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Vol. 11, No. 7

News of The City of Portland

‘Education District’ hopes for recognition

Hot for hotels: Room boom in Portland By William Hall PORTLAND — Work begins this week on construction of a 123-room hotel at Fore and Union streets, signaling the start of a new round of competition in the city’s red-hot hotel market. How hot is it? If all goes as developers hope, the hotel construction boom will bring the city’s total number of guest rooms to 2,359 – more than the number in Providence, R.I., which has a population nearly three times that of Portland. Developer East Brown Cow was scheduled to break ground on the seven-story Hyatt Place hotel Wednesday at a ceremony attended by Mayor Michael Brennan and Director of Economic Development Greg Mitchell. As part of the $14 million project, a section of Fore Street between Dana and Union streets will become one-way, accepting westbound traffic only, until the hotel’s expected completion in May 2014. In addition, about 10 parking spaces on Union Street, north of Fore Street, will be eliminated. When the Hyatt Place opens its doors, it will join three other downtown hotels expected to do the same by early next year. They include a 131-room, six-story Courtyard by Marriott at 321 ComSee page 29

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The site of the future Hyatt Place Portland, now a Central Maine Power Co. storage lot at the corner of Fore and Union streets, seen from the neighboring Fore Street parking garage, above. The property is across from Two Portland Square and the Portland Harbor Hotel. Left, an architect’s sketch of the Hyatt Place Portland, a 123-room hotel expected to be completed early next year.

By William Hall PORTLAND — Ask a Portlander how to get to Munjoy Hill or the West End, and you’ll likely receive a quick response and accurate directions. But ask how to reach the University neighborhood in the city’s “Education District,” and you may get a puzzled stare. Carol Schiller, president of the University Neighborhood Organization and a 22-year resident of Longfellow Street, is trying to change that. The neighborhood covers a broad swath of the city, from the University of Southern Maine west in a rough triangle bounded by Forest, Brighton and Stevens avenues. But Schiller, who helped found UNO in 2006, said those boundaries are only approximate. “We’re a little different from other neighborhoods,” she said. “It’s not really about being confined to boundaries. There’s a critical mass of residents here from the universities, as well as working professionals, and we think of this as the education hot See page 32

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Blizzard’s impact on city continues days after storm By William Hall PORTLAND — After the weekend’s blizzard dumped 31.9 inches of snow on the city – shattering a 1979 record high for a single storm – the city will likely be cleaning up for the next couple weeks, Director of Public Services Mike Bobinsky said Monday afternoon. Bobinsky and his department are shoveling out from a snowfall that prompted City Hall to issue city-wide or partial emergency parking bans for four consecutive nights. In addition, bans were being Index Arts Calendar.................20 Classifieds......................24 Community Calendar......22 Meetings.........................22

posted along portions of 27 streets in the East and West ends Monday, as a mix of rain and several more inches of snow added insult to injury. In those locations, which are marked with emergency signs, parking is restricted to one side of the street and will continue to be for several days. “We try to use some judgement (in restricting parking),” Bobinsky said. “We realize we can’t sign off the entire peninsula.” Most of the restricted streets are narrow, he said, and the addition of towering snow banks makes

them impassable for emergency vehicles. Parking bans are inconvenient, but necessary in extreme snowfalls like this weekend’s storm, he added. “Our snow removal was helped in large part by the parking bans. They were critical to our operations because they allowed us greater access to the city streets,” Bobinsky said. “The public gets it ... they were very cooperative in complying, which we appreciate because we know (the bans) are inconvenient.” The city towed 47 vehicles during Friday night’s parking ban, 25

A sign at Longfellow Books in Monument Square on Monday announced the store’s closure after being damaged during the weekend blizzard. William Hall / The Forecaster

on Saturday night, and about 15 during Sunday’s partial, Yellow Zone ban on parking downtown. Those are historically low numbers compared to the average of 100 or so vehicles usually towed

during bans, according to Bobinsky. He said that at the height of the storm, 115 public services employee were working in shifts See page 23

INSIDE Obituaries.........................9 Opinion.............................5 Out and About ...............21 People & Business.........14

Police Beat.......................8 Real Estate.....................30 School Notebook............13 Sports.............................15

Deering boys seek repeat Page 15

Portland, Brunswick to get bike-share, parking aid Page 3

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Newlyweds get an extremely white wedding in Portland By Judy Harrison Bangor Daily News

PORTLAND — Karen Willis always wanted a winter wedding with plenty of snow. Willis got her wish Saturday when she married Gregory Beal at Grace Restaurant on Chestnut Street at about 2:30 p.m. A blizzard and a wedding is a bit of a family tradition, she said Sunday in a telephone interview. Her parents, Dr. John and Lois Willis, were married Dec. 19, 1970, the day after a record-setting 22.8 inches of snow fell in Portland. That record still stands as the biggest snowfall in December in Maine’s largest city, according to the National Weather Service in Gray. “I grew up looking at my parents’ wed-

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Karen Willis and Gregory Beal exchange vows at Grace Restaurant on Chestnut Street in Portland at about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 9, during the record-setting blizzard. At right, they pose for photos in front of Spring Point Ledge Light in South Portland before getting married.

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Portland, Brunswick to get federal bike-share, parking aid By William Hall PORTLAND — Public transit riders may someday be riding bikes instead of buses, thanks to the city’s selection last week as one of five communities nationwide for federal assistance in creating a local “bike-share” program. Bike-sharing offers the public free or low-cost access to a shared pool of bicycles for short trips. The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency said Feb. 7 it will provide technical assistance to explore the development of a bike-share program in Portland, according to a City Hall press release. The EPA’s Building Blocks for Sustain-

able Communities program brings consulting services and other assistance to local governments to help stimulate their economies, protect residents’ health and safeguard the environment. Each program award includes a one- or two-day public workshop. A total of 43 communities received awards this year in nine categories. The recipients were chosen from more than 120 communities that applied. Other cities selected for bike-sharing support were Bridgeport, Conn.; Denver; Fort Collins, Colo., and New Orleans. In addition, the town of Brunswick was one of four communities selected for

assistance to analyze local parking needs. Other recipients of the parking audit services were Carpinteria, Calif.; Cheney, Wash., and Lawrence, Kan. The Portland and Brunswick awards are each worth about $20,000, EPA spokeswoman Rosemary Monahan said. She said the workshops will be held sometime before May. Not only will the Building Blocks awards will have a direct benefit for the recipient communities, Monahan said, the knowledge developed will eventually become available to any community on an EPA Building Blocks website. “The EPA’s technical assistance will

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be a tremendous help to the city as we look to developing a local bike-share program,” Jeff Levine, Portland’s director of planning and urban development, said in the press release. “Bike-share programs offer a convenient alternative to driving and could help the city achieve its sustainability goals by reducing traffic and the environmental hazards associated with vehicular traffic.” Dylan Martin contributed to this report. William Hall can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or whall@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @hallwilliam4.

Sponsors agree on 1 bill for ranked-choice voting By Will Graff YARMOUTH — Two legislators have joined forces to support a single bill to establish ranked-choice voting in Maine. The election-law bill submitted by Sen. Dick Woodbury, U-Yarmouth, is now co-sponsored by Rep. Janice Cooper, DYarmouth, who subWoodbury mitted similar draft legislation at the beginning of the year. Woodbury said the bill has generated notable public interest. “I think the fact that the next govorner’s race is shaping up to have Eliot Cutler as a prominent independent is increasing people’s interest in making sure there is some kind of narrowing down of the system, so that the ultimate winner of that race has the majority support of the people,” he said. Under the bill, candidates running for statewide offices would be ranked by voters on Election Day, similar to Portland’s mayoral elections, where voters enacted a ranked-choice system in 2011. Ranked-choice voting asks voters to rank candidates according to their preference: first, second, third, etc., until they no longer have a preference or all candidates have been given a ranking. If on Election Day no candidate receives a majority of votes, an instant runoff election occurs. Candidates with the fewest first-choice votes are eliminated, with their votes redistributed among the

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remaining candidates. Successive rounds continue until a candidate receives a majority. Woodbury said the bill’s language has now been finalized and will soon have a number, but it probably won’t have a hearing for at least another month. Over the course of the next week, he said, the two legislators plan to solicit co-sponsors. The bill will face significant challenges, including how it deals with the logistics of organizing returns from all of the nearly 500 municipalities in the state, with 330 different ballot styles. The ballots would have to be delivered to Augusta to be counted, and then would have to be returned to each municipality for a retention period, as required under

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Michael Brennan, who held an 850-vote lead in the popular vote, was elected in the 14th run-off round, about 24 hours after the polls closed. Will Graff can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 123 or wgraff@theforecaster.net. Follow Will on Twitter: @W_C_ Graff.


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King school expedition explores wind, robotics By Amber Cronin PORTLAND — As part of the school’s expeditionary learning model, 80 King Middle School students recently completed a robotics program aimed at using sustainable energy to improve the quality of people’s lives. The hands-on engineering project called ReVolt was part of a greater expedition at the school aimed at examining wind power with a focus on two guiding questions: How can you transform energy to improve people’s daily lives? And what is the process for developing potential design solutions? Gus Goodwin, an eighth-grade technology teacher at King, said this expedition began last October and ended last week.

He said students worked on a portion of the project in each of their classes. In English, for example, all 80 students read “The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind,” which tells the story of William Kamkwamba, a Malawian inventor who built a windmill to power his home from materials he found in the local junk yard. Kamkwamba went on to build devices to harvest clean drinking water and two other windmills in his village. The focus on wind continued through science and math, where students learned how wind works and ways to graph their final data. In their social studies classes, students looked at optimal sites in Maine to place continued page 29

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Concerned about the tar sands scenario

By now most of us have heard something about tar sands oil. This oil is composed mostly of clay and sand and, unlike the crude oil we use for heating, needs to be mixed with chemicals and enormous amounts of water so that it can be pumped through pipelines. In that state, it has been compared to hot liquid sandpaper. The problem for us is that our pipelines are over 60 years old and are used to taking crude oil from the port of South Portland up to Montreal. Now the process will be reversed and the tar sands oil will come down from Canada and be exported to China and other destinations. As the pipeline goes through Maine, it crosses the Crooked River six times and follows the Androscoggin and Presumpscot rivers. Most significantly, it passes by Sebago Lake, which is the source of our drinking water. Should there be a break in this pipeline anywhere along its path the results could be dire, for, unlike crude oil, which floats, this oil sinks to the bottom, where it remains to kill fish and plants and pollute the water supply. Two 70-foot towers will be built at the terminal in South Portland to burn off the toxins, and huge tankers unlike any we have seen here before will need to come into our waters to transport it. Jean Sheridan Yarmouth

Beem is right for the wrong reasons

Edgar Allen Beem occasionally supports a position with which I agree, most recently that the winner of a multicandidate election should be chosen from the top three vote-getters in a run-off election when no one gets over half the vote. His primary reason for this position is that he doesn’t like Gov. LePage or his policies, and he expects this method to produce a majority in the run-off. This is an important issue, by not for Mr. Beem’s reasons. The issue is broader than that. Elected officials will be more effective when results reflect the views of a majority (over 50 percent) of the voting population, i.e. a run-off between the top two. But given enough candidates, the top two might only have, say, 25 percent of the vote between them, and even if one wins 60 percent of the run-off vote, that candidate would still enjoy only 15 percent of the overall vote. This is hardly conducive to effectiveness. The problem might be addressed by focusing on the candidates’ views rather than on the candidates themselves. For example, the other candidates’ votes might be apportioned among the run-off candidates based on congruence of their platforms with those of the finalists. After all, most people aren’t particularly interested in a candidate per se, but rather in their political philosophies. So, Beem was correct, but should have considered the issue in broader terms. But, hey, it’s not the first time someone has been right for the wrong reasons. Paul S. Bachorik Falmouth

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Our elderly deserve affordable in-home care

America’s elderly population has worked hard over the years to live the American dream. These individuals have worked long hours so they could afford a nice home. Most people retire around the age of 65 and the cost of prescriptions and doctors’ visits grow increasingly expensive. Growing costs and lack of funding for elderly programs makes it impossible for individuals to remain in their homes and community. Our focus should be on creating and supporting funding for programs that help support the elderly in staying in their home. We hear stories of elderly people having to sell their home because they can no longer afford the rising costs of living or because they are alone and feel unsafe. There are a few programs that are private pay that support the elderly in their own home. Unfortunately, many elderly individuals cannot afford the luxury of living the last of their days in their home that they worked so hard for. Instead they have no choice but to sell their home and move into an assistedliving facility or nursing home. These facilities can be very expensive. This amount of money could be better spent on having nurses or personal care assistants come to the individual’s home where they feel safe and comfortable. If we care about our elderly then we should support funding for programs that provide in-home care and support for them in their home. Hannah Mihill Portland

U.S. health-care system is shameful

Thank you, Edgar Allen Beem, for writing sensibly about the U.S. health-care system. Contrary to those who claim that we have the best health care in the world, in fact we are near the bottom of the heap in nearly every measure, compared to the rest of the countries in the modern industrialized world. (Anyone who doubts this should read a book by T.R. Reid called “The Healing of America.”) We spend more per capita than any other country and have poorer health outcomes. And worst of all, ours is the least fair of them all, leaving many millions of our citizens with no access to care. We should be ashamed. No other country allows profit-making insurance companies instead of medical professionals to decide what will be paid for and what treatment we can have. No other country allows the astounding waste of time, money and energy that our “system” requires due to having to cope with so many different insurance policies, employer programs, and individual choices. Those living in countries with a universal national system view ours not with admiration, but with fear of its savage nature. We need a national health system that assures access for everyone on exactly the same terms. Medicare for all would be a great step in the right direction. Nancy O’Hagan Portland

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If you can’t win, change the rules

I read Edgar Allen Beem’s column on ranked-choice voting, and it came as no surprise. If you read his column carefully, here is the reason for RCV: the Democrats lost last time, so they need to change the rules. The rest of the article is just spin. This is no surprise coming from the liberal side of the isle. Where was Beem when Gov. Baldacci won two times with less than a majority? And if Baldacci runs again, it is likely that his only chance of winning would be with a split vote again. But I am sure that that would be OK, because it is the outcome, not the process, that matters. Perhaps Beem should spend some time actually discussing Gov. LePage’s policies and achievements, rather than his character and style. I for one care more about results, and so far I think that Gov. LePage has produced some good results. A bipartisan House and Senate passed legislation that has moved Maine in a positive direction. The state continues to face financial hurdles, and Gov. LePage is facing them head on. And although he may not move in your direction, he is moving to deal with these issues, and not kicking them down the road. That is progress. Barry Stephens Buxton

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Braving the storm

Maine doesn’t have to be a corporate-welfare state The second of two columns on “corporate welfare” in Maine proposes strategies for limiting the practice. Last month: Corporate welfare is unaffordable, the shameless pursuit of these benefits by corporations pitting one town against another is little more than extortion, and these giveaways do not grow Maine’s Policy economy. Threats by corporations that they will not come to, or remain in Maine unless tax subsidies are provided are little more than a bluff. In many cases the bluff is obvious. Wood products and paper making corporations (most receiving large tax subsidies) were here long before tax subsidies were available; they will be here if these subsidies are ended, because the trees are here. Orlando Delogu L.L Bean and Bath Iron Works, also recipients of large tax subsidies, and also here before the subsidy era began, have a valuable identity with Maine, huge costs sunk in plant and warehouse facilities, and trained workforces; moving away is all but impossible. Their profit margins were born in Maine and will remain here without these subsidies. Finally, the Wal-Marts, Targets, and Home Depots of the world have a proven business model, and a national or global growth strategy. They want their share of the Maine market. If tax subsidies did not exist, these corporations would still be knocking on our door; we don’t have to pay them to come to Maine. In short, caving in to veiled threats is not necessary. Instead, elected officials should listen to experts in the field of plant expansion and business location, who continually point out that these decisions do not turn on tax subsidies. They are driven, first, by economic factors – the availability and cost of labor, raw materials, and transportation for both inputs and final products going to markets. Also important are projected sales, profit margins, and increases in market share in locations being considered. Second, quality-of-life factors are examined – e.g., the adequacy and cost of workforce housing, whether public safety needs are adequately met, the quality of public and/ or private schools in the areas being considered, and the

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fairness, stability of state and local governments. Corporations will weigh these factors slightly differently as their individual business models and corporate values dictate, but the bottom line remains the same: they expand in, or move to, an area because they anticipate making money in that location. It’s that simple. They give little weight to tax subsidies in this decision-making calculus. That said, it seems foolish for elected officials to continue to believe that tax subsidies will create jobs. But it is also unrealistic to believe that these subsidies will simply go away – they won’t. Subsidies can, however, be reduced and our corporate welfare system can be refocused. Here is how we can achieve these ends: • Existing Business Equipment Tax Reimbursement, Tax Increment Financing, or other annual tax disbursements to corporations in excess of $500,000 could be reduced by 50 percent; disbursements below $500,000 could also be reduced on a downward scale, leaving commitments below $100,000 intact. • The duration of existing BETR, TIF or other tax disbursements to corporations could be reduced by 50 percent; if this results in ending a particular corporate disbursement, that’s fine; the era of 12-, 20-, and 30-year payout periods must end. • For new commitments of state or local tax revenues to corporations, a “cap” (an upper limit on the total commitment) could be fashioned: $5 million-$10 million for capital investments that exceed $100 million seems reasonable. The cap would be reduced for smaller capital investments. • The allowable time-frame over which “capped” commitments of state or local tax revenues would be paid out could be limited: three to seven years seems reasonable, depending on the level of the “capped” commitment. • For new “capped” commitments of state or local tax revenues to corporations, a “jobs” commitment could be fashioned. This commitment would be commensurate with the level of the tax subsidy, and should extend for the newly fashioned payout period (perhaps longer). Failure to meet a “jobs” commitment would terminate the tax subsidy. • Aside from relatively minor tax-subsidy benefits, corporations could be required to select the TIF, income tax credit (or other) tax subsidy provision that works best for them; pyramiding subsidies (so-called double- or tripledipping) must end. • Corporations could be prohibited from negotiating with more than one Maine municipality (playing them off continued page 7

I think it was when my son took the bag of Goldfish and swung it wildly around and over his head. As those yellow, smiling cheddar delights flew through the kitchen air and landed on the unwashed floor; as he solemnly began tracking down every last piece of horrified snack food; as he lay on his stomach, nose-to-tile, Abby’s the better to absorb crumbs into every pore of his sweater, jeans, and hair, it hit me. I am not stopping him because I am just relieved he is occupied with something. Were that scene to be set to screenplay or crime fiction, the italics would read: Day Three – Nemo Found Me and Won’t Let Me Outside. I had been dreading the weekend storm since I heard about it, which was on or Abby Diaz about Thursday. A brazen lack of awareness about significant news events has proved to be a side effect of my life as a mother of young children. I’m not sure my television gets any station other than Disney. I take it on faith that southern Maine still receives local news broadcasts, and I just hope I’ll overhear an adult conversation that includes the important bits. And so it was that I arrived at my cubicle and caught a co-worker marveling at the feet of snow we were predicted to get. Surely I misunderstood, I reassured myself. I’m mishearing things as sympathy pain for my son’s recent ear infection, I soothingly whispered into the wind tunnel behind my forehead. Alas, weather.com, cnn.com, and even people.com confirmed that massive amounts of snow were on the horizon. Armed with the facts, I did what any mother worth her leftover baby weight does: I went to Shaw’s. Then Wal-Mart. Friday dawned, as we all know, in a non-dawny sort of way. The snow had already started falling, and human activity was already canceled. School was canceled, driving was canceled, Starbucks was canceled. I gathered my children. I looked them each – meaningfully – in the eye. I told them stuff was about to get real, and they’d best do me the solid of not behaving like complete animals. We fist-pumped and went to our separate corners to get our minds right. By 11:30 that morning, I had organized the playroom, purged their outgrown clothes, vacuumed, done two loads of laundry, and prepared lunch. I was exhausted and plum out of ideas for the next 60-70 hours. Then I remembered the bowling set. Remember the trip to Wal-Mart? In a stroke-of-genius move, I spent that discount spree purchasing a plastic bowling set. With the afternoon closing in, I began instruction in the finer art of knocking things over with a ball. Not to brag, but my kids caught on quickly. We knocked pins over in the dining room, the playroom, the upstairs hall, and the downstairs hall. It wasn’t long continued page 6

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against one another) in an effort to maximize their corporate subsidy benefits. • A corporate “need” or “means” test could be fashioned to determine future eligibility for state or local tax subsidies. Paying out millions to Fortune 500 corporations must end. Low-income people routinely face such tests to determine eligibility for welfare benefits. • Decoupling TIF agreements from existing school aid, and county tax apportionment provisions, seems necessary. The majority of municipalities do not enter into TIF agreements. Current law penalizes them; they receive less school aid than they should, and pay higher county taxes. These suggestions can be expanded or narrowed as the Legislature chooses, but their intent is clear: corporate tax subsidies must be smaller, extend for shorter periods of time, target smaller firms, and focus on jobs. The law should prevent corporations from bargaining with multiple towns to get the best subsidy deal, and should create greater fairness between towns that choose to grant TIFs and those that do not. If retirement benefits for Maine teachers and state workers can be reduced on the theory that we can’t afford the commitments made, tax subsidies for wealthy corporations can/should be similarly reduced. We can do this. Orlando Delogu of Portland is emeritus professor of law at the University of Maine School of Law and a longtime public policy consultant to federal, state, and local government agencies and officials. He can be reached at delogu@ usm.maine.edu.

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before my kids signaled their ability to “transfer” knowledge. Soon they were knocking over books, plates of food, stools, and each other. They thought it was hilarious and they didn’t want me involved. I let it roll. As the hours cooped up indoors stretched into days, I let them push even more boundaries. We baked a dessert I like to call a “brookie,” because it’s a combination browniecookie. They played “chase the sibling” around the living room table. I tested how many movies I could get them to watch at once. I would love to say that Nemo, The Blizzard of Our Lives, taught my family how beautiful it is to be stripped of distraction and granted uninterrupted time together. I would love to say that I cherished every moment I spent wondering “now what?”. But all I can say is this: To all you kids out there, if you ever had some crazy idea about something you’d like to try at home, wait for the next storm. Fifteen minutes in, ask either parent for permission to make that idea a reality, or at least a test case. I guarantee you’ll get a shrug and a “go ahead” hand wave in response. Abby Diaz grew up in Falmouth and lives there again, because that’s how life works. She blogs at abbysleftovers. blogspot.com and hellogiggles.com/abby-diaz, and can be reached at abbysblog@rocketmail.com. Follow Abby on Twitter: @AbbyDiaz1.

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Monkeying with the school calendar The Portland School Department last week proposed a series of changes to the school-year calendar that make some sense from the perspective of teaching and learning. Whether the proposed schedule changes will make sense from the perspective of teachers, staff, parents and students is another story. Among key changes being contemplated are: • Starting high school an hour later because The Universal teenagers are not awake and alert early in the morning. • Extending the school day by one hour to allow for more instructional time, and lengthening the school year for the same reason. • Shortening the summer vacation to reduce the loss of learning momentum from year to year. • And rolling the tradi- Edgar Allen Beem tional February and April vacations into one March break, as prep schools do. When I was on the Yarmouth School Committee in the 1990s, we considered some of these changes and even implemented a few. Most were nonstarters, as they probably will be in Portland. Vacation consolidation was one of my pet causes. I’ve always thought the February and April breaks were a waste and a nuisance, but then I don’t ski or take vacation trips. I imagine, however, that Portland will get the same pushback from its teachers and staff that Yarmouth did when we contemplated a March vacation. If you have children (or a spouse) in another school district, how are you supposed to manage suddenly being on two different vacation schedules? The fundamental problem you run into when you start monkeying with the school calendar is that you can’t really do it alone. If you’re not on the same schedule as other local school systems, you’re asking for trouble. If Portland and Deering high schools, for instance, start an hour later and lengthen the school day by an hour, students would be getting out around 4 p.m. That’s going to conflict with a lot of extracurricular

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activities and interscholastic athletics. Unless your baseball and softball fields and those of your opponents all have lights, for example, you can’t start a ballgame at 4:30 p.m. or 5 p.m. in May. There is also the matter of cost. Lengthen the school year and the school day and you’re going to have to compensate teachers and staff accordingly. One of the few calendar changes we did enact in Yarmouth was adding five teacher in-service days to enhance professional development and five student days to increase learning time, extending the school year from 180 to 185 days. The Maine Legislature has repeatedly tried and failed to do the same statewide. Some countries do have much longer school years than the U.S., but at what cost? Japan, for instance, has 243 school days a year, but Japan also has a word for “death from overwork:” karoshi. Even though President Obama has proposed a 200-day school year and there are periodic calls for year-round schooling, I don’t see that happening in Maine any time soon. For one thing, several studies have concluded that there is no significant correlation between instructional time and student achievement. For another, people in cold, dark, wintry Maine jealously guard their summer vacations. Just keeping kids in school a week longer in Yarmouth met with so many objections from families and students with summer commitments that we were forced to rethink the five extra students days. Teachers were naturally concerned about losing financial gains made when the year was lengthened, so we hit upon a compromise that, in retrospect, seems like one of the worst decisions of my 1995-2001 School Committee tenure. To preserve the extra class time and protect teacher salary gains, we came up with the brilliant idea of spreading the five extra days out over the school year in 15-20 minute increments by starting school a little earlier each day. I’m not sure we got the educational bang for the buck we had hoped for, especially given the current thinking that high school should start later in the day, not earlier. One step forward, two steps back. Good luck, Portland. Changing the school calendar is never as easy as one might think. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/150669

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2/1 at 10 a.m. Devin S. Buckley, 20, no address listed, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer John Cunniff on a charge of being a fugitive from justice. 2/1 at 4 p.m. Ven Ten, 34, of Portland, was arrested on Oxford Street by Officer Gayle Petty on a charge of assault. 2/1 at 5 p.m. Ryan R. Bobden, 37, of Portland, was arrested on Alder Street by Officer Laurence Smith on a charge of violation of conditional release. 2/1 at 7 p.m. Haider Wari, 37, of Portland, was arrested on India Street by Officer Laurence Smith on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of operating under the influence. 2/1 at 10 p.m. Jamie Irish, 35, no address listed, was arrested on Fore Street by Officer Christopher Shinary on a charge of violation of conditional release. 2/1 at 11 p.m. Derek M. Miller, 25, of Casco, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer Jeffrey Druan on a charge of disorderly conduct.

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2/2 at 12 a.m. Ryan O. Blagojevic, 37, of Ellsworth, was arrested on Portland Street by Officer Anthony Morrison on a charge of public drinking. 2/2 at 2 a.m. Jared S. Edwin, 24, of Portland, was arrested on Washington Avenue by Officer Robert Miller on a charge of assault. 2/2 at 3 a.m. Miguel Cua, 20, of Portland, was arrested on Washington Avenue by Officer Jonathan Reeder on a charge of operating after suspension. 2/2 at 4 a.m. Jeffrey S. Ferrante, 49, of Portland, was arrested on Wilmot Street by Officer Matthew Casagrande on a charge of criminal threatening. 2/2 at 8 p.m. James A. Logan, 49, no address listed, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer Charles Frazier on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/2 at 8 p.m. David T. McGlashing, 58, of Portland, was arrested on India Street by Officer Dan Aguilera on a charge of criminal trespass. 2/2 at 9 p.m. Regina M. Browne, 38, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer Jessica Brown on a charge of assault. 2/3 at 12 a.m. Ronald Hargrove, 46, of Boston, was arrested on Spring Street by Officer Timothy Farris on a charge of unlawfully furnishing scheduled drugs. 2/3 at 12 a.m. Jonathan D. McNutt, 30, of Boothbay, was arrested on Moulton Street by Officer Anthony Morrison on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. 2/3 at 3 a.m. Oscar Barabondeka, 48, of New York, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Timothy Farris on a charge of operating without a license. 2/3 at 7 a.m. Donald Cousino, 35, no address listed, was arrested on Dana Street by Officer Thomas Reagan on a charge of public drinking. 2/3 at 10 a.m. James M. Brown, 43, of Portland, was arrested on Anderson Street by Officer Sara Clukey on a charge of assault. 2/3 at 11 a.m. Gary D. Williamson, 51, of Portland, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Thomas Reagan on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/3 at 12 p.m. Darren Cravero, 24, of Portland, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue

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February 13, 2013 violation of conditional release. 2/6 at 9 a.m. Earle E. Ross, 50, no address listed, was arrested on Commercial Street by Officer Mark Kezal on a charge of disorderly conduct. 2/6 at 11 a.m. Austin P. Miller, 25, of Standish, was arrested on Preble Street by Officer Stacey Gagnon on a charge of operating after suspension. 2/6 at 8 p.m. Alan Garland, 44, no address listed, was arrested on State Street by Officer Laurence Smith, on a charge of disorderly conduct. 2/6 at 11 p.m. Joshua Fuller, 32, no address listed, was arrested on Deering Street by Officer Paul King on a charge of public drinking. 2/6 at 11 p.m. Elizabeth M. Willford, 26, of Portland, was arrested on Woodford Street by Officer Michael Galietta on charges of robbery and being a fugitive from justice. 2/7 at 2 a.m. Michael L. Roberts, 34, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Paul King on a charge of disorderly conduct. 2/7 at 3 a.m. Roseanne D. Griffin, 60, of Portland, was arrested on Bramhall Street by Officer Michael Galietta on a charge of criminal trespass. 2/7 at 11 a.m. Fuad A. Ali, 20, of Boston, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer David Argitis on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. 2/7 at 1 p.m. Katharine L. Kennie, 51, of Portland, was arrested on Brighton Avenue by Officer Christopher Sibley on a charge of operating after suspension. 2/7 at 1 p.m. Brian Landry, 29, of Portland, was arrested on Romasco Lane by Officer James Keddy on a charge of burglary of a motor vehicle. 2/7 at 3 p.m. Carey E. Harris, 38, of Portland, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Marjory Clavet on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 2/7 at 5 p.m. Elise J. Thibodeau, 60, of Freeport, was arrested on St. John Street by Officer Christopher Sibley on a charge of reckless conduct with a dangerous weapon. 2/7 at 9 p.m. Charles B. Davis, 43, of Portland, was arrested on Commercial Street by Officer Michael Galietta on a charge of public drinking. 2/8 at 12 a.m. Leroy E. Gove, 53, no address listed, was arrested on Pearl Street by Officer Paul King on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of unauthorized use of property. 2/8 at 1 a.m. Jonathan S. Paton, 33, of Biddeford, was arrested on Elm Street by Officer Laurence Smith on a charge of operating under the influence. 2/8 at 3 a.m. Ashley M. Smith, 24, of Portland, was arrested on Coyle Street by Officer Robert Miller on a charge of refusing to submit to arrest or detention. 2/8 at 8 a.m. Brian Tuttle, 21, of Pownal, was arrested at Tamarlane Apartments by Officer Matthew Rider on a charge of violation of conditional release. 2/8 at 10 a.m. Ismael Andujar, 40, of Portland, was arrested on Pearl Street by Officer James Keddy on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of receiving stolen property. 2/8 at 10 p.m. Edward Fleischer, 46, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Heather Brown on a charge of assault. 2/9 at 3 p.m. David L. Cavanaugh, 44, of Portland, was arrested on Fore Street by Officer Matthew Rider on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of criminal mischief. 2/10 at 12 a.m. Theresa L. Cobb, 27, of Portland, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Christopher Kelley on an outstanding warrant from another agency and a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.


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Obituaries Sterling ‘Butch’ Winthrop Parker, 66: Army veteran, loved the outdoors PORTLAND — Sterling “Butch” Winthrop Parker, 66, of Portland, died Jan. 21 at Maine Medical Center in Portland. Born in Portland on Nov. 8, 1946, he was a son of Winthrop and Edna Parker. He graduated in 1965 from Deering High School and later attended Central Maine Community Parker College. Following college, Parker enlisted in the Army, where he served until 1972. In the mid-1970s, he worked in the pit crew for the Libby Brothers at Beech Ridge and also worked as a draftsman for the Douglas Brothers. He loved being outdoors and enjoyed hunting, fishing and camping. Parker was an active member of Portland Eagles Casco Aerie #565 and the Portland Elks Lodge #188. He will be dearly missed by all who knew him. He his predeceased by his parents. Surviving him are his loving daughter, Linda, of Arizona; three sisters, Elaine, Dottie and Glenna; and three grandchildren, Carrie, Emery, and Jordan. A spring burial will be held in Maine

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11:30 a.m. - 12 noon Declutter and Organize Your Home Practical tips to eliminate clutter in your home. Plus, strategies for keeping it all organized- closets, pantries, garages and more! Presented by: Walter Munsen, Closet Factory, Portland, ME 12 noon Replacing Your Entry Door Learn from the window and door experts at Home Again by Hancock Lumber how to select the right door style that fits your home’s aesthetic and family’s budget. Visit Home Again by Hancock Lumber at their booth for this informative seminar and to access an exclusive home show coupon on entry doors.

2:15-2:45 p.m. Save Money and Energy with Home Energy Audits How is a Home Energy Audit conducted and what can it tell you about your home’s efficiency? Also learn how the results of a Home Energy Audit can save you energy and money. Presented by: DeWitt Kimball, Complete Home Evaluation Services, Brunswick, ME 12:15 - 1 p.m. Geothermal For Homeowners Learn how geothermal heating and cooling systems work, the return on your investment, cost effectiveness and the ease of installation from start to finish. Presented by: Mark Conley, Conley Enterprises, Raymond, ME, Martin Orio, Water Energy of New Hampshire, Chris Petitpierre, Keep the Heat, Gorham, ME, and representatives from Goodwin Well and Water, Turner, ME

1:15 - 2 p.m. Finding Paradise: Creating Landscapes that Transcend Time In this visual presentation, David Neufeld illustrates how an understanding of the symbolic power of objects and the organization of outdoor space can take an ordinary yard and transform it into a place apart from the time-centered world. With David’s visual arts and storytelling background, this will be a lively, thoughtful and humorous presentation. Presented by: David Neufeld, North Star Stoneworks, Lovell, ME and Wolfboro, NH 2 p.m. Preparing to Remodel Your Kitchen? What Next? Join the certified kitchen designer from Home Again by Hancock Lumber to understand the process from start to finish- from setting a budget to choosing an installer and designer, understanding your floor plan, design options and challenges. Visit Home Again by

3-3:30 p.m. Remodeling your Bathroom on a Budget Want to remodel your bathroom without breaking the bank? This panel of experts will share their money saving tips to get your dream bathroom on a budget. Presented by: Todd Bradeen and Michelle Allen, Bath Fitter, Portland, ME, Steve Blossom, Sherwin Williams, Westbrook, ME, and Herb Clarke, Chameleon Coatings, East Baldwin, ME 3:45-4:15 p.m. The Growing Threat of Lyme Disease Did you know that new cases of Lyme disease in Maine increased over 25 percent from the previous year? Find out the facts about Deer ticks and learn important prevention tips for homeowners. Presented by: Tim Hanson, Mosquito Squad of Southern Maine

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Jazz Band plays Mardi Gras gig The Cheverus High School Jazz Band performed Feb. 7 at the South Portland Mardi Gras celebration held by the UNUM Corporation. The band, directed by Cheverus Music Director Chris Humphrey, played “When the Saints Go Marching In,” and “Old Time Rock and Roll” to kick off the company celebration for its top employ-

www.theforecaster.net ees. The band includes sophomores Anna Neidermeyer, of Buxton, Caroline George, of Limington, Kyle Severance, of Gray, Gerry Wagner, of Scarborough, Josh Boynton, of West Newfield, and Louise Nielsen, of Sydney; juniors Jack Sutton, of Freeport, and Ben Lamontagne, of Long Island; and seniors Anders Nelson and Brian Chiozzi, of Cape Elizabeth, and Drew Harmon, of Hollis.

Spirit Week helps teen shelter Cheverus High School students celebrated Spirit Week from Feb. 4-8, building camaraderie and school spirit while raising funds for the Preble Street-Joe Kreisler Teen Shelter. Each day students dropped money into buckets in their classes. At the end of the

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to real problems and work with academic faculty toward professional and educational development. Seiz, a 2009 graduate of Portland High School, is studying a host-parasite relationship in the East Branch Swift River in Massachusetts; her findings are showing that the populations of trout seem to be too small to support such a large population of the mussels, leading to the question: Are the mussels using an alternative host fish like the blacknose dace?

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Appointments The Susan L. Curtis Charitable Foundation and Camp Susan Curtis announced its new slate of officers for 2013. Auburn resident Don Foerster, senior manager of facilities planning and management for L.L. Bean, is the new chairman. Cape Elizabeth resident Sean Roy-Becker, a private banker with TD Wealth Management, is the new vice-chairman. Marianna Fenton, of Portland, a partner with Robinson Kriger & McCallum is the new secretary. Gorham resident Tabitha Swanson, a principal with The Swanson Group LLC, is the new treasurer.

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Students at St. John Catholic School in Brunswick participated in Pennies for Patients, a program in which students collected spare change and competing among grades to see who raises the most money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society, the world’s largest nonprofit health organization dedicated to funding blood cancer research and providing education and patient services. Students at the St. Brigid Catholic School in Portland collected donations of socks, toothbrushes, toothpaste, deodorant and other essentials and prepared care packages for the St. Vincent de Paul Soup Kitchen.

Promotions United Insurance, one of the largest independent insurance agencies in Maine, announced recently Peter Clavette, senior vice president and managing partner of the United Insurance Ezzy Agency in Madawaska, has joined the company ownership team. Clavette joined the agency as a manager in 2005 following several years of sales and management experience with Enterprise Rent-A-Car in Ontario, Canada.

Recognition Bauer Financial Inc., a national bank research and rating firm, recently awarded Norway Savings Bank a five-star rating for “serving the community in a prudent and responsible manner.” Mary Holmes and David Sparta, invesment representatives with Northeast Financial, earned certification as certified financial planners from the Certified Financial Planner Board of Standards Inc. The certification credential is recognized industry-wide as the standard of excellence for education, experience, personal ethics, and responsibility in financial planning. Nikolaus Josephson, a member of Cumberland-North Yarmouth Boy Scout Troop 58, recently earned his Eagle Scout badge. For his Eagle project, he rerouted a wet trail at Skyline Farm in North Yarmouth.

Moves McAuley Residence, a comprehensive housing program serving single mothers and children is about to move from its Portland location at 91 State St. to the former Children’s Hospital of Portland at 68 High St. The Sisters of Mercy founded the program 25 years ago and has been operated as part of Mercy’s community mission. In the newly-renovated space, owned by Community Housing of Maine, the McAuley Residence will expand from seven to 15 apartments ranging from studios to twobedrooms along with spacious common space for the residents to gather.


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The Forecaster has the basketball tournament covered

The Forecaster will have blanket coverage of the boys’ and girls’ basketball tournaments from the Portland Expo and Cumberland County Civic Center. Get in-game updates on Twitter at twitter.com/foresports. Our website will have the most descriptive game stories, with historic perspective, detailed box scores and photo galleries, within 24 hours of the completion of each game.

Deering boys seek repeat Portland, Waynflete also title caliber (Ed. Note: For the complete Deering-Portland and PortlandSouth Portland game stories, with photos and box scores, please visit theforecaster.net) By Michael Hoffer A gripping regular season, which was capped by a night of memorable drama, now gives way to tournament frenzy for boys’ basketball teams from the city of Portland. One local squad, perennial powerhouse Cheverus, will be on the sidelines for the first time in 13 seasons, but certainly made its last impression count. Defending Class A champion Deering saved its best for last as well and could be primed for a repeat run. Preseason favorite Portland did not have a good final week, but the Bulldogs remain capable of running the postseason table. Then there’s Waynflete, which is coming off the best regular season in program history. The Flyers can’t wait to get to Augusta and continue to turn heads.

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In Western A, Deering stumbled three times in the regular season, but played very well the final week, downing host Cheverus (64-52) and holding off visiting nemesis Portland (37-30). Against the Stags, Labson Abwoch had 23 points, while Dominic Lauture added 16. In the win over the Bulldogs, the Rams’ first in five tries, Deering got a huge dose of momentum when Medhane Haleform banked home a 3-point prayer from halfcourt at the horn. Deering never trailed again and found its range from the free throw stripe. Two foul shots from Abwoch put the Rams ahead to stay and a superb defensive effort kept them on top. Portland twice drew within a point, but could never get over the hump as Haleform (seven points), Abwoch (14 points) and Lauture (10 points) came up big time and again. “It feels very good,” Abwoch said. “Everyone played hard together. We stayed focused. I’m proud we stepped up. It’s the last

home game for the seniors. It’s a big momentum win.” “We knew them and they knew us,” said Lauture. “It was who executed better. It was tough to hold on, but we had to execute and not turn the ball over. Every year, people say Deering’s not that good. Even when we’re in first place, but we all know how to win. We take from last year and execute like last year.” “I’m happy for the seniors,” added Rams coach Dan LeGage. “They gave us a good contribution. In their last regular season game, they went out with a win over their crosstown rival. The guys are realizing what it takes to beat good teams.” Deering finished 15-3, just like last year, and earned the No. 2 seed in the final Western Class A Heal Points standings. While Abwoch and bruiser Thiwat Thiwat have plenty of big-game experience, this year’s squad is bolstered by players like Haleform, Lauture, Ahmed Ismail Ahmed, Ahmed Ali, Liam Densmore, Kevin continued page 16

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Deering senior Dominic Lauture shoots over Portland senior Nate Smart during the teams’ regular season finale Thursday night. The defending Class A state champions prevailed, 37-30, and leapfrogged the Bulldogs into the No. 2 spot for the playoffs.

McAuley seeks three-peat Cheverus, Deering, Waynflete could be golden

(Ed. Note: For the complete Cheverus-Deering, Cheverus-Portland, Deering-South Portland and Waynflete-Greater Portland Christian School game stories, please visit theforecaster.net) By Michael Hoffer While all eyes will be on undefeated powerhouse McAuley as it begins its quest for a third straight Class A state championship next week, three other teams from the city of Portland have legitimate shots at cutting down the nets. The Lions enter the tournament on a 44-game win streak, but another Gold Ball won’t come easily. Deering is once again hot on McAuley’s heels, as is Cheverus, which is riding a huge wave of confidence after

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a landmark win. Portland barely missed out on the final playoff spot. In Western C, Waynflete has the pieces in place to be the last team standing.

Another roar in store?

McAuley, behind steady play from veterans Allie Clement, Victoria Lux, Molly Mack, Olivia Smith and Jackie Welch and solid contributions from newcomers Sarah Clement and Olivia Dalphonse, ran the table this winter, capping a second straight 18-0 regular season last week with home wins over Portland (68-33) and South Portland (53-11). Lux had 18 points and Sarah Clement and Welch 11 apiece against the Bulldogs. Allie Clement had 14 points and Sarah Clement 11 versus the Red Riots. Cheverus senior captain Brooke Flaherty “It’s a different team from last drives between Deering seniors Marissa year, we lost two great leaders and MacMillan (left) and Keneisha DiRamio players (2012 Miss Maine Basketduring last week’s showdown. The Stags beat the Rams for the first time in ball Alexa Coulombe and defensive standout Sadie DiPierro),” said program history, 48-38.

McAuley coach Billy Goodman, now 40-0 as Lions coach. “We’re a younger team, but the girls have done a good job. Last year’s players came back better, Sarah Clement doesn’t play like a freshman and Olivia Dalphonse is a leader on defense.” McAuley’s 18-0 record gave it the top seed in Western A for the second year in a row. The Lions are looking to become the first girls’ team to win three straight Class A titles since Cindy Blodgett and Lawrence captured four in a row between 1991-94. McAuley is idle until Monday of next week when it will face No. 8 Gorham (11-7) or No. 9 Windham (9-9) in the quarterfinals at 8:30 p.m., at the Portland Exposition Building. McAuley beat the visiting Eagles, 72-32, Jan. 2 and the visiting Rams, 72-38, Jan. 25. Last year in the semifinals, the Lions handled Windham, continued page 19


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Left: SMCC’s Katryna Gilson has her shot rejected by a CMCC defender during Thursday night’s showdown. The Seawolves lost to the topranked Mustangs, 61-52, despite 10 points from Gilson and 14 from Alicia Hoyt. SMCC was coming off a 62-52 victory at NHTI. Hoyt had 13 points in that one. The Seawolves (15-8 overall, 9-4 in Yankee Small College Conference play) hosted U. Maine-Augusta Tuesday. Right: SMCC’s Nate Dow drives to the hoop for two, but it wasn’t enough as the men lost to CMCC, 73-65. The Seawolves couldn’t hold a halftime lead and 21 points from former Deering High standout Jon Amabile wasn’t enough. SMCC had lost the night before at NHTI, 98-80, despite 21 points from Emmanuel Donalson. The Seawolves took an 18-10 record (11-5 in conference into Tuesday’s home game versus U. Maine-Augusta).

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Masse and Kyle Richards. The Rams will begin their repeat title quest Saturday at 9 p.m., versus No. 7 Thornton Academy (11-7) or No. 10 Windham (7-11). Those teams met in a preliminary round contest Tuesday. Deering opened with a 77-28 home win over the Golden Trojans back on Dec. 7, but Thornton Academy is a vastly better team now. The Rams also downed the Eagles, 69-34, at home Jan. 22. The Rams and Golden Trojans have met four times over the past 50 years in the playoffs, including three times since 2007. The last meeting was two years ago in the quarterfinals, a 41-33, Deering triumph. The Rams haven’t played Windham in the tournament since the 2001 quarterfinals (a 70-53 win). Deering likes the fact it’s being overlooked by some pundits, but knows it needs to continue to improve to repeat for the first time in program history. “I think we’re good,” said Haleform. “We have a good spot. We have to practice and get motivated.” “The guys persevered and won 15 of 18 games,” LeGage said. “That’s wonderful, but we’ve worked too hard to get here to not work hard in the playoffs. In the tournament, if you have a hiccup, you’re done. We have to have consistency. It’s good heading into the playoffs that we’re starting to realize our potential. We have to put a consistent effort together. “This is the year of parity. It will be the team that puts the most consistent effort together for four quarters. There’s no way you can play badly this year and sneak by. You have to play well. If we can keep on continued page 18

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Mother Nature decimates postseason schedule By Michael Hoffer A weekend that was supposed to crown state champions in cheering and wrestling, conference champions in Nordic and Alpine skiing, another round of Southwesterns winners in swimming and produce a round of girls’ hockey playoffs instead turned into a washout. Or more aptly put, a whiteout. The record-setting snow that swept the region Friday and Saturday erased the high school sports slate in the process, frustrating schedule-makers and lengthening the season. Wrestling’s state meet was supposed to be Saturday at the Augusta Civic Center. It will now be contested this coming Saturday, but instead of under one big top, it will be in three locations: Class A in Sanford, Class B in Fryeburg and Class C in Dover-Foxcroft. Cheering’s state meet was moved to Monday in Bangor. The Southwestern swim meet, which included Cheverus, Deering and McAuley, which was scheduled for Friday (boys) and Saturday (girls) in Westbrook, was postponed to Monday (boys) and Tuesday (girls). The state meets will be held Monday (Class A boys at Bowdoin College in Brunswick and Class B boys at the University of Maine in Orono) and Tuesday (Class A girls at Bowdoin and Class B girls in Orono). Indoor track teams took the weekend off after competing in the SMAA Championships the week before. The Class A state meet is Monday at USM. The Class B meet is at Bates College in Lewiston. The Western Maine Conference Nordic championships began last Wednesday with the skate race. Waynflete took part, but didn’t score as a team. Aiden Olney had the 29th-best time in the boys’ race (18 minutes, 2 seconds). Gail Johnson had the 44th-best time in the girls’ competition

(23:24). Jo Moore was 47th (23:53). Yarmouth was the boys’ winner, Merriconeag was tops on the girls’ side. The Classic race was scheduled for Saturday, but was moved to Monday at Stark’s Hill in Fryeburg. The SMAA Alpine championships were also affected by weather, being postponed from Friday to Monday at Shawnee Peak.

The ski state meets are the week of Feb. 18. In girls’ hockey, Cheverus, the last team to make the West Region field as the No. 5 seed after a 5-12-1 regular season, sprung a 7-4 upset at No. 4 Biddeford last Wednesday, thanks to four goals from standout Katie Roy. The Stags were supposed to go to top-ranked Scarborough Friday night

and again Saturday, but Mother Nature prevented both games and pushed the contest to Monday afternoon. If Cheverus was able to spring another upset, it would meet either Falmouth or York in the West Region Final Wednesday at the Portland Ice Arena. The state championship game is Saturday at the Colisee continued page 18

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in Lewiston. Boys’ hockey is the lone sport still playing its regular season. Cheverus improved to 10-4 with home wins last week over Kennebunk (7-3) and two-time defending Class A state champion Thornton Academy (3-2). Cam McLain had a hat trick and Liam Fitzpatrick added two goals against the Rams. Jimmy Hannigan had two goals and Keegan Thomas delivered the winner versus the Golden Trojans. The Stags (third in the Western Class A Heal Points standings) were postponed against Windham Saturday and play host to Falmouth Thursday, Marshwood Saturday, Windham Monday and Scarborough in the regular season finale Feb. 21. Portland/Deering (8-4 and holding on to the ninth and final playoff spot in Western A) was supposed to play at Lake Region Saturday, but was postponed. The Bulldogs were at Yarmouth Tuesday, host Windham Thursday and Lake Region Saturday, visit South Portland Monday and close at home versus Bonny Eagle Jan. 21. The boys’ hockey playoffs begin Feb. 23. We’ll recap all the postponed action in future editions and at theforecaster.net.

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Not to be overlooked

Portland entered the final week with a good shot at finishing first, but losses at South Portland (52-42) and Deering dropped the Bulldogs all the way to fourth. At the Red Riots, Portland struggled early, fell behind and never quite caught up despite 13 points from Jayvon Pitts-Young and a dozen from Justin Zukowski. “We shot so poorly we wouldn’t have beaten anybody the way we shot tonight,” said Portland coach Joe Russo. “We didn’t get the ball inside. We had good looks, especially early. I really thought we did a nice job to come back.” The Bulldogs struggled to score again against Deering, made only 2-of-12 second half foul shots and were led by seven points from Zukowski, but Russo wasn’t discouraged afterwards. “That was an old-fashioned slugfest,” Russo said. “Just like the old days. It was fun to be involved in. The kids worked their tails off. I would have liked to win, but it was fun basketball. We had plenty of chances. The foul line was the difference. We shoot free throws all the time. It’s all a state of mind.”

The Bulldogs have perhaps the most scoring depth in the tournament. PittsYoung and Zukowski are joined by dangerous Matt Talbot, steady veterans Nate Smart and Nick Volger and a trio of strong bench players, Steve Alex, Steve Angelo and Cosmo Dontao. Portland will open the tournament Friday at 7 p.m., versus dangerous No. 5 Westbrook (13-5), a team which upset the Bulldogs on the Expo floor, 46-45, Jan. 22. The teams have played 10 times in the postseason over the past 50 years with the Blue Blazes winning six of them, including the most recent encounter, 65-34, in the 2010 quarterfinals. Portland is notorious for peaking as the season goes on, but this year’s group didn’t finish strong. Is Russo worried? Nope. The Bulldogs might just have the opposition right where they want them. “We have the same record as last year,” Russo said. “The South Portland game, I looked at the tape. If we would have made just a couple shots, we would’ve won. (Against Deering), if we made free throws, we would have won the game. Every year we peak and have an early exit. This is a good omen for us.” Looking ahead, the semifinals are

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So close

Cheverus did everything it could to extend its postseason streak to 13 seasons, but fell agonizingly short. After falling at home to Deering last Tuesday, 64-52 (Emmanuel Ismail had 12 points, while Andrew Cloutier and Zordan Holman each had 11), the Stags hosted red-hot, top-ranked South Portland Friday in the finale. Cheverus shocked the Red Riots, holding on for a 56-51 victory behind 11 points apiece from Ismail and Drew Ferrick. That gave the Stags a 6-12 record, but in the final accounting, Gorham just edged Cheverus out for the 11th and final playoff spot. “It was a great end to our season,” said Stags first-year coach Dan Costigan. “It was a testament to the guys staying together. I was happy for the kids. They’re great kids. They battled all year and got better. They played their best at the end. It’s too bad our schedule is the way it was. We played all the good teams at the end, which is when we played our best. We knew we had to beat South Portland and Biddeford had to beat Thornton Academy for us to get in (Thornton Academy won). People told me after (we beat South Portland) that we were in. I didn’t think so, but I crossed my fingers. “I’m very proud of how our season went. We had new faces, guys who hadn’t played varsity, and we had new coaches this year. We ran out of time. We ran out of practices and games.” Cheverus should start from a better place next winter and figures to begin a new postseason streak. “We’ll have kids who have been there next year,” said Costigan. “That’s critical. We’ll have a good nucleus back.”

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In Western C, Waynflete finished 15-1, a program benchmark, after an 80-31 romp at Sacopee Thursday (standout Serge Nyirikamba had 14 points, Jack Cutler added 11 and Pace Hutchinson had 10). While Waynflete was led offensively by Nyirikamba, it had a different hero every night. “The players, from the leading scorers to the role players, have developed a strong sense of team,” said Flyers coach Rich Henry. “They’ve worked hard in practice, they’ve really supported each other and they’ve been able to translate that chemistry onto the court. The leaders on the team have been terrific, not just the captains (Jack Cutler, Max Belleau and Paul Runyambo), but there’s a great group of juniors and sophomores who get the concepts we’re teaching. And the freshmen that we’ve carried on the varsity roster have done exactly what we asked them to do at the beginning of the season, to be sponges, soaking up as much information from the coaches and the upperclassmen as possible. Finally, my assistants, Mark Lockman and Brayton Chase, have put in a great deal of time working individually with players, scouting, doing all of the stuff that makes my role easier.” Waynflete wound up a close second to Boothbay Region in the Heals and will open its quest for a first ever regional and continued page 19


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state championship Monday of next week at 4 p.m., against either No. 7 Winthrop (11-7) or No. 10 Monmouth (6-12) in the quarterfinals at the Augusta Civic Center. The Flyers didn’t play either team this year. Waynflete lost to the Ramblers, 74-42, in the 2006 quarterfinals. They have no his-

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49-33, in the lone prior postseason meeting between the schools. Two years ago, McAuley beat Gorham in the semis, 39-30. The Lions also beat the Rams in the 2006 (61-46) and 2010 (33-22) quarterfinals. “Anything can happen,” Goodman said. “You have high school kids, nerves. Gorham has one of the best players in the league in Kristin Ross. They always bring energy and good defense. I was impressed with Windham this year. They played us tough. We’ve worked on defense the last couple weeks. Our defense will be there. We don’t want our season to rest on our offense. Allie and Molly are veterans. We’ll hope our captains can lead us. There will be some interesting matchups. Anything can happen at the Expo and Civic Center.”

Better than expected

Deering, which wasn’t highly touted in the preseason, posted a superb 16-2 mark this winter, even if the final week was far from a thing of beauty. Last Monday, the Rams scored just two points in the first quarter and 10 in the first half, but put it together in the second half to beat visiting South Portland, 33-21, behind 11 points from Marissa MacMillan, eight from Chelsea Saucier and seven from Keneisha DiRamio. “We just tried to pick up the intensity and we came out a lot harder than we did in the first half,” said DiRamio. “We didn’t come out and play our game at all in the first half. It was ugly. We just weren’t there. We can’t do that.” “We’ll take it, but it was gross,” said Deering coach Mike Murphy. “I have no idea what happened. We were just in a fog. The game just lacked offensive skills. It was bad decision making and it just snowballed from there. We had some good looks, but it doesn’t mean we had to set the game back 55 years because the ball didn’t go in. We had to play through it.” Wednesday, the Rams got off to a strong start against visiting Cheverus, but went down to a 48-38 defeat despite nine points

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tory with the Mustangs. After reaching the semifinals each of the past two seasons, Waynflete has higher aspirations this time around. “There are three teams that have been within a stone’s throw of each other for virtually the entire season, Boothbay, Dirigo and us,” Henry said. “The oddsmakers may have those teams as some sort of favorite, but the tournament is really about

a hot team that can translate the momentum established over the last few weeks of the regular season into the playoffs, so you have to look at the next three or four teams, like Old Orchard and some others and figure they have as good a chance as any. For us, I look for the way we defend in the halfcourt and how we move the ball offensively. We’ve always stressed trying to stay fundamentally sound and as the stakes

of these games increase, the team that is able to blend athleticism and fundamentally sound play usually does okay.” The Western C semifinals are Thursday, Feb. 21 and the regional final is Saturday, Feb. 23. Both rounds are in Augusta. The Class C state final is Saturday, March 2, at the Bangor Auditorium.

each from Saucier and Alexis Stephenson. “It’s a tough, but I liked the effort,” said Murphy. “It was a heck of a lot better than Monday night. We got careless with the ball in situations (early in the game) where we could have jumped out a lot more than we did. We just played with that foggy look in the third and fourth quarters. We had a terrific regular season. I’m proud of this group. They’ve exceeded all my expectations.” Senior-laden Deering earned the second seed and will play either No. 7 Thornton Academy (11-7) or 10th-ranked Marshwood (9-9) in the quarterfinals Monday at 3:30 p.m. The Rams beat the host Golden Trojans in the season opener Dec. 7, 38-35, and handled visiting Marshwood, 34-21, four days later. Deering last faced Thornton Academy in the playoffs three years ago in the quarterfinals (a 44-31 Rams’ win). Deering has never played the Hawks in the postseason. “I told the kids, we’re 0-0 like everyone else,” Murphy said. “We now have to play each possession like it’s gold. We can’t have moments of just drifting and not being in the game.”

“I’m happy for the girls,” Cheverus coach Richie Ashley added. “I think they played tough against an excellent team. We weathered the storm in the first half. We had a great second half. We played excellent defense in the second half and knocked down timely shots. We knocked down foul shots at the end. Obviously, it feels very good. Every year, we make a step and do something we hadn’t done the previous year. Deering and McAuley have been the premier programs in the state for several years. This gives the girls confidence that if we play our style and play well, we can play with these great teams. We want to continue to be better every day. That’s our mantra.” The Stags capped the regular season less than 24 hours later with a 61-28 home win over Portland. Cheverus was up 16-1 after one period and never looked back as Brooke Flaherty had a game-high 13 points. “We wanted to have the back-to-back games since it kind of simulates how the playoffs feel,” said Flaherty. “Now we know what we need to do to get ready.” The Stags’ 16-2 record is easily the best in program history “There were a lot of ups and downs in the regular season, a lot of injuries and setbacks, but I’m really happy with how we played,” Flaherty said. “Going 16-2 is amazing, however you look at it.” “It’s the best season we’ve ever had and I’m very happy for the program, for the school and for the community, but now everybody’s 0-0,” Ashley said. Cheverus is the deepest team in the region and might be the most talented. In addition to Flaherty, Ford and Libby, Jill Libby, Mikayla Mayberry, Victoria Nappi, Alisha Starbird and freshman Jess Willerson will all be tough to defend. The Stags finished third in the region and will face either No. 6 Sanford (12-6) or 11th-ranked Bonny Eagle (6-12) in the quarterfinals Monday at 2 p.m., at the Expo. In the regular season, Cheverus handled host Bonny Eagle, 76-48, Jan. 2, and defeated visiting Sanford, 57-47, two days later. The Stags have never met the Scots

in the playoffs. Two years ago, Cheverus suffered an agonizing 45-42 loss to Sanford in the quarterfinals. The Stags have never won a quarterfinal round game and have never played at the Civic Center. Their time appears to have come. “I think we’re really coming together,” Flaherty said. “We’re not ready to be done yet. We want it bad this year. We have the goal of a Gold Ball. We’ll do anything we can to get there.” “(The regular season was) wonderful, but now it’s a new season and we have to be ready,” Ashley said. Looking ahead, the semifinal round is Friday, Feb. 22, at the Civic Center. The Western A Final is Saturday, Feb. 23 at the Civic Center. The Class A state final is Saturday, March 2, at the Augusta Civic Center. Portland just missed the playoffs. The Bulldogs entered the final week in possession of the 11th and final playoff spot, but were ultimately leapfrogged by Gorham after losing at McAuley (68-33) and Cheverus (61-28). Brianna Holdren capped a great season with 12 points versus the Lions and 11 against the Stags (Sydney Levesque also had 11 in that one). Portland wound up 6-12 and fell short of the postseason for the seventh time in eight years. “We were very excited about our playoff possibility during the last few weeks of the season,” said Bulldogs coach Jan Veinot. “The team feels we are on the brink and could have possibly upset a team or two. We were disapointed we didn’t get the chance. The good news is we improved a lot over the season. We are a young team with great chemistry. We have the offseason and summer to work on our skills and to gain some maturity. We are already excited for next season and making plans.”

At last

While Deering enters the tournament doing some soul searching, Cheverus is sizzling and is making history. The Stags went to Deering last Wednesday having lost all 14 previous meetings with the Rams since they became a varsity program. Cheverus fell behind early, but got some momentum just before halftime when Georgia Ford hit a pair of late 3s. The Stags rode that wave into the second half and went on to a 48-38 win behind 19 points from Ford. “It’s awesome,” Ford said. “Everyone is so happy. Especially for it being our last away game. We stayed positive. We knew we could do it.” “This shows we can achieve our goals,” said Kylie Libby, who was a force on the glass. “It comes down to leadership. It may not necessarily be our seniors. It’s a different person every night. Tonight, it was Georgia knocking down shots.”

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Classical piano, classically inspired jazz By Scott Andrews Portland Ovations, which has been presenting stellar touring acts since 1931, is hosting two of the most intriguing concerts on southern Maine’s performing arts calendar this weekend. First up is this Saturday, when FrenchCanadian classical pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin performs an eclectic program at an unusual afternoon concert. The next day Portland Ovations hosts The Bad Plus, a modern jazz trio, performing a “deconstruction” of one of the 20th century’s classical musical landmarks: Igor Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” It’s the second, and most adventurous, of Portland Ovations’ four-part centennial celebration of the work. Jonathan Edwards, the “Sunshine” boy from southern Maine, returns to One Longfellow Square for a midwinter concert.

Marc-Andre Hamelin

A Canadian-born classical piano virtuoso who lives in Boston will be performing a varied program of mostly 20th-century works this Saturday in Portland. His afternoon concert in Merrill Auditorium, presented by Portland Ovations, was originally scheduled for Feb. 9. In a professional career that spans more than a quarter-century, Marc-Andre Hamelin has earned a reputation for championing and recording the works of many lesser-known composers as well as specializing in late 19th-century Romanticism. He’s also known as a composer in his own right, mostly writing solo pieces for the piano. A graduate of Montreal’s prestigious Ecole Musique Vincent-d’Indy and Philadelphia’s Temple University, Hamelin has performed around the world, including an annual European tour. He has released more than two dozen records and CDs, mostly on the Hyperion label. International honors include the Virginia Parker Prize, Carnegie Hall International Competition for American Music and the Juno (Canada’s Grammy) for Best Classical Album. He’s also collected nine Grammy nominations. Saturday’s program will feature Alban Berg’s Piano Sonata plus works by Gabriel Faure, Maurice Ravel and Hamelin himself. A series of three pieces by Sergei Rachmaninoff, perhaps the 20th century’s most popular Romantic composer for the piano, will conclude the concert. Portland Ovations presents Marc-Andre Hamelin at 3 p.m. Feb. 16 at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

The Bad Plus

Portland Ovations is marking the centennial of Igor Stravinsky’s pioneering ballet, “Rite of Spring,” with four programs during its 2012-2013 season. The culmination will be a March 21 performance of the full “Rite of Spring” by the Joffrey Ballet. Leading up to that are three variations and take-offs that focus on different aspects of Stravinsky’s masterpiece. The most adventurous variation is slated for this Sunday when The Bad Plus, an avant-garde jazz trio, performs a “deconstruction” of the work, reinterpreting Stravinsky’s celebrated score via a radically different idiom.

French classical pianist Marc-Andre Hamelin will perform an eclectic program Saturday afternoon, Feb. 16, under the aegis of Portland Ovations.

Originating in Minneapolis, pianist Ethan Iverson, bassist Reid Anderson and percussionist Dave King have been performing together as The Bad Plus since 1989. The trio specializes in breaking down the walls of convention that separate the jazz, rock, country, classical and electronic genres. Fueled by a deep appreciation of improvisation, the trio has long been praised for affixing its own signature to compositions of others. A prime example is “On Sacred Ground,” which is based on Stravinsky’s “Rite of Spring.” With a video synchronized to the trio’s live performance, “On Sacred Ground” becomes a multimedia event. Portland Ovations presents The Bad Plus’ “On Sacred Ground” at 7 p.m. Feb. 17 at the Abromson Community Education Center, 88 Bedford St. on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

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Friday 2/15 General Meeting, El Centro Latino de Maine, 6 p.m., Centro Latino, 68 Washington Avenue, Portland, 749-8823.

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and disrupted electrical power to more than 600,000 households in the region. In Portland, an unidentified man was rescued after he was swept off a city pier by near-hurricane strength winds early Saturday morning. And at Longfellow Books in Monument Square, the winds blew in a second-story window, causing a pipe to freeze and burst, raining water down on the bookstore below. More than 30 percent of the store’s stock was destroyed, one of the shop’s co-owners, Chris Bowe, said Monday. But Bowe said he hopes to reopen by

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from page 4 wind farms and then drafted proposals to city or town councils explaining why their project would be a good fit for that location. Goodwin said as a precursor to developing their proposed wind turbines, the students worked with Lego Robotics kits supplied through a grant from Tufts University in Medford, Mass. They learned how to program their robots and participated in different challenges with students around the country. “We tied it in with the expedition where the kids worked in teams and built this big game board-type thing, which was 8 feet by 4 feet and had 100 Ping Pong balls in the center,” Goodwin said. “Because the expedition was on energy we wanted (the students) to think about resources (represented by the balls) and they competed

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mercial St., and a 110-room boutique hotel in the former headquarters of The Portland Press Herald at 389 Congress St. Both projects received approval from the Planning Board on Jan. 22, and are now seeking final permissions to move forward. And on High Street at Congress Square, the historic Eastland Park Hotel, which has been shuttered and undergoing a $35 million renovation since last summer, is scheduled to reopen in December as the Westin Portland Harborview Hotel. The new hotel will have 289 rooms, 58 more than the Eastland. In addition, plans call for a 125-room hotel to be built as part of the $105 million mixed-used development proposed for Thompson’s Point. There are already about 3,500 rooms in the Portland metro area, according to the Maine Innkeepers Association. Those numbers worry the association’s executive director, Greg Dugal. 6“Portland is going to have its work cut out for it in filling those rooms,” Dugal

against other robots to gather resources and bring them back to their goals.” Goodwin said expeditions like this are not unusual at King and that he and eighthgrade teacher Peter Hill have participated in several similar expeditions throughout the years. While they have never done this exact project, the expeditions have evolved over the years as teacher and student understanding improves. “This may be our fifth or sixth time doing the wind energy piece, but we are constantly changing it a little bit,” he said. “The first year we did the wind, none of the students could get their turbines to work. (The expedition) grows and as teachers we learn more and make more connections.” One of these connections involved traveling to the University of Maine in Orono with students to visit the wind lab and speak with the engineers about wind energy. “There is a real connection with that field experience,” Goodwin said.

These connections are what expeditionary learning, or deeper learning, at King Middle School is all about. The school has placed its focus on expeditionary learning for about 20 years, said Goodwin, and it allows students to develop a deeper understanding of what they are being taught rather than just scratching the surface. “It’s much more than taking a test and being able to score well on a standardized test,” he said. “It’s really diving into it and discovering more things along the way.” “Something like wind energy I suppose you could approach it and give students pieces to read and find some interesting information and that would still be meaningful, but by having them actually take the science and math and all of the subjects and actually build something of their own creation, they can see the turbines spinning, the reading on the meter, and then make improvements. When you allow them time

like we do where they can just dig into a subject it carries with them a lot longer and it really has a deeper meaning.” At the end of their almost five-month expedition, students presented their ideas for projects that would improve common problems such as drinking water pollution. The students were responsible for speaking to parents, students, teachers and community members about what their project was, how it works and why it is important to the community at large. Goodwin said having to explain the project and how they went about designing it and changes that had to be made also aids in student understanding and makes what they are being taught stick. “It’s the hands-on, teamwork, kind of messy stuff that really provides that deeper learning experience,” he said.

said. “This is a substantial jump, there’s no question.” While there’s plenty of business for local hotels during the summer tourist season, the off-season is expected to be the true test of whether the city can support the increase in capacity. “I think the number of new rooms could probably be absorbed by the summertime market, but the process will really manifest itself during the off-season, when hotels are struggling for every guest they can get,” Dugal said. Last year was a good one for local hotels. The average occupancy rate in the Portland area was 59.3 percent in 2012, according to Smith Travel Research. That’s about the same as the occupancy rate for the past 10 years, except for 2009, when the recession and bad weather devastated Maine tourism. And the rate is close to the 60 percent threshold hotels typically seek when considering new capacity, Dugal said. What’s more, he said, the average room rate was $109, up from $101 the year before. But those results also reflect the temporary closure of the Eastland, Portland’s largest hotel. And the addition of more than

650 new rooms, all within a few months of each other, could be too much to swallow. “My guess is that there will be a glitch in occupancy and rate,” Dugal said. While the new hotels will likely do well because of their novelty, the potential glut of rooms could hit older hotels and those off the peninsula especially hard. Properties in South Portland could “bear the brunt” of the boom, he said. But across the street from the future Hyatt Place, the Portland Harbor Hotel’s general manager, Gerard Kiladjian, is also worried. “If you look at the new inventory (of rooms), it’s foolish to say we’re not all going to be affected,” he said. The new inventory will be more difficult for the local hotel market to absorb than other recent additions, which were more gradual, Kiladjian added. The 122-room Hampton Inn opened in 2011 at Fore and Franklin streets, and the 179-room Residence Inn by Marriott opened at Fore and Hancock streets in 2009. Prior to that, the city had not seen a new hotel since the 2003 opening of the Hilton Garden Inn on Commercial Street, with 120 rooms, and Kiladjian’s 101-room

hotel in 2002. “It just happens that every one of these (current) projects is coming to the table at the same time,” he said. “That would be very difficult for any market to absorb, no matter how strong. There will be some winners and some losers.” But despite its proximity to the Hyatt Place, the Portland Harbor Hotel won’t be changing its business strategy in response to the new kid on the block, Kiladjian said. “We will continue doing what we do best, and investing in the property,” he said. He noted that the Portland Harbor Hotel is a luxury brand that caters to a different clientele than the Hyatt Place, part of a mid-priced chain geared more to business travelers. Ultimately, it’s impossible to predict exactly how the local hotel market will shake out, Dugal said, but Portland’s popularity with visitors should allow it to sustain the current growth after a year or two of adjustment. “It’s just going to be a little extra work,” he said, “but it can be done.”

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scene has been the emergence of One Longfellow Square as southern Maine’s premier small music room and the venue of choice for folk singers, singer-songwriters, roots-oriented musicians, jazz and Americana. Geographically speaking, One Longfellow Square is the bedrock western anchor of the Congress Street Arts District. It’s the major performing arts venue in a quarter-mile stretch that also includes two other busy spots: Port City Blue and Local Sprouts.

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Manchester, N.H., became engaged in October. They met online through the website Christian Mingle, she said. The blizzard did prevent some cousins and friends from attending the wedding, but more than 80 of the 120 people who had said they were coming were able to make it. “Direct family members were able to beat the storm and all arrived by Friday

Seating about 200 in a very intimate concert setting, One Longfellow Square began about a decade ago as the Center for Cultural Exchange. Cabaret seating is occasionally used and sometimes the main floor is cleared for dancing. Light refreshments are available for all shows. One Longfellow Square’s claim to preeminence was solidified about a year ago when it converted to a nonprofit organization, allowing it to solicit memberships and grants. The goal was to free itself from the strict dictates of box-office receipts. Four months ago, OLS announced that Kippy Rudy would become the

first full-time executive director of the nonprofit. A resident of Bath, Rudy was selected after a thorough national search conducted last summer. She was picked on the strength of her 20-plus years of experience in fund-raising and nonprofit arts management in Maine. Rudy has held key positions at several major Portland arts institutions including general manager at PORTopera, marketing and development director at Portland Stage, and director of corporate and foundation relations at the Portland Museum of Art. I’ve had several chats with Rudy during her first four months on the job, and

I’m impressed by her knowledge of the Maine arts community and her understanding that business acumen is needed if OLS is to remain among Portland’s top performing arts venues. She’s off to a good start. Since October I’ve noticed that OLS shows sell out much more frequently and much earlier. Don’t count on being able to walk in without tickets and get in. “My goal is simple,” she told me recently. “One Longfellow Square must become self-sustaining. My objective is for us to be here in 10 years.”

morning, but numerous flights and road trips were canceled,” Willis said. “Guests from Colorado and California had their flights canceled before the snow even started and there was no other way to Maine, since even the trains from Boston were not running Friday afternoon.” At least one member of the wedding party arrived on the last flight allowed to land Friday morning at the Portland Jetport before the airport shut down. Matron of honor Lisa Domino of Brooklyn, N.Y., arrived by train Thursday

evening and best man Christopher Beal of Wilton, N.H., was able to arrive ahead of the storm. The only person who did not make it to the wedding was the disc jockey the couple had hired from Boston. Gov. Deval Patrick issued a travel ban from about 2 p.m. Friday to 4 p.m. Saturday. “He was stopped twice by the Massachusetts state police and they threatened to arrest him,” Willis said. “But he called a DJ contact in Portland and he came for us and was wonderful.”

Willis, who plans to change her name to Beal, said that her family knows what is to blame for the winter weather that has impacted marriage ceremonies for two generations. “It’s the dress’s fault,” she said. “I had my mom’s wedding dress modified, so we decided that had to be what made it snow for both our weddings.” Willis and Beal were scheduled Sunday to fly out of Logan Airport for their honeymoon in Switzerland and Austria. “We really do love the snow,” she said.

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ern B playoff teams (Lake Region, Cape Elizabeth and Wells), but won its other 15 games, capped by triumphs over host Kents Hill (69-40) and visiting Greater Portland Christian School (64-23) and Sacopee (6320) last week. Standout Martha Veroneau had 29 points against Kents Hill, passing her older sister Margaret to become the program’s all-time leading scorer. “I texted Margaret right after,” Veroneau said. “I said,’ Hey Margaret, guess who’s the all-time leading scorer?!’ The 1,000 mark was really my goal going into the season. As the season progressed, I realized I could go for the record as well. Obviously, the team’s success comes first, but it’s a nice accolade.” Veroneau eclipsed the 1,300 mark for her career in the win over the Lions, in which she had 18 points. “We didn’t shoot the ball the way we’d like to, but we came around and did what we needed to do,” said Flyers coach Brandon Salway. In the finale against the Hawks, Veroneau had 24 points to finish the regular season with 1,328 for her career. She averaged 19.8 points, 4.8 steals, 3.7 made 3-pointers and

3.1 assists per game this winter. “I think overall, we’re happy with the regular season,” Veroneau said. “I feel like we’ve had the fever to get to the playoffs. We have to keep coming out hard. The team is getting so much better.” “We’d like to have a couple of those (losses) back, but we’ve learned from them,” Salway added. “Luckily, we’ve also had a lot of non-countable games that have helped us out. We’ve played a tough out-ofregular season schedule.” Veroneau has a lot of company on this year’s team. For starters, there are her finally healthy twin sister Catherine and freshman sister Anne. Rhiannan Jackson averaged 7 rebounds and 4 steals a game. Julianna Harwood (6.6 rebounds per game) and Leigh Fernandez (3 assists and 1.2 ‘s per contest) are other key contributors. Helen Gray-Bauer, Arianna Giguere and Louise Lyall provide depth off the bench. Waynflete finished fourth in Western C and had to host No. 13 Carrabec (5-13) in a preliminary round game Tuesday. The teams didn’t play this year and have no playoff history. If, as expected, the Flyers advanced, they’ll meet either No. 5 Dirigo (14-4) or No. 12 Sacopee (8-10) in the quarterfinals Tuesday of next week. Game time is 4 p.m., at the Augusta Civic Center.

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Waynflete didn’t play the Cougars this year. The Flyers swept the Hawks (also winning 48-17 at Sacopee Dec. 15). Waynflete has never played the Hawks in the postseason. The Flyers handled Dirigo, 71-36, in the 2008 preliminary round. Waynflete is ready for a run at the pinnacle. “I’ve been looking forward to (the tournament) since last year’s playoffs,” Lyall said. “It’s such a good time. We have high expectations. It will be nice to see what we can do.” “We don’t really mind a prelim,” Veroneau said. “It’s an extra game and it gets us ready for the playoffs. We have the drive to go far this year. It’s scary going in knowing it’s one-and-done, but at the same time, we’ve worked for this for four years. We’re going to leave it all on the court. We’ll give it all we have. I think this group has the potential to do something great.” “It’s fine with us to have a prelim,” Salway added. “Carrabec has good size and could present us with some difficulties in the post, rebounding and defending especially. We have some experience defending good post players with (non-countable) games versus Gorham, Fryeburg and Lake Region, so hopefully that experience will help our post defenders a little.

“There were years when I cared about our draw, but this year, it’s not about winning a game or about our draw. We have bigger aspirations. It’s going to come down to execution in tight games. We’ll go (to Augusta) with the right attitude and play really aggressive. Our attitude the past couple years has been not to worry about winning or losing, just playing with no fear. That’s the key. I think we shoot better there. If we get there, we’ll have confidence. A lot of teams don’t have that. We’re very motivated. We’ve been looking forward to the tournament since last February.” Other Western C quarterfinals include top-ranked Boothbay Region (16-2) meeting No. 8 St. Dom’s (10-8) or No. 9 HallDale (9-9), second-ranked Madison (15-3) facing No. 7 Mt. Abram (9-9) or No. 10 Traip (6-12) and third-ranked Old Orchard Beach (13-5) playing either No. 6 Monmouth (13-5) or No. 11 Kents Hill (5-9). The Western C semis are Thursday, Feb. 21 and the Western C Final is Saturday, Feb. 23, with both rounds being contested in Augusta. The Class C state final is Saturday, March 2, at the Bangor Auditorium. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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new, color-coded network of signs for traffic downtown, along the waterfront, in the East and West Ends, and in Bayside and Parkside. The signage was also planned near USM, prompting Schiller and her group to approach the city last fall about the possibility of including an Education District in the project. But such an expansion would cost an additional $18,000, not including the expense of installing the signs, according to a memo from the project consultant, Woodworth Associates. Now it’s not clear if the city will pick up that cost, Schiller said. The City Council’s Transportation, Sustainability and Energy Committee is scheduled to take up the question when it meets Feb. 20.

The neighborhood group is scheduled to meet March 13 to update members on progress of the signs project and other issues. Meanwhile, Schiller said she’s hopeful that the creation of the Education District will serve as a magnet for people visiting for graduations and other events, bringing business to the area. She also said the district could instill a sense of pride among the area’s young residents. “Kids hear so much dialogue about failing schools, and it creates a kind of doubt,” she said. “We want to create a sense of pride, and send a message that yes, you can get a great education here and even go to college where you live.” William Hall can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or whall@ theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @hallwilliam4.

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spot of Portland.” Besides USM, the area is also home to the University of Maine School of Law, the University of New England Portland campus, and offices for a collaborative program between the Tufts University School of Medicine and Maine Medical Center. In addition, Deering and Catherine McAuley high schools are in the neighborhood. Schiller said UNO began meeting when residents recognized there were common issues that required attention from the city, such as the maintenance of Longfellow Park at Longfellow and Oakdale streets. Today, participation in the informal group

fluctuates, but it is led by about eight core members and actively supported by USM, Schiller said. Besides organizing neighborhood events such as Christmas caroling and blood drives, UNO recently urged the city to address a dangerous intersection at Falmouth and Oakdale streets. But the most challenging work for the neighborhood may be, literally, getting on the map. Last year, the city began working with Portland’s Downtown District and other groups to overhaul the hodgepodge collection of signs that guide vehicles around the peninsula and in other key areas. Backed by $50,000 from the Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System, the project will eventually create a

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