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Vol. 7, No. 5

News of Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell

Governor, possibly feds looking into Thibeault oil closing

Roger S. Duncan / For The Forecaster

Ashley Braley of Harpswell takes a ballot from poll volunteer Gertrude Knight on Tuesday morning at Merriconeag Grange. Voters turned out early and in large numbers due to heavy snowfall and a controversial topic: SAD 75’s proposal to close West Harpswell School.

Harpswell votes to close school By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — Residents on Tuesday OK’d a School Administrative District 75 plan to close the West Harpswell School. The 834 to 753 decision means this school year will be the last for the school. In September, all Harpswell elementary students will attend the consolidated Harpswell Islands School. SAD 75 Superintendent Michael Wilhelm on Wednesday said he was surprised, but

pleased by the vote. “I think the voters decided it was in the best interests of the students of Harpswell to be consolidated into one school,” he said. Wilhelm said the School Board did a better job of getting out information to Harpswell residents this year, something he believes influenced the vote. Supporters of keeping the school open were disappointed by the result. “I think it’s a horrible waste, it’s very unfortunate,” said Rob-

ert McIntyre, a vocal critic of the school district proposal. McIntyre said he suspected that some Harpswell voters threw in the towel and “decided the big organization with resources would get what they wanted eventually,” so they voted to close the school. Anne Standrich, spokeswoman for Friends of Harpswell Education, said she knew the vote was going to be close, but was disappointed in how it See page 16

By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — Maine’s attorney general has received more than 350 complaints from former customers since Thibeault Energy closed on Jan. 22. Now the outcry has prompted Gov. Paul LePage to schedule a private work session on the oil company for Tuesday, Feb. 8, in Augusta. The session is closed to the public and the press, but according to Dan Demeritt, LePage’s director of communications, the governor has invited local legislators; representatives of area oil and propane companies; and officials from the Finance Authority of Maine, MaineHousing, the attorney general’s office and community action programs involved in fuel assistance.

Noticeably absent from the list are representatives from Thibeault Energy. Vivian Thibeault on Wednesday confirmed that no one from the oil company had been invited to the meeting or will be attending. “I guess we’re all going to have to sit tight and see what happens,” she said when reached by telephone. She declined any further comment about her company. The governor isn’t the only government official concerned about the oil company’s sudden shutdown. The federal government may also be looking into the case. According to Kirsten See page 16

Energy program shuts after queries on politics, effectiveness By Naomi Schalit HALLOWELL — A lawyer who was once Gov. John Baldacci’s counsel set up a “green” nonprofit organization that got a three-year, $3 million no-bid contract in 2010 through a state agency with the help of the governor. That contract, designed to help Maine residents sign up for energy audits and retrofits, is not

coming close to delivering on the results it promised. Late Friday, the state agency that awarded the contract and the group founded by the Hallowell lawyer jointly announced the program was being shut down and the unspent money returned to the state agency, Efficiency Maine Trust. See page 21

Fate of popular Chinese language program uncertain at Topsham high school By Alex Lear TOPSHAM — The future of Mt. Ararat High School’s fledgling Chinese language program is uncertain, despite its success attracting and engaging students. Wei Wu, who came here from China 2 1/2 years ago to be the school’s Chinese language and culture teacher,

is required by law to return home at the end of this school year. Whether she will be replaced and the program will continue will depend on the upcoming school budget. Wei arrived in Topsham in August 2008. Then 26, it was her first time in this country, although she had taught Eng-

lish in Beijing. Prior to that she lived in Jilin, a province in the northeastern part of China. Wei said last week that she had difficulty her first year understanding English, but that her grasp of the language has since improved significantly. “This program is very helpful to the students, because See page 13

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INSIDE Index Arts Calendar.................13 Classifieds......................18 Community Calendar......15

Meetings.........................15 Obituaries.........................9 Opinion.............................5 Out & About....................14

People & Business.........10 Police Beat.......................8 Real Estate.....................22 Sports............................. 11

February arrives, postseason looms Page 11

Navy gives go-ahead for BNAS property transfers Page 3

Josh Ottow, left, an assistant principal at Mt. Ararat High School, and Wei Wu, who has taught a successful Chinese language and culture program at the school since 2008, want to see that program continue beyond this year. Wei, a native of China, points to her home province of Jilin.

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No shortage of candidates for Harpswell elections By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — Two candidates will be vying for a seat on the Board of Selectmen in March. Alison Hawkes, of Cundy’s Harbor, and Rick Daniel, of Harpswell Neck, filed nomination papers to replace outgoing Selectman Mark Wallace. There are also three candidates for the board of School Administrative District 75. Debbie Levensailor, Jane Meisenbach, and Kay O’Grodnik will be competing for two available seats. Daniel, 45, said he has never run for public office before. He is a volunteer firefighter on Harpswell Neck, and has worked with local Boy Scout troops. He served on the Pipeline Easement Advisory Committee, the group that negotiated with the U.S. Navy to remove the fuel pipeline running from Mitchell Field

to Brunswick Naval Air Station. Daniel is married, has daughters at Mt. Ararat middle and high schools, and is the owner of Daniel Property Services. He said one of his goals is to make Harpswell residents more aware of educational opportunities and scholarships that are available to them. “I’d like to take my experience, community involvement and volunteerism and put it to work for the good of Harpswell,” he said. This is Hawkes’ second campaign for the board. She ran last year, but was defeated by Jim Henderson. She said she is running again because she would like to see a younger person on the board. “I feel like having that younger view would be a better future for Harpswell,” she said. Hawkes, 35, has three children at

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“I know so many people who want to move here, but they can’t,” she said. Selectmen serve three-year terms and receive $6,000 each year. The elections will be by secret ballot at the annual Town Meeting on March 12.

Bath police chief honored by state association By Alex Lear BATH — Police Chief Michael Field was lauded for outstanding service on Jan. 29 when he received the Maine Association of Police David W. Pickering Chiefs Award. The Woolwich resident, who was recognized at MAP’s annual banquet in Portland, said the award was named for a longtime police chief in Cape Elizabeth. Field was nominated by Bath Detective Sgt. Robert Savary, a MAP member. MAP represents Bath officers on union and legal matters and has a statewide membership of about 1,000. “During his time as police chief, (Field) has been supportive of his officers in numerous ways, never forgetting where he came from,” Savary wrote in his letter of nomination. “He shows his support for his officers by ensuring they have high quality equipment, cars, weapons and training. He takes a genuine interest in the officer’s personal lives and is always asking how things are going,

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Navy gives go-ahead for BNAS property transfers By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — Brunswick Naval Air Station is one major step closer to redevelopment. The U.S. Navy announced last week that it had signed the Record of Division regarding the environmental impact of redeveloping the base. The signing marks the end of the 2 1/2-year environmental impact statement creation process. In signing the Record of Division, the Navy approves of the “Preferred Alternative” development plan outlined in the Final Environmental Impact Statement. The Navy determined that of the three development options outlined in the Final Environmental Impact Statement, Alternative 1, or the Preferred Alternative development plan, had the least impact on the environment while also aligning with the approved Brunswick Naval Air Station Reuse Master Plan. The Preferred Alternative calls for using the airfield as a civilian airport, and encourages “smart-growth development in the aviation related business” and other business sectors, according to the Record of Division. The plan also maintains 1,570

acres as open space, natural and recreational areas. Within the developed areas of what will be called Brunswick Landing, nearly 3,000 residential units could be built, including 250 hotel rooms. The Record of Division estimates that up to 10,500 jobs could be created as a result of such development. The Record of Division also summarizes the Preferred Alternative plan’s impacts on town infrastructure and services. These include elevated traffic through eight new access points to the base, an increase in water demand of 1.1 million gallons per day, a decrease of approximately 250 students in local schools, and a need for greater police presence on the 3,200-acre former navy base. The report also identified sensitive cultural and natural areas that could be harmed by development. These include 35 archaeological sites and 20 historic buildings. Twenty five acres of “critically imperiled” Little Bluestem-Blueberry Sandplain Grassland could also be affected. The report noted that there could be significant impacts on the species that live in those areas, including the grasshopper sparrow,

which is listed by the state as a threatened or endangered species. There are no federally listed threatened or endangered species on the BNAS property. Because of the threat to certain species, the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife stated that the type of development proposed for the Sandplain Grassland would be “incompatible with protections afforded state-listed species.” As a result, developers interested in those areas would need a permit from the IFW and the Maine Natural Areas Program. The Record of Division also identified 15 significant vernal pools and 51 acres


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of wetlands that could be impacted by development. Again, permits and/or wetland mitigation would be required to build near those areas. Other potential impacts include soil erosion, temporary construction-related air pollution, and reduced groundwater recharge due to more paved areas. Still, the Navy determined that the Preferred Alternative development “best meets the needs of the Navy while minimizing

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Maine crafts highlight this year’s Longfellow Days By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — Many of the activities at this year’s Longfellow Days are literally linked by a common thread. Beginning Feb. 6, workshops with world-renowned knitters, fiber arts enthusiasts, cabinet makers and blacksmiths will offer participants a chance to engage their minds, and hands, as they celebrate the birthday of Henry Wadsworth Longfellow. The theme of this year’s Longfellow Days reflects the respect Longfellow had

for artisans and craftsmen, according to event organizer Claudia Knox. “Longfellow very much celebrated that sort of person-to-person relationship and the relationship of the hand-skilled laborers to their environment,” Knox said. Knox added that there are many traditional craftsmen in the greater Brunswick area who are opening up their studios to the public as part of this year’s festival. The cabinet makers at the Kennebec Co. will offer a tour of their Bath workshop on Feb. 22, and Freeport-based

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By Amy Anderson YARMOUTH — With the help of a grant from the Elmina B. Sewall Foundation, 317 Main Street Community Music Center has developed a musical outreach program with artists from Spindleworks, a nonprofit arts center in Brunswick that serves adults with cognitive disabilities. Artists from Spindleworks will visit the music center over six weeks. The two organizations will work together to create musical recordings that represent the artists’ work. John Williams, 317’s executive director, said the organization is dedicated to building community through teaching and playing music. This collaboration is another way to bring music to an under-served population, he said. “Spindleworks does so much with art and woodworking, looms, knitting and model building, we all felt it made sense to add music to the list,” Williams said. “So far this has been an amazing experience.” Alyce Ornella, an artist mentor at Spindleworks, said the artists bring a piece of visual art with them to 317 Main Street – sculpture, drawing or embroidery – and with the help of music instructor Benjamin Birkbeck, will compose a piece of music that relates to their artwork. “This is more of a collaborative activcontinued page 16

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Escape from New York

By Halsey Frank turned left and headed east. It was slow Contrary to advice, I drove into New going, but progress was possible until a York City the evening of Sunday, Dec. 26. cabbie stopped in the middle of the street, obstructing traffic, to brush I couldn’t help it. We had Short the snow off his cab. He did seven tickets to “Phantom of a very thorough job of it. the Opera” at the Majestic Eventually, we found the Theater and they weren’t theater and an underground cheap. parking lot nearby. As we Given the prediction of reached the street, the snow snow, we decided to head was blowing hard, making into the city early so as to it difficult to see. We tried have plenty of time to park Carmine’s for dinner, but and grab a bite to eat before were told the wait would the show. After all, we were be an hour and 15 minutes. Mainers, we knew how to Sardi’s was more accommodeal with snow. We piled dating. They had a table for into the SUV and headed us right away and we had a into the city as the snow fell. pleasant dinner surrounded I knew we weren’t in Halsey Frank by caricatures of famous Maine anymore as I merged from the exit ramp of the George Washing- actors and a few mayors. The journey across the street to the theton Bridge onto the Henry Hudson Parkway heading southbound. It was dark. The road ater wasn’t into thin air, but it wasn’t easy was empty. From out of nowhere, lights either. Inside, it was warm and dry. The swirled around me. Looking into the rear lights went down, the curtain came up, and view mirror, I could see another SUV, doing the bidding for the Phantom’s music box began. It was a blockbuster of a show, with a 360-degree spin, just behind me. Otherwise, our trip into the city was a great score and impressive special effects. After the Phantom’s heart had been relatively uneventful. At 44th Street, I


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Maine’s economic answer isn’t in the rear-view mirror By Perry B. Newman As the global economy slowly recovers from financial meltdowns of the past several years, it’s becoming clear that certain conditions, once thought to be temporary, have become the new normal, and certain trends will continue, Global giving rise to a new economic landscape. Gasoline prices have settled in at the $3-per-gallon mark nationally – much higher in many places – and are expected to approach an average of $3.75 per gallon as demand rises this summer. Crude oil prices are forecast to exceed $100 per barrel this spring and reach $110 per barrel this summer. China and India continue their remarkable transforma- Perry B. Newman tions into modern economies, producing and consuming more goods, developing more talent and demanding many of the raw and refined materials, including petroleum products, which are necessary to power burgeoning and more prosperous populations. Corporate profits are up, as are major stock indices. Mergers and acquisitions are on the rise as financial institutions stabilize, credit becomes available and businesses prepare once again to assume risk. Rapid growth in the BRIC countries – Brazil, Russia, India and China – is creating both opportunities for investors and challenges for those in industrialized, slow-growth nations.



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Not crazy about Beem Edgar Allen Beem tells us it’s “Time to stop the crazy talk.” Does this mean someone else will be writing his column? Porter D. Leighton Falmouth

Beem talks crazy, too During Edgar Allen Beem’s “crazy talk” rant aimed at the right, not once did he mention any “ crazy talk” from the left or Democrats, such as one of the most vitriolic statements uttered by the No. 1 Democrat/leftist, President Obama, when he said during a speech, “If they bring a knife to the fight, we bring a gun.” I would agree that the rhetoric from both sides can get heated. But, Mr. Beem only showed me as to how biased and nonobjective he really is. His is also “crazy talk.” Jack Sullivan Portland

Beem smacks it out of the park I don’t always see eye-to-eye with Edgar Allen Beem, but two of his recent articles have clearly addressed what has been on my mind. “Enough with whining about taxes” and “The embarrassment in the Blaine House” have been home runs. Why are people bowing down to a governor who barely got a plurality, not even close to a majority? Why are the Democrats doing nothing to counter appointees who have no business being anywhere near leadership? And, why should we, the citizens of Maine, be hearing about the dismantlement of our environment and be expected to sit by and accept it? Isn’t it time for more than just Beem to speak up and let this elected official (our employee) know that he’s way, way out of bounds? Bob Lyman Freeport

Short Relief from page 5 siderably slower than it had been coming in. There was a surprising amount of traffic. At 72nd Street, I saw the first plows of the night. Three sanitation trucks were poised to get on. I elected not to wait for them. When we got to the first exit for the bridge, cars were backsliding on the ramp. The second exit was clear. I circled up toward the lower level of the GWB. It looked like we were home free – until we reached the final curve of the on-ramp. A line of about five cars was stopped. My brother got out again, went to the lead car, and rapped on the window. After several minutes of his ministrations, the car moved on. When I picked him up, he reported that they had stopped because they were afraid of overheating. He suggested that they pull over a hundred yards further on, where the road widened to two lanes and their concerns would not impede others. We got home around 1 a.m. The next day, the news reported the snowfall to be 2 feet, the sixth deepest on President - David Costello Publisher - Karen Rajotte Wood Editor - Mo Mehlsak Assistant Editor - Kate Bucklin Sports Editor - Michael Hoffer Staff Reporters - Amy Anderson, Randy Billings, Emily Guerin, Alex Lear, Emily Parkhurst News Assistant - Heather Gunther Contributing Photographers - Michael Barriault, Natalie Conn, Paul Cunningham, Roger S. Duncan, Diane Hudson, Rich Obrey, Keith Spiro, Jason Veilleux Contributing Writers - Sandi Amorello, Scott Andrews, Edgar Allen Beem, Halsey Frank, Susan Lovell, Perry B. Newman, Michael Perry Classifieds, Customer Service - Catherine Goodenow Advertising - Charles Gardner, Marie Harrington, Deni Violette Sales/Marketing - Cynthia Barnes Production Manager - Suzanne Piecuch Distribution/Circulation Manager - Bill McCarthy Advertising Deadline is Friday noon preceding publication.

The last smoker on Earth By Edgar Allen Beem One morning about two weeks ago, I woke up and decided to see how long I could go without smoking. I didn’t have any plans to quit. I hadn’t made a resolution, hadn’t set a date, no drugs, no patches, no The Universal crutches. I just thought I’d see if I could make it a couple of hours. It’s now been a couple of weeks and I’m still trying to quit – chokestuck, blood-boiling, skin-crawling, cellsscreaming cold turkey. I started smoking more or less out of boredom back in the summer of 1965. I went to Higgins Beach a lot that Edgar Allen Beem summer and one day I bought a pack of Parliaments to while away the hours watching girls. I’ve quit several times since then, once for a year, once for four, but I’ve pretty much resigned myself to the fact that I am destined to be last smoker on Earth. I know, I know: how, in this day and age, can a seemingly intelligent person with a loving family and a lot to live for possibly keep doing something so stupid and self-destructive? Well, Doc, nicotine is an insidious addiction that provides its own rationalizations. Here are but a few: • Fatalist bravura. Something is going to kill me, so why not something I enjoy? • Pessimistic realism. I’ve already done the damage that’s going to knock years off my life. • Misguided idealism. I’ll be saving society money by not living into my doddering 80s or 90s. • Exceptionalist denial. Not everyone who smokes gets lung cancer and not everyone who gets lung cancer smoked. I used to collect examples of people in their 80s who smoked a pack a day. The real reasons I’ve smoked all my life are 1) nicotine is incredibly addictive and 2) I still think of myself as someone who smokes. Writers smoke.


record for the city. It took me three hours to shovel my mother’s driveway. New Yorkers were livid at their elected, “No Labels,” “I’m above partisan politics” Mayor Michael Bloomberg, because their streets had not been plowed. The City Council announced it would investigate the city’s poor response and the rumor that it was the product of a union slow-down. For better and worse, that sort of thing doesn’t happen in Maine. There was hardly a peep about Portland’s poor re-

My role models – Dylan Thomas and Albert Camus – smoked. They both died before they were 50, of course, but not from smoking. In my experience, the only people left in America who smoke are the rich or the poor. No one except Barack Obama and me in the middle class smokes anymore – and I’m not sure he qualifies as middle class. Frankly, I’m not sure how anyone who isn’t wealthy can afford to smoke these days, with cigarettes over $7 a pack, most of that in cynical sin taxes. Need to raise a little revenue? Put another tax on butts. I roll my own for about $2.50 a pack. The late Betty Noyce used to bum cigarettes from me at art openings. I’m sure I’m inviting lots of well-meaning advice, but, believe me, you can’t tell me anything I don’t already know about the dangers of smoking and the benefits of cessation. I don’t like coughing, bad breath, and being short of breath any more than the next guy. And I can’t stand the smell of cigarette smoke either. I’m amazed that people once routinely smoked in restaurants and offices. Out of consideration for others (and on orders from my lovely wife Carolyn), I have not smoked indoors since the kids were born. For almost 30 years now, rain or shine, blizzard or thunderstorm, I banish myself to the back steps to indulge my filthy habit. At sporting events, I wander off into the woods at half time so I don’t bother anyone or embarrass my family. I’m told that physical withdrawal from nicotine only lasts about three days and should be over by now, but I still have a powerful psychological desire to smoke. Not only does not smoking make me irritable, I even get irritated that I’m trying to stop. I understand that it will be months, if ever, before I stop thinking about tobacco, but for now, life as a nonsmoker is a life without punctuation: just one, long, run-on sentence without rest or reward. If I actually believed I was never going to smoke again, I probably wouldn’t even be trying to stop. 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:

sponse to its first major snowfall of the season on Monday evening, Dec. 21, when there wasn’t a plow in sight, traffic in downtown Portland was gridlocked for two hours and the outer thoroughfares were bumper-to-bumper. I didn’t get home until about 9 that night. At least by the winter of 2012 I’ll have an elected mayor to complain to. Halsey Frank is a Portland resident, attorney and former chairman of the Republican City Committee.

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Bath Arrests 1/25 at 8:45 a.m. Bruce Corrigan, 63, of Washington Street, was arrested by Sgt. Jeff Shiers on a charge of disorderly conduct. 1/25 at 10:40 a.m. Kenneth Chase, 23, of Maple Grove Avenue, was arrested on a warrant by Officer Keith Jensen. 1/28 at 5:18 a.m. Ryan P. Martin, 27, of Tower Circle, was arrested by Officer Ted Raedel on a charge of operating under the influence. 1/29 at 8:08 p.m. Wayne King, 31, of North Street, was arrested on four warrants by Officer Michelle Small. 1/30 at 8:30 a.m. Natasha Sanchez, 20, of Winter Street, Topsham, was arrested by Officer Keith Jensen on a charge of violation of condition of release.

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1/25 at 8:45 a.m. Police arrested Bruce Corrigan, 63, of Washington Street at City Hall on a charge of disorderly conduct. Lt. Stan Cielinski said Corrigan had been issued a summons Jan. 10 on a charge of leaving the scene of an attended motor vehicle accident, and his vehicle was towed. Corrigan reportedly was at City Hall to complain about the towing to City Manager Bill Giroux, who was unavailable. Cielinski said Corrigan became out of control. Police were called to the scene and arrested him. Corrigan was later released on $1,000 cash bail, with a condition that he not return to City Hall. Cielinski said Corrigan is new to Bath, and that police had responded to 12 incidents involving him since last Sept. 19.

Party foul 1/29 at 2:07 a.m. A High Street resident came home to find a large party at his apartment, and the 13 revelers reportedly refused to leave. Joshua Neisius, 22, of Bath, was arrested on a probation hold and also charged with criminal trespass. Michael Brewer and Bradley Rosno, both 22 and of Bath, were issued summonses on a charge of criminal trespass. Scott Reed and Corey Colfer, both 19 and of Bath, were issued summonses on charges of criminal trespass and possession of liquor by a minor. Joshua Thomas, Jacob Harrington, both 18 and of Brunswick, and Daniel Klimov and Kristyn Vallee, both 18 and of Bath, were issued summonses on charges of criminal trespass. A 16-year-old Bath girl was issued a summons on a charge of criminal trespass, as was a 14-year-old Harpswell girl. A 15-year-old Bath girl was issued a summons on charges of criminal trespass and possession of intoxication liquor by a juvenile, as was a 14-year-old girl of Phippsburg.




1/25 at 11:49 a.m. Wires down on High Street. 1/25 at 5:20 p.m. Odor investigation on Central Avenue. 1/26 at 6:49 p.m. Chimney fire on Floral Street. 1/27 at 10:40 a.m. Furnace malfunction on Bedford Street. 1/28 at 1:13 a.m. Odor investigation on Lower Washington Street.

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1/28 at 10:47 a.m. Dumpster fire at Hyde School. 1/29 at 6:37 p.m. False alarm at post office.

EMS Bath emergency medical services responded to 39 calls from Jan. 24-31.

Topsham Arrests 1/26 at 9:16 p.m. Carl Grady, 22, of Candy Lane, Wales, was arrested by Officer Robert Ramsay on charges of operating under the influence of alcohol and driving to endanger.

Summonses 1/27 at 11:35 p.m. Matthew Ahlers, 24, of Bowdoinham, was issued a summons by Sgt. Fred Dunn on a charge of operating after suspension. 1/29 at 11:52 p.m. Joshua Minnich, 32, of Lisbon Falls, was issued a summons by Officer Peter Kaminski on a charge of failure to register a motor vehicle in more than 150 days.

Fire calls 1/24 at 8:49 a.m. Medical call on Winner's Circle. 1/25 at 9:28 p.m. Mutual aid to Brunswick. 1/26 at 9:53 a.m. Odor investigation on Union Park. 1/26 at 9:16 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Route 196. 1/27 at 7:29 a.m. Motor vehicle accident on Meadow Road. 1/28 at 10:53 a.m. Medical call on White Street. 1/29 at 3:10 p.m. Smoke alarm on Topsham Fair Mall Road. 1/29 at 6:24 p.m. Carbon monoxide detector on Goldeneye Drive.

EMS Topsham emergency medical services responded to 16 calls from Jan. 24-31.

Brunswick Arrests 1/26 at 12:45 a.m. David Oldham, 19, of Potter Street, was arrested on a warrant and also on a charge of violating condition of release. 1/30 at 3:33 p.m. Leann M. Miller, 19, of Barque Street, Bath, was arrested on a warrant. 1/30 at 6:59 p.m. Scott Edward Hawkes, 24, of Furr Street, Topsham, was arrested on a warrant. 1/30 at 9:14 p.m. Jake Leo Braley, 18, of Braley Way, was arrested on a warrant. 1/31 at 10:06 p.m. William A. Carr Jr., 32, of Swett Street, was arrested on a warrant.


1/26 at 6:03 a.m. Glen W. Seavey, 48, of Brown Street, Kennebunk, was issued a summons on a charge of operating after suspension. 1/27 at 2:10 p.m. Rod Footer, 36, of Adams Road, was issued a summons on a charge of forgery. 1/29 at 7:08 p.m. Michael B. Warner, 19, of Webster Street, Needham, Mass., Steven N. Borukhin, 20, of Osher Hall, Bowdoin College, and Joseph Russo, 18, of Appleton Hall, Bowdoin College, were all issued summonses on a charge of minor possessing liquor. 1/29 at 11:49 p.m. Sean M. Kilpatrick, 18, Roger Tejada, 18, and Matthew P. McCarty, 18, all of West Hall, Bowdoin College, were issued summonses on a charge of minor consuming liquor. 1/29 at 10:09 p.m. Olivia Luksic, 18, of Upper East Pond Road, Nobleboro and Danielle Simmons, 18, of Ridge Road, Walpole, were issued summonses on a charge of criminal speed.

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1/27 at 10:42 p.m. A Cushing Street resident called to complain that he or she was woken up by a truck plowing the El Camino parking lot. The resident was informed that because the town's noise ordinance only applies to construction, there was little the police could do.

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1/29 at 7:51 p.m. A Mill Street resident came into the police station to report that his black Timberland work boots were missing. He called back later and said that he had found his boots in his apartment.

Fire calls

1/25 at 9:48 a.m. Assist citizen on Bibber Parkway. 1/27 at 10:31 a.m. All other miscellaneous complaints at Maine Street and Town Hall Place. 1/27 at 4:16 p.m. Inspections on Maquoit Road. 1/29 at 5:42 p.m. Assist citizen on Hawthorne Street. 1/30 at 10:12 a.m. Medical emergency at Thornton Hall on Baribeau Drive.


Brunswick emergency medical services responded to 19 calls from Jan. 24-31.

Harpswell Arrests

There were no arrests or summonses reported from Jan. 24-31.

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Betty B. Raber, 94: Lifelong athlete, enjoyed traveling TOPSHAM — Betty Brooke Raber, 94, died peacefully at home Jan. 28. On Sept. 15, 1916, she was born in Albany, N.Y., a daughter of Frank Wharton Brooke and Gertrude Travis Brooke, and graduated from the Winchester-Thurston School in Pittsburgh, Raber Penn. in 1934. She attended Allegheny College, and graduated from the University of Pittsburgh in 1938. Following her graduation she worked at the treasurer’s office at the University of Pittsburgh. She married Thomas Joseph Raber, an engineer with Westinghouse Company, on Dec. 4, 1940. For many years she lived in the Philippines, Japan, and France as a military wife until they returned to the Boston area. Later on they retired to Cocoa Beach, Fla. After her husband’s death in 1986, she moved to Topsham, where she pursued her hobbies of duplicate bridge, billiards, traveling, reading, and gardening. A lifelong athlete, she was an avid tennis player, and enjoyed golfing, swimming, and hiking. She was active in the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church and the Habitat for Humanity program. In her late 80s, she learned to use a computer, and used it to write her autobiography, and enjoyed her Netflix subscription, reading The New York Times online and staying in touch with friends and family by email. Two weeks before her death, she discovered how to Google her old neighborhoods and was excited to see the changes in the towns where she had lived. She is survived by her daughter and son-in-law, Jane Raber Crichton and Philip Schaefer Crichton of Brunswick, and her son, Thomas Frank Raber and his partner Sandra Lee Talbot of Ridgefield, Wash.; her sister, Jane Brooke Farnsworth of Palm City, Fla.; two granddaughters, Rebecca Jane Crichton of Providence, R.I. and Katherine Brooke Crichton of Seattle, Wash.; and two great-grandchildren, Ross and Anna Cornelissen of Providence, R.I. The family would like to thank the nurses and staff of Cadigan Lodge for the truly exceptional care they gave Betty over the years. A memorial service will be held at 3:30 p.m., Feb. 24 at the Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church in Topsham. Memorial contributions may be made to The Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham, ME 04086 or to CHANS/Hospice, 45 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, ME 04011.

liams, he attended Harpswell schools and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1949. In 1951 he joined the U.S. Navy and served on the USS Wasp and USS Tarawa during the Korean War for four years. He married Nancy Sylvester in BrunsWilliams wick on Nov. 13, 1952. For 33 years he worked for Pejepscot Paper Co., traveling throughout the state as a scaler and wood buyer. After he retired he worked for area contractors and completed special projects for his son. He was predeceased by a son, Michael E. Williams, in 1997; a grandson, Brant R. Williams, in 2004, and two sisters, Janice Williams Gott and Gladys Williams. He is survived by his wife Nancy of Orr’s Island; his son, Robert Williams and his partner, Lisa Christensen of Bailey Island; a sister, Charlotte McDowell of Asheville, N.C.; a granddaughter, Amber Hemond, and her husband Nat of Topsham; two great- grandchildren, Belle and Clay Hemond; and several nieces and nephews, including special nieces Kathy and Beth. His hobbies included gardening, woodworking, decoy carving and hunting. He was passionate about his garden and enjoyed starting his vegetables from seeds for many years. Over the past 15 years he enjoyed building and visiting “Camp Dingo,” the log cabin that he built with his son and grandson in a remote section of Franklin County. Visiting hours were held on Thursday, Feb. 3, at Brackett Funeral Home, 29

Federal St., Brunswick. A memorial service will be held at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 4, at the funeral home. A tribute of his life may be viewed and condolences expressed at Memorial contributions may be made to the Brant Williams Memorial Trust, c/o Maine Community Foundation, 245 Maine St., Ellsworth, ME 04605 or online at The Brant Williams Memorial Trust is a college scholarship fund for Harpswell students to honor the memory of his only grandson, Brant Williams.

Louise M. Russell, 80 BRUNSWICK — Louise Mae Russell, 80, died Jan. 30 at a Portland hospital. Born in Calais on June 15, 1930, a daughter of Melvin E. and Doris Grasse Walls, she attended Brewer schools and graduated from Brewer High School in 1948. A homemaker most of her life, she also worked as a secretary in Bangor. She was a member of the Bangor Emblem Club, the Brewer Recreation Organization and the Brookton-Forest City Canadian Club. For the past 11 years she lived in Brunswick, where she served as commis-


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Portland recently donated $9,241 to the Ronald McDonald House of Portland, from donations raised during its seventh annual Sea Dogs Parking Fundraiser. The St. John Street McDonald’s is owned and operated by George, Edie and Scott Lydick. Edie Lydick also serves on the Portland Ronald McDonald House board of directors.

Appointments EqualityMaine and EqualityMaine Foundation has named Timothy Diehl of Brunswick as its new board president. Diehl is currently the director of career planning at Bowdoin College. Other board officers elected were Fay Brodell, treasurer; Shawn LaGrega, vice president EqualityMaine; Brian Randall, secretary; and Barb Wood, vice president EqualityMaine Foundation. Board member David Cohan also serves on the two organizations’ joint executive committee. Jeanne Gulnick of Peaks Island has been appointed to the board of directors of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. Gulnick is a professor at Saint Joseph’s College, where she teaches ecology and serves as the campus sustainability coordinator. Pierce Atwood associate attorney Rebecca Greenfield has been appointed to the Avesta Housing board of directors. Doug Bagin of Cape Elizabeth was named the chairman of the Portland chapter of SCORE: Skilled Counselors Offering Real Experience, a nonprofit that counsels small businesses. The United Way of Greater Portland recently elected five new members to its board of directors. They are David Bass,

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vice president, associate relations at Delhaize America; Bill Fletcher, partner at Verrill Dana LLP; Greg McCarthy, vice president, information services and health plan operations at Martin’s Point Health Care; Deanna Sherman, vice president, petroleum division at Dead River Company; and Nicole Witherbee, founder and managing partner at PolicyEdge. Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine, which provides one-on-one mentoring of children in Cumberland and York Counties, recently elected a new president and named six new members to serve on its board of directors. Karen True Winslow of Wintergreen Financial Group was elected president. The new members of the board are Bill Burbine of Turner Barker Insurance; Molly Callaghan of Verrill Dana; Caleb DuBois of Bernstein, Shur, Sawyer & Nelson; Brooke Holmes of Berry, Dunn, McNeil & Parker; Chuck Piacentini of UNUM; and Kirsten Piacentini of L.L. Bean. Amy Thomas of Scarborough has been appointed president of the board of Junior Achievement of Maine, a nonprofit that provides financial education and work readiness to Maine students. The Supreme Judicial Court has appointed Gregory T. Caswell of Falmouth to serve as a member of the Board of Overseers of the Bar. Caswell is one of two principals in the Caswell Vlachos Group, LLC, a mergers and acquisitions/ sell-side advisory firm in Portland. Gorham Savings Bank has appointed Joe Malone of Portland, president and founder of Malone Commercial Brokers, to its board of directors. Maine Real Estate & Development Association, MEREDA, recently inducted Tim O’Neil of Monks O’Neil Development in Portland and Carol Epstein of Epstein Commercial Real Estate in Bangor into its council of directors emeritus. The honorary council is comprised of a group of individuals who have made significant contributions to both MEREDA and Maine’s commercial real estate industry. Verrill Dana attorney Sarah Coburn of Portland was recently elected to the board of directors of the conservation organization, Friends of Casco Bay/Casco Baykeeper. Members of the Shalom House, Inc. board of directors elected new members and officers of the board at its annual meeting. Elected for two-year terms were William Keefer, Sanford Housing Authority; David O’Connell, Benchmark; Marianne Stover, Harborview Investments; Thomas Trenholm, Drummond Woodsum; and Jay Waterman, Fore Solutions. Officers of the board are Mark B. Adelson, president; Kitty Purington, vice president; Susan Lichtman, secretary; and William Saufley, treasurer.

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February arrives, postseason looms February, the month of nonstop tournament action and hardware galore, is upon us. Wrestling’s postseason began last weekend. Girls’ hockey’s regular season ends this weekend, which is when the swimming postseason begins. Basketball, boys’ hockey, skiing and track’s postseasons aren’t far behind. Here’s a glimpse at where things stand as Punxsutawney Phil takes centerstage.

Boys’ basketball Brunswick and Mt. Ararat’s boys’ basketball teams are closing in on playoff berths. The Eagles came into the week 9-5 and sixth in the latest Eastern Class A Heal Points standings after downing host Skowhegan (66-54) and losing at home to powerhouse Bangor (58-45) last week. Josh Wright had 23 points and Josh Walker added 17 in the victory. “It was a good win against a team that is better than its record shows,” said Mt. Ararat coach Aaron Watson. “Josh Wright really stepped up, hitting five 3s. The other guys really fed off that.” In the loss, Walker had 22 points. “I was very proud of the effort we put out there tonight,” said Watson. “We’ll need to play like that over the last four games to put ourselves into a good spot for a shot at the playoffs.” With eight teams qualifying from the region, the Eagles still have work to do. They were scheduled to go to Erskine Tuesday, but that game was postponed 48 hours by snow. Friday, Mt. Ararat hosts Lewiston. The Eagles close the regular season next week at Edward Little and Oxford Hills. The Dragons began the week 8-7 and seventh in the region. They lost at home to Lawrence (58-49) and downed visiting

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Hyde’s Katie Comeaux puts up a shot through a Waynflete defender during last week’s 61-26 loss to the Flyers.

moved to Monday. First, Morse will host Edward Little Friday. The Shipbuilders close at home versus Erskine Tuesday, than at Brunswick two nights later. In Western D, Hyde was 1-7 and 15th in the standings heading into Wednesday’s game at Gould. The Phoenix host Seacoast Monday and A.R. Gould Tuesday.

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Brunswick’s Garrett Erb elevates over an Erskine defender during Saturday’s 58-49 Dragons’ win.

Erskine (60-49) last week. Brunswick’s game at Lewiston Tuesday was postponed by snow to Saturday. The Dragons close next week at Cony and at home versus Morse. The Shipbuilders were 0-14 and 15th in Eastern A at the start of week after recent losses to host Lawrence (63-28) and Mt. Blue (70-15). Tuesday’s home game versus Cony was

Morse and Brunswick are both sitting pretty on the girls’ side. The Shipbuilders began the week 13-1 and third behind Edward Little and Hampden Academy in the Eastern A Heals after recent wins over host Lawrence (78-19) and Mt. Blue (70-41). After going to Edward Little Saturday, Morse has a makeup of Tuesday’s postponed game Monday at Cony. The Shipbuilders go to Erskine Tuesday of next week and close at home versus Brunswick Thursday. The Dragons were up to fourth in the region with an 11-4 mark after running their win

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streak to six with wins last week against host Messalonskee (3919), visiting Lawrence (67-14) and host Erskine (51-36). Brunswick’s Tuesday home game versus Lewiston was moved to Saturday by snow. Tuesday, the Dragons host Cony. They close at Morse two nights later. Mt. Ararat was 6-8 and clinging to the eighth and final playoff spot at the week’s onset. The Eagles beat visiting Skowhegan (55-42) and host Bangor (56-48) last week. Mt. Ararat hosted Erskine Thursday in a makeup game from Tuesday, visits Lewiston Friday, is home with Edward Little Tuesday of next week, then closes at home versus Oxford Hills Thursday. In Western D, Hyde began the week 2-8 and 11th in the Heals, but just eight teams make the playoff cut. The Phoenix lost three in a row last week, at Richmond (62-31), at home to Waynflete (61-26) and at Islesboro (25-24). Hyde goes to Waynflete Friday and wraps up at home versus Seacoast Monday and at Old Orchard Beach Feb. 11.

Hockey On the ice, Brunswick’s boys’ team was eighth in Eastern A at 6-7-1 at the start of the week, but needs to move into the top seven for postseason consideration. The Dragons lost at home to Cheverus (5-2), eked out a win at Cony (3-2), then were blanked at powerhouse Lewiston (10-0) in recent action. Brunswick was at Mt. Ararat Thursday, hosts Marshwood Saturday and goes to Maranacook Tuesday. Mt. Ararat was 4-6-2 and 11th when the week started. The Eagles lost, 6-5 (in overtime) at Messalonskee their last time out. After hosting Brunswick Thursday, Mt. Ararat is idle until next Wednesday, when it goes to Gray-New Gloucester/Poland.

The Brunswick girls were fifth (the top four qualify) with a 7-8-1 mark after a 4-0 home loss to Winslow last Thursday. The Dragons were at Greely Wednesday and close the season Saturday at Lewiston.

Swimming In recent swimming results, Morse swept a meet at Edward Little, with the boys winning, 112-39, and the girls triumphing, 106-62. Brunswick split its meet at Waterville with the girls winning, 103-58, and the girls falling, 94-70.

Skiing Mt. Ararat’s Nordic ski team took part in the recent Sassi Memorial. Both the boys and girls placed 12th.

Wrestling The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference wrestling championships were held last weekend in Topsham. Morse placed fourth, Mt. Ararat was eighth and Brunswick came in 16th. Morse’s Aaron Mitchell was the winner of the 285-pound division. The Eagles produced a champion in Malcolm Marshall (152). The Dragons also had a first-place finisher in Jared Jensen (130). The Eastern A regionals are Saturday.

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Arts Calendar



‘A Conference of Birds’ returns to Gleason Fine Art

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.

Auditions Youth Auditions, “The Sound of Music,” a production of the New England Regional Theater Company, ages 12-19 audition 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12, Studio 48 Performing Arts Center, 20 Davis St., Brunswick; ages 5-12 audition 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, wear comfortable clothing, bring photo, be ready to sing, learn a short dance, showtimes May 27-June 5, Tyler Beck, 798-6966,

Books, Authors

Factory,” The Dreamland Theater film series, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, 6 p.m., free/$5 suggested donation, presented by Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., film listings at sagadahocpreservation. org.

Galleries Thursday 2/10 Art Show, Merry-Meeting Art Association, 3:30-5 p.m. opening reception, free and open to the public, The Highlands, Topsham, Meridith Hicks, 442-8144, or Crystal Toothaker, 725-2650.

Lo n g fe l l ow D ays 2 0 1 1 : “Longfellow and the Maine Crafts Tradition: Virtue, Independence, Equality” Feb. 6-27, with lectures, presentations, poetry readings, tours, and demonstrations throughout Brunswick, complete schedule at

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DaPonte String Quartet, 3 p.m.,

“Knitting Great Shapes” Katharine Cobey Gallery Talk, 2-5 p.m., exhibition on view through Feb. 25, Maine Fiberarts Gallery, 13 Main St., Topsham,, 721678, snow date: Feb. 20, .

Chinese from page 1 they have the teacher from the native-speaking country,” Wei said, explaining that her students have learned a lot not just about the language, but about her country’s culture. And with Wei immersed in the English language and American culture, the education has been mutual. “This program is very valuable to myself and to the students,” she said. The school offered Chinese I in 2008-2009, when Wei taught five sections to 61 students. The next year saw two sections each of Chinese I and II, with 63 students. This year Wei has 71 students in the program, which now includes Chinese III and stretches to eighth grade. “We’re very proud because we have the largest Chinese program in the state ... in terms of number of students that it’s serving,” Assistant Principal Josh Ottow said. He also noted that Mt. Ararat High is the only school in Maine that has had the same returning guest teacher for three years. Wei said she has decided to come back the past two years because the school has taken good care of her, and because she enjoys her students.

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Theater/Dance ”Almost, Maine,” presented by the Studio Theatre of Bath, Feb. 11-13, Feb 18-20; 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, $15 adult/ $13 senior, student, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Washington St., Bath, tickets, 442-8455, ”Love Letters,” presented by the Studio Theatre of Bath, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, $15 individual/ $25 couple, Chocolate Church Arts Center Annex, Bath, tickets, 442-8455. ”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.


Gleason Fine Art is kicking off its second invitational focusing on birds, “A Conference of Birds II,” at February’s First Friday Art Walk in Portland. The gallery will host an opening reception from 5 to 8 p.m. on Feb. 4 with participating artists, including Scott Kelley, whose watercolor, “Double-Crested Cormorant,” is pictured here; and Jeff Barrett, Andreas von Huene, Gail Fraas, and Duncan Slade, among others. The exhibit will be on view until March 26 at the gallery, located at 545 Congress St., Portland. For more information, contact the gallery at 699-5599 or

Wei was one of 136 teachers placed in 32 states by the Chinese Guest Teacher Program, a collaboration between the College Board and Hanban, China’s Office of Chinese Language Council International. Those groups also provided funding, Ottow said. “However, it still comes at a cost to the schools,” he said. “And so, to help cover those costs, we’ve partnered with the Robert H.N. Ho Family Foundation, and they have helped us financially to cover the extra costs associated with this program.” Wei’s time with the school has cost School Administrative District 75 nothing, Ottow said. But that may very well have to change for the Chinese program to continue next year. Mt. Ararat High School is in its final year of the Ho foundation grant, so sustainability of the guest teacher program depends on Chinese language and culture becoming a permanent part of the curriculum, Ottow said. That decision is up to the district’s finance committee, and then its School Board, as SAD 75 maps out its fiscal 2012 budget. Given the poor economic climate, Ottow acknowledged, “it’s a tough time to be asking for a new (teaching) position.” Sharing a teacher with other schools or offering classes online are possibilities, Ottow said. But he noted

that “it’s been shown quite regularly at other schools that when you don’t have a teacher at your school teaching students in a desk, in a classroom, the participation is not very high.” Ottow said that under the visa requirements for the program, Wei has been able to work in the U.S. for three years, but must return to China to work for the next two before becoming eligible to return to the U.S. “Which is too bad,” he said, “because we don’t want to see her go back to China.” Wei is trying to find a way to stay here another year, but getting around the visa requirement is difficult, she said. “We see that speaking Chinese is a very important 21st century skill,” Ottow said. “And we also see the ability to understand Chinese culture, and ... in a larger sense to communicate with China, is a very important thing for our students in this century.” The educational momentum has built over the past three years, to the point that many Mt. Ararat students are conversant in Chinese, something that was unheard of four years ago, Ottow explained. “We’re very proud of that,” he said. “So we don’t want to see that go away.” Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or

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Out & About

Music in Portland, drama in Lewiston By Scott Andrews There’s plenty of music this weekend in Portland. On Saturday, Empire Dine and Dance presents a traditional Irish instrumental duo, flutist Shannon Heaton and harpist Maeve Gilchrist. The occasion is the release of Heaton’s latest CD, “The Blue Dress.” The Portland String Quartet plays its midwinter concert on Sunday. Works by Franz Schubert and Dmitri Shostakovich are on the bill of fare. The Public Theatre of Lewiston-Auburn has a truly intriguing play on the boards through Sunday. “Animals Out of Paper” depicts a dramatic confrontation among three origami artists. And Portland Ovations is presenting an act that defies easy categorization: Blue Man Group will give four performances in Merrill Auditorium Friday through Sunday.

Shannon Heaton, Maeve Gilchrist A traditional Celtic flutist who was recently named Female Musician of the Year by the Irish American News is playing in Portland on Saturday, accompanied by a traditional Irish harpist. Flutist Shannon Heaton is the featured artist, and the occasion is a CD release party for her latest recording, an all-instrumental collection titled “The Blue Dress.” Heaton hails from Boston, where she’s prominent on the city’s red-hot Celtic music scene. She co-founded Boston’s Celtic Music Fest and teaches for the local chapter of Com-

Anger. Heptunes presents Shannon Heaton and Maeve Gilchrist at 8 p.m. at Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St. in Portland. Call 879-8988.

Portland String Quartet

Flutist Shannon Heaton will be appearing with harpist Maeve Gilchrist at Empire Dine and Dance in Portland on Saturday, Feb. 5

haltas, an international society dedicated to the promotion of traditional Irish music. Heaton traces much of her musical background to the Chicago Irish music scene, and earned a degree in ethno-musicology from Northwestern University. Accompanying Heaton is Celtic harpist Maeve Gilchrist, who was born in Scotland and lives in New York. She’s is a frequent visitor to Portland and recently released a CD in collaboration with fiddler Darol

One of the pillars of the small-ensemble classical repertoire will be featured this Sunday when the Portland String Quartet performs its midwinter concert, the second of the four-part subscription series. The celebrated work is Franz Schubert’s String Quartet in D Minor, universally known by its nickname, “Death and the Maiden.” The four musicians – violinists Stephen Kecskemethy and Ron Lantz plus violist Julia Adams and cellist Paul Ross – have been performing and teaching since 1969. The PSQ is the longest-tenured string quartet on the international music scene with all its original members. The PSQ has played “Death and the Maiden” many times (I’ve heard it at least twice) and no wonder. The 1824 composition, written while Schubert was acutely ill and facing his final days, is a dramatic contemplation of mortality. It speaks to the tragedy of life cut short – the fate of its composer, who died at the height of his creative powers. Beyond that is the tragedy that Schubert never heard his masterpiece performed or knew the huge public acclaim it would later achieve. The quartet’s spirited third movement and exuberant final movement reveal a creative energy that defies personal misfortune. The second piece on Sunday’s program will be Dmitri Shostakovich’s String Quartet No. 8 in C Minor, a work that bears witness to the Soviet Union’s attempt to suffocate the creative spirit during the middle of the 20th century. The composer struggles throughout this piece to assert his relevance and affirm his artistic integrity. Catch the Portland String Quartet at 2 p.m. Feb. 6 at Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Ave. in Portland. Call the LARK Society at 761-1522.

’Animals Out of Paper’ Origami is the ancient Japanese art of folding sheets of paper in complex patterns, transforming the two-dimensional medium into intricate three-dimensional sculptures that often depict animals. In addition to its

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aesthetic merits, origami has been intensely studied as a branch of mathematics and topography. Origami is fascinating, for sure. But the subject of a modern American drama? That seems rather farfetched. But that’s part of the fascination with “Animals Out of Paper,” a three-actor drama that’s playing through Sunday at The Public Theatre of Lewiston-Auburn. Written by Rajid Joseph and nominated for Outstanding Off-Broadway Play of 2009, The Public Theatre is presenting its Maine premiere and one of the show’s first fully professional productions outside New York. A central theme is the losses in life, and the power of art to assuage the pain and heal the wounds. The three characters are all origami artists, but beyond that point, they have nothing in common. Ilana, a world-renowned origami authority has just lost her husband and her three-legged dog. And to exacerbate these two losses, her creative powers seem to have evaporated – a case of folder’s block. Ilana is visited by Andy, a high school math teacher and official with the American Origami Society who has developed a crush on her. Then there’s Suresh, a troubled teen genius in one of Andy’s classes who finds origami to be an outlet for his mathematical brilliance. The play is both very funny and very moving, and its ingenious plot and excellent writing tremendously impressed me. Director Janet Mitchko Schario has assembled a compelling lineup of actors that comprises Caroline Strong as the origami master, Christopher Gerson as the romantically minded math teacher and Vandit Bhatt and the complex and troubled teen genius. Maine origamist and math professor Eva Szillery created the complex origami sculptures that are used on the set. The Public Theatre, corner of Maple and Lisbon in Lewiston, presents “Animals Out of Paper” with 7:30 p.m. performances Feb. 3-4, 2 and 8 p.m. Feb. 5 and 2 p.m. Feb. 6. Call 782-3200.

Blue Man Group Three men, no ears and no words. And all three guys sport faces painted a deep, intense cobalt blue. That’s the basic formula for one of the most remarkable artistic enterprises in the past three decades: Blue Man Group. Conceived as an impromptu street performance in New York in the 1980s, Blue Man Group is probably best described as a trio of mimes who perform to music and satirically deal with a variety of technological themes. The original New York group morphed into an Off Broadway theatrical production in 1991. Since then it’s evolved into a worldwide artistic enterprise that now boasts multiple performing companies – one has been playing continuously in Boston since the mid-1990s – in the U.S. and abroad. The current national touring company visits Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall and performs four times in three days: Feb. 4 at 8 p.m., Feb. 5 at 2 and 8 p.m. and Feb. 6 at 1 p.m. Call PortTix at 842-0800. Blue Man Group is hosted by Portland Ovations.

February 4, 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.

Benefits 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.

Friday 2/11 Leila Percy & Friends, jazz benefit for early learning and literacy at the Maine Maritime Museum, 6 p.m. wine/hors d’oeuvres, 6:45 p.m. auction, 7:30 p.m. dessert buffet/ performance, $25, tickets at the door or at Family Focus, 386-1662, tables of 4 may be reserved, Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath.

Bulletin Board Longfellow Days, Feb. 6-27, month-long cultural programs brought to you by Bowdoin College and Brunswick Downtown Association, 85 Maine St., Brunswick, 729-4439, schedule of events at Free Tax-Aide Program, tax return preparation for Bath residents, Tuesdays 10 a.m. - 7:30 p.m., beginning Feb. 1, bring last year’s tax return, sponsored by AARP in cooperation with the IRS, Patten Free Library, Community Room, 33 Summer St., Bath, Leslie Mortimer, information, 443-5141, no appointment needed. Free Tax Prep by Midcoast CA$H Coalition, IRS-certified volunteers, for anyone earning under $50K combined; Bath: Mondays/ Wednesdays/Fridays 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. through April 11, Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway; Brunswick: Tuesdays 4:30-7:30 p.m. through April 12, Bowdoin College, McClellan Building; Saturdays 10 a.m. - 2

p.m. through March 26, Perryman Village Community Center, 51 Perryman Village Drive; Topsham: Wednesdays 4-7 p.m. through March 9, Volunteers of America, Westrum House, 22 Union Park Road; call 319-1390 for appointment.

Friday 2/4 Red Cross Blood Drive, 2:30-7:30 p.m., Midcoast Hospital, Brunswick, Carol Dembeck, dembeckc@

Cundy’s Harbor Library, 7:30-10 a.m., $6/person, Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall, 725-1461,

Sunday 2/6 Project Graduation Breakfast, Morse High School’s senior trip fundraiser, raffles, 7-10 a.m., by donation, Phippsburg Sportsman’s Club, Maine Road, Phippsburg, FMI, Melissa York, 442-9426.

Friday 2/11

50/50 Bingo, 1-3 p.m., doors open at noon, must be 16 to play, Bath Senior Center, 45 Floral St., Bath, 443-4937.

Spaghetti Supper, Scout Troop 648 fundraiser, 5-7 p.m., $7 person, $4 children under 12, $20 families, St. Charles Parish, McKeen St., Brunswick,

Sunday 2/6

Saturday 2/12

Winter Coin and Stamp Show, 9 a.m. - 2:30 p.m., free admission, open to public, Brunswick Knights of Columbus Hall, Columbus Drive, 721-7872, BrunswickCoinClub@

Baked Bean and Casserole Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., $8 adults, $4 children 6-12, children under 6 free, Brunswick United Methodist Church, Church and Raymond Roads, Brunswick, reservations accepted, 725-2185.

Saturday 2/5

Wednesday 2/9 Red Cross Blood Drive, 3-8 p.m., Bowdoin College, Brunswick, Carol Dembeck, dembeckc@usa. Energy Workshop sponsored by MCOG; energy auditors, contractors, experts will answer questions about energy efficiency, 6:30-7:30 p.m., free, City of Bath Council Chambers, Jason Bird, 443-5790,

Sunday 2/13 Bath Antiques Show, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., $4 admission/$3 with ad, Bath Middle School, Polly Thibodeau, 443-8983, Rabies Plus! Clinic, various services, proceeds benefit shelter animals, 10 a.m. - 12 p.m., Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, 725-5051,

Dining Out Saturday 2/5 Community Breakfast to benefit

Gardens and Outdoors Saturday 2/5 Birding: Reid State Park, with Andrew Gilbert, bring lunch or snack, 8:30 a.m., meet at CVS parking lot, Bath Plaza, 582-4234.

Saturday 2/12 Birding: Green Point Farm WMA, with Doug Suitor, snow shoes or boots needed, 7 a.m., meet at CVS parking lot, Bath Plaza, 841-1951.

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to public, Curtis Memorial Library, 2nd floor, Seminar Room. Super Refund Saturday, Midcoast CA$H Coalition’s tax prep, budgeting and credit workshops, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., free, call 319-1390 for tax prep appointment (combined income of less than $50k), Midcoast Maine Community Action, 34 Wing Farm Parkway, Bath, Sharon Ross, 373-1140 ext. 206. Town History Series, Fred Kahrl, “Arrowsic’s Great Expectations: From Bald Head to the Baker Farm,” 10:30-11:30 a.m., Community Room, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141 ext. 18,

Thursday 2/10 ”Maine Studios and Farms,” slideshow narrated by Christine Macchi, Maine Fiberarts director, 5:45 p.m., and ”The Voice of Foreign Pastures,” by world traveler Linda Cortright, 6:30 p.m., $10/advance, $12/door, includes both events, Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross, Brunswick, reservations, 725-5222.

Meetings Brunswick

Mon. 2/7 1 p.m. Staff Review 46 Federal St. Mon. 2/7 4 p.m. Conservation Commission Workshp 28 Federal St. Mon. 2/7 7 p.m. Town Council Maine Street Station Tue. 2/8 12 p.m. Brunswick Housing Authority 12 Stone St. Tue. 2/8 4:30 p.m. Teen Center Advisory Committee 35 Union St. Tue. 2/8 7 p.m. Planning Board MSS Wed. 2/9 1 p.m. Brunswick Development Corp. Cram House Wed. 2/9 4 p.m. Town Council Website Sub-Comm. 28 Federal St. Wed. 2/9 7 p.m. School Board MSS


Mon. 2/7 7 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeals CH Thu. 2/10 4:30 p.m. Community Development Committee CH Thu. 2/10 5:15 p.m. Bath Comm. Policing Partnership 250 Water St.


There are no meetings scheduled during this time period.


Mon. 2/7 5:30 p.m. Mitchell Field Tue. 2/8 7 p.m. Recreation Commission Wed. 2/9 7 p.m. Public Hearing Thu. 2/10 5:30 p.m. Selectmen’s Admin Thu. 2/10 6:30 p.m. Selectmen

Saturday 2/12 ”Stem to Stern,” architectural tours of First Parish Church, 1 p.m. and 3 p.m., free, Maine St./Bath Road, Brunswick.

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turned out. She said her group would wait a few days before meeting to decide what to do next. In the meantime, Standrich said she supports a petition submitted to the town clerk last Thursday asking the Board of Selectmen to form a committee to study the advantages and disadvantages of withdrawing from SAD 75. At press time, the signatures were still being verified by the town clerk, Rosalind Knight. While the school closure was ultimately about education in Harpswell, the issue also came to represent community identity and independence. “The town is dispersed geographically, but it’s still about retaining control of our own community,” said Jim Henderson, chairman of the Board of Selectmen. Jeff Smith, a Harpswell resident, echoed


this sentiment on Tuesday after casting his vote to keep the school open. He said the issue was about “trying to maintain the town’s independence” from SAD 75, which he believes does not have Harpswell’s best interests in mind. Harpswell resident Kim Hughes was more direct. Keeping the school open is “the only way a community can survive,” she said. But other residents said they believe closing the school will bring the town closer together. Jason Morin has two children at Harpswell Islands School, and voted to close West Harpswell School. He said the town is “one community and hopefully (closing the school) would bring more unity to the community once people get used to the idea.” Wilhelm said the issue of community identity complicated the school closure proposal. “If it were just about the kids, it wouldn’t

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from page 1 Figueroa, director of Energy and Housing Services at MaineHousing, her agency sent approximately $20,000 to Thibeault. She said there are 40 clients with Thibeault contracts who qualify for the federal lowincome heating assistance program, or LIHEAP. MaineHousing is authorized to distribute the money, which is allocated by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. While Figueroa knows how much federal money Thibeault received, she is unsure about whether Thibeault delivered any oil

to its LIHEAP customers. “In order to figure that out,” she said, “we need to see (Thibeault’s) books, and there’s nobody answering the phones.” When asked if MaineHousing could just survey its LIHEAP clients, she said in the past such surveys have been unsuccessful. “If you are struggling to fill your oil tank, you aren’t always going to remember when your delivery was and when it wasn’t,” Figueroa said. MaineHousing cannot reissue benefits to LIHEAP clients who have not their received

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Artist Kim Devries, left, takes a music lesson with Ben Birkbeck of 317 Community Music Center in Yarmouth. Artists from Spindleworks in Brunswick will work with Birkbeck over six weeks to create a musical composition that represents a piece of their art.

from page 4 ity for the artists than the usual free-form artwork,” Ornella said. “And since this is a pilot program, we will see where it goes. We may compile the recordings and make them available online or we may make a CD.” Lisa Bisceglia, 317’s outreach coordinator, said this program is a way to “put more community in the community music center title.” “Spindleworks is a great organization and we are excited to work together,” she said. Williams said he is looking forward to reaching out to more groups over time. “There are so many opportunities like this out there,” Williams said. “Music is a powerful vehicle and we want to share it with others.” Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or

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have impacted such a large cross-section of the community,” he said. “It would have been more of a question for parents of the kids in the school.” A total of 1,587 people, or 38 percent of all registered voters, cast their ballots in Tuesday’s referendum. Voters in the Mainland, or Harpswell Neck and Mountain Road, precinct turned out in the greatest numbers, casting just over half of all votes. They also voted by a large majority, 592 to 241, to keep West Harpswell School, which lies in their precinct, open. There was less support for keeping the West Harpswell School open in other parts of the town. In the Cundy’s Harbor and Great Island precinct, 88 people voted to keep the school open, while 311 wanted it closed. On Orr’s Island and Bailey Island, the numbers were 73 votes for the school to stay open and 282 in favor of closure.

Last year, Harpswell residents voted 906827 to keep the school open. The school saga began nearly 2 1/2 years ago when the School Board voted to close West Harpswell School. Harpswell residents voted to keep it open last March, and paid the school district $219,000, the amount SAD 75 would have saved by closing the school. Keeping the school open for the 2011-2012 school year would have cost Harpswell taxpayers $190,955. Now that the votes are tallied, Wilhelm said the School Board would like to get together with the parent teacher organizations of both schools in the next few weeks to “develop a mission for the (combined) school.” The board will soon begin to search for a principal for the consolidated Harpswell Island School, he said, and work out the logistics of the move. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or

oil from Thibeault, but the agency can allocate $400 of emergency money per client. Regional groups like People’s Regional Opportunity Program (PROP) in Portland handle those requests. “Everybody that called us today has gotten some help,” said Roger Bondeson, vice president of Housing and Energy Services at PROP. “This isn’t the first time that somebody has gone out of business quickly and it’s caused a lot of angst, a lot of concern, but in this case we were able to move very quickly,” he said. In addition to emergency benefits, LIHEAP clients should expect to receive more heating assistance in the near future. Maine received another $23 million in funding from the federal LIHEAP program in midJanuary. For the 40 LIHEAP clients with Thibeault accounts, this is especially good news. “We were able to contact all of those 40 people and ask them to choose another vendor,” Figueroa said. “That really worked

out.” Thibeault Energy could face a federal lawsuit over the LIHEAP funds. Figueroa said MaineHousing turned over all of its information about Thibeault to Maine’s attorney general and the federal Office of the Inspector General. She said the OIG “indicated an interest in pursuing this case.” Felicia Jones, a spokeswoman for the OIG at the U. S. Dept. of Energy in Washington, D.C., said she could neither confirm nor deny the existence of an investigation. Assistant Attorney General Linda Conti also declined to comment about whether or not the OIG is looking into Thibeault. As for her own department, she said Maine is still gathering information from former Thibeault customers and is trying to obtain the company’s financial records to determine if the company violated state law.

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geant, and then to lieutenant in 2005. The following March he was tapped as acting chief, and that June he officially became chief. “We have a great group of men and women that I love working with and for ... (it’s) like family,” said Field, who is married and has two children. “The city’s been very good to me. Bath is a great community.”

from page 2 He eventually applied to several police agencies for work, and there happened to be an opening in Bath. “I at first thought, ‘well, do I want to work in my hometown?’,” he recalled. “Hindsight’s 20/20. It was the best thing I ever did.” Field was hired in September 1988. He advanced from officer to corporal, to ser-

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Energy from page 1 That announcement came shortly after the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting completed interviews on an expose of the program. The center had interviewed the lawyer, Thomas Federle, a former counsel to exGov. John Baldacci, and officials of the state agency overseeing the program between Friday, Jan. 21 and Wednesday. The next day, the board of Federle’s group, the Maine Green Energy Alliance, voted to end the grant and return unused funds to the state agency. On Friday night at 10:30, the state agency and the alliance sent out a joint press release announcing that decision. The center has spent weeks examining documents, e-mail and grant proposals related to the contract and a “green” nonprofit set up by Federle. Among the center’s findings were that the state agency that awarded the contract, Efficiency Maine, was requested by a top Baldacci aide to include Federle’s group in a larger grant proposal to the federal Department of Energy, despite misgivings by some agency officials. Federle says that politics and influence played no part in his organization getting included in the state’s grant and subsequently getting the award. “I don’t think that had any direct bearing on the Maine Green Energy Alliance getting the grant,” Federle said. “We had worked like dogs to be partners in that application,” he said. “We won the day on it, people agreed we added value.” The center also found that, almost six months into its first year of the contract, the alliance had signed up only 50 households for energy retrofits, but had promised in its contract to have 1,000 signed up in 12 months. At that rate, the alliance itself said it would cost $2,700 per household just to get homeowners to the point of signing up for a retrofit, which then can cost thousands of dollars. Interviewed on Thursday about the center’s findings, Adam Lee, the board chairman of Efficiency Maine, said, “We are looking very, very carefully at what they’re doing because we have a fiscal responsibility to make sure the money is being spent efficiently.” That same day – and just a few days


before the next meeting of the board – the alliance board killed the project. Its press release said that the alliance board had voted on Thursday “to wind down the activities of MGEA under a contract with the Efficiency Maine Trust.” The press release quotes the executive director of Efficiency Maine, Michael Stoddard: “MGEA’s decision to end its project is a hard one, but it is the right one ...” The money that the alliance will return to state agency will be used for rebates to Maine homeowners who are retrofitting their homes through a program run directly by Efficiency Maine. The press release states that the rebate program was running out of money and the unspent funds from the alliance that are being returned will fund more than 1,000 “home energy savings programs.” The release does not specify how much of the contract will be returned. The Efficiency Maine trust had approved funding up to $1.25 million for the first year of the $3 million, three-year contract, although the final contract was for $1.1 million. As of the last accounting given to the Center, the Alliance had spent $356,000.

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But there was heavy competition for the federal money: The state also planned to apply for the grant. The state’s proposal focused on making loans for residential upgrades. In mid-November, Federle contacted John Brautigam, director of the energy programs at the state Public Utilities Commission about having Biddeford’s proposal adopted into the state’s. Brautigam wasn’t convinced. The next day, he wrote an e-mail to Maine State Housing Agency head Dale McCormick: “I am not seeing how their overall project fits with this,” Brautigam wrote, “but I see some connection with their idea of residential neighborhoods.” Federle said the state “didn’t want a competing application.” He said he told state officials, “We have no intention of standing down.” The DOE’s proposal deadline was Dec. 14. Over the next several weeks, staff at various state agencies debated the merits of including the Biddeford proposal versus the strength of one unified proposal. Ian Burnes, a PUC program manager, reviewed Federle’s proposal and wrote in a Dec. 7 e-mail to state officials that “it seems too late to consider” the Westbrook recycling facility work “as part of our grant.” Burnes had also written in an earlier e-mail to Brautigam that the Westbrook facility “will eat the entire grant.” Nevertheless, when the $75 million state grant proposal was sent off on Dec. 14 to the Department of Energy, it included $6.6 million for the Maine Green Energy Alliance. Karin Tilberg, a staff member in Baldacci’s office, had intervened. In a Dec. 11 e-mail from Brautigam to the Public Utilities Commissioners – Jack Cashman, Sharon Reishus and Vendean Vafiades (all Baldacci appointees) – Brautigam wrote: “Yesterday we received a specific request from the Governor to find a way to include the Biddeford/MERC task force package in the proposal. ... Last night and this morning we have adjusted the $75 million proposal to include a sub-grant of $6.6 million to support the work recommend (sic) by the task force. We have been working closely with Tom Federle on this. ... Although it strays a bit from the core mission of building retrofits, I think this sub-grant will be

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Energy from previous page from our proposal. ... We should touch base about this.” Brautigam shot back an e-mail saying, “Please do refer people to me and I will handle it. And please don’t tell people that the MEGEA proposal has fallen apart and will be withdrawn. Who told you that?” In April the feds announced Maine had been awarded $30 million of the $75 million it requested. The feds had included the alliance in the grant. Brautigam left his state job in early March, when the program he ran was officially reincarnated as “The Efficiency Maine Trust” and Portland attorney Michael Stoddard was hired to run it. So it was Stoddard’s job to figure out what to do about the alliance part of the grant. It wasn’t an easy thing to do. Staff at Efficiency Maine had largely concluded that Federle and the alliance had no concrete plan at that point. “Do they think they’re just free to design any program they want in 4 towns that they pick?” wrote Stoddard in a May 16 e-mail to Efficiency Maine staffer Andrew Meyer. “(A) Would that be a good thing? (B) Is that what we said in the proposal to DOE?” Meyer responded that “I didn’t get the

impression that they had a plan with players, roles, action items, or budget.” Stoddard, in turn, got tough with Federle in a subsequent e-mail: “What I am concerned about, generally, is that beyond the basic concept of working closely with towns/communities, you guys are making this up as you go along. ... And meanwhile, I immediately have to submit a revised proposal and budgets to reflect what you are going to do with a $3 million no bid sub-grant.” Despite his reservations, Stoddard kept Federle and the alliance in the grant, cutting their take down to $3 million from the original $6.6 Million. The plan was that the alliance would complement Efficiency Maine’s loan program by working with towns – Cumberland, Scarborough, Topsham, Yarmouth, Buckfield, Old Town, Hampden and Belfast – to get them to adopt the ordinances to participate in the program and by convincing homeowners to do upgrades. The alliance, said Stoddard, would “hold customers’ hands through the process.” But documents show that Stoddard still had some problems to deal with. One was that members of his staff and the public were beginning to question why the alliance was getting so much money to do work that that the agency itself was

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already doing, as were other groups, including a effort of environmental and religious groups called “Green Sneakers.”

‘Awkward appearances’ In a presentation to staff, Meyer questioned the alliance’s qualifications, stressed the “awkward appearances” of hiring “Gov. Baldacci’s former counsel” and argued that the agency’s outreach money could be more effectively spent through a competitive bidding process. Ann Goggins, chairwoman of Falmouth’s energy commission, said she told Stoddard she felt the alliance was diverting money that should be spent on winterizing homes. “The MGEA didn’t seem to fill an essential role in getting it there,” Goggins said. “It looked like it was an entity in search of money.” Stoddard’s solution, written in an e-mail to staffers Meyer and Elizabeth Crabtree, was to have the alliance pay off critics such as the Sierra Club: “Confidentially, we’ve gotten them to put about $250k into their Year 1 budget which they will use for subgranting to community organizing/outreach program. This should take Opportunity Maine and Sierra Club off our backs ...” Sierra Club climate coordinator Joan Saxe would not comment when asked for an interview. After the story was released, executive committee member Becky Bar-

tovics of North Haven said the club never received any money from the alliance. In June, the Alliance hired Seth Murray as executive director. But Federle continued to represent it in public, for example at a late October board meeting of the Efficiency Maine Trust. Stoddard then asked the Efficiency Maine Trust board – all Baldacci appointees – to authorize the no-bid contract with the alliance. The board insisted that the alliance be given a one-year contract of up to $1.25 million, with an option for the other two years and additional $2 million. It’s that contract that the alliance will now abandon. Is Lee concerned that it appears that political favoritism may have pushed the state to use taxpayers’ money unwisely? He said that while he doesn’t believe politics was behind the state’s contract with Federle and the Maine Green Energy Alliance, “I think the way politics works often doesn’t look good from the outside.” Naomi Schalit is executive director and senior reporter for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, a nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism organization based in Hallowell. She can be reached at or online at




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