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Vol. 10, No. 11

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School budget elicits little initial public response By Gillian Graham PORTLAND — The first public hearing on the proposed $94.9 million school budget drew few comments from residents Tuesday night. Four residents spoke about Superintendent of Schools James Morse Sr.’s proposed budget, which is currently under review by the finance committee.

Only one resident spoke against the budget and urged School Committee members to reduce staff and find other savings. The proposed budget is a 3.71 percent increase from the fiscal 2012 budget, following a three-year downward trend in education spending. If approved as proposed, it would require a 3.65 percent rise in local prop-

erty taxes, or $85 on a home assessed at $250,000. A second public hearing will begin at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 20, in room 250 of Casco Bay High School, 196 Allen Ave. During the public hearing at Casco Bay High School, Morse said he reduced his proposed budget to $94.9 million from the nearly $103 million requested

by school administrators. The budget encompasses step increases in teacher salaries, slight rises in health-care costs, makes up for the loss of $2 million in revenue from a federal jobs bill set to be phased out, and includes the first payment on a four-year, $1 million technology loan. The budget eliminates eight

jobs and adds eight others, resulting in no net change in staffing. More than 100 jobs were eliminated between fiscal years 2008 and 2012, a trend Morse said is no longer sustainable without eliminating programs and increasing class sizes. “Largely, this budget is a sus-

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Flea market hopes to attract collectors, curators By Andrew Cullen PORTLAND — Organizers hope a flea market opening next month will become a mecca for bargain-hunters, vintage enthusiasts and art collectors alike. Tapping into the city’s stillgrowing creative community and buy-local philosophy, the organizers of the Portland Flea-For-All hope to create a meeting place for arts enthusiasts the way the Public Market House has for foodies, co-owner Nathaniel Baldwin said. The flea market, a project more than two years in the making for Baldwin and Erin Kiley, his business partner and fiancee, will host a rotating cast of vendors, most of them peddling original arts and

crafts or vintage items curated by the dealers. “The idea is you come in on a Saturday and you come in on a Sunday and it’ll be a different thing,” Kiley said. Baldwin said that shoppers will find something interesting at the Flea-For-All “regardless of age, style, or budget” and that the vendors will be carefully vetted. “We want a diversity and quality here every week,” Kiley said. “There’s not going to be any junk. ... Portland has an amazing community of collectors and curators of quality things.” The market will be open Saturdays and Sundays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning April 14 at 125 Kennebec St. in Bayside.

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Erin Kiley, left, and fiance Nathaniel Baldwin are set to open the Portland Flea-for-All, a vintage and arts-andcrafts flea market at the former Asia West showroom building, 125 Kennebec St., Portland, on April 14. They hope it will provide a place for members of Portland’s artistic community to gather and sell their products to customers.

For a fee, vendors will be able to rent space for anywhere from six days to six months. Baldwin and Kiley hope to have about 50 vendors

filling two floors of the former Asia West showroom. The pair said they have already lined up dealers of vintage furniture and antique

books, creators of hand-made jewelry, and painters and photographers. Over time, they See page 28

City mulls fee to fund $170M sewer project By Andrew Cullen PORTLAND — Officials are considering a new storm water run-off fee that they say will more equally spread the burden of a $170 million sewer system improvement project. They also say that future costs associated with sewerage will

increase for all property owners, whether the fee is implemented or not. Citizens and members of the task force that crafted the recommended fee filled a conference room in the basement of City Hall Monday evening to discuss the proposal, with

residents and business owners voicing strong concerns about it, albeit not always from the same angle. The proposed fee would be based on the area of impervious surface – roofs, decks, driveways, parking lots, or other paved surfaces – on a property.

Property owners are already charged a sewer fee. The new storm water run-off fee would be charged in addition to the sewer fee, which is also set to rise over the next 15 years as the city embarks on the third phase of a massive sewer improvement project.

The city in 1991 entered an agreement with the state that dictates the changes that need to be made to the sewer system, mostly to separate the sewer and run-off drainage systems to meet environmental standards. See page 23

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Meetings.........................17 Obituaries....................... 11 Opinion.............................8 Out & About....................18

People & Business.........12 Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................28 Sports.............................13


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Students talk revolution with Egyptian activist By Andrew Cullen PORTLAND – When Portland High School students had the opportunity to meet and talk to a high-profile Egyptian human rights activist on Friday, they had a simple topic to discuss. “Just ... how to change the world,” said Wael Nawara, an author involved in the 2011 protests that took down President Hosni Mubarak’s long-standing regime. Nawara, who was recognized in Time magazine’s 2011 Person of the Year issue about the global protesters who shook the world, came to the high school during a fellowship at Harvard University’s Institute of Politics at the invitation of a student and Portland High School graduate, Mikhaila Fogel. In front of about 70 students in the school’s Global Studies program March 9, Nawara spoke rapidly about Egypt’s revo-

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Wael Nawara, an Egyptian writer and human rights activist who participated in the 2011 protests that ended President Hosni Mubarak’s regime, spoke to students at Portland High School on March 9.

lution and the country’s political developments since Mubarak’s fall. Egypt’s political environment is still evolving, he said, even as Islamist parties come to power after the country’s most recent elections. The open system is still a new idea to many, he said. “You have to explain, ‘what is democracy?’ Is it just elections?” he said. “Democracy is not an end destination. It is a journey.” Nawara’s first-hand account of revolution by the people was not enough to keep some students from losing interest, and the quick clip of his talk was likely too fast for some of the ELL, or English Language Learner, students involved in the global studies program to keep up with, one teacher noted.


But some teenagers and Nawara himself became visibly more engaged as he opened the floor to their questions. After a few inquiries from social sciences

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teachers who were clearly as – or more – interested in the eyewitness account of current events as the students, the pupils began to ask their own: Are liberal political parties forming to combat Islamist ones? Can violent revolution be justified? What advice do you have for revolutionaries struggling to elevate their movements in places like Saudi Arabia and Bahrain? Nawara said he was “very impressed” with the student’s questions. He had been warned that they might not be interested, or that they might not ask questions, but said found “that they were really in tune and asked difficult questions – but important questions.” As the conversation progressed, Egypt faded into the background and more global issues came up. “I start by talking about Egypt,” Nawara said. “(But in the end) it’s not about Egypt.” The most obviously applicable lesson to American students was the capacity of social media for societal change, said Kate Suslovic, a junior. American high-schoolers

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Inmate escapes Cumberland County Jail cell for sexual exploit By Gillian Graham PORTLAND — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is conducting an internal review of operations after a maximumsecurity inmate crawled into the cell of a female prisoner for a sexual tryst. Sheriff Kevin Joyce said during a press conference Monday that Arien L’Italien, 23, of Biddeford, was spotted early Saturday morning by a corrections officer as L’Italien tried to get back to his cell block after a consensual encounter with inmate Karla Wilson. L’Italien is being held on federal charges of attempted murder of a federal officer and possession of a firearm by a felon. He was arrested in January following a shootout on Mellen Street with the U.S. Marshals’ Violent Offender Task Force. He was being sought by the task force in connection with a New Year’s Day stabbing in Biddeford. Wilson, a 25-year-old from Portland,

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is awaiting trial on four counts of gross sexual assault and two counts of aggravated assault. Joyce said L’Italien was out of his cell for about an hour before he was spotted early Saturday morning. L’Italien made his bed to look as if it was occupied and used some kind of material to prevent the lock of his cell from latching properly, Joyse said. Wilson also used material to keep her cell lock open, the sheriff said. He said officers later were able to manipulate a cell lock to stay open using paper towels and a credit card. Joyce said L’Italien and Wilson, who knew each other, somehow arranged their tryst using the jail’s ventilation system. He said that likely involved other prisoners passing messages. “It appears this (also) did happen two

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the clients when they asked about the lack of progress. Tucci allegedly took payments from customers in advance, then demanded more money when they complained after the project start dates passed with no progress. Work that was performed was allegedly of poor quality. The lawsuit was filed in Cumberland County Superior Court after a complaint by Legal Services for the Elderly prompted an investigation by the attorney general’s office.

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days before, but her door locked and he couldn’t get in,” Joyce said. The two inmates’ cells were separated by a walkway and two security doors in day rooms, which were left open during overnight hours because corrections officers checked on inmates every 15 minutes, Joyce said. A department reL’Italien view of security videos and a visual inspection of the two cell blocks revealed the location of the corrections officers’ station, as well as “some lack of attention to detail” by the officers on duty, Wilson enabled the security breach, Joyce said. Joyce said the corrections officers’ station has been moved and the security doors to the day rooms will now be locked at all hours. Jail officials also will review what items inmates have access to, including deodorant containers that could be broken and used to manipulate locks. “They don’t have a lot, but they get creative when they have plenty of time,” Joyce said. The sheriff said he was particularly concerned about the security breach because of the danger L’Italien – or any inmate unexpectedly out of a cell – poses to cor-

rections officers. “That’s a huge issue. This guy is not a good guy, that’s why he’s in here,” Joyce said. The internal investigation is being conducted to see if any policies were violated and what policies should be changed as a result of the incident. Joyce said it is too soon to say if any corrections officers will be disciplined. Joyce said L’Italien and Wilson will likely face disciplinary action at the jail, but not criminal charges. L’Itlien is now being held in the super maximum security unit and has no contact with other inmates. Gillian Graham can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @grahamgillian.

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Greater Portland transportation wish-list tops $850M By Gillian Graham PORTLAND — The Portland Area Comprehensive Transportation System has released a wish-list of projects costing $851 million that could transform the greater Portland area by 2022. John Duncan, PACTS director, said the 22 investments detailed in the list have “the power to maintain and transform� the area’s transportation system. They range from bridge repair to long-term changes to Route 1, Interstate 295 and the Maine Turnpike. Duncan said PACTS has identified $227 million in available funding. That leaves a funding gap of $624 million to complete all of the projects. “Whether we opt to fund these improvements through increased property taxes, user fees or other sources, successful completion will not only create jobs, but improve mobility throughout the region,� Duncan wrote in the report, titled “22 by ’22.� The report can be viewed at

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xE7200. The PACTS area includes portions or all of 15 communities: Biddeford, Cape Elizabeth, Cumberland, Falmouth, Freeport, Gorham, North Yarmouth, Old Orchard Beach, Portland, Saco, Scarborough, South Portland, Westbrook, Windham and Yarmouth. “The list is a mix of regional priorities and local priorities,� Duncan said. Duncan said he was prompted to put together the report after thinking about all the studies undertaken by PACTS or the communities involved, as well as the way the economy is affecting transportation projects. “The money feels like it’s getting scarcer and scarcer as the economy struggles and the federal government year by year reduces its transportation funding,� he said. The projects run from pricey – $181 million for a Gorham East-West Corridor

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Highlights of ‘22 by ’22’ Total cost: $851 million Total available fuding: $227 million Additional funding needed: $624 million Projected 10-year impact on jobs: 11,063 Breakdown of investments Highway and bridge: $608 million Rail: $36 million Transit: $168 million Bike/pedestrian: $25 million Placemaking: $9 million Alternative fuels infrastructure: $5 million

estimated cost of $15 million. • An estimated $45 million investment for a new transit facility, replacement of the METRO garage and major upgrade to the Casco Bay Lines ferry terminal. • A suggested $49 million investment to upgrade bus and ferry fleets over the next 10 years. Nathan Poore, Falmouth town manager and chairman of the PACTS Policy Committee, said he thinks the report is a great way to show there is not enough funding for needed infrastructure projects. “It demonstrates the amount of infrastructure that is possible in the next 10 years,â€? he said. “It’s really about awareness of transportation and the funding needed to support it.â€? Gillian Graham can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @grahamgillian.


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By Mario Moretto PORTLAND — Longtime customers of Two Fat Cats are noticing some cosmetic changes at the India Street bakery. The former salmon-colored walls are now a bright lime green, and the floor has a new non-stick coating and paint job. But the biggest change wasn’t in the decor, or even in the recipes for the bakery’s famous pies and cupcakes. Last month, a South Portland couple – Stacy Begin and her husband, Matthew Holbrook – bought the bakery, which was previously owned by the same folks behind Standard Baking Co. on Com-

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mercial Street. Begin said she’d always dabbled in baking, but only dived in head-first over the past seven or eight years. In April 2011, she and Holbrook formed Blackbird Baking Co., baking pies, quickbreads and muffins in the kitchen of their Elm Street home in South Portland. She continued to work part-time as program director at Davis Foundations, a nonprofit granting organization in Yarmouth, but found herself more and more devoted to the chemistry and convection of pies and cakes. “The more I did it, the more I wanted


Liz DeCotiis, 23, of Bar Mills, prepares and decorates a red velvet cake at Two Fat Cats bakery in Portland on March 13, 2012.

to do it,” she said in an interview Tuesday at Two Fat Cats. Last year, Blackbird Baking hawked its baked goods wholesale, at area farmers markets and to customers who ordered via phone or email. Begin said that as business grew, she and Holbrook started

Stacy Begin, 42, of South Portland, bought Portland’s Two Fat Cats bakery. She and her husband, Matthew Holbrook, operated Blackbird Baking Co. out of their home until they took over the India Street business on Feb. 1, 2012.

considering their options: Open a bakery, buy an already established shop or shut down. Not long after they put out feelers, Begin found a listing for Two Fat Cats. The couple had been hoping to stay in South Portland, but Begin said the Portland

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Friends School received commendation for being true to its mission, producing a thorough and accurate self-study and for the dedication of board members and staff. Major recommendations include “that the school pursue an attractive and stable location for a permanent home that ensures opportunities for its tradmark place-based learning” and “that the school begin a conversation among all constituents about what the ideal school enrollment would look like with without restriction from current space or staffing.” Grumbach said Friends School rents its building from the Maine Educational Center for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing and has a lease through the 2013-2014 school year. He said the Mackworth Island locale is perfect, but the building does not allow for growth, an ongoing topic of conversation for school leaders. Grumbach said the accreditation process

was helpful in that it reaffirmed what the school is doing well and areas in which it needs to improve. For parent and board member Kim Simmons, it gave voice to feelings about the school. Simmons cited a commendation from the NEASC visiting committee, which credited faculty and staff with establishing “a culture of joyful learning.” “It felt to me that it put words to something we aspire to,” she said. “For them to give those words felt so affirming and exciting. That is the essence of what education should be for the kids.” Jen McNally, a parent and marketing coordinator for the school, said she was happy to find a school environment where her children are invested in learning and where classes participate in service projects. “This became our community,” she said. “It’s a very supportive community.”

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Help for SOS, kudos for OhNo, sweets in SoPo By Amy Anderson The fourth annual Maine Restaurant Week is over, but four restaurants are still offering deals and donating a portion of their proceeds to Share Our Strength. Sister restaurants Miyake and Pai Men, both in Portland, and Grace in Portland and the Foreside Tavern in Falmouth are participating in the Share Our Strength’s Dine Out: No Kid Hungry throughout March. Miyake, at 468 Fore St., will donate $1 from each $30, three-course special menu and up to $3 from the restaurant’s seven-course tasting dinner menu all month long. Pai Men, at 188 State St., will donate $1 from each order of its $23, three-course menu. Grace, at 15 Chestnut St., will contribute $1 from each $40, three-course menu, and the Foreside Tavern, 270 Route 1 in Falmouth, will donate $1 from each $30, three-course menu. Both promotions runs until March 18. In addition to the Dine Out: No Kid Hungry campaign, funds raised will continue to support the Good Shepherd Food Bank, The Preble Street Teen Center, Cultivating Community and The Opportunity Alliance. The “No. 1” breakfast sandwich at OhNo Café, 87 Brackett St., Portland, was named one of the best breakfast

sandwiches in the United States by Food and Wine magazine. The bagel sandwich is made with maple-glazed prosciutto, Tabasco, Vermont cheddar and an egg. Rosemont Produce Co., 5 Commercial Street in Portland, opened March 5 and will be open Monday through Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m., for fresh, local produce. The 26th annual Chocolate Lovers’ Fling is on Sunday, April 1, from 1 to 4 p.m. at the Holiday Inn by the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland General admission tickets are $20 in advance and $25 at the door and children under 10 are free. VIP tickets for adults are $50 and $10 for children. To purchase tickets call 828-1035 or visit any Bull Moose location. All proceeds benefit Sexual Assault Response Services of Southern Maine. In South Portland, Sweet Marguerites Chocolate Café will open at 378a Cottage Road, near David’s 388 restaurant and Julchris Cookies. Owner Meg Swoboda said the store will have a chocolate production area and retail space serving chocolates, espresso and coffee drinks, hot chocolate, and scones and cookies. There will be five tables and Internet access. They hope to open by March 17, Swoboda said. Also in South Portland, Cambridge Coffee Bar and Bakehouse will launch

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Much in the way December is synonymous with Christmas, for me, March means one thing: birthdays. Parents, grandparents, spouses, family and friends. Alive. Dead. It matters not. It’s a hotbed of birthday activity and memories. Recently, I had the privilege of attending the birthday celebrations of two people No Sugar I admire and have come to love – both happen to be parents of different girlfriends I met after moving to Maine, but the fact that they’ve been in my life a relatively short time doesn’t make them less special. Birthdays and the parties that mark them are a funny thing. At some points in our lives, we eagerly anticipate them. At other times, we fear and/or would rather ignore them. And then it seems we Sandi Amorello come full circle again. If you have (or have had) young children, you are painfully aware of the seemingly never-ending string of birthday parties that you are either giving or sending your kids to. When my three children were in the pre-school/ elementary school age range (which can go on for decades, depending upon how many offspring you have and how far apart they are spaced) I remember dreaming of starting a movement to ban birthday parties altogether. I couldn’t keep up with the avalanche of invitations and gifts that needed to be purchased for schoolmates who often were not even on my child’s “friend” list. Even before the stress of Drew’s illness came into the mix, I was declining and tearing up party invites with reckless abandon. Not that I was a birthday Scrooge; I just didn’t get it. I believe the true birthday party madness began when, unbeknown me, a law was apparently passed, stating that every single child in the classroom, school or district must receive an invitation to a party, so no one would have their feelings hurt, or feel “left out.” I don’t know who came up with this brilliant scheme, but they obviously hadn’t asked for my opinion, as I’ve always been of the mind that children are best raised in an

When most women have sex, it’s with men. So when I hear Rush Limbaugh’s misogynistic rants, I wonder why only women get bashed. And something else: when most people leave rehab, they can see beyond their wanting to be funny and turn instead toward character work, people values, egolessness, and sacrifice. As they wrestle with their demons, they begin to hope for positive influence, to shine a light into their darkness. Otherwise, they “get off” on the intoxicating drug of their perceived importance, having never detoxed from arrogance, whether or not they still “use.” I doubt that Rush benefited from rehab. When he suggests public sex tapes, I mistrust his development in kindness, compassion and sensitivity. Some brush off Rush as entertainment. Scary. When I look at my 17-month-old twin grandsons, I question what they might find entertaining about such discourse. I worry what they’ll inherit if “slut” and “prostitute” get laughs. Embracing their giggles and hugs, I wonder what will help them thrive. Not hatred. Not divisiveness. Not bullying. I wrote to WGAN to say I won’t listen to their station unless they cancel Limbaugh. A spokesperson said that would be dangerous. To follow our values? To stand for mental-emotional maturity? To promote sorely needed social skills and drop unskillful rhetoric? Really? I have failures and flaws, but as a woman, I hope to lessen the world’s pain, not add to it. I hope, as Hildegard of Bingen wrote, that we “awaken from our dullness and rise vigorously toward justice.” Susan Lebel Young Falmouth


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atmosphere that has some bearing upon “reality” – and the reality of life is this: if you don’t play nicely with someone, if you have a rotten disposition, if you have at any point stolen the cookie out of someone’s lunch box, or if you simply aren’t their friend, you don’t get invited to their party. This birthday party nonsense is obviously tied into “helicopter parenting” and “we must make life perfect for our children” movements and I shall refrain from going off on that tangent at this particular time. Needless to say, although I loved baking cakes and creating special and sometimes elaborate-yet-homespun birthday celebrations (with my husband’s help – he was the actual birthday party ringmaster) for my children, I was not one of the parents who rented a bouncy-house and paid Marcello the fire-eating mime to entertain a gaggle of 8-year-olds while my child opened 45 gifts purchased by kids who barely knew him (or her). Some parents may have been holding back tears when their children outgrew the frenetic birthday party stage. Me? I was relieved. When I was a child, I certainly had my share of memorable parties: the beautiful cakes my mother would create, the Martha Stewart-esque decorations, the time the paper tablecloth caught fire. And when I look back at photos, there I was, surrounded by my intimate group of true friends. I may not have gotten dozens of gifts, but I felt loved. Your 10th birthday is a big deal; 40 and 50 are landmarks sometimes reluctantly punctuated by major celebrations (they don’t carry the same excitement as the number “21,” for instance). But then people hit 70. Or 80. Or 90. And suddenly, everyone wants to party. And they know how to do it. I watch in awe, hoping to be fortunate enough to reach those milestones, surrounded by friends and family – celebrating life and smiling with gratitude. Forget 40 being the new 30; 90 is the new 50 – and I, for one, am thrilled. So happy birthday, Bob and Judy – you’re an inspiration (and Bob, you’re cuter than most of the men I’ve dated!).

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It is also untrue that Hitler was “legally elected.” He never got more than 36 percent of the vote. Because of Nazi-inspired public chaos he was reluctantly appointed chancellor. Twenty-nine days later the Reichstag burned and democratic government was extinguished. Accurate history is important. In the 20th century, Lenin, Stalin and Mao were extreme leftists. Hitler, Mussolini and Franco in Spain, their mortal enemies, were extreme rightists. Millions died across the globe in the 20th century defeating these dictatorships.

how she got to be one of the richest members of Congress. Answer: federal student loans made both Jock McKernan and his wife rich. Pingree will face two-faced criticism from whoever runs against her over the fact that her husband, Donald Sussman, is a successful and wealthy man, just the sort of guy who ought to be a Republican but, gratefully, isn’t. And King is going to get it both from Republicans and Democrats both for being wealthy and for being a wind power developer. Wind power is a divisive issue among progressives and environmentalists, some supporting it as a clean, renewable energy source, some opposing it as a noisy eyesore. Conservatives oppose wind power both because they are tools of big oil and because they tend to view alternative energy as a liberal plot to siphon off tax dollars. Just for fun, let’s start counting the number of times Republicans mention King and Solyndra, a favorite right-wing whipping boy, in the same breath. The California-based manufacturer of solar cylinders went bankrupt after receiving $527 million in loans from the federal stimulus program. What killed Solyndra? The free market. Cheap competition from China. Isn’t failure the option Republicans prefer? But King, like President Obama, is going to have Solyndra hung around his neck. I imagine they will both win, but it could be nasty. 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:

We learn from all of them that whenever extremists gain power, whether from the left, right, militarists or religion, the results are both predictable and horrifying. Free speech and democratic rights are eliminated. Intimidation, demonization of opponents and inflamed fears and prejudices are routinely employed. Pervasive violence becomes the norm. As citizens, we have a grave responsibility to learn from history and to continually resist the rise of new extremism, wherever it arises. We alone are responsible for keeping the flame of democracy alive and burning brightly. Alan Caron Freeport

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Ruth G. Leadbetter, 92: Landmark entrepreneur PORTLAND — Ruth G. Leadbetter, 92, died March 9 at the Osher Inn at The Cedars with her family by her side. Leadbetter was born in Portland on Oct. 26, 1919, to Frank W. and Elotia Noyes Gilman. She attended local schools, attending Deering High School and Westbrook Junior College. On Oct. 25, 1941, she married James W. Leadbetter at St. Joseph’s Church in Portland. In 1969 she and her husband opened The Lobster Shack at Two Lights in Cape Elizabeth. In the early 1970s they opened The Candle Shack, a gift shop next door to the restaurant. These two businesses became a destination for visitors and locals alike each summer. In 2009, the family was honored to receive the Maine Family-Owned Business of the Year Award. She and Jim continued to run The Candle Shack until his death in 2010. For more than 35 years Leadbetter and her husband wintered in Sedona, Ariz., where they were active members of the artisan community. They shared a love of creating pottery. She was skilled at creating fine, delicate pieces. She was a member of the Monday Potters and was also an excellent quilter. In addition to running the gift shop, she enjoyed spending summer time at their

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Designations Belle Fete Events & Catering has been selected as a 2012 winner in The Knot Best of Weddings, a special section in The Knot Maine magazine, and on Maine Weddings from The Knot. The Knot Best of Weddings 2012 provides a “by brides, for brides” guide to top wedding professionals across the country. Authors Don Carrigan, Jeff Foltz and Kathleen Fox were recently honored by the New England Book Festival. Awards at the festival honor books that show general excellence and the author’s passion for telling a good story, and that have the potential to reach a wide audience. The three books received Honorable Mentions in their respective categories. George Royle V recently became a shareholder at Drummond Woodsum. He joined the company after seven years of commercial litigation, arbitration and bankruptcy practice at Latham & Watkins LLP in New York City. Maria Morris, the JMG specialist at Morse High School, was recently named to Unum’s 7th Annual Maine Educators’ Hall of Fame Starting 6. The Maine Educators’ Hall of Fame Starting 6 is a partnership between Unum and the Portland Pirates. The goal of the program is

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Awards Senator Olympia Snowe recently received a new award from the Center for Grieving Children. The Resilience Award was created by the Center to draw attention to the possibility and power of discovering personal resilience, particularly as a young person in the wake of experiencing loss and grief. Both of the Senator’s parents died of illnesses when she was a child, and her first husband was killed in a car accident when she was 26. Tragedy struck again in 1991 when stepson Peter McKernan died from a heart condition at the age of 20. Cornerstones of Science recently received a $5,000 grant to recognize the 50th anniversary of the publication of Silent Spring by Rachel Carson. Art All Around recently won the William Johnson Award for outstanding achievement in demonstrating aesthetic merit in industrial or commercial coatings work. The award comes from the Steel Structures Painting Council and was created to give recognition to teams of contractors, designers, end users and coating manufacturers for excellence on particular coatings projects. Jaime Schwartz, chair of the real estate practice group and shareholder at Bernstein Shur, was recently honored by the Maine Real Estate & Development Association with the Robert B. Patterson Jr. Founder’s Award. The award recognizes members who have made significant long term contributions to the real estate industry or to MEREDA.

March 14, 2012 Good Deeds

The fifth grade class at North Yarmouth Academy recently raised $600 sponsoring a dress down day to benefit Service Dog for Seth. Students, faculty and staff donated $3 or more to the organization so that they could dress in casual attire. Verril Dana was recently honored as having the “most hours on completed volunteer lawyers project cases” by a law firm in Maine.

Appointments The Office of Research and Scholarship at the University of New England recently announced that Dr. Dan Brazeau has been appointed as the founding director of UNE’s Genomics, Analytics and Proteomics core. BerryDunn recently announced that Tammy Michaud has been appointed to the American Health Care Association Not-for-Profit Council. At BerryDunn, Michaud coordinates the firm’s NotFor-Profit Group and provides audit and consulting services to the firm’s health care clients. DeLorme recently announced the appointment of Patrick Shay to the newly created position of vice president and general manager of Connected Solutions. In his new role, Shay will spearhead DeLorme’s global strategy for the department of new customer, enterprise and government markets for the company’s award-winning inReach family of twoway personal satellite communication projects. Kelly McDonald, an attorney at Murray, Plumb & Murray, was recently elected chairman of the board of directors of MaineShare. McDonald has served on the board since 2007.

years of experience in pharmaceutical product development from his career at Elan Drug Technologies Inc. where he successfully led global initiatives focused on the development and approval of new chemical entities, life cycle management and generic product opportunities. In his new role at Putney, McGurk will drive the scientific aspects of product development, working closely with external partners to ensure scientific rigor, product quality and manufacturing reliability for new products. Anna K. Strange has recently joined the rehabilitation services staff at Mid Coast Hospital. Strange is a clinical and dispensing audiologist. She received her clinical doctorate from Bloomsburg University.


Norway Savings Bank recently announced the promotions of Robert Harville and Barry Towle. Harville is the new assistant vice president, commercial lender. Towle is the new vice president, security officer.

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Karma Fair Trade recently opened at 570 Brighton Ave. in Portland. The shop features items created by artisans from around the world. Store hours are Tue.Sat. 11 a.m.-6 p.m. and Sun. 12-4 p.m. A new strategic consulting firm, Baldacci Communications, has opened in Portland. The firm offers consulting in public affairs, community relations, fundraising and campaign management. For more information on company services visit

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Coulombe named Miss Maine Basketball


McAuley senior Alexa Coulombe was chosen as Maine’s Miss Basketball Friday evening, bringing down the curtain on her sensational high school career.

By Michael Hoffer BANGOR—McAuley senior Alexa Coulombe is the state’s most intimidating defender, but she’s also a very nice young lady who’s multi-talented, a selfless teammate and oh by the way, a two-time Gold Ball winner. Friday evening at Husson College, Coulombe capped her high school basketball career with the ultimate prize as she was selected Miss Maine Basketball, becoming the second Lion to be honored. Just six days after leading McAuley to the Class A state title, Coulombe was selected over Cony’s Mia Diplock and Windham’s Meghan Gribbin as the state’s finest senior player at the annual Maine Association of Basketball Coaches awards ceremony. Coulombe joins Ashley Cimino (2007) as Lions to win the award. “It’s pretty awesome,” Coulombe said. “Mia and Meg

definitely were competitive for this. Being chosen with them is an honor. I think they’re just as deserving. This last season was my best season. I think my team felt that way. This is just icing on the cake. Playing at McAuley was the best four years of my life.” Coulombe, the daughter of Dennis and Mandi (and older sister of Lauren) Coulombe, of Falmouth, made an immediate impact as a freshman and was named all-conference in each of her four high school seasons. The 6-foot-2-inch forward/ guard was also selected for the all-defensive team as a sophomore, junior and senior. She was named McAuley Winter Female Athlete of the Year as a sophomore. Her shotblocking skills had no peer and her ability to shutdown even the highest scoring opponent was evident regardless of the stakes. Coulombe could have been one of the league’s leading scorers this winter, but instead did

whatever her team needed in its undefeated title run, finishing with an average of 11.6 points, eight rebounds, four steals, four blocks and three assists per game. She was named the Western Class A tournament’s top player/sportsperson as both a junior and senior. McAuley coach Billy Goodman raved about his star player. “I felt she was the best player all year,” Goodman said. “She’s a champion. She could have scored more, but she chose to be a great teammate. She became a great passer and shooter. She deserves it. Her leadership and wanting to win and wanting to get every kid involved, I really haven’t experienced that as a coach. I feel she’ll be a coach someday. She’s very mature and she cares about everybody on the team. It’s one thing to be a good player, it’s another to get this award. Her legacy is that she was a great captain and she was a great champion. Not too many players win two in a row. She’s

got that special something.” In her off-the-cuff acceptance speech (she left the original behind at the table), Coulombe thanked her parents, sister, grandparents and coaches Goodman, Amy Vachon (the 1996 Miss Maine Basketball winner), Dudley Davis and Kara Leary. Off the floor, Coulombe is an honor student, who participated with the SMAA StudentAthletic Summit and Ethical Leadership. She’s volunteered with Winter Kids, Falmouth Elementary School and several camps at McAuley. Coulombe will attend Boston College, on a basketball scholarship, next year. Hampden Academy’s Christian McCue was named Mr. Maine Basketball. Bonny Eagle’s Cole Libby and Mt. Blue’s Cam Sennick were the other finalists. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

It was heaven on the hardwood this winter By Michael Hoffer It seems like every winter, local basketball players up the ante in regards to drama and triumph and the 2011-12 season was no different. All five local schools produced their share of highlights well into February and in a couple cases, into March. Here’s one man’s opinion on the best stories in our coverage area this season.

Michael’s Top Five stories/moments: 5) Stags get first playoff win The Cheverus girls’ team has been competitive for several seasons, but hadn’t been able to get over the playoff hump. That changed this year as after an 11-7 regular season, the Stags beat Gorham in a Western A prelim, 50-44. Cheverus had a great chance to upset Scarborough in the quarterfinals, but couldn’t hold a double-digit second half lead and fell, 39-35, as its season culminated at 12-8. With just about everyone back next winter, the Stags could be primed for an even deeper postseason run in 2012-13. continued page 14


Cheverus senior Louie DiStasio and Portland sophomore Jayvon Pitts-Young were two of the better players in the city this winter.

Waynflete junior Martha Veroneau put forth a record-setting performance in the Western C tournament, helping the Flyers advance all the way to the Western C Final.

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4) Volger’s buzzer beater On the night of Jan. 23, the Portland boys went to Cheverus, hoping desperately to end a nine-game losing streak to its city rival. When the Bulldogs went up by 20 points early in the second half, that wish appeared attainable, but the Stags roared back and went on top, 39-38, on

two free throws from senior Cam Olson with seven seconds to play. Just when hope appeared lost, however, Portland snatched victory from the jaws of defeat as junior Nick Volger raced coast-tocoast and put home a layup with 2.1 seconds left to give the Bulldogs a most exciting and gratifying 40-39 triumph.

3) Veroneau’s very good Only a junior, Waynflete’s Martha Veroneau has already become a legend at

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McAuley won its first state title in eight seasons in 2010-11 and this winter, faced the bulls-eye from start to finish. Even though the Lions got their opponents’ best effort night after night, it didn’t matter. McAuley was only seriously tested on a couple occasions and wound up 18-0 behind a superb team effort. The Lions certainly had their stars in senior Alexa Coulombe (the eventual Miss Maine Basketball winner) and sophomores Allie Clement and Olivia Smith, but the supporting cast of senior defensive standout Sadie DiPierro, junior rebounding machine Molly Mack, steady sophomore Jackie Welch and

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which saw the Rams storm back from a second half deficit, but find themselves tied as time wound down. Then, senior Pat Green became a folk hero, draining a 3-pointer as time expired to help Deering escape Bonny Eagle. In the state final, the Rams struggled early against a Hampden Academy squad which had more size, the first time Deering faced that challenge all season. The Rams were true to the test, however, as senior Jon Amabile had 27 points and juniors Labson Abwoch and Thiwat Thiwat were able to get the job done inside. A second half surge allowed Deering to cruise home to a 59-50 victory as the Rams earned the second Gold Ball in school history.

from page 14 freshman star-of-the-future Victoria Lux also excelled. McAuley didn’t trail for a single second in the tournament, defeating Westbrook, Windham, Scarborough and Cony to bring home the school’s fourth Gold Ball. The Lions will aim for the program’s first ever three-peat next winter.

The Deering boys’ basketball team celebrated the loudest after winning the Class A state title.

1) Deering’s drama In a year defined by parity, the Deering boys’ team stood the tallest. The Rams lost at Cheverus and Portland and at home to the Bulldogs in the regular season, but still managed to earn the top seed in Western A with a 15-3 mark. Deering then produced plenty of excitement in the tournament. First, the Rams rallied from a halftime deficit to fend off No. 9 Biddeford’s upset bid in the quarterfinals. Deering raced to an early lead in the semis against No. 4 Cheverus,



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Greater Portland Benefits Thursday 3/15 Fiddlehead Center for the Arts Green Gala, 6 p.m., Asylum, 121 Center St., Portland, $30, 883-5720 or

Friday 3/16 Almost St. Patrick’s Day Benefit Evening for The Robbie Foundation, 5 p.m., Local Sprouts, 649 Congress St., Portland,

Saturday 3/17 Perform for a Cure, 2:30 p.m., South Portland High School Auditiorium, 637 Highland Ave., South Portland, $12 adults/$10 students and seniors, Rock Around the World Fundraiser to benefit Multilingual Language Summer Programs, 7-11 p.m., Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, $25 advance/$30 door, 874-8135.

Sunday 3/18 Splash for Cash to benefit The Center for Therapeutic Recreation, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., South Portland Community Center, 21 Nelson Road, South Portland, Karen McPhee, 772-0504 or

Sunday 3/25 Sitting Pretty Fundraiser, 4-6:30 p.m., Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot St., Freeport, $10 per person/$25 family, 865-6171.

Friday 3/30 Senior Fest Talent Show and Silent Auction to benefit Yarmouth High School’s Project Graduation, 5:30 p.m., Yarmouth High School, 286 West Elm St., Yarmouth, $5.

Bulletin Board Circle of Musicians, Sundays 2-6 p.m., Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, $3 per person/$5

Meetings Portland

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Wednesday 3/21

William H. Rowe School is currently enrolling children in Kindergarten. Child must be five on or before Oct. 15, 846-3771.

Yarmouth Rowing Club Spring Kickoff, 7 p.m., Yarmouth High School, 286 West Elm St., Yarmouth, 671-2967.

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

Call for Volunteers

Wednesday 3/14 Dirigo Unit of Parliamentarians Meeting, 10 a.m., Norway Bank, Route 1, Falmouth, 839-8378 or 725-5051.

Thursday 3/15 Labyrinth Walk, 4-7:30 p.m., Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland, 772-7421. Red Cross Blood Drive, 8 a.m.1:30 p.m., Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, appointment required, 797-3802 ext. 2014.

Friday 3/16 Freeport Women’s Club Meeting, 1 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., Freeport, 865-1017.

Sunday 3/18 Summer Children’s Camp Fair, 1-4 p.m., East End School Gym, 195 North St., Portland, 518-9557.

Monday 3/19 Portland High School Information Session, 7:30 p.m., Portland High School, 284 Cumberland St., Portland,

AARP Foundation Tax Aide program seeks volunteers, contact Joan Jagolinzer, 883-8415 or American Red Cross needs volunteers at the Portland Donor Center, 524 Forest Ave., Portland, 775-7373 ext. 37. ASSE International Student Exchange Program is seeking local host families for children from around the world, need to be available for an entire school semester or year, for more information contact Joyce at 737-4666 or CATCH Healthy Habits, an afterschool program that brings teams of adults, age 50+, together with children to learn about healthy eating habits and active play, is looking for volunteers for its winter sessions, 396-6523. Foster Grandparents needed to work in classrooms, ages 55 +, 773-0202. Maine Boat Builders Show needs volunteers March 16-18, contact Kerry Ratigan for more information 615-6271.

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Saturday 3/17 Baked Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, $8 adults/$4 children, 781-3413. Baked Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m, West Scarborough United Methodist Church, Route 1, Scarborough, $8 adults/$3 children. Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., People’s United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland, $7 per person/$16 family.

Saturday 3/24 Baked Bean Supper, 5-6:30 p.m., First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, $8 adults/$4 children. Cabin Fever Cure Bean Suppah, 5-6:30 p.m., South Freeport Church, 98 South Freeport Road, Freeport, $7 adults/$5 children, 865-4012. Parish Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Pius X Hall, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland, $8 adults/$4 children. Roast Beef Dinner, 4:30-6 p.m., Stevens Avenue Congregational Church, 790 Stevens Ave., Portland, $9 adult/$7 students/$7 children, 797-4573. Spaghetti Supper, 4:30-6:30 p.m., Catherine McAuley High School, 631 Stevens Ave., Portland, $6 adults/$4 children.

Garden & Outdoors Monday 3/19 Down Mountain and Cross Country: 100 Years of Skiing in Maine, 7 p.m., Log Cabin, 196 Main St., Yarmouth, $5 suggested donation, 846-6259.

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Thursday 3/22

Trout Unlimited, Sebago Chapter, presentation by Maine Guide Todd Towle, 7-8:30 p.m., Woodfords Club, 179 Woodford St., Portland,

Getting Smarter GED prep, South Portland Adult Education, Tue./Thu. 6-8:15 p.m., South Portland High School,

Saturday 3/17 Practice SAT Test, 1-3 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

Sunday 3/18 ”Digital Imagery in the 21st Century,” 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m., South Portland High School, 637 Highland Ave., South Portland, $99 before 3/11, $125 after 3/11,

Health & Support Free Diabetes Support Group, 5:30-6:30 p.m., second Thursday of every month, Martin’s Point Health Education Center, 331 Veranda St., Building 5, Portland, 1-800-2606681.

Friday 3/16 Understanding the Person with Dementia, 12:30-6 p.m., Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, 8859600

Tuesday 3/20 Relay for Life meeting, American Cancer Society of Greater Portland, 6-7 p.m., South Portland High School, 637 Highland Ave., South Portland,

Yoga for Every Body, 5:30 p.m., Bright Star World Dance Studio, 496 Congress St., Portland, 4152525.

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Essential Tremor Information Session, 2-3:30 p.m., Maine Medical Center Scarborough Learning Center, 100 West Entrance, Campus Drive, Scarborough, 661-7001.

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Alzheimer’s Yarmouth Conversation Group, 7-9 p.m., St. Bartholomew’s Church, 396 Gilman Road, Yarmouth, 632-2605.

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The Retired & Senior Volunteer Program of Southern Maine Agency on Aging is looking for people age 55 and over to volunteer; local opportunities include an arts center in Portland; school mentoring or tutoring; spend time with residents in long term care facilities; volunteer as a tax aide or at a nonprofit, Priscilla Greene, 396-6521 or 1-800-427-7411 Ext. 521.

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Teen Game Night, Thursdays 3-5 p.m. through March, for ages 12-19, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 8711700.

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‘Little Me,’ ‘South Pacific’ top choices By Scott Andrews Winter exits with a busy, busy performing arts calendar, and it’s hard to pick and choose from all the great offerings. My top choices tend toward musical theater, and there are two fine shows to pick from. “Little Me” is one of the funniest Broadway musicals ever written, and Portland’s Good Theater is culminating its 10th anniversary season with a superb professional production. A national touring company will be anchoring “South Pacific” at Merrill Auditorium this Saturday and Sunday, part of Portland Ovations’ Broadway series. No way I’m going to miss this 1950 Pulitzer Prize-winning musical! Portland Ballet will present “Giselle,” a classical terpsichorean tale revolving around unrequited love, on March 17 and 24 in Westbrook. In the classical music department there are two fine choices. On Friday, violinist Robert Lehmann will perform a pair of “blockbuster” sonatas in Gorham. Then Oratorio Chorale will present its late-winter program twice: Saturday in Brunswick and Sunday in Falmouth.

‘Little Me’ Portland’s Good Theater, the resident company of the St. Lawrence Arts Center, is celebrating wrapping up its 10th anniversary season by bringing back “Little Me,” the show that resulted in its first rousing success. In the subsequent nine years the company has produced a string of wonderful shows. I’ve seen nearly every one and most have received rave reviews in this space. With book by Neil Simon, music by Cy Coleman and lyrics by Carolyn Leigh,” “Little Me” is a sensationally funny romp that’s enormously fun to watch. Good Theater’s superb professional (nonEquity) production stars several company regulars. The story revolves around an aging film star, and her two incarnations – young and older – are portrayed by longtime company regulars Kelly Caufield and Lynne McGhee. Company co-founder Steve Underwood plays seven men in Belle’s long love life, including six dead husbands.

will portray the man who truly loved her and Joseph Jeffries will play the bad guy who jilted her and caused her to die of a broken heart. Associate Artistic Director Nell Shipman stages this visually stunning masterpiece, having danced the title role herself in PBC’s 2009 production. Three performances are scheduled in the new Westbrook Performing Arts Center in the Westbrook Middle School on Stroudwater Street: March 17 at 8 p.m. and March 24 at 2 p.m. and 8 p.m. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

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Steve Underwood, center, plays a dying prince in Good Theater’s 10th anniversary season production of ‘Little Me,’ one of the funniest Broadway musicals ever written.

Co-founder and artistic director Brian Allen keeps the show at a torrid pace, while music director Victoria Stubbs directs a three-piece band. Good Theater presents “Little Me” at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. (top of Munjoy Hill) through April 1 with 7 p.m. performances Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 3 p.m. Sundays. Call 8855883.

‘South Pacific’ Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II were the most successful creative team on Broadway during the 1940s and 1950s. Many people, including myself, believe that their third hit, “South Pacific,” was their best effort. Among many honors, “South Pacific” won the 1950 Pulitzer Prize for Drama. Set in World War II, the musical revolves around a pair of romances and is among the first Broadway musicals to deal with the issue of racial prejudice. The score includes several of the bestknown numbers in Broadway history:

“Some Enchanted Evening,” “I’m Gonna Wash That Man Right Outa My Hair,” “Younger Than Springtime,” “Bali Ha’i,” “There is Nothin’ Like A Dame,” “This Nearly Was Mine” and “Wonderful Guy.” Portland Ovations is hosting three performances of a national touring production that is based on the 2008 Lincoln Center revival, which won seven Tony Awards, at Merrill Auditorium at Portland City Hall: March 17 at 2 and 8 p.m. and March 18 at 2 p.m. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

‘Giselle’ Portland Ballet Company will be presenting “Giselle,” a 19th-century terpsichorean masterpiece that revolves around a quintessential story of unrequited love, this Saturday and next. The tale follows the title character, a modest country lass, through her first love, betrayal, heartbreak, death, and then into the afterlife as she ultimately saves the man who broke her heart. Megan Buckley and Jennifer Jones will split the role of Giselle, one of the most coveted in ballet, while Matthew Begin

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The University of Southern Maine School of Music’s next Spotlight Series concert features a most distinguished and versatile faculty member. Professor Robert Lehmann, who teaches conducting, violin and viola, will play two sonatas, accompanied by pianist Sayuri Miyamoto. Lehmann has selected Sergei Prokofiev’s virtuosic and sunny Sonata in D Major and Johannes Brahms’ bittersweet Sonata in D Minor. He uses the term “blockbuster” for both. “People often ask me which I like best, conducting or playing,” Lehmann said. “My answer invariably is that the grass always seems greener on the other side. When conducting, I miss the ‘hands on’ aspect of creating sound and contributing tangibly to a concert, whereas when I am playing the violin – especially in an orchestra – I miss the overarching viewpoint and overall sense of ‘ownership’ I have as a conductor. In the end, I find that Comment on this story at:

conducting makes me a better violinist, and keeping up my violin playing makes me a better conductor. Doing them both keeps me very busy, quite humble and very happy.” Catch this concert at 8 p.m. March 16 at Corthell Hall on the USM Gorham campus. Call the music box office at 780-5555.

Oratorio Chorale

The Oratorio Chorale’s late winter program features the three best-known Baroque composers – Johann Sebastian Bach, George Frideric Handel and Antonio Vivaldi – plus three visiting soloists and two boy sopranos. Music director Peter Frewen points out that human suffering and concern for the poor are common themes of the three works. The tone of Bach’s Mass in G-Minor is one of deep tribulation, while the works by Vivaldi and Handel share familiarity with the plight of orphans and children. Vivaldi’s “Gloria” was written during his tenure at the Ospedale della Pieta, an orphanage in Venice. Handel’s “Foundling Hospital Anthem,” also known as “Blessed are they that considereth the poor,” continues this theme. It was written to raise funds for London’s first home for abandoned children. Oratorio Chorale will present this program twice this weekend: March 17 at 7:30 p.m. at Studzinski Recital Hall on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick and March 18 at 3 p.m. at Falmouth Congregational Church. Call 798-7985.

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Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art Cape Elizabeth Land Trust is looking for submissions for “Paint for Preservation 2012,” its annual juried wet paint auction. Deadline for submissions is March 28; samples should be submitted on CD or via e-mail; form/instructions at

Saturday 3/17 ”Our Town,” auditions, 1 p.m., callbacks on 3/18 at 6 p.m., residents of Freeport encouraged to attend, show runs June 7-23 with a special performance on July 4, Freeport Factory Stage, 5 Depot St., Freeport, 865-5505.

Books & Authors Wednesday 3/14 John Bauman reading of “Gateway to Vacationland: The Making of Portland, Maine,” 7 p.m., USM Bookstore, 35 Bedford St., Portland, 780-4072.

Thursday 3/15 Joyce Stoddard Adrian Book Signing, 7 p.m., Cumberland Historical Society, 4 Blanchard Road, Cumberland, 829-4423. Leslie Daniels reading, 7 p.m., Longfellow Books, One Monument Square, Portland, 772-4045. Nicholson Baker Book Talk, 7 p.m., Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822.

Friday 3/16 ”Glorious Slow Going:” Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship, Maine launch, 5-8 p.m., Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148.

”Out of the Blue,” runs through April 1, Coffee By Design, 67 India St. and 620 Congress St., Portland, 879-1140. ”Visual Poetry: A Painting Show,” March 2-April 3, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

Friday 3/16 Reverse Glass Painting Demo, 7-8 p.m., Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St., Portland, 409-6617.

Friday 3/23 Free Portrait Demo, 7-8 p.m., Constellation Gallery, 511 Congress St., Portland, 409-6617.

Museums ”Making Faces:” Photographic Portraits of Actors and Artists, through April 8, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, 775-6148 or

Music Thursday 3/15 Noonday Concerts presents Vivian Choi, 12:15 p.m., First Parish UCC, 425 Congress St., Portland, 775-3356. Voices of the Sea: Poetry and Music of Working Fishermen, 5:307:30 p.m., DiMillo’s On the Water, 25 Long Wharf, Portland, $7,

Sunday 3/18 Early Music Ensemble, 4 p.m., Church of St. Mary the Virgin, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, $20, 7813366.

Cottage Road, South Portland, $20 advance/$18 seniors/$15 students, 799-7337.

Thursday 3/22 ”The Music Man Jr.,” runs through March 25, Thu./Fri 7 p.m., Sat. 2 p.m./7 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m., Cape Elizabeth Middle School, 14 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, $8 adults/$5 students, 799-8176. Trey McIntyre Project, 7:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $30-38, 842-0800 or

Sunday 3/25 ”Can You Hear Me Know,” 7:30 p.m, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, $15/$12 students and seniors, 899-3993.

Mid Coast Auditions/Calls for Art Works needed for “A Natural Order” exhibit, Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Brunswick. Works should feature a natural species. Deadline for submissions April 9, $15 entry fee for first work, $5 for additional pieces. Contact Liz McGhee at Spindleworks for more information 725-8820. Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, needs birdhouses, wind and garden sculptures and garden oriented works in all media for a future exhibit. Deadline for submissions is April 1. For more information call 443-1499

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The Oratorio Chorale, 3 p.m., Falmouth Congregational Church, 267 Falmouth Road, Falmouth, $20 advance/$25 door,

Author Chat with poet Ken Nye, 2 p.m., People Plus, 35 Union St., Brunswick, 729-0757.


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Harrison Thorpe Book Talk, 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 8711700.

Bach Birthday Bash, 7:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, $15, 842-0800 or

Oscar-Winning Love Stories, 2 p.m., Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

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St. Mary’s Book Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Episcopal Church of St. Mary, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, 781-3366.

Nashville Songwriters Association Portland Chapter Meeting, 7 p.m., First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, 272-27148.

Sunday 3/18 Chris Van Dusen and Matt Tavares present children’s books on baseball, 2 p.m., USM Bookstore, 35 Bedford St., Portland, 780-4072.

Wednesday 3/21 Book Talk on “Glorious Slow Going: Maine Stories of Art, Adventure and Friendship,” 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

Comedy Wednesday 3/21 Comedian Joe Ricchiao Mercy’s 7th Annual Gourmet Gala, 6 p.m., Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, $40, 879-3605

Film Wednesday 3/21 ”Freedom and Liberation,” 1:30 p.m., Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., 899-3993. ”Miss Representation,” 6 p.m., Hannaford Hall, USM Portland, $10, 286-4271.

Galleries ”Mixed Media,” by Louise Philbrick, March 2- April 4, Flat Iron Gallery, 594 Congress St., Portland,

Noonday Concert Series, 12:15 p.m., First Parish Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, 775-3356.

Saturday 3/24 Giant Panda Guerilla Dub Squad, 8 p.m., Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, 18+, $12 advance/$15 door, portcitymusichall. com or 899-4990.

Theater & Dance ”Little Me,” March 7-April 1, St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., for a complete list of performances and prices visit thegoodtheater. com.

Thursday 3/15 The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds, runs Thu.-Sun. through April 1, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, for show times visit

Friday 3/16 Stars on Ice ”Love ‘n’ Life,” 7:30 p.m., The Cumberland County Civic Center, 1 Civic Center Square, Portland, starting at $25, 775-3458 or

Saturday 3/17 ”A Few Good Men,” runs through April 1, Fri./Sat. 8 p.m., Sun. 2:30 p.m., The Portland Players, 420

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Museums Inuit Art Exhibition from the collection of Rabbi Harry Sky, runs through April 16, Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, Bowdoin College, 725-3416

Music Friday 3/16 Windy Ridge Band, 7 p.m., Side Door Coffee House, 23 Pleasant St., Brunswick, $6/$5, 729-3578.

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Activist from page 2 tend not to use their Facebook and Twitter accounts for great causes, she said. But “you could do something and do it really quickly,” she said. While Nawara talked about the importance of having a real message for social media users to latch onto, the classroom intercom crackled, asking for a student to be sent to the office. “Big Brother,” he joked. “You don’t even know,” replied one teacher, perhaps only half joking. The next student asked if Egyptian schools are helping or hurting reform. Nawara said they are doing both: providing a place for people to meet and share new ideas, but also still tied to a curriculum and version of history dictated by the old regime. But schools are vital to healthy societies, he said. “I would say in fact education is the most important priority a government can make,” Nawara said. “You want to push critical thinking. Even if there is something good, you can improve it.” The school’s global studies program holds monthly seminars with guest speakers from a vast array of backgrounds; the next will be Unity Dow, Botswana’s first female judge. The program was initiated three years ago to provide a more authentic way for American students to interact with their immigrant peers, teacher Sarah Shmitt said. At the time, the school’s ELL students and American-born ones were put on different academic tracks that offered few opportunities to mingle. That has begun to change at the school, one of the state’s most diverse, but the program continues to provide an important venue for crosscultural interaction. Fogel, the PHS grad turned Harvard student leader, said she wanted to bring Nawara to Portland because of the school’s varied demographic, and because she wanted to show students how to stand up for themselves. Working with Nawara to promote his weekly study group on democracy in Egypt at Harvard has been “completely inspiring,” she said. Andrew Cullen can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow Andrew on Twitter: @ACullenFore.

Bakery from page 5 Two weeks ago, she left her job at Davis Foundations to run the bakery. Holbrook continues his job as director of information technology at Maine Employers Mutual Insurance Co. in Portland. Begin wouldn’t say how much the bakery ultimately sold for or what the books looked like, but she said the business is profitable and that she doesn’t expect that to change. Regular Two Fat Cats customers won’t notice many changes because of the ownership swap. Begin said she has kept all the same employees – 10 bakers total – and will offer the same treats, plus more. For all of March, Two Fat Cats is baking with maple syrup. That means maple scones, cinnamon rolls with maple frosting and a traditional Canadian pie, tart-ausucre. On St. Patrick’s Day, they’ll offer banoffee pie, Guinness cupcakes and Irish soda bread. The bakery will regularly make mini-

pies for customers looking for a smaller confectionery fix, and more specials are being thought up every day, Begin said. “Bakeries are such a creative place. There are always so many ideas bouncing around,” she said. “My challenge is to direct that.” Begin said she’s still getting a feel for Two Fat Cats, but that the transition is going smoothly. She said she spends one shift with each baker per week in an attempt to soak up as much institutional know-how as possible and that ultimately she’ll take one baking shift herself each week. She also has plans to increase Two Fat Cats’ profile: Ideas are solidifying to offer baking classes in an upstairs kitchen – a converted apartment where employees bake and decorate cakes. Begin is also hoping to sign up more wholesale customers. She said she is already working with Mornings in Paris cafe in Portland and Leavitt & Sons deli in Falmouth. And she wants to spread the bakery’s reach across the Casco Bay Bridge, back to South Portland, where she might even get back into the farmers market this summer. “We still see South Portland as part of our community here,” Begin said. Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.

School from page 6 In addition to service projects, the school reaches out to the community through a variety of events. An auction and brunch on Saturday, March 31, will raise funds to provide financial aid to families to offset tuition, which is $14,600 a year. The event, scheduled for 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., is open to the public and includes food, music performances, silent auction and activities for children. On April 2, the school is hosting a screening of “The Prep School Negro” in collaboration with other local independent schools. An outreach workshop with director Andre Robert Lee will follow the film. The free public event begins at 6 p.m. in the Ludke Auditorium at University of New England, 719 Stevens Ave., Portland. The school’s community events continue May 2 with a Parenting for Peace presentation by Michael Thompson, author of “Best Friends, Worst Enemies: Friendship Development, Popularity and Social Cruelty in Childhood.” The free lecture begins at 7 p.m. in Hannaford Hall at the University of Southern Maine’s Abromson Center in Portland. Gillian Graham can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @grahamgillian.

The Dining Dish from page 7 Wells, the Farmer’s Table, The Good Egg Café, The Port Hole, Petite Jacqueline and Silly’s. The Good Table is also closed through Monday, March 19, to build a new bar. When it reopens, there will be more beer on tap, a new and innovative cocktail list and bar menu. The restaurant will offer “bites on the house” Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m., and the front porch will serve as an outdoor bar area in the summer. Amy Anderson can be reached at amy.katherine.a@gmail. com. Follow her on Twitter: @amy_k_anderson.



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from page 1 taining budget,” he said. Justin Costa, finance committee chairman, said the committee has met four times for budget review. Public hearings are being held earlier in the process this year to allow residents to weigh in before committee members make up their minds about spending, he said. Steve Rogers, interim principal of Lyman Moore Middle School and a father of three from Portland, praised the proposed budget as balanced and reasonable. “As a parent, this budget makes me hopeful my child will continue a strong experience in the Portland public schools,” he said. Rogers said as a taxpayer he is prepared to adjust his budget to accommodate a $7 monthly increase in property taxes to support the schools. Kathleen Casasa, president of the Portland Education Association, spoke in favor of the budget and said further cuts would “severely hamper” the city’s ability to meet the needs of students. However, she said she is concerned the budget does not include enough funding for special education. The proposed budget includes $11.6 million for special education, an increase of 6.7 percent over last year. Resident Erin Chase spoke in support of Morse’s proposal to double enrollment in the district’s pre-kindergarten program. Morse said transitioning to separate morn-

ing and afternoon sessions would allow the program to expand to 150 students. Chase, a school administrator in another district, said the pre-K program at Riverton Elementary has helped her 5-year-old daughter in a variety of ways. She praised the district for its commitment to early intervention as a way to support students and reduce the amount of literacy catch-up needed as they move through the school system. “I believe every 4-year-old child in our city should have access to pre-K programs in their neighborhood,” Chase said. Steven Scharf was the one resident who spoke critically of the superintendent’s budget. He said the key issue for him is the proposal to increase the budget at a time when enrollment projections show a decline, adding that staffing patterns should mirror enrollment and be reduced. “We’re looking to spend $5 million more for 25 less kids. ... It’s not logical to me,” he said. The School Committee is scheduled to vote on the proposed budget on Tuesday, March 27. The budget will be sent to the City Council on April 2 before voters have the final say in a budget validation referendum. Budget information, including the superintendent’s proposed budget, are available on the School Department website. Gillian Graham can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @grahamgillian.

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acres of impervious surfaces. “I still don’t have a clue what this is going to cost,” he said. Even at the city level, there has been some confusion about who benefits from the split-fee plan. Before the meeting Monday, Houseal said, “if you’re a resident, this is a good thing.” But documents on the task force’s page on the city website show that the biggest benefits will be to owners of multi-family housing units, and some businesses like hotels and motels. One report projects that if no change is made to the fee system, owners of single-family homes will see their fee rise from $422 a year to $853 after about a decade. Under the split-fee system, their costs were projected to rise to $852, just a dollar less. Owners of housing properties with 11 to 20 units, however, would see their current costs of $4,002 rise to nearly $9,000 if no changes are made. Under the proposed split fee system, however, their fees would amount to less than $5,500. The average parking lot would go from paying $69 a year now to $140 a year if the sewer-only fee system is maintained. Under the 50-50 split system, the fees would total about $1,200 after a decade. Although fees will rise for everyone in the city, Suslovic said, the increase will happen over a period of years, not overnight. Credits may be available to businesses who have their own water treatment systems or to homeowners who install rain barrels or other methods of capturing storm water. The proposed changes are far from being reality, Suslovic said. The task force will meet again to discuss the feedback received Monday. Then it will take its recommendation to the City Council, which will deliberate the proposed fee. The earliest run-off fees would be assessed is January 2014, Suslovic said. “This is extremely complicated at best. It’s confusing. We’ve been trying extremely hard to explain it simply,” Houseal said. “It’s a very difficult sell.”

from page 1 Even today, a majority of the city’s system uses the same pipes for sewage from homes, businesses, hospitals, and other properties and the draining rainwater from streets and parking lots, private and otherwise. It’s a case of “good old Yankee thrift,” City Councilor Ed Suslovic, who led the meeting Monday, said. But the combined system, much of which was placed before the Civil War, is easily inundated by rainfall and sometimes snow melt. “What happens is that the sewer system gets full of not just sanitary sewage, but runoff,” Suslovic said. When the system reaches a certain point, waste water is automatically released into Back Cove, Capisic Brook, the Fore River, and other waterways, he said. That waste water contains garbage, chemicals, oil, fertilizer, and other contaminants picked up by storm water sloughing off roofs and sweeping across paved areas towards storm drains, as well as so-called “sanitary sewage,” which is what is flushed down sinks and toilets. “A lot of people aren’t aware of that,” Suslovic said. “They think, ‘It’s America, this isn’t a Third World country, when I flush my toilet, it gets treated.’ Well, that’s not always the case.” The city has spent about $120 million since 1991 to separate the two systems. But as the next phase of the government-mandated project approaches with seemingly little federal funding available, the city is left searching for new ways to pay for it, Suslovic said. Other cities might take a “these are tough times, let’s put that off” approach to the problem, Suslovic said. But in Portland, “well, we can’t,” he said. The city has federal discharge permits administered by the state that it must comply with, he said. After a year of work, the 18-member storm water task force settled on a proposed fee system that equally splits the responsibility for the next $170 million in expenses

for sewer separation and waste water storage: half of the revenue would come from the sewer fee, half from the new run-off fee. As the sewer project progresses, the sewer fee will rise, even if the storm water fee is also introduced, Suslovic said. “We believe (the split-fee system) is a fairer way to assess these costs, and again, these costs are not optional,” he said. Other options, like using the property-tax derived city general fund or simply keeping the sewer fee as is don’t distribute the costs reasonably, said Ian Houseal, the city sustainability coordinator. If the city relied on property taxes to fund the project, it would have to increase that tax, and tax-exempt properties like hospitals, churches, and nonprofits would not pay for their run-off, leaving others responsible for that share of the costs. Meanwhile, maintaining the sewer fee system as is would mean that certain types of businesses, like warehouses or parking lots, which use little water but generate large quantities of run-off, would not pay for their contributions to the overflow. Most in the audience at Monday’s meeting agreed that the storm water run-off fee is the fairest way to distribute the costs of the sewer projects across all city properties. But some in attendance took issue with the idea that roads, the largest run-off contributor, would not be charged. Some argued that the 50-50 plan could put too much of the responsibility on businesses, while others argued it is not enough. “I think you guys can do better than that,” said resident Mark Eyerman, who argued that a storm water fee, on top of rising sewer fees, would be too great for homeowners to bear. “This pushes out the middle class. We are moving towards a city where ... the middle class can’t afford to live.” But James Grattelo, owner of Joker’s and the Portland Sports Complex on Warren Avenue, said the new fees would be too expensive for his business, which has two

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air, while large windows keep it bright. The space has a lot of character, which is important to for attracting vendors and shoppers willing to make a day of their trip rather than a quick stop, Kiley said. “It’s the kind of place we would shop at,” Baldwin added. For hand-crafted jeweler Judy Babin, of South Portland, the market is an answer to her own retail-site woes. Babin said her studio is too small to sell her one-ofa-kind rings and chains. “If I could have my own retail space, I would,” she said. “But (the flea market) is the next best thing.” She sells her work from a handful of stores and galler-

hope to expand to fill the building’s third floor. The response from artists and flea-marketers alike has been strong, Kiley said. The most common response they’ve heard to their idea has been “why doesn’t that exist already?” she said. Baldwin and Kiley said finding the right space was one of the most difficult challenges – they wanted a place on the peninsula that balanced size, cost, and the welcoming-yet-imaginative aesthetic they envisioned. The building they wound up with is nearly a century old and has been recently renovated, but its exposed brick walls and bare-wood beams lend it an industrial

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ies in Maine and New England, and sometimes travels to craft shows. But between the travel time, keeping her kids occupied, and paying the high table fees, the shows can be a challenge, she said. Babin said she plans to set up shop at the flea market on Sunday of the first weekend, and about once a month for six months thereafter. She expects that the market’s location near Trader Joe’s, Whole Foods, and Bayside Bowl will attract lots of customers, and that she will need the weeks in between appearances to create new jewelry, which she sells for $20 to $500. “To have something like this in my backyard is awesome,” she said. Andrew Cullen can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow Andrew on Twitter: @ACullenFore.

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