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Vol. 8, No. 23

News of Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell

Town seeks bids to demolish old newspaper building By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling BRUNSWICK — The Town Council is still hoping to find a buyer for the old Times Record building on Industry Road, even as it moves forward with a plan to demolish the structure.

The building has been on the market for the past two years. Town Manager Gary Brown said during a council meeting on Monday that the offers have been few and inadequate. “I wouldn’t call it a bona fide

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offer, but we received a couple of offers last week, I think when it became apparent that this item was going to be on the agenda this evening,� Brown said. “One of them was as ridiculous as dollar-a-year rent payments for

the property.� Without prior notice, the council went into an executive session to discuss a new offer related to the building. The identity of the potential buyer was not disclosed, and the council

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Bath council OKs $14.8M city budget

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Eveningstar Cinema owner pins hopes on expansion plan By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling BRUNSWICK — The Town Council has received dozens of letters from supporters of the Eveningstar Cinema, all asking the town to support the independent movie theater’s efforts to build a new location at the Brunswick Station. It’s the kind of project that captures the imagination. In fact, more people have written to support the single-screen film house than have written to express an opinion on the pending $36 million school budget. Debra Blum of the town manager’s office said she received 27 letters about the theater last week alone. Town Councilor Benet Pols, however, said the well-intended missives are misdirected. “As of now there is no role for the Town Council ... to play in moving the Eveningstar over to Maine Street Station,� Pols wrote. “Although the town played a role in the redevelopment we no longer own the land over there. In fact, we are a tenant.� Like the independent film director that he is, Barry Norman, owner of the Eveningstar, has a vision. Since early January he has envisioned a fourscreen theater occupying the vacant lot opposite Scarlet Begonias restaurant on Station Avenue. It would expand on his current offerings, maintain his devotion to independent cinema, and possibly incorporate other features, such as a coffee bar and an international film festival. Norman said he has a strong business plan and a time line for a $3.7 million theater construction project. What he doesn’t have is $3.7 million. The funding shortfall is part of the reason that Norman asked his theater’s patrons to express their support. It was part of what he calls a “ready, fire, aim,� approach. “One reason was to make sure that I’m in the public officials’ consciousness as something that

took no action after the private meeting. Anne Dodd of Windemere Road criticized the council’s decision to acquire the building

Freeze continues on ‘smart’ meters


Hot-air balloon pilot Sean Mooney gets help from unsuspecting bystanders for a launch at the second Brunswick Landing International Fly In last Saturday in Brunswick. Mooney launched two teathered flights before he was grounded because of wind and rain.

By Alex Lear BATH — The City Council unanimously approved next year’s $14.8 million city budget Wednesday evening. The panel also voted 5-4 to again extend a moratorium on the mass installation of wireless “smart� electric meters. The fiscal 2013 spending plan is an increase of more than $692,000 over the current year. The budget includes $9.3 million in the general fund, about $808,000 in the capital fund, $1.8 million in the landfill fund, and $2.1 million in the sewer fund. Also included is about $113,000 for the Bath City Bus, nearly $80,000 for the train station and trolley, about $537,000 for the Midcoast Center for Higher Education and $50,000 for overlay. Municipal taxes would increase about 2 percent, or nearly $342,000, to $7.1 million. Including increases to the tax rate from school and county costs – 2.7 percent and 0.5 percent, respectively – the city could see See page 31

Control of invasive moth expected to take years The invasive winter moth caterpillar was discovered in Harpswell in late May. Scientists say the species, which was likely brought to Maine on a landscaping plant, is a threat to hardwoods, apple trees and blueberry bushes.


By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling HARPSWELL — Buckets of pesticides, home-grown parasitic flies, and DNA testing are all likely to be employed in the battle against the invasive win-

ter moth, which was positively identified in town last month by dismayed state conservation officials.

INSIDE Obituaries ......................14 Opinion ............................8 People & Business ........16

Police Beat ....................12 Real Estate ....................30 Sports ............................17

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Election Day includes questions on fireworks, food trucks By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling BATH — Voters on June 12 will be choosing candidates and weighing in on issues ranging from fireworks to mobile food vendors. In Bath, where Rep. Michael H. Clarke, D-Bath, is not seeking re-election, Jennifer DeChant of Middle Street and Paul O. Johnson of Washington Street are running for the Democratic nomination in House District 62. Bath will also vote on a $26 million

budget for Regional School Unit 1. Polls are open in the city from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Bath Middle School. Topsham residents will vote on whether to allow the sale and use of fireworks in town. Topsham will join Harpswell in voting on a $33.4 million budget for SAD 75. Polls are open Tuesday in Topsham at the Topsham Fairgrounds Exhibition Hall from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. In addition to the SAD 75 budget, Harpswell voters will be asked to decide

two ordinance questions and an appropriation. A mobile food handler’s ordinance would, for the first time, allow hot dog carts or taco trucks and the like to operate in designated areas. Voters will also be asked to amend the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance, also to allow for mobile food sellers. The final article on the warrant will ask for a $25,000 appropriation from the town’s existing fund balance to fund an emergency repair project at the Mitchell Field pier. If the expenditure is approved, the existing gangways will be removed. Harpswell polls are open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Merriconeag Grange, Old Orr’s

Island Schoolhouse and Cundy’s Harbor Community Hall. In Brunswick, voters will be asked to validate the $33.5 million budget of the Brunswick School Department, which represents an increase of $189,000 over this year. While the school budget will go up just 0.6 percent if approved, a reduction in state and federal support resulted in a 14.1 percent increase for local taxpayers. The town budget absorbed some of that burden, so that the actual increase in local taxes amounts to 5.45 percent. Voting on the budget validation referendum is from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Brunswick Junior High School, 65 Columbia Ave.

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RSU 1 budget passes 1st test with voters By Alex Lear BATH — A $26 million fiscal 2013 budget for Regional School Unit 1 goes to a final vote June 12, after receiving initial public approval Tuesday. A budget meeting at Bath Middle School drew more than 140 voters from the five RSU 1 communities – Bath, Arrowsic, Phippsburg, West Bath and Woolwich. If approved on Election Day, the budget will take effect July 1. Taxes in Bath would increase by 5.38 percent, or about $438,000, to $8.6 million. Arrowsic’s assessment would climb nearly 16 percent to $494,000. Phippsburg would increase 9.54 percent to nearly $3 million, and Woolwich’s tax would grow 1.77 percent to $3.1 million. West Bath’s assessment would decrease nearly 17 percent, to $2.2 million. Significant expenditures in next year’s

budget include $10.1 million for regular instruction, $3.7 million for special education, $1.2 million for career and technical education, $2.2 million for student and staff support, $1.5 million for school administration, $1 million for transportation, $3.2 million for facilities maintenance and $1.9 million for debt service. In a letter available to residents at Tuesday’s meeting, RSU 1 Chairman Tim Harkins said the district has lost $480,000 in federal stimulus money. While it is receiving a state subsidy increase of almost $600,000, RSU 1 is experiencing a nearly $500,000 hike in operating expenses for things like staff salaries, fuel and heating oil, Harkins explained. Consequential reductions include the elimination of a foreign language position and reduction of Rosetta Stone

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language software licenses at Bath Middle and Woolwich Central schools ($66,400); a social studies position cut at Morse High School (nearly $80,000); the elimination of a composite program and supplies at the Bath Regional Career and Technical Center ($83,000); the reduction of a part-time music position at the Dike-Newell School in Bath (about $19,000), and a $45,000 cut in transportation.

The transportation reduction eliminates transportation for a pre-kindergarten program, as well as a school choice option primarily for elementary students. Proposed amendments – to restore the music position, $2,000 in supplies at the Dike-Newell and Fisher-Mitchell schools, and part or all of the transportation cuts – failed when put to voters. The polls will be open for Bath voters at Bath Middle School from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. June 12. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics. SAVE at over

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News briefs Psychiatrist admits inappropriate contact BRUNSWICK — A psychiatrist was reprimanded and had his license placed on probation after admitting he had an inappropriate relationship with a female patient. Dr. Charles M. Stewart signed a consent agreement on May 25 with the state licensing board in which he agreed not to treat any new female patients until he has

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Harpswell winter road work open to all bidders By Matt Hongoltz-Hetling HARPSWELL — Goodall Landscaping will be invited to bid on a winter roads contract in Harpswell, the Board of Selectmen decided, but owner Ben Goodall has to convince the board he can do a better job than he did last winter. “I think it’s reasonable to allow them to bid,” Selectman Jim Henderson said in a May 31 meeting. “... I think they know from our last conversation with them that we have concerns other than the amount that they bid, to convince us that they have the capability this time.” Selectmen considered excluding Goodall from the process, but ultimately decided they could be persuaded to give him another chance.

“I can say that I was disappointed with some of the things that happened,” Selectman Alison Hawkes said. “But I also think he’s a human being and some things happened and he lost his manager and some things fell apart.” Goodall was taken to task after last winter, when residents and School Administrative District 75 officials complained about unplowed roads. In April, before the board voted not to extend a contract with Goodall, he said he had been caught unprepared by October snowstorms, and that he had made needed changes to ensure good performance in the future. Board Chairwoman Elinor Multer questioned whether Goodall should be

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allowed to bid this time around. “If we’re not going to consider him for the contract regardless, then there’s no point in inviting him to put together a bid, which involves some work,” Multer said. She said that it was likely that Goodall would come in with the lowest bid, which would put the board in the position of having to consider approving an unpopular plowing contract. The town has generated a sample contract that includes several clauses meant to provide protection from a repeat of last year, regardless of who wins the bid. Additional language allows the town’s

road commissioner to inspect the equipment on an annual basis on October 1. It will also be easier for the town to get out of the contract. “While we’re seeking a three-year contract, it will be subject to annual performance reviews,” Town Administrator Kristi Eiane said. Selectmen also noted that, if the contractor fails to provide adequate services, a different contractor could be brought in at the expense of the first contractor. Language that would have specifically called for renegotiation in the case of higher-than-expected diesel costs was eliminated. Eiane said there will be a pre-bid conference for potential bidders June 27 at 4:30 p.m. at the Town Office.


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Toll hikes proposed for Maine Turnpike Public meetings begin June 19 in Auburn By Scott Thistle LEWISTON — A proposal to increase tolls to generate an additional $26 million a year for the Maine Turnpike was presented to Gov. Paul LePage on June 1. It will be rolled out to the public in a series of meetings starting June 19. Peter Mills, executive director of the Maine Turnpike Authority, said the proposal includes toll increases for the highway’s main barrier tolls and a restructuring of rates for E-ZPass holders and commuter discount programs. Under the proposal favored by the turnpike’s board of directors, cash tolls at West Gardiner and New Gloucester tollbooths would increase from $1.75 to $2.50, while the toll at the York booth would go from $2 to $3. The proposal would also increase tolls for commercial trucks. For example, five-axle trucks now paying $7 to pass through the tollbooth at New Gloucester would pay an

estimated $10.63 under the proposal. The authority studied 10 tolling options to raise the money, which is needed for debt payments on reconstruction bonds coming due between 2014 and 2019, Mills said. If approved, the proposal would put the turnpike on more solid financial ground in the future and could virtually eliminate the need to borrow for future expansion or other construction, he said. “The collateral benefit is reducing the need of the turnpike to go to the bond markets in future years,” Mills said. “I’m not saying it eliminates it, because you never know quite what the state’s demands on us are going to be and we don’t know what the traffic situation will be.” Mills said he knows the plan will be controversial. The proposed changes will not be settled until the traveling public weighs in at three meetings this month: at Auburn City Hall on June 19, Portland City Hall on June

20, and Saco City Hallon June 21. All three meetings will begin at 6:30 p.m. Mills said for most commuters and others who use the highway, the best way to minimize the financial impact would be to convert to the E-ZPass transponder system. “For a person who lives in Lewiston, with an E-ZPass, whether they use it a little or a lot, they are going to get a better rate than by paying cash,” Mills said. He said he presented the plan Friday to the governor, who knew it was coming, but he wanted the governor to see it first before presenting it to the public. “Every time I’ve gone to a Rotary Club or a chamber of commerce, I’ve said, ‘You know, we’ve got a toll increase coming,’ not

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Maine women take concerns about chemicals to D.C. By Alex Lear PORTLAND — Concern over chemicals in products and foods prompted about two dozen Maine women to get on a bus recently and take their cause to Washington, D.C. The bus left Maine the morning of May 21, collecting other women along the way in other New England states to join a “Safe Chemicals Brigade” on the lawn of the U.S. Capitol the next morning. They rallied to support the Safe Chemicals Act, which the U.S. Senate is considering. “We were the biggest of any state,” said Helen Anderson of Portland, an environmental advocate and grandmother who joined the group of mothers, educators and health-care workers. “Of all the 31 states

Helen Anderson, left, of Portland, and Lalla Carothers, of Cumberland, were among a contigent of Maine women who traveled to Washington, D.C., this month to rally for the Safe Chemicals Act.

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“Chemicals have a purpose,” Carothers acknowledged last week. “We’re not asking anybody to ban all chemicals. I think it’s to prove that they’re safe before they go into a consumer market, and particularly things for children, and things for the vulnerable.” Carothers, who has also served on the Cumberland Congregational Church’s “Green Team,” called the trip inspiring. She said participants met with U.S. Sens. Olympia Snowe and Susan Collins, both R-Maine, as well as staff of U.S. Reps. Michael Michaud and Chellie Pingree, both D-Maine. Carothers said she told them how some girls use lotions and nail polish containing chemicals that disrupt hormones, while another woman talked about her autistic son, and how she was exposed to toxic chemicals during pregnancy. “Dangerous chemicals abound, from flame retardant in nursing pillows to BPA (bishphenol A) in epoxy sealants meant to protect our kids’ teeth,” she said after her trip. “We can’t shop our way out of this. We must shift the burden or proof from assuming a chemical is safe until proven harmful to requiring evidence a chemical is safe before selling it to consumers.” According to the website of U.S. Sen. Frank Lautenberg, D-N.J., who introduced the Safe Chemicals Act of 2011, the legislation is meant to reform the Toxic Substances Control Act of 1976, which the site calls “an antiquated law that in its current form leaves the health of families and the environment at risk.” Carothers said “both of our senators and our representatives acknowledged that this is a broken law, that (the act) is not working. ... It doesn’t have much weight. For example, asbestos, under (the act), you can’t ban it.” Anderson, who volunteers with the Environmental Health Strategy Center, said only about 200 of 84,000 synthetic chemicals found in products people use daily have ever undergone safety tests by the EPA. “Right now, they don’t test chemicals,” she said last week. “It’s considered harmless, (and) you can put it on the market until proven otherwise. In other words, people start getting sick.” Anderson said after her trip that “passing the Safe Chemicals Act would ensure that many more chemicals are tested. It would help prevent asthma, cancer, birth defects and neurological disorders, and even help protect wildlife from contaminated lakes and streams.”

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Unsung Hero: Andrew Ndayambaje, finding a refuge By David Treadwell PORTLAND — Andrew Ndayambaje, an African native, said he fell in love with the Portland Public Library the first time he stepped inside. “The customer care is extraordinary,� Ndayambaje said, “and I wanted to be a part of that team.� Ndayambaje inquired about volunteer opportunities, and he was soon put to work at the Library Book Store and at the Computer Center, assisting with the Basic Computer Course. Ndayambaje brings special expertise to the course. In addition to his fluency in English (and computers), he speaks several African languages, an asset in communicating with many of the immigrants who come to the library. Library administrators are thrilled to have Andrew as a volunteer. “He’s kind, patient and smart,� said Linda Albert, director of human resources. “And he’s very concerned for others.� Suzanne Duncan, technology supervisor, added “Andrew is always friendly, approachable and reliable.� Why did 29-year-old Ndayambaje decide to leave a successful law career in his native country, and his mother and siblings – for whom he was the breadwinner – to move to Portland, Maine? “I was active in the opposition party in my country,� he said. “A situation which forced me to leave the country.� After seeking safety in neighboring countries, he decided to come to America, and he moved to Maine last August.

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Ndayambaje requested, for the safety of his family, that the specific country not be identified. Why Portland? “I had heard that Portland was a very welcoming community which would help me get settled,� he said. Early in 2012, Ndayambaje turned to the Immigrant Legal Advocacy Project for assistance. ILAP assigned a lawyer to provide free assistance in his effort to obtain asylum. Greg Flame, founding partner of Taylor, McCormack and Flame, was delighted to be working with the young man. “I enjoy Andrew immensely,� Flame said. “Although he’s gone through difficult life experiences, he’s always positive. He constantly thanks me for what I’m doing, but I should be thanking him, because he’s so invigorating to be around.� Ndayambaje will not get an answer to his application for asylum for a few more months. He can’t be officially employed until that situation is resolved. In the meantime, he spends his time volunteering at the library, reading newspapers and magazines, and staying abreast of the political situation in America, in Africa,

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Bill grew up in upstate New York. He was an outdoorsman who loved to hunt and fish, and who is still quite a good shot. After high school, Bill went to the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he studied engineering and computer science; he graduated in 1981. He served in the Army and Special Forces, but his military career ended in 1985 when he was injured Short in an automobile accident while on-duty. It left him unable to walk. These days, he gets around quite well in a wheelchair and speciallyequipped van. After the Army, Bill owned a small security consulting firm. He went to law school and graduated from the University of Maine in 1993 with honors. He worked as a drug prosecutor for the attorney general’s office and, startHalsey Frank ing in 1998, he served two terms in the state House of Representatives representing District 85, which included Durham and parts of Brunswick and Lisbon. Bill lives on a farm in Durham with his wife and daughter, where, among other things, they raise alpacas for their soft, warm wool. After the terrorist attacks of 2001, Bill came to the Office of the U.S. Attorney, where he was the anti-terrorism coordinator for Maine and where he prosecuted federal criminal cases and represented the U.S. in civil actions. After Republicans took control of the state Legislature in 2010, Bill campaigned for and won the support of state legislators to become Maine’s 56th attorney general. As AG, Bill has weighed in on several controversial issues. Under his leadership, the office defended Gov. Paul LePage’s decision to take down from the walls of the Department of Labor a mural that was perceived to be hostile to business. A federal court agreed that the


governor’s act was protected government speech, just as was the decision to hang the mural in the first place. Bill appealed a Superior Court decision that required the Land Use Regulatory Commission to conduct an additional hearing before acting on Plum Creek’s plan to develop land around Moosehead Lake. He argued that the extensive proceedings that LURC had conducted were sufficient. The Law Court agreed. He successfully defended Maine’s sex offender registry against a challenge brought by more than a dozen sex offenders represented by three law firms. He joined with 25 other states in a lawsuit challenging several aspects of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, including its individual mandate, as being in excess of Congress’ commerce clause power, a violation of the 10th Amendment’s reservation of undelegated powers, and unconstitutionally coercive. At a time when politics has become toxically antagonistic, Bill is a guy who can make his point without being offensive. He can disagree without being disagreeable. I have been with him at events when members of the press have turned their cameras and lights on him and asked questions loaded with adverse presumptions. When they insinuated that one of his decisions was unprincipled, he did not get defensive. He flashed his disarming smile and matter-of-factly explained his rationale. That vignette perfectly illustrates why I think Bill Schneider is the best person to be the Republican nominee and our next U.S. senator. He will serve Maine and the country by bringing his well-thought-out positions to the table and engaging in an intelligent, good-natured, civil debate that will help identify the best course of action. It’s an ability our state and nation need as we confront serious problems like the deficit, health care, Social Security, financial regulation, and the struggling economy. Halsey Frank is a Portland resident, attorney and former chairman of the Republican City Committee. Comment on this story at:

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Kissing in the rain, and other signs of ‘Life’ Yes, being widowed is sad. Yes, being “suddenly single” when you’ve reached a certain age and have already ventured down the parenting path is no picnic. No Sugar But for those of us in either (or both) of these positions, we must look toward the bright side: life is a “doover.” We get a second chance. At virtually everything. Yesterday, I received a letter from a recently widowed woman – she was devastated, yet clearly possessed the optimism, tenacity and spirit to get her through these dark days, until she’s reached Sandi Amorello the “other side” and can see the sunshine again. I felt her pain, and also smiled inside for the unexpected silver lining that lies ahead for her; surprising gifts she can’t even imagine at this moment. Being dealt a crummy hand in life can be a bitter pill to swallow. Your world is suddenly turned upside down, and you can’t see through the smoke and flames. But life is about change. It’s our only constant: that things will not remain the same. That the status quo of today will not be the status quo of tomorrow. Most people fear change – it’s uncomfortable. We opt


for security over the unknown. It seems many of us either feel entrenched in some form of stagnation – or chaos. Few of us truly accept that this dichotomy is what is called Life. Capital L. We feel underwhelmed, unfulfilled, itchy, possibly bored. Or, then the tide turns – and we’re suddenly overwhelmed, up to our elbows, frenetic. When I was in the midst of my deepest grief, I read something that’s remained a favorite mantra: “Within chaos lies all possibility.” It’s been more valuable than anything any therapist has ever said to me. At those very times when we feel a loss of control, when our reality has been blown up by an unanticipated disaster – when we feel like Dorothy in “The Wizard of Oz” – that is when we actually have our greatest potential for growth. We have options. That is where our fabulous future happiness lies. Yes. In that scary mess of flying tractors and pitchforks and Toto in a wicker bicycle basket – and other dangerous objects that might clunk us on the head. I learned to embrace chaos, and suddenly had a glimpse into the endless potential in front of me. I could start over. A second chance at life. How many people get that? Sometimes, we have change thrust upon us. Something so tragic and debilitating that it makes us consider crawling under the covers and staying there until the vodka runs out. Or until one of our kids comes in to ask for a ride to the store for Fritos. And sometimes, we are the cause of the change. We wake up one morning to an empty feeling in our soul,

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and the inner knowledge that life is zipping by at the speed of sound, and that it’s time for us to change the flight plan. And granted, that won’t make everyone in your life happy, but it’s better than waking up when you’re 92 and regretting the last 50 years. Or knowing you weren’t brave enough to accept that life “has an expiration date,” and that we all deserve to create a genuine existence that truly reflects who we are, that nourishes the soul. I know many women who face these challenges, and I always feel excited for them and the journey they’re on. And I understand the courage and the struggle involved. When we say, “I do” we generally don’t, in the recesses of our brains, think “yeah, this marriage thing is great. But it’s probably not going to last a lifetime. I’d better have a Plan B.” No. We go into it thinking it’s going to be forever. We can’t imagine a different dream. Then one day, you’re widowed or divorced, and you’re kissing some hot guy in the rain in an alleyway, and you suddenly realize, “This isn’t where I imagined I’d be when I walked down the aisle, but this isn’t so bad.” Life is a roller-coaster. Things change. But in the end, if you’re still kissing someone in the rain, you’re doing OK. No Sugar Added is Cape Elizabeth resident Sandi Amorello’s biweekly take on life, love, death, dating and single parenting. Get more of Sandi at irreverentwidow. com or contact her at Comment on this story at:

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An independent voter’s plea to the parties By Elizabeth Miller At a panel discussion sponsored this spring by the Maine Festival of the Book, I found out that I am among the 40 percent of registered voters in our country not enrolled in a political party. Why am I “unaffiliated,” even when it restricts me to only general elections? Because neither side is charting a course that makes sense to me. A baby-boomer, I was raised by Republican parents whose world view had been tempered by by the Great Depression and World War II. Their recipe for a good life? Value hard work and take pride in a job well done, no matter how routine or menial the task. Get an education. Save for a rainy day and defer short-term pleasures in exchange for longer-term goals. And above all, don’t accept handouts and don’t let yourself get dependent on anyone else. It’s important to note that I grew up in an era when housing was affordable on one income and it was possible to save for a post-secondary education without taking on crippling debt. It’s equally important to recognize the hand of public policy in my success. Thanks to the Civil Rights Act of 1964, opportunities were opening up educationally and professionally. Finance reform in the late 1970s made it possible for me, as a single woman, to establish my own credit, even buy my own home No one tried to talk me out of majoring in history because it wasn’t “practical.” Believing that if I worked hard I could achieve anything I put my mind to, I managed, with luck, to successfully pursue not just one, but two careers

(the second one launched at mid-life). I did this with no handouts, other than a brief stint on unemployment benefits in 1977, for which I felt guilty. I believe that everyone should have the freedom to dream and the opportunities to achieve what is in one’s heart. I’m proudly pro-choice, pro-immigration and pro-gay marriage. Please, keep religion out of my bedroom. Government is at its best when it helps, not hobbles, economic development. But not everyone was or is as lucky as I was, to have been brought up with these “bootstrap” values. Cycles of dependence on welfare have kept some from becoming fully productive citizens. Fifteen years in public school education leaves me dubious as to whether those values of self-reliance are still being taught at home. Still, it’s a different era now. The economic engine of post-war America that carried me forward on the tide of middle-class expansion has slowed and, for some, stopped. I watch people in their 20s having difficulty finding jobs. Childless adults are being booted off Medicaid rolls. Proposals to cut food stamps and general assistance create even larger holes in our safety net. Spend one day volunteering at a soup kitchen and you’ll realize that many of us are just one illness or one layoff away from similar circumstances. As a history teacher, I enjoy introducing the fundamentals of our American political creed to immigrants, payback for my own immigrant grandparents’ experience. The preamble to the U.S. Constitution states: “We, the people, in order to form a more perfect union, establish Justice, insure domestic tranquility, ... promote the general Welfare, and

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A laundry list of LePage lapses Shed no tears for big oil Justin Brownwell asks us to "do the math" on the taxes that companies like ExxonMobil pay ("U.S. needs stronger energy policy," May 25). There are many ways to calculate corporate profit and taxes, some more self-serving than others. Mr. Brownwell seems to have relied on Exxon's own calculations, which help portray the company as the aggrieved victim of burdensome taxation. ExxonMobil earned $30.5 billion in 2010, a 57 percent increase from the previous year. Independent analysts put the company's federal income tax rate at just 17.2 percent – far lower than what most Brunswick residents pay to Uncle Sam. Yet ExxonMobil is the largest publicly traded corporation in the world, and among the most profitable. Like all of us, it has an obligation to support the collective good through taxation. Unlike the rest of us, though, the government regularly bestows on it an unfair advantage in the form of huge federal subsidies. Last year, the five biggest oil companies posted record profits of $137 billion, and received $4 billion in taxpayer-financed tax credits. The question, then, is not why these companies pay so much, but why they don't pay what regular Americans pay. It's not like they need it to stay afloat. Frankly, when so many hard-working Americans are struggling to do just that, it is beyond me how anyone can manage to shed tears for corporations like ExxonMobil. I'll save mine for the employees whose jobs they outsourced. Patrick Rael, Brunswick

Do the math on oil company taxes I am writing in response to a letter in the May 23 edition of The Forecaster. The letter stated that ExxonMobil earned around $40 billion, while paying $59 billion in taxes. This is misleading. ExxonMobil obviously did not pay $1.45 in taxes on every dollar it made. ExxonMobil is the largest company in the world by revenue, which would not be possible if they were paying more money in taxes than they were earning. The writer of the letter may have been confused, as ExxonMobil’s annual net income has averaged around $40 billion over the past six or seven years. But that number would be after taxes, operating costs, etc. ExxonMobil’s annual revenue over that same period averaged around $365 billion. If the tax number the writer quoted is correct ($59 billion per year averaged across those years), that would mean that ExxonMobil paid a much less outrageous 16 cents for every dollar they earned. To put that in perspective – if that number is correct – ExxonMobil would be paying less in taxes than I did while working for minimum wage at a record store. And of course, none of this math takes into account many of the other costs of oil – the troops and ships we send overseas to “secure” it, the health-care costs and environmental costs to people who live near the pumping and processing facilities, the pollution caused by shipping it halfway around the world, and so many other things that we all pay for with both our tax dollars and our well being. Jordan Ossie, Portland

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On May 19, Gov. Paul LePage released a 20-page booklet, Making Maine Prosperous, detailing what he views as the accomplishments of his first 500 days in office. As an addendum to Gov. LePage’s checklist, allow me to submit my own bill of indictment, detailing some of the reasons I believe we would all be better off if Paul LePage were not governor of Maine. 1. He falsely claimed Democrats attacked him for being Franco-American. The Universal 2. He falsely claimed he was being accused of being a “tax cheat, draft dodger and sexual harassment person.” Still wondering what’s behind that whopper. Or was it? 3. Celebrated his nomination at a notorious bar in Waterville, where he hung out all the time until the spotlight was turned on him. 4. His wife took a Edgar Allen Beem homestead exemption and in-state tuition for their kids in Florida. 5. He threatened to punch a reporter who reported the Florida tax situation. 6. Said he was worried that Libby Mitchell was too old at 70 to be governor. 7. Declined to attend Martin Luther King Day dinner and then told NAACP to “kiss my butt.” 8. To counter charges of racism, falsely claimed his Jamaican caddy’s son was his own. 9. Bragged he would “Tell Obama to go to hell.” 10. Without ever seeing it, ordered Maine Labor History Mural removed as too pro-labor. 11. Called those who defended the mural “idiots.” 12. Tried to repeal Child Safety Act, claiming that the only problem with the chemical BPA was that it might give women “little beards.” 13. Filled his transition team with American Legislative Exchange Council and Maine Heritage Policy Center ideologues. 14. Hired his daughter to serve on his staff at $41,000 a year. 15. Gave a job to his brother-in-law. (Well, that’s two jobs he’s created). 16. Nominated developer Darryl Brown as head of Department of Environmental Protection. Brown was forced to resign when the attorney general found him “unqualified” due to conflicts of interest. 17. Nominated Philip Congdon to head Department of Economic and Community Development despite the fact that Cogndon admitted he he didn’t know


anything about community development. Congdon was forced to quit after telling the people of Aroostook County to “get off the reservation.” 18. Accepted Norman Olsen’s resignation as head of the Department of Marine Resources. Olsen resigned of his own free will, claiming that the vindictive governor didn’t want the DMR collaborating with the city of Portland because Portland didn’t vote for him. 19. LePage spokesman Dan Demeritt bragged that LePage would have 11,000 state bureaucrats working to elect Republicans. Demerrit then resigned because his own businesses were failing. 20. Nominated Bruce Poliquin as state treasurer. Poliquin, too, should have resigned when it was revealed that he had been doing private business while serving as treasurer, a clear violation of the state Constitution. 21. LePage and Poliquin led the GOP witch hunt that forced Dale McCormick to resign as head of the Maine State Housing Authority. An Office of Program Evaluation & Government Accountability audit then determined that McCormick had done nothing wrong. 22. Supports the conservative attempt to get rid of the Land Use Regulation Commission. 23. Tells Mainers on welfare to “get off the couch and get a job.” 24. Supported rolling back Child Labor Laws, saying, “Work doesn’t hurt anyone.” 25. Charged that state workers were “as corrupt as they can be.” 26. Tried to eliminate the state appropriation to MPBN. 27. Tried to cut 65,000 Mainers from MaineCare. 28. Did cut 1,550 legal immigrants from MaineCare by imposing a five-year waiting period. 29. Meanwhile, his Department of Health and Human Services mistakenly paid benefits to 19,000 ineligible recipients. 30. Eliminated MaineCare benefits for 19- and 20-year-olds and senior citizens’ drug prescriptions. 31. Senate (35-0) and House (124-16) had to override LePage veto of MaineCare services for people with special needs. 32. While claiming to be all-business, he vetoed a $20 million Maine Technology Asset Fund researchand-development bond that had broad bipartisan support in the business community. Clearly, ladies and gentlemen of the jury, Paul LePage is a governor with no foresight and no real concern for anyone who didn’t vote for him. 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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a person matching the boy's description near Middle and Bath streets. After a short foot chase, Couture found the alleged thief, a 15-year-old Waldoboro boy, sitting in tall grass by Middle Street. Officers found a toy hand gun hidden in his pant leg. The boy, who also allegedly ran from a taxi in Bath the night before without paying a $55 dollar fare, was on probation and was arrested on a charge of robbery and issued a summons on charges of theft and possession of alcohol by a minor.

Bath arrests 6/3 at about 7:40 p.m. A 15-year-old Waldoboro boy was arrested by Sgt. Daniel Couture on Middle Street on a charge of robbery and issued a summons on charges of theft and possession of alcohol by a minor.

Summonses No non-arrest summonses were reported from May 29 to June 4.

Wrong stop 6/3 at 7:23 p.m. Bath Police responded to the report of a robbery at the One Stop Food & Ice convenience store. The clerk said the suspect was wearing a checkered shirt and said he had a gun. Sgt. Daniel Couture saw

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BrunSWick arrests 5/31 at 4:51 p.m. Priscilla Sheldon-Costa, 48, of Baltimore, Mass., was arrested at the Purl Diva Yarn Shop on Summer Street by Officer Julie Gillespie on two charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and a charge of operating under the influence. 5/31 at 6:39 p.m. Matthew W. Reynolds, 41, of Shellenbarger Road, Topsham, was arrested on Sills Drive by Officer Matthew W. Swan on a warrant. 6/1 at 10:28 a.m. Jarrod Charles Butler, 25, of C Street, was arrested on C Street by Officer Justin Dolci on a warrant. 6/1 at 9:28 p.m. Karl W. Gnauck, 37, of Center Street, was arrested on McKeen Street by Officer John Roma on a charge of operating under the influence. 6/1 at 11:59 p.m. Christopher Alan Roberts, 56, of St. Charles, Mo., was arrested on Pleasant Street by Officer Daniel Sylvain on a charge of operating under the influence. 6/2 at 12:21 a.m. Michael C. Barry, 23, of Old Bath Road, was arrested on Old Bath Road by Officer Patrick Scott on a charge

of allowing a minor to possess or consume liquor. 6/4 at 1:49 p.m. Tod M. Thibeault, 55, of Turner Street, was arrested at Raven's Roost on Pleasant Street by Officer Jonathan O'Connor on charges of criminal trespass and violating a condition of release.

Summonses 5/31 at 11:32 a.m. Arthur S. Pierce, 27, of Woolwich, was issued a summons on Route 1 by Officer Justin Dolci on a charge of operating while license is suspended or revoked, with a prior. 5/31 at 1:39 p.m. Bert Herbert Smith IV, 53, of Maquoit Road, was issued a summons on Tidal Run Lane by Marine Resources Officer Paul Plummer on charges of harvesting shellfish in excess of one peck, and harvesting shellfish without a state commercial license. 6/2 at 2:13 a.m. Brian J. Magnin, 33, of Center Island Terrace, Harpswell, was issued a summons on Gurnet Road and Forrestal Drive by Lt. Todd Ridlon on a charge of operating after license is suspended.

Fix your dang alarms, people 6/4 at 8:21 p.m. Officers responded to a false burglar alarm at Mid Coast Hospital on Medical Center Drive. Other false burglary alarms were generated this week at Verizon Wireless on Gurnet, Pleasant Hill Associates building on Baribeau Drive, a private residence on Rocky Hill Road, Brunswick Business Center on Business Street and Enterprise Rent-A-Car on Pleasant Street.

Busy (and bold) week for vandals 6/1 at 10:28 a.m. A vandalism call resulted

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TopSHaM arrests from previous page in the arrest of a 25-year old Brunswick man on a warrant. Other vandalism calls this week were made about the Beverage Rack on Cushing Street; two bridges on Spring and Mill streets, property on Beverly Drive and Franklin Parkway, and Brunswick High School. The bolder vandals generated calls at the Army Recruiting Office on Bath Road and even the Brunswick Police Department on Federal Street.

Fire calls 6/1 at 6:34 p.m. Animal Control on Cumberland Street. 6/3 at 8:28 a.m. Traffic Safety Complaint on Safari Drive. 6/3 at 7:33 p.m. Medical Emergency on Woodlawn Towers Terrace on Water Street. 6/4 at 9:07 a.m. Assist Citizen on Safari Drive. 6/4 at 2:41 p.m. Medical Emergency on Davis Court.

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Summonses 5/31 at 3:25 p.m. James Feeney, 18, of Barrows Drive, was issued a summons by Officer Robert Ramsay on Hamilton Court on a charge of leaving the scene of a property damage accident. 5/31 at 11:25 p.m. Roy Brenc, 21, of New Orleans, La., was issued a summons by Officer Bruce Swanson on Lewiston Road on a charge of criminal trespass. 5/31 at 11:25 p.m. Shannon Vasilev, 19, of Los Angeles, Ca., was issued a summons by Officer Bruce Swanson on Lewiston Road on a charge of criminal trespass.

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H. Stuart Muench, 81: A meteorology and outdoor enthusiast BRUNSWICK — H. Stuart Muench, 81, died May 26 at the Mid Coast Senior Health Center in Brunswick. He was born in Stamford, Conn., on Sept. 23, 1930, the son of Harry Edward Muench and Elsie Locke Muench. He attended Hinckley Elementary School and graduated from Darien High School in 1948. Inspired by his seventh-grade earth sciences class, he majored in meteorology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology and received his bachelor’s degree in 1952. After graduation he spent two years in the U.S. Air Force as a weather observer and forecaster, returning to Massachusetts Institute of Technology for graduate work in 1954 and received his master’s degree in 1956. Before he graduated, he began working as a civilian employee for the U.S. Air Force Cambridge Research Laboratory. On Jan. 3, 1959, he married Elizabeth Gilmore Holt in Davos, Switzerland. They met through their inter-collegiate outing club activities including camping, hiking and skiing. They continued these activities throughout the rest of their lives. In 1961 they bought a house in Lexington, Mass., and lived there until moving to Maine in 2006. Muench was offered an opportunity to complete a doctoral degree in meteorology while serving as an instructor at the University of Washington in Seattle, and took a leave of absence from his work with the U.S. Air Force to do so. He completed his thesis on heat transfer processes in the stratosphere and he spent a summer on the coast of Maine working on airport visibility instrumentation, laying the foundation for later civilian development of highway

ground fog warning systems. His work developing computer programs that could recognize the radar signatures of developing thunderstorms and tornadoes is among the ancestors of today’s graphics on the Weather Channel. After his children were grown, Muench and his wife went further afield for their camping, hiking and climbing adventures in places like the Canadian Rockies, Denali National Park, New Zealand, the Khumbu region of Nepal, China, Mt. Kilimanjaro, Cape Horn, Patagonia and Scotland. He was a member of the American Meteorological Society, the Appalachian Mountain Club and Sigma Xi. He was predeceased by his brother, John. Muench is survived by his wife, Betsy; daughters, Susan, Cynthia and Joanna and her husband, Craig Lee; foster daughter, Renae Owens; one granddaughter; and one foster granddaughter. A memorial service will be held at 2 p.m. June 24 at the Durham Quaker Meeting House. A committal service for his ashes in a family plot will be held at 2 p.m. July 28 in Georgetown.

Benjamin F. Crehore III, 77 WESTPORT ISLAND — Benjamin F. Crehore III, 77, died at his home on June1 doing what he loved best, shooting. He was born in Hartford, Conn. on Oct. 10, 1934, to Benjamin F. II and Gladys Knowles Crehore. He grew up in Manchester, Conn., and graduated from Manchester High School in 1952. He received a

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bachelor’s degree in 1957, master’s degree in 1961 and his certificate of advanced study in 1966 all from the University of Connecticut. On Feb. 23, 1959, he married Sandra Jean Smith in Mansfield, Conn., and together they raised three children. He began his teaching career in 1957 in Swanton, Vt. The family later moved back to Connecticut where he taught in Willimantic, Conn., and then for 10 years in Colchester, Conn. In 1969, he accepted a contract with SAD #75 where he taught mathematics for 25 years, first at the Cone Elementary School in Topsham and then at Mt. Ararat, retiring in 1993. Crehore was active in all of the towns he lived in, serving on school boards and numerous town boards. He was a thirddegree Mason and belonged to Morning Star Lodge A.F. and A.M. in Litchfield and to Crescent Chapter #54 of the Order of the Eastern Star. He was also a member of the National Education Association, the Maine Education Association, the Maine Education Association Retired, the MidCoast Retired Educators Association and the Lincoln County Retired Educators Association. He was a lifelong competitive target shooter and he was involved with the Lincoln County Rifle Club, serving as president in 2003. Eye problems led to problems which led to cutting back in his competitive shooting, but in January 2012 he had a partial corneal transplant in his left eye and in March took second place in a 200 .22 match with a perfect 200 out of 200 with nine centers. He was predeceased by his parents and sister, Cynthia Crehore. Crehore is survived by his wife of 54 years, Sandra; children, Benjamin F. IV and his fiance, Ronabelle Mobe, Kirsten L.C. Figueroa and her husband, Steven and Karen Sue Thomas and her husband L. Todd; grandchildren, Bryce T. and Emily S. Thomas and Samuel T. Figueroa; sisterin-law, Susan C. Smith; brother-in-laws, Bruce DeWyk and Joseph A. MacDougald; nieces and nephews; cousin, Frank P. Brown; and a legion of friends. A tribute to Crehore will be scheduled at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the scholarship fund of the Mid-Coast Retired Educators Association Scholarship Fund, c/o Judy Michaud, 20 Tedford Road, Topsham.

Catherine M. Harris, 69 WOOLWICH — Catherine M. Harris, 69, died May 31 at Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick. She was born in Springfield, Ohio, on Dec. 1, 1942, to Burley H. and Elizabeth L. Tehan Sigman. She was a graduate of Shawnee High School in Springfield and later received her bachelor’s degree in TOMATOES S W I S S C H A R D



business administration. Harris worked as a paralegal and worked for McTeague, Higbee Attorneys in Topsham and later Gary Gabree. She enjoyed sewing, weaving, knitting and gardening. She was predeceased by her husband, Daniel J. Harriss and a brother, Burley J. Sigman. Harris is survived by a daughter, Michele Geyer and her husband, Chris; two sons Scott A. Human and Craig A. Human and his wife, Elizabeth; and three grandchildren. A graveside funeral service will be held on June 8 at 2 p.m. at the Maine Veterans Cemetery, Civic Center Drive, Augusta.

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HARPSWELL — Howard O’Brien, 61, died June 3 at his home with his wife by his side. O’Brien was born in Providence, R.I., on July 12, 1950, to Howard O’Brien II and Virginia Arruda O’Brien. He was a graduate of Delasalle High School in Bristol, R.I., and received his undergraduate degree from Boston University. He also graduated from the University of Maine Law School where he received a doctoral degree. On March 1, 1980, he married Esther Cushman of Cumberland. He worked as a business owner, entrepreneur and assistant district attorney in Portland. He was known as a prominent criminal defense attorney with the firm of Strike, Goodwin & O’Brien in Portland. He was a member of the Inns of Court and the Maine Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers. O’Brien enjoyed reading, was a master bridge player, loved music and playing guitar and enjoyed watching the New York Yankees and football. He was a deacon of the Seventh Day Adventist Church in Portland and was active for many years in the youth ministry as a youth baseball coach. He was predeceased by his mother and sister, Cheryl O’Brien. O’Brien is survived by his wife of 32 years, Esther; daughters Rachel Reeves and her husband, Glen, Amanda Bouchard and Courtney O’Brien and her husband, Kevin; sons Howard O’Brien IV and his wife, Tracy, Corey O’Brien and his wife, Melissa and Roarke O’Brien. grandchildren, Evan, Ella, Emilienne, Madeline, Leonard, Lillian, Molly and Josephine; father, Howard O’Brien II; brother, William O’Brien and his wife, Sue; in-laws Donna and Lee Cushman; and many friends. Funeral services will be held on June 9 at 2 p.m. at the Cundy’s Harbor Community Church, 863 Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell. LETTUCE


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Awards Jeff Emery and Joseph E. Payne recently received Environmental Merit Awards from the Environmental Protection Agency. The merit awards recognize valuable contributions to environmental awareness and problem solving. Emery received the Lifetime Achievement Environmental Merit Award for his work with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. During his tenure there he was known for his professionalism as an environmental scientist and as a leader in collaboration with the EPA, Northeast States for Coordinated Air Use Management, the National Park Service, Canadian provinces, Maine Indian Tribes and other states. Payne also recieved a Lifetime Achievement Environmental Merit Award for his advocacy for clean water. In 1991 he was hired as the first employee of Friends of Casco Bay as the Casco Baykeeper. His science-based, collaborative approach to resolving threats to the bay’s environmental health continues to be effective. He has spearheaded numerous conservation campaigns that benefit the bay and the entire Maine coastline. Susan Nason of Clark Insurance was

recently named the 2012 Insurance Professional of the Year by the Insurance Professionals of Greater Portland. The award recognizes her as a champion of insurance education and her mentoring of young people entering the profession. This is the third time she has received this award; she was named Maine Insurance Professional of the Year in 2009. Gail Wartell recently received the University of Southern Maine’s 2012 Distinguished Classified Staff Award, which recognizes distinguished achievement and service to the university by a member of the classified staff with five or more years of service to USM. Wartell is an administrative assistant in the conferences department and was given the award for her outstanding administrative skills and her ability to adapt to changing environments. Casey Webster was the recipient of the University of Southern Maine’s 2012 Emerging Classified Staff Award, which recognizes outstanding promise for continued excellence and achievement for those with less than five years of service to the university. Webster joined the staff in 2009 and works as an administrative assistant in the office of research, integrity and outreach. She was recognized for this award because of her outstanding leadership skills, friendly demeanor and penchant for finding innovative and creative solutions to problems. Maine Initiatives, a foundation that funds social change organizations, recently provided a $5,000 donor-advised

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grant to support Community Financial Literacy. The National Watercolor Society recently awarded Evelyn Dunphy first prize, worth $1,000, for her painting “All That Remains.” Ninety paintings were chosen by juror Glen Knowles Jr. from several hundred submissions from the U.S. and world. The paintings exemplify the best of watermedia painting. Catholic Charities of Maine was recently awarded a $3,600 grant by Northeast Delta Dental Foundation. The grant will benefit the Jessie Albert Dental & Orthodontic Center in Bath which will use the fund to purchase vital dental equipment. Jenny L. Nelson, director of the Sullivan Recreation and Fitness Complex, was recently presented with the 2012 Distinguished Professional Staff Award recognizing distinguished career achievement and service to the University by a member of the administration with five or more years of service to USM.

New Hires Soft Trac LLC, a consulting firm specializing in nonprofit and governmental technology, recently hired Jeron Comeau as nonprofit consultant. She brings with her more than 15 years of professional experinece within the nonprofit community. R.M. Davis Inc., a wealth management company, recently hired Vince Damasco and Kevin M. Hunt. Damasco was hired as a vice president of research. Prior to joining the company he was an equity research analyst at The Colony Group and an assistant vice president at Sentinel Asset Management. Hunt was also hired as a vice president of research. He previously worked at Thomas Weisel partners, Hapolim Securities and Aurgia USA and was a research associate in the consumer sector. Effective Aug. 1, Fr. Daniel Greenleaf will become pastor of Parish of the Holy Eucharist in Falmouth. He will succeed Monsignor Joseph Ford who is retiring. For the past three years Greenleaf has been serving at Theological College, Washington, D.C. as part of the formation faculty. Putney Inc. recently hired Ted Smith, Jean Murphy, Colby Therriault, Jessica Ingram, Jennifer Albert, Jessica Morton and Eileen Nugent. Smith was hired

as a customer service lead and will be responsible for inbound and outbound customer-facing service activities; he has over 14 years of experience. Murphy and Therriault have joined Putney Inc. as inside sales representatives, providing product information and sales support to companion animal veterinary clinics. Ingram has been hired as an accountant and will be responsible for financial activities and reports. Office operations will be handled by Albert, Morton and Nugent.

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Valerie Jones, licensed master social worker, recently opened Continuing Journeys, a consulting and education practice specializing in grief, loss and life transitions. Continuing Journeys is located at 3 Fundy Road in Falmouth.


Mary Labrecque and Tom Saxby of Clark Insurance recently earned their Accredited Adviser of Insurance designation from the American Institute for Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters. The examination tests proficiency in multiple lines of insurance as well as agency operations and sales management. Pierce Atwood LLP was recently named to the National Law Journal’s “Midsize Hot List.” This is the third consecutive year for the designation. The 2012 Midsize Hot List ranks the 20 firms across the country that are “good at what they do, but they’re also good at how they do it.” The designation is given annually to firms with 51 to 150 lawyers who have demonstrated creative strategies to stay competitive. Giving Strong Inc., a global consultancy providing corporate social responsibility and strategic philanthropy, recently joined Maine Businesses for Sustainability, a network of Maine businesses expanding their bottom line through sustainable business practice and triple bottom line values.

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Playoff action galore in Mid-Coast The past week has featured plenty of postseason action in the Mid-Coast.

Brunswick (1-15) and Morse (3-13) both fell short of the postseason.


Both Brunswick lacrosse teams enter the playoffs as the top seed in Eastern A. The girls finished 11-1 and hosted No. 8 Oxford Hills (8-4) in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. A win would send the Dragons to Saturday’s semifinals against either No. 4 Cony (9-3) or No. 5 Mt. Ararat (8-4). In Eastern B, Morse wound up second at 4-8. The Shipbuilders play at defending Class B champion Yarmouth (6-6) Saturday in the semifinals. On the boys’ side, Brunswick (12-0) hosts either fourth-ranked Cheverus (8-4) or No. 5 Messalonskee (84) in Saturday’s semifinals. Mt. Ararat (10-2) earned the second seed and had to host No. 7 Lewiston (6-6), the reigning regional champion, in Wednesday’s quarterfinals. If the Eagles advanced, they’ll welcome No. 3 Deering (7-5) or No. 6 Portland (6-6) in the semifinals. In Eastern B, Morse (6-6) earned the No. 7 seed and went to second-ranked Gardiner (11-1) in the quarterfinals. The regional finals are Wednesday of next week on the field of the highest remaining seeds. The state finals are Saturday, June 16 at Fitzpatrick Stadium. The Class B girls’ game starts at 10 a.m. The boys begin at 12:30 p.m. The Class A girls’ contest starts at 3 p.m. The Class A boys begin at 5:30 p.m.

Lacrosse Brunswick and Mt. Ararat took part in the Class A state outdoor track and field championships, while Morse vied for Class B honors last weekend. The Class A results weren’t complete at press time as the pole vault still had to be completed (it was suspended Saturday due to poor weather). Entering that final event, Brunswick’s boys were fifth with 45 points (Sanford held a 69-65 lead over Cheverus), while Mt. Ararat was tied with Bangor in 14th place with 19. The Dragons got a win from Mitchell Black in the 800 (1 minute, 57.21 seconds). Alex Nichols in the 200 (23.18 seconds) and 400 (50.27) and the 3,200 relay team (Wilder Nicholson, Jamie Ross, Benson Worthington and Black, 8:06.64) were all runners-up. The Eagles were paced by McKenzie Gary, third in the 200 (23.23). In the girls’ competition, where Edward Little clung to a 75-74 lead over Scarborough entering the pole vault, Brunswick was tied with Windham in 12th place with 22 points and Mt. Ararat had 15 points to place 15th. Both teams had a runner-up. Allison Hill was second in the 100 hurdles for the Dragons (15.75). For the Eagles, Olivia Swan was second in the high jump (5-2). In the Class B girls’ meet, Morse had 17 points to tie Erskine for 13th place. Waterville rolled to the title with 145 points. The Shipbuilders’ top finisher was Kerry Cummings, who won the racewalk in 7:36.36. Savanah SimmonsGrover finished fourth in the javelin (99-10) and fifth in the high jump (5 feet). On the boys’ side, Morse had 1 point to finish 26th. Falmouth and York tied for the top spot with 93 points. Joel Harris was seventh in the high jump (5-8). The outdoor track and field season ends with the New England championships Saturday at Thornton Academy in Saco.

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Above: Brunswick’s Bridget Horan takes the baton in the girls’ 400 relay Saturday. The Dragons finished sixth. Left: Mt. Ararat’s McKenzie Gary takes part in the 100 at Saturday’s Class A state championship meet. Gary placed sixth.

The Western B Final is Wednesday of next week at 7 p.m. at St. Joseph’s College in Standish. The Class B state final is Saturday, June 16 at Mansfield Stadium in Bangor. Game time is 11 a.m. Brunswick (3-13) and Mt. Ararat (4-12) both missed the Eastern A playoffs.

Softball Mt. Ararat is the lone local softball team to qualify. The Eagles earned the No. 9 seed in Eastern A with a 7-9 record and went to No. 8 Hampden Academy (8-8) in a preliminary round game Tuesday. If victorious, Mt. Ararat would play at top-ranked Cony (160) in Thursday’s quarterfinals. the Eastern A Final at press time. The Dragons improved to 14-0 with 5-0 quarterfinal round victory over Messalonskee and a 4-1 semifinal win over Mt. Ararat. Brunswick faced perennial power Lewiston in the regional final. The Dragons twice beat the Blue Devils by 4-1 scores in the regular season. If victorious, Brunswick would meet McAuley or Portland in the Class A Final Saturday at 1 p.m. at Colby College in Waterville. Mt. Ararat, seeded fifth, had beaten No. 4 Brewer, 4-1, before losing to Brunswick to end up 7-7. Morse missed the playoffs at 3-9. On the boys’ side, Morse earned the No. 5 seed in Western B, but lost, 3-2, to No. 4 Maranacook in the

quarterfinals. The Shipbuilders finished the season 7-6. Brunswick earned the No. 4 seed in Eastern A, but dropped a 3-2 decision to fifth-ranked Messalonskee in the quarterfinals to finish the year 9-4. Mt. Ararat missed the postseason at 2-10.

Baseball Morse’s baseball team is the No. 3 seed for the Western B baseball playoffs and was scheduled to host a quarterfinal round game Thursday (weather and field conditions permitting). The Shipbuilders were due to host No. 6 GrayNew Gloucester (10-6) or No. 11 Fryeburg (8-8). Morse hoped to advance to Saturday’s semifinal round, which would likely mean a trip to secondranked Falmouth.

Roundup Polar Bears basketball camp registration open The 26th annual Polar Bear boys’ basketball camp will be held June 25-29 at Bowdoin College. There’s a half-day camp for boys entering grades 3-4 and a full-day camp for boys entering grades 5-12. FMI, information/camps/files/mbbcamp.pdf.

Freeport coaching openings Freeport High School is seeking girls’ varsity and JV

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

Mid Coast Auditions/Calls for Art Arts are Elementary is looking for artists to submit artwork to the Brunswick 10x10 Benefit Art Exhibit and Sale, for more information on submission requirements visit Spindleworks is looking for entries for “tiny” to be exhibited at Whatnot Gallery, 7 Lincoln St., Brunswick. Contact Liz McGhee for specific information on size requirements or other questions, 725-8820 or emcghee@iaofmaine. org.

Friday 6/8 “Once on This Island” auditions, 4-6 p.m., open to children entering grades 5-9, show runs Aug. 16-19, Mid Coast Performing Arts Center, 4 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-7120.

Thursday 6/14 Coastal Youth Orchestra Auditions, 5 p.m., Mt. Ararat High School, 73 Eagles Way, Topsham, call 729-5156 for an appointment.

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Galleries “Back to the Garden,” runs through June 30, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499. Martha Groome “New Paintings,” runs through June 23, ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 725-8157. “The Somali Immigrant Experience in Maine,” runs through June 30, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242.

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from page 1 in the first place, calling it a “fiasco.” “The Town Council made a huge mistake in getting that building so long ago, and spending all that money,” she said. “... I have sold properties at very low figures just to get rid of them. And I know that somebody would pay $200,000 ... to buy it and put it back on the tax rolls.” While she didn’t defend the decision to acquire the building, Councilor Suzan Wilson said it is time for critics of the decision to think about solutions, rather than blame. She asked for “a little bit of forbearance and charity” from the public. “Hardly anyone who’s sitting on the council today was here when that decision was made,” Wilson said. “To me, there has to be some end of time when you punish successive versions of the Town Council for a decision that you do not agree with ... . Those sitting here today are trying our best to make some disposition of this issue. ... The endless punishment and barrage of punishment on people who were not part of the decision does seem to be counterproductive and makes people defensive about even trying to make a decision.” Brown said he would prefer to sell the property, but with $50,000 a year in maintenance costs, it is time to consider demolition. The building has been listed for sale since the fall of 2010. Brown noted that discussions with Southern Maine Community College, and with an individual associated with SMCC, failed to produce a sale. Talks

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The former Times Record building, 6 Industry Road, Brunswick, may be demolished after failed attempts by the town to sell the building.

with other interested parties, including the School Department, also stalled after they began just over a year ago. The council voted 8-1 to approve the solicitation of bids to demolish the building. Councilor John Perrault cast the opposing vote. Chairwoman Joanne King said the vote does not necessarily mean the building will be torn down. “We can entertain quotes and decide not to tear the building down,” King said . A combination of council appropriations and rent payments from former building tenants have resulted in a fund of $490,000, which can be drawn upon for demolition, Brown said. That fund has also been used to pay for the heating and maintenance of the building. “At some point we’re going to run out of Times Record fund money and start having to put additional tax money into the care and feeding of the Times Record building,” Councilor Benet Pols said. If the council acts now to demolish

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the building, Brown said, there will be leftover cash in the fund. “At that time, there will be a recommendation to the council to close the account out, and what to do with the excess funds,” he said. Councilor Ben Tucker asked whether Brunswick Publishing, owner of the Times Record, has paid its overdue taxes, which totaled more than $250,000 in March. “June 1 was the date I heard (there

would be a resolution),” Tucker said. “I’ve had recent communication with the publisher,” Brown responded. “I’m expecting that that will come to conclusion within the next several days.” Councilor Sarah Brayman asked whether local companies would have a chance to bid on the demolition. “There are capable demolition companies, construction companies in the Brunswick area. I would expect that we would look to get proposals from them,” Brown replied. He said he expected a combination of advertising and direct solicitation to generate between six and 10 proposals. The building is being used to store the town’s archived files, Recreation Department equipment, and Police Department evidence. Brown said that the materials could be transferred to the field house at Brunswick Landing. Matt Hongoltz-Hetling can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or Follow him on Twitter: @hh_matt.


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provide the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency with sufficient information to judge the safety of a chemical. Manufacturers would have to create and submit a “minimum data set” for every chemical they provide. The act would also prioritize chemicals according to risk; require quick action to address those chemicals causing the highest risk; ensure that all chemicals on the market meet a safety threshold; allow for open access to reliable information on chemicals, and promote the development and innovation of safe chemical alternatives. Tracy Gregoire of Topsham, another of the bus-riding group, coordinates the Maine Healthy Children’s Project, which

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Further reading More information on the Safe Chemicals Act and related issues is available on these websites: • Alliance for a Clean and Heathy Maine: • Greenfaith: • Environmental Working Group: was formed in 2003 to address the links between learning disabilities and toxic chemicals in the environment. “We focus on educating families about toxic chemicals in products, in the home and in the workplace,” she said last week. Gregoire called the trip “incredible,” adding that “I would hop on a bus and do it all over again. ... It was an amazing group of women that were really engaged and passionate about this issue.” Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@ Follow him on Twitter: @learics. fresh • cool • maine modern

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Moth from page 1 The small brown moth, which has a wingspan of a little more than an inch, can ravage apple trees, blueberry bushes, and hardwoods, all of which adds up to bad news for the state’s agriculture, forestry, and tourism industries. Connie Sweetser owns an apple orchard that is uncomfortably close to the infested acreage – 400 acres of real estate spanning hundreds of private properties, including a chunk of Harpswell Neck and a section of Orr’s Island. Sweetser’s Apple Barrel and Orchards, in Cumberland Center, is 35 miles away by car, but only 10 miles as the crow flies. She said she was aware of the winter moths, but she’s waiting to hear from the state before deciding what to do. “We’ll see what they have to say,” she said. Charlene Donahue, a Maine Forest Service entomologist in the Maine Department of Conservation, documented the winter moth infestation after hearing from a con-

cerned property owner late last year. “She said there were just clouds of them,” Donahue said. Winter moths spend November and December as moths; their eggs hatch into hungry caterpillars in the springtime, and that’s when the voracious pests do their damage, chewing their way through so many leaves and buds that the host tree can die. One of the great mysteries surrounding the winter moth involves its closely related cousin, the native bruce spanworm. Scientists have such a difficult time differentiating between the two species that, in order to positively identify the winter moth population in Harpswell, Donahue had to collect specimens and have them sent to the University of Massachusetts for DNA testing. Therein lies the mystery: Why is it that the native spanworm is held in check by natural predators, while the virtually identical winter moth runs amok? Both species are preyed upon by many natural predators. Moths and caterpillars are beset by a wide variety of birds. In between, as pupa, they are eaten in large numbers



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by oil beetles, ground beetles, moles and mice. In addition, they are a favorite host for parasitic wasps, which lay their eggs in the caterpillar, setting the stage for the young maggots to eat the caterpillar from the inside out. But for some unknown reason, bruce spanworms rarely get out of hand, while winter moths frequently proliferate to the extent that they destroy large numbers of oak, elm, maple, ash, and crabapple trees. Donahue is studying the problem in the hope that she can unlock the difference. She is working with residents in the unorganized township T2 R8 NWP, near Lincoln, which has seen high numbers of bruce spanworms this year. If she identifies the spanworm’s hidden weak spot, it could give conservation officials in Maine and Massachusetts, which is overrun with the winter moth, a clue as to how to defeat the pest. No one knows for sure how the winter moth made its way to Maine. The caterpil-

lar typically disperse by a process called ballooning, which sees them spinning strands of silk that pick up the wind and carry them away. It’s an effective method of travel, but Donahue said that it’s not likely to have carried them the hundreds of miles from Massachusetts to Harpswell. Instead, she said, the culprit is likely another species, a large primate that is known to summer in Maine before heading south for warmer climes in the winter. Humans. “The way they get around the most is in landscape plants and in moving trees,” said Donahue. “You’re moving the pupa with the plants in the soil. If people don’t move landscape plants around, they won’t get infested.” She said she suspects that several years ago, a few pesky winter moth pupa or caterpillars hitched a ride into Maine on a plant carried by a seasonal homeowner. Those few invasive pioneers needed time and luck to survive and breed, but

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DOG TRAINING for the best results in the shortest time have your dog train one-on-one with a professional certified dog trainer. First your dog trained; then you. Training time averages 7-9 days and three one hour follow up lessons are included. Your dog will play and train in parks as well as downtown Freeport. Both hand and voice commands will be taught, find out just how good your dog can be. Goals and cost will be determined after an individualized obligation free evaluation. Call Canine Training of Southern Maine and speak with David Manson, certified dog trainer, for more details. 8294395.

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ABSOLUTE BEST PRICES PAID FOR MOST ANYTHING OLD.CUMBERLAND ANTIQUES Celebrating 28 years of Trusted Customer Service. Buying, Glass, China, Furniture, Jewelry, Silver, Coins, Watches, Toys, Dolls, Puzzles, Buttons, Sewing Tools, Linens, Quilts, Rugs, Trunks, Books, Magazines, Postcards, Old Photos, Paintings, Prints & Frames, Stereos, Records, Radios, Military Guns, Fishing Tackle, & Most Anything Old. Free Verbal Appraisals. Call 838-0790.

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Purchasing paintings, clocks, watches, nautical items, sporting memorabilia, early paper (all types), vintage toys, games, trains, political & military items, oriental porcelain, glass, china, pottery, jugs, crocks, tin, brass, copper, pewter, silver, gold, coins, jewelry, old oriental rugs, iron and wood architectural pieces, old tools, violins, enamel and wooden signs, vintage auto and boat items, duck decoys & more. Courteous, prompt service. Call Steve at Centervale Farm Antiques (207) 730-2261

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Attn Harried Small Business Owner: The Office Whisperer is the solution you’re looking for. Admin, bookkeeping, office organization, writing, and social media support only when you need it for a reasonable rate. 20+ years experience, internet-savvy small biz support expert who knows what customer service means. Contact Carol. or 207847-3349. (Serving greater Portland area.)

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Let Nasty Neat Cleaning rescue you from the nightmare of clutter, dust, dirt, and mess. You’ll wonder how you ever made it without us! Call today for a free estimate!

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Intimacy, Men and Women Support Group. Helping People with the Practice of Intimacy. Openings for Men. Weekly, Sliding Fee. Call Stephen at 773-9724, #3.

FOR HOME/OFFICE, NEW Construction, Real Estate Closings etc. the clean you need is “Dream Clean” the clean you`ve always dreamed of with 15 years of expert service. Fully Insured. For rates & references call Leslie 8072331.

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Early Bird Day Care Cumberland day care has an opening starting in July and Sept. for a child 12 months-5 years old. Meals and snacks provided. Kindergarten readiness program included in daily routine. Reasonable rates but more important a fun, home-like atmosphere where children thrive. Come join our family! Hours 7am-5:30 pm 829-4563

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DICKEY’S BARBECUE PIT Texas style barbecue has arrived in Maine! We offer a variety of mouth-watering meats, from Texas style beef brisket to ribs that fall off the bone, as well as a full chicken menu and all the sides. Conveniently located in the Maine Mall Food Court. We also are a great destination for birthday parties! Free ice cream and pickles for every customer. Kids eat free every Sunday! Catering: we deliver, setup, serve and clean up. Present this ad and receive 5% off your next catering order.

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Premiere Homekeeping Service is actively seeking people who enjoy making homes sparkle! We’re looking for people who have an eye for detail and take pride in their work. You must also be dependable and enthusiastic,and be responsive to customers. We currently need homekeepers for Portland, Falmouth,Yarmouth and Cumberland. We offer full-time hours,and excellent compensation and working conditions. Plus ,we work for the nicest people in Maine!

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Home Instead Senior Care, the world’s leading provider of nonmedical homecare for seniors, is looking for a few select CAREGiversSM for clients around Cumberland County. If you are honest, reliable, professional, flexible, caring, and a creative thinker, you might just fill the bill! We set the industry standard in professional training, competitive wages, limited benefits, and 24/7 CAREGiver support. Our CAREGivers tell us this is the best job they’ve ever had.

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from page 1 people value in the community,” he said. “The other thing – obviously the No. 1 obstacle to any project like this – is funding. I thought ‘this is one more possible way to shake the bushes.’” Tom Rumpf is a former Freeport town councilor and a patron of the Eveningstar. He said he and his wife go about once a month to see the latest offering; last week, at a showing of “The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel,” they bumped into a couple of friends and they all met up for dinner afterward. Experiences like that are important, both from a community-building perspective, and from an economic development perspective, Rumpf said. He said the theater is important for a vital downtown in Brunswick. “In Freeport, there was a big move to get a theater because shoppers wanted something else to do than shop,” Rumpf said. “That was one of the key strategies they had. We already have that here in Brunswick. I would hate to see it lost.” Like many movie heroes, Norman is a fish out of water, struggling to succeed against imposing obstacles. He said he has been talking to banks and venture capitalists in an effort to find an investment partner, which isn’t exactly his strong suit.


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“I’ve never done this before, so I’m learning as I go,” he said. There also aren’t many precedents to give the financial world a good idea of what to expect from a project like this. “This doesn’t happen a lot,” he said. That makes projecting revenues difficult, which in turn means that the picture of the payback period can be a little out of focus. Norman said he is more likely to attract investors who are interested in doing something good, both for the independent film scene and for the town. “Anyone who gets involved with the movie theater is going to do so because




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they realize it’s a tremendous asset to the community,” he said. The community appeal of a theater is one of the reasons that JHR Development, which owns Brunswick Station, supports the deal, project manager Mike Lyne said. “We love the use,” he said. “A cinema or a theater complex at one point was really looked at in the initial planning of this project.” While the land is permitted for condominiums, Lyne said there are no active plans to build them, in part because of the sluggish housing economy. While it’s not time to roll the end credits on Eveningstar just yet, there is a limited window of opportunity to make the project happen. If the new venture doesn’t get off the ground, the current theater is likely to fail – in part because Norman’s current projector is for traditional 35mm film. Distributors are moving quickly to the digital format, which requires pricey digital projectors. The prices are coming down, but not quickly enough to put them within reach of Norman and many other independent theater operators across the country. “A few months ago, it was $70,000. Now I hear it’s as low as $59,000,”


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take landscaping plants or firewood out of town, which could inadvertently spread the problem to other parts of Maine. The problem took years to develop, and Donahue said that it will take years to fix. “Life is not a microwave,” she said. The current plan is to release hundreds of parasitic flies, known as cyzenis albicans, into the environment, in the hope that they

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second and third trucks are busy with their patients. Without the capability of a third ambulance, a person suffering from a heart attack could be waiting for an ambulance to come from another town. This will drastically increase the response time.” Councilor Kyle Rogers made the motion to add the vehicle back into the budget. Restoring the ambulance added $18,500 to the spending plan. That includes $4,500 for maintenance, $3,000 for premium pay, $1,000 for overtime pay and a $10,000 loss in budgeted revenue from the vehicle not being sold. Having heard concerns from residents of the Pine Hill Condominiums about ongo-

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