Girlfriend is in police custody after man stabbed in dispute

Police are investigating a stabbing Monday afternoon outside a home at 38 Veranda St.

Lt. Gary Rogers said a 22-year-old man was taken to Maine Medical Center in Portland for treatment of a stab wound that was not life-threatening. The man’s girlfriend was in police custody Monday but had not been charged.

Rogers said the stabbing was the result of a domestic-related incident, but further details were unavailable. He said he was not certain who initiated the assault.


Register online Thursday for Beach to Beacon 10K

Online registration for the 2012 TD Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race begins Thursday at 7 a.m. A lottery drawing will follow March 23 for those who do not secure spots through online registration.

Beginning at 7 a.m. Wednesday, Cape Elizabeth residents will have 24 hours to fill 600 slots reserved for the host community.

Runners may register at http://beach2beacon.org. The race is scheduled for Aug. 4.

Last year, online registration for the public was open for just eight minutes before all slots were filled.

This is the 15th year for the race, founded by Olympic gold medalist and Cape Elizabeth native Joan Benoit Samuelson.


Portland man falls short for national service award

A Portland man who was among 20 national finalists for the Citizen Service Before Self awards was not among the three winners whose names were announced Monday.

Mark Swann was nominated to receive the Congressional Medal of Honor Foundation award for providing decades of service to Portland’s homeless community.

Swann serves as executive director of the city’s Preble Street Resource Center. He was nominated for the category of individuals who sacrificed for others through a prolonged series of selfless acts.

The award winners named Monday were James McCormick of New Haven, W.Va., Montel Mixon of Saint Paul, Minn., and Brandon Wemhoff of Lincoln, Neb.


Maine high schools do well at Berklee jazz competition

Cheverus, South Portland, Brunswick and Brewer high schools were among the Maine schools that stood out at last weekend’s 44th annual Berklee High School Jazz Festival in Boston.

More than 3,000 students and 200 bands and vocal ensembles from across North America competed for $175,000 in scholarships to Berklee’s five-week summer performance program.

Cheverus High’s Soulstice, an a cappella jazz ensemble, placed second in its division, said band director Chris Humphrey. The group consists of three girls and three boys, including Nathan Caso, a bass singer who was cited for outstanding musicianship in his division.

Band director Craig Skeffington said South Portland’s jazz band placed second in Berklee’s Large Ensemble division behind Brewer High School. South Portland has consistently competed at a high level in the Berklee competition, finishing first in Large Ensemble in 2009.

Brunswick High placed third in last weekend’s Large Ensemble category.


Saccarappa’s Hersom named Elementary Principal of Year

The Maine Principals’ Association has chosen Kate Hersom of Saccarappa School as the state’s 2012 Elementary Principal of the Year. The award was presented to Hersom at a schoolwide assembly Monday morning.

Richard Durost, the association’s executive director, said in a news release that Hersom “is an exceptional instructional leader who coaches her faculty in best practices in teaching and learning.”

Saccarappa School serves kindergarten through second grade.

Hersom earned a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maine in 1992, and a master’s degree in educational administration from Cambridge College in 2000.

She also has worked at Westbrook, Portland and Marshwood high schools.


Emergency responder bill set for more votes this week

A bill to protect emergency responders from being unfairly penalized for accidents while on their way to emergencies faces further legislative votes this week.

Rep. Louie Luchini’s bill was passed in an initial House vote last week, and is now in the House and Senate for more votes.

Current state law prohibits insurers from increasing the premiums of law enforcement officers for motor vehicle accidents that occur during the course of doing their jobs. Luchini’s bill would extend this same protection to emergency responders.

The Democrat from Ellsworth submitted the bill at the request of retired Ellsworth Fire Chief Jon Marshall.

LePage to visit China, seek markets for Maine products

Gov. Paul LePage will lead a trade mission to China on Sept. 9-15, his office said Monday.

The trip is being organized by the Maine International Trade Center and coordinated with the U.S. Department of Commerce. The mission will begin in Hong Kong and will include a visit to Shanghai and surrounding areas.

“We are going where the growth and opportunity is for Maine’s major industry sectors,” LePage said in a news release. “Asia represents an increasingly important market for our natural resources products including pulp and paper, forestry, agricultural and seafood products.”

This will be LePage’s first overseas visit as governor. Last year he announced in June that he would lead a mission to Brazil, but decided in September not to go because of ongoing budget negotiations.


Credit union settles lawsuit to recover stolen money

A credit union has settled its lawsuit against a former employee convicted of stealing half-a-million dollars.

Atlantic Regional Federal Credit Union officials agreed last week to accept $370,000 in restitution, instead of the full amount stolen by Marsha Richard of Topsham.

Prosecutors say the 23-year employee stole the money by manipulating accounting entries for checks that credit union members had deposited, but that had been returned for insufficient funds. She pleaded guilty in September, and was sentenced to 33 months in federal prison in January.

Her lawyer told The Times Record that she has already repaid $50,000. A federal judge may still require her to pay the full amount.


St. Patrick’s Day concert to feature sea chanteys

Maine Maritime Academy is hosting an Irish sea chantey concert on St. Patrick’s Day.

The group From Away DownEast will perform a show titled “Songs of Irish Sailors” beginning at noon Saturday in the Alfond Student Center. The concert will feature songs from an era when many sailors on British and American ships were Irish and Irish-American, and they sang to pass the time.

The term comes from either the English word “chant” or the French word “chanter,” which means to sing.

Besides celebrating the Irish holiday, the concert will promote an upcoming maritime music course taught by group member Stephen Sanfilippo at the Maine Maritime Academy.