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  • Abby's Road: My hope for happiness

    She ran with a soft smile on her face, her footfalls quiet, her toes pointed. Every third step, she leaped off the ground, raising her hands above her head and extending her fingers with a dancer’s grace. Back and forth, back and forth, back and forth, her cadence seemed to be putting her i...

  • The Universal Notebook: The fine-art confidence game

    A Portland art gallery has the local art scene buzzing over the propriety of charging artists to exhibit their work. That battle was fought and largely won by the Union of Maine Visual Artists back in the 1980s, when artist-activist Carlo Pittore led the charge against museums and gallerie...

  • Forecaster Forum: 'Becky's Village' is a special place

    YARMOUTH — On Aug. 6, our beloved, 23-year-old daughter, Becky Schaffer, died in a hiking accident halfway across the world. She was about to start teaching local children on a tiny Pacific Island through a volunteer organization,

  • Global Matters: Cross-border trade? Bangor gets it

    I can’t tell you how many chamber of commerce breakfasts I’ve attended over the years. Ditto Rotary Club luncheons, “Business After Hours” and networking events in general. If not for my parsimony at the bar and my iron will around the buffet, I’d be ti...

  • The Universal Notebook: Worried about wireless?

    This summer I had the opportunity to spend several weeks researching the contentious issues surrounding the wireless "smart" meters that Central Maine Power is installing all over its coverage area. Often I already have an opinion on a subject when I begin researching it, but in the case o... 3

  • Editor's Notebook: In memory of 'The Mike-arazzi': Check up, or check out

    We lost a friend and valued member of The Forecaster extended family this week. For the last five years, the work of freelance photographer Michael Barriault has been a regular part of the newspaper. But on Sunday, Michael died after an all-too-brief battle against cancer. Michael c... 1

  • The Universal Notebook: Come on, Bub, move it!

    Are you as sick and tired as I am of all the road construction projects and resultant traffic tie-ups around greater Portland this summer? You’re trying to get somewhere and all these other stupid motorists are in your way. What are they doing on your road anyway, right? Don’t ... 3

  • The View From Away: If he's trying to hurt me, it's working

    It’s only now, when it’s too late, that I can see it all clearly. Your son comes into your life, makes you think he needs you, makes you think you’re important and then, step by step he takes it all away. Sometimes literally step by step. I just get used to him being a b...

  • Superintendent's Notebook: A plan for Portland's future

    Many of us have been involved in strategic planning initiatives. Private industry, state and federal agencies, nonprofit organizations and schools across the country work tirelessly on such plans. The attitudes of those asked to write the plans range from enthusiasm to dread. As you migh...

  • Forecaster Forum: Wentworth school project will strengthen Scarborough

    After reading last week's Forum by Jeffrey Messer, I would like to give the voters of Scarborough the correct information regarding the proposed Wentworth Intermediate School replacement project. As a practicing architectural designer for 13 years, I understand all aspects of schematic des... 1