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Vol. 9, No. 44

News of The City of Portland

Cost puts affordable housing project in jeopardy By Randy Billings PORTLAND — The mayoral election has highlighted the need for more affordable housing and social services on the peninsula. But now a project at 66-68

High St. that would provide both is in doubt, unless the developer can cut $1 million in costs. Community Housing of Maine is working on a project called Elm Terrace, which would es-

tablish 35 affordable apartments and a social service facility for the residents at the corner of Danforth and High streets. Twenty of the units were planned in a historic building

formerly owned by the University of Southern Maine in a historic district. Another 15 units were to be built in an addition. Community Housing originally estimated the project would

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Some reasons change, some don’t, in the decision to elect Portland’s mayor By Randy Billings PORTLAND — When residents head to the polls on Nov. 8 to choose a mayor, they will be cementing the biggest change in city government in nearly 90 years. Last year, voters narrowly approved changes to the City Charter to have a popularly elected mayor – one who will serve a four-year term and be paid a $66,000 annual salary. Much has changed since 1923, the last time Portland government underwent such a change. Back then, streetcars and trains, not automobiles, were the primary mode of transportation. But the reasons for the major change in city government haven’t changed. According to documents compiled by the Maine Historical Society, the arguments in favor of changing from the popularly elected mayor to the city managercouncil form of government 88 years ago stemmed from a perceived lack of leadership on economic development, and high taxes.

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Strimling’s $83K tops Portland mayoral campaign fundraising By Randy Billings PORTLAND — Former State Sen. Ethan Strimling has raised nearly twice as much money as any other candidate in the campaign to become the city’s first popularly elected mayor in Index Arts Calendar.................27 Classifieds......................34 Community Calendar......29 Meetings.........................29

88 years. According to pre-election reports filed Friday, Strimling raised more than $83,000 from more than 400 donors, including the spurned developer of

the Maine State Pier, Ocean Properties. City Councilor and Mayor Nicholas Mavodones Jr. raised nearly $46,000 from more than 300 donors. Former State Sen. Michael Brennan raised a little

Fire boat accident prompts new policy

more than $41,000 from more than 200 donors, plus nearly $4,000 in contributions under $50. The pre-election reports are

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were “killing investment and freezing capital by a tyranny of assessments which reeks of glaring inequities.” The same argument could

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By Randy Billings PORTLAND — In the wake of an Oct. 15 accident that caused $38,000 worth of damage to the city’s fire boat, Fire Chief Fred LaMontagne on Tuesday night outlined changes to the policy governing use of the boat. But if there is widespread public outrage about the damage to the $3.2 million boat, it was not on display at the public hearing before the City Council’s three-member Public Safety Committee. More than a dozen rank-andfile firefighters attended the City Hall hearing, but did not address the panel. Only three members of the public made comments. The boat’s port shaft, prop and rudder were damaged when the boat hit something in the water near Fort Gorges. In addition to the city’s $25,000 insurance deductible, LaMontagne said it will cost another $2,000 to take the boat to Rockland and back for repairs. Fire Department Capt. Christopher Goodall and firefighter Joseph Murphy have been suspended without pay for 10 days and five days, respectively, after it was revealed that a dozen of their friends and family members were aboard the boat when the accident occurred at around 6 p.m. A department investigation previously concluded the fire-

Image No. 1265 from the Collections of the Maine Historical Society shows the Ku Klux Klan marching along Forest Avenue in Portland, circa 1923, when the group rallied at City Hall to help abolish the elected mayor form of government.

“Greater Portland Celebration 350,” compiled and edited by Albert F. Barnes, put it this way: The poor business practices of the elected mayor

cost $8.5 million, but a more recent estimate came in at $10.9 million. The increase prompted the Maine State Housing Au-

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Police Beat.....................14 Real Estate.....................38 School Notebook............19 Sports.............................21

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Nerds rejoice! City prepares for comic convention By Mario Moretto PORTLAND — Somebody had to do it. That’s why the owners of Coast City Comics said they’re staging the city’s first-ever comic convention – dubbed, appropriately enough, the Coast City Comic Con, or “C4” for short – from Nov. 11-13 at venues throughout downtown. Tristan Gallagher, who co-owns the 3-year-old comic shop with Chad Pen-

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C4 guest speakers include Maine comic writers and artists Ray Dillon and Renae De Liz, a Cape Elizabeth couple who worked together to publish the bestselling comic “The Last Unicorn.” Independently, Dillon has worked for Marvel and DC, and De Liz recently

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Office building proposed for West Commercial St. By Randy Billings PORTLAND — A local development company hopes to build a three-story office building on a vacant stretch of Commercial Street west of the Casco Bay Bridge. Vincent Veroneau, president and chief executive officer of J.B. Brown & Sons, on Monday said the proposal is generating interest from potential tenants. It’s too soon to say who might occupy the building, he said, but the company hopes to begin construction next summer. Before that can happen, however, J.B. Brown must first finishing purchasing the 11-acre parcel from the Portland Terminal Co., which operates the Pan Am freight trains. In a letter to city planners, Veroneau said the company must close the land purchase before Dec. 19. Veroneau must also secure a zone change for the property, some of which is zoned as residential. “It is essentially impossible to obtain a serious commitment from a user on a development plan that is not allowed by the zoning ordinance,” he said in an Oct. 21 letter to the city. Veroneau said the zone change is compatible with the city’s Comprehensive Plan. He

is not seeking a zone change for a portion of land that fronts Danforth Street. Although west Commercial Street is largely undeveloped waterfront, he said the office building would be on the inland side of the street, between the Portland Star Match Co. building – which is owned by J.B. Brown & Sons – and Benny’s Friend Clams. It would preserve the waterfront for marine uses. “The land we are proposing to rezone does not have direct access to the Fore River,” he said. Veroneau said construction rates remain favorable, but the project will only be built if there are committed tenants. “We do not intend to undertake a speculative development,” he said. “We believe the land holds long-term development potential, so the acquisition of the parcel makes sense despite the current economy.” Veroneau said that two-thirds of the 60,000- to 70,000-square-foot building would have to be under contract before construction could begin. If the project fills up, the company would like to build two smaller office buildings on the same site, according to planning documents. Veroneau said he estimates the project

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Comprehensive plan for Portland schools moves forward By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — The framework for a plan that will determine the direction city schools will move in the next 10 years is on its way to the School Board. Board members are scheduled to review a committee’s outline for the district’s comprehensive plan, which highlights the goals and how the district plans to work to achieve those goals. The district’s No. 1 goal, according to the document, should be to improve graduation rates.

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culture of accountability and use of efficient and effective business practices. Each school will also be required to put together a work plan that outlines how it will work toward these goals, and produce a “school report card” at the end of each year to show its progress. School administrators and teachers will be involved in the coming months in putting those work plans together. “The effort will shift to the development of detailed district- and school-level work plans, with opportunities for more direct stakeholder engagement,” Eglinton said. A public forum was scheduled for the Nov. 1 School Board meeting. The plan will be discussed by the School Board for the first time on Nov. 9 at 7 p.m., when there will again be an opportunity for public comment. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

Free SAT prep, college mentor program comes to high schools By Emily Parkhurst PORTLAND — For many students, taking the Scholastic Aptitude Test is a nervewracking experience because of its impact on their college careers and, ultimately, their lives. And while some can afford prep books and classes, those whose families struggle to make ends meet may not be able to spend that extra money. It leaves them at a disadvantage when they pick up their No. 2 pencils. But a new organization coming to the Portland area aims to change all that by offering free SAT prep classes and a college mentoring program to inner-city students. Let’s Get Ready is national program that connects college students with high school students for mentoring, advice about applying for college, exam preparation and encouragement to continue their education. “It’s an opportunity for young people to

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see their own ability and to find success with the SATs,” said Merle Nelson, an education advocate and former state representative from Falmouth. The program began earlier this year with a group of students at the Portland YMCA and has moved on to a nine-week program at Deering High School. Program Director Nakia Navarro said she is hoping to run a spring session at Portland and Lewiston high schools. “There’s one college student coach to five or six high school students,” she said. “We find students really need that personalized attention.” Navarro said 93 percent of the program’s participants go directly to college after high school, and, on average, they improve their SAT scores by 110 points. continued page 31

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Consumers, some Maine oil companies shifting toward alternative fuels By Emily Guerin YARMOUTH — On a cold day in early November, employees of Downeast Energy arrived at a home in Yarmouth for an appointment. They didn’t drive an oil truck, or come to refill a propane tank. Instead, they closed all the windows and doors and set up a fan powerful enough to suck outside air in through cracks and poorly insulated walls. A thermal camera revealed where the leaks were so the homeowner could prioritize her efficiency improvements. Weatherization and thermal imaging consultations are just one example of how Brunswick-based Downeast Energy and other oil companies are adapting to changes in the marketplace. While still the No. 1 fuel in the state, the percentage of Mainers who heat their homes with heating oil is down about 5 percent from 2004, according to the Governor’s Office of Energy Independence and Security. As more Mainers choose alternative fuels like wood pellets, propane or natural gas, oil companies are looking elsewhere, too. “Nothing stays the same forever,” said Mike McCormack, vice president of energy at Downeast. “We don’t look at (the decreasing consumption of heating oil) as the black hole of our future. We embrace that.”

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Downeast Energy auditor Rick Mathieu shows homeowner Whitney Campbell, of Yarmouth, how to see where cold air is leaking into her home by looking at a thermal imaging camera. The fan in the doorway sucks all the air out of the house, drawing in outside air.

ergy company in the state with the highest percentage of homes heated by oil – 75 percent. Why do so many Mainers heat with oil? Jamie Py, president of the Maine Energy Marketers Association, said the fuel is easy to use, reliable and safe. And, unlike natural gas, customers can shop around to find the lowest price. “Historically it’s been a great value,” Py said. “That’s why its been so popular in a cold climate.” Py said in the past, alternative fuels were either too time consuming, like chopping wood, or too pricey; natural gas was more expensive than oil for 25 out of last 32 years, he said. But that’s starting to change as the cost of alternative fuels has dropped, and the price of oil has skyrocketed. This winter,

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Dealing with decreased consumption Area oil companies are coping with the shift away from their core product in different ways. Not every company has the resources

of Downeast, to offer multiple alternative fuels. Some are focusing on one or two. Mike Feenstra, owner of South Portlandbased Our Oil, decided to sell wood pellets after noticing that many of his customers aren’t getting rid of their oil furnaces, but are adding pellet stoves to help cut costs and use less heating oil. He has been thinking of selling coal, too, which he said is cleaner and more efficient than it used to be. continued page 37

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Maine dam inspections lag while inspector coaches rugby By John Christie and Naomi Schalit WATERVILLE — Around 3:50 in the afternoon on Wednesday, Oct. 12, a stateowned pickup truck pulled into the parking lot at the Colby College rugby field. A man in a blue windbreaker got out of the truck, took a cardboard box of equipment from the cab and headed to the field, where members of the men’s and women’s teams had gathered for practice. The man was their coach.

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But he is also the Maine dam inspector who has fallen years behind the legal schedule for safety inspections of the nearly 100 dams across the state categorized as potentially dangerous. His name is Tony Fletcher, and he has held the paid coaching job at the private college since 2001, except for one semester, according to Colby. For eight weeks each fall, four days a week, Fletcher leaves his Augusta office around 3:30 p.m. to drive the 19 miles to Colby, according to his boss at the Maine Emergency Management Agency. MEMA Director Robert McAleer said Fletcher also coaches during the three-week spring rugby season, when practices are sometimes indoors in the evenings because of the weather. Neither the college nor Fletcher will reveal what he is paid for his coaching contract. His state salary is $56,800. With


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McAleer, stating he was also speaking for Fletcher, said Fletcher makes up the time spent coaching by coming in early or working nights or weekends. However, Fletcher’s official time sheets do not show weekend work and do not specify what time he starts and ends his work days. McAleer also said in an email that driving to a part-time job in a state vehicle was not authorized, and Fletcher has been told to stop. Informed about the center’s finding, Gov. Paul LePage’s spokeswoman, Adrienne Bennett, said, “this particular matter is one MEMA staff is on top of, and I am confident the appropriate action will be taken if needed.” Fletcher’s schedule comes up at a time when questions have been raised about the productivity of the state’s dam inspection program. Until recently, Fletcher has been the only state inspector.

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An examination by the center of dam safety inspections reports provided by MEMA earlier this year found that Maine is not living up to the state law that requires regular inspections of the 93 dams in the state classified as hazardous for their potential to take lives or sweep away buildings, roads and bridges. Thousands of Mainers live below the potentially hazardous dams, from Sanford to Norway to Camden. The state classifies 24 of the 93 dams as “high hazard potential,” meaning that a failure could “probably cause loss of life.” The other dams are “significant hazard dams,” meaning a failure could cause property or environmental damage. Half of the high hazard dams are two to seven years overdue for their mandated inspections, for example. Of the 93 dams, the state could produce records showing only 10 percent have been inspected on time. McAleer admitted to a legislative committee on Sept. 26 that the dams are not

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Inspections from previous page being inspected when the law says they should be. But he also said he was confident in the assurance he got from Fletcher that none of the dams pose a danger. McAleer told the committee that completing safety inspections of the dams “at the rate specified in the law is virtually impossible” with one or two inspectors.

‘Do the math’ In an interview on Aug. 18, McAleer said, “Do the math on the whole numbers of dams that have to be inspected. ... It’s very difficult to keep up.” But “the math” suggests it would be possible to keep up with the inspections if a dam was inspected about every week and a half. With 93 dams that have to be inspected every two or four years, the math shows that if the state inspected 29 or 30 high and significant hazard dams each year, it would be on target to meet the legal requirements. Dam inspector Fletcher’s time sheets for 2010, the most recent full-year for which records are available, show he worked 230 days, eight hours per day. That means that if he inspected a potentially hazardous dam every week and half, he would meet the annual inspections benchmark. But the records supplied to the center for 2010 showed that only six of the hazardous dams were inspected during that year. How many dams can be inspected in a year depends on whom you ask, and even then the answers are not precise. Dana Murch, former supervisor of environmental regulation of dams for the state Department of Environmental Protection and co-author of the current dam safety law, said, “if one person can’t do 30 dams in one year, something is wrong.” In an interview in May, Fletcher said “a full-on inspection can take a couple weeks. It ranges from that to just going in and eyeballing the situation.” He later said in the same interview,

“We look at about two (dams) a week. A lot of them are low hazard dams,” which are not among the dams that require inspections every two or four years; the law does require an inspection of a low hazard dam if a problem is reported. A dam is classified as low hazard if a breach would likely cause damage only to the owner’s property, not to lives, roads, bridges or environmentally sensitive areas. McAleer, the MEMA director, was asked at a recent legislative committee meeting how long it typically takes to inspect a dam. “I don’t know the answer to that,” he said. Even if it took two weeks to inspect a dam, that would mean 26 could be inspected per year, very close to the benchmark needed to keep up with the law. In an email, McAleer, replied: “If all ( Fletcher) did was inspect dams, then one might expect that more than six inspections could be completed in a year. (It should also be noted that Mr. Fletcher has completed external inspections on approximately nine other dams and is scheduled to complete the internal inspections when water levels will allow him to gain entry.) I have provided a list of Mr. Fletcher’s responsibilities that details the numerous duties his job entails. Mr. Fletcher must decide on a daily basis which of those numerous tasks are most important for him to do based on the priorities of the Agency. “Given the fact that most of the State’s dams are in reasonably sound condition, spending time inspecting a healthy dam may not be as important as working with dam owners to ensure they have a workable Emergency Action Plan. The real crux of the matter, however, is in having a clear understanding of what a thorough dam inspection entails ... .” The list provided by McAleer includes 24 “Job Tasks,” from conducting hazard classification inspections to ensuring that Emergency Action Plans are completed for the high and significant hazard dams.

Dams: safe or not? McAleer’s statement that most of the



state’s dams are in “reasonably sound condition,” however, is not in accord with previous statements by him and Fletcher. In May, Fletcher said, “There are dams that are in poor condition. It’s very difficult to predict if a dam’s going to breach. ... There are no dams that I can say are in an imminent stage of failure, but it’s a very difficult call to make.” Two months ago, McAleer said, “It’s incumbent on you to inspect them and see what their condition is. You can’t assume that a dam that was built 100 years ago is as solid today as it was 100 years ago.” MEMA records shows 25 of the 93 hazardous dams are 100 years old or more.

Uncompensated hours McAleer defended Fletcher’s work habits: “Tony is a unique individual who could probably make a lot more money who is also dedicated to this program. It’s phenomenal the times of day I get emails from him. We basically have to chase him out of the office.” In his email, McAleer added, “Unlike

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Life in Gaza without Gilad Two weeks ago, the Israeli soldier Gilad Shalit, looking pale, gaunt and dazed, was led from the darkness and isolation of his confinement at the hands of Hamas, the Palestinian faction that rules Gaza, and handed over to Egyptian intermediaries. Abducted by Hamas on Global Israeli soil at the age of 19 and imprisoned for five years without so much as a single visit from the Red Cross, Shalit stepped off a military aircraft into the embrace of a waiting prime minister, his commanding officers and, thereafter, his father, his neighbors and the entire nation of Israel. Thousands of Israelis watched the scenes unfold on televisions across the country, transfixed by a Perry B. Newman sight many thought they’d never see. Everyone’s son had emerged from every parent’s nightmare, and then, quickly, he went home as the nation left him and his family to an indescribable reunion. Meanwhile, in Gaza, buses of Palestinians newly freed from confinement in Israeli prisons in exchange for Shalit’s release snaked their way through waiting throngs of people cheering and lining the streets. This first tranche of 400 prisoners, including some who had kidnapped, killed and who even now expressed their willingness to do so again, returned to a hero’s welcome. Masked gunmen brandished their weapons, flags waved, women ululated and Hamas’ leader in Gaza, Ismael Haniyeh, celebrated with many of his newly freed comrades-in-arms.


It was Carnival and Mardi Gras all rolled into one, and hundreds of thousands turned out to be a part of the excitement. For those in the West hoping for some kind of rational coexistence with Hamas, it was hardly a feel-good moment. Yet surely, belying the joy and far from the crowds, there must be some in Gaza who dare to mourn what Palestinian society has become under Hamas. Perhaps even in that sea of green flags and hooded gunmen, amid all the chants, cheers and euphoria, stood a man or woman who deep down knows that these well-orchestrated moments of triumph, too, shall pass, leaving Gaza not only right back where it started, but with even more challenging problems to confront. For the day after Shalit came home, after they wept with joy, Israelis went to school and work. They attended concerts and sat in cafes. They went to the dentist, fixed their cars, shopped at grocery stores, planned vacations and wondered what movies to see on the weekend. Some married, some divorced, some bought homes, went to the mall or left work early to beat the traffic. Some cursed the government. Some prayed. But all were free. In Gaza, however, the made-for-TV party had come to an end, the crowds had dispersed and it would be months before the next prisoners came home. All the posters that Hamas had printed lay in the streets, and all the slogans and all the banners had come down. The bloom was off the rose, and prospects remained as bleak as ever. What was there to celebrate now? The return of 400 more unemployed persons, some of whom were hardened criminals? And how would things be better when the next portion arrived? Yes, one could look forward to another celebration, to tearful family reunions, to more chanting and more slogans. But how would any of that undo Gaza’s miseries?

Israel makes things difficult for Gaza, and while many of the Palestinians imprisoned by Israel certainly belong behind bars, there are surely those among the newly released whose crimes were more political than violent. Never known for its light touch, Israel does not wear white gloves to this party. But more than anything or anyone else, Hamas is strangling Gaza. There isn’t a single thing that Hamas has delivered to its people in the four years since its violent takeover of Gaza that couldn’t have been accomplished overnight if Hamas would abandon its genocidal covenant against Israel in particular and Jews in general. And, tragically, there isn’t a single Palestinian in Gaza, except perhaps those privileged few who surface for international photo ops, whose life wouldn’t improve if Hamas was shown the door. In Israel, Shalit is coming back to life. And in Gaza? The next bus bearing Palestinian prisoners will arrive in a few months, so there will be another raucous party in the square. Posters, candy for the kids, guns and rockets will be on display. But beyond that, not so much. Now that Shalit is home, it’s clearer than ever that for the Palestinian people, nothing has changed, and nothing ever will, so long as Hamas has its foot on the neck of Palestinian society. Perry B. Newman is a South Portland resident and president of Atlantica Group, an international business consulting firm based in Portland, with clients in North America, Israel and Europe. He is also chairman of the Maine District Export Council. Comment on this story at: Political advertisement

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Where we stand: Same-day voter registration, gambling proposals Mainers will vote Nov. 8 on three controversial statewide ballot initiatives. Question 1, which would reverse the law that eliminated same-day voter registration, is a matter of voter turnout and Maine’s integrity. An estimated 6 percent of votes in Maine’s last election were cast by citizens who registered to vote on Election Day. If Maine fails to preserve Election Day registration at the polls on Nov. 8, we would be saying that, going forward, those citizens don’t matter and those votes shouldn’t count. That’s not the sentiment of Maine people, nor is it in the public’s interest to dismiss a single vote, which is why we must vote yes on Question 1 to preserve Election Day registration. One of the most compelling reasons to do that comes from town and city clerks themselves, including Orono Clerk Wanda Thomas, who may very well be the state’s top expert on issues of college town registrations, since she serves the electorate of the University of Maine. Thomas told (the UMaine student newspaper) that she makes sure to staff the campus resident-only district precinct with extra clerks on Election Day to process registrations. If students lose the Election Day option, Thomas said, they would have to register at the Town Office, where “more staff may need to be hired year-round because there would be no way to gauge when registrants would come in.” Elimination of Election Day registration would, as Thomas understands it, cost government more to administer. At a time when all levels of government are doing everything possible to cut costs, now is not the time to increase the financial burden on taxpayers. Then, there’s the burden on government personnel. Eliminating Election Day registration was, according to lawmakers, designed to give clerks time to verify registrants’ legal status. But, there’s no enforcement language in the law requiring clerks to do so, just an understanding that they will. But will they? In the more than 200 days since 206 public college students accused by state Republican Party Chairman Charlie

Webster of possible fraud were registered on Election Day last year, or in the more than 2,000 days since a dozen St. Joseph’s College students accused of the same were registered to vote in 2004, no residency checks were performed. Following Webster’s accusations, all students were checked and all accusations were found baseless. But, realistically, without enforcement language written into the law to require clerks to verify residency, two days might as well be 200, or 2,000. But that’s really a minor point. Last year, of the 623 UMaine students who voted on campus, 500 registered on Election Day, according to Thomas. If Maine had imposed the two-day rule last year, some of those 500 would probably have registered in time to vote, but we cannot assume that all would have because some people are born procrastinators, which is not a crime. Hindering the full opportunity for any of those students to vote, without verifiable evidence that we are courting fraud, is not good politics. Finally, let’s also consider that the impassioned dual arguments presented to the Legislature that resulted in the elimination of Election Day registration: the specter of widespread fraud and the problem of busloads of students rushing poll places each Election Day. Both assertions were intended to frighten; both were determined to be groundless. Sure, there are some get-out-the-vote efforts on Election Day among both parties, but no precinct has ever reported being overwhelmed by busloads of students arriving on Election Day to swing elections. And, there is no rampant voter fraud, with only two cases uncovered in decades. So, what may have seemed to lawmakers to be convincing arguments are simply not true. The Legislature was duped and, next week, voters have an opportunity to reverse a law that was adopted based on a campaign of false information. We urge voters to protect and preserve Election Day registration, to take a stand that every vote counts and to do all possible to ensure that every vote is counted. Vote yes on Question 1.

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Where we stand: Cumberland County Civic Center, Wentworth School Two local referendum questions are on the Nov. 8 ballot. Residents throughout Cumberland County will be asked if the county should borrow $33 million to renovate the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland, and voters in Scarborough will decide if the town should borrow $39 million to build a new Wentworth Intermediate School. We support both proposals.

Civic Center Cumberland County voters will be deciding whether the 34-year-old Civic Center enters middle age with a new lease on life or needing life support. Anyone who has been a spectator at the CCCC is well aware of some of its shortcomings: old seats; crowded, inadequate restrooms and concession areas; limited access for disabled people. But there are problems behind the scenes, too: an insufficient loading dock that costs the building attractions because crews can’t move staging and equipment in and out quickly enough; outdated locker rooms – even by minor league standards – and electrical and mechanical systems that aren’t up to code. Opponents of the renovation plan object to the cost and argue that in a shaky economy, a dollar saved is a dollar earned. They argue that repayment of the $33 million – with interest, as much as $55 million over the life of the bond – will place an undue burden on county taxpayers. They also argue that only the city of Portland benefits from a successful, thriving Civic Center. We don’t buy those arguments. The Civic Center is an economic engine for all of Cumberland County. Of course it feeds the restaurants, bars and parking lots of downtown Portland. But the cen-

ter and those nearby businesses also employ residents and feed families from one end of the county to the other. The building has a $1.5 million payroll, and two-thirds of its employees live outside of Portland. If the renovation is approved and successful, the net tax impact on county residents will be negligible. The bond will be repaid through a combination of increased Civic Center revenue, a ticket surcharge and continuation of $1 million a year in existing county debt. Retiring that existing debt, from a bond for the Cumberland County Jail, would reduce the county’s annual obligation by about $2.1 million; the annual difference to individual taxpayers would, again, be negligible. We believe its unfortunate that the Civic Center’s major tenant, the Portland Pirates hockey club, has not been asked to make a financial investment in the renovation (the Pirates organization is a supporter of the political action committee formed to promote passage of the bond referendum). But owners of the Pirates – who generate about a third of the Civic Center’s annual attendance and concession sales, and stand to gain revenue from high-priced club seats – have promised that a new, long-term lease for the building will be signed if the Civic Center is remodeled. Considering the benefits Cumberland County reaps from the Civic Center – a venue for world-class entertainment enjoyed by people of all ages from throughout the region, the guarantee of professional hockey for many years to come, and up to $15 million annually in economic impact – it makes sense to rejuvenate the building. Every dollar saved by rejecting the plan will be several dollars lost, not a dollar earned. Vote yes to breath new life

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In Scarborough, poor air quality, asbestos and mold problems, and inadequate space at the existing Wentworth building make the decision one of health, as well as wealth. Opponents of the project haven’t argued that the building doesn’t have serious problems. They just believe it’s too much to build, and too costly to build, at this time – especially since the total cost with interest could approach $66 million over the life of a 30-year bond. They contrast the proposal’s size and cost – $240 per student and 181 square feet per student (assuming 15 percent enrollment growth during its lifespan) – with reports of more modest numbers nationwide. But they fail to compare the proposal with other schools built in Maine; when you do that, proponents have argued, the new Wentworth is squarely in line with what communities throughout the state are spending to provide students with safe, modern educational institutions that are prepared for future growth. The alternative to building the new school will undoubtedly cost money, too: millions to continually repair and temporarily mitigate problems that have had only Band-Aid treatments for too many years. In 2006, Scarborough voters rejected a more ambitious plan to replace Wentworth and build a new middle school. This year, with a more affordable plan on the table, the town should step up. Voters must show that they value education, the health of their young people and teachers, and the role good schools play in attracting businesses and jobs, by approving the Wentworth bond. Comment on this story at:


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Editorial from page 11 casino is to reject the hypocrisy and parochialism that has characterized this campaign. Community leaders and some newspapers have argued that gambling would be great for Biddeford and Washington Counties, but somehow bad for Lewiston. According to the Portland Press Herald, a casino could even “block” development in Lewiston. Lewiston disagrees, and loudly. Believe, instead, what Dan Thayer, chairman of the Lewiston-Auburn Economic Growth Council has said: “The casino project will create new jobs that pay a livable wage, bring significant capital investments to an underutilized area, enhance the local property tax base and provide a downtown destination attraction without detracting from the community’s economic vitality, diverse business mix and it’s historic character.” We urge you to vote yes on Question 2 and Question 3 on Nov. 8.

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The over-under on Yarmouth issues Moving to Yarmouth in 1982 was one of the best decisions we ever made. The schools are great. There’s a real village center. A fine library. Active and engaged citizens. And the public life of Yarmouth is generally conducted with civility by reasonable people. Even folks who don’t agree with you about much of anything will smile and shake your hand warmly at church on Sunday morning. I’m assuming this The Universal cordiality will prevail as Yarmouth decides some tough and potentially divisive issues in the coming months and years. There are usually one or two local issues to give the old bulls at Mr. Bagel something to talk about in the morning, but at the moment there are at least five. The most burning question of the day is, “What’s the over-under Edgar Allen Beem on the Beth Condon Memorial Pathway?” Beth was a lovely, 15-year-old girl killed in August 1993 when a drunk driver hit her as she walked along Route 1 with her boyfriend. The town built a walking path to make pedestrians safer along the highway, but a section of the path where it will intersect with East Main Street remains to be built. Common sense would dictate that the pathway go up and over the East Main Street bridge, but the Maine Department of Transportation insists it can only fund a path under the narrow bridge. DOT thinks that lazy pedestrians will still walk under the bridge even if there’s a safer route over it. By that reasoning, Yarmouth shouldn’t have bothered to build the pathway at all. Take the over. Then there’s the question of whether to use an acre and a half of Royal River Park to build more senior housing. The question pits affordable housing against open space, competing values. There’s organized opposition to the idea. A friend even sent me a computergenerated view of what a 30-unit housing project might look like in the park. Presumably, the point was


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recently donated a percentage of the revenue generated at its Scarborough store during the Columbus Day Weekend Sale to Maine Handicapped Skiing, a year-round adaptive recreational program that teaches adaptive sports activities to people with physical disabilities. The donation totaled $1,313.82. Portland Pie Company recently donated more than $6,000 to Maine Handicapped Skiing. The company raised $6,000 through its third annual Ryan Fitzpatrick Memorial Golf Tournament at the Woodlands Club. They also donated $700 of proceeds from a recent Portland Pie Cares Night at the company’s three Maine locations in Portland, Scarborough and Westbrook. Staff members at Vreeland Marketing & Design in Yarmouth have planted 300 pink tulips in support of the Maine Cancer Foundation’s Pink Tulip Project. The pinkon-pink Cancer Victory Garden on Forest Falls Dr. was planted to raise funds for the Foundation in its fight against breast cancer and other cancers affecting women. Time Warner Cable recently made a $10,000 contribution to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute to support the participation of Kennebec County students in GMRI’s Lab Venture! science program.


Three charter members of the Scarborough Police Volunteers in Police Services (VIPS) program received the Silver Award for their service from June 30, 2010 to July 1, 2011. Jane Thurlow logged 470 hours, Ralph Masciovecchio logged 359 hours and Ed Libby volunteered 274. The VIPS assist the police department by performing administrative duties at the police department, assisting with traffic direction at special events, providing volunteer public safety/crime prevention patrols and assisting with parking control. Garrand, a marketing and communications firm in Portland, recently received a Gold and Silver Award at the Golden Arrow Awards ceremony at the Maine Public Relations Council annual conference. The award honors excellence and provides a forum for exhibiting exemplary work, promoting public recognition of high quality communications, and gaining corporate recognition for public relations.

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on Nov. 12 at 4 p.m. at the Rines Auditorium of the Portland Public Library. Last year $5,000 was raised and grants were given out to Portland students to make a difference in their community. With the money the students created two school gardens and helped to cut lighting costs by installing occupancy sensors in school bathrooms.

Students create art with a purpose PORTLAND — Students, local artists and members of the community have been hard at work re-purposing chairs from the Nathan Clifford School to be sold as art at an annual auction. Students from Barbara Loring’s advanced art class at Portland High School, University of Southern Maine, Casco Bay High School and Portland Arts and Technology High School worked with Superintendent Jim Morse, local artists, teachers and community members on the project. Earlier this fall Portland Public Schools donated 20 chairs from Nathan Clifford School to “Painting with a Purpose,” an organization that recycles used wooden furniture by painting on them and selling them at a local auction. The money raised funds youth-led service learning grants for Portland students to make a difference in their community. Students may apply for up to $500. The furniture will be sold at an auction

Cheverus students shine academically and civically PORTLAND — Two Cheverus High School Students have been honored for their academic and civic achievements. Ceile Day, a senior at Cheverus, was recently awarded the St. Michael’s College Book Award for Academic Achievement with a Social Conscience at the



school’s undergraduates award ceremony. The award is given to a student who demonstrates excellence in academics and leadership in community service. Day also received the President’s Volunteer Service Gold Award for her volunteer work at Maine Medical Center’s Barbara Bush Children’s Hospital. She accumulated 378 volunteer hours which was the

most service hours by any junior volunteer in the hospital’s program. Sophomore Ben LaMontagne was honored with a selection to the 2011 All-New England Concert Band and will perform at the festival to be held at Plymouth State University on Nov. 21. He was selected for his skill in playing the bass clarinet.

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Fire boat from page 1 fighters were conducting training exercises, but that the accident was avoidable. “They failed to comply with common practices and U.S. Coast Guard Navigation Rules to ensure safe operation of the vessel,” the city said in a press release. City Manager Mark Rees, who started work in July, admitted he made a mistake by not immediately telling the City Council as soon as he was informed of the accident. Instead, Rees said he waited until the fire chief concluded his investigation. “There is no policy or procedure that can guide a city manager in effective communication to the City Council,” he said. “That’s commons sense, which I failed to exercise in this situation. I will endeavor to do better going forward.” The city still has not provided a complete accounting of the incident. City Attorney Mary Costigan said a full report will eventually be made public, but the city must first allow time for the suspended firefighters to appeal their punishments. If that happens, Costigan said, it could be a year before the final report is released. LaMontagne told the committee that policy changes will prohibit civilians on the boat, unless they are with a family member for transportation during an emergency. All non-emergency use of the boat will have to be approved in advance by the city manager.

Housing from page 1 thority to demand a $1 million cut if the project is to receive $1.65 million in state funding that was previously promised. “That’s just way too much money,” MaineHousing spokeswoman Deborah Turcotte said. Without the state funding, the project is unlikely to move forward. “Delaying or denying approval at this stage of development would cripple the project and place (Community Housing) at significant risk,” Joanne Campbell, CHOM president, said in an Oct. 5 letter to MaineHousing. According to an article in the Sun Journal newspaper, the project may be at the center of a political struggle between the MSHA director, a Democrat appointed by former Gov. John Baldacci, and the administration of Republican Gov. Paul LePage. While many appointees serve at the pleasure of the governor, the Sun Journal said the MSHA director can only be removed with just cause for fraud, stealing or fiscal malfeasance. State Treasurer Bruce Poliquin, who sits on the MSHA board, has not been shy about criticizing the cost of affordable housing. Last week, Poliquin told WVOM radio in Bangor that MaineHousing had already pulled its support for Elm Terrace. But Turcotte said MaineHousing simply rejected the project’s $314,000-per-unit cost and is still working with CHOM on a less expensive plan. CHOM attributed the project’s cost increase to the downtown location, prominence of the site, importance of the building and presence of hazardous materials. In her letter, Campbell pointed said the $69,000 per unit promised by MaineHousing falls under the agency’s $77,000 cap. She also noted that more than $3 million of project costs are being provided by non-MaineHousing sources. Campbell said CHOM also secured additional financing from the city of Portland and convinced equity investors to contribute more. Mary Davis, the city’s director of housing and urban services, said the city approved $350,000 in funding from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in May. Community Housing Executive Director Cullen Ryan said the group is working on other ways to make the plan palatable to state officials. Although CHOM first thought lower costs would not be possible, Ryan now said he believes the group can meet the goal. “CHOM is working with the many parties involved to reduce costs,” he said. “We hope that the result of this will allow an improved project to be quickly approved by MaineHousing.” Rees said he would only sign off on non-emergency trips if using the fire boat is the “most efficient and effective way” to transport city employees. The policy also requires crews to log the names of everyone aboard the boat, the purpose of the trip and when it starts and ends. LaMontagne said the accident – the second in as many years – illuminated the need to have a more formal policy, rather than leaving it to the discretion of the marine unit. In November 2009, two months after it was purchased, the City of Portland IV ran aground near Jewel Island, resulting in about $90,000 in damage. “We clearly learned from this (recent) incident we need to tighten up that policy,” LaMontagne said. Rees, meanwhile, said he submitted surveys to other departments about “the use of other city assets for purposes that many not be the primary purpose.” If needed, he said, he will propose policy changes for other departments. The city, meanwhile, is also considering more formal training for boat pilots. Fire boat pilots are not trained by the Coast Guard and an initial investigation faulted the firefighters for not complying with common Coast Guard practices. LaMontagne said firefighters are assigned to the boat by seniority and are trained by other firefighters with experience on the boat. He said boat pilots must be familiar with all areas of the harbor to be prepared for search and rescue. “It’s critical they be familiar with all parts of our harbor Davis said the city is also considering amending the site plan for the project to include more housing units, which would drop the per-unit cost. According to planning documents, CHOM would add three units to the project by converting three three-bedroom apartments into three single-bedroom units and three efficiencies. That would bring the per-unit cost down from about $314,000 to $287,000. Turcotte said the average cost of housing units underwritten by MaineHousing is about $200,770. But the change must be first approved by the Planning Board. Also, the city’s Historic Preservation Committee is considering adding the existing building, at one time the city’s Children’s Hospital, to the National Register of Historic Places, which would make it eligible for additional tax credits. While MaineHousing criticizes the per unit cost of the project, Ryan said the cost is being driven by reusing the historic building. If the group tinkers too much with the plan, it risks losing other sources of funding, like tax credits. “Because of the layering and sometimes conflicting requirements from multiple funding sources, it can be a costly and complicated effort to repurpose historic landmarks,” he said. “But as our Legislature and local officials have agreed, it is an important thing to do.” Turcotte, the MaineHousing spokeswoman, said the ongoing negotiations between CHOM and the agency are normal for the underwriting process. She said the agency would review any updated plans submitted by CHOM. “If they add more units, they take away square-footage (per unit),” she said. “All those things are looked at.” Turcotte said MaineHousing supports the project, which she said would provide services for mothers struggling with dependency and allow them to be reunited with their children. Planning documents indicate the “resident facilities” will be provided on the daylight basement level. “There are so many benefits to having Elm Terrace open,” Turcotte said. “But we need to – as part of underwriting – come up with a cost that achievable, not just for MaineHousing and the tax-credit program, but the developer.” Ryan said the group hopes to schedule another meeting with MaineHousing soon to go over the changes. The group hopes to have the project completed by the end of next year, he said, but any further delays could jeopardize that time line. “We hope this becomes a reality,” Ryan said. “If the project isn’t approved, it will mean many people out of work, lost community reinvestment, a declining landmark on a gateway to the city, no abatement of hazardous materials, no preservation of this beautiful building, and a loss of af-

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– our inner harbor where our channel ends, all the way out to the the outer harbor where there is no channel,” he said. City officials also admitted some nonprofit groups have been allowed to sell raffle tickets for fire boat rides. One of the public speakers, Mark Usinger, said the city’s use of a fire boat has become a joke along the waterfront, where he owns a business. He said the boat can be seen headed towards Falmouth on sunny days. Usinger suggested bigger changes are needed within the department. “This is a department with much deeper problems,” he said. “A cursory review is not going to fix the problems with this department.” But Councilor John Coyne, a member of the Public Safety Committee, said he supported the fire chief and city manager. “I don’t look at this like a witch hunt,” he said. “I look at it as a point of growth. This really exposed an area where we really didn’t have any policy. “I do have the utmost confidence in the chief and city manager,” Coyne added, “that this will be resolved in a way that public faith continues to be solid.” Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow him on Twitter: @randybillings.

fordable housing and linkage to the community for families that desperately need it.” Although Campbell said Community Housing had invested $600,000 over the last 18 months, Davis said the city could recover its $350,000 investment if the project does not move forward. “That money has not been spent,” she said. “We would take that money back and look at other projects.” But Davis said she hopes that will not be necessary, given the need for affordable housing and preserving historic buildings. “There’s a lot of reasons the city would want this project to move forward,” she said. Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or rbillings@theforecaster. net. Follow him on Twitter: @randybillings

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subscriptions for the first time in five years. He also touted the Portland Press Herald’s recent Maine Press Association “Best Daily Newspaper in Maine Award.” MTM recently announced the creation of the digital division, which is based out of a Custom House Street office, rather than One City Center. The digital company, operating as, will provide “reputation management” services for businesses, as well as engine marketing and optimization, and marketing with social media. “All of our newspapers have become much better content providers,” Connor said. “And we are now literally a new media company with an emphasis on online.” Under Connor’s leadership, a campaign ethics complaint was filed against the Press Herald last year for its role in promoting City Charter changes that lead to the popularly elected mayor. The newspaper donated $46,500 in free ads to the elected mayor campaign without disclosing the donation to its readers. The paper said the ads were part of its business arrangement with the Portland Chamber, whose political action committee also supported the claim. The state Ethics Commission ultimately accepted that explanation. Connor also attracted national attention last year when he publicly second-guessed the Press Herald’s editors and apologized to readers when some of them criticized the newspaper for running a Page 1 photo of Muslims praying on the ninth anniversary of Sept. 11. Connor, a Bangor native, bought and took control of the Press Herald and its associated papers from Blethen Maine Newspapers in 2009. He formerly operated the Forth Worth (Texas) Star Telegram. Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow him on Twitter: @randybillings

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Cheverus girls can’t be caught, win Class A again (Ed. Note: For more photos from Saturday’s state meets, please see the on-line version of this story at By Michael Hoffer Prior to the fall of 2009, no girls’ athletic team at Cheverus High School had won a state championship. The girls’ cross country team has now won three in a row. The Stags completed another transcendent season by easily holding off runner-up Mt. Ararat at Saturday’s Class A championship meet at Twin Brook in Cumberland. Portland, in its first state meet this century, placed 14th. Cheverus’ boys came in sixth, Deering 11th and Portland 14th. In Class C, the Waynflete boys were runners-up, while the girls placed third.

No peer The Cheverus girls were first in every meet held in the state of Maine this autumn, took the regional title a week ago and finished first in the final coaches’ poll. Saturday, the Stags had 41 points, 51 better than Mt. Ararat. Individually, Cheverus featured individual champion, senior Emily Durgin, who was actually third, but moved to first when individuals who weren’t part of a qualifying team were removed from consideration. Durgin completed the 5,000-meter course in 19 minutes, 3.88 seconds. The Stags actually went 1-2-3-4 as senior Fiona Hendry (19:25.15), junior Kiera Murray (19:56.02) and sophomore Shannon Conley (19:59.55) came in behind Durgin. Also scoring was senior Lizzie Gwilym, who was 31st (22:06.00). Portland’s last state meet appearance prior to Saturday was in 1998. This time around, the Bulldogs came in 14th out of 15 scoring teams with 312 points and were led by freshman Darcy Hinck, who was 50th (22:51.52). Also scoring were freshman Lizzy Landry (55th, 23:05.35), sophomore Sadie Sarvis (62nd, 23:29.04), junior Roland Elin (63rd, 23:30.12) and sophomore Abby Popenoe (82nd, 24:20.73). Neither Deering or McAuley qualified as a team, but each squad sent an individual. Senior Ella Ramona represented the Rams and had the 26th-best time (21:42.32). Lions senior Taxia Arabatzis posted the 53rdbest time (22:37.46). The Class A boys’ meet was won once again by Scarborough with 85 points. Cheverus had 179, Deering 236 and Portland 266. Individually, the Stags were


Portland junior Dexter Morse (left) and Deering senior Sean Perry sprint for the finish line at Saturday’s Class A state final cross country meet. Perry wound up 34th and Morse was 36th.

led by senior Lukas Temple (19th, 17:58.33). Also scoring were juniors Brady Foshay (29th, 18:15.44) and Chandler Dundas (30th, 18:15.63) and seniors Adam Zieba (42nd, 18:33.42) and David Woodbury (59th, 19:01.34). The Rams top finisher was senior Thomas Dean (13th, 17:51.13). Seniors Sean Perry (34th, 18:20.03) and Gabe Turner (43rd, 18:34.30), sophomore Dakota Hiott (71st, 19:18.37) and junior Jordan Stebbins (75th, 19:25.81) also scored. The Bulldogs, who made it to the state meet for the first time since 2007, featured junior Dexter Morse (36th, 18:20.99), freshman Ben Allen (38th, 18:25.63), freshman Jake Morrow-Spitzer (50th, 18:39.81), junior Sam Hamilton (51st, 18:40.58) and freshman Matt Bliss (91st, 20:10.32) as scorers.

Near the top Both Waynflete teams came into the Class C championships knowing that first place was out of reach, but that second was a realistic goal. The boys did manage to place runner-up to North Yarmouth Academy (74 points to 108). Senior Abshir Horor came in fourth (17:06.36). Juniors Josh Espy (10th, 17:57.02), Abukar Adan (15th, 18:15.12) Jack Cutler (33rd, 19:06.25) and senior Peter Stein (46th, 19:52.94) also scored. The girls had 96 points and were third behind Merriconeag (61) and Washburn (69). The Flyers were led by junior Martha Veroneau, who came in second (21:10.60). “(The course) was pretty slippery,” said Veroneau. “I’m glad continued page 22

Cheverus standouts (from left) senior Fiona Hendry, sophomore Shannon Conley and senior Emily Durgin help set the pace during the Class A girls’ race. Hendry wound up fourth, Conley sixth and Durgin third as the Stags ran to a third successive championship.

Waynflete boys and girls reach regional finals (Ed. Note: For the complete Cheverus-Portland and WaynfleteWiscasset boys’ and Waynflete-Old Orchard Beach girls’ soccer game stories, please visit theforecaster. net) By Michael Hoffer Both Waynflete soccer teams entered the week on the verge of overcoming recent postseason heartaches. The other city teams saw their seasons come to an end last week.

Takeoff Waynflete’s boys’ soccer team lost in the Class C state final in 2008, was upset at home by Georges Valley despite being a high seed the following year and suffered an agonizing home loss to rival North Yarmouth Academy in the 2010 regional final. This fall, the Flyers went 10-1-3 and earned the No. 2 seed in the region. Last Wednesday, in a game that featured some testy moments, Waynflete advanced with a 3-0 home win over No. 7 Wiscasset. First half goals from seniors Mitch Newlin and Max McKendry set the tone. “Scoring isn’t really my thing,” McKendry said. “It was my first varsity goal ever. I felt like I hit well. I didn’t really believe it at first.” A rebound goal from freshman Clancy Mitchell in the second half helped ice a 3-0 victory. Sophomore Joey Schnier was a last second replacement for junior Zander Majercik in goal and kept the Wolverines off the board. “I’m not really concerned about past years,” said longtime Flyers coach Brandon Salway. “This year’s team has shown a lot of re-


Waynflete senior William Cleaves tries to fight past a Hall-Dale defender during the teams’ Western Class C semifinal Friday night. The Flyers ultimately survived, 1-0, on penalty kicks.

siliency. They feed off each other. It comes down to doing the little things. We did it today.” Friday night, in a game which was moved to the turf field at Deering High School, Waynflete welcomed No. 3 Hall-Dale and had a very difficult time advancing. Neither team could score in 80 minutes of regulation or 30 minutes of overtime (although Flyers junior Peabo Knoth just missed ending the game in OT), so the game was decided on penalty kicks. Waynflete made four of its kicks, while Majercik stopped two Hall-Dale shots to help the Flyers prevail, 1-0 (4-2 on PKs). Sophomore Henry Cleaves, juniors Kevin Kanakan and Paul Runyambo and senior captain Daniel Wiener made their penalty kick attempts. “Hall-Dale was a quality op-

ponent,” Salway said. “They were well-organized in the back. I was impressed with their team. We had good chances to score in regulation but weren’t able to capitalize. We had a little bit of a slow start but I thought after the first ten minutes of the match we really played well the rest of the way. Zander was solid in goal and our backs were excellent. (Senior sweeper) Addison St. Onge-May and Daniel had outstanding games back there as did Joey and Mitch. Our midfielders and strikers showed great work ethic throughout the game. “I was pretty confident when it was sent to PKs that we’d have a great chance to advance. We have spent a good amount of practice time working on penalty shots and talking about our approach if it

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Waynflete coach Ziggy Gillespie. “There’s a little controversy there. They use two rosters. They use a soccer roster and they supplement each other. Their 4 and 5 ran much faster today and I’m thinking it’s not the same 4 and 5 they’ve been using. It’s not right. It’s not fair to the kids, but we had a good day.”

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In a familiar sight, the Cheverus girls’ cross country team poses with another championship trophy.

Cross country from page 21 we had the first race though. The later races will definitely have more mud. There was a lot of competition out here today. It was a tough race.”

Also scoring were seniors Hanae Miyake (17th, 23:17.70) and Emily Trafton (18th, 23:22.15), sophomore Rowan Price (27th, 24:25.91) and senior Chloe Rowse (32nd, 24:58.21). “We got second at regionals and wanted second today, but Washburn got us,” said

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came to that. All the players really stepped up and performed well under extreme pressure.” Waynflete will get another crack at ninth-ranked NYA Wednesday at 3 p.m. in the regional final. The Flyers and Panthers played to a 1-1 tie Sept. 14 in Portland. Sixteen days later, in Yarmouth, Waynflete eked out a 2-1 decision. After last year’s 1-0 setback in this round, the Flyers are seeking revenge and hope to move one step closer to winning their first-ever Class C state championship. “We know we can’t look by anybody on any given day,” Newlin said. “That’s what we took from Georges Valley two years ago. Last year was really tough. Last year we had mental toughness as well, but were unlucky.” “I really don’t think there is much separating NYA and us,” Salway added. “We have played two close matches this year. They are a very talented and well-coached group, so you can’t look at the seeds. It will come down to who takes advantage of a chance or two and the team that is willing to make the extra-effort play. Hopefully

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it’s us.” If Waynflete makes it to the state final, it will face either Houlton (13-2-1) or Orono (11-4-1) Saturday, at a time to be announced, at Hampden Academy. The Waynflete girls, who, after winning Class C in 2008, were ousted in the regional finals two years ago and the semis in 2010, also had a great regular season, going 12-2 to finish third in the region. The Flyers opened with a 3-0 home win over No. 6 Hall-Dale in the quarterfinals last week as senior Becky Smith, junior Sadie Cole and sophomore Ella Millard all scored goals. Friday afternoon, Waynflete welcomed No. 7 Old Orchard Beach for the semifinals and in the 12th minute, Smith scored from 30-yards out on a left-footed blast, her 50th career goal, and the Flyers held on for a 1-0 victory. “It was an exciting day,” Smith said. “I expected a battle. (Old Orchard Beach has) come a long way and so have we. The level’s gone up for both teams. It was very intense. Both teams brought all they had. It was an exciting game for sure.” “We had other opportunities we couldn’t put away today, but give Old Orchard credit, they scrapped and played hard,” continued page 23

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Soccer from page 22 Waynflete coach Todd Dominski added. The Flyers hosted No. 4 St. Dom’s in the regional final Tuesday, a team they don’t play in the regular season. The schools had met twice previously in the playoffs with Waynflete winning both, 1-0 in the 2006 semifinals and 3-0 in the 2007 quarterfinals. The Flyers went into the game full of confidence. “I think this group has it,” said Smith, who was a freshman on the 2008 championship team. “We’ll see how it goes, but this team has a lot of heart and I think we’re going to come through. We wanted to play into November.” “Obviously, every team’s goal from the onset of the season is to go out and win a state title,” Dominski added. “We’ve worked as hard as we can to put ourselves in this position.” If victorious, Waynflete will play either Central (15-0-1) or Orono (12-3-1) in the Class C state final Saturday, at a time to be announced, at Hampden Academy.

Season over In Western A boys’ action, after eliminating No. 11 Deering in the preliminary round, 2-0, No. 6 Cheverus traveled to No. 3 Portland, the reigning regional champion, in the quarterfinal round last Wednesday. The Bulldogs had beaten the Stags six straight times, including a thrilling 3-2 double-overtime triumph Sept. 27. This time around, Cheverus had the last laugh as senior standout Elliot Maker had two goals in the first half and classmate Alexander Hoglund added another in the second. Portland junior standout Tim Rovnak (who had a hat trick in the regular season encounter) got a goal back, but that was it and the Stags advanced, 3-1. “It’s awesome,” said Maker. “We’ve been through so much against Portland the last

two years. We were confident. There was no doubt in my mind. I knew it would happen. There was something about today. We were ready.” “We played well,” Cheverus coach Bill LeBlanc added. “We really did. After the last two years, my seniors, especially Hoglund, Maker and (Nick) Melville, really wanted this game and they rose to the occasion and played well. Our big-time goal scorer showed up and Melville and Hoglund played well in the middle.” Portland, which had won three of the previous four playoff meetings, including a 6-0 romp in last year’s quarterfials, saw its season end at 10-3-2. “It was a weird game,” said longtime Bulldogs coach Rocky Frenzilli. “Cheverus took advantage of what they needed to take advantage of. They played hard and were deserving of the win in every aspect. You always feel bad for the players when your season ends, especially when you’re a higher seed. At this point, there are no easy matchups. When you get in the tournament, anything can happen. Credit to the kids for not giving up. I’m proud of them. They worked hard, but unfortunately, it wasn’t meant to be tonight. I’m very proud. I’ll always be proud of them. We didn’t have a bad season at all. We had some wins against very good teams.” Portland loses 13 seniors, but as always,


returns promising youngsters and should once again be one of the top Western A contenders in 2012. “We have some kids coming back,” Frenzilli said. “We’ll probably have to retool the back line. We lose all our guys in the back. It makes me sad that the season’s over, but I’m excited about putting it back together next year and seeing how it goes.” The Stags moved on to Saturday’s semifinals, but the road ended there at underappreciated No. 2 seed Windham. Cheverus had beaten the host Eagles, 2-0, Sept. 20 and had won all four prior playoff meetings, but this time, Windham got the jump with two first half goals and although Melville answered in the second half, the Stags fell short, 2-1, and saw their season end at 124-1, their best record since 2004 (12-2-1). On the girls’ side in Western A, both Cheverus and Deering won preliminary round contests, but were ousted in the quarterfinals. The Stags, seeded sixth, edged No. 11 Marshwood, 2-1, in their first playoff test, but last Tuesday, at defending state champion Scarborough, ranked third, Cheverus had no answers. The teams tied, 1-1, in the regular season, Sept. 17, but the Red Storm, who also eliminated the Stags in the 2004 and 2010 semifinals, jumped out 2-0 this time behind a pair of first half goals continued page 26

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Deering springs gridiron upset, Cheverus showdown next By Michael Hoffer Those predicting an easy win for Bonny Eagle in Saturday’s Western Class A quarterfinal football game hadn’t studied recent history. If they had, they wouldn’t have been so quick to discount the Deering Rams, who in 2006 and again last year avenged a decisive regular season loss with a win at the Scots in the postseason. Saturday afternoon, Deering did it again. The fourth-ranked Rams, who lost three of their final four regular season games to drop to the No. 5 seed, went to Standish for the second time in three weeks to meet No. 4 Bonny Eagle, which overcame an 0-3 start to its season with five straight victories, including a 41-7 drubbing of Deering Oct. 15. This time around, the Scots appeared on their way to an expected and highly anticipated semifinal round showdown with defending Class A champion Cheverus, but Deering came back and set its own date with the Stags. Bonny Eagle got an early touchdown to set the tone, but the Rams answered and made it 7-7 after one quarter on a



TD pass from senior quarterback Matt Flaherty to junior James Doyle. The Scots then seemingly made the pundits look astute when they outscored Deering 14-0 in the second period to go up 21-7 at halftime. The Rams could have rolled over and gone home, but it didn’t happen. First, senior Trey Thomes scored on a long run. Then, senior Renaldo Lowry, who missed the regular season finale with a concussion, gave Deering a huge spark with an 85-yard punt return for a score which made it 21-21 after three quarters. When Thomes scored on a short run after a turnover in the fourth period, the Rams were on the brink of victory, but Bonny Eagle drove the field and scored in the final minute to force overtime. Deering got the first chance in overtime and went back on top on a one yard dive by Flaherty. The Rams defense then needed a stop and got one when junior Kenny Sweet intercepted a pass, making the upset official. “Our kids were excited to play (the Scots) again,” said Deering coach Jon Gallant. “We feel like everyone was writing us off. Our kids finally realized that enough was enough and that they were better and capable of putting points on the board and stopping them. The second half was Deering Rams football. It was fun to be a part of and impressive to watch. We just needed one positive thing to happen. After Renaldo’s return, you could feel the confidence on the sidelines grow.” Also advancing Saturday was topranked Cheverus, which increased its two-year win streak to 21 games with a 35-7 win over No. 8 Scarborough.

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The Stags eliminated the Red Storm, 21-14, in last year’s semifinals and decimated visiting Scarborough, 38-0, back on Oct. 1, in a game which saw the Red Storm commit nine turnovers. This time around, Scarborough had the services of standout senior running back Scott Thibeault, while Cheverus lost its star runner, senior Spencer Cooke, who will miss the rest of the postseason with a leg injury. Junior Donald Goodrich hopes to help fill Cooke’s shoes and made an immediate impact Saturday, returning the opening kickoff 85 yards to paydirt to put the Stags on top to stay. Goodrich scored on runs of six and four yards in the second period for a 21-0 lead at the break. After a scoreless third quarter, Goodrich (44-yard run) and junior Brent Green (five-yard run) sandwiched TDs around a Red Storm scoring pass to account for the final score. Goodrich finished with 100 yards and three TDs on 15 carries and also scored on the kickoff return. Green rushed 13 times for 55 yards with one score. He also had an interception. Junior Ryan Casale excelled on defense with ten tackles. “We had a good day,” said Cheverus coach John Wolfgram. “We played and executed very well. We had a good jump start with that kickoff return. We were expecting a tighter game this time. The defense played well at the line of scrimmage, ran to the ball and didn’t allow (Thibeault) a long run. He’s an excellent back. “We’ll miss Spencer. He’s a great player and he’s been outstanding as a leader. He’s great on offense, but we’ll miss his defense too.

“Donald did a nice job. Brent Green did a nice job too. We had to have some people step up and distribute the offense.”


Cheverus has beaten Deering four straight times. The most memorable was last year’s regional final, when the Stags held on by the skin of their teeth to win, 35-34, in an instant classic. In the regular season finale, Oct. 21, Cheverus scored two third quarter TDs to break a scoreless tie and went on to a 14-0 victory. This time around (kickoff is at 12:30 p.m. Saturday at Boulos Stadium), the Stags look to keep marching inexorably toward their goal, while the Rams enter with a new-found confidence and feel they have nothing to lose. “Deering played well (at Bonny Eagle),” Wolfgram said. “It’s an athletic team. It’s kind of the same scenario as last year. You have to change things up. There’s a lot of familiarity. We’ll make adjustments. It’s going to be an even game. We’ll have to prepare well.” “Cheverus has won 21 in a row and they haven’t done that because of one player,” said Gallant. “It’s a good team. John Wolfgram won’t change what he does. We’re excited to get another chance. Our focus is on sticking with our mentality and our brand of football that we’re capable of playing. We’ll try to take away what they like to do. I know that last year bothers a lot of our kids even though we haven’t talked about it.” Saturday’s winner will move on to the regional final Nov. 12 to meet either No. 2 Thornton Academy (8-1) or thirdranked South Portland (7-2). Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Portland’s dream denied (Ed. Note: For the complete version of this game story with additional photos, please visit By Michael Hoffer SACO — The finest season in the history of the Portland field hockey program finally came to an end last Tuesday evening in the Western Class A field hockey title game at Thornton Academy. The Bulldogs, who went 7-0-1 down the stretch in the regular season to post a 9-41 record, rose from the No. 7 seed in the region to reach a first-ever regional final after downing No. 10 Thornton Academy (3-2, on penalty corners), No. 2 Sanford (3-1) and No. 6 Westbrook (2-1). Standing in Portland’s way last week was a fifth-ranked Marshwood squad which also had never been to a regional final. The Hawks won the regular season meeting, 3-1, back on Sept. 6. The schools had no prior playoff history Marshwood got the jump when it got back-to-back penalty corner goals. The Hawks scored again on a penalty corner later in the half and took a 3-0 lead to the break. In the first 30 minutes, Marshwood had an 8-1 advantage in shots on goal and scored on three of its five corners (while the Bulldogs went 0-for-2). Portland got a little life when senior standout Raechel Allen scored early in the second half, but moments later, the Hawks got one more goal on a rebound and despite a valiant effort, the Bulldogs’ fairy tale run

ended with the 4-1 loss. “Just the fact we went this far as a family is amazing,” said Allen. “We’re happy to come this far. No Portland team ever did this. It’s been crazy. People have come up to us and said, ‘You’re doing great. Keep it up.’ Even though we lost today, we’ve taken something from it. I’ll always look back at this and how far we came.” After the game and the awards ceremony, you’d be hard pressed to know who won and who lost if you didn’t see the scoreboard. Even though they were disappointed with the outcome, the Bulldogs were all smiles and hugs post-game. A couple players even playfully wrestled on the field. It was a fitting coda to a sensational run. “It was so much fun,” said senior Kylie Dalbec, who came to Portland this year from North Yarmouth Academy, where she was part of two Class C title winners. “We bonded really well. We’ve had a great year. We came into the season with no high hopes, but we knew we could go far as a team. We used our push, drive and heart. It was an amazing experience to play with these guys. They were so welcoming. I’m so proud to call them my teammates. Every person on this team was important. We played for each other.” “It’s been a blast,” Portland coach Beth Arsenault said. “We’ve always been kind of the forgotten sport at Portland High. We haven’t been this year. We got some love from the school and hopefully we made them proud. “Obviously, we’d have loved to have an-

other four days together, but Marshwood’s such a good team. They’re the ones who should be representing our league. They’re so fundamentally strong. They were really good (the first time we played) too. They seem to play faster. When you have that many players who can execute, it’s hard to defend. We’re the first team to score on them in the playoffs so I’m happy with that. We played the whole 60 minutes. I’m proud of my team. I don’t look at it as a failure on our part. I look at it as they deserve to go to states.” The Hawks went on to lose to perennial champion Skowhegan, 5-0, in Saturday’s Class A Final.

Look ahead The Bulldogs will have a dramatically different look in 2012 after saying goodbye to 15 seniors who turned this program into one strong enough to legitimately compete for a championship. “The seniors have been a determined group,” Arsenault said. “They always had a bit of an edge to them. I’m happy for them. They instituted summer practices. We don’t have that many kids who are playing (Premier). Not the amount other teams have.”



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Portland senior captains (from left) Catherine Flaherty, Natalie Anderson, Rachael Allen and Eleni Anderson raise their Western Maine Class A runner-up plaque and acknowledge their fans following last week’s 4-1 loss to Marshwood in the school’s first ever regional final appearance.

Portland will return four juniors and a pair of sophomores. There figure to be some new faces as well. “I think we’ll still be a good team next year,” said Allen, who is tentatively planning to attend and play ice hockey at the University of Southern Maine next year. “They could be as good as us if they work hard enough.” “I won’t write off next season,” Arsenault said. “You just never know. I’ll cross my fingers.” Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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took a 1-0 lead behind sophomore Alexis Elowitch’s second half goal, but Capers sophomore standout Melanie Vangel pulled her team even with 1:06 left. After two scoreless overtimes, the game was decided on penalty kicks and freshman Meaghan Wells was the only Ram who converted, while two Cape Elizabeth players made their kicks to give the Capers a 2-1 win.

from page 23 and held on to win by that score to end Cheverus’ season at 10-3-3. The Rams, ranked 10th, upset No. 7 Sanford, 2-1, in their prelim and got within 66 seconds of doing the same to No. 2 Cape Elizabeth in the quarterfinals. Deering P H Y S I C I A N


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“It was a very windy day,” said Deering coach Kevin Olson. “Cape was a very different team then they were last year. They had a new coach, new system and I told my team we had to be patient. The first half we were able to move the ball quite well and had a couple opportunities. In the second half, we had a corner kick eight minutes in. (Junior) Samantha Sivovlos took the kick and found Alexis’ head. “With around 20 minutes to go, the wind really picked up and Cape was able to put some offensive pressure on us. We didn’t allow anything inside the 18-yard box until a minute and six seconds left in the game when Cape served the ball in, the wind took the service, pushed it towards the goal. It went off the crossbar and came down at an angle to (Vangel) who collected it, turned and poked it in. It was a very strange play. I felt my girls had the edge offensively in overtime. (Sophomore goalkeeper) Lee Ann Downs made two great saves that kept the game going. It then came down to penalty kicks and we hit the post twice, scored once, their keeper made one save and one shot went wide. My team came into this game ready to compete. They understood

the game plan and executed it well. I can’t say enough about this team. They played an intelligent game and it was a heartbreaking loss.” Deering’s season ended with a misleading record of 7-7-2. “This was a season where it took a while to see what worked for us,” Olson said. “We went through a couple formations and played around with personnel. We played our best against the top teams. We played Gorham to 1-0 loss, Scarborough to a 3-2 loss and Cheverus to a 0-0 tie. Those teams had impressive records and my team played to our potential against them. The improvement and growth that this team went through this season was impressive. I was very happy with the season as a whole.” The Rams should build on this postseason run in 2012. “We have a great core of players who will be back next year,” Olson said. “I feel that this season has given the underclassmen some confidence. They will be very motivated and determined to get back into the playoffs. The key, as always, is to remain healthy.” Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.



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Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art Durham Community School PTA, seeking crafters, business owners for a fair on Nov. 19 at the Durham Community School Gymnasium, 654 Hallowell Road, $20 for 8-foot table, proceeds support field trip funding, FMI, Nancy Decker,, 751-1323 or Laurel Gervais, lgervais@maine.

Books & Authors Thursday 11/3 Gray Jacobik reading, 5 p.m., 7th floor events room Glickman Library, USM, free, FMI 892-9831. Poetry in the Library hosts Maine Poet Laureate Wesley McNair, 7-8 p.m. Free and open to the public. Books available for purchase and signing. FMI 846-4763 or

Wednesday 11/9 ”Dispelling the Myth:” How America can achieve high-quality, lower cost health care, 7 a.m., Holiday Inn By the Bay, 88 Spring St., Portland, $17 members/$27 nonmembers, register by Nov. 4, FMI 772-2811. ”L.L. Bean: The man & his company” author Jim Witherell to speak, 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, FMI 871-1700.

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Friday 11/18 “The Black Power Mixtape,” doors 7 p.m., film 7:30 p.m., SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, FMI 828-5600.

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Fall Instrumental Concert, USM Youth Ensemble, 7 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 389 Congress St., Portland, suggested donation $6/$3 at door, FMI 842-0800.

Friday 11/18 John Doyle and the Press Gang, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, FMI 761-1757. USM Vocal Jazz Ensemble, 8 p.m., Corthell Concert Hall, 41 Morrill Ave., USM Gorham, $6 general public, $3 seniors/students.

Saturday 11/19 ”POPS Gives its Regards to Broadway,” Nov. 19, 7:30 p.m. and Nov. 20, 2:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, 389 Congress St., Portland, tickets $45-65 available through PortTix, 842-0800 or at the Box Office. Southern Maine Symphony Orchestra, 3 p.m., Freeport Performing Arts Center, 30 Holbrook St, Freeport, $12 public, $10 seniors, FMI freeportperformingarts. com, 1-888-702-7730.

Theater & Dance ”August: Osage County,” Nov. 2-20, Wed./Thu. 7 p.m. $20, Fri. ($25)/Sat. ($30) 7:30 p.m., Sun. 2 p.m. $30, St. Lawrence Arts, reservations and info 885-5883. ”Fieldwork:” Dance and Storytelling with Lida Winfield & Ellen Smith Ahern, Workshop Nov. 3-4, 8 p.m., performance Nov. 4-5, 11 a.m.1 p.m., tickets $12 performance, $40 workshop, Lucid Stage, FMI 899-3993. ”A Fate Worse Than Death:” or Adrift of Life’s Sea! Nov. 3-5, Cape Elizabeth Middle School, Nov. 3, 2:30 p.m.; Nov. 4, 7 p.m., Nov. 5, 2 p.m. and 7 p.m., admission $3 students, $5 adults, FMI 799-8176. ”The Boyfriend,” Nov 3-5, 7 p.m, additonal 1 p.m. show on Nov. 5, Scarborough High School Audito-

rium, 259 Route 1, Scarborough, $9 adults/$6 seniors and students, FMI 937-2081.

Sunday 11/4 “Get Smart,” Fri./Sat., 7:30 p.m., Sunday 2 p.m., suggested $12 admission, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick.

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Robert Freson film presentation, 1:30 p.m., Thornton Oaks Retirement Community, 25 Thornton Way, Brunswick, FMI 729-8033.

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Wednesday 11/2

Songwriters in the Round, 7 p.m., Frontier Cafe, 14 Main St., Brunswick, $10 at door, FMI 725-5222.

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B.O.A.T.I.N.G performance, 6 p.m., Scarborough Public Library, 48 Gorham Road, Scarborough, Free, FMI 883-4723 ext 6279.

Friday 11/11 Youth Voices Onstage, Nov. 1113, 4 p.m Fri. & Sat. additional 1 p.m show Sat., Children’s Museum and Theater of Maine, 142 Free St., Portland, tickets $8-9, FMI 8281234 ext. 231.

Tuesday 11/15 “Back and Forth” an evening with dancers Pandit Chitresh Das and Jason Samuels Smith, Portland Museum of Art, 7 Congress Square, Portland, FMI 775-6148.

Mid Coast Auditions Monday 11/7 ”A Midsummer Night’s Dream,” auditions for adult actors (over 18), 6-9 p.m., to schedule call 729-8584, prepare a two minute monologue, The Theater Project, 14 School St., Brunswick.

Films Wednesday 11/9 ”The Far North,” a Donald Millan lecture film, 7 p.m., Kresge Audito-

The Bob Band, 7:30 p.m., Frontier Cafe, 14 Main St., Brunswick, tickets $8 advance, $10 door, FMI 725-5222.

Sunday 11/6

Oratorio Chorale Open rehearsal, 6-9 p.m., Mid Coast Presbyterian Church, Topsham, Rachael Bairstow, 329-5708.

Thursday 11/10

The Novel Jazz Septet, 7 p.m., Sikompha Library, Main St., Damariscotta, tickets $12 adults/$10 seniors/$5 ages 12-18, FMI 5635513.

Monday 11/14

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Portland Ovations presents ‘101 Years of Broadway’ By Scott Andrews

to have this flexibility.”

Musical theater has been a fixture of the New York scene since the middle of the 1800s, but the past century has represented a golden age. That’s the central concept of Neil Berg’s historical revue,“101 Years of Broadway.” It’s a touring show, and it motors into Merrill Auditorium on Friday thanks to Portland Ovations.

The two also want to emphasize to their students that having performed a piece successfully doesn’t mean you’re done learning about it. Yauger is returning to the Gustav Mahler work that she sang in her own senior recital. “I later sang it with symphony orchestras, and now with this recital, which underscores the principal of varying and reworking a piece that I never finish,” Yauger said.

Opera is another, much older form of musical theater. Excerpts and highlights from a number of shows will be presented on Friday when the University of Southern Maine’s Spotlight Series features a husband-wife duo of opera singers in a revue titled “Cornucopia of Songs and Arias” on the Gorham campus.

And Smith is singing the duet from “La Gioconda” that he performed in his Metropolitan Opera premiere. “After I premiered ‘La Gioconda’ at the Met, Margaret and I both sang the opera in Fort Worth, Texas. You never finish something; you always go back and rework the songs,” Smith said.

Jorma Kaukonen was a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, the seminal San Francisco psychedelic rock ensemble of the 1960s. The Airplane’s been grounded for decades, but Kaukonen still flies around the world singing and playing guitar. He flies into Portland’s One Longfellow Square on Saturday.

‘101 Years of Broadway’ Neil Berg is a pianist, composer, lyricist, accompanist, music director and producer who has been active on the New York theatrical scene for three-plus decades. For the past few years he’s been combining these many talents in a revue that’s titled “100 Years of Broadway.” It’s been traveling around the country and it’s been so extraordinarily successful – including a 2010 stop in Portland – that Berg has produced a sequel: “101 Years of Broadway.” That show visits the Port City on Friday, under the auspices of Portland Ovations. The formula is simple. A team of five singers – each having starred in at least one Broadway show – performs a retro-

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A cast of five will sing favorite show tunes from the past century in Neil Berg’s “101 Years of Broadway,” which plays Merrill Auditorium in Portland on Friday night under the auspices of Portland Ovations.

spective revue of great songs and scenes from the past century, which represents a sort of golden age of American musical theater. Berg himself will play piano, plus there’s a small orchestra to back up the singers. The show also represents a microcosm of American culture. “The American musical is like the Frankenstein monster of musical art form,” Berg said. “Pieces have been liberally borrowed from opera, vaudeville, operetta, jazz, blues, pop music, rock ‘n’ roll, etc. This variety matches the ‘melting pot’ of immigrant cultures which makes up America. All these styles are represented are inherent to the ‘Broadway’ sound.’” American musical theater has evolved through a number of different eras, and “101 Years of Broadway” begins during the heyday of George M. Cohan, who was the leading impresario of the early 1900s. It continues through the dazzling era dominated by Florenz Ziegfeld’s annual “Follies” revues, and continues into the era dominated by the integrated book shows pioneered by Richard Rodgers and Oscar Hammerstein II. It concludes with the present day, including a number of mega-hits that originated in Europe. Portland Ovations presents “101 Years of Broadway” at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at Merrill

Auditorium at Portland City Hall. Call PortTix at 842-0800.

‘A Cornucopia of Songs and Arias’ Voice students at the University of Southern Maine School of Music have long benefited from the expertise of two senior teachers who have vast experience on the global opera scene. Remarkably, the pair are also celebrating their 36th wedding anniversary this fall. Students and the public are invited to hear them this Friday as Malcolm Smith and Margaret Yauger present highlights from their operatic careers in “A Cornucopia of Songs and Arias,” part of the school of music’s Spotlight Series, which features faculty artists. Smith and Yauger don’t intend to merely showcase their own considerable talents, but to turn the evening into a learning experience. Yauger and Smith selected the collection of masterworks to demonstrate the variety and flexibility American singers need. “We’re trying to bring a little bit of our experience – everywhere we’ve sung and what we’ve done,” Smith said. “We didn’t want to specialize in something but to show the young artists that are going to be singers and teachers that they have

One of America’s leading basses, Smith has appeared with the world’s major operatic and symphonic organizations. He has performed with such renowned companies as the Metropolitan Opera, La Scala, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Hamburg Opera, Munich Opera, Vienna State Opera and the Paris Opera Bastille. He has been heard in concert repertoire with such leading orchestras as the Chicago Symphony, Los Angeles Philharmonic, Vienna Philharmonic, the Baltimore, Montreal and National symphonies.

Yauger was the leading mezzo-soprano of the Deutsche Oper am Rhein (Duesseldorf-Duisburg, Germany) for more than 10 years where she performed in over 21 productions. In her operatic career she has performed more than 50 roles. Both have sung with the Portland Symphony Orchestra and performed roles with PORTopera.

Catch the Cornucopia at 8 p.m. Nov. 4 at Corthell Hall on the Gorham campus of the University of Southern Maine. Call the music box office at 780-5555.

Jorma Kaukonen

Guitarist-singer-songwriter Jorma Kaukonen is still enjoying a career that began more than half a century ago when he started playing clubs and music rooms in San Francisco during the early 1960s. (Among his early efforts was accompanying the young Janis Joplin in her pre-Big Brother days.)

Kaukonen skyrocketed to fame as a founding member of Jefferson Airplane, the seminal San Francisco psychedelic rock band. Around 1970 he also cofounded another group that still plays together, at least occasionally: Hot Tuna.

As a guitarist, Kaukonen pioneered the finger style that helped define Jefferson Airplane’s distinctive sound, and he’s been rated by Rolling Stone as the 54th greatest rock guitarist of all time and the 14 greatest acoustic guitarist. Plus he’s a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Catch Jorma Kaukonen at 8 p.m. Nov. 5 at One Longfellow Square (corner of Congress and State streets) in Portland. Call 761-1757. Comment on this story at:

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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.

Greater Portland Benefits Bardwell Chiropractic, 40 Forest Dr., Yarmouth, is accepting food donations for the Preble St. Soup Kitchen until Nov. 17. FMI 8461665.

Thursday 11/3 Blanket Day for Project Linus, 9:30 a.m.-3 p.m., St. Maximilian Church, Scarborough, FMI 2845606. Food for Thought, 8 p.m., One Longfellow Square, $12 advance, $15 door, FMI 239-1855.

Friday 11/4 36th Annual Grand Bazaar to benefit Children’s Nursery CoOp, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Williston West Church, 32 Thomas St., Portland. Haitian Art Show, Nov. 4-5, open 5-7 p.m. Nov. 4 and 10 a.m.-12 p.m. Nov. 5, St. Abrams Episcopal church, Cape Elizabeth. All proceeds go to St. Abrams mission work in Haiti. FMI 799-4014. Poinsettias Sale, Yarmouth Friends of Playmakers, delivered first week of December, sold through Nov. 4, $18 each, to order contact Misha Rolfe, mirolfe@

Saturday 11/5 16th Annual Record & CD Sale, 10 a.m-3 p.m, USM Sullivan Gym, $2 admission, all proceeds benefit WMPG, FMI 780-4424. Arabic Dance Party to benefit The

Meetings Portland

Mon. 11/7 7 p.m. City Council Meeting CH Tue. 11/8 3:30 p.m. Planning Board Workshop CH Tue. 11/8 7 p.m. Planning Board Public Hearing CH Wed. 11/9 5 p.m. Community Development Comm. CH Rm 209 Wed. 11/9 6 p.m. Police Citizen Review Sub-Committee Public Safety Conference Room, 109 Middle St. Wed. 11/9 7 p.m. Neighborhood Meeting District 1 East End Community School Thu. 11/10 5 p.m. Parks Commission 55 Portland St. Thu. 11/10 5 p.m. Brd of Harbor Commissioners Public Hearing CH

Middle East Children’s Alliance, 7 p.m., Woodfords Club, Portland, adults $15, seniors/students $8, children under 12 are free. FMI Bob Schaible 239-8060. Candlelight dinner & Silent Auction to benefit the Epilepsy Foundation of Mass., R.I., N.H., and Maine, 6 p.m., Keeley the Katerer’s, Portland, black-tie optional, individual $50, table $500; 1-888576-9996. Fall Bountiful Fair, 8:30 a.m.-4 p.m., Stevens Ave. Congregational Church, Portland, 797-4573. Fall Festival and Open House, 10 a.m.-3 p.m, Merriconeag Waldorf School, 57 Desert Road, Freeport, 865-3900.

Sunday 11/6 All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Breakfast, to benefit Deering High School Football, 8-10 a.m., Brighton Ave. Applebee’s.

Thursday 11/10 Fashion for Life to benefit HomeHealth Visiting Nurses, 5:30-8 p.m., MaineHealth, 110 Free St., Portland, tickets $45 advance/$50 door, tickets/info runway or 1-800-660-4867.

Saturday 11/12 ’Tis the Season Craft Fair to benefit the Center for Therapeutic Recreation, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 125 Presumpscot St., Portland (next to DMV), FMI Karen 772-0504 or The Feline Frolic benefitting Friends of Feral Felines, Nov. 12, 9 a.m.-4 p.m. and Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Thrifty Kitty Thrift Store, 2nd Floor Oddfellows Building, Woodford’s Corner, Portland, feralfelines. net, 797-3014.

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Friday 11/18

Center for Maine Craft, in the Maine Mall through December 2011, open regular and extended Maine Mall hours, FMI 772-8653.

Benefit Dance and Silent Auction, 7 p.m., to benefit John Kenney, Keeley’s Katering, 178 Warren Ave., Portland, FMI Deb 450-7670. Cheverus Benefit Dance featuring Motor Booty Affair, 7 p.m., Italian Heritage Center, 40 Westland Ave., Portland, $25, FMI Jody 774-6238.

Saturday 11/19 Craft Fair, Casco Bay High School and PATHS, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., 196 Allen Ave., Portland, FMI tiki.craftfair. com. Christmas Craft Fair to benefit West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., West Scarborough United Methodist Church, corner of Route 1 and Church St., FMI or 8832814. Scouting for Food. Bags will be distributed by the Girl Scouts, Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts of Freeport on Nov. 12. They will return to collect bags Nov. 19 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Collection benefits the Freeport Food Pantry. FMI Melanie Sachs 449-1524 or mickey5977@ Waynflete Holiday Artisan Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m., Waynflete School, 360 Spring St., Portland, FMI Kathy 774-5221 ext. 120.

Saturday 12/3 The Big Chill Arts, Crafts and Vintage Holiday Sale to benefit Mayo

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Wednesday 11/2 Legislative Forum, 7:30-9 a.m., Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, FMI 772-2811 ext. 223. Maine Farmland Trust Annual Meeting, 5:30 p.m., One Longfellow Square, free for MFT members.

Thursday 11/3 Books and Bears, 5:30-7 p.m. Riverton School, 1600 Forest Ave., Portland, FMI 874-8210. Business After Five networking event, 5-7 p.m., The McKernan Hospitality Center, 2 Fort Road, South Portland, free for members/$15 non-members, registration required, FMI or 772-7811 ext 223. Free Carseat Check-up, 3-6 p.m., Falmouth Fire-EMS, 8 Burnham Road, Falmouth, FMI 899-9461 or The Maine Educational Opportunity Center, free workshops for adults wanting a college education, Portland Career Center, 185 Lancaster St., 12 p.m., information and full schedule of dates, 1-800281-3703, Open House, 5-6:30 p.m., Community Financial Literacy, 309 Cumberland Ave., Portland, FMI 797-7890. Scott Andrews to speak on the

history of Maine skiing, 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Maine Charitable Mechanic Association, 519 Congress St., Portland, FMI 773-8396 or

Friday 11/4

Creating a Culture of Courage: The New Leadership Challenge, 11:30 a.m.-2 p.m., Marriot Sable Oakes, South Portland, $30, FMI Sherry Brown 874-7230.

Hymn Sing, 7 p.m., Cape Elizabeth Church of the Nazerene, FMI Pastor Jon Twitchell 318-3515.

Maine Association of Payroll Professionals Seminar, 8:30 a.m.4 p.m., Augusta Civic Center, to register or FMI 626-2405.

Maine Businesses for Sustainability Fall Conference, 9 a.m.-12 p.m., Abromson Community Center, Portland, $65, FMI 828-4882.

Saturday 11/5

Funeral Consumers Alliance of Maine meeting, 8:45 a.m., Allen Ave. Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, members $5, non-members $10.

Christmas Craft Fair, 9 a.m-2 p.m., Elm St. United Methodist Church, South Portland.

Public Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, $7.50 adults/$4 children/$20 family, Ted 883-5344,

Using Tax Record in Genealogy: How taxes can be a good thing, 12:30 p.m., Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Deb 329-6438.

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Saturday 11/12 State Street Holiday Stroll, 9 a.m., State St., Portland, FMI 775-2673. Annual Harvest Fair, 8 a.m-2 p.m., North Deering Congregational Church, 1364 Washington Ave, Portland. Fall Fair and Silent Auction, 8:30 a.m.-1 p.m., Clark Memorial United Methodist Church, corner of Forest Ave. and Pleasant Ave., FMI 773-5423. Psychic Crystal Fair, 11 a.m.-4

p.m., Portland Leapin’ Lizards, 449 Forest Ave., FMI 221-2363.

West Main St., Yarmouth, RSVP, Tammy or Dottie 846-2250.

USM Fall Craft Fair, Nov. 12, 10 a.m.-4 p.m. and Nov. 13, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Costello Field House, USM Gorham campus, FMI 780-5328.

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Sunday 11/13 VFW Post 832 Breakfast, 8:30-10 a.m., 50 Peary Terrace, South Portland, FMI after 3 p.m. 767-2575.

Monday 11/14 Summer/Semester/Year and Gap Program Forum, 7-8:30 p.m., Freeport High School Performing Arts Center, 50 South Brookside Ave., Freeport, FMI

Wednesday 11/16 Getting Through the Holidays without Getting the Blues, 2 p.m., Coastal Manor Nursing Home, 20


Installation of Rabbi Jared H. Saks, 7:30 p.m., Congregation Bet Ha’am, 81 Westbrook St., South Portland, RSVP for potluck, FMI 879-0028.

Saturday 11/19 Craft Fair, 10 a.m.-4 p.m, Casco Bay High School, 196 Allen Ave., Portland. Holiday Craft Fair, Freeport Lioness-Lions 14th Annual, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Haraseeket Grange Hall, 13 Elm St., Freeport, FMI 751-3649.

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ASSE International Student Exchange Program is looking for volunteers to be area representatives to recruit and screen prospective host families, interview students to study abroad, and supervise the visiting exchange students in their community. Volunteers will be reimbursed for expenses and have some opportunity to travel. FMI Joyce McKenney 737-4666.

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Dining Out Thursday 11/3 Good vs. Evil: an evening with Anthony Bourdain and Eric Ripart, 7:30 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, tickets $45-55 through PortTix 842-0800 or at the box office.

Saturday 11/5 Baked Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., North Pownal Methodist Church, $6 adults, kids under 12 $3, kids under 3 free, FMI 829-5470.

Saturday 11/12 Cork & Fork Wine Tasting and Sampling Event, 2-5 p.m., Cork & Barrel, 204 Route 1, Falmouth, FMI 781-7955.

Garden & Outdoors Wednesday 11/2 Sled Dog Trails open, 7 p.m., Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, Portland, FMI

Friday 11/4 Sierra Club Maine Annual Dinner, 5:30 p.m., Haraseeket Inn, Freeport, FMI or reservations 761-5616.

Monday 11/14 Houseplant lecture, 11 a.m., St. Mary’s Episcopal Church, 43 Foreside Road, Falmouth, $10, FMI Wilma Sawyer 781-4889.

Health & Support Wednesday 11/2 Savvy Caregiver Training, Nov. 2, 9, 16, 23, 30, 9:30-11:30 a.m.,

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Thursday 11/3 Healing Breast Cancer: Who’s on your Team? 5:30-8:30 p.m., Charles A. Dana Center at Maine Medical Center, $5, to pre-register call 1-866-609-5183. Family Caregivers web conference, 8 p.m., pre-registration required, privatedutyhomecare. org.

Friday 11/4 Dentists Who Care for ME, open only to adults who cannot afford care, FMI, Leann Diehl, 333-8640

Wednesday 11/16 Wellness Wednesday, 6-8:30 p.m., Lifeworks Chiropractic, 202 Rt. 1, Suite 100, Falmouth, reservations required, must be at least 25, FMI 781-7911.

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

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Breakfast with Santa and Craft Fair, 8 a.m.-1 p.m., Pownal Elementary, 587 Elmwood Road, Pownal, $4 per person/$15 family, FMI

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Legal and financial issues with focus on long term care, 7 p.m., First Congregational Church, 301 Cottage Road, South Portland, FMI 662-3928.

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Fundraising from page 1 the first formal fundraising filings by the candidates, covering their activity from the beginning of their campaigns through Oct. 25. Candidates will have to file additional reports if they make single expenditures of more than $1,000 before Election Day. Otherwise, the next reports are not due until Dec. 20, 42 days after the election. As significant as the amounts the candidates have raised is how much they have left. Despite more than $8,000 in unpaid debts, Strimling had nearly $27,000 in his coffers with less than two week left in the campaign. And that’s after spending more than $10,000 on direct mail. “We far exceeded our fundraising goals,” Strimling said in a prepared statement. “And I believe it shows that our message of new leadership, job creation and lower property taxes is what is most important to the people of Portland.” Strimling’s fundraising includes maximum donations of $350 from the Baldacci Group, Elizabeth Baldacci of Baldacci Enterprises, Stephanie Clifford of Baldacci Communications and attorney Joseph Baldacci. Developer Tim Soley donated the maximum both personally and on behalf of his business, East Brown Cow, and South Portland developers and business owners Louis Maietta, Vincent Maietta and Charlene Maietta also each contributed the maximum amount. Strimling’s campaign on Monday also announced he received the endorsement of former state Rep. John Eder, a GreenIndependent who is also in the mayoral

City Hall from page 1 has been a benchmark of the current campaign, and the candidate thumping the economic pulpit the hardest has outfundraised his nearest opponent by a margin of nearly 2-to-1. Something else that hasn’t changed much is the involvement of the daily newspaper. The campaign to abolish the elected mayor began in 1921 with pamphleteering. The Guy Gannett Newspapers, which had recently merged the Daily Press and the Portland Herald to create the Portland Press Herald, picked up the cause the following year. Meanwhile another city paper, the Express, sent its reporters to communities with a manager-council government to expose scandals. “Neither newspaper attempted to balance its coverage,” Barnes’ book concluded. Fast forward to 2010. The Press Herald not only supported the elected mayor on its opinion pages, but it gave more than $45,000 in free advertising to the political action committee promoting the campaign. One thing has changed: the influence of anti-Semitic groups. Voters originally turned down the proposal to abolish the popularly elected mayor in 1921. Two years later, the Ku Klux Klan held rallies at City Hall, drawing about 6,000 people on Sept. 7, 1923. F. Eugene Farnsworth, a local KKK leader, urged the crowd to support the manager-council form of government as Comment on this story at:

race. Eder is not dropping out of the race. But ranked-choice voting encourages voters to list the 15 candidates in order of preference; Eder asked his supporters to rank Strimling second. Eder said in a prepared statement that his chances of winning the election are slim. “I know I am a long shot to win this race, but Ethan is not,” he said. “In fact, he is our best shot at bringing new leadership and new ideas to City Hall. Yesterday’s solutions just won’t work anymore. Ethan has run a great campaign and has clearly built the broadest coalition of any candidate. That coalition will be essential as we begin to get Portland back on track.” Strimling said in a statement that if elected he would consider acting on Eder’s calls for a tax break for construction of affordable housing and implementation of affordable health care. Mavodones had nearly $13,500 in campaign funds remaining with no outstanding debts as of Oct. 25. And Brennan had $14,300, even after spending more than $14,000 on direct mail. Mavodones, however, said in a statement that it will be doorstep conversations that will matter most. “Three weeks ago, I challenged my supporters to contact 10,260 voters by the end of October,” he said. “Because of their generous support of time and money, we have surpassed that goal, reaching out to more than 12,000 people in 20 days. It’s these one-on-one conversations about Portland’s future that will put us over the top on Election Day.” Comment on this story at:

a way to “rid the city government of Jews and Catholics.” The pro-change group, known as the Committee of 100, only had one Catholic, no Jews and no representatives of other ethnicities. Opponents argued the change was a scheme by Protestants in the Woodfords and Deering neighborhoods to take over city government. Three days later, voters approved the change in by a vote of 9,928 to 6,931. During the next election, the KKK endorsed candidates in all five wards. Three of their choices were elected, and all five councilors were Protestants. As Portland again embarks upon major change in its government, there are important differences. The mayor in 1923 presided over an 18-member Common Council and nine aldermen. As the city’s chief executive, the mayor had the final say in all city matters, leading to charges of cronyism. The mayor being elected next week is considered a weaker position, without the ability to hire and fire city staff, or craft the budget; those responsibilities remain with the city manager. The mayor ultimately has only one of nine votes on the City Council, but will set the agenda and lead meetings. The mayor will be able to veto the budget, which needs seven votes to pass, but the veto can be overturned with six votes. Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow him on Twitter: @randybillings



Leeman leads in Portland City Council District 4 fundraising PORTLAND — The race for the District 4 seat on the City Council isn’t generating a lot of interest, at least in terms of money. Ezekiele Callanan has only raised $375 from six donors in his bid to unseat incumbent City Councilor Cheryl Leeman, who is completing her 27th year on the council. Callanan reports his campaign received $425 in in-kind-contributions Jed Rathband raised a little more than $27,500 and had nearly $8,600 left. Rathband also has a Political Action Committee, The Portland Committee on Economic Development, working for his campaign. It has spent $11,200 on his behalf. The PAC is led by Daniel Pepice, an art gallery owner who splits time between Portland and New York, and developer Drew Swenson, whose Riverwalk LLC built the Ocean Gateway parking garage. Pepice said other members include attorney Tom Federle, real estate broker Jim Brady and public relations consultant Frank Gallagher. City Councilor David Marshall raised more than $13,000, but only had a little more than $2,600 left as of Oct. 25. Fellow Councilor Jill Duson had raised only $5,000, with only about $800 remaining. Meanwhile, Ralph Carmona, who has lived in Portland for about a year, raised more than $13,000, but mostly from

Mentors from page 4 In addition to test preparation, the trained college mentors help students fill out their college applications and financial aid documents, give them tours of college campuses around the area, and generally encourage them to continue their education. “This isn’t a hand out,” Nelson said. “It’s a hand up.” The program charges a $25 fee to sign up, but if students attend at least 75 percent of the classes, they get the $25 back. During

Inspections from page 7 referring to Oct. 22-23 “All of those extra hours are uncompensated.”

State car McAleer estimated that Fletcher has used his state vehicle to drive to Colby “10 percent of the time or less.” “Technically speaking, this is not an authorized use of the vehicle,” McAleer said. “Mr. Fletcher lives north of Waterville, so some might consider a slight detour to Colby ‘incidental’ use. However, we have taken steps to avoid such use in the future.” Fletcher lives in Farmington. Driving from Augusta to Colby and then to Farmington adds another 20 miles to Fletcher’s trip home from the office in the state car. McAleer said Fletcher is authorized to use the state vehicle to commute to his job because he “often leaves directly from home to do field work or returns late in the evening from trips.”

and another $650 was loaned to his campaign. He had $350 on hand as of Oct. 25. Leeman, meanwhile, raised more than $4,000 from about 50 donors, which is more money than half of the city’s mayoral candidates have raised. She reportedly still has more than $4,800 on-hand. — Randy Billings

out-of-state donors. Thirty-two of his 50 contributors are from his former home state of California. His contributions include a $1,000 personal loan. He had about $1,300 left as of Oct. 25. Markos Miller raised $7,500, with more than $2,600 remaining as of Oct. 25, although he has $1,800 in unpaid bills for direct mail pieces. His contributors include City Councilors John Anton and Kevin Donoghue, who contributed $350 and $250, respectively. Other candidates, their fundraising totals and balances (as of Oct. 25) are: • Jodie Lapchick: $3,246 raised, $10.90 as of Oct. 25; • Hamza Haadoow: $2,837, $554; • Richard Dodge: $1,985, $525; • Charles Bragdon: $1,135, $0; • Eder: $775, 1 cent. • Peter Bryant: $0, spent $2,468. Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or Follow him on Twitter: @randybillings

the school year, classes run for nine weeks. In the summer, classes are six weeks. Students and their mentors meet for three hours at a time. “The kids gain confidence and that confidence carries on into the tests,” Nelson said. Anyone interested in the program can attend an open house on Wednesday, Nov. 2, at 7 p.m. at Deering High School. Classes meet Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:308:30 p.m. through Dec. 5. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or Follow her on Twitter: @emilyparkhurst.

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In McAleer’s defense of his program, he cites the improvements made in producing Emergency Action Plans for the hazardous dam locations. The EAPs set out procedures in the event a dam fails, such as notification to downstream residents to evacuate. But those plans improved only after media scrutiny. “I believe we are running as strong a program as can be expected with the resources we have available and it is getting better,” McAleer wrote. “As an example, in the last five years, EAP compliance on State-regulated high hazard dams has risen from around 5 percent to 100 percent and significant hazard dams are now at 87 percent.” But the state began improving its EAP program only after a news story by Kevin Wack in the Blethen Maine Newspapers in 2006 revealed that 71 percent of the high and significant hazard dams had no

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For the love of comics PORTLAND — In the three years since it opened, Coast City Comics has seen intense growth and change. The business has moved into a shop at 634 Congress St. (the former Urban Hardware) twice the size of the original store, and merged with co-owner Tristan Gallagher’s two other businesses, the Funbox Monster Emporium toy store and the T-shirt printshop TrisaraTops. Meanwhile, the comic shop’s founder, Gerald Von Stoddard, left the business earlier this year to pursue a writing career. Still, owners Gallagher and Chad Pennell said the

Convention from page 2 raised more than $100,000 online to self-publish “Womanthology,” a collection of comics by featuring 140 women artists and writers. Fellow Maine creators Ben Bishop and Alex Irvine, former Marvel editor Andy Scmidt and former Cracked magazine editor Mort Todd will also take part in discussion panels. Rounding out the three-day schedule are two concerts, video game tournaments, a costume contest, horror movie screenings with appearances by the directors, and artist and vendor tables. And it was all put together in just three months. “We talked to other people who have put on conventions and they asked us how much time we had,” Pennell said. “When we told them three months, they were like, ‘What are you, nuts?’”



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Energy from page 5

But Feenstra is also relying on a niche to carry his oil business: customers in the Low Income Energy Assistance Program and municipalities. “We’re one of the few companies that will go out and do a 25-gallon or 50-gallon drop” without charging extra for the small amount of fuel being delivered, he said. Most other oil companies charge a fee for anything less than 100 gallons. “We do a lot of general assistance to the towns,” he said. “We’re there for the people.” Some other oil companies aren’t adding any new products. Instead, they’re trying to win customers the old-fashioned way: by under-cutting their competition. Dale Brown, owner of Richmond-based Dale’s Cash Fuel, which delivers in the greater Portland area, said he has definitely noticed that his customers are switching to alternative fuels, and he doesn’t blame them. In fact, he heats his home with propane, he said, “because it’s cheaper.” But as the only employee of his company – he answers the phone, drives the truck, pumps the oil and does the accounting – he’s not in a position to offer his customers 4 anything else.

Instead, he thinks his one-man company works to his advantage by allowing him to sell oil more inexpensively than larger companies with more overhead. For example, Dale’s Cash Fuel was selling heating oil for $3.39 on Oct. 31, while Dead River Co., one of the largest in the region, charged $3.60 on Nov. 1. “I can sell fuel cheaper than a lot of people because it’s just me and a truck,” Brown said. But unlike Dead River, Brown doesn’t offer pre-payment plans, emergency delivery, boiler service or lines of credit. He’s cash only, and delivers only if the drop is arranged in advance. “I’m as small-scale as you can get because I haven’t invested in a bulk plant and all these things,” he said. “That’s why I can sell my oil cheaper than anyone else.” As a one-man operation, it may seem that Brown is vulnerable to the ups and downs of the price of heating oil, as well as any circumstances that could interfere with his ability to deliver oil. But he’s not nearly as vulnerable as mid-sized oil companies with more staff, infrastructure and equipment, Py said. “The one-, two-truck operators are the most flexible and have the lowest overhead,” Py said. “They may have some difficulties, but really it’s the mid-level

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emergency plans or the plan expired. Fletcher told reporter Wack the emergency plans are needed because “a dam is like a loaded gun.” McAleer, though, remains certain MEMA can do the job: “I am confident that we have met the intent of the Legislature to ensure the safety of Maine’s citizens,” he said. “And we will continue to do so in spite of the challenges we face.” John Christie and Naomi Schalit are senior reporters at the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, a nonprofit, nonpartisan journalism organization that provides in-depth reporting as a public service to its Maine media partners. The e-mail address is The website is

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From oil to ‘energy’ Perhaps the clearest indication of how oil companies are adapting to the change in the market may be the way Maine Energy Marketers Association, a trade group for fuel companies, has rebranded itself. Two years ago, the organization changed its name from Maine Oil Dealers Association, “to reflect the business practices of our existing membership, which included providing other products besides oil,” Py said. “While the branding was good, the reality was the members were not just doing that anymore,” he said. Downeast Energy recently announced a new partnership with ReVision Energy, a


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companies that have a lot of overhead they have to carry.” He pointed to last January’s sudden collapse of Brunswick-based Thibeault Energy as an example. It’s still unclear what contributed to Thibeault’s demise, but owners of other oil companies speculated that Thibeault may have been struggling to pay off its new oil terminal, constructed in 2003, or incorrectly guessed the price of oil and been forced to buy it at a higher price than what was offered to customers in pre-paid contracts. “If you’re a company and you’re guessing on what your commodity costs will be ... that’s a bad place to be,” Py said.

Portland 37 solar panel manufacturer, which will help to further its identify as an energy company, not just an oil company. “We’re not fighting the tide,” McCormack said. “... We need to find out what people will be buying for energy, and adapt and change.”


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