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Falmouth council urged to roll back zoning to pre-2016 By Kate Irish Collins

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Algae can benefit marine life; it only becomes a concern when it spreads widely, according to Casco Baykeeper Ivy Frignoca. Right now she sees “nothing too concerning” at Falmouth Town Landing.

Algae at Falmouth Town Landing not an issue (yet)

By Kate Irish Collins

FALMOUTH — The appearance of several pockets of green algae at Town Landing is not too concerning – at least for now. But Ivy Frignoca, baykeeper for Friends of Casco Bay, said she hopes residents will help the organization keep

an eye on the area and alert her if the algae continues to spread and becomes what she called a nuisance bloom. One way residents can do that is by volunteering to become a Water Reporter for the friends’ group. More information on the program and how to sign up is avail-

able online at www.cascobay. org. Water Reporters help the Friends of Casco Bay get a better understanding of conditions in the bay. Their assistance is particularly important in looking out for nuisance algal blooms, water pollution, Algae, Page 27

FALMOUTH — Residents at a public hearing Monday made it clear they want a rollback to the dimensional standards that were in place in the Residential A districts prior to a 2016 rezoning. That means, they argued, starting with a clean slate as the Town Council deliberates the best way to address growth and density concerns that have been expressed for more than a year. Many of those who spoke at the Town Council hearing repeated comments they made for the Planning Board on May 7. That board recommended that the council consider the rollback, as well as a proposal by the Long Range Advisory Planning Committee to increase lot sizes, while keeping some of the other changes from 2016. The push for a fix to the growth and density issues caused by the 2016 zoning amendments started more than a year ago, and have now led councilors to consider a review and perhaps total overhaul of the 2013 Comprehensive Plan update. The council is expected to take a final vote, including whether to make any changes

Fairgrounds neighbors resist possible compost site By Alex Lear

CUMBERLAND — Discussions about moving compost and brush operations from the Public Works Department garage to land at Cumberland Fairgrounds drew concerned residents to Monday’s Town Council meeting. Index Arts Calendar.............. 21 Classifieds................... 30 Community Calendar.. 23 Meetings..................... 23

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The council did not act on the matter. It did approve forming a conservation easement around the nearly 38-acre town-owned Greely Woods property. Moving the compost and brush facilities, and sand and salt sheds, from the town’s Drowne Road Public Works

property has stirred debate in recent years. Residents of the newer Village Green development nearby have said they moved there expecting the town garage and affiliated operations would be closed. The town has considered several relocaFairgrounds, Page 26

in RA retroactive, at a meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 29, at Town Hall. Both options under consideration would also make two- and multifamily units a conditional use. Prior to taking public comment Monday, Council Chairman Caleb Hemphill polled councilors on where they stood. While all of them said they were eager to hear what residents had to say, the majority seemed to indicate a preference for a rollback, with Councilor Hope Cahan saying that “if things aren’t working out it makes sense to go back to the drawing board.” Councilor Amy Khun agreed, saying she also favors a rollback. “It gets us back to a blank slate,” Kuhn said. She also said she hopes going back to the beginning would get the town out of the adversarial mode it’s been in for months. Khun said what she most wants is “a productive, cooperative path forward” – something Councilor Andrea Ferrante also said she’d like to see. Ferrante, however, expressed no opinion on which option would be better, arguing that either one would “make signifZoning, Page 26

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Penny Asherman is president of the Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust, which is the steward of the Greely Woods conservation easement.

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Yarmouth trail seeks boost from online funding contest By Kate Irish Collins

YARMOUTH — The West Side Trail already connects neighborhoods, office parks and public beaches, but the town has an opportunity to win funding from Summit Natural Gas to expand the trail even farther. An online vote could help the West Side Trail Committee earn $4,000 to extend the multi-use trail toward the School Department campus, while interconnecting the West Main Street, Hillside and Portland Street neighborhoods. Voting concludes May 31. The top two vote-getting nonprofits will receive $4,000 each, while the remaining four finalists will receive $1,000. The online contest is part of the gas company’s annu-

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Steep terrain makes the first phase of Yarmouth’s West Side Trail ideal for mountain biking and scenic views. A planned second phase would connect neighborhoods to the local school campus.

al Maine Community Giving Poll. People can also donate to the project directly, either by visiting the Yarmouth COURTESY TOWN OF YARMOUTH

The West Side Trail in Yarmouth now runs 8 miles from Cousins Island to Route 1.

Community Services website, www. yarmouthcommunityservices.org, or by mailing checks payable to the town of Yarmouth and referencing the West Side Trail Fund to 200 Main St., Yarmouth, ME 04096. In addition, proceeds from this year’s Yarmouth Chili Chowder Cookoff will go to the West Side Trail expansion project. The cook-off is scheduled for 4-7 p.m. June 15 in Royal River Park.

Users of the first phase of the West Side Trail, which was originally envisioned in 1988 as part of a town-wide public access and recreation plan, can enjoy views of Casco Bay and the Royal River estuary. It’s located alongside the CMP transmission corridor, which runs from Cousins Island to Route 1. Right now the trail is 8 miles in length. Trail, Page 24

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Yarmouth seeks volunteers for senior programs By Kate Irish Collins

YARMOUTH — The town hopes to make Yarmouth a more age-friendly community by introducing several new programs for senior citizens. Yarmouth Community Services is working with Aging in Place, a program of Yarmouth Cares About Neighbors, or YCAN, and the Southern Maine Agency on Aging to provide opportunities for seniors to stay in their homes longer. To help combat feelings of loneliness and

isolation, Community Services is offering both a home visit and a phone pal program. And the new Handy Helper Service provides seniors with a way to complete small, but important routine maintenance, from painting to gardening. Community Services is seeking volunteers interested in helping out in any of the three new programs. Call 835‐9866 or or

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Yarmouth Public Works to hold open house

YARMOUTH — The Public Works Department will hold its annual open house from 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at the public works garage, 56 North Road. The event includes food, games, antique trucks, door prizes and more. Go online to www.yarmouth.me.us or call 846-2401 for more information.

Falmouth library sells apple tree saplings FALMOUTH — Apple tree saplings are available for $50 each from Falmouth Memorial Library. The saplings were grafted from the historic apple tree on the Lunt Road side of the library property. The tree produces baking apples of an unknown variety; two years ago John Bunker from Maine Heritage Orchard visited, but was unable to definitively

identify the type of apple the tree produces. Call 781-2351 or email jmadden@ falmouthmemoriallibrary.org for more information.

Falmouth seeks Citizen of the Year nods FALMOUTH — The town is seeking nominations for its annual Citizen of the Year Award. The deadline is May 20. The award acknowledges exceptional community service and positive examples of citizenship. Nominees will be judged on their contributions to community welfare, civic achievement, volunteerism and conscientious service to the town. Nominations, which should be no more than 500 words, may be submitted in writing to: Town Manager’s Office, 271 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, ME 04105. Emailed nominations can be sent to mtryon@falmouthme.org.

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or those with kids. Brosnan said the new programs “are vital to helping residents stay independent in their home as long as possible.” In particular, she said, “We are seeing more and more research out there indicating that loneliness and social isolation is having a negative impact on the mental and physical health of seniors.” Brosnan also said while the Handy Volunteers, Page 26

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Cumberland County group gets grant to expand gleaning By Kate Irish Collins

YARMOUTH — Gleaning is an age-old practice that’s been gaining ground in recent years as food assistance programs seek to provide healthier, more nutritious options for their clients. The Cumberland County Food Security Council recently received a $25,000 grant to help expand its gleaning program, which provides access to fresh fruits and vegetables to about 12 different local food aid organizations. The grant from the Harvard Pilgrim Healthy Food Fund will help the food council purchase a small pickup truck to increase the amount of gleaned produce it can harvest, according to Colleen Donlan, the organization’s gleaning coordinator. She said the grant would also be used to invest in new cold storage, which will help keep the produce that’s gleaned from area farms fresh longer. Donlan said the council’s gleaning program leads to less food waste on farms by harvesting fruits and vegetables that would otherwise be left in the field. And, she said, it also helps “increase access to nutritious, local food for low-income community members.” “While gleaning can recover fresh produce and provide someone in need healthy food, it does not solve the problems of food waste or hunger,” said Jim Hanna, executive director of the food council. “We have to fix a broken economy that

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In the past two years, the gleaning initiative at the Cumberland County Food Security Council has harvested more than 15,000 pounds of produce that would have otherwise remained in the fields.

Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport is one of seven area farms that’s part of the gleaning initiative at the Cumberland County Food Security Council.

allows deprivation of basic needs like food; (only) then will we be on our way to a just and sustainable food system that nourishes everyone.” Through the first couple years of the initiative, Donlan said the food council has gleaned more than 15,000 pounds of produce, valued at $27,000, from seven area farms. The farms include Replenova Farm in Portland, Jordan’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth, Two Farmers Farm in Scarborough, Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport and Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Windham. She said the food council also works with Gleaning, Page 31

TOWN OF FALMOUTH ELECTION NOTICE The Town of Falmouth will hold its Municipal and Referendum Election and Budget Validation Referendum on June 11, 2019. The Election will take place at the Falmouth High School, 74 Woodville Road. Polls open at 7:00 AM and close at 8:00 PM. Absentee Ballots for the June 11, 2019, Municipal & Referendum Election, and Budget Validation Referendum are available at the Town Clerk’s Office at the Falmouth Town Hall, 271 Falmouth Road, beginning Monday May 13, 2019.

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2 seats, 2 candidates for Falmouth School Board By Kate Irish Collins

FALMOUTH — There are two candidates for two seats on the School Board this June. The uncontested candidates are James Cahan, husband of Town Councilor Hope Cahan, and political newcomer Krisztina Napolitano. According to Town Manager Nathan Poore, “There is no state law, town ordinance or Charter provision that would prohibit a councilor’s spouse from serving

on the School Board.” Balloting in the municipal election will be held 7 a.m.-8 p.m. June 11 at Falmouth High School. Contact the town clerk’s office at 699-5305 for more information, including how to register to vote.

James Cahan

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Age: 57 Address: 22 Surrey Lane Education: Bachelor’s degree in political science, master’s in political behavior Occupation: Employed by Kennebec County Political experience: Worked for San Francisco Mayor Diane Feinstein and U.S. Sen. Pete Wilson, R-California; also managed political campaigns Social Media/Website: Linkedin.com

Age: 38 Address: 34 Woodlands Drive Education: Master’s degree in business administration Occupation: Client manager Political experience: None

James Cahan

Cahan is running for the School Board to give back to the community, he said this week. ”Serving my community has always been

important to me,” he said, “(and) there are few things more meaningful or important than providing children with the foundation to succeed.” He said one of his concerns is “ensuring the physical, mental and emotional health of our students. It’s also important to make sure Falmouth students have the tools they need to prosper in school and after graduation.” Cahan said balancing those needs “within a responsible budget is critical for the

success of our schools” and that’s one of the skills he hopes to bring to the School Board. Cahan also described himself as an active listener who is used to negotiating, asking questions, and guiding discussion. He also touted his ability to collaborate and provide support for fellow team members. ”While I know how to take a position and advocate for it, I also know to keep an open mind and consider the whole picture and its impacts before taking a position,” he said. “I believe these abilities will translate well into being a productive and effective School School Board, Page 26

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4 seek 2 seats on Cumberland Town Council By Alex Lear

CUMBERLAND — One incumbent and three newcomers are vying for two seats on the Town Council in the June 11 election. Councilor Peter Bingham is not seeking re-election and is instead running for the School Administrative District 51 Board of Directors. Councilor Michael Edes is seeking a third term against Robert Vail, Geoff Michalak and Brian Cashin.

Brian Cashin

Cashin, a 10-year resident of the town, said he is “energized” to bring innovation and creative ideas to the council. “I feel that yesterday’s solution may not solve tomorrow’s problems,” Cashin said, adding he hopes to provide a new perspective while working with other councilors. Cashin said he values the “strong educational system” SAD 51 provides, but Cumberland, Page 25

Brian Cashin

Age: 72 Residence: Wildflower Way Family: Married Occupation: Principal at Goldiva Goldens; former organizer, founder and board member at First Commons Bank; chief information officer at Fidelity Investments; and chief technology officer at Chase Manhattan Bank Education: Bachelor of Science in Business from St. Francis College, Brooklyn, New York; MBA from Fordham University, New York. Political/civic experience: Chairman, Cumberland Aging in Place; Cumberland firefighter/emergency medical technician; vice chairman, Central Fire Station Building Committee; president, Bulfinch Condominium Association

Michael Edes

Age: 60 Residence: Edes Road Family: Married, two children Occupation: Retired from Maine State Police, now labor representative with the National Fraternal Order of Police Education: Associate’s degree in criminal justice, University of Maine Political/civic experience: Cumberland Town Council (two terms); president, Maine State Troopers Association; chairman, National Troopers Coalition; board member; Jobs for Maine’s Graduates; Falmouth-Cumberland Chamber of Commerce

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The unimpeachable Mr. T

Lying on my back in a hospital for the past two weeks has not improved my assessment of the unimpeachable Donald J. Trump. It’s pretty clear from the Mueller report that the man and his minions committed acts and crimes that would, and should, lead to impeachment for collusion with foreign enemies and obstruction of justice and contempt for Congress. Were it not for the fact that there’s a legal opinion in this country that a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime, Trump would be.

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cy Pelosi seems to be, which is a realization that to indict Trump would play into his hands, could backfire against Democrats in November, and at the very least, would not be effective because there’s not enough time to undertake such a proceeding before the next major election. Trump has not kept faith in the American people. Mueller lays out this history of bad faith in great detail, but the fact that he accepts that a sitting president cannot be charged leads others to suggest the Mueller report lets Trump off. Certainly it was worth undertaking investigations on specific crimes in order to defend America, but we have a man in the White House who cannot accept any criticism of Russian interference in the election, because to him it means he is not a legitimate president.

Tell that to Bill Clinton. For that matter, tell that to Hillary Edgar Allen Beem Clinton, who you should be very sure, had she won and done half of the things the Trump administration had done, would be running around with packs of conservative wolves howling for her blood. The fact that their boy Donnie did it makes it OK with them. Principled individuals, in all political parties, feel the need to take a stand and to defend our country and its legal norms. Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion that we cannot, and should not, impeach President Donald J. Trump. I find myself in the same place where House Speaker Nan-

And he is not a legit president. And never will be. But unfortunately, there is not time, nor are there votes in the U.S. House and Senate to remove this man from office. We must all do that together in November 2020. When you are not well, your attention tends to get focused on your health and self and the immediacy of your pain. And yet, I find that my concern for a country that will not hold its president accountable cuts through the pain, discomfort and exhaustion of illness. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Brunswick. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him.

Maine Dems embrace on-demand abortions

Left-leaning Democrats in the Maine But Maine Democrats are disturbing Legislature are quite enjoying their new- the established peace with their latest found power and quickly imposing their push for taxpayer-funded, non-mediextreme social agenda on cally necessary abortions, the rest of us. a concept known as subHere’s sidized abortion-on-deLast week, House Demmand. LD 820, sponsored ocrats approved a bill to by Rep. Joyce McCreight, spend taxpayer money D-Harpswell, would reon elective abortions. The quire MaineCare to pay 79-63 House vote on LD for elective abortions. 820 was split along party

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lines, with small-government/pro-life Republicans doing their best to stem the cultural decay that is allowing women to end their pregnancies for any reason at all. The Maine Senate now takes up the bill.

MaineCare would continue to provide taxpayer-funded abortions for cases of rape and when the mother’s health is jeopardized, but McCreight’s bill would also have taxpayers pay for John Balentine abortions for any other reason. This is wrong on Abortion is a touchy subject, and many levels; Democrats who push for for years pro-lifers and pro-choicers this show their extremist tendencies. have argued over it. While the federal government prohibits the use of federal tax dollars for abortions, state governments are allowed to subsidize the cost of some abortion procedures through Medicaid.

Maine subsidizes abortion services to the poor through Medicaid, but only in certain circumstances: when the life of the mother is imperiled or when rape has resulted in pregnancy. This makes sense even to pro-lifers, because abortions can be expensive and poor people deserve necessary medical attention.

No woman, rich or poor, should be allowed to end her viable baby’s life for no other reason than she’s overwhelmed and doesn’t want to bring a life into the world. Abortion on demand for any reason is wrong. While it’s regrettable for government to allow individuals to use their own money for such elective procedures, it’s even worse to force taxpayers, many of whom abhor the concept of elective abortion, to pay for them. The killing of any human being is a

serious thing. As a society, we struggle with the concept of capital punishment. We struggle with wartime killing, allowing for conscientious objection. We also struggle with the concept of euthanasia. Death is finality and shouldn’t be taken lightly. LD 820 takes death lightly. The Democrats who support this bill are taking death lightly. Writing legislation that allows a mother to end her unborn baby’s life with no better excuse than it’s inconvenient and unwanted should be disconcerting to us all. The other disturbing aspect of this legislation is that Maine Dems don’t care a lick what their constituents think about abortion. Yes, Democrats won the recent election, but they are acting like they just don’t care what a significant minority, or perhaps the majority, think about abortion on demand. Even many pro-choice folks who want to ensure safe access to abortion don’t support abortion whenever the mother feels like having one. They want to make abortion safe, but rare. Democrats pushing such divisive legislation show they care little for the unborn or the conscientious-objecting taxpayers who don’t want their money going toward such uses. John Balentine, a former managing editor for Sun Media Group, lives in Windham.

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On the paranoia highway

The Maine Department of Transporta- identifying data than the transportation tion is watching you. department. Except Facebook. So is the Maine Turnpike Authority. Even if all that spending on this Other state agencies unneeded technology is Politics & could get in on that acjustified (it isn’t), the stuff tion, too, including nosy about data scrubbing bears law-enforcement types serious scrutiny. These who might have an exbureaucrats aren’t even tra-judicial interest in pretending they’re not knowing where you’re invading your privacy by going. seizing your personal inThis isn’t some dystopiformation without asking. an fantasy or example of They’re just claiming they Russian collusion or what aren’t using it to determine passes for everyday life in if you’re on your way to a the People’s Republic of massage parlor, a meeting China. It’s the new reality of a terrorist cell, or headon Maine’s busiest highed for New Hampshire to ways. buy cheap booze. Al Diamon Without asking permisBecause DOT totally sion from anyone, the state has begun could be doing that if it wasn’t such an accessing data from your cell phones ethical upholder of individual liberty. and mobile devices to determine your What’s weird about this snooping is location on the turnpike and Interstate that nobody seems upset about it. It’s as system. if we’ve become so used to being under On April 17, the Portland Press Herald surveillance from store cams, digital published a fluffy little story about how the DOT and MTA were spending $1.3 million on 10 high-tech signs at key spots on I-95 and I-295 that not only tell you how far you are from certain destinations, but also how long it will take to drive that distance under current traffic conditions. “They update using location data scraped from cell phone apps and mobile devices to estimate traffic buildup and travel times,” the article said. “The location data is processed to remove identifying information,” according to a DOT official. There’s nobody I trust more to remove

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A magical meeting of science and fiction

There I was, quietly sipping my morn- into the details. Spoiler alert: Scientists ing coffee (propped up in bed no less, think that given the structure of the my Mother’s Day treat) wrist joint and connecting when I came across a news bones, this creature did post that made my heart not so much fly, like birds skip a beat. The headline or dragons, but glide like, read simply, “Another Batwell, “modern-day flying Winged Dinosaur Has squirrels.” Been Found.” But I’m not sure that’s Yeah, that’s right. Anreally the analogy I want other. Bat-Winged. Dinoto hold in my mind’s eye. saur. After all, dragons have People, we have a word their dignity. for this type of creature, Mind you, from what dinosaurs with bat wings, we know, “Ambopteryx and that word is “dragon.” longibranchium, from the The article, written by Latin for ‘both wings, long one Ed Yong and dated Heather D. Martin upper arm,’” was not a May 8, was published by success. Feathered wings, The Atlantic. Setting aside my immense not the leathery ones, were what worked and immediate jealousy of Ed Yong, who for the dinos. Scientists think this was gets to break stories such as this, I delved sort of an offshoot, an evolutionary “try

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it,” that didn’t really pan out. I love that. I love that nature was busy fiddling around, experimenting. It is how all learning happens. You try, you see, you adjust. Beautifully preserved, this little skeleton fills a slot in the scientific record and bridges a gap in our knowledge. For me, it bridges a gap in my psyche, too. I am a science geek. I love facts about how the world works. I have been fully obsessed with the newly released image of the black hole, and I can get lost for hours musing on ocean currents or molten rock. I love how one bit of knowledge can lead to a new spark of an idea, which leads to new knowledge. That said, I spent far more time thinking about tesseracts and exploring the lands of Narnia and Middle Earth than I did being fully present in the quiet little town where I grew up. These are not contradictory things to me. Imagination fuels science, and facts give substance to fancy. Dragons loomed large in my imagination (after all, my family is Welsh, there’s a dragon on the actual flag), although I Weekend Special 5/17-5/19

never liked stories where they were slain. I preferred to think of them as potential pets, so it is easy to see how this story would captivate me. Just as the very real oceanic narwhal fans the flame of my 9-year-old self’s belief in the unicorn, so too does ambopteryx kindle my dragon dreams. Now, I realize this fossil, this amazing, perfect, extraordinary fossil, is not the same thing as the lordly fire-breathing creature of lore. For one thing, it seems to have been about the size of a sparrow. And then there’s the whole “flying squirrel” comparison. But isn’t it just amazing in and of itself that here we have a nearly perfectly preserved skeleton of a tiny, bat-winged dinosaur, an actual creature that existed – and glided – many millennia ago? Sometimes, factual, logical science provides the perfect launch for magical, fantastical thinking. Brunswick resident Heather D. Martin wants to know what’s on your mind; email her at heather@heatherdmartin.com.

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for our best representation in Augusta. Peter Rubins, Cumberland

I am writing in support of Democrat Steve Moriarty in the special election in Maine House District 45. Throughout his decades of representing the citizens of Cumberland in the Legislature and on the Town Council, Steve has shown his commitment to our whole community. He understands the need to balance our local property taxes, while ensuring that our children are educated and ready for the future. If he is elected, he is committed to increasing state school funding to the 55 percent of operational costs required under Maine law. He has the courage, vision and commitment to see this through. The positive impact of this on our schools and our community cannot be understated. Please vote for Steve Moriarty. Gigi Sanchez, Cumberland

Constituents deserve better from Carson State Sen. Everett “Brownie” Carson, D-Harpswell, has refused to take petitions from his constituents because he is of another opinion. One of the current bills before the Legislature was a so-called Red Flag bill which would allow police to confiscate your guns if anyone reported you were a danger. Sen. Carson was a co-sponsor, and apparently he does not want to hear from the his people. A pro-gun group tried to give signed petitions to Sen. Carson and he returned them with a note saying he did not want them and even signed his name. So much for free speech and for listening to his constituents. This was splashed all over Facebook this week. Typical liberal arrogance and one wonders why we put up with it. It is too bad that so many Senate District 24 voters were taken in and conned. Hopefully they will not make that mistake again. George A. Fogg, North Yarmouth

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CUMBERLAND Arrests

5/5 at 1:23 a.m. Zakaria Ibrahim, 19, of Riverton Drive, Portland, was arrested by Officer Ryan Pynchon on Gray Road and charged with operating after suspension, operating a vehicle without a license (restrictions), and illegal transportation of liquor by a minor.

Summonses

5/2 at 9:51 p.m. Geoffrey Grigsby, 43, of

Tarkiln Hill Road, Raymond, was issued a summons by Officer Jake Lachance on Blanchard Road on a charge of failure to register a motor vehicle for more than 150 days. 5/4 at 11:09 p.m. Hassan Mohamed, 19, of Riverton Drive, Portland, was issued a summons by Officer Ryan Pynchon on Gray Road on a charge of consumption of liquor by a minor. 5/5 at 2:45 a.m. Julianne Stewart, 19, of Watchic Road, Standish, was issued a sum-

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Fire calls

5/2 at 7:41 p.m. Smoke or odor removal on Tuttle Road. 5/3 at 11:52 a.m. Smoke detector activation on Foreside Road. 5/6 at 9:43 a.m. Public service assistance on Amandas Way. 5/6 at 3:15 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Val Halla Road. 5/6 at 8:47 a.m. Building fire on Field Road. 5/7 at 4:34 p.m. Building fire in Windham.

EMS

Cumberland emergency medical services responded to five calls from May 1-7.

FALMOUTH Arrests

5/3 at 2:43 p.m. Barry Jay Buck, 53, of Ray Street, Portland, was arrested on Middle Road by Officer Steve Townsend on charges of operating after suspension and violating conditions of release. 5/6 at 1:45 p.m. Peter C. Knickles, 60, of Cushing Street, Brunswick, was arrested on Route 1 by Officer Dennis Ryder on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and violating conditions of release. 5/8 at 7:44 p.m. A juvenile was arrested by Officer Kurt Fegan on a charge of simple assault.

Summonses

No criminal summonses were issued from May 3-10.

Fire calls

5/3 at 11:49 a.m. Assist Cumberland. 5/3 at 12:18 p.m. Accident on Gray Road. 5/3 at 5:17 p.m. Accident on Bucknam Road. 5/3 at 10:45 p.m. Disabled motor vehicle on U.S. Route 1. 5/4 at 3:10 p.m. Accident on Gray Road. 5/5 at 12:47 p.m. Disabled motor vehicle on Falmouth Road. 5/5 at 8:32 p.m. Fire on Lower Falls Road. 5/6 at 9:20 a.m. Unattended, unpermitted burn on Alpine Drive. 5/6 at 12:25 p.m. Assist Portland. 5/6 at 3:57 p.m. Accident on Interstate 295. 5/7 at 5:36 a.m. Assist Portland. 5/7 at 1:57 p.m. Disabled motor vehicle on U.S. Route 1.

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May 16, 2019 5/7 at 3:45 p.m. Accident on Gray Road. 5/7 at 6:03 p.m. Alarm on Scholar Road. 5/7 at 8:43 p.m. K-9 tracking on Longwoods Road. 5/7 at 9:47 p.m. Assist Casco. 5/8 at 11:12 a.m. Accident on U.S. Route 1. 5/8 at 12:32 p.m. Accident on Gray Road. 5/8 at 6:09 p.m. Alarm on Foreside Road. 5/8 at 8:14 p.m. Alarm on Pride Farm Road. 5/9 at 2:48 p.m. Vehicle fire on Winn Road. 5/9 at 6:16 p.m. Accident on U.S. Route 1. 5/9 at 9:31 p.m. Assist Cumberland.

EMS

Falmouth emergency medical services responded to 30 calls from May 3-10.

YARMOUTH Correction

The April 25 Yarmouth Police Beat should have said David F. Wright Jr., 38, of Crab Apple Point, Harpswell, was arrested April 21 at 12:30 a.m. on Delorme Drive by Sgt. Michael Pierce on charges of operating under the influence and unlawful possession of a scheduled drug. The original police report incorrectly identified Wright.

Arrests

5/11 at 12:38 a.m. Nathan Carolan, 21, of Almonte Avenue, was arrested on Route 1 by Sgt. Michael Pierce on a charge of operating under the influence.

Summonses

5/7 at 12:30 p.m. Erric W. Stack, 38, of Norway, was issued a summons on Route 1 by Sgt. Kevin Pedersen on a charge of operating a defective or unsafe motor vehicle. 5/12 at 11:22 a.m. Mirin Kinkead Greenberger, 24, of Washburn Avenue, Portland, was issued a summons on West Main Street by Officer Derek Lucas on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle more than 150 days.

Fire calls

5/6 at 12:51 p.m. Accident on East Main Street. 5/6 at 3:47 p.m. Accident on Interstate 295. 5/6 at 11:58 p.m. Alarm on U.S. Route 1. 5/7 at 2:51 p.m. Water issue on U.S. Route 1. 5/9 at 9:03 a.m. Accident on Main Street. 5/9 at 3:14 p.m. Unattended, unpermitted burn on Cornfield Point Road. 5/9 at 6:34 p.m. Disabled motor vehicle on Main Street. 5/10 at 1:06 p.m. Gas spill on Rainbow Farm Road. 5/10 at 6:01 p.m. Accident on Main Street. 5/11 at 2:13 p.m. Disabled motor vehicle on U.S. Route 1. 5/11 at 2:37 p.m. Accident on Church Street. 5/11 at 7:39 p.m. Alarm on Channel Point Road. 5/12 at 4:54 p.m. Accident on U.S. Route 1.

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Fire calls

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EMS

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Maine Family Business award finalists announced Finalists for the annual Maine Family Business Awards will be recognized at a gala on June 5, when Maddy Corson will also be honored with the inaugural Lifetime Achievement award. The Institute for Family-Owned Business has named 25 companies as finalists from 157 nominations received. Local businesses include: Corson Michaud Accounting Solutions, Scarborough; Opus Consulting Group, Portland; SKORDO, Brunswick; The Sunrise Guide, Portland; and Wilbur’s of Maine Chocolate Confections, Freeport. Other awards to recognize small and large family businesses, along with first-generation businesses, customer service and innovation and technology will also be presented. To mark its 25th f, IFOB will present

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to allow her to overlap with the longtime outgoing executive director, Hilary Bassett, who retires on June 30. After working in the field in Colorado, Washington and Arkansas, Hansen returned to Maine in 2017 to work at Maine Preservation. She serves on several boards, including Maine Downtown Center’s Main Street Advisory Board, The Economic Vitality Committee of Discover Downtown Westbrook and the Maine Alliance for Smart Growth. Her new position will also mark a return to Landmarks for Hansen: her preservation career started with a summer internship at the Portland Observatory in 2000 before she earned her master’s degree in preservation studies from Boston University.

Giving Back Greater Portland Landmarks new executive director, Sarah Hansen, with outgoing director Hilary Bassett, who is stepping down June 30.

its first Lifetime Achievement award to Corson for demonstrating sustained success, leadership and innovation in her family business, to the IFOB, and to the broader community. Maine Family Business Awards was originally the idea of Corson, who was the fourth generation to serve her fam-

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Portland Landmarks names new leader To mark the first day of national Preservation Month on May 1, Greater Portland Landmarks’ Board of Trustees announced Sarah Hansen has been appointed as the organization’s next executive director. Hansen will start on June 17

The “40 Cans for Lent” campaign set an ambitious goal for parishioners in Scarborough, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth: donate 3,000 pounds of food for a local food cupboard. They did one better. During the 40 days of Lent, parishioners doubled down to donate 6,683 pounds.

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Absentee ballots for the June 11, 2019, Municipal Election, State Special Election, and M.S.A.D. #51 Budget Validation Referendum Election will be available on Monday, May 13, 2019, at the Town Clerk’s Office at Cumberland Town Hall. M.S.A.D. #51 Budget Validation Referendum ballots cannot be returned until after the district budget meeting being held on May 23, 2019. Registered voters may vote in person or contact the Town Clerk’s Office at 829-5559 to receive a ballot by mail. Telephone requests must be made by the voter only. Beginning Wednesday, May 22, 2019, new registrations must occur in person. The voter is required to show satisfactory proof of identity and residency to the Registrar. The regular office hours of the Voter Registrar/ Town Clerk’s Office, 290 Tuttle Road, are: Monday-Wednesday Thursday

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Height and spread

Common name

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How much water the plant requires may be featured on the tag as well. This helps gardeners know if they need soil to be damp or relatively dry.

The common name of the plant tends to be the most noticeable word or words on the tag. This is the name the plant is referred to outside of scientific circles. Most plants have one or more common names in addition to their botanical name. Scientific names are also known as the Latin names of the plant. Such names will be written in italics on the tag and are usually one or two words. The scientific name includes the genus (group) and the species of the plant.

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Tags that list zones will describe the coldest zone in which the plant can exist. Otherwise, it will give a range. Many annuals will not list a hardiness zone because they are not expected to last beyond one season.

Perennial or annual

The tag should designate the plant as an annual or perennial. Annuals are not expected to last through the winter and will need to be replanted the following year. Perennials can over-winter and will regenerate year after year. Tags also may list information such as special care needs, drought tolerance, uses for the plant, and when the plant blooms. Some plant labels will inform gardeners if the plants were produced organically or without GMO practices. Trademark information also may be included. Plant tags provide important information for selecting and growing plants. When noted, tags help gardeners make the right selections and keep plants as healthy as possible. — Metro Creative


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From left: Greely’s boys’ lacrosse team celebrates Saturday’s 11-8 home win over Brunswick in a rematch of last year’s Class B state final. Freeport’s Shaina Curry wins the high jump at last week’s home meet. The Falcons came in first as a team. Yarmouth’s Gavin Hamm goes airborne to shoot over Falmouth defenseman Sam Gearan during the Clippers’ 1o-4 victory last Friday.

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(Ed. Note: For the complete Falmouth-Yarmouth and Greely-Brunswick boys’ lacrosse and Yarmouth-NYA girls’ lacrosse game stories, see theforecaster.net) The spring sports regular season is slipping away and while many challenges remain, local teams are looking good as they vie for optimal postseason positioning. Here’s a look back at the week that was and a glimpse at what’s to come:

Baseball

Greely’s baseball team sandwiched home wins over Poland (10-0, in six-innings) and Yarmouth (6-5) around a 6-4 (eight-inning) home loss to Class

A North power Oxford Hills in recent action. In the victory over the Knights, Jacob Whiting threw five scoreless innings, Brady Nolin, singled, doubled and drove in two runs and Will Lyden hit a two-run double. In the loss, Nolin had two hits and Whiting drove in the tying run in the bottom of the seventh, but the Rangers fell in extras. Against the Clippers, Ricky Walker hit a pinch-hit single and Jake MacDonald hit a sacrifice fly to cap a comeback. Will Neleski had two hits. Greely (6-2 and fifth in the Class B South Heal Points standings) goes to Sacopee Valley Wednesday, visits Lincoln Academy Friday and welcomes Wells in a regional final rematch Monday.

Super Six Polls By Michael Hoffer

Our latest Super Six polls for baseball, softball and boys’ and girls’ lacrosse. These polls include games played through Saturday, May 11 and were first released on Twitter at Twitter. com/foresports Sunday. The poll includes our core coverage area (coastal Cumberland County from Cape Elizabeth to Freeport) and is based solely on my opinion. Baseball 1) South Portland 2) Scarborough 3) Greely 4) Cheverus 5) Freeport 6) Portland Softball 1) Scarborough 2) Cape Elizabeth 3) Cheverus 4) Portland 5) South Portland 6) Yarmouth

Boys’ lacrosse 1) Cape Elizabeth 2) South Portland 3) Yarmouth 4) Greely 5) Falmouth 6) Portland Girls’ lacrosse 1) Yarmouth 2) Falmouth 3) Cape Elizabeth 4) Greely 5) Freeport 6) Cheverus

Freeport’s win streak hit five after sweeping visiting Cape Elizabeth in a doubleheader (winning five-inning games by scores of 10-1 and 6-2), downing host Old Orchard Beach (9-1), beating visiting Lincoln Academy (10-0, in five-innings) and Monday winning at Poland, 6-1, to improve to 8-2 and fourth in Class B South. In the first victory over the Capers, Shea Wagner earned the win and drove in two runs, Liam Holt hit two doubles and Heath Cockburn drove in a pair of runs. In the second game, Holt earned the victory, fanning five, and Gabe Wagner had two hits. Against the Seagulls, Anthony Panciocco earned his first win, Liam Holt had three hits and two RBI and Toby Holt and Gabe Wagner had two hits apiece. In the win over the Eagles, Toby Holt had three hits, which Panciocco and Shea Wagner both finished with two. Against the Knights, Panciocco earned the win, while Cockburn and Toby Holt both had two hits. The Falcons go to Yarmouth Wednesday, visit Morse Friday and host Poland Monday. Yarmouth enjoyed a pair of wins last week, 7-1 over visiting Wells and 9-2 at Cape Elizabeth, then fell to 3-5 and 11th in Class B South after losses at Poland (31) and Greely (6-5). Against the Warriors, Jason Lainey earned the win, while Aaron Belesca, Will Cox, John Jordan and Jack Romano all had multiple hits. Romano hit a grand slam and Toby Burgmaier earned the victory in the win over the Capers. In the loss to the Knights, Romano had a single and double and Romano had two hits against the Rangers

as well. The Clippers welcome Freeport Wednesday, visit GrayNew Gloucester Friday and host Cape Elizabeth Monday. In Class A South, Falmouth was 3-3 and 13th at press time following a 2-0 loss at South Portland and victories over host Massabesic (10-0, in six-innings), visiting Deering (2-1) and host Marshwood (7-3). Ike Kiely had two hits in the setback. Against the Mustangs, Garrett Tracy earned the win, Sam Kidder singled and homered and Sam Manganello drove in a pair of runs. “Offensively, we came out and hit the ball really well today,” said Falmouth coach Kevin Winship. “We broke out today, it was really nice to see.” In the win over the Rams, Bennett Smith earned the victory and Connor Coffin drove in Brady Coyne with the winning run. Against the Hawks, Tracy earned the win and Coffin drove in a pair of runs. The Yachtsmen welcome Gorham Thursday, host Scarborough Friday, go to Westbrook Saturday and play at Biddeford Monday and Cheverus Tuesday of next week. In Class C South, the Waynflete/North Yarmouth Academy co-op team was 2-5 and ninth in the Heals after losses at Sacopee Valley (6-3) and St. Dom’s (1-0 and 10-6 in a doubleheader). After hosting Old Orchard Beach Tuesday, Waynflete/NYA welcomes Buckfield Wednesday, goes to Richmond Friday and visits Old Orchard Beach Monday.

Softball

The Cheverus/North Yarmouth Academy co-op softball team was 6-4 and seventh in the Class

A South Heals at press time after wins at Bonny Eagle (15-2), Falmouth (12-2) and Kennebunk (11-9) and a 10-2 setback at twotime defending Class A champion Scarborough last week. In the win over the Yachtsmen, NYA’s Sydney Plummer hit a home run. The Stags host Gorham Wednesday, visit Massabesic Friday and welcome Marshwood Monday of next week. Falmouth dropped to 0-10 and 17th in Class A South after recent losses to host Windham (15-2, in five-innings), visiting Cheverus (12-2), visiting Biddeford (7-6) and host Bonny Eagle (17-1, in five-innings). Natalie Fortier doubled and had an RBI in the loss to the Eagles. Against the Stags, Olivia Rogers singled, doubled, scored a run and had an RBI and Liberty Ladd added two hits. In the loss to the Tigers, Ladd homered, doubled twice and had three RBI. Rogers had an RBI double against the Scots. The Yachtsmen go to Deering Wednesday, visit two-time defending Class A champion Scarborough Thursday, play at Kennebunk Friday and welcome Gorham Monday. In Class B South, Yarmouth was 4-4 and 12th after sandwiching losses at Poland (1-0) and Cape Elizabeth (10-3) around a 7-1 home win over Wells. Tasha Powers had two hits in the loss to the Capers. Monday, Yarmouth won at Greely, 27-3. The Clippers welcome Freeport Wednesday, visit Gray-New Gloucester Friday and host Cape Elizabeth Monday. Freeport fell to 4-6 and 11th in the Heals after losing both ends of continued next page


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18 Northern from previous page a five-inning doubleheader to visiting Cape Elizabeth (12-4 and 14-2), beating host Old Orchard Beach (20-4, in five-innings) and losing at Poland (17-5, in five-innings) and at home to Lincoln Academy (14-8). Sarah Gray had a pair of hits in the loss to the Knights. The Falcons go to Yarmouth Wednesday, visit Morse Friday and play host to Poland Monday. Defending regional champion Greely fell to 1-9 and 13th after a 17-10 home loss to Fryeburg Academy, a 3-2 home win over Poland, a 13-0, six-inning home loss to Oxford Hills and a 27-3 home loss to Yarmouth. Against the Raiders, Sawyer Dusch hit two home runs, Annie Smith added one and Dusch, Smith, Lindsay Eisenhart and Audrey Boyle all had three hits. In the victory, Smith had the game-winning RBI and Boyle earned the win. The Rangers go to Sacopee Valley Wednesday, visit Lincoln Academy Friday and welcome Wells in a regional final rematch Monday.

Boys’ lacrosse

Greely’s boys’ lacrosse team dropped a hard-fought 9-7 “home” game against Cape Elizabeth last Tuesday, in a contest played on the turf at Falmouth High, then improved to 6-2 Saturday with an 11-8 home win over Brunswick in a rematch

of last year’s Class B state final. In the loss, Ethan Fraser scored five times. In the victory, where the Rangers earned a measure of revenge from last year’s agonizing playoff loss, Jackson Williams won 16 of 18 faceoffs, scored twice and added three assists, while Andrew Lawrence had three goals and Fraser and Schuyler Wetmore each had a pair. “This is huge,” said Williams. “We’ve thought about this game since last year. We haven’t been that consistent recently, so it’s really good to get this one.” “This was a challenge for us on our home field,” Greely coach Mike Storey said. “It’s a good win for us.” The Rangers (second in the Class B Heals) return to action Tuesday of next week when Freeport pays a visit. Yarmouth improved to 5-2 and first in Class B after a 14-11 home win over York and a 10-4 victory at Falmouth. Anders Corey had six goals and Gavin Hamm finished with four in the victory over the Wildcats. The Clippers then beat the Yachtsmen for the first time since 2015, as Corey led the way with five goals and Griffin Primeau won 12 of 18 faceoffs. “We’ve either been a first quarter team, or a first half team, and we couldn’t play a complete game, but tonight we did,” said continued next page

COMPASSIONATE CARE

May 16, 2019

STUDENTS COMPETE AT KARATE TOURNEY

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Tracy’s Karate-Ju-Jitsu students from the Yarmouth dojo recently participated in the 106th Karate Tournament in Bucksport, where approximately 180 competitors from Maine and Canada vied for trophies. The children and adults train with Sensei Kristy Dawes and Sensei John Dawes of Yarmouth and their families are from Cumberland, Falmouth, North Yarmouth, Yarmouth and the Freeport. Sensei John Dawes and Sensei Johnathan MacArthur were both promoted to third degree black belt. Sensei Heather Kilcollins was promoted to first degree black belt. Front row, from left: Quinlan Barry (fourth place), Dylan Windsor (second place), Eliza Smith (second place), Piper MacArthur, Levi Windsor (second place) and A.J. Hardcastle. Middle row: Sensei Caroline Tracy (second place), Daicey Speirs, Rowan Barry (second and third place), John Jansmann (third place), Keenan Barry (second and third place), Fiona Barry (second place), Julia Tracy (second place), Hayleigh Beacquisto (second place), and John San Diego (first and third place). Back row: Sensei Kristy Dawes (Grand Champion), Sensei Lauren Dawes (first place), Sensei Justin Dawes, Jessica Windsor (third place), Mike Windsor (first place), Sensei John Dawes, Sensei Justin Hobart, Sensei Kristi Sarchi, Sensei Cameron Sarchi (third place) and Sensei Heather Kilcollins. Not picturd: Sensei Johnathan MacArthur.

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In accordance with Chapter 2.08(2) of Department of Marine Resources’ (DMR) regulations, a public scoping session will be conducted by Summit Point LLC on two proposed standard aquaculture lease applications for the suspended culture of sugar kelp. The first proposal is located on a 100-acre site in Casco Bay, Falmouth/ Cumberland. Directly after the conclusion of this scoping session, another scoping session will be held for a 100-acre site in Casco Bay, Long Island/Chebeague Island. In accordance with regulation, a scoping session is held in the municipality where the lease proposal is predominately located. However, holding both sessions in Yarmouth would be more conducive for public participation.

If the scoping sessions described above are postponed, they will be held on June 5, 2019 at the same time and location, and a notice will be posted on DMR’s website under “Meetings” A scoping session provides an opportunity for the public to learn about a proposed lease and to have an informal discussion with the applicant about the proposal. Copies of the draft lease applications are available on DMR’s website at: https:// www.maine.gov/dmr/aquaculture/forms/index.html For disability accommodations, contact Meredith Mendelson at (207) 624-6553 or amy.sinclair@maine.gov or 877-243-2823, TTY 711


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May 16, 2019 from previous page Primeau. “It’s a big win,” Corey said. “This shows we’re a real contender.” “We hadn’t finished and that can eat away at your confidence, but credit to our guys, they kept digging in,” added Yarmouth coach David Pearl. The Clippers welcome Scarborough Thursday. In Class A North, Falmouth took a threegame losing streak and a 5-3 record into Tuesday’s home game versus Deering. Last week, the Yachtsmen lost, 13-9, at South Portland and 10-4 at home to Yarmouth. Jonah Eng and Reilly Tucker both scored three goals in the loss to the Red Riots. Against the Clippers, Peter Alexander and Wyatt Kerr each scored twice. “We just couldn’t possess and we had too many turnovers,” Yachtsmen coach David Barton lamented. “You can’t win with that many turnovers.” Falmouth (first in the Heals) has a showdown at defending Class B champion Brunswick Friday (see theforecaster.net for game story). In Class C, North Yarmouth Academy lost, 18-12, at defending state champion Waynflete, then improved to 4-3 after a 16-7 win at Mt. Ararat. Ryan Baker and Mason Parks both had four goals in the setback. The Panthers (second in the Heals) host Messalonskee Thursday and play at York Wednesday of next week. Freeport took a 5-2 mark and the No. 6 ranking into Tuesday’s showdown at Waynflete. Last week, the Falcons defeated visiting Wells (10-9, in overtime) and Camden Hills (12-8). Steel Crawford had five goals in the win over the Warriors, while Leap Ngoal had two goals (including the winner in OT) and three assists. Sam Larochelle had four goals and six assists, while Evan Owen contributed three goals against the Windjammers. Freeport is at Greely Tues-

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day of next week.

Girls’ lacrosse

Yarmouth’s girls’ lacrosse team was 4-1 and first in Class B at press time after a 14-11 home win over Cape Elizabeth in a state final rematch and a 13-2 victory at NYA last week. Against the Capers, as the Clippers earned a measure of revenge for last year’s state game setback, Annie Lowenstein had four goals and Natalie Teare and Abi Thornton added three apiece. In the win over the Panthers, Lowensteain and Thornton both scored three times, as Yarmouth opened up a 12-2 halftime lead and didn’t look back. “We’ve played some really strong teams and that’s made us stronger,” said Thornton. “Each week, I see improvement in us.” “The girls are working really hard,” said Clippers coach Dorothy Holt. “Our motto is to take it game by game.” Yarmouth was home with St. Dom’s Tuesday, goes to Marshwood Friday, visits defending Class C champion Lake Region

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Saturday and travels to York Wednesday of next week. Greely improved to 5-2 and second in Class B after recent wins at York (14-6) and at home over Lake Region (13-7). Megan Beaulieu, Katie Bennert, Elsa Dean-Muncie and Jayme Morrison all had three goals in the win over the Wildcats. Against the Lakers, Sam Goldburg led the way with four goals. The Rangers host Freeport Wednesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), go to Scarborough Friday and visit

St. Dom’s Wednesday of next week. Defending Class A champion Falmouth bounced back from its first loss with wins last week at Waynflete (10-2) and at home over Scarborough (14-3) and Lewiston (10-0). Caitlyn Camelio had four goals and Eva Clement added two against the Flyers. In the win over the Red Storm, Camelio scored four times and Kayla Sarazin added two goals and three assists. Against the Blue Devils, Camelio had three goals and Clement and Sarazin each added a pair. The Yachtsmen were scheduled to play at Cheverus Tuesday, but that game was postponed by rain. In Class C, Freeport improved to 6-1, making it five straight victories after wins last week at Boothbay in a makeup game (19-9), at home over NYA (13-8) and at Oceanside (15-2). Meredith Fuller, Margaret Perrotta and Molly Whelan all had three goals and Piper Sherbert made 11 saves against the Seahawks. In the win over the Panthers, Perrotta led the way with five goals. Against Oceanside, Fuller had three goals, while Whelan, Allison Greuel and Paige Rinaldi all added two. After going to Greely Wednesday, the Falcons (third in the Heals) host Gorham Friday and play at St. Dom’s Monday. NYA had its four-game win streak snapped with a 13-8 loss at Freeport, then fell to 4-3 and fourth in Class C with a 13-2 Recap, Page 28

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low-income families in a relatively affluent town. “Lunch Crunch is more than just community service,” Brennan said. “It creates relationships and support systems between different groups of people in a town that does not often recognize these differences.” In her role as a Lunch Crunch leader, Brennan meets with adult leaders in the community prior to the start of the summer to coordinate and plans the program schedule. She and the person in charge of the district’s food services design a daily menu that is both nutritious and cost-effective. Once the half-day program begins for the summer, Brennan picks up the food and brings it to the playground where the camp is held, coordinates that day’s student volunteers as they play with and

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South Portland student wins Maine essay contest A student at Gould R. School in South Portland was the winning essayist in this year’s Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest. Sponsored by the Secretary of State’s Office, the annual contest is for Maine students from grades K through 12. Middle and high school students submit essays regarding the Maine Constitution, voting and democracy. Younger students create posters reflecting Maine history or symbols. The theme for grades 9-12 was “The Importance of Voting and Democracy.” Brent Bellanceau, a 10th-grade student in Laura Fralich’s class at Arthur R. Gould School took first place for his essay entitled “The Importance of Prisoners Votes,” which can be read at bit.ly/2E0s94M. The winning students and their classmates were invited to view the state’s original 1820 Constitution at the Maine State Archives in Augusta – a special honor, as it is not regularly removed from the storage vault for viewings.

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ARTS CALENDAR

May 16, 2019

Greater Portland Auditions Good Theater, 4- 9 p.m. May 28 & 29 by appointment for September-April season. Actors of all genders and ethnicities welcome, email info@goodtheater.com.

Exhibits Freeport Community Library: Janet Lawrence’s meditative watercolors and Bethany Dunfee’s mixed media, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., through May. “Birds of Paradise,” by Yarmouth painter Page Eastburn O’Rourke, Maine Audubon at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, to May 31. Diane Noble: Plein Air Landscapes, Yarmouth Public Library, 215 Main St., through June 19.

Film Monday 5/20 “Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (2018), Monthly Monday Matinee, 1 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer.

Galleries “Paintings in Oil,” Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps St., Peaks Island. One medium, various artists, to May. 29. “Into the Nation,” UMVA gallery, Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St., solo show by Norajean Ferris dealing with immigration, racism, militarism, and LGBT issues, to May 28. Maine Potters Market, 376 Fore St., Portland, light-hearted

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imagery of flora and fauna by Rebecca May Verrill and Jeffrey Lipton, through May 30.

Friday 5/17

Solo performances by emerging local belly dance and multidisciplinary dance artists will be spotlighted May 18 during the “Spring Solitaire Student Belly Dance Showcase” at Mayo Street Arts in Portland.

Saturday 5/18 Bernd Haussmann and Jeff Kellar, 4-6 p.m. opening reception, ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 725-8157.

Museums “In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 19501969,” Portland Museum of Art, May 24-Sept. 8, explores how an experimental school in rural Maine transformed art, craft, and design in the 20th century. “Rewinding Romanticism,” photos by Greg Shattenberg, Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, USM Glickman Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland, mainemuseumofphotographicarts.org/, to May 24.

Thursday 5/16 Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., opening reception 5-7 p.m. for “Letters to Sun: Land of Water,” by printmaker Edwige Charlot; “Innovative Techniques,” four bodies of work by Roland Salazar Rose; and photos by Stu Nedelman, to July 5.

Music Thursday 5/16 Two Sides of the Classical Guitar: David Bullard and Brian Cullan, 7 p.m., St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, $15/$18, bit. ly/2WvXFyS.

ny, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, a “sweet, quirky tragicomedy,” $20$23, www.madhorse.com.

SPRING SHOWCASE

“Trees and Dancers,” artist’s reception 5:30-7 p.m. for Wendy Newbold Patterson, Stonewall Gallery, Yarmouth History Center, 118 E. Elm St., to June 29.

Friday 5/17 Maine Dead Project Summer Series Kick Off, 8 p.m., 25 Temple St., 21+, $10-$15, paperless tickets, portlandhouseofmusic.com.

Saturday 5/18 Aaron Smith of Gospel Blues Revival, 6:30 p.m., Holy Grounds Coffee House, Church of the Holy Spirit, 1047 Congress St., Portland. Housemade entree, beverages and desserts for sale, donations for musicians taken.

Sunday 5/19 Portland Rossini Club, 3 p.m., featuring pianist Jonathan Prak with works by Beethoven and Chopin, The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, by donation, students free. Scarborough High School Mixed Chorus and USM’s Dirigo Ensemble, 5 p.m., St. Augustine Anglican Church, 656 US Route 1, Scarborough. Free.

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Wednesday 5/22 High Winds Flute Choir, 6:30-7:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, featuring French and British composers, free and open to the public.

Thursday 5/23 Big Ass Rooster, 5 p.m., outdoor concert and Allagash Brewing Company Victor Ale tasting to benefit St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., $25, 21 plus.

Theater/Dance “The Last Five Years,” to May 19, Portland Stage, 25 Forest Ave. musical deconstructs a love affair and marriage between an aspiring novelist and a struggling actress, portlandstage.org. “The Tomb of King Tot,” May 16 - June 2, Mad Horse Theatre Compa-

Friday 5/17 Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, 8 p.m., Aura, Portland, $25+, bit. ly/2DJLZ4o. LOLS: An Evening of Local Comedy, 8 p.m., Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $10/$12

Saturday 5/18 Spring Solitaire Student Belly Dance Showcase, 8 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $15/$20, bit.ly/2WvXFyS.

Midcoast Call for Artists “Women. Respond!” open call juried show at The Harlow in Hallowell from Aug. 2-Sept. 7, deadline June 15, see harlowgallery.org/ call-women-respond.

Exhibits Student Art Show, Brunswick High School, Maquoit Road, to May 29.

Galleries Birds on Display, various mediums and artists, Marking’s Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, through May 31. Works by Leslie Woods, Centre St Arts Gallery, 11 Centre St., Bath, to June 28. Lincoln County Student Art Show, Maine Art Gallery, former Wiscasset Academy building, 15 Warren St., Wiscasset, noon- 4 p.m. through May 20.

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Saturday 5/25 Wiscasset Bay Gallery 35th Anniversary Reception & opening of “Spring Arrivals,” 3-5 p.m., 67 Main St, on view to July 5.

Music Friday 5/17 “Blue River, Deep Roots,” 7 p.m., The Neighborhood, 798 Washington St., Bath, benefit by four women songwriters, by donation. Side Door Coffee House featuring Dave Bullard and Kate Miller, Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St. Brunswick. Open mic sign up 6:45 for 7 p.m. start; feature performers at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday 5/18 Ruth Moody Band, 7:30 p.m., The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. Australian-born, two-time Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter of the Wailin’ Jennys, $20+, bit.ly/2VsAXvh.

Sunday 5/19 Three Women & The Truth, 7:30 p.m., Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, alternative folk super group, $32/$35 door. Headtide Harps, 1:30 p.m.; “Mythical Figures,” Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, 2:30 p.m., Orion Performing Arts Center, 66 Republic Ave., Topsham, $20/door, under 18/college students free, 846-5378, www.midcoastsymphony.org. Fiddler Ed Howe, 2 p.m., followed by contra dance, benefits Merriconeag Grange, Route 123, Harpswell, 833-2320.

Town of Cumberland Meet the Candidates Nights

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Mythical Figures

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Gendron Franco Center, Lewiston Free intermission performance Lewiston High School Jazz Combo

Sunday, May 19 2:30 p.m.

Orion Performing Arts Center, Topsham Free 1:30 p.m. pre-concert performance by Virginia Flanagan’s Headtide Harps Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, Claude Debussy Siegfried Idyll. Richard Wagner

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The Town of Cumberland will be holding two Meet the Candidates Nights at the end of May! The upcoming Municipal, State Special, and M.S.A.D. 51 Budget Validation Referendum Election on Tuesday, June 11th has all contested races. These forums will allow residents to learn more about who is running for office. Due to the number of candidates running for each office, we will be holding two separate forums. • •

Town Council & State Representative Candidates Tuesday, May 28th at 7pm (Greely Center for the Arts) MSAD #51 School Board of Director Candidates Thursday, May 30th at 7pm (Cumberland Town Hall)

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The calendar of upcoming performing arts happenings has several excellent choices. Tops in my opinion is City Theater Associates’ stellar community production of “Calendar Girls,” a British comedy that pushes many of today’s cultural hot buttons. It runs through May 26 at the Biddeford Opera House. The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra wraps up its 2018-2019 season this weekend with concerts in Lewiston and Topsham. The title of the program is “Mythical Figures.” Palaver Strings is a Boston-based classical music ensemble with a growing presence in Maine. The 14 musicians are launching a school in Portland this spring, plus they’re giving concerts at an accelerated pace. The next is slated for Saturday in Portland.

“Calendar Girls” is a hot British comedy that’s running through May 26 at the Biddeford Opera House.

Every now and then I see a comedy that not only hits my funny bone in fine fashion, but it also sticks in my mind long after the laughter has faded. That’s the case with the show that opened last weekend at the Biddeford Opera House: City Theater Associates’ stellar community production of “Calendar Girls.” It’s a contemporary British show, written by Tim Firth, that is based on a true story from rural England. Members of the Women’s Institute of a local church

– all in their 50s and 60s – decide to raise money for a memorial to Annie’s husband, who recently died of leukemia, by selling a special calendar. The big gimmick: They all pose nude. The ladies hope to raise about 500 pounds, but when their calendar becomes a national and international sensation, sales and donations amount to 1,200 times that sum, which they use to build a new cancer wing for the local hospital. But this runaway success comes with a cost as the women feel the heat of the

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proverbial spotlight. Most serious is the growing rift between grief-stricken Annie, played by Rebecca Cole, and Chris, played by Jennine Cannizzo, who eyes opportunities for personal advancement. City Theater Associates’ artistic director Linda Sturdivant gets fine performances from her cast of 14, with Cole and Cannizzo delivering truly outstanding performances. City Theater Associates presents “Calendar Girls” through May 26 at the Biddeford Opera House, 205 Main St.,

Nineteenth-century musical Romanticism was characterized by a number of qualities. One of the most interesting was a fixation with mythical creatures, often drawn from the period of Classical Antiquity. Many Romantic composers wrote works that were centered on these figures. For the final concert of the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season, maestro Rohan Smith has based his entire program on this theme, presenting four works by famous 19th-century composers. The best-known piece is Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun,” which in turn is based on a famous French poem by Stephane Mallarme. Fauns were minor deities in Greek mythology, characterized by the upper body of a man, and the body of a goat below the waist. (And they were utterly unconnected with baby deer.) According to Greek mythology, fauns tended to be sex-crazed and they cavorted with nymphs; such is the case with the particular creature envisioned in Debussy’s work. But it’s all a dream, at least in the Mallarme-Debussy telling. Other works on Smith’s program include Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Creatures of Prometheus,” Richard Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” and Maurice Ravel’s orchestral suite based on his ballet, “Daphnis and Chloe.” Midcoast Symphony Orchestra presents “Mythical Figures” twice this weekend: May 18 at 7 p.m. at the Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St. in Lewiston, and May 19 at 2:30 p.m. at the Orion Performing Arts Center at Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham. Call 315-1712.

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There are several organizations devoted to presenting classical music, or at least music that’s written in the classical tradition, to audiences that are unfamiliar with the idiom. One of them is Palaver Strings, a small chamber orchestra that was organized in 2014 in Boston. Numbering 14 members, this ensemble positions itself as a forward-thinking musical unit with a community-based mission and innovative programming. They have a standing gig each summer at Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, and they’re looking to expand their Maine footprint. This Saturday, Palaver Strings presents its third Portland concert of this spring. Titled “Teaching Time to Walk,” it’s billed as “a concert that explores the concept of time and invites listeners to think about stability and flux, how we ‘go with the flow’ and how we can disrupt it.” Catch Palaver Strings at 7 p.m. May 18 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. (top of Munjoy Hill) in Portland. Visit StLawrenceArts.org.


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Greater Portland Benefits Saturday 5/18 Portland Great Strides, 9 a.m., Payson Park, Portland, 4.5-mile walk benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, on.cff.org/2YaVbXj.

Thursday 5/23 Allagash Victor Ale Tasting and Benefit, 5-8 p.m., outside St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, live music, local eats, $25.

Books & Authors Great Books: The Nature of Life Readings in Biology, 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays beginning May 20, hosted by Falmouth Memorial Library at Mason-Motz Activity Center, moderated book group is open to new members. “Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple 1890-1918,” May 16, 6-8 p.m., author talk, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, and May 22 at noon, Portland Public Library.

Thursday 5/16 GORP Publication Party & Reading by poet and Falmouth educator Mark Melnicove, 6:30 p.m., Mason-Motz Activity Center, Falmouth, celebration of community literary magazine and reading from “Ghosts.”

Wednesday 5/22 “Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives,” Literary Lunch with Jane Brox and Beth Bussiere, noon, Portland Public Library, Monument Square.

Bulletin Board Saturday 5/18 Indoor Yard Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Portland Spiritualist Church, 17 Dunn St., Westbrook. Books, camping/outdoor, vinyl, kids’ items,

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Saturday 5/25 Yard Sale Fundraiser, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 181 Main St., Freeport, next to the Freeport Community Library to benefit Greater Freeport Community Chorus and Freeport Players. Rain date May 26.

Call for Volunteers Love Cats? Homeless Animal Rescue Team in Cumberland is looking for weekday morning volunteers from 8-11 a.m., applications are available on the HART website or call 829-4116. Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, through May 31 at all branches. The bank will contribute two jars for every selfie taken when donations are made; email to socialmedia@bangor.com. Fight to End Alzheimer’s: for every Hannaford Helps reusable bag bought in May at the Scarborough store, 31 Hannaford Drive, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter will receive a $1. Red Cross Blood Drives: May 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., State Farm, 438 US Route 1, Yarmouth; May 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Easterseals, 125 Presumpscot St., Portland & 8 a.m.-1 p.m., South Portland High School, 637 Highland Ave; May 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mercy Hospital, 144 State St., Portland.

Saturday 5/18 Baked Ham Supper, 5-6 p.m., Freeport Masonic Lodge, Mallet Drive. Includes mashed potatoes, assorted vegetables, homemade biscuits. Adults/$9, kids half price.

Health Mindful Tuesdays with Sue Young, 10-11:30 a.m., Mason-Motz Activity Center, Falmouth, mindfulness, stress reduction and/or relaxation skills, through summer.

Thursday 5/23 Reducing Your Environmental Risk for Cancer, 6-7:30 p.m., Dempsey Center, 778 Main St., S. Portland, trends in cancer rates at the state and national level, how environmental carcinogens increase risk and what can be done, open to the public, register at bit. ly/2VoFQAh.

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Workshops/Walks/ Talks Friday 5/17 “The Path of Compassion,” by Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, 6:30 p.m., Vajra Vidya Tibetan Buddhist Center, 159 State St., Portland. Free and open to all; enter at State Street Church gate, portlandmainebuddhism.org/events. Freeport Woman’s Club, program about recycling, 1:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, featuring Lissa Bittermann of Ecomaine, recycling and waste-to-energy operations, public is welcome.

Tuesday 5/21 “A Hodge Podge of Hometown History,” Yarmouth History Center Spring Lecture Series with historian Jay Robbins, 7 p.m., 118 E. Elm St., nonmembers $5.

Wednesday 5/22 “Tips for Decluttering Your Life,” 6:30 p.m., Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Rd., with organizational habits expert Janie Downey Maxwell. Free and open to all; bring questions and prepare to take notes.

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“A Short History of Upta Camp,” 6:30 p.m., Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Rd. David Jones will go back in time using old maps, photos, and quotes from famous tourists and writers.

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from page 2 Planned work this summer includes building a new section from Hillside Street to the Applewood Farm subdivision at a cost of about $160,000, according to Dan Ostrye, the West Side Trail coordinator. However, the trail committee is about $50,000 short of that funding goal. Ostrye hopes the remainder of the Phase 2 trail connections can be made in the next year or so, but with current construction

costs he’s unsure how much that might cost. The West Side Trail has been supported through the years by a number of local and statewide organizations, including the Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands, which has awarded the trail committee a $50,000 grant for Phase 2 construction. Ostrye said the trail was conceived by the Yarmouth Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee; Yarmouth Rotary Club and the Royal River Conservation Trust were “early, enthusiastic and ongoing” supporters.

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New partners for the second phase of trail building include the town and the Yarmouth Lions Club, he said. Through the years the majority of funding for the West Side Trail has come from community organizations and individual donors, Ostrye said. He said the full expansion of the West Side Trail would extend it from West Elm Street up to the publicly accessible trail network in the Applewood Farm development. “The expansion will connect the village itself to the already completed trail network and provide direct access to over 4,000 Yarmouth residents who live within a 20-minute walk of the expanded trail,” he said. One thing that makes the current section of the West Trail Side unique, Ostrye said, is that mountain biking is allowed, along with other uses, including skiing or snowshoeing in winter. In describing the trail, he said “the terrain varies widely from one end to the other, providing tranquil moments in

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deep forest, sunny runs through open corridor sections and some beautiful vistas of Casco Bay.” What also makes the trail special, Ostrye said, is that it connects several town-owned open spaces, including Fels Groves Preserves, Sandy Point Beach, Camp Soci, and Tinker Field. And, “a short ride or walk will also take you to Madeleine Point dock and beach and the Royal River Conservation Trust’s Little John Island Preserve,” he added. While the often steep terrain prevented the first phase of the trail from being universally accessible, the second phase will be built to allow those with mobility issues to safely use the trail, Ostrye said. The goal of Phase 2 is to provide direct access to three of the largest subdivisions in town – Oakwoods, McKearny Village and Applewood Farm – “which is a very short distance from our elementary, middle and high schools,” Ostrye said. Please add in “This proximity means that students can access the trail for physical activity Change Hou and for outdoor education (and) access to the Exit 15 Park & Ride means that residents can easily catch the METRO Breeze bus via a quick walk or ride from their house.” Kate Irish Collins can be reached at 780-9097 or kcollins@theforecaster.net. Follow Kate on Twitter: @ KIrishCollins.

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wants to see greater collaboration between the school district and town, particularly on capital programs, so they better coordinate spending. For example, a new fire truck should not be funded at the same time the town must repay debt for a performing arts center, he said. “By coordinating their capital requirements, and building a closer partnership as opposed to a competing atmosphere, I think we can have a much more cooperative spirit, and reduce the impact of the budget on the taxpayers,” Cashin said. Cashin is part of a Cumberland Fire Department task force that aims to develop a community wellness program, which “could be extremely valuable, especially as our population continues to age,” he said. Through his involvement with the town’s Aging in Place program, “I see the needs and issues that our elderly citizens face, especially on the tax side,” Cashin noted. “Enabling them to remain in their homes is a big objective.” Affordable housing for young families is another concern. “We do have to keep a certain level of student population in order to make that (school system) effective, and continue to receive both the federal and state funding,” he said.

Michael Edes

Edes, a lifelong Cumberland resident and current Town Council chairman, said he has brought administrative and organization

skills to the council over the past six years. “I’ve got some good historical knowledge, and I’m in line with what the vision is going forward,” Edes said. Both the council and School Board have worked well in the past year to keep spending under control, he said, noting that taxpayers should see only a slight bump in their tax bills next year, if any. While last year saw contention between the two panels, with the council adopting a resolution urging cuts to the school budget, this year “the lines of communication between both boards have really been opened up,” Edes said. “Everything’s a lot better than it was a year ago.” An issue that continues to stir debate – relocation of the town’s sand and salt sheds, and compost and brush areas off the town’s crowded Public Works site – is one Edes said he wants finally settled. But he expressed confidence “we’re going to be able to do this within the next few months.” Cumberland must also continue to broaden its commercial tax base, he said, to ease the burden on property taxpayers.

Geoff Michalak

Michalak has spent 33 years in Cumberland, and has worked for the town’s Fire and Public Works departments. He said he has long had interest in serving on the council, and is now in a position where he has more time to invest. He said he brings a background in business and financial analysis, as well as an ability to collaborate with others and build relationships. “I’m a fresh set of eyes,” Michalak said.

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“I’m not tied to any committees ... so you don’t get ‘well gee, we’ve always done it this way.’” In business, he said, he’s “a firm believer that if you don’t innovate, you die. If we can’t innovate some of our processes, and some of the ways we do things ... the characteristics of the town are definitely going to end up changing.” The town needs to look at what it has for potential future tax revenue, as well as future capital expenses – to have a solid outlook at what upcoming expenditures it faces and how those will be funded, Michalak said. “I think citizens don’t have a full picture of everything that’s coming up, whether it be infrastructure or schools,” he said. While he doesn’t expect property taxes to be reduced, Michalak said he hopes the town can keep annual tax increases to a minimum. He noted that there are many “people in their late teens, early 20s that want to remain in Cumberland, but financially it’s just not feasible,” and he hopes they and older residents alike will be able to remain in their homes.

Robert Vail

Vail, who has spent more than 50 years in Cumberland, said he takes pride in being apart from the status quo. Vail said he’s

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someone who would bring fresh insight into how the council conducts its business, and ask questions and make changes. People on fixed incomes seeking to control their expenditures can do so in a variety of ways, but their tax burden is out of their hands, Vail said. “We still have to fund our municipalities and our schools, so I would be looking for some alternative solutions,” he said. He said Cumberland and North Yarmouth need to review the School Administrative District 51 charter. “It’s been 50-plus years ... it’s time to look at the school, and the relationship between the two communities, and say, ‘is this working well, and beneficial to both communities?’,” he said. “And if it’s not, what changes should we make?” Vail advocates regional planning, noting that a vacant, town-owned property near the railroad tracks on Tuttle Road – which the town considered at one point for housing – could serve as a terminal for a park-and-ride lot or a train station. He also supports the creation of alternative energy resources in town, stating that “before I’d put another (housing) development in town, I’d put solar panels up. Let’s do something that benefits us.”

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icant changes that would result in big differences in what’s been happening around town.” Councilor Ted Asherman said there were “significant benefits” to both options, because both “attempt to rectify the situation.” However, he also warned that “what’s been built has been built” and there’s no going back. Hemphill also said he could see benefits to both options, calling the LPAC proposal “very well reasoned,” but stating that the “rollback is certainly very easy to understand.” Town Council candidate Valentine Sheldon, who also created the Save Falmouth website, argued Monday that the LPAC proposal would only “continue muddying the waters” and said the “best

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Helper program is only focused on small, routine tasks, “it makes a world of difference in a senior being able to stay in their home longer,” especially if they’re no longer physically able to do the work themselves.

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Board member.”

Krisztina Napolitano

Napolitano said she’s running to support not only students, but teachers and administrative staff. Like Cahan, she also wants to make sure the School Department continues its reputation for providing a high-quality education “within the boundaries of a fiscally responsible budget.”

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solution is always the simplest.” In this case, he said, “the most responsible and best thing” would be a rollback

to the pre-2016 zoning changes. “We have a big problem and we need to regroup,” Sheldon said. “The 2016

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She said anyone volunteering to take part in the new age-friendly programs will receive training and support from the Southern Maine Agency on Aging, and while Community Services has had “positive interest,” it still needs committed volunteers. Brosnan said volunteers can set their own hours, as long as they are consistent

in terms of visiting or calling their assigned senior. “There are so many benefits to volunteering,” she added. There’s the personal enrichment from creating a new relationship and there’s the satisfaction of making a difference in the life of a senior, as well as the wider opportunity to serve the community and make key contacts, she said.

Organizers hope the new programs will have a positive impact on the seniors’ overall well-being, Brosnan said, “whether it’s making a new friend or having someone they can (rely) on to help change that light bulb they can’t safely change by themselves anymore.”

Napolitano also said she has a vested interest in the success of the Falmouth schools, since she has one child in the system and a younger child who will be enrolled in another five years. ”As a resident of Falmouth who values quality education, I can introduce creative solutions and work with the board to solve challenges that will help the school and community balance quality educa-

tion with fiscal responsibility,” she said. Napolitano said her top priorities include addressing proficiency-based grading, school capacity, vaping and the spread of “highly contagious communicable diseases,” within the school community. She’s also concerned about how legislation passed at the state level impacts schools at the local level, including a possible mandate to make room for pre-kin-

dergarten classrooms in schools that are already at capacity. Napolitano said her MBA also gives her “the financial skills to review, prepare and analyze financial statements,” and she’s well-versed in creative problem-solving and conflict resolution.

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“A monetary value would be set for each and every service, so both parties would be protected,” he said. The arrangement would be “to help them with their 2,500 cubic yards of horse manure that they generate, and our 2,500 yards of yard waste,” Shane said. Meanwhile, the town has two potential sites on Middle Road where it could move the sand and salt sheds. Negotiations are underway, and “we hope to have something at the June meeting with one of those owners,” Shane said. Josh Hilton of Bruce Hill Road was among fairgrounds neighbors who opposed the move. While he empathized with the Village Green residents who expected the Town Garage to be moved, and decried the noises and odors from that site, “to saddle other neighbors because of buyers’ regret isn’t fair,” he said. Hilton expressed concern that if brush dump operations are moved to the fairgrounds, the sand and salt sheds would inevitably follow. “There is no intent, ever, to move any sand or salt (operations) to West Cumberland,” Storey-King replied. Half the compost the town was producing at its Public Works site was horse manure, she noted, adding the town does not seek to purchase land from the Farmers Club, but rather looks to “go into a mutual, beneficial

agreement where we compost. It is an operation that exists from May until November, twice a week.” Although there is an aquifer beneath part of the fairgrounds, the compost and brush operations would not be above it, Storey-King said.

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rezoning is fatally flawed.” When Sheldon’s wife, Michelle, spoke, she asked for a show of hands from those in favor of a rollback and then those who favor the LPAC proposal. A large majority supported a rollback; no hands were raised in support of LPAC. Bart Ladd was one of the few to speak in favor of the LPAC option, calling it “a viable compromise,” as he described the rush he and his wife are now in to complete the division of their lot on Foreside Road before the rules change again. He also warned that a rollback would bring the town “lots of lawsuits” and said that by going back to pre-2016, “you’re creating a lot of non-conforming lots that didn’t exist before.”

tion options, all of which have fallen through. Skillin Road residents last September strongly opposed a site there, as did neighbors of a vacant area north of the Cumberland Fairgrounds, and one next to the Town Forest. Neighbor opposition in March helped sink a proposed site on town-owned land off Greely Road. A member of the Cumberland Farmers Club approached the Town Council about building a compost pad on the Cumberland Fairgrounds property at 197 Blanchard Road, Councilor Shirley Storey-King said Monday. The Cumberland Fairgrounds board expected Tuesday night to consider the town’s proposal to put composting there, Town Manager Bill Shane said. The full 100-member Farmers Club would also have to discuss the proposal, he noted. With club support, the Town Council could vote June 3 to authorize Shane to work with the organization to develop a lease agreement, which the council would approve in a later meeting. The town’s cost of leasing nearly 2 acres behind a horse barn off Bruce Hill Road could be a combination of money and services, Shane explained, like paving or winter plowing at the fairgrounds.

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The council later in the meeting unanimously approved a conservation easement for Greely Woods. The Chebeague & Cumberland Land Trust will be the steward of the land. The easement consists of three adjoining, undeveloped town-owned parcels, bordered by Greely Road Extension to the north and Sparhawk Lane to the east, near Main Street. Greely Woods is intended to provide “low-impact outdoor recreation,” the easement states, which includes running, hiking, nature observation and study, hunting, fishing, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, picnicking, and snowmobiling on trails designated for that purpose. The Town Council deemed the property difficult to develop, due to the presence of stream crossings and narrow access points, Shane said. Of approximately 14,000 acres of land in Cumberland, more than 1,000 are in town-owned conservation easements, the manager noted.


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from page 1 shoreline erosion, and marine wildlife sightings, the friends’ website says. Frignoca said this week that the presence of some algae is actually helpful, because it provides habitat and food for a variety of marine life. However, she said an unchecked algal bloom can quickly become harmful. That’s because a thick layer of algae can smother clams and other organisms. It can also use up the oxygen that lowers the pH level in the marine sediment, which makes it inhospitable to all types of critical marine creatures.

In addition, Frignoca said when the algae dies it releases carbon dioxide, which aggravates ocean and shoreline acidification. She said a large algal bloom would be a sign of bad health, but what’s encouraging is that something can be done to both prevent and limit the impact. Frignoca said algal blooms are caused by too much nitrogen, which particularly effects shallow water, such as at Town Landing or some of the other small coves in town. Stormwater runoff is one of the biggest sources of nitrogen, she said. To prevent that issue, Frignoca said homeowners can limit their use of fertilizer, carefully choosing where and when it is applied, if

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it’s used at all. Another way people can help combat the amount of nitrogen making its way into Casco Bay is to ensure that their septic systems are working, Frignoca said. In general, she said nuisance algal blooms are becoming more and more of a problem around the bay. “For the last three summers we’ve seen more and more flats impacted,” Frignoca said. “The problem seems to be increasing in relation to the changing climate,” she added. “Warmer temperatures and more sunlight seem to be aggravating the growth of these blooms.” Frignoca said the nuisance blooms seem to be more of a problem in areas where

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from page 19 home loss to Yarmouth Saturday. Maggie Holt, Catherine Reid and Emma Sharp all scored twice against the Falcons. In the loss to the Clippers, Holt scored early against the team her mother, Dorothy Holt, coaches, and Reid also found the net, but the Panthers didn’t have the firepower to keep up. “We held our own,” NYA coach Molly Climo said. “I think we played with them. I was impressed with our girls. Everyone came out and was hungry.” The Panthers host York Wednesday, go to Deering Friday and welcome Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of next week.

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Local outdoor track teams have seen plenty of action over the past week.

Last Monday, Falmouth took part in a four-team meet at Portland. The Yachtsmen boys and girls were each second to Thornton Academy. Yarmouth’s boys and Freeport’s girls were first in a six-team meet Wells. The Clippers girls were runners-up and the Falcons boys placed third. Last Tuesday, Greely and NYA joined Fryeburg Academy and York at Sacopee Valley. The Rangers boys and girls were each second to York, while the Panthers boys and girls both finished fourth. Friday, Freeport hosted NYA, Cape Elizabeth, Old Orchard Beach and Traip Academy. The Falcons girls were first with the Clippers placing fourth. Yarmouth’s boys were first and Freeport came in third. Monday, Greely joined Lake Region, Old Orchard Beach, St. Dom’s and Wells

at Poland. The Rangers boys and girls were each second to the Knights.

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Falmouth’s 11-time defending state champion girls’ tennis team improved to 7-0 Monday with a 4-1 win at Gorham, the Yachtsmen’s 180th consecutive match victory. A key test looms Monday when Falmouth (ranked second in the Class A South Heal Points standings) hosts undefeated Cheverus. Falmouth’s boys improved to 8-0 and first in Class A South following recent wins at Windham (4-1) and Portland (5-0) and a 3-2 home victory over Gorham. The Yachtsmen close the regular season at Cheverus Monday. The defending Class B South champion Freeport boys improved to 7-1 and first in Class B South after 3-2 wins last week at Yarmouth and at home over 11-time de-

fending Class C champion Waynflete and a 4-1 victory at Cape Elizabeth Monday. The Falcons host Cape Elizabeth Wednesday and go to Greely Thursday. Freeport’s girls improved to 3-5 Monday after a 3-2 home win over St. Dom’s. The Falcons (eighth in the Heals) go to powerhouse Greely Friday. Greely’s girls suffered their first loss last week, 4-1, at York, then defeated Freeport (5-0) and Cape Elizabeth (3-2), in a playoff rematch. Monday, the Rangers improved to 7-1 after a 4-1 win at Waynflete and were third in Class B South at press time. Greely’s boys beat visiting York (5-0) and host Cape Elizabeth (4-1) and St. Dom’s (5-0) last week. Monday, the Rangers fell, 3-2, at home to Waynflete to fall to 6-3 and fifth in Class B South. Greely is home against Freeport Thursday and hosts YarRecap, Page 29

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Call or E-mail for Free Estimate (207) 926-5296 dgagnonlandscaping@gmail.com

81 Pleasant Hill Road Freeport, Maine 04032 207-865-4279 Boarding, Daycare and Grooming with Love, Care & More!



Personal Pet Services since 2002

dog walking, boarding, daycare, taxi Paul Donahue

The Pet Sitter

19 Woods Rd, Falmouth, ME 04105 ph: 207- 415- 6561 email: petsitterp@aol.com

RUMMAGE SALE

CUMBERLAND FORESIDE Saturday May 18,99–-32 May 12, Saturday MOVING SHIPPING & STORAGE BIG JOHN’S MOVING

   Residential & Commercial Households Small and Large    *Office Relocations    *Padding Services    *Cleaning Services    *Piano Moving    *Single Item Relocation     *Rental Trucks loaded/unloaded.          OPEN 7 DAYS A WEEK 828-8699 We handle House-to-House relocation with Closings involved. No extra charge for weekend, gas mileage or weight

PAINTING PLASTER & PAPER

Hall Painting Specializing in Older Homes & Spraying Cabinetry Interior/Exterior Family owned and operated for over 20 years Free and timely estimates

Call Brett Hall at 671-1463



Sand Point, Torry Pine, Goose Ledge in Cumberland Foreside. Off Rt 1. Across from Chebeague Island parking, take Thomas Drive then 1st right.

Brunswick UMC’s 4th Annual Multi-Family Community Yard and Plant Sale

Saturday, Mayor18 Saturday, May 18(rain shine) (rain or shine) from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. 8 am to 12 pm

Brunswick United Methodist Church 320 Church Road, Brunswick

ofMethodist Parking! Church BrunswickPlenty United for sale willBrunswick include: 320Items Church Road, • Plants and Seedlings

Household Items If you •are shopping for a • Garden Fresh Canned Goods bargain, this the sale you • CraftisSupplies Equipment More! • Sporting don’t wantandtoMuch miss. If you are shopping for a bargain, this is the sale you don’t want to miss!

207-725-2185

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YARD SALE WESTBROOK 637 E. Bridge Street 9-5 Fri. May 17 & Sat. May 18 Antiques, Collectibles, Music, Kitchenware and something for everyone

WANTED TO BUY MUSICAL INSTRUMENT Looking for a Hammond Electric Organ & Leslie Speaker. FMI Call Rich: 228-5160


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