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News of Westbrook, Gorham,

Buxton & the region

Thursday, May 17, 2018

Successful program continues to build students’ hands-on experience in the trades

Contract dispute about time, not money, teachers say

By Michael Kelley

By Michael Kelley

WESTBROOK — Students in the building trades program at the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center were working last week on the roof of their latest house, the 46th constructed since the program started 60 years ago. The house, at 33 Declaration Drive, is expected to be ready for sale at the end of the next school year. It is being built through the Rotary-supported program at the Westbrook Regional Vocational Center, a program launched in 1957 both as an educational opportunity for students and a way to give back to the community. Henry Saunders, who has been a member of the Rotary Club of Westbrook-Gorham for more than 50 years, said while the students have taken charge of the

WESTBROOK — Teachers, guidance counselors, librarians, nurses and social workers in the Westbrook Education Association, working without a contract since the beginning of the school year, took to the School Committee last week clad in red to urge action. Contract negotiations, which started in March of 2017, have failed and are now in the hands of a Maine Labor Relations Board fact-finding panel. The panel will hear from both sides and make recommendations about each disputed issue. "A lot of things were agreed upon, but it became rather evident relatively immediately they were on opposite side on things," said Jennifer Drouin, a nurse at

60 years and 46 houses later

Westbrook High School junior Wyatt Fowler works on the roof of a house students are building at 33 Declaration Drive. Once finished, it will be the 46th house constructed in the city by students since Westbrook Regional Vocational Center introduced a house-building program 60 years ago. Staff photo by Michael Kelley construction, the club has overseen the finances behind the program, making it a win-win. "It's been a wonderful program all in

all," said Saunders, a 1946 Westbrook High School graduate. "It's been a real contribu-

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Student's parents file discrimination complaint with state By Robert Lowell GORHAM — Alleging racial discrimination, the parents of a Gorham Middle School student have filed a legal complaint with the Maine Human Rights Commission. "We have alleged race discrimination – in violation of the Maine Human Rights Act – on the part of the Gorham School Department for their failure to respond

to the Moores' reports of racially motivated bullying against their child," Amy Phalon, the attorney for Patrick and Kadia Moore said in a May 9 email to the American Journal. Patrick Moore says his sixth-grade son has been targeted with racial slurs and has been bullied in school and on social media. He says the school failed to address his concerns about that. He also says his son was unjustly suspended ear-

lier this year after a school fight. Amy Sneirson, executive director of the Maine Human Rights Commission in Augusta, citing the confidentiality of complaints filed with the agency, on Tuesday declined to confirm or deny that the complaint had been filed. Gorham Superintendent Heather Perry said Monday that she had received no notice that the formal complaint had been made. Moore said this week he had no com-

ment about the legal complaint. The Moores feel their son was wrongly expelled from school for three days after a fight on March 19, claiming his involvement was self-defense. Middle School Principal Robert Riley wrote to the Moores in an April 5 letter, which Phalon provided to the American Journal, that the "suspension from school was

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Matching grants available for downtown facelift By Michael Kelley WESTBROOK — Economic Development Director Daniel Stevenson hopes the recently launched downtown facade program is the boost downtown businesses need to improve the look of the city's center. Stevenson, who joined the city staff in October, said he started the program not because of any particular downtown site or issue, but because he saw how effective similar programs were when he worked in Biddeford and at the state's Department of Economic and Community Development. "They can be highly successful in leveraging private sector capital," he said, "and you can see an immediate impact." The program, which the council unanimously approved last week, will be funded through $80,000 from the Westbrook Economic Improvement Corporation. Stevenson said building or business owners will be able to apply for up to $15,000 matching grants. He said this week that several businesses have already expressed an interest in the program. "The response has been fantastic. We already have four interested building or business owners, and we are already starting to queue up some meetings with

The Westbrook City Council has approved a program that would make funding available to building and business owners looking to improve the appearance of their downtown buildings.  Staff photo by Michael Kelley them," Stevenson said May 14. The facade improvement program in Westbrook will focus on the heart of downtown along Main Street (between William Clarke Drive and the river) from where it converges with William Clarke Drive to just before the Westbrook Post Office. "We want this to be a trial run and make an impact in a small area of downtown," Stevenson said earlier this month at the council's initial review of the program. Improvements to signage, awnings, storefronts, windows, doors and exterior lighting and facade cleaning and landscape work are some of the eligible proj-

ects. The funding cannot be used to purchase commercial property or equipment or for new building construction, routine maintenance or substantial interior work. Improvements must meet federal, state and local codes. Stevenson said the interesting thing about Westbrook's downtown is many businesses along Main Street have facades that face both William Clarke Drive and Main Street and facades that face Main Street and the city's River Walk, so it is not just the front of buildings that need to be taken into account. Funding will be paid directly to the contractor doing the improvement work upon completion and inspection and cannot be used toward city permit fees. Projects must be completed within a year of the award, but a request for an extension may be granted. At first reading April 30, Councilor Victor Chau said he was concerned with language in the program description that stated funds are to be awarded "on a firstcome, first-served basis." "If a no-brainer comes along and it is really going to improve the look of Westbrook, I'd hate for us to run out of funds for that," he said. At second reading Monday, May 7, Stevenson, a Westbrook native, said that language has since been removed.

"We might get a lot of applications all at once, but the ones that are ready to go will get first priority," Stevenson said. Grants will be awarded after review by the city's economic development department and Discover Downtown Westbrook, as long as funding is available. Stevenson said he would like to see the results of the initial effort before thinking about where to secure long-term funding. At the council's first review of the proposal, Councilor Gary Rairdon wondered if businesses can use the city's revolving loan funding to come up with their match. Revolving funds can be used for facade improvements, but Stevenson said not toward the match. The facade improvement program is but one of the strategies Stevenson has in terms of economic development improvements in the city. Later this month, he will be before the council to talk about improving parking in downtown through better signage and management. He would also like to revisit the city's revolving loan program to "see if it needs to be modified or changed in any way." City Administrator Jerre Bryant said the revolving loan program was set up in the late 1990s to help spur small business development and is intended for "investments in existing businesses, facility expansion or new equipment. It does not provide funding for start-up capital. Stevenson also want to look into ways to redesign Westbrook Commons, also known as Blue Note Park. A number of business, including the recently opened Quill Books and Beverage, overlook the space, which Stevenson said has the potential to be a really nice place for an outdoor cafe/gathering area. "The key is there is no magic bullet," he said. "It is a culmination of all the different investment strategies that leverage private sector capital. Businesses invest in communities that invests in themselves." Michael Kelley can be reached at 7813661 x 125 or or on Twitter @mkelleynews

Correction The proposed SAD 6 budget for 201819 would decrease the tax assessment levied to Frye Island by $49,712. Taxes on a home with an assessed value of

$200,000 would decrease $63.40, according to the SAD 6 budget booklet. The Frye Island information was incorrect in the April 10 issue of the American Journal.

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Schools grappling with unpaid lunch bills By Michael Kelley WESTBROOK — As the school year winds down, Director of School Nutrition Barbara Nichols and other school officials are working hard to connect with families who owe the program more than $17,000 for meals they received but never paid for. Nichols said a number of students owe the district more than $50. She said as of May 14, 57 elementary students owe a combined $10,554, including one student who owes close to $500. At the middle school, 33 students owe $6,168 and at the high school, three students owe a combined $426. School nutrition debt, Nichols said, follows students from year to year until it gets paid off. Nichols, Director of Operations Dean Flanagin and Superintendent Peter Lancia met May 14 to discuss ways the school system could better manage school nutrition debt. Nichols said the district will be "tweaking" its practices. The school board's finance committee will take up the issue at its next meeting, set for June 6. The nutrition department sends letters every Friday throughout the school year to parents whose students owe $5 or more, but that correspondence often is ignored, Nichols said. Once an elementary school student owes more than $20, a letter is sent home along with an application for free or reduced lunches. Once the debt

climbs to $50, a meeting with the parents, Nichols and the building principal is requested to set up a payment plan. When the debt climbs to $100, parents are asked to set up a payment meeting with Nichols and Flanagin. The same procedure is used at the middle school, but when an account there has $2 left in it, students are asked to remind their parents to replenish it. High school students are directly told when they have reached a $5 debt maximum. "What will come of it I am not exactly sure, or how we will be able to recoup the cost if parents won't respond to letters, phone call or even face-to face-interactions," said Finance Committee Chairman Veronica Bates. Bates said the school department has "stop gaps in place" to help keep the debt from spiraling and to entice families to pay what they owe. Students in elementary and middle schools who owe money, for example, are not allowed to purchase a la carte items, but can get the school lunch option. At the high school, if a student owes more than $5, he or she can't get the school lunch meal or a la carte items. "I want to feed kids. I've been in this business for 35 years. I love it and the last thing I want to do is take food away from kids. I don't want to be a debt collector, but I need to be responsible with taxpayer money and manage the program as best we can," Nichols said.

Athletic director resigns a year into the position By Michael Kelley WESTBROOK —For the second time in a year, the Westbrook School Department is searching for a new athletics and activities director. Gary Groves resigned last week after being in the position for only a year. He said when he applied for the position last spring, he was asked if he was committed to the district and was looking to stay for the long run. "I looked into the eyes of a lot of people and said, 'yes, I am committed and yes to staying here,' and I presented my vision for the direction of athletics and activities," he told members of school commit-

tee members at their May 9 meeting. He decided it was time to step down, he said, to focus on his family, specifically his wife and his 88-year-old mother. He called the past school year tough both professionally and personally. "I feel I have disappointed a lot of people, but understand it goes deep and it goes deep on a personal level," Groves said. School Committee Vice Chairman Suzanne Joyce, who was on the committee that hired Groves, said it is hard to see him leave so soon, but that she "understands

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Working with families to get them to pay off their debt, Nichols said, is not something she takes lightly. "I don't know what's happening at home. I don't want want to put a burden on top of a family that is already burdened if I don't have to," she said, adding that if a student came to her hungry she would take it upon herself to make sure that student was fed. A law pending in the Legislature could change the way student debt is handled at the high school level. LD 1684: An Act Regarding Meals in Public Schools states a school district "shall provide such a meal to a student who requests the meal and is otherwise eligible for the meal regardless of the student's ability to pay for the school meal or failure in the past to pay for school meals." "If that passes, our debt will jump, skyrocket," Nichols said. "Without a way to manage the debt, it can get out of hand pretty quickly." The bill would also prohibit districts from "openly identifying or stigmatizing" a student who cannot pay for a meal or has an unpaid balance. It would require a "public school to communicate about a student's meal debts directly to the parent or guardian of the student rather than to the student; and requires the school board of a public school to establish a policy for collection of debts owed to the school lunch program."

Bates said she struggles with how to proceed because on one hand this year "was not an easy school budget process and every dollar counts," but on the other "we have kids who need to eat." Bates said what she wants to avoid is having to make up the deficit in the school nutrition budget by tapping into the school's taxpayer-supported general fund. "I don't think that would go over well for anybody," she said. Nichols said, that, however, is the reality. State law dictates that if a debt is not paid off by the time a student graduates, the debt has to be paid with taxpayer funding. Bates said the district has been fortunate in recent years to have the debt wiped out by good Samaritans. "We have been very lucky someone has reached out and asked what the lunch debt was and paid it off," she said. "We can't rely on that." Nichols said last year she was able to pay off the debt of students who were eligible forfree or reduced lunch but weren't part of that program thanks to a $1,460 donation from Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution and a $300 donation from the Maine Hunger Initiative. Michael Kelley can be reached at 7813661 x 125 or mkelley@keepmecurrent. com or on Twitter @mkelleynews

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Portland’s homelessness not a pretty picture The front-page photo in the May 6 Maine Sunday Telegram deserves an award. Captured by staff photographer Ben McCanna, the image showed a woman picking up litter beside a homeless man sleeping on the sidewalk near the Preble Street Resource Center. The man had one arm extended on the sidewalk and by John Balentine one leg dangling off the curb into the roadway while the woman, a resident of the neighborhood, was bent over in the gutter tossing what looked like yellow crime-scene tape into a plastic bag. McCanna’s striking photo – with caption “Bayside at rock bottom” above and headline “A neighborhood under siege” below – captured what the story by reporter Randy Billings detailed in-depth: Parts of Portland are being overrun by homeless people with too much time on their hands and not many good intentions in their hearts. As the photo showed, neighbors are left to clean up after people who can’t be bothered with lifting a finger, let alone their bodies, to help themselves. And these same neighbors are left to clean up after the derelict Portland government, which evidently cares so little that it leaves a man lying in the street in the middle of the day. With two shelters and a policy of leaving the homeless free to do whatever they want – to include ranting and raving at passersby in addition to the omnipresent begging in all sections of the city, not just Bayside – the city seems more than welcoming toward the homeless while taxpaying residents are left to defend themselves and their property. I applaud the newspaper for exposing crime committed by homeless people in Portland. The editorial staff is brave for taking on this taboo and politically charged subject. I knew Portland’s homeless were taking over the city’s intersections begging for money, but before reading the story I had no idea Bayside neighbors were dealing with overt sex, open-air drug deals, drunken brawls and countless burglaries of their homes and businesses. Don’t get me wrong, I feel bad for the homeless I see begging in intersections. I wonder, especially in the dead of winter, how these hardy panhandlers not only manage

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Do the right thing A tough call, but where and when does Last week, folks in Scarborough resoundingly voted to send three School Board punishment of a sex offender end? Tried, convicted, served time, members packing in a on sex offender regrecall election that was istry for life. Isn’t that nominally about their enough? competence, but actuThe First Amendment ally about their support only prohibits the govfor the superintendent ernment, of which the of schools in a policy by Edgar Allen Beem state university sysdispute with the high tem is included, from school principal. infringing on the indiStudents, faculty and voters all lined up behind the principal. vidual right of free speech, so freedom The recalled three backed the superinten- of speech is not the issue in Westbrook, where a bookstore owner made news for dent. Having served six years on a school com- withdrawing books by Dominican-Amermittee, I know from experience that elect- ican author Junot Diaz from the shelves ed school officials are largely dependent because of accusations of sexual misconon their superintendent and business duct against him. A bookstore owner has every right to manager for information. It’s very easy to follow the leader blindly. The recalled decide what books to offer for sale, but if three followed their superintendent right every book were vetted for questionable off a cliff. She should probably jump now, ethical behavior by its author, we’d lose a too. It’s the right thing to do when you lot of great literature. On the local literary front, Maine Media have lost public confidence. Maine news has been filled lately with Collective, owners of Maine, Maine Home stories about ethical issues, dilemmas and lapses. Take, for instance, the case of the mayor of Waterville, who himself now faces recall on June 12 over a history of alt-right tweets and posts on social media attacking gun-control advocates, immigrants and Muslims, and supporting racists and conspiracy theories. The Waterville situation – a mayor losing his bank job and facing recall – was created in part by Donald Trump, whose inflammatory rhetoric and surprise election has emboldened right-wing extremists to air views they might once have realized would get them in trouble. Word to the wise: If you hold extreme social and political views, it’s best to keep them to yourself or be self-employed. No issue at the moment is as touchy as sexual misconduct, so I was not surprised last week when the president of the University of Southern Maine ordered paintings by a convicted sex offender removed from an exhibition at the school’s Lewiston campus for fear that the man’s inclusion in the show might make victims of sexual crimes uncomfortable. I'm not sure, though, how anyone would know the artist was a sex offender. And I was not surprised when the Union of Maine Visual Artists protested the removal of the paintings (which were not themselves offensive) as censorship.

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When I first saw the Maine Outdoor Alliance ad about Lucas St. Clair and creation of the Katahdin Woods & Waters National Monument I assumed it was a campaign ad. But then the final pitch was not “Vote for Lucas St. Clair in the June primary,” it was “Call the Trump administration and tell them to leave our Katahdin Monument alone.” The trouble is Trump is already leaving the Katahdin Monument alone. The St. Clair campaign has denied knowledge of the ad, but one of the people associated with Maine Outdoor Alliance was the best man at St. Clair’s wedding. I’m sad to say the only way St. Clair’s candidacy survives this ethical lapse is for him to admit that someone made a bad mistake. Otherwise, this misguided attempt to promote Lucas St. Clair may end up handing the Democratic nomination to his opponent, Jared Golden. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Brunswick. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him.

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All in on the power of love and fairy tales The royal wedding is this Saturday, and woke me at some ridiculous hour so we could watch it on live TV, and we did and I don’t care. I loved it. Well, what I mean I drew endless picis, I don’t want to tures of the event. care. I owned the paper I can tell you all dolls. Yes, official the reasons why I royal family paper shouldn’t care. It is by Heather D. Martin dolls. There were elitist, the monarmany, many outfits chy is outdated, the money could be better spent on humani- for Diana, but the wedding dress was the tarian efforts, the gender normative roles lynchpin. I think they were supposed to of this whole event are staggering, mar- be commemorative, but I cut them out riage itself is an outdated social contract immediately and played with them endI don’t even believe in. Blah, blah, blah. lessly. True, my sister did want them to I can go on and on about why no one name their first child Upton so they’d be should care, but the sad truth is – I do. I “Up, Chuck and Di,” and that is kind of counter-culture punk-abrasive, but mostdo care. It is so embarrassing, but there it is. ly we were just full on smitten. And here I am again. Will I be watching? When Diana married Charles (and we all know how that turned out) my big sister Yes. Will there be tea and scones? Yes, of

course (what do you take me for, a heathen?). There may or may not be hats. I could try and make the argument that this one is different. After all, it is Diana’s son – Diana, the brave woman who changed the monarchy and hugged AIDS patients when no one else hugged them. The woman who battled land mines and put the face of children on war to make it stop. So we love her. And this is her son and he is marrying a Yank. A seemingly charming woman, married once before and of mixed ethnic heritage. Many a barrier coming down with this marriage. Plus, though this prince is not in line for the throne anyway, we are now in an era where royal children no longer follow rules of gender in line for succession. Girls count now. So I can try for that argument. But really, it’s about the silly romance. I can’t wait. Really. I have decided to give

myself a pass on this. In a world of sorrow and angst, where major political arms wars and threats of nuclear annihilation are on every broadcast, I am giving myself permission to sink, just for a moment, into a world of buttercream and fondant. I will be “oohing “and “ahhing” over dresses and hats and pearls. I will be spotting the breeds of the horses on parade, and I will be smiling at small children in silly suits. And I am OK with it. Even if for my own life I have deliberately chosen to not marry, for numerous social and political reasons. Even if I know the money is being ill spent. For just a little while, to believe again with childlike trust in the power of love and fairy tales, I’m in. Pardon me while I go warm the teapot. Brunswick resident Heather D. Martin wants to know what's on your mind; email her at

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traffic. Portland contemplated a panhandling ban, but banning giving would do the trick just as well. Second, since they say Preble Street is a regional homeless magnet, we need to stop supplying the cure. The decades-old resource center has failed in its mission, since there are more homeless now than ever. Giving meals and a bed to transients and then casting them out into the streets may not be the best approach. Third, Mayor Ethan Strimling should make like he's former New York Mayor Rudy Giuliani and crack down on bums as Giuliani did in the 1990s. Giuliani subscribed to the theory of law enforcement that calls for cracking down on minor scofflaws before they turn into major

criminals. Strimling should, too. Lastly, let’s get the mentally ill into institutions where they can be cared for properly and not left to die on the streets. What’s happening in Portland is not only awful for neighbors, but inhumane for the homeless. Something drastic has to happen. Many people in Portland government are failing to deal with this situation because they don’t want to appear mean-spirited and uncaring to voters. But I care more about the homeless, many of whom are not criminals and don’t deserve to be discarded by society. Portland’s government has ignored this problem for years and hopefully the work by McCanna and Billings – and the frightening front-page photo – opens their eyes. John Balentine, a former managing editor for Sun Media Group, lives in Windham.


to stand the cold but also stand for hours on end defending their corner, pacing back and forth between cars and balancing on small traffic islands without getting run over. I don’t ever remember seeing as many homeless on the streets of Portland as I do now. So, who do we blame for Portland’s homelessness problem? First, I blame Portland’s tolerant culture that preaches an anything-goes, live-andlet-live mentality. Sometimes toleration and looking the other way is not a good thing. Second, I blame Preble Street Resource Center. I understand someone being

homeless for a month or two before they can get back on their feet, and I praise Preble Street for helping these folks. But many of Portland’s homeless are that way for years, and Preble Street enables it. Should we have shelters whose very presence traps people in limbo because, well, Preble Street is their de facto home? And then there are societal factors beyond Portland’s or Preble Street’s control: Family breakdown, drugs, booze, medical-related bankruptcies (I thought Obamacare solved that?), mental illness, etc. The solutions are not as easy, but I’ll take a stab. First, as New Hampshire has done, we should ban giving money to beggars in

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Letters Fed up: When you sue city, taxpayers pay price As a lifelong Westbrook resident, I am disgusted by the negative publicity we endure regarding our Fire Department. Our tax dollars are rewarded with a constant supply of complaints, bickering and lawsuits. I don’t know what has transpired between Mayor Sanphy and Chief Turcotte, nor do I care. But when

Diamon, from page 4 long time ago. In smaller municipalities, the checking for fakes is even more casual. “It’s a routine thing,” said Mary Jane White, the city clerk in Bath and president of the Maine Town and City Clerks’ Association. “Some of these people I know personally. I can spot one if something’s funny.” Jonathan Swift was pretty funny, so I suppose he’d never pass scrutiny in Bath. The fact is that unless states devote a lot of resources to checking signatures, there’s no surefire way of telling if some of them are phonies. Colorado has software that allows clerks to do that kind of cross-checking, but it’s expensive and requires petitions to be digitally scanned and juxtaposed with voter registration cards. Stateline called it an “arduous process” and a pollster said, “It’s ridiculous we’re wasting all of this money.” The reality is that signatures are no guarantee of authenticity. A bunch of

you sue Westbrook, you are suing the taxpayers and we are irate. Fire Police gone. Call Company almost gone. Lawsuit after lawsuit. The WFD chaos tirelessly rolls on. Chief Turcotte previously described his department as a “warm, friendly inclusive environment” when Fire Police and the Call Company complained. Now says he is subjected to “a hostile work environment and emotional pain and suffering” among other

things. How ironic is that? A Westbrook’s fire inspector’s honesty and integrity are being dragged into the WFD drama. Defend your reputation and your company and fire up the next lawsuit, Mr. Fire Inspector. We’re behind you 100 percent. Question: Is it true that one of the SAFER grant hires has already taken the proverbial road to greener pastures and two others have one foot out the door? If so, I suggest exit interviews

because if they are “out of here” this soon, we’d like to know why. In closing, I couldn’t care less who “wins” this lawsuit. But I’d like to thank all involved for the front-page news, embarrassment and humiliation you have brought Westbrook once again. You must feel real proud. As usual, the losers are the citizens of Westbrook. Lorraine Glidden Westbrook

Linn’s names were those of real, live people who testified they’d never signed his petitions. Somebody else apparently did that for them. It’s little glitches like that that have convinced major credit card companies such as Visa and MasterCard to stop requiring you to sign whenever you make a purchase. Also, when I have to sign on a touchscreen, I routinely write “Jonathan Swift,” and nobody notices. So, what’s the answer? In some states, candidates qualify for the ballot by winning support at party conventions. In a few, they just have to pay a fee. But conventions are all about insider politics, and even a small fee might preclude some people from running. Let’s make it as easy as possible. My modest proposal calls for requiring all potential candidates to do no more than fill out a form stating their intentions to run for office. They’d list their names and legal addresses, party affiliations if any – and, yes, they’d have to sign their names at the bottom. Just for tradition’s sake. No petitions. No signatures. Would this result in a lot of kooky

candidates clogging up the ballot? Yes, it would, but we already have a lot of kooky candidates clogging up the ballot. What harm would a few more do? It might even be enjoyable to have the opportunity to vote against Max Linn. But the real advantage of this method is that it eliminates the myth that the current system is secure against fraud. Under my modest proposal, you’d know

that the nutjob arguing that we could solve the poverty problem in Washington County by allowing poor people to sell their babies to the rich for food was actually serious about doing that, and not just some clown plagiarizing Jonathan Swift. Non-cannibalistic recipes for reform can be emailed to aldiamon@herniahill. net.

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Maypole dancing The Buxton-Hollis Historical Society welcomes spring with its Victorian White Party and Maypole Dancing III from 1-3 p.m. on Sunday, May 20, at Quillcote, 20 Salmon Falls Road, Hollis. Quillcote is the historic summer home of famed chldren's author Kate Douglas Wiggin. "This popular event again features the Movers & Shakers Competitive Dance

Team from All That Dance Studio in West Buxton gracefully winding and unwinding the Maypole to authentic Celtic music," the historical society announced. "This year, the Bonny Eagle High School Select Chorus will sing." Carla Turner, owner of Quillcote, has invited historians to view Wiggin’s library, which remains just as she left it. Refreshments will be served and historical society donations are always gratefully accepted.

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Teona Sok, a Gorham High School senior, took first place in the high school division of the 2018 Maine Constitution Essay competition. The theme for grades 9-12 was "The Importance of Voting and Democracy." "Living in a democracy is one of the greatest privileges in America," Sok's opening paragraph reads. "A demarcated government is founded on the voices of its citizens, which is special." Secretary of State Matthew Dunlap announced the results.

The annual Gorham Taste Walk is set for 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Sunday, June 3, with more than 10 businesses participating. Pre-order maps, $5, are available by visiting Maps are $7 on the day of the event outside Baxter Memorial Library, 71 South St. Those participating can vote for their favorite dish and the winning venue will receive the Golden Spoon Award.

Adult ed art show Gorham Adult Education presents its 9th annual student art show and reception from 6-7:30 p.m. Friday, May 18, at Baxter Memorial Library on South Street. The artwork will be displayed through Friday, June 15. Everyone is invited to meet the artists and refreshments will be served. Instructor Maddie Lou Chaplin was the students' instructor.

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taining and improving an important parcel of land between Route 302 and the Millbrook," the Grange said on its Facebook page. "In 2016 he donated a 35- acre parcel to the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, which integrated it into the Millbrook Preserve Trail System. Ralph continues to maintain this land for the benefit of all who enjoy the trail system."

Westbrook senior citizens will be served a meal at noon on Monday, May 21, at Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge St. The menu includes beef tips with gravy, mashed potatoes, salad and strawberry shortcake. Michael McCarthy will entertain on the piano and with a slide show. The meeting will be the last for the seniors until September. The group is planning a fall foliage trip in October to New Hampshire and will ride the Turkey Train. For more information, call 854- 2705.

Hatt honored Ralph Hatt received on May 3 the 2018 Community Service Award from Highland Lake Grange for his dedicated efforts and generous donation of time and property to the Presumpscot Regional Land Trust, as well

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The American Red Cross installed 696 free smoke alarms in Greater Portland on May 12 as part of Sound the Alarm, the organization's national safety event. Jim Bouchard, executive director of Central and Mid Coast Chapter of the Red Cross, left, is pictured with Douglas Carr of Westbrook. Courtesy photo as his dedication to Highland Lake Church. A large crowd turned out to show their appreciation for Hatt's hard work for

decades, the Grange said. "A Westbrook native, Ralph has dedicated much of his time over the last 45 years main-

Lowry's Lodge poetry series continues at 7 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, at Continuum for Creativity, 863 Main St., Westbrook. The featured poets are Ted Bookey, published poet, teacher and scholar, and Ruth Bookey, accomplished artist, published poet, teacher and friend to the poetry community. Jim Donnelly and Anna Wrobel are hosting the event. Refreshments will be served. Suggested donation, $4.

Westbrook Police Notes Arrests Devin R. Spencer, 26, of Bickford Point Road in Porter on May 7 on a warrant of arrest and a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Main Street. Michael A. Cooper, 23, of North Street in Westbrook, on May 8 on a warrant of arrest and a charge of trafficking in prison contraband, Evan S. Leavitt, 19, of Old Thompson Road in Buxton, on a warrant of arrest, Brandon Steele, 24, of Foster Street in Westbrook on a charge of violating condition of release and Brianna K. Rawdling, 19, of Myrtle Street in Westbrook, on a charge of violating condition of release on Brown Street. Tabitha L. Richards, 40, of Westbrook, on May 8 on charges of violating condition of release and criminal trespass on North Street. Jerald Rideout, 50, of Brown Street in Westbrook, on May 9 on charges of assault and burglary on Brown Street. Summonses A juvenile, 16, on May 7 on charges of assault and criminal mischief on Stroudwater Street. Meaghan A. Gilbert, 23, of Clearwater Drive in Gorham, on May 8 on a charge of operat-

ing an unregistered motor vehicle (more than 150 days) near Mechanic Street and Main Street. Robert Adams, 43, of Anne Terrace in Westbrook, on May 9 on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer on Main Street. Rodrigo R. Faria, 41, of Olive Street in Westbrook, on May 9 on a charge of operating while license is suspended or revoked on Stroudwater Street. Shane Daniel Giles, 25, of Station Lane in Windham, on May 12 on a charge of operating while license is suspended or revoked on


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Athletic director, from page 3 and respects his decision for his family." "Even if I would have known he would leave after a year, I don't know if it would have changed my decision," she said. "He cares so much for this city. He is so passionate about our students and our teachers." Superintendent Peter Lancia said he accepted Groves' resignation "very reluctantly." "I am really going to miss Gary Groves. In just a few short months, he has created and instilled a new vision for Westbrook athletics and activities that focuses on each student and their development not only as athletes but as people," Lancia said. "What a gift he leaves us with." Groves, a three-sport athlete at Westbrook High School from 1977 to 1981, said professionally a lot has been accomplished within the department this school year. He thanked committee members, teachers, staff, coaches and students for

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Westbrook Athletics and Activities Director Gary Groves submitted his resignation last week, citing a need to focus on his family. Staff photo by Michael Kelley moving on to an athletic director position at Gray-New Gloucester High School. Lancia said the position began being advertised last week through the school department's website and Serving Schools. He anticipates a committee made up of school committee members, school administrators, teachers/coaches and students will begin to screen applicants and conduct interviews in early June, with the hope of having someone in the position July 1.

As of late last week, the Westbrook school system was looking to fill anticipated vacancies in a number of positions, including bus drivers, teachers, administrative assistants, noon aides, education technicians, social workers. The department is also looking for a director of human resources, medical occupations instructor and library media specialist. Michael Kelley can be reached at 7813661 x 125 or mkelley@keepmecurrent. com or on Twitter @mkelleynews.

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Gorham struggles at plate, falls to Deering By Adam Birt GORHAM — Gorham dropped their second straight May 10, falling at home 3-1 to Deering. Offense has been Gorham’s problem of late – their lone run came in the second when Nolan Brown scored on a Lucas Roop single – and even respectable pitching and fielding hasn’t been enough to settle them into a groove. “We’re in one of these phases right now where we’re just not stringing hits together – we’re really not even stringing good at-bats together,” Gorham head coach Chuck Nadeau said. “Sometimes that’s contagious – as contagious as everybody hitting and getting on fire together.” Deering’s first couple batters – Jack Lynch and Luc Harrison – grounded out to short and flew out to center, respectively. When Keagan Stanton-Meas stepped to the plate, however, kismet smiled on the team: Stanton-Meas singled to reach base, advanced 90 feet when Brown (Gorham’s starter on the mound) tried to pick him off at first but whipped the ball a little high, and ultimately rounded to home during Luke Hill’s ups.

Gorham's Nolan Brown launched a deep double into left-center in the bottom of the fourth; he lucked out and extended his run all the way to third when Deering baseman Dan Hill couldn't quite keep his glove on the throw. Staff photo by Adam Birt Gorham’s first at-bats turned up no runs. David Drew grounded for the team – Drew reached base on an error by Deering shortstop Alex McGonagle – and soon stole second, but his teammates in

the batter’s box couldn’t keep him moving: Kyle King lined out to right and Brogan McDonald struck out to close the inning. Deering went up 2-0 to start the sec-

ond. Brown hit No. 6 batter Bobby Ridge with a pitch – hit him in the ankle – then

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Windham girls defeat Westbrook in close match By Adam Birt WINDHAM — Eagle Delia Inman bested Westbrooker Rhiannon Doiron at second singles to secure a narrow, 3-2 victory for her girls on Monday evening, May 14. Windham also topped the Blazes at first singles and first doubles. “Today was the closest match we’ve had all year,” Windham head coach Katy Dresnok said. “It could’ve gone either way, Windham or Westbrook.” “First singles and first doubles, they won it pretty overwhelmingly,” Westbrook head coach Mike Makin said. “Second singles and third singles were very close, very even.” Inman dropped the first set of her bout with Doiron, 5-7, but recovered 6-3 in their second set. The two, both slightly overextended of late, played their third set as a tie-break. Doiron jumped ahead 6-3 in that decisive portion of the match, but then stumbled while Inman surged – Inman battled back and overcame her deficit to triumph 8-6. “Delia showed extreme mental toughness by winning the third-set tiebreaker,” Dresnok said. “We didn’t go three sets,” Makin said. “We

Rhiannon Doiron narrowly lost her second-singles bout with Windhamite Delia Inman, who battled back from a 6-3 deficit to take the "third set"/tiebreaker.

Westbrooker Dalena Bennett volleys at third singles.  Staff photos by Adam Birt

Meanwhile, over in first singles action, Windhamite Gabby Smith defeated Westbrooker Maura Rielly in straight sets, 6-0, 6-1. “Gabby was extremely strong in her forehands and top-spins,” Dresnok said, “which led to a nice victory.” “First singles was a game of momentum,” Makin said, “where there was threegame swings, four-game swings in a row.” At third singles, the Blazes’ Dalena Ben-

nett and the Eagles Autumn Hall played the day’s longest match. Bennett eventually took the W, 7-6, 6-3. “Autumn fought a very long match,” Dresnok said. “By losing the first-set tiebreaker, she had a two-hour match. Her backhand was stronger than ever.” “Every match Dalena has played has

played two sets and a tiebreaker, because both girls have played a lot last week. In the interest of not driving them into the ground, we decided to make that third set a tiebreaker, instead of being a full set.” “[Rhiannon] was up 6-3 in it,” Makin said. “She four chances to win it, and the other girl played tough. She just didn’t go away. “I would say, in second singles, nothing was given; it was all earned, on both sides.”

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Baseball, from page 11 walked McGonagle for two men on. Ridge slid over to third on a Mike Jones sac bunt and scooted home on a Caleb Delano single. “Especially when you’re not hitting, you can’t give guys extra outs, extra bases,” Nadeau said. “We did that. I think all three of their runs were the result of extra stuff we gave them. But give them credit, they took advantage of some of our mistakes. That’s what we’re not doing on the other side of it.” Gorham responded in the bottom of the second. Brown, batting fifth in the lineup, singled; he stole second during Will Prescott’s at-bat and grabbed third when Prescott grounded out to short. Finally, Roop brought him home, belting a beautiful drive to center. The well dried up for Gorham after that – for Gorham, but not for Deering. Deering added their third run, the 3-1 run, in the top of the sixth. Brown lured Ridge into a 6-3 groundout to open the stretch, but then nailed McGonagle in the elbow. McGonagle would shortly find his way across the plate. Three runs isn’t that many; Gorham’s pitching and their fielding kept them alive, kept them in it, despite logging a handful of key errors. Their bats were what let them down. “We came into the season thinking pitching was going to be our big challenge,” Nadeau said. “Give our guys credit: They’ve pitched well enough to win games. Lately, we just haven’t sup-

Gorham's Trevoer Loubier – who took over at third when Kyle King moved to the mound – reaches for an incoming Deering grounder. Staff photo by Adam Birt ported them with offense.” “We’ve got some work to do on defense as well,” Nadeau said. “And in a game where you’re really struggling offensively, to go from 2-1 to 3-1 late in the game on a play that really should’ve been the third out, mentally it wears on you. “We should be able to overcome it; these kids are experienced baseball players. So we’ll get through it.” Ben Nelson relieved Brown in the sixth, and Kyle King took Nelson’s place in the seventh. Nadeau applauded the

trio: “Nolan battled,” Nadeau said. “He gave up the two early runs, but then kept us in a position where we could’ve come back, scored some runs and taken control of the game. Ben and Kyle did a nice job in relief.” Gorham certainly can hit – make no mistake about that. The team has tallied 39 runs in seven games, including 15 against Falmouth, who aren’t having their best season, but who can hardly be called “bad.” Gorham has simply fallen

into a bit of a slump, and a slump can be a difficult pit of quicksand to escape. “We’ve been getting on base. We just haven’t been able to string a lot of hits together to get that big inning,” Nadeau said. “One or two big innings can really carry you a long way. Kids start to feel good about themselves. What we need to do right now is have confidence that our process is the right process.” Adam Birt can be reached at abirt@ Follow him on Twitter: @CurrentSportsME.

Tennis, from page 11 been really close,” Makin said. “I think she’s played five or six tiebreakers already this year. She keeps it close and wins with her feet.” At first doubles, Eagles Rachel Frost and Megan Fleck paired up to sweep past Westbrook’s Phoebe Adame and Jacinda Im, 6-3, 6-2. “Megan and Rachel are stronger than ever, with really good net points,” Dresnok said. “Their opponents were equally good at getting back, so many points.” “First doubles, I felt, was actually much closer than the score indicated,” Makin said. “Virtually every game went to deuce, it seemed. [Windham’s] girls just covered the court really well and won the big points that our girls didn’t.” Last but not least: Westbrook’s other win, which came at second doubles. Kallie Cyr and Alex Thayer worked together to defeat Susi Krebs and Chloe McVetty 6-0, 6-4. “Our second doubles has been really strong all year relative to the competition because there’s no big stretch in the talent on our team,” Makin said, “so our No. 7 is very similar to our No. 1. We end up being stronger in our second doubles because there’s less of a drop-off for us there. We’re not as stratified; we’re more uniform.” “Kallie Cyr,” Makin said, “she’s a senior, it’s her second year playing tennis, she’s like 8-1 at second doubles. She’s playing

Alex Thayer returns a ball at second doubles for Westbrook. great. They seem to get down, then win the close sets. They did it again: They got down in the first, they came back and won, and then rolled in the second set. It was a very entertaining match.” “Chloe and Susi, although they lost,” Dresnok said, “played great doubles together, as this was Chloe’s first varsity match.”

Windham advanced to 6-4 on the win, while Westbrook slipped to 5-4. The Blazes, ranked eighth to start the day, will likely now switch spots in the standings with the Eagles, who entered the contest ranked ninth. Gorham, 9-0, sits in first. Windham has two opponents left to face, this regular season: Kennbunk/Wells at home on Friday the 18th, and mighty Gor-

Staff photo by Adam Birt ham on the road three days later. Three matches remained on Westbrook’s docket, before playoffs kick in. The Blazes hosted Bonny Eagle on Wednesday the 16th, travel to Sanford two days later and welcome Massabesic three days after that. Adam Birt can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @ CurrentSportsME.

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Duson, Sanborn vie for Democratic nod in Senate District 28 By David Harry PORTLAND — For the second time in as many years, state Senate District 28 is up for grabs. As in 2016, City Councilor Jill Duson is running for the seat. She is opposed in the Democratic Party primary by state Rep. Heather Sanborn. Republican Patrick G. Martin, of Westbrook, is unopposed in the GOP primary. The Senate District 28 seat is open because Sen. Mark Dion is seeking the Democratic nomination for governor. The district is comprised of the northern and western portions of Portland and the southern piece of Westbrook. All party primaries will be held June 12, with the general election coming Nov. 6. Jill Duson Duson, the second-longest tenured Portland city councilor, said she is ready to advocate directly for Portland in Augusta. "I have this kind of nerdy passion for public service, community service," she said. Duson, 65, of Pennell Avenue, is divorced and has two grown children. She ran for the Senate District 28 seat in 2016, finishing second to Dion in the Democratic primary. She said if elected, she will keep serving on the City Council, where she was elected to a sixth term last November. She also served two, one-year terms as mayor before the post became a popularly elected one in 2011. "My municipal experience and engaging everybody to figure out what is the best road to take will do well for everybody," she said. Duson has not endorsed any of the Democrats seeking their party's nomination for governor, but said it is essential to have a Democrat win the general election in November. Collaboration throughout the Legislature will be critical, Duson said. Policies, including school funding, need to be handled so there are no big winners or losers in the results. "It is not a quick job, no matter what you tweak creates benefits and harm in some communities," she said. Yet as the city grapples with its education budget, Duson said imbalances in state subsidies need to be addressed.



"Service center communities desperately need funding to be attentive to our needs and what we provide," she said. While implementing the will of the voters as seen in referendum elections about school funding and the minimum wage, Duson said it is also important to restore faith in state government agencies. "It is almost as though having failed at cutting the funding, they have adopted a nonperformance imperative," she said of the LePage administration. Duson's experience managing the Maine Human Rights Commission Compliance Division, directing the state Department of Labor Bureau of Rehabilitation Services, as well as a lobbyist for Central Maine Power Co. have given her the insights and connections to work with everyone in Augusta, she said. Yet, she said, people need to understand both the roles and responsibilities of government. "I think for people who are dependent on the community for basic needs, they have a right to well-managed services, and the people who fund them have a right to know they are getting value for their dollar," she said. Duson supports expanding MaineCare and is ready to draw on the $129 million surplus left over from the current biennial budget. "I think it is indefensible to have large surpluses while failing to address children’s health,” she said.

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Heather Sanborn "The opportunity to represent more of Portland and have a bigger voice is important to me, as I have been working on affordable health care and clean energy issues," Sanborn said. Sanborn, 41, of Frost Hill Road, is an attorney and owner of Rising Tide Brewing Co. in Portland. She is married and has a son. She is completing her first term representing House District 43, where she replaced Dion when he won the Senate seat she is now seeking. Sanborn has not endorsed any of the seven Democrats seeking the gubernatorial nomination June 12, but said the general election is critical. "They will shape the next two and four years in our state and perhaps the next decade of politics in our country," she said. The immediacy of the elections may also mean the Legislature can use funding sources at hand to implement initiatives Sanborn said were priorities for state voters over the last few years. The latest biennial budget period ended with a $129 million state surplus. Sanborn said it is time to put at least some of the money to work. "We are not in a position where we are looking to increase people’s taxes; we are in a position where we are looking to invest the surplus in people’s priorities," she said. Key in this are expanding MaineCare, the state program largely funded through federal Medicare dollars, and ensuring local

communities get more state funding for education. "We have taxed Mainers, held on to their money and not used for education. I find that reprehensible," Sanborn said. Some of the surplus beyond what covers state needs in an economic downturn should also be used to fight the opioid use problems in Maine, she added. Worried about cities like Portland, where increased property valuations have reduced education subsidies without considering area incomes, Sanborn said meeting the state commitment to fund 55 percent of local education costs alone would help alleviate the increased property tax burdens faced in the city and Westbrook. She would also like a renewed commitment to returning 5 percent of income and sales taxes collected by the state to communities as revenue sharing. The state now returns 2 percent of those collections. Sanborn said a clean energy policy would benefit the whole state environmentally and economically, but added misconceptions abound. "When it comes to progressive energy policy, it comes to a lot of also narratives around wind and solar we need to combat," she said. "Because I have served on the energy committee, I am up to speed and know how to work on that." David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Briefs Gorham facilities off limits Saturday for police drills GORHAM — Several Gorham facilities will be closed on Saturday, May 19, as police conduct active shooter drills. Closures include Gorham High School, its parking lot and athletic fields; the Gorham Municipal Center, parking lot and recreation end; Shaw Gym; and Robie Park and Robie softball field. Residents will see a larger police presence around town Saturday as well, the town said on its website.

IDEXX breaks ground on $62M expansion WESTBROOK — IDEXX has broken ground on a planned $62 million facility expansion at its headquarters off Eisenhower Drive. The Synergy East will feature a new multi-level, 135,000-square-foot expansion to the existing Synergy Center, which opened in 2014. The new space, which will open in late 2019, will accommodate up to 600 additional employees.

The groundbreaking event last week was attended by Gov. Paul LePage and Maine Speaker of the House Sara Gideon, among other dignitaries. CEO Jonathan Ayers thanked the project’s supporters to date and employee community. “The groundbreaking of our Synergy East expansion is significant and is part of a long track record of investing billions of dollars over the last decade in Maine and in Westbrook," said Ayers, who has been CEO since 2002. The new facility will be LEED Gold Certified and contain many energy efficient design elements such as solar panels, highly efficient HVAC, and rainwater harvesting. Standout features include a 200-person conference room and best-in-class office and workstation design.

Son faces charges for threatening mother BUXTON — Adam Sanborn, 26, was taken into custody after he allegedly threatened his mother with a firearm on Mother's Day, according to a press

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release from Police Chief Troy Cline. Sanborn, Cline said in the release, would be charged with domestic violence criminal threatening with a firearm, a Class C crime, and domestic violence assault, a Class D crime. Buxton officers Warren Day and Keith Waltz had responded to a report at 7:55 p.m. on May 13 to 768 Parker Farm Road. Cline reported that the officers were unable to get anyone to answer the door at the home. Police, who learned the mother was safe elsewhere, set up a perimeter around the home and Parker Farm Road was closed at 9:30 p.m. Buxton officers were assisted by two officers and a sergeant from Gorham Police Department in addition to three deputies from Cumberland County Sheriff's Department. "Sanborn exited the residence on his own and started to walk towards a vehicle in the driveway," the press release said. "A team of officers apprehended Sanborn in the driveway prior to him getting in a car." Police said Sanborn threw a firearm under a vehicle before being arrested and an officer located a loaded handgun after "taking Sanborn into custody." Parker Farm Road re-opened at 11:30 p.m. Sanborn was taken to York County Jail pending bail.

Portland men arrested after wrong turn WESTBROOK — An early morning call to police last week led to the arrest of two Portland residents. Westbrook Police report just before 6

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a.m. May 10, they received a call from a resident reporting a suspicious vehicle. After running the plate, police learned the vehicle had been stolen from Portland. According to a press release, "officers located the vehicle on Main Street and attempted to initiate a traffic stop. The driver, apparently unfamiliar with Westbrook streets, attempted to flee by making an immediate turn onto Giles Street, a dead end. He crashed the stolen car into the side of a Giles Street apartment building and fled on foot. He was apprehended after a brief pursuit by Officer Ben Hall and K-9 Brook." The driver of the vehicle, David Logugune, 20, of Portland, was charged with operating under the influence, theft by unauthorized use of property, refusing to submit to arrest, leaving the scene of a motor vehicle accident, aggravated criminal mischief and operating without a license. The passenger, Fakhareldin Adam, 20, of Portland, Maine, was also arrested and charged with theft by unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, possession of scheduled drugs, trafficking in prison contraband and trafficking in Scheduled W drug (crack cocaine). Both subjects were taken to the Cumberland County Jail and booked.

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Looking Back May 19, 1993 Despite spending $8 million in preparation work, building a regional recycling center and accessory landfill in Gorham is no sure thing. Some officials connected with the Regional Waste Systems project from the beginning are now openly questioning whether the complex is needed, and saying less costly options should be explored. Others say the state is leaning on Greater Portland for expensive solutions while ignoring trash disposal concerns in other areas of Maine. Regional Waste Systems directors could vote May 20 to accept or reject the Gorham proposal, though Gary Lorfano, board chairman, will recommend that the decision be postponed until next month to allow more time for debate. Westbrook Mayor Fred Wescott and the City Council continued their budget standoff this week. The council wants Wescott to cut his $12.6 million budget for city and county services, and the mayor wants the council to tell him where to cut. A 2 percent cut asked by the Finance Committee May 3 would mean slicing $250,000. A small animal caused some big headaches May 3 when it ran across Brook Street in Westbrook and the car that stopped for it was hit by the one behind. The first car was driven by Robert Lord, 42, of Falmouth. His 1986 Subaru had $900 damage. The car behind it was driven by Kelly Irving, 29, of Cumberland. It had $1,200 damage. No one was hurt. By the time Gorham students finish eighth grade at Shaw School, they will know about running a small business, and may even decide on what career to pursue. As a project, the students have been running Shaw Enterprises Inc. from their classrooms. In doing so, they have developed, produced and begun marketing a small range of products, including clay and wooden beads, retailing from 10 cents to $1.50, wooden boxes for $4, key chains for $1 and locker organizers for $3. Teacher Martha LaViolet says the students started out with a $550 loan from the school. “It’s gone really well, especially for the first

60 Years Ago The Westbrook American reported on May 21, 1958, that Carol Day and Leanne Eaton, both of Monroe Avenue in Westbrook, entertained with a lawn party as each observed birthdays of sons. Richard Day was 5 and Robbie Eaton, 6. Gorham engineer Dale Caruthers was hired by the Westbrook Parking Authority to draw up specifications for a new, 60-car lot on Main Street.

The Highland Lake School on Duck Pond Road (behind the current-day Duck Pond Variety store) was built in 1874 for $2,700. Classes were held on the first floor and the second floor was used as a community hall. Students in the Prides Corner area attended this school until Prides Corner Elementary opened in 1951. The old building was demolished in 1969 after a fire. To see more historical photos and artifacts, visit the Westbrook Historical Society at the Fred C. Wescott Building, 426 Bridge St. It is open Tuesdays and Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, and the first Wednesday of each month at 1:30 p.m., September-June. Inquiries can be emailed to The website is  Photo and research courtesy of Mike Sanphy year,” said Thea Tibbets, company president. Mr. and Mrs. Earl Chadbourne (Catherine Rice) were married 50 years ago, on May 17, 1943. They were honored with a surprise party May 9, given by their seven children, 13 grandchildren and three great-grandchildren. The Chadbournes thought they were going to join the family for dinner at Valle’s that day. But a horse and carriage drove up to their home and took them in style to the Saccarappa Grange Hall, where friends and family waited to greet them. Both Earl, a retired carpenter, and Catherine are former masters of the Grange. May 21, 2003 Hundreds of police officers, town officials and friends turned out last week to bid sad farewells to John Reed, the Gorham police officer who died in his home May 9 at 52. As dozens of police officers

and firefighters from neighboring communities stood in formation outside the South Gorham Baptist Church on County Road, the Rev. Phillip Shearman spoke about his and other people’s memories of the well-known and respected officer of 29 years. A few hours before Michael O’Brian had hoped to get approval for a couple of condos he planned to build in Westbrook, his engineer called to tell him the Planning Board meeting had been called off and the zoning on which he based his project had been voided. O’Brian is one of many whose projects have gotten entangled in the controversy over the city’s new zoning ordinance, adopted March 17 but reversed by the City Council two weeks ago. The ordinance was crafted in part by Mathew Eddy, the director of economic and community development, who has said he wouldn’t mind starting fresh. The council

will take up the ordinance once again at its first regular meeting in June. Westbrook EMS had its sixth annual open house Sunday, showing off its new $150,000 rescue unit and barbecuing burgers and hot dogs for visitors. EMS Capt. John Leighton said the event recognized the national EMS Week May 18-24. Westbrook Fire Chief Gary Littlefield said Fire/EMS gets 3,600 calls a year citywide. Both Westbrook and Gorham are hosting Memorial Day events. On Sunday, May 25, a citywide roll call memorial service will be held at the Westbrook Warren Congregational Church. The parade Monday starts at 10 a.m., following a ceremony at 8 a.m. at Woodlawn Cemetery. A parade in Gorham on Monday starts at 9 a.m. at Robie Gym, stopping at Eastern Cemetery for a ceremony and continuing to the Veterans Memorial for the placing of a wreath. At 11, the parade musters again in South Windham, marching to Hillside Cemetery on Houston Road for a ceremony after stopping at the bridge on Route 202 to throw a wreath into the Presumpscot River. The American Legion is planning a dinner and auction to raise money to purchase a new elevator for their building on Dunn Street in Westbrook. The building, home to both the American Legion and the Westbrook Historical Society, has no elevator now, making access to the second floor difficult for seniors. The event is June 22 at the Holiday Inn by the Bay.

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Houses, from page 1 tion to the community, but also a great educational opportunity. Kids are in the middle of it doing something practical." Dave Moon, who worked at the vocational center as an electrical engineer from 1974 to 2009 and oversaw the electrical work on 25 homes, is grateful to have been part of the program, as were his students. He said he remembers countless students driving past the houses and showing their family members the work they had contributed. They took pride in their work and came motivated every day. "I would implore you to continue doing this," Moon told the Rotary members during a celebration of the program at the vocational center earlier this month. "It's made a difference in a lot of lives." Carl Jensen, the first vocational director in Westbrook, started the program. An initial lack of funding didn't deter him. According to the Westbrook Historical Society, "with no financial support forthcoming from the school budget, Jensen secured supplies, services, and financial aid from the local firms. More than 25 additional businesses contributed publicity, advisory and instructional aid. Local architects, plumbers, electricians and heating engineers volunteered to assist with supervision and instruction." The first home was constructed on land at 42 Libby Ave. that was donated by the Rotary club, which has actively supported the project ever since. Those working on the home were held to a high regard and students in the high school's home economics course handled decoration of the initial home and students in business course recorded construction costs. "The quality of construction on this first home on Libby Avenue was high," according to the historical society, "if mistakes were made, they were torn out and redone, under the watchful eye of job instructor Carl Robinson." The home was completed on schedule and was sold in the summer of 1958. The following year, students built a home across the street from the original site and over the years built more than 40 homes all over the city, including numerous residences on Dana and Roy avenues, Deer Hill Circle, as well as Lamb, Forest, Marrett and Stroudwater streets. Vocational students have also built homes for Gorham, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Scarborough and Windham residents. Between 1973 and 1978, the students constructed the Home and Family Center next to the high school, which served as vocational classroom space, but now is home to the Westbrook School Department. Students have also worked on other projects for the school district, including portable classrooms at Saccarappa. Westbrook Regional Vocational Center Director Todd Fields said the program has changed over the years, but the mission – to give students a good hands-on learning experience – has remained the same. He said by building on-site, as opposed to in the classroom or in the parking lot behind the vocational center, students "get to experience everything people in these trades go

The first home students in the vocational program constructed was at 42 Libby Road in 1958. Since then, more than 45 homes have been constructed all over the city. Courtesy photo

WRVC building trades instructor Kirk Nygren, left, works with Westbrook High School junior Jacob Garland on proper technique during work on the latest student-built house. Staff photo by Michael Kelley through." The vocational offerings have changed over the years. Students enrolled in heavy machine operation and commercial drivers license programs now help with the site work and landscaping. Students once drafted plans for the homes through the drafting program, but that program has since been discontinued. Work is now wrapping up on the ranchstyle house at 33 Declaration Drive. The foundation was poured right after Christmas break and recentlythe 15 student carpenters worked putting up the roof trusses. Megan Robichaud, a senior at Westbrook High School, said the program has showed her females are as capable as their male peers in terms of house construction. "I've always loved to be hands-on and I love to build things, and because I did this, I could, later in life, go out, find a carpenter and go work for them," Robichaud said. Like Robichaud, junior Wyatt Fowler is taking part in the vocational center's building trades curriculum for this first time. Fowler said he was inspired to take the course because there is a demand for individuals with experience in the trades. Fowler said he would like to continue pursuing construction after high school. "It is not something I take lightly. This is my future and you might as well learn it while you are young so you can use it the rest of your life," he said. Fields said the rate at which these new homes have been built has changed in more recent time. "Originally we tried to do one house a

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of things out. Now it is a tw0-year program. The first year are are framing it and getting it weather tight and the second year, we are working on the inside, doing trim and cabinetry," said Fields, who has been with the center for 30 years, including the last 17 as director. Fields said the Realtors from the Rotary club work to sell the home at a fair market value. Proceeds from the house go to the club, which in turn, donates it back to the vocational program students in the form of scholarships or toolships. Last year, Rotary gave out $14,000 to vocational students. The city, he said, has also been supportive of the program by setting aside lots for students to build new homes on. Through the years, Judith Reidman has helped sell the homes and find new lots for the program. "It has been a wonderful program. I have really enjoyed it," she said. "It's oldest continually running program in the United States. There's something to be said about the work being done here," she added. Rotary member Christine Johnson has been working to document the last 60 years and is looking for photographs, especially of the students working, and newspaper clippings to add to the club's scrapbook, which chronicles the house-building. "The game plan is to build off of what we have, so when we celebrate the 75th in 15 years, we'll have built a few more homes and have better documentation," she said. Michael Kelley can be reached at 781-3661 x 125 or or on Twitter: @mkelleynews

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UNITED STATES OF AMERICA FEDERAL ENERGY REGULATORY COMMISSION S.D. Warren Company Project Nos. 2897-048; 2932-047, 2941-043, 2931-042, 2942-051 NOTICE OF APPLICATIONS ACCEPTED FOR FILING, SOLICITING MOTIONS TO INTERVENE AND PROTESTS, READY FOR ENVIRONMENTAL ANALYSIS, AND SOLICITING COMMENTS, TERMS AND CONDITIONS, RECOMMENDATIONS, AND PRESCRIPTIONS (May 11, 2018) Take notice that the following hydroelectric applications have been filed with the Commission and are available for public inspection: a. Type of Applications: Surrender of License; Amendment of Licenses b. Project Nos.: 2897-048 (Surrender); 2932-047, 2941-043, 2931-042, 2942-051 (Amendments) c. Date Filed: March 23, 2018 d. Applicant: S.D. Warren Company e. Name of Projects: Saccarappa Hydroelectric Project (Surrender); Mallison Falls, Little Falls, Gambo, and Dundee Hydroelectric Projects (Amendments) f. Location: On the Presumpscot River in Westbrook, Cumberland County, Maine. g. Filed Pursuant to: Federal Power Act, 16 USC 791a - 825r. h. Applicant Contact: Barry Stemm, Engineering Manager, Sappi North America, P.O. Box 5000, Westbrook, ME 04098, (207) 856-4584, and Briana K. O’Regan, Esq., Assistant General Counsel, Sappi North America, 179 John Roberts Road, South Portland, ME 04106, (207) 854-7070. i. FERC Contact: Dr. Jennifer Ambler, (202) 502-8586, or j. Deadline for filing motions to intervene and protests, comments, terms and conditions, recommendations, and prescriptions: 30 days from the issuance date of this notice. The Commission strongly encourages electronic filing. Please file motions to intervene and protests, comments, terms and conditions, recommendations, and prescriptions using the Commission’s eFiling system at http:// Commenters can submit brief comments up to 6,000 characters, without prior registration, using the eComment system at You must include your name and contact information at the end of your comments. For assistance, please contact FERC Online Support at, (866) 208-3676 (toll free), or (202) 502-8659 (TTY). In lieu of electronic filing, please send a paper copy to: Secretary, Federal Energy Regulatory Commission, 888 First Street, NE, Washington, DC. 20426. The first page of any filing should include docket numbers P-2897-048, P-2932047, P-2941-043, P-2931-042, and/or P-2942-051, as appropriate. The Commission’s Rules of Practice require all intervenors filing documents with the Commission to serve a copy of that document on each person on the official service list for the project. Further, if an intervenor files comments or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. k. Description of Project Facilities: The Saccarappa Project (P-2897-048) consists of two 10- to 12-foot-high concrete diversion dams, referred to as eastern and western spillways, separated by an island, a headgate structure, a concrete-lined forebay, and a powerhouse containing three turbine-generator units with a total rated generating capacity of 1,350 kilowatts (kW). The project also includes a 345-foot-long tailrace channel and two bypass reaches measuring 475 and 390 feet long extending from the respective spillway to the downstream end of the tailrace channel. The Mallison Falls Project (P-2932-047) includes a 358-foot-long, 14-foot-high concrete, masonry and cut granite diversion dam, a headgate structure, an intake power canal, and a powerhouse containing two turbinegenerator units with a total rated generating capacity of 800 kW. The Mallison Falls Dam creates an 8-acre impoundment. The project has a 675-foot-long bypass reach between the dam and the powerhouse tailwaters. The Little Falls Project (P-2941-043) includes a 310-foot-long, 14-foot-high L-shaped concrete and masonry dam that creates a 29-acre impoundment extending 1.7 miles to the tailwaters of the Gambo Project, and a powerhouse integral with the dam, containing four turbine-generator units with a total rated generating capacity of 1,000 kW. The project has a 300-foot-long bypass reach between the upper section of the dam and the powerhouse tailwaters. The Gambo Project (P-2931-042) includes a 300-foot-long, 24-foot-high concrete dam, a headgate structure, an intake and power canal, and a powerhouse containing four turbine-generator units with a total rated generating capacity of 1,900 kW. The Gambo Dam creates a 151-acre impoundment. The project has a 300-foot-long bypass reach between the dam and the powerhouse tailwaters. The Dundee Project (P-2942-051) includes a 1,492-foot-long, 50-foot-high concrete dam that creates a 197acre impoundment, extending 1.7 miles upstream to the tailwaters of the North Gorham Project (P-2519), and a powerhouse integral with the dam, containing three turbine-generator units with a total rated generating capacity of 2,400 kW. The Dundee Project also includes a 1,075-foot-long tailrace channel, which creates a bypass reach. l. Description of Requests: For the Saccarappa Project (P-2897-048): The licensee filed an application to surrender its license for the Saccarappa Project. The licensee proposes to: (1) remove the existing powerhouse and other ancillary structures; (2) remove the eastern and western spillways; (3) partially fill the existing tailrace; (4) construct a double Denil fishway within the filled tailrace area to provide fish passage over the lower falls; (5) alter and repair the tailrace guard wall to support the operation of the Denil; (6) construct a fish counting facility at the exit of the Denil; and (7) modify the bedrock in the eastern and western channels to facilitate nature-like fish passage over both the eastern and western sections of the upper falls. For the Mallison Falls (P-2932-047), Little Falls (P-2941-043), Gambo (P-2931-042), and Dundee (P-2942-051) Projects: Concurrent with the request to surrender the license for the Saccarappa Project as described above, the licensee proposes to amend its upstream project licenses for the Mallison Falls, Little Falls, Gambo, and Dundee Projects to: (1) amend the Mallison Falls Project license (the next upstream project from Saccarappa) to include the new Denil fish passage facilities built at the Saccarappa Dam site; (2) extend by ten years, until 2053, the license expiration dates for its four upstream projects (Mallison Falls, Little Falls, Gambo, and Dundee Projects); and (3) remove all fish passage requirements from the Gambo and Dundee licenses. The proposed actions reflect conditions agreed to by parties to a Settlement Agreement executed on November 15, 2016, as amended on March 7, 2018, between the licensee and the U.S. Department of the Interior and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Maine Department of Marine Resources; Conservation Law Foundation; Friends of the Presumpscot River; and City of Westbrook, Maine. These applications have been accepted for filing and are now ready for environmental analysis. m. This filing may be viewed on the Commission’s website at Enter the docket number excluding the last three digits in the docket number field to access the document. You may also register online at to be notified via email of new filings and issuances related to this or other pending projects. For assistance, call 1-866-208-3676 or e-mail, for TTY, call (202) 502-8659. A copy is also available for inspection and reproduction in the Commission’s Public Reference Room located at 888 First Street, NE, Room 2A, Washington, DC 20426, or by calling (202) 502-8371. n. Individuals desiring to be included on the Commission’s mailing list should so indicate by writing to the Secretary of the Commission. o. Comments, Protests, or Motions to Intervene: Anyone may submit comments, a protest, or a motion to intervene in accordance with the requirements of Rules of Practice and Procedure, 18 CFR 385.210, .211, and .214. In determining the appropriate action to take, the Commission will consider all protests or other comments filed, but only those who file a motion to intervene in accordance with the Commission’s Rules may become a party to the proceeding. Any comments, protests, or motions to intervene must be received on or before the specified comment date for the particular application. p. Filing and Service of Responsive Documents: Any filing must (1) bear in all capital letters the title “COMMENTS,” “PROTEST,” “MOTION TO INTERVENE,” “RECOMMENDATIONS,” “TERMS AND CONDITIONS,” or “PRESCRIPTIONS,” as applicable; (2) set forth in the heading the name of the applicant and the project number of the application to which the filing responds; (3) furnish the name, address, and telephone number of the person protesting or intervening; and (4) otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 385.2001 through 385.2005. All comments, recommendations, terms and conditions, or prescriptions must set forth their evidentiary basis and otherwise comply with the requirements of 18 CFR 4.34(b). All comments, motions to intervene, or protests should relate to the licensee’s requests that are the subject of this notice. Agencies may obtain copies of the application directly from the applicant. A copy of any protest or motion to intervene must be served upon each representative of the applicant specified in the particular application. If an intervener files comments or documents with the Commission relating to the merits of an issue that may affect the responsibilities of a particular resource agency, they must also serve a copy of the document on that resource agency. A copy of all other filings in reference to this application must be accompanied by proof of service on all persons listed in the service list prepared by the Commission in this proceeding, in accordance with 18 CFR 4.34(b) and 385.2010. q. Agency Comments: Federal, state, and local agencies are invited to file comments on the described proceeding. If any agency does not file comments within the time specified for filing comments, it will be presumed to have no comments. Kimberly D. Bose, Secretary

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Ashley Stoddard, an English language learner teacher at Congin School, and Danielle Porter, an English language learner teacher at Saccarappa School, were among the teachers demonstrating last week to shine light on the on-going contract dispute with the School Committee. Staff photo by Michael Kelley Westbrook High School. "They have gone through negotiations, mediation and now are at fact finding and haven't been able to resolve those differences." High School social studies teacher Jared Ruthman, president of the Westbrook Education Association, said working conditions are at the heart of the bargaining standoff. Primarily, he said, teachers don't have enough time to get done what are they are required to do. "It's important to understand this is not about money. It is about ensuring we get the working conditions we need to properly support our students," said Ruthman, a teacher in the district since 2000. He noted, however, that because there is no updated contract in place and bargaining is in a state of "static status quo," none of the members of the association have moved up on the pay scale. "In essence, all of us have taken a pay cut this year," he said. Ruthman and dozens of his colleagues, wearing red, lined the hallway outside council chambers last week before the School Committee meeting to urge support for their cause. "It is time for you guys to realize there is a crisis of morale in this community," Ruthman told School Committee Chairman Jim Violette prior to leaving the meeting, followed by coworkers, several of whom carried signs. Violette said that despite the differences between the union and the school committee, "this is not personal and nobody should take it as an insult to teachers." "We appreciate all the work employees do for the district and the fact we have not yet reached an agreement with the teacher negotiators does not change any of that," said Violette, chairman of the school committee's negotiation committee, which also includes Steve Berry and Noreen Poitras. Ruthman said in an interview that in recent years more and more responsibility has been heaped on teachers, such as addi-

tional teaching requirements, proficiency-based mandates and technology, creating "the perfect storm." Teachers nationwide feel "they have been devalued." The goal, he said, is to hash out an updated contract that takes into account this additional workload. "It is woefully inadequate to address the conditions we face in our daily lives here," Ruthman said. Ruthman said Westbrook loses 18 to 24 educators every year, not due to retirement, but to burnout. "We want to serve our students. We love our students and have some of the best around, but every day it is getting harder and harder," he said. Violette said as much as he wanted to talk about what the School Committee's negotiation team would like to see in the contract, he could not comment on the dispute until after the fact-finding process plays out and the Maine Labor Relations Board issues its report. "Once the report is filed, hopefully we can meet again and determine if we accept the fact finding decision or not. Fact finding is non-binding, which means either party can accept or reject the panel's findings," Violette said. "We can't make any comment now because it would be breaking the rules of confidentiality and not be fair to the process." The two parties had their first fact-finding session May 7 and have another set for Friday, June 8. The association is bargaining for the teachers, nurses, librarians, guidance councilors and social workers. Administrators are working under an updated contract, which is good through June 30, 2019. The support staff – education technicians, bud drivers, administrative assistants, cafeteria workers, custodians, mechanics and maintenance workers – are under contract until June 30, 2020. Michael Kelley can be reached at 7813661 x 125 or or on Twitter @mkelleynews.

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Welcome to the Outside! With unique benefits including discounts on outdoor clothing and gear, outdoor adventure is a part of every job! O Our Flagship Store has Summer jobs starting soon. Or maybe you want to start work now and work right through the Holidays! Walk in Wednesday, May 16th 5-7pm for an interview. Our Employment Office is located at: 2 Stonewood Drive Freeport, ME 04032 Our temporary jobs allow you to work a varied schedule and still enjoy the outdoors all summer long.

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Complaint, from page 1 warranted." But Phalon, an attorney with Murray Plumb & Murray, disagreed. "The school’s failure to address the reported bullying in a timely and effective manner resulted in the Moores' son being physically attacked," Phalon said. "He was out of school for several days — three due to an unwarranted suspension and additional days due to anxiety about returning to school."

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Phalon said the Human Rights Commission would send an investigator to Gorham and an investigation could take a couple of months. The Maine Human Rights Commission enforces the state's anti-discrimination laws and pursues "remedies for unlawful discrimination in court when necessary" to enforce them, it says. The Moores' dispute with the school also includes an accusation that Riley used a four-letter expletive in a phone call to Kadia Moore in March.

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Kadia Moore said Tuesday that during that conversation Riley told her, "Oh, [expletive] off" after she criticized the school's handling of bullying. According to a School Department letter on April 5 that the Moores made available, Riley telephoned Kadia Moore on March 20. The letter refutes the Moore's accusation because of "insufficient evidence to conclude" that Riley was rude or had used such a word. "I heard it very clearly," Kadia Moore said about the remark, adding she would

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Arts Calendar Music May 19 The Royal River Chorus will perform its special blend of women's barbershop harmony in a concert at 7 p.m., at the North Windham Union Church, 723 Roosevelt Trail, Windham. Tickets will be sold at the door, $12 adults, $10 seniors/students. The box office opens at 6 p.m.

May 22 Fanfare Concert Band presents a free concert of patriot music at 7 p.m. at the Lake Region High School Auditorium to honor local veterans and those currently serving in the military. The concert is supported by the American Legion in Naples, students and staff of the Lake Region Vocational Center, the Lake Region High School Interact Club, and young clarinet players from SAD 61. The band is directed by Stan Buchanan.

May 25 Hiroya Tsukamoto, a composer, gui-

tarist and singer-songwriter from Kyoto, Japan performs at 7:30 p.m., at Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Road, Bar Mills. Tickets for adults $20, seniors and students $18. Reservations advised: 207929-6472 or

June 9 C.J. Chenier and the Red Hot Louisiana Band, Grammy-nominated, musician and recording artist,7:30 PM. Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Road, Bar Mills. Tickets: $30 general admission, $25 seniors/students. Call 207-929-6476 or

Theater May 18-19, 25-26 “Blood Brothers” presented by Windham Center Stage Theater at 7 p.m. Fridays and 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturdays at Windham Town Hall, 8 School road. The cost is $15 for adults and $10 for seniors and students. Go to .or email windhamcenterstagetheater@ Due to adult content, paren-

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June 1-3 "Now I Lay Me Down to Sleep," from local playwright and director Jerry Walker, a portrayal of the joys, sorrows, victories and tragedies of high school life, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday, Schoolhouse Arts Center, 16 Richville Road (Route 114), Standish. Tickets:$14 for adults, $12 students and seniors. Make reservations or buy tickets at www. Send events 10 days in advance to


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Free dinner – Thursday, May 17, 5:306:30 p.m., St. Peters Episcopal Church, 678 Washington St., Portland. Chowder luncheon – Friday, May 18, and every Friday, 11 a.m.-1 p.m., North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave., Portland. Bowl of haddock chowder with crackers, $9; or lobster roll lunch with chips, $10; cup of chowder, $6; combination lobster roll with cup of chowder, $13. All lunches include fresh baked bread, pickle, cookie and beverage. Takeouts available. Bean supper – Saturday, May 19, 5-6 p.m., North Congregational Church, 22 Church Hill Road, Buxton (Groveville). Two kinds of beans, red hot dogs, chop suey, potato salad, coleslaw, rolls, desserts, coffee and punch. $8. Bean supper – Saturday, May 19, 5-6 p.m., Amvets Post 6, Route 100, New Gloucester. Two kinds of beans, brown bread, homemade biscuits, cole slaw, American chop suey and two tables of desserts. $8, $3. Legion breakfast – Sunday, May 20, 9-11 a.m., American Legion Post 197, Conant Street, Westbrook. Proceeds benefit veterans and their communities. Two eggs any style, sausage or bacon, home fries, pancake, toast, juice and coffee. $5. Free meal – Wednesday, May 23, 5-6 p.m., Westbrook Community Center, 426 Bridge St. Sponsored in collaboration with Wayside Food programs and Trinity Lutheran Church. Handicapped accessible and free parking. Public supper – Saturday, May 26, 5 p.m., First Congregational Church of Gray, Route 115, Gray. Beans, casseroles, salads, homemade breads and desserts, and beverages. $8, $4. Handicapped accessible. Haddock supper – Saturday, May 26, 5 p.m., Living Waters Church, Parker Farm Road, Buxton. $8, $4; $20, family. Nonprofit organizations who want to list public meals should email information 10 days in advance to

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American Journal, May 17, 2018  

American Journal, May 17, 2018, a Sun Media Publication, pages 1-24

American Journal, May 17, 2018  

American Journal, May 17, 2018, a Sun Media Publication, pages 1-24