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Vol. 8, No. 8

News of Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell

Durham residents want out of RSU 5 By David Harry DURHAM — Simon says it is time to consider withdrawing from Regional School Unit 5, and more than 250 residents agree. Milton Simon, a member of the town Budget Committee, has submitted 255 signatures asking the Board of Selectmen to initiate the process of separating from RSU 5, which also includes Freeport and Pownal. “I’m saying if the door is open, we ought to look at it,” Simon said about initiating the ANDREW CULLEN / THE FORECASTER

Deasy Edwards pulls his ice fishing shack off of the Androscoggin River at Baybrindge Landing in Brunswick on Sunday, Feb. 19, after a disappointingly short season. A typical season could last well into March, but on the river “it’s getting so sketchy,” he said, pointing at patches of rotting ice just a few dozen feet from the fishing shacks.

Melting ice spells end of smelt season in Mid-Coast Maine By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — Smelt season ended early this year for Deasy Edwards. Last Sunday afternoon, wearing a T-shirt and jeans, Edwards weaved around patches of thin ice as he pulled his smelt shack from the Androscoggin River near Baybridge Landing. Although he put his shack out less than a month ago, warm temperatures and rain forced the Pownal resident to call it quits See page 5

Roger Robbins, left, and Tom Page wait for smelt to bite in their ice fishing shack on the Androscoggin River near Water Street in Brunswick on Sunday, Feb. 19. The ice beneath their shack was at least 8 inches thick, but towards the middle of the river, thin ice was easily visible. Many local fishermen had already pulled their shacks from the ice as the season comes to an early end.

protracted process that requires two local votes, formation of a local committee to create a withdrawal plan, and approval of the plan by the commissioner of the state Department of Education. Town Clerk Shannon Plourde has certified the signatures, and Board of Selectman Chairman Jeff Wakeman said voters will likely be asked in a June 12 referendum if they want to begin actions to withdraw from the RSU formed in 2009. See page 22

Bill makes it easier to exit consolidated school districts By Emily Guerin AUGUSTA — A bill that would make it easier for towns to withdraw from consolidated school districts is heading to the Maine House of Representatives. The bill is especially relevant now because as of Jan. 1, towns that formed consolidated school districts three years ago are able to begin the withdrawal process. Expensive and time-consuming, it begins with a petition to hold a referendum to start the process. If that passes, a town must produce a study detailing how it will provide for the educational needs of all its students. Once completed, the

plan must be approved by the commissioner of the Department of Education and then, after a public hearing, the town would have to approve withdrawal by a two-thirds majority vote. But if LD 1742 becomes law, a town could withdraw with only a simple majority in that final vote. The change would apply to the recently formed regional school units and the older school administrative districts. The prospect is good news for North Yarmouth resident Mark Verrill, who is collecting signatures to start the process of See page 22

Local bookstores buck national trend with increased sales By Gillian Graham FALMOUTH — A few years ago Donna Williams didn’t know how long she’d be able to call herself a book seller. “I finally have confidence I’m going to be able to retire as a book seller,” she said last week in her office at The Book Review, the shelves

behind her overflowing with books. Williams said her increased confidence is due to a surge in business after the liquidation of Borders in South Portland last summer and a particularly busy holiday season. Williams is not alone. The owners of Royal River

Books in Yarmouth and Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick say they, too, have seen increases in business that can be attributed in part to the demise of big-box bookstores. These local book sellers are bucking a national trend that saw a dramatic decline in See page 5 GILLIAN GRAHAM / THE FORECASTER

Employee Kate Winn straightens a row of books at The Book Review in Falmouth, one of the local independent book sellers enjoying increasing sales. Donna Williams, owner of The Book Review, said she saw a boost after Borders in South Portland closed last summer.

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Meetings.........................16 Obituaries.......................10 Opinion.............................7 Out & About....................15

People & Business.........14 Police Beat.....................12 Real Estate.....................23 Sports.............................13

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Topsham selectmen table tax break for military Page 3

Selectman candidates have different priorities for Harpswell Page 4



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Maine libraries adding telescopes to their collections By Amber Cronin BRUNSWICK — Ever wanted to discover a new star or planet, or get lost in the vastness of the galaxy, or search for alien life? A program organized by Cornerstones of Science, and offered at area libraries, will help you channel your inner Galileo by lending out telescopes. “We are doing this program to get patrons to re-engage with their public libraries,”

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Cynthia Randall, Cornerstones executive director, said. “We want to be able to connect people with how cool science is on their own terms, in their own back yards. We are trying to get patrons to think of libraries as their local science centers.” Starting in early spring, the Portland Public Library, Curtis Memorial Library in

Brunswick and Raymond Village Library will have telescopes available for patrons to check out, just as they would books. The program, which is already in place and thriving in New Hampshire, will partner with local astronomy clubs to teach patrons how to use the telescopes. “The local astronomy clubs, who will serve as the caretakers for the telescopes, will come in and host sky gazing parties, continued page 17

Bath man charged with stabbing girlfriend By Alex Lear BATH — A Washington Street man was arrested Monday morning for allegedly stabbing his girlfriend in the neck several times. Matthew T. Wycoff, 28, was charged with the Class A crime of elevated aggravated assault.

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Police said they responded to a call at a Washington Street apartment at 6:54 a.m. Monday morning and found the 38-yearold woman with serious stab wounds in her neck. The officers learned from her and witnesses that Wycoff, described as her live-in boyfriend, attacked her with a knife after an argument and drove off in a black Kia SUV. Wycoff’s description was circulated to area law enforcement agencies, and at 7:34 a.m. Topsham Police Officers Randy Cook and William Collins found Wycoff at Gibb’s gas station on Main Street in Topsham. They arrested him and turned him over to Bath Police Officer Andrew Booth. Topsham police “did such a great job

finding him so quickly,” Bath Police Lt. Stan Cielinski said later Monday morning. The victim, who police would not identify, was transported to Maine Medical Center in PortWycoff land with stab wounds to her neck and shoulder. Police said she was in serious, but stable condition. Cielinski said she is “very lucky to be alive,” noting that the knife blade actually broke while Wycoff allegedly attacked the woman. Wycoff’s bail was set at $100,000 cash. He was being held at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@ Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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BRUNSWICK — The School Board is hoping members of the public will turn out at the first public forum on the 2012-2013 budget. Brunswick is facing a nearly $2 million decline in tuition dollars and state and federal aid over last year. Faced with another challenging budget season, officials and administrators want to hear from residents about their priorities. While the town’s elementary schools bore the brunt of budget cuts the past several years, Superintendent Paul Perzanoski said the junior high school and high school would likely be hit harder this year. The forum takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 29, at 6 p.m. in the council chambers at Brunswick Station.

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Topsham selectmen table tax break for military Town manager gets 2% salary hike

By Alex Lear TOPSHAM — The Board of Selectmen last week unanimously tabled an excise tax exemption proposed for residents on active military duty. Town Manager Cornell Knight said at the board’s Feb. 16 meeting that the exemption used to apply to non-resident military personnel stationed in town. But a state law that took effect Jan. 1 allows municipalities to exempt vehicles owned by Maine residents on active military duty – people who are either stationed permanently out of state

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or deployed for longer than 180 days, but still want to register their vehicles in Maine. “We really don’t know how many people that involves,” Knight said. “It could be a few, it could be many, many.” He said the impact the exemption would have on the town’s revenue is unknown, “so I would be concerned about making a decision.” Donald Russell, chairman of the Board of Selectmen, pointed out that the state does not reimburse municipalities for the revenue loss incurred by the exemption. A notice on the matter from the Maine Municipal Association, included with the meeting materials, stated that only a few municipalities have opted for such an exemption. Ultimate approval of the exemption would be up to Town Meeting. “On the face of it, it sounds like a wonderful idea,” Selectman Andrew Mason said, noting that the exemption could potentially be a tool to attract people to Topsham.

By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — A proposal that would have concentrated development in West Harpswell has failed due to overwhelming opposition from neighbors. The plan would have created a “village district” centered around Mitchell Field, where smaller lots could be carved out of

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existing properties. The idea behind the zoning change was to encourage lowerincome and working families back to town by making land more affordable. The Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee, which worked on the plan, also hoped to focus future construction into already developed areas and preserve more rural parts of town. But many West Harpswell residents opposed the idea on the grounds that it would hurt their property values, alter the character of the area and unfairly target their neighborhood. The Board of Selectmen voted 2-1 on Feb. 16 against putting the proposal on the warrant for the March 10 annual Town Meeting. At the Feb. 16 meeting, Jim Knight, a former selectmen who lives in West continued page 23

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Selectman candidates have different priorities for Harpswell By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — From resolving in-town rivalries to reducing town staff, incumbent Selectman Elinor Multer and challenger C. Matthew Rich will have very different priorities if elected to the Board of Selectmen on March 10. Multer, 84, is finishing her first term as selectman. She Multer moved to Harpswell in 1976 from New Jersey, where she worked as a newspaper reporter, columnist, and public relations director at a community college. She has four adult children and is Rich divorced. Currently the board chairman, Multer presided during a three-year term marked by the drawn-out discussion of whether to close West Harpswell School, and the on-going bitterness over that decision. “My biggest concern, really, is the pervasive sense of rivalry between different

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sides of Harpswell. And I hope that we can facilitate policies that will help to ameliorate that,” Multer said, although she said she didn’t have anything specific in mind. Rich, 60, has been living in Harpswell since 2002, but has owned land in town since the 1960s. He was in the U.S. Coast Guard and is now an attorney. He is married, has three adult children, and ran unsuccessfully as a Republican for the state House of Representatives in 2002 and 2004, and also lost a bid for selectman in 2005. If elected, Rich said one of his priorities will be to change staffing levels in town government to better reflect Harpswell’s declining, aging population. As selectman, he said, he believes he could provide a fresh look at staffing and come up with new ideas, like having elected officials help share the workload of town employees by becoming betterversed in tax assessing, codes enforcement and zoning ordinances. “It used to be in this town the selectmen participated much more in the daycontinued next page

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HARPSWELL — Two candidates are vying to replace Road Commissioner Bob Venard, who is not seeking re-election on March 10. The road commissioner is tasked with coordinating snow removal and road maintenance, Ponziani hiring and overseeing contractors, and planning long-term street maintenance. Candidate Paul Standridge, 75, moved to Harpswell three Standridge years ago and said he hopes to “pay back” the community for the services he has received. 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, and he has worked at Dow Chemical and a cement factory in South Dakota. If elected, he said he would focus first on clearing ditches and culverts clogged by sand and debris. He’d also like to concentrate on potholes and tree

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Candidates from previous page to-day activities,” he said. “We’ve lost that.” But he said he doesn’t think the selectmen, or anyone, could do anything to reverse Harpswell’s population trend. Multer said she also doesn’t see many ways for elected officials to woo young people back to town, although she said she preferred Harpswell when it was less homogeneous.

Smelt season from page 1 a full month before the official end of smelt season on March 15. “It’s getting so sketchy,” he said, pointing to a jagged break in the ice less than 100 feet from the closest shack. Edwards isn’t the only fisherman to declare a premature end to smelt season. At the ice fishing camps at Water Street and Baybridge Landing, the footprints of ice shacks – long rectangles cut in the ice where fishermen hung their hooks – now outnumber the shacks that remain. And some commercial smelt camps, like Jim’s in Bowdoinham and James Eddy in Dresden, have already closed. “The rivers are opening up. There’s a lot of open places on all the rivers, and there’s no frost in the ice, so it’s really not safe for anybody to be out there,” said Sharon James, whose sons own James Eddy. James said she likes to have 6 inches of ice to let people into the shacks, but there are only 3 inches right now. With rain predicted this week, she said it just didn’t make sense to keep the camp open. Not only is the 2012 season ending early, but James Eddy didn’t open until Jan. 19 – about a month later than normal. Recreational fishermen also got a late start. Roger Robbins, of Portland, said Sunday was his first time out this season. Robbins, who has been ice fishing for over 50 years, said the ice needs to be at least 4 inches thick for him to put a shack out. Usually that happens before Jan. 1, but many fisher-

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bookstore sales at the end of 2011. Preliminary numbers released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau show nationwide bookstore sales in December fell 15.6 percent, the largest decline in 2011. Overall, bookstore sales for the year were down 0.8 percent to $15.53 billion. Williams opened The Book Review with her brother, Stephen Fournier, 32 years ago. At the time it was the only independent bookstore in town, a position they regained last year when Books, Etc. closed. Williams said her store in the Falmouth Shopping Center has weathered many changes over the past three decades, most notably in the way people shop. When she first opened, people seemed to gravitate to libraries and small bookstores, but that changed as large chain stores opened in the area, she said. “That had a great impact on independent bookstores,” she said. “In the end I think people chose different shopping experiences. Some people were looking for a better price, but other people did choose an alternative, which was smaller, more close to home and more personal attention.” Recognizing that Harpswell is aging, Multer said she’d like to see the former West Harpswell School turned into senior housing or sold, but said the ultimate decision is up to the voters. “(The building) costs a fair amount to operate and it’s going to need major system upgrades,” she said, noting that the school will cost $70,000 a year in operating costs alone. Rich said selectmen have taken a long time to decide what to do with the school, and asked “are the taxpayers expected to men said they couldn’t get their shacks on the ice until late January. But the ice is better in the Mid-Coast than farther south. Sebago Lake didn’t even freeze this year, causing organizers to cancel the annual fishing derby and driving Tim Brown, of Gray, to Brunswick to fish on the frozen Androscoggin River. Jeff Clay drove even farther. He traveled three hours from Alton, N.H., to fish Merrymeeting Bay six times this year because the ice never arrived where he lives. “New Hampshire rivers are not safe at all,” he said. Despite the short season, Clay said this year has been pretty good for ice fishing, especially on Super Bowl Sunday. Everyone was listening to the game on their radios, and he almost filled three five-gallon buckets with smelt – about 120 pounds. But the smelt weren’t biting this past Sunday, when Clay and his fishing buddy Bill Carlin, of Lebanon, were hunkered down behind Baybridge Landing in their collapsible tent. Instead of filling buckets with smelt, they tossed in empty coffee cups and pizza boxes. Despite the slow day on Sunday and the encroaching open water, Durham resident Tom Page and his son, Luke, were still having a good time out on the ice near Water Street. They played football, skidding across the river as they waiting for the smelt to find their hooks. “There’s not a lot of action here, but I got to be honest,” Page said. “The action is secondary.” Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.

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“I think definitely for us Borders having finally closed ended up having a positive impact on us in the sense people were looking for alternatives,” she added. Williams said the sales increase her store experienced beginning last summer helped offset loses she attributes to the rising popularity of e-books. She said fiction sales have softened as readers turned to e-readers, but nonfiction sales have remained strong. Another factor The Book Review has had to contend with is location. When the shop opened, the Route 1 plaza was full of businesses and shoppers. Now, half of the plaza is empty and the number of people who wander in to peruse the shelves has diminished, Williams said. “The traffic is vastly diminished since the shopping center was full. It used to be the shopping destination for this whole area,” she said. “It was kind of like Falmouth’s downtown. It’s one of the things I miss the most since we first started.” Like The Book Review, Gulf of Maine Books is adjusting to being the only bookstore in town. Beth Leonard, who opened continued page 21



fund the continued maintenance and operation of the school as this board thinks about it?” He said he supports the idea of recreational fields or facilities on the current site, but doesn’t “see keeping 50-year old building as a positive.” Rich also supported the idea of recreation at Mitchell Field, and said whatever development goes in should generate tax revenue. But he was reluctant to offer specifics, and said selectmen have gotten ahead of themselves by designing a boat launch before the Mitchell Field infrastructure study has been completed. Multer said she likes the idea of a boat launch at Mitchell Field, but wants to find a way to bring down its current $300,000 cost. She questioned the idea of building affordable workforce housing, as suggested in the Mitchell Field Master Plan, noting that similar projects in town have failed to sell out. She said she hasn’t taken a position on the idea of building a marine-themed charter school in Harpswell. Neither has Rich, who said he’d like to know how much it

will cost taxpayers before taking a stance. Although Rich is hoping to replace Multer as selectman, he said he has no qualms with her leadership style or decisions. “Everyone’s entitled to competition,” Rich said. “I have a difference in style than Ellie does. Ellie happens to think town staff is doing very well and that it should stay on the staus quo. I happen to think that’s one of the areas that has to be changed.” Multer said people should vote for her “if they’re reasonably satisfied with what I’ve done and with the direction it looks like I’m going.” She said she tries to strike a balance between “watching the taxpayers’ purse and meeting their needs, and if they think I’m doing reasonably well at that I’d welcome their support.” Joanne Rogers, who has served on the School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors for 26 yearrs, is running unopposed for re-election. Voting is from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Harpswell Community School. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.

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Bath museum showcases Portland’s ‘ship-shaped history’ By Alex Lear BATH — Back in 1775, when George Washington decried the British bombardment of Portland early in the American Revolution, the city was actually part of a much larger Falmouth, and Maine a part of Massachusetts. “An Outrage exceeding in Barbarity & Cruelty every hostile act practiced among civilized Nations,” Washington wrote to John Hancock, 14 years before becoming America’s first president. The quotation was pulled from history and put on display for the Maine Maritime Museum’s “Port of Portland: A Ship-Shaped History” exhibit. The gallery – previously on display at the Portland Public Library, and up at the 243 Washington St. museum until May 13 – showcases Portland’s history from the

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perspective of the ships that have coasted off the city’s shores in past centuries. Maine Maritime Museum took over the financially strapped Portland Harbor Museum in 2010, and absorbed its collections and membership. Chris Hall, the museum’s curator of exhibits, said last week that Maine Maritime wanted a Portland-centric exhibit, and one about Maine coastal culture beyond the Mid-Coast area. “It was a nice mixture of our original collection and also (Portland’s),” Hall said, noting also that “we’re trying our best to keep some kind of a maritime museum continued page 23

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This limited-edition, one-of-a-kind beer is for you, Maine One of the many reasons I love Maine is I’m not going to lie to you: we made eye it hasn’t been completely taken over by the contact. That’s right, a famous guy knows I exist. Again, no big deal. He gave me his mass culture/franchise system. Los Angeles has some good qualities, apprehensive “Please let me buy a dog like but the constant barrage of slick consumer- a normal person” look. I gave him my “Oh, ism wears you down. Sure, there are still are you supposed to be somebody? Because I’m still ahead of you in successful unique small line” look. Later we sat at businesses, but you have to The View the same table. look for them as you drive I usually don’t relate by Starbucks, McDonald’s, celebrity sightings because Lamps Plus, Burger King, I am not impressed by ceBed Bath & Beyond, Starlebrity. However, I make an bucks, Men’s Wearhouse, exception for people who Taco Bell, Starbucks, Mchave saved the free world Donald’s, Bed Bath & Even repeatedly. I’m sure Kiefer Further Beyond. Sutherland puts his shoulYou get the idea. Everyder holster on one arm at thing repeats itself over and a time just like the rest of over, like the background us, unaffected by being the in a Max Fleischer cartoon offspring of a cultural icon (obscure reference; worth and unscarred by the bullylooking it up. Just sayin’.). Now, because it’s Los An- Mike Langworthy ing his parents invited when they albatrossed him with geles, you can have unique experiences in some of those little business- the name “Kiefer.” He was polite. Used es. There’s a popular hot dog place, Pink’s. a napkin. Not very chatty, but it was still Not the one that’s shaped like a hot dog, comforting sharing a bench with somebody and it’s franchised now, but it was a one-off who could take out a terrorist with a plastic then. Very down market; you eat on picnic fork, should the need arise. ‘Cause he’s tables, and the rich and famous have to stand Jack Bauer. OK, maybe I’m a little impressed by in line to order their chili dogs and cheese fries with us poor and obscure people. celebrity. Forgive the digression. My original point The first time I went there, I had the kind of experience that made Los Angeles inter- was that in Maine, unique businesses with mittently tolerable. I was standing in line; personalities of their own are more the rule I heard a familiar voice, turned around and than the exception. I’m sure a lifelong resisaw Kiefer Sutherland. Donald’s son. Jack dent would say Maine, or at least Portland, Bauer on “24.” Two feet away from me. is as corporatized and franchised as anywhere, and maybe it’s headed there. Right No big deal.

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now, though, there is a critical mass of more interesting businesses that indicate Mainers are not quite as programmed to be mindless consumers. In most places I’ve lived, it felt like people bought stuff because somebody told them they needed it. Here it seems like there are a lot more people who buy stuff so they can use it. Look at the number of places aimed at selling bicycles to grownups. Portland must have the record for bike shops per capita. In L.A., bike riders travel in packs on expensive racing bikes – hedge fund managers and agents who spend all week working as hard as they can and all weekend “having fun” as hard as they can, in both cases by going around in circles with a lot of other guys dressed just like them. In Portland, the bike riding demographic seems to skew heavily toward people who want to go somewhere. Forest Avenue has a little of everything. There’s a KFC and a Burger King – and a hydroponics store, for people who grow things scientifically as a hobby. Presumably. I may be a little cynical, but I can’t drive by the hydroponics store without thinking of the kid in my college dorm who was always bringing grow lights into his room. You know the type: Kept to himself, windows blacked out and walls papered with Reynolds Wrap. Smelled like sweetish smoke and Doritos. I’m sure I’m betraying my age, associating a hydroponics store with what we used to call the counter-culture. For all

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I know their big customers are lobstermen growing vegetables on their boats. Either way, it’s an interesting business. People go there to get things so they can do other things. A little farther down there’s a brewing supply store, another example of how Mainers are into process as much as results. If all you want is a beer, you can get a six-pack anywhere. If you want something with a little more character, you take advantage of the city ordinance prohibiting a distance exceeding a hundred yards between microbreweries. There are also several nonmicrobreweries. I’m told they’re known as “breweries” in the trade. Finally, the supply store is next door to a Portland institution that prides itself on selling every beer ever made since the first semi-nomadic tribesman dropped his bread in the barley water by mistake. Clearly, the supply store is not serving the standard beer consumer. Their clientele are aficionados. Micro brewing isn’t enough for them. They’re nanobrewers. So I think Maine is for producers more than consumers. Hey. Maybe they should put something about that on the big sign at the state line: “Maine. Where People Do Stuff.” In your face, Kiefer Sutherland. 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

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Churches a key part of The Gathering Place We would like to thank you for the article about The Gathering Place in your Mid-Coast edition. I want to reiterate a point made in the interview, but which did not appear in the story. That point is that The Gathering Place is not at all “the brainchild “of three individuals. It is the result of leadership, collaboration and support from eight area churches, as well as from the Brunswick Area Interfaith Council. Of especial importance is the generosity of the Brunswick Seventh Day Adventist Church, which has generously allowed The Gathering Place to use their community service center. While many of the social service agencies in the area receive some of their support from local churches, The Gathering Place is unusual in that it receives 100 percent of its funding from churches and individual donors, and none from state or federal or other public sources. In an era of shrinking federal and state budgets, such leadership and support from the faith community for all kinds of programs will become ever more critical if services are to be provided to those who cannot otherwise afford them. Federal and state funds will continue to shrink, and the faith community will have to fill the gap. This is the significance of the leadership shown by the churches in the case of The Gathering Place. To ignore this is to miss a very critical aspect of what is happening in our society. Charles Carroll The Gathering Place Brunswick

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Gillian Graham and Emily Guerin recently reported on school budget cuts in the Mid-Coast area. None of us want to eliminate what we consider to be important out of our budget; however it seems to me that the schools have a more pressing problem than their budgets. Over the past several years, the report card for the schools in SAD 75 (i.e., No Child Left Behind) shows that students have struggled in math and reading. Parents should be outraged that their students are lacking the necessary math skills and are unable to read at their grade levels. It is time for adults to hold the school district accountable for what they are supposed to be doing – educating children. I feel that this is not a matter of money as it is choosing programs that teach students the necessary skills and seeing that they are at grade level before promoting them to the next grade. It is my intent to work with the schools in the area to find a solution to this problem which will not in fact cause an increase in the budget. Patricia Walden Topsham

On behalf of the board of the Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange Program, thank you to the many community members who contributed to the success of our first Japan culture celebration. And to the people who enthusiastically attended many of our diverse events, yes, we are already planning next year’s second annual culture weekend. This exchnage program with our sister city in Japan is an extraordinary asset for Bath and its residents, cultivating international friendships and understanding. Dr. Deborah Patten, president Bath-Tsugaru Sister City Exchange

No Gathering Place without the churches May I offer a few comments relative to your article about The Gathering Place? First, and most significantly, the community ought to be made aware of the enormous generosity of the Seventh Day Adventist Church, whose willingness to lend their space gave The Gathering Place a home. Without the Adventists, there would be no Gathering

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LePage, Bowen let down public schools The LePage administration’s education agenda, it should come as no surprise to anyone, comes straight out of the ultra-conservative American Legislative Exchange Council playbook, by way of the ultraconservative Maine Heritage Policy Center, by way of the ultra-conservative Commissioner of EduThe Universal cation Stephen Bowen, who is former director of MHPC’s Center for Education Excellence. The most dramatic proposal of the LePage education agenda, which in an act of Orwellian double-speak is called “An Act to Remove Inequity in the Funding of Certain Schools,” would remove the prohibition against supporting religious schools with Edgar Allen Beem public tax dollars. The constitutional principle of the separation of church and state would seem to preclude funding private religious schools with public tax dollars, but parents in Maine towns without high schools who tuitioned their students into public and private schools were able to use tax money to send their kids to religious schools from 1903 to 1983. So there is precedent for sending tax dollars to religious schools in Maine. But that doesn’t make it a good idea. People who chose to send their children to private schools will often argue that it is not fair for them to have to pay taxes to support public schools from which they derive no benefit. That’s a specious argument. First, everyone in a civil society benefits from a system of public education. Second, it’s an argument that could be used by anyone who does not have children in school. The reason to oppose “An Act to Remove Inequity in the Funding of Certain Schools,” however, is more political than economic. While most Americans believe in the separation of church and state, the ultra-conservatives who are pressing for public aid to religious schools (and other aspects of the LePage-Bowen educational agenda, such as open school choice) believe in the separation of school and state. It is their ultimate aim to turn education into a business run by churches and corporations. All you really need to know about the new breed of conservative activists is that they are pro-corporation and anti-government. If Mainers approve public funding of religious schools (and open enrollment in the school of your choice), they will lose local control of education. And


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3,372 in the 2004-2005 school year, when the budget was $27.7 million. Currently, enrollment is 2,456 and the budget is $33.3 million. Hence, in seven years, the budget has grown by 20 percent, while enrollment has declined by 27 percent, bringing new relevance to the concept of “upside down.” Here are the “revenue shortfalls” justifying the current “budgetary crisis:” • Loss of one-time stimulus funds of $693,000. This was clearly a one-time windfall; factoring it into the revenue baseline for operations is irresponsible beyond belief. • Reduction in state-provided General Purpose Aid of $1.2 million (and mention of 55 percent “mandate.”) I am not aware of any such mandate; it has always been described as a “promise,” whatever that means in legislative terms. If a school department raises their budget by 20 percent, do they really think the state will automatically send them 20 percent more? Moreover, it’s clear the state formula uses enrollment as a key parameter; declining enrollment equals declining GPA. • Reduction in federal impact aid for U.S. Navy dependents of $100,000. During the peak enrollment years, the system educated 660 military dependents, and received something more than $1 million from the Navy to offset the cost. That works out to less than $2,000 a student in a system that spends well in excess of $10,000 per student. Accordingly, the loss of the military dependents can be seen as a revenue windfall, eliminating a huge operating loss. • Reduction in Durham student tuition of $150,000. Here again, this change has been known about for several years, and like the military dependents, eliminates a per-student operating loss. Not a single circumstance the School Department faces can be called unexpected or otherwise unforeseeable. In contrast, here are the realities associated with system operation: • In the last few years, three schools have been closed and replaced with one new, purportedly extremely costeffective building. • Budget levels have stayed flat despite continuous, significant enrollment decline. • GPA has grown to $4,765 per student in the current year from $3,432 per student in 2005-2006, an increase of 38 percent. • Now the worst part: annual per-student costs have grown from $8,230 in 2004-2005 to $13,559 in the current year, an increase of $5,329, or 65 percent. The result is a cumulative cost of $176,000 this year, compared to $123,000 five years ago, and $93,000 10 years ago – an increase of 89 percent. We have every right to expect that those responsible for administering the system in the public trust should have identified and prepared for fiscal certainty. Somehow, though, reality is not a popular commodity for those spending other people’s money. Brunswick resident Pem Schaeffer writes a blog, The Other Side of Town.

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Richard D. Wyckoff Sr., 67: Energetic and charismatic WISCASSET — Richard D. Wyckoff Sr., 67, died Feb. 14 at his home. He was born in Newport, R.I., on Aug. 26, 1944, son of William D. and Ruth F. Wyckoff. He attended Culver Military Academy and Miami of Ohio University. On July 15, 1967, he married Katherine E. Partridge. He served Wyckoff in the U.S. Navy submarine service during the Vietnam War. Wyckoff was employed at Maine Yankee, then for many years in instrumentation and controls, and retired as a senior consultant for IBM. As a second career he indulged in his long-held fascination with automobiles by establishing a used car parts division for a local dealer. He expanded and renovated his home doing all plumbing, heating and electrical as well as carpentry. He was always willing to share his wealth of knowledge. His family and friends will remember him as an energetic and charismatic man.

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Patrick J. Vaillancourt, 78 BOWDOINHAM — Patrick J. Vaillancourt, 78, died Feb. 20 at his grandson’s home. He was born in Fort Fairfield on June 26, 1933, a son of Anthony Smart and Clara Vaillancourt. He attended North Primary and Morse High School. He Vaillancourt served in the U.S. Army and in 1948 his father purchased Smarts Auto Body Shop in Bath. He moved to Connecticut where he became Chevrolet certified and worked as a painter and detailed cars on the side. He returned to Bath and was employed at Bath Iron Works and Pratt & Whitney. On May 7, 1991, he married Claire M. Cyr. He was a 50-year member of the Knights of Columbus in Bath and St. Mary’s Catholic Church in Bath. In his spare time Vaillancourt enjoyed polishing cars, reading, tinkering in the

garage and spending time with his family and friends. He was a great storyteller and could remember everything he’d ever done. He was predeceased by his parents; sister, Joan Smart Vaillancourt; and his wife, Claire M. Vaillancourt. He is survived by three stepsons, Jim Caron of Richmond, Robert Caron of Livermore and Gary Caron and his wife, Jessica, of Richmond; one stepdaughter, Carol Clark of Virgina; seven grandchildren; nine great-grandchildren; and several cousins. Visiting hours took place Feb. 23 at Daigle Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. Feb. 24 at All Saints Parish, St. Mary’s Catholic Church, Lincoln Street, Bath. Memorial contributions may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.

Doris May Bailey, 83 BRUNSWICK — Doris May Bailey, 83, died Feb. 18 at Horizons Living Center. She was born in Greenville on Nov. 26, 1928, the daughter of George and Gertrude Raymond Libby. She graduated from Greenville High School in 1946 and from Maine General School of Nursing in Portland in 1949. In April of 1950 she began working at Bath Bailey Memorial Hospital, first as an operating room nurse and later as a 3-11 supervisor. In 1970 she resumed work in the operating department and be-

came supervisor for that department. She retired due to ill health in 1982 after 32 years of service. In 1985 she and her husband Clayton began spending winters in Largo, Fla., and after his retirement they traveled all around the country. She greatly enjoyed traveling and visiting with family and friends. During her spare time she enjoyed cooking, reading, playing cards and bingo. After her husband’s death, she enjoyed spending her winters in San Diego with her son and his family and their dog Mackenzie, who was her constant companion. Her beloved husband, Clayton, died on July 6, 1991. She was also predeceased by her parents; her brother, Francis G. Libby; and sister, Octavia M. Gallagher. Bailey is survived by her son, Richard C. Bailey and his wife, Barbara, of San Diego; daughter, Cynthia D. Frazier and her husband, Randall, of Lisbon Falls; four granddaughters, Jennifer L. Caron and her husband, David, of Brunswick, Jessica A. Layne and her husband, Dennis, of Mesa, Ariz., Joanna M. Adinolfi and her husband, Richard, of East Northport, N.Y., and Julia M. Bailey of San Diego; and two greatgranddaughters, Arianna E. L. Caron and Amelia C. Adinolfi. Visiting hours took place Feb. 21 at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath. Burial will be in Grover Cemetery in Woolwich. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Bath Area Food Bank, c/o Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington St., Bath, ME 04530 or the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011.

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Obituaries Amy E. Bishop, 43 PHIPPSBURG — Amy E. Bishop, 43, died unexpectedly on Feb. 17 at her home. She was born in Changle, China, on Nov. 6, 1968, a daughter of Qiuyuan and Fengjin Li and was educated in the local schools. She graduated from Fujian Teachers University in China Bishop with her bachelor’s degree. She taught at Sajing Middle School as an English teacher before moving to the United States. On Aug. 2, 2005, she married Jay Bishop and was united with her husband here in December 2006. Bishop worked at Hannaford in Topsham as a cashier and taught Chinese to the children at Woolwich Central School. She was an active member of Small Point Baptist Church. She loved spending time with her family, working in her rose garden, candies, reading, sitting at the beach, Bejeweled and playing Spades with her husband and his parents. Bishop is survived by her husband, Jay, of Phippsburg; her parents of China; her daughter, Shuning “Ann” Chen of Phippsbug; stepdaughters, April Bishop of Laconia, N.H., and Tabitha Bishop of Bath; stepson, Paul Biship of Brunswick; sister, Aixian Li of China; brothers Xiankai Li and Xiandi Li, both of China; father and mother-in-law, Ray and Dian Bishop Sr., of Sebasco Estates; and six grandchildren, Mathis Crompton, Isis Skoby, Angelo Sawler, Olivia Bishop, Tyler Stewart and Darius Goulette. Visiting hours were held Feb. 22 at David

E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home followed by funeral services on Feb. 23 at Small Point Baptist Church. Memorial contributions may be made to the Small Point Baptist Church Memorial Fund.

Richard A. Lay, 80 BRUNSWICK — Richard A. Lay, 80, died Feb. 12 at Mid Coast Hospital. He was born in Long Beach, Calif., on Sept. 21, 1931, the son of Hiram and Ruth Gray Lay. Lay graduated from Woodrow Wilson High School in Long Beach, Calif., in 1949 and later entered the U.S. Air Force at Andrews Air Force Base in Washington, D.C. He Lay served in Guam and was honorably discharged in 1955. On July 19, 1958, he married Arline Pennell. After serving in the military, Lay went to Florida State University in Tallahassee, Fla., and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in meteorology. For three years he worked as a meteorologist in Long Beach, Calif., and then was transferred to San Fransisco International Airport, serving as a marine meteorologist from 1967 to 1986. It was during this period that he was head meteorologist for the 1984 Olympic Games. From 1986 to 1992, Lay was the lead forecaster for marine meteorology in Hawaii, where he accurately predicted the path of Hurricane Iniki, which struck the island of Kauai. He proudly received a meteorology award for this from NOAA. In 1993 he retired to Brunswick. He was a member of the AMA, Navy




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Barbara K. Wilson, 88 HARPSWELL - Barbara K. Wilson, 88, died on Feb. 14. She was predeceased by the love of her life, Roy W. Wilson. She is survived by her daughter Gale and her husband, Michael A. Doyle; grandson, Justin R. Allen; several nieces; and one nephew. A celebration of her life was held Feb. 18 at the West Harpswell Baptist Church. In lieu of flowers, donations in Wilson’s memory can be made to the American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.

Edward S. Thompson, 82

BATH — Edward S. Thompson, 82, died Feb. 18. Thompson was born in Bath on March 15, 1929, to Edward K. and Edna Dunton Thompson. He lived and worked in the Bath and West Bath area Thompson all his life. He was an excellent mechanic who put his skills to work for the Bath Bus Service, Dodge Chevrolet and Bath Iron Works. He enjoyed woodworking, camping, his cats and just “puttering” around the house. Thompson was predeceased by his wife of 60 years, Barbara Thompson, and son, Keith Thompson. He is survived by daughters, Karen Allard and her husband, Roger, of Cundy’s Harbor and Gail Dill and her husband, Gerry, of Ellsworth; brother, Perry Thompson of Virginia; six grandchildren, Roger, Jolene, Amy, Cathy, Amanda and Melissa; and 12 great-grandchildren. The family wishes to thank the staff at HillHouse who lovingly cared for Thompson and became his extended family. A graveside service and time of rememberance will be held at a later date at Orchard Hill Cemetery, West Bath.

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2/12 at 11:40 a.m. Richard Hilton, 34, of Bluff Road, was arrested on a warrant by Officer Richard Ross on Bluff Road. 2/13 at 1:20 p.m. Travis Winchenbach, 19, of Tarbox Street, was arrested by Officer Richard Ross on Tarbox Street on a charge of violation of bail. 2/19 at 1 a.m. Sean Boynton, 44, of Oak Street, was arrested by Officer Jason Aucoin on Oak Street on charges of two counts of assault on an officer, refusing to submit to arrest, violation of conditional release and terrorizing.

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Fire calls 2/13 at 11:02 a.m. Broken water pipe on Elsinore Avenue. 2/13 at 6:02 p.m. False alarm at Washington House. 2/14 at 2:40 p.m. Outside fire in Woolwich. 2/14 at 5:30 p.m. Structure fire in West Bath. 2/15 at 6:50 a.m. Kitchen fire in Phippsburg. 2/15 at 5:03 p.m. Propane leak on Middle Street. 2/17 at 6:10 p.m. Furnace malfunction on Washington Street. 2/19 at 7:16 p.m. Stove fire at Washington House. 2/20 at 10:11 p.m. Smoke scare on Hinkley Street.

EMS Bath emergency medical services responded to 40 calls from Feb. 13-20.


Officer Heidi Nelson on Federal Street on a charge of having a dog at large. 2/16 at 11:46 p.m. A 16-year old boy, of Bowdoinham, was issued a summons by Officer Patrick Scott on Tibbetts Drive on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Sore throat, sweet tooth 2/14 at 2:25 p.m. A Walmart employee allegedly caught Marilyn Rogers, 59, of Harpswell Island Road, Harpswell, stealing from the store. Rogers reportedly tried to steal a Valentine’s Day card, eight Russell Stover coconut eggs, Tylenol and cough drops.

Outrageous and contagious 2/18 at 1:12 p.m. A Walmart employee allegedly caught Lisa Williams, 52, of Lisbon Road, Lisbon, trying to steal jeans, DVDs of “Contagion” and “Outrage,” and nail fungal remover.

Fire calls 2/16 at 8:26 p.m. Smoke detector on Larrabee Farm Drive. 2/16 at 9:12 p.m. Electrical problem on Casco Road. 2/17 at 2:40 p.m. Lines down on Old Portland Road. 2/17 at 4:32 p.m. All other miscellaneous complaints at Topsham Annex. 2/18 at 12:20 p.m. Medical emergency on Union Street. 2/18 at 6:57 p.m. Inspections on Intrepid Circle. 2/19 at 6:54 a.m. Medical emergency on Thomas Point Road.



2/14 at 2:25 p.m. Marilyn J. Rogers, 59, of Harpswell Island Road, Harpswell, was arrested by Officer Justin Dolci on Tibbetts Drive on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/15 at 2:58 p.m. Timothy Patrick Fraser Jr., 20, of Weymouth Street, was arrested by Detective Richard Cutliffe on Cushing Street on a warrant. 2/16 at 3:41 p.m. Lena Pelkey, 44, of Gurnet Road, was arrested by Detective Richard Cutliffe on Medical Center Drive on a charge of violating condition of release. 2/18 at 1:06 a.m. Jill C. Kennedy, 47, of Dyers Cove Road, Harpswell, was arrested by Officer Daniel Sylvain on Routes 1 and 196 on a charge of operating under the influence. 2/18 at 1:46 a.m. Dwan N. Russell, 24, of Heath Lane, Bath, was arrested by Officer Patrick Scott on Pleasant Street on a warrant. 2/18 at 7:20 a.m. Davil Arthur Campbell, 52, of Park Street, Mechanic Falls, was arrested by Officer Terry Goan on Old Portland Road on a charge of operating under the influence. 2/18 at 1:12 p.m. Lisa Williams, 52, of Lisbon Road, Lisbon, was arrested by Officer Gretchen Paxton on Tibbetts Drive on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/19 at 1:57 a.m. Dana W. Lord, 42, of Quimby Street, Bath, was arrested by Officer Robert Lane Jr. on Federal Street on a warrant. 2/19 at 2:02 p.m. Destiny Mae Oppedisano, 37, of Columbia Avenue, was arrested by Officer Jonathan O’Connor on Columbia Avenue on a charge of domestic violence assault. 2/19 at 7:13 p.m. Joshua Knight, 28, of Casco Road, was arrested by Officer Kristian Oberg on Boody Street on charges of operating after license suspension and violating condition of release. 2/20 at 12:13 a.m. John McCosker, 55, of Wildwood Crest, N.J., was arrested by Officer Kristian Oberg on Maine Street on a charge of operating under the influence.

Brunswick emergency medical services responded to 32 calls from Feb. 13-20.


Topsham emergency medical services responded to 21 calls from Feb. 13-20.

2/13 at 9:32 a.m. Alan James Barry, 44, of Perkins Road, Burnham, was issued a summons by Officer Justin Dolci on Bath and Old Bath roads on a charge of operating a vehicle without a license. 2/16 at 3:44 p.m. Susan Lamdin, 57, of Quarry Road, was issued a summons by

TOPSHAM Arrests 2/13 at 9:55 p.m. Frederick Beem, 36, of Main Street, was arrested by Sgt. Frederick Dunn on Main Street on a charge of operating after suspension. 2/14 at 8:12 p.m. William Adkins, 30, of Carriage Street, Dresden, was arrested on a warrant by Sgt. Frederick Dunn on the Interstate 295 on-ramp. 2/16 at 9 p.m. Barry Lubee, 33, of Foreside Road, was arrested by Officer Robert Ramsay on Foreside Road on charges of domestic violence assault and criminal mischief.

Summonses 2/14 at 12:05 p.m. A 17-year-old boy, of Topsham, was issued a summons by Officer William Collins on Republic Avenue on a charge of theft.

Fire calls 2/14 at 8:28 a.m. Alarm activation on Waxwing Drive. 2/14 at 5:39 p.m. Mutual aid to West Bath. 2/15 at 5:59 p.m. Odor of gas on Main Street. 2/17 at 3:19 p.m. Alarm activation on Fairfield Drive 2/17 at 3:54 p.m. Odor in residence on Congress Circle. 2/18 at 7:43 a.m. Smoke detector activation on Chamberlain Street. 2/19 at 1:30 p.m. Smoke detector activation on Chamberlain Street. 2/19 at 6:46 p.m. Cooking fire on Elm Street. 2/20 at 6:21 p.m. Cooking fire Heron Drive. 2/20 at 6:21 p.m. Furnace malfunction on Wilson Street. 2/20 at 6:27 p.m. Medical assist on Foreside Road.


HARPSWELL Arrests No arrests or summonses were reported from Feb. 13-20.

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Postseasonpalooza in the Mid-Coast (Ed. Note: We’ll recap the swimming and skiing state meets in next week’s edition) Mid-Coast winter sports teams have been very busy over the past several days and the fun’s not over yet.

Boys’ basketball The Hyde boys’ basketball team, which didn’t win a single game in 2010-11, went 18-0 this winter and ranked first in Western Class D. The Phoenix opened up the tournament Saturday with a 60-40 win over No. 8 Buckfield and advanced to meet No. 5 Vinalhaven in Wednesday’s semifinals. Brunswick qualified for the Eastern A tournament with an 11-7 mark, good for the No. 6 seed, but had to face No. 3 Mt. Blue in the quarterfinals Saturday and the Dragons’ season came to an with a 72-47 loss.


was the champion. Brunswick’s Jared Jensen was the 152-pound champion.

Morse had the top showing at the wrestling state championships held Saturday. The Shipbuilders came in fifth in Class B with 69 points (Camden Hills was first with 169). Gary Stevens was the champion at 126-pounds. Wyatt Brackett won at 145. In the Class A meet, Brunswick (20 points) tied Cheverus for 13th, while Mt. Ararat (12.5) was 16th. Marshwood (167)

The playoff run of the Brunswick girls’ hockey team came to a sudden end last Wednesday in the East Region Final when the Dragons lost to Greely for the third time this year, 7-2. Top-ranked Brunswick’s final record was 15-4-1. On the boys’ side, Brunswick will be in the playoffs despite a five-game losing streak. Last week, the Dragons fell

in the mile (5:21.09).


at St. Dom’s, 7-0, and at Cony, 1-0. They wrapped up the regular season at Poland/ Gray-New Gloucester Wednesday. If current seeds hold, seventh-ranked Brunswick would play at No. 2 Bangor in the quarterfinals Tuesday. Mt. Ararat will fall short. The Eagles fell to 5-11-1 and 10th in the Eastern A standings after losses at Maranacook (32), Lake Region (4-0) and Massabesic/ OOB (4-3, in overtime). Mt. Ararat’s season concluded Thursday at Cony.

Bowdoin women advance to NESCAC semis

Girls’ basketball Mt. Ararat’s girls’ team, after a 12-6 regular season, earned the No. 5 seed in Eastern A. The Eagles sprung a mild upset over No. 4 Messalonskee last Friday in the quarterfinal round, 52-46, and advanced to set up a showdown with undefeated, top-ranked Cony in the semifinals Wednesday night.

Indoor track Brunswick and Mt. Ararat’s boys’ indoor track and field teams both finished six points shy of the state champions Monday. The Dragons and Eagles both had 40 points (as did Bonny Eagle), which left them third behind Scarborough (46) and Deering (45). Mt. Ararat won the 3,200 relay (Seth Bryant, Will Hirnak, Nick Oram and Ryan Smith, 8 minutes, 15.40 seconds) and McKenzie Gary in the long jump (22 feet-0.5 inches). Brunswick’s lone individual champion was Alex Nichols in the 400 (51.05 seconds). On the girls’ side, also won by Scarborough with 66 points, Brunswick tied Cheverus for fourth with 45. Mt. Ararat (12 points) finished 12th. Brunswick’s Alexis Dickinson set a new record in the 55 (7.22). The Eagles were led by Kelly Lynch, who was fourth

Jill Henrikson, above, finished with 22 points and 12 rebounds as the Polar Bears advanced to the NESCAC semifinals for the 12th year in a row, where they will face Tufts Saturday in Amherst, Mass. Right, Bowdoin’s Amy Hackett drives around a Wesleyan defender during the Polar Bears’ 53-37 win in a NESCAC quarterfinal Saturday. The Polar Bears, who have never lost a NESCAC tournament game at home, improved to 19-6 on the season.


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Awards Best Lawyers recently named senior partner Gerald Petruccelli as its 2012 Arbitration Lawyer of the Year. This award is based on an in-depth peer-review survey of Maine lawyers as to his legal ability, professionalism and integrity. Michael Martin was also named 2012 Insurance Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. The Children’s Museum & Theatre of

Maine recently received gifts from the John T. Gorman Foundation and The Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation. Both of the grants will provide vital support for the museum and theatre’s present and future work to inspire learning through play. Brenda Vitali, communications director for the American Heart Association (AHA) in Maine, recently received the AHA’s Rome Betts Award of Excellence for communications. Recipients of the award are recognized for leadership, professionalism and dedication. The Kennebec Estuary Land Trust (KELT) recently received $1,000 from the Alfred M. Senter Fund to upgrade outdated computer equipment.


Charles F. Dingman was recently appointed chair for the Campaign for Justice, which brings together lawyers from around the state to raise funds on behalf of six civil legal aid providers in Maine. The Junior League of Portland recently announced that Sandy Couch-Kelly of Falmouth has been chosen to serve as its president. Wayside Food Programs recently named Mary Zwolinski as its executive director. With this move John Leeming will move into Zwolinski’s former post as board president and Don Morrison will become operations manager.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine received more than 220 holiday gifts for the children and teens of their Portland, Riverton Park and Sagamore Village Clubhouses. The Scarborough Community Chamber recently met its goal of raising $7,500 for the Scarborough Fuel Assistance Program. Team Dignity, the Tour de Cure team from Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, recently raised $4,111.25 for the American Diabetes Association.

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Hats off to the King of Swing By Scott Andrews There’s quite a wide range of very interesting music available this weekend and the coming week in a territory that spans Portland to Brunswick. The interesting music starts Friday at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, where Henry Lebedinsky will play an all-Russian program on the clavichord, one of the modern piano’s predecessors. The Portland Symphony Orchestra switches to Pops mode this Saturday and Sunday with “A Benny Goodman Tribute” that features clarinet virtuoso Dave Bennett as the guest soloist and the orchestra led by guest conductor Teresa Cheung. There’s an All-Star lineup at One Longfellow Square on Feb. 29 as five prominent members of local string bands combine into one “super group” in a fundraiser for Portland’s topnotch nonprofit arts presenter.

Henry Lebedinsky Scholarly lecture or crowd-pleasing clavichord concert? That’s an obvious question posed by this Friday’s appearance of Henry Lebedinsky in a free public performance hosted by the Bowdoin College music department in Brunswick. The answer is a bit of both. Let’s start with the scholar-performer in his own words: “I am a historical keyboardist and composer living in Minnesota, and am currently serving as interim director of music at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul. For the past 18 years, I have played continuo with numerous orchestras and early-music ensembles and have given solo recitals on clavichord, harpsichord and organ across the U.S. and United Kingdom. “I studied historical performance at Bowdoin College and the Longy School of Music, where I was a student of Peter Sykes. My major research areas are 17th-century Italian nun composers and 18th-century Russian keyboard music, and I have led master classes on earlymusic performance and rhetorical playing at Davidson College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Appalachian State University. “My publications of music by Isabella Leonarda, Maria Peruchona and Barbara Strozzi have been performed across the globe, most recently in Lebanon, France and South Korea.” The clavichord is the oldest form of keyboard instrument. It flourished from the 15th through early 19th centuries and was one of the predecessors of the modern piano. Lebedinsky’s Friday program is titled “The Birth of Russian Keyboard Music.” Musical selections will feature several obscure Russian composers of

the late 18th and early 19th centuries who preceded the more famous Russian Romantics of the mid-19th and 20th centuries. In addition to playing pieces by these composers, Lebedinsky will also explain their historical importance – in layman’s terminology. The program is slated for Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick. Call 725-3375.

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Portland Symphony Orchestra Eight decades ago, American clarinetist Benny Goodman was widely hailed as “The King of Swing,” leading his eponymous orchestra to a series of top-selling records and world tours. His name and his exquisitely smooth sound – characterized by melodic inventiveness and technical excellence – epitomize the Big Band style that dominated American popular music for a generation. In the past five years, an exquisitely talented clarinetist from the Detroit area has re-created Goodman’s style in a tribute act that has been appearing with symphony orchestras around the U.S. Dave Bennett, 28, has been widely hailed as the “next best thing” to the King of Swing himself. These comments have been made by people who ought to know, such as Bill Hyland, trustee of the Benny Goodman estate. The Portland Symphony Orchestra has engaged this young man to headline its February 25-26 Pops program. Bennett will be accompanied by a coterie of his own musicians – a pianist, bassist, drummer, guitarist and female vocalist – plus of course the musicians of the PSO. The arrangements for symphony orchestra were created by Paul Keller, who is best known for his work with jazz singer Diana Krall. The PSO will be led by guest conductor Teresa Cheung. Not to be confused with the actress of the same name, Cheung is the maestro of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York and the Bard College Orchestra in New York. Cheung is equally adept at the classical core of the symphony orchestra as well as pops programs, where she is in much demand as a guest conductor. Bennett is certainly a hero in his home town. Kendra Whitlock, director of pops and special programs for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is among Bennett’s boosters. “Dave’s Goodman Symphony Pops show is absolutely spectacular,” she said. “Dave Bennett wowed the audience and brought the house down.” Michael Krajewski, a conductor who leads symphonic pops programs in Texas, Florida and New Hampshire, adds his

Dave Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who travels around the country performing “A Benny Goodman Tribute” on pops programs with symphony orchestras. He’ll be the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s guest on Saturday and Sunday.

ringing endorsement: “Clarinetist Dave Bennett’s extraordinary re-creation of the sound and artistry of Benny Goodman brings the Swing Era back to life in all its splendor.” This weekend’s program of Goodman favorites includes most of the biggest and best-remembered hit tunes: “Let’s Dance,” “Bugle Call Rag,” “Why Don’t You Do Right,” “These Foolish Things,” “I Got Rhythm,” “Slipped Disc,” “And the Angels Sing,” “Blues in the Night,” “Goody Goody” and “Sing Sing Sing.” Catch the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s “A Benny Goodman Tribute” this weekend at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall. There are two per-

The 29th day of February is often celebrated in special ways, and One Longfellow Square, Portland’s top small venue for singer-songwriters and roots musicians, is celebrating Leap Day with an All-Star String Band, a quintet drawn from local acts which have played the venue in the past. Leap for Longfellow! is also a fundraiser for One Longfellow, which became a nonprofit organization last year. All the musicians will donate their time and talent. Here’s the lineup: Mandolinist Joe Walsh plays with the Gibson Brothers and Crow Molly, fiddler Darol Anger plays with Yulegrass and Republic of Strings, fiddler Brittany Haas plays with Crooked Still and Republic of Strings, guitarist Courtney Hartman plays with Della Mae, and bassist Amanda Kowalski also plays with Della Mae. I’ve been attending One Longfellow Square events for years, and deeply appreciate the fact that this venue brings in national touring acts – primarily singer-songwriters and small ensembles specializing in roots and Americana – and strongly supports local musicians or all stripes, ranging from bluegrass to classical. This benefit concert is slated for One Longfellow Square (corner of State and Congress in Portland) at 8 p.m. Feb. 29. Call 761-1757.

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Arts Calendar

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

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Maine Maritime Museum, open daily 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m., 243 Washington St., Bath, 443-1316 or

Saturday 2/25

Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., TuesdaysSaturdays; 2 p.m.-5 p.m., Sundays;

February Blues Book Bash, 12:304 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 594-0091.

Monday 2/27 Professor Dykstra Eusden, discussion, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242.

closed Mondays, 725-3416, Pejepscot Historical Society Museum, ”CSI Brunswick: The Forensic Work of Dr. Frank Whittier,” and “Pejepscot’s Early Scots-Irish History,” Monday-Saturday, 10 a.m.- 4 p.m., free, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, 729-6606.

Singing for scholarships

Wednesday 2/29 Lunch at the Library: Virtual Libraries, 12 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

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

Mid Coast Benefits Fields of the Future bottle redemption, Bootleggers of Topsham, Maine, donate your returnables to “Turf McMann,” Bootleggers will donate an extra 10 percent of all donations,

Bulletin Board Bath Winter Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., UCC, Congress Ave., 549-7641 or Bath Democratic Caucus, 2 p.m., Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Road, Bath, 443-6391.

Galleries Friday 3/2 Debra Arter, Artist Reception, 5-7 p.m., Gallery Framing, 12 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 563-7100.

Wednesday 3/7


Jason Phelps of The Jerks of Grass is just one of 317 Main Street Community Center’s staff members who will be performing at their benefit concert on March 9 at Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. The annual Spring for 317 concert benefits 317 Main Street’s scholarship fund. Performers hit the stage at 7 p.m., tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance at or by calling 846-9559.

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2 p.m. Comprehensive Plan Implementation 3 p.m. Conservation Commission 7 p.m. Marine Resources


7 p.m. Planning Board Workshop 7 p.m. Selectmen’s Meeting


Sunday 2/26

Bath Area Family YMCA Annual Meeting, 5:30-7 p.m., Mae’s Cafe, 160 Centre St., Bath, RSVP by Feb. 27, 443-4112.

Painting Conservation, 4 p.m., Winter St. Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, 443-2174.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Bath/ Brunswick is accepting applications for “Littles,”girls ages 6-14 that live in single parent homes to participate in “The Big and Little” program, a mentoring program that matches a child with an adult community mentor (Big Sister) in a one-on-one friendship. There are Big Sisters currently waiting to be matched with Littles. Please Contact Aurora Joseph, Match Support Specialist, 729-7736 or to enroll your daughter.

Dining Out

Tuesday 2/28 Bath Garden Club Meeting, 11 a.m., Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington St., Bath.

Getting Smarter Saturday 2/25 ”The Littlefield School:” West Bath’s Historic One-Room School House, 10:30 a.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

Sunday 2/26 ”Running Out of Time,” 3 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St.,

Tuesday 2/28

Friday 2/24 Lenten Haddock Supper, 5-7 p.m., St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, $8 adults/$4 children.

Introduction to Fermentation, 6 p.m., Shift, 56 Maine St., Brunswick, 729-4050.

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Saturday 2/25

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Baked Bean & Casserole Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., Bath Senior Center, 45 Floral St., Bath, $7 adults/$3.50 children, 443-4937.

Heart Health and Stress, 11:30 a.m., Spectrum Generations, 521 Main St., Damariscotta, 563-1363.

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CHANS Home Hospice volunteer training 10 week course begins March 1, 4-7 p.m., Thursdays at CHANS, 45 Baribeau Dr., Brunswick, 721-1271 or mzillioux@

Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 9400 College Station, Brunswick, 725-3275.

Mon. 2/27 1 p.m. Staff Review Hawthorne School Mon. 2/27 5 p.m. Master Plan Implementation Committee BS Mon. 2/27 7 p.m. Town Council BS Tue. 2/28 7:30 a.m. Brunswick Downtown Association MB Tue. 2/28 4 p.m. Police Station Building Committee BS Tue. 2/28 7 p.m. Planning Board BS Wed. 2/29 6 p.m. School Board Workshop BS Thu. 3/1 7 p.m. Restoration Advisory Board BS


Call for Volunteers

Inuit Art Exhibition from the collection of Rabbi Harry Sky, runs through April 16, Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College, 725-3416


Wednesday 2/29

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



Harpswell Democratic Caucus, 1 p.m., Harpswell Community School, Route 24, Harpswell, 833-5024.

Call for Donations

”Little House meets Little Dog,” Mon.-Sat. 6:30 a.m.-6 p.m., Sun. 7 a.m.-6 p.m., Little Dog Coffee Shop, 87 Maine St., Brunswick, runs through March 31, 725-8820.

Click on the Lifestyle tab at for a full list of Arts & Entertainment Listings, including ongoing museum and gallery exhibits.

Community Calendar

Sunday 2/26

Morgan Cullen reading from “Red Ruby Heart in a Cold Blue Sea,” 6:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

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Monday 2/27 Diabetes Education Program, 9:30-11:30 a.m., Mid Coast Hospital, 123 Medical Center Dr., Brunswick, 373-6585. Black Mountain of Maine 39 Glover Road Rumford, Maine 207-364-8977

Kids’ Classics at Dreamland Theater, film series for children and young teens, second Sunday of the month, October through May, 2 p.m., free, donations suggested, Sagadahoc Preservation Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, for schedule, visit

Morning Storytelling, monthly, songs, stories from around the world with Janice O’Rourke, for ages 6 and under, Frontier Cafe, Cinema & Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, information, 725-5222 or


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“I said I would go around working with all of the libraries, explaining what the telescope is, how it basically works and how to set it up,” he said. “I hope to give a little insight on what it is like to do astronomy, what is involved in observing; it isn’t just taking a telescope and learning how to look at the sky, it’s about learning what is up there.” The first of the educational programs, “Meet Galileo,” will take place at the Portland Public Library on March 23 at 2 p.m. Similar programs will take place at Curtis Memorial Library and Raymond Village Library. “The program is really great because if people find they don’t like using the telescope, they can just return it to the library,” Thompson said. “It is unfortunate that so many people will buy a telescope ... use it

from page 2 sidewalk events and other programs on how to use the telescope and how to look at the night sky,” Randall said. By the end of June, Cornerstones of Science plans to have telescopes in all 22 of its partner libraries across the state, each working with astronomers like Ron Thompson of the Southern Maine Astronomy Society. “I can’t think of a better way for the libraries to reach out to the community and introduce astronomy to folks who wouldn’t get into it because they can’t afford it or who have never tried it before,” Thompson said. After hearing a presentation about the program, Thompson jumped on board and put together a presentation for each of the libraries. P H Y S I C I A N


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once and then put it into the closet because it isn’t usable. These telescopes (The Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch telescope) are really ideal for looking at the sky.” To start, each library will receive one telescope through a private grant, but Thompson said he believes that many will eventually require at least two to fill the

needs of the program. For more information about the program program contact Susan Ryan at Cornerstones of Science. Amber Cronin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 115 or Follow Amber on Twitter: @croninamber.

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Circulation of withdrawal petitions became legal Jan. 1, as part of the Reorganization Law passed by the Legislature in June 2007. The petitions require signatures from at least 10 percent of the number of local voters who cast ballots in the last gubernatorial election, and Comment on this story at:

Plourde said Simon got about 85 more signatures than needed. Simon said it took less than two weeks to gather the signatures, and he could have gathered more but wanted to get the petition in front of selectmen for their meeting this month. He said he has not taken a position on whether the town should withdraw, but said revisions to the school reorganiza-


tion law could return local control and reduce the local tax burden. The petition is the first step in a process that could eventually require two-thirds of Durham voters to approve leaving the RSU. A bill pending in the Legislature may reduce that majority to a simple one; it has been moved out of the 14-member Education and Cultural Affairs Committee with an “Ought to Pass” recommendation. The provision allowing a simple majority for withdrawals from RSUs would last for two years, but votes in both houses of the Legislature have not been scheduled. Wakeman said selectmen will discuss allocating funds to pay for the withdrawal process with the idea of placing a funding request on the warrant for the Town Meeting in April. A public hearing will be scheduled before the June referendum. The reorganization law says if voters approve going forward, selectmen will be required to notify RSU 5 Superintendent Shannon Welsh and explain why withdrawal is justified. A local committee of one selectmen, one petitioner, a Durham School Board member and a member of the general public must then convene to create a withdrawal plan subject to approval by the commissioner of the state Department of Education. Welsh, the Durham school superintendent before the formation of RSU 5, attributed the withdrawal petition to small groups of residents who may be unhappy over a perceived loss of local control of schools and increases in property taxes. The 11-member RSU 5 School Board has six Freeport members, three Durham members and two from Pownal, and Welsh said it is very rare that the six Freeport members hold sway over the other towns. She also noted the increases in taxes in Durham stem largely from a bond to pay for construction of Durham Community School in 2010. RSU 5 budget documents show more than $1.4 million debt service on the school in each of the last two years. Since the formation of RSU 5 in 2009, Durham voters have rejected the annual school budgets each year. Simon said the lack of support for RSU budgets in

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School bill from page 1 extracting the town from School Administrative District 51, which it has shared with Cumberland for more than 40 years. “It could be a game changer,” Verrill said on Tuesday when he learned about the bill. “There’s a huge difference in that final vote if you only need 51 percent versus 66.” Rep. Peter Johnson, R-Greenville, said he introduced the amendment that reduced the necessary majority because he wants it to be just as easy for a town to get out of a consolidated district as it was to join one. “I believe (the amendment) was justified because when the state passed the Comment on this story at:

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fect, assuming it passes the House and Senate, where they can withdraw with a 51 percent majority vote. After that point, the final vote will again require a two-thirds margin to pass. According to Phil McCarthy, the committee’s legislative analyst, the sunset clause allows towns that really want out an opportunity to do so. “It is a window of opportunity for those folks who are interested in doing this right now,” he said. Although the bill survived the committee, it did not have unanimous support. Rep. Steven Lovejoy, D-Portland, one of the two dissenters, said he is concerned that reversing consolidation will make education more expensive in small, rural towns. “A lot of these places have very small numbers and if they go back to having their own district and superintendent, it will create more costs in education rather than less,” Lovejoy said. “And I’d much rather see the funds going into students and education than into administrators.” He also noted that if towns begin the withdrawal process, but don’t complete it before the two-year sunset, “they lose that opportunity.” Shannon Welsh, superintendent of RSU 5 (Freeport, Durham and Pownal) said it makes sense to give towns an opportunity to re-evaluate whether they want to stay in their districts. But she said consolidation in her district has been successful, both financially and educationally, and making it easier to withdraw “takes the focus off our educational mission.” If LD 1742 passes, the bill could aid 255 Durham residents who recently signed their a petition that would start the process of withdrawing that town from RSU 5. Durham Board of Selectmen Chairman Jeff Wakeman said the referendum would be held in June. The bill was also of interest to Harpswell resident Robert McIntyre, who has led two unsuccessful campaigns to get Harpswell out of SAD 75 and has previously said he may try a third time. “If this becomes a law it will definitively require careful thinking,” McIntyre said. “It certainly is provocative.”



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West Harpswell from page 3 Harpswell, disagreed with the committee’s finding that his neighborhood is the most suitable in town for increased development and density. “My local community is a rural district and I want it to remain that way,” Knight said. He used posters and data from the assessing office to argue that West Harpswell is actually more rural than other parts of town. Former Selectman Gordon Weil, who also lives in West Harpswell, said there isn’t enough new development happening in Harpswell to require a growth district. He also argued against the unfairness of the situation. “This is discriminatory,” Weil said. “This is really singling out a specific part of town and zoning that part of town differently ... probably over the objection of the people in that part of town.” And Bill O’Connell disagreed with the committee’s assumption that if the area is zoned differently, families will move in. “Just because we have this system doesn’t mean people are going to be able to afford the housing,” he said. Only one resident, Mary Ann Nahf, defended the district proposal at a Feb. 16 public hearing. She agreed with the committee’s assertion that West Harpswell, due to soil and water table characteristics, could better handle de-

velopment than other parts of town. Because of the barrage of criticism at the Feb. 16 meeting and one on Dec. 13, 2011, Selectmen Jim Henderson and Alison Hawkes moved not to put the zoning change on the Town Meeting warrant. Chairwoman Elinor Multer said she disagreed with the proposal, but thought the town should have a chance to vote on it. Reached after the meeting, Chris Hall, the chairman of the Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee, was surprised and disappointed by the board’s decision. “The selectmen have been aware of what we’ve been doing and what direction we’ve been going, and if that wasn’t the direction they wanted things to go in, then they had ample time to discuss with us what other direction they wanted,” he said. Hall said he was frustrated that both public hearings on the village districts were dominated by Weil and especially Knight, whose arguments he called “half-truths” and “personal opinions.” He said he regretted not interrupting to correct what he said were inaccuracies in Knight’s presentation. Even though the current iteration of the village district proposal is dead, Hall said he still hopes there could be a growth zone in Harpswell. But he wasn’t sure where it would be. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.



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This model of the SS Portland is among a variety of items displayed at the Maine Maritime Museum in Bath as part of its exhibit “Port of Portland: A Ship-Shaped History.” Behind the model are newspaper accounts of the steamer’s sinking in 1898.

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