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News of Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell

Vol. 9, No. 9

Cost of Brunswick school upgrades could top $21M

Where the rubber meets the river

By Dylan Martin BRUNSWICK — A plan to upgrade two schools could cost the town more than the $21 million originally estimated, but the total won’t be known until the School Board’s March 6 facilities meeting. “It wouldn’t surprise me if the costs were more than the $21 million,” Lyndon Keck, the principal architect working on plans for Brunswick Junior High School and Coffin Elementary School, said Tuesday. Keck’s firm, PDT Architects, is the second firm hired by the town for the project. The $21 million estimate was from another firm that performed the first phase of the upgrade plan. Superintendent of Schools Paul Perzanoski said the March 6 meeting, at 6 p.m. at Coffin, will be an opSee page 20

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Paul Glynn of Topsham takes his Geo Metro for a spin on the New Meadows River off Brunswick on Saturday, Feb. 23, when the New Meadows Ice Racing Association held its first race of the year: a three-hour endurance ice race that included drivers from three states.

Ice racers Mike O'Donnell, above left, of Fairfield, Conn., Jeremy Hasbrouck, of Berwick, and Bob Koenig of Massaschusetts on the New Meadows River in Brunswick on Saturday afternoon, Feb. 23. Mark Cummings, left, of Bath was the winner of Saturday’s race in his Dodge Neon.

Charges still possible after probe of Bath explosion By Alex Lear BATH — A manslaughter charge has been ruled out after the state fire marshal’s office completed its investigation of a Bluff Road apartment-building explosion that killed a 64-year-old woman on Feb. 12. But Sgt. Ken Grimes, the supervisor in charge of the case, Wednesday said other charges are still possible. “After consultation with the local district attorney’s office and the attorney general’s office,” Grimes said, “at this particular time there is not sufficient evidence to proceed with a manslaughter (charge).” Meanwhile, the family of the dead woman, Dale Ann Fussell, continues to seek more information about the cause of the blast, with particular questions about a building heater, according to their lawyer. “We’ve never suggested that anybody was criminally See page 27

Advocates say teachers, not restraint law, must change By Amber Cronin FALMOUTH — Proponents of recent changes to Maine law governing physical restraint and seclusion of students say a legislative attempt to loosen the restrictions are the result of a lack of understanding. At a Statehouse public hearing Index Arts Calendar.................15 Classifieds......................22 Community Calendar......17 Meetings.........................17

held Feb. 20, other parents and educators demonstrated support for LD 243, proposed by Sen. Tom Saviello, R-Wilton, which seeks to loosen the guidelines. “I am really disappointed that teachers think that using restraint is the answer to challenging behavior,” said Deb Davis, a disabil-

ity rights advocate and Falmouth parent. “One of the last things they talked about at the public testimony was all these suggestions to use positive alternatives instead of restraint and asking how you could do that in this economic climate. We can’t afford to train our teachers properly on restraint, but

we will instead restrain (students). I find that unsettling.” She said the problem with Chapter 33, the Maine Department of Education’s rule governing physical restraint and seclusion, lies not with the law itself, but with teachers’ understanding of the law.

“(Teachers) didn’t read the law, they don’t understand the law and the stories they told at the public hearing prove that,” Davis said. “Teachers said, ‘I was bitten by a student and I couldn’t do anything about it.’ But the law says if there See page 26

INSIDE Obituaries....................... 11 Opinion.............................7 Out and About ...............16 People & Business.........14

Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................27 Sports.............................13

Bowdoin hockey teams advance Page 13

Harpswell Board of Selectmen candidates appeal to voters Page 4

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Central Maine Healthcare suspends merger with Parkview By Lindsay Tice Sun Journal

LEWISTON — Central Maine Healthcare has temporarily suspended its application to take over Parkview Adventist Medical Center in Brunswick. CMHC, the parent organization of Central Maine Medical Center, sent its suspension request to the Maine Department of Health and Human Services on Feb. 21. The department for months has been considering a CMHC-Parkview merger, over the vehement protests of Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick that also wants to take over Parkview. CMHC spokesman Chuck Gill said DHHS officials asked in January for a feasibility study to look at Parkview’s

services and forecast the best use of the hospital. CMHC needs extra time to complete that study, Gill said, and has asked to freeze the application process for up to 12 months. He said CMHC remains committed to partnering with Parkview and the suspension does not mean it wants to withdraw its application. “While the delay is unfortunate, we expect to use the time to make Parkview even stronger,” Gill said. “We remain upbeat about Parkview joining Central Maine Healthcare in the future, and we believe Parkview will continue to serve the people of the mid-coast region with compassion and distinction.”

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He said the decision was made jointly with Parkview officials. Parkview’s spokeswoman referred all questions to CMHC. CMHC for years has helped support the financially challenged, 55-bed Parkview. In 2008 it filed a letter of intent, the first step to a full application, telling the state it wanted to formally take over Parkview. But CMHC let that proposal expire a year later because it proved so controversial, Gill said. “There was so much noise in the air in Brunswick,” he said CMHC filed a new letter of intent in June 2012 and followed through with a full application in August. But this most recent proposal has proven to be just as controversial. In October, about 300 people packed a public hearing to tell state officials what they thought of CMHC’s plan to take over Parkview. Some lauded CMHC’s proposal while others panned it, saying they wanted Mid Coast to take over Parkview – a competing plan that Mid Coast officially put forth with its own application but which was tossed out by DHHS because the department said it

“cannot and will not review the submission on a competitive basis.” Mid Coast spokesman Steve Trockman said Mid Coast leaders weren’t surprised that the state requested more information from CMHC. “This is such an important issue for the economy and for health care in Maine and the mid-coast region,” he said. “Mid Coast Hospital’s position on this issue has not changed.” Mid Coast believes it could improve health care and save the area money if it took over Parkview. However, Parkview leaders have said they have no interest in partnering with their competitor. Once CMHC’s application is reactivated, DHHS’ Licensing and Regulatory Services Division will consider CMHC’s proposal and make a recommendation to DHHS Commissioner Mary Mayhew. She will make the final decision. In addition to Central Maine Medical Center, CMHC runs small hospitals in Bridgton and Rumford, both of which were acquired through a similar process in 1999. Lindsay Tice can be reached at ltice@sunjournal.com.

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Plan to sell Brunswick Landing lots OK’d, with conditions By Dylan Martin BRUNSWICK — A plan to subdivide lots for future development at Brunswick Landing was approved with several caveats after much debate and some resistance. The Planning Board approved Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority’s subdivision plan 3-1 Tuesday night, but only after the board set conditions and waived some requirements of the application. “We got it approved, so we got that stuff out of the way,” Steve Levesque, MRRA executive director, said Wednesday. “Now we can go forward and sell some properties and get the private sector engaged with the redevelopment effort.” Last week, Levesque said there are at least five major developments that are awaiting approval of the subdivision plan, which will divide about 225 acres of land into 43 lots for sale or lease. Now, he said, it will only be a matter of weeks until some of the the first sales or leases happen. But MRRA will first have to satisfy some of the conditions set by the Planning Board before its application is deemed complete. Some of the plan’s conditions will require MRRA to do extra work for the subdivided lots within a specific time period, while others will require future developers who purchase or lease the lots

to conduct site reviews. “We enumerated several lots that have to come back no matter what – if they’re going to put a shovel in the ground, if they have applied for building,” Town Planner Jeremy Doxsee said after the plan was approved. “There are a number of lots that are almost fully built out – they have existing buildings on them – and they’re not required to come back to the Planning Board per se, but only if they rise to the threshold listed in the zoning ordinance.” Prior to Tuesday’s meeting, MRRA’s subdivision plan had undergone several revisions based on feedback from the Planning Board. In the two meetings leading to the Planning Board’s final decision, the dissenting Planning Board member, Steve Walker, insisted that MRRA’s plan did not satisfy some of the environmental requirements of the town’s zoning ordinance. His tone remained largely the same Tuesday night. “I think that this has been a messy process and somewhat of a disappointment,” said Walker, who is a wildlife biologist at Maine’s Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife. “It’s been six years to prepare, six years to get the field work right and six years without many changes to our ordinance, so it was pretty clear the

path forward that MRRA had to take on this one. But yet we still had to do these last-minute contortions with waivers and conditions of approval.” Some residents also raised concerns.

Regional meeting to address declining clam population By Dylan Martin BRUNSWICK — Casco Bay communities are being invited to a regional meeting that will discuss the alarming decline in clam population. Biologists and clammers have said soft-shell clams, in particular, have been declining over the past decade due to predatory crab species and ocean acidification. The purpose of the March 7 meeting is to bring representatives from Scarborough to Phippsburg together to begin discussing a regional approach to shellfish conservation, Brunswick Marine Patrol Officer Dan Devereaux said. “What we’re hoping to do is try to talk about a regional approach to conservation measures and management measures as they pertain to soft-shell clams,” Devereaux said. “We’re trying to reach an audience outside of the fishermen and more towards the elected officials and town managers so they can understand the issues we’re facing.” The meeting begins at 6 p.m. in the municipal meeting room at Brunswick Station on Station Avenue. Devereaux said he will moderate the discussion, but he also will be joined by Chad Coffin, president of the Maine Clammers Assocation, for a presentation on the situation. He said the Casco Bay Estuary Partnership along with a other nonprofit organizations will discuss their recent conservation projects. Devereaux said he hopes the meeting will serve as a kick-off for a greater discussion about regional conservation measures. The conservation measures can vary in scope and work, Devereaux said, ranging

from setting local bounties on the green crab population that has been wreaking havoc on soft-shell clams, to seeking funding for regional programs. Another discussion point of the night will be proposed legislation that will seek to put limits on bloodworm harvesting, which Devereaux said can have a harmful effect on soft-shell clams. “We want to target areas of high density clam areas and if they haven’t reached a harvestable tipping areas, we want to conserve those flats,” Devereaux said. Dylan Martin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or dmartin@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ DylanLJMartin.

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Harpswell Board of Selectmen candidates appeal to voters five members, with geographical representation by three members and two atlarge members. “The last 10 years have kind of shown me that a three-perRich son select board is at its limit, because (past and current selectmen) will tell you that it wears them out,” Rich said. “It’s the breadth of it ... the span of control they have to exert is too vast for the three of them.” Shillinglaw has lived in Harpswell for a year and a half, but she said she has 30 years of public service as legislative assistant to former U.S. Sen. William V. Roth Jr., R-Delaware; director of the Office of Legislation and Policy at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Service, and associate administrator for communications for the Health Care Financing Administration. She currently works with the Town Lands Committee and the Board of Appeals. “I think that the thing I want people to know about me is that even though I

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its own advertiser,” Daniel said. All three candidates said when the town considers business proposals for Mitchell Field, there should be more communication and participation with the public to factor in the final decision. “Mitchell Field is a huge issue and this town cannot afford to have that property not be a revenue generator,” Shillinglaw said. As a result of the town rejecting four business proposals for Mitchell Field so far, she said the town needs to address a possible perception that it may not be business friendly. Rich suggested earmarking a small percentage of tax revenue the town collects from small businesses and allocating it to the Harpswell Business Association for marketing purposes. Daniel said the town has to consider its aging population in future development decisions. He said he would support looking into starting a bus service for seniors, teenagers and others who can’t drive. On marine resource matters, the candidates agreed that conserving the resource should be a town priority. “I think we should be deeply involved in it. It provides the livelihood for a lot of clammers and fishermen,” Daniel said. “But the decisions must be well thought out, well researched before decisions are made.” “Clamming is part of our heritage,” Rich said. “I’m willing to put manpower into it. ... I’d seek grant money to help the biology of it.” Shillinglaw said “nobody can protect the water like we can, so we have to be excellent stewards of the water, excellent stewards of the land that abuts the water, and take care of our fragile but critically important asset.” Dylan Martin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or dmartin@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ DylanLJMartin.

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Harpswell Town Meeting to vote on beach funds, budget, school lease By Dylan Martin HARPSWELL — Besides electing a new selectman, residents will vote on beach funds and the 2013 municipal budget, among many other items, at the annual Town Meeting on March 9. The meeting runs from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Harpswell Community School, 308 Harpswell Islands Road. The meeting warrant, which authorizes the municipal budget, various appropriations, and ordinance changes, contains 71 articles and was scheduled to be finalized by the Board of Selectmen on Thursday. One of the larger warrant items revolves around one group’s fight to open access to Robinhood Beach on Bailey Island (sometimes referred as Cedar Beach). A similar article appeared in the 2011 Town Warrant. Article 12 would authorize borrowing up to $220,000 for the acquisition of public access to Robinhood Beach. The money would only be used if the Cumberland County Superior Court finds that a public access easement exists on Cedar Beach Road and a part of Robinhood Beach in a pending lawsuit between beach access supporters and the property owners. “We’re very pleased it’s coming out of the Board of Selectmen and going into the Town Meeting,” said Michael Helfgot, president of Cedar Beach/Cedar Island Supporters. “That’s what we wanted and we’re pleased with that.” While most of the articles have been recommended by the Board of Selectmen, Town Administrator Kristi Eiane said the board hasn’t weighed in yet on the beach measure. Article 35 would authorize selectmen to sign a lease for up to three years for the former West Harpswell School building. The article, which is recommended by the board, is a result of the town’s inability to lease the building for more than a year to a charter school that plans to open in the fall, Eiane said. Eiane said the article is not specific to the charter school, but it could open the door for a future agreement between the school and select board. “It’s got to be for more than a year,” said Joe Grady, chairman of the Harpswell Coastal Academy board. “We’ve been talking to them the whole way through, but that’s where it would always stop.” Article 38 would appropriate $40,000 to remove the water tank at Mitchell Field, something that is no longer usable and could be a liability, Eiane said. It would have cost around $300,000 to bring the tank to working condition, she said. “I think there was a sense that it would be less costly now, given the costs of metal, to put that project out to bid,” Eiane said. Article 39 would appropriate $8,000 to match a grant that would raise money to remove the north and south cells at the Mitchell Field pier. Eiane said the town has already applied for a grant, and the north cell has begun to collapse. The town recently received a report that it would cost too much to completely rehabilitate or remove the old pier, Eiane said, but since regulatory agencies aren’t requiring any action, the town is planning to wait for any further decision. Article 42 would appropriate $76,000 for the planning, design and construction of an emergency medical services vehicle garage, which is a requirement of an agreement between the town and Mid Coast Hospital for paramedic services that began last year.

The town appropriated $74,000 for the same purpose last year, but not all of that has been spent. Eiane said the town has decided to build a larger garage with extra amenities like office space and a bathroom, which would allow expanded use in the future. “Total project costs will be approximately $150,000, but we haven’t put the project out to bid,” Eiane said. Articles 4 and 5 would amend the town’s Shoreland Zoning Ordinance to increase shore access and comply with state guidelines, Town Planner Carol Eyermen said. Regarding the budget, there is some good news. Eiane said the proposed municipal budget has decreased by 1.6 percent from this year, to $4.3 million. She said the change

is a result of lower debt service and lower costs for special projects, health and welfare. However, the budget does project increases in a few areas. As a result of a referendum vote last Election Day, the Town Treasurer will become an appointed position effective March 9. The change will see the treasurer working more often, with a higher salary of $20,000. The town’s annual appropriation for Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick has increased by 3.7 percent from last year to almost $124,000. Eiane said the increase was a result of increased operating costs for the library. Eiane said the municipal budget took into account a projected decrease in the

second half of the year in subsidies from the state’s municipal revenue-sharing program, which is currently being proposed for a two-year suspension by Gov. Paul LePage. Eiane said if LePage’s proposal goes through, the town would have to balance the budget with its fund balance. Eiane also noted that the municipal budget does not include the town’s appropriation for School Administrative District 75, which is developed independently. Eiane said initial school budget figures may emerge as early as March 12, and the town’s school spending will go to voters in June. Dylan Martin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or dmartin@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ DylanLJMartin.

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RSU 1 plans public meetings before referendum By Alex Lear BATH — Regional School Unit 1 is planning to hold at least two public meetings before a March 19 referendum that would change the district’s cost-sharing formula. A workshop to have been held at Woolwich Central School Wednesday was cancelled due to weather, but a public hearing is scheduled for Tuesday, March 5, at Bath Middle School. Another meeting is at West Bath District School on Tuesday, March 12. Both start at 6 p.m. RSU 1 had not determined Wednesday morning whether the Woolwich meeting would be rescheduled. The RSU 1 Board of Directors unanimously approved a new per-pupil cost-sharing formula last December. It would go into effect next year. The panel voted unanimously last April to change the cost-sharing formula for the current, fiscal 2013 budget, so that a law that created the school district would apply to its entire local tax calculation. The local contribution from the five RSU 1 communities – the funds raised through taxes – had been split into two elements: a minimum amount that the state requires, and a portion over and above that amount. State subsidy

to the district had been presented on a form based on the essential programs and services model. The other local contribution piece was the additional amount each community must raise, beyond the EPS model. That contribution stipulated a cost-sharing formula based on equal thirds: student population, state valuation of a community and the community’s population in the most recent census. The board heard arguments from the public in support of the change, but its decision drew criticism from some municipal officials. Meanwhile, West Bath is suing RSU 1 to recover $1.9 million the town believes it overpaid in the first four years of the school district’s existence. West Bath’s lawsuit, filed in October in Sagadahoc

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News briefs Harpswell charter school names head HARPSWELL — A charter school scheduled to open in the fall has named its education consultant as the head of school. Harpswell Coastal Academy spokesman Will McClaran on Friday said John D'Anieri will function as the school's superintendent and principal, among other administrative roles. D'Anieri helped compile HCA's 468-page charter application, which was approved by the Maine Charter School Commission in early February. He previously helped the start-up of Poland Regional High School and Casco Bay High School in Portland. Pending completion of its charter contract, HCA will open this fall with 30 sixth-grade students and 30 ninthgrade students. The school will eventually serve grades 6-12 with a projected 280 students by the 2017-2018 school year.


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Media snooping, not public good, was motive for editorial ers confidential. What other parts of the public record fall into an exception? The names of General Assistance recipients are an example. It doesn’t seem right that taxpayers can’t find out who is receiving their money in the form of welfare benefits, but anybody can find out if you hold a concealed handgun permit. What disturbs me so much about the news media’s outcry over this legislation is not the fact that they’re bashing a fairly common type of law – a FOAA exception – that was enacted with sweeping bipartisan support, 129-11 in the House and 33-0 in the Senate, as a temporary measure. No, what disturbs me is that unlike other issues they take an editorial stance on, here they have self-interest. Broader access to public records makes the media’s job easier, and so naturally they come to the defense of public records. But Maine people have other concerns that must be balanced. With the second highest rate of gun ownership in the country, Mainers are skeptical of organizations or individuals poring through their personal information, which happened to be publicly available until last week, in order to compile data on a controversial topic that could be used to thwart gun owners’ rights. Mainers are also concerned that if they go through the trouble to obtain a concealed handgun permit, their tactical advantage in personal protection may be jeopardized

by the public availability of that information. What’s the point of concealed-carry if anyone can know you carry? And yes, there is the concern of firearms theft, a concern flippantly dismissed by the editorial as, essentially, “criminals are too dumb to think of that.” I hope they’re right, but I’d rather be sure. Finally, many Maine gun-owners simply believe that whether they have a concealed handgun permit is nobody’s business. The entire tone of the editorial was one of anger and self-interest, not one of deliberative thought and reflection on an issue of pressing public concern that deserves dispassionate review by one of the state’s major media outlets. To the paper’s clever sound-bite, “information doesn’t kill people, people kill people,” a play on the NRA’s famous slogan, I say this: does The Forecaster believe that it should have access to sensitive military information? If information doesn’t kill people, that shouldn’t be a problem. But we all know that it is. It must frustrate a newspaper whose job is made easier by more access to records that Mainers demonstrated late last week and, through their representatives in the Legislature, that they care more about keeping their personal information private than about a newspaper’s ability to snoop through it. To them, that’s worth creating FOAA exception No. 484. Rep. Corey Wilson, R-Augusta, serves on the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Committee. 2-25-13 to 3-3-13

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By Rep. Corey Wilson In the wake of the Bangor Daily News sending letters to police departments across the state, demanding the names, addresses, and birth dates of all holders of concealed handgun permits in Maine, citizen activists and Republican leaders have spoken out in support of making that personal identifying information confidential. Meanwhile, the news media has made clear their opposition. Last week’s editorial, “Information Doesn’t Kill People,” listed 22 randomly-chosen items that are part of the public record, subject to Maine’s Freedom of Access Act. The point was that by default, every record and meeting in state and local government is subject to the FOAA. What the editorial didn’t sample was the 483 exceptions to the FOAA. That’s right, written into statute are 483 government records that can’t be obtained by the public. They include many measures that concern personal privacy and public safety, just like my bill to keep the personal identifying information of concealed handgun permit holders confidential, and the governor’s bill enacted last week to do so on a temporary basis while my bill goes through the public hearing and committee process in Judiciary. Last week’s vote was to enact FOAA exception No. 484. With it, Maine joined 35 other states that keep the personal information of concealed handgun permit hold-


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Now casting in Calais ... Imagine volunteers at the Maine Public Broadcasting Network sifting through archives and storerooms in search of marketable paraphernalia as they prepare for an upcoming fundraiser. Among the treasures they unearth is a remarkable and hitherto unseen proposal for a television series dealing with the challenges of life in rural Maine. ... The proposed series is known internally as Global “Downeast Abbey” and never got beyond the discussion stage. Now, however, the MPBN board believes that both the script and concept may be of considerable value, given the stunning popularity of the high-brow BBC soap opera bearing the uncannily similar name, “Downton Abbey.” While some members of the MPBN board are recommending legal action against the BBC to enjoin produc- Perry B. Newman tion of further episodes, others see opportunity. There are unconfirmed reports that MPBN Evergreen Friends – as well as those who donate their vehicles to MPBN – will be invited to audition for leading roles in a long-awaited television production of “Downeast Abbey” that would air this fall. Aspiring thespians may find the following excerpt from the pilot episode helpful in preparing for their auditions: [Scene: Exterior of a secluded luxury cottage in Downeast Maine, somewhere between Tunk Lake and T8 R3. The camera pans up an immaculate gravel driveway to reveal two Lexus SUVs parked in front of a three-car garage. A young man exits one of the SUVs and, bearing several bags of groceries, approaches a side entrance to the home. He is greeted by Mr. Clossey, a dignified man wearing a flannel shirt and sporting a faded Red Sox cap.] Clossey (in a thick Maine accent): Didja get the lobstahs and groceries and imported beeah like I toldja, Duane? Duane: Ayuh, but I couldn’t find any gluten-free fettuccine at the Irving. So I picked up some Spaghetti-O’s instead. When’s Doc Grantham due? Clossey: Float plane should be landing sometime this afternoon, just before suppah. You’d best get those groceries to Mrs. Darling before she has a fit. She’s some nervous every year when the family arrives. Duane: Oh, she’ll be fine. (He takes in the view). House looks nice. Got the dock all set up, I see. Clossey: First thing I do, come ice-out. Doc Grantham likes his fishin.’ Duane: Well, I hope they’re bitin’ this summer. Plenty of flies about, that’s for sure. I laid in a supply of unscented Off! in the non-aerosol can for Mrs. Grantham.

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Clossey: Good boy. Now let’s go set up the bah in the dooryahd. Be cocktail time before you know it. (They exit.) [Action resumes in a tastefully appointed great room with vintage fishing tackle mounted on the walls, and cheery, overstuffed Maine Cottage Furniture adorning the space. A white-haired gentleman wearing L.L. Bean khakis, an Orvis fisherman’s vest and Sebago Docksiders swirls the ice in his cocktail glass.] Grantham: Clossey, it is so good to be back. How’s Mrs. Clossey? Clossey: Doin’ fine, Doc. Doin’ fine. Now, will you be wantin’ to take the skiff out tomorrow morning? I can have Duane stock the coolah. Gonna be a hot one. Grantham: How well you know me, Clossey. I do intend to be out on the water first thing, right after Mrs. Grantham and I complete our Pilates routines. [The doorbell rings. Clossey and Dr. Grantham exchange a look.] Grantham: Now who could that be? We’re not hosting anyone this evening, are we, Clossey? Clossey: Damned if I know, Doc. Let me go see. (He walks off stage. Voices are heard in the wings. Clossey returns.) Clossey: Doc, it’s a Mister Vigue to see you. Here’s his business cahd. (He hands it to Grantham.) Grantham: Hmm. V-i-g-u-e. That’s pronounced, “Veeg,” Clossey, in the French manner. Clossey: Doc, around here it’s pronounced, “Vig-yoo,” in the Maine manner. I’ll go fetch him. Vigue (entering the room and extending a hand): Doctor Grantham, I’m Pete Vigue. Good to meet you. I understand you’re the owner of this home. Grantham: I am, sir. And may I ask to what I owe the pleasure of this visit? Vigue: Well, it concerns a limited-access highway that I would like to see built across Maine, from New Brunswick on the east to Quebec on the west. Grantham: Good Lord, man, have you taken leave of your senses? A highway across Maine? Do you know what that would do to my property values? Vigue: I’m more concerned with Maine people who need to earn a living year-round than I am with rusticators like you, Grantham. Grantham: Clossey, show this man out! Vigue: Oh, I’ll be back, Doctor. I’ll be back. [Camera fades to black.] MPBN officials won’t say if or when filming will begin, but they stress that funding for future episodes of “Downeast Abbey” depends upon viewers like you. Consult your local listings for details. Perry B. Newman is a South Portland resident and president of Atlantica Group, an international business consulting firm based in Portland, with clients in North America, Israel and Europe. He is also chairman of the Maine District Export Council. His website is perrybnewman.com/.

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I am not sure there was ever a time in my life when I thought I knew everything. Well, that is not entirely true. Every time I have ever told my husband something Abby’s was a time in my life when I knew I knew everything. That slice of life aside, I have always considered myself a work in progress. As I age, the homework piles up, with every life lesson splitting off into two more. One quiz I seem doomed to fail for the foreseeable Abby Diaz future is “what is the appropriate first response to conflict?” By “conflict,” I do not mean armed conflict or scheduling conflict, but interpersonal, attitudinal, emotional conflict. My instinctual response to even the first whiff of any such strife is to, quite adorably, lose my mind. The only redeeming aspect of this character flavor is that usually, the mind-losing is only internal. Exclamation points fly across my brain, asterisks and ampersands vaguely disguise swear words forming at my lips, and the backs of my eyes roll. As I drive the mean streets of Cumberland County, I craft scathing monologues, complete with stage directions for when I should angrily jab the air with my pointer finger. While I suppose it is helpful my dressingdowns remain private performances, they do not help the way I address conflicts publicly. The frustration or anger simmers down, but it still simmers. I view the situation not with rosecolored glasses, but through cheap frames with lenses made of whatever substance stamps out light. I do not aspire to be a dark, brooding person who scares puppies and makes children scan for the nearest exit. I must, therefore, regularly guide myself out of the indulgent playground where arguments become bullies and perspective nose dives into the sand pit. I hit the reset button, and I take a step back, take a deep breath, take a hike. I am starting to see a pattern in all this starting over. Whether it’s a counter-party making bizarre continued page 9

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Defending the Spencers Were I a prudent man, I would probably let wellenough alone and not comment on the Falmouth High School underage drinking case. But I am not, so I will. Back when news first broke that a party to celebrate a Falmouth baseball championship at the home of Paula and Barry Spencer had The Universal gotten out of hand and some students were found to have been drinking, I got the expected call from a reporter to ask what I thought about it. I tend to get trotted out every few years when there is an underage drinking incident in greater Portland because back in 1999, I was involved in a similar situation after a Edgar Allen Beem Yarmouth High School prom. For anyone interested in the sordid details, I tell the whole story in one of the essays in “Backyard Maine,” but suffice it to say that the Yarmouth prom fiasco was front-page news for a week and brought John Stossel of “20/20” to town to interview me. I said back then, and I say now, that I would not advocate that anyone do what I did, but I did what I felt I had to do at the time to help keep kids safe on a very vulnerable evening. Another father and I stood guard outside a party at which 300-plus teenagers celebrated, let off steam and, yes, drank beer. Our all-night vigil earned us the designation “gatekeepers.” The fact that I was on the School Committee at the time only aggravated the situation. It wasn’t my home, I did not supply alcohol, I did inform the police beforehand of what was going on, and, fortunately, no one got hurt. But I realized almost as soon as the party got going that it could have gotten wildly out of control

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2/19 at 10:56 a.m. Nathaniel E. Wing, no address listed, was arrested on B Street by Officer Jonathan O’Connor on charges of theft by deception, forgery and violating condition of release. 2/20 at 10:10 p.m. Michael T. Turner, 23, of Cumberland Avenue, Portland, was arrested on Route 1 by Officer Brandon Paxton on charges of operating under the influence (drugs) and operating a vehicle without a license. 2/21 at 2:21 p.m. Brian Cadorette, 29, of Route 202, Leeds, was arrested on Tibbetts Drive by Officer Jonathan O’Connor on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer (shoplifting) and violating condition of release. 2/22 at 11:28 p.m. Paul J. Murray, 35, of Oak Street, was arrested on Oak Street by Offficer Charles Reece on charges of domestic violence assault and criminal threatening. 2/23 at 12:46 p.m. Bruce J. Ramsey, 35, of Garden Lane, was arrested on Garden Lane by Officer Daniel Sylvain on a warrant. 2/24 at 3:13 a.m. Corey A. Hinkley, 25, of Montello Street, Lewiston, was arrested on Route 1 by Officer Daniel Herbert on charges of operating under the influence with one prior and operating a vehicle without a license. 2/25 at 5:07 p.m. Alison W. Harding, 27, of Maple Street, Topsham was arrested on Bath Road by Officer Mark Steele Jr. on charges of violating condition of release and theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/25 at 6:07 p.m. Ryan Whitten, 31, of Chops Cross Road, Woolwich, was arrested on Lincoln Street by Sgt. Joel Bruce on a charge of domestic violence assault. 2/26 at 3:12 a.m. Edgar Estrada, 25, of Perryman Drive, was arrested on Perryman Drive by Officer Patrick Scott on a charge of violating condition of release.

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2/19 at 10:30 a.m. Gertrude L. Douglass, 62, of Plains Road, Litchfield, was issued a summons on Intrepid Circle by Officer Justin Dolci on charges of possession of marijuana and unlawful possession of a scheduled drug. 2/20 at 5:30 p.m. Kyle Estabrook, 26, of Lunt Road, was issued a summons on River Road by Officer Mark Steele Jr. on a charge of sale and use of drug paraphernalia.

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2/16 at 2:15 a.m. Joshua Violette, 25, of Riverside Drive, Augusta, was arrested on Interstate 295 by Officer Michael Laurence on a charge of operating under the influence. 2/18 at 5:08 p.m. Fermin Sawtell, 37, of Tedford Road, was arrested on River Road by Sgt. Robert Ramsay on a charge of operating after suspension. 2/23 at 5:40 p.m. Randy Hazelton, 28, of Clark Street, Portland, was arrested on Lewiston Road by Officer Mark McDonald on a charge of operating under the influence.

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2/14 at 4:01 p.m. Shawn Crosson, 28, of Baybridge Road, Brunswick, was issued a summons on Lewiston Road by Officer William Collins on charges of operating after suspension and displaying a suspended license. 2/15 at 8:49 p.m. Fay Morley, 66, of Zions Hill Road, Chesterville, was issued a summons on Lewiston Road by Sgt. Robert Ramsay on charges of operating after suspension and failure to register a motor vehicle for more than 150 days. 2/17 at 10:12 p.m. Seamus Henderson, 28, of Main Street, Richmond, was issued a summons on Interstate 295 by Officer Mark McDonald on a charge of operating with a suspended registration. Come through my window 2/19 at 8:30 p.m. Officer Mark McDonald responded to the report of an apartment burglary on First Street. The break-in, which occurred sometime during the day, was through a window, and electronics and prescription medication were taken. The value of the items stolen was not yet known earlier this week, nor were there any known suspects.

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2/15 at 4:57 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Taylor Farm Lane. 2/16 at 9:34 a.m. Medical call on Main Street. 2/17 at 10:14 a.m. Transformer on fire on Merganser Lane. 2/17 at 12:30 p.m. Smoke alarm on Governor’s Way. 2/20 at 8:47 a.m. Motor vehicle lockout on Topsham Fair Mall Road. 2/20 at 7:34 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Interstate 295. 2/22 at 7:52 a.m. Motor vehicle accident on Interstate 295. 2/23 at 8:38 a.m. Fire alarm on Kent Circle. 2/24 at10:53 a.m. Fire alarm on Curtis Lane. 2/24 at 3:43 p.m. Oven fire on Bradley Pond Road. 2/24 at 4:02 p.m. Complaint of propane gas odor on Barrows Drive. 2/25 at 2:54 a.m. Possible transformer blowing out on Cathance Road.

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BRUNSWICK — Louisa H. Blake, 82, of Brunswick, died Sunday at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. She was born Feb. 8, 1931, in Portland to Alfred Sr. and Grace Seavey Milliken. Blake attended Portland schools, graduating from Blake Deering High School with the class of 1949. She received her bachelor’s degree in teaching from Gorham State Teachers College. While teaching, Blake attended Boston University, taking advanced classes in elementary education. She married her husband, Douglas Blake, on Sept. 20, 1952. Blake taught in elementary schools throughout her career, spending nine years in Kittery, four years in Ipswich, Mass., and 23 years in Weymouth, Mass., before retiring in 1987. In 1988 Blake and her husband moved to Brunswick. Blake was a member of Maine Maritime Museum and the Weymouth Retired Teachers Association. She enjoyed oil painting, often depicting birds, other animals and rural scenes. She also enjoyed gardening and cooking. Besides her husband, surviving are three sisters, Eunice Hurd of Falmouth, Selma Wilbur of Saco, and Laura Lewis of Portland; one brother, Alfred Milliken


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as several nieces and nephews. A funeral was held Thursday at Brackett Funeral Home in Brunswick with the Rev. Ronald McLaughlin officiating. Interment will be at West Bowdoin Cemetery in the spring.

Jean Louis Tardiff, 75

TOPSHAM — Jean Louis Tardiff, 75, of Topsham, died Saturday at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. He was born May 5, 1937, in Brunswick, the son of Gerard and Cecile Pouliot Tardiff.

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Tardiff attended St. John’s School and graduated from Brunswick High School in 1957. He married Janice Cunningham that year and became an apprentice at Bath Iron Works. Tardiff went on to work for the shipyard as a welder and later as a Tardiff supervisor, eventually retiring after over 20 years of service. He joined the National Guard during high school, and retired after 25 years. Tardiff enjoyed the outdoors, especially activities such as hunting, fishing, camping, farming and bee-keeping. He was a member of the Brunswick Elks, American Legion Post 202, and the Bee Keepers Association. Besides his wife Janice, surviving are three sons, Jeffrey and his wife Sharon of Freeport, Michael and his wife Victoria of Cumberland, and Patrick and his wife Candy of Raymond; five grandchildren, Jessica, Jillian, Amanda, Courtney and Danielle; one great-grandchild, Kaelynn; and a brother, Joseph Roger Tardiff and his wife, Kathi, and family of Claremont, N.H.

Rose Marie Miller, 90

BRUNSWICK — Rose Marie Miller, 90, of Brunswick, died peacefully Feb. 20 with her family by her side. Miller was born Jan. 7, 1923, to John and Wilma Ruest. Miller graduated from Brunswick High School and lived in Brunswick all her life. She married Bill Miller Miller on Aug. 10, 1946, at St. John’s Church in Brunswick, where she was a lifelong member. Miller loved gardening, music and spending time with her grandchildren and great-grandchildren. She took in younger family members whenever there was a need and never asked for anything in return. She cared deeply for others and will be missed by many cousins, nieces, nephews and friends. She is survived by a daughter, Elaine Newcomb and her husband, David, of Bath; three grandchildren, Jennifer Martin of Keller, Texas, William Alderman, of Brunswick and Amy Newcomb, of Brunswick; and two great-grandchildren, Jade and Taylor. A graveside service will be held in the spring. In lieu of flowers, the family requests that donations be made to support research of Alzheimer’s disease.


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Bowdoin hockey teams advance

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Above: Bowdoin’s (from left) Kyle Lockwood, John McInnis and Ollie Koo celebrate one of Lockwood’s three goals during the Polar Bears’ 5-3 come-from-behind win over Hamilton in last weekend’s NESCAC quarterfinals. Bowdoin (20-3-2) will face Middlebury in the semifinals Saturday at 4 p.m. The winner meets Williams or Trinity in the final Sunday at 2 p.m. Left: Bowdoin's Kim Tess-Wanat slides the puck past the prone Williams goalkeeper during a 5-3 win for the Polar Bears in their quarterfinal round game last weekend. Bowdoin (19-4-2) will play Amherst Sunday in the semifinals.

Winter sports season almost over At press time, just one local high school team, Brunswick boys' hockey, was all that remained of the winter sports season. Here's a look back at the postseason action which transpired in recent days.

Boys' basketball

Hyde's boys' basketball team, ranked second, made it to the Western Class D semifinals after a 45-35 win over Seacoast Christian, but advanced no further, dropping a tough 55-53 decision to thirdranked Valley. The Phoenix finished the year 16-4.

Girls' basketball

Hyde and Mt. Ararat's girls' basketball teams both met their demise last week in Augusta, at the hands of the eventual regional champions. The Eagles, the No. 3 seed in Eastern A, advanced to the semis with a 56-44 win over Oxford Hills, but No. 2 Bangor was too much to handle in the next round and Mt. Ararat's season ended 16-4 with a 56-44 loss to the Rams, who went on to beat Cony and play in the state game against McAuley.

In Western D, Hyde, the No. 3 seed, beat Valley in the quarterfinals, 48-28, but lost to No. 2 Richmond, 43-36, in the semis, to finish 17-2.

sixth, while Morse (70.5) came in 13th. The Dragons got runner-up showings from Nate Samson in the 50 free (22.23) and the backstroke (53.23).

At last week's Class A state swim meets, Brunswick's girls nearly came away with a championship, but wound up a close second to Cape Elizabeth (282268.5). Mt. Ararat (107.5) was eighth and Morse (106) came in ninth. The Dragons got wins from Jessica Russell in the 200-yard freestyle (1 minute, 56.49 seconds) and Lynsie Russell in the 500 free (5:25.64). Brunswick also won the 200 free relay (Emma Blair, Madeline Cowan, Lynsie Russell and Jessica Russell, 1:41.92). Celia Oullette won the 50 free (23.84 seconds) and the 100 free (53.29) for the Eagles. The Shipbuilders top finisher was Catie Luedee, who was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:08.07) and fifth in the 200 individual medley (2:16.83). In the boys' meet, won by Cheverus with 372 points, Brunswick (169) placed

Mt. Ararat's girls were seventh and the boys eighth at last week's Class A Nordic skiing state meet. The girls were led by Torri Pelletier, 17th in the classic (20 minutes, 2.9 seconds) and 20th in the freestyle (17:47.8) The boys featured Sam Wood, who was fifth in the freestyle (12:50.50) and 10th in the classic (14:58.0).

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Good Deeds A group of students and faculty from St. Joseph’s College of Maine travelled to Haiti in January for a service trip. The group, which included Associate Professor of Business Administration Beth Richardson and Molly Blumenthal, a nursing student. Both are Portland residents, and they worked with Partners in Development, a Massachusetts-based organization, in laying a house foundation, volunteering in a health clinic and providing expertise in developing budget spreadsheets, job descriptions and other administrative tools. Their work is part of ongoing efforts to help the people in a village on the outskirts of Haitian capital Port-au-Prince. Clark Insurance has launched a year-long TV campaign to support a number of area nonprofit and civic causes. The employeeowned insurance agency is using half its TV advertising budget to highlight eight different organizations on channels in the Time Warner Cable service area, using 300, 15-second announcements for each organization. The first two announcements spotlight “teaching excellence” and the Portland Stage Company. Other featured organizations will include Preble Street, Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland, Woodfords Family Services, Port Resources, The Community Schools and the Gulf of Maine Research Institute. As part of Portland’s Downtown District’s Light Up Your Holidays month-long celebration, Shop For A Cause Day is an opportunity for local businesses to give back to their community. Downtown Portland shops, gallery and business owners select a recipient each September. In 2012, more than 40 participating businesses contributed $6,000 in sales on Dec. 1 to Junior Achievement of Maine. Bernstein Shur, one of northern New

England’s largest law firms, contributed more than 2,900 hours of pro bono legal services, valued at more than $700,000, to nonprofit organizations and community service projects in Maine, New Hampshire and around the world in 2012. The firm also contributed the most hours of any law firm in Maine for the Maine Volunteer Lawyers Project, a project of the Maine Bar Foundation and Pine Tree Legal Assistance.

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Partnerships WMTW Channel 8 signed a 3-year partnership agreement with Maine Cancer Foundation. WMTW will serve as the official multi-media outlet to promote the Tri for a Cure and the Twilight 5K. Maine Cancer Foundation is a nonprofit organization funding cancer research, education and patient support programs.

New Hires Elizabeth “Liz” Cartland has been named director of development at the Portland Museum of Art. Cartland will be responsible for managing the museum’s fundraising staff, overseeing the implementation of a major gifts program, managing an overall strategy of annual leadership giving programs, and acting as lead fundraiser for the institution. Charlie Woodworth has been named the new executive director of Maine Huts & Trails. Woodworth has been a member of Maine Huts & Trails for many years and replaces Nicole Freedman, who has returned to Boston. Maine Huts & Trails is a nonprofit organization which contributes to the economic, social and natural environment of Maine’s western mountain region.

Grants As a result of a $30,300 March of Dimes grant, Maternity Care at Mid Coast Hospital will be expanding its CenteringPregnancy program. The grant will support the program by allowing for increased scheduling opportunities and patient capacity. CenteringPregnancy is an evidenced-based model of group prenatal care that integrates basic

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prenatal health assessment and education with social support. Facilitated by a Certified Nurse Midwife and Maternity Care nurses, the centering program at MidCoast Hospital allows women with similar “due months” to meet in a group setting and participate in their own care by weighing themselves, checking blood pressures and recording in their own charts.

Innovations Fluid Imaging Technologies, a Yarmouthbased laboratory instrumentation manufacturer, earned U.S. Patent No. 8,345,239 for the development of a new system and method for imaging birefringent particles in a fluid. The patented technology features two cross-polarizing filters that automatically detect the presence of anisotropic particles and microorganisms, take a digital image of each one and provide more than 30 different parameters of measurement data, all saved in a variety of formats. Light passes to the camera for imaging only after passing through the particles and both polarization analyzers. The new advance effectively isolates birefringent targets of interest for analysis. Highland Green in Topsham, Maine’s first and largest master planned active

adult community, launched its redesigned website, www.highlandgreenlifestyle.com, iniated by Highland Green Owner and Developer John B. Wasileski.

Recognition Bruce Balfour was named as the top producer for the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage real estate office in Cape Elizabeth.

New Endeavors Sun Media Group, The Forecaster’s parent company, has been granted a license to distribute Kidsville News, an award winning children’s publication, in Cumberland and Androscoggin counties. The full-color, educational tabloid is now available to all K-6 grade classrooms in Cumberland County free of charge, along with an educational web resource with downloadable worksheets broken out by grade levels. Beginning Friday, The Sun Journal, also a member of Sun Media Group, will begin distribution in Androscoggin County. Kidsville News mascot Truman, a friendly, 6-foot dragon, visited the Family Ice Center in Falmouth on Feb. 20 to promote the publication.

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Puppets to descend on Mayo Street Arts Bonnie Duncan performs “A Squirrel Stole My Underpants,” Sunday at 2 p.m. at Mayo Street Arts as part of its Mostly Puppets Festival series running through April. Tickets are $8 for adults, $4 for children and may be purchased in advance by calling 6153609. For a schedule of performances, visit mayostreetarts.org. Mayo Street Arts is located at 10 Mayo St., Portland.

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

Mid Coast Auditions Brunswick 2013 Hometown Idol is seeking participants for this year’s contest, held April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham. Applications are available in Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell schools and at Shaw’s at Cook’s Coner and Riley Insurance. For more information visit brunswickmainerotary.org or e-mail rotaryhometownidol@comcast.net.

Film Friday 3/1 “Jiro Dreams of Sushi,” 7 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-8285. Foreign Film Series: “Children of Heaven” (Iran), 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242.

Friday 3/1 “Revanche,” followed by roundtable discussion, 7 p.m., Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3375.

Saturday 3/2 “Chasing Ice,” 7 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3375.

Friday 3/8 Foreign Film Series: “Shall We Dance” (Japan), 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick. 725-5242.

Saturday 3/9 “Get Away Jordan,” 4 p.m., Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove, Bath, 443-4707.

Galleries Thursday 3/2 Common Roots exhibit opening, 10 a.m., Gallery Framing, 12 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-9108.

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Books & Authors Friday 3/1 Walter Bannon, “The White Pocketbook.” 12:00 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland. 871-1700 ext. 723.

Tuesday 3/5 Page to Stage: “A Song About Twilight,” 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ext. 723.

Wednesday 3/6 Teen graphic novel club: “American Born Chinese,” 3 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ext. 773.

Friday 3/8 Author Talk with Miriam Nesset, 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 7815898.

Tuesday 3/12 Author Talk with Kieran Shields, 6:30 p.m., South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7660.

Film Wednesday 3/6 “Miss Representation,” 6 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 774-9994.

Friday 3/8 “Holy Motors,” 7 p.m., SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 775-6148.

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Theater & Dance Friday 3/1 “Quake,” 7 p.m., Wish Theater, Memorial Hall, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3375.

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Galleries Friday 3/1 Made at Mayo Street, 5 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, 615-3609.

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Friday 3/8 Art on the Pad with Ed Zelinsky, 5:30 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 797-9635.

Music Friday 3/1 Girls Rock! 5:30 p.m., Bayside Bowl, 58 Adler St., Portland, 899-3433. Pierre Bensusan, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757. Gary Richardson, 9 p.m., Gingko

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Tuesday 3/5 Portland Symphony Orchestra: Haydn’s “The Creation,” 7:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, 775-2126.

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‘Once Upon a Mattress’ in South Portland By Scott Andrews A classic musical comedy from the middle of the 20th century takes center stage this week in the arts and entertainment calendar. Lyric Music Theater’s current community production of “Once Upon a Mattress” is a very funny and very tuneful fairy tale for adults. It’s based on the classic yarn of “The Princess and the Pea.” Portland Symphony Orchestra has its annual major choral work scheduled for March 5. Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation” will be presented with the Masterworks Chorus of the Choral Art Society as featured vocal ensemble, three solo vocalists plus guest maestro Donald Neuen on the podium. One Longfellow Square has a topnotch instrumentalist slated for Saturday: Johnny A, who ranks among America’s guitar gods. ‘Once Upon a Mattress’ What a hoot! That was my first impression of “Once Upon a Mattress,” the exceedingly funny Broadway musical comedy that’s running through this weekend at Lyric Music Theater. If the latest turns in the weather have you longing for some belly laughs, turn to this wonderful community production. Dating from 1959, “Once Upon a Mattress” is based on the classic fairy tale, “The Princess and the Pea.” With script by Jay Thompson, Dean Fuller and Marshall Barer, lyrics by Barer and music by Mary Rodgers (daughter of legendary Broadway composer Richard Rodgers) “Once Upon a Mattress” has become a staple of community and school companies. The libretto is characterized by campy satire performed by overdrawn, overblown characters and several delightfully surprising turns of the plot. Tops in

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Lyric’s community production are John Robinson as Prince Dauntless, who is played as an overgrown schoolboy, and Crystal Giordano as Princess Winifred, a loudmouthed comedienne who also serves as the show’s improbably forward ingenue. I also liked several of the supporting actors, especially Patricia Davis, as the domineering Queen Aggravain, and John Schrank as her long-suffering husband, King Sextimus the Silent. Kudos also to Vince Knue as The Minstrel and Joe Swenson as The Jester. Director Michael Donovan maintains the fast pace this style of show requires to succeed. Lyric’s costumer, Louise Keezer, also excels in her longtime role. Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St.

in South Portland, presents “Once Upon a Mattress” at 8 p.m. March 1-2. Call 799-1421. Portland Symphony Orchestra Two decades ago, Robert Moody was an aspiring young musician who boasted formidable talents both as a cellist and vocalist. Torn between the prospects of choosing one career over the other, the high school sophomore had a revelation at the South Carolina All State Chorus Festival. Performing a work conducted by Donald Neuen, Moody recalled that the combined forces of the instrumentalists and the chorus vastly exceeded the sum of the parts. And Moody’s eureka moment was seeing the conductor’s role in melding instrumental and choral music into an awe-inspiring combination. It was a life-changing moment, Moody recalled recently, and his career path became clear. He would become a conductor. A few years later Neuen became his teacher and mentor when Moody studied conducting at the Eastman School. Now Moody is returning the favor by inviting Neuen to conduct the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s annual late winter choral concert. One work will be performed: Franz Joseph Haydn’s “The Creation,” a magnificent masterpiece that was inspired by George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” Like “Messiah,” Haydn worked from an English-language libretto that comprised excerpts from very well-known works. For “The Creation” he used two books of the Bible – Genesis and Psalms – plus sections of John Milton’s epic poem, “Paradise Lost.” The oratorio leads listeners from primal darkness and chaos, through the six days of Biblical creation, to the earthly paradise of the Garden of Eden. The

Restaurant Week is a celebration of the culinary talents of area restaurants March 1-10 During Restaurant Week, restaurants offer specially priced three-course meals. Chefs work hard year-round to take care of their customers; in these 10 days they go above and beyond. The first Restaurant Week concept originated in New York City in the early nineties and caught on in Maine in 2009. Depending on the restaurant, pricing is set at either $22, $32 or $42. Also some participating restaurants will serve prix fixe lunches for 15.

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composer’s genius is evident at the outset. “Haydn’s introduction to the work, for orchestra alone, is one of the most astonishing pieces of music every composed,” PSO program annotator Mark Rohr writes. “This is the ‘Representation of Chaos,’ before creation, and to say it was ahead of its time is to understate the case.” Over the course of “The Creation,” Haydn musically develops the elements of the text in myriad and fascinating ways. For example, one passage mimics the waves on the ocean, while the section on the creation of the animals evokes a delightful musical zoo. Taken as a whole, “The Creation” is an overwhelming work. “The spaciousness of his design, the rich colors of his orchestra palette, his harmonic genius and his devotion to the text all combine into an awe-inspiring grandeur full of glory and profound thanksgiving,” according to Rohr. Three soloists have been engaged: soprano Lisa Saffer, tenor John McVeigh and bass Laurence Albert. Saffer and McVeigh are Maine residents, and both enjoy thriving careers on the global operatic circuit. Both have performed with the PSO and other Maine musical organizations numerous times. Albert made his professional debut with the Detroit Opera in 1977, and has since performed a repertoire of over 50 operatic roles. Neuen currently serves as the University of California, Los Angeles Distinguished Professor of Choral Conducting and Director of Choral Studies. In addition, Neuen regularly directs the UCLA Chorale and the UCLA Chamber Singers and is the artistic director of the Angeles Chorale. The Masterworks Chorus, directed by University of Southern Maine professor Robert Russell, is part of the larger Choral Art Society, southern Maine’s largest ensemble devoted to singing. Portland Symphony Orchestra presents “The Creation” at 7:30 p.m. March 5 at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall. Call PortTix at 842-0800. Johnny A. As a guitarist, how do you know when you’ve reached such a pinnacle of success that you deserve the title “guitar god?” Let me suggest one good criteria: when a major guitar manufacturer, such as Gibson, puts your name on one of its models. Johnny A., namesake of the Gibson Johnny A. – a hollow-bodied long-necked electric guitar – will be appearing this Saturday at One Longfellow Square. A veteran of the Boston music scene – and one-time Portland resident – Johnny A. and his band are blues musicians who simultaneously emphasize melody and fiery instrumental wizardry in a repertoire that combines well-known covers and self-penned tunes. He boasts one of the most distinctive voices in modern American music – and he doesn’t sing a note. Johnny A. has been nominated for the Boston Music Awards’ Blues Musician of the Year, and on Saturday he will be playing selections from his latest CD, “One November Night.” Catch Johnny A. at 8 p.m. March 2 at One Longfellow Square, corner of State and Congress in Portland. Call 761-1757.


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Craft ‘n’Flea Market, 8 a.m., Woodside Elementary School, 42 Barrows Drive, Topsham, wow. woodside@gmail.com

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Saturday 3/2 50/50 Bingo, 1 p.m., Bath Senior Citizens’ Center, 45 Floral St., Bath, 443-5770.

Sunday 3/3 Fill out the FAFSA, 1-3 p.m., bring income tax documents, Region 10 Technical High School, 68 Church Road, Brunswick, 729-6622.

Sunday 3/3 Japanese Festival at the Library, 12 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-4112.

Wednesday 3/6 Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., Knights of Columbus, 807 Middle St., Bath, 733-2767.

Sunday 3/10 Pejebscot Genealogy Society, 2 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 833-5430.

Benefits Saturday 3/2 Empty Bowl Supper, 5 p.m., Sacred Heart Church, 65 Mellen St., Cumberland, 773-6562, proceeds benefit Morne Rouge school in Haiti.

Mon. 3/4 Tues. 3/5 Wed. 3/6 Mon. 3/4 Tues. 3/5 Wed. 3/6 Thur. 3/7

7 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeals 6 p.m. Planning Board 6 p.m. City Council 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 7 p.m. 6 p.m.

City Council Planning Board Marine Resource Committee Regional Shellfish Commission

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Tues. 3/5 5:30 p.m. Harbor and Waterfront Wed. 3/6 6 p.m. Selectmen’s Meeting

Topsham Tues. 3/5 Tues. 3/5 Thur. 3/7

Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice has a growing need for hospice volunteers in the Brunswick area, training, call 777-7740, AHCH.org. ArtVan Program seeks volunteers to help with art therapy programming with children and teens, promotional support and fundraising efforts, contact 371-4125 or visit artvanprogram.org. Big Brothers Big Sisters seeks volunteer mentors (must be 18+) willing to commit one year and spend eight hours a month with

meetings 6-7:30 p.m. the third Wednesday of the month, Patten Free Library, Bath, 837-8810. Habitat for Humanity/7 Rivers Maine needs volunteers at ReStore in Bath, minimum four-hour shift commitment, 386-5081 or michele@habitat7rivers.org. Home to Home, an organization providing a safe place for parents to exchange children for visitations, needs volunteers, commitment of 1-2 hours per exchange period, police check and training required, Mid-Coast Hospital, Brunswick, Rich Siegel, 837-4894, mainehometohome.org.

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Meals on Wheels drivers urgently needed, Wednesdays and Fridays, information, 729-0475, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham.

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Mid Coast Hospital, dozens of positions at the café, gift shop, or greeting patients, 123 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6015.

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Mid Coast Senior Health Center needs volunteers for various activities with seniors Saturdays, Sundays and holidays, welcome desk openings, 373-3646.

a child 6-14 who lives in a single parent home, contact Brunswick office at 729-7736 or bigbbigs@ bbbsbathbrun.org.

Parkview Adventist Medical Center, gift shop needs volunteers, four-hour shifts mornings, afternoons and early evenings Monday through Friday, every other Sunday 1-4 p.m., will train, 373-4518 or visit the gift shop at 329 Maine St., Brunswick.

6 p.m. Finance Committee 7 p.m. Planning Board 7 p.m. Board of Selectmen

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Chocolate Church Arts Center seeks volunteers for the art gallery and more, 798 Washington St., Bath, 442-8455. The Greater Bath Elder Outreach Network, a program of Catholic Charities Maine, is looking for volunteers a few hours a week to assist seniors by providing companionship, transportation, assistance with errands and telephone reassurance for elderly and disabled people who live in Sagadahoc County and the Brunswick area, Martha Cushing, 837-8810;

Pejepscot Historical Society needs volunteer tour guides for Skolfield-Whittier House and Joshua L. Chamberlain Museum and volunteer staff for Chamberlain Museum gift shop, 729-6606. People Plus Center, ongoing opportunities, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0757. Red Cross training, Disaster Action Team, free, basic classes provide foundation for delivering assistance in emergency situations, weekday evenings, course schedules at midcoast.redcross. org, register on line or call 729-6779, 563-3299, MidCoast-

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Directory DAVINCI EXPERIENCE SCIENCE & ARTS DAY CAMPS Falmouth, Brunsick, Cape Elizabeth, Freeport, Yarmouth Westbrook, Ages 4-15 Different Themes Every Week: Emergency Vet, Mission to Mars, Creatures of the Deep, Ancient Egypt, Kitchen Science, Lost Civilizations, Maine Art, Inventors’, www.DaVinciExperience.com Island Habitat, Ocean Commotion, E-mail: info@DaVinciExperience.com Counselor-in-Training Program & More! Call (207) 541-9171 Small groups of similar ages.

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Hampton Inn, 140 Commercial St., Bath, 844-0510.

Road to Recovery, American Cancer Society’s transportation program seeks volunteers to help cancer patients get to their treatment appointments, call Janice Staples, 373-3715, janice.staples@ cancer.org, American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham.

Family Japanese Arts Festival, 1 p.m., Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Road, Bath.

Spectrum Generations has volunteer opportunities in program development, outreach, and reception at its new Community Center at 12 Main St., Topsham, Dave, 729-0475. Sexual Assault Support Services of Mid Coast Maine needs volunteers to provide support and information to callers on 24-hour hotline, 725-2181.

Dining Out

Monday 3/4 “Rural Development and Conservation in the West’s Forest,” 7 p.m., Main Lounge, Moulton Union, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 7253375.

Health & Support Saturday 3/2 Lap Swimming, 7 a.m.-12 p.m., Bath Area YMCA, 303 Centre St., Bath, 443-4112.

Wednesday 3/6 Holistic Nutrition for Seniors, 12:30 p.m., Bath Area Family YMCA, 303 Centre St., Bath, 443-4112.

Tuesday 3/12

Friday 3/1 Lenten haddock supper, 5 p.m., St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, 729-3509. 100th Anniversary Luncheon, 12 p.m., Merriconeag Grange, 529 Harpswell Road, Harpswell, 7298842.

Saturday 3/2 Pancake breakfast, 8 a.m., Merriconeag Grange, 529 Harpswell Road, Harpswell, Trothwell62@ comcast.net. Japanese dinner, 6 p.m., Bath Middle School, 6 Old Brunswick Road, Bath, tickets available at Now You’re Cooking, 49 Front St., Bath.

Long-term weight-loss solutions, 5 p.m., RunningStart Class Room, 3rd floor, 121 Medical Center Drive, Brunswick, 373-6056.

Just for Seniors A Matter of Balance, Jan. 15-Feb. 7, Tuesday and Thursday mornings, 10 a.m.-12 p.m., Senior Health Center, 58 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, 373-4656.

Kids & Family Saturday 3/2 Children’s Hour, 10:15 a.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

Gardens & Outdoors Get Listed Organic gardening methods, Jan. 13-March 17, St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-7694.

Getting Smarter Saturday 3/2 Ikebana workshop, Japanese art of flower arrangement, 12 p.m.,

Submit your listing to The Forecaster by using our online form at theforecaster.net/eventscalendar. We need your information at least 10 days in advance of the event date for publication in our print editions. If you need assistance, send an e-mail to Calendar@theforecaster.net or call 207-781-3661 ext. 115.

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March 1, 2013 Far left: Brunswick Junior High School Principal Walter Wallace knocks on one of the sixth grade classrooms’ thin walls. “This is not very good for sound,” he said.” Coffin Elementary School Principal Steve Ciembroniewicz says separating young children in mobile classroom units apart from the main part of school can create safety and scheduling issues. Dylan Martin / The Forecaster

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portunity for School Board members and the public to see why it may be time to upgrade the two schools – or possibly build a new one if that costs less. Perzanoski said a projected increase in student population was one of the original reasons for pursuing the

plan in the first place, prompted in part by the closing of Jordan Acres Elementary School in 2011. “But the main reason was that the buildings were falling apart and needed to be upgraded,” Perzanoski said. “Especially concerning was having classes in the (portable classrooms).” Coffin has had five portable units for several years, and Perzanoski isn’t the only one who thinks they should go.

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Standing on the road between Coffin’s entrance and three of the mobile classrooms, Principal Steve Ciembroniewicz explained on Monday the time constraints and safety concerns the current setup creates. “Imagine the transition times, and you’re bundling up ...,” Ciembroniewicz said while motioning to the crosswalk, where a class of small children and their teacher just crossed. “This is a big deal. This has to change. We don’t want little kiddos crossing all the time.” Beyond increasing the safety for Coffin students and getting rid of the mobile units, Keck said Coffin and the junior high, both more than 50 years old, have structural issues that could increase the cost of the upgrade plan. “These buildings are not terrific,” Keck told the School Board at the last facilities meeting. “They were not terrific when they were built.” The cost upgrades will be presented at the March 6 meeting in four cost options, depending on the scope of work. While the minimum amount of work would consist of basic repairs, like removing asbestos from beneath the floors and replacing broken toilet fixtures, another cost option would focus on adding more capacity to the schools, Keck said. Keck said that while basic repairs would be less costly, they wouldn’t do much to increase the longevity of two buildings. “If you do a full renovation you can say ... it’s more expensive,” Keck said, “but ... it’s a good investment and it will go on for another 40 years.” Some of the work would entail updating the two buildings to modern code standards and adding insulation. Also, the walls between the classrooms at Coffin have quarter-inch plywood, which not only allows sound to travel into other classrooms, but also makes the building more combustible, Keck previously told the School Board. At the junior high on Monday, Principal Walter Wallace demonstrated some of his building’s deficiencies. “These are partition walls. They fold, they open up,” Wallace said, pointing at the thin exterior walls of a few classrooms. “This is not very good for sound.” Stopping by a classroom in another part of the sixthgrade hall, Wallace pointed down at the floor. “You can see that it slopes down,” Wallace said, explaining that several classroom floors have sunk from the hallway’s floor level. “Now you can take a marble and it will roll all the way across the floor.” In case renovations prove too costly, Keck said he will also have cost estimates for new buildings. Although the School Board will have to decide which path to take, the final decision will be left to voters when a bond issue goes to referendum, probably in November. Last fall, Town Manager Gary Brown estimated a 6-7 percent increase in property taxes if the town borrows $21 million for the school upgrade plan. That figure could increase depending on the cost options that emerge March 6. “If there’s not support for (a bond), the buildings stay exactly the way they are and we try to keep them running,” Perzanoski said. He said he will likely examine the costs of taking that route at one of the next school budget meetings. Dylan Martin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or dmartin@theforecaster. net. Follow him on Twitter: @DylanLJMartin.


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POETICGOLD FARM DogTraining: A Sound Education For Every Dog, Because we want all dogs to get an education, we offer some puppy and basic classes like Canine Good Citizen for 120& to keep them reasonable. Please write to Ljilly28@me.com or sign up at www.poeticgoldfarm.com 2/ 20 Wednesday Nights with Amy Herbert ABCDT, 3pm Help! My Dog is Out Of Control! (this class is for people who are frustrated and ready to give up on fixing naughty behavior) $140 for 6 weeks. The classes below are all $120 for 6 weeks: 4pm Intermediate Obedience (prep for competition in Novice), 5pm Basic Obedience, 6pm AKC Star Puppy, 7pm Conformation/Show Ring Handling. Saturday March 2 with Judy Moore CPDT-KA, 9 am STAR Puppy, 10 am Manner I, 11am Control Unleashed,11am Outdoor Adventures For Shy/Insecure Dogs, 1pm Leash Lungers/Frustrated Greeters, 1pm Control Unleashed, Sunday, March 3 to April 7, 9 am to 10 am STAR Puppy with Jill,10 am to 11 am Family Dog Manners with Jill,11am to 12pm Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog Prep with Jill, 1pm to 2pm Rally O with Jill, 2pm to 3pm Rally O with Jill, 3-m to 4pm Noseworks with Elisa (THIS CLASS IS FULL). 4pm to 5pm Control Unleashed with Elisa (THIS CLASS IS FULL). Monday March 4 with Judy Moore CPDT-KA, 12pm Basic Manners I,1 pm Control Unleashed, 4pm Canine Good Citizen, 5pm Human Directed Aggression(T.A.C.T. Program), 7pm Manners II, Tuesday Mornings March 5 to Tuesday April 9, 9 am to 10 am Rally O Excellent with Jill (THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL), 11 am to 12 am Control Unleashed with Elisa (THIS CLASS IS NOW FULL) Wednesday, Day times: February 27 to April 3 (Jill) All these classes are 120$ per session, 8 am to 9 am Rally Excellent and Rally Excellent Advanced (THIS CLASS IS FULL) 9am to 10 am STAR Puppy, 10 am to 11am Canine Good Citizen/Therapy Dog Prep, 12pm to 1pm Family Dog Manners. 1pm to 2pm Rally O, Thursdays Afternoons and Evenings with with Nancy FreemanSmith CBATI, Tricks Class 6pm Freestyle Class 6pm Growly Dogs (THIS CLASS IS FULL), BAT Instruction, Fridays at PoeticGold Farm Dog Training: Friday, March 1 to April 5, 10 am to 11am Rally O (Jill) 11 am to 12 pm Breed Handling with Amy Herbert. PoeticGold Farm Dog Training 207.899.1185

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is imminent danger to the student or others, you can use restraint. Time after time it is teachers blaming Chapter 33, when it isn’t the law, it is the lack of training.” Chapter 33 was passed in June 2012, after a 2010 series published by The Forecaster revealed that physical restraint was being used frequently in Maine schools, in some cases in violation of existing policies. In response to the reports, the Maine Department of Education formed a working group to examine the state’s restraint laws; stakeholders presented their revisions to the Legislature in early 2012. Those changes included clearer definitions of physical restraint and seclusion, and limits on the use of both except in cases where “a student presents imminent risk of injury or harm to the student or others” and where less-intensive interventions have been unsuccessful. Complaints from educators who said the law is too limiting prompted Saviello to propose his changes. “Teachers want to teach,” he said during a press conference 5 Feb. 20 in Augusta. “The way Chapter 33 was written,

it took that ability out of their hands. Chapter 33 is well intended, but it needs to be clarified. It needs to be modified to allow our teachers to teach again.” Among other things, the law now prohibits any action that restricts a child’s free movement, including guiding them with a hand on a shoulder or back. Saviello’s proposal replaces the ban on such “physical escort” with language that allows “temporary touching or holding of the student who is acting out, for the purpose of inducing that student to walk to a safe location.” It also allows “a brief period” of physical restriction by person-to person contact in order to protect and prevent a student from causing injury or harm, property destruction or disruption of the school. It asks that Chapter 33 be amended to say that restraint or seclusion may be used in cases where a student may cause “significant property damage” and to “prevent disruption of the educational environment.” Finally, it allows restraint or seclusion of students when precise circumstances are described in a written document signed by the student’s parent. The American Civil Liberties Union of Maine said the proposed changes to the law go too far.

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“shepherding” of students or brief contact between teachers and students should be made. But Maine Education Association president, Lois KilbyChesley, said the language tweaks need to go further because the current wording is too restrictive. Kilby-Chesley said that word “imminent” in the law needs to be more clearly defined as it relates to an imminent threat, because the definition of the word could be different from person to person. The Maine Disability Rights Center agrees with that assessment. “One of the things mentioned by the Maine Education Association in their testimony (at the Feb. 20 public hearing) was that it makes sense to remove the word ‘imminent,’” said Karen Farber, a disability rights advocate at the center. “We have heard stories of teachers holding back and saying, ‘Is it imminent yet?’ No one wants to have

people sitting there not following their good instincts; if the word ‘imminent’ is causing a hang-up, creating pause where people feel like they are torn, (it should be changed).” Saviello’s bill was scheduled to go before the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs on Feb. 5, but Friedman said Monday that the committee has not moved forward on it. Davis said she hopes parents of affected children will have another opportunity to speak on behalf of maintaining Chapter 33 as it was written because the Feb. 20 public hearing was during school vacation, which may have prevented some from attending. She said the proposed changes to the law go too far and suggested teachers can use tools like positive reinforcement to curb undesired behavior in students. “There is so much that can be done instead of restraint,” Davis said.

we would facilitate for them.” Charges that come out of the process could be of a civil or criminal nature, but who would be charged remains uncertain, Grimes said. The investigation is determining “if there are any violations that rise to the level of a court summons, and ... who would be responsible for those violations,” he added. Investigators previously determined a propane gas leak caused the building explosion at about 5 a.m. on Feb. 12. It leveled the duplex at 29-31 Bluff Road in the Atlantic Townhouse Apartment complex, killing Fussell and launching debris throughout the neighborhood. The probe traced the explosion to a leak from a gas line connecting an outdoor propane tank to two gas heaters, according to Steve McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety.

McCausland said the leak was in an outside wall of the building, and that the fumes probably seeped into a crawl space beneath the building, where they were ignited by an unknown source. Garmey previously said the heater in Fussell’s apartment may have been replaced the night before the explosion. It’s important that Fussell’s family get whatever measure of justice is available to them, he said. He added Wednesday that “at this point we’re not going to point our finger at any particular party. I think that the facts, when they’re fully explored and discovered, will lead us clearly like bread crumbs in a forest ... to our destination. We just don’t know what that destination is, yet.”

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“We don’t have the resources to do that and I’m not sure whether it is necessary,” Friedman said. “(But) we’d be interested in hearing suggestions about what would be helpful and feasible to improve understanding of the rule.” What Friedman does think needs to happen is some clarification of language within Chapter 33, instead of a complete unraveling of what the law. “Giving teachers back the tools they have used in the past to manage student behavior, as long as those tools have minimal risks of physical injury to the staff or student, because that is the underlying reason for the rule change (proposal),” she said.” She said that changes could include language to allow

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responsible; that’s not to suggest that ultimately we won’t prove that somebody was careless in causing this to happen, and we are fully confident we will,” said Terry Garmey, the Portland attorney representing Fussell’s family. Grimes noted that the Oil and Solid Fuels Board, an agency of the Maine Department of Professional and Financial Regulation, is still conducting its investigation into the regulatory aspect of the matter. After it completes that process, he said, “we will be meeting with them, and because they are not a lawenforcement organization ... if there are any charges to be brought for regulatory issues, that is something that

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