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Vol. 11, No. 2

News of South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth

Food vendors invited back to Fort Williams Park

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Jim Sheppard, a member of the Tuskegee Airmen, at his home in South Portland. Sheppard is holding a photo of the pilots and mechanics he lived with in Europe during WWII.

By Amy Anderson CAPE ELIZABETH — Add ice cream to the treats visitors may be able to buy at Fort Williams Park after the Town Council approved a second season of food vending on Monday night. Town Manager Mike McGovern said the program brought in between $10,000 and $11,000 last year, and with a few changes, is expected to generate about $14,000 in the 2012 season.

The program has been altered slightly for the second year. There will be four vendor sites – two at the Portland Head Light Circle, one at the Ship Channel Overlook, and a new site at Ship Cove Beach – and permits will run from May 1 through Oct. 31. The minimum bid for the beach site is $2,500; the other sites start at $4,000. The beach site vendor will also be required to serve cold beverages and ice cream.

McGovern said an additional change is the location of the vendor on hill, occupied last year by Karl and Sarah Sutton of Bite into Maine. That permit will be moved across the street to avoid encroaching on a handicapped parking space, he said. While there are no recorded statistics from last year’s program, McGovern said the vendors – who largely sold hot dogs, lobster rolls and beverages – anecdotally

Tuskegee Airman talks truth ahead of film By Mario Moretto SOUTH PORTLAND — The Tuskegee Airmen get together in a different city every year. The World War II veterans, who were the first black pilots in the U.S. military, meet to catch up with each other and swap stories. But a few years ago, in Philadelphia, they weren’t alone. They were joined by filmmaker George Lucas, who wanted to make a movie about the aviators. He had come to get their blessing, to ask them what they’d like to see in a film about their exploits in Europe. “We told them to knock out all the crap,” said Jim Sheppard, 87, a Tuskegee Airman who is originally from Harlem and has lived in South Portland for more than 30 years. “We were good enough on our own. We don’t need people boosting us.” Sheppard will learn if his advice was heeded when See page 17

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Bathras Market to close

By Mario Moretto SOUTH PORTLAND — Stiff competition and a dearth of winter traffic are forcing Bathras Market to close. The Willard Square business will be shuttered Jan. 20, just eight months after reopening at 412 Preble St. after a 20-year hiatus. Tara Ford, a Davis Street resident, read about the closure on a sandwich board outside the market Sunday. She said she was surprised the store was going under. “Last time I went it was really busy,” she said. “But I guess that was the summertime.” That was one of the problems,

Bathras Market at 412 Preble St. in South Portland, which reopened last May after being closed for 20 years, will close again on Jan. 20.

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Economic recovery blamed for rising toxic emissions By Emily Guerin PORTLAND — Oil terminals in South Portland, a ship manufacturer in Brunswick and a semiconductor fabricator in Portland are among Cumberland County’s largest emitters of toxic chemicals, according to new data released by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The EPA’s Toxic Release Inventory monitors the quantity of toxic chemicals released into the environment by 84 companies in

Maine. The latest data shows that 9.6 million pounds of chemicals were released in Maine in 2010 – an increase of 11 percent over the previous year. Emissions in New England dropped during the same time period by about 1 percent. But representatives from the Maine Department of Environmental Protection said the federal data is of limited utility without a more comprehensive understanding of the health and environ-

mental risks associated with toxic chemical releases. According to the TRI, the majority of Maine’s top 10 emitters were paper companies, including S.D. Warren in Westbrook, which discharged just over 270,000 pounds of chemicals into the air in 2010. The rest of Cumberland County’s emitters released chemicals on a much smaller scale than Warren and paper companies elsewhere in the state.

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reported they “did well,” and he believes “most of them are interested in coming back.” Requests for proposals are available now and are due at Town Hall by Thursday, Jan. 26, McGovern said. Applications will be reviewed by a committee made up of McGovern, Public Works Director Bob Malley and Fort Williams Advisory Commission

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The second largest in the area, Nichols Portland, which manufactures parts for engines and pumps, emitted about 1,700 pounds of zinc and disposed of just under 13,000 pounds of nickel and copper off-site. South Portland-based Fairchild Semiconductor’s 7,500 pounds of emissions included three acids and hydrogen fluoride, which are used to manufacture its semiconductor wafers. See page 19

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Unsung Hero: Larry Rubenstein, leader of the pack By David Treadwell SCARBOROUGH — The Bicycle Coalition of Maine picked a passionate leader when it elected Larry Rubenstein president of its board. “Maine is one of the best places to bike in the United States,” Rubenstein said. “There’s no place that isn’t pretty, and you don’t encounter the hostility of drivers that you find in a lot of metropolitan areas.” Rubenstein noted that Maine is the only state on the East Coast ranked among the top 10 states for biking. (Maine ranks second, just behind the state of Washington.) He added that with 7,000 members, Maine by far has the highest bicycle coalition membership per capita of any state. Education heads the list of the coalition’s

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activities. Each year volunteers provide training to more than 70,000 students in schools throughout the state. “We teach the basics, such as hand signals, traffic laws and the use of helmets,” Rubenstein said. “We also encourage kids to ride bikes to school rather than take the bus.” Such efforts address the obesity problem and help reduce dependence on gasoline. Other activities include an annual Lobster

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Ride in Rockland, a Woman’s Ride, a raffle and a Bike Swap. “The goal of the Bike Swap,” Rubenstein said, “is to get bikes out of garages and into someone’s hands.” In addition, 12 people serve as “Community Spokes” to lead advocacy efforts for bicycling in their local areas. In explaining his devotion to the sport of biking, Rubenstein said, “I love biking, and I love the people who bike.” Be assured, though, that Rubenstein is not just a one-trick pony. His many volunteer activities include being a member of the Friends of the Kotzchmar Organ; trustee of the Portland Museum of Art; board member of the Bowdoin International Music Festival, and member of the board of overseers for Opera Boston. He has also been involved at Columbia University (his alma mater) for decades, as a trustee and as a leading fundraiser. Rubenstein is a terrific board member for so many organizations because of his passion for whatever he does and his ability to raise money and inspire others to do the same. When asked the key to successful fundraising, he said, “You have to be willing to ask.” You also must be able to come up with good ideas, such as the creation of the Yellow Jersey Club for people who give at least

Larry Rubenstein at his home in Scarborough with the Parlee road bike he calls his Black Stallion. Rubenstein is president of the Bicycle Coalition of Maine and is a major fundraiser for it and several other organizations.

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Street work to be a fact of life in Knightville By Mario Moretto SOUTH PORTLAND — It could be a bumpy spring, summer and fall in Knightville. Drivers can expect detours and lane closures along Cottage Road and Ocean Street for more than half of 2012 thanks to a construction project that will include work on water, utility and sewer systems, plus roads and sidewalks. Preliminary estimates put the city’s share of the project cost at about $2 million. If the City Council approves the project early this year, construction could start in April and last through November. The final kinks are still being worked out, city engineer Brad Weeks said. But the project will include Portland Water District, Central Maine Power Co., Unitil, Fairpoint and the city’s departments of Water Resource Protection, Parks and Recreation, Public Works and Transportation. “If all these parties do this as a consolidated project, there are considerable savings,” said Greg L’Heureux, South Portland’s finance director. “We didn’t want (the other entities) digging up the street after we had just done the same sections ourselves.” The largest part of the city’s share of work will be a sewer separation project that will eliminate 43 combined catch basins in Knightville. In December, the city adopted a 12-year, $15.6 million plan to eliminate all but one combined sewer discharge point in South Portland. Getting rid of the 43 basins, which contribute to the discharge of sewer water into Casco Bay during wet weather,

will have a major impact on the city’s effort to keep the bay clean. Weeks said the Water Resource Protection Department had also been in touch with businesses in Knightville as part of a plan to eventually hook business stormwater systems – sump pumps, roof drains, etc. – to the city’s drainage system. “We’ll bring the storm service right up to their right-of-way, but then it will be up to the property owner to make the final connection,” he said. Weeks said the Portland Water District will also replace two 100-year-old water mains running underground along Ocean Street. One of those mains burst last August, leaving 15 customers, including Hannaford, without water for about a day. Unitil will bring natural gas service to the area, and Fairpoint and CMP will relocate several utility poles. The work might create a headache for businesses in Knightville, but it’s worth it, said Bob O’Brien of the Waterfront Market

Association. The association is a nonprofit organization seeking to bolster the vitality of Knightville, Mill Creek and Legion Square. “This is kind of like ripping off the BandAid, to do it all in one summer,” O’Brien said Wednesday. “It’s no question it’s going to be a hassle, but in the long run we should have a nicer area than we have now.” That “hassle” should be alleviated by plenty of temporary signs and alternative routes. Weeks said the city will put up signs letting motorists know that business is still open in Knightville, and alternative parking will be available on side streets. Most of the sidewalks in the area are about 4 feet wide, Weeks said, with trees and other “obstacles” blocking many of them. Sidewalk work this spring and summer should bring the walks on Ocean Street closer to 7 or 8 feet wide, he said. And the Parks and Recreation Department will rework landscaping to be less obtrusive and, hopefully, more attractive. Plus, the wider sidewalks will allow city

equipment to remove snow in the winter, something impossible now on the narrow walkways. L’Heureux, the city finance director, said funding and final cost projections are still being worked out. But the city has already received a $500,000 Maine Department of Transportation grant for some of the work on Ocean Street. Additionally, $100,000 of Community Development Block Grant money is expected to cover much of the sidewalks on Ocean Street. Much of the rest of the project would be paid for by income from Hannaford tax increment financing and from the Urban Road Improvement Fund. L’Heureux said the local tax rate shouldn’t be affected by the project. The city will hold a public meeting about the project at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Jan. 17, at City Hall. Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.

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More firefighters, park improvements on deck in South Portland By Mario Moretto SOUTH PORTLAND — Firefighter staffing and the future of Mill Creek Park will have to be sorted by the City Council in the coming months. On Monday, four of seven councilors met in a workshop to be briefed on those items, and to get a report on the city’s financial situation. Councilors Rosemarie De Angelis, Tom Blake and Alan Livingston were absent. Councilors were amenable to a plan to allocate an additional $52,000 next year to allow the Fire Department to hire two additional firefighters. The firefighters are crucial, Fire Chief Kevin Guimond said in a memo, because three retirements and one resignation in the past three months have put a strain on the

department’s overtime budget. There are also only 11 firefighters on daytime shifts, which isn’t enough to cover the needs of the city, Guimond said. Ultimately, he said he’d like to see 16 on every shift. About a dozen firefighters and union representatives urged the councilors Monday to approve the funds. They said increasing numbers isn’t just a question of overtime, but one of safety; 11 per shift, they said, is just not enough. “We’re concerned not only for our residents, but because of the stress levels this puts on firefighters,” said Mike Williams, vice president of the Professional Fire Fighters of Maine. John Bryer, president of the South Portland firefighters’ union, told the councilors



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that four men are required with each engine that shows up at a fire. If four others are gone on two ambulance calls, that leaves only three men left at the station. If another emergency breaks out, it’s jut not enough, he said. “This is what we’re dealing with,” he told councilors. “Thirteen (firefighters per shift) should be the minimum.” The councilors in attendance all agreed that funding the additional $52,000 next year would be good for the department, and pledged to support hiring two new firefighters. City Manager Jim Gailey said he agreed the department needed more firefighters, but didn’t want residents to think they are in any danger. He noted the city’s mutual aid agreement with area fire departments means South Portland can call on other municipalities when needed. “We’re not going to run short-handed when it comes to a fire,” he said. “The chief was very quick to note that. We are blessed to have Cape Elizabeth, Scarborough and Portland at our borders real quick when we need them.”

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the intersection of Broadway and Ocean Street. “It’s our goal to create a special place that people want to be, that people can see from the streets and the sidewalks,” Leonard said. The plan calls for pond wall and coping to deal with erosion at the banks of the pond that are most well-travelled. An entry arch would be built at the intersection of Broadway and Ocean Street, with stone walls leading to a wrought-iron “Mill Creek Park” sign. That archway would lead directly to a formal public garden, with a circular courtyard and benches. A new path system would help guide traffic through the park, between the plaza, pond, gazebo, veterans monument and the Rose Garden. The Mill Stone Plaza would be modernized with more seating, repaving and in-ground lights to create a visual barrier to the pond. Leonard said the path project and Mill Stone Plaza improvements could go out to bid as soon as this month. The preliminary cost estimate is about $385,000. Councilors were largely supportive of Leonard’s designs. “I think this improves the flow and the openness of the park,” Coward said. “The plan also brings into the park the areas along Broadway that are currently sort of cut off. I think the park will look bigger than it does at the moment.” But questions were raised about Mill Creek Park’s ongoing problem with rowdy,

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By Mario Moretto SCARBOROUGH — The Planning Board on Monday got an earful from residents opposed to a plan for a new, for-profit park at Scarborough Beach. Sprague Corp.’s plan to build a park on 62 acres off Black Point Road, with a 370-car parking lot, has been met with anger and lawsuits since it was first proposed early last year. Monday’s meeting was expected to be the last opportunity for public comment on the park proposal. Assistant Town Planner Jay Chace said the plan would come before the board again sometime in March, if the developer obtains a permit from the Department of Environmental Protection. The board has been conducting a site plan review for months, but has not allowed public comment since September. Opponents – including one member of the Sprague family – addressed the board Monday and said the park will create noise, traffic, environmental and visual problems, change the character of the neighborhood and degrade a piping plover habitat. “If this site plan is approved, it will inevitably change this area of the town of Scarborough,” said Natalie Burns, an attorney representing opponents of the park in a lawsuit against Sprague Corp. “It will negatively impact everything people value about the area.” A lawsuit has also been filed against Sprague on behalf of Jackie Quimby, who shares with the Spragues ownership of beach access at the area proposed for the park. Quimby argues she was never consulted on the plan for the park. “A co-owner of property does not have a right to use the property for profit without the consent of the other

co-owner,” said attorney Debbie Mann, who represents Quimby. Og Hunnewell, a Prout’s Neck resident, was one of a handful of speakers to question whether the park proposal, with its parking lot the length of two football fields, is in line with the town’s 2006 Comprehensive Plan. The area off Black Point Road is described in the plan as ideal for low-density residential development designed to “maintain the rural character of the area” and protect natural resources.

joint caregivers of that land through the Black Point Corp., which owns Sprague Corp.

Planning Board member Cory Fellows told the opponents their words weren’t falling on deaf ears.

“Should the parking lot gain the permit and proceed, it would destroy the essence of Scarborough, as it would no longer remain an oasis in this hurried and sometimes dangerous world,” she said.

“We really do take this all to heart and take it very seriously and give it the same weight we give any other information and data we receive,” he said. “This is certainly an unprecedented amount of public input.”

“Although I’m opposed to this park/ lot application,” Sprague continued, “I support my family in its quest for a more meaningful cash-flow with less disruption to a beautiful community which my family has enriched and cherished for several generations.”

Representatives from Sprague Corp. were present but did not speak at the meeting.

“Using these guidelines, we shouldn’t even be here today,” he said. “Just look at Old Orchard Beach and other Maine areas to our south to see the effects on unchecked and excessive beach growth.”

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But Hunnewell said Black Point Road is already backed up in the summer thanks to traffic jams near Scarborough Beach State Park. Adding capacity for 370 more cars would just make matters worse, he said. “Even the applicant’s traffic consultant said traffic count on Black Point Road will increase 50 percent,” he reminded board members.


Perhaps the most surprising voice in opposition to the plan was Julie Sprague of Cape Elizabeth. She and Seth Sprague, who is leading the development of the park, share the same ancestor, P. Shaw Sprague, who bought up land in Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth for conservation.




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By Amber Cronin PORTLAND — Several events in greater Portland will mark Martin Luther King Jr. Day this year, including a March for Justice, a performance of one of King’s sermons and a gospel concert. The holiday, always the third Monday of January, falls this year on Jan. 16. It celebrates the life of the slain civil rights leader, who said he wanted to be remembered not as a man with hundreds of awards, but as a man who lived his life serving others

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The Portland NAACP will also sponsor a gospel concert and the 31st Annual Martin Luther King Jr. Breakfast Celebration at the Holiday Inn By The Bay on Spring Street on Jan. 16 from 8 to 10:30 a.m. The breakfast will feature University of New England students leading a program on the importance of living a healthy life in order to reach one’s fullest potential. On Sunday, Jan. 15, from 6 to 8 p.m., Batimbo Beat and students from the UNE will perform a music and gospel concert at Merrill Auditorium, 389 Congress St.; admission is $5. Also on Sunday, the Cape Elizabeth United Methodist Church, 280 Ocean House Road, will hold a multicultural dialog and discussion from 5 to 7 p.m. Bowdoin College in Brunswick will join in the celebration of King’s life on Jan. 16 with its annual “Children’s Celebration of


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Project restores original glow inside Portland Head Light By Amy Anderson CAPE ELIZABETH — Outside, Portland Head Light is the most photographed lighthouse in the world. But inside, the lighthouse was far from photogenic. That is, until the walls and stairs in the tower were recently stripped of a coat of crumbling lead-based paint, and received a new coat to restore the structure’s original colors. Greg Marles, the town’s facilities director, said the project took a month to complete and nearly six months to receive approval from the Maine Historic Preservation Commission. He said the renovations were necessary because the paint was flaking off and there was mold growing along the bottom of the walls. “The majority of the time wasn’t spent painting, it was scraping,” he said. “All of the paint was removed by hand.” The job was completed by Abatement Professionals of Westbrook, and Marles said workers removed the paint without disturbing the brick. The wrought-iron

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stairs are now their original blue-gray color, and the new coat is expected to last up to 12 years. It was a $50,000 job, but was completed under budget, Marles said, and the funds came from the town’s Portland Head Light account. “They will come back to touch up the paint a little in the spring,” he said. “But it’s too cold for it to stick now.” The interior renovations aren’t the only recent changes at the lighthouse. Marles said the bell display outside the Head Light was redesigned by the facilities department about a year ago, and has been changed from a non-historic brick that was painted white, to one made of granite. The bell weighs 1,008 pounds, and was made in 1901. “I love (working on) old buildings,” Marles said. “They have real character.” Amy Anderson can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 110 or Follow her on Twitter: @ amy_k_anderson.

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I’m looking at the (old) man in the mirror You know that old man you’ve always hated at the bank? The one recounting every moment of his life to the teller while you stand behind him in line thinking, “Nobody cares if the mall used to be an orchard, Pops. Give the kid your rolls of The View pennies and beat it. I have to hit Hannaford’s and the bakery by noon.” You remember that guy? I’m turning into him. This isn’t a rant about getting older, although I would like to know when all that “wisdom of age” is supposed to kick in. All I’m getting is crankier and weirder. I’m not surprised, since I started out with a double helping of both, but still, it would be nice to fashion the occasional Zen- Mike Langworthy like insight. I’d settle for a greeting card aphorism. But not one, in the entire time since I realized aging wasn’t simply something that happened to other people. I still remember the day it happened, about 20 years ago. I was driving to work, and by driving I mean sitting in a car while pedestrians hooked up to oxygen bottles passed me like I was standing still. This wasn’t in Portland, where all the drivers are cherubs out of “Fantasia” and traffic moves like rainbows. This was Los Angeles, where free-flowing traffic is a chimera. The rare occasions when it goes smoothly are more than offset by the time spent at a dead stop. If you live there long enough, statistically your average speed goes into negative numbers. Anyway, I casually glance down at my arm – to see my father’s hand staring at me from the bottom of my sleeve. Somewhere along the way my hands got weather beaten and wrinkled just like his. It was quite a wake-up call: aging was going to happen whether I liked it or not, so I’d better get used to it. I thought I did. Losing a step wasn’t so bad, especially once the new hip gave at least half of it back. Lasik helped with the eyes. Previously water- and air-tight compartments are slowly becoming more, shall we say, semi permeable, but caution and planning minimize the inconvenience and embarrassment there. So far, brain functions are only marginally diminished. Or so I thought until a few weeks ago at the drug store.

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I’d do Portland a favor and sew my lips shut. I’m not saying it’s wrong to be friendly. I’m sure the teller at my bank was flattered when I said her blouse was pretty. But did she need to know my wife can’t wear that shade of green because it makes her skin look khaki? Or that I was the best man at a wedding when I was 20, dressed in a blue window-pane plaid tweed Edwardian walking suit? And still have an incriminating picture of it? I think not. The only explanation that makes any sense to me is that I’m so afraid I’m not saying what people need to know that I try to tell them everything I know. It never used to occur to me that I might not be making myself understood. In fact, if somebody didn’t get what I was saying, he was the idiot. I used to tell people that, from the stage, in the middle of my act. And yet somehow I was labeled “too angry” by a lot of the club owners I worked for. Where do they get this stuff? But I digress. It’s scary to think that the first thing to go isn’t the ability to communicate, but the ability to know when to stop communicating. Maybe I’m the only one. Maybe it’s temporary. I hope so. Meanwhile, at least I haven’t turned into Driving With His Turn Signal On Constantly Guy. Yet. Portland resident Mike Langworthy, an attorney, former stand-up comic and longtime television writer, is fascinated by all things Maine. You can reach him at

need exposure to a much broader landscape than Walmart provides. It might be a revelation to visit food banks, homeless shelters, and government welfare and unemployment offices and talk to Americans, many of whom once thought of themselves as middle class, who are now jobless and experiencing poverty, often for the first time. Especially in an election year, it is important that we question our assumptions and ask who benefits from the policies we advocate. Whose interests do Republican policies really promote? Not mine, and I suspect not yours either. William B. Fritzmeier South Portland

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January 13, 2012 from previous page most important and egregious abuse of power. First, it is my opinion and many others’ that it is ethically and morally corrupt for any sitting legislative body to vote themselves taxpayer money for their own benefit. Some of the councilors that are taking this will tell you they did not vote this in. What they fail to say is that every year they approve the city budget with that payment in it. They do not have to do that; it can and should be defunded. It is very clear in our City Charter that councilor compensation is $3,000. End of story. The city also recently received an unbiased outside opinion from an attorney that health insurance qualifies as compensation and thus is not allowed. Councilor Coward dismissed our 131 signatures to stop this as a few people bringing up the issue over and over again. It’s time for the citizens of South Portland to be heard. Obey the charter. Gary Crosby, South Portland

Rousselle column surprises, enlightens The Forecaster Forum by the Scarborough native about her experiences while working at her summer job at Walmart was surprising. The usual weekly columns attack Gov. LePage and his administration. The following week’s edition ran more like your normal editing favoring the Democratic slant on politics. What continues to amaze me is the response liberals have to such a point of view that Christine Rousselle presented. Not once did I see where anyone agreed that the state has a problem with the welfare system; they attacked the college student personally. Not mature enough, ultra conservative, looking for abuses and not disclosing all the good the DHHS does for the state of Maine. Maine has at least our share of abusers who strive to stay on the system for generations. This problem has taken years to reach this boiling point and will take many more to right the ship in its proper path. I have no problems sharing our tax money with worthy citizens who have fallen on hard times and feel once we purge the abusers off this teat there will be more than enough money to provide for those in need. David Bruneau, South Portland

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Too much information Last night my lovely wife Carolyn called her sister Janice in Tokyo. As I wandered out into the kitchen to get a snack during the Celtics game, there was Janice, having just gotten out of bed because it was already tomorrow in Japan, jabbering away on daughter Tess’ laptop. I caught a glimpse of myself in the caller window and said a quick hello as I walked by. Janice held her iPhone out the window so we could see the view of Tokyo from her high-rise apartment. Amazing. I try not to be too much a rube about The Universal technology, but I am. I’ll be damned if I understand how Skype works, let alone how it can be free. I mean how can Skype be free if Microsoft paid $8.5 billion for it? Seeing that it is, however, why would anyone place an expensive international phone call ever again? How can phone companies survive? Will the telephone soon go the Edgar Allen Beem way of the post office, which itself is going the way of the telegraph, which went to way of the pony express, which went the way of smoke signals. Don’t get me wrong. I don’t Skype myself. And I don’t have one of those phones with Internet access, e-mail, GPS, Wi-Fi, HD, 3D, 4G, PDF, PDQ, Hulu, Roku and built-in Pez dispenser. But I live with and among people who do. A sonic vocabulary of beeps, boops, dings, dongs, chirrups and buzzes signaling the arrival and departure of e-mail, voice mail, text messages, meeting notices, downloads, upgrades and dying batteries punctuates my days and nights. When my own little flip phone goes off in my pocket, trying very hard to sound like a traditional ring-ring while it alters my DNA, I am always surprised. Who would be calling me? I’d turn it off, or better still, put it on vibrate, but I don’t know how. Last Sunday it went off in church. (“Sorry. Sorry.”) It was a text from daughter Nora, who was visiting her in-laws in San Antonio, wanting to know if Auntie


ernor to know about it until the rock of legislative secrecy is turned over? If as a senator he did know about the deficit, then why didn’t he do something about it?

Janice was OK after the earthquake in eastern Japan. Earthquake in eastern Japan? How would I know? Of course, if I’d had Carolyn’s turbo-charged iPhone I could have gone online and checked CNN or the Weather Channel. Come to think of it, the headline news service on her phone would probably have alerted Carolyn automatically. I have a graduate degree in information science, but it’s from the 1970s, pre-PCs. I worked at Portland Public Library back when research meant books, magazines, newspapers, government documents, and the indexes thereof. Microfilm was about as high-tech as we got. Well into the 1980s, every story I wrote for a magazine or newspaper began and ended with a visit to the library. These days, all my writing begins and ends online. What drives me nuts about information storage and retrieval these days is that it’s so undifferentiated. Doing a Google search just gets you a big bucket of electronic dirt. You have to sift through the rubble for the gold. You’d think if there’s a free international calling system there’d be a free online index service by now. Too much information. Too little knowledge. Instant access to all the info in the world has created expectations that are unreasonable and unhealthy. We seem to chase after the latest technology whatever it may be, without considering what its social, economic, ethical, or spiritual consequences might be. E-mail kills post offices. Websites kill newspapers and magazines. Amazon kills Borders. Kindle kills books. File sharing kills music sales. Bluetooth kills brain cells. Texting kills teenagers. Geez, Eddie, you’re a 21st century liberal, a selfproclaimed progressive; you’re supposed to believe in human progress. Well, I guess I’m just not sure if millions of plugged-in people living in electronic cocoons is progress, even if they are in constant contact. Something tells me we were better off, more human perhaps, when the only way to communicate was face to face. Oh, can you hold for a second? I’ve got a call on the other line ... Freelance journalist Edgar Allen Beem lives in Yarmouth. The Universal Notebook is his personal, weekly look at the world around him. Comment on this story at:

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1/2 at 10:07 a.m. William S. Spear, 28, of Hill Street, Portland, was issued a summons on County Road by Officer Michael Beeler on a charge of operating with a suspended or revoked license. 1/2 at 4:19 p.m. Haily L. Googins, 19, of Webb Street, Portland, was issued a summons on Payne Road by Officer Glenn Tucker on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer of goods valued between $1,000 and $10,000. 1/2 at 5:35 p.m. Branden L. Cormiea, 30, of Broadturn Road, was issued a summons on Route 1 by Officer Scott Vaughan on a charge of leaving the scene of an accident. 1/2 at 10:16 p.m. Kenneth Schildroth, 57, of Riverside Street, Portland, was issued a summons on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Scott Vaughan on a charge of criminal mischief. 1/3 at 12:07 a.m. Robert K. Nowlin, 35, of Ocean Avenue, Portland, was issued a summons on Highland Avenue by Officer Douglas Weed on charges of robbery, burglary, criminal threatening, criminal mischief and obstructing the report of a crime. 1/4 at 12:44 p.m. Christopher M. Penney, 20, of Sawyer Road, was issued a summons on Gorham Road by Officer Andrew Flynn on a charge of possession of marijuana.

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South Portland Arrests 12/31 at 2:57 a.m. Dustin Carroll, 23, of Scarborough, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Patricia Maynard on a charge of operating under the influence and on a warrant. 1/1 at 4:34 a.m. Mark Bowman, 24, of Portland, was arrested on Western Avenue by Officer Kevin Theriault on a charge of operating under the influence. 1/1 at 6:34 a.m. Peter J. Bickford, 49, of Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Chris Schofield on a warrant. 1/2 at 10:41 a.m. Thomas Ryan, 24, of South Portland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Kevin Webster on a charge of domestic-violence assault. 1/2 at 3:02 p.m. Steven C. Williamson, 27, of Acton, was arrested on East Wainwright Circle on a charge of domestic-violence assault. 1/2 at 4:11 p.m. Terrance Kimball, 35, of South Portland, was arrested on Pleasant Avenue by Officer Jeff Levesque on a warrant. 1/2 at 5:57 p.m. Charles Swiger, 30, of Portland, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Jeff Levesque on a charge of operating after suspension. 1/2 at 6:26 p.m. John Robinson, 31, of South Portland, was arrested on Devereaux Circle by Officer Peter Corbett on a warrant. 1/2 at 10:40 p.m. David N. Fisher, 71, of Cape Elizabeth, was arrested on Waterman Drive by Officer Kevin Sager on charges of operating under the influence, operating after suspension and violating conditions of release. 1/3 at 6:10 a.m. Robert M. Card, 53, of South Portland, was arrested on Evans Street by Officer Jake Hall on a charge of operating under the influence. 1/3 at 7:05 p.m. Katherine Rameau, 25, transient, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Scott Corbett on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and criminal trespass. 1/3 at 9:52 p.m. Shevawn Sawyer, 48, of Portland, was arrested on Main Street by Jeffrey Pooler on a warrant. 1/5 at 3:52 p.m. William Fernstrom, 24, of Buxton, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Rocco Navarro on a warrant. 1/5 at 7:38 p.m. Mitchell Pierce, 22, of Damariscotta, was arrested on Maine Mall

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Mall Road by Officer Michael Matheson on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 1/4 at 7 p.m. Katherine Rameau, 25, transient, was issued a summons on County Way by Officer Patricia Maynard on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

Doin' Donuts from previous page Road by Officer Rocco Navarro on a charge of carrying a concealed weapon. 1/6 at 1:01 a.m. Kevin E. Conley, 29, of Portland, was arrested on Interstate 295 by Officer Kevin Theriault on charges of operating under the influence and operating an unregistered motor vehicle.

Summonses 12/31 at 6:16 p.m. Dale Lennon, 22, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Westbrook Street by Officer Jeffrey Pooler on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle. 12/31 at 8:11 p.m. Zachary Bruzgo, 18, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons on Willow Street by Officer Kevin Webster on charges of sale and use of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. 1/1 at 7:28 p.m. Maja Reinhartsen, 23, of Portland, was issued a summons on Philbrook Avenue by Officer Rocco Navarro on charges of sale and use of drug paraphernalia and possession of marijuana. 1/1 at 11:44 p.m. Angela R. Copeland, 35, of South Portland, was issued a summons on Broadway by Officer Chris Gosling on a charge of operating under the influence. 1/2 at 10:41 a.m. Christina Floridino, 36, of South Portland, was issued a summons on McKinley Street by Officer James Fahey on a charge of operating after suspension. 1/2 at 4:48 p.m. Amy E. Conicelli, 22, of Portland, and Matthew Lessard, 27, of Westbrook, were issued summonses on Clarks Pond Parkway by Officer Scott Corbett on charges of sale and use of drug paraphernalia. 1/2 at 5:08 p.m. Andrew D. Sinclair, 20, of Scarborough, was issued a summons on Highland Avenue by Officer David Stailing on a charge of possession of marijuana. 1/4 at 10:55 a.m. Melissa Austin, 42, of Limington, was issued a summons on Maine

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George Robinson, 88: Honest, hardworking man SCARBOROUGH — George Arthur Robinson, 88, died on Jan. 8 at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House after a year of declining health. Born in Cumberland on Feb. 14, 1923, he was a son of Lydia and Fred Robinson. He attended local schools, graduating from Greely Institute. He was in college when he was drafted and served in the U.S. Army Air Corps in Europe. He married Ethelyn Cook after being discharged and together they had two children. He became a lifelong accountant and he was very dedicated to his profession and clients. Robinson’s clients knew him as an

honest hard-working man who had a sense of humor and enjoyed a good story. Robinson joined the Cumberland Farmers Club in 1974 and served as its treasurer for 14 years. The Town of Cumberland dedicated its annual report Robinson in 1997 to him, recognizing “...his care with the facts and figures ... his good humor (keeping) matters on an even keel. George always remained serene outwardly, you could tell when he was get-

ting tense, because he started running his hands over his head. From the looks of it, he must have been tense many more times than any of us imagined!” He was predeceased by his parents, his wife of 55 years, Ethelyn, his sister Fannie Leighton, brother Eugene Robinson and sister Jeannette Leighton. He is survived by his great loves: his daughter Patricia Archambault of Yarmouth; his son George Robinson of Yarmouth; his grandchildren Mark Archambault of Palm Bay, Fla., Jennifer A. Visco and her husband Davide of Newton, Mass., Matt Robinson of Dallas, Texas, Brian Robinson

and his wife Betsy of Freeport, Gregg Robinson of Boston, Mass.; great-grandchildren Peter, Benjamin, Andrew and Katherine Visco and Thomas Robinson; and his two cats Lou and Bo. The family would like to thank the staff and care givers of Comfort Keepers and Hospice of Southern Maine for the exceptional care given to Robinson in the past year. Visiting hours were held on Jan. 11 at Lindquist Funeral Home, One Mayberry Lane, Yarmouth, with funeral services on Jan. 12 with Rev. Philip Shearman officiating. Burial will be in the spring in Village Cemetery in Gray.

included: Make-A-Wish, Family Crisis Services, Pine Tree Society, Camp to Belong Maine, Wells High School Project Graduation, Thornton Academy Middle School, Women In Harmony, STRIVE, Woodfords Family Services, and the Maine Volunteer Lake Monitoring Program. These charities averaged $350 a day in earnings.

recently awarded Planet Dog the 2011 Small Business of the Year Award. In addition to Planet Dog’s award, the Portland Development Corporation also presented awards to The Greater Portland Convention & Visitors Bureau (2011 Economic Development Achievement Award) and the Via Agency (2011 Business of the Year Award). All three businesses were recognized for playing a major role in developing Portland’s economic vitality. Mayo Street Arts was recently awarded Coffee By Design’s 2011 Rebel Fund to support the Children’s Puppet Workshop. Funds from the $2,500 grant will allow kids from East Bayside and Kennedy Park Housing to work with professional puppeteers, dancers, musicians, and Maine College of Art students to create scripts, puppets, music, and dances for a community performance and exhibit held in the spring. Funds will also allow participants and other neighborhood kids to attend Saturday puppet shows at Mayo Street Arts. Sarah (Sally) Mackenzie of Brunswick, an associate professor of educational leadership in the College of Education and Human Development at the University of Maine, has been awarded a Fulbright Scholar grant at the Vietnam National University in Hanoi for spring 2012.

Stephanie N. Strouse, a partner at Drummond & Drummond LLP, was recently named to the Maine Rising Stars list by Super Lawyers, a Thompson Reuters business, a rating service of outstanding lawyers from more than 70 practice areas, who have attained a high degree of peer recognition and professional achievement. In late October 2011, Avesta Housing hosted an Appreciation Luncheon to thank their partners for sharing their commitment to providing quality, affordable housing for Maine communities. At the event, Avesta Housing honored Gorham Savings Bank with the Mike Yandell Award in recognition of their significant contribution to affordable housing. The award is named for the late Mike Yandell, a former Avesta Housing board chair and the former president of Gorham Savings Bank. The Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland recently received a $5,000 grant from Town & Country Federal Credit Union’s Better Neighbor Fund. The Animal Refuge League plans to use the funds for its spay/neuter program for cats. Earle W. Noyes and Sons Moving Specialists, an agent of United Van Lines, was recently honored by the worldwide transportation company for exceptional professional achievement. Bangor Savings Bank was recently named the overall top Small Business Administration lender in Maine in 2011, lending $14,889,050 in loans to 68 new or existing businesses. The American Heart Association recently recognized several Maine employers for promoting physical activity and health in the workplace. Organizations reach Fit Friendly Gold-level status by implementing activities and programs to encourage physical activity, nutrition and culture enhancements such as healthy food choices, and annual employee health risk assessments. Gold level organizations in Maine include: Barber Foods, the City of Auburn, the City of Lewiston, General Dynamics Armament and Technical Products, Hannaford Brothers Company, Holden Agency Insurance/Employee Benefits Solutions, Maine Oxy, McCain Foods, MEMIC, Mercy Hospital, St. Mary’s Health System and Tyler Technologies. Companies achieve Platinum recognition, the highest tier, by taking the program a step further by measuring the outcomes of their wellness efforts. Local Platinumlevel organizations include: Anthem Blue Cross and Blue Shield, Cardiovascular Consultants of Maine, L.L. Bean and MaineGeneral Health.

Good Deeds Evergreen Credit Union recently donated $10,285 and hundreds of man-hours to food pantries located in Cumberland County as part of the annual Ending Hunger in Maine Campaign. Local pantries include: Crosswalk Community Out Reach, Windham Food Pantry, South Portland Food Pantry and Root Cellar. Woodard & Curran’s recent employee outreach campaign raised over $62,000 for the firm’s foundation, a 501(c)3 established in late 2010 to empower local and global solutions for a healthier world. In October, it issued a $5,000 grant to Engineers Without Borders’ University of Maine student chapter for its projects to improve sanitation in the village of Dulce Vivir, Honduras. The Maine Mall’s “Wrap for a Reason” program raised over $15,000 for 10 Cumberland Country nonprofits during the holiday season. The benefiting nonprofits

Goodbye Naya’s Trance recently announced that after 10 years with their company, Jessani, founder of Naya’s Trance and Artistic Director, has chosen to pursue a solo career.

Awards Berry Dunn, CPAs and Management Consultants, was recently awarded the United Way’s 2011 Leading the Way Award, honoring employee campaign managers and teams that have expressed their commitment to the United Way of Greater Portland’s mission by rallying their peers with the most innovative and creative employee campaigns. Berry Dunn was also recognized as a financial contributor to the 2011 Loaned Executive Class & Medicaid Services. The Portland Development Corporation

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New year arrives triumphantly in Forecaster Country (Ed. Note: For the Cape Elizabeth-Waynflete boys’ and Scarborough-Cheverus girls’ basketball game stories, please visit By Michael Hoffer If the rest of 2012 is anything like the first week, local sports fans are in for a non-stop treat. There was drama galore a week ago and plenty of big games to come. Here’s a glimpse:

Boys’ basketball Scarborough’s boys’ basketball team earned a very sweet victory Tuesday night when it beat defending Western A champion Cheverus for the first time, doing so with relative ease, 58-43. Senior Ben Wessel led the way with 14 points. The Red Storm was coming off a 49-44 home win over Thornton Academy last Friday (Wessel and junior Dillon Russo each had 10 points in that one). Scarborough (5-4 and seventh in the Western Class A Heal Points standings as of Wednesday) goes to Noble Friday, then faces a huge home test Monday against undefeated, top-ranked Deering. South Portland is 7-2 and sixth in the Heals after splitting its last two games. The Red Riots lost at home to Deering last Friday night, 40-29 (junior Tanner Hyland had 11 points), but bounced back Tuesday and won at Sanford, 54-46 (Hyland had 12 points and seniors Logan Gaddar and Jordan Muller finished with 10 apiece). South Portland hosts Portland Friday and goes to Marshwood Monday. In Western B, Cape Elizabeth has dropped two of its last three games to fall to 5-4 and 10th in the Heals. Last Wednesday, the Capers lost to Waynflete for the first time, trailing from start to finish in a 52-36 decision. Junior Chris Robicheaw had 12 points and classmate Henry Babcock finished with 10. “(Waynflete’s) a good team,” said Cape Elizabeth coach Jim Ray. “They’re going to win a lot of games. You have to give them credit. They played hard, they played tough, they made shots, they rebounded hard. They did a lot of good things. We haven’t been shooting very well, so there were some restrictions on the type of shots we were supposed to be shooting. As it worked out, we didn’t get to the foul line tonight, which was a goal.” Last Friday, the Capers bounced back with a 61-49 home win over Poland (Babcock went off for 22 points). Tuesday,

Cape Elizabeth lost at Wells in a playoff rematch, 67-53. Babcock finished with 20 in that one. The Capers hosted Yarmouth Thursday and go to Fryeburg Saturday. “It’s tough, but there’s a lot of season left and a lot of good games left,” said Ray.

Girls’ basketball On the girls’ side, Scarborough has shown it’s for real. The Red Storm won at Thornton Academy (48-32) and Cheverus (48-36) in recent action to improve to 9-0 and first in the Western A Heals. Against the Golden Trojans, freshman Ashley Briggs had 13 points and junior Mary Redmond finished with 10. At the Stags, Scarborough overcame a slow start with a 30-13 eruption over the middle quarters and went on to the surprising victory behind 15 points off the bench from junior Taylor Leborgne (10 in the second quarter alone), nine from Briggs and seven points, 13 rebounds and five steals from junior Courtney Alofs. “My shot was falling and the team did well,” Leborgne said. “It started with the defense. I know that I go in and give the team a spark. I help out wherever it’s needed. I play any of the three guard positions, wherever (the team) needs me. It was a fun atmosphere.” “We knew Cheverus would be a tough team to play, but we knew we had the defense to play them and we proved that on the court tonight,” Alofs said. “We all trust each other so well. We’ve been down before. We knew if we stuck together, we could fight back and win the game and that’s what happened.” Scarborough hosts Noble Friday, has a showdown at Deering Monday and welcomes undefeated, defending Class A state champion McAuley Friday of next week. First-year coach Tom Maines certainly likes what he’s seen so far. “Personally, I took this job wondering if the kids could execute my style of play,” Maines added. “I’m proud of them. They’re great kids to coach. I didn’t know them. I had no idea who started last year. Everything’s new. I didn’t know the league. I don’t know the coaches. Frankly, we play our game and I don’t worry about the opponents or scout, which may be contradictory to many people. We can’t make a big deal of an opponent, saying they do this or that. We play our game.

We need to get better on defense. We’re not shooting the ball that well. If we shoot like I think we’re capable of, it will be very tough to beat us.” South Portland improved to 5-4 and eighth in the standings after holding off visiting Sanford, 39-34, Tuesday, behind 10 points from junior Danica Gleason. The Red Riots are home with Portland Friday and welcome Marshwood Monday. In Western B, Cape Elizabeth fell to 2-7 and 16th in the Heals after recent losses to visiting Waynflete (41-35), host Poland (43-34) and visiting Wells (33-26). Senior Kayla Raftice had 11 points and junior Marlo Dell’Aquila 10 against the Flyers. Sophomore Emma O’Rourke finished with 13 points and Raftice added 11 in the loss to the Knights. Tuesday, against the Warriors, the Capers took a 25-17 lead into the fourth quarter, but were outscored, 17-1, down the stretch. Raftice had a team-high 13 points. Cape Elizabeth went to Yarmouth Thursday and hosts Fryeburg Saturday. In Western D, Greater Portland Christian School is 2-3 and seventh in the standings. The Lions went to Calvary Christian Thursday and host Forest Hills Tuesday.

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Scarborough sophomore goalie Devan Kane sprawls to make a save during the Red Storm’s 5-0 win over Cheverus Saturday.

Hockey Scarborough’s boys’ hockey team leads the Western A Heals with a 7-0-1 mark after recent wins over host South Portland (9-2), visiting Gorham (3-2, in overtime) and visiting Falmouth (5-2). Against the Red Riots, Garrett McDonald had a hat trick and Trevor Murray scored twice. Joe Cronin had the winner against the Rams. In the victory over the Yachtsmen, McDonald had another hat trick. The Red Storm went to defending Class A state champion Thornton Academy Wednesday and hosts Edward Little Saturday. South Portland improved to 3-4 and 10th in the region by bouncing back from its Scarborough loss with a 6-4 home win over Noble (Andrew Whipple had three goals, Nick Whitten a pair). The Red Riots went to Edward Little Wednesday and host Falmouth Saturday. Cape Elizabeth beat visiting Cheverus (5-3) and and host Winslow (9-1) last week, but fell to 4-1-2 Monday with a 5-4 loss at Kennebunk. Nick Breed had a hat trick versus the Stags and scored twice in the loss. The Capers (second in the Western continued page 14

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South Portland senior Jordan Muller takes a charge and classmate Logan Gaddar knocks a shot away during last Friday’s 40-29 home loss to Deering.

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South Portland junior Nick Whitten makes a move around Scarborough’s Derek Barden during last week’s 9-2 Red Storm win.

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Falmouth last Thursday. The Capers went to York Wednesday, visit Biddeford Saturday and go to Edward Little Monday.

B Heals) hosted Marshwood Thursday and has a showdown at Greely Saturday. On the girls’ side, Scarborough improved to 9-3-1 and third in the West Region after a 5-0 win over Cheverus Saturday and a home triumph over Gorham Tuesday. The Red Storm hosts Portland Friday. Cape Elizabeth fell to 2-7-1 and seventh in the West after a 7-2 loss at unbeaten

Cape Elizabeth opened a new indoor track season last weekend and both teams placed first in a seven-team meet. Boys’ individual winners included Trevor Ewald in the junior 200 (25.48 seconds), Deven Roberts in the junior 55 hurdles (8.95) and junior high jump (5 feet-4 inches), Will Kriger in the junior shot put (29-10.5), Billy Brooks in the

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senior 200 (24.33), Thomas Bottomley in the 800 (2 minutes, 17.85 seconds) and Conor Maguire in the long jump (18-2.5). All three relay teams also triumphed: the junior 800 in 1:52.45, the senior 800 in 1:40.45 and the 3,200 in 9:54.35. Girls’ winners included Hailey Petsinger in the junior high jump (4-4), Alissa Mitchell in the senior shot put (27-11) and

the 3,200 relay team (11:28.59). Scarborough and South Portland took part in a seven-team SMAA meet. The Red Storm was first in both the boys’ and girls’ meets. The Red Riots girls were second and the boys third. Scarborough boys’ winners included Austin Doody in the junior 55 (7.09), continued next page

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Track from previous page Jerry Kenney in the junior 400 (55.59), Alex Karam in the junior 800 (2:10.98), Cameron Langois in the junior 55 hurdles (8.6) and open 55 hurdles (8.77), Michael Pino in the junior shot put (41-11), Ryan Jamison in the senior 200 (23.85), Alec James in the pole vault (11-6), Robert Hall in the mile (4:36.24), Mike Tudor in the 600 (1:20.82) and the junior 800 relay (1:40.88). South Portland got wins from Ben Michaud in the junior 200 (24.99) and Duncan Preston in the junior long jump (18-2). Scarborough’s girls’ winners included Morgan Rodway in the junior 55 (7.67) and junior 200 (27.76), Sarah Rinaldi in the junior high jump (4-10), Nicole Kirk in the senior 55 (7.54) and senior 200 (26.71), Emily Tolman in the senior 400 (1:01.52) and the senior long jump (154.75), Catherine Bailey in the pole vault (9 feet) and the junior 800 (1:55.06) and senior 800 (1:52.22) relays. South Portland got wins from Lauren Magnuson in the junior 400 (1:03.94), Michelle Medici in the junior shot put (27-2) and Cheyenne Coombs in the

senior high jump (5-0). This weekend, Cape Elizabeth meets Falmouth, Freeport, Gray-New Gloucester, Lake Region and Traip. Scarborough faces Bonny Eagle, Noble and Portland, while South Portland competes against Biddeford, Deering, Gorham and McAuley.

Swimming In the pool, South Portland swept at recent meet at Gorham, with the boys prevailing, 84-62, and the girls squeaking by, 86-83. Cape Elizabeth’s girls beat McAuley, 126-55. Scarborough was swept by Greely, 63-31 in the boys’ meet and 81-13 in the girls’ meet. Scarborough hosted Deering Thursday, South Portland welcomes Falmouth and Cape Elizabeth plays host to Westbrook Friday.


Skiing Cape Elizabeth’s ski teams are finally underway. The Capers joined six other schools at a Nordic skate meet at Cranmore, N.H., last week. The girls were runners-up to Falmouth, while the boys placed fifth. Individually, Dana Hatton was runner-up on the girls’ side, finishing the 3.5-kilometer course in 12 minutes, 14.7 seconds. The boys were paced by James Yokabaskas (fourth, 9:32.9). Monday, Cape Elizabeth’s Alpine team competed against Freeport, GrayNew Gloucester and Yarmouth in a giant slalom meet at Shawnee Peak. The boys were second by a point to the Clippers and the girls came in third. Max Barber won the boys’ race in a two-run combined time of 59.89 seconds. Emma

Landes was the Capers’ fastest girl (sixth, 1:10.09). Scarborough’s girls’ Alpine team opened with a win in a giant slalom meet last week versus Cheverus, Gorham, Kennebunk, Marshwood and Windham. The boys came in third. Individually, Abby Mills was third in the girls’ race (42.07). The top Red Storm male was Kevin Dryzga (13th, 42.75).

Wrestling Scarborough’s wrestling team took part in the Redskin Invitational last week and came in 16th. Bryan Profit lost by pin in the consolation final at 160 pounds. The Red Storm was at Deering Wednesday, visits Windham Saturday and goes to Massabesic Monday. Sports Editor Michael Hoffer can be reached at mhoffer@ Follow him on Twitter: @foresports.

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Community Calendar Arts 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 Tuesday 1/17 Benefit Night at Flat Bread Company, proceeds benefit the Kismet Rock Foundation, 5 p.m., 72 Commercial St., Portland.

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

Friday 1/13 WAMM Adult Rock Camp, runs through Jan. 19, $200, 18+, Breakwater School, 8596 Brighton Ave., Portland, or 899-3433.

Saturday 1/14 Coffee Hour with Rep. Jane Eberle, 10:30-11:30 a.m., Ocean House Market, 512 Market St., South Portland, 776-3783. eReader Workshop, 10 a.m., Peaks Island Branch Library, 766-5540. Psychic & Crystal Fair, 11 a.m.-4 p.m, Leapin’Lizards, 123 Main St., Freeport, 865-0900 or

Monday 1/16 Scarborough Republican Town Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m., Chicago Dogs, U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, scarboroughgop@

Tuesday 1/17 RAD Self-Defense Courses, 6-9 p.m., also on Jan. 19, 24 and 26, Portland Police Deptartment, 109 Middle St., Portland, $25, ppdrad@ or 874-8643.

Wednesday 1/18 TMA Maine Social Hour, 5:30 p.m.,

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Friday 1/20 Freeport Women’s Club Meeting, 1 p.m., Freeport Community Library, 10 Liberty Dr., Freeport, 865-1017.

Saturday 1/21 Scarborough Basketball Boosters free throw clinic, 9 a.m., Wentworth School, Scarborough. WMPG “Power Up” Celebration, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., 92 Bedford St., Portland,

Dining Out Friday 1/13 Chowder Lunch, 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m., South Freeport Community Church, 98 South Freeport Road, $8.

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Saturday 1/14 Chowder meal, 4:30-6 p.m, First United Methodist Church, 179 Ridgeland Ave., South Portland, 767-2688, $8.

Wednesday 1/18 Turkey Dinner, 12 p.m., Cummings Center, 134 Congress Square, Suite 2, Portland, reserve place by Jan. 16, $5 60+/$7 under 60, 878-3288.

Saturday 1/21 Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., Peoples United Methodist Church, 310 Broadway, South Portland, $7/$16 family.

Saturday 1/28 Our Lady of Hope Parish Dinner, 5-6:30 p.m., St. Pius X Hall, 492 Ocean Ave., Portland, $8 adults/$4 children.

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

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Books & Authors Thursday 1/19 Slam Poetry Performance, 7 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763.

Friday 1/20 Brown Bag Lecture with Crash Berry, 12 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700 or crashberry. com.

Comedy What’s so Funny? You Are! Comedy Workshop, teen and adult workshops available, to register 650-7711 or ferrellcomedy@gmail. com

Saturday 1/14 B-RAD Comedy Blowout, 8 p.m., Lucid Stage, 29 Baxter Blvd., Portland, $12, 899-3993.

Film Wednesday 1/18 ”Where Soldiers Come From,” 5:30 p.m., Portland Public Library, 5 Monument Square, Portland, 871-1700.

Thursday 1/19 40 West Maine Premier, 6:30 p.m., second showing 9:30 p.m., Nickelodeon Theater, 1 Temple St., Portland, 772-9751.

Friday 1/20 Future Shorts Pop-Up Film Festival, 6-8 p.m., SPACE Gallery, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600.

Lawrence Arts, 76 Congress St., Portland, $12 advance/$15 door, 775-5568.

Sunday 1/15

Urbanized, 7 p.m., SPACE, 538 Congress St., Portland, 828-5600.

The Rossini Club Concert, 3 p.m., Cathedral of St. Luke, 143 State St., Portland, $10 suggested donation, 797-8318.


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Friday 1/13 ”A Family Affair,” Two Lights Home Care, 337 Ocean House Road, Cape Elizabeth, 799-4465.

Friday 1/20 ”Favorite Places,” 6-8 p.m., Merrill Memorial Library, 215 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-4763. Patti Bradley’s Oil and Pastel, 6:30-8:30 p.m., Community Music Center, 317 Main St., Yarmouth.

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Airman from page 1 “Red Tails” hits theaters Jan. 20. The movie stars Cuba Gooding Jr. and is named for the red tails painted on the P-51 Mustangs flown by the airmen, who trained at a base in Tuskegee, Ala. Sheppard was an aviation mechanic for the Army Air Corps’ 332nd Fighter Group, as the airmen were then known. At that time, top military officials didn’t believe black pilots could be trusted in war. The unit was seen as an experiment, but its pilots’ track record as successful bomber escorts made them some of the very best airmen by the end of the war. Its success was integral to breaking down racial barriers in the military. “We had to be better than everyone else because the eyes of the War Department were on us,” Sheppard said in an interview at his Sandy Hill Road home. It was at the War Department that the Tuskegee Airmen had the greatest immediate impact. In 1948, President Harry Truman ended military segregation, a testament to the success of the 332nd. But despite his pride in the accomplishments of the airmen, Sheppard was worried urban legends that developed around his flight group would infiltrate Lucas’ movie. In the 1950s, writers and filmmakers began detailing the exploits of the heroic black pilots in Europe. In trying to tell a good story – and in trying to convince a racially divided America to accept black men as war heroes – they resorted to exaggeration, Sheppard said. “’The Tuskegee Airmen never lost a bomber,’” he said they wrote. Or top military brass purposefully put black pilots on the front lines to protect white aviators. Sheppard said neither of those things were true. The story that bothered Sheppard the most, though, was the one that black pilots had to make do with hand-me-down planes. Sheppard beams when he talks about the

planes he worked on in the military. He loved them, and was always impressed by the aircraft his unit had, from the P-40 Warhawks they trained in to the P-51 Mustangs they eventually used overseas. But Sheppard and his comrades almost ended up never leaving the states. The Pentagon was hesitant to send the black pilots to Europe, and the Tuskegee Airmen were stalled repeatedly before being sent overseas, he said. During that time, the pilots and mechanics kept training. “Every time they stalled us, we got sharper and sharper,” he said. “These guys ate, slept and breathed airplanes. ... That’s why we got so good.” When the order came to ship out, Sheppard said he and the crew were excited – not because they were hawkish, but because they wanted to prove themselves. “No one wants to go to war,” he said. “But we wanted to fly, like everyone else.” Sheppard shipped off in early 1944. His squadron moved through Sicily and Italy as far north as Rome, where pilots escorted bombers to Berlin. Sheppard was made crew chief, in charge of the airworthiness

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A tent crew of the Tuskegee Airmen in Rome, 1944. South Portland resident Jim Sheppard, third from left, was a flight mechanic in the airmen. Courtesy Jim Sheppard

of two P-51 Mustangs. The 332nd shipped back to the U.S. in October 1945. Sheppard was a staff sergeant. Since then, the story of the Tuskegee Airmen has been told and retold in documentaries, dramas, books and radio specials. Sheppard said he’s not surprised the story persists.

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“We may draw more attention because we were the first all-black unit,” he said. “But war stories always play well in Hollywood. ... I think it’s mostly because it’s a war story.” He said he hopes the movie won’t take too many liberties with his story. He didn’t see the need for a romantic subplot, or overwrought moments of racial tension on the ground. That’s not how it was, he said. Even the name, “Red Tails,” amuses Sheppard. The airmen have come to be associated with the brightly colored tails of their airplanes, but the origin is mundane: a commander somewhere said he wanted each group to be color-coded so he knew who he was looking at. Though there isn’t much drama in that story, Sheppard said he’s still happy the 332nd got red, and not yellow, or some striped pattern. “I remember seeing the order for ‘glossy, red enamel,’” he said. “I think we got the best color. I love the way that red looked against the metallic.” Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow Mario on Twitter: @riocarmine.

move. He said he spent many happy times at his parents’ camp in Maine as a boy growing up in the Bronx. And he and Robin spent many summer vacations at the camp, which now belongs to Rubenstein and his siblings. Rubenstein’s career resume also includes 13 years as a rabbi in the pulpit, followed by leadership roles at various Jewish organizations, each of which needed someone with the ability to raise money. “Surprise Lake Camp remains closest to my heart,” he admitted. The camp, located in Cold Spring, N.Y.,

was founded in 1902 as its website notes, “a haven for Jewish children.” Rubenstein’s father had attended the camp and, inspired by his dad’s stories, Rubenstein convinced his dad to let him go. His two daughters continued the tradition, and one of his grandchildren is currently a Surprise Lake camper. Rubenstein served on the board of Surprise Lake Camp and, of course, as a major fundraiser for the nonprofit organization. When asked why he chooses to spend his “retirement years,” doing so much for so many organizations, Rubenstein said, “I think everyone has an obligation to do something good for the health of the community. It’s an important part of the American culture.”

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SOUTH PORTLAND — By the time Bathras Market launched last year, plans for another market and eatery were dominating discussion about the future of Willard Square. A successful push for a moratorium on new construction in the square forced the developers to withdraw their plan for 7 Pillsbury St. and consider options in Knightville. Now the Knightville proposal if off the table, too. “By the time we got to Knightville, even though I had a banker glad to put us in that spot, I was out of money,” said Square in an effort to prevent another market from opening across the street. Moratorium supporters said they were concerned about over-development, traffic, parking and safety. But some opponents speculated that the protests were motivated by a desire to protect the new Bathras, with

Glenn Perry, who with Ian Hayward proposed establishing Ebo’s Market in Mill Cove Landing on Ocean Street. Perry still owns the building at Willard Square. Perry said he liquidated his savings and retirement account to pay for 7 Pillsbury St., and expects to turn it into his home. He said he owes the federal government $50,000 in taxes for cashing in his 401k. After the moratorium was passed by City Council, Hayward also said he was financially “wiped out.” Perry admitted feeling more than a little offended by the Willard Square it’s neighborhood heritage, from outside competition. The Bathras tried to remain above the fray. “I know some neighbors were using us as part of the argument against having other businesses coming in, but we really tried to stay out of that,” Kate Bathras said. Ironically, it was the competition from traditional grocery stores – not a competing specialty market – that proved to be too much of a challenge for the business. “It’s really sad. I would go there for spe-

experience. He said residents used a purported concern about safety and traffic as pretext to kill his business and protect the fledgling Bathras. Perry said he and Hayward always maintained their market would compliment Bathras, not compete against the other market. He also said he’s not surprised Bathras failed, since neither Tim Bathras, a software engineer, nor Kate Bathras, a former events planner, had any experience running a grocery or deli. “It’s really sad,” he said, “but it was obvious it was going to happen.” — Mario Moretto

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Blame from page 1 Joel Rouillard, the company’s environmental manager, said the chemicals pass through an acid scrubber before being released into the air. He said the company’s emissions were up over 2009, when less than 3,000 pounds of chemicals were released, because of an increase in production. Gulf Oil emitted the most of the four South Portland-based oil companies, just over 8,600 pounds of gasoline-related chemicals like benzene, hexane and xylene. Just over half of Gulf’s emissions were from “point sources” – vents, stacks or other areas where chemicals are supposed to be released. The remainder are “fugitive emissions,” which for a fuel company probably include gasoline and equipment leaks, according to Melanie Loyzim, director of the Bureau of Air Quality at the state DEP. Although the majority of the county’s emitters were in Portland or South Portland, Bath Iron Works’ Old Bath Road facility in Brunswick emitted 4,600 pounds of xylene, a solvent, and another 36,000 pounds of various chemicals at the Bath shipyard. Representatives from Gulf, BIW and Nichols did not respond to requests for comment. Many companies emitted much less in 2010 than they did 10 or 20 years ago.

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Gulf Oil, for example, vented more than 37,000 pounds of toxic chemicals from its South Portland oil terminal in the late 1990s, and Fairchild Semiconductor’s 2010 numbers are 97 percent lower than in 1987, when the company emitted close to 300,000 pounds of toxic chemicals. Certain chemicals have also been phased out. BIW no longer emits several chemicals that it used to discharge in large quantities in the late 1980s and early 1990s, including napthlene, the main ingredient in moth balls, and aluminum fumes and dust. Brian Kavanah, director of the DEP’s Division of Water Quality Management, said looking at trends in TRI data over a long period of time is more informative than emissions numbers from a given year. Just looking at the TRI data, he said, can provide an incomplete picture of the risks associated with emitting certain toxic chemicals. “(TRI) is a public right-to-know kind of thing, it doesn’t have any context to it,” he said. Loyzim added that it’s important to understand that “what’s emitted is not necessarily what’s out there in the envi-

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Ranking the releases PORTLAND — According to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s Toxic Release Inventory, the top 10 reporters of on- and off-site environmental releases in Cumberland County in 2010 were: 1 – S.D. Warren Co., Westbrook: 271,940 pounds. 2 – Nichols Portland, Portland: 14,476. 3 – Gulf Oil, South Portland: 8,635. 4 – Fairchild Semiconductor, South Portland: 7,512. 5 – Sabre Corp., Raymond: 5,676. 6 – Bath Iron Works, Brunswick: 4,625. 7 – ExxonMobil, South Portland: 4,277. 8 – Citgo Petroleum, South Portland: 3,949. 9 – Silvex, Westbrook: 3,351. 10 – National Semiconductor, South Portland: 2,497. In Sagadahoc County, Bath Iron Works reported releasing 35,690 pounds.


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Vendors from page 1 members Erin Grady and Bill Brownell. In other business, McGovern gave the council an update on discussions with motor coach, trolley and cruise ship tour bus companies regarding fees at Fort Williams Park for the 2012 season. The council voted 5-2 in November to institute a $40-per-entry tour bus fee and $1,500 fee per season for trolleys at Fort Williams Park. McGovern said there is proposal to offer a $5-per-bus-trip discount to any operator

Mill Creek Park from page 4 destructive ducks. Councilor Jerry Jalbert said he’d like to see a plan for dealing with the ducks, who dirty the pond, erode the grass and sometimes bother people. “It’s going to be hard to spend big sums of money on this unless we think the nuisance, and they are a nuisance, is somewhat mitigated,” he said. 3

that brings in at least 100 buses per year. The discount will be applied to the companies that agree to insure the town and agree to work with the town on monthly billings. He said the tour companies have been cooperative. Additionally, McGovern said the town is investigating the use of a “greeter” at the park, someone who will be responsible for making sure the fees are collected, welcoming and explaining the park to visitors, and giving directions to the food vendors or other places to eat or visit in Cape Elizabeth. “One of the issues the motor coach in-

dustry had is what is the added value are you giving us for this (fee), so we were looking at ways to give them added value as well as giving the entire park and the entire community added value, and we think this greeter plan does that,” McGovern said. The council also unanimously approved an access and utility easement to the high school driveway from 349 Ocean House Road, the site of a proposed gourmet market. Resident Michael Concannon plans to build the market and offices at the corner of Route 77 and the high school driveway, but needed council approval because the town

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that should be no cause for alarm. “The perception I’ve developed over the years is you start worrying about your debt when it starts getting over $3,000 per capita,” L’Heureux said. “We’re currently right around the $1,000 mark. With the new debt we’ll be issuing, we’ll increase to about the $2,000 level.” Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.

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“This was great for the little stuff,” said Philip Gotts, an Everett Avenue resident. “It was good when you didn’t want to do a big shopping trip. “ Gotts’ take on the market was indicative of the average customer, who spends about $11 at the market per visit, Kate Bathras said. The shop rings up about 100 customers per day; she and her husband needed about twice that many to stay afloat. Bathras said she just didn’t see that happening anytime soon. Prepared food was supposed to act as an attraction to draw people into the market, Bathras said, but demand for ready-to-eat food fell sharply in the winter. “We could probably go a little while longer, but we’re closing based on our projections and how much we’re losing every day,” Bathras said. “We’ve invested a lot in

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this, and closing now versus just declining and running it into the ground will allow us the ability to pay off more of our debt.” Excluding the owners, who don’t take salaries, four people work full-time at Bathras, and two high school students work there part-time on weekends and after school. In the run-up to its closing, Bathras is chopping 20 percent off the prices of groceries and dry goods in an effort to clear its inventory. Tex Haueser, the city’s planning and development director, said he is sad to see Bathras fail, and said he worries about the impact on Willard Square. “I can’t help but think Bathras’ closing

would call into question the ability of that area to support that kind of store” he said Monday. City officials see Willard Square as one of the city’s “Neighborhood Centers,” an area for small-scale gatherings and commerce. On Sunday, people in Willard Square read the announcement outside the door with surprise. Afterward, many went inside to take advantage of the discount prices. Misty McLaughlin was shopping at the market with her son. She lives on Pillsbury Street, not far from Bathras. When she talked with the cashier inside, the two sounded more like old friends than a grocer and a customer. “We’re totally heartbroken they’re closing,” McLaughlin said. Mario Moretto can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or Follow him on Twitter: @riocarmine.

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