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Vol. 7, No. 3

News of Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell

Board backs firing of Topsham assistant manager

Bridge to snowhere

Paul Cunningham / For The Forecaster

Tuesday’s snowstorm left the wooden-decked “Black Bridge” between Mill Street in Brunswick and Twin Pines in Topsham quite slippery, as the driver of this car found out when he spun out and ended up blocking the one-lane span. Eventually a friend of the driver arrived and helped free the car. The impact of the crash damaged some of the bridge rails, but there were no injuries.

Carrying Place Assembly: ‘We want our town back’ By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — Their ancestors walked across the frozen mudflats to build ships at the Pennell shipyard. They constructed the old town hall in West Harpswell, and cleared fields that that have long since reverted back into forests. Between them, the members of the Carrying Place Assembly have nearly 1,000 years of residency in Harpswell. But they feel the town’s history, and their own, has been disgraced by a 1998 decision to alter what they believe is the historical boundary between Harpswell and Brunswick. Now, they would like to see that boundary restored. The official town line runs along a low marsh through a field just north of Skolfield Drive on Route 123. A slim, Department of Transportation sign marks the spot. Seven hundred and fifty feet up the road, the

Carrying Place Assembly has erected its own sign, where it believes the line should be. It may not seem like much of a difference, but to the members of the group, the loss is profound. “It’s your history, it’s part of who you are,” said Amy Haible. “If you don’t have your history, you don’t have anything.” During Harpswell’s 250th anniversary in 2008, the people who would become the Carrying Place Assembly started talking about trying to resurrect the old town line. The boundary had been established in 1998 after a series of disputes among shellfishermen who worked the mudflats between the two towns. Both sides claimed the other was digging illegally. Some Carrying Place Assembly members had voted in support of the decision that set See page 23

By Alex Lear TOPSHAM — After a public meeting that lasted 3 1/2 hours, the Board of Selectmen voted unanimously Wednesday night to uphold the dismissal of former Assistant Town Manager Paul Caruso. An executive session had been scheduled to hear Caruso’s appeal, but he exercised his right to discuss the matter in public. After the decision, Caruso’s attorney, Graydon Stevens, said he was not sure if Caruso will appeal to Superior Court. He said he and Caruso would have to discuss the matter. Caruso, 51, whose duties included tax collector and human resources director, was hired in April 2001 and served his last day Dec. 8, 2010. He was fired by former Town Manager James Ashe a few weeks before Ashe resigned from his job. See page 17

SAD 75 rejects request for equal time Rachel Goldman / For The Forecaster

Amy Haible, Sam Alexander and Malcolm Whitman of The Carrying Place Assembly stand in front of the sign they erected to mark the historical border between Harpswell and Brunswick. They show on a map where they believe the town line should be placed.

In Brunswick, clams are the price of historical accuracy BRUNSWICK — Residents and town officials are bracing themselves for another effort by the Carrying Place Assembly to change the boundary between Harpswell and Brunswick. If the Carrying Place As-

sembly succeeds in lobbying the Maine Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee to alter the town line, Brunswick will lose 40 acres of See page 23

By Alex Lear TOPSHAM — The School Administrative District 75 board voted 12-1 to not include an alternative perspective in literature explaining the proposed closure of West Harpswell School. The Harpswell Board of Selectmen had asked the School Board to include other viewpoints. But SAD 75 Superintendent Mike Wilhelm maintained last week that the district was not required to publicize any views but its own, and the district’s attorney, Peter Lowe, supported that opinion at the See page 23

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Meetings.........................15 Obituaries.........................7 Opinion.............................4 Out & About....................14

People & Business...........8 Police Beat.......................6 Real Estate.....................22 Sports............................. 11

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SAD 75 school chief to retire in June: ‘Education gave my life purpose’ By Alex Lear TOPSHAM — When Mt. Ararat High School’s Class of 2011 turns its tassels this June and moves on to other endeavors, the superintendent of schools will also be turning a new page. Michael Wilhelm, superintendent of School Administrative District 75 for two decades, announced his retirement Jan. 13. The Casco resident told the SAD 75 Board of Directors that he plans to retire June 30, at the end of his current contract year.

“The decision has been a difficult one,” Wilhelm said in a letter to the board. “I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in SAD 75 over the last 22 years. I have continually felt supported by this 14-member board that has always been able to cut through the ‘sound and fury’ to find that rational place where its true responsibility lies.” Wilhelm said “it’s been quite a ride” the past 22 years. He was hired as assistant superintendent in 1989 and became superintendent two years later, replacing Robert

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seven through 12 at the start of Wilhelm’s time with the district. More than 1,300 students were attending classes in a building meant for 900, he said. When Brunswick built a new high school and moved its students out of the old one, SAD 75 was able to lease the structure to house its seventh- and eighth-grade students. The students remained there for about six years until 2001, when Mt. Ararat Middle School opened, Wilhelm said. That school was built on part of 42 acres that the district acquired at no charge from the federal government, which was looking to get rid of that portion of the Topsham Navy Annex property. Several buildings on the property, which now also include space continued page 17

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Bath museum takes filmgoers ‘down to the sea’ By Alex Lear BATH — The Maine Maritime Museum is entering the world of film during the next few months, and adding its usual touch of salt. The 243 Washington St. museum will offer its first-ever movie festival, called Down to the Sea in Film, starting this month. On Jan. 28 it will screen “Captain Blood,” a 1935 swashbuckler based on a novel by Rafael Sabatini and directed by Michael Curtiz, who later directed “Casablanca.” The movie features the first starring role of Errol Flynn, who acts along with Olivia de Havilland and Basil Rathbone. The museum will show “The Crimson Pirate” on Feb. 19. Burt Lancaster plays

a buccaneer who becomes involved in a of the worst maritime disasters in Maine Comment on this story at: history. The tragedy, in which 34 people revolution in the Caribbean. Two of the museum’s offerings are died, remains unexplained. Only 14 bodhome grown. “Life by Lobster,” which ies were found, and no wreckage was surviving relatives and eyewitnesses. will be shown Feb. 10, is an award- ever found. The shows all begin at 6:30 p.m. The cost A Harpswell production company has is $8 for members, $10 for non-members, winning documentary by Iain McCray Martin, a filmmaker from Stonington. used the original Maine locations, as well $25 for families and $5 for students. Log FF: EW FL--(submit: 1/6/11, insertion: 1/12, p/up 1/19/11, p/up 1/26/11 in Port The film chronicles the aspirations of five as local actors and re-enactors, to reopen onto or call young lobstermen who endeavor to forge the mystery, and offers new insights into 443-1316 ext. 0 for more information. a career in the lobster fishery, despite what could have happened on that trip. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 the growing obstacles that can stymie The film also includes interviews with or those dreams. “Life by Lobster” is among the Maine International Film Festival’s “Best of 2009” collection. “Gone: The Mystery of the Don Disaster,” is an hour-long docudrama to be shown March 5. The piece focuses on the loss in 1941 of the pleasure boat Don, which the museum noted was one

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Unless you live in a bomb shelter, you know about the fire storm that erupted last week after Gov. Paul LePage told the NAACP to “kiss my butt.” It was a new low for the new governor, whose promise last year to tell the president of the United States “to go to hell” was largely written off as a streamof-consciousness campaign-trail rant in keeping with the then-Waterville mayor’s working-class personality. His staff’s explanation for the most recent insult – that the governor was speaking “in the direct manner people have come to expect” – leaves much to be desired. It’s hard to believe that many of the 38 percent of Maine voters who put LePage in office last November, let

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scribes, for example, the National Rifle hope that there’s much thought going Association, Maine State Chamber of on at all. And that is what is truly worCommerce, Maine Right to Life Com- risome. Whether you agree or not with mittee or Maine Heritage his politics and policies, Editor’s Policy Center. Maine needs a governor The governor also acwho can present and decused the NAACP of playfend those policies with ing “the race card” when rational, respectful, and its leaders said they were well-defined arguments, concerned that LePage is not stream-of-consciousdemonstrating a pattern of ness, knee-jerk rants. behavior by snubbing anLePage’s language and nual MLK Jr. Day events. behavior must reflect that But it was LePage who he now works at the Blaine brought race into the disHouse, not the Marden’s cussion, suggesting his warehouse. Mainers de“black son” – a questionserve better from their able way to describe somegovernor, and we and the one who is neither adopted NAACP deserve an apolMo Mehlsak nor a LePage offspring ogy for the embarrassment – could set the critics straight. he has caused, as well as a pledge to On Monday, when the governor made refrain from future scorched-earth politia surprise appearance at an MLK Jr. Day cal rhetoric. breakfast in Waterville, his attendance Mo Mehlsak is editor of The Foreseemed all too calculated; a too-little, caster. He can be reached at 781-3661 too-late attempt to patronize those who ext. 107 or criticized him for the lack of thought You can also follow Mo @mmehlsak on involved when LePage spoke the previ- Twitter. ous Friday. Comment on this story at: Unfortunately, the pattern of speech that LePage is displaying gives little

As a resident of Harpswell I have seen a lot of bickering going on between one person or another for a multitude of reasons. The residents of this seaside town seem to have an inability to get together to reach any kind of a consensus on many issues. This time, Mr. McIntyre and his posse have decided that the closure of the West Harpswell School is yet another issue to

create tension and division. I agree with Mr. Wilhelm that SAD 75 has no obligation in any way, shape or form to feel it necessary to include the opposing group’s viewpoints in their publication. I might suggest that Mr. McIntyre help pay for signs similar to the ones that currently litter the Route 123 side of Harpswell, and post ones on the Route 24 side stating that Harpswell needs one school. Jill Rose Harpswell


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LePage’s explanation falls short I come from simple people, many with high school educations, some with less. I’m sure some of my Canadian great aunts and uncles would not have known English words like “civility.” But they came to the United States to assimilate, to work hard, to be good citizens. My father’s folks grew up on the streets of Lewiston, you might say. My grandparents still often spoke the Quebecois they learned first in the provinces as children in huge Catholic families. My grandfather, Lucien, was the city clerk of Lewiston for years and I, too, walked the streets with him. He seemed to know everyone. He spoke French and English to them, but never trash. I have heard the “reasons” that Paul LePage and his assistants give for his speech: wanting to tell Obama to “go to hell,” telling the NAACP to kiss his butt. As much as Paul Lepage says he will not be hostage to special-interest groups, the reason given for his gaffes is basically that he comes from one. I was told, by my people from the streets of Lewiston, that we might be able to understand our current behavior by looking at our up-bringing. Yet, they added, once we become adults, we can no longer use our past as an excuse for our present actions. My hope is that in the future, Paul LePage will take a lesson from the many French Canadian-Americans who are also appalled by his talk. Never were we Francos allowed to speak with such disrespect. Susan Lebel Young Falmouth

Dodge doesn’t speak for tea party Andrew Ian Dodge is a very interesting individual. However, he is not the leader of the tea party in Maine. There are many factions within the tea party movement. I believe Mr. Dodge is involved with Tea Party Patriots, a national organization. The major tea party movement in Maine was started by two individuals who created Maine Patriots and Maine Refounders. Many groups have started as local chapters of these two groups, and some have chosen to be sovereign. Although the basis of the tea party movement is similar, some groups, like Cumberland County Tea Party of Maine (CCTP), do not endorse specific candidates or parties and therefore do not claim affiliation with any group or leader. CCTP did not endorse the GOProud letter. Suggesting Mr. Dodge is the leader of Maine’s tea party movement is like saying Pat Buchanen is the leader of all Maine political groups. The tea party is a group of individuals dedicated to defending the Constitution. Our mission at CCTP is to defend the original interpretation and application of the Constitution and to inform the public when laws and actions trample on the rights of citizens. Lauren Wynne Saco

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Time to stop the crazy talk In the wake of the tragic shootings in Tucson, Ariz., there has been a lot of finger-pointing but not a lot of soul-searching when it comes to why a deranged young man attempted to assassinate U.S. Rep. Gabrielle Giffords, in the process killing and wounding bystanders. From the outset, the sheriff of Pima County has pointed a finger at conservative talk radio. “When you look at unbalanced people, how they respond to the vitriol that comes out of certain The Universal mouths about tearing down the government,” Sheriff Clarence Dupnik said. “The anger, the hatred, the bigotry that goes on in this country is getting to be outrageous and unfortunately Arizona has become sort of the capital. We have become the Mecca for prejudice and bigotry.” Though he did not name names, Dupnik reportedly had radio and Edgar Allen Beem TV rabble-rouser Glenn Beck in mind when he made those comments. So is Glenn Beck personally to blame for the massacre in Tucson? The easy answer is that nothing and no one is to blame when a crazy person commits an horrendous act of violence. But it’s too easy to just blame an irrational mind and leave it at that. Why would a crazy man plan to shoot up a congresswoman’s public gathering instead of, say, the local community college that had expelled him? Did it have anything to do with the fact that the crazy man was a Hitler lover with suspected ties to white supremacist groups and the congresswoman is a Jewish woman who opposed Arizona’s draconian immigration laws? Maybe, maybe not. Did it have anything to do with the fact that Sarah Palin posted a map with telescopic-sight crosshairs on it “targeting” Rep. Giffords for defeat? Maybe, maybe not. Did it have anything to do with the fact that Giffords’ opponent held a rally at which he invited supporters to shoot an M16 with him for $50 to “Help remove Gabrielle Giffords from office?” Maybe, maybe not. Did it have anything to do with failed Nevada senatorial candidate Sharron Angle’s warning about


“Second Amendment remedies?” Not in and of itself. Though you do have to wonder about the mental state of a woman who would follow a comment about “Second Amendment remedies” by saying, “I’ll tell you the first thing we need to do is take Harry Reid out.” And it’s too easy to blame Arizona’s extremely lenient gun laws, which allow just about anyone to carry a concealed weapon without a permit. But the cumulative effect of all the militant right-wing rhetoric about taking back America and all the open-carry advocates showing up armed at tea party gatherings surely had an impact on an unstable mind. The direct cause of the shootings in Tucson was one crazy young man. But Dupnik is right. One of the indirect causes surely was the climate of anger and hatred inflamed by all the crazy talk in America these days. Reasonable people should be able to express legitimate concerns and air their differences without making it sound as though they were in a battle between good and evil. I suppose I’m guilty of this demonization myself. All this crazy talk from the right makes me angry. Still, I don’t use gun metaphors to express that anger. President Obama is a Muslim, a socialist, a Black Panther, a foreigner. Crazy talk. Obama is “either stupid or evil,” as someone now in the Maine Legislature once wrote. Crazy talk. The government is going to take away our guns. Crazy talk. Health-care reform is government tyranny. Crazy talk. Taxation is theft. Crazy talk. The Constitution is under attack. Crazy talk. It’s time for another American Revolution. Crazy talk. The conventional wisdom is that the shootings in Tucson should not be seen as politically motivated because the shooter’s political ramblings were incoherent. But the crazy talk coming from right-wing extremists is every bit as irrational as that of the disturbed young man who committed this heinous crime. To suggest that it did not contribute to pushing a deranged man over the edge is itself crazy talk. There is nothing wrong in this country that justifies talk of overthrowing the government. Any assertion to the contrary is (fill in the blank). 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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1/10 at 5:59 p.m. Someone in the Hannaford parking lot called to complain about a vehicle that was left running with two children inside. The caller thought it was inappropriate for the children to be left there unattended. When the police showed up, the vehicle was gone.

Oh deer 1/16 at 1:12 p.m. A Sandy Ridge Road resident called to report that there was an injured deer in his or her yard. By the time the animal control officer arrived, the deer had disappeared.

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EMS Brunswick emergency medical services responded to 27 calls from Jan. 10-17.

Topsham Arrests 1/11 at 6:03 p.m. Justin Reed, 26, of Front Street, was arrested by Officer Robert Ramsay on a charge of obstructing the report of a crime. 1/14 at 7:57 p.m. Justin Goranson, 25, of River Road, was arrested by Officer Robert Ramsay on a charge of operating a snowmobile under the influence of alcohol. 1/16 at 12:45 a.m. Susan Chandel, 55, was arrested by Sgt. Fred Dunn on a charge of operating under the influence.

Summonses 1/11 at 4 p.m. Mark McDaniel, 53, of Gilmore Drive, was issued a summons by Officer Robert Ramsay on a charge of operating after license suspension.

Fire calls 1/10 at 10:11 a.m. Mutual aid to West Bath. 1/10 at 6:56 p.m. Fire alarm on Partridge Drive. 1/11 at 9:56 a.m. Fire alarm on Elm Street. 1/12 at 2:02 a.m. Fire alarm at Mt. Ararat Middle School. 1/12 at 1:49 p.m. Motor vehicle fire on Hunter Lane. 1/12 at 2:20 p.m. and 4:07 p.m. Fire alarms on Topsham Fair Mall Road. 1/14 at 7:57 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Cedar Lane. 1/15 at 11:14 a.m. Motor vehicle accident on Middlesex Road. 1/15 at 11:43 a.m. Utility problem on Jones Avenue. 1/15 at 7:13 p.m. Fire alarm on Flycatcher Drive. 1/16 at 12:03 p.m. Fire alarm at Mt. Ararat Middle School. 1/16 at 4:29 p.m. Utility problem on Munroe Lane. 1/17 at 12:02 p.m. Fire alarm on Main Street. 1/17 at 5:23 p.m. Fire alarm on Fairfield Lane. 1/17 at 6 p.m. Fire alarm at Mt. Ararat Middle School.

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George Pilgrim, 84: Enjoyed woodworking, time with family BATH — George “Bud” Pilgrim, 84, died peacefully Jan. 17 at MidCoast Hospital with his family by his side. Born in Berlin, N.H., on Jan. 24, 1926, he was the son of Fredrick and Hilda (Beckwith) Pilgrim, and attended local schools. After he graduated from Berlin High School in 1944, he was drafted into the U.S. Army, and was stationed in Belgium and Germany. Upon being discharged from the U.S. Army in 1946, he joined the U.S. Navy. After he retired from the U.S. Navy in 1965, he moved to Bath, where he began working at Bath Iron Works until he retired in 1989. On Feb. 10, 1951, he married Joan Reynolds in Berlin, N.H. He loved spending time with his family, especially his grandchildren, and enjoyed his springer spaniels. His other interests included outdoor sports, and working in his woodworking shop. Family and friends will miss his smile and sense of humor. His sister, Elizabeth Marquis, predeceased him. Surviving are his loving wife of 59 years, Joan; a daughter, Joellan Pilgrim of Bath, and three sons, Mark Pilgrim and his wife Karen of Englewood, Colo., Derek Pilgrim and his wife Victoria of West Bath, and Drew Pilgrim

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and his wife Susanne of Dresden; nine grandchildren, Alyssa Murphy and her husband Michael of Concord, N.C., Cara McKinney of Gardiner, Zachary Pilgrim and his wife Nicole of West Bath, Jesse Pilgrim, and Gia Pilgrim, all of West Bath, David Pilgrim and Emily Pilgrim, both of Colorado, Jacob Pilgrim and Samuel Pilgrim, both of Dresden; four great-grandchildren, Richard, Breanna, Shea and Liam; his brother-in-law, James Marquis of Berlin, N.H.; many cousins; nieces and nephews. Memorial donations can be made to a charity of choice.

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New Ventures PolicyOne Research, a data analysis and research company in Scarborough, has merged with Camoin Associates of Saratoga Springs, N.Y., and will now be known as Camoin Associates. PolicyOne’s founder, Jim Damicis, will serve as the company’s senior vice president. Gary Gurney, certified Rolfer, has opened his new office at 83 India St. in Portland, where he shares the space with Wildwood Medicine, a natural health care center. For more information please visit Larry Stoddard, owner of Distinctive Tile & Design, a distributor of porcelain, stone and glass mosaic tile, has recently opened his fourth retail showroom at 334 Forest Ave. in Portland. Distinctive Tile & Design has showrooms located in Yarmouth, York and Rockland. Ruth Martin of Falmouth has recently opened The Purple Turtle Gifts & Jewelry located at 100 Gray Road, U.S. Route 100, in Falmouth. The store is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and until 8 p.m. on Thursdays. The Purple Turtle features a collection of local artisans’ crafts, including jewelry, candles, soaps, apparel, accessories, and more. Oasis Health Network has relocated its

Free Clinic to a larger office space in the Mid Coast Professional Building, Suite 9/10, at 66 Baribeau Drive in Brunswick. The new space, offered at no cost by Mid Coast Hospital, will accommodate additional clinic volunteers to serve a larger number of people. The Maine Products Marketing Program, which helps builds recognition for exceptional Maine-made products through its “Maine Made” distinction, has accepted the following businesses into its program: Pure & Simple Soaps of Brunswick, for its handmade, environmentally-friendly soaps; TriPom Chews of Brunswick for its all-natural chew treats for dogs and cats; Coastal Art Glass in Bath, for handcrafted fusion glass jewelry and studio pieces; Lifethereal LLC, of Peaks Island for wallets made out of reclaimed sail cloth; custom sailmaker Maine Sailing Partners of Freeport; and Richard Boyd Pottery in Peaks Island.

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Wins keep coming for Mid-Coast teams Some local teams enjoyed big wins in recent days. Here’s a glimpse at the week that was and what’s on tap:

over visiting Lewiston and 11-1 at Yarmouth. The Dragons visit Cape Elizabeth Saturday. On the boys’ side, both Brunswick and Mt. Ararat have work to do to make the postseason. The Dragons were eighth in the latest Eastern A Heals (but only seven teams qualify for the playoffs) with a 5-5 mark despite a four-game win streak. Saturday, Brunswick won at Gardiner, 3-1. The Dragons hosted Mt. Ararat Thursday and welcome Cheverus Wednesday of next week. The Eagles began the week 3-4-1 and 10th after a 6-0 home victory over Windham Saturday. Mt. Ararat goes to Edward Little Saturday and plays at Messalonskee Wednesday.

Boys’ basketball Mt. Ararat was the big winner in an overtime thriller at Brunswick Monday night. The Eagles were led by Josh Walker, who had 25 points, which helped neutralize 16 points from the Dragons’ Mitch Black as Mt. Ararat improved to 2-0 in overtime games this winter. Mt. Ararat previously lost at home to twotime defending regional champion Edward Little (63-42) and downed visiting Morse (52-30). The Eagles (7-4 and sixth in the latest Eastern Class A Heal Points standings) host Cony Friday and go to Skowhegan Tuesday. Brunswick had won its previous two games, 61-54, over visiting Cony and 53-42 at Oxford Hills. The loss to Mt. Ararat dropped the Dragons to 6-5. They still cling to the eighth and final Eastern A playoff spot. Brunswick is at Edward Little Friday and visits Messalonskee Tuesday. Morse dropped to 0-10 and 15th in the region after Friday’s loss. The Shipbuilders were due to host Oxford Hills Tuesday, but bad weather forced a postponement. Morse visits Lewiston Friday and Lawrence Tuesday. In Western D, Hyde dropped to 1-4 Friday after a 42-27 home loss to Gould. The Phoenix (14th in the region) played at North Yarmouth Academy Wednesday, play host to Valley Friday, visit Sacopee Saturday and go to Richmond Tuesday.

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After a spectacular behind-the-back pass from Everett Moye, Morse’s Jordan Lister drives his way to the hoop through Rolando Amador, and Eric Napolean of Mt. Ararat last week. The Eagles won the game, 52-30.

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Mt. Ararat has lost three in a row to fall to 4-7 and ninth, leaving the Eagles a spot of out of the postseason, if it started today. The Eagles lost at Edward Little (43-38), Morse (58-34) and Brunswick (42-22) in recent play. Mt. Ararat is at Cony Friday and welcomes Skowhegan Tuesday. In Western D, Hyde is 14th at 1-4 after 53-32 home loss to Islesboro Friday. The Phoenix hosted NYA Wednesday, welcome Valley Friday, go to Sacopee Saturday and visit Richmond Tuesday.

Hockey On the ice, the Brunswick girls’ hockey team has impressed. The Dragons are currently fourth in the East region at 7-6-1 and would be in the playoffs if they started today. Brunswick has won four straight, the latest, 3-1,

Roundup a new Monday co-ed volleyball league beginning in late February. FMI,

NYA seeking softball coaches North Yarmouth Academy has openings for varsity and middle school softball coaches. FMI,

Umpire certification classes upcoming The Western Maine Baseball Umpires Association is hold-

ing umpire certification classes. WMBUA provides baseball umpires for schools and leagues above the Little League level in Cumberland and York counties. Classes run for five Sunday evenings beginning Jan. 30. FMI, 846-5997 or wmbua@maine.

ME Baseball Hall of Fame seeking inductions The Maine Baseball Hall of Fame is seeking inductions for its 2011 class. The Hall honors play-

At last week’s KVAC indoor track meet, Brunswick finished first and Mt. Ararat second on both the boys’ and girls’ sides. The Dragons boys edged the Eagles, 142-132. The girls’ competition was even closer as Brunswick won by four, 151147.


In the pool, Mt. Ararat’s girls beat Brunswick (67-63) and Gardiner (67-37). The Dragons downed the Tigers, 63-37. Morse swept at Camden, as the boys triumphed, 121-33, and the girls rolled, 116-47. The Shipbuilders host Lewiston Friday. The Eagles welcome Belfast. The Dragons return to action Tuesday at Waterville.


Mt. Ararat’s Nordic ski team participated in the Hornet Classic Saturday, where both teams came in seventh.


Mt. Ararat’s wrestling team enjoyed a 60-12 win at Nokomis in its latest meet. Morse was a 40-36 winner over Mt. Blue.

ers, coaches, umpires, organizers and benefactors from all corners of the state who have achieved prominence in, or made valuable contributions to, baseball in Maine. Nominations for induction may be sent to: Maine Baseball Hall of Fame P.O. Box 1062 Yarmouth, Maine 04096 or emailed to: The deadline for submitting applications is Feb. 4.

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Cross-country skiing in Reid State Park GEORGETOWN — Fresh snow and Maine coastal scenery just might be the perfect union. Most winters, if lucky, we enjoy a few brief weeks of good skiing at water’s edge. We are in the midst of such a glorious period right now. One of the most magnificent coastal skiing experiences outside Acadia National Park just might be the trail system and beaches of Reid State Park. When conditions allow, the park staff groom the 2.2mile North Boundary Trail, and the access road leading a mile out to Half Mile Beach. The packed trail is 2 feet wide, but not set with tracks. Despite the lack of set tracks we easily glided through a beautiful evergreen forest. A recent footdeep snowfall had plastered the northeast side of the trees in white. Loads of sugary

snow sat precariously perched on bowed evergreen branches. Dapples of early morning sun tried valiantly to infiltrate the forest. The park gate opens at 9 a.m. and closes at 4 p.m. Fees are posted at an Iron Ranger: $4.50 per adult with adults over 65 free of charge. Just past the fee station the road splits, with the plowed left fork leading out to Griffith Head and Mile Beach. Follow the right fork a hundred yards and park at the entrance gate for the unplowed park road leading a mile out to Todds Point and Half Mile Beach. The North Boundary Trail begins at the closed gate. A sign is posted for skiers, and the trail is marked with blue blazes. It loops over gentle terrain back to the road a hundred yards south of where you began. The trail initially follows along the Seguin-

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land Road, passing two ponds on the left. The dead trees on the far side of each pond looked like giant white pipe cleaners sticking up out of the snow. Once back out onto the park road we headed south, thankful for the sun on our faces on a chilly, but windless morning. Passing through an open section with vast marshes on each side of us we gazed east to the impressive reach of sand dunes separating us from the ocean. From the parking lot we carefully negotiated a snowdrift strewn trail down onto Half Mile Beach. We were delighted to find a wide ribbon of crusty snow above the tide zone perfect for gliding down the beach to the Little River. There were diamonds sparkling everywhere, on the freshly fallen snow, and on the calm ocean water. Small rollers politely tumbled onto the beach. Distant sea smoke and morning clouds hovered to the east over the water, with a brilliant blue sky above us. The fortress-like mass of Seguin with its flashing lighthouse beacon rose out of the sea four miles to the southwest. Across the mouth of the Little River a steep hillside of summer cottages and glades of birches stood watch over the ebbing waters. The skiing was exceptional. We skied up and down the beach three times, all the while

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focused on the beauty of the sea. Back at the parking lot we skied up beyond the closed bathhouse for views out to sea and up the long sandy slope of Mile Beach. Four miles to the east the unique octagonal structure of Cuckolds Light clung fast to the ledges off of Southport Island. Further to the east the long line of Damariscove Island rose out of the sea. Once back at our car we drove a few hundred yards out to Griffith Head. Before walking the length of Mile Beach we scampered up onto the tall bluffs adjacent to the parking lot for a look up and down the coast. Many species of ducks had gathered in the protected narrows between a series of ledges below us. Bufflehead, goldeneye, black ducks, and a few immature loons floated along the seaweed-clad rocks. With our binoculars we scanned the western shoreline of Southport Island trying to see if we could pick out Hendricks Head Light at the mouth of the Sheepscot River. There it was, opposite the quaint fishing community of Five Islands. We were also able to identify the rocky northern head-

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Cross Currents Visual Art Distilled from the Maritime World On view through February 7

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Olin Arts Center, Bates College, Lewiston

Thursday, February 3

East End Community/ Reiche School, Portland

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Jim Weider’s Project Percolator plays Portland

All ongoing calendar listings can now be found online at Send your calendar listing by e-mail to, by fax to 781-2060 or by mail to 5 Fundy Road, Falmouth, ME 04105.

Mid Coast Books, Authors Wednesday 1/26 Patricia Hughes, author of “Maine Waterfalls: A Comprehensive Guide,” 12 p.m. book discussion and signing, $3 members/$5 nonmembers, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath,

Films Friday 1/28 “Captain Blood,” 6:30 p.m., $8 members; $10 nonmembers, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath,

Museums Thursday 1/27 Cross Currents: Visual Art Distilled from the Maritime World: Exhibit Presentation and Gallery Tour led by artist Christy Georg, 6:30 p.m., $5 members; $7 nonmembers, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath,

Monday 1/24 Seanachie Nights: A Tribute to Robert Burns with celtic folk concert by Castlebay, 7-9 p.m., $10 suggested donation, Bull Feeney’s Upstairs, 375 Fore St., Portland, Lynne Cullen, 846-1321,

Tuesday 1/25 Port Veritas Youth Poetry Slam, competition for ages 21 and under, 7 p.m. open mic, followed by slam, free and open to all ages, Coffee By Design, 67 India St., Portland, 780‐6767,

Friday 1/28 Crash Barry, author of novel “Sex, Drugs and Blueberries,” 7 p.m. reading, Books Etc., U.S. Route 1, Falmouth,

Saturday 1/29 Children’s Used Book Sale, 1-4 p.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, proceeds benefit library, 781-2351.

Comedy Friday 1/28

Music Friday 1/21 Mike Stockbridge, 7 p.m., $5 advance/ $8 door, Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Mill 3, Fort Andross, Brunswick, 725-5222, Yellow Roman Candles, 7 p.m. doors open, $6-$5, Side Door Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-8515.

Theater/Dance ”Pride and Prejudice,”and ”Winter Cabaret,” presented by The Theater Project on alternating nights, Jan. 21 - Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, $18 suggested donation or pay what you can, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, full schedule at or call 729-8584.

Friday 1/21 Bath Community Contradance, 6:30-8 p.m. Family Dance, $3 person/ $12 family max; 8-11 p.m. contradance, $9 person/ $22 family max, Bath Dance Works, 72 Front St., Third Floor, Bath, Matt, 7294718, chem-free event.

Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art Sunday 1/30 Auditions for “Hollywood Dreams,” for Vivid Motion’s spring dance show to be performed April 8-10 at the St. Lawrence in Portland; 1-4 p.m. audition in class format at Warren Memorial Library auditorium, 479 Main St., Westbrook, for dancers of all ages and abilities,


Books, Authors

Comedians of “Chelsea Lately:” Natasha Leggero, Loni Love, Josh Wolf & Chuy Bravo, 8 p.m., $30/$20, all ages, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, tickets at, 800745-3000.

Films Tuesday 1/25 “Race to Nowhere,” 7-9 p.m., $10, Falmouth High School, 74 Woodville Road, Falmouth, screening sponsored by Falmouth Baseball Boosters and Friends School of Portland, tickets,

Wednesday 1/26 Ann Arbor Film Festival 48th Traveling Tour, 7:30 p.m. Program Two, $7 general/ $5 SPACE members, MECA students, SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, space538. org, 828-5600.


Room, exhibit on view Jan. 24 – March 12, Unum Great Reading Room, seventh floor, USM Glickman Family Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland, 780-4270.

Music Friday 1/21 “Robot Party,” with music by ID M Theft able, Power Lines, and Computer at Sea, 8 p.m. $5 / free with robot costume, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland,, 615-3609.

Saturday 1/22 ”Best of Women in Harmony,” choral concert presented by Women in Harmony, 7 p.m. Saturday and 4 p.m. Sunday, $12 advance/ $15 door/ $10 seniors, students; ages under 12 free, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, advance tickets at, Longfellow Books or Starbird Music in Portland, or Nonesuch Books in South Portland. Chipped Enamel, with Phil Hoose, 2 p.m., free and open to the public, Scarborough Bull Moose, 456 Payne Road. ”Country Night at Mayo Street Arts,” 22+ musician showcase, 8 p.m., $5, to benefit Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, 6153609, ”Jim Weider’s Project Percolator,” 8 p.m., $17 advance/ $20 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, tickets, 761-1757 or “An Odyssey Through the Winter Cosmos,” 8 p.m. concert in star dome theatre with Rob Byrd, $8 adult; $6 children, Southworth Planetarium, USM Portland, usm., 780-4249.

Sunday 1/23 “Best of Women in Harmony,” choral concert presented by Women in Harmony, 4 p.m., $12 advance/ $15 door/ $10 seniors, students; ages under 12 free, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, advance tickets at wihmaine. org, Longfellow Books or Starbird Music in Portland, or Nonesuch Books in South Portland.

Tuesday 1/25

Friday 1/21 ”Where Art and Academics Intersect:” An exhibition of student work from Merriconeag Waldorf School, 6:30-8:30 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through Feb.25, 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth, 846-6264.

“From Russia With Love,” presented by Portland Symphony Orchestra, with opening of “Diamond Jubilee,” composed by Elliott Schwartz, 7:30 p.m., $20-$70, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets at PortTIX, 8420800,

Saturday 1/22

Thursday 1/27

Color My World: An interactive art exhibit, 1-3 p.m. reception, color activities, The Long Island Dodwell Gallery, Maggie Carle, artsprits@, 766-2940.

Noonday Concerts, presented by Portland Conservatory of Music, 12:15 p.m., free and open to public, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, 775-3356.

Thursday 1/27 “Storytellers,” USM’s Kate Chaney Chappell ’83 Center for Book Arts exhibit, free public reception and panel discussion, 5:30 p.m., Glickman Library University Events

Theater & Dance Friday 1/21 “Guys and Dolls Jr.,” presented by Lyman Moore Middle School, 7

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Jim Weider, former member of “The Band,” will be playing at One Longfellow Square on Friday, Jan. 22 with members of his newest musical collaboration Project Percolator, Rodney Holms, Mitch Stein and Steve Lucas. Tickets for the 8 p.m. show are $17 in advance or $20 at the door. Advance tickets available online at, 761-1757, and at Bullmoose Music locations. One Longfellow Square is located at 181 State St. in Portland. p.m. Friday and Saturday Jan. 2122; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 23, $10 adults, $5 students, Lyman Moore Middle School, Moore Lyseth Road, Portland. ”The Mousetrap,” murder mystery presented by Portland Players, 8 p.m. Friday and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 14-30; $20 adult/ $18 senior/ $15 student, The Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland, 799-7337, ”Wizard of Oz,” 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 21-22, Jan. 2829, Feb. 4-5; 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6; Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland, 773-0333,

Saturday 1/22 ”Fiddler on the Roof” presented by Portland Ovations, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, $41-$60, tickets through PortTix, 842-0800, or box office at Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. “Spirits of Suspicion” presented

by murder-mystery dinner theatre troupe Mystery for Hire, 6 p.m. doors; 7 p.m. show, $34.95 includes show and meal, Events on Broadway, 729 Broadway, South Portland, 699-5855 or 642-2148. ”Tap, Tap, Jazz,” presented by Maine State Ballet, 4 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday Jan. 22, $15, Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, tickets, 781-3587, ”Wizard of Oz,” 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 21-22, Jan. 2829, Feb. 4-5; 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6; Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland, 773-0333,

Sunday 1/23 ”The Goat, or Who is Sylvia?” presented by Mad Horse Theatre Company, 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; Jan. 20-Feb. 6, $20 adults/ $18 students and seniors; pay-what-you-can on Thursdays, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, tickets at 899-3993 or

The Thinking Heart: The Life and Loves of Etty Hillesum, ensemble performance, 2 p.m., free, The Maine Jewish Museum, Etz Chaim Synagogue, 267 Congress St., Portland, Gary, 329-9854; snow date 2 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30.

”Wizard of Oz,” 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, Jan. 28-29, Feb. 4-5; 2 p.m. Sundays, Jan. 23, Jan. 30, Feb. 6; Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland, 773-0333,

Monday 1/24

”The Play About the Baby,” presented by Mad Horse Theatre’s Dark Night Series, 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, Jan. 24-Feb. 2, $10 suggested donation, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, tickets, 899-3993, or lucidstage. com.

Friday 1/28

Freeport Community Talent Show, 7 p.m., $6 person/$20 family of four, Freeport Performing Arts Center, Holbrooke St., Freeport.

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Out & About

Music, theater and musical theater By Scott Andrews The January arts-and-entertainment doldrums are over, with a plethora of top-notch happenings in music, theater and musical theater coming up over the next week. The big musical event is the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s first 2011 concert. On Jan. 25, maestro Robert Moody will step up to the podium and conduct a concerto by Sergei Prokofiev, a symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich and a newly commissioned work by South Freeport composer Elliott Schwartz. Good Theater is presenting “Is There Fat In That?” through Jan 23. It’s a powerful, compelling one-woman show that focuses on many issues, ranging from eating disorders to personal identity. It’s a top choice in theater. Portland Ovations presents one of American musical theater’s most beloved shows on Jan. 22: “Fiddler on the Roof.” Set around the turn of the 20th century in czarist Russia, this show revolves around the towering figure of a humble dairyman who struggles to cope with a changing world.

Portland Symphony Orchestra The Portland Symphony Orchestra returns from its extended holiday hiatus with


Tevye the dairyman is the central figure in “Fiddler on the Roof,” one of the most beloved shows in the history of American musical theater. Portland Ovations presents a national touring production of the 10-time Tony Awardwinning show on Jan. 22.

its first program of 2011 on Jan. 25. The two big and famous works on the program are a piano concerto by Sergei Prokofiev and a symphony by Dmitri Shostakovich, but local interest will be centered on a newly commissioned piece by Elliott Schwartz, who taught music for many years at Bowdoin College and is generally regarded as the dean of Maine composers. Jan. 19 marks his 75th birthday, a tem-

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poral milestone that is central to the new work, which is titled “Diamond Jubilee.” It’s basically a retrospective of Schwartz’s life and times recounted in his own distinctive musical idiom. “The grand plan was to use the occasion of the birthday as a sort of springboard for a piece of music which is based on my memories of the past 75 years,” Schwartz said. Although he eschews the notion of creating a biographical work, he notes that has woven references to his own musical journey from his childhood to the present day throughout the 18-minute piece. Each of the three movements corresponds to a quarter-century time span, with references to 1936, 1961, 1986 and 2011. “Each movement alternates between newly created passages and flashbacks to my own music composed over the years, including a few works written for the Portland Symphony,” Schwartz added. Two major works by 20th-century Russian composers fill the balance of Moody’s program. Guest artist Andrew von Oeyen will join the symphony for Sergei Prokofiev’s Piano Concerto No. 3, a work that is characterized by orchestral and pianistic brilliance. Von Oeyen is a 31-year-old American pianist with a mile-long resume, who has garnered his share of praise. “Brilliant technique can be taken for granted among today’s concert pianists, but von Oeyen’s playing goes a step further,” wrote Chicago Tribune music critic John von Rheim. “He leaves you convinced that he can do absolutely anything he likes with a keyboard.” The evening will conclude with Dmitri Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 5, a politically charged composition that dates from the Stalin era; its crowd-pleasing lyricism masks hidden messages of protest and anger. Catch the Portland Symphony Orchestra at 7:30 p.m. Jan. 25 at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall. Call PortTix at 8420800.

‘Is There Fat In That?’

Some people’s lives are defined by epic struggles with drugs or alcohol. For at least one woman the personal demon is Drake’s Ring Dings. That’s the quick take on the wonderful retrospective comic drama being presented through this Sunday at Portland’s Good Theater. Ellen Domingos, a 37-year-old former model, recounts key moments of her life on the stage and the runway in a onewoman play titled “Is There Fat In That?” Eating disorders and related personal issues – such as defining personal identity and seeking self-esteem – are central to Domingos’ play, which she co-wrote with Good Theater artistic director Brian Allen. Magnetically attracted to the stage at an early age – she first met Allen when he was managing director at Maine State Music Theatre and she had a child’s role in “South Pacific” – Domingos sought fame and fortune in New York as both an actress and model. Concern about her weight led to a frustrating, dangerous decade that was defined by a roller-coaster ride of crash diets and eating binges. Domingos’ dark story is told in words and music. Most of the dozen-plus songs come from Broadway shows. These include “N.Y.C.” (from “Annie”), “I Hope I Get It” (from “A Chorus Line”) and “Food Glorious Food” (from “Oliver”). Domingos has a superb, slightly darkly tinged mezzosoprano voice and her delivery is flawless on most of these musical numbers. But the real attraction is Domingos’ compelling story line and her fearless sincerity, which is absolutely riveting throughout the approximately 80-minute show. Good Theater presents “Is There Fat In That?” through Jan. 23 at with performances at 7 p.m. Wednesday, 7:30 p.m. Thursday through Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 885-5883.

‘Fiddler on the Roof’

Among the 200 or so different musicals that I have seen over the years, “Fiddler on the Roof” stands out as one of my personal favorites, and I’ve seen it quite a few times. A national touring production of “Fiddler on the Roof” is coming to Portland this Saturday, thanks to Portland Ovations. Loosely based on the stories of Sholom Alecheim, the 1964 Broadway smash hit was written by Joseph Stein (book), Sheldon Harnick (lyrics) and Jerry Bock (music). The original production garnered 10 Tony Awards, including all the major ones. For a time in the 1970s, “Fiddler on the Roof” held the record as the longestrunning musical in Broadway history. Set in a Ukrainian village on the eve of the Russian Revolution, the story line follows an unlikely hero: a humble Jewish dairyman whose deep faith and love of traditional ways is continually challenged by the changes in the world around him. Plus he’s got six women to contend with – his devoted wife and five daughters. The story is both funny and mesmerizing, while the musical numbers sweep audiences into a wonderful imaginary world that is live theater at its pinnacle. Portland Ovations presents two performances of a national touring production of “Fiddler on the Roof” at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall on Jan. 22 at 2 and 7 p.m. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

January 21, 2011

Community Calendar All ongoing calendar listings can now be found online at Send your calendar listing by e-mail to, by fax to 781-2060 or by mail to 5 Fundy Road, Falmouth, ME 04105.

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Teddy Bear Drive, Boy Scout Troop 202, to benefit the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital, new/gently stuffed toys collected through Feb. 25, Topsham collection boxes: Savings Bank of Maine, Norway Savings, Romeo’s Pizza, Verizon, U.S. Cellular, Bootlegger’s, Down East C.U., Topsham Fair Hannaford, Five County C.U., Village Candle, Beverly’s Card; Brunswick locations: Savings Bank of ME, Maine St. and Cook’s Corner, Wal-Mart, Shaw’s, Northeast Bank; information, Garey, 504-1744.


Saturday 1/29


”Fill the Tank,” fundraising party for ArtVan, mobile art therapy program, entertainment, crafts, silent auction, more, 5-8 p.m., free, open to public, The Lewiston Public Library, Callahan Hall, 200 Lisbon St., Lewiston,

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Dining Out Saturday 1/29 Bean and Casserole Supper, 4:306 p.m., $6.50 adults/ $3 children, Bath United Church of Christ, 150 Congress Ave., Bath.

Teen Center Advisory 35 Union St.. Conservation Commission 28 Federal St. Town Council Maine Street Station Brunswick Downtown Association 28 Federal St. Planning Board MSS School Board Workshop 46 Federal St. People Plus Trustees Border Trust, Topsham Recycling and Sustainability Committee 46 Federal St.

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Getting Smarter Saturday 1/22 Town History Series 2011, Phippsburg: John Bradford: “Lost and found: The 1607 Popham Colony’s Fort St. George,” 10:30-11:30 a.m., Community Room, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 4435141, ext. 18, history@patten.lib.

Monday 1/24 Marketing Frameworks for Artists and Others, Five Rivers Arts Alliance meeting, 6 p.m., members

free, $5/non-members, Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, pre-register by email,, or call 798-6964.

Tuesday 1/25 ”Theater Improv for Everyone,” Merrymeeting Adult Education, 6-week workshop with director/ actor Al D’Andrea, for actors and non-actors, 6-8:30 p.m., Brunswick High School, for information or to register, 729-7323, ext. 1,

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”The Art of Being Human,” free public talk 7:30 p.m., followed by weekend program on meditation, Jan. 29-30, 9 a.m.-6 p.m., preregistration for weekend required, $110, register online,, FMI, James Prentice, lowlandbear@, 837-8431.

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”Challenges for the Aging Population,” public community forum by Spectrum Generations, 6:30 p.m., free, open to public, all ages, Cundy’s Harbor Library, 935 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell, 725-1461.



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The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program seeks volunteers age 55 and over for various opportunities, 396-6521.

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, support groups, lectures, socials, activities, 521 Main St., Damariscotta, for daily schedule, 563-1363 or

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School chief from page 2 for the district’s administrative offices, had been vacant for a few years. “We were able to work with (U.S. Sen.) Olympia Snowe’s office and make that transfer happen,” Wilhelm said. The new property, which offered playing fields and vacant buildings, conveniently abuts Mt. Ararat High School, and the acquisition nearly doubled the size of the district’s campus. With completion of the middle school came the opening of the Orion Performing Arts Center, a 900-seat venue. Wilhelm’s tenure has also seen an addi-

Caruso from page 1 Caruso’s dismissal was the result of an incident that occurred Nov. 4, 2010, when he delivered a memo to Police Department receptionist Barbara Hall. She lodged a complaint against him after he allegedly tried to take it from her when she would not give it back. Caruso’s memo was a response to one co-written by Hall and sent to Emergency Medical Services Director Mike Labbe. They complained that employees working in the police and fire/rescue reception areas were subjected to blasts of cold wind when the doors open during the winter and asked if anything could be done to mitigate the problem. In Caruso’s response to Hall, which he said he wrote in a spirit of humorous communication he had enjoyed with her, he recommended remedies including “man up,” wear warmer clothing, find employment with an organization with a heated lobby, and finally, “eat (expletive)” and bark at the moon.

tion built at the Harpswell Islands School, the renovation and connection of the Williams and Cone school buildings into one facility, and construction of a new Bowdoin Central School. A current challenge the district faces is the proposed closure of West Harpswell School, which the School Board has supported in 2009 and 2010 and which Harpswell voters blocked last year. Harpswell will vote again on the matter on Feb. 1. Wilhelm has said that moving West Harpswell School students to the larger Harpswell Islands School, as well as other reorganization strategies, would provide all SAD 75 students equal access to educational resources.

Wilhelm, who was named Maine State Superintendent of the Year in 2003 and earned his Doctor of Education degree in 1996, also praised the district’s work in promoting student and staff wellness. The process to find a new superintendent will likely begin soon, and its start is up to the School Board, Wilhelm said. At last week’s meeting, though, members were thinking more about the superintendent they would be losing than about his replacement. School Board member Joanne Rogers said Wilhelm has been “one of the most ethical people I have ever worked with, and his responsibility to this district has not ceased in any of the 22 years that he’s been here.” Board member Dorothy Gardner called

paper that she was sitting on,” he said.

that he intended the memo as a joke, but now wished he had not written it. He said the memo was only meant for Hall, who he had considered a friend. He said she laughed at the memo, and that he wanted it back so that it would not be circulated.

Young noted that he thought the two people were just joking around. After a pause, when Caruso tried again to get the memo, Young said he intervened by getting between Hall and Caruso, who was forced out into a hallway. Young said he later told Hall that if he had thought she was actually being hurt, he would have stepped in immediately. The day after the incident, Young said he went to Ashe’s office to discuss Hall’s complaint. Ashe had left for the weekend and was heading out of state, and Young said he spoke with Caruso and told him he may want to give Ashe a heads up about the situation. Young said Caruso told him, “’If I’m going down, I’m not going to be the only one.’” Ashe said that when he met with Caruso to discuss the incident, Caruso showed “utterly no remorse.” Caruso admitted the memo was a poor decision, but claimed Hall had been insubordinate in not giving it back to him, Ashe said.

Young, one of a handful of people who witnessed part of the encounter between Hall and Caruso, said he could hear commotion from the reception area and found Caruso trying to retrieve the memo. Young said he told Caruso to “knock it off” and that Hall said Caruso was hurting her and grabbing her crotch.

“Frankly, I was just a little disturbed that someone who is the assistant manager ... the second in command of all of the employees,” and whose responsibilities include human resources, Ashe said, “... would even think that it was appropriate to write this memo, and then deliver it and then physically try to get it back.”

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Caruso did not deny touching her at some point during the confrontation, but he denied that he touched her crotch. He agreed that the memo and his attempt to get it back were inappropriate, but said “I didn’t think it warranted being fired; I just thought, maybe a reprimand.” The Board of Selectmen did not question Hall during Wednesday’s meeting. Ashe said he and Caruso had “a very good relationship,” and that he tried to find an alternative to firing the colleague he had worked with for three years. “But how are you ever going to have anybody ever go to him for an harassment issue?,” Ashe asked, adding later that he himself should have been fired “if I allowed this to go on with just a reprimand.” Selectmen Ron Riendeau and Jim Trusiani said the discussion about finding another assistant manager would begin after Cornell Knight begins as manager on Feb. 1. Town Planner Rich Roedner and other department heads are handling interim management duties. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or





Wilhelm a good leader for the district, adding that “he’s spent many, many long hours guiding and directing us in the right direction, doing what we need to do for the benefit of our students, as well as staff.” Wilhelm, who received a standing ovation, said in his letter that he is convinced that SAD 75’s focus on “literacy, data driven decision-making, professional collaboration, and student and staff wellness is the path that will lead to greater success for all students. We are already seeing the results.” Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or

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from page 1 the boundary where it is now, but others, like Samuel Alexander, always had an uneasy feeling about the way that decision was made. “There was a vote taken before the townspeople heard any opposition to it,” he said. “My family had always said that the boundary between Harpswell and Brunswick was at the head of Middle Bay at the high water mark.” Alexander said he told this to Harpswell residents at the 1998 Town Meeting, only to have the town’s attorney write it off as “anecdotal.” But 13 years and several trips to the Massachusetts Archives later, Alexander and the other members of the Carrying Place Assembly believe they have new, compelling evidence to support their argument. They provided copies of a 1749 document that shows how the General Court of Massachusetts deeded a large area of land to Harpswell (then North Yarmouth). But in 1998, that area was given to Brunswick. “The voters did not know about this,” said Gareth Anderson, referencing the 1749 document. “The map they had was incorrect, so they could not make a proper decision.” Other than preserving Harpswell’s history, reversing the 1998 decision is what motivates the Carrying Place Assembly. Member John Loyd called the 1998 decision as “an embarrassment” because it was not based upon thorough research into the town line’s historical location. “It’s really a matter of historical accuracy; you don’t want to give away part of your town and you certainly don’t want to give it away mistakenly,” he said. Loyd said he voted for the 1998 agreement out of ignorance. “I know I would have voted against that agreement had the information I had today been available then,” he said. Like Loyd, Harpswell resident Linda Barton said she regrets the 1998 decision. “It seems like it was a mistake,” she said. “I think there was a lack of due diligence on the part of town officials at the time. They said they didn’t find the boundary, but I think they didn’t do their homework.” Barton’s family, the Skolfields, has lived in Harpswell since the 1720s and owns property on both sides of the town line. “My grandfather always said that the Brunswick town line is farther north than it is now,” she said. “I think that the Carrying Place Assembly has its history right, there’s

no question about it.” In May 2009, the issue was taken up by the Legislature’s State and Local Government Committee, where lawmakers voted against moving the boundary. The chairwoman of the committee, Sen. Debbie Simpson, D-Auburn, argued that supporters of the cause should have discovered the evidence in 1998. In a May 2009 interview, she said the committee could become mired in the dispute each time new evidence is uncovered. But the members of the committee have changed, and this time around the Carrying Place Assembly is more confident, thanks to the new evidence. Members have already succeeded in getting Harpswell Board of Selectmen Chairman Jim Henderson to propose a question on the 2011 Town Meeting warrant that would allocate $10,000 toward their cause. “I think the town has a deep interest in its history and sense of community,” Henderson said. “It doesn’t see itself as a place where arbitrary lines are drawn.” Henderson said he considers the effort to restore the town line as “not disconnected from the West Harpswell School closure issue.” He believes both issues are ultimately about “retaining the sense of community in Harpswell and its historic appearance. ... The landscape, the nature of the communities, and by extension the original boundaries of the town.” For Carrying Place Assembly members, the argument for changing the town line is even simpler. “It’s your history,” Haible said. “It’s part of who you are.” Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or

Clams from page 1 upland and hundreds of acres of mudflats in Middle Bay. “I do not think the town line needs to be revisited, I think it’s ridiculous,” said Town Councilor Suzan Wilson, chairwoman of the Marine Resources Committee. “It’s good to give encouragement and praise to amateur historians to inform us,” she said about Carrying Place Assembly members, “but how far down the pipeline do you want to go to correct historic wrongs?” Wilson said she thought the Carrying

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SAD 75 from page 1 board’s Jan. 13 meeting. Lowe said there is no question that the district has the right to express its views and advocate for them. He also noted that the district has no legal obligation to provide space for opposing views. “If you open the door and allow equal time or space in your publications ... you can’t do that selectively,” Lowe said.


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Place Assembly should have been satisfied with the sign they placed on the historic boundary between the towns, and that a campaign to change the town line is inappropriate. “It should have been one of those ‘educate us all, get a historical marker’ programs,” she said. “There’s a lot more appropriate ways to recognize one’s history.” Marine Resource Officer Dan Deveraux said he worries that raising the town line issue would again create conflict between the shellfishermen of Harpswell and Brunswick, who harvest clams in the mudflats on both sides of the border. In the late 1990s, many clammers were issued citations for harvesting shellfish without permits, only to have a court throw out the charges due to the unclear boundary between the towns. Devereaux said that since the 1998 decision about the town line, animosity between shellfishermen in the two towns has died down. “Everyone seemed to be happy when it came to fishing rights,” he said of the agreement. But Devereaux said tempers flared again in 2008 when the Carrying Place Assembly began its campaign to change the boundary. “It’s kind of like picking a scab off an old wound and it’s bleeding again when it was just starting to heal,” he said. Although members of the Carrying Place Assembly are not shellfishermen and maintain that they have no interest in the potential economic value of the mudflats, Wilson is skeptical. “To me it’s a little disingenuous to come out publicly and say it’s not about material things,” she said. Devereaux said that the contested mudflats in upper Middle Bay are “very productive” and yield 2,600 to 5,500 bushels of soft-shell clams per year. He added that if the mud flats become part of Harpswell, eight to 10 Brunswick shellfish harvesting licenses would be lost. Devereaux added that Brunwick shellfishermen have worked hard to increase the productivity of the clam flats. “If they replaced the line,” he said, “... all that work Brunswick harvesters did in there wouldn’t benefit them.” — Emily Guerin

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“You’re creating what’s called a public forum. And when you create a public forum, you as a district don’t then have the authority ... (to) decide what is a viewpoint that is acceptable in your communications, or what’s unacceptable.” He added that “the type of request that says, ‘let one very legitimate, appropriate, passionate group have their voice at the same time as the district is expressing its voice’ sounds, frankly, deceptively simple; who could argue against such a notion? But this legal issue of opening up your forum has many, many unintended consequences.” Joanne Rogers, a Harpswell representative on the board, made the motion denying the selectmen’s request. Linda Hall, also from Harpswell, cast the only vote in opposition. Hall said it was appropriate for the School Board to explain its decision to close West Harpswell School, but said that decision was made in June, and that it would have been appropriate at that time for the district to give any information it wished to Harpswell residents. She added that the decision is now in the hands of Harpswell voters, and that sending a flier at this point “feels, or has the sense of a feeling, of trying to influence a vote.” Kim Totten, who represents Bowdoin on the School Board, noted that “it’s our obligation to advocate for what we believe in. ... I feel that the board made the decision for the kids, and we’re trying to educate and inform the people of Harpswell why we came to that decision.” Jane Scease, a Topsham representative on the School Board, said “it seems to me just very inconsistent for us to use the resources of the district to put out information ... that we don’t agree with, as far as making a determination about whether to consolidate the schools.” The School Board voted last June, for the second year in a row, to close West Harpswell School. Declining enrollments and the ability to serve a greater number of students in one building are reasons cited by supporters of the closure for moving the West Harpswell School students to the larger Harpswell Islands School. Harpswell residents voted 906-827 last March not to close the school and consequently had to pay the school district $219,000 – the cost to keep the school open another year. Because of the School Board’s second vote to close the school, a referendum will be held on Feb. 1 for Harpswell residents to again decide the school’s fate. Fliers explaining the School Board’s decision to close the school are expected to be distributed before the referendum vote. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@

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