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South Portland resident Joe Duley stands in New York City with the skyline behind him on Sept. 11, 2001. (COURTESY PHOTO)

What I saw on 9/11 Brennan wins mayoral straw poll

A decade later

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A South Portlander describes the day in NYC Life after the national tragedy; local reflections See pages 6-7

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Study: Doc fees major factor in health costs WASHINGTON (NY Times) — Doctors are paid higher fees in the United States than in several other countries, and this is a major factor in the nation’s higher overall cost of health care, says a new study by two Columbia University professors, one of whom is now a top health official in the Obama administration. “American primary care and orthopedic physicians are paid more for each service than are their counterparts in Australia, Canada, France, Germany and the United Kingdom,” said the study, by Sherry A. Glied, an assistant secretary of health and human services, and Miriam J. Laugesen, an assistant professor of health policy at Columbia. The study, being published Thursday in the journal Health Affairs, found that the incomes of primary care doctors and orthopedic surgeons were substantially higher in the United States than in other countries. Moreover, it said, the difference results mainly from higher fees, not from higher costs of the doctors’ medical practice, a larger number or volume of services or higher medical school tuition. Such higher fees are driving the higher spending on doctors’ services, the study concluded.



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Obama stumps for jobs plan RICHMOND, Va. (NY Times) — A day after throwing down the gauntlet before Congress, President Obama took his $447 billion jobs plan on the road on Friday, exhorting college students here to contact their lawmakers, by carrier pigeon if necessary, to pass his legislation. “I want you to call, I want you to e-mail, I want you to tweet, I want you to fax, I want you to visit, I want you to Facebook,

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White House says will be a sustained campaign by the president to sell the public on the tax cuts and spending in his package — raising pressure on Republicans in the House to go along with at least some of the measures. On Tuesday, the president plans to visit Columbus, Ohio, the political backyard of House Speaker John A. Boehner, and White House officials promise further trips.

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Brennan wins mayoral straw poll BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Michael Brennan has won the first straw poll of the 2011 mayoral contest. Brennan, a former Democratic state senator, was the overall winner after all 109 ballots were tabulated using ranked-choice voting. The vote was held Thursday night after the candidate forum at Lucid Stage hosted by the Maine League of Young Voters. City councilor Dave Marshall came in Brennan second place in the poll, Markos Miller was third, Jed Rathband fourth and Mayor Nick Mavodones fifth. John Eder came in sixth place. Rounding out the 15-candidate field, in descending order were: Hamza Haadoow, Ethan Strimling and Chris Vail (tie for eight overall), Jill Duson, Charles Bragdon and Peter Bryant

and Jodie Lapchick (tied for tenth), and Ralph Carmona and Richard Dodge, who finished tied for eleventh place. On Nov. 8, city voters will elect the first mayor since the 1920s. Currently, the mayor is chosen for a one-year term by the nine-person city council. The new position comes with a four-year term and a $66,000 pay check, plus benefits but only a handful of additional powers and responsibilities, such as veto power over the budget. The League did not release any details on how the individual candidates ranked in the nonbinding poll before votes were reallocated using ranked choice voting. Under that system, voters rank the candidates by preference. If none of the candidates wins a majority on election day, second-place votes from the last place candidate are re-allocated to other candidates’ vote totals. That process continues until someone gets a majority.

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Setting their hair on fire First things first: I was favorably surprised by the new Obama jobs plan, which is significantly bolder and better than I expected. It’s not nearly as bold as the plan I’d want in an ideal world. But if it actually became law, it would probably make a significant dent in unemployment. Of course, it isn’t likely to become law, thanks to G.O.P. opposition. Nor is anything else likely to happen that will do much to help the 14 million Americans out of work. And that is both a tragedy and an outrage. Before I get to the Obama plan, let me talk about the other important economic speech of the week, which was given by Krugman Charles Evans, the president of the Federal Reserve of Chicago. ––––– Mr. Evans said, forthrightly, The New York what some of us have been Times hoping to hear from Fed officials for years now. As Mr. Evans pointed out, the Fed, both as a matter of law and as a matter of social responsibility, should try to keep both inflation and unemployment low — and while inflation seems likely to stay near or below the Fed’s target of around 2 percent, unemployment remains extremely high. So how should the Fed be reacting? Mr. Evans:


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Thoughts on a decade Sure, it’s another of those “9/11” columns. We’ll all be reading them for a while, as the scar left on the American Psyche shows little change, little chance of healing. It is still a festering wound, boiling with the absurdity of the terrorist plans to begin with, and the contemptuously vile medicine we’ve been forced to take daily to “cure” us. This week, the Portland Fire Department is holding a memorial, on Sunday. They need 403 people to show up with white shirts at the corner of Congress and High streets(8-11AM). There, a parade will form for a long walk up to Munjoy Hill, to the site of Portland’s 9/11 Memorial. Each person will carry the name of one of the fallen firefighters, carry it in a way similar to the way firefighters shoulder the heavy burden of responsibility for your life. With pride, hope, and honor. I wish they could get another 44. One more for every member of this state who has given up their life in this ten-year-long “war on terror.” I’ll be there, with my notebook of names. If you feel you can carry two names, give me a shout. A decade is a long time, for a child. Tell a second grader that he’ll be done with his primary education in about ten years, and then head off for college. It will seem an

Bob Higgins ––––– Daily Sun Columnist age so distant, surely he’ll be able to take a rocket to school instead of the bus in that final year. To an adult, it’s hardly a blip. I’ve changed jobs and careers a few times in that 10 years, perhaps you have as well. You still look at the calendar and say “Huh?” Ten years; A little under 15 percent of a human life expectancy under the best of conditions. Ten years: Let’s talk for a minute about some of what we’ve all given up. You politicians on both sides claim that warrantless wiretapping is a necessary evil, that the government NEEDS to listen in to conversations to avert another attack. They FBI has trotted out several cases where this method was among the many used, each one a potential attack. But it turns out they were all a ruse, each and every one of them another lie. All of the cases cited were “sting” operations, attempts to get some marginally useless half-wit to agree to doing some-

thing illegal, so they could swoop in and net him, trotting the miscreant before the cameras to justify inflated budgets in the name of security. What? A relative across country died, and you have to take a sudden plane trip, and you pay in cash? We have a special line for you and your luggage. You might be one of those terrorist types, trying to fool us. Your bag will be x-rayed, your shoes will be sniffed for explosives, you’ll have to toss your cigarette lighter, and you’ll be subject to a fondling of your “junk” — something you might have to pay $50 for in any of the larger cities. (It will still only cost you $6 bucks in Bangkok.) You’re on the list now, boy-o. Subject to 4S. “Special Supplementary Security Screening” as it’s called in official parlance. Are you one of those “speak out” types? You know, those folks concerned with civil liberties? Heck, you may even be on the “No-Fly” list, just because your name is a bit foreign sounding, or back in the day you attended a lot of protest meetings. You want to vote, or drive? Hell, your birth certificate probably isn’t enough these days ... you have to PROVE you’re an American. What’s next, mandatory lessons in tap-dancing “Yankee Doodle see HIGGINS page 5

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Ten years later, telling stories by nightlight Mine begins with “... I was driving by the Pentagon and heard the airplane hit, it sounded like a compression-explosion, like maybe a semi had been rear-ended. ... We all have our nine-eleven stories, and like a village of 280 million-plus we gather this weekend 10 years later to share those stories and ask each other what it All Means. In my case, I was on the way to work in Alexandria, Virginia after watching the second plane hit the towers, live, on television. The office was just across the Potomac from the capital and featured a large balcony that overlooked the foot of Ronald Reagan National Airport, which, of course, fell silent as black smoke from the Pentagon floated slowly across the river. It was exactly like a Hollywood special effect. Then another explosion rocked the area, this from a gas station that burst into flame – apparently not associated with the attack. Then the Associate Press reported on radio that small arms fire had broken out at the park across from the White House – later that report was retracted. Then another news report came about a car bomb – later we were told that, too, was false. But at the time, on that balcony, thoughts turned to “how to get home” and “why the heck did I leave all those shotguns at my brother’s house?” You wondered if (A) this was the end of our civilization and (B) what would happen to real estate values in the greater tristate area? I remember working my way through inchworm traffic back home, with plenty of time to watch soldiers build sandbagged pillboxes and set up machine guns around Arlington Cemetery. It was surreal that nobody was blowing horns; sometimes a soldier,

armed, would walk out to the road and hold up a thumb and the next car would stop and offer a ride. I have no idea what they were doing. ––––– Looking back, for those of us in Usually Washington at the time, the air attacks merge with the context of Reserved the anthrax attacks that quickly followed, which were coming from unknown sources and first killed a Florida newspaper photo editor named Robert Stevens. The government downplayed terrorist sources, suggesting he got anthrax by drinking from a stream. Then the letters hit the capital, and friends wondered if the should take the “cipro” antibiotic or not, an especially tough call for expectant women balancing a risk of birth defect against, well, their own potential death. Dark days, indeed. But that was then, and this is a weekend to remember the heroes and the healing, right? Let’s not go on and on about why government officials let those heroes go into the Twin Towers cleanup without adequate warning about air quality, or why the event was used to push a war in Iraq (many Americans, and I know a few, are still convinced Saddam Hussein was involved in nine-eleven), or about the billions upon billions we’ve spent on two wars ... the national narrative has moved on. (But let’s remember that Portland is among the cities signing a “Bring Our War $$ Home” resolution, and that protests continue.) So the big question this weekend, and indeed most weekends, is this: Are we safer now? It’s not the best question – the BEST question is asked by my sister, who has a son who joined the Army days after the attacks and we understand is in Afghanistan today. Her query: How come it only took a few months to

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train my son and have him ready to die for Iraqi freedom, but it’s taken 10 years to train Iraqi kids to do the same thing? The question has, of course, evolved – it used to be two years, five years and so on. Our latest goal is to turn things over to the Afghans in 2014. Seriously. Look it up. The biggest problem, a U.S. trainer said on television, is that they tend to “just want to go home.” Geesh. The Big Safety Question answer is easy: Of course we are safer. Right? We have to believe that, or else we believe that all the airport indignities and color-coded threat levels and Patriot Act rights-reduction and spending trillions while our economy crashes – all that – is just window dressing, a dim nightlight reassuring a nation of children. We would have to believe many, many people died in vain, and nobody wants to believe that. Just to underscore all this, we will spend the weekend in response to “specific, detailed but unconfirmed” reports that have New York and D.C. cops setting up checkpoints and TV pundits pushing us for the informal (but real) color coded “threat level brown, seat-ofpants stained brown.” They say it could be car bombs this time. Police on Friday were checking big trucks headed into Manhattan. They were wearing radiation detectors set on vibrate because of the noise, so maybe it’s a “dirty bomb.” Me, I think it’s a beautiful weekend in Maine and, failing an attack of some sort, the first weekend of football season. I think I’ll dig out a few of my journals, watch some football and trade some stories. And try really hard to feel safer. It’s better than the alternative. (Curtis Robinson was founding editor of The Portland Daily Sun.)

Much has changed in America in the decade since Sept. 11 HIGGINS from page 4

Dandy?” Dare not to say such things in print, or on the idiotbox. You’ll be denounced, trounced upon and stomped on by the same folks who claim to want to put the Constitution and the Bill of Rights ahead of everything else. Last week, I was reading a case of a former interpreter for one of the “defense contractors” in Afghanistan. He’s an American Citizen. When the

time came for him to go home, he was snatched at the airport, hauled off to a cell, hoodwinked, beaten and tortured for nine months. His family was told nothing, that he just disappeared. Former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld personally signed off on his torture. He had committed the “crime” of meeting with someone on our government’s behalf that “they” were not really keen on the idea of making that meeting public information. So they snatched him up and beat him for nine months. An American.

Good thing there were no lime pits around. He would have just disappeared for good. Who needs all that due process stuff anyway. Ten years. Longer than the Civil War and World War II combined. Longer than Viet-Nam. You used to be able to go down to the waterfront of Longfellow’s fine “city by the sea” and fish. Now, aside from a few selected areas, you’ll likely get a lecture on “Maritime Security” and be asked for your Federal Salt Water Fishing License. And we just blindly and willingly accept it all.

The Obama jobs plan calls for $200 billion in new spending on stuff we need KRUGMAN from page 4

“Imagine that inflation was running at 5 percent against our inflation objective of 2 percent. Is there a doubt that any central banker worth their salt would be reacting strongly to fight this high inflation rate? No, there isn’t any doubt. They would be acting as if their hair was on fire. We should be similarly energized about improving conditions in the labor market.” But the Fed’s hair is manifestly not on fire, nor do most politicians seem to see any urgency about the situation. These days, the best — or at any rate the alleged wise men and women who are supposed to be looking after the nation’s welfare — lack all conviction, while the worst, as represented by much of the G.O.P., are filled with a passionate intensity. So the unemployed are being abandoned. O.K., about the Obama plan: It calls for about $200 billion in new spending — much of it on things we need in any case, like school repair, transportation networks, and avoiding teacher layoffs — and $240 billion in tax cuts. That may sound like a lot, but it actually isn’t. The lingering effects of the housing bust and the overhang of household debt from the bubble years are creating a roughly $1 trillion per

year hole in the U.S. economy, and this plan — which wouldn’t deliver all its benefits in the first year — would fill only part of that hole. And it’s unclear, in particular, how effective the tax cuts would be at boosting spending. Still, the plan would be a lot better than nothing, and some of its measures, which are specifically aimed at providing incentives for hiring, might produce relatively a large employment bang for the buck. As I said, it’s much bolder and better than I expected. President Obama’s hair may not be on fire, but it’s definitely smoking; clearly and gratifyingly, he does grasp how desperate the jobs situation is. But his plan isn’t likely to become law, thanks to Republican opposition. And it’s worth noting just how much that opposition has hardened over time, even as the plight of the unemployed has worsened. In early 2009, as the new Obama administration tried to come to grips with the crisis it inherited, you heard two main lines from critics on the right. First, they argued that we should rely on monetary policy rather than fiscal policy — that is, that the job of fighting unemployment should be left to the Fed. Second, they argued that fiscal actions should take the form of tax cuts rather than temporary spending.

Now, however, leading Republicans are against tax cuts — at least if they benefit working Americans rather than rich people and corporations. And they’re against monetary policy, too. In Wednesday night’s Republican presidential debate, Mitt Romney declared that he would seek a replacement for Ben Bernanke, the Fed chairman, essentially because Mr. Bernanke has tried to do something (though not enough) about unemployment. And that makes Mr. Romney a moderate by G.O.P. standards, since Rick Perry, his main rival for the presidential nomination, has suggested that Mr. Bernanke should be treated “pretty ugly.” So, at this point, leading Republicans are basically against anything that might help the unemployed. Yes, Mr. Romney has issued a glossy, well-produced “jobs plan,” but it might best be described as 59 bullet points with nothing there — and certainly nothing to justify his assertion, bordering on megalomania, that he would create no fewer than 11 million jobs in four years. The good news in all this is that by going bigger and bolder than expected, Mr. Obama may finally have set the stage for a political debate about job creation. For, in the end, nothing will be done until the American people demand action.

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most part, people are fairly calm — considering the unknown tragedy that was unfolding around them. I quickly get my computer, grab my extra phone batteries, and make my way closer to the carnage, not knowing what devastation lies before me. 8:59 a.m. Trains jam up. Traffic is chaotic on the street. People are more concerned about watching what just happened than seeking their destination. I see several cops calming the chaos, helping people, and “trying to keeping control.” It was reassuring. I ask a transit police officer what happened. He said, “this is a big one — all hell’s breaking loose.” My adrenaline is pumping. 9:01 a.m. I run into a deli and, with other gawkers, watch the TV behind the counter spew speculative bull---t and sound-bites about what happened. I want someone to tell me what's happening ... I want someone to tell me everything will be OK. A grizzled Brooklynite makes a comment about them "coming for us" and asserted “it was the A-rabs.” There is a collective moan as a morning anchor says, "“don’t overreact ... it was probably a wayward small plane. Maybe a Cessna." ... What the hell is this idiot talking about? A little plane can’t cause an explosion like — BOOM! 9:03 a.m. Flight 175 strikes the South Tower with even greater force than the first hijacked human missile. There is no doubt. We are a city under siege. People look at each other as if to say, "Is this it?" Nobody, including myself, knew what to do. We have no idea what’s really happening. After the second plane hits, time stands still; yet my mind spins a million miles a minute. The frenzy is a crescendo of confusion. Panic ebbs and flows. I’m sweating and shivering, frustrated with not knowing what is happening. I need to know what the hell is going on! Am I going to be killed? Are there more planes coming? see next page

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Life after the national tragedy A recent early evening, at poodle with attitude sitting Bug Light in South Portland, by her side), argued back, found me and my dog enjoy"Vietnam was a war outside ing the cool late summer air the country, it didn't happen under a clear sky. A variety here; 9/11 was an attack right of dogs and their owners here in the United States. We were playfully congregated were targeted and destroyed over the green grass, a backon our own turf." drop of Portland nightlife, Allison, looking Sammy the islands and sail boats directly in the eye, simply in the distance. In the circle said, "My husband was killed ––––– of people I stood with, we in Vietnam. Does that make Daily Sun chatted about our day and his death any less imporColumnist the weekend ahead as our tant than those that died dogs sniffed, played and on 9/11?" And with a very ran around us. It was, by all awkward pause from all of “As I watched the appearances, a slice of perus, she called to her dog and terror going on in walked away. fect Maine life. The conversation soon NYC and the towers David and Cathy, a hustook a serious, sometimes band and wife with two fall, I just kept large dogs and a four-yearsad and often opinionated turn as the discussion of the imagining myself old, remember the day the upcoming 9/11 anniversary Towers were hit and as one of those Twin approached. One woman, collapsed. "I was just openAllison (with her excitable people in the plane ing the store I worked at in Lab) said, "I'm so tired of or office building, the Old Port after a night hearing about 9/11. Yes, it too much wine and not wondering how I of was a tragedy of epic proenough studying. I noticed portions. Yes, it was incred- would have felt.” how quiet the streets were, ibly sad. And yes, we should very few cars and no people. — always remember the events I can remember thinking it of that day. But isn't it time to focus on reminded me of a Hitchcock movie," other things? I mean, we don't have an David said. "When I turned the radio anniversary for every day of the Vieton in the store, I got the news of what nam War when there were far more was happening. I flipped the stations, lives lost." Then, without a breath, she none of the news was accurate or conadds, "And that war was just as sensesistent but one thing was clear, the less as the tragedy in 2001." U.S. was under siege." Sammy, a recent college grad (her see TRAGEDY page 15

Michael J. Tobin

Rumors fly as people shout that ‘DC is being bombed’ from preceding page

9:30 a.m. I make more calls, frantically trying to reach friends who lived and worked in lower Manhattan. I knew my roommate was safe, so that was a relief. Circuits became busy. I kept dialing. Some friends answered. Sadly, some did not. I watched the continuously updated news from different locations as I make my way closer to the unknown ... through the thick smoke and fallen debris. 9:54 a.m. The South Tower crumbles. My biggest fear is that we will be the first casualties of World War III, killed by yet-unknown planes flying into us from above. Oh my God! This is not happening to me! This is not happening in my city! This is not happening in our America! 9:55 a.m. I don't know what's happening. Is it the end of the world? Myself and a gathered group of men scan the skies to look for more planes. ... I don’t want

to die alone. I don’t want to die like this. I keep thinking about family and friends. Yet something draws me closer to the towers, like when watching a horror movie through your opened fingers that shield your eyes. But this was no movie. This was happening now, right now. 10:25 a.m. People shout that “DC is being bombed.” Rumors fly. The White House is destroyed. The Capitol has been hit. I worry about family and friends in Washington D.C., Annapolis and Baltimore. 10:28 a.m. The North Tower crumbles and descends in to a mushrooming cloud of death. The rolling smoke and debris envelop, choke and smother the running hordes. I hear the screams of people as they run past me. As the Twin Towers melt and collapse and smother New York firefighters, cops and other heroes who ascended to their deaths to save strangers, I find myself caught up in the mass exodus. see DAY page 16






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–––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– MUSIC CALENDAR ––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––––– pop that sounds blurred and woozily evocative, like someone smeared Vaseline all over an early OMD demo tape, then stayed up all night trying to recreate what they heard.

Saturday, Sept. 10 Warren Haynes Band 8 p.m. State Theatre presents the Warren Haynes Band. Warren Haynes’ long-anticipated solo album, “Man In Motion,” is a timeless collection of songs that crackle with modern vitality yet draw on his deepest roots as an artist. The disc pumps fresh blood into the heart of soul and blues, stoked by Haynes’s Herculean prowess as both a powerhouse singer and guitarist — a reputation he’s earned as a member of three of the greatest live groups in rock history: The Allman Brothers Band, The Dead and his own Gov’t Mule. www.statetheatreportland. com

Thursday, Sept. 15 Gabriel Kahane at One Longfellow 8 p.m. One Longfellow Square presents Gabriel Kahane. Hailed by the Los Angeles Times earlier this year for “an all around dazzling performance,” Gabriel Kahane is not part of a scene. He writes string quartets and musicals and pop songs, and his heart is fully in all of those endeavors. But what unites all of his musical efforts is the desire to communicate honestly and without pretense.

The Beatles Project Volume Two 8 p.m. The Steve Grover Quintet presents: The Beatles Project Volume Two at One Longfellow Square. David Wells on tenor sax, Tony Gaboury on guitar, Tom Bucci on bass, Jason St. Pierre on alto sax, Steve on drums and with special guest Trent Austin, formerly a teacher at USM, on trumpet! The Steve Grover Quintet will reprise The Beatles Project, a jazz interpretation of The Beatles songbook.

JJ Grey and Mofro at Port City 8 p.m. Port City Music Hall presents Adam Ezra Group and JJ Grey and Mofro. Adam Ezra Group is a dynamic acoustic roots/rock band rising to the top of the Boston music scene. A mixture of old school rhythm & blues and down-home roots rock ‘n’ roll, has carried JJ Grey & Mofro from the backwoods of Florida to hundreds of concert stages across the U.S., Canada, Europe, Japan and Australia.

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9:30 p.m. Biodiesel (feat Johnny Rabb and Clay Parnell) at Empire Dine and Dance. BioDiesel lies in razor thin space between band and dj, Friday, Sept. 16 synthetic and human, man and machine. On one end you have drumming legend Johnny Rabb — pioneer of freehand technique, who The Edith Jones Project has performed and given clinics the world over. 8 p.m. One Longfellow Square presents the Recognized as an inventor, author, educaEdith Jones Project. Maine’s All Women Big tor and the original World’s Fastest Drummer, Band (86 percent less testosterone ... 200 perJohnny is able to execute his passion for live cent of the swing) plays modern big band jazz electronic music in ways that few (if any) others made famous by Dizzy Gillespie, Dave Bruare able. His high rhythmic plateau is the founbeck, the Count Basie Orchestra and others. dation on which BioDiesel is constructed. Add Members of the band include some of the most Clay Parnell who is known throughout North talented performing and teaching musicians America as bassist for Brothers Past - one of Maine’s acoustic folk-rock aritst Elijah Ocean will appear with Christian Cuff, Basement Band and in Maine. Band members include faculty from the premiere bands blending rock and elec- Grimis at 9 p.m. on Saturday, Sept. 17, at Empire Dine & Dance, 575 Congress St. (COURTESY PHOTO) Bates College, USM, UNH, and high schools, tronic music. Urb put their latest studio effort middle schools and elementary schools Tickets $109.50, $77, $67 (includes service fee). “The at “the top of the growing pile of genre bending releases.” throughout southern Maine. http://onelongfellowsquare. Moody Blues are an English Rock band that have sold Performing regularly with what reads like a who’s who list in com/Results.asp?category=2 70 million albums worldwide and have been awarded the edm and livetronica world, Clay has emerged as the “go 14 platinum and gold discs. With hits such as ‘Nights USM Spotlight Concert Series to” bassist in this rapidly expanding genre. www.biodieselin White Satin,’ ‘Just a Singer in a Rock n Roll Band,’ 8 p.m. Broadway performer Mark Jacoby joins a collection ‘Ride My See-Saw,’ and ‘Question of Balance,’ Moody of USM faculty and visiting guest artists gathered by School Blues have been around since 1964!” Merrill Auditorium. of Music faculty member Betty Rines to perform two extraorMonday, Sept. 12 dinary instrumental/narrative works, Stravinsky’s L’histoire du soldat and Walton’s Façade, in the first in the University of Stowaways Bluegrass Night Wednesday, Sept. 14 Southern Maine School of Music’s Fall 2011 Spotlight Con6 p.m. Stowaways Bluegrass Night at Empire Dine and cert Series. Join Betty Rines and Friends in Hannaford Hall, Dance Open Jam at 6. Stows at 8. Downstairs. No cover. Abromson Community Education Center (Bedford Street), Cut Copy, Washed Out, Midnight Magic Ever. USM Portland. Spotlight Concert tickets cost $15 general 8 p.m. State Theatre presents. Cut Copy: The festive public; $10 seniors/USM employees; $5 students/children. explosion of kaleidoscopic Californian acid hippie reborn Tuesday, Sept. 13 Tickets may be purchased at the door. For additional inforas UK glam star explored new terrain, hinting a further mation, contact the USM Music Box Office at 780-5555. evolution for a group that is yet to make the same record Sponsored by the School of Music Advisory Board. twice. Washed Out is Ernest Greene, a young guy from The Moody Blues Georgia (via South Carolina) who makes bedroom synth8 p.m. Steve Litman Presents, The Moody Blues in concert. see MUSIC page 9

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By Holiday Mathis SCORPIO (Oct. 24-Nov. 21). You will wonder what people experience in working and dealing with you. You will put some thought into this so that you may create just the impression and relationship dynamic you want to have. SAGITTARIUS (Nov. 22-Dec. 21). You will be tempted to elaborate for impact or to speak in a way that will flatter your listener. Usually, this would go undetected, but today, if you stretch the truth, it will snap back. CAPRICORN (Dec. 22-Jan. 19). You’ll be compliant and agreeable when you sense that your cooperation will help things run smoothly. You will not be brainwashed, though. When you sense someone is trying to have too much control, you’ll fight back. AQUARIUS (Jan. 20-Feb. 18). In some way, you are getting ready for a confrontation you do not really want to have. Einstein suggested, “You cannot simultaneously prevent and prepare for war.” PISCES (Feb. 19-March 20). Don’t bother with second-rate service. You’ll save yourself time and money by going to “the master.” This will be true even when “the master’s” cost appears at first to be higher than the rest. TODAY’S BIRTHDAY (Sept. 10). Kindness comes naturally to you. Because you are empathic to the plights of others, you will be loved by many. This month brings a number of enticing invitations. Your investment in a new interest will pay off by February. Family will require your leadership in December. Seize a coveted position in May. Leo and Aries people adore you. Your lucky numbers are: 40, 2, 33, 11 and 50.

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ARIES (March 21-April 19). If there’s anything you hate, it’s being “hard sold” on something you really don’t need. You’ll sense that someone is taking a calculated approach to gain your approval, and you’ll resist the effort. TAURUS (April 20-May 20). You may feel nostalgia for the past, though you also realize that the time to be alive is now. The opportunities are many, and you have more control over your life than ever before. GEMINI (May 21-June 21). Your imagination can take you to magical places just as easily as it can solve the most practical problem. The key is in letting it go where it will, without burdening the process with too many rules, limits and controls. CANCER (June 22-July 22). Even if you choose to go along with the crowd, you won’t fit in. Instead, you will be bold, beautiful and colorful, standing out against the backdrop of a bland mass of followers. LEO (July 23-Aug. 22). The biggest mistake people make in trying to attract new business or love is being too selfcentered. Both business and love are about filling a need for the other person. You understand this, so you will do well in both regards. VIRGO (Aug. 23-Sept. 22). Your neighborly attitude might lead you to learning more than you wanted to know about those who live close to you. However, you will be better off for having been armed with this knowledge. LIBRA (Sept. 23-Oct. 23). You have no problem admitting your mistakes, as you realize it would be unfair for you to expect yourself to automatically know how to behave in every situation. For this same reason, you are also forgiving of others.

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ACROSS 1 Get a __ out of; find amusing 5 Accumulate 10 Melt 14 Doing nothing 15 Miami __, FL 16 “The Hawkeye State” 17 Dizzy or James 18 One who helps with seating 19 Valley 20 Depression 22 Closest 24 Actress Arden 25 Shelf 26 Cuddly-looking marsupial 29 Tyne, to Tim 30 Acting award 34 Goofs 35 Dustcloth 36 Batty 37 Long, long __ 38 In a taut way 40 Baby’s eating accessory

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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Saturday, Sept. 10, the 253rd day of 2011. There are 112 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 10, 1813, an American naval force commanded by Oliver H. Perry defeated the British in the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812. On this date: In 1608, John Smith was elected president of the Jamestown colony council in Virginia. In 1846, Elias Howe received a patent for his sewing machine. In 1919, New York City welcomed home Gen. John J. Pershing and 25,000 soldiers who’d served in the U.S. First Division during World War I. In 1960, Hurricane Donna, a dangerous Category 4 storm eventually blamed for 364 deaths, struck the Florida Keys. In 1961, During the Italian Grand Prix, German driver Wolfgang von Trips lost control of his car and crashed into spectators, killing 14 of them as well as himself. (American Phil Hill won the race.) In 1963, twenty black students entered Alabama public schools following a standoff between federal authorities and Gov. George C. Wallace. In 1979, four Puerto Rican nationalists imprisoned for a 1954 attack on the U.S. House of Representatives and a 1950 attempt on the life of President Harry S. Truman were freed from prison after being granted clemency by President Jimmy Carter. One year ago: During a White House press conference, President Barack Obama blamed Republicans and election-year politics for thwarting his efforts to do more to spur a listless national economy. Today’s Birthdays: Golfer Arnold Palmer is 82. Actor Philip Baker Hall is 80. Country singer Tommy Overstreet is 74. Actor Greg Mullavey is 72. Jazz vibraphonist Roy Ayers is 71. Singer Danny Hutton (Three Dog Night) is 69. Singer Jose Feliciano is 66. Actress Judy Geeson is 63. Former Canadian first lady Margaret Trudeau is 63. Political commentator Bill O’Reilly is 62. Rock musician Joe Perry (Aerosmith) is 61. Actress Amy Irving is 58. Country singer Rosie Flores is 55. Actress Kate Burton is 54. Actor Colin Firth is 51. Actor Sean O’Bryan is 48. Rock musician Robin Goodridge (Bush) is 46. Rock musician Stevie D. (Buckcherry) is 45. Rock singer-musician Miles Zuniga (Fastball) is 45. Actress Nina Repeta is 44. Movie director Guy Ritchie is 43. Contemporary Christian singer Sara Groves is 39. Actor Ryan Phillippe is 37. Rock musician Mikey Way (My Chemical Romance) is 31. Olympic bronze medal figure skater Timothy Goebel is 31. Rock musician Matthew Followill (Kings of Leon) is 27. Singer Sanjaya Malakar (“American Idol”) is 22.




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pitchblende 41 Part of PETA 42 South African golfer Ernie 43 Perform once again 45 List component 46 Soft, French cheese 47 Mine-laying soldier 50 Rings around castles 51 Pascal’s first name 54 Highland terrier 56 Some Portuguese wines 59 Choice 60 Carried too far 61 Cantaloupe and honeydew 62 Tape cartridge 63 Danish port

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Saturday, Sept. 10 Bonny Eagle Flea Market 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. Rain date 9/17, at B E Middle School parking lot, corner of Rt. 22 & Rt. 35, Buxton. Tablespaces $10 or 5 for $40. New school clothes and shoes $1-$2, antiques, toys, books, etc. Baked goods, drinks, snacks & lunch available. Call Karen at 692-2989 FMI or to reserve tablespace. (83 tables in 2010) BEHS scholarship fundraiser.

Craft and vendor fair in Portland 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Craft and vendor fair. Northfield Green, 147 Allen Ave., Portland. Crafters and many vendors, Avon, Pampered Chef, tupperware, Scentsy Stanley Products, bake sale. Breakfast sandwiches and lunch. For more information, call 797-2509.

Haiti Project yard sale in front of Deering High 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Haiti Project yard sale, in front of Deering High School, 370 Stevens Ave. Bring something, buy something! Sponsored by Sacred Heart/St. Dominic. 7736562 or 929-3088. Rain date: Sept. 17.

Lucid Stage Autumnal Arts & Crafts Show 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland. Stop by Lucid Stage this weekend and enjoy local artists and artisans work. They will be selling everything from painting and sculpture to knitwear and t-shirts. We’ll also have caricatures by Ed King, chair massage, and live music!

Community Garden Collective work party 10 a.m. The Community Garden Collective (CGC) will begin construction of the new community garden on the former Hamlin School property the weekend of Sept. 10. The CGC is seeking volunteers to help with garden construction. Volunteers can choose to either assist with the construction of the wood garden bed frames or can be part of the team that will be laying cardboard in the walkways. Work will begin at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 10 and will continue throughout the day and possibly into Sunday, Sept. 11. The community garden is located behind the former school building (currently the location of the South Portland Planning Department) at 496 Ocean Street and will be opening in the spring of 2012. The garden design includes 39 garden plots located within a fenced area. Three plots will be set aside for the University of Maine Harvest for Hunger food pantry program, two plots will be handicap accessible, and one plot will be reserved for use as a Children’s Garden. Volunteers are being asked to bring a water bottle, snack and work gloves, and wear sturdy shoes. Individuals and groups who would like to work on this project can email CGC at or call Crystal Goodrich at 671-6393.

Portland’s second annual Walk For Recovery 10 a.m. “Join to celebrate the power of recovery. Groups and individuals concerned with the continuing incidents of alcohol and drug abuse in the community are being encouraged to take part in the walk which is being organized and hosted by Catholic Charities Maine’s Counseling Services in partnership with Milestone Foundation, Crossroads for Women, Day One, Milestone, and Serenity House in celebration of National Alcohol and Drug Recovery Month. Registration begins at 9:30 a.m. The first 250 people who register on the day of event will receive a free T-Shirt. Walk begins at 10 a.m. at Catholic Charities Maine Counseling Services, 250 Anderson St., and follows a route around the Eastern Promenade trail to the Ocean Gateway Terminal (3.2 mile round trip). There will be fun activities for kids of all ages. Light refreshments will be available.” To volunteer or for donation opportunities, or to register on-line, visit or contact Kristen Wells at 321-7806 or

10th Annual Medieval Tournament 10 a.m. The Fort Knox State Historic site will transform into a medieval castle as reenactors from around New England assemble for the 10th Annual Medieval Tournament. The Tournament offers something for everyone including battling knights, a fashion show, not so distressed damsels and weaponry of the Middle Ages. Sponsored by the Friends of Fort Knox as one of their many special events throughout the operating season. This event is organized by the Society for Creative Anachronism, whose members are dedicated to researching and recreating the arts and skills of Europe before the 17th Century, the tournament features a full day of fencing, music, full-contact fighting, and more. Founded decades ago by students at the University of California, the Society for Creative Anachronism today is an international organization of more than 30,000 members. The society consists of 18 “kingdoms,” with Maine represented in the Shire of Endewearde, East Kingdom. Regular Fort admission fees apply ($1 ages 5-11, $3 12-64), plus a suggested donation of $3 per person is requested. The Medieval Tournament is sponsored by the Society for Creative Anachronism and the Friends of Fort Knox. Fort Knox Historic Site is administered by the Maine Department of

A production of “Cymbeline” is among the recent offerings by Acorn Productions. The 2011-2012 season has been unveiled, including performances at the Dana Warp Mill in Westbrook. Visit for details. (COURTESY PHOTO) Conservation and managed by its Bureau of Parks and Lands.

Auditions for ‘How the Grinch Stole Christmas’ 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Roles for ages 10-90; also need a drummer and a bass player. Schoolhouse Arts Center, 16 Richville Road, Standish.

Falmouth Heritage Museum exhibit 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Falmouth Heritage Museum presents a display of antique quilts, nursing memorabilia, vintage kitchenware and antique glassware.

23rd annual Summer Solstice Craft Show in Wells 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. “The best of Traditional, Country and Contemporary arts and crafts featuring herbs and everlastings, jewelry, pottery, graphics, folk art, photography, stained glass and more. You will meet 70 of New Englands finest artisans. Musical entertainment by John Tercyak. Gourmet food available. Look for our tall flags and come enjoy the day.” Wells Elementary School. Also Sunday.

United Maine Craftsmen’s Fall Festival of Arts & Crafts in Westbrook 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. A show and sale of unique handcrafted products made by 100 Maine Artisans, on the grounds of Smiling Hill Farm. Ample Free Parking, Food Vendors, Rain or Shine. Admission $2. Smiling Hill Farm, 781 County Road, Westbrook.

York Antiques Week 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. The Antiques Show will feature 18-20 of America’s top antiques dealers. Remick Barn, Rte 1A & Lindsey Road, York. Sept. 10-11. The $10 admission includes a two-day ticket to experience the Museums of Old York. Free parking is available on-site. Old York Historical Society.

SoPo Portland Nutrition Corner grand opening 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Portland Nutrition Corner will be hosting a grand opening celebration. Visitors will meet special guest Rich Gaspari, the owner and creator of Gaspari Nutrition and International Federation of Bodybuilding & Fitness (IFBB) Hall of Fame pro-bodybuilder. The celebration will include product and T-shirt giveaways, product deals and the opportunity to talk with the industry’s top nutrition experts. 85 Western Ave., South Portland.

Heart of America Quilt coming to Freeport 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. The world’s largest quilted United States flag is coming to Freeport. On the fifth anniversary of 9/11 this giant quilt was at the U.S. Capitol, “{now Freeport is blessed to have it this year.” Pictures of the Fallen Soldiers at Thomas Moser lot, corner of Main & West Street; military displays on the Key Bank lawn; Heart of America Quilt on display at the Freeport High School baseball field.

Walk to Defeat ALS in Portland 10:30 a.m. The public is invited to register for the Walk to Defeat ALS. “The Northern New England Chapter was founded on August 20, 1999 to serve the needs of those living with Amyotrophic Lateral Sclerosis and their caregivers. The ALS Association is the only national not-for-profit health organization dedicated solely to the fight against ALS. ALSA covers all the bases — research, patient and community services, public education, and advocacy — in providing help and hope to those facing the disease.” Walk Check-in: 9 a.m.; walk starts: 10:30 a.m. at Portland’s Payson Park; 3 miles. http://web.alsa. org/site/TR?px=2704967&fr_id=7425&pg=personal

Walking Tour of Historic Stroudwater 10:30 a.m. to noon. Greater Portland Landmarks presents: A Special Walking Tour of Historic Stroudwater. “Visit what was once a thriving town, a city almost. See what remains, the beautiful river, the bank of the once famous waterfront, the sites of some of the businesses, homes of the leaders, graves of a few, and hear the stories of the pine mast trade.” Rain date: Saturday, Sept. 17. Meet outside the Means House (at the Tate House Museum), 1267 Westbrook St., Portland. Ticket price: Advance ticket purchase only. Members $10, non-members: $15. For more information and reservations please call: 774-5561, ext. 104; e-mail:; online ticket sales at

Sandsations Sand Sculpting Contest noon to 3 p.m. Support a local nonprofit ( by creating a masterpiece in the sand at the third annual Sandsations Sand Sculpting Contest. Come join the fun as Scarborough’s Pine Point Beach is transformed into a menagerie of imaginative sculptures. Birth Roots hosts this relaxed, family-friendly event every September where sand-sculptors of any skill level come together for some friendly competition and outdoor fun. “If you can dig, you can sculpt...” The event is both a community-builder and a fundraiser, with proceeds benefiting Birth Roots Perinatal Resource Center of Portland.

Rabelais book event with Jon Reiner 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. Rabelais, 86 Middle St., Portland, welcomes Jon Reiner, author of “The Man Who Couldn’t Eat,” for a book signing. “What are the consequences when one has to stop eating? Jon Reiner knows and has written about it in his gripping new book, ‘The Man Who Couldn’t Eat.’ Jon discovered that eating is not just a matter of nutrition, but rather a whole group of physical, emotional, and social pieces of our worlds which depend on the act of eating. Join us to hear Jon speak briefly and answer questions. He’ll also be available to sign copies of his new book.” see next page

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to Bates Street and all of Payson Park including Dyer’s Flat parking area. 7:30 a.m., Registration opens; 8:45 a.m., ceremony in honor of Sept. 11 Tenth Anniversary; 9 a.m., Survivor Ceremony; 9:30 a.m., Registration Closes; 9:45 a.m., Group Warm-up; 10 a.m., 5K Run/Walk Start; 10:15 a.m., 1K Fun Run/Walk Start. There will be no awards ceremony. Top runners in each age division, top survivor runners and top fundraisers will be announced on this website and prizes will be mailed. Participants who wish to register in person or pick up their T-shirt and bib prior to the race may do so in advance at Maine Running Company, 563 Forest Ave. Call 262-7117; email or visit

Chris Van Dusen reads at USM 2 p.m. University of Southern Maine Portland Bookstore, Woodbury Campus Centerwelcomes Chris Van Dusen, who will be reading from his new book, “King Hugo’s Huge Ego,” about a tiny king with a very large ego. But when he mistreats the wrong villager — a sorceress — the spell she casts literally causes his head to swell. The more he boasts, the bigger it gets, finally toppling the mini monarch right off his castle. Van Dusen’s hilarious story is matched only by his outrageous illustrations. Together they make for a picture book that is sometimes fairy tale, sometimes cautionary, and always laugh-out-loud funny. Free and open to the public. For more information, contact Barbara Kelly at 780-4072.

Southern Maine Community College 9/11 event 9 a.m. On the 10th anniversary of the 9/11 attacks Southern Maine Community College will hold a brief ceremony to pay tribute to the fallen heroes and victims. Students, faculty, staff, and local emergency responders will come together as a community at the South Portland campus to reflect on this important day in history. The public is welcome to attend. The event will be led by Dr. Ronald Cantor, president of SMCC, with remarks from South Portland Fire Chief, Kevin Guimond, and a SMCC fire science student. “We will gather as a family and a community as we did on 9/11 to honor the people who gave their lives trying to save others and the innocent victims of that tragic day that left us heart-broken,” said Dr. Cantor. “As dark a day as that was, our country came together to create good will that continues to empower us in challenging times.” The college has a close relationship with firefighters and first responders across the state. SMCC awarded 78 public safety degrees last spring including Fire Science Technology, Paramedicine and Criminal Justice. The Maine Fire Service Institute, a department of SMCC, has statewide responsibility for firefighter training and certification. The Campus Center at SMCC’s South Portland campus.

‘Life, Above All’ at the PMA 2 p.m. “‘Life, Above All’ is an emotional and universal drama about a young girl (stunningly performed by first-timeactress Khomotso Manyaka) who fights the fear and shame that have poisoned her community. The film captures the enduring strength of loyalty and a courage powered by the heart. The film is based on the international award winning novel Chanda’s Secrets by Allan Stratton.” Movies at the Museum, Portland Museum of Art. Also Sunday at 2 p.m.

Elizabeth Miles at Scarborough Bull Moose 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. Portland author Elizabeth Miles will be at the Scarborough Bull Moose to sign her first Young Adult novel, “Fury.” “Fury” will be released on Aug. 30 and is the first in a trilogy about a small Maine town that has been targeted by the mythical Furies: beautiful, mysterious, and sometimes deadly agents of revenge. “Miles sets the stage for a page-turning Young Adult saga; a girl has a crush on her best friend’s boyfriend, a seemingly perfect boy has done something cruel. Set in the small fictional town of Ascension, Maine, in the dead of winter, the furies will rise, and as the series tagline says, ‘sometimes sorry isn’t enough.’ Early reviewers have called ‘Fury’ ‘achingly gorgeous,’ ‘a fresh dark twist on paranormal,’ and Kirkus Reviews wrote, ‘The furies are reinvented in eerie modern form, wreaking havoc in the lives of a group of teens … in this spine-prickling debut….’” Miles is a resident of Portland and writes for the Portland Phoenix. She has won several awards from the New England Press Association and was nominated for an Association of Alternative Newsweeklies Award. Miles serves on the board of trustees of Portland Players, a community theater. More about the author and the planned series can be found at http://thefuryseries. com. The next two books are titled “Envy” and “Eternity.”

Block Party in Portland 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Block Party returns. “This collaborative celebration of the arts will transform Congress St. from Casco to Forest once again into an immersive arts environment complete with interactive installations, performances and more! Featuring Providence Rhode Island’s What Cheer? Brigade marching band, installations by Greta Bank, Kimberly Convery and Sean O’Brien, a traveling street theater performance by Lorem Ipsum, surprises from Pickwick Independent Press, Shoot Media Project, The ICA @ MECA, The Portland Children’s Museum and Theatreof Maine and Portland Ovations.” SPACE Gallery. events.php

Harbor Cruise for HART 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. The Homeless Animal Rescue Team (HART), an adoption center and shelter for cats and kittens located in Cumberland on the corner of Route 100 and Range Road, has announced a fundraising event, The Harbor Cruise for HART. The cruise will be aboard the Casco Bay Lines Bay Mist from 7 p.m. to 10 p.m. “The Harbor Cruise for HART will be a fun event with great music, door prizes, and a cash bar,” said Marcia Carr, volunteer. “HART is looking for fun, new ways to raise money for the all-volunteer, no-kill cat shelter. What could be better than spending a fun evening out on beautiful Casco Bay with friends, while at the same time helping the cats and kittens that HART takes such good care of?” Information can be found at Tickets are available on the HART website, as well as by e-mailing Jackie Broaddus at:

‘Unnecessary Farce!!’ 7:30 p.m. The comedy “Unnecessary Farce!!” Schoolhouse Arts Center, 16 Richville Road (Route 114), in Standish, 7.5 miles north of Gorham center. The show will only run for three weekends starting on Friday, Sept. 9. Friday and Saturday performances will rock the stage at 7:30 p.m. Sunday shows will be at 2 p.m. But tickets will go fast for this one, so make your reservations early. Ticket prices are $10 for students and seniors — $12 for adults. Make your reservations soon by calling 642-3743 or online at “Unnecessary Farce” is directed by Keith Halliburton (Limerick). It stars Rebecca Cole (Windham), Ted Tocci (Standish), Steve Morin (Gorham), Karyn Dia-

HenryFest outdoor music festival Today from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m., Block Party returns, a celebration of the arts on Congress Street from Casco to Forest. Mayo Street Arts is one of the participants. (FILE PHOTO) mond (Standish), Mike Reardon (Biddeford), Charlie Cole (Windham), and Terri Plummer (Limington). Schoolhouse Arts Center is a nonprofit, community-driven organization dedicated to arts education and the presentation of the arts. Our mission is to encourage individual growth and a spirit of community through participation in the arts. We seek to foster a fun, creative, educational, and supportive arts environment where people can grow, develop skills, and involve themselves in the arts. The Schoolhouse Art Center is located at 16 Richville Road Route 114 just west of the intersection with Route 35, 7.5 miles north of Gorham center. For directions, ticket purchases, more information about the Schoolhouse Arts Center or Unnecessary Farce, please contact our office at 642-3743 or visit

Sunday, Sept. 11 Freeport Flag Ladies Annual 9-11 Tribute 7:30 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. The Freeport Flag Ladies Annual 9-11 Tribute, corner of Main and School. 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. Pictures of the Fallen Soldiers at Key Bank on Main St. 1:30 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Parade of police and fire color guards and vehicles from Freeport and nearby communities, Patriot Guard Riders on Main Street. 3 p.m. to 4 p.m. Dedication of the 9-11 Monument conducted by the Master Mason from Maine. This monument is constructed from steel obtained from the Twin Towers. 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. 9-11 Tribute Concert performed by the Biddeford Alumni and Italian Heritage Center Band at the Freeport Performing Art Center.

Portland 9/11 Memorial event 8:46 a.m. The city of Portland fire and police departments, IAFF Local 740, and city officials will march along Congress Street to the 9/11 Memorial at the Easter Promenade in honor of the 10th anniversary of the attacks. Local firefighters, paramedics and law enforcement officers will march in full turn-out gear and uniforms as a tribute to the 403 uniformed men and women who lost their lives when the towers fell in New York City. Members of the public are invited to march as well and are asked to wear white shirts as a sign of solidarity with the fallen heroes. Marchers will have the opportunity to carry the name of one of the 403 lost. At the end of the march, the city will lay three wreaths for the three locations attacked at the 9/11 memorial. At 8 a.m., gather for the March at Congress Square Park. 8:46 a.m., march begins. 9:30 a.m., wreath laying at 9/11 Memorial.

Southern Maine ‘Race for the Cure’ 8:45 a.m. to noon. Southern Maine “Race for the Cure” Festival to be held on Baxter Boulevard from Preble Street

noon to 7 p.m. 317 Main Street Community Music School presents HenryFest, an outdoor family-oriented music festival. The festival takes place at Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth. In the event of rain, the festival will move to the Merriconeag Waldorf School on Desert Road in Freeport. The groups performing include Heather Masse, Joy Kills Sorrow, The Quartet featuring Darol Anger, Grant Gordy, Steve Roy & Joe Walsh, the Jerks of Grass, the 317 Main Street Student Ensembles, and Local Circus. Several of the groups feature members of the teaching staff at the music school, as well as two ensembles featuring the school’s students. The fun includes the legendary 317 Pie Table (fresh pies provided by members of the 317 community!); a Kid’s Area including toys provided by Island Treasure Toys in Yarmouth, facepainting, and a Story Corner; Food Vendors including Brunswick’s El Camino and Mr. Sippy’s Old Fashioned Hickory-Fired Barbecue, a bonfire, and or course, great music all day long! $20 for individuals, $35 for family ticket; all ages, tickets at gate.

National Moment of Remembrance 1 p.m. By unanimous consent, the Cumberland County Commissioners declared a resolution supporting the nationwide effort of the National Association of Counties for a National Moment of Remembrance of the 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11, 2001. “The effort, brought forth by U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg of New Jersey, asks all Americans to take a moment to remember at 1 p.m. (1300 hrs), Eastern Daylight time, Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. In his request, the Senator said: ‘This year we mark the 10th anniversary of the terrorist attacks of September 11, 2001, a day that changed America forever. To commemorate this occasion and pay tribute to those we lost, I introduced the enclosed resolution establishing a national Moment of Remembrance at 1:00 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time on September 11, 2011. In an overwhelming demonstration of unity, the Senate unanimously passed the resolution with the co-sponsorship of all 100 United States Senators. I write to request that you join us in making this Moment of Remembrance a symbol of solidarity throughout your county and across the country.’” The Cumberland County Commissioners put forth a resolution, to do their part to encourage Cumberland County and all of Maine to participate in this moment of remembrance, this Sunday, Sept. 11 at 1 p.m.

Two Lights State Park historic talk 1:30 p.m. The Friends of Maine State Parks announce a special event at Two Lights State Park, Cape Elizabeth. Public tour with historian Herb Adams: The history of Two Lights and the fortification of Casco Bay. Bunkers will be open; sturdy shoes and flashlights recommended. Park admission fees apply. Directions: follow Route 77 through South Portland and Cape Elizabeth; Two Lights Road forks off Route 77 just before Kettle Cove. The park entrance is about one mile, at a sharp turn in the road. see next page

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Maine remembers on the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Mainers will join the rest of the nation in remembering the 10th anniversary of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks and the nearly 3,000 civilians murdered that day. Gov. Paul LePage ordered Friday that flags in the state be flown at half-staff from sunrise to sunset on Sunday, Sept. 11, 2011. “I ask all Maine citizens to honor the memory of the Americans who lost their lives that day and to remember all our military members serving overseas,” LePage said in a statement. Events are planned throughout Cumberland County beginning today. • The Heart of America Quilt will be visiting Freeport today from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. It’s the world’s largest quilted U.S. flag that was at the U.S. Capitol on the fifth anniversary of the Sept. 11 attacks. It will be on display at the Freeport High School’s baseball field. Memorial events are planned throughout the day on Sunday. • Portland — City of Portland fire and police departments, IAFF Local 740 and city officials will march along Congress Street to the 9/11 Memorial at the Easter Prom-

• Southern Maine Community College — Students, faculty, staff and local first responders will gather on campus to reflect. The public is invited to attend. The ceremony begins at 9 a.m. • Freeport — The Freeport Flag Ladies annual tribute will be on the corner of Main and School from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m.; Pictures of Fallen Soldiers will be on display at Key Bank on Main Street from 7:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.; The Patriot Guard Riders and parade of police and fire color guards will run from The Brooklyn Bridge reclines before the twin towers, in this image before 9/11. (Fred R. 1:30 to 2:30 p.m.; the 9-11 Tribute Concert performed by the BiddConrad/The New York Times) eford Alumni and Italian Heritage enade beginning at 8:46 a.m. First responders will march Center Band at the Freeport Perfor the 403 uniformed men and women who died when forming Art Center will begin at 4 p.m. the towers fell in New York City. Members of the public • Falmouth — The American Legion Post No. 164 are asked to wear white shirts. plans a ceremony at the post, located at 65 Depot Rd., • Portland, Back Cove — Mainers are invited to “Ring beginning at 2 p.m. The Downeasters Chorus will play the in the Light” on the Back Cove and light the way toward National Anthem and other patriotic songs. positive directions. Residents are asked to gather around • Old Orchard Beach — The Salvation Army will the path at 6:30 p.m. and shine their lights from 7:30 to remember those who died and give thanks for the people 7:45 p.m. serving the country at 6 p.m. at Church and Sixth Street.

‘It puts your own life into perspective, doesn’t it?’ TRAGEDY from page 7

Cathy remembers thinking, "Is Maine next? Am I going to die? I gotta find David." That day, David and Cathy spent hours glued to the TV with friends, watching the drama unfold. "The one thing we all kept saying was, this doesn't happen in the United States," Cathy recalled. "As I watched the terror going on in NYC and the towers fall, I just kept imagining myself as one of those people in the plane or office building, wondering how I would have felt." "In many ways, 9/11 brought Cathy and I closer together, realizing how precious life is and how it can be taken away in an instant," David said. "I proposed to Cathy a year later on 9/11 and we were married a year after that on 9/11. For us, we like to think of it as an anniversary of all that life is, not what life was. Most people think we made a stupid choice to get married on that date." "Look, we mourn the loss like everyone else, but we also celebrate life — our lives and the life of our son," Cathy said. "We have to go on as a family, as a country ... because if we don't, they win." Taking a break from throwing a ball to his nowtired beagle, John tells us that, "I lost a friend in the

“Look, we mourn the loss like everyone else, but we also celebrate life — our lives and the life of our son,” Cathy said. “We have to go on as a family, as a country ... because if we don’t, they win.” North Tower. He was working, probably just sitting at his desk and eating a bagel. Can you imagine what must have gone through his mind when that plane hit?" He pauses and looks out at the water. "I often wonder — even dream about — what happened to him. Did he die instantly? Was he one of those people who jumped to their death? Did he almost escape only to have the tower collapse on him?" John asks. "And here I am, in this gorgeous spot with my dog. It puts your own life into perspective, doesn't it?" An elderly woman, who didn't want to be identified, simply said, "God had a reason for what he did. We may not understand it or want to accept it, but that's what I believe." John, obviously not happy with her remark, said,

"Lady, there is no f-----g reason that can ever justify what my friend went through. By the way, 9/11 is also the anniversary of when I stopped believing in God." And with his dog by his side, he starts to run down the grassy slope. The woman, shaking her head, slowly walked the other way as I wondered what she was thinking now. With only three of us left in our circle of dogs, I looked around me and took in all the beautiful sights, sounds and smells of that evening. Looking up I saw the faint twinkle of stars and off to the distance, a sliver of the moon. Yet for all this beauty, I left the park with my bulldog, thinking about what I was doing and how I felt back in 2001 on September 11th. My emotions turned from the tranquility of the night to sadness of the 9/11 loss, from the anger of such a senseless act to relief it wasn't me in that plane or tower, from guilt of thinking that to acceptance that no one really knows what the next second will bring and to live life to its fullest. And yet, as I lied down that evening to sleep, I could not help but think of what Cathy said earlier, "We have to go on as a family, as a country ... because if we don't, they win." (Michael J. Tobin, a Portland Daily Sun contributor, lives in South Portland.)

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Friends of Evergreen Walking Tours 1:30 p.m. Friends of Evergreen Docent-led Walking Tours, Evergreen Cemetery, Sundays, September and October. “Learn how this beautiful Historic National Landscape came to be, the background of its unique design, and the many notable figures buried there. Enjoy being able to discuss and ask questions about the details and stories of Civil War Heroes and Heroines, Seafaring Portlanders and the unique art and symbolism of the Victorian Era while touring with a trained Docent. Each Sunday will feature a different tour. Join Us! Sundays at 1:30 p.m. in front of the Visitor’s Signs located at the Evergreen Cemetery Office, 672 Stevens Ave., Portland. Parking is available in the cemetery. Tour times and topics are subject to change.”

American Legion Post No. 164 9/11 event 2 p.m. For the 10th anniversary of 9/11, American Legion Post No. 164 in Falmouth plans a special ceremony at the post, 65 Depot Road, Falmouth. News anchor Kim Block will emcee. The National Anthem and other patriotic songs will be presented by the Downeasters Chorus. The congressional delegation, governor, state legislators, local dignitaries and first responders have been invited to participate. 781-4709

Lecture at Maine Irish Heritage Center 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. At the Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., come listen to a lecture by resident geneaologist Matt Barker about the Portland Irish’s contributions during the Civil War. “We will have questions and answers at 3 p.m. and then refreshments and people can tour the library, etc. afterward,” Barker said.

Sept. 11 event in Old Orchard Beach 6 p.m. The Salvation Army, Church and Sixth Street, Old Orchard Beach, presents “a time to remember those who lost their lives and families during that tragic day and to give thanks for those who serve us today, protecting us — Police, Fire, Emergency Personnel.”

Time for Light Event at Back Cove 6:30 p.m. “Mainers will gather around Back Cove in Portland on the evening of September 11 to ring it with light, a statement that it’s time to end ten years of policies driven by fear and time to light the way toward positive directions and constructive use of our people and resources. We’ll go to Back Cove at 6:30 p.m., get situated around the path, and turn on flashlights at 7:30 (half an hour after sunset). We will shine lights for a world where children are safe and people are not thirsty or hungry. We declare that we are done with wars, occupations, threats of terrorism, an atmosphere of fear and harm and violence. We declare we want to embrace a future of just and peaceful means to

solve problems. We want alternatives to war, and to stop degrading the ideals of this country or degrading ourselves in the eyes of the world. We want honest work and sharing wealth between rich and poor.” Contact: Grace Braley at 774-1995 or 914-960-1898,; Link to Portland Trails map of Back Cove: page_description.html

Monday, Sept. 12 OA Centers for Orthopaedics, Brunswick 5 p.m. Ribbon cutting at OA Centers for Orthopaedics, Brunswick Downtown Association. “Please join the Brunswick Downtown Association in a collaborative effort with the Southern Maine Mid Coast Chamber for a Ribbon Cutting and Open House at OA Centers for Orthopaedics in their new location at 22 Station Avenue.”

Public hearing on Bayside benches 5:30 p.m. Proposed bench designs will be presented to the public for feedback at a public hearing at Zero Station, 222 Anderson St. The Portland Public Arts Committee will host a hearing to solicit public comment about proposed artist-designed seating along the new Bayside Trail. The proposals are available at

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How does one describe the indescribable? DAY from page 7

When the first majestic tower plummeted to the ground, New York shook. When the second tower crumbled and collapsed, the world shook. I vividly recall thinking when I saw the North Tower disappear in front of my eyes, that hell had opened its gates and swallowed mankind. Innocent people died as fiery balls of wreckage fell from the sky. Dozens jumped to their deaths from a quarter mile above ground to avoid being engulfed by 2,000-degree burning jet fuel. Mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers, friends, lovers, relatives silently screamed as they descended to a gruesome end they did not deserve. To this day, the image of those poor people sitting at their desks working, eating breakfast, drinking coffee, chatting on the phone, as Death flew into them at hundreds of miles per hour resonates in my mind. All those people murdered by fanatical, soulless monsters. Hatefully murdered, for doing nothing more than going to work at The World Trade Center. The stench was overwhelming (which lingered for weeks and weeks). I used a mask for two days. It was the foulest, most repugnant smell I had ever endured. It crept up from the billowing, giant plumes of smoke which engulfed lower Manhattan, and created an eerie Specter for weeks thereafter. I remember when the first of the scrambled jet fighters screeched across the sky, an elderly man yelled out to all of New York, “There's our boys!” And I, along with many others, cheered. Later in the day, people once dressed in pressed suits and clean, nice outfits lumbered toward me. Some looked like the walking dead. The backs of their suits and jackets and dresses were singed. They were soot-covered. At that point, the noise around me got louder and quieter at the same time as I watched this walk of survival from Manhattan. The ambient noise was deafening. I didn’t see people screaming, but heard screams in my head. ... I remember hearing shuffling feet. Con-

ABOVE: The north tower of the World Trade Center crumbles. (Chang W. Lee/The New York Times) BELOW: Debris envelopes New York City. T(ing-Li Wang/ The New York Times)

fused people marching out of cadence. Sirens wailed. Men, women and children cried on the streets as they slowly walked past my building. It was like watching a violent movie in 3-D and Smell-O-Rama. Through tears of disaster, I looked at people of all stripes coming together to comfort one another. They seemed to walk as one. Collective New York. White collar Wall St. executives walked side by side, in silence, with construction workers, blue collar people, young, old, black, white, and other innocent victims of many ethnicities who survived the attacks. Did those beacons of Americana really collapse? Did those people really jump to their deaths? I still tear up thinking about the brave people who chose to plummet to their deaths rather than burn slowly in agony. How

does one describe the indescribable? The next evening after dark, September 12th, 2001, I wandered to the promenade at Brooklyn Heights across the river from where the towers once stood. Smoke still hauntingly rose from the smoldering ashes and debris. Several dozen people stood along the fence looking westward across the river. Each and every one stood silentlystaring. There was a beautiful young woman in her twenties who stood next to me. She was crying. Her diamond ring glistened as she silently sobbed.

Tears welled in my eyes. I reached over and grabbed her hand. She took it. And we both looked straight ahead at what once was. Did she cry for her husband? Fiancé? Significant other? It was too much to imagine. I didn’t need to know. Actually, we never spoke a word to each other as we stood there looking at the smoldering silhouette of shattered lives. We stood there for about five minutes – or five hours. I honestly don’t recall. After a while, she gently squeezed my hand, then tearfully mouthed “thank you” without ever making eye contact. As she walked away, my tears poured. Did I comfort her? Or did she comfort me? Death did not discriminate on that day. Yet as a survivor I ask myself, why was my meeting canceled that day? I could have been one of the dead. I could have been down there at my meeting, eating breakfast, or drinking coffee with friends. Why not me? Now, ten years later, I still feel sadness, anger, and yes, hatred for those who committed this murderous act of fanaticism. I think about life, and how uncertain it is. I think about death and how uncertain it is not. The innocent souls who perished didn’t know it would be the last time they’d see the sun. Kiss their children good-bye. Embrace their spouses. Pet their dogs. Enjoy summer change to autumn ... go to work. They were robbed of life. And so too were their loved ones. Many innocent people died on September 11th. And yet, they will always live on because we remember. Whether Democrat or Republican, Christian or Jew, Muslim or Hindu, Agnostic or Atheist, Right or Left, we must always remember. And never forget how lucky we are to be alive and live in the greatest country in the world. America: the beautiful. May She always stand tall. (Joe Duley is a freelance writer, creative consultant and co-host of “Dining With The Duleys” radio show Tuesday nights, 7:30-8 p.m. on WMPG.104.1 and 90.9 FM;

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The Portland Daily Sun, Saturday, September 10,