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News of Falmouth, Cumberland, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth, Freeport and Chebeague

Vol. 27, No. 6

Population change could alter makeup of SAD 51 board

Will Graff / The Forecaster

Downeaster construction debris likely to remain until summer By Will Graff FREEPORT — Although the majority of the track upgrades for Amtrak’s expanded Downeaster passenger service were completed at the end of last summer, the 30-mile rail corridor is still littered with thousands of unused ties, twisted pieces of metal and chunks of broken concrete. And the mess likely won’t be cleaned up until late spring or summer, said Patricia Quinn, executive director of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority. “They are out now picking up ties on the mainline, but they have limited crew See page 23

The Downeaster pulls into Freeport station on Friday, Feb. 1. Rail upgrades for the expanded Downeaster train service left chunks of concrete debris and railroad ties along the tracks near the Upper Mast landing crossing in Freeport.

By Alex Lear CUMBERLAND — Population change is prompting the eight-member School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors to consider adding another Cumberland representative. The Cumberland-North Yarmouth board voted 7-0 Monday, with member Robert Vail abstaining, to ask the Maine commissioner of education to determine if the board is apportioned according to the principle of one person, one vote. The Town Council voted unanimously Dec. 10, 2012, to request the board’s action “to determine the necessity for reapportionment based upon the 2010 census.” State Rep. Stephen Moriarty,

D-Cumberland at the time chairman of the Cumberland Town Council, explained to Superintendent of Schools Robert Hasson in a letter last December that Cumberland’s population in the 2010 census was 7,211, nearly 67 percent of the district’s total population; North Yarmouth’s population was 3,565. The School Board now has five members from Cumberland and three from North Yarmouth. Adding a sixth Cumberland representative would increase the town’s representation to nearly 67 percent, matching its share of the SAD 51 community population. According to a document on the Portland Area ComprehenSee page 31

Removing unfinished boat could cost more than $100K By Will Graff FREEPORT — The town could end up spending more than $100,000 if the foundation that owns a partially built 113-foot schooner can't come up with the money to finish or move the massive boat. After being granted a threeyear reprieve last September with significant stipulations, the Island Rover Foundation has failed to meet requirements to continue building the boat and could face enforcement action

by the town. The town had required Harold Arndt, president of the Island Rover Foundation, to meet several goals by the end of January to continue building the Island Rover on the foundation's property off Flying Point Road. And although some of the goals were met, the foundation failed to fulfill all of them by the deadline and is now no longer in compliance with zoning laws, See page 24

Bill would shield email addresses, allow fee hike for public info By Amber Cronin FALMOUTH — A bill introduced by state Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Falmouth, would limit public access to information that is currently part of the public record and allow municipalities Index Arts Calendar.................20 Classifieds......................26 Community Calendar......22 Meetings.........................22

to charge more for information they do provide. If approved by the Legislature, L.D. 104 would add a stipulation to the Maine Freedom of Access Act to protect the email addresses of people who

subscribe to town websites and email announcement lists. Nelson said the bill is not necessarily a reaction to an incident last June, when frequent town government critic Michael Doyle sent an email

to the town’s 3,100 subscribers through a security hole in the town’s email server. She said abuse of publicly available email distribution lists has become an issue for many municipalities.

INSIDE Obituaries.......................12 Opinion.............................7 Out and About ...............21 People & Business.........13

Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................31 School Notebook............19 Sports.............................15


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Falmouth students haven’t forgotten Katrina’s wrath Page 2

“Certainly Falmouth has a real-life example but there were other communities that were dealing with this also,” Nelson said. “It certainly raised the issue, which we brought up with See page 30

Quaker school aims for 2014 move from Falmouth to Cumberland Page 4



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Falmouth students haven’t forgotten Katrina’s wrath By Amber Cronin FALMOUTH — After a week of working long days rebuilding a home in Hurricane Katrina-ravaged Bay St. Louis, Miss., 10 Falmouth students are getting used to being back in the swing of things at school. They are the fifth generation of Falmouth students to make the 1,700-mile trip south to work with Habitat for Humanity, rebuilding homes damaged by the storm. According to Holly MacEwan, high school service coordinator, 50 students have been part of the program over the past five years. Each student must answer a set of questions in an essay to earn a spot on the team. “It is a privilege and a challenge to get on,” MacEwan said. On the Jan. 20-26 trip, one sophomore, eight juniors and one senior helped Habitat and “The Tiger Team” – a group of

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Ten Falmouth students traveled to Bay St. Louis, Miss., last month for Hurricane Katrina repairs with Habitat for Humanity. Right: Falmouth students and members of the “Tiger Team,” a group of retired men who work with Habitat for Humanity on a regular basis, strip shingles to prepare for replacing the roof on David McCuloch’s home.

retired men who work with Habitat – fix the home of Bay St. Louis resident David McCulloch. “We repaired the house for (David), whose house was pretty devastated by Katrina,” junior Nate Boehm said. “He had hired a contractor (to repair the house) and had a heart attack while the contractor was working.” While McCulloch hospitalized, all of the interior copper piping in the home was stolen, and he couldn’t afford to rebuild. MacEwan said McCulloch he was on site every day, thanking the volunteers for their work.

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The students said that by the time they left the renovation was almost complete and they were proud of the work they were able to accomplish. “We went down there because it feels good to make a difference and we really helped someone out,” junior Graham MacEwan said. In addition to working on the home, the students had a jam-packed schedule filled with opportunities to truly experience the community. “We engage in the community a lot when

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we are down there,” Holly MacEwan said. “The students are on the Habitat site working a full work day and as soon as they are done they go to a child development center and play with the kids there for a while and then there is an evening activity.” Juggling the long work day with the rest of the activities was the most challenging part of the trip for the students, because most of them have never worked for that long. “We were on a really tight schedule,” Graham MacEwan said. “We would get up at like 7 a.m. and have breakfast. After breakfast we would go to the job site and from the job site we would go right to the child development center and then the evening activity. We had a tight itinerary, but it worked out.” For the most part, the town of Bay St. Louis is rebuilt, but there are still areas that look like the storm just passed through. “There are a lot of empty lots and stairs from houses that were there,” junior Sabrina Smithwick said. Amber Cronin can be reached at or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter @croninamber.

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Dilemma continues over cost of Freeport athletic fields By Will Graff FREEPORT — New cost estimates from engineers put the environmental permitting process for the Hunter and Pownal roads fields as high as $120,000. Facing a dilemma to pay for improvements or divest the property to avoid paying, the Town Council pushed back the decision Tuesday night to solicit more public comment. At a minimum, the town would have to pay $59,000 to make the necessary storm-water improvements for the Department of Environmental Protection permit, Town Engineer Al Pregraves told

the council. But to make property improvements, including a larger parking area and other future developments, the town could end up paying $120,000. Initial costs for the permitting went from about $40,000 to nearly $300,000 late last year. The new cost estimates reflect alternatives for storm water improvements that came out of discussions between town engineers and DEP. The town could avoid paying for any environmental permitting or improvements if it transferred ownership of the seven-acre Pownal Road field to Regional

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Quaker school aims for 2014 move from Falmouth to Cumberland By Alex Lear CUMBERLAND — After seven years on Mackworth Island in Falmouth, the Friends School of Portland is planning to move a few miles north. The Quaker school, which serves about 85 pre-kindergarten through eighth-grade students, has purchased 21 acres of property at 11 U.S. Route 1 in Cumberland, near the Falmouth town line. The school has been leasing space from the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing, and could be in its new location for the 2014-2015 school year, according to Friends Head of School Jenny Rowe. “We have been looking (for a new site) for probably close to two years,” Rowe said last week. “... We really wanted to

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by the Low Income Heating and Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP). “I know there are people who are struggling and we've had this program in the past,” she said. The town's program, which began in 2008 and is run by Opportunity Alliance, assists those who fall just over the income threshold for state assistance, Town Manager Nathan Poore said. According to Town Clerk Ellen Planer, 49 families received an average of 100 gallons of fuel or $370 to put toward other heating sources, such as electric or wood, last year. She said 51 donors contributed last year and the hope is that residents will be willing to open their wallets to help those in need again this year. “This year we have seen a decrease and we've only had about $2,000 worth of fuel requests," Planer said. "Last year at this time we had about $3,000. (But) we still have a lot of winter left and we don't know how cold it is going to be.” Donations to the fuel fund can be made at Town Hall or mailed to Falmouth Fuel Fund, Falmouth Town Hall, 271 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, ME 04105. Checks should be made payable to the Town of Falmouth. Amber Cronin can be reached at acronin@theforecaster. net or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter @ croninamber.

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On trial: Did Falmouth parents allow teenagers to drink? By David Harry PORTLAND — Were a Falmouth couple complicit in allowing minors to drink at their home during a party last June, or did they prevent teenagers from drinking before the party spiralled out of control? That is the question before a Cumberland County Unified Criminal Docket jury of nine women and five men (including two alternates), in a trial that began Monday morning in Portland. Barry and Paula Spencer, of 35 Fieldstone Lane, Falmouth, each face nine Class D counts of allowing a minor to possess or consume liquor stemming from a party last June 16 for the Falmouth High School baseball and lacrosse

teams. The Spencers’ son played on the baseball team. Cumberland County District Attorney Stephanie Anderson told jurors that Barry Spencer, 53, and Paula Spencer, 52, opened their home to teens who were drinking inside and outside the house, and who fled into surrounding woods when police arrived just before midnight. Anderson said the trial was expected to last about two days, and the state would call several teens who attended the party to bolster the argument the Spencers willingly allowed drinking by minors. “Did Mr. and Mrs. Spencer allow what was going on here?” is the question for jurors, Anderson said. She cautioned

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Dennis Ryder, and teens at the party, will show the Spencers were as vigilant as possible under the circumstances. Barry Spencer stood in his driveway, checking backpacks and warning teens there would be no drinking, asked for police assistance, and let officers onto the property as the party got out of control, McKee said. “A little party can become a big, big, big party,” McKee told jurors. Paula McKee was in the back yard at the party, and twice called neighbors for help as more and more people showed up before police arrived. What was intended as a cookout for the continued page 23

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Unsung Hero: Tim Garner, putting sports in perspective By David Treadwell BRUNSWICK — If you walk into Bowdoin College’s Morrell Gymnasium during a home basketball game, you will immediately spot the most enthusiastic presence on the floor: ball boy Tim Garner, a 58-year-old, never-say-die, bundle of energy who loves his Bowdoin Polar Bears – every team, win or lose, every season. Garner’s infectious energy provides the Bears with a secret weapon. But just as noteworthy, he teaches important lessons about the meaning of sports and the magic of humanity. “Tim has such a passion for Bowdoin student-athletes,” head women’s basketball coach Adrienne Shibles said. “He works hard, and he’s totally dedicated to the team. He also helps our high-achiev-

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ing kids keep things in perspective, helps them focus on the camaraderie.” Head men’s coach Tim Gilbride adds, “Tim is great, an invaluable addition to the team. It’s a great situation for him and for our players.” Garner grew up in Massachusetts, one of five children. His siblings are all married, and he has three nieces and two nephews. He moved to Maine about 15 years ago, and he now lives in an independent living apartment in Brunswick. Garner gets assistance from the state, and his sister helps him manage his funds. He has no problem, though, finding positive ways to fill his time and help out the community.

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Gun control? First, control the rhetoric The gun control debate highlights my main deficiency as a lawyer. I did not have a moral objection to learning to talk out of both sides out of my mouth – that is, argue either side of a case. I did not have a problem billing The View my time by the hour. With that training, any halfway decent attorney would see dollar signs all over gun control. This is a dispute between implacable enemies with deep pockets and no apparent interest in finding common ground. In short, a gold mine.

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My failure as a lawyer lies in believing that the stakes are too high to keep this conflict going. The combatants need to stop Mike Langworthy trying to win and start looking for ways to settle the conflict. They – and by “they,” I mean “we,” since we are all responsible for this problem – could start by cooling down the rhetoric. All sane people abhor the recent horrific shootings. We grieve. We get angry. The scale sickens us. The randomness frightens us. That goes for supporters of private gun ownership as much as for the most rabid gun-control advocates, despite the impression made by certain tone-deaf lobbyists. It is natural to push for fast action in the wake of senseless acts of mad people. However, we should be very skeptical of feel-good legislation passed in the heat of the moment, especially if it is passed in lieu of seeking a deeper, more lasting societal solution. America was born and built largely by force of arms. We see ourselves as self reliant and independent, and we

have a strong streak of the contrarian. Over the years, violence has become a symptom of and camouflage for deeper problems. For example, we make a big show of our determination to defend our freedoms, but we seem far less keen on accepting the responsibilities that make those freedoms work. We all agree about how much we prize equality, but those of us who have more disagree sharply with those who have less about what equality means. We act more than we reflect. We like our problems simple and quickly solved. Is there a better metaphor for fast action and rapid conflict resolution than firearms? This may sound like I hate guns. I don’t. I grew up with them. I admire their craftsmanship and am interested in their history. I even belonged to the National Rifle Association years ago, before their press releases started to sound like some guy in a tin foil hat – for example, the proposal to address the danger of elementary school shootings by arming the faculty, because it’s a known fact that the training of a kindergarten teacher and a SWAT team member are virtually identical. I believe the Supreme Court is correct in saying our Constitution protects an individual right to own a gun. Also, firearms are very dangerous and too easy to get, but gun-control advocates do not do themselves any favors with rhetoric that is little more than judgement dressed up as public safety regulation. They equate terrible acts with the means used to carry them out, then claim that the guns themselves are the problem. Attempts at gun control born of this bias are fatally flawed attempts to treat with a Band-Aid deeper cultural problems that need to be solved by a generational shift in the way we think as a society. There is plenty that we could do while we are waiting for that shift, if the two sides are more interested in making the country safer than in claiming the moral high ground. They could agree on a uniform federal standard for background checks and waiting periods.

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Those who fear “Big Brother” could put their energy into building safeguards against regulatory abuse into the system. Both sides could cooperate on the biggest obstacle to any effective legislation: funding. Laws are only as good as our financial commitment to enforcement. Interim steps would have some effect on the incidence of gun violence. They could keep some guns out of the hands of people who are already known to be too unstable or too dangerous to have them. We need to be realistic about the legislation. It would be a stop-gap at best. It would not stop people from becoming suicidal after they own a firearm, or being careless, or getting drunk or high or despondent, and shooting somebody. No law will stop a determined individual from acquiring and using a firearm. Long term, gun violence will only be significantly reduced by working on the problems that cause it. Ending the demonization of guns and teaching the average citizen how to be safe around them would be useful. Starting a national conversation about violence would help. Teaching kids cooperation and problem-solving skills at an early age would make a difference, as would dialing down the rampant consumerism that highlights the gulf between the haves and the have nots. These are some of the real problems behind gun violence. They cannot be solved overnight, and they will require the kind of national will we usually only show when we are at war. That’s the problem with these intractable problems. They’re so intractable. Mike Langworthy, an attorney, former stand-up comic and longtime television writer, now lives in Scarborough and is fascinated by all things Maine. You can reach him at and follow him on Twitter: @mikelangworthy.

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Court has recently held that the Second Amendment creates a qualified individual right that, at its core, protects a person’s right to keep and bear firearms in order to protect themselves and their home. At the same time, the court recognized that government could limit the right, such as by prohibiting felons and mentally ill persons from possessing guns because they cannot be trusted to use them responsibly. Whether the Second Amendment is understood as a collective right of citizenry to protect their country, or as an individual right of self-defense, it arguably covers highpowered semi-automatic rifles. In either case, greater range and firepower is better. On the other hand, constitutional rights are not necessarily absolute. It seems pretty unlikely that anyone involved in writing or ratifying the Second Amendment had semi-automatic rifles in mind. To them, arms were muzzle-loaded muskets and flintlock pistols that took time to reload and were not very accurate or reliable. The integrated metal cartridge and the repeating rifle were not invented until the mid-1800s. The Bushmaster rifle used at the Sandy Hook Elementary School is a descendant of the military M-series carbine that has been modified from full-automatic to semi-automatic firing mode for civilian use. It is light, compact, powerful, accurate and reliable. It is capable of firing 45 rounds a minute in semi-automatic mode. It is one of the most lethal weapons available to civilians because it can put many bullets on target in a hurry. There is something tyrannical about a civilian having so much unfettered power. On the other hand, if you are in a fight for your life, it’s exactly what you want. Weapons like the Bushmaster appeal to our independent streak. If you are going to go it alone, it is understandable that you would want such an effective weapon for all the uses to which it can be put. However, since the Second Amendment was ratified, the average citizen has less need to go it alone. Few of us hunt to put food on the table. Being able to saturate a deer with lead doesn’t seem very sporting. Most of us rely on law enforcement to maintain order. We try to settle our personal differences with reason, instead of force. We use athletics as an outlet for aggression. People find someone carrying a loaded rifle in the city truly threatening. Our armed forces are the most formidable in the world. We have freedom of speech and a largely unbroken, 223-year history of peaceful transitions of power. If it comes to all-out revolutionary war, semi-automatic rifles are not going to make the difference against the United States military. We could all arm ourselves to the teeth to protect against the occasional aberrant homicidal maniac, but that would be overkill and would entail a lot of collateral damage. It’s not easy to reconcile these values. I suggest we start by requiring background checks, gun safety education, and licenses to buy guns and ammunition. Halsey Frank is a Portland resident, attorney and former chairman of the Republican City Committee.


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A frequent topic of discussion about Falmouth is whether our community is business friendly. The answer to that question is measured on a number of levels. First, the town staff is extremely responsive and helpful to business requests. In addition, the town has been engaged for some time in a thorough review process of how our ordinances and guidelines impact the business environment of today and tomorrow. For example, the effort to re-imagine and rebuild Route 1 into a pedestrian-friendly “village” environment, while continuing to operate as a major thoroughfare, is one that has been conducted over a number of years. The process has been inclusive, transparent and all-encompassing in its scope. Now that this initiative is beginning to move forward into the implementation phase, it is very encouraging to look at the strong business environment on Route 1 and across Falmouth that we are able to build upon. Businesses such as Bernie’s Foreside, Leavitt & Sons, Goodwill, Wal-Mart, and so many others are thriving – and new businesses continue to move to Falmouth. On Route 1, in addition to numerous banks, we have welcomed Portside Realty, Zeus’s Closet, Trimmings, Sashays, and Bueno Loco. On Route 100, we have TD Bank, full medical and office buildings, and new businesses such as Greener Posture Yoga, Madden’s Pub, and a new McDonald’s will be breaking ground in the spring. Look all around you; Falmouth is indeed “open for business.” Town Councilor Chris Orestis Falmouth

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On my way down to New Jersey to pick up my mother for the holidays, I drove Interstate 84 past Newtown, Conn., where there was no joy this past holiday season. Once again, the combination of a high-powered firearm and a mentally ill person produced a bloody massacre. Anyone with an ounce of human decency cannot help Short but be moved by the senseless murder of six-year-old children and the teachers who tried to protect them. At the same time, we have a Bill of Rights that protects the rights of privacy and to own a gun. We have laws that protect the confidentiality of people’s medical information, especially their mental health information, and laws that make it a federal crime for a person who has been adjudicated menHalsey Frank tally ill to possess a firearm. We have freedom of speech, and an entertainment industry that produces ludicrously violent shows like “Django Unchained” and “A Bullet to the Head.” According to the conservative/libertarian research institute Just Facts, Americans owned roughly 300 million firearms in 2010, of which roughly 100 million were handguns. (According to The New York Times, about 3 million are semi-automatic, AR-15 type rifles.) That is almost one gun for every man, woman and child in America. Those guns are owned by about 70 million adults, meaning that each gun owner owns an average of about four guns. About 42 percent of households contain a gun; 67 percent of gun owners surveyed reported owning a gun as protection from crime; 41percent identified themselves as Republicans, 23 percent as Democrats, and 27 percent as Independents. Firearms can be used to hunt and put food on the table; for sport; to defend life and property against criminal aggression; to rebel against corrupt, oppressive government; to maintain existing government and suppress insurrection; to defend against foreign aggression. A right to possess firearms can serve one or more of those purposes. To various degrees, support for many of these purposes can be found in the histories of our Constitution and Bill of Rights, the deliberations of the constitutional convention and the first Congress, the materials promoting the ratifications of the Constitution and Bill of Rights, in the ratification processes, and in commentaries. Whatever those sources say, the Second Amendment itself provides that “a well regulated militia, being necessary to the security of a free state, the right of the people to keep and bear arms, shall not be infringed.” Arguably, its plain language limits the right that it recognizes to firearms used to arm a regulated militia deployed to protect the country. But courts have not interpreted it that way. Our Supreme

Edgar Allen Beem claimed Gov. Paul Lepage has shown nothing but contempt for public school teachers, students, administrators and schools (The Universal Notebook, Jan. 14). Gov. LePage has consistently made funding public education a priority. He increased funding for public education by $63 million in his first two-year budget. Gov. LePage increased funding for Maine’s public schools in his recent budget proposal by increasing funding for five-year schools for public school students to get high school diplomas and community college degrees in five years and by proposing increased funding for efficient delivery of educational services and providing more than $1.5 million in increased funding for the Aspirations and Jobs for Maine’s Graduates programs. Gov. LePage also proposed providing more than $13 million directly to school districts to invest in initiatives that support school accountability, best practices and educational options. As a veteran educator, when I heard Gov. LePage had spoken out about Maine’s teachers being underpaid and expressed concern that teachers across this state are forced to buy supplies with their own money, I understood first hand what he means when he says “We need to get more money into the classroom” and then back it up with funding proposals that reflect his promises. With all due respect to Mr. Beem, let’s have the courage to approach the governor’s proposals from the perspective of Maine’s parents, students and teachers. That is, in my opinion, what they deserve. Karen A. Gerrish Lebanon

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Mental illness, not guns, is the ‘real problem’ Edgar Allen Beem seems to think that taxing guns and ammo will do the job (The Universal Notebook, Jan. 21). Someone ought to tell him that they are already taxed, through the Pitman and Robertson Act of 1937. And part of that tax comes back to the states. He has forgotten to mention (as most journalists do) that the real problem is the mentally ill and mentally disturbed. States and our government leaders hate to say the word “mental.” The majority of the shootings a caused by individuals in this category. So why not leave lawfully legal gun owners alone and tackle the real problem? Take those that we know are mentally disturbed off our streets, and put them where we can give them some help. Kenneth Scribner Durham

Quality education depends on people, not classrooms I recently read a Forecaster piece by Edgar Allen Beem in which he raged against the popularity of online courses and what a scourge this trend is on education (The Universal Notebook, Jan. 14). And in the Jan. 25 issue, Mike Langworthy expressed the same bias for classroom-based face-to-face teaching and learning. The provocative title: “Online college education isn’t college or education” reveals the all-too-common skepticism regarding online education. He seems convinced that a teacher standing before students sitting in a room listening to a lecture is how it’s supposed to be done to ensure quality. True, this has been the method of instruction for at least a millennium, but does this mean we ought to emulate and perpetuate this system? Why assume that online education is suspect, and is foisted on unsuspecting students paying tuition for worthless products and services from profiteers? Technology, like classrooms, is simply another environment for facilitating the teaching-learning process. As is documented by reliable research, it is not a quick, easy, or impersonal means for students to accumulate credits with little effort and few learning benefits. Yet, critics within and beyond academia, many who have no knowledge or experience with online education, continue to malign this expanding mode of providing access to learning for students worldwide. Educational quality is not determined by whether a student sits in a classroom or at a computer, but rather by the value of course content and level of commitment by teacher and student. Michael Beaudoin Cape Elizabeth

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Nothing healthy about health insurance Folks on the far-right fringe – tea partiers, libertarians, secessionists, etc. – were in open revolt against Obamacare until the Supreme Court told them what the rest of us already knew: the individual mandate is completely constitutional. While they were complaining that President Obama had gone too far this time, I was thinking he hadn’t gone near far enough. What we really need in this country is universal single-payer health care. The Universal Health care, like education, should not be a business. It’s also not a privilege, as the privileged few seem to think, but a right. There’s no reason anyone should profit from illness, least of all the corporations that profit most – insurance companies. We don’t need to get the government out of the health care, we need to get private insurance Edgar Allen Beem companies out of the market. Like his father before him, my father sold life insurance for many years. The fact that at 89 he doesn’t have any himself is instructive. First lesson: insurance salesmen generally don’t know any more than you do about how insurance really works. Second lesson: there’s a good chance your insurance company is going to screw you. After my father suffered a series of strokes, I set about to put my parents’ financial affairs in order. I discovered in the process that they were paying premiums on a decreasing term policy that had a cash value less than what they had paid in over the years. To make matters worse, it was the Veterans Administration that had sold him the policy. When I asked the VA to explain how they could treat a veteran of World War II and Korea that way, I was told that my father could have converted to whole life at any time, but chose not to do so. The truth is that he and my mother had no idea what was going on with that policy, which is why I find the conservative proposals to turn Medicare into a voucher system so hateful. Too many Americans would buy the wrong product and end up worse off than they are now. Our family’s health insurance provider has changed several times over the years, so I am not going to


name names here, but, despite the fact that I am grateful to have coverage at all, I am often aghast at what these companies get away with. For instance, a few years ago we had a plan in which there was no charge for annual physicals – preventive medicine and all that. So when we got a bill for my physical, my lovely wife naturally inquired about it. Turns out my doctor had changed one of my medications and consultation on medications was not covered as part of a physical exam. We asked for a list of things we could not ask about without triggering hidden charges – moles? indigestion? Athlete’s foot? – but the insurance company could not provide one. One of our daughters recently received a bill for a sonogram. Since sonograms were covered as part of prenatal health care, she inquired about it. She was told the insurance company no longer covers sonograms for pregnant women. Not only had no one told my daughter about the change, no one had even informed her employer. She appealed. The company reviewed its own decision and denied the appeal. This sort of shoddy practice is not unusual. Everyone I know has horror stories of insurance companies jerking them around. It’s a dirty business. Premiums and deductibles go up, coverage comes down, and profits go through the roof. I have come to believe that some health insurers routinely just deny payment initially in hopes that the patient will pay. They even employ “doctors” to review medical records and help them find reasons to deny coverage. Sick. Medicare, on the other hand, seems to work just fine for my elderly parents. They have a little supplemental coverage from my father’s union, but everything they need gets paid for – by you, me, the guy next door and a working lifetime of paying into the system. And that’s the way it should be. That’s the American Way. That’s also why we need universal single-payer health care. We need Medicare for everyone. If we’re all in the risk pool – young and old, healthy and sick – we can cut the insurance companies out of the deal, in the process lowering the cost of health care. The United States has one of the worst and most expensive health-care systems in the developed world. Obamacare begins to address the inequities, but we need to do more. So let’s go – everyone into the pool. Our goal should be universal single-payer coverage like the rest of the developed nations in the world. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him.

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Falmouth Arrests

1/26 at 7:42 a.m. Jonathan Vertefuillie, 44, of Trolly Farm Way, was arrested on Trolly Farm Way by Officer Dan Austin on charges of domestic violence assault and obstructing the report of a crime.


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12/22 at 10:35 p.m. Michael Serunian, 20, of Terison Drive, was issued a summons by Officer Dennis Ryder on a charge of illegal possession of liquor by a minor by consumption. 12/22 at 10:35 p.m. David Chandpen, 20, of Caldwell Street, Portland, was issued a summons on Longwoods Road by Officer Dennis Ryder on a charge of illegal transportation of liquor by a minor. 12/22 at 10:35 p.m. Alexander Dunn, 21, of Thistle Lane, was issued a summons on Longwoods Road by Officer Dennis Ryder on a charge of illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. 12/22 at 10:35 p.m. Bruce Tuttle, 20, of Hodson Road, Pownal, was issued a summons on Longwoods Road by Officer Dennis Ryder on a charge of illegal possession of alcohol by a minor. 12/31 at 12:04 p.m. Joseph Hunt, 25, of Fall Street, Madison, was issued a summons on

Route 1 by Officer Dean Mazziotti on a charge of theft by deception. 1/19 at 12:32 a.m. Merle Hallett, 29, of Foreside Road, was issued a summons by Officer Dennis Ryder on a charge of operating with a suspended registration. 1/20 at 3:42 p.m. Kendra Mitchell, 24, of Hodgkins Road, South Portland, was issued a summons on Route 1 by Sgt. Frank Soule on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 1/25 at 2:49 p.m. Brian Agro, 25, of West Elm Street, Yarmouth, was issued a summons on Blackstrap Road by Sgt. Frank Soule on a charge of operating after suspension.

Fire calls

2/1 at 7:59 a.m. Lines down on Pride Farm Road.


Falmouth emergency medical services responded to 27 calls from Jan. 25 to Feb. 1.

Freeport Arrests

No arrests or summonses were reported from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

Fire calls

1/29 at 6:49 p.m. Vehicle crash at Durham and Wardtown roads. 1/30 at 11:14 a.m. Fire alarm at Freeport Village Station. 1/30 at 2 p.m. Fire alarm on Desert Road. 1/30 at 3:03 p.m. Fire alarm on Desert Road. 1/30 at 5:25 p.m. Fire alarm on Lower Main Street. 1/31 at 6:27 a.m. Fire alarm at Freeport Village Station. 1/31 at 7:29 a.m. Power line down at Lambert Road and Crow’s Nest Drive.

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operating after suspension and operating under the influence. 1/29 at 6:17 p.m. Jeffrey Scheetz, 35, of Blackstrap Road, was arrested on Skillin Road by Officer Chris Woodcock on a charge of operating after suspension.


1/31 at 8:20 a.m. Power line down on Circle Drive. 1/31 at 9:28 a.m. Power line down on Frost Brook Lane. 1/31 at 11:26 a.m. Power line down on Hallowell Road. 1/31 at 12:39 p.m. Power line down on Tuttle Road. 1/31 at 4:22 p.m. Power line down on Tuttle Road. 1/31 at 10:59 p.m. Power line down on Tuttle Road. 2/1 at 12:38 a.m. Brush fire on Tuttle Road. 2/1 at 3:42 p.m. Vehicle crash on Hunter Road. 2/1 at 4:16 p.m. Power line down on Spar Cove Road.


Freeport emergency services responded to 16 calls from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

Yarmouth Arrests

2/2 at 10:01 a.m. Brandon Small, 29, of Red Wagon Road, was arrested on Red Wagon Road by Officer Kevin Pedersen on a charge of domestic violence assault. 2/2 at 6:01 p.m. Katherine E. Walker, 47, of West 5th Street, Los Angeles, was arrested on Quincy Court by Officer Brian Andreasen on charges of possession of marijuana and operating under the influence.


2/3 at 11:36 a.m. Romeo J. Cote, 62, of Rogers Road, was issued a summons on East Elm Street by Officer Kevin Pedersen on a charge of driving to endanger.

1/25 at noon Judy Bean, 53, of Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, was issued a summons on U.S. Route 1 by Lt. Milton Calder on a charge of possession of marijuana. 1/28 at noon Stevie Bean, 25, of Old South Freeport Road, Freeport, was issued a summons on U.S. Route 1 by Lt. Milton Calder on charges of possession of marijuana and sale or use of drug paraphernalia. 1/29 at 2:09 p.m. Meaghan Barrett, 35, of Washington Street, Bath, was issued a summons on U.S. Route 1 by Lt. Milton Calder on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle. 1/30 at 9:15 a.m. Michael Nason, 56, of Portland Road, Gray, was issued a summons on Gray Road by Officer Charles Burnie on charges of allowing a dog to be at large and violation of rabies prevention for dogs.

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Fire calls

1/25 at 8:32 p.m. Fire alarm sounding on Val Halla Road. 1/26 at 8:07 p.m. Paramedic intercept on Lafayette Street in Yarmouth. 1/27 at 8:26 p.m. Paramedic intercept in Gray. 1/28 at 5:48 p.m. Motor vehicle smoking on Gray Road. 1/31 at 7:50 a.m. Power lines issue on Foreside Road. 1/31 at 12:25 p.m. Power lines issue on Forest Lake Road.


Cumberland emergency medical services responded to nine calls from Jan. 25-31.

Chebeague Arrests

No arrests or summonses were reported from Jan. 28 to Feb. 4.

Fire calls

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Yarmouth emergency services responded to 29 calls from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

North Yarmouth Arrests

No arrests of summonses were reported from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

Fire calls

1/28 at 11:20 a.m. Smoke investigation on Walnut Hill Road. 1/31 at 7:49 a.m. Power line down at Gray and Mill roads.


North Yarmouth emergency services responded to one call from Jan. 28 to Feb. 3.

Cumberland Arrests

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Robert “Bub” Thurlow, 52: Practical joker, loved the outdoors NORTH YARMOUTH — Robert “Bub” Thurlow, 52, died Friday at his home following a courageous battle with cancer. Thurlow was born Feb. 16, 1960 in Portland, to Robert and Constance Thurlow. He attended Yarmouth schools and went on to become a master plumber, carThurlow rying on the family business, Thurlow Plumbing and Heating. Thurlow was an avid outdoorsman. He loved fishing, hunting, camping and snowmobiling and some of his favorite times were spent camping with his family and friends in Eustis or at the family camp in Rangeley. He was remembered as a practical joker who maintained his sense of humor throughout his illness. He was full of life and laughter and lived each day to the fullest, making friends wherever he went. He is survived by his daughters, Laura Thurlow and Katie Thurlow; his sister, Betsey Barter; his nephews Ed, Dan, John and James, as well as very many special and close friends. He was predeceased by his parents, his sister, Pat, and his niece, Jessica. A memorial service celebrating Thur-


low’s life will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, at the North Yarmouth Congregational Church, 3 Gray Road. In lieu of flowers, donations in his name may be sent to the Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, #1, Scarborough, ME 04074; Coastal Humane Society, 30 Range Road, Brunswick, ME 04011; or the Casco Masonic Lodge #36, 20 Mill St., Yarmouth, ME 04096.

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YARMOUTH — Orrin H. Phipps, 91, of Yarmouth, died Jan. 26. He was born Oct. 19, 1921, in in Portland, the son of William and Fannie Phipps. Phipps founded Yarmouth Lumber and was involved with the company until a week before his death. He loved trucking and was a big Red Sox fan. He was an avid hunter and loved horses, owning race horses for over 50 years and driving horses well into his eighties. He was a lifetime member of the Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association and the U.S. Trotting Association. There was no other kind of dog for him but dachshunds. He is survived by his son, William Phipps, of Yarmouth; his grandchildren, James, Sheryl, Bethany, Laurie, Kevin

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and Kristalyn; as well as a large extended family. He was predeceased by his first wife, Elizabeth Sperry; his second wife, Margaret Dugas; his daughter, Janet Clarke; and his grandson, Jake Phipps. A time of gathering and visitation will be held Friday, from 6-8 p.m., with tributes at 7:30 at the Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth. In lieu of flowers, please consider making donations in Orrin’s memory to the Maine Harness Horsemen’s Association Scholarship Fund, P.O. Box 436, Augusta, ME 04330.

Debera Jean Hill, 57

FREEPORT — Debera Jean Hill, 57, of Freeport, died Jan. 24 at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Hill was born Feb. 11, 1955, in Brunswick, the daughter of Evelyn Marquis and Leslie Everett. Hill graduated from Deering High School with the class of 1973 and went on to work Hill various jobs in the food service industry. Her passions were cooking and photography. Although Hill lived in several states throughout her life, she always considered Maine to be her home. Hill is is survived by two loving children, Ryan Everett, of White Fish, Mont., and Rasheena Williams, of McKinney, Texas; her mother, Evelyn Marquis, of Freeport; her brother, Bruce Everett, of Jackman and her sister, Janet Digregorio, of Lisbon Falls. She is also survived by six beautiful grandchildren whose ages range from 2 to 16. A celebration of life for Hill will be held later this summer. For further details you may contact Stetson’s Funeral Home, 12 Federal St., Brunswick, where future service information will be published.

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NORTH YARMOUTH — Ronald Arthur Hamlin, 65, of North Yarmouth, died peacfully Jan. 25 in Florida. He was born Aug. 16, 1947 in Milo to Dwight L. and Irma B. Hamlin. A graduate of Milo High School, Hamlin was senior class president. He earned an associate’s degree in architectural engineering technology from Wentworth Institute in Boston, graduating in 1967. He met and married his first wife, Roxie M. Black of RockHamlin land, while living in Boston. Hamlin served three years in the U.S. Army, graduating first in his basic training class at Fort Bragg in California. He was also the top graduate in his topographic survey class at the U.S. Army Engineer School, and earned the rank of specialist 5 before being sent to Europe for two years. While stationed in Nuremberg, Germany, Hamlin served a year as survey

party chief with the 1st battalion, 22nd Artillery, 4th Armored Division. During his last year he served as the Battalion S2 noncommissioned officer. Hamlin was honored to be one of 25 soldiers chosen to represent his country in a parade and ceremony at the 25th anniversary celebration of NATO before the King and Queen in Brussels, Belgium. Hamlin was a proud veteran and member of the American Legion. He was also a life member of AMVETS and Vietnam Veterans of America. In 1973 Hamlin began his 28-year career at Brown Construction Inc. in Portland, where he worked as a draftsman, salesman, estimator and project manager, before stepping in as president and treasurer for 11 years. He become the sole owner of the firm before his retirement in 2001. Hamlin married his high school sweetheart, Darla P. Clukey. on July 5, 1992. He was a devoted family man and particularly liked spending time with his grandchildren. He loved to travel and felt fortunate to have visited 49 states and been to 29 countries on five continents. He was active in North Yarmouth, serving as chairman of the town Republican Committee for a number of years, and as a volunteer working on the town Events Committee, Fun Day, the Flag Project, and various other projects. Hamlin also served four years as president of the Milo High School Alumni Association and was a generous supporter of the Boy Scouts of America. Hamlin was predeceased by his parents and a brother, Dwight Richard Hamlin. He is survived by his wife, Darla Perry Hamlin of North Yarmouth; a daughter, Heather Jean Litchfield and husband Dan of Holderness, N.H., and a son, Ronald Andrew Hamlin of Los Angeles, a stepdaughter, Ashley E. Durgin and her husband Greg, of Auburn; a stepson, Kevin M. Clukey and his wife Rochelle of Thornton, Colo.; six grandchildren, Devin Knight and Jeffrey Clukey of Thornton, Colo., and Caleb, Emma, Micah and Aliza Litchfield of Holderness, N.H.; a sister, Nancy H. Ehrlenbach and her husband Dick, of Trenton; a brother, Morton E. Hamlin and his wife Diane of Brunswick; sisters-in-law Sandra B. Hamlin, of Corinth, and Brenda Schneider of Tampa, Fla.; and several nieces and nephews. A remembrance of his life service was held at the Congregational Church in North Yarmouth on Feb. 2. Burial will be in the Evergreen Cemetery in Milo with military honors at 11 a.m. May 25. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Ronald A. Hamlin Scholarship Trust Fund for the benefit of his Litchfield grandchildren, 63 New Gloucester Road, North Yarmouth, ME 04097.

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Clockwise, from above: Yarmouth’s Abby Belisle-Haley races toward a second place finish in the 100 butterfly at Saturday’s South Division Southwestern championship meet. Right: The Clippers came in third as a team. Greely seniors Meg Finlay, Paige Tuller and Chelsey Andrews celebrate a 5-1 win over Leavitt/EL on Senior Night Saturday. The Rangers clinched the top spot for the East Region playoffs as a result. Below: Greely senior Nick Dunnett blocks the shot of Yarmouth senior Adam Wriggins during the teams’ battle last week. The host Clippers held on for a 60-53 victory.

February fun underway (Ed. Note: For the complete Greely-Yarmouth boys’ and Greely-Yarmouth girls’ basketball game stories, please visit By Michael Hoffer Yarmouth’s swim team rang in the postseason last weekend and everyone else is about to follow suit. The girls’ hockey playoffs are underway, basketball’s regular season ends Friday, boys’ hockey isn’t far behind and conference and Southwestern titles in indoor track, swimming and skiing will be contested this coming weekend. Here’s what happened last week and what’s to come:


Yarmouth’s swim team competed in the South Division Southwesterns at Cape Elizabeth and did very well. The boys fell four points short of the title, tallying 210 points, while Windham finished with 214. Evan Coleman made a splash by winning and setting meet records in the 100 butterfly (53.79 seconds) and the 100 backstroke (53.42). Coleman was also part of a record-setting 400 freestyle relay team (3 minutes, 29.3 seconds). The Clippers also took the 200 free relay (1:36.78). In the girls’ meet, won by Waynflete with 200 points, two better than Massabesic, Yarmouth placed third with 157. The Clippers were paced by Abby Belisle-Haley, who was runner-up in the 200 individual medley (2:21.03) and the 100 fly (1:03.34), and Haley Estabrook (second in the 500 free, 5:46.01;

fourth in the 200 free, 2:06.1). Yarmouth was second in both the medley (2:02.33) and 200 free (1:54.5) relays. Falmouth and Greely take part in the North Division Southwesterns Friday (boys) and Saturday (girls) in Westbrook. The Class B state meets are Feb. 18 (boys) and 19 (girls) at the University of Maine in Orono.

Girls’ hockey

Falmouth and Greely’s girls’ hockey teams made the playoffs, while Yarmouth fell just short. The defending state champion Rangers wound up with the top seed in the East Region after closing with 5-1 wins at Falmouth and at home over Leavitt/EL to wind up 15-2-1. Against the Yachtsmen, Sarah Kurland had two goals. In the win over the Red Hornets, five different players scored as Greely extended its unbeaten streak to 12 games. The Rangers will host either No. 4 Brunswick (7-11) or No. 5 Winslow (5-10-3) in the semifinals Saturday at 6:40 p.m. In the regular season, Greely defeated the Dragons, 6-0 at home and 7-3 away and also handled the Black Raiders, 4-0 away and 6-0 at home. Yarmouth/Freeport finished just behind Winslow in the sixth spot with a 6-11-1 record, but only five teams make the playoffs. The Clippers dropped a 3-2 decision at Winslow last Friday, then closed with a 7-1 home victory over Mt. Ararat (Ariel Potter capped her strong season with two goals). In the West, reigning regional

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champion Falmouth wound up third with an 11-7 mark after closing with a 5-1 home loss to Greely. The Yachtsmen will go to No. 2 York (14-3-1) for a semifinal Saturday at 4 p.m. Falmouth beat York at home, 1-0, and lost at the Wildcats, 4-2, in the regular season. The regional final is Wednesday of next week at the Portland Ice Arena. The state game is Saturday, Feb. 16, at the Colisee in Lewiston.

Boys’ basketball

Falmouth’s boys’ basketball team took its 16-game win streak, undefeated record and top spot in the Western Class B Heal Points standings to York for a showdown Tuesday night. The Yachtsmen were coming off wins at Lake Region (70-28) and at home over Wells (74-59). Charlie Fay had 18 points, while Grant Burfeind added 13 and Thomas Coyne 11 versus the Lakers. In the win over the Warriors, Fay erupted for 25 points, while Jack Simonds added 13. Falmouth closes the regular season Friday at home versus defending Class B state champion Yarmouth, which was the last team to beat the Yachtsmen, in last year’s regional final. The Clippers appear to be rounding into form again. After a sluggish start to the season, Yarmouth took a five-game win streak into Tuesday night’s showdown at Cape Elizabeth. Last week, the Clippers held off visiting Greely, 60-53, then won, 7256, over visiting Poland. In the win over the Rang-

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ers, Yarmouth never trailed and opened a healthy second quarter lead behind the sizzling 3-point shooting of Christian Henry, who hit three 3s in a 59-second span. The Clippers led by as many as 16 points, 47-31, late in the third period, but as expected, the Rangers made a run. In the end,

Yarmouth made the plays when it had to and held on for a 6053 victory. Henry led all scorers with 20 points and junior David Murphy added 17. “I have to hand it to my teammates, they found me,” said Henry. “I just positioned myself continued page 16

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loss, Dahia led the way with 10 points. The Panthers (6-10 and 12th in the Heals, only 11 teams make the playoffs) hewere at Buckfield Tuesday and close at home against Traip Friday.

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and got the ball. I just got lucky.” “(Henry’s) a great player,” Murphy said. “We look for him when he’s on. He could perform like that every night.” “Earlier in the year, we lose this game,” added Yarmouth coach Adam Smith. “Two weeks ago, we lose this game. We’ve turned the corner. I knew (Greely would) make a run. I was glad they did. We needed to be pushed and find out where we’re at. It’s important for us to be tested. I wasn’t surprised we responded well. I expected that. That should build on itself.” Adam Labrie had 25 points and Murphy 18 in the win over Poland. The Clippers (10-6 and eighth in Western B) had a chance to move up with their trip to Cape Elizabeth and a regular season-ending date at Falmouth. “We struggled a little bit throughout the season, but I think we’re coming into our own,” said Murphy. “We’re playing the best basketball we can going into the playoffs. We’ve come together more. We have everyone in practice. It makes a huge difference. We need to keep playing our basketball. Great defense and knocking down shots.” “It’s going to be a tough end to the season for us,” Smith added. “We just have to make sure we focus on getting better and pushing each team we play. We can look in the mirror and see we’re playing as well as we can. I know what we’ll get in practice. That’s a tribute to the seniors who have nurtured the team to get to where we are. The guys want to work hard and get after it. You can do incredible things when you have expectations of playing like we’re playing now.” Greely is also in the playoff hunt, although the Rangers continue to be inconsistent. At Yarmouth, Mike McDevitt overcame first half foul trouble to score 18

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Freeport’s Harrison Stivers sets the pace while Falmouth’s Azad Jalali chases during the open 800 at last weekend’s league meet at USM. Stivers finished first, while Jalali was second. The Yachtsmen were second as a team. The Falcons placed seventh.

points, but Greely couldn’t quite come all the way back. “It was a slow first half,” said Rangers first-year coach Travis Seaver. “The kids worked hard in the second half. We played a much more manageable tempo, but we couldn’t get over the hump. (Mike’s) fouls definitely hurt us. He’s a big presence defensively. Take him off the floor and the lane gets a lot bigger.” Friday, Greely improved to 9-7 with a 63-37 home victory over Lake Region. Bailey Train had 17 points and Connor Hanley added 16. The Rangers (seventh in Western B) were at Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday and close at home versus Cape Elizabeth Friday. “We’ve gone up and down, but every day we’re getting better,” said Seaver. “Our goal is to play our best basketball in game 18

and hopefully game 19. The guys are getting more comfortable with each other. No one likes to lose, but it’s a learning experience. Hopefully we’ll get the confidence back up and finish strong.” Freeport fell to 2-14 (17th in the Heals) after losses last week at Fryeburg (78-29) and Traip (71-41). Against the Raiders, Brendan Qualls had a team-high nine points. Chandler Birmingham had 23 in the loss to the Rangers. The Falcons were home with Poland Tuesday and close at Old Orchard Beach Friday. In Western C, North Yarmouth Academy won one (78-16 over Greater Portland Christian School) and lost one (80-42 to top-ranked Waynflete) at home last week. In the victory, Chase Gendron led the way with 15 points, El Tayeb Dahia added 13 and Colby Bate finished with 12. In the

On the girls’ side, Freeport clinched its first winning season in a decade with wins last week over visiting Fryeburg (56-37) and Traip (54-27) to extend its win streak to four games. In the victory over the Raiders, Nina Davenport had 28 points, while Aubrey Pennell added a dozen. Against the Rangers, Davenport had 15 points and Leigh Wyman 11. The Falcons (10-6 and eighth in the Western B Heals) are seeking their first home playoff game in eight years and their first trip to the tournament quarterfinals since they were in Class C back in 2002-03. Freeport was at Poland Tuesday and finishes the regular season at Old Orchard Beach Friday. Falmouth is also playing well. The Yachtsmen did lose at home to visiting, defending regional champion Lake Region, 54-31, last Tuesday, but bounced back Friday with a 36-35 triumph at Wells, Falmouth’s fourth victory in five outings. In the loss, Anna and Ally Hickey both had five points. Ally Hickey had 18 points at the Warriors. Falmouth (8-8 and 10th in the region) hosted York Tuesday and goes to Yarmouth Friday. Greely remains the top local team at 13-3 and fifth. Last Tuesday, the Rangers went to Yarmouth and overcame a slow start to roll, 57-41, as Jaclyn Storey had 24 points and Ashley Storey added 14. “We had to battle back,” said Ashley Storey. “We worked on our pressbreaker a lot this past week. We weren’t making the right pass. Coach was mad and called timeout and told us to get going. We broke the press and got open layups. When we continued page 17

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could get it inside, we did. We try to play the best we can.” “I think we came out a little bit slow,” said Jaclyn Storey. “We picked up our intensity and it worked in our favor. We’ve been working a lot on passing into the post and we’ve gotten strong at it. We play best when we play together. We’ve never had a game where we’ve played a full 32 minutes. That’s something we still need to do.” Friday, Greely was frustrated at Lake Region, 44-31, despite 13 points from Jaclyn Storey and 10 points from Jordynne Copp. The Rangers were hosted Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday and close at Cape Elizabeth Friday. Yarmouth led Greely, 10-4, early last Tuesday, but ultimately went down to a 57-41 defeat, despite 10 points from Grace O’Donnell and nine from Sean Cahill. “As I said to the girls, if we made the layups and half the foul shots we missed, we would have beaten them,” Yarmouth coach Jay Lowery lamented. “That goes to show where we are as a team. We’re not far off the mark. The kids played hard tonight and they feel good about it. It’s been a year that’s been challenging. We have a bit of a depth issue here. We rotate seven players in. We swing some freshmen up for some experience.” Friday, the Clippers fell at Poland, 58-50, despite 16 points from Cahill, 15 from Lane Simsarian and 11 from Shannon Fallon. Yarmouth (1-15 and 18th in the standings) hosted Cape Elizabeth Tuesday and finishes at home versus Falmouth Friday. In Western C, NYA took a 3-12 record and the No. 16 ranking (the top 13 make the playoff cut) into Tuesday’s home game with Buckfield. Last week, the Panthers fell at home to Greater Portland Christian School (49-37) and Waynflete (75-25). Mallory Ianno had 10 points and Chloe Leishman nine against the Lions. In the loss to the Flyers, Ianno had 11 points. NYA closes at home versus Traip Friday.

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Saturday, the Greely boys’ and girls’ ice hockey teams donated food to the new Cumberland food pantry collected at their annual “Give It Back To The Community” games. The players sorted, checked expiration dates and helped shelve the food.

second behind Scarborough in the Western A Heals, but the Yachtsmen will get a crack at the Red Storm Saturday night at home. Last Saturday, Falmouth improved to 10-2 with a 7-2 win at Biddeford. Hugh Grygiel had two goals. The Yachtsmen host Bonny Eagle Thursday, then have the Scarborough showdown. Monday brings a home test versus Biddeford. In Western B, defending state champion Greely is nearing a return to the top spot. Last week, the Rangers handled visiting Leavitt (11-2) and won at Messalonskee (8-4), in a rematch of last year’s state game. Against the Hornets, Ted Hart had a hat trick and Kyle Megathlin set up five goals. In the win at the Eagles, Hart had three more goals and Mitchel Donovan scored twice. Greely (9-4 and second to Camden Hills in the Heals) goes to Cape Elizabeth Thursday, then gets back-to-back cracks at Windjammers, Monday at home and at Camden Hills Feb. 15. Yarmouth sits fourth at 5-7-2 after splitting two games last week. The Clippers fell at home to Marshwood, 7-4 (despite two goals from Kevin Haley), then won at Leavitt, 6-2 (Thomas Lord and Brady

Neujahr scored varsity goals for the first time). Yarmouth is idle until Monday, when it goes to Kennebunk. Tuesday, the Clippers host Portland.

Indoor track

Falmouth, Freeport and Greely joined five other teams in a regular season-ending Western Maine Conference indoor track meet last weekend at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham. The Rangers were first, the Yachtsmen third and Falcons fifth in the girls’ competition. Greely got wins from Maegan Dougherty in the junior 55 (8.02 seconds) and the junior 200 (29.34), Jocelyn Mitiguy in the junior 55 hurdles (9.7), Alyssa Casarez in the junior shot put (30 feet, 5.75 inches), Julia Mitiguy in the senior 400 (1 minute, 4.19 seconds), Gwen Sawyer in the senior

shot put (35-2.5) and its junior (1:57.84) and 3,200 (10:35.36) relays. Falmouth’s lone event winner was Madeline Roberts in the two-mile (12:01.71). Freeport got victories from Lexi Dietrich in the senior 200 (27.76), Chloe Hight in the junior 400 (1:06.65) and its senior relay (1:54.64). York won the boys’ meet. Falmouth came in second, Greely third and Freeport seventh. The Yachtsmen got wins from Andy Clement in the junior 55 hurdles (8.46), Jacob Buhelt in the senior 55 (6.8) and senior 200 (23.35), and its junior (1:42.11) open (8:56.92) relays. The Rangers featured event winners James Ferrar in the shot put (47-3), Connor Wyman in the junior 200 (26.01) and Chris Perry in the junior 400 (57.03). Harrison Stivers gave the Falcons a win in the 800 (2:04.93). continued page 18

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Roundup Rugby Football Club hosting winter academy The Portland Rugby Football Club is hosting four weekend workshops to introduce Maine athletes to the sport in a fun, friendly and safe environment. Workshops will be held Saturdays Feb. 16 and 23 and March 2 and 9 from 12 to 1:30 p.m., at the Reiche Elementary School. FMI, Tom Lovering, 329-3630 or

Maine Baseball Hall of Fame seeking nominations The Maine Baseball Hall of Fame is requesting nominations for 2013 inductees. The Hall honors players, coaches, umpires, organizers and benefactors from all corners of the state who achieved prominence in,

or made valuable contributions to, baseball in Maine. Nominations should be sent to The deadline for submitting nominations is Feb. 15. The induction ceremony is July 28.

Freeport coach openings There are several coach openings at Freeport Middle School and Freeport High School. At the middle school, there are vacancies for Co-ed indoor track, 7th and 8th grade boys’ and girls’ lacrosse, a head and an assistant football coach. At the high school, opening exist in varsity softball, junior varsity boys’ lacrosse, varsity assistant baseball, assistant coordinator for varsity football, a head JV and assistant varsity football and varsity field hockey. FMI, Craig Sickels, 865-4706, ext. 228, or


CNYLL registration upcoming NYA spring coaching openings Registration for the 2013 Cumberland/ North Yarmouth Little League season is underway at An early bird discount will be given to those who register prior to Feb. 28.

North Yarmouth Academy has openings for upper school varsity softball, upper school junior varsity lacrosse and middle school baseball coaches. FMI, 847-5456

Longest running 3-on-3 benefit tourney seeks teams

February fun

The Swish-Out and Junior Swish-Out, Maine’s longest running, continuous 3-on-3 basketball tournament, which benefits the Maine Children’s Cancer Program, will be held Sunday. The co-ed, double elimination program is seeking teams to take part. It is open to adults 18 and older. The entry fee is $100 per team. FMI, 773-5671, ext. 273,

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NYA and Yarmouth also took part in an eight-team meet. The Clippers girls came in first, while the Panthers were third. Yarmouth got wins from Madeline Mitchell in the junior 55 (7.95), Emma Egan in the junior high jump (4-10) and open 800 (2:40.92), Megan Smith in the pole vault (8-0) and its junior relay (1:58.8). NYA event winners included Muriel Adams in the junior shot put (27-8), Jillian BjornCaron in the senior 55 hurdles (10.14) and Hannah Austin in the two-mile (12:29.65). On the boys’ side, Wells was first, Yarmouth third and NYA seventh. Clippers event winners included Wes Crawford in the open 800 (2:09.75) and Ben Decker in the mile (4:40.08). The Panthers got victories from John LeBlanc in the two-mile (11:31.16) and Jake Burns in the senior 55 hurdles (8.91). The WMC championship meet is Friday at USM. The Class B state championship meet is Monday, Feb. 18, at Bates College in Lewiston.


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Greely’s girls’ Alpine ski team earned another victory Monday at Shawnee Peak in a giant slalom race, downing runner-up Falmouth, as well as Fryeburg and GrayNew Gloucester. Greely’s Elyse Dinan was the individual champion, with a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 4.11 seconds. Falmouth’s Alex Shapiro was runner-up (1:05.08). In the boys’ race, the Yachtsmen were first and the Rangers third. Individually, Falmouth was paced by Devereux Thomas (first, 59.81 seconds) and Alex Gowen (second, 1:00.17). Greely’s Sam Perlmutter placed fifth (1:03.66). In a slalom meet, also at Shawnee Peak Monday, Yarmouth beat second-place Freeport, as well as Cape Elizabeth and Lake Region in the girls’ competition. Chapin Dorsett set the pace for the Clippers with a second-place individual showing (1:43.42). Taylor Enrico led the Falcons (third, 1:45.34). On the boys’ side, Cape Elizabeth finished slightly ahead of Yarmouth, while Freeport was third. Tucker Grout was the top Clipper, coming in fourth in 1:29.24. Blake Enrico (fifth, 1:32.07) paced the Falcons. The Western Maine Conference Alpine ski championship meet is Thursday at Shawnee Peak. The Nordic championships started Wednesday with the skate race. The classic is Saturday at Stark’s Hill. The state championships are the week of Feb. 18.


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Greely’s Nick Vogel won the Eastern A wrestling title in the 160-pound weight class last weekend. Vogel will take part in the state meet Saturday in Augusta. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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North Yarmouth University of Maine: Peter Colesworthy, Allison Corrow, Shannon Fitzpatrick, Maxfield Freeman, Michele Girard, Alexander Parenteau, Robert Potts, Ryan Rybka, Peter Westra, Molly Young. Quinnipiac University: Meghan Sprague.

Area residents named to deans’ lists Cumberland University of Maine: Carrie Bolduc, Hillary Goranson, James Manahan, Charles Dolloff, Thomas Dollorr, Allison Farr, Katheine Harrington, Grant Kern, Taylor Roach, Ethan Geheb, Anna McKee. Quinnipiac University: Kelsey Donovan, Kelly Hurley, Samuel Snow-Cronin. Falmouth University of Maine: Rachel Chaney, Sydney Cheney, Zachary ConnertyMarin, Kevin Conroy, Cara D’Alfonso, Marley Dewey, Laura Duran, Jameson Ford, Stephanie Gramse, Sarah Hogan, Amanda Skinner, Abigail Smith, Sarah Sukeforth. Quinnipiac University: Josiah Feigleson, Joseph Verdi. Freeport University of Maine: Katherine Breau, Kaylon Brown, Alison Buthlay, Alexander Campbell, Luke LaMagna, Alexandra Mitch, Megan Ragucci, Anna Titova, Gordon Wilson, Eric Wold. Quinnipiac University: Alan Brown.

Yarmouth University of Maine: Campbell Belisle Haley, Robert Clabby, Carleton Ericson, Thomas Fouchereaux, Brady Jacques, Abigail MacDonald, Christopher Moylan, Michelle Moylan, Andrew Piccirillo, Anne Ryan, Gregory Smith, Melissa Stuart, Alison Thomas, Matthew Wheaton. Skidmore College: Peter Zeitz.

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that New Year’s resolution you made? Call me for an appointment. Douglas A. Reighley, L.M.T., R.P.P. 26 School St. • Yarmouth, ME 04096 207-749-1961

Yarmouth Superintendent Search Process Underway Parents and Community Invited to Participate The Yarmouth School Committee has engaged Future Management Systems, Inc. to assist in the search process for a new Superintendent of Schools. An integral part of the process involves parent and community participation in focus groups. The groups are designed to obtain participant input about the attributes, experience and knowledge that the new superintendent should possess. The groups also provide an opportunity for participants to identify immediate tasks, which the new superintendent should address.

Municipal/Business Officials Monday, February 11, 2013 – 4:00 to 5:00 p.m. YHS Performing Arts Center



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Community Members Monday, February 11, 2013 – 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. YHS Performing Arts Center PTO/Booster Groups/Yarmouth Education Foundation Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – 8:00 to 9:15 a.m. YHS Performing Arts Center Parents/Community Members Wednesday, February 13, 2013 – 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. YHS Performing Arts Center For those of you who cannot attend but want to provide input, a Leadership Profile Assessment will be available on the Yarmouth school district website. We invite everyone to avail themselves of this opportunity to provide input into this most important process. All Yarmouth residents are welcome to attend any of the sessions listed above. There will also be focus groups held for school personnel and students.

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p.m., Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland, 370-9090,

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Josh Pahigian reading and book signing, 2 p.m., Thomas Memorial Library, Cape Elizabeth, 799-1720.

Precision miniature paintings by Jeffrey Hayes, Daunis Fine Jewelry, 616 Congress St., Portland, open Monday-Friday, 10:30 a.m.4:30 p.m.

Film Thursday 2/7 Free Thursday Midday Movies: “The Long, Hot Summer,” 1 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Drive, Freeport, 865-3307.

Sunday 2/10 Local Love Muscle Film Festival, 8

Despite Winter, Gardens, 5-7 p.m., Elizabeth Moss Gallery, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, Jan. 17 - March 10, 781-2620. Summer Fun/Art by Paula, through Feb. 23, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.

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

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USM Faculty Exhibition, 4-6 p.m., Woodbury Campus Center, Bedford St., Portland, Jan. 24-April 3, 780-5003.

Hattie Simon Trio, 6 p.m., Blue, 650A Congress St., Portland,

Sunday 2/10 Blue Lobster Troupe annual recital. 7 p.m., St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, 899-0505.

Afterthoughts, 5-8 p.m., through April 3, The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St., Portland, 253-6808.

Tuesday 2/12

William Harrison’s Cityscapes, 5-8 p.m., Mainely Frames & Gallery, 541 Congress St., Portland, 828-0031.

Saturday 2/16

Music Friday 2/8 Le Vent du Nord, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St.,

Port City Jazz, 7 p.m., Cathedral Church of Saint Luke, 143 State St., Portland, 772-5434. The Dunwells, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, 899-4990.

Theater & Dance Thursday 2/7 Naked Shakespeare: Sonnets and Soliloquies, Will You Be Mine? 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, Yarmouth, 846-4763.

Saturday 2/9 North Yarmouth Contra Dance, 6 p.m. family dance, 7 p.m. potluck, 8 p.m., contra dance, Wescustogo Hall, 475 Walnut Hill Road, North Yarmouth, 233-4325.

Friday 2/15 Peter Pan. 4 p.m., Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 143 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 ext. 231.

Saturday 2/16 Peter Pan. 1:30 p.m. and 4 p.m., Children’s Museum and Theater of

Sunday 2/17 Peter Pan, 4 p.m., Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 143 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 ext. 231.

Mid Coast Books & Authors Friday 2/8 Book pickup for “A Girl’s POV” book club. Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141 ext 25.

Auditions/Calls for Art Brunswick 2013 Hometown Idol is seeking participants for this year’s contest, held April 27 at 7 p.m. at the Orion Performing Arts Center in Topsham. Applications available in Brunswick, Topsham and Harpswell schools and at Shaw’s at Cook’s Corner and Riley Insurance. For more information visit or e-mail rotaryhometownidol@


Patten Free Library, Summer St., Bath, 443-5141 ext. 25, Tuesday nights through March 26.

Galleries From the Heart, through March 31, Fri.-Mon. 10 a.m.- 5 p.m., Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499.

Music Thursday 2/7 Portland Conservatory Noonday Concerts: DaPonte String Quartet, 12:15 p.m., First Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, 775-3356.

Friday 2/8 Rob Schreiber’s Standard Issue, 6:30 p.m., Marriott at Sable Oaks, 200 Sable Oaks Drive, South Portland, 712-0930.

Theater/Dance Winter Cabaret, Jan. 25 - Feb. 10; 8 p.m. Fri./Sat.; 2 p.m. Sunday, adults only,pay-what-you-want ($18 suggested), The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584,

Thursday 2/7

Tuesday 2/12 Courtroom Drama film series: “Inherit the Wind,” 6:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, Summer St., Bath, 443-5141 ext. 25, Tuesday nights through March 26.

Tuesday 2/19 Courtroom Drama film series: “And Justice For All.” 6:30 p.m.,

“Theater of War,” 7 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Bowdoin College, 5000 South St., Brunswick, 718624-0351.

Friday 2/8 “End of Life,” 12:30 p.m., Kresge Auditorium, Bowdoin College, 5000 South St., Brunswick, 7253617.

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Cumberland Town Council Meeting Monday, February 11, 2013 6:00 p.m. Workshop 7:00 p.m. Call to Order The Cumberland Town Council will hold a workshop on Monday, February 11, 2013 at 6:00 p.m. Re: the disposition of foreclosed property, and an overview of the Tax Assessor’s report. Its regular meeting will begin at 7:00 p.m. in the Town Council Chambers. An opportunity for public comment will be provided. The following items will receive a public hearing: •

To hear a report from Police Chief Charron re: award presented to Officer Antonio Ridge. • To hear a report from Fire Chief Small re: Fire Department promotions. • To hear a report from Tax Assessor, William Healey re: current assessment ratios. • To set the week of May 13th – 17th as Spring Bulky Item Pick-up Week. • To consider and act on authorizing the Town Manager to execute a purchase order for the purchase of a new ambulance. • To hold a Public Hearing to consider and act on a Liquor License application for Cumberland House of Pizza. • To hold a Public Hearing to consider and act on the disposition of foreclosed properties. Please refer to the town’s website: for a complete agenda.

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‘Death by Design’: Lively, hilarious comedy in Portland By Scott Andrews With Groundhog Day now past, we’re on the down-slope of winter. What better way to accelerate the ride toward spring than a rollicking good comedy? That’s what “Death by Design” is all about: a wonderfully funny comedy – with a murder thrown into the mix. Two great musical events vie for attention this Friday. In Portland, Le Vent du Nord, a Franco foursome, perform traditional music of their native land at One Longfellow Square. In Gorham, the University of Southern Maine School of Music is featuring a variety of brass instruments in its Spotlight Concert series, which mostly highlights faculty and graduates. Portland Ovations has an interesting foursome on Feb. 14: The Midtown Men, comprising former members of the cast of “Jersey Boys,” perform an evening of pop music from the 1960s.

‘Death by Design’

Playwrights don’t write comedies like they used to. That common complaint is totally disproved by the new comedy that’s running through Feb. 24 at Good Theater in Portland. Rob Urbinati’s “Death by Design” is a wildly funny laugher that’s exquisitely crafted in the style of British playwright Noel Coward with a major added fillip: an Agatha Christie-style whodunit murder mystery. “Death by Design” is definitely a major must-see of Maine’s 2012-2013 theatrical season. “Death by Design” is a brand-new play that’s only been produced once before, in Texas. Publication is set for this spring and it’s destined to become a staple of American theater, predicts Good Theater founding artistic director Brian Allen, who also stage-directed this show. The setting is reminiscent of Noel Coward: aristocratic England in the 1930s. The driving energy of the comedy stems from the perpetual bickering between a married couple. Think “Private Lives.” The protagonists in “Death by Design” comprise a sophisticated and arrogant playwright and his air-headed actress wife. Their latest play has just been panned by the London critics, and the pair retreat to their country estate to lick their wounds and continue their psychological warfare. They’re quickly joined by a host of guests, some invited, some not. Soon one of the guests lies lifeless on a sofa. All the characters have a motive for murder, but the mystery is solved by an impudent, sharp-tongued housemaid in cahoots with a young libertine chauffeur. I’m a big fan of Noel Coward, England’s greatest comic playwright of the 20th century. “Death by Design” is intentionally written in Coward’s style, complete with interesting, over-drawn characters, brilliant comic repartee and wonderfully incisive social commentary. Plus there’s the Agatha Christie element: a country estate full of mysterious guests and isolated by a snipped telephone wire. Good Theater is a professional company, and the cast of eight is led by a pair of former New York actors: Rob Cameron as the bumptious playwright, and Abigail Killeen as the self-absorbed diva. They’re wonderfully supported by local actors Matthew Delamater, Janice Gardner, Paul Haley, Kat

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Kat Moraros, left, Matthew Delamater, Paul Haley and Benjamin Row in “Death by Design,” a comedy with murder that is the midwinter offering of Portland’s Good Theater.

Moraros, Susan Reilly and Benjamin Row. Allen ably directs, helped considerably by the playwright, who attended rehearsals. Craig Robinson’s elaborate set helps create the mid-century milieu of the play. Good Theater presents “Death by Design” at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. (top of Munjoy Hill) in Portland through Feb. 24 with 7 p.m. performances Wednesday and Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, and 2 p.m. Sunday. Call 885-5883.

Le Vent du Nord

Le Vent du Nord is a four-man band from Canada that’s made its mark as a champion of the traditional QuebecoisAcadian folk style – with appropriate modern twists. The four guys perform on several instruments with remarkable virtuosity and fluidity. Their instruments include an electronic keyboard and bass, but Le Vent du Nord notably excludes a big drum kit. Most songs are performed in French. Although rooted in traditional French-Canadian styles, Le Vent du Nord occasionally ventures a bit farther afield, sometimes showing influences of jazz, country and Celtic. “They are well grounded by heritage and experience in the music of French Canada and ready to make that music in a way that speaks to modern day,” writes Kerry Dexter in Dirty Linen, folk music’s monthly bible. “All in all, it’s a wild ride through the energy of French-Canadian music, with just enough of the quieter side of things to catch your breath and prepare you for the next round of flying fiddle notes, hurdygurdy circles and stories in song.” Catch Le Vent du Nord at One Longfellow Square (corner of Congress and State) in Portland at 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Call 761-1757.

Brass ensemble at USM

This week’s Spotlight Series concert at the University of Southern Maine School of Music will feature a group of professors and graduates in a program that commemo-

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rates a British trumpeter and his unique brass band. The Phillip Jones Ensemble began in 1951 and elevated brass to a higher plane in the musical universe. That’s a point that made a lifetime impression on Betty Rines, USM prof and trumpeter with the Portland Symphony Orchestra. “Jones took the brass from the back row to the forefront,” she commented. To honor the memory and influence of Phillip Jones, Rines has assembled a group of UM musicians for this evening of brass – with a hefty dollop of percussion added. Catch this interesting concert at the University of Southern Maine School of Music, to be held in Corthell Hall on the Gorham campus at 8 p.m. Feb. 8. Call the music box office at 780-5555.

The Midtown Men

Success breeds success. That’s the simple theory behind The Midtown Men, a

pop music ensemble comprising four members of the original cast of “Jersey Boys,” the Tony Award-winning Broadway depiction of Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons. Christian Hoff, J. Robert Spencer, Michael Longoria and Daniel Reichard are The Midtown Men. With the phenomenal success of “Jersey Boys” behind them, their new idea is to recreate other pop tunes of the 1960s era. These four charismatic singers and a stellar backup band come together in a modish and entertaining concert that features a Who’s Who of the times: Beatles, Beach Boys, Temptations, Jackson Five and of course, the Four Seasons. The host, Portland Ovations, emphasizes that this concert is neither mimicry nor a tribute act. Instead it represents a celebration of the music of one of the most original and exciting decades in rock and pop. Portland Ovations presents The Midtown Men at 7:30 p.m. Feb. 14 at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

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Elizabeth), 7 p.m., South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road, 232-5892.

Sunday 2/10

Friday 2/8 Fair Trade Friday Fundraiser. 10 a.m., Karma Fair Trade, 570 Brighton Ave., Portland, 831-4531. Percentage of all purchases go to the International Justice Mission.

Sunday 2/10 Share Our Strength Maine benefit, 5 p.m., Flatbread Company, 72 Commercial St. #5, Portland, tickets $30/advance, $35/door,

Tuesday 2/12 Beer and Bikes with the American Lung Association, 5:30 p.m., Rivalries, 10 Cotton St., Portland, 624-0302.

Bulletin Board Resume building assistance available through May, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., Portland, one week’s notice and appointment required, 871-1700 ext. 772.

Thursday 2/7 Eggs & Issues: John Baldacci and Rick Bennet of Fix the Debt, 7 a.m., Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, 772-2811; $17. The Editorial Board public discussion forum., 5:30 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ext. 729. Community meeting with State Sen. Rebecca Millett (D-Cape

Sleigh Day, 12 p.m., Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, 8295708.

Tuesday 2/12 E2Tech Winter Networking Event, 5:30 p.m., Pierce Atwood, Merrill’s Wharf, 254 Commercial St., Portland, register at events?eventId=618212&EventVi ewMode=EventDetails PROPEL After Hours, 5:30 p.m., Binga’s Stadium, 77 Free St., Portland. 772-2811.

Wednesday 2/13 Weathering Nights with Robert Griswold. 7 p.m., Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland, 829-2215.

Saturday 2/16 French Story Time. 10 a.m., Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland, 829-2215. Music and Muffins. 10:30 p.m., Prince Memorial Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland, 829-2215.

Call for Volunteers Opportunity Alliance is looking for foster grandparent and senior companion volunteers, 15 hours a week, 55 or older, information, 773-0202. The Maine Boat Builder’s Show seeks volunteers March 15-17,

volunteer 4 hours and receive free admission to the show, and/ or a show t-shirt, contact Kerry Ratigan, 615-6271, ratigankerry@ The Portland Flower Show seeks volunteers, March 7-10; volunteer 4 hours and receive free admission to the show, and/or a show t-shirt; contact Kerry Ratigan, 615-6271,

Dining Out Friday 2/8 Haddock chowder lunch, 11:30 a.m., South Freeport Congregational Church, 98 South Freeport Road, South Freeport, 865-4012, $8, every second and fourth Friday through March.

Saturday 2/9 Lincoln Club Dinner with guest speaker Patrick Rael of Bowdoin College. 6 p.m. Italian Heritage Center, 2 Westland Ave., Portland, 712-5336.

Sunday 2/10 Lions Club Pancake Breakfast. 7:30 a.m. Bowery Beach Schoolhouse, Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth. Proceeds go to Cystic Fibrosis Foundation.

Getting Smarter Thursday 2/7 Docent Training Program, Portland Historical Society, 9 a.m., 489 Congress St., Portland, $30, every Thursday through May 2; 774-5561 ext. 120, bmccormick@mainehis-

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Tuesday 2/12 SCORE workshop: Marketing 101 for your business. 2 p.m., SCORE offices,100 Middle St., Portland. $35 to register, 772-1147. Maine Women’s Network Lunch: How to perfect your elevator speech. 12 p.m., The Egg & I Restaurant, 183 US Route One, Scarborough. Register by Feb. 8, aspx?pageId=759076

Health & Support Saturday 2/9 Your Body in Balance, 10 a.m., White Pine Community Church, 94 Cumberland Road, North Yarmouth, 829-8232.

Friday 2/15 Blood pressure clinic. 10 a.m., free, Freeport Community Services, 53 Depot St., Freeport, 721-1278. A Matter of Balance classes run Feb. 13 - April 4, 1-3 p.m., Southern Maine Agency on Aging, 136 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, registration required, 396-6583. Grief support group, Fridays 1:303 p.m., Jan. 25-March 1, VNA Home Health Hospice, 50 Foden Road, South Portland, registration required, 400-8714.

Kids & Family FAFSA assistance available through May, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland; one week’s notice and appointment required, 871-1700 ext. 772.

Ongoing Monday Family Story Time. 10:30 a.m., Scarborough Public Library, 42 Gorham Road, Scarborough. Ages three to seven with an adult.

Saturday Read to Me. 10:30 a.m., Scarborough Public Library, 42 Gorham Road, Scarborough. Ages three and up with an adult.

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PAJAMARAMA! First Tuesday of the month. 6:30 p.m. Scarborough Public Library, 42 Gorham Road, Scarborough. Ages four and up.

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Mid Coast Bulletin Saturday 2/9 Public Office Hours with Rep. Jennifer DeChant, D-Brunswick. 9 a.m., Cafe Creme, 56 Front St., Bath, 287-1430.

Sunday 2/10 Bath Antiques Show and Sale. 10 a.m., Bath Middle School, 6 Old Bath Road, 582-5908.

Dining Out Friday 2/15 Lenten Haddock Supper. 5 p.m., St. Charles Church, 132 McKeen St., Brunswick, 729-3509.

Saturday 2/16 Roast Pork Supper. 4:30 p.m., Bath United Methodist Church, 340 Oak Grove, Bath, 443-4707.

Getting Smarter Saturday 2/9 Town History Series: Historic Houses in Phippsburg. 10:30, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141, ext. 18

Sunday 2/10 Historic Preservation: Origins and future in community revitalization. 4 p.m., Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, 443-2174.

Tuesday 2/12 Tech Talk: self publishing in the digital age. 4:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 4435141 ext. 25. Celebrating Lincoln’s birthday: Presentation by Civil War historian Charles Plummer. 2 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141 ext. 25.

Health and Support Monday 2/11 Blood pressure clinic. 11 a.m., free, Westrum House 22 Union St., Topsham, 721-1278.

Tuesday 2/12 Blood pressure clinics. 2 p.m., free, Bath Housing Authority, 20 Dirk’s Landing Road, Bath, 7211278; 5 p.m., free, Bath United Church of Christ, 15 Congress Ave., Bath, 721-1278







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in winter time,” Quinn said, adding that NNEPRA won’t know the exact clean-up schedule until it has full crews working again this summer. Although snow and ice slowed the work, Quinn said, work is happening from Portland north to Freeport and Brunswick. Although no schedule is set, she said according to the rail expansion contract, the debris must be cleaned up before the end of the year. The Downeaster began extended service from Portland to Brunswick, with a stop in Freeport, on Nov. 1, 2012. Town Manager Peter Joseph said the clean-up is expected to reach Freeport by summer. “I would say my biggest concern is on

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Falmouth High School state champion baseball team expanded to include the champions from the boys lacrosse team, and then grew out of control when people began sneaking in, Childs said. “The party was infiltrated,” he said. Savidge was the first witness questioned Monday by Anderson. He said he first came to the Spencer home around 10:30 p.m. on June 16, 2012, in response to anonymous tips there was underage drinking. Savidge said he talked to Barry Spencer for about 15 minutes, but saw no reason for further investigation. “He was very open, told me it was alcohol-free,” Savidge said. “It was clear he was positioned to monitor comings and goings.” Savidge said he offered to alert Hallett and Ryder about the party because Spencer did express worry the party could get out of hand. The officers were to pass by occasionally to check on anyone driving away from the home. He described a different scene when he returned about 90 minutes later to assist Hallett and Ryder when they broke up the party. One teenager was seen out front

the aesthetics for the (rail line) neighbors. Obviously there are some neighbors who arn’t too happy about the debris,” Joseph said. “I wouldn’t be too excited if it was abutting against my property.” At several crossings through Freeport, ties are strewn in the ditches on either side of the train tracks. At the Upper Mast Landing Crossing, the debris includes broken concrete blocks and discarded pieces of metal. The ties have been there long enough to become visible on images displayed by Google Earth, although many are shaded by trees. Park Street resident Ken Brown, whose backyard abuts the railroad tracks, said some of the ties were neatly stacked, suggesting that they would be picked up.


But they never were. “I would have thought that as of the fall finish they would have swept it up as the went. I was afraid it was going to abandoned,” Brown said, adding that he’s been reassured by railroad administrators the ties will be cleaned up. “They haven’t made it to my back yard yet, but I’m OK with it waiting until summer.” Although the town has no authority to force cleanup, Joseph said he hopes the project will continue on schedule. “If they’re not meeting requirements we can obviously talk to the people who have enforcement authority,” Joseph said. “I don’t think it’ll come to that. Hopefully it doesn’t. I think if they’re progressing and it’s just going to take a few months, I think we can live with that.” Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or Follow Will on Twitter: @W_C_ Graff.

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two sections developed for athletic and recreational use, with an undeveloped center section. The council sought an extension for the permit at a July meeting last year and had hoped to become a state-sanctioned environmental protection delegate. This move would have given the town permit-granting authority and the ability to conduct environmental reviews, which would dramatically reduce costs. But the deadline to become a delegate for the project had already passed. The council will discuss the fields and the permit at a workshop Feb. 12 and is expected to take action at its next regular meeting Feb. 26. Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or Follow him on Twitter: @W_C_Graff.

yelling and swearing at Hallett, and another was passed out beyond the Spencer’s back yard, Savidge said. Nine teens ranging from 15 to 18 years old were named in the indictments against the Spencers and police said dozens of beer cans were found. Savidge said it took three hours to process the scene and clear the party. David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or dharry@ Follow him on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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Town Manager Peter Joseph told the Town Council Tuesday night. Joesph said one of the key difficulties for the foundation has been obtaining a financial guarantee that ensures the town would not be responsible if the foundation isn’t able to raise enough money to complete construction after the three years is up and the boat has to be moved. Other council requirements included quarterly reports to the town on progress and regular safety and environmental checks of the property. Arndt has said previously the boat may need another $150,000 to complete.


Harold Arndt in front of the Island Rover, his 113-foot-long, unfinished, steel schooner made of reclaimed materials in a residential Freeport neighborhood in July 2012.

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tion’s lot, which was previously owned by Arndt, in a residential neighborhood down a narrow dirt road, shielded by trees and brush. Moving the boat would require considerable manpower, council Chairman Jim Hendricks said. Trees would also have to be removed, and utility lines would have to be moved. The permit to launch the boat, if it were to be finished and seaworthy, could be as much $100,000, Arndt said. And if the foundation doesn’t have the money to pay for it, the town may have to come up with the money to do it – or strip it for scrap metal, a task more expensive the finishing the boat, he said. That cost would be in addition to the legal fees likely to accumulate if the town decides to try to move or scrap the boat, because the town would need a court order to take action. The consent agreement between the parties is needed because the foundation, a nonprofit corporation, is not allowed to manufacture in the neighborhood, under town zoning laws. The agreement grants the foundation the ability to bypass those laws with the stipulation that the project be completed within a specific time frame. Construction of the boat, made of reused scrap and surplus materials, made significant progress in the early 2000s. But after the financial collapse in 2008, funding for the project dried up. The town originally established a fiveyear consent agreement in 2005, after Arndt put the project under nonprofit ownership, putting it out of compliance with the zoning laws. The foundation has since received two extensions from the council; the latest expired Jan. 26, with the boat about 75 percent complete. Before the Island Rover can be moved, Arndt said previously, the hull must be welded – a significant expense because it requires specialized professionals to complete the job. Throughout its history, the Island Rover has relied mostly on inkind donations and volunteer labor. Arndt said it is possible to “dissolve the nonprofit in a heartbeat,” but the foundation owns the property and someone would have to buy the property.

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Before the foundation, he said, “it was a crazy old guy building a boat in his backyard. As soon as it became a corporation, it became a non-conforming use. It’s a friggin’ piece of paper that caused the whole problem.” Arndt, who didn’t want to comment on the potential council action, said he hopes to find a solution with the town. “We need mutual cooperation,” he said. “If they want the problem to go away, they can’t be hard-nosed about it.” The council will conduct a public site walk of Arndt’s property within the next two weeks and plans to discuss the fate of the Island Rover at the council’s next meeting Feb. 26. Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or wgraff@ Follow him on Twitter: @W_C_Graff.

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from page 1 the Maine Municipal Association.” Eric Conrad, communications director of the MMA, said between 10 and 20 communities in Maine, notably Falmouth, Union and Poland, have had problems with similar freedom of access requests. “What has happened in recent years is that towns and cities have been trying harder to enforce their rights about communication and creating email and distribution lists,” Conrad said. “In a few cases there have been instances where people have requested through the Freedom of Access Act to get all of those addresses to send information (subscribers) didn’t want.” He said the MMA supports Nelson’s bill and believes one-way communication, like subscriber lists, should be protected. He clarified that the proposed law would not exempt conversations with town officials, but would allow towns to redact personal email addresses from publicly available subscriber lists. Nelson said the bill not only protects people from unwanted solicitation, but it


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confidential and never have been, no one feels the need to do that, so we can’t come up with a plausible reason why email addresses should be shielded.” Meyer said that while the committee does not necessarily believe that the addresses should be shielded, members do recognize that this is a localized problem and the committee has asked Maine’s public access ombudsman to examine the problem and see if it extends to more than a few isolated towns. If that were the case, Meyer said, she and other committee members might be persuaded to change their minds. “The evidence we had before said that this is a Falmouth-specific problem,” she said. “So I don’t think it is really responsible for us to do any more until we have some data.” Meyer said the committee did raise the fee for public records requests from $10 to $15 last year in an attempt to curb “abusive requests,” but members did not support moving to an actual-cost fee structure. She said the higher fee structure could price citizens out of obtaining information they have a right to access. Doyle, who helped stir the pot last June


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ing to Nelson, would maintain the first free hour. But after that towns would be allowed to charge the hourly wage of the lowest-paid employee capable of fulfilling the request. “(The fee change) is a way of trying to help towns cover what could become a very significant cost to the town,” Nelson said. “The first hour of any FOAA request is free, and after that the towns felt that it is appropriate to charge somebody if you have a very expensive request which requires many hours of going through electronic and written records. It takes a town employee away from their divine duty.” But opponents believe Nelson’s attempt to limit access to public information is problematic. The Maine Right to Know Advisory Committee has not met yet to discuss this specific legislation, but Judy Meyer, managing editor of the Sun Journal in Lewiston and a member of the committee, said email addresses have been a topic of discussion for at least the last four years. “We have no consensus on our committee about shielding email addresses,” she said. “(But) street addresses are not


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from page 30 with his request, said he feels blocking residents from accessing public records by limiting them or by implementing the proposed fee structure is undemocratic. “I really don’t have a good feeling about (this),” he said. “I think it is a terrible injustice to non-conflict inquirers of information. This is going to put individuals who don’t have vast resources at a disadvantage. This (public) information is the property of the citizens of Maine.” Doyle said he feels the change in fee

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sive Transportation System website, Cumberland’s population increased 6 percent from 2000, while North Yarmouth’s grew 11 percent. The board’s request to the education commissioner “is step one of many steps” in the process, Hasson said. If the commissioner find the board’s representation is not correct, he would call for formation of a reapportionment committee. That committee would have members from both communities, the Cumberland Town Council, North Yarmouth Board of Selectmen, and a representative from each community on the School Board, according to Jeff Porter,



structure for public records requests would price many people out of being able to ask questions of their government officials. “I believe that in Falmouth at least, the only people who will be able to answer my questions at this point are (Town Manager) Nathan Poore or (Superintendent of Schools) Barbara Powers, at $56 an hour,” he said. “We’re talking quite a bit of money.” In Falmouth, because of the volume of Freedom of Access requests – Doyle alone has submitted hundreds – Poore has been appointed to handle all public records requests.

Doyle said he feels the bill is aimed at stopping him from asking questions. “This has wide-ranging ramifications,” he said. “This is a law being proposed to stop me from asking questions that will impact the entire state, (but) they haven’t been able to intimidate me to stop asking questions.” He added that he has asked the Judiciary Committee to inform him of any public hearings because “I would be up there in a second.” Meyer said she feels the type of limits proposed by Nelson create a “slippery slope” and are a step in the wrong direc-

co-chairman of the board. The committee’s reapportionment plan would have to be approved by the education commissioner. Cumberland representative Vail, who cast the dissenting vote Monday, said it is difficult to get people to run for the School Board, so “there’s no sense in adding an additional member.” Porter said he doubted it would be as challenging this year to find candidates for the board. Board member Jim Bailinson said that in his six years on the panel, “I can’t think of a single vote that has broken down on town lines. ... I think (when) you come on the board, whether you come from Cumberland or North Yarmouth, you are representing the district. You’re trying to

do what’s right for the students and the taxpayers of the district as a whole.” Depending on how quickly the process goes, there is a chance that a vote to add new member could be part of the June election, Hasson said.

Budget cuts

Earlier in Monday’s meeting, a list of cuts that could potentially be made in the fiscal 2014 budget was discussed. The Finance Committee had asked Hasson and Finance Director Scott Poulin to develop the list to show ways next year’s spending plan increase could be reduced from a projected 2.95 percent – maintaining staff and programs at their current levels – to 1 percent. Although Hasson’s proposed budget will not be ready until next month, one

tion. “At some point, once we say that we are going to qualify this part, this method of communication, it is going to be too easy to pile on that,” she said. “I don’t even want to make the first step on that journey without a really definable reason that is backed up by evidence. “The overwhelming feeling on the Right to Know Advisory Committee is that we need some reasons that we can define and hold onto in order to take this enormous step toward confidentiality.” Amber Cronin can be reached at acronin@theforecaster. net or 781-3661 ext. 125. Follow her on Twitter @ croninamber.

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suggested reduction at Greely High School – elimination of industrial technology teacher Kelvin Hasch and that program – drew opposition from many people at the meeting. Among the speakers was Margo Harrington of Cumberland, who pointed out that between 135 and 150 students are involved in the Industrial Arts program. That item was among several that could reduce next year’s budget by nearly $600,000 and reduce the spending plan increase to 1 percent. Hasch’s position, which includes salary, benefits and supplies, costs about $81,500. Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@ Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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