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Vol. 7, No. 19

News of Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell

Brunswick school budget trends cause for concern?

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Town councilors ready to OK spending plan

Roger S. Duncan / For The Forecaster

BRUNSWICK — School Board members and residents on Monday urged the Town Council not to make further cuts in the proposed $33.3 million school budget. While some councilors indicated they thought further reductions are possible, particularly in administrative staffing, others said they would accept the school budget as presented. “I find it hard to believe that there’s some additional fat sit-

By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — School Board member Rich Ellis likes numbers. Recently, he was trying to figure out a way to show town councilors how challenging it was to create this year’s school budget, and the extent of proposed cuts in programming and services. What he came up with, a series of tables and graphs that he presented to the Town Council on Monday, does more than that. It illustrates how aspects of this year’s school budget cuts contradict the town’s Comprehensive Plan, demonstrates the decline

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Board OKs $25.6M school budget for Bath, RSU 1 Jobs will be lost despite 2.5% tax hike

U.S. Marine Lance Cpl. Brandon Sodergren of Waldoboro, top, hugs his girlfriend, Amanda Sullivan of Durham, before getting on the bus May 5 when Marine reservists departed from Topsham for the start of a year-long deployment to Afghanistan. They travel first to California for several months of training and are expected to return in May 2012. The U.S. Navy destroyer Michael Murphy, above left, was christened on Saturday, May 7, at Bath Iron Works. The 509-foot ship is named for Lt. Michael Murphy, whose bravery under fire in Afghanistan in June 2005 led to his posthumous receipt of the Medal of Honor. It was christened by his mother, Maureen Murphy, right, of New York.

By Alex Lear BATH — The Regional School Unit 1 Board of Directors approved a $25.6 million fiscal 2012 budget Tuesday by a 5-2 vote. The spending plan will now go before voters in the five RSU 1 communities in a district budget meeting at 6 p.m. Tuesday, May 31, at Bath Middle School. A budget validation referendum is scheduled for June 7.

The budget reflects a 2.5 percent tax increase over the current year – a more than $413,000 hike, to nearly $17 million. The budget itself is up nearly 3 percent, or about $730,000. A $1.1 million state and federal revenue decline contributed largely to the need for higher taxes, Superintendent of See page 24

Area high schools see overall rise in graduation rates By Emily Parkhurst AUGUSTA — Public high school graduation rates remain high across southern and midcoast Maine, although some schools are doing better than others, according to graduation data released last week by the state Department of Education. Eight schools saw increases in

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the percentage of students who graduated in four years last year, while five schools experienced declines. All but four were above the state average of 82.8 percent, which was up more than 2 percent over 2009. South Portland,

Portland, Casco Bay and Morse high schools were below the state average. The federal No Child Left Behind Act requires a graduation rate of 83 percent to meet the mandated adequate yearly progress for the 2009-2010

school year. “I have such great odds with (the way the state calculates the rate),” RSU 1 Superintendent William Shuttleworth said. Morse High School in Bath, which is in RSU 1, increased its graduation rate by a little more

than 2 percent, to 80.7 percent. However, it was still below the federal benchmark. “I think it’s designed to further a hidden agenda in Washington,” Shuttleworth said. The state changed the way it calculates graduation rates in See page 31

INSIDE Index Arts Calendar.................16 Classifieds......................26 Community Calendar......18 Meetings.........................18

Obituaries.......................12 Opinion.............................8 Out & About....................17 People & Business.........14

Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................31 School Notebook............13 Sports.............................15

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May 13, 2011

Panel rejects attempt to alter Harpswell-Brunswick border By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — Leaders of a campaign to redraw the border with Brunswick are giving up after state lawmakers, for the second time, have voted against a bill that would have allowed the change. In an 11-2 vote on May 6, the Committee on State and Local Government voted that LD 69 “ought not to pass,” before sending it to the House of Representatives. The bill, introduced by Rep. Kimberly

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wanted the bill to pass and said she believed the two towns could work out any jurisdictional issues that arose. “Whether or not there are issues about managing the flats, this is still about a boundary line,” she said, “the towns can come to some agreement about how the flats are used.” But Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, who testified before the committee, said the two towns have thus far been unable to compromise, and encouraged the panel to make a decision. “We can’t leave this ambiguous,” he said. “It’s all or nothing.” After the “ought not to pass” vote, Brunswick officials were elated. “I think the committee heard the concerns we’ve been expressing all along,” said Town Manager Gary Brown. “The problems that could have resulted in changing the boundary exceeded the emotional benefit in restoring the boundary.” Mark Latti, vice chairman of the Brunswick Marine Resource Committee, said the town’s shellfish harvesters were “feeling very relieved, but I would say they’re still a little cautious because while the vote was very favorable, it wasn’t unanimous, so it still lives on.” Brunswick’s relief was Harpswell’s chagrin. Jim Henderson, a selectman who also sat on Harpswell’s negotiating team during the conversations with Brunswick, said he was disappointed. He thanked the continued page 24


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Storm evacuation route markers coming to coastal Maine By Emily Guerin AUGUSTA — Maine’s major roads are not conducive to avoiding hurricanes and tsunamis. The interstate highways and Route 1 were built to ferry people and goods along the coast instead of away from it. That’s why motorists on those roads may not notice the culmination of a multi-year Maine Emergency Management Agency project: 130 blue signs with white arrows pointing inland toward safety and away from low-lying coastal areas. The signs, which are expected to go up in the next few weeks, are the visible marker of years of planning the best ways to escape the coast in the event of a hurricane, tsunami, or severe Nor’easter. The project was funded by a grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, which has directed more money at local preparedness in the wake of disasters like Hurricane Katrina, said Dwane Hubert, director of the Mitigation, Preparedness and Recovery Division at

MEMA. In the event of coastal flooding, evacuation signs will lead coastal residents and visitors inland towards Red Cross regional shelters and high school gymnasiums, while freeing up emergency responders from the task of directing traffic, Hubert said. Certain parts of coastal Maine are at a greater risk than others. According to Hubert, MEMA maps show that the Scarborough-Old Orchard Beach area is especially vulnerable to any sea-level rise, due to its low-lying, sloping coast and high population density. Commercial Street in Portland is also susceptible to flooding, said John Jensenius, a meteorologist at the National Weather Service in Gray. Further north along the coast, the land rises more steeply out of the ocean, reducing the risk. A better understanding of the seismic and weather threats to Maine’s coast have also prompted the agency to act. “If we look a little deeper in geologi-

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cal time, there are some events that have occurred here and we just don’t want to turn a blind eye to it in the future,” Hubert said. These include tsunamis that could be generated by under-sea earthquakes at the Puerto Rican trench; “meteo-tsunamis,” or large waves generated by air pressure disturbances, and hurricanes making

landfall. Although these events are less likely to strike coastal Maine than other parts of the country, Hubert said the impact here would be just as great. “Maine is not immune from those things,” he said. “They’re not as likely to happen, but when they do happen we need to be prepared for them.” Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.

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The property tax rate is estimated to climb from $14.75 per $1,000 of valuation to $15.91. Topsham’s loss of about $45 million in value contributes to 70 cents of the $1.16 increase. The ladder truck is expected to cost $800,000. A $200,000 down payment would include $50,000 from taxes and $150,000 from the fire truck reserve account. The other $600,000 would be paid over 10 years through a general obligation bond or lease/purchase agreement. The department’s 1987 vehicle is not appropriate to refurbish and has been a drain on maintenance expenses, according to a Topsham Fire and Rescue document in support of the new vehicle. Also in the budget is $135,000 for the

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The Board of Selectmen also unanimously approved a resolution marking Sunday, May 15, as Topsham Trails Day. A series of trail-related activities will be held that day and coordinated by the Greater Topsham Trail Alliance. Trail Monster Running will lead two trail runs. A 12-mile run will be a loop that includes ATV trails, dirt roads and Cathance River trails, and a 5-mile run will cover trails around Mt. Ararat High School and the Cathance River Preserve. The runs begin at 8:30 a.m. at the high school track parking lot. More informacontinued page 30

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Bin Laden’s death poses challenge for clergy By Nathaniel Herz FALMOUTH — The killing of Osama bin Laden last week provided many Americans with a sense of relief and closure. But for members of the clergy in southern Maine, the news presented a challenge: guiding their congregations through a response to the episode. In churches and synagogues around the region, leaders have been grappling with the proper response to the moral questions posed by bin Laden’s death. Many elected to address the issue in their sermons, while others had conversations with their congregants throughout the week. “It’s obviously not right to celebrate the death of any person, of any human being,” said the Rev. Mac Ray, pastor at the West Falmouth Baptist Church. “Yet at the same time, you have to acknowledge the celebration that this constant threat is out from underneath us.” Ray said that he touched on bin Lad-

en’s death in his sermon on Sunday, and on the al-Qaida leader’s “brokenness.” But along with other clergy members, he maintained that it was his job not to prescribe a specific response to the killing, but instead, to help church-goers make up their own minds. “He lets us interpret scripture, he guides us,” said Deb Carson, who attended Ray’s service. “He’s not a pastor who’s going to tell us how we need to think.” Since area congregations include members with diverse political views, condemning or endorsing bin Laden’s death unequivocally would be counterproductive, said the Rev. Deborah DavisJohnson, pastor at Portland’s Immanuel Baptist Church. “If I do that, people are less likely to think, and reflect, and pray. It will draw a line in the sand,” she said. “People will be on one side or the other.” In an interview Saturday, Davis-Johnson said she was planning on addressing the issue indirectly in her remarks on

Sunday, by pushing a continual commitment to “justice and peace, without violence.” She also said she would be praying for Portland’s Muslims, after a local community center was vandalized the morning following the news about bin Laden. At Congregation Shaarey Tphiloh in Portland, Rabbi Akiva Herzfeld said he devoted time to bin Laden’s death during both a weekly Torah study, as well as a Saturday morning Sabbath worship. Drawing on texts, and on more recent historical examples, Herzfeld said he discussed potential responses to the news, and ultimately concluded that “even if it’s appropriate, privately, to celebrate, publicly we want to draw a distinction” – noting that President Barack Obama’s decision not to release photographs of a slain bin Laden was sound. Other local members of the clergy said they wouldn’t bring up the killing in their sermons, for a variety of reasons. continued page 31

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It’s farmers’ market season By Amy Anderson The Cumberland Farmers’ Market Association will kick off its 2011 summer season the week of May 16. The Falmouth market will take place every Wednesday at the Walmart shopping center on Route 1 through Oct. 12. The first day will be Wednesday, May 18, from noon to 4 p.m. In Cumberland, the market will take place every Saturday through Oct. 15 starting May 21 from 9 a.m. to noon at the Cumberland Town Hall on Tuttle Road. In Freeport, the market will start on Friday, May 20, 10 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at the Cricket Hunt School on Route 1, and from 2-5:30 p.m. at the L.L. Bean campus. Both will continue every Friday through Oct. 14. The Portland Farmers’ Market is open Wednesdays from 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Monument Square and at Deering Oaks Park on Saturdays, 7 a.m. to noon. The Scarborough Farmers’ Market will begin on Sunday, June 5, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Scarborough Town Hall,

259 Route 1. The Brunswick Farmers’ Market opened May 3 on The Mall in the downtown area between Park Row and Maine Street, near the gazebo. Local farmers offer their goods rain or shine Tuesdays and Fridays from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. The Bath Farmers’ Market is open at Waterfront Park on Commercial Street every Saturday from 8:30 a.m. to noon through Oct. 29. Taco Trio, 119 Ocean St. in South Portland’s Knightville neighborhood, will open Monday, May 16. Owners Manuel Peña and Karen Massmussen of Portland will offer traditional Mexican food Monday through Saturday 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the former Zeta Cafe on Legion Square. They also plan to serve dinner Friday and Saturday from 5-9 p.m. The menu includes sopas and soft tacos, burritos, quesadillas and a salsa bar. Customers can dine in or call 767-9055 to place take-out orders. Asia restaurant moved across the street to 50 Mill Creek Plaza from Mar-

ket Street in South Portland a few weeks ago, and Thai Taste, 435 Cottage Road, is adding India Taste to the menu. The Well at 21 Wells Road, Cape Elizabeth, will open for its second season this month. The restaurant is on Jordan’s Farm and chef Jason Williams serves fresh produce from the land and from surrounding farms Tuesday through Saturdays from 5-9 p.m. In Portland, the City Council approved outdoor seating for Zapoteca, a Mexican restaurant at 505 Fore St. Petite Jaqueline, 190 State St., will also offer outside seating for customers during the warmer months. Krista Kern Desjarlais, chef-owner of Bresca at 111 Middle St. in Portland did not receive the title Best Chef in the Northeast from the James Beard Foundation. Tony Maws, chef of Craigie On Main in Cambridge, Mass., won the award on Monday, May 9. Desjarlais was the only Maine chef to make it to the finals. A new comfort food restaurant called Fresh Batch is planned in Freeport at 20 Bow St. Owner Frank Grondin expects to open by July 4 and serve fresh local ingredients for breakfast, lunch and dinner. There will be a full coffee bar, and gelato, ice cream and baked goods will be served daily.

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Vervacious will open in Freeport at 58 Main St., where Acorn was previously located, and Lindt Chocolates will return to Freeport at Freeport Village Station between Lids and the Dairy Queen. The grand opening of the new Bow Street Market is scheduled for Saturday and Sunday, June 11 and 12, in Freeport. There will be a ribbon cutting for the School Street extension on Friday, June 10 at 4 p.m. And in Falmouth, Leavitt & Sons, at 37 Depot Road, is now open Sundays from 10 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow her on Twitter: @ amy_k_anderson.

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May 13, 2011

Our colleague, Mac’s mom, will be missed

An era ends at The Forecaster next week when we say goodbye to Kate Bucklin. Kate has been an important part of this newspaper for about nine years. She has covered two of our most Editor’s important beats – Falmouth and Portland – and probably has attended more local government meetings and press conferences than any newspaper reporter working in greater Portland. Kate’s unflappable personality, her dry sense of humor and straightforward approach to life makes people want to engage with her. She has an ability to develop stories that has helped make The ForeMo Mehlsak caster a reliable source of information not only for our readers, but for other newspaper reporters who have frequently had to follow her work. As our assistant editor, she has helped keep the copy flowing in all four of our weekly editions, always willing to assist others and to step in to prevent things from falling through the cracks. And her ability to remain cool under pressure is an invaluable asset in the newsroom.



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Most of all, Kate has been a colleague and a friend. I’ve known her for about 11 years; I hired Kate for her first full-time reporting job at the Journal Tribune in Biddeford, and she put in a good word for me when I joined The Forecaster nearly seven years ago. My workday always includes banter with Kate about the day’s news, her stories, new restaurant discoveries, the UConn (Kate) - Syracuse (me) rivalry, and of course, her son Mac. We’ve already filled the newsroom job created by Kate’s decision to move closer to Mac’s grandma. Filling the void she will leave in the heart and soul of The Forecaster on May 19 will be a much harder accomplishment. ••• So, how do we replace Kate? For starters, Randy Billings, who has been covering South Portland and the Portland Public Schools, will take over Kate’s old beat, covering Portland city government. Emily Parkhurst will get the Portland schools beat,

and continue to cover the town of Falmouth. Emily’s former beat in Scarborough and Randy’s coverage of South Portland goes to newcomer Mario Moretto, a Portland resident and University of Maine alum who most recently has been a copy editor at the Kennebec Journal in Augusta. We believe Mario will maintain the award-winning standard set by Randy and Emily in South Portland and Scarborough. Beginning May 20, you’ll be able to reach Mario via email at or by phone at 781-3661 ext. 106. You can also follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine. Tony Ronzio, the KJ’s editor and publisher, and former editorial page editor of the Sun Journal in Lewiston, describes Mario as clever, energetic and innovative. “And,” he says, “if a bat ever gets loose in your newsroom, lethal.” Good news for us, bad news for the local bats. Mo Mehlsak is editor of The Forecaster. He can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 107 or You can also follow Mo @mmehlsak on Twitter.

Fishing rules must find a balance

We don’t want to deplete the population of fish, we want to preserve the population so future generations may work in the same industry as the men and women do today. On the other hand, we also don’t want to have to shut down the industry, and put many people out of work. Many people rely on their jobs in the fishing industry as their livelihood to pay for everyday essential expenses for their families, and the last thing they want is for their jobs to be taken from them because we can’t control how much we take and take before we realize it is almost all gone. We need to create tangible laws and regulations to control our consumption, while at the same time making sure they benefit the workers. Taylor Lewis, student Hyde School, Bath

With all the issues going on in our nation right now, there are some extremely important ones that are frequently overlooked, one of which is overfishing. A fair share of our nation turns to our oceans for sources of food, as they have in the past, but in the process we are depleting the population of several species of fish. If we keep harvesting at the rate we have been, some species of fish will not be able to make a full recovery to get back to a healthy population size. We need to find a happy medium, a middle ground that favors both the workers that are involved in the industry, and the species of fish that are being harvested.

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Help prevent plastic litter Usually when a person bites into a steaming hot lobster during a local shore dinner, they probably aren’t thinking about plastic. But that large metal pot of boiling water has acted as a catalyst to release toxins into all of that delicious meat. But why am I talking about plastics? Some plastics can absorb incredible amounts of toxins and carcinogens in the ocean. These plastics are then mistakenly consumed by fish, birds, crustaceans, and bivalves. The plastics do not get digested, but the toxins enter the bloodstream. The same science applies when humans consume affected seafood. These plastics come from people who litter on beaches, waterways and boats. All of that plastic breaks down into infinitely smaller pieces, meaning smaller and smaller creatures end up with some in their system. So what can we do to prevent this health issue from growing larger? I recently went to the salt marshes at Popham State Park on Earth Day and I collected several large trash bags full of plastics. By participating in clean up days on beaches and waterways in our community, we can help reduce our local contribution to a global environmental issue too. We need to stop littering plastic waste when we live so close to the ocean. Richard Stites Bath

School cuts, higher taxes hurt Brunswick Brunswick’s reputation suffers because the budget downgrades schools and raises taxes. The town wants to buy the most expensive location for a police station. Paying $1 million for 1.5 acres for the police station location when another available, good, central location is $200,000 with about five acres doesn’t make economic sense. The $800,000 saved by police located at BNAS would cover many school positions. Many top town employees are on the Brunswick Development Corp. board deciding on grants. The BDC grant for police land is not development related and uses original resident tax money. Grants to schools invest in children and the towns future growth. The consequences of executive town employee’s decisions that result in other people losing their jobs should be that they have pay cuts to cover a lost school position. Would people want to move to Brunswick with taxes increased 5.2 percent while decreasing the quality of children’s education? Marji Greenhut Brunswick President - David Costello Publisher - Karen Rajotte Wood Editor - Mo Mehlsak Assistant Editor - Kate Bucklin Sports Editor - Michael Hoffer Staff Reporters - Amy Anderson, Randy Billings, Emily Guerin, Alex Lear, Emily Parkhurst News Assistant - Heather Gunther Contributing Photographers - Michael Barriault, Natalie Conn, Paul Cunningham, Roger S. Duncan, Diane Hudson, Rich Obrey, Keith Spiro, Jason Veilleux Contributing Writers - Sandi Amorello, Scott Andrews, Edgar Allen Beem, Halsey Frank, Susan Lovell, Perry B. Newman, Michael Perry Classifieds, Customer Service - Catherine Goodenow Advertising - Janet H. Allen, Charles Gardner, Deni Violette Sales/Marketing - Cynthia Barnes Production Manager - Suzanne Piecuch Distribution/Circulation Manager - Bill McCarthy

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Fighting off mural fatigue As I write it is Day 42 of the Labor Mural Hostage Vigil. Gov. Paul LePage still has the mural depicting The Universal Maine’s labor history hidden away in a closet at the Department of Labor. Yes, I am getting a little tired of the whole darn issue. And if I’m suffering mural fatigue, I’m sure you were sick of it days or weeks ago. So let me explain why it’s still important. In a recent public opinion poll, 65.1 percent of respondents said they disapproved of Edgar Allen Beem LePage’s decision to remove the mural. Only 20.9 percent approved. The 9.7 percent who strongly approved represent the hardcore conservative base that is currently trying to dictate public policy to the rest of us in normally moderate Maine. So, yes, we have to care about a governor’s order to take down a mural he does not like because it smacks both of censorship and dictatorship. Not only does the labor history mural represent the history of the exploitation of Maine workers, its forced removal now embodies the conservative Republican antipathy toward working people. These are the same people who, during the GOP state convention, removed pro-labor materials from a King Middle School classroom in Portland; the same people bent on blaming current economic woes not on the sins of Bush, but on working people, state employees, organized labor, teachers, and nurses – in short, anyone they might be able exploit were it not for the power of collective bargaining. Don’t be fooled. Unless you’re a self-employed millionaire, this labor mural is your issue. Some folks seem to think that in denying a request for a temporary restraining order to put the mural back, U.S. District Court Judge John Woodcock put an end to the matter. He did not. He simply allowed the mural to stay in storage while the lawsuit continues. Woodcock did, however, accept the state’s argument that ordering the mural taken down was a legitimate exercise of “government speech” on the part of Gov. LePage. I respectfully disagree, both with the legal concept and with its application in this case. Suppres-


sion of free speech is only legitimate “government speech” in an Orwellian state. Woodcock held that a reasonable person would conclude that the labor history mural was official government speech and not the free speech of the artist. But if that is so, a reasonable person would also have to conclude that the fall foliage mural in the lobby of the Margaret Chase Smith Federal Building, where Woodcock holds court, is also government speech. I believe a reasonable person would have no problem concluding that it is artist Yvonne Jacquette’s “speech,” not the government’s, despite the fact that the General Services Administration commissioned and paid for it. Judy Taylor, the artist who painted the Maine labor history mural, is just less well known than Yvonne Jacquette, and, thus far, has stayed aloof from the fray, refusing to assert her own rights. It’s time she joined the fight. Because if government speech trumps individual free speech, we are all in trouble. You’d think Libertarians might be able to grasp that concept. Beyond the court of public opinion, where LePage has already lost the mural case, and court of law, where he has won a temporary stay, the U.S. Department of Labor, which gave Maine most of the $60,000 used to commission the mural, has served notice that Maine must either put the mural back or pay it back. LePage has, thus far, simply ignored the feds. A group of misguided Republicans in Aroostook County announced an effort to raise $60,000 to enable LePage to pay the feds back, but in the meantime, LePage’s then-commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development, Philip Congdon, went to the County, told them to “get off the reservation,” and, in what may be the only positive thing LePage has done so far, got fired. If Paul LePage is as tired of the mural issue as some folks are, there is a very simple solution. He just needs to cite the U.S. Department of Labor demand, say he doesn’t like it, but he has no choice, and then order the mural put back so he can start trying to actually accomplish something. I have tried to communicate this exit strategy to LePage and a member of his staff, but it’s hard to know what gets into the governor’s bunker these days. 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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Bath Arrests 4/29 at 1:50 p.m. John Legrow, 23, of Central Avenue, was arrested on two warrants by Officer Keith Jensen. 4/29 at 11:55 p.m. Gene York, 37, of Sam Day Hill Road, Phippsburg, was arrested by Officer Michelle Small on a charge of operating under the influence and issued a summons on a charge of operating without a license in violation of a condition/restriction. 4/29 at 11:41 p.m. Carl White, 31, listed as homeless, was arrested on a warrant by Officer Ted Raedel. 4/30 at 10:18 p.m. Mei Sean Montgomery, 22, of Court Street, was arrested by Officer Ted Raedel on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. 5/1 at 1:18 a.m. Gene Anthony Kubiak, 35, of Utica, N.Y., was arrested by Officer Ted Raedel on a charge of operating under the influence. 5/4 at 11 a.m. Kelby Hampson, 19, of Cottage Street, was arrested by Officer Keith Jensen

4/29 Kristoffer Park, 33, of Shepard Street, was issued a summons by Officer Keith Jensen on a charge of operating after suspension. 4/29 Matthew Fisher, 22, of Washington Street, was issued a summons by Officer Ted Raedel on a charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana. 5/1 Angel Kuhn, 26, of Loveitt Lane, Georgetown, was issued a summons by Sgt. Dan Couture on a charge of operating after suspension. 5/3 David Mosher, 30, of Winship Street, was issued a summons by Officer Michelle Small on a charge of violation of a protective order. 5/5 Two girls, aged 15 and 16, were issued summonses by Officer Keith Jensen on a charge of possession of tobacco by a juvenile.

Smear tactic 4/29 at 10:11 a.m. Officer Keith Jensen responded to the report of dog feces having been smeared on the front door of a Centre Street restaurant. No damage was caused, and no suspects have been found.

Fire calls 5/3 at 4:50 p.m. Fuel spill on Washington Street. 5/4 at 3:18 p.m. Police Department assist at Oak Grove Cemetery. 5/5 at 12:43 a.m. False alarm on Middle Street. 5/6 at 10:50 p.m. False alarm on Oak Grove Avenue. 5/7 at 10:43 p.m. False alarm at Hyde School.

EMS Bath emergency medical services responded to 37 calls from May 2-8.

Brunswick Arrests 5/3 at 12:54 a.m. Michael J. Tapley, 30, of Georgia Street, Portland, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence. 5/3/ at 7:41 p.m. Jessica R. Richardson, 27, of Stanwood Street, was arrested on a warrant. 5/3 at 10:47 p.m. Adam Seth Gamage, 31, of Pleasant Street, was arrested on a warrant. 5/3 at 11:54 p.m. Melissa A. Elwell, 32, of Garrison Street, was arrested on a warrant. 5/3 at 11:54 p.m. Jason A. Grant, 32, of Oakland, was arrested on a warrant and on charges of operating under the influence and unlawful possession of schedules drugs. 5/5 at 12:10 a.m. Christopher L. McKenney, 19, of Union Street, was arrested on charges of criminal trespass and minor possessing liquor. 5/5 at 12:22 p.m. Darrell W. Wilson, 20, of Darcy Drive, Lewiston, was arrested on a warrant. 5/6 at 1:33 p.m. Jeffory L. Fletcher, 20, of Cumberland Street, was arrested on a charge of criminal trespass. 5/6 at 7:51 p.m. Harold H. Owen IV, 23, of Dunning Street, was arrested on a warrant and on a charge of violating conditions of release.

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Summonses 5/3 at 10:23 a.m. Norma J. Greenleaf, 42, of Jordan Avenue, was issued a summons on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and forgery. 5/3 at 3:57 p.m. Jessica R. Richardson, 27, of Stanwood Street, was issued a summons on a charge of operating while license suspended of revoked. 5/5 at 10:32 a.m. Sean P. Sylvester, 24, of Beechnut Hill Road, Wiscasset, was issued a summons on a charge of operating after license suspension. 5/5 at 12:26 p.m. Lisa Marye Green, 45, of Cumberland Street, was issued a summons on a charge of operating after license suspension. 5/6 at 1:51 p.m. Kristal Bragdon, 29, of Office Drive, Bath, was issued a summons on a charge of operation after suspension. 5/7 at 11:56 p.m. Russell E. Trinka, 24, of Washington Street, Bath, was issued a summons on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Fake fiver 5/4 at 8:02 a.m. A CarQuest Auto Parts employee called to report that a counterfeit five dollar bill had passed through the business. The police confiscated the bill.

Dump dupe 5/4 at 4:37 p.m. Someone driving on Bath Road called to report a truck dumping an unknown substance at Love That Carwash Too. It turned out that the truck was actually removing sand from the car wash, not dumping.

Fire calls 5/4 at 11:13 p.m. Medical emergency on Maine Street. 5/7 at 9:58 p.m. All other miscellaneous complaints on Chamberlain Ave.


Brunswick emergency medical services responded to 40 calls from May 2-9.

Harpswell There were no summonses or arrests reported from May 2-9.

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from previous page 5/7 at 1:28 p.m. Lindsey N. Easterling, 24, of Seafarer Lane, Bath, was arrested on a charge of assault. 5/7 at 11:56 p.m. Lawrence Wayne Decker, 30, of Union Street, was arrested on a charge of violating condition of release, failure to provide correct name, address and date of birth, and use of force. 5/8 at 1:04 a.m. James Camic, 45, of Long Street, was arrested on a charge of operating under the influence.

5/3 at 9:09 p.m. Richard Goddard, 31, of Bowdoin, was arrested by Sgt. Fred Dunn on charges of violation of a protection from abuse order and violation of condition of release. 5/6 at 1:04 a.m. Arthur Gifford, 20, of A Street, was arrested by Officer Peter Kaminski on charges of violating conditions of release and operating under the influence.



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Summonses 5/4 at 12:30 p.m. Jesse York, 35, of Dunning Street, Brunswick, was issued a summons by Officer Robert Ramsay on a charge of theft. 5/5 at 1:24 p.m. Christopher Greve, 36, of Augusta, was issued a summons by Officer Randy Cook on a charge of theft. 5/5 at 8:18 p.m. Andrew Scherzer, 28, of Alder Street, Portland, was issued a summons by Officer Robert Ramsay on a charge of operating after license suspension. 5/8 at 2:47 p.m. John Holt, 63, no address given, was issued a summons by Officer Robert Ramsay on a charge of failure to register a motor vehicle in more than 150 days. 5/9 at 12:47 p.m. Chad O'Connell, 19, of Topsham, was issued a summons by Officer Robert Ramsay on a charge of operating after suspension.

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Fire calls 5/3 at 4:17 p.m. Smoke investigation on Middlesex Road. 5/4 at 12:28 p.m. Fire alarm on Coburn Lane. 5/5 at 3:21 p.m. Alarm activation on Topsham Fair Mall Road. 5/6 at 8:43 p.m. Shrub on fire on Winner's Circle. 5/9 at 10:38 a.m. Medical call on Governor's Way. 5/9 at 11:34 a.m. Medical call on Barrows Drive.

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Dennis D. Elwell, 62: Served 20 years with U.S. Air Force TOPSHAM — Dennis D. Elwell, 62, died May 10 at his residence after a lengthy illness. Born in Brunswick on Nov. 13, 1948, a son of George and Fernande (Fournier) Elwell, he graduated from Brunswick High School and Casco Bay College in Portland. While in the Air Force he worked on attaining his Resource ManageElwell ment Degree. On July 18, 1968, he enlisted in the U.S. Air Force and retired on Jan. 31, 1989. Over the years he served several tours of duty overseas and served as a recruiter, training supervisor and area flight supervisor for Maine and New Hampshire. On June 14, 1969, he married Rose Breton, and had three children together. Over the years, he and his wife owned and operated two businesses, Rosie’s Duck-In and the Bowdoin Center Country Store, and worked for Atlantic Regional FCU and at Maine Staffing Group in Brunswick for many years. He was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Church in Brunswick. In his free time he enjoyed fishing, camping and hunting. He was predeceased by five brothers, Kenneth, Joseph, Michael, Ronald and George, and a sister, Lisa Elwell, in 1977. Surviving is his loving wife of 41 years, Rose of Topsham; two sons, Mark

Elwell and his wife Terry of Bowdoin, and Brian Elwell of Coral Springs, Fla., and his daughter Tammy Hudson and her husband Ronald of Uncasville, Conn.; five sisters, Carol Newton and her husband Paul of Brunswick, Linda Dodson and her husband Ronald of Brunswick, Donna Leeman and her husband Kevin of Topsham, Debra Washburn and her husband Scott of Brunswick, and Judy White of Mechanic Falls; and three grandchildren, Brendan, Connor and Patrick. Visiting hours will be from 2 to 4 p.m. and 6 to 8 p.m. Friday, May 20, at the Brackett Funeral Home, 29 Federal St., Brunswick. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated at 9 a.m. Saturday, May 21, at St. John the Baptist Church, Brunswick. Memorial contributions can be made ito the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, 6931 Arlington Road, 2nd floor, Bethesda, MD 20814, The Iris Network, 189 Park Ave., Portland, ME 04102, or the Seedlings Braille Books for Children, P.O. Box 51924, Livonia, MI 48151-5924. Condolences can be expressed at

while he was serving in the U.S. Army. In 1955 she moved to Brunswick, and worked for Auerback Shoe, Miller Shoe, and later on, Eastland Shoe, until her retirement in 1988. She was a communicant of St. John the Baptist Catholic Church, and a member of Unit 202 American Legion Auxiliary of Topsham. LaBonte She was predeceased by her husband Phillippe in 2008. Surviving are three children, Claire Brooks of Saxapahaw, N.C., John LaBonte of Brunswick, and Peter LaBonte of Bowdoinham; five grandchildren; and a sister, Louisette Sages of Duravel, France. A graveside service will be held at 2 p.m., Friday, May 13, at St. John’s Cemetery in Brunswick. Memorial contributions may be made to St. John’s Catholic School, 39 Pleasant St., Brunswick, ME 04011. Arrangements are by Demers-Desmond Funeral Home, 34 Cushing St., Brunswick.

Emilienne LaBonte, 84 BRUNSWICK — Emilienne LaBonte, 84, died May 7 at Mid Coast Hospital. Born in Versailles, France, Nov. 19, 1926, the daughter of Emile Desire Perdriat and Madeleine Louise Duval. On Sept. 11, 1954, she married Phillippe J. LaBonte in Versailles, France,

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Glenda D. ‘Bunny’ Frost, 76

BRUNSWICK — Glenda Darleen “Bunny,” Frost, 76, died May 9 at her residence following a long illness. On March 4, 1935, she was born in Brunswick, a daughter of Leonard Roy and Edith Louise (Dunning) Wallace and attended Bath schools. Frost She enjoyed spending time outdoors, and was an avid hunter who loved fishing, gardening, and camping with her family. Over the years she participated in many turkey shoots and often outshot the men in the competition. She was predeceased by her husband George Frost in 1991, a sister Catherine F. Frost, a granddaughter Tina Dall, and a great-grandson Brodi Messer. Survivors include three daughters, Deborah K. Weatheread of Brunswick, Stella L. Bloodgood of Brunswick, and Patricia E. and her husband William Tress of Aberdeen, Md.; 11 grandchildren; several great-grandchildren; and many nieces, nephews and cousins. Services will be private. Memorial donations may be made to Beacon Hospice, 529 Main St., Suite 101, Charlestown, MA 02129 Arrangements are by Brackett Funeral Home, Brunswick.

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Brunswick High School Honor Roll, Third Quarter, 2011 High Honors Grade 9: Evelyn Atwood, Kelsey Barley, Aleena Blankenship, Rong Yuan Chen, Madeline Cowan, Kathryn Eldridge, Casey Fitzgerald, Ashanti Fortson, Tessa Hauptman, Isabella Jorgensen, Walter Martin, Claire Mendes, Zachary Miller, Brandon Mountainland, Caley Nicholson, Grace Rabinowitz, Leah Soloway, Anna Turner, Hannah Vilas, Joseph Waring, Frances Wright. Grade 10: Elizabeth Arford, Malachi Burton, Yee Chau, Mitchell Cooney, Sally DeForest, Isabella Fasulo, Dakota Foster, Sarah Gauthier, Allison Hill, Michelle Ingram, Hannah Judd, Michael Kenyon, Meghan McGuire, Alexander Nichols, Jamie Ross, Jessica Russell, Bradford Smith, Nathaniel Vilas. Grade 11: Christopher Bayrd, Mitchell Black, Joseph Blair, Avery Ecker, Erin Eldridge, Ann Kelly, Abigail MacDonald, Kathleen McMahon, Jamie Mountainland, Natalie Naculich, Wilder Nicholson, Erin Rutherford, Madeline Schneider, Benjamin Strickland, Katharine Swan, Sarah Thibeault, Joseph Walter, Caroline Wild, Hannah Wright, Alesa Yuodsnukis. Grade 12: Emily Bellevue, Alicia Bennett, Samantha Cherbonneau, Jenna Compeau, Skylar Goldwaite, Amy Jones, Torri McClintick, Morgan Moore, Ted Murphy, Victoria Oliver, Jan Porstmann, Forrest Sawyer, Haley Shaw, Paul Sullivan, Tabitha Waite.

Clark, Judith-Christine Coomes, Anna Cowan, Emily Crowe, Kiana Dearborn, David DeCamilla, Anna Dimick, Trevor Dodge, Grace Doehring, Lindsay Eck, Faith Flaherty, Cormick Gaughran, Angelo Gerardi, Blake Gordon, Natalie Grant, Samantha Hurley, Brenden Jasper, Amelia Kipp, Sophie Knox, Brady Larson, Amy Lyons, Jennifer Machin, Jessica McGoldrick, Haley Murano, Teresa Murphy, Dylan Robinson, George Rowe, Mary Sasso, Cullen Shea, Margaret Silverman, Joel Soloway, Alison Stankiewicz, Moriah Theriault, Joshua Thibeault, Satchel Toole, Brooke Trimmer, Shannon Viola, Mary Ellen Walter, Kadin Woolever. Grade 10: Eleanor Black, Hannah Bobker, Ariel Bouchard, Morgan Bradley, Kelly Bridges, Eliza Brooks, Lydia Caputi, Lauren Carlton, Marjorie Ciolfi, Matthew Day, Henry Ditzel, Heather Doble, Alena DuDevoir, Hannah Duffek, Miranda Dumont, Rosaleen Erwin, Sydney Escoe, Tori Ford, Bradley Gannon, Devin Greenlaw, Cody Gustwick, Bridget Horan, Sabrenea Johnson, Arianna Kasabian, Savanna Kay, Amelia Keiper, Jayne King, Paul Kousky, Abigail Krolak, Michael Latti, Crimson Lee, Olivia LeRoy, Joshua Mackin, Tucker Mason, Brandon


McCauley, Elena Mersereau, Kristina Michaud, Rachel Moroney, Mariah Parker, Katherine Peters, Nicole Powers, Victoria Queally, Nolan Robbins, Margaret Rolfe, Hayden Sartoris, Konnor Scarponi, Hope Shaughnessy, Chanel Sturniolo, Josie Tanguay, Paige Tetu, Vivian Tracy, Brooke Tranten, Jeffrey Turgeon, Gregory Walton, Dylan Ward, Elizabeth Washington, Katherine West, Chloe White, Ryan Ziter. Grade 11: Madison Andrews, Corrine Beal, Kate Bernier, Benjamin Blaisdell, Blake Bodwell, Christopher Bruno, Melanie Bryant, Jennifer Burgess, Cecelia Carey-Snow, Claire Chamberlain, Lucy Comaskey, Kassandra Coulombe, James-Russell Davey, Lilly DeCamilla, Alexis Dickinson, Tyler Durkee, Garrett Erb, Kristen Estabrook, Elizabeth Faulkner, Suzanne Grover, Shayann Hamilton, Molly Herman, Taylor Hunter, Daniel Jacques, Zackary Lavoie, Justin Libby, Oliver Lowe, Chelsea McCormick, Michelle Moeller, Conner Monette, Cassandra Murano, Sophia Muschell, Charles Nau, Eva Neczypor, Corinne O’Connor, Laura Pavitt, Alisa Raymond, Oliver Rhodes, Samuel Rowe, Ana Ryden, Joshua Settlemoir, Grayson Smith, Suzannah Smith, Jenasa Staples, Emily Ste-

venson, Lauren Thacker, Nicholas Toole, Dylan Towle, Helena Villers, Alexander Viola, Seth Ward, Andrew Warren, Baxter Worthing, Benson Worthington, Shuman Zhang. Grade 12: Jennifer Auclair, Emily Boisvert, Garrett Brann, Naomi Bravo, Quincy Brimstein, Kevin Brown, Emily Bryant, Luke Carter, Siri Cope, Brittany Cost, Megan Elliott, Evan Fitzgerald, Paige Flaherty, Nathaniel Fritts, Austin Gay, Lindsey Gillis, Rachel Gross, Kevin Haycock, Patrick Horan, Evan Howard, Megan Hubert, Kelsie Jenquine, Samuel Johnson, Liam Kavin, Erika Kayser, Erin Kenyon, Shannon Kenyon, Amelia Keyes, Taylor Koenig, Chad Kousky, Taylor Kramley, Katherine Liscovitz, Shane Lizotte, Nathan McCue, Meghan McDonough, Keegan McGowan, Zakkary McKinney, Dana Merrill, Laura Michaud, George Mills, Benjamin Nadell, Katherine Nulle, Margaret Oliver, Alison Pease, Mitchell Perry, Kayla Purinton, Emily Queally, Margaret Queally, Olivia Robbins, Maxwell Roberts, Seikah Roberts, Emily Roy, Michael Slovenski, Lori Stewart, Isaac Turner, Allison Walton, Thomas Watson, Jennifer Wenzler, Amber Williams, Joseph Zinni.

Honors Grade 9: Luisa Barry-Hershberger, Sarah Basquez, Ryan Black, Aleena Blankenship, Ryan Brescia, Ian Burgess, Tami Burgess, Julia Carpenter, Samantha

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Lee retires from SoPo Boys & Girls Clubs SOUTH PORTLAND —The Boys & Girls Clubs of Southern Maine’s South Portland Clubhouse on Broadway recently hosted a celebration in honor of the retirement of its longtime director, John “Slim” Lee. Lee has worked for the Clubs for 44 years, including leading programs at the South Portland Clubhouse since it opened in 1974. He has been involved with the Boys & Girls Clubs since becoming a member of the Portland Boys Club at age 7 while growing up on Munjoy Hill in Portland. An icon at the South Portland Clubhouse, he touched the lives of thousands of boys and girls throughout the years and served many families of the greater Portland community. “I could not have asked for a better role model than John ‘Slim’ Lee. I hope to take all the qualities that I have learned from him, and apply it as the newest unit director at the South Portland Clubhouse,” said Jen Pierce, incoming South Portland Clubhouse Unit Director. Prior to her new position, Pierce served as program director under Lee’s supervision for more than 10 years.

New Ventures Jeanne Marie McGurn has opened a new consignment shop, Zaftig, at 87 Market St., Portland, specializing in plus-size clothing, accessories and jewelry. Zaftig is open from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesdays through Saturdays. Portland-based Simmons Wilkes Invest-

ment Advisors has joined HighTower, a national, advisor-owned financial services company serving high net worth and institutional clients. Edward Simmons, Gibson Wilkes, Blake Wilkes and Michael Simmons are now managing directors and partners at HighTower. Jessica Whitten, LCPC, a clinical therapist certified in EMDR, has recently opened a private practice at 15 Main St., Suite 221, Freeport. Whitten, who encourages emotional, spiritual and behavioral well-being in all life stages, is accepting new clients and can be reached at 632-8024. CPA Maura Halkiotis has opened a new CPA practice at 11 Winter St. in Yarmouth, specializing in the preparation of tax returns for individuals and small businesses, QuickBooks consulting, and small business consulting. Previously, Halkiotis served as the town of Yarmouth’s finance director for nearly nine years. She is accepting new clients and can be reached at 841-3327. Karen Richter-Hall, DVM, recently opened The Pownal Veterinary Hospital and held a grand opening celebration at the clinic, located at 191 Hallowell Road in Pownal. Services include physical exams for dogs, cats, and small mammals, vaccinations, lab services, surgeries, x-rays, veterinary acupuncture, medications for fleas, ticks, and heartworm, and humane euthanasias. For more information, call 688-4843 or visit Patricia Walden of Topsham has opened the Academic Associates Reading Clinic, offering one-on-one reading instruction in her home of the Academics Associates Reading Program, a phonics-based course for students of all ages. The course is designed to improve graded reading levels, fluency and comprehension. For more information, call 512-0201. Roxane Cole, managing member and commercial broker, has recently established Roxane Cole Commercial Real Estate

Ryan Jennings with his son Matt at the 2010 Heart Walk “Because of the American Heart Association, people like me are being given a second chance at life.” - Ryan Jennings

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LLC, a company that represents buyers, sellers, tenants and landlords in commercial real estate transactions. For more information, please visit or call 653-6702. Mercy Health Systems has moved its primary care practice, formerly State Street Internal Medicine, to 43 Baxter Blvd., and has renamed it Portland Internal Medicine at Baxter Boulevard. The Baxter Boulevard practice includes four clinical staffers, Dr. James Katz, Dr. Marc Cienawski, Nurse Practitioner Gail Meyer and Physician’s Assistant Noel Genova, who are accepting new patients. For more information, call 879-3486. Jonathan Berry of Falmouth and Mark Dion of Portland, have recently joined to form Berry and Dion LLC, a law firm located at 97 India St. in Portland’s East End. Berry was previously in private practice where he specialized in litigation involving both civil and criminal matters. Dion recently completed his third term as Sheriff for Cumberland County and is currently a legislator in the Maine House of Representatives. The firm will focus on legal issues involving medical marijuana, litigation, and labor relations. Cool As A Moose specialty retail shop featuring Maine-themed apparel and gifts recently held a grand re-opening of its Portland store at 388 Fore St. In celebration of five years in business at its Portland location, Cool As A Moose completely renovated the Fore Street store.

Professional Achievements Dr. John J. Lowery of Falmouth has been accepted into the Family Medicine Residency Program at Central Maine Medical Center, where he will begin as a resident physician in July 2011. Seth Cheikin of the financial services firm Edward Jones in Falmouth has achieved the professional designation of Accredited Asset Management Specialist. Albin, Randall & Bennett, a full-service CPA and consulting firm in Portland, has been selected as a member of the Real Estate & Construction Advisors Association, RECA, a nationwide association of CPA firms chosen for experience in and commitment to serving the real estate and construction industry. Freeport resident Dr. Michelle A. Broderick recently celebrated 20 years practicing optometry with Maine Optometry. Broderick splits her time between the offices in Brunswick and Freeport. Mark Almgren of Topsham and Casey Walker of Bath recently completed a four-week training program and passed the Maine Criminal Justice Academy certification examination at Two Bridges Regional Jail in Wiscasset to become Maine Certified Correctional Officers. James O’Brien of Cumberland-based Norton Financial Services has obtained the FINRA Series 66 registration. O’Brien, a resident of Old Orchard, is now an in-

vestment adviser representative of Commonwealth Financial Network, Member FINRA/SIPC, a Registered Investment Adviser. Falmouth resident Catherine Lee Desrochers of Norton Financial Services recently obtained the FINRA Series 6 and Series 63 registrations. Cumberland resident Phoebe Chandler of the Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage office in Cole Portland has earned the Accredited Real Estate Professional designation. Carrie Burgin, volunteer program coordinator for Goodwill Industries of Northern New England, has been awarded the CerHalkiotis tified in Volunteer Administration credential by the Council for Certification in Volunteer Administration. Derrick Buckspan and Susan Scanlon of RE/MAX By The Bay in Portland recently earned their Broker Whitten licenses. Scarborough resident Katelyn Estes of the Hobbs Funeral Home in South Portland has recently passed the examination of Maine’s Board of Funeral Service, and is now licensed as Richter-Hall a Funeral Practitioner. Richard O’Meara of Cape Elizabeth, an attorney and director with the law firm Murray, Plumb & Murray, was recently admitted as a member of the New Hampshire State Bar. O’Meara is also a member of the Maine State Bar and the bars of the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit, and the U.S. Supreme Court. Goodwill’s administrative headquarters at 353 Cumberland Avenue in Portland recently received Energy Star status from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. In order to receive to receive Energy Star status, buildings must be performing at 75 percent or higher, when compared to similar buildings, for 13 consecutive months. Yarmouth Boat Yard has received the designation of Gold Flagship Dealer by Pursuit Boats in recognition of exceptional performance in dealership sales, marketing and service.

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Spring season hits midway pole

While we’re still awaiting warmer weather, one sure sign that summer is close is that the spring high school sports regular season is halfway done. Many local teams are excelling on the diamond, field, track and courts, and here’s a glimpse of where they stand:

Baseball Brunswick’s baseball team continues to set the local pace. The Dragons took a 5-3 mark into the week and were ranked in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings as of Tuesday. Brunswick had its three-game win streak end Friday, 4-3, at Bangor. The Dragons hoped to get back in the win column when they hosted Lawrence Wednesday. Friday, Brunswick goes to Lewiston and Monday, it welcomes Cony. Mt. Ararat is 3-6 and eighth in Eastern A after losing at home to Mt. Blue (9-3) and beating Bangor (10-7). The Eagles went to Hampden Academy Thursday, host Lewiston Monday and Morse Wednesday. The Shipbuilders were 1-7 and 15th in the Heals at press time. Morse lost, 4-1, at Lawrence Friday and 7-5, at Erskine Monday. The Shipbuilders visit Oxford Hills Friday, play host to Erskine Monday and visit Mt. Ararat Wednesday.

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Brunswick sophomore Lydia Caputi breaks between Morse defenders on a rush to score the game’s final goal Friday as the Dragons beat the Shipbuilders, 13-8.

tition and fourth on the boys’ side. Mt. Ararat joined MCI and Nokomis at Skowhegan. The Eagles were first in both genders. Brunswick went to Belfast (along with Gardiner, Mt. View and Winslow) and both teams came in second.


Softball Mt. Ararat’s softball team is 4-5 after wins last week over visiting Oxford Hills (7-6) and Mt. Blue (5-1) and an 11-10 loss at Bangor Monday. The Eagles went to Hampden Academy Thursday, host Lewiston Monday and Morse Wednesday. The Shipbuilders dropped to 1-7 and 14th in the region after losses to Cony (5-4), Lawrence (15-3) and Erskine (4-3). Morse visits Oxford Hills Friday, plays host to Erskine Monday and goes to Mt. Ararat Wednesday. Brunswick fell to 1-7 after a 9-3 loss at Bangor Friday. The Dragons (13th in the region) hosted Lawrence Wednesday. Friday, Brunswick goes to Lewiston and Monday, it welcomes Cony.

Boys’ lacrosse Mt. Ararat’s boys’ lacrosse team has won four straight and is now 4-2 and fifth in the Eastern A Heals. Last Thursday, the Eagles blanked host Edward Little, 12-0, behind four goals from Jonathan Brown and three from Casey Becker. Monday, Mt. Ararat was a 19-7 winner at Oxford

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Brunswick junior Liz Faulkner checks Morse midfielder Shannon Rice on her way upfield.

Hills as Becker had six goals and seven assists and Brown and Josh Richards both scored three times. The Eagles hosted Messalonskee Wednesday, visit Kennebunk in a crossover game Saturday and welcome Cony next Wednesday. Brunswick ended its threegame skid last Thursday, with a 15-2 romp at Cony. Saturday’s home game with Edward Little was postponed by lightning. The Dragons (2-3 and sixth in Eastern A) hosted Mt. Blue Wednesday, go to powerhouse Falmouth Saturday and visit Oxford Hills next Wednesday. In Eastern B, Morse is 3-2 and sixth after a 12-5 win at Lincoln

Friday. After hosting St. Dom’s Tuesday and Deering Thursday, the Shipbuilders are idle until Wednesday of next week when they go to Gardiner.

Girls’ lacrosse On the girls’ side, Brunswick is atop the Eastern A Heals at 4-2 after recent wins over host Lewiston (18-7) and Morse (13-8). The Dragons hosted Edward Little Tuesday and go to Falmouth Saturday. Mt. Ararat is right behind Brunswick in second place at 4-1. The Eagles were 12-3 winners at Gardiner and downed visiting Edward Little, 14-6, in recent action. Mt. Ararat was at Cony Tuesday, hosts defending

Class A champion Scarborough in a state final rematch Saturday and goes to Oxford Hills Tuesday of next week. In Eastern B, Morse is third with a 3-2 mark after a 19-6 home win over Lincoln and a 13-8 home loss to Brunswick last week. The Shipbuilders were at Lincoln Tuesday and visited Camden Hills Thursday. Morse hosts Westbrook Friday and goes to Mountain Valley Tuesday of next week.

Track Morse’s outdoor track teams hosted Cony, Edward Little and Oxford Hills in a meet last week. The Shipbuilders finished third in girls’ compe-

On the courts, Brunswick’s boys’ team is third in Eastern A with a 4-1 mark. The Dragons edged visiting Mt. Ararat, 3-2, Friday. The Eagles shook off that loss and defeated Messalonskee, 4-1, Monday to improve to 4-2, which leaves them fourth in the standings. In Western B, Morse downed Gardiner (4-1) and Oak Hill (50) in recent action to improve to 4-2 and fifth in the Heals. On the girls’ side, Brunswick leads the pack at 6-0. The Dragons blanked Mt. Ararat, 5-0, Friday and downed Bangor, 4-1, Monday. Mt. Ararat lost, 3-2, to Mt. Blue and beat Messalonskee, 3-2, in recent action and is now 2-4 (eighth in the standings). In Western B, Morse downed Gardiner (3-2) and lost to Oak Hill (4-1) in its latest matches. At 3-2, the Shipbuilders are sixth in the Heals.


Women on the Move 5K upcoming Women’s Fitness Studio and Spa will host the 13th running of the Women on the Move 5K Run/Walk/Crawl Sunday, June 12 at 9 a.m. This year’s event benefits the Studio and Spa scholarship fund. Two $500 scholarships will be awarded to area female students pursuing a degree in fitness and/or healthy. FMI, index.php or events/road-race.html.

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Arts Calendar

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

Sunday 5/15 Oratorio Chorale Open Rehearsal, all voice parts welcome, 6-9 p.m., Midcoast Presbyterian Church, 84 Main St., Topsham. FMI, 329-5708,

Books, Authors Tuesday 5/17 Tony Oppersdorff and Kyrill Schabert, authors of “Best Nature Sites: Midcoast Maine Route 1 Corridor Brunswick to Belfast,”7 p.m. talk, book signing, free, open to public, Curtis Memorial Library, Pleasant St., Brunswick,

Galleries Friday 5/13 “Aviary: A Winged Celebration,” Spindleworks invitational show, 5-8 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through July 31, Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick,, 725-8820. ”Taste of the Season,” new works by gallery artists, 5:30-7:30 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through May 28, Bayview Gallery, 58 Maine St., Brunswick, 729-5500.

Friday 5/20 “Petals and Pearls,” new work by jewelry designer Judith Barker, 5-8 p.m. reception, exhibit through May 31, Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499.

Music Friday 5/13 Vanessa Torres and Mia Bloomfield, 7:30 p.m., $10 advance / $12 door, Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross Mill 3, 14 Maine St., Brunswick,, 725-5222.

Saturday 5/14 Anni Clark and Ellen Tipper, 7:30 p.m., $10 advance/ $12 door, Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross Mill 3, 14 Maine St., Brunswick,, 725-5222.

Sunday 5/15 “Sing into Spring,” concert of The Boy Singers of Maine, 2 p.m. $12 adults/ $8 students or seniors/ $30 families, St. John the Baptist Church, 39 Pleasant St., Brunswick,, 797-6354.

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Friday 5/20 Bread and Bones, 7 p.m. open mic, concert to follow, $5-$6, Side Door Coffee House at the Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick. Ray Cornils, Portland’s Municipal Organist, 7:30 p.m. concert, free, open to public, Bowdoin Chapel, 798-4141.

Food Not Fines Week, May 9-14, Maine Libraries, statewide fine-amnesty-food-drive, patrons can return overdue library items to participating libraries in exchange for donations of non-perishable foods, to be donated to Good Shepherd Food Bank, list of other participating libraries at maine. gov/msl/fines.shtml.

Saturday 5/21

Wednesday 5/18

Martin Swinger and Josephine Cameron, 2-4:30 p.m. concert, free, open to public, Crooker Auditorium, Brunswick High School, presented by Arts Are Elementary,

Sunday 5/22 Midcoast Symphony Concert, 2:30 p.m., $15 adult/ free for ages 18 and younger, Orion Performing Arts Center, Mount Ararat Middle School, Republic Ave., Topsham, tickets,, 846-5378.

Theater/Dance The Who’s “Tommy” in Concert, presented by Studio Theatre of Bath, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, May 13-14, and May 20-21, $15 adults/ $13 students and seniors, Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, tickets, 4428455,

Sunday 5/15 Indoor Hoop Jam, hoop dance or hula hoop to music, 2-4 p.m., $5 suggested donation per family, Bath Dance Works, 72 Front St., 3rd floor, Bath, Amanda, 443-3721.

Greater Portland Auditions Sunday 5/15 Vivid Motion Dance Auditions, for summer production “Sleeping Beauty,” 10:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Warren Memorial Library, 479 Main St., Westbrook, no formal preparation needed, audition in class-style format, for all skill levels, for Portland show July 15-17, at Lucid Stage in Portland,

Tuesday 5/17 Musica de Filia auditions for girls and womens choir, 5:30–7:30 p.m. May 17-18 and May 24-25, Musica de Filia studio, 550 Forest Ave., Suite LL5,, Cyndy, 8072158.

Galleries Friday 5/13 “In the Shadow of Katahdin,” watercolor paintings of Baxter State Park by Michael Boardman, 6:30-8:30 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through July 1, 317 Main Street Community Music Center, Yarmouth.

The Lucid, with Soft Pyramids, 9 p.m., $5, 21+, Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland,

Thee Ice Picks, Emperor Napoleon, and Daikaiju, 9 p.m., Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland,

Saturday 5/14 Greater Freeport Community Chorus Concert, 7:30 p.m., adults $10, seniors and students $5, children under 12 free, Freeport High School, Holbrook St., Freeport,, 751-6301. Hedwig and the Angry Inch, 2 p.m., free, Scarborough Bull Moose, 456 Payne Road, Jimmy Cameron and Gary Wittner CD Release Performance, hosted by Dimensions in Jazz, $10 door / $5 advance, Starbird Music recital hall, 525 Forest Ave., Portland, FMI, 828-1310.

“Don Justin Meserve - Sculptor,” memorial exhibition and reception 4-6 p.m., exhibit through June 25, Gleason Fine Art, 540 Congress St., Portland, 699-5599.

Monday 5/16

Sunday 5/15

Annual Student Art Show, Cheverus High School, on view 7:30 a.m.-3 p.m. May 16-20, open to public, Loyola Hall, Cheverus Campus, 267 Ocean Ave., Portland, 774-6238.

Greater Freeport Community Chorus Concert, 2:30 p.m., adults $10, seniors and students $5, children under 12 free, Sacred Heart Church, Main St., Yarmouth,, 751-6301.


”Moving On: Immigration in Song,” Women in Harmony Spring Concert, and (F)light: a borderlands song cycle, with Pihcintu, International Children’s Chorus, 4 p.m. concert, 3:15 p.m. pre-concert conversation, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, $12 advance/ $15 door/ $10 senior or student, under 12 free, tickets at Longfellow Books and Starbird Music in Portland, Nonesuch Books in South Portland or

Saturday 5/14

Sunday 5/15 ”Horse-Drawn Summer Delivery Vehicles,” exhibit on view 1-4 p.m. Sundays, May 15-Aug. 21, by donation, Skyline Farm Carriage Museum, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, Gregory Cuffey, 2395782,

Music Friday 5/13 Kris Delmhorst & Session Americana, 8 p.m., $15, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, onelongfellowsquare. com.761-1757,


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“Sing into Spring,” concert of The Boy Singers of Maine, 7 p.m., $12 adults/ $8 students or seniors/ $30 families, Falmouth High School Theater, 74 Woodville Road, Falmouth,, 797-6354.

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“Two Maines,” readings by Crash Barry, author of “Sex, Drugs and Blueberries,” and John McDonald, author of “A Moose and a Lobster Walk into a Bar,” 7 p.m., $10, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 347-3075, stlawrencearts. org.

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Phil Kline’s ”John the Revelator: A Mass for the 21st century,” 3 p.m., $38-$34, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, presented by Portland Ovations and Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, tickets at PortTix, 842-0800, “A Spring Concert” presented by Musica de Filia, 2 p.m., South Portland High School auditorium, Highland Ave., South Portland High School, tickets at Starbird Music in Portland, and Nonesuch Books in South Portland, FMI, Cyndy, 807-2158.


In honor of artist Will Barnet’s 100th birthday on May 25, the Portland Museum of Art has installed a collection of his work, “Will Barnet at 100,” on view through August 14. It will feature approximately 14 lithographs, drawings, watercolors, and oils on canvas including “The Blue Robe,” pictured here. The Portland Museum of Art is located at Seven Congress Square in Portland.

Tuesday 5/17 Harry and the Potters, Harry Potter-influenced Wizard Rock, 7 p.m., free, open to all ages, Portland Public Library Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

Wednesday 5/18 The Clash of the Titans: Grease versus Rocky Horror Picture Show, 10 p.m., $5, 18+, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland,

Thursday 5/19 Songwriter’s By The Sea, acoustic folk concert by Shannon Wurst and David Ferrard, 7:30 p.m., $10, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-3330,

Friday 5/20 OLAS, Flamenco and Andalusianinspired music, dance, and palmas, 8 p.m., $10, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, 615-3609, Bell Ringers of The Pine Tree Academy, 7 p.m., St. Paul’s Church, 279 Congress St., Portland, Doris Krueger 865-3665.

Saturday 5/21

The Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St., Freeport, tickets at Brown Paper Tickets,, 865-5505.

”Hedwig and the Angry Inch,” musical by John Cameron Mitchell, 8 p.m. May 14-15, and May 19-21, $20 general/ $18 students and members, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland,

“A Midsummer’s Night Dream,” presented by Deering High School Players, 7 p.m. May 12-13, 2 p.m. May 14, $10-$5, Deering High School auditorium, Stevens Ave., Portland, Kathleen Harris, 874-8260.

”Shameless! The Musical,” presented by Mad Horse Theatre, May 9-18th. Performances are 7:30 p.m., May 16-18, by donation, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland,, 899-3993.

”Side Show,” presented by Portland Players, May 13-29, 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays, 2:30 p.m. Sundays, $15-20, The Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland,

”Spring Awakening,” presented by Mad Horse Theater, ThursdaysSundays May 5-22, $18/$20, by donation on Thursdays, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993,

David Crosby and Graham Nash, 8 p.m., $61-$36, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, tickets,, Cumberland County Civic Center Box Office, 800-745-3000.

Sunday 5/15

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Monday 5/16

”Gershwin Girls!” Cabaret-style musical revue of songs by George and Ira Gershwin, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays,2p.m.Sundays,May12-29,$22.50,

International Folk Dance, 7-9 p.m., $5 adult/ $3 child, Portland New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., beginners welcome, 318-7108.

”Naked Shakespeare North,” presented by Freeport Factory Stage, 7 p.m., $10, Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St., Freeport,


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Cold-weather seasons drawing to a close By Scott Andrews Spring flowers have blossomed, the leaves are mostly out and the grass is green. That seasonal change also signals the end of the fall-winter-spring seasons for many of southern Maine’s arts producers and presenters. This week is especially rich in seasonending shows. The Public Theatre of Lewiston-Auburn is running its final play of 2010-2011: a fine professional production of “Beau Jest,” a wonderful romantic comedy by James Sherman. Portland Ovations goes out with a pair of concerts. “John the Revelator,” a 21st century Mass by Phil Kline for six voices, string quartet and one massive organ, finishes off the subscription series on May 15. Plus there’s an added bonus: Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers, a top modern bluegrass act, performs May 18. Eilen Jewell, a Boston-based roots singer will appear with her band at Portland’s One Longfellow Square on Saturday, part of her tour in support of “Queen of the Minor Key,” her latest album.

‘Beau Jest’ This play pushes a lot of buttons. That’s the quick analysis of “Beau Jest,” a beautifully written romantic comedy by James Sherman that closes the 2010-2011 season at The Public Theatre of Lewiston-Auburn. I was especially impressed by Sherman’s very clever, very modern way of exploiting tradition themes of drama and comedy, such as the illusion-reality dualism, used for dramatic horsepower, and the oddball juxtaposition of conflicting frames of reference, effectively employed for comic effect. The play centers around a young woman from an orthodox Jewish family who has fallen in love with a gentile. Hoping to avoid or delay the inevitable ugly confrontation with her parents, she hires an actor to play the part of her fiance at a family gathering. Her parents instantly love the imposter, and soon the young woman does, too. Director Janet Mitchko Schario has assembled a fine professional (Equity contract) cast for “Beau Jest.” Tops is Sarah Corey playing the frenetic young lady who is caught in the crosshairs of romantic/ cultural conflict. Corey is always a pleasure to watch, and it’s fun to follow her frenzied schemes as they devolve from laughable farce to serious drama. I also liked Marina Re and Bill Van Horn as the bickering older couple, with Re’s portrayal of the archetypal overbearing Jewish mother one of the show’s highlights. The Public Theatre, 31 Maple St. in Lewiston, presents “Beau Jest” through May 15 with performances at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, 2 and 8 p.m. Saturday and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 782-3200.

‘John the Revelator’ A 21st-century Mass written for six Renaissance voices, string quartet and large pipe organ is being presented by Portland Ovations this Sunday, and it promises to be one of most talked-about events of the year in southern Maine. The title is “John the Revelator,” a powerful new version of the Christian ceremony written by Phil Kline, a contemporary New York musician who’s known for his out-ofthe-box compositions for guitar, electronica and other media. Among the elements of

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“John the Revelator” is the use of two traditional American hymns to open and close the Mass, plus sections of verse that range from the biblical Lamentations of Jeremiah to the poetry of David Shapiro. Kline wrote “John the Revelator” with a specific vocal group in mind: Lionheart, a globetrotting ensemble of six male singers who specialize in Renaissance works. The score also calls for a string quartet. For this Sunday’s performance, the Portland String Quartet, now in its 42nd season with original personnel, will appear. Another key element of the score is a large organ. Portland’s Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, one of the world’s most impressive, will provide the pipe power on Sunday. Portland Ovations presents “John the Revelator” at 3 p.m. May 15 at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

Steve Martin and Steep Canyon Rangers Expect a few banjo jokes on May 18, when one of America’s leading stand-up comedians headlines the final show of Portland Ovations’ 2010-2011 season. Unlike many who find banjos and their pickers to be an easy subject of mirth, Steve Martin enjoys special standing: He’s a Grammy Award-winning banjo player himself. Although he’s known best for his long career in comedy, both as a performer and scriptwriter for others, banjo playing and composing music has always been a big part of Martin’s life and he’s made numerous recordings, including a 2001 remake of “Foggy Mountain Breakdown” with Earl Scruggs and his 2010 Grammy winner, “The Crow: New Songs for the Five-String Banjo.” He’s currently touring with the Steep Canyon Rangers, a classic five-man string band comprised of guitar, fiddle, bass, banjo and mandolin. Martin adds a second banjo and additional vocals, making for an intriguing and exciting sound. 7:30 p.m. May 18 at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall. Call PortTix at 842-0800.


Eilen Jewell, a Boston-based roots singer, will appear with her band at One Longfellow Square in Portland on Saturday, May 14.

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Eilen Jewell Last summer when I attended a concert by Eilen Jewell, an up-and-coming singersongwriter from the Boston area, I was profoundly impressed by her voice, delivery and style of writing – and I eagerly anticipated her next visit to Maine. But Jewell’s return was complicated by the fact that her host venue was suffering financial straits, first changing locations and then going out of business entirely. But Jewell is returning to the Pine Tree State this Saturday, and her new venue is One Longfellow Square, Portland’s best spot for live music in intimate settings. An Idaho native, Jewell’s been playing professionally in the Boston area since 2003, and has released four CDs that span a lot of artistic territory, including a cover of Loretta Lynn tunes. Her latest, “Queen of the Minor Key,” is just out and adds to her reputation for eclecticism delivered with impeccable professionalism and style. Catch Eilen Jewell and her band at 8 p.m. May 14 at One Longfellow Square (corner of Congress and State) in Portland. Opening is Gunther Brown, a five-piece Portland roots band. Call 761-1757.

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Mid Coast Benefits Friday 5/13 Grand and Glorious Preview Party, by Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary, 6-8:30 p.m., tickets $15/advance, $20/ door, former Bookland, Cook’s Corner Mall, Brunswick, FMI, Millie Stewart, 373-6015.

Saturday 5/14 Grand and Glorious Yard Sale, by Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary, 8 a.m. - 3 p.m., former Bookland, Cook’s Corner Mall, Brunswick, FMI, Millie Stewart, 373-6015.

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Grand and Glorious Yard Sale, by Mid Coast Hospital Auxiliary, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., former Bookland, Cook’s Corner Mall, Brunswick, FMI, Millie Stewart, 373-6015. 5K Home Run and Walk, to benefit Habitat for Humanity/ 7 Rivers Maine, registration 12-1:30 p.m., 5K run 2 p.m., 5K walk 2:15 p.m., $15 online pre-registration for runners at, $20 day-of, walkers pre-register with Michele Ober, michele@, FMI 386-5081, race begins/ends at Habitat’s Administrative Offices, 108 Centre St., Bath.

Saturday 5/21

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Plant Sale, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., proceeds benefit the animals at the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, 725-5051, Charitable Community Yard Sale and Drive-In Car Show, 8 a.m. - 2 p.m., vendor table $15, or 2/$25, Region Ten Technical High School, 68 Church Road, Brunswick, Susan Taylor, 729-6622.

Sunday 5/22 Plant Sale, 10 a.m. - 2 p.m., proceeds benefit the animals at the Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, 725-5051,

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Planning Board Site Visit TO Conservation Commission TO Affordable Housing TO Harbor and Waterfront TO Planning Board TO SAD 75 Budget Orion Performing Arts Meeting Center, Topsham

Bulletin Board Tuesday 5/17 Brunswick-Topsham LandTrust annual meeting, 5:30-7 p.m., followed by talk and book signing by Tony Oppersdorff and Kyrill Schabert, “Best Nature Sites: Midcoast Maine, Route 1 Corridor - Brunswick to Belfast,”Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, RSVP, The Mid-Coast Retired Educators Association meeting, 11:30 a.m., Harpswell Inn, 108 Lookout Point Road, Harpswell, Jane Gott, 721-0659.

Thursday 5/19 Androscoggin Swinging Bridge landmark dedication by American Society of Civil Engineers, 4-5:30 p.m., Route 1, Brunswick, near intersection with Cushing St.

Sunday 5/22 Women’s International League for Peace and Freedom 20th birthday celebration, music, poetry, more, 3-5 p.m., free, open to the public, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, FMI, 443-2899 or 833-5884. Rabies Plus! Clinic, various services, 9-11 a.m., all proceeds benefit the animals, The Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, 725-5051,

Maine Maritime Museum, summer docents and greeters needed, various positions, for information and training dates, call the volunteer office, 443-1316, ext. 350; 243 Washington St., Bath.

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”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,, American Cancer Society, One Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham. American Cancer Society Relay for Life is seeking volunteers and team participants for 2011, call Donna Muto, 373-3703,, or visit 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,, 16 Community Way, Topsham.

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

Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, planning committee volunteers needed to organize the 16th annual walk in Brunswick, October 16, at the Town Mall Gazebo, contact Crystal Derocher, crystal.derocher@cancer. org, 373-3719.

Saturday 5/14

Brunswick Downtown Association needs volunteers for the annual Clean Sweep Downtown, tools provided, bring gloves, 8 a.m. - 12 p.m., register by email, director@, or sign up day-of in front of Senter Place and Cool as a Moose, Maine St., rain date May 15.

Peace Corps Expo, 50th anniversary presentations, international food, activities, more, 1-3 p.m., free, open to the public, Bowdoin College Campus, Brunswick, FMI, Meg Springer,, 725-3718.

Monday 5/16

Bath Area Elder Outreach provides support for people in their homes, learn how to volunteer, 1 p.m., free, Spectrum Generations, Topsham, 729-0475.

Dining Out Saturday 5/14

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

Public Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., donation, $7 adults, $4 children under 12, Knights of Columbus Hall, 807 Middle St., Bath.

Sunday 5/15

Public Breakfast Buffet, 7:30-10 a.m., donation, $6 adults, $3 children under 12, $15 max families with children under 12, Knights of Columbus Hall, 807 Middle St., Bath.

Saturday 5/21

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Community Calendar from previous page p.m., $7.50/$3.50 under age 12, proceeds support Bath Food Pantry and Camp Metchuwana Children Scholarships, United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath, FMI/take-out, 443-4707.

Gardens/Outdoors Merrymeeting Audubon Field Trips: May 14, International Migratory Bird Day; May 17, Bradley Pond Warbler Series; May 18, Florida Lake; May 19 Crystal Spring Farm; May 21, Morse Mountain and Seawall Beach; May 22, Green Point Farm WMA; May 25, Evergreen Cemetery; May 28, Thorne Head; for information and meeting places, visit merrymeeting.

Saturday 5/14 Plant Sale by the Bath Garden Club, 8 a.m., Library Park, Washington St., $3 and up, bring your own boxes.

Sunday 5/15 Trail Opening activities, Greater Topsham Trail Alliance, Trail Runs by Trail Monster Running, 5 and 12 miles, 8:30 a.m., Mt. Ararat HS track parking lot, 837-5045; new Cathance River Trail hike, 1 p.m., Beechwood Dr., 725-6955; Trail Clean-up, 2 p.m., corner of Lover’s Lane and Bay Park Dr.; Androscoggin Multi-Use Trail Extension bushwhacking hike, 3 p.m., Topsham Town Office, 1.5 hours; FMI, Victor Langelo, 729-9880,

Wednesday 5/18 From The Ground Up, Brett Thompson, first of 6 gardening

series for beginner gardeners, 6:45 p.m., free, open to the public, sign up for series or individual classes, Patten Free Library Community Room, Bath, 443-5141 ext. 12.

series or individual classes, Patten Free Library Community Room, Bath, 443-5141 ext. 12.

729-9520, Jay Stencil 721-0235.

Wednesday 5/25

Getting Smarter Saturday 5/14

Diabetic Foot Clinic, first Thursday of the month, Jeanne Otis RN, $30/ visit, package deals available, call for appointment, 729-0475, Southern Midcoast Community Center.

Landscaping: Garden Design, Wallace Pinfold, 2nd in gardening series for beginner gardeners, 6:45 p.m., free, open to the public, sign up for series or individual classes, Patten Free Library Community Room, Bath, 443-5141 ext. 12.

Saturday 6/4 Growing Vegetables, Linton Studdiford, third in gardening series for beginner gardeners, 10:30 a.m., free, open to the public, sign up for series or individual classes, Patten Free Library Community Room, Bath, 443-5141 ext. 12.

Saturday 6/11 Growing Annuals and Perennials, Sally Ward, fourth in gardening series for beginner gardeners, 10:30 a.m., free, open to the public, sign up for series or individual classes, Patten Free Library Community Room, Bath, 443-5141 ext. 12.

Saturday 6/18 Caring for Shrubs and Trees, Bernardo Feliciano, fifth in gardening series for beginner gardeners, 10:30 a.m., free, open to the public, sign up for series or individual classes, Patten Free Library Community Room, Bath, 443-5141 ext. 12.

Saturday 6/25 Culinary Herbs, Bonnie Studdiford, sixth in gardening series for beginner gardeners, 10:30 a.m., free, open to the public, sign up for

Baby Signing and Lit eracy, learn why so many parents are signing with their babies, 10:30 a.m., Curtis Memorial Lizbrary, Brunswick, Joan Hale, 729-3464, “Celebrating Brunswick’s Treasures” walking tour of recently recognized historic buildings, 10 a.m., meet at main entrance of Captain Daniel Stone Inn, Water St., sponsored by the Village Review Board, FMI, 725-6660.

Tuesday 5/17 Social Security Planning for Boomers, 2 p.m., free, open to the public, Spectrum Generations, Topsham, 729-0475,

Wednesday 5/18 ”Financial Wellness” talk by Katy Longley, Money Works for Women lecture series, 5:30 p.m., followed by first meeting of the Women’s Investment Club, public invited, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242 ext. 216,

Health & Support

Friday 5/13 Shambhala Art program, “Coming to Your Senses” and “Seeing Things As They Are,” Fri. 7-9 p.m., Sat./Sun. 9 a.m. - 6 p.m., $140/ weekend, including materials fee, $15, FMI Joy Kish,, 890-9859, register at

Sunday 5/15 Women’s Wellness Day, workshops, keynote by Katie West, The

Tuesday 5/17 Light Body Free Healing Clinic, massage, reiki, more, provided free to all, especially those without health insurance, 1:30-6:30 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick, co-hosted by Greater Brunswick Physical Therapy, 729-1164. Update on Prostate Cancer Therapy, Dr. Mary-Ellen Taplin, oncologist, 6:30 p.m., free, open to the public, Mid Coast Hospital conference room, sponsored by Bath-Brunswick Area Prostate Cancer Support Group, Terry Kungel, 443-4300.

Friday 5/20

Cancer Survivors Walk, Lap of Hope, Relay for Life kick-off, 6 p.m., Brunswick High School, if you’re a cancer surivor who wants to participate, call Donna Muto, 3733703 or

Relay for Life Luminaria ceremony to honor cancer survivors and those lost, 9 p.m. lighting, $10 donation, contact Donna Muto, 373-3703,,BrunswickHighSchooltrack.

Just for Seniors Thursday 5/26

AARP Driving Class, classroom refresher for mature drivers, Joe Hahn, 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m., $14/$12 AARP members, Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, register, 751-9364.

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from page 1 in state spending on public education, and shows how Brunswick’s municipal spending has outpaced spending for education.

Comprehensive Plan The Comprehensive Plan, completed in 2008, specifically identifies summer Math and Literacy Camp – which was cut from the 2011-2012 school budget – as a way to make sure all existing educational programming meets or exceeds state requirements, and supports students at all academic levels in the school system, according to the plan. The plan also identified ensuring that class sizes are “appropriate for the grade level” and implementing all programs offered in similar-sized and surrounding communities as other ways to meet this objective. While Ellis said he recognizes the plan does not necessarily influence town policy, he pointed out “the irony that one of the things we had to cut was specifically referenced in the Comprehensive Plan.” Ellis was also concerned that the town is not investing as heavily in education as recommended in the plan. In the past five years, Brunswick’s local contribution to the school budget has decreased to the point where it is within $300,000 of the state-mandated minimum. In 2006, the state required Brunswick to contribute at least $11.9 million to public education, according to state Department of Education statistics. The Town Council allocated more than $14.8 million that year, 25 percent more than the minimum contribution. In fiscal 2012, if the town kicks in the $16.75 million the School Board is requesting, the local contribution will

from page 1 ting here to be cut,” Councilor Benet Pols said. “I support the school budget right where it is.” Still, he questioned the number of administrative positions at the high school next year, compared with the town’s elementary and junior high schools. The high school has a principal, two assistant principals and an athletic director. The junior high school has one principal and an assistant principal, and the two elementary schools have one principal each. Councilor Suzan Wilson wondered why there are 2.5 secretaries working for the superintendent and assistant superintendent, and encouraged the School Department to “do a little better” in their administrative staffing levels. In an interview, Superintendent Paul Perzanoski explained that, in

only be 1.8 percent more than the state’s minimum of almost $16.5 million. According to DOE spokesman David Connerty-Marin, most school districts have historically spent more on education than the state-mandated minimum local contribution. In the past couple of years, however, he said local contributions have declined statewide. He said the decrease in Brunswick’s local contribution is “a greater reduction than in most places, but it’s a reflection of the reality of the finances.” For Ellis, the downward trend is distressing. “The trend I’m seeing ... is not good,”

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addition to serving as administrative assistants to him, the assistant superintendent and the business manager, a significant portion of what the secretaries do is handle personnel matters. He noted the town has a human resources director, whose entire job is devoted to personnel. He also pointed out that one elementary school principal and a special education coordinator are being cut in next year’s budget. At the high school, he explained, more administrators are needed because of the extra programming and sports events. He also said that assistant high school principals are necessary because the school has more discipline issues. Other councilors expressed concern about the proposal to put 372 children into Coffin Elementary School and 636 into the Harriet Beecher Stowe school. Neither building has an empty classroom to spare, meaning that any increase in student population will increase class sizes. Class sizes are already increasing

from an average of 15.3 students in kindergarten through second grade, according to the most recent enrollment figures supplied by the School Department, to 19.4 students because of the temporary closing of Jordan Acres Elementary School. Most councilors, though, seemed ready to accept the school budget as presented. “I think the School Board has done a fair and honest job in what they’ve done this year and I would not question the budget myself,” Councilor John Perreault said. Councilor Margo Knight said she was very impressed with the board’s work. “I just can’t see cutting any more from this,” she said. Residents will have a chance to comment on the entire town budget on Monday, May 16, at 7 p.m. The council is scheduled to vote on the budget on May 26. The budget validation referendum is on June 7. — Emily Guerin

he said Monday. “Are we funding our schools as much as we did?”

State contribution At the same time, nearly every year since 2006 the state has paid a smaller percentage of Brunswick’s Essential Programs and Services allocation, which Connerty-Marin defined as “a no-frills, but adequate funding formula” that estimates what education in each district should cost. In the 2006-2007 year, DOE paid 56.7 of Brunswick’s allocation. But in the proposed school budget, that share dropped to 42.8 percent. According to Connerty-Marin, the average percent of EPS allocations paid by the state has been dropping since 20082009, when it peaked at 53 percent. Last year the average was 48 percent, placing Brunswick slightly below the statewide average.

Municipal spending gap Not only has the state been spending less on education in Brunswick, but Ellis said Brunswick’s school budget hasn’t kept up with increases in its municipal municipal. He said that between the 2005-2006 and 2010-2011 school years, the net amount of property taxes that went toward the municipal budget increased by 15.5 percent, but it only increased 4.5 percent for the school budget. Town Manager Gary Brown could not verify the amount of the municipal

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budget from 2005-2006; the last verifiable number is from 2007-2008, and the increase in municipal spending since then has been 13.5 percent, compared to a 10 percent increase in the school budget – less dramatic than the earlier comparison. Either way, Brown is wary of Ellis’ conclusion. He said it would make sense for the school budget not to have increased as much as the municipal budget due to the loss of more than 700 students from Durham (now part of Regional School Unit 5) and Brunswick Naval Air Station. He said the closing of the base, on the other hand, has not reduced the types of services the town provides. “(The town is) not experiencing a reduction of the services we need to provide ... on the contrary, we need to increase our services,” he said. Ellis said he was not trying to suggest that “our municipal spending is out of hand,” but rather, to place increases in education spending in context of municipal spending. He said he also hoped to persuade the council not to ask for further cuts from the school budget. “We need to be sure that the school system we’re building today attracts people into the system,” he said. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or Follow her on Twitter: @ guerinemily.

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Schools William Shuttleworth has said. Shuttleworth on Tuesday offered the panel two final options, both with 2.5 percent tax increases. One eliminated a Bath Middle School home economics position, but filled an elementary teaching position at the Dike-Newell School that had been opened by a retirement. The other option restored the home economics teacher, but did not fill the elementary position. School Board member Alan Walton, who supported the home economics position, voted with Chet Garrison against the budget. Dike-Newell Principal Sally Brown noted that her school’s pre-kindergarten to second-grade students are the youngest in Bath. “What we have to offer at Dike-Newell School is good core instruction,” she said. “We do not have band, chorus, for-

eign language, home economics, we do not have a certified librarian. We have classrooms of reasonable size and good instruction.” Eliminating a second-grade teacher there would create classes of about 23 students, Brown said. “We are bare bones at Dike-Newell,” she said. “We would like to maintain our classrooms for our core instruction, so that these kids can learn to read, and write, and do math.” Explaining his stance on the budget, Garrison said people have told him they have a single concern: to not have to pay more taxes. “They respect and appreciate what our administrators and teachers are doing for our children,” he said. “Most have said they would be willing to pay a little more as long as everyone else is willing


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committee for giving the bill more attention than the previous time Harpswell attempted to change the boundary in 2009. “I think the committee gave us a fair hearing during the whole process,” Henderson said. “Unfortunately the single issue they focused on was whether Harpswell could cede its authority over

the intertidal zone without legal complications.” Amy Haible, a member of the Carrying Place Assembly, the group that spearheaded the border-change effort, said she felt like Brunswick focused its resources on trying to sway the legislative committee in its favor as opposed to seeking a compromise with Harpswell.




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language teachers, and two educational technicians. “We are losing good people, and that’s the hardest part about (being) a superintendent,” Shuttleworth said. “I hired most of these people that we have let go. I have seen the value that they have. And in the perfect world, if you could eliminate the position and not know the quality of the person, it would make it a little bit easier. But we know who these people are, and the gifts that they have provided to the district.” With a 2.5 percent tax hike, Bath’s contribution would rise 4.36 percent to $8.1 million; Arrowsic’s would increase 4.83 percent to nearly $426,000; West Bath’s, 3.55 percent to $2.6 million, and Woolwich’s, 2.86 percent to $3.1 million. Phippsburg’s tax burden would drop 4.24 percent to $2.7 million.

“Brunswick out-spent us, they outgunned us,” she said. “We should have been up there lobbying as much as they were.” Haible said the assembly researched the historical town line for three years, and it was the group’s “last, best effort.” She said she does not plan to reopen the discussion. In the final vote, Reps. Michael Celli, R-Brewer; Alan Casavant, D-Biddeford; Bryan Kaenrath, D-South Portland;

Lance Evan Harvell, R-Farmington; Beth Turner, R-Burlington; Anne Graham, D-North Yarmouth; Bolduc; Moulton; Cotta, and Senators Douglas Thomas, R-Somerset and Ronald Collins, R-York, voted “ought not to pass.” Sen. Nancy Sullivan, D-York, and Boland voted “ought to pass.”

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Freeport Historical Society, 45 Main Street, seeks an Assistant to the Executive Director. The position is expected to be available in mid-June. This position requires a versatile professional with excellent interpersonal, administrative,andplanningskills.Access database management, Quickbooks. MS Office, internet/Facebook experience, project and mailings management, maintaining functionality of the office and orderliness of the museum house are in the scope of work.

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AGING EXCELLENCE Our Business is Growing!!! Immediate Openings: PCA/PSS/CNA&Companions We are looking for individuals with superior character, who are responsible and possess a positive caring attitude. Reliable transportation, clean driving and clean criminal records are required. We offer very competitive pay, benefits and a great working environment. Some weekend & evening shifts required. Overnights available. Call: 729-0991 M-F 8am-4pm. PART TIME KENNEL HELP WANTED. Grooming experience preferred. Pleasant Hill Kennels Freeport. Call 8654279. WILSONS LEATHER- Sales Associates. Part time. Must be able to work nights & weekends. Apply within. 4 Mill Street- Freeport.



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UNBEATABLE VISIBILITY Why rent when you can buy? Outer Congress Street office building with high traffic counts, ample parking and a lovely, functional interior layout. $209,500 Call Susan Scanlon RE/MAX By The Bay- 207-553-7373

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MOVING MAKE THE SMART CHOICEGoogle DOT 960982 and/or MC 457078 for our company snapshot from the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This website will show whether or not the company you choose has the required insurance on file. Also check with the BBB. We have links to all these websites at To schedule your next move, call 775-2581. SC MOVING SERVICES - your best choices for local moves. Offering competitive pricing with great value for your Residential and Commercial Moves! For more information call us at 207-749MOVE(6683) or visit : VISA/MasterCard excepted! A&A MOVING SERVICES. Residential & Commercial. 25 years experience. 7 days a week. FULL SERVICE. PIANO MOVING. Packing. We also buy used Furniture and Antiques. SENIOR DISCOUNTS. Free estimates. 828-8699.

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New zone, digital signs Following the budget portion of Town Meeting, another item for consideration will be the proposed establishment of a Limited Commercial zone along about two-thirds of a mile of Route 196, west of Interstate 295. The southwestern side of the road – a narrow, one-lot-deep strip of which would be rezoned – is now part of the Suburban Residential district. The opposite side has Rural Commercial Use and Commercial Corridor zoning. Current commercial uses comprise about a third of the narrow strip and are grandfathered, although existing home-based businesses are also allowed, Planning Director Rich Roedner said. Town officials have been told it is difficult to sell homes in the zone, due to the largely commercial nature of the area. It is 5

also difficult to convert a home to a strictly commercial use, unless that property is on a grandfathered lot, Roedner said. He said the non-conforming uses of those commercial lots are grandfathered, so a retail establishment, for example, would be grandfathered for a retail establishment of that size, and not for a general commercial use. “What we’re hearing from the property owners (there) is that the value for those lots, as residential, is minimal, because ... how many people want to buy a house and raise a family on (Route) 196?,” Roedner said, referring to it being a high-traffic area with many surrounding commercial uses. The rezoning would allow a greater number of low-intensity commercial uses and require buffering between those businesses and nearby residences. It would not permit all the types of commercial uses that are generally allowed in a commercial zone. Voters will also decide on an ordinance regulating electronic message boards or digital signs in certain parts of town. Topsham currently has only four, and the town has governed them based on state

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tion can be found by calling 837-5045. A hike on a trail that will ultimately connect the Head of Tide Park with the Cathance River Preserve will begin at 1 p.m at Beechwood Drive, where railroad tracks cross the road. Parking can be found on Beechwood Drive. Call 7256955 for more information. People can meet for a trail trash clean up at 2 p.m., at the corner of Lover’s Lane and Bay Park Drive. A hike of the route of the Androscoggin Multi-Use Trail Extension will start at 3 p.m. at the Topsham Municipal Building. Hikers will return along hiking trails created by the Highlands. The hike will take about 90 minutes, and people can call 729-9880 for more information. If there is heavy rain, some events may be postponed until Sunday, May 22.

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moving out of district. “Only one youngster actually dropped out,” Morse said. However, he admitted, Portland High School dropouts have consistently been an issue. “Our intervention strategies haven’t been as successful as we’d hoped. This is the lowest completion rate we’ve ever had,” Morse said. He said the School Department is analyzing the data and hopes to have an evaluation ready in the next few weeks, which will help determine how best to address the problem. In Bath, Shuttleworth said RSU 1 is working hard to change its culture. “It used to be, kids could drop out when they were juniors and make more at (Bath Iron Works) than their teachers,” he said. “But not anymore. Technology has changed things.” He said that the school has a goal of 100 percent graduaComment on this story at:

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The Rev. Mark Wendorf, who works at the Blue Point Congregational Church in Scarborough, is an interim minister – the religious equivalent of a substitute teacher. For someone in his role, he said, it’s unwise to wade into divisive issues. “If I was in any other kind of church, where I was actually the called minister, I would be preaching about this in a second,” he said. “It’s important that Christians talk about and understand how they see the world, and what goes on in the world, and where they see God working in the world.” But for the Rev. Michael Ambler, of Bath’s Grace Episcopal Church, the bin Laden issue just wasn’t pressing enough to merit inclusion in his Sunday sermon. Instead, Ambler said he would focus on Habitat for Humanity, and

Mother’s Day. In the past, Ambler said he has paid more attention to current events – like when an earthquake last year leveled parts of Haiti, or after the tsunami in Asia in 2004. But in those cases, he said, there were ways in which his congregation could take action. “Sometimes the news is so urgent, and our ability to do something about it is so pressing, that of course we put aside everything else to respond. But I don’t think that a church can, or should, allow the front-page news of the day, whatever it is, to necessarily set the agenda for any given Sunday,” he said. “The reason I’m not talking about it is it doesn’t reflect a decision that anybody has to make right now. ... This particular issue isn’t an issue – it’s a piece of recent history.”

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Still, bin Laden’s death was big enough news – and people’s feelings were strong enough – that it came up for Ambler informally, at a community dinner earlier in the week. And just like Ray and Davis-Johnson, Ambler said he tries to guide reactions, not dictate them. In a church like Ambler’s, with what he called a “wide red streak” and a “wide blue streak,” opinions will inevitably vary. “I know perfectly well that in one large slice of Christianity in this country, Sunday will be a day of exultation and victory. In another wide slice, it’s going to be a day of sorrow and repentance,” he said. “I’m not God, so I can’t be anybody’s specific conscience. I can just try to help them think about what the Gospel says, and what they believe, and that to remember that as they think their thoughts about the issues of the day, to remember that they’re Christians.”

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