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News of Brunswick, Topsham, Bath and Harpswell

Kestrel may build plant in N.H., not Brunswick Kestrel Aircraft CEO Alan Klapmeier: “We’re looking at New Hampshire, (and) we’re looking at several other locations.” file photo

Panel: Town should privatize daytime EMTs By Emily Guerin HARPSWELL — A committee formed to study fire and rescue needs is recommending the town hire Mid Coast Hospital to provide daytime paramedic services. The arrangement could cost the town an estimated $123,000 to $346,000 annually. Volunteers would continue to respond to medical emergencies at night and on weekends. The change in the way Harpswell provides emergency medical services to its residents is necessary, the committee concluded, because the town’s three volunteer fire departments

By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — In July 2010, Maine rolled out the red carpet to welcome Kestrel Aircraft to the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. “The international appeal and worldwide demand we foresee for the Kestrel airplane will benefit jobs throughout the state, boost Maine’s economic competitiveness

and showcase Maine’s world-class innovation economy,” former Gov. John Baldacci told a crowd that included U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, and other dignitaries. But now, because of difficulties obtaining financing, Kestrel may not build the composites for its turboprop airplanes in Brunswick after all. In a worst-case scenario, Kestrel

Chief Executive Officer Alan Klapmeier said Wednesday, the company won’t assemble the planes in Brunswick either, leaving only a maintenance and repair operation at Brunswick Landing. Although Klapmeier said he was initially drawn to the area because of the concentration of composite

Bath armory work could cost more than $300K

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about what would happen to the property after demolition, by pointing to the town council’s unanimous Sept. 19 vote to affirm its intention to build the police station on the site. Initially, board members expressed some concern over what the vacant lot might look like in the interim and about the changing character of the Pleasant Street corridor in light of another proposed demolition

By Alex Lear BATH — A basic renovation of the former National Guard Armory – enough to potentially allow the Bath Youth Meetinghouse and Skatepark to use the building – could cost $308,000, the City Council learned Wednesday. Ron Norton of Construction Management Consulting Services, the firm asked to come up with the cost, said in a letter to the council that a starting budget of $1.8 million created by Stephen Blatt Architects “was for a total transformation from an Armory to a like-new facility with design and aesthetic accouterments.” Focusing on a “base-line” scope of work necessary to run the Skatepark, Norton whittled the cost down to $308,000. He said the savings came from “doing work only in the areas that are to be used for the skate board park. The lower level work is only to the level necessary for code compliance and safety. Work beyond this can be designed, priced and completed based on the actual future use of the space.” He also said spending $308,000 would allow the Skatepark “to function as efficiently as, and probably more

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A group of loggers from Japan and China visited Brunswick on Monday to learn about sustainable forestry in Maine. They visited a woodlot with forester Tom Cushman, president of the Trust to Conserve Northeast Forestlands, and asked him questions about the Northeast Master Logger Certification program, which they hope to replicate in their home country.

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Board OKs removal of buildings for new police station By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — Three months after rejecting a request to tear down four vacant houses at the intersection of Pleasant and Stanwood streets, the Village Review Board changed course Tuesday and approved the demolition. But it instituted a 90-day moratorium on another Pleasant Street demolition, of the former rectory at St. John’s Church. This was the second time the request to demolish the build-

ings on the corner of Pleasant and Stanwood streets had been brought before the board by the landowner, the Brunswick Development Corp. The BDC bought the buildings for nearly $1 million with the intention of tearing them down and transferring the land to the town for the construction of a police station. This time, the BDC came armed with attorney John Bannen, who examined each criteria for demolition and argued

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that the board should allow the buildings to be torn down because redevelopment of the buildings would be costly and the rate of return on investment too low. He also said two of the buildings, 85 Pleasant St. and 3 Stanwood St., only contributed minimally to the character of the neighborhood and didn’t meet the board’s criteria for preservation. Bannen also attempted to address the board’s concern

INSIDE Index Arts Calendar.................17 Classifieds......................27 Community Calendar......20

Meetings.........................20 Obituaries.......................14 Opinion.............................8 Out & About....................19

People & Business.........16 Police Beat.....................12 Real Estate.....................32 Sports.............................15

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The Forecaster wins regional award for restraint series NATICK, Mass. — The Forecaster and staff writer Emily Parkhurst have received a prestigious Publick Occurrences Award from the New England Newspaper and Press Association. The award was presented for a series of stories that illuminated the use of therapeutic physical restraints on students in Maine public schools. The stories, published over several months last year, revealed questionable practices by school officials, the schools’ failure to report instances where students had been physically restrained, and the impact on students and parents. The stories also led to a review of the practices by the state Department of Education, which resulted in proposed new regulations now being prepared for presentation to the Legislature. Parkhurst’s series also won NENPA’s annual awards last February for education reporting and social interest feature writing, and her work received a Sigma Delta Chi

award for investigative reporting last month from the national Society of Professional Journalists – the only such award presented to a weekly publication in the U.S. The Publick Occurrences Award annually recognizes the best work that New England newspapers produce – individual or team stories, series, spot news coverage, columns or photojournalism that ran in print and/or online. NENPA presents up to 16 Publick Occurrences awards to member newspapers. The award was established in 1990 to recognize individual and team merit at New England newspapers to mark the 300th anniversary of the founding of Publick Occurrences, the first newspaper published in America. Four days after it appeared in Boston in 1690, Publick Occurrences was suppressed by the royal governor. This is the second consecutive year The Forecaster has won a Publick Occurrences Award, and the newspaper’s third in the last four years.

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Last year, the award was presented for former staff writer Steve Mistler’s coverage of Oxford Aviation’s ultimately failed attempt to establish a base of operations at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station. Staff writer Randy Billings’ coverage of South Portland city government won the 2008 award. Besides The Forecaster, the 2011 Publick Occurrences awards were presented at NENPA’s annual fall conference on Oct.

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United Way campaign at 40% of goal By Alex Lear BATH — United Way of Mid Coast Maine is 40 percent of the way to its 2011 campaign goal of $1.9 million. As of last week the organization had raised more than $760,000 since the campaign began last month. The endeavor wraps up Nov. 9. “We are doing this on behalf of about 20,000 people who will need help in the coming year,” said campaign Chairman Earle Harvey, who is president and CEO of Border Trust. “We know that the more people who donate now, the more people who will get the help they need.” Donations can be sent to United Way’s Mid Coast headquarters at 34 Wing Farm Parkway, or donors can call 443-9752. A Leadership Giving Challenge matches the donations of people who increase their donation to $500 or more, as well as the increases of those already donating at that leadership or “Keel Club” level. Seven couples have jointly

pledged $15,000 to supply that match incentive for added giving, the organization said. A food drive organized around United Way’s campaign kick-off at local workplaces had secured 4,000 pounds of food as of last week to help those in need. “This amazing result exemplifies not only the generosity of people in Mid Coast Maine, but also the power of what we can accomplish when we live united,” Harvey said, giving a nod to United Way’s slogan. “United Way is the partner that pulls us all together, to do what’s best for our community.” Among campaign highlights so far are more than $169,000 from the Bath Iron Works Sustained Givers and $49,000 from Mid Coast Health Services sustained givers. United Way funds 40 local agencies, according to the organization. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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Landlords to Brunswick council: No new fire inspections By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — Town councilors agreed to consider revisions after landlords Monday thrashed a proposal that would require annual Fire Department inspections of all multi-unit apartment buildings. Although the proposed fire inspection ordinance dominated the discussion, the Town Council also approved construction of a radio tower that will allow the owners of FirstWave Media to revive local AM radio and amended an ordinance to allow farm animals in the town’s growth zone. The fire inspection ordinance was introduced by Councilors Margo Knight and Benet Pols in response to a series of destructive fires in downtown apartment buildings last winter and spring that displaced nearly 50 people and killed one man. Although none of the fires could have been prevented by inspections, the events left many concerned that the Fire Department does not have the staff to proactively inspect multi-unit apartment buildings. Instead, the department only responds to complaints. The proposal would add an inspector

who would inspect apartment buildings with three or more units. Building owners would pay a flat fee for the first three units in a building, plus another undetermined amount for each additional unit; the fees would eventually cover the inspector’s $77,000 annual salary. Several councilors said they had received calls from landlords who opposed the frequency, cost and philosophy behind the ordinance. Indeed, before opening the public hearing at Monday’s meeting, Knight and Pols acknowledged that the details of the inspection program needed to be rewritten, with input from property owners, about 10 of whom spoke against the ordinance that night. Helen Nicita, who manages 91 units in Brunswick, read a letter on behalf of one of her landlords, Jonathan Shepherd, who said he “appreciated the protective spirit of the ordinance,� but found it flawed in many ways. “The insurance company already performs the inspections required by the proposed ordinance,� Shepherd said, and suggested owners submit annual proof of

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“I don’t see how it works without having some sort of Orwellian super-monitoring kind of thing,� he said. Others objected to the additional cost of hiring another town employee. Peter Footer, who said he is not a landlord, told the council that “this is no time in history to be adding anything to the town of Brunswick’s grossly over-expensive budget.� But two residents of the neighborhood around 16-18 Oak St., which was damaged when a fire swept through the six-unit building in April, urged the council to proceed with the ordinance and focus on property maintenance issues. “Maybe an ordinance is a little the cart

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3 compete for at-large seat on Brunswick Town Council By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — Two former School Board members are challenging the current District 7 town councilor in a threeway race for an at-large seat on the Town Council. Benet Pols, who is finishing his first term as the District 7 councilor, Byron Watson, who served on the School Board from 2007-2010, and William Dana, who served on the board from 2000-2008, are vying for the council seat being vacated by Councilor Debbie Atwood. Incumbent District 5 Councilor Gerald Favreau is unopposed for re-election. He is seeking a third three-year term. In District 7, first-time candidate Sarah Brayman is also running unopposed. She P H Y S I C I A N

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“I don’t think there should be two out of nine members of a legislative body coming from the same family,” Pols explained. “There’s a perception that things are decided ahead of time without an open debate ... and I think people will lose faith if they think that one quarter of the votes are already determined by familial relationship.” Watson’s father, David, represents District 1 on the Town Council. Pols said he considers himself a champion of public education in Brunswick, and has an integrated view of school and municipal budgets from serving on the council, being a parent, and attending School Board meetings. If elected, he said, one of his priorities is to renovate Jordan Acres Elementary School to make sure Brunswick has enough space at the elementary level. Pols said he believes maintaining the quality of education in Brunswick is essential to attracting families and businesses, and is one of the main ways the town can promote economic development. He said the town should not meddle in the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority’s work attracting businesses to Brunswick Landing. “I think that our business development

efforts need to focus to doing what we can to help them, or help them by not getting in their way,” he said. Pols said the function of municipal government is to provide basic services like education and public safety, and “that’s where we need to focus our time and effort.” He said it is important to complete construction of a new police station and educate those town residents who continue to question the transparency of the process. If faced with future budget cuts, Pols said he would want to avoid taking on some new construction projects to decrease debt service and spending. “I think that one of the ways for us to save money is to be cautions with capital expenditures that aren’t directly related to services to citizens,” he said, including a downtown parking garage. He said he also would have liked to have sold Longfellow School to Bowdoin College as a way to raise money, instead of exchanging it for the McLellan building. He said he opposed the swap on the grounds that it primarily benefited town employees, not residents. “I don’t really think that the average citizen that goes to pay his taxes will be pleased to have a nice lobby to walk into rather than the dingy 1962 lobby,” he said at the July 25 council meeting. Pols said his track record of asking questions and speaking out against issues like this one distinguishes him from the other two candidates. “I have generated a lot of questions about how things work that I think give people another view instead of the ‘take what they’re giving us and live with it’ sort of view,” he said.

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“Every line has to be thoroughly gone through and checked out,” he said. “Nothing is off the table.” Still, he said he supports public education and thinks it’s a great way to bring new families and businesses to town. He said he’d like to see developer George Schott make former U.S. Navy housing affordable for local families to purchase, and would encourage the town manager to pursue that if elected. He also said Brunswick has a reputation of being anti-business, which it acquired by over-analyzing the details of development projects. “Sometimes the best thing to do is get out of their way, and let the businessmen and women do what they do best, and let them succeed,” Watson said. He said he’d like to focus on making sure the police station is completed and the junior high school and Coffin School are renovated. He said he strongly supported the Longfellow-McLellan swap and thinks it addressed many of the town’s facilities needs. He also supports the construction of a fire substation in West Brunswick rather than “a big Taj Mahal-type central station,” which he thinks is a poor use of money.

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Although he’d like to see a parking garage constructed downtown, Watson said he doesn’t think there is money in the budget to cover that expense, and would encourage town staff to continue applying for grants. Watson strongly disagreed with Pols’s objection to having two members of the same family on the Town Council. “It sounds to me like (Pols is) a desperate politician who’s playing a fearmongering game with the citizens of Brunswick,” Watson said. “I would hope that nobody would take my father’s service to Brunswick and try to turn it into a negative.” Watson said serving on the council is his civic duty, and he’s “not the typical, same old candidate you get every year. ... I’m a young experienced leader and I live paycheck to paycheck, just like you.”

He served three years as School Board chairman, and said he wants to serve on the council because he finds it fascinating. “I find it interesting to be enough on the inside to really understand the hard work that all our municipal employees Dana do,” Dana said. He said he believes the current town councilors work well together and he doesn’t intend to disrupt that chemistry. “I’d like to be a positive contributing voice to the conversation,” he said, rather than someone who shakes up the council. Dana said he is a strong supporter of

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Cumberland County candidates oppose Civic Center bond By Alex Lear BRUNSWICK — Two candidates are competing to be the county commissioner in Cumberland County’s new District 3, a seat created when the County Charter was approved last year and expanded the districts from three to five. Mark Grover of Gray and Stephen Gorden of North Yarmouth discussed issues facing the county during an Oct. 13 candidate forum hosted by the League of Women Voters of Maine.

One key issue, going to referendum Tuesday, Nov. 8, is whether the county should borrow up to $33 million to renovate the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland. Both candidates oppose the bond. District 3 includes Brunswick, Freeport, Harpswell, North Yarmouth, Gray, New Gloucester and Pownal.

Stephen Gorden Gorden, 69, is married and has five sons and two grandchildren. He has served as national vice president of corporate devel-

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opment for the American Water Works Service Co. and president of American Water Resource, both in New Jersey; director and chief executive officer of the Detroit Water & Sewerage Department in Michigan, director of operations for the Portland Water District. He was also chairman of the National Water Utility Gorden Association. His volunteer experience includes being a trustee of the Yarmouth Water District and serving on the Cumberland County Charter Commission. Gorden said he wants to prioritize county issues to serve citizens in a better way, as well as expand multi-community links among public safety services. He also wants to boost coordination at quasi-municipal, state and community levels, and to encourage diminishing of what he called duplicate structural costs. He said he envisions the county level of government “as an entity upon which a community may call to accomplish

what it considers the common, repetitive, heavy-lifting functions, freeing itself and you to maintain your distinct community culture and quality of life by performing those tasks and services which are uniquely yours.” Gorden said the Cumberland County Recreational Center District, which he described as a quasi-municipal government run by appointed trustees, owns and operates the Civic Center. He said the district has the authority to request bonding. In recent years, he said, the Civic Center “government” and Cumberland County government “have become too entangled in one another’s affairs, and it needs to cease. They are not dealing with one another at arm’s length, nor are they operating independently; that’s just plain wrong. It’s unfair to the citizens, as all transparency is lost.” Gorden said voters outside the immediate Portland area do not stand to gain from the renovation plan.

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By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — Supporters say it would be a boon to the economy and the tradition of harness racing in Maine. Opponents say it would make its owners a fortune, but have a negative effect on local economies. Either way, officials in Scarborough say Question 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot could create a great opportunity to redevelop prime property along Interstate 95 and Route 1. The referendum will ask voters throughout the state to allow two proposed harness racing tracks – one in Biddeford and one in Washington County – to also offer slot-machine gambling. If the referendum is approved, Scarborough Downs, a 60-year-old harness racing track off Route 1, will close and move to Biddeford. In Scarborough, that could mean the redevelopment of the 485 acres now owned by Scarborough Downs. “The Downs is part of Scarborough’s heritage,” said Harvey Rosenfeld, president of the Scarborough Economic Development Corp. “As you lose something like that, you take something away from the community historically, which I hate Comment on this story at:

A preliminary sketch design of the proposed Biddeford Downs harness racing and slot-machine resort, or “racino.” Question 2 on the Nov. 8 ballot will ask Mainers whether they approve the construction of the racino in Biddeford, and another in Washington County. Contributed

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Yes on 2 to protect jobs, heritage I urge the citizens of Maine to vote yes on Question 2. This referendum question allows Mainers to support

economic development without having to approve additional borrowing through the issuance of bonds. Job opportunities will be created for the men and women in York and in Washington counties who are desperate for work. A yes vote will support a weakened construction industry during the building phases and then bolster the creation of new jobs. A yes vote will support a segment of Maine’s agricultural community that has a strong heritage and will protect thousands of acres of open lands. As a professional farrier (horseshoer) for 30 years, my entire working life has been spent in the equine industry. My wife and I own and operate an equestrian center. Question 2 is about job creation and helping to maintain a way of life which is rooted in Maine’s history. John W. Trafton Brunswick

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Experts disagree with smart-meter proponent The letter from a Scarborough citizen deeming Edgar Allen Beem’s column about the effects of smart meters as wrong is just plain misinformed. His example of putting a person in a room, while in another room transmitting at random times and challenging that “sensitive” person to feel the transmission, is ludicrous. That’s like smoking one cigarette and dying on the spot from lung cancer. RF exposure does not work that way. Dr. David Carpenter, a Harvard Medical School-trained physician who headed up the New York State Department of Public Health for 18 years, administering a program for electromagnetic fields, states that although there haven’t been studies of living with smart meters for long periods of time and what illnesses they may cause, there is a “substantial” amount of evidence showing that radio frequency radiation causes many illnesses such as cancer, nervous system disorders, reproductive disorders, etc. Another expert in the EMF department, Dr. Magda Havas, claims the radiation from cordless phones causes heart arrhythmia and tachycardia and alters the sympathetic and parasympathetic nervous systems. She is concerned with the biological effects of electromagnetic pollution including radio frequency, radiation, and EMFs. I would like to see the letter writer’s information that proves his statement of “once you understand that there is no such thing as radio transmission sensitivity and that there are no valid health risks, all arguments against smart meters fade away.” National and international experts would strongly disagree. Julie Peterson Falmouth

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Neighborhood will bear cost of ‘Brunswick West’ train facility By Patrick Rael We represent approximately 100 families in the Brunswick neighborhoods that will be negatively impacted by the construction of a proposed Amtrak maintenance and layover facility at the “Brunswick West” site between Church Road and Stanwood Street. We remain deeply concerned that this is the wrong site for this project, and that this is the wrong way to bring healthy development to Brunswick. Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, which will build the facility, cannot guarantee that it has all funds necessary to construct it, nor to mitigate its environmental nuisances. In fact, given the weak state of federal budgets and the economy, Congress may not even continue to fund the Downeaster passenger service in the future, even after the facility is built. If a bill currently being considered in the U.S. House of Representatives passes, federal funding for passenger rail will plummet, putting the Downeaster very much at risk. Now it appears that riders for the trains the new facility is meant to service may not even materialize. As The Forecaster recently reported, the need for long-term parking at the Maine Street Station “may not be as great as initially expected.” According to Town Manager Gary Brown, NNEPRA’s initial ridership estimates have been revised downward. “We’re not going to see a sudden large spike in passengers the first day the train comes,” Brown has conceded. Because funds may not exist to locate or build this project correctly, the 100 families who have invested in Brunswick will instead pay – with constant noise, trembling houses, declining home values, negative environmental impacts, and

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There’s no place like a home next to Tony and Becky When we decided to put our house on the market, we thought the hard part would be figuring out what to do next. “It’s a great house at a great price, the market has more or less hit bottom, The View it shouldn’t take long and then we’ll figure out what we’re going to do.” Ha. The market had hit bottom more or less. More for some houses, less for others, like houses at our “price point,” as our agent put it, I suspect in an attempt to depersonalize a deeply personal transaction. It becomes more personal as time goes by without much “market activity,” speaking of dep- Mike Langworthy ersonalizing. You can’t help but take it personally, though. No matter how well your brain understands the vagaries of a difficult economy, your heart just can’t understand why nobody seems to want something you liked so much you were willing to make it your biggest single purchase. The longer the process goes on, the harder it is to take. And our process went on, and on. You know your house has been on the market a long time when the “For Sale”

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sign starts to tilt. It’s not surprising. It wasn’t meant to be a permanent fixture. Nevertheless, it’s depressing to see the smiling faces of your Realtors slowly start to lean until they resemble an election poster glued to the Tower of Pisa. By the way, if this ever happens to you, God forbid, don’t try to fix it; you’ll just make it worse. Not that my wife warned me and turned out to be right. What really gets to you when it takes a long time to sell is how much time you have to realize what you’re giving up. We really do have a great house in a great neighborhood, and it’s going to be hard to leave. We moved to the East Coast to be near our son while he was in prep school, but we fell in love with Portland, and our street, and our neighbors. We live near the airport. In return for hearing maybe two planes a week, we have a two-minute drive whenever we have to fly, plus we get to be on the part of the power grid that gets restored first after an outage. And it’s a cul de sac, so traffic is something that happens to other people. We have a block party every summer, where we get to experience how warm and funny our neighbors are. Maine has a reputation for a reserve that borders on standoffishness, but you couldn’t prove it by the people on our block. They’ve been great. They all deserve special mention. I hope they’ll understand that when I talk about our next-door neighbors, I’m talking about them as well. Tony and Becky are people who see what needs to be done and do it. They mow the grass and landscape

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the middle of the cul de sac. After the first big snow in our first winter, while I was laying in bed paralyzed by flashbacks of shoveling miles of driveway in Michigan, I heard a rumbling outside my window. Tony and his snow blower were digging us out. He seemed embarrassed when I went out to thank him. “Well, I had to do my driveway anyway, so ... .” Yeah, Tony. You had to get up, put on a ton of uncomfortable clothes, go out into the freezing cold to do a lot of work anyway, so why not do twice as much? He may believe I would do the same for him. I’d like to think so, but I wouldn’t want to test the hypothesis. Of course, this was not an isolated incident. Even more heroically, they are unfailingly gracious about our two miniature dachshunds, Ruby and Blackie, 20 pounds (combined) of atavistic canine fury who seem to live for the sole purpose of terrorizing Tony’s beautiful, friendly golden retriever. According to our dogs, Brady is not only not allowed in our yard, he’s not allowed in his yard when Blackie or Ruby are in our yard. They are not above taking a nip to enforce their will. Despite this shabby treatment, Becky and Tony have said things like, “Brady knows he’s not supposed to be over here,” or “You’d think he would

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Back to the movies Lately, Carolyn and I have taken to going to the movies at the Nickelodeon in Portland on Tuesday nights when admission is only $5. We go with our good friends and fellow empty-nesters Don and Colleen. Even watching the latest hit films, there’s something very old-fashioned about actually going to the movies. Going to the movies with friends is itself kind of an odd thing to do, since you can’t really socialize during a movie. You can go out for a drink afterward, but we’re The Universal old farts now and head home to bed at 9 or 10. We just sit there in the dark together, sharing a bag of popcorn and a vicarious screen experience. Fifty years ago, I was watching movies in Portland alone. Back in the late 1950s, my Nana Gibson, who lived on High Street, would sometimes give me a quarter Edgar Allen Beem and send me two blocks up to Congress Street, where I could take my pick of the State, the Strand, the Empire or the Civic. You just kind of wandered in to continuously playing double features, watched matinee showings of kiddie flix like “Darby O’Gill and the Little People” and “The Shaggy Dog,” and wandered out again when they got to where you came in. Can’t imagine sending an 8-, 9-, 10-year-old kid to the movies alone today. In the 1960s, going to the movies became a social occasion. Every kid I knew in junior high went to the Star Theater in downtown Westbrook. It hardly mattered what the movie was. We were 12, 13, 14 and getting to sit in the dark next to a girl, strategically slip an arm around the back of her seat, and maybe even get to kiss her was the main attraction. Come Monday, who sat with whom, who made out and who broke up was big news. The only time the wild boys of Westbrook stopped our cinematic seduction of the opposite

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sex was when there was a movie in town that fueled our shared male fantasies. After seeing “The Hustler,” every kid in town fancied himself a pool shark and wanted a pool table for Christmas. When “The Cincinnati Kid” came to the Star, every kid in town became a poker player with an ace up his sleeve. (Why aren’t there any Steve McQueen movies on TV anymore?) Movies mostly make sense for dating these days unless you’re a film buff who can’t wait for the DVD. Until our daughters grew up and fled the nest, I much preferred watching movies at home, where I could stop and start them at will. Funny now to think how VCR technology baffled me when I first experienced it in the early 1980s. How was it possible to watch a movie that wasn’t in a theater, to watch it anytime you wanted, and on your own television set? Incredible! In those early days, we actually rented the videocassette recorder at the supermarket along with the videocassettes. I guess I’m a late adopter, but the technology of film is constantly changing. VHS begat DVD, Netflix by mail turned into streaming Netflix and Hulu. I’m sure I’ve never even heard of whatever (or however) hip techies are watching these days. That’s another reason I’ve gone back to the movies. The “Bowling Alone” phenomenon was well documented a decade ago. We are losing real civic associations and social life to the anti-social virtual reality of email, text messaging, chat rooms and online “communities” of “friends” we don’t know and never see. So as I sit in the dark with my lovely wife, a couple of my best friends and a bunch of strangers, watching famous people on the big screen pretending to be people they are not, I take some small satisfaction in thinking that I am doing my part to preserve a great American pastime, not to mention my own past time. 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: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/103139

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Summonses 10/9 Brittainy Nicole Mitchell, 21, of George Wright Road, Woolwich, was issued a summons by Officer Ted Raedel on Dummer Street on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violation of conditions of release. 10/9 Melinda McKellar, 21, of Dummer Street, was issued a summons by Officer Jason Aucoin on Dummer Street on a charge of theft. 10/11 Megan Bateman, 22, of Middle Street, was issued a summons by Officer Ted Raedel on Middle Street on a charge of domestic violence assault. 10/16 Norma Greenleaf, 43, listed as homeless, was issued a summons by Officer Richard Ross on a charge of theft.

10/15 at 11 p.m. Officers Jason Aucoin and Ted Raedel stopped the vehicle of Denny Road resident Jason J. Keenan, 32, on Drayton Road when they noticed he had a license plate light out. Following a positive identification for drugs on the vehicle by Officer Michelle Small's K-9 team, the officers searched Keenan's vehicle and discovered about a pound of marijuana and more $7,000 in cash. Keenan was arrested on a charge of trafficking in Schedule Z drugs. His passenger, Marcel C. Gosselin, 32, of Bath, was issued a civil summons on a charge of possession of a usable amount of marijuana.

Fire calls 10/11 at 6:12 p.m. Fuel spill at Cumberland Farms. 10/12 at 5:21 p.m. False alarm at Hyde School. 10/13 at 3:35 a.m. Furnace malfunction at Maine Maritime Museum. 10/13 at 10:56 a.m. Electrical fire on Richardson Street. 10/13 at 7 p.m. Odor investigation on High Street.

EMS Bath emergency medical services responded to 48 calls from Oct. 10-16.

Brunswick Arrests 10/15 at 12:56 a.m. Aaron F. Fickett, 26, of River Road, was arrested by Officer Daniel Hebert on Maine Street on charges of refusing to submit to arrest or detention and carrying a concealed weapon. 10/15 at 7:55 a.m. William T. Reagan, 61, of Beech Hill Road, Freeport, was arrested by Officer Paul Chenevert on Maine Street on a warrant. 10/16 at 1:21 a.m. Kevin Michael Brown, 27, of Elmwood Road, Pownal, was arrested by Officer Kristian Oberg on Pleasant Street on charges of operating under the influence with three or more priors, operating after habitual offender revocation with one prior and on a warrant. 10/16 at 8:41 p.m. John D. Lyons, 41, of Gurnet Road, was arrested by Officer Brandon Ingaharro on Gurnet Road on a charge of disorderly conduct.

Summonses 10/10 at 11:48 a.m. Gordon MacMullen, 55, of Old Bath Road, was issued a summons by Officer Gretchen Paxton on Hollis Lane on a charge of assault.

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Pellet problems 10/15 at 5:22 p.m. Officer Alfred Giusto responded to the report of a vehicle's driver's side window being shot out by a pellet gun while parked in a River Road driveway. A neighbor reported hearing the incident that afternoon, and it is believed that the shooting came from the area of nearby railroad tracks. The windshield cost about $200 to replace.

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Fire calls 10/10 at 10:57 p.m. Burglar alarm on Pleasant Street. 10/11 at 7:28 a.m. Medical emergency on Pejepscot Terrace. 10/11 at 2:58 p.m. Check welfare on Davis Court. 10/14 at 10:47 p.m. Vehicle crash on Pleasant Hill Road.

EMS Brunswick emergency medical services responded to 36 calls from Oct. 10-16.

Harpswell Arrests No arrests or summonses were reported from Oct. 10-17.

Topsham Arrests 10/8 at 7:40 p.m. Scott Compeau, 43, of Pleasant Street, Brunswick, was arrested by Sgt. Mark Gilliam on Middlesex Road on a charge of operating under the influence. He was also issued a summons on charges of criminal speed and possession of a usable amount of marijuana. 10/13 at 1:41 p.m. Joyce Walters, 67, of Winter Street, was arrested on a warrant by Officer Robert Ramsay on Winter Street. 10/16 at 12:10 a.m. Brandon Bibber, 24, of Marks Lane, Gardiner, was arrested by Officer Peter Kaminski on Lewiston Road on a charge of operating under the influence. 10/16 at 8:46 a.m. Mark Glantz, 48, of Windham, was arrested by Officer Peter Kaminski on Madelyn Avenue on a charge of violation of conditional release.

Summonses 10/12 at 12:11 a.m. Craig Bryant, 24, of Clearview Lane, was issued a summons by Sgt. Fred Dunn on Lewiston Road on a charge of operating after suspension. 10/13 at 1:40 a.m. Nicolas Mesner, 36, of Willow Street, Bath, was issued a summons by Officer Peter Kaminski on a charge of operating after suspension.

Fire calls 10/12 at 10:40 a.m. Motor vehicle fire on Cardinal Drive. 10/14 at 10:07 a.m. Fire alarm on Hubbard Lane. 10/14 at 10:32 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Lewiston Road.

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Louisa Ann Mackenzie Galuza, 80: A life-long entertainer BRUNSWICK — Louisa Ann Mackenzie Galuza, 80, died at home on Oct. 11 with her daughters by her side after a short battle with lung cancer. Galuza was born on March 6, 1931 to James A. Mackenzie and Grace Ambrose Mackenzie in New Haven, Conn. She spent her early years growing up on Fisher Road in BowGaluza doinham and often reminisced about the Coombs School, ice skating at Creek Hill or picking blueberries. She married Alphonse Francis Galuza on Sept. 18, 1949 and the couple moved into a small apartment in Brunswick, where they had five children. After moving into a larger home in Bath, she went to work making it their own. Together they made the apartment into a home and later bought their neighbors house and developed it into apartments. The Galuzas joined the String-alongs in the early 1960s; Louisa was the lead singer while Francis played the Mandolin. The band played many dance halls, grange halls and local clubs in its time. Galuza later cut her own record. Predeceased by her husband Alphonse Francis Galuza; son, Mark Galuza;

grandson Eick Galuza; and her siblings Herbert Mackenzie, James Mackenzie, Ralph Mackenzie Donald Mackenzie, Phil Mackenzie and Virginia Williams. She is survived by four of her children: Kathleen Kahrl, Bradley Galuza and his wife Jane, Jeff Galuza and his wife Andrew, and Deborah Jean; grandchildren: Francis Allin Kahrl, Andrew James kahrl and his fiance Hilary Clark, Crystal King and her partner Jason Villarreal, Danielle Kloza and her husband Alex, Adrian King and his wife Tarsha, Benjamin Galuza and his wife Caitlin Ingle Hart; and great-grandchildren: Brayden Edward Kloza and Gage Daniel Kloza. The family offers a special thank you to CHANS Hospice of Brunswick whose nurses and staff helped Galuza live her final days in comfort. Visiting hours were held earlier this week at the David E. Desmond & Son Funeral home. A Celebration of Life was held on Friday at the funeral home. To share thoughts and condolences with Galuza’s family visit: www.desmondfuneralhomes.com.

Hilton F. Libby, 84 BATH — Hilton F. Libby, 84, died on Thursday, Oct. 13, at the Bodwell Unit in Brunswick. Born in South Windham on Feb. 23,

1927, he was the son of Harry L. and Grace V. Libby. He attended Bath Schools and was a graduate of Morse High School, class of 1945. During high school, he worked part time for the U.S. Postal Service in Bath and played trumpet in the Morse High School marching band. He served in the United States Navy Reserve and was on active duty in 1945 and 1946. After receiving an honorable discharge he took flying lessons at the Portland Municipal Airport and received his private pilot’s license in 1946. On June 19, 1948 he married Dorothy A. Bradford. Libby attended the Northeastern School of Accounting in Portland, after which he was employed at Bath Iron Works until 1966. He later worked in metal sales and marketing at American Steel and Aluminum Corporation, South Portland, until his retirement in March of 1992. He served on the Bath City Council for two years in the 1960s as a councilman from Ward 1. He was a member of the Grace Episcopal Church, the Bath Country Club, and was a former member of Solar Lodge No. 14 of the Masons and Bath Lodge No. 934 of the Elks. Libby and his wife Dottie were very active in sports including golf, bowling, bicycling, skiing, swimming and dancing. They spent their winter months in Florida playing golf. Libby was predeceased by his brother Harry L. Libby Jr. and his sister Priscilla V. Paisley. He is survived by his wife of 63 years and two children, daughter Gayle E. Libby of Bath and his son Greg H. Libby and his wife of Romansville, Penn.; two grandchildren, Andrew G. Libby and his wife Alicia of Phoenix-

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It’s playoff time in the Mid-Coast 7-0 Lawrence, in a game that will likely determine the top seed for the postseason. Mt. Ararat is still seeking its first win after falling to 0-7 Saturday with a 52-0 home loss to Messalonskee. The Eagles (10th in the Crabtrees) visit 4-3 Skowhegan Friday. In Eastern B, Morse fell to 3-4 Saturday after a wild 64-33 loss at Mt. Blue. The Shipbuilders (clinging to the eighth and final spot in the Crabtrees) hosts 2-5 Oceanside in their finale Friday.

If the postseason is your thing, you’ll have no shortage of excitement over the next couple weeks. Here’s a glimpse at where things stand as we make the turn into the latter half of October.

Golf The Maine Principals’ Association held individual golf championships for boys and girls Saturday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. Two Brunswick golfers took part in the boys’ Class A division, which was won by Deering’s Joe Walp and Sanford’s Ben Bell, who shot a 75. Alex Viola tied for 15th with an 84. Brad Smith was 19th with an 89.

Field hockey The field hockey playoffs are underway and Brunswick qualified. The Dragons edged visiting Mt. Ararat, 1-0, in the regular season finale last Tuesday to finish 4-9-1 and leapfrog the Eagles for the eighth and final playoff spot. As a reward, Brunswick traveled to 10-time defending regional champion Skowhegan, which has won nine Class A state titles in that span. On Oct, 6, the Dragons gave the Indians a close game, falling, 4-2, in Skowhegan. The Eagles finished 2-7-5 and ninth. In Western B, Morse went 2-11-1 and wound up 12th (where just 10 teams qualified).

Cross country The Kennebec Valley Athletic Conference cross country state meet was held Saturday in Au-

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Mt. Ararat Lindsey Smith drives the ball during last week’s regular season finale versus Brunswick. The Dragons edged the Eagles, 1-0, to earn the final playoff spot in Eastern A.

gusta. Mt. Ararat’s boys (ranked seventh by the state’s coaches) won the Class A title with 80 points, while Brunswick was seventh with 156. The Eagles were paced by senior Andy Reifman-Packett, who was third in 17 minutes, 55.8 seconds. The Dragons’ top runner was senior Benson Worthington, who was runner-up to individual champion Harlow Ladd of Messalonskee in 17:52.5. In Class B, Morse was 10th (Maranacook came in first) and junior Nate Stover was 28th individually (20:47.3). On the girls’ side, in Class A, Brunswick (ranked eighth by the coaches) edged Mt. Ararat (ranked sixth) by a point to win the title. Individually, Dragons sophomore Teresa Murphy was second (21:30.1) and Eagles sophomore Kelly Lynch came in third (21:43.7). In Class B, Morse was sixth (Camden Hills placed first)

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Brunswick’s Allison Hill evades Mt. Ararat’s Kristi Willey during the teams’ showdown last week. The Dragons held on for a 1-0 win.

as junior Charlotte Recknagel placed 16th (23:19.1). The regional championship meet is Saturday in Belfast. The Brunswick and Mt. Ararat girls compete in Class A at 12:10 p.m. The Dragons and Eagles boys start at 12:45 p.m. Morse’s girls run in Class B at 1:20 p.m. The girls start at 1:55 p.m. The state championships are Saturday, Oct. 29, at Twin Brook in Cumberland.

Football Football’s regular season is rapidly coming to a close. The powerhouse Brunswick Dragons rolled to their sixth successive win Saturday, 33-7, over visiting Oxford Hills, as they improved to 6-1. The Dragons (tied with Bangor for second in the latest Eastern Class A Crabtree Points standings) will take part in the “Game of the Year” Friday, when they go to

Boys’ soccer The boys’ soccer regular season wrapped up Tuesday. Mt. Ararat went into its final game at 7-1-5 (and second in the Eastern Class A Heal Points standings) after two ties last week, 3-3 against visiting Brunswick and 0-0 at defending Class A state champion Bangor. The Eagles closed at home against Edward Little Tuesday. Brunswick was 6-3-4 and sixth entering its final game, Tuesday at home versus Lewiston. After playing host Mt. Ararat to a 3-3 tie last week, the Dragons beat visiting Oxford Hills, 2-0, and host Edward Little, 7-0. In Western B, Morse is playoff-bound. The Shipbuilders won, 2-1, at Medomak Valley last Wednesday, then lost, 2-1, at home to Winslow to fall to 8-4-1 and fifth in the Heals. In the win, Cody Snyder and Michael Alvarez had goals in the win. Aaron Lapointe scored in the loss. Morse finished at Maranacook Tuesday, hoping to move into the top four to earn a

home playoff game. The playoffs begin with the quarterfinals Wednesday of next week.

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On the girls’ side, Morse will be the top seed in Western A. The Shipbuilders improved to 13-0 with recent victories at Leavitt (3-0), at home over Medomak (8-1) and at Winslow (7-0). Katie Henrikson scored twice against the Hornets, Bess Howell had two goals in the win over Medomak and Henrikson, Tori Field and Christina Stuart all had two goals against Winslow. Morse closed at home versus Maranacook Tuesday. In Eastern A, Brunswick will be second to Bangor. The Dragons have won five straight, capped by recent victories over visiting Mt. Ararat (1-0), host Oxford Hills (1-0) and visiting Edward Little (4-0). Brunswick (12-1) closed at Lewiston Tuesday. Mt. Ararat entered its finale at Edward Little Tuesday with an 8-4-1 mark. The Eagles (fifth in the Heals) lost, 1-0, at Brunswick and 4-2 at home Bangor last week.

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Encore Leadership Corps, a program of the University of Maine Center on Aging, has hired Patti Foden of Cape Elizabeth as program coordinator responsible for recruiting and training volunteers and Carol Hammond of South Portland as Marketing Coordinator. Kerri L. Prescott of Topsham was hired by Priority Group LLC as its marketing & communications director. Prescott is the current State Representative from Topsham. Androscoggin Bank recently added

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Eighteen riders from Brunswickâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Mid Coast Hospitalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s cycling team completed the American Lung Associationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s threeday, 180-mile Trek Across Maine, raising more than $12,000 for the American Lung Association in the process. The cyclists began the ride at Sunday River in Newry and made the three day trek to Belfast over Fatherâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Day weekend. Hannaford Supermarket locations raised a combined $53,800 for 100 local charities with its Summer Celebrations 2011 fundraising barbecues held at several Hannaford locations. For a $1 donation to charity, each person received a meal prepared by Hannaford associates. More than 50 vendors joined Hannaford in sponsoring the barbecues. All of the proceeds went to charity. Wright Express Corporation of South Portland donated a total of more than $30,000 to support fundraising events for three Maine health related nonprofits. Events included the Beach to Beacon and the Tri for a Cure. In March, Wright Express announced a new matching program for its associates who donate time and money to charitable organizations. For Wright Express associates who donate financially, the company will match dollar for dollar, up to $100 a year, an associateâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s contribution to a charitable organization. Associates who volunteer at least 25 hours per year will have their time matched at a rate of $2 per hour. In addition, the company will pay the associatesâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; cost of participation in charitable events. The Maine Inkeepers Association welcomed record numbers this May for their eighth annual Hospitality for Habitat fundraiser. Thirty-four MEIA member properties located all over the state participated in Hospitality for Habitat this year, offering visitors to the state a 50 percent discount on room rates in May in exchange for a donation check for $35 made out to Habitat for Humanity. This yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fundraiser beat last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s by over $2,000, raising $15,475 to help build homes for Maine families. The 2011 Make-A-Wish Fantasy Auction held at The Woodlands Club in Falmouth raised over $120,000 for the MakeA-Wish foundation. An auction committee led by Falmouth residents Judy Forsley and Beth Goodrich ensured that critical funds were raised to help bring hope, strength and joy to Maine children fighting life-threatening medical conditions.


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Third Annual Maine African Film Festival

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Mid Coast Films Tuesday 10/25 ”Fright Night,” 6:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, Bath, viewing“Psycho.”

Thursday 10/27 ”Love Hate Love,” 7:30 p.m., Smith Auditorium, Sills Hall, Bowdoin College, free.

Galleries Friday 10/21 Friday Art Walk, Bath, 5-8 p.m., last Friday artwalk of the season.

Music Saturday 10/22 Performance by Singer/Songwriters Lynn Deeves, Trina Hamlin and Coleen Sexton, 7:30 p.m., Frontier Cafe, Brunswick. Tickets $13 advance, $15 at door.

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 castlebay@castlebay.net

Saturday 10/29 Nor’easters Parade of Harmony, 6 p.m., Knights of Columbus Hall, Brunswick, costumes encouraged, tickets, $25, at Now You’re Cook-

ing, Bath or Gulf of Maine Books, Brunswick, limited seating, FMI, Charlie 353-2464.

Paige, 4-5 p.m. talk, book signing 5-6 p.m., UNE’s College of Pharmacy.

Theater/Dance

Tuesday 10/25

Thursday 10/27 ”Doll House,” 8 p.m., Pickard Theater, Memorial Hall, Bowdoin College, free.

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 Hallowell Road, $20 for 8-foot table, proceeds support field trip funding, Nancy Decker at orc95@ comcast.net, 751-1323 or Laurel Gervais at lgervais@maine.rr.com. Freeport Historical Society, seeks 6-8 actors for its “Ghosts of Freeport’s Past” event, Oct. 21-22, 27-29, FMI, Katie, info@freeporthistoricalsociety.org, 865-3170. Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization, seeks food vendors, artists, street goods vendors, 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 munjoyhill.org.

Books & Authors Sunday 10/23 ”A Life Turned Sideways:” The Breast Cancer Diaries, Ann Murray

The Yarmouth Historical Society Book Group, 7 p.m., Yarmouth Historical Society, 3rd Floor, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, discussion of “The Woman Behind the New Deal: The Life of Frances Perkins, FDR’s Secretary of Labor and His Moral Conscience” by Kirstin Downey.

Comedy Friday 10/28 ”An Evening of Comedy” to benefit the Cancer Community Center, 8 p.m., USM Abromson Center, Portland, $35 reserved, $25 general admission.

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Film Sunday 10/23

Sunday 10/30

”Soul Surfer,” Community Movie Night, 5 p.m., First Parish Fellowship Hall, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, open to the public, suggested donation, $3/person, $10/family, drinks/goodies provided, pizza slices $1.

Premier of Bluestocking Films: Films by Women, 4 p.m., $5, St. Lawrence Arts Center, Portland.

Thursday 10/27

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

“Travels by Canoe in Alaska’s Western Arctic,” wilderness journey of words and photographs by emmy award-winner and documentary filmmaker Richard Kahn, 7:30 p.m., 39 Harpswell Road, Schwartz Outdoor Leadership Center, free, 725-3396.

Galleries Friday 10/21

Saturday 10/22 ”Drawing the Line #9” opening

reception 3-5 p.m., June Fitzpatrick Gallery, 112 High St., Portland, exhibit runs through Nov. 18. Maine Artisans and Crafters Exhibit, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Falmouth American Legion Hall, 65 Depot Road, Falmouth, Rita Pomarico, 712-2788.

Friday 10/28 Exhibit opening at the June Fitzpatrick Gallery, 522 Congress St., two days only, Oct. 28, 5-8 p.m. and Oct. 29 10 a.m. - 3 p.m., Susan Amons, Todd Bezold, Kate Chappell, Lindsay Hancock, Pat Hardy, Robin MacCarthy, Gail Page,

Michael Stasiuk, Michael Walek, Diane Bowie Zaitlin.

Saturday 10/29

Carlo Pittore: Day of 1000 Drawings, sale/silent auction; award ceremony for the Carlo Pittore Foundation’s artists’ grants winners; and a screening of the trailer for the upcoming film “Carlo Pittore: Maine Master,” 12-5 p.m., Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick (in the Winter’s Farmer’s Market space; look for signs), carlopittorefoundation.org/news/ or 809-9670.

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Arts & Entertainment Calendar from previous page

Museums The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Garden, guided tours through October, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12-4 p.m. Sunday, $12 adult, $10 senior/student, $3 child, garden is free to the public, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822, mainehistory.org.

Friday 10/21 ”Tales of Terror from Victoria Mansion,” Lynne Cullen shares stories from nineteenth-century writers as the lights are dimmed to gaslight levels, “The Telltale Heart” by Edgar Allan Poe and “Dracula’s Guest” by Bram Stoker, Oct. 21 and

22, 6 and 8 p.m., tickets orders at victoriamansion.org/events_rentals/events.aspx, 772.4841 ext. 10.

Sunday 10/23 Family Fright Night, ”King o’ the Cats” by Joseph Jacobs and other spooky folktales for kids 10 and under, 6 p.m., ticket orders at victoriamansion.org/events_rentals/ events.aspx, or 772.4841 ext. 10.

Thursday 10/27 ”Gather up the Fragments:” The Andrews Shaker Collection, on view through Feb. 5, 2012, the Portland Museum of Art.

Music Friday 10/21 Portland Early Music Festival,

with 15 Early Music Specialists, through Oct. 23, Memorial Hall, Woodford’s Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, 775-3356, schedule at portlandconservatory.net.

Saturday 10/22 Taylor’s Grove, American roots music, 3 p.m., free, South Portland Public Library, 482 Broadway, South Portland, 767-7660, sponsored by Friends of the South Portland Public Library, FMI, 767-7660.

Wednesday 10/26 Standard Issue performing at Grace Restaurant, 15 Chestnut St., Portland, 6-9 p.m., no cover, all ages welcome.

Sunday 10/30 Portland String Quartet 2011-

2012 Season Opening Concert, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland, 2 p.m., pre-concert lecture 1 p.m., PSQ and special guest Earle G. Shettleworth will present the World Premiere of a string quartet by Portland native John Knowles Paine, composed in Portland c.1855. Also on the program is Walter Piston’s String Quartet No. 1, and Charles Ives’ String Quartet No. 1, “A Revival Service.” Reception will follow the concert.

Theater & Dance ”Hansel & Gretel,” presented by Maine State Ballet, Oct. 22; 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 22, $15, Maine State Ballet Theater, 348 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, mainestateballet.org, 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, kitetails.org. ”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, lucidstage.com. ”The Morini Strad,” presented by Portland Stage Company, daily performances Sept. 27 - Oct. 23, tickets $15-$39, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, for

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”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, theatre@falmouthschools.org.

Thursday 10/27

”Tigers Be Still” at the Studio Theatre at Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, through Nov. 6, $10-$20 with premium tickets also available, dramaticrep.org or 1-800-838-3006 for ticket information.

Friday 10/28

”The Boy Friend,” presented by Oak Hill Players, Scarborough High School’s Winslow Homer Auditorium, Oct. 28 & 29 and Nov. 3, 4 & 5, 7 p.m.; Oct. 29 and Nov. 5, 1 p.m., $9/adults, $6/seniors, students at the door, FMI, 937-2081.

Saturday 10/29

Haunted House & Costume Ball, 7-11 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $10 at the door.

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Out & About

‘Spamalot’ is a laugh riot By Scott Andrews If plunging temperatures and diminishing hours of sunlight are getting you down, you might try a sensationally funny musical comedy as a psychological antidote. “Spamalot,” the funniest musical I’ve seen in years, is coming to Portland’s Merrill Auditorium for two performances, Oct. 20-21, as Portland Ovations hosts a national touring company. There’s plenty of fine music this weekend. The Portland Symphony Orchestra continues its Sunday Classical season on Oct. 23. The Portland Conservatory of Music launches a new annual happening this fall, an early music festival that runs Friday through Sunday. And Malcolm Holcombe, a gravel-voiced singer-songwriter, appears Oct. 27 at Portland’s One Longfellow Square.

‘Spamalot’ Between 2005 and 2009 one of the hottest tickets on Broadway was “Spamalot,” a wildly funny and very tuneful musical comedy based on the film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” With a libretto by Eric Idle and music by John Du Prez and Idle, “Spamalot” was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, winning three, including “Best Musical.” I’ve seen it several times, and plan to see it again as Portland Ovations launches its Broadway series when a national touring company visits Merrill Auditorium. Idle’s book is solidly based on the legends of King Arthur, the knights of the Round Table and the search for the Holy Grail, but his send-up of the oft-told tale and his uncanny ability to find hilariously comic twists in familiar characters is a truly amazing piece of comic craft. The story arc follows King Arthur from the early years of his reign to his successful recovery of the Grail. Accompanying Arthur’s quest are his long-suffering sidekick and three very errant knights.

Lady of the Lake one-movement “First is the leading female Essay for Orchesin the cast. She has tra.” Second on the several incarnations, program is Ernest including a wonderBloch’s “Suite Hefully funny parody braique,” which spotof Cher. Followlights PSO principal ing Monty Python violist Laurie Kenpractice, several of nedy as the soloist. these actors also get Bloch was born in to demonstrate their Switzerland and emitalents in secondary grated to this country and tertiary roles. during World War Plus there’s a flying I and finished his cow and a vicious life as a mainstay of killer rabbit. our country’s musical Several of the culture. songs are infecFollowing intertiously melodious. mission, the afterExamples are “The noon wraps up with Song That Goes Franz Schubert’s Like This,” a sendmajestic Symphony up of Andrew Lloyd No. 9 in C Major. InWebber’s style of novative and highly composition, and melodic, No. 9 is “Always Look on widely considered the Bright Side of Schubert’s greatest Life,” which is the work. show’s most memoPrincipal violist Scott Suchman rable song. Laurie Kennedy is Portland Ovations A comic quest for the Holy Grail is the plot line celebrating her 30th for “Spamalot,” the 2005 Tony Award-winner presents “Spamalot” for season with the PSO. best Broadway musical that plays Portland with two 8 p.m. perKennedy is well Oct. 20-21. formances Oct. 20known as a chamber 21 at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City music artist throughout the northeast, plus Hall. Call PortTix at 842-0800. she’s also the long-time artistic director of the Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival, a Portland Symphony Orchestra summer chamber music series in Harrison. The Portland Symphony Orchestra conPortland Symphony Orchestra plays at tinues its Sunday Classical series on Oct. 23 2:30 p.m. Oct. 23 at Merrill Auditorium under the baton of maestro Robert Moody at Portland City Hall. Call PortTix at 842in a program that features works by two 0800. well-known 20th-century American comPortland Early Music Festival posers, plus the symphonic masterpiece of Maine has a very vibrant classical music one of the 19th century’s European giants. scene, but the state’s experience in the This Sunday’s concert opens with Amerisub-genre of early music – Renaissance, can composer Samuel Barber’s enthralling

Fall Harvest

Baroque and other styles that pre-date the late 1700s – is far less successful. Several fine ensembles have come and gone over the past 20 years, and aficionados such as myself have to make do with the occasional visit by a touring ensemble – or make the trek to Boston, which is a global center of early music. I’m hopeful that that’s about to change. The Portland Conservatory of Music is launching its inaugural Early Music Festival this weekend, featuring three public concerts Oct. 20-23 plus a menu of other presentations. The artistic director is Tim Burris, a medieval lutenist and a PCM board member. He and 14 other musicians he’s engaged will treat audiences to music once played in the courts and salons of 16th, 17th and 18th century Europe. The sounds of the lute, harpsichord and viola da gamba will reverberate once again. Tenors, basses and sopranos will describe the Baroque Age in song. Featured composers include Johann Sebastian Bach, Johann Pachelbal, Girolamo Frescobaldi and Henry Purcell. All events take place at PCM’s digs at Woodford’s Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St. in Portland. Friday’s 7:30 p.m. concert focuses on English songs accompanied by lute. Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. program features music from 18thcentury Saxony, while Sunday’s 4:30 p.m. presentation is titled “The Soul of Italy,” and explores the music of the birthplace of Baroque. Call PCM at 775-3356.

Malcolm Holcombe

Country blues is his forte and a gravelly baritone voice and a guitar are the twin instruments he uses to weave musical stories. That’s the quick summary of singer-songwriter Malcolm Holcombe, a native of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina who’s made a living for a couple of decades traveling around the country with his music.

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p.m., donations appreciated, People Plus Community Center, 35 Union St., Brunswick, sign up, 729-0757.

Saturday 10/22

Saturday 10/22 OktoberFestival benefit dinner to support Hope Village Orphanage in Haiti, buffet provided by No. 10 Water, The Restaurant at the Captain Stone Inn, and Family, 5-7 p.m., $25 adult, $10 children 18 and under, St. Charles Church, Brunswick, FMI Doris Ouellette, 725-3464, tickets on sale at the church and at Hannafords in Brunswick.

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. Write On! writers group, led by Bonnie Wheeler, Wednesdays 12:30-3

Navy Birthday Ball, formal attire, friends, family and members of U.S. Navy invited, 5 p.m., $60/person, the Inn at Brunswick Station, 4 Noble St., Brunswick; tickets, Master Chief Bruce Sandy, 442-3058, bruce.sandy@supshipba.navy.mil, FMI Kristin Mason, 442-2684, kristin.mason@supshipba.navy.mil.

audio books, puzzles, games, all proceeds to benefit Curtis Kids programs, Curtis Memorial Library, Brunswick, FMI, 725-5242 or friends@curtislibrary.com.

Sunday 10/23

AniMeals is accepting dog and cat food donations for homebound seniors that receive Meals on Wheels, to donate or volunteer, call Sarah, 729-0475.

Call for Volunteers

Gardens and Outdoors

Thursday 10/27

Craft Fair & Yard Sale, bake sale, raffles, 9 a.m. - 3 p.m., table rental $10, call by 10/22, 666-5752, 6665974, Bowdoin Fire Department, 23 Cornish Dr., Bowdoin.

Volunteer Opportunity Fair, 35+ local nonprofits, free, door prizes, 2-7 p.m., Morrell Meeting Room, Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, FMI, abuxton@ uwmcm.org.

Children’s Books Needed for Curtis Kids book sale, Nov. 12, donate outgrown books, CDs, DVDs,

Baked Bean and Casserole Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., adults $7, children $3.50, The Bath Area Senior Citizen Center, 45 Floral St., Bath, 4434937. 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 Joshua’s), FMI, foodnotbombs. net.

Saturday 10/29

Call for Donations

Scout Troop 202, 5-7 p.m., adults $7, children 6-12 $3.50, children under 5 free, American Legion Hall, Post 202, Foreside Road, Topsham.

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City of Bath Absentee Ballots A reminder to the voters of the City of Bath - if you are unable to go to the polls on Election Day please request an Absentee Ballot. Absentee Ballots can be requested from October 8th - November 3rd. After November 3rd, Absentee Ballots can only be issues for Special Circumstances. Voters will receive the State ballot, Municipal ballot and RSU #1 ballot where applicable. Ballots can be sent in the mail or voters may come into the Clerk’s office and vote in person. City Clerk’s Office is open Monday through Friday 8:30AM – 4:30PM. Please contact the City Clerk’s office at 443-8332 for more information.

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Saturday 10/22 Fall Birding Roundup, Doug Suitor, meet at Brunswick Hannafords, 7:30 a.m., Merrymeeting Audubon, maineaudubon.org/ merrymeeting.

Tuesday 10/25 An Adventure at the Bottom of the World, Derek & Jeannette Lovitch of Freeport Wild Bird Supply recount their trip to the Falklands, South Georgia and the Antarctic Peninsula, 7-9 p.m., free, open to the public, Curtis Memorial Library, Morrell Room, Brunswick.

Saturday 10/29 Hermit Island, Carol Jack, annual outing along Head Beach, meet

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from previous page Work, and Community, Mondays and Wednesdays, Oct. 24-Nov. 16, 9 a.m. - 12 p.m., free, pre-registration required, Shelley Taylor, 386-1664, shelley.taylor@maine.edu., University College, Bath.

Wednesday 10/26 Learning Express Introduction, new online information resource for Maine citizens, 6 p.m., free, open to the public, 2nd floor community room, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141, Roberta Jordan ext. 25. Dowsing, what is it and how does it work? Glenn Johnson, 1 p.m., $2 activity fee, call to reserve spot, FMI 729-0475, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Brunswick.

Saturday 10/29 Get Published! Writing for Money and Fun, workshop on how to sell articles and where to find markets, Sherry Hanson, 9 a.m. - 2 p.m., Merrymeeting Adult Education, sign up, merrymeeting.org, 729-7323, FMI Sherry Hanson, 721-0955, hanson-sherryb@comcast.net.

Wednesday 11/9 Unleashing Your Child’s Potential: Tools to Develop Inner Peace, Success and Happiness in Your Children, parenting series by Bambi Thompson, Occupational

Therapist, workshop on how to teach goal achievement strategies, 7-9:30 p.m., $40, or $68 for 10/19 and 11/9 workshops, Grace Episcopal Church, 1100 Washington St., Bath, FMI, bambithompson.com/ events.html

Health & Support Friday 10/21 ”The Art of Being Human,” Shambhala Training Level One, weekend introduction to sitting meditation, Oct. 21-23, free public talk Friday, 7:30 p.m.; Saturday/ Sunday 8:30 a.m. - 6 p.m., $110 weekend program, pre-registration required, shambhalabp.org, Shambhala Meditation Center, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, FMI James Prentice, lowlandbear@gmail. com, 837-8431. ”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, 215-435-4625, email midcoastfamilyu@gmail.com.

Monday 10/24 Maine Kids-Kin program, Cathy Paglio from Families and Children Together will show a video and speak about services available to

persons caring for a relative’s child, 1 p.m., free, open to the community, call People Plus, 729-0757, to reserve space.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program seeks volunteers age 55 and over for various opportunities, 396-6521.

Thursday 10/27

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, support groups, lectures, socials, activities, 521 Main St., Damariscotta, for daily schedule, 563-1363 or spectrumgenerations.org.

Free Flu Shot for all RSU1 students and their families, 2-6 p.m., Bath Middle School.

Just for Seniors Bath Area Senior Citizens, bridge club, cribbage, crafts, line dancing, bocce, bingo and more, 45 Floral St., Bath, 443-4937. Chair Yoga, Shannon Elliott, Tuesdays 10:30 a.m., $10/class or pay what you can, Spectrum Generations, Topsham, FMI and to preregister, 729-0475. Meals on Wheels, delivery available for homebound seniors and disabled adults, offered by Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475. Money Management Program, help low-income seniors with routine financial matters, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475. People Plus Community Center, multipurpose multigenerational facility provides recreational, social, informational, educational and personal services to seniors as well as people of all ages, 35 Union St., Brunswick, 729-0757.

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The Rat Pack, tribute concert to benefit CASA, with Mickey Joseph as Joey Bishop, Drew Anthony as Dean Martin, Kenny Jones as Sammy Davis, Jr., and Brian Duprey as Frank Sinatra, 8 p.m., $45/$35, State Theatre, 609 Congress St.,

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Saturday 10/22 The Blue Star Mothers Breakfast supporting members of the military and veterans, 8-10:30 a.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport; eggs, sausage, fried potatoes, muffins & biscuits, juice and coffee, suggested donation $8/ adults; $6/children and seniors. â&#x20AC;?Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Time to Pick Apples for Charity,â&#x20AC;? 8-10 a.m, Thompsonâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Orchard, 276 Gloucester Hill Road, New Gloucester; picking fee waived for up to 18 people picking apples for the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Benefit Dinner and Silent Auction, for Bob Roy, co-owner of Frankâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Truck-Kaps, fundraiser to help pay for his cancer treatment, 4-7 p.m., $10 adults/ $5 children, Val-Halla Golf & Recreation Center, Greely

Road, Cumberland, donations of dessert appreciated, tickets at Corsettiâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Market in Windham, Windham Automotive, and Val Halla, FMI, Joe Mains, 892-3130. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Easy as Piâ&#x20AC;? Road and Trail Race, fundraiser for The Woodard & Curran Foundation, 3.14-mile course, with kids Fun Run, pie, music, 8:30 a.m., Fun Run for Kids 10 and under, 9 a.m. Race Start, Woodard & Curran, 41 Hutchins Dr., Portland, registration, $15 through Oct. 20; $20 Race Day registration, FMI, woodardcurranfoundation.org or Althea Masterson, 774-2112. SailMaine Soiree Auction, to benefit local community sailing programs, 7-10 p.m., silent auction, live music, food, $30 advance/ $40 door, Portland Yacht Services, Portland, sailmaine.org or Sarah Helming, sarah@sailmaine.org. Ghoulwill Ball: A Benefit for Goodwillâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Supported Employment Services, costume contest with cash prizes, 7-11 p.m., $25 tickets,

$40 for two, Port City Music Hall, Portland, tickets, goodwillnne.org/ ghoulwill.

Sunday 10/23 Chicken Pie Sale to benefit the Bath United Methodist Church, $13/pie, order at 443-4707 by Oct. 23, 4 p.m.; pick up Thurs. Oct. 27, 1-5 p.m. at the Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove Ave., Bath.

Camp Sunshine Pumpkin Festival, all day, L.L. Bean, Freeport, kidâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s activites, entertainment, food, costume parade, pumpkin carving challenge, more; participants can help raise money for Camp Sunshine by sponsoring a pumpkin for $10.

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Friday 10/28 Chicken Pie Dinner, 5:45 p.m., First Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road, North Yarmouth, adults $12, Louise, 926-5675.

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Saturday 10/22 Pancake Breakfast, 8 a.m. - 1 p.m., Bath Parks and Rec Dept., 4 Sheridan Road, Bath, $5/person, $10/family, to benefit Fields 4 our Future.

Tuesday 10/25 Food Safety Training, for those involved in handling food at fundraising events, two separate 5-hour workshops, Oct. 25 and Nov. 9, UMaine Cooperative Ex-

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Wednesday 10/26

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Thursday 10/27

The Future of Marriage: An interactive dialogue, 7 p.m., Hannaford Hall, Abromson Center, USM Portland.

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Candidates from page 6 from 2008-2011 and was a representative from Gray to both the Greater Portland Council of Governments and the Central Corridors Coalition of area municipalities. He also served on the Cumberland County Budget Advisory Committee, the Gray Public Library Board of Trustees and the Gray Grover Comprehensive Plan Committee, and has volunteered with Gray Fire-Rescue. Grover says this experience, plus his work as an engineer, “gives me experience as a member of teams that get things done.” He said he believes in thoughtful and moderate governance. Regarding the Civic Center bond, Grover said the plan is responsibly written, but he does not think now is the time for the

project. He noted that there would be up to $22 million in interest on top of the bond amount. “I don’t think most people in District 3 are prepared for the burden (of the project) for something that’s non-essential,” he said. Grover said the economy could improve to the point where such a project were more viable, that there could be a more modest proposal, or that Portland could contribute a larger share of the cost. He also noted that the fiscal 2012 county budget includes $300,000 to fund the “red ink” of the Civic Center’s operating budget. Grover pointed out that the center’s trustees should plan to balance their budget this year, no matter how the bond vote goes, and that subsidies each year should be phased out. “Even the proposed plan says that they don’t expect big profits until 2016, even with the improvements,” Grover said. Election Day is Nov. 8. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 o r alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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Out & About from page 19 On Oct. 27 he’ll visit Portland with a onenight stand at One Longfellow Square. This year’s tour is in support of “To Drink the Rain,” his eighth full-length album which was recorded in Austin, Texas, and released last February. Rolling Stone reviewer David Fricke characterized the CD: “Not quite country, somewhere beyond folk, Holcombe’s music is a kind of blues in motion, mapping backwoods corners of the heart.” I’m spinning the CD as I write this, and

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before the horse,” said Claudia Knox, “but I want to say this is important.” She criticized the complaint-driven system now in place, which she said “fails before it starts because tenants are afraid of the consequences of making complaints.” Vicky Marr, who previously petitioned the council to do something about the Oak Street building, which has not been torn down or rebuilt, said an inspection program could protect neighborhoods from deterioration. Support for the ordinance on the council also appeared to be mixed. Chairman Joanne King and Councilor Suzan Wilson criticized the proposal both for its content and potential cost. Wilson said she particularly opposes the “one-size-fits-all” approach to inspecting all multi-units annually, instead of just problem properties. “If you cannot figure out what the

Other business The council also unanimously amended the town’s ordinances to allow in-town residents to keep domesticated farm animals. The changes allow no more than two animals to be kept on a two-acre lot and requires manure to be removed every 30 days. Additionally, the owners of FirstWave Media received the go-ahead from the council to build a 199-foot AM radio tower on Old Portland Road. The tower would broadcast WMCE 900 AM, resurrecting a local community radio station that existed from 1955 to 1972.

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Kestrel from page 1 companies and an experienced labor pool, he said Kestrel has been unable to secure the financing to keep the entire aircraft production arm of the company in town. Now the company is looking at places including Berlin, N.H., to do what Klapmeier in September 2010 told the Town Council he would do in Brunswick: build composites.

Trouble with tax credits Working through Coastal Enterprises, a Wiscasset-based private, nonprofit community development institution, the company was hoping to fund its $100 million project through the federal New Market Tax Credit program. The program helps bring jobs and investments into low-income or distressed areas, as identified in the U.S. Census. If awarded the full amount, Kestrel would have received $39 million in tax credits that CEI could turn around and sell at a discount to investors. But Kestrel has only received a fifth of the amount it was seeking. In April, the company was allocated $7.8 million in tax credits, enough to get Kestrel Aeroworks – the maintenance and repair operation – off the ground, but not enough to start manufacturing airplanes. According to Charles Spies, chief executive of CEI Capital Management, there are no more tax credits available at CEI until January 2012. But even then, Spies isn’t sure CEI will receive any more credits to allocate because the New Markets program is so competitive. That’s bad news for Kestrel. “The financing we’ve gotten to date is not the amount or the schedule we’d originally anticipated,” Klapmeier said. As a result, he has started looking around to see if other states may be able to provide more funding to get the project off the ground. What makes Berlin attractive is that, like the former BNAS census tract, it qualifies for New Market. But because it is more rural than Brunswick, and 20 percent of New Market’s allocations must go to nonmetropolitan areas, Klapmeier said Kestrel would have a better chance of receiving the rest of its tax credits. Moreover, Berlin is designated a severely distressed area, while the census tract in Brunswick is merely eligible for the tax credits. Additionally, there may be other funding opportunities in New Hampshire separate from New Market, Klapmeier said. Berlin also has a new biomass energy plant that could supply cheap heat and power to Kestrel. Because building composites is the most energy-intensive part of the airplane construction process, Klapmeier

At-large from page 5 public education and believes schools are key to economic development. “Our kids are our future, and if we want economic development in town we have to continue to support education,” he said. Renovating Coffin Elementary School and the junior high school was critical 11 years ago when he joined the School Board, he said, and is even more important now. He said he believes those renovations could be possible without a tax increase because the bond for the high school matures in 2013, meaning the amount the town has been spending towards that

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said it makes sense to consider putting a plant close to the energy source in Berlin. “We’re looking at New Hampshire, (and) we’re looking at several other locations” where there are tax credits available that are not available in Brunswick, Klapmeier said, although he wouldn’t say where.

Some is better than none Even if Kestrel builds composites in Berlin, Klapmeier said he intends to transport the finished parts to Brunswick for assembly – a geographically dispersed business model he said is common in the aircraft industry. He said he also expects to utilize Southern Maine Community College’s composite program to train employees. “Part of our view of Berlin is that it’s close to (Brunswick), 67 nautical miles in the airplane,” he said. “We would still be training people here, moving people back and forth, we would see this as being relatively co-located.” But he acknowledged that building a composites plant in Berlin would mean fewer jobs in Brunswick. “There are jobs that would end up in Berlin that could have been in Brunswick if all of the financing had worked,” Klapmeier said, but “getting part of the jobs or most of the jobs is still better than getting none of the jobs.” He said there is a possibility, although not a certainty, that more than 300 jobs would still be created in Brunswick. If Berlin falls through, however, Kestrel could move not only its composite plant, but its entire aircraft manufacturing company out of Brunswick Landing. Steve Levesque, executive director of the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority, the public municipal corporation created to redevelop the former air base, doesn’t believe that will happen. In an Oct. 14 email to Town Manager Gary Brown, Levesque said “this doesn’t affect the final assembly facility in Brunswick.” The message was a response to Brown, who previously sent Levesque the text of a New Hampshire Public Radio story reporting that Kestrel was considering Berlin. Brown sent Levesque’s four-line response to the entire Town Council the next day. But Klapmeier said the company has been wooed by several states in addition to New Hampshire, and all options are on the table if the Berlin deal doesn’t work out – a result that he admitted is undesirable, but not out of the question. The Berlin deal “is clearly our first choice,” Klapmeier said. “We’re not going to say it’s our only choice and we’re not going to go out of business if we can’t get the financing.” debt service could be applied to another project. For Dana, building the police station is the most pressing facilities need on the municipal side of the budget. He said he also thinks it is important to consolidate town functions under one roof, and supported the McLellan-Longfellow School swap with Bowdoin College. Once town government moves into McLellan, he said he’d like to see the current town offices leveled and turned into green space and additional parking. If faced with further budget cuts next year, Dana said he’d like to “see strong support of the school budget” while maintaining public services, something that he

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Klapmeier admitted that he may have been naive to think the company could do everything at Brunswick Landing. Now that he realizes he can’t, he said he’s trying to find the next best possible deal for Brunswick, which he believes would be a plant in Berlin. “What nobody understands or believes is, we’re committed to Maine because this is where we want to be,” he said. At the very least, Kestrel Aeroworks has to stay at Brunswick Landing for seven years under the conditions of the New Market tax credits already received. Klapmeier has also signed a 20-year lease for half of Hangar 6 at the former air base. Even so, MRRA may end up owing hundreds of thousands of dollars if Kestrel pulls part of its company out of Brunswick Landing.

Impact on MRRA Last year, the town helped Kestrel apply for a $300,000 community development block grant that was awarded in July. According to a Feb. 23 memo from the town’s economic development specialist, Brian Dancause, the grant was supposed to fund Kestrel’s plan to “design, develop, certify and manufacture 6 to 8 passenger carbon composite turbo-prop aircraft at Hangar 6, Brunswick Landing” – specifically, the installation of a paint booth, electrical and plumbing upgrades, and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act. Part of the agreement is that Kestrel must create 10 more full-time jobs before June 30, 2013, in addition to the 16 in place as of July. Six of the additional jobs have to go to people from low-income households. As of Sept. 20, the company employed 21 people, according to MRRA. If the company fails to comply, normally the town would have to repay the full amount of the grant to the state. But because MRRA and Brunswick signed an indemnification agreement, MRRA is on the hook for the $300,000, not Brunswick. Klapmeier estimated that even if Kestrel Aircraft (the aircraft manufacturing company) pulls out, leaving only Kestrel Aeroworks behind, an additional 25 jobs will still be created. Levesque said the grant has not been used and none of the scheduled work at Hangar 6 has been done. “If they’re not going to go forward,” he said, “we’re going to use money for other projects.

Mobilizing to keep Kestrel According to state Sen. Stan Gerzofsky, D-Brunswick, Maine’s congressional delegation and state officials are mobilizing to try and keep all of Kestrel in Maine. “We’re not losing jobs to New Hampshire, period,” Gerzofsky said Wednesday. acknowledged may result in tax increases. “It’s very often not feasible to say we won’t raise taxes,” he said. “Unless people want to give up some of the services we all enjoy, costs go up.” Dana said the current council has done a good job developing Maine Street Station, and he would like to encourage further in-fill development downtown, at the industrial park, and at Brunswick Landing. “I think any encouragement we can give companies to land in Brunswick rather than elsewhere is a good thing,” he said. Although he said he believes Brunswick needs a strong business base, he said he wouldn’t characterize himself as a shill for business.

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A Kestrel airplane sits on display in Hangar 6 at Brunswick Naval Air Station last February during a ceremony to transfer the airport from the U.S. Navy to the Midcoast Regional Redevelopment Authority. The ceremony was attended by Gov. Paul LePage, U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree and other state and local government officials.

Gerzofsky has proposed that Kestrel put its satellite manufacturing facilities in more rural parts of Maine, in order to take advantage of the rural preference under the New Market Tax Credit program. “I’ve been working hard these past couple of weeks to try and make sure we can be in a position to offer them anything anybody else can,” he said. “If they’re having trouble with these tax credits in Maine and not New Hampshire, I want to know why.” U.S. Rep. Chellie Pingree, D-Maine, has also recently met with Kestrel representatives. In a statement issued by a spokesman Wednesday she said she will “continue to work with them to do everything we can to make it possible for them to locate those jobs here in Maine. Brunswick has the people and the facilities to support the kind of work Kestrel wants to do and I think this is the right place for those manufacturing jobs.” But Klapmeier, whose prototype airplane and leased Hangar 6 were the backdrop for last January’s ceremonial first transfer of U.S. Navy property to MRRA, emphasized that he doesn’t want anyone to have false hope that it will be possible for Kestrel to keep all branches of its company in Brunswick, or in Maine. “I’m not sure that, given the learning process that all of us have gone through on this,” he said, “that there’s a rabbit in the hat that could be pulled out.” Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or eguerin@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @ guerinemily.

“I think reasonable development and responsible development are good things,” Dana said, “but unfettered development is not always a good thing.” He said he believes his willingness to listen and work with others distinguishes him from his opponents in the election, and thinks his time on the School board gave him a unique perspective on the relationship between schools and the town. “During those eight years I spent time working to be a consensus builder, and if I was elected I would try to continue to build consensus on the town council,” he said. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or eguerin@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @ guerinemily.


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from page 1 efficiently than, in its current location.” That location, the old YMCA on Summer Street, is dilapidated and pegged for demolition early in 2012. Earlier this month the council gave unanimous first approval to borrowing up to $450,000 to demolish the building, and the bond ordinance is expected to receive final approval next month. The council had also authorized the Parks and Recreation Department to move the existing assets of the Bath Youth Meetinghouse and Skatepark to the Old Brunswick Road armory for storage until a use for the building has been determined. Besides being a possible new home for the Skatepark, another proposed use for the armory is to have it house the local

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Box 19 Club’s antique fire trucks. City Manager Bill Giroux said after Wednesday’s meeting that the council on Nov. 2 will consider authorizing borrowing the $308,000. With interest included over a 10-year loan, the estimated cost could be between $35,000 and $40,000 a year. Jackie Dwinal of Washington Street agreed that the Skatepark needs a place, but expressed concern about the impact on Bath taxpayers. “I think all of this has to go out to the voters,” she said, adding that the city’s purchase of the armory should have gone that way, too. Parks and Recreation Director Steve Balboni, whose department maintains the old Y, said the Skatepark board is willing

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from page 1 do not have enough members to cover the daytime shift. In addition, Harpswell’s volume of emergency calls is increasing, along with the percentage of elderly residents, who have a greater need for the services. For the past few months, the Fire and Rescue Committee has been interviewing various emergency medical service providers to determine which would work best for the town. They spoke with area

hospitals, private medical transportation companies, the town of Brunswick, and considered hiring a paramedic as a town employee. But a majority of committee members concluded that only one, Mid Coast Hospital in Brunswick, meets all the criteria. Harpswell already utilizes the hospital’s paramedic “fly car” service to supplement volunteer EMTs when more advanced medical care is needed, and many

to forgo its $40,000 annual subsidy from the city so that the cost of the borrowing would not fall on taxpayers. He expressed confidence in the board’s ability to make up the lost funds through fundraising. Balboni said the Skatepark’s revenue and use should increase if it moves to the armory, because that building is closer to Bath Middle School, which many of the Skatepark’s young patrons attend. He said it’s important for teenagers to have a place to go in their free time, and said the Youth Meetinghouse and Skatepark is an arts, film and music center, with a computer lab, cafe, and mentoring and tutoring opportunities. “At this point the ball is truly in your court,” Balboni told the council. “... Some decisions need to be made in order for us to plan the next step.” Giroux said there could be a separate order Nov. 2 concerning whether the

Skatepark should move to the armory. The council approved borrowing up to $175,000 last year for the purchase, bu councilors Wednesday also discussed sending the armory question to a referendum vote, and that option could come up again next month. Norton said the renovation work could take about three months. The biggest expense would be a $55,000 sprinkler system for the building. Other major components are $41,000 for drywall and insulation, $25,000 for flooring, $24,000 for plumbing and $17,000 for accessibility improvements. “I feel real good about the pricing,” Norton told the council. “... At the end of the day, if this is what you choose to do, when you walk in you’ll be proud of what you got.”

residents are familiar with the hospital. In addition to the annual cost of the service, Mid Coast is asking the town to build a heated garage with phone and Internet connections to house a paramedic and emergency response vehicle. The garage is estimated to cost between $150,000 and $200,000, and would be located near the town offices on Mountain Road. The committee also recommended that the new service arrangement be finalized as soon as possible so that it could start up shortly after the annual Town Meeting in March, when Harpswell voters would

have to authorize the new expenditures. The town would conduct an independent review of the service once it starts up to evaluate its effectiveness. Harpswell Neck Fire Chief David Mercier presented the findings to selectmen on Oct. 13. Before the issue returns to the board, the Budget Advisory Committee will weigh in. The committee report is available online under the link to the Oct. 13 selectman’s agenda.

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Question 2 from page 7 in Bangor. Canney said racetracks that have combined other forms of gaming in states like Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New York have flourished. Hollywood Slots raked in $61.6 million in net slot income in 2010, according to documents filed with the state Gambling Control Board. Of that, $28.3 million was earmarked for state funds. Ed McColl, attorney for Scarborough Downs, said he’s seen the booming business that combined racinos attract. “I went to the original Penn National race course (in Grantville, Pa.) last January,” McColl said in a recent interview. “They recently added a gaming facility and have a full-fledged racino. They knocked down and rebuilt their grandstand with tiered dining and seating. I showed up at a Saturday evening and asked for a table for two, and I couldn’t get it.”

A raw deal for Maine? Opponents of Question 2 say the complexes are a threat to local economies and question whether the money raked in by the proposed racinos will really do anything to help Maine’s struggling harness racing industry. “We’ve heard all of these arguments in 2003 (when voters approved the racino in Bangor), about how this was going to be an economic engine in Bangor and revive harness racing,” said Dennis Bailey, spokesman for CasinosNo!, a group lobbying against casino expansion in Maine. “It’s a scam for these owners to get a lot of money out of people,” he said. State harness racing bets and attendance are down, even after the opening of Hollywood Slots in 2008 and the money it pumped into the harness racing industry. Since 2007, the Bangor racino has contributed more than $35.1 million to the harness racing industry in Maine. That money has supplemented purses and gone to general funds used to boost the sport. Despite all that money, live bets in Maine dropped 43 percent from 2003 to 2010. Money bet on Maine races at offtrack betting facilities also dropped, by 50 percent, since 2003. Charles Colgan, an economist at the University of Southern Maine, also wondered whether slot machines would do much to meaningfully help the struggling harness racing industry. “You’ve got a product with a falling demand, and you try to diversify around it5to increase the attractiveness of it,” he

said in a recent interview. “That’s one of the oldest strategies in the book.” But, he said, the demand for gambling opportunities in Maine is relatively stable, and the supply to meet that demand keeps growing with each new casino allowed in the state – not to mention the lotteries, bingo and travel to other “destination” casinos, like Foxwoods in Connecticut. “If there were no other gambling except at horse racing tracks, as there once was, then adding slot machines would clearly be a boon,” Colgan said. “But today, with the population of gamblers not growing and more competition coming up, it’s a risky bet.” Bailey also said people should think twice before agreeing to allow the racinos because of the promise of money for the state. “It’s a misnomer to think the state makes out well here. It’s the track owners and horse owners,” he said. “It’s just a bribe. It’s pennies compared to what the track owners will get.” Last year, Maine’s harness racing industry received more than $9.8 million from Hollywood Slots revenue, according to the state Gambling Control Board. Money sent to other state-designated funds totalled $17.9 million. The one area where CasinosNo! says it agrees with backers of the proposed plan is on job creation. “There’s no question that it’s jobs,” Bailey said. “... I don’t know any other business that comes to town and must immediately devote money to the addiction programs.”

An opportunity for the future Scarborough town officials and Scarborough Downs owner Sharon Terry have been in talks to develop a plan that fits in with the goals set in the town’s Comprehensive Plan and also makes the parcel attractive to potential buyers. Currently, most of the Scarborough Downs land is in the town’s B2 Business zone, which allows for large-scale retail and strip malls. Town Manager Tom Hall said that when the zoning was done 10 years ago, that was the direction the economy was headed. But with the recession, he said a new approach is needed. “The economy has turned 180 degrees,” Hall said. “Ten years ago, big boxes were the thing. But they’re not building them anymore.” Scarborough Downs is in an area the Comprehensive Plan calls “The Crossroads Mixed Use Development District.” The plan describes the district as “the new heart of Scarborough,” and calls for the development of efficient neigh-

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She didn’t know how soon the buildings would be gone, but said she hopes it would be as soon as possible.

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Just down the block from the BDC’s demolition site, the Roman Catholic Diocese of Portland wants to knock down the former St. John’s rectory and replace it with handicapped parking. Charles Wiercinski, of the engineering firm Sitelines, said the church no longer has a need for the building, which used to house nuns and priests who worked at St. John’s school. It has been vacant for 10 years, and he said the church has tried unsuccessfully to find someone to buy the structure and move it. Don Leaver, the business coordinator of All Saints Parish, said parishioners have been unable to attend church services because they can’t park close enough to the first-floor entrance, which is next to the rectory. But four residents from the surrounding neighborhood urged the board to prevent the demolition. Kevin Twine, of Oak Street, cited the architectural legacy of the rectory, which was designed by Samuel Dunning and built in 1900. He also questioned the visual impact of the demolition on the neighborhood, and compared removing the rectory to pulling a tooth. Chris Ludwick, of High Street, said the church is already surrounded by surface parking and doesn’t need any more. “St. John the Evangelist is not the patron saint of asphalt. I’m not sure who the patron saint of pavers is, but they’re doing pretty well at the moment,” Ludwick said. He said the proposal to tear down the building for a parking lot showed “a lack of imagination” on the part of the parish. Village Review Board members agreed, and encouraged the parish to try harder to find a way to move or sell the building, or to create handicapped parking in a way that the rectory doesn’t have to be destroyed. “I’m just not convinced the parish tried everything it can to keep that,” Brooks Stoddard said. “I feel that to get handicapped access and take that away is not a good change.” Although the church may take demolish the building in the next 90 days, it can return to the board sooner to make another request. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext.123 or eguerin@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @guerinemily.

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236 Mountfort Rd. SAT & SUN OCT 22 & 23 • 9-2 Antiques, Tools, Furniture, Collectibles, Electronics, Pottery & Baby stuff

YARD SALE DEADLINES are the Friday before the following Wed run. Classifieds run in all 4 editions. Please call 781-3661 to place your yard sale ad or email to: cgoodenow@theforecaster.net

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The Forecaster, Mid Coast edition, October 21 2011  

The Forecaster, Mid Coast edition, October 21 2011, a Sun Media Publication, pages 1-32

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