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

Vol. 25, No. 50

Some find little amusement in anonymous parody By Amy Anderson FREEPORT — An anonymous publication called the Crow’s Nest has resurfaced, upsetting some residents and business owners, and prompting town officials to investigate whether they have the right to

AG’s office calls Crow’s Nest ‘offensive,’ but legal prevent its distribution. According to several residents, the publication has been distributed periodically in town for about 25 years. It parodies town business, politics and pub-

residents to address the Town Council on Dec. 6. Resident Stephanie Helms said the Crow’s Nest was distributed at Town Hall on at least two occasions. She asked the

lic officials. An edition distributed before the Nov. 8 election targeted several candidates and town staff. The publication also depicted a lynching, prompting several

Falmouth Foreside church plans expansion By Emily Parkhurst FALMOUTH — The Episcopal Church of Saint Mary the Virgin at 43 Foreside Road hopes to soon expand its parish hall. The church went before the Planning Board last week for the first sketch plan review for a proposed partial demolition and expansion of the existing parish hall. The work would increase the building’s space by 4,000 square feet. “We’ve been working for some time on a strategic vision for the parish,” said Hugh Smith, a parishioner who has been active in the church’s expansion plans. Smith said that because the church building was constructed in three stages, there are awkward spaces and rooms inaccessible except by walking through other rooms. The plan is to tear down the most recently built wing of the church and build an addition on the other side of the building, closest to Foreside Road. The new space will include class-

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The Episcopal Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road in Falmouth, plans to add a chapel, classroom and office space, while fixing some drainage issues that have plagued the building.

rooms, a cellar for storage, a small chapel and multi-purpose room. “The whole building has drainage and water and mildew issues,” Smith said. “We’ll solve those problems

as part of this plan.” The foundation will be sealed off and a runoff treatment system will be installed, he said. The plan will also include the addition of an elevator,

which will make the building fully accessible to handicapped people, add insulation and a new sprinkler system. One of the hurdles the See page 36

council to adopt a resolution that would prohibit distribution of the the publication or any others like it on town property. “This kind of material does not deserve to be distributed See page 36

Cumberland Town Council OKs partial fireworks ban By Alex Lear CUMBERLAND — The Town Council voted 4-3 Monday to ban the use of consumer fireworks all but five days of the year, and voted unanimously to prohibit the sale of fireworks. A state law that takes effect Jan. 1, 2012, legalizes consumer fireworks, but allows municipalities to enact local restrictions on use and sale. Area towns including Falmouth, Freeport, North Yarmouth and Yarmouth have already banned the sale and use. In Cumberland, consumer fireworks – as opposed to larger display fireworks – will only be allowed July 3 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., July 4 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., July 5 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m., Dec. 31 from 9 a.m. to 12:30 a.m., and Jan. 1 from 9 a.m. to 10 p.m. People who violate the ordinance will be fined $200. Councilors Mike Perfetti, Shirley Storey-King, Steve Moriarty and George Turner supported the action, while Tom Gruber, Bill Stiles and Ron Copp opposed it. See page 33

Soccer club that courted Freeport buys Topsham dome By Amy Anderson FREEPORT — Seacoast United soccer club says its desire to build a sports arena in Freeport is not off the table, even though the club is buying the Howard Sports indoor facility in Topsham. Index Arts Calendar.................27 Classifieds......................30 Community Calendar......29 Meetings.........................29

Paul Willis, Seacoast’s director of development and finance, said the nonprofit club plans to close on the Howard Sport purchase next week. It has leased the facility at 20 Atwood Road in Topsham for the past three years.

“We are still pursuing everything in Freeport as well,” Willis said Wednesday. “Our commitment is to do something in Freeport, but even if we are approved tomorrow, it is going to take some time.” Willis said the opportunity to

purchase Howard Sports, which includes the domed turf fields and separate Roller World skating rink, “in some ways came out of the blue.” “Really, the deciding factor in us doing this has nothing to do with Freeport,” he said. “We had

INSIDE Obituaries.......................14 Opinion.............................9 Out & About....................28 People & Business.........26

Police Beat.....................12 Real Estate.....................35 School Notebook............16 Sports.............................17

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an opportunity to take advantage of something we’ve never been able to before.” Willis said Seacoast plans to make improvements, offer more programs, more sports and inSee page 33

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Unsung Hero: Rachel Matson, treasure finder By David Treadwell YARMOUTH — To meet Rachel Matson is to feel hope for the future. She finds treasure wherever she looks, shares light wherever she goes. Rachel’s connection with Kandahar Treasure conveys the warmth and humanity of this North Yarmouth Academy senior. Kandahar Treasure employs woman artisans from the Kandahar area of Afghanistan to create items for home decor – pillows and tablecloths – as well as clothing and accessories embellished with a uniquely Afghan style of embroidery. “Last year, I saw Paula Lerner, a professional photographer, talk about Kandahar Treasure at the Frontier Cafe in Brunswick,” Matson said, “and I was inspired to do something.” And do something she did. This enterprising young woman contacted the administrative office of Kandahar Treasure in Virginia, asking how she could help. Receptive to her overture, the organization sent a shipment of goods

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(scarves, bags, pillows and jewelry) for Rachel to sell at the NYA Holiday Craft Fair. Although she had no official booth a year ago, Matson sold more than $2,000 in goods, which she returned to the Kandahar Treasure. She anticipated even larger sales the second year. “Kandahar Treasure makes gorgeous things,” she said. “You can’t find anything like them here. And you just know how much work went into making what they sell. Buying their goods is a small thing, but it makes such a big impact by contributing to the stability of these women’s lives.” Matson specializes in helping others. She’s captain of NYA’s KIVA Lending Club, which makes loans to small businesses in Third World Countries. KIVA’s website refers to the group members as

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Rachel Matson, a senior at North Yarmouth Academy, with products made by woman artisans in the Kandahar region of Afghanistan, during the NYA Holiday Craft Fair in Yarmouth on Dec. 3.

“bleeding-heart capitalists.” When Matson talks about KIVA’s work, you begin to sense a common theme: “What we do makes such a big impact. I love changing peoples lives.” A top student, Matson fills her not-sospare time with many other activities.

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An avid reader and writer, she helped start and now edits Emerge, the School’s virtual literary magazine; she sings alto for the Trebles, an all-girl singing group, and for the Varsity Choir; and she’s been involved in drama productions since the sixth grade. (“Theater is so much fun because you get to take on a different personality,” she said). True to her can-do spirit, Matson stays very busy during her summer “vacations,” working at the Six River Farm,

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Yarmouth Education Foundation awards first grants By Amy Anderson YARMOUTH — The Yarmouth Education Foundation has awarded its first round of grants for technology, school nutrition, special education, art and health. YEF awarded more than $17,000 for 10 new programs for the schools. Board member Kristina Keaney said YEF plans to award grants each fall and spring. The awards were announced Dec. 6, and Keaney said board members made every effort to tell teachers and administrators in person. “It was so much fun to see the smiles on their faces,” she said. “We tried to surprise them where we could, handed out the letters and dropped off a few items in person.” Keaney said teachers, administrators and students submitted applications to the YEF grant committee, which is made up of six community members, four teachers from each school and three YEF board members. In the first round of grants, the high school received about $5,300 for technology, health, science and cultural awareness. The high school biotechnology lab will OVERSTOCKS • CLOSEOUTS • SURPLUS • CASE DISCOUNTS

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nity in the use of Google Apps. An $1,800 grant helped purchase 25 pairs of L.L. Bean snowshoes to increase the middle school physical education program. The middle and elementary schools will receive a $300 grant for the Inquiry Book Project. Students and staff will fill sketchbooks with ideas in words or images and then share their interests, questions, ideas and perspectives with the community. Yarmouth Elementary School received nearly $3,450 in grants. Third- and fourth-grade teachers received $2,290 to purchase three iPads and related accessories to be shared in the classrooms. A $200 grant will help incorporate the school garden into the curriculum by providing English as a Second Language students with photo books to extend teaching experiences in the school garden. The books will facilitate math, literacy and writing lessons for ESL students and will help document the vegetable harvest for the school’s lunch program.

With a $960 grant for a fourth-grade artist-in-residency program, artist Henry Wolyniec will teach a four-week program incorporating the writing process and storytelling using sequential imagery in the art form of cartooning. The program is intended to help students with creative thinking and give them the opportunity to express themselves artistically, while enhancing their writing skills. And at the Rowe School, a $6,200 grant will help fund a pilot program for all firstgrade classes to use iPads to support their literacy and math curriculum. The grant funds the purchase of 10 iPads and related accessories. Superintendent Judy Paolucci said YEF’s organizers have produced a lot in a short amount of time. “I believe this program will spur a lot of innovation in the district,” she said. Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.

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Council OKs backyard chickens, ‘quiet zone’ improvements Revaluation unlikely, despite assessments below sale price By Emily Parkhurst FALMOUTH — People who live anywhere in town will now be allowed to keep backyard chickens and other poultry. And residents in farm, village mixed use and residential B zones with lot sizes larger than 40,000 square feet will be exempt from some restrictions on keeping birds. The Town Council voted unanimously Monday night to approve a change to the town’s ordinance that expands a previous decision to allow residents to keep hens, but not roosters, in residential areas. It also expands the rule to exempt those in more rural zones from rules on fencing, setbacks and the size of chicken coops.

crossings and maintain a train whistle “quiet zone” through the area. The improvements would add medians and plastic dividers 100 feet before railroad crossings to prevent people from going around the gates when they are down. Town Manager Nathan Poore said the town would lose its quiet zone if it did not perform the upgrades, because of a train-vehicle accident last year on Blackstrap Road. Poore said that even if the Amtrak Downeaster service runs into funding trouble, the town would still have to do the improvements to keep the freight trains that already use the tracks from using whistles at the crossings. “I think we probably still have a good reason to spend the money if Amtrak isn’t expanded,” Poore said, “but if it doesn’t happen, I’ll bring (this decision) back to the council for a check-in.”

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“I’m surprised at how solid our real estate market is here,” Gregory said. “I’m not discounting that there are people out there who are distressed, but we’re still having a lot of sales.” She said the amount of time it takes for a home to sell is more than twice as long as it took in 2007, but still, homes are selling in Falmouth, and they’re selling for an average of only 10 percent less than their listing prices, something that is not true in most of the rest of the country. As a result, she encouraged the council to keep the valuation where it is for now, and plan on a revaluation in a couple years, when it would regularly be scheduled. “I think we’re OK, I really do,” she said. The council also held two public hearings, for a new rule prohibiting sex offenders from living within 750 feet of a school, and for a new fee to stay on the waiting list for a mooring at Town Landing. No one spoke at either hearing. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

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New homes pop up, but only as fast as they can sell

Real estate and mortgage brokers view and discuss residential properties for sale around greater Portland at an event at the Portland Country Club in Falmouth last week. Emily Parkhurst / The Forecaster

staging and selling homes entertainment, Polansky and Jeffries said they are still surprised by how often sellers skip this step. “We try to educate both Realtors and sellers. Staging should be part of the marketing plans,” Jeffries said. Portland broker Bob Knecht said what’s happening in the market in greater Portland is different than what’s been happening in

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By Emily Parkhurst FALMOUTH — The ballroom of the Portland Country Club was packed last week with real estate agents hoping to drum up interest in recently built, unsold and notyet-built homes in new developments. Brokers Bruce Lewis and David Banks said they decided to put the event together after realizing they were not aware of many of the new developments in the area. “A lot of brokers don’t know about each other’s real estate,” Lewis said. He said there is about $500 million worth of homes for sale in the greater Portland market, and that many brokers just don’t know about everything that is available. “We’re so competitive, we operate out of our own desks, primarily,” Lewis said. The event on Dec. 7 brought real estate brokers, mortgage brokers and even home staging experts together to see each other’s properties and talk shop. “I think new construction is the deal now,” said Jessica Vamvakias, who works with Lewis. “People want neighborhoods. People want to know their neighbors, they’re not just looking for that house far out in the woods. That’s new for Maine.” Several brokers pointed to the success of the Tidewater neighborhood in Falmouth, which is 90 percent sold. The Tidewater model – attractively priced single-family homes that aren’t built until a contract is signed – is being followed by other subdivisions around the area, including the partially built Dunstan Crossing in Scarborough, a new development in Cumberland called Village Green and another in Freeport called Newfield Ridge.

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participate in three “extended learning opportunities,” or math- or science-heavy extra-curricular activities in addition to four years of math, science, English and social studies. They would also be required to do internships at local science, technology or engineering firms. “We’re basically giving them credit for what they already do,” Principal Gregg Palmer said. Many of the same students in Njaa and Kraljic’s high-level science classes are members of the robotics team, the Science Olympiad, the math team and other academic groups. Some even spend their summers working for architecture or engineering firms. The school is also redesigning its science and math curriculum to encourage more integration of engineering and design into traditional classes, and potentially offer new classes, like computer programming, in the future. The plan is to create a STEM academy within the school that gives students continued page 8

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Ethics breach from page 4 When Warren learned in June 2007 that Duncan had funneled money from a client’s account to his own instead of the firm’s account, Warren told Kilbreth. Warren confronted Duncan with the evidence. Duncan said the money was owed to the firm for attorney’s fees. He said he should have directed the money – totaling $77,500 – to the firm. Warren asked Duncan to repay the money. Duncan offered to resign, but Warren told him to wait. Duncan assured Warren that no other clients had been affected. Warren briefed the executive committee of Duncan’s actions on July 9, 2007. The committee and Warren agreed not to accept Duncan’s resignation, but accepted his apology and his reimbursement to the firm. The committee agreed that Warren should notify Kurt Klebe, the firm’s head of the private clients group, to put into place practices that would prevent the firm’s attorneys from being able to do what Duncan had done. Warren waited to contact Klebe that summer, saying later he feared Duncan was fragile and might be pushed “over the edge” if Klebe began his probe. Executive committee members checked with Warren about their directive, but “acquiesced” in his decision to wait, the court’s decision said. It wasn’t until Oct. 2, 2007, that War-

ren met with Klebe to tell him about Duncan’s misconduct. Klebe’s immediate investigation turned up more instances of Duncan’s illicit practices with other client accounts. At the end of October, the executive committee voted to fire Duncan, effective Dec. 31, 2007. When an independent audit showed that Duncan had billed clients for work he hadn’t performed and took money from their accounts to pay himself, the committee voted to fire Duncan immediately and notified the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, as well as the U.S. Attorney’s Office and the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office. That audit revealed that Duncan had stolen roughly $300,000 from clients and the firm over the previous decade. The Board of Overseers filed a complaint against the firm’s six lawyers, saying they violated Bar rules by not immediately reporting Duncan’s conduct to the board and by failing to have sufficient policies and procedures in place to prevent and respond to such conduct. A single Maine Supreme Judicial Court justice presided over a three-day hearing on the matter at 8th District Court in Lewiston last year. Justice Donald Alexander ruled in December 2010 that the six lawyers acted reasonably and in good faith, given the information they

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had at the time. The Board of Overseers appealed his decision to the full court, which affirmed Alexander’s decision that the firm’s lawyers had not violated the Maine Bar rule that says lawyers should immediately report misconduct to the board. Three of four justices voted that the firm’s lawyers failed to have sufficient policies and procedures in place to prevent and respond to the sort of conduct in which Duncan engaged. Justice Joseph Jabar dissented on that point, writing that there was “substantial evidence” in the case records to support Justice Alexander’s conclusion that the attorney representing the Board of Overseers failed to prove the six lawyers at the firm didn’t have “measures in place to reasonably assure that the firm’s attorneys would conform to the code in conducting their professional affairs.” Jabar wrote that Auburn lawyer Bryan Dench, who testified during the hearing last year as an expert witness, found that Verrill Dana’s practices and policies were no different from what was in place at his law firm and at other law firms around the state. A statement issued by Verrill Dana’s potential to do it, but they need to see that they can,” Njaa said. Falmouth has 120 students in its first-year physics class, and 10 preparing to take the physics Advanced Placement exam this year. Last year, the robotics finished second at the Zero Robotics Spheres Challenge at Massachusetts Institute of Technology, designing spherical robots that were launched into space and competed against other teams in a complicated zero-gravity robot version of capture the flag. When talking to the students in the engineering and design class, it was clear this is more than classwork to them. “It’s a lot of fun,” junior Shreyas Joshi

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said as he poured over a complex multivariable equation. “It’s the real world, so it matters to what is actually happening,” Joshi’s senior classmate Kevin Conroy added. There’s very little in the form of lecturing in classes like this. Instead, students work on their own or in groups, sharing the workload as they would in a professional environment. “When I go off into the world, I don’t want to have a job that doesn’t produce anything,” said senior Sam Kane. “Making something real would be awesome.” Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

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“I think the greatest thing for me is when the kids suddenly become aware that they can help other people when they thought they couldn’t,” Fitz-Randolph said. “They get a feeling of empowerment and recognize there are needs in the community that they didn’t realize were there before.” Fitz-Randolph said she welcomes suggestions for other places to volunteer. She can be reached at fitzk@rsu5.org. Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson


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Don’t sweat the big stuff Lately, I find myself being annoyed by little things, a lot of them so trivial it’s embarrassing. The big issues are too overwhelming; I’m like a minnow in the ocean. Take saving the Euro. Here’s what I know about European money: they use too many coins. Thick, heavy coins that weigh your pockets down and make you feel like a pirate. I bought a The View scarf for my wife during my one trip to Ireland a couple of years ago. I paid with bills that looked like Monopoly money. My change was like a manhole cover. To me, a monetary crisis was figuring out how to carry it. The real Euro problem is totally out of my league, like a dozen other problems. I spend the bulk of my energy every day trying not to think of them. As a result I have very Mike Langworthy little resilience to deal with minutiae. It’s like, “Really? The world economy could go down the tubes any minute, and now my sock refuses to be where I can see it?” Or something that doesn’t even affect me, like this sticker I saw on a gas pump that said, “Please Prepay in Advance.” OK, it’s redundant. I know what they mean. I’ve seen it a hundred times. So why last week did I suddenly want to run into the station and get sarcastic with the cashier? “I don’t know who you’re trying to fool, pal, but I’m not prepaying until after I put the gas in.” I didn’t, of course, because it’s a corporate policy, and it would be unkind to harass some poor minimum-wage employee. Who’s bigger than me. But I wanted to. I almost lost it a few days ago after I almost rearended a car trying to read its vanity plate. I had to slam on my brakes because I was watching the bumper instead of the traffic. I probably scared him, but did I

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want to apologize? No, I wanted knock on his window at the next red light and yell at him through the glass. “Hey, Mr. ‘Hooper.’ FYI: an ‘H-zero-zero-P-3-R’ doesn’t spell your name. It spells, ‘Please drive up my tailpipe.’” And that would have been wrong. I’m feeling better just coming clean about this. I’m even noticing my blood rises over things I thought I’d made my peace with. I’m having trouble letting “free gift” pass when I hear it on the radio. Everybody knows Madison Avenue doesn’t care if words mean anything as long as the result is sale-ariffic. Advertising is supposed to be lies. So how come I can’t stop seeing myself in the marketing meeting where they first came up with the idea, timidly raising my hand. “Um, guys? Aren’t all gifts free? I’m just spit-balling here, but couldn’t we use “free” or “gift?” Wouldn’t we save on ink for the posters?” Some guy at the end of the table smirks at me like I’m an idiot. “That’s the whole point,” he’d sigh. “We’re not just giving something away, we’re giving it away free. It’s better than an ordinary gift, it’s a free gift.” “But that’s what ‘gift’ means! It already means it’s free!” “Am I talking French here? I just said that. How did you get this job, anyway?” Boom. Aneurysm. I don’t even get to win in my fantasies. The one I can’t let go of currently comes out of a recent email from my cell phone service provider in which they said, “Hey, you know that unlimited data plan you signed up for? Well, turns out it’s good for you but bad for us, so from now on, it’s still unlimited, unless you use it too much. You can still get on the network whenever you want. We’ll just make it so slow it won’t be worth it.” I’m paraphrasing, but that was the basic message. I don’t know why this is the one that keeps bothering me. Maybe I’m just pouting because the phone company is telling me I can’t use my smartphone as much now. Maybe it’s the baldness of it. It’s like if your favorite

all-you-can-eat restaurant suddenly hired a guy to stand by the buffet and slap the plate out of your hands and then smile like nothing happened. You’d say, “What happened to the all you can eat?” “Yeah, but you just ate some food, and now you want more food? What are we, made of food?” “It’s a restaurant! An all-you-can-eat restaurant.” “Who’s stopping you?” “You just knocked the plate out of my hand.” “So get another plate, Porky.” You do, and he lets you get a little salad before he knocks the plate out of your Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/108503

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The irony of OccupyMaine, Portland and the First Amendment Irony was probably not what the city of Portland had in mind when it gave OccupyMaine until Thursday, Dec. 15, to either challenge or acquiesce to an order to vacate Lincoln Park. But talk about ironic: Dec. 15 is the 220th anniversary of the ratification of the First Amendment and Bill of Rights. OccupyMaine believes its encampment is protected by the First Amendment guarantees of freedom of speech and peaceful assembly. City Hall, on the other hand, says overnight camping in Lincoln Park is against the law and has nothing to do with the expression of free speech, which is routinely allowed while the park is open. Whether the occupation, or whatever follows it, remains peaceful will depend on the commitment of both sides to keeping it that way and the direction the free speech debate takes. There is a very real risk that what has so far been a model of civil disobedience and peaceful protest in Portland will turn ugly if the city goes ahead with its threat to give the occupiers 48 hours’ notice to leave the park. We don’t believe either city officials or the occupiers want the kinds of confrontations that have transpired in New York, Los Angeles and Denver. But at the same time, both sides are preparing. The City Council essentially invited the protesters to take the city to court, which OccupyMaine now says it intends to do. What concerns us is what the protesters will do if they

lose their court case, which we believe is likely. OccupyMaine has agreed to make some health and safety adjustments in the park, and has published a short list of demands. But more ominously, it issued a plea for witnesses and reinforcements in case the Police Department must forcibly remove the Lincoln Park tent city. Portland has been exceedingly tolerant of the encampment, and there is no reason to believe the city will do anything to provoke a confrontation. Instead of suggesting it will stage a battle at Lincoln Park, OccupyMaine should put its resources into spreading its message about corporate greed and the nation’s income disparity. The demands published last week were a small step in that direction. Pull money from TD Bank? Perhaps, but only if the city can find a local bank or credit union that can offer the same benefits provided by TD Bank, which employs thousands of Mainers and invests millions of dollars throughout the state. TD Bank may be big by OccupyMaine standards, but it wasn’t involved in the worst of the Wall Street abuses and shouldn’t be painted with the same brush just because the occupiers can march there from Lincoln Park. A 24-hour “free-speech” zone in Monument Square? “General Assembly” at City Hall? Within the limits of city laws and regulations, and as long as you don’t monopolize the space, go for it. And protest, legally. Gather for 12 hours a day in Lin-

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coln Park to share and promote your ideology; march on City Hall or the Statehouse or the U.S. Capitol; make your voices heard; register to vote, enlist candidates for elected office and make your votes count in every election, local and national. But don’t confuse the right to peaceful assembly with the ability to pitch a tent wherever and whenever you see fit. The city, meanwhile, must resist the urge to act unilaterally and forcefully, and should prepare for the possibility that a judge may rule in OccupyMaine’s favor. It must tread carefully, avoid a violent confrontation and take to heart these anonymous words, which speak both to the standoff with OccupyMaine, and to the significance of Dec. 15: “One of irony’s greatest accomplishments is that one cannot punish the wrongdoing of another without committing a wrongdoing himself.”

It’s an up-and-down life for artists in Maine By Janet Glatz The doldrums of winter have fallen upon those of us who create the art found at the many outdoor festivals that occur from May to December in New England. Unless you are a snowbird who has the luxury of spending six months in the south or west, where art is feted all year round, circumstances do a 180 in the winter. Indoor opportunities do exist in New England after the holidays, but they are few and far between, and generally consist of venues where sales can be more of a delightful surprise than an expected event. From pubs to medical offices, in association galleries and even private galleries, there is much more admiring going on than there is buying. Is it something in the winter air? Is disposable income saved for the holidays? Or is it the lack of group buying frenzy (not to mention tourists) that often develops at summer shows? Probably all of the above. Of course having five months to devote oneself to ex-

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Buy local, even if it’s inconvenient I’m writing to tell Sandi Amorello (No Sugar Added: “Buy local ( I dare you)”) that she has the concept of “buy local” all wrong. Sales girls aren’t supposed to keep shops open late for people who show up late. Making threats to small business is not the way to support them. Buying local is not something we do because its cool. We shop local because it’s the right thing to do, even when its inconvenient, more expensive, takes more time, and forces us to walk on outside streets – oh yeah, and because it keeps money in the local economy. We buy local because we take personal responsibility to make our ideas reality. I don’t know if I have a solution to the author’s attitude that everyone else is to blame for her problems being able to spend money locally. But if she shopped first and ate later that might solve the majority of what’s going on. Another idea about shopping locally – things made in Maine are much more “local” than any import. Also, the Old Port is not the only place in Maine where folks can find “local” shops. Shane Boyington, Portland

Greely H.S. program appreciates support Upon reflecting about what the holiday season is all about, I would like to thank the businesses that have supported Greely High School’s Employment for Education program. We have students in the life skills program who will not go the traditional route of college after high school. To support these students’ transitions, area businesses were contacted to see if they would take students on to work and gain employment skills and experience. This could have been seen as more work for already busy people, but the businesses put themselves out there to support what our students need. My students and I extend a hearty thank you to all of the businesses, and their employees, who have supported our learning. Maureen Holland, special education teacher Greely High School, Cumberland

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Just call him Gov. Scrooge When Gov. Paul LePage unveiled his plan to drop 65,000 Maine citizens from the rolls of MaineCare last week in order to close a projected $221 million Department of Health and Human Services deficit, one of the online comments called the bad news LePage’s “Christmas card to the 99 percent.” To learn that you suddenly have no health insurance is devastating any time of year, but it is particularly painful at Christmas time, a traditional season of charitable giving. The Universal LePage came into office a year ago promising to put “people before politics.” What he didn’t say is that he was also going to put “profit before people.” With conservatives, it’s always about the money. Not how to raise more in order to take care of people, but how to save more even if it hurts a lot of people. For his heartless Edgar Allen Beem MaineCare proposal, therefore, I nominate LePage for the 2011 Ebenezer Scrooge Award, recognizing a man who, in the words of Charles Dickens “was a tight-fisted hand at the grindstone.” “Scrooge! A squeezing, wrenching, grasping, scraping, clutching, covetous old sinner. Hard and sharp as flint, from which no steel had ever struck out generous fire; secret and self-contained, and solitary as an oyster.��� Sound like someone who lives in the Blaine House? No doubt there is a need to balance budgets and close deficits, but doing it on the backs of the poor, the elderly and the destitute is particularly Scroogeian, betraying an underlying conservative prejudice that says “I’ve got mine, to hell with you.” Approached for a donation to the poor, we recall, Mr. Scrooge asked, “Are there no prisons?” “Plenty of prisons,” came the reply.

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miles from an intersection likely would not hear that whistle two miles away even without a quiet zone. Furthermore, trains, even in a quiet zone, must whistle for all safety issues the engineers notice. If engineers see people along the tracks, they can and will blow the whistle. However, the trains now go so fast, whistles become irrelevant if a train cannot slow enough to avoid someone or to give someone time to move.

“And the Union workhouses? Are they still in operation?” “They are. Still. I wish I could say they are not.” Scrooge then tells the gentlemen soliciting alms, “I don’t make merry myself at Christmas and I can’t afford to make idle people merry. I help to support the establishments I mentioned; they cost enough: and those who are badly off must go there.” “Many can’t get there; and many would rather die.” “If they would rather die,” said Scrooge, “they had better do it, and decrease the surplus population.” Ebenezer Scrooge would be one of those hardhearted skinflints cheering Republican presidential candidates who admit that, on principle, they would let the uninsured die. While the majority of Mainers would gladly be rid of LePage, the whole point of Dickens’ “A Christmas Carol” is that people can change. Wouldn’t it be wondrous if LePage had a vision of what the future might bring, of how he would be remembered or, more likely, forgotten. “Spirit! Hear! I am not the man I was. I will not be the man I must have been but for this intercourse. Why show me this, if I am past all hope?” The world does not revere or love tight-fisted, selfserving tough guys who slash budgets and cut spending. Balancing budgets will not get you into history let alone heaven. The person LePage should aspire to be is compassionate, generous, self-sacrificing, a champion of the underdog. “He had no further intercourse with Spirits, but lived upon the Total Abstinence Principle, ever afterwards; and it was always said of him, that he knew how to keep Christmas well, if any many alive possessed the knowledge.” That’s who the redeemed Ebenezer Scrooge became. There’s still hope for Paul LePage. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/108514

Our communities must rethink how we approach the trains. We cannot out-walk or out-race them any longer. No one should use tracks as recreational areas; it’s trespassing and illegal. Our communities have spent thousands of dollars to preserve and create recreational trails; let’s use those instead and leave the tracks to the trains. Julie Rabinowitz, Falmouth

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Optimus Prime vs. Megatron? 12/11 at 9:56 a.m. A resident of Main Street contacted police to report a noise that sounded like an explosion near Hancock Lumber. Police discovered the noise was a blown transformer and the power went out on the north side of the street.

Fire calls from previous page Poland Road, was arrested by Officer Brandon Paxton on Royalsborough Road on charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, sale and use of drug paraphernalia, possession of marijuana and operating a vehicle without a valid inspection certificate. 12/5 at 2:59 p.m. Rosanna S. Spearrin, 25, of Homestead Lane, Harrison, was arrested by Officer Paul Powers on Main Street on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 12/5 at 2:59 p.m. Jamie L. Parker, 28, of Swamp Road, Bridgton, was arrested by Officer Paul Powers on Main Street on a charge of unauthorized taking or transfer. 12/8 at 5:44 p.m. Andrea M. Riseman, 34, of Evergreen Drive, was arrested by Officer Brandon Paxton on Desert and Webster roads on charges of operating while license is suspended or revoked and violating condition of release. 12/9 at 2:06 p.m. Malcolm Duncan McIntosh, 32, of Fernald Road, was arrested by Officer Brandon Paxton on Lambert Road on a warrant. 12/10 at 10:45 p.m. Brian M. Sullivan, 26, of Bow Street, was arrested by Officer Brandon Paxton on Mallett Drive on a warrant and on a charge of operating while license is suspended or revoked. 12/11 at 10:40 a.m. Trevor Lund, 24, of Tobey Road, New Gloucester, was arrested by Officer Brandon Paxton on Pownal Road on a warrant and on charges of operating while license is suspended or revoked, unlawful possession of scheduled drugs, sale and use of drug paraphernalia and violation of condition of release.

Summonses 12/11 at 9:41 p.m. Mohamed A. Sheik Bile, 21, of Amarillo, Texas, was issued a summons by Officer Matthew Moorhouse on Durham and Beech Hill roads on a charge of possession of marijuana.

Roll along 12/8 at 3:21 p.m. Police were notified of a group of about a dozen teens skateboarding around Village Station on Mill Street. Police told the teens to move along and reminded them that there is no skateboarding permitted in the Village Station area.

Unarmed snowman 12/9 at 9:08 a.m. A resident of Pleasant Hill Road contacted police to report the arms of their hay bale snowman had been allegedly stolen. Police report a snowman made from bales of hay wrapped in white plastic had pipe arms, but the arms had been removed.

Fire calls 12/5 at 8:48 a.m. Vehicle fire on I-295 North. 12/6 at 11:30 a.m. Rescue detail on Lower Main Street. 12/7 at 9:09 a.m. Fire alarm on Desert Road. 12/7 at 5:54 p.m. Assist rescue on Mill Street, North Yarmouth. 12/9 at 7:34 a.m. Vehicle accident on I-295 North. 12/9 at 5:04 p.m. Fire alarm on Hallowell Road. 12/11 at 3:54 p.m. Medical emergency on Wolfe's Neck Road.

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David Astor, 92: Lived a continuous adventure FALMOUTH — David Astor, 92, died suddenly on Dec. 10 after a heart attack. Born on Sept. 26, 1919, he grew up on Munjoy Hill where he met his wife Esta Venner; they shared over 61 years of marriage before she died in 2007. Astor graduated from Portland High School and from the University of Maine at Orono. He will be remembered for his philosophy, “life is a continuing adventure,” living this from his high school days, throughout college and into his time in the U.S. Marine Corps. After being stationed in Quantico, Va., he served in the Pacific theater and was discharged in 1945 after receiving many citations and commendations.

After the war, he worked with his father at a KaiserFrazer dealership. WGME asked him to develop a show that the whole family could enjoy and Astor did so, creating the “Dave Astor Show: For Teenagers Only” which aired on Saturdays from 5 to 6 p.m. The show featured teenagers from area schools. Astor always said, “Students could receive a C on their report card and still play their varsity sports - but only kids with the Honor Roll were allowed on my show.” The show remained on the air for over 16 years between WGME 13 and WCSH 6. Throughout his life, Astor was involved in various community organizations throughout his life. He was the founder of Center Day Camp in the Jewish Com-

munity Alliance, directed many plays at the Portland Players and was a board member at The Cedars retirement community. He also worked with the Portland Rotary for many years, was a lifelong member at Temple Beth El and was on various committees at the Jewish Community Center. He was predeceased by his sister Eveyln Rissman. He is survived by his son, Ken Astor and his wife Chris of Falmouth, Rangely and Sarasota, Fla.; daughter Martha Padernacht and her husband Robert of Columbia, S.C.; his grandchildren John Astor of Gray, Laura Mauldin and her husband Tom of South Portland, Brett Astor of Boulder, Colo., Kristen Astor of Richland, Wash., and Mr. and Mrs. William Henry Foster of Fort Collins, Colo.; great granddaughter, Melanie Esta Mauldin; great grandson Benjamin Foster; sisters Sylvia Rosenkranz and her husband Mike of Plantation, Fla. and Mural Benjamin and her husband Howard of Coconut Creek, Fla.; sister-in-laws Judy Halpert and her husband Stephen of Portland and Glenyce Tarlow of Stamford, Conn.; and several nieces, nephews and his dear friend Rabbi Sky. The family would like to extend their thanks to the staff at OceanView in Falmouth and also to David’s close cousins who were very attentive to him throughout the years, Sam and Betty Novick. Funeral services were held Dec. 13 at Temple Beth El, 400 Deering St., Portland followed by burial at Temple Beth El Memorial Park. Arrangements are under the care of Jones, Rich & Hutchins, 199 Woodford St., Portland.

Roland J. Guerette, 73

FREEPORT — Roland J. Guerette, 73, died on Dec. 6. Born on Sept. 5, 1938 in Kennebunk, he was the son of Roland Guerette and Ethelene Leavitt. He lived a full life and worked in the shoe shops of Freeport and Brunswick. Guerette loved country music, playing beano, old movies and was always working on some sort of project. He is survived by his wife Rose Guerette of Freeport; daughters Rhonda Le Conte, Elizabeth Guerette and Rosa Guerette; sons Hank Guerette and Willard Guerette; step-daughters Melinda and Karen; step-son Ronie; and eight grandchildren. continued next page

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Obituaries from previous page There will be no funeral services. Donations can be made in Guerette’s name to Lindquist Funeral Home, 1 Mayberry Ln., Yarmouth ME 04096 or to the American Cancer Society, 1 Main St., Suite 300, Topsham, ME 04086.

Betty Landell, 87 TOPSHAM — Betty Landell, 87, died on Nov. 23 at home in her sleep. Born on Nov. 17, 1924 in Philadelphia, Pa., Landell attended Lower Merion, Pa. schools and later Rollins College and Bryn Mawr College. In 1945 she married Dana Fernald and lived in Rosemont, Pa. for many years while raising their three children. In 1986 she was remarried to Harper Landell, and after his retireLandell ment, they moved to Juniper, Fla. Several years after her husband’s unexpected death in 1997, Landell moved to Maine to be near her daughter, living in Topsham for the past 11 years. An accomplished decorative painter, she has been a member of the Historical Society of Early American Decoration since 1982, working in the techniques of freehand bronzing, country painting, theorems and reverse painting on glass. Artistic in many mediums, Landell most recently worked in pastel as her eyesight became limited due to macular degeneration. Her artwork was exhibited locally at People Plus and The Highlands. A lover of the natural world, she marveled at its beauty with her family and friends. She was an avid gardener and flower arranger, active in The Gardeners during her many years of residence in the Philadelphia area. In addition to her love of gardening, she designed and sewed clothing for herself and her family, while exploring many forms of needlework and providing needlepoint-finishing expertise to many. As an animal lover, Landell always shared her life with her dogs and cats including Blackie, Pepper, Dina, Tina, Jiggles, Morris, Beri, Star, Wicket, Honey, and Honey Two. Her friends and family will remember her as a generous, humble, thoughtful and loving person who readily expressed appreciation for the smallest kindnesses. Affectionately known as “the cookie queen,” she loved to bake and give away different types of cookies, a joy she passed on to her daughter. A survivor of numerous surgeries and losses during her long life, she was a courageous woman with remarkable resilience. She was predeceased by her devoted husband Harper Lindell, her first husband Dana Fernald, two of her three children, Lynn Fernald and Rob Fernald, and daughter-in-law Amy Fernald. She is survived by her daughter Lisa Williams and her husband Rick of Yarmouth; step-daughter Lynne Landell Wooler and her husband Bob of The Villages, Fla.; stepson Rick Landell and his wife Theresa of Philadelphia, Pa.; four grandchildren, Hillary Dana Williams of Des Moines, Iowa, Evan Calder Williams of Santa Cruz, Calif., Erika Kelley of Medical Lake, Wash., and Rhiannon Bakk-Hansen and her husband Erik of Hoffmann Estates, Ill.; two great granddaughters Liesel Elena Bakk-Hansen and Berit Elizabeth Bakk-Hansen; and a great grandson due to join the Bakk-Hansen family in early December. Landell’s daughter would like to thank Dr. Christopher Meserve of Mid Coast Medical Group, Denise Jasmin, and Penny Gimpel for their help in the care of her mother. A celebration of Landell’s life will take place in mid-December. Donations can be made in Landell’s memory to the Juvinile Diabetes Research Foundation, 175 Ammon Dr., Suite 201, Manchester, NH, 03103 or at jdrf.org.

Janet G. Whitney, 95 BRUNSWICK — Janet Gwillim Whitney, 95, died Nov. 16 at Midcoast Senior Health Center in Brunswick.

Born Nov. 5, 1916 in Passaic, N.J., she was the daughter of Edward Pierpont Gwillim and Mabel Sweet Gwillim. Her family moved to West Newton, Mass., where she graduated from Newton High School. She later attended the Chamberlain School for Women in Boston and, after graduating, worked for Liberty Mutual Insurance and Loomis-Sayles Investments, commuting by train from her family’s home in Newtonville. In 1942 she married her next-door neighbor, Donald Forte Whitney. As newlyweds they lived in Flint, Mich., later moving to Wellesley Hills, Mass., where they raised their two daughters, Susan and Lee Ann. The family spent summers on Chebeague Island, moving there permanently after Donald’s retirement. She was an active member of the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Aid Association, serving as a dependable volunteer for many years, and later as its president. Since she enjoyed interacting with people, she worked at several part-time jobs including assistant librarian at Pine Manor College in Wellesley. The Gwillims were avid golfers; her father was one of the founding members of the Great Chebeague Golf Club where she spent many happy hours playing the course with her father, brothers and husband. She continued to support the club long after she was no longer able to play golf. She was predeceased by her husband Donald and brothers Robert P. Gwillim and Russell A. Gwillim. She is survived by her daughters Susan A. Burgess and her husband Ernest and Lee Ann Robinson and her husband Gordon; grandson Ethan Burgess; three granddaughters Erin Burgess, Ashley Adams and her husband Kai, and Amy Sidor; two great granddaughters Whitney Adams and Morgan Adams; nieces Joanne Gwillim and her partner Carolyn Newkirk and Cynthia Gwillim; and her cousin Elizabeth Hall Henderson of Wells. The family would like to thank every one at Midcoast Senior Health Center for the kindness and care that Whitney received while under the care of Bodwell Hospice. There will be a private interment on Chebeague Island. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to Island Commons Resource Center, 132 Littlefield Road, Chebeague Island, ME 04017.

Charles E. ‘Stick’ Stickney, 89 YARMOUTH — Charles E. “Stick” Stickney Jr., 89, died Dec. 3, following a fall while hanging holiday garlands over the door of Cutter House – the home he loved. Stickney was a man of intense energy and many passions. He was passionate about work and giving back to the community. He was devoted to his wife of 63 years, Anita, and to his children and grandchildren. His boundless energy gave Stickney credence to the catch-phrase among many of his octogenarian friends that “80 is the new 60.” He grew up in Portland as one of eight children and attended Deering High School, graduating in 1940. Majoring in mechanical engineering, he later attended the University of Maine. In 1943 he interrupted his education to join the U.S. Navy and became a naval aviator, flying torpedo bombers; he ultimately graduated from the University of Maine in 1946. In 1948, Stickney married Anita Cooper, with whom he had four children. Later, in 1951, he joined the U.S. Naval Reserves, rising to the rank of Lieutenant Commander before formally leaving the U.S. Navy in 1956 when he bought the Deering Ice Cream Corporation from his father. He was very passionate about the ice cream shop, and ice cream, and typically worked six days a week until retiring in 1989. His family will remember him as never doing anything halfway. Stickney firmly believed in giving back to the community and did so through volunteering and philanthropy. Among many other contributions, he was instrumental in founding the Maine Chapter of the Navy League, and for putting on clambakes for the Blue Angels and hundreds of guests when they came to

Maine for an air show. After retiring he became active in SCORE, the Service Corps for Retired Executives, and in the IESC International Executive Service Corps. For several years he was on the Board of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. He was a staunch supporter of the University of Maine, especially the College of Engineering, and was an active part of the univesity’s development council. His love of being on the water led him to become a docent at the Maine Maritime Museum. Also very dedicated to Portland, he supported many Portland institutions such as the Portland Museum of Art, the Portland Symphony, the Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, and the recent construction of the fountain at Deering Oaks Park. Cutter House, the 1730 colonial house where he and his wife lived, was another one of his passions; he was always working on the house, painting the whole thing himself up until this year. He kept bees on the property for nearly 60 years and still snowblowed the walkways himself. While he enjoyed many activities, his longest enduring passion was skiing, fed in his youth by becoming a bellhop in North Conway so he could ski Mt. Cranmore. He had all of his children on skis by the age of three, and for the past 30 years, he and his wife went to Europe with their friends to ski every January until he broke his hip skiing in France at the age of 87. Stickney never stopped learning, and a deepened interest in theology led him to take courses at Bangor Theological Seminary’s Portland Campus. He was a regular at “senior college” at the Osher Lifelong Learning Center at USM. His friends and family were very dear to him and he kept in touch with many of his friends from the college and the U.S. Navy as well as members of “the group” – half a dozen couples from various ice cream companies he met while on the Board of International Ice Cream Manufacturers Association. He was a man of drive and passion, as well as many contradictions. His frugal Yankee character meant he held onto work clothes that were threadbare, but when convinced of the merits of a cause or civil project, he thought nothing of pulling out his checkbook to make it happen. Stickney adamantly taught his children about hard work and perseverance, but also that it was important to have other activities to be passionate about. Predeceased by his father Charles E. Stickney and his mother Medora Haskell, brother Henry Stickney, sisters Olivia McCrum, Margery Woodbury, Patricia Davis, and his grandson Peter Stickney. He is survived by his wife, Anita; sisters Virgina “Ginny” Cooper of Wiscasett and Hortence “Horty” Warren of New Providence, N.J.; brother Frederick Stickney and his wife Lorraine of Standish; children Andy Stickney and his wife Annie McBratney of Cape Elizabeth, Anne Stickney and her husband Nick Waugh of Peru, Alice Stickney of Ester, Ark., Beth Stickney and her husband Ken Kunin of Rome, Italy; and seven grandchildren and their families. A memorial service was held on Dec. 13 at St. Luke’s Episcopal Cathedral, 143 State St., Portland, followed by a reception in the parish hall. Burial will take place in the spring of 2012 in Riverside Cemetery in Yarmouth. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to The Center for Grieving Children, P.O. Box 314, Portland, ME 04104 or to Maine Handicapped Skiing, 8 Sundance Lane, Newry, ME 04261.

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The Forecaster’s 2011-12 Winter Sports Preview Away we go again. Back indoors (for the most part) for what figures to be another memorable winter sports season. Look for last year’s triumph to be duplicated and exceeded and a new batch of memories to be made on the hardwood,

ice, track, slopes, trails, mats and in the pool and for local athletes and teams to keep us entertained and give us an excuse to stay warm. For our traditional capsule previews of every sport by school, please go to theforecaster.net

Girls’ hoops teams thinking playoffs By Michael Hoffer The 2011-12 girls’ basketball season figures to be compelling, perhaps with some surprises. A team that’s primed to burst into the consciousness of local fans is Freeport. The Falcons fell just shy of the playoffs last winter with a 6-12 mark, but have the pieces in place for a turnaround. Freeport suffered a major blow just before the campaign started when junior spark-plug Aubrey Pennell was sidelined with a back injury that could keep her out for all or most of the regular season. She has a unique ability to will her teammates to great things, but

it appears she’ll have to do it from the bench. As a result, junior Leigh Wyman will play an even bigger role. A second-team Western Maine Conference all-star last winter, Wyman has become a veteran leader. Freeport’s biggest addition this winter is sophomore Nina Davenport, who played a key supporting role in McAuley’s Class A championship a year ago and also participated on an AAU national championship team this past summer. Davenport will be one of the conference’s best forwards. Senior Morgan Brown continued page 24

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Greatness awaits boys’ hoops teams By Michael Hoffer All five Forecaster County boys’ basketball teams have reason for optimism this winter. Falmouth fell short of the playoffs (with an 8-10 record) last season for the first time since 1984. No way the Yachtsmen don’t make the playoffs this time around. It’s likely they’ll make a deep run. Falmouth has an abundance of weapons and they were on display Friday in a season-opening 60-37 home win over rival Cape Elizabeth. Senior Matt Packard (a Western Maine Conference thirdteam all-star a year ago) sank four 3s and led all scorers with 14 points. Senior Jack Cooleen (also a third-team all-star in 2010-11) was his usual dominant self with 13 points and several blocked shots. He was third in the conference with 10.3 rebounds per game last season. Senior Alex Cattell added nine points, senior Jeremy Lydick eight and senior Matt Kingry seven. Juniors Charlie Fay (6-foot-5) and Jake Horning (66), along with 6-5 freshman Jack Simonds, join the 6-5 Cooleen to make up a formidable front line. Packard does a great job running the offense (he was sixth in assists last winter with 3.7 a game) and doesn’t often miss when he’s open. Cattell, Kingry and Lydick also make the most of their opportunities. Mix in senior guard Aaron Rogers, junior guard Grant Burfeind (last seen stealing the headlines in leading the Falmouth boys’ soccer team to a Gold Ball) and new 6-4 sophomore Justin Rogers and it’s clear that most foes are going to have a very difficult time matching up. While York is considered in some quarters to be the preseason favorite and teams like Cape Elizabeth, Greely, Poland and Yarmouth will pose obstacles, the Yachtsmen have a championshipcaliber roster. If they improve between now and February, it’s possible another Gold Ball is in the program’s future. “There’s a lot of enthusiasm and everything is positive,” said coach Dave Halligan, now in 25th season (he has 388 wins with the Yachtsmen). “We have size this year, which is nice. We paid our dues last year and got experience. Hopefully this will be our year. We’ll be in the middle of it.” Also at the top of Western B will be Greely, which had an-

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other superb season, but was upset by Yarmouth in the semifinals (54-42) to finish 17-3. Despite graduating league all-stars Sam Johnston and Tanner Storey, expect another finish near the top of the Western B standings. The Rangers will be very tough to contend with in the paint as 6-foot-7 sophomore Michael McDevitt is emerging as one of the league’s and state’s best big men. Sophomore Bailey Train is 6-3, but does much of his damage way out on the perimeter. Senior Jimmy Whitaker also plays forward. The point guard is senior Brad McKenney and he’s joined in the backcourt by seniors Cooper Allen, Nick Clark and Liam Maker. In a season opening 69-60 win over Wells, McDevitt had 21 points, 11 rebounds and blocked four shots. Clark and Train both added 11 points, Maker and Whitaker five apiece. This squad is a nice mix of veteran experience and young promise. The Rangers are going about things the right way, playing with confidence and will only get better as the season progresses.

Western Class B has several good teams, but Greely will be able to hang with all of them. By February, expect the Rangers to have another very good record and to extend their streak of making the postseason to 21 years. Once they get there, they hope to win the program’s first Gold Ball since 1998. “I think this group is showing more effort and tenacity than any team I’ve had in a long time,” said coach Ken Marks, now in his 25th season (he has 333 wins). “It’s cool to see. We play well on defense and we’ve changed our focus a little. Our inside game will be solid. Michael McDevitt’s one of the best big men in the area. Liam Maker has the potential to be All-Conference. He’ll turn some heads. We’re playing well right now. I think we’ll be competitive.” Yarmouth has arrived in the upper echelon. Last winter, the Clippers reached their first regional final since 1974 before losing to Cape Elizabeth, 61-47, to finish 16-5. They lost league Allcontinued page 24


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Puck’s been dropped, drama to follow By Michael Hoffer This promises to be a triumphant season for local boys’ hockey teams. In Western Class A, Falmouth is coming off another season which included a playoff run. The Yachtsmen wound up 10-7-3 after a 3-0 loss to Biddeford in the semifinals. For the second year in a row, Falmouth brings in a new coach. This time it’s Deron Barton, who played hockey in Massachusetts and at Merrimack University and coached at several levels. He inherits a strong Yachtsmen squad. The offense will feature junior Kris Samaras and seniors Cam Bell, Mitch Tapley and Brandon Tuttle, along with junior Alden Bohrmann and sophomores Ben Freeman and Alden Weller. Freshman Isac Nordstrom and sophomore Andrew Clement also look to get in on the scoring act. Juniors Andrew Emple and Jack Pike anchor the defense and will be joined by freshman Connor MacDowell in front of talented sophomore goalie Dane Pauls. Falmouth faces its usual difficult slate (it rolled in the opener Saturday, 11-0, over Noble), but the Yachtsmen should be battle tested by the time the postseason rolls around. Falmouth has been consistently good for ages and is still looking to take that last step and win a championship. This year’s team isn’t viewed as the team to beat, but the Yachtsmen will be in the mix until the end. “This is a very young, skilled, hardworking group with a big upside if we play

as a team,” Barton said. In Western B, Greely liked its chances to win a second state championship in three seasons last winter, but the Rangers were knocked off in the regional final by eventual state champion York, 6-4, to wind up 15-4-1. This year, in a balanced region, look for Greely to be near or at the top of the heap again. Sophomore Ted Hart has lived up to his family legacy and is already a star. He scored 13 goals and added eight assists last year and was named to the Western B All-Rookie team. He’ll likely be even more prolific this winter. Junior Kenny Richards (13 goals, 13 assists), senior captain Pete Stauber (five goals, 14 assists) and sophomore Drew Hackett (six goals, 11 assists) will also look to tickle the twine. Freshman forward Mitchel Donovan, a former Greely Middle School standout and member of the Casco Bay Bantam team which won the Tier II national title, along with classmate Reid Howland (also on the Bantam title team), look to follow in Hart’s footsteps and become scoring threats right out of the gate. Junior Tim Storey (a second-team league all-star in 2010-11 and a captain this winter) is the anchor on defense where there will be pressure to perform after Matt Labbe (a four-year starter in goal) graduated. Freshman Kyle Kramlich is ready to step in. He was also on the national champion Casco Bay team and has faced his share of pressure situations, passing with flying colors. The Rangers simply won’t have many

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easy games and will need to be on virtually every time they strap on the skates. While they’ll certainly stumble at times (who wouldn’t against this type of schedule?), Greely has the look of an elite contender. If the Rangers can stay healthy and the freshmen make the quick adjustment to varsity, by playoff time, Greely might be ready to finish the job. “This is arguably the toughest regular season schedule we’ve ever had,” said 18thyear coach Barry Mothes. “These games present great challenges and opportunities to grow as a team and will push us to prepare and work hard. We believe we’re right there with any of our rivals and competitors and hopefully over the season, the challenging crossover and tournament schedule will push us to grow competitively. The guys have worked hard and played some good hockey so far.” Yarmouth was once again in the playoffs in 2010-11, finishing 10-9 after a 4-2 semifinal round loss to Greely. Now, it’s “Back to the Future” for the Clippers as David St. Pierre, an assistant coach during the program’s most recent glory era of the late 1990s and early 2000s, takes over as coach, replacing Marc Halsted. St. Pierre (who was an assistant last year) will be joined by Scott Matusovich, who coached the 2001 and 2002 Yarmouth champions. He’ll be in an assistant role this time. The Clippers aren’t being mentioned as a top Western B contender, but they’ll be in the mix. The Clippers have plenty of offensive firepower in seniors Marshall Brunelle, Eamon Costello (a second-team all-star last winter) and Alex Kurtz (a third-team all-star last season). Juniors Mark Brown and Kevin Haley and sophomore Max Watson (a member of the All-Rookie team a year ago), along with sophomore David Clemmer and freshman Dylan Tureff, will also pitch in. Defensively, seniors Bart Gallagher and Max Grimm are experienced. They’re joined by freshman Odie DeSmith. Yarmouth will likely platoon junior Red DeSmith (a third-team all-star in 2010-11) and senior Pat McLoon in goal, as they did for much of last season. Freshman Nick Allen might also see some time.

The Clippers opened Saturday with a 6-2 loss at always-tough Cape Elizabeth. There are also difficult games coming up with Greely and defending Class B champion York, then the schedule eases up somewhat. It’s safe to say that Yarmouth will play hard throughout and will improve markedly as the season progresses. By late February and into March, these Clippers will be primed to make a run. “The league should have a lot of parity this year with seven teams capable of knocking one another off on a given night,” said St. Pierre. “It should be a fun season. I’m optimistic. We have a fairly experienced unit that understands what it takes to be successful. Our six seniors will anchor the team. They’re a talented, hard working group who helped return Yarmouth to playoff contender status. We have a long way to go and plenty to work on, but if we can establish some secondary scoring, have a couple key defensemen step up their games and stay healthy, we should be a team that can make a run.” North Yarmouth Academy is competing in the New England Prep School Athletic Conference. There’s a new coach this winter in Brett Barrett, who was the JV coach the past four seasons. The team will be paced on offense by sophomore Colton Ackerman, junior T.J. Daigler, new senior Artem Savelyev and sophomore Colin Merrill, who comes to the school from Portland High and has great upside. Defensively, seniors C.J. Davis, Parker Howard and Jarno Mannisto look to keep the opposition at bay in front of senior goalie Jeremy Doyle and new junior Jeremy Sylvain. The Panthers took part in the Holt Tournament last weekend. After falling, 10-0, to Berwick Academy, NYA hung tough with Worcester Academy before losing, 2-1. Look for this team to continue to get better and win its share of games as the season progresses. “The outlook for the season is to improve on last year’s record and look to make progress into the postseason,” Barrett said. Freeport doesn’t field a boys’ hockey team.


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ers,” said second-year coach Nate Guerin. “The girls are hard working and love to compete. Backstopped by our goalie, the girls have all the skill needed to make a run, but will need to be mentally focused down the stretch if we want to reach our ultimate goal.” Yarmouth hopes to improve as the season progresses. After going 4-12 and missing the playoffs last winter, the Clippers began this season with losses to Falmouth (5-0), Brunswick (3-0) and Greely (7-0). Freshman goalie Hannah Williams (one of two Freeport players competing with the Clippers as the Falcons don’t have a team) has quickly gotten up to speed, making 43 saves against Falmouth. Defensively, the team is led by senior captain Suzanne Driscoll (Yarmouth’s Fall Female Athlete of the Year). She’s joined by another captain, junior Caelainn Costello, and sophomore continued page 23

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Indoor track season promises to deliver glory By Michael Hoffer Another indoor track season will likely feature more championship performances by local runners, jumpers, throwers and vaulters. The Falmouth boys are the reigning Class B champions and could do it again. Coaches Jorma Kurry and Danny Paul have created one of the best and most popular athletic programs in the state – one with over 80 participants that keeps raising the bar. This season should provide more memories. The boys will be bolstered in their repeat bid by returning state scorers senior Reid Pryzant (champion of the 55 hurdles and long jump and third in the triple jump), senior Henry Briggs (third in the two-mile), junior Jacob Buhelt (fifth in both the 55 and 200), senior Thomas Edmonds (sixth in the 800) and junior Azad Jalali (seventh in the 800). Senior Jimmy Polewaczyk was on a champion 800 relay team, along with Buhelt and Jalali. There’s a lot more in reserve. Falmouth will miss the graduated Will Wegener, but there’s enough firepower for the Yachtsmen to excel all season long. “The boys need to develop more depth

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Senior Reid Pryzant won the 55 hurdles (and the long jump) at last year’s Class B state meet. This season, he and his teammates look to end up on the winner’s podium again.

to compete with the bigger teams, but have the potential to be very strong at big meets,” said Kurry. “The distance team is deep. We need to develop in the field events. We should be competitive at the conference and state meets.” Chasing the Yachtsmen will be a very good Greely team, which placed fifth a year ago at states. Even in a “rebuilding year,” the Rangers will be very formidable, led by junior Liam Campbell (second in the mile in 2010-11) and senior

Stefan Sandreuter (third in the two-mile). They’re joined by an abundance of athletes looking to score at the big meets. The Rangers will find a way to hold their own in the league and should be top 10 (probably top five) material once again come February. “After heavy graduation losses, mostly in a powerful field event crew, this is a rebuilding year,” said coach John Folan. “We hope for improvement and the emergence of developing athletes. We’ll still make noise at the state meet on the tails of talented distance runners. The team includes a number of young, untested folks who could contribute as we go along.” Yarmouth finished 10th at last year’s state meet. Senior Lucas Davis is the lone returning scorer (fifth in the high jump). There are enough athletes on the roster to keep the Clippers competitive throughout the season. They’d love to move up the standings this winter. “The boys are looking to improve on their top 10 finish at states and make an impact in the highly competitive conference,” said coach Hank Richards. Freeport had a 15th-place a year ago and features plenty of promise entering

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the new season. Senior Taylor Saucier was a state meet scorer, placing fourth in both the 800 and the relays last winter. He’ll be a factor in those events again. The Falcons could produce some state meet scorers when all is said and done. “We still have a very young and inexperienced team,” said coach Brian Berkemeyer. “As always, our goal is on individual fitness and responsibility.” North Yarmouth Academy didn’t score last season. This winter, the Panthers feature seniors Alex Coffin and Brian Trelegan from the Class C cross country champions. Junior Jake Burns is a top sprinter and hurdler. Senior Cam Rayder will throw the shot put and junior Nick Rayder leads the jumpers. The Panthers have the pieces in place for success. “We have a small team, but a solid core,” said coach Chris Mazzurco. “We have some athletes with top-in-the-state potential. Our relays look to be strong.” On the girls’ side, Greely finished runner-up at the Class B state meet a year ago and will once again be in the hunt behind returning state meet scorers sophomore Kirstin Sandreuter (second in the two-mile and third in the mile), senior Melissa Jacques (fourth in the 800), junior Jess Wilson (fourth in the 400), senior Abby Bonnevie (fifth in the pole vault), junior Molly Fitzpatrick (fifth in the triple jump), junior Sarah Ingraham (third in the long jump), junior Kaley Sawyer (sixth in the high jump), senior Catherine Fellows (seventh in the shot put) and junior Cassidy Storey (fourth in the shot put), as well as many, many other talents. The Rangers will be tested continued page 23

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Will skiing stars reign supreme again? By Michael Hoffer Last winter produced no shortage of glory for area skiers and 2011-12 promises to be more of the same. Falmouth’s boys were Class B Alpine and combined champions and the girls were second in both Alpine and combined. This year, the Yachtsmen move up to Class A, but still have legitimate title aspirations. The boys, who won every time out in 2010-11, will be led by junior Alex Gowen (third in last year’s slalom), sophomore Joe Lesniak (fourth in both the slalom and giant slalom), sophomore Austin Couch (sixth in the GS and 13th in the slalom), senior Weston Scott (sixth in the slalom), junior Luke Andrews (10th in the GS) and junior Sam Hamilton (15th in the GS). If this team stays healthy, it will once again rule the slopes. On the girls’ side, while the graduated Allie Lycan will be missed, there’s plenty of star power in reserve. Sophomore Leika Scott is the top returner. She was second in the skimeister standings last winter and could finish the job this time around. Scott placed second in both the slalom and GS last season and has her sights set on state titles. She’s joined by senior Sara Jacobson (11th in the GS), junior Katie Carew (18th in the GS and 30th in the slalom) and senior Mckenzie Myers (17th in the slalom and 19th in the GS) as top threats. This group has what it takes to steal the show at states. “The pressure is on for the boys to repeat as state champs, only this time, they’re determined to take the Class A title,” said coach Tip Kimball. “The girls’ team is training hard and is gunning for the win as well after finishing runner-up last year.” Turning to Nordic, Falmouth was second among the girls and third on the boys side a year ago. This year, the Yachtsmen will make the most of their first season at the Class A level. The boys lost Jackson Bloch and Matt Goldstein, but return state meet scorers senior Tim Follo (seventh in the freestyle, 12th in the classic), junior Jay Lesser (14th freestyle, 20th classic) and senior Jamie McCatherin (21st classic). This team will be one of the best in the conference and the state. On the girls’ side, the departure of freestyle state champion Sarah Abramson hurts, but senior Catherine Hebson (sixth in the classic, eighth freestyle), sophomore Jessica Abramson (13th freestyle), senior Olivia Hoch (23rd classic) and junior Dana Bloch (25th classic) all return after solid seasons. This will also be a very competitive squad

that figures to get better and better as the big meets approach. “We want to ski hard, have fun, make friends and gain confidence,” said coach James Demer. Already competing in Class A is Greely, which made its mark a year ago. The Rangers girls’ Alpine team came in first, while the girls were third. Each team placed third in the combined standings. The girls’ Alpine squad was simply unbeatable in 2010-11 en route to conference and Class A state titles. That group returns state meet scorers sophomores Elyse Dinan (the Class A skimeister champion, second GS, ninth slalom) and Jill Booth (seventh slalom, 15th GS) and junior Jordan Ouellette (12th slalom). The departure of GS champion Maddie Whittier (private school) and state scorer Cat Ferguson (graduation) will hurt, but there’s plenty of talent in reserve. If it’s possible to improve on perfection, this could be the team to do it. Don’t be surprised to see an encore performance. The boys hope to move up behind returning state meet scorers junior Shane DelBianco (seventh the giant slalom, ninth in the slalom), senior Richard Judge (20th GS, 28th slalom, sixth in the Class A skimeister standings) and senior Luke Wilcox (32nd slalom, 42nd GS). If the Rangers can find a fourth top competitor, they’ll be in the hunt all season. “Our ladies look to be deeper than last year so it will be interesting,” said coach Mark Ouellette, our Coach of the Year last winter. “The boys are ready to blossom and compete at the highest level. We’re training toward co-ed state championships.” On the Nordic side, the boys were fourth and the girls sixth in Class C a year ago. The boys lost some firepower, most notably state meet scorer Connor Regan, but do return junior Ian Byron (26th in the freestyle at states) and senior Costa Pollack (33rd in both the freestyle and the classic). The Rangers have the potential to be a competitive team all season. On the girls’ side, Dinan (last year’s Class A skimeister champion) is a returning state scorer. She was 31st in both the classic and the freestyle. Junior Eloise Peabbles (29th in the classic, 34th freestyle) also scored a year ago. Greely has promise and should only get better. “We’re a younger team in a very competitive conference,” said coach Tyler Jasud. “I’m looking forward to making improvements on that stage and bring competitive skiers to the state meet.” The Class B story will be all about

Yarmouth now that Falmouth has been reclassified. Last winter, the Clippers girls won the Alpine, Nordic and combined championships and Becca Bell repeated as skimeister champion. Yarmouth will be the favorite again in 2011-12. The Alpine girls feature seniors Claudia Lockwood (seventh in the slalom, ninth in the giant slalom) and Taylor Hornney (10th GS) and sophomore Chapin Dorsett (19th slalom) as returning scorers. Yarmouth has to be viewed as the favorite once more. “We’re looking good,” said coach Drew Grout. “The girls have a tradition to uphold. We want to repeat as state champions. We have the talent. We can do it if we put in the work.” The Nordic girls feature returning scorers juniors Sarah Becker (fifth in both the classic and freestyle at last year’s state meet), Olivia Crawford (sixth in the freestyle) and Tara Humphries (eighth in the classic). There’s plenty more in reserve. This group is once again highly touted and for good reason. It’s quite likely the Clippers will have more celebrations in store come February. “The girls’ team has a lot of veteran skiers returning to try to defend their title,” said longtime coach Bob Morse. “The team also has a strong group of young skiers to help keep the upperclassmen honest.” The Yarmouth boys also have a lot to get excited about after placing seventh in the Alpine and second in both the Nordic and combined standings a year ago. On the Alpine side, state scorers junior Drew Grout (fifth in the giant slalom, 20th in the slalom) and seniors Jake Smith (21st GS) and Sam Keegan (41st slalom) return. This year’s group looks to be consistent and a much higher state finish is likely. “The boys will be very strong,” Grout said. “We have a good, solid core. We’ll be right there.” The Nordic boys hope to finish the job this time. They’re led by sophomore Jack Elder (runner-up in the freestyle and fifth in the classic last year) and juniors Thomas Sullivan (third classic, ninth freestyle), Chester Jacobs (sixth freestyle, ninth classic) and Jackson Hall (who joins Jacobs and Sullivan as captains). There’s plenty of depth on this squad, as always. The opportunity is there for Yarmouth to get back to its top perch. Don’t bet against this group’s ability to finish the job. “The boys are hungry to defeat Caribou, which beat us last year by five points,” said Morse. “Our three captains and Jack will

match up well with most schools’ top four. The question is going to be which skiers will rise to pick up the next four slots.” In Class C, Freeport has its eye on more hardware. The Falcons boys were second in both the Alpine and Nordic and placed first in the combined standings last winter. The Alpine boys lost Winter 2010-11 Male Athlete of the Year Ryan Collet and standouts Griffin Breer and Evan LaMarre, but the cupboard isn’t bare. Senior Owen Petheridge tied for 20th in the giant slalom last year at states. Junior Brady Davis finished 20th in the slalom and 26th in the GS. The Falcons will be strong again. “We should continue to challenge for a state title, even though we lost some key skiers,” said coach Eric Wallace. “The boys should look different, but we should be pretty solid.” On the Nordic side, The loss to graduation of Spencer Egan, Max Jennings, Scott Ross and Bennett Wade will hurt, but senior Alex Sturtevant (16th in the classic at last year’s state meet) returns to lead the way. The Falcons will suffer their share of growing pains, but by February, expect them to be top notch yet again. “The team will have a new look after graduating top skiers, but we’re hoping to replace last year’s class and have an impact,” said co-coach Doug Martin. “This will be an interesting and fun year.” Freeport’s Alpine girls won a championship a year ago (Nordic was fourth and the team was second combined) and again shows great promise. Sophomore Elly Bengtsson was a revelation last winter, placing second in the slalom and third in the giant slalom at states, en route to being named Freeport’s Winter Female Athlete of the Year. If Elly Pier had returned, they would have made for an amazing one-two punch, but Pier is skiing at the USSA level this year. Junior Taylor Enrico (fourth slalom, seventh GS) and senior Sarah Pier (sixth GS, seventh slalom) also return as scorers. The Falcons like their chances to repeat. Don’t bet against them. “The girls will continue with a solid group,” Wallace said. On the Nordic side, several state scorers return, including senior Emily Martin (ninth in the freestyle and 10th in the classic), junior Lia Wellen (17th in both races), sophomore Lilly LaMarre (20th classic, 21st freestyle, tie for fourth in the skimeister standings) and senior Abigail Mahoney (25th classic). Look for Freeport to hold its own in the conference and to garner one of continued page 35

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The water’s fine for local swimmers, divers By Michael Hoffer Another swimming and diving season is underway and locals will be right in the middle of the action right through the big meets in February. The Greely boys have now won two straight Class B state titles. This year, the Rangers are led by seniors Dan Spencer (the Class B champion in the 100 free and runner-up in the 200 free) and Evan Campbell (runner-up in the backstroke). Sophomore Joe Dunnett joined Campbell and Spencer on state champion medley

and 400 free relay teams. Spencer will also compete in the butterfly, Campbell in the sprints and Dunnett in the butterfly and individual medley. The Rangers will vie with Cape Elizabeth and Cheverus at Southwesterns. At the state meet, Greely’s bid for a three-peat will have to go through Belfast and Ellsworth. Don’t be surprised if the Rangers make it happen. On the girls’ side, Greely wasn’t able to repeat as Class B champs, coming in second. This time, the Rangers a pair of reigning conference and state all-star stand-

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outs in junior Sarah Easterling (champion and record-holder in the backstroke and champion and school record holder in the IM) and senior Sara Schad (reigning champion in the 100 and 200 free). Schad was the schools’ 2008-09 Winter Female Athlete of the Year. Easterling’s taken the award each of the past two seasons and was named the Class B Swimmer of the Year a year ago. Junior Emily Domingo and senior Katie Whittum were part of a 400 free relay champion last season. This year, Easterling will look to dominate again in virtually every stroke. Schad will do the same in her swan song. Whittum will compete in the sprints and Domingo will swim the freestyle. The Rangers are one of the top teams in the region, but might not have enough to get past Mt. Desert Island or Waynflete. Still, Greely’s a top three team at worst. “The boys graduated a top swimmer and a bunch of role swimmers, but we were deep last year, so we will still be in the hunt,” said longtime coach Rob Hale, now in his 18th season with the boys and 21st with the girls. “Regionally, we’ll look to defend our championship. At the state level, if we can find some kids to replace my four football iron horsemen, who were 200 free relay champs, we’ll be there. The girls didn’t graduate many, but we did graduate a couple big contributors. With our graduation losses, we can’t match up with Waynflete and we don’t have the depth to match MDI’s numbers.” Yarmouth made nice strides last winter as the girls were sixth and the boys ninth at states. The boys return three swimmers, juniors Conner LaJoie, Ethan Nightingale and Luca Sied, who were part of a fifth-place 200 free relay team. All three will look to be factors as individuals and in the relays. The Clippers will be difficult to contend with both in the regular season and in February. On the girls’ side, sophomore Abby Belisle-Haley was runner-up in the butterfly and third in the backstroke last season. Junior Haley Estabrook placed fifth in the 50 free and fifth in the backstroke. Senior Cathy Agro and junior Caihlan and sophomore Teagan Snyder also have experience. Several new girls hope to factor in. Yarmouth hopes to finish in the top 10 at

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Girls’ hockey from page 19 Ariel Potter. Potter (20 goals last year) is actually the top scoring threat. Driscoll and sophomore Meredith McLoon will also look to fill the net. Freeport freshman Emily Johnson and freshmen Katie Brown and Michelle Robichault look to contribute. Look for goals and wins to come as the year moves along. The Clippers will improve by the day. “We’re young and inexperienced,” said fourth-year coach David Neujahr. “I think we’ll get there. We have enough talent. The goal is to get better and make the playoffs. We have a tough schedule.” North Yarmouth Academy competes in the New England Prep League. The Panthers welcome a new coach in Mike Hebert, who has 17 years of experience. He’s assisted by NYA alumna Allie Tocci, former Tampa Bay Lightning goalie coach Cap Raeder, Brooks Boucher and Peter Morrison. The Panthers opened with a strong effort in a 7-1 loss to Governor’s Academy. They also fell against Tilton School (2-0) and Kents Hill School (5-0). Moving forward, look for senior Alexandra Hebert, sophomore Olivia Madore, senior Katherine Millett and senior Katherine Perry to lead the scoring parade. Freshmen Elizabeth Coughlin, Scout Fischman and Marina Poole will also contribute. On defense, senior Alexandra Morrison, sophomore Kayla Rose and sophomore Nikolle Story have experience. Another freshman, Alexandra Barnes, will receive trial by fire in goal and shows promise. NYA expects to be improved from last year and looks to play all of its foes tough. This team features great athletes who have won titles in other sports. The Panthers will be a squad that is fun to watch. “This will be a rebuilding year, but with a new coaching staff, the return of four senior impact players and strong, seasoned younger players, we’ll still be very competitive,” Hebert said. “I’m very fortunate as a coach, where every time I’m on the ice, I’m surrounded by athletes who consistently

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Indoor track from page 20 in the conference, but should be right at the top in February. Greely has a great shot to place in the top three at states for the 21st time in 23 seasons. “The girls have a large team with a good veteran presence, some excellent newcomers and lots of untested, but interesting underclassmen,” Folan said. “We should be competitive at both the league and state levels. Attitude to this point has been focused and excited.“ Falmouth was seventh in Class B last season. The Yachtsmen return state scorers sophomore Madeline Roberts (sixth in the two-mile) and junior Sarah Sparks (seventh in the 400 and part of a scoring 800 relay team). An abundance of other athletes await an opportunity to shine as Falmouth’s depth and athleticism will keep it among the best teams in the always-strong Western Maine Conference, then allow it to make a run at a high finish in states. “It’s a relatively young team, but we have lots of potential,” Kurry said. “Our strength will be in the long sprints and distance and our relays will be competitive. The key for the girls will be developing field event points after losing some top athletes to graduation. We should be competitive in the regular season and if we can improve at the top end, we should do well at states.” NYA tied for 16th place a year ago. Senior Hannah Twombly was sixth in the mile and was also part of a fourth place 3,200 relay team (along with classmate Hillary Detert). They’ll lead the way as the Panthers figure to be competitive throughout. “The girls have lots of new faces,” Maz-

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zurco said. “Events are still being sorted out. Relays also have potential and there’s some strong potential in the field events, which should help us at the big meets. We have individuals with state potential.” Yarmouth wasn’t able to score at states last season, but was 12th at the conference championships. Senior Jocelyn Davies is a top jumper and sprinter. Senior Susannah Daggett (sprints) and juniors Megan Smith (pole vault) and Sydney Sperber (distance) are the other top returners. The Clippers should be a strong team all winter and figure to place a few athletes in the scoring column at states come February. “The girls should make an impact every week,” Richards said. “The success of the girls will be dependent on the development of the freshmen and sophomores. Our goal is to peak at the right time and make an impact at the Western Maine Conference and state meets.” Freeport also failed to score at states last winter. This year, senior Abby Roney (200) and junior Ciera Wentworth (400) lead the way. Several new kids look to find their specialty. The Falcons hope to improve between now and February and

it’s a good bet they will. “Everyone is encouraged to try and qualify for at least one state event,” Berkemeyer said. “We pride ourselves on the individual and team efforts developed through a ‘track family’ atmosphere.”

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Boys’ hoops from page 17 Star and energizer bunny Luke Pierce and top rebounder Matt Murphy to graduation, but the returning nucleus shows promise and it’s likely Yarmouth will once again be a factor in Western Class B. This year’s team will go as far as senior Josh Britten and his health can take it. Britten (a first-team all-star last winter when he was second in scoring with a 23.6 average) suffered a shoulder injury last spring in lacrosse, missed the soccer season and only returned to action at the very end of the preseason. He certainly showed no ill effects in Friday’s 70-34 season opening win at GrayNew Gloucester, sinking three 3s en route

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Shields-Auble is already a local household name after helping the football team repeat as Class C champions. He’ll be called upon to score (he had 10 points in the first game), rebound and neutralize several of the talented big bodies that the opposition boasts. Rest assured that this team will be uptempo as possible, will always play hard and believes it can beat anyone. If the pieces come together and if Britten can stay on the court, there’s every reason to believe that the Clippers could be in for another special year. One that extends even longer than last. “We’re struggling early with injuries,” said Adam Smith, our 2010-11 Coach of the Year, who enters his eighth season. “We haven’t had 12 guys at a practice yet. We’ll have to be better defensively because we’re small. If we can get fullcourt tempo, our size won’t be an issue. This group has high expectations because of the past few years. Chemistry and health will dictate how we do before Christmas. I see us jelling more after the new year and hopefully playing to our potential down the stretch. ” Freeport has already improved on last year’s 0-18 mark (the program’s first since 1973-74) by virtue of Friday’s 61-40 season opening triumph at NYA, the Falcons’ first since Feb. 4, 2010. Matthew Cook steps in as the new coach this winter and he’s certainly optimistic about what lies ahead. Cook has nine years of varsity basketball coaching experience, seven at Wiscasset. He’s from Camden, where he was a soccer and basketball player. He went on to play soccer at Springfield College. There’s reason for hope. In the opener, the Falcons were paced by 18 points from senior Mitch Loeman, 13 from senior Spencer Bernier and 11 from senior Josh Soley. New junior Landon Easler will handle the point guard duties. Sophomore Chandler Birmingham will likely score his share of points as the season progresses. Senior Evan Hench is another guard to watch. The front line is led by Bernier and 6-foot-3 senior Josh Weirich. Freshman Ramsey Dodge should make his presence felt. This squad has a lot of upside and other than games with the traditional powers, should be able to compete night in, night out. Friday’s victory certainly won’t be the last. “I’ve been extremely impressed with the attitude, work ethic and ability to pick things up quickly and the willingness to learn,” said Cook. “We’re very athletic. We have decent overall size. If we continue to work hard and get better every day, we’ll be able to compete in a very competitive league.” In Western C, North Yarmouth Academy also welcomes a new coach in Jackson Nadeau. Nadeau played at Gray-New Gloucester and Central Maine Community College and also ran track at the University of Maine. He last coached varsity basketball at the high school level in 2000 at St. Dom’s. After a 7-11 campaign (no postseason) in 2010-11, the Panthers are essentially Forecaster 12 X this winter as only starting from scratch senior Asad Dahia (who’s currently the

point guard) has seen major varsity minutes. He had 16 points in a season-opening 61-40 loss to Freeport Friday night. Other players showed some promise in that one as sophomore guard Ryan Hemenway and junior forward Burke Paxton both scored eight points. Sophomore forward Michael McIntosh (who stands 6-foot-3) projects to be a contributor as well to possibly help fill the void left when league all-star Andrew Esancy graduated. While the Panthers don’t have experience, they do have athleticism and drive. It will take some time, but as the season progresses, look for NYA to become more and more competitive. “We have a very young team,” Nadeau said. “I have an opportunity to mix and match and see where the players fit, although we need to develop a backup point guard. Rebounding and solid defense are top priority as we want to out-hustle other teams to be successful. It will take us time to develop but in a year or two, I believe we can make a strong showing in the playoffs.” Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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is another top player down low. Juniors Hannah Chase and Jocelyn Davee, sophomore Livvy Dimick, senior Alex Mitch and sophomore Ashley Richardson all have experience at the guard spot. Junior forward Naomi Otis, guards Hannah Chase and Macy Stowell, sophomore forward Vanessa Lee and freshman forward Mackenzie Ackley are new players to watch. Facing a four-game road trip, which includes visits to preseason favorite Lake Region and perennial power York, the Falcons needed a win in their opener Friday and got one, 62-31, over visiting NYA. Davenport had 11 points in her Freeport debut. Wyman also had 11 and Brown added 10. These Falcons have the potential to do special things, even without Pennell. If they can survive their early season crucible and gain some confidence, they’ll be very dangerous toward the end of the year. Freeport hasn’t reached the quarterfinals since 2002-03, but this could very well be the year it does.. “I think even with our record at 6-12 last year that we accomplished a lot and contended with a lot of teams,” said second-year coach Jen Chon. “We want to gain respect from the other teams in the conference and contend with every team we play. It’s important for us to not only have a perimeter game, but also an inside game, which we haven’t had in awhile. We have a lot of changes and we’ll have to figure out what defense works best as we’re aggressive and fast. Our goal is the playoffs.” A regular playoff participant in recent years is Greely, which made it to the semifinals last season (losing to York, 46-15, to wind up 15-5) and welcomes a new coach this winter. Kim Hilbrich, who played in continued next page

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Girls’ hoops from page 24 college and once made the All-Army team before assistant coaching in Texas, replaces Billy Goodman and inherits a team that regularly contends and should again. The Rangers have some solid building blocks in sharpshooting senior Caroline Hamilton (she was third in the Western Maine Conference last winter in 3-pointers made with 29), potentially dominating junior post standout Jaclyn Storey and other returners including junior point guard Caton Beaulieu and seniors Haylee Munson and senior Taylor Readio. Sophomores Jordynne Copp and Mykaela Twitchell and freshman Ashley Storey will be in the mix as well. Greely suffered a tough 49-43 loss at Wells in the opener Friday, but got 16 points from Jaclyn Storey. With a new coach and some new faces, the Rangers will take some time getting up to speed, but there is plenty of upside. Greely should be in position to once again make a deep tournament run. “We hope to continue to be one of the top programs in the conference,” said Hilbrich. “We hope to build on a good, solid base and have a strong defense.” Falmouth missed the playoffs last season for the first time this century, winding up 9-9. The Yachtsmen have been affected by knee injuries over the past year. Senior Laney Evers, a starting guard, missed the 2010-11 season, but is back, as is senior Jackie Doyle, another guard. Unfortunately, senior Jenna Serunian (who was sixth in the league in rebounds and ninth in blocks last winter during a second-team all-star campaign) suffered a knee injury during volleyball season and won’t be able to play. Junior Maddie Inlow has experience at the point and Evers will likely see time there as well. Senior Nicole Rogers, at 5-foot11, provides size down low while junior Anna Hickey can play guard or forward. A couple freshmen, 5-11 Ally Hickey and Dayna Vasconcelos, will be called upon to

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see some key varsity minutes. Falmouth opened with a 48-38 win at Cape Elizabeth. Ally Hickey had an auspicious debut with 14 points. Doyle added nine, Rogers eight and Evers seven. The Yachtsmen will be able to compete with everyone as the season goes on and could evolve into a very dangerous team by February. Don’t be surprised if last year was an aberration and come tournament time, Falmouth is making noise once again. “The conference will be strong from top to bottom,” said second-year coach Mari Warner. “Due to injuries and the loss and gain of players, it will take some time for this team to reach its potential. Our style has changed and we should be exciting to watch. Rebounding and defense will be key.” Yarmouth won its opener last winter, then dropped 17 straight. This year, the Clippers are on their way back behind new coach Jay Lowery, who played at Deering and coached at Lyman Moore Middle School and at the AAU level. The loss of last year’s freshman sensation, Olivia Smith (a league all-star who was second in blocks, fifth in rebounds and seventh in scoring and steals a season ago) certainly hurts (she’s now at McAuley), but Yarmouth will take the tradeoff of getting senior Morgan Cahill back. Cahill was a key player for the Clippers as a freshman and sophomore before transferring to Cheverus for one year (she was selected an SMAA first-team all-star in 2010-11). Cahill will be the focal point of this year’s offense, as will senior Jeanna Lowery, who did not play last year. She’ll be the point guard and is another scoring threat. Sophomore Monica Austin can hit shots from the perimeter. Senior Maddy Wood is another returning guard to watch. Cahill is joined on the front line by her younger sister, sophomore Sean Cahill, and sopho-

more Grace O’Donnell. Freshman guard Shannon Fallon (the goalie in soccer in the fall) and forward Lane Simsarian hope to quickly earn key minutes. Yarmouth gave visiting Gray-New Gloucester a scare in the opener Friday before going down to a 50-39 defeat. O’Donnell was the leading scorer in that game with 13 points. Morgan Cahill reintroduced herself to the Western Maine Conference with 10 and also swatted away 13 shots. It will be a process for the Clippers to return to contention, especially with a very difficult early slate, but Cahill will keep them in a lot of of games. If some other consistent scorers can emerge, Yarmouth won’t just compete, it will win some games and might even make a run at a playoff spot. “I think it’ll be a good season,” said Lowery. “The kids are having a good time and are coming around. We’re running a rigorous program. If we break the press well, things will fall into place. I look for us to grow stronger as the season goes along.” In Western C, North Yarmouth Academy got to the playoffs last year and finished 10-9 after a 54-32 loss to St. Dom’s in the preliminary round. The loss of first-team all-star Blair Haggett to graduation will hurt, but there is plenty of talent in reserve. Senior Morgan Scully really came on in the second half of last season, leading the team in scoring during that span and earning a second-team all-star mention; she’ll be at point guard. Juniors Jen Brown and Mallory Ianno, sophomore Chloe Leishman and junior Lillie Reder also return at the guard spot. Sophomore Charlotte Esancy could soon become a household name as she can shoot, rebound and handle the ball. She was hampered by injury a season ago, but if healthy, will help the Panthers immensely. Sophomore guards Maggie Bertocci and Emma Warren and freshman

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Assets, Savings and Hope). Freeport Village Station was recently named by the Associated Builders and Contractors Massachusetts Chapter as the recipient of the Merit Award for Excellence in Construction, an award recognizing outstanding quality and craftsmanship in construction in the United States. Christopher Pezzulo, pediatrician, chief medical officer at University Health Care and assistant professor of pediatrics at the University of New England’s College of Osteopathic Medicine, has been awarded a 2012 Community Access to Child Heath (CATCH) planning grant to explore ways to improve access to immunizations and health screenings for children in Cumberland Country. Funded by the American Academy of Pediatrics, CATCH grants aim to engage physicians in working on community health projects focused on rural and/or low-income, medically underserved children in their local areas. Maine Medical Center Research Institute’s Vector-borne Disease Laboratory was recognized for its dedication to the control of emerging tick-born disease by understanding the environmental interactions of ticks, hosts and habitats. The team increases public awareness of the threat of Lyme disease through continued monitoring of the risk statewide. Since 1988, the MMCRI team has maintained a tick identification service, the data from which shows the expansion of the deer tick throughout Maine. Maine CDC has long collaborated with MMCRI’s team

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for routine mosquito collection to monitor for Eastern Equine Encephalitis and West Nile Virus as well. The People’s United Community Foundation, the philanthropic arm of People’s United Bank, recently announced that it has awarded at $2,500 grant to Community Financial Literacy. The grant will help Community Financial Literacy support their expansion and growth as they serve refugees and immigrants with targeted culturallyappropriate financial literacy courses. Macauley “Mac” Lord, a fly fishing instructor at L.L. Bean, has been given the highest distinction in the fly casting world, the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Federation of Fly Fishers. The award recognizes those who have made significant contributions to the world of fly casting instruction. Throughout his career, Lord has had an acute interest in developing and teaching techniques that simplify the sport, making it as easy as possible for people to get involved with fly fishing. He has been instrumental in teaching not only beginner and expert anglers the techniques and tips that enable them to expand their fly fishing horizons, but he helped to build a program that has trained and tested fly casting instructors in more than 36 countries.

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Points of View Art Gallery, Brunswick Business Center, 18 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 373-9300.

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Sarah Greenier Gallery, Maine, marine and coastal paintings, 428 Middle St., Bath, 443-3936.

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Summer Island Studio, 149 Maine St., Brunswick, 373-1810.

Library, 266 Main St., Cumberland, FMI 829-2215.

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Ajkun Ballet Theater, New York City-based dance company, holding auditions in February and March 2012 in New York City; FMI visit ajkunbt.org.

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Christmas Winds, 3 p.m., Haraseeket Grange Hall, 13 Elm St., Freeport, donation to Freeport Food Pantry, FMI 865-4747. Holiday Christmas Music, 1-3 p.m., Eastland Park Hotel, 157 High St., Portland, FMI 775-5411.

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Friday 12/16 Kristine Bertini lecture on “`Strength for the Sandwich Generation,” 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, FMI 871-1700.

Hudson Branch and Andy Mills, 7 p.m., SPACE, 538 Congress St., Portland, $5 suggested donation, FMI 828-5600.

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Sunday 12/18 Book Discussion of “Cleopatra,” 6:30 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

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”Conversations with Edd Bonney,” now available for sale at Freeport Public Library, 10 Liberty Dr., Freeport, freeportpubliclibrary.com.

Sunday 12/18 ”How to Start a Revolution,” 7 p.m., SPACE, 538 Congress St., Portland, FMI 828-5600.

Galleries Artwork by Patricia L. Ritzo, through Dec. 30, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, FMI 577-3874.

Museums ”Deck the Halls” holiday tours of Victoria Mansion, 11 a.m.-4:30 p.m. daily except for Christmas Day and New Years Day, FMI and prices victoriamansion.org.

Music Saturday 12/17 Glen Jones with Arborea and Sara Cox, 7:30 p.m., One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $12 advance/$15 door, FMI 7611757. Hoboe, 9:30 p.m., Slainte Wine Bar and Lounge, 29 Preble St., Portland, 21+, $5 advance/$7 door, FMI 252-7378. Music and Muffins: Malachi Graham, 10:30 a.m., Prince Memorial

Home for the Holidays Cabaret, 7:30 p.m., Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, $8, FMI 899-3993.

Mid Coast Books & Authors Sunday 12/18 Pam Burr Smith book signing and reading, 4 p.m., Gulf of Maine Books, 1344 Maine St., Brunswick.

Films The DreamlandTheater film series on second and fourth Thursdays, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, 6 p.m., free/$5 suggested donation, presented by Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., film listings at sagadahocpreservation.org.

Galleries 11 Pleasant St. Arts Center, 11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 319-6057 or 11pleasant.com. Allen & Selig Realty, landscapes and seascapes by Claudette Gamache, 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Monday through Friday, 15 Vine St., Bath, 443-2200 or AllenSelig.com. The Barn Door Cafe and Bakery, 4 Bowdoin Mill Island, Suite 102, Brunswick; 721-3099, thebarndoorcafe.com. Bayview Gallery, “Her Mark,” 58

Maine St., Brunswick, 729-5500, Patricia Boissevain, 729-5500, bayviewwgallery.com. Cabot Mill Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, 837-9108. Chocolate Church Arts Center, 798 Washington St., Bath, 4428455 or chocolatechurcharts.org. Coleman Burke Gallery, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, emilycollierjohnson@gmail.com. Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 725-5242, curtislibrary.com. The Eleven Pleasant Street Gallery, 11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 607-4016 or daughtry@vsartsmaine.org.

Thornton Oaks, 25 Thornton Way, 729-8033, thorntonoaks.com. Topsham Public Library Crooker Gallery, 25 Foreside Road, Topsham, 725-1727 or topshamlibrary.org. VSA arts of Maine, 11 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 607-4016, vsartsmaine.org. Whatnot Gallery at Spindleworks, 7 Lincoln St., Brunswick, spindleworks.org, 725-8820.

Music

Gallery at Park Row, 185 Park Row, Brunswick, 907-4016.

Castlebay Yuletide Concert, 8 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, $10, FMI 729-8515.

Gallery at Schoolhouse Crossing, 48 West Schoolhouse Crossing Road, Topsham, 603-674-6098 or keith@keithsphotography.com.

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Sebascodegan Artists Cooperative Gallery, 4 Old Orr’s Island Road, Harpswell, 833-5717, sebascodeganartists.com.

Frontier Cafe, Fort Andross, 14 Maine St., Brunswick, explorefrontier.com, 725-8820.

Gallery at Widgeon Cove, Route 123, Harpswell, 833-6081 or widgeoncove.com.

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Saturday 12/17 Mid-Coast Presbyterian Church holiday concert, 7 p.m., 84 Main St., Topsham, FMI 729-3193.

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“On the Way Home” is just one of the paintings of Falmouth artist Patricia L. Ritzo that will be on display through Dec. 30 at the Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth. For more information, call 577-3874.

Gallery Framing, 12 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-9108. The Gelato Fiasco, 74 Maine St., Brunswick, 607-4002, gelatofiasco. com. Harbor Works Gallery, HolbrookTrufant House, 977C Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell, harborworksgallery.org, Guy Saldanha, gsaldanh@bowdoin.edu, 8419812. ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 725-8157. Just Framing, 149 Front St., Bath. LaMarche Gallery, David Saul Smith Union, Bowdoin College, Brunswick, 725-3902. Little Dog Coffee, 87 Maine St., Brunswick, 725-8820. Mae’s Cafe, 160 Centre St., Bath, 442-8577 or maescafeandbakery. com/events. Maine Fiberarts Gallery, 13 Main St., Topsham, 721-0678, mainefiberarts.org. Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499. Merrymeeting Arts Center, 9 Main St., Bowdoinham, 841-5914, merrymeetingartscenter.org.

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Celebrating Christmas in music, dance By Scott Andrews The headlong rush toward Christmas picks up speed as Dec. 25 approaches. This week’s picks of the tix includes four outstanding celebrations of Christmas, each uniquely expressed in music and dance. The biggest production and top boxoffice draw is the Portland Symphony Orchestra’s annual Magic of Christmas concerts. PSO Maestro Robert Moody has planned and executed a program that takes the show to new heights – quite literally. Renaissance Voices has another unique Christmas program in Portland, featuring choral works spanning five centuries. Christmas with Cornils is another annual Portland concert and a personal favorite. Maestro Ray Cornils has invited several guest artists, but the centerpiece of the show is as always the Mighty Kotzschmar Memorial Organ. Portland Ballet’s annual production of “The Nutcracker” has its signature local twist. The familiar ballet is re-imagined as taking place in the city’s Victoria Mansion.

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tion were familiar, particularly the 80-voice Magic of Christmas Chorus, directed by Richard Nickerson. Additional vocal power was provided by the Bowdoin College Longfellows, a closeharmony a cappella male chorus. (For this coming weekend’s performances, the Maine Steiners, a similar ensemble from Orono, will assume this role.) My favorite moments of the show were the big orchestral pieces. The first was a Christmas medley by Leroy Anderson, the great 20th-century Boston Pops composer and arranger. Anderson is also represented by “Sleigh Ride,” one of the two most enduring elements of the program. The other is “Hallelujah Chorus,” from George Frideric Handel’s monumental oratorio, “Messiah.” The Longfellows performed another excerpt from “Messiah,” the well-known aria called “Unto Us A Child Is Born.” I found their a cappella version rather startling. “Rocket Sleigh” is a pleasant tune written by Maine native Delvyn Case; it was performed by the orchestra with visual stimulus provided by a group of Santa’s elves (the Longfellows in costume) plus the two acrobats. Portland Symphony Orchestra presents Magic of Christmas six times at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall: Dec. 16 at 2 and 7:30 p.m., Dec. 17 at 2 and 7:30 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 1 and 5 p.m. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

Christmas with Renaissance Voices Drawing inspiration and aesthetic values from the past, Renaissance Voices boasts one of the most distinctive annual Christmas concerts in southern Maine. When I attended for the first time a couple of years ago, I was tremendously impressed by the ensemble’s vocal power and inventive programming. Two performances are scheduled this weekend at St. Luke’s Cathedral in Portland. Renaissance Voices is a 21-member ensemble that was formed 18 years ago by a group of Maine singers on tour in Europe. The group performs primarily a cappella, with a repertory that ranges from the medieval period to present times. Although primarily focused on their namesake period, Renaissance Voices also has a stated mission of promoting women composers. This year’s program will feature Abbie Betinis, a contemporary composer from Minneapolis who specializes in choral works and has written many Christmas pieces. Since 2000 the ensemble has been under the baton of Harold Stover, a Juilliard School-trained organist who’s best known in Portland as the music director at Woodfords Church.

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There are two performances of Christmas with Renaissance Voices: Dec. 17 at 8 p.m. and Dec. 18 at 2 p.m. at St. Luke’s Cathedral, 143 State St. in Portland. Visit renaissancevoices.net.

Christmas with Cornils

One of Portland’s favorite musical traditions, and a personal favorite of mine, is the annual celebration that highlights the Kotzschmar Memorial Organ, the 6,800-plus-pipe pride of Portland since 1912. Called Christmas with Cornils, the concert is organized by Ray Cornils, the city’s official organist. The upcoming performance will be the last of this wonderful classic for a while. The mighty instrument will be disassembled for a year-long renovation and rehabilitation next year. Cornils is a music professor at two local colleges; his time-tested concert recipe is a varied selection of Christmas and holiday classics. The concert is sponsored by Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ, and Cornils brings along many of his musical friends and colleagues. The evening also features performances by the Kotzschmar Festival Brass, mostly comprising music professors at the University of Southern Maine School of Music, and the Parish Ringers, a handbell choir that Cornils directs. Baritone Aaron Engebreth and the Choral Art Camerata will add vocal power this year. Catch “Christmas With Cornils” at 7:30 p.m. Dec. 20 at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

‘Victorian Nutcracker’

The dreams of a child mysteriously and beautifully morph into one of the Christmas season’s most joyful creations of music and dance. We’re talking about “The Nutcracker” ballet, where a 10-year-old girl receives an unusual gift – a miniature nutcracker in the form of a colorfully uniformed soldier – then falls asleep and imagines that her toy comes to life. It debuted in Russia in 1892 and has become one of the Christmas season’s most popular artistic events. The production that’s coming up in Merrill Auditorium Dec. 23 adds another layer of fantasy: The setting is Portland’s own Victoria Mansion, the imposing Italianate edifice on Danforth Street. That’s the quick take on Portland Ballet’s annual “Victorian Nutcracker,” a unique production in which the first is act is re-imagined as a Port City family affair circa 1892. The second act – the familiar exotic foreign dances and the penultimate pas de deux – is the traditional “Nutcracker,” but the setting is the mansion’s grand drawing room. There are two Dec. 23 performances in Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall: 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m. Call PortTix at 842-0800.


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Center for Maine Craft, in the Maine Mall through December 2011, open regular and extended Maine Mall hours, FMI 772-8653.

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Circle of Musicians, Sundays, 2-7 p.m., 263 Pine Point Road, $3/person, $5/couple, hosted by Ron & Sherri Nick, FMI sheriwaves@yahoo. com.

Winter Farmers’ Market, 10 a.m-2 p.m. every Sunday, South Portland Planning Office, corner of Ocean St. and Rt. 77.

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Holiday Arts Fair, YES Art Works, 2-6 p.m., Creative Works Systems, 619 Brighton Ave., Portland, FMI 879-1140.

Storytelling Circle with Deena R. Weinstein, 6:30 p.m., Congregation Etz Chaim, 267 Congress St., Portland, FMI 478-2762.

Friday 12/16

Everything Under the Tree holiday sale, through Dec. 23, 11 a.m-4 p.m., SoPo Arts Studio, 855 Sawyer St., South Portland, FMI 899-5939.

Tue. 12/20

90s Xmas Dance Party, 9 p.m.-1 a.m., Bubba’s Sulky Lounge, 92 Portland St., Portland, 21+, $5 cover, FMI facebook.com/90sNite. Best Shot Youth Free Throw Tournament, 1 p.m., Portland Expo Center, 239 Park Ave., Portland, FMI 879-3605.

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Stonehenge at Mid-Winter’s Eve, 7 p.m., Southworth Planetarium, 70 Falmouth St., Portland, admission by donation, FMI 780-4249.

Friday 12/30 Fine Free Day, sign up for a finefree library card, Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, 883-4723 ext 6267.

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AARP Foundation Tax Aide program seeks volunteers, contact Joan Jagolinzer, 883-8415 or jagolinzer@gwi.net.

SCORE is seeking volunteers to work in the “counselors to America’s small business” program, FMI, Nancy, 772-1147.

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Basic Computer Training, 1-4 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ext. 708.

Women and Wealth Seminar, 6-7:30 p.m., 12 Portland St., Yarmouth, to register 729-3526.

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Writing a Business Plan, 2-5 p.m., SCORE, 100 Middle St., second floor, east tower, $35, FMI and to register scoremaine.org.

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Cumberland from page 1 The motion followed one that failed 4-3 and would have banned the sale and use every day of the year. Perfetti, Storey-King, Turner and Stiles voted against that motion, while Gruber, Moriarty and Copp favored it. Moriarty, who served on a subcommittee charged with developing a fireworks ordinance, noted that Cumberland can only govern consumer fireworks, and that “the larger fireworks, that burst in the sky, that we watch on the Fourth of July and so forth, are governed entirely by the state and not by towns.” He noted that “I have not heard from anybody who has said, ‘we need more noise in our neighborhoods.’ I haven’t

Soccer from page 1 volve the community in Topsham. In response to concerns expressed by some Roller World patrons, he also said Seacoast has not made any decisions about the roller skating rink���s future. “We fully intend to try and work hand in hand with the communities (we have facilities in) to see if we can help pro-

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heard anybody tell me that ‘I want to live where firecrackers can go off any time of day,’” or any day of the year, at random. Moriarty pointed out that the illegality of sale and use has served as a deterrent for many people. Doug Pride, a licensed fireworks technician from Cumberland, told councilors the town should do nothing and allow the new state fireworks law to take effect. He noted that fireworks were common in the 1940s and 1950s, and that people were getting hurt as a result, which is why most states banned them. But since then they have become much safer, he said. “Cherry bombs and M-80s ... you cannot buy them anywhere in the United States; they’re illegal everywhere,” Pride said. “The only thing you can get in the

way of consumer fireworks are these little firecrackers that have a maximum of 50 milligrams of powder in them.” John Leavitt, a forest ranger from Greely Road who has been a wild-land firefighter for 21 years, said he has seen the downside of fireworks. “They do cause wildfires, and there are national statistics to prove that,” he said, noting that he has also seen numerous injuries caused by the devices. “I believe one of the reasons the Legislature passed this law was to possibly create some type of financial stimulus,” Leavitt said, “... and I take exception to that, because when I see children, particularly, who lose a finger, an eye or an ear, I can’t see how any financial benefit (the state or communities) would realize would be offset by the cost and loss to

mote a healthy lifestyle for children and adults,” he said. “All of it is a work in progress.” The Freeport proposal, Willis said, still represents a “huge commitment” for Seacoast, even though there have been obstacles in Freeport that recently prompted club officials to say they would look at other towns. Discussions about a Seacoast facility with turf fields or an indoor arena in

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Freeport have been going on for nearly three years. Most recently, the Planning Board voted 4-3 on Nov. 2 against recommending an overlay district to allow the project in the Rural Residential 1 zone, near the town-owned Hunter Road fields. The board also unanimously agreed not to allow recreational outdoor facilities in

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that family and that child.” But Pride argued that fireworks injuries are “way overstated.” “If you look at statistics, fireworks are at the bottom of the list for injuries,” he said. “Bicycles, swimming, hunting, fishing, you name it, everything has (a) higher injury rate and fatality rate than fireworks.” Turner called the matter “a freedom issue,” noting that “for us to sit here and micromanage what our fellow citizens can do, that generally speaking is relatively safe ... it’s a no-brainer to at least allow the celebration around the Fourth of July.” Alex Lear can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 113 or alear@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @learics.

all of RR-1, a district that makes up 70 percent of the town. But Willis said Seacoast will continue to try to make the proposal work. The Town Council will hold a workshop on Seacoast United’s proposal on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2012, from 5-7 p.m. in Town Hall. Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson

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from page 21 the top spots at states. “The girls’ team should be solid with most all of our skiers returning and should be one of the top teams in Class C,” Martin said. North Yarmouth Academy only fields a Nordic team and last year only had a boys’ squad, but what a team it was, rolling to the Class C state championship. The Panthers return much of their firepower. Leading the way will

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Unsung Hero from page 2 an organic farm in Bowdoinham. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I do everything: picking, seeding, weeding,â&#x20AC;? she said, â&#x20AC;&#x153;and the owners are such nice people.â&#x20AC;? The owners of Six River Farm, Nate Drummond and Gabrielle Gosselin, return the compliment: â&#x20AC;&#x153;Rachel is terrific.â&#x20AC;? As to her future plans, Matson hopes to attend Mount Holyoke College. She intends to major in international relations, continue her involvement with Kandahar Treasure, keep up with her singing, and perhaps do some farming. Down the line, she said she might work for an NGO (â&#x20AC;&#x153;non-governmental organizationâ&#x20AC;?) or she might go into teaching. Fifty years from now, she hopes to be known as someone who helped others live better lives. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Thatâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s our responsibility,â&#x20AC;? Matson said. As those fortunate enough to know her will tell you, she doesnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t just find treasures. She is one.

Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s nest from page 1 at our Town Hall, it is threatening and I think this council should vote on this right now, they should waive the rules and adopt this,â&#x20AC;? Helms said. Resident Ken Mann said the election edition was more threatening than past issues. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Town employees are being hurt by this, good citizens are being hurt by this, all the people that have been depicted in this thing are well known in the community ... office holders, former office holders, town employees, people that have run for public office,â&#x20AC;? Mann said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Everybody has a right to make fun of us, but I think this has gone too far,â&#x20AC;? he continued. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I understand there is nothing illegal ... but itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s certainly improper and certainly shouldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t be made available at the Town Hall.â&#x20AC;? Town Manager Dale Olmstead said he does not want publications like the Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest in Town Hall and does not want residents to assume town employees

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are being complacent. He said there is an administrative policy that allows people to put public documents, notices, and newspapers in the entrance of Town Hall as long as the documents have a name, contact information or something indicating ownership. The same policy allows for the removal of those documents if they fail to indicate ownership, Olmstead said. Town staff have removed questionable documents in the past, he said, although it is not up to them to monitor the area. In the wake of the latest Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest, Olmstead said the town attorney is investigating whether the administrative policy can withstand a legal challenge. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We are trying to find out if I have the authority to (make that policy) and if itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s a violation of the First Amendment,â&#x20AC;? Olmstead said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If the town attorney feels Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve overstepped my reach and publications and notices can be distributed, then we will leave (them) alone.â&#x20AC;? Police Chief Gerald Schofield also sent a copy of the Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest to the attorney generalâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office to determine if the publication violates the Maine Civil Rights Act or if the rights of residents depicted in the publication had been violated. According to a response from Detective Margie Berkovich of the Investigation Division of the AGâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s office on Nov. 23, the Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest does not contain a direct threat against a specific individual and no action can be taken. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Despite its offensive nature, the author of the newsletter is doing nothing more than engaging in First Amendment speech,â&#x20AC;? Berkovich said in her letter. Olmstead denied he has any connection to the Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest publication, although some residents who spoke at the Dec. 6 council meeting suggested he is involved. Mann and a few other residents who spoke that night also suggested former Town Councilor Ed Campbell is the author of the publication. When asked, Campbell, a resident of West Gardiner, said he was not producing the publication from his house and said heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s â&#x20AC;&#x153;put to bed all the boogieman stuff.â&#x20AC;? He said he has been â&#x20AC;&#x153;lampoonedâ&#x20AC;? by the Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest in the past, and is an easy target for people who want to accuse him of these actions. â&#x20AC;&#x153;(The Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest) has been going on now for about 25 years,â&#x20AC;? he

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said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;One personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s joke is another personâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s anguish. But I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t really care about it one way or another. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t have, as a person, the market cornered on public dissent on political bodies. Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got more important things to do in life than â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;you said this and you said that.â&#x20AC;&#x2122; Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been (in West Gardiner) for almost eight years. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s like being on a different planet.â&#x20AC;? In addition to the depictions of political candidates, town staff and public officials, the Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest recently listed several local businesses on its back page, implying they are advertisers or supporters of the publication. They included The Forecaster, the Times Record of Brunswick, Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union, Bow Street Market, the Freeport Historical Society and the North Freeport Store. On Monday, Adam Nappi, owner of Bow Street Market, said his business has nothing to do with the publication. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bow Street Market did not authorize use of our logo nor did it sponsor a Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest,â&#x20AC;? Nappi said in an email. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bow Street Market undertakes a serious and careful review of opportunities for sponsorship and the use of our logo. We are proud to have the ability to support community organizations and events and plan to continue to do so in a positive manner.â&#x20AC;? Christina White, executive director of the Freeport Historical Society, said she, too, knew nothing about the use of the organizationâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s logo in the Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest. Ryan Doherty, owner of North Freeport Store on Wardtown Road, said he went to the Police Department with a copy of the publication, but does not believe anything can be done without first confirming who is responsible for the publication. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have nothing to do with this, and itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s starting to anger me,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;It showed up in my store right after the election and I am not happy about it.â&#x20AC;? Doherty said he has other publications in his store, but removes the Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest when it shows up. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If someone would sign it and admit they were doing it, Iâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;d put it on the shelf,â&#x20AC;? he said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;If there was a name and phone number on it, then it is his problem, not mine. But until then, it is wrong to use the names of these businesses without permission. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s fine to say what you want

to say, but I donâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t want my business, my livelihood involved in this.â&#x20AC;? Karen Wood, publisher of The Forecaster, said the newspaper disavows any connection to the Crowâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Nest. Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or aanderson@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.

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church must overcome is approval of a conditional use application currently pending before the Zoning Board of Appeals. Churches are considered a conditional use in the resource conservation zone, where this church is located. Another hurdle is funding. Smith said his group has been working on a capital campaign and has raised $2 million in Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/108079

pledges. He did not know how much the group would have to raise, because the project is still in the design phase. The church has chosen Portland-based Scott Simons Architects and South Portlandbased Ledgewood Construction for the project. St. Maryâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s has seen an increase in parishioners over the past few years and has expanded its mission as it has grown. Smith said the Rev. Canon James Dalton-Thompson, who died a year ago, was responsible for much of that growth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;His leadership style attracted a lot of people,â&#x20AC;? Smith said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He basically walked on water.â&#x20AC;? The church reached out to the community as a result of that leadership, Smith said, and now has become more visible, offering free community meals, space for recovery and support groups to meet, and more Christian education programs for young people. Smith said the new design will not change the character of the building, which is a fixture in Falmouth. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We love the building ourselves,â&#x20AC;? he said. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

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