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Vol. 9, No. 34

News of South Portland, Scarborough and Cape Elizabeth

Racetrack bets on move to Biddeford


A Maietta Construction employee salvages the lettering from what used to be the front of Red’s Dairy Freeze in South Portland. The building was demolished Aug. 16 after its interior was gutted by fire in May.

So long, for now

Demolition of Red’s Dairy Freeze takes only minutes

By Randy Billings SOUTH PORTLAND — It took 50 years for Red’s Dairy Freeze to build a fanatical following for its frozen soft-serve treats. But it only took a matter of minutes on Monday for demolition crews to reduce the building at the corner of Cottage Road and Highland Avenue to a pile of rubble. “It’s sad,” said Mercedes Vance, who lives a few houses up the street. “It has such a long history and

The owner of Red’s Dairy Freeze in South Portland says the business will be re-established on the same site, at the intersection of Cottage Road, Highland Avenue and South Richland Street.

tradition. I just look at all these kids out here sobbing and it makes me sad.” More than 50 people braved the mist and rain to watch crews demolish the landmark ice cream shop that was scorched by an electrical fire on May 16.

Owner Chris Bolling couldn’t find the words to describe his emotions as workers from Maietta Construction tore down the business, established in 1952 by his father, Leonard “Red” Bolling. See page 34

By Emily Parkhurst SCARBOROUGH — After several racino initiatives were rejected by voters, Scarborough Downs is seeking to move to a York County community that may be more receptive to a racetrack and slot machines. The Biddeford City Council voted Tuesday evening to ask voters in a November referendum if they want to bring a racino operated by Scarborough Downs to their city. “Any time your relationship with your home town isn’t working, it’s disappointing, but we’re very excited about creating a new home for harness

racing in Biddeford and generating revenue for the city,” said attorney Edward MacColl, who represents Scarborough Downs owner Sharon Terry. Scarborough voters soundly rejected adding slot machines to the facility in 2003, and then narrowly rejected a similar proposal in 2008. The 2008 proposal, backed by Penn National Gaming, owner of Hollywood Slots in Bangor, would have created a “village center” development around the racino. It failed by 225 votes. Since then, the harness racing track

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City council plans vote on $44.2M bond for high school By Randy Billings SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday, Aug. 23, will conduct a first reading of a proposed $44.2 million bond referendum for high school renovations. The proposal, however, is only a place holder that will allow the council to conduct a second reading on Sept. 8, the deadline for placing the question on the November ballot. It is possible the council will

reduce the amount proposed to be borrowed. The council concensus was reached at the end of a five-hour meeting Wednesday night that had councilors clashing with each other and a resident frequently critical of the schools. Councilors could not reach a clear agreement on supporting the $47 million renovation proposal by the School Board. See page 20

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Ben Schklair, formerly of Cape Elizabeth, is never far from a guitar in his room at the E Street condominium project in South Portland.

Project for disabled adults celebrates sale of final apartment By Randy Billings SOUTH PORTLAND — A new housing complex in Knightville for disabled adults has defied the recession and the beleaguered real estate market. Owners of the project in a former Grange hall at 20 E St. say they expect to close next

week on the sale of the last of nine rooms for disabled adults. The complex is designed for people able to live semiindependently, holding down jobs, doing their own grocery shopping and finding their own entertainment in the community. The building, however, is also

staffed 24 hours a day by two employees who live on the top floor. There is also a full-time house manager and clinical director. Together, the staffers provide a range of services, from preparing meals to addressing See page 33 Rich Obrey / For The Forecaster

INSIDE Index Arts Calendar.................21 Classifieds......................29 Community Calendar......23 Great Outdoors...............16

Meetings.........................23 Obituaries.......................13 Opinion.............................8 Out & About....................22

People & Business.........14 Police Beat.....................10 Real Estate.....................34 Sports.............................17

Tri for a Cure Photos of the race Pages 5, 6


Ken Levinsky looks at the coming season Page 17

Wind task force Part two in a series Page 7



Voters to decide Cumberland County Charter By Kate Bucklin PORTLAND — Cumberland County has finalized its proposed Charter and will send the document to voters for approval Nov. 2. For approximately the past 250 years, the county has operated without a charter, instead following rules set by the state Legislature. But in November 2008, county voters elected a Charter Commission to create the county’s own operational guidelines. The proposed Charter will not dramatically alter the way county government is run. But there are several changes. If the Charter is accepted by voters, the traditionally elected position of treasurer would be eliminated. The county-hired finance director – who

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Artist Lori Austill observes from the shade of an umbrella as potential buyers examine her encaustic paintings at the annual Art in the Park show and sale at South Portland’s Mill Creek Park on Saturday, Aug. 14.

already oversees nearly all the county’s finances – would take over the treasurer’s duty of signing checks. The register of deeds position, traditionally elected, would become a county-hired position. Another major change would increase the number of districts in the county from three to five. That would increase the number of county commissioners from three to five. To read the proposed Charter, go to Kate Bucklin can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 106 or

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Candidates emerge in Scarborough, 1 returns papers

By Emily Parkhurst SCARBOROUGH — Several people have taken out nomination papers for open seats on the Town Council, Board of Education and Portland Water District Board of Trustees. Papers are due to the town clerk by Sept. 1. So far, one candidate has returned enough verifiable signatures to appear on the November ballot. Kerry Corthell, 58, has returned nomination papers for one of two three-year seats on the Town Council, currently occupied by Councilors Michael Woods and Judy Roy. Corthell’s history includes sitting on the Scarborough Economic Development Corp. Vision Implementation Committee and the Charter Review Committee. She worked for several banks in Maine and Ohio and has volunteered for organizations including United Way, the Maine Narrow Gauge Corthell Railroad, the Maine Women’s Fund and EqualityMaine. She is a graduate of the Women, Work and Community’s New Ventures program. Woods and Roy have taken out papers for re-election, but have not returned them. Moira Erickson has taken out papers for the three-year seat and Richard Sullivan Jr. and James Benedict have taken out papers for both the three-year seat and the one-year seat recently vacated by Councilor Shawn Babine. John Cole has taken out papers for one of the two available seats on the Board of Education. Robert McSorley has taken out papers for the open seat on the water district, with a term to expire in 2013. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or

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Scarborough Council debates recall provisions proposed for Town Charter By Emily Parkhurst SCARBOROUGH — A provision for removal of elected officials may be added to the Town Charter if a draft discussed during Wednesday evening’s Town Council meeting is accepted by voters. The Town Council reviewed several amendments to the Town Charter, including one that would give residents the right to demand a recall election if they form a committee of 25 citizens. The committee would then have to collect verifiable signatures from 25 percent of the number of voters in the most recent gubernatorial election, which is currently

approximately 2,500 people. Then, at least 25 percent of registered voters would have to turn out for the recall vote to be valid. A simple majority would prevail. While there was general consensus that a recall provision should be added, councilors disagreed on the details. “We’re looking at the same threshold that we require to turn over an ordinance,” Councilor Michael Wood said. “I think it should be higher.” Wood argued that the number of voters required to turn out at the polls to recall an elected official should be 40 percent,

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rather than the proposed 25 percent. Council Chairwoman Carol Rancourt expressed concern that a recall could be held during an off election year or at a time other than when elections are generally held, making voter turnout more difficult to achieve. “To get 25 percent out would be a daunting task,” Councilor Karen D’Andrea said. “That’s tough as it is. I almost think we should lower it.” Wood also called for language that

would give the elected official targeted for recall the opportunity to speak during a public hearing on the issue. “I think it’s important the person has the opportunity to speak at the same proceeding their detractors are speaking at,” Wood said. He suggested including language in the Charter that would allow the elected official more than the three-minute time limit that citizens speaking at the hearing are generally granted. He also suggested the elected official be allowed to post a statement at Town

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South Portland City Council approves Public Works contract, sets environmental goals By Randy Billings SOUTH PORTLAND — The City Council on Monday night approved a contract with the Public Works union and passed a resolution outlining steps the city will take over the next two years to become more environmentally sustainable. Public Works and bus employees have been working without a contract since 2009. City Manager Jim Gailey said negotiations were delayed by a mandate from the Maine Labor Relations Board that bus drivers be removed from the bargaining unit and form their own union. Attorney Robert Bower, who represented the city in negotiations, said the

separation was ordered because the job duties and work rules of the two groups are different. “They really struggled with that for a long time,” Bower said. “Once the bus piece was taken out, it really greased the skids.” Bower said the city will begin negotiations with the new bus drivers union, representing 11 employees, in September. The three-year Public Works contract, which is retroactive to July 1, 2009, and will end on June 30, 2012, does not include a cost-of-living raise for employees. However, Gailey said there is a clause that will allow the 31-member union to reopen the contract next July to negotiate

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a raise. The contract also establishes a labor relations committee, consisting of three union representatives and three managers. Bower said in a memo to the council the group will meet at least twice a year to work collaboratively to address labor issues, but will not be a substitute for the formal grievance or negotiations processes. Councilors on Monday were pleased that a contract was finally before them, after a year-long delay. “It always worries me when these hang

out there,” Councilor Maxine Beecher said.


Councilors also approved a 5 1/2-page resolution, committing the city to a series of steps over the next two years to create and implement policies that encourage environmentally sustainable practices. Councilor Tom Blake, who originally sought to create a ordinance requiring energy-efficient certification for city building projects, said he has warmed to the resolution, which he hopes will be included in the city’s Comprehensive Plan. “It has some clout to it. It has some benchmarks we can actually meet,” Blake

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Cape schools welcome new staff, add support for students in need By Amy Anderson CAPE ELIZABETH — Superintendent of Schools Alan Hawkins said he is looking forward to welcoming new staff and implementing a new student support system when the school year begins on Sept. 1. There are nearly 20 new teachers and staff replacing former employees this year, and a few new positions, as well, Hawkins said. Laura Ellis has been hired as a halftime, non-special education position

for executive functioning services at the Middle School, and Patricia Blankenship will be the new social worker at Pond Cove. Alina Smith-Perez and Kristen Rollins will be new district-wide school psychologists, two positions that were previously contracted services, Hawkins said. In addition, high school principal Jeff Shedd said there will be consolidation of the intervention services offered for students in grades 9-12. Tom Kohan will be the new educational technician dedicated to help students. Hawkins said the program is designed to help students who struggle with work completion by forming a connection between the students, their parents and what happens in the classroom. During last year’s budget discussion, Shedd proposed the need for more student support, and told the School Board

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With South Portland’s Spring Point Light in the background, Morgan Swinburne of Scarborough competes in the running portion of the Tri for a Cure on Aug. 15.

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A volunteer directs race leader and eventual individual overall winner Anne Wilkinson of Falmouth to the beach on Sunday, Aug. 15, during the swim portion of the third Tri for a Cure Maine women’s triathlon at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.

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Participants mass for the start while spectators line the hilltop above at the third Tri for a Cure Maine women’s triathlon on Aug. 15 at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland. The event attracted 900 participants and raised more than $900,000 for the Maine Cancer Foundation.

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Tri for a Cure 2010

Cumberland state Rep. Meredith Strang Burgess, a cancer survivor, pumps up a wave of swimmers waiting their turn to hit the water in the Tri for a Cure.

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Bernadette Shaw of Scarborough grabs a drink of water after the swimming portion of the Tri for a Cure on Aug. 15.

Scarborough’s Lynda Johnson shows her energy during the running portion of the Tri for a Cure on Aug. 15 at Southern Maine Community College in South Portland.

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April Tracy of South Portland receives encouragement from a spectator during the Tri for a Cure on Aug. 15 at Southern Maine Community College.

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Wind-swept task force sets Maine’s rules Part two of a three-part series on Maine’s law to fast-track wind turbine development. Next: Flaws in the wind power bill are like skating on dull blades. By Naomi Schalit AUGUSTA — Gov. John Baldacci established the Governor’s Task Force on Wind Power Development by executive order on May 8, 2007, with the expectation it would make Maine a leader in the wind power industry. Baldacci’s timing was perfect: • The day before, a CNN story had reported that the price of gas had “hit a new record high, averaging $3.07 for a gallon of self-serve regular in the United States.” • Climate change was in the news almost daily. • Developers and environmentalists had just fought a battle in western Maine over construction of a huge wind-power project, ending in defeat for the project. That battle demonstrated a significant failing in state law: Maine’s tangle of environmental regulations simply didn’t include tools or standards appropriate for considering the placement of 400-footplus turbines smack in the middle of some of the state’s wildest lands. There were different rules at different agencies for different parts of the state, projects took years to review, and the outcome of those reviews was far from predictable. “Our energy system was broken,” said Pete Didisheim of the Natural Resources Council of Maine. “We felt the permitting process for wind power was also broken, it was unpredictable for all participants.” Baldacci gave the task force its mandate: • To make Maine a leader in wind power development. • To protect Maine’s quality of place and natural resources. • And to maximize the tangible benefits Maine people receive from wind power development. In other words, said Rep. Stacey Fitts, a Pittsfield Republican on the task force,

their mandate was to “find areas that are appropriate and find ways that it can be done rather than ways to keep it from being done.” There was never a mandate for the task force to examine the relative merits of wind power development in Maine. Instead, members started from the assumption that wind power should be developed in Maine, and the sooner, the better. “We felt we were in somewhat of a race with other states and Canadian providers” to build wind energy generation, said Sen. Phil Bartlett, D-Gorham, a task force member and co-chairman of the legislature’s Utilities and Energy Committee.

Questionable presumptions Baldacci’s executive order establishing the task force stated that, “Maine energy policy seeks to promote the development and use of renewable energy sources to help reduce Maine’s dependence on imported fossil fuels.” The dominant fuel used to generate electricity in Maine is an imported fossil fuel – natural gas from Canada. And wind power could make a small dent in how much natural gas Maine uses for electricity generation. But Baldacci’s statement about dependence on imported fossil fuels – and many others he made both before and subsequently, including one reference to the “tyranny of foreign oil,” one reference to the need to “free ourselves from foreign oil” and two references to Maine’s “dependency on oil” in his final State of the State address – implicitly tied wind energy production to the goal of reducing the use of foreign oil, with its volatile prices as well as its documented contribution to climate change. Yet using wind energy doesn’t lower dependence on imported foreign oil. That’s because the majority of imported oil in Maine is used for heating and transportation. “Maine uses very little oil to produce electricity,” said Mark Isaacson, a dam

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said: “Right now, people can’t switch to electric cars and heating – if they did, we’d be in trouble.” So was one of the fundamental premises of the task force false, or at least misleading? Kerry, the governor’s energy czar, defended his boss’ premise: “In the future, many people have proposed that we use our electricity to heat our homes and power our cars.” There were other claims Baldacci made at the time about wind power’s advantages that, similarly, have been challenged. In a critique published by the Maine Center for Economic Policy in late 2008, state Sen. Peter Mills, R-Cornville, arcontinued page 26

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By Frank D. LoMonte School attorney Peter C. Felmly’s column regarding the secrecy of student records should have been titled “Why people hate lawyers,” because it exemplifies the worst tendency of school attorneys to make assertions that are literally true, but substantively misleading. Mr. Felmly asserts in his column that the federal student privacy law, FERPA, does not require schools to make information available to the news media. That is true, but it is not the whole truth. No one has ever claimed that FERPA entitles the public to any information about anything. FERPA is a privacy statute that requires schools to keep identifiable students’ educational records confidential. But FERPA exists against a backdrop of pro-disclosure state laws, and those laws do, unequivocally, entitle The Forecaster to the information about schools’ use of student restraints that Mr. Flemly would keep concealed. Maine’s Legislature has adopted a very broad definition of the records that a government agency – including a school – must make public on request: any documents that “contain information relating to the transaction of public or governmental business.” This plainly includes the transaction of business by schools. It is true, as Mr. Felmly asserts, that FERPA does not require school districts to remove student identi-

ties and produce records documenting teachers’ use of restraints in redacted form. But it is not the whole truth. Again, no one has said that FERPA requires public disclosure of anything. But the Maine Freedom of Access Act most assuredly does, and the Maine Supreme Judicial Court said in a 2005 ruling (Blethen Maine Newspapers v. State of Maine) that the proper course when an agency seeks to withhold documents on the grounds of personal privacy is simply to redact the names and release everything else. That is what school districts should do when asked how many times students have been placed in restraints and by which school employees. Time and time again, when agencies have cried “FERPA” in the face of requests for newsworthy information, the courts have applied the law in a commonsense manner and ordered disclosure of everything but student names. That is how the Montana Supreme Court ruled in a 2007 case (Board of Trustees, Cut Bank Public Schools v. Cut Bank Pioneer Press) in which a newspaper requested records of disciplinary action against students who shot their classmates with BB guns. And that is how Florida’s First District Court of Appeals applied FERPA in a 2009 ruling (National Collegiate Athletic Association v. Associated Press) that required disclosure of correspondence between a college athletic program and the NCAA about potential academic dishonesty.

By Sigmund D. Schutz It should be clear that just as I represent the news media, which your reporting on child restraints has mentioned, Peter C. Felmly and his firm represent many Maine school districts as well as trade associations that represent school districts. Substantively, I disagree with Mr. Felmly’s interpretation of Maine and federal law. The default rule in Maine is that all public records are open to the public on request, unless within an exception to the public records law. The question is, therefore, whether an exception to the default rule applies to school records on child restraints. As I read Maine law, there is no exception to the public records law that requires that schools keep such records confidential provided that information identifying particular students can be excised, or redacted, from the records. But don’t take my word for it.

Several federal courts have considered the federal statute, FERPA, on which the schools rely in asserting confidentiality. In 2008, a federal judge in New York wrote, “(T)here is nothing in FERPA that would prohibit Defendants from releasing education records that had all ‘personally identifiable information’ redacted.” In 2002, the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals in Ohio wrote, “Nothing in the FERPA would prevent the Universities from releasing properly redacted records.” It stands to reason that a Maine state or federal court, faced with the same issue, would reach the same conclusion. As for policy considerations, the Legislature has already made a policy judgment that records concerning public business – including that of our public schools, which are funded by millions of dollars in taxpayer money – should be open to the public. How else is the public to know whether schools are following good

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The courts’ view of FERPA strikes a reasonable balance between public accountability and privacy. The ultra-literal, disclose-nothing approach that Mr. Felmly urges does not. It is also true, as Mr. Felmly asserts, that disobeying FERPA can result in a catastrophic loss of federal education funding. But it is not the whole truth. The FERPA statute allows the secretary of education to take away a FERPA violator’s federal funding if he concludes that the school refuses to come into voluntary compliance with the law. In the 36-year history of FERPA, the secretary has never made this finding. In other words, simply honoring journalists’ requests for public records will not result in any financial penalty. Mr. Felmly knows (or should know) this very well. Mr. Felmly concludes his column by suggesting that proponents of transparency go to Congress and seek revisions to FERPA. I invite him and all school attorneys to join us in mutually asking Congress to remove any ambiguity that permits Maine school districts to argue with a straight face for concealment of statistical data documenting the use of student restraints – information as to which there is no legitimate privacy concern, and a compelling public safety interest in disclosure. Attorney Frank D. LoMonte is executive director of the Student Press Law Center, an Arlington, Va.-based nonprofit that advocates for improved public access to school records.

Courts reject schools’ blanket use of privacy statute practices and exercising their responsibilities with due care? How is the public to trust the performance of our schools if all information on schools is protected by blanket confidentiality? A concern about protecting student identities is legitimate and real. At some point, however, one wonders whether a purported concern about disclosure of the identity of students is being used as an excuse to withhold information that could be disclosed without naming names. The Forecaster is right to ask tough questions and push for access to public records on what our schools are up to. Sigmund D. Schutz is an attorney at Preti Flaherty in Portland, where his clients include the Maine Press Association. Comment on this story at:

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Felmly’s Forum obscures real issue Please allow me to respond to Peter C. Felmly’s Forecaster Forum regarding unfair treatment of Maine public school officials. First, we need to start with his failure to disclose to the reader that he is the attorney legally representing the very same schools that appeared in The Forecaster’s articles. His job and responsibility is to protect the interest and image of those schools, regardless of any wrongs committed by the school staff. As such, he has a conflict of interest and his opinion is nothing more then propaganda in an attempt to cover up and protect his clients’ treatment of students. The Forecaster editor has asked a very fair question: “What Are Maine Schools Hiding?”; how is this unfairly treating school officials? His Forum suggests that The Forecaster has somehow inappropriately asked for individual student records. This is not true and at best, very misleading. The Forecaster has only asked to see records of holds and restraints conducted by school employees on students. Robert Baizley Scarborough

Maine needs wind farm development We look forward to reading The Forecaster each week. However, we were dismayed by the article bashing wind power (“Maine wind power bandwagon hits bumps in the road”). The article (first of a series) says that what it calls a bunch of wind-swept pro-wind task force members wrote a report that led to legislation that allows quick approval of wind power projects almost anywhere in the state. However, Maine Audubon, AMC and some other task force members have consistently opposed wind power projects in Maine such as Reddington and Black Nubble. The article also implies that the legislation opened Maine’s wildest mountain tops to an expedited approval process for wind power development. Quite the contrary – the legislation is quite conservative in its approach, and includes a map which shows clearly the many areas that are excluded from the expedited approval process. Hence, it is alarming that according to the article the Land Use Regulatory Commission recently said it indicated in a straw vote that it will oppose TransCanada’s application to build another wind farm in an expedited processing area in northwest Maine. If we are to truly save Maine’s wild places we need to slow global warming. Maine can be a leader in wind farm development. The Maine legislature was unanimous in its support for this legislation. It is the duty of LURC officials to follow this law to the letter and support wind farm development. Al and Lois Howlett Yarmouth

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Bring back compassionate conservatism Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, D-Nev., got in hot water last week for saying, “I don’t know how anyone of Hispanic heritage could be a Republican, OK?” Obviously, such a politically incorrect statement incorrectly suggests that all people of Hispanic heritage think alike. But I know exactly what Reid meant. These days, given the extremism that has infested the Republican Party, I don’t know how anyone who is not a white male making more than $250,000 a year could be a Republican. If you are a member of any minority – ethnic, religious, sexual orientation – the newly virulent GOP not only doesn’t have anything to offer you, The Universal it just plain doesn’t want you. Here in Maine, where we still have mainstream Main Street Republicans and socially progressive Republicans such as Sens. Snowe and Collins, we’re somewhat insulated from this GOP extremism. But if Republican gubernatorial candidate Edgar Allen Beem Paul LePage wants to get the Tea Party monkey off his back, all he has to do is repudiate the Republican state platform, a viper’s nest of the nastiness that’s going on elsewhere in the country. And even LePage has played the ethnicity card, suggesting that when people question his support for creationism they are attacking him for being a Franco-American Catholic, as though all FrancoAmerican Catholics are creationists. Back in 2000, when George W. Bush campaigned as a “compassionate conservative,” I had no idea what he meant. The two words seemed contradictions in terms to me. But a decade on, Bush’s party would do well to consider being a little more compassionate. It seems as though every day in this August political silly season, a GOP leader somewhere


espouses some perfectly unkind, unconstitutional and un-American policy. Where President Bush advocated immigration reforms that provided a path to citizenship, for instance, no Republican candidate today seems interested in any form of immigration reform that doesn’t involve jail time or deportation. While Tea Party conservatives angrily wave the Constitution, they are busy attacking the Fourteenth Amendment for providing birth-right citizenship and equal protection to gays and lesbians. And while they thump their Bibles, they want to deny Muslims the religious freedom to worship in mosques. Here in Maine, we see through this hysterical hypocrisy. At least when a mosque in Portland recently ran into a little official opposition, it was just a matter of parking ordinances. The xenophobic vision of America currently coming from the national Republican leadership is not a vision any true American could support. It is a vision that sees all people of Hispanic heritage as illegal aliens, all Muslims as terrorists and all foreigners as enemies. Anyone who needs public assistance is a welfare cheat. Climate change is a liberal conspiracy. All taxation is robbery. All government is tyranny. And any attempt to find political solutions to social problems is socialism. Harry Reid’s GOP opponent, Sharron Angle, when she isn’t busy ducking the media and trying to get her foot out of her mouth, is out campaigning to eliminate Social Security, the Environmental Protection Agency and all forms of entitlement. And, incredibly, she is sometimes cheered on by the very people who will suffer if she wins – folks on Social Security and people who collect pensions as retired teachers, military personnel, defense contractors or law enforcement officers. To tell you the honest truth, I sometimes wonder how anyone could be a Republican these days. George W. Bush, for all his failings, is starting to look pretty darn good compared to the 2010 crop of misanthropes leading the GOP. 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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August 20, 2010 Yarmouth, was summonsed on Hannaford Drive by Officer Garrett Strout on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer. 8/11 at 5:46 p.m. Peter Delpapa, 41, of Hooksett, N.H., was summonsed on Cabela Boulevard by Officer Andrew Flynn on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer.

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8/11 at 2:25 a.m. Richard Ferraro, 21, of Clearwater Drive, Scarborough, was arrested on Route 1 by Officer Mary Pearson on charges of operating under the influence and speeding 15 to 19 over the limit in a construction zone. 8/12 at 5:55 p.m. Anthoni Jensen, 29, of Naples, was arrested on Payne Road by Officer Michael Beeler on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer with two priors and violating bail conditions, as well as four warrants from other agencies. 8/13 at 2:40 p.m. Anthony Van Horn, 48, of Cumberland, was arrested on Old Blue Point Road by Officer Eric Lippincott on charges of burglary to a residence, theft by unauthorized taking or transfer and criminal mischief. 8/13 at 8:35 p.m. Christopher Lee Veysey III, 20, of Bloomingdale, Ga., was arrested on Gallery Boulevard by Officer Michael Beeler on charges of failure to register vehicle for more than 150 days and unsafe or defective vehicle. 8/15 at 1:42 a.m. Susan Riemenschneider, 51, of West Kennebunk, was arrested on Route 1 by Officer Andrew Flynn on charges of operating when a license was suspended or revoked, second offense, and operating under the influence. 8/15 at noon Stephen Fairbanks, 53, of Westbrook, was arrested on Haigis Parkway by Officer Shawn Anastasoff on charges of theft by unauthorized taking or transfer, possessing burglar tools and two counts of violating the conditions of release. 8/15 at 6:57 p.m. Brandon Perry, 18, of Jasper Street, Scarborough, was arrested on Jasper Street by Officer Garrett Strout on a charge of assault. 8/15 at 9:07 p.m. Dalton Cole, 37, of Farmingdale, was arrested on Route 1 by Officer Garrett Strout on a warrant for another agency.

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8/9 at 6:01 p.m. A loss prevention officer at Hannaford Supermarket called police after allegedly catching a woman shoplifting $30 worth of hair care products. Jennifer Peryer, 30, of Yarmouth, was arrested for theft.

Making off with a piece of Yankee Stadium 8/13 at 2:40 p.m. Police responded to a homeowner who said that when he entered his house through the garage door, he saw a male running through his living room and out the front door. Police located a man meeting the homeowners description and allegedly discovered $150 worth of collectible coins, some costume jewelry and a $200 pen made from Yankee Stadium wood. Anthony Van Horn, 48, of Cumberland was arrested for burglary, theft and criminal mischief.

To Walmart or bust 8/13 at 8:35 p.m. A caller reported the driver of a Toyota Tercel was making aggressive lane changes and threw a bottle out of the window of the car. After reportedly collecting an empty bottle of Mike's Hard Lemonade where the caller saw the bottle thrown, police located the vehicle in the Walmart parking lot and reportedly discovered that the license plates on the car were not the correct plates. In addition, police allegedly observed enough vehicle defects to force an inspection. Christopher Lee Veysey, 20, of Bloomingdale, Ga., was arrested for failure to register the vehicle and driving a defective vehicle. The car was towed.

Fire calls 8/8 at 3:13 p.m. Wash, wires, mulch, burn smell on Durant Drive. 8/8 at 10:05 p.m. Burn, smell of smoke on Broadturn Road. 8/9 at 2:16 p.m. Fire alarm on Ginn Road. 8/9 at 10:12 p.m. Fire alarm on Washington Avenue. 8/10 at 3:58 p.m. Brush, grass, woods fire on Stuga Lane. 8/10 at 5:10 p.m. Mutual aid to Old Orchard Beach. 8/11 at 6:52 a.m. Wash, wires, mulch, burn, smell on Stuga Lane. 8/11 at 8:45 a.m. Fire alarm on Spring Street. 8/11 at 5:19 p.m. Wash, wires, mulch, burn, smell on Heritage Lane. 8/12 at 2:13 p.m. Fire alarm on Pine Point Road. 8/13 at 6:51 p.m. Mutual aid to Gorham. 8/14 at 8:07 a.m. Smoldering mulch on Holly Street. 8/14 at 3:59 p.m. Mutual aid to Gorham. 8/15 at 1:41 p.m. Unpermitted burn on Imperial Lane. 8/15 at 4:11 p.m. Mutual aid to Gorham.

EMS There were 38 calls for emergency medical service from Aug. 8-15.

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8/7 at 8:33 a.m. Craig Babbidge, 48, was arrested on Pleasant Hill Road by Officer Shane Stephenson on charges of sale and use of drug paraphernalia and operating after revocation – habitual offender. 8/7 at 1:26 a.m. William Cooper, 35, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Brian McCarthy on charges of possession of marijuana and operating under the influence. 8/7 at 1:29 a.m. Shannon Lyons, 28, was

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from previous page arrested on High Street by Officer Chris Gosling on a charge of assault. 8/7 at 4:26 a.m. Christopher Frank, 20, was arrested on a warrant by Officer Shane Stephenson on Anthoine Street. 8/7 at 11:20 p.m. Pearline Fitzsimmons, 38, of Cumberland, was arrested on Broadway by Officer Jake Hall on charges of assault and criminal threatening. 8/9 at 8:47 p.m. Richard Croston, 46, was arrested on a warrant by Officer Benjamin Macisso on Preble Street. 8/10 at 2:11 p.m. Christopher Hopkins, 28, was arrested on Evans Street by Officer Rocco Navarro on charges of carrying a concealed weapon and violation of bail conditions. 8/10 at 11:44 p.m. Frederick Farrell, 31, was arrested on a warrant by Officer Andrew Nelson on Maine Mall Road. 8/10 at 11:58 a.m. A 14-year-old boy, of Limington, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer James Fahey on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. 8/11 at 5:58 a.m. Tyler Esposito, 18, was arrested on Pillsbury Street by Officer Richard Mearn on charges of possession of alcohol by a minor, carrying a concealed weapon and disorderly conduct. 8/11 at 5:10 p.m. James Bellino, 55, was arrested on Buchanan Street by Officer Scott Corbett on a charge of cultivating marijuana and on a warrant. 8/12 at 2:20 p.m. Dylan Hallett-Doughty, 18, address unlisted, was arrested on Maine Mall Road by Officer Steven Connors on charges of theft by unauthorized taking and violation of conditional release. Limington, was summonsed on Maine Mall Road by Officer James Fahey on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. 8/11 at 1 p.m. Crystal Wilson, 41, of Strong, was summonsed on Anthoine Street by Officer Kenneth Cronin on a charge of failure to notify the owner of an unattended vehicle of a collision. 8/11 at 5:34 p.m. Patricia Parks, 46, or Old Orchard Beach, was summonsed on Clarks Pond Parkway by Officer Benjamin Macisso on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. 8/13 at 8:08 a.m. William Allen, 46, was summonsed on Broadway by Officer Rocco Navarro on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle. 8/13 at 5:26 p.m. Amy Semon, 28, of Peaks Island, was summonsed on Broadway by Officer Benjamin Macisso on a charge of improper plates.

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Summonses 8/6 at 3:09 p.m. A 17-year-old boy, of Brunswick, was summonsed on Maine Mall Road by Officer Benjamin Macisso on a charge of theft by unauthorized taking. 8/7 at 3:15 p.m. A 16-year-old boy was summonsed on Powers Road by Officer David Stailing on a charge of terrorizing. 8/9 at 6:11 a.m. Sharayah Walker, 22, of Buffalo, N.Y., was summonsed on North Richland Street by Officer Shane Stephenson on a charge of operating without a license. 8/9 at 4:44 p.m. Bradford Hughes, 49, of Portland, was summonsed on Evans Street by Officer Richard Mearn on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle. 8/9 at 6:14 p.m. Lisa Falconieri, 45, was summonsed on Highland Avenue by Officer Richard Mearn on a charge of operating an unregistered motor vehicle. 8/9 at 11:37 p.m. A 12-year-old girl was summonsed on Westbrook Street by Officer Chris Gosling on a charge of illegal possession of liquor by a minor. 8/10 at 11:58 a.m. An 11-year-old boy, of

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8/11 at 5:10 p.m. Police were working a warrant detail when they visited a Buchanan Street address to check for a wanted person. Upon locating the man, officers observed what appeared to be seven marijuana plants growing inside and outside the residence. James Bellino, 55, was arrested on an outstanding warrant for unpaid fines and on a charge of marijuana cultivation.

Fire calls 8/10 at 3:07 p.m. System malfunction, Anchorage Place. 8/10 at 4:05 a.m. False alarm, Market Street. 8/10 at 4:32 a.m. Mulch fire, Broadway. 8/10 at 7:26 p.m. Mulch fire, Broadway. 8/10 at 5:18 p.m. Assist police or other government agency, Broadway. 8/10 at 5:57 p.m. Smoke scare, Day Street. 8/11 at 7:56 p.m. False alarm, Gannet Drive. 8/11 at 8:48 p.m. False alarm, Westbrook Street. 8/12 at 7:18 a.m. Smoke detector with no fire, Sable Oaks Drive. 8/12 at 11:24 a.m. False alarm, Alfred Street. 8/12 at 12:44 p.m. Detector activation with no fire, Gorham Road. 8/12 at 7:10 p.m. Overpressure rupture, explosion or overheat, Broadway. 8/12 at 7:21 p.m. Smoke detector with no fire, Broadway. 8/12 at 9:29 p.m. Outside gas or vapor combustion, Broadway. 8/13 at 11:46 a.m. Alarm malfunction, Western Avenue. 8/13 at 1:32 p.m. False alarm, Preble Street. 8/13 at 10:03 p.m. False alarm, Ocean Street. 8/13 at 10:31 p.m. Alarm malfunction, Ocean Street. 8/13 at 11:12 p.m. Vehicle accident with no injuries, Highland Avenue. 8/14 at 2:25 p.m. Mulch fire, Western Avenue. 8/14 at 2:27 p.m. Mulch fire, Maine Mall Road. 8/14 at 3:56 p.m. Smoke odor investigation, Park Street. 8/14 at 6:06 p.m. Mulch fire, Westbrook Street. 8/15 at 4:27 a.m. Chemical spill or leak, Gorham Road.

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8/15 at 1:20 p.m. Mulch fire, Philbrook Avenue. 8/15 at 3:15 p.m. Carbon monoxide detector, Cleveland Avenue. 8/15 at 4:27 p.m. False alarm, Philbrook Avenue. 8/15 at 7:43 p.m. Alarm with no fire, Maine Mall Road. 8/15 at 7:54 p.m. Unauthorized burning, Dawson Street. 8/16 at 12:27 p.m. Vehicle accident with no injuries, Evans Street. 8/16 at 8:30 p.m. Overpressure rupture, explosion or overheat, Maine Mall Road. 8/17 at 9:49 a.m. Natural gas investigation, Highland Avenue. 8/17 at 11:24 a.m. Natural gas investigation, Broadway.

EMS South Portland emergency medical services responded to 63 calls from Aug. 10-17.

Cape Elizabeth Arrests 8/15 at 3:17 a.m. Nicholas Anthony Cook, 21, of Scarborough, was arrested by Officer Rory Diffin on McAuley Road on a charge of operating under the influence of drugs.

Summonses 8/13 at 12:20 a.m. Brian Hilton, 35, of Portland, was issued a summons on Ocean House Road by Officer Rory Diffin on a charge of operating an unregistered vehicle. 8/13 at 5:08 p.m. Jessica Martin, 25, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons on Route 77 by Officer Jeffrey Gaudette on charges of violating condition of release, operating after suspension, and operating under the influence. 8/15 at 8:23 p.m. Rhoda Merrill, 84, of Portland, was issued a summons by Officer Ben Davis on Mitchell Road on a charge of operating after suspension. 8/16 at 8:30 p.m. Trevor Layton, 19, of Cape Elizabeth, was issued a summons by Officer David Galvan on Ocean House Road on a charge of operating after suspension.

Cast iron kitty missing 8/7 Police met with a resident of the Scott Dyer Road area who reported the theft of a life size cast iron cat that is black in color with a white chest.

No horsing around 8/12 Police met and spoke to a public works representative and a person who had damaged the lacrosse field at the Middle School by riding a horse on it.

Fire calls 8/10 at 11:54 a.m. Fire alarm, Two Lights Road. 8/11 at 6:57 a.m. Vehicle accident, Spurwink Avenue. 8/13 at 5:14 p.m. Motor vehicle accident, Ocean House Road. 8/13 at 10:07 p.m. Mutual aid, South Portland.

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Ansel N. Tupper, 81: Avid sailor, devoted to family SOUTH PORTLAND — Ansel Norton “Tup” Tupper, 81, deeply loved by his family and respected by his friends, died Aug. 9. He was born in Concord, N.H., on Aug. 26, 1928, to Dorothy Wing Daggett and Harold Fisk Tupper of South Berwick, a situation that led him Tupper to playfully claim dual citizenship in Maine and New Hampshire. After he graduated from Dover High School in 1946, he attended the University of New Hampshire, where he participated in football and track until he graduated in 1950. On Dec. 30, 1950, he married Mary Virginia Deschenes, beginning their loving marriage of nearly 60 years, and together raised five sons and one daughter. In 1953 he began his 31-year career with the Maine Central Railroad/Portland Terminal Company as a student supervisor. Over the years, he worked in numerous managerial positions until he retired in 1984 as general manager of operations. An enthusiastic sailor, he was an active member of the Centerboard Yacht Club for 40 years, and enjoyed competitive racing in Casco Bay. A man of honor and integrity, he was admired by all who knew him for his patience and kindness. He was predeceased by his sister, Pamelia Tupper, and an infant daughter, Mary.

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He is survived by his wife Virginia; and five sons, Christopher N. and his wife, Helen (Cricket), of Cundy’s Harbor, Stephen H. and his wife, Clara-Marie of Rolla, Mo., Nicholas J. and his wife, Susan, of Marietta, Ga., Nathaniel J. “Nat” and his wife Judith of Yarmouth, and Benjamin T. and his wife, Mariana, of Yarmouth, and his daughter, M. Ellen and her husband Thomas M. Carr of Scituate, Mass.; his sister Nancy H. Otis and her husband, Don B. Otis of Manchester, Vt.; and his beloved 17 grandchildren, Jordan J. Tupper and his wife Amanda of Pleasant View, Tenn., Samuel J. Tupper of Cumberland, Brian C. Tupper of Yarmouth, Alan C. Tupper and his wife

Carrie of Atlanta, Ga., Emily J. Tupper of Cundy’s Harbor, Paul A. Tupper, N. Scott Tupper and Zachary J. Tupper of Marietta, Ga., W. Joseph Tupper, M. Tobias Tupper, Jacob N. Tupper, Daniel S. Tupper, and M. Stephanie Tupper of Rolla, Mo., Audrey V. Carr, Thomas T. Carr and Charlotte M. Carr of Scituate, Mass., and Lillian D. Tupper of Yarmouth; and several nieces and nephews. Visitation hours will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 20 at Hobbs Funeral Home, 230 Cottage Road, South Portland. A celebration of his life will be held at 11 a.m. on Saturday, Aug. 21 at First Parish Congregational Church, 116 Main St., Yarmouth, immediately followed by a

reception in the church fellowship hall. Condolences to the family may be expressed at Memorial gifts may be made to The National Multiple Sclerosis Society, 170 U.S. Route 1, Suite 200, Falmouth, ME 04105, or to the American Cancer Society, 1-800-227-2345.

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McAfee earns 2010 Muskie Award

PORTLAND — Dr. Robert McAfee recently received the 2010 Hon. Edmund S. Muskie Access to Justice Award for his leadership in addressing family violence in Maine and around the nation. The award was presented at the Muskie Access to Justice 15th anniversary dinner. McAfee served as an attending surgeon at Maine Medical Center for 31 years, and was the first Maine doctor to serve as president of the American Medical Association. As president of the AMA, he worked to educate the medical community on family violence issues, and was appointed to the American Bar Association’s Commission on Domestic Violence. The Muskie Access to Justice award was established in 1995 to honor Senator Muskie’s lifelong commitment to justice for low-income and elderly adults.

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Brunswick educator honored at Blaine House AUGUSTA — Paul Austin Jr. was one of six educators recognized at a recent reception held at The Blaine House for making significant contributions to meeting the needs of at-risk children and youth. Austin, director of special education in Brunswick, received the 2010 Commissioner’s Recognition Award for his work with at-risk students in Brunswick over the past four years. Notably, Austin was honored for his role in the creation of the Alternative Education Committee and for starting the Alternative Education Program at Brunswick Junior High School. Other awardees include Kristen Grant, assistant principal, Windham Primary School; Cynthia Lane, substance abuse counselor, Bonny Eagle High School; Beverly Poissonnier, educational technician, Lawrence High School; Korah Soll, director of Zenith Alternative Education Program, Camden; Maureen Trial, lead teacher, Center for Alternative Learning at Nobleboro Central School.

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Exploring the Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Center trails If you are looking for a bit of an Acadia National Park, Monhegan Island, and Norwegian fjords experience all rolled into one, consider a visit to the spectacular trail system at the Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Center on the northwestern tip of Orr’s Island. This off the beaten path parcel of land gets little publicity and little visitation. The 118 acres of peaceful meadows, secluded evergreen forests, and steep ridge lines and cliffs were a gift to the college from William and Irma Thalheimer, with the desire to create a world-class coastal studies program. Seven distinct trails offer a variety of experiences and comprise a total of nearly four miles of walking if you hike them all. We spent three hours recently walking the perimeter trails of the narrow peninsula, bordered to the west by the sparkling waters of Harpswell Sound, and to the east by the sheltered waters of Long Cove. To get to the property follow Route 24 south from Brunswick. As you approach the short bridge leading onto Orr’s Island

slow down. Gaze out to the left down the narrow slot of Gun Point Cove. Cliffs strung with tiers of seaweed topped by pointed firs lead out to open sea. This has to be one of the most beautiful coastal scenes in Mid-Coast Maine. From the bridge drive 1.7 miles south to the Bayview Road and turn right. The road is a few hundred yards past the Orr’s Island Store. Follow the Bayview Road for a mile, staying right at a fork. Pavement turns to gravel at the entrance into the Coastal Studies Center. Drive in another quarter mile. You will see an information kiosk on the right where you can park and pick up a trail map. Rules are posted. Dogs must be kept on a leash at all times. The college also asks that no flowers, plants or trees be picked or in any way disturbed. We started down the trail toward Dipper Cove and the music started; the deep throb of lobster boat engines mixing with the soothing song of the wind in the balsam fir and red spruce; the calls of crows, gulls and terns competing for attention.


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Through the trees we could see across to where we had been swimming a half hour earlier. The path eventually leads out to more open ledges perfect for another swim. As we floated on our backs soaking in the mid-morning sun we watched lobster boats ply the waters west of the Orr’s Island bridge. Two yellowlegs flitted about the nearby ledges.

This was a hard spot to leave. We followed the Long Cove Loop trail south back out to the meadows and our vehicle. The trail follows along the cove at water level offering nice views up and down the 1.5- mile stretch of Long Cove. You will hear some traffic on this portion of your walk over on Route 24.

Three hours had gone by too quickly. Guess where we were the following Monday with out of state friends visiting for the day – yes, right back out at the Bowdoin College Coastal Studies Center to give them a feel for the real Maine.

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Ready for some football? New England Patriots are By Ken Levinsky “So much for my happy ending” goes the song written by pop star Avril Lavigne. The same thing goes for the New England Patriots of recent vintage. Since winning Super Bowl XXXIV in February, 2005, their seasons have ended as follows: 2005 (10-6) Lost to Denver, 27-13, in AFC Divisional playoffs. 2006 (12-4) Lost to Indianapolis in AFC Final, 38-34, after leading most of the way. 2007 (16-0) Lost to New York Giants, 17-14, in the Super Bowl after going undefeated to that point. 2008 (11-5) Reigning Most Valuable Player quarterback Tom Brady injured in the first game of the regular season. Did not make playoffs. 2009 (10-6) Lost to Baltimore in AFC Wild Card Round at home, 33-14, after falling behind 24-0 in the first quarter. The previous five years had better endings: 2000 (5-11) Coach Bill Belichick’s first year. 2001 (11-5) Won Super Bowl, 20-17, over St. Louis. 2002 (9-7) Did not make playoffs. 2003 (14-2) Won Super Bowl, 32-29, over Carolina. 2004 (14-2) Won Super Bowl, 24-21, over Philadelphia. The Patriots, who are hoping to

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New England Patriots linebacker Tully Banta-Cain speaks to the media during the preseason.

win the AFC East for the seventh time in eight years, opened their exhibition season Thursday with a solid 27-24 victory over the defending champion New Orleans Saints. Here is how the team stacks up at this point.

Offense Overview (with Levinsky letter grades) Only three players, all on the offensive side of the ball, Brady, Kevin Faulk and Matt Light, remain from all three championship teams (in fact, only 17 players

remain from the team that lost the 2008 Super Bowl.) Last year, the Patriots’ offense was third in both total yards and passing yards, sixth in points and a middle-ofthe-pack 12th in rushing yards.

Quarterback (A) Brady has had a full season to regain his form and says his knee feels “great.” In 2009, he completed 65.7 percent of his passes, throwing for 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions. His 4,348 passing yards (fifth in the NFL) was close behind leaders Matt Schaub of Houston (4,770) and Peyton

Manning of conference champion Indianapolis (4,500) and second best in team history to the 4,807 yards he threw in 2007. Brady, who turned 33 on August 3, played the first two series in the exhibition opener and was 5-of-8 for 67 yards. His backup, second-year player Brian Hoyer, also was sharp against the Saints.

Wide receivers (A) Wes Welker is beginning his seventh year as a pro and his fourth with the Patriots. He had knee surgery in February, having

injured it early in the regular season finale, after making his NFLleading 123rd catch of the season. (he was second in the league with 111 receptions in 2008). Welker’s recovery has been remarkable. Although Belichick held him out from the New Orleans game, he is expected to play in the regular season opener on Sept. 12 at home against the Cincinnati Bengals. Welker led all NFL receivers last year with 71 catches resulting in first downs. He has caught at least 100 passes in each of the last three seasons, something only four other players have ever done. In addition to receiving duties, he was the team’s primary punt returner last season, with 27 returns and 16 fair catches. Last year, Randy Moss had an average reception of 15.2 yards and 13 touchdown catches to lead the league. His 83 catches were 12th-best. Moss, entering his fourth year with the Patriots, has had nine seasons with 10 or more touchdown receptions, tied with Jerry Rice for the NFL record. Julian Edelman did a bit of everything last year during his rookie season. The converted quarterback tied for third on the team with 37 pass receptions, shared kickoff return duty with Laurence Maroney and Matt Slater, returned six punts and even ran the ball twice from scrimmage. Edelman is looking forward to even bigger things in 2010. Last offseason, he had to spend his time working on skills that would help him show

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Harris golf empire stretches far By Peter Blais It has been more than 40 years since Dick Harris, 68, began his golf career patrolling the shop, course and practice area as head pro at Auburn’s Martindale Country Club (CC) back in 1967, the Red Sox’ “Impossible Dream” year. Since then, the Harris clan, which includes sons Jeff, 45, and Jason, 38, have conjured up their own dream. Today Harris Golf is reportedly the largest privately owned, single operator of golf facilities in New England. The family portfolio includes: Freeport CC, Falmouth CC, Highland Green Golf Club (GC) (Topsham), Sunday River Golf Club (Newry), Old Marsh Country Club (Wells), Penobscot Valley Country Club (Orono) and Wilson Lake Country Club (Wilton) Patriarch Dick, who has spent much of his life in the Portland

area, started caddying and playing at Portland CC at age 8. After a 20-year stint at Martindale, he helped found Falmouth CC in the mid-1980s. Harris Golf began with the purchase of Boothbay CC, a 1920sera. nine-hole course, in 1994. The Harrises designed and built 15 new holes on the property to establish one of the top 18-hole facilities on the Maine coast. Their success at Boothbay led to other golf opportunities. In 2004 the family built Sunday River GC. The family built Old Marsh in 2004 and took ownership of Penobscot Valley the same year. The family sold Harris Golf Shop in South Portland in 2006) as well as Bath CC and Boothbay CC in 2007 and 2008, respectively. Harris Golf is an innovative company that has sought to grow golf participation at a time when many courses are struggling to

attract new players and retain existing ones. One of the firm’s most dating moves is the Harris Golf Discovery Schools. Launched in 2008 to help players lecome better and happier players, affiliated clubs provide free, weekly instructional clinics with PGA professionals for any members. In addition to the clinics, Falmouth CC offers golf fitness and conditioning programs with a certified golf fitness instructor. An ever-changing monthly calendar of events keeps things interesting for members and non-members alike. The family has also taken the lead in helping promote the golf industry’s message that golf facilities are environmentally friendly. Earlier this year, the company implemented the “Harris Golf Environmental Initiative.” The mandate effectively took acreage equal to 18 holes out of play

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The 10th green at Falmouth Country Club

company-wide. Returning that land to a more natural state translated to less maintenance, water, fertilizer, chemicals, fuel, labor and electricity. At the same time, the company’s Environmental Initiative gave its properties a better aesthetic (more color and texture), did not impact playability., increased habitat and lessened impact on the environment.

To celebrate the Environmental Initiative the company introduced “The Initiative Pass.” For $60, the pass provides 18 holes including cart Monday through Thursday at Sunday River, Old Marsh or Penobscot Valley and includes a bonus pass to play 18 holes Monday through Thursday at Harris Golf’s newest offering, Highland Green in Topsham.

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Patriots from previous page well at the draft combine. This offseason, he focused on work relating directly to his position. So far, so good. He has looked sharp in training camp and in the preseason game, Edelman returned a punt for 40 yards and caught all six of the passes thrown to him, including one for a touchdown. Tight end Ben Watson, whose production never quite matched his talent, is now in Cleveland. Chris Baker was released. Rookies Aaron Hernandez, Rob Gronlowski and 10-year pro Alge Crumpler, a good blocker who played for Tennessee last year, are competing for the starting spot. Hernandez, a fourth round pick from Florida, has had a great training camp, with several spectacular receptions. Veteran free agent Torry Holt had hoped to be a factor, but he was placed on injured reserve and will miss the season.

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together with 73, 63 and 62 carries a piece. The team gained 1,921 yards (4.1 per carry) in 2009. Their opponents’ total was 1,768 (4.4 per carry). By comparison, the New York Jets led the league last year with 2,756 yards. Faulk, the most efficient runner at 5.4 yards a carry, also was tied for third on the team with Edelman (behind Welker and Moss) with 37 pass receptions.

yards. The fifth-year Patriot had a career best 21 touchbacks and a 67.8 yard average on kickoffs. Punter Chris Hanson (39.7 yard per kick, lowest in the NFL) has been replaced with rookie Zoltan Mesko, a six-foot-five-inch rookie from Michigan. Mesko, a fifth-round pick, was the first punter selected in this year’s draft.

The Line (C+)

While the starting offense has many veterans, the defense has a more youthful look. Before last season, linebacker Tedy Bruschi and safety Rodney Harrison retired, and linebacker Mike Vrabel and defensive end Richard Seymour were traded. Following those changes, the Patriots’ defense was fifth in points allowed, 11th in total yards allowed, 12th in passing yards allowed and 13th in rushing yards allowed.

Running backs (B-)

All-Pro guard Logan Mankins is holding out after refusing to sign a contract. Mankins, a two-time Pro Bowl player, was the youngest starter on the line. His replacement is fifth-year pro Dan Connolly. The other guard is returning starter Stephen Neal. The starting tackles are Matt Light and Nick Kaczur, but Kaczur is out with a back injury for an undetermined period. Second-year man Sebastian Vollmer, the tallest Patriot at 6-foot-8-inches, got the start against the Saints. The center is Dan Koppen.

Laurence Maroney, entering his fifth NFL season, led the team with 757 rushing yards on 194 carries. Last year was his first season without missing any games because of injuries. Veterans Sammy Morris, Fred Taylor and Kevin Faulk were bunched

Field goal kicker Stephen Gostkowski was perfect last year from 29 yards in, missed only one of 13 kicks between 30 and 39 yards and hit half of his eight kicks over 40 yards, the longest from 53

Kickers (B+)


The Line (B-) Ty Warren, who played on the last two Patriots’ championship teams, will miss the entire season with a hip injury and Jarvis Green, who took Seymour’s starting slot, left for the Denver Broncos as a free agent. The only returning starter is Pro Bowl nose tackle Vince Wilfork, back for this seventh year. The Patriots will look to free agent veterans Damione Lewis and Gerard Warren, and Mike Wright to fill the void.

Linebackers (B) Jerod Mayo led the team in tackles last year. The first-round selection was defensive rookie of the year in 2008. Gary Guyton, 24, started all 16 games last season Tully Banta-Cain had a breakout season in 2009. He led the team with 10 sacks, a number achieved by only six other players in Patriots history. Banta-Cain, who was originally selected by New England in the seventh round in the 2003 draft, returned to the team last year, after being released by the 49ers. He is a media favorite thanks to his work ethic, humility and articulation. Derrick Burgess, who was mulling retirement, finally made it to camp last Friday. He had 5 sacks last season, his first with the Patriots, after being traded by Oakland.

Burgess had 38 sacks in four seasons with the Raiders.

Secondary (B-)

Safety Brandon Meriweather, a firstround pick in 2007, and Corner back Leigh Bodden, second year with the Pats, each had five interceptions last year. Cornerback Devin McCourty, this year’s first-round draft pick, is vying for a starting spot with Darius Butler, a second-round pick in 2009. McCourty had kickoff returns of 52- and 50-yards in the New Orleans exhibition. Solid James Sanders and physical second-year player Brandon McGowan, a 2005 graduate of the University of Maine, split the starting assignment at safety last year. McGowan is the first Maine player on the Patriots since Clay Pickering caught a 10yard pass in 1987, the only reception of his career. The 6-5 Pickering was a basketball star, who played football during his last semester. The only other Maine graduate to suit up for the Patriots was defensive back Dave Cloutier, who played in 12 games in 1964. McGowan played four years with the Chicago Bears, starting in 13 of the 25 contests he played in. In 2005, he was the only undrafted Bears rookie to make the active roster, and started the final three games of the season. In 2007, he started nine games and had two interceptions. In 2008, McGowan’s play was limited due to a season ending ankle injury in September. In his first year with the Patriots, McGowan played in every game and had career highs in starts (11), tackles (59), assists (20) and forced fumbles (three). In the November 8 win over Miami, he had eight tackles, three assists and a forced fumble. NFL teams may carry 80 players in training camp until August 31 when the squad must be cut to 75 players. On September 4, just after the final exhibition games, rosters must be reduced to the regular-season limit of 53 players. If all goes well, those making the cut will travel to Dallas for the Super Bowl on February 6. Now that would be a happy ending.

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Portland Porpoise registration The Portland Porpoise Swim Club will hold assessments and registration for new swimmers Sunday, Sept. 12th at 2:30 p.m., at the Riverton Community Center in Portland, for school-aged children interested in competitive swimming. There will also be a high school prep program from Sept. 12 through Nov. 14, focusing primarily on stroke technique and drills, as well as general aerobic conditioning. FMI,

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Casco Bay Sports has openings for several fall sports leagues. Outdoor soccer has an 11 v 11 Sunday league, beginning Sept. 12 and a Monday 6 v 6 league, starting Sept. 20. Coed flag football starts Sept. 12. Coed frostbite softball begins Sept. 12. Basketball features a Tuesday competitive league, beginning Sept. 14, a Thursday all-ability league, starting Sept. 16 and a Sunday all-ability league, beginning Oct. 3. There will also be dodgeball leagues on Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. FMI,

Local sailors took part at the recent Massachusetts Bay Junior Olympics. In the Optimist class, Falmouth’s Haley McMahon placed fifth, Yarmouth’s Sam Alexander finished sixth and Falmouth’s Clayton Sasaki came in seventh. In the Club-420 class, South Freeport’s Kevin Schwarm (skipper) and Graham Allen (crew) finished second. Cumberland’s Maddie Whittier, along with Tuck Jones, placed fourth. Falmouth’s Myles Everett, along with Ted Farnsworth of Cape Elizabeth, came in sixth.

SP youth soccer league South Portland Parks and Recreation is hosting a Youth Soccer League for boys and girls in grades 1-6. All parents who have a child participating in South Portland Recreation Youth Sports programs will need to attend at least one information meeting per year. The Fall Soccer Parent Meeting and Registration Night will be held on Thursday, Sept. 2nd, at 6:00 p.m. at the South Portland Community Center with registration for soccer immediately after. The fee for playing soccer is $50 per child. Coaches are also needed. FMI, Sabrina Best, 767-7650.

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Scarborough from page 3 Hall and with official election announcements, responding to the accusations made by the recall committee. Again, D’Andrea disagreed. “As councilors, we have plenty of moments to be heard,” she said. “This person would have the press’ ear, the press would be beating down this person’s door.” While much of the language was left as is, Wood will have the opportunity to offer an amendment at the second reading before the Charter amendments go to the voters. The council will hold a public hearing on the proposed amendments at its Sept.

1 meeting. It will then vote to send the amendments to the voters on the November ballot. In other business Wednesday, councilors held a first hearing for amendments to the Property Tax Assistance Ordinance. The amendments would lower the qualifying age from 65 to 62 for those looking to utilize a property tax refund program aimed at seniors. The program makes available a tax refund of up to $500 per applicant if an applicant qualifies for the Maine Circuit Breaker Program. Scarborough currently has $140,000 set aside for this program. Should participation in the program increase and the total amount requested add up to more than what the town has set aside, the

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S. Portland from page 3 said. “I’m just excited we have been able to reach an accord here. This is an important bible we will be using for years to come.” The resolution calls on the city to create an “environmentally preferable” purchasing policy for all city departments as well as three other projects to improve environmental sustainability by the end of this fall.


Oct. 15 to match the state’s deadline and change the tax assessor’s report to the Council on the program from October to December. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or

This spring, the city will prioritize capital projects using information provided by a city-wide energy audit that should be completed this fall. The city will also create a Climate Action Plan in the spring. By fall 2011, a policy will be created to provide incentives for city employees to leave their cars at home and commute to work by another means at least two days a week. The resolution also calls for quarterly progress reports to be given to the council. Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or

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from page 1 While three councilors supported the proposal, the remaining councilors said they could not support borrowing more than $39 million. Some councilors, even those in favor of the full renovation proposal, were skeptical that voters would approve a large bond, given the current economy. “I have to be completely honest,” said Councilor Tom Blake, who served on the Secondary School Facility Committee and supported the $44.2 million bond Wednesday. “I don’t think this will pass in November.” Councilor Maxine Beecher was among the councilors who expressed support for the full renovation. Beecher recited a list of examples where she said the city cut corners on major projects to save money, only to pay the price later. Those included the municipal pool, the high school auditorium and a City Hall addition. “You know, it’s crap,” she said of the City Hall job. “And we’re living with that.” Mayor Tom Coward was among those trying to reduce the cost of the plan to make it

more palatable to voters, who turned down a $56 million renovation bond by a 3-1 margin 2007. “I don’t want this to go down in flames,” Coward said. “I’d rather have a scaled-down project that gets done.” The meeting came on the heels of an independent review of the plan drafted by Harriman Associates. Tom Frederick of Wright Ryan reviewed the construction costs of the plan, while a review by Bob Howe of HKTA Architects looked at how the plan compared to other school projects, whether it would meet state requirements and whether the project made sense. The reviewers told the council on Monday night that the proposed plan was reasonable. But Howe said several components of the plan should be questioned. The proposed renovation would result in a 286,000-square-foot, 1,100-student building, a 95,000-square-foot increase over the current school. That works out to 259 square feet per

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Greater Portland Auditions, Calls for Art Acorn Productions is accepting submissions for annual Phyzgig festival, seeking variety entertainers in any family-oriented genre for vaudeville festival in Portland from Christmas to New Year’s, Sept. 15 deadline, applications at

Saturday 8/21 Auditions for Portland Youth Dance, for jazz, contemporary, hip hop dancers ages 9-18, 1 p.m. beginner level dancers; 2:30 p.m. intermediate/ advanced dancers, Casco Bay Movers Dance Studio, Forest Ave., Portland,, Victoria Perreault, 712-4308.

Tuesday 8/31 Musica de Filia Fall Season Auditions, for girl choirs grades 2 -12, and Women’s Choir, 6 p.m. Aug. 31 and Sept. 7, Musica de Filia Studio, 550 Forest Ave., Portland,, to schedule an audition call Cyndy, 807-2158.

Comedy Wednesday 8/25 Calvin Ball, presented by The Escapists, improv and comedy games, 7:30 p.m., $5, North Star Cafe, 225 Congress St., Portland,, 615-4021.

hibit, Falmouth Memorial Library, 5 Lunt Road, Falmouth, 781-2351.

Wednesday 8/25 “Friendship in Hard Times,” sculptural installations by Asherah Cinnamon, artist talk 5-6:30 p.m., installation through September, University of New England, Portland Campus Gallery, 716 Stevens Ave., Portland, 797-7261,

Museums Friday 8/27 Tate House Garden Tea, 2–4 p.m., free, space limited, reservations at 774-6177, Tate House Museum, 1270 Westbrook St.,

Saturday 8/28 Kwenu Festival, hosted by The Museum of African Culture, 12-4 p.m., Brown Street, Portland,

Music Friday 8/20 “Depression Era Swing Party,” with music by Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers, 8-10 p.m., free, all ages, North Star Music Cafe, 225 Congress St., Portland. Kristi Rose and Fats Kaplin, 9 p.m., $15 advance/ $20 door, VENUE Music Bar and Bistro, 865 Forest Ave., Portland, tickets at


Paddy Keenan and Pat Kilbride, Irish music, 8 p.m., $15, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757.

Friday 8/27

Saturday 8/21

“Fed Up,” documentary on Genetic Engineering, Industrial Agriculture and Sustainable Alternatives, 6:30 p.m. reception, 7 p.m. film, free, Zero Station, 222 Anderson St., Portland,

17th Summer Season Portland Chamber Music Festival, “Mozart, Loeffler and Prokofiev,” 8 p.m., $25, free for ages 21 and under, USM Portland Campus, 88 Bedford St., Portland, 320-0257,


Ingrid Michaelson, 7:30 p.m., free, bring own seat, L.L. Bean Discovery Park, L.L. Bean campus, 95 Main St., Freeport.

Friday 8/20 “The Ambiguities: Selected Works,” by Thorpe Feidt, Aug. 20-Oct. 29, Area Gallery, USM Woodbury Campus Center, Portland, 780-5008, gallery. New Work by Mark Hagen and Mark Haltof, through Aug. 29, Ram Island Farm, Cape Elizabeth, Mark Haltof, 838-1393. Third Friday Art Walk in Freeport, sponsored by Freeport Merchants Association, participating galleries at freeportusa. com or 865-1212.

Saturday 8/21 Artist Meet & Greet, with Jessica Gandolf, 11 a.m., free, Aucocisco Galleries, 89 Exchange St., Portland, 775-2222.

Tuesday 8/24 “Flowers” by Merryl Hodgson, 6:30-8 p.m. artist reception, open to the public, Aug. 16-Sept. 30 ex-


Friday 8/27 Jay Ungar and Molly Mason Family Band, acoustic, 8 p.m., $20 advance/ $25 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 7611757,

Saturday 8/28 David Maxwell, blues/jazz, 8 p.m., $15 advance/ $18 door, One Longfellow Square, 181 State St., Portland, 761-1757,

Theater & Dance Thursday 8/19 My First Time, a “mature audiences only” comedy, through Aug. 29, tickets $22/$20, ThursdaySaturday 8 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m., Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland,

Friday 8/20 My First Time, a “mature audiences only” comedy, through Aug. 29, tickets $22/$20, Thursday-Saturday 8 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m., Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland,

Saturday 8/21 My First Time, a “mature audiences only” comedy, through Aug. 29, tickets $22/$20, ThursdaySaturday 8 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m., Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland,

Sunday 8/22 My First Time, a “mature audiences only” comedy, through Aug. 29, tickets $22/$20, ThursdaySaturday 8 p.m., Sunday 7 p.m., Old Port Playhouse, 19 Temple St., Portland,

On Friday, Aug. 20, Boston’s Erin Harpe & the Delta Swingers are hosting a free “Depression Era Swing Party” from 8 to 10 p.m. at the North Star Music Cafe. Harpe, also the lead singer/guitarist of Lovewhip, will play two sets of acoustic Charles River Delta Blues. Patrons are encouraged to dress up in 1930s costume. The cafe is located at 225 Congress St. in Portland.

Saturday 8/28 “Modjeska’s Voice,” with Helena Modjeska, 6:30 p.m. doors open, 7:30 p.m. show, tickets, $8 one/ $15 two, Reiche Community Center, 166 Brackett St., Portland, presented by the Polish Heritage Center of Maine and West End Neighborhood Association.

“Vanishing of Bees,” 6:30 p.m. documentary film, followed by discussion led by Christy Hemenway, local beekeeper, $7 advance/$8 door, Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Mill 3, Fort Andross, Brunswick,, 725-5222, hosted by Gold Star Honeybees.


Trouble in River City, 9 p.m., Slainte Wine Bar and Lounge, 24 Preble St., Portland, 828-0900.

Mid Coast Auditions, Calls for Art

Sunday 8/22

Thursday 8/26

John Lee Hooker Jr., with The Delta Generators, 9 p.m., $20, VENUE Music Bar and Grille, 865 Forest Ave., Portland,

Oratorio Chorale Auditions, 6-9 p.m., openings in all voice parts, prepared piece not required for audition, Midcoast Presbyterian Church, Topsham, John Todd, 3899175 or Fred Cichocki, 443-1332,

Friday 8/20


”Glorious Gardens” 5-8 p.m. reception, exhibit through August, Markings Gallery, 50 Front St., Bath, 443-1499.

Scott Girouard, Summer Singer/ Songwriter Concert Series, 6:30 p.m., free, The Big Easy, 55 Market St., Portland, 775-2266.

Thursday 8/26 Aztec Two-Step, acoustic, 8 p.m., $25, general seatings, The Landing at Pine Point, Scarborough, “I’m Too Broke To Be This Drunk,” live Old School Country and TwoStep, hosted Matt Robbins and Tim Emery, 8 p.m., $5, Empire Dine and Dance, 575 Congress St., Portland,

Tuesday 8/24 ”Somers Town,” comedy, United Kingdom, 6 p.m., Tuesday Free Movies through Aug. 31, Patten Free Library, 33 Summer St., Bath, 443-5141.

Merrymeeting Art Association art exhibit and sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m. through Aug. 31 at The Harpswell Heritage Land Trust, 153 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell. Third Friday Art Walk and Drive in Bath, 5-8 p.m., sponsored by Five Rivers Arts Alliance, for participating galleries, 798-6964,

Saturday 8/21 Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival, 9 a.m.-5 p.m., rain or shine, 80 jur-

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Saturday 8/21 Dorie Barnes Debut Concert, Jazz/Blues, 7 p.m., $10 adult/ $7 student or senior, Merriconeag Grange Hall, 529 Harpswell Neck Road, Harpswell, 798-9201. Lissa Schneckenburger, fiddle and vocals, and Bethany Waickman, guitar, 7:30 p.m., $10 advance/ $12 door, Frontier Cafe, 14 Maine St., Mill 3, Fort Andross, Brunswick,, 725-5222.

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Sunday 8/22

“Thoroughly Modern Millie, Jr.,” Midcoast Youth Theater performance, 2 p.m. $10 adults, $8 seniors and students, $5 ages 5-8, Mt. Ararat High School, Eagles Way, Topsham, or 751-2619.

Wednesday 8/25

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Fun-filled knights in Brunswick: ‘Spamalot’ By Scott Andrews Brunswick is an epicenter of knight life this week as “Spamalot” takes the boards as the final offering of Maine State Music Theatre’s 2010 season. This Tony Awardwinning show is an incredibly funny spoof of the legends associated with King Arthur. MSMT Artistic Director Charles Abbott plays one of the key roles. Abbott retires from the company after this run, and an appreciation of his long-running role at MSMT is in order.

‘Spamalot’ Between 2005 and 2009 one of the hottest tickets on Broadway was “Spamalot,” a wildly funny and very tuneful musical comedy based on the film, “Monty Python and the Holy Grail.” When “Spamalot” closed on Broadway, the regional performing rights were eagerly sought by professional theater companies around the U.S. As one of only five successful bidders, Maine State Music Theatre opened the Maine premiere of “Spamalot” last weekend to a sold-out house. It’s a sensationally good show and I expect it will sell out for the remainder of its run. With a libretto by Eric Idle and music by John Du Prez and Idle, “Spamalot” was nominated for 14 Tony Awards, winning three, including “Best Musical.” It’s solidly based on the legends of King Arthur, the Knights of the Round Table and the search for the Holy Grail, but Idle’s send-up of the oft-told story and his uncanny ability to find hilariously comic twists in familiar characters is an amazing piece of writing. The arc of the story follows King Arthur (Nat Chandler) from the early years of his reign to his successful recovery of the Grail. The story is introduced by a His-



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“Spamalot” not only marks the end of Maine State Music Theatre’s 2010 season, it also closes one of the most remarkable chapters of the company’s 52-year history. Charles “Chuck” Abbott is retiring after 30 years with MSMT, serving the last 20 as its artistic director. During Abbott’s tenure MSMT reached for and achieved that proverbial “next level” in all respects: improving its artistic offerings, bolstering its finances and truly transforming the company into a keystone of Maine’s cultural architecture. I enjoyed the privilege of knowing Abbott during the last 17 years of his directorship,

and I vividly recall our numerous formal interviews and our many informal encounters in rehearsal halls, cast parties and the streets of Brunswick. He certainly enriched my life by sharing his vast knowledge of musical theater and I believe that “Out & About” readers enjoyed a second-hand benefit as well. Maine certainly benefited in ways that may not be obvious to casual theatergoers. Under his tenure, MSMT rose to the stature of one of this country’s premier summer venues, and as such it could successfully vie for the first regional performing rights to current and recent Broadway hits such as “Les Miserables,” “Hairspray” and, of course, “Spamalot.” He is also a fine director himself, helming such classics as “My Fair Lady” twice during his tenure. He wasn’t afraid to tackle the biggest shows, including “Miss Saigon” and “Follies.” The latter is one of the true monuments of American Musical Theater, and Abbott beautifully brought it to Brunswick. Part of Abbott’s deft touch as director comes from his experience as an actor. Although his short stature limited the roles he could play on stage, there are a number of character roles that fit him perfectly. Among the most memorable were Applegate/Devil in “Damn Yankees,” the Emcee in “Cabaret” and Patsy in “Spamalot.” Abbott leaves his mark as a producer, too. Companies such as MSMT are typically thought of as producing “summer stock” and that’s certainly the mainstay of their seasons. But Abbott also believes that nurturing new musicals and unknown writers is also part of the company’s mission. It’s financially risky – selling tickets to an unknown show isn’t as easy as marketing the familiar titles – and difficult to accomplish in the short rehearsal period dictated by MSMT’s schedule. But Abbott insisted, and we got to see several world premieres. “Lucky Guy” is a country-themed musical, “Chamberlain” is based on the life of the Civil War hero who lived in Brunswick and “Hans Christian Andersen,” which is a stage adaptation of the memorable film from the 1950s with the luscious score by Frank Loesser. Although MSMT draws actors, stage directors and technical directors from all over the country, Abbott also nourishes local talent. Mainers who have been repeatedly hired by Abbott over the years include actors Ed Romanoff, Marie Pressman, Birdie Katz, Glenn Anderson and Marc Raymond Dumont. Other local standouts include music directors Ed Reichert and Brian Cimmet and scenic guru Charles Kading. I should also mention Abbott’s longtime partner, John-Charles Kelly. An amiable and extremely talented jack-of-all-trades, Kelly sometimes acted in every show of the MSMT season and starred in several, including playing Henry Higgins in the memorable 1995 production of “My Fair Lady” and Buddy in “Follies.” On opening night of “Spamalot,” Abbott’s accomplishment were officially recognized with a “Sentiment of the Maine Legislature.” I expect Abbott will return to Brunswick in a few years as a freelance director and perhaps as an actor. Meantime I wish him the best in his post-retirement endeavors. And I cherish the memories.

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Greater Portland Benefits “Operation Bookbag,” school supplies benefit drive, Aug.16-20, bring book bag donation or supplies, receive one free office visit, Upper Cervical Health Centers of America, 298 Main St., Yarmouth, 846-5100,

Friday 8/20 19th Annual Casco Bay Catch & Release Striper Tournament, to benefit Coastal Conservation Association of Maine and Maine Department of Marine Resources, for striped bass research and preservation, 5 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, Captain’s Reception, Royal River Grille House, Yarmouth; Saturday and Sunday tournament, $50 registration, $10 children’s tournament, register at, Steve Arnold, 846-9050, MS Harborfest Benefit Events, Friday-Sunday; 10:30 a.m. Saturday MS Regatta, Portland Harbor; 8-10 a.m. Sunday Lobster Boat Race registration, $20; 10 a.m. race, Portland Yacht Services; 10 a.m. Shoreside Exhibition and Tug Boat display, Maine State Pier, Commercial Street, Portland; 1:30 p.m. Tug Boat Parade, Sue Tidd, 781-7960,, .

Saturday 8/21 Lobster Bake and Softball Game, to benefit Impact/ Pownal Elementary students, 3 p.m., $25, kids meals free, Pownal Elementary School, Elmwood Road, Pownal, tickets, call 688-4488 or 688-4212. MS Harborfest Benefit Events, Friday-Sunday; 10:30 a.m. Saturday MS Regatta, Portland Harbor, and MS Powerboat Poker Run, DiMillo’s Marina; 8-10 a.m. Sunday Lobster Boat Race registration, $20; 10 a.m. race, Portland Yacht Services; 10 a.m. Shoreside Exhibition and Tug Boat display, Maine State Pier, Commercial Street, Portland; 1:30 p.m. Tug Boat Parade, Sue Tidd, 7817960,

Sunday 8/22 MS Harborfest Benefit Events, Friday-Sunday; 8-10 a.m. Sunday Lobster Boat Race registration, $20; 10 a.m. race, Portland Yacht Services; 10 a.m. Shoreside Exhibition and Tug Boat display, Maine State Pier, Commercial Street, Portland; 1:30 p.m. Tug Boat Parade, Sue Tidd, 781-7960, .

Tuesday 8/24 “Scoops & Supplies,” bring donation of new school supplies for YI families, 4-6 p.m., ice cream social,

Meetings Cape Elizabeth Tue. 8/24 6:30 p.m. Tue. 8/24 7 p.m. Tue. 8/24 7:30 p.m. Wed. 8/2510:30 a.m. Wed. 8/25 7 p.m. Thu. 8/26 7 p.m.

School Board Finance Committee CEHS Zoning Board of Appeals TH School Board CEHS Riverside Mem. Cemetery Board of Trustees TH Community Services Advisory Commission CECC Recycling Committee PW

South Portland

Mon. 8/23 6:30 p.m. City Council Workshop Wed. 8/25 7 p.m. Board of Appeals


Scarborough Thu. 5/27

8 a.m. Sanitary District Board of Trustees


raffles, Youth Alternatives Ingraham, 50 Lydia Lane, South Portland, Katie Howard, 523-5031.

Road, Scarborough, hosted by Scarborough Community Services,, 730-4150.

Saturday 8/28

Saturday 8/21

First Annual Kwenu Fundraising Party, 5-8 p.m., Museum of African Culture, Kimball Court Building, 13-15 Brown St., Portland, space limited, reservations required,

Community Fun Day, Craft and Yard Sale, hosted by Mad Horse Theatre Company, 10 a.m.-3 p.m., The Hutchins School, 24 Mosher St., South Portland, rain date Sunday, Aug. 22.

Benefit Concert/Celebration for the Phil James Family Emergency Fund, with Phil Nyokai James, Carl Dimow, Nathan Kolosko, Danielle Langord, Nicole Rabata, Mark Tipton and Marita Kennedy-Castro, 8 p.m., by donation, Trinity Episcopal Church, 580 Forest Ave., Portland, Carl Dimow, 615-1550.

Thursday 8/26

”The Pigskin Panic,” fundraiser hosted by Yarmouth Football, 5-9 p.m., Winslow Field, free admission for games and bonfire; Pig Roast and Tailgate Dinner, $10 adults/ $5 students, advance tickets at Yarmouth Community Services and Bruce’s Burrito’s, or at the door; raindate Sunday Aug. 29,

Sunday 8/29 Southern Maine Regional Chili Cook-Off, to benefit Meals on Wheels, 11 a.m.–4 p.m., admission $5 and 2 canned goods for donation to Good Shepherd Food Bank or $7, Scarborough Downs, 90 Payne Road, Scarborough, with family entertainment, raffles and more, advance tickets at 396-6534.

Skyline Farm Horseback Riders’ Reunion, 5 p.m., bring sandwich, memorabilia, Skyline Farm, 95 The Lane, North Yarmouth, Sheila Libby Alexander, 799-7614. Veterans for Peace 25th Anniversary Convention, “Lifting the Fog of War: 25 Years of Working for Peace:” A Public Meeting, 7 p.m., $10 suggested donation, First Parish Meeting House UU Church, 425 Congress St., Portland, hosted by Maine Veterans for Peace,



Saturday 8/28 Third Annual Picnic Music + Arts Festival, 11 a.m.-6 p.m., free and open to the public, Lincoln Park at Congress Street/ Franklin Arterial, Portland, Maine Native American Summer Market & Demonstration, 10 a.m.-3:30 p.m., free admission/ parking, rain or shine, Sabbathday Lake Shaker Museum, U.S. Route 26, New Gloucester, 926-4597 or shaker.

Call for Volunteers AFS seeks host families in Falmouth for high school exchange students for the 2010-2011 school year, contact Betsy Nortrup at, 1-800-8762377 ext 131, or go to hostfamily. The Cumberland County Extension Association, supporting U-Maine Cooperative Extension educational programs in Cumberland County, seeks executive commit-


tee members, meet 7-9 p.m., third Wednesday of every month, information, Andrea Herr at 780-4205 or

Park” Discovery Trek Series, 5:306:30 p.m., meet at Castle at Deering Oaks Park, Portland, hosted by Portland Trails, 775-2411,

Dining Out

Friday 8/27

L.L.Bean Hunting Expo, Aug. 2729, hands-on activities, demos, clinics and more, free, stores or call 877-755-2326.

Saturday 8/21 Baked Bean Supper, 4:30-6 p.m., $7 adult/ $3 child, West Scarborough United Methodist Church, 2 Church St., and U.S. Route 1, Scarborough, 883-2814,

Getting Smarter Tuesday 8/24

Smorgasbord Supper, 5:30-6:30 p.m.,$7.50 adult/ $3 children under 10, Sabbathday Lake Grange, 370 Sabbathday Road, New Gloucester.

Writing a Business Plan: Why you need one and when to revise it,” 6-9 p.m., small fee, SCORE Offices, 100 Middle St., East Tower, Portland,, 772-1147.

Saturday 8/28 Bean Supper, 5-6 p.m., adults $7, children 5-12 $3, under 5 free, West Falmouth Baptist Church, 18 Mountain Road, Falmouth, 797-4066.

Health & Support

Breath, Chi Gong, Tong Ren Therapy, 5:30-7 p.m. Thursdays through Aug. 26, $16/class, Western Promenade Area, Portland, preregister, 775-7888.

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Community Calendar from previous page Nancy Grace Rosen, 5:30-6:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Aug. 31, $10/ class, Western Promenade Area, Portland, preregister at 775-7888.

Saturday 8/28 First Annual Home Healthcare Expo of Greater Portland, 10 a.m.noon, free to the public, 20 local home healthcare providers, The Woods At Canco, 257 Canco Road, Portland, 772-4777.

Mid Coast Benefits Call to local artists, carpenters, craftspeople and birders: Habitat for Humanity seeking bird houses for September auction, entry form and guidelines, James, 386-5081,; for information about Habitat programs or to volunteer, call 386-5081.

Saturday 8/21 ”Ride for Strides,” proceeds ben-

efit Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, registration 9-10 a.m., start 10:15 a.m., $20/bike, $10/passenger, includes breakfast, lunch, raffles, more, Team Woody’s Performance Center, 70 Topsham Fair Mall Road, Topsham, information, 751-2941, email, rideforstrides@ Fishing Families Shore Dinner, scholarship fundraiser, $25 lobster dinner, $8 additional lobster, $7 children’s plate with hotdog or hamburger, 4-8 p.m., rain or shine, Mitchell Field, Route 123, Harpswell,

information or tickets, 833-6451.

Monday 8/23 “Fore Paws” Coastal Humane Society’s Golf Classic Fundraiser, Registration 7-8:15 a.m., $150 per player, Brunswick Golf Club, 165 River Road, Brunswick, register with Lisa Smith at 725-5051 x12,

Bulletin Board Saturday 8/21 Brunswick Outdoor Arts Festival, rain or shine, over 70 artists, performers, more, 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., Town Green and Maine St., Brunswick.

Sunday 8/22 16th Annual Midcoast Auto Show sponsored by Bath Knights of Columbus and Bath Parks and Recreation Dept., registration 8-10 a.m., $10 car/ driver/ 1 passenger, show 10 a.m., judging 12 p.m., general admission, $3, Tainter/ Kelley Field Congress Ave., Bath, 443-8360.


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“Move to Amend: Don’t let Wall Street decide our elections,” talk by David Cobb, 7 p.m., free and open to public, Frontier Cafe, Brunswick, sponsored by PeaceWorks, WILPF and the Merrymeeting Greens, 371-2077., 729-9525, Harbor Works Gallery, 977C Cundy’s Harbor Road, Harpswell, Step One Weatherization Program, Habitat for Humanity / 7 Rivers Maine, currently recruiting volunteers, for information or to volunteer, Ryan Collins, 386-5081,

Gardens/ Outdoors Brunswick Farmer’s Market, Maine farms and merchants, Saturdays 9 a.m.- 12:30 p.m., Fort Andross Mill, Maine St., Brunswick.

Getting Smarter Wednesday 8/25 Brunswick Women’s History Walking Trail guided tour, 5-6 p.m., free to public, meet at Pejepscot Historical Society, 159 Park Row, Brunswick, 729-6606.

Just for Seniors Bath Area Senior Citizens, bridge club, cribbage, crafts, line dancing, bocce, bingo and more, 45 Floral St., Bath, 443-4937. Meals on Wheels, delivery available for homebound seniors and disable adults, offered by Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

Visibility Call forIntegrative VolunteersNutrition Non-Profit Harbor Works Photography Gallery needs volunteers, open through October 3, flexible times available, Guy Saldanha, im-

Money Management Program, help low-income seniors with routine financial matters, Spectrum Generations, 12 Main St., Topsham, 729-0475.

People Plus Community Center, multipurpose facility provides recreational, social, informational, educational and personal services to persons 55+, 6 Noble St., Brunswick, 729-0757.

The Retired and Senior Volunteer Program seeks volunteers age 55 and over for various opportunities, 396-6521.

Spectrum Generations Coastal Community Center, support groups, lectures, socials, activities, 521 Main St., Damariscotta, for daily schedule, 563-1363 or

Spectrum Generations Southern Midcoast Community Center now open for classes, activities, trips, health & wellness, 12 Main St., Topsham, FMI, 729-0475, or datwood@spectrumgenerations. org.

Topsham Merry Meeters Senior Citizens, all ages 50 and over welcome, bring a dish to share for potluck meal, noon, Westrum House, Union Park Road, Topsham; 729-7686 or 725-2425; meets third Tuesday except July and August.

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day said the School Department had satisfactorily answered questions raised in the report. She warned against arbitrary cuts to the plan that would water down public and council support. “I think we need to do it and do it right. I think this is the right project,” she said. “I think (the public) just want to know they’re getting value for every penny they agreed to spend. ... I think every rock has been turned over.” Resident John Spritz agreed. “It’s the project that is going to sell this,” Spritz said. “I think it’s a huge mistake to cut things out. You’ve got to have a dynamite project, or it’s going to fail.” Not everyone agreed. At one point, resident Albert DiMillo, who has taken out nomination papers for an at-large seat on the council, accused school officials of lying about the square footage. DiMillo, who spoke from the audience, was shouted down by the mayor, who told him to “be quiet right now” or leave. DiMillo left, hurling insults at school officials as he walked out. By the end of the night, it was clear the council had reached an impasse. Since Beecher would not be at the first reading on Monday, a $44.2 million bond proposal would likely fail in its first reading. Councilor Tom Blake supported the full bond, even though he said he believed it would fail in November. Councilor Patti Smith said she could support the full bond, but would rather put forward a $39 million plan. Councilor Jim Hughes did not support the full plan, joining those seeking a $39 million bond.

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in the interview. The duration of any tax benefit is also limited, he said, because the turbines have a 20-year life-span and depreciate in value over that period. Furthermore, the unorganized territory, or UT, where many of the large installations have been built, “already has the lowest tax rates in Maine,” Mills wrote in his critique. “(A)nd wind power could reduce them by a third more. “But the benefit will accrue primarily to those who own land in the UT, the large out-of-state owners like Irving, Wagner and Plum Creek who already benefit from the special tree growth’ tax treatment ... and who stand to gain substantially from leasing their ridge tops to the wind developers.”

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The task force proposed that the Legislature make significant changes to state law: • Eliminate certain scenic and zoning standards that were a barrier to placing wind turbines in the landscape. • Streamline and expedite consideration of construction proposals. • Eliminate a layer of legal appeal in wind power projects. • Set aggressive goals for wind power production over the next dozen years: 2,000 megawatts of wind power capacity by 2015 and at least 3,000 megawatts by 2020, of which 300 should be built offshore. (The state today has 111 turbines representing 265 megawatts of installed wind power, with 161 megawatts in line to begin production.) • Guide wind power development to all of the incorporated towns in the state as well as a significant portion of territory under the jurisdiction of the Land Use Regulation Commission (LURC), setting aside areas in the so-called “core” of LURC where development would not occur. The changes in the scenic and zoning standards, Publicover said, were significant but not hard to agree upon. “The changes got rid of the requirement that it fit harmoniously into the natural landscape,” he said. “If you used that, you couldn’t have wind power in undeveloped ridgelines, only in Walmart parking lots.” The changes also allowed wind power to be essentially an allowed use in much of LURC’s jurisdiction. “Previously wind power had to go through rezoning” in LURC territory in order to be built, Publicover said. “And that had certain criteria, certain hurdles that had to be met that, if you interpreted them with a straight face, you could never allow it and essentially LURC was in the uncomfortable position of having to ignore the actual meaning of their regulations to allow wind power.” The 2,000 and 3,000 megawatt goals for the state were also not controversial, nor was the substantial amount of wind turbine construction, largely along miles of Maine mountaintops, that would be necessary to reach that goal. When asked if the task force had discussed the number of turbines that would have to be erected to meet that goal, Giffen, the chairman, said, “Not that I recall.” Other members of the task force could also not remember any discussion about the number of turbines, although one attendee at meetings, Steve Clark from the Appalachian Trail Conservancy, did present the task force with his estimate that it would take 1,000 to 2,000 turbines to meet the goal. “There were one or two very brief questions and that was it, they didn’t explore that issue any further,” Clark said. Naomi Schalit is executive director and senior reporter of the Maine Center for Public Interest Reporting, a nonprofit and nonpartisan journalism organization based in Hallowell. The center can be reached at and on the Web at

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CARING PEOPLE NEEDED: Visiting Angels is seeking experienced, compassionate and reliable caregivers to provide in-home non-medical assistance to seniors. All shifts. Make a difference today. Call 773-3397. I need a Babysitter urgently for my 2 kids. You will be paid $480 weekly. You have access to a car as long as you take good care of our Babies for us. email address: In home after school care needed for 15 year old disabled boy from 2:30 - 4:30. Experience with special needs helpful but not required. Phone: 846-6679.


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Do you like helping the elderly,their families and working with caregivers? Do you like matching caregivers and clients together and seeing relationships blossom? If so, HomePartners, LLC, a trusted local elder care services company, has an opportunity for you. We are currently looking to add a Client Relations Manager to our office management team for approximately 24 hours/week (with flexibility to increase hours based on business need). Previous scheduling and caregiving experience preferred. Professionalism, ability to multi-task, excellent communication and problem solving skills and flexibility required. Please send your resume to: HomePartners LLC 136 US Route 1 Suite 4, Scarborough, ME 04074 or email

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more medically complex issues. Each resident has their own room. There are common living, dining and recreation areas. Modelled after other specialized housing facilities, it is the first of its kind in the state. But it may not be the last. Cape Elizabeth resident Paul Bulger, the attorney for the project, said he has already been contacted by people in Brunswick and Presque Isle interested in building similar facilities. Bulger and his wife, Mary Chris, have been the public faces of the project since it was first envisioned two years age. They were compelled to find stable, long-term housing and care for their 21-year-old daughter, Anna, who is autistic. The couple quickly set their sights on the Knightville building, which provides residents with easy access to shopping, recreation and public transportation. Residents purchased their rooms for about $150,000 each and pay monthly fees of about $1,700 for operating costs and staff salaries. While the Bulgers received early financial commitments from a few families, Bulger 5 it was difficult to pre-sell all nine rooms said

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Cape Elizabeth resident and attorney Paul Bulger thanks the people and organizations that helped make the E Street condominium project a reality. Bulger and his wife, Mary Chris Bulger, led the effort to develop the property so that their daughter, Anna, and other working disabled adults have the opportunity to live in the community.

before beginning construction. The sales were intended to fund the $1.2 million project cost. “It was built on faith,” Bulger said. “It was a ‘build it and they will come.’ And they did.” The group also received a $50,000 loan from the city’s Community Development Block Grant program. Bulger said the state has committed an $80,000 grant over the next two years to help defray the operating costs for residents, who also receive Supplemental Security Insurance and disability waivers from the government.


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While other group homes set rigid schedules for their residents, Bulger said the E Street model gives residents the flexibility to make their own choices. “It very much about responsibility and community. It’s also very much about independence,” he said. “(Residents) are blossoming. They’re learning new ways to interact with each other and the outside world.” Residents meet on a regular basis to establish house rules, many of which revolve around use of the television, Bulger said. Their parents, meanwhile, meet weekly to discuss management and maintenance issues. Bulger said he has seen a transformation in his daughter since she moved into the building in May. He said she relishes being able to walk with her friends to Mill Creek Park for Wednesday concerts and even into Portland’s Old Port and back. Bulger said he looks forward to Sunday mornings, when he helps whip up a breakfast of chocolate chip pancakes, waffles, bacon, fruits and juices. It allows him to stay close to his daughter, while also keeping an eye on the facility. South Portland resident Anne Schink said the project has allowed her 38-year-old daughter, Ellen, to move back to her home town, after living in a similar housing for the last 13 years in Boston.



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Red’s from page 1 “It came down quick,” said Bolling, who basically grew up in the building. “I’m reliving memories right now. There are so many. I can’t even think right now.” Meanwhile, a group of former employees huddled in a small group, some teary-eyed, as the building was flattened. The experience was too intense for any of them to put into words. Bolling said he intends to rebuild in the same style, but didn’t know if Red’s will reopen this year. When it first opened, Red’s was originally operated as a Tastee Freeze franchise, until the name was changed in 1965. Bolling said the large ice cream cone sign was removed from the building before the fire. “It actually came down before the fire to be repainted,” he said. “It was just a coincidence.

That was the original cone from when it was built.” The South Portland Fire Department ruled the cause of fire to be accidental and did not ask the state fire marshal to investigate, according to Assistant Fire Marshal Joseph Thomas. Bolling’s private loss consultant, John Harvey, said the company is still trying to reach a final settlement with its insurer. While a more than $100,000 settlement has been reached for the replacement cost of the building, Harvey said an agreement has yet to be reached for the equipment that was destroyed. Once that matter is settled, Harvey said it could take eight to 10 weeks to get new equipment. “Whether or not we’ll be open by the end of the year, I don’t know,” Bolling said. “I would like to be.” For those who watched on Monday, the reopening cannot come soon enough.


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has been struggling to remain profitable during the recession. “Harness racing as a sport, is dying,” said Dennis Bailey, who leads the CasinoNO! campaign against casino gambling in Maine. “What they’re trying to do is to open a casino.” MacColl would not say whether Penn National Gaming would be involved in the proposed Biddeford project.

Scarborough Downs was approved for slot machines at the same time as the Bangor harness racing track, however, the approval was contingent upon approval from local voters. Voters in Westbrook and Saco rejected racino initiatives in 2003. “The voters have made up their minds over and over again,” Bailey said. “I think (Scarborough Downs) is wasting

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Three generations of the Tordoff family were on hand to watch the building come down. Kevin Tordoff, who moved to Lancaster, Pa., about 20 years ago, watched the demolition with his parents, wife and daughter. He said he and his sister, Amy, used to work at Red’s. “I used to pick up trash for Red in elementary school,” Tordoff said. “He gave me a free butterscotch bar. It was probably valued at 7 cents at the time, but it was gold back then.” Eleven-year-old Nat Jordan, of Cape Elizabeth, said it was “kind of sad” to watch the building come down. “I’ve never watched a demolition before,” Jordan said over the noise made by heavy equipment, which filled the air with dust and the odor of soggy, burned wood. “But they’re going to rebuild.”

their time.” If the harness racing facility were to move, MacColl said it was likely that the business would sell its 500 acres of property in Scarborough. According to the tax assessor’s office, Scarborough Downs currently pays just over $122,000 per year in real estate and personal property taxes to the town. MacColl said the company is reviewing several sites in Biddeford and has not decided where it would build if voters pass the initiative. He said that unlike

Meeting House Hill Resident Bob Robishaw brought a camera and tripod to document the destruction. Robishaw said it was always a special occasion in his family when Red’s opened and closed for the season. That’s how the family marked the passing of the seasons. “We figured summer’s here when Red’s opens,” he said. “When it closes, winter’s here.” Robishaw, a South Portland firefighter who battled the May 19 blaze, said he is not dwelling on the past. “It’s a new beginning,” he said. “We will have another century with Red’s here.” Meanwhile, Bolling said he has been touched by the support of the community since the fire. “The outpouring from the community has been incredible,” he said. Randy Billings can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 100 or

the Bangor harness track, the town would not own the race track and instead would have a contract that would provide approximately 4 percent of the “drop,” or gross income from wagers, to the town. MacColl also said Scarborough Downs, which has been in Scarborough for 60 years, would consider changing its name if it moves to Biddeford. “We want a true joint effort with Biddeford,” he said. Emily Parkhurst can be reached at 781-3661 ext. 125 or

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