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News of Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell

Vol. 7, No. 41

Fire-damaged building fuels discussion on casualty buildings

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Should Brunswick require repair or demolition? By Emily Guerin

BRUNSWICK — Little has changed at 16-18 Oak St. since the back half of the apartment building was claimed by a fire in April. Charred roof beams still overhang the sides of the building, and there is a gaping hole in the rear. According to Code Enforcement Officer Jeffrey Hutchinson, the building’s owner, Jeffrey Matthews, who could not be reached for comment, is negotiating a settlement with his insurance company. But until then, as long as the building is secure, there is little else the town can do. But that’s not the case every-

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Six months after a fire, charred roof beams still hang over the side of 1618 Oak St. in Brunswick.

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Harpswell removes restriction on public comments By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — Three months after banning discussion of School Administrative District 75 during public comment at Board of Selectmen meetings, elected officials have redrafted the town’s policy so a contentbased ban on public comment will not be possible in the future.

The latest amendment to the town’s public comment policy, the seventh since 2004, eliminated a clause that some, including the American Civil Liberties Union of Maine, believed prevented the public’s freedom of expression. The clause said “it is neither the purpose nor the intent of

Public Comment to provide an arena for the repeated airing of views on on-going controversial topics unless and until such time as a topic presents a question requiring immediate action or a decision by the Board of Selectmen, at which time the issue will be placed upon the agenda.” Citing that clause, Chairman

Most local schools likely to see more state funding By Emily Parkhurst AUGUSTA — Contrary to some projections, most schools in greater Portland will receive increased state funding next year if estimates released last week become official. The Maine Department of See page 21

Index Arts Calendar.................19 Classifieds......................23 Community Calendar......17

Elinor Multer and Selectman Alison Hawkes voted on July 7 to ban discussion of the town’s relationship with SAD 75. The ban irked not only Selectman Jim Henderson, who voted against it, but several town residents and a lawyer representing the Maine ACLU. Zachary Heiden, legal director

of the civil liberties group, wrote to the selectmen on Aug. 30, informing them that “the power to limit speech based on the content of the speech is inconsistent with the First Amendment,” and encouraged them to reform their policy. See page 27

Sweet spot Judith Stanton, Harpswell’s honey maker

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Beekeeper Judith Stanton watches her bees as they exit the hive at Two Coves Farm in Harpswell

Meetings.........................17 Obituaries.......................12 Opinion.............................7 Out & About....................18

People & Business.........14 Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................28 Sports.............................13

By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — The days leading up to her visit to the hives at Two Coves Farm had been rainy and cold, so beekeeper Judith Stanton wasn’t expecting to see the bees flying at all. But as she made her way across the field, veil secured and smoker in hand, she saw

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the bees were crawling in and out of the hives, their furry legs coated in orange pollen. She peeked inside the lid and set it back down. “They’re just the most fascinating organism anywhere,” she said. “When I’m working in a hive, time kind of just See page 15


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Unsung Hero: Christine Detroy, living outside the lines By David Treadwell BRUNSWICK — “People don’t see what I see,” Christine Detroy said, shortly after greeting a visitor to her art studio on the second floor of Fort Andross. One look at the colorful creations that adorn her space confirmed the wisdom of her words. Over there is a jacket made of colorful swatches of old draperies and discarded theatrical costumes. And there’s another. And another. Each one unique, different, compelling. On the other side, several pillows sit on a shelf, featuring different vintage scenes. A tall piece of driftwood stands in a corner, a Popham Beach find converted into a stately

sculpture. And there’s a hat with something snake-like curling up from the top. (Turns out it isn’t just “snake-like,” it’s an actual snakeskin.) Here’s the deal: Every single thing in this space was created from something old or discarded, and crafted into something new and intriguing. “I like things that are old and worn,” Detroy said. Her enthusiasm reflects her passion for converting life’s castoffs into art: “Isn’t that great?” “Don’t you love it?” And on and on. Detroy, who’s sporting one of her own creations, isn’t being boastful. She seems to derive deep joy from the beauty all around, from the things most of us pass by with nary a thought. And here’s the other deal: For more than 20 years, Detroy has labored at an occupation that belies her special talent: cleaning lady. “I’ve been cleaning so long, I’m starting

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to get arthritis,” she said. “I can’t stand or kneel to vacuum so I kind of sit sideways, like the girl in (Andrew Wyeth’s painting,) ‘Christina’s World.’” Detroy stresses that she isn’t your ordinary house cleaner. “I do it the old-style way, being thorough, taking my time. And I try to lift people’s spirits.” (Full disclosure: Detroy cleans two houses for my wife and me; and yes, she lifts our spirits.) Where did this artist/house cleaner/hippie/philosopher come from? Well, Detroy’s is a long story, with stops in Indiana, Illinois, Washington, Connecticut, Florida, Canada and Maine. She succumbed, no surprise, to the allures of the hippie culture, and she did lots of soul-searching. Waitress jobs paid most of the bills. continued page 20

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Bath applauds local heroes on Citizen Involvement Day By Alex Lear BATH — The city continued its annual tradition of honoring key community members Oct. 8 with Citizen Involvement Day, held during Autumnfest.

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Brunswick artist Christine Detroy is passionate about making things from found fabrics and objects on the beach. “I come in here to play,” she says of her Fort Andross studio.


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Brunswick board advances strategic plan for schools By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — The School Board is moving forward with plans to commission a long-range strategic plan. The board is seeking requests for proposals from consulting firms to create a five-year plan for the School Department that will describe where the schools are today, document where various stakeholders would like to go in the future, and provide ways to measure progress towards those goals.

Board member Michele Joyce on Wednesday said the plan would give the public an opportunity to share their priorities. “If we’re going to look at things like ... single gender classes, or any magnet school possibilities, if we don’t get some buy in or feedback from the public, then we’re not going to know if that’s something that parents value,” Joyce said. Chairman Corinne Perreault said she hoped that highlighting the community’s

priorities would help influence budget discussions. She said every year the board asks itself what to spend money on, and the answer is usually dictated by how much money is available. But member Michelle Small wondered how much the plan could accomplish, given that the board only has $25,000 to spend on a consultant. “I don’t think we can get this much work for $25,000,” Small said. Other members acknowledged that

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they may need to spend more on the plan in upcoming years. Member Janet Connors was skeptical of the entire process. “I just want everyone to understand that the town of Brunswick has in fact spent an exorbitant amount of money and time to create exactly what we’re continued page 20

Brunswick Landing businesses have little trouble hiring By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — The latest in a series of federal grants aimed at boosting economic development efforts at Brunswick Landing – $5 million from the U.S. Department of Labor – was designed to train unemployed high-tech workers. The grant, issued to Coastal Counties Workforce, was announced last week. It will be used to offset the costs of on-the-

Correction An Oct. 7 story, “Brunswick School Board at-large election draws 2 candidates,” should have said candidate William Thompson worked for U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine. It also should have said that he does not support public pre-schools.

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job training for many Brunswick Landing businesses, allowing them to hire more local residents. But several of the largest businesses at Brunswick Landing say they haven’t had trouble hiring local people at all, although they acknowledged they have had to look elsewhere for some employees. According to figures supplied by the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, the public agency charged with redeveloping the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, just under 100 jobs have been created as of Sept. 20. American Bureau of Shipping, a Texasbased provider of marine and offshore classification services, is responsible for adding 22 of those jobs, and representative Jennifer Buley said 18 of them were

filled by Mainers. The company has projected it will create a total of 30 jobs in the next three years. She said resumes began to pile up as soon as the company announced it was moving to Brunswick in April. “We got such a tremendous response for applicants, I don’t know that we had to extend a lot of energy looking for people,” Buley said. “I think we pretty much hired from the direct responses we got.” Another Brunswick Landing business, cyber security company Resilient Tier-V Corp., has tapped into Goodwill Workforce Solutions for eight of its recent

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4 candidates for 3 Topsham seats on SAD 75 board By Alex Lear TOPSHAM — Four candidates are running for three Topsham seats on the School Administrative District 75 Board of Directors in the November election.

Incumbents Jane Scease of Western Avenue and James Cusano of Amanda Drive face challenges from Jeffrey Wolkens of Meadow Road and James Connors of Augusta Road.

Director Roland Tufts has chosen not to run again for the three-year seat.

James Conners Conners, 69, is married and has 12 children and 20 grandchildren. He has lived in Topsham for 25 years. Before his retirement he taught vocational building construction at Lewiston Regional Technical Center for 21 years, and prior to that he Conners taught at Lisbon High School and was a carpenter. Connors also taught night school at Maine Region 10 Technical High School

in Brunswick, which serves students from Brunswick, SAD 75 and Freeport. “I have been in the schools from seventh grade to 12th grade, and I’ve also done a lot of night school with adults, and I thought I might just have something to contribute when it comes to making some decisions,” Conners said. He said he is interested in students having the opportunity to learn something that is useful to them, “and it may be going to college, and it may be vocational, it may be an apprenticeship. I think there are several different routes that are applicable today, and I don’t if they’re being made available to students.” Conners noted that he and his wife had successfully raised a large family. “I think being a parent is a great learning experience, because you take children from birth all the way up to a certain age, and you just learn a lot about what kids need and how they function, how they work,” he said. “And you also learn that there’s such a variety, and that one thing doesn’t work with them all. And I think that applies to schooling.”

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Cusano, 45, is married and has three children. He has lived in Topsham for four years and is a vice president of retail sales strategy with TD Bank. Although this is Cusano’s first campaign for election to the board, he has twice filled vacancies Cusano created when board members did not finish their terms, most recently for Claudia Beckwith, who resigned in December 2010. “I’ve always been interested in taking part (in) the direction of the schools in the community,” he said. “Obviously having children in the school district, you have a little bit more interest in seeing the curriculum and the various activities.” Cusano said he believes everyone in the community is concerned about the way state funding has been reduced, and the impact those cuts can have on SAD 75’s mission statement and how it educates children in the district. “It’s a challenging time,” he said, “but sometimes the best challenges bring out the best opportunities.” Cusano said he is passionate about the issues SAD 75 faces. “I clearly have a vested interest in how we run our schools,” he said, “and I think it’s important that we include the voice of all students.” He said there is “great work” being done on SAD 75’s committees and in its schools, “and I would advise everyone in the community to come out and get more involved. ... Whether I get elected, or another very qualified individual does, the main thing is that we have dedicated and passionate people on the board.” continued next page

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Jane Scease Scease, 75, has six children and nine grandchildren. Now retired, she spent nearly 30 years as a medical social worker for the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs in Maine, Texas and Washington. Scease moved to Topsham in 1998, has Scease served one term on the School Board, and was on the Board of Selectmen from 2001-2007. “I think that education is one of the most serious functions of government,” Scease said. “And I’m very interested in having our children receive the best education that they can.” She said “we make the case ... to people that it’s really important for them to invest in education. ... It’s the one investment that we really need to make for the future.” Scease was elected Sagadahoc County treasurer last fall, and she serves on the Topsham Housing Authority, the Greater

Brunswick Housing Corp. board and with MaineShare, a group of more than 30 Maine nonprofits that have joined to raise funds and awareness about their work. She said she is dedicated to the cause of education and recognizes the issues involved with funding public education. “In these days of budget challenges, it’s really important that we be very responsible in managing our schools,” Scease said.

Jeffrey Wolkens Wolkens, 47, is married and has two children. He has lived in Topsham 11 years and works in inventory control at Staples in Brunswick. “I’ve seen a lot of things progress basically backwards instead of forward, and I’m kind of (one of) those types that Wolkens thinks that a parent needs to be more involved on the (School) Board,” Wolkens said. “Of course, we’re always asked about being involved in our kids’ education, and I agree.”

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Wolkens said he would prefer to see fewer “outside influences” in the classroom setting. “They’re always working on the kids when it comes to their social skills ... but they’re not spending as much time on the basics of reading, writing and arithmetic, and that type of thing,” he said. He said he has seen more evidence of this with his 9-year-old son than he did with his 21-year-old son. “I’d like to see a little less of all the outside stuff that really the family and the parents should be handling,” Wolkens said. He said he offers “a basic perspective

on education,” noting that “you spend a lot of hours with your kids, and you’d like to be able to see them come home and show you what they’ve learned for the day, instead of having you try to figure out what it is you have to teach them for the day.” Wolkens has been a Sunday school superintendent with the East Brunswick Baptist Church for 15 years, and he is active in the Sagadahoc County Republican Committee. Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 8. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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Changes proposed in rules on student restraint By Emily Parkhurst AUGUSTA — After nearly nine months of work, a group of special education professionals, school principals, disability rights advocates and parents has sent rule changes on the restraint and seclusion of school children to the Maine Department of Education. The DOE will review the proposals and then send its version to the education commissioner and the state Legislature for approval. The stakeholder group has proposed that the word “therapeutic” be struck entirely from the rules, which now refer to “therapeutic restraint.” “You do a restraint when it’s necessary. Being therapeutic is not its job,” said Disability Rights Center attorney Diane Smith Howard. The term “time-out” will also no longer be

synonymous with “seclusion,” if the group’s recommendations are adopted. The changes would define seclusion as involuntary, while a time-out would be when a student complies with an adult’s request to take a break. The rules would also prohibit airwayrestrictive restraints, which were addressed in two administrative letters to all Maine schools, but which an investigation last year by The Forecaster found was not represented in many schools’ policies and in some cases not being observed by school staff. The new rules would also require a nurse to examine a child he or she has been restrained, and require parents be notified annually of a school’s policy on the use of restraint and seclusion. “What we’ve got here is pretty fantastic,” Smith Howard said of the proposed rule changes. “It’s better than a majority of other states.”

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However, she said she would have liked to have seen the new rules prohibit schools from including restraint in a student’s individual education plan, or IEP. Currently, schools can include restraint as part of a student’s plan, and Smith Howard said that can result in “planned” restraints, something disability rights advocates would like to see disappear. Some members of the stakeholder group also fought to include reporting requirements, which would have schools report the number of restraints performed and how many students were restrained every year. “So, that way (the DOE) could figure out, does a school have a problem, and if it is a problem, why is that the case,” Smith Howard said. Currently, Maine schools are not required to report any data about restraint and seclusion of students. Other states, such as Connecticut and Texas, do require this kind of reporting. Smith Howard said the members of the stakeholder group supported the reporting requirements, but that the DOE did not want to require it. She said her group would lobby the Legislature to include the requirement in the rules it will review and ultimately approve, likely in the next session. The DRC, which frequently represents parents when they file a complaint about the use of restraint and seclusion, also pushed to include a formal complaint process in the new rules. “We’ve had 50 complaints in the last two years,” Smith Howard said, adding that in the past two weeks alone the DRC has

received six restraint- or seclusion-related complaints from parents. She pointed to budget cuts, which have forced districts to lay off the ed techs who work one-on-one with disabled students or those with behavior problems, as part of the problem. Deb Davis, a Falmouth resident, stakeholder group member and parent of a child who experienced seclusion and restraint, said she has had several parents call her since she began advocating for students. “In one story, a mom’s son was in seclusion for five hours,” Davis said. “Even though it’s not in the news, it’s happening every day. There are kids being hurt.” She said she is cautiously optimistic that the DOE will accept the recommendations the group put together. “I do think we worked really hard to protect kids,” Davis said. Once the DOE puts together its proposed changes and presents them to the education commissioner, the public will have 30 days to comment before a legislative committee takes up the issue. DOE spokesman David Connerty-Marin said the department is not ready to comment on the proposed changes, since the stakeholder group only finished meeting last week. However, he said there would be multiple public hearings, probably in November and December, on the rule changes before they’re sent to the Legislature, followed by legislative hearings next year. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

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large expanses of rocks that littered the beach. But now here I was in the darkness, up against a sea of stone, with no apparent way out. But as I began to walk, I noticed that what once appeared to be a solid mass of rocks wasn’t; the spaces of soft sand in between were more abundant and frequent than they looked from a distance. And in the gray light of a non-existent moon, I realized that if I focused on each footstep, I would reach my destination. And what seemed at first to be an impossible task, wasn’t. And as I kept my attention on the present moment rather than on the thousands of cold, hard obstacles that lay between myself and my automobile, I realized the “obstacle” was an illusion. And it struck me that in life, we fall prey to the same thing, but on a larger scale. When we are dealt a tough hand, when we peer into the future, it often appears daunting, even impossible. We wonder how we’ll make it. We wonder how we’ll survive. And sometimes, we want to give up. Eleven days after my foggy and enlightening beach walk, I accomplished a huge goal: I penned the final words to my first book, “The Irreverent Widow.” All 12 tweaked chapters were sent off into the ether, to my editor, 3,000 miles away. My love, my tears, my laughter, my lessons. It was not merely the culmination of much hard work, but the end of a chapter of my life. My widowhood chapter. I’d set a goal for myself: to have this first book completed and off to my editor before my October birthday. And so, four days before my self-imposed deadline, I’d done it. This made me smile, and do a little (OK, big!) happy dance. It also made me weep. Because when you actually keep your promises to yourself – when

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you make your dreams a reality – it can be overwhelming. A celebration was in order, and shortly after hitting “send” on my MacBook and launching all 70,271 words into cyberspace, I was en route to meet with a friend. Walking back into my kitchen two hours later, I was greeted by a glum-looking Harold and Charles, who spewed forth the news that the Apple computer legend, Steve Jobs, had died. Now, it’s not as if we were really tight with Steve. He didn’t pop in for dinner when he was on the East Coast. But it somehow felt that way. Maybe it was the fact that, like Drew, he had died of pancreatic cancer. Maybe it was that every word I’d written since being widowed had been on a Mac. Maybe it’s because they were both too young. Too full of creativity. Too full of life to have left this earth. All I know is, tears filled my eyes. The realization that I’d finished my book on the same day that the man who was the genius behind the computer upon which I’d typed every single word had breathed his last breath filled me with a knowing. That we are all connected. Intertwined. And like my walk on that stony beach, our path toward our future isn’t as impossible as it may sometimes appear. And if we look for the sand in between the stones, and take one small step at a time, we can reach our destiny. 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 or contact her at

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Cumberland County candidate opposes bond issue I intend to vote no on the Cumberland County Civic Center bond question on Nov. 8. As a former county Budget Committee member, I have read the studies and have been given the “backstage tour” at the center. Although I believe the proposal and plans are responsibly designed, I do not believe this is a good time to add debt on the taxpayers for non-essential items. Borrowing $33 million (plus up to $22 million in interest) over 25 years is a price tag that I do not believe most people are prepared for. I can imagine situations where I could support the improvements. There could be a more modest proposal, the recovery could improve where we could afford it, or the city of Portland might be willing to pay for a larger portion of the renovations. In any case, the citizens of the county will decide this issue. If I am privileged to be elected county commissioner for the new Third District, I will follow the instructions of the voters. Mark D. Grover Gray

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Public spirit on Scarborough Beach Scarborough Beach is my favorite place in all the world. I started going there 50 years ago when old Mrs. Jordan used to sit by the rickety bridge in her beach wagon collecting parking fees. Look for my ashes to wash up on the sands there one of these days. I do not take threats to it lightly. So you might assume I’d be opposed to the Black Point Beach Park the Sprague Corp. has proposed there. I am not. Quite to the contrary, I applaud the public-spiritedness of the Sprague Corp. in offerThe Universal ing to create more and better public access to the most beautiful beach in Maine. The Black Point Beach Park proposal has been met with predictable NIMBYism from self-interested neighbors, the condo dwellers of the Atlantic House complex and the old money cottagers of the Prouts Neck summer colony. But the unwashed public, Edgar Allen Beem you and me, should be thrilled and grateful that public access may continue to trump private privilege on Scarborough Beach. The Sprague Corp., 68 descendants of Phineas W. Sprague and their spouses, own 2,200 acres along the Cape Elizabeth and Scarborough shore and, to their everlasting credit, they are willing to share it. Crescent Beach State Park was created on Sprague land back in 1960. For years, Scarborough Beach State Park was just a 66-foot strip of state-owned land that gave access to beach actually owned by the Sprague family. Since 1993, the Sprague Corp. has managed the state park and, in 1999, it sold the park to the state. Anyone who, like myself, has a season pass to Scarborough Beach knows that the parking shortage and resultant traffic backup on Black Point Road has become an issue on hot summer days in recent years. The upper lot fills, the lower lot fills, the overflow lot across the street fills, and, when the 410 parking spots are full, cars cue up along the busy road to wait their turn. To alleviate this problem, the Sprague Corp. proposed a 370-car grass lot with snack bar and bathrooms on 62 acres just north of Scarborough Beach State Park. The town granted the special exemption


permit required and was promptly sued by the furious forces of the status quo. Opponents of the park would have us believe they are concerned about preserving habitat for piping plover and New England cottontails, but there are no rabbits on that parcel of land now and no plovers nested on Scarborough Beach last year. What opponents are really concerned about is preserving their privacy and privilege. I was once thrown out of Prouts Neck by an old battle-ax who was the self-appointed defender of this privacy and privilege, so I know whereof I speak. The Sprague Corp. could have proposed building a dozen homes or two dozen condos on its land, a far more lucrative way to go and one we can assume the Atlantic House and Prouts Neck gentry would have applauded. Instead, the Spragues, traitors to their class, proposed a public park. From where I sit (in a beach chair to the left of the beach path and to the right of the lifeguard tower) it looks as though everyone will win when Black Point Beach Park is approved, except perhaps the NIMBY neighbors. The public will get more and better access to a very special place. The town will see its Comprehensive Plan, which calls for more shoreland access, realized. The Sprague Corp. will get a revenue stream to help maintain their property holdings that, in turn, preserve open space. And the folks at Prouts Neck will see traffic congestion along Black Point Road relieved. The farmer who tills the Sprague land will gain a source of water that will open up more Sprague fields to cultivation. The piping plovers, should they return to nest, will benefit from greater management and the prohibition against dogs that will come with the park. And the New England cottontails will have three acres of habit restored, though a whole herd of them seem quite content, thank you very much, living on Sprague land just across the Spurwink River in Cape Elizabeth. Hats off to the Sprague family. In a day and age when the common good is regularly rejected and ridiculed by the self-satisfied, self-important, self-interested squires of the status quo, the Spragues (at least the branch of the family that inherited Phineas W.’s land) have remained civic-minded, public-spirited and willing to share the wealth. 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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Summonses 10/5 Will Lallier, 23, of O'Farrell Street, Topsham, was issued a summons by Officer Michelle Small on Leeman Highway on charges of operating after suspension and operating with an expired license for more than 90 days. 10/6 Harry Hilton, 57, of Wiscasset, was issued a summons by Cpl. Marc Brunelle on Chandler Drive on charges of violation of a protection from harrassment order and violation of condition of release.

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10/4 at 2:20 p.m. False alarm at Hyde School. 10/4 at 2:56 p.m. Motor vehicle accident at High and Court streets. 10/5 at 10:24 a.m. False alarm at the post office. 10/7 at 1:04 p.m. Carbon monoxide check on Western Avenue. 10/8 at 11:01 a.m. Odor investigation on High Street. 10/8 at 3:30 p.m. Propane order on Windjammer Way.

EMS Bath emergency medical services responded to 42 calls from Oct. 3-10.

10/3 at 11:16 a.m. Connor J. Toothaker, 18, of Bridge Street, Topsham, was arrested by Det. Richard Cutliffe on Bridge Street on a warrant. 10/3 at 2:51 p.m. Ronald E. Williams Jr., 39, of Middle Street, Bath, was arrested by Officer Julia Gillespie on Bath Road on a charge of operating under the influence. 10/5 at 12:45 a.m. Carl David White, 31, of Seafarer Lane, Bath, was arrested by Officer Thomas P. Stanton Jr. on Maine Street on a warrant and on charges of possession of marijuana and sale and use of drug paraphernalia. 10/6 at 2:11 p.m. Joseph W. Plummer III, 20, of Bumpy Hill Road, Bath, was arrested by Officer Justin Dolci on Federal Street on a charge of unlawful sexual assault. 10/7 at 5:36 p.m. Francisco Valle, 30, of Cumberland Street, was arrested by Officer Brandon Ingaharro on Cushing Street on a warrant. 10/8 at 12:22 a.m. Jeremy Matthew Wallace, 40, of Meadow Road Extension, Topsham, was arrested by Officer Patrick Scott on Stanwood Street on a charge of violating condition of release. 10/8 at 5:49 p.m. Charles Green, 40, of Green Street, East Dixfield, was arrested by Officer Paul Plummer on Merepoint Road on a warrant.

Summons 10/4 at 12:30 a.m. Brandon R. Carleton, 24, of Preston Drive, Woolwich, was issued a summons by Officer Brandon Ingaharro on Old Bath Road on a charge of operating while license suspended or revoked. 10/4 at 2:09 a.m. Kristin Shipp, 32, of Lincoln Street, was issued a summons by Sgt. Joel Bruce on Bath Road on a charge of failure to register vehicle.

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Harpswell Arrests No arrests or summonses were reported from Oct. 3-10.

Topsham Arrests from previous page 10/5 at 4:08 p.m. Shane M. Sawler, 35, of Federal Street, was issued a summons by Officer Patrick Mahar on Federal Street on a charge of endangering the welfare of a child. 10/6 at 1:21 a.m. Mary Ellen Medeiros, 48, of Union Street, was issued a summons by Officer Robert D. Lane on Union Street on a charge of allowing a minor to possess or consume alcohol. 10/6 at 1:21 a.m. Joshua Thomas, 19, of Cushing Street, was issued a summons by Officer Robert D. Lane on Union Street on a charge of minor consuming alcohol. 10/7 at 3:24 p.m. Neil Buckley, 27, of Sadler Drive, was issued a summons by Officer Patrick Scott on Fox Run Drive of false identification of registration plates. 10/8 at 11:58 p.m. Richard A.Goddard, 32, of Meadow Road, Bowdoin, was issued a summons by Officer Patrick Scott on Route 1 on a charge of false identification of registration plates. 10/9 at 11:51 p.m. Anthony A. Linkovich, 31, of Link Lane, Topsham, was issued a summons by Officer Gretchen Paxton on Tibbetts Drive on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 10/9 at 4:58 p.m. Zachery B. White, 18, of Hillside Road, was issued a summons by Officer Robert D. Lane Jr. on Fairways Drive on a charge of unlawful furnishing of scheduled drugs.

Drivin' donuts 10/4 at 2:36 p.m. A Jordan Avenue resident called to complain that a car was doing donuts in the parking lot at Edwards Field. An officer found two teenage boys in the car, who admitted to driving "like a jerk."

Pirate of the Caribbean 10/6 at 11:44 a.m. A Water Street resident reported that she had been the victim of fraud. The 50-year old woman allegedly received a phone call from a man in Jamaica who said he needed $1,000 to claim his $2 million inheritance, and once he received it he would send her half. She allegedly sent him the $1,000 and never heard back from him. Nor did he answer her phone calls. Police are investigating the situation.

Fire calls 10/3 at 3:40 p.m. Fire alarm on Belmont Street. 10/4 at 3:59 p.m. Medical emergency on I-295. 10/6 at 4:08 p.m. Vehicle crash on I-295. 10/6 at 5:13 p.m. Vehicle crash on I-295. 10/6 at 6:57 p.m. Vehicle crash on River Road. 10/6 at 7:09 p.m. Medical emergency on School Street. 10/7 at 10:41 a.m. Follow-up investigation on Country Lane. 10/8 at 4:37 p.m. Check welfare on Water Street. 10/8 at 8:23 p.m. Fire alarm on Main Street, Freeport. 10/9 at 4:46 p.m. Vehicle crash on Pleasant Street.

10/6 at 12:20 a.m. Eric Anderson, 48, of Pine Hill Drive, Bath, was arrested by Officer Peter Kaminski on Lewiston Road on a charge of operating under the influence. 10/7 at 8:37 a.m. Joshua Hart, 20, of Middlesex Road, was arrested on a warrant by Officer Robert Ramsay on Middlesex Road. 10/9 at 6:01 p.m. Tyler Matias, 22, of Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, was arrested by Officer Peter Kaminski on Main Street on a charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs.

Summonses 10/8 at 3:28 p.m. Nathan Meadows, 31, of Bunny Lane, was issued a summons by Officer Randy Cook on Elm Street on a charge of operating without a license.

Fake Hamilton 10/3 at 8:16 a.m. Officer William Collins responded to the report of a person having used a counterfeit $10 bill at the J & S Oil Express Stop on Lewiston Road. The bill had been passed between 1-9 p.m. the day before, and police secured it and locked it up for evidence. The bill may be turned over to the Secret Service.

Fire calls 10/3 at 8:34 a.m. Utility problem on Main Street. 10/4 at 8:12 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Mallett Drive. 10/5 at 7:19 p.m. Fire alarm on Meadow Road. 10/6 at 6:13 p.m. Chimney fire on Lewiston Road. 10/8 at 12:09 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Winter Street. 10/8 at 4:06 p.m. Fire alarm on Topsham Fair Mall Road. 10/8 at 10:54 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Route 201.



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Buckle up, playoffs right around the corner Even though we were treated to a delicious taste of summer in recent days, the fall sports season is coming to a close. Golf is in the process of determining its team and individual champs, field hockey’s regular season expired at press time, while soccer, cross country and football will soon follow suit. Here’s where things stand as we approach the middle of October:

Golf Brunswick’s golf team came in seventh at the Class A state match Monday at Natanis Golf

Course in Vassalboro. The Dragons shot a 355, but finished behind champion Falmouth (312), Cheverus (331), Deering (332), Scarborough (336), Gorham (337) and Bangor (349).

Football Brunswick’s football team continues to excel. The Dragons extended their win streak to five games last Friday by holding off visiting Messalonskee, 20-14. Brunswick (tied with Bangor for second in the latest Eastern Class A Crabtree Points standings) plays host to Oxford Hills Friday and will try not to look

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forward to the following weekend’s showdown at top-ranked Lawrence. Mt. Ararat dropped to 0-6 and (10th in the Crabtrees) with a 42-6 loss at Edward Little Friday. The Eagles welcome Messalonskee Friday. In Eastern B, Morse won its second straight last weekend, 52-28, over visiting Old Town. The Shipbuilders are seventh in the Crabtrees and go to Mt. Blue Friday.

Boys’ soccer The Mt. Ararat boys’ soccer team has fallen from the top spot in the Eastern A Heals after a 3-2 home loss to new No. 1 Lewiston last week. The Eagles did improve to 7-1-3 Friday after a 2-0 win at Oxford Hills. Mt. Ararat hosted Brunswick Tuesday, goes to defending Class A champion Bangor Saturday and closes the regular season at home against Edward Little next Tuesday. Brunswick took a 4-3-3 mark and the No. 8 spot in the Heals into Tuesday’s game at Mt. Ararat. After hosting Oxford Hills Wednesday, the Dragons visit Edward Little Friday and close home with Lewiston Tuesday of next week. In Western B, Morse was 7-31 and fourth in the Heals at the start of the week. Last week, the Shipbuilders won twice at home last week, 2-1, over Leavitt and 1-0 over Lincoln. Aaron Lapointe and Cory Snyder (the winner, with 40 seconds left) scored against the Hornets. “I give Leavitt a lot of credit for playing throughout and taking advantage of one of our few miscues to get the tying goal in the second half,” said Morse coach Tom Rackmales. “After that it was anyone’s game, with them hitting the post with 10 minutes left and Cody creating that huge winner for us. After a couple of tough losses, we’re happy to pull off this big win.” The Shipbuilders were at Medomak Wednesday, host Winslow Friday and close at Maranacook Tuesday of next week.

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Brunswick’s Maisie Silverman entered four tournaments in single and one in doubles this past summer and won three open singles crowns, was a finalist in the other, and won her doubles tournament. Silverman took the women’s championship in the MTA major championships, the Debevoise Memorial in South Portland and Summer’s End Classic. She was a finalist in the Betty Blakeman Memorial and won the women’s open doubles.

On the girls’ side, Morse continues to dazzle. The Shipbuilders began the week first in the Western B Heals with a 10-0 mark after punishing host Lincoln Friday, 11-0. Tori Field scored a whopping seven goals to lead the way. Morse was at Leavitt Tuesday, hosted Medomak Wednesday, plays at Winslow Friday and hosts Ma-

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Morse’s Michael Freeman delivers a hit on Old Town’s Dan Rivers during Saturday’s victory. The Shipbuilders balanced their record at 3-3 with their second straight win.

ranacook Tuesday of next week. In Eastern A, Brunswick is up to second behind Bangor in the standings after Thursday’s 6-1 win at Hampden. The Dragons hosted Mt. Ararat Tuesday, visited Oxford Hills Wednesday, play host to Edward Little Saturday and close at Lewiston Tuesday of next week. Mt. Ararat began the week 8-2-1 and fifth after a 2-0 win at Lewiston and a 1-0 home loss to Oxford Hills last week. Haley Michaud had both goals in the victory. The Eagles visited Brunswick Tuesday, play host to Bangor Saturday and close at Edward Little Tuesday of next week.

Field hockey Mt. Ararat remains the lone field hockey team in line for a playoff berth as the regular season winds down. The Eagles lost, 1-0, at home to Edward Little and tied hosted Lewiston, 2-2, last week. Mt. Ararat was clinging to the eighth and final spot entering Tuesday’s finale at Brunswick. The Dragons had a chance to leapfrog the Eagles if they won that game. Brunswick was 3-91 and ninth entering the game after a 4-2 loss at Skowhegan and its first win of the year, 1-0, at home over Cony, last week. In Western B, Morse was

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Morse junior Keegan Drouin beats an Old Town defender to haul in a reception during the Shipbuilders’ 52-28 home win over Old Town Saturday.

1-10-1 and 13th in the Heals (only 10 teams qualify) after a 1-0 win at Oak Hill last week. The Shipbuilders finished with a home game against Mt. Blue and a trip to Erskine.

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The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference champion cross country meet is Saturday at Cony. The Eastern A regionals are Saturday, Oct. 22 at Belfast. The Class A state championships are Saturday, Oct. 29 at Twin Brook in Cumberland.

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Casco Baykeeper Joe Payne received a Hero award from Robert F. Kennedy Jr., president of the international environmental advocacy organization Waterkeeper Alliance, at the annual gathering of Waterkeepers. Kennedy recognized Payne’s 20 years of service as Casco Baykeeper working on behalf of Maine’s coastal waters. Payne is the secondlongest-serving Waterkeeper. Main Street Bath was recognized by the Main Downtown Center with an



award for an Outstanding Image Campaign for downtown Bath. The award was presented at the Vital Maine Communities Conference to Main Street Bath for excellence in marketing Bath’s downtown through a 32-page supplement in DownEast Magazine. Carolyn Ouellette, Director of the Maine Office of Tourism, accepted the award on behalf of Main

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Street Bath, whose mission is to preserve and promote downtown Bath by working with every segment of the community. Maine McDonald’s owner/operator Gary L. Eckmann of Hampden, was recently honored by the Portland Ronald McDonald House with its prestigious Heart of Gold award. Eckmann was recognized for more than 20 years of service to the Maine Ronald McDonald Houses at the 19th annual Portland Ronald McDonald House Golf Tournament. Over the years Eckmann has served as a member of the Bangor Ronald McDonald House Board of Directors, was a founding member of the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Maine and has served for many years as president of its Board of Trustees and as the Charities Grant Administrator. “The Fish House Door,� a picture book written by Robert F. Baldwin, illustrated by Astrid Sheckels and published by Islandport Press of Yarmouth, received the Children’s Book Award for the 2011 Maine Literary Awards from the Maine Writers and Publishers Alliance at a re-

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cent ceremony. Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, was awarded the 2011 Base Redevelopment Leadership Award by the Association of Defense Communities. The award is given in recognition of an individual from a closed or realigned base whose leadership efforts were essential to the success of a base redevelopment project. The award was presented at a special ceremony held during the ADC 2011 Annual Conference in Norfolk, Va. Levesque has led the redevelopment of the Brunswick Naval Air Station into Brunswick Landing, a high-tech business campus focusing on aviation, renewable energy, advanced composites and education. Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. of Cundy’s Harbor and Topsham received three gold SOFI Awards for Specialty Outstanding Food Innovation. The company picked up the Best in Show award with a Gold award for Best Product

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People & business from page 14 Line. The Orr’s Island Oyster Stew won a Gold award in the Outstanding Soup, Stew, Bean or Chili category. And the Lobster Risotto on the Half Shell won a Gold award in the Outstanding Perishable Foodservice Product category. Award-winners were selected from more than 2,200 gourmet product entries in 33 categories by a national panel of specialty food buyers. Residential Resources of Maine, a provider of support services for individuals with disabilities, named Michael White of Portland as its employee of the year. White, a direct support professional who

has served in the same group home for 14 years, also received an Honorable Mention award as DSP of The Year by the American Network of Community Options and Resources. Phil Dube of South Portland, a member of the South Portland-Cape Elizabeth Rotary Club, was recently presented with the Unsung Hero Award by District Governor Gary Spears at a recent Club meeting. The award is given in recognition of individuals who always go the extra mile behind the scenes and volunteering whenever the Club needs a helping hand. Dube has been an active member of the Club since 1970 and has also been recognized as a Paul Harris Fellow. The Brunswick Downtown Associa-

Sweet spot stands still, gets suspended. It’s a very peaceful thing to do.” Although the bees were still out collecting the last of the season’s nectar and pollen, Stanton is done harvesting honey for the year because flowers are growing scarce. The bees’ final offering, collected in early fall, is now on sale at the Vegetable Corner on Harpswell Neck Road in the jars labeled “Harpswell Honey: made by the hardworking honey bees of Harpswell Neck.” Stanton, who divides her time between New Jersey and Harpswell, began keeping bees seven years ago, a decision she said was inspired by trips to her relatives’ farms as a child. “I just liked the idea of taking care of animals ... and I’ve never had enough property to do sheep or goats,” she said. As a gardener, bee behavior appealed to her. She admired the pollination aspect of their work. So she started reading up about bee keeping and found a mentor in New Jersey who had dozens of hives. Soon enough she had her own, although her first year as bee keeper was not without mistakes. “The first year that you have a hive you really shouldn’t take any honey off of it,” she explained, because the bees might not have produced enough honey yet to feed them throughout the winter. “It’s really hard to do, it’s really tempting,” she said. “I did it when I was a beginner and my bees died.” Stanton is more experienced now, and it shows. She knows how to avoid getting stung (don’t bump the hive or eat bananas before bee keeping), and what to do if it happens (puff smoke on the area or rub it with grass to disperse the pheromones bees

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Field bees enter the hive after foraging for pollen and nectar.

release when irritated). She has increased the number of hives she keeps to 15, which are spread throughout Harpswell Neck on farms, near flower gardens or in fields. They are about two miles apart, far enough so she can create new hives from existing ones without risking that the bees will flying back to their original home. She finds that people are always shocked to learn that each hive has about 60,000 bees, a number that seems more reasonable when you consider that 400 bees fit in a half cup. “It sounds like so many bees because you don’t see most of them, all you see are the field bees,” which are nearing the end of their life cycle and are tasked with collecting pollen and nectar. This summer Stanton’s 900,000 bees yielded about 100 pounds of honey. Not that much, she acknowledged, because only three of her hives were producing and she only started selling honey late in the season – her first venture into the commercial side of beekeeping. She offered customers two “varietals”: a pale, early spring honey and an auburn autumn harvest. The color depends on the kinds of flowers the pollen came from.

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tion hosted the 5th Annual Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival and featured more than 90 artists’ works in a juried fine art and craft exhibit. Judges awarded more than $1,250 in cash prizes for Best in Show, BDA People’s Choice and first place ribbons in several categories. Award-winners were as follows: Best in Show, Diana Boyle; BDA’s Choice, Joseph Cousins; Recipients of First Place Ribbons were: Edgar Reims, painting; Consuelo Bailey, mixed media; Scott Perry, photograpy; Rose Samson, graphics and drawing; and Robin Gardella, all other category. Non-monetary award winners in the Brunswick High School booth were Corinne Zinni, first place; and Lauren Kennedy, second place.

Non-monetary award winners in the Merrymeeting Adult Education booth are Carol Seward, first place; and Judith Long, second place. DeLorme, a Yarmouth-based provider of mapping, GPS, and satellite communication technologies, received an Outside Magazine Gear of the Show award and Best of Show honors for its inReach two-way satellite communicator. The inReach uses the Iridium satellite network, which enables inReach to deliver two-way text messaging with full “pole-to-pole” global coverage, message delivery confirmation, and provides remote tracking. The inReach can be pre-ordered at

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they’re so big and they have all these bees to manage, they could be treating them with antibiotics. You don’t really know what’s in that honey.” Not so with small-scale producers. “If you get local honey and you know the beekeeper and you know what the beekeeper’s doing,” Stanton said, “at least you know where your bees are foraging and (where) your honey is coming from.” Which, for Harpswell residents, is right down the road.

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Late-summer honey is made of goldenrod and aster pollen, while the spring season yields clover, apple and raspberry. At nearly $6 a pound, Harpswell Honey is more expensive than generic honey from the grocery store. But Stanton said it’s worth the price. “When you buy ... at the grocery store, that honey’s from all over the United States. Most of it’s from big, really big commercial bee keepers,” she said, who make a living driving their bees to various orchards to pollenate fruit trees or berries. “Because

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Consignment shop innovators, such as DoubleTake (, a growing chain of consignment stores on the East Coast, regularly receive merchandise directly from designers, the wardrobe departments of television shows, and from socialites and fashionistas across the country. Says owner/operator Marci Kessler, who has been in the consignment business for more than 20 years, “I never anticipated such an overwhelming response. From day one we’ve had a steady continuous stream of beautiful designer merchandise that comes from people in every imaginable situation, and because we have such a high turnover rate through fast sales in our stores, we’ve built up a base of over 10,000 regular consignors.” What is the draw to consignment? For shoppers, it’s the ability to get very good

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Consignment stores are big business. According to the Association of Resale Professionals, there are currently more than 30,000 resale, consignment and thrift shops in the United States. The industry has also experienced a growth --approximately 7 percent a year for the past two years. Plus, with real estate prices at all-time lows, many enterprising people are taking advantage of low rents and opening up consignment stores all across the country. Don’t think consignment stores are glorified yard sales, either. Most stores will not accept items that are out-of-date or too much out of season. Some shops won’t carry merchandise that is older than two years old. In this economy, many people are looking to make or save money. Consignment stores can offer the best of both worlds.

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Mon. 10/17 1 p.m. Staff Review 46 Federal St. Mon. 10/17 7 p.m. Town Council Brunswick Station Tue. 10/18 4 p.m. Police Station Sub-Committee BS Tue. 10/18 7:15 p.m. Village Review BS Wed. 10/19 12 p.m. Brunswick Development Corp. McLellan Bldg. Wed. 10/19 6 p.m. Appointment Sub-Committee 28 Federal St. Wed. 10/19 7 p.m. Recreation Commission BS Thu. 10/20 7:30 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeals BS

Sunday 10/16 Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk, 11 a.m., Town Mall Gazebo, Brunswick, FMI, 1-800-2272345,

Bulletin Board Veterans Benefits Assistance, third Tuesday of each month, forms, information on obtaining benefits, free, but appointment required, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475. Free Disaster Training, Tuesdays through Oct. 18, 6-9 p.m.; 10/11 Client Casework Part 2; 10/18 Damage Assessment, Mid Coast Chapter of American Red Cross, 16 Community Way, Topsham, registration required, 729-6779, Write On! writers group, led by Bonnie Wheeler, Wednesdays 12:30-3 p.m., donations appreciated, People Plus Community Center, 35 Union St., Brunswick, sign up, 729-0757. Intermediate Cribbage, Wednesdays 8:45-11 a.m., People Plus Community Center, 35 Union St., Brunswick, sign up, 729-0757.

Wednesday 10/19 Topsham Candidate Forum, sponsored by The League of Women Voters of the Brunswick Area and Topsham Public Library, 7 p.m., all candidates for Board of Selectmen invited, public questions may be submitted via email, lwvba@, Town Hall, 100 Main St., Topsham.


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Vegetarian Community Meal, sponsored by Brunswick Food Not Bombs, most Sundays, 12-3 p.m., free, all welcome, in front of Brunswick Savings Bank (next to

Unleashing Your Child’s Potential: Tools to Develop Inner Peace, Success and Happiness in Your Children, parenting series by Bambi Thompson, Occupational Therapist, non-medicated ways to handle stress and anxiety, 7-9:30 p.m., $40, or $68 for 10/19 and 11/9 workshops, Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington St., Bath, FMI,

Getting Ready for Retirement Workshop, 5:30 p.m., public invited, Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, FMI Ellen Hawkins, 725-5242 ext. 216,

Thursday 10/20 Joshua L. Chamberlain Civil War Round Table meeting, lecture by Peter Vermilyea, “Fall 1863 Campaign (Bristoe Station, Rappahannock Station, Mine Run),” free, open to public, 7 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, information, Dan Cunningham 7299520, or Jay Stencil 721-0235.

Health & Support Friday 10/21 ”The Art of Being Human,” Shambhala Training Level One, weekend introduction to sitting meditation, Oct. 21-23, free public

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”Raising a Modern Day Knight,” registration deadline for 6-week DVD series to help fathers connect with their sons in life-changing ways, Monday evenings starting Nov. 7; 7-9 p.m., $30 includes all books, Flaming Physical Therapy, 11 Elsinore Ave., Bath, register, 215435-4625, email midcoastfamilyu@

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”Exploring French-Canadian Genealogy,” Denise Larson, 10:30 a.m. - 12 p.m., History Room, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, register, 443-5141, ext. 18.

Monday 10/17 ”Affordable Housing” discussion with Allen Wells, Roger Howell Jr., Professor of History, 4 p.m., free, open to the public, Lancaster Lounge, Moulton Union, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3291. ”Taking Women Seriously, Wherever We Find Them,” by Jennifer R. Scanlon, William R. Kennan, Professor of Gender and Women’s Studies, 7:30 p.m., free, open to the public,

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Harvest Supper, pork, turkey, veggies, pies, 4:40-6:30 p.m., $8 adults, $6 children, Bailey Island Church, Route 24.

Iris Network, Nancy Bennet discusses services for people with vision loss, 1 p.m., free, handicapped accessible, call to reserve space, 729-0757, People Plus Community Center, 35 Union St., Brunswick.


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Top picks: Laura Kargul and ‘Sleepy Hollow’ By Scott Andrews The fall season’s artistic offerings continue in full force this week with a variety of happenings. My personal pick of this weekend’s events is the annual October appearance of classical pianist Laura Kargul, a longtime professor at the University of Southern Maine School of Music. She’s appearing this Friday in Gorham in the Spotlight Series, which features the school’s faculty. Portland Ballet will reprise one of its original terpsichorean creations on Saturday with two performances of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at a new venue, the Westbrook Performing Arts Center. Denny Breau, a 10-time honoree of the Maine Country Music Association and the youngest inductee of the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame, will perform Saturday in an archetypal country venue: the Saco River Grange Hall in Bar Mills.

Laura Kargul Among my personal favorite events of the fall season is the almost-annual concert given by pianist Laura Kargul in the Spotlight Series of the University of Southern Maine School of Music. She’s the top piano prof at the school, plus she’s passionate about performing the Romantic repertoire, a sub-genre of classical music that flourished in the 1800s. Her personal favorite is Franz Liszt, Hungarian-born virtuoso performer and composer who was a musical rock star of his age in the capitals of 19th-century Europe. He’s also the archetype of the 19th-century hero: Most of his voluminous output was written for his own performances and he is credited with making the solo recital an important feature of the cultural landscape. Technically speaking, his style is characterized by bold harmonic experimentation and the use of recurring musical motives that thematically pervade his compositions. On Oct. 22, the musical world will celebrate the 200th anniversary of Liszt’s birth with concerts and other performances. Here in southern Maine, the big celebration will be Kargul’s all-Liszt

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concert this Friday. Kargul will perform solo piano selections including the stunning, poetic masterpiece “Blessing of God in Solitude” and the virtuosic tour de force, the Hungarian Rhapsody No. 12. Kargul will also present several of Liszt’s piano transcriptions of works by other composers including the monumental “Liebestod” of Richard Wagner, Robert Schumann’s “Widmung” and the dazzling opera paraphrase of “Lucia di Lammermoor” by Gaetano Donizetti. A resident of Freeport, Kargul has appeared as a soloist, chamber musician, adjudicator, lecturer and master class technician throughout Europe and the U.S. plus Canada and the West Indies. Her solo performances have been greeted with critical acclaim in venues such as the Amsterdam Concertgebouw, the Diligentia Theater in Den Haag, the Schleswig-Holstein and Nordhessen music festivals in Germany, Evian Music Festival in France and the Lesvos Arts Festival in Greece. Known especially for her performances of Liszt, she is one of very few artists ever invited to perform a full recital on the composer’s own Bechstein piano at the Liszt-Haus in Weimar, Germany. She has also released a solo CD of his transcriptions, “Liszt and Ravel: Transcriptions for Piano.” Kargul has been the director of the keyboard program at USM since 1989. Audience members will be enlightened and entertained by her comments from the stage. Catch this wonderful concert at 8 p.m. Oct. 14 at Corthell Hall on the University of Southern Maine’s Gorham campus. Call the music box office at 780-5555.

‘The Legend of Sleepy Hollow’ Halloween is quickly approaching, so a headless horseman seems like a natural way to anticipate the occasion. But a headless ballet dancer? Well, perhaps you should check out “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” an original terpsicho-


A romantic triangle plus a headless horseman are among the salient features of Portland Ballet’s production of “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow,” which will be performed twice on Saturday at the Westbrook Performing Arts Center.

rean creation of Portland Ballet which will be performed twice on Saturday in Westbrook. “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” premiered in the 2010 season and features original choreography by Nell Shipman and original music by Kirt Mosier, written on special commission. A live orchestra, conducted by Robert Lehmann, will accompany both performances of this classic ballet. The ballet is based on the famous tale of the same name, published by American author Washington Irving in 1820. The story takes place in a town in New York called Sleepy Hollow. Ichabod Crane is a very nervous and superstitious schoolteacher. He is in love with the beautiful Katrina Van Tassel. But so is a romantic rival: Brom Bones. Katrina apparently loves Ichabod, but she also seems attracted to Brom Bones. It’s a classic romantic triangle, and something has to give. What happens is totally surprising. One evening after a party at the Van Tassels’ home, Ichabod is pursued by the Headless Horseman, the ghost of a soldier who had his head shot off in a long-ago battle and now haunts the area. Ichabod disap-

pears and Katrina marries Brom Bones. Was Brom Bones really the Headless Horseman who chased off his rival? Or did Ichabod’s overly vivid imagination simply run amok? You decide. The part of Ichabod Crane will be reprised by dancer Derek Clifford. The part of Brom Bones and the Headless Horseman will be danced by Joseph Jefferies. Jen Jones will portray Katrina Van Tassel. There’s a supporting cast of about two dozen. Portland Ballet presents “The Legend of Sleepy Hollow” at the new Westbrook Performing Arts Center (at the middle school at 471 Stroudwater St.) twice on Oct. 15, at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

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The Saco River Grange Hall, former center of agriculture and old-time rural culture in Bar Mills, is one of Maine’s homiest arts centers. So it’s doubly appropriate that Saturday’s featured performer is one of the Pine Tree State’s favorite musicians. Singer-songwriter-guitarist Denny Breau has been honored by the Maine Country Music Association 10 times: Songwriter of the Year, Entertainer of the Year and eight times as Instrumentalist of the Year. He’s also the youngest inductee of the Maine Country Music Hall of Fame. Breau’s rhythmically flawless and dazzlingly clear style allows him to do amazing things with a six-string guitar. At first he’ll draw an audience into his musical world with a finely arranged melody, and then slides effortlessly into scorching finger work that sets ears aflame. Lightingfast guitar lines are balanced with guitar work with a quiet intimacy that wraps tenderly around carefully crafted songs. Breau mixes genres with ease: folk, Delta blues, country and jazz. Plus he’s an engaging storyteller. For Saturday’s concert he’ll be accompanied by a flutist and bass guitarist. Catch Denny Breau at the Saco River Grange Hall (29 Salmon Falls Road in the Bar Mills village of Buxton) at 7:30 p.m. Oct. 15. Call 929-6472.

Navigating the Journey of Healthcare for Seniors The Special Education records of MSAD 75 students born before December 31, 1986 will be destroyed on October 31, 2011. If you would like a copy of your own or your child's record before it is destroyed, please contact the MSAD 75 Special Services Office at 729-1557. FOR THOSE PARENTS OFADULT CHILDREN WHO MAY WANT THEIR CHILD'S SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORD, YOU MUST FIRST OBTAIN THE WRITTEN PERMISSION OF YOUR ADULT CHILD AND SUBMIT IT TO THE SPECIAL EDUCATION OFFICE BEFORE THE RECORD IS RELEASED. IF WE HAVE A REQUEST WITHOUT THE WRITTEN PERMISSION, WE WILL GLADLY HOLD THE RECORD UNTIL THE PERMISSION IS OBTAINED. Thank you.

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Wednesday, November 2, 5:30pm-7:00pm Understanding Advance Directives and “Do Not Resuscitate” Orders Learn the basics of Living Wills, HealthCare Power of Attorneys, and Do Not Resuscitate Orders. Wednesday, November 16, 5:30pm-7:00pm Holding on and Letting Go Learn how to adjust to others caring for your loved one. Presented by, Robin Wright, LCSW of VNA Home Health & Hospice. Kindly RSVP by calling 878-0788

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Mid Coast Auditions Tuesday 10/18 Studio Theatre of Bath, Auditions for “Best Christmas Pageant Ever,” 7 p.m. Oct. 18 and 19, Show dates are Dec. 9-11 and 16-18, Curtis Room, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, FMI,

Books, Authors Tuesday 10/18 Geoffrey Wolff, author of“The Hard Way Around: The passage of Joshua Slocum,” Annual Meeting of the Friends of the Patten Free Library, 7 p.m., free and open to the public, Patten Free Library, Summer St., Bath.

Hallowell Road, $20 for 8-foot table, proceeds support field trip funding, FMI, Nancy Decker at orc95@, 751-1323 or Laurel Gervais at Freeport Historical Society, seeking 6-8 actors for its “Ghosts of Freeport’s Past” event held Oct. 21-22, 27-29, FMI, Katie,, 865-3170. MunjoyHillNeighborhoodOrganization, seeking food vendors, artists, street goods vendors and nonprofits for the We Love Munjoy Hill Festival on Saturday, Oct. 22, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. at East End Community School, applications at

Books, Authors Friday 10/14

Mystery Author Series, with author Vicki Doudera, presented by Curtis Friends and Sisters in Crime, 7 p.m., free, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 7255242,

Book Sale at Prince Memorial Library, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15; and “Buck-A-Bag”9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 until all books are sold, Prince Memorial Library, Main St., Cumberland.

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Slant Storytelling Series, with speakers Aimee Bessire, Claude Rwaganje, Jim Morse, Patty Hagge, Sonya Tomlinson, and Zoe Weil, 7:30 p.m., free, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, hosted by The Telling Room,, 774-6064.

Fall Science Read Series, talk by Gene Clough, “Mars: What We Know and How We Know It,” noon, free, sponsored by Cornerstones of Science, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242.

Galleries Friday 10/14 “Last of the Season” Second Friday ArtWalk in Brunswick & Topsham, 5-8 p.m. self-guided art tour, including Bayview Gallery: “Selections from Gallery Artists,”Summer Island Studio: “Totem’s of Land & Sea,” Points of View:“Keep it Green, works by 16 Points of View Artists,”and Gallery Framing: “Assemblages by Ann Slocum, Nan McCurrach and Pat Spock,” Complete listings and map at, or participating galleries, FMI, 798-6964.

Music Friday 10/14 The Cimarron Project, 7:30 p.m., Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College, free, open to the public, FMI, Department of Music, 7984141 or

Sunday 10/23 “Songs of Samhain:” A Celtic Halloween at Winter Street Center, “Myth and Music” with Castlebay, Gaelic singer Holly Morrison and bagpiper Sue Mack, 7:30 p.m. $12 adults/ $5 children, Winter Street Center, Bath, 529-5438, or email

Theater/Dance ”Getting Old Isn’t For the Faint of Heart” presented by The Theater Project, A Center Stage Players Production, Oct. 14-16; 7 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, donation, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584, ”The Lion In Winter,” presented by Studio Theatre of Bath, 7:30 p.m. Oct. 14-15, 21-22; 2 p.m. Oct.16 and 23, $17 adult/ $15 student or senior, Chocolate Church Arts Center, 804 Washington St., Bath, tickets at, 442-8455.

Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art Durham Community School PTA, seeking crafters, business owners for a fair on Nov. 19 at the Durham Community School Gymnasium, 654

Saturday 10/15 Joyce Stoddard Adrian, author of memoir “Now I’ve Seen Everything: Growing up in Maine in the 1940s and 1950s,” 2 p.m., Methodist Church, Upper Methodist Road, West Cumberland, sponsored by West Cumberland Community Club. Ken Volk, author of “Don’t Look Back ‘cause there’s nobody there!” 10:30–11:30 a.m., book reading and signing, free, open to the public, Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland. Used Book Sale at the Falmouth Memorial Library, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday special $3 per bag of books, bring your own bag, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351.

Tuesday 10/18 ”Books as Bridges:” Children’s Literature and Anti-Racism Education, panel discussion led by Anne Sibley O’Brien and Krista Aronson, 7 p.m., free and open to the public, hosted by Friends School of Portland, 1 Mackworth Island, Falmouth,, 7816321. Port Veritas, Open Mic with Derek Avila, 7 p.m., Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St., Portland, $3 suggested donation, FMI, Gil, 400-7543. ”Songs of Trial and Triumph:” The Child Ballads, with instrumentalist Brian Peters, presented by Seanachie Nights, 7-9 p.m., $12 suggested donation, Bull Feeney’s, 375 Fore St., Portland, FMI, Lynne Cullen, 253-0288.

Films Friday 10/14 “Journey of the Universe,” film and discussion, 7-9 p.m., Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland, 797-7240.

Saturday 10/15 Banned Book Film Festival, ”To Kill a Mockingbird,”1:30 p.m. screening, Saturdays, through October, free and open to the public, Lower Level Meeting Room 5, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., Portland, 871-1700.

Sunday 10/16 “The Boys of St. Columb’s,” film screening and lecture with writer

and film producer Maurice Fitzpatrick, 2 p.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, FMI, Vinny O’Malley, 232-2001.

Monday 10/17 “Orbit(film),” 7 p.m. Monday and Wednesday Oct. 19; 1 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 23, $8 adult/ $6 ages 12 and under, USM’s Southworth Planetarium, 96 Falmouth Road, Portland, co-presented by SPACE Gallery, FMI, tickets, 774-4801,

Thursday 10/20 “Damnationland:” The Way Life Should Bleed, premiere of short Maine-made horror films, Nickelodeon Cinemas, Temple St., Portland, films, tickets, show times at

Galleries Saturday 10/15 “Friends & Family of MSAD51 Art Exhibit,” varied exhibit by Greely alumni and community members, 5:30–7:30 p.m., free admission, Cumberland Town Hall, Tuttle Road, Cumberland.

Wednesday 10/19 Yarmouth Art Festival, juried show of painting, sculpture, photography, etching and digital media, Oct. 19-22, artists’ reception, Thursday 5:30-8 p.m.; weekdays 10 a.m.-7 p.m., Saturday 10 a.m.-4 p.m., free admission, St. Bartholomew’s Episcopal Church, 396 Gilman Road,Yarmouth, FM I , s t b a r t s y a r m o u t h . o rg.

Friday 10/21 “The Artisans Collective,” mixed media group exhibit and sale, 5-7 p.m. public reception, Royal Bean, 18 Yarmouth Crossing Dr., off Main Street, Yarmouth, FMI, 846-7967.

Saturday 10/22 Maine Artisans and Crafters Exhibit, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Falmouth AmericanLegionHall,65DepotRoad, Falmouth, Rita Pomarico, 712-2788.

Music Friday 10/14 The Creole Choir of Cuba, 8 p.m.,



Cimarron Project brings Afro-Cuban music and dance to Portland The Cimarron Project, a six-person ensemble showcasing Afro-Cuban music and dance in its most traditional form, is coming to Portland on Saturday, Oct. 15. Doors open at 9 p.m., with a special performance with Cimarron’s lead dancer in a masquerade with Oscar Mokeme, Nigerian Chieftain and Director of the Portland Museum of African Culture at 9:30 p.m. Music begins at 10 p.m. Tickets are $10 for the show, held at the Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland,

$36-$46, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, presented by Portland Ovations, tickets, porttix. com, or Merrill box office, 842-0800. Rhiannon Giddens and Sxip Shirey: Sonic New York, 8 p.m., $20 advance/ $23 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 7611757,

Saturday 10/15 The Cimarron Project, Afro-Cuban music and performance, 9:30 p.m., $10, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, Lovewhip, 9 p.m., $5, 21+, Bubba’s Sulky Lounge, 92 Portland St., 8280549, Open Stage Coffee House, 7 p.m., free, Freeport Community Library Meeting Room, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, FMI, Eric Bryant, or 865-0052.

Monday 10/17 “An Evening with John Hiatt,” $70-$80, 7 p.m. opening, 8 p.m. show, The Landing at Pine Point, Pine Point Road, Scarborough,, 774-4527.

Tuesday 10/18 Spin Doctors, 7 p.m., $15 advanced/ $18 door/ $25 VIP, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, 899-4990,

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Theater & Dance ”Bad Dates,” comedy presented by Good Theater, Sept. 28-Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, $15; 7 p.m. Thursdays, $20; 7:30 p.m. Fridays, $20; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, $25; 2 p.m. Sundays, $25; and 3 p.m. matinee Saturday, Oct. 15, $20; St Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 885-5883 ”Hansel & Gretel,” presented by Maine State Ballet, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturdays, Oct. 15 and Oct. 22, $15, Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth,, 781-3587. “The Jungle Book,” presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, Oct. 14-23; Fridays 4 p.m., Saturdays 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. and Sundays 4 p.m., $8-$9, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 ext. 231, ”The Lieutenant of Inishmore,” presented by Mad Horse Theatre, Oct. 6-23; Thursdays 7:30 p.m.; Fridays and Saturdays 8 p.m.; Sundays 2 p.m., $22 adults / $20 students and seniors, pay-what-you-can

Thursdays, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, tickets, 899-3993, ”The Long Voyage Home:” Sea Plays of Eugene O’Neill, presented by AIRE, the American Irish Repertory Ensemble, Oct. 12-16, Wednesday-Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday 8 p.m., and Sunday 7 p.m., $12, The StudioTheater at Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, 799-5327, ”The Morini Strad,” presented by Portland Stage Company, daily performances Sept. 27 - Oct. 23, tickets $15-$39, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, for tickets and showtimes, 774-0465, ”Snow White,” presented by The Theatre Company at Falmouth, Oct. 21-23, 7 p.m. Friday, 3 p.m. and 7 p.m. Saturday, 3 p.m. Sunday, tickets at door, $5 students and seniors/ $7 adults, Falmouth High School Theater, 74 Woodville Road, Falmouth, ”Thom Pain (Based on Nothing): Dark Nights” presented by Mad Horse Theater, Oct. 10-19; 7:30 p.m. Mondays-Wednesdays, $10 suggested donation, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, tickets, 8993993 or ”Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Sept. 23-Oct. 8, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m., $21.99, Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, 7996509,

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Hiring from page 3 ing unemployed workers for jobs on the former Navy base. Nancy Forrester, vice president of administration and human resources at Resilient, said the company looks to Goodwill when it doesn’t need to fill a position right away and can wait for a local worker to be retrained. “We are very committed to hiring locally ... knowing that we need to invest and do some retraining work,” she said. When the company needs to hire immediately, Forrester said sometimes they draw on their employees’ networks to find someone from away who already has all the skills necessary. But when they do hire locally, they


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look for former employees of the Navy and Bath Iron Works – a common theme among Resilient, ABS and Kestrel Aircraft. Scott Prinz, a spokesman for Kestrel, said several of the company’s 24 workers were recently laid off by BIW. “Of these, 15 were hired locally, three transferred from our Duluth, Minn., facility, and six from other parts of the country,” Prinz said in an email. While Prinz said the company has been successful hiring locally to date, he also said the company expects to be forced to look out of state for experienced aerospace personnel. But he believes “there will be good candidates for production work force” in the Brunswick area, and is hoping to hold a job fair in coming weeks for local candidates. Ultimately, Kestrel hopes to employ 300 workers. Understanding the interest all the Brunswick Landing companies have in employees with engineering backgrounds, Mike Bourret, director of Coastal Counties Workforce, said the new training program would likely incorporate a lot of former BIW workers. “We have folks at BIW who were recently laid off ... but some of these individuals, depending on their skill sets, may be ideal candidates for additional training for design at some of the other companies,” he said. Jim DeMartini, spokesman for BIW, said he doesn’t keep track of how many former employees are hired at Brunswick Landing. But because BIW is moving into the fabrication phase of a production cycle, it has recently laid off a disproportionate number of designers and engineers, whose skills may be more readily applicable to the high-tech companies at Brunswick Landing, DeMartini said. Steve Levesque, executive director of MRRA, said the new training program will be a big boost for the Brunswick Landing companies. “Obviously any time you have resources that are going to train people for skilled jobs that are needed by the technology companies that we’re trying to grow on the property, it’s critical,” Levesque said. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.

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from page 2 She finally settled down to the extent this free spirit could ever settle down. “I got tired of moving around all the time and not solving my inner angst,” she said. She found a partner, Tim, and became the mother of two sons, but her partner died in 2005. She’s bringing up the two boys, Maximum and Elijah. Detroy discovered her love of fabrics and sewing early in life. “I was always playing around with fabrics as a kid – layering, altering, making what I wanted to make for myself,” she explained. “With six brothers and no sisters, you don’t get a lot of hand-medowns. My mother taught me to sew on a Singer Featherweight, a beautiful machine. There’s nothing like it.” And there’s nothing like Detroy’s art or the myriad ways she encourages other people to make new art from old stuff. She convinced the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick to host the Altered Couture Benefit Fashion Show in June. The soldout event showcased the creations of 24

Citizen Involvement from page 2 Gates has also made healthy snacks, fruits and vegetables available to Bath elementary school students. Continuing the culinary theme, the Bath Mobile Food Truck earned this year’s Community Project Award for its work bringing food, hope, respect and dignity to residents facing hunger. Kyle Wood, who earned the Youth Award, is a two-season athlete and actively participates in Interact, Rotary International’s service club for youth 1218. The 16-year-old’s various community service projects through Interact include Coats 4 Kids, Salvation Army bell ringing, a youth sledding event and lacrosse clinic, the Bath Antique Show and the School Community Liaison Council

School Board from page 3 talking about here tonight ... and nobody pays any attention to it,” Connors said. She also suggested future boards would disregard the plan. But member Matt Corey said that is why the plan is necessary. “We are a very fluid organization and the people at this level change very often, and I think it’s important to have a road map going forwards,” Corey said. “Strategic planning is messy, it’s not perfect,” said board member Brenda Clough, as discussion was winding down. “If we as a School Board have the discipline to keep coming back to the

local artist-designer-recyclers, each of whom had to design and create a wearable outfit utilizing materials (not to exceed $30) from local stores for resources and inspiration. All proceeds went to ArtVan, a mobile arts therapy program. Detroy plans to cut back on her housecleaning work and step up her artistic endeavors over the next few years, and she’s making good progress. She participates in Brunswick’s Second Friday art walks as well as the town’s summer crafts festival. Some stores around MidCoast Maine carry her unusual creations. And she’s working on a website for her business (Cosmic Couture) for, a site created for people who want to buy or sell vintage items. Detroy also introduced another artist with a studio in Fort Andross, a woman who is to old metal what Detroy is to old fabric. When I joked to the artist that Christine isn’t boring, the woman laughed and said, “She keeps things lively around here.” Can there be a higher compliment?

Main Sail Banquet. Main Street Bath received the Community Spirit Award for its commitment to the city through leadership and volunteer work to promote both Bath’s downtown and its sense of community. Community Spirit Award winner Joe Grace has entertained audiences at senior living facilities with his singing for years, serving as both entertainer and friend to the residents. Steve Mosher’s Community Pride award was a nod to his efforts to rebuild the “Welcome to Bath” sign on Old Brunswick Road. He donated his own materials and time to the project, according to the city, and he continues to mow the lawn around the area with his own equipment and on his own time. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

plan, then the process becomes a good planning tool.” The board ultimately voted 8-1, with Small opposed, to authorize a request for proposals. In other business, the board voted to hire Harriman, an architecture and engineering firm with offices in Auburn and Portland, to conduct a study of school facilities, including the temporarily closed Jordan Acres Elementary School and the former Times Record building on Industry Road. Superintendent of Schools Paul Perzanoski said he hopes to have the findings by the end of the year. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.

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partially makes up for the loss of federal stimulus funds, which ran out last year.

from page 1 Education has released its preliminary general purpose aid numbers for the 2012-13 school year, utilizing a new funding formula that was expected to increase funding for rural schools and decrease funding for urban schools. Democrats in the state Legislature had initially estimated schools in greater Portland would see widespread losses in state aid. But if the preliminary numbers are any indication, only a few local schools will take hits. This is largely due to an increase of $19 million in the amount of general purpose aid included in the state budget – up to $914 million, according to DOE spokesman David Connerty-Marin. While this is still not as much as the state spent on GPA in 2008, he said it

Despite the increase, towns where property valuation were higher than the state’s overall 2 percent loss, could see their GPA drop. Cape Elizabeth is expected to see a $245,000 reduction in funding, a 10.6 percent loss over last year’s nearly $2.3 million subsidy. Scarborough will also see a reduction, but of only $2,300, an almost negligible 0.04 percentage drop from last year’s $4.7 million subsidy. Chebeague Island may see a drop of $3,800, a 2.6 percent reduction. Other districts will likely see increases in state aid. Portland is estimated to see a nearly $1.2 million increase; South Portland, nearly $623,000, and RSU 1, which covers the towns of Bath, West Bath, Arrowsic, Phippsburg and Woolwich, is estimated to see a

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Some districts may see more modest increases. SAD 75, which includes Harpswell, Topsham, Bowdoin and Bowdoinham, could see a $408,000 increase; Brunswick, $244,000; SAD 51, which covers Cumberland and North Yarmouth, $118,000, and Yarmouth, $68,000.

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“So essentially, (it means) flat funding for Falmouth with that factor removed,” O’Shea said.

While at first glance, Falmouth’s projected increase of $1.6 million seems to top the list of increases, the district’s finance director, Dan O’Shea, said the increase is attributed to a new elementary school that opened this year, paid for by state funds.

This is only the second year the DOE has released preliminary estimates aimed at assisting schools in the budget process. The numbers could change before they are finalized, depending largely on enrollment and whether the Legislature makes additional changes to the funding formula.

“These figures don’t take into account any current-year enrollment changes – which will show increases over last year and should mean ad-

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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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• Boarding • Pet Taxi

“They’re Happier at Home!”

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IVY LEAGUE Dog Training & Photography, Inc in Falmouth offers Puppy K, Family Dog, Rally O, Loose Leash Walking, Recall Class, and more. We are located at beautiful PoeticGold Farm, 7 Trillium Lane in Falmouth.; 207.899.1185. Look for us on Facebook. GOODOG PET CARE will do pet sitting at your home-dogs, cats, horses, more; puppy socializing- pet taxi. Bonded/ Insured. 865-6558.

People? Or worse, cleaned up after them? Wait no longer! Call for a free estimate.



AKC BORDER TERRIER PUPS. $800 each. Born 10/3/11, ready to go on 12/12/11. 5 boys, 2 girls. 6882282.

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PURRRS PETSITTING for cats and dogs in Freeport & Yarmouth area. Experienced, refs available. 838-9317 or

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ABSOLUTE BEST PRICES PAID FOR OLD THINGS Glass-China-Jewelry-Silverware-Old Books-PostcardsButtons-Linens-Quilts-TrunksTools-Toys-Dolls-Fountain Pens-Military-Games-PuzzlesFurniture-Bottles etc. Cumberland Antiques Celebrating 28 years of trusted customer service. Call 838-0790. 2 OLD TRUNKS. $100 each. 653-5149. Freeport.

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AUTOS 2006 FLEETWOOD Excursion 39V-1 Class A diesel motorhome. $125,000. 13,000 miles. 39’. Travel in comfort and style! Freightliner chassis w Cat 350 turbo diesel. 207-846-1666 Body Man on Wheels, auto body repairs. Rust work for inspections. Custom painting and collision work. 38 years experience. Damaged vehicles wanted. 878-3705. 2009 DODGE CALIBER SXT5 Speed/Cruise/Power Windows/AC/CD/Sirius/ AC Plugs/ Split Rear Seats. 4 Door. 28K. 24 City/30 Highway. Clean. $11,000 OBO. 207-712-4500.

BUSINESS RENTALS ROUTE ONE YARMOUTH. Great space for Office or Retail use. Easy access, lots of parking, great visibility.1000 to 3000 SF. Join other happy tenants. 8466380.



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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.

Residential and Commercial

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Cell: 615-5170 or: 615-1034


PROFESSIONAL CLEANING Services. Residential & Commercial. Honest, Reliable, Efficient. Over 20+ years experience. Call Janelle today. 207-3181498.

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“The Way Home Should Be” GREAT CLEANER LOOKING to clean your house your way. Try me, you will like me. Rhea 939-4278. *Celebrating 26 years in business*


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RESPONSIBLE NANNY MOM has child care openings Wed & Fridays. Full or Part time. $15.00 plus hr. Can start ASAP. or 319-3499.

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LEE’S FIREWOOD Quality Hardwood Green $200 Cut- Split- Delivered

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BOOKS WANTED FAIR PRICES PAID Also Buying Antiques, Art Of All Kinds, and Collectables. G.L.Smith Books - Collectables 97 Ocean St., South Portland. 799-7060.

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“And I Mean CLEAN! ”

Call John 450-2339

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ALWAYS BUYING, ALWAYS PAYING MORE! Knowledge, Integrity, & Courtesy guaranteed! 40 years experience buying ANTIQUE jewelry (rings, watches, cuff links, pins, bangles, necklaces and old costume jewelry),coins, sterling silver, pottery, paintings, prints, paper items,rugs, etc. Call Schoolhouse Antiques. 7808283.

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FOR SALE KITCHENAID® TRUE CONVECTION Oven Glass Cooktop Front Control Knobs Architect® Series II. Model # KERS807SWW. Color: White. Purchased in 02/10. This range is in very good condition. Cost New: $1384.00 We switched to a gas range in early 2011. Pick up only. Cash only. $495.00 Firm. Call 650-2184.


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FURNITURE OAK DINING TABLE with four chairs and three leaf extensions. Good condition. $295 650-2184.

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Alcoholics Anonymous Falmouth Group Meeting Tuesday Night, St. Mary`s Episcopal Church, Route 88, Falmouth, Maine. 7:00-8:00 PM.


FREEPORT J Crew — Part Time Seasonal Sales and Support. Want to love your job? If you’re friendly, smart and creative, you might be a perfect fit for J Crew. An icon of style, J Crew is known worldwide for its sophisticated, fun clothing and accessories to live, work, play and even get married in. Please apply in person to Freeport J Crew, 10 Bow Street, Freeport ME 04032. We are committed to affirmatively providing equal opportunity to all associates and qualified applicants without regard to race, color, ancestry, national origin, religion, sex, marital status, age, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, legally protected physical or mental disability or any other basis protected under applicable law.

MR BULTS Inc is taking applications for qualified truck drivers for its Auburn , ME Terminal. Regional daycab bulk hauling work and home every night. Will Require weekend hauling. Must have at least 2 years Class A CDL experience, with a clean driving record and no suspensions. Excellent benefit and pay package. For more information please call 207-739-9299 and ask for John or call 802-3341784 and ask for Steve. You can also stop by our terminal at 100 Bark Mulch Drive in Auburn, Me and pickup an application. Drivers wanted to shuttle staff between Tyler offices. PT shifts of 1 to 3 days/week, 8am-5pm. Clean driver’s license and min 5 years’ driving exp. Email resume to or fill out application at Tyler Technologies, 1 Cole Haan Drive, Yarmouth.


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We are seeking Caregivers with personal care skills for all shifts. Experience counts and certifications PSS, PCA, CNA and others are welcome. Must be professional and compassionate. If you would like to become part of an award winning team. Contact 780-8624 Are you interested in making a difference in an older person’s life? Opportunities availablefor for Opportunities available individuals interested in individuals interested in rewarding rewarding work providing one work providing oneelders on one on one care for in care our for elders in Responsibilities our community. community. include non-medical Responsibilities include and nonlight personal Weekend medical and lightcare. personal care. availability a plus. For more For moreand infoan andapplication, an application, info pleasego gototo our our website please websiteatat



Leading Image Company looking for career minded individuals to hire now! New in our area. We train. Your own website and company car program. E.Liscomb, Director and Sr. Trainer. 207-865-3480

KIND HELP for Brunswick woman with MS. Help with personal care/ADL’s. Reliability a must. Clean background; valid clean drivers license. Up to 20 flex hours. 590-2208

One of Maine’s premier media corporations providing years of reliable news and information is searching for qualified candidates to fill the position of:

River Valley Reporter


The Sun Journal is looking for an experienced news reporter to cover a general assignment beat in Oxford County, Maine. You will be based in our Rumford Bureau. The job includes covering live news events, courts, crime and town government, which involves a flexible work schedule, including some nights and weekends. The successful applicant will have a demonstrated capability to file timely and accurate reports. Must also display the ability and enthusiasm to tell stories visually with images and digital video. Candidate should be savvy and comfortable with using social media to curate stories, sources and story ideas. Cover letter must include the skills and talents you might bring to this award-winning news organization. Please include writing and photography samples or links to your work online.

HEALTH PURE MOVEMENT celebrates 5 years with $5 group mat classes in September & October. See our schedule of classes at: www.PureMovementPortland.c om

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If you are interested in working for a dynamic publishing company with a comprehensive benefit package, please forward a cover letter and resume to:

Sun Journal

Attn: Human Resources 104 Park Street, Lewiston, Maine 04243-4400 Or email Sun Journal is a division of the Sun Media Group

Place your ad online HELP WANTED HORSEPERSON WANTED for help with general barn chores. Mornings, an occasional weekend. Experience necessary. Please call 207329-0514. DELIVERY DRIVER NEEDED Full time position, we offer full benefit package, need clean driving record, Motor Supply Livermore Falls 207-897-5771


CARPENTRY • Painting • Weatherization • Cabinets 846-5802

FREEPORT HOME health care needed weekends. 8:30a to 1:00p. Lift in home. Light housekeeping. Nonsmoking please. Training provided. Call 865-3687.

SALES REPS needed to visit and service hair salons in Maine. 20% Commission. Fax resume to 376-3858.

EXPERT DRYWALL SERVICE- Hanging, Taping, Plaster & Repairs. Archways, Cathedrals, Textured Ceilings, Paint. Fully Insured. Reasonable Rates. Marc. 590-7303.


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Everyone Needs Someone We need your help to make a difference in the lives of older adults in Cumberland County. We are looking for proactive, flexible people, who are looking for a challenging and satisfying part-time job. If you love the idea of being a “difference maker” call today to inquire about joining our team of non-medical in home CAREGivers. Part-time day, evening, overnight and weekend hours. Currently we have a high need for awake overnights and weekends.

Home Instead Senior Care Call Today: 839-0441

Kind Hearted If this describes you and you are recently retired, an empty-nester, a grandmother, stay at home mom, or simply looking for meaningful part or full time work, we’d love to speak with you. Comfort Keepers is looking for special people to join us in providing excellent non-medical, in-home care to area seniors. We offer some benefits, along with ongoing training and the opportunity for personal growth and satisfaction. 152 US Route 1, Scarborough •

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Servicing older adults and women since 1999 No job too small • Strict attention to detail Home restoration • Carpentry Yard work • Home management portfolios

We do it with love • 207-721-8999

Brian L. Pratt Carpentry Exterior Designed toInterior enhance&your home & lifestyle Restoration & Remodeling Custom Stairwork & Alterations Fireplace Mantles & Bookcase Cabinetry Kitchens & Bathrooms

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Green Products Available


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J Home Renovations

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New Construction/Additions Remodels/Service Upgrades Generator Hook Ups • Free Estimates Serving Greater Portland 19 yrs.


Chimney lining & Masonry Building – Repointing – Repairs Asphalt & Metal Roofing Foundation Repair & Waterproofing Painting & Gutters

•Spring Clean Ups •Lawn Mowing •Drainage Systems •Landscape Design •Paver Walkways, Patios, Steps & Retaining Wall Construction •Lawn Installations and Renovations


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HANDYMAN Give me a call!

GORDON SHULKIN Reasonable hourly rate



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We specialize in residential and commercial property maintenance and pride ourselves on our customer service and 1 on 1 interaction.


• Leaf and Brush Removal • Bed Edging and Weeding • Tree Pruning/Hedge Clipping • Mulching • Lawn Mowing • Powersweeping • SNOWPLOWING

All Flooring Types Hardwood, Laminate, Tile, Linoleum, Carpet etc.

Call Chris 831-0228

GEORGE FILES IS BACK! Looking for work, House painting, Carpentry, Decks, Drywall, Kitchens, Tile, Interior Painting. Most anything. Great references. Quality workmanship only. 207-415-7321.

Little Earth Expert Gardening Fall

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FOSSETT`S ROTOTILLINGNew and established gardens, large or small, reasonable rates, free estimates. 33 years of experience. Dan Fossett, 776-9800 or 829-6465.



LAWN CARE & LANDSCAPE SERVICES Looking To Serve More Customers This Season. Free Estimates • Lower Rates Serving Cape Elizabeth, South Portland, Portland, Westbrook, Scarborough, Falmouth, Cumberland & Yarmouth.


SNOW BIRDS Local professional looking to give your home some tlc while you spend the Winter in a warmer climate. I'm in my fifties and a non-smoker. I'm not looking for any monetary gain. Please call Terry at 2076080849


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PUBLIC NOTICE- The annual stockholder’s meeting of the Ralph D. Caldwell Memorial Building Corp. will be held on Tuesday, November 1st at 7pm at the Falmouth American Legion Post 164, 65 Depot Rd. Falmouth. All stock holders and post members are urged to attend.

Yankee Yardworks • Storm • Lawn Care/Installation • Fencing • LawnCleanups Care/Installation • Fencing • Rototilling • Rototilling • Mulch/Loam/Gravel Deliveries • Mulch/Loam/Gravel Deliveries • Tractor• Tractor Work Work Landscape Design/Installation Design/Installation••Tree Tree Removals/Pruning Removals/Pruning •• Landscape DrivewaySealing/Sweeping Sealing/Sweeping •• Spring/Fall Spring/Fall Clean-ups Clean-ups ••Driveway


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LOST CAT- SHORT HAIR, Gray with white face, neck & feet. Last seen on Sept. 26th on Bowdoin St.,Yarmouth. Very friendly, comes to the name of Soot. 13 years old. REWARD. 210-5208.

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MOVING MAKE THE SMART CHOICEGoogle DOT 960982 and/or MC 457078 for our company snapshot from the federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. This website will show whether or not the company you choose has the required insurance on file. Also check with the BBB. We have links to all these websites at To schedule your next move, call 775-2581. SC MOVING SERVICES - your best choices for local moves. Offering competitive pricing with great value for your Residential and Commercial Moves! For more information call us at 207-749MOVE(6683) or visit : VISA/MasterCard accepted! A&A MOVING SERVICES. Residential & Commercial. 25 years experience. 7 days a week. FULL SERVICE. PIANO MOVING. Packing. We also buy used Furniture and Antiques. SENIOR DISCOUNTS. Free estimates. 828-8699. MEL’S MOVING & LIGHT TRUCKING. Moving & Packing services. Trach Removal. Fully Insured. Free Estimates. 207773-1528 or 207-239-4125.


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PIANO/KEYBOARD/ORGAN LESSONS in students` homes in Cape Elizabeth, South Portland, Portland, Falmouth or my Portland studio. Enjoyment for all ages/levels. 40+ years’ experience. Rachel Bennett. 774-9597.



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207-233-8584 Violette Interiors: Painting, tiling, wallpaper removal, wall repairs, murals and small exterior jobs. Highest quality at affordable rates. 25 years experience. Free estimates. Call Deni Violette at 831-4135.

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REAL ESTATE SUGARLOAF-SUMMER IS A great time to look for your ski get-away! We have a large variety of Sugarloaf properties in all prices, sizes and styles. Call Janet Peruufo at CSM REAL ESTATE 207-265-4000 or ________________________ ____________________ SUGARLOAF CONDO on Snubber Lift Line. Four bedroom, Three bath, wood fireplace, radiant heat, sprinkler system. excellent condition, never rented. $449,950 call 207-233-2832

RENTALS YA R M O U T H / C O U S I N S House. Spotless Furnished two bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, new furnace and easy to heat. No pets/no smoking. Ocean views and rights. Through May $850+ utilities & heat. Call 8380345 or 939-8821.

Condo for year round residence. Views of Sebago Lake, impeccable landscaping, 700 ft beach. Newly renovated kitchen with granite countertops, hardwood floors, open dining/living room area, 2+ bedrooms, 3 bathrooms, finished basement and 1 car garage. $1450.00 per month plus utilities and sec dep. Call 207-892-2698.


1 bedroom, 1st Floor Studio Unfurnished, Clean, Well Kept, N/P-N/S $500 plus heat

Share House

2nd Floor-Furnished 1 Bedroom w/Own Bath $400/month Prefer mature woman


SPEND THE WINTER ON VACATION!!! Furnished 1 room, 1 person studios with kitchenettes, private bath, screen porch, great views, cable, wifi, heat & elec. included. $595.00. Shared bath studio-$425.00. Cottages (2 persons) $865.00 plus heat. All units rent through May. Call 892-2698. HARPSWELLPRIVATE DEEP WATER FRONT COMMUNITY. 2 bedroom/Contemporary Post & Beam. Cathedral Ceilings, Fully Applianced Kitchen. Full walk-out basement. W/D hookup, Wrap around deck. Forced HW by oil. Walk to dock, beach & launch. 10 mins. to Cook’s Corner. $925/month yearly. 207-7989978. SUGARLOAF TRUE TRAILside seasonal rental in Birchwood I. Three bedroom, post and beam Condo. Walk everywhere. Ski to Sawduster Chair. Well appointed. Also one bedroom “breakaway” ski to your door! $7,000 season ‘11-12 or $4,000 half-time. Call 207-8997641. 2 BEDROOM-SECOND floor, Includes living room, dining room, kitchen, washroom, sun porch, heat, hot water, parking. No pets/smoking. Private Owner Occupied $700 monthly - 784-3491 Yarmouth House for rent West Elm Street. 2 bedroom, no smoking, pets negotiable. $1200 per month plus heat and utilities, one year lease. 7814282.


Contemporary post & beam. Cathedral ceilings, 3 floors of living space. 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, laundry room. Gourmet kitchen with Viking gas stove, granite counter, pantry. Large laundry room with washer & dryer. Extended 2 car garage with loft. Access to the Back river. Plenty of wild life if you’re a hunter or photographer. Many trails for cross country skiing or snow shoeing. Very private setting. Must see to appreciate. $1295/����h.

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FALMOUTH- Available Immediately. 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath. 3 season porch, 2 car garage, Private yard. Forced HW/Oil. N/P, N/S. References, Security. $1400/month plus. 894-5379.

SHARED FURNISHED HOME with two mature non smoking adults $750/month. Includes utilities. Near Portland and Lewiston. Lakes & mountains nearby. 207-409-6845. References.



INSTALLED SEASONAL COTTAGE FOR rent on the water in Cape Elizabeth. 3 bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths. Private location. Call 207-767-4807.

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Available for your wedding or a loved one’s memorial service Many years experience with both traditional and non-traditional services $30 initial consultation fee Call Richard 650-0877 1 mile to Mall, 295 and Bus Routes 503 Westbrook Street, South Portland

GRAY- CABIN FOR rent. Furnished. No pets. All utilities, cable, wireless internet. 6574844.

ROOFING/SIDING ROOFING/SIDING-Place your ad here to be seen in 69,500 papers a week. Call 781-3661 for more information on rates.




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Building from page 1 Millinocket – have property maintenance ordinances that require property owners to make plans to repair or demolish structures within 90 days after a “casualty,” defined as “any unforeseeable, unintended accident affecting a property.” The code enforcement officer may grant extensions in the case of financial hardship. After hearing the details of the Oak Street case, Mike Noble, code enforcement officer for Millinocket, East Millinocket, Medway and Woodville, said his ordinance “gives the town some authority in the case exactly like you’ve just mentioned to prompt the owner to do something.” In Oakland, code enforcement officer Bob Ellis has used his town’s property maintenance ordinance to compel five property owners to clean up or tear down their dilapidated buildings. He also has received court orders of demolition under Maine’s “dangerous buildings” law, which allows a municipality to tear down a building that had been deemed dangerous or a nuisance, and bill the owner for the demolition. Noble also brought up the state statute, and wondered if it was a tool Brunswick could use.

Comments from page 1 Concern over the reaction to the ban led the selectmen to schedule a special meeting Tuesday, where they spent two hours debating the merits of allowing more freedom during public comment periods, before ultimately deciding to allow residents to talk about whatever they want. A handful of Harpswell residents, including Robert McIntyre, who frequently speaks about the town’s relationship with SAD 75 during public comment, and School Board member Kay O’Grodnik, attended the meeting and spoke out against the content-based restrictions in the old policy. Under the new policy, Harpswell residents 5 now have a chance at the beginning

But Hutchinson said 16-18 Oak St. wouldn’t qualify because it has not been compromised to the point that it must be torn down. “It’s basically is not a dangerous building, it’s not in danger of falling down,” he said. As for a property maintenance ordinance, he said Brunswick simply does not have the staff to enforce one even if it were on the books. But some residents of the Oak Street neighborhood are asking for just that. “I would like the town to have a property maintenance code that would establish legally binding expectations and penalties for the owners of vacant and abandoned buildings,” Anne Marr, a Cumberland Street resident, said in an email. DeWitt Kimball, who owns the Cabot House Condos at 20-22 Oak St., also wants to see the town enact a property maintenance ordinance. “The town needs to step up and have some policies, if the building is in such bad shape that it’s affecting the property values around it, the owner needs to fix the building or tear it down,” he said. But property maintenance ordinances are difficult to pass, said Bath City Manager Bill Giroux, whose City Council voted down such a proposal last January after and end of meetings to speak for five minutes on any topic – whether it’s relevant to town business or not – as well as prior to a vote on each agenda item. They may also lodge complaints against town officials, staff members or individuals, something that was prohibited in the previous version of the policy. The selectmen were divided over whether to limit comments to issues relative to town business or that have or will come before the board. Hawkes said it would be difficult to determine what qualified as “town business,” a concern shared by attorney Mark Bower, who was assisting Town Attorney Sally Daggett. Hawkes also said limiting public comment to town business “keeps people from doing what this is about, which is serving the public.”

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deciding it would be difficult to enforce. “You’re talking about the government telling private property owners what to do with their property,” he said. “It goes well beyond traditional zoning.” He also said it would be difficult to create an ordinance like the one in Oakland, Medway and East Millinocket that requires repairing a damaged building. “You have to define what a major disaster is ... you’d have to somehow put in writing, ‘damaged by fire,’ then the question is, to what extent and who evaluates that,” Giroux said. Councilor Margo Knight, who represents the Oak Street neighborhood, said she has been following other communities and has not found a property maintenance ordinance she believes would work in Brunswick. “I would love to find one that works without detrimental unintended consequences,” like creating financial hardship for a property owner, Knight said. Council Chairman Joanne King agreed. “You shouldn’t have to look at the remains of a building forever and ever,” she said, but “in this economy ... how are you going to tell somebody ... they need to do Comment on this story at:

But Multer said she didn’t want to see the public comment period abused by people who were campaigning for one side of a municipal ballot item, or some other town issue. “I don’t like the idea of selectman’s meetings being involved in a back-and-forth debate,” she said, adding that she was bothered by the way McIntyre used the public comment period to advance his perspective on a June vote to study withdrawing from SAD 75. “Mr. McIntyre came to every one of our meetings in a certain period and campaigned for an issue that was on the ballot. Which made this his principal campaign venue ... I just thought that was inappropri-

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something to their building?” Even Noble acknowledged that the property maintenance ordinance in the Millinocket area has produced mixed results. “The good part is, when you get a situation like what you’re dealing with (in Brunswick), you have the means to address it through the court system,” he said. “The bad side is ... it’s common that you end up with unintended consequences,” like someone who will invoke the ordinance to get back at a neighbor he doesn’t like, and if it falls under the ordinance, Noble has to enforce it. “It’s good when you need it, and bad when you don’t,” he concluded. Questions about the future of the Oak Street building remain unanswered because, as Hutchinson noted, as long as the building is secure, “we can’t require (Matthews, the building owner) to give us an update on a daily or weekly basis.” Town Manager Gary Brown said he has had two or three conversations with Matthews, but didn’t have any specific information about what Matthews plans to do. And because Matthews didn’t return messages left for him, it’s unknown what, if anything, is happening at 16-18 Oak St. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or Follow her on Twitter: @ guerinemily.

ate at selectmen’s meetings,” she said. Daggett suggested that adding a sentence about excluding unduly repetitive comments would address some of Multer’s concerns. Ultimately, Multer was out-numbered by Hawkes and Henderson. After the meeting, Henderson – who, unlike Hawkes, opposed restrictions on public comment from the beginning – said he felt good about the policy revision, which he said “maintained accessibility by the public to give us their opinion.” He added that he hopes the revised policy “won’t raise so many issues that we have to come back or another board has to come back and revisit it.” Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or Follow her on Twitter: @ guerinemily.

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