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Vol. 17, No. 20

News of The City of Portland

Active shooter response training planned at Deering HS

Dogging it for 36 years

Portland food fixture Mark Gatti

By Michael Kelley

By David Harry

PORTLAND — Hot dog buns aren’t a typical 36th anniversary gift. But they would be appropriate for Mark Gatti, proprietor of Mark’s Hot Dogs. Gatti reopened his lunch cart late last month at the corner of Middle and Exchange streets, a spot at Tommy’s Park first recommended to him by a friend when he started his business on June 13, 1983. “Each day brings something different,” Gatti said May 1. “I don’t know how much I will make or how many customers I will have.” He is a forerunner, but not an original by his estimation, having set up shop about a decade after the city began licensing food carts again. On his first day, he squirted mustard all over a well-dressed woman who had been waiting in line for lunch. A week later, a wind gust blew his umbrella into someone riding by on a moped. “After that, I made sure I lashed down my umbrella,”

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As his 36th anniversary approaches, Mark Gatti is getting cards from customers happy to see him open again at the corner of Middle and Exchange streets in Portland.

Gatti said. His menu has been constant, including the red hot dogs Maine is known for, topped with chili, cheese or sauerkraut. As business picks up in the spring, he adds Italian sausage and kielbasa.

Gatti tried serving lobster rolls; that lasted one season. Thai spring rolls did a little better – he sold them for about three years. But it all comes back to the hot dogs, even as food trucks operated by chefs astound Gatti

with their offerings. “There has been a shift,” he said. “But I have carved out a niche.” Drinks sit in coolers on a bench to the right of his cart, which is crafted from wood Gatti, Page 27

‘The Twitter of its day’

PORTLAND — Emergency responders and school officials from across the region will gather at Deering High School this week to practice their response to the possibility of a school shooting. The District II Training Council and the Portland Police Department will conduct the active assailant training exercise Friday and Saturday, May 17 and 18, at the Stevens Avenue school. “The goal of this is to better prepare us to respond to an active assailant type of call. We fully recognized when we get this type of call, no individual department has all the resources needed to handle the response,” said Gorham Deputy Police Chief Christopher Sanborn, who coordinates District II training exercises. District II includes Cumberland County. The exercise on Friday will begin with a briefing before moving on to practical exercises dealing with tactics, emergency medicine, and other emergency medical practices. Sanborn said the next day will include the Training, Page 26 The Portland Observatory, built on Munjoy Hill in 1807, is the last remaining marine signal tower in the country.

Portland Observatory story told by new exhibits

By Kate Irish Collins

PORTLAND — Climbing to the top of the 86-foot tall Portland Observatory on Munjoy Hill provides fantastic views of the harbor and beyond. But there’s also a remarkable history Index Arts Calendar.............. 18 Classifieds................... 24 Community Calendar.. 20 Meetings..................... 20

behind the more than 200-year-old structure. That’s the story Greater Portland Landmarks is trying to tell with new exhibits designed to engage visitors in “a more dynamic way,” Alessa Wylie,

manager of education programs, said. The Observatory, built in 1807, will open for the season on Saturday, May 25. Admission is $10 for adults and $8 Observatory, Page 21

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Real Estate.................. 27 School Notebook........ 17 Sports......................... 12

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Reiche uses native language playspace to build English skills By Kate Irish Collins

PORTLAND — Reiche Elementary School has found a unique way to help students with critical language acquisition needed for academic success. The school has created specialized a play space where students can speak their native languages, while also building their English language skills. Suzanne Chevalier, an English language learner teacher, said Reiche has a lot of newcomers and the unique play area was created to give students a chance to celebrate and hang on to their native language, while being exposed to “good English language models.” Each play session is supervised by a bilingual volunteer. Reiche offers sessions for kids in kindergarten through second grade in Portuguese, Spanish and French. Chevalier said the school wants to expand the program to more languages and more grades in the upcoming academic year. The pilot, she said, has been so successful that students are requesting to be part of the program. However, the play space is open only to students school leaders have identified as needing the extra help the most. She said the play area, which is inside

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Lohany Cassanguir, 8, a student at Reiche Elementary School in Portland, uses a puppet during a recent native language play session. The hope is that the play space will help her retain her ability to speak Portuguese, and improve her English. Right: Victoria Valentina Castro and Ivone Matusilua Luzito use dolls to communicate during a recent native language play session at Reiche Elementary School in Portland’s West End.

the school, is “very intentionally designed” and since the space opened last fall “we’ve seen really positive growth” in the students, who are now speaking English more frequently. Meg Young is one of the volunteers. She spends two hours every Wednesday and Thursday working with kids whose

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native language is Portuguese. Young has family in Brazil and lived in the country for three years, so she’s comfortably fluent in Portuguese. Young, who spent part of a recent morning helping a first-grader assemble a Lego toy, said it’s been “really fun to see the growth in their language skills and their relationships with each other. ... They’re really growing by leaps and bounds. It’s so gratifying.” Renee Bourgoine-Serio, one of three lead teachers at Reiche, said 30 students participate in the program, with groups meeting twice a week at the same time with the same volunteer to help the kids build relationships and feel comfortable. Portuguese, French and Spanish were chosen for the pilot because those are the three most commonly spoken native lan-

guages for incoming students at Reiche. Many of the Portuguese speakers come from the Democratic Republic of the Congo or from Angola, Chevalier said. The French speakers are also from the Congo, along with the Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Rwanda. The Spanish speakers are mostly from Central America. Chevalier said the native language play space has freed up the participating students to “truly be themselves.” She said they tend to be more reserved and shy in mainstream settings, but through the playgroups the students are “starting to take risks in English, which is great to see.” While it’s important for the students Reiche, Page 25

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Outdoor dining to extend into city parking spaces By Meredith Goad Portland Press Herald

PORTLAND — If you visit a restaurant this summer, you just might find yourself enjoying your lobster roll and craft beer in a parking space on the street. But don’t worry, you won’t have to feed the meter. The city has approved a pilot program for “parklets,” which are raised dining areas in on-street parking spots adjacent to restaurants that don’t have enough sidewalk space or a nearby public park for outdoor dining. Five parklets will be allowed in the city during the first year of the program.

There are conditions. Parklets will be allowed only on streets where the speed limit is no higher than 25 mph and average traffic volume is lower than 5,000 cars per day. And a parklet can’t be within 15 feet of an intersection, where it might interfere with drivers’ right-ofway views. “I think it’s actually a really exciting opportunity for the city,” said City Councilor Spencer Thibodeau, who serves on the Economic Development Committee. “We’ve dealt with these narrow sidewalks in the Old Port area, and it can provide a different approach to the outdoor dining experience for our businesses.”

The idea for a parklet program was first raised in 2016, Thibodeau said, but the City Council did not approve it until April 8 because it was not allowed under state law. That law was recently changed, and establishments with liquor licenses are now allowed to serve alcohol on cityowned property that’s not immediately adjacent to the business. Restaurant parklets are common in other parts of the country, such as Bethle-

hem, Pennsylvania. Casey Gilbert, executive director of Portland Downtown, said there are parklets in Long Beach, California, and Adelaide, South Australia, and Thibodeau has seen them in Montreal. “I’ve definitely seen it work in other cities,” Gilbert said. “They tend to be built structures.” The dining areas must be on raised platforms, both for safety reasons and Dining, Page 23

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Cumberland County group gets grant to expand gleaning By Kate Irish Collins

YARMOUTH — Gleaning is an ageold practice that’s been gaining ground in recent years as food assistance programs seek to provide healthier, more nutritious options for their clients. The Cumberland County Food Security Council recently received a $25,000 grant

Seasonal parking lot opens on Commercial St. PORTLAND — The city has opened a temporary parking lot at 2 Commercial St., in the area formerly used to queue vehicles for The Cat ferry at Ocean Gateway. Parking is available at a rate of $15 for 24 hours. The goal is to provide spots to accommodate waterfront, downtown and island activity during the tourist season. Customers can pay at a credit card kiosk, or via the city’s PassportParking app, which is available for iOS and Android devices.

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in the next year; have the potential for continuing impact, and include clear financial documentation. Priorities include reducing economic barriers to living on the island; providing or increasing access to educational and enrichment programs for youth, and preserving and protecting the manmade and natural environments. The deadline for applications is June 1. See www.mainecf.org for more information. or contact Senior Program Officer Gloria Aponte Clarke at gaponteclarke@ mainecf.org or 761-2440.

PORTLAND — Police are seeking the public’s help in locating Cathy Pride, 63, who has been reported missing by her family. Pride lives on Munjoy Hill and was last seen in mid-April, police said. She’s 5 feet 4 inches tall, around 200 pounds, with blue eyes and gray hair. Pride also wears glasses and could be carrying a backpack.

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tarian Church, 425 Congress St. The guest speaker will be Igor Volsky, co-founder of Guns Down America, who in a new book argues that guns – not criminals –are the problem. During the town hall-style forum, Volsky will also discuss a new campaign to push the nation’s 15 largest banks to stop doing business with the gun lobby, the National Rifle Association and gun manufacturers. Call 780-0501 or email geoff@mainegunsafety.org for more information. The Maine Gun Safety Coalition was founded in 2000.

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The unimpeachable Mr. T

Lying on my back in a hospital for the past two weeks has not improved my assessment of the unimpeachable Donald J. Trump. It’s pretty clear from the Mueller report that the man and The Universal his minions committed acts and crimes that would, and should, lead to impeachment for collusion with foreign enemies and obstruction of justice and contempt for Congress. Were it not for the fact that there’s a legal opinion in this country that a sitting president cannot be charged with a crime, Trump would be. Tell that to Bill Clinton. For that matter, tell that to Hillary Clinton, who you should be very sure, had she won and done half of the things the Trump admin- Edgar Allen Beem istration had done, would be running around with packs of conservative wolves howling for her blood. The fact that their boy Donnie did it makes it OK with them. Principled individuals, in all political parties, feel the need to take a stand and to defend our country and its legal norms. Unfortunately, I have come to the conclusion that we cannot, and should not, impeach President Donald J. Trump.

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I find myself in the same place where House Speaker Nancy Pelosi seems to be, which is a realization that to indict Trump would play into his hands, could backfire against Democrats in November, and at the very least, would not be effective because there’s not enough time to undertake such a proceeding before the next major election. Trump has not kept faith in the American people. Mueller lays out this history of bad faith in great detail, but the fact that he accepts that a sitting president cannot be charged leads others to suggest the Mueller report lets Trump off. Certainly it was worth undertaking investigations on specific crimes in order to defend America, but we have a man in the White House who cannot accept any criticism of Russian interference in the election, because to him it means he is not a legitimate president. And he is not a legit president. And never will be. But unfortunately, there is not time, nor are there votes in the U.S. House and Senate to remove this man from office. We must all do that together in November 2020. When you are not well, your attention tends to get focused on your health and self and the immediacy of your pain. And yet, I find that my concern for a country that will not hold its president accountable cuts through the pain, discomfort and exhaustion of illness. Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Brunswick. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him.

Maine Dems embrace on-demand abortions

Left-leaning Democrats in the Maine Medicaid. Legislature are quite enjoying their newMaine subsidizes abortion services to found power and quickly imposing their the poor through Medicaid, but only in extreme social agenda on the rest of us. certain circumstances: when the life of Last week, House Demthe mother is imperiled Here’s ocrats approved a bill to or when rape has resulted spend taxpayer money on in pregnancy. This makes elective abortions. The sense even to pro-lifers, 79-63 House vote on LD because abortions can be 820 was split along party expensive and poor people lines, with small-governdeserve necessary medical ment/pro-life Republicans attention. doing their best to stem the But Maine Democrats cultural decay that is alare disturbing the establowing women to end their lished peace with their pregnancies for any reason latest push for taxpayat all. The Maine Senate er-funded, non-medically now takes up the bill. necessary abortions, a conAbortion is a touchy cept known as subsidized subject, and for years abortion-on-demand. LD John Balentine pro-lifers and pro-choic820, sponsored by Rep. ers have argued over it. While the federal Joyce McCreight, D-Harpswell, would government prohibits the use of federal require MaineCare to pay for elective tax dollars for abortions, state govern- abortions. ments are allowed to subsidize the cost MaineCare would continue to provide of some abortion procedures through taxpayer-funded abortions for cases of

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Portland School Board needs budget restraint The Forecaster reported on a recent public hearing on the proposed Portland school budget for 2020, at which there was near unanimous support of a $7.2 million increase, more than 6% above the current budget, with a significant impact on tax rates. Naturally, the School Board endorses the entire amount being funded. This scenario occurs annually; unquestioned support, with comments that appear to “shame” anyone who dares

rape and when the mother’s health is jeopardized, but McCreight’s bill would also have taxpayers pay for abortions for any other reason. This is wrong on many levels; Democrats who push for this show their extremist tendencies. No woman, rich or poor, should be allowed to end her viable baby’s life for no other reason than she’s overwhelmed and doesn’t want to bring a life into the world. Abortion on demand for any reason is wrong. While it’s regrettable for government to allow individuals to use their own money for such elective procedures, it’s even worse to force taxpayers, many of whom abhor the concept of elective abortion, to pay for them. The killing of any human being is a serious thing. As a society, we struggle with the concept of capital punishment. We struggle with wartime killing, allowing for conscientious objection. We also struggle with the concept of euthanasia. Death is finality and shouldn’t be taken Balentine, Page 9

LETTERS to think otherwise. Absent is any evidence of efforts to identify savings to offset increases, or consideration of potential revenue-sharing funds that might become available, or contractor quotes for school renovations greatly exceeding initial estimates, or the challenge of addressing other urgent municipal needs. Only one dissented from this call that the City Council fund the entire request, suggesting that with such a large budget “there have to be ways and opportunities

to decrease costs.” I agree. It is standard practice for administrators with budgeting responsibilities to engage department heads in setting priorities to avoid exponential increases Agreeing to a modest 3% reduction in a $118 million budget (or $3.5 million) would be a valuable exercise in democracy. The City Council should suggest that the School Board try it sometime, starting with this budget. Michael Beaudoin Portland

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School volunteers an invaluable resource

At the Portland Public Schools, we re- dollar value of volunteer time), the national cently calculated the estimated dollar value value of each volunteer hour is $25.43. For of our volunteers’ contriMaine, the value is estimated butions to our schools. It’s Superintendent’s at $23.12 per hour, which an astounding school year for our district translates to a total of $1.7 million. monthly average contribution In reality, however, the of nearly $171,600 – or $1.7 true value of our volunmillion per school year. teers adds up to far more But the true impact of than that. In short, our their service is even greatvolunteers are priceless. er. Whether they’re parents This month, I want to supporting their children and honor and acknowledge schools, community experts, the contributions our volretired mentors or other volunteers make to support unteers, the Portland Public students, staff and families. Schools would not be able to Our volunteers help make do everything we do for our a difference and build students without volunteers. Xavier Botana stronger communities. They teach so many lessons. No job is too big or too small for our For example, Lincoln Middle School volunteers. They may read one-on-one with social studies teacher Alice Shea says a kids, coach basketball, mentor students, volunteer in her classroom “has helped stuchaperone a school dance or field trip, dents to build relationships with other carassist with our walking school bus, plant a ing adults in the community. Additionally, garden, tutor students for the SAT, laminate the support he provides as another literacy teaching materials, raise money for PTAs, and writing coach is immeasurable.” collect gate receipts at sports events, and/or Deering High School math teacher Steve inspire students to reach for their dreams. Rogers says, “Having professionals in to reWe currently have about 2,500 volun- inforce skills that are necessary in the adult teers, contributing an average of more than world helps my students to make more 7,400 hours per month. According to the meaning of their work in school.” Independent Sector (a coalition of charities, Many volunteers are students’ parents. foundations, corporations and individuals Deering parent Kathy Buxton explains why that provides information on the estimated she volunteers: “I think it’s important to be

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an involved parent. I know my children’s teachers, coaches, school administrators and teammates and they know me. ... I like to give back and hopefully I’m setting an example for my own kids to follow.” Others are community members contributing their time, talent, and skills. Allen Armstrong, a retired mechanical engineer, volunteers at our Portland Arts & Technology High School, in the Manufacturing Technology program. He says, “Helping young people learn some new ways of solving problems, and perhaps earn a living, seems to be one of the most rewarding ways of (utilizing my skills). ... I’ve advised on machine setups, use of solid modeling, and engineering careers. I’ve designed and documented projects for the students, and repaired machine tools. Sharing my enthusiasm for all these things

with students who are eager to learn is immensely satisfying.” If you too are willing to share your time, talent and enthusiasm, please join our amazing group of volunteers. Go to the “Community Engagement” tab on our website, www.portlandschools.org. We strive to help our students become involved citizens. Our Whole Student goal says: “All PPS students will develop the skills, habits and mindsets they need to engage in and contribute to our diverse city and ever-changing world.” Our volunteers are outstanding exemplars of this goal that our students see in everyday life. Xavier Botana is superintendent of the Portland Public Schools. He can be reached at superintendent@portlandschools.org.

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On the paranoia highway

The Maine Department of Transporta- published a fluffy little story about how tion is watching you. the DOT and MTA were spending $1.3 So is the Maine Turnpike Authority. million on 10 high-tech signs at key Other state agencies spots on I-95 and I-295 Politics & could get in on that acthat not only tell you how tion, too, including nosy far you are from certain law-enforcement types destinations, but also how who might have an exlong it will take to drive tra-judicial interest in that distance under current knowing where you’re traffic conditions. going. “They update using loThis isn’t some dystopication data scraped from an fantasy or example of cell phone apps and moRussian collusion or what bile devices to estimate passes for everyday life in traffic buildup and travel the People’s Republic of times,” the article said. China. It’s the new reality “The location data is proon Maine’s busiest highcessed to remove identifyways. ing information,” accordAl Diamon Without asking permising to a DOT official. sion from anyone, the state has begun There’s nobody I trust more to remove accessing data from your cell phones identifying data than the transportation and mobile devices to determine your department. Except Facebook. location on the turnpike and Interstate Even if all that spending on this unsystem. needed technology is justified (it isn’t), On April 17, the Portland Press Herald the stuff about data scrubbing bears se-

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There I was, quietly sipping my morn- creature did not so much fly, like birds or ing coffee (propped up in bed no less, dragons, but glide like, well, “modern-day my Mother’s Day treat) flying squirrels.” when I came across a news But I’m not sure that’s post that made my heart really the analogy I want skip a beat. The headto hold in my mind’s eye. line read simply, “Another After all, dragons have Bat-Winged Dinosaur Has their dignity. Been Found.” Mind you, from what Yeah, that’s right. Anothwe know, “Ambopteryx er. Bat-Winged. Dinosaur. longibranchium, from the People, we have a word Latin for ‘both wings, long for this type of creature, upper arm,’” was not a dinosaurs with bat wings, success. Feathered wings, and that word is “dragon.” not the leathery ones, were The article, written by what worked for the dinos. one Ed Yong and dated think this was Heather D. Martin Scientists May 8, was published by sort of an offshoot, an The Atlantic. Setting aside evolutionary “try it,” that my immense and immediate jealousy of didn’t really pan out. I love that. I love that Ed Yong, who gets to break stories such as nature was busy fiddling around, experithis, I delved into the details. Spoiler alert: menting. It is how all learning happens. Scientists think that given the structure of You try, you see, you adjust. the wrist joint and connecting bones, this Beautifully preserved, this little skele-

ton fills a slot in the scientific record and bridges a gap in our knowledge. For me, it bridges a gap in my psyche, too. I am a science geek. I love facts about how the world works. I have been fully obsessed with the newly released image of the black hole, and I can get lost for hours musing on ocean currents or molten rock. I love how one bit of knowledge can lead to a new spark of an idea, which leads to new knowledge. That said, I spent far more time thinking about tesseracts and exploring the lands of Narnia and Middle Earth than I did being fully present in the quiet little town where I grew up. These are not contradictory things to me. Imagination fuels science, and facts give substance to fancy. Dragons loomed large in my imagination (after all, my family is Welsh, there’s a dragon on the actual flag), although I never liked stories where they were slain. I preferred to think of them as potential pets, so it is easy to see how this story

would captivate me. Just as the very real oceanic narwhal fans the flame of my 9-year-old self’s belief in the unicorn, so too does ambopteryx kindle my dragon dreams. Now, I realize this fossil, this amazing, perfect, extraordinary fossil, is not the same thing as the lordly fire-breathing creature of lore. For one thing, it seems to have been about the size of a sparrow. And then there’s the whole “flying squirrel” comparison. But isn’t it just amazing in and of itself that here we have a nearly perfectly preserved skeleton of a tiny, bat-winged dinosaur, an actual creature that existed – and glided – many millennia ago? Sometimes, factual, logical science provides the perfect launch for magical, fantastical thinking.

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ing such divisive legislation show they care little for the unborn or the conscientious-objecting taxpayers who don’t want their money going toward such uses.

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lightly. LD 820 takes death lightly. The Democrats who support this bill are taking death lightly. Writing legislation that allows a mother to end her unborn ba-

by’s life with no better excuse than it’s inconvenient and unwanted should be disconcerting to us all. The other disturbing aspect of this legislation is that Maine Dems don’t care a lick what their constituents think about abortion. Yes, Democrats won the recent election, but they are acting like they just

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Only a couple weeks remain for teams to make their move By Michael Hoffer

(Ed. Note: For the complete Cheverus-Scarborough baseball game story, with photos, see theforecaster.net) The spring sports regular season is slipping away and while many challenges remain, local teams are looking good as they vie for optimal postseason positioning. Here’s a look back at the week that was and a glimpse at what’s to come:

Baseball

Cheverus’ baseball team was 6-3 and seventh in the Class A South Heal Points standings at press time following a 9-8 loss at Thornton Academy, a 4-0 home loss to Scarborough and a 2-1 win at Biddeford last week. John Welch homered and singled and Luke Knowles also had two hits against the Golden Trojans. In the loss to the Red Storm, John Mullen only allowed one earned run, but was the hard-luck loser. “We had to play a perfect game, which we didn’t,” said Cheverus coach Mac McKew. “That’s baseball. It was a good pitching duel. If we played better defensively, it probably would have been a 1-0 game.” In the victory, Hayden O’Donnell drove in both runs, while Nick Giancotti and Justin Ray com-

bined for the win. The Stags were home with Windham Tuesday, host Bonny Eagle Thursday, go to Portland Friday and welcome Falmouth Tuesday of next week. Deering was 2-7 and eighth in the region after sandwiching losses at Thornton Academy (5-3) and Falmouth (2-1) around a 7-3 win at Scarborough. Luke Hill had two hits and an RBI against the Golden Trojans. In the victory, Mike Jones earned the win, while Tre Fletcher and Josh Paisley each had two hits and two runs scored. Bennett Berg added two hits. Against the Yachtsmen, Berg had two hits and an RBI. The Rams went to Windham Monday, host Sanford Thursday, welcome South Portland Saturday and go to Biddeford Tuesday of next week. Portland was 4-4 and 11th in Class A South following wins at Sanford (8-0) and Westbrook (15-1, in five-innings) and losses at home against Noble (6-0) and at South Portland (6-5, in 11-innings). Against the Spartans, Donnie Tocci earned the win, throwing six scoreless innings, allowing four hits. He also singled and tripled. In the win over the Blue Blazes, Tocci and Ben Stasium each finished with a pair of hits, while Brian Riley earned the victory. Against the Knights, Jake Loranger’s two-out hit in the

Super Six Polls By Michael Hoffer

Our latest Super Six polls for baseball, softball and boys’ and girls’ lacrosse. These polls include games played through Saturday, May 11 and were first released on Twitter at Twitter. com/foresports Sunday. The poll includes our core coverage area (coastal Cumberland County from Cape Elizabeth to Freeport) and is based solely on my opinion. Baseball 1) South Portland 2) Scarborough 3) Greely 4) Cheverus 5) Freeport 6) Portland Softball 1) Scarborough 2) Cape Elizabeth 3) Cheverus 4) Portland 5) South Portland 6) Yarmouth

Boys’ lacrosse 1) Cape Elizabeth 2) South Portland 3) Yarmouth 4) Greely 5) Falmouth 6) Portland Girls’ lacrosse 1) Yarmouth 2) Falmouth 3) Cape Elizabeth 4) Greely 5) Freeport 6) Cheverus

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Cheverus’ Justin Ray makes a throw on the run during last week’s home loss to Scarborough.

seventh inning allowed the Bulldogs to avoid being no-hit. After going to Bonny Eagle Tuesday, Portland welcomes Windham Thursday, hosts Cheverus Friday and plays host to Massabesic Tuesday of next week. The Waynflete/North Yarmouth Academy co-op team was 2-5 and ninth in the Heals after losses at Sacopee Valley (6-3) and St. Dom’s (1-0 and 10-6 in a doubleheader). After hosting St. Dom’s Monday and Old Orchard Beach Tuesday, the Flyers welcome Buckfield Wednesday, go to Richmond Friday and visit Old Orchard Beach Monday.

Softball

The Cheverus/North Yarmouth Academy co-op softball team was 5-4 and sixth in the Class A South Heals at press time after wins at Bonny Eagle (15-2) and Falmouth (12-2) and a 10-2 setback at twotime defending Class A champion Scarborough last week. Against the Scots, Alex Hammond and Madisyn Durgin each homered twice and Elizabeth Kennedy hit a home run as well. Hammond had three hits total and Mackenzie Turner earned the victory. In the win over the Yachtsmen, Turner had two hits and fanned 12 and

Durgin and Sydney Plummer hit home runs. The Stags went to Kennebunk Monday, host Gorham Wednesday, visit Massabesic Friday and welcome Marshwood Monday of next week. Portland snapped a four-game skid last Wednesday with a 4-3 come-from-behind home win over South Portland, then fell to 3-5 and 13th in the region after an 11-5 loss at two-time Class A champion Scarborough. In the win, Caroline Lerch singled twice, homered and drove in two runs and Halloran Chase had the game-winning RBI double. Against the Red Storm, Laini Legere had two hits and two RBI. The Bulldogs hosted Westbrook Monday and went to Deering Tuesday, visit Thornton Academy Wednesday, host Biddeford Friday and travel to Windham Monday of next week. Deering fell to 0-7 and 16th in Class A South after a 13-1 (six-inning) setback at Biddeford and a 19-0 (five-inning) home loss to Bonny Eagle. Liz Drelich homered in the loss to the Tigers. The Rams went to Gorham Monday, hosted Portland in a makeup game Tuesday, welcome Falmouth Wednesday, play at Marshwood

Thursday and host Kennebunk Monday of next week.

Boys’ lacrosse

Defending Class C boys’ lacrosse state champion Waynflete has overcome its 0-2 start with four straight victories, including wins last week over visiting Gardiner (11-2), visiting NYA (18-12) and host Deering (12-4). Miles Lipton had four goals and Harry Millspaugh three against the Tigers. In the win over the Panthers, Lipton and Zane Moorhead both scored six times. The Flyers (4-2 and fifth in the Class C Heals) hosted Freeport Tuesday, go to Cony Saturday and welcome Lake Region Tuesday of next week. In Class A North, Portland suffered its first loss, 7-6, in overtime, at Bonny Eagle, then improved to 6-1 and fifth in the Heals after an 8-5 win at York Saturday. Miki Silva had four goals against the Wildcats. The Bulldogs welcome Massabesic Wednesday. Cheverus was 1-6 and seventh in Class A North after an 11-5 home loss to Kennebunk, a 9-7 win at Messalonskee and a 16-6 home loss to Lewiston. Colby continued next page


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Waynflete’s girls finished fifth.

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Anton and Will Haley each had two goals against the Rams. In the victory, Andrew Leach’s first as coach with the program, Haley scored four times, while Anton and Ethan Hammond both had two goals. The Stags are at defending Class A champion Thornton Academy Friday. Deering fell to 1-6 and eighth in the region after a 13-2 loss at Gorham and a 12-4 home setback to Waynflete. After going to Falmouth Tuesday, the Rams host Mt. Ararat Friday.

Girls’ lacrosse

Portland’s girls’ lacrosse team started 0-2 before winning four in a row, capped by victories last week at Brunswick (122) and Edward Little (15-3). Against the Dragons, Annika More led the way with five goals. “We like to spread the ball around and I think that’s an advantage,” Portland coach Beth Broderick said. “We’re not known as one of the ‘best’ teams in the state, but we’re looking to grow and improve by spreading the ball around and increase the likelihood the threat is going to work out for us.” Against the Red Eddies, Annika More and Isabella More each scored four times, while Chloe Kilbride had three goals. The Bulldogs (4-2 and sixth in the Class A North Heals) host Noble Thursday, Cony Friday and Westbrook Tuesday of next week. Cheverus was 3-1 and fourth in the region after a 13-8 home loss to Kennebunk last week. Bella Booth had three goals in defeat. After going to Windham Monday and hosting defending Class A champion Falmouth Tuesday (see theforecaster.net for game story), the Stags visit Sanford Thursday and welcome Deering Tuesday of next week. Deering fell to 0-6 and ninth in Class A North after home losses last week to

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Portland’s Lydia Stein battles a pair of Brunswick players for a draw control during the Bulldogs’ 12-2 win last week.

Windham (18-3) and Winslow (14-5). In Class B, Waynflete was 2-4 and 11th after a 10-2 home loss to Falmouth and a 5-3 setback at Marshwood last week. Emi Boedeker had two goals against the Hawks. The Flyers hosted York Monday, go to defending Class B champion Cape Elizabeth Thursday (see theforecaster. net for game story) and visit defending Class C champ Lake Region Tuesday of next week.

shwood won the girls’ competition). Deering’s boys then came in third at the Westbrook Relays. Portland hosted Falmouth, Kennebunk and Thornton Academy. The Bulldogs were fourth in both the boys’ and girls’ meets, which were both won by the Golden Trojans. Cheverus’ boys and girls both came in third in a five-team meet at Sanford.

Cheverus’ girls’ tennis team was atop the Class A South Heals at press time with a 7-0 record after wins last week at Portland (4-1) and Westbrook (5-0) and at home over South Portland (5-0). The Stags host Scarborough Friday, then close Monday at 11-time state champion Falmouth. Cheverus’ boys improved to 6-1 (and seventh in Class A South) with 4-1 wins last week over Westbrook, Gorham and South Portland. The Stags are at Deering Wednesday and close the regular season at home against defending champion Falmouth Monday. Portland’s girls were 4-2 and fifth in Class A South entering Monday’s home match versus Massabesic. The Portland boys fell to 3-4 and ninth after 5-0 losses last week to Deering and Falmouth. Deering’s girls’ team was 1-5 and 12th entering Monday’s home match versus Bonny Eagle. The Rams visit Cheverus Wednesday, then host Falmouth Friday. Deering’s boys were 5-2 and fifth entering Monday’s match at Bonny Eagle. The Rams host Cheverus Wednesday and visit Falmouth Friday. The 11-time Class C state champion Waynflete boys were 6-2 and third in Class C South entering Monday’s match at Greely. Waynflete’s girls were 3-4 and sixth in Class C South entering Monday’s home match against Greely. Times Record staff writer Eric Maxim contributed to this story. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@theforecaster.net. Follow him on Twitter: @ foresports.

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Maine Medical Center and Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center in Lebanon, New Hampshire, have been awarded a $3.9 million grant from the National Institutes of Health’s National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute to increase access to cardiac surgery clinical trials among rural populations. The grant also provides funding to help train researchers at both hospitals. KeyBank Foundation, the charitable nonprofit of KeyBank, recently awarded a $133,333 grant to Portland-based nonprofit Avesta Housing. The donation is designated for critical areas of need, including senior housing, resident services, and investing in Avesta properties. Funds will also go to counseling and education for first-time

GoZone Fitness recently announced it has opened a third location at 360 U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, joining locations in Gardiner and Lewiston. The company invests in members, schools, businesses and Get Fit Fundraisers by offering many services for free as a reward for a healthy lifestyle.

Transitions Benchmark Residential & Investment Real Estate is now Benchmark Real Estate, offering the same client service with a brand-new look. The company also has a newly designed website.

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Giving Back The “40 Cans for Lent” campaign set an ambitious goal for parishioners in Scarborough, South Portland and Cape Elizabeth: donate 3,000 pounds of food for a

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GARDEN & LANDSCAPING

How to read a nursery plant tag

Shopping for new plants for a home can be an exciting undertaking. Nurseries and garden centers are often home to dozens of types of plant species that come in various colors, leaf variations and sizes. Such variety can make choosing plants more fun while also making the process of buying plants a bit complicated, especially for novices. Thankfully, plant tags can help consumers make informed decisions. Understanding how to read plant tags is key to making good choices. Such labels contain a lot of information, but once a person knows how to decode that data, he or she is well on the way to choosing the right plants.

Common name

The common name of the plant tends to be the most noticeable word or words on the tag. This is the name the plant is referred to outside of scientific circles. Most plants have one or more common names in addition to their botanical name.

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Scientific (botanical) name

Scientific names are also known as the Latin names of the plant. Such names will be written in italics on the tag and are usually one or two words. The scientific name includes the genus (group) and the species of the plant.

Cultivar

A plant tag may further describe the type of plant by including the cultivar. A cultivar is the variation on the species. It may describe a size or color variation. The cultivar is listed in single quotations by the scientific name.

Sun requirements

The tag should list how much sun exposure the plant requires to thrive. It may be anywhere from full sun to full shade.

Height and spread

The label frequently includes the maximum growing height and width the plant should reach when mature. This gives gardeners an understanding of just how much

room the plant will take up in the garden and how to space plants in a landscape.

Water needs

How much water the plant requires may be featured on the tag as well. This helps gardeners know if they need soil to be damp or relatively dry.

Hardiness or zone

Tags that list zones will describe the coldest zone in which the plant can exist. Otherwise, it will give a range. Many annuals will not list a hardiness zone because they are not expected to last beyond one season.

Perennial or annual

The tag should designate the plant as an annual or perennial. Annuals are not expected to last through the winter and will need to be replanted the following year. Perennials can over-winter and will regenerate year after year. Tags also may list information such as special care needs, drought tolerance, uses for the plant, and when the plant blooms. Some plant labels will inform gardeners if the plants were produced organically or without GMO practices. Trademark information also may be included. Plant tags provide important information for selecting and growing plants. When noted, tags help gardeners make the right selections and keep plants as healthy as possible. — Metro Creative

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Compacted soil can result from any number of activities, including walking on a lawn. When soil on a lawn is compacted, grass roots might not receive the water, oxygen and nutrients they need to grow in strong. The can lead to weak lawns that are vulnerable to various issues. However, homeowners need not avoid their lawns to prevent soil compaction. Rather, learning to recognize signs of soil compaction and paying special attention to heavily trafficked areas of the yard can help homeowners identify the problem early and address it before grass begins to suffer. Cooperative Extension, which is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture and the National Institute of Food and Agriculture, notes that the following are some sign potential indicators of compacted soil. • Hard soil: Soil that is difficult, if not impossible, to penetrate with a shovel is likely compacted. Even healthy soil is sometimes resistant to penetration, but if homeowners put some muscle into their efforts to penetrate the soil and still can’t do so, then the soil is compacted. • Standing water: Water standing on top of soil for a long time is doing so because the soil is likely so compacted that the water, which roots need to thrive, cannot get through. • Excessive water runoff: Runoff occurs when watering lawns. But if nearly all of the water intended for the lawn and the soil beneath it is seemingly being diverted away from the grass, then that means the water cannot get through to the soil or that so little is getting through that the lawn’s health is in jeopardy. • Loss of vegetation or poor plant growth: Compacted soil prevents water, nutrients and oxygen from accessing the root zone. As a result, plants, including trees, are vulnerable to disease and even death. • Surface crust: Surface crust, which blocks oxygen and water from penetrating the soil and tends to inflict areas like footpaths and playgrounds due to heavy foot traffic, contributes to runoff and soil erosion. Compacted soil is relatively simple to fix. But when untreated, compacted soil can threaten lawns, plants and other vegetation. ­— Metro Creative


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Yarmouth student is top volunteer Isabel Brennan of Yarmouth was honored for her outstanding volunteer service during the 24th annual presentation of The Prudential Spirit of Community Awards. Brennan – along with 100 other top youth volunteers from across the country – received a $1,000 award and personal congratulations from Brennan award-winning actress Viola Davis at an award ceremony and gala dinner reception held at the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History in Washington, D.C., on May 5. Brennan, who is 18 and a senior at Yarmouth High School, has been a leader in a local program that provides breakfast and lunch for kids whose families may not be able to afford three meals a day. When she was a freshman, a friend told Brennan about Lunch Crunch, a program designed to ensure that children who get free or subsidized meals at school don’t go hungry during the summer. After signing on as a volunteer that first summer,

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“I quickly fell in love with the program,” she said, noting that participants come overwhelmingly from immigrant and low-income families in a relatively affluent town. “Lunch Crunch is more than just community service,” Brennan said. “It creates relationships and support systems between different groups of people in a town that does not often recognize these differences.” In her role as a Lunch Crunch leader, Brennan meets with adult leaders in the community prior to the start of the summer to coordinate and plans the program schedule. She and the person in charge of the district’s food services design a daily menu that is both nutritious and cost-effective. Once the half-day program begins for the summer, Brennan picks up the food and brings it to the playground where the camp is held, coordinates that day’s student volunteers as they play with and mentor the younger children, and helps with games, crafts and other activities. Each summer, between 25 and 30 children attend the camp. “Not only is every child fed both breakfast and lunch every day of the summer,” Brennan said, “but relationships and memories are created for everyone that will

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So. Portland student wins Maine essay contest A student at Gould R. School in South Portland was the winning essayist in this year’s Maine Constitution Essay and Poster Contest. Sponsored by the Secretary of State’s Office, the annual contest is for Maine students from grades K through 12. Middle and high school students submit essays regarding the Maine Constitution, voting and democracy. Younger students create posters reflecting Maine history or symbols. The theme for grades 9-12 was “The Importance of Voting and Democracy.” Brent Bellanceau, a 10th-grade student in Laura Fralich’s class at Arthur R. Gould School took first place for his essay entitled “The Importance of Prisoners Votes,” which can be read at bit.ly/2E0s94M. The winning students and their class-

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mates were invited to view the state’s original 1820 Constitution at the Maine State Archives in Augusta – a special honor, as it is not regularly removed from the storage vault for viewings.

Local National Merit Scholars announced This year’s National Merit $2,500 scholarship winners from Maine include three local designees: Kade J. Kelley and Liberty R. Ladd of Falmouth High School and Ian S. Youth of Scarborough High School. The students were chosen from a pool of more than 15,000 outstanding finalists in the 2019 National Merit Scholarship Program. National Merit $2500 Scholarship winners are the finalists in each state judged to have the strongest combination of accomplishments, skills and potential for success in rigorous college studies. The number of winners named in each state is proportional to the state’s percentage of the nation’s graduating high school seniors.

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Gallery, Yarmouth History Center, 118 E. Elm St., to June 29.

Good Theater, 4- 9 p.m. May 28 & 29 by appointment for September-April season. Actors of all genders and ethnicities welcome, email info@goodtheater.com.

Bernd Haussmann and Jeff Kellar, 4-6 p.m. opening reception, ICON Contemporary Art, 19 Mason St., Brunswick, 725-8157.

Exhibits Freeport Community Library: Janet Lawrence’s meditative watercolors and Bethany Dunfee’s mixed media, Freeport Community Library, 10 Library Dr., through May. “Birds of Paradise,” by Yarmouth painter Page Eastburn O’Rourke, Maine Audubon at Gilsland Farm in Falmouth, to May 31. Diane Noble: Plein Air Landscapes, Yarmouth Public Library, 215 Main St., through June 19.

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Friday 5/17 “Trees and Dancers,” artist’s reception 5:30-7 p.m. for Wendy Newbold Patterson, Stonewall

Saturday 5/25 Wiscasset Bay Gallery 35th Anniversary Reception & opening of “Spring Arrivals,” 3-5 p.m., 67 Main St, on view to July 5.

Museums Boothbay Railway Village, 586 Wiscasset Rd., Boothbay, 10 a.m.5 p.m. daily May 26-Oct. 14, rail trips on the hour 11 a.m.-4 p.m., railwayvillage.org. “Photographic Lives: Robert Freson, Irving Penn, and the Portrait,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art, explores two different approaches to portraiture, to June.

“Immersion,” Creative Portland, 84 Free St., 20 artists interpret the theme, to Oct. 25.

“In the Vanguard: Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, 19501969,” Portland Museum of Art, May 24-Sept. 8, explores how an experimental school in rural Maine transformed art, craft, and design in the 20th century.

Maine Potters Market, 376 Fore St., Portland, light-hearted imagery of flora and fauna by Rebecca May Verrill and Jeffrey Lipton, through May 30.

Lincoln County Student Art Show, Maine Art Gallery, former Wiscasset Academy building, 15 Warren St., Wiscasset, noon- 4 p.m. through May 20.

“Holding Up the Sky,” Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland. Honors the First People of Maine, the Wabanaki, which encompasses the Abenaki, Maliseet, Micmac, Passamaquoddy, and Penobscot, to February 2020.

“Can You Ever Forgive Me?” (2018), Monthly Monday Matinee, 1 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. Melissa McCarthy stars as Lee Israel, the best-selling celebrity biographer.

“Into the Nation,” UMVA gallery, Portland Media Center, 516 Congress St., solo show by Norajean Ferris dealing with immigration, racism, militarism, and LGBT issues, to May 28.

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“Everyday Maine,” University of New England Art Gallery, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, photos chronicle Mainers statewide in various activities and walks of life, to June 25.

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“Paintings in Oil,” Richard Boyd Art Gallery, 15 Epps St., Peaks Island. One medium, various artists, to May. 29.

Arts Gallery, 11 Centre St., Bath, to June 28.

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“Rewinding Romanticism,” photos by Greg Shattenberg, Maine Museum of Photographic Arts, USM Glickman Library, 314 Forest Ave., Portland, mainemuseumofphotographicarts.org/, to May 24.

Thursday 5/16 Maine Jewish Museum, 267 Congress St., opening reception 5-7 p.m. for “Letters to Sun: Land of Water,” by printmaker Edwige Charlot; “Innovative Techniques,” four bodies of work by Roland Salazar Rose; and photos by Stu Nedelman, to July 5.

Ongoing Children’s Museum and Theatre of Maine, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Tuesday-Sunday, 142 Free St., Portland, 828-1234, kitetails.org.

Ongoing Maine Maritime Museum, 243 Washington St., Bath, 9:30 a.m.-5 p.m. daily year-round, mainemaritimemuseum.org.

Solo performances by emerging local belly dance and multidisciplinary dance artists will be spotlighted May 18 during the “Spring Solitaire Student Belly Dance Showcase” at Mayo Street Arts in Portland. International Cryptozoology Museum, 4 Thompson’s Point Road, Portland, call 518-9496 for hours. Maine Historical Society Museum, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Monday to Saturday; noon to 5 p.m. Sunday, 489 Congress St., Portland, 7741822, mainehistory.org. Maine Jewish Museum, 10 a.m.4 p.m., Monday-Friday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday or by appointment, 267 Congress St., Portland, 773-2339, mainejewishmuseum.org. Narrow Gauge Railroad & Museum, 58 Fore St., Portland, 9:30 a.m.-4 p.m. daily, with trains on the hour, admission $6-$10, mainenarrowgauge.org.

Portland Museum of Art, Congress Square, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Wednesday, Saturday & and Sunday; 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Thursday & Friday; free admission Friday nights 4-8 p.m., portlandmuseum.org. Victoria Mansion, 10 a.m.-3:45 p.m. daily, 109 Danforth St., $5-$16, victoriamansion.org/your-visit. Yarmouth History Center, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday, 118 East Elm St., Yarmouth, 846-6259, yarmouthmehistory.org/.

Music Thursday 5/16 Two Sides of the Classical Guitar: David Bullard and Brian Cullan, 7 p.m., St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, $15/$18, bit. ly/2WvXFyS.

Friday 5/17 Maine Dead Project Summer Series Kick Off, 8 p.m., 25 Temple St., 21+, $10-$15, paperless tickets, portlandhouseofmusic.com.

Saturday 5/18 Aaron Smith of Gospel Blues Revival, 6:30 p.m., Holy Grounds Coffee House, Church of the Holy Spirit, 1047 Congress St., Portland. Housemade entree, beverages and desserts for sale, donations for musicians taken.

Sunday 5/19 Portland Rossini Club, 3 p.m., featuring pianist Jonathan Prak with works by Beethoven and Chopin, The Cathedral Church of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, by donation, students free. Scarborough High School Mixed Chorus and USM’s Dirigo Ensemble, 5 p.m., St. Augustine Anglican Church, 656 US Route 1, Scarborough. Free.

Monday 5/20 Jim James Presents Uniform Distortion, with Amo Amo, 8 p.m., State Theatre, Portland, $46.50+, bit.ly/2E27Rbd.

p.m., Freeport Community Library, featuring French and British composers, free and open to the public.

Thursday 5/23 Big Ass Rooster, 5 p.m., outdoor concert and Allagash Brewing Company Victor Ale tasting to benefit St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., $25, 21 plus.

Theater/Dance “The Last Five Years,” to May 19, Portland Stage, 25 Forest Ave. musical deconstructs a love affair and marriage between an aspiring novelist and a struggling actress, portlandstage.org. “The Tomb of King Tot,” May 16 - June 2, Mad Horse Theatre Company, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, a “sweet, quirky tragicomedy,” $20$23, www.madhorse.com.

Friday 5/17 Comedian Gilbert Gottfried, 8 p.m., Aura, Portland, $25+, bit. ly/2DJLZ4o. LOLS: An Evening of Local Comedy, 8 p.m., Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, $10/$12

Saturday 5/18 Spring Solitaire Student Belly Dance Showcase, 8 p.m., Mayo Street Arts, 10 Mayo St., Portland, $15/$20, bit.ly/2WvXFyS.

Midcoast Call for Artists “Women. Respond!” open call juried show at The Harlow in Hallowell from Aug. 2-Sept. 7, deadline June 15, see harlowgallery.org/ call-women-respond.

Exhibits Student Art Show, Brunswick High School, Maquoit Road, to May 29.

Galleries

Wednesday 5/22

Birds on Display, various mediums and artists, Marking’s Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, through May 31.

High Winds Flute Choir, 6:30-7:30

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“A Resounding Beat: Music in the Inuit World,” Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Bowdoin College, through Dec. 31. Bowdoin College Museum of Art, 245 Maine St., Brunswick, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday; 10 a.m.-8:30 p.m. Thursday; 1-5 p.m. Sunday; closed Mondays and national holidays, 725-3275, bowdoin.edu/art-museum. Free. Peary-MacMillan Arctic Museum, Hubbard Hall, 9 South Campus Drive, Bowdoin College, 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday; 2-5 p.m. Sunday, 725-3416, bowdoin.edu/ arctic-museum/. Free. “Bowdoin Collects: Chinese Ceramics, Jades, and Paintings,” Bowdoin College Museum of Art Markell Gallery, rarely seen masterpieces, to January 2020. “Material Resources: Intersections of Art and the Environment,” Focus Gallery, Halford Gallery, Media Gallery, Osher Gallery and Center Gallery at Bowdoin College, examines artists’ dependence on Earth’s material resources, to June.

Music Friday 5/17 “Blue River, Deep Roots,” 7 p.m., The Neighborhood, 798 Washington St., Bath, benefit by four women songwriters, by donation. Side Door Coffee House featuring Dave Bullard and Kate Miller, Unitarian Universalist Church, 1 Middle St. Brunswick. Open mic sign up 6:45 for 7 p.m. start; feature performers at 8:30 p.m.

Saturday 5/18 Ruth Moody Band, 7:30 p.m., The Opera House at Boothbay Harbor, 86 Townsend Ave., Boothbay Harbor. Australian-born, two-time Juno Award-winning singer-songwriter of the Wailin’ Jennys, $20+, bit.ly/2VsAXvh.

Sunday 5/19 Three Women & The Truth, 7:30 p.m., Chocolate Church Arts Center, Bath, alternative folk super group, $32/$35 door. Headtide Harps, 1:30 p.m.; “Mythical Figures,” Midcoast Symphony Orchestra, 2:30 p.m., Orion Performing Arts Center, 66 Republic Ave., Topsham, $20/door, under 18/college students free, 846-5378, www.midcoastsymphony.org.


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Put ‘Calendar Girls’ on your calendar

The calendar of upcoming performing arts happenings has several excellent choices. Tops in my opinion is City Theater Associates’ stellar community production of “Calendar Girls,” a British comedy that pushes many of today’s cultural hot buttons. It runs through May 26 at the Biddeford Opera House. The Midcoast Symphony Orchestra wraps up its 2018-2019 season this weekend with concerts in Lewiston and Topsham. The title of the program is “Mythical Figures.” Palaver Strings is a Boston-based classical music ensemble with a growing presence in Maine. The 14 musicians are launching a school in Portland this spring, plus they’re giving concerts at an accelerated pace. The next is slated for Saturday in Portland.

‘Calendar Girls’

Every now and then I see a comedy that not only hits my funny bone in fine fashion, but it also sticks in my mind long after the laughter has faded. That’s the case with the show that opened last weekend at the Biddeford Opera House: City Theater Associates’ stellar community production of “Calendar Girls.” It’s a contemporary British show, written by Tim Firth, that is based on a true story from rural England. Members of the Women’s Institute of a local church – all in their 50s and 60s – decide to raise money for a memorial to Annie’s husband, who recently died of leukemia, by selling a special calendar. The big gimmick: They all pose nude. The ladies hope to raise about 500 pounds, but when their calendar becomes a national and international sensation, sales and donations amount to 1,200 times that sum, which they use to build a new cancer wing for the local hospital. But this runaway success comes with a cost as the women feel the heat of the proverbial spotlight. Most serious is the growing rift between grief-stricken Annie, played by Rebecca Cole, and Chris, played by Jennine Cannizzo, who eyes opportunities for personal advancement. City Theater Associates’ artistic director Linda Sturdivant gets fine performances from her cast of 14, with Cole and Cannizzo delivering truly outstanding performances. City Theater Associates presents “Calendar Girls” through May 26 at the Biddeford Opera House, 205 Main St., with 7:30 p.m. performances Fridays and Saturdays and 2 p.m. Sundays. Call 282-0849.

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Midcoast Symphony Orchestra

Nineteenth-century musical Romanticism was characterized by a number of qualities. One of the most interesting was a fixation with mythical creatures, often drawn from the period of Classical Antiquity. Many Romantic composers wrote works that were centered on these figures. For the final concert of the Midcoast Symphony Orchestra’s 2018-2019 season, maestro Rohan Smith has based his entire program on this theme, presenting four works by famous 19th-century composers. The best-known piece is Claude Debussy’s “Prelude to an Afternoon of a Faun,” which in turn is based on a famous French poem by Stephane Mallarme. Fauns were minor deities in Greek mythology, characterized by the upper body of a man, and the body of a goat below the waist. (And they were utterly unconnected with baby deer.) According to Greek mythology, fauns tended to be sex-crazed and they cavorted with nymphs; such is the case with the particular creature envisioned in Debussy’s work. But it’s all a dream, at least in the Mallarme-Debussy telling. Other works on Smith’s program include Ludwig van Beethoven’s “Creatures of Prometheus,” Richard Wagner’s “Siegfried Idyll” and Maurice Ravel’s orchestral suite based on his ballet, “Daphnis and Chloe.” Midcoast Symphony Orchestra presents “Mythical Figures” twice this weekend: May 18 at 7 p.m. at the Gendron Franco Center, 46 Cedar St. in Lewiston, and May

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“Calendar Girls” is a hot British comedy that’s running through May 26 at the Biddeford Opera House.

19 at 2:30 p.m. at the Orion Performing Arts Center at Mt. Ararat Middle School in Topsham. Call 315-1712.

Palaver Strings

There are several organizations devoted to presenting classical music, or at least music that’s written in the classical tradition, to audiences that are unfamiliar with the idiom. One of them is Palaver Strings, a small chamber orchestra that was organized in 2014 in Boston. Numbering 14 members, this ensemble positions itself as a forward-thinking musical unit with a community-based mission and innovative

programming. They have a standing gig each summer at Bay Chamber Concerts in Rockport, and they’re looking to expand their Maine footprint. This Saturday, Palaver Strings presents its third Portland concert of this spring. Titled “Teaching Time to Walk,” it’s billed as “a concert that explores the concept of time and invites listeners to think about stability and flux, how we ‘go with the flow’ and how we can disrupt it.” Catch Palaver Strings at 7 p.m. May 18 at the St. Lawrence Arts Center, 76 Congress St. (top of Munjoy Hill) in Portland. Visit StLawrenceArts.org.


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Benefits Saturday 5/18 Portland Great Strides, 9 a.m., Payson Park, Portland, 4.5-mile walk benefits Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, on.cff.org/2YaVbXj.

Thursday 5/23 Allagash Victor Ale Tasting and Benefit, 5-8 p.m., outside St. Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, live music, local eats, $25.

Books & Authors Great Books: The Nature of Life Readings in Biology, 10-11:30 a.m. Mondays beginning May 20, hosted by Falmouth Memorial Library at Mason-Motz Activity Center, moderated book group is open to new members. “Precious and Adored: The Love Letters of Rose Cleveland and Evangeline Simpson Whipple 1890-1918,” May 16, 6-8 p.m., author talk, Maine Historical Society, 489 Congress St., Portland, and May 22 at noon, Portland Public Library.

Thursday 5/16 GORP Publication Party & Reading by poet and Falmouth educator Mark Melnicove, 6:30 p.m., Mason-Motz Activity Center, Falmouth, celebration of community literary magazine and reading from “Ghosts.”

Wednesday 5/22 “Silence: A Social History of One of the Least Understood Elements of Our Lives,” Literary Lunch with

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Jane Brox and Beth Bussiere, noon, Portland Public Library, Monument Square.

Bulletin Board Saturday 5/18 Indoor Yard Sale, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., Portland Spiritualist Church, 17 Dunn St., Westbrook. Books, camping/outdoor, vinyl, kids’ items, household. Plant & Yard Sale, 9 a.m.-1 p.m., rain or shine, Allen Avenue Unitarian Universalist Church, 524 Allen Ave., Portland. Master Gardener’s Plant Sale, 8 a.m.-noon, rain or shine, Barron Center, 1145 Brighton Ave., Portland. Native and pollinator plants, vegetable seedlings, herbs, shrubs, gardening items, bake sale, local compost. Tate House Museum Herb and Plant Sale, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 1267 Westbrook St., Portland. Perennials thinned from the historical garden, herbs and annual flowers, used book sale. Market Day, 10 a.m.-2 p.m., Tractor Supply, 442 US Route 1, Scarborough, featuring local vendors with handmade and homegrown items including crafts, candles, produce, baked goods. Community Garden Collective Plant and Bake Sale, 9 a.m.-noon, Hamlin School Community Garden, behind the South Portland Planning Office, 496 Ocean St., perennials, vegetable, annual flower, and herb seedlings; potted geraniums; baked goods and coffee, rain or shine.

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Mindful Tuesdays with Sue Young, 10-11:30 a.m., Mason-Motz Activity Center, Falmouth, mindfulness, stress reduction and/or relaxation skills, through summer.

5:30 p.m. Finance Committee  CH 5:30 p.m. Sustainability and Transportation Comm. CH 9 a.m. ESAC  OCC 1 p.m. Maine CoC  PPL 3 p.m. Waterfront Working Group  CH 4 p.m. Portland Development Corp.  CH 6:30 p.m. Zoning Board of Appeals CH 8 a.m. Legislative Committee  CH 5:30 p.m. City Council  CH 3 p.m. Rules and Reports Committee  CH 5:30 p.m. Economic Development  CH 6:15 p.m. Peaks Island Council  PICC 4 p.m. METRO Board of Directors  114 Valley St.

Saturday 5/25 Yard Sale Fundraiser, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., 181 Main St., Freeport, next to the Freeport Community Library to benefit Greater Freeport Community Chorus and Freeport Players. Rain date May 26.

Call for Volunteers Love Cats? Homeless Animal Rescue Team in Cumberland is looking for weekday morning volunteers from 8-11 a.m., applications are available on the HART website or call 829-4116. Peanut Butter and Jelly Drive sponsored by Bangor Savings Bank, through May 31 at all branches. The bank will contribute two jars for every selfie taken when donations are made; email to socialmedia@bangor.com. Fight to End Alzheimer’s: for ev-

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Red Cross Blood Drives: May 17, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., State Farm, 438 US Route 1, Yarmouth; May 21, 9 a.m.-2 p.m., Easterseals, 125 Presumpscot St., Portland & 8 a.m.-1 p.m., South Portland High School, 637 Highland Ave; May 22, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Mercy Hospital, 144 State St., Portland.

Dining Out Saturday 5/18 Baked Ham Supper, 5-6 p.m., Freeport Masonic Lodge, Mallet Drive. Includes mashed potatoes, assorted vegetables, homemade biscuits. Adults/$9, kids half price.

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Friday 5/17

Reducing Your Environmental Risk for Cancer, 6-7:30 p.m., Dempsey Center, 778 Main St., S. Portland, trends in cancer rates at the state and national level, how environmental carcinogens increase risk and what can be done, open to the public, register at bit. ly/2VoFQAh.

“The Path of Compassion,” by Tibetan Buddhist meditation master, 6:30 p.m., Vajra Vidya Tibetan Buddhist Center, 159 State St., Portland. Free and open to all; enter at State Street Church gate, portlandmainebuddhism.org/events.

Just for Kids

ery Hannaford Helps reusable bag bought in May at the Scarborough store, 31 Hannaford Drive, Alzheimer’s Association, Maine Chapter will receive a $1.

Broadway. Author read-aloud, drawing demo, art activity, book sales, snacks.

“Drop the Beat: A Digital Music Drop-In,” 2:30-4 p.m. Wednesdays in May, Portland Public Library, facilitated digital-music creation series for teens. Got Science? 3:45-4:45 p.m. Tuesdays, May 21 & 28, Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth. Hands-on activities for grades 3-8, register at the circulation desk or email Jill at joconnor@yarmouthlibrary.org.

Friday 5/17 Tail Waggin Tales, 3:30 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, children practice by reading aloud to therapy dog, mbatson@yarmouthlibrary.orgto sign up.

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Freeport Woman’s Club, program about recycling, 1:30 p.m., Freeport Community Library, featuring Lissa Bittermann of Ecomaine, recycling and waste-to-energy operations, public is welcome.

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healthy food, it does not solve the problems of food waste or hunger,” said Jim Hanna, executive director of the food council. “We have to fix a broken economy that allows deprivation of basic needs like food; (only) then will we be on our way to a just and sustainable food system that nourishes everyone.” Through the first couple years of the initiative, Donlan said the food council has gleaned more than 15,000 pounds of produce, valued at $27,000, from seven area farms. The farms include Replenova Farm in Portland, Jordan’s Farm in Cape Elizabeth, Two Farmers Farm in Scarborough, Wolfe’s Neck Farm in Freeport and Bumbleroot Organic Farm in Windham. She said the food council also works with the University of Maine Cooperative Extension and the Maine Gleaning Network, among others, which provide expertise and food distribution help.

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for seniors and students, with discounts for Portland residents. Wylie said the exhibits at the Observatory were overdue for an update after being installed in 2000 when the building re-opened to the public after extensive renovations. “One of the major reasons that we undertook this upgrade was to provide more information about the building,” Wylie said this week. “Before this update, there was very little information to engage self-guided visitors. “What we discovered is that a lot of visitors would come simply to climb to the top and not realize what a great story we have to tell. These new exhibits will definitely engage all visitors.” The new panels, she said, “have a lot more color and images and less text than the old ones,” with the particular aim of engaging children. For example, one of the panels explains how members of Boy Scout Troop 12 helped during World War II by delivering messages to City Hall when the Observatory was used as a spotting tower. But, Wylie said, “I think the most important thing we try to stress for kids is that this was a way for people to communicate in the early 19th century; that the Observatory was really a communication tower. It was sort of the Twitter of its day.” She said about 300 school children visit the Observatory every year, most of them from Portland. One of the most exciting items in the new display, Wylie said, is a 19th-century telescope. She said purchasing a suitable telescope was the most expensive item when the tower was first built by Capt. Lemuel Moody. Without the telescope, she said, Moody wouldn’t have been able to identify the

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The food council “hopes to significantly increase the amount of produce redirected from fields to organizations working with low-income populations,” according to the council’s website. With help from the grant, Donlan said the council would like to create more partnerships with food assistance

vessels coming into the harbor and then convey that information to the city. Wylie said what’s also great about the new exhibit is that interpretive panels are located on every floor. “This will greatly help visitors understand how important this building was to Portland’s development and to learn more about the man who built the tower,” she said. She said the Portland Observatory is the last remaining marine signal tower in the country, which makes it unique. Wylie said the story of Moody “and all his entrepreneurial endeavors, including a dance hall, banquet hall and bowling alley, along with his other marine-related activities, shines a light on this remarkable man.” Moody originally built the tower as a commercial venture, according to the Greater Portland Landmarks website. The goal was to provide a competitive edge to ship owners that paid Moody an annual fee to alert them when their ships arrived. Using his powerful telescope, Moody could identify incoming vessels from 30 miles away. “This signal tower greatly increased the efficiency of Portland Harbor, and the Observatory remained a working marine signal tower run by the Moody family until 1923,” the Landmarks website says. After that, the Observatory fell into disrepair and was eventually donated to the city of Portland. Restorations were done and the tower reopened in 1939. Forty-five years later, in 1984, Greater Portland Landmarks assumed management of the tower and opened it to the public, offering regular tours. The Portland Observatory is now on the National Register of Historic Places and is also both a National Historic Landmark and a National Civil Engineering Landmark. Kate Irish Collins can be reached at 780-9097 or kcollins@theforecaster.net. Follow Kate on Twitter: @ KIrishCollins.

programs across Cumberland County, as well as farms or suppliers willing to donate produce that otherwise would remain unharvested. She also said the food council could always use more volunteers, and an orientation seminar will be held May 30 at 5:30 p.m. at Avesta Housing, 409 Cumberland Ave., Portland. Call 939-3854 or email info@ccfoodsecurity.org for more information. Karen Voci, president of the Harvard Pilgrim Health Care Foundation, said she hopes the grant to the council will be

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to allow stormwater to flow underneath them. The platforms are typically built to curb height, allowing accessibility for diners with limited mobility. Jeff Levine, director of the city’s planning and urban development department, said most parklets can hold a couple of tables, with perhaps four seats per table. “We don’t limit the number of tables as long as it’s laid out safely,” he said. One big unanswered question: How will Portland residents react to having more on-street parking taken away in a city that is already parking poor? Thibodeau said the city doesn’t want parklets “taking over entire streets.” “We’ve got more restaurants here,” he said, “and it’s just a more creative way

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per season, which the city says is equal to the revenue from a typical downtown parking space. Restaurants with parklets are also expected to have liability insurance. Levine said he expects the cost to build a platform will be a few thousand dollars, “more if they build something unique.” Portland Downtown did not take an advocacy stance on the program, but encouraged its members to provide the city with feedback. “While I think it’s probably a good idea,” Gilbert said, “it does seem like it would be an expensive endeavor to have a platform created.” Joshua Miranda, owner of Blyth & Burrows at 26 Exchange St., said he might be interested in applying for a parklet permit in the future, but probably won’t this year because he doesn’t want

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Deering High School in Portland will be the site of an active assailant training this week for area emergency professionals and school officials.

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full-scale assailant exercise, beginning at 9 a.m. Portland Police Sgt. Dan Hayden said flyers were scheduled to be delivered in the neighborhood to alert residents of the exercise. A reverse 911 call will also be going to those who are signed up for such notifications. Hayden said residents may start seeing an uptick of activity early Saturday morning, followed by ambulances, police cruisers and fire engine activity until

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about 10:30 a.m. Most of the activity, however, will be inside the school. “If people hear noise or a shooting sound coming from the building, they shouldn’t worry. We are doing an active shooter training. It is not real-world,” he said. The exercise, Hayden said, will help first responders react to an active assailant, but also allow participants to determine what local, regional, state and federal resources would be needed at the scene, as well as in the hours and days following the incident. The exercise will involve local police and fire departments, school officials, the FBI, the Office of the State Medical Examiner and the attorney general’s office, among others. Sanborn said this is the second such exercise in the four years he has organized training for District II. A similar active shooter training was held last year at Gorham High School. More training, he said, is always needed when it comes to something like an active assailant incident. “These type of incidents are happening all the time and this is something where our plans have to constantly be updated,” he said. ‘The more we plan, the more we train together, the better we can respond to an incident should we find ourselves in that position.” The active assailant scenario, which is expected to conclude by mid-morning Saturday, will be followed by a debriefing. Participants will be asked to evaluate what went well, what didn’t, and what could be done differently. A follow-up meeting will be scheduled to go over those responses, Sanborn said. Michael Kelley can be reached at 780-9106 or mkelley@keepmecurrent.com. Follow him on Twitter: @mkelleynews.

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from page 1 gleaned from chicken coops on a farm owned by his grandparents in Kennebec County. On a bench to the left sit friends Gatti has made along the way. “He’s the best, a great guy. I like him, I like his hot dogs, he’s a nice guy,” one of them, Scott Tounge, said as he watched Gatti serve customers. Tounge is hard to miss in his jacket and cap with 172 pins, including one telling people not to stare at his pins. Tounge said his devotion to Gatti led him to have Gatti’s cart logo tattooed on his back. (It was a cool day and Tounge was wear-

ing three layers of clothing, so he was taken at his word.) Gatti no longer works year-round at the spot, and this year he set up shop a little later than usual because of bad weather. In the winter, he works full-time delivering materials to departments at Maine Medical Center and can pick up more hours when the weather is not conducive to hot dog sales. Yet the cart remains his primary source of income and joy, even though he never expected to operate it for more than about five years. Gatti said he was living in Colorado and California in 1982, having just earned a degree in sociology. “I had gone straight through school, I was

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