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Yarmouth Clam Festival: Buy a ticket, win a car, support a nonprofit By Amy Anderson YARMOUTH — Each year, the Yarmouth Clam Festival attracts thousands of people who enjoy carnival rides, races, food, music, arts and crafts, a parade and fireworks. This year, one lucky person may win a new car while supporting local nonprofit organizations. In an effort to boost support for nonprofits, the Chamber of Commerce has partnered with New England Ford Dealers to give away a 2012 Ford Focus during the 46th annual Clam Festival, which runs Friday, July 15, through Sunday, July 17. New England Ford will

also sponsor this year’s Main Street parade at 6 p.m. on July 15. The theme is Great American Inventions. Festival Director Mark Primeau said the partnership with the car dealership is an exciting bonus this year. Tickets for the raffle can be purchased – $10 for one and $20 for three – through a secure online payment system. A portion of proceeds from online sales will support the 24 local organizations participating in the drawing, or a portion of the ticket sales can be donated to the Yarmouth Clam Festival general fund. “I’m having a ton of fun

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Above: Director Mark Primeau holds the 2012 Clam Festival artwork designed by Betsy McLellan, outside his office in Yarmouth.The 46th annual festival opens July 15 and will include entertainment, crafts, food and other events.

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High cost of low bids: Environmental, safety violators get stimulus contracts By Emily Guerin and Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — Federal stimulus funds funneled into Maine may have resulted in a reported 1,600 jobs and improvements to infrastructure all over the state. Since 2009, the federal government has awarded $1.4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to public, private and nonprofit organizations throughout Maine. The largest awards went to projects for roads and water main replacements. The money was awarded to state agencies, which then hired contractors to carry out the projects. Some of the largest awards were to the Maine Department of Transportation and the Portland Water District. Both PWD and DOT pick contractors based on the lowest bids. This process saves money, but can

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also result in companies cutting corners to achieve the lowest bids. Many contractors have few or no violations of federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration or state Department of Environmental Protection laws. But in some cases, the agencies awarded contracts to construction companies with histories of violating state and federal laws.

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The Portland Water District utilized the Maine Drinking Water Project’s State Revolving Loan Fund for 14 projects totaling $4.5 million in southern Maine. All but $1.3 million of the award was an interest-free loan and will be paid back to the state. Dearborn Construction of Buxton had the lowest bid on two PWD projects: water main replacements on Elizabeth Street in Portland and Wards Hill Road in

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Gorham, totaling $825,000. “We go with the lowest bidder,” Chris Crovo, a PWD engineer, said of the district’s selection process. In this case, that meant awarding bids to a company with several recent OSHA violations, as well as a recent violation of Maine’s environmental laws. On Sept. 29, 2009, an OSHA inspector fined Dearborn $28,500 for three serious violations, two of which were repeats, meaning the company was cited for the same offense, or one very similar, in the previous three years. The largest of the fines, $21,000, was a repeat violation for failing to protect employees during excavations. Another repeat violation, for failing to have daily inspections to avoid trench

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By Emily Parkhurst FALMOUTH — The Planning Board on Tuesday told Walmart the retailer’s plans for a Super Walmart store have to be revised. The board tabled a site plan for the store at 206 Route 1, citing several conflicts with town ordinances. Under the site plan, an existing 92,000-square-foot store would grow to 118,000 square feet, with a 6,000-square-foot garden center. In addition to razing a Regal Cinemas building and expanding into that footprint, the plans include an extension on the back of the existing store. The plans trigger the town’s Route 1 and Village Center design guidelines, including limits on sign size and requirements for landscape design. Board members and town staff indicated that plans presented Tuesday did not meet all those standards. See page 24

SAD 51, Yarmouth schools seek collaboration

Emily Guerin / The Forecaster

Workers replace a sewer line on Washington Avenue in Portland last year. The metal structure protects them in the event of a trench collapse. Failures to comply with excavation and protective system requirements are among the violations committed by companies that have received federal stimulus funds for infrastructure work in Maine.

By Alex Lear CUMBERLAND — School Administrative District 51 and the Yarmouth School Department are expected to form a joint committee to explore opportunities for collaboration and cost savings. The Cumberland-North Yarmouth School Board on June 27 unanimously approved a joint resolution to form the task force. The Yarmouth School Committee will vote later this month. The proposed committee will

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FREEPORT — Gov. Paul LePage’s son, Paul LePage II, was unharmed last week in a crash that demolished his car on Interstate 295. Trooper Matt Williams of the Maine State Police said the 22-year-old, oldest son of the governor, was driving northbound Thursday, June 30, at about 6:33 p.m. when he lost control of his 2009 Toyota just south of the Brunswick town line. Williams said the driver was traveling in a construction zone that was down to a single lane and had been paved earlier in the day. He said LePage’s front driver’s side tire left the uneven roadway and went onto the soft shoulder next to the guardrail, causing him to lose control of the car. Williams said LePage hit the guardrail head-on, went back onto the roadway, spun around and hit the guardrail again from the rear. LePage was not injured in the crash, Williams said, adding that alcohol, drugs or distractions were not considered to be fac-


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By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — School districts in southern and mid-coast Maine stand to lose millions in state funding next year, after a last-minute change to the way the state distributes money for essential programs and services. The change was narrowly approved by the state Senate late in the afternoon of its last session before summer recess. The Senate voted 17-15 June 29 to move funds from suburban and urban areas to the rural areas of the state. Because the funding estimates are based on the fiscal 2012 budget, the amounts districts receive the following year may be greater, because more funds for schools may be made available in next year’s budget. But urban schools will see smaller increases based on the new law. “The (Essential Programs and Services) formula was implemented six years ago under the Baldacci administration and it has


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losing money or have some split districts, where some are losing and some are gaining money,” Alfond said. “For those 28 senators who woke up (June 30) with split districts, you’re going to have to answer to those districts. You can’t hide from this vote.” Raye’s district is estimated to see an increase of nearly $870,000, distributed between a long list of rural Washington County schools, the most of any senate district in the state. “That’s a silly argument,” Raye said. “This was done very thoughtfully. Some communities will gain, but not as much as

they did under the old formula. It’s difficult to argue the inequities should remain.” The bill passed utilizing a rarely used procedure called “paired voting.” The procedure allows a senator who cannot be present for the vote to ask someone voting in the opposite way to pair votes. Neither vote counts, but they both go on the record. Sens. Elizabeth Schneider, D-Orono, and Troy Jackson, D-Allagash, paired their votes, thus cancelling Schneider’s “no” vote on the measure. Raye said Schneider had initially told him she would be voting for the bill, but switched her vote to accommodate Jackson. “Were she not able to pair her vote, she

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Cumberland seeks proposals for school conversion By Alex Lear

Council approved a contract zone agreement with Village Green Cumberland, a corporation created by project developer Bateman Partners, for the first phase of that plan. In that phase, the 40.7-acre Doane property will be developed as a 59-lot residential subdivision with a mix of single-family and duplex homes. Bateman, after receiving permits from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, is expected to seek final subdivision approval from the town this

CUMBERLAND — The town is looking for proposals for conversion of the Drowne Road School to senior housing. Proposals for the project – which is expected to create about $4 million to $5 million in equivalent taxable real estate – are due by 5 p.m. Thursday, July 27. The school reuse is the last of three phases in the Village Green Revitalization Master Plan. In April the Town


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Neighbors sensitive to bike trail along transmission corridor in Yarmouth By Amy Anderson YARMOUTH — As momentum builds to construct a six-mile mountain bike trail network along the Central Maine Power Co. transmission lines, neighbors are expressing concerns about the West Side Trail Alliance project. About a dozen people attended the first neighborhood meeting on June 29 at a barn across from the Fels-Grove Farm Preserve parking lot. The information session, led by Dan Ostrye of the Bicycle and Pedestrian Committee, was an opportunity for neighbors living between Drinkwater Point Road and Prince’s Point Road to learn more, see maps, ask questions and address their concerns about the project. The West Side Trail Alliance includes organizations dedicated to building trails from Wyman Station to the railroad tracks near the Applewood subdivision. The group is comprised of volunteers from the Bicycle and Pedestrian, Parks and Land, Sports and Recreation committees, as well as Yarmouth Community Services and the Engineering Department. Other contributing organizations include the Portland Chapter of the New England Mountain Bike Association,

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the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and the Healthy Casco Bay Partnership. Ostrye said the process of notifying abutters and discussing the project with them was not only a directive from the Town Council when it approved the project, but vital for the trail organizers. While only about 2 feet wide, some of the trails along the first section from Drinkwater Point and Princes Point roads pass close to residential property. The trail incorporates turns and grade changes to control speed and is often determined by the terrain, he said. “I’m aware that we are doing something in someone’s back yard. It’s important to get it right,” Ostrye said. “We want to hear what they have to say. For them, it is dealing with the unknown – it’s the ultimate unknown – and that’s what generates a lot of angst and concern.” One abutter, Jeffrey Verrill of Morton Road, said his concerns relate to several unknowns: hours of operation, parking issues, use at night, dogs, effect on property values and noise. Anne Verrill said she is not in favor of people using her backyard to access the trails and is opposed to parking along

Drinkwater Road. “I’m not opposed to (the project), I just don’t want people to have access from there,” she said. Other residents, like Bill Davis of Princes Point Road, voiced concern about the trail weaving in and out of the buffer between their homes and the CMP lines. Davis said he did not want a line of vision from his home to the trail and asked if the trail could be moved in one area near his property line. While Ostrye said the trail plan was constructed to offer riders and hikers variety and shade from the sun, he said he is willing to work with the landowners to modify the plan and accommodate their needs an concerns. Princes Point Road resident Holly

Guy was concerned about the potential dangers associated with recreational users and hunters using the trails at the same time. Ostrye said appropriate signs would be posted on the trails, but also encouraged people who use the trails to dress appropriately. Jim Tasse, educational director of the Maine Bicycle Association, said hunters and bikers co-exist on many trails throughout Maine. “Bikers run across hunters on rides, but appropriate signage is important to notify all users of the property,” he said. Bruce Soule of Princes Point Road was concerned about dogs on the trail and

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Dearborn also violated Department of Environmental Protection regulations in 2004 for improperly building parking lots and storage buildings on its Buxton property. The company was fined nearly $4,000 for not first obtaining DEP permits for the new construction, but was not formally cited for the violation until three years later. “Dearborn is a fairly sophisticated company. They constructed on 6.73 acres, more than double over the three-acre threshold without a permit. That’s something we’d expect them to know,” DEP manager Peter Carney said. According to the notice of violation, the amount of the penalty is based on the cause and circumstance of the violation, the fact that minimal environmental impact resulted, and the company’s cooperation with DEP. Despite the company’s history of viola-

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$1.5 million, even though the company had violated DEP regulations while working on a PWD project in Gorham in 2007. According to PWD officials and the DEP notice of violation, the company planted the wrong wetland species while working on the $7.5 million Little Falls Wastewater Conveyance project, and had to remove the plants and reseed the area with native plants to comply with state regulations. “The clean-up work was less than desirable,” Crovo said of the contractor’s work replanting the construction area. However, he said that PWD may have given Shaw Bros. the wrong seed mix, so the two entities ended up splitting the cost of replanting. The year before it violated environmental regulations working for PWD, Shaw Bros. violated erosion control laws while working on the new Mercy Hospital building on the Fore River Parkway. Shaw Bros. received a notice of violation, but was not fined. “We didn’t agree with that fine. We fought that,” Shaw Bros. Vice President and Controller Tom Biegel said. continued page 32

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United States is now 1.5 degrees warmer than it was in the 1970s. Oh yuh, baby, you climate change deniers can cruise around in your big-mother trucks bragging about your huge carbon footprints, but you’re gonna burn right along with the rest of us. Being stupid doesn’t exempt you from the laws of nature. Screw with the environment and it’ll screw you right back, Bubba. It’s not just that it’s getting warmer, it’s that temperature changes in the air, the earth, and the water set off systemic changes. An increase in violent weather events is one price we are paying already. Floods of historic proportions inundate the Midwest and we’ve now got tornadoes touching down in New England. In fact, the U.S. has seen an almost three-fold increase in tornadoes (1,411 versus 507) in the first five months of 2011, compared to the same period last year. OK, so it’s going to be a while before melting ice caps cause enough sea level rise to drown coastal Maine, but small temperature changes can have subtle and unforeseen consequences. Last year’s long, hot summer, for example, prompted bees to stay active well beyond the pollen season, resulting in a 40 percent honeybee die-off. Big deal, right? Unless of course, you’re trying to pollinate plants to feed a hungry planet. But not to worry, Mr. & Mrs. V8-Powered SUV, the thermometer seems to be swinging back this summer. Even on sunny days, the heat of the sun is subverted by a coolness left over from winter and implicit of the fall. Stick your hand out the window at 80 mph and feel the winds of change. It’s kind of like having fever and chills at the same time. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at:

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EMS Falmouth emergency medical services responded to 26 calls from June 26 to July 1.

Freeport Arrests 6/28 at 2:36 p.m. Gregory K. Scott, 56, of Merrill Road, was arrested by Officer Paul Chenevert on Hedgehog Mountain Road on charges of criminal trespass, theft of services, assault and refusing to submit to arrest or detention. 7/2 at 10:49 p.m. Lawrence E. Gordon, 52, of Durham, was arrested by Officer Brandon Paxton on I-295 on a charge of operating under the influence. 7/2 at 1:58 p.m. Qun Liu, 61, of Morganville, N.J. was arrested by Officer Paul Powers on Main Street on a charge of unlawful sexual contact. 7/4 at 9:54 p.m. Roberto Julian Flores, 21, of Texas, was arrested by Officer Brandon Paxton on Middle Street on charges of disorderly conduct, offensive words and gestures, and refusing to sign a criminal summons.

Summonses 6/28 at 6:14 p.m. Barbara Chamberlain, 46, of Auburn, was issued a summons by Sgt. Nathaniel T. Goodman on Main Street on a charge of unauthorized taking or transfer. 7/1 at 10:21 p.m. A 17-year-old boy of Durham was arrested by Officer Brandon Paxton on Durham Road and Gay Drive on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Doggone fireworks 7/4 at 9:36 p.m. According to police, a black lab was startled by the fireworks and got loose from its owners. Someone found the dog and turned it over to police until the owners could be located.

Fire calls 6/28 at 2:12 p.m. Fire alarm on Lower Main Street. 6/28 at 8:15 p.m. Fire alarm on East Street. 6/29 at 9:50 p.m. Vehicle accident on I-295 North. 6/30 at 9:40 a.m. Fire alarm on Flying Point Road. 6/30 at 6:30 p.m. Vehicle accident on I-295 North. 6/30 at 9:11 p.m. Medical emergency on Durham Road. 7/1 at 1:59 p.m. Fire alarm on Lower Main Street. 7/2 at 9:52 a.m. Vehicle accident on I-295 South. 7/4 at 10:54 p.m. Medical emergency on Acorn Ridge Road.

EMS Freeport responded to 11 calls from June 27 to July 3.

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Yarmouth Arrests There were no arrests or summons reported from June 26 to July 3.

Kitchen critter 6/27 at 7:30 a.m. Police were contacted by a resident of Princes Point Road to report an animal in their kitchen. Police notified the animal control officer who removed the critter after an hour and a half. Police did not report what kind of animal was in the kitchen.

Fire calls 6/27 at 1:51 a.m. Medical emergency on Portland Street. 6/27 at 7:04 p.m. Fire alarm on East Elm Street. 6/28 at 9:19 a.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on East Elm Street. 6/28 at 11:39 a.m. Fire alarm on Portsmouth Court. 6/30 at 8:05 a.m. Fire alarm on Forest Falls Drive. 6/30 at 2:16 p.m. Medical emergency on East Elm Street. 6/30 at 9:00 p.m. Structural fire on Odell Way. 7/1 at 8:23 a.m. Vehicle accident on I-295 South. 7/1 at 1:44 p.m. Fire alarm on Bayview Street. 7/1 at 9:58 p.m. Fire alarm on Portland Street. 7/2 at 9:01 a.m. Brush, woods fire on Lafayette Street and Fairwind Lane. 7/2 at 9:49 a.m. Vehicle accident on I-295 South.

EMS Yarmouth emergency medical services responded to 14 calls from June 27 to July 3.

Cumberland Arrests 6/25 at 2:06 a.m. Jimmy Cofran, 50, of Sligo Road, North Yarmouth, was arrested by Officer Ryan Martin on Greely Road on a charge of operating under the influence. 6/27 at 11:58 p.m. Scott Harmon, 26, of Hazel Street, Auburn, was arrested by Officer

6/26 at 4:30 p.m. A 16-year-old boy, of Cumberland, was issued a summons by Officer Kirk Mazuzan on Tuttle Road on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and burglary. 6/26 at 8:47 p.m. Kyler David Morton, 18, of Cleaves Street, Yarmouth, was issued a summons by Officer Chris Woodcock on Tuttle Road on charges of possessing marijuana and illegal transportation of drugs by a minor.

Illegal Foodstop shop 6/21 Police were informed of a burglary at the Foodstop on Main Street that had occurred the night before. The burglar reportedly entered the building through an unlocked window and stole lottery tickets, cigarettes, and other items. A backpack found on a Farwell Avenue resident's deck on June 25 was determined to belong to 16-year-old boy, who allegedly admitted to the crime. He was issued a summons at the police station on June 26 on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and burglary.

Fire calls 6/24 at 4:43 p.m. Oven fire on Clugston Drive, Chebeague Island. 6/25 at 6:21 p.m. Unattended burn on Kathy Lane. 6/26 at 5:45 p.m. Fire alarm sounding on Ledge Road. 6/28 at 11:58 a.m. Medical call with fire response on Main Street. 6/28 at 5 p.m. Motor vehicle accident at Main Street and Winn Road. 6/29 at 10:58 a.m. Power lines down on Main Street. 6/30 at 7:47 p.m. Fire alarm sounding on Tuttle Road.

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Exploring Deering Oaks Park in Portland It seemed an impossible undertaking, but we recently turned an early morning dental appointment into an absolutely delightful experience by tacking on a two-hour exploration of Portland’s Deering Oaks Park and the surrounding neighborhoods. I have lived in the Portland area for 58 years and feel embarrassed that I have never taken the time to stop, park the car, and meander through the park to experience the wonder of our own version of New York’s Central Park. Portland city arborist Jeff Tarling shared with me some wonderful tidbits and trivia about the park. While not technically an old-growth forest, this former woodlot of the Brackett and Deering families contains about a thousand trees, some 250 years old. There are 60 species of trees within the 54-acre park, and as the name suggests, many are red oak or white oak. Gazing over the pond at the mallards swimming to and fro in search of the next generous soul with stale bread to share, it is hard to believe this serene pond was once tidal and a part of Back Cove. After the Great Fire of 1866, there was plenty of rubble and debris to dispose of. The massive fill area at the southern arc of Back Cove became part of the earthen barrier that created the pond.

We enjoyed meandering through the magnificent rose garden near the Forest Avenue main post office on the eastern side of the park, where 600 roses were ready to burst forth in a dazzling salute to summer. Three of the trees near the garden are listed on Maine’s “Big Tree” list: a yellowwood, a Siberian elm, and a pin oak. We decided to add in some Portland neighborhood exploring and trekked up State Street to the Longfellow monument, and down Congress Street to Maine Medical Center. It is amazing how much one sees and absorbs when the windshield of the car is taken away, and the pace is slowed to a walk. I remembered a wonderful lunch I enjoyed with my mom at the Roma Cafe years ago. Now the Roma is closed. A huge four-dial Seth Thomas clock, badly in need of restoration, stands at curbside stuck on 7:14. It was placed there in 1925 to celebrate the 25th anniversary of the Hay & Peabody Funeral Home, now out of business. Handsome brick mansions, circa 1884, line this portion of Congress Street, including the Daniel E. Emery Jr. House and Clarence Hale mansion. At 714 Congress St. stands the home of reformer Neal Dow, often called the “Fa-

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ther of Prohibition.” The home is open for free tours Monday through Friday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Dow was National Prohibition Party candidate for president in 1880, and received about 10,000 votes; Republican James Garfield defeated Democrat Gen. Winfield Scott Hancock with the narrowest popular vote margin ever. (Truly obscure Back Cove- and Garfield-connected trivia: Garfield graduated from Williams College in 1856, and the president of Williams College from 1937 to 1961 was James Phinney Baxter III, grandson of popular Portland Mayor James Phinney Baxter, who championed the creation of Baxter Boulevard.) We headed down past the Portland Expo and Ice Arena and back into the refreshing shade of the Deering Oaks ravine. A shallow wading pool with timed fountain displays has been created for children and parents to splash about. We walked up onto the arched bridge above the pool and delighted in the shouts of joy from youngsters cooling off on a warm day. At the far end of the ravine sits a tiny pool surrounded by a stone patio and small boulders etched with artwork of oak leaves and limbs. This is a magical spot to reflect on the bounty of the park. The recently renovated Castle in the Park was built in 1894 as a shelter to escape sudden downpours and a warming hut for winter skaters. Today it houses a

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A spring season to savor

By Michael Hoffer The weather was far from ideal, but the high school sports action was memorable this spring. Lacrosse produced a pair of state champions, one a first-timer, and plenty of drama from start to finish. Falmouth’s boys finally reached the pinnacle, beating NYA in the state game. The Yarmouth girls vanquished recent nemesis NYA in the regional final, then held off Waynflete in a state game thriller. Baseball sent Greely to the Class B Final and three others to the playoffs, including Yarmouth, which fell to the Rangers in the regional final. Softball saw three local squads, Falmouth, Greely and Yarmouth, move on to the postseason. Track had its share of triumph, with some strong individual showings, while two Falmouth tennis teams won it all. Before we move on to an alltoo-short summer, here’s one final look back at the best of the spring season:

Northern edition spring state champions Falmouth Yachtsmen boys’ lacrosse, Class B Falmouth Yachtsmen boys’ tennis, Class B Falmouth Yachtsmen girls’ tennis, Class B Yarmouth Clippers girls’ lacrosse, Class B

Northern edition spring regional champion Greely Rangers baseball, Western Class B

Northern edition spring individual champions Outdoor track Michael Burgess, Greely, Class B boys’ discus Michael Burgess, Greely, Class B boys’ shot put Mohamed Dahia, NYA, Class C boys’ 110 hurdles Katherine Harrington, Greely, Class B girls’ discus Andrew Kowalsky, Falmouth, Class B boys’ javelin Tanner Storey, Greely, Class B boys’ high jump Will Wegener, Falmouth, Class B boys’ 400

Michael’s Top Five Stories 5) Falmouth tennis teams do it again The town of Falmouth has produced first-rate tennis for many years and this spring, for the first time since 2006, both Yachtsmen teams won Class B and did so in emphatic fashion. The boys and

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The Yarmouth girls’ lacrosse team had plenty of hugs to go around after beating nemesis NYA in the regional final. The Clippers then went on and won the Class B title for the first time in four years.

the girls went 12-0 in the regular season, as the girls’ squad didn’t drop a point. That trend continued in the playoffs, as Falmouth blanked Mountain Valley, Cape Elizabeth, Oak Hill and Waterville to win a fourth consecutive championship. The boys then completed their first title run since 2007 by defeating Morse, York, rival Cape Elizabeth (in a thriller), then Ellsworth.

one of the finest teams around this spring. Yarmouth had win streaks of three, five and six games en route to a 14-2 mark thanks to stellar effort from experienced players and some key contributions from valuable youngsters. The Clippers were upset in extra innings by Wells in the quarterfinals, but have returned to top contender status. The program’s future is bright.

4) Yarmouth softball posts 14 wins

3) Greely baseball gets to state final

The Yarmouth softball team missed the playoffs in 2009 and 2010, but the Clippers were

The year 2011 is odd-numbered and no one does triumph in odd numbered years like the

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Junior Mike Leeman helped carry Greely’s baseball team to the state final this season.

Freeport’s Taylor Saucier was one of many standout runners, jumpers and throwers in our midst this season.

Greely baseball team. After winning Class B titles in 2007 and 2009, the Rangers almost did it again this spring. Despite struggling late in the regular season in losses to Yarmouth and Cape Elizabeth, Greely wound up 13-3 and tied the Clippers for the top spot in Western B. After losing a coin toss to drop to second, the Rangers easily dismantled Maranacook, rallied past Falmouth, then raced to a big lead before holding off Yarmouth in the regional final. As expected, Greely got a superb pitching effort from

junior ace Mike Leeman in the state final versus Waterville, but couldn’t score, getting shut out for the first time since April, 2005, and falling, 1-0. With most of the team returning, the Rangers will have a great shot at winning it all in an even numbered year next spring.

2) Falmouth boys’ lacrosse has no peer

After falling agonizingly shy of the state final in 2010 (an overtime loss to eventual champion Cape Elizabeth in

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Why baseball is the best sport By Bryan O’Connor July is a beautiful month to be a baseball fan. The season reaches its halfway point, the All-Star game selection process is always entertaining (even if the game isn’t) and the rest of the month brings endless trade rumors and the occasional actual trade. Meanwhile, the NHL and NBA playoffs have finally ended after something like nine rounds of best-of-13 series (I think the playoffs started right around Thanksgiving this year). The NFL is still dormant (maybe for longer than usual this year) and college football players haven’t reported for practice yet. Wimbledon is wrapping up, leaving the British Open as baseball’s only real competitor for the sports spotlight. And I couldn’t tell you who won last year’s British Open. Could you? A 2010 Harris Poll named pro football the favorite sport of American fans. While 43

percent of those surveyed prefer pro or college football, just 17 percent considered baseball their favorite sport. Internationally, soccer has been king for decades, and “foreign football” is gaining traction in the states, as media access has allowed more Americans to follow European soccer. I’m a fan of any competition, especially one involving athletes, but for my money, no sport can compete with America’s pastime: baseball. The most significant factor separating baseball from all other major sports is the lack of a clock. While a lot of casual fans would prefer a faster baseball game, the lack of a clock can make baseball much more exciting. Football and basketball teams are praised for their abilities to “eat the clock” late in games. A lead of a certain size becomes insurmountable if the leading team can keep the ball out of the trailing team’s hands. In

baseball, a 6-1 lead in the ninth inning is only safe if the leading team has a great bullpen, and even then, anything can happen. Jonathan Papelbon has been lights out for most of this season, but how many Red Sox fans feel truly confident when he walks the leadoff man in the ninth inning of a three-run game? Another of baseball’s many selling points is its unique status as an individual game within a team sport. Every interaction involves one pitcher against one hitter, with eight fielders waiting to factor in the result. Because even the best hitters can only bat once every nine plate appearances and teams don’t move defensive players to different positions depending on the current batter’s tendencies, no one superstar can make his team great by himself. A starting pitcher may have a profound impact on one game (though he can’t win it himself, whatever the errantly-named

pitcher “win” stat wants us to believe), but starting pitchers only play in every fifth game. The best pitcher in baseball last year, Felix Hernandez, played for a last place team, and his team won just 17 of the 34 games in which he pitched. Over a 162-game season, the best hitters in the game only add seven to 10 wins over a replacement level player’s production. In basketball, the team with the best player on the field wins most series, as every offensive play can be run through him. In football, it takes a team to be great, but without a great quarterback, very few teams can post winning seasons. Because baseball’s primary competitor for the affections of the American fan is football, I feel compelled to note that, while they may not come easily to newcomers, baseball’s rules make sense. In baseball, a team can only score when one of its

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the regional title game), Falmouth announced from the get-go that 2011 would be its year. The Yachtsmen dominated the Capers, 12-4, in the opener and only stumbled once (an overtime loss at Cape Elizabeth) during a dominant 11-1 regular season. Falmouth had homefield for the playoffs and it paid off as the Yachtsmen edged the Capers in the Western B Final,

11-9. Then, in a perfect display of the balanced, potent offense and smothering defense and goaltending which carried it all season, Falmouth brought down the curtain with a 15-4 win over NYA in the state final, giving the program its first championship. It won’t be the last.

1) Yarmouth girls’ lacrosse wins state final classic For three successive springs, the Yarmouth girls’ lacrosse team had its season ruined by crosstown rival NYA in the regional final. This year, a core of 12



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Senior Finn Hadlock helped NYA’s boys’ lacrosse team make it to the Class B Final for the first time since 2007. The Panthers lost to powerhouse Falmouth.

determined seniors made sure the Panthers nor anyone else would keep them from the pinnacle. The Clippers got off to a dominant start in 2011, scoring 16 goals in wins at NYA, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth, but a loss at Waynflete and injuries to seniors Kate Dilworth and Danielle Torres proved challenging. Showing the heart and intestinal fortitude of a champion, Yarmouth persevered and didn’t lose again, capping an 11-1 regular season with a decisive home victory over Waynflete. The Clippers trailed NYA at halftime of the regional final before coming to life in the second half and holding on for a palpitating 6-5 victory. That was a mere appetizer for the state final

against Waynflete. After waiting nearly two hours after a weather delay, Yarmouth found itself in a knock down, drag out fight to the finish with the experienced Flyers and when senior star Becca Bell was controversially sidelined by a second yellow card early in the second half, the Clippers appeared doomed. But they rose off the deck and wouldn’t be denied. Senior Natalie Salmon had two clutch goals to turn the tide and with 6:40 to play, Torres scored on a free position. Yarmouth held on from there and won Class B for the first time since 2007, 9-8. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art

Paintings and New Yorker covers by cartoonist and illustrator Charles Martin, 5-7 p.m. opening, exhibit until July 30, Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland,, 772-2693

Monday 7/11 Auditions for “Sigourney Square Park,” written by Jeffrey Kagan-McCann of The Blue Moon Chronicles, multiple roles available, prepare to do cold reading from play, 6-8 p.m., Lucid Stage, Baxter Blvd., Portland, performance dates Sept. 7-25, FMI, 899-4440, Pearwater88@yahoo. com or on Facebook, Pearwater Productions.

Books, Authors Wednesday 7/13 Katy Rydell, author of a bedtime story, “Wind Says Good Night,” 6:30 p.m., with folk musician Ross Altman, Summer Reading Program event, Freeport Community Library, Library Dr., Freeport,

Thursday 7/14

Sunday 7/10

George Dalphin, author of “Bob Wacszowski, Necromancer,” 5-8 p.m. book signing, Bull Moose Store, 456 Payne Road, Scarborough,

Defenders of the Funny, improv group, with guest comic Stephanie Doyle, 7:30 p.m., $7, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993.


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Friday 7/8 Tom Clark, ”Downeast Humor for the 21st Century,” 8 p.m. Friday, 7/8 and Saturday, 7/9, $15 adult/ $12 seniors and students, Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St., Freeport, tickets at Brown Paper Tickets,, 865-5505.

Saturday 7/9 Tom Clark, ”Downeast Humor for the 21st Century,” 8 p.m. Friday, 7/8 and Saturday, 7/9, $15 adult/ $12 seniors and students, Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St., Freeport, tickets at Brown Paper Tickets,, 865-5505.

”Diabolique,” Classic cinema night at St. Mary’s, 7 p.m., free admission, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3366.

Tuesday 7/12 “Mugabe and the White African,” Summer Documentary Film Series and discussion, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Aug. 23, free, Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

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”Scenes I’ve Seen,” paintings by Thomas Connolly, 5-7 p.m. artist’s reception, exhibit until July 30, Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland,, 772-2693.

Friday 7/8 Hither and Yon: Landscapes, Seascapes, Escapes, watercolor paintings by Betsy Wales, 6:30-8:30 p.m. opening, exhibit 12-6 p.m. through Sept. 9, Community Music Center, 317 Main St., Yarmouth, FMI, Lisa Williams, Yarmouth Arts, 846-6264. ”6 Minutes,” documentary photo exhibit of a Tuscaloosa, Ala., tor-


An opening reception for a new exhibit of watercolor paintings by Betsy Wales “Hither and Yon: Landscapes, Seascapes, Escapes,” will be held from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Friday, July 8, at 317 Main Street Community Music Center in Yarmouth. “Summer Song, 16 x 20,” pictured here, is included in the exhibit. The show will be on view through Sept. 9.

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Monday-Saturday, 12-4 p.m. Sunday, $12 adult, $10 senior/student, $3 child, garden is free to the public, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822,

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Bethany Major, new paintings, 4-7 p.m. opening reception, exhibit until September, free, Sandpiper Jewelry Gallery, 851 Sawyer St., South Portland, Michael Hofheimer, 767-8090.

“Winslow Homer and Prouts Neck,” Lecture by Dr. Kenyon C. “Tim” Bolton III, 6-7 p.m., $15/ free for members, Portland Museum of Art, Seven Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148 ext. 3244 or


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Tate House Museum, museum tours June 18-Oct. 9; 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Wednesdays-Saturdays, 1-4 p.m. Sundays, $8 adults, $6 seniors $3 ages 6-12; architecture tours first and third Thursday of each month; and garden tours, call for times, Tate House Museum, 1267 Westbrook St., Portland, 774-6177, The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Garden, guided tours through October, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m.

”Nursing in the Past!” display of nursing memorabilia, 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Saturdays, July 9-30, Falmouth Heritage Museum, 60 Woods Road, Falmouth, mfistal@

Wednesday 7/13 “Victorian Secrets” program on Victorian lady’s wardrobe with Carolyn Lawson, 7 p.m., $5, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-3330,

Music Thursday 7/7 Alive at Five Free Concert Series, The Mallett Brothers, country, and Paranoid Social Club, Rock, 5-7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 4, Monument Square, Portland. Friends of Eastern Promenade Concert Series, 7 p.m. Delta Knights, rock, Thursdays through Aug. 18, Bandstand, Fort Allen Park, Portland, canceled if rain, FMI, or 756-8275. Summer Concerts in the Park, Don Campbell Band, 6:30 p.m., free, all ages, Memorial Park, Sawyer Road, Scarborough, rain location: Scarborough High School, Thursdays through Aug. 4, hosted by Scarborough Community Chamber,

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Meghan Yates & The Reverie Machine, 7 p.m., $2-5 suggested donation, Dobra Tea, 151 Middle St., Portland, 210-6566,

Felix Hell, Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Summer Concerts, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 30, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, FMI, listings, tickets at

The Pousette-Dart Band, 8 p.m., The Landing at Pine Point, 353 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 774-4527, thelandingatpinepoint. com.

Tricky Britches, bluegrass, 6:30 p.m., free to public, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-1720.

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Wednesday 7/13

Cinder Conk, 8 p.m., $5, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, 615-3609,

Joy Harjo and Patricia Smith, spoken word, live music and performance, with local poets, performers, 8 p.m., $10 all ages/ $8 Space members, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, FMI, Port Veritas/Gil Helmick, 4007543.

Classical Chamber Music performed by the students and faculty of Bowdoin International Music Festival, 4 p.m., reception to follow, by donation, First Parish Congregational Church of Yarmouth, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, The Steve Grover Quintet, a jazz interpretation of The Beatles, 8 p.m., $10 adv/$12 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757,

Sunday 7/10 Village Harmony, world music teen ensemble, 7:30 p.m., First Universalist Church, 97 Main St., Yarmouth, 807-4707, FMI,

Thursday 7/14 Jazz from The Great American Songbook, 7:30-11:30 p.m., no cover, Gingko Blue, 455 Fore St., Portland, WRSedutainment.ME. Songwriter’s By The Sea, acoustic folk with Karen & Don McNatt, 7:30 p.m., $10, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, Phil Daligan, 766-4421.

Friday 7/15 Olas, flamenco, folk, and world music, 6 p.m., Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress St., Portland, 8993529,

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”The Pirates of Penzance, or the Slave of Duty,” presented by Freeport Players, July 15-31, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, $10 advance, $15 door; pay-what-you-want preview 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, tickets at, 865-2220.

”Sleeping Beauty,” presented by Vivid Motion Inc., July 15-17, 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday; 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $12 adults, $10 students/seniors, $5 ages under 12, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, tickets at

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Midsummer heat means music, theater By Scott Andrews Maine is an incredible place to be in July, with an abundance of music and theater happening all over the Pine Tree State. Let’s start with Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick. First item, of course, is “Annie,” the wonderful Broadway musical that represents the quintessential American spirit of optimism. MSMT’s musicals run six days a week. On the next “dark” day – Monday, July 11 – MSMT presents a special concert by Schooner Fare, featuring all three Romanoff brothers: Steve, Chuck and Ed. The Portland String Quartet, which has been Maine’s top chamber music ensemble since 1969, runs its “Festival of American Music” through Saturday in New Gloucester. The Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival is entering its 39th season and launches its 2011 five-concert program at bucolic Deertrees Theatre in Harrison on July 12.

‛‘Annie’ Of all the Broadway musicals written, few have enjoyed such widespread and longlasting popularity as “Annie,” the 1977 hit penned by Thomas Meehan (book), Charles Strouse (music) and Martin Charnin (lyrics), based on the comic strip character created by Harold Gray. The reason is simple. The title character, an 11-year-old orphan with boundless optimism in the face of adversity, represents a quintessentially American quality, and she’s supported by a fine script, gorgeous melodies and memorable lyrics. Maine State Music Theatre is running a wonderful, fully professional (Equity contract) production of “Annie” through July 16. The story begins in the wretched New York City orphanage at the depth of the Great Depression, and wraps up a few weeks later on Christmas Day in the Fifth Avenue mansion of billionaire Oliver “Daddy” Warbucks. Tops among the large cast are Lauren Weintraub as the red-headed orphan in the titular role and Charis Leos as the comic Miss Hannigan, the boozy manager of the orphanage. I also liked David Girolmo, who is the best Daddy Warbucks I’ve ever seen, and Laura Seibert, playing private secretary to the kind-hearted billionaire. Director Marc Robin and music director Ed Reichert ably oversee a large cast and nine-piece band and keep this big show moving at a breezy pace. Kudos also to set designer Charles Kading. Despite its size and complexity, Kading’s set has a fluidity that keeps pace with the rest of the production. If you’re looking for an outstandingly refreshing midsummer pick-me-up you can’t

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It’s Christmas in July as Maine State Music Theatre presents “Annie,” a Broadway tuner that expresses the quintessential spirit of American optimism, through July 16.

and Johannes Brahms. For detailed information on other festival events, visit mainefestival2011.htm. The concert venue is at 707 Shaker Road (Old Route 26) in New Gloucester.

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do better than MSMT’s current production of “Annie.” I’ve seen “Annie” many times over the years and I cannot recall a better version. Maine State Music Theatre presents “Annie” through July 16 at Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick. Call 725-8769 or visit

Schooner Fare Maine’s long maritime traditions are recalled in music by the state’s No. 1 folk ensemble: Schooner Fare. Long-time Mainers can recall the 1970s when Schooner Fare – then a trio comprising brothers Steve and Chuck Romanoff, from the Portland area, plus Tom Rowe, from South Paris – honed their performing and writing skills in Port City clubs and bars. They gained local fame and significant national attention with their blend of original songs that celebrate Maine’s maritime history plus traditional Irish tunes and a little bit of Downeast humor. With the death of Rowe a few years ago, Schooner Fare became a duo. But in summers Schooner Fare reverts to trio mode again for a few appearances with the temporary addition of brother Ed Romanoff, a Broadway actor who is a summertime regular at Maine State Music Theatre. On July 11, while “Annie” takes a one-day break, MSMT presents the three-Romanoffbrothers version of Schooner Fare at 7:30 p.m. at Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick. Call 725-8769 or visit

Colby College, where they served as artists in residence for 20 years. Although best known for a four-concert fall-winter-spring season in their namesake city, the PSQ has been venturing afield since the inception. The PSQ’s Festival of American Music runs through Saturday evening at a quintessentially American location: Maine’s historic and famous Sabbathday Lake Shaker Village in New Gloucester. Concerts are held in the 2-century-old Shaker meetinghouse, and the four musicians plus invited guests play an admixture of new and old. Among the annual regulars are Brother Arnold Hadd speaking about Shaker hymns, which will be played in string quartet arrangements. Modern additions for 2011 include a steel drum band, an electric violinist and excerpts from a newly commissioned work for the PSQ by composer Gil Shohat. Saturday’s 7:30 p.m. culminating concert is titled “Sabbathday Riffs: The Fusion of Classical, Jazz and World Music” with compositions by John Knowles Paine, Bert Ligon

No concert hall in Maine boasts the rustic period charm of bosky, bucolic Deertrees Theatre, set on a hillside in Harrison. Built 75 years ago of native hemlock trees harvested on the site of a deer run, Deertrees today is a vibrant arts center presenting a full program of music and theater each July and August. The anchor each summer is the SebagoLong Lake Music Festival, which begins its 39th season on July 12 and offers a weekly series of concerts every Tuesday through Aug. 9. For the past 26 years, Laurie Kennedy, principal violist with the Portland Symphony Orchestra, has served as artistic director. Each summer she invites about two dozen fellow musicians, many of them principals in symphony orchestras from across the U.S., to join her in a five-concert series that tends to focus on the established standard repertoire. The series launches next Tuesday with five pieces united by the flash and fire that characterize Hungarian music. Composers from Hungary include Bela Bartok, Zoltan Kodaly and Franz Liszt. Johannes Brahms, a German, first gained fame with his “Hungarian Dances,” written when he was 17 years old. Deertrees Theatre is located on Deertrees Road, about a mile out of Harrison Village. Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival concerts are at 7:30 on Tuesdays, July 12-Aug. 9. Call Deertrees at 583-6747 or visit

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Greater Portland Benefits Thursday 7/7 Opera at the Mansion, benefit for PORTopera and Victoria Mansion with Claire Cooken and Robert E. Mellon, 5:30-8 p.m., $50, reserve tickets by calling 772-4841, Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St.,


Friday 7/8 EBNO Talent Show, to benefit East Bayside Neighborhood Organization, with drumming from Taiko Maine Dojo, breakdancing, live music and more, 7:30 p.m. $5, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, A Theater Tasting, Lucid Stage

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Saturday 7/9 Lobster Bake, Skyline Farm fundraiser, barn sale, $5 pony rides, children’s activities, music, more, reserve dinner by July 1, $50, call Pam, 829-5708, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, FMI

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Sunday 7/10 Cruise the Bay on a Sunday, Peaks Island Children’s Workshop benefit, music by Dave Gagne, 6 p.m. pick-up, 9 p.m. drop-off, Casco Bay Lines, Commercial/Franklin St.; Peaks Island pick-up 6:30 p.m., drop-off 8:30 p.m., $25, tickets sold at boat, free babysitting for Peaks Islanders, 766-2854, info@

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Saturday 7/16 Benefit Spaghetti Dinner, for Dean and Donna Hayward, 5:307:30 p.m., by donation, North Yarmouth Congregational Church, U.S. Routes 115 and 231, FMI, Kim, 653-6396 or Stacey, 317-0806.

Sunday 7/17 CELT’s Paint for Preservation 2011 Wet Paint Reception and Auction Fundraiser, 5-8 p.m., $50 advance/ $60 door, Ram Island Farm, Cape Elizabeth, tickets, capelandtrust. org/paintforpreservation/2011.

Bulletin Board Thursday 7/7 Community Cookout, Potluck, Band Stand Concert, 6 p.m., Village Green, Route 115, North Yarmouth, adjacent to Wescustogo Hall.

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Tuesday 7/12 Portland Kiwanis Club meeting, talk by USM President Selma Botman, 5:30-7:15 p.m., $12, includes meal, STRIVE, 28 Foden Road, South Portland, register by July 8 at

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Community Calendar from previous page off, speaker Bill Burke, 5:30 p.m., The Portland Room, prior to 7 p.m. game, $20 for entire event, Liz Riley, 874-9300,

Saturday 7/16 Art and Crafters Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., First Parish Market, 40 Main St., Freeport, rain or shine, firstpar

Call for Donations Scarborough Historical Society needs donations for annual fair, Aug. 6; books, household items, clothes, etc., drop off Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Scarborough Historical Museum, 649A Route 1, Scarborough, or call 885-9997.

Call for Volunteers Falmouth Heritage Museum needs volunteers/docents for new season, 60 Woods Road, Falmouth, 899-4435. HART Cat Shelter volunteers needed,

help homeless cats at no-kill shelter in Cumberland, many opportunities, call 829-4116 or Cumberland County Extension Assoc. seeks volunteers for its Board of Directors, meets every third Wednesday, 7-9 p.m., information packet, Andrea Herr, 781-6099,

Dining Out Saturday 7/9 Lobster Roll Meal, 4:30-6 p.m., $10, First United Methodist Church, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland. Public Church Supper, 5 and 6 p.m. $8 adult/ $4 child, First Parish Church, 40 Main St., Freeport, 865-6022.

Gardens & Outdoors Cumberland Farmers Market Association Summer Markets, Wednesdays, 12-4 p.m., Walmart parking lot, US Route 1, Falmouth; Fridays, 10am - 12:15 p.m. Cricket

Hunt School, U.S. Route 1, Freeport, and 2-5:30 p.m., L.L.Bean Campus, Coyote Parking Lot, Freeport; Saturdays, 9 a.m.-noon, Cumberland Town Hall,Tuttle Road, Cumberland, all markets rain or shine, FMI, cumberland Daily Nature Programs at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, 2 p.m. daily through July 31, free with park admission, $4.50-$1; 426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport, Andy Hutchinson, 865-4465.

Friday 7/8 Portland Trails 10K: Trail to Ale Preview, runners of all abilities, meet at Ocean Gateway Terminal, 5:30-7 p.m., exclusively off-road, members free, $5 non-members, 775-2411,

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Crusher’s Kids Concerts in the Park, camp songs with Jon Call, 12:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 4, Bandstand in Deering Oaks Park, Portland, rain location: Reiche Community Center, 166 Brackett St., Portland.

Tuesday 7/12 Starting Your Own Business: Everything You Need To Know, 6-9 p.m., $35, SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland, register, scoremaine. com, 772-1147.

Wednesday 7/13 ”Financials for the Math Challenged” talk by Don Gooding, Lunch and Learn Program of MCED, 12-2:30 p.m., $10 adult/ free for USM students, Wishcamper Center, USM Portland Campus, news.html#events.

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“The Heart of Sufism,” talk by Andrea Ferranta, 6:30–8 p.m., free, open to public, hosted by interfaith Chaplaincy Institute of Maine, located in Center for Grieving Children, 555 Forest Ave., Portland, 347-6740

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from page 1 “I don’t feel the issues we brought up at the sketch plan review were addressed in the new submissions,” Planning Board Chairman Bill Lunt said during Tuesday’s meeting. “I think the board made it pretty clear how it felt on the issue.” Members of the board expressed concerns about the landscaping, building architecture and lighting. Two members of the public spoke during Tuesday’s meeting. Bob Taylor, representing the Tidewater Farms Association board of directors, raised several issues, including traffic flow

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Stokes, the original Clam Queen. Stokes, who was crowned in 1965, will lead the parade as the grand marshal. On July 16, the canoe and kayak race starts at 9 a.m. at the Town Landing. The six-mile course finishes at the Muddy Rudder restaurant. The Kids’ Fun Run starts at 7:15 a.m. at Memorial Green, and the 30th annual Pat’s Pizza 5-mile Road Race starts at 8 a.m. at Town Hall on Main Street. Other annual events on July 16 include the Maine State Clam Shucking contest at 11 a.m. at the Merill Memorial Library Lawn tent, and the Maine Firefighters Muster at 1 p.m. at the Memorial Green. Events on July 17 include the 31st annual Men’s and Women’s Professional Bike Race at 9 a.m., beginning at Memorial Green. Children through age 3 can participate in the 39th annual Diaper Derby at the Merrill Memorial Library Lawn tent at noon. Registration begins at 10 a.m. and there are three divisions for children from 1 month to 3 years old.

There will be more than 100 artists and craftspeople displaying and selling their pottery, clothing, artwork, carvings and jewelry. Carnival rides and amusements provided by Smokey’s Greater Shows will operate starting Wednesday, July 14, at 5

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and landscaping. “What’s actually happening is that Clearwater (Drive) is evolving as a major thoroughfare and will continue to do so,” Taylor said. “It’s very unusual we would see so many egresses and access points. We would like you to take a hard look at that.” The existing store has at least seven parking lot driveways, including some through neighboring business parking lots, which exceeds what is allowed under the ordinance. Town Councilor Bonny Rodden also spoke, addressing the store’s plans to move a METRO bus stop to Clearwater Drive, and potential traffic issues along Route 1. “The bus stop is a full football field away from the entrance to Walmart. There are a number of people riding the bus who cannot walk well,” Rodden said. “As far as METRO is concerned, it’s just not safe for

our riders and it’s not appropriate.” Rodden suggested moving the bus stop closer to the entrance to the store, because many bus riders are Walmart employees or customers. Aaron Shaw, of Sewell Co., which is working for Walmart, said the company has liability concerns about the bus stop on its property, and that it is working with METRO to satisfy everyone. Walmart has also applied for a waiver to build only 569 parking spaces, instead of the 621 that would be required, citing “historic under-utilization of the parking lot,” according to Planning Board documents. The company included plans for a 30foot pylon sign in front of the new building. The town’s design guidelines would allow a 16-foot sign. The plans also request a 298-foot wall

sign. The store’s current sign is already in violation of town ordinances, according to Senior Town Planner Ethan Croce. The town’s ordinances allow a maximum of 100 feet for a wall sign. Croce’s agenda notes indicated that Walmart will have to apply for Board of Zoning Appeals approval for the existing non-conforming sign. “The size of the current sign will, in any event, not be allowed to be exceeded,” Croce said in the agenda documents. Walmart representatives indicated Tuesday night they would be working with town staff to address the sign issues, landscaping, lighting and curb-cuts, for a future site plan review.

Collaboration from page 1 include Robert Hasson and Judith Paolucci, the superintendents, respectively, of SAD 51 and Yarmouth; the Yarmouth school business manager and SAD 51 director of finance, human resources and operations; two members

YARMOUTH — Main, East Elm, School and Bridge streets will be closed from 6:30-9 a.m. Saturday, July 16, during the 30th annual Pat’s Pizza Clam Festival Classic 5-mile Road Race and Kid’s Fun Run. During the Firefighters’ Muster, Main Street between York and School streets will be closed from 12:30-3:30 p.m. The 31st annual Men’s and Woman’s Professional Bike Race will take place Sunday, July 17, at 9 a.m. starting at the Memorial Green on Main Street. The 3.6-mile loop has one short climb and will be 10 laps for men and six laps for women. Main Street between East Main

of each board, and one additional staff member or resident from each district. The committee will meet at least four times a year to explore opportunities to work together and make recommendations to the boards, which could vote on those suggestions prior to July 2012. Hasson said last week that collaboration opportunities could include

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Street and West Elm Street will be closed Sunday from 8:30-11:30 a.m. and vehicle traffic will be restricted the day of the race. Motorists should expect delays on East Elm Street, between Main Street and Leighton Road; Leighton Road; North Road between Leighton Road and East Main Street; and East Main Street, between North Road and Main Street. During the Diaper Derby, School Street will be closed from 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m. For more information visit the Clam Festival website, www.clamfestival. com or contact the Police Department at 846-3333. — Amy Anderson

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transportation, business functions, high school courses and professional development. Saving money is one of the objectives. “(We’re) looking forward to it,” he said. “We think there’s potential there. ... This (resolution) is a demonstration of the commitment to forming the task force.” “I meet with Bob Hasson on a regular basis, anyway,” Paolucci said last week. “We sit and brainstorm about things that are going on ... but we haven’t delved into anything more than kind of using each other as almost like consultants.” In getting a larger group together, she said she hopes the two districts will review different aspects of their operations, such as payroll, transportation and contracting for different services. “Sometimes it might not be a case that we’ll find an opportunity for collaboration, but we might learn something (from each other),” she said. “... We’re just learning to be as efficient as possible, to have the best quality programs in each place for the best possible price.” Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@ Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

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place, the governor signed the bill into law at Shead High School in Eastport on Monday. The change will go into effect next year. “This law will begin to correct an error in our educational funding formula, and will benefit our rural areas,” Gov. Paul LePage said in a prepared statement. “This is a victory for parents, students, and teachers in parts of our state like Washington County that have felt a negative impact for several years because of their smaller school districts. The system is not fair and we are attempting to make it more equitable for everyone.” Falmouth’s superintendent of schools, Barbara Powers, said her concern is that the legislation ignores the “greater context of the Essential Programs and Services funding formula, which many of us in the field and in the legislature believe is due for full and considerate review.” Powers said she is not yet sure what the impact of the change would be, but Senate Democrats estimate Falmouth will see a

from page 3 would have voted for it. It wouldn’t have changed the outcome,” Raye said. Sen. Cynthia Dill, D-Cape Elizabeth, was absent from the voting. “I told the senate president the day before the vote that I had to leave early to pick up my mother in Kittery,” Dill said. Dill said she made it clear she opposed the bill, and accused Raye of intentionally delaying the vote until she was gone. She said several going-away parties for secretaries were held the day before and the day of the vote, which delayed the bill until the afternoon when she was scheduled to be gone. “I like cupcakes as much as the next person, but we should have been doing the people’s business,” she said. “I think it was intentional (to delay the vote) to embarrass some people.” Regardless of the way the vote took


funding reduction of $242,000. Alfond has estimated the Portland Public Schools stand to lose nearly $1 million. “Obviously, it’s a huge concern as we move into fiscal year 2013,” Portland School Board Chairwoman Kate Snyder said. “It’s a disappointment for Portland.” Snyder said she is concerned about how the district will cope with losing both federal funding in the form of the Jobs Bill, which was a one-year allocation to help schools keep teachers, and the new state funding formula. Yarmouth stands to lose nearly $170,000. “We already have to account for losing $500,000 from the federal Jobs Bill funds next year,” the town’s director of business services, Herbert Hopkins, said. “This is certainly going to make it that much more difficult. ... Eventually, this is going to fall back on local taxpayers.” Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

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Here is the estimated impact on local school districts of changes in state funding for essential programs and services, compared with funding in the 2011-2012 school year (source: Senate Democratic Office): • Brunswick: $152,000 reduction. • Cape Elizabeth: $198,000 reduction. • Chebeague Island: no change. • Falmouth: $242,000 reduction. • Portland: $929,000 reduction. • RSU 1: $92,000 reduction. • RSU 5: $76,000 reduction. • SAD 51: $222,000 reduction. • SAD 75: $104,000 reduction. • Scarborough: $388,000 reduction. • South Portland: $395,000 reduction. • Yarmouth: $169,000 reduction.


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Maine DOT projects The PWD projects pale in scope compared with the nearly $33 million in area stimulus projects MDOT hired Pike Industries to complete. Pike was the lowest bidder for several MDOT road, interstate and bridge construction projects, and was awarded the jobs despite a history of DEP and Environmental Protection Agency violations. The Belmont, N.H., company violated the federal Clean Air Act by using more fuel than its 12-month allowance at several asphalt plants in 2006, 2007 and

2008. DEP sent the company a formal letter of warning in September 2009. As punishment, the company was assessed a $7,500 fine, although it paid less than $2,600 because it agreed to teach a class on erosion control and air emissions at the University of Maine at Presque Isle. “We knew we’d get the exact question: ‘Hey, why are the violators going to go out and train people?’ We thought the benefit outweighed the negative,” the DEP’s Carney said. One Pike employee and two Pikehired consultants taught the class May 10, 2010, writing off $381 in hotel rooms, $80 for printing and other costs against the balance of the DEP fine. On Aug. 17, 2010, the company violated the very laws it’s representatives supposedly taught attendees at the UMPI class to obey. “I wasn’t aware of that violation,” said Jonathan Olson, regional manager and vice president of sales and paving at Pike. During construction on Interstate 295 in Yarmouth, according to the DEP’s notice of violation, Pike replaced a culvert under the highway and failed to prevent significant erosion. The result was the loss of an entire bank of the Royal River, removal of nearby vegetation, the rerouting of portions of the river, and sedimentation downstream, including eventual discharge of sediment to a coastal wetland adjacent to the Yarmouth Boat Yard. Neither Pike nor MDOT had a permit for the work.

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Olson said the company typically relies on its project managers to make sure projects comply with safety and environmental regulations. He said the company did not have a formal process for dealing with reported environmental issues, but that project managers are supposed to report issues to the company’s environmental manager, who is responsible for all Maine projects. “If we’re working with DOT, we figure the state has an eye on the job. If they see a problem, they can call their sister agency,” Olson said. Pike was ordered to submit a restoration plan to the DEP detailing how the Yarmouth site would be restored. No fees have been assessed for the damage. OSHA cited Pike for two violations in the past five years. None were repeat violations, and the largest fine was for $4,000 in April 2009 for failure to ascertain that employees and their equipment were safe from an electric power circuit. Like PWD, MDOT also awards contracts to the lowest bidder. In order to bid on a MDOT project, a contractor must first submit a prequalification application. The application includes sections on its safety record and history of environmental violations, both of which are self-reported. A standard prequalification period lasts one year, but can be increased to three if the company is in good standing. Once companies are prequalified, MDOT can award projects without reexamining credentials. In December 2009, Pike indicated that

it had not violated any federal, state or local environmental laws when it filled out a MDOT prequalification application – even though the company received the notice of violation from DEP in September 2009 for its three years of Clean Air Act violations. “Based on my experience, contractors are only required to disclose environmental violations which are related to construction projects on their prequalification statements,” Olson said. “The (September 2009 notice of violation) was related to the operation of a plant at a fixed facility, so Pike Industries does not believe that it was required to disclose it in the MDOT Contractor Prequalification Questionnaire.” MDOT has its own safety and environmental inspectors who are empowered to work directly with contractors to remedy any problems they find. While the agency has the power to boot companies off the prequalified list for bad behavior or violations, Scott Bickford, contracts and specifications engineer, said it rarely does. “Our goal is to have as many prequalified contractors bidding on our work as we can,” he said, because it results in lower prices. Because DOT’s prequalified list is used by organizations and municipalities around the state, Bickford said most contractors choose to work with MDOT to correct their problems. Emily Guerin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or e Follow them on Twitter: @guerinemily and @emilyparkhurst.

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