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City panel floats ban on plastic shopping bags By Randy Billings PORTLAND — A City Council committee will discuss a possible ban on disposable plastic shopping bags and requiring businesses to charge a fee for paper

bags provided to customers. The Energy and Environmental Sustainability Committee on Thursday will hear a presentation from the Surfrider Foundation, a California-based nonprofit

ocean advocacy group, about the negative environmental impacts of plastic bags. Included in the committee’s background material is a model ordinance that would ban dispos-

able plastic bags. It would institute a charge of 10 cents per bag for paper bags and require store owners to provide customers with reusable bags – either for free or for a fee.

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extend capacity again in the near future. The company plans to ship 400,000 cases of Pumpkinhead this year. Demand for Pumpkinhead outside Maine now eclipses Shipyard’s in-state sales. The beer is available in 35 states and demand is growing steadily, particularly in Massachusetts and Florida. So what makes this spiced wheat beer so popular? “Pumpkinhead is a transition beer for people interested in getting into craft beer,” Forsley said. While overall national beer sales were down last year, craft beer sales were up 12 percent, and new microbreweries have been popping up across the country to meet demand, according to the national Brewers Association. Forsley said that for many people, Pumpkinhead is the only microbrew they drink, sticking to the offerings from large breweries like Budweiser and Coors the rest of the year. See page 15

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By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — For beerdrinkers around Maine, the arrival of Shipyard Brewery’s Pumpkinhead beer means it’s time to dig the fall sweaters out of the closet and put away the patio furniture. The nearly 20-year-old Portland brewery’s seasonal beer has become a staple for fall in Maine, but lately, the beer has taken off outside of the state, too. The brewery announced that this year it will add two more months to the brew cycle in an attempt to keep up with demand. “We’re still bound by capacity,” Bruce Forsley, Shipyard’s business manager, said. “The demand is more than our capacity.” Shipyard usually stops brewing Pumpkinhead, its most popular beer, around Halloween, but this year, it will brew into late November. The brewery on Newbury Street extended its capacity earlier this year in anticipation of brewing more of its biggest money maker, and plans to

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Shipyard Brewery Business Manager Bruce Forsley sits on cases of Pumpkinhead beer that will soon be on the way to stores from Maine to California. The spiced pumpkin wheat beer is the brewery’s most popular, with demand outweighing the Portland company’s production capacity.

By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — After a random telephone survey of 400 Portland residents, the Portland Public Library has decided to move forward with plans for a “portable library” to service areas of the city that do not have library branches. “What the survey told us, what we already know, is that spaces matter,” library Executive Director Steve Podgajny said. The survey was conducted byPortland Research Group and was funded by a grant from the Davis Family Foundation. Podgajny said the survey respondents indicated physical library buildings are important, something that became clear when the library considered closing branches in the Riverton, Reiche and East End neighborhoods. While the communities protested the closures, only the Riverton branch was spared. But a new plan has emerged to not only resume, but expand services to areas of the city far away See page 33

Arguments over math leave schools with problem to solve By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — Middle school math programs are generally not considered controversial. But as Portland begins to implement the new University of Chicago Mathematics program in all three of its middle schools, Index Arts Calendar.................22 Classifieds......................30 Community Calendar......25 Meetings.........................25

parents, teachers and math experts around the region are questioning whether the program’s goals add up. Some districts, like Scarborough, have moved away from a similar math program. Others, like Falmouth, claim great

success with what critics call “constructivist math,” a method that has grown in popularity over the past two decades. Call it reform math, or call it constructivist math, but what everyone agrees on is that the math taught in today’s classrooms is

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very different than the math many of us remember.

Math wars “The traditional method worked really well for me. It was easy to teach and easy to get a good result,” said Audrey Buffington, a resident of South Thomaston

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who taught public school math for more than 12 years before becoming the state supervisor for math in Maryland. She now volunteers, tutoring Thomaston students who are struggling with the school’s See page 29

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St. Louis said the company is in the process of drafting a notice to about 29 yearround tenants of the hotel. They will be told that each unit is eligible for $2,500 to help offset relocation costs, she said. In addition to donating furniture and providing relocation funds, Adam Valente, of the Ohio-based Rockbridge, said the company is also considering donating dishes, silverware and other items the hotel might not need after the renovation. But the company is not yet in a position to commit to that, Valente said. “We hope it expends beyond the furniture,� he said. “We just want to do the right thing.� St. Louis said she thinks the company is

By Randy Billings PORTLAND — The new owners of the Eastland Park Hotel will provide tenants $2,500 a unit to relocate and will donate old hotel furniture to area nonprofits. But it’s unclear when the estimated 10- to 14-month renovation will begin. Penny St. Louis, the city’s Planning and Urban Development director, said Monday Rockbridge Capital is still working on securing approximately $35 million in financing to renovate the 241-room downtown hotel.



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In the end, compromise on redistricting is good for GOP By Halsey Frank and reapportionment, the smallest House Although the parties have compromised district was the state of Wyoming, which and redrawn the lines defining Maine’s contains just over 495,000 people. The largtwo congressional districts, there was an est was Montana at-large with more than awful lot of recrimination that attended the 905,000. The 53 seats in California, were process. While the issue isn’t likely to come each about 639,000. The virtue of this method up again any time soon, I is thought to be that it thought I would review the Short minimizes the relative difunderlying principles. ference a state experiences The U.S. Constitution between two successive requires that congressioapportionments in terms nal representatives be apof numbers of seats asportioned according to the signed, district population number of people living in size, and individual voter each state, that each state get share of a representative. at least one representative, The idea is that a change of and that no House district be one seat has less impact on smaller than 30,000 people. the people of a large state The framers decided that like California than on the the first House of Represenpeople of a small state like tatives should be composed Wyoming. of 65 members. They alHalsey Frank Once seats in the House located those seats to the of Representatives have first 14 states based on their estimate of what a census would show. been apportioned, it is up to each state to But they didn’t expect that apportionment decide how to define its districts, subject to would last and they provided for change. a few limitations. The major limitation is They required that an “actual enumeration” that, within a state, congressional districts be conducted within three years of the first are supposed to be as equal in population as meeting of Congress and every 10 years possible in order that, within the state, the value of each person’s vote for representathereafter. Congress increased the number of repre- tive be as equal as possible. The Maine Constitution specifies a sentatives as the country’s population grew and more states were added. As a result process for apportioning U.S. House and of the 1910 census, the number increased Senate districts. That process involves esfrom 386 to 435. In the 1950s, the number tablishing a commission composed of 10 was increased to 437 to accommodate the legislators drawn from the two parties with addition of Alaska and Hawaii, but then the largest caucuses and three members of the public. Our Constitution delegates to the returned to 435. Still, the country’s population continued Legislature the responsibility for dividing to grow and to move around, necessitating the state into voting districts for national reapportionment of representatives. Pursu- elections, but doesn’t provide much guidant to the 2010 census, Illinois, Iowa, Loui- ance on how to do it. The number, shape and size of Maine’s siana, Massachusetts, Michigan, Missouri, New Jersey, New York, Ohio and Penn- U.S. House districts have varied over time. sylvania are expected to lose seats; while When Maine first separated from MassaArizona, Florida, Georgia, Nevada, South chusetts, it had seven House districts. Later Carolina, Texas, Utah and Washington are in the 1800s, it has had as many as eight. expected to gain seats. Apportioning representatives entails several challenges, beginning with the problem of what to do about a state’s entitlement to a fraction of a representative. If you take the country’s “apportionment population” from the 2000 census – more than 281.4 million – and divide it by the authorized number of representatives – 435 – you get an “ideal district” size of just under 647,000. However, no state’s population was a whole number multiple of that size and never has been. As a result, since ratification of the Constitution, Congress has employed several different methods to apportion representatives. These methods include the “fixed ratio” method, the “major fractions” method, and the current “equal proportions” method, which was adopted in 1941. Under the equal proportions method, I can now take my seats in the House of Representatives are dog for long walks allocated in rounds. In the first round, each state gets their one Constitutionally-guaranwithout getting angina. teed representative. In subsequent rounds, After ECP therapy, the remaining 385 seats are allocated to I have more energy states in turns, on the basis of a priority that to do the things I enjoy! is related to each state’s population. — South Portland patient As a result, the size of a House district varies between states, and the size of a citizen’s share of a representative varies from state to state. Pursuant to the 2000 census


In 1961, Maine went from three districts to two. Republicans controlled the Legislature at the time and they drew the lines that have, more or less, remained in place. The 1st District consists of the southeast corner of the state, including the coast from Kittery to Rockland, while the 2nd District consists of the rest of the state. Geographically, it is the largest congressional district east of the Mississippi River. In 1983, when Democrats controlled the Legislature, they instituted a new procedure for redistricting that was supposed to avoid partisan gerrymandering. After each census, a bipartisan commission develops a redistricting plan for the Legislature’s approval. The Legislature must approve the plan by a two-thirds majority and implement it in time for the second congressional election after the census. If the Legislature is unable to pass the plan, then the Supreme Judicial Court draws the lines. The Legislature was able to approve the commission’s plan in 1993, but not in 2003 when the court had to step in. The 2010 census showed that Maine had grown in population and that the state’s congressional districts were out of balance. But Maine was not scheduled to do anything about it until the 2014 election. Two voters in Cape Elizabeth sued and a special panel of judges ordered Maine to redraw its districts in time for the 2012 election. The Legislature convened a commission of seven Democrats, seven Republicans, and one independent. It produced several Democratic and Republican plans and a lot of sniping. Ultimately, in a party-line vote broken by the independent, the commission approved a Democratic plan that was not going to be approved by the majority Republican Legislature. The sniping continued. Republicans could have used their majority to change the rules governing redistricting. The process wasn’t any great success. The existing district boundaries had no claim to moral supremacy. The purpose of

congressional districts is to give their constituents a voice in “the Peoples’ House.” By that measure, Democrats have no greater claim to both Maine seats than Republicans when they only constitute a third of the state by registration. The boundaries were not etched in stone. To the contrary, the whole system was designed to change. Nor was the process of drawing districts expected to be nonpartisan. The U.S. Constitution leaves it up to the states, and the Maine Constitution delegates the responsibility to the Legislature, which has the effect of making redistricting just another consequence of elections, albeit a somewhat structural one. I didn’t believe that redistricting was worth a fight and I am glad that the parties have reached a compromise. In the first place, a Republican’s chances of winning the 2nd District are not so remote. The 2nd District is more conservative than the 1st District. Since 1961, it has been held by Republicans for 30 years and Democrats for 23 years (including the last nine). When the seat was last open, in 2002, and Rep. Mike Michaud, a Democrat, first won it, he beat Republican Kevin Raye by only four percentage points, 52 percent to 48 percent. In order to guarantee winning the 2nd District (if that’s possible), Republicans would have had to significantly redraw both districts. Doing so would have increased partisan antagonism, making it more difficult to get things done generally. They are better served by continuing to use the offices and majorities they hold to pass laws and implement policies that improve Maine peoples’ lives, and winning them over that way. Halsey Frank is a Portland resident, attorney and former chairman of the Republican City Committee. Comment on this story at:

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There’s school, and then there’s education The college drop-off was less traumatic than I anticipated, and the trauma was self-inflicted. He was ready. His room is excellent. His roommate is a responsible student/athlete. I thought the closest thing to a jock the University of Chicago had was a student/mathlete, but there you go. Parent Orientation was a two-day program culminating in a memorable walk with your kids toward a large wrought-iron gate, literally a rite of passage. Orientation workers passed among the crowd offering Kleenex. My wife and son walked arm in arm, then hand in hand, then side by side until he passed through the gate to the cheers of schoolmates. I won’t say he sprinted, but he didn’t walk backwards to get a last look at us, either. His final words to me were, “’Bye. See ya at Christmas.” I know. It choked me up, too.

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I hope he has an experience worthy of a commemoration like that walk across the quad. I hope he wants to go to his graduation. I wouldn’t have said that before my invaluThe View able experience at the Stonecoast School for Creative Writing at the University of Southern Maine. Before Stonecoast, I had no interest in graduations. I graduated from a fairly fancy boarding school (scholarship boy, so hold your judgments, please), a well-known university, and a not-very-well-known law school. I attended my boarding school graduation because they made me. Mike Langworthy Wild horses couldn’t have dragged me to the other two, but I found that wild horses couldn’t have kept me away from Stonecoast’s. I think it is because Stonecoast was the first place I felt like I got a real education. It wasn’t the first place I learned anything. In boarding school I learned that as a scholarship boy I could be among the elite, but I would never be of the elite. At Michigan I learned that drugs are really bad for somebody with low self-esteem. Fortunately, I learned this lesson before I did

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AARP Maine urges yes on Question 1 On Nov. 8, Mainers will have the opportunity, and the privilege, to cast their vote in the 2011 elections. This year, a very important question is on the ballot. I urge you to please vote yes for Election Day voter registration. Our state has had same-day voter registration for almost 40 years without any significant problems. We have a great tradition in Maine of voter participation and involvement in local government. Why not keep this vibrant tradition alive by continuing to permit our residents to both register and vote on Election Day? Many Mainers have two or even three jobs. Without Election Day voter registration in place, they might find it quite a challenge to juggle their two or three job schedules, register to vote on one day, and then cast their vote on another. Same-day voter registration is of paramount importance to older voters, too. It can help those with mobility issues or transportation concerns still have an opportunity to vote. Traditionally, older Americans are the most active voters of any age group and this is certainly true in Maine. We should be enabling voter participation in any way possible, not making it harder for our citizens to register and vote. Right now our voter registration process is both simple and efficient. Let’s keep it that way. Please vote yes on Question 1. Dick Farnsworth AARP Maine executive council, Portland

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The View From Away from page 8 I spent two years re-experiencing a life I wasn’t too crazy about the first time I lived through it. I had conflicts with individuals and with the school at times. The residencies – two-week-long full-immersion seminars when everyone was together – were enriching, but exhausting. The six months in between residencies were a blur of deadlines, of revising the old material while generating new. Getting through that program was an accomplishment. I wanted to mark it. I wanted one more shared experience with all the people who had lived through the experience with me. And so I found myself excited to be looking slightly ridiculous in a black robe that made me look like a circus tent in mourning, standing in line with my classmates, acknowledging our parallel journeys, wondering what was next. Parent Orientation felt like we were glimpsing the beginning of a similar journey for our son. I hope so for his sake. The professors who spoke at the convocation talked about the school’s rich history of creating the kind of atmosphere

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Maine’s boss is anti-labor Gov. Paul LePage looked as though he was going to blow a gasket Sept. 26 when NBC news anchor Brian Williams asked him on national television about his decision to order the Maine labor history mural removed from the Department of Labor offices. Noting that union workers at BIW helped win World War II by building a destroyer every 17 days, that the mural depicted Rosie the Riveter, and that LePage had also ordered a room named for Frances Perkins, the U.S. secretary of labor for whom the U.S. Department of Labor building is named, changed, Williams ambushed LePage by saying such actions would “lead a normal adult to ask, ‘What do you have against organized labor?’” Good question. The Universal Like many of the tea party Republicans swept into office in 2010 by voters freaked out about the economy, LePage is no friend of organized labor. These far-right conservatives see unions, their contracts, and especially their pensions as the causes of our collapsing economy. Forget wars, under-taxation, lack of financial regulation, Edgar Allen Beem the growing gap between rich and poor. Working people are to blame. LePage was very clear back in March when the mural controversy erupted that his actions were prompted by the fact that he and a handful of unnamed others saw the mural as too one-side, i.e. too pro organized labor. That was his argument then. And that was essentially the argument the Maine attorney general used in the lawsuit still pending, arguing that ordering the removal of the mural was “government speech,” that LePage had a right to silence a pro-labor point of view that his administration did not endorse. Now, trapped on national TV, LePage has advanced the fiction that his objection was not to the mural’s content, but merely to the source of funding. The governor maintains that the $60,000 in federal funds used to pay for the labor history mural came from unemployment insurance funds, that the Baldacci administration had


I valued so much at Stonecoast. At the very least I hope he doesn’t call us and say what I told my parents: “No, I’m not going to graduation. ... Because it’s stupid, that’s why.”

“robbed that account” to pay for the mural. He must know that’s not true. The U.S. Department of Labor and the former commissioner of the Maine Department of Labor have explained repeatedly that the funds came from accounts used to support administrative functions, in this case funds left over from the Maine Department of Labor’s move into leased space to save taxpayers $300,000 a year. No Maine resident or American citizen was deprived of an unemployment check because of the Maine labor history mural. That’s more than can be said of Republican leadership. And that’s really the point here. Not only does organized labor not have any friends in the GOP wing that seeks to blame all of our economic woes on unions, teachers, firefighters, police officers, transportation workers, postal workers, human services providers, and public employees in general (including, but never stated, the military and military veterans), neither do women, children, minorities, immigrants, the working poor, the elderly, the disabled and the unemployed. Rather than raise taxes to balance budgets and erase deficits, Republicans would prefer to bust unions, raid pensions, and gut Social Security, Medicare, and anything else that smacks to them of an unwarranted entitlement. Bosses, you see, believe not only that money is a good thing, but also that having acquired a great deal of it is virtuous. Not having enough money is seen by the nattering nabobs of the right as a form of moral failure. Unions have had the temerity to fight for more money and more rights for workers. Bosses hate that and don’t like being reminded of the role organized labor has played in seeking economic justice for working people. LePage ordered the Maine labor history mural removed because he is the boss. That’s all there is to it. Let’s just hope the courts look at the governor’s changing alibi, reject the tortured logic of the government free speech argument, and restore the mural that tells the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth about the history of labor in Maine. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at:

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from previous page 9/27 at 11 a.m. Elizabeth Jane Williams, 54, no town listed, was arrested on Elm Street by Officer Daniel Knight on a charge of assault. 9/27 at 3 p.m. Nicholas S. Sturdivant, 22, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Jacob Titcomb on a charge of violation of conditional release. 9/27 at 4 p.m. Kelly M. Walsh, 24, of Portland, was arrested by Officer Martin Ney on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 9/27 at 6 p.m. Alberto Gonzalez, 31, of Portland, was arrested on Cherry Street by Officer Joseph Ingegneri on a charge of aggravated assault. 9/27 at 6 p.m. Stanley Dennison, 43, no town listed, was arrested on Wilmont Street by Officer Evan Bomba on a charge of violation of conditional release. 9/28 at 3 a.m. Hafiz M. Musa, 20, of Portland, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer Glen McGary on a charge of operating without a license. 9/28 at 12 p.m. Haben E. Taffere, 31, of Portland, was arrested on Riverside Street by Officer Glen McGary on a charge of operating without a license. 9/28 at 2 p.m. Christopher Lee Sterling, 27, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Richard Ray on a charge of assault. 9/28 at 5 p.m. Sasha Lamour, 20, of Portland, was arrested on Walker Terrace by Officer Jay Twomey on a charge of stalking. 9/28 at 5 p.m. George Oscar Erickson, 49, of Danvers, Mass., was arrested on High Street by Officer Jeffrey Calloway on a charge of being a fugitive from justice. 9/28 at 7 p.m. Steven Huston, 52, no town listed, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer Martin Ney on a charge of public drinking. 9/28 at 11 p.m. Christopher Lussier, 23, no town listed, was arrested on Brackett Street by Officer Christopher Dyer on a charge of public drinking. 9/29 at 1 a.m. Fred E. McKenney, 25, of South Portland, was arrested on Free Street by Officer Christopher Shinay on a charge of disorderly conduct. 9/29 at 8 a.m. Bryan K. Garcia, 30, of Portland, was arrested on Newbury Street by Officer Kelly Gorham on a charge of violation on conditional release. 9/29 at 11 a.m. Sasha Dylan Lamour, 20, of Portland, was arrested on Congress Street by Officer John Morin on a charge of being a fugitive from justice. 9/29 at 1 p.m. Michelle Naughton, 33, of Portland, was arrested on Chestnut Street by Officer Marjory Clavet on a charge of stealing drugs.

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Healthy living could help fight dementia Many people are apprehensive about getting older because of the fear of losing their faculties. Individuals may worry that dementia could rob them of precious memories and make daily living more difficult. Many factors can contribute to the onset of dementia, and recent research notes those factors include heart disease, strokes and other serious health conditions that affect the circulatory system. But other seemingly harmless conditions can play a role, too. Maintaining a healthy lifestyle

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Safeguarding a Home for an Elderly Relative Since the economy began to slip, a notable and often newsworthy trend reported across the country was the growing number of “boomerang” kids. After a brief period living on their own, boomerang kids return to live with their parents, mimicking an actual boomerang that returns to where it started after a brief period away. While boomerang kids might get the most publicity, another trend has also been steadily growing. According to the Pew Research Center, 20 percent of individuals age 65 and older lived in a multigenerational household in 2008. That marked a 3 percent increase from 1990. While there’s no single reason why more and more elderly residents

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Reduce Risk of Injury in the Bathroom Perhaps no room can be more difficult or seniors to navigate than the bathroom. Wet tiled floors can greatly increase the risk of falling, so men and women should make sure to have bathroom rugs that are slip-resistant. Slip-resistant rugs typically have a rubber bottom and won’t move even if the floor is wet. Another step to secure the bathroom is to install grab bars on the walls, including in the bathtub and next to the toilet. Also, make sure the towel bars are secure, as seniors might grab onto towel bars if they feel they are about to fall or need to regain their balance. As for the bathtub, be sure to place


a non-skid mat or strips on the standing area. This can help secure arguably the riskiest part of a home not just for elderly residents but all inhabitants of a home. According to the National Safety Council, most falls in the home occur in the bathroom. Securing a slippery tub with non-skid mats or strips can greatly reduce the risk of a fall.

Keep the Home Illuminated

Understandably, many homeowners look to save money around the house, and turning off the lights at night is both common and financially savvy. However, when a home has an elderly resident, it’s best to ensure the home is at least partially illuminated. Nightlights should be used in hallways and along the staircase as well as in the bathroom and the kitchen.

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Bottles of Shipyard Brewery’s popular fall brew, Pumpkinhead, make their way from the bottling machine to boxes, to be shipped all over the country.


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But the company hopes that after people try Pumpkinhead and make a connection with the brand, they might be more apt to try Shipyard’s other beers, like Export, or SeaDog Blueberry. Shipyard spokeswoman Tami Kennedy said Pumpkinhead also seems to appeal to both men and women, unlike some other fruit beers, which tend mostly to be drank by women.

“Palates are changing,” Kennedy said. “We pair wine with food. Well, now, people pair beer with food.” “We’ve created a generation of sophisticated beer drinkers,” Forsley added. To make Pumpkinhead, the brewery doesn’t just toss some pumpkins into the brew kettle. The beer is made with a natural concentrated spiced pumpkin extract, which is added to a wheat beer during the brewing process. “The tannin in the pumpkin skin balances the sweetness of the cinnamon and nutmeg,” Forsley said. Forsley said both he and Master Brewer Alan Pugsley initially doubted that a pumpkin beer could ever be popular when they started brewing it at Federal Jack’s brewpub in Kennebunkport in the mid-1990s. But now there are 15 to 20 other breweries that also brew pumpkin beers. The company has even started brewing a specialty pumpkin beer, Smashed Pumpkin,

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Elderly residents likely won’t be familiar with where the light switches are, at least not immediately. So keep the house at least partially illuminated overnight in case a senior housemate must wake up to use the restroom or get a glass of water in the middle of the night.

Clear Out the Clutter A cluttered home is a fire hazard regardless of who is living inside. However, a cluttered home is also a considerable safety risk for seniors. When preparing a home for an elderly resident, be sure the bedroom is not overcrowded. Make certain there is a clear path in which elderly residents can walk around the bed. Clutter can also collect in the living room. Ideally, elderly residents should have a clear path on which to walk from room to room. Make sure cords from the entertainment system are bundled and not lying open in the floor. In addition, magazine or newspaper baskets should be moved away from where residents will be walking.

Clutter can also collect outside the home, particularly in homes with young children. Explain to kids that their toys need to be put away and kept off of walkways to help Grandma and Grandpa avoid injury. Homeowners who love to work around the house should also clean their work areas thoroughly and put everything away before calling it a day. The above are just a few of the many steps homeowners can take to make their homes safer for elderly guests.


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Cumberland County YMCA benefits from campaign challenge Appointments Cheverus High School has elected four new members to its Board of Trustees. New trustees are Deanna Harnett, senior vice president, Council on International Educational Exchange; Christopher J. Jerome, senior vice president of Unum’s Risk Operations; Anthony M. “Tony” Payne, business development director for Clark Insurance, and chairman of Falmouth Town Council; and James “Jim” Raftice, president and chief operations officer of PowerPay. United Way of Greater Portland has named the members of its 2011 Campaign Cabinet for its annual fundraising campaign. Shawn Gorman, vice president, Card Services at L.L.Bean will lead this year’s Campaign Cabinet as chairman and Sterling Kozlowski, president of KeyBank will serve as vice chairman, along with 13 other Campaign Cabinet members: Shelley Bartlett, director of Card Services, L.L.Bean; Sam Beal, executive director, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southern Maine; Cheryl Brandt, senior vice president, Gorham Savings Bank; Erin Ehrlenbach Collins, vice president and trust officer, Androscoggin Trust & Investment Services; Andrew Dolloff, superintendent, Kennebunk Schools; Sean Dugan, director of Special Projects, MaineHealth; Tom Hall, town manager, Town of Scarborough; James Kachmar, financial representitive, Guardian Life Insurance; Anne Lynch, executive director, The Center for Grieving Children; Nathan Poore, town manager, Town of Falmouth; Douglas Richard, store


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Rain doesn’t dampen Maine Marathon

By Michael Hoffer The 20th annual Maine Marathon/Half Marathon/Relay was run amid surprising conditions Sunday: rain. For the first time this century, weather was an issue, but the race, which traverses Portland, Falmouth, Cumberland and Yarmouth, succeeded nonetheless. “It was a tough day because of the weather,” said race co-director Howard Spear. “It’s the first time in my 14 years we’ve had rain. “Considering the conditions, I’m probably more amazed this year than I’ve ever been with the race. I thought the numbers would be way down, but it never thinned out. I couldn’t believe it. The spectators were there all day and the other that amazed me was the volunteers. There were no reports of anyone not showing up.” The overall marathon winner was a Mainer, Evan Graves, of Caribou, who had a time of 2 hours, 36 minutes, 53 seconds. Stephanie Crawford, of Dover,

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Caribou’s Evan Graves hits the finish tape as he wins Sunday’s 20th annual Maine Marathon in a time of 2 hours, 36 minutes, 53 seconds.

N.H., won the women’s competition in 3:07:06. Andrew Combs, who once ran at Bowdoin, was the winner of the half-marathon in 1:09.20. Former Scarborough High standout Chris Harmon was runner-up (1:10.40). Scarborough’s Kristin Barry,

was the fastest female in the halfmarathon for the second time in three years (1:19:27). Barry is the course record holder. Former South Portland High star Andrea Giddings was third (1:25.27), four seconds in front of someone you may have heard of, Joan Benoit

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Deering unbeaten no more, Portland also falls

(Ed. Note: For the complete Cheverus-Scarborough and DeeringThornton Academy game stories, with box scores and additional photos, please visit theforecaster. net) By Michael Hoffer It’s starting to look like the defending Class A state champion Cheverus football team might never get a challenge this autumn. Saturday afternoon, the Stags benefited from nine Scarborough turnovers and blanked the Red Storm, 38-0, for their fifth win in a row this fall and 17th successive victory overall. In a rematch of last year’s tight regional semifinal round playoff game (won by the Stags, 21-14), Cheverus recovered a fumble on the game’s first play and went up, 7-0, when senior standout Spencer Cooke scored on a 24-yard run. After Stags senior Cam Olson intercepted a pass on Scarborough’s second play, Olson (who also plays quarterback) found sophomore Donald Goodrich for a 16-yard score. The Red Storm would commit two more turnovers before the first quarter ended and the Stags went up, 21-0, when Olson found senior Louie DiStasio for a 22-yard scoring pass.

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Standout Cheverus senior running back Spencer Cooke gets tripped up during Saturday’s 38-0 home win over Scarborough. Cooke rushed for 101 yards as the defending Class A state champion Stags improved to 5-0.

Cheverus ended any remaining drama in the second period, forcing two more turnovers and sandwiching TDs from junior Brent Green (1-yard run and a 40yard interception return) around a 29-yard DiStasio field goal for a 38-0 lead. That would be the final score as the Stags showed without a doubt that they have no peer at this point of the season. “The field position was a big, big help, especially in this kind of weather,” said Olson, who complemented his two TD passes with three interceptions on defense. “We got it done.” “It’s a quality win over a very good team,” said Stags coach John Wolfgram. “I thought we started pretty well. We took advantage of some turnovers. The turnovers set the tone and we got ahead.”

Cheverus, finishes its regular season home slate Saturday of next week against 0-5 Biddeford (in the first meeting between the teams in at least eight years), then goes to Portland and Deering to finish the regular season. If the Stags stay healthy and focused, they’re on their way to another special November. “We have a lot of things to work on,” said Olson. “We have to execute on defense and offense and special teams. Bottom line, is we have to get it done.” “We will have some close games,” Wolfgram said. “There are a lot of good teams out there.” Deering finally suffered its first loss Friday night, failing to hold a 14-0 lead and falling, 28-21, to visiting Thornton Academy, the Rams’ first setback in five games this autumn. Senior quarterback Matt Flaherty hit classmate Renaldo Lowry for scoring passes totalling 25 and 40-yards, but the Golden Trojans scored three unanswered touchdowns to go up, 21-14, at halftime. Thornton Academy made it 28-14 early in the third, but an 80-yard Flaherty-to-Lowry hookup made it a 28-21 game. “Renaldo is a special talent,” Deering first-year coach Jon Gallant said. “So is Matty. Matty doesn’t get a lot of credit for being a good quarterback. He can run, continued page 18

Scarborough’s Kristin Barry won the women’s half-marathon for the second time in three years, finishing in 1:19.27.

Samuelson. The marathon relay was won by a group calling itself the “Small Point Striders.” Josh Rice, Cyrus Martin, Portland’s John Herrigel and Freeport’s Morgan Cuthbert had a time of 2:57.39. The top women’s relay team was “The Quick Chicks,” featuring Scarborough’s Amy Lilley and Lisa Chaisson, Jess Ward of Lyman and Denise Curry of Windham (3:08:00).

The mixed division was won by four runners representing Bath’s Hyde School, Cody Mitchell, Zach Bettencourt, Laura MacDonald and Bridget West (3:03:26). “There weren’t many surprises in the race itself,” said Spear. “I heard Saturday that (Samuelson) was thinking of running the marathon, but that she wouldn’t decide until morning. She ran the half-marathon. She got the last bib number, even though we capped out.” In all, 3,500 runners registered. Spear estimated that there were around 900 marathon finishers, just under 2,000 half-marathon finishers and close to 90 relay teams. Camp to Belong Maine, an organization that connects and reunites siblings who have been separated because of foster care or other out-of-home care, was this year’s charity beneficiary. While this year’s total wasn’t available at press time, in 2010, Camp to Belong Maine received $35,000. Next year’s race will be held on Sept. 30. It will be the marathon’s 21st edition. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

No October surprise: Local squads keep on winning (Ed. Note: For the complete Portland-Cheverus boys’ and Deering-Scarborough girls’ soccer game stories, please visit By Michael Hoffer The month of October has arrived – the month of champions. The first hardware will be handed out Monday when golf crowns its state champions. The other fall sports are also winding down their regular seasons and the drama is palpable. Here’s a glimpse at where things stand:

Golf Local boys’ teams vied for a berth in the state match at a qualifier Monday. Deering (5-5 in the regular season) saved its best golf for the biggest day, shooting the lowest score in the field (312) to qualify for states Monday at Natanis Golf Course in Vassalboro. Joe Walp led the way with a 71. Rocco Spizuoco finished with a 78. Will Barlock shot an 81. All three players also qualified for the individual championships. Dan Ruhlin rounded out the Rams’ scorers with an 82. Cheverus (8-2 in the regular

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Deering junior Chelsea Saucier battles McAuley’s Katherine O’Donoghue during the teams’ Saturday showdown. The Rams improved to 5-4 with a 1-0 victory.

year) also qualified with a 314. Mike Haas-Zanghi tied Walp for the low score (71). Chris Billings (75) also made the individual cut. Oher Stags’ scorers included Andrew Cloutier (82) and James Kapothanasis (85). Portland (2-8 in the regular year) shot a 349 and fell short. Individually, Zach Luce’s 83 was the top scorer. Mike Fuller (87), continued page 19

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Football from page 17 he can throw. Heâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s very good. I think every touchdown we had was on an audible. He saw what they were doing in the secondary and weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re going to take advantage when we see that.â&#x20AC;? The Rams hoped to rally late, but Flaherty was intercepted and the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s first loss since last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s regional final was in

the books as Thornton Academy was able to avenge a couple losses to Deering from a year ago (including a 56-18 romp in the Western A quarterfinals). â&#x20AC;&#x153;We did uncharacteristic things that we hadnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t done all year,â&#x20AC;? said Gallant. â&#x20AC;&#x153;I think a little bit of panic set in.â&#x20AC;? Deering will look to eliminate the mistakes as the Rams have three tough games to close the regular season. The Rams visit 2-3 Scarborough Thursday night (the teamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s

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first meeting since Oct. 8, 2004, where Deering won, 41-0), then play at Bonny Eagle and host Cheverus in the finale. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the SMAA. Itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s the best league in the state,â&#x20AC;? Gallant said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;There are no easy games. Every game is tough. We knew this would be a tough stretch. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve got to turn around and play again in five days. Hopefully we just keep our heads up, stay positive and stay together. That will be telling of our season.â&#x20AC;? Portland had a chance to propel itself into the middle of the playoff race, but couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t hold a 7-6 halftime lead and lost, 16-7, at Windham, falling to 2-3 on the year. The Bulldogs lost at home to the Eagles a year ago, 20-14, but took a 7-6 advantage on sophomore Jayvon Pitts-Youngâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s TD run. Windham went on top to stay on a field goal in the third period, then added a

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Deering senior Alex Stilphen completely obscures the passing lane for Thornton Academy quarterback Eric Christensen. The Rams fell from the ranks of the unbeaten Friday night, after a 28-21 home loss to the Golden Trojans.

TD in the fourth to hand Portland a frustrating loss. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We just didnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t make plays,â&#x20AC;? said Bulldogs coach Mike Bailey. â&#x20AC;&#x153;They only ran nine plays in the first half. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;re still young.â&#x20AC;? Portland hopes to balance its record Thursday, but has a tough task as it hosts 4-1 Thornton Academy. The teams havenâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t met since Sept. 1, 2006 (when the Bulldogs eked out a 26-20 home win). Portland closes with home games versus Cheverus and South Portland. Freelance writer Tom Minervino contributed to this story. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Recap from page 17 Kyle LeBorgen (89) and Anthony Bowden (90). No Bulldogs qualified for the individual state match. The girls’ state qualifier was last Wednesday at Willowdale Golf Club in Scarborough. Three locals made the cut. Cheverus’ Maria Cianchette was sixth with a score of 95. Deering’s Delaney Loring (15th, 105) and Austin Lemoult (20th, 110) also qualified. McAuley’s Molly Mack (25th, 121) took part, but fell short. The individual golf championships for boys and girls will be held Oct. 15, also at Natanis.

Cross country McAuley took a place in the Belfast Invitational, also known as the Maine Cross Country Festival of Champions Saturday. The Lions were 21st of 40 teams as freshman Adele Werner was the team’s top individual (61st, 22 minutes, 25.29 seconds). Closer to home, the Cheverus girls (ranked first by the state’s coaches) beat host Windham and Marshwood in a meet last Wednesday. Fiona Hendry won the race in 18:32. Shannon Conley was six seconds behind in second. Kiera Murray (19:40) placed third. The boys were also first at that meet as Brady Foshay was runner-up (17:39).

Deering ran at Bonny Eagle last week, where the boys (ranked 10th in the coaches’ poll) came in first and the girls second. Tom Dean won the boys’ race (18:26) and Ella Ramonas (fourth, 24:04) was the top female finisher. Portland hosted Biddeford, Gorham and Massabesic, where the boys were first and the girls third. Ben Allen (17:42) was runner-up in the boys’ race. Nyawel Lia was 11th (23:23) on the girls’ side. Waynflete joined Sacopee at Poland Friday and both squads finished first. The boys were led by Abshir Horor, who was first in 18:05. Martha Veroneau was the runner-up in the girls’ race (21:37). This Friday, Cheverus is home with Scarborough and Thornton Academy, Deering joins Noble at Gorham, McAuley hosts Massabesic and Westbrook, Portland (along with Sanford and Windham) runs at Kennebunk and Waynflete joins Wells and York at Traip.

Boys’ soccer Portland hosted Cheverus in a boys’ soccer classic last Tuesday. The Bulldogs took a quick 2-0 lead behind a pair of goals from dangerous junior Tim Rovnak, but the Stags pulled even on successive corner kicks when sophomore Sterling Weatherbie fed senior Nick Melville for goals. The game would go to overtime, then a second extra session, but just when it looked like a tie


was imminent, Rovnak took a long pass from senior Brett O’Kelly, blew past a defender and buried a shot for a 3-2 victory, Portland’s sixth straight over Cheverus. “It means a lot,” said Rovnak. “It’s definitely an emotional boost and we hope to build off it the rest of the year. Brett crossed it to me from the defensive end. I was looking to get past the defender and finish. It seems like time slows down. When the goalie makes a move, you make yours. I thought I struck it well.” “We just asked the boys to show us another gear,” said Bulldogs coach Rocky


Frenzilli. “To keep working hard. After the first overtime, I said, ‘Guys, we have another gear left. Let’s see what can happen.’ When Brett put the ball on Timmy’s foot and he turned the corner, you wanted to think good things because he’s done it for us time in and time out. This time was no different.” Cheverus kept the loss in perspective. “We competed on 50-50 balls and played them straight up in the second half,” Stags coach Bill LeBlanc said. “In overtime, we were going for it. Portland’s a nice team. continued page 20

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Recap from page 19 Rocky does a nice job with them. We hope we play them again. I like this team. If we clean up some of our mental mistakes in the back, weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll be fine.â&#x20AC;? The Bulldogs won their fifth in a row and extended their unbeaten streak to eight games Friday thanks to a 5-1 triumph at Massabesic. Rovnak and freshman Guled Hussain-Ali each had two goals. Portland (7-1-1 and fourth in the Western Class A Heal Points standings at the start of the week) hosted Marshwood Tuesday, visits Kennebunk Thursday and welcomes Bonny Eagle Tuesday of next week. The Stags bounced back with a 4-2 home win over Westbrook Friday, as Weatherbie set up yet another corner kick goal, this one finished by senior Elliot Maker, to

put Cheverus on top to stay. Melville and seniors Alexander Hoglund and Tyler Friedman also scored as the Stags improved to 6-2 (seventh in Western A). Cheverus was home with Thornton Academy Tuesday, has a tough home tilt with South Portland Thursday and plays at Massabesic Tuesday of next week. Deering is still in the middle of the playoff hunt. The Rams played powerhouse Scarborough tough for 80 minutes last Tuesday, but lost, 1-0. Then, Saturday, Deering snapped a three-game skid with a 3-0 triumph at Thornton Academy. The Rams (4-4 and 10th in the Heals) were home with Kennebunk Tuesday, play at Windham Thursday and visit Marshwood Tuesday of next week. In Western C, Waynflete is up to fourth in the Heals with a 6-0-3 record after going 2-0-1 last week. First, the Flyers dominated

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visiting Wells, 9-1, as Daniel Wiener scored three times and William Cleaves and Peabo Knoth had two goals apiece. After settling for a scoreless draw at Sacopee, Waynflete earned a satisfying 2-1 win at rival North Yarmouth Academy Saturday. Pressure from Henry Cleaves set up the first goal, Knoth scored the winner and goalkeeper Zander Majercik made several clutch saves as the Flyers got a small measure of revenge against the team which beat them in last yearâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Western C Final. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Zander kept us in the game, he made several huge stops,â&#x20AC;? said Waynflete coach Brandon Salway. â&#x20AC;&#x153;He played with confidence and was always in perfect position to make a play. Once they scored to tie, we improved our intensity. NYA played an excellent game. They carried the play, but weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve been on the other side of that. Luckily, Zander made some big stops and

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Peabo converted a chance. Peabo took on a defender, played the ball from his right to his left and cracked a low shot into the right corner.â&#x20AC;? Waynflete was at Gray-New Gloucester Tuesday, visits Traip Friday and has a showdown with Western A power Cape Elizabeth Tuesday of next week. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We have a brutal schedule, playing teams from Class A, B, and C,â&#x20AC;? Salway said.

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Deeringâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s girlsâ&#x20AC;&#x2122; soccer team earned a big dose of confidence last week, even though it came in a loss. The Rams hosted defending Class A state champion Scarborough last Wednesday and twice rallied from one-goal deficits, thanks to tallies from sophomore Alexis Elowitch (on a gorgeous 30-yard blast) and senior Alexis Sivovlos (who banged home a rebound as time expired before halftime). The Red Storm went back on top early in the second half and this time, Deering couldnâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;t respond as it fell short, 3-2. â&#x20AC;&#x153;We showed great resiliency,â&#x20AC;? Rams coach Kevin Olson said. â&#x20AC;&#x153;Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ve just been in a lull to find the back of the net. We moved the ball and were pretty sound defensively. We got our scoring back. We fought to the end. It was a great match. I was happy. Weâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;ll take the positives away and go forward.â&#x20AC;? Deering improved to 5-4 (and 12th in the Western A Heals) with a 1-0 victory at McAuley Saturday. Elowitch had the goal, from Cole Spike. The Rams are at Kennebunk Wednesday, play host to Windham Friday and welcome Marshwood Tuesday. Cheverus was 7-0-1 and seventh when the week began. The Stags, despite playing just once in the previous nine days, defeated three teams last week, host Bonny Eagle (4-0), visiting Portland (5-0) and host Westbrook (5-0). Junior Darby Rawcliffe and sophomores Sade Lyons, Abby Maker and Meredith Willard all scored against the Scots. Maker had a hat trick and Lyons and senior Allison Thomas also scored in the win over the Bulldogs. Against the Blue Blazes, Lyons scored three times, while Thomas and junior Eden Monsen also had goals. Cheverus was at Sanford Monday, plays at Thornton Academy Wednesday, then has a week off before hosting Massabesic. McAuley was 1-6-1 and 14th in the Heals when the week commenced. The Lions lost continued page 21

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Recap from page 19 at Marshwood (3-0) and at home to Deering (1-0) last week. Standout goalkeeper Molly Miller did stop 14 shots against the Rams. McAuley was at Kennebunk Monday, hosts Portland Wednesday, Scarborough Friday and Biddeford Tuesday of next week. Portland was 0-10 and 19th in Western A at the start of the week. The Bulldogs were coming off a 5-0 setback at Cheverus and a 2-0 home loss to Massabesic last week. Portland goes to McAuley Wednesday and hosts Kennebunk Friday. In Western C, Waynflete is up to third in the Heals with an 8-1 mark after recent wins over host Old Orchard Beach (5-3), visiting Sacopee Valley (4-0) and host NYA (6-0). Against the Seagulls, senior Becky Smith scored three times and sophomores Ella Millard and Walker Foehl once apiece. In the win over the Hawks, Millard had three goals, Smith one. Millard and Smith both scored twice against the Panthers, as junior Isabel Agnew and sophomore Ellen Silk also scored and Foehl had three assists. The Flyers go to Sacopee Thursday, host Traip Friday and have a big test at Western A power Cape Elizabeth Tuesday.

Field hockey Portland’s field hockey team has lived up to preseason billing with a recent hot streak. The Bulldogs have gone 4-0-1 in their last five games, including wins over host Deering (1-0), visiting McAuley (2-0) and host Bonny Eagle (3-1). Raechel Allen had the lone goal versus the Rams and joined senior Natalie Anderson as a goal scorer against the Lions. In the win over the Scots, seniors Eleni Anderson and Kristina Brown and junior Gabi Cardona had goals. Portland (6-4-1 and seventh in the Western A Heals) was home versus Noble Monday, goes to Westbrook Thursday and finishes the regular season at home against Biddeford next Wednesday. Cheverus, a state finalist in 2010, is playoff-bound again this fall. The Stags bounced back from their lone loss by blanking host South Portland (5-0) and visiting Gorham (4-0) last week. In the win over the

Red Riots, junior Emily Rodrigue led the way with two goals. Sophomore Alex Logan scored twice and senior Ali Saxton and junior Katie Roy once against the Rams. Cheverus (10-1 and second to unbeaten Scarborough in the standings) was at Kennebunk Tuesday, hosts McAuley Thursday and finishes the regular season at home with Sanford next Wednesday. McAuley dropped a 2-0 decision at Portland and a 6-1 home game to Massabesic in recent action to drop to 3-7-1 (12th in the Heals, only 11 teams qualify for playoffs). The Lions got a goal from Lulu Hawkes against the Mustangs. McAuley was home with Bonny Eagle Tuesday, visits Cheverus Thursday and closes the regular year at home with Westbrook next Wednesday. Deering began the week 1-8-2 and 13th in the standings. The Rams are coming off 1-0 losses to visiting Portland and host Noble and a 2-0 setback to visiting Marshwood. Deering was at Scarborough Tuesday, hosts South Portland Friday and ends the regular year at Gorham next Wednesday. In Western C, Waynflete is firmly in the playoff hunt with a 4-6 mark and the No. 6 ranking at the start of the week. The Flyers beat visiting Old Orchard Beach, 4-2, last Tuesday, then fell at Sacopee, 2-0, Friday. In the win, senior Rosalind Gray-Bauer and junior Merilla Michael both scored two goals. Waynflete was at Freeport Monday, hosts Traip Wednesday, visits Poland Friday and closes at home with defending Class C state champion NYA Tuesday of next week. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.


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Brown Bag Lectures, with Charlotte Bacon, author of “Twisted Thread,” 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 ext. 723.

Thursday 10/13 Book Talk, with Jane Brox, Author of “Brilliant: The Evolution of Artificial Light,” 7 p.m., Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., 774-1822. Writers in Process: Bringing the literary world to NYA and Yarmouth, visiting writers&rsquo; series, with Lily King, author of “Father of the Rain,” “The English Teacher,” 7-8 p.m., reading and book signing, open to public, Higgins Hall, NYA, 168 Main St., Yarmouth, 847-5423,

Book Sale at Prince Memorial Library, 9 a.m.-4:30 p.m. Friday; 9 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 15; and “Buck-A-Bag&rdquo; 9 a.m. Tuesday, Oct. 18 until all books are sold, Prince Memorial Library, Main Street, Cumberland.

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Used Book Sale at the Falmouth Memorial Library, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday special $3 per bag of books, bring your own bag, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351.

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Films Thursday 10/6 !Women Art Revolution, (!W.A.R.), 7:30 p.m., $7/$5 members and students, SCOPE Visual Arts Film Series, Space Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland,

Friday 10/7 “The Dark Side of Chocolate,” documentary, 7 p.m., Allen Avenue UU Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland.

Saturday 10/8 Banned Book Film Festival, ”Maurice,” 1:30 p.m. screening, Saturdays, through October, free and open to the public, Lower Level Meeting Room 5, Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Sq., Portland, 871-1700. ”Two’s a Crowd” comedic documentary short by Jim and Tom Isler, part of the Portland Maine Film Festival, 4 p.m., ICA at MECA, 522 Congress St., Portland, FMI,

Thursday 10/13 “In Good Time,” the Piano Jazz of Marian McPartland, by Portland filmmaker Huey, Hannaford Hall, Abromson Community Center, Bedford St., USM Portland, $10, 6:30 p.m. Jazz performance by USM School of Music students, 7 p.m. screening, talk with filmmaker to follow.

Galleries Thursday 10/6 ”Standing in Place,” new work by Mary Bourke, 5-7 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through Oct. 29, Greenhut Galleries, 146 Middle St., Portland, 772-2693.

Friday 10/7 ”Diversity,” group exhibit, Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 4-8 p.m. opening, exhibit through Oct. 30th, Richard Boyd Art Gallery, corners of Island Ave. and Epps St., Peaks Island, 7121097, ”Fuzzy Allotropes 2,” drawings by Michael Connor, 5-8 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through October, The Green Hand Bookshop, 661 Congress St., Portland, Michelle Souliere, 450-6695 ”Look at This,” exhibit of ephemeral sculptures and books by Judy LaBrasca, 5-8 p.m. artist reception, Daunis Fine Jewelry, 616 Congress St., Portland, 773-6011, daunis. com. New Work by Alan Sockloff, Norm Proulx and Bethany Mitchell, 5-8 p.m. reception, exhibit through Oct. 29, Addison Woolley Gallery, 132 Washington Ave., Portland, 450-8499, Open House and Art Showing, 5-7 p.m., with 15+ local artists, 308 Foreside Road, Falmouth, hosted by Tom Landry of Benchmark Real Estate and Cornerstone Building & Restoration, FMI, 308foresiderd. com. Paintings by Joshua Ferry, Stew Henderson & Kayla Mohammadi, 5-8 p.m. reception, exhibit through Oct. 8, Aucocisco Galleries, 89 Exchange St., Portland, 775-2222. ”Sara Gray: Transitions,” photography show, 5-8 p.m., opening reception, exhibit through Nov. 30, Gleason Fine Art, 545 Congress St., Portland, 699-5599.

Saturday 10/8 Arts and Crafts Event, 9 a.m – 4 p.m., First Parish Church, 40 Main St., Freeport, firstparishmarket. com.

”Blue Mussels” solo exhibit by Christie (Floyd) Muesse, 1-3 p.m. artist’s reception, Long Island Dodwell Gallery, Long Island, Maggie Carle, artsprits@myfairpoint. net, 766-2940. Celebrating 10 years of Art and Life in Yarmouth, 4-7 p.m. gallery reception, Yarmouth Frame Shop and Gallery, 720 U.S. Route 1, 846-7777,

Tuesday 10/11 “Preserving Ancient Trades:” Recreating Historic Architecture for the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, illustrated presentation with Dennis Carr, Assistant Curator of Decorative Arts and Sculpture of the MFA in Boston, and local artisans, 6 p.m., Irish Heritage Center, 34 Gray St., Portland, Members $10/ non-members $15, presented by Greater Portland Landmarks, 774-5561 ext. 104,

Thursday 10/13 Lori Ingraham: “Foliage,” and Harry Nadler (1930- 1990): “Sightings,” 5-7 p.m. opening reception, exhibit through Dec. 4, Elizabeth Moss Gallery, Falmouth Shopping Center, 251 U.S. Route 1, Falmouth, 781-2620, elizabethmossgalleries. com.

Museums The Wadsworth-Longfellow House and Garden, guided tours through October, 10:30 a.m.-4 p.m. Monday-Saturday, 12-4 p.m. Sunday, $12 adult, $10 senior/student, $3 child, garden is free to the public, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, 774-1822,

Friday 10/7 “Life on the Shores of Lake Victoria,” paintings of the street artist collective including Vincent Ouma, Erick Ayoti, and Seth Amollo, opening reception, 5 p.m., The Museum of African Culture, 13 Brown St., Portland, 871– 7188.

Saturday 10/8 Portland Fire Museum Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., familyfriendly, with live music, suggested donation $5 adults/ $3 children, Portland Fire Museum, 157 Spring St., Portland, 772-2040, rain or shine.

Tuesday 10/11 Falmouth Heritage Museum annual meeting and potluck supper, “The Life of Margaret Chase Smith,” talk by Jerry Wiles, 6 p.m., all welcome, OceanView Community Room, Blueberry Lane, Falmouth, Sheri, 781-2525.

Music Thursday 10/6 Noonday Concerts, Dean Stein, violin, Chiharu Naruse, piano, 12:15 p.m., free and open to the public, First Parish Unitarian Universalist Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, presented by by Portland Conservatory of Music, FMI, Carol Eaton Elowe, 729-5974.

Friday 10/7 First Friday Rock & Bowl, MAMM Jams Concert Series, with Beware of Pedestrians, Div Kid and Doubting Gravity, 6-9 p.m., all ages, $5, Bayside Bowl, 58 Alder St., Portland, 899-3433.

Saturday 10/8 Portland Symphony Orchestra’ PSO Pops! with U.S. Naval Academy Men’ Glee Club, 7:30 p.m. Saturday; and 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 9, tickets, $17-$70, through PortTIX, 842-0800 or, Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland,

Wednesday 10/12 Rich Robinson with Dylan LeBlanc, 7-11 p.m., 18+, $15 advance/ $18 door/ $25 VIP, Port City Music Hall, 504 Congress St., Portland, 899-4990,

Thursday 10/13 David Berkeley, 8 p.m., $12 advance/ $15 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757, onelongfellowsquare. com.

Theater & Dance ”Bad Dates,” comedy presented by Good Theater, Sept. 28-Oct. 16, 7 p.m. Wednesdays, $15; 7 p.m. Thursdays, $20; 7:30 p.m. Fridays, $20; 7:30 p.m. Saturday, $25; 2 p.m. Sundays, $25; and 3 p.m. matinee Saturday, Oct. 15, $20; St Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St., Portland, 885-5883 ”The Morini Strad,” presented by Portland Stage Company, daily performances Sept. 27 - Oct. 23, tickets $15-$39, Portland Stage, 25A Forest Ave., Portland, for tickets and showtimes, 774-0465, ”Thoroughly Modern Millie,” Sept. 23-Oct. 8, Fridays and Saturdays, 8 p.m.; Sundays, 2:30 p.m., $21.99, Lyric Music Theater, 176 Sawyer St., South Portland, 7996509,

Thursday 10/6 Square Dancing Classes, by Mix ‘n Mingle Square Dancing Club, 6:30-8 p.m. Thursdays through April, ages 9 and up, $3/ free for beginners Oct. 6, no experience necessary, Eight Corners School, 22 Mussey Road, Scarborough,

Friday 10/7 Portland Playback Theatre, Theme: Facing Fear, 7:30 p.m., $5, CTN5, 516 Congress St., Portland, 671-9481, Swing Dance, with music by Maine Swingin’ DJ’s, 8 p.m. lesson, 9 p.m. dance, $8, North Deering Grange Hall, 1408 Washington Ave., Portland, no partner needed, beginners encouraged, FMI or 653-5012.

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There’s nothing like a good ‘Bad Dates’ By Scott Andrews Good Theater’s “Bad Dates”is really, really good. That’s the executive summary of the opening production of this professional company’s 2011-2012 season. Theresa Rebeck’s script is thoughtful and funny, and actress Dana Cuomo infuses its Maine premiere with warmth and wit. Portland Symphony Orchestra swings into Pops mode for the first time this season on Saturday and Sunday under the baton of maestro Robert Moody. The Men’s Glee Club of the U.S. Naval Academy will appear as featured guests at Merrill Auditorium. Singer-songwriter Fred Eaglesmith and The Fabulous Ginn Sisters will appear Friday at One Longfellow Square. The University of Southern Maine School of Music has a special musical presentation on Oct. 13: a screening of Huey’s latest film, “In Good Time,”about jazz pianist Marian McPartland.

‘Bad Dates’ Bad experiences make for good playwriting and humorous storytelling. That’s the basic premise for “Bad Dates,”a one-woman play by Theresa Rebeck that opened last weekend and runs through Oct. 16 at Portland’s Good Theater.

Director Brian P. Allen has engaged New York actress Dana Cuomo to play the part of the attractive, middle-aged divorced mom who has decided to get back into the dating game, and recounts some of her misadventures. Her first attempt involves an older man whose principal talking points are his many illnesses, cholesterol and colonoscopies. Her second date, set up by her well-meaning mom, is with an ill-tempered gay man. Her third date never shows up. A fourth lands her in a police station. Although I’m not a big fan of one-man or one-woman shows, this one is exceptionally good. Cuomo is totally engaging, and totally convincing. Her hour and a half, spent mostly sitting in her bedroom recounting her experiences, is both funny and enlightening. My companion, a lady who said that she’s been through a few bad dates herself, alternately winced and laughed. Good Theater presents “Bad Dates”at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. in Portland (top of Munjoy Hill), through Oct. 16 with performances at 7 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays, 7:30 p.m. Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Call 885-5883.

Portland Symphony Orchestra In the words of Maine-born poet Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Portland is the “city that is seated by the sea.” One of its major streets is named for the man who is cited as “the father of the U.S. Navy,” Ed-

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Fred Eaglesmith’s career as a professional traveling troubadour began in the time-tested fashion. In 1972, at the age of 15, he hopped aboard a westbound freight train that took him from his boyhood home in southern Ontario to Canada’s western provinces. He’s been on the move – nowadays he drives an RV – and making music ever since. Over the ensuing years Eaglesmith has forged one of the most distinguished and unique independent careers in popular music, starting at the grassroots level, and he’s been a leading light in both the new folk and Americana movements. Eaglesmith returns to his former mode of transportation metaphorically via a series of festivals he calls “Roots on the Rails.” He has cut a total of 19 CDs since 1980, most recently “6 Volts,”and has won the Juno Award, the Canadian equivalent of the Grammy. Eaglesmith intends to stay at the cutting edge of today’s musical zeitgeist and help spark a revival of traditional rock ‘n’ roll. “I still want to be vibrant and I still want to be on fire and I still have passion,”he says. “I don’t ever wanna stay in the ghetto.” His backup band will include The Fabulous Ginn Sisters, siblings who first achieved a measure of fame on Americana radio stations five years ago with the release of their CD, “Blood Oranges.” Fred Eaglesmith and The Fabulous Ginn Sisters appear at One Longfellow Square, corner of Congress and State streets in Portland, at 8 p.m. Oct. 7. Call 761-1757.

‘In Good Time’

Portland filmmaker Huey is known for his portrayals of artists, and his latest project will be screened as a special event of the University of Southern Maine School of Music’s Department of Jazz. The title is “In Good Time,”and the subject is jazz great Marian McPartland, who has been playing piano for 90 years. That’s no misprint; she started at age three and she’s still playing at 93. Although born in England, she’s best known for her many years playing New York jazz clubs and for her long-running program on National Public Radio. McPartland has been honored as a National Endowment for the Arts Jazz Master and Living Jazz Legend, and is a member of the National Radio Hall of Fame. There will be a live pre-screening show with Huey’s commentary on making the film, which took about four years, plus a concert by USM Jazz Department students. Catch all of this, beginning at 6:30 p.m. Oct. 13 at Hannaford Hall, 88 Bedford St. on the University of Southern Maine’s Portland campus. Call the USM music box office at 780-5555.

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

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WMPG’s Fall Begathon, to benefit WMPG’s Power Up! project, onair pledge drive Sept. 30-Oct. 6, to make a donation, 874-3000 or

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Friday 10/7 “An Evening With Bill Irwin:” Blind AT thru-hiker, presented by The Lou Butterfield Memorial Series, 7 p.m., by donation, seating limited, Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland, FMI, 7727421.

Saturday 10/8 Bake Sale, to benefit Freeport Boy Scouts, Troop 45, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., behind the First Parish Church, Freeport. Church Rummage Sale Fundraiser, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Clark Memorial United Methodist Church, corner

of Forest and Pleasant Aves., Portland, FMI, 773-5423. Used Book and Music Sale, to benefit Studio 408, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., 408 Broadway, South Portland, Dawna Green, 829-3102.

Wednesday 10/12 March of Dimes Benefit, Signature Chefs Auction, food by chefs

Auction benefiting McAuley Residence, 6-9 p.m., $50 tickets, Italian Heritage Center, 40 Western Ave., Portland, tickets at or 879-3486.

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Lasagna Dinner, All-YouCan-Eat, to benefit Snowlion Repertory Company, 5-7 p.m., by donation, Steve & Renee ‘s Diner, 500 Washington Ave., Portland, FMI,, 518-9305.

Saturday 10/15 “Chocolate to the Rescue,” fundraiser for Friends of Feral Felines, 11 a.m.-3 p.m., chocolate treats, sale and open house, Thrifty Kitty Thrift Store, 651 Forest Ave., Portland, FMI, or 797-3014.

Sunday 10/16 Reiche International 5k Road Race and Colossal Community Yard Sale, to benefit school enrichment programs, 9:30 a.m. road race, register at; 10 a.m.-2 p.m. yard sale-flea market, Reiche School community center gym, Brackett St., Portland, to donate items for yard sale, email

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Thursday 10/6 Eggs & Issues, Portland Regional Chamber, with Governor Paul LePage, 7-9 a.m., $17 members/ $27 non-members, Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, register, or 772-2811.

Saturday 10/8 Monthly Coffee Hour with Rep. Jane Eberle, D-South Portland, for South Portland and Cape Elizabeth residents, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ocean House Market, 512 Ocean St., South Portland, FMI, 776-3783. Public Skating Open House, free public skating, 1-5 p.m. Sat., Oct. 8 and Sun., Oct. 9, free admission, no skate rentals available nor pucks and hockey sticks allowed, FMI, Civic Center, Portland, 775-3458.

Tuesday 10/11 Maine Women’s Network Portland Chapter Meeting, “Including Social Media in Your Marketing Plan” with Becky McKinnell of iBec Creative, 5:30-7:30 p.m., $20 members/ $25 non-members, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland, 88 Spring St., Portland, register, MaineWo-

Yarmouth Senior Housing Project neighborhood meeting, 7 p.m., Bartlett Circle Community Building, Bartlett Circle, Yarmouth, FMI, Margaret Downing, 846-9295.

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Eggs & Issues, Portland Regional Chamber, with U.S. Senator Olympia Snowe, 7-9 a.m., $17 members/ $27 non-members, Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland , register, or 772-2811.

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Colleges counselors pick Portland for conference PORTLAND — The Eastern Association of Colleges and Employers announced this week it has selected Portland for its annual conference, scheduled for June 4-6, 2012. More than 400 college and university career counselors and recruiters are expected to attend the conference at the Holiday Inn by the Bay on Spring Street. This is the first time the conference has been held north of Boston, and will allow employers in the area to learn more about recruiting college-educated talent while showcasing the city’s entrepreneurial edge,

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North Deering crime watch organizes PORTLAND — North Deering residents on Thursday, Oct. 6, will hold an organizational meeting for a new neighborhood crime watch. The North Deering Neighborhood Association said in a press release it has been working on the anti-crime initiative with the Portland Police Department for several months. Neighborhood watch signs have been posted, and North Deering’s senior lead police officer will be present Thursday to answer questions. The 6 p.m. meeting will take place at Lyman Moore Middle School.

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Marshall indicated he would bring the rolling petition process back when the council considers a change requested by City Councilor Cheryl Leeman that would eliminate the option of having a special election on citizen initiatives. “It was not my intent to surprise any body with this,” he said, noting the rolling petition was discussed in a workshop. Councilor John Anton said he is open to the possibility of a rolling petition process, but wants to ensure the public is fully notified. “Staff failed to prepare this amendment within the time frame established by the council, which think is a separate issue we need to address,” he said. Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow him on Twitter: @randybillings


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Differentiating “I wouldn’t necessarily say one (math program) is better than the other, it’s what’s best for the district,” Scarborough School Department Curriculum Director Monique Culbertson said. Scarborough recently replaced its elementary school math curriculum, moving from a constructivist model to a more traditional model based on Singapore’s math program, called Math in Focus. The district is still using a constructivist model at the middle school level.




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Culbertson said a curriculum committee of about 20 teachers selected the new elementary math program, and that they reviewed a variety of different types of programs before deciding on Math in Focus. “I think a thoughtful decision was made,” she said.

Process analysis One parent in Portland has openly questioned that district’s decision to move its middle schools to the controversial constructivist programs. “Parents have flip-flopped on the issue over the years. I understand this is a very volatile issue,” said Anna Collins, whose daughter just started kindergarten in Portland. “The School Board has a responsibility to create a fair, objective process where people’s voices are heard.” Collins, who spoke out at a recent School Board meeting, asking the board members to review the process for curriculum and program implementation, said she believes the board had too little involvement in the decision to use Chicago Math, a constructivist program, in the middle schools. “I want them to create a process that’s transparent and objective so the public feels there’s transparency in the system,” Collins said. She said implementing the same math curriculum in all of the city’s schools eliminates parents’ ability to send their children to schools that use programs they like. “There are a lot of people out there for whom this is strengthening the argument for school choice. What happens in Portland is going to matter,” she said. A science and math charter school has been proposed for the Portland area next year. It will compete directly with the Portland Public Schools for students and state funds. “If the School Board does not take responsibility now, I suspect they’ll regret it,” Collins said. Beth Schultz’s three children went through the Chicago Math program in Regional School Unit 1 in Bath. She lobbied her School Board to ditch the constructivist program and was extremely frustrated by the process. “Not every curriculum works for every child,” she said. “It will probably work for some children, but it wasn’t a good fit for mine.” Schultz pulled all three of her kids from RSU 1 last year and now pays to send them to St. John’s Catholic School in Brunswick. “I feel schools should be open about what their curriculum is and that parents should really have a choice,” Schultz said. “When they select a school, they should be picking a curriculum that best fits their child.” The Portland School Board has only had a curriculum committee for a year and half, and the committee is reviewing its role in choosing programs, committee member

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Sarah Thompson said. “I think it’s a gray area,” Thompson said. “This is my sixth year on the School Board, and this past year is the first year we’ve been able to dive into any curriculum issues.” She said she would like to see the community more involved in curriculum decisions, and hopes the committee will be able to bring some parents on board in the future.

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Portland’s science, technology, engineering and math curriculum coordinator, Dan Chuhta, said the process the city schools used to choose the Chicago Math program was solid. “We convened a representative group of teachers from all levels,” he said. The new program cost $140,000 in professional development and materials. Chuhta said the group ranked four programs based on a variety of criteria before selecting Chicago Math. Critics have said the four programs the team reviewed were all constructivist-style programs. Chuhta said getting students through algebra by the time they finish eighth grade was the ultimate goal. Until now, each school, and sometimes each teacher, was using whatever program they wanted. “Each program has its own style. In some cases, the language of it can be different. If we’re operating off the same curriculum – the Common Core – then everyone’s clear what the standards are,” Chuhta said. The Common Core standards are a national initiative that aims to put all schools on the same curriculum, while still giving districts the ability to choose the programs that work best for them. While Chuhta has never worked as a math teacher – he was a science teacher before taking on his role as curriculum coordinator – he emphasized the importance of finding a math program that works best for the district. “I think what we need to do is make a decision that’s best for our students and one that makes the most sense for us as math educators. There’s not much in education that doesn’t come with at least two sides of an argument,” Chuhta said. It’s likely the argument will continue as Portland begins the process of choosing a district-wide elementary math program this fall.

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In Falmouth, constructivist math has been around for years. The district started with Connected Math in 1997, piloting the program before adopting it for the middle school. Math teacher Shawn Towle, who has since become a trainer for Connected Math, said the program was the answer to the district’s growth issues in the late 1990s. “The thing we liked the best, was that ... we could bring new staff members on board more easily. It doesn’t matter who teaches it. We’re all using the same program,” Towle said. Towle, who won the Presidential Award for Math and Science Teaching last year, said he thinks the argument over constructivist versus traditional mathematics is overblown. “They’re talking about mathematics teaching and learning from extreme points of view. People on one side do everything from problems, on the other side, they do everything from algorithms,” he said. “Good mathematics teaching requires both.” Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or eparkhurst@theforecaster. net. Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

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HARPSWELLPRIVATE DEEP WATER FRONT COMMUNITY. 2 bedroom/Contemporary Post & Beam. Cathedral Ceilings, Fully Applianced Kitchen. Full walk-out basement. W/D hookup, Wrap around deck. Forced HW by oil. Walk to dock, beach & launch. 10 mins. to Cookâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s Corner. $925/month yearly. 207-7989978. SUGARLOAF TRUE TRAILside seasonal rental in Birchwood I. Three bedroom, post and beam Condo. Walk everywhere. Ski to Sawduster Chair. Well appointed. $14,900 for the season or $7,800 halftime. Also one bedroom â&#x20AC;&#x153;breakawayâ&#x20AC;? ski to your door! $7,000 season â&#x20AC;&#x2DC;11-12 or $4,000 half-time. Call 207-899-7641. YA R M O U T H / C O U S I N S House. Spotless Furnished two bedrooms, 1 1/2 baths, new furnace and easy to heat. No pets/no smoking. Ocean views and rights. Through May $850+ utilities & heat. Call 8380345 or 939-8821. CUMBERLAND CENTER- 3 bedroom, 1.5 bath (adjacent to schools, full-dry basement, spacious deck, large yard & storage shed) No smoking, no pets. $1300 per month plus utilities. 207-632-3339 $750/MONTH 2 bedroom, Owner occupied duplex, heat and water included, hookups, no pets/smoking, 26 Bardwell St, Lewiston, first and last required. 576-7514 SPEND THE WINTER ON VACATION!!! Furnished 1 room, 1 person studios with kitchenettes, private bath, screen porch, great views, cable, wifi, heat & elec. included. $595.00. Shared bath studio-$425.00. Cottages (2 persons) $865.00 plus heat. All units rent through May. Call 892-2698. OLD ORCHARD BEACH- 1 bedroom apartment. Clean, Modern. Heat, hot water, parking, laundry. Secure building. No dogs. $750/month. 508954-0376. Yarmouth House for rent West Elm Street. 2 bedroom, no smoking, pets negotiable. $1200 per month plus heat and utilities, one year lease. 7814282.


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Library from page 1 from the newly renovated main library on Congress Street near Monument Square. “The understandable first response to think of a portable library is as a bookmobile,” Podgajny said. But the proposed portable library would be more than that. Podgajny said the library would probably purchase a van and equip it with wireless technology and computers, enabling the mobile unit to provide digital library services and a wide variety of educational


services to people who are unable to travel to the main branch. “It’s not just showing up as a bookmobile,” he said. “It’s also delivering programs.” The library now offers some off-site programs at elderly housing centers in the city. Podgajny said the portable library would allow expansion of those services to other neighborhoods and at special events. “We have tons of public programming,” he said. “What we don’t have is a consistent, integrated program that goes on a set schedule and really brings the library to the people.” Podgajny said the portable library is

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still in its earliest planning stages, and that building the staff infrastructure to provide the service would be one of the first steps. He said the library would likely be working with the City of Readers citizen group, which promotes reading. With the increasing popularity of ebooks and the increase in digital media availability, libraries have been evolving to meet the changing needs of the public, Podgajny said. Yet, despite that trend, book-borrowing is still the primary use of the library, the study found.



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The library loaned 500,000 print items last year, Podgajny said. “Books remain important to people,” he said. “It’s very clear, though, even to casual users, that the ebook is growing.” The library will continue to expand ebook services, and consider adding new technology, like online streaming audiobook services. “I think libraries are key to participation in digital reading for a lot of members of the public,” Podgajny said. “We don’t just provide product, we’re ambassadors for that material.”





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Portland’s mayor from page 5 adding affordable housing within the city would help increase ridership. He said he would also consider a “congestion fee” for people who frequently drive into the city. He’d also advocate for the state to reduce paving expenditures, in favor of funding alternative transportation. Christopher Vail, unenrolled, said it is unrealistic to talk about streetcars and light rail. He said METRO buses, sometimes carrying only six passengers, are too big, so the whole system should be re-evaluated. Instead, the city should create satellite lots for the roughly 60,000 weekday commuters and bus them into town, said Vail, 40. The city should also better synchronize traffic lights to move traffic more efficiently, he said. City Councilor and Mayor Nicholas Mavodones Jr., a Democrat, said the proposed Thompson’s Point development next to the Portland Transportation Center will help reduce the number of vehicles on the road. From there, visitors will be able to be shuttled to the airport and downtown, the 51-year-old said. Councilor Jill Duson, a Democrat, noted the city’s efforts to improve bike and pedestrian accessibility. She said she is also was excited by the Thompson’s Point TIF, which will fund public transit. “It wasn’t my idea, but it was a great idea,” the 57-year-old said. Republican Richard Dodge said a “top-to-bottom” evaluation of METRO is needed to find efficiencies. He would advocate for smaller, more efficient 15- to 18-passenger buses. He’d also explore the privatization of METRO, if services could be delivered more efficiently. Charles Bragdon, 43, unenrolled, said METRO routes should be redesigned so people don’t have to walk as far to bus stops.

Energy policy City Hall spokeswoman Nicole Clegg said the city, which has a $201 million budget, last year spent nearly $860,000 on heating oil, $167,000 on natural gas and $2.6 million on electricity – expenditures that don’t include schools. Clegg noted the city has hired Amersco to make $8 million in energy efficiency upgrades identified in an energy audit, including the transition from oil to natural gas. Cost savings will vary depending on prices, but Clegg said the city should experience a 34 percent drop in its carbon footprint. All of the candidates cited the need to make city buildings more energy efficient and said the city should increase residential weatherization efforts, when feasible. But candidates differed on their views of alternative energy sources, such as wind, solar and tidal power generation, within the city. Lapchick and Vail said the city should be open to large and small wind turbines, while Bragdon and Dodge spoke against turbines. Lapchick said she would like to require all new buildings, public and private, to achieve green certification. Eder and Marshall said they were open to small-scale wind units, but Miller said more research is needed. Eder said the city should use a revolving loan program to help residents pay for weatherization. That bond should also fund solar panels and small wind turbines on city buildings, he said. The city should also explore “methane digesters” at its landfill in an effort to generate power, Eder said, noting the city needs to make investments into becoming energy reliant.

Miller said he’d seek lower energy costs by creating a collective of businesses and/or residents to purchase electricity at wholesale prices from the grid. The city should also create “microloans” for residential weatherization, he said. Marshall said he has a 13-year plan to ween the city off oil. He’d like to encourage residents to tap into Unitil’s natural gas lines while they are being replaced throughout the city. He would help finance that conversion, including energy audits, through grants and a revolving loan fund. Mavodones said a recent trip to Germany introduced him to green technologies that may be viable in Portland, including green roofs and combined heat-power units. He acknowledged he lacked expertise, but said he would consider testing these technologies on city buildings. Brennan said he would like to make public financing available to increase the energy efficiency of hospitals, which provide a public service. He would encourage private developers to build green-certified buildings, but would stop short of requiring certification. In the short term, however, Brennan said the mayor needs to advocate at the federal level for heating assistance programs, which are threatened by budget cuts. Strimling, the CEO of LearningWorks, said the city needs to “walk the walk” when it comes to energy efficiency. He said “we need to find more funding” for programs like LearningWorks’ weatherization programs, which educate students and make low-income homes more efficient. Rathband said he’d like to offer a one-time, $100 tax rebate for residents who take a home weatherization course through Portland Adult Education or Southern Maine Community College. He said efficiency is “the lowest of low-hanging fruit,” and more public education is needed. Carmona said he’d advocate for tidal power investments, and for the federal government to reallocate coal and oil subsidies towards alternative energy. Vail, Bragdon and Dodge also noted the potential for tidal power in Portland. Dodge would also explore solar power on city buildings. Duson said she would bring a municipal perspective to federal energy and environmental policy. Hamza Haadoow and Peter Bryant did not respond to requests for comment. Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow him on Twitter: @randybillings

Fundraising from page 5 shoe leather” and he won’t be “selling Portland to the highest bidder.” • Jodie Lapchick said she hasn’t “raised a lot” towards her initial $2,500 goal, which she described as “unrealistic.” • City Councilor Jill Duson said she has raised “about two thirds” of her $12,000 to $15,000 goal, saying she hopes to avoid direct mailings and relies on her track record and community meetings. • Christopher Vail said he has raised $2,000 to $3,000. He said “it drives me crazy” to hear candidates talk about raising up to $50,000. “That’s exactly what I’m running against,” he said • Charles Bradgon said he isn’t doing any fundraising and will likely spend $700 on his campaign. • Richard Dodge, the lone Republican in the race, said he didn’t set a budget and hasn’t raised very much money. He said he thought he would stand out as the pro-business candidate, but said he’s surprised to be competing with Democrats for that title, and for campaign donations. — Randy Billings

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Plastic from page 1

ordinance. They could also be fined for violating the rules. The meeting materials indicate Ireland instituted a 15-cent-a-bag fee, which reduced usage by 93.5 percent “almost overnight.” Washington, D.C., reportedly instituted a 5-cent fee in January 2010, resulting in an estimated 80 percent drop in usage. City Councilor David Marshall, the committee chairman, said this is the beginning of discussion about the environmental impact of plastic bags. The preliminary discussion could lead to some sort of regulation, or none at all, he said. “It’s a starting point to understand the impact of plastic bags on our environment and how municipalities are creating policies concerning plastic bags,” Marshall said. According to meeting materials to be considered by the committee, plastics account for 90 percent of floating marine debris. Eighty percent of that comes from landbased sources. An estimated 100,000 marine mammals and as many as one million sea birds die each year after ingesting or being entangled in plastics, the memo said. Although plastic bags can be recycled, the committee is being told that happens to less than 5 percent of plastic bags, because it is cheaper for companies to make new bags. Even when consumers believe they are recycling their plastic bags that may not be the case. The memo said many facilities send the plastics to another county to be disposed of or burned. That may to be the case in Portland, too. “(Plastic bags) are sold to a broker and shipped overseas,” ecomaine Program Development Manager Missy Labbe said in the memo, noting the broker does not disclose the fate of the bags. It’s not clear whether the proposal will have support on the committee, which includes three city councilors. Councilor and committee member Edward Suslovic said the committee would be better served by considering other waste-cutting proposals, such as a new school composting project. If successful, Suslovic said, the city could first eliminate the use of Styrofoam in schools and possibly extend that ban citywide. “You lead by example,” he said.”I think that’s how you proceed.” The third member of the committee, City Councilor Jill Duson, could not be reached for comment. Marshall said the meeting is a chance to begin a discussion that has generated community interest. “There was some interest raised about it,” he said. “Committee members may think it’s a good idea and start moving forward. ... We also may decide it’s better to leave our policies the way they are.” The meeting is scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 6, at 6:30 p.m. in council chambers at City Hall.

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