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Vol. 8, No. 2
News of Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell
Brunswick church stunned by demolition denial By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — Despite efforts by All Saints Parish to convince the Village Review Board that the former rectory at St. John the Baptist Catholic
Church is useless and costly to maintain, the board denied a request to demolish the building. The board tied 3-3, but the motion failed because it did not win a majority.
SAD 75 budget faces $600K challenge
Parishioners and church officials attended Tuesday night’s meeting and were visibly upset by the decision, which came at the end of a 90-day moratorium on demolition imposed by the
VRB in October. The parish was seeking to demolish the Pleasant Street building because it no longer houses nuns or priests. Additionally, parish officials said
period by about 1 percent. But representatives from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection said the federal data is of limited utility
By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — The owner of the independent Eveningstar theater hopes bigger is better. So after a year and a half at the helm of the cinema, owner Barry Norman is hoping to open a larger theater somewhere downtown – something he said is necessary both for his economic and physical health. Norman, who stands 6 foot 5 inches tall, spends most days working in the projector room of the theater, where the ceilings are only 5 feet 6 inches high. He’s having back problems, and rather than renovate the projector room, is trying to throw his energy into construction of a new, four-screen cineplex – ideally at Brunswick Station. Norman said there are other reasons to consider expansion, too. The theater’s small size has proved to be more of a financial obstacle than he initially expected. The Eveningstar’s single screen was one reason Norman was initially drawn to the cinema, but he now believes it may be one of its major weaknesses. “I thought one theater will be so much easier to manage,” he said, but he has now realized that “having more than one screen is mandatory if you’re going to survive.” Having only one screen makes it hard for Norman to book the most popular independent films, because many distributors will only allow Norman to show
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The sun sets over Strawberry Creek in Harpswell, just beyond the Town Offices, on Tuesday, Jan. 10.
Economic recovery blamed for rising toxic emissions By Emily Guerin PORTLAND — Oil terminals in South Portland, a ship manufacturer in Brunswick and a semiconductor fabricator in Portland are among Cumberland County’s largest emitters of tox-
ic chemicals, according to new data released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory monitors the quantity of toxic chemicals released into the environment by 84 companies
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Owner hopes to move, expand Eveningstar
Strawberry Creek sunset
By Alex Lear TOPSHAM — School Administrative District 75 managed to avoid an overall tax increase in the current budget year, and Superintendent Brad Smith said he hopes to do the same in fiscal 2013. But doing so is expected to require reducing expenses by about $600,000. A budget process overview was scheduled for Thursday, Jan. 12. Smith’s presentation of fiscal 2013 budget issues is planned for Jan. 26, a review of the first draft budget set for March 6 and formal budget approval will be at the April 26 SAD 75 Board of Directors meeting. The budget will then go to votes by residents of the district’s four towns – Topsham, Harpswell, Bowdoin and Bowdoinham – at the May 24 district budget meeting and the June 12 budget validation referendum. The fiscal 2012 budget is $34.2 million, down more than $572,000, or 1.65 percent, from the previous year. The district-wide local contribution remained unchanged at $18.7 million, although individual towns saw increases and decreases caused by valuation changes and student population. Topsham’s contribution rose See page 23
the rectory’s location near the handicapped-accessible entrance to the church made it difficult for disabled or elderly
in Maine. The latest data shows that 9.6 million pounds of chemicals were released in Maine in 2010 – an increase of 11 percent over the previous year. Emissions in New England dropped during the same time
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Wisconsin board approves land sale to Kestrel By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — An aircraft manufacturer once slated to build airplanes and create jobs in Brunswick is moving closer to putting that operation in Wisconsin. According to the Superior Telegram of Superior, Wis., the Land and Development Committee of Douglas County, Wis., voted unanimously on Tuesday to sell 13 acres of the county fairgrounds to Kestrel Aircraft for construction of a 50,000-square-foot manufacturing facility. The news came just weeks after Alan Klapmeier, Kestrel’s chief executive officer, confirmed that the company was
considering building airplanes in Superior instead of in Brunswick. Either way, Kestrel will keep its manufacturing and repair operation, Kestrel Aeroworks, at Brunswick Landing for at least seven years, a condition of receiving funding from the U.S. Treasury’s New Market Tax Credit program. In addition to land at the Douglas County Fairgrounds, which would reportedly be sold to Kestrel for $500,000, Klapmeier said the city of Superior is planning to issue a $2.4 million bond on behalf of the company and donate land in its industrial park. The Wisconsin newspaper also reported that construction could begin in
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thority, said Wednesday there is nothing to report on possible new funding for Kestrel in Maine. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.
Brunswick, Topsham natural resource projects receive funds By Alex Lear AUGUSTA — Projects in Falmouth, Brunswick and Topsham are among 17 benefitting from a total $2.4 million in natural resource awards. The awards – for restoration, enhancement or preservation of wetlands and other habitats throughout Maine – were announced Monday by the Maine Natural Resource Conservation Program. That program is administered by The Nature Conservancy in collaboration with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers. Falmouth was awarded nearly $183,000 for the purchase of an 87acre Mast Road property that is part of the headwaters of Suckfish Brook, according to Alex Mas of The Nature Conservancy. The town will own and manage the parcel, and it plans to use some of the award to restore a road on the property that is heavily eroded and has caused problems for the wetlands,
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Navy dissolves easements on Harpswell pipeline land By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — The process of removing a fuel pipeline from Mitchell Field to the former Brunswick Naval Air Station and returning control of the land to its owners has finally concluded, 50 years after the Navy acquired the property. As of Dec. 21, 2011, the U.S. Navy no longer holds a pipeline or access easement over a 30-foot wide, seven-mile swath of land stretching up Harpswell Neck and into Brunswick. Fuel flowed through the pipeline until 1991, when the Navy stopped transporting fuel to BNAS by ship. Ten years later, the Navy conveyed the pipeline and fuel farm at Mitchell Field to the town, and in 2006 the Board of Selectmen established a committee to study removal of the pipeline. The Pipeline Easement Advisory Committee successfully petitioned Maine’s congressional delegation to convince the Navy to remove the pipeline and return the easement and right-of-way to abutting landowners. The pipeline, buried 4 feet underground, crossed 68 properties in Harpswell. It was removed in 2010. The Navy took soil samples along the length of the pipeline, and lab analysis revealed 75 sites that were contaminated with materials that likely came from the pipeline’s asbestos coating. After further testing, the Navy and the Maine Department of Health and Human Services concluded that the contamination did not pose an “unreasonable risk
to human health,” and no further soil clean up would be required, according to a Navy-issued environmental fact sheet for the removal of the pipeline. During the pipeline removal, the Navy discovered an additional two sites that were contaminated by spilled jet fuel. A Massachusetts-based contractor eventually excavated and disposed of the soil. Former Selectman Amy Haible, who helped create the Pipeline Implementation Committee, said she is relieved that the process is finally over. Because the easement prevented anyone from building above the pipeline, and the Navy cut back the brush in the area, the pipeline had become sort of a noman’s land, Haible said, with snowmobilFile
Removal of a hazardous pipeline running between Mitchell Field in Harpswell and the former Brunswick Naval Air Station began two years ago, in February 2010, near Tommy Cod Lane in Harpswell.
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ers riding the length of it from Harpswell into Brunswick. “The public perception was that the pipeline was this public lane,” she said. Now that the easement has been released, landowners have more control, something Haible said her neighbors on Harpswell Neck “feel really good about.” Harpswell residents whose property was affected by the pipeline will receive a formal letter in coming weeks that explains the changes to the easement. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or email@example.com. Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.
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USM economist issues pessimistic forecast for 2012 By Mario Moretto PORTLAND — A sustained economic recovery is at least a year away, according to University of Southern Maine economist Charles Colgan. Colgan gave his economic forecast for the year on Tuesday morning. The presentation is an annual tradition at USM, where he is a professor of public policy and management and chairman of the school’s commuColgan nity planning and development program. Colgan has also served as Maine state economist and headed the state economic
forecasting commission. Colgan presented his forecast at the Hannaford Lecture Hall to about 300 members of USM Corporate Partners, a group of 100 businesses formed to support partnerships with the state university. In each year since the housing collapse and recession in 2008, Colgan seen some light at the end of the tunnel. All his projections have included the beginning of a sustained recovery. Until now. Colgan said the case for pessimism is strong, convincing him to downgrade his forecast for the first time. While new claims for unemployment compensation have steadily declined since 2009, the average unemployed person today has been out of work for 40 weeks, Colgan said.
In 2007, it was only 15 weeks. “Until (the long-term unemployed) number comes down, we can’t say there’s a recovery,” he said. Plus, the percentage of people who are employed seems to have plateaued at 59 percent, down about 5 points from prerecession levels. Income growth is weak and too narrowly distributed, Colgan said. Much of the growth in income has come to the top 1 percent of Americans, he said, with everyone under the 80th percentile looking at barely any growth at all over the past 30 years. That’s a problem, he said, because the top 1 percent can’t spend their money fast enough to spur recovery. Compounding that problem is that the
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Bath begins 2012 with YMCA demolition, Armory renovation By Alex Lear BATH — Demolition of the old YMCA on Summer Street symbolizes the transition between last year and the one that is barely two weeks old. The fate of that building, and the Bath Youth Meetinghouse and Skatepark that operated within it, was an issue that packed City Council chambers on multiple occasions in 2011. The council, which had previously OK’d leveling of the dilapidated Y, supported the former National Guard Armory becoming the Skatepark’s new home last month. The council also approved borrowing $308,000 for a basic renovation of the Old Brunswick Road building, expected to occur the first quarter of this year. That facility, now owned by the city, is also due to include the Box 19 Club, which would like to house antique fire trucks there. The old Y should be completely down by the end of this month or early next month, with foundation work to take place in February. “We’re going to grass (the site) over, and I think it’ll be vacant until the right proposal comes forward,” City Manager Bill Giroux said last week. “... It will be
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feet of commercial space, at the Midcoast Center for Higher Education, 2 Town Landing Road and the historic train station. And for the first time ever, all those rental spaces are full, Giroux said. Hodgdon Defense Composites is moving into 2 Town Landing Road. Last June the City Council approved a $13.4 million municipal budget for fiscal 2012, which represented a 1.64 percent municipal tax increase, to $6.8 million. Giroux said “it’s safe to say that we expect another difficult budget” for fiscal 2013: “As always, revenues seem to shrink, and so we try to cut to match those decreases ... but it’s early, really, to talk about where the budget will be.” On a brighter note, the City Council found itself with a unique problem last
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Events to mark annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day By Amber Cronin PORTLAND — Several events in greater Portland will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, including a March for Justice, a performance of one of King’s sermons and a gospel concert. The holiday, always the third Monday of January, falls this year on Jan. 16. It celebrates the life of the slain civil rights leader, who said he wanted to be remembered not as a man with hundreds of awards, but as a man who lived his life serving others and acted as a “drum major for justice.” The March for Justice, sponsored by the Portland branch of the NAACP, is intended to promote economic change. It will take place Jan. 14 from 2 to 5:30 p.m., starting at the Preble Street Resource Center with a discussion on poverty and the desire to adopt an “Economic Bill of Rights.” Following the discussion, participants will march toward Portland City Hall
with Portland Mayor Michael Brennan and other local civic and faith leaders. The Portland NAACP will also sponsor a gospel concert and the 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration at the Holiday Inn By The Bay on Spring Street on Jan. 16 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The breakfast will feature University of New England students leading a program on the importance of living a healthy life in order to reach one’s fullest potential. On Sunday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., Batimbo Beat and students from the UNE will perform a music and gospel concert at Merrill Auditorium, 389 Congress St.; admission is $5. Also on Sunday, the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road, will hold a multicultural dialog and discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. Bowdoin College in Brunswick will join in the celebration of King’s life on Jan. 16 with its annual “Children’s
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Celebration of Martin Luther King Jr.” Children’s book authors Charlotte Agell and Rohan Henry will be on hand for “illustrated storytelling,” music and activities in remembrance of King. The Portland Housing Authority, in conjunction with Mayo Street Arts, will perform excerpts from King’s speech “The Drum Major Instinct” on Jan. 16 at 1 p.m. at Mayo Street Arts. “We chose that speech because the students are very familiar with the ‘I Have a Dream’ speech, which has become kind of the quintessential King speech, and we wanted to try something different,” Emily Fitch, youth services coordinator for the Portland Housing Authority, said. “The speech is all about how he wanted
to be remembered,” Fitch continued. “He wanted to be remembered for trying to help someone and we are trying to use that speech and thought process to get the kids to think about what they could do to help someone not just on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, but in the rest of their lives.” Also on Monday there will be a community pasta supper to benefit the Midcoast Hunger Prevention Program at Pilgrim House, First Parish Church, 9 Cleaveland St., in Brunswick. The supper will run from 5 to 7 p.m. and costs either a donation of non-perishable food or a suggested donation of $5. For more information about local events visit naacpportland.org. Amber Cronin is The Forecaster news assistant. She can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 115 or acronin@ theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @croninamber.
News briefs Dead man identified by Brunswick police BRUNSWICK — The Police Department has identified the man found dead in the woods off Bath Road on Dec. 22, 2011. Raymond Graebe, 79, of Brunswick, was determined to have committed suicide, according to the state medical examiner’s office. According to Detective Sgt. Martin Rinaldi, Graebe had been terminally ill with cancer. The case was an unusual one for the po-
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Unsung Hero: Larry Rubenstein, leader of the pack By David Treadwell SCARBOROUGH — The Bicycle Coalition of Maine picked a passionate leader when it elected Larry Rubenstein president of its board. “Maine is one of the best places to bike in the United States,” Rubenstein said. “There’s no place that isn’t pretty, and you don’t encounter the hostility of drivers that you find in a lot of metropolitan areas.” Rubenstein noted that Maine is the only state on the East Coast ranked among the top 10 states for biking. (Maine ranks second, just behind the state of Washington.) He added that with 7,000 members, Maine by far has the highest bicycle coalition membership per capita of any state. Education heads the list of the coalition’s activities. Each year volunteers provide training to more than 70,000 students in schools throughout the state. “We teach the basics, such as hand signals, traffic laws and the use of helmets,” Rubenstein said. “We also encourage kids to ride bikes to school rather than take the bus.” Such efforts address the obesity problem and help reduce dependence on gasoline. Other activities include an annual Lobster Ride in Rockland, a Woman’s Ride, a raffle and a Bike Swap. “The goal of the Bike Swap,” Rubenstein said, “is to get bikes out of garages and into someone’s hands.” In addition, 12 people serve as “Community Spokes” to lead advocacy efforts for bicycling in their local areas. In explaining his devotion to the sport
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of biking, Rubenstein said, “I love biking, and I love the people who bike.” Be assured, though, that Rubenstein is not just a one-trick pony. His many volunteer activities include being a member Larry Rubenstein at his home in Scarborough with the Parlee road bike he calls his Black Stallion. Rubenstein is president of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and is a major fundraiser for it and several other organizations.
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I’m looking at the (old) man in the mirror You know that old man you’ve always hated at the bank? The one recounting every moment of his life to the teller while you stand behind him in line thinking, “Nobody cares if the mall used to be an orchard, Pops. Give the kid your rolls of pennies and beat it. I The View have to hit Hannaford’s and the bakery by noon.” You remember that guy? I’m turning into him. This isn’t a rant about getting older, although I would like to know when all that “wisdom of age” is supposed to kick in. All I’m getting is crankier and weirder. I’m not surprised, since I started out with a double helping of both, but still, it would be nice to fashion the occasional Zen-like insight. I’d settle for a greeting card aphorism. Mike Langworthy But not one, in the entire time since I realized aging wasn’t simply something that happened to other people. I still remember the day it happened, about 20 years ago. I was driving to work, and by driving I mean sitting in a car while pedestrians hooked up to oxygen bottles passed me like I was standing still. This wasn’t in Portland, where all the drivers are cherubs out of “Fantasia” and traffic moves like rainbows. This was Los Angeles, where freeflowing traffic is a chimera. The rare occasions when it goes smoothly are more than offset by the time spent at a dead stop. If you live there long enough, statistically your average speed goes into negative numbers. Anyway, I casually glance down at my arm – to see my father’s hand staring at me from the bottom of my sleeve. Somewhere along the way my hands got weather beaten and wrinkled just like his. It was quite a wake-up call:
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The only explanation that makes any sense to me is that I’m so afraid I’m not saying what people need to know that I try to tell them everything I know. It never used to occur to me that I might not be making myself understood. In fact, if somebody didn’t get what I was saying, he was the idiot. I used to tell people that, from the stage, in the middle of my act. And yet somehow I was labeled “too angry” by a lot of the club owners I worked for. Where do they get this stuff? But I digress. It’s scary to think that the first thing to go isn’t the ability to communicate, but the ability to know when to stop communicating. Maybe I’m the only one. Maybe it’s temporary. I hope so. Meanwhile, at least I haven’t turned into Driving With His Turn Signal On Constantly Guy. Yet. Portland resident Mike Langworthy, an attorney, former stand-up comic and longtime television writer, is fascinated by all things Maine. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Rousselle’s Walmart snapshot is under-exposed Christine Rousselle’s Forecaster Forum in the Dec. 21, 2011, edition concerning welfare and why you vote Republican prompted me to respond. Most people agree that our country, as well as most of the world, is going through a very difficult economic period, but there is certainly not universal agreement on the causes of our dilemma. Many Republicans and tea party independents blame big government, deficit spending, and entitlement programs; Democrats and independent Occupy Wall Street supporters (a majority of Americans, according to most polls) impugn Wall Street, deregulation, increasingly skewed income distribution and the “entitled nature” of the very wealthy. Rousselle’s experience as a cashier at Walmart continued next page
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January 13, 2012 from previous page exposed her to customers who abuse welfare. But many studies reveal that these people make up a small minority of welfare recipients. Most of the people who qualify for benefits work many hours, usually at minimum wage – they are the working poor. To understand what “is going terribly wrong,” you need exposure to a much broader landscape than Walmart provides. It might be a revelation to visit food banks, homeless shelters, and government welfare and unemployment offices and talk to Americans, many of whom once thought of themselves as middle class, who are now jobless and experiencing poverty, often for the first time. Especially in an election year, it is important that we question our assumptions and ask who benefits from the policies we advocate. Whose interests do Republican policies really promote? Not mine, and I suspect not yours either. William B. Fritzmeier, South Portland
Rousselle column surprises, enlightens The Forecaster Forum by the Scarborough native about her experiences while working at her summer job at Walmart was surprising. The usual weekly columns attack Gov. LePage and his administration. The following week’s edition ran more like your normal editing favoring the Democratic slant on politics. What continues to amaze me is the response liberals have to such a point of view that Christine Rousselle presented. Not once did I see where anyone agreed that the state has a problem with the welfare system; they attacked the college student personally. Not mature enough, ultra conservative, looking for abuses and not disclosing all the good the DHHS does for the state of Maine. Maine has at least our share of abusers who strive to stay on the system for generations. This problem has taken years to reach this boiling point and will take many more to right the ship in its proper path. I have no problems sharing our tax money with worthy citizens who have fallen on hard times and feel once we purge the abusers off this teat there will be more than enough money to provide for those in need. David Bruneau, South Portland
Brannigan should look in mirror for culprit While Sen. Joseph Brannigan is pontificating about Gov. LePage’s nascent budget cuts to the Department of Health and Human Services, he would be well put to tell us all exactly how the state happened to wind up with a $120 million deficit in those programs within one month of LePage’s inauguration. It wasn’t mentioned by the Democrats for eight years, and not much was heard from Brannigan during his six terms in District 9. If Brannigan was in office and didn’t know anything about it, then how does he expect the gov-
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Too much information Last night my lovely wife Carolyn called her sister Janice in Tokyo. As I wandered out into the kitchen to get a snack during the Celtics game, there was Janice, having just gotten out of bed because it was already tomorrow in Japan, jabbering away on daughter Tess’ laptop. I caught a glimpse of myself in the caller window and said a quick hello as I walked by. Janice held her iPhone out the window so we could see the view of Tokyo from her high-rise apartment. Amazing. I try not to be too much a rube about The Universal technology, but I am. I’ll be damned if I understand how Skype works, let alone how it can be free. I mean how can Skype be free if Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for it? Seeing that it is, however, why would anyone place an expensive international phone call ever again? How can phone companies survive? Will the telephone soon go the Edgar Allen Beem way of the post office, which itself is going the way of the telegraph, which went to way of the pony express, which went the way of smoke signals. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t Skype myself. And I don’t have one of those phones with Internet access, e-mail, GPS, Wi-Fi, HD, 3D, 4G, PDF, PDQ, Hulu, Roku and built-in Pez dispenser. But I live with and among people who do. A sonic vocabulary of beeps, boops, dings, dongs, chirrups and buzzes signaling the arrival and departure of e-mail, voice mail, text messages, meeting notices, downloads, upgrades and dying batteries punctuates my days and nights. When my own little flip phone goes off in my pocket, trying very hard to sound like a traditional ring-ring while it alters my DNA, I am always surprised. Who would be calling me? I’d turn it off, or better still, put it on vibrate, but I don’t know how. Last Sunday it went off in church. (“Sorry. Sorry.”) It was a text from daughter Nora, who was visiting her in-laws in San Antonio, wanting to know if Auntie
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Janice was OK after the earthquake in eastern Japan. Earthquake in eastern Japan? How would I know? Of course, if I’d had Carolyn’s turbo-charged iPhone I could have gone online and checked CNN or the Weather Channel. Come to think of it, the headline news service on her phone would probably have alerted Carolyn automatically. I have a graduate degree in information science, but it’s from the 1970s, pre-PCs. I worked at Portland Public Library back when research meant books, magazines, newspapers, government documents, and the indexes thereof. Microfilm was about as high-tech as we got. Well into the 1980s, every story I wrote for a magazine or newspaper began and ended with a visit to the library. These days, all my writing begins and ends online. What drives me nuts about information storage and retrieval these days is that it’s so undifferentiated. Doing a Google search just gets you a big bucket of electronic dirt. You have to sift through the rubble for the gold. You’d think if there’s a free international calling system there’d be a free online index service by now. Too much information. Too little knowledge. Instant access to all the info in the world has created expectations that are unreasonable and unhealthy. We seem to chase after the latest technology whatever it may be, without considering what its social, economic, ethical, or spiritual consequences might be. E-mail kills post offices. Websites kill newspapers and magazines. Amazon kills Borders. Kindle kills books. File sharing kills music sales. Bluetooth kills brain cells. Texting kills teenagers. Geez, Eddie, you’re a 21st century liberal, a selfproclaimed progressive; you’re supposed to believe in human progress. Well, I guess I’m just not sure if millions of plugged-in people living in electronic cocoons is progress, even if they are in constant contact. Something tells me we were better off, more human perhaps, when the only way to communicate was face to face. Oh, can you hold for a second? I’ve got a call on the other line ... Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/110828
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Bath Arrests 1/6 at 2:15 a.m. Derald Coffin, 32, of Matty Way, was arrested by Officer Ted Raedel on Leeman Highway on a charge of refusing to submit to arrest or detention. 1/8 at 2:12 a.m. Cody Jay Ayer, 18, of Hildreth Road, Harpswell, was arrested by Officer Ted Raedel on High Street on charges of unlawful possession of hydrocodone, unlawful possession of Schedule W drugs (three counts) and unlawful possession of Schedule Y drugs. He was also issued a summons on a charge of sale or use of drug paraphernalia.
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How DARE they! 1/5 at 7:52 p.m. Police were informed that sometime between 5 p.m. and the time of the call, a High Street complainant's vehicle was vandalized with shaving cream and party strings. He said he may have been the target of high school aged females who he had confronted about smoking. Officer Jason Aucoin responded.
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1/2 at 4:11 p.m. Auto fire at Whiskeag Road and Oak Grove Avenue. 1/3 at 8:38 p.m. Sprinkler alarm on Vine Street. 1/4 at 1:02 p.m. Carbon monoxide check on Spring Street. 1/4 at 5:38 p.m. Public service call on Oak Street. 1/5 at 9:10 a.m. Public service call on Summer Street. 1/5 at 9:25 a.m. Smoke check on Bluff Road. 1/5 at 11:03 a.m. Elevator malfunction at Morse High School. 1/7 at 2:58 p.m. Carbon monoxide check on Centre Street.
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1/4 at 12:30 a.m. Kristopher Scott Ludwig, 28, of Gilman Avenue, was arrested by Officer John Roma on Gilman Avenue on a charge of assault. 1/4 at 3:09 p.m. Thomas E. LaRose, 32, of East Hodge Road, Woolwich, was arrested by Officer Thomas Stanton Jr. on Maine Street on charges of sale and use of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of scheduled drug. 1/6 at 7:55 p.m. Jacob Benjamin Harrington, 19, of Harpswell Road, was arrested by Officer Jason McCarthy on Harpswell Road on charges of domestic violence assault, minor possessing alcohol, possession of marijuana and sale and use of drug paraphernalia. 1/7 at 2:57 a.m. Spencer M. Vogt, 24, of Wardbrook Road, Wiscasset, was arrested by Officer Patrick Scott on Bath Road on a warrant and on a charge of sale and use of drug paraphernalia. 1/7 at 11:50 a.m. Britney A. Munroe, 20, of
Gleed Drive, was arrested by Officer Jonathan O'Connor on Federal Street on a warrant. 1/7 at 12:17 p.m. Gerald Wayne Sanford, 52, of Everett Street, was arrested by Officer Thomas Stanton Jr. on Everett Street on a warrant. 1/8 at 1:37 a.m. Hallie O'Connor, 20, of Concord, Mass., was arrested by Officer Patrick Scott on Gurnet and Bath roads on a charge of operating under the influence. 1/8 at 10:40 p.m. Zachary M. Hodgkins, 26, of Blue Heron Drive, was arrested by Officer Jonathan O'Connor on Blue Heron Drive on a warrant and on a charge of operating after suspension. 1/8 at 8:12 p.m. Joseph F. Kittrell, 56, of Pinhook Road, Bridgton, was arrested by Officer Kristian Oberg on Route 1 on charges of operating after license suspension and operating under the influence. 1/8 at 9:17 p.m. Joshua V. Fuller, 31, of Cumberland Street, was arrested by Officer Robert Lane Jr. on Cumberland Street on a warrant.
Summonses 1/5 at 1:40 p.m. Sandra Labossiere, 51, of Ferrin Lane, Litchfield, was issued a summons by Officer Paul Plummer on Tibbetts Drive on a charge of failure to register motor vehicle for over 150 days. 1/5 at 10:51 p.m. Eric J. Carll, 40, of Maine Street, was issued a summons by Officer John Roma on Tibbetts Drive on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 1/6 at 1:24 a.m. Courney M. Basinet, 20, of Main Street, Bowdoin, was issued a summons by Officer Patrick Scott on Bath Road on charges of violating condition of release and possession of marijuana. 1/6 at 9:32 a.m. Christopher L. McKenney, 20, of Union Street, was issued a summons by Officer Gretchen Paxton on Union Street on a charge of criminal trespass. 1/6 at 2:40 p.m. A 15 year-old girl, of Brunswick, was issued a summons by Officer Thomas Stanton Jr. on Bath Road and Jordan Avenue on a charge of unlawful possession of a scheduled drug. 1/7 at 10:48 a.m. Peggi J. Connors, 37, of Foye Road, Wiscasset, was issued a summons by Officer Jason McCarthy on Chestnut Street on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. 12/7 at 3:48 p.m. Drue Ford, 18, of River Road, was issued a summons by Officer Jason McCarthy on Tibbetts Drive on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 1/7 at 11:13 p.m. Emmanuel Quaqua, 25, of West Georgetown Road, Georgetown, was issued a summons by Officer Kristian Oberg on Federal Street on a charge of operating vehicle without a license. 1/8 at 3:22 p.m. Stephen Beaulieu, 18, of Harpswell Island Road, Harpswell, was issued a summons by Officer Brandon Ingaharro on Elm Street on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.
Needs an eek KG, stat! 1/4 at 11:43 a.m. A customer reportedly purchased a hamster from Brook's Feed and Farm on Union Street, but upon taking the pet home, noted that it was "not acting right" and looked sick. When the customer tried to return the hamster to the store, employees reportedly would not take it back. The customer called the police, who made the store accept the sick hamster. The hamster was placed in quarantine for 30 days, although the animal control officer noted in her report that it appeared simply to be stressed from the move.
Absolut(ly) busted 1/8 at 3:22 p.m. A Hannaford employee called police after allegedly catching Stephen Beaulieu, 18, of Harpswell Island Road, Harpswell, trying to steal a bottle of Absolut vodka and a box of White Castle hamburgers. Beaulieu was issued a summons on a charge
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Fire calls 1/4 at 2:15 p.m. Inspections on Maine Street. 1/4 at 6:57 p.m. Inspections on Franklin Parkway. 1/5 at 3:47 p.m. Inspections on Cushing Street. 1/6 at 10:59 a.m. Medical emergency on Bath Road. 1/6 at 1:58 p.m. Medical emergency on Medical Center Drive. 1/6 at 2:24 p.m. Follow-up investigation on Garrison Street. 1/6 at 3:21 p.m. Assist citizen on Maine Street.
EMS Brunswick emergency medical services responded to 29 calls from Jan. 3 - 9.
Topsham Arrests 12/31/11 at 12:41 a.m. Robyn Lawler, 22, of Fair Circle, was arrested by Sgt. Frederick Dunn on Route 201 on a charge of operating under the influence. 1/1 at 6:44 p.m. Donald Trent, 35, of Spring Street, Lisbon, was arrested by Sgt. Frederick Dunn on Main Street on a charge of operating after suspension, and issued a summons on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle for more than 150 days.
Summonses 1/3 at 7:46 a.m. Wallace Gray II, 25, of Stonington, was issued a summons by Officer Peter Kaminski on Lewiston Road on a charge
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Anna E. Courson, 97: Proud of her Franco-American heritage, had a way with children BRUNSWICK — Anna E. Courson, 97, died in her sleep on Dec. 28, just days after celebrating what she called her “best Christmas ever” with family and friends. Born in Soldier Pond on July 9, 1914, Courson was the 13th of 15 children born to Willie and Vitaline Levesque Bouchard. A bright and ambitious child, she loved Courson attending Soldier Pond School when possible, but family circumstances prevented attendance beyond fifth grade. From an early age, she cared for her older siblings’ children and became an outstanding cook and childcare provider.
She was always very fond of children and seemed to posses the “magic touch” when they became fussy. She remained a hard worker all her life. She was employed at Saco-Lowell in Biddeford while she married to her first husband. In 1944 she moved to Brunswick as a single mother and worked at the Harding Plant where she med Frank M. Courson Jr., whom she married in 1945. After working at Verney Mills for 10 years, she became a custodian at Bowdoin College Library, retiring after 22 years. Following her retirement, her former boss said that it took two people to replace her. Courson was widowed at the young age of 44, leaving her with a young son to support on her own, which she did
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with great love and pride. She managed to maintain her own home until 1994, when she moved to Pejepscot Terrace, where she made many new friends. She was independent and feisty with a wonderful sense of humor. She loved watching football, especially the Patriots, Giants, Packers and Notre Dame teams. She was very fond of traditional FrenchCanadian music and loved the songs of Daniel O’Donnell. As a young woman she greatly enjoyed going to dances in northern Maine. One of her hobbies was walking, which she did for miles and miles until she was well into her late 80s, when her health prevented lengthy outings. She loved animals, particularly cats, dogs and birds. Because her husband had been treasurer of the Maine Audubon Society, she became quite adept at identifying birds. Most of all, Courson loved her family. She was extremely proud of her FrancoAmerican heritage and remained close to her relatives all of her life. Besides her parents and her husband, she was prede-
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ceased by her 14 brothers and sisters, as well as several nieces and nephews. She is survived by two sons William R. Perreault and his wife Ercil of Brunswick, and Wayne J. Courson and his wife Susan of Windam; five grandchildren Stephen Perreault of Caribou, Dale and John Perreault of Brunswick, Wendy Courson Cutter of Monte Vista, Colo. and Shelby Courson Larson of Pleasant Grove, Utah; 10 great-grandchildren; and many nephews, nieces, great-nephews and great-nieces. At her request, there will be no memorial service. A graveside service at Varney Cemetery will be held in the spring. Arrangements are under the direction of Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick. Donations can be made in her name to the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland, P.O. Box 336, Westbrook, ME 04098.
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AUBURN — M.S. Gloria Fortin, 87, formerly of Brunswick, died Jan. 7 at Hospice House in Auburn. Born in Brunswick on April 18, 1924, she was a daughter of Ludger and Laura Bard Fortin. She attended St. John’s School and Brunswick High School, graduating in 1942. Fortin During World War II, she was among the first group of women to work in the shipyard at Bath Iron Works. Following the war she was employed in the office of Verney Mills in Brunswick for nine years and was later a secretary at Bath Iron Works until her retirement in 1988. After retiring she became a volunteer at Midcoast Hospital and St. John’s Parish, and was a part of the Running Start Program for 21 years. She was an active member of the Daughters of Isabella, and she also held several offices in the Father Remy Circle after joining in 1948. She was predeceased by her parents; her oldest brother Fulgence and his wife Fredericka; a nephew, Stephen, and a niece, Estella. She is survived by her sister Prudence Brandenburg and her husband Robert of San Diego, Calif.; two brothers Regis and his wife Mamie of Bath, and Reginald and his wife Pauline of Sabattus; 11 nieces and nephews; and many grand nieces and nephews.
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Obituaries from previous page Visiting hours were held on Jan. 11, with the Daughters of Isabella reciting prayers, at the Demers-Desmond Funeral Home, 34 Cushing St., Brunswick. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Jan. 12 at St. John the Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made in Fortin’s name to St. John’s School Scholarship Fund, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, Me 04011.
Constance M. McKinney, 83 HARPSWELL — Constance M. McKinney, 83, died Jan. 6 at Mid Coast Senior Health Care Center. Born in Brunswick May 6, 1928, she was the daughter of William and Mary Jane Labbe Boulanger. She attended St. John’s School. McKinney On Oct. 10, 1943, she married Walter R. McKinney in North Carolina. They were married for 64 years before he died on Nov. 14, 2007. McKinney was a full-time homemaker and also ran a successful crab meat business that supplied local restaurants and stores for many years. She was her husband’s best friend, from hunting and fishing, to racing boats, she was always right by his side. She
loved to go to dances and listen to the PM’s, the band her husband played in. She was a regular for bingo night at several places and enjoyed the company of all her bingo friends. She was a volunteer and helped with the Harpswell Neck Fire and Rescue Auxiliary. The place McKinney loved being the most was her camp in Wesley, where they would spend weeks and months at a time. She could go from hunting, fishing and four wheeling, to working on puzzles and baking depending on the circumstances. As she got older she would follow behind the ATV gang in the truck; she just wanted to be a part of it. McKinney is survived by daughters Judy Small of Harpswell and Shirley Pinette and her husband Paul of Kingston, N.H.; three grandchildren Kenneth Richard and his wife Marsha of Topsham, Lisa True and her husband Franklin of Harpswell and Michael Pinette and his wife Danielle of Freemont, N.H.; and seven great-grandchildren Kayla True, Katelyn Richard, Franklin True III, Derek True, Jacob Pinette, Kelly Richard and Samantha Pinette. A memorial service was held on Jan. 12 at Brackett Funeral Home with Pastor Weston Murphy officiating. Burial will be at Varney Cemetery in the spring. Donations can be made in McKinney’s name to the Harpswell Neck Fire & Rescue, c/o Brian Marden, P.O. Box 8, Harpswell, ME 04079.
Grace T. Fargeon, 92 BRUNSWICK — Grace T. Farjeon, 92, died Dec. 24 at Horizons Living and Rehabilitation Center. Born in New York on March 30, 1919, she was the youngest of Harry and Grace Thorne Farjeon’s five children. She attended Brearly School in New York and graduated with a bachelor’s degree from the University of Chicago. She faithfully served her country in the U.S. Navy during WWII and earned the rank of lieutenant. She declined to receive the veteran’s bonus, and told people she believed she did not deserve a reward for serving her country in a time of war. For many years she worked as a counselor at Smith College where she served as the director of placement for students. Fargeon lived in Maine for over 10 years, moving here from East Hampton, Mass. She was known for her sharp wit and wonderful sense of humor. Her family would like to thank neighbors, Horizons Living and Rehabilitation Center, The Highlands, Mary Boie and Ruth Lyons, her friend for over 25 years and helper for the last five years, for the care she received.
She never married and is predeceased by her four sisters. Fargeon is survived by many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours were held on Jan. 11 at the Brackett Funeral Home in Brunswick.
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BIDDEFORD — Mary Louise Ketchum, 81, formerly of West Bath, died on Dec. 31 at St. Andre Health Care facility in Biddeford. She was the daughter of William H. and Anna Pearl Ketchum of West Bath. She was predeceased by her parents and older brother William H. Ketchum Ketchum Jr. She is survived by her brothers Lee A. Ketchum and his wife Priscilla of Biddeford and David D. Ketchum of Provincetown, Mass.; and five nieces and two nephews. There will be no formal service or visiting hours. A graveside service will be held, for immediate family, in the spring.
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New year arrives triumphantly in Mid-Coast If the rest of 2012 is anything like the first week, local sports fans are in for a non-stop treat. There was drama galore a week ago and plenty of big games to come. Here’s a glimpse:
Heals. The Phoenix earned recent home wins over Old Orchard Beach (53-40), Seacoast Christian (61-18) and Sacopee Valley (64-32). Hyde was at Waynflete Thursday and goes to Valley Saturday. Tuesday, Richmond pays a visit.
Brunswick’s boys’ basketball team began the week 6-3 and fifth in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings. The Dragons earned a pair of big home wins last week, 60-39, over Erskine and 59-56 over Mt. Blue. Brunswick has another big home test Friday when top-ranked Hampden Academy pays a visit. The Dragons are at Skowhegan Monday. Mt. Ararat, despite some valiant efforts, is still seeking its first victory. The Eagles lost at home last week to Lewiston (53-49) and Messalonskee (6855). Against Messalonskee, Mt. Ararat made only 6-of-24 free throws. In Western B, Morse began the week 2-6 and 15th in the standings. The Shipbuilders lost last week at Mt. View (65-40) and to visiting Nokomis (55-44). Morse was at defending Class B state champion Camden Hills Tuesday. In Western D, Hyde is up to its usual trick, beginning the week 6-0 and second in the
On the girls’ side, Mt. Ararat was second to Cony in the Eastern A Heals with a 6-2 record when the week began. The Eagles won last week at Lewiston (46-23) and Messalonskee (4732). After hosting Hampden Academy Tuesday, Mt. Ararat is at Brewer Friday and welcomes Mt. Blue Monday. Brunswick was 4-5 and 10th at the start of the week. Last week, the Dragons won, 54-38, at Erskine and lost, 58-32, at Mt. Blue. Brunswick plays at Hampden Academy Friday and plays host to Skowhegan Monday. In Western B, Morse was 3-5 and 14th at the start of the week after splitting two games last week. The Shipbuilders handled visiting Mt. View, 50-25, and lost at home to Nokomis, 5145. Morse hosted Camden Hills Tuesday. In Western D, Hyde fell to 0-5 and 13th after recent losses to visiting North Yarmouth Academy (43-39), at Old Orchard Beach (44-20) and at home to
Seacoast Christian (38-8). The Phoenix hosted Hebron Wednesday, played at Waynflete Thursday, visits Valley Saturday and welcomes Richmond Tuesday.
Hockey The Brunswick girls’ hockey team is still atop the East Region Heal Points standings despite a 5-1 loss at Greely Saturday. The Dragons did sandwich a couple wins over Edward Little around that loss, 4-3, in overtime, on the road, and 5-3, at home. Brunswick was at St. Dom’s Wednesday and visits York Monday. On the boys’ side, Brunswick began the week 4-3-1 and third in Eastern A after recent home wins over Gardiner (5-3) and Cony (4-1). After visiting Cheverus Thursday, the Dragons host Lewiston Saturday. Mt. Ararat is 3-4 and 10th. The Eagles enjoyed recent wins at Sacopee/Windham (8-0) and Gray-New Gloucester/Poland (4-2). Mt. Ararat hosted Massabesic Thursday.
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Mt. Ararat’s Brandon Johansen leaps for a loose ball before saving it by bouncing it off a Messalonskee defender during last week’s game. The Mt. Ararat Eagles lost to the Eagles of Messalonskee, 68-55.
Brunswick and Morse joined seven other teams for a league meet last weekend at Bowdoin College. The Dragons won both the boys’ and girls’ competitions, while the Shipbuilders came in seventh in the girls’ meet and ninth on the boys’ side.
Roundup Seventh annual Tucker’s Boardercross this weekend The seventh annual Tucker’s Boardercross, a fundriaser that supports the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, will be held Saturday and Sunday at Sugarloaf. Snowboarders and skiers will compete in this
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Awards Good Deeds Evergreen Credit Union recently donated $10,285 and hundreds of man-hours to food pantries located in Cumberland County as part of the annual Ending Hunger in Maine Campaign. Local pantries benefiting from Evergreen Credit Union’s generosity include: Crosswalk Community Out Reach, Windham Food Pantry, South Portland Food Pantry and Root Cellar. Woodard & Curran’s recent employee outreach campaign raised over $62,000 for the firm’s foundation, a 501(c)3 established in late 2010 to empower local and global solutions for a healthier world. The Foundation directs donations to causes incorporating environmental, health, civic and educational causes. In October, it issued a $5,000 grant to Engineers Without Borders’ University of Maine student chapter for its projects to improve sanitation in the village of Dulce Vivir, Honduras. The Maine Mall’s “Wrap for a Reason” program raised over $15,000 for 10 Cumberland Country nonprofits during the holiday season. The benefiting nonprofits included: Make-A-Wish, Family Crisis Services, Pine Tree Society, Camp to Belong Maine, Wells High School Project Graduation, Thornton Academy Middle School, Women In Harmony, STRIVE, Woodfords Family Services, and the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. These charities averaged $350 a day in earnings.
Berry Dunn, CPAs and Management Consultants, was recently awarded the United Way’s 2011 Leading the Way Award, honoring employee campaign managers and teams that have expressed their commitment to the United Way of Greater Portland’s mission by rallying their peers with the most innovative and creative employee campaigns. Berry Dunn was also recognized as a financial contributor to the 2011 Loaned Executive Class & Medicaid Services. The Portland Development Corporation recently awarded Planet Dog the 2011 Small Business of the Year Award. In addition to Planet Dog’s award, the Portland Development Corporation also presented awards to The Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau (2011 Economic Development Achievement Award) and the Via Agency (2011 Business of the Year Award). All three businesses were recognized for playing a major role in developing Portland’s economic vitality. Mayo Street Arts was recently awarded Coffee By Design’s 2011 Rebel Fund to support the Children’s Puppet Workshop. Funds from the $2,500 grant will allow neighborhood kids from East Bayside and Kennedy Park Housing to work with professional puppeteers, dancers, musicians, and Maine College of Art students at Mayo Street Arts to create scripts, puppets, music, and dances for a community performance and exhibit held in the spring. Funds will also allow workshop participants and other neighborhood
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kids to attend Saturday puppet shows at Mayo Street Arts. Sarah (Sally) Mackenzie of Brunswick, an associate professor of educational leadership in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant at the Vietnam National University in Hanoi for spring 2012. In addition to teaching in the Vietnam National University’s College of Education’s department of research and international relations, she will consult with government officials and others throughout Vietnam on school reform, teacher preparation and leadership development. Stephanie N. Strouse, a partner at Drummond & Drummond LLP, was recently named to the Maine Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters business, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. In late October 2011, Avesta Housing hosted an Appreciation Luncheon to thank their partners for sharing their commitment to providing quality, affordable housing for Maine communities. At the event, Avesta Housing honored Gorham Savings Bank with the Mike Yandell Award in recognition of their significant contribution to affordable housing. The award is named for the late Mike Yandell, a former Avesta Housing board chair and the former president of Gorham Savings Bank. The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland recently received a $5,000 grant from Town & Country Federal Credit Union’s Better Neighbor Fund, a social media initiative where the community voted online from a total of 65 nominated organizations. The Animal Refuge League plans to use the funds for its spay/neuter program for cats. Earle W. Noyes and Sons Moving Specialists, an agent of United Van Lines, was recently honored by the worldwide transportation company for exceptional professional achievement. They received the following honors: President’s Club Award, $1 million level, honoring agents
who have generated at least $1 million in sales for the United system during the past year; Performance Excellence Award, recognizing agents who have a relentless focus on customers’ needs and expectations; and the Customer Choice Award, presented to United agents achieving exceptional service scores on the basis of post-move surveys completed by customers. Bangor Savings Bank was recently named the overall top Small Business Administration lender in Maine in 2011, lending $14,889,050 in loans to 68 new or existing businesses. The American Heart Association recently announced that several Maine employers received national recognition for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace. The AHA’s Fit Friendly Company recognition program calls on all Americans and their employers to create a culture of physical activity and health to live longer, heart-healthier lives. Organizations reach Fit Friendly Goldlevel status by implementing activities and programs to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as healthy food choices, and annual employee health risk assessments. Gold level organizations in Maine include: Barber Foods, the City of Auburn, the City of Lewiston, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Hannaford Brothers Company, Holden Agency Insurance/Employee Benefits Solutions, Maine Oxy, McCain Foods, MEMIC, Mercy Hospital, St. Mary’s Health System and Tyler Technologies. Companies achieve Platinum recognition, the highest tier, by taking the program a step further by measuring the outcomes of their wellness efforts. Local Platinumlevel organizations include: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine, L.L. Bean and MaineGeneral Health.
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Hooked on Reading discussion group, 1 p.m, Spectrum Generations, 521 main St., Damariscotta, 563-1363. Peace Works Ceremony, 5 p.m., University College, 9 Park St., Bath.
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Dining Out Saturday 1/14 Baked Bean & Casserole Supper, 5-6:30 p.m, United Methodist Church, corner of Church and Raymond Roads, Brunswick, $8 adults/$4 children.
Mon. 1/16 TOWN OFFICES CLOSED Tue. 1/17 8 a.m. Planning Board Site Visit Tue. 1/17 3 p.m. Conservation Commission Tue. 1/17 5:30 p.m. Harbor & Waterfront Tue. 1/17 5:30 p.m. Affordable Housing Wed. 1/18 6:30 p.m. Planning Board Thu. 1/19 7 p.m. Public Hearing: Land Use Ordinances, Comprehensive Plan, Peddler’s Eagle Island
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Garden and Outdoors Wednesday 1/18 ”Promote Global Warming,” 6:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Brunswick, 443-5141.
Getting Smarter Thursday 1/19 Introduction to Facebook, 1:30 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick. ”The Calvary Action” at Fairfield, Pa.—July 3, 1863, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-9520.
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Saturday 1/14 Getting Financially Fit in 2012, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Institute for Financial Literacy, 260 Washington Ave., South Portland, 221-3663, registration required.
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Just over half of Gulf’s emissions were from “point sources” – vents, stacks or other areas where chemicals are supposed to be released. The remainder are “fugitive emissions,” which for a fuel company probably include gasoline and equipment leaks, according to Melanie Loyzim, director of the Bureau of Air Quality at the state DEP. Although the majority of the county’s emitters were in Portland or South Portland, Bath Iron Works’ Old Bath Road facility in Brunswick emitted 4,600 pounds of xylene, a solvent, and another 36,000 pounds of various chemicals at the Bath shipyard. Representatives from Gulf, BIW and Nichols did not respond to requests for comment. Many companies emitted much less in 2010 than they did 10 or 20 years ago. Gulf Oil, for example, vented more than 37,000 pounds of toxic chemicals from its South Portland oil terminal in the late 1990s, and Fairchild Semiconductor’s 2010 numbers are 97 percent lower than in 1987, when the company emitted close to 300,000 pounds of toxic chemicals. Certain chemicals have also been phased out. BIW no longer emits several chemicals that it used to discharge in large quantities in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including napthlene, the main ingredient in moth balls, and aluminum fumes and dust. Brian Kavanah, director of the DEP’s Division of Water Quality Management, said looking at trends in TRI data over a long period of time is more informative than emissions numbers from a given year. Just looking at the TRI data, he said,
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raising, he said, “You have to be willing to ask.” You also must be able to come up with good ideas, such as the creation of the Yellow Jersey Club for people who give at least $1,000 to the Bicycle Coalition of Maine. Rubenstein and his wife Robin moved to Maine only eight years ago, but they knew the state’s virtues well before making the move. He said he spent many happy times at his parents’ camp in Maine as a boy growing up in the Bronx. And he and Robin spent many summer vacations at the camp, which now belongs to Rubenstein and his siblings. Rubenstein’s career resume also includes 13 years as a rabbi in the pulpit, followed by leadership roles at various Jewish organizations, each of which needed someone with the ability to raise money. “Surprise Lake Camp remains closest to my heart,” he admitted. The camp, located in Cold Spring, N.Y., was founded in 1902 as its website notes, “a haven for Jewish children.” Rubenstein’s father had attended the camp and, inspired by his dad’s stories, Rubenstein convinced his dad to let him go. His two daughters continued the tradition, and one of his grandchildren is currently a Surprise Lake camper. Rubenstein served on the board of Surprise Lake Camp and, of course, as a major fundraiser for the nonprofit organization. When asked why he chooses to spend his “retirement years,” doing so much for so many organizations, Rubenstein said, “I think everyone has an obligation to do something good for the health of the community. It’s an important part of the American culture.”
people to park close enough to that door. The parish wanted to demolish the building and replace it with handicapped parking. In October, the VRB told the parish to try harder to find a way to move or sell the building, or to create handicapped parking in a way that the rectory didn’t have to be destroyed. Members also argued that the 112-yearold rectory, which was designed by local architect Samuel Dunning, was historically significant, although it is not listed on the National Register of Historic Places. On Tuesday, engineer Charlie Wiercinski of Sitelines and Don Leaver, the parish business coordinator, explained how they tried, unsuccessfully, to solicit bids to move the rectory. They also provided more detail on the financial cost of maintaining the vacant rectory – about $11,000 annually – and argued that the building doesn’t fit with the church’s plans for the property. During the public comment period, proponents and opponents of the demolition spoke out, including The Rev. Ann Broomell of neighboring St. Paul’s Episcopal Church. She suggested parking lot lighting and storm water run-off from the St. John’s property would have a detrimental impact on her church. Others, like Frank Dillon, a former member of the All Saints Parish pastoral council, said the money spent on maintaining the rectory would be better spent on social programs. VRB member Jeff Pelletier said the board was in a tough position.
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can provide an incomplete picture of the risks associated with emitting certain toxic chemicals. “(TRI) is a public right-to-know kind of thing, it doesn’t have any context to it,” he said. Loyzim added that it’s important to understand that “what’s emitted is not necessarily what’s out there in the environment ... (TRI) is telling you how much was released, but some of what gets released drops out immediately.” DEP keeps its own numbers on toxic chemical emissions and discharges, and compares them with the TRI to make sure there aren’t any glaring discrepancies. According to Loyzim, none of the companies in Cumberland County violated their DEPissued air emission permits. That’s fairly common, according to Dwight Peavey, the TRI program coordinator at the EPA’s regional office in Boston, who said 99.9 percent of emitters are within the legal limit. As for Maine’s overall emission numbers from 2010, he said they weren’t particularly shocking. He attributed the up-tick in emissions to increased production, especially in the paper industry. As to why Maine’s emissions increased from 2009 to 2010, when emissions in New England dropped in the same time period, Peavey said it depends on the type of manufacturing. Maine has “the large plants that we don’t Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/111168
“The intended use of this building doesn’t apply anymore, and its extreme proximity to the church makes it difficult to be used,” Pelletier said. “... Where does our role fit?” But others on the board, including Chairman Emily Swan, said they still believe the building can be re-used. “It’s not impossible to do something else with that building,” Swan said. “I don’t feel like enough (alternative uses) have been explored yet.” That opinion produced audible disagreement from the audience. When it came time to vote, Brooks Stoddard, Laurie Leader and Swan voted against allowing the demolition. Jane Chrichton, Janet Roberts and Pelletier were in favor. The tied vote generated much confusion on the part of the board members, who appeared not to know how to proceed until Town Planner Kris Hultgren explained that the motion needed a majority of votes to carry. Wiercinski urged the board to reconsider, warning that the next step would be an appeal to the Zoning Board of Appeals, which he believed would overturn the ruling. But the board did not reconsider. Swan said Wiercinski is welcome to appeal the vote based on the VRB’s findings of fact. Outside the meeting, Leaver said he was “too emotional” to discuss the decision. He said the parish must get together as a group and discuss how to proceed. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.
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Ranking the releases PORTLAND — According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory, the top 10 reporters of on- and off-site environmental releases in Cumberland County in 2010 were: 1 – S.D. Warren Co., Westbrook: 271,940 pounds. 2 – Nichols Portland, Portland: 14,476. 3 – Gulf Oil, South Portland: 8,635. 4 – Fairchild Semiconductor, South Portland: 7,512. 5 – Sabre Corp., Raymond: 5,676. 6 – Bath Iron Works, Brunswick: 4,625. 7 – ExxonMobil, South Portland: 4,277. 8 – Citgo Petroleum, South Portland: 3,949. 9 – Silvex, Westbrook: 3,351. 10 – National Semiconductor, South Portland: 2,497. In Sagadahoc County, Bath Iron Works reported releasing 35,690 pounds.
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Oak Street apartment building to be torn down BRUNSWICK — A six-unit apartment building that was damaged by fire in April 2011 may finally be coming down. Codes Enforcement Officer Jeff Hutchinson said Wednesday that he spoke Monday with Jeffrey Matthews, the owner of 16-18 Oak St., about getting the necessary permits to demolish the building. The building has been an on-going source of complaints from neighbors who say it is an unsafe eyesore. Because the building is in the Village Review District, Matthews will need a certificate of appropriateness for demolition in addition to a demolition permit from the codes enforcement office. A clause in the town’s zoning ordinance, however, allows the director of planning and development to grant a certificate in cases where “in her/his judgment, the impact of the proposed activities will be minor and in keeping with the review standards of the Ordinance.” Anna Breinich, director of planning and development, has recused herself from the demolition process because she owns a condominium next door to the burned building, so Town Manager Gary Brown will have to sign off on the certificate on her behalf. Hutchinson said Matthews has yet to turn in his application, but he expects him to do so before the end of the week. The building could be demolished as early as next week. Matthews could not be reached for comment. — Emily Guerin
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crowds to new releases and could double as a concert venue or conference hall. More theaters will also allow Norman to give his customers a more reliable estimate of when a new movie will arrive. He now bases that decision on the popularity of the current film. For example, showings of the current feature, the thriller “Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy,” have been more well-attended than he expected, so he’s pushing back the start date of his next film. But with more screens, Norman could rotate a current release to a smaller theater and bring in new films more regularly – something that he believes will be better both for business and for movie buffs. “The customers that love this place will have a better chance of seeing the movies they want to see,” he said. Mike Lyne, of JHR Development, the developer of Brunswick Station, confirmed that he and Norman have spoken, and said a former owner of the Eveningstar has also expressed interest in opening a theater at Brunswick Station.
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taxes or fund capital projects. Statewide controversy over Central Maine Power Co.’s installation of wireless “smart” electric meters also surfaced in Bath last year. Last month the council voted 5-4 twice to extend by another six months a moratorium on such installations without prior approval of property owners. Residents who want the devices can still have them installed. CMP threatened to sue last June – at the time the council approved the initial moratorium – if the city did not reverse the temporary ban. But the company ultimately opted not to take legal action.
from page 5 February: what to do with an $8.8 million surplus in the Maine Public Employees Retirement System, the result of excess employer contributions the city made from the late 1970s to mid 1990s. The City Council indicated an interest in taking control of the funds, but instead of spending the surplus, the city found an investment company to manage that money. Giroux said at the time that Bath would use a portion of the interest to continue paying the city’s annual share of the pension system, and could use the rest of the interest to reduce
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But Lyne said there is still a lot of work to be done, and said JHR generally doesn’t comment “on things like this at this stage so as not to get people’s hopes up or down.” Still, Norman has hope that a new theater could be constructed in the next couple of years. He has already started working with an architect to design the theater, a move he admits may be “putting the cart before the horse.” But he’s very excited about the new Eveningstar’s appearance. “The look of this theater, both inside and out, is going to be extremely important,” he said. “The Art Deco movie house is just a thing of magic. ... You know exactly what it is when you see it.” If the dream of a new Eveningstar isn’t enough, Norman has set his sights even higher. He said one day hopes to launch an international film festival, based in the new theater and perhaps also including other local venues like Frontier Cafe. “This is the perfect town for a film festival,” he said. “And it’s one more way to get people to town.” No matter how glitzy the new theater, Norman said he plans to hang on to a
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SAD 75 from page 1 3.15 percent to $7.8 million, while Harpswell’s dropped nearly 5 percent to $6.5 million. Bowdoin’s climbed 2.18 percent to $2.1 million, and Bowdoinham’s increased 2.36 percent to $2.3 million. SAD 75 faced a revenue shortfall of nearly $594,000. “My projection at this point, from the preliminary information we’ve got, is that both because of a combination of changing state funding as well as declining enrollment ... we’ll look at a budget that is down from the $34.2 million,” Smith said Monday. Some sources of funds used to offset revenue losses are no longer available for next year. One was more than
$409,000 left from money the district received from the federal Education Jobs Fund program, which could only be used for non-administrative salaries. Another was about $30,000 in federal impact money the district received because of its military families; with the closure last year of Brunswick Naval Air Station, Smith does not expect those funds for fiscal 2013. Last year the district used $1.1 million in carry-over funds – $200,000 more than in fiscal 2011 – to offset losses. The amount to be used for next year would be back to about $900,000. “We’re going to start with preparing a budget that would be no increase to the total local collection that we would ask from the four towns,” Smith said. “... I think we all recognize it’s a difficult economic time to ask for an increase. If we do that ... that will represent the
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to maintain a flat tax rate, according to SAD 75 Business Manager Steve Dyer.
fourth year in a row that we will have kept the local contribution the same.” Like last year, individual towns may see increases or decreases, but the total combined contribution would remain flat. According to preliminary numbers, state subsidy to SAD 75 could actually increase in fiscal 2013, a change of pace from recent years. The district received $13.7 million for fiscal 2012, a reduction of $1.1 million from the previous year, but could receive nearly $14 million for fiscal 2013. With net revenue losses taken into account, along with new expenses like negotiated raises and fossil fuel costs, the district must find about $600,000
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Noting that the district still must find ways to provide services, he said, “we’re going to look at how we can do some things differently. The easier decisions have been made in previous years.
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