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Vol. 8, No. 3

News of Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell

MRRA, town officials undeterred by loss of Kestrel plant By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — In the wake of Kestrel Aircraft’s recent announcement it will not be building airplanes in Brunswick, local officials are saying the decision will not have long-term

negative effects on business attraction at Brunswick Landing. “It’s a very unfortunate situation,” said John Moncure, chairman of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority Board of Trustees, but “it’s something

from which we will recover.” That view was shared by a number of Brunswick town councilors and economic development staff, who pointed to the nearly 120 jobs that have already been created on the for-

mer Navy base. “The focus in the last week or so has been on what hasn’t been going on at Brunswick Landing. But I would like to shift the focus to what has been going on,” Special Projects Assistant

Denise Clavette told the Town Council on Monday before giving a run-down of which companies have already signed leases and hired employees. See page 17

Harpswell eyed for charter school with marine focus

Roger S. Duncan / For The Forecaster

The Bootmobile, a road-worthy replica of the L.L. Bean Maine Hunting Shoe mounted on a biodiesel-fueled truck, will tour the country to mark L.L.Bean’s 100th year in business. The Freeport-based retail giant launched the celebration Tuesday at the Brunswick factory where the boots are made. The Bootmobile is piloted by Ian Bechtel, of Portland, Oregon, a professional driver and tour operator.

L.L. Bean turns 100, biggest boot ever hits the road By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — They call it the “Bootmobile,” a 13-foot tall, 21-foot long L.L. Bean boot mounted on a truck. The strange-looking vehicle is sure to turn heads as it makes its way around the country in celebration of the company’s 100th birthday. Although the “Bootmobile” was the attention grabber at the company’s anniversary kick-off on

Tuesday, the Bean boots on nearly everyone’s feet were the real testament to the success of the company’s iconic product. Most people know the story of how the company founder, Leon Leonwood Bean, decided to go into the boot business after returning from a hunting trip with cold, wet feet. Since 1912, the original Maine Hunting Shoe has remained one of L.L. Bean’s best-selling

items, even as the company has grown to sell clothing, home furnishings and a myriad of outdoor products. Last year, Bean reported $1.44 billion in annual sales. For the past 22 years, the Bean boots have been proSee page 22 Right, Terry Amsted of Brunswick works Tuesday in the L.L. Bean factory in Brunswick, where the iconic Maine Hunting Shoe is produced.

By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — A proposal to create a marine-themed charter school in town is gaining momentum. The idea to build a school that incorporates Harpswell’s maritime heritage with experiential education has attracted the attention of selectmen, residents on both the neck and the islands, as well as Rep. Kim Olsen, RPhippsburg, and Sen. Garrett Mason, R-Lisbon Falls. According to Robert Anderson, who came up with the idea after charter schools were legalized last summer, the school’s curriculum would combine traditional education with marine studies and experiential learning. Students would learn math by building boats and biology by seeding clam beds, as well as study up-and-coming industries like renewable energy. Anderson said Mitchell Field would be an ideal location for the new school, although the town-owned West Harpswell School building is also a possibility. Since pitching his idea, Anderson has attracted a small group of committed volunteers who are trying to put together a board of directors and register as a nonprofit corporation. The group met to discuss strategy on Wednesday night, including how to convince people See page 22

INSIDE Index Arts Calendar.................16 Classifieds......................19 Community Calendar......16

Meetings.........................16 Obituaries.......................12 Opinion.............................8 People & Business.........14

Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................22 School Notebook............14 Sports.............................13

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RSU 1 cost-cutting survey is online Page 3

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changes and set public hearings on two proposed tax increment financing districts for Brunswick Landing. Planning staff are recommending that municipal buildings be allowed to exceed current maximum footprint and parking lot size by 40 percent. The zoning change was written with the future police station site, on the corner of Pleasant and Stanwood streets, in mind, as draft plans for the police station indi-


By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — The Town Council is considering making an exception to its zoning rules to allow town-owned buildings – and not privately-owned buildings – to have larger footprints and parking lots than what is currently permitted. During Tuesday’s meeting, the council also adopted an emergency amendment to allow shellfish harvesting on Sundays, made a number of parking enforcement

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cate that it will exceed the allowed footprint and impervious surface coverage. Because many other town buildings current exceed the standards, the change would also bring them back into compliance. Since the zoning change was drafted, Town Manager Gary Brown said councilors have been hearing from constituents concerned about the implications of such a wide-sweeping change. In response, councilors said on Monday they wanted to narrow the change to just the police station site. In the past, the Planning Board has frowned upon making such specific changes, especially when they benefit the town. One planning board member called a similar effort, the recent rezoning of Longfellow School, “spot zoning.” Brown agreed that the Planning Board may not have approved of the change, but said the council was authorized to amend the ordinance on its own. He also said the councilors are in a tough spot and must address concerns that the ordinance change is both too broad and too narrow. He also pointed out that any landowner may request the zoning to be changed on their property. “We’re not exercising any privileges not available to others,” he said. On Monday, three Brunswick residents encouraged the council to narrow the ordinance changes to just the police station site. Connie Lundquist called the town out on its decision to build the new police station where the zoning would need to be changed. “I don’t think the town gets to do what it wants to do just because it wants to do it,” she said. Councilors directed staff to determine exactly how large the police station and parking lot will be before bringing the revised item back at a meeting next month.

Shellfish Sundays In response to a request from the Marine Resource Committee, the council voted to allow shellfish harvesting on Sundays between Oct. 16 and April 30.

Because of the limitations of tides and daylight, the change will allow harvesters only about four additional hours a month to dig. But Marine Resource Officer Dan Deveraux said the extra time was especially helpful in the winter months, when daylight hours – and incomes – can be more limited than the rest of the year. Devereaux said thanks to on-going restoration efforts, most of the areas that had been closed due to pollution are now re-opened. He said the additional harvesting day will not negatively affect the town’s shellfish stock.

TIF hearings set

Public hearings on two proposed TIF districts for Brunswick Landing will be held on Feb. 6. While the details of the TIF agreement have yet to be worked out, Brown encouraged the council to decide on the geographic area of the TIF before April 1, when the value of all the buildings formerly owned by the Navy will be added to the town’s tax rolls. If the town doesn’t create a TIF district before that date, it means the town’s valuation will increase, resulting in less state revenue sharing and educational funding, and more paid to Cumberland County.

Parking changes

At Tuesday’s meeting, the council also made a number of changes to the town’s parking ordinance, including revising the traffic pattern around Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School to decrease congestion. The school’s access road will be made one-way from 2:45 p.m. to 4 p.m. in the direction of travel from Spring Street toward Stanwood Street. The west side of Armory Street, the west side of Spring Street from Weymouth to McKeen streets, and the east side of Spring Street from Page to McKeen streets will be no parking or standing. Finally, the loop opposite the current pickup-drop off spaces will become a no parking area. Other changes affected Noble, Maine and Elm streets. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.

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RSU 1 seeks public input on possible $1M budget cut By Alex Lear BATH — Faced with having to cut next year’s budget by a projected $1 million, Regional School Unit 1 is asking for public input on the spending plan. An online survey, which can be accessed at s/8XB7Y6X, asks questions such as which services should be prioritized,

which budget cuts should be considered, and whether the respondent would be willing to incur a tax increase to maintain school programming and services at their current level. Superintendent Patrick Manuel said the survey would provide “different perspectives and viewpoints from students, staff, parents and community members.”

Grant to improve accessibility of Bath trail By Alex Lear BATH — Thanks to a recent $5,000 grant, a Thorne Head Preserve trail will be upgraded this summer to enhance accessibility for those with mobility issues. The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust, which owns the preserve, received the grant from the L.L. Bean Land Trust Grant Program. The funds will go toward the Overlook Trail, and the trails at the High Street venue are open free of charge from dawn to dusk. “Thorne Head Preserve is a wonderful asset to our community, and now even more of our citizens will be able to enjoy the beauty of this special place with the grant award,” said Kevin Shute, Bath Trails member and program director of the Bath Area Family YMCA. The upgrade, one component of an improvement project for the preserve, involves the placement of a stable and firm surface on the half-mile trail. The parking lot was redesigned and expanded last July to facilitate up to 10 cars, and the lot includes one new space which complies


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“We’re looking at $500,000 less in revenue coming into RSU 1, and then we’re looking at a projection of another $500,000 of increased costs,” he said, such as fuel and heating oil, health insurance, and potentially the food service program. “It’s an early projection, and we’re just starting our budget process, but we’re going into it with the frame of mind that we might need to try to find approximately $1 million,” Manuel said. Nearly 700 people responded a year ago to a district survey, similar to the current one. About 32 percent of responders said they supported no tax increase, while the same amount would be willing to incur a 1 percent to 2 percent increase; 12.6 percent said they could support a 3 percent to 4 percent increase; 4.5 percent could support a 5 percent to 6 percent increase, and 18.5 percent would be willing to pay whatever money is needed to maintain current programs. Shuttleworth said most responders were people connected to the schools.

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The survey deadline is Tuesday, Jan. 31. RSU 1’s finance committee will discuss the results Thursday, Feb. 2, at an open-to-the-public meeting to be held at Bath Middle School at 8 a.m. The current $25.6 million budget, approved last June, included a 2.5 percent tax hike, which boosted the levy by more than $413,000, to nearly $17 million. The budget itself increased nearly 3 percent, or about $730,000. Then-Superintendent William Shuttleworth cited a $1.1 million decline in state and federal revenues as a key reason behind the need for higher taxes. Manuel, who replaced Shuttleworth last year, said RSU 1 expects to receive $100,000 more in state aid for the upcoming fiscal 2013 budget. But the Bath-based district, which also includes Arrowsic, Phippsburg, West Bath and Woolwich, looks to lose about $480,000 in federal job stabilization funds it had saved for use in fiscal 2012. RSU 1 may also lose some money in areas such as Medicaid reimbursement and tuition, Manuel said.

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‘Smart’ meter opponents take case to Maine’s highest court By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — Opponents of Central Maine Power Co.’s “smart” electrical meters have appealed the Maine Public Utility Commission’s dismissal of their complaint. The group filed with the Maine Supreme Judicial Court in Portland on Jan. 10 to overturn the PUC’s decision not to investigate claims that the wireless meters have health, safety and privacy issues, and are an invasion of privacy. Last year, the PUC ruled that CMP must offer customers the ability to opt out of having the meters installed on their homes or businesses if they pay an initial opt-out fee, followed by a monthly charge to have CMP read the meter manually. However, some opponents of the me-

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ters have said the opt-out decision does not go far enough because the PUC has a legislative mandate to “ensure safe, reasonable and adequate service,” and that requiring people to pay to opt out is equivalent to blackmail. The Maine Center for Disease Control previously said it did not find “any consistent or convincing evidence to support

a concern for health effects related to the use of radio frequency in the range of frequencies and power used by smart meters.” That was before the World Health Organization last year listed radiation from cell phones and other wireless devices, such as smart meters, as a possible carcinogen. CMP has repeatedly said it is not the company’s job to determine whether the

meters are safe. The installation of the meters was paid for by federal grants from the Department of Energy. The company is scheduled to complete the installation of 620,000 meters throughout the state in the first quarter of this year. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

Bath police investigating apparent drug-related death By Alex Lear BATH — Police are looking for people who could shed light on the circumstances behind the death of a man whose body was discovered Jan. 14 at the Hampton Inn, 140 Commercial St. The body of 35-year-old Sean Duffy,

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who lived and worked in the Bath area, was found on Jan. 14 at about 3 p.m. by hotel staff. Preliminary indications were Duffy died of an overdose caused by illegally obtained prescription drugs. As part of the investigation, detectives located Mark Watrous, 31, a transient who has spent time in Bath, to discuss events leading up to Duffy’s death. He was arrested at 8:14 p.m. Wednesday on an outstanding warrant for failing to appear in court for a motor vehicle offense. Detectives interviewed Watrous and obtained a statement, Bath Lt. Stan Cielinski said in an email Thursday morning. He said the investigation is continuing, and that Watrous was unable to make $750 cash bail and was taken to Two Bridges Regional Jail. Investigators said the only charge Watrous is facing is the outstanding warrant for his arrest, and that police only want to speak to him as part of the investigation. “We right now still think it’s an overdose death,” Cielinski said Wednesday,

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“but there were some people that had contact with (Duffy) before he passed away – the same day, we believe – and Mark Watrous’ name is one of the names that came up.” Cielinski said it appears Duffy willingly took the drugs and then accidentally overdosed. People with information on the incident can call Bath’s detective line at 443-8367. Police are awaiting a report from the medical examiner’s office on the cause of Duffy’s death. On Wednesday they expressed their concern about “the persistent crisis of prescription drug abuse in Maine,” noting that “this death is another reminder of the gravity of the problem and its impact on our community.” The department encouraged people seeking information or help with addiction to call Mid Coast Hospital’s Addiction Resource Center at 1-800-244-3805. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@ Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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Topsham selectmen to consider Riverwalk cost savings plan By Alex Lear TOPSHAM — Having town crews build a riverside walking trail instead of putting the construction out to bid may save the Androscoggin Riverwalk project money, but the Maine Department of Transportation and federal authorities must first approve the plan. The project has cost more than anticipated and town officials have been looking into ways to save money on the work yet to be completed. The Board of Selectmen were scheduled to hear a report from Planning Director Rich Roedner about the proposal at its Thursday, Jan. 19, meeting. The Androscoggin Riverwalk is to run from the Androscoggin Pedestrian Swinging Bridge downstream to Summer Street.

It then will connect to the Summer Street sidewalk and proceed across the Androscoggin River and into Brunswick via the Frank J. Wood Bridge, also known as the “Green Bridge.” A future section in Brunswick has been planned to link the two bridges. DOT is providing 80 percent of the total $120,000 anticipated cost of the town’s portion of the project. The Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk advisory committee raised the 20 percent local match of $24,000 for Topsham’s part of the project. But it turns out that construction could cost closer to $140,000, which has caused the town to work with its engineers and DOT to find savings, Roedner said. “Another option is to have the town crews build this section of trail as well,” he wrote

in a Dec. 28, 2011, memo to the Board of Selectmen. The recently completed Bridge to Bridge Trail, which runs from the Swinging Bridge upstream to the Black Bridge, was built by Topsham Public Works as an in-kind match. “Again, it would require no cash from the town, and all costs would be reimbursed by either the DOT or the Androscoggin Riverwalk Committee,” Roedner said. The town has approached DOT about that idea, he continued, and has “been advised that since this is federal money, making it a public works project rather than a public bid project is not the preferred option, but that we can certainly submit a request and approach the DOT and federal authorities for clearance.” Roedner said the Board of Selectmen was


comfortable with its town crews working on the Bridge to Bridge Trail, and that “I just need to get them to say whether they want us to pursue building the Riverwalk.” The Bridge to Bridge Trail had state funding, whereas the Riverwalk has federal money coming through the state, Roedner said. Using town crews for the Bridge to Bridge project, “we came in way under the budget that had been established for that project,” he said. He noted that an alternative idea would be to go out to bid and hope bids come in low enough to construct the current design, but risk needing to downscale the trail for it to be affordable. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@ Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

Potty puts out fire, saving Brunswick apartment building

The blaze started in a dryer vent that goes outside, where a propane gas grill also caught fire. It took firefighters from Bath, Brunswick and West Bath about a half hour to knock put the fire out, and digging out and cleanup took until about 3:45 a.m. Tuesday. People can go back into Units C and E “shortly,” Hines said, noting that D would have to be rebuilt. Red Cross volunteers and Bath residents Judy Hamer and Jennifer Ramos responded to meet the emergency needs of those impacted by the fire, according to a Red Cross press release. The agency was continuing to work with those residents Tuesday to make sure their immediate needs are met. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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By Alex Lear BATH — A dryer vent and gas grill are being blamed for a fire that destroyed a Windjammer Way apartment and damaged two others late Monday night. The one-alarm blaze, which started at Maritime Apartments in unit 20D, was called in at 11:27 p.m. Fire totalled the unit and damaged neighboring units C and E, Bath Fire Chief Steve Hinds said Tuesday. Unit E sustained roof damage, while C had damage to the second floor ceiling and attic space up to the roof. Although all of the units were occupied, no one was hurt, Hinds said. Fifteen people had to evacuate, and they have been assisted by the American Red Cross in finding temporary shelter.

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billowing from the four-unit apartment building’s eaves. They encountered more smoke and heat as they made their way upstairs and into the bathroom, which appeared to be the source of the smoke. Inside, they found a broken toilet and sink and concluded that the heat from fire had cracked the toilet bowl, drowning the flames and keeping the fire from spreading to the attic and into neighboring apartments. Because the fire was contained, the residents of the building’s three other units were able to return to their apartments. But the Mid Coast Chapter of the


By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — A cracked toilet bowl apparently extinguished a fire in a Perryman Drive apartment on Jan. 11, the Fire Department said, preventing the blaze from spreading throughout the building. The four residents of the apartment where the fire started, however, were displaced from their home. According to Deputy Chief Don Koslosky, the family members were downstairs watching TV when smoke detectors sounded. They called the Fire Department at 9:22 p.m. Firefighters arrived to find heavy smoke

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LePage bill seeks more government transparency By Naomi Schalit and John Christie AUGUSTA — Gov. Paul LePage is proposing legislation to close a loophole in ethics laws that has allowed high-level state officials not to report millions in state payments to organizations run by them or their spouses. The governor’s legal counsel said the bill was prompted by a Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting story two weeks ago that revealed that between 2003 and 2010 the state paid almost $235 million to such organizations. Dan Billings, who drafted the legislation, said, “This is a reasonable problem that has a reasonable solution. Particularly in the legislative branch where you have a citizens’ Legislature, you’re going to have people who have these conflicts, but everybody should know about it and then people can act properly and make sure everybody acts properly and makes decisions accordingly.” Billings added, “But if you don’t have the information, you can’t do that.” LePage’s bill, whose lead legislative spon-

sor is Senate President Kevin Raye, R-Perry, would require legislators, executive branch officials and constitutional officers like the attorney general and secretary of state to disclose if organizations they or family members are affiliated with – as owners or management-level employees – are paid more than $1,000 annually by the state. Current law only requires that legislators or high-level state employees report state purchases of goods or services worth more than $1,000 directly from the individual legislator or family member, not from a corporation or entity for which the legislator or family member works. “We’re going to give the Legislature an opportunity to correct this,” Raye said. “I’d be very surprised if this doesn’t pass. What would be the rationale?” Arn Pearson, vice president for programs at Common Cause in Washington, D.C., called the bill “a good step forward, a huge improvement.” But he also said the legislation should be strengthened to require the disclosure of how much state money goes

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Brunswick may give parents school choice option By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — Re-opening Hawthorne School, turning the former Times Record building into a bus garage and renovating Jordan Acres Elementary School are among the options to be discussed at

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Bath man charged with sexual abuse allegedly used Internet to lure teenage girl By Alex Lear BATH — A 21-year-old man has been charged with 15 counts of sexual abuse of a minor and one count of criminal restraint. Andrew T. Mank was summonsed on Jan. 11 by the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office for offenses that allegedly took place from March through November 2011 in West Bath and Topsham. The November 2011 criminal restraint offense occurred in West Bath. In a case of sexual abuse of a minor, a person engages in a sexual act with another person, not a spouse, who is either 14 or 15 years old. The accused must

be at least 5 years older than the other individual, Chief Deputy Brett Strout explained. It is a Class D crime. Criminal restraint means that the accused knowingly restrained another person, Strout said. It is also Class D crime. He said Mank’s criminal restraint charge was separate from and not related to any kind of sexual crime. Detective Sgt. John Burne investigated the case with Brunswick Police Detective Sgt. Martin Rinaldi and Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office detectives.

School Board members and administrators met Jan. 9 with a representative from Harriman Associates, the architectural firm hired to study Brunswick’s school buildings. The group discussed ideas for addressing an increasing elementary school enrollment and deteriorating school buildings. School Board member Rich Ellis, who sits on the Facilities and Maintenance Committee, outlined a number of options the committee is considering at the Jan. 11 board meeting, including keeping the current configuration of grades K-2 at Coffin Elementary School and 3-5 at Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School. Other options include: • Using Coffin and Jordan Acres for grades K-2, and HBS for grades 3-5. • Using Jordan Acres for pre-kindergar-

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ten and kindergarten students (assuming a pre-K program is created), Coffin for first and second grades, and HBS for grades 3-5. • Dividing the town’s elementary enrollment between Coffin for grades K-2, HBS for grades 3-5, and re-opening Hawthorne School for the remainder of grades 1-5. A future solution may also include moving the bus garage, currently located behind Coffin, to the former Times Record building on 6 Industry Road. The move would put the vacant townowned property back to use and would free up space around Coffin for a possible future expansion of the school, if the board decided to take that route. continued page 22

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Teaching our children to lie Recently, I was presented the opportunity for an exciting business meeting in New York City. Fortunately, my daughter Ophelia was home on college break and available to watch her siblings, thereby saving me the vast and unwelcome expense of a babysitter for two overnights. School morning No. 1 went very well. Morning No. 2 didn’t go quite as well and I received a panicked call from my eldest at 8 a.m., relaying the information that the bus had come and gone without her two younger brothers getting aboard. This news did not delight me, and I lamented the plight of single mothers everywhere: it’s not easy being a solo show. After taking a very deep breath and finding a friend to drive my boys to school, I made the long-distance

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I don’t make excuses for my children if their tardiness is due to intentionally poor behavior on their part, like spending 35 minutes in the shower. But is it necessary for our kids to be shivering in their skateboard sneakers because a parent hasn’t used the fake stomach-ache excuse? When did vouching for our own children become meaningless?

I found that my explanation had counted for nothing. My son was punished Sandi Amorello for his tardiness by not being allowed to participate in swim team practice that day. This type of school policy is ridiculous, and annoys me to no end. And I’m not putting the blame on the otherwise lovely school secretaries. They are just the messengers. Being penalized by not being permitted to compete in an athletic event that day is one thing – but a practice? Really? And more importantly, when did our

I understand it if a teenager arrives at the high school two hours late, smelling of cigarettes and strawberryfrosted Dunkin’ Donuts, or if a parent calls four out of five days each week claiming alarm-clock issues. That would clearly warrant intervention. But our town isn’t inhabited by parents smoking crack on street corners, and I believe parents here are well-intentioned and doing their best, for the most part.

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Replace yourself and get out of the way Back in 1968, when I was a sophomore in college and the United States took a turn for the worse from which it has never quite recovered, biologist Paul Ehrlich published a best-seller called “The Population Bomb” that envisioned a dire future for the world due to overpopulation. The book itself fizzled out over time as Ehrlich’s visions of famines, plagues, and wars failed to materialize quite as he imagined. But while Ehrlich may have gotten the particulars wrong, his major point was absolutely correct – population growth is the most serious problem facing humankind. The Universal Funny though, in all the rhetoric about climate change, rising sea levels, greenhouse gases, energy alternatives, agricultural sustainability, economic crisis, immigration policy, and refugee issues, you rarely if ever hear anyone suggest that the root of all our global and national problems is overpopulation. But it is. There Edgar Allen Beem are too many people in the world and too many people in the United States. We could use a few fewer people in Maine as well. So what ever happened to the ZPG (zero population growth) movement that was once such an integral part of environmentalism? If we had all just replaced ourselves (two kids per couple) and gotten out of the way, we might not be in some of our current environmental, energy, economic, and ethical dilemmas. (Easy for me to say. I have three daughters.) When I was born in 1949, there were 152 million people in America and 2.5 billion people in the world. Today, there are 308 million in America and close to 7 billion in the world. Ehrlich was right. How can a doubling or tripling of population in one lifetime not be an explosion, a population bomb? My parents were part of the Greatest Generation, those selfless folks who did what had to be done.


But, of course, it was the Greatest Generation that ignited the post-World War II baby boom. Now I have a feeling that my generation, the 76 million Baby Boomers born between 1946 and 1964, will be remembered as the Grossest Generation, selfish folks who insisted on doing their own thing. If you want to understand graphically why Social Security and Medicare have become such contentious national issues and why MaineCare is under attack here in Maine, just look at population pyramids from 1950 and 2010. In 1950, a U.S. population diagram resembled a Christmas tree with a broad base of young people tapering on up to the oldest at the top. Plenty of worker bees to support their elders. Today, the bloated pyramid is approaching a solid rectangle, a fat demographic top-heavy with oldsters. The median age in this country has gone from 30.2 in 1950 to 37.2 in 2010. Here in Maine, the oldest state in the nation, the median age is a gray and grizzly 42.7 years. It’s not welfare fraud or freeloaders that are putting a strain on social services, governor; it’s us, you and me. We’re old. I’d like to think that a lot of the population-based problems in the country – demand for social services, energy, food, jobs, etc. – will disappear once the big bubble of Baby Boomers passes through the system and out of existence. Unfortunately, just about as many Americans were born in the 18 years between 1988 and 2006 as in the 18 years between 1946 and 1964. The birth rate has come way down as the population has increased, but the sheer numbers have not. And it’s those sheer numbers that have to eat, stay warm, get educated, find jobs, and stay healthy. Come 2050, when I will be 101 if I’m still around, the population of the United States is projected to be 440 million. KaPOOM! 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:

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1/11 at 9:17 p.m. James Patrick Smith, 33, of River Road, was arrested by Officer John Roma on River Road on charges of domestic violence assault and obstructing report of a crime. 1/12 at 10:14 p.m. Jeremiah James-Cooper Pynchon, 32, of Potter Street, was arrested by Officer John Roma on Potter Street on a charge of domestic violence assault. 1/13 at 4:12 p.m. Gerald Wayne Sanford, 52, of Everett Street, was arrested by Lt. Todd Ridlon on Elm Street on a charge of criminal trespass. 1/13 at 7:53 p.m. A 16-year old boy, of Bowdoin, was arrested by Officer Daniel Sylvain on Elm Street on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 1/14 at 4:03 p.m. Tyler Robert Nadeau, 34, of Hemlock Road, was arrested by Officer Gretchen Paxton on Gurnet and Bath roads on a charge of operating under the influence. 1/14 at 6:47 p.m. Eustacia Wood, 39, of Pond Road, Manchester, was arrested by Officer Patrick Scott on Pleasant Street on a warrant. 1/15 at 2:07 p.m. Daniel Leonard, 25, of Hartley Farm Lane, Kittery, was arrested by Officer Patrick Scott on Pleasant Street on a charge of operating under the influence. 1/16 at 1:50 a.m. Jacob Stanley, 20, of Columbia Avenue, was arrested by Officer Robert Lane on Federal Street on charges of burglary, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and possession of a burglar's tools.

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Trail trash 1/8 at 9:04 a.m. Officer Andrew Booth responded to the report of a full bag of garbage being left behind a tree along a wooded path by the Bath Area Family YMCA. Information inside the bag led police to its owner, who reportedly claimed to have left the bag in a dumpster and to not know how the bag got behind that tree.

AT(te)M(pt) 1/18 at 12:27 a.m. Officer Mike Lever investigated the report of an attempted break-in to an ATM at the Savings Bank of Maine on Chandler Drive. Someone reportedly used a tool to try unsuccessfully to pry open the machine, which caused several thousand dollars worth of damage. The attempt triggered an alarm, drawing police to the scene, but the alleged perpetrator had fled by the time they arrived.

Fire calls 1/11 at 9:40 p.m. Structure fire in Brunswick. 1/12 at 9:27 a.m. Truck fire on Route 1. 1/16 at 11:27 p.m. Structure fire at Maritime Apartments.

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Summonses 1/11 at 8:38 a.m. Ryan Warren O'Leary, 32, of Pleasant Street, was issued a summons by Officer Gretchen Paxton on Maine Street on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 1/13 at 4:23 p.m. Stephen Beaulieu, 18, of Harpswell Island Road, Harpswell, was issued a summons by Officer Jason McCarthy on Maine Street on a charge of illegal possession of alcohol by a minor.

Church of the living dead 1/10 at 8:39 a.m. Police received a request to remove a dead squirrel from inside St. John the Baptist Church on Pleasant Street. When a patrol officer went to flip the squirrel over to remove it, the squirrel woke up and ran away "with a noticeable limp," according to the report.

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attack on Pearl Harbor, he transferred to Naval Aviation and served as a flight instructor throughout the war. He continued his service in the U.S. Navy Reserve and retired as a Lieutenant Commander. On July 9, 1948 he married Anne Cleland Read of Baltimore, and in 1950 they moved to Longmeadow, Mass., where they raised their daughters. He joined Henry M. Clark Co., the real estate and insurance firm that his grandfather started in Springfield, Mass., and made the business his career. Family and friends, music, sailing, skiing, tennis and running were foremost in his life. He was the founder of the Field Club of Longmeadow, Mass., and served on the board of the Wesson Memorial Hospital in Springfield. He was also active on Princeton’s Schools and Scholarships Committee for many years. Rogers is survived by his wife of 63 years; daughters Amy R. Rogers and Anne C. R. Leslie and her husband Seaver Leslie; three granddaughters, Genevieve, Marion and Frances Leslie, all of Wiscasset. A musical memorial will be held on Feb. 25 at 3 p.m. at the Holden Frost House in Topsham. Burial will be private. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in his name to the Gilman School, 5407 Roland Ave., Baltimore, Md., 21210 or to the giver’s charity of choice. 1-16-12 to 1-22-12


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NEWCASTLE — John James Oliver Jr., 61 died Jan. 13 at Cove’s Edge Nursing home in Damariscotta following complications from pneumonia. Born on Nov. 19, 1950 in Massachusetts, he was the son of John Sr. and Margaret (Hodgdon) Oliver. For many years he lived in Wiscasset with his mother and became close friends with their neighbor, Lorrie Blake, and her daughters Krissi and Michelle. Oliver was a member of the Mobius community for many years, loving his various jobs at Lincoln Academy, Walk and Feed, and Salt Bay Framers. He was also a member of the Special Olympics for many years and earned several medals. He was a passionate fan of the Dallas Cowboys and for his 50th birthday he went to Philadelphia to see them play and to watch the Dallas Cowboy Cheerleaders. He loved taking vacations and traveled to many places including Niagara Falls, Las Cruces, N.M., Disney World, Savannah, Ga. and, his favorite trip, to the Dal-

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January 20, 2012

Showdowns highlight memorable week As the winter season passes the midway point, there’s been ample excitement on the court, ice, track, trails, slopes and in the pool. Here’s a glimpse:

Indoor track

Brunswick’s boys and girls were first at last weekend’s league meet. Mt. Ararat’s boys and girls each finished third.


Boys’ basketball The Hyde boys’ basketball team is quietly putting together another stellar season. The consistent contenders entered the week 8-0 and first in the Western Class D Heal Points standings. The Phoenix eked out a 50-48 win at Waynflete Friday, then earned a 65-55 victory at Valley Saturday. In Eastern A, Brunswick is sixth at 7-4 after a tough 38-37 loss at Hampden Academy and a 64-54 triumph at Skowhegan. The Dragons are at Cony Friday and host Lawrence Tuesday. Mt. Ararat is still chasing its first win. The Eagles fell to 0-11 and 14th in the Heals after losses to visiting Brewer (65-49) and Mt. Blue (60-38). Mt. Ararat is at Edward Little Friday and hosts Oxford Hills Tuesday. In Western B, Morse began the week 3-8 and 13th in the Heals. The Shipbuilders sandwiched losses at defending Class B state champion Camden Hills (77-39) and Winslow (67-53) around a 59-44 home victory over MCI. Morse is home with Maranacook Tuesday.

Mt. Ararat’s Nordic ski teams took part in the Leavitt Hornet Classic last weekend. The girls were 10th and the boys 11th.


Mt. Ararat’s Leah Hitchcock drives to the basket Monday night against Mt. Blue.

York, 1-0, Monday. Brunswick has a home showdown with No. 2 Greely Saturday.

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Mt. Ararat junior Mallory Nelson cuts through a pair of Mt. Blue defenders.

Hockey On the ice, Brunswick’s boys

Swish-Out basketball tourney seeks teams Men’s basketball The 18th annual Dr. Noel tournament Paradise Memorial Swish-Out and Junior Swish-Out Child- upcoming hood Cancer Challenge, the longest running, continuous 3-on-3 benefit basketball tournament in the state, is seeking teams to participate in this year’s event, which will be held Sunday, Jan. 29. The tournament is a benefit for the Maine Children’s Cancer Program. FMI, 773-5671, ext. 273, or

Girls’ basketball On the girls’ side, Mt. Ararat is 7-4 and third in the Heals despite Monday’s painful 4342 home loss to Mt. Blue. The Eagles beat visiting Hampden Academy, 51-41, and lost at Brewer, 65-53, last week. Mt. Ararat is home with Edward Little Friday and visits Oxford Hills Tuesday. Brunswick is 4-7 and 11th after a 56-48 loss at Mt. Blue Friday and a 59-51 home setback to Skowhegan Monday. The Dragons host Cony Friday and go to Lawrence Tuesday. In Western B, Morse is 4-7 and 15th in the standings. Last week, the Shipbuilders fell at home to Camden Hills, 63-57, won at MCI, 46-33, and lost, 5237, at home to Winslow. Morse goes to Maranacook Tuesday. In Western D, Hyde is 0-8 and 13th after recent losses to visiting Hebron (42-34), host Waynflete (56-14) and host Valley (34-12). After hosting Richmond Wednesday and going to Islesboro Thursday, the Phoenix is at North Yarmouth Academy Tuesday.

Mt. Ararat’s wrestling team is 15-6. The Eagles beat Belfast (40-39) and Oxford Hills (42-31) last Wednesday, lost to Madison (44-36), Cony (55-21) and Winslow (47-36) Saturday and lost to Belfast (45-34) and beat Bucksport (48-30) and MCI (45-27) Monday. Morse is 5-13. It lost, 60-20, at Cony last Wednesday, to Mt. Blue (63-16) and Mt. View (54-24) Saturday and to Camden Hills (54-18) Monday. The Shipbuilders also beat Gardiner, 33-30.

The first annual MBR men’s statewide basketball championship will be held March 3-4 in Lewiston/Auburn. Each team will play two games of pool play March 3. The top finisher from each pool advances to the championship run March 4. The cost is $350 per team. FMI, 207318-6523 or

Locals win lax title

After the Eagles dropped an agonizing 43-42 decision, sophomore Caitlin LaFountain holds her head in defeat while Mt. Blue celebrates.

are 4-4-1 and fifth in Eastern A. The Dragons lost at home to Lewiston Saturday, 5-1. After visiting Mt. Ararat Thursday, Brunswick’s idle until next Wednesday when it goes to Messalonskee. Mt. Ararat was 3-4 and 10th entering Thursday’s game

versus Brunswick. The Eagles next play Jan. 26 at home against Gray-New Gloucester/ Poland. The Brunswick girls are atop the East Region Heals with an 11-2-1 record. The Dragons rolled at St. Dom’s last Wednesday, 10-3, and held off host

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Local players were part of the championship team at the 2012 Post Holiday Hootenanny high school boys’ 7v7 tournament at the Riverside Athletic Center. Standing (left to right): Alexander Paulus (Morse), Karl Rickett (Deering), Tom Lawson (Cheverus), Warren Murray (Cheverus), Terry Webber (Westbrook), Winston Sullivan (Brunswick), James Doyle (Deering), Griffin Thoreck (Cape Elizabeth), Mitchel Cooney (Brunswick). Kneeling: David Pearson (Scarborough), Chris Snyder (Brunswick), C.J. Leighton (Falmouth), Schuyler Mace (Morse), Bailey Koch (Deering), coach Sam Manders (Maine Elite Lacrosse).

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Students honored by Brunswick Rotary BRUNSWICK — The Brunswick Rotary Club recently recognized six local high school students in the last quarter for their involvement in community and school activities. Rotary International’s motto is

New Hires Spencer Thibodeau recently joined Verrill Dana as a winter associate. Verrill Dana’s summer and winter associate programs are designed to provide an opportunity for second year law students to experience the law practice of a typical associate at the firm. Thibodeau will rotate through several departments and practice groups over the winter. He is currently in his second year at Northeastern University School of Law. Prior to law school, Thibodeau earned his B.A. in Political Science with a double major in Economics and Black Studies from Fairfield University. Preti Flaherty recently announced the hire of Robert “Benji” Borowski as an associate. Borowski will practice Energy Law from the firm’s Portland office; he participated in the firm’s summer associate program in 2010 and served as a paralegal at Locke, Lord, Bissell and Liddell in Boston where he researched and analyzed “Green” and “Clean Tech”

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“service above self” and the students honored were chosen based on this principle. All of the students are deeply rooted in their community and their school and truly represent the spirit of Rotary International. The following students were honored by the Brunswick Rotary Club: Nathan Guindonn, senior, Brunswick High School and a commercial art student at Region Ten Technical High School; Benjamin Strickland, senior, Brunswick High School; Sarah Thibeault, senior, Brunswick High School; Margaret Bouchard, senior, Mt. Ararat High School; and Caroline Minott, senior, Mt. Ararat High School. venture capitalist firms. Tyler Hobbs recently joined The Boulos Company as an associate on the brokerage team of Andrew Ingalls, Craig young, Joe Porta and Greg Boulos. He will be focusing on helping owners and tenants satisfy their office, retail, industrial and investment property needs in the Central and Southern Maine region. Tom Polko has joined Martin’s Point as the new vice president of specialty and ancillary services. Polko will be responsible for overseeing specialities, lab, radiology, health education, health information management and billing. He will also be responsible for specialty program development and the launching of a new specialty center. Before coming to Martin’s Point, Polko served as the executive director of the Maine Center for Cancer Medicine in Scarborough and was the chief administrative officer for Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine Bernstein Shur recently announced the addition of attorney Mary Costigan to the firm’s energy, environmental, municipal and regulatory practice groups. She will focus on municipal law, environmental permitting and compliance and will represent municipalities as well as private clients in matters at the local, state and federal levels. Prior to joining Bernstein Shur, she served as associate corporation counsel for the City of Portland, providing legal advice and representation for staff and the city council on a variety of municipal matters. Costigan also served as president of the Long Creek Watershed Management District Board, which oversees the implementation of the storm-water management plan for Long Creek. Prime Mercedes of Scarborough recently hired David Waldecker and Kallie Newcomb as sales and leasing

Miss Maine honored at Miss America Pageant BRUNSWICK — Miss Maine 2011, Julia Furtado, recently received the Bronze Award of the Duke of Edinburgh Award at the Miss America Pageant in Las Vegas, Nev. This award, presented on stage by the Miss America Organization President Sam Haskell and Duke of Edinburgh U.S. National Executive Director John Randle, demonstrates activities in three areas: community service, talent and physical fitness. The Duke of Edinburgh Award is a self-development program avail-

agents. Waldecker lives in South Portland and is a graduate of the University of Maine at Orono. Newcomb is a resident of Scarborough and graduate of the University of Southern Maine. Dianne Fazzio was recently hired as the manager of Two Lights Home Care in Cape Elizabeth. She was previously the manager of marketing and communications for a senior living community in Portland and community outreach manager for a local home care agency. Mercy Gorham Crossing, an affiliate of Mercy Health System of Maine, recently hired John Brewer as a primary care provider. Brewer will specialize in family practice medicine. A Perfect Smile, a cosmetic and general dental practice in Falmouth, recently hired Dr. Stefan Andren. He will be working with Dr. Robert Nelson to offer restorative, preventative, and cosmetic dental care. Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy recently announced that Denise Bluhm joined the physical therapy staff at their Brunswick office. She graduated from the University of Evansville in Indiana and has provided physical therapy care in the Brunswick area for the past nine years. The Maine Association of Nonprofits recently hired three new staff members. Mark Hews is the new director of programming, responsible for overseeing and developing all aspects of the organization’s training and capacity building programs. Molly O’Connell is the new resources and advocacy coordinator and is responsible for supporting the organization’s advocacy program, nonprofit management help desk, online resources, principles and practices and publications. Abbie McGilvery is the new education program coordinator responsible for planning and executing

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January 20, 2012 able to all young people worldwide, equipping them with life skills to make a difference to themselves, their communities and the world. To date over 7 million people from over 132 countries have been motivated by the program to undertake a variety of voluntary and challenging activities. The award began in 1956 in the United Kingdom but has spread across the globe. Last year more than 140,000 participants earned a Bronze, Silver or Gold Award. This year was the first year that the Miss America Organization has honored recipients of this award.

the SkillBuilder Management Training Program, and supporting other management training programs. Louis Hanson recently joined Mercy Yarmouth Primary Care, bringing with him 32 years of experience and knowledge. He attended the University of Kansas before graduating from Oklahoma State University College of Osteopathic Medicine. He completed his internship at the Osteopathic Hospital of Maine and is Board Certified in Family Medicine. Hanson practiced medicine in Cumberland for 32 years and was active in local and state professional activities, including serving four years as chief of staff at OHM (now Brighton Medical center). Spinnaker Trust recently hired Erick J. Lahme as a senior client advisor for the trust company’s growing clientele. Lahme joins Spinnaker Trust after more than two decades in financial services, most recently as a vice president at U.S. Trust, Bank of America Private Wealth Management in Portland. Christopher King recently joined Wells Fargo Home Mortgage as a home mortgage consultant. He has over a decade of experience in mortgage origination and underwriting. Putney, Inc., a pet pharmaceutical company focused on the development and sale of generic prescription medicines for pets, recently announced that it has hired TJ Dupree as chief operating officer. Most recently Dupree was corporate vice president, companion animal group at IDEXX Laboratories Inc., the animal health diagnostics and information technology solutions company. In his new role Dupree will have strategic and operational responsibility for all of Putney’s commercial operations including sales, marketing, service and global supply change.

January 20, 2012



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Within as little as eight weeks, just two fleas can produce up to 2,000 eggs. Your pet shakes these tiny white specs off himself and into your home where they quickly develop into maggot-like larvae and spin silken cocoons, becoming pupae. In their pupae stage, fleas can lay dormant for up to a year waiting for the right conditions to hatch into adults. That means, as long as you have eggs, larvae and pupae hiding in your home, you’re always at risk

Most flea products only treat adult fleas. The eggs, larvae and pupae are allowed to thrive in your home, hatching into repeated adult infestations. Not only do many products fail to prevent an infestation, they also leave a sticky residue on your pet that can wash away, or rub off onto furniture, carpets and even children. To truly prevent an infestation, you must break the flea life cycle. And that means killing flea eggs and

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Short Films by Walter Ungerev, 4 p.m., St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, $5, 775-5568.

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Saturday 1/28 The Holmes Brothers, 7:30 p.m., The Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, $25 advance/$28 door, chocolatechurch. org.

Friday 1/20 ”25 Years of Rock!” auditions, 6-8 p.m. and Jan. 21, 2-5 p.m., Winter St. Center annex, 880 Washington St., Bath, 443-6581.


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”Circle Mirror Transformation,” for a full schedule of times and prices visit, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, admission is pay-what-you-want.

Accessing eBooks through Maine Infonet Download Library, 12 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art

Galleries Friday 1/20 Midwinter Night Dream, 5-7 p.m., Chocolate Church Art Gallery, 880 Washington St., Bath,

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Brown Bag Lecture with Crash Berry, 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 or

Thursday 1/26 Discussion of “A Moveable Feast,” 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Maine St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.

Friday 1/27 Elliot Epstein to speak about “Lucifer’s Child,” 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.


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Friday 1/27 ”Sailing with Paper” Demonstration, 7-8 p.m., Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St., Portland, 409-6617.

Sunday 1/29 Artist Talk with Bruce Brown, Corliss Chastain, James Marshall and Matthew Smolinsky, 3 p.m., Addison Woolley Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland, 3176721.

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Hooked on Reading discussion group, 1 p.m, Spectrum Generations, 521 main St., Damariscotta, 563-1363.

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Thursday 1/26 Creating What You Want, 7 p.m., Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick.

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January 20, 2012




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from page 1 However the experience of losing Kestrel Aircraft, a start-up venture, to Superior, Wis., left some wondering if MRRA should stick with established companies like American Bureau of Shipping and Mönlycke Health Care, which do not need as much initial public funding, or small, Maine-based businesses like Maine Tool and Machine. “Base redevelopment isn’t going to be dependent on any one big white knight,” Councilor Benet Pols said. “If we get caught in some sort of crisis mode of looking to land the big fish all the time, we’re going to end up getting distracted from the broader mission, which is to plod along.” Moncure said MRRA talks with everyone interested in coming to Brunswick Landing, but “we turn away a lot of people whom we feel are not capable of meeting their obligations,” he said, adding that was about half of those who expressed interest. He said the key to successful re-development is finding the right company to lease Hangar 6, which was completed just before the federal Base Realignment and Closure Commission chose to shut down Brunswick Naval Air Station in 2005. “Hangar 6 is still the crown jewel” of the Navy base, Moncure said. “We will be aggressively marketing it.” Currently, Kestrel Aircraft has leased half of the 170,000 square foot building for 10 years. Moncure said MRRA is seeking a tenant for the other half of the hangar, and could make the entire building available in the future. “We have to let it be known that that half is immediately available and the full hangar will be available when Kestrel’s lease expires,” he said. In the mean time, Kestrel plans to hire up to 75 additional employees and use its portion of Hangar 6 for airplane maintenance and repair, MRRA Executive Director Steve Levesque said. He said the company also intends to use the hangar for finishing and delivery of the single-engine turbo-prop airplanes to be built in Wisconsin. “We’re getting an important segment of the company and that should not be dismissed,” he told the MRRA board on Tuesday. “This will be the face of delivery for Kestrel.” But the experience left some feeling like Kestrel had been overly optimistic about its plans for Brunswick Landing. “Kestrel raised everybody’s expectations,” Councilor Ben Tucker said, “everyone up and down the line pulled out

BRUNSWICK — At a meeting on Tuesday, the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority Board of Trustees downplayed Kestrel Aircraft’s announcement the day before that it would be locating a large part of its business elsewhere. Executive Director Steve Levesque mentioned the company only twice during the meeting: Once when he thanked the the governor’s office and Department of Economic and Community Development for working hard to try to pull a funding package together for the company, and again when he told the board that MRRA would continue to pursue businesses just as aggressively as it had before. He also said he was encouraged that Kestrel would continue to have a presence at Brunswick Landing. Instead of dwelling on the disappointment, the board re-capped the highlights of last year and focused on the tasks ahead of them in 2012, the first full year that MRRA will be a land-owner on the former Navy base. As of Jan. 9, MRRA has signed all the stops to help, and then they went to Wisconsin.” Levesque bristled at the suggestion MRRA could have been more cautious about the way the Kestrel deal was promoted in July 2010, when there was an Augusta fly-in attended by then-Gov. John Baldacci, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, DMaine, and other dignitaries, and said the press had sensationalized the story. He said it was Kestrel’s decision, not MRRA’s, to go public with the announcement it was planning to build airplanes in Brunswick. “We don’t make decisions to announce deals until the company’s ready to announce it,” he said. “Unfortunately, the financing that they had thought would come through didn’t come through. It happens sometimes.” Wisconsin offered the company nearly $90 million in New Market Tax Credit allocations, another $18 million in Enter-

Abuse from page 7 Police allege that Mank developed a relationship through the Internet with a 14-year-old girl. Through this contact he allegedly grew closer to the girl and committed the offenses over the next

leases with 16 companies that have created a total of 117.5 jobs. MRRA is projecting that number will grow to 440. American Bureau of Shipping, a marine modeling company, and Resilient Communications, a secure data center, have hired the most employees, with 35 and 36 new jobs respectively. Since last March, MRRA has received just over 2,000 acres on the former Navy base. The authority predicts the remainder of the property will be conveyed in pieces over the next year as environmental clearances are obtained. The town of Brunswick recently received its 66 acre East Brunswick Transmitter site, and the Navy is scheduled to convey an additional 630 acres to the town this spring. Southern Maine Community College has already received six buildings and 20 acres of land, and Bowdoin College, School Administrative District 75 and Family Focus are still awaiting property in Brunswick and Topsham. prise Zone Tax Credits, about $7 million in low-income loans, tax increment financing and free land. Kestrel began looking around once it became clear the company was unable to get the funding it needed in Maine, something Moncure said Chief Executive Officer Alan Klapmeier had been up front about from the beginning. “I think Alan Klapmeier was totally honest. He’s a very good businessman who obviously was looking out for the best interest of his company,” he said. “The name of the game in business is, you seek the best deal you possibly can for your company.” The real problem, according to Councilor Tucker, is how companies play states against each other in a high-stakes economic development game. “The larger issues is that businesses shop around, and so they force state and local governments to compete against each

other,” he said. “Should economic development in general happen this way?” In the future, he and other councilors, including Chairwoman Joanne King, said they would more closely scrutinize any funding requests for business development at Brunswick Landing that come before the council, like Community Development Block Grants, and continue to require that MRRA, not the town, be held responsible if the companies do not create the required number of jobs. Last year, the council helped MRRA apply for a $300,000 CDBG for Kestrel. “We have our jobs on the council, to the citizens of Brunswick, to make sure we use tax payers money prudently,” Tucker said. “It’s a lesson learned.”

eight months. Mank used more than one website, Strout said, but for investigatory reasons the department is not releasing that information or Mank’s street address. Mank is scheduled to appear in court March 13 at 1 p.m. He also faces other

charges from Cumberland County, Strout said. Investigators are also trying to determine if there are other victims and other suspects. People with information are asked to contact Burne at 386-5827.


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Last year MRRA applied to the U.S. Treasury to be able to distribute New Market Tax Credits, which it could use to entice businesses to Brunswick Landing. If successful, MRRA would be allocated $68 million in credits. The authority is hoping to hear back in February. MRRA is also waiting to see if a 400-acre portion of Brunswick Landing has been approved as a Foreign Trade Zone, and hopes to use the federal immigrant investor program known as EB-5 to channel foreign investment to the former Navy base. In other major projects, MRRA has begun construction of a 79,000 square foot manufacturing building for Mölnlycke Health Care, which it hopes to complete by next January. MRRA also hopes to study the sewer and storm water system at Brunswick Landing, work on the administrative and financial side of providing utilities to tenants, and make fire, life safety and Americans with Disabilities Act improvements to its buildings. — Emily Guerin

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and molds to a perfect fit. Occasionally, he said, the company will receive a pair of ancient Bean Boots with a red rubber sole, the color used during the company’s early days – a testament to how much customers love their old boots, but also how long they can last with proper care. This year, L.L. Bean is rolling out a new version of that original Maine Hunting Shoe, complete with the old-style logo, leather laces and red sole. Bean employees appear proud to produce the iconic boot, and tenure at the Brunswick facility averages 18 years.

While assembled outside the building to watch the departure of the “Bootmobile” on its maiden voyage, L.L. Bean Chief Executive Officer Chris McCormick asked employees what they thought of the boot on wheels. “Isn’t it cool?” he asked. Immediately one employee shot back with a more appropriate description: “It’s wicked cool.”

not without hope.” Although Coffin and HBS are presently nearing capacity and classroom sizes increased over last year, Perzanoski said the two schools could accommodate another 150 students before he would need to open another school. If that happened, he said Hawthorne School could quickly be converted back into classrooms. That raises the question of what would happen with town and school administrative offices and programming that cur-

rently utilizes that space, Ellis said. Another possible solution to the enrollment question could be to offer parents school choice at the elementary level, something Perzanoski said “takes away some of the perception of over-crowding at both of the schools.” He has worked in other districts where parents had the option to choose their child’s school, and said it can work well. “The community’s looking for different and creative ways ... to be able to have

public education delivered,” he said. “I think it’s our job to be able to provide some alternatives for the board to consider.” Perzanoski hopes to float an outline of the school choice plan to the school board in the near future. The board will hold a workshop on school facilities on Jan. 25 at 6 p.m.

public education, Allen said there are few options except to withdraw their children from the school system. But withdrawal from the school district, he and other group members said, is not a goal of the charter school. Last year, Harpswell voters were asked if they wanted to study withdrawing from School Administrative District 75, which they narrowly rejected. Group members said some may think the charter school proposal is related to that referendum, which stemmed from anger with the district for closing West Harpswell School. But they deny that connection. “When somebody brings up the SAD 75 withdrawal, we try to silence it,” Anderson

said. The group, in fact, may need SAD 75 to get its proposal off the ground, because the easiest way to create a charter school may be through the district. Under Maine’s new law, only 10 new charter schools are allowed statewide in the next 10 years, but an unlimited number of charter schools can be created by individual school districts. “Ideally, (SAD 75) would be a partner with us in this,” Allen said, a sentiment echoed by group member Robert McIntyre, who led the unsuccessful campaign last year to get Harpswell to study withdrawing from the school district. In order to avoid the impression that the charter school proposal is connected in any way to last year’s referendum, the group is

seeking to attract members from Cundy’s Harbor, Orr’s Island and Bailey Island to serve on a board of directors. Ultimately, they said they hope the school could have regional appeal, attracting students not just from within SAD 75’s four towns, but from communities up and down the coast. They envision dormitories, too, so students from Down East coastal communities could attend. Regardless of whether the charter school develops a regional appeal, Allen said he hopes it will ultimately “be a mirror to the character of Harpswell itself.” The group’s next meeting is Feb. 1 at 7 p.m. at the Harpswell Heritage Land Trust.

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from page 1 duced in a building on Industrial Parkway in Brunswick. Last year they made 400,000 pairs – a new record, thanks to a surge in the boot’s popularity. John Camelio, operations manager at the Brunswick plant, said the boot has become popular with college-aged customers who increasingly wear the boots year-round. He said a shearling-lined boot has seen sales increase most dramatically, something he said could be related to the popularity of

Grade levels from page 7 The committee also discussed what to do with Jordan Acres. The elementary school was taken off-line in June 2011 and has been “mothballed” until further notice. Perzanoski said the architects believe the open-concept design of the school would make it difficult and expensive to renovate. “It’s going to be fairly extensive, whatever we do down there,” he said, “but it’s

Harpswell from page 1 that Harpswell needs a charter school. For Tom Allen, a member of the core group, the reasons are two-fold: attracting families to Harpswell, where the population is rapidly aging, and contributing “something to the town that could be long-lasting and a real source of pride.” Joe Grady, who runs Two Coves Farm and used to teach at Casco Bay High School in Portland, said he believes in giving parents and students choices, and noted there aren’t any experiential education options in the area. For Harpswell families dissatisfied with

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