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News of Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell

Topsham considers beefing up property maintenance standards By Alex Lear

Elizabeth Clemente / The Forecaster

Brunswick’s Central Fire Station is in a 99-year-old building at Town Hall Place. Town councilors are contemplating a $13 million plan for a new station on Pleasant Street, which could ultimately cost the town $15 million with land acquisition costs.

Designer defends proposal for Brunswick fire station

By Elizabeth Clemente

BRUNSWICK — The architect who drafted the plan for a proposed $13 million Central Fire Station detailed Monday night how it will better protect firefighters and provide more

space to house first-responders. After discussing a report from the Fire Station Task Force on Sept. 4 about the proposed replacement for Central Fire Station, councilors heard more about the project from architect

Bob Mitchell of New Yorkbased Mitchell Associates. Brunswick has estimated the cost of the project would be about $9 million. With land Fire station, Page 21

TOPSHAM — The town is considering development of an expanded property maintenance code. Under the code, vacant buildings in particular would likely be scrutinized for possible safety hazards and eyesores to neighbors. But members of the Board of Selectmen were hesitant Sept. 6 to extend authority to issues such as unmowed lawns and chipping paint. Complaints about vacant buildings in nearby Bath led that City Council in August to enact a stricter ordinance governing empty residential and commercial structures, requiring them to be safe and structurally sound. Owners of buildings either vacant or about to become so would have to provide the codes enforcement officer with the contact information of a person to reach should problems with the property arise. The action spurred Topsham Selectman Ruth Lyons to ask her board to discuss the potential adoption and implementation of a property use code. Lyons would like to address cer-

tain buildings, but not place too much of a burden on property owners or those who have limited financial resources, according to Town Manager Rich Roedner. Concerns about property maintenance have included grass height, broken fences and other aesthetics, but the town has not explored more restrictive rules governing such matters, Roedner said in an Aug. 21 Board of Selectmen memo. He said he is aware of at least three buildings that have sparked complaints, but there could be more. The board took no action last week, but instructed staff to examine building codes and state statutes to clarify what authority the town already has to take action on abandoned buildings. “What authorities do we already have, to address some of the needs that have been identified to us, and beyond that, are there other things that we’d want to tackle?” Roedner said Monday. The town could look beyond vacant buildings to address occupied structures that are falling apart and are unsafe, he added. The town relies largely on TiTopsham, Page 22

Aid sought for residents displaced by Bath apartment fire By Alex Lear

BATH — The Salvation Army is seeking donations for nine residents who were displaced by a Sept. 2 fire in a 40-unit apartment building. The 10:15 a.m. fire at Seacliff Elderly-Disabled at 47 Floral St.

started in a first-floor apartment on the building’s south wing, according to Debora Keller, executive director of Bath Housing, which owns the property. The residents were evacuated by Bath firefighters, and the Maine State Fire Marshal’s Office has

deemed the cause undetermined since it could have sparked from smoking – which is prohibited in the building – or overloaded electrical circuits in the apartment’s living area. Fire, smoke and water damage Aid, Page 26

A Sept. 2 fire at Seacliff ElderlyDisabled apartment complex in Bath has displaced nine residents. Donations are sought for personal belongings damaged in the blaze. Contributed

INSIDE Index Arts Calendar.............. 19 Classifieds................... 24 Community Calendar.. 18

Meetings..................... 18 Opinion......................... 8 People & Business...... 17

Police Beat.................. 13 Real Estate.................. 27 Sports......................... 15

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Brunswick flight club helps open the skies Page 2

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Brunswick flight club helps open the skies By Elizabeth Clemente

BRUNSWICK — David Keen still has a model airplane sitting in his office that he built when he was 10 years old. Keen is owner of American Classic Aviation and president of American Classic Flying Club, a group launched in March and based out of Brunswick Executive Airport (BMX). He said his goal with the club “is to promote aviation and make a difference in aviation safety,” as well as build a community of local people with an interest in flying. According to him, the group has 15 members and approximately four more are in the process of signing up. It comprises “a whole mix” of people, with members ranging in age from 16 to their late 70s. For Keen, it was his father who got him interested in flying. Before he was tall enough to see over a plane’s dashboard, he was going out on flying excursions with his dad. He keeps his first model plane as a symbol of where he began. “My Dad flew – I started flying before I can remember,” he said. “I keep that as a reminder that that’s what started my interest in aviation.” Membership in American Classic Flying Club allows people to use Keen’s two small planes “for personal use and enjoyment” for an initial fee of $1,200 and membership dues of $100 per month.

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David Keen, left, president of American Classic Flying Club, and flight instructor John Favreau at Brunswick Executive Airport, where the flying club operates.

They are able to use the aircraft for $120 an hour, including fuel. The membership also covers the cost of insurance. The club is launching its own ground school soon for pilots looking to get their private pilot’s license. The course will take place Wednesdays from 6-7:30 p.m. for 10 weeks. On the second Tuesday of each month,

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Keen holds safety meetings for members in a classroom at Brunswick Landing. He said the meetings are an opportunity for the group to sit down, watch safety videos and discuss “fun things” and sometimes “things that happen that aren’t so fun” while flying. “(The meetings give) a sense of awareness and help improve our decision-mak-

ing so that we make the right decisions that keep us safe,” he said. Keen’s airplanes are stored in a heated hangar at BMX, which allows club members to fly year-round. He said the club began with one airplane, which he purchased “just to provide for people ... something fairly inexpensive to fly.” The connection forged between members is also important to him – he offers what he calls “an associate membership” for pilots who own their own planes but want to be part of his organization just for the camaraderie. Two certified flight instructors will teach ground school, including John Favreau. “Ground school just helps you get that basis of understanding not just to pass the test but to understand what flying’s all about,” he said. In order to receive a private pilot license, Favreau said, one must pass a written exam and complete a minimum of 40 hours of flight time, though the average is 60. Keen said the club’s ground school is designed to help a range of people – including those that know “nothing about airplanes” – pass the Federal Aviation Administration exam. However, many of American Classic Flying Club’s members have gotten their certification in the past and are just rusty. He also said there’s “always a need for Club, Page 26

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Brunswick board: Limit pot businesses to industrial area By Elizabeth Clemente

BRUNSWICK — The Planning Board narrowly passed a recommendation Sept. 11 that would allow marijuana-related facilities only in the town’s industrial district. Several local proprietors of medical marijuana operations spoke against the recommendation by the Marijuana Policy Working Group during the three-hour meeting. The measure passed 4-3, with Chairman Charlie Frizzle, Gary Ballerini, Bill Dana and M. Kelly Matzen in favor and Rob Burgess, Jane Arbuckle and Sande Updegraph opposed. The measure will now go before the Town Council, which will decide the issue; a public hearing will be held before a council vote. The group recommends all five uses – cultivation, medical marijuana storefronts, product manufacturing, and testing – be allowed only within the Growth Industrial District, with a minimum 500foot setback from schools and all uses conducted indoors. The district includes part of Brunswick Landing southeast of the airport. Other industrial zones are on the west side of town off Church Road just south of the railroad tracks, known as “industrial parkway,” according to Matt Panfil, director of planning and development, as well as the east side of town on Bath Road, just north of Route 1. The recommendation comes as the town’s third and final 180-day morato-

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Town Manager John Eldridge opened the Sept. 11 meeting of the Brunswick Planning Board, where a recommendation to be sent to councilors on marijuana zoning was approved.

rium on retail and medical marijuana facilities is set to expire in November. State law allows municipalities to zone the uses of certain types of facilities, and also allows towns to license those facilities. Town Manager John Eldridge said both the zoning and licensing will ultimately rest with the town, but because of delays by the Legislature in creating licensing

rules, the town was “pretty much handicapped” when it came to licensing. Because of the two components involved, he said town staff felt it was important to have a task force – made up of people from the Planning Department, the School Department, health officials, town councilors and citizens – to look at both simultaneously. Eldridge said the most significant

change in state law in the two years since passage of a statewide referendum to allow recreational use of marijuana, is that towns now need to “opt in” to allow commercial sales. “If you do nothing, you’re a ‘dry town,’ for a lack of a better description, so that’s a major change,” he said. Debora King, executive director of the Brunswick Downtown Association, spoke out against any facilities being allowed in the downtown area. “We don’t want to give anyone an excuse not to come downtown,” she said. More than one resident, however, spoke in favor of facilities being allowed outside the industrial zone, especially medical marijuana stores. Resident George Anderson, who said he represents cannabis dispensary Modern Horticulture, said people like him should “be allowed to advertise” their industry. Melissa Roberts, owner of Stone Coast Cannabis, a medical marijuana facility on Bath Road, said she has driven through areas identified as the Growth Industrial District, but “didn’t see anything resembling available real estate.” Jason Smith, a medical marijuana caregiver, said it is the “little guys” who cannot afford high real estate costs that will be affected by being limited to the industrial zone. “In the industrial park, it doesn’t make a lot of sense to put a retail establishBrunswick, Page 26

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Harpswell looks for legal fees, boat launch costs By Elizabeth Clemente

HARPSWELL — Voters will decide two referendum questions Nov. 6 regarding legal fees and improvements at a local boat launch. The first question will be to appropriate $25,000 from the unassigned fund balance to make improvements to the Pott’s Point boat launch and town parking area. The second will see if the town will allocate $30,000 from unassigned funds to the contingency reserve account “for certain 2018 expenditures, including legal fees.” When asked Sept. 11 if the Mitchell Field water tower lawsuit prompted the second question, Town Administrator Kristi Eiane said via email that legal fees and “possibly” road maintenance costs “are a primary concern” for the town this year. She added the town has a $16,000 con-

tingency reserve, but that amount “may not be enough to cover unanticipated expenses in both of those areas.” Treasurer Marguerite Kelly said Sept. 12 that the town spent $20,554 on water tower litigation through the end of July, which is the last period for which it was billed. The town’s total budget for the year for legal costs is $50,000, and through the end of July it spent $35,313, according to Kelly. Costs related to Mitchell Field totaled $3,080, and general expenses were $6,674. Legal input for a violation of land use ordinances also cost the town $3,112. Kelly affirmed the total legal expenses are higher than what the town has typically spent on legal bills by this point in the year in the past, and was a consideration for the question. The funds will be used for costs “that may exceed appropriated amounts due to

special or unforeseen circumstances,” according to the ballot, and that any unused money will remain in the contingency reserve account. When discussing the question on legal fees at the Board of Selectmen’s Sept. 6 meeting, Eiane said, “We’re just concerned given some of the other budget things that are going on, legal expenses, that we need to boost the contingency reserve account. Obviously we won’t spend it unless we need to spend it and then it just gets carried over and stays in that contingency reserve.”

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The $25,000 proposed for the Pott’s Point boat launch is in addition to $25,000 in previously approved funds from the Land Acquisition and Town Property Improvement Fund. Half of the project’s cost will also be covered by a Small Harbor Improvement Grant from the Maine Department of Transportation. Sawyer said via email Sept. 11 that the boat ramp at Potts Point is too low, causing it to get buried in the sand and rendering it “unusable.” She said the design for the project calls “for leaving the existing ramp in place but building a newer and higher ramp over it with the concrete boat ramps.” A contractor for the program has not been chosen, but if it is approved by the

voters in November it will go out to bid. The other piece of the project involves adding gravel to the parking area near the wharf. Selectmen recommended the project be placed on the November ballot at their Aug. 23 meeting. Sawyer said that evening the state wants the boat ramp completed before the parking, and the town “does not have enough funding.” The total cost of the Pott’s Point project is about $100,000. At the same meeting, Chairman Rick Daniel asked when the work would begin if the project is approved in November. Sawyer said she will ask the contractor if the work can be done in the winter, and if so, “it’s going to be weather-dependent at that point, but if it’s able to be done, then we want it done as soon as possible, certainly before May, before the (boating) season starts.” Eiane said Sept. 6 that because both questions technically are special Town Meeting warrant articles requiring secret ballots, they require a public hearing. The town will post a public notice of the hearing when it is scheduled. She also said the warrant will need to be revised at the selectmen’s next meeting to “make it clear” the referendum questions will be voted on by secret Harpswell, Page 27

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2 Bath candidates square off again in House District 52 By Alex Lear

BATH — To secure a fourth and final term representing House District 52 in Augusta, Rep. Jennifer DeChant, D-Bath, must fend off a second challenge from Republican Bil Weidner. Weidner, of Washington Street, is a U.S. Navy veteran who served on a destroyer built in Bath. He is a member of VFW Post 7738, and on the executive board of American Legion

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Post No. 21. Owner of Mr. Bil Handyman Service, Weidner has also worked in medical sales with Five Star Surgical. His 2016 race against DeChant was his first campaign for an elected political office. DeChant became executive director of the Chocolate Church Arts Center in 2013, following time as public relations manager for Sea Bags, a manufacturing company in Portland. DeChant was also chairwoman of the Sagadahoc County Democrats from 2000-04 and has served as treasurer of the Maine Democratic Party. She was a member of the Democratic National Committee from 2004-08 and one of Maine’s eight Democratic superdelegates in 2008. DeChant has also served on the board of Elmhurst, an organization that supports people with disabilities, and as a member of the Cosmopolitan Club and the Bath Parks and Recreation Commission. DeChant is a Clean Elections candidate and had raised nearly $6,000 toward her campaign as of Sept. 6, according to the Maine Ethics Commission. Weidner had raised no funds, the commission reported. He said he has chosen not to accept funding, and has directed donors to the Bath Republican Committee. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 6.

Divisiveness

Both candidates spoke to the need to curb the divisiveness among Democrats and Republicans that has plagued Augusta in recent years. DeChant has witnessed partisanship become more divisive during her latest term, “which is evidenced by the government shutdown, which is evidenced by this elongated (current) session” due to a failure to negotiate, “which is another example of the breakdown of the cooperation,” she explained. She said has been able to work one-on-

one with Republicans on bills in which she has been involved. But when work occurs collectively between the caucuses, divisions are still evident, DeChant added. With the next biennial budget coming up for discussion in 2019, polarization between parties is a concern for Weidner. “I think that’s only gotten worse ... it’s like a fiasco between legislators up there, all representing their special interests,” he said. “... There needs to be some moderation involved in discussing the budget.” “Reaching across the aisle and finding some people that I can work with is going to be key,” as well as pushing back

against extreme rhetoric in both major parties, Weidner added.

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Rising taxes and affordable housing for the elderly are important issues in Bath and throughout Maine for Weidner. “We are an aging state, and more and more we have people who are relying on Social Security and their small fixed income to find a place that’s decent ... to live,” he said. “There should be a lot of planning being done, so this all doesn’t hit us at once eventually.” DeChant has been busy in Augusta the past two years with issues close to home. She sponsored a controversial $45 House District 52, Page 27

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Brunswick voters to weigh regional school service center By Elizabeth Clemente

BRUNSWICK — Voters on Nov. 6 will decide whether the School Department should join a regional service center with nine other districts. Three seats on the Town Council and three on the School Board will also be on the ballot. The town’s only referendum question will ask residents if they “favor a plan”

to join the Greater Sebago Alliance Regional Service Center. The center includes public schools in Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough, Gorham, School Administrative District 6 (Buxton, Hollis, Standish, Limington, Frye Island), Regional School Unit 14 (Windham, Raymond) and School Administrative District 15 (Gray, New

Gloucester). It was approved by the state Department of Education in May – one of 12 regional services centers approved by Education Commissioner Robert G. Hasson Jr. as part of the department’s EMBRACE Regionalization Initiative. At the Aug. 20 meeting of the Town Council, Assistant Superintendent Pender Makin said joining the initiative would allow Brunswick to save money by jointly purchasing food with the other

districts and joining forces for recruiting and training substitute teachers and staff teachers. It would also result in additional state subsidies for Brunswick schools – roughly $38,000 for fiscal year 2019. The DOE has promised to more than double the incentive the following year. It will cost the district $1,000 per year to be a member. The School Board unanimously voted to join the center in May, the same month the center was approved by the DOE. Because Brunswick is a municipal district, state statute requires the question be put to voters.

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The deadline was Friday, Sept. 7, for candidtes to submit nomination papers for District 3, District 4 and at-large seats on the Town Council and School Board. The at-large seat on Town Council will be Brunswick’s only contested race, with Sande Updegraph and Dan Ankeles vying to replace Councilor Alison Harris. Council Chairman John Perrault is running unopposed for re-election in District 4, and Daniel Jenkins is the only candidate running for the District 3 seat being vacated by Councilor Suzan Wilson. On the School Board ballot, two members will be running unopposed for re-election: Chairwoman Joy Prescott for her at-large seat, and Teresa Gillis in District 3. Celina Harrison is the only candidate running for the District 4 seat being vacated by Corinne Perrault. Voting on Election Day will be from 7 a.m.-8 p.m. at Brunswick Junior High, School 65 Columbia Ave. Absentee ballots will be available Monday, Oct. 8, but according to Town Clerk Fran Smith, residents can now request absentee ballots and Smith’s office will mail them when they are available. Absentee ballots can be obtained at the town clerk’s office in Brunswick Town Hall or by calling the clerk’s office to request a ballot. Residents can also complete or have an immediate family member complete an absentee application, request an absentee ballot online, or give written permission for an unrelated third person to obtain the ballot. Applications can be mailed, faxed or delivered in person to the town clerk’s office. Town Hall hours and other information about voting are available on the town website. Elizabeth Clemente can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or eclemente@theforecaster.net. Follow Elizabeth on Twitter @epclemente.


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Bath firefighter on paid leave after OUI charge By Alex Lear

BATH — The city has placed one of its firefighters on indefinite leave after he was arrested Sept. 6 on a charge of drunken driving. James Perry, 56, of 1542 Washington St., was among officers who responded to 1495 Washington St. to search for a miss- Perry ing swimmer. Deputy Chief Bob Savary said some officers who interacted with Perry said they detected signs he was impaired. After further investigation, Officer

John Dietlin arrested Perry on a charge of operating under the influence. Although he has been employed by the city since 2006, Perry was not working as a city firefighter/paramedic, but for Mid Coast Hospital, using its “Fly Car.” The car was parked at Perry’s home, less than half a mile from the site of the call. The missing person was found later that day. Perry was released on personal recognizance bail set by Bail Commissioner David Beauregard, and has a court date of Nov. 6. Savary said Wednesday that he is not aware of Perry having any prior convictions.

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SOUTH PORTLAND — Three World War II-era bombers and one fighter plane will visit the Portland International Jetport next week. The B-17, B-24, B-25, P-51 are part of the Collins Foundation “Wings of Freedom” tour, and will be on exhibit and offering 30-minute flights. The planes will be on view and open for visits at the Jetport’s north ramp at 1052 Westbrook St. Tour hours are 2-4:30 p.m. Sept. 19; 9:30 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Sept. 20; and 9:30 a.m.-noon Sept. 21. Admission is $15 for adults and $5 children under 12. Flight rates are $400 per person for the B-25, $450 for the B-17 and B-24, and $2,200 or $3,200 for 30 or 60 minutes in the P-51. Fore more information and to reserve

Educate Maine gets national award PORTLAND — The work of Educate Maine is being recognized nationally for bringing the state’s educators and business leaders together to ensure Maine has a well-educated and qualified workforce. Educate Maine is this year’s recipient of the Friend of Education, which is awarded by the National Association of State Boards of Education. The award is designed to honor “an individual or organization whose contributions to education are significant and enduring,” according to an association press release. Since it was founded in 2011, “Educate Maine has established itself as a prominent and respected advocate for education and the economy,” the association said.

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The United States is a nation of immigrants. The majority of us welcome them, because we understand they are us. According to a June Gallup poll, 57 percent of Americans oppose Trump’s wall, 83 percent favor a path to citizenship for Dreamers, and 84 percent believe immigration is a good thing for the country. So why are we letting a minoriThe Universal ty of Trump supporters make our country look for all the world like a land of xenophobic racists and narrow-minded bigots? In an attempt to understand how anyone could see greatness in such a petty man, I read a lot about Trump supporters. One of the best explanations I have found for their support of such an obviously corrupt man is a recent article by Peter Beinart on theatlantic. com. In “Why Trump Supporters Believe He is Not Corrupt,” Beinart argues that Trump supporters Edgar Allen Beem can forgive his whoring and hush money because Trump is “upholding traditional gender and class hierarchies.” “Since time immemorial, powerful men have been cheating on their wives and using their power to evade the consequences,” Beinart writes. Trump people are primarily motivated by fear – fear of minorities, fear of immigrants, fear of crime, fear of poverty. So when an immigrant commits a horrendous crime, they go bananas, egged on by Trump’s characterizations of Mexicans as rapists and blinded to the fact that the crime is atypical. Beinart cites the murder of Iowa college student Mollie Tibbetts by a Mexican migrant worker named Cristhian Rivera as raw meat for Trumpsters. “Throughout American history, few notions have been as sacrosanct as the belief that white women must be protected from nonwhite men,” Beinart writes. “By allegedly murdering Tibbetts, Rivera did not merely violate the law. He did something more subversive: He violated America’s traditional racial and sexual norms.” As horrific as the crime was, it should not be allowed to color one’s perception of immigrants or to misinform the immigration debate in this country, as Mollie Tibbetts’ own father said last week when he begged politicians, “do not appropriate Mollie’s soul in advancing views she believed were profoundly racist.” To begin with, Rivera had managed to pass federal screenings and was working for a Republican official. More importantly, illegal immigrants commit crimes at a much lower rate than

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native-born Americans. A study by the libertarian Cato Institute, for example, found that in 2015 Texas police arrested nearly 816,000 native-born citizens, 38,000 legal immigrants and more than 20,000 illegal immigrants. The study found that the arrest rate for illegals was 40 percent below that of natives and illegals are 47 percent less likely to commit murder. Trump folks also fear that immigrants will take their jobs and cost them a small fortune in tax dollars. Nonsense. A 2017 study of “The Economic and Fiscal Consequences of Immigration,” conducted by the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, concluded that “immigration has an overall positive impact on long-run economic growth in the U.S.” The NASEM study reported that “the presence of immigrant workers (both authorized and unauthorized) in the labor market has expanded the U.S. economy by an estimated 11 percent, representing an increase equivalent to $2 trillion of the GDP in 2016.” And to the argument that immigrant workers suppress wages, the NASEM study found that the people most impacted by any decline in wages are fellow immigrants, not white or black workers. Working hard, doing jobs no one else wants to do and keeping their noses clean to avoid attracting attention, immigrants make a hugely positive contribution to American life. And, especially in a state like Maine with its aged population, immigrants are our future. The fact that future Mainers might not be as white as they are now is what seems to scare Trump supporters, just as Catholics from Ireland and Canada once scared Maine WASPs. Given how badly white folks have messed up though, it’s probably a good thing that the future will be a little more colorful. You have to be proud of the way people in southern Maine have pushed back against the anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies of the Trump administration. People filled the streets and parks to protest Trump’s Muslim ban. Tri-lingual “No matter where you’re from, we’re glad you’re our neighbor” signs keep popping on local lawns. And the progressive city of Portland is seriously considering allowing non-citizens to vote in municipal elections, a move I support and applaud. On CNN, newscaster Don Lemon last week asked, “Do you think people, when they are in the middle of it, know they are on the wrong side of history?” What I keep wondering is, “Does Donald Trump realize he is destined to be remembered as a hate-monger as infamous as Father Coughlin, Sen. Joe McCarthy or Gov. George Wallace?” Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Brunswick. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him.

What would JFK think of today’s Democrats?

As a result of recent primary elections, crat-dominated districts. Their influence will certainly grow as the the Democratic Party’s Here’s party en masse turns more stripes have been revealed. extreme. The socialists are out. Strange as it sounds, the Loud and proud. takeover of the Democrat The Donkey party’s ulParty by its socialism-touttra-left progressive meming members couldn’t be bership rocked the vote better news for Republiin recent primaries and cans. It’s helping Amerisuccessfully nominated cans to see the Democrat ultra-left ideologues for Party for what it really the November election. is – it’s not for the little Ayanna Pressley in guy anymore, it’s for reMassachusetts and fellow moval and re-engineering Congressional hopeful Alof the country’s governing exandria Ocasio-Cortez in system. New York will join other John Balentine Because of the takeover extreme Democrat candidates as their party’s standard-bearers. of the Democrat Party by avowed soAnd, barring a miracle, these extremists cialists, the Republican Party, despite will win nomination in their Demo- Democrats’ decades-long effort to make

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us think the Grand Old Party is only an assembly of the rich and privileged, has become the only refuge for the majority of Americans who just want sanity and structure to reign over the land. Democrats stand for stuff that sounds good at first, like a supper filled with sweets sounds good to a child. But their policies ultimately leave the corporate body sick and unsatisfied. Look at any major city where liberal policies have conned a few generations into thinking the government is only there to provide them free housing, food, health care and even cell phones. That is sick thinking. At its core, the progressive agenda posited by the new Democrats simply means more money coming out of taxpayer pockets. Cortez and Pressley ran on similar pledges of universal health Balentine, Page 12

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Moody swerves to the right

For a Democrat driving through rural rights, although in 2010 he described it as a matter of personal choice. In February, Maine, last week was discouraging. he said, “As someone who Moody for Governor is personally pro-life, we signs lined the roadside, Capitol are all living under Roe one of the many signals v. Wade as federal law. that the newly minted Governors can, however, Republican and auto body make important decisions shop entrepreneur could be which fall under state law. tough to beat in November. ... I will support efforts reAnd if he wins, it’s bequiring that both the risks cause his politics have and alternatives be fully swerved from the moderate explained prior to any proideas he promoted when cedure. I support requiring he ran for governor as an 24-hour waiting periods, independent in 2010. Inand very importantly restead, he has adopted the quiring parents or a legal extreme conservatism of guardian be notified before Gov. Paul LePage, whose minor children receive an two terms of bellicose Marian McCue abortion.” obstruction have thwarted So if a 17-year-old is faced with that Maine progress. LePage’s daughter, Lauren, is Moody’s campaign spokes- awful decision, Moody says the governwoman and responds for the candidate ment will play a role. Asked why he’s running in a lengthy when reporters call him for a comment. Other LePage veterans are involved in the interview with Matt Gagnon of the rightist Maine Heritage Policy Center, Moody Moody campaign. When Moody ran for governor in 2010, criticized the state referendum process, he said he was running because LePage which he said had been hijacked by outwas from the “perimeter of the party.” of-state interests seeking to set policy in How things change. Old differences the state. But he supported an initiative fade away as Republicans unify in their effort that successfully overturned a tax quest to keep the Blaine House. In 2010, reform plan, seeing that process as an imMoody was “neither a liberal or a con- portant check on the Legislature. He also servative,” adding that “the party’s over.” is skeptical of Clean Elections funding Now he is a “lifelong conservative” on for candidates. Maine’s business leaders, construchis campaign website. Moody now vows to follow the LePage tion industry and most car dealers have line, and questions the expansion of Med- opened their wallets for Moody’s camicaid, which voters approved last year and which the governor stalled, in defiance of a court order. Last winter he said “proponents of Medicaid expansion even after all of this time, still have not shown how Maine can pay for it. Maine should focus on ensuring services are provided to those truly vulnerable Mainers, and not providing taxpayer-funded benefits to able-bodied, non-disabled adults.” And he is now eager to restrict abortion

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paign. His campaign finance reports are a list of Maine’s business leaders in the construction industry, and the sand and gravel crowd. The press has generally fawned over Moody, where the typical headline is “Moody used his hands to lift himself out of poverty,” or “Shawn Moody eyes gubernatorial race with quiet civility.” If the Democratic candidate, Attorney General Janet Mills, is to succeed in November, the party will have to unify with a strong message about health care and expansion of economic opportunity, and connect with voters in the rural 2nd Congressional District. If Moody wins that district by a decent margin, and stays even in the southern and coastal 1st District, he wins. The quixotic vanity campaigns of the two independent candidates, Alan Caron and Terry Hayes, who have no chance of winning, will likely hurt Mills’ chances. If Moody wins, it’s because he exploits

the current fashion of denigrating those who have experience in public office, by tarring them with the “career politician” brush. It is a fashion that throws experience out the door, and helped bring us the current disaster in the White House. Politicians run the gamut, from the good to the bad. We need good people stepping up for political office, and the best news leading up to the November election is that we are already seeing new faces, many of them women, step up and run for public office. In the famous words of a politician, U.S. Sen. John McCain, “A fight not joined is a fight not enjoyed.” The Republicans have shown how much they enjoy fighting, and they’re good at it. Democrats, without resorting to the personal meanness that has characterized LePage, will need to fight hard to win this one. Portland resident Marian McCue is the former editor and publisher of The Forecaster.

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We are never alone

My first love, my first hero, my I could no longer ask. But those last 86-year-old dad died nine years ago this weeks, my exhaustion sapped my curiosity. I couldn’t probe. Or wouldn’t. week. On a Tuesday, like so many days So I didn’t. But then the guilt. Did I do that summer, I drove him for a platelet enough? Did I give him all I could? Did transfusion to treat his terminal blood he know I loved him? Drained, I sat with disorder. Who could tell it would be his my four brothers and two sisters, and consoled myself, “We’re last? He spiked a fever Life here, crying together, helpduring the procedure, so I ing mom.” rushed him to the hospital, I needed to write deep where for the first time he feelings and profound couldn’t stand and surthoughts into his eulogy. rendered to a wheelchair. No words came. Though Hours later, I left him he had been sick for two sleeping and called my years, still, I questioned: cousin for comfort. How did death’s door open She said, “Hi!” and snap shut so fast? I sobbed, “I’m not ready I knew we all age, get to say goodbye to my dad.” sick and die. Yet, even “Uh-oh, this is not after dad ate mostly red good,” she said. I should’ve Jell-O, even after he slept known then. But no. and night, bargaining He had once said mom Susan Lebel Young day haunted me. I should’ve had agreed to take a long ride to Sugarloaf, “maybe in six months.” tried harder. If only I’d given him probiotics. If he’d just done PT. Pain often To her, he said, “uh-huh.” To me, he said, “Will I be here in six unwinds such control tactics, yet my blindness screamed, “What? Wait. Why?” months?” Inwardly frozen in sorrow yet outwardI asked, “Dad, are you thinking about ly bustling with details, my siblings and death? “ He said, “I just hope you all take care I called the funeral director. He told us where to be when; he’d drive. We phoned of your mother.” I prepared as best I could, but then my the priest and monsignor. They listened, brother Mike called Wednesday morning. as if holding our hands. Then, though we believed no one “We lost dad.” could know the gale winds of our stormy How do we dodge the clear signs? I had spotted him pushing away his loneliness, one neighbor brought bagels, favorite ketchup-smothered red-skinned a beloved aunt sat with us and a friend hot dogs. He once had the strength of took my wrinkled black jacket to the dry four men, yet now I saw his skinny legs cleaners. We are never alone. We open buckle and his spindly arms fail to hoist our palms to the caring around us behim from his recliner. My ears had bit cause the grip of grief needs to be shared. by bit tweaked my hearing to tone to his Life works best in connection. Death too. thinning voice. Yet the idea of his fading I still see his sparkly eyes and hear his life force did not match the reality of “we greeting, “Hey, Sue, what’s cookin’?” We lose loved ones, for sure, and we lost Dad.” His death leveled me. Trembling, I took out the crumpled remain, lifted – or maybe encircled – by notes I’d scratched because now I had past memories and the present presence to compose myself and his obituary. of others. We limp one slightly thawed Pulled and stretched by both grief and foot in front of the other. Left. Right. gratitude for him, my mind fumbled, Shaken and teary, we move. Because “Was his father’s father’s name really we must. Because human beings step up and step into our lives again and again. Eustasad?” I wished I’d known answers to what Some mystery and some kind people cradle our hearts. And we let ourselves be cradled. TH

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The 3rd time is not the charm

Throughout her long political career, Democratic standard bearer who finished Janet Mills has never been afraid to kick a distant third in the 2010 race for governor, and whose campaign never quite butt. Until she decided to run for governor. grasped that whole best-and-brightest As soon as she announced her candida- concept. The second statement is from Mills, who has yet to procy, Mills, the Democratic pose any significant changnominee and Maine’s atPolitics & es, any notable bold ideas torney general, somehow or any discernible new transformed herself from directions. a pit bull with jaws locked Michaud: “One of the onto Republican Gov. Paul things I have been able to LePage’s hind end into a do is bring people together jellyfish, one that bears so we can move forward.” a disturbing resemblance Mills: “Today, right now to the formless blobs that and once and for all, reject served as the two previous the politics of fear and diDem gubernatorial canvision and reaffirm in the didates. politics of trust and hope Consider the following and love.” quotations: Michaud never moved “Our vision is a vision forward, and Mills, whose where we all get to sucAl Diamon standard approach to conceed.” flict has always been to punch her op“I have a vision for this state.” The first quote belongs to Michael ponents in their mouths, is never going Michaud, the donkey party’s unsuccess- to convince anyone she’s suddenly been ful 2014 nominee. The second is from a transformed into a hippie. Mitchell: “The state needs to do more recent Mills email to supporters. Neither was followed up with much in the way of to promote tourism, not just along the specifics concerning whatever they were coast but inland as well. The more rural parts of Maine need to benefit.” envisioning. Michaud: “The single most important Another example: “I plan to surround myself with the thing we can do to build a strong economy is ensure that Maine children have best and the brightest.” “It’s time for change. It’s time for bold access to a quality public education.” Mills: “I believe we can build a state ideas. It’s time for a new direction.” That first one is Libby Mitchell, the that’s prosperous from Kittery to Car-

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ibou. A state where our kids can find good jobs close to home, where everyone has access to high-quality, affordable health care, where every student can get a world-class education, and where every community has high-speed internet broadband.” She forgot unicorns and fountains of free beer, probably just an oversight. Maybe Mills should listen to herself: “We simply cannot afford to continue to do the same thing and expect different and better results.” Democratic insiders have told me repeatedly that this year won’t be a repeat of the last two gubernatorial elections, because Mills will hold onto the party base that independent candidates eroded in 2010 and 2014. They point to private and public polls that show both unenrolled candidates, Alan Caron and Terry Hayes, stuck in the low single digits. They offer anecdotal evidence of Dem voters who deserted the party in the past two elections, who now pledge to stick with Mills no matter how wimpy she gets. However reassuring for Democratic hopes that might be (not very, actually), there are other numbers that indicate Mills is generating even less excitement among the party faithful than did her two uninspiring predecessors. A comparison of 42-day post-primary campaign finance reports from the last

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Bath Arrests

9/1 at 12:30 a.m. Teddy Coffin, 45, of Deering Avenue, Portland, was arrested by Cpl. Jason Aucoin at U.S. Route 1 and Congress Avenue on a charge of operating under the influence. 9/4 at 3:59 p.m. Kelly Hatch, 59, of Court Street, was arrested on a warrant by Officer John Dietlin on Court Street. 9/6 at 8:24 p.m. James Perry, 54, of Washington Street, was arrested by Officer John Dietlin on Washington Street on a charge of operating under the influence.

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9/7 at 9:26 p.m. Benjamin Welch, 38, of Richardson Street, Phippsburg, was arrested by Officer John Dietlin in Phippsburg on a charge of operating under the influence.

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9/4 Donald Grady, 26, of Adams Court, was issued a summons by Officer Richard Ross on Adams Court on a charge of criminal mischief. 9/9 James Hannah, 58, of Denny Road, was issued a summons by Officer John Dietlin on North Street on a charge of operating after suspension.

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9/3 at 6:05 a.m. Electrical fire on North Street. 9/4 at 12:05 p.m. Fire alarm on Washington Street. 9/5 at 12:32 p.m. Mulch fire on Andrews Road. 9/5 at 1:28 p.m. Public assist at Keel and Bedford streets. 9/5 at 11:58 a.m. Mulch fire on Chandler Drive. 9/5 at 4:53 a.m. Fire alarm on High Street. 9/5 at 6:25 a.m. Fire alarm on High Street. 9/6 at 10:13 a.m. Rescue assist at High and North streets. 9/6 at 12:34 p.m. Tree on lines on Washington Street.

9/6 at 1:03 p.m. Tree on lines on Mechanic Street. 9/6 at 7:48 p.m. Person in river on Commercial Street. 9/7 at 10:12 a.m. Carbon monoxide check on Academy Street. 9/7 at 5:16 p.m. Smoke alarm on Floral Street. 9/8 at 8:15 a.m. Smoke alarm on Varney Mill Road. 9/8 at 11:01 a.m. Rescue assist on Washington Street. 9/9 at 3:36 p.m. Smoke alarm on Drayton Road.

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EMS

Bath emergency medical services responded to 46 calls between Sept. 3-9.

BRUNSWICK Arrests

9/7 at 4:32 p.m. Albert C. Letourneau, 43, of Yukon Street, Winthrop, was arrested on Pleasant Street by Officer Kerry Wolongevicz on an outstanding warrant from another agency. 9/7 at 5:50 p.m. Sofia M. Ingram, 73, of Old Bath Road, was arrested on Old Bath Road by Officer Kerry Wolongevicz on a charge of domestic violence assault. 9/9 at 6:12 p.m. Matthew Donovan, 36, no address listed, was arrested on Tibbetts Drive by Officer Brandon Curtis on charges of criminal threatening with a dangerous

weapon and assault on an officer. 9/9 at 8:44 p.m. David B. Cherkis, 50, of Calls Hill Road, Dresden, was arrested at Shaw’s supermarket on Bath Road by Officer Cory Iles on a charge of operating under the influence. 9/10 at 4:55 p.m. Holly A. Coffin, 25, of Tide Mill Cove Road, Harpswell, was arrested at Walmart on Tibbetts Drive by Officer Christopher Wolongevicz on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 9/10 at 7:21 p.m. Travis W. Nicita, 41, of Shobe Avenue, was arrested on Emmanuel Drive by Officer Cory Iles on a charge of violating a protective order.

Summonses

9/5 at 11:01 p.m. Angela M. Anderson, 40, of Gleed Drive, was arrested at Relax Inn on Pleasant Street by Sgt. Justin Dolci on a charge of operating without a license. 9/6 at 5:52 p.m. Katherine A. Stanek, 37, of Forrestal Drive, was issued a summons on Pleasant Street by Officer Christopher Wolongevicz on a charge of exceeding the speed limit by 30 mph or more. 9/7 at 11:41 a.m. Jeanie Warren, 35, of Kennyfield Drive, Boothbay, was issued a summons on Tibbetts Drive by Officer Patrick

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Fire calls

9/6 at 3:32 a.m. Outside fire at Pizza Hut on Bath Road. 9/6 at 12:25 p.m. Accident at Harpswell Road and Bowker Street. 9/6 at 3:32 p.m. Accident on Route 1. 9/6 at 4:12 p.m. Accident at Maine Street and Zeitler Farm Road. 9/9 at 9:40 a.m. Gas leak on Maine Street. 9/11 at 10:00 a.m. Accident on Interstate 295.

EMS

Brunswick emergency medical services responded to 62 calls from Sept. 5-12.

tOPShaM Arrests

9/7 at 10:32 p.m. Adrien Bernier, 59, of Tedford Road, was arrested by Officer Bruce Swanson on Tedford Road on charges of disorderly conduct and refusing to submit to arrest or detention. 9/9 at 10:38 a.m. Griffin Thurston, 20, of Middlesex Road, was arrested by Officer Kerry Libby on Topsham Fair Mall Road on charges of violation of condition of release and refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

Summonses

9/5 at 8:54 a.m. Virginia Contos, 71, of Atwood Road, was issued a summons by Officer Mathew Bowers on Main Street on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle more than 150 days. 9/11, no time listed. Kaleb Brooks, 22, of Brunswick, was issued a summons by Topsham Police at an undisclosed location on charges of driving to endanger and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident.

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Car vs. porch

9/9 at 12:42 a.m. Police responded to the report of a vehicle leaving the street and crashing into a front porch at 685 River Road. The silver 2002 Mercedes had rolled over before coming to rest upright. Police on Tuesday charged Kaleb Brooks, 22, of Brunswick, with driving to endanger and leaving the scene of a personal injury accident. He had reportedly not been wearing a seatbelt, and had suffered a non-life threatening injury, according to police.

Fire calls

9/4 at 9:10 a.m. Fire alarm on Topsham Fair Mall Road. 9/4 at 10:54 a.m. Fire alarm on Governors Way. 9/5 at 2:14 p.m. Smoke investigation on Topsham Fair Mall Road. 9/5 at 8:21 p.m. Fire alarm on Kent Circle. 9/6 at 12:19 p.m. Utility problem on Foreside Road. 9/6 at 12:24 p.m. Outdoor fire on Elm Street. 9/6 at 1:02 p.m. Traffic hazard on River Road. 9/6 at 1:28 p.m. Traffic hazard on Foreside Road. 9/6 at 1:42 p.m. Electrical hazard on Jesse Road. 9/6 at 3:48 p.m. Utility problem on Winter Street. 9/7 at 7:42 p.m. and 8:45 p.m. Fire alarms on Red Maple Lane. 9/8 at 4:32 a.m. Traffic hazard on Wilson Street. 9/8 at 10:44 a.m. Medical call on Governors Way. 9/8 at 11:54 a.m. Stove fire on Junco Drive. 9/8 at 12:24 p.m. Odor investigation on Sokokis Circle. 9/9 at 12:42 a.m. Motor vehicle accident on River Road.

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Mid-Coast teams impressing in early action

The first full week of the fall sports season is in the rear-view mirror and results continue to reflect strong play from local squads. Here’s a look back and a glimpse at what’s to come as the action continues to heat up:

Leavitt. Last week, the Shipbuilders won at Lincoln Academy (2-1) and at home over Erskine Academy (3-2) and fell at Maranacook (3-0). Morse goes to Oceanside Friday and hosts Brunswick Tuesday of next week.

Brunswick’s football team fell from the ranks of the unbeaten (barely) last Friday, dropping a 29-26 decision at Skowhegan, and is now 1-1 on the season. The Dragons play at 0-2 Messalonskee Friday night. Mt. Ararat is also 1-1 after losing at home to Kennebunk Saturday, 70-0. The Eagles play at 1-1 Fryeburg Academy Saturday. Morse dropped to 0-2 after a 41-12 setback at Hermon Friday. The Shipbuilders look to get in the win column this Friday when they host Lake Region.

Mt. Ararat’s field hockey team is perfect to date. The Eagles improved to 4-0 after downing visiting Lewiston (5-3) and Hampden Academy (3-0) last week and beating host Oxford Hills (1-0) Monday. Mt. Ararat was home with Brunswick Thursday, welcomes Cony Saturday and goes to Messalonskee Tuesday of next week. Brunswick was 2-2 going into Thursday’s game at Mt. Ararat. Last week, the Dragons downed visiting Camden Hills (4-0) and lost at defending Class A state champion Skowhegan (12-0). Monday, Brunswick bounced back and defeated visiting Lewiston (5-1). Morse was 3-0 at press time after wins over visiting Oceanside (5-1) last week and Maranacook (4-1) Monday. The Shipbuilders were at Gardiner Thursday, go to Erskine Academy Saturday and welcome Leavitt Monday.

Football

Boys’ soccer

Mt. Ararat’s boys’ soccer team took a 2-1 mark into Tuesday’s showdown at rival Brunswick. Last week, the Eagles lost at home to defending Class A champion Lewiston, 2-1, and downed visiting Edward Little (2-0). Mt. Ararat goes to Camden Hills Friday. Brunswick fell to 0-2-1 last week with losses at Edward Little (5-1) and Lewiston (2-0). The Dragons were home with Mt. Ararat Tuesday and at Bangor Thursday and host Morse Tuesday of next week. Morse fell to 0-3-1 after losses last week at Lincoln Academy (5-0) and Erskine Academy (2-0) and at home to Maranacook (1-0). The Shipbuilders went to Leavitt Tuesday, host Oceanside Friday and visit Brunswick Tuesday of next week.

Girls’ soccer

On the girls’ side, Brunswick continues to excel, improving to 3-0 after home wins last week over Edward Little (9-0) and Lewiston (3-1). After playing at Mt. Ararat Tuesday and hosting Bangor Thursday, the Dragons visit Morse Tuesday of next week. Mt. Ararat was also 3-0 entering Tuesday’s home showdown versus Brunswick. The Eagles were coming off wins at Lewiston (1-0) and Edward Little (2-1). Mt. Ararat hosts defending Class A champion Camden Hills Friday. Morse took a 2-2 record into Tuesday’s home game versus

Field hockey

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Brunswick’s Everett Horch, above, eludes an Edward Little defender during the Dragons’ 5-1 loss last week.

Volleyball

The Brunswick/Mt. Ararat coop volleyball team lost its first three matches: 3-0 to visiting Yarmouth, 3-0 at defending Class B champion Cape Elizabeth and 3-2 at North Yarmouth Academy, before improving to 1-3 Monday with a 3-1 win at Cony. The squad was at Wells Wednesday and returns home Tuesday of next week to battle York.

Mt. Ararat’s Max Varela, left, makes a move on an Edward Little defender during the Eagles’ 2-0 boys’ soccer win last week.

Cross country

Brunswick returns to KVAC cross country action Friday at Hampden Academy. Morse runs at Medomak Valley and Mt. Ararat runs at Leavitt.

Golf

Morse’s golf team remained perfect Monday, improving to 8-0 after a 6.5-2.5 win over Medomak Valley. The Shipbuilders were at Lincoln Academy Wednesday and close the regular season at Belfast this coming Monday. Brunswick was 0-3 at press time with a 6.5-2.5 loss to Lewiston its most recent match. The Dragons are at Mt. Ararat Friday. Mt. Ararat took a 2-0 record into Wednesday’s match at Lewiston.

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New Ventures Sebago Technics, Inc. a multi-discipline engineering consulting firm based in South Portland, and MobilityTech, LLC, a management consulting firm based in Massachusetts, have partnered to pursue Intelligent Transportation Systems projects across northern New England. Sebago Technics is designing and deploying vehicle to infrastructure communications between traffic signal controllers and connected vehicles. MobilityTech is providing technical support to the Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont departments of transportation on a software solution for ITS applications called New England Compass. On Sept. 3, the University of New England was welcomed as the newest member of the University of the Arctic, a

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Fontaine Family – The Real Estate Leader recently held its fifth annual Bid for Wishes Silent Auction and raised more than $9,000 for Make-A-Wish Maine. Fontaine, with the help of other local business owners, was able to grant the wish of a Maine child with a life threatening illness. Fontaine Team has been involved with Make-A-Wish Maine since 2009.

network of universities, research institutes and others concerned with education and research in the peoples and places in the “New North.” UNE, the first university in Maine to become a member of the organization, joined nearly 200 institutions from around the globe in bringing its education, research and outreach strengths to bear on issues unique to the developing North.

Recognition Maine Writers & Publishers Alliance’s board of directors has announced Hannah Perry has been promoted to program director. Perry began interning for MWPA in 2011. After a stint teaching in Peru and Chile, she returned to the MWPA in a parttime capacity in 2014. Gibson Fay-LeBlanc has been hired as the MWPA’s new associate director. Fay-LeBlanc worked many years as the executive director of

The Telling Room in Portland and recently served as the interim director of SPACE Gallery in Portland. Portland-based Troubh Heisler, attorneys at law, congratulates Chris Neagle for Neagle being included in the upcoming The Best Lawyers in America for real estate law. Neagle has been listed since 1995 in The Best Lawyers, which is peer-reviewed.

Granted The Stephen & Tabitha King Foundation has awarded grants to two local endeavors. The Iris Network has been awarded a $20,000 grant for video magnifiers, which are devices that help

people with low vision read, see a picture of their grandchild, do research, work, and more. The devices will be provided for consumers in financial need who are eligible clients of The Iris Network. The Low Vision Clinic was opened by Dr. A. Jan Berlin, a renowned ophthalmologist, in 2005, in Portland. Books on the Bus received a $5,500 grant from the foundation that will be used to expand the Books on the Bus program to buses servicing Regional School Unit 1, West Bath, and Georgetown schools. Books on the Bus uses specially designed seat covers stocked with quality, age-appropriate books in elementary school buses. The program aims to provide kids ages 5-9 with access to books while improving bus behavior.

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Mid-Coast Books/Authors Joy of the Pen Writing Competition, open to year-round Mainers for unpublished works of fiction, poetry, creative nonfiction, Maine-related nonfiction, and teen categories of fiction and poetry, deadline Oct. 6, joyofthepen.topshamlibrary.org. The Library Bookstore, 194 Front St., Bath, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, books, audio books, CDs, DVDs and puzzles for all ages.

Wednesday 9/19 “The Collection,” author talk by Katherine Silva, 6:30 p.m., Patten

Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, billed as “Downton Abbey meets American Horror Story.”

Bulletin Board Tuesday 9/18 People Plus Senior Health Expo, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Brunswick Recreation Center, 220 Neptune Drive, free admission, activities, entertainment, samples, www.peopleplusmaine. org, 729-0757.

Friday 9/21 Solar Array Celebration, 3-5 p.m., Crystal Spring Farm, 277 Pleasant Hill Road, Brunswick, provides renewable energy to eight Brunswick families.

Call for Volunteers Help a Child Learn to Read, tutor training Sept. 24, 26, 28, Midcoast Literacy, Bath, www.midcoastliteracy.org, 443-6384.

Wednesday 9/19 Red Cross Blood Drive, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Molnlycke Health Care, 192 Admiral Fitch Ave., Brunswick.

Dances Round Dance, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Sept. 17 & 24, Woodside Elementary School, 42 Barrows Dr., Topsham, no prior experience necessary, casual dress, must have a partner, http://sage.squaredanceme.us. Square Dance Open House, 6:30-

8:30 p.m., Sept. 18 & 25, Woodside Elementary School, 42 Barrows Dr., Topsham, no prior experience necessary, http://sage.squaredanceme.us.

Dining Out Saturday 9/15 Southwestern Supper, 4:306 p.m., Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave. Menu includes salsa chicken over rice, vegetable dishes, cornbread, frozen lemon dessert, adults/$10, kids/$4. For takeout call 443-4707.

Tuesday 9/18 Lunch with Friends, noon, Harpswell Aging at Home at the Orr’s Island Schoolhouse, 1579 Harp-

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Meetings Brunswick

Mon. 9/17 6:30 p.m. Town Council Tues. 9/18 Noon Brunswick Housing Tues. 9/18 7:15 p.m. Village Review Board Wed. 9/19 10 a.m. Staff Review Committee Wed. 9/19 5 p.m. Town Commons Committee Wed. 9/19 7 p.m. Recreation Commission Thur. 9/20 4 p.m. Brunswick Sewer District Thur. 9/20 4 p.m. Finance Committee Thur. 9/20 6 p.m. Appointment Committee Thur. 9/20 7 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeals

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Mon. 9/17 6 p.m. Town Lands Wed. 9/19 10 a.m. Bandstand Committee Wed. 9/19 3 p.m. Conservation Commission Wed. 9/19 5:30 p.m. Planning Board Workshop Wed. 9/19 6:30 p.m. Planning Board Thur. 9/20 6 p.m. Board of Selectmen

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swell Islands Road, Orr’s Island. Free. To volunteer call Surrey Hardcastle at 833-0092 or surreysh@ comcast.net.

Just for Kids Monday 9/17 Girl Scouts: Girls Night Out, 5 p.m., Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary, Brunswick, free superhero-themed activity and information night for girls and their parents/caregivers to see if Girl Scouts is a good fit, girlscoutsofmaine.org, 888-9224763.

Support Monday 9/17 Food Addicts in Recovery Anonymous: free information session for Food Addiction, 9-10:30 a.m., St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, 27 Pleasant St., Brunswick, www. foodaddicts.org or contact FA at 775-2132 or Sandi at 838-8991.

Workshops/Walks/ Talks Tuesday 9/18 Bath Garden Club monthly meeting, 6 p.m., Winter Street Church, 880 Washington St. Presentation by Barbara Joy Hare on southern Spain, public welcome, bathgardenclub.org. Merrymeeting Bay Chapter of Trout Unlimited, 5:30 p.m., Joshua’s Tavern, 123 Maine St., Brunswick, with Maine Guide Kate Farnham on “Reading the Water,” open to the public.

Greater Portland Benefits Sunday 9/16 Skyline Farm Annual Benefit 5K Trail Run/Walk, North Yarmouth, 10 a.m., preregistration $20 at www. running4free.com, $25 day of. Gift certificates, pies awarded; T-shirts for first 50 registrants.

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Tuesday 9/18 Pizza Benefit for Haiti, Flatbread Pizza, 72 Commercial St., Portland, $3.50 donated for every large pizza sold 5 p.m.-close to help feed students and pay teachers at Christ Roi School in Morne Rouge, 773-6562.

Books/Authors Saturday 9/15 “Cyrus Field’s Big Dream: The Daring Effort to Lay the First Transatlantic Telegraph Cable,” by local author Mary Morton Cowan, 10:30 a.m.-noon, South Portland Public Library, Broadway, STEM activities, scavenger hunt.

Workshops/Walks/ Talks Eastern Cemetery Walking Tours, 11 a.m. Wednesdays, Saturdays & Sundays; 5:30 p.m. Thursdays to Oct. 14, 224 Congress St., $10/ adults, $5/students & seniors, spiritsalive.org/tours.

Saturday 9/15 American Legion National Commander, 8 a.m., Harold T. Andrews Post, 23 Deering Ave., Portland, public welcome.

Sunday 9/16 Maine Drive Electric, noon-4 p.m., South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road, FMI nrcm.org/ events, 430-0142.

Tuesday 9/18 History of Mast Landing, by David Coffin, 6 p.m., Freeport Historical Society, 45 Main St. “Transportation to and from Yarmouth, 1850-1950,” by transportation expert George Barrett, 7 p.m., Fall Lecture Series at Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., free for members or $5, www. yarmouthmehistory.org.

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September 14, 2018

Mid-Coast Exhibits Margaret Leonard, Local Market and Cafe, 148 Maine St., Brunswick, paintings of southern Italy, through September. “Souvenirs,” watercolors and oils by Frances Pratt Caswell, Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, to Sept. 28.

Galleries “The Year Of The Bird,” woodcarver Wayne Robbins, Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, to Sept. 30. “Summer Gathering,” ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, sculptures, drawings and paintings of 18 artists, to Sept. 29.

Friday 9/14 “Nature of the Universe,”opening reception 5-7 p.m., Points of View Gallery, Brunswick Business Center, 18 Pleasant St., group show inspired by nature, through Sept. 30.

Museums “Blossoming Tundra: The Photography of Rutherford Platt,” Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College, to Oct. 1. “Winslow Homer and the Camera: Photography and the Art of Painting,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art; explores the artist’s relationship with photography and its impact, to Oct. 28.

Friday 9/14 “Color TV, Psychedelic Culture, and Visual Art of the 1960s: Richard Pousette-Dart in Context,” exhibit lecture, 5-6 p.m., Bowdoin Museum of Art Pavilion.

Tuesday 9/18 Curator’s Tour: “Winslow Homer and the Camera,” noon, Bowdoin Museum of Art, free and open to the public.

Saturday 9/22 Family Saturday, 10 -11 a.m., Bowdoin College Museum of Art, free and open to the public. Harriet Beecher Stowe House, 9:30-5 p.m., 63 Federal St., Brunswick, free admission for two through smithsonianmag.com/ museumday.

Music Friday 9/14 Second Friday Brunswick, 4-7 p.m., more than 10 outdoor performances and over 30 artist displays in downtown galleries, retail shops, restaurants. Novel Jazz Septet, 8 p.m., Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross, Brunswick, music of Duke Ellington and Billy Strayhorn, $18/$20, www.explorefrontier.com.

Friday 9/21 Martin Swinger, Side Door Coffee House, Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St., Brunswick, open mic sign up 6:45 p.m.; feature performer 8:30, 442-8195.

Theater “Joseph & the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat,” Chocolate Church Arts, 804 Washington St., Bath, 7:30 p.m. Sept. 14-15; 2 p.m. Sept. 16, $12/$15, www.chocolatechurcharts.org.

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Far East

Sunday 9/16

Greater Portland Auditions

Trampled by Turtles, 8 p.m., State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, $25/$30, 800-745-3000, www.statetheatreportland.com.

“Mesmerized,” Snowlion Rep in Portland is casting equity and non-equity singer-actors by appointment for the May production at Portland Ballet Studio Theater. Rehearsals begin April 1; staged May 3-12, www.snowlionrep.org.

Monday 9/17

Exhibits

Jonathan Edwards, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, Portland, $35-$40, all ages, www.onelongfellowsquare.com.

“Celtic Harvest Celebration” with Celtic Bard Kate Chadbourne, 7-9 p.m., Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland, by donation.

Friday 9/21

Gentleman & Scholar Comics, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, interactive exhibit by illustrators Jim Couture of Yarmouth and Turner Huston of Topsham, through September. “The Art of Rube Goldberg,” first retrospective of cartoon illustrator in 40 years includes drawings of iconic inventions and Pulitzer Prize-winning political cartoons, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, to Sept. 22.

Film Sunday 9/16 “Black Mother,” 7 p.m., Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, + Q&A with filmmaker Khalik Allah, $8, 828-5600, www.khalikallah. com/black-mother-1.

Thursday 9/20 “Dirtbag,” 7 p.m., Yarmouth History Center, 118 East Elm St., documentary about influential mountaineer Fred Beckey, free and open to the public.

Galleries “Of Spirit and Light,” photos by Joyce Tenneson and Craig Becker, Elizabeth Moss Galleries, 251 US Route One, Falmouth, to Oct. 6, www.elizabethmossgalleries.com. Department of Arts Faculty Show, University of New England Art Gallery, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland campus, noon-5 p.m. Wednesdays, Friday-Sunday; noon-7 p.m. Thursdays to Oct. 21. “Eulogy for the Dyke Bar,” by Macon Reed, AREA Gallery, Woodbury Campus Center, Portland, acknowledges the legacy of dyke and lesbian bars, to Dec. 7. “Everyday Maine,” Gallery at CTN, 516 Congress St., Portland, Andrea van Voorst van Beest, Diane Hudson, David Wade and other Addison Woolley artists, through Sept. 27. “From a Woman’s Perspective,” annual group exhibit of original paintings by women artists, Richard Boyd Art Gallery, Peaks Island, to Sept. 29.

Friday 9/14 Stonewall Gallery Fall Show Opening: “Rough Seas and Healing Skies,” by Yarmouth artist Margareta “Meta” McDonald, 5:30-7 p.m., Yarmouth Historical Society, 118 East Elm St.

Museums “Americans Abroad, 1860-1915,” Portland Museum of Art, work by American artists who traveled to Europe in the late 19th century, including Mary Cassatt, Winslow Homer and James Abbott McNeill Whistler, admission $10-$15, free on Friday night. Portland Museum of Art: Member Appreciation Weekend, Sept. 14-

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acquisition fees, the total could be $15 million. Earlier this month, Town Manager John Eldridge said a “large design fee” – estimated at $880,000 – and “contingencies” drove up the projected price. The council will discuss the project, including how it could impact the property tax rate, again at its Oct. 1 meeting. Eldridge said last week the committee working on the project has identified “several possible configurations on Pleasant Street” for the new station. Plans to replace the 99-year-old building at Town Hall Place have been in the town’s Capital Improvement Plan for more than a decade. The Fire Department also operates out of Emerson Station at 284 Bath Road. Mitchell said his firm only designs fire stations and combined public safety buildings that typically house police and fire departments. He outlined his company’s goals for the new station, including emphasizing the safety and health of firefighters who will work in it. Mitchell said he met with Fire Chief Ken Brillant over the course of three months to create a needs assessment, which was used to create the preliminary floor plan.

Mitchell, who called Central Fire Station a “hazardous building,” said cancer rates among people in the fire service have become a “catastrophic problem.” He noted not only exposure to toxins in the field, but also those in the station, contribute to the issue. Designing the building in a specific way, he said, is his company’s “contribution towards mitigating that problem.” Mitchell said that within the proposed new fire station there will be “hot zones,” “cold zones” and “warm zones.” Hot zones are places in the building for highly toxic materials and substances that are attached to vehicles and equipment from emergency response scenes. Warm zones are intermediate spaces, and cold zones are living spaces for responders. In the proposed new building there is a room for decontaminating clothes worn at a fire scene, as well as a special machine to clean face masks, backpacks and air bottles. There is also an area in the proposed new building for on-site training, a fill station for air bottles, a 60-person conference room, an additional laundry room, and 12 bunk rooms. In response to a question from Councilor Stephen Walker about how the number of bunk rooms corresponds to a typical shift, Brillant said the department has

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a minimum of seven people working a shift, split between the two stations. “When we have storm coverage ... right now we have no capacity to bring anyone to Central Station because all the beds are used,” he said. He also said the directive to the Fire Station Task Force was to design a station with a 75-year lifespan. Councilors were in agreement for the need of the new station, but more than one questioned the scope of the proposal. Councilor Suzan Wilson noted how much things can change over the years, including population rates, which could affect the number of firefighters in town. “I think this is something councilors would be wrestling with generally,” she said. “Which is, how do you think about that expression ‘build for the future’ if we don’t exactly know which kind of future we might be talking about.” Wilson also said though Brillant saw the proposed new building plan “many times” before it was brought before council Sept. 4, she and Chairman John Perrault saw it “at the 11th hour.” Eldridge again questioned the high cost of designing the new building. Mitchell responded by saying his company puts all of its time into the drawings and “the proof is in the pudding” with a history of few change orders. Resident Jean Powers said the council

needs to move forward. “The longer you wait, the more it’s going to cost, the more upset the taxpayers are going to be,” she said. Gary Ballerini, a resident who formerly taught fire-related topics, said, “I now have some very painful lung issues, and safety is paramount,” he said. “And so I believe the programming that they’ve gone through is important to protect the firefighter because it’s not a pleasant issue.” Clark Labbe, former Brunswick fire chief, also made an argument for some of the proposed amenities, including the separate washing machines for gear. “We do have those, the one at Central Station is adjacent to the kitchen, so all the dirty gear gets dragged down the stairs through the living space past the eating space, to be cleaned,” he said. Eldridge said no one disputes the need for the new station, adding the town has people “in a deplorable situation” at this point. “I do think that given the cost expectation and where we’re at, that we need to take a look at it to make sure we’re all comfortable,” he said. “The last thing you want to have happen is go out there and not get a station built this time.” Elizabeth Clemente can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or eclemente@theforecaster.net. Follow Elizabeth on Twitter @epclemente.

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tle 17 under the Maine Revised Statutes, which has a section on nuisances and, within that, dangerous buildings. “To adjudge a building to be a nuisance or dangerous, the municipal officers or county commissioners must find that the building is structurally unsafe, unstable or unsanitary; constitutes a fire hazard; is unsuitable or improper for the use or occupancy to which it is put; constitutes a hazard to health or safety because of inadequate maintenance, dilapidation, obsolescence or abandonment; or is otherwise dangerous to life or property,” the statute states in part. Broken windows could be boarded up with plywood, Roedner said. That solves one problem, but doesn’t address neighbors’ concerns about aesthetics.

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“It makes it a secure structure, but it’s still an eyesore to the community, (with) impact on the abutting properties,” he noted. “How far do you go?” Selectmen mulled over that question last week. “I have a lot of respect for people’s property and people’s property rights,” Lyons said, noting the importance of not treading on those. “However, when an owner of a property leaves their property in disrepair, that ... can cause harm if children get in there, it depreciates the (value of) homes next to it greatly.” Various neighborhoods have had this problem, and requested the board take action, she said. Polling the board on whether it wanted to address vacant or occupied structures, members leaned toward the vacancies. “Vacant buildings, in obvious disre-

pair,” Selectman Bill Thompson said. Obvious “to whom,” Selectman Dave Douglass asked. “I understand everyone’s emotion about it, but when you go down this road, you’d better go down ... with all your I’s dotted and your T’s crossed.” “This is just the beginning of a conversation of derelict places that I’ve seen around town, and issues I see because of it,” Lyons said. Roedner expects to bring the matter back to the Board of Selectmen within the next two months. If the town develops a proposed ordinance governing vacant buildings, or occupied structures also posing problems, the document would have to go to Town Meeting for approval – likely next May. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ learics.

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ment,” he said. “With that being said, I’m putting retail in an industrial park in Lisbon, so we’re gonna see how it goes.” The board discussed the pros and cons of limiting facilities to the industrial zone, signage, distance from schools, and whether medical marijuana and retail marijuana should be considered together. Zachary Soper, owner of Zach’s Country Store on Gurnet Road, said he has been a caregiver for three years and a distinction should be made between the two.

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from page 2 women in aviation,” as there are very few, and he would like to encourage that with the flying club. Though the basics haven’t changed, Keen added, re-taking ground school can help older pilots better understand some developments that have happened in technology over the years. Favreau has a similar story about how he got into aviation. He said like many

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“I think it’s very important that we draw a fine line between recreational and medical,” he said. “There is different legislation for both. There is not really any legislation for recreational right now – it’s a mess – whereas we are headed in an OK path when it comes to the medical program.” Later in the meeting, Police Cmdr. Mark Waltz said though some people use medical marijuana appropriately, frequently, especially with a rule that allows a caregiver’s fifth patient to be “rotating,” it’s been used “as basically ... a scam for retail.”

“So for the most part, we viewed the medical marijuana similar to retail because we’re not talking about the caregivers that are growing the few plants,” he said. “What we’re focusing on is the people that are selling to the general public in large numbers.” Some members of the Planning Board felt medical marijuana storefronts and retailers should be considered separately. Arbuckle said she thinks medical storefronts “should be treated differently,” than retail, and said she did not agree with limiting them to the industrial zone. Updegraph also spoke in favor of keep-

ing retail and medical zoning separate. “In my mind, taking medical out does help define it as a separate entity,” she said. Frizzle said there are some “significant changes coming down the pike from the state” about medical storefronts, to eliminate the rotating fifth patient rule. “When we see what those are, perhaps we can (re-evaluate) the ordinance at that point to recognize that they’re not in the same category as some of these other uses,” he said.

people, he passed the exam in high school and flew solo to the level of crossing the country, before taking a break. “I stopped, raised a family, did the whole thing and then in my 40s, decided, you know, I never finished and I want to finish,” he said. A Brunswick native, Favreau said he never thought Brunswick Landing would be a place he could fly because it was a Navy base when he was growing up. Keen said that sentiment is part of the joy he gets from taking people flying in

his planes, and renting them out. Another man who grew up in Brunswick recently took a flight in one of the club’s planes, which, Keen said, the man had always wanted to do. “(It’s) cool to help people to fulfill their dream that they have thought about all their life, and you get to be a little

piece of it,” he said. “(Even though) I wasn’t the instructor necessarily that helped ... I had a little piece because he flew in an airplane that was part of the club.”

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from page 1 have rendered nine apartments uninhabitable. The nine relocated tenants have experienced expenses involved with transportation and cleaning or replacing belongings, Keller reported. Donations can be made by contacting the Salvation Army at 443-3611. Bath Housing has come up with plans to relocate the displaced tenants, and is finding them interim housing. They can return once restoration is complete. Demolition was to begin this week, and full building recovery could take months, Keller said. The Salvation Army had as of Tuesday

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received two donations, and is working with the displaced tenants on finding laundry and furniture, Keller noted. The Bath Area Food Bank is also assisting those residents. Bath Housing expressed gratitude to responding fire departments, as well as Life Church Midcoast, Bath Area Senior Activity Center, and Bath Area Food Bank for their immediate support during and after the fire with food, space and communications equipment. The Seacliff Elderly-Disabled property serves individuals and families who have incomes less than 50 percent of the area median. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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million tax break for Bath Iron Works that became law in April, and provides the shipyard an income-tax incentive in return for making investments in facilities and preserving jobs. Renewable energy is a focus for DeChant, who would like to transition Bath’s landfill to a solar farm. Expansion of natural gas in the city is another goal. She also foresees a time, not too long from now, when water will become a commodity. Bath sits on the Kennebec River, “and Maine is very well-positioned with its natural resources, yet we don’t have very good laws and regulations on how to moderate that, so I’ve been doing some research around that,” she said.

Opioid crisis

Both candidates agreed that Maine has made strides in addressing its opioid problem, but that much work lies ahead.

“I think (the situation) has gotten better, because there’s been a focus on it,” Weidner said. “Once the focus goes away, it’s going to get worse.” The added attention has placed greater pressure on physicians to be more careful when prescribing medicine, and increased law enforcement has helped as well, he noted. Research and development into alternatives to opiates needs to happen, Weidner added. A lot more work must be done, DeChant said, noting the formation of a legislative opioid task force that has produced recommendations that could go into law, or rules and regulations. “There’s still the debate on criminalization and prevention, and I still am on the side that prevention is worth the investment,” DeChant said. “There are few people who have not had opiate abuse impact in their lives ... you just can’t overemphasize it.” Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ learics.

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from page 7 continue Perry’s employment. “We take these matters very seriously,” Judith Kelch, the hospital’s director of marketing communications, said in a statement Tuesday. “Upon learning of the incident, Mid Coast Hospital immediate-

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Voting

Voting on Election Day will be held 8 a.m.-8 p.m. in three locations. For Mountain Road and Harpswell Neck residents, voting will be at Elijah Kellogg Church, also known as Fellowship Hall, at 917 Harpswell Neck Road. Great Islanders can vote at the Cundys Harbor Community Building, 837 Cundys Harbor Road.

ly placed James Perry on administrative leave. He is not currently an active employee of Mid Coast Hospital.” Kelch declined Wednesday to comment further on Mid Coast’s procedures concerning such situations. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ learics.

Orrs/Bailey Island residents will be at the old Orrs Island School House, 1594 Harpswell Islands Road. More information about how to vote absentee is available on the town website. Elizabeth Clemente can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or eclemente@theforecaster.net. Follow Elizabeth on Twitter @epclemente.

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