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Vol. 8, No. 4

News of Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell

Coffin School struggles without behavioral program By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — More special education students, fewer teacher aides, and a lack of funding for special education and behavioral management is challenging teachers and administrators at every school in town. But nowhere is the impact

being felt as severely as on the kindergarten and first-grade students at Coffin Elementary School. “Behavior programs are at capacity and staff are struggling to manage the various crises that occur each day,” Paul Austin, director of student services, told

the School Board on Jan. 11. “Even with our staff-intensive programs, some children have needs that far exceed our capabilities.” Special education staffing levels are down by two full-time positions at the elementary level and one half-time aide at the

junior high school. At the same time, the percentage of students requiring special education services has increased to 16 percent, or 383 students, up from 14 percent in 2007. Despite the increase, Coffin no longer has a separate program for kindergarten and

Interest in home schooling on the rise in greater Portland By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — On a bright, cold Friday afternoon, a small group of parents and children are bowling at Spare Time. The kids are all ages – the youngest barely strong enough to lift a ball, while another winds up and lets one fly down the alley. Although it’s not a snow day, these children are not in school. Instead, they’re on a field trip organized by the Midcoast Maine Homeschool Center, a group in Bath that offers classes and excursions for homeschooled children. Since starting the center in 2010, founder Susan Hyde has seen interest in the center’s offerings explode. Parents and their children drive from around Maine to attend workshops on owls and hawks, visit Maine Maritime Museum with other

home-school groups, or to take classes on Greek mythology. The center serves 44 children from ages 3 to 13, and there’s a waiting list for winter classes. The center appeals to both parents and their children. “The kids love it, and the parents talk shop,” Hyde said, comparing notes about homeschooling styles and curriculum. Home-schooling in Maine is on the rise, and not just in the Midcoast area. According to data provided by the Maine Department of Education, in 2004-2005, the earliest numbers on record, just under 4,100 students were home-schooled. That number rose to about 4,800 in the 2010-2011 school year. In order to home-school a child in Maine, parents must provide at least 175 instructional See page 17

first-grade students with significant behavioral needs. Instead, those children spend a majority of their time in their regular classrooms. If they need attention, an educational technician intended to work with students See page 25

Brunswick board rejects proposal for bus garage

Emily Guerin / The Forecaster

Claudia Simmons, of Brunswick, takes a break from bowling with her son, Aiden, 8, and other home-schooling families at a Midcoast Maine Homeschool Center outing. Simmons moved to Brunswick from New Brunswick, Canada, and chose the area because of the active homeschooling community.

By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — The School Board overwhelmingly rejected a proposal to convert the former Times Record building on Industry Road into a combined bus garage and office space. The vote came in a special meeting Wednesday about school facilities, where the board learned the cost to renovate the building, which is empty and owned by the town, would be $2.1 million. The meeting was the first time board members and the public got a glimpse of draft findings by the Auburn-based architecture firm Harriman Associates, which the School Department paid $200,000 to study school facilities. Jeff Larimer, a senior architect with the firm, presented the board with nine options for how to efficiently utilize and/or renovate Jordan Acres, Coffin, See page 25

Unsung Heroes: Thomas, Bibber to the rescue By David Treadwell HARPSWELL — It might be a heart attack or a stroke or a fall down the stairs. It might be a car crash or a house fire. Or even the birth of a baby. It changes from call to call throughout the year, but a response is assured. When someone in Harpswell Neck calls 911, Roger S. Duncan / For The Forecaster

Harpswell Neck Rescue Chief Joyce Thomas, right, works closely with Rescue Capt. Marolyn Bibber.

Unsung Heroes One in a series of profiles by Brunswick writer David Treadwell about people who quietly contribute to the quality of life in greater Portland. Do you know an Unsung Hero? Tell us:

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People & Business.........18 Police Beat.....................12 Real Estate.....................27 Sports.............................19

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emergency technicians, 13 drivers and 10 firefighters. Chief Joyce Thomas and Rescue Capt. Marolyn Bibber are two stalwart members of the team. Thomas joined the team 30 years ago, and she has served as chief since 1997. Bibber, who joined in 1999, is a reliable go-to person, always available and eager to help. See page 27

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number that don’t, that can’t afford that, so we thought we could serve those people.” The library intends to offer classes throughout the year as warranted by demand, organizing small, supervised groups according to age and skill levels, with parents in attendance. While classes are initially being offered just at the library, Jordan plans to hold classes with the iPads at pre-school sites throughout the community. “Study after study after study shows that ... if you’re behind schedule reading-wise when you enter kindergarten, you’ll probably stay behind,” Jordan said. Lesley Dolinger, the library’s director, noted in a press release that the library is selecting software, or “apps,” for the iPads “that will help our preschool patrons recognize and write letters and numbers, learn letter sounds and sight words, and build vocabulary and reading fluency.” The tablet’s touch technology and its ease of use lends itself to hands-on literary learning, Dolinger said. Jordan said the offerings of an electronic book and its print version can work in

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The Patten Free Library has used a $3,000 grant to purchase six Apple iPads, which are being used in the library’s early literacy program. Roberta Jordan, left, an outreach and instruction librarian at Patten, and Lesley Dolinger, the library’s director, show off two of the tablet computers in their specially designed cases.

concert. “We have a great children’s program here,” she said. “... We have story hours, we have themed days and events, and I think this is just one more thing that will draw people in. And whether it’s the book that they want, or (the iPad), I don’t care. As long as they’re reading.” Parents and caregivers interested in signing their preschoolers up can do so at the library’s children’s desk or call 443-5141 ext. 16. They can also reach Jordan at 4435141 ext. 25.

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By Alex Lear BATH — Some might say electronic devices like iPads are supplanting traditional print media, but at Patten Free Library they go hand in hand. A $3,000 grant from the Alfred M. Senter Fund in Brunswick has allowed the Summer Street facility to purchase six Apple iPads, which are being used in the library’s early literacy program. The devices are intended to bring the building blocks of reading to life in Patten’s new early literacy classes. Roberta Jordan, an outreach and instruction librarian, heard about a Connecticut library’s literacy program with iPads and was prompted to explore the option for Patten. “Bath has a great (pre-kindergarten) program; it has six different pre-K sites” as part of Regional School Unit 1, Jordan said, “... but it only serves about half the pre-K population, so not everybody can get in.” “We realized there was a need there, that we can serve an under-served or notserved population,” she added, noting that while some children may attend private pre-kindergarten, “we assume there’s a fair

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Topsham considers town construction of riverside trail By Alex Lear TOPSHAM — Planning Director Rich Roedner is seeking input from the Maine Department of Transportation about who should build a riverside walking trail. The Androscoggin Riverwalk project is estimated to cost about $20,000 more than anticipated, and town officials have been looking into ways to save money. Having town crews build the trail instead of putting the construction out to bid could save the project money, but DOT and federal authorities must first approve the plan. Roedner said he approached DOT this week about what it would take to get approval from that agency and the Federal Highway Administration for two construction options. One would have the town serve as the project’s general contractor, with outside contractors hired for pieces of the project. This option is expected to help keep the project under budget. The other option would be for town crews to do the entire project. But a concern raised Jan. 19 by the Board of Selectmen was whether the work would pull crews from other tasks in town. “The sense from staff was that this is something that we could do over the

course of the summer,” Roedner said. “Fitting it in here, fitting it in there, piecing it together,” instead of building it all at once on a full-time schedule. Public Works Director Dennis Cox said a “very minimal” amount of work would probably be set aside. But like Roedner, Cox said “we aren’t going to sit down and do this work like a contractor (who) might come in and do it in four weeks. Public Works won’t be able to dedicate that type of time.” The riverwalk will run from the Androscoggin Pedestrian Swinging Bridge to Summer Street. It then would 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, or $96,000. The Androscoggin Brunswick-Topsham Riverwalk advisory committee raised the 20 percent local match of $24,000 for Topsham’s part of the project. But construction is now expected to cost

Mountain bike trail The Board of Selectmen on Jan. 19 also unanimously approved the concept of a mountain bike trail at the town’s recycling center property. The project will have to come back to the board again for final approval, and to address liability issues, and rules and regu-

lations governing operation of the trail. According to a Dec. 14, 2011, letter from Topsham Conservation Commission Chairman Gary Fogg to Board of Selectmen Chairman Don Russell, the commission supports a request from the Greater Topsham Trail Alliance and Topsham Trail Riders Association to build the trail. Funding for the approximately five-mile trail, which could be built this summer, would be raised by the alliance, which would also handle construction and maintenance. “We understand that the primary use of the property is for solid waste management and recycling,” Fogg wrote. “The Conservation Commission will be glad to work with the Greater Topsham Trail Alliance, TTRA and the Town in any way that may be helpful to make sure that trail use does not interfere with this primary function.” Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.


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Karen Mills says her Maine experience pays dividends in D.C. By Mario Moretto PORTLAND — The newest member of President Obama’s Cabinet is optimistic about the future of Brunswick Landing, despite the recently failed bid to land a 600-job airplane manufacturing plant. “We’ll get the next one,” Karen Mills, chief of the U.S. Small Business Administration, said in an interview last week. “There will be more competitions and we will win.” Mills, a Brunswick resident, was in Portland to speak about entrepreneurship to about 200 people at an Eggs & Issues breakfast hosted by the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce at the Holiday Inn by The Bay on Jan. 20. Brunswick Landing, the site of the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, recently lost a bid for a small-aircraft manufacturing plant from Kestrel Aircraft. After months of discussion, the company

announced last week that it would instead build its aircraft in Superior, Wis. But Mills said Brunswick could be a competitive location for off-shore U.S. businesses interested in bringing production back to the country. A federal program, SelectUSA, could help the town bring in those businesses and international companies looking to establish U.S. operations. “There are a lot of businesses looking for a trained workforce, close-knit community and a quality environment,” she said. “We have a very strong set of assets.” Small businesses make up half the jobs in the nation and 97 percent of the jobs in Maine, Mills said. She also said small businesses create two-thirds of all new jobs in the country, making them crucial to efforts toward economic recovery. Because of that importance, Obama last week elevated the Small Business

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Administration to a cabinet-level agency, making Mills the newest member of the president’s inner circle. Mills said in Washington she uses the strategies she learned promoting economic development in Maine. For example, Mills said she promoted the idea of “clusters” during her time as chairwoman of the Maine Council on Competitiveness and the Economy. Clusters are centrally-located groups of similar businesses, such as the technology hub in California’s Silicon Valley. Keeping like businesses together, where they can share information and ideas, promotes growth and success, she said. Before being appointed to head the SBA in 2009, Mills helped create regional clusters in the boat-building and specialty-food industries in Maine.

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Now, Mills said she has convinced the president to embrace clustering as one means of economic recovery. She said Obama would likely mention clustering during his State of the Union address next week. “That’s all built on the model that came from my experience here in Maine,” she said. Mills said her first priority as administrator of the SBA is to provide entrepreneurs with access to capital. She said her administration handles about 10 percent of the small-business lending market. In Maine, that includes the $1 million in federal funds for small-business lending the SBA funneled to the BiddefordSaco Area Economic Development Corp. Since receiving its first disbursement in September 2011, the BSAEDC has made three $200,000 loans to businesses, including one to a new veterinary hospital, Perfect Pets. Will Armitage, the development corporation’s director and a Falmouth town councilor, said it’s the first time his organization has participated in an SBA program, and said the money was a boon for helping small businesses in his area. “In one situation, we wouldn’t have been able to provide the financing we wanted to without that money,” he said. “It’s been a real success.” Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.

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Bath council to continue armory bylaws talks By Alex Lear BATH — The City Council will continue discussion next week about a nonprofit corporation that would oversee and operate the former National Guard Armory. The bylaws of the proposed entity – Bath Armory – were the topic of a council workshop Jan. 19 after discussion was tabled at a Jan. 4 regular meeting. An order that would rescind creation of the corporation was also tabled on Jan. 4 to the council’s next regular meeting on Wednesday, Feb. 1. If that order fails, the vote on the

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bylaws would go to the City Council’s March meeting, City Manager Bill Giroux said Monday. At last week’s workshop the council asked City Solicitor Roger Therriault to develop a document describing the corporation’s duties and powers. “The bylaws are supposed to call out how the board functions; how it does its business,” Giroux said. “Who’s on the board, what are their terms, when are the meetings, what’s their authority, what do

they need for a quorum?” The powers and duties, a separate document, will describe matters like “who’s going to manage the building, who’s going to be in charge of maintenance, when a tenant has an issue, who do they talk to?,” Giroux said. Last month the council supported borrowing $308,000 for a basic renovation of the armory, now owned by the city. It also favored the Old Brunswick Road building becoming the next home of the Bath Youth Meetinghouse and Skatepark. The City Council voted 5-4 last month to establish a city-owned corporation to

operate the armory. It was a last-minute addition to the agenda. Councilor Mari Eosco sponsored the measure that would rescind the order creating the corporation. She said earlier this month that she is opposed to “the process that we’ve gone through thus far. I feel like we were blindsided at the last meeting ... some people knew about it coming in, some of us didn’t. We didn’t have time to talk about it, (and) research it.” The Feb. 1 meeting will be held at City Hall at 6 p.m. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

Bath woman’s death believed result of drug overdose By Alex Lear BATH — Police responded Wednesday morning to the city’s second death in two weeks by an apparent drug overdose. They said they received a call at 8:34 a.m. from a relative who found a 68-year-old woman dead at her 44 Court St. home. Lt. Stan Cielinski declined to identify the woman. “Right now we suspect it’s an overdose of prescription drugs,” he said, noting that the state medical examiner’s office would be investigating. The ME’s office is also looking into the death of 35-year-old Sean Duffy, who lived and worked in the Bath area

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and whose body was discovered Jan. 14 at the Hampton Inn, 140 Commercial St. Preliminary indications were that Duffy died of an overdose caused by illegally obtained prescription drugs. Cielinski said police believe the woman found Wednesday may have overdosed on drugs prescribed for her. “We know we have a lot of prescription drug abuse, not only in Maine but nationwide,” Cielinski said. “We put that message out with our last death, not knowing

that we were going to have another one so soon. I think that kind of highlights how serious the problem is in our area.” He said the department encourages people seeking information or help with

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Multer faces re-election challenge in Harpswell By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — Voters at the annual Town Meeting in March will choose between two candidates for the Board of Selectmen and two for road commissioner. Selectmen Chairman Elinor Multer is seeking re-election against C. Matthew Rich. The current road commissioner, Bob Venard, is stepping down, and Paul Standridge and Ronald Ponziani are vying to take his place. Joanne Rogers, a 26-year veteran of the School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors, is running unopposed for reelection to the school board. The deadline for candidates to file papers to get on the March ballot was Wednesday. Multer, 84, is finishing her first term as

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a selectman. “I enjoy it so much, I love it,” she said this week. “It’s a new challenge every day and you’re working with some wonderful people.” Before moving to Harpswell in 1976, Multer worked as a newspaper reporter, columnist, and public relations director at a community college in New Jersey. Rich, 60, who did not return a call before deadline, serves on the town’s Budget Advisory and Comprehensive Plan Implementation committees. He unsuccessfully ran as a Republican for the state House of Representatives in 2002 and 2004, losing

both times to Democratic Rep. Leila Jane Percy of Phippsburg. He also lost a bid to replace former selectman Gordon Weil after he stepped down from his seat in 2005. Rich has lived in Harpswell full-time for 10 years and does pro-bono legal work. He’s seeking the office of selectman because he hopes to change Harpswell’s budget and staffing levels to better reflect the town’s changing demographics. Standridge, 75, said he is hoping to “pay back” the community for the services he receives by serving as the next road commissioner. He served for 12 years as a county commissioner in North Carolina, is the vice chairman of the Planning Board and chairman of the Harbor and Waterfront Committee. Standridge’s background is in transportation and distribution. He has worked at

Dow Chemical and a cement factory in South Dakota, and has lived in Harpswell for three years. His opponent, Ponziani, owns a construction business. He ran unsuccessfully for road commissioner in the 1980s and said he is running again because it’s the kind of work he has done for many years. Ponziani, 65, has lived in Harpswell his entire life. He has never held an elected office and hasn’t served on any town committees. Rogers, 74, has been on the town Finance Committee, served more than six years on the Planning Board, was chairwoman of Library Committee, and has been the librarian at the Orr’s Island Library for more than 20 years. Annual Town Meeting is March 10. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.

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In economic development, some inevitably fly away So Kestrel Aircraft, designer of the soon-to-be-butas-yet-unbuilt Kestrel turboprop passenger airplane, has decided to send the vast majority of the aircraft’s future production to Wisconsin, rather than build the planes in Maine, as originally expected. While Maine may still benefit from as many as 100 good jobs at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, some 600 manufacturing positions are slated to go to Global Superior, Wis. In the end it came down, as it often does in site location competitions, to a richer basket of incentives and enticements that, in this case, Wisconsin was able to offer. Maine was left at the altar (or in the hangar, if you prefer) wearing a wedding dress purchased at J.C. Penney after Wisconsin showed up in a Bentley and wearing Dior. Perry B. Newman Put another way, we tried to woo the captain of the football team with our sunny disposition and sensible shoes, but in the end he opted for the head cheerleader. As we shall see, it was ever thus. Kestrel’s decision, of course, marked the formal commencement of the traditional Rite of Blame and Disparagement, which is characterized by finger pointing and the assembly of a circular firing squad from which, ultimately, no one benefits and few emerge unscathed. Surely somebody, somewhere dropped the ball in


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able, statewide broadband network. These are the building blocks that enable us to serve our current employers, and to effectively entice future employers. But I’m all for pursuing the Kestrels of the world. It was a rational play, and you miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. I hope the remaining jobs slated for Brunswick materialize and double in a year. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. We took a shot and we came up short. So, cease fire. Range closed. That’s really all there is to it. Now let’s get back to work.

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You can’t get there from anywhere Maine is the best place I’ve lived. Love the scenery, the coast, the people. But loving Maine doesn’t make it perfect. Take the roads. No, seriously, take them. Rip the entire system out by the roots and start from scratch. Please. It wouldn’t be that hard. In the top half of the state you practically would be startThe View ing from scratch. There are Interstate 95 and a road around the edge. What’s up with that road around the edge, by the way? Are they trying to keep us out or something in? Makes me wonder if Steven King has been writing fiction all these years or if he’s an investigative journalist that nobody believes? Let’s talk about down here in Forecaster country, where the roads look like a web built by a spider who Mike Langworthy spent too much time in an Army drug experiment. How about we try, say, oh, I don’t know – a grid system? Two sets of parallel lines set at ninety degrees to each other. It worked for the Romans and every other civilization since the invention of the wheel. Why not give it a try in Portland, or better yet, the area around Portland, where the roads are laid out like there was a law against straight lines? I asked somebody how far it was from Windham to Falmouth, and he said it was about 10 miles as the crow flies. That’s great if you’re a crow. In a car, it’s more like 30, on a road that’s laid out like Windham and Falmouth were hiding from each other. Whenever I float my crazy “straight road theory from Away” among my Maine friends, I get the same answer,

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sound basis for turning Congress into Johnson Road for a block and then Maine Mall Road for a block and then something else. “You’re Lost, Stupid Avenue” or something, I’m not sure. Being sure would require seeing a sign with the street name on it. Most places I’ve been in Maine don’t deign to tell you what street you’re on, only what streets you’re passing. I don’t get this. Maybe some governor was a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle; so he decided we should all have to drive by Sherlock Holmes’ method of deductive reasoning. You don’t tell people where they are, only where they’re not. Once you’ve eliminated all the streets it is impossible to be on, that street which is left, however improbable, must be the one you’re on. The examples of this madness are legion. Rural roads with roundabouts designed for the sole purpose of insuring that no matter how little traffic there is, nobody will be sure when or where they’re supposed to be going. SigComment on this story at:

nage that doesn’t tell you what road you’re on, only the road you’re going toward. It’s like the work of gremlins. My sense of logic hates all this, but I can’t help but smile at the pure Maineness of it. This is how Maine’s roads work: if you don’t know where you are, it’s your own damn fault, and if you don’t know how to get someplace, you probably shouldn’t go there. Portland resident Mike Langworthy, an attorney, former stand-up comic and longtime television writer, is fascinated by all things Maine. You can reach him at

Senators should back chemical safety bill For almost 35 years, I have been an industrial hygienist working to prevent exposures in the workplace to toxic chemicals that can cause cancer and other serious health issues. I am writing to thank U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins for publicly acknowledging that our chemical safety laws are broken. Their public statements come at a crucial time when the nation is watching the debate on toxic chemical policy reform. Late last year, Collins said that “Americans have the right to know that the products they use and purchase are safe and free of hazardous toxins.” Snowe stated that “we must reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976 to better reflect the scientific

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How to field dress a LURC Campaign funds shouldn’t buy policy There is a problem in this country that needs to be addressed: the connection between money and politics. Members of Congress spend much of their time raising money for their re-election campaigns. Because Washington lobbyists can easily access funds, lawmakers turn to them for help. Over time they become dependent on them and the corporations they represent. The laws that are enacted reflect the interests of those corporations, rather than the concerns of constituents. Congress loosened the regulation of banks at precisely the time campaigns became more and more reliant on contributions from those corporations. And we all know what followed: the near-collapse of our banking system in the late 1990s. Congress eased up on regulating the banking industry right when it needed it most, because they did not want to upset their financial backers. After the bank bailouts there was talk in Washington that banks should not be permitted ever again to become “too large to fail.” However when limitations and restrictions were proposed, nothing passed. Intense lobbying by the banks brought an end to that. Both parties are to blame here; in fact, President Obama talked about tightening up banking regulations, but then folded under pressure from the same corporations to which he has been turning for funding his own re-election campaign. We desperately need to separate campaign money from political decisions. We cannot allow our country to be governed any longer by the best Congress that money can buy. Cushman D. Anthony Falmouth

Don’t expect Gingrich to change Newt Gingrich led the charge against President Clinton when he transgressed in his husbandly duties to Hillary. He not only led the charge but took up arms to get him impeached. What gives him a higher place in the presidential campaign while he was doing and did the same thing to his wife while campaigning for family values? Liars never really change they just make up more lies. Why should anyone ever believe what politicians say when they seem to make up more and more lies? Renee Chevalier Bath

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Those of you who are still waiting for that transparency in government that Gov. Paul LePage promised when he took office a year ago won’t be surprised to know that the governor has now hijacked the Land Use Regulation Commission Reform Commission, dismissed the state Legislature, and decided to have his own henchmen write a new LURC law themselves. OK, so everyone knows that LePage, Department of Conservation Commissioner Bill Beardsley, Senate President Kevin Raye, and a passel of other redmeat Republicans are determined to shoot, gut, The Universal and field dress LURC so they can pave the Unorganized Territory (UT) and put up Marden’s junk stores in every township if they feel like it. But, geezum, fellas, at least be above board about it. The LePage plan to slaughter LURC starts with the bogus argument that what happens in the UT stays in the UT. It’s nobody’s business exEdgar Allen Beem cept those who live there (moose?). The plan, outlined in the reform commission’s report, starts by throwing a bone to those who want to retain a statewide regulatory body, but then it allows county commissioners to appoint themselves to LURC and counties to decide to set up local land use commissions if they so desire. The opt-out is the coup de grace. Unable to ram that sham system through the last session of the Legislature, LePage appointed a commission to study LURC reform, being careful not to put any legislators on it. Then, once the study commission made its predictable recommendations, he dispatched his legal counsel, Dan Billings, to a session of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, and, voila, Monsieur LePage whipped the rug out from under the legislators and told them via his legal mouthpiece that his buddy Beardsley and Sarah Medina of Seven Islands Land Management Co. would write the new law, thank you very much. I guess we should be grateful that the governor didn’t just let Plum Creek draft Maine’s new land use regulation laws. Former Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Director George Smith, no tree hugger he, watched the ACF committee meeting at which LePage’s privateers hijacked LURC and wrote a blow-by-blow account (which I highly recommend) on his website (www.

Notebook under the headline “Billings Whips Republican Legislators into Line.” “I can’t ever remember an instance in which a legislative committee asked non-committee members to draft a committee bill,” Smith wrote. “Very unusual.” A coalition of environmental and conservation organizations immediately fired off a joint press release expressing their horror at such a backstabbing assault not only on land use regulation, but on the democratic process as well. “The chair of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee handed over drafting of the committee’s bill to two citizens, and barred legislators from being involved,” complained Cathy Johnson, North Woods Project director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. “In my 22 years following the Legislature, I have never seen a committee hand over drafting of a committee bill to unelected citizens.” The LURC Reform Commission was stacked from the start with seven of 13 members being openly in favor of abolishing LURC. The only member on record in support of LURC was Tom Rumpf of The Nature Conservancy. TNC is now viewed as a Quisling by some in the environmental community, both for collaborating on the LURC lynching and applauding the Plum Creek development around Moosehead. Rumpf still holds out hope that there will be an “open and transparent” public process after Beardsley and Medina get through drafting a new LURC bill. “My understanding from conversations with Commissioner Beardsley,” he said, “is that they wanted to ensure that the bill was a reflection of the commission’s recommendations and nothing else.” “Glancing at the draft legislation is horrifying,” said Jym St. Pierre of RESTORE: The North Woods. “It would unequivocally represent the end of LURC, the thin green line that has been safeguarding the statewide public interest in the Maine Wildlands for 40 years, however imperfectly.” When the governor announced his LURC reform posse, State Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, pointed out that it didn’t matter who LePage put on the committee because the Legislature, not the committee, and not the governor, makes the law. So now you know why LePage sent Deadeye Dan Billings in to stick up the Legislature and swipe the LURC legislation. He didn’t want legislators moderating any more of his crazy ideas. How’s that “people before politics” thing working out for you now? 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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Obituaries David P. MacLean, 76: Lived a life of adventure BRUNSWICK — David P. MacLean, 76, died Jan. 19 with his loving wife Mabel at his side. MacLean was born on Feb. 16, 1935 in Brunswick, the son of Ralph A. and Natalie Akeley MacLean. He grew up on Orr’s Island, where he cherished his childhood capers and lifelong friends. He graduated from Brunswick High School, holding a state record in track, attended Maine Central Institute and later entered the U.S. Army, Airborne, serving in the

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111 Weapons Infantry Division. During his enlistment he served in the Korean Campaign doing reconnaissance, participated in the Desert Rock bomb testings in Nevada, endured guerrilla war training and survival training in Alaska, was on the All-Army Boxing Team and earned his Guides License for big game in Alaska. Later in life he was a plasterer and owned and operated the MacLean Foundation Company. After meeting Mabel, he was able to return to his true love of fishing. He long-lined off the Grand Banks on the Walter Alden and bought his own lobster boat, fishing the waters of Casco Bay. Together he and Mabel enjoyed heading north, singing in the cab, four-wheeling, fishing, hunting, friends, family and living life to the fullest. His friends and family will sorely miss his story-telling, wit, sense of humor, practical wisdom and generosity. Those who were lucky enough to have shared in his life of ad-


venture and family will fondly remember him as “Big Dave” for his kind heart and “Wahtosh” for his hunting and fishing know-how. MacLean was predeceased by his parents, Ralph and Natalie MacLean; brother Scott; nieces Sandra and Marti MacLean; father-in-law Raymond L. Labbe; brother-in-law Raymond M. Labbe Sr.; Roger Riendeau Jr.; nephew Alex and niece Christina Labbe. He is survived by his wife, best friend and companion of 36 years, Mabel Labbe MacLean; he is the loving father of Stephen, Tracey, Mary, Allyson and Amanda MacLean; grandchildren, Josh, Savannah, Zev, Franci and Carly; sister, Constance Baribeau; brother Mark MacLean; his in-laws and their significant others; and several nieces and nephews. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Maine Childrens Cancer Program in memory of Christina Labbe, to Make-A-Wish of Maine in memory of Alex Labbe or to a charity of choice.

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TOPSHAM — Patricia Morrison Guild, 82, died of cancer Jan. 22 at her home in Topsham, surrounded by her family. Guild was born in Boston, Mass. on March 19, 1929 as the daughter of Lawrence Winifred Jarrett and Evelyn Victoria Randall. She lived in Douglaston, N.Y. until age 10 when her mother and step-father, Alfred Grote, moved to South Freeport in 1939. She attended Freeport schools and graduated from Fryeburg Academy in 1947. Upon her graduation, Guild attended Westbrook Junior College, majoring in medical technology. When she graduated in 1949, she underwent a rigorous training program at Maine General

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from previous page Hospital and became a registered medical technologist with the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. Guild worked as a medical technologist in the hospital and at Bowdoin College. In 1970 she went to work for Pine Cap in Lewiston in a program called New Careers. She worked in job training, rising from counselor to a program administrator when she retired in 1997. The positive impact on individuals with whom she worked continues to resonate within the lives of her many clients. She was a member of the Freeport School Board beginning in 1970 and established new programs at the George E. Soule School in South Freeport. She believed in and supported teachers and education throughout her life. In 1990, at the age of 61, she graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Southern Maine. Guild was active in many organizations and was a founding member and later president of the Freeport Elders Association. She was active on behalf of the alumni at Fryeburg Academy and Westbrook Junior College. She was passionate about protecting and supporting the environment and along with her pets she had a lifelong love of wild animals. She married William “Cheever” Archer Rogers in 1950; he died at sea on the schooner Windfall in 1962 off Cape Hatteras. She later married Kenneth H. Morrison; he died in 1992. In 1994 she married Colonel Walter Guild, U.S. Army Ret., and they traveled the world together and were happy in their retirement. She is survived by her husband; children Michal and her spouse Jeremy Gould of Pownal, Jonathan and his spouse Kathleen McKay of Benton, and William of Tiverton, R.I.; her grandchildren Orion Poulin of Carbondale, Ill., Hana Poulin of Pownal, Jonathan “Bucky” Rogers of Carlisle, Mass. and Michael Rogers of Portland. She always wanted to look good, to make people feel good and, above all, to make a difference. Visiting hours took place Jan. 26 at Brackett Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick. The Funeral will take place on Jan. 27 at 3 p.m. at South Freeport

Obituaries Congregational Church. Burial will take place at the South Freeport Cemetery in the spring.

Dorothy “Mary” Wallace, 88 BRUNSWICK — Dorothy “Mary” Wallace, 88, formerly of Harpswell, died Jan. 16 at the Hawthorne House in Freeport. She was born in Boothbay Harbor on Dec. 22, 1923, a daughter of Clarence and Irene Cook Pennell. She attended Portland schools and graduated from Portland High School. Wallace served as an officer of Wallace Marine in Harpswell, which later became Great Island Boatyard, and later worked in the receiving department at Sears in Brunswick for many years. She was a communicant of the Berean Baptist Church in Brunswick, a member of the Salvation Army and worked with Vocational Region #10 in Brunswick. She also enjoyed knitting and crocheting. Wallace was predeceased by her husband, Lindoll E. Wallace, who died on Sept. 4, 1984. She is survived by her sons, James L. Wallace and his fiancé; Donna Rice of Phippsburg; William C. Wallace and his wife Jody of Gray; daughters, Mary H. Wallace and her partner Jeff of Sparta, Tenn. and Amy E. Goodenow and her husband Joey of Harpswell; three sisters, Betty Webb and Charlotte Lemont, both of Brunswick, and Geraldine Dial of New Hampshire; 15 grandchildren; 22 great grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 10 a.m. on Feb. 4 at the Berean Baptist Church in Brunswick. In lieu of flowers, donations can be made in her memory to the Cundy’s Harbor Volunteer Fire Department, c/o Burr Taylor, 45 Taylor Road, Harpswell, ME 04079 or to the Berean Baptist Church, 15 Cumberland St., Brunswick, ME 04011.

Elizabeth Mae Bragdon, 90 BATH — Elizabeth Mae Bragdon, 90, died Jan. 22 at the HillHouse in Bath following a long illness. She was born on June 9, 1921 on Orr’s Island, a daughter of Albert E. and Bessie E. Johnson. She attended school in Brunswick and during World War II was

very active in the United Service Organizations. Bragdon was employed for many years in the cafeteria at local schools. She was a longtime member of the Brunswick United Methodist Church and loved crocheting, knitting, tatting and was an excellent baker and cook. She will be fondly remembered for the many vegetable gardens that she tended; she was very generous with the food from her gardens, sharing her harvest with friends, family and strangers alike. Bragdon was predeceased by her husband John E. Bragdon; brothers Albert C. and Joseph E. Johnson; and sister Deborah R. Morgan. She is survived by her son Albert E. Bragdon of Brunswick; brother J. Edward Johnson of Bailey Island; two sisters M. Ruth Perry of Bailey Island and Marjorie E. Powers of Great Island; and many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held in the spring in Orr’s Island Cemetery. Memorial donations may be made in her name to the giver’s charity of choice.

Mary Alice Champagne, 97 BRIDGTON — Mary Alice Champagne, 97, formerly of Brunswick, died Jan. 17 at Bridgton Hospital. Born in St. Honore, Quebec, Canada on Jan. 10, 1915, she was a daughter of Hermenegilde and Marie LaPoint Boutin. On May 6, 1936 she married Dominque Champagne and in August of 1944 they moved to the United States. She worked

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1/22 at 1:09 p.m. Christopher Michael Munsey, 27, of Barrows Street, was issued a summons by Officer Justin Dolci on Pleasant Street on two charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and on a charge of unlawful possession of hydrocodone.

Summonses 1/16 at 10:45 p.m. Anthony S. Smith, 27, of Pleasant Street, Bath, was issued a summons by Officer Kristian Oberg on Federal Street on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 1/18 at 3:01 p.m. Kimberly J. Tremblay, 21, of Lewiston Road, Gray, was issued a summons by Officer Justin Dolci on Gilman Avenue on a charge of operating while license suspended or revoked, one prior. 1/19 at 11:58 p.m. Leonard J. Killoran, 48, of Parkview Circle, was issued a summons by Officer John Roma on Union and Oak streets on a charge of criminal mischief. 1/20 at 6:50 p.m. Richard Gagne, 39, of High Street, Bath, was issued a summons by Officer Edward Yurek on Route 1 on a charge of operating while license suspended or revoked. 1/20 at 10:01 p.m. Bret Michael Martel, 28, of Pownal Road, Auburn, was issued a summons by Officer Edward Yurek on Route 1 on a charge of attaching false plates. 1/22 at 6:14 a.m. Jason Edward Stachmus, 32, of Skybo Drive, Phippsburg, was issued a summons by Officer Patrick Scott on Bath Road and Sills Drive on a charge of failure to register vehicle. 1/22 at 9:36 p.m. Peter M.Yasi, 19, of Swampscott, Mass., was issued a summons by Officer Patrick Scott on a Tibbetts Drive on a charge of minor having false identification.

Party alarm 1/16 at 10:12 p.m. An officer responded to a report of an alarm and flashing strobe light at the old Times Record building on Industry Road. There was no one inside the building, and the alarm is believed to have malfunctioned.

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1/19 at 1:23 a.m. An employee of 7-11 on Maine Street reportedly witnessed a customer slip two beef and bean green chile burritos into the pocket of his sweatpants and walk out of the store, a theft valued at $3.15. Police reportedly found the man in a car down Maine Street and located the burritos behind the driver's seat. Police arrested Erin K. Begay, 31, of Jean Street, Lewiston, on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Extra crispy 1/23 at 9:14 a.m. Firefighters responded to a report of burning food in an oven on Stone Street. They discovered a female resident had reportedly left french fries under the broiler and walked out of the kitchen. The fries were not on fire, but were smoking.

issued a summons by Officer Michael Lever on Gerald Street on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Watch for falling snow 1/17 at 11:14 a.m. Police were informed of youths throwing snow off the High Street overpass and down onto Leeman Highway. They were gone by the time Sgt. Jeff Shiers responded. No damage to vehicles was reported.

Too happy a birthday? 1/19 at 3:01 a.m. Police responded to a noise complaint at a Gerald Street residence. The residents, Brent Palmer, 24, and Nichole French, 21, were reportedly celebrating French's birthday and were warned by police to keep the noise down. Officers Ted Raedel and Michael Lever responded again at 5 a.m. after a second noise complaint, and Palmer and French were issued summonses for disorderly conduct.

Fire calls 1/18 at 9:17 a.m. Appliance fire on Floral Street. 1/18 at 3:39 p.m. Motor vehicle accident at Richardson Street and and Route 1. 1/18 at 6:03 p.m. Burst pipes on Washington Street. 1/18 at 9:08 p.m. False alarm at Hyde School. 1/19 at 12:32 p.m. False alarm at Hampton Inn. 1/19 at 1:10 p.m. Carbon monoxide check on Huse Street. 1/19 at 1:40 p.m. Burst pipes on North Street. 1/20 at 11:05 p.m. Carbon monoxide check on Granite Street. 1/21 at 10:14 a.m. Burst pipes on Pearl Street.

EMS Bath emergency medical services responded to 35 calls from Jan. 16-22.

Topsham Arrests 1/18 at 11:41 p.m. Ralph Gannon, 50, of Sky-Hy Drive, was arrested on two warrants by Officer Bruce Swanson on Sky-Hy Drive.

Summonses 1/17 at 4:16 p.m. Lisa Work, 24, of Bridge Street, was issued a summons by Officer Peter Kaminski on Topsham Fair Mall Road on a charge of theft.

Bag lady bagged 1/17 at 4:16 p.m. Officer Peter Kaminski responded to a call at Renys on Topsham Fair Mall Road about a case of theft. Lisa Work, 24, of Bridge Street, had allegedly put on a pair of Columbia snow boots, placed her own shoes into the Columbia box and left it on the shelf. She also reportedly placed two pairs of Sanita clogs into a large empty bag she had brought into the store, and then left the building, where Kaminski apprehended her and summonsed her on a charge of theft.

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1/16 at 1:16 p.m. Mutual aid to Lisbon. 1/17 at 6:50 a.m. Motor vehicle accident on Augusta Road. 1/18 at 9:45 a.m. Fire alarm on Coville Road. 1/18 at 2:14 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Main Street. 1/19 at 9:24 p.m. Strange odor in residence on Crabtree Drive. 1/20 at 9:01 a.m. Mutual aid to Freeport. 1/20 at 9:38 a.m. Odor of gas on Lewiston Road. 1/20 at 1:51 p.m. Fire alarm on Hamilton Court. 1/20 at 6:53 p.m. Fire alarm on Governor's Way. 1/22 at 12:52 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Lewiston Road. 1/22 at 4:23 p.m. Carbon monoxide detector on Bittern Drive. 1/23 at midnight Mutual aid to Lisbon.

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Topsham emergency medical services responded to 16 calls from Jan. 16-23.

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Fire calls 1/16 at 11:33 p.m. Structure fire on Windjammer Way, Bath. 1/18 at 9:58 a.m. Fluorescent lights overheating on Maine Street. 1/19 at 2:46 p.m. Fire at at Super 8 Motel, Route 1, Freeport. 1/19 at 2:51 p.m. Vehicle crash on Bath and Old Bath roads. 1/20 at 7:28 a.m. Vehicle crash on Route 1.

EMS Brunswick emergency medical services responded to 65 calls from Jan. 16-24.

Summonses 1/19 Nichole French, 21, of Gerald Street, was issued a summons by Officer Ted Raedel on Gerald Street on a charge of disorderly conduct. 1/19 Brent Palmer, 24, of Gerald Street, was


Harpswell Arrests There were no arrests or summonses reported from Jan. 16 - 23.

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Why should you care? • 1 in 3 American women die of heart disease More women die of heart disease than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease

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“Maine Goes Red” Calendar of Events Save these Dates!

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Friday, February 3 All over Maine and the country! • Press Conference on Portland City Hall Steps (11:00 – 11:30 AM) • Portland City Hall lit red for month of February • Businesses across the state holding Wear Red Day fundraisers For more information, call your local AHA at 879-5700 or visit

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The Portland Pirates would like to invite you to the Saturday, February 4th American Heart Association FUNraiser event. Through this special offer, you can save $2 off the day of game price for a Main Deck ticket, and the Portland Pirates will donate $5 from each ticket sold to the American Heart Association! Please Go Red at this game by WEARING RED to show your support of the AHA’s mission to fight women and heart disease. In addition, the American Heart Association will be selling Portland Pirates Mystery Pucks at the game these limited edition pucks carry the AHA logo and are signed by a member of the Portland Pirates hockey team. Some of the Mystery Pucks also contain additional prizes, including the Grand Prize — a 2011-2012 team autographed Portland Pirates jersey! You can purchase your Mystery Puck for just $10! To order your tickets, please contact Todd Jamison at the Portland Pirates at 207-828-4665 (ext. 377).

Brunswick Heart Ball to benefit the American Heart Association Thursday, February 16 – 7-10 p.m. Inn at Brunswick Station, Brunswick

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The Go Red for Women Luncheon and Educational Forum is an event meant to educate women about their risks of cardiovascular diseases, and how to better protect themselves and their families, from heart disease and stroke. The event begins with educational break-out sessions covering all forms of womenfocused wellness, includes a wonderful silent auction and adds a multitude of exhibitors aimed at health and wellbeing in women. Once the Luncheon begins it is nonstop with educational speakers, entertainment and a fabulous, hearthealthy meal. For the second year in a row, the meal will be a creation of the culinary students at Westbrook Technical School. Loretta LaRoche is the featured keynote speaker. Loretta has starred in 7 one-woman PBS specials on humor and optimism (two of which received Emmy Award nominations), has authored and published eight books. The 2012 Crystal Heart Award will be presented to Eileen Skinner of Mercy Hospital, and local heart survivor Mindy Beyer will share her survivor story. For tickets and more information, call the AHA at (207) 879-5700 or visit:

Southern Maine Heart Walk Sunday, May 20 – 8:30 a.m. Payson Park, Portland Walk Route: Back Cove

The Heart Walk helps raises funds and awareness for heart disease, stroke and heart defects to support life-saving research and education to our entire community. This unique event blends the benefits of physical activity, community involvement, and personal giving. Organize a walk team within your company or amongst family and friends. Getting involved will help educate you on how to stay heart healthy and knowing what to do if someone has a heart attack or stroke. To register on-line or for more information, visit: or call Pauline Cormier at (207) 523-3009. For the latest updates and news from your local AHA: Visit us at: “Like” us on Facebook at: Follow us on Twitter at:

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from page 1 days per year and submit annual assessments of student progress. Organizations like Midcoast Maine Homeschool Center and Homeschoolers of Maine, a statewide group that provides support for home-schooling Christian families, make it less daunting for parents to home-school by offering courses in subjects that may be unfamiliar to parents. They also give kids a chance to socialize with other home-schooled children, confounding the stereotype some may have of home-schooling families as isolated, educational islands. “We find it’s totally opposite,” Lisa Siciliano, a home-schooling mom from Westbrook and the Cumberland County representative of Homeschoolers of Maine. “I don’t even know anybody who just stays home with their children.” Every Friday morning, Siciliano takes her two children, ages 11 and 7, to a branch of Homeschoolers of Maine that meets in Scarborough. In certain subjects like science and history, parents all teach their children the same curriculum, enabling them to work on group projects at their weekly meetings. The group also performs one musical every year, offers a 4-H club, and organizes field trips to museums, musical performances and theater in Portland.

Parents take turns teaching classes on subjects they have expertise in, Siciliano said. One of the upsides to home-schooling groups, Hyde said, is they allow children of different ages to socialize together. “Life isn’t only about being with people your own age,” she said. That also includes adults. Many parents said their children are very comfortable and well-behaved around adults, and don’t have an “us-against-them” attitude towards their parents. Another strength of home-schooling, many parents said, is the ability to teach the way their children learn. Hyde, who home-schools her 12- and 9-year old sons, said her oldest son struggled in public school because he was a very advanced reader, but learned at grade-level in other subjects. “He was two ages at the same time,” she said. “There was really no good fit.” Now that she home-schools, Hyde said, his varied abilities aren’t a problem. Keary Lay, of West Bath, who brought his two sons to the bowling alley last Friday as part of the Midcoast Maine Homeschool Center outing, said home-schooling allows his 12-year-old son Nathaniel to spend more time on the subject he really loves: history.

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the College Store at Brunswick Station, the Bowdoin Bookstore in Smith Union, and through The Bowdoin Store website. New and used print editions – as well as a Kindle edition – are available through Amazon. com. Electronic versions are also available through iTunes. After the talk, moderators from Bowdoin and the town will facilitate discussions on campus, at Curtis Memorial Library and at downtown businesses. Participants are encouraged to sign up online to ensure a mixture of members from both communities. Doucette said she is excited and hopeful that the read, which she called “a grand experiment,” will be a success. If it is, the program could continue into the future. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.


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“We can let him pursue that at a level that would be difficult in school,” Lay explained. One reason parents say home-schooled children have more time to devote to personal interests is because teaching at home can be more efficient than in a school. Siciliano explained how at traditional schools, a lot of time is spent waiting in lines, walking to and from class and riding the bus. At home, there’s none of that. Home-schooling, she said, “leaves many, many more hours in a day to pursue the interests that are really going to be the life, work and goals of the children.” Lay said he’s usually done teaching his sons by 1 p.m., leaving the rest of the afternoon for field trips or other activities. But homeschooling also has its downsides, especially financially. “All of us could benefit from a twoincome family, but we’ve just made the decision that we’d rather do this than take




a big vacation every year,” Sicilano said. Every parent interviewed for this report said they rely on their spouse for income, and many acknowledged that it would be difficult to home-school as a single parent. Hyde said many home-schooling parents are highly educated, and often give up career ambitions to stay at home with their children. “We’re putting our own careers aside a little bit,” she said. Milva Smith, who drives from Whitefield to bring her three boys to classes at the Midcoast Maine Homeschool Center, said she used to teach Italian, but doesn’t miss working very much. Besides, home-schooling appeals to her “teaching gene,” something echoed by Claudia Simmons, of Brunswick, who home-schools her 8-year-old son Aiden. “We’re learning together,” she said. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.


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his education elsewhere. Shorr serves as president of The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges. Prior to joining the organization, she served as vice chancellor of university advancement at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.

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Appointments The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) recently announced its new Board of Directors. Officers include Woody Woodward, chairman of the board; Jim Ostrowski, president; Jeanne Carpentier, first vice president; Jean Ginn Marvin, second vice president; Sue Ferrell, treasurer; Alvion Kimball, at-large member; Jamey Kitchen, at-large member; Scott Cowger, at-large member; Gus Tillman, legislative chair; and Bob Smith, AH&LA representative. John Shumadine, an attorney and director at the Portland law firm Murray, Plumb & Murray, was recently elected secretary for the board of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. Richard Peterson and Elizabeth O. Shorr were recently elected to the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges. Peterson was named president and chief executive officer of Maine Medical Center in June 2009. Prior to serving in this role he was the hospital’s chief operating officer. His interest in the work of the community colleges is both personal and professional. Maine community colleges contribute many workers to the skilled health care workforce, and he graduated from Broome Community College in Binghamton, N.Y. before continuing

Maine-based family-owned businesses with goals to improve their visibility and gain recognition will find those opportunities by applying for the 2012 Maine Family Business Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the awards, which take place on May 14 at the Marriott Hotel in South Portland. Besides showcasing a firm’s achievements, the awards offer an opportunity to network and hear from a nationally prominent speaker, whose business is also family-owned. Any Maine-based, family-owned business is eligible and nominations can be made by anyone inside or outside the business. Complete applications are due by March 30. Nomination forms can be obtained at or by calling 798-2667.

Promotions TD Bank recently promoted Dana L. Samson to vice president, portfolio manager III in commercial lending in Portland. She will be responsible for monitoring a portfolio of large, complex commercial loans, including assisting lenders in managing loan relationships and serving clients throughout the region. Samson joined TD Bank in 2008 and has 13 years of experience in banking and lending. She previously served as a credit analyst at TD Bank.

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The Maine Army National Guard recently promoted the following individuals: Soksan Pao, Portland, Staff Sergeant; Matthew Kelley, Portland, Specialist; Eric Pierce, Cumberland, Specialist; Scott Peterson, Scarborough, Private First Class; Jacob Watson, South Portland, Private First Class; and Michael Peacock, Yarmouth, Master Sergeant.

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Awards Maine Running Company was recently recognized as one of The 50 Best Running Stores in America by two leading trade and consumer publications, Running Insight and Competitor Magazine. The store was recognized by a panel of industry experts for its outstanding service, product knowledge and merchandising. Four attorneys from Eaton Peabody were recently “top rated” by Super Lawyers New England Magazine, in 13 areas of practice. The 2011 edition announces the inclusion of Berney Kuybetz, Dan McKay, Matt Raynes and Matt Worthen based on the organization’s survey and peer review selection process. Kubetz currently practices general litigation, personal injury, general plaintiff matters and First Amendment/ media advertising law and celebrates his fifth year being recognized by the publication. McKay has been has been recognized four times for his expertise in the areas of business/corporate, mergers & acquisitions and banking. In addition to serving as Eaton Peabody’s managing partner, he represents business entities and financial institutions in a variety of transactional matters. Both Raynes and Worthen are celebrating their first inclusion in the Rising Star category. Drummond Woodsum recently received the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project’s Pro Bono Firm of the Year Award for 2011; this is the second time the firm has been honored. The award was given in recognition of the firm’s commitment to handling political asylum cases; the firm accepted 11 political asylum cases in 2011. Numerous attorneys and staff members have taken on the challenge of working on these types of cases. The Chebeague Island Inn received top honors in this year’s Conde Nast Traveler Gold List, the magazine’s annual list of the top 500 hotels in the world, which is culled from the yearly Reader’s Choice Awards. The Chebeague Island Inn was honored as the number-one place to stay in Maine, with a score of 92.7, beating out competitors


As part of the company’s second charitable giving project in 2011, Molina Medicaid Solutions of Maine collected more than 500 toys and $200 to donate to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. A group of employees created goody bags for each child and donated high chairs, strollers and Wii games and controllers to the hospital. More than a dozen employees of the company have had children at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and hope that their donation will make each child’s stay feel a little more like home.

including the White Barn Inn. Dennis J. O’Donovan of Epstein & O’Donovan LLP was recently selected for inclusion in The Best Lawyers in America. Additionally, his firm was chosen to be on the list of “Best Law Firms” established by Best Lawyers and U.S. News & World Report. Vic Labrecque, finance director for Cumberland County, recently received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting for the 11th consecutive year. This award is given to government units and public employee retirement systems whose comprehensive annual financial reports achieve the highest standards in government accounting and financial reporting. This prestigious award is only received by 5% of the county governments across the United States.

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Stretch run begins in Mid-Coast Believe it or not, but the winter sports regular season is coming down the stretch. We’re mere weeks from the first state championships being bestowed. Local teams continue to impress, but still have a long way to go. Here’s a glimpse:

Boys’ basketball The Hyde boys’ basketball team began the week 10-0 and is now first in the Western Class D Heal Points standings. The Phoenix downed visiting Richmond (45-16) and won at Islesboro (65-27) last week. Hyde was home with North Yarmouth Academy Tuesday and Islesboro Thursday. Waynflete pays a visit Tuesday of next week. In Eastern A, Brunswick is 8-4 and sixth in the Heals. The Dragons are coming off a 54-46 victory at Cony Friday. Brunswick hosted Lawrence Tuesday, visits Edward Little Friday and welcomes Oxford Hills next Tuesday. Mt. Ararat began the week 0-12 and 14th in the Heals. The Eagles lost at Edward Little, 64-36, last Friday. After hosting Oxford Hills Tuesday, Mt. Ararat goes to Erskine Friday and welcomes Skowhegan Tuesday of next week. Morse is 3-8 and 16th in Western B. The Shipbuilders welcomed Maranacook Tuesday after 10 days off. They went to Oak Hill Thursday, host Oceanside Saturday and play host to Lincoln Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ basketball On the girls’ side, Mt. Ararat is fifth in Eastern A at 7-5 after Friday’s 45-41 home loss to Edward Little. The Eagles

Mt. Ararat senior Justin Grant dives across the crease for a loose puck during last week’s 3-2 loss to Brunswick.

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Brunswick’s Mitchell Black drives around a Lawrence defender during Tuesday night’s game. Black hit a 3 to force overtime and the Dragons went on to stun the Bulldogs, 56-54.

were at Oxford Hills Tuesday, host Erskine Friday and go to Skowhegan next Tuesday. Brunswick is 4-8 and 11th after Friday’s 54-34 home loss to undefeated, top ranked Cony. The Dragons were at Lawrence Tuesday, host Edward Little Friday and play at Oxford Hills next Tuesday. Morse is 4-7 and 16th in Western B entering Tuesday’s game at Maranacook. The Shipbuilders were home with Oak Hill Thursday, visit Oceanside

Roundup MPL preseason lacrosse session open Maine Premier Lacrosse’s Session III preseason lacrosse is open for all age groups. Boys and girls learn2lax K-5 runs Thursdays from 4 to 5 p.m. Girls’ middle school runs Sundays at 2:30 p.m. Girls’ high school is also on Sundays. Boys’ middle school is at 6 p.m. Tuesdays and boys’ high school goes Sundays. Learn from NCAA coaches, college and pro lacrosse players. FMI, info@ or

Men’s basketball tournament upcoming 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, 207-318-6523 or

Saturday and and go to Lincoln Tuesday of next week. In Western D, Hyde is 0-10 and 13th in the standings. The Phoenix lost last week to Richmond (58-7) and Islesboro (3711). Hyde was at NYA Tuesday and hosts Islesboro Thursday. The Phoenix hosts Waynflete Tuesday.

After springing the upset Tuesday, the celebration was on for the Brunswick boys’ basketball team, which beat Lawrence in OT, 56-54.

Hockey Brunswick’s girls’ hockey team fell to second in the East Region Heals after a 4-1 home loss to new No. 1 Greely Saturday. The Dragons were at Portland Thursday, visit Falmouth Saturday and close the regular season at home Feb. 4 versus Winslow. On the boys’ side, Brunswick is 5-4-1 and fifth in the Eastern A standings after a 3-2 win at Mt. Ararat last Thursday. The Dragons were at Messalonskee Wednesday, host Gray-New Gloucester/Poland Saturday, go to Cheverus Monday and visit Edward Little Wednesday of next week. Mt. Ararat fell to 3-5 and 10th with the loss to Brunswick. The Eagles hosted Gray-New Gloucester/Poland Thursday and welcome Hall-Dale/Winthrop/ Maranacook Saturday.

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Hyde’s Isaac Pfosi shows his high jump form at last weekend’s meet at the University of Southern Maine. Pfosi wound up fourth in the event.

Skiing Mt. Ararat’s Nordic ski team took part in the Maranacook Wave freestyle race Saturday at Black Mountain. The boys came in 22nd, the girls 21st.

Wrestling Mt. Ararat’s wrestling team

entered Wednesday’s meet at Camden Hills (along with Mt. Blue) with a 15-6 record. Morse is 6-16 after losses Saturday to Wells (42-33) and York (57-21). Morse joined MCI at Gardiner Wednesday.

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Mid Coast Books & Authors Tuesday 1/31 Accessing eBooks through Maine Infonet Download Library, 12 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

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Sunday 1/29 Vox Nova Chamber Choir, 3 p.m, Studzinski Auditorium, Bowdoin College,

Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art

Poetry Reading with Maggie Finch and Jerry Day Mason, 2 p.m., Brunswick Inn, Park Row, Brunswick, 721-0141.

Ajkun Ballet Theater, New York City-based dance company, holding auditions in February and March 2012 in New York City; FMI visit


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Wednesday 2/1 Winter Film Series: Oscar-Winning Love Stories, 2 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.


”The Who’s Tommy” auditions, 2-5 p.m., also on Feb. 5, 2-5 p.m., The Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland, dcruse73@; prepare a rock ballad and/or up-tempo and bring appropriate music and dance shoes.

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Wednesday 2/1 ”Maine Art to Touch Your Heart,” runs through Feb. 29, Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath,


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


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.

What’s so Funny? You Are! Comedy Workshop, teen and adult workshops available, to register 650-7711 or ferrellcomedy@gmail. com

Film Sunday 1/29 ”Miss Representation” screening, 2 p.m., Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, 721-6430.

Monday 1/30 ”Miss Representation,” screening, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, 774-9994.

Galleries Annual Juried Student Art Exhibition, runs through Feb. 19, Woodbury Campus Center, USM Portland, 780-5008. Art Quilts on display, through Feb. 24, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700. ”Out of the Blue,” runs through April 1, Coffee By Design, 67 India St. and 620 Congress St., Portland, 879-1140. ”Portraits” by Michael Douglas, runs through Feb. 2, Blue Spoon Cafe, 89 Congress St., Portland, 879-1140. ”Searching for ME,” runs through March 1, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

Artist Talk with Bruce Brown, Corliss Chastain, James Marshall and Matthew Smolinsky, 3 p.m., Addison Woolley Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland, 317-6721. ”Artifacts & Particles” photographic works by Caleb Charland and Peter Gruner, Addison Woolley, 132 Washington Ave., Portland, 317-6721.

Friday 2/3 ”Civitas” by Mark Wethli, 3-5 p.m., Wishcamper Center, USM Portland, 35 Bedford St., Portland, 780-4932. ”Side by Side:” Higgison and Higgison, 5-8 p.m., Harmon’s & Barton’s, 584 Congress St., Portland, 774-5948.

Saturday 2/4 ”Are You Really my Friend?” Social Media Photography, 7-10 p.m., Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, 775-6148.

Museums ”Making faces:” Photographic Portraits of Actors and Artists, Jan. 14-April 8, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148 or

Thursday 2/2 College Night, 7-10 p.m., Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, Free with student ID/$5 door, 775-6148 ext. 3224.

Music Saturday 1/28

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

Willie Nile, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20 advance/$23 door, 761-1757.

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“The Exquisite Bird” highlights photographer Michael Milicia’s search for a cooperative subject, good light and aesthetic background. His photographs are on view now through Feb. 29 at Daunis Fine Jewelery, 616 Congress St., Portland. The Daunis showroom and gallery is open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and some Saturdays; for more information contact the gallery at 773-6011. rium, 389 Congress St., Portland, $20-58, or 842-0800. Richard Roberts Performance, 3 p.m., Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, $10/$5 seniors, 829-3393. ”The Art of the Fugue,” 2 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, $22/$20 senior, 761-1522.

Wednesday 2/1 Standard Issue, 7-9 p.m., Gingko Blue, 455 Fore St., Portland, 21+, 809-4786.

Friday 2/3 Liz Frame & The Kickers, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $12 advance/$15 door, 761-1757.

Saturday 2/4 DaPonte String Quartet, 7:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, $25,

Johnny A, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $23 advance/$25 door, 761-1757.

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Shape Note Singing, 1-4 p.m., The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland, 216-3890.

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”Next Fall,” for a full schedule of shows and ticket prices visit, St. Lawrence Arts., 76 Congress St., Portland.

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Metamorphosis, 7 p.m., Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, donations accepted at door, 865-3900.

Saturday 2/4

Contra Dance, Greater Portland Community Dance, 7:15 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, adults $10/under 21 $7/children $5, 358-9354.

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Benefits Catie Curtis benefit concert for Safe Passage, 7 p.m., $20/$5 suggested donation, Pickard Theater, Bowdoin College,

Bulletin Board Bath Winter Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., UCC, Congress Ave., 549-7641 or

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50/50 Bingo, 1-3 p.m., Bath Senior Center, 45 Floral St., Bath, 16+.

Saturday 2/4 Hyde School Open House, 1-3 p.m., reservations needed for tours, Hyde School, 616 High St., Bath, 443-5584.

Call for Donations AniMeals is accepting dog and cat food donations for homebound seniors who receive Meals on Wheels, to donate or volunteer, call Sarah, 729-0475.

Meetings Brunswick

Tue. 1/31 4 p.m. Police Station Sub-Committee Tue. 1/31 7:30 p.m. Brunswick Downtown Association Wed. 2/1 7 p.m. Marine Resources Committee


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Dining Out Saturday 1/28 Baked Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., First Parish UCC, 9 Cleaveland St., Brunswick, $7 adults/$3 children, 729-7331.

Garden and Outdoors Wednesday 2/1 Vegetable Gardening 101, 6:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

Saturday 2/4 Reid State Park field trip, 8:30 a.m., bus leaves from CVS in Bath Plaza, 582-4234.

Getting Smarter Thursday 1/26

Creating What You Want, 7 p.m., Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick.

Health & Support Wednesday 2/1

Living Will Presentation, 1 p.m., United Methodist Church, 320 Church Road, Brunswick, 7211278.

Thursday 2/2

Self-Renewal Day, 1 p.m., Spectrum Generations, 521 Main St., Damariscotta, $10, 563-1363.

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Singer-songwriters and classical ensembles By Scott Andrews Two genres of music dominate the arts and entertainment calendar for this weekend: singer-songwriter and classical. One Longfellow Square is Portland’s premier venue for singer-songwriters, and a pair of acts will perform on Friday and Saturday. Tracy Grammer and Dan Navarro frequently perform as a duo, and the pair will motor into One Longfellow Square on Friday. On Saturday the featured act is a 30year veteran of the New York music scene. Willie Nile has just released “The Innocent Ones,” and his nationwide tour in support of the album brings him to the Square. Portland’s two premier classical ensembles both appear this Sunday. The Portland Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of guest conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky, will perform a program that features an Academy Award-winning work plus Felix Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony. The Portland String Quartet will also play on Sunday in a program that features Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Art of the Fugue.”

Tracy Grammer, Dan Navarro Two singer-songwriters who first achieved eminence in duo acts with other partners have joined forces with each other. That’s the quick take on Tracy Grammer and Dan Navarro, a duo that will appear Friday at One Longfellow Square in Portland. Grammer made her mark in the Dave Carter-Tracy Grammer partnership, winning awards for American songcraft and touring with Joan Baez. Since Carter died in 2002, Grammer has recorded a pair of CDs, “Flower of Avalon” (2005) and “Book of Sparrows” (2007). Navarro wrote, performed and toured with Lowen & Navarro for more than 20 years, and the duo’s material was recorded by the likes of Pat Benatar plus a several retro-music ensembles. Hear how the current enterprise sounds at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at One Longfellow Square, corner of State and Congress in Portland. Call 761-1757.

Willie Nile With his ample mass of shaggy hair, a nasal singing style, roots-tinged themes and penchant for playing harmonica along with guitar and keyboard, singersongwriter Willie Nile has inevitably been compared with vintage Bob Dylan. That was certainly my first reaction. I like the assessment of Nile from Janet

Willie Nile is a singersongwriter and 30-year veteran of the New York music scene. He’ll be appearing at One Longfellow Square this Saturday, in support of his latest CD, “The Innocent Ones.”

Goodman, writing in Music News Nashville: “Known for his live-performance energy, shades-of-Dylan vocal delivery, melodic rock ‘n’ roll and his healthy shock of hair, Nile hits home anthems for the common man, and charms the unsuspecting with off-beat love songs. “Nile is fond of sing-along choruses and catchy power-pop/retro-rock melodies that are as joyous and positive as his hopeful lyrics. But as sunny as the weather is here, it’s only after some clouds and rain for a slice of real life, resulting in messages that are far from Pollyanna fluff.” For the past 30 years Nile has been a fixture of the New York music scene. Some of his greatest success has been in Europe, while his following in this country tends more to the cultish than mainstream. That’s too bad, because his writing and performing talents deserve more widespread notice. I am particular impressed with his “Streets of New York,” which has both a captivating melody and a compelling lyric. Nile released his latest album, “The Innocent Ones,” this past November, and he’s touring in support. The CD, on the River House label, contains 11 original songs. The title refers to the innocent ones around the world who are victims of man’s inhumanity to man from all causes, including war, neglect and ignorance. Nile explains: “It’s an album with a number of songs dedicated to the downtrodden, the forgotten, the outcasts, the hopeless, the innocent ones.” But don’t expect a down-in-the-dumps tone; that’s simply not Nile’s style. “The Innocent Ones” is an uplifting collection of songs, hopeful and upbeat. Catch Willie Nile at One Longfellow Square, corner of Congress and State in Portland, at 8 p.m. Jan. 28. Call 761-1757.

Portland Symphony Orchestra The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Sunday Classical series resumes this weekend with two staples of the orchestral repertoire plus a modern piece that was written for Hollywood. The guest artist does double duty; Dmitry Sitkovetsky will play violin and conduct the PSO. First on the program is Gioacchino Rossini’s overture to “The Barber of Seville,” a light-hearted comic romp in a Spanish vein. The second piece was written by John Corigliano for “The Red Violin,” a Hollywood film which traces the story of a violin crafted centuries ago in Italy, following its fate in the hands of generations of owners. The movie wasn’t too successful, but Corigliano won the 2000 Academy Award for Best Film Score. Corigliano first gained notice as a composer in 1964, winning an award for chamber music at the Spoleto Festival. His opera, “Ghosts of Versailles,” was the first fully staged new work at the Met in 25 years. His two symphonies have been highly lauded. The first won a Grammy, while the second won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The featured work on the program is Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4

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in A Major, best-known as the “Italian.” The composer was a child prodigy, and this symphony, considered one of his mature works, was premiered before his 25th birthday. It was a cheery result of the young German-born composer’s Grand Tour of Europe, and musically represents a happy excursion into sunny Italy. The Russian-born Sitkovetsky is the multi-talented violinist and music director of the Greensboro (North Carolina) Symphony. As violinist and/or conductor, Sitkovetsky has made more than 40 recordings and has been especially involved in performing contemporary works both in his home country and America. Catch the Portland Symphony Orchestra at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall. Call PortTix at 8420800.

Portland String Quartet

The musical form of the fugue will be explored and celebrated this Sunday, when the Portland String Quartet performs a concert that was originally slated for last month. A fugue is a form characterized by a theme that is introduced by one musical voice and repeated in multiple variations by the other voices, often in a distinctly imitative pattern of entrances. In Sunday’s concert, the “voices” will be violins by Stephen Kecskemethy and Ron Lantz plus Julia Adams’ viola and Paul Ross’ cello. Two works are scheduled: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue plus Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Art of the Fugue.” Colby College musicologist Steven Saunders will explain the form of the fugue and its place in the historical development of music. Catch this concert at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at Woodford’s Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Ave. in Portland. Call the LARK Society at 761-1522.

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from page 1 with learning disabilities will remove them from class and work with them until they’re ready to return. If she’s busy, a social worker, guidance counselor or other staff may assist with the child. At the high school, junior high school and Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School, students with behavioral and special education needs spend up to 60 percent of their time with a small group of staff who work exclusively with them. In the past, all children in kindergarten through fifth grade had access to a separate special education and behavior program that was based at Coffin, no matter which elementary school they attended. But after last summer’s elementary school shuffle and multiple years of budget cuts, the behavioral option is no longer available to the district’s youngest students. Coffin still has two separate special education rooms: the functional skills classroom, for students with severe disabilities, and the non-categorical resource classroom, for students with learning disabilities. But the system, Coffin Principal John Paige said, is less than ideal. “I’m not blaming anybody for making an educated guess as to the best way to save some money, but it didn’t work out,” he said. “When you don’t have resources, you do the best you can. And sometimes you’re successful, and sometimes the problem escalates.” Administrators discussed whether or not to continue the behavior program at Coffin this year, but decided against it because they didn’t anticipate a great need for the service – a decision Paige described as “a risky proposal or a gamble, if you will, based on budgetary constraints.” 4“Our data had not been supportive of

a lot of kids at the K-1 level really needing that support,” Austin explained, so administrators decided to go without and see what happened. But even though the program would only have served a couple of Coffin students, Austin and Paige both said it’s been difficult for teachers to manage without it. “What we had initially was a number of students whose behavioral needs weren’t being met, and so their behavior was deteriorating,” Paige said. So he got creative, working with parents, teachers and district administrators to solve behavioral and special education issues without hiring more staff. They were forced to spend more money, though. Austin has hired a psychologist to spend one day a week at the school, which so far has cost the district an estimated $15,000. In addition, the School Department has also sent more children out of district for special education than in the past, causing a budget overrun of about $175,000. “One way or the other you have to pay,” Paige said. “If you find out that you can’t get by without the program, you have to do something about it. You can’t just have everybody suffer.” The efforts are working, he said, but his staff is exhausted and stretched. “I don’t think it’s sustainable,” he said. “This is not what people want to do every year.” Austin also said the solutions are temporary fixes. The School Board will have to address the underlying problems – decreasing state and federal aid for special education – in the next budget cycle. If additional staffing cuts are in order, Paige said he doesn’t see where they can come from.

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Thomas and Bibber note the great support they receive from the wider Harpswell community. If someone has a problem on an island, for example, word gets quickly to boat owners, and someone always offers to transport rescue team members to the island. A husband of a team member might plow out a driveway in advance of the fire truck or ambulance. If a situation requires medical help beyond the capability of team members, a paramedic from Mid Coast Hospital comes to the scene. Running a successful volunteer rescue operation takes a significant investment of money, as well as time. The Harpswell Neck Fire and Rescue operation owns four fire trucks, each of which can cost more than $400,000; a brush truck, and an


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