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Vol. 9, No. 6

News of The City of Portland

Portland may reinvent bulky waste pick-up By Kate Bucklin PORTLAND — The city is considering creating a call-in service for hauling unwanted couches, mattresses and other bulky waste from residences. The Solid Waste Task Force is also expected to forward a recommendation to the City Council to implement a pilot program that would place 96-gallon recycling carts at homes in the West End and Capisic Street neighborhoods. “We eliminated the bulky waste program a few years ago,” said Councilor John Anton, chairman of the task force. “There was a growing awareness of the need to have a bulky waste program of some sort.” Environmental Programs and Open Space Manager Troy Moon said the proposal before the task force is modeled after a program in Portsmouth, N.H.,

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Principal Beverly Coursey pauses for a moment Monday during a tour of the new Ocean Avenue Elementary School, below, where classrooms are equipped with the latest computer, audio, video and Smart Board technology.

Portland teachers, students begin transition to new elementary school By Randy Billings PORTLAND — Walking up to the main entrance of the new Ocean Avenue Elementary School, it’s apparent that one is about to enter a school like no other. A finely cut awning with a bright yellow underbelly is propped up by bright red pylons. A bank of windows of various sizes, heights and hews of yellow and blue speckle the new brick wall, whose granite foundation carries the inscription

where residents call the city to schedule appointments for pickup of qualifying heavy trash items. “We were looking for a program with parameters,” Moon said, that would eliminate mass sidewalk dumping and also prevent people from outside Portland from bringing their unwanted items into the city. He said that happened frequently when the city had regularly scheduled large-time pick-ups. Moon said that while the city gave residential property owners “e-cards” good for free dumping at the Riverside Recycling Facility, renters have had to haul and pay fees to dump large items at Riverside. “This way, we can talk with the resident and hopefully pick up the item at the next scheduled See page 24

Tourism marketing firm has problems making payments

“2011.” Beginning Feb. 28, the more than 300 students who now use the more than century-old Nathan Clifford Elementary

School on Falmouth Street will attend the new $14.2 million school built with See page 24

By Amy Anderson PORTLAND — The state Department of Economic and Community Development is auditing a Portland advertising agency that has failed to pay clients who ran Maine tourism ads. The state announced the probe Monday after Swardlick Marketing Group notified the Maine Office of Tourism and the

DECD of its inability to pay its suppliers and media companies. A DECD official expressed confidence that the situation would not hurt the state’s ongoing tourism publicity campaigns. Swardlick, based at 7 Custom House St., was selected by the Office of Tourism to market the See page 31

Secession opponents play catch-up on Peaks Island By Randy Billings PEAKS ISLAND — Residents opposed to rejuvenated efforts to secede from Portland are gearing up to get in the game. But first they have to find the field.

That’s the analogy used by Scott Nash, one of the group of residents concerned about the speed of the re-energized secession effort. “This process is happening very quickly,” Nash said. “We

want to play. We relish having an open debate.” Nash, a children’s book author and illustrator with offices on the island and in Portland, said many Peaks Island residents are concerned the seces-

sion effort appears to be on track to circumvent the process prescribed by state law. The law requires islanders to submit to municipal officers a petition signed by more than 50 percent of registered voters on

the island to initiate the secession process. Then, after holding a series of public hearings, an advisory referendum would have to be held. See page 30

INSIDE Index Arts Calendar.................19 Classifieds......................26 Community Calendar......21 Eating Well.....................18

Meetings.........................21 Obituaries.........................9 Opinion.............................6 People & Business.........10

Police Beat.......................8 Real Estate.....................30 School Notebook............17 Sports............................. 11

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Retiring city manager reflects on 40 years of change in Portland By Kate Bucklin PORTLAND — When Joe Gray flew into the city more than 40 years ago, he arrived on the only airline serving the then shoebox-sized Portland Municipal Airport. The airline, Northeast, no longer exists. But the airport does, and has now grown to several terminals with service from seven Gray major airlines. Gray, who will retire from his post as city manager this week after 10 years at the helm of City Hall, cites the Portland International Jetport as one example of the growth Maine’s largest city has seen since he stepped off that plane. He announced his decision in December, although last Friday he said he had made up his mind in October, while on vacation in Greece. “My wife (Marie) had been retired for a year and a half,” Gray, 66, said. “She said to me, ‘When are you going to do it?’” He waited two months, until his 10-


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year anniversary as city manager, to make his decision public. He said he also didn’t want people to think his retirement was linked with the decision made in November to begin popular election of the city’s mayor. Gray’s career with the city began more than 40 years ago as a planner. He started after initially working for the Portland Renewal Authority on the federal Model Cities Program, and credited that program with helping to make Portland the well-liked place it is today. “Neighborhood organizations grew out of Model Cities. And that led to Portland West and Parkside and those groups,” Gray said. He referred to the collective as “the quiet good,” a term borrowed from a friend. “People here are willing to give time and energy,” he said. “That makes us different.” Portland has consistently been on national “best of” lists in the past decade. Gray said the city’s ability to keep its continued page 23

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Council yanks Cactus Club licenses, scraps metal art By Kate Bucklin PORTLAND — The Cactus Club, a Fore Street bar that has raised the ire of police for several years, failed to have its liquor and entertainment licenses renewed by the City Council Monday night. The council also voted to get rid of Tracing the Fore, the Boothby Square public art installment. The council voted 7-1 not to renew the Cactus Club licenses, with Mayor Nick Mavodones in the minority. Club owner Tom Manning testified before the council for more than an hour, asserting that incidents of overserving and fighting reported by police were either wrong or could be blamed on a neighboring pizza parlor. But police Cmdr. Vern Malloch said “the Police Department has really no confidence

in the ability of the Cactus Club to operate in a safe manner.” He pointed out that the city had denied the liquor license in 2009, but Manning successfully appealed to the Maine Supreme Court. The court said the city took too long to notify Manning of its decision, he said, although the decision had been made with Manning and his attorney present. “This liquor license (denial) was denied before, on a technicality,” Malloch said, referring to the court decision. Police provided councilors with reports of incidents where the club had allegedly overserved two women and then “dumped” them outside. Another incident involved a woman passing out in the bar and then being deposited in a car outside after refusing medical services. Manning argued that two of the girls

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had left his club, gone to another establishment and then come back 30 minutes later to the pizza place next door and that is when police were flagged down to help them. He said one girl – the one who was unresponsive on the sidewalk in front of the club, laying in her own vomit – had been on medication. Police said Manning’s manager confirmed on the night of the incident that the girls had been sober when they arrived at the club. Police said they were removed from the club by staff and “deposited outside where they lacked the ability to care for themselves.” Manning said he is being targeted by police, who park cruisers directly across

from his bar and videotape activity at the door. He said he applied for a protectionfrom-harassment order against the Police Department, but Malloch said the order was not granted. Councilor Jill Duson said the reports from officers were compelling, and clearly attributed incidents in the vicinity of the club to the club. “The applicant is very good at moving around the edges of the licensing process,” Duson said. She also said there was a pattern of management not changing its operation despite the police concerns.

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School Board takes up CBHS expansion, West School changes By Randy Billings PORTLAND — Expanding the city’s expeditionary high school and refocusing programming at the district’s special education school are among the topics before the School Board this week. The board was scheduled to take up two reports, among other items, in a workshop session on Tuesday. One report outlines recommendations for expanding Casco Bay High School, the expeditionary school on Allen Avenue that serves about 275 students. Another outlines proposed changes to the West School, which serves special education students on Douglass Street. In addition to receiving information Tuesday night, board Chairwoman Kate Snyder said she hopes to get clear direction from the staff about what type of support they need from board and when they need it. “I hope there is board consensus about what the next steps are,” Snyder said Tuesday morning. The report recommends expanding CBHS enrollment over the next three years to 372 students. The group suggests beginning that growth by expanding the freshman and sophomore classes to 93 students each next fall. The report says 6.2 teaching positions would also have to be added over the threeyear period. To accommodate more students, the group suggests expanding the school onto the third floor, space now used by the

School Department’s Central Office. Snyder said administrators would have to provide a plan to move their offices. Ideally, the report says CBHS would operate as a stand-alone facility on the peninsula. But that option was not viable since it would cost about $500,000 to lease space downtown, and a new 50,000-square-foot building would cost more than $10 million. The report does not recommend moving CBHS to Portland High School, because it would cost more than $100,000 and could “dilute both schools’ culture and effectiveness.” It says that arrangement would not allow CBHS to take advantage of its partnership with the Portland Arts and Technology High School, which is also on Allen Avenue.


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“Right now, the best option for expansion is clearly to grow right where we are and to build on what’s working,” the report said. The report also acknowledged the difficulty in garnering support for an expansion to the high school, given the bleak budget outlook this year. Last week, the superintendent kicked off the budget discussion by telling the board and residents that the district must account

for a $6.1 million revenue shortfall. While some residents in the past have complained that CBHS is diverting muchneeded revenue from regular school programming, Snyder said she believes there is now widespread support for the school and its mission. “Casco Bay is doing well,” Snyder said. “There is support for the size of the classes to grow, because they’re delivering good results, and families are happy, and students

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Regional economic development board taking shape By Kate Bucklin PORTLAND — A group created to market greater Portland as a place to do business is deciding who should serve on its first board of directors. The Greater Portland Economic Development Corp. includes Portland, South Portland, Westbrook, Cape Elizabeth, Falmouth and Scarborough. In addition to municipal representation, the group also includes representatives from the education and business sectors. “We’re in the process of populating a board of directors,” said Godfrey Wood, president and CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce. Wood said the idea has been in the works for about two years. In the past few months member municipalities have

signed on and founding members are writing by-laws and vetting potential board members. The board will include as many as 19 members. There will be six officials from represented municipalities; one chamber representative; two Southern Maine Educational Alliance representatives, and up to 10 members representing different business sectors including life science, information technology, precision manufacturing and hospitality. “This is literally a public-private partnership and it needs to be to be respectable,” Wood said. “A goal is to brand our region,” Wood explained. He said part of that process includes letting businesses from outside Maine know what the region is looking

for and what it has to offer. The board should come together in two to three months, and after that the corporation will get to work on how to fund itself. Some funding would eventually come from member municipalities, but initially funding will be sought from grants and other outside sources. The board’s initial charge will also include coming up with a marketing plan. Portland’s municipal designee for the board had not been announced as of Tuesday, but City Hall spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said she expects the city manager to make a decision soon. Manager Joe Gray’s last day on the job is Friday. Some towns have already designated their board members. Falmouth will

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be represented by its director of longrange planning, Theo Holtwijk; Town Councilor Jim Walsh will represent Cape Elizabeth, and Scarborough Economic Development Corp. Executive Director Harvey Rosenfeld will be a board member, according to Scarborough Town Manager Tom Hall. Hall said it is his understanding that Portland and South Portland will appoint their economic development directors, Greg Mitchell and Erik Carson, respectively. Wood said people seeking more information about the GPEDC should contact the chamber at 772-2811. Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or

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Portland newspaper says ethics investigation could ‘chill’ free speech By Randy Billings PORTLAND — Attorneys representing The Portland Press Herald have told the state Ethics Commission that a complaint filed about a series of free ads supporting Portland’s switch to an elected mayor is without merit and threatens free speech. At issue are six free, full-page advertisements supporting the ballot question that appeared in the Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram in the week running up to the vote last November. Thomas Valleau, a former city official and Portland Charter Commission member who opposed the referendum, asked the Commission on Governmental Ethics and Election Practices to investigate the ads. Valleau argued the paper’s donation of nearly $47,000 worth of ads should have been registered as the work of a Political Action Committee and that the newspaper

should have disclosed the donation of free ad space to its readers before the election. Jonathan S. Piper, one of three attorneys for MaineToday Media, which owns the Press Herald/Maine Sunday Telegram, among other newspapers, said the complaint is without merit. In a written response submitted to the commission, Piper said that regardless of whether the complaint was valid under state election statue, that statute could not be applied to a newspaper. “Any application of the statute that could possibly chill the use of a newspaper as a medium of political expression is forbidden by the Constitutions of both the United States and Maine,” Piper said. Valleau acknowledged the newspaper is certainly free to give away ads, write and publish opinions, and report in any manner it wishes. But he pushed back against the

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notion that the newspaper is exempt from election laws. “It’s not an attack on free speech,” Valleau said Monday. “I hope to be able to convince the commission that the newspaper has a higher duty to be in total compliance with the rules because of their great influence and their responsibilities in elections in informing the public.” Piper said the ads were given to the Greater Portland Chamber of Commerce and not the Elect Our Mayor/Yes on 1 PAC. The newspaper had no control over the content, he said. He also said the newspaper frequently donates ad space to nonprofit groups, and gives the chamber at least a quarter-page ad a week in exchange for a “substantial

discount” in the cost of being a major chamber sponsor, which would otherwise cost the paper $25,000 a year. Chamber CEO Godfrey Wood, in a separate response to the commission, said a volunteer chamber board member approached MaineToday Media Publisher Richard Connor “to discuss support for the elected mayor campaign, including ad space.” Wood, who is married to Karen Wood, publisher of The Forecaster, said the chamber, which has two PACs, had long advocated for the elected mayor. He said the PACs supported the elected mayor effort with cash, ad space and in-kind donations. “The newspaper’s donation of ad space was part of our ongoing business relationship of in-kind donations with additional

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Energy group funded via state agency hired Dem lawmakers, activists By Naomi Schalit HALLOWELL — The Maine Green Energy Alliance, which last week announced it was returning the balance of its $1.1 million government contract to promote home retrofits after it had fallen well behind its goals, says it is a non-partisan organization. But an examination of the Hallowellbased group by the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting shows that of its 13-member staff, seven have or had strong connections to the Democratic Party, including being members of the Legislature.

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I have broken up with men in late January, simply because I was terrified at the gifts they may have bestowed upon me a few weeks later. Better to break someone’s heart on President’s Day than on Feb. 14. You want to do all you can to avoid ruining this magical “day of love” for anyone for all eternity. Be sensitive. Please. If you are married, the holiday signals opportunity. Either to reach back into the time machine and rekindle the flame of passion, or to realize you have made a grave error in the mate selection process. All of the commercials featuring glowing couples canoodling in diamondfilled jewelry stores can sometimes make divorce court look quite appealing. If you are divorced, the holiday can potentially inspire less-than-loving thoughts. I’m not divorced (I’d have to get married again to have any chance of that happening), but if I were, I imagine I’d be eyeing those large bags of Lindt chocolate truffles and dreaming of ways to launch them through my former spouse’s bedroom window. Perhaps after I had filled them with some type of explosive. Harsh? Maybe. But being a child of divorce, I have some inkling regarding the often emotionally unpleasant aftermath. If you are widowed, the holiday brings up, well, despair. And weeping. Lots of weeping. Thankfully, as these past eight years have crawled by, I’ve been able to stop weeping and both reflect upon and cherish the sweet Valentine’s Days we shared. And to laugh over the ones that nearly propelled us toward marriage counseling. This year, my children and I are cooking a romantic Valentine’s Day dinner. At home. I can barely contain my excitement. No threat of scary stuffed animals or engagement rings. So take a deep breath and do something you love on Valentine’s Day. With the people you love. Feb. 15 is only a heartbeat away. No Sugar Added is Cape Elizabeth resident Sandi Amorello’s biweekly take on life, love, death, dating and single parenting. Get more of Sandi at irreverentwidow. com or contact her at

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The performance of the Maine Green Energy Alliance, and its effectiveness or ineffectiveness in helping Maine people winterize their homes, are topics worthy of scrutiny. The group’s track record is fair game for even the harshest objective analysis. I don’t feel the same way about character assassination by insinuation. I refer to the recent “expose” by Naomi Schalit of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. I was an eyewitness to how this all started. Several folks in the Biddeford-Saco area pressed vigorously for Tom Federle to be recruited to the Task Force To Close Maine Energy. Why? Because of his expertise and impeccable reputation for honesty. That task force met on an almost weekly basis in the summer of 2009, plowing their way through grueling meetings as they tried to help Casella Waste fulfill a contract pledge to work in good faith toward finding a way to close Maine Energy, a constant source of continued next page

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from previous page nuisances and an obstacle to economic redevelopment in downtown Biddeford-Saco. It was hard work on hot summer evenings by many honest and dedicated public servants. None of that background or context made it into Schalit’s story. Instead, she picked up the story half way, taking fragments of an e-mail here or parts of a quote there, putting them together completely out of context. Without making any specific allegation, she insinuated motivations that just didn’t exist. I’m all for courageous investigative journalism, and Schalit has triumphed in that realm before. This piece fell short of that standard, however. It was a cartoon. Mark Robinson Biddeford

Cast-off carrier not right for Portland Harbor Stephen M. Woods’ column regarding the Portland City Council’s rejection of the aircraft carrier USS John F. Kennedy reminded me of historic maritime projects that I have worked on. All had been born and initially flourished with great enthusiasm. Most faded away when reality set in. Few people outside the maritime field have any concept of the demands of maintenance and logistics of even a relatively small ship. A large naval vessel like the JFK was meant to be maintained on a daily basis by thousands of personnel with virtually unlimited equipment and resources. Nearly all the existing steel naval vessels that are preserved as historic attractions are no longer in seaworthy condition and are desperate for funds. Many, though painted and kept superficially attractive, are in terrible condition and grounded in mud. None are self-sustaining. Rust never sleeps. I assisted in the creation of the first historic maritime preservation conference in Baltimore in 1977. A major issue discussed was the need to preserve the “last-oftype” ships that were in danger of being lost. Instead, it seems every city or town with a maritime museum is trying to save a lightship, submarine, battleship or carrier. While these endeavors are stumbling ahead, we are losing older, rarer historic ships. The JFK does not have much local significance or support. Portland and the state should have a maritime center and coastal attraction ideally involving a historic vessel. But it is not going to be another cast-off, modern naval vessel. Steve Bunker Gray

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Conservatives must learn to conserve As he stumbles around the state in the early days of his administration, Gov. Paul LePage frequently gets worked up about out-of-state ownership of Maine’s prime lakefront and oceanfront property, complaining about the influx of people from Massachusetts and arguing that Maine land should belong to Maine people. Maybe that’s why the Guv thinks it would be such a fine idea to open 3 million acres of Maine’s unorganized territory to development. As with most things, our benighted governor is wrong. Had he proposed The Universal such a wholesale attack on the natural environment during his campaign, LePage would have been lucky to get elected dog catcher in Waterville. Not sure who he thinks is going to develop all that forest land, let alone who is going to purchase it, but it sure as heck isn’t going to be Maine people. When it comes to Edgar Allen Beem where the lines are drawn in America’s culture wars, some of the clearest demarcations are between the forces of conservation and those of development, between public land and private property. Ironically, conservatives like LePage are the enemies of conservation. Mainers have a strong conservation ethic that is at odds with the governor’s vision of the North Woods as a subdivision three times the size of Los Angeles. That’s why we overwhelmingly support Land for Maine’s Future bonds and why we should thank our lucky stars that there are people of means in Maine who understand the importance of preserving open space and public access. Posterity will never thank you for developing a vast tract of land, but it sure will for protecting it. Just imagine Mount Desert Island if Rockefeller hadn’t created Acadia National Park, Mt. Katahdin if Gov. Baxter hadn’t created Baxter State Park.


For that matter, imagine Scarborough Beach as condos-by-the-sea if the Sprague family hadn’t had the vision to preserve the beach and public access to it. We can only hope that cable TV baron John Malone has conservation rather than development in mind for the 900,000 acres of the North Woods that he just purchased. Add Malone’s woodland holdings to those of Roxanne Quimby, who buys whole townships to keep them from being developed, and you have the makings of something grand and glorious. You get the impression that LePage and his drinking buddies are so giddy with his surprise victory that they are just sitting around thinking up all the mischief they can do before the public catches on. “Hey, Paulie, let’s get rid of the frickin’ Bureau of Environmental Protection!” “Let’s dump LURC, too, while we’re at it.” “Screw vernal pools! Who gives a damn about frogs!” “Let’s allow skyscrapers on sand dunes!” “I’m sick of returnable bottles. Let’s throw the g-d bottle bill out, too.” “OK, boys, whatever you want. Just pass me another cold one!” If LePage wants to be remembered as anything other than a short-sighted tool of the tea party, he will have to start taking the long view. Rolling back decades of popular, bipartisan environmental protections may make LePage a hero to out-of-state developers like Plum Creek and a handful of local outlaws, but it will also ensure that, after he and they are dead and buried, history will remember him only as the governor who tried to sell the state of Maine down the river. I say “tried,” because I don’t believe for a minute that the people of Maine and their elected representatives are going just stand by and allow that to happen. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at:

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Obituaries Donald R. Murphy Sr., 72: Longtime car racing fan ARUNDEL — Donald R. Murphy Sr., 72, formerly of Portland, died Jan. 29 at his daughter’s home while battling cancer. The son of Evelyn Griffin and Hilton Murphy of Portland, he was born in Rockland on March 2, 1938. For many years he Murphy

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worked as an auto body technician. A longtime fan of car racing, he built and raced his own cars at Beech Ridge Motor Speedway in Scarborough when he was younger and enjoyed watching NASCAR races. He also enjoyed cooking and spending time with family and friends. His sister, Laura Walton, predeceased him. He is survived by two sisters, Barbara

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Deering, McAuley girls unbeaten no more (Ed. Note: For the full Deering-McAuley and McAuleyGorham game stories, with additional photos, visit By Michael Hoffer The Deering and McAuley girls’ basketball teams both proved to be mortal last week. First, the Rams fell from the ranked of the unbeaten Thursday night when they suffered an agonizing 47-43 overtime home loss to the Lions. Forty-eight hours later, McAuley suffered its first loss when it managed just seven second half points in a 37-27 setback at Gorham. No girls’ team in Western Class A will navigate the season without a blemish, but the Rams and Lions remain the cofavorites to go all the way.

OT thriller Thursday evening, amid a tournament-like atmosphere, Deering hosted McAuley in the first of two showdowns in a little over a week (perhaps the first of three, if the teams, as expected, meet deep in the playoffs). The Lions entered the game having dropped six straight to the Rams, including playoff losses in each of the past two seasons. This time around, McAuley came out and raced to a 13-1 lead after one period behind a dominant performance, but Deering gradually responded and got back within three, 2017, at halftime. “We stunk in the first half

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With her team down three and time winding down Thursday night, McAuley freshman Allie Clement uncorks a 3-pointer that sends her team’s game at Deering into overtime. The Lions went on to the 47-43 victory.

and we were down four,” Rams coach Mike Murphy said. “We gambled when we didn’t need to and to be down 21-17, I was happy.” Deering continued to stymie McAuley in the third quarter,

but couldn’t grab the lead and when Lions senior standout Rebecca Knight made a layup with 2.2 seconds to go, the Lions took a 29-25 lead with eight minutes remaining. The Rams finally took the

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Two of the best girls’ players in the state, McAuley senior Rebecca Knight (bound for the University of Maine) and Deering senior Kayla Burchill (who is headed to the University of Vermont) got up close and personal during Thursday’s showdown.

lead for the first time with 1:43 to go when their senior star, Kayla Burchill, made a free throw for a 32-31 advantage. Sophomore Chelsea Saucier pushed it to 34-31 with two foul shots with 51 seconds remain-

ing. After McAuley junior Alexa Coulombe pulled her team within a point with 32 seconds left, Burchill drained two with 25.4 seconds showing to put the

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Postseason fun begins for Portland schools (Ed. Note: For the full DeeringSouth Portland boys’ basketball game story, visit theforecaster. net) By Michael Hoffer One weekend of postseason action is in the books and things are about to really ramp up. Wrestling held its regionals Saturday, swimming’s first of two Southwesterns meets was contested Friday and Saturday and the girls’ hockey and indoor track regular seasons have come to a close. Basketball has a week to go. Here’s a look at what’s occurred and what’s to come:

Boys’ basketball Cheverus’ boys’ basketball team got a bit of a scare Saturday

in its third game in three days, but is still unbeaten and atop the Western Class A Heal Points standings at 16-0. After rolling past visiting Marshwood (57-40) and Gorham (80-37), the Stags only held a 25-23 halftime lead at Sanford, but eventually had enough to survive, 56-47, for their 20th successive win. Junior Louie DiStasio had 21 points versus the Hawks. He had 17 and senior Peter Gwilym added 16 against the Rams. At Sanford, DiStasio and sophomore Matt Cimino both had 11 points. Cheverus went to Deering Tuesday (see for the game story) and closes against visiting South Portland Friday night. Deering began the week 10-6

and fifth in Western A. Last week, the Rams suffered back-to-back losses at South Portland (86-64) and Windham (86-82, in OT), but bounced back Saturday to down visiting Marshwood (80-56). Junior Jon Amabile had 13 points against the Red Riots and erupted for 35 against the Eagles. In the victory, Amabile had 25 points, six rebounds and five steals, while senior Jackon Frey added 13 points, five rebounds and two assists and sophomore Labson Abwoch had 12 points and four boards. Deering hosted Cheverus Tuesday and closes at resurgent Portland Thursday. Speaking of the Bulldogs, they’ve won three in a row to improve to 9-7 and soar to the

seventh spot. Thursday, Portland was a 58-42 victor at Scarborough (junior Mike Herrick went off for 28 points). Friday, the Bulldogs downed visiting Sanford, 56-42, as Herrick had 17 points, senior Matt McInnis 12 and sophomore Nate Smart 11. Saturday, Portland won in overtime for the second time this year, 60-55, over visiting Biddeford, as Herrick had 23 points, junior Pete Donato 15 and sophomore Nick Volger 10. Portland was at South Portland Tuesday and closes at home versus Deering Thursday. In Western C, Waynflete appears postseason-bound and the Flyers are trying to avoid a preliminary round game to go directly to Augusta. Waynflete

improved to 9-5 last Tuesday after surviving host A.R. Gould, 64-61, in overtime. Senior Joe Veroneau had 17 points, junior Alex Hadiaris added 16 and sophomore Max Belleau finished with 11. The Flyers (sixth in the region) hosted Valley Tuesday and welcomes Gould Academy Friday.

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On the girls’ side, as Deering and McAuley were falling from the unbeaten ranks (please see story), Cheverus found itself at the crossroads last weekend. The Stags won, 53-48, at Marshwood Thursday (junior Morgan Cahill had 16 points), but lost, 46-39, at Gorham Friday (despite 19

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Lions on the brink. McAuley then called timeout. The Lions didn’t necessarily need the 3 for the tie, but first-year coach Amy Vachon called a play for her poised freshman Allie Clement and it worked perfectly. With 11.6 seconds left, Clement worked her way around a Coulombe and Knight screen, took a pass from sophomore Hannah Cooke at the top of the key and launched a 3 that found nothing but net. “It was designed for me to go off a double screen and hit a 3 from the top of the key,” Clement said. “I didn’t think it was going to go in. I hadn’t made a 3 the whole game, but I heard screams and saw it go in and I was so excited.” “I called the play for the freshman,” Va-

chon said. “I told her after the game, she’s not a freshman anymore. To hit one at that point of the game, she’s just phenomenal. She’s great.” “You have to give credit for a freshman to knock down a 3-ball,” Murphy lamented. “Clement is one of the top players in the state. They executed and got it off and did a great job. We thought about fouling, but with high school kids and officials, you don’t know what you’ll get. Hats off to her. She knocked it down.” A last-ditch prayer from Burchill from well beyond the 3-point stripe was short and it was on to overtime. There, Knight’s old-fashioned threepoint play put the Lions ahead to stay. A 3-pointer from Coulombe stretched the lead and Knight made a tough-angle bank shot before Cooke made two free throws and junior Sadie Dipierro one to help McAuley

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hold on for the inspirational 47-43 overtime triumph. “It was a really exciting game,” said Clement. “It’s a huge win for us. It gave us confidence. We have to believe in ourselves and know our teammates support each other.” “We came out with intensity,” Knight said. “We like to run and play our game. We knew we had to take our time and not rush things and be calm. It feels good. We did it together. We never gave up or stopped believing. We knew it would take hard work.” “I told them before the overtime, our defense would win the game,” Vachon added. “We had huge shots. Allie’s, obviously, and Alexa’s 3 in overtime, those are big-time shots. You can’t coach that. Those were just huge, big-time shots.” Knight, who like everyone else on the roster had never beaten Deering, led all scorers with 26 points. She also grabbed nine rebounds. “Becca’s been that way all year,” Vachon said. “She was the only one to score for us in the second and third quarters.” “That’s the best Knight’s played against us,” said Murphy. “She gave them senior leadership. She made big basket after big basket.” Clement had 10 points, seven steals and three rebounds. Coulombe was her usual imposing self, complementing nine points with five rebounds, four blocks and a steal. . “One of the greatest things about this team is that they all play their roles,” Vachon said. “Anyone who goes in there,

works their hardest and plays their roles.” Burchill wound up with 22 points (and 15 boards), but none of them came easily. “We just wanted to make (Kayla) work for everything she got,” Vachon said. “We know she’s a fabulous player, one of the best in the state. Becca and Alexa did a good job. We constantly knew where she was. We wanted to frustrate her. She got her points, but we made her work for the points she got.” Deering quickly shook off the setback. “I’m proud of the kids,” Murphy said. “Defensively, I’m ecstatic with how the kids responded. I told the kids, we’ll play again tomorrow and that it’s not the end of the season. You learn from losses. Let’s call a spade a spade. We’re a neighborhood team playing against a team of all-stars. My kids for 10 years have done a great job of doing that. We went toe-to-toe with great players.” Deering bounced back Friday and improved to 14-1 with a 55-40 home win over Windham (Burchill had 15).

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Just 48 hours later, McAuley met its match at unheralded Gorham, which had lost only to Deering, South Portland and Sanford and had never before beaten the Lions (including last year’s 33-22 loss in the Western A quarterfinals). That drought would end Saturday, as Gorham flustered the Lions almost through-

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Recap from page 11 points from Cahill), then found themselves down, 31-26, to visiting Sanford at halftime Saturday. Cheverus rallied to lead 39-37 after three, but was down 47-44 with just over three minutes to go. A putback by sophomore Kylie Libby cut the deficit to one. Then, with 53.7 seconds remaining, Cahill took a pass from junior Alexandra Palazzi-Leahy and scored to put her team ahead to stay. After a Redskins’ turnover, Palazzi-Leahy made two foul shots with 1.2 seconds left to give the Stags the 50-47 win. Cahill led the way again with 17 points, while Palazzi-Leahy added 14. “It was a big win,” said Cheverus coach

Deering, McAuley from previous page out. McAuley managed to hold a 9-6 lead after one period and stretched its advantage to 20-11 on a Coulombe hook shot late in the half, but little did the Lions know that the game was about to turn. The Rams crawled back to 20-16 at the half when senior standout Mia Rapolla’s one-handed prayer from midcourt rattled home off the glass. McAuley still held the lead, however, and after forcing 11 first half turnovers, the Lions had to like their chances, but virtually nothing went their way in the final 16 minutes. McAuley got a layup from Knight and a jumper from Coulombe in the third and fell behind, 28-24, heading for the fourth. There, McAuley would be left scratching its head. The Lions did start with a flourish when Clement sank a 3 18 seconds in, but the visitors wouldn’t score a single point the rest of the way and the Rams gradually pulled away to win 37-27, dropping the Lions to 14-1. “Give credit to Gorham,” said Vachon. “They played a great game. They played three games in three nights. To win all three is a credit to them. We had four or five opportunities (late) and had open looks. I’ll take those shots any day. They just weren’t falling. We had to find a way and we didn’t. “Obviously, I’m disappointed we lost, but I’m more disappointed in the intensity we came out with. We were flat and you can’t expect to win when you’re flat, especially against a good team like Gorham. We struggled executing the last couple games against zones. I blame myself as coach preparing our kids. We need to look at it and figure out what we’re going to do since

Richie Ashley. “The girls answered the bell. I told them at halftime it was up to them. We had to play the way we can play and ‘believe in we.’ Morgan made a big-time move. People were hanging on her. She hit a big shot. Alexandra hit a big 3 and made the foul shots at the end. She’s been very unselfish, a great leader. She went from averaging almost 20 points a game to around 10. Most people would complain, but she cares more about the name on the front of the uniform than the back.” The Stags (13-3 and fourth in the latest Western Class A Heal Points standings) went to McAuley Tuesday (see for the game story) and close at South Portland Friday. “We have to go over the House of Hor-

teams will do that. That said, Gorham just played tough.” Clement led McAuley with 10 points. Knight added nine points, but she was held to just two in the second half. She also had 11 rebounds, three steals and a blocked shot. Coulombe had eight points, 11 rebounds, seven blocks and a steal. The Lions were doomed by poor shooting, 20 turnovers and by making just 1-of-5 free throw attempts. For Gorham, Rapolla led the way with 17 points, seven steals and six boards.

rors at McAuley, but it’s a good preparation for the tournament,” Ashley said. “South Portland will be tough over there. We have to come ready to play.” Portland entered the week 4-11 and 14th in the standings after a 50-43 home victory over Scarborough Thursday and a 56-43 loss at Sanford. In the victory, senior Nicolette Kapothanasis continued her strong season with 18 points. She had 16 in the loss to the Redskins. The Bulldogs hosted South Portland Tuesday and close the season at Deering Wednesday. In Western C, Waynflete is closing in on a high seed for the upcoming tournament. Yet again. The Flyers improved to 13-3 Friday with a 56-32 home victory over Hyde. Sophomore standout Martha Veroneau had



19 points and 12 steals. Senior Lydia Stegemann added 12 points. Waynflete (third in the region) hosted Western B contender Cape Elizabeth Monday night and was at Wells in the regular season finale Tuesday.

Boys’ hockey Deering’s hockey team continued its resurgence last week. The Rams extended their win streak to four by downing visiting Massabesic/Old Orchard Beach (3-2, in overtime), Lake Region (9-3) and Windham (4-1) to improve to 6-7 (11th in the Western A Heals). Senior Connor Petropoulos had the winner in the overtime game. Freshman Griffin Py had a hat trick versus Lake Region. Py added two goals versus

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is the lone city girls’ hockey team that is playoff-bound. The Stags wound up 11-6-1 after beating visiting Gorham (3-1) and losing to visiting Winslow (2-1) last weekend. Freshman Katie Roy scored twice against the Rams and junior Sarah LaQuerre had the lone goal in the loss. Cheverus finished third in the West region and will likely go to second-ranked York in the semifinals this weekend (game time hadn’t been announced at press time). Last year in the semis, the Stags beat the Wildcats, 7-1. This year, Cheverus won 2-0 at York and tied the visiting Wildcats, 1-1. If victorious, the Stags will play in the regional final against either Scarborough or Biddeford on Feb. 16. The state final is Feb. 19 in Lewiston. Portland wound up 5-11-2 and sixth in the West (where just four teams qualified for the postseason), lost 4-2 at Cape Elizabeth and 2-0 to visiting York last week to finish up. Sophomore Drew Barry scored

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City teams joined South Portland for the regular season indoor track finale at the Portland Expo Saturday. Deering won the boys’ meet with 107 points. Cheverus (47) came in third and Portland (42.5) placed fourth. The Rams got wins from Jared Bell in the junior shot put (42 feet, 2.5 inches), Bryan White in the senior shot put (45-6.5), Ricardo Delgado in the junior 45 hurdles (6.1 seconds), Carleton Allen in the senior 45 hurdles (6 seconds), Renaldo Lowry in the senior 40 (4.7) and the senior 200 (24.6) and James Ociti in the junior 400 (57 seconds). The Stags got a victory from Jimmy Campbell in the junior 40 (5 seconds) and Jackson McMann in the junior 200 (26.2). Portland’s Imadhi Zagon won the high jump (5-10), Abde Ahmed took the senior 400 (55.6) and the Bulldogs’ open relay was first in 1:40.0. In the girls’ meet, Deering was also first, with 149 points. Portland (57) placed third, McAuley (50) fourth and Cheverus (49)

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Back Bay Lacrosse Club seeks coaches Back Bay Lacrosse, a Portland-based youth lacrosse club, is seeking coaches for its 3rd-4th grade girls’ and boys’ teams and our 5th-6th grade girls’ team for the 2011 season. FMI,

Ski Club members named to Maine J2 team Five Portland Nordic Ski Club members have been chosen to represent Maine in

Recap from page 11 David Bliss and Peter Tomascak) which came in first in 1 minute, 40.88 seconds. Individually, Bliss was third in the 100 breaststroke (1:09.7). The Flyers’ points came from Luke Jeton, who was third in the 100 fly (59.48) and fourth in the 100 breaststroke (58.93). Saturday, the first-year Waynflete girls almost took the title, winding up second behind Sanford (193-190). Portland (90) came in seventh. The Flyers got wins from Ellen Silk in the 200 freestyle (2:02.76), Colby Harvey in the 200 individual medley (2:16.85) and the 100 breaststroke (1:11.62) and Amelia Deady in the 50 free (26.2) and the fly (1:02.12). The Bulldogs were paced by Leanne Reichert, who was runner-up in the 50 free (26.92). The team’s 200 free relay team (Mary Badger, Megan Hudson, Kelly Flanagan and Reichert) was third (1:55.26). Cheverus, Deering and McAuley vie in the north division Southwesterns Friday and Saturday in Westbrook. Last Friday, Cheverus swept Deering in a dual meet, with the boys winning, 114-67, and the girls triumphing, 109-67.

Skiing Cheverus’ Alpine ski team took part in a giant slalom meet Friday at Shawnee Peak. The Stags had 108 points to finish fourth behind Marshwood, Scarborough,



Roundup the upcoming J2 championships in New Hampshire. Casco Bay’s Lizzie Landry, Deering’s Kuba Chandler and Portland’s Ben Allen, Abby Popenoe and Sadie Sarvis all qualified. The Maine team consists of the top 20 boys and top 20 girls born in 1995 and 1996.

current women’s team plays Berkeley College at 5 p.m. and the men face Berkeley at 7 p.m. At 9 p.m., there will be a postgame reception at Rivalries Sports Bar in Portland. FMI, 741-5927, 7415928, or rroak@

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SMCC men earn victories

Southern Maine Community College will hold alumni games Saturday. The women play at 2 p.m. The men at 3 p.m. The Windham and Kennebunk, while beating Gorham and the girls also were fourth with 79 points, defeating Marshwood, while losing to Kennebunk, Scarborough and Gorham. Individually, Will Lenk was the top boy (placing 14th after a two-run combined time of 1 minute, 15.72 seconds). Catie Walsh led the girls by coming in eighth (1:18.44). The Western Maine Conference Nordic championships are Wednesday (skate) and Saturday (classic) in Fryeburg. The conference Alpine championships are Friday.

The Southern Maine Community College men’s basketball team defeated host New Hampshire Technical Institute (80-65) and Eastern Maine CC (77-71) in recent action to improve to 15-11 overall and 8-3 in the Yankee Small College Conference. Coleman Findlay had 14 points versus NHTI, while Paul Holland and Josh Mackie both had 12, Matt Findlay 11 and Daniel Foster

10. Against EMCC, Mackie had 17 points, Coleman Findlay 15 and Foster 14. The women lost at NHTI (64-59) and EMCC (62-56) to drop to 10-14 on the year (8-4 in conference). After hosting fierce rival Central Maine CC Tuesday, SMCC closes the regular season at home versus Berkeley College Saturday.

Middle School Lacrosse seeks coaches Portland Public Schools has coaching openings for the boys’ and girls’ 7th-8th grade programs for the 2011 season. Coaching experience is necessary, lacrosse playing experience is preferred. FMI,

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Wrestling At Saturday’s Western Class A wrestling regionals at Noble High School, where the hosts won with 243 points, Deering (40) placed seventh, Portland (27) eighth and Cheverus (23) ninth. Individually, Cheverus’ Iain Whitis was the champion at 112-pounds, downing Marshwood’s Tyler Davidson, 10-6, in the final. Deering’s Connor Darling lost a 16-8 major decision to Noble’s Micah Lewis in the final of the 189-pound division. Portland’s Evan Michalski made it to the consolation final at 135, but lost to Marshwood’s Nicholas James, 4-0. Deering’s Jacob Farrell lost in the consolation final at 171, a 10-2 major decision to Kennebunk’s Evan Fecko. The state championship meet is Saturday in Augusta. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ and followed at

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Feb. 13 pancake breakfast to benefit PATHS students

to 10 a.m. at Applebee’s, 1032 Brighton Ave., Portland. All proceeds will be used to fund a class trip to Mississippi to build homes with Habitat for Humanity. A silent auction fundraiser will also be held during the breakfast. Tickets to the breakfast are $5 per person and must be purchased in advance by contacting Frank Kehoe at 874-8165 by Feb.7.

PORTLAND — The carpentry class at Portland Arts & Technology High School is sponsoring an “all you can eat” pancake breakfast on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 8

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PORTLAND — The Nathan Clifford Elementary School staff and Parent Teacher Organization will host a farewell open house for the Clifford community and alumni on Sunday, Feb. 13 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the school, located at 180 Falmouth St., Portland. Attendees are welcome to bring a



photo and/or written memory to add to a large commemorative banner. Portland Superintendent James C. Morse, Sr. and Paul Stevens, grandson of the school’s architect, John Calvin Stevens, among other guests, will be attending the event. Clifford students and staff will be moving to the new Ocean Avenue Elementary School after February vacation. For more information, please call 8748180.

Ocean Avenue School open house upcoming PORTLAND — City Councilor Cheryl Leeman and Portland Superintendent James C. Morse, Sr., are hosting an community open house for the city’s newest school, Ocean Avenue Elementary School at 150 Ocean Ave., on Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. The open house will give the public the opportunity to tour the new school

before its official opening and meet with school officials.

After school wellness program opens at YMCA

PORTLAND — The Greater Portland YMCA has opened a new after school wellness program for middle school students in the Portland area. The program, called Y-Zone, will provide middle school youth a place to hang out and be active by offering activities such as Wii gaming, use of the gym and swimming pools, healthy snacks and more. Y-Zone is a drop-in program available from 3 to 5:30 p.m. on Tuesdays and Thursdays. The drop-in rate is $10/day, $15/week, and $50/month, with scholarships available for those families in need. Transportation will be available for students attending Lyman Moore and Lincoln middle schools.




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Food for a snowy day Spring is just a few more 12-foot snowbanks away from us now. On March 20, the first day of spring, we might get a warm, sunny day – or another wintry blizzard. We’ll keep the wood stoves and snow-blowers ready for whatever nature gives us. Until then, we’re in the comfort-food season, the icicle part of the year when boots and mittens and scarves are essential to our outdoor excursions and solid, hearty fare heightens the contrast of coming back indoors. Sustenance isn’t quite enough – in winter, we also hunger for defining flavors that help to make our meals more memorable. In our kitchens, we can celebrate these snowy months with hot, spicy chicken and soothing cinnamon-scented apple walnut cake. Hot Chicken Dippers with Blue Cheese Dressing The recipe is from G. M. Joachim’s “A Taste of It All, Celebrating the Mood of

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pan. It is glazed, not iced, with a wintry mix of butter, sugar, cider, orange juice, cream and Calvados, the apple brandy from Normandy. The recipe is from Julee Rosso’s and Sheila Lukins’ “The Silver Palate Cookbook,” published by Workman in 1984. In 2007, Workman published the “Silver Palate Cookbook, 25th Anniversary Edition.” 1 1/2 cups vegetable oil, plus extra for greasing the pan 2 cups sugar 3 eggs 2 cups unbleached all-purpose flour, sifted 1/8 teaspoon ground cloves 1 1/4 teaspoons ground cinnamon 1/4 teaspoon ground mace 1 teaspoon baking soda 1/4 teaspoon salt 1 cup whole wheat flour, sifted 1 1/4 cups shelled walnuts, coarsely chopped 3 1/4 cups coarse chunks of peeled and cored Rome Beauty apples 3 tablespoons Calvados or applejack Apple Cider Glaze (recipe follows) Preheat the oven to 325 degrees. Grease a 10-inch round cake pan. In a large bowl, beat the vegetable oil and sugar until thick and opaque. Add the eggs, one at a time, beating well after each addition. Sift together the all-purpose flour, cloves, cinnamon, mace, baking soda and salt, then stir in the whole wheat flour. Add to the oil and egg mixture and mix until well blended. Add the walnuts, apple chunks, and Calvados all at once and stir the batter until the pieces are evenly distributed. Pour the batter into the prepared pan. Bake until a cake tester inserted in the center comes out clean, 1 hour and 15 minutes. Let the cake rest for 10 minutes, then unmold and pour the glaze over the warm cake, or cut the cake and pour the glaze over the slices. Makes one 10-inch cake, 10-12 portions. Apple Cider Glaze 4 tablespoons (1/2 stick) unsalted butter 2 tablespoons brown sugar 6 tablespoons granulated sugar 3 tablespoons Calvados or applejack 4 tablespoons sweet cider 2 tablespoons fresh orange juice 2 tablespoons heavy cream Melt the butter in a small saucepan over low heat and stir in both sugars. Add the remaining ingredients, stir, raise the heat, and bring to a boil. Reduce the heat slightly and cook for 4 minutes. Remove from the heat and cool slightly. Pour while still warm over the warm cake. Makes 1 1/2 cups.

Susan Lovell and her husband John, a great cook, live near Pat’s Meat Market & Cafe in Portland, with a hungry Maine coon cat and a poodle who eats cat food. An eighth-generation Mainer, she likes shellfish, steak, baked beans, cole slaw, corn bread, blueberry pie and Moxie. Her great great-grandfather, from Wellfleet, Mass., and his cousin founded Boston’s Union Oyster House and she really likes oysters and Guinness. And Boston cream pie. Comment on this story at:

February 9, 2011

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‘Church of Love & Ruin’ opens for worship

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

Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art

Oscar Mokeme, Karen Morgan, Seth Rigoletti, and more, 7:30 p.m., free, SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland,, 7746064.

Call for Artwork, need variety of art and crafts for upcoming silent auction, “Beauty and the Books,” to benefit Falmouth Memorial Library, items must be dropped off by March 5, information and donor form,

Erotic Poetry Night, Port Veritas, 7:30 p.m. open reading, 8:30 p.m. erotic poetry, $2-$5 suggested donation, Blue, 650 Congress St., Portland,

”Maine’s Got Talent,” send entry form and DVD/video of solo or group performance, for particpants ages 5 and older, $25 entry fee; April 1 deadline, Margaret Watkinson, 522-9950, margaret@

Sunday 2/13 “Peter Pan” auditions, a nonmusical production by Freeport Family Performing Arts, 12-4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13; 6:30-9 p.m. Monday, Feb. 14, Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, for ages 7 to adult, families welcome, be ready to read from script, showtimes April 15-24, Tim Ryan, 415-6251, TimRyan65@

Books, Authors Wednesday 2/9 Tess Gerritsen, author of “Ice Cold,” bi-weekly author brown bag lecture, noon, free to the public, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ext. 759.

Thursday 2/10 Susan Conley, author of “The Foremost Good Fortune,” 7 p.m. book launch, Longfellow Books, One Monument Way, Portland, Voices in Recovery: Poetry reading by Milestone participants, 7 p.m., free, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, mayostreetarts. org, 615-3609.

Friday 2/11 SLANT: A Storytelling Series, hosted by The Telling Room, with

Tuesday 2/15

Thursday 2/17 Ben Sprague, author of “Buy, Hold, Sell: A disciplined guide to investment success,” 7 p.m., talk on 7 common investment mistakes, free, open to public, Peaks Island Library, 129 Island Ave., Peaks Island, 871-1700 ext. 723.


Yarmouth Town Hall Community Room, 200 Main St., Yarmouth, presented by Merrill Memorial Library Art Committee. ”M.C. Richards: The Fire Within,” 6 p.m., free screening of film on creativity with filmmakers, Osher Hall, MECA, 522 Congress St., Portland,

Saturday 2/19 “Casablanca,” followed by Portland Jazz Orchestra, 1940s Night at the State Theatre, 7 p.m. film, 8:30 p.m. concert, $10 general/ $20 VIP, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, tickets,, 800-745-3000, Bull Moose Music stores.



Wednesday 2/9

Portland Comedy Connection, 16 Custom House Wharf, Portland, 774-5554, full schedule at

Films Wednesday 2/9 “Beach Blanket Bingo,” Teens Through Time Film Series, February theme: 1960s, 4:30 p.m. Wednesdays, free, with discussion, Rines Room, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 8711700.

Friday 2/11 “Topkapi,” classic cinema at St. Mary’s, 7 p.m., free, open to public, St. Mary’s Episcopal Church Parish Hall, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3366.

Sunday 2/13 “For the Next 7 Generations,” 1-3 p.m., film, discussion, $5-10 suggested donation, bring bag lunch, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland, Caroline Loupe, 926-5983, FMI,

Art Guild of Freeport Show and Sale, 20 local artists, 6:307:30 p.m. artist reception during “Chocolate Bash,” exhibit through February, Freeport Community Library, Library Dr., Freeport, 8653307,

Thursday 2/10 “Celebrate Ar tists from Freeport,” group exhibit of Freeport artists, 6-8:30 p.m. reception, Thos. Moser Cabinetmakers, 149 Main St., Freeport, 865-4519, Cupid Night at SoPo Art Studios: An Evening Especially for Valentine’s Givers, with hand-crafted jewelry, ceramics, clothing, accessories, and more, 5-8 p.m. opening, special show through Feb. 14, SoPo Art Studios, 855 Sawyer St., South Portland, Maggie, 899-5939. ”Few Things on my Mind,” by Larry “Lars” Lindgren, works in stone, wood from “Herbie,” vinyl sculpture, artist reception 4-6 p.m., exhibit through April 2, Royal Bean, 16 Yarmouth Crossing, Main St., Yarmouth, 415-9956.

Providence, R.I. emcee B. Dolan presents the “Church of Love & Ruin” at a pre-Valentine’s Day extravaganza on Sunday, Feb. 13. Vaudeville, hip-hop, New Orleans bounce, marching band and burlesque come together beginning at 7:30 p.m. at SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland. Performers include DJ Beesknees and Vockah Redu & The Cru, 16-piece marching band, The What Cheer? Brigade, pictured here, and the Dirty Dishes Burlesque Revue. Hosted by Jamie and Sissy DeWolfe. Tickets are $10 in advance, $12 at the door and $18 for couples. 6:30-8:30 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through Feb. 25, 317 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-6264.

Museums Saturday 2/12 Maine Poets Read: Beyond Leaves of Grass, 11 a.m.-noon, free with museum admission, Portland Museuem of Art, Seven Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148 ext. 3244 or Sleigh Day at Skyline Farm, 12-3 p.m., $8 per person, includes one sleigh ride, viewing of new exhibit, “Winter Delivery,” 1 p.m. horse and driver demonstration, 2 p.m. snowshoe trek, bring own snowshoes, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, 829-5708, skylinefarm. org.

Thursday 2/17 Black Daughter of Maine, American Woman of the World: The Storied Lives and Times of Pauline Elizabeth Hopkins, talk by Dr. Lois A. Brown, 7 p.m., co-sponsored by Maine Women Writers Collection, Maine Historical Society Museum, 489 Congress St., Portland, 7741822 or

Music Wednesday 2/9 Hinder, Saving Abel, My Darkest Days, 7 p.m., $25, State Theatre, Congress St., Portland, tickets,, 956-6000.

Thursday 2/10

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Portland Jazz Orchestra, 8 p.m., $5 students, seniors, advance/ $9 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757,

Friday 2/11

“Kolosko Plays Kolosko,” chamber music concert with guitar, flute, cello by Nathan Kolosko, 7:30 p.m., $10, Portland Conservatory of Music, 202 Woodford St., Portland,, 775-3356.

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Saturday 2/12

Hattie Simon, live jazz and more, 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Azure Cafe, 123 Main St., Freeport, 865-1237.

The DaPonte String Quartet concert, 7:30 p.m., $22 adult/ $18 seniors/ ages 21 and under free, St. Mary’s Church, Foreside Road, Falmouth, tickets at, 529-4555. “The Golden Age of Motown,” presented by Portland Symphony Orchestra, 7:30 p.m. Saturday; 2:30 p.m. Sunday, $20-$70, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, tickets at PortTIX, 842-0800, Hattie Simon, live jazz and more, 12-3 p.m. Feb. 12; 11:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m. Feb 13, Azure Cafe, 123 Main St., Freeport, 865-1237.

Sunday 2/13 ”The Church of Love & Ruin,” A Valentine’s Eve variety show, hosted by B. Dolan, with vaudeville, hip-hop, marching band, burlesque and more, 7:30 p.m., $10 advance/ $12 door/ $18 couples, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600, tickets at or Bull Moose Music stores. “The Golden Age of Motown,” presented by Portland Symphony Orchestra, 2:30 p.m., $20-$70, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St.,

Public Concert Series of the Portland Rossini Club, 3 p.m., suggested donation, $10 adult/ $5 seniors, free for students, Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, 797-8318.

Wednesday 2/16 The Mezcalitos, acoustic western swing, 8 p.m., $5 suggested donation, Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland,

Friday 2/18 John Prine Turns 40: A Tribute to his 1971 Debut Album, by Maine musicians, silent auction, 8 p.m., $10 advance/ $12 door, SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600,

Sunday 2/20 “Kids, Kartoons, and Kotzschmar” family concert with Rob Richards, 2 p.m., $17 adult/ $10 students, ages 12 and under free, but must have ticket, available through Port Tix, 842-0800, ticket., Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, hosted by Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ.

Theater & Dance ”Crazy Lil’ Thing Called Love,” adult comedy, Feb. 11-27, 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 2 p.m. Saturdays, Sundays, $15, Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland, 773-0333, “Les Miserables,” presented by South Portland High School music department, Feb. 4-13; 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Feb. 11-12; 2 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, ASL interpretation available at Feb. 6 show, $12 adults/$9 students, seniors, tickets at, 767-7710 ext.292, mature theme may not be suitable for young children. ”Moonlight and Magnolias,” presented by Good Theater, Feb. 3-27, showtimes: 7:30 p.m. ThursdaysSaturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays; extra showtimes, 7 p.m. Feb. 9; 3 p.m. Feb. 19, $15-$25, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, tickets, 885-5883, goodtheater. com. ”Thom Pain (based on nothing)” by Will Eno, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays, Saturdays; 7 p.m. Sundays, Feb. 10-20, $12 adult/ $10 students, seniors, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, tickets at, 899-3993.

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Tuesday 2/15 “You the Man,” performance by UNE’s Add Verb Productions, 7 p.m., free, open to public, Deering High School auditorium, Stevens Ave., Portland.

Wednesday 2/16 “I Question America,” performance by E.P. McKnight about civil rights activist Fannie Lou Hamer, 5 p.m. performance, followed by discussion, free and open to public, Hannaford Lecture Hall, USM Portland, in celebration of African-American History Month, 780-4006.

Friday 2/18 A Night of Indie Music and Death Defying Juggling, by Hi Tiger with Jacob Augustine and Matiss Duhon, 8 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, mayostreetarts. org, 615-3609.

Mid Coast Auditions Youth Auditions, “The Sound of Music,” a production of the New England Regional Theater Company, ages 12-19 audition 6 p.m. Friday, Feb. 11 and Saturday, Feb. 12, Studio 48 Performing Arts Center, 20 Davis St., Brunswick; ages 5-12 audition 5:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 12, wear comfortable clothing, bring photo, be ready to sing, learn a short dance, showtimes May 27-June 5, Tyler Beck, 7986966, newenglandyouththeater. com. ”Who’s Tommy,” production by Studio Theatre of Bath, auditions, 7 p.m. Feb. 25; 2 p.m. Feb 2627, prepare song from show, or bring sheet music for song of

choice, looking for actors, singers and dancers age 16 and older, Chocolate Church Arts Center, 798 Washington St., Bath,

rine Cobey Gallery Talk, 2-5 p.m., exhibition on view through Feb. 25, Maine Fiberarts Gallery, 13 Main St., Topsham, mainefiberarts. org, 721-678, snow date: Feb. 20.

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Saturday 2/12 Romance Novel Book Sale, 10 a.m.–4 p.m., Curtis Memorial Library, 23 Pleasant St. Brunswick, 725-5242,

Saturday 2/19 Let’s Talk About It Book Group, discussion of “Doing Time: 25 Years of Prison Writing,” 10:30 a.m.-noon, free, 5 bi-weekly sessions through April 16, books available at library, Patten Free Library, Summer, St., Bath, sponsored by Maine Humanities Council,

Films Thursday 2/10 ”Willy Wonka and The Chocolate Factory,” The Dreamland Theater film series, Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, 6 p.m., free/$5 suggested donation, presented by Sagadahoc Preservation Inc., film listings at

Sunday 2/13 “Lady and the Tramp,” 2 p.m., by donation, bring snacks, The Winter Street Center, 880 Washington St., Bath, Galleries

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Friday 2/18

Kat Logan, 7 p.m. $6-$5, kids free, Side Door Coffee House at Unitarian Universalist Church, 15 Pleasant St., Brunswick, 729-8515.


”Almost, Maine,” presented by the Studio Theatre of Bath, Feb. 11-13, Feb 18-20; 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, $15 adult/ $13 senior, student, Chocolate Church Arts Center, Washington St., Bath, tickets, 4428455,

”Pride and Prejudice,” and ”Winter Cabaret,” presented by The Theater Project on alternating nights, Jan. 21 - Feb. 20, 7:30 p.m. Thursdays; 8 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2:30 p.m. Sundays, $18 suggested donation or pay what you can, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick, full schedule at or call 729-8584.

“The Vagina Monologues,” 7:30 p.m., $10, Thursday-Saturday, Feb. 17-19, Kresge Auditorium, Visual Arts Center, Bowdoin College, tickets at David Saul Smith Union information desk, 725-3375.

Sunday 2/13

”Love Letters,” presented by the Studio Theatre of Bath, 7:30 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 13, $15 individual/ $25 couple, Chocolate Church Arts Center Annex, Bath, tickets, 442-8455.

Saturday 2/19

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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.

Wed. 2/9 3:45 p.m. Creative Portland Corporation CH Wed. 2/9 5 p.m. Historic Preservation CH Wed. 2/9 5 p.m. Community Development Committee CH Wed. 2/9 6 p.m. Police Citizen Review Sub-Comm 109 Middle St. Thu. 2/10 5 p.m. Parks Commission 55 Park St. Thu. 2/10 5 p.m. Harbor Commissioners Public Hearing South Portland CH Thu. 2/10 5:30 p.m. Finance Committee CH Thu. 2/10 5:30 p.m. Neighborhood Forum CH Mon. 2/14 3 p.m. Fish Pier Authority CH Mon. 2/14 3:30 p.m. Friends of Deering Oaks 55 Portland St. Mon. 2/14 5:30 p.m. Bicycle-Pedestrian Committee CH Tue. 2/15 12 p.m. City Manager Search Committee CH Tue. 2/15 5 p.m. Health and Recreation Committee CH

Benefits Thursday 2/10 Planet Dog’s Valentine’s Day Canine Cocktail Party and Dog Kissing Contest, with free beer, wine, treats, 6-7:30 p.m., $5 Dog Kissing Contest entry fee to benefit the Planet Dog Foundation, The Planet Dog Company Store, 211 Marginal Way, Portland,

Friday 2/11 “Art with Heart Hootenanny,” silent auction benefit for Mayo Street Arts, 7-9 p.m., 100+ auction items, with live music by The HiTides, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, 615-3609,, snow date 2/12.

Saturday 2/12 ”Freezin’ for a Reason” Portland Polar Dip, to benefit Camp Sunshine, noon, participants encouraged to raise minimum of $100, East End Beach, Portland, after party at Bull Feeney’s Pub on Fore St., Portland, 655-3800, Valentine Tea and Booksale, Friends of Feral Felines fundraiser, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Thrifty Kitty Shop, 651 Forest Ave., second floor, Odd Fellows building, Portland, 7973014. “Hearts for Harmony,” Valentine’s Day fundraising dance for Women in Harmony, 7:30-11:30 p.m., $15 suggested donation, with Deejay Thunder, Blueberry Pancakes steel drum band, cash bar, Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, 441-2507. Spaghetti Supper Serenade by Wescustago Youth Chorale, to benefit chorale’s scholarship fund, 5 p.m. and 7 p.m. seatings, $10 adult/ $5 ages 8 and under, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport, Leigh, 846-0705. Sweetheart’s Valentine Soiree, to benefit the preservation of 1805 Hunnewell-Shepley mansion, hosted by The Portland Club,


music by Laurence Kelly, Flash Allen, Love Train Express, 7-11 p.m., $20, free parking, cash bar, jacket and tie required, Portland Club, 156 State St., Portland, 761-4477, Valentine’s Fundraiser event, hosted by/to benefit Freeport Rotary Club and Freeport Elders association, with silent auction, wine and chocolate tasting, live band, 5-8 p.m., $30, Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport, tickets at 865-6462, Nicole Goodrich,, 807-4397.

Sunday 2/13 80s Dance Music Concert, to benefit Family Crisis Services, music by Time Pilots, The Veayo Twins, 5-9 p.m., $20 adults/ $5 ages 1317, ages 12 and under free, Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, FMI, Family Crisis Services, 767-4952. ”The Vagina Monologues,” V-Day First Parish Portland production to benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine, SARSSM, with Moira Driscoll, Jolene McGowan, Jackie Oliveri, Linda Shary, Betsy Whitman, Sally Wood, 7 p.m., $5-$20 suggested donation, First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, Linda Shary, 807-7812, The Great Chili and Chowder Challenge, a benefit for Altrusa International of Portland, tasting competition with 30+ chilis and chowders, 12:30-3 p.m., tickets, $17.50 advance/ $20 door/ $10 ages 10 and under/ $50 special preview tickets for access from

11:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, tickets at Big Sky Bread Co., Skillins Greenhouses, or 772-0379, FMI, Pancake Breakfast, to benefit PATH’s carpentry class trip to Mississippi, $5 all you can eat, silent auction, 8-10:30 a.m., Applebee’s, Brighton Ave., Portland, tickets must be purchased in advance, call Frank Kehoe, 874-8165 by Feb. 7.

Thursday 2/17

Benefit Book Sale for H.A.R.T, Homeless Animal Rescue Team in Maine, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Bay Square at Yarmouth, 27 Forest Falls Dr., Yarmouth, 846-0044

Call for Volunteers

Saturday 2/12

Portland’s Volunteer History Docents needed, requires 10 weeks education on local history, architecture, and art, free, Thursday mornings, February 17-April 21, course held at Maine Historical Society, Portland, Greater Portland Landmarks, 774-5561, ext. 120

126th Annual Lincoln Club Banquet, 6 p.m. social, 7 p.m. dinner, speaker, Italian Heritage Center, Portland, tickets, call Halsey Frank, 772-6949. International Women’s Craft Collective Trunk Show, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Coffee by Design, 67 India St., Portland, Aimee Vlachos-Bullard, 523-2737. Maine Roller Derby Home Opener Debut, Port Authorities vs. Queen City Roller Girls, 5-7:30 p.m., $5, Happy Wheels Skate Center, Warren Ave., Portland; Hate the Love After-Party 9 p.m., Empire Dine and Dance, Congress St., Portland, Valentine’s Open House, 11 a.m.4 p.m., The Purple Turtle Gifts and Jewelry, 100 Gray Road, Falmouth, Ruthie Martin, 671-3175.

Sunday 2/13 “A Valentines Bazaar,” with arts/ crafts vendors, kids’ activities, performances, more, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., $5 adult/ $3 ages under 12, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, 899-3993,

Wednesday 2/16 Ocean Avenue School Community Open House, 6-8 p.m., Ocean Avenue Elementary School, 150 Ocean Ave., Portland.

The Genius Within: The Inner Life of Glenn Gould, film screening, discussion, refreshments, to benefit Portland String Quartet/LARK Society for Chamber Music, 2 p.m., $40, Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 761-1522, larksociety. org.

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Dining Out Saturday 2/12 Chowder Meal, Corn, Fish, or Clam, 4:30-6 p.m., $8, eat in or take out, First United Methodist Church, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland. Public Church Supper, 5 p.m., $7 adult/ $3 child, First Parish Church, 40 Main St., Freeport, 865-6062. Pancake Breakfast, Riverton School, 8:30-11 a.m., $4 adult/ $2 ages 6 and older, community welcome, Riverton Elementary School, 1600 Forest Ave., Portland.

Sunday 2/13 Pancake Breakfast, 7:30-11 a.m., $5 adults/$4 ages 12 and under, sponsored by Cape Lions Club, Bowery Beach School House, Ocean House Road, Cape Eliza-

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Monday 2/14 “Designing Continuously Blooming Perennial Gardens,” lecture by Lee Schneller, author of “The Ever-Blooming Flower Garden,” hosted by Saint Mary’s Garden Club, 11 a.m., $5, Falmouth Memorial Library, Russell Room, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, Wilma Sawyer, 781-4889.

Saturday 2/19 Maine Home, Remodeling & Garden Show, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, $8 adult/ $6 senior/ $5 ages 6-16, Cumberland County Civic Center, corner of Spring and Center St., Portland,

Portland Trails 2011 Winter Walk Series, Presumpscot River Preserve, 8:45-10 a.m., free, meet at the Overset Road Trailhead, Portland, bring snowshoes if possible, register at or 7752411, check weather cancellations at

Sunday 2/20 Maine Home, Remodeling & Garden Show, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m. Saturday; 10 a.m.–4 p.m. Sunday, $8 adult/ $6 senior/ $5 ages 6-16, Cumberland County Civic Center, corner of Spring and Center St., Portland,

Getting Smarter Wednesday 2/9 Social Security Seminar, hosted by Seth Cheikin, Financial Advisor with Edward Jones; and Rob

Clark, Social Security Administration public affairs specialist, 6 p.m., free and open to public, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, reserve space, call Carole Vreeland, 781-5057.

Thursday 2/10 Search Engine Optimization: How to make it work for your business, 2-5 p.m., small fee, Portland SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland, register at or 772-1147. Teaching and Learning in Patriarchal India, public lecture by Professor of Education, Janaki Rajan of Jamia Millia Islamia in New Delhi, 4 p.m., free, University Events Room, USM Glickman Family Library, Forest Ave., Portland, 780-5638, Understanding Climate Change and the Climate Change Debate,

talk by Andrew Pershing, hosted by Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 7-8 p.m., free, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, 350 Commercial St., Portland, seating limited, to reserve space, Patty Collins, 2281625,

Sunday 2/13 The International Appalachian Trail: Maine to Morocco, presentation sponsored by Friends of Eastern Promenade & Portland Trails, 5-7 p.m., members free/ $5 nonmembers, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland,

Tuesday 2/15 The History of Skiing in Maine and Falmouth’s Hurricane Ski Slope, presentation by Scott Andrews, 2 p.m., free and open to the public, OceanView Community Room, 20 Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, Mayer Fistal, 781-2527. Marketing & Sales: Attract new customers & retain them, SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., Second Floor, East Tower, Portland, must preregister,, 7721147. Sea Run Brown Trout of the Rio Grande, Argentina, presentation by Tim Shaw, hosted by Sebago Chapter of Trout Unlimited, 7 p.m., free and open to public, Governor’s Restaurant, 700 Main St., South Portland,

Thursday 2/17 ”A Brief History of the Ancient Olympics,” talk by Tim Robinson, 7 p.m., free and open to the public, Room 503, Luther Bonney Hall, USM Portland campus, hosted by The Hellenic Society of Maine, 892-9831. “Cell Phones, E-Readers, Notepads and More!” presentation hosted by Willard Neighborhood Association, 7 p.m., Betsy Ross House Community Room, 99 Preble St., South Portland, 767-2374. “Why Interior Design is an Art,” illustrated program with Kim Connell of Coastal Maine Designs, 7 p.m., free, Yarmouth Town Hall Community Room, Main St., Yarmouth, sponsored by Yarmouth Arts Evening with the Artist series, Anne Tarbox, 829-5567.

Friday 2/18 SMCC Seminar for Entrepreneurs, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., free, 20-minute sessions with investors/coaches to discuss your business ideas, for National Entrepreneurial Week,

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Thursday 2/10 Wisdom At Work Series, “Boost Your Emotional Intelligence to Attract Success,” presented by Amy Wood, 12-1 p.m., free, open to public, hosted by Portland Public Library, Rines Auditorium, 5 Monument Square, Portland, Pet Loss Support Group, hosted by Beacon Hospice, 3 sessions, 3:30-5 p.m., beginning Feb. 10, Beacon Hospice, 54 Atlantic Place, South Portland, Heather Thompson, 772-0929.

Sunday 2/13 Connected Catholics monthly meeting, pre-Valentine’s Day lunch, 1:30 p.m., Muddy Rudder Restaurant, U.S. Route 1, Yarmouth, to reserve spot, call Dotty, 7726730.

Monday 2/14 Changing Roles and Relationships in Caring for Someone with Dementia, Creative Conversations, Series About Memory Loss and Dementia, 7-8:30 p.m., free and open to public, First Congregational Church, Meeting House Hill, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, hosted by Brenda Hamilton, LCSW, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter, 772-0115,

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Saturday 2/12

”Imaginations Take Flight,” interactive theater workshop, 10:30 a.m. Feb. 12, 19, 25, $15 per session or $40 for all, Theater for Kids at Portland Stage, register at or 774-1043 ext. 117.

Daddy Daughter Dance at Maine State Ballet, 6-7:30 p.m., $25 per family, includes photo, party favor, hosted by Jonathan Miele, Maine State Ballet Studio, 348 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 781-7672,

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Joe Gray from page 2 urban area populated, while reinventing the Old Port and downtown, after department stores disappeared, makes Portland different. “Take Providence, for example,” the Rhode Island native said. “We haven’t seen the amount of (downtown residential) abandonment like other northeast cities.” Gray also cites Ocean Gateway, the growth of cruise ship business and the city’s trail system as great accomplishments for the city during the past few decades. He said he’d like to see Bayside and the Eastern Waterfront continue to develop, and briefly lamented the development projects that were stalled in those parts of the city

Democrats from page 5 hired as a field organizer in August 2010. • Jed Rathband was among a group of self-described “Democratic activists” who started Donkey Card, a discounted home heating oil buying service whose proceeds in part went to fund “Dem Corps,” described on its website as “a group of concerned Democratic activists, progressive community leaders and local business owners ...” He was brought on as a contractor in September and put on staff in November. Also, Executive Director Seth Murray donated $320 to the Maine Democratic State Committee a few weeks before he began working at the alliance in early June, 2010. Murray also donated $2,300 to the Obama campaign in 2008 and $500 to Democratic U. S. Rep. Chellie Pingree in 2007. “We are a nonpartisan organization,” Murray said. “I can tell you straight up, I’m the one who made the hiring decisions, and I’m not at all influenced by that kind of factor. For me, it’s who’s going to be doing the best job.” Murray declined to identify the staff members; the center identified the staff through public records. There are three more outreach staff members, but the center has been unable to determine their identities. Murray said, “I do know that one of them has worked on political campaigns in addition to their community organizing experience.” The alliance, which got the no-bid contract in August 2010, announced Jan. 28 that it was shutting down the program and handing back unspent money to the Maine agency, Efficiency Maine Trust, that had partnered with it on the federal stimulus grant. That announcement came just before the

Council from page 3 Committee had asked the council to weigh in on whether the piece should be relocated to the Mercy Hospital Fore River campus. The relocation would have cost as much as $50,000. Removing the piece will cost about $8,000. The work consists of jagged metal waves and long grass. The grass never grew correctly, and the installation was plagued by weeds. Neighbors began complaining last year that the piece had become an eyesore. It was designed by artist Shawna GillisSmith and installed about four years ago.



because of the economy. “I hope the visions for those areas can be accomplished,” Gray said. “Those (projects) would have been transforming.” Gray specifically cited the failed Bay House condominium project planned for the uplands in the Eastern Waterfront as one he would have liked to have seen come to fruition. He also mentioned the scrapped Waterview tower condos that had been planned for Bayside as a project that would have filled the hole in that neighborhood. He said he regrets that the city has never found a more sustainable way to fund its budget, and relies too much on property taxes. “That (property tax reliance) has been an obstacle,” Gray said. “The last three years, especially, were tough with layoffs and

service cuts.” For 20 years, Gray was the city planning director. He became city manager in 2000, following the death of his predecessor, Bob Ganley. He and Marie didn’t think they’d stay in Portland when they moved here from Washington, D.C. He expected to build his resume and move to a bigger city. “My wife and I liked it here,” he said. They raised their family in Parkside, where they still live. The Grays also like to spend time at their seasonal cottage on Peaks Island. “It’s nice to have the urban experience and then something totally different on the island,” Gray said. Gray said he will miss the challenges of managing City Hall, because he likes being a problem solver and having to prioritize

several issues each day. And although he is retiring from City Hall, he said he is open to working in a part-time capacity as a consultant for people interested in doing business in Portland. “I’m going to take some time to relax,” he said. His first grandchild was born last year, and he plans to travel to New York this month for an extended visit. “We have a lot of friends (in New York City),” Gray said. “My wife’s family is from there.” Gray is scheduled to speak at the Portland Community Chamber’s Eggs & Issues event Thursday, Feb. 10, at 7:30 a.m. at the Holiday Inn by the Bay. He said he plans to present a perspective of changes in Portland over the past 40 years.

center planned to publish an expose of the program. The center found that the alliance was headed by Baldacci’s former legal counsel, Tom Federle, and that a top Baldacci aide asked Efficiency Maine staff to include the alliance in a larger grant proposal to the federal Department of Energy, despite misgivings by some agency officials. The center’s investigation also found that, nearly six months into its one-year contract, the alliance had only signed up 50 homes for weatherizing, far below its goal of 1,000. Compensation for the alliance jobs ranged from $15 an hour for process facilitators to annual salaries between $30,000 and $40,000 for community outreach staff. Murray earned $80,000. Murray said they usually had between 15 and 20 applicants for each position and that he led the interviews. Martin did not return the center’s phone or e-mail messages. But other staffers who did respond were united in saying that they were hired for their skills, not their politics. “We were all hired not because of our politics, but in spite of it,” Butterfield said. “I believe that I was fully vetted for this position,” Innes said. “I’ve never done a single thing for the Democratic Party,” Rathband said. “The idea of lumping me in as some sort of Democratic cabal is far-fetched.” “I have worked diligently for the past seven months to educate community members,” Wright said. Did employees at any point look at their colleagues and wonder at the high percentage of Democratic Party activists? “Work is work,” Batten said. “I don’t pay attention to the person’s political views.” “I never really considered the connection,” said Berube, the former Mitchell campaign staffer and longtime Democratic

Party operative. “It was not different than other jobs I’ve had in the past.” That’s precisely the problem, said Dave Levinthal, spokesman for the Center for Responsive Politics, a Washington, D.C., group that tracks the influence of money in politics. “One has to wonder if this was a truly nonpartisan independent group that was working on behalf of lowering energy costs,” Levinthal said, “or if this was a political vehicle for the Democratic Party. “If an organization such as this is stacked with people who are clearly very active in one party and members of a certain party, you might be scratching your head if you’re a Republican or independent.” Efficiency Maine Executive Director Michael Stoddard said, “It’s really important

that Mainers perceive Efficiency Maine programs as being totally nonpartisan because our mission is to lower everyone’s energy costs through impartially administered programs. So, it’s unfortunate if a particular contract ends up appearing heavily partisan, one way or another.” Sen. Michael Thibodeau, R-Winterport, co-chairman of the Legislature’s Joint Standing Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology, said that he has asked that Efficiency Maine staff appear before the committee to discuss the alliance contract. Naomi Schalit is the executive director and senior reporter for the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting. She can be reached at or at

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The city has paid $135,000 for installation and upkeep. Although the Public Art Committee voted in November 2010 to relocate the piece, the council did not agree Monday night. “This particular piece doesn’t work in our collection,” Councilor Dave Marshall said. Mavodones said he doubted the piece would work any better on the Fore River hospital campus. The Public Art Committee will now have to decide what steps it needs to take to deaccession the piece. Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or ©2011, American Heart Association. Also know as the Heart Fund. TM Go Red trademark of AHA, Red Dress trademark of DHHS.

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Traffic delays expected on Veterans Bridge PORTLAND — Drivers who use the southbound Veterans Memorial Bridge can expect delays starting Feb. 9 when one lane will be closed at times because of construction. The Maine Department of Transportation said the first lane closure is scheduled Wednesday from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., weather permitting, while crews work on

School from page 1 state funding. More students are expected next year. The School Department will hold a farewell open house at Clifford on Sunday, Feb. 13, from 1-3 p.m. An open house at the new school will be held on Thursday, Feb. 16, from 6-8 p.m. The new school is equipped with amenities that students and staff have only imagined at the historic Clifford School. Each classroom has three desktop Apple computers, a Smart Board and an overhead projector, which allows teachers and students to access and manipulate a variety of digital information. Teachers will also have microphones to wear, which will amplify and clarify their voices through speakers at the back of the classrooms. “I’m really excited,” second-grade teacher Erin Partridge said as she was setting up her classroom on Monday. “It has a TLC makeover feel to it.” From the outside, the new 440-student, two-story school looks like a behemoth. But inside, the layout is cozy and navigable. The cafeteria/performance space, which has a projector screen, lights and sound equipment, is off the main entrance. A little further down the hall is the

concrete placements at three sets of piers on the South Portland side of the bridge. The one-lane closure will occur periodically over the next four months, MDOT said in a press release. The new bridge over the Fore River is expected to open in July 2012. Removal of the existing bridge, which connects Portland’s West End with South Portland and Interstate 295, will be completed in December 2012. school gym with four basketball hoops, one of which is height adjustable. The rest of the more than 70,000-square-foot school is broken down into four distinct sections. Each represents a natural theme in the school: ocean, agriculture, mountains and forests. Those themes are played out by the color and shapes of the tiles on the floors, ornamental inlays in the walls and colors of the chairs and carpets. Each wing contains a locker area, which doubles as a group learning area with large tables. Some of the classrooms have adjoining “flex spaces” for group and specialized learning, and adjoining doors that can open widely to create large classrooms. Facilities Manager Douglas Sherwood said that about 85 percent of the building materials were recycled. The building has state-of-the-art heating and ventilation systems that can be monitored and controlled from a remote location, he said. The school contains 20 solar panels for hot water and about 12,000 square feet of “green” organic roof, made of plant material, for storm-water runoff. Sherwood said the district hopes the building qualifies for silver certification through the U.S. Building Council’s Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design program. Other environmental features of the

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12-acre property are five bio-retention ponds to treat runoff and minimal paved surfaces. There is a U-10 soccer field behind the building, fenced in because an active rail line that will be used for expansion of Amtrak Downeaster service to Brunswick passes behind the school. The new school also has advanced special education rooms, complete with a kitchenette and a washer and dryer for teaching life skills, ceiling braces for occupational therapy, and “calming rooms”

School Board from page 3 want to go there.” The report indicates there are currently 30 students who live in the district waiting for spots at CBHS this year, which uses a lottery for admissions. The sophomore class is one student short of capacity, and the junior and senior classes are near capacity. “Any recommendations about expansion are contingent on current CBHS trends continuing and in-district waiting lists for both grades 9 and 10 being 23 or higher,” the report said.

West School Snyder said the proposal for the West School does not seem to be as advanced as the CBHS proposal. Recommendations for the special education facility on Douglass Street include redoubled efforts to provide students with

Waste from page 1 trash day for that area,” Moon said. The city already owns a truck equipped with a crane, and would charge $5 for each item, he said. Also before the Solid Waste Task Force is a proposal to distribute 96-gallon recycling carts to some residents in an effort to increase recycling and reduce litter. The program would be piloted in the Capisic Street neighborhood and in the West End. The carts, which are used in several surrounding communities including South Portland and Scarborough, would be distributed to residences. At apartment buildings, one cart would be required for every three units. Moon said the carts allow people to recycle more because they have more room. They would also reduce the number of open bins at the curb, which could in turn reduce litter. The city already uses the large carts at city and school buildings, and its trucks

fort-building are planned. Family activities are scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Feb 12, at Deering Oaks. The Downtown Showdown begins at 5 p.m. Friday in Monument Square. Skiers and snowboarders will compete on a man-made hill in the square. For more information, go to

for student restraints that allow teachers to observe students. The school also contains a dedicated health clinic, giving students some muchneeded privacy. “The clinic right now is in the hallway at Clifford,” Principal Beverly Coursey said. Opening a new school is nothing new for Coursey, who previously had the honor in Sabattus. But Coursey said she is in no hurry to look for an opportunity to open a third. “I’m going to enjoy this,” she said. Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or

services in their neighborhood school, rather than at the central facility. The first phase of the project would create capacity in the schools for this programming. For 2011-2012, the West School would be used for targeted interventions and initial 30-day assessments of students. Service recommendations would then be provided to the students’ home schools. The district would also seek to reduce the number of students sent out of district for services, now 55 students. “This changes the past practice of placing students in out-of-district programs without first making a concerted effort to educate them in a less restrictive setting within the district,” the report said. Long-term goals would create therapeutic-, adventure- and vocational-based curriculum for students. Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or

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are equipped with arms to lift the carts and empty them. “We are especially interested to see how it works on the peninsula, and in the winter,” Moon said. Anton said the West End was chosen because Pine Street is viewed as one of the most challenging routes for pick-up. An educational component could involve delivering information packets with the carts, and also working with the press and environmental groups to get the word out, Moon said. Storage of the carts by residents and where the carts would be placed on streets on pick-up days is still being considered. The bins cost about $55 each. The city estimates 3,500 are needed for the pilot program, so the initial cost would be about $192,000. The Solid Waste Task Force was scheduled to meet and discuss the proposals Wednesday, Feb. 8. Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or

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MACHINE OPERATORS We currently have positions open on traditional 3rd shift. Nichols Portland is looking for candidates who desire to be part of a team, are accountable, and take pride in their work. You will work in an environment where mechanical aptitude, attention to detail, and problem solving skills will propel everyone to the next level of accomplishment. We are looking for self-motivated individuals to join our team. Mechanical aptitude, attention to detail, and initiative are highly valued skills in our fast paced, varied and precise working environment. These openings have growth opportunities based on skill development and job performance. Ideal candidates will have: Demonstrated mechanical aptitude for machine set-up and troubleshooting Experience with CNC equipment preferred Knowledge of Statistical control methods and a variety of gauging instrument measuring techniques Strong math proficiency HS diploma/GED We offer a very competitive starting salary, shift premium, a comprehensive benefits package, profit sharing, 401(k) savings plan, educational assistance and more! For consideration applicants may submit resumes via our web site or in person 8:00am – 5:00pm Monday – Friday. Nichols Portland 2400 Congress Street Portland, ME 04102 Equal Opportunity Employer – M/F/D/V

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At the January 25, 2011 Annual Meeting of Androscoggin Bancorp, MHC, the following Officers and Directors were elected and attested to by Steven A. Closson, Chief Executive Officer. BoardofDirectors Chairman OfCounselTrafton&Matzen ChiefExecutiveOfficer President&ChiefOperatingOfficer Director,Retired InsuranceExecutive/Consultant President, GoodwinWellandWater,Inc. Director,FirstWind, DevelopmentNewEngland Founder,GwenMoore ChildrenofChinaFund PlatzAssociates ManagingPartner,NASProperties VicePresident,RanorInc

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RENTALS GORGEOUS AUBURN 23 bedroom apartments heated, quiet, exclusive. Lease, rent negotiable. Heated garage park/storage possible. Washer/dryer hookup. Snowmobile/ski/hike/golf/fish access nearby. No smoking. CUMBERLAND- COMPLETEly renovated studio apartment with awesome views. Lots of storage space, garage included. $650. plus pay your own monitor heat. 233-9522.

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CUMBERLAND- LARGE 1830 Farmhouse for rent. 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, Jacuzzi tub, barn w/in law apartment. Great views and yard. Can be partially furnished. 1 year lease and 1 month security. $1750 plus. 233-9522. 955 SABATTUS St 3 bedroom freshly painted $175 weekly security deposit a must, no pets. 207-782-0781 FREE IPAD or $700 1BR $745 Waterside 2BR $955 P.799-7469 GRAY- CABIN FOR rent. No deposit. Furnished. No pets. All utilities, cable, wireless internet. 657-4844.



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Peaks from page 1 The secession effort would then be taken up by the City Council. If denied, the groups would try to resolve conflicts through mediation. If that fails, the effort would be sent to the Legislature, where it would have to clear more hurdles. It’s the same process islanders went through in an unsuccessful secession attempt in 2007. But state Rep. Windol Weaver, R-York, has submitted a bill that would essentially roll back the clock to 2007 and allow Peaks Island to leave the city more quickly. As of Monday, however, Weaver’s legislation had not cleared the revisor’s office. In recent weeks, the attorney general’s office informed the city in an e-mail that a secession movement may not have to start over and could go around the lengthy statutory process. Weaver has said that opinion was critical to keeping the effort moving forward. But Nash believes it’s “unconscionable” for secessionists to push their agenda outside of the normal process. That view is shared by the city of Portland. City Hall spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said the statute outlines a “thoughtful and purposeful” process so the issue can be fully vetted by the community.

Newspaper from page 5 ad space being made available,” Wood said. Wood said he was not aware of direct communication between the Elect Our Mayor PAC, which he said had “direct and final control” over the ad content, and the newspaper. Wood did not offer an opinion when asked about the newspaper’s intent behind providing the ads, but Piper said the purpose was to “further the arrangement of the chamber.” While the Elect Our Mayor/Yes on 1 finance report indicated the value of the ads was nearly $47,000, Piper

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“It is unfortunate that the sponsor of the bill has chosen to circumvent this critical process,” Clegg said in a written statement. The latest secession effort began in earnest last December, when a group of residents, upset about recent city budget cuts, conducted an informal straw poll about whether islanders still support secession. Organizers, including a Peaks Island councilor and former members of the Peaks Island Independence Council, said that 60 percent of participants back secession. But Nash said he and other residents do not believe that poll accurately reflects sentiment on the island. Residents only had a few days notice about the poll and we’re given enough time to educate and organize themselves, he said. Nash said he believes the island is split evenly about secession, as it was during the 2007 effort. Lisa Penalver, another organizer of the fledgling anti-secession group that calls itself United Peaks, said many island residents do not know what exactly is being put forward, since the bill has not cleared the revisor’s office. Penalver accused the Island Independence Council of plotting another secession effort for the last five years, and refusing to deliver a copy of the submitted bill. “I have a big problem with being railroaded, along said “the actual out-of-pocket cost to the paper ... is below $5,000.” A campaign finance report released 14 days after the election listed the Portland Regional Chamber as contributing more than $46,500 in advertising to the campaign via the Press Herald. A notation said, “The Portland Press Herald did not charge the Portland Regional Chamber for the ad space.” Jonathan Wayne, executive director of the Ethics Commission, said groups whose major purpose is not to influence elections must register as ballot question committees if they spend more than $5,000. Expenditures are defined as a payments, advances, or gifts of money or anything of value made for the initiation, support or defeat of a campaign, referendum or

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with the rest of the island, into a process that is not of my choosing,” she said. “It was an utter violation of community trust to have this measure introduced clandestinely in the way the IIC has done.” Penalver said she has an e-mail list of about 100 people who are opposed to secession and that the list is “growing by the hour.” Penalver and Nash said there are many residents who firmly identify themselves with the city and avail themselves of services like the schools and public transportation. “Portland has done a good job by Peaks, and this sort of upheaval in the community is contrived and unwelcome,” Penalver said. Nash said it seems as though the goal of the secession effort is to reduce taxes. But he is concerned that taxes may actually increase if the island gains independence, since it will have to repay the city a portion if its existing debt. Nash said residents who are opposed to secession are planning an organizational meeting sometime this week. “We have a pick-up team,” he said. “And we’ve had to scramble to do that.”

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initiative, Wayne said. Piper, meanwhile, said Press Herald readers had enough information to be aware of the “genesis, financial and otherwise,” of the ads. He provided the commission with copies of the ads, the first two of which say they were “Paid for by the Portland Regional Chamber.” The remaining four indicate they were “Paid for and Authorized by Elect Our Mayor, Yes on 1! Kimberly Cook, treasurer.” The final three ads also promote the newspaper’s endorsement of the elected mayor proposal. The Ethics Commission is expected to hear testimony in Augusta on Feb. 17. Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or

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state in 2009 and 2010. It created the “There’s More to Maine” campaign to promote the state, and received $3 million from the state last year. President David Swardlick said the two, one-year contracts ended Dec. 31 and a new contract has not been negotiated. “The challenging economic conditions over the last few years have really added to the problem,” Swardlick said Tuesday. “This announcement really comes from discussions we’ve been having with our clients over the past week or so. We wanted to make sure our clients and the Office of Tourism were aware of our challenges.” Swardlick said he could not characterize how much money is owed to clients, but said a “handful of our larger media placement clients” are affected. “There is a lot owed to us and by us,” he said. The Office of Tourism pays Swardlick for design and placement of ads. Swardlick then places the ads with print and broadcast clients, who are supposed to be paid by the agency.


Swardlick said the marketing group has had difficulty keeping current with purchases, but there has been no interruption in service. “It is in everyone’s best interest that we are fully public about our situation,” Swardlick said. “We wanted to do it and the (DECD) wanted to make sure people knew they were overseeing the situation.” Elaine Scott, marketing and communications director at the DECD, confirmed a new contract has not been awarded to Swardlick for this year. She said the contract is awarded through a bidding process and each year the state has the option to renew or not. “The timing of the announcement does not impact the state because the plans are set in advance,” she said. “Everything will go on as planned and won’t impact the program at all.” Scott said the state wants to ensure that when a contract is awarded, every party gets what is expected. She said the DECD needs to ensure contracts are executed properly, but would not speculate about the Swardlick situation. “There is an audit going forward, but we don’t know what will happen until the audit is done,” she said. The program to market Maine includes a public rela-


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tions firm and a website design firm; Swardlick is the marketing piece of the program, Scott said. She deflected questions about the impact Swardlick’s failure to pay clients may have on the state’s ongoing relationship with publishers and broadcasters that provide the ad space and air time. “This program markets to consumers all around the country and we will see no negative impact whatsoever,” she said. Swardlick said his firm is reaching out to the vendors and media clients to work out the situation. He said after 30 years in business the company has an open and positive working relationship with clients locally, regionally and nationally. “Our team is working every hour of every day full steam ahead,” he said. “We are working with the Office of Tourism to keep them fully engaged with all of the client programs. The commitment to our clients is 100 percent.” Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or



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