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Vol. 26, No. 8

Durham residents want out of RSU 5 By David Harry DURHAM — Simon says it is time to consider withdrawing from Regional School Unit 5, and more than 250 residents agree. Milton Simon, a member of the town Budget Committee, has submitted 255 signatures asking the Board of Selectmen to initiate the process of separating from RSU 5, which also includes Freeport and Pownal. “I’m saying if the door is open, we ought to look at it,” Simon said about initiating the

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Employee Kate Winn straightens a row of books at The Book Review in Falmouth, one of the local independent book sellers enjoying increasing sales. Donna Williams, owner of The Book Review, said she saw a boost after Borders in South Portland closed last summer.

Local bookstores buck national trend with increased sales By Gillian Graham FALMOUTH — A few years ago Donna Williams didn’t know how long she’d be able to call herself a book seller. “I finally have confidence I’m going to be able to retire as a book seller,” she said

last week in her office at The Book Review, the shelves behind her overflowing with books. Williams said her increased confidence is due to a surge in business after the liquidation of Borders in South Portland last summer and

a particularly busy holiday season. Williams is not alone. The owners of Royal River Books in Yarmouth and Gulf of Maine Books in Brunswick say they, too, have seen See page 26

protracted process that requires two local votes, formation of a local committee to create a withdrawal plan, and approval of the plan by the commissioner of the state Department of Education. Town Clerk Shannon Plourde has certified the signatures, and Board of Selectman Chairman Jeff Wakeman said voters will likely be asked in a June 12 referendum if they want to begin actions to withdraw from the RSU formed in 2009. See page 31

Bill makes it easier to exit consolidated school districts By Emily Guerin AUGUSTA — A bill that would make it easier for towns to withdraw from consolidated school districts is heading to the Maine House of Representatives. The bill is especially relevant now because as of Jan. 1, towns that formed consolidated school districts three years ago are able to begin the withdrawal process. Expensive and time-consuming, it begins with a petition to hold a referendum to start the process. If that passes, a town must produce a study detail-

ing how it will provide for the educational needs of all its students. Once completed, the plan must be approved by the commissioner of the Department of Education and then, after a public hearing, the town would have to approve withdrawal by a two-thirds majority vote. But if LD 1742 becomes law, a town could withdraw with only a simple majority in that final vote. The change would apply to the recently formed regional

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Making their pitch: Hearing could decide fate of proposed soccer complex Freeport resident and former teacher Walter Libby said ribbons on trees marking the site of the proposed Seacoast United Maine athletic complex off Pownal Road do not adequately show the scope of the project and it’s effects on the area west of Interstate 295. “I weigh the needs of our youth highly, but this does not fit in our area,” he said. Index Arts Calendar.................22 Classifieds......................28 Community Calendar......24 Meetings.........................24

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By David Harry FREEPORT — As a landscape, the 15 acres of townowned woods off Pownal Road near the transfer station are quiet this time of year, with little to hear but the sound of snow crunching underfoot. But as a political battlefield, the area is a source of noisy contention. Town councilors could decide next week on a requested zoning change to allow an indoor and outdoor athletic facility on the land. A public hearing on

the zoning change begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 28, at Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St. The request to amend the rural residential zone to create a recreation zone was filed earlier this month by Mike Healy, a Freeport resident who is also a former coach, past president and past board member of Topshambased soccer club Seacoast United Maine. Seacoast United wants to build a 35-foot-tall, 60,000-squarefoot indoor facility and addition-

al outdoor fields. An agreement between the town and the nonprofit youth sports organization would allow Seacoast United to acquire 12.4 acres and lease three acres for $100 annually for 50 years, in exchange for use of the indoor and outdoor fields by Freeport residents. “This is certainly an excellent site given the location,” Healy said, because the complex would be close to Interstate 295 and more convenient for athletes

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INSIDE Obituaries.......................12 Opinion.............................7 Out & About....................23 People & Business.........14

Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................32 School Notebook............21 Sports.............................15

Greely wins first girls’ hockey crown Page 15

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Library users want space, technology Page 3

Yarmouth council OKs Condon path design change Page 4



February 23, 2012

Falmouth school to serve new, healthier lunch menu By Gillian Graham FALMOUTH — When Falmouth Middle School students return from vacation next week they will no longer rush up to the a la carte line to buy a slice or two of pizza for lunch. Instead they’ll be encouraged to buy a full meal and load their trays with whole grains and fresh fruits and vegetables. Martha Poliquin, food service director for the School Department, said the improvements are designed to meet new U.S. Department of Agriculture requirements for school lunches. The new federal requirements were announced in late January by first lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack. The requirements raise standards for the first time in 15 years and are a key component of the Healthy, HungerFree Kids Act signed into law by President Obama. The requirements ensure schools make fruits and vegetables available each day; substantially increase offerings of whole grain foods; offer low-fat and fat-free milk; limit calories based on the age of children; and increase their focus on reducing the amount of saturated fat, trans fat and sodium in meals. Poliquin said changes to the way the middle school serves lunch are based on her

Democratic primary takes shape in Freeport FREEPORT — A three-way Democratic Party primary is shaping up between candidates hoping to replace state Rep. David Webster, D-Freeport, in House District 106. Patrick Norton and Melanie Sachs filed

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Sixth-grader Charlotte Giordano chooses vegetables from the salad bar during lunch at Falmouth Middle School. Next week the school will implement changes in its lunch program to comply with new regulations announced last month by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

observations of how students select food. Instead of buying a full meal with access to the salad bar, students often buy extra pieces of pizza or snack items and skip fruits and vegetables. “I don’t think we’re doing a service for our students when we make it easy to make those kinds of choices,” she said. Students will now choose from a selec-

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retired from the office last fall. Sachs, 42, is a Kelsey Ridge Road resident and social worker who once worked in the Lewiston office of former U.S. Sen. George Mitchell. Sachs has also worked as an educator in Regional School Unit 5. Gideon, Norton and Sachs will face each other in a June 5 primary. No Republican candidates have filed to run, according to the Ethics Commission website. Webster is prohibited from seeking a fifth, consecutive two-year term because of term limits laws.

school students buy school lunch, but she hopes that number will rise as parents and students realize the value of the meal. Principal Sue Palfrey said students will not be surprised by the changes. During the two weeks before vacation, kitchen employees met with each advisory group to explain the changes and answer student questions. Kitchen manager Louise Tammaro said she will help ease the transition by placing menus on each table to remind students of lunch options. She will expand the salad bar to include toppings such as cranberries, blueberries and legumes to encourage students to experiment with healthy foods. Tammaro also tries to introduce students to foods they have never tried before, including legumes and locally-grown vegetables. Recently students seemed to like the rutabaga fries they were served with lunch, she said. The focus on nutrition is nothing new for the middle school, Palfrey said. The school promotes the Let’s Go 5-2-1-0 program, which advocates for five servings of fruit and/or vegetables each day; two hours or less of recreational screen time; one hour of physical activity, and no sugary drinks. Gillian Graham can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @grahamgillian.

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Survey: Falmouth library users want space, technology By Gillian Graham FALMOUTH — A recent survey by the Falmouth Memorial Library Board of Trustees shows residents value the role of the library in the community, but wish it had more space and programs. Julie Rabinowitz, president of the board, said responses from 100 interviews and 200 surveys will help trustees as they address the status of the library, its goals and the challenges it faces. Responses also will be used to identify leadership qualities needed in the library’s next director. The search for a new director is under way. Last year, a $5.65 million plan to create

a community center in the Motz building and convert the former Lunt School into a library was rejected by voters. Many arguments in favor of moving the library centered on the need for more space. Rabinowitz said major themes in survey responses include strong support for and pride in the library, as well as the need for more space and programs. “The survey results overall indicated that people in Falmouth value the library, the services it provides and see it as a place where the community interacts,” Rabinowitz said. “You might go to a meeting there, but in a larger sense, people see friends and

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By Amber Cronin BRUNSWICK — Ever wanted to discover a new star or planet, or get lost in the vastness of the galaxy, or search for alien life? A program organized by Cornerstones of Science, and offered at area libraries, will help you channel your inner Galileo by lending out telescopes. “We are doing this program to get patrons to re-engage with their public libraries,” Cynthia Randall, Cornerstones executive director, said. “We want to be able to connect people with how cool science is on their own terms, in their own back yards. We are trying to get patrons to think of libraries as their local science centers.” Starting in early spring, the Portland Public Library, Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick and Raymond Village Library will have telescopes available for patrons to check out, just as they would books. Political Advertisement

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The program, which is already in place and thriving in New Hampshire, will partner with local astronomy clubs to teach patrons how to use the telescopes. “The local astronomy clubs, who will serve as the caretakers for the telescopes, will come in and host sky gazing parties, sidewalk events and other programs on how to use the telescope and how to look at the night sky,” Randall said. By the end of June, Cornerstones of Science plans to have telescopes in all 22 of its partner libraries across the state, each working with astronomers like Ron Thompson of the Southern Maine Astronomy Society. “I can’t think of a better way for the libraries to reach out to the community and introduce astronomy to folks who wouldn’t continued page 32 Political Advertisement


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neighbors there, and make friends there, and share common interests there, all this in an inter-generational sense,” she continued. “People like that Falmouth has such a place and are proud that it is such a well-used and loved place.” Interim Director Ellen Conway said she was surprised by the number of people who are “looking for more of everything” from the library, but thinks the results are helpful in planning for the future. “It was very encouraging to see the results, because in general we find people do appreciate the library and staff. That’s nice to know,” Conway said. A top response to a survey question about how the library can improve was space. Rabinowitz said the responses were interesting, too. “Spaces was noted as both a plus and a minus for the library,” she said. Conway said every inch of the 10,700-square-foot library is in use, including a kitchen area stacked with boxes of books. She said community space is used daily for meetings by various groups. The lack of space was mentioned by survey respondents who said they would like more meeting space, work space for collaboration and tutoring, “loud” rooms and an area for teens. Conway said the lack of space for teens is well known to staff. “There’s really nowhere else in town for them to go right now, except stay at school,” she said. Youth Services Librarian Will Brown said teens have told him they would like to have

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a comfortable place to gather after school. “We’d like to try to make that space here in the library if we can,” he said. Brown said if space allowed he would start offering more programs for teens. Story times for younger children are already popular and attract as many as 25 children per event, he said. Patrons made clear through the survey that the future of the library involves technology. Residents want a state-of-the-art and cutting-edge facility that balances traditional uses with technology, according to a survey summary prepared for trustees. One respondent said “we like our hardcover book in the evening, our audio book in the car and our e-reader when traveling,” according to the survey summary. Respondents suggested the library provide training for residents on the latest continued page 32

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Yarmouth council OKs Condon path design change By David Harry YARMOUTH — The likely completion date for the Beth Condon Pathway is no earlier than 2014, according to Town Engineer Dan Jellis. But rerouting the path directly under the East Main Street overpass on Route 1 could allow for lower construction costs while also alleviating problems with speeding traffic on southbound Route 1, Jellis said. By a 5-2 vote on Feb. 16, town councilors approved the suggested design change for the extension of the pathway from Exit 17 off Interstate 295 to the Hannaford Bros. shopping plaza. The revision comes with a $25,000 price tag for creating the final plans, money

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shopping plaza. Jellis said he is optimistic the new plan, which creates a raised walkway and dedicated bicycle lane at road level, will be approved by the MDOT. The plan would create 13 feet of raised surface next to the southbound lane on Route 1 and a 5-foot bicycle lane. The new design could prove to be less expensive to build because the path will not be cut into embankments next to Route 1, so stone retaining walls will not be needed for support, Jellis said. At a council workshop earlier this month, he said the final total construction cost

to town and state cost could drop below $400,000, while councilors said they were opposed to spending more than $100,000 of town money for designing and building the path extension. The plans do not affect lanes on northbound Route 1, and councilors said they want to keep dedicated right- and left-turn lanes from southbound Route 1 into the Hannaford Bros. shopping plaza and to Willow Street. The Beth Condon Memorial Pathway now runs from Portland Road along Route 1 and into the center of town before ending near the Hannaford Bros. shopping plaza. David Harry can be reached at 781-3661, ext. 110 or Follow David on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

Bond amount not set for new Yarmouth Public Works facility YARMOUTH — Plans for a new facility for public works equipment maintenance and storage received initial Town Council approval Feb. 16, despite the lack of a final cost estimate for construction. The unanimous vote will lead to a June referendum on a bond to pay for construction on the site of the current facility. Council Chairman Steve Woods said councilors will decide next month on the bond amount. Public Works Director Erik Street was joined by Will Conway, an engineer with Westbrook-based Sebago Technics,

and landscape architect Ryan Senatore, of Portland-based TFH Architects, in presenting sketches and floor plans for the offices, maintenance bays and storage areas to accommodate town and School Department vehicles and equipment. Street has estimated the 20,000square-foot facility could cost between $4.5 million and $5.5 million. The building and storage areas would replace two buildings estimated to be between 40 and 50 years old and expand space used for vehicle maintenance and washing.

The 45-minute presentation and hearing drew little public comment, although David Craig of the town Energy Savings Committee suggested construction plans include wood chip or biomass heating sources instead of liquid propane or natural gas. In expressing his unhappiness about the proposed project, Portland Street resident Ronald Terry said the local tax burden is already too high. “You are spending $5 million to coddle trucks,” Terry said, calling construction plans “infuriating and embarrassing.” — David Harry


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Chebeague Island municipal budget could shrink By Alex Lear CHEBEAGUE ISLAND — The town’s municipal budget could decrease by about $45,000 in fiscal 2013, Town Administrator Eric Dyer said last week. Meanwhile, the school budget could see a small increase, although undesignated funds carried over from the current fiscal year would produce a net budget decrease, Superintendent Alton Hadley said Tuesday. The total fiscal 2012 budget was $2.85 million, including nearly $2 million on the municipal side and almost $886,000 on the school side. Dyer said the town’s goal is to continue to provide the same or better service as in the past, as well as “to try to gain efficiency in what we do, and hopefully at the same time, lower the (property tax) rate.” He said the municipal budget – which includes the operating and capital improvement budgets, as well as debt service and contingency funds – could decrease from nearly $2 million to about $1.95 million. Although the nearly $267,000 capital budget could remain the same next year, Dyer and the Capital Planning and Finance Committee have expressed a desire to put more money into that account, closer to $300,000 in later years. This could happen after some of Chebeague’s debt service has been retired. Some of the town’s anticipated municipal savings next year stem from being able to roll forward unused money for winter road materials, and therefore not having to raise as much in fiscal 2013, Dyer said. He expects the town’s non-property tax revenues to remain at about $400,000 for fiscal 2013. According to preliminary numbers, Hadley said, the gross school budget could increase to about $914,000. But he plans to carry forward more money from the undesignated fund balance than was

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used for fiscal 2012 – nearly $118,000 instead of $74,500 – to offset the increase. With nearly $139,000 from the state – more than $8,400 less than Chebeague received for fiscal 2012 – the net school budget for fiscal 2013 would be almost $660,000, a nearly $5,000 decrease from the current net amount. Last year the town authorized the gradual transition of its elementary students to Yarmouth schools, as opposed to sending them to School Administrative District 51 schools. Hadley credited the gross

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This limited-edition, one-of-a-kind beer is for you, Maine One of the many reasons I The View love Maine is it hasn’t been completely taken over by the mass culture/franchise system. Los Angeles has some good qualities, but the constant barrage of slick consumerism wears you down. Sure, there are still successful unique small businesses, but you have to look for them as you drive by Starbucks, McDonald’s, Lamps Plus, Burger King, Bed Bath & Beyond, Starbucks, Men’s Mike Langworthy Wearhouse, Taco Bell, Starbucks, McDonald’s, Bed Bath & Even Further Beyond. You get the idea. Everything repeats itself over and over, like the background in a Max Fleischer cartoon (obscure reference; worth looking it up. Just sayin’.). Now, because it’s Los Angeles, you can have unique experiences in some of those little businesses. There’s a popular hot dog place, Pink’s. Not the one that’s shaped like a hot dog, and it’s franchised now, but it was a one-off then. Very down market; you eat on picnic tables, and the rich and famous have to stand in line to order their chili dogs and cheese fries with us poor and obscure people. The first time I went there, I had the kind of experience that made Los Angeles intermittently tolerable. I was standing in line; I heard a familiar voice, turned around and saw Kiefer Sutherland. Donald’s son. Jack Bauer on “24.” Two feet away from me. No big deal. I’m not going to lie to you: we made eye contact. That’s right, a famous guy knows I exist. Again, no big deal. He gave me his apprehensive “Please let me buy a dog like a normal person” look. I gave him my “Oh, are you supposed to be somebody? Because I’m still ahead of you in line” look. Later we sat at the same table. I usually don’t relate celebrity sightings because I am not impressed by celebrity. However, I make an exception for people who have saved the free world repeatedly. I’m sure Kiefer Sutherland puts his shoulder holster on one arm at a time just like the rest of us, unaffected by being the offspring of a cultural icon and unscarred by the bullying his parents invited when they albatrossed him with the name “Kiefer.” He was polite. Used a napkin. Not very chatty, but it was still comforting sharing a bench with somebody who could take out a terrorist with a plastic fork, should the need arise. ‘Cause he’s Jack Bauer. OK, maybe I’m a little impressed by celebrity. Forgive the digression. My original point was that in Maine, unique businesses with personalities of their own are more the rule than the exception. I’m sure a lifelong resident would say Maine, or at least Portland, is as corporatized and franchised as anywhere, and maybe it’s headed there. Right now, though, there is a critical mass of more interesting businesses that indicate Mainers are not quite as programmed to be mindless consumers. In most places I’ve lived, it felt like people bought stuff because somebody told them they needed it. Here it seems like there are a lot more people who buy stuff so they can use it. Look at the number of places aimed at selling bicycles to grownups. Portland must have the record for bike shops per capita. In L.A., bike riders travel in packs on expensive racing bikes – hedge fund managers and agents who spend all week working as hard as they can and all weekend “having fun” as hard as they can, in both cases by going around in circles with a lot of other guys dressed just like them. In Portland, the bike riding demographic seems to skew heavily toward people who want to go somewhere. Forest Avenue has a little of everything. There’s a KFC and a Burger King – and a hydroponics store, for people who grow things scientifically as a hobby. Presumably. I may be a little cynical, but I can’t drive by the hydroponics store without thinking of the kid in my college dorm

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who was always bringing grow lights into his room. You know the type: Kept to himself, windows blacked out and walls papered with Reynolds Wrap. Smelled like sweetish smoke and Doritos. I’m sure I’m betraying my age, associating a hydroponics store with what we used to call the counter-culture. For all I know their big customers are lobstermen growing vegetables on their boats. Either way, it’s an interesting business. People go there to get things so they can do other things. A little farther down there’s a brewing supply store, another example of how Mainers are into process as much as results. If all you want is a beer, you can get a six-pack anywhere. If you want something with a little more character, you take advantage of the city ordinance prohibiting a distance exceeding a hundred yards between microbreweries. There are also several non-microbreweries. I’m told they’re known as “breweries” in the trade. Finally, the supply store is next door to a Portland institution that prides itself on selling every beer ever made since the first semi-nomadic tribesman dropped his bread in the barley water by mistake. Clearly, the supply store is not serving the standard beer consumer. Their clientele are aficionados. Micro brewing isn’t enough for them. They’re

nanobrewers. So I think Maine is for producers more than consumers. Hey. Maybe they should put something about that on the big sign at the state line: “Maine. Where People Do Stuff.” In your face, Kiefer Sutherland. Portland resident Mike Langworthy, an attorney, former stand-up comic and longtime television writer, is fascinated by all things Maine. You can reach him at

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Investigative reporting is appreciated I would like to thank Mario Moretto and Emily Guerin for their investigative reporting on area municipalities breaking the laws governing the important right of people to information. Nor should there be any hourly fee for information that belongs to the citizens. Town workers are already well paid, with citizens’ tax dollars, to serve. The most the worker deserves is a $10 tip; that should be law in every state. There seems to be a constant, under-the-radar, chipping away at our Democracy. We all need to wake up and pay attention. Democracy requires constant vigilance by the governed. We are presently in a worrisome state of affairs; our representatives working for corporations and monied individuals, to assure monetary support for their re-elections. If we care about fairness and justice we would seem to be long overdue for a bloodless revolution. How do we do that? Investigative reporting, a rare commodity. Loretta MacKinnon Yarmouth

Count on folks in Freeport, Pownal Since December, we have witnessed the generosity of Freeport and Pownal citizens on repeated occasions. Celebrating Freeport Community Services’ (FCS) mission of neighbor helping neighbor, an increasing number of people have contributed record donations through FCS’s White

Nights Fundraiser and Freeze-Out Food and Fuel Drive. Freeport Community Services runs many programs to serve people in need in Freeport and Pownal, including heating fuel assistance, camp scholarships, The Food Pantry, and more. In a time when so many Mainers are without work, and many working people are unable to make ends meet, these services are increasingly vital. FCS’ Food Pantry serves 263 families each week and this number continues to rise. Just from 2008 to 2011, there has been an average 16 percent increase in the number of families who access this service. Freeport and Pownal residents are contributing in ways beyond just the financial. The number of volunteers at FCS continues to increase to help meet the demand for services. Incredibly, many of the new volunteers are the same people who are struggling and rely upon the services that FCS provides. For them volunteering is a way to complete the circle, to turn around and give help right back. I am honored to be a part of this generous community and to have the privilege of serving Freeport on both the Town Council and the Board of Freeport Community Services. This active community pours energy, enthusiasm and means into positive action to improve the lives of our neighbors. Thank you, Freeport and Pownal. Town Councilor Sara Gideon Freeport

Don’t change Freeport’s landscape A fact sheet on the Seacoast United soccer project is posted on Freeport’s website. It contains misleading information. It appears that the purpose of this document is to somehow substantiate that granting a request from a commercial developer for an amendment to zoning laws that protect our property values is a benefit to the community. The Freeport Planning Board rejected this project last November because it is not consistent with our Comprehensive Plan or zoning laws. There have been numerous public meetings where residents across Freeport have voiced opposition to the project. A public hearing at the Freeport Community Center on Feb. 28 is about granting an amendment to our zoning laws to allow commercial development in a rural residential neighborhood that will change our lives forever. The envi-

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ronmental and economic repercussions will negatively impact the quality of life and property values of West Freeport families forever. A zoning change to allow spot zoning will set a precedent for all our neighborhoods that will last forever. The view from Hedgehog Mountain will be changed forever. The rural land with trails built by Freeport youth and community support known as the Flanders property will be lost forever under the footprint of a 62,500-squarefoot commercial business building. Please attend the public hearing at Freeport Community Center and speak out against changing zoning laws. Please help save our neighborhoods. Lucy Lloyd Freeport

Zoning request is a bad deal for Freeport

Freeport’s Town Council should deny Seacoast United’s new zoning change request. This latest effort to pave the way for the construction of a 62,000-square-foot building is just an effort to get around the planning board’s November ruling that such a building and business don’t belong in the rural/residential neighborhood. Seacoast wants the council to change the zoning on the property they hope to buy on Pownal Road to a “Recreational Zone” to permit the construction of their building and their turf fields. “Recreational Zone” is just a euphemism for commercial use and we have sufficient commercially zoned property available in Freeport for a project such as this. Freeport spent $2.3 million in 2011 to purchase and develop the Hunter Road fields. The goal of the project was to provide outdoor recreation for our children. We do not need a zoning change on that property – the fields are already there for the benefit of our town. The Pownal Road fields were purchased with bond funds approved for outdoor recreation. We should not change that voter intended use to accommodate commercial indoor facilities. Finally, this entire Seacoast Project is a bad deal for the town. We are essentially being asked to give them the land, lease them property for turf fields for practically nothing and get some use out of their building and fields – all this when we just built our own beautiful town fields. Bad Deal. Florence Lusk Freeport

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LePage, Bowen let down public schools The LePage administration’s education agenda, it should come as no surprise to anyone, comes straight out of the ultra-conservative American Legislative Exchange Council playbook, by way of the ultra-conservative Maine Heritage Policy Center, by way of the ultra-conservative Commissioner of Education Stephen Bowen, who is former director of MHPC’s Center The Universal for Education Excellence. The most dramatic proposal of the LePage education agenda, which in an act of Orwellian double-speak is called “An Act to Remove Inequity in the Funding of Certain Schools,” would remove the prohibition against supporting religious schools with public tax dollars. The constitutional prinEdgar Allen Beem ciple of the separation of church and state would seem to preclude funding private religious schools with public tax dollars, but parents in Maine towns without high schools who tuitioned their students into public and private schools were able to use tax money to send their kids to religious schools from 1903 to 1983. So there is precedent for sending tax dollars to religious schools in Maine. But that doesn’t make it a good idea. People who chose to send their children to private schools will often argue that it is not fair for them to have to pay taxes to support public schools from which they derive no benefit. That’s a specious argument. First, everyone in a civil society benefits from a system


Nothing crazy about Ron Paul’s beliefs With regard to our “Crazy Uncle” Ron Paul, if Edgar Allen Beem were nearly as bright and informed as he’d like us to think he is, he would make a case for his “liberal Democrat” brand. But, obviously, the extent to which he has studied the meaning of that phrase is on a par with the depth of study that he has achieved with most of the other subjects that he pontificates and babbles

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of public education. Second, it’s an argument that could be used by anyone who does not have children in school. The reason to oppose “An Act to Remove Inequity in the Funding of Certain Schools,” however, is more political than economic. While most Americans believe in the separation of church and state, the ultra-conservatives who are pressing for public aid to religious schools (and other aspects of the LePage-Bowen educational agenda, such as open school choice) believe in the separation of school and state. It is their ultimate aim to turn education into a business run by churches and corporations. All you really need to know about the new breed of conservative activists is that they are pro-corporation and anti-government. If Mainers approve public funding of religious schools (and open enrollment in the school of your choice), they will lose local control of education. And the last thing we need right now is a plan that will siphon off funding for public schools. Fortunately, the proposal to fund religious schools with our tax dollars isn’t going anywhere. There’s simply no good reason to do it and plenty of reasons not to. What I do see coming after the religious funding act fails, however, is a back-door attempt to do the same thing with tax credits. Eight states already have some form of tuition tax credits. Last year, the U.S. Supreme Court decided in Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization v. Winn that Arizona taxpayers who objected to their state offering tax credits to people who donate to school tuition organizations, which in turn provide scholarships to students who want to attend private or religious schools, have no legal standing and refused to hear the case.

about. Ridicule and sarcasm are the tools of the intellectually bankrupt. It is especially ludicrous that Beem considers himself learned and wise enough to mock and deride Paul, a truly great American. For over a hundred years now some have thought it stylish and sophisticated to express views that seem progressive and to the “left” of the accepted views of the times. The most prominent of those – Lenin, Stalin, Mussolini and Hitler – all insisted that their goals and behavior were devoted to the very notion that Beem presents: “It’s for the public good.”

Chief Justice John Roberts and Justices Anthony Kennedy, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas, and Samuel Alito – the same five conservative activists who decided in Citizens United that corporations are people entitled to spend unlimited amounts of money on negative ads in an attempt to buy American elections – based their decision on the argument that there is a difference between a tax appropriation and a tax credit. “This novel distinction in standing law between appropriations and tax expenditures has as little basis in principle as it has in our precedent,” Justice Elena Kagan wrote in a dissent. “Cash grants and targeted tax breaks are means of accomplishing the same government objective – to provide financial support to select individuals or organizations. Taxpayers who oppose state aid of religion have equal reason to protest whether that aid flows from the one form of subsidy or the other. Either way, the government has financed the religious activity.” I wish I could believe that LePage and Bowen are making a good-faith effort to improve public education in Maine, but I can’t. These are people who have no faith in public education. Citizens United, Arizona Christian School Tuition Organization and now “An Act to Remove Inequity in the Funding of Certain Schools” are part and parcel of the same conservative plan to turn America over to private corporations. All the flag waving and freedom talk is just noise and distraction. Don’t let them take your tax dollars out of our public schools and spend it on their inferior religious schools. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at:

There is nothing in our Constitution about a public good. There is much about our rights to be free. Nothing in the history of the human race is as noble and elegant as the Fourteenth Amendment’s “nor shall any state deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.” There is no doubt as to where Ron Paul stands on this subject. Tom Crotty Freeport

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1/28 at 11:13 p.m. Cheyanne L. Moody, 19, of Denylle Drive, Limington, was issued a summons by Officer Jeffrey Pardue on Route 1 on a charge of minor consuming liquor. 1/28 at 11:13 p.m. Alyssa K. Lamarre, 19, of Dunnel Road, Buxton, was issued a summons by Officer Jeffrey Pardue on Route 1 on a charge of minor consuming liquor. 1/28 at 11:13 p.m. Jessica L. Dunton, 19, of Long Plains Road, Buxton, was issued a summons by Officer Jeffrey Pardue on Route 1 on a charge of minor consuming liquor. 1/28 at 11:13 p.m. Corey St. Pierre, 22, of Route 1, was issued a summons by Officer Jeffrey Pardue on Route 1 on charges of furnishing liquor to a minor and allowing minor to possess or consume liquor. 2/8 at 1:01 p.m. Aaron J. Costa, 18, of Independence Way, was issued a summons by Officer Steven Townsend on Gray Road on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/8 at 1:01 p.m. A 17-year-old male, of Falmouth, was issued a summons by Officer Steven Townsend on Gray Road on a charge of unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/8 at 1:01 p.m. A 17-year-old male, of Falmouth, was issued a summons by Officer

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EMS Falmouth emergency medical services responded to 24 calls from Feb. 10-16.

Freeport Arrests 2/16 at 1:04 p.m. Frederick B. Harlow, 70, of Pleasant Hill Road, was arrested at his home by Officer Brandon Paxton on an outstanding warrant for failing to pay a fine. 2/17 at 12:03 p.m. Jennifer N. Giggey, 30, of Independence Drive, was arrested on Bow Street by Officer Thomas Gabbard on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/19 at 7:21 p.m. Ray A. Morrill, 52, of Carding Machine Road, Bowdoinham, was arrested on Desert Road by Officer Brandon Paxton on a charge of operating under the influence.

Summonses 2/14 at 11:37 a.m. Conner A. Brooks, 21, of Bartlett Street, Lewiston, was issued a summons on Lower Main Street and Varney Road by Officer Brandon Paxton on charges of possession of marijuana and operating a vehicle without a valid insurance certificate. 2/14 at 12:04 p.m. Jonathan M. Ravener, 20, of Bath Road, Bath, was issued a summons on Mallett Drive by Officer Matthew Moorhouse on a charge of transporting liquor as a minor. 2/14 at 2:18 p.m. Clare Flore, 29, of Grant Street, Portland, was issued a summons on Main Street by Officer Matthew Moorhouse on a charge of shoplifting. 2/16 at 2:40 p.m. Michael John Haskell, 48, of High View Drive, New Gloucester, was arrested on Main Street and Library Drive

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Fire calls from previous page by Officer Brandon Paxton on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license. 2/16 at 7:23 p.m. Renae A. Sutherland, 37, of Harpswell Island Road, Harpswell, was arrested at her home by Officer Thomas P. Stanton Jr. on an outstanding warrant. 2/18 at 5:58 p.m. Kelsey Ray Cunliffe, 23, of Allen Pond Road, Greene, was issued a summons on Durham Road and Gay Drive by Officer Jason Bartlett on charges of operating with a suspended or revoked license and speeding 20 to 24 mph over the speed limit.

On the run 2/16 at 10:57 a.m. Police were unable to locate a man seen running on private property on Grant Road. The man was reportedly headed toward Durham and deputies from Androscoggin County assisted in the search.

2/13 at 5:39 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm call on Sligo Road. 2/14 at 10:46 a.m. Alarm call on Newell Road. 2/16 at 1:49 p.m. Alarm call on Main Street. 2/18 at 6:32 p.m. Assisted North Yarmouth Fire Department on a call at Shady Brook Road in North Yarmouth.

EMS Yarmouth emergency services responded to 15 calls from Feb. 13-19.

North Yarmouth Arrests 2/13 at 2:55 p.m. Christy Dawn Neumann, 37, of New Gloucester Road, was arrested on Walnut Hill Road by Deputy Randy Staples on a warrant for another agency.

Summonses No summonses were reported from Feb. 14-20.

On a roll 2/17 at 9:07 p.m. Police could not find skateboarders reported to be trespassing on Main Street.

Fire calls 2/14 at 5:43 p.m. Provided mutual aid to Brunswick Fire Department on call at Moose Trail in Brunswick. 2/17 at 5:55 a.m. Alarm call on Route 1. 2/18 at 5:36 p.m. Water problem on Main Street. 2/19 at 12:26 a.m. Gas leak at Allen and Elmwood roads. 2/19 at 11:03 a.m. Chimney fire on Webster Road.

EMS Freeport emergency medical services responded to nine calls between Feb. 14-20.

Yarmouth Arrests 2/14 at 7:55 a.m. Kellie A. Day, 43, of Bates Street, was arrested on Main Street by Lt. Dean Perry on charges of harassment by telephone and failure to submit to arrest or detention. 2/18 at 10:19 a.m. Tera D. Cooley, 37, of Red Wagon Drive, was arrested at her home by Officer Joshua Robinson on an outstanding warrant for failing to pay a fine.

Summonses 2/15 at 12:14 p.m. Mark O'Neil, of Lakota Drive, Lebanon, was issued a summons on Main Street by Lt. Dean Perry on a charge of driving with an expired inspection sticker.

Fire calls 2/18 at 6 p.m. Assisted Cumberland Fire Department on a call. 2/18 at 6:32 p.m. Chimney fire on Shady Brook Road.

EMS North Yarmouth emergency services responded to four calls from from Feb. 14-20.

Cumberland Arrests 2/10 at 11:59 p.m. Sabrina Bean, 27, of Wild Acres Road, Gray, was arrested by Officer Antonio Ridge on Gray Road on a charge of operating under the influence. 2/12 at 10:57 p.m. James Johnston, 39, of Old Farm Road, Westbrook, was arrested by Officer Chris Woodcock on Gray Road in Gray on a charge of operating under the influence.

Summonses No summonses were reported from Feb. 9-15.

Fire calls 2/11 at 10:47 a.m. Fire alarm sounding on Spears Hill Lane. 2/14 at 6:10 p.m. Fire alarm sounding on Val Halla Road.

EMS Cumberland emergency medical services responded to seven calls from Feb. 10-16.

Chebeague Arrests No arrests or summonses were reported from Feb. 13-20.

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Elsbeth “Beth” Childs Ryder Ames, 82 CUMBERLAND — Elsbeth “Beth” Childs Ryder Ames, 82, died on Feb. 11, a week shy of her 83rd birthday. She born on Feb. 18, 1929, in New Bedford, Mass. to Bertha Florence and Weston Childs Ryder. She graduated from Wareham High School and attended Simmons College. John Ames had the good fortune and good sense to marry her on Sept. 25, 1948 and she proudly raised two sons while her husband served as a career U.S. Army officer. Frequent moves around the country and to Germany and Taiwan gave the young family many adventures that broadened their horizons and cultivated and appreciation of culture and the arts. Ames developed a keen eye for beautiful, unique items to

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Obituaries from previous page North Yarmouth; grandson, Jeremy W. Ames and his wife, Tracy; great grandchildren, Diana Kimball, Alissa S. Ames and Sophia Elsbeth Ames; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her brother, Karl S. Ryder of Hingham, Mass. Family and friends are invited to a casual gathering to celebrate her life at Toddy Brook Golf Course in North Yarmouth from 2 to 4 p.m. on March 25. A graveside service will be held in the spring at Walnut Hill Cemetery. The family wishes to thank the compassionate staff at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough for the comfort and care they provided to Ames. Memorial contributions may be made in her memory to Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, #1, Scarborough, ME 04074 or Skyline Farm, P.O. Box 144, Yarmouth, ME 04096.

Corliss A. Blake, 79 FREEPORT — Corliss A. Blake, 79, died on Feb. 14 at MidCoast Hospital in Brunswick. He was born in East Boothbay on July 3, 1932, to Leroy and Emily Blake. He enjoyed his early years helping his favorite uncle Ken at his sawmill on Adam’s Pond. When WWII broke, his father got a job with Bath Iron Works and the family moved to South Freeport where he lived for most of his life. Blake joined the U.S. Marine Corps during the Korean conflict and became the youngest staff sergeant drill instructor Blake for the Marines. His first wife was a Woman in the Air Force and after they were discharged, they made their way back to Maine with

their first child, Colleen, in tow. He then started his construction career with Gordon Sweetser of Yarmouth. He later began his own business, C.A. Blake Inc., and built custom homes. Several years later he gave up construction because of a medical condition and started Freeport Realty. He and his second wife, Germaine, later partnered with Norman and Patricia Williams and operated the Western Auto Store in Freeport. Blake had a dry sense of humor. He enjoyed travelling, the Red Sox, New England Patriots, volunteering and socializing with the Freeport Elders. He loved wood carving, basket making, card games, puzzles and cooking. His family and friends wish to thank the staff at MidCoast Hosptial for their outstanding skill and compassion. He was predeceased by his parents Leroy and Emily; his first wife, Rachel Blake; brothers Edward and Richard; and sister, Beverly Dodge. Blake is survived by his wife of 33 years, Germaine Sawyer; sons, David Blake and his wife, Lori, of Saco, Arthur Blake and his wife, Laura, of Lyman, and Anthony Blake and his wife, Katrina, of Amissville, Va.; daughters, Colleen Kenyon and her husband, George, of Topsham and Brenda Schilinski and her husband, Paul, of Manassas, Va.; stepchildren, James Sawyer and his wife, Lori, of Freeport, Dale Sawyer of Freeport and Diane Crean and her husband, Sean, of Clifton, Va.; 12 grandchildren; three great grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. A summer interment and memorial service with military honors will take place at the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta. In lieu of flowers donations in Blake’s memory may be made to the Freeport Elders Association, 53 Depot Road, Freeport, ME 04032.

Donna DeWolfe Lucas, 78 FALMOUTH — Donna DeWolfe Lucas, 78, died Feb. 23 in Falmouth surrounded by her family. Born in Lewiston on April 1, 1933, she

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was the daughter of Pauline and Cleon Y. DeWolfe. She graduated from Mechanic Falls High School in 1951 and was the president of her class. She had a great love of music from an early age and played the trombone in her high school marching band. On July 13, 1956 she married Bernard Lucas and they made their home in Falmouth where they raised two daughters. In her life Lucas experienced two things Lucas that many people can only hope to see. First, on her honeymoon she attended her first Major League Baseball game which was a no-hitter at Fenway Park against the White Sox. Then, in May of 1993, she scored a hole-in-one during a Southern Maine Women’s Golf Association State Day. She held many jobs over the years, but her favorite job was that of department manager for Ward Brothers. After 10 years she realized her work was interfering with her golf game and she retired, devoting her time to playing golf. She and her husband were members at Purpoodock Club and enjoyed traveling around the country to courses including Hilton Head, Cape Cod and Palm Springs. During the off-season she enjoyed playing bridge with friends. Lucas loved attending Sea Dogs games as well as going to the annual Picnic and Pops concert where she was famous for giving away her strawberry shortcake. Her family and friends will remember her for her love of cooking, attending her grandchildren’s sporting events and spending time in the sun at the family camp on Tripp Lake. Lucas is survived by her husband of 56 years, Bernie; daughters, Stacie Lucas and her husband, Bryce, of Yarmouth and Shellie Lucas Howe of Poland; her grandchildren, Scott and his wife, Erin, of Nashville, Tenn., Katheryn and her husband, Zach, of Brunswick, Kelsie of Yarmouth, Jared of Auburn and Jamison of Poland.

She was predeceased by her parents and her son-in-law, Brent Howe. Visitation took place on Feb. 18 at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Ln., Yarmouth. Burial will take place at the Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta at a later time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Alzheimer’s Association, 383 U.S. Route 1, Suite 2C, Scarborough, ME 04074.






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Awards Best Lawyers recently named senior partner Gerald Petruccelli as its 2012 Arbitration Lawyer of the Year. This award is based on an in-depth peer-review survey of Maine lawyers as to his legal ability, professionalism and integrity. Michael Martin was also named 2012 Insurance Lawyer of the Year by Best Lawyers. The Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine recently received gifts from the John T. Gorman Foundation and The Robert and Dorothy Goldberg Charitable Foundation. Both of the grants will provide vital support for the museum and theatre’s present and future work to inspire learning through play. Brenda Vitali, communications director for the American Heart Association (AHA) in Maine, recently received the AHA’s Rome Betts Award of Excellence for communications. Recipients of the

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Ski, swim states recap next week Due to space and timing issues, we’ll recap in detail the swimming and skiing state championships in next week’s edition.

Greely wins first girls’ hockey crown By Michael Hoffer Forecaster Country was the center of the girls’ hockey world this winter and fittingly, two neighboring schools, Falmouth and Greely, did battle with the hardware on the line. The Yachtsmen were the team to beat all season, winning their first 16 games, finishing the regular year 17-1 and earning the top seed in the West Region. After a 6-3 semifinal round win over Portland (behind four goals from senior standout Megan Fortier), Falmouth took care of York in the regional final last Wednesday. Midway through the first period, Fortier gave the Yachtsmen the only goal they needed when she took a pass from junior Abby Payson and rocketed a shot top shelf past the Wildcats’ goalie. With 2:35 to go in the first, junior Jayde Bazinet made it 2-0 with a rebound goal on the power play. Late in the second period, Fortier scored again, with Falmouth playing two-men up. Senior Moie Aaskov and junior Gabby St. Angelo had assists. Fortier iced it on a rebound goal with 1:19 remaining in regulation and the Yachtsmen won, 4-0. As for the Rangers, they started the season with five straight shutout wins, but struggled down the stretch, losing to Leavitt (for a second time), Falmouth (for a second time) and York before rallying to beat Portland in overtime to finish 13-5, good for second in the East Region. Greely edged No. 3 Leavitt/EL, 1-0, in the semifinals, then, in the regional final, turned up an offensive onslaught against top-ranked Brunswick that would continue into Saturday. The Rangers went up 2-0 after one period on a power play goal from sophomore Sarah Kurland and another from junior Chelsey Andrews. “Our passes were really connecting and the energy was so good,” Kurland said. “We were supporting each other, crashing the net, getting rebounds, it was a really fun game to play.” “The power play has not been great lately, so it was nice to be successful,” said Greely coach Nate Guerin. “We simplified it, it’s not a two minute vacation, it’s time to get to work, and step

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Explosive Falmouth senior Megan Fortier was held in check by the Greely defense in the teams’ state championship game Saturday night. Fortier scored just once as the Rangers went on to a 7-1 win.

up and play extra hard.” Early in the second, Kurland scored a shorthanded goal and it was 3-0 Rangers. “I just grabbed the puck and went to the backhand, I think it was the first ever backhand goal, I have ever gotten,” Kurland said. After Brunswick scored successive goals to make things

interesting, Greely got some breathing room late in the second period when senior CeCi Hodgkins scored on the power play (the Rangers were 3-for-4 on the night), set up by junior Etta Copenhagen. Copenhagen recorded her first goal at the 7:24 mark of the third period with an unassisted effort. She scored again

When the final horn sounded, the Greely girls’ hockey team celebrated en masse its first ever state title.

at the 9:05 mark, with senior captain Halley Taylor setting the goal up. Twenty-six seconds later, Kurland completed the hat trick with Taylor picking up the assist, wrapping up the surprisingly easy 7-2 win. “Brunswick is a really good team,” said Kurland. “We work hard every time we play them and it really pumps us up.”

“Tonight I think it was a couple of bounces that went in our favor, whether it was us getting a goal or (Brunswick) nearly missing one,”added Guerin. “For whatever reason every time they grabbed a little momentum, we were able to fend them off and get back on top.”

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Greely girls runner-up at Class B track states (Ed. Note: For additional photos from this meet, see the web version of this story at By Michael Hoffer While they fell short of team state titles, the Falmouth and Greely indoor track powerhouses had another solid day at the Class B championship meet Monday at Bates College in Lewiston. The Greely girls had the best performance, tallying 73.40 points to finish second to Waterville (118). Falmouth (9 points) came in 15th and Freeport (3) tied Foxcroft Academy, McAuley and York for 23rd place. The Rangers won the 3,200 relay, as Sarah Fitch, Julia Mitiguy, Melissa Jacques and Jessica Wilson had a time of 10 minutes, 8.90 seconds. Catherine Fellows was tops in the shot put (33 feet, 4.5 inches). Cassidy Storey (32-9.75) was third in that event and Lindsay Steinberg (31-7.5) placed fourth. Kirstin Sandreuter was second to Waterville’s record-setting Bethanie Brown in the mile

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Freeport’s Harrison Stivers races toward a third-place finish in the 400 at Monday’s Class B state championships.

(5:10.23). She was also runnerup to Brown in the two-mile (11:10.92). Emily Saunders finished third in the triple jump (34-8.75) and Kaley Sawyer (who was fifth in the triple jump, 34-00.25) tied teammate Kelsey Saunders and three others for third in the high jump

(4-10). Jacques was also seventh in the 800 (2:33.37). “The girls’ team performed well,” said Greely coach John Folan. “We had a couple of mishaps, but a lot of breakout performances as well. Kirstin’s mile and two-mile were terrific. The jump trio of Kelsey, Kaley

and Emily put together some excellent and timely efforts. Freshman Hannah Kiesman continued her development in the hurdles with a fifth place finish (9.21 seconds). Catherine, Cassidy and Lindsay were outstanding as always in the shot. The meet started off well with a stirring win by Sarah, Julia, Melissa and Jess, earning a hard-fought battle over Waterville in the 4x800 relay. Jess also doubled with a fourth in the 800 (2:28.74). Waterville, however, with their awesome depth, especially in the sprints and hurdles, was not to be denied and deserved their championship.” For Falmouth, individual points came from Madeline Roberts, who was sixth in the mile (11:58.06). The Yachtsmen were fourth in the 3,200 relay (Cassie Darrow, Molly Paris, Hayley Simmons and Roberts, 10:57.22) and fifth in the 800 relay (Emily Rand, Maggie Seitz, Charlotte Cutshall and Sarah Sparks, 1:55.28).

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Falmouth, Yarmouth boys advance; Greely stunned


Falmouth senior Jack Cooleen was superb Saturday in the Yachtsmen’s Western B quarterfinal struggle with Poland. Cooleen had a game-high 26 points as top-ranked, undefeated Falmouth advanced, 55-47.

(Ed. Note: For the full version of the Falmouth-Poland and Yarmouth-Lincoln Academy game stories, with additional photos and detailed box scores, please visit By Michael Hoffer The start of the 2012 boys’ basketball tournament proved to be exciting and shocking for local teams. The festivities began last Tuesday with the Western Class B preliminary round, where sixth-ranked Greely, which appeared poised to make a deep tournament run, was shocked by No. 11 Lincoln Academy, 55-54, on a buzzer beater. When the action moved to the Portland Exposition Building for quarterfinal round action Saturday, top-ranked Falmouth got a mighty scare from No. 9 Poland, but as it has done all winter, found a way to make the key plays down the stretch and advanced, 55-47, to set up a semifinal showdown with York Thursday.

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Yarmouth, ranked third, ended Lincoln’s Cinderella run in quick fashion, racing to a 27-4 first quarter lead en route to a 77-35 domination. The Clippers earned a trip to the semifinals for the second year in a row and will square off against Spruce Mountain Thursday.

Shocker Greely was red-hot at the end of the season, overcoming a 4-4 start with a 9-1 finish to earn the No. 6 seed. The past couple years, that ranking would have sent the Rangers directly to the Expo, but with two-thirds of the teams in the region qualifying for the playoffs this year (as opposed to 50 percent), Greely had to host Lincoln Academy in a prelim, which most felt would result in a victory. The teams don’t play in the regular season. the Rangers last played (and beat) the Eagles in the 1994 quarterfinals. This time around, it didn’t happen, even though Greely led most of the way. The Rangers, who never trailed, at least for 31 minutes, 59 -plus seconds, were up four after one period and at halftime and pushed the lead to seven entering the fourth, but Lincoln Academy never gave up and drew within two late. It came down to a final possession where the Eagles had an initial shot blocked, but the rebound came to Jalen Lincoln, who calmly hit a 3-pointer with less than a second to go. Before Greely could call timeout, the clock expired and the Rangers’ season had come to a stunning end at 13-6. “Lincoln played very well,” said Greely coach Ken Marks. “The kid hit a great shot. You have to give him credit. I thought they handled our pressure.

We certainly played into their hands all game. Their second half pressure affected us. I don’t think we overlooked them. They just played well. We had missed opportunities. We only made 3-of-8 free throws in the fourth quarter and we had a bunch of 50-50 balls the kids didn’t get. “Funny things happen in the tournament. A prelim has a different feel. I thought we were playing well going in. It was frustrating.” The Rangers will graduate nine players, including their backcourt. They do return sophomores Michael McDevitt and Bailey Train and will build from there into what should once again be a top contender. “Hopefully we’ll be back to where we were this year,” Marks said.


Falmouth certainly hasn’t been boring this year while winning all of its games. The Yachtsmen were tested on numerous occasions and even went to overtime thrice, but found a way to emerge victorious 18 times, earning the top seed in the region in the process. Saturday afternoon, Falmouth took on No. 9 Poland, a squad much better than its seed, in the quarterfinals. The Yachtsmen handled the Knights twice in the regular season, but Poland had gotten healthy and would give Falmouth a scare in the teams’ first playoff encounter. It didn’t look that way when the Yachtsmen, behind senior Jack Cooleen, roared to a 16-0 lead in the first quarter. The Knights slowly came back and drew even early in the fourth quarter. After

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Yarmouth survives preliminary round, joins Greely in quarterfinals (Ed. Note: The Greely-Wells and Yarmouth-Lake Region games were played after our print deadline. For those game stories, as well as the Falmouth-Yarmouth game story, please visit By Michael Hoffer A playoff regular, Greely, was joined by a program that hasn’t been much of a factor the past five years, Yarmouth, at the Portland Expo for the Western Class B girls’ basketball quarterfinal round Tuesday. Falmouth, Freeport and North Yarmouth Academy weren’t as fortunate, as each was eliminated in the preliminary round. Greely, under new coach Kim Hilbrich, has been the top local team all winter, enjoying win streaks of five-, four- and six-games en route to a 15-3 mark. The Rangers learned last Wednesday that their quarterfinal foe would be No. 6 Wells (145), a team visiting Greely lost to back on Dec. 9 in the opener, 49-43. The last time the Rangers met the Warriors in the postseason was 10 years ago in the quarterfinals (a 49-37 Wells upset win). If Greely was able to advance, it will likely face second-ranked York (14-4) in Thursday’s semifinals (3 p.m., at the Cumberland County Civic Center). The Rangers finally ended a nine-game losing streak to the Wildcats, their nemesis, 43-41, at home on Dec. 13, then lost at York, 4030, Jan. 24. Greely and York have played seven previous times in the playoffs, with the Wildcats leading, 4-3. York has beaten Greely in each of the past three tournaments: 49-30 in the 2009 regional final, 50-38 in the 2010 regional final and 46-15 in last year’s semifinal round. Yarmouth last won a playoff game in 2005, the year the Clippers reached the state final for the only time in program history. The last time Yarmouth made it to the quarterfinals was 2006. Since then, the Clippers have struggled, but this winter, under new coach Jay Lowery, they’ve returned to form and behind the excellence of senior Morgan Cahill and an ever-improving supporting cast, Yarmouth finished 8-10 and earned the No. 8 seed in Western B, allowing it to host No. 9 Falmouth (9-9 in the regular season) in the preliminary round last Wednesday. The teams split in the regular season, each winning on the road. In just the second ever playoff meeting between the rival schools (and first since 2001), the Clippers took the lead midway through the first period and never looked back as Cahill, despite having two defenders draped over her for almost 32 minutes, went off for 22 points. Cahill had plenty of help, especially from her sister, sophomore Sean Cahill,

who scored 14 points, creating a dynamic post tandem that was simply unstoppable and Yarmouth gradually pulled away for a 53-33 triumph to advance. “It was scary, but we came in with a lot of confidence,” said Sean Cahill.” Our coach set up new plays for us for Morgan to get open and for us to get it inside.” “I think we were really excited for it,” said Morgan Cahill. “I have to hand it to my teammates. They stepped it up. The points were more even today.” “We’ve come a long way,” added Lowery. “I’m really happy for these kids. They run the floor hard.” The Clippers advanced to meet topranked Lake Region (16-2) in the quarterfinals. Yarmouth suffered its worst loss of the season at the hands of the Lakers (67-25 on the road in the second game of the year, Dec. 13). The Clippers beat the Lakers in the 2002 quarterfinals, 2004 quarterfinals and in the 2005 regional final. Lake Region beat Yarmouth in the 2006 quarterfinals. The Clippers will be viewed as a heavy underdog Tuesday, but anything’s possible with this group of believers. “I think everything ‘s different,” said Morgan Cahill. “We’ve come so far. We’ll come with a lot of intensity and we’re really excited for it. We didn’t know where things would go, but everything from today on is a big deal for us. The Expo’s been the goal since Day One.” “I feel confident,” Lowery said. “I think we may surprise.” As for Falmouth, it’s injury-plagued season ended at 9-10. The Yachtsmen had a lot of close calls. “I’m quite proud of these kids,” Falmouth coach Mari Warner said. “There’s been a lot of adversity we had to overcome. I can’t say enough about this group. They’re very loyal and they’re hard working. We can go back and look at a lot. We could have won against Lake Region. Wells at home was a one-point game. York at home was a twopoint game. There’s a lot we could have done differently, but we’re quite proud of

what we’re developing.” The Yachtsmen graduate five seniors, but return solid solid younger players and should be right in the thick of things next winter. “We lose key seniors, but we also have some youth,” Warner said. Like Yarmouth, Freeport had a bounceback season in 2011-12, winning half its games, but the Falcons finished 11th in Western B and had to go to No. 6 Wells for a prelim last week. Freeport lost twice to the Warriors in the regular season and the third time wouldn’t prove to be a charm. Wells took the early lead and even though the Falcons held tough, thanks to 16 points from sophomore Nina Davenport, the Warriors pulled away late to win, 50-33, ending Freeport’s year at 9-10. In Western C, NYA, after a 9-9 campaign, also placed 11th and had to go to sixth-ranked Mt. Abram for its prelim. In the teams’ first ever meeting, the Panthers fell behind 10-2 after one quarter and 30-6 at halftime. Despite a better second half, NYA went down to a 52-35 defeat. Senior Morgan Scully had a team-high 19 points. Sophomore Charlotte Esancy added 13, as the Panthers finished 9-10. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Track from page 15 “The girls ran hard and finished about where we expected,” said Yachtsmen coach Jorma Kurry. “Madeline had a nice twomile and our relays earned some points as well. We’ll have most of those girls back next year and will look to move up in the standings.” Ciera Wentworth’s fifth-place finish in the mile (5:45.87) accounted for Freeport’s points. In the boys’ meet, York took first with 67.50 points. Waterville (56.50) came in

second, while Falmouth (52) finished third and Greely (49) fourth. Freeport (14 points) came in 12th. North Yarmouth Academy and Yarmouth tied for 14th place with 12 points. The Yachtsmen got wins from Reid Pryzant in the 55 hurdles (8.1) and from its 800 relay team (Jacob Buhelt, Andrew Murry, Hudson Carr and Mike Caswell, 1:38.11). The 3,200 relay team of Tristan Tucker, Henry Briggs, Azad Jalali and Thomas Edmonds was second to York (8:51.88). Buhelt was second in the 200 (23.38) and fourth in the 55 (6.83). Pryzant placed third in the long jump (19-10.5). Edmonds

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finished fourth in the mile (4:38.44). Jalali was sixth in the 800 (2:04.56). “It was a tough meet for us,” said Kurry. “We had hoped to be healthier, but were missing several key guys. The team stepped up and ran well, especially our short-handed 4x200 team at the end. We called on two boys who had not run on our ‘A’ relay all season, Hudson and Mike, and both put out great efforts to combine with Jacob and Andrew for the win. Reid and Jacob ran well in their individual races. Thomas and Azad had very good individual races in addition to the 4x800 with Tristan and Henry.” York was just too deep for us and Waterville had a great day to edge us out for second.” The Rangers saw Nestor Taylor win the 800 (2:01.42) and Mike Leeman take the long jump (21-1.75). In the mile, Liam Campbell was runnerup (4:36.93) and Stefan Sandreuter placed third (4:38.24). James Ferrar was fourth in the shot put (41-11.5). Eric Storey finished fourth in the pole vault (10-6). Campbell also finished fourth in the 800 (2:04.28). Sandreuter was fifth in the two-mile (10:23.19). “When I think about our team goal for the boys from last November, to finish in the top 10 in states, as this was to be very much of a rebuilding year, the fourth-place result in the state meet was most gratifying,” Folan said. “In fact, we were just a small mental error of our own and an uncalled possible relay interference against us from scoring a bit higher. This meet was a case of a small number of athletes doing significant damage. Liam and Stefan were excellent in the distance races, as was Nestor in the 800. Eric and James continued their surprising development. Mike improved his effort 2.5 feet in the long jump to win the event out of the 10th seed. Overall, it was a satisfying end to a good year.” Freeport was paced by Harrison Stivers,

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who was third in the 400 (52.90), and Taylor Saucier, who was fifth in both the 800 (2:04.51) and the mile (4:38.55). Saucier and Stivers combined with Thomas Dodge and Zach Greene to finish sixth in the 800 relay (1:40.89). NYA got a third-place finish from Alex Coffin in the 800 (2:03.94) and a third-place shot put showing from Cam Rayder (44-7). For Yarmouth, Ben Decker was third in the two-mile (10:08.97). Anders Overhaug was seventh in the long jump (19-4.75). Lucas Davis, Dennis Erving, Chandler Smith and Overhaug combined to produce a fourth-place 800 relay team (1:40.23).

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Boys basketball from page 16 Falmouth senior Matt Kingry made a heads-up defensive play to deny what might have been a go-ahead layup, the Yachtsmen took the lead back for good when senior Matt Packard hit a leaner. Junior Grant Burfeind added a 3-ball for a little breathing room and Falmouth managed to hold on, 55-47, behind 26 points and 10 rebounds from Cooleen and 12 points from Packard. “Coach told us the first game’s always the hardest,” said Kingry. “We came out and got too comfortable, up 16-0. We need to know when to keep up the intensity and close out a game early.” “It’s good we had so many close games this year” Cooleen said. “We know what to do in the situations at the end of the fourth quarter to score points, keep possession or avoid fouls.” “With these kids, it’s another night at the office,” added Falmouth coach Dave Halligan. “They work hard. We’re not the most talented or athletic group, but we play pretty well together at crunch time. If you take the (19-0 record) away, we’re just a good team. If we play well, we’ll be successful. If we don’t, we won’t be successful. They’re great kids. They work hard in practice and leave it on the floor. I’m pleased with what we’re doing and how we’re doing it.” Falmouth’s road is about to get much tougher when it squares off with fourth-ranked York (15-4 after a win over Leavitt Saturday) in the semifinals Thursday at 7:30 p.m., at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The Yachtsmen managed to win both meetings with the Wildcats this winter, although neither came easily. Falmouth has only played York once before in the postseason, a 59-49 win in the quarterfinals two years ago. The Yachtsmen know that win No. 20 won’t come easily, but they wouldn’t have it any other way. “We still don’t feel like we have the bulls-eye (as the favorite), which is good,” Kingry said. “It’s good to still have a chip on our shoulder. We still feel like we have nothing to lose.” “It’s going to be a good matchup,” Packard said. “York has good runs in them. We have to play like we have a chip on our shoulder. We still don’t have any respect. At the beginning of the year, no one would have given us any chance against York. Now, at 19-0, they still don’t respect us.” “I expect a battle” Halligan added. “I still think (York’s) one of the best teams


Yarmouth freshman Adam LaBrie cuts through two defenders before scooping a shot during the Clippers’ 77-35 domination of Lincoln Academy in a Western B quarterfinal Saturday.

in the state. Our roles could easily be reversed. If we do the little things, the big things will take care of themselves. Little things make a big difference. That’s what we’ve been doing all year. We could as easily be 12-7 as 19-0. We’re 1-0 now, focusing on the next game.”

Dominance Yarmouth ended all doubt in its quarterfinal by the end of the first period. The Clippers, who lost only four times (by a grand total of nine points) in the regular season, avoided Greely, which would have been a very tough matchup, and broke Lincoln’s spirit quickly, forcing 21 first quarter turnovers. Senior Chris Knaub hit a 3 to get things going, senior Josh Britten (who led all scorers with 22 points) and sophomore David Murphy (off the bench) converted several layups after steals and it was 27-4 Yarmouth after eight minutes. The Clippers’ lead ballooned to 54-12 at halftime and they never looked back, winning 77-35. Murphy finished with 15 points, Knaub had 13 and Yarmouth benefited from 40 Eagles’ turnovers. “We came out flying at the beginning,” said Murphy. “Josh and (senior) Sam (Torres) and Chris found me for streaking layups. We practiced a lot of press this week and worked on our conditioning so we could press them the whole half. Coach told us to come out flying and not lay back.” “That’s what we practice,” said Knaub. “We fly around the court, buzz around and get what we can. That’s what we

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have to do. Get the ball and go.” “(The Eagles) had a great win at Greely and had momentum so we wanted to take them out of the game with our defense,” Britten said. “It’s our bread and butter. If we came out flying we’d be ready to play. We want five guys flying around the court. As long we’re moving, it’s great.” “We couldn’t ask for a better start,” added Yarmouth coach Adam Smith. “Our focus all year was to play well, get better and focus on that first game of the tournament and make a tourney run. We’ll give that kind of effort every night and look forward to doing that again Thursday.” After 34 years with no trips to the semifinals, Yarmouth will take part in that round for the third time in five seasons Thursday at 9 p.m., when it squares off with Spruce Mountain (18-1 after it beat Wells in its quarterfinal).

Girls hockey from page 15 Senior goalie Emma Seymour picked up the win, stopping 14 shots. “She’s super focused,” Guerin said, of Seymour. “When she’s on her game she’s very tough to beat.” That set up a Falmouth-Greely state game showdown Saturday evening at the Colisee in Lewiston. Once again, the Rangers’ explosive attack proved unstoppable, while the defense and Seymour held Fortier in check. Appts. & Walk-Ins Welcome

The Clippers didn’t face the newlycreated Phoenix (a combination of the former Jay and Livermore Falls High Schools) this winter. Thursday will mark the teams’ first postseason meeting. “We still have to focus and get ready for Thursday,” Murphy said. “We’re peaking right now. We’re making shots, working as a team. That’s all you can ask for.” “(Spruce Mountain’s) a physical team,” Smith added. “Not unlike what we face every night in the Western Maine Conference. It will be a grind every trip. I suspect it will be more of a halfcourt game, although we’ll try to make it a fast paced game.” The Western B Final is Saturday at the Civic Center. The Class B state final is Friday, March 2 in Bangor. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

Greely got a boost heading into the state game when injured junior tri-captain Paige Tuller and classmate Meg Finlay returned to the roster, having missed time for mono and a knee injury, respectively. Just six minutes into the game, it looked like it was going to be the Rangers’ night, as Kurland took a shot at the cage with no angle at all. Despite being essentially parallel with the goal line, the puck snuck past Falmouth freshman goalie Kirsten Mazur and it was 1-0 Greely. Freshman Mary Morrison got the assist.

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Roundup Boys’ hockey regular season winding down The boys’ hockey regular season is wrapping up and all three local teams will be factors in the upcoming playoffs. In Western A, Falmouth began the week 11-4-1 and second to defending state champion Thornton Academy in the Heal Points standings. The Yachtsmen enjoyed wins at Biddeford (8-4) and St. Dom’s (3-2) last week. They hosted Greely Monday and close at home Thursday vs. Scarborough. In Western B, Greely remains first at 11-3-2. The Rangers were 3-1 home winners over Messalonskee Saturday. After facing Falmouth Monday,

Girls hockey from page 19 Five minutes later, senior Hodgkins was in the right place at the right time in front of the net to make it 2-0, assisted by Tuller. Then, 21 seconds later, Kurland put in a shot from point-blank range after some commotion and ricochets near the crease. Just like that, it was 3-0 Greely. Copenhagen and junior Chelsey Andrews were credited with the assists. “The plan is always to score early, sometimes it happens and sometimes it doesn’t,” said Guerin. “To get a lucky bounce like that kind of set the tone and we got a couple lucky bounces de-

Greely closes at rival Cape Elizabeth Thursday. Yarmouth began the week 10-51 and fifth in the Heals after an 8-1 home win over Leavitt and a 4-3 overtime home loss to York last week. The Clippers hosted Gardiner Monday and finished at Camden Hills Wednesday.

Portland Porpoises compete in Massachusetts Thirty-six Portland Porpoises traveled to Massachusetts to participate in the North Shore Swim Club Blizzard Classic meet Jan. 27-29. There were many fantastic swims, many best times, state meet fensively that really helped. Hard work makes you lucky.” Falmouth was stunned. During the regular season, it had defeated Greely twice by 4-1 scores. “I think it gave Greely a boost of confidence knowing that two of their top players were back in the game,” said Yachtsmen coach Rob Carrier. “I didn’t do a good job preparing the girls for the game. They worked hard and executed the systems, I just didn’t have them mentally ready to go out there and face such a talented team.” The second period was also dominated by the Rangers. Fortier had a good looking one-on-one chance with Seymour early in the pe-

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Hartman leaves Yarmouth for Portland Yarmouth High football coach Jim Hartman is leaving the program to become the new coach at Portland High School. Hartman was the coach when the Clippers became a varsity program in 2007 and guided them to the past two Class C state titles and 24 straight victories. Hartman, a Portland resident, said that being close to riod, but the goalkeeper stuffed it. Two minutes later, on a Greely power play, junior Monica Howland scored from the left side, assisted by Hodgkins, making it 4-0. Later in the period, after an pair of penalties from both squads, Copenhagen went top shelf unassisted to push the lead to 5-0. Less than a minute later, Fortier finally was able to execute successfully and maneuver around a defender while controlling the puck. She got up close to the cage and shot it top shelf left side for Seymour’s one blemish on the game. That made it 5-1. Sophomore Alyse Bazinet got the assist. For the most part, Fortier was held in check on the night. “I saw her (Fortier) trying to will this team back into the game,” said Carrier. “We didn’t have the seeing-eye pucks that we were used to getting during the season. That’s a credit to Emma Seymour in the net and the way Greely plays defense.” “We just worked on trying to funnel (Fortier) up the boards and kind of give her one option and keep her out of the middle as best as we could,” said Guerin. “The girls really did a great job of forcing her wide.” Greely still had more scoring in store for the second period. Howland had an easy put in from close range on the right side after some passing around the net. Tuller and Finlay recorded assists as the Rangers went up 6-1 with 29 seconds

left. Early in the third period, Copenhagen got a lucky bounce off her shin pad as Mazur (19 saves) tried to clear the puck from the zone. Greely was short-handed, but Copenhagen quickly took it back at Mazur and scored top shelf to make it 7-1 with 12:39 left in the game, ending the scoring on the evening. The Rangers soon ran out the clock and celebrated their championship. “My team is the best team ever,” said Kurland. “I think this is the best I’ve seen us play. It was just a great game.” “We just went into this game thinking ‘no excuses, no regrets’ and we wanted to make history,” Copenhagen said. “It’s a great feeling.” Kurland, Howland and Copenhagen all scored twice. Hodgkins had the other goal. Tuller had two assists and Finlay had one. Seymour rose to the occasion as well, stifling virtually all of Falmouth’s scoring opportunities while recording 28 saves. “It’s the best feeling in the world,” said Seymour. “I can’t describe the feeling right now.” “We played together, it’s just awesome,” said Tuller. “We just never gave up.” “Our girls played incredibly hard,” added Guerin. “We were trying to work hard all over the ice and they showed it.”

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Greater Portland Calls for Art Cape Elizabeth Land Trust is looking for submissions for “Paint for Preservation 2012,” its annual juried wet paint auction. Deadline for submissions is March 28; samples should be submitted on CD or via e-mail; form/instructions at

Comedy What’s so Funny? You Are! Comedy Workshop, teen and adult workshops available, to register 650-7711 or ferrellcomedy@gmail. com.

Film Wednesday 2/22

Books & Authors

Winter Documentary Series presentation of “The Learning,” 5:30 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

Friday 2/24

Thursday 2/23

June O’Donal to speak about “The Fryeburg Chronicles: Book 1-The Amazing Grace 1765-1784,” Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

Oscar Nominated Short Films: Animation, 7 p.m., $8, SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600.

Saturday 2/25

Oscar Nominated Short Films: Live Action, 7 p.m., $8, SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600.

Longfellow & The Bull: The Poet and Virtuoso, 1 p.m., Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822.

Sunday 2/26 Russian Literature Workshop, 2 p.m., Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, 883-4723 option 5.

Friday 3/2 ”Raising Rufus” Book Talk with author Carla Maria Verdino Sullwold,” 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 8711700.

Saturday 2/25

Thursday 3/1 ”The Prep School Negro,” 6 p.m., Ludcke Auditorium, UNE Portland, 719 Stevens Ave., Portland, 7816321.

Galleries Invitational Portland Show, Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland, Mon.-Fri. 10 a.m.-5:30 p.m., Sat. 10 am.-5 p.m., 772-2693. ”Out of the Blue,” runs through April 1, Coffee By Design, 67 India St. and 620 Congress St., Portland, 879-1140.

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”Searching for ME,” runs through March 1, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

Friday 2/24 Acrylic Painting Demonstration, 7 p.m., free, Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St., Portland, 4096617.

Thursday 3/1 ”Portraits” by Sally Dennison and Mat Thorne, 5-8 p.m., runs through April 1, Addison Woolley Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland, 317-6721.

Friday 3/2

”Making faces:” Photographic Portraits of Actors and Artists, through April 8, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148 or

Thursday 2/23 Edgar Degas: The Private Expressionist, on display through May 28, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148.

Music Thursday 2/23 Nathan Kolosko, 12:15 p.m., First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, 775-3356.

Friday 2/24 Joan Osborne, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., $35, 761-1757.

”A Year of New Work” by Neil Wyrick, 5-8 p.m., Harmon’s & Barton’s, 584 Congress St., Portland, 774-5948.

The Milkman’s Union, 8:30 p.m., SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, $8 advance/$10 door,

”Madness Immemorial:” A Tribute to H.P. Lovecraft, 5-8 p.m., runs through March, The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St., Portland, 253-6808.

Saturday 2/25 Clarinetist Dave Bennett, 7:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 389 Congress St., Portland, $20-$65, 842-0800 or

”New Drawings” by Amy Ray, 5-8 p.m., runs through March 31, 3 Fish Gallery, 377 Cumberland Ave., Portland, 712-1097.

Steve Grover, 7:30 p.m., Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland, $15, 8281310.

”Print/Counter Print,” 5-8 p.m., runs through March 31, Rose Contemporary Gallery, 492 Congress St., Portland, 272-5598.

Sunday 2/26

Saturday 3/3 Richard Boyd Gallery Grand Reopening, featuring a retrospective exhibit of 20th century Peaks Island art, Richard Boyd Gallery, Peaks Island, 712-1097.

Cumberland Town Council Meeting Monday, February 27, 2012 6:00 p.m. Workshop 7:00 p.m. Call to Order The Cumberland Town Council will hold a Workshop at 6:00 p.m. re: Small Brook Crossing Silent Second Mortgage, and their regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 27, 2012, in the Town Council Chambers. An opportunity for public comment will be provided. The following items will receive a public hearing: • To consider and act on a tax abatement request for property located at 28 Pine Lane for taxes paid in FY’10 and FY’11. • To send to the Planning Board for a Public Hearing and recommendation, amendments to the Contract Zone Agreement for Small Brook Crossing. • To consider and act on a Mass Gathering Permit for a Boys Lacrosse Jamboree to be held at Twin Brook on May 5th from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • To consider and act on a Mass Gathering Permit for a Girls Lacrosse Round Robin to be held at Twin Brook on June 2nd from 8:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. • To consider and act on a request for setback overlay zone District 2 expansion to include property located at 145 Foreside Road. • To set a Public Hearing date (March 12th) to consider and act on a Victualer’s License, Class I Liquor License, Special Amusement Permit, and Auxiliary Mobile Golf Cart License for Rachel’s on The Green at Val Halla, for the period of April 2012 – April 2013. • Town Manager’s FY’13 budget presentation. EXECUTIVE SESSION: pursuant to 1 M.R.S.A., § 405 (6)(C) re: real property acquisition. Additional agenda items may receive consideration and action. Please refer to the town’s website: for a complete agenda.

Singing for scholarships

Rossini Club Concert, 3 p.m., Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, $10/$5 seniors, 7978318.

Thursday 3/1 District 2 Jazz Festival, 2:30-10 p.m., Greely High School, 303 Main St., Cumberland, $5, krollins@ Farren Butcher Inc., 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $20 advance/$23 door, 761-1757.

Friday 3/2 Guy Davis, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $17 advance/$20 door, 761-1757. John Eddie, 8 p.m., Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland, 21+, $14.50 advance/$17 door,


Jason Phelps of The Jerks of Grass is just one of 317 Main Street Community Center’s staff members who will be performing at their benefit concert on March 9 at Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland. The annual Spring for 317 concert benefits 317 Main Street’s scholarship fund. Performers hit the stage at 7 p.m., tickets are $25 and can be purchased in advance at or by calling 846-9559.

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Shape Note Singing, 1-4 p.m., The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland, 216-3890.

Sunday 3/4

Theater & Dance Saturday 2/25 Lucid Mini Workshop, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, $5, 899-3993.

Thursday 3/1 ”Cut,” 7:30 p.m., South Portland High School, 637 Highland Ave., South Portland, donations appre-

International Folk Dance, 7-9 p.m., The New Church, 302 Stevens Ave., Portland, $5, 776-5351.

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Out & About

Hats off to the King of Swing By Scott Andrews There’s quite a wide range of very interesting music available this weekend and the coming week in a territory that spans Portland to Brunswick. The interesting music starts Friday at Bowdoin College in Brunswick, where Henry Lebedinsky will play an all-Russian program on the clavichord, one of the modern piano’s predecessors. The Portland Symphony Orchestra switches to Pops mode this Saturday and Sunday with “A Benny Goodman Tribute” that features clarinet virtuoso Dave Bennett as the guest soloist and the orchestra led by guest conductor Teresa Cheung. There’s an All-Star lineup at One Longfellow Square on Feb. 29 as five prominent members of local string bands combine into one “super group” in a fundraiser for Portland’s topnotch nonprofit arts presenter.

Henry Lebedinsky Scholarly lecture or crowd-pleasing clavichord concert? That’s an obvious question posed by this Friday’s appearance of Henry Lebedinsky in a free public performance hosted by the Bowdoin College music department in Brunswick. The answer is a bit of both. Let’s start with the scholar-performer in his own words: “I am a historical keyboardist and composer living in Minnesota, and am currently serving as interim director of music at St. Clement’s Episcopal Church in St. Paul. For the past 18 years, I have played continuo with numerous orchestras and early-music ensembles and have given solo recitals on clavichord, harpsichord and organ across the U.S. and United Kingdom. “I studied historical performance at Bowdoin College and the Longy School of Music, where I was a student of Peter Sykes. My major research areas are 17th-century Italian nun composers and 18th-century Russian keyboard music, and I have led master classes on earlymusic performance and rhetorical playing at Davidson College, the University of North Carolina at Greensboro and Appalachian State University. “My publications of music by Isabella Leonarda, Maria Peruchona and Barbara Strozzi have been performed across the globe, most recently in Lebanon, France and South Korea.” The clavichord is the oldest form of keyboard instrument. It flourished from

the 15th through early 19th centuries and was one of the predecessors of the modern piano. Lebedinsky’s Friday program is titled “The Birth of Russian Keyboard Music.” Musical selections will feature several obscure Russian composers of the late 18th and early 19th centuries who preceded the more famous Russian Romantics of the mid-19th and 20th centuries. In addition to playing pieces by these composers, Lebedinsky will also explain their historical importance – in layman’s terminology. The program is slated for Feb. 24 at 7:30 p.m. at Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick. Call 725-3375.

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“I Got Rhythm,” “Slipped Disc,” “And the Angels Sing,” “Blues in the Night,” “Goody Goody” and “Sing Sing Sing.” Catch the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s “A Benny Goodman Tribute” this weekend at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall. There are two performances: Feb. 25 at 7:30 p.m. and Feb. 26 at 2:30 p.m. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

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Portland Symphony Orchestra Eight decades ago, American clarinetist Benny Goodman was widely hailed as “The King of Swing,” leading his eponymous orchestra to a series of top-selling records and world tours. His name and his exquisitely smooth sound – characterized by melodic inventiveness and technical excellence – epitomize the Big Band style that dominated American popular music for a generation. In the past five years, an exquisitely talented clarinetist from the Detroit area has re-created Goodman’s style in a tribute act that has been appearing with symphony orchestras around the U.S. Dave Bennett, 28, has been widely hailed as the “next best thing” to the King of Swing himself. These comments have been made by people who ought to know, such as Bill Hyland, trustee of the Benny Goodman estate. The Portland Symphony Orchestra has engaged this young man to headline its February 25-26 Pops program. Bennett will be accompanied by a coterie of his own musicians – a pianist, bassist, drummer, guitarist and female vocalist – plus of course the musicians of the PSO. The arrangements for symphony orchestra were created by Paul Keller, who is best known for his work with jazz singer Diana Krall. The PSO will be led by guest conductor Teresa Cheung. Not to be confused with the actress of the same name, Cheung is the maestro of the Altoona Symphony Orchestra in Pennsylvania, the American Symphony Orchestra in New York and the Bard College Orchestra in New York. Cheung is equally adept at the classical core of the symphony orchestra


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Dave Bennett is a clarinet virtuoso who travels around the country performing “A Benny Goodman Tribute” on pops programs with symphony orchestras. He’ll be the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s guest on Saturday and Sunday.

as well as pops programs, where she is in much demand as a guest conductor. Bennett is certainly a hero in his home town. Kendra Whitlock, director of pops and special programs for the Detroit Symphony Orchestra, is among Bennett’s boosters. “Dave’s Goodman Symphony Pops show is absolutely spectacular,” she said. “Dave Bennett wowed the audience and brought the house down.” Michael Krajewski, a conductor who leads symphonic pops programs in Texas, Florida and New Hampshire, adds his ringing endorsement: “Clarinetist Dave Bennett’s extraordinary re-creation of the sound and artistry of Benny Goodman brings the Swing Era back to life in all its splendor.” This weekend’s program of Goodman favorites includes most of the biggest and best-remembered hit tunes: “Let’s Dance,” “Bugle Call Rag,” “Why Don’t You Do Right,” “These Foolish Things,”

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The 29th day of February is often celebrated in special ways, and One Longfellow Square, Portland’s top small venue for singer-songwriters and roots musicians, is celebrating Leap Day with an All-Star String Band, a quintet drawn from local acts which have played the venue in the past. Leap for Longfellow! is also a fundraiser for One Longfellow, which became a nonprofit organization last year. All the musicians will donate their time and talent. Here’s the lineup: Mandolinist Joe Walsh plays with the Gibson Brothers and Crow Molly, fiddler Darol Anger plays with Yulegrass and Republic of Strings, fiddler Brittany Haas plays with Crooked Still and Republic of Strings, guitarist Courtney Hartman plays with Della Mae, and bassist Amanda Kowalski also plays with Della Mae. I’ve been attending One Longfellow Square events for years, and deeply appreciate the fact that this venue brings in national touring acts – primarily singer-songwriters and small ensembles specializing in roots and Americana – and strongly supports local musicians or all stripes, ranging from bluegrass to classical. This benefit concert is slated for One Longfellow Square (corner of State and Congress in Portland) at 8 p.m. Feb. 29. Call 761-1757.

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Greater Portland Benefits Sunday 2/26 Bluegrass Music, dinner and benefit raffle for the American Liver Foundation, 5-8 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, $12 individual/$20 couple/$30 family,


ford St., Portland, $12 advance/$15 door, 773-5437.

Thursday 3/1 Ripple Effect Gala, 6-10 p.m., Ocean Gateway Terminal, 239 Park Ave., Portland, $50, or 791-7870.

Saturday 3/3 Accappellooza 12, 6 p.m., USM Portland, Hannaford Hall, 88 Bed-

STRIVE Dance Marathon, 8 p.m.-8 a.m. Sun. 3/4, USM Sullivan Gym, 96 Falmouth St., Portland, ksmalley@, 774-6278. Wescustago Youth Chorale Spaghetti Supper Serenade, 7 p.m., Freeport Community Center, 10 Depot St., Freeport, $10 adults/$5 children, 846-0705.

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Circle of Musicians, Sundays 2-6 p.m., Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, $3 per person/$5 couple,


Thu. 2/23 7 p.m. Long Range Planning Advisory Committee Mon. 2/27 7 p.m. Council Meeting Tue. 2/28 6:30 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeals

Cumberland/North Yarmouth Little League registration is now open. Register by Feb. 29 at cnyll. com.

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Freeport/Pownal Little League and softball registration is now open, register online by March 1,

Thursday 2/23 Beer and Bikes, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Gritty McDuff’s, 396 Fore St., Portland, RSVP 888-241-6566 ext. 0306.

Saturday 2/25 Learning Library Express, 10 a.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Liberty Dr., Freeport, 865-3307.

Sunday 2/26 Portland Democratic Caucus, 1 p.m., Ocean Gateway Terminal. Scarborough Democratic Caucus, 1-3 p.m., Scarborough High School, 883-5414. South Portland Democratic Caucus, 1 p.m., Memorial Middle School, 120 Wescott Road, South Portland, 232-1976. Yarmouth Democratic Caucus, 3 p.m., Log Cabin, 196 Main St., Yarmouth.

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Tue. 2/28 7:30 a.m. Freeport Economic Development Committee Tue. 2/28 6:30 p.m. Special Town Council Meeting



MSAD #51 strategic thinking and planning committee is looking for feedback from Cumberland and North Yarmouth residents; survey available through March 14 at Winter Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m-2 p.m. every Sunday, South Portland Planning Office, corner of Ocean St. and Rt. 77.

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6 p.m. Sports and Recreation Committee 7 p.m. Energy Conservation Committee 7 p.m. Harbor and Waterfront

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7 p.m. Board of Selectmen

Tuesday 2/28 Burundi and Batimbo Beat performs at Cheverus High School’s Celebration of African-American History Month, 9:25 a.m., Cheverus High School, 267 Ocean Ave., Portland, 774-6238. Yarmouth Historical Society Book Group, 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-6259.

Saturday 3/3 Maine Green Party Caucus, 10 a.m.-12:30 p.m., South Portland City Hall, 25 Cottage Road. International Women’s Day Celebration, 5-8 p.m, Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland, $15, 671-1164.

Call for Volunteers AARP Foundation Tax Aide program seeks volunteers, contact

Joan Jagolinzer, 883-8415 or

American Red Cross needs volunteers at the Portland Donor Center, 524 Forest Ave., Portland, 775-7373 ext. 37.

ASSE International Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for children from around the world, need to be available for an entire school semester or year, for more information contact Joyce at 737-4666 or

CATCH Healthy Habits, an afterschool program that brings teams of adults, age 50+, together with children to learn about healthy eating habits and active play, is looking for volunteers for its winter sessions, 396-6523.

Foster Grandparents needed to work in classrooms, ages 55+, 773-0202.

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Community Calendar from previous page Maine Boat Builders Show needs volunteers March 16-18, contact Kerry Ratigan for more information 615-6271. Meals on Wheels Portland/ Westbrook needs drivers, mileage reimbursment considered, Laurie 878-3285.

more about being a trauma intervention program volunteer and helping provide support to those who have experienced a traumatic event. Open house is from 6:30-8 p.m. at the Community Counseling Center, 165 Lancaster St., Portland, 874-1030 ext. 300.

Baked Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth, $7 individual/$13 family, 797-4066. Roast Beef Dinner, 4:30-6 p.m., Stevens Avenue Congregational Church UCC, 790 Stevens Ave., Portland, $9 adults/$7 children.

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Saturday 3/3

Mercy Hospital gift shops are looking for volunteers to work day/evening shifts in the gift shops at the State St. and Fore River locations. 879-3605.

Friday 2/24

Public Breakfast, 8-10 a.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport, $4.50 adults/$4 seniors, 865-6188.

Maine Handicapped Skiing needs intermediate/advanced skiers, snowboarders and nordic skiers with training in adaptive skiing. Lift tickets provided, volunteers supply their own gear, commit to three days of training. FMI or 824-2440.

Saturday 2/25

Portland Flower Show needs volunteers March 8-11, contact Kerry Ratigan for more information, 615-6271.

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Haddock Chowder Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., South Freeport Church, 98 South Freeport Road, $8. Comfort Food Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Tuttle Road United Methodist Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, $9 adults/$5 children, 829-3766. Parish Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Pius X Hall, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland, $8 adults/$4 children. Baked Bean & Macaroni and Cheese Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, $8 adults/$4 children.

Garden & Outdoors Saturday 2/25 Gardens Under Glass, 11 a.m., Allen Sterling & Lothrop, 191 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, $30, reservations required, 781-4142.

Getting Smarter GED prep, South Portland Adult Education, Tue./Thu. 6-8:15 p.m., South Portland High School,

Saturday 2/25 VFW Seminar on Veterans Benefits, 11 a.m.-2 p.m, VFW Post 6859, 687 Forest Ave., Portland, reservations requested, 773-8745. Woodturning Demonstration, 10 a.m.-1 p.m or 2-5 p.m., Rockler Woodworking and Hardware, 200 Gorham Road, South Portland, 761-4402.

Monday 2/27 Peter Mills Lecture, 7 p.m., East End Community School, 195 North St., Portland, 837-2400.

Saturday 3/3

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Wabanaki Nature Legends, 2 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck State Park, 426 Wolfe’s Neck Road, Freeport, 8654465.

Free Diabetes Support Group,

5:30-6:30 p.m., second Thursday of every month, Martin’s Point Health Education Center, 331 Veranda St., Building 5, Portland, 1-800-2606681.

Monday 2/27 Grief Support Group, runs through April 2, 10:30 a.m.-12 p.m. Mondays, VNA Home Health & Hospice, 50 Foden Road, South Portland, 400-8714.

Wednesday 2/29 Alzheimer’s Info Seminar with William J. Kilpatrick of the Alzheimer’s Association of Maine, 9:30-10:30 a.m., Brentwood Rehabilitation Center, 370 Portland St., Yarmouth, 846-9021.

Just for Seniors The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Southern Maine Agency on Aging is looking for people

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Kids and Family

Teen Game Night, Thursdays 3-5 p.m. through March, for ages 12-19, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

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from page 1 increases in business that can be attributed in part to the demise of big-box bookstores. These local book sellers are bucking a national trend that saw a dramatic decline in bookstore sales at the end of 2011. Preliminary numbers released last week by the U.S. Census Bureau show nationwide bookstore sales in December fell 15.6 percent, the largest decline in 2011. Overall, bookstore sales for the year were down 0.8 percent to $15.53 billion. Williams opened The Book Review with her brother, Stephen Fournier, 32 years ago. At the time it was the only independent bookstore in town, a position they regained last year when Books, Etc. closed. Williams said her store in the Falmouth Shopping Center has weathered many changes over the past three decades, most notably in the way people shop. When she first opened, people seemed to gravitate to libraries and small bookstores, but that changed as large chain stores opened in the area, she said. “That had a great impact on independent bookstores,” she said. “In the end I think people chose different shopping experiences. Some people were looking for a better price, but other people did choose an alternative, which was smaller, more close to home and more personal attention.” “I think definitely for us Borders having finally closed ended up having a positive impact on us in the sense people were looking for alternatives,” she added. Williams said the sales increase her store experienced beginning last summer helped offset loses she attributes to the rising popularity of e-books. She said fiction sales have softened as readers turned to e-readers, but nonfiction sales have remained strong. Another factor The Book Review has had to contend with is location. When the shop opened, the Route 1 plaza was full of businesses and shoppers. Now, half of the plaza is empty and the number of people who wander in to peruse the shelves has diminished, Williams said. “The traffic is vastly diminished since the shopping center was full. It used to be the shopping destination for this whole area,” she said. “It was kind of like Falmouth’s downtown. It’s one of the things I miss the most since we first started.” Like The Book Review, Gulf of Maine Books is adjusting to being the only

bookstore in town. Beth Leonard, who opened the store 33 years ago with Gary Lawless, said 2011 began with a trend toward lower sales. “Then the Brunswick Borders closed and sales picked up,” she said. “Overall it was a good year.” Leonard said she has seen the number of people turning to e-books and online sales “growing by leaps and bounds.” “We’re challenging ourselves to get special orders to our customers in the same or less time they’d get them from an online book seller,” she said. Beyond that, Leonard said Gulf of Maine Books will continue to “just do what we do” because loyal customers appreciate the store’s inventory and the community created there. To that end, the store will celebrate its 33rd year in business with a birthday party on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 3 p.m. “We’ve fostered a bit of a community here. People like to come and meet and be here in person,” she said. “As long as there are books, I think there will be bookstores.” Amy McNaughton, owner of Royal River Books, said sales were up nearly 200 percent from Nov. 1 to Dec. 31 and were up 75 percent in January. She attributes the “major increase in business” to picking up Borders customers and to changes she made in the store. To attract more customers and better fit the needs of the community, McNaughton expanded the children’s section, added story times and craft sessions, and added items such as candles to her inventory. When McNaughton opened her store four years ago, she knew she’d be competing against online sales and the growing popularity of e-readers. “Everyone I knew thought I was nuts for opening a bookstore, but I knew those were the obstacles I’d be up against,” she said. McNaughton said she believes she can keep her business viable by being creative and diversifying her inventory as needed. She has also tried to create a space where community members can gather. “My goal is to serve the community,” she said. “I hope to be a good resource for the area for buying books, for getting together.” Gillian Graham can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @grahamgillian.

Freeport hearing from page 1 in the Portland area. Healy estimated Seacoast United enrolls about 700 youths between ages 5 and 18 in sports programs from Topsham to Scarborough and draws athletes from as far south as Kennebunk. The organization also has youth programs and an indoor facility in southern New Hampshire. Opposing the zoning change is the group Save Our Neighborhoods, which spokeswoman Lucy Lloyd said came together last fall after the Planning Board declined to endorse creating a zoning “overlay” district on the land so Seacoast could progress with its plans. “This is not about soccer, this is about zoning change,” Lloyd said. “What is really important is neighbors aren’t pitted against neighbors.” Lloyd said her coalition has gathered about 300 online and print signatures opposing the zoning change and hopes the hearing next week will let councilors understand the depth and breadth of opposition to the plan. She said she also hopes there will be a community discussion on the best place for Seacoast to expand in town. As he walked through the woods off Pownal Road on Monday, Murch Road resident Walter Libby said he opposes Seacoast United’s plans and the zoning change because the project is a commercial venture unsuited to how residents want to land to be used. “I weigh the needs of our youth highly, but this does not fit in our area,” Libby said as he walked over trails built by runners from the Freeport High School cross-country team. Those trails would be moved as part of the sales agreement. But Libby and his neighbor, Tom Ross, said the details of the agreement are troubling, and the agreement was approved by councilors last April without adequate review. Libby and Ross also dispute portions of a 12-page fact sheet about the project because of perceived omissions and inaccuracies about the scope of the development and effect on the town and its finances. Town officials have placed a cash value of more than $500,000 for 50 annual hours of free use of indoor fields and 100 annual hours of free outdoor use of the fields. Free field use is extended through the life of the fields, but Libby and Ross say town officials have exaggerated the 20-year projected lifespan. According to the website for South Portland-based Northeast Turf, field turf synthetic fields installed by the company

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are warrantied for eight years. Libby added the agreement requires free weekday use before 4 p.m., making it very difficult for the fields to be used for after-school practices. The agreement with the town would allow Seacoast United use of three Hunter Road fields in perpetuity – an unfair exchange, he said – and a clause could lead to the town reimbursing Seacoast United for construction costs if the project fails. Lloyd and Libby said if passed, the zoning request would set a precedent potentially affecting other areas of town. But Healy discounted that suggestion, especially because the zoning change is requested on town-owned land. “The idea the rest of the town could be rezoned is not a reasonable fear,” he said. Seacoast United’s quest for more playing space began about three years ago when board members asked Healy to look for sites between Freeport and Falmouth. Healy said the organization has discussed building facilities in neighboring towns, but he still favors the Freeport project. “We want a long-term home for the club,” Healy said. Seacoast United initially sought to use land just off Pownal Road near the access road to the transfer station, but found the property now used as a football field too small because of surrounding wetlands. While pointing at pink ribbons on trees noting where indoor and outdoor fields could be built, Libby wondered how well the project would fit now, and whether heavy equipment used for construction would not compact roots of trees not cut down and eventually kill the trees. Healy assured local residents the indoor “arena” would be concealed from view by trees, but Ross said he wonders how the three-story structure will affect views from the top of adjacent Hedgehog Mountain, a town recreation area. Town Council Chairman Jim Cassida has said the hearing and council vote on the zoning change would continue the process unless councilors reject the zoning change. Cassida said he expects a Planning Board hearing and another council hearing before construction might begin. Town Manager Dale Olmstead said the athletic complex would also need approval from the Project Review Board. David Harry can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow David on Twitter: @DavidHarry8.

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from page 1 Circulation of withdrawal petitions became legal Jan. 1, as part of the Reorganization Law passed by the Legislature in June 2007. The petitions require signatures from at least 10 percent of the number of local voters who cast ballots in the last gubernatorial election, and Plourde said Simon got about 85 more signatures than needed. Simon said it took less than two weeks to gather the signatures, and he could have gathered more but wanted to get the petition in front of selectmen for their meeting this month. He said he has not taken a position on whether the town should withdraw, but said revisions to the school reorganization law could return local control and reduce the local tax burden. The petition is the first step in a process that could eventually require

School bill from page 1 school units and the older school administrative districts. The prospect is good news for North Yarmouth resident Mark Verrill, who is collecting signatures to start the process of extracting the town from School Administrative District 51, which it has shared with Cumberland for more than 40 years. “It could be a game changer,” Verrill said on Tuesday when he learned about the bill. “There’s a huge difference in that final vote if you only need 51 percent versus 66.” Rep. Peter Johnson, R-Greenville, said he introduced the amendment that reduced the necessary majority because he wants it to be just as easy for a town to get out of a consolidated district as it was to join one. “I believe (the amendment) was justified 4 because when the state passed the

two-thirds of Durham voters to approve leaving the RSU. A bill pending in the Legislature may reduce that majority to a simple one; it has been moved out of the 14-member Education and Cultural Affairs Committee with an “Ought to Pass” recommendation. The provision allowing a simple majority for withdrawals from RSUs would last for two years, but votes in both houses of the Legislature have not been scheduled. Wakeman said selectmen will discuss allocating funds to pay for the withdrawal process and are considering placing a funding request on the warrant for the Town Meeting in April. A public hearing will be scheduled before the June referendum.

But in order to gain votes on the Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, Johnson added a “sunset clause” on the amendment. Towns will only have two years from the date the bill goes into effect, assuming it passes the House and Senate, where they can withdraw with a 51 percent majority vote. After that point, the final vote will again require a twothirds margin to pass. According to Phil McCarthy, the committee’s legislative analyst, the sunset clause allows towns that really want out an opportunity to do so. “It is a window of opportunity for those folks who are interested in doing this


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Welsh, the Durham school superintendent before the formation of RSU 5, attributed the withdrawal petition to small groups of residents who may be unhappy over a perceived loss of local control of schools and increases in property taxes.

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“A lot of these places have very small numbers and if they go back to having their own district and superintendent, it will create more costs in education rather than less,” Lovejoy said. “And I’d much rather see the funds going into students and education than into administrators.” He also noted that if towns begin the withdrawal process, but don’t complete it before the two-year sunset, “they lose that opportunity.” Shannon Welsh, superintendent of RSU 5 (Freeport, Durham and Pownal) said it makes sense to give towns an opportunity to re-evaluate whether they want to stay in their districts. But she said consolidation in her district has been successful,

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Jane Blais, a School Board member representing Durham, said RSU5 has provided more access to educational opportunities for Durham children. She said her voice and opinions have not been ignored on what she called a “highfunctioning” school board.

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both financially and educationally, and making it easier to withdraw “takes the focus off our educational mission.”

If LD 1742 passes, the bill could aid 255 Durham residents who recently signed their a petition that would start the process of withdrawing that town from RSU 5. Durham Board of Selectmen Chairman Jeff Wakeman said the referendum would be held in June.

The bill was also of interest to Harpswell resident Robert McIntyre, who has led two unsuccessful campaigns to get Harpswell out of SAD 75 and has previously said he may try a third time.

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Since the formation of RSU 5 in 2009, Durham voters have rejected the annual school budgets each year. Simon said the lack of support for RSU budgets in Durham and Pownal indicates a desire for local control, but the budgets still pass because of support from Freeport.



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Although the bill survived the committee, it did not have unanimous support. Rep. Steven Lovejoy, D-Portland, one of the two dissenters, said he is concerned that reversing consolidation will make education more expensive in small, rural towns.




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Check out the sky from page 3 get into it because they can’t afford it or who have never tried it before,” Thompson said. After hearing a presentation about the program, Thompson jumped on board and put together a presentation for each of the libraries. “I said I would go around working with

Falmouth library from page 3 technology and continue to offer public computers with Internet access. Conway said the staff has put together printed information about how to use e-readers because of demand for that type of information.

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all of the libraries, explaining what the telescope is, how it basically works and how to set it up,” he said. “I hope to give a little insight on what it is like to do astronomy, what is involved in observing; it isn’t just taking a telescope and learning how to look at the sky, it’s about learning what is up there.” The first of the educational programs, “Meet Galileo,” will take place at the Portland Public Library on March 23 at 2 p.m. Similar programs will take place

at Curtis Memorial Library and Raymond Village Library. “The program is really great because if people find they don’t like using the telescope, they can just return it to the library,” Thompson said. “It is unfortunate that so many people will buy a telescope ... use it once and then put it into the closet because it isn’t usable. These telescopes (The Orion StarBlast 4.5-inch telescope) are really ideal for looking at the sky.”

To start, each library will receive one telescope through a private grant, but Thompson said he believes that many will eventually require at least two to fill the needs of the program. For more information about the program program contact Susan Ryan at Cornerstones of Science.

While the library offers a small selection of e-books, librarians are mindful of balancing new technology with traditional library uses, Conway said. “We find users of the library don’t want to give up books, but they also want to feel it’s a place where they can bring their new devices and find interesting things to load on them,” she said. Rabinowitz said the board and staff are

already making some smaller changes to address issues brought up in the survey. Plans include a new website this spring, more programs and a monthly newsletter available in print and via email. “We plan to take on a larger strategic planning process after the director is hired, and that will bring in both the director’s prospective and involve the information gathered in this process,”

she said, adding any significant changes would occur under the director of the new director. Conway said she encourages residents to continue to share ideas about how the library can improve and meet the needs of the community.

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