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for the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization With nearly forty Munjoy Hill residents in attendance, on a wet Sunday evening at the East End Community School, a new slate of officers was ushered in to the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization’s Board. Former Vice President Katie Brown was elected President, with Will Gorham stepping down (for now) to focus more time on family and work. The Board and membership extend a heartfelt Thank You to Will for his work this past year. His leadership, experience and humor have been

very much appreciated as the organization worked its way through a difficult transitional period. Jaime Parker was elected as Vice President. Delores Lanai plans to run again for Treasurer at the first board meeting of the fiscal new year, as will Christina Feller as Secretary. Also stepping down from the Board this year is George Aponte Clarke. His efforts have been invaluable and he will be missed, but we are glad we can count on him on the

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MHNO Annual Meeting

Portland Police Chief James Craig addresses a group of Munjoy Hill residents at the MHNO annual meeting on June 28. Photo by Christina Feller

Antique Railway gets fUnds for restoration by Susan Davis Restoration of the Maine Narrow Gauge’s 33-ton 1913 2-4-4T Baldwin locomotive moved a step closer to completion this week, when the Maine New Century Community Program’s Historical Facilities Grant awarded the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Museum $5,000 toward #7’s boiler restoration. These funds will go toward the $50,000 needed to complete the work currently being done to bring this historic steam engine into compliance with Federal Railroad Administration regulations. Then #7 will share responsibilities with the Museum’s #4 steam engine, pulling the trains for special occasions like the July Fourth fireworks on the Eastern Prom and Polar Express at Christmas time. Volunteers and professionals began work on restoring the Baldwin steam locomotive in January 2008. The boiler has been disassembled completely, m e t a l  c o m p o n e n t s have been measured for thickness and wear, tubes and stay-bolts have been removed and await replacement. The fire-box is alsobeing rebuilt. When completed, the steam engine will be fully FRA-certified for operation.

Conductor Bill Piche beside one of the restored engines. Photo copyright 2009 Frank Kadi. All Rights Reserved.

Rooftop Zen—peace is where you find it. Seen on the corner of St. Lawrence St. and Monument St.. Photo by Lisa Peñalver

Which Way Does The Wind Blow? MHNO Wind Turbine Group Gathers Information

By Joan Sheedy, M.H.N.O. Board Member The Wind Turbine Study Group has been formed, and held its first meeting on June 4th. The goal of the group is to research the viability of a Wind Turbine operating on the East End Community School property on Munjoy Hill. Several members of this committee are from the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization, which is sponsoring this study. They are: Fred Brancato, George Aponte Clark, Katie Brown, Christina Feller, Will Gorham, and Joan Sheedy. Douglas Sherwood, Facilities Director for the Portland School Department, is being consulted on the project. The purpose of this group is to facilitate productive, broad-based community dialogue and to help educate community residents about the issues and the research, and, in the process, to help the MHNO develop a position on the topic. The City of Portland Planning Board is now working on, “a text amendment to allow temporary anemometer towers—as a conditional use, or a permitted use, with performance standards, in zones that allow utility substations.” Peaks Island is currently going through this process as well. The group plans to cover all Planning Board and City Council meetings relating to this subject. The first full organizational meeting of the Study Group will be held Wed. July 15th, 8 pm, at the MHNO Headquarters at 92 Congress Street on Munjoy Hill. For information on how to get involved, please email George Aponte Clarke at ggac@gwi.net or Fred Brancato at opus2@maine.rr.com.

Fundraising has been moving along, steadily helped by individual

See page 13, Antique RailwaY

Fridge Haiku by Grace Byrne, June 2009

Things that make you go, “Hmmmm...”

Motorcycle Noise, Healthcare Reform...( (Letters, pages 2 & 3)

The (Plant) Doctor is IN! Ask our Master Gardener your questions! (Gardener’s Dirt, page 5)

In this issue Editor’s Letter. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Letters TO the Editor. . . . . . . 2 & 3 MHNO Notes. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 MHNO Membership Form. . . . 3 Legislative News. . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Portland Trails—Trail Opens. . . . . 4 Notes from the Tower . . . . . . . . . 5 Street Beat: July 4th Memories. . . . . . . . . . . 5 Gardeners’ Dirt . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Community Policing News. . . . . . 6 Living with Peace Interview: Dr Runyambo . . . . . 7 Art & Soul Portveritas/Poetry . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Good Neighbor of the Month. . . 8 Root Cellar News. . . . . . . . . . . . . 10 Munjoy Hill Library News. . . . . . 11 A Day in the Life of Morgan (fiction). . . . . . . . . . 11 Spotlight on Nonprofits Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad. . . 12 Author Alert—The Cutting. . . . . . . . . 13 EE Business Focus Tu Casa Salvadoran Restaurant. . .14 Around Town/Local Events. . . . 15


July 2009

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“Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, commitThe Munjoy Hill Observer is published by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization (MHNO) at 92 Congress Street Portland, Maine 04101 Editor Lisa Peñalver, mjh.observer@gmail.com (207) 766-5077 www.munjoyhill.org/observer/ www.munjoyhill.org, 775-3050 Observer Committee Katie Brown & Cliff Gallant, Co-Chairs; Jeanne Bull, Douglas Cowie, Frank Kadi, Alison Nason, Liz McMahon, Tracey Menard The Observer is Portland’s East End monthly paper, supporting projects within our community. It is is published the first week of the month. 3,000 Circulation 8,000+ Readership About our paper The Munjoy Hill Observer is published 12 times a year by the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization (MHNO) as a service to its members and to the community as a whole, to inform Portland’s East End residents of local issues and events, and of the services that can be found here. The Observer serves as a vehicle to connect and inform our neighbors, while enlisting community partners to help us help those who need it most.

ted citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” ~ Margaret Mead

Would YOU spare a few hours each month to improve your neighborhood? “Many hands make light work” Come and see how you can pitch in. Our board meetings are open — we meet every second Monday of the month, 7-9 pm at the MHNO Hill House, 92 Congress up by the Rosemont Bakery). You can choose committees or projects to work on and/or lead. We host four quarterly meetings to bring issues to the community.

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Please contact any officer, email: mjh.observer@ gmail.com or call 775-3050.

in January 1979, our purpose is to be a broad-based, representative organization committed to improving the quality of life for the residents of Munjoy Hill and the East End, by strengthening the sense of community, maintaining the current diversity of social and economic groups, encouraging self-sufficiency, and

Whoever came up with the line ”those lazy, hazy, crazy days of summer” could NOT possibly have been a mom—or a gardener! There is nothing lazy about summer in MY world! Summer has begun with a vengeance, rain notwithstanding. It all began as we careened through the last week of school activities, with meetings, concerts, recitals, picnics, dinners and graduation parties. No wonder the height of summer is punctuated by the explosions of fireworks on the Fourth of July! As I was sitting through a middle school graduation ceremony, listening to 5th graders read their essays on “Why I’m proud to be an American,” I began to think about the relationship of freedom & independence (those repeated themes) and of explosions, and how these concepts are so tangled up with our ideas of what it means to be American (consider the “Die Hard” movies). And how the lyrics of the Star-Spangled Banner, our national anthem, can be seen as a metaphor for many of the events our country has experienced in the past decade.

the first big flash. Okay, maybe Not. But indulge me here anyway. I’ll show you what I mean: The following, in italics, are the lyrics of The Star Spangled Banner (by Francis Scott Key, 1814) O-oh, say can you see by the dawn’s early light What so proudly we hailed at the twilight’s last gleaming? (In recent years I was having trouble feeling the warm glow of being an American. In fact, I found myself feeling ashamed at times.) Whose broad stripes and bright stars thru the perilous fight, (In spite of apparent misdeeds by those in power, the American ideals of fairness, equality, and freedom of speech remain hugely powerful, and continue to offer hope of positive change. We Americans are all about Big Ideas. But those ideals were threatened. )

Gave proof through the night that our flag was still there. (Sometimes it’s darkest just before the dawn. Hope flickered, but did not die.) Oh, say does that star-spangled banner yet wave (By golly it does! We the People just elected to the most powerful nation in the world ... a visionary­—a person of deep conviction and great abilities— and, just so happens, he’s NOT white! ) O’er the land of the free and the home of the brave? (We had better be brave! There is a lot of work and hard choices facing all of us right now.) So the next time you look out over the bay to watch fireworks, give a thought to the freedoms, and opportunities they symbolize. Maybe we can each find ways to live up to the promise of those bright ideals. Seems like you could use your Powers for Good somehow…

O’er the ramparts we watched were so gallantly streaming? And the rocket’s red glare, the bombs bursting in air, (Let’s think about all the conflict we’ve seen, and all the servicemen and women who are still overseas, defending our way of life.) mjh.observer@gmail.com

Motorcycle Noise—New Approach to an Old Problem

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Thoughts on Independence.. and Summer

Heady stuff for you to ponder, as you sit on the slope of the Eastern Promenade with a picnic and friends, looking out over Casco Bay, waiting for

The Munjoy Hill Observer was first published in May of 1979. Circulation is 3000, distributed free in Portland at over 100 locations. Nearly 400 copies are mailed to current and former members of the MHNO.

Katie Brown, President katiebrown@maine.rr.com................................ Jaime Parker, Vice President ParkerOnTheHill@yahoo.com............ 329-6180 Christina Feller, Secretary cfeller@maine.rr.com........................773-4336 Delores Lanai, Treasurer terra@maine.rr.com.......................... 773-9235 Fred Brancato opus2@maine.rr.com . .......................774-3163 Dave Cowie dcowie@maine.rr.com........................780-0860 Cynthia Fitzgerald .......................................................... 774-3526 Cliff Gallant Gallant.Cliff555@yahoo.com............. 221-5446 Will Gorham wrgorham@maine.rr.com.................. 774-0768 Ali (Ndabaruta) Kabirigi Kabirigindabaruta@yahoo.co.uk........ 772-4539 Frank Kadi KadiFranks@msn.com....................................... Markos Miller markossmiller@hotmail.com...............807-2681 Elaine Mullin emullin234@aol.com.........................400-5048   Anne Rand rndanne@aol.com.............................. 772-7704 Joan Sheedy joaniesheedy670@yahoo.com............ 774-7616

Rockets’ Red Glare

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Although LD920 died in committee in April, Portland can and should enact its own motorcycle noise ordinance based on the Environmental Protection Agency’s label system. The numbers of loud motorcycles on Munjoy Hill and in other neighborhoods are large and are illegal. Many believe that motorcycles are naturally loud. Not true. Since Jan. 1, 1983, the EPA rules require that all new motorcycles must have an EPA a noise compliance label stamped into the muffler. It’s a violation of federal law to ride with a muffler lacking the label or to tamper with the factory muffler to produce more noise.

Found on the Web— Community-Building ideas

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In 2007, Denver enacted a motorcycle noise ordinance based on the EPA label system. When a Denver police officer stops a loud motorcycle, a check for a driver’s license, registration and insurance is done. The officer also inspects the muffler for the EPA label and if it’s not there, that’s the violation. The biker must pay a $500 fine for the first violation. However, if the biker replaces the illegal muffler with a noise compliant muffler within 14 days, the fine is suspended for one year. According to Paul Riedesel, Denver’s environmental ordinance administrator and a biker, the number of loud motorcycle complaints has been greatly reduced.

EPA motorcycle emission standards go into effect in 2010, motorcycles will still emit more air pollutants than cars by a factor of eight according to the EPA. An illegal muffler (one that lacks the EPA label) greatly increases the amount of air pollutants emitted. A loud motorcycle not only is creating illegal noise pollution, it’s also spewing out an illegal amount of toxins. In Maine, every registered motorcycle must have a muffler that is no louder than the original factory muffler and requires an annual inspection sticker, much like cars. A Maine State Police official told me recently that inspection stickers are issued for only about half the number of registered motorcycles. Many loud bikers don’t bother to get the sticker which isn’t displayed on the machine, but is carried by the biker. The EPA label system allows states and their political subdivisions (cities and towns) to adopt and to easily enforce the federal law. Portland has a great opportunity to enact and use the EPA label system to reduce loud motorcycle blight, and improve the quality of life for all its residents and visitors (except loud bikers). Sincerely,

The noise compliance label is also an air emissions label! Although motorcycles are much smaller than cars and use less gasoline, they emit far more air pollutants per mile of travel than a modern car. When the upgraded

Andy Ford, Portland For more information or to comment, contact aford@maine.rr.com

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MHNO Annual Meeting, continued from front page Wind Study initiative, and we’ll no doubt see him at our other events. We wish him the very best! Several new, but familiar, faces joined the board. These include Markos Miller (co-chair of the Franklin Arterial Study Committee), Elaine Mullin (with extensive organizational experience), and Anne Rand (co-owner of Dale Rand Printing). The full roster of the MHNO Board now includes: Katie Brown, President; Jaime Parker, Vice President; Christina Feller, Secretary; Delores Lanai, Treasurer; Fred Brancato; Dave Cowie; Cynthia Fitzgerald; Cliff Gallant; Will Gorham; Ali

(Ndabaruta) Kabirigi; Frank Kadi; Markos Miller; Elaine Mullin; Anne Rand; and Joan Sheedy (roster is always listed on page 2 of the Observer.) Thank you all for your participation and enthusiasm for the organization. We look forward to a great new year! Following the election, reports were made on MHNO activities, including Walkable Neighborhoods, Public Safety, the new “East End Civic and Business Directory”, Observer newspaper, Wa rm Hea r t s/ Wa rm Neig hbors—Clynk! program, Camperships, and the status of the Neigh-

Joan Sheedy Honored by the State Be it known to all that We, the Members of the Senate and the House of

Representatives, join in recognizing Joan Sheedy of Portland, for her generous commitment to her neighbors and community with her program that organizes volunteers to shovel snow for elderly citizens. Sheedy’s Senior Snow Shoveling Project, which receives no city funds, has 60 volunteers helping 220 households. Mrs. Sheedy is a 73-year-old grandmother who started her program four years ago when she discovered that the city was fining elderly people who couldn’t remove snow on their own and who couldn’t afford to hire someone to do it for them. An initial $3,000 grant from the Maine Community Foundation allowed her to buy shovels as well as pizza for the annual party for the volunteers, many of whom are high school students. We join the people of Portland in sending Mrs. Sheedy our appreciation fort her exemplary program and we send her our best wishes; And be it ordered that this official expression of sentiment be sent forthwith on behalf of the 124th Legislature and the people of the State of Maine.

borhood Youth Services Corp. Portland Chief of Police James Craig was the guest speaker. He addressed issues of concern in the community and took questions from the audience. Issues that arose and were discussed included the need for peaceable immigrant relations/communication, the police department’s criteria for use of tasers, and the recent drug and alcohol related violence in the Old Port, and how the police department, in joint cooperation with community groups, is planning to do to address these challenges. Members also talked about their concerns about the continued problem of domestic violence in the city and throughout the state. Want to get involved? Everyone is welcome to attend the MHNO monthly meetings - we meet every second Monday of the month, 7-9 pm at the MHNO Hill House at 92 Congress. Please join us! If you would like an item added to the agenda for discussion or presentation, please let one of the executive committee members know (Katie Brown, Jaime Parker, Delores Lanai, or Christina Feller) a week in advance.

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Letters to the Editor Plea for Public Plan for National Health Insurance The legislature is in the process of implementing a series of charges for individual premiums that range as high as 10% this year and as high as 15% next year for state workers. Anthem proposed an 18% increases in premiums for individual plans this year which after numerous protests was scaled back to 10.9 percent last month by the Maine Superintendent of Insurance. Among those affected were many small contractors. Similar increases have been noted across a broad spectrum of plans. These and other increases are important to all people. If they are insured, whether it is through an individual plan, or through a group plan, the not so subtle message is that there is no brake on wildly accelerating health insurance costs. If people have already fallen off the edge and have no insurance – the message is that now health insurance is so expensive that they and their families will never afford it. It is not just that we worry about ourselves, but we worry about friends, family, and neighbors who are in jeopardy of not having insurance or not having adequate insurance. We worried and did research on how to cover our daughter when she left college. We were worried that she would not have insurance. Among the things we learned was that Cobra was hugely expensive. We did not have to worry when she went to Scotland for a half year on a break from college because there she was covered by the English National Health Insurance Plan. We know small business people and contractors who make a decent living, but are desperately trying to hold on to their health insurance. Lots of workers are in the same boat. Anthem and other large insurance companies defy the public trust. Big Insurance Companies across the nation are dragging the whole health care system down. It is a time to pass universal and comprehensive national health insurance that includes a public option.

Given this 6th day of May, 2009: Elizabeth H. Mitchell, President of the Senate; Hanna M. Pingree, Speaker of the House; Joy

[This is a slightly revised version of a letter we sent to U.S. Senators Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins. These two senators are critical votes in passing such legislation. We urge others to contact these two senators in support of this legislation.]

J. O’Brien, Secretary of the Senate; Millicent M. McFarland, Clerk of the House. Joan Sheedy, June 2009, photo by Christina Feller

To learn more about where Stimulus Funds are going in Maine, see: http://www.whitehouse.gov/progressreports/Maine/

Yours, Frank and Kathy Kadi Munjoy Hill

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This is the official proclamation from the State of Maine, honoring Joan Sheedy for her working in organizing volunteers to help clear snow for senior citizens on the East End.

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July 2009

MUNJOY HILL OBSERVER

Capitol City

At 2:16 am on Saturday, June 13th, the first session of the 124th legislature adjourned, and my first six months of hard work came to an end. I’d like to take this opportunity to reflect on my first session. I will focus on the highlights from the session for both the State and for Portland. I will also share some personal accomplishments, and end by sharing some inside lessons that I learned. If I told you last fall that during the first legislative session we would pass a tax reform package that lowers almost everyone’s income tax by 2%, pass the first-in-the-nation marriage equality bill to be signed by the Governor, pass the state’s largest single investment in affordable housing in our history—a $30 million bond—and pass an energy bill that consolidates every agency under one roof and creates the energy efficiency and workforce development plan for the future, would you have believed me? (Be honest!) We made all of these things happen, and it was a remarkable first session in Augusta. In addition, Maine received close to $1 billion in stimulus money through the American Recovery Reinvestment Act and cut $500 million from our State’s Biennial Budget. This session saw several initiatives passed that will directly help Portland. We passed a law that expands Pine Tree Zones to the entire state. This new law will create an even playing field for Portland to attract new businesses and provide tax benefits for new businesses that provide certain kinds of jobs, income levels and employee benefits. Next, a wonderful new transportation tax increment financing bill will promote more alternative modes of transportation for the purpose of promoting sustainable economic development, energy efficiency, transportation cost reduction, open space preservation and greenhouse gas reduction. Finally, the Gulf of Maine Research Institute will be eligible to receive $1.5 million in funding through a bond package to fix the former Naval Reserve Pier. By fixing the condemned pier, it would allow the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to expand up to another 250,000 square feet of buildings for new jobs and research. For my part, the first term saw some real successes and provided many learning experiences. I intro-

duced several bills that became law, including: a bill that will aid and encourage more online classes in K-12 schools; a bill that will assist families who have children aged 0-5 with developmental disabilities get professional services more quickly; and a bill that will give school districts the ability to create fuel stabilization funds to assist with fluctuating heating fuel prices. For larger municipalities, I passed a bill that will transfer the campaign finance reporting for local candidates and ballot initiatives from City and Town Clerks to the Maine Ethics Commission. This will save our muncipalities money, time and preserve campaign finance reports. For economic development, we also passed my bill to modernize captive insurance, a move that could translate into new businesses and higher-paying jobs across the state. Finally, we passed my bill that defines the term “homeless youth” and dictates that agencies must provide particular evidencebased programs in order to receive funds meant to help these youth. Let me try to give you a sense of what it was like to be a freshman Senator chairing a committee (Education and Cultural Affairs) that accounts for 40% of the State’s budget. It was intimidating at first! I still remember my first training days in Augusta in early January. I was at a meeting listening to department heads share information about running a committee and what to expect. While the information was helpful, I still felt that my heart hammered louder than my gavel the first day that the Education Committee met. But, over time, I learned a lot, and every day I learned more from on-the-job experience. As a new legislator, there are several major learning curves that one encounters. First, Relationships are everything, so you must build relationships with your colleagues to get things done the more time you spend with people, the more trust you can build. You must learn to navigate the lobbyists in Augusta. I also had to learn how to pick my battles. Every constituent email, every phone call, every document and public hearing brought a new issue to my attention. I could not work on every issue, and I had to learn how to focus on two or three things at once. To be as effective as possible, I could not take on anything new until one of my projects had been completed. It was a great lesson to learn. Now that the session’s over, I want to share what I will be up to. I will keep sending out email updates, return emails and phone calls, and go to events in the district. I will also reach out to businesses and non-profits to learn how I can be helpful, and I will spend time in Augusta learning more about different agencies. Finally, I will be serving on at least one education study committee that will look into redefining the role of the State Board of Education. As always, please contact me any time and check out my website for updates and news: www.justinalfond.com. Happy summer, Munjoy Hill! I’m happy to be back home in Portland!

Goatpath Reborn

photo by Dianne Davison

Senator Justin Alfond

New connecting trail opens July 1st by Jaime Parker Known to many locals as “the Goat Path”, the informal trail between the top of the Eastern Prom at Fort Allen Park (the one with the Gazebo and cannons) and the Eastern Promenade Trail below will soon be more accessible. The Friends of the Eastern Promenade has partnered with Portland Trails and the City of Portland, have been working for the past month to install steps and landscaping along a new trail alignment designed by landscape architect Regina Leonard. Portland Trails has built the steps from re-purposed city curbing; the stones used in the landscaping are from a stone wall in Hollis, Maine. The new trail will still be steep, but for the many Hill residents who for years have been squeezing through the gap in the fence and clamoring down the rocky slope, the new steps will provide a good alternate route between top and bottom. There will be a trail opening celebration on July 1st, at 10am, but work on landscaping and other aspects will continue into July. A fund raising event and celebration of the projects completion is planned for September 10th; stay tuned!

Kevin Donoghue, City Councilor Our City Councilor’s report is on hiatus* until after the election in November. You may reach Kevin Donoghue at: kjdonoghue@ portlandmaine.gov. The city calendar is found at www.portland-calendar.com/. *As a matter of policy, to avoid any conflictof-interest issues, the MHNO does not run pieces written by those in the process of running a campaign for public office, unless those positions are presented in a paid ad and are clearly labled as such. (Editor’s note)


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July 2009



Notes from the Tower The Portland Fire of 1866—Great Blazes!

By Jeanne Bull Portland has always loved the Fourth of July, and the Fourth of 1866 was to be especially festive, and memorable. The war had been over for a year, the economy was growing again, and the city was ready to celebrate. There was to be a parade, a grand menagerie and circus, a trotting match, boat races, baseball games, a minstrel show, evening fireworks, and a balloon-ascension from Deering’s field. It promised to be a Fourth to remember. Residents were out by the thousands to enjoy the day’s events when late in the afternoon bells rang out at the Park Street church signaling a fire alarm. A small fire had started on Commercial Street, near the bottom of High Street, by a firecracker tossed in a barrel of wood shavings outside a boat shop. This caused no great alarm as previMorse, who witnessed the fire first-hand. ous Fourth’s also had This scene of the Portland fire of 1866 was painted by George F. Morse worked for the Portland Company for many years, beginning as a draftsman small fires and by all accounts this one too was put out, but cinders and later working as the company’s from the boathouse fire had lodged in the roof of the eight-story superintendent. Throughout his life he maintained an active interest in arts and Portland Sugar House, and soon a large cloud of black smoke bilculture in Portland. He did four paintings lowed over the city. People began gathering to watch the firemen of the Great Fire. Find more info at www. mainememory.net/bin/Detail?ln=16929 battle the blazing behemoth. Then the wind picked up and the fire began its march into the heart of the city. Hundreds watched as the flames approached the large brick block on Middle Street which everyone thought would stand, but it went up in flames along with a stock of fireworks stored inside. At this point it was clear the blaze could not be stopped and the scene became fearful. The streets were jammed with merchants packing up, furniture on the sidewalk, shocked people looking for help, and out-of- towners helping themselves to whatever they could carry away. It was thought that the new City Hall wouldn’t burn so many rushed their valuables there, but that too succumbed to the intense heat, its bricks burning with brilliant colors. The fire generated a gale wind and the roaring mixed with the shouts of the firemen, shrieks of people and animals, clattering of carts, clamoring of bells, and the ominous sound of collapsing walls. The residential district east of Pearl Street consisted mainly of wooden houses. Residents grabbed what they could, fleeing for the Cemetery and the Hill; women in labor were carried in their beds and the bedridden were carried out in blankets. A Mrs. Day, the oldest resident of Portland, was carried to the Eastern Cemetery, the same place she had been taken as a small child when the British burned the city in 1775. She, along with others, huddled there among the gravestones, looking out at a wall of flame a mile long and half a mile high. The fire raged until dawn, eventually burning out on the Hill. The Observatory was spared by the constant wetting down and and because it was located just beyond the firestorm area.

“A smooth sea never made a skilled mariner.” ~ English Proverb ~

Street Beat

Word on thE Street This month, Munjoy Hill residents were asked:

What is your favorite Munjoy Hill 4th of July memory? Street interviews by Corey Saenz I lived at 166 Eastern Promenade a few years ago and had this huge party with a DJ, professional break dancers and, of course, the fireworks, it was the best. I loved living on the Prom and the Hill! —Marga It feels really good sitting on the hill on the grass, with a blanket, and watching the fireworks…it just feels good. —Cecelia I took my 18month old nephew Alexander to watch the fireworks last year. He couldn’t speak yet, but was oohing and ahhing with the crowd…he is my favorite person in the world. —Anonymous

That’s All We Do! 306 Congress Street, Portland 771-5556 Bill Sullivan Chris Sullivan

Brit Vitalius Marc Foster

John Graham Francine O’Donnell

Munjoy Hill Multi News All sold by Sullivan Multi:

SOLD SOLD Never hit the market!!

40 Waterville St - 2 unit Sold 5/13/09 - $348,500 63 Kellogg St - 3 unit Sold 4/20/09 - $280,000

I have often thought how terrifying the whole ordeal must have been, and wondered what the view must have been like from the top deck of the Observatory on that terrible night.

SOLD

141 Congress St - 2 unit Sold 1/22/09 - $225,000

Bayview Heights Beautification

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By Joan Sheedy Every spring, Bayview Heights is on the United Way list for the “Day of Caring”. This year, volunteers from Hannaford Brothers spent the day working very hard to beautify all the grounds at the site on North Street. It always looks so lovely when they are finished; they do so much to make this part of the Hill look so pretty! A big Thank You to the volunteers who make this happen!

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Last year the fireworks were the best and the longest. —Charlotte Going to Ms. Tracey’s house and having a pie eating contest, then bobbing for apples. And big Joe had mini fireworks that blew up. —Mahalia I got caught in the rain a couple of years ago with a beautiful girl…it was great! —Brian When I lived on Melbourne St., all the neighbors got together to barbeque and partake in adult beverages. When it was time for the fireworks to start, we moved lawn chairs into the street to see the show. We never had to drive or deal with the traffic. It was great; we’ve done it for fifteen years. —Rob I was pregnant with Jack here, who is now four…and went into early labor, which was interesting with all the chaos and trying to get off the Hill. Now it is a good story that we can laugh about. —Kirsten The year that it was foggy, and we were seeing the fireworks come through the fog; it was really spooky. It has to have been 10 or 12 years ago. —Ann The best part was the toy carrier and I got a toy. —Isabella We had been dating for a couple of months…it was raining and foggy two years ago. It was misty and surreal and very cool. Gretchen was running late and just as it started to down pour she appeared through a crowd of people, she was this heavenly shining light…and now we are engaged. —Sean and Gretchen Country Joe and the Fish doing the fist cheer in about 1970...I was twelve. —Tony

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Gardener’s Dirt

Plant Latin, or Why Don’t They Call It By Its Regular Name? Most garden centers label plants on sale with both their common names and their botanical or Latin names. More and more, catalogues and collections of plants on sale are organized alphabetically by Latin names. Since fewer students are now studying Latin than they did a generation ago (though Maine students lead the nation in this area, and the study of Latin is definitely on the rise), why are garden centers doing this? The short answer is: to avoid confusion. So that when you go to buy a black-eyed Susan, the staff can help you figure out whether you are looking for the tough, long-blooming, two-foot tall perennial rudbeckia, or the tender vining annual thunbergia, which is so lovely in a hanging pot. Learning the basics of the nomenclature system will help you find what you want more quickly, and leads to useful information like awareness of the common toxic traits of members of the Solanaceae family (potatoes, nightshades, eggplants and even tomatoes—all having a similar flower), or awareness of diseases common to members of the Rosaceae family (which includes the apples, crab apples, roses, peaches, strawberries, raspberries, pears, and plums—all having similar fruits). Plants, like animals, are organized into phyla, classes, orders, families, genuses (or genera), and species—from largest group to smallest. The smaller the group, the more alike the plants are, though botanists are caught between historical groupings based on the appearance of plants and modern categories based on the plant fossil record—evolution—and DNA analysis. Every once in a while, a major plant gets re-categorized, throwing plant lovers into a tizzy. Plant names include the genus and, usually, the species. So white pine, which is a member of the family Pinaceae (meaning “Pine-like”), is known at the nursery as Pinus strobus—for pine (from the Latin) and strobilis (from the Greek, for whirled, describing the arrangement of the scales). To make things more complicated, Greek roots are used along with the Latin, reflecting the common use of Latin and Greek among educated people during the development of scientific nomenclature by the great Swedish botanist Carolus Linnaeus. Once you understand the system—our Maine pitch pine is called Pinus rigida, “rigida” for its stiff form—you can begin to understand how plants are organized by both botanists and garden sellers, and also begin to understand more about the nature of the plant. Betula papyrifera is birch “used for paper”.

If you pay attention to the labels, you soon know that a plant labeled “rubrum”, like rosa rugosa rubrum, is red, while a plant labeled “album”, like rosa rugosa album, is white (rosa rugosa is the common beach rose; rugosa means “wrinkly” and describes the foliage). And the lovely mayflower is Maianthemum canadense (“Canadian”)—at least in New England. Mayflowers are found in many countries, and the botanic names for these very different flowers are different. Our plant Latin system of nomenclature is Western European in origin, but has been adopted around the word. Some plants contain the names of the plant’s discoverer, such as the small pink-flowered Rhododendron wilsonii, one of many plants “discovered” in the late 1800’s for the Western world by the famous plant explorer Ernest “Chinese” Wilson, all bearing his name. Or the fabulously scented Lathy r u s  o dorat u s ‘C u p a n i ’—t h e sweet pea studied by Father Franciscus Cupani in Sicily in the late 1600’s, leading to his discovery of the inheritance of genetic traits. But most plants at the garden center are cultivars—varieties cultivated and bred to enhance traits pleasing to you, the buyer: fragrance, flower size and color, compact size, disease resistance, flavor or nutrition, and much more. These have their three-word names: genus and species, followed by the cultivar name, written in single

quotation marks. Lycopersicum esculentum ‘Brandywine’ is a huge, great tasting tomato that takes all summer to ripen, while Lycopersicum esculentum ‘Sweet 100’ is a tasty, early-ripening cocktail tomato. Don’t be shy about asking about the Latin names for plants—while garden center staff are supposed to have studied all this stuff, their Latin gets a bit rusty, too. And often the plant’s name embodies a fascinating piece of plant history.

Poetry on the Hill [Untitled} Wil Gibson Flowers grow slowly in your freedom slow time busy week commands all the occupied minds ice falls from lips in summertime breeze vocal chords frozen cold words unneeded painfully spoken plainly like showers with no towel like rain with no umbrella or the tears we force on one another moisture of any sort No, these are not fancy Picea pungens pendulas (weeping blue spruce). They are ordinary spruces, planted small and too close together on Merrill Street. When they grew to 12 feet, their human topped them both and used stones from his outstanding collection to create a sculpture of spruce stems and stones. Photo by Nini McManamy.

Nini McManamy is a Master Gardener and MHNO member who works part time at O’Donal’s and has a garden design business, Gardener’s Dirt. Send your ideas for future columns to Nini at ninimaine@aol.com

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never comes in moderation floods of all emotions carry you from home while cascades of passion and plastic drift by like levees broken.

Wil Gibson is President of Port Veritas, a group of poets who meet at the NorthStar Café every Tuesday night.

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Living With Peace­—Welcoming New Neighbors to the Community This page is a regular feature. Living With Peace is a dynamic local grassroots community support organization investing in the future of our immigrants by providing information, resources, and training to newcomers to the community and culture.

Seeking an “Abundant Life” for Maine’s Immigrants An Interview with Dr. Norbert Runyambo By Christina Feller

Caraslifka blog photos, mainetoday.com

Bayside World Market & Fair

More than 4,000 people turned out Saturday, June 13 for an afternoon packed with shopping, food and free entertainment at the 3rd annual Bayside World Market & Fair at Portland High School. The event is put on each year by the Bayside Neighborhood Association and the Portland Public Schools as a way to bring together community members of all different backgrounds in a creative and festive atmosphere.

Africa Has Made Us Who We Are By Christina Feller

“You eat with your hands, you carry water on your head—that’s who we are. We cannot get away from our culture. Africa is what made us who we are. Our job is to make things better. We need to know the cultures and understand the people in their own culture. We can make things better.” So exclaimed a young woman from Burundi, during the second Immigrant Dialogue on Peace and Reconciliation held at the East End Community School on Saturday, June 13th. Parents agreed: “we know our kids have to fit in but we do not want them to lose their culture.” The first dialogue, at the event the week prior, brought about 60 adults and 20 kids. We spoke of the horrors that people have survived to get here. We spoke about their feelings of safety and security here and how important it is that they are reunited with their families. We were truly honored to welcome Adelaide’s four daughters who have only this past month arrived from Bujumbura, Burundi. We welcomed Robert and Solange who have come from Kigali, Rwanda only four months ago. We welcomed guests from Iraq, Indonesia, Israel, Congo, Burundi, Rwanda, Nigeria, Somalia, Sudan, and many other countries. The second event focused on elders. It was generally agreed that they are isolated in their own homes and that we need to provide more activities for them. They have great difficulty struggling to learn English, and their lives are very limited because of it. There were about 50 adults and ten children at the second event. We welcomed four guests from Lewiston-Auburn, all of whom spoke eloquently and clearly about the issues surrounding education and acculturation of Somali people. “We have the same amenities, we do not live in the jungle,” explained one man from Congo. “I came to America because there is opportunity here. Nowhere else. This is the place. You can get a good education here and have a plan for your life. In my country, there is no plan for anyone. I wish I could go back, and maybe someday I will,” he continued, “but I am here now and I will make the best of it.” Living With Peace has awarded Peaceful Living Awards to 14 people who have made a positive difference in the lives of immigrants in Maine: Alfred Jacob, Mohamud Barre, Gure Ali, Genet Gebrewahd, Pious Ali, Father Jim King, Pastor Mutima Peter, Ethan Strimling, Wells Staley-Mays, Rahime Youssouf, Fatuma Hussein, Zoe Miller, Kazeem Lawal, and Reza Jalali. For more information on these awardees and the programs they run, please email Christina Feller at cfeller@maine.rr.com.

About sixty nonprofits have been formed in the past 20 years by and for immigrant groups in Maine, serving populations that range from Afghanistan to Zimbabwe. Over the coming months, we will begin to review the mission and activities of these organizations in these pages, in order to bring attention to the continuing needs of our burgeoning immigrant population, and to the important organizations that exist to meet those needs. All the organizations we cover want you to know what they do and who they serve. These are public organizations with which mainstream organizations and governmental units can and do partner to achieve common goals.

mum social and economic integration purposes. We plan to train immigrants about the American food system, and how to make choices and prioritize those choices. 2. Social and economic integration: we train immigrants about American social and economic systems and we encourage immigrants to develop saving habits, understand financial systems (how to open and maintain a bank account for instance), and explore entrepreneurial opportunities by connecting them to resources for capacity building and funding.

Dr. Runyambo, why did you create this organization?

family, inter-ethnic and clan conflicts.

We believe that we are the primary resource for change within the community, and our core values of service, integrity, accountability, excellence, relationships, creativity, inclusiveness and participation are represented in the people who are part of the Institute. Our members abide by these core values of a shared space with the commitment to model and instill these values in the communities we serve.

5. Advocacy and human rights: we advocate and help the rights of immigrants to acquire their legal residence documents and to find jobs, housing and health care. We build solidarity and capacity to advocate for good governance and socio-economic justice.

We work in six primary areas. 1. Family health education: while the focus has been reproductive health education about “risky” behaviors among our youth, we feel just now that the primary concern in this area is nutrition counseling. We see our brothers and sisters come from foreign countries with a cultural norm about nutrition and good eating but when they come here, there are so many choices for fast food that our teen-agers and young people, especially, make wrong choices on a regular basis. The food here is easy to buy, fast to get, and well-marketed for maxi-

Where do you meet and how can we find you?

There is so little common meeting space in Portland! We meet in our 3. Trauma healing: this is very homes generally. We cannot afford important today when so many of to rent out space for our trainings. our immigrants come to Maine We hope that people reading this with memories of torture, abuse will step forward and offer space and loss. We try to promote for us to meet and to train. We creative arts among the youth to really want to begin our nutrition express paintraining (Making “There is so little ful memories Choices & Livas well as common meeting space ing Healthy) and present their we need space for in Portland.” visions and about fifty people aspirations for peace. on a regular basis. If you have ideas 4. Reconciliation: trauma healing for us, we welcome you!

The Abundant Life Institute (ALI) was formed to empower disadvantaged or marginalized communities to create opportunities and envision ways to construct integrated social and economic structures in which they can transform the quality of their lives. ALI is a “shared space” for creative action—a shared space means a is only good in the long term if we platform governed by values of also teach people how to reconcile inclusiveness, integrity, dialogue, with each other to promote tolerconsultation, acceptance, partici- ance and coexistence between and pation and accountability with the among communities. In this work, aim to render service with creativity and excellence. “My advice, ...find a group We took time to interview that already exists to help Dr. Norbert Runyambo, you find your way. who is a member of the ALI executive team. we hold forums for dialogues on

What is the primary focus of your work?

recognize how different we all are from each other, yet there are commonalities in all immigrant experiences that we draw upon to bring reconciliation and peace and improve their quality of life. I want people, both Americans and immigrants, to know that we exist to help improve the overall quality of life for people, whether from Asia, Africa, Central or South America, or the Middle East.

6. Documentation & overcoming the language barrier: We document our work by collecting data and analyzing the situation for immigrants on a regular basis. But, we have a language barrier problem. This reads and sounds like perfect English and I assure you I do not speak like this—you have done a wonderful job of editing my sentences. But, the reader should know we have a problem documenting our work because of these kinds of language barriers. What do you want people to know about your organization? I want people to understand that our immigrant population in Portland (in all of Maine) is growing—and will continue to grow—as we accept more people into our community from war-torn and politically abusive countries. We

Please contact me, Norbert Runyambo, at nyabuhanga@yahoo. fr. I live in the Parkside neighborhood. Other members of our executive team live in the North Deering, the Riverton, and the West End neighborhoods. We welcome more collaboration with neighborhood groups.

Finally, what is your advice for newly arriving immigrants? My advice is to find a group that already exists to help you find your way. City, county and state resources are scattered across town and across the state and their requirements can be confusing and sometimes, even at cross purposes. We are working with a number of other groups to develop a website in all languages for folks to access and use right away when they arrive. I suggest that people go to the one site that lists all of these groups at http://www.maine.gov/dhhs/oma/ MulticulturalResource/community-religious.html. I see that our organization is not listed—I will have to do something about that! Thank you Dr. Runyambo. Next month: INTORE CLUBMaine’s Immigrants and Refugees Association—Uniting, Strengthening, Advancing and Serving Underserved Immigrants & Refugees. Intore Club is an immigrant and refugee community-based nonprofit organization working for economic and social development. If you want to highlight your immigrant organization, please contact Christina Feller at cfeller@maine.rr.com.




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Art Soul

This section is devoted to the creatives in our midst—writers, artists, photographers, musicians; and to the creativity of the readers themselves. Each month we will feature local artists, writers, and publish brief personal essays (no more than 300 words) sent in to us by the readers. We welcome your thoughts and suggestions­—please email your comments to mjh.observer@gmsail.com.

Good Neighbor of the Month

Each month we will feature members of our community whose actions embody the qualities of a “good neighbor”—kindness, consideration, helpfulness, cheer... Tell us who YOUR good neighbors are! Email your nominations to mjh.observer@gmail.com.

Susan Doran by Cliff Gallant

Think globally and act locally has been the air that Susan Doran has breathed since about the age of three, or, as she laughingly says, since she first started crawling out from under the boardroom tables of the many meetings her community-minded mother dragged her to. Through both her father and mother , she very early on came to see life as a grand adventure made up of many different robust facets and absolutely filled with exciting potential, not only for herself, but also for her fellow human beings. When the Internet was starting to develop in the late eighties the impact it would have on business world was readily apparent, but Susan was one of those who saw the vast socio-political implications of what was essentially a major new communications medium and was eager to learn all she could about it so that she could be a part of shaping it. One of her main objects was to ensure equal access for all to what has been called the information highway. She initially went to the Syracuse University School of Information Studies with the intention of snagging a slick-sounding Masters in Information Resources Management, but was advised by the dean that librarians that information specialists were actually the people best positioned to advocate for equal access to the internet—therefore her masters is in library science. Susan currently makes her living designing web sites, but web design in her case doesn’t mean catchy color schemes or little guys jumping up in the corner of the home page for attention-getting effect. In the profession, Susan is known as an Information Architect, or sometimes as an Experience Designer. She works on only large complex web sites to insure the most compelling experience for people going to the site. Her accounts have included Hewlett Packard, AOL, Best Buy, Motorola, and the U.S. Government Accountability Office—she’s a big leaguer all the way. Working on that level enables Susan to tailor her life and activities in a way that not only feeds her own soul but delivers great benefits to the rest of us as well. She performs her web site wizardry six months a year, volunteering her time on a part-time basis to a wide variety

of social causes; then, incredibly, devotes the other six months to community organizing, volunteer activities, and personal projects. Her web talents are obviously a great boon to whatever group she gets involved with, but she prefers to focus on volunteer activities that draw on her experience in community organizing, nonprofit management, and social activism. With the “I’ll do whatever” attitude of the truly effective social activist, though, she’s also always willing to do such work as pull weeds or stuff envelopes. Okay, hold your breath, here is what is probably only a partial list of the groups Susan is currently volunteering with: Portland Trails, which she is on the board of directors of, and which she says, as the former director of the national Land Trust Alliance Information Center, is one of the most effective of its type of organizations in the country; the St. Lawrence Arts Center, which she loves and sees as a tremendous Munjoy Hill community asset; the Portland Public Library, where she’s working with others to develop a green rooftop collaborative which will contribute environmental benefits to the area and provide public access to urban open space, existing as a model for other communities around the country in the process; the American Friends Program, which is an organization that helps immigrants and refugees find their way in Portland; the Institute for Civic Leadership, which is a statewide organization that trains people in collaborative leadership for work in government, businesses and non-profits; Boys to Men, which is an organization that seeks to promote healthy growing up experiences to young men; Maine UX, which is an organization made up of people doing innovative types of work over the Internet; and then there’s the volunteer work she does on the campaigns of selected aspirants for public office, any of whom would be most fortunate to have her on their side.

Portveritas Soothsayers with a mission Featuring a Interview with Nate Amodon by Tracey Menard Last Tuesday night—June 9, 2009­—I was invited to the second Tuesday Portveritas Poetry Slam at the North Star Café. For those of you who don’t know what a Poetry Slam is, let me enlighten you. A Slam is a friendly poetry competition between artists of the spoken word. Random members of the audience are asked to be judges. The performances are judged from one to ten. A sacrificial poet goes first so that the judges have something to judge by. Every Slam night also features a guest poet who is not part of the competition, but is someone who usually competes on a national level. The featured poet last week was Nick Fox. He was a master poet from New Orleans. He wove his words with humor, natural imagery, and emotional honesty. By the end, we were all standing with a resounding ovation—the only standing ovation in the history of the Portveritas Slam (from what I am told). Once the competition ensued, I was asked to be a judge. I accepted. It was a difficult job. It was difficult because there was so much local talent. I felt honored to listen to and see performers who could manipulate voice and inflection in order to wrap and unravel the hardest truths. Their poems were a modern assortment of ballads about oppression by abusive mothers, teenage parenting (or aborting), love (or loss of), and dealing with a Vietnam vet for a father. One poet took on the task of creating a magical post-apocalyptic vision. As a judge, I had a lot of questions in my mind: How does one judge objectively? Is a rant the same thing as poetry? Is the abstract message as powerful as the concrete example of suffering? It was a great time and a very thought-provoking evening. I encourage anyone to go check it out. My interest piqued, I decided to find out more about Portveritas. Hence the following interview with Nate Amodon (one of the founders): MHNO: First of all, how did you come up with the name Portveritas? Nate: Well, we didn’t want a name that was completely tied to a place. So, we kept the port from Portland because of the broad meaning port can have, and we added the veritas. We were thinking about the Latin phrase in vino veritas, which is Latin for in wine there is truth. MHNO: What is the goal or mission statement of Portveritas? Nate: Our goal is to represent the world around us through performance poetry in as honest a way as we can. Our mission statement is “A Community Creating Artists....Artists Creating Community...” MHNO: How is spoken word poetry different than poetry on the page? I mean it’s not just poetry memorized, right? Nate: We like to use the term—spoken word—because not all that the performers do is poetry, such as, monologues, rants, and storytelling. It’s a more inclusive term. Primarily, it is true that in terms of poetry, performance poetry is slightly different. Susan wanted to be sure that her membership in the choral group Blue Lobster Troupe be mentioned. She loves music and sees community chorus as yet another way to be among a group of people creating a shared voice. Her friend from the St. Lawrence, Liz McMahon, founded the group and Susan says it’s amazing and super fun. “In other places

MHNO: How important is the audience to the spoken word poet? Nate: Well, we don’t write for them, but we keep them in mind. After all, it is the expressive delivery, the therapeutic high, and the raw energy that brings people in. I think what really draws people is the position of tearing down walls and building an experience of relationship, even if it is only for three minutes- the length of a performance. MHNO: What does your community outreach look like? Nate: We are asked by organizations to volunteer our performers for local events, for example, The League of Young Voters, Kindle (an environmental group), The Bioneers, or various charities that need help raising money. We also do workshops at high schools all around the state of Maine. Our first experience was at Deering High school. Some members of the team had never worked with kids before. In fact, very few of our poets went to school for writing. They speak from experience. I think because of this the students felt like we were more like peers rather than teachers. We were well received by the students. At the schools, we want to get kids who are writing to have the courage to share their poetry out loud. Because writing and sharing allows us to become more comfortable connecting. Not everyone can afford a therapist, but everyone can afford pen and paper. With the spoken word, healing can happen and we have seen noticeable changes when working with kids. MHNO: Can you give an example of this? Nate: Sure, one such time was up north in a workshop. A teacher brought us up to work with this one kid in particular he because he was in trouble with drugs and guns. The teacher hoped to get him spending more time writing and sharing with other students. I guess our workshop had a profound affect because he began to do just that and people started treating him differently. They began to see him in a new way and label him less. He is now going into his senior year with hope and focus. MHNO: Do you have anything else you’d like to add? Nate: I would just like to reiterate that spoken word poetry gives people the opportunity to hash out whatever they are dealing with. It’s a safe way to get the issue out into public to see how it will be received. To find others that can be touched by your story because maybe they share a similar background. It is an opportunity to arouse sympathy and empathy. To hide behind a piece is to put it out there to see how the world reacts. To be accepted for who you are and find your voice and those who share it- or the opposite- to open up a dialogue and allow an opposing voice. Performance poetry is a forum for all voices to be heard. Portveritas hosts open mic poetry readings regularly at The North Star Café on Tuesday evenings at 7:30, with every second Tuesday being a Poetry Slam. Find out more by visiting www.portveritas.org

you don’t see people taking care of each other and having fun together the way they do in Portland. When I see that I know I’m home”, she says. When I interviewed Susan for this story in a local coffee shop, Nan Cumming, the Executive Director of Portland Trails, was in the shop and I hoped to get a quote about Susan from her before she left. She started

to leave before I could approach her but she apparently was aware of the interview and I got my quote as she was headed out the door and yelled back: “She’s great!”


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It’s Happening on the Hill

root cellar news

Rooted in love. Changing the world!

We asked our kids to write something or draw a picture about their neighborhood. Here are some of their creations. From a 7 year old, First Grader

One of our writers, hard at work. Photo courtesy of the Root Cellar

T his Summer For the Kids Mondays in the Park: soccer, basketball, and hamburgers fresh off the grill; all are welcome at Kennedy Park. Tuesdays: with our kids’ programs, as we “change the world” with service projects — Noon to 3:00 Thursdays: BEACH Day—Oh yeah! We visit the best of Maine’s beaches throughout the summer. — 9:30 am to 3:30 pm Fridays: Kids Stuff—All kinds of games; good food to boot! — 11 am to 3 pm

“At Munjoy Hill there should be forests and ponds. I want there to be buildings and cities and a pool near to the buildings. No littering and no killing people. There could be a beach. Munjoy Hill is an important place to people. It goes up a hill like this. I do not want to live without Munjoy Hill in my life. I don’t want people dying. Munjoy Hill is the funnest place in Maine!” (re-interpreted) From a 10 year old, Third Grader

Love Love is like a tree. The tree is you. The people you love are the leaves. When someone dies, one leaf falls off. Soon mostly all the leaves fall off. Except one. When that one falls off somehow they all f loat up. Then that tree grows new leaves. That are big and strong. But the leaves that went up will stay on the tree in the sky. At dark if you look closely you can see the tree in the sky. Children drawing and writing. Photos Courtesy of the Root Cellar

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A Day in the Life of Morgan

This is the third and last installment of a fictional series by Kathleen Carr Bailey. Morgan’s Bio: any single over-40 woman just living her life. Broken hearts, found dreams, chances taken, opportunities missed. Can’t we all relate? As the night progressed, she no longer hooted and hollered, but remained seated in an attempt to appear aloof. ‘Too late.’ Morgan felt a little embarrassed for the young, though of legal drinking age, girl. Or was it jealousy? ‘Why should I be jealous? Because they are the type that men in bars buy drinks for. They are the type Dom would sing a song about, sing a song to.’ Dom had not offered much in conversation to the audience, Oh he did thank them after every applause and appeared somewhat shy at the various yells and whistles that were offered after a job well done. But now he spoke. Then stood, placing his guitar gently against the stool.

Welcome, Summer!

And just to remind you, we are open all summer long with the same extended hours we’ve enjoyed all year! We’ll also be increasing the selection of books for adults, with paperbacks for your summer reading enjoyment. Don’t forget—if we don’t own an item you’re looking for, we’ll gladly find it for you within our system, state or country, and have it delivered here for your convenience. We’re all excited about this year’s Summer Reading Program— Be Creative @ Your Library. Sign-up began the week of June 22nd— but it’s not too late to join in! The program runs until August 1st. The goal is to read 6 books or to read (or be read to) for 6 hours. Each participant will receive a reading log to keep track of his/her reading. Those who complete their goal will receive a certificate and a prize and will be invited to attend the Annual Watermelon Party at the library.

~HOURS~

Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday Sunday

Remember: all reading logs must be returned by August 1st! In addition, the Children’s Library on Munjoy Hill will be offering the following programs & events:

Week of July 6th Mon. 7/6 Wed. 7/8 Thur. 7/9

10:30 Stories & Healthy Snacks 5:00 Fish Printing & Other Fishy Stuff 10:30 Creative Science Activities

Week of July 13th Mon. 7/13 10:30 Wed. 7/15 5:00 Thur. 7/16 10:30

Be Creative with the Maine Historical Society The Amazing Michael – Magic Show Stories & Make Your Own Fairy Cakes

Week of July 20th Mon. 7/20 Wed. 7/22 Thur. 7/23

10:30 Origami Stories 5:00 Maine Squeeze Accordions 10:30 Create Puzzles / Puppets

Week of July 27th Mon. 7/27 Wed. 7/29 Thur. 7/30 Wed. 8/5

10:30 5:00 10:30 3:00

Arts & Crafts Recipes TBA TBA End of Summer Reading Watermelon Party

Happy Summer—See you soon and see you often!

9:30 am – 6 pm CLOSED 9:30 am – 8 pm 9:30 am – 6 pm 9:30 am – 6 pm 11 am – 4 pm CLOSED

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‘Gosh, he is young, café au lait skin, teeth just white enough to be natural, hair a woman could get lost in. Hmmmmmmmmmmm he’d be perfect as a pirate at a Renaissance fair. Annie would love him!’ Morgan would have loved to share the moment with her most trusted friend. Annie was too the type of women men in bars went for. Albeit her style was more sophisticated in its sex appeal. Morgan’s look was of quiet confident sensuality, though she would beg to differ. In moments of confidence, whether feigned or innate, her every move resonated the allure. Dom, in a voice as smoky as Scotch and smooth as honey, began a tale of a song. The inspiration was a beautiful woman with a smile that could melt any heart. A body that initially would not attract men. Yet men once they slowly observed her, saw glimpses of her soul, would sell their very own soul to experience her for one moment. Or ultimately posses her for the rest of time. This would not be possible as the woman would let no one near. She would not be known, to any but one. The same man that desired her whole self. The man who had pledged himself to another long before he ever laid eyes upon the true object of his longing. It was a tale of lust, desire, wanting, longing and heartache of one man.

Kathleen Carr Bailey Kathleen Carr Bailey, author of the Morgan series, is a former (and at her core) a ‘Hill’ resident.

Dom spoke in broken English and at the last line his voice cracked. The song title, loosely translated, “Black Swan”. He sang in Spanish.

FICTION

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The audience did not stir, no clink of glass or muted voices. The waitress stood in her spot, still balancing a tray upon which two Margaritas and a shot of something pale and gold waited, and listened.

Haunting. Soulful. Dom had set the scene splendidly.

The initial translation would not have been truly necessary, the anguish resounded in the melody. ‘Dom is more than a musician. A Bard!’ Morgan wondered if Spain had such a thing then questioned ‘isn’t he from Mexico?’ Besides Ireland was originally settled by Iberians which are Spaniards. Why does my mind travel down all these roads and why am I crying?’

Morgan waved her hand in front of her eyes as if to blow away the tears. When Dom was finished, no applause, no sound. Nothing. Then a moan, a sigh, were those stifled sniffles? Tears? To break the ice, or was it heat? he proclaimed,” I guess true love is universal”. With one final strum, he looked at his strings no longer. Dom sat transfixed at Morgan’s now empty table. Sensing a longing, his?, she hesitated at the stairs that would take her back out to the real world. In a moment of weakness or was it strength, Morgan glanced at the stage once more. The blackness of his eyes tried to hold hers. She couldn’t risk it. Outside the cool night air stung her tear stained cheeks. Morgan wasn’t sure if true love was universal, but at this moment she knew true longing was.

THE END (... or IS it?)


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Spotlight on Non-Profits is a regular feature. To recommend your favorite East End non-profit, please contact Liz at liz@stlawrencearts.org or

on Non-Profits My (Excellent) Adventure on the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad By Liz McMahon On May 23, 2009, I took my first ride in a steam engine. My companions were Brian Durham, the Conductor, Bill Piche, the Fireman, Colby Miles, an apprentice Fireman, and Gerry Bagley, the Engineer. At 8 am they were starting the fire in the steam engine to get it hot enough to steam up. My first impression of the place is: old school! Everything from the pipe wrenches to the grease poured from an ancient looking oil can were nostalgia-inducing. The MNGRR runs the steam engine twice a month or so, depending on the month. Today is Memorial Day, so it’s on the track!

points out that the “journal bearing” resembles a book. I help Sharon, who is one of three paid staff of the MNGRR, put up the patriotic bunting on the train. “On Canadian holidays, we put Canadian flags on,” she says. “Not

coming up. They need to add water several times a day, but they only have to add the coal every other day. When the steam bellows out, Colby and Bill, the young guys, let up a whoop. They are having a blast. Bill has “job security”, as he puts it, because “I’m the only one who will do Mondays”. Bill comes from Southern Massachusetts. Gerry was a farmer in Aroostook. He is a practical and skilled volunteer. Of

The guys notice my white t-shirt. “That thing’s not gonna be white for long,” says one of the guys. “Oh, and we forgot to tell you to wear steel-toed shoes!” They didn’t realize how gullible I am until they saw me anxiously looking down at my sandals. I then noticed that none of them were wearing steeltoed shoes, and that they were teasing me. It takes a lot of physical labor to get the train ready. They get scraps of wood from the “Log Cabin” to build the fire. Conductor Bill Piche beams out from restored engine #4. Photo copyright 2009 Frank Kadi. All Rights Reserved. I asked where they got the scraps and am told, “We only the 30 or so active volunteers that as many Steam days in the sumburn the finest railroad equipthey have, each has a unique commer—it’s too hot,” Bill says. “Durment!” They are NOT actually usmitment to the MNGRR. One guy ing the winter you roast on one ing old cars as firewood, and the comes in twice a year just to lubriside and freeze on the other”, says joke elicits a big guffaw from the cate the connectors. One volunteer Colby. “And you get snow on your crew. They get their wood from volis a master docent, and he rides the neck,” he adds. “Summer is easy, unteers and friends of the railroad. trains and gives the passengers a but winter’ll eat you alive if you’re When I look into the “Log Cabin”, narration. If he isn’t there, whoever not on your game.” Bill tells me I see what appear to be pieces of is the conductor that day will narhow one winter day it was nine depainted theater scenery. Brian tells rate. At 16, Colby is the youngest grees out, and he had a train full of me that he ran for House of Repvolunteer, and he tells me that he passengers and the fire nearly went resentatives in South Portland and does a lot of “grunt work”. Colby out. “That was a hardworking ride”, after the campaign he brought in all makes the trip from his hometown he explained, as he had to conof his old wooden campaign signs of Lewiston. He’s been coming stantly tend the fire so the pressure to burn. (Liz’s note: they can’t burn since 2005, and he convinces his wouldn’t run out. The pressure had pressure-treated wood or anything mother to bring him more often gotten too low due to a hole in the with lead paint on it.) The Fireman all the time. One of Colby’s best fire, causing it to die out. needs to go around periodically all moments was in October of 2006, day to re-grease the grease por- “People will make fun of you if you when Channel 6 filmed a segment tals. “Metal is expensive; grease is call this a shovel,” Bill tells me as where Colby was working on the cheap.” That is Bill’s mantra as he he uses a shovel-like tool to put the caboose during the MNGRR’s first liberally applies grease all around coal into the fire. “It’s a scoop.” track work weekend event. One the train. “It’s important that no “The Fuse is lit!” he yells out. They of his worst was when he was just grit gets into the journal bearing.” have already phoned the Fire De- starting out. He forgot to turn off The journal bearing is what rests partment, which they do to let the water hose and flooded the enthe locomotive on the axels. Colby them know that there will be smoke gine! Many of the volunteers travel

a long way to participate in the railroad. Right at 10 am, people start streaming into the Museum and Gift Shop. Visitors can walk through antique train cars, inside of which are historical artifacts such as photos and train storie. The gift shop used to be entirely volunteer-run; All fired up and ready to roll. Photo copyright 2009 Frank Kadi. All Rights Reserved. many of the wives of the guys who whistles. We all chuckled at that. ran the trains would come in and The guys bust each other’s chops. help out. It is a gender bias, Brian “Colby’s been known to exaggeradmits, that mostly men are train ate,” Bill tells me, and impersonates enthusiasts and women are not. Colby by shouting “We shoveled They have women who work on the WHOLE coal bin in there!” In the archives too. They have a lot of turn, Bill gets teased that he looks archiving because they get a ton of like Harry Potter. Maybe it’s the train related documents donated safety goggles. to them. One of the archivists is named Nancy Hall, and she is working on a new exhibit about Steam Power.

In the back of the museum Colby shows me the workshop area where volunteers restore train parts. I ask my new buddy what his favorite thing in the museum is. “The Parlor Car,” (aka “The Rangeley”), he answers, “it’s the only two foot parlor car that was ever built!” Colby also takes me into the Engine House, a space where they store two old engines and the steam locomotive when it’s not in use. They are currently working to restore Engine #7. Their “Grand Scheme,” as Colby calls it, is to have #7 up and running to use for bigger events like the Polar Express. To keep working on #7, they need money for parts, welding supplies, and specialized services. It’s time for the first ride of the day. The guys let me ride in the Engine’s cab sitting on a tiny little metal seat. “You can drink gallons of water when you’re in the Engine cab during the summer and never have to go to the bathroom,” Bill says with a grin. He shows me the whistle. “It’s a cool feeling pulling the whistle cord. There are notches in the whistle that you can feel when the steam goes through them. That’s just the little kid in me. It’s deadly serious, though,” he adds. Brian tells me he saw a fox relieving himself on the rails recently. He called Animal Control, since it was the middle of the day, and they said it was normal, that foxes are living around the East End Beach. Another occurrence yesterday was a neighbor’s complaint about the

Bill is demonstratively proud of the railroad, and has a lot of affection in his voice when telling me that they have some of the oldest locomotives in the country. The steam engine was built in 1918, and a new boiler was built and installed in the 1950’s. Bill gives me a fun fact: the boiler on it now is actually older than the one it replaced! The engine was used in Monson, Maine, and then transferred to the Edaville Railroad before finding its home here in 1993. Bill knows all of the dates of all of the trains that were ever in service in Maine, and rattles them off for me “I love this stuff,” he says. Colby chimes in, “I’ve been into this stuff since I was two years old!” There are about forty passengers on the first ride of the day. Tourists, children, and some locals board the train. A fellow Munjoy Hill-er, Virginia Collins, is riding the train for her first time today as well. Brian teaches the passengers hand signals, including those for distance and direction, which all have corresponding whistle blasts. In using these, they are preserving the skills of the old railroad ways. Another signal is to ring the bell when the train is close to people or when the train begins to move. As we stop at the end of the track and wait for the guys to change the direction of the engine, I chat with a passenger who is visiting from Orlando, Florida. He is a train enthusiast, and came to Portland just to ride the MNGRR. He told me that two-foot Narrow Gauge’s are hard to find. Most American narrow gauges are three-feet between the See page 13, Narrow Gauge


MUNJOY HILL OBSERVER

Local Author— James Hayman! Portland-Based Novel Published Hot Beach Read Set on Munjoy Hill

“The Cutting”

Homicide detective Mike McCabe left New York for Maine seeking to escape his own dark past and to find a refuge from the violence of the big city for himself and for his teenaged daughter. But on the cobblestone streets of Portland he finds far more than he bargained for. A new thriller novel, The Cutting, hit the streets onJune Author James Hayman 23rd. Written by local author, James Hayman. In the story, the hero moves from New York City to—where else?—Munjoy Hill! (Hayman owns a house on the Hill). The Cutting has been selected for the July ‘09 American Booksellers Association IndieNext Great Reads List. The IndieNext List is compiled from nominations by independent booksellers across the country and consists of the fifteen or so bestliked books published that month in all categories. According to the ABA website “The IndieNext List, drawn from bookseller-recommended favorite handsells, epitomizes the heart and soul of passionate bookselling. Independent booksellers are and have always been discoverers of the next big thing, the next great read, the next bestseller, and the next undiscovered gem.” I have yet to read the book, it’s just come out, but it’s at the very top of my summer reading list—I’m SO looking forward to some quality lawnchair time with it!! To hear an except of the book, visit the website: www.jameshaymanthrillers.com/home/

Narrow Gauge, from page 11 rails. Next he’s hoping to ride the Rockies from Denver to Canada. He enjoys riding trains because “it lets you see things in a different, more relaxed, perspective”. After the ride I get a tour of the gift shop from Sharon. She explains about the Season Pass that they offer, and I inquire about their passengers. “We get a lot of business from tourists, but there are regulars who are local folks,” she tells me. I buy a beautiful photograph of the railroad in a blizzard; a wooden toy train whistle and some postcards.

Also available is an illustrated book on the wildflowers flowers found along the railroad track, photographed by Trainmaster and Conductor Arthur Hussey. My lasting impression of the MNGRR is this: it is a treasure that we are lucky to have in our backyards! If you have never been in the museum or taken a ride, you must! The Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad

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donations and occasional grants. The PW Sprague Foundation started things off last year with a $5,000 grant. This new grant brings total funds raised to nearly $25,000 and the museum goals are to raise another $10,000 this year and to obtain the final $15,000 in 2010. MNGRR’s steam engines bring an historic touch to the railroad’s presence on the eastern waterfront, the original rightof-way of Portland’s Grand Trunk railroad to Canada. Many will remember the grain elevators that marked the Eastern Waterfront skyline so many years ago. Those elevators were fed by Canadian wheat brought in from Montreal. The rail line went dormant when vandals burned the Back Cove bridge in the 1980s. Shortly afterward, Nathan Smith, founder of Portland Trails, convinced the State of Maine to buy the right-of-way from Canadian National. Portland Trails then leased the land through the City of Portland to landscape it into today’s Eastern Promenade Trail. Portland Trails is now well on its way to circling the Peninsula. At the same time, the newly-arrived Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Co. & Museum leased a 26foot rail right-of-way. The railroad and Portland Trails have been such good partners on the line, the drumbeat grows louder by the day for the train to join the Trail as it circles the Peninsula.

Good Advice If you are thinking a year ahead - plant seeds; If you are thinking 10 years ahead - plant a tree; If you are thinking 100 years ahead - educate the people

museum hours are 10-4 daily. It’s located at 58 Fore St. Portland Maine; 828-0814. www.mngrr.org


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EnterprisingLocals East End Business Focus

Poetry on the Hill

A Natural Woman Frank Kadi

She was a friend of mine

who lived three houses down the street.

One day she told me so much

about wolves and yellow finches

That, I began to wonder if she had invented them.

And after awhile, I began to notice

that when she got upset

clouds reached from horizon to horizon

Mi Casa es “Tu Casa”

Discovering the Dishes From El Salvador in the East End by Lisa Peñalver I stumbled across the restaurant “Tu Casa” on Washington Avenue a couple of years ago, on a rainy Monday evening when few places were open, and I’ve been enjoying their food ever since. The menu features authentic Salvadoran food, which is distinct from the more familiar Mexican food fare; perhaps less spicy, but still elemental with the fresh fresh veggies and tortillas made on the spot – slow food that arrives quickly!

Lisa: What are the most popular items on the menu? Luis: People really like the big burritos, the grilled steaks, and of course, the traditional Salvadoran pupusas. At first people would only buy one or two, but once they tried them they wanted more; now often we get orders for 15 or 20 for take-out. (Lisa’s note: pupusas are a soft corn tortilla pocket filled with tasty cheese and herbs or meat, lightly fried, served hot. About 5+ inches across, these make a mighty fine comfort food!) Luis: At first we wanted to call this “La Pupuseria” but no one knew what that was, so we changed it to “Tu Casa” (as in “Mi casa es… “) Lisa: Is there anything about this area that you are not crazy about. I mean, they don’t have snow like this in El Salvador do they?

Irma, one of the staff at Tu Casa, takes an order from some hungry customers: from left to right, Edwin, Julio, (Irma) and Gabriel. Photo by Lisa Peñalver

Recently I decided to learn more about the folks who run this unassuming place with a big heart. I spoke with the manager, Luis Rodriguez: Lisa: How long has “Tu Casa” been in business? Luis: We’ve been here almost nine years, since the beginning of 2001. Lisa: What made you choose Portland, Maine? Luis: Well, we came first to Boston, where we’d heard there was plenty of work. And there was: my compañeros and I worked with sea urchin and shrimp – processing seafood. But after a few years, there was less sea urchin, and we decided to come up to Portland to start our own business – this restaurant. Lisa: Has the recession affected your business? Luis: No, not really. Because our food is less expensive, we may even be doing better. Plus, business picked up after they renovated the building across the street (the old Nissen Bakery building). There are offices over there – it gets pretty busy here at lunch time. We have regulars who come in.

And when she smiled there were

more flowers and the creek

exploded in light. Finally,

she explained her secret. She was one

with the natural world. And

as long as that world persisted

her eyes would be wild eyes and her hand

would be the river cutting the land

she only wanted me, if I wanted her.

I did not sleep that night nor the next.

I wanted her, but what would

the consequence be? How could a few strands of flesh hanging from some bones embrace this strange goddess.

It is fine to talk about goddesses

but, how do you grapple with

the spiral of your own lust and love

when it draws you beyond

the normal plane of control.

Lisa: So has your crew been with you a while?

Family oriented, friendly service; the TV playing soccer games in the corner only adds to the charm. I urge you stop in sometime, say hello and a have some well-prepared El Salvadoran dishes – find out why “Tu Casa” is listed on the Web as one of Portland, Maine’s “secret treasures” by the website Chowhound (“for those who love to eat” http:// chowhound.chow.com/topics/379457). It’s a little off the beaten path, but not much! It’s well worth the walk!

Best-Ever Brownies by Will Gorham

8oz. unsweetened chocolate 1 cup butter 5 eggs 3 cups sugar 1tsp. vanilla. 1 1/2 cups flour. 2 cups chopped walnuts

Melt choc. & butter on low heat. Cool slightly. Beat eggs, sugar & vanilla in a large bowl—beat for 10 minutes. Blend in chocolate mixture, then add flour and nuts. Bake @ 375º for 1 hour. (Keep baking shelf to lower part of oven, but not at bottom.)

to the bone.

She proposed to me, told me not to worry,

Luis: (chuckling) No, no, It’s very hot all the time in El Salvador – no snow. Nothing bad, I really like it here. I came from a small town, so this is nice – very quiet, but good for business.

Luis: We have 5 people in the kitchen; seems like a lot, but they’re always busy. We’ve been together since the beginning – it’s a big family.

and rain began to fall.

My mind hesitated – drawing back,

And when I held her hand

but I followed impulse, I saw the fires of the cosmos looking back at me.

Freaky beyond belief, and overloaded

in all my senses,

she held me in her arms.

Outside, storms rolled above the trees.

Multicolored hail fell upon the earth.

Colored mists unearthly in their beauty,

curled along the ground.

And a crescendo of lightning

filled the sky

with the rapture of creation.

Copyright ©2009 Frank Kadi. All Rights Reserved. (Note from author: “One of my inspirations for this poem is my wife Kathy, who, when I first met her had a Labrador retriever,Mandy. Kathy and Mandy always knew what the other was thinking and moved in perfect grace relative to each other. It was only a few short leaps of the imagination to conceive of this poem about a lady who is always in perfect step with nature.)


Local Events

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The St Lawrence Theater Presents...

Morning Yoga on the Prom True Tales Tours! Eastern Prom/Quebec Street With Harlan Baker June 15 - Aug. 31, Daily at 7 Every Thurs., Fri. & Sat., 3:45 pm Walking Tours of downtown Portland am/9 am on weekends We invite all to join in meditation (unleaving from Monument Square No Reservations Required. Actor, Storyteller and Historian Harlan Baker leads the tours—approx. 2 hours long/rain or shine. $12 for Adults, $10 for Students/ Seniors, and $5 Kids. Free map included. “The stories that I will be telling on the tour have been handed down to me by Portland residents over the 40 years I have lived in Portland.” For more info, contact 712-0228 or visit www.harlanbaker.com

Twilight Dinners at the Farm

Turkey Hill Farm in Cape Elizabeth, on alternate Thur.s throughout the growing season

facilitated) at the same location 5-7 am DAILY. Hosted by the Awake Collective. For info, see www.theawakecollective. com. Contact Lea Moon: leamoon@ expandingintojoy.com, 841-6510

CPPC Lemonade Stand Coming to the Peppermint Park

Learn about Community Partnerships for Protecting Children Come visit the CPPC Lemonade stand on Thursday, July 16 , Noon – 2 pm at Peppermint Park. Meet your friends there and chat with various members of the CPPC team. The lemonade is free—the friendship, priceless! See you there.

Three rustic courses prepared by some of Maine’s great culinary talents and served in the orchard at Turkey Hill Farm. $25/byob. Songwriters by the Sea On For info. and tickets see www.cultivatPeaks Island Concert Series ingcommunity.org. Or contact volunteer July 25, Aug. 22, Sept. 19, events coordinator Hilary Burgin at hnburgin@gmail.com. Sponsored by Cultivating evenings, 7:30-10 pm, $10 Community. “Eating is an agricultural act.” The summer concert series on Peaks -Wendell Berry Island is underway! Live performances of funk, folk, bluegrass and more by groups Hour Exchange Portland (HEP) local and from around the country. For details, email Phil Daligan at pdaligan@ First Friday Art Walk maine.rr.com or call 766 4421. At the July 3rd, 5-8pm, Free 5th Maine Regimental Museum, Peaks Island (www.fifthmainemuseum.org). At the TIME Gallery at CTN, 516 Congress Street. Music. Call 874-9868 or visit www.HourExchangePortland.org or $8 Yoga Classes www.FirstFridayArtWalk.com.

Tuesdays, 5:45 - 7 pm

LIST your East End events HERE—send listings to mjh.observer@gmail.com

Yoga for all levels with Jen Micoleau of Well-Being Basics. Tuesdays, East End Community School. Drop in!

July 3 5-8 pm. First Friday Artwalk Art From the Hill July 8 5:30 pm - 8 pm. Got Beer? at The Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St, Live music by Sean Mencher and His Rhythm Kings, food, & door prizes! Tickets $30, all proceeds benefit St. Lawrence Arts Center and The Victoria Mansion July 11 11 am. The Saturday Show with David Polansky $8 Adults; $5 Kids. David Polansky’s music is frequently humorous, sometimes serious, and always clever and engaging. July 10-12 7 pm. Stages Academy presents: “Sweeney Todd: The School Edition”. Music & Lyrics by Stephen Sondheim, Book by Hugh Wheeler CALL (207) 510-6050 for tickets July 18 7:30 pm. Tom Acousti. $10 An experienced and passionate performing songwriter, whose piano and

acoustic guitar are will accomplices to the insightful and brutally honest lyrics. August 1 7:30 pm. A Celebration of ONE PEOPLE $12. “Different Drummers Joyful Hearts Club Band” will perform a concert presented by Unity of Greater Portland Celebrating Community, Celebrating Diversity, Celebrating Joy, your love and vibration. Listen to the Beat. August 5 8 pm. Secret Lives of Comedians $10. Secret Lives is a monthly show produced by Brian Brinegar, Cloud Morris, and Bo McMichael. Expect top-notch stand-up comics, special guests, and surprises! August 7 7:30 pm. Maine’s Own Supermodel: Birdie Googins! $10.Birdie’s one-woman show will absolutely delight you with her fun, kooky, overthe-top style. Recent reviews of her

performances around New England include: “Birdie filled the theater and had them laughing until they cried.” and “Birdie’s stage presence is amazing. She is truly a Maine Icon.” Come see for yourself. You’ll go home smiling. “Guaranteed!” August 8 11 am. The Saturday Show with Romper Rhythm Puppets. $8 Adults; $5 Kids. Sir George and the Dragon A fun and exciting medieval tale with humor and audience participation to update this classic. The knight Sir George rescues the Princess Petunia from a very hungry baby dragon. No swords here, but Sir George subdues the dragon just the s ame! August 8 8 pm. Ed Thomas & Hugo $10. The ventriloquism duo is back! With special guests, Running With Scissors!

Faster than a Speeding Bureaucracy... Editor’s note: Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) is a recently formed alliance of groups and individuals whose goal is to provide an nimble way of meeting the immediate needs of young people and families in transition or distress— BEFORE the situation becomes one of crisis. It is an initiative sponsored by Youth Alternatives Ingraham (www.yimaine.org)

In the recent months, partners in Community Partnerships for Protecting Children (CPPC) have worked jointly to help a young family move and store precious family belongings while searching for a new apartment (by coming up with a moving van, helping hands and a storage site). A simple phone card helped a young mother schedule important medical appointments for her children. Boots, coats hats and mittens were delivered earlier this year for scores of families facing yet another Maine winter. And most importantly, neighborhood groups worked collaboratively with families and service providers to identify and respond to these needs.

providers and businesses are working together to support and strengthen families and communities. We believe in a motto that keeping families strong and safe is everyone’s business. CPPC’s strength comes from interested and caring community members who want to help with activities, plan family-supported

events or be a part of the CPPC response to family needs. We are looking for greater involvement from Munjoy Hill residents—we hope you will join us. For more information, contact Robbie Lipsman, CPPC Project Coordinator at rlipsman@ cppcumberland.org or by phone, 523-5078.

CPPC needs YOU…

CPPC needs involved community members! CPPC is a partnership of parents, neighborhoods, schools, churches, social service Child artwork submitted by the Root Cellar. See page 10 for more info.

Fridge-worthy- Plan ahead!

Summer in the Parks Concert Series—July & August 2009 All concerts are free! Portland Recreation 756-8275 Bring a chair or blanket, sit back and enjoy the music throughout the summer months. Portland Recreation & Facilities Management Department and area businesses sponsor these free outdoor concerts.

Tuesday Night Concerts at Deering Oaks Park Bandstand

Information/Cancellation Program Hotline: 207-756-8130. (If inclement weather, the concert will likely be cancelled.)

July 14, 7:15 pm Sidecar Heroes (A Cappella Quintet)

Please visit the City of Portland web page for this concert schedule: www.portlandmaine.gov/rec/summer.htm

July 28, 7 pm Italian Heritage Center Band

Short videos of past concerts, as well as other fun videos, are on file at: www.portlandmaine.gov/rec/ multimedia.htm

Concerts last approximately 1 hour. July 7 , 7:30 pm Don Campbell (Adult Contemporary/Country)

July 21, 7:15 pm Sean Mencher and his Rhythm Kings (Rockabilly)

Aug. 4, 7 pm TROUT (Metal-grass Trio w/electrified mandolin) Aug. 11, 7 pm Strause & Company (Original American Music)

Sunset Folk Series at Western Prom Park

Children’s Music Series at Deering Oaks Park

These Wednesday evening concerts last approximately 40 minutes. (concerts are cancelled for inclement weather)

These Thursday night concerts are sponsored by area businesses and last approximately 40 minutes.

July 8, 8 pm Tree By Leaf (Folk Quartet) July 15, 7:45 pm Darien Brahms July 22, 7:45 pm Black Powder (Country Folk Trio) July 29, 7:30 pm Sara Cox with Special Guest Player Nate Schrock Aug. 5, 7:30 pm Truth About Daisies (Folk Trio) Aug. 12 7:30 pm Slaid Cleaves

(If inclement weather the concert is relocated to Reiche Community Center, 166 Brackett Street.)

Nostalgia Night at Fort Allen Park Gazebo (Eastern Prom) Thursday night concerts (If inclement weather, only Chandler’s Band Concert will be rescheduled) July 9, 7:30 pm Chandler’s Band Concert

July 9 , 12:30 pm The Yo-Yo Guy (2008 World Yo-Yo Champion!)

July 16, 7:30 pm The Lighthouse Jubilees

July 16, 12:30 pm Jon Call (Kids Music) - Sponsored by B&M Beans

July 23, 7:15 pm Chandler’s Band Concert - Sponsored by the Willey Trust

July 23, 12:30 pm Sammie Haynes (Singer Songstress) July 30 ,12:30 pm Sparks Ark (Show & Tell… Wild Animals) Aug. 6, 12:30 pm Marcus Gale (Music for Everyone)

July 30, 7:15 pm Rain Date (if needed for Chandler’s Band Concert)

Portland Parks & Recreation


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July 2009

MUNJOY HILL OBSERVER

What does your doctor do for fun?

Why should you care what doctors do in their spare time? Chances are, if you don’t know anything about your doctors, they don’t know much about you either. At Martin’s Point, we think it’s important to get to know you for the individual you are … your values, your occupation, your family, your lifestyle. When we know who you are, we truly become your partner

Call 828-2402 today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Kiwan.

in health care—helping you achieve the best health you can.

Let’s get to know each other! Call 828-2402 today for an appointment. Martin’s Point Health Care 331 Veranda Street, Portland • Onsite pharmacy • Onsite lab, radiology, and digital mammography • Same-day appointments and Saturday hours available

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©2009 Rabee Kiwan, MD

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Jul 2009 - Munjoy Hill Observer  

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