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News of The City of Portland

City sells $135K sculpture for $100 ‘Tracing the Fore’ to be moved to private garden

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Tracing the Fore, installed at Boothby Square on Fore Street in Portland, will be moved to a private garden in the city’s North Deering neighborhood.

By Randy Billings PORTLAND — A controversial piece of public art on Fore Street has been sold for a fraction of its original cost and will soon be removed from the Old Port. The sculpture, “Tracing the Fore,” will remain in Portland, but will be moved from Boothby Square to private property in North Deering. The city notified 80 potential buyers the sculpture was for sale, according to City Hall spokeswoman Nicole Clegg. Only two requested more information.

One buyer, PWM Land of 110 Marginal Way, responded with a bid by the July 13 deadline, Clegg said. Clegg said PWM purchased the $135,000 sculpture for $100. The company must also post a $10,000 guarantee for the artwork’s removal, and regrade the square to the city’s specifications. The city solicited bids for the sculpture after it became the target of frequent criticism by residents and Old Port business owners. The piece was created by Massachusetts artist Shauna GilliesSmith. Its 10 stainless steel forms, varying in length from 5 feet to 35 feet, in five parallel lines, were supposed to be accented with tall See page 23

LePage to meet with mayor, backs lobster by-catch sales By Randy Billings SOUTH PORTLAND — Gov. Paul LePage on Monday pushed back against allegations he would not work with the city of Portland for political reasons. Instead, LePage, a Republican, said he would “love” to work with the city that overwhelmingly voted

Coast Guard probes mussel farm approval By Emily Parkhurst SOUTH PORTLAND — The U.S. Coast Guard is reviewing the placement of a mussel aquaculture farm in Casco Bay that was approved this spring. The farm, off the coast of Little Chebeague and Long islands, became an issue this summer for recreational boaters traveling between Chebeague Island and Falmouth’s popular moorings near See page 30

for his Democratic and independent challengers last November. LePage also said he could support legislation that would allow ground fisherman to sell lobster by-catch in Maine. Complaints from lobstermen who oppose the sale of by-catch reportedly contributed last week to the resignation of the De-

partment of Marine Resources commissioner, who said LePage acquiesced to the lobstermen. Mayor Nicholas Mavodones said he will meet with LePage on Thursday to discuss allegations made by the former commissioner, Norman Olsen, who said LePage told him he would not work with Portland because the

city was “against” the governor. LePage was in South Portland on Monday to mark the expansion of Casco Bay Steel Structures. The event was designed to promote LePage’s campaign that the state is “open for business.” After the event, LePage was See page 23

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Bookselling in a post-Borders age Independent Maine shops consider future without big boxes

Mario Moretto / The Forecaster

Katie Hendrick, who’s been a book seller for six years, helps a customer gift-wrap a book Monday at Longfellow Books in Portland. “There’s nothing more satisfying than talking books with people who love them,” Hendrick said.

By Mario Moretto SOUTH PORTLAND — In the wake of the liquidation of Borders Group’s 399 stores last week, local independent book sellers were left to determine what the big-box bankruptcy means for their future. After all, in an environment where an industry giant like Borders succumbed to headwinds from “a rapidly changing book industry, the

eReader revolution, and a turbulent economy” – the problems Borders said caused its downfall in an email to its rewards program members – how will the little guys cope? Many of them, apparently, aren’t too worried. Several small, independent booksellers said that while they may See page 19

INSIDE Index Arts Calendar.................20 Classifieds......................25 Community Calendar......22

Meetings.........................22 Obituaries.......................12 Opinion.............................7 Out & About....................21

People & Business.........12 Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................30 Sports.............................13

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Drivers beware An updated schedule of Portland intersection closings during railroad crossing construction, according to the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority: • Congress Street, July 26. • Woodford Street, July 27 and Aug. 3. • Read Street, July 28 and Aug. 2. • Forest Avenue, July 30 through 6 a.m. Aug. 1. • Allen Avenue, Aug. 6 and Aug. 13.

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School bus ads could fund high school sports By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — The School Department is moving ahead with changes to its sports booster policy, and is also considering selling advertising on school buses to support the programs. The department met with sports booster groups and coaches last week to discuss the pending changes, but the turnout was not great – approximately 20 people at a Deering High School meeting and 15 at Portland High School. The new policy would create one booster group for each school with an oversight committee made up of one parent or adult representative from each sport at each level, one at-large member, the school’s athletic director, the chief financial officer and the

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director of a new nonprofit foundation created to raise money for sports and extracurricular activities in the district. That committee would handle all team requests for items traditionally covered by booster clubs, including equipment, uniforms and end-of-season banquet celebrations. It would also manage all the finances. The plan would also create a nonprofit organization to raise money, primarily from area businesses, to support the district’s sports and extra-curricular activities. The changes are scheduled to take effect this fall, although the time-line could be adjusted if the district runs into any stum-

bling blocks. Superintendent of Schools James C. Morse Sr. said the change from separate sports boosters to one program per school would help the district deal with equity issues between boys and girls teams. “It’s about equity of opportunity, not about equal,” Morse said. The PHS football team, for example, Morse said, would receive more funding than the PHS field hockey team, because the football team involves more students and requires more costly equipment than the field hockey team. But, the girls teams should have proper changing rooms where they practice and access to the basic amenities they need as a team, just like the boys do, he said.

2 Portland post offices eyed for closure By Randy Billings PORTLAND — For the second time in two years, the U.S. post office at 622 Congress St. is being threatened with closure. The Station A office and the Cliff Island post office could be closed next year, according to the U.S. Postal Service, which on Tuesday released a list of 34 possible closures in Maine. The closures are being considered as a way for the USPS to save upwards of $200 million by closing up to 3,700 of its 37,000 offices nationwide. U.S. Sen Olympia Snowe, R-Maine, said in a statement that she intends to monitor the possible closures to ensure the USPS

works with local communities to ensure convenient access to postal services. “Financial challenges faced by the USPS should not preclude the preservation of universal postal service and convenient community access,” Snowe said. “It is critical we carefully assess the potential impact of these proposed closures, especially as it relates to service in rural communities.” The USPS considered closing Station A in 2009, but employees and patrons actively opposed the cost-cutting measure. At the time, it was the only office slated for closure in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. The USPS later relented and decided to

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Currently, several girls teams practice at Payson Park, where they do not have access to the same quality of facilities the boys enjoy at Fitzpatrick Stadium. Additionally, Morse said he would like to see as much of the cost of running sports and extra-curricular activities removed from the city’s tax rolls as possible. “We have talked about the issue of advertising,” Morse said. School buses on their way to sports or extra-curricular events with advertisements on the side that read: “This bus sponsored by…” are a possibility for the future, Morse said. “It has to be tasteful,” he said. “But yes, I do see that as Portland’s future.” Morse said he would like to see opportunities like that come out of the proposed nonprofit organization being created to support Portland’s sports and extra-curricular programs. While the School Board declined to approve the first year of funding for a dicontinued page 6

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Lender keeps Old Port buildings in foreclosure auction By Randy Billings PORTLAND — About 30 people milled about the Havana South restaurant on Wharf Street last Friday morning, awaiting the foreclosure sale of six highprofile buildings in the Old Port. Real estate brokers and potential investors exchanged small talk in a bright

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glass-walled room, where tables had been cleared out for the auction. The anticipation in the room increased as the advertised 10 a.m. start time came and went. It seemed everyone was eager to know who would end up with the buildings at 432, 434, 436 and 446 Fore St. and 42 and 50 Wharf St., which were purchased in 2007 for $8.3 million. The auction was delayed while a potential buyer waited for his banker to come to the restaurant and certify a $50,000 check, which was required to be able to bid on the properties. Lee Lowry, the attorney representing the mortgage holder on the buildings, said his law office handles several foreclosure auctions a year. But this one was different. “This auction has more interest be-

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cause of the location,” Lowry said. When the auction finally began at around 10:30 a.m., there were seven potential buyers. But only three placed bids – mortgage holder BACM 2007-3 Wharf Street, LLC; building’s owner Old Port Retail Holdings, and J.B. Brown & Sons. Lowry opened the bidding on behalf of the lender at $3.675 million. John LaPlante, of J.B. Brown & Sons, bid as high as $4 million before bowing out. LaPlante said the company was looking for a good deal on the properties in the heart of the Old Port. “We thought the properties would sit well with our other holdings,” LaPlante said. After J.B. Brown & Sons dropped out, the lender and Old Port Retail Holdings repeatedly outbid each other by $100,000 increments. At the end, the lender prevailed with a bid of $5.9 million. There are several businesses in the buildings, including Gorgeous Gelato, Blazin’ Ace, Foreplay Sports Pub and Pearl on Fore Street, and Havana South and Oasis on Wharf Street.

Prior to the auction the businesses had not been told how they would be affected by the auction, if at all. Afterwards, Lowry did not respond to a request for comment about the future of the property. Tim Soley, of East Brown Cow, was also one of the registered bidders who hoped to get a deal on the property. Soley, who owns a large portion of the opposite block on Fore and Union streets, said the bids quickly went beyond the limits of a viable investment. “The location is great,” Soley said. “But the condition of the buildings is not excellent.” Although the lender is not saying what its plans for the buildings will be, Soley said he expects the property to be placed on the market soon. “Presumably, they will hit the market, as most lenders don’t intend, or have any appetite, to hold foreclosed assets any longer than they need to,” Soley said. “I think there is more energy out there and appetite to own those properties than were even represented by bidders at the action.” Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or rbillings@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @randybillings.

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“Whether it’s going the extra mile to comfort and support a victim of domestic violence or helping stranded tourists get their car repaired, Kevin is the ideal public servant,” Rees said. “There is a good reason why his friends and coworkers call him the unofficial Mayor of Portland.” Over the past 13 years, Haley has frequently been recognized for his dedication to public service. He has earned more than 30 awards and commendations. Last year, he organized a stop at Cheverus High School by Wreaths

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PORTLAND — A Portland High School assistant principal was named principal at Lyman Moore Middle School. Stephen Rogers was the principal at Lyman Moore for nine years before becoming assistant principal at PHS for five years. Before that, he was the principal at P H Y S I C I A N

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Riverton library to close for remodeling PORTLAND — The Portland Public Library’s Riverton Branch will be closed Aug. 5-24 for remodeling. Patrons will not be able to pick up or drop off books. But due dates will be adjusted to reflect the hiatus, the library said in a press release. The project is designed to make the 1600 Forest Ave. library more user friendly by lowering the stack heights and creating a less cluttered environment. Carpets will be cleaned and the stacks will be rebuilt according to a more efficient floor plan that will include more spaces for children, teens and adults. The library will reopen at 1 p.m. Aug. 24 and there is an open house scheduled for 5-8 p.m. Aug. 25.

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PORTLAND — The Portland Museum of Art announced Monday that it has been awarded a $100,000 grant from the Sam L. Cohen Foundation to support the first two years of educational programming for the Winslow Homer Studio at Prouts Neck in Scarborough. The studio, where American artist Winslow Homer painted some of his iconic works, is scheduled to open in September 2012, and will offer educational programs for small community groups, students, teachers and young artists.

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PORTLAND — East End Community School received a $2.7 million federal school improvement grant last week. The grant, part of the federal No Child Left Behind Act, requires schools to enact major changes, such as replacing administration and hiring new teachers. The schools also have to meet requirements for Highly Qualified Teacher status, meaning teachers must be certified, have a bachelor’s degree or higher and be continuing their educations. East End received the largest grant in the state. Schools in Ellsworth and Fort Kent also received grants. Five Maine districts applied for the grants; three were awarded the funds. mately 30 mph, or about twice the speed of freight trains. According to James Russell of the Northern New England Passenger Rail Authority, the Falmouth intersections have not yet been scheduled for construction. Russell said the plan is to complete crossings in Freeport following the work in Portland. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

spring sports, too. I haven’t spoken to one parent in favor of this.” Girls’ lacrosse booster President Patrick Flaherty, however, supports the proposed changes. “I like the fact that it’s very, very visible,” Flaherty said of the proposed booster committees. He said his booster club would not do anything differently, and would continue to raise money for the general booster fund. “I understand the difference between equitable and equal,” he said. “Safety comes first, self-esteem, second and niceto-haves, third.” The second draft of the booster consolidation plan will be discussed at 6:30 p.m. Aug. 1 at the Portland High School auditorium and 6:30 p.m. Aug. 2 at the Deering High School cafeteria. There will be a public meeting where the draft plan will be presented to the School Board on Aug. 30 at 6:30 p.m. at Casco Bay High School. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster.net. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.


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The pride and joy of karaoke Recently I overheard my son use “kara- me off the stage that first night. A guy in oke” as a code word for “lame.” But here’s my group did “Gimme Two Steps,” though, the thing: Bob and his prep school friends and even though he was no Ronnie Van Zandt, he seemed to have a great time. are wrong. So was I for years. Karaoke was an alcohol-fueled joke, a The hook was set. I returned alone a few pastime for wannabe Sinatras, Billy Idols nights later. I think my first song was something by and Lady Gagas. Until the night my writJourney, whose lead singer’s ers’ group dragged me out The View high end is audible only to to experience it first hand. dogs. A stroke of genius That’s when I discovered the for a baritone. Not to put to dirty little secret of karaoke: fine a point on it, I sucked. despite (partly because of) I had sucked when I started all the “spreading the news,” in stand-up, too. I kept at White Weddings and Bad stand-up because it was a Romances, it’s one of the calling. I kept at karaoke great audience participation because I needed a release. sports. You can embarrass I was writing my graduyourself for the price of a ate thesis, an emotional PBR. A club soda with lime archaeological dig though a if you’re a lightweight like life I hadn’t been that crazy me. Or watch others embarabout experiencing the first rass themselves, as I did that time. Knowing I had a way first night. Doing stand-up, I logged Mike Langworthy of blowing off emotional steam got me through a lot untold hours onstage. I even did some dinner theater, so I’m no stranger of writing days. My first karaoke home was a tavern in to singing onstage. The difference is, when you’re doing stand-up, you’re you; in a the Old Port. The manager, an erstwhile musical, you’re a character. When you sing hockey goalie and referee with a freakish a song made famous by Elvis Presley, the gift for hip-hop made me and my club soda Beatles or Mick Jagger, you’re standing in welcome. The bartenders, the wise, wise the shoes of giants. They’re great. You’re bartenders, complimented my singing. I not. You know it, and so does everybody discovered Barenaked Ladies (I’m old; sue else (no wonder so many karaoke singers me). I rediscovered the singles scene, as a have had a few pops first). That knowledge spectator this time. Seeing how little it has and the hubris to think anybody cared kept changed was both chilling and entertaining,

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contest, but I had found karaoke Portland’s major leagues. Grownups who were serious about their singing, maybe too serious. Some brought cases full of karaoke CDs in case the disc jockey didn’t have their song. Unlikely. The DJ claimed over 140,000 songs, so he probably has a pretty good selection of Gregorian chants. The regulars looked at me a little sideways until I proved myself on stage, but they have turned out to be the most accommodating of all the places I’ve been. Not that I interact with them. At heart, I’m still a stand-up. We’re not joiners. The stand-up world was a loose aggregation of

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Bullying bill is necessary and fair By Rep. Mary Nelson Bullying in schools is a serious problem. It affects a student’s ability to learn, and can create a hostile and frightening environment for the victims of bullying. It’s hard to understand why anyone would oppose legislation that protects our students from bullying. Yet, House Republicans in Augusta did, all at the behest of the Christian Civic League. They were critical of the bill because it was drafted by a lawyer for a gay rights organization. In a last-minute action alert prior to the final vote on the bill, they told GOP House members the bill promoted the ideology of the Gay and Lesbian Advocators and Defenders, instead of protecting students from bullying. That’s just not true. The league and Republican House leaders opposing the measure have completely misrepresented the bill. The text of the bill is simple and straightforward. It requires school districts to have an anti-bullying policy and a response plan to bullying of any student. According to the bill, harassment, intimidation or bullying means any intentional electronic, written, verbal or physical act that disparages or ridicules a race, skin color, religion, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation or mental or physical continued next page

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During these especially sultry weeks of the short Maine summer, these weeks in which the mercury rises and we assure the tourists it isn’t usually so hot, during these weeks when patience frays and tempers flare, when politicians take the country to the brink, let us turn to the bible for solace. Gov. Paul LePage has suggested we observe a day of prayer. I suggest we start by recalling the words of Ecclesiastes, Chapter 1; Verse 9: “What has been is what Global will be, and what has been done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun.” It is perhaps a bit base to apply these sacred words to a context as seamy and temporal as local politics, but am I alone in thinking, as we observe another convulsion in the governor’s cabinet, that we’ve seen this movie before? That it’s deja vu all over again? That, as Ecclesiastes says, there’s nothing Perry B. Newman new under the sun? I’m not just referring to the serial contretemps between the governor and his cabinet appointees. It is unusual to lose three commissioners within the first six months of an administration, but it’s not the departures per se that are cause for concern. What is most unsettling is the lack of focus on the processes and intricacies of government itself. True, it can be difficult to find qualified individuals willing to make the sacrifices necessary to serve, thus the appointment process can take time as candidates are vetted. But the statutory prohibition that precluded Darryl Brown from serving at the Department of Environmental Protection should have been evident early on. And the governor’s appointment of Philip Congdon as commissioner of the Department of Economic and Community Development was to many a mystery from the get-go, since Congdon had apparently expressed a disinclination to serve almost immediately upon his appointment. And now, with the abrupt resignation of Norman Olsen from his post as commissioner of the Department of Marine Resources, one has to wonder whether the governor was ever fully aware of Olsen’s strong desire to shine a light on the lobster industry. Olsen says that he shared with the governor his concern that the industry was harming the coastal economy with unjust restrictions on licensing and by-catch. Olsen insists that he had the governor’s support at least to consider the impact of these restrictions. But Olsen may have misunderstood the governor; or he, too, may have been inadequately focused on the political process – organized opposition and the power of the photo-

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copier can quickly ensnare the unwary in a trap from which there is no easy escape. Indeed, the governor apparently learned before Olsen that you simply do not mess with the Maine lobster industry. If Social Security is the third rail of American politics, the lobster industry is the “third tail” here in Maine. All joking aside, the Olsen resignation underscores the disconnect between the governor’s administration and the process of, well, administration. A disrespect for process resulted in the clandestine removal of the infamous mural from the walls of the Department of Labor, all because of a single anonymous fax. Several of the governor’s appointees, not only at the Cabinet level but on a variety of commissions and elsewhere, have stepped down owing to conflicts, concerns over character and questionable behavior, much of which could have been considered prior to their appointments. Now another failure to appreciate process has culminated in Olsen’s resignation; Olsen felt he had been subjected to “death by photocopier,” and the administration quickly sided with Team Xerox after only minimal inquiry. Bottom line, there is a management aspect to successful governance that is in short supply; and without good management and respect for process, trouble inevitably ensues. A stunning fresco adorns the walls of the City Hall in the picturesque Italian town of Siena. Painted by Ambrogio Lorenzetti, the “Allegory and Effects of Good and Bad Government” depicts on one panel a society that functions well and in orderly fashion, where unreasonable impulses are suppressed in favor of the common good, and where urban and rural citizens alike prosper. An opposing panel, however, depicts a society in decay, where evil impulses dominate, where favor and prejudice fill the vacuum left when process is ignored. Painted in the 14th century, the “Allegory” remains relevant today. Government cannot allow itself the luxury of impulse; the rules that we establish exist to ensure the smooth and fair functioning of society; the failure to respect process leads at worst to chaos and at best to lack of confidence in our institutions. If Lorenzetti was suddenly to appear today, he would of course find the world a radically different, almost unimaginable place. But after a time, I suspect he would take a look around and find the issues we face remarkably similar to those he depicted long ago. He might be inspired to paint a new fresco, or at least add another panel to the “Allegory.” And he might well shake his head and call it, “There’s Nothing New Under the Sun.” Perry B. Newman is a South Portland resident and president of Atlantica Group, an international business consulting firm based in Portland, with clients in North America, Israel and Europe. He is also chairman of the Maine District Export Council.

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Forum from previous page handicap or other distinguishing characteristic. It affirms that all children deserve to be protected from bullying. The bill is not about protecting any one specific student over another. I serve as a member of the Legislature’s Education and Cultural Affairs Committee, which heard extensive testimony on LD 1237, “An Act To Prohibit Bullying in Schools.” Our committee carefully considered the testimony of all parties and amended the bill to address many of the concerns raised by opponents. The bill was worked on by several stakeholders. It strikes a balance between free speech rights and safety in the schools – and it provides desperately needed parameters for schools that are dealing with an epidemic of bullying and violence. Maine public schools are required to have anti-bullying policies, and many school districts in Maine already have strong and effective anti-bullying policies in place. Falmouth has a well-defined and strongly enforced antibullying policy. This bill would just create consistency and provide guidance on best practices for anti-bullying policies. One reason given for opposing LD 1237 is that this legislation would take away local control from schools. This legislation does not impact local control, but does Comment on this story at: http://www.theforecaster.net/weblink/96002

require all schools to develop and implement a bullying prevention policy. The legislation provides guidance by providing more clear definitions of bullying. The Department of Education will develop a model policy and provide access to policies already put together by school districts in Maine. Developing and implementing policies such as this are precisely what school boards and school administrators do every day to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all students. Another claim was that this bill would impose significant costs on schools. I have spoken with a number of school administrators who assured me that the cost to school districts would be negligible and easily absorbed into current budgets. The “cost” of teaching tolerance is negligible, I believe, to the alternative of not dealing with bullying of students who may look different, or express themselves differently than others. Opponents also said the policy may violate the First Amendment right to free speech. How can we allow the First Amendment to justify dangerous and sometimes deadly harassment and cruel behavior? We have all read and heard the stories nationally of the tragic results of students who have been subjected to bullying. In 2010, there were at least 14 suicides resulting from bullying. If that’s not compelling enough reason to take action, consider that the National Education Association

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Zion, declare a holy fast, call a sacred assembly.” I’d be willing to bet you a beer at that dive bar in Waterville where the Guv used to hang out that LePage didn’t even know there was a Book of Joel before Slick Rick called it to his attention. Perry, of course, will be praying hard that a Day of Prayer and Fasting solidifies his conservative Christian base for a GOP presidential primary run. It may well do that, unless the dogged rumors of his own dalliances surface during the primary. As far as the general election goes, Perry better be praying that American voters don’t focus too much on his record. They might not want a president who famously and unpatriotically advocated Texas secession. And even his Tea Bag base will have a hard time explaining how Perry can complain about out-of-control federal spending while happily accepting $6 billion in federal stimulus money to balance the Texas budget. Perry and the AFA call their violation of the separation of church and state The Response. “We believe that America is in a state of crisis,” explains The Response website. “Not just politically, financially or morally, but because we are a nation that has not honored God in our successes or humbly called on him in our struggles.” If we are a nation in crisis, it is in part because of self-serving charlatans like Rick Perry. “I sincerely hope you’ll join me in Houston on August 6th,” Slick Rick writes, “and take your place in Reliant Stadium with praying people asking God’s forgiveness, wisdom and provision for our state and nation. There is hope for America. It lies in heaven, and we will find it on our knees.” No it doesn’t and no we won’t. The hope for America resides in women and men of good will acting with compassion and selflessness for the greater good, something about which Rick Perry and Paul LePage know nothing whatsoever. 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/96035

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7/16 at 12 a.m. Dawn M. Priest, 32, of Portland, was arrested on Sherwood Street by Officer Frank Pellerin on a charge of criminal mischief. 7/16 at 1 a.m. Jerard Akeem James, 21, of Portland, was arrested on Commercial Street by Officer Paul King on a charge of operating after suspension. 7/16 at 1 a.m. Ibraham S. Isaq, 40, no town listed, was arrested on Fore Street by Officer Matthew Dissell on a charge of assault. 7/16 at 2 a.m. Timothy Scott Mosher, 50, of Smithfield, was arrested on Park Avenue by Officer Christopher Kelley on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. 7/16 at 8 a.m. Thomas J. Blake, 52, no town listed, was arrested on Park Avenue on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/16 at 10 a.m. David E. Esquea, 31, of Orlando, Fla., was arrested on Pinewood Road by Officer Thomas Reagan on a charge operating after revocation – habitual offender status. 7/16 at 10 a.m. Lloyd P. Willey, 39, of Portland, was arrested on Sherwood Street by Officer Frank Pellerin on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 7/16 at 11 a.m. David Matthew Brady, 31, of Portland, was arrested on Georgia Street by Officer Thomas Reagan on a charge of operating under the influence. 7/16 at 2 p.m. David Matthew Lovallo, 29, of Portland, was arrested on Portland Street by Officer David Argitis on a charge of criminal threatening. 7/16 at 2 p.m. Isaiah Wortham, 33, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Nicholas Goodman on a charge of assault. 7/16 at 4 p.m. Abdifatah Ibraham, 24, of Portland, was arrested on Godfrey Street by Officer Marjarie Clavet on a charge of assault. 7/16 at 5 p.m. Philip Anthony Champagne, 64, no town listed, was arrested on Custom House Wharf by Officer Stephen Black on a charge of disorderly conduct. 7/16 at 6 p.m. Charles R. Richards, 39, of Portland, was arrested on Pine Street by Officer Eric Johnson on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/16 at 7 p.m. Ismeal Andujar, 38, no town listed, was arrested on Congress Street by Of-

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ficer Nicholas Goodman on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. 7/16 at 7 p.m. Courtney E. Connolly, 20, of Portland, was arrested on Allen Avenue by Officer Jessica Brown on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 7/16 at 9 p.m. Mark William Lyons, 57, no town listed, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Zachary Finley on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 7/16 at 10 p.m. Guadalupe Montiel, 46, no town listed, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Eric Johnson on a charge of disorderly conduct. 7/16 at 10 p.m. John A. Shea, 27, of Portland, was arrested on Valley Street by Officer Dan Jose Aguilera on a charge of assault. 7/16 at 10 p.m. Frederick R. Dyer, 40, of Falmouth, was arrested on Woodford Street by Officer Matthew Palvis on a charge of operating under the influence. 7/17 at 12 a.m. Gilbert K. Owusu, 46, of Portland, was arrested on May Street by Officer David Schertz on a charge of assault. 7/17 at 2 a.m. Dana Lee Bragdon, 49, of Portland, was arrested on Weymouth Street by Officer David Schertz on a charge of assault. 7/17 at 9 a.m. Aaron John Hazelwood, 27, no town listed, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Gavin Hillard on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. 7/17 at 12 p.m. Matthew D. Peverada, 29, of Portland, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Gavin Hillard on a charge of disorderly conduct. 7/17 at 1 p.m. Nancy Richards, 43, of Portland, was arrested on Walton Street by Officer Jessica Googins on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 7/17 at 10 p.m. William Sean Hunt, 27, no town listed, was arrested on Deering Avenue by Officer Robert Cunningham on a charge of criminal mischief. 7/17 at 11 p.m. Eric S. Estes, 36, of Buxton, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Ryan Gagnon on a charge of operating under the influence. 7/18 at 12 a.m. Benjamin C. Pinnette, 25, no town listed, was arrested on Weymouth Street by Officer Jeffrey Duran on a charge of disorderly conduct. 7/18 at 1 a.m. Charles Currier, 27, of Hollis, was arrested on Sewall Street by Officer Evan Bomba on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/18 at 4 a.m. Perry K. Royster, 50, of Portland, was arrested on Oxford Street by Officer Robert Cunningham on a charge of assault. 7/18 at 4 a.m. Anthony James Budzko, 45, no town listed, was arrested on Bramhall Street by Officer Charles Ames on a charge of criminal trespass. continued next page

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from previous page 7/18 at 7 a.m. Joseph L. Morris, 51, of Portland, was arrested on Portland Street by Officer Gavin Hillard on a charge of public drinking. 7/18 at 11 a.m. Allen Neves, 52, of South Portland, was arrested on Clark Street by Officer John Cunniff on a charge of probation violation. 7/18 at 2 p.m. Christopher Robbin Contnoir, 34, of South Portland, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Andjelko Napijalo on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. 7/18 at 11 p.m. Nicholas Andrews Cofran, 22, of Gorham, was arrested on Franklin Street by Officer Joshua McDonald on a charge of operating under the influence. 7/19 at 12 a.m. Michael K. Kempton, 31, of Portland, was arrested by Officer John Morin on a charge of criminal mischief. 7/19 at 7 a.m. David McGlashing, 56, no town listed, was arrested on St. John Street by Officer Thomas Reagan on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/19 at 9 a.m. John J. McClean, 31, no town listed, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Daniel Knight on a charge of assault. 7/19 at 9 a.m. Raymond Ward 33, of Portland, was arrested on Commercial Street by Officer John Morin on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 7/19 at 12 p.m. Bradley Hendershot, 35, of Portland, was arrested on Middle Street by Officer Daniel Knight on a charge of public drinking. 7/19 at 12 p.m. Joshua M. Frank, 27, no town listed, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue on a charge of probation violation. 7/19 at 3 p.m. Thomas Joseph Maiorano, 26, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Daniel Hondo on a charge of forgery. 7/19 at 6 p.m. Michael Chason, 24, of Portland, was arrested on Valley Street by Officer Kevin McCarthy on a charge of criminal threatening. 7/20 at 12 a.m. Julio Acosta Pena, 52, of Portland, was arrested on Pine Street by Officer Christopher Kelley on a charge of obstructing public ways. 7/20 at 12 a.m. Sonya L. Keller, 22, of Westbrook, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Charles Hodgdon on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. 7/20 at 3 a.m. Guadalupe Montiel, 46, no town listed, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Jonathan Roberts on a charge of disorderly conduct. 7/20 at 10 a.m. Ronald Wayne Spiller, 63, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Daniel Knight on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/20 at 10 a.m. Robert Gerald Reynolds, 51, no town listed, was arrested on a Congress Street by Officer Daniel Knight on a charge of indecent conduct. 7/20 at 1 p.m. Shamus Mickie O'Connor, 30, of Freeport, was arrested on Oak Street by Officer Timothy Farris on a charge of assault. 7/20 at 1 p.m. Philip W. Rowe, 31, of Portland,

was arrested on Mayo Street by Officer Stephen Black on a charge of operating after suspension. 7/20 at 6 p.m. Thomas Monat, 38, of Portland, was arrested on Deering Avenue by Officer Jacob Titcomb on a charge of assault. 7/20 at 10 p.m. Scott Clark, 30, no town listed, was arrested on Marginal Way by Officer Paul Kelley on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 7/20 at 4 p.m. Arthur William Kalesnick, 50, of Windham, was arrested on State Street by Officer Nicholas Goodman on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. 7/20 at 5 p.m. John Aboda, 29, no town listed, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Martin Ney on a charge of obstructing public ways. 7/20 at 7 p.m. Justin Renna, 20, no town listed, was arrested on Baxter Boulevard by Officer Bethany Edwards on a charge of assault. 7/20 at 8 p.m. Michael Boroski, 49, no town listed, was arrested on Mellen Street by Officer Mark Keller on a charge of public drinking. 7/20 at 9 p.m. Scott Allen Clark, 31, of Portland, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Christopher Kelley on a charge of terrorizing. 7/20 at 10 p.m. Shelby Faye MacVane, 18, of South Portland, was arrested onAllenAvenue by Officer Henry Johnson on a charge of operating under the influence. 7/21 at 12 a.m. Ricardo Bennett, 53, no town listed, was arrested on Park Avenue by Officer Terence Fitzgerald on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/21 at 8 a.m. Paul Parker, 22, of Portland, was arrested on Portland Street by Officer Daniel Knight on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. 7/21 at 10 a.m. Tiffany Ariel Coffin, 18, of Portland, was arrested on Exchange Street by Officer Daniel Knight on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/21 at 3 p.m. Kimberly Jean Smith, 39, of Portland, was arrested on West Commercial Street by Officer Christopher Sibley on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. 7/21 at 7 p.m. Russell Townsend, 42, of Portland, was arrested on Park Avenue by Officer Nicholas Goodman on a charge of trafficking in dangerous knives. 7/21 at 8 p.m. Alicia M. Lutz, 20, of Portland, was arrested on Cumberland Avenue by Officer Laurence Smith Jr. on a charge of assault. 7/22 at 12 a.m. Corey Patrick Cushman, 23, of Portland, was arrested on Elm Street by Officer Michael Galietta on a charge of assault. 7/22 at 1 a.m. Seth A. Jacobs, 32, of Portland, was arrested on Carroll Street by Officer Christopher Kelley on a charge of assault. 7/22 at 2 a.m. Bradon Orvill Duhaney, 25, of Portland, was arrested on Riverton Drive by Officer Christopher Coyne on a charge of assault. 7/22 at 7 a.m. Wyatt Weston Bowman, 54, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Square by Officer Gavin Hillard on a charge of criminal trespass. 7/22 at 5 p.m. Peter Okot, 27, of Portland, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer Christopher Mitchell on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 7/22 at 12 a.m. George C. Cyr, 39, of Portland, was arrested on Forest Avenue by Officer John Nueslein on a charge of refusing to submit to arrest or detention.

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Obituaries

Timothy J. O’Donovan Jr., 75: Lifelong boater, Boy Scout leader PORTLAND — Timothy J. O’Donovan Jr., died July 22 at Maine Medical Center. Born in Lynn, Mass., on Feb, 21, 1936, a son of E. Marie (Hansen) O’Donovan and Timothy J. O’Donovan Sr., he was raised and educated in Portland. He attended Cheverus High School, where he forged many lifelong friendships. After he graduated from Cheverus in 1955 he attended St. Francis Xavier University in Antigonish, Nova Scotia. On May 21, 1960, he married Charlotte Hurley at St. Joseph’s Church in Portland and they raised their family in Falmouth. After his retirement in 1998 they moved to Cape Coral, Fla., and returned to Falmouth in the summer. They celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary in 2010. His career allowed him to work with two of his closest friends, first with Charlie MacDermott at MAC Finance and later with John Nissen at Nissen Baking Company. A lifelong boater, his pride and joy was a 35-foot wooden powerboat built by Vinnie Cavanaugh, named the “Banba,” which he owned for 26 years. He and Charlotte annually cruised the coast of Maine and spent countless days on Casco Bay with their family and friends. After selling the Banba in 1997, he bought a fiberglass boat and continued to spend summer days on Casco Bay. The switch to fiberglass did not sit well with him at first. While he did

New Ventures Franklin American Mortgage Company has opened a new office in Portland at 470 Forest Ave. Mary B. Miller will serve as the branch manager of the new office. FAMC offers an array of residential home financing, including FHA and VA lines. The office can be reached at 879-4393. Anytime Fitness has opened in the Northgate Plaza off Auburn Street in Portland. Noelle Surette will manage the new 5,000 sq. ft. co-ed fitness facility, which will offer members 24 hour access to the club, seven days a week. For membership information, call Noelle at 878-2008, or visit anytimefitness.com. Town & Country Credit Union recently celebrated the opening of its newest branch in Portland. The new branch offers a retail-type setting at 426 Forest Avenue. For more information about Town & Country, visit tcfcu.com or call 773-5656. The law firm of Taylor, McCormack and Frame LLC, has moved to new offices at 30 Milk St. in Portland. Robert E. Hirshon, counsel in the litigation and trial group at law firm Verrill Dana LLP, was selected to teach a one-month course at Peking University’s School of Transnational Law in Shenzhen, China. Hirson will provide instruction in law practice management issues and current events in the legal profession. The board of directors of Shalom House, Inc., recently announced the re-

eventually warm to the new boat's lower maintenance, he never lost his admiration for a well-cared for wooden boat. He was a proud member of the Merchant’s Wharf Organ, Chowder and Marching Society, the Elks Club, Portland Yacht Club, and was a Boy Scout leader and coach. His parents and his brother, Peter O’Donovan, predeceased him. Surviving are his wife, Charlotte; his four children, Timothy P. O’Donovan and his wife, Wendi-Sue of Falmouth, Dennis J. O’Donovan and his wife, Anne of Cumberland, Kevin T. O’Donovan and his wife, Rita of Cape Elizabeth, Maureen J. Barr and her husband, Greg of Naperville, Ill.; eight grandchildren, Ryan, Michael, Meghan, Erin, Casey and Isabella O’Donovan, and Abby and Mayle Barr; his sister, Marie Manganello and brother-in-law, Edward Manganello; his brother, Michael O’Donovan; and many nieces and nephews. A wake will be held on Wednesday, July 27, from 6 to 9 p.m. at Independent Death Care of Maine, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland. A funeral Mass will be celebrated at Holy Martyrs Church in Falmouth at 10 a.m. on Thursday, July 28. Memorial contributions may be made to the Autism Society, 72B Main St., Winthrop, ME 04364.

PORTLAND — Harry Albert Rogers, 51, died peacefully July 14 in the arms of his adoring wife and surrounded by his loving family at Maine Medical Center. Born in Quantico, Va., on Oct. 18, 1959, he was a son of enlisted Marine Harry Rogers and Dorothy Rogers Rogers. In 1977 he graduated from Deering High School and took courses at Portland Regional Vocational technical school. For more than 30 years he worked in the food service industry as a bartender and manager at numerous places including the Lakewood Inn, the Wonder Bar, Mangino’s of Falmouth and most recently, Amato’s in South Portland. In 1999 he met Jennifer Adams Rogers at Mangino’s in Falmouth. They were married on Oct. 2, 2005. His hobbies included fishing, hunting, hiking, kayaking, skiing and snowmobiling. He adored spending time with children, especially his many nieces and nephews, and loved dogs. He was always very curious, full of energy and had a great love for life. He was predeceased by his mother

naming of its O’Brion Street Group Home to the Seth Jordan House in memory of Seth Hiester Jordan. The Seth Jordan House is a six-bed, residential treatment facility that provides supportive, long-term housing for individuals with a severely disabling mental illness who need rehabilitation and intensive support services. In addition, Shalom House has partnered with Bob, Nancy and Zeke Jordan to create the Seth Jordan Memorial Fund which will enable Shalom House to develop a new full-time staff position. The new staff person will help clients connect to resources and support when leaving Spring Harbor Hospital. The service is targeted especially toward individuals who don't have MaineCare insurance and aren't eligible for existing community services. LTC Financial Partners LLC, has launched a new division, Worksite Academy, to help employers maintain productivity with an aging workforce. The Worksite Academy division will be led by Todd Grove of Cumberland, a founding partner of LTCFP, with offices in Portland. The Academy will help organizations of all types and sizes address long-term health care issues through education delivered by employee benefits brokers. It will also be co-led by Ed Jette, former co-owner and co-founder of Empower Services, a long-term care worksite specialist. Jette maintains LTCFP offices in Boston, Mass. Thorne Conley and Jane Conover have launched C is for Cupcake a Cause & a Cure, a fully-licensed cottage bakery based in Bath. The bakers commit to making a per-dozen-sold donation to benefit numerous charitable organizations in Maine. C is for Cupcake offers mini and standard sizes, with prices ranging from $15-$36 per dozen. Buddy-to-Buddy boxes are $6.50.

Nonprofits located within a 50-mile radius of Bath receive complimentary delivery service. For more information, please contact Conley at 841-0237, Conover at 837-3288 or cisforcupcake7@gmail.com. Island Treasure Toys of Yarmouth has opened a second location at the corner of Bow and Middle Street in Freeport. Store owners Anita and Jim Demetropoulos have owned and operated Island Treasure Toys since 2002. The store sells an array of highquality toys made of natural materials and carries brands such as Lego, Playmobil, Melissa & Doug and Zutano clothing. To contact the Freeport store, call 865-7007. Powers Real Estate of Yarmouth has recently merged with Legacy Properties Sotheby’s International Realty. The six agents from Powers Real Estate, Heidi Hall, Rebecca Meier, Lisa Wentzell, Joi Kressbach, Carrie Martin, and Powers Real Estate Principal Patrick Powers will join Legacy’s team at its Portland office located at Two City Center. All of the Powers’ agents can now be reached at 780-8900. A new iPhone App designed especially for Portland residents and visitors, PortlandVibe, has recently been launched. It is a free, interactive, real-time guide to local restaurants, activities and daily events. Co-founder of PortlandVibe, Lindsay Belanger, says the App has a companion website at portlandvibe.com, and can be found on Facebook at facebook.com/ portlandvibe. The App is available as a free download on Apple's App Store and through the website. Yarmouth-based Chimani LLC, has released its newest App, Chimani National Parks, available from Apple's iTunes App Store, keyword "chimani." The App aims to serve as a complete resource for visitors and fans of the National Park System.

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Dorothy Rogers, his brother Martin Rogers and his sister Karen Walker. Surviving are his wife, Jennifer Adams Rogers; his father, Harry W. Rogers of Portland; in-laws Robert and Camilla Adams of Freeport; sisters Nancy Griffin of Portland and Cynthia Veilleux and her husband Wallace of Greene; brother Andrew Rogers and his wife Mizpah of Portland; sister-in-law Angelina Adams and boyfriend Robert Lilly of Freeport; 16 nieces and nephews; and many grandnieces and grandnephews. A celebration of his life was held July 23. Memorial donations can be made to the American Lung Association National Headquarters, 1301 Pennsylvania Ave. NW, Suite 800, Washington, D.C. 20004 or online at www.lungusa.org. Arrangements are by Independent Death Care, 660 Brighton Ave., Portland. To offer words of condolence, sign a guest book and share memories, visit the obituary page at independentdeathcare.com.

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The Chimani National Parks app allows users to create a virtual passport of their visits to any one of the 394 National Park System locations and includes details on all national parks, monuments, memorials, seashores, recreational areas, sites, battlefields, historical parks, and parkways. Users can create a virtual passport of their trips by "stamping" the parks they have visited and can access news provided by National Park Traveler. The Chimani National Parks App is available in Android and iPhone versions. Swiss Chocolatier Lindt has recently opened a new Lindt Chocolate Shop at 1 Freeport Village Station, Freeport. Phil Pastore of Scarborough has launched an innovative products business, Solution Mates Inc. SMI represents, manufactures, engineers, imports and nationally distributes consumer items that promote healthier living, save money, and either are made in the U.S. or can be made in the U.S. For more information, visit www.solutionmates.com. Todd Wolf, president of TelLan Network Technologies Inc., doing business as VoIPnet Technologies, and Larry Cushing, president of ITPartners LLC, have announced a merger of the two companies to form Unified Technologies Inc. The company is located at 583 Warren Ave. in Portland with a branch office at the Hesser Technology Center in Manchester, N.H. Unified Technologies is a complete “Technology as a Service” (TaaS) company with a focus on managed IT, hosted and managed VOIP telephony, virtualization, cloud computing, ISP and video services. The company expects to hire 10 to 15 new staff members for its engineering and sales teams. For more information, visit unifiedtechnologies.com.


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West wins red-hot Lobster Bowl

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Former Portland High star Imadhi Zagon breaks free during a first half run. Zagon rushed for 64 yards and a TD and returned a kickoff 86 yards for the decisive score in the West’s 16-13 victory.

By Michael Hoffer BIDDEFORD — The 22nd Shriners Lobster Bowl Classic football all-star game will long be remembered for two things. For starters, the game was played amid the tail end of a brutal heat wave which swept the state. Temperatures approached the century mark, the game was stopped on eight separate occasions for water breaks and had its quarters reduced from 15 minutes to 12. Ultimately, the biggest story was the heroics of former Portland High standout Imadhi Zagon, who broke a run for a touchdown in the first half, then had a critical 86yard kickoff return for a score in the fourth period to give the West a 16-13 win over the East, its 16th against six defeats. The East went 56 yards on six plays on its first series to take a 7-0 lead when Bangor’s Joe Seccareccia found Belfast’s Lani Eversage for a 29-yard TD pass and Leavitt’s Maxwell Cloutier added the extra point. The West didn’t get on the board until 6:49 remained in the second period when an errant East snap went out of the end zone for a safety. The West then drove 48 yards to take the lead when Zagon ran 27 yards for a score (he almost fumbled the pitch from former Deering standout quarterback Jamie Ross, but held on and took off). Ross added the extra point for a 9-7 advantage. The score remained 9-7 until 4:36 was left in the game. Edward Little’s Teven Colon scored on a 3-yard run for a 13-9 lead. The East’s two-point conversion attempt was stuffed. The lead stood for 16 seconds as Zagon went back to receive a kickoff for the only time on the day, caught the ball at the 14 and

stole the show. Zagon ran into a pile of West defenders at about the 40, appeared to be stopped, but even after losing a shoe, kept his legs churning to bust through and down the right sideline for what proved to be the game-winning TD. “I knew they were going to kick away from me so the coach called over to (Livermore Falls’ Alexander Rose and me) from the sideline and told us to line up one behind the other and whichever way he kicks it, just go to it,” Zagon said. “I just ran as hard as I could.” Ross’ extra point gave the West a 16-13 lead and after a pair of interceptions by Rose, the win was secured. Zagon finished with 64 yards on six carries and was named the

Former Deering High quarterback standout Jamie Ross looks for a receiver during the West’s victory.

West’s Most Valuable Player. Several other familiar local names played a role in the West’s victory. Ross completed 10 of 19 passes for 93 yards with an interception. Teammate John Hardy was the receiving standout, grabbing nine balls for 77 yards. Fitzpatrick Trophy winner Peter Gwilym of Class A state champion Cheverus intercepted two passes. Teammate Zach Dulac was his usual hard-hitting self. Falmouth was represented by offensive lineman Jack Horton, Freeport by defensive back Matt

Peter Gwilym, the 2010 Fitzpatrick Trophy winner after leading Cheverus to a state championship, played defensive back for the West Saturday and intercepted two passes.

MacMillan and Greely by lineman Michael Burgess and linebacker Jonathan Higgins. Cape Elizabeth’s Conner McAlaney made a clutch tackle before leaving the game with an injury. Scarborough’s Michael Cyr (tight end) and South Portland’s Matt Welch (who was voted the state’s premier offensive lineman last season) also took part. Freeport’s Rob Grover and Greely’s David Higgins served as assistant coaches. Deering’s Maria Villarreal, Greely’s Kelly Rowan, Portland’s

Alyssa Nielsen and Hong-Vy Pham and South Portland’s Allyssa Conley and Hayli Mulkern served as cheerleaders. Deering’s Brandon Ouellette was one of the cheerleading coaches. Net proceeds from the annual high school senior all-star game go to the Shriners Hospitals for Children. Sun Journal staff writer Randy Whitehouse contributed to this story. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

My thoughts on baseball realignment By Bryan O’Connor As of July 19, the Tampa Bay Rays and Pittsburgh Pirates had identical 50-44 records. Both teams were dreadful for the first half of the last decade. And that’s where the similarities end. With all due respect to the Pirates, their 50-44 record and the Rays’ 50-44 record were not created equally. With their 44th loss, the Rays fell 6.5 games behind New York in the wild card, all but ending any hope of their competing for a playoff berth. The Pirates, in contrast, not only wrested first place from the Milwaukee Brewers with their 50th win, but gained much-needed momentum by beating a division contender, albeit one with a losing record todate (the Cincinnati Reds). The Rays had outscored opponents by 34 runs as of July 19.

Those opponents included the Yankees nine times and the Red Sox eight times and they play those two 19 more times this summer. The Pirates had played 12 games against the lowly Houston Astros and nine against the Chicago Cubs, but had outscored their opponents by just 14. Based on the unbalanced schedule, one could make a case that the five best teams in baseball (Philadelphia, Boston, the Yankees, Atlanta and the Rays) all play in eastern divisions this year (though Rangers fans may take issue), and that the Rays would be seven or eight games up if they played in the NL Central, while the Pirates might be fighting the Baltimore Orioles to stay out of the basement in the AL East. But that case is no fun. In the real world, the Pirates lead their

division and have a reasonable chance to make the playoffs for the first time in almost 20 years and that’s probably the best story in baseball in 2011. They have a long and storied history, play in the best park in the league, and have great fans. The Rays, meanwhile, have one of the game’s worst parks, a small fan base in one of the smallest metropolitan areas with a baseball team and no real history prior to 2008. Their sympathy factor is low as well, as they’ve made the playoffs two of the last three seasons. What’s most fair isn’t always the most fun or the most entertaining. This brings us to the realignment strategies everyone’s throwing around. Major League Baseball has decided, for some reason,

to add a second wild card team from each league to the playoff mix. The impetus for realignment seems to be the notion that teams would be competing for the same playoff spot on an uneven playing field, as if that hasn’t been the case for years. NL Central teams have to finish ahead of five teams to win their division, while AL West teams only have to best three other teams. Somehow, the popular solution is to move the Astros (or the Brewers or the Diamondbacks) to the American League, so that each league has three divisions of five teams competing for five playoff spots. In reality, adding a second wild card team mitigates the effect of the division size inequity. Teams gunning for the final playoff spot

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Roundup Peaks to Portland swim again a success

Local lax players undefeated at tournament

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Roundup Portland team wins Babe Ruth 14 state crown The Portland 14-year-old Babe Ruth team is state champion, in dramatic fashion. Portland lost to Central Maine, 7-4, last Friday, but stayed alive with a 14-4 win over Augusta, then took the title with 11-6 and 9-4 victories over Central Maine Saturday. Portland will next compete in the New England regional starting Friday in Westfield, Mass.

PAYSA registration open Registration for the Portland Area Youth Soccer Association (PAYSA) 2011 fall recreational program is underway. A Little Kickers program for ages 4 and 5 ($60), and rec leagues for ages 6 to 13 ($65) are available. FMI, recdir@paysa soccer.com or paysasoccer.com.

PBC fighter wins gold Portland Boxing Club’s Liz Leddy recently won the women’s national Golden Gloves featherweight championship in

Florida. Leddy won her first national title and is only the third person in Maine history to win an open class title. Leddy beat Erica Cooksey of Jacksonville in the third round to clinch the crown.

Local sailors compete at USA Junior Olympics

Showcase League tryouts upcoming Tryouts for the 2011 Showcase League baseball and softball season will be held Aug. 7 at Hadlock Field in Portland. The Showcase League is the premier college prep baseball league in New England, featuring wooden bat games hosted weekly by colleges and universities in the Northeast. FMI, smanfredo@show caseleague.com or showcaseleague.com.

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Baseball from page 13 would be competing not against their divisions, but against their leagues, and the difference between 14 and 16 teams is unlikely to affect many playoff berths. Throw in year-round interleague play, and moving an NL team to the AL can’t possibly be the best solution. If fairness is the reason for realignment, the answer is not moving one team to the tougher league, immediately decreasing that team’s chances of making the postseason. The answer is eliminating the divisions, balancing the schedule such that each team plays substantially the same slate, and sending the five (or four, which has worked pretty well) best teams in each league to the playoffs. Only then does a team like the Toronto Blue Jays or Orioles have the same chance to reach the playoffs as the Los Angeles Dodgers or Colorado Rockies, each of whom has made multiple trips this decade, while the Blue Jays and Orioles have been shut out

despite similar resources. If the divisions were eliminated, as many fans and writers have pointed out, baseball would lose the thrill of multiple pennant races. Sure, there may be a good fight for fifth place, possibly featuring three or four teams, but there would be little incentive for first- and second-place teams facing off in late September to ride their starting pitchers deep into games in an attempt to win the division. Red Sox fans know very well that baseball isn’t about fairness. Baseball was most fair from 1903 to 1968, when there were no divisions and the best team in each league went straight to the World Series. What happened then? The Yankees won it all. Just about every year, it seemed. In the National League, the St. Louis Cardinals and Pirates and Reds stole a pennant here and there, but the New York teams won more than their share. Baseball was more predictable and less exciting when it was fair. Baseball’s current alignment is particularly harsh on the Red Sox, but it’s

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hard for a team with a $170 million payroll to complain. As grueling as it is playing 18 games a year against the Yankees, substantially all of the gains the franchise has made since John Henry’s group bought the Red Sox in 2002 can be attributed to direct competition with the Yankees. If the Bronx Bombers hadn’t played in the previous four World Series, winning three (thank you, Luis Gonzalez), and ratcheted their payroll up to nearly $200 million, almost twice what any other team spent at that time, the Red Sox could have built a team the same way the Giants and Rangers have, by pinching pennies and hoarding prospects until it’s time to strike with a few big-ticket free agent signings. Would the Sox have won two World Series titles and become perennial contenders under a plan like that? Doubtful. The best answer, if you ask me, is to change nothing. Baseball is making millions, fans are watching games, and nine different teams in nine different cities

have won the last 10 World Series, with only our Red Sox winning twice. A fifth playoff team won’t stall that progress and may add intrigue down the stretch, but it will water down the playoffs some (for better or worse), giving sometimesunworthy teams a reasonable chance to steal a championship from any of several superior teams. If I could change one thing about baseball, I would reconsider the unbalanced schedule. Baseball doesn’t need to be completely fair, but we don’t need 18 Red Sox-Orioles games every year either. I could take or leave interleague play, but if its a part of baseball, teams should play similar interleague schedules (maybe a three-game series against each team in the other league). Sometimes change is good, even when it’s not demanded by a specific shortcoming. Another wild card team could spice up baseball’s playoffs and add intrigue to the regular season. Let’s just not pretend baseball is broken and go wild dreaming up solutions. The Astros might never forgive us.

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Book stores from page 1 have to deal with the same industry conditions as Borders, they are better equipped to deal with them. “(Borders closing) says that we’re the right size and they’re the wrong size,” said Chris Bowe, co-owner of Longfellow Books in Portland. “This might be the time for community bookstores again. We reflect and belong to the community.”

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Independent book sellers universally offered their sympathy to the Borders employees facing unemployment. They also said the sheer size of Borders stymied its ability to adapt quickly, and that the company lacked agility. Nancy Randolph, owner of the small, Topsham-based publishing house Just Write Books, said that while Borders has been a great place for her to sell books, it wasn’t exactly nimble. “A small proprietor can tell me they need five copies of a book and I can deliver to them that day,” Randolph said. “Borders had certain ways they could buy, and normally it had to go through the corporate office. A lot of people wouldn’t want to deal with that.” The indie booksellers also made clear that small shops work under a different business model than bigger stores. Borders focused on retaining a huge inventory and occupying an ever-larger market share by opening more stores in the U.S. and Europe, both of which are nearly impossible for small companies. “Borders was drowning in inventory and returning a lot of it to their publishers,” Bowe said. “It wasn’t profitable for them. For so long they weren’t booksellers. They were real estate speculators.” Others pointed to Borders’ reluctance to build its online business. While com-

petitor Barnes & Noble had a strong online presence from the beginning, Borders outsourced its online retail business to Amazon.com from 2001 to 2008. More recently, Barnes & Noble and Amazon both aggressively entered the digital book market by launching their own e-book readers, while Borders partnered with a Canadian company to distribute e-books. Gary Lawless is an independent bookseller in Brunswick. He and his partner Beth Leonard both worked at Bookland before opening their own shop, Gulf of Maine Books, 32 years ago. “(Borders) made a lot of bad decisions,” Lawless said. “They put a lot of money into CDs and movies right as that market was going online. They put a lot of money into building brick-and-mortar stores, and a lot of them didn’t do so well. “Unlimited growth is the philosophy of big-box shopping centers and the cancer cell,” he said.

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Though Borders had a set of challenges unique to its size, the indies admitted changes in the industry that affect big booksellers could hurt them, too. As consumption habits change and more of the market goes digital, physical bookshops – the kind where you can walk in and thumb through books you’ve never heard of – may have a hard time surviving. “We’ve been through tough times like everyone,” said Cheryl Perrino, manager of Nonesuch Books & Cards in South Portland. “I think there’s no business that hasn’t been affected, but we’re holding our own.” “I’m not so foolish I don’t see the parallels to what’s happening with books and what happened to music,” Bowe said. Lawless said he has even spotted people at Gulf of Maine Books snapping photos of books with their iPhones, only to buy them online. “Books are becoming the LP or the

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But Brett Wickard – founder of Bull Moose, which operates 10 stores in Maine and New Hampshire – said his book-selling locations would try to implement some of Borders’ successes in the coming months. Bull Moose’s Bangor shop started selling books more than a year ago, to great success, Wickard said. The Scarborough store joined the book brigade last fall. “We should acknowledge that Borders did some things right,” Wickard said. “A lot of people really enjoyed Borders.” Shortly after Borders announced it would close, Bull Moose manned the social media channels. The company asked its customers – through Facebook, Twitter and its website – what they liked about Borders that they wanted at Bull Moose. The query received 118 Facebook replies by Monday night, many of which requested big comfortable chairs and a cafe. “What they did right was make a really comfortable atmosphere and a place to relax,” Wickard said. “People really liked the free wi-fi, the family-oriented events. People like the magazine section and the coffee and the slightly sinful desserts.” Wickard wouldn’t say exactly which features the Bull Moose stores would imple-

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All the independent booksellers showed consensus on one belief: the industry is changing, but the outlook is better for smaller shops. It’s the employees’ personalities, the community ties and the responsiveness to customers needs that set the indies apart, they said. “One of our best-selling sections is our ‘recommended’ section,” said Perrino, the Nonesuch Books manager. “There’s always someone here who can help a customer find the book that’s right for them. That’s why people will come here instead of going online.” A sense of optimism was tangible in the indies’ words when they talked about their relationship with customers. They are convinced they offer something different. While Borders may have had every book you can imagine, the indies offer a different experience for a different clientele: Borders sold books to everyone; indies sell them to “book people.” “It’s a business, but it’s a little different,” said Donna Williams, co-founder and owner of the Book Review in Falmouth. “We’re not quite like a museum or an art gallery, but it is a cultural offering. ... There are consumers who prefer to shop local and prefer a personal touch and want help. That type of service that we offer is important.” “People might be ready to support the village life again,” said Bowe, of Longfellow Books. “Places like Borders make people think they could have everything, which meant they didn’t value anything. Small can be beautiful. To have relationships with the people who run the stores in your community, it really matters.” Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or mmoretto@theforecaster.net. Follow Mario on Twitter: @ riocarmine.

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Tuesday 8/2 Michael Daicy and Don Whitney, authors of “Portland’s Greatest Conflagration: The 1866 Fire Disaster,” 12 p.m. book talk, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress

The Hive Faculty Reading, with authors Sarah Braunstein, Arda Collins, Aaron McCollough, Lewis Robinson, James Shea, Taryn Bowe, Jaed Coffin, Amy Amoroso, and Justin Tussing, 7 p.m., Empire, 575 Congress St., Portland, FMI, 927-1927. James Witherell, author of “L.L. Bean; The Man and His Company,” 6 p.m. book signing, Bull Moose Scarborough, 456 Payne Road, bullmoose.com.

Comedy Wednesday 8/3 “Selene Luna: Special Needs,” An Evening of Stand Up Comedy, 7 p.m., $12 advance/ $15 door, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, stlawrencearts.org.

Films Monday 8/1 “Innocent Interlude:” Scenes of Life in Portland, Maine, 1940-41; 2 p.m. daily screenings MondayFriday, July and August, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822 ext. 216.

Tuesday 8/2 “Steam of Life” Summer Documentary Film Series and discussion, 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesdays through Aug. 23, free, Rines Auditorium, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

Galleries Wednesday 7/27 “Where to Draw the Line,” exhibition of children’s book illustrators, 2011 Maine Drawing Project, 5-7 p.m. opening reception, exhibit

through Oct. 30, free and open to the public, UNE Art Gallery, Westbrook College campus, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, 221-4499 or www.une.edu/artgallery.

Saturday 7/30 Peaks Island Saturday Art Walk, 3–7 p.m., map of participating galleries at GEM Gallery and The Inn on Peaks, peaksisland-artwalks. org.

Sunday 7/31 Art in the Park, painting, pottery, photography, fiber arts and more by members of Yarmouth “Artisans Collective,” 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Sundays, through Oct. 30, Village Green Park, near railway station, Main Street, Yarmouth, FMI, 8467967.

Thursday 8/4 “Water: The Surface & Below,” paintings by Sarah Knock, 5-7 p.m. Opening Reception, exhibit through Aug. 27, Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland, 772-2693.

Friday 8/5 ”Exploring Deer Isle,” Photographs by Michael McAllister, 5-8 p.m. opening, Nosh, 551 Congress St., Portland. “Journeys, Traces in Time,” paintings by Dan Burleigh Phillips, 5:30-7:30 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through Aug. 31, Thomas Memorial Library, 6 Scott Dyer Road, Cape Elizabeth, thomasme moriallibrary.org. ”Simple. Beauty.” photography by C.C.Church, 5-8 p.m. artist reception, exhibit through Aug. 27, Daunis Fine Jewelry, 616 Congress St., Portland, 773.6011. Summer Show: New work by artisans Kimberly Burke, David Twiss, John Orestis, Gergana Rupchina,

Wednesday 7/27 Sunset Folk Series, 7:45 p.m. Sorcha, free, concerts on Wednesdays through Aug. 10, canceled if rain, bring seating, Western Promenade Park, Portland, portlandmaine. gov/rec/summer.htm, 756-8275. Summer Concerts at Mill Creek Park, Motor Booty Affair, 6:30-8 p.m. Wednesdays through Aug. 3, bring seating, Mill Creek Park, South Portland, FMI/cancellations, 767-7650, southportland.org. for weather-related cancellations. Yarmouth Summer Concert Series, Joan Kennedy Trio, 6:15 p.m. concert, free, open to the public, Royal River Park, Yarmouth, 846-2406, yarmouthcommunity services.org.

Thursday 7/28 Alive at Five Free Concert Series, Marion Grace and Gypsy Tailwind, 5-7:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 4, Monument Square, Portland. ”Daughter of the Regiment,” presented by PORTopera, 7:30 p.m. Thursday 7/28 and Saturday 7/30, $41+, Merrill Auditorium, Myrtle St., Portland, tickets at porttix.com. KahBang’s Maine State Pier Concert Series, Wiz Khalifa, with Big Sean and Chevy Woods, 6 p.m., $32, Maine State Pier, Franklin and Commercial St., Portland, 4614435, statepier.com. Summer Concerts in the Park, Time Pilots, 6:30 p.m., free, all ages, Memorial Park, Sawyer Road, Scarborough, rain location: Scarborough High School, Thursdays through Aug. 4, hosted by Scarborough Community Chamber, scarboroughcommuni tychamber.com. Friends of Eastern Promenade Concert Series, 7 p.m., Sean Mencher and his Rhythm Kings, rockabilly, Thursdays through Aug. 18, Bandstand, Fort Allen Park, Portland, canceled if rain, portlandmaine.gov/rec/summer.htm, 756-8275. Beirut, world music, 8 p.m., $22 advance/ $25 door, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, tickets, statetheatreportland.com, 800745-3000.

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Saturday 7/30 Adam Nordell, songwriter, bicycle-powered CD release tour of “Spring Fed Creek,” 7-9 p.m. concert, by donation, Local Sprouts Cafe, 649 Congress St., Portland, 899-3529, localsprouts.coop. ”Daughter of the Regiment,” presented by PORTopera, 7:30 p.m.

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The 47th annual Bowdoin International Music Festival is finishing strong with an array of performances not to be missed. Anthony McGill, pictured here, is among the musicians scheduled to play at the Friday, July 29, Festival Friday concert. The 7:30 p.m. concert will feature compositions by Johannes Brahms and Ludwig Van Beethoven. Tickets are $50 and can be purchased by calling the box office at 725-3895 or prior to the concert, held at Brunswick High School’s Crooker Theater. This weekend BIMF is hosting the Charles E. Gamper Festival of Contemporary Music. Concerts are held July 28-31 at Studzinski Recital Hall, Bowdoin College. Admission is by donation, $10 suggested. For more information, including all concert listings, please visit bowdoinfestival.org. Thursday 7/28 and Saturday 7/30, $41+, Merrill Auditorium, Myrtle St., Portland, tickets at porttix.com. Barry McGuire and John York: Trippin’ the 60s; 8 p.m., $20 advance/ $23 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, onelongfellowsquare. com

Tuesday 8/2 Sophie-Veronique CaucheferChoplin, Friends of the Kotzschmar Organ Summer Concerts, 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 30, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland, listings, tickets at foko.org.

Wednesday 8/3 Manchester Orchestra, 7:30 p.m., $16.50 advance/ $18 door, State Theatre, 609 Congress St., Portland, statetheatreportland.com, 800-745-3000.

Thursday 8/4 Vonda Shepard, 6:30 p.m. doors, 8 p.m. show, $25, The Landing at Pine Point, 353 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 774-4527, theland ingatpinepoint.com.

Friday 8/5 Highland Soles in Concert, 7:30 p.m., $12 adult/ $10 ages 12 and under/ $25 family, St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, advance tickets at Bull Moose stores, brownpapertickets.com.

Saturday 8/6 Guster, with Ra Ra Riot, 7 p.m., $32 advance, $35 door, Concerts on the Waterfront at Ocean Gateway, 14 Ocean Gateway Pier, Portland, tickets, statetheatreportland.com, 800-745-3000.

Theater & Dance ”Before Bill:” A comic romp through medieval times, presented by The Worshipful Company of Black Pudding Makers & Itinerant Sausage Purveyors, The Freeport Shakespeare Festival at

The Freeport Factory Stage, July 28-Aug. 14; 8 p.m. Thursdays-Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sunday Aug. 14; $20 adult/ $17 seniors and students, freeportfactory.com, 865-5505. ”Little Red Riding Hood” (or Grandmother Slyboots), presented by the Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, July 28-31; 4 p.m. Thursday-Friday, 1 p.m. and 4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday, $8-$9, Children’s Museum & Theatre of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234 ext. 231, kitetails.org. ”The Pirates of Penzance,” or the Slave of Duty, presented by Freeport Players, July 15-31, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays; 2 p.m. Sundays, $10 advance, $15 door; pay-what-you-want preview 7:30 p.m. Thursday, July 14, Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St., Freeport, tickets at fcponline.org, 865-2220. “Twelfth Night” presented by Freeport Shakespeare Festival, 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Aug. 2-Friday, Aug. 12, free to the public, L.L. Bean Discovery Park, Freeport. ”V: Five Collective Years of Motion,” artistic dance performance, July 29-30; 8:30 p.m. Friday; 6 p.m. Saturday family-friendly show; and 8:30 p.m. Saturday, $10 adults/ $8 students and seniors, Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, tickets at lucidstage.com.

Wednesday 7/27 “T-O-T-A-L-L-Y-!” – a one woman show, with Kimleigh Smith, 8 p.m. $14 adults/ $12 seniors/ $8 students, Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St, Portland 615-3609, mayostree tarts.org.

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3 communities, 3 musical comedies By Scott Andrews Thanks to the vagaries of theatrical scheduling, no fewer than three professional productions of musical comedies opened last week in a trio of communities north and south of Portland. They represent three very different theatrical settings. North of the city in Brunswick, theatergoers can visit “Xanadu.” As depicted on stage, Xanadu is the idyllic retreat of nine Greek goddesses plus a Greek chorus, disco music and roller skating. South of the city, theatergoers can imagine that Route 1 is a yellow brick road. Maybe that’s a stretch of the imagination, but it will lead them to the imaginary land full of witches, ruby slippers and some unforgettable characters in “The Wizard of Oz,” which has taken up residence in Arundel for a few weeks. Farther south, the setting is River City, Iowa, where a flimflam salesman collides with a small-town librarian and piano teacher in one of America’s best-loved Broadway shows: “The Music Man” is currently running in Ogunquit.

‘Xanadu’ Modern Broadway musicals are increasingly based on films, and “Xanadu,” the current show at Maine State Music Theatre, is a prime example. It is based on the 1980 movie of the same name that starred Olivia Newton-John as an ancient and timeless Greek goddess who inspires a struggling artist in California. Reworked significantly to emphasize nostalgia for the 1980s – roller discos, mirror balls and all – the 2007 Broadway version of “Xanadu” has a script by Douglas Carter Beane and score by Jeff Lynne and John Farrar. I had not seen “Xanadu” before and I was delighted. MSMT’s fully professional production of “Xanadu” is a wonderfully nostalgic and melodic trip down Memory Lane and a personal highlight of my summer season. The story revolves around nine goddesses: the Muses. Three in particular are central. Clio (Jenny Lee Stern) is the protagonist, whose efforts to help Danny Malone (Brandon Andrus) drives the story. She’s opposed by two jealous sisters, Melpomene (Charis Leos) and Calliope (Erin Maguire). All three Muses are very funny, very lovable over-the-top characters. Ed Romanoff, an MSMT regular, ably tackles a pair of roles, first as a moneygrubbing real estate tycoon, and second as mighty Zeus, king of the gods. Dennis Hassan’s set nimbly shifts between several venues in Venice, California, and lofty Mount Olympus. The music is very appealing. Most songs were recorded by Newton-John and achieved a widespread lasting popularity that transcended the movie. Hits include “Strange Magic,” “Evil Woman,” “I’m Alive,” “Have You Ever Been Mellow?” and of course, the title song. Maine State Music Theatre presents “Xanadu” through Aug. 6 at Pickard Theater on the Bowdoin College campus in Brunswick. Call 725-8769 or visit www. msmt.org.

Nine goddesses are the central characters in “Xanadu,” a Broadway musical based on the 1980s-era movie of the same name. It runs through Aug. 6 at Maine State Music Theatre in Brunswick. Annie Rose

handles it with aplomb, maintaining an equable balance between insecurity and self-confidence. The Wicked Witch of the West, the Oz incarnation of grouchy Miss Gultch from Kansas, gets top honors for character acting. I loved Kelly Morris’ vindictive characters in both worlds, and her bloodcurdling witch’s cackle is one of the show’s high points. Arundel Barn Playhouse, 53 Old Post Road (just off Route 1), presents “The Wizard of Oz” through Aug. 6. Call 985-5552 or visit www.arundelbarnplayhouse.com.

mized those qualities better than “The Wizard of Oz,” the 1939 celluloid extravaganza that starred Judy Garland and featured her signature song, “Over the Rainbow.” The movie, based on L. Frank Baum’s 1900 novel with music and lyrics by Harold Arlen and E.Y. Harburg, was a sensational success. Arundel Barn Playhouse is currently offering a delightful professional production of the 1987 stage adaptation created by John Kane. His book reverently follows the familiar film script as far as possible. Thematically, Kane retains the concept of discovering one’s own inner strengths through a dichotomy of parallel universes: a turn-of-the-century farm in Kansas and the phantasmagorical Land of Oz. The principal character is Dorothy, a girl who is unexpectedly transported from Kansas to Oz when a tornado strikes the farm. Dorothy’s struggle to return to Kansas forms the main plot, with numerous subplots based on characters she meets in Oz. Each of these supporting characters has a counterpart in Kansas, a point that is emphasized by double-casting these actors. Producing artistic director Adrienne Wilson Grant and stage director Josh Penzell have assembled a fine professional cast, mostly college students majoring in musical theater and recent graduates. Brittney Morton, as Dorothy, has the biggest and most challenging role. She

‘The Music Man’ Maybe you can’t fool all the people all of the time, but almost all of the unsophisticated citizens of River City, Iowa, have been bamboozled since 1957 by a flimflam traveling salesman who sells bands – the whole kit and caboodle, complete with dozens of instruments plus uniforms and the promise to teach and lead. But Professor Harold Hill – the salesman’s nom de guerre – doesn’t know a note of music and intends to skip town the moment the goods have arrived and he’s collected the cash. Trouble is, the salesman gets his foot caught in the door when he contends with Marian the librarian and falls in love with her. That’s the dramatic conceit of “The Music Man,” the triumph of American musical theater with book, music and lyrics by Meredith Willson. Set in 1912, “The

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Music Man” was the most popular show on Broadway in 1957. For its third offering of 2011, Ogunquit Playhouse is presenting a splendid fully professional production of “The Music Man.” I’ve seen this musical many times over the years – and grew up listening to the original cast album – and I can’t recall a better production. TV star Peter Scolari excels in the title role of the gentle-hearted con man, mixing bluster with sympathy for the River City townsfolk and some of their comic idiosyncrasies. He’s nicely matched with Julia Burrows as the reticent, suspicious librarian – one of the few people in town who sees him for what he is. Burrows has the beautifully clear soprano voice that’s needed to effectively deliver songs such as “Good Night My Someone” and “My White Knight.” Director Ray Roderick has staged this classic beautifully, beginning with one of the most notable opening scenes in Broadway history: a moving railroad coach full of bickering traveling salesmen. Ogunquit Playhouse, a mile south of the village on Route 1, presents “The Music Man” through Aug. 20. Call 646-5511 or visit www.ogunquitplayhouse.org.

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Greater Portland Benefits Thursday 7/28 Bark in the Park, fundraiser for the Portland Police Department’s K-9 Unit, hosted by Planet Dog, 6:15 p.m. pre-game parade for pups and people, 7 p.m. Sea Dogs baseball game, $7 per person; $7 per dog, Hadlock Field, Portland, tickets at Planet Dog Company Store, 211 Marginal Way, Portland, 346-8606. H.A.R.T.’s Yard/Bake Sale fundraiser, 8 a.m.-5 p.m., July 28-30, H.A.R.T. Adoption Center and Shelter for Cats, 302 Range Road, Cumberland, donations being accepted, 829-4116.

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Thu. 7/28 12 p.m. Green Building Incentive Task Force Thu. 7/28 4 p.m. Downtown Portland Corporation Thu. 7/28 5:30 p.m. Joint School/City Finance Committee Mon. 8/1 7 p.m. City Council

a.m. ride start time, $20 bike/ $5 passenger, depart from Parkers Restaurant, 1349 Washington Ave., Portland, portlandfirefighters.com. Church Yard Sale fundraiser, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland.

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Sunday 7/31

Greely Girls’ Basketball Boosters FUNKraising Event, with Motor Booty Affair, 8-11:30 p.m., $25, 21+, Harmony Hall, U.S. Route 115, North Yarmouth, tickets at GGBBoosters@ yahoo.com, or call Beth, 400-9718.

Mackworth Island Show & Shine, car show to benefit The Foundation for Maine’s Deaf and Hard of Hearing Children, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.; 8:30 a.m. car registration, $10 donation for 1 show car, 2 people; 11 a.m. car judging; 1 p.m. awards; general admission, $5 adult/ $3 age 6-15, rain or shine, Baxter School for the Deaf, Mackworth Island, Falmouth, FMI, Jerry Giordano, 781-4904 or ggiordan@maine.rr.com.

Saturday 7/30 Sgt. Johnsey & Sgt. Betters Benefit Memorial Ride, from Portland to Naples, to benefit children of deceased Portland police officers, 9:15-10:45 a.m. registration; 11

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Wednesday 8/3 Sturdivant Island Tuna Tournament, fundraiser for Maine’s Community Colleges, Aug. 3–6; 7 p.m. Wednesday, Captain’s meeting and fundraising auction, open to public; 12 a.m. Thursday-4 p.m. Saturday, fishing tournament; 6 p.m. Saturday awards dinner; Spring Point Marina, South Portland, Chuck Gregory, 229-5157, cgreg ory@smccme.edu, mainetuna.org. Empty House Party & Lobster Bake: “PSO Designers’ Show House, Before,” to benefit the Portland Symphony Orchestra, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $40/person, 149 Western Prom., Portland, reservations required, 773-6128 ext. 311, or events@portlandsymphony.org.

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WMPG Dance Cruise, electronica dance party to benefit WMPG’s Power Up! campaign, noon, 6 Custom House Wharf, with appetizers, cash bar, $20, advance tickets at Bullmoose Music stores, wmpg.org, or day of at Harbour’s Edge.

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“Adoptable Dogs at Sea Dogs:” AWS Mobile Adoption Team, 6:15 p.m. pre-game dog parade; 7 p.m. game, $7 per person / $7 per dog, Hadlock Field, Portland, FMI, Animal Welfare Society, animalwelfaresoci ety.org, 985-3244. Brian Knighton D.O. & Sheila Boese PA-C

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Benefit Organ Concert with Mark Rossnagel, fundraiser for church organ, 7 p.m., by donation, Blue Point Congregational Church, 236 Pine Point Road, Scarborough, 883-6540.

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”The Poet’s Love,” Benefit ballet performance, reception, artists’conversation to support Maine State Ballet programming, 7 p.m., $75$50, Maine State Ballet Theater, U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, reservations at mainestateballet.org or 781-3587.

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Saturday 7/30 Art and Crafters Fair, 9 a.m.-4 p.m., First Parish Market, 40 Main St., Freeport, rain or shine, firstparish market.com.

Friday 8/5 Maine Fiber Arts Tour Weekend, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Aug. 5-7, craft demonstrations, workshops, farm tours, childrens activities, 45+ locations statewide, for listings, schedule of events, mainefiberarts.org, 7210678, fiberarts@gwi.net.

Saturday 8/6 Clothing Swap Shop, 9 a.m.noon, Elm Street United Methodist Church, 168 Elm St., South Portland, 799-0407, elmstreetumc.org. History Barn Open House, 9 a.m.noon, free, open to public, U.S. Route 231, behind Town Hall, New Gloucester, 926-3188.

Call for Donations Scarborough Historical Society needs donations for annual fair, Aug. 6; books, household items, clothes, etc., drop off Tuesdays 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at Scarborough Historical Museum, 649A Route 1, Scarborough, or call 885-9997.

Call for Volunteers HART Cat Shelter volunteers needed, help homeless cats at nokill shelter in Cumberland, many opportunities, call 829-4116 or HARTOFME.com. ITNPortland needs volunteer drivers, help seniors and visually impaired adults enjoy independence and quality of life, commit to one or more hours per month, 854-0505.

Wednesday 7/27 American Red Cross Blood Drive, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mercy Hospital, Fore

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Tuesday 8/2 Cape Elizabeth Community Blood Drive, 1-6 p.m., St. Bartholomew’s Church, Cape Elizabeth, for appointment, call 1-800 RED CROSS, redcrossblood.org.

7:30 p.m., $5, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, 45 Seashore Ave., Peaks Island, 766-3330.

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The Art of the Travel Journal: A Creative Workshop for Adults, led by Rita Swidrowski, 1:30-4 p.m., free, open to public, South Portland Main Library, 482 Broadway, FMI, 7676770, southportlandlibrary.com.

Thursday 7/28

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PORTopera President’s Dinner, pre-performance Surf ‘n’ Turf dinner and cocktail hour, 5 p.m., $100, Harbour’s Edge, off Commercial St., Portland, tickets limited, call 8797678, FMI, portopera.org.

Saturday 7/30 Public Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., $7 adults, $3 ages 6-12, West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth, 797-4066. Traditional Baked Bean Supper, 4:30 -6 p.m., $8 adults/ $5 ages under 12, Tuttle Road U.M. Church, 52 Tuttle Road, Cumberland, Eileen Wyatt, 829-5238.

Sunday 7/31 Pancake Breakfast, 8-11 a.m., $7 adult/ $4 ages under 10, Fifth Maine Regiment Museum, Peaks Island, 766-3330 or fifthmaine@juno.com. Summer Sunday Jazz Brunch, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Sundays, through summer, Cafe Cambridge, 740 Broadway, South Portland, 8991884, cambridgecoffeebar.com.

Gardens/Outdoors Cumberland Farmers Market Assoc. Summer Markets: Wednesdays, 12-4 p.m., Walmart parking lot, US Route 1, Falmouth; Fridays, 10am 12:15 p.m. Cricket Hunt School, U.S. Route 1, Freeport, and 2-5:30 p.m., L.L.Bean Campus, Coyote Parking Lot, Freeport; Saturdays, 9 a.m.noon, Cumberland Town Hall, Tuttle Road, Cumberland, all markets rain or shine, FMI, cumberlandfarmers market.org. Daily Nature Programs at Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, 2 p.m. daily through July 31, free with park admission, $4.50-$1; 426 Wolf Neck Road, Freeport, Andy Hutchinson, 865-4465. Fresh Start Farms Farmer’s Market, 2-6 p.m. Mondays, through summer, Whole Foods Market, 2 Somerset St., Portland, 774-7711. Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center, open daily, 9:30 a.m.-5:30 p.m. through Labor Day; and first two weekends in September, daily guided and self-guided walks; canoe and kayak rentals; guided tours of the marsh; exhibits, nature store; schedule of programs at maine audubon.org/scarbmarsh, rental registration at 883-5100.

Friday 8/5 Explore the Eastern Cemetery, 5:30-6:30 p.m., led by Spirits Alive, free for Portland Trails members/ $5 nonmembers, meet at Cemetery entrance on Congress St., Munjoy Hill, Portland, 775-2411, trails.org.

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”The Kids Are Alright,” family music series through the summer, 12 p.m., Jeff Beam, $3 adults/$2 kids, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, space538.org.

”Stories by the Garden,” with Cathryn Falwell, author of “Pond Babies,” 11 a.m., Wednesdays through July 27, free, open to the public, Friends School of Portland, 1 Mackworth Island, Falmouth, 7816321, friendsschoolofportland.org.

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Crusher’s Kids Concerts in the Park, Sparks Ark: Show & Tell with wild animals, 2:30 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 4, Bandstand in Deering Oaks Park, Portland, rain location: Reiche Community Center, 166 Brackett St., Portland.

Friends First Preschool and Child Care Program Open House, 5-7 p.m., open to public, Morrison Center, 60 Chamberlain Road, Scarborough, 883-6680,morrisoncenter-maine.org.

“My Cat, Coon Cat,” reading and activity with author Jeannie Brett 10:30-11:30 a.m., free, for ages 5-12, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, portlandlibrary.com.

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Discover Girl Scouts, for girls entering grades k-3, 6-7:30 p.m., First Congregational Church, Scarborough, preregistration and parent attendance required, 7721177.

Yarmouth Summer Arts Series, Vic & Sticks Recycled Rhythm Band, 11 a.m. kids show, free, Royal River Park, Yarmouth, rain location Harrison Middle School, Yarmouth, FMI 846-2406, yarmouthcommunityservices.org.


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from page 1 wavy grass to evoke flowing water of the Fore River. But the sculpture, installed in 2006, never achieved popularity. Instead, it prompted complaints about safety and its appearance. The artwork has even become fodder for tourists. A passing Duck Tour narrator told a group of riders Monday morning that the sculpture was recently named one of most hideous in country. The riders applauded. But Scott Cohen, manager of PWM, said he is excited to have acquired the sculpture. He said he will send crews down to remove the sculpture as soon as the sales agreement with the city is signed. “This is a really cool piece,” Cohen said. He said the city and its Public Art Committee had great vision in commissioning the piece, but they chose the wrong location. “It’s too cramped in,” he said of Boothby Square. “It’s just not the right spot. We have the right spot for it.” Cohen said he plans to install “Tracing the Fore” on private property in the North Deering neighborhood. Cohen said the one-acre site, on a hill abutting city property, is two years into a 10-year project to establish a sculpture garden. At some point, the garden may be be

opened to the public, he said. “It’s got a beautiful drop-off,” he said of the land. “It’s just wide open behind where we’re going to put it. In the winter time, it’s going to look like an ocean out there.” Cohen, whose mother once served as a docent for the Portland Museum of Art, said art has always been one of

LePage from page 1 questioned about comments made last week by Olsen when he abruptly resigned as DMR commissioner. “It is not true,” LePage said of Olsen’s claim about Portland. Olsen accused the governor of “pacifying special interest groups,” apparently a reference to the Maine Lobstermen’s Association. “I leave with regret for the people of Maine, who have allowed public resources to become the private domain of a select few, and especially for those other Mainers who have been prevented from earning a living,” Olsen said. Olsen acknowledged his initiatives angered lobstermen at the annual Maine Fisherman’s Forum in March. Those

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initiatives include removing regulations, he said, that encourage fisherman to land their catches out of state. One of those regulations deals with lobster by-catch, or lobsters that are dragged up in ground fishing nets. Ground fishermen cannot sell their lobster by-catch in Maine, but they can in Massachusetts. That has forced some Maine fisherman to sell their lobsters out of state, along with their fish – haddock, cod, pollock, hake and flounder. The exodus has led to hard times at the Portland Fish Exchange, a quasi-municipal nonprofit auction house on the Portland waterfront. The group has long pushed for the state to allow lobster by-catch as a way to keep boats in Maine. Olsen, in a letter explaining his resignation, said the governor has no interest in working with the city of Portland on such initiatives. “Portland was against him, he said, and we will not work with that city,” Olsen said. “Rather than work with Portland, he said, we’ll build a new port somewhere.” LePage on Monday dismissed Olsen’s account, attributing it to a “failure to communicate.” “It is not true,” LePage said. “It is absolutely, unequivocally fabricated.” LePage also pushed back against Olsen’s assertion that the commissioner had to wait months to get a meeting with the governor. “We looked at our calendar,” LePage said. “We met 10 times in the last two months.” Olsen, however, stood his ground when told of LePage’s remarks. He said in an email that LePage is counting general meetings, which are time-limited and agenda-driven. Olsen said he waited months for a private meeting with LePage to talk about other substantive issues. “With specific regard to Portland, the governor could not have been clearer,” Olsen said Monday. “My original statement stands.” Soon after Olsen’s comments were published, Portland Mayor Nicholas Mavodones sent a letter to the governor, asking to meet with him and Patrick Keliher, who was appointed acting DMR commissioner on July 21. “Statements implying that the governor’s office ‘will not work’ with Portland, true or not, are harmful to the business climate both locally and statewide,” Mavodones said.

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Mussels from page 1 Mussel Cove. The boaters frequently use the channel where the new mussel floats are tethered. In a story two weeks ago in The Forecaster, some boaters complained the floats are difficult to see, particularly in low visibility or at night. “The Coast Guard Waterways Management in South Portland is concerned and evaluates every complaint,” U.S. Coast Guard Chief Warrant Officer Bob Albert said this week. “We have not yet concluded whether the aquaculture farm is a hazard in the waterway.” Coast Guard Lt. Nicholas Barrow said the Coast Guard approved permits for private aids to navigation on the mussel floats, which include yellow buoys denoting aquaculture, and two flashing lights. “Information that may suggest something is a hazard, we take very seriously,” Barrow said. Albert said boaters in the area should note the location of the farm and avoid it in the future. “We’re currently making a determination whether (farm

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owner) Trundy Point LLC has placed buoys and lights as prescribed by the permit,” Albert said. The Department of Marine Resources approved a lease for the location of the farm. DMR Aquaculture Hearings Officer Diantha Robinson said the department uses an extensive public process before issuing a lease to an aquaculture farm. “It’s difficult to tell where concerns will come from,” Robinson said. “We can’t mail notices to everyone in Cumberland County.” Robinson said there were several public hearings held on Long Island, as well as extensive meetings with the town’s harbormaster and Board of Selectmen. The public meetings were advertised last winter in the Portland Press Herald. When asked if the department was concerned that the public process took place while some recreational boaters were unavailable, Robinson said the department relies on local officials, the Coast Guard and the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers to determine that the placement of an aquaculture farm is appropriate. “It’s a very public process. We understand this is a state that has seasonal users. We can’t always schedule things when people are here,” she said.

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The floats, owned by Peter Stocks of Calendar Island Mussels, were approved by the DMR for a 10-year lease that will be remain in place as long as the owner fulfills the terms of the lease. “I am pleased the Coast Guard is looking into this problem,” said Falmouth recreational boater Chuck McCatherin, who filed one of the complaints. “The placement is a serious issue and 10 years is a long time. They should allow the owners to move the floats without a full re-permitting process.” McCatherin said he supports aquaculture in Maine and understands the mussel farm went through the proper permitting process. “The approval process used to locate the floats was flawed, not the applicant’s intent to do what was best,” McCatherin said. “From what I understand, the owner placed the floats based on input from the public process. The public process simply did not involve diverse enough input.” Peter Stocks could not be reached for comment Tuesday. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster. net. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

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