Marginal Way intersection to the Back Cove Trail. “The connector will help fully realize the vision for the Bayside Trail as a key link connecting the city’s most used trails and parks: the Back Cove Trail, the Eastern Promenade and Eastern Prom Trail, East End Beach, and Deering Oaks. The connector will also provide easy and safe access for cyclists and pedestrians looking to travel from Portland’s downtown to communities off-peninsula.” Merrill Auditorium, Rehearsal Hall, Myrtle Street.

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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. Big Chief (Rhythm & Roots Music). Sponsored by Coyne Piergrossi Associates, Keller Williams Realty. Other concerts: Thursday, Aug. 11 — The McCarthys (Country Rock). Sponsored by Kemp Goldberg Partners. Thursday, Aug. 18 — Banda di Nepi (Community Band from Italy). Sponsored by the Italian Heritage Center.

7 p.m. “We proudly welcome famed comedian and television star Selene Luna to the St. Lawrence Arts Center. At 3 feet, 10 inches, Selene Luna is a small package with a very big presence. A veteran of the stage and screen, Selene cut her teeth performing in clubs and art venues, and quickly became a darling of Hollywood’s underground scene. An original member of the Velvet Hammer Burlesque, Luna tours internationally and performs regularly with burlesque idol Dita Von Teese. Luna is probably best known for her role in Lionsgate’s feature, ‘My Bloody Valentine 3D’ and her role as Margaret Cho’s assistant in Vh1’s ‘The Cho Show.’Luna’s stand-up comedy has led her to work alongside comedy legends Roseanne Barr, Robin Williams and Garret Morris. To date, Luna has written and performed six original one-woman shows, most recent Born to Be Alive produced by the Lily Tomlin/Jane Wagner Cultural Arts Center.” $12 Advance, $15 at door. For more information: www.stlawrencearts.org

Freeport Shakespeare Festival 7:30 p.m. The Freeport Shakespeare Festival becomes a major Maine festival in only its second year of production. Over 2,500 people attended in 2010. This year, the Freeport Shakespeare Festival features three different productions,

5 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. The much anticipated Alive at Five free outdoor concerts kick is taking place each Thursday in Monument Square. “What better way to spend a summer night than to kick back, listen to free music in the summer sun and enjoy a cold drink in the beer garden, presented by Sebago Brewing Company.” Aug. 4 — The Modest Proposal (MAMM SLAM High School Band Winners) and The Kenya Hall Band (Rhythm and Blues). For more information and a full schedule of free summer events, visit portlandmaine.com or call 772.6828.

Concert at Fort Allen Park: Big Chief

Fenix Theatre Company 6:30 p.m. “Fenix Theatre Company exists to provide the southern Maine community access to free classical theater in the beauty of Deering Oaks. We thrive on the unique collaboration between audience and performer found in outdoor theater.” Bring your own seat and some food, drink, etc.” “Waiting for Godot” by Samuel Beckett, running Thursday and Saturday evenings Aug. 4 and Aug. 6 and Friday nights July 29 and Aug. 12 at 6:30 p.m. by the bridge in Deering Oaks. “Love’s Labour’s Lost,” by William Shakespeare, one of Shakespeare’s early comedies, running Thursday and Saturday evenings Aug. 11 and Aug. 13 and Friday nights, Aug. 5 at 6:30 p.m. by the reflecting pool in Deering Oaks. www.fenixtheatre.com see next page


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‘Before Bill’ at Freeport 8 p.m. The second Freeport Shakespeare Festival production, on the Freeport Factory Stage located at 5 Depot St. in downtown Freeport, will be the New England premiere of “Before Bill: A Comic Romp through Medieval Times,” directed by Andrew Harris. Opening on July 28, the play will run Thursday, Friday, Saturday evenings and Sunday afternoons through Aug. 14. www.freeportfactory.com

Friday, Aug. 5 Sudanese International Organization rally noon. A rally to protest genocide by the Lord’s Resistance Army in Africa is planned in Portland. The Sudanese International Organization will hold a Rally Against Genocide at Monument Square. “The Rally Against Genocide will focus on the massacres being performed by the Lord’s Resistance Army not only in various regions of Sudan, but also in Uganda, Congo and the Central African Republic. In Sudan, the Lord’s Resistance Army receives aid and support from the Government of Sudan (northern Sudan) as it makes war in Darfur, Blue Nile, western Equitoria, the Nuba mountains and Abeyei. The Sudanese community in Portland is urged to come together for this Rally in order to discuss future plans to educate the public about the ongoing genocides in Sudan.” For more information, contact Charles Goui at charlesgoui@yahoo.com or call 221-7766 or come to the office of the Sudanese International Organization at the Meg Perry Center, 644 Congress St., Portland. http://megperrycenter.com

First Friday Art Walk at Portland Harbor Hotel. 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Art Walk at Eve’s in the Garden at the Portland Harbor Hotel. Lenora Leibowitz will be displaying some of her newest work in the Garden at the Portland Harbor Hotel. Ms. Leibowitz’s work is shown to advantage amidst elegant flowers and trees. Her landscapes of the Portland area with their bold colors and strong strokes express the ruggedness of the Maine coast. Their rich texture emphasizes the rough terrain found around the marshes. The areas features are emphasized by the sharply contrasting light of sunset found in her paintings. Join her and other artists in The Garden.” http://www. firstfridayartwalk.com

First Friday Art Walk at St. Lawrence 5 p.m. St. Lawrence Arts Center. New works by Andrew Abbott, artist reception, free to public. Highland Soles in Concert 7:30 p.m./Tix: $10 Kids 12 and under/$12 Adult/$25 Family Rate. Abbott works primarily with acrylic paints and inks while incorporating mixed media into his pieces. His most recent finished series was crafted upon stretched plastic bags this series among other works will be included in his August showcase at the St. Lawrence. Highland Soles is a family band featuring music and dance from Scotland and Cape Breton presented with warmth, energy, and a 21st century sound. For more information: www.stlawrencearts.org

Photographs by Michael McAllister at Nosh 5 p.m. Photographs by Michael McAllister will be exhibited at Nosh, 551 Congress St., Portland, during the month of August. Deer Isle, Maine is the focus and he brings to life a current documentation of these rural islands. From a four panel Stonington waterfront, that stretches over 7 feet to a single shot of a sun-drenched trail with everything in between. A total of about 28 photos measuring 17 X 22 inches will be on display in time for the First Friday Art Walk Aug. 5. McAllister is a native to Maine currently living in Poland Spring. He has been a photographer since early childhood, where he began developing and printing his own black and white. Today a digital Canon, with the help of Photoshop replaces the darkroom and allows color photography to be adjusted and printed by the artist rather than the interpretation of a photo lab.

Dressing Up, Fitting In, Standing Out 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Dressing Up, Fitting In, Standing Out: Identity & Adornment in Maine at the Maine Historical Society, part of the First Friday Art Walk. Will you come dressed up to “fit in” or “stand out”? Visit Maine Historical Society during the First Friday Art Walk and see the recently opened new museum exhibit, “Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In: Adornment & Identity in Maine.” Have your photo taken against the exhibit studio backdrop! Also on view: Images of the Longfellow Garden. The garden will be open late and refreshments will be served. Please direct any questions to Elizabeth Nash, enash@mainehistory.org

‘French Silk’ for Art Walk 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Memories of a Visit of a Lifetime: Painting in Monet’s Garden and Giverny by Susan M. Wierzba. “This new silk series by award winning artist Susan Wierzba is being seen for the first time at The Gallery at Harmon’s

On Saturday, Sept. 17 is a St. Dominic’s Reunion at the Maine Irish Heritage Center. Visit www.maineirish.com for details. (DAVID CARKHUFF PHOTO) & Barton’s, during the month of August 2011. All of the images are painted with dye on silk using the Serti ‘fencing in’ technique. Sue’s paintings are all inspired by her visit in August 2008 to France where she painted in Monet’s Garden and surrounding Giverny for 6 days. She captures the colors, the mid-summer sunshine and the sense of lushness and fluidity of the verdant garden and the countryside. At the reception on Aug. 5, a slide show of her week in France will be accompanied by French Café melodies and her three, 8-foot panels of Waterlilies putting you right in the garden along side Monet! In addition, Sue will be holding a hands-on, silk painting demonstration in conjunction with her exhibit on Saturday, Aug. 27, at Harmon’s & Barton’s during the WCSH6 Sidewalk Art Festival. Sue will have small paintings and silk scarves for sale as well. Come see the silk painting techniques the French and the Chinese are famous for and give it a try yourself.” 774 5948

First Friday Art Walk at the Meg Perry Center 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. The Meg Perry Center presents artist Matthew Wetherby, 644 Congress St. “Matthew Wetherby, the artist, has lived on the streets or in homeless shelters for eleven of his thirty-eight years. A victim of typical street trauma, Matthew learned to channel his personal demons through his art. Matthew’s paintings carry with them the style of his heroes, Picasso, Marchand and Rivera. Learning his art while on the streets, his tools remain the same: brown paper canvas, markers, oils and pastels. The artist currently lives in transitional housing, working on his art, and improving the quality of his life.

First Friday Art Walk at SPACE 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Elia Bettaglio, Selena Kimball and Tatiana Simonova: Drawings at SPACE Gallery. New York based artists Elia Bettaglio, Selena Kimball and Tatiana Simonova present drawings in various media. This show is in a new annex space. www.space538.org

Explore the Eastern Cemetery 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Explore the Eastern Cemetery. Join members of Spirits Alive, the organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the Eastern Cemetery and discover this “museum without walls.” Tour will visit the interment sites of notable area residents while learning about conservation efforts at Eastern Cemetery. Meet at entrance of Eastern Cemetery on Congress St. at the base of Munjoy Hill. www.spiritsalive.org/events.htm

‘The Official Maine Staycation Manual’ 6 p.m. A party celebrating Maine Staycations (and the launch of a new book by Dena Riegel, “The Official Maine Staycation Manual,” published by Downeast Books) is at Arabica Coffee Co., 2 Free St., Portland.

‘Choices for Sustainable Living’ in Auburn 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. “Choices for Sustainable Living” will be

explored on Fridays from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Aug. 5, 19 and 26 and Sept. 2, 16, 23 and 30. This course, offered by Adult Religious Exploration at the First Universalist Church of Auburn, will be held at 169 Pleasant St. (enter on Spring Street, across from Dairy Joy). “Choices for Sustainable Living” is a seven-session exploration of the meaning of sustainable living anf the ties between lifestyle choices and their impact on the earth. Topics include the way our society’s functions affect the earth, ecological principles, consumerism, food choices, communities and visions of sustainability. A $5 donation is requested, for course materials. To sign up or FMI, contact Casey Iris Knight at caseyknight@myfairpoint.net or 783-0461.

Kids Fun Run 6 p.m. The Kids Fun Run will take place at the Soccer Field at Fort Williams. The races will be run in heats, according to age. If it rains, check the website at www.beach2beacon. org for updates and a decision will be made by 4 p.m. Registration and packet pick up for the kid’s race will take place from 4 to 8 p.m. during race registration at Cape Elizabeth High School and also on Friday, Aug. 5 near the Soccer Field at Fort Williams.

Art Walk music at KeyBank 6:30 p.m. KeyBank’s Monument Square branch in Portland will participate in the upcoming First Friday Art Walk with an art exhibit and two performances by members of the Portland Chamber Music Festival at 6:30 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. The performances will feature Portland Chamber Music Festival members violinist Jennifer Elowitch and cellist Marc Johnson. Attendees can also enter to win CDs and tickets to the Portland Chamber Music Festival’s August 18 performance, sponsored by Key Private Bank. The Monument Square branch will be open to the public during the First Friday Art Walks until 8 p.m., however the teller windows will close to banking at the usual time of 4 p.m. On the first Friday of each month, regardless of weather, between 50 and 90 venues throughout the city are free and open to the public from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Artists, venues, and visitors can find out how to participate at www.firstfridayartwalk. com. Information about PACA, the event organizer, is available at www.portlandarts.org.

Portland Playback Theater dating excursions 7:30 p.m. to 9 p.m. Theme: Dating stories from heaven and hell. “Everyone has bad dates, but hopefully some good ones, too. Watch your best and worst dates acted out, unrehearsed and on the spot. Every month, Portland Playback puts five actors at your disposal to replay moments from your life. Learn more at www.portlandplayback.com. 516 Congress St., CTN5 studio next to MECA. $5 at the door. see next page


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Saturday, Aug. 6 TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race 7:30 a.m. The 14th annual TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race will host a race day field of 6,000, including many of the top world-class runners as well as the best in Maine and New England. TD Bank is the title sponsor of the race founded by Joan Benoit Samuelson, the 1984 Olympic gold medalist and Maine’s most recognizable athlete. In addition to TD Bank, the title sponsor, other major corporate partners this year include Hannaford, Poland Spring, MaineHealth, Fairchild Semiconductor, Nike, Northeast Delta Dental, Wright Express and WCSH6. Runner drop-off is at the Gull Crest Fields parking lot a half mile from the intersection of Spurwink Road and Route 77. Look for flaggers to direct you. Runners are required to be at the start line by 7:30 a.m. This year’s race beneficiary is Day One (www.day-one.org), a non-profit agency providing substance abuse prevention, intervention, treatment, and aftercare programs for Maine youth. The TD Charitable Foundation, the charitable giving arm of TD Bank, will provide a cash donation of $30,000 to the organization, which will also benefit from fundraising activities and publicity through its association with the race. For additional information about the race, visit www.beach2beacon.org or call the race hotline at (888) 480-6940.

Old Orchard Beach Salvation Army sale 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. The Old Orchard Beach Salvation Army will hold a large indoor sale at The Salvation Army Tabernacle on the corner of Union Avenue and Sixth Street in Old Orchard Beach. Items for sale include home-made baked goods, handcrafted items, books, household goods, jewelry, miscellaneous items, as well as a coffee break and lunch menu items. Proceeds of the sale will be used to assist with various projects and programs which will benefit many individuals located in the community, as well as funds will support the World Mission Program. For further information, call 934-4381.

Clothing Swap Shop 9 a.m. to noon. Elm Street United Methodist Church, 168 Elm St., South Portland. 799-0407. www.elmstreetumc.org “We have clothing for all ages and sizes. Come donate, swap, or take as needed. Enter through the door on Chapel Street, down a few stairs, turn left and follow the signs.”

Set sail on the Schooner Wendameen 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Join Maine Historical Society for a sail on Casco Bay on board the historic Maine schooner Wendameen. Jim Millinger, Portland Harbor historian, former MHS Trustee, and Casco Bay Lines skipper, will be our host, and will provide a narrated tour of the harbor’s past and present. The 88-foot Wendameen, designed by John Alden, one of America’s most celebrated yacht designers, was built in East Boothbay in 1912. It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Help the crew raise the sails, take a turn at the wheel, or just relax and enjoy the talk and the scenery. This program is a perennial favorite and sells out quickly. Space limited. Registration required. Please call 774-1822. Fee: $40; members: $35.

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On Saturday, Aug. 6, the 14th annual TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race will host a race day field of 6,000, including many of the top world-class runners as well as the best in Maine and New England. (Photo courtesy of Peter Scarpaci/Black Cow Photo) Road, South Portland. Saturdays and most Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. www.springpointlight.org.

John McDonald at Freeport Shakespeare Festival 1 p.m. “What do popular Maine humorist John McDonald and William Shakespeare have in common? Why, they’re both at the tops of their field in storytelling, of course! Come find out for yourself how McDonald’s traditional Down East tales will fare against the bard’s on Saturday, Aug. 6, when he performs as part of the Freeport Shakespeare Festival at L.L. Bean. His act is scheduled for 1 p.m.” McDonald, who performs regularly around New England, is the author of “A Moose and a Lobster Walk into a Bar” and “Down the Road a Piece: A Storyteller’s Guide to Maine,” both published by Islandport Press. For more information about the books, contact Islandport Press at 846-3344, email at info@islandportpress.com or write to Islandport Press, P.O. Box 10, Yarmouth, ME 04096. For more information about the Freeport Shakespeare Festival, go to www.freeportshakespearefestival.org.

A Sultry Evening Burlesque & Dance benefit 7:30 p.m. “Don’t miss this sultry summer evening filled with collaborative and solo dance acts from all your favorite Portland Maine dance and burlesque groups! This performance is a benefit for St. Lawrence Arts Center. Come support local performers and a great non-profit venue for the arts all

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Sunday, Aug. 7 WMPG Dance Cruise noon. Enjoy electronic beats on Casco Bay to benefit WMPG Community Radio. With special guests DJ’s Corbin, ATOMIK, Jen Popgirl23, Secret Weekend, Tim D and JonEK@T; Portland’s popular DJs and Casablanca Cruises have joined up to create the Second Annual electronica dance benefit for WMPG’s Power Up! campaign. Last year’s Dance Cruise was beautiful, loud, fun and by far one of the best parties of the summer! So we’re doing it all again! Bring your friends, sunglasses, and get ready to dance and party. The boat leaves the dock located at 6 Custom House Wharf for an afternoon of music, light hors d’ouevres and dance. Tickets are $20, available at any Bull Moose Music location and online at www.wmpg.org or right at Harbour’s Edge on the day of the cruise. This event is 18 plus with ID, 21 plus for alcoholic beverages with ID.

‘The Bully Show’ 1 p.m. UU Theater presents “The Bully Show.” “This hilarious play by Brian Guehring, awarded by the Kennedy Center for the 2002 New Visions/New Voices National Forum, challenges us to reconsider our assumptions about bullies and to realize the consequences of bullying. The audience actually participates in this family-friendly show for all ages.” The show will performed at First Universalist Church of Auburn, 169 Pleasant St., across from Dairy Joy. Tix $5. Parking; accessible. FMI 783-0461 or www.auburnuu.org.

‘History of St. Dominic’s Church, First 100 Years’ 2 p.m. Matthew Jude Barker, historian at the Maine Irish Heritage Center, will present this Duchas lecture series installment, at the center. 34 Gray St. www.maineirish.com/

Party Barge 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. Hot August Night, On a Boat, aka Party Barge. $15, 21 plus. “Peapod Recordings and HillyTown Presents, in association with SPACE Gallery, bring you Hot August Night, On A Boat, aka Party Barge. ...Things start off with the pastoral electric indie post-folk of if and it, a reprise performance by the ever-fluctuating brilliance of Tyler Jackson’s Foam Castles, punched out by Huak’s lovely discordant DC-isms, garage popped by Mango Floss, and closed with a set from Portland noise pop ingénues Metal Feathers. Plus special guest DJ Cutlass.” Board at Casablanca Cruises, 18 Custom House Wharf in Portland.


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