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

Vol. 24, No. 51

Planning Board deadlocks on Main Street zoning change By Alex Lear CUMBERLAND — The Planning Board voted 3-3 Dec. 14 on whether to recommend a zoning change that would allow businesses along part of Main Street. The board then voted unanimously to report to the Town

Council that it was unable to reach consensus. The council must ultimately decide whether to implement the Town Center District. The Planning Board had voted after a public hearing in August to table discussion on the creation of the new zone for the section

of Main Street between Tuttle Road and Moss Side Cemetery. Commercial or retail uses are not allowed in that area, and the proposal calls for a zoning change from Medium Density Residential to the Town Center District. Board members Chris Neagle, April Caron and John Ferland

voted in favor Dec. 14 of sending a positive recommendation to the council, while Bill Richards, Bill Ward and Bob Couillard were opposed. Board member Bob Vail abstained from voting, saying he believed he had a conflict of interest since he has several friends who

“stand to lose by our deliberations or the council’s final action.” The rezoning proposal is contained in the Cumberland Town Center Advisory Committee’s final report to the council, the result of nearly a year’s worth of work. See page 20

After predicting weather for 35 years, his forecast is for retirement By Alex Lear CUMBERLAND — For Albert Wheeler, weather isn’t something you just praise when the sun shines or complain about when the rain falls. It’s been a lifelong pursuit and career. The pursuit may continue, but the career will come to a close at the end of the year when Wheeler will retire from his job as meteorologist in charge of the National Weather Service office in Gray after more than 33 years. Wheeler’s fascination with weather started early. He grew up in central New York, to the east of Lake Ontario, so winter snow made a significant

impression on him. His mother had what Wheeler called “a healthy respect for lightning,” but thunderstorms would draw him out to the porch, to his mother’s consternation. While Wheeler initially contemplated a career as a science teacher, he said, “in thinking it through ... (my) real passion was to learn how to forecast weather.” After deciding to pursue a degree in meteorology, “everything after that has just been like a dream,” he said. “I still can’t believe that everything has worked out the way it has. It’s just been a really, really wonderful career ... doing John Jensenius / For The Forecaster

Al Wheeler of Cumberland is wrapping up a 33-year career with the National Weather Service, where he is meteorologist in charge of the Gray office.

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More than tickets, arrests: Flanders retires from Yarmouth PD By Amy Anderson

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Officer Bruce Flanders has served on the Yarmouth Police force for 33 years.

YARMOUTH — Throughout his 33 years of service as a Yarmouth police officer, Bruce Flanders has seen changes in weapons and technology, the drug culture and dispatch services. But what has remained constant, he said, is the camaraderie within the department, the value of compassion in the field

and the importance of public education. Flanders, 62, retired from the department last month. He said it was the right time, although he will miss the job he has performed for more than half of his life. “Looking back, I wouldn’t change a thing,” he said. “I’d still enjoy this career if it wasn’t for age.”

Flanders joined the reserves in 1975 after much encouragement from members of the Police Department. When a position became available on the police force in September 1975, he joined. From 1990 to 1997 Flanders served as the Drug Abuse Resistance Education educator at the middle school and the school resource officer. He

gave lectures on career day, and taught Halloween safety courses and driver’s education classes. He said interacting with the public was an important part of his job. “It’s easy to go out there and just do your job, but it’s another to be personal,” he said. “Anyone can give out a speeding See page 20

Legislators warn Falmouth of difficult school budget year By Emily Parkhurst FALMOUTH — With budget deliberations approaching, the School Board has begun prepping for anticipated bad news from the state. Index Arts Calendar.................18 Classifieds......................22 Community Calendar......17 Eating Well.....................12

“Budget issues are going to be as big as they ever have been,” state Sen.-elect Richard Woodbury, U-Yarmouth, told the board Monday evening. “Budgets have been flat or declining, and only,

as a state, have we been able to sustain that level because of federal funding.” Woodbury and Rep. Mary Nelson, D-Falmouth, spoke about the loss of stimulus funds from the

federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which runs out at the end of this fiscal year. Falmouth is looking at an $800,000 loss in revenue for the schools, an estimate that assumes

no further state reductions, School Department Finance Director Dan O’Shea said. Nelson said she had plans to See page 25

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Falmouth business sees advantage in energy neutrality By Emily Parkhurst

TideSmart Global owner Steve Woods explains how rocks blasted from the hills behind him were reused throughout the property, as ballasts to protect utility equipment, shown here, and for the rock wall that displays the company’s sign along Route 1 in Falmouth. The company is hoping to be energy neutral next year.

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FALMOUTH — Before TideSmart Global began construction of its campus on Route 1 this summer, it blasted the hills on the property to make room for the new buildings. Approximately 1.2 million tons of rock exploded in pieces and crumbled around the site. One 18,000-pound rock landed near the front of the planned building space. “When an 18,000-pound rock falls on your driveway, you leave it there,” Stephen Woods, TideSmart president and chief executive, said. So there the rock sits, directly in front of the new campus, like a welcoming

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beacon. Woods uses the rock as a metaphor for the company’s policy when it comes to natural resources: Use what you have and be respectful of the natural world. The rock wall and TideSmart Global sign facing Route 1 is made of the blasted rock from the site, as are the ballasts to protect the utilities. The remaining rocks were used as a fence around the entire property. In addition to using what it has, Woods said he wants the company to be energy neutral.

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As a result, the company has asked the Falmouth to consider a small wind energy ordinance so it can install a wind turbine on the campus. The proposal is being considered by the town’s ordinance committee. Additionally, last month TideSmart had solar panels added to a warehouse roof. Next summer, a green roof of local field grass will be installed. And there are little things as well. “We don’t have a gutter system on the buildings here,” Woods said. “The water is all collected, and goes through a filter and into the town’s water treatment facility.” This way, he said, any contaminants are filtered out instead of going into the groundwater. Next year, Woods said, the company is purchasing electric cars and will be the first agency in Maine with an electric car charging station. Woods admits all of the company’s efforts to be energy neutral come at a much higher price than doing the same

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things through traditional means. The roof had to be secured with enormous I-beams to support the weight of the sod and solar panels. The thick insulation in the walls was pricey and the radiant heat in all the floors was more expensive than a traditional warehouse heating system. But, Woods said, it was just the right thing to do. “Change has to happen somewhere,” Woods said. “Early adopters ultimately subsidize long-range growth.” And, he said, it hasn’t hurt his business model either. As an event-marketing agency, the company works to attract large companies — they currently represent Walmart, Olympus and Levi Strauss — and having a green campus has drummed up more interest in the company. “It’s the right thing to do and it’s also really good for business,” Woods said. The company has already scheduled more work for 2011 than it had in 2009 and 2010 combined, something Woods attributes to the green campus as a selling point, as well as to the hard work of his employees. “I want this to be a place the employees want to go,” he said. The company even has plans for a hydroponic garden in the spring. “Putting people first is not only good business,” Woods said. “It’s the right thing to do.” Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net

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Preschool an option for new Falmouth elementary school By Emily Parkhurst FALMOUTH — The School Department hopes to utilize three classrooms in the new elementary school for limited preschool programs. “We’re not in a position to offer a public preschool right now,” Superintendent Barbara Powers said. “We can’t think about offering that now, with the current economic climate.” Instead, the district is planning to enlist state-run Child Development Services to run a preschool that offers programming for nine children with mild to moderate disabilities, and nine without disabilities. In exchange, Falmouth residents will get first dibs on the available spots. “(CDS) would be doing all the management, the hiring, buying supplies,” Lunt School Principal John Flaherty, who would be the liaison between the school and CDS, said. “They would simply be physically in the building.” Powers said the program will come at no expense to Falmouth taxpayers. The town would also not charge CDS more than overhead costs for use of a classroom. Additionally, the school is proposing to offer a preschool facility for up to 30 children of students and staff members in the remaining two rooms. “We put the word out as a feeler to our staff and got 28 children’s names in a couple of days,” Flaherty said. However, he added, the school has

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By Amy Anderson YARMOUTH — The Town Council on Dec. 16 approved a new Comprehensive Plan that replaces the plan adopted in 1993. Changes include the potential for new zoning practices. The Comprehensive Plan Steering Committee worked on the document for nearly five years. Co-chairwoman Esther Pappas said she was pleased with the results and was thankful for the help of Town Planner Vanessa Farr and Town Manager Nat Tupper. The plan centers on five areas that are important to the town and ultimately

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Gone with the wind: $1.1M alternative energy program fails to deliver By John Christie AUGUSTA — Solar panels installed behind trees, covered with snow, shaded by a barn or not tilted toward the sun. Wind turbines blocked by trees or shut down for safety reasons and then not turned back on when the wind was strong. Heat pumps turned off by homeowners because they were too noisy. These are some of the findings in a study of a $1.1 million federal Department of Health and Human Services grant to the Maine State Housing Authority. The grant paid for installing alternative energy systems in the homes of low-income Mainers with the assistance of community action programs.

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The report and associated documents including e-mails were obtained through a Freedom of Access Act request by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. The alternative energy systems were installed, operated and tested in 80 homes and one apartment complex in Kennebec, Knox, Penobscot, Hancock and Washington counties between 2005 and 2008 under a federal program designed to reduce energy costs for qualifying families. Part of the grant included $75,000 for a technical evaluation of the program by Joseph Associates of Hallowell.

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That evaluation concludes that the program “does in fact make a significant contribution in helping to empirically sort through a rather broad range of alternative measures by ranking each according to their energy savings and cost-effectiveness as derived from field testing.” But the evaluation also states that ranking was not the primary purpose of the grant — the primary purpose was to “reduce energy costs of participating households.” And the details of the report conclude that in all but one of the five alternative systems put in the homes of poor families the energy use – primarily electricity – went up, or down too little, to justify the cost of the new energy systems. Dale McCormick, director of MSHA, said public housing was in crisis because of high oil prices at the time the alternative energy systems were being installed. “We could have managed, monitored this better ... but all hell was breaking loose,” she said. “It was $4.50 a gallon

and we were in crisis, as was the whole world.”

Solar hot water heaters To help poor families save on electricity and heating oil, MSHA hired a vendor to install solar panels to heat hot water at 10 homes, from Belgrade to Rockland. (The names of the recipients are not revealed by MSHA because most are receiving public assistance.) Each installation cost $7,500. Of the 10, the report found six were poorly installed, including one where the solar panels were put in upside down; four where the panels were not oriented properly toward the sun, and one where trees blocked the panels. The study also analyzed the costeffectiveness of the various alternative energy sources. These were determined by the saving investment ratio: a ratio of less than one means that the new systems would never save enough in energy use to pay back the investment during its useful lifetime. Only two of the 10 solar installations had an SIR of one or better. Five had less than one and two others could not be measured because the proper data was not collected by the vendors. In half of the households, energy use increased while the panels were in use. “The quality of many of the solar hot water installations did not meet industry standards,” the report states. In a Belgrade home where panels were installed, the study said, “As of Oct. 1, the panels appear not to be producing any energy as they may have lost glycol,” the antifreeze that is an essential part of such solar heating systems. The family in that home told the study authors that snow had built up for two months on the panels. In Warren, the report states, “This installation was closest to ideal,” and had reduced energy use. But a Franklin family told the study authors their installation was “sloppy.” “When the (Franklin) client pointed out that the panels were not pointing at the sun a good part of the day, she was told that if she wanted a rack to re-orient the panels that it was her responsibility,” the report states.

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Energy program from previous page The Clinton family in the program reported that the holes for the solar pipes were drilled too large, allowing bats to enter their home. In Union, the report said, “There is a barn that shadows the units part of the day.” The study rated the quality of each solar installation on a 1-10 scale. The average was 5.3. Of the 10, only one was rated as having “acceptable results.” McCormick said the solar installations were “shocking.” The contractor, now out of business, had been reliable on previous projects, she said, but in this case “he got overextended.”

Basement hot water heat pumps The basement hot water heat pump, which is designed to use less energy than conventional hot water heaters, was the only technology installed by the program that showed a positive return on investment. Its return ratios ranged from 2 to 5, well past the minimum of 1, demonstrating that it more than paid for itself during the life of the product. MSHA installed 58 of the pumps in homes in Kennebec and Hancock counties. That accounted for 67 percent of all the installations made. But because the basement heat pumps were the cheapest item — $750 each — they accounted for only 12 percent of the $351,000 spent on the purchase of all the different types of equipment. “As a group, the BHWHP (basement hot water heat pump) installations were well designed and well implemented with some exceptions,” states the report. If consumers could buy a pump for $700, they could be paid back from the energy savings in six years. That finding was based on checking the energy usage where the pumps were installed, but the report tempers that finding by stating the “wide variation in the savings rates” in the (electric) “billing data is disappointing,” which “reduced our ability to accurately predict future savings.” Overall, McCormick said the basement pumps “were the big winner” and are an example of the value of the program because it demonstrated for the state and

Maine State Housing Authority at a glance The Maine State Housing Authority was created by the Legislature in 1969 to assist in the financing, development and rehabilitation of housing for low- and moderate-income families. It is an independent state agency whose director is appointed by the governor. Its current director is Dale McCormick, who was appointed in 2005 by Democratic Gov. John Baldacci and reappointed by him to a second four-year term in February. McCormick is a former Democratic state senator and was the first woman to be elected state treasurer. She is a former contractor. MSHA’s 2011 operating budget is $14.5 million and the agency has a mortgage portfolio of $1.6 billion. Spokesman Dan Simpson said the agency “generates about $450 million for Maine’s economy each year through mortgages, rental assistance, heating assistance, rental housing development, etc.” Its federal- and state-supported housing programs assist about 90,000 Maine residents each year. federal energy assistance programs an alternative technology that can be cost effective in the homes of low-income families.

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Get over it and do the right thing There’s not much good you can say about losing your job. The loss of income, the loss of security, the loss of benefits, the damage to one’s self-esteem and sense of Global worth – all are part of the unwanted severance package that accompanies the pink slip. In the end there’s only one good thing that comes out of losing your job, and that’s the realization that somehow or other life goes on. You learn that you will get by, and that if you are healthy and have a roof over your head, you have a lot. You will get over it. None of this is to say it’s Perry B. Newman an easy ride. The millions of Americans and thousands of Mainers suffering this holiday season can testify to the hardship, the stress and the fear. But what can you do? You can’t live your life cowering in fear, keeping your head down, making one compromise after another. You have to work hard and do what you think is right. While it is heartbreaking to lose a job – any job – it must be particularly devastating to lose a job to which you are elected; to observe elected officials in their natural habitat is to conclude that the pleasures and perquisites of high office must be so great as to render loss unthinkable. Will politicians really say or do anything to get reelected, and, if so, why? According to the Congressional Research Service, members of the U.S. Senate and the House of Representatives earn a base salary of $174,000. Members may also earn

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Yarmouth nurses say thanks A sincere thank you from the Yarmouth school nurses to the many volunteers who, once again, helped us make our seasonal flu vaccine clinics so successful. From the nurses who gave the shots, to the crowd-control experts, right down to the cheerful and enthusiastic volunteers who checked students in at the door, the teamwork was outstanding. Although there wasn’t the “media hype” of last year’s H1N1 crisis, there is evidence that families are following the CDC’s recommendation, and taking advantage of the opportunity to vaccinate their school-age children to prevent the spread of the influenza virus. We were able to vaccinate nearly 50 percent of our students with your help. According to statistics, that should significantly reduce the number of students and faculty missing school because of influenza. We are very fortunate to live and work in a community that supports our schools and our students, and we are very grateful. Margi Moran, Yarmouth High School/Rowe School Judy Berghuis, Harrison Middle School Lisa Sanford, Yarmouth Elementary School

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Newman engenders confidence Recently, Perry B. Newman summarized his reaction to the November election and clearly remembered both his disappointment (over Eliot Cutler’s defeat) and the affect on him of what he described as “meanness” shown in the campaign. Mr. Newman is a very upbeat and positive person and that is evident in his sportsmanship, manners and writings. In truth – and I am an outsider to Maine politics but a writer about geopolitics – the people of Maine did not give Paul LePage a mandate. He was not elected by a majority. Combining two of the three candidate totals, the majority of Maine voters can be said to have voted against Mr. LePage. I remind myself of this whenever I am shaken by reports like Edgar Allen Beem’s that indicate a LePage cabinet might be comprised of “extremists” (my label). As I see it, Mssrs. Newman and Beem have more in common than either has with Paul LePage. This is good, and a workable model (fiscal responsibility with social sensitivity) for the future of Maine politics. I come from New Jersey and shutter to return there until the people of that state choose another governor. May Maine not become another New Jersey, Arizona, Texas or Alaska, with tea party agendas set nationally and carried forward by Mr. LePage. I pray Maine will survive through this new administration with dignity, civility and reason. I know Mr. Newman believes it will. And his confidence in this is encouraging and warmly received. Michael T. Bucci Damariscotta

Falmouth should ban smart meters Many in Falmouth are concerned about the lack of safety standards, harmful health effects, and violations of property rights regarding Central Maine Power Co.’s installation of smart meters, but were wrongly under the impression there would be a public hearing before the installation began. CMP’s claim that the meters meet the FCC safety standards for radio-frequency radiation emitted into our homes is simply not true. The experts, including the National Institutes of Health and National Toxicology Program, agree that there are no current safety standards that apply to non-thermal, long-term, low-level exposures like the kind from smart meters. Also well-documented are the long-term health risks from exposure to this type of RF radiation, including scientific evidence that damage from this type of exposure can accumulate over time and pass from one generation to the next. In addition, it is a blatant violation of our property rights for CMP to trespass on our property to install the smart meter, after we have already notified CMP that we do not

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Season’s greetings! How’s it goin’? Waddaya know? Tempus fugit, but where does it go? 2010 is petering out, So we thought we’d give Forecaster folk a shout.

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Happy holidays to the Fundy Road crew: Emily, Amy, Heather, Kate and Baby Mac, too, Catherine, Chuck, Megan & Deni, Cynthia, Suzanne. Did I forget any? Of course, Stephanie, Randy, Bill, Alex, what ho! And muchas gracias, David, Karen, Michael & Mo! This is a time to be of good cheer As we herald the end of an up and down year. In 2011, we’ll turn a whole new LePage, The meaning of which is still hard to gauge. Perhaps the tea party will finally sway us, Or plunge the state into total chaos.

Edgar Allen Beem

But for now, let’s declare an uneasy truce With Pete the Carpenter, Pem/Melvin and Bruce Poliquin, Tarren Bragdon, Bill Beardsley, Kafir, And the Boys from Bristol who have the Gov’s ear.

We all love winners. Yes, we do. Like Tom Brady, Liv Tyler, and Roxanne Q., Jetsetter Donald Sussman, his afianced Chellie, Anna Kendrick, Alex Carleton, Susan Grisanti Kelley.

Let the bon temps roll, the wine flow freely For Shauna Gillies-Smith & Jaime Gili, Lauren Fensterstock, Aaron Stephan; and let us embrace The brilliance of Ahmed Alsoudani and Pandora LaCasse.

Toast the beautiful people! May you never change! Libby Mitchell, Eliot Cutler, Austin Ainge, Seth Wescott, Bob Marley, Mark Bessire, Kevin Salatino, Andy Verzosa, and Joanie dear!

Let’s go, you Black Bears, Red Claws, Sea Dogs, Pirates, Calamity Janes, Maine Freeze (no shrinking violets), Huskies, Patriots, Sox, Bruins, Celts! Champions all. We expect nothing else!

Finally, a moment of silence for those set free: David Becker, Dodge Morgan, Tim White, Shep Lee. We salute you through our grief and our tears. May your lives shine on in the coming years! But enough of this unmetered rhyme, This doggerel verse. We’ve run out of time. There’s shopping to do. Gotta get to the mall. Happy New Year, dear readers! Merry Christmas to all!

Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him.

want the smart meter installed. Also, by use of meters that emit RF radiation, CMP is illegally entering/emitting radiation into the air space inside houses, a trespass into our homes and violation of our right to quite enjoyment. Falmouth, use the precautionary principal: ban meters that emit RF radiation. Dianne Wilkins Falmouth

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ing an unregistered motor vehicle for more than 150 days. 12/11 at 11:18 p.m. Bertha Bille, 28, of Brighton Avenue, Portland, was issued a summons by Officer Antonio Ridge on a charge of speeding more than 30 mph over the limit.

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CUMBERLAND Arrests 12/16 at 12:26 a.m. William Schneider, 20, of Pitt Street, Falmouth, was arrested by Officer Ryan Martin on a charge of violation of conditions of release and issued a summons on a charge of operating after suspension.

Summonses 12/9 at 7:40 a.m. David Snow, 49, of Woodside Drive, was issued a summons by Officer Ryan Martin on a charge of operat-

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12/11 at 9:38 a.m. Station coverage in Gray. 12/11 at 9:52 a.m. Investigation of a burn on Ledge Road. 12/12 at 8:04 p.m. Station storm coverage on Tuttle Road. 12/13 at 2:49 a.m. Power lines down on Hedgerow Drive at Val Halla Road. 12/13 at 10:49 a.m. Station coverage on Tuttle Road. 12/13 at 11:02 a.m. Medical standby on Gray Road in Falmouth. 12/14 at 6:57 p.m. Fire alarm sounding in Windham. 12/16 at 4:35 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Valley Road.

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waiting to get by allegedly pulled out around the truck but did not get far enough out and reportedly collided with its front bumper. No injuries and no major damage was reported.

Fire calls 12/11 at 2:11 p.m. Dumpster, trash fire on Tuttle Road. 12/11 at 5:18 p.m. Assist rescue on Woodland Road. 12/11 at 9:54 p.m. Vehicle fire on I-295. 12/11 at 10:48 p.m. Fire alarm on Main Street. 12/12 at 10:16 p.m. Fire alarm on Bow Street. 12/13 at 11:22 p.m. Fire alarm on Tuttle Road. 12/14 at 12:23 p.m. Fire alarm on Main Street. 12/14 at 12:52 p.m. Fire alarm on Lunt Road. 12/14 at 2:37 p.m. Fire alarm on Grant Road. 12/14 at 2:46 p.m. Fire alarm on Mallett Park Road. 12/14 at 4:07 p.m. Chimney fire on Wardtown Road.

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

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Freeport Arrests 12/12 at 10:58 p.m. Brandon D. Burch, 26, of Sequoia Drive, was arrested by Officer Brandon Paxton on Mallett Drive on charges of operating under the influence and refusing to submit to arrest or detention. 12/16 at 3:49 p.m. Ramon Davila, 30, of Unity, was arrested by Officer Paul Powers on a warrant and for violating conditions of release.

Summonses 12/12 at 10:58 p.m. Thomas W. Markelon, 20, of Chickadee Lane, was issued a summons by Officer Brandon Paxton on Mallett Drive on a charge of illegal consumption of alcohol by a minor. 12/16 at 3:49 p.m. Rachel Lynn Davila, 24, of Unity, was issued a summons by Officer Paul Powers on charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Lock it up 12/12 at 5:14 p.m. Police were notified that a purse was taken from an unlocked vehicle parked on Mallett Drive. Cash, identification, jewelry and credit cards were reported taken totalling nearly $1,000. Police are investigating the theft.

Patience pays 12/15 at 9:52 a.m. A propane truck making a delivery reportedly pulled across traffic on South Freeport Road. Another vehicle

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Arrests There were no arrests reported from Dec. 10-17.

Summonses 12/11 at 8:49 p.m. Mason Christopher Gordon, 18, of Westbrook Street, South Portland, was issued a summons on Gray Road by Sgt. Kevin Conger on a charge of possession of marijuana.

A very expensive Italian dinner 12/13 at 12:56 p.m. A man reported to police that he had accidentally left his debit card at Ricetta's Brick Oven Pizzaria restaurant on Dec. 10 and returned Dec. 11 to pick it up. When he went to use it the following day, the bank had reportedly put a stop on the card because of $1,800 in charges from Italy. The man reportedly told police he did not want to pursue charges.

Bad first date 12/16 at 4:14 a.m. A man called police to report a woman had just broken the window on his back door on Bayshore Drive. When police responded to the call, the man allegedly told them he had utilized a dating service and gone on a date with the woman earlier and didn't want to press charges.

Hide and gun seek 12/16 at 8:46 p.m. A homeowner on Birchwood Circle called police to report a handgun stolen from his house. The caller reportedly told police he had hidden the gun and hadn't checked on it in more than a month. When he went to get it, it was reportedly gone. Police are going through vendors who have come and gone from the home and investigating the theft. There was no forced entry reported to the home.

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Fire calls 12/10 at 4:41 p.m. Single engine fire on Foreside Road. 12/12 at 3:32 p.m. Fire alarm on Balsam Lane. 12/13 at 10:39 a.m. HAZMAT clean-up on Gray Road. 12/15 at 12:37 p.m. Fire alarm on Balsam Lane. 12/16 at 11:16 a.m. Motor vehicle accident on Route 1. 12/16 at 1:37 p.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on Sherwood Drive.

EMS Falmouth emergency medical services responded to 26 calls from Dec. 10-17.

North Yarmouth Arrests There were no arrests or summonses reported from Dec. 6-13.

Fire calls 12/13 at 1 p.m. Assist rescue on Walnut Hill Road. 12/18 at 8:42 a.m. Carbon monoxide alarm on North Road.

EMS North Yarmouth emergency medical services responded to three calls from Dec. 11-19.

Yarmouth Arrests 12/14 at 9:06 a.m. Christopher R. Martin, 30, of Pownal, was arrested by Sgt. Daniel Gallant on Starboard Reach on charges of burglary, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, aggravated reckless conduct, driving to endanger, failing to stop for an officer, violating condition of release and operating while license is suspended or revoked.

Summonses 12/17 at 12:27 a.m. Daniel J. Higgins, 18, of Needham, Mass., was issued a summons by Officer Kevin Pedersen on West Elm Street and Oakwood Drive on a charge of sale and use of drug paraphernalia. 12/18 at 12:22 a.m. A 16-year-old boy, of Yarmouth, was issued a summons on Winding Way by Officer Charles Perkins on a charge of a juvenile possessing liquor.

Off the on-ramp 12/13 at 1:50 p.m. Police report a vehicle getting ready to merge onto Exit 15 from I-295 went off the road and hit the trees off the ramp. According to police, the driver was distracted and went off the road. No one was injured in the accident and police estimate about $2,500 in damage.

Racing engines 12/17 at 7:55 p.m. Residents of the Bayview Street area called police to report the sound of racing engines coming from Royal River boatyard. Police found the noise was coming from a truck that was trying to pull out a stuck vehicle.

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Timothy J. White, 52: Known for his humor, love of basketball YARMOUTH — Timothy Jay White, 52, of Yarmouth and Carrabassett Valley, died peacefully at home Dec. 13 after a courageous battle with ALS and pancreatic cancer. Born in Portland, a son of Donald and Barbara White, he graduated from We s t b r o o k H i g h White School, Dean College and the University of Southern Maine. After the sudden death of his father in 1980, he and his brother Michael took over the family business, The White Brothers, a general contracting company. Over the years he served in almost every capacity of the business, and most recently had served as general superintendent and vice president. He was well known for his quick wit and sense of humor, often playing practical jokes on employees throughout the day. He married Dorothy Patla in 1989 and raised their three daughters in the home they built on Forest Lake in Cumberland. In 1999 they moved to Yarmouth, where he enjoyed working on their historic home on Greely Road and made many friends in the Yarmouth community. Prior to his ALS diagnosis, he was very active, skiing at Sugarloaf with family and playing basketball in the Yarmouth men’s league. He loved basketball and coached youth basketball when his daughters were younger. As a member and past president of the Yarmouth Basketball Boosters, he was instrumental in the construction of the outdoor basketball courts at Yarmouth High School. In 2007, he was awarded the Real Heroes Lifesaving Award from the American Red Cross of Southern Maine for helping save a man’s life after he collapsed on the basketball court during a men’s league game. Growing up, he developed a deep love of fishing and as an adult, one of his greatest enjoyments was spending time fishing at his lakeside cabin on Foss Pond. Throughout his life, his philanthropy benefited many local non-profits, including Riding to the Top Therapeutic Riding

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Center in Gray and the Morrison Center in Scarborough. Also, he served on the board of directors of the Westbrook Hospital, and the Family Council of the Dystonia Medical Research Foundation. He had a soft heart and was a funny, entertaining person. Underneath the jokes and humor was a strong, supportive husband and father who always put his family first. He was predeceased by his father, Donald, in 1980, and his oldest daughter,

Annie Veronica, in 2005. Surviving are his wife Dorothy; his two daughters, Elizabeth White and Rachel White, both of Yarmouth; his mother, Barbara White of Portland; his brother Michael and wife Nikki of Westbrook; and many nieces and nephews. Memorial services were held last weekend. Memorial contributions may be made to the ALS Northern New England Chap-

ter, The Concord Center, 10 Ferry St., Suite 438, P.O. Box 314, Concord, NH, 03301, or to the Yarmouth Basketball Boosters, c/o Andrew Smith, 23 Storer St., Yarmouth, ME 04096.

Arrangements are by Jones, Rich & Hutchins Funeral Home, 199 Woodford St. Portland.

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Falmouth High School Honor Roll First Quarter 2010 -2011 High Honors

Marlena Lantos, Lee Larson, Matthew Packard, James Polewaczyk, Reid Pryzant, William Robinson, Madison Tierney, Harrison Van der Kloot, Stephen Woods. Grade 10: Alexander Alling, Jayde Bazinet, Dana Bloch, Samuel Brown, Katherine Cooleen, Dalton Demers, Alexander Han, Azad Jalali, Shreyas Joshi, Melissa Keene, Isaac Merson, Denali Nalamalapu, Madeleine Paradis, Seamus Powers, Jadend Russell-Johnson, Hayley Simmons, Jacob Watson, Thomas Wilberg. Grade 9: Tyler Abbatiello, Jessica Abramson, Benjamin Aicher, Lexis Anderson, Elise Bickford, Jacqueline Bolduc, Gabrielle Bourget, Eric Chen, Liza Cooney, Isabel Friedman, Julie Guerra, Madeline Jones, Emma Susan Leary, Joseph Lesniak, Patrick Lydon, Kaitlyn O’Donnell, Emma Powers, Jane Pryzant, Marissa Rhodes, Michael Richards, Nathaniel Richards, Madeline Roberts, Elias Robinson, Meredith Stanhope, Joshua White, Abigail Whitmore, Prathusha Yerramilli.

Grade 12: Sarah Abramson, Nicholas Bachman, Thomas Bazarian, Jackson Bloch, Caleb Bowden, Elizabeth Carew, Carolyn Carney, Jessica DiPhilippo, Elizabeth Estabrook, Stephanie Gramse, Emily Jackson, Sarah Jaffe, Zoe Kitchel, Sean Lannon, Alexandra Lycan, Matthew MacDowell, Eleanor MacEwan, Katherine McConnell, Jacob Merson, Jamie Sabo, Derek Smith, Katherine Sparks, Eric Tierney, Amy Webster, Ryan Westervelt, Micah Zuckerman. Honors Grade 11: Toby Aicher, Hannah Brown, Grade 12: John Bagonzi, Joseph Barns, Sean Connolly, Timothy Follo, Maria Rachel Bauer, Brian Beasley, Alana Becker, Guerra, Catherine Hebson, Analise Kump, Matthew Beliveau, Melina Bergkamp, Michael Bloom, Howard Brown, Christopher Bruni, Jay Capasso, Abigail Cavalero, Rachel Chaney, Charles Collins, Sarah Collmus, Joseph Conway, Lynne Cooney, Caitlin Costello, Harlan Cutshall, Taylor Dimick, Dillon Dresser, Teagan Dunfey, Laura Fay, Melissa Fenderson, Kelsey Freedman, Karla Galli, Benjamin Goffin, Matthew Goldstein, James David Goodrich, John Goodrich, Jennifer Greene, Courtney Greenwood, Timothy Hanley, John Horton, Rebecca Howell, James Hurdman, Maxim Irving, Jessie L’Heureux, Michael LaFond, Samantha Levy, Anna Locke, Zoe McDorr, ������� � ������� Michael Meahl, Adrienne Michalakis, ������ �������� � ����� Danielle Mokarzel, Francesco Montanari, ����� �������� ���������� � ���� ���� Khaled Moumneh, Grant Mullen, Lauren continued page 20

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Cumberland Town Council Meeting Monday, December 27, 2010 7:00 p.m. Call to Order The Cumberland Town Council will hold its regular meeting at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, December 27, 2010 in the Town Council Chambers. An opportunity for public comment will be provided. The following items will receive a public hearing: • To hold a Public Hearing to authorize the Town Manager to develop letters of intent for the sale, lease or transfer of the Doane Property, the Public Works Facility, and the Drowne Road School, and to work with Bateman Partners, LLC to create a master development plan for the entire project area, to be reviewed and report back to the Town Council no later than February 14, 2011. • To hear a report from the Town Manager re: present contracts with North Yarmouth for Recreation and Library services. • To hold a Public Hearing to consider and act on the road acceptance of Old Colony Lane. • To hold a Public Hearing to authorize the Town Treasurer to refinance the remaining balance of the 1991 General Obligation Bonds for the Senior Housing project. • To appoint members to various boards/committees. Additional agenda items will receive consideration and action. Please refer to the town’s website: www.cumberlandmaine.com for a complete agenda.

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For the eighth year in a row, Haven’s Candies Westbrook factory store recently hosted a candy cane-making event to benefit The Dream Factory of Maine, a nonprofit organization that grants dreams to critically and chronically ill children in Maine. The sold-out event raised a total of $5,085 for the Dream Factory of Maine. Pictured here at the event are Steve Quimby, candymaker at Haven’s Candies, and his granddaughter, Merisa Norton.

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The Cancer Community Center in South Portland recently received a $750 contribution from FairPoint Communications on behalf of employee Leslie Robert of Kennebunk. Roberts, a senior manager of internal communications at FairPoint, secured the donation through the FairPoint Communications Volunteer Incentive Program. Under the program, FairPoint employees can apply for a grant for a qualified nonprofit organization that they have volunteered for at least 50 hours during the year. Pictured here are Cancer Community Center’s executive director Michele Johns, on left, receiving a $750 check from FairPoint employee Leslie Roberts.

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By Michael Hoffer (Ed Note: For the full Falmouth-Waynflete girls’ and Greely-Falmouth boys’ and girls’ basketball game stories, please visit theforecaster.net) The 2010-11 winter sports season has begun and there has already been plenty of excitement in our midst. Here’s a glimpse as we near the holiday hiatus.

Boys’ basketball Defending Class B state champion Falmouth and this year’s favorite, Greely, met in a highly anticipated and entertaining boys’ basketball showdown Saturday night in Cumberland. The new-look Yachtsmen were 3-0 entering the contest after downing Gray-New Gloucester (48-30), Freeport (63-29) and Waynflete (42-23). The Rangers were also 3-0 after downing Traip (59-48), Yarmouth (61-53) and Poland (65-40). Saturday, Greely raced to a 13-5 lead, but Falmouth rallied and the game was nip-and-tuck until the Rangers got a little breathing in the second half. They hit foul shots down the stretch and held on to win, 4536. Senior Sam Johnston led the way with 17 points, including nine of 10 foul shots. “We played horrible, but it’s good to beat Falmouth,” Johnston said. “We haven’t beaten Falmouth in a long time. The veteran guys helped us through. We played hard. We made free throws and held together at the end. We made the right plays. Our team motto is, ‘family.’ We stick together. We got big plays from unexpected guys. Guys chipped in in different ways.

We have to work on our shooting, rebounding, defense on certain areas and out-of-bounds plays.” “We tried to get the ball inside and did so more successfully in the second half,” Greely coach Ken Marks added. “Defensively, we played OK at the end. Guys closed the middle. The kids who needed to be at the line at the end were. We didn’t handle the ball well. Falmouth played its zone well. The Yachtsmen were led by eight points each from juniors Jack Cooleen and Matthew Packard. “We’re experimenting at this time of year, seeing what works and what doesn’t work and which players work in different situations,” said Falmouth coach Dave Halligan. “It was a loss, but it wasn’t a bad loss. It’s not a step backwards. Greely’s very good. We had our chances. We didn’t get breaks. That happens. I was pleased with the effort. We made some young mistakes. Those are frustrating at times. We had 25 turnovers. Most of them were unforced errors, but I think we’re on schedule. I like the guys we have and their attitudes and how they’re working hard. It won’t come easily.” The Yachtsmen closed the 2010 portion of their schedule Tuesday at Lake Region. Greely visited Freeport Tuesday and plays host to York Thursday. “York’s a good test,” Johnston said. “Hopefully we can get a win. We have high expectations. We’re 4-0 and we want to stay in the ‘0s.’ We’d like to be 6-0.” Yarmouth opened with a 5643 win at Poland, lost at home continued page 14

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Falmouth’s Michael Lafond drives around a Waynflete defender during the Yachtsmen’s 42-23 victory Thursday.

Holiday action right around the corner By Michael Hoffer Local basketball and hockey players will be busy in the days between Christmas and New Year’s. Falmouth, Greely and Yarmouth’s boys’ basketball teams will compete at the Portland High holiday tournament at the Portland Expo, Monday, Dec. 27 through Thursday, Dec. 30. Defending Class B state champion Falmouth meets Deering Monday at 11:30 a.m. Yarmouth faces Windham at 2:30 p.m. The winners advance to play at 8:30 p.m. Monday.

Tu e s d a y, G r e e l y m e e t s Scarborough at 12:30 p.m. and faces South Portland at 5 p.m. Wednesday, Yarmouth and Scarborough play at 2 p.m. Falmouth meets Susan Wagner, N.Y. at 5 p.m. Greely closes the tournament when it meets defending Class A champion Cheverus at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. Freeport’s boys’ basketball team will take part in the St. Dom’s Holiday Tournament on Monday. The Falcons meet Lisbon at 11:50 a.m., Madison at 4:30 p.m. and St. Dom’s at

6:50 p.m. NYA is not playing in a holiday tournament. On the girls’ side, Falmouth and Greely will take part in the Portland High Holiday Tournament Wednesday and Thursday. On the first day, at Portland High, Greely plays Winnacunnet (N.H.) at 11:30 a.m. Falmouth meets Portland at 2:30 p.m. Thursday, at the Portland Expo, Greely meets Susan Wagner of New York at 8 a.m. Falmouth plays Cape Elizabeth at 9:30 a.m. Freeport will compete in the St. Dom’s Holiday Tournament

Tuesday through Thursday. NYA is at St. Dom’s Tuesday and plays at Richmond on Thursday. Yarmouth will take part in the Gorham Holiday Tournament Monday and Tuesday. The 2010 Maine High School Hockey Invitational will be contested at several locations from Monday through Thursday. On Monday at Portland Ice Arena, Greely meets North Broward Prep of Florida at noon and faces Pilgrim High of Rhode Island at 8 p.m. Tuesday at PIA, Falmouth faces North Broward

Prep at 8 p.m. At MHG Arena in Saco, Yarmouth faces Coventry (R.I.) at 2 p.m. Wednesday at PIA, Falmouth battles North Haven (Conn.) at 2 p.m. and meets DeMatha High School of Maryland at 8 p.m. At MHG, Greely meets Amity (Conn.) at 2 p.m. Yarmouth faces Hampton (New Brunswick) at 6 p.m. At USM in Gorham, NYA battles Xavier (Conn.) at 8 p.m. Thursday at PIA, North Yarmouth Academy meets St. Joseph’s of Connecticut at 8 p.m. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net


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Winter season from page 13 to Greely (61-53), then downed visiting Fryeburg (84-46) and host Wells (6657) to take a 3-1 mark into Tuesday’s showdown at Cape Elizabeth. The Clippers were led by junior Josh Britten’s 20 points and senior Luke Pierce’s 17 points and 10 boards against the Raiders. Britten had 26 points and Pierce 21 in the win over the Warriors. Freeport dropped its first four, to Fryeburg (63-55), Falmouth (63-29), York (78-33) and Gray-New Gloucester (77-50). Junior Josh Weirich scored 11 points against the Wildcats. Senior Kyle Strozewski had 14 points and Weirich added 12 versus the Patriots. The Falcons were home with Greely in their 2010 finale Tuesday. North Yarmouth Academy dropped its first three, to Waynflete (41-40), Traip (73-55) and Lake Region (63-52). Junior Asad Dahia scored 22 points and senior Andrew Esancy added 21 against the Rangers. In the loss to the Lakers, Esancy went off with 29 points. NYA was at Pine Tree Academy Monday.

Girls’ basketball Greely’s girls’ basketball team lost several key players to graduation, but the Rangers haven’t missed a beat to date. Greely downed visiting Traip, 6339, in its opener, then rolled, 44-16, at Yarmouth last Monday. In that one, the Rangers led 29-0 before the Clippers finally scored and it was 33-2 at halftime. Senior Chelsea Bridges scored 11 points and classmate Megan Coale added 10. After a 51-31 triumph at Poland (behind 15 points from junior Caroline Hamilton), Greely held off visiting Falmouth, 36-27, Saturday afternoon. The Rangers shot to a 19-9 halftime lead and held on down the stretch behind 13 points from sophomore Jacklyn Storey and 10 from senior Sara Warnock. “We’re playing with intensity,” said Storey. “Coming out strong, finishing

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Yarmouth freshman Max Watson brings the puck down ice as South Portland senior Zachary Griffin attempts to poke it away from behind Thursday. The Clippers suffered a 7-0 loss at the Red Riots.

strong. We have confidence. We’re trying to earn respect.” “It was an important win,” Warnock said. “It brings up our confidence a lot. We proved to ourselves and everyone else that we can really play. We knew we needed to pull out a win. We played defense and hustled back to make sure they didn’t get easy shots. We were patient with the ball. That’s a big thing for us.” “It’s a brand new team, I needed to see what we could do under pressure,” Greely coach Billy Goodman added. “I told the kids it was a show-me game

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and they showed me something. They’re earning everything they get. I’m really enjoying coaching them. This is an experience you can’t buy.” The Rangers hosted Freeport Tuesday and go to recent nemesis York, the defending Class B state champion, Thursday. The Wildcats eliminated Greely each of the past two years in the regional final. “We’ll make the trip to York,” Goodman said. “We have nothing to lose. We’ll find out where we stand.” Falmouth’s setback was its first of the year. The Yachtsmen, under new coach, Mari Warner, beat Gray-New Gloucester (41-28), Freeport (61-31) and Waynflete (42-41) before losing at Greely. Against the Falcons, junior Jenna Serunian had 17 points and 17 rebounds and classmate Laney Evers added 12 points. At the

Flyers, Falmouth was down six points, 41-35, with just over a minute to play, but junior Jackie Doyle and senior Jess DiPhillippo made layups after steals and with 13 seconds to go, after another steal, Doyle banked home a 3. The Yachtsmen dodged a bullet at the end when Waynflete senior Lydia Stegemann hit the rim on a shot from the lane. DiPhillippo led the way with 13 points, while Serunian added 11. In the loss to Greely, Serunian had nine points. “We went backwards tonight,” Warner said, after the setback. “We came out like deer in the headlights. We didn’t get our hands on the ball. We failed to run an offense. We didn’t have composure or patience to set screens.” continued page 15


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from page 14 Falmouth ended the 2010 portion of its schedule Wednesday at home versus Lake Reigon. Yarmouth, which edged Poland, 48-47, in its opener, has lost three straight, 44-16 to visiting Greely, 53-27 at Fryeburg and 5730 at home to Wells. Freshman Sean Cahill had 14 points against the Warriors. The Clippers hosted Cape Elizabeth Wednesday. Freeport is seeking its first victory. The Falcons dropped their opener, 40-37, in overtime, to visiting Fryeburg, then lost to Falmouth (61-31), York (62-14) and GrayNew Gloucester (47-21). Senior Erin Hall had 11 points against the Yachtsmen. Junior Morgan Brown led the team with six points against the Wildcats and added five points versus the Patriots. Freeport closed its 2010 schedule at Greely Tuesday. North Yarmouth Academy was 1-3 at the start of the week. After losing at home to Waynflete in the opener, 65-49, the Panthers got in the win column with a 43-38 home triumph over Hebron. Senior Blair Haggett had 12 points. Senior Eliza Gendron added 11 points and freshman Charlotte Esancy had nine. NYA lost last week to Traip (61-43) and Lake Region (61-41). Haggett had 15 points, junior Morgan Scully 13 and Gendron 11 versus the Lakers. The Panthers were home versus Pine Tree Academy Monday.

Boys’ hockey Greely’s boys’ hockey squad looks like world-beaters in the early going. The Rangers, who opened with a 5-2 home victory over Cape Elizabeth, rolled visiting Gardiner last Thursday, 11-1, then made an emphatic statement with a 6-2 victory at rival York, the defending regional champion, Saturday. Senior Justin Murphy had four goals versus the Tigers, while junior Nestor Taylor added three. Against the Wildcats, sophomore Erik Rost led the way with two goals. Greely was at Westbrook Tuesday and plays host to Leavitt Thursday. Yarmouth has been up and down. The Clippers opened with a 9-1 win at Westbrook, then lost, 7-0, at South Portland, before bouncing back with a 6-4 home victory over Camden Saturday. Senior Joey King had two goals and junior Alex Kurtz added three assists. Yarmouth was at Cape Elizabeth Tuesday. Falmouth beat host South Portland, 5-3, in the opener, then couldn’t hold a late three-goal lead in a 4-4 home tie against Brewer Saturday. The Yachtsmen were at

Greely’s girls’ hockey team has shaken off a slow start to become one of the top teams in the state. Last week, the Rangers downed visiting Yarmouth (5-1) and Biddeford (4-1) to improve to 4-2. Greely hosts Falmouth Thursday and Leavitt Monday. Falmouth is now 1-5 after a 3-0 home loss to Scarborough Thursday. The Yachtsmen visit Greely Thursday and go to Lewiston Tuesday of next week. Yarmouth dropped its first seven games, but got in the win column Saturday with a 4-3 (overtime) victory over visiting Leavitt/ Edward Little. Junior Suzanne Driscoll

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scored her second goal of the game at the end of regulation and freshman Ariel Potter delivered the winner late in OT. The Clippers are idle until Jan.7, when they host defending state champion Cheverus.

Greely’s boys placed sixth. The regular season begins the first weekend of the New Year.

Swimming

Greely’s defending Class B state champion swim teams got off to a hot start Friday by sweeping Westbrook. The boys won, 108-30. The girls were victorious, 110-50.

Track Greely and NYA’s indoor track and field teams participated in the Bowdoin Relays Saturday. The Rangers girls came in second to Mt. Ararat, while the Panthers were sixth.

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

Greater Portland Call for Donations Coats for Kids Collection, drop off children’s and young adult coats, Gorham Savings Bank Falmouth branches, 202A U.S. Route 1 and 65 Gray Road, through December 29, to be distributed through Salvation Army. Donations of Yarn Needed, to benefit the International Womens’ Craft Collective, drop off donations at Refugee and Immigration Services, 250 Anderson St., Portland or call Aimee Bullard, 523-2737.

Charity Christmas Tree Sales Scarborough Rotary Club Annual Christmas Tree Sale Scholarship Fundraiser, 3-7 p.m. Monday-Friday; 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, until Christmas, Mobil Gas Station, corner of U.S. Route 1 and Black Point Road, Scarborough, sponsored by Saco & Biddeford Savings Institution.

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Tuesday 12/28 Shalom House Benefit Night at Flatbreads, 5-9 p.m., Flatbread Company, Commercial St., Portland, Shalomhouseinc.org.

Friday 12/31

Sons of AMVETS Christmas Tree Sale Fundraiser, to benefit veterans, 12-7:30 p.m. MondayFriday; 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Saturday and Sunday, $35 per tree, until Christmas, AMVETS Post 2, North Road, Yarmouth.

3rd Annual Polar Bear Plunge, Natural Resources Council of Maine, noon, to benefit NRCM, raise awareness on global warming, East End Beach, off Eastern Prom, on Cutter St., Portland, participants should contact stacie@ nrcm.org, 430-0127, for info/fundraising packet, FMI, supporters. nrcm.org/polar_plunge.

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Saturday 1/1 Harlem Globetrotters, with the Washington Generals, 7 p.m., $13.50+, Cumberland County Civic Center, One Civic Center Square, Portland, tickets, harlemglobetrotters.com, Civic Center box office, or 775-3331.

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Saturday 1/1 New Year’s Day 5K or 10K Freeport Volkswalk, hosted by the Southern Maine Volkssport Association, 10 a.m., free, open to the public, rain or shine, no pre-registration needed, meet at Freeport Hampton Inn lobby, 194 Lower Main St., Freeport, Marilyn Russell, 6327438, smva.8m.com.

Tuesday 1/4 Institute for International Studies Open House, 5:30-7 p.m., 28 Maple St., Portland, iismaine.com.

Thursday 12/30 “FairPoint Bundle Up Blood Drive,” to benefit the American Red Cross, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., with raffles, Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, appointments at 1-800-RED Cross, fairpointbundleupblooddrive.org.

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Savvy Caregiver Training Program, for family caregivers of people with dementia, 1-3 p.m. six Tuesdays, Jan. 4, 11, 18, 25 and Feb. 1, 8, free / pre-registration required, Southern Maine Agency on Aging, 136 US Route 1, Scarborough, Ann O’Sullivan, 1-800-427-7411 ext. 541.

”Winter Walkin,’” 6-7:30 a.m. Monday-Friday, free, Reiche Community Center Gym, 166 Brackett St., Portland, hosted by West End Neighborhood Association.

Thursday 12/23 Caring for Your Aging Family Members Support Group, fourth Thursdays, 12-1 p.m., Southern Maine Agency on Aging, 136 US Route 1, Scarborough, Kate Dulac, 1-800-427-7411 x 558.

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Alzheimer’s Yarmouth Conversation Group, discussing “How to provide an Enriching/ Purposeful Environment for the Person with Dementia,” 7-9 p.m., free and open to public, St. Bartholomew’s Church, 396 Gilman Road, Yarmouth, with Darlene Field, 632-2605.

Kids and Family Stuff Thursday 12/23

”The Polar Express,” hosted by the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad, Dec. 22-23, $25-$40, trains depart from the Ocean Gateway Ferry Terminal, tickets at PortTix, 842-0800, PortTix.com.

Friday 12/31

New Year’s at Noon Celebration, 12 p.m., wear pajamas, with crafts and special events; also smaller celebration at 2 p.m., free with admission, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, kitetails.org. 828-1234.

Monday 1/3 Red Cross Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, 247 Walnut Road, North Yarmouth, sponsored by the churches of North Yarmouth and Cumberland, call J. Chadbourne, 829-5166 for appointment, walkins welcome.

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Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art

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“Greg Stump’s Legend of Aahhh’s,” ‘Out of Focus Group’ movie preview tour, discussion with Greg Stump, 4 p.m. and 8 p.m., $16.50, all ages, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, statetheatreportland. com, tickets at Bull Moose Music stores and brownpapertickets. com.

Museums Christmas at Victoria Mansion: ”The Twelve Days of Christmas,” self-guided tours 11 a.m.-5 p.m. daily, Nov. 26-Jan. 8, $15 adults/ $13.50 AAA, senior/ $7 mansion members/ $5 ages 6-17/ $35 family, no reservation necessary, Victoria Mansion, 109 Danforth St., victoriamansion.org, 772-4841.

Music Wednesday 12/29 “Home for the Holidays,” contemporary jazz performances by Jas Walton Trio, Kristin Slip Quartet, hosted by Dimensions in Jazz, 7 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 29; 8 p.m. $10 per show/ $17 for both,Thursday Dec. 30, Woodfords Congregational Church, 202 Woodfords St., Portland, 828-1310.

Thursday 12/30 “Home for the Holidays,” contemporary jazz performances by Dan Glaude Quartet, Devin Grey Trio, hosted by Dimensions in Jazz, 7 p.m. Wednesday Dec. 29; 8 p.m. Thursday Dec. 30, $10 per show/ $17 for both, Woodfords Congre-

“Clash of the Titans,” battle of the bands with Zach Jones & friends, The Lucid & friends, Grand Hotel & friends, 8 p.m., $15 advance/ $20 door, all ages, State Theatre, Congress St., Portland. ”Gala on the Point,” with Jim Ciampi and the Cityside Events Band, 7 p.m. $79.95 general/ $100 VIP, The Landing at Pine Point, 353 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 7744527, thelandingatpinepoint.com. “Icing: Space Gallery’s New Year’s Bash” with performances by Lady Zen, Dylan Blanchard, Marita Kennedy-Castro and Friends, Over A Cardboard Sea, Kate Cox and Matt Rock, Dirty Dishes Burlesque Review, and Dj King Alberto, 8 p.m., $50, 21+, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, tickets at space538.org. “A Lucid New Years Eve,” with live music, dancing, raffles, 6-10 p.m., $5, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993.

New Year’s Eve with Rustic Overtones and Gypsy Tailwind, 8 p.m., $25 advance/ $28 door/ $50 VIP, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland 899-4990, tickets, portcitymusichall.com, Bull Moose Music.

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Ellis Paul and Band, 8 p.m., $18 advance/ $20 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, onelongfellowsquare. com.

Theater & Dance Thursday 12/23

”A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., $12-$39, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

”Nutcracker Burlesque 2010,” presented by Vivid Motion, 8 p.m. Tuesday–Thursday Dec. 21-23, $12, adults only, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 775-5568, tickets at Longfellow Books or vividmotion.org.

“New Year’s Eve Party,” with music by Dirigo, Strangefolk, The Boneheads and The Project, 9 p.m., $15 advance/ $18 door includes appetizers, champagne toast, Venue Music Bar and Grille, 865 Forest Ave., Portland, 899-4350 venuemusicbar.com.

”The Victorian Nutcracker,” presented by Portland Ballet, 2 p.m. and 7:30 p.m., $17-$47, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets through PortTIX, porttix. com, 842-0800 or or Merrill box office at 20 Myrtle Ave.

”New Year’s Eve Party,” with Tricky Britches and others, bluegrass, 8 p.m., free, all ages, donations welcome, Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress St., Portland, 899-3529, localsprouts.coop.

”A Christmas Carol,” presented by Portland Stage, 12 p.m., $12$39, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at 774-0465, portlandstage.org.

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from previous page Sunday 12/26 ”Phyzkids,” physical comedy and variety entertainment for young audience, presented by Acorn Productions Phyzgig, 2 p.m., 5 p.m. Sunday; 11 a.m. Monday-Thursday; 2 p.m. Monday and Tuesday; Dec. 26-30, $12 adult / $10 student or senior / $8 ages under 12, SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St, Portland, tickets, 854-0065 or phyzgig.org.

Tuesday 12/28 ”Exceptions to Gravity” special show by Avner the Eccentric, part of the 13th Annual Phyzgig festival, presented by Acorn Productions, 7 p.m., $20, Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets, 854-0065 or phyzgig.org

Wednesday 12/29 13th Annual Phyzgig Festival, physical comedy and variety entertainment, vaudeville shows 2 p.m. and 7 p.m. Wednesday-Friday, Dec. 29-31, $20-$12, Portland Stage Company, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, tickets, 854-0065 or phyzgig. org.

Greater Portland Community Contradance, 7:15 p.m. lesson, 8 p.m. main dance, $9 adult, $5 child, Falmouth Congregational Church Hall, 267 Falmouth Road, new dancers welcome, no partner needed, 756-2201.

Mid Coast Books, Authors Friday 12/24 ”Holiday Stories on Christmas Eve,” holiday stories and songs with Al Miller, Phyllis Fuchs and Brad Terry, 11 a.m., for children and families, cash/check donation benefits the Mid Coast Hunger Prevention Program, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, 729-8584.

Films Thursday 12/23 ”Meet Me in St. Louis” The Dreamland Theater film series, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, 6 p.m., free/$5 suggested donation, presented by Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., sagadahocpreservation.org.

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from page 1 ticket, but to educate the person on why it’s important to regulate their speed is another thing.” He said being a police officer takes compassion and empathy. “The job is far more reaching than giving out tickets and making arrests,” he said. Police Chief Michael Morrill worked with Flanders for all 33 years and said he is sad to see him go. “He is a big part of my life. We were hired a week apart in 1977,” Morrill said. “Bruce is dedicated to the department and takes on projects without being asked. He is always willing to help out.” Morrill said Flanders was instrumental in teaching bicycle and pedestrian safety and monitoring speed within school zones. He spearheaded traffic safety projects, worked Thomas Leibiger, James Lesser, Caroline Levy, Danielle Li, Kylee Liberty, Ethan Low, Caroline Lucas, John Lycan, Zakery Lydick, Victor Marsanskis, Joshua McGovern, Connor McLeaney, Haley McMahon, Nicole Morris, Timothy Morris, Matthew Morvant, William Mullin, Connor Murphy, Margaret Palombo, Miles Patton, Abigail Payson, Emma Perron, Ian Perry, Aaron Peterson-Greenberg, Jackson Pike, Julia Plummer, Jessica Lauren Polansky, Alexander Robison, Molly Ryan, Emma Sapat, Caroline Seelen, Ryan Severn, Benjamin Shaw, Sidharth Singh, William Sipperly, Madeline Skop, Sarah Sparks, Gabriella St. Angelo, Meaghan Sullivan, Ian Tait, Bradford Tetreau, Tanner Thomas, Andrew Thornton, Patrick Thornton, Tristan Tucker, Sara Twombly, Geneva Waite, Samantha Welch, James White, Zachary Winkeler, Marissa Winslow. Grade 9: Peter Aaskov, Elizabeth Bailey, Russell Barnard, Emma Bartholomew, Laura Bauer, Alyse Bazinet, Benjamin Beatty, Isabella Bisbal, Joel Boehm, Nathan Boehm, Margaret Bohrmann, Justin Brogan, Ethan Brown, Sarah Brown, Madison Buckley, Riley Burfeind, Nicholas Burton, Lindsey Carpenter, Elena Cerjanec, Andre’ Clement, Emily Connolly, David Criscione, Nicole Cyr, William D’Agostino, Kyle Demers, Benjamin Dobbins, Jake Dremann, Riley Engelberger, Chelsea Fagan, Robert Foley, Benjamin Freeman, Sheena Greaves,

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Energy program from page 5 device based on the modest energy savings it produced was 23 years.

Wind turbines “None of the wind turbine installations resulted in SIRs greater than one,” the report concluded, meaning the energy savings from the three installed turbines was too little to pay off the cost of the installation over their useful life. A small wind turbine was installed at an apartment complex in Winter Harbor at a cost of $65,000. In the best-case scenario, the payback period was 23 years; the worst case, 83 years. The problem wasn’t with the installation – it was “well executed” according to the study. The problem was with its operation. The report states: “The turbine is designed to turn away from the wind and shut down during strong gusts. This is a safety measure. However, this caused a loss of potential production because it required a manual reset and the site is not serviced by on-site maintenance. At times it was over two weeks before the maintenance service arrived to check on the equipment. This problem is particularly troublesome because the shut-down often takes place during period of stronger winds and higher production potential.” Additionally, two wind turbines of a different design were installed at homes. Each cost $12,500. “At both locations,” states the report, “the units were located where their performance was limited by inconsistent winds and disturbance by nearby terrain, buildings or trees. In one location, the SkyStream is located in a low, bowl-like area.” “Clearly, this is not a cost effective solution,” the study concluded.

Management problems The study found problems not only

with most of the installations, but also with the management of the $1.1 million program. The initial plan was to have the program managed by the Community Action Programs in Kennebec and WashingtonHancock counties. “CAPS,” as they are widely known, are non-profit agencies funded by federal, state and local governments to provide services to low-income families. The Joseph report concluded the project was “beyond the scope” of MSHA, adding “all levels of management (MaineHousing, CAP agencies and MaineHousing contractors) had very little experience implementing these new technologies ... The strategy of keeping overhead low by using existing staff and processes at all levels combined with the complexity of these six technologies proved ineffective.” Responding to that critique, McCormick said, “We’re in the real world here ... with CAPS that have the level of expertise that they have, with low-income families that have the needs and issues that they have ... it’s a different world and we found out that some work and some don’t.” Jo-Ann Choate, national policy advisor at MSHA who oversaw the REACH grant, said “this has been the toughest” program she has had to administer. McCormick said the alternative energy grant was not typical of her agency. “We don’t have many like this,” she said. Pat Kosman, executive director of the Kennebec Valley CAP, said, “I know there was difficulty with some of this. ... It was a learning curve. We’re probably better now than we were then.” McCormick said all the equipment is still in place and the agency hopes to find the money to make the necessary repairs. “We’re going to fix our mistakes,” she said. “We can get them up and working again.”

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Despite the problems with all but one of the technologies, Joseph said the program was worth the effort and expense. “Oftentimes when mistakes are made very important lessons are learned,” he said, “and a lot of important lessons were learned regarding the importance of the installation process.” John Christie is the publisher and senior reporter at the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, a nonprofit and nonpartisan journalism organization in Hallowell. He can be reached at mainecenter@gmail.com or on the Web at pinetreewatchdog.org.

Plan from page 3 The plan will be sent to the state for certification. The council will also establish and appoint members to a Comprehensive Plan Implementation Committee to help amend, supplement and update the document as often as needed. The proposed committee will work with other town committees and will be the liaison between the council and the community. Yarmouth Education Foundation The council also donated $3,000 to form the Yarmouth Education Foundation, which will help raise funds for innovative education practices. Town Finance Director Dawn Madden said the money to help start the foundation came from the Louisa York Trust, which is dedicated to supporting, maintaining and employing children without limitation. She said Yarmouth acknowledged receipt and started the fund in 1972. Superintendent Judy Paolucci said YEF was started by a group of parents who wanted to help generate funds to benefit teachers, students and school programming: Rhonda Senger, Jeanne Rapone, Kristina Keaney, Bill Hagedorn, Lynne

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