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Falmouth residents praise OceanView plan By Emily Parkhurst FALMOUTH — The Town Council will hold a special meeting Jan. 30 to formally approve the sale of most of the PlummerMotz and Lunt school properties to the neighboring OceanView retirement community.
But people question funding for a community center The council will also decide whether to take a projected $2 million profit from the sale and put it aside for a future community center. Comments at a public hearing
Monday suggest there could be clear sailing for Oceanview, but a bumpy ride for the community center. OceanView’s plan is to add homes, apartments and an Al-
zheimer’s patient unit to its existing facility. Approximately 30 people who turned out for a public hearing on the proposal Monday night, and about a dozen spoke. “I don’t think the town can find
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By Amy Anderson FREEPORT — What started as a small group of parents trying to improve the safety, accessibility and appearance of Freeport High School has evolved into a community-wide project that will address the school’s capacity, structural needs, aesthetics and programming. Ultimately, after community input and a potential public referendum, the school and campus could get a makeover. The Regional School Unit 5 Board of Directors agreed to hire Portland Design Team to develop a master plan to address identified needs for the school. It approved spending $40,000 from professional services in the operating budget. On Wednesday, Jan. 18, Lyndon Keck of PDT presented the interim plan to nearly 50 members of the community, including RSU 5 board members, town councilors, parents, students, school staff and administrators. Keck outlined the progress to date, and said the firm is halfway through its evaluation of the school and campus. It expects to compete its work by late March or April and will hold another series of public meetings at that time, he said. PDT was asked to evaluate the qualitative and quantitative needs of the school, including the building and site, its ability to support
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Robert West of Upright Frameworks seals insulation holes in the attic at the Foreside Community Church in Falmouth on Jan. 18. Heat escaping from the building was causing damaging ice dams on the roof.
pany committed to doing 100 weatherization retrofits at cost. “As a business owner, I was fed up with the fact that I have seen a lot of blame being thrown around, but people are
not putting together actual solutions for improving the economy,” founder Josh Wojcik said. The project is centered on the idea that a properly implemented weatherization retrofit can be
a powerful tool to slash heating bills, improve the overall comfort of a building and reduce carbon footprints. See page 25
5% tax hike possible as Yarmouth school budget talks begin By Amy Anderson YARMOUTH — The School Committee begins work this week on a projected $20.1 million school budget that could produce a 5 percent tax increase. Index Arts Calendar.................22 Classifieds......................27 Community Calendar......24 Meetings.........................24
The board is expected to determine the financial feasibility of all-day kindergarten and work to find solutions to an expected loss of revenue. At a meeting on Thursday,
Jan. 26, Superintendent Judy Paolucci is expected to present a draft budget that considers no additional programs and no loss of programs. But, due to additional losses of
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Panel studies Freeport High School upgrade
The envelope, please By Amber Cronin FALMOUTH — Born out of frustration with local and national government progress toward growing the economy and reducing oil consumption, Upright Framework’s Raise ME Up campaign is helping the Foreside Community Church solve an ice dam problem. Upright Frameworks, a Wilton-based builder of energyefficient structures, specializes in problems with a building “envelopes.” The company uses diagnostic equipment to test the effectiveness of an envelope and to find solutions to manage air quality, weather protection, durability and efficiency. The Raise ME Up campaign began in September in an effort to show local and national officials that small changes can bring money back into the Maine economy. Through the project, the com-
any better partner than the owners and managers of OceanView,” said Skillins Greenhouse owner Mike Skillin, who lives on Lunt Road across the street from the Lunt School. “I think this expansion is
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Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................31 School Notebook............14 Sports.............................19
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Interest in home schooling on the rise in greater Portland By Emily Guerin BRUNSWICK — On a bright, cold Friday afternoon, a small group of parents and children are bowling at Spare Time. The kids are all ages – the youngest barely strong enough to lift a ball, while another winds up and lets one fly down the alley. Although it’s not a snow day, these children are not in school. Instead, they’re on a field trip organized by the Midcoast Maine Homeschool Center, a group in Bath that offers classes and excursions for home-schooled children. Since starting the center in 2010, founder Susan Hyde has seen interest in the center’s offerings explode. Parents
and their children drive from around Maine to attend workshops on owls and hawks, visit Maine Maritime Museum with other home-school groups, or to take classes on Greek mythology. The center serves 44 children from ages 3 to 13, and there’s a waiting list for winter classes. The center appeals to both parents and their children. “The kids love it, and the parents talk shop,” Hyde said, comparing notes about home-schooling styles and curriculum. Home-schooling in Maine is on the rise, and not just in the Midcoast area. According to data provided by the Maine Department of Education, in 2004-2005, the earliest numbers on record, just under 4,100 students were home-schooled. That number rose to about 4,800 in the 2010-
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2011 school year. In order to home-school a child in Maine, parents must provide at least 175 instructional days per year and submit annual assessments of student progress. Organizations like Midcoast Maine Homeschool Center and Homeschoolers of Maine, a statewide group that provides support for home-schooling Christian families, make it less daunting for parents to home-school by offering courses in subjects that may be unfamiliar to parents. They also give kids a chance to socialize with other home-schooled children, confounding the stereotype some may Emily Guerin / The Forecaster
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Claudia Simmons, of Brunswick, takes a break from bowling with her son, Aiden, 8, and other home-schooling families at a Midcoast Maine Homeschool Center outing. Simmons moved to Brunswick from New Brunswick, Canada, and chose the area because of the active homeschooling community.
have of home-schooling families as isolated, educational islands. “We find it’s totally opposite,” Lisa Siciliano, a home-schooling mom from Westbrook and the Cumberland County representative of Homeschoolers of Maine. “I don’t even know anybody who just stays home with their children.” Every Friday morning, Siciliano takes her two children, ages 11 and 7, to a branch of Homeschoolers of Maine that meets in Scarborough. In certain subjects like science and history, parents all teach their children the same curriculum, enabling them to work on group projects at their weekly meetings. The group also performs one musical every year, offers a 4-H club, and organizes field trips to museums, musical performances and theater in Portland. Parents take turns teaching classes on subjects they have expertise in, Siciliano said. One of the upsides to home-schooling groups, Hyde said, is they allow children of different ages to socialize together. “Life isn’t only about being with people your own age,” she said. That also includes adults. Many parents said their children are very comfortable and well-behaved around adults, and don’t have an “us-against-them” attitude
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Cumberland, North Yarmouth work out service fees By Alex Lear NORTH YARMOUTH — The Board of Selectmen has approved a series of recommendations from the town’s representatives on the Cumberland/North Yarmouth Joint Standing Committee that include seeking a two-year contract for services from Cumberland. Cumberland has also opted not to impose a park fee on North Yarmouth for use of the Twin Brook Recreation Area. Joint Standing Committee member and North Yarmouth Selectman Steve Palmer last week called the panel’s talks “very professional (and) very informative.” He said “a good relationship has basically emerged from our being able to have a partnership in the discussions.” Palmer said the North Yarmouth portion of the committee was tasked with looking into service options with other communities. It ultimately concluded that Cumberland is the most viable option, and also best for maintaining the sense of community shared by the two towns, which comprise School Administrative District 51. Committee member and Cumberland Town Councilor Steve Moriarty said the Twin Brook Advisory Committee is looking into a fee structure for some users. “We in all honesty could not justify charging North Yarmouth a fee for the use of Twin Brook as opposed to any other town,” he said. Moriarty said Cumberland had information from a license plate survey that showed a large number of cars parked at Twin Brook are from towns other than Cumberland and North Yarmouth.
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Cumberland Town Manager Bill Shane said there would be no parks assessment to North Yarmouth in fiscal 2013, and he doubts there will be one in fiscal 2014. The fiscal 2012 budget process in North Yarmouth raised questions about some of the services North Yarmouth receives from Cumberland. The committee’s meetings from summer to December 2011 were meant to help North Yarmouth residents better understand how the money it pays Cumberland for those services is spent. North Yarmouth has paid Cumberland each year for recreation, library, public access TV, snow removal and animal control. But Cumberland also planned last year to phase in parks costs for North Yarmouth over three years, starting with about $11,000 in fiscal 2012 and ultimately rising to about $33,000. The fiscal 2012 budget the North Yarmouth Board of Selectmen approved last April did not include funding for parks, or about $8,700 in extra library and recreation funds that reflected that town’s population increase between 2000 and 2010. Residents were faced with losing all six services if they did not add the nearly $20,000 total to their fiscal 2012 spending plan. The issue led to lengthy discussion at North Yarmouth’s June 2011 Town Meeting, where an amendment to add the extra funds produced a split show of hands. The decision was forced to go to a written ballot, where it passed by three votes, 68-65,
and was ultimately approved as amended by a show of hands. But some residents wanted to look into options with other towns over the next year, and to improve communication between the two towns in forging future service agreements. The Joint Standing Committee members are Shane and Cumberland Town Councilors Steve Moriarty, Bill Stiles and George Turner; North Yarmouth Administrative Assistant Marnie Diffin; Selectmen Andrew Walsh and Palmer, and Budget Committee member Pam Ames. Palmer, Walsh and Ames presented a series of recommendations to the North Yarmouth Board of Selectmen Dec. 6, 2011, which the panel unanimously sup-
ported. Among those recommendations were North Yarmouth continuing the recreation and community education and Prince Memorial Library programs through Cumberland; seeking a two-year contract with Cumberland; annual renewal of the contract, and the Joint Standing Committee meeting quarterly or at least semi-annually to review contracts, services and any other issues as required. The committee has been invited to a meeting, led by Cumberland’s Finance Committee, that will take place at Cumberland Town Hall at 8:30 a.m. Monday, Feb. 20. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or email@example.com. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.
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Yarmouth council delays decision on dams By Amy Anderson YARMOUTH — After a three-hour discussion, comments from 21 residents and presentations from town staff, engineers and experts in the field, the Town Council tabled action on the future of the Bridge Street and Elm Street dams. The council decided to continue the discussion at an Operations Committee meeting scheduled for Monday, Feb. 6. The meeting on Thursday, Jan. 19 was not taped or recorded due to technical difficulties, there were only five councilors present and they couldn’t reach consensus on how to proceed. Town Manager Nat Tupper presented four options for the council to consider: move the community toward the removal of the dams in whole or in part and toward the restoration of the natural flow of the Royal River; retain the dams as they are and try to improve the condition, design and maintenance of the existing fish ladders; sell the dams to a third party, or do nothing.
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After receiving a presentation from Landis Hudson, executive director of Maine Rivers, Planning and Development Director Vanessa Farr, and Mike Chelminski of Stantec Consulting Services, the council
took public comment. In addition to the 21 people who spoke for or against the dam removal and urged the council to make some decision, or at least to gather more information, Yarmouth High School students provided the council with a petition signed by more than 100 students in support of dam removal.
By Amy Anderson SOUTH PORTLAND – A 23-yearold Yarmouth resident was arrested Jan. 19 for a sex crime allegedly committed against a child in South Portland. Ronald Grant Thurston III, a former firefighter, was charged with gross sexual assault, a class A felony. The alleged victim was under the age of 14. Thurston is being held at the
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Cumberland County Jail in Portland. Bail was set at $5,000 cash, and jail officials said there is no court date set at this time. Police Lt. Frank Clark of South Portland said Westbrook police received information Jan. 18 that linked Thurston to the crime allegedly committed in South Portland last summer. He said the Westbrook, Yarmouth and South Portland police departments conducted a joint investigation that included several interviews and the execution of a search warrant at Thurston’s home.
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in the next five years, would construct a 30,000- to 40,000-square-foot building on a 7.5-acre property between Powell Road and Tuttle Road. Expansion of the TIF district does not change zoning or allowable uses. It instead allows Cumberland to offer tax incentives for businesses to locate in town, as well as facilitating infrastructure expansion in the corridor, Town Manager Bill Shane has said. The Maine Department of Economic and Community Development must also approve the expansion. Shane said the town must submit its application no later than
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community’s total valuation minus the increment in its TIF districts. Tax revenue sheltered through the TIF district, about 50 cents on the dollar, have to go toward economic development projects. A TIF district allows a town to offer tax incentives, called credit enhancement agreements, to businesses. Maine Standards would receive up to a 50 percent tax rebate each year until it has reached a cumulative rebated tax amount of up to $500,000. The value of the land where Maine Standards would move is a little more than
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mid-February, and he expects to hear by the end of March whether it has been approved. “My feeling is, this is good economic development; I don’t think it’s a long shot,” he said. “It’s a reasonable request, and I think Maine DECD will look at it that way.” Maine Standards signed a credit enhancement agreement with the town in March 2011 for a property further south on Route 1, within the existing third TIF district. The company ultimately chose to look elsewhere and is now eyeing the northern location. The agreement is not lot-specific, Shane said on Tuesday. TIF district No. 3 will expire in about 24 years, Shane has said. New property tax value, or tax increment, would be created on a property within the district’s boundaries after development there of a site. If Maine Standards moves in, new value created after it builds its facility would be sheltered by Cumberland, as opposed to adding to the town’s valuation. That sheltering would avoid an increase, in this case, in Cumberland County’s tax assessment to the town. It would also avoid a decrease in state subsidy to the Cumberland-North Yarmouth school district, which could otherwise be triggered by a rise in Cumberland’s valuation. The county tax assessment and school revenue appropriation are based on a
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Obama picks southern Maine lawyer for federal appeals court By Amy Anderson PORTLAND — Attorney William Kayatta Jr. was nominated Monday by President Obama to a seat on the 1st U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. Kayatta, 58, lives in Cape Elizabeth with his wife Anne Swift-Kayatta, a former town councilor and Town Council chairwoman. U.S. Reps. Mike Michaud and Chellie Pingree forwarded the names of Kayatta and Maine Supreme Judicial Court Justice Jon Levy to Obama in May for consideration to replace Judge Kermit Lipez of South Portland, who is taking senior, or “active retired,” status. In a prepared statement, Michaud and Pingree said they are pleased Obama is moving forward with this nomination. “We know he’s chosen an extremely qualified candidate who will be an excellent addition to the court,” the Maine Democrats said.
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You can’t get there from anywhere Maine is the best place I’ve lived. Love the scenery, the coast, the people. But loving Maine doesn’t make it perfect. Take the roads. No, seriously, take them. Rip the entire system out by the roots and The View start from scratch. Please. It wouldn’t be that hard. In the top half of the state you practically would be starting from scratch. There are Interstate 95 and a road around the edge. What’s up with that road around the edge, by the way? Are they trying to keep us out or something in? Makes me wonder if Steven King has been writing fiction all these years or if he’s an investigative journalist that nobody believes? Let’s talk about down here Mike Langworthy in Forecaster country, where the roads look like a web built by a spider who spent too much time in an Army drug experiment. How about we try, say, oh, I don’t know – a
grid system? Two sets of parallel lines set at ninety degrees to each other. It worked for the Romans and every other civilization since the invention of the wheel. Why not give it a try in Portland, or better yet, the area around Portland, where the roads are laid out like there was a law against straight lines? I asked somebody how far it was from Windham to Falmouth, and he said it was about 10 miles as the crow flies. That’s great if you’re a crow. In a car, it’s more like 30, on a road that’s laid out like Windham and Falmouth were hiding from each other. Whenever I float my crazy “straight road theory from Away” among my Maine friends, I get the same answer, “Hey, it’s better than Boston.” Granted. Our street system is better than the worst layout in the western hemisphere. How is that a virtue? Why do they even bring it up? It’s a known fact the Bostonians weren’t even building streets. They were building a labyrinth. If you dig a hole under North Church you’ll find the fossilized remains of a Minotaur. OK, I know a grid is never going to happen. Maine’s roads are what they are. You could even argue that it’s part of the charm, if by “part of the charm” you mean “one of the reasons hundreds of ‘summah people’ run out of gas
So Kestrel Aircraft, designer of the soon-to-be-but-as-yetunbuilt Kestrel turboprop passenger airplane, has decided to send the vast majority of the aircraft’s future production to Wisconsin, rather than build the planes in Maine, as Global originally expected. While Maine may still benefit from as many as 100 good jobs at the former Brunswick Naval Air Station, some 600 manufacturing positions are slated to go to Superior, Wis. In the end it came down, as it often does in site location competitions, to a richer basket of incentives and enticements that, in this case, Wisconsin was able to offer. Maine was left at the altar Perry B. Newman (or in the hangar, if you prefer) wearing a wedding dress purchased at J.C. Penney after Wisconsin showed up in a Bentley and wearing Dior. Put another way, we tried to woo the captain of the football team with our sunny disposition and sensible shoes, but in the end he opted for the head cheerleader. As we shall see, it was ever thus. Kestrel’s decision, of course, marked the formal com-
mencement of the traditional Rite of Blame and Disparagement, which is characterized by finger pointing and the assembly of a circular firing squad from which, ultimately, no one benefits and few emerge unscathed. Surely somebody, somewhere dropped the ball in managing Kestrel’s expectations; somebody, somewhere should have been more creative in developing a package of competitive incentives; surely more could have been done to assemble those complex New Market Tax Credits; clearly the state needs to get into the tax credit business; obviously the state needs to get out of the way and let the private sector take over. Etc., etc. Blame game aside, however, the Kestrel saga is one that is replayed all over this country, in every state, every day, in communities large and small. There is a natural, human desire on the part of all well-intentioned economic developers, even the most seasoned and jaded veterans, to “land the big one,” i.e., to attract an employer whose investment can in one fell swoop be a game-changer. Who wouldn’t want to be able to say that on his or her watch, 600 jobs were established, an idle facility was put to use, home prices began to climb, new businesses sprang up, tax revenues rose, and so on? Nor did anyone in Brunswick or Augusta foolishly drink the Kestrel Kool-Aid. Kestrel had, and indeed has, many of the trappings of an economic development home run, including a credible management team, significant private investment and, above all, the promise of high-end manu-
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sometimes you have to slow down, like in school zones or near hospitals. But whose idea was it to change the speed limit on Congress Street every six blocks for no apparent reason? You need Dramamine to drive into town from the Maine Mall. Does this sound familiar? You’re doing 30 mph, suddenly it’s 35, no, it’s 40. OK , got it, 40 – and now it’s 30 again. And every time it changes somebody passes you on the right and gives you a dirty look while your inner ear is doing cartwheels. I exaggerate to clarify. Were there meetings about this? Is there any conceivable reason for it, or is some bitter guy in a windowless office at city hall exacting revenge for being stuck in a dead-end job? If so, it’s probably the same guy who decides to continued page 9
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facturing jobs. In the end, however, it came down to the freebies, the tax credits, that someone else had in abundance and that we were unable to secure in adequate quantity. It is very often the case in site location decisions that it comes down to the grants, or the tax credits, or the free land, or the free buildings, or some other giveaway that someone has, and that the company being courted needs in order to meet its ambitious goals. And Maine has learned, time and time again, that we can’t compete in the business attraction game if the ultimate determining factor in a company’s decision is cold, hard cash. We have neither the money nor the philosophical bent to indulge every would-be employer’s dream when it shows Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/111983
up in Maine and touts its grandiose plans. The bottom line is that we took a run at Kestrel and it wasn’t good enough. Should we learn some lessons from this? Sure. Should we beat ourselves about the head and shoulders and force someone, somewhere to wear a hair shirt? No way. We do have to be true to ourselves. Economic development success is a long-term endeavor filled with unglamorous and small victories. The modest factory addition here; the fully occupied industrial park there; the new pier at continued page 9
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Strang Burgess did the right thing I would like to thank Rep. Meredith Strang Burgess, R-Cumberland, for her support of Maineâ€™s prevention programs funded by the Fund for a Healthy Maine. A majority of the Health and Human Services Committee, which she chairs, voted to decimate Maineâ€™s public health system, basically sticking Maineâ€™s taxpayers, our children and grandchildren with unaffordable health costs forever. However, Rep. Strang Burgess did not join the other Republicans in these cuts. She joined the Democrats on the committee to protect the Healthy Maine Partnerships, oral health programs, Family Planning, school-based health centers, home visiting and affordable child-care initiatives. As a strong advocate for public health and prevention, Rep. Strang Burgess listened to evidence and science and did the right thing. It would have been easier for her to just vote party line, but she voted with her mind and her conscious and I want to thank her for that. Deanna Harnett, Yarmouth
Corruption, arrogance in Freeport Seacoast United soccer in Freeport? Thatâ€™s not the issue. Expanded commercial zoning in residential neighborhoods is the issue. Here in Freeport, we have the chairman of the Town Council, the chairwoman of the Planning Board, and the previous Freeport Economic Development Corp. president, now a councilor, all guiding and participating in deliberations and decisions in their alternate roles as private sector Freeport Economic Development Council
board members, devising alternative strategies to produce a desired â€œyesâ€? vote on an issue scheduled to come before them as Town Council/Planning Board members. This is a clear conflict of interest and an inside job. Furthermore, the Planning Board chairwoman clearly, as recorded in corporation minutes in her role as vice president of FEDC, engaged in prohibited ex parte communications with the FEDC board regarding agenda items coming before her on the Planning Board. If all of this is not a conflict of interest, it certainly gives the appearance of impropriety. Bottom line: thereâ€™s a total absence of proper ethical conduct. Are these folksâ€™ behaviors corrupt and arrogant? Yes they are, in every sense of both words. G.M. Quattrucci, South Freeport
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How to field dress a LURC The View from Away from page 7 change street names randomly. I’m not a cartographer, but I’m pretty sure there’s no geographically sound basis for turning Congress into Johnson Road for a block and then Maine Mall Road for a block and then something else. “You’re Lost, Stupid Avenue” or something, I’m not sure. Being sure would require seeing a sign with the street name on it. Most places I’ve been in Maine don’t deign to tell you what street you’re on, only what streets you’re passing. I don’t get this. Maybe some governor was a fan of Arthur Conan Doyle; so he decided we should all have to drive by Sherlock Holmes’ method of deductive reasoning. You don’t tell people where they are, only where they’re not. Once you’ve eliminated all the streets it is impossible to be on, that street which is left, however improbable, must be the one you’re on. The examples of this madness are legion. Rural roads with roundabouts designed for the sole purpose of insuring that no matter how little traffic there is, nobody will be sure when or where they’re supposed to be going. Signage that doesn’t tell you what road you’re on, only the road you’re going toward. It’s like the work of gremlins. My sense of logic hates all this, but I can’t help but smile at the pure Maineness of it. This is how Maine’s roads work: if you don’t know where you are, it’s your own damn fault, and if you don’t know how to get someplace, you probably shouldn’t go there. Portland resident Mike Langworthy, an attorney, former stand-up comic and longtime television writer, is fascinated by all things Maine. You can reach him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Global Matters from page 7 the port; the slightly longer runway at the airport; a reliable, statewide broadband network. These are the building blocks that enable us to serve our current employers, and to effectively entice future employers. But I’m all for pursuing the Kestrels of the world. It was a rational play, and you miss 100 percent of the shots you never take. I hope the remaining jobs slated for Brunswick materialize and double in a year. Nothing ventured, nothing gained. We took a shot and we came up short. So, cease fire. Range closed. That’s really all there is to it. Now let’s get back to work. Perry B. Newman is a South Portland resident and president of Atlantica Group, an international business consulting firm based in Portland, with clients in North America, Israel and Europe. He is also chairman of the Maine District Export Council.
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Those of you who are still waiting for that transparency in government that Gov. Paul LePage promised when he took office a year ago won’t be surprised to know that the governor has now hijacked the Land Use Regulation Commission Reform Commission, dismissed the state Legislature, and decided to have his own henchmen write a new LURC law themselves. OK, so everyone knows that LePage, Department of Conservation Commissioner Bill Beardsley, Senate President Kevin Raye, and a passel of other redmeat Republicans are determined to shoot, gut, The Universal and field dress LURC so they can pave the Unorganized Territory (UT) and put up Marden’s junk stores in every township if they feel like it. But, geezum, fellas, at least be above-board about it. The LePage plan to slaughter LURC starts with the bogus argument that what happens in the UT stays in the UT. It’s nobody’s business exEdgar Allen Beem cept those who live there (moose?). The plan, outlined in the reform commission’s report, starts by throwing a bone to those who want to retain a statewide regulatory body, but then it allows county commissioners to appoint themselves to LURC and counties to decide to set up local land use commissions if they so desire. The opt-out is the coup de grace. Unable to ram that sham system through the last session of the Legislature, LePage appointed a commission to study LURC reform, being careful not to put any legislators on it. Then, once the study commission made its predictable recommendations, he dispatched his legal counsel, Dan Billings, to a session of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee, and, voila, Monsieur LePage whipped the rug out from under the legislators and told them via his legal mouthpiece that his buddy Beardsley and Sarah Medina of Seven Islands Land Management Co. would write the new law, thank you very much. I guess we should be grateful that the governor didn’t just let Plum Creek draft Maine’s new land use regulation laws. Former Sportsman’s Alliance of Maine Director George Smith, no tree hugger he, watched the ACF committee meeting at which LePage’s privateers hijacked LURC and wrote a blow-by-blow account (which I highly recommend) on his website (www.
georgesmithmaine.com) under the headline “Billings Whips Republican Legislators into Line.” “I can’t ever remember an instance in which a legislative committee asked non-committee members to draft a committee bill,” Smith wrote. “Very unusual.” A coalition of environmental and conservation organizations immediately fired off a joint press release expressing their horror at such a backstabbing assault not only on land use regulation, but on the democratic process as well. “The chair of the Agriculture, Conservation and Forestry Committee handed over drafting of the committee’s bill to two citizens, and barred legislators from being involved,” complained Cathy Johnson, North Woods Project director for the Natural Resources Council of Maine. “In my 22 years following the Legislature, I have never seen a committee hand over drafting of a committee bill to unelected citizens.” The LURC Reform Commission was stacked from the start with seven of 13 members being openly in favor of abolishing LURC. The only member on record in support of LURC was Tom Rumpf of The Nature Conservancy. TNC is now viewed as a Quisling by some in the environmental community, both for collaborating on the LURC lynching and applauding the Plum Creek development around Moosehead. Rumpf still holds out hope that there will be an “open and transparent” public process after Beardsley and Medina get through drafting a new LURC bill. “My understanding from conversations with Commissioner Beardsley,” he said, “is that they wanted to ensure that the bill was a reflection of the commission’s recommendations and nothing else.” “Glancing at the draft legislation is horrifying,” said Jym St. Pierre of RESTORE: The North Woods. “It would unequivocally represent the end of LURC, the thin green line that has been safeguarding the statewide public interest in the Maine Wildlands for 40 years, however imperfectly.” When the governor announced his LURC reform posse, State Rep. John Martin, D-Eagle Lake, pointed out that it didn’t matter who LePage put on the committee because the Legislature, not the committee, and not the governor, makes the law. So now you know why LePage sent Deadeye Dan Billings in to stick up the Legislature and swipe the LURC legislation. He didn’t want legislators moderating any more of his crazy ideas. How’s that “people before politics” thing working out for you now? 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/112021
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1/16 at 11:47 p.m. Benjamin A. Murphy, 27, of New Gloucester, was issued a summons on Gray Road by Officer Jeff Pardue on a charge of operating after a license was suspended.
1/19 at 11:14 a.m. Benjamin J. Whispell, 24, of Davis Road, Durham, was arrested by Officer Matthew Moorhouse on Durham and Curtis roads on charges of violating condition of release, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and on a warrant. 1/22 at 1:35 p.m. Logan L. Landry, 19, of Litchfield Road, was arrested by Officer Brandon Paxton on Desert and Hunter roads on charges of sale and use of drug paraphernalia, operating while license is suspended or revoked, operating vehicle without valid inspection certificate and on a warrant.
Bone of contention 1/13 at 1:14 p.m. A woman called police to ask for help separating her two rottweiler dogs, which were fighting in her house. An officer showed up and broke up the dog fight. Both dogs were fine.
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1/18 at 11:39 a.m. Police and the animal control officer were called to Route 1 South near the Cold River Vodka business to help round up two loose dogs who were reportedly running along the road. The animal control officer eventually collected the dogs and returned them to the owner.
Phone-y complaint 1/19 at 12:07 p.m. A resident of the Bishop Farm Road area contacted police to report a vehicle seen driving in and out of driveways. When officers located the driver, they discovered he was delivering telephone books in the area.
1/22 at 9:10 p.m. Police were notified of theft of jewelry at a residence in the Jordan Road area. The juveniles living at the home threw a party while their parents were away and police report a few uninvited guests arrived. The uninvited guests reportedly became disruptive and caused some damage to the interior of the house. Later, the juveniles discovered some jewelry was missing. Police are investigating the case.
1/16 at 10:48 a.m. Fire alarm on Depot Street. 1/17 at 6:53 a.m. Lines down with fire on Lambert Road. 1/17 at 9:12 p.m. Vehicle accident on Libby Road. 1/18 at 1:29 a.m. Vehicle accident on I-295. 1/19 at 2:46 p.m. Fire alarm on Route 1. 1/19 at 6:47 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Main Street. 1/20 at 8:24 a.m. Propane, gas, hazmat alarm on South Freeport Road. 1/20 at 2:56 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Maple Avenue. 1/20 at 7:44 p.m. Fire alarm on Fawn Meadow Lane. 1/21 at 12:14 p.m. Vehicle accident on Lower Flying Point Road.
EMS Freeport emergency medical services responded to 24 calls from Jan. 16-22.
There were no arrests reported from Jan. 16 - 22.
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Cumberland Arrests No arrests were reported from Jan. 10 - 19.
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Summonses 1/16 at 2:01 p.m. Matthew A. Downs, 34, of Route 1, Freeport, was issued a summons by Officer Joshua Robinson on Route 1 and East Main Street ramp on charges of operating an unregistered vehicle for more than 150 days and failure to produce evidence of insurance. 1/20 at 3:13 p.m. Kyle A. Lawrence, 22, of Bayview Street, was issued a summons by Officer Kevin Pedersen on Bayview Street on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and misuse of identification. 1/22 at 9:08 a.m. Donald E. Holland, 62, of East Elm Street, was issued a summons by Officer Joshua Robinson on North Road on a charge of operating while license suspended or revoked. 1/22 at 6:54 p.m. A 17-year-old boy of Yarmouth was issued a summons by Sgt. Daniel Gallant on Route 1 on a charge of unlawful trafficking in scheduled drugs. 1/22 at 6:54 p.m. Marshall Brunelle, 18, of Main Street, was issued a summons by Sgt. Daniel Gallant on Route 1 on charges of possession of marijuana and sale or use of drug paraphernalia.
Not what you think 1/19 at 5:04 a.m. Police were notified of a house near North Road and East Elm Street that appeared to have a red light flashing inside. Police determined the light was a low temperature alarm. While no one was home, police were able to contact a family member who came to the house and addressed the alarm.
Fire calls 1/16 at 5:34 a.m. Fire alarm on Village Brook Road. 1/16 at 10:38 a.m. Structural fire on West Elm Street. 1/17 at 2:44 p.m. Fire alarm on Lafayette Street. 1/18 at 10:21 a.m. Medical emergency on Main Street. 1/18 at 6:25 p.m. Single engine on Portland Street and Route 1. 1/19 at 9:58 a.m. Smoke investigation on West Elm Street. 1/19 at 2:11 p.m. Medical emergency on Forest Falls Drive. 1/20 at 8:56 a.m. Structural fire on East Main Street. 1/21 at 8:04 a.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Flint Avenue. 1/21 at 6:07 p.m. Chimney fire on West Elm Street.
EMS Yarmouth emergency medical services responded to 21 calls from Jan. 16 - 22.
Chebeague Arrests No arrests or summonses were reported from Jan. 16 - 23.
North Yarmouth Arrests There were no arrests or summonses were reported from Jan. 16 - 22.
Fire calls There were no fire calls reported from Jan. 16 - 22.
EMS North Yarmouth emergency medical services responded to two calls from Jan. 16 -22.
1/14 at 8:20 p.m. Ina Cooper, 49, of Sea Cove Road, was issued a summons by Officer Antonio Ridge on a charge of operating under the influence.
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Fire calls 1/13 at 4:05 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Middle Road. 1/15 at 10:45 p.m. Station coverage on North Road in Yarmouth. 1/16 at 12:11 a.m. Motor vehicle accident on Route 1. 1/17 at 8:47 a.m. Water problem on Lawn Avenue. 1/17 at 5:48 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Skillin Road. 1/18 at 5:10 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Main Street.
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Martha Louise Lambert, 82
WESTBROOK — Martha Louise Lambert, 82, of North Yarmouth, formerly of Hampden, died Jan. 15 at Springbrook Nursing Care. Born Dec. 20, 1929 in Brunswick, she was a daughter of Emma and Harold R. Given. She graduated from Brunswick High School and the University of Maine and was a sixth grade teacher at the Weatherbee School in Hampden for 25 years. Lambert enjoyed knitting, sewing and wildflowers. She was a member of the Order of the Eastern Star. Her life revolved around her family’s needs and interests, especially water and snow skiing. She enjoyed listening and watching the loons at the family camp on Craig Pond. What she loved most was large family gatherings during the holidays. She will be remembered for her delicious fudge and fresh strawberry pies. Her family and friends will remember her as a strong independent spirit who was not a fan of chauvinism. She was predeceased by her husband of 33 years, Clayton F. Lambert and her grandson Alex Jordan. She is survived by her daughter Martha Jordan and her husband Richard of Machiasport; son David Lambert of North Yarmouth; grandson Derek Jordan of Machiasport and his son Alex; sister Emma White of Reading, Mass.; and her extended family. A celebration of Lambert’s life took place on Jan. 21 at Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. Donations in Lambert’s memory can be made to Maine Adaptive Sports, 8 Sundance Lane, Newry, ME 04261.
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Making the hospital more like home Appointments The Maine Innkeepers Association (MEIA) recently announced its new Board of Directors. Officers include Woody Woodward, chairman of the board; Jim Ostrowski, president; Jeanne Carpentier, first vice president; Jean Ginn Marvin, second vice president; Sue Ferrell, treasurer; Alvion Kimball, at-large member; Jamey Kitchen, at-large member; Scott Cowger, at-large member; Gus Tillman, legislative chair; and Bob Smith, AH&LA representative. John Shumadine, an attorney and director at the Portland law firm Murray, Plumb & Murray, was recently elected secretary for the board of Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland. Richard Peterson and Elizabeth O. Shorr were recently elected to the Board of Directors of The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges. Peterson was named president and chief executive officer of Maine Medical Center in June 2009. Prior to serving in this role he was the hospital’s chief operating officer. His interest in the work of the community colleges is both personal and professional. Maine community colleges contribute many workers to the skilled health care workforce, and he graduated from Broome Community College in Binghamton, N.Y. before continuing his education elsewhere. Shorr serves as president of The Foundation for Maine’s Community Colleges. Prior to joining the organization, she served as vice chancellor of university advancement at the University of Massachusetts Lowell.
Calling for Nominations Maine-based family-owned businesses with goals to improve their visibility and gain recognition will find those opportunities by applying for the 2012 Maine Family Business Awards. Nominations are now being accepted for the awards, which take place on May 14 at the Marriott Hotel in South Portland. Besides showcasing a firm’s achievements, the awards offer an opportunity to network and hear from a nationally prominent speaker, whose business is also family-owned. Any Maine-based, family-owned business is eligible and nominations can be made by anyone inside or outside the business. Complete applications are due by March 30. Nomination forms can be obtained at fambusiness.org or by calling 798-2667.
Promotions TD Bank recently promoted Dana L. Samson to vice president, portfolio manager III in commercial lending in Portland. She will be responsible for monitoring a portfolio of large, complex commercial loans, including assisting lenders in managing loan relationships and serving clients throughout the region. Samson joined TD Bank in 2008 and has 13 years of experience in banking and lending. She previously served as a credit analyst at TD Bank. The Maine Army National Guard recently promoted the following individuals: Soksan Pao, Portland, Staff Sergeant; Matthew Kelley, Portland, Specialist; Eric Pierce, Cumberland, Specialist; Scott Peterson,
As part of the company’s second charitable giving project in 2011, Molina Medicaid Solutions of Maine collected more than 500 toys and $200 to donate to the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. A group of employees created goody bags for each child and donated high chairs, strollers and Wii games and controllers to the hospital. More than a dozen employees of the company have had children at the Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital and hope that their donation will make each child’s stay feel a little more like home.
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Boy Scouts from CumberlandNorth Yarmouth’s Troop 58 recently presented Cumberland Town Council Chairman Mike Perfetti with a $500 check to help cover costs for the new Veterans Monument.
Isabelle “Izzy” Primeau, 13, of Yarmouth, won the annual Perkins School for the Blind holiday card contest. Money raised from the sale of the 2011 Perkins holiday card funds programs and services that help infants, children and adults who are blind, deafblind or visually impaired in the U.S. and 65 countries worldwide.
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Welcome to Go Red For Women Go Red For Women is more than a message. It’s a nationwide movement that celebrates the enegy, passion and power we have as women to band together and wipe out our No. 1 killer. The good news is that heart disease can be prevented. And, thanks to the participation of millions of people across the country, the color red has become linked with the ability all women have to choose heart health and live stronger, longer lives. Using the Amercian Heart Association’s research and resources, Go Red For Women educates and connects hundreds of thousands of women with knowledge, and offers tools to help women make lifesaving choices — choices to protect their health and take positive action to reduce their risk of heart disease and stroke.
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Dear Friends, Cardiovascular disease, including heart disease and stroke - is still the No. 1 killer of women. That’s why Harvard Pilgrim Health Care is proud to be the statewide Maine Goes Red sponsor, and we are asking you to join us to Make It Your Mission to fight heart disease in women.
Why should you care? • 1 in 3 American women die of heart disease More women die of heart disease than the next five causes of death combined, including all forms of cancer. • Ninety percent of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease
What can you do? • Eighty percent of cardiac events in women may be prevented if they make the right choices for their hearts, involving diet, exercise and not smoking
Why should you join the Go Red movement? • Research shows that women who Go Red are more likely to make healthy changes in their lives. For example: – More than one-third have lost weight – Nearly fifty percent have increased their exercise – Six out of ten have changed their diets – More than forty percent have checked their cholesterol levels – One-third have talked with their doctors about developing heart health plans
So, join the cause by registering at GoRedForWomen.org. You will receive a red dress pin to wear and show your support, plus all the resources you need to get heart-healthy. And don’t forget to mark your calendars for National Wear Red Day on Friday, February 3rd. and Wear Red to support hearts everywhere. We hope the knowledge and tools from Harvard Pilgrim and the American Heart Association will inspire women throughout Maine to be as healthy as they can be. To get involved locally, contact your American Heart Association office at (207) 879-5700 or visit www.heart.org/maine. There are so many ways to a healthy, happy heart and we are thrilled to partner with the American Heart Association to help get you there. Regards,
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“Maine Goes Red” Calendar of Events Save these Dates!
National Wear Red Day
Friday, February 3 All over Maine and the country! • Press Conference on Portland City Hall Steps (11:00 – 11:30 AM) • Portland City Hall lit red for month of February • Businesses across the state holding Wear Red Day fundraisers For more information, call your local AHA at 879-5700 or visit www.goredforwomen.org
American Heart Association Go Red! Night with the Portland Pirates Saturday, February 4 – 7 p.m. game
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The Portland Pirates would like to invite you to the Saturday, February 4th American Heart Association FUNraiser event. Through this special offer, you can save $2 off the day of game price for a Main Deck ticket, and the Portland Pirates will donate $5 from each ticket sold to the American Heart Association! Please Go Red at this game by WEARING RED to show your support of the AHA’s mission to fight women and heart disease. In addition, the American Heart Association will be selling Portland Pirates Mystery Pucks at the game these limited edition pucks carry the AHA logo and are signed by a member of the Portland Pirates hockey team. Some of the Mystery Pucks also contain additional prizes, including the Grand Prize — a 2011-2012 team autographed Portland Pirates jersey! You can purchase your Mystery Puck for just $10! To order your tickets, please contact Todd Jamison at the Portland Pirates at 207-828-4665 (ext. 377).
Brunswick Heart Ball to benefit the American Heart Association Thursday, February 16 – 7-10 p.m. Inn at Brunswick Station, Brunswick
Join us for a night of great food and dancing to benefit the AHA! Ticket price includes heavy hors d’oeuvres and dessert and dancing to the music of the Sam Anderson Band ($40 per person/ $75 per couple). Please call Amanda Similien at (207) 751-9452 or visit: www.heartballbrunswick.eventbrite.com to purchase tickets online. Dancing is good for your heart!
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Go Red For Women Luncheon Tuesday, March 6 – 10 a.m. - 2 p.m. Holiday Inn By the Bay, Portland
The Go Red for Women Luncheon and Educational Forum is an event meant to educate women about their risks of cardiovascular diseases, and how to better protect themselves and their families, from heart disease and stroke. The event begins with educational break-out sessions covering all forms of womenfocused wellness, includes a wonderful silent auction and adds a multitude of exhibitors aimed at health and wellbeing in women. Once the Luncheon begins it is nonstop with educational speakers, entertainment and a fabulous, hearthealthy meal. For the second year in a row, the meal will be a creation of the culinary students at Westbrook Technical School. Loretta LaRoche is the featured keynote speaker. Loretta has starred in 7 one-woman PBS specials on humor and optimism (two of which received Emmy Award nominations), has authored and published eight books. The 2012 Crystal Heart Award will be presented to Eileen Skinner of Mercy Hospital, and local heart survivor Mindy Beyer will share her survivor story. For tickets and more information, call the AHA at (207) 879-5700 or visit: www.heart.org/mainegoredluncheon.
Southern Maine Heart Walk Sunday, May 20 – 8:30 a.m. Payson Park, Portland Walk Route: Back Cove
The Heart Walk helps raises funds and awareness for heart disease, stroke and heart defects to support life-saving research and education to our entire community. This unique event blends the benefits of physical activity, community involvement, and personal giving. Organize a walk team within your company or amongst family and friends. Getting involved will help educate you on how to stay heart healthy and knowing what to do if someone has a heart attack or stroke. To register on-line or for more information, visit: www.SouthernMaineHeartwalk.org or call Pauline Cormier at (207) 523-3009. For the latest updates and news from your local AHA: Visit us at: www.heart.org/maine “Like” us on Facebook at: www.facebook.com/americanheartmaine Follow us on Twitter at: www.twitter.com/AmerHeartME
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January 26, 2012
Stretch run begins in Forecaster Country
(Ed. Note: For the complete Falmouth-Cape Elizabeth and Yarmouth-Waynflete boys’ basketball, Falmouth-Lake Region girls’ basketball and YarmouthGreely boys’ hockey game stories, please visit theforecaster. net) Believe it or not, but the winter sports regular season is coming down the stretch. We’re mere weeks from the first state championships being bestowed. Local teams continue to impress, but still have a long way to go. Here’s a glimpse:
Boys’ basketball Falmouth’s boys’ basketball team remains perfect and atop the Western Class B Heal Points standings after wins at Lake Region (83-50), Cape Elizabeth (52-37) and at home over Wells (60-39) last week. Senior Matt Packard had 21 points and classmate Jack Cooleen added 18 against the Lakers. Packard had 12 points, junior Charlie Fay 11 and senior Matt Kingry 10 in the win at the Capers. “That’s probably been the biggest difference between last year and this year,” said Packard. “Only a few seniors graduated, so this year our depth has been really great.” “The kids are confident,” said Falmouth coach Dave Halligan. “The kids aren’t satisfied with where they are because we were on the outside looking in last year. They have a lot to prove. They have a lot to prove to themselves.” The Yachtsmen had to rally to beat the Warriors behind Packard’s 28 points. Falmouth (13-0) is at Poland Friday and hosts Lake Region Tuesday. Yarmouth is 10-2 and third after a 52-45 triumph at Waynflete and an 81-38 home romp over Gray-New Gloucester. At the Flyers, the Clippers bounced back from a one-point loss at Cape Elizabeth behind a balanced scoring attack. Senior Josh Britten had 14 points (and five steals), classmate Chris Knaub 12 (along with nine rebounds), sophomore Nate Shields-Auble 12 and senior Sam Torres eight. “In the games we won, we didn’t play as well as we wanted to,” Torres said. “That was a big thing tonight, to play hard, play mentally strong and mentally tough down the stretch and that’s what we were able to do.” “We have dips in the season,” said Yarmouth coach Adam
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Falmouth junior Charlie Fay slams home two points in the Yachtsmen’s win at Cape Elizabeth Friday night.
Freeport sophomore Nina Davenport eyes a shot during Saturday’s home loss to Gray-New Gloucester.
Smith. “When Cape played great defense, we scored 39 points. Waynflete played tremendous defense, with tremendous effort and we scored 52 tonight. What we’re capable of and what we put out isn’t the same thing. We’re trying to be more consistent. “ Against the Patriots, Knaub had 22 points, Britten 18 and sophomore David Murphy 15. The Clippers went to Traip Tuesday, host Freeport Friday and have a showdown at Greely next Tuesday. Those Rangers are now 7-5 and sixth in the region after a palpitating 65-61 home win over York Friday. Greely was down by a point heading for the fourth period, but rallied to win. Senior Liam Maker continued his recent dazzling play with 18 points. Sophomore Michael McDevitt added 17 and classmate Bailey Train finished with 13. The Rangers were at Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday, welcome Fryeburg Friday and host Yarmouth next Tuesday. Freeport lost, 67-46, at Wells Friday (despite 19 points from senior Mitch Loeman), then improved to 2-10 and 17th in the standings Saturday with a 63-58 victory at Gray-New Gloucester (Loeman went off for 25). The Falcons hosted Poland Tuesday, visit Yarmouth Friday and play host to Fryeburg next Tuesday. In Western C, North Yarmouth Academy is 2-8 and 14th in the Heals after Friday’s 59-40 loss to visiting Old Orchard Beach (senior Asad Dahia had 18 points). The Panthers were at Hyde Tuesday, host Sacopee Friday, A.R. Gould Saturday and go to Buckfield next Tuesday.
the Western B Heals. Friday, the Rangers went to nemesis York (a team they beat earlier in the year) and lost, 40-30, despite freshman Ashley Storey’s 11 points. Greely hosted Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday, goes to Fryeburg Friday and welcomes Yarmouth next Tuesday. Falmouth put on a show last Tuesday when it hosted undefeated Lake Region. The Yachtsmen took a 37-32 lead into the fourth quarter, but the Lakers rallied and tied the game at 3737 and 39-39. Wtih 58.4 seconds to play, the Yachtsmen took the lead one final time when junior Maddie Inlow made a short jumper. The advantage lasted all of eight seconds as Lake Region made a layup to make it 41-41. Falmouth ran the clock down for a last shot. The Yachtsmen got the look they wanted when junior Anna Hickey had an open jumper, but it was no good and it was on to overtime. “We got into I don’t want to say panic, but we rushed,” said Falmouth coach Mari Warner. “Our cuts weren’t as strong. If we simply ran our offense and ran it hard, we’d get open looks. We got open looks and missed. The shots were there.” In OT, the Lakers grasped their second chance, rode the dominance of sophomore post standout Tiana-Jo Carter (22 points, 26 rebounds) and rediscovered their clutch shooting acumen as they went on to the 51-46 victory. “It’s very much a half-full situation,” said Warner. “It shows what we’re capable of doing. I love coaching when there’s strategy involved. It was the loudest I’ve ever heard. That’s what you want here at Falmouth. We have no business playing anything
Girls’ basketball On the girls’ side, Greely began the week 9-3 and fifth in
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Greely freshmen goalie Kyle Kramlich kicks aside the shot of Yarmouth junior Kevin Haley during the Clippers’ 7-6 win Saturday night.
Yarmouth’s Jocelyn Davies places third in the senior high jump at last weekend’s conference meet.
less than this going down the stretch. The kids now know that. We’ve set the bar a little higher now. I’m very proud.” Freshman Ally Hickey had 16 points and senior Laney Evers added 10. “I said in the locker room that we have no excuse to play any less than we did tonight,” Evers said. “I think it was really, really good for our team because we realized our potential. I feel like this was the first game where we just clicked. Something clicked and it started to work.” The Yachtsmen answered with a 46-33 home win over Cape Elizabeth Friday (Ally Hickey had 14 points, senior Nicole Rogers 12), but fell to 7-6 (eighth in the region) Saturday after a 47-43 loss at Wells (Ally Hickey had a dozen points, freshman Dayna Vasconcelos nine). Falmouth hosts Poland Friday then has a rematch at Lake Region Tuesday. “From here on in, every game is big,” Warner said. “We just have to come to play every day.” Yarmouth is 4-8 and 11th after beating visiting Waynflete (49-33) and falling at GrayNew Gloucester (55-41) last week. Senior Morgan Cahill and sophomore Erin Cahill each had 12 points against the Flyers. Morgan Cahill scored 24 points in the loss. The Clippers hosted Traip Tuesday, welcome Freeport Friday and go to Greely next Tuesday. Freeport, after a hot start, has stumbled, losing four in a row to drop to 5-7 and 12th in the region. Last weekend, the Falcons fell at home to Wells (4838) and Gray-New Gloucester (46-41). Sophomore Nina Davenport had 18 points versus the Warriors. Against the Patriots, Freeport forced 36 turnovers and clung to a 31-30 lead early in the fourth period, but couldn’t close it out despite 11 points and 12 rebounds from Davenport. “We are struggling,” said Falcons coach Jen Chon. “I couldn’t even tell you how many
layups we missed. We’re in a rough patch right now. I think we need to find something in ourselves, play better, be more in sync and believe in ourselves to get us where we need to be. The whole team’s goal is the playoffs and we want to be there.” Freeport was at Poland Wednesday, visits Yarmouth Friday and plays at Fryeburg Tuesday. Junior sparkplug Aubrey Pennell (out all season with injury) might be back on the floor this week. “We hope she gets into a game Friday,” Chon said. “Having her on the court adds a whole new dimension to our team.We have a tough road ahead of us. We’ve competed with top teams. It’s figuring out where we go from here. The girls have to have confidence we can get past this.” In Western C, NYA began the week 4-6 and 13th in the Heals. The Panthers lost, 55-17, at Old Orchard Beach Friday. Sophomore Charlotte Esancy had a team-high seven points. NYA hosted Hyde Tuesday and Greater Portland Christian School Wednesday, welcomes Sacopee Friday, Hebron Saturday and Buckfield Tuesday of next week.
Yarmouth’s boys’ hockey team made a monster statement Saturday night. The Clippers, after a week off, hosted a Greely squad that had run roughshod over everyone. The Rangers had gone 13-2-1 against Yarmouth over the past eight years and had won the first meeting this winter, 7-2, but this time, the Clippers found a way. Greely raced to a quick 2-0 lead, but thanks to the power play, Yarmouth rallied to tie the score. The Rangers went up 3-2, but the Clippers again tied things up before Greely got late goals from sophomore Aidan Black and freshman Mitchel Donovan scored for a 5-3 advantage after two. continued page 20
Recap from page 19 It only took 36 seconds for the Clippers to make the score 5-4 as senior Marshall Brunelle beat Greely freshman goalie Kyle Kramlich. With 7:51 showing, sophomore Zac Doucette set up Donovan for another two goal lead. With 6:59 to play, sophomore David Clemmer scored a shorthanded goal (junior Kevin Haley got the assist) and suddenly it was a one goal game. It then took only 31 more seconds for Yarmouth to tie
the score. Senior Alex Kurtz did the deed with another shorthanded goal, this one assisted by classmate Eamon Costello. “Eamon did a terrific job of getting me the puck,” Kurtz said. “He went through like three guys. I was sitting on the back door and tapped it in. He did it all for me.” The game winner came with 3:52 showing. Costello put a shot on net and with the puck loose, Kurtz swatted at it and managed to get it past Kramlich and the Clippers had the lead for the first time, 7-6.
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“I just slapped at the puck, tried to get it in and tucked it under his pads,” Kurtz said. “They signaled goal and we went nuts.” “(Alex is) a great player,” Yarmouth coach David St. Pierre said. “He’s got a ton of skill and passion. He leaves it all on the ice. The team rallies around that emotion and passion.” The only scare down the stretch came with 15.5 seconds remaining when junior goalie Red DeSmith had to sprawl to collect a loose puck with the Rangers playing with an extra attacker. Yarmouth was able to run out the clock from there and celebrate its big win. “This game meant the world to me,”
said Kurtz. “I love playing in this rink. Big ice sheet. Great atmosphere. We’ve discussed this week about how this program was in the can when I was a freshman. We’ve built our way.” “We talked before the game about believing in ourselves and executing out there,” St. Pierre said. “If we believed and picked each other up, we were still in it. We played really strong. Greely’s a great team. In my opinion, they’re one of the top five teams in the state, regardless of class. To come into their barn and get a win, it’s a big statement. It helps us cement that if we work hard, we can play with anyone.” continued page 21
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Recap from page 20 Yarmouth improved to 4-3-1 and is sixth in the Western B Heals. The Clippers went to Leavitt Wednesday, host Gardiner Saturday and welcome South Portland next Wednesday. Greely was shocked with the loss, its first of the year. “We just a really poor job of buckling up and playing smart,” lamented longtime Rangers coach Barry Mothes. “I give (Yarmouth) credit for fighting hard. They deserve credit and the win.” Monday night, the Rangers fell to 6-21 (second behind York in the Western B standings) after a 5-4 overtime loss at Lewiston. Greely was at St. Dom’s Wednesday, visits Leavitt Saturday and has a big home showdown with York Feb. 2. In Western A, Falmouth began the week 5-3-1 and fourth in the standings after a 3-3 tie at defending state champion Thornton Academy Saturday (Kris Samaras scored twice, including the tying goal with just over a minute to play). The Yachtmen host Marshwood Saturday.
Girls’ hockey On the girls’ side, Falmouth has locked up the top seed in the West Region with a 16-0 record. The Yachtsmen’s latest victims were host St. Dom’s (9-3), host Yarmouth (6-1) and visiting Winslow (6-1). Lucy Meyer had four goals, Megan Fortier three and Abby Payson two in the win over the Saints. Fortier went off for five versus Winslow. Falmouth hosts Brunswick Saturday, then closes the regular season Monday with a home showdown against East Region power Greely. Speaking of the Rangers, they’ve leapfrogged Brunswick into the top spot
in the East after Saturday’s 4-1 win at the Dragons. Shannon Donovan, CeCi Hodgkins, Meg Finlay and Paige Tuller all scored and Emma Seymour made 15 saves. Greely (12-2) hosted Leavitt Wednesday, is at Falmouth Saturday and closes the regular season next week with a home game versus York and a trip to Portland. Yarmouth began the week 5-10 and sixth in the East and is looking to make it into the fifth spot, which would mean a playoff berth. Last week, the Clippers sandwiched wins at Winslow (7-5) and St. Dom’s (9-2) around a 6-1 home loss to Falmouth. Ariel Potter had a hat trick against Winslow. Yarmouth is at Gorham Friday, visits Lewiston next Wednesday and closes at Cheverus Feb. 4.
Indoor track The Falmouth and Greely indoor track juggernauts squared off again last week. The Rangers and Yachtsmen were joined by Hyde, NYA, Poland, St. Dom’s, Traip and Wells. Falmouth was first and Greely second on the boys’ side and the teams flip-flopped in the girls’ meet. NYA’s boys and girls were both third. Individually, Greely’s Mike Leeman was the lone multiple event winner on the boys’ side. He took the long jump (18 feet, 7.5 inches) and the senior high jump (5-4). The Rangers also won the junior 800 relay (1 minute, 48.47 seconds). Falmouth took the senior 800 relay (1:39.40). NYA’s Alex Coffin won the 800 (2:04.13). Greely’s girls won 10 individual events and also took the senior 800 relay (1:54.92). Falmouth’s junior 800 (1:58.20) and 3,200 (11:50.12) relays placed first. NYA got wins from Muriel Adams in the junior shot put (25-11) and Moira Lachance in the senior high jump (4-8). Freeport and Yarmouth competed
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against Cape Elizabeth, Fryeburg, GrayNew Gloucester, Lake Region and York. In the boys’ meet, won by York, the Clippers came in third and the Falcons were fifth. York’s girls also placed first. Yarmouth was sixth and Freeport seventh. Yarmouth’s Chandler Smith was first in the boys’ junior 200 (25.27 seconds). Darren Shi won the junior shot put (351). Lucas Davis took the senior 55 (7.10). Thomas Robichaud won the pole vault (10 feet). Freeport’s Taylor Saucier was first in the two-mile (10:36.26). On the girls’ side, Freeport’s Ciera Wentworth was runner-up in the 800 (2:35.77). Yarmouth’s Mary Coyne came in second in the junior 200 (29.54), Molly Walsh was second in the junior 55 hurdles (10.82) and the Clippers junior 800 relay squad also was runner-up (2:04.98). Friday, Falmouth and Yarmouth join Gray-New Gloucester, Hyde, Poland, Traip and York at 4:30 p.m. Freeport, Greely and NYA meet Cape Elizabeth, Fryeburg, Lake Region and Wells at 7:30 p.m.
Swimming Falmouth’s swim teams were swept at Cape Elizabeth last weekend. The boys lost, 101-52, and the girls fell, 117-67. Greely swept Windham. The boys won, 49-45, and the girls prevailed, 62-25. Results for Yarmouth’s meet at Bonny Eagle weren’t available. Falmouth hosts Yarmouth Thursday and Greely is at South Portland Friday.
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teams participated in a WMC slalom meet Friday at Shawnee Peak. The Yachtsmen won the boys’ meet, while the Clippers were second. Yarmouth’s girls were also runner-up to Fryeburg. Falmouth came in third. Individually, the Yachtsmen boys had the top five finishers, paced by Alex Gowen (a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 25.35 seconds). Matthew Highland was the fastest Clipper (sixth, 1:33.86). In the girls’ competition, Falmouth’s Leika Scott came in second (1:36.92). Yarmouth’s Claudia Lockwood finished fourth (1:40.09). Greely took on Cheverus, Lake Region and Marshwood in the giant slalom the same day. The Rangers girls finished first, while the boys placed second to Marshwood. Individually, Elyse Dinan sparked the girls with a first-place finish (1:00.24). Shane DelBianoc was second in the boys’ competition (1:01.90). Local Nordic teams took part in the Maranacook Wave freestyle race Saturday at Black Mountain. NYA won the boys’ race with Greely placing 11th. The Rangers were 14th and the Panthers 15th on the girls’ side (Leavitt came in first). Individually, NYA’s Evan Kendall was second among the boys (14:20.6). Greely was led by Doug Mitiguy (37th, 16:54.6). Eva Bates of Greely was 39th in the girls’ race (22:33.7). Melanie Regan (52nd, 23:37.9) paced the Panthers. Freelance writer Ryan Robb contributed to this story. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer @theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.
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Corliss Chastain, James Marshall and Matthew Smolinsky, 3 p.m., Addison Woolley Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland, 317-6721.
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Saturday 2/4 ”The Who’s Tommy” auditions, 2-5 p.m., also on Feb. 5, 2-5 p.m., The Portland Players, 420 Cottage Road, South Portland, dcruse73@ hotmail.com; prepare a rock ballad and/or up-tempo and bring appropriate music and dance shoes.
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”Miss Representation” screening, 2 p.m., Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, 721-6430.
Monday 1/30 ”Miss Representation,” screening, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, 774-9994.
Thursday 1/26 ”A Moveable Feast,” discussion, 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Maine St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.
Friday 1/27 Elliot Epstein to speak about “Lucifer’s Child,” 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument
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Friday 1/27 ”Sailing with Paper” Demonstration, 7-8 p.m., Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St., Portland, 409-6617.
Sunday 1/29 Artist Talk with Bruce Brown,
Thursday 2/2 ”Artifacts & Particles” photographic works by Caleb Charland and Peter Gruner, Addison Woolley, 132 Washington Ave., Portland, 317-6721.
Friday 2/3 ”Civitas” by Mark Wethli, 3-5 p.m., Wishcamper Center, USM Portland, 35 Bedford St., Portland, 780-4932. ”Side by Side:” Higgison and Higgison, 5-8 p.m., Harmon’s & Barton’s, 584 Congress St., Portland, 774-5948.
Saturday 2/4 ”Are You Really my Friend?” Social Media Photography, 7-10 p.m., Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, 775-6148.
Music Thursday 1/26 Noonday Concert with Laura Kargul and Ronald Lautz, 12:15 p.m., First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, 775-3356.
Saturday 1/28 Willie Nile, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20 advance/$23 door, 761-1757.
Sunday 1/29 Portland String Quartet, 2 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, $22/$20 seniors, 761-1522.
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“The Exquisite Bird” highlights photographer Michael Milicia’s search for a cooperative subject, good light and aesthetic background. His photographs are on view now through Feb. 29 at Daunis Fine Jewelery, 616 Congress St., Portland. The Daunis showroom and gallery is open Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. and some Saturdays; for more information contact the gallery at 773-6011.
Portland Symphony Orchestra concert, 2:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 389 Congress St., Portland, $20-58, porttix.com or 842-0800.
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Richard Roberts Performance, 3 p.m., Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, $10/$5 seniors, 829-3393.
DaPonte String Quartet, 7:30 p.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, $25, konbitsante.org.
Metamorphosis, 7 p.m., Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, donations accepted at door, 865-3900.
”The Art of the Fugue,” 2 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodford St., Portland, $22/$20 senior, 761-1522.
Johnny A, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $23 advance/$25 door, 761-1757.
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Standard Issue, 7-9 p.m., Gingko Blue, 455 Fore St., Portland, 21+, 809-4786.
Friday 2/3 Liz Frame & The Kickers, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $12 advance/$15
Sunday 2/5 Shape Note Singing, 1-4 p.m., The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland, 216-3890.
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Contra Dance, Greater Portland Community Dance, 7:15 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, adults $10/under 21 $7/children $5, 358-9354.
Town of Falmouth Planning Board Public Hearing Falmouth Town Hall The Falmouth Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, February 7, 2012 at 6:30 p.m. in Council Chambers to consider amendments to several sections of the Zoning and Site Plan Review Ordinance regarding the location of roadside stands in residential districts.
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The Portland Symphony Orchestra’s Sunday Classical series resumes this weekend with two staples of the orchestral repertoire plus a modern piece that was written for Hollywood. The guest artist does double duty; Dmitry Sitkovetsky will play violin and conduct the PSO. First on the program is Gioacchino Rossini’s overture to “The Barber of Seville,” a light-hearted comic romp in a Spanish vein. The second piece was written by Iams
John Corigliano for “The Red Violin,” a Hollywood film which traces the story of a violin crafted centuries ago in Italy, following its fate in the hands of generations of owners. The movie wasn’t too successful, but Corigliano won the 2000 Academy Award for Best Film Score. Corigliano first gained notice as a composer in 1964, winning an award for chamber music at the Spoleto Festival. His opera, “Ghosts of Versailles,” was the first fully staged new work at the Met in 25 years. His two symphonies have been highly lauded. The first won a Grammy, while the second won the Pulitzer Prize for Music. The featured work on the program is Felix Mendelssohn’s Symphony No. 4 in A Major, best-known as the “Italian.” The composer was a child prodigy, and this symphony, considered one of his mature works, was premiered before his 25th birthday. It was a cheery result of the young German-born composer’s Grand Tour of Europe, and musically represents a happy excursion into sunny Italy. The Russian-born Sitkovetsky is the multi-talented violinist and music director of the Greensboro (North Carolina) Symphony. As violinist and/or conductor, Sitkovetsky has made more than 40 recordings and has been especially involved in performing contemporary works both in his home country and America.
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Willie Nile With his ample mass of shaggy hair, a nasal singing style, roots-tinged themes and penchant for playing harmonica along with guitar and keyboard, singersongwriter Willie Nile has inevitably been compared with vintage Bob Dylan. That was certainly my first reaction. I like the assessment of Nile from Janet Goodman, writing in Music News Nashville: “Known for his live-performance energy, shades-of-Dylan vocal delivery, melodic rock ‘n’ roll and his healthy shock of hair, Nile hits home anthems for the common man, and charms the unsuspecting with off-beat love songs. “Nile is fond of sing-along choruses and catchy power-pop/retro-rock melodies that are as joyous and positive as his hopeful lyrics. But as sunny as the weather is here, it’s only after some clouds and rain for a slice of real life, resulting in messages that are far from Pollyanna fluff.” For the past 30 years Nile has been a fixture of the New York music scene. Some of his greatest success has been in Europe, while his following in this country tends more to the cultish than mainstream.
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Two singer-songwriters who first achieved eminence in duo acts with other partners have joined forces with each other. That’s the quick take on Tracy Grammer and Dan Navarro, a duo that will appear Friday at One Longfellow Square in Portland. Grammer made her mark in the Dave Carter-Tracy Grammer partnership, winning awards for American songcraft and touring with Joan Baez. Since Carter died in 2002, Grammer has recorded a pair of CDs, “Flower of Avalon” (2005) and “Book of Sparrows” (2007). Navarro wrote, performed and toured with Lowen & Navarro for more than 20 years, and the duo’s material was recorded by the likes of Pat Benatar plus a several retro-music ensembles. Hear how the current enterprise sounds at 8 p.m. Jan. 27 at One Longfellow Square, corner of State and Congress in Portland. Call 761-1757.
That’s too bad, because his writing and performing talents deserve more widespread notice. I am particular impressed with his “Streets of New York,” which has both a captivating melody and a compelling lyric. Nile released his latest album, “The Innocent Ones,” this past November, and he’s touring in support. The CD, on the River House label, contains 11 original songs. The title refers to the innocent ones around the world who are victims of man’s inhumanity to man from all causes, including war, neglect and ignorance. Nile explains: “It’s an album with a number of songs dedicated to the downtrodden, the forgotten, the outcasts, the hopeless, the innocent ones.” But don’t expect a down-in-the-dumps tone; that’s simply not Nile’s style. “The Innocent Ones” is an uplifting collection of songs, hopeful and upbeat. Catch Willie Nile at One Longfellow Square, corner of Congress and State in Portland, at 8 p.m. Jan. 28. Call 761-1757.
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Willie Nile is a singersongwriter and 30-year veteran of the New York music scene. He’ll be appearing at One Longfellow Square this Saturday, in support of his latest CD, “The Innocent Ones.”
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By Scott Andrews Two genres of music dominate the arts and entertainment calendar for this weekend: singer-songwriter and classical. One Longfellow Square is Portland’s premier venue for singer-songwriters, and a pair of acts will perform on Friday and Saturday. Tracy Grammer and Dan Navarro frequently perform as a duo, and the pair will motor into One Longfellow Square on Friday. On Saturday the featured act is a 30year veteran of the New York music scene. Willie Nile has just released “The Innocent Ones,” and his nationwide tour in support of the album brings him to the Square. Portland’s two premier classical ensembles both appear this Sunday. The Portland Symphony Orchestra, under the baton of guest conductor Dmitry Sitkovetsky, will perform a program that features an Academy Award-winning work plus Felix Mendelssohn’s “Italian” Symphony. The Portland String Quartet will also play on Sunday in a program that features Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Art of the Fugue.”
Catch the Portland Symphony Orchestra at 2:30 p.m. Jan. 29 at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall. Call PortTix at 8420800.
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The musical form of the fugue will be explored and celebrated this Sunday, when the Portland String Quartet performs a concert that was originally slated for last month. A fugue is a form characterized by a theme that is introduced by one musical voice and repeated in multiple variations by the other voices, often in a distinctly imitative pattern of entrances. In Sunday’s concert, the “voices” will be violins by Stephen Kecskemethy and Ron Lantz plus Julia Adams’ viola and Paul Ross’ cello. Two works are scheduled: Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart’s Adagio and Fugue plus Johann Sebastian Bach’s “Art of the Fugue.” Colby College musicologist Steven Saunders will explain the form of the fugue and its place in the historical development of music. Catch this concert at 2 p.m. Jan. 29 at Woodford’s Congregational Church, 202 Woodford Ave. in Portland. Call the LARK Society at 761-1522.
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Greater Portland Benefits Friday 1/27
Cycle4Care Spin Class Fundraiser, 5 p.m.-12 a.m., Zone3Fitness, 71 U.S. Rt. 1, Scarborough, $20, registration required, cycle4care. kintera.org. Tim White Memorial Scholarship fundraiser, Yarmouth High School Basketball game, 5:30 p.m, Yarmouth High School.
Saturday 1/28 Pie Luck, bring a pie to share and a food contribution to the Cumberland Food Pantry, 6:30
p.m., Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, 829-3766.
Tuesday 2/7 Dreams from the Hardt, 4-10 p.m., 5% of lounge profits benefit Dreams from the Hardt, Margaritas Restaurant, 11 Brown St., Portland, creativeworksystems.com/ dreams.
Bulletin Board Circle of Musicians, Sundays 2-6 p.m., Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, $3 per person/$5 couple, email@example.com. Cumberland/North Yarmouth lit-
tle league registration is now open. Register by Feb. 29 at cnyll.com. Winter Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m-2 p.m. every Sunday, South Portland Planning Office, corner of Ocean St. and Rt. 77.
Friday 1/27 History and Heritage Night: Tuskegee Airmen, 5 p.m., 66 Gorham Road, Scarborough, registration required, 883-7625 or trcportland.com.
Saturday 1/28 S. Portland National Little League registration, 10 a.m.-1 p.m., South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road, South Portland, returning players can
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Sunday 1/29 Yarmouth and Cumberland Democrats Meeting, 4 p.m., Yarmouth Town Hall, 200 Main St., Yarmouth, 329-5843. Freeport Creative Arts Feeding Creativity Conversation Series, 7-9 p.m., $5, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport.
Tuesday 1/31 Freeport USA Ice Skating Party, 12 p.m., Depot St. next to Freeport Community Services, 865-1212. Freepor t Players Annual Meeting, 6 p.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport, fcponline.org.
Wednesday 2/1 Falmouth Recycling and Energy Workshops, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Falmouth Elementary School, 7815253 ext. 5302.
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MSAD 51 Kindergarten Registration If you have a student currently enrolled in a private school and would like them to attend first, second or third grade at the Mabel I. Wilson School, please register during this time. We want to be sure we include them in our placement for the 2012-13 school year.
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Kindergarten registration for CumberlandNorth Yarmouth will be held at the Mabel I. Wilson School the week of February 6th-10th. If your child will be five years old on or before October 15, 2012, they are eligible to attend kindergarten this fall. Please stop by the office between the hours of 8:00 am - 4:00 pm M-F to register. You will need to bring your child’s original birth certificate, immunization records and proof of residency with you at that time. Please be sure to check our school website at www.msad51.org for forms to fill out and more information prior to registration week or call us at 829-4825.
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7 p.m. Long Range Planning Advisory Committee TH 4 p.m. Falmouth Economic Improvement Committee TH 6 p.m. Planning Board
Thu. 1/26 5:30 p.m. Sports and Recreation Committee Wed. 2/1 6:30 p.m. Parks and Lands Committee Tue. 1/31
7 p.m. Board of Selectmen Workshop
CATCH Healthy Habits, an afterschool program that brings teams of adults, age 50+, together with children to learn about healthy eating habits and active play, is looking for volunteers for its winter sessions, 396-6523. Foster Grandparents needed to work in classrooms, ages 55 +, 773-0202. Meals on Wheels Portland/ Westbrook needs drivers, mileage reimbursment considered, Laurie 878-3285. Maine Handicapped Skiing needs intermediate/advanced skiers, snowboarders and nordic skiers with training in adaptive skiing. Lift tickets provided, volunteers supply their own gear, commit to three days of training. FMI skimhs.org or 824-2440.
Dining Out Saturday 1/28
Portland Neighborhood Association/Organization Meeting, 5-7 p.m., Portland City Hall, 772-3243.
Our Lady of Hope Parish Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Pius X Hall, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland, $8 adults/$4 children.
Portland History Docents classes, Thursdays 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St. #2, Portland, registration required, 774-5561 ext. 120.
Tuesday 2/14 Fa l m o u t h Kindergarten Registration, Feb. 14-16, 10 a.m.-2 p.m. and 6-7:30 p.m. on Wed. Feb. 15, birth certificate, immunization record and social security number required, Falmouth Elementary School, 58 Woodville Road, Falmouth, 781-3988.
Wednesday 2/15 South Portland National Little League registration, 6:30-8:30 p.m., South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road, South Portland, returning players can register online at spnll.org, email@example.com.
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Public Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m, West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road., Falmouth, $7 adults/$3 children, 797-4066. Roast Beef Dinner, 4:30-6 p.m., Stevens Avenue Congregational Church, 790 Stevens Ave., Portland, $9 adults/$7 college students/$5 children.
Friday 1/27 Free Community Meal, 5-7 p.m., The Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3366. South Freepot Chowder Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., South Freeport Community Church, 98 South Freeport Road, $8, 865-4012.
Garden & Outdoors Nature Programs run Sundays at 2 p.m. through Jan. 29 at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport, free with admission, 865-4465.
AARP Foundation Tax Aide program seeks volunteers, contact Joan Jagolinzer, 883-8415 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Beacon Hospice is looking for volunteers, training runs from Jan. 12-Feb. 23, FMI Donna Teague, 772-0929.
Topiary Fun, 11 a.m., Greenhouse, Allen, Sterling & Lothrop, 191 Route 1, Falmouth, $20, 781-4142. Full Moon Nature Walk, 7-8:30
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Getting Smarter Saturday 1/28
Solar for the Homeowner, 6:307:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Liberty Dr., Freeport, freeportlibrary.com.
Titanic Centenary: A Survivor’s Story, 2 p.m., Maine Irish Heritage Center, corner of State and Gray St., Portland, 899-0505.
Basic Computer Training, 1-3 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, registration required, 871-1700 ext. 708.
The Psychology of the Sale, 12-1 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 8711700 ext. 725.
Health & Support
Free Diabetes Support Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., second Thursday of every month, Martin’s Point Health Education Center, 331 Veranda St., Building 5, Portland, 1-800-2606681.
Yoga training for prospective teachers, Breathing Room & Movement Studio, 864 Broadway, South Portland, 843-906-8784 or breathingroomme.com/offerings.
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The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Southern Maine Agency on Aging is looking for people age 55 and over to volunteer; local opportunities include an arts center in Portland; school mentoring or tutoring; spend time with residents in long term care facilities; volunteer as a tax aide or at a nonprofit, Priscilla Greene, 396-6521 or 1-800-427-7411 Ext. 521.
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Falmouth sponsors workshops on building energy efficiency
from page 1 In the case of the Foreside Community Church, an important aspect of the building retrofit is that it can also help solve ice dams by increasing heat retention. Last year an ice dam a foot or more thick caused the church major problems. “Water was running down the outside of the church, but it was also coming down inside,” said Sandy Panenka, the parish administrator. The Rev. Janet Dorman said the church has been lucky this year because the winter has been mild, but ultimately the congregation wants to solve the ice dam problem and make the 200-year-old building more energy efficient. “Most of the time when people have an ice dam problem, they talk to a roofing contractor who suggests a metal roof, but that doesn’t cure an ice dam,” Wojcik said. The church explored the idea of working with a roofing contractor, but ultimately the proposals were too expensive. That’s when a church member who had worked with Wojcik suggested Upright Frameworks. After crawling around in the church’s attic, Wojcik found that the ice dam was a result of heat loss. “They had a gigantic ice dam, a foot or more thick,” he said. “I presented them with my findings and talked with them about the Raise ME Up project.” According to Wojcik, the benefits of completing a building retrofit are two-fold, and will significantly pay off for a larger building like the Foreside Community Church. “When you measure the performance of a building to find out why that building is failing and then you solve all those problems (with a retrofit), the payback period
Freeport facilities from page 1 520 current students and the potential for a population of up to 600 students. The original school building was constructed in 1961; the library and industrial arts building in 1976; the gymnasium and locker rooms in 1985; and most recently the Freeport Performing Arts Center and the science wing in 2008. While Keck said the buildings have been maintained throughout the years, there are areas that need attention – specifically the bathrooms and plumbing fixtures, electrical sub panels, the fiber optic backbone, windows, and Americans with Disabilities Act compliance and accessibility. “You’ve been investing strategically and it appears to me to say this is a good candidate to continue staying here. The building itself is structurally sound, you’ve continued to invest and it is a good candidate to continue to stay here long-term,” he said. “But that is separate from the issue of the site and
FALMOUTH — In light of cuts to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), the town’s Recycling and Energy Advisory Committee is putting on three workshops on saving energy to help residents make their homes and businesses more energy efficient. The workshops will be held from 6:30-8:30 p.m. at Falmouth Elementary School and will focus on a building envelopes, air sealing and the creation of reusable storm windows. According to Claudia King, co-chairwoman of the committee, the ultimate goal of the workshops is to encourage residents to take some first steps in becoming more energy efficient. “When we did the carbon footprint of the town, way back when, residential use accounted for 43 percent of our total use; that is a lot of fossil fuel and a lot of money going out the door or up the chimney,” she said. “One (reason for the workshops) is to save townspeople money through reduced fuel use. Another is to make homes more comfortable and healthier and the last is to reduce fossil
fuel use.” The first workshop, “Save Energy, Save Dollars,” takes place Feb. 1 and will be largely lecture based. The program aims to teach people about the home as a system, energy audits, home retrofits and products and available financial incentives for making homes more efficient. Participants will receive an energy-efficiency workbook and handout outlining specific energy techniques with how-to outlines and check lists of energy efficiency resources. “Air Sealing Basics for Homeowners” will teach participants how to solve the leading cause of heat loss in homes, air leakage. The workshop, on Feb. 8, will tell people how to seal their homes, what to buy and how to identify and address the most important places to seal in the home. The final workshop on Feb. 15 will be have more of a hands-on approach and will teach participants how to create their own reusable storm windows. For this workshop there will be a materials fee. “People should bring in their window
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Lois Myers, a member of the Foreside Community Church in Falmouth, makes a thermal window insert with the help of Chuck Sanders of Cumberland at an energysaving workshop at the church.
measurements for the window they want to create,” said King. “It is helpful for folks to call into community programs so we can tell them how to measure.” All participants in the workshops will be entered to win a free energy audit, valued at $400. For more information or to register for a workshop call Falmouth Community Programs at 781-5253. — Amber Cronin
is short and a couple of major things can happen,” he said. “First of all, a considerable amount of money is being diverted away from outof-state oil companies into the local Maine economy. Secondly, the building owner is in a better position, getting a 15 to 30 percent return on investment with a building that is more comfortable and healthier. Finally, any time that you are reducing heat loss, you are
also reducing greenhouse gas emissions.” He also said that if every Maine homeowner completed a building retrofit, as much as $300 million in spending on oil could be saved. At this point in the Raise ME Up campaign, Upright Frameworks has completed about 25 projects. The company is working on several projects in the Falmouth area and is offering free consultations to home and
business owners. “What we are trying to let people know is that if they want to talk to someone about a building retrofit, I am doing free consults,” Wojcik said. “I will come to their home or office and take a look to see if I can see any problems.”
if it can handle the growth.” Keck said with 520 students, the high school does not currently have enough space for each student. With a potential growth of up to 600 students, the space would become even more inadequate, he said. “Based on what we know, it feels to us you are short about three or four classrooms,” he said. The plan explores installing an allweather track and turf field by relocating the softball field, adding two more tennis courts and parking to accommodate 20 additional cars. As a way to add more classroom space, Keck proposed building a second story in a few areas. He also talked about creating a wellness center with training and exercise rooms for students and members of the community. Additional growth could be placed on the corners of the science wing for classrooms, he added. He noted the ideas are not part of a final master plan , but an interim outline. “We’ve just identified places where we
think things can grow, and we’ve looked for conflicts and opportunities,” he said. “The next stage of our work is to identify what we think are your actual shortages of space and develop floor plans that will address if we think you should consider some additions.” The design firm will put together a plan that will identify phasing of the project, and will finally identify costs needed for construction. A handful of residents offered suggestions about the safety and traffic patterns, concerns about losing the Peace Garden space in the center of the high school, and comments about relocating the front of the building to the side or back of the building. Keck encouraged residents to share their ideas with PDT, with Principal Bob Strong or Superintendent Shannon Welsh. “We are like a factory model, with a lot of doors a long a narrow hallway,” Strong said. “This study includes exploring ways to open the classrooms, have students work together in open spaces, together.”
He said he is familiar with schools that have multiple stories, and said building up at the high school makes sense. “Having public input and their suggestions and concerns has been so helpful in this study,” he said. “With more community forums, we will hopefully gather a lot of helpful information to add to the project.” The community forum will be aired on local Channel 14, Strong said, and a video of the presentation is available on the Freeport Facilities Study website found through the RSU5 high school homepage at http://fhs.rsu5.org. There will be a meeting of the Facilities Study Committee on Thursday, Feb. 2 at the Freeport High School at 4:30 p.m. and presentations to the Freeport Town Council and Durham community in the coming weeks. The plan was presented this week to Pownal selectmen.
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from page 1 the fiscal year 2013 budget could mean a 3.5 percent increase in taxes, Paolucci said. The budget estimates are based on projections of the municipal budget, she said. Additionally, if full-day kindergarten is determined to be viable, Paolucci said the budget would add $350,000 in expenses, and taxpayers could face a nearly 5 percent increase. “We’ve been working to maintain a great school system while responding to the needs of the taxpayers,” she said. “These figures are all preliminary, and we will continue to work on the budget over the next few months.” Full-day kindergarten will first be discussed at the committee level. The next step would include public input. “Answering the question, ‘Is it fiscally feasible at this time?’ before answering the question, ‘Do we want this program in our community?’ is the responsible thing to do,” Paolucci said. “When we answer these questions, then we can move forward with budget discussions.” Other obstacles facing the budget deliberators include a discontinuation of federal funds that has resulted in a revenue deficit, Paolucci said. The district anticipated the loss of $540,000 in federal funds and set aside the prior year’s fund balances as a tax stability reserve account, she said. The remaining $126,500 in the account will
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be applied to the 2013 budget, reducing the tax allocation requested. The district also deferred the use of $533,000 in Federal Jobs Bill funds to the 2011-2012 fiscal year instead of using it in 2010-2011 school year. “Tightening our belt for a time rather than using federal funds to increase expenditures, was the prudent thing to do,” she said. “Eventually, however, whether in the 2011-2012 budget or the 20122013 budget, we would have to see an end to these federal funds.” Paolucci also said this is the last year the district will pay on the middle school bond, and the amount of funds the School Department needs for debt service in 2012-2013 will be approximately $450,000 less than in the current fiscal year. The reduction in debt service and the funds in the tax stability reserve account balance out the loss of $540,000 in federal funds. Paolucci encouraged the public to attend any of the budget sessions starting with the meeting on Thursday, Jan. 26. There will be workshops on Tuesday, Feb. 7, at 7 p.m. and Tuesday, Feb. 14, at 7 p.m. at the Rowe School. The School Committee will adopt a budget on Thursday, March 8, at 7 p.m. at the Log Cabin on Main Street. Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson
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