The Scarborough Youth Cheerleaders (grades 4, 5 and 6) finished in first place in their competition this weekend in the Maine Cheer Classic held at USM’ s Sullivan Gym in Portland. Also, the Scarborough Middle School Cheerleaders finished second in the Super Stars Division II session and received the Spirit Award for their enthusiasm. The girls are coached by Jane Wiseman, who is assisted by Blue Smith and Diane Messer.

Scarborough police are looking for a self-produced videotape of two students from the high school having sex with each other, responding to rumors that the tape was circulating among the kids.

While the tape has not been found and the rumors have not been verified, Scarborough High School Principal Andrew Dolloff said he was “in no way shocked” when a police officer told him of the persistent rumors about it.

Dolloff had already scheduled a public forum on the issues of teenage sexuality and substance abuse for parents next month in response to a growing problem of casual sexual attitudes and behaviors among teenagers in most high schools these days.

Cape Town Councilor Mary Ann Lynch said she can count to four and realizes she probably doesn’t have enough votes on the council to approve imposing entry fees for Ft. Williams Park, at least this year.

Council Chairman Jack Roberts backed up Lynch’s assessment of council sentiment, telling the Current that “based on my read, the majority is not convinced it’s a good idea, including myself.”

A public hearing on the proposal was scheduled for Thursday night, after the Current’s deadline. Although the council was not expected to take any official action on whether to charge a user fee at that meeting, Roberts said the council would likely not continue the debate if the plan was “essentially dead on arrival.”

A YMCA facility with a pool could cost $9.5 million or slightly more to build, but that didn’t seem to deter a crowd of between 150 to 175 people who turned out last week to learn more about how a Y could be brought to Scarborough. In fact, right after the meeting, Town Manager Ron Owens said he was approached by a resident “willing to make a substantial donation.” A representative of Hannaford also expressed interest in getting involved.

When Mark Dyer decided to follow his lifelong interest in World War II by interviewing a handful of Scarborough veterans who saw action, he expected to talk with “maybe five or six.”

Now, less than a year later, Dyer is well on his way to taping 90-minute interviews with 22 WWII veterans from Scarborough, learning more about every military theater of the war than he had in a lifetime of books and studies. And what started as just personal curiosity has blossomed into a formal collection of WWII accounts for the Library of Congress and town residents to use as historical references.

Dyer, 49, had gotten to know some of the local WWII veterans during his decades as a firefighter.

“I knew there were guys in Scarborough whose stories needed to be told,” Dyer, a CMP line worker, said of his project. “Just like every town, Scarborough has heroes right here. They are full of histories.”

Al Sprague was at Pearl Harbor and is believed to have been one of the first soldiers Japanese pilots fired on.

Ken Dolloff was due to land on Omaha Beach on the afternoon of June 6, 1944 – the toughest Normandy beachhead to take on one of the toughest days of the war, D-Day. The rough weather that hampered the allies delayed Dolloff’s landing until the next morning as more than a million troops flooded into the long anticipated cross-channel invasion.

The Spring Flower and Garden Show held at Scarborough Downs last week was a huge success by anybody’s standards. The show drew about 41,000 people over its five-day run and put the Downs on the map as a location to hold large public events.

Katherine Rolstin, spokesperson for the Downs, told the Current she has “no doubt the phone will start ringing,” after the success of the flower show.

“We would definitely be interested in talking with them about doing the show again,” Rolstin added. People, Places & Plants magazine put on the show.

Sue Weatherbie, Cape Elizabeth’ s director of community services, was recognized for all her hard work and devotion in supporting and promoting girls in sport when she won an Exemplary Professional Award from the National Girls and Women in Sports organization last month.

Each year, every state in the nation holds an awards ceremony to honor those who have promoted and created opportunities for women and girls to participate in sports. Weatherbie was nominated for the award by South Portland High School’ s Athletic Director Thor Nilsen.

Cpl. Don Laflin is an infantry instructor in the U.S. Marine Corps. He was just recalled to active duty from his job as a Scarborough police officer. He was hired in April 1999 as a reserve officer in Scarborough. He left in March 2000 to take a full-time job with the Westbrook police, and returned to Scarborough as a fulltime officer June 3, 2002.

The Friends of Scarborough Marsh is launching an awareness program this spring to reduce the use of chemical pesticides and weed killers on lawns in the marsh watershed area.

“ There has been a lot of housing growth in Scarborough, and that will eventually have an impact on the marsh,” said Ann Delehanty, a member of the marsh preservation and restoration group. “ We want to try and protect the quality of the marsh watershed before the housing growth has that impact.”

Maine’ s members of the Civil Air Patrol have a new mission and have formed a rapid-response team to be ready in case they are needed to respond to a public safety threat.

“ We’ re very involved in homeland security,” said Maj. Chris Hayden of Cape Elizabeth, commander of the Cumberland County Combined Squadron of the Civil Air Patrol.

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The numbers seem to show that Town Council Chairman Jack Roberts’ proposal for Cape Elizabeth to take over or share South Portland’ s Hamlin School would cost more than either building an addition to Pond Cove School or renting portable classrooms at the school.

South Portland also has told Cape there would be no chance for a long-term lease agreement.

Instead, the longest lease Cape could look for in negotiations would be a single year, Superintendent Tom Forcella told his School Board at a finance committee meeting Tuesday night. Roberts had suggested using the Hamlin School to house Cape Elizabeth’ s kindergarten, now housed at the high school.

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What Biode Inc. has to sell is only slightly larger than a postage stamp, and the company hopes to reach as diverse a range of buyers. Their solid-state digital viscometer, built to measure the thickness of liquids from motor oil to shampoo, is in the testing phase and has generated interest from prospective buyers including the U.S. Navy and Procter and Gamble.

Biode’ s office hides in the back of a building on Larrabee Road in Westbrook. Chief Technology Officer Kerem Durdag of Scarborough said the company was founded in 1986 to do research and development on ways to detect contaminants in liquids.

The Scarborough Youth Cheerleaders


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