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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: Not the time for a new City Hall in South Portland

    Now is not the time to be thinking about a new South Portland City Hall. There are more pressing priorities for city capital expenditures, especially given the current economic conditions: • The high school renovation issue has worked its way to the top of the priority list. I ...

  • Letter: Falmouth Flyer shows care, concern

    I always had within me a deep sense of gratitude having the Falmouth Flyer at my doorstep. It has proved to me that our town fathers have not cast aside the elderly and other citizens. In these days of economic and other distress, the Town Council continues to value its older citizens as much as ...

  • Letter: LePage for governor

    Most are aware that Paul LePage faced a turning point in his life. At 11, his misfortune closely mirrors words of a poem, “The Fighter”: “I fight a battle every day, Against discouragement and fear, Some foe stands always in my way, The path ahead is never clear.” The poem...

  • Letter: Payne sets a standard in Falmouth

    Tony Payne has taken the right approach with his recent "eating crow" response. I encourage all Falmouth town councilors to be as open, honest, sincere and mindful of public service as Tony. There are some tough decisions that need to be made. These economic times challenge us all. The per...

  • Letter: Beem misses dip, also misses the point

    Clam dip sounds about as appealing to me as lobster roe in toasted marshmallows. While I grieve Edgar Allen Beem’s loss of access to his favorite brand ("The Universal Noteb... 1

  • No Sugar Added: The way to this woman's heart is through your refrigerator

    Ever since the day in early June that I was asked to write for The Forecaster, I’ve been drifting off to sleep each evening, fully expecting to bolt upright at 2:30 a.m., awakened by some divinely inspired idea for this, my first column. Alas, while I am thrilled to tell you that I a...

  • Editor's Notebook: Add a dash of irreverence and a pinch of biology, but hold the extra sugar

    This week I'm pleased to introduce two new faces at The Forecaster: Sandi Amorello and Victoria Fischman. Amorello, a Cape Elizabeth resident, is the latest addition to our Opinion pages. If you're familiar with her website,

  • The Universal Notebook: How to be a grandmother

    When baby Jackson, our first grandchild, arrived July 1 at 4:14 a.m., I was asleep in the back of the car in the hospital parking lot and Carolyn was in the delivery room with Hannah. She called me on my cell phone to let me know I was a grandfather. Bleary-eyed, I stumbled out of the car ...