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Vol. 8, No. 12

News of Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell

Brunswick officials reject $7M design for police station

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By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — Town officials suffered sticker shock on Tuesday when they saw the draft budget for a new police station. At $7.2 million, the estimate was nearly 30 percent higher than the $5.1 million budgeted in this year’s capital improvement plan, which the Town Council approved last summer. At Tuesday’s Police Station Building Committee meeting, Town Manager Gary Brown was quick to say the cost would come down.

“We are confident we can still come forward with a modern police facility for the town of Brunswick and we can do it with the number I believe most people are going to find acceptable,” Brown said. In order to do that, architects from Donham & Sweeney, the firm the committee selected, will likely shrink the building and the parking lot, eliminate the carport and boat bays, and do away with several of the features

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Above: Sternman Zach Drehobl, left, and Capt. Jim Barclay of the F/V Lorelei haul a lobster trap lost in 2007 on Tuesday morning as part of a “Gear Grab” sponsored by the nonprofit Gulf of Maine Lobster Foundation on Harpswell Sound. The project provides grant funding to lobstermen who volunteer to recover some of the thousands of pounds of lost lobstering gear, or “ghost gear,” that litters the sea floor. The twoday event allowed fishermen to clean up places they knew the gear has accumulated. “I didn’t even use the fish finder. I just knew where that one was. I was snagging it all last year,” Barclay said of a snarl of 18 traps he hauled.

By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — Details and differing opinions are emerging about a proposed marine-themed charter school as the project gains momentum. For the past few months, the Harpswell Coastal Academy’s advisory committee has been holding public forums on the plan for a public charter school for 280 students in grades six through 12. The vision is for a project-

Right: Drehobl checks the date of the registration tag from a recovered lobster trap originally lost in 2007.

based learning experience with a marine focus, where students may build boats or seed clam beds, according to advisory committee member Robert Anderson. In response to questions asked at recent forums, the committee is hammering down details about its timeline, where the school might be located and how it would be funded. See page 27

Unsung Hero: Macauley Lord, casting for life By David Treadwell BRUNSWICK — When Macauley Lord was 6 years old, his grandfather took him fishing at a pond on his grandfather’s old farm, built in 1844 outside Louisville, Ky. Lord caught four blue gill and became (sorry) forever hooked. At age 12, he took up fly fishing, a sport he continued as a student at Bowdoin College. After college, Lord went on to pursue graduate studies, first at the University of California at Santa Barbara (physical geography) and later at the University of Michigan (natural resources policy).

Then in 1986, he got a call from a friend he’d met while fly fishing in Montana, a place Lord calls “the center of the fly fishing universe.” The friend had a job teaching fly fishing at L.L. Bean and asked Lord to come back to Maine to work at Bean. He accepted immediately. For several years, Lord taught fly fishing in the summer and performed various roles for Bean in the off season.

Index Arts Calendar.................18 Classifieds......................23 Community Calendar......18

People & Business.........17 Police Beat.....................12 Real Estate.....................27 Sports.............................13

See page 21 Fly fishing coach Macauley Lord of Brunswick works with Mike Kolster on casting technique on the banks of the Androscoggin River. Lord is also studying ministry at Bangor Theological Seminary.


INSIDE Meetings.........................18 Obituaries.......................10 Opinion.............................7 Out & About....................19

It was a winter to savor Page 13

Wood-fired boilers back in Brunswick Page 6

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Community center blooms in former West Harpswell School By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — After months of work, the town’s newest public gathering place is open. The Ash Point Community Center, housed in the former library of the shuttered West Harpswell School, is part library, part study hall and part place to hang out. The Center is the brainchild of a small group of Harpswell Neck residents who couldn’t bear the thought of seeing the school sit empty after it closed last June. “Closing the school really tore the heart out of the West Harpswell community,” said David Chipman, who was concerned about the lack of public gathering places on the southern tip of Harpswell Neck. At the same time, some of his neighbors were also eyeing the school for other purposes. Donna Frisoli had been thinking of opening a town library with Internet access, and Elizabeth Davis was looking for a place to house gatherings of home-schooled students. Like us on acebook

Volunteer Paula Conley sorts childrens books given to Ash Point Community Center by Harpswell Community School. The school received books after West Harpswell School closed, and donated duplicates to the community center.

With a cadre of volunteers, they started the all-volunteer Ash Cove Community Center, which will hold a grand opening on April 4 from 4-8 p.m. The center will offer story time and art classes on Mondays, yoga and a meeting space for home-schoolers. Its shelves are filled with children’s books given to the town by School Administrative District 75 after the school closed in June 2011, and Frisoli is seeking donations of adult books. The final volunteer schedule is still being worked out, but hours will likely be Monday, Tuesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and Wednesdays from noon to 8:30 p.m. Davis, who helps run the Center, said the wireless Internet will be up and running soon, as will more classes for adults. “The intention is to have programming for all parts of the community,” she said, not just children. Something like the Ash Point Community continued page 27


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Primary will choose Democrat for House race in Bath By Alex Lear BATH — The area’s only legislative primary will be held June 12 to determine the Democratic candidate in state House District 62. The incumbent, Rep. Michael Clarke, D-Bath, is not seeking a second term. Kyle Rogers, a Bath city councilor, is the sole Republican in the race, while Bath residents Jennifer DeChant and Paul Johnson are vying for the Democratic nod. District 62 covers part of Bath. Rep. Kerri Prescott, R-Topsham, is not seeking a fourth term in House District 60, which includes part of Topsham. Two fellow Topsham residents seek to take

her place: Democrat Andrew Mason, a selectman from Middlesex Road, and Republican Jean Wolkens of Meadow Road. In House District 63, which represents part of Brunswick, Rep. Charles Priest, D-Brunswick, is running for a fourth term. He previously served in the House from 1984-1990. Matthew A. Mower of Brunswick is running on the Republican side. Rep. Kimberly Olsen, R-Phippsburg, is seeking her second term in House District 64, which includes Phippsburg, Harpswell and the southern half of West Bath. She is challenged by Jeremy Saxton, a Harpswell Democrat.

Topsham committee to evaluate Route 196 corridor By Alex Lear TOPSHAM — The town is seeking members for a committee that will study much of Route 196 and draft a corridor plan for the road. The Route 196 Corridor Study Committee, which the Board of Selectmen voted recently to create, could begin its work next month. The corridor plan – recommended in the town’s 2005 Comprehensive Plan – will study land uses, visual impacts, transportation and access issues from roughly the area of Interstate 295 west to the Lisbon town line. The committee will make recommendations concerning improvements along that stretch with input from the community. The group will be “trying to figure out, ‘how do we want to see Route 196 look and operate in 20 years,’” Planning Director Rich Roedner said on Monday.

The area includes a variety of zones: residential, rural residential and rural commercial. Roedner noted that the committee could consider different options, such as addressing the need for the town’s Industrial District to have frontage on Route 196, the potential for added commercially zoned land or for different types of residential zones, access control, or frontage zoning versus zoning that has depth along the road. Residents interested in serving on the committee can call the Topsham Planning Office at 725-1724 to obtain an application form. The forms can also be found at, under the “Boards & Committees” tab. Roedner can be reached for questions and more information at or 725-1724. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@ Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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In House District 65, which covers parts of Bath, Brunswick, Topsham, West Bath and Woolwich, Rep. Peter Kent, D-Woolwich, is running for a third term. Jason Warnke, a Woolwich Republican, is Kent’s challenger. John J. Bouchard, a Brunswick Republican, and David Frans, a Green Independent candidate from Brunswick, are challenging incumbent Rep. Alexander Cornell du Houx, D-Brunswick, in House District 66. Cornell du Houx has served two terms in the Brunswick district.

In the state Senate, Sen. Stanley Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, is seeking a third, two-year term in District 10, which includes Brunswick, Harpswell, Freeport and Pownal. The Federal Street resident – who was elected to the Senate in 2008 after serving four terms in the House – faces a challenge from Republican Ralph Dean of Dune Drive, Freeport. The deadline for party candidates to file nomination papers with the secretary of state’s office was March 15. Unenrolled candidates have until June 1 to file. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@ Follow him in Twitter: @learics.

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Brunswick appeals board OKs demolition of church rectory Parish administrators said the building is also standing in the way of future plans for its campus, which include a new gymnasium and cafeteria to be built in what is now the parking lot between the church and the Red Brick House on Pleasant Street. “The bigger campus plan is so much more than the fate of this white building, but bringing the plan to fruition rests on this first step,” Andree Tostevin, principal of St. John’s Catholic School, said. But Chris Ludwick, a High Street resident and All Saints parishioner, was concerned that allowing the church to tear down the rectory would set a precedent. “The rationale that’s been given to tear town this property can be extrapolated to tear down any historic property,” Ludwick said. “Is this the way around the (Village Review Board) for every future applicant?” The zoning board, however, sided with the parish, and after a short discussion voted unanimously to allow the demolition. Anyone opposed to the decision has 45 days to appeal, so the parish plans to wait

By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — Two months after the Village Review Board denied a bid by All Saints Parish to demolish the old rectory next to St. John the Baptist Church, the board’s decision has been reversed. After the parish appealed the review board’s decision on the grounds that maintaining the old rectory is an economic hardship, the Zoning Board of Appeals unanimously approved the demolition application on March 15. Charlie Wiercinski, an engineer who represented the parish, told the ZBA that the old rectory costs the church $11,000 a year in maintenance and taxes. He said the building would cost more than $450,000 to move and at least $200,000 to renovate – costs that make it unappealing to potential buyers. The parish has been trying, unsuccessfully, to find someone to buy or move the building since October. “We’ve exhausted all compatible uses of the structure,” Wiercinski said. “We can’t give it away, quite frankly.”

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at least that long to start demolition, Don Leaver, the parish business coordinator, said Monday. The review board denied the parish’s request for demolition over concerns that the rectory is historic and that the church had not pursued enough alternatives to tearing it down. The board vote was 3-3, but the request failed because the application did not receive majority support. The denial appeared angered some parishioners and other town residents, including Art Boulay, who called for the board’s elimination in a Jan. 11 email to town officials. Boulay argued that the board ignored the “more than sufficient data” showing how expensive it would be to move or renovate the building. “The economic and practicality issues were never directly addressed by the board,” he said. “It was absolutely clear from the meeting that the ZBA or a court of law will reverse this decision based on these two factors alone.” Pointing to two recent examples when the

review board has reversed an initial denial – Bowdoin College’s application to tear down a Cleaveland Street home and the Brunswick Development Corp.’s bid to demolish four houses at the intersection of Pleasant and Stanwood streets – Boulay said “the VRB neither understands its responsibilities nor how to go about its work ... if this is how it operates, it should be eliminated.” Wiercinski, also in an email to town officials, said “it is clear to me that the only impact the (VRB) has had on any of the recent demolition projects is to add delay and expense and therefore their role should be re-evaluated.” In response to Boulay, VRB Chairman Emily Swan said the board considers factors other than cost. “You are absolutely right that economic viability and practicality are extremely important considerations when demolition applications come before the Board, but keeping buildings which contribute to the Village Review Zone is at least as

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Serious injuries in 2-car crash on Route 1 in Bath By Alex Lear BATH — One person remained hospitalized in critical condition Wednesday in the aftermath of a two-car collision on Route 1 that injured four people Monday night. A portion of the highway was closed for several hours. Both vehicles were northbound just north of the Congress Avenue overpass when a silver Acura driven by Joseph Boyington, 22, of Brunswick, rear-ended a Lincoln SUV driven by Stephanie Thacker, 43, also of Brunswick. The impact pushed the SUV several hundred feet, police said. The Acura then struck a Maine Department of Transportation sign and rolled over. Boyington was taken by ambulance to Maine Medical Center in Portland. His passenger, Michael Mason, 21, of Brunswick, was taken by Lifeflight helicopter to Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Both men were believed to have sustained significant internal and other injuries, police said Tuesday. On Wednesday morning, Mason remained in critical condition, and Boyington was in satisfactory condition. Thacker and her passenger – her son, Adam Thacker, 11, of Brunswick – were treated and released from Mid Coast Hospital. Emergency crews responded at 6:36 p.m., and the highway was closed until about midnight Monday. The preliminary investigation showed the Acura was traveling at a high rate of speed, police said. Both vehicles were totaled. While there was no evidence of alcohol at the scene, police were waiting for the results of blood tests. Bath police were aided by the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office, Brunswick Police Department, Maine State Police, and the Maine DOT, along with Bath EMS and firefighters, and the West Bath and Brunswick fire departments. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow Alex on Twitter: @learics.

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According to Deputy Fire Chief Jeff Emerson, boilers installed five years ago often emitted more than 0.6 pounds of particulate matter per heat output. Newer models have much lower emissions, between 0.32 and 0.06 lb/MMBtu. These changes in technology and increased state regulation of the boilers prompted the Brunswick Fire Department to reconsider the ban. Only one person spoke at Monday’s public hearing. Resident John Libby spoke in support of the new ordinance, telling the council he could heat his house with wood for a fraction of the cost of oil. The new ordinance allows the installation of what are known as Phase II wood boilers, which emit less than 0.32 lb/ MMBtu, with setbacks of 100 feet from the nearest property line or at least 140 feet from the nearest neighboring house.

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increased by 2.75 percent. As the state withdraws its support, we have a once-in-ageneration opportunity to send a clear message renewing our commitment to providing among the best schools in the state. It’s an opportunity because we have distinct advantages over other Maine towns facing similar choices. Even as our national economy languished, we attracted multiple strong businesses to Brunswick Landing, and we don’t expect our success will stop as the economy improves. A crucial component of attracting new businesses is an investment in our schools to ensure that they’re competitive with other communities. Attracting new residents will bring more economic activity to our town and increase our property values. Brunswick’s commitment to education runs deep. Our family’s roots are inextricably tied to Brunswick because of it, and we know many other families who can tell similar stories. We believe that the next 40 years can be as prosperous as the last 40 if we make smart investments in our town. If we set our property tax rate so that 20 percent of the average household’s income gain since 1970 (approximately $230) is reinvested in education, we would easily make up for the state’s withdrawal of support. It’s time that Brunswick stops tying its decisions to the state’s actions and instead returns to valuing education as we want it. We have the assets and tradition to outcompete other communities in attracting new businesses and residents. Particularly as education becomes more valuable in an increasingly competitive world, we believe our ancestors would instruct us that the greatest long-term gain requires smart short-term sacrifice. Nathan Tefft is an assistant professor of economics at Bates College in Lewiston. Dennis Tefft is a kitchen designer at Hammond Lumber Co. in Brunswick. John Bibber was the town manager of Brunswick from 1961 to 1989.


In light of the recently announced $1.2 million reduction in state aid for Brunswick’s schools, how much are we willing to pay for high-quality public schools? What can we learn by looking back at Brunswick’s long-standing tradition for valuing education? We represent three generations of one family who are Brunswick residents. To check our collective memory, we asked, how much were Brunswick residents willing to pay for education in 1970? That was two years after Dennis graduated from Brunswick High School and nine years after John moved to Brunswick with his family (Nathan has only heard stories about 1970, because he was born in 1978 and graduated from BHS in 1996). We compared information from the 1970 decennial census with the Census Bureau’s 2006-2010 American Community Survey, the two closest available surveys of Brunswick. Our effective property tax rates – the amount paid per $1,000 of market value – were $28.83 in 1970 and $15.63 in 2011. We might conclude that property taxes were almost double what they are today, but our property values have also increased. The median owner-occupied house value in Brunswick was $16,300 in 1970 and $198,100 in 2006-2010. The property tax payments for the median house were therefore $470 in 1970 and between $2,600 and $2,800 in 2006-2010. But a dollar in 1970 went farther than a dollar today, so we calculated the percent of an average household’s income spent on property taxes. The Census provides income data for Brunswick back to 1999, so we assumed that Brunswick’s median household income proportionally tracked Cumberland County’s prior to that time. In 1970, Brunswick’s average property tax payment was 6.29 percent of the average household income, while in 2006-2010 it ranged from 6.12 to 6.51 percent. As a share of income, our average property tax payment is unchanged since 1970. Is our state or federal tax burden – tax payments as a share of income – higher than it used to be? The National Tax Foundation has calculated the percent of Maine residents’ total income paid in local and state taxes since 1977. It was 10.1 percent in that year and in 2009, the most recent year reported. Multiple reports since 2009 show that the federal tax burden is at its lowest level since 1950. Brunswick suffered a blow with the closure of Brunswick Naval Air Station: between 1999 and 2006-2010 our inflation-adjusted median household income fell by 13.3 percent to about $43,100, while it dropped by only 3.5 percent in Cumberland County. But we’re richer than in 1970 despite the Navy’s departure: real household income

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The unfunny truth behind the ‘3 biggest lies’ joke When I was doing standup, I would get corporate gigs, which often began with the guy from marketing telling the “three biggest lies” joke. The corporate world was more rigid then, and marketing was where the rebels hung out. It wasn’t unusual to see a marketing guy wearing a sport coat instead of a suit, even if it wasn’t Casual Friday. I’m The View serious. They were that crazy. When I was in business, the regular workers viewed them with a combination of suspicion and envy. How could these guys get away with drawing a salary and also keeping whole areas of their personalities intact? It was witchcraft. Or maybe the big bosses didn’t want to interfere with the people responsible for bringing in the revenue. So one of these corporate live wires would introduce Mike Langworthy the comic (me), but not before he showed off his own joke-telling prowess. A surprising number would tell some version of the “three biggest lies” joke. It was a sure-fire laugh-getter in a business crowd: you ask the crowd if they know the three biggest lies in the world. Depending on how informal the meeting was – i.e., how many women were in the room – the first two lies fell somewhere on the continuum of frat boy vulgarity from puerile to unpublishable, but the punch line was always the same: “And the biggest lie of them all: ‘I’m from the government, and I’m here to help you.’” The joke seemed innocuous enough, a way of blowing off steam about the inconvenience and expense of governmental compliance. Every great joke, however, is rooted in a fundamental truth. Over the years I’ve come to appreciate the deeper dysfunction this joke exposes: a sinister campaign to coddle workers with pay scales approaching enough to live on and working conditions that don’t threaten their lives. This conspiracy, at all levels of government, has forced our courageous job creators to create jobs in other countries, where more enlightened leadership refuses to knuckle under to Big Brother. Places where they treat every worker like an adult. Even the children.

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It’s only recently, since Congress itself has become so opposed to big government that it has virtually stopped governing in protest, that I’ve been able to see the truth behind the laughter. More disturbingly, the current political climate has made me take a long hard look in the mirror. To my horror, I’m realizing I am a product of the problem. To paraphrase the immortal Walt Kelly, I have met the enemy and he is me. Not directly. I’ve never been a government employee. But big government made me what I am today. You see, my father was one of those smug, do-nothing bureaucrats. He spent his whole adult life feeding at the public trough while what my friend Mark calls “poor dumb saps” like you paid for it. I can’t pinpoint the exact date my father turned his back on the system that made this country great. He was probably a crybaby right from his first job, at the age of 4, carrying the milk and cottage cheese his cousins were selling door to door off a horse drawn cart in Elwell, Mich. Could have been when he talked the local grocer into letting him drive the delivery truck standing up because, at 9, he was too short to reach the pedals. The robust unemployment market the Depression was providing his father made that job possible, but did my dad ever thank the system? Not on your life. He was already showing all the earmarks of a future tick on the neck of society. I blame the unions. He had to join one when he went to work at an auto plant after high school, and you know what happens when those union goons get their hooks in you. They must have hammered him with their propaganda relentlessly, because finally he was either so frightened of hard work or so disgusted by being a capitalist tool that he quit his draft-exempt job in 1942 for his first sweet government dodge, bomber pilot and intelligence officer in the U.S. Marine Corps. Three squares a day at Uncle Sam’s expense, not to mention an all-expense-paid boondoggle in the “occupation forces” in Japan. Some “occupation.” They mostly sat around on the base. They say that once a lion has tasted human flesh, it never goes back. Getting one of those soft-touch government jobs is like that, if my father is anything to go by. He couldn’t get off the gravy train. A couple of little welfare programs you may have heard of got him a college degree and a house, with time out for a sweet vacation from marriage on a carrier in the Sea of Japan during Korea. Eventually he hit the jackpot: probation officer.

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Why there’s never been an expose on these layabouts I’ll never know. Check this out: for 25 years all my father had to do was keep people out of prison, get them off drugs, talk businessmen into hiring convicted felons, drive them to work because they lost their licenses, get them to pay their victims back, check on their families when they were in rehab, and take guns away from them (after talking the cops out of shooting them) when they were threatening to kill their wives and children because hopelessness had driven them insane. And for this he had the gall to rip the taxpayers off for almost as much in a year as I made in a week writing jokes. “I’m from the government and I’m here to help you.” Yeah, right. You don’t have to tell me the three greatest lies joke. I lived it. 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

Protect the birds, bees; control your cats

Thank you for good coverage of social and environmental issues. Let me bring up a new one. Many of us are not aware of problems caused by pet cats roaming freely. Dogs, at least in Bath, are not allowed to do that. But dogs do not prey on wild birds, which are already in trouble. Birds eat harmful insects that are growing in numbers, thanks to our environmental intrusions. Honey bees suffer, too. In spring and summer, fledgling birds will be especially at risk from pet cats. We have a fence around our yard. Cats get in, anyway. We grow plants that birds like. Birds are important to us all. In our world’s many problems, this one may seem tiny. But tiny has a way of getting big. Maria Holt, Bath

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Cumberland County Jail sexcapade an exception Much has been said in the press about the “evening sojourn” of two of the inmates in the Cumberland County Jail. It is true this was an inexcusable lapse by those in charge, officers on duty at the time and policies within the system. This should not happen and actions are being taken to prevent this from occurring again. However, this was one event in a long history of safe, secure and proper handling of inmates. The jail was built in 1994 and since that time, very few events have transpired causing safety concerns. In the past year, the jail has housed 11,131 persons, some of whom are the “worst of the worst,” including Federal prisoners from around the country, murderers and rapists. The staff provides a safe, healthy environment for the inmates, often dealing with abusive situations. In the past year, the county transported 6,252 adults to the County Courthouse, 13 to Bridgton Court, 12 to Bath Court and 417 juveniles to all courts for hearings, safely and without incident. All too often, one negative event far exceeds the positives done by those who serve the public faithfully and safely every day, often putting their own lives and safety in harm’s way. You can rest assured the events leading to this “sojourn” will be investigated and remedied, but we should also keep in mind and thank the officers protecting our public safety in our jails and in the line of duty. They choose the profession of public safety and should be applauded for their choice and thanked for their service. Susan Witonis, chairwoman Cumberland County Board of Commissioners Peter Crichton, Cumberland County manager

Film festival ads borrow from a classic Recently, The Forecaster has been running ads for the Maine Jewish Film Festival that include the headline, “You don’t have to be Jewish to love these films.” Pictured in the ad are people such as a priest. Clever, yes. Original, no. Back in the 1960s, when highly creative, much-honored Doyle, Dane & Bernbach won honors for the Volkswagen “Think Small” ads, among others, it also had the Levy’s rye bread account. It was given awards for, you guessed it, “You don’t have to be Jewish to love Levy’s Jewish Rye.” All of the ads featured definitely non-Jewish models. It’s a pity, isn’t it, that the Maine Jewish Film Festival can’t be more original in its advertising. John P. Wirtz Scarborough

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Let them eat egg salad Though it is safe to say that I am not a very discerning diner, I began to understand last week why Big Macs and Whoppers always seem to make me a little nauseous. It might be that “pink slime,” the ammonia-treated beef trimmings spun into a USDA-approved hamburger helper. Next they’ll probably tell us that Chicken McNuggets are made from feet, wattles and beaks. Also in last week’s food news, we learned The Universal that eating any red meat at all will kill you. I think I already knew that, doc. But that does beg the question: Why isn’t meat taxed as heavily as alcohol and tobacco? And shouldn’t you have to be 21 to buy steak? Surely you must have noticed that if you stopped eating evEdgar Allen Beem erything that was bad for you, you’d be on a diet of – I was going to say bread and water, but they’re not good for you either. Kale and coconut milk? Spirulina and green tea? Not only am I not a very healthy eater, I tend to be a binge eater. Not a binge-and-purge eater. Were that the case, I wouldn’t be 40 pounds overweight. No, I’m just a hungry man who goes on eating jags, craving the same foods until I’ve eaten too much of a good thing. I’m just coming off a two-year bagel binge for instance. For hundreds of mornings I stopped by Mr. Bagel, purchased a nice, fat bagel loaded with seeds of all kinds, took it home, toasted it and then drowned it in melted butter. Then one day a month or so ago, I found I couldn’t finish my morning bagel. The rich, cloying, salty taste of the butter was just too much. My body was obviously trying to tell me something. Switch to cream cheese, it was saying. Maybe try a little lox spread. This tendency to overdo it with food I like started in childhood. I once ate so much of Nana Gibson’s lobster Newburg, for instance, that I still


can’t eat anything with sherry in it. And because we lived out of state for a few years, I used to pig out on Italian sandwiches (as my brother-in-law in Tucson does now) whenever we came back to Maine to visit. As a result, I have a gap in my gustatory history, an Italian interregnum for several years between Amato’s in Portland in the 1950s and Fruitland in Westbrook in the 1960s. In recent years, I have over-indulged and had to take breaks from quite a few foods, among them the dol sot bi bim bop at Korea House, the house pho at Veranda Noodle Bar, the golden fried oyster sandwich at Po’ Boys & Pickles, the corned beef and Swiss on a roll with mustard at Full Belly Deli, the pulled pork at Buck’s Naked, Tony’s Donuts, and melt-in-your-mouth burgers at Roy’s All-Steak in Auburn and Harmon’s Lunch in West Falmouth. But one food I never get tired of is egg salad. Whenever I get hungry while driving around the state on assignment, I make it a practice to stop at a gas station for an egg salad sandwich. There’s not much you can do to ruin egg salad and, for reasons unknown, gas stations always seem to have them, whether prefab in triangular boxes or homemade to order. I was on my way from Pittsfield to Ripley via Hartland and St. Albans recently when I pulled in at a likely looking gas station/convenience store somewhere along Route 152. “How’s the egg salad,” I asked the woman behind the counter. “Made fresh today,” she replied. And there in that grubby little backwater gas station I purchased the best egg salad sandwich I have ever eaten – soft, chewy whole wheat bread, a generous helping of perfect egg salad, a little lettuce, salt and pepper. Mmmmm, mmmmm. I had egg salad in my mustache all the way home to Yarmouth. An egg salad and a Yoo-hoo. Now that’s good eatin’. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at:

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Danny L. Evans, 59: Remembered for an infectious smile BAILEY ISLAND — Danny L. Evans, 59, died March 17 at his home. His wish was to marry “the love of his life,” Diana Holcomb, and he did so just before his death. He was born in Damariscotta on Feb. 9, 1953, a son of Frank Edward and Doris Caton Evans and was a self-employed boom truck operator. A lifelong resident of Bailey Island, he loved spending time with his friends, attending car shows and reading. Evans was a founding member of the “Bailey Island Boys Club” and his friends there knew him as “Dr. Evans” and the “Staff

Psychiatrist.” He will be remembered for his great smile. He is survived by his wife, Diana Evans; his father; his brother, Barry Evans; and his sister Laura Evans and her husband, Christopher, all of Bailey Island. A celebration of his life will be held at a later date. Donations in his memory may be made to the Dean Snell Cancer Foundation, P.O. Box 104, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Elizabeth Palmer Soule, 78 PORTLAND — Elizabeth “Lou” Palmer Soule, 78, died at Mercy Hospital on March 13.

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She was a familiar face in Yarmouth and was often spotted in her 10-seat Land Rover filled with kids, shuttling them to and from sporting events, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, music lessons and the Yarmouth Boat Yard, the family gateway to one of her favorite summer spots, Lower Goose Island. Her home was always open to her neighbors and friends and even the stray cat or two. During these busy years, Soule cultivated her interest in gardening and houseplants at home and as an employee at Winslow’s Greenhouse in Yarmouth and Skillins Greenhouses in Falmouth. After moving to Freeport, she hung her own shingle on The Freeport Greenhouse in 1982 which she owned and operated as a full-service florist shop and greenhouse for 25 years. These were the happiest times for her: pinching and pruning her flora, delivering bouquets in the worst of weather or staying open after hours to help a customer brought her great personal satisfaction. Beyond her business, she was a volunteer mentor in Freeport’s Jump Start program for 15 years and an active member and former director of the Coastal Humane Society in Brunswick. Developing and sustaining relationships with people – family, lifelong friends, customers, employees or mentees – was simply natural and genuine for her. Affable, kind and unselfish, she was beloved by many. Her characteristic and sprightly humor kept both young and old on their toes. Soule is survived by her four children, Alison S. Moser and her partner, James Porter, and their children, Emily and Jessica, of Poland, Wallace G. Soule III and his wife, Ann, and their children, Elizabeth and Nora, of Pownal, Winthrop P. Soule and Lucy of Freeport, and Jonathan P. Soule and his wife, Susan G. Martling, and their children, Painter and Charlotte, of Freeport; her wonderful canine companion, Tobias; sisters, Alice P. Hunneman, of Falmouth, and Susan P. Jones, of Brunswick; and brothers, John Emery Palmer Jr., of Yarmouth, and Frederick Palmer, of Freeport. The family would like to thank the caring staff at Mercy for their help and support during this time. A celebration of her life will be held on March 25 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. at the Hilton Garden Inn, 5 Park St., Freeport. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to the “Lou Soule Scholarship Fund” c/o Seeds of Independence, P.O. Box 8, Freeport, ME 04032.

Judith Catherine Hudson, 67

BATH — Judith Catherine Hudson, 67, died on March 12 at her home surrounded by the love of her family. She was born on Oct. 21, 1944, to Irving and Matilda Layton. She married her best friend and soul mate, David Earl Hudson, in Bath in 1963. She worked at Grand City for three years until their closing, but continued to go out to lunch with her colleagues from there quite often. Of all her jobs, being “Nana” was her favorite and she loved her grandchildren very much and took great pride in them. Hudson was a very talented woman who enjoyed making crafts, cooking and being continued next page

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from previous page a seamstress. She adored birthday parties with her sisters and playing cards and bingo with her friends and family. She always found the good in people, was quick witted and had a smile that could light up a room. She could always make someone laugh no matter the circumstance. She is survived by her best friend and husband of 48 years, David Earl Hudson; sons Tim Hudson and his wife, Cindy, of Windsor and their children, David and his fiancee, Jem, Kaci and her fiance, John, Jacob and Jared, Todd Hudson and his wife, Insook, of Bremen and their daughters, Jennifer and Jessica and Tory Hudson, of Whitefield; sisters Mary Bowen of Brighton, Mass., Betty Baker and her husband, Bruce, of Newcastle, Peggy Hartley and her husband, Gary, of Bath, Leah Lawrence and her husband, Norman, of Topsham, Ellen Brewer and her husband, Bob, of Bath; brother, John Layton of Wiscasset; aunt Leah Coleman of Bath; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her sister, Theresa Fitzgerald, as well as her parents, Irving and Matilda Layton. The family would like to thank the nurses at Parkview Adventist Hospital. Visiting hours and a funeral service were held March 16 at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral Home, 638 High St., Bath. Memorial contributions may be made to a charity of choice in Hudson’s name.

Lorette J. Bouchard Steed, 80 BRUNSWICK — Lorette J. Bouchard Steed, 80, died on Feb. 26 after a long battle


Obituaries with lung cancer. She was born in Brunswick on March 16, 1931. She and her husband, Charles, and their five children lived in Everett, Mass., while their family grew. During her life she was an avid Boston Red Sox fan and attended many games at Fenway Park. She also enjoyed shopping trips during which she collected a number of artistic and uniquely designed snow globes. Steed worked for Colonial Investments of Boston and retired from the firm. Her primary passion was the well-being of her children and family. While they were growing up and until her final days she exhibited a devotion and love toward her five children that was admired by all who knew her. She returned to the Brunwsick area after her five children became parents themselves. Steed is survived by her children, Charles Steed of Elma, Wash., Loretta Steed of Somerville, Mass., Pauline and her husband, Kevin Green, of Peabody, Mass., Lou Ann Buschlen of Tavernier, Fla., and Margaret and her husband, Simon Cantu, of Epping, N.H.; six grandchildren, Jaclyn and Steven Covell, Mitchell Akullian and Matthew, Jennifer and Erin Cantu; brothers Alebert and his wife, Fern, of La Verne, Calif., Roland Bouchard of Brunswick, Remi Bouchard and his wife, Terry, of Bowdoin; sister Alberta Scott of Ogdensburg, N.Y.; sister-in-law Lorraine Bouchard of Bowdoin; and several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours were not held at her request. A Mass of Christian Burial will be held on March 24 at 11 a.m. at St. Charles

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Arthur Edward Sturtevant, 92 BRUNSWICK — Arthur Edward Sturtevant, 92, died March 13 at his home. He was born in Bath on June 30, 1919, and graduated from Morse High school in 1938. Sturtevant was a World War II veteran who was drafted in March 1941. He started as a private and finished his service as a lieutenant colonel in the U.S. Air Force. On March 27, 1943, he married his girlfriend, Barbara Bell. Just days later he was shipped overseas for two years, serving in North Africa and Italy. After the war, he returned to the Hyde Windlass Co. to finish his machinist training to become a guarantee engineer. He had a distinguished 42-year career as a guarantee engineer for Bath Iron Works, including giving expert testimony at the Sea Witch trial. He traveled the world for his work and loved San Fransisco and Seattle. He was also very involved in the civic life of Bath. At the time of his election to the City Council, he was the youngest person ever to serve. He was a volunteer fireman for many years, Grand Exalted Ruler and lifetime member of the Elks Club, a Patten Free Library trustee and member of the Corporal Works of Mercy at St. Mary’s Roman Catholic Church. In recent years Sturtevant was active in the Disabled American Veterans. He was known for his generosity; if anyone needed a loan or a helping hand, he would give it. He was also an inveterate

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3/14 at 1:07 p.m.A Perryman Drive resident reported seeing children allegedly kicking a puppy and picking it up by the neck. A police officer contacted the children's parents and reportedly told them to teach the kids more appropriate ways to play with the puppy.

Gone clubbin' 3/14 at 5:03 p.m. A Harpswell Road resident reported finding a billy club on the property. The resident was advised to bring the club in, but never did.

Robber bikers 3/17 at 11:22 a.m. Someone reported seeing a man with a mask behind Big Top Deli on Maine Street. After donning his mask, the man reportedly put on a motorcycle helmet and got ready to ride his motorcycle, which he had parked behind the deli.

Fire calls 3/13 at 3:31 p.m. Suspicious activity on Bath Road. 3/14 at 11:32 a.m. Vehicle crash on River Road. 3/15 at 4:32 p.m.Vehicle crash on James Street. 3/16 at 1:32 p.m. Fire on Main Street, Freeport. 3/18 at 4:17 p.m.Burn permit on Greenwood and Church roads.

EMS Brunswick emergency medical services responded to 45 calls from March 12 -18.

HARPSWELL Arrests There were no arrests or summonses reported from March 12-19.

TOPSHAM Arrests 3/13 at 9:25 a.m. Michelle Boucher, 44, of Merrymeeting Road, Brunswick, was arrested by Officer William Collins on Route 196 on a charge of operating under the influence. 3/16 at 11:39 a.m. Manuel Durak-Myshrall, 23, no town given, was arrested by Officer William Collins on Topsham Fair Mall Road on a charge of theft.

Summonses 3/12 at 5:39 p.m. A 16-year-old girl, of Brunswick, was issued a summons by Officer Robert Ramsay on Monument Place on a charge of operating without a driver's license. 3/16 at 5:04 p.m. Joshua Singletary, 20, of Hillside, N.J., was issued a summons by Officer Robert Ramsay on Main Street on a charge of operating without a license.

Unfortunately unlocked 3/13 at 10:27 a.m. Lt. Christopher Lewis responded to the report of a motor vehicle burglary on Elm Street. The vehicle had been left unlocked and was entered during the night. A wallet was stolen.

Fire calls 3/12 at 3:23 p.m. Mutual aid to Lisbon. 3/12 at 6:18 p.m. Chimney fire on Middlesex Road. 3/13 at 12:34 p.m. Smoke alarm on Governor's Way. 3/15 at 2:40 p.m. Dog fallen through ice on River Road. 3/15 at 3:37 p.m. Small brush fire on Meadow Road. 3/16 at 1:44 p.m. Mutual aid to Lisbon. 3/18 at 2:15 p.m. Brush fire on Cathance Road. 3/18 at 2:43 p.m. Fire alarm on Lewiston Road.

EMS Topsham emergency medical service responded to 18 calls from March 12-19.

Editor’s note

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March 23, 2012


It was a winter to savor

(Ed. Note: We recapped the basketball season last week) Mother Nature was kind to us this winter. The local sports action was a pleasure as well. Forecaster Country athletes turned heads on the ice, wrestling mat, track, slopes, trails and in the pool. Before we move on to what might actually be an early spring, here’s one last look back at and tribute to the stars of winter.

Winter 2011-12 individual champions Indoor track Alexis Dickinson, Brunswick, Class A girls’ 55 Alex Nichols, Brunswick, Class A boys’ 400 McKenzie Gary, Mt. Ararat, Class A boys’ long jump

Skiing Emma Wood, Mt. Ararat, Class A girls’ Nordic freestyle

Swimming Joey Blair, Brunswick, Class A boys’ 100 butterfly Jessica Russell, Brunswick, Class A girls’ 500 freestyle Jessica Russell, Brunswick, Class A girls’ 100 backstroke Celia Ouellette, Mt. Ararat, Class A girls’ 50 freestyle Celia Ouellette, Mt. Ararat, Class A girls’ 100 freestyle

Wrestling Jared Jensen, Brunswick, Class A, 152-pounds Wyatt Brackett, Morse, Class B, 145-pounds Gary Stevens, Morse, Class B, 126-pounds

Top Five Stories: 5) Brunswick boys’ hockey makes playoffs The Brunswick boys’ hockey team locked up a postseason berth with a win at Poland/ Gray-New Gloucester in the regular season. The Dragons earned the No. 7 seed and went to second-ranked Bangor for the quarterfinals. There, Brunswick’s season ended at 7-11-1 with a 4-1 setback.

4) Three wrestling crowns Morse produced a pair of Class B individual wrestling champions this winter, Wyatt Brackett at 145-pounds and Gary Stevens (126). They were joined by Brunswick’s Jared Jensen, who won the Class A 152-pound title.

3) Strong track season Brunswick and Mt. Ararat’s

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Top: Brunswick’s Jessica Russell was a state champion this winter. Bottom, left: Ben Webber and the Hyde track team made noise while competing against Western Maine Conference foes. Middle: Ben Bishop and the Mt. Ararat boys’ hockey team won five games this season and just missed the playoffs. Right: Rachel Moroney and the Brunswick girls’ hockey team made it all the way to the East Region Final this winter.

boys’ indoor track teams tied for third place at the Class A state meet. Alex Nichols of the Dragons was the 400 champion. McKenzie Gary of the Eagles won the long jump. Mt. Ararat had the best local finish on the girls’ side, coming in fourth. The lone local champion was Brunswick’s Alexis Dickinson (55).

Roundup Local skiers help Maine win New England J2 title

2) Good times in the pool All three local schools performed very well at the state championships, with three individuals winning titles. Brunswick’s Joey Blair won the boys’ 100 butterfly. On the girls’ side, both Brunswick’s Jessica Russell (500 freestyle and 100 backstroke) and Mt. Ararat’s Celia Ouellette (50 and 100 freestyle) were multiple winners.

1) Brunswick girls’ hockey reaches final four The Brunswick girls’ hockey team only to Greely (twice) and Cheverus during the regular season and wound up with the top seed for the East Region playoffs. The Dragons broke open a close game with five third period goals en route to a 6-1 victory over Yarmouth in the semifinals, then ran into their nemesis again in the regional final, losing to eventual champion Greely, 7-2, to finish the year 15-4-1.

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Local skiers helped the Maine team win the recent NENSA New England J2 Festival, beating all the other New England states. This event paired the top 14- and 15-year olds from the region. Local participants included Cape Elizabeth’s Dana Hatton and Julian Pelzer, Falmouth’s Gabe Mahoney and Sam Pratico, Freeport’s Elizabeth Martin, Merriconeag’s Eli McCurdy, Samantha Pierce, Graham Roeber and Jesse Saffeir, Portland’s Laura Frank and Lizzy Landry, Topsham’s Sam Wood and Yarmouth’s Lucy Alexander, Sam Alexander, Braden Becker, Carter Hall, Jasper Houston, Ihilia Lesnikova, Caitlin Teare and Ellie Teare.

Mercy Hospital/Red Claws free throw tourney upcoming Mercy Hospital, the official healthcare provider for the Maine Red Claws, kicks off its annual Best Shot for Youth Initiative with its popular free throw tournament, Sunday, April 1, at 12:30 p.m. at the Portland Expo. The tournament is open

to all York and Cumberland County grades 6-12 at no cost. Kids can try out their basketball skills, learn new tips, meet members of the Red Claws coaching staff and 50 students will have a chance to win two tickets each to the final Maine Red Claws games of the season. FMI, 879-3144 or redclaws@

RSU5 coaching openings

Freeport High School has coaching openings for varsity girls’ tennis and junior varsity baseball. Durham Community School is seeking a middle school softball coach. FMI, 865-4706, ext. 228 or sickelsc@

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Book sales to help PPL

Designations Janice Selig of Allen & Selig Realty in Freeport recently announced that Beth Bell has been awarded Top Honors for Individual Sales Production in number of buyer units sold for 2011. Anne-Marie McKenzie of McKenzie and Associates has been awarded Top Honors for sales production in volume of buyer sales in 2011. RE/MAX By the Bay recently announced that Elizabeth Dubois was awarded the RE/MAX 100% Club Award for 2011 for the seventh consecutive year. This award was based on individual gross commissions from Jan. 1-Dec. 31, 2011.

New Hires Local Thunder recently announced they have hired Gretchen Kruysman and Chantal Young. Kruysman has been hired as the president and will manage the company’s rapid growth and the expansion of its service offering in major markets throughout the country. She brings with her more than 25 years of experience in marketing, strategy and entrepreneurial business leadership. Young will serve as the web marketing manager and will oversee the implementation of all marketing programs and work closely with Local Thunder’s sales team. She has more than 15 years of experience in retail marketing and digital and social media strategy. Bath Savings Bank recently opened a new branch in South Portland and has hired Anne Marie McCoubrey, Miranda Stein, Michael Lapham, Julie Chew, Shawn Darling and Abby Perkins. McCoubrey will serve as the vice president and branch manager, a position she has held at the Portland branch since 2006. Stein has worked as a teller at the bank’s Freeport branch since 2009 and has been promoted to customer service representative at the South Portland Branch. Lapham will be the senior teller and will work closely with tellers Chew, Darling and Perkins. Megan DePoint recently joined the practice of Lynch Chiropractic Arts Center in South Portland. DePoint is a graduate of New York Chiropractic College. She also has a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology and fitness development from SUNY Cortland. Her internship included training at the White House Athletic Center. In addition to providing chiropractic care, she will specialize in rehabilitative exercises, nutrition, weight loss and wellness programs. People’s United Bank recently hired Dale Doughty as mortgage account officer to support the greater Portland and Sebago Lakes region. He has an extensive background in mortgage lending, beginning in 1989 with Primerica.


The Friends of Portland Public Library recently received a $3,000 grant from the Edward H. Daveis Benevolent Fund of the Maine Community Foundation to support the hiring of a volunteer coordinator to increase the use of volunteers that serve the Portland Public Library. The volunteer coordinator will play an important role with the new City of Readers Store located on the lower level of the main library. The City of Readers Store sells high quality books and CDs, all of which have been donated to the library; all proceeds support the library.

every container of Oakhurst Egg Nog and Lite Egg Nog sold. To date, Oakhurst has donated more than $200,000 to the Salvation Army of Northern New England.

Awards Tom Wilbur and Catherine CartyWilbur, owners of Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections, were recently awarded the prestigious Gowell Award by the New England Retail Confectioners Association. This award, considered the highest honor that can be bestowed on a member of the association, is given every three years to a member in recognition of their contributions to the association and the retail confectioners’ field.

Verrill Dana attorney Nora Healy was recently presented with the Maine Bar Foundation Fellows New Lawyer Award. The award is given to attorneys who have been licensed for fewer than 10 years and have made outstanding contributions to the legal community through pro bono service or other contributions. Also honored was Verrill Dana alum, the Honorable Beth Dobson, who was presented with the Glassman Award. The award is presented to a woman who is a member of the Maine Bar and has helped women advance in the legal profession, been a role model for women lawyers and educated the legal community on the status of women in the profession. Scarborough small business owner Peter Violette was recently awarded the 2011 Quest for Excellence Award by Comfort Keepers Franchising Inc. The award identifies the top performing Comfort Keepers franchise owners in the U.S. who achieved top revenues, top growth and maintained excellent operational standards in 2011. This is the second year in a row that Violette has been rec-

ognized for stellar business performance in the area of non-medical in-home care for seniors.


Ryan Nadeau recently announced the merger of his Scarborough Chiropractic office, Nadeau Active-Family Chiropractic Care, with Robert Lynch’s practice at the Lynch Chiropractic Arts Center in South Portland.

New Business

The Sage Organizer recently opened its doors to provide organizational advice and assistance for individuals and small businesses in southern and mid-coast Maine. Owner and professional organizer Emily Eschner helps clients reclaim what’s important in their lives by eliminating clutter and creating systems that help manage their time and spaces more efficiently and effectively. Learn more about The Sage Organizer’s offerings at or call 272-2168.


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Arts Calendar

March 23, 2012

Maine authors reminisce

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 Calls for Art

daily, Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499.

Works needed for “A Natural Order” exhibit, Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Brunswick. Works should feature a natural species. Deadline for submissions April 9, $15 entry fee for first work, $5 for additional pieces. Contact Liz McGhee at Spindleworks for more information 725-8820.

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

Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, needs birdhouses, wind and garden sculptures and garden oriented works in all media for a future exhibit. Deadline for submissions is April 1. For more information call 443-1499

”A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” Fri./Sat. 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., through April 1, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, pay-what-you-can, $12 suggested donation, 729-8584.


”Hot Country Nights,” 7 p.m., second show on Sat. 3/31, Brunswick High School, 116 Maquoit Road, Brunswick, $8 adults/$5 students and seniors, 319-1901.


Theater Dance Friday 3/23

Friday 3/30

Friday 3/23 ”Holiday,” 7:30 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242.

Greater Portland Calls for Art

Monday 3/26 ”Living Downstream” film and discussion, 5:30 p.m., Parkview Adventist Medical Center, 329 Maine St., Brunswick, 795-8250.

Cape Elizabeth Land Trust is looking for submissions for “Paint for Preservation 2012,” its annual juried wet paint auction. Deadline for submissions is March 28; samples should be submitted on CD or via e-mail; form/instructions at

Friday 3/30 ”The Lady Eve,” 7:30 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242.


Books & Authors

”Spring Emergence,” through March 31, open 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

March 29-April1, for details on locations and tickets visit

Tuesday 3/27 Yarmouth Historical Society Book Discussion on “In the Garden of Beasts: Love, Terror and an American Family in Hitler’s Berlin,” 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-6259 or

Wednesday 3/28 ”Is There a Real Maine?” Children’s Book Discussion, 6-7 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700. Kieran Sheilds book discussion, 7 p.m., USM Book Store, 35 Bedford St., Portland, 780-4072.

Thursday 3/29 Book Discussion on “Don’t Let’s Go to the Dogs Tonight,” 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.

Saturday 3/31 Derek LoVitch book discussion, 3 p.m., Freeport Wild Bird Supply, 541 U.S. Route 1, Freeport, 865-6000.

Film Tuesday 3/27 Splinters, 7 p.m., Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $7, 828-5600.

Maine Festival of the Book, runs

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Authors Janet Baribeau and John Davis will sign copies of their books and reminisce about Maine history with visitors to the Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, on Saturday, March 24, from 1 to 3 p.m. Above, Bailey Island’s Mackerel Cove is pictured in this 1986 photo.

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

Mid Coast Benefits


Sunday 3/25

Mon. 3/26 2 p.m. Staff Review Hawthorne School Mon. 3/26 6:30 p.m. Master Plan Implementation Committee BS Tue. 3/27 7:30 a.m. Brunswick Downtown Association MB Tue. 3/27 7 p.m. Planning Board BS Wed. 3/28 6 p.m. School Board BS

Wild Oats Celebrates 20 Years by Giving, benefiting People Plus and the Brunswick Teen Center, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., Wild Oats Bakery & Cafe, 149 Maine St., Brunswick, 729-0757.

Bulletin Board Bath Winter Farmers Market, Saturdays, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., UCC, Congress Ave., 549-7641 or Hometown Idol Nominations due by March 24,



Mon. 3/26 8 a.m. Mon. 3/26 2 p.m. Tue. 3/27 3 p.m. Tue. 3/27 7 p.m. Wed. 3/28 6:30 p.m. Thu. 3/29 6 p.m.

Topsham Thu. 3/27

Board of Appeals Site Visit Comprehensive Plan Implementation Conservation Commission Marine Resources Board of Appeals Selectmen’s Meeting

7 p.m. Planning Board Meeting

Wednesday 3/28 Brunswick/Topsham Land Trust Discussion, 1:30 p.m., Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, 729-8033.

Dining Out Friday 3/23 Spaghetti Dinner, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Woodside Elementary, 42 Barrows Dr., Topsham, 725-1243.


Getting Smarter Sunday 3/25

Victorian Furniture: Design Run Amok or Inspired Creativity, 4 p.m., 880 Washington St., Bath, 4432174.

Monday 3/26

Nancy Blum Lecture, 4:15 p.m., Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3697.

Royal Spaghetti Supper, 5-7 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, 2 Columbus Dr., Brunswick, $10, 725-2417.

University College Bath/Brunswick Information Session, 4-5 p.m., Mid Coast Center for Higher Education, 9 Park St., Brunswick, 442-7736.

Wednesday 3/28

Thursday 3/29

Saturday 3/24

Lunch at the Library, 12 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141 ext. 25.

Friday 3/30 Chowder Supper, 5-7 p.m., Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, $22 family/$8 adults/$6 students/$5 children.

Garden and Outdoors Sunday 3/25 Vegetable Growing 105, 2 p.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-7694.

Greek Minds, Chinese Hands and English Tongues, 4:30 p.m., Bowdoin College, Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union, 725-3664.

Health & Support Monday 3/26

Gluten-Free Baking, 10 a.m., Spectrum Generations, 521 Main St., Damariscotta, $10 registration fee, must register by March 23, 563-1363.

Stress and Anxiety Management Class, Mondays 7-8:15 p.m. for 5 weeks, $25 person/$35 couple, Flaming Physical Therapy, 11 Elsinore Ave., Bath, must register by March 22, 432-4625.

March 23, 2012



Out & About

Great roots artists at One Longfellow Square By Scott Andrews One Longfellow Square never ceases to amaze me with the variety and quality of the artists hosted on its small stage. Two most interesting concerts are coming up within the next week. First up is the Gibson Brothers, a topnotch bluegrass band from upstate New York. They’re regulars at the big summer bluegrass festivals, where I’ve seen them several times, but this Saturday is a rare chance to see and hear them indoors in Maine. Berklee College of Music is a Boston institution where popular musical genres are taught and talents developed. A new Berklee development is a traveling road show that spotlights the school’s up-and-coming talent. It motors into One Longfellow Square on March 29. It’s also the 10th anniversary season for Good Theater, Portland’s superlative professional company. Last week’s “Out & About” was so crowded with events that I didn’t have the space to properly salute this milestone. So let’s do it this week.

Gibson Brothers The brother duo is one of bluegrass music’s time-tested sub-genres. Exemplars include the Louvin Brothers, Jim and Jesse McReynolds and Maine’s own Bill and Dobs Smith. On the national bluegrass scene, the leading act in that line is the Gibson Brothers – Eric and Leigh – who grew up on a farm in upstate New York and now motor around the country (along with three additional band-mates) giving concerts and appearing at festivals. In 2010 the Gibson Brothers snagged the Entertainer of the Year award from the International Bluegrass Music Association, and recently they released their 10th CD. Titled “Help My Brother,” the album’s overarching theme is the important things in life, a message which harks back to the brothers’ childhood on a family farm. Each of the songs on the album, mostly originals by the pair, reflects this motif. The title track was written by Leigh Gibson and explores the Golden Rule in a new light. “Walking West to Memphis” recounts the story of a roustabout who, down on his luck, realizes that the happiness he seeks will be found in the arms of his Memphis girl. They also pay tribute to classic brother duos on a pair of covers: “He Can Be Found in a Mother’s Smile” (Louvin Brothers) and “I’ll Love Nobody But You” (Jim and Jesse McReynolds). With its uplifting message and tight brother harmonies, “Help My Brother” will further cement the Gibson Brothers’ reputation as the best of their kind. They made the cover of Bluegrass Unlimited two years ago. Writer Chris Stuart opined: “The brothers and the band are

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Brian Allen is the artistic director of Good Theater, the Portland professional company celebrating its 10th anniversary season.

what’s called in baseball ‘five-tool’ players. They have it all: lead vocals, brother-duet harmony, instrumental virtuosity, ensemble sensibilities, and great original material. “Success in the music business is not guaranteed (in some cases, hardly deserved), but with the Gibson Brothers, who measure success in terms of family, friends, and a life of music, they have found success by always remembering where they came from, by appreciating others, and by taking the hills and valleys of life with humor and grace.” One Longfellow Square, corner of State and Congress in Portland, presents the

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Berklee Roots Road Show Boston likes to call itself the Hub of the Universe, and its large number of incredibly good schools and colleges is one of the reasons backing up that audacious claim. Berklee College of Music, the largest independent school of its type, is one of the leading lights on Boston’s educational and cultural scene. Unlike classical conservatories and most college music departments, Berklee focuses almost entirely on popular genres, including jazz, rock, reggae, hip hop, salsa, folk and bluegrass. And it’s been wildly successful. Since its 1945 start-up, a total of 87 Berklee graduates have tallied a total of 205 Grammy Awards. Among the school’s many roots-oriented alumnae who are currently prominent are Sierra Hull, April Verch and Gillian Welch. Berklee is currently testing a new format for musician training in the form of a traveling performing troupe that moves from city to city. On March 29 the Berklee Roots Road Show will pull into One Longfellow Square for one night. Expect a variety show comprised of a cross section of the finest musicians from Berklee’s American Roots Music program. Managing director and Road Show co-host Joe Walsh is a familiar face in Portland. Formerly with Joy Kills Sorrow, Walsh is currently the mandolinist for the Gibson Brothers, plus he plays with the Stowaways, a

Portland-based all star bluegrass ensemble. One Longfellow Square, corner of Congress and State in Portland, presents the Berklee Roots Road Show at 8 p.m. March 29. Call 761-1757.

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Ten years ago a new professional theater troupe made its debut in Portland under a curiously understated name: Good Theater. Many people including myself believe that Good Theater is Portland’s best and most versatile company and consistently delivers the city’s top stagecraft, selecting a mix of newly released scripts plus classics from the canon. Co-founders Brian Allen (artistic director) and Steve Underwood (technical director) were already well known in southern Maine artistic circles. Allen had independently produced and directed several fundraising dramas for Merrymeeting AIDS Society and had recently completed a stint as managing director of Portland Players. Underwood is an actor, writer and comedian (Maine Hysterical Society) and a musician with several southern Maine bands, where he earned a reputation for being a painstakingly professional performer. Allen and Underwood had teamed up before, in a national tour of “Radical Radio,” a small-scale musical for children that they co-wrote. continued next page




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Out & About from page 19 I’ve seen nearly every production at Good Theater, and nearly every one has received a rave review in this space. The current format is a four-show season plus a Christmas/ Holiday special and occasionally another one-off performance. Allen’s mix is eclectic, usually with one or two comedies, a drama and a small-book musical. The current offering is “Little Me,” a hysterically funny musical with script by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh.

Casts mostly comprise non-Equity professionals from Maine, with an occasional Equity actor from New York imported for key roles. Although it doesn’t call itself a repertory company, Good Theater achieves that feeling because so many of its best actors keep coming back season after season. Three of the cast members of “Little Me” had major roles in Good Theater’s 2002 production of the same title: Underwood (playing seven roles), Kelly Caufield and Lynne McGhee. Congratulations on reaching the 10th anniversary milestone. Looking forward to many more seasons.

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Charter school from page 1 Eventually, the school’s advisory committee would like to establish the school at Mitchell Field. In the interim, spokesman Tom Allen said, they are hoping to start out at the former West Harpswell School, which was closed in June 2011. “If the West Harpswell School is available to us, it would make a wonderful beginner home,” Allen said. That idea received an initial boost at the annual Town Meeting this month, when voters in a nonbinding referendum indicated a preference for keeping the school for town use. The first day of school is still well into the future, and Allen said the group is not ready to apply for the 2012-2013 school year. Under a 2011 law, there are two ways to start a charter school in Maine: by applying to the Maine State Charter School Commission, which can create 10 schools over the next 10 years, or through a local

Community center from page 2 Center has been in the works since at least last summer, Davis said. But it was difficult to get off the ground because the Board of Selectmen required that any users of the school had to have an insurance policy and be affiliated with an entity that would be responsible for costs and liabilities. Davis said she finally “bit the bullet” and took out an insurance policy with Chipman, only to learn that the town hadn’t yet


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school district. The Harpswell group is eying the second option, which would require School Administrative District 75 to approve the plan and funnel state funding to the charter school. SAD 75 would be required to give the charter school the same amount per pupil as any other child in the district, but would remain responsible for special education. Although SAD 75 would authorize the charter school, the School Board would not run it except to make sure the school meets the terms of its agreement with the district, according to Department of Education spokesman David Connerty-Marin. The board would, however, have the authority to revoke the school’s charter. The academy would have to accept students from around the state and could not discriminate between them. That means if there are more applicants than available spaces, the school’s directors could not favor Harpswell or other SAD 75 students. Allen said he and other advisory group members have yet to meet with Brad Smith, superintendent of SAD 75, or to get their

idea onto a School Board agenda. Kay Ogrodnik, who just finished her first year on the board, said she supports the idea, especially if it helps reduce the high school drop out rate. “If it helps to focus young men and women on education and not end up with drop outs, I think it’s a good idea. And I think that’s good for SAD 75 as well as for Harpswell,” Ogrodnik said. But Joanne Rogers, a 26-year veteran and current vice chairwoman of the board, said she has concerns about the financial impact of a charter school. “I don’t know the full effect this would have on our district,” Rogers said. “And in an era of diminishing resources, I would be hesitant to look at something that would reduce those resources further.” Jane Meisenbach, now in her third term on the board, said she didn’t know enough

completed inspections that would allow the community center to move in. “It was challenging,” she said of the bureaucracy involved, but “the good side of that is it forced us to get organized as the Ash Point Community Center,” which she is currently trying to register as a nonprofit organization. The center is starting to raise money to offer more programming and help share the cost of the insurance policy. It has received a donation of tables and chairs from the West Harpswell Baptist Church, which

Davis said helped the center start offering classes right away. And the center may offset some of the town’s cost of maintaining the old school. Before the group moved in, the town was paying $13,000 annually on a vacant building insurance policy. Now that the school is being used, that cost drops to $2,000 a year. But Town Administrator Kristi Eiane cautioned against concluding that the community center will save Harpswell taxpayers any money in the long run. “There’s a savings in insurance, but there

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March 23, 2012

Enjoy the easy lifestyle and location of Ridgewood, Falmouth

• land • homes • rentals • commercial • summer property

High View, South Freeport ACT

R & miles of Incredible views of HarraseeketNT Harbor O lot at High View. C Casco Bay from the last buildable DER Reduced to $260,000. UN


320’ deep waterfront bldg site on 2.2 acres. Great spot for your own dock. Reduced to $575,000.

oRR’s Island

Yarmouth Foreside


Lowest Mortgage Rates at:

ORR’S ISLAND ~ Sited one lot back from the water. This hillside home offers westerly sunset views over Harpswell Sound. Two BRs on the main level with additional guest space in the daylight basement. Two woodstoves on brick hearths, screened in porch, water view deck. $352,000

878-7770 or 1-800-370-5222

Bailey Island, ME 04003 207-833-5078


Immaculate, 1872 sq ft, 3 bedrooms/ 2 full baths, well-insulated, full dormer, open floor plan, kitchen w/double pantry and ell w/stools, sun-filled rooms, HW & tile floors, potential to finish off basement. mlS #1033403 $272,500




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Set privately on 1.85 acres, this reproduction Cape offers exposed beams, pumpkin pine floors, flexible and open concept living space, fireplace, large bedrooms, and a walk out, daylight basement. light, bright and in move-in condition. three bedroom septic system. MlS #1039137 $275,000


765 Route One, Yarmouth, Me. 04096

“Commuter Hour” OPEN HOUSE

2 WilshORe WaY, FalMOuth

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Ext. 116

Cell (207) 671-9342 •

Mike LePage x121 Beth Franklin x126

Mike LePage, ext. 121 & Beth Franklin, ext. 126. •

(207) 846-4300

Friday, March 30th • 4 to 6 PM • $449,000 4 BR, 3 BA Home on 5.1 Acres abutting Falmouth conservation land and Hobbs Brook. 3 Car detached garage (not pictured) is heated and has room above for business, studio, nanny, in-law… Custom oak and Corian kitchen, huge family room with cathedral ceiling overlooking large patio and stone walls. You must see the inside of this house to believe all it has to offer!

12 Gray Rd. (Route 100), Cumberland

(207) 773 2345

765 Route One Yarmouth, Maine 04096

Freeport Waterfront

Ann Cianchette • 207.318.5318


Yarmouth – Starboard Reach

Huge Casco Bay views from this extraordinary 5400 sf home. Patios, stone walls, stone facade, lrg rooms, au-pair/guest qtrs, pool, separate 1200 sf carriage house. $1,295,000

BOB KNECHT 831-7471

Hona Longstaff & Bruce Lewis, David Banks 553-7302 553-7330


Harraseeket Harbor – South Freeport

Stunning 4BR harbor side home. Guest suite, beautifully crafted. Sweeping views of harbor, yacht club, marinas. $1,100,000

(Just 1 mile from Rt. 1 shopping & restaurants)

Rob Williams Real Estate

CHRIS CORMIER 207-846-4300

• 200 year old stone walls and wildlife sanctuary. • Custom high quality bungalow/cottage style homes. • State of the art clubhouse for residents’ enjoyment Stop in and choose a lifestyle that works for you. Prices start at $399,000 Directions: Rt. 1 to Lunt Rd., left on Falmouth Rd., Ridgewood on Right.

Sweeping Water Views. Two 2+ acre elevated lots w/ views of Broad Cove $325,000 ea.

Just Reduced to $499,000!



MLS #990091 Tim Kennedy • 632-0557

Spectacular views of South Freeport Harbor and Casco Bay. 2200 sf, 2BR, 2 bath Contemporary on 1.6 acres w/southern exposure & privacy.Very unique property in a great location w/huge potential. One Union Wharf, Portland, ME 04101 207.773.0262

Farmington-This house has recently had MANY updates; see the list! It could be a five bedrooms if needed. The deck is huge, brand new TREX and vinyl rails. What a beautiful rural setting! Lots of perennials, shrubs, etc. The heated workshop in the garage is fantastic. $239,000

Farmington-One of Farmington’s most original homes—A bow roof home like Cape Cod’s Pioneers. A home with lots of antique and country features, yet loaded with modern conveniences. It is an open concept and very sunny. $299,000

Vienna-This restored 10 room 1800s farm house should be featured in Maine’s Magazines as one of our best Antique Homes. Pine floors, classic colors, woodstoves and gorgeous perennial gardens make this fantastic. $375,000

39 Essex Drive


Jay-This house has everything- rural setting, elegant living, 2 or 3 living rooms, 3.5 baths, etc. Less than 7 miles to Hospital and shopping areas. 2 car garage. You will love entertaining here. It is such an open concept; it gives you many choices. $187,000

Wilton-This 3000 sq. ft. home has so many Farmington-Endless possibilities. 3000 sq. ft. of living space and HUGE barns for possible commerfeatures- family room, fireplace, formal dining room, pool entertainment room with all glass doors cial development. Needs restoration. $225,000 looking out at the in-ground pool, 2 car garage, 17.5 acres, minutes to Hospital, shopping and schools. $274,000


• 106 Anson St. Farmington, ME 04938

Wonderful setting at the end of the street for this large 4 bedroom Colonial-style home. Office on 1st floor and large bonus room on 2nd floor, hardwood floors, 2 staircases, living room with fireplace, formal dining room, family room, front porch and all within walking distance to award winning schools and village. $549,000


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