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PPD: Conditions ‘pretty bad’ for kids BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

A Portland couple was arrested Wednesday after police say they allowed their five children, including a newborn baby, to live in inhabitable conditions. Siyad Abdi, 30, and Kathleen Johnson, 31, were both charged with endangering the welfare of a child after officials found their home was without running water and infested with insects, filled with scattered debris and had its windows broken out, police said. Officers responded to the residence on Hemlock Street and also reported finding feces on the floor, broken glass and no cleaning supplies. "The conditions were pretty bad," said Lt. Gary Rogers, a police spokesman. "Bad enough that the officers felt the parents were endangering the welfare of

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(the children)." The kids were ages 2, 4, 7, 12 and two months. Rogers said the children were already removed once by the Department of Health and Human Services. He didn't know how long ago they were removed. "After having been removed from there, apparently they came back and that's what the officers were following up on,"

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Police: Teens likely behind S. Portland racist graffiti BY CASEY CONLEY THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

South Portland police believe one or more teenagers, rather than an organized hate group, are responsible for spray painting swastikas and other racist symbols on the Southern Maine Community College campus. Community response officer Jeff Caldwell said yesterday the department had collected several leads in the case but still hadn’t made any arrests. Swastikas, racist remarks

about President Barack Obama, and "KKK" were found spray painted on Fort Preble, pathways leading to the fort, and an academic building on the college’s South Portland campus Aug. 23. Visitors reported seeing the racist graffiti several days after it was first reported. In fact, a local photographer reported that a swastika near Fort Preble was still there as recently as Aug. 31. see GRAFFITI page 8

Jesse LaCasse spent much of the day Thursday re-installing banners in downtown Portland. Roughly 60 of the banners, which denote various city neighborhoods and districts, were removed late last week in anticipation of Hurricane Irene. LaCasse said high winds could have damaged the banners and even the light poles had the banners been left up (and the winds were much higher than they actually were). Here, he installed a banner on Congress Street in the Arts District. (CASEY CONLEY PHOTO)

Police seize crack and heroin Portland’s unseen scene Equality and the golden rule WH predicts high jobless rate See the story of arrests on page 3

See Jeffrey S. Spofford on page 4

See Justin Chenette on page 5

See the story on page 6


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Covered bridges, beloved remnants of another era, were casualties, too (NY TIMES) — As the country watched scenes of devastation from Hurricane Irene, thousands of history and engineering buffs were on edge for another reason, waiting to hear the fate of hundreds of antique covered bridges that dot the Eastern Seaboard and that are especially concentrated — and beloved — in the unexpectedly ravaged state of Vermont. Covered-bridge enthusiasts and others shuddered as they watched an amateur video, on the Internet, of the Bartonsville bridge in Vermont sliding almost intact into the Williams River on Sunday. Vermont officials have found several other covered bridges, among the 100 or so statewide, that have been seriously damaged, but the loss of the Bartonsville bridge, built in 1871, with a wooden lattice spanning 158 feet, was considered the greatest historical blow. (Another badly damaged bridge, in Quechee, was covered but built of concrete in the 1970s.)

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her neighbors at a community supper in the yard of a local inn before night fell. Many had contributed food from their powerless freezers for what has become a twilight ritual. A massage table had been set up, and children were playing Frisbee on the town green across the street. By Wednesday night, crews had completed makeshift roads into all of the isolated towns, state officials said. They reached the last, Wardsboro, population 850, in south central Vermont, just before 6 p.m. But the roads, some of which pass

through treacherous mountain landscape, are accessible only by all-terrain vehicles and four-wheel-drive trucks and cannot support regular traffic, officials said. On Thursday morning, Central Vermont Public Service, the state’s largest utility company, said only 5,900 of its customers remained without power, down from more than 73,000 just after the storm. In areas where bucket trucks cannot get through, workers are arriving on all-terrain vehicles and four-wheel-drive vehicles, the company said.

Rebels extend deadline as Iran trying to shelter its Qaddafi says he’ll resist nuclear fuel program TRIPOLI, Libya (NY TIMES) — The transitional government of Libya’s triumphant rebels decided Thursday to extend by up to a week the deadline given to Col. Muammar el-Qaddafi and his remaining fighters to surrender, but the fugitive leader rejected the ultimatum and raged at his enemies in a new broadcast that called for the country to be “engulfed in flames.” Colonel Qaddafi, whose whereabouts remained a mystery, delivered the screed in an audio message that was first broadcast by Al Rai, a television channel in Syria that has often carried pro-Qaddafi news and

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Police arrest two, seize crack and heroin BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

Officials seized drugs, cash and a loaded gun in Portland Wednesday night, during an arrest that landed two people behind bars, police said. Carl Langston, of South Portland, and Carol Vining, of Cumberland, are expected to appear in court today after agents with Maine Drug Enforcement Agency arrested the couple in a Congress Street parking lot. They were in possession of nearly a half an ounce of crack cocaine, 61 bags of heroin, $1,600 in cash and marijuana, officials said. Police also recovered a loaded .40 caliber handgun found in the car's unlocked glove box, said Kevin Cashman, MDEA supervisor. "We were aware of them," he said, declining to say whether they were being investigated by drug, but that police have had encounters with them in the past. Langston was prohibited from carrying a firearm because he is a convicted felon,

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Cashman said. At the time of the arrest, he was out of jail on bail for a domestic violence charge involving another woman, police said. Langston and Vining, both 22, were each charged with aggravated drug trafficking of crack and heroin. Langston was being held Thursday on $100,000 bail, and Vining's bail was set at $50,000. Cashman said the arrest was a joint effort between MDEA agents, the Portland Police Department and the Westbrook Police Department.

Police on kids in home: ‘They weren’t supposed to be there’ SQUALOR from page one

he said, adding a community coordinator received information either about them being there or of the living conditions. "They weren't supposed to be there," he said. DHHS' Office of Child and Family Services is tasked with doing assessments in homes considered to be unsafe for children to reside. In cases that call for the removal of children, officials usually try to place the kids in a relatives' custody or another alternative care provider. Relatives and care providers must pass background checks and other assessments to ensure that they are fit as care providers. "The parents have to sign off on that ... (and) the parents remain the guardians," said Therese Kahill-Low, acting director of the Office of Child and Family Services. Kahill-Low wouldn't comment on the case involving the Portland couple, citing confidentiality rules. However, she said that as a

matter of standard operating procedure, if parents break the "safety plan," then the agency immediately seeks a court order. "If we find that the children are back in the home or if the parents refuse to sign a safety plan, we do what they call a PPO, which is a preliminary protection order," she said. "We remove the kids from the home and we place them in foster care and they become wards of the state." The children then usually live with foster parents, and parents must go through another process in order to regain custody of their children. "Basically, if you violate a safety plan, then the state has no other choice," she said. Kahill-Low didn't know offhand the number of registered foster parents in Portland, but said that, when possible and appropriate, the agency tries to keep the children together and in the general vicinity of their original home. Officials said Johnson and Abdi both bailed out of jail by Wednesday.

Two people were arrested in Portland Wednesday night after police found them in possession of nearly a half an ounce of crack cocaine, 61 bags of heroin, $1,600 in cash and marijuana, according to investigators. (Photo courtesy of the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency)

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South Portland Police Department gets an app; MyPD for iPhone, Android BY MATTHEW ARCO THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

South Portland residents have a new way to contact police or get around town updates with their cell phones without making a call or sending a text message. The South Portland Police Department announced the introduction of “MyPD,” the department’s first cell phone application for people with an iPhone or Android. The application has features for finding the latest news or department contacts, and lets people submit feedback, questions and crime tips. “We hope that the technology-accustomed public downloads and uses the app to interact with the department” said Sgt. Simonds, in a news release. “There are many topics for tips and questions already built in to make things easy for the user. We are attempting to remove much of the guess work and allow the public to conveniently choose a topic and make sure that message gets to the correct officer.” There is no charge to download and use the application. People can use the application to upload photos and GPS information reporting such things as potholes, parking issues or graffiti complaints. Crime tips can be sent anonymously. More information is available at the department’s website (southportland.org/ PD) and at the MyPD app website (wiredblue.co).

All CMP customers expected to be back online by today All Central Maine Power customers affected by Tropical Storm Irene were slated to have their power restored by this morning, utility officials said. The company reported it restored service to all but 3,737 of its customers by Wednesday evening and that it expected to repair its remaining lines by late Thursday night. According to CMP’s last announcement, the remaining 34 towns with outages were mostly in Cumberland, Oxford and York counties. More than 1,000 Cumberland County residents were still without power by 5 p.m. Wednesday. Within days after the storm, CMP set a Thursday night deadline for when it hoped all of its customers would be back online. Officials said all indications of work progress pointed to them being right on track. CMP reported that outages from the storm peaked at nearly 187,000 customers at about 9 p.m. on Aug. 29. The utility estimated that nearly 280,000 customers lost service at some point due to Irene. Predictions of a 6 percent drop in north- and southbound Maine Turnpike traffic at the York Toll Plaza from Friday through Monday compared to last year’s Labor Day weekend partly blamed Irene. The Maine Center for Business & Economic Research at the University of Southern Maine projected that overall traffic at the York Toll Plaza will total 228,700 vehicles from today through Monday, marking a 6 percent decline from 243,300 vehicles in 2010. According to the center’s researchers, a weak economy this quarter, continued high gas prices and disruptions caused by Hurricane Irene are among the causes.


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Sorry, wrong in-box The other night I did something silly. In a hurry to reach my friend K., I made the mistake of calling him on his mobile phone. “You should have texted,” he chided me the next morning, when he finally heard the voice mail I’d left. “You know that’s the fastest way.” It’s hard to keep track. Because my friend A., who frequently sends text messages, somehow fails to recognize that she might receive them as well and almost never checks. With her, I’m supposed to call. But not with my friend D. Between his two mobile phones, two office phones and one home phone, you can never know which number to try, and he seems never to pick up, anyway. E-mail is his preference. He has three e-mail addresses, at least that I know about, but I’ve fig––––– ured out the best one. I think. The New York You hear so much about how Times instantly reachable we all are, how hyperconnected, with our smartphones, laptops, tablets and such. But the maddening truth is that we’ve become so accessible we’re often inaccessible, the process of getting to any of us more tortured and tortuous than ever. There are up to a dozen possible routes, and the direct one versus the scenic one versus the loop-deloop versus the dead end changes from person to person. If you’re not dealing with your closest business associates or friends, whose territory and tics you’ve presumably learned, you’re lost. There are some people partial to direct messages on Twitter and others oblivious to that corner of the Twitterverse. There are some who look at Facebook messages before anything else, and others whose Facebook accounts are idle, deceptive ves-

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Adrienne Yoe was quoted in an Aug. 31 story about racist graffiti at Southern Maine Community College. Her last name was misspelled in that article. Portland city manager Mark Rees was appointed earlier this year in a unanimous, and uncontentious, city council vote. A Sept. 1 article incorrectly said that he was appointed in a 5-4 vote. The contentious 5-4 city council vote to appoint Rees over outgoing assistant city manager Pat Finnigan took place in executive session.

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Portland while you were sleeping Portland is a very different city after you’ve gone to bed. The utopia that “just needs a little vision” the more polished mayoral candidates speak of and the “total governmental tax burdening disaster but otherwise okay town” the riff-raff decry is riddled with a drug abusing and/or mentally disturbed underclass that roams the streets causing trouble on the entire peninsula and the busier thoroughfares on the other side of 295. Usually an “innocent” travelling the streets will only run into it here and there and give it only a fleeting thought. On Thursday morning, while out delivering this paper, it was blatant, it was everywhere and the scene presented provided me a glimpse into our future. We begin at the Jetport at 2 a.m., where all was quiet. Approaching Libbytown inbound on Congress Street I started to notice a lot of people walking and biking. A lot for this time of day is more than two. There were five. I thought nothing of it and descended into the St. John valley. Stopping at the Greyhound station for a delivery, I’m usually tripping or glancing over a “regular” from the homeless community. The people without homes that have lived in the city

Jeffrey S. Spofford ––––– Ayuh! for an extended time seem to have claimed the St. John valley for themselves. The newer homeless population that moved here based on the true rumors that Portland was the cat’s meow for the almighty hand out seems to stick around the Bayside area where those dreams are realized. Instead of the usual one or two people at the station, there were seven people hanging around — and not the regular faces. The faces there looked even less savory than I had grown accustomed and immune to, so I proceeded to Union Station plaza right quick. On my way there I passed the building at the corner of St. John and A streets that is always lit up like a Christmas tree, has no signage and always has one or two suspicious-looking people coming and going from it. This morning, business was brisk, whatever it might be they purvey. Heading to Dunkin Donuts, I

saw a man wobbling behind the Dog Fish cafe, yelling toward the sky at the top of his lungs. I continued up Congress. I am not over-embellishing when I say that every single stoop on the portion of Congress between Valley St and Bramhall Square was occupied by two or three people I wouldn’t be having tea with, and at two buildings, entry was being granted to knockers by the way of a guy cracking the door, peering out, and sizing up the visiting company. On a typical morning, you might see two or three people in this neck of the woods total. Thursday, there were 30 peeps, minimum. I banged a right on Bramhall St, passing three late-teen/early twenties dudes using an orange construction cone as a megaphone. They had made their way up to Maine Medical Center by the time I had exited the hospital. I saw them approach a doctor outside to smoke a cigarette and as I passed in my rearview saw them dropkick the cone in her direction. Driving further into the West End I saw people everywhere. There are always a few bar stragglers or wayward addicts out and about, but Thursday they were see SPOFFORD page 5


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Applying the golden rule to marriage equality What comes to mind when you hear the word marriage? Love, commitment, family, all are words typically associated with the concept of joining in union with the person that makes your world go round. Some choose to have a big lavish wedding with all the bells and whistles while others, like my parents, get it done at the local court house. Either way, you get a little piece of paper signifying your union through the state in which you live and the many rights and benefits that come with it. There was a period of time when people only married within their social circles based upon their rank and wealth in society. The poor married the poor and the rich married the rich. There was a period of time when people could only legally marry within their own ethnicity. Whites married whites and blacks married blacks. We are now in a period of time when men who love men and women who love women cannot legally marry in most states. Like those other times before, society deemed it unacceptable based on their higher morality that masked their own bigotry. Let us be reminded of the Golden Rule: Due

Justin Chenette ––––– Daily Sun Columnist unto others as you would have done unto you. If you have been so blessed as to have someone in your life to love, turn to that person. Look deep into their eyes and gaze a bit. In that moment, all that matters is your love; the love you share with that particular person. You aren’t thinking about society or religion or what your neighbors think. At that moment ask yourself; would you like to be denied the opportunity to legally signify your love for that special person just because of how other people thought about it or what the government tells you is right or wrong? The problem is people lose sight about what the debate over marriage equality is all about; love. It is as simple as that. It isn’t about chang-

ing a definition, approving of a certain lifestyle, or teaching something in a classroom. It comes down to the love between two people. If you want your love called marriage, why should you then turn around and deny someone you don’t even know the same opportunity? When interracial marriage was outlawed, there were many people that didn’t understand why you would want to be with and marry outside your race just like now there are many people that don’t understand why you would want to be with or marry someone of the same sex. While the concept might be packaged differently, the root issue of discrimination still lingers, though this time in a cloud of religion rather than racism. The minute I hear someone interject religious beliefs into a discussion about marriage I get confused. There is a reason why there isn’t a religious prerequisite to get hitched nor does your designated religion appear on your marriage license. We were all thought in school that there is a separation between church and state or are we cherry picking bits and pieces of the constitution?

Marriage is a legal contract through the state. If you don’t want it to be that way, laws need to be changed. It is against our constitution for a state to deny a certain group of people rights including marriage. A hypothetical example would be if a state denied all women from getting a public education just because they’re women. Marriage is a state social service and therefore should be treated as such. A vote of 53 to 49 was the final outcome of the defeat of Maine marriage equality back in the 2009 election cycle. Remember your loved one and how you would want to be treated when this issue pops up in conversation or in the voting booth in the near future. (Justin Chenette is a TV host of “Youth in Politics” airing on WPME Sundays at 7 a.m. and WPXT at 8:30 a.m. He is a former member of the Maine State Board of Education and is currently attending Lyndon State College majoring in broadcast news. Follow him on Twitter @justinchenette, like him on Facebook.com/ JustinChenetteOfficial, and visit his website at justinchenette.com.)

In our era, newly minted relationships come with operating instructions BRUNI from page 4

tiges of a fleeting gregariousness that didn’t survive their boredom with Rebecca’s bread dough (“It isn’t rising! Tips?”) or Tim’s poison ivy (“Itching and itching! Remedies?”). I know only a handful of people with just one e-mail address, but I know many with three or more, and not all of these people understand automatic forwarding. My friend M. was recently reacquainted with an in-box unattended for a year. It was stuffed with hundreds of unread messages — some, remarkably, from people flummoxed by her aloofness. During a cyberbinge a few years back, I set up three new, uncoordinated e-mail accounts, though I’m not entirely sure why. Maybe I had some vague notion that I’d be a subtly different person with a subtly different life on each. In fact, I remained the same person with the same life on the same two e-mail accounts I was already using, and that person couldn’t remember the passwords or user names for the additional ones. My debit-card P.I.N. is challenge enough.

Recently, I missed an interview because I was 20 minutes late and the subject assumed I was a noshow. I’d been texting her about my delay because we’d communicated that way before. But it turns out that she has two mobile phones, and was monitoring the one whose number I didn’t know. Meanwhile, she was sending me e-mails, but it didn’t occur to me to look for those. Speaking of interviews, Sarah Ferguson, the Duchess of York, arrived for one two years ago with four BlackBerrys. Maybe it was some elaborate anti-hacking system, a Murdoch Defense Shield. Communication can become a multistep, multiplatform process. My friend J. and I like to talk on the phone, but only after she has sent me a gmail to propose a gchat, during which we determine if a call is actually warranted and whether I should use her home, mobile, main office or satellite office number. By the time voice meets voice, we’re spent. There’s a lot of heavy breathing; none of it the fun kind. To her egalitarian credit, she gives out all of her

contact information freely. Others use theirs to create castes of acquaintances: those with only an outer layer of business coordinates; those with “private e-mail” penetration; and those with the vaunted home phone. I’m no longer sure why I have a home phone, whose voice mail I neglect. A message from my friend L. languished there for two weeks. She really should have e-mailed. Newly minted relationships come with operating instructions. “Try his cell first, then shoot him an e-mail,” says a bigwig’s assistant. “Or circle back to me. Here’s my cell, and my e-mail, and ...” Contact information is now contact exegesis. And contact itself is subject to infinite vagaries. An e-mail can go to spam. A call can bump up against a voice mailbox not taking new messages. Its owner, managing too many mailboxes, has let it fill. My friend E. just texted, two days after my text. “Didn’t see it,” she reports. “On this new phone, I can’t figure anything out.” In this new world, neither can I.

I nearly squished a guy laying smack dab in the middle of the parking lot SPOFFORD from page 4

on every street and around every bend. Arriving at Cumberland Farms, I was greeted by a gaggle of early-twentysomethings in the parking lot. The manager of the store, having recently lost the parttime overnight guy, was manning the store. I walked in and said, “The city is nuts tonight!” He agreed, and reminded me of a fact a working guy is wont to forget. It was the first of the month, he said, “checks went out.” “That’s right!” I remembered right then that a percentage of my early morning toil went to subsidize a few nights on the town for the very people I was seeing out. I usually don’t notice that our subsidizing of the criminally inclined underclass in our city has occurred until about the eighth of the month when I try to find a snack cake in the city and can’t; It seems the Hostess guy hasn’t figured out how to capitalize on the welfare state through efficient merchandising.

Having been reminded of why the city was so busy, I had a better understanding of the grand weirdness I was witnessing. Continuing forth on Danforth Street, there were four dudes standing next to a fire hydrant that had been opened and was spewing water. I crossed the interstate from there and headed out on Forest Ave. I nearly squished a guy laying smack dab in the middle of the parking lot at the 449 Forest Ave Plaza, saw two kids armed with felt-tip writing devices at Woodfords Corner and in my rearview, after having passed a wobbly bike rider saw him then cross in front of a cargo van which came to a complete stop to wait for him to move out of the way. Heading further down Forest, I saw four police cruisers pass me, quickly heading in to town. The quietest part of the city Thursday morning? Riverton. Not a peep out there, which was weird in and of itself. So that is what was happening while you were

sleeping and your tax money was subsidizing “less fortunate” people Thursday morning. I thought you might like to know. It’s time to start thinking about when, not wondering if, what the climate in the city will be like after the collapse of the welfare state. Will a given Thursday at around noon start to more closely resemble this past Thursday at three in the morning? Will these people be better behaved when they’re not getting their Ramen noodles and starving? And most importantly, what steps are you taking now to protect yourselves for the eventuality they will come knocking on the door of a North Deering cape near you? Seeing Portland slowly deteriorate over the last two years in the early morning has given me time to think about these things. Let’s hope our city leaders give it the same kind of thought. (Jeffrey S. Spofford manages circulation for The Portland Daily Sun and can be reached by emailing jspofford@maine.rr.com)


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measured by the gross domestic product, which is far above the 3 percent level that economists generally consider the maximum level desirable. But the budget office report, released by Jacob J. Lew, Mr. Obama’s budget director, argued that the combination of savings mandated by the August deficit reduction deal and reduced spending over time in Iraq and Afghanistan, together with the expiration of the Bush-era tax cuts for high incomes, would bring the deficit to 2.2 percent of G.D.P. after a decade. Letting the individual tax rate cuts expire for annual incomes above $250,000 as scheduled after 2012 would save more than $1 trillion through 2021, the Office of Management and Budget said — $866 billion in revenue and $166 billion in interest savings from a lower federal debt. The importance of also realizing the separate savings called for in the budget deal is why Mr. Obama plans next Thursday to recommend “an ambitious, comprehensive and balanced deficit reduction plan,” the report said. The administration hopes to influence the special Congressional committee that was created by the deal to reach a bipartisan plan by Nov. 23, for House and Senate votes by late December. As the Congressional Budget Office earlier emphasized, even though annual deficits are expected to decline through the decade as the economy recovers, after 2021 they will climb again because of an aging population and high health care costs that are driving up federal spending, especially for Medicare and Medicaid. “At the same time,” the report added, “Congress must appreciate that the economy is still wrestling with the after-effects of a very severe recession.” And that, it said, is why Mr. Obama also will propose a job creation initiative for the near term, including new and previously proposed ideas for temporary tax cuts and infrastructure programs and for retraining the long-term unemployed.


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SMCC rep: Offensive graffiti may remain visible, ‘bleeding through’ GRAFFITI from page one

Carolyn Cianchette, spokesperson for SMCC, confirmed yesterday afternoon in an email that the college had removed the offensive graffiti, although some tags may still be visible. “Just talked again to our facilities manager who said he just walked the area and he didn't see anything. There may be some of it bleeding through after they removed it, and he will address that. He also said that any racial graffiti is always immediately removed by our facilities people, not the city, as soon as we see it,” she said in an email. In addition to the graffiti, the van-

dals also broke windows at a campus building, Cianchette said. As of yesterday afternoon, remnants of the red swastika were still visible near the fort structure, although attempts had been made to remove it. The letters “KKK” were also visible. Caldwell said the presence of the letters “KKK” next to swastikas suggests teenagers were behind the vandalism, rather than an organized white supremacist group. “It looks like kids. There was some KKK stuff, and the KKK doesn’t really associate with neo-Nazi people,” he said. The case remains under investigation.

Physical plant employees at Southern Maine Community College removed racist graffiti left on the campus last week, although some of the graffiti was still visible to the naked eye. (CASEY CONLEY PHOTO)

Maine’s fall foliage website to launch on Wednesday, Sept. 14 DAILY SUN STAFF REPORT The Maine Department of Conservation’s official fall foliage website — www.mainefoliage.com — will launch on Wednesday, Sept. 14, and continue with regular reports on fall foliage conditions through Oct. 19 or until the entire state has reached past peak conditions, according to Gale Ross, Maine foliage spokeswoman for the Maine Forest Service. Now in their 53rd year of foliage reporting, Maine Forest Service forest rangers collect data and onthe-ground observations in each of the seven zones throughout the state and provide the information to the public and state media representatives. Their data is collected and complied on the fall foliage

zone map included on the website, the Maine Forest Service reported. MFS forest rangers use mobile collection devices throughout the year to collect information needed for the Maine Forest Service and also to provide onsite observations for flood and other natural emergency situations, Ross said. “These devices come in handy during the foliage season, as the forest rangers can submit their observations to me on a daily basis,” Ross said. The information then is posted on the website for constant updating for leaf peepers, she said. The foliage website has a new design this year that will enable faster, easier access that can be viewed on mobile devices. Leaf peepers now can

take photos with their phones and instantly submit them to the Maine foliage website, Ross said. The site also incorporates link to social media, including Facebook, which allows leaf peepers to instantly access foliage updates, the foliage spokeswoman said. “To date, more 1,500 people have signed up to receive the fall foliage reports sent directly to their email address,” Ross said. More than 17 million acres of Maine forest sustained only minor damage from Tropical Storm Irene, Ross notes. “Maine came through Tropical Storm Irene, and we’re gearing up for a fantastic fall season,” she said.


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––––––– ALMANAC ––––––– Today is Friday, Sept. 2, the 245th day of 2011. There are 120 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On Sept. 2, 1945, Japan formally surrendered in ceremonies aboard the USS Missouri in Tokyo Bay, ending World War II. On this date: In 1666, the Great Fire of London broke out. In 1789, the United States Treasury Department was established. In 1864, during the Civil War, Union Gen. William T. Sherman’s forces occupied Atlanta. In 1901, Vice President Theodore Roosevelt offered the advice, “Speak softly and carry a big stick” in a speech at the Minnesota State Fair. In 1935, a Labor Day hurricane slammed into the Florida Keys, claiming more than 400 lives. In 1945, Ho Chi Minh declared Vietnam an independent republic. (Ho died on this date in 1969.) In 1969, in what some regard as the birth of the Internet, two connected computers at the University of California, Los Angeles, passed test data through a 15-foot cable. In 1986, a judge in Los Angeles sentenced Cathy Evelyn Smith to three years in prison for involuntary manslaughter for her role in the 1982 drug overdose death of comedian John Belushi. (Smith served 18 months.) In 1991, President George H.W. Bush formally recognized the independence of the Baltic states of Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia, which had broken away from the Soviet Union. In 1998, a Swissair MD-11 jetliner crashed off Nova Scotia, killing all 229 people aboard. One year ago: Israeli and Palestinian leaders pledged in a first round of renewed peace talks in Washington to keep meeting at regular intervals. Seattle Storm forward Lauren Jackson was selected the WNBA’s most valuable player for the third time in her career. Today’s Birthdays: Dancer-actress Marge Champion is 92. Jazz musician Horace Silver is 83. Rhythm-and-blues singer Sam Gooden is 72. Singer Jimmy Clanton is 71. Rhythm-and-blues singer Rosalind Ashford (Martha & the Vandellas) is 68. Singer Joe Simon is 68. Actor Mark Harmon is 60. International Tennis Hall of Famer Jimmy Connors is 59. Actress Linda Purl is 56. Rock musician Jerry Augustyniak is 53. Country musician Paul Deakin is 52. Actor Keanu Reeves is 47. Actress Salma Hayek is 45. Actress Kristen Cloke is 43. Actress Cynthia Watros is 43. Rhythm-andblues singer K-Ci is 42. Actor-comedian Katt Williams is 38. Actor Michael Lombardi is 37. Actress Tiffany Hines is 34. Rock musician Sam Rivers (Limp Bizkit) is 34. Rock musician Spencer Smith is 24.

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ANNIE’S MAILBOX Dear Annie: My husband and I have been married for 21 years, and we have five wonderful children. “Tom” is 50, and I am 39. In the past few years, Tom has developed an annoying habit. He openly ogles attractive women and young teenage girls. I can understand one glance, but he stares. After we walk past, he’ll look over his shoulder to get the rear view. Later in the day, he will sometimes remark that I should wear this or that revealing outfit, tone my muscles more, dye my hair a specific color or lose weight. Mind you, I am a size 4. Tom says he finds skinny women with large breasts and tattoos a turn-on. I don’t look like that. I have told Tom that his newfound habit is hurtful and disrespectful to me. It makes me feel that I’m not pretty enough and gives the impression that these women could easily steal him away. It embarrasses me so much that I don’t want to go anywhere with him. We no longer take evening walks, and forget about restaurants. When I tell this to Tom, he becomes angry and often yells at me. He insists he’s doing nothing wrong and has no intention of stopping. He says I’m the one with the problem, and that I’m jealous and spoiled. Is he right? Do I need to change? Is this the proverbial male midlife crisis? Why doesn’t he care how much it upsets me? He could at least not do it when I’m with him, but he won’t. -- Unhappily Married to an Ogler Dear Unhappy: Many men have these thoughts, but Tom seems to have lost the ability (or willingness) to censor his actions in public. Ask him to get a complete physical to make sure his “new habit” isn’t being exacerbated by a medical condition. If he is simply behaving like a toddler in a candy store, you must decide whether you can ignore his boorishness. Most women find this behavior pathetic and obnoxious,

rather than seductive. Dear Annie: Another family gathering is coming up, and my husband and I find ourselves becoming tense, as usual. My husband has two sisters who think it’s great fun to catch mistakes people make and then ridicule them. They do it under the guise of good-natured teasing, but it comes across as mean-spirited. His other siblings are kind and considerate, but the family sticks together and would never tell these two to knock it off. My husband is getting older and has become a little forgetful. He is a target of their ridicule, and he hates it. He pretends to be a good sport, but he has confided in me that this treatment bothers him a great deal. Should I say something in order to make family gatherings less stressful? I hope these sisters will recognize themselves here and try to be kinder, although I know few people see themselves in the column. -- The Outlaw Dear Outlaw: Take one of these sisters aside privately and say, “I know you care about your brother, but he’s sensitive to the fact that he’s getting older. When you make fun of him, it hurts him terribly because you are his family and he loves you. I know you don’t mean to cause him pain, so I hope you will keep this in mind.” Rest assured, some day the shoe will be on the other foot. Dear Annie: I had to respond to “Modest in Iowa.” Being an OR nurse and someone who has recently had surgery, your response was right on. More and more men are going into nursing, and I assure you, they have only a professional interest in their female patients. The male nurses I work with and those who have cared for me are wonderfully compassionate and quite sensitive to privacy concerns. -- An OR Nurse

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Report finds Israel naval blockade legal, but ‘excessive’ BY NEIL MACFARQUHAR AND ETHAN BRONNER THE PORTLAND DAILY SUN

UNITED NATIONS — A long-awaited United Nations review of Israel’s raid on a Turkish-based flotilla in which nine passengers were killed has found that Israel’s naval blockade of Gaza is both legal and appropriate. But it said that the way Israeli forces boarded the vessels trying to break that blockade 15 months ago was excessive and unreasonable. The report, expected to be released Friday, also found that when Israeli commandos boarded the main ship, they faced “organized and violent resistance from a group of passengers” and were therefore required to use force for their own protection. But the report called the force “excessive and unreasonable,” saying that the loss of life was unacceptable and that the Israeli military’s later treatment of passengers was abusive. The 105-page report, a copy of which was obtained by The New York Times, was completed months ago. But its publication was delayed several times as Turkey and Israel sought to reconcile their deteriorating relationship and perhaps avoid making the report public. In reactions from both governments included in the report, as well as in interviews, each objected to its conclusions. Both said they believed that the report, which was intended to help mend relations, would instead make reconciliation harder. Turkey is particularly upset by the conclusion that Israel’s naval blockade is in keeping with international law and that its forces have the right to stop Gaza-bound ships in international waters, which is what happened in the 2010 episode. That conclusion oversteps the mandate of the fourmember panel appointed by the United Nations secretary general and is at odds with other United Nations decisions, Turkey argued. The report noted that the panel did not have the power to compel testimony or demand documents, but instead had to rely on information provided by Israel and Turkey. Therefore, its conclusions cannot be considered definitive in either fact or law. The Foreign Ministries in Turkey and Israel declined to comment publicly on the report, saying they preferred to wait for its official release. No one was available to comment in the office of the United Nations spokesman. Israel considers the report to be a rare vindication for it in the United Nations. A United Nations Security Council statement at the time assailed the loss of life, and Israel faced widespread international condemnation. It thought that by offering to negotiate an agreement with Turkey that would stop the report’s publication, Turkish officials might soften their position. But the two countries’ negotiations, which focused on some kind of apology from Israel and compensation for the victims — eight Turks and an American of Turkish descent — ended in failure. Israel says it is willing to express regret and pay compensation. But the Turks want a full apology. Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu of Israel said he believed that apologizing would demoralize Israeli citizens and broadcast a message of weakness. Aides said he might reconsider at a later date if the Turks eased their demands. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey said an apology and compensation would not be sufficient to return Turkey’s ambassador to Tel Aviv. Israel also has to end its naval blockade of Gaza, he insisted. The report does recommend that Israel make “an appropriate statement of regret” and pay compensation, but the Turks say that formula does not express sufficient remorse.


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Friday, Sept. 2 Library of Congress traveling exhibition in Portland noon to 8 p.m. A special Library of Congress traveling exhibition — mounted in a customized 18-wheel truck — will visit Portland. “Gateway to Knowledge” will be in Portland on Friday, Sept. 2, and Saturday, Sept. 3, and will be parked at Monument Square. The exhibit is free and open to the public from noon to 8 p.m. both days. For further information about the exhibit, visit www.loc.gov/gateway/.

‘Curtain Up!’ in Congress Square. 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. “Curtain Up!” showcases Portland’s theater community. Part of Sept. 2 Art Walk. The vitality and diversity of Portland’s theater community will be on display at “Curtain Up!,” an exciting preview of what Portland’s many theater companies will be offering during the 201112 theater season. The event will take place in Congress Square (at the corner of Congress and High Streets) on Friday, Sept. 2, from 4:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. as part of the First Friday Art Walk. Theaters will perform brief excerpts from their shows to introduce themselves to Artwalkers, who will receive a Theater Sampler card including information about each company and ticket discounts. Curtain Up!” is being sponsored by the Portland Arts and Cultural Alliance (PACA) and produced by Acorn Productions, AIRE (American Irish Repertory Ensemble) and Lucid Stage. “This is a great opportunity for people attending Art Walk to sample the terrific work that Portland theaters are doing,” said Michael Levine, producing director of Acorn Productions and lead producer of the event. “And it gives us, as a community, a chance to present a unified presence as a vital part of the arts scene in Portland.” Susan Reilly, Managing Director of AIRE, added, “We hope to reach out to different kinds of people interested in the arts who may not be regular theatergoers. And the Theater Sampler will be a handy take-away that prospective audience members can hold on to and use throughout the season. If all goes well this year, we hope to make this an annual event.” Participating theaters include Acorn, AIRE, Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, Fenix Theater Company, Good Theater, Lucid Stage, New Edge Productions, Portland Playback Theater, Portland Stage Company, Snowlion Repertory Company and more!

First Friday Art Walk 5 p.m. Join Portland Arts & Cultural Alliance for a free selfguided tour of local art galleries, art studios, museums, and alternative art venues on the First Friday of every month from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. PACA is a nonprofit organization with a mission of “strengthening Portland by strengthening the Arts.” www.firstfridayartwalk.com

First Friday Art Walk opening, ‘Monsters of Men’ 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Paintings by Andy Finkle at the Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St., Portland. “In his inaugural exhibition in Maine, Andy Finkle presents a series of monsters and the men that search for them. This acrylic bestiary presents interpretations of some of the most notable characters in cryptozoology. From Bigfoot to the Owlman, these elusive subjects are available for public viewing in vivid full color. Finkle’s work is influenced more by ‘In Search Of’ reruns than college art courses. Inspired by comic books, Finkle treads the painterly line that separates the whimsical from the grotesque. His work has appeared in the only bowling alley in Antarctica and the most recent issue of Horror Hosts and Creature Features. While currently based out of South Carolina, Finkle is patiently plotting his next appearance in Maine.” (On display through the month of September.) As an extra bonus, the Watchers will be playing their peculiarly exciting style of mysterious surf rock at around 7 p.m. 450-6695 or michelle.souliere@gmail.com

First Friday Art Walk at Peek-A-Boo Tattoo 5 p.m. to 7 p.m. 574 Congress St. (upstairs), Portland. Live music with When Particles Collide. A guitar and drum duo steeped in mid -’90s indie rock, late ‘70s art pop-punk with a hint of folk. Simultaneously strong willed and vulnerable vocals supported tightly locked rhythms. Free beverages, free tattoo give away, and oil paintings on display by Belou Call 899-6001 for more information or look for the business on Facebook. This is an 18-plus event.

Oliver at Maine Charitable Mechanic Association 5 p.m. For First Friday Art Walk, the Maine Charitable Mechanic Association library will be hosting local artist Jeffery Oliver, with drawings and underwater photography. The MCMA library is starting a book club that will meet on the first Tuesday of each month at noon; bring a sandwich, dessert coffee and tea provided. Bring a list of what books you would like to read and discuss. First Book Club meeting is Tuesday, Oct. 4 in the library. Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, started in 1815 with 65 members, in 1859 built a landmark building on Congress Street where the membership library still exists today and is open to many public events.Library is open Tues., Wed. and Thurs, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., phone 773-8396

David Ford, foreman with Preservation Timber Framing, points out evidence of changes to the historic Abyssinian Meeting House during restoration work. The Abyssinian Meeting House, Maine’s only African American National Underground Railroad Historic Site, is the focus of an archaeological excavation. Organizers of the restoration and dig will conduct an informational news conference at the site, 75 Newbury St., and display most recent historic artifacts, today at 11 a.m. The public is invited. (DAVID CARKHUFF FILE PHOTO)

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5 p.m. First Friday Art Walk opening at the St. Lawrence Arts Center. The St. Lawrence Arts Center is owned and operated by the nonprofit corporation Friends of the St. Lawrence. Parish Hall Theater, see the newest installation; Photographs by Mariah K. Brinton. Complimentary snacks and wine on hand. “Photographic exhibits range from San Francisco in 2004-2005, with her first solo show in December 2004, to the Netherlands, New York and Brooklyn. With a style formed by the time she spent as a teenager exploring the NYC streets with a 35mm Pentax in hand and her love of fashion, the combination is an aesthetic reminiscent of William Klein’s New York street work.” www.stlawrencearts.org

5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Zone by Maya Hayuk and Pulled by Mike Perry. “Come celebrate the re-opening of our main space and the opening of Maya Hayuk’s installation, Zone. Take in the large scale mulit-colored bullseye, the floor to ceiling drippy woven wall textile, the paper peice that trails onto the wall and the glow-in-the-blacklight neon mural on our newly constructed wall. In the annex, soak up the beautiful variance of techniques and styles in the screen-printing exhibition, Pulled, by Mike Perry.” www.space538.org/ events.php

Falmouth’s Judy LaBraska at Daunis 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Falmouth’s Judy LaBraska, First Friday photo exhibit. “Watching roads being laid out in the countryside of Pennsylvania to create the Levittown experiment she was to live in made Judy LaBraska think about the impact of design in life.” This is an exhibit of Photographs of Ephemeral Sculptures, Drawings and Books. At Daunis Fine Jewelry, 616 Congress St. in Portland, from Sept. 2 through Nov. 2.

First Friday Exhibit at Mayo Street 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. First Friday Exhibit at Mayo Street Arts. Portraits, group show curated by MSA artist in residence Heidi Powell. Jim McGinley, Daniel Meiklejohn, Hillary White, Sonia Cook Broen, Baxter Long, Heidi Powell, Zoe Ryan-Humphrey, Jessica Beebe and Russell Ouellett. The opening is immediately followed by LIT. More info on all events at www.mayostreetarts.org.

Susan Elliot’s ‘Trees: In a Different Light’ 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Artists’ Social for First Friday Art Walk at The Gallery at Harmon’s & Barton’s. Exhibition through September. Gallery hours: Mon thru Fri, 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and Sat 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., 584 Congress St. 774 5948. “With a background in Natural Resources, a wellspring of humor, and rampant, joyous imagination, Maine tree artist Susan Elliot’s subjects are always the embodiment of one or more of these qualities. Narrowing her focus in 2008 to simply drawing trees, Elliot discovered that choosing a subject matter close to her heart immeasurably widened the range of her creativity.”

Prison Inmates Art Exhibit 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Meg Perry, 644 Congress St., Portland. A First Friday Art Walk exhibit at Meg Perry Center will feature both visual and musical art produced by inmates from within correctional facilities throughout the state of Maine. “There will be visual arts items submitted by both adult prisoners from Maine Correctional Center, Two Bridges Regional Jail, and Maine State Prison, as well as from juveniles housed at Long Creek Youth Development Center. Items will range from sketches and paintings to wood crafts and quilts. Also on hand will be Guitar Doors — Instruments of Change, a local nonprofit dedicated to bringing music and music programming to those incarcerated. There will be CDs available and playing that are the original compositions and recordings from inmates at the same facilities and more.”

Two Fabulous Fashion Exhibits 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. New show: “Having in Paris a Great Success”: French Fashion, 1928-1936, Maine Historical Society. “Join us during Portland’s First Friday Art Walks (9/2, 10/7, 11/4, 12/2) to see two fabulous fashion-themed shows, “Having in Paris a Great Success”: French Fashion, 19281936 on display in the Earle G. Shettleworth, Jr. Lecture Hall and Dressing Up, Standing Out, Fitting In: Adornment & Identity in Maine, on display in the museum. Mingle with friends, enjoy refreshments and music, and discover Maine history.” www.mainehistory.org/programs_events.shtml#event_233

Arthur Fink photo exhibit opening 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. Photographer Arthur Fink’s most recent show of dance photography is now hanging in his Portland studio, with an official “opening” on the First Friday Art Walk this Friday. His studio is located at 145 Newbury St. (just off India Street), on the second floor of a former synagogue. The show will be hanging through at least the end of September. Fink has completed his seventh year as photographer in residence at the Bates Dance Festival, and his work is well known within the New England dance community. He also offers workshops on “Seeing Dance Like a Photographer,” and regularly photographs at dance events. Studio/Gallery in Portland and also on Peaks Island. www. arthurfinkphoto.com

Indian Trail in the Peaks Island Land Preserve 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. Indian Trail in the Peaks Island Land Preserve. “Join Ellen Mahoney, Island Institute Community Leadership Fellow, for a hike along the Indian Trail which weaves its way through the Parker Preserve on Peaks Island. Catch the 5:35 p.m. Ferry at Casco Bay Lines Ferry Terminal, the tour starts right when you get to the dock at Peaks Island.” http://www.trails.org/events.html

Forgotten Wars at Sanctuary Tattoo 6 p.m. First Friday Art Walk opening, at Sanctuary Tattoo. “The collected crypto-historical works of Graham Meyer, Sarah Tarling Matzke and Christian Matzke chronicling the parallel antiquities of Forgotten Wars... The 1905 Invasion of Mars, and the 1913 Lantern Annexation of the Industrial Empire of the East. Featuring portraiture, artifacts and illustration curated in a museum-style exhibit. History is crafted; Speculation is an Art.” 31 Forest Ave. see next page


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video games and facing the trials and tribulations of an unforeseen pregnancy. Featuring lead performances by Erik Moody and Kristina Balbo. Written by Jeremy Stover and Allen Baldwin. Shot by Luke Pola.” Following the screening on September 3rd will be a open table Q&A session with the director and actors involved in the feature. Tix and information: www.stlawrencearts.org

Southworth Planetarium full dome shows 7 p.m. The Southworth Planetarium is offering full dome video planetarium shows starting on Sept. 2. “On Friday nights in September, we will have a Full Dome Double Feature at 7 p.m. and at 8:30 p.m. ‘Two Small Pieces of Glass’ is a program about the history and science of telescopes. How have telescopes enabled astronomers discover the outer Universe? From Galileo’s little scope to the Hubble Space Telescope, we’ve used optical equipment to study the cosmos and its myriad wonders. ‘IBEX’ is a new show about the probe which surveys the solar system’s outer edge. Where does the solar system end? What exotic objects lurk around its periphery? Join us as we explore the nether edge of our own planetary system. A full dome show is an total immersion experience. Both shows encompass the entire dome. As opposed to traditional programs in which both static and moving images appear at various locations, the Full Dome show is entirely digital video that covers all 360 degrees above the audience.” www.usm.maine.edu/ planet

‘Legally Blonde the Musical’ 8:30 p.m. “Legally Blonde the Musical,” on stage at John Lane’s Ogunquit Playhouse. “This awardwinning Broadway musical sensation is based on the hit movie of the same name and follows college sweetheart and homecoming queen Elle Woods as she puts down the credit card, hits the books and heads for Harvard Law School in pursuit of her boyfriend Warner, who just dumped her for someone more serious.” www.ogunquitplayhouse.org

Sunday, Sept. 4 Lions Club breakfast on Peaks 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Lions Club breakfast at Greenwood Gardens, Peaks Island. Pancakes, eggs, sausage, coffee, milk, orange juice. Adult: $6 Child: $4. www. peaksisland.info/calendar_2011.htm#September

Portland Playback Theatre in the workplace 7:30 p.m. CTN5, 516 Congress St., right next to MECA, $5 at the door. Theme: What happened at work. “The workplace is an epicenter of everything from ego-ridden chains of command to secret, perilous office romances. It can be a playground of imagination and purpose, or a wasteland of meaningless drudgery. And after work, we let loose and tell stories - of what happened at work. Tell us a story from your workplace life and watch our team of improvisors immediately play it back! Or just come to watch! Now in its sixth year, Portland Playback Theatre puts five talented actors at your disposal to replay the stories of your life. Learn more at www.portlandplayback.com.”

Paws in the Park at Payson Park

10 a.m. The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland’s annual fundraiser, Paws in the Park, is scheduled in a brand new location, Portland’s Payson Park. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and the dog walk at 11 a.m. Each registrant will receive a gift for participating. There will be lots of fun festivities beginning at 10 am. There will be agility demonstrations, pet items for sale, raffles, rescue groups, adoptable dogs, animal communicators Sara Moore and Jailene Fontaine, Reiki demonstrations, microchipping and a host of other activities. Erin Ovalle from ‘Legally Blonde the Musical’ WMTW 8 is honorary MC and WGAN’s Dynamic Duo 8 p.m. “Legally Blonde the Musical,” on stage at John Ken and Mike will serve as judges for the Cool Canine Lane’s Ogunquit Playhouse. “This award-winning Contest held after the walk. Prizes will be awarded to Broadway musical sensation is based on the hit the team, child and adult with the highest dollar value movie of the same name and follows college sweet- Photographer Arthur Fink’s most recent show of dance photography is now hang- in pledges. The proceeds will help provide food, shelter, heart and homecoming queen Elle Woods as she puts ing in his Portland studio, with an official “opening” tonight. (COURTESY IMAGE) emergency, and preventative veterinary care, as well as down the credit card, hits the books and heads for provide new beginnings for the more than 4,000 animals Dog Show with Craft and Book Sale. If last year’s event Harvard Law School in pursuit of her boyfriend Warner, who come through the shelter’s doors each year. To celebrate was any example, there should be fun for the whole family who just dumped her for someone more serious.” www. the ARL’s 100th Anniversary, this year there will also be a 5K run and plenty of prizes for the family dog. Lots of ribbons will ogunquitplayhouse.org which will precede the dog walk. The Furry Friends 5K will begin at be awarded for such unusual categories as “Dog with the 9 a.m. (registration at 7 a.m.) and also be in Payson Park. To register LIT at Mayo Street Arts Longest Ears” and “Saddest Eyes.” Maggie the Beagle and collect pledges for Paws in the Park or The Furry Friends 5K visit 8 p.m. A literary happening curated by Portland poet and has already announced her intention to attend and defend the ARL website at www.arlgp.org. theater reviewer Megan Grumbling. This month’s theme for last year’s title for “Waggingest Tail.” Entry fee $5 per dog, LIT is an exploration of the works of Brecht, and dovetails humans free. You do not need a dog to participate. For New Gloucester Community Market with Lorem Ipsum’s upcoming production of The Three more info go to the dog show webpage at www.adeva11 a.m. Filled with a diverse selection of local products, Penny Opera at Apohadion Theater later in the month. designs.com/dogshow/dogshow.htm or visit the church the New Gloucester Community Market will be premier$5-10 suggested donation. www.mayostreetarts.org. website, www.unitygreaterportland.org. ing on Sunday, Sept. 4. Music, a barbecue and raffle will add to the festivities on opening day. The Market will set Comedian Bob Marley Irish genealogy/history roundtable up shop at Thompson’s Orchard, 276 Gloucester Hill Road, 10 a.m. Irish genealogy/history roundtable at the Maine Irish at the Landing at Pine Point New Gloucester. There you will find products such as vegHeritage Center. “Bring your lunch, genealogy, old photos, 8 p.m. “Our Labor day Weekend kickoff show is here again etables, bread, jams and preserves, eggs and dairy, meat, questions, etc. This is the center’s third monthly meeting of with the fabulous comic antics of Bob Marley. The Landplants, berries, herbs, soaps, alpaca yarn and wears, and its kind. The MIHC will host a roundtable the first Saturday ing at Pine Point is recognized as kicking off the Labor Day more. The Market will be held Sundays from 11 a.m. to 3 of every month.” weekend with a bang and what better way to do it than with p.m. and Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m. and is slated to run the hilarious work of Mr. Marley.” The Landing at Pine Point, Portland Brew Festival through the end of October. For more information, contact 353 Pine Point Road, Scarborough. noon to 8:30 p.m. Portland Brew Festival at the Portland Noah Fralich, 232-1304, or norumbegafarm@gmail.com. Company Complex. “2011 is the inaugural year for the Portland Brew Festival, day two Portland Brew Festival, what promises to become one Saturday, Sept. 3 noon to 3:30 p.m. Portland Brew Festival at the Portland of the jewels of summer in Maine. With three buildings Company Complex. “2011 is the inaugural year for the for exhibitors, over 75 varieties of regional craft brews, Ride in memory of 9/11 Portland Brew Festival, what promises to become one of home-brewing supplies and demonstrations, the best in 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. Two Wisconsin men on a motorcycle ride the jewels of summer in Maine. With three buildings for food, local music how could it really get better? But we to honor military personnel and those affected by 9/11. exhibitors, over 75 varieties of regional craft brews, homerealize after 3 1/2 hours of tasting-sized samples and a “Despite a recent diagnosis of a brain aneuresym, Woody brewing supplies and demonstrations, the best in food, whole head-load of beer education, you’ll likely want to West of Wisconsin has organized a 17-state, 15-day ride to local music how could it really get better?” A portion of get out and get friendly with a full-sized pint or two and honor rescue workers and those who lost their lives in the the proceeds of the event go to benefit community boating see how some of your new favorites stand up to your 9/11 attacks. During the ride, organized and joined by Terry through Sail Maine. www.portlandbrewfestival.com favorite dishes. So we’re putting this whole craft beerWerdewitz, they will be stopping at the Pentagon, Ground stravaganza right on the edges of Munjoy Hill and the Old Handmade Puppet Dreams Volume I Zero and Shanksville, Pennsylvania, as well as visiting 19 Port where you can meander into town after the fact and 7 p.m. Film screening with intro/talk by filmmaker Tim local fire stations along the route as a part of the Remember get feel for these beers in a real-world context.” OrganizLaGasse $7, Mayo Street Arts. “Tim LaGasse is a renowned Rally patch exchange. Woody is a Viet Nam Vet. They are ers are partnering with Sail Maine, a local nonprofit suppuppeteer and filmmaker and we are thrilled to have him inviting anyone along the way to join them in their Ride To porting sailing in Maine at the grass-roots, community join us for the first screening in the four-volume HMPD Remember, whether for one mile or a hundred.” The ride will level. A portion of the proceeds of the event go to benseries produced by Heather Henson’s Ibex Puppetry.” stop at the Portland Fire Department at 380 Congress St. in efi t community boating through Sail Maine. Also Sunday. www.mayostreetarts.org Portland. www.rememberrally.com www.portlandbrewfestival.com ‘The Karate Kid’

Open House at the New Gloucester History Barn

9 a.m. to noon. The September Open House at the New Gloucester History Barn, Route 231 (behind the Town Hall), New Gloucester, will be held from 9 a.m. to noon. The special exhibit this month will be photos and artifacts related to New Gloucester schools. The exhibit of historic vehicles remains on display. Admission is free.

Unity hosts dog show 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Unity of Greater Portland, 54 River Road in Windham, will host the Second Annual Scoop Robbins

‘Up Up, Down Down’ screening

7 p.m. A part of the St. Lawrence Arts Center’s Local Monthly Film Series. $5. “Don’t miss the premier screening of Portland filmmaker Allen Baldwin’s much anticipated premier of ‘Up Up, Down Down’. This will be Portland’s only screening and DVD release of the final theatrical version so we hope that you come on down. In the works since 2009, ‘Up Up, Down Down’ is Baldwin’s most recent feature length film; a coming of age story that tells the tale of a young couple of underachievers eating cereal, playing

9 p.m. MENSK is pleased to announce a rooftop screening of “The Karate Kid.” The public is invited to the top level of the Spring Street parking garage in Portland for a screening of “The Karate Kid.” First, we’ll show local “The George Kareman Variety Hour: RL Stine” by Your Boy George and Mint Films. The films begin around sunset, (or by 9 p.m.) Bring your own lawn chair, blankets and snacks. Enter at 45 Spring Street. A free event, hosted by MENSK. Sponsored by Coffee By Design. For more information, visit www.menskmaine.org


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