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Unearthing Fort Sumner

Unearthing Fort Sumner

Following the Munjoy Hill Neighborhood Organization's published position on the preservation of the treasured vista from Fort Sumner Park, the Observer continues its coverage of the site. 

In August we republished Ken Thompson's February, 1983 treatise on the Revolutionary War era fort. Since then, there has been little movement in the development of the downhill site at 155 Sheridan which threatens to compromise the historic panorama with the exception of a reworked, yet still obtrusive, design submitted to the City. No level-III site plan has yet been submitted by developer Bernard Saulnier.

In this installment of historical coverage of Fort Sumner, an 1886 volume brings into relief several aspects of the site not commonly understood. Notably, the nature of the covered way (more of a trench) connecting the hilltop citadel to the Monument St. battery, which was never completed due the high cost of remediating the loose earth in that area.

Classes Canceled at East End School and Deering High on Election Day Due to Expected High Voter Turnout

PORTLAND, Maine – Based on the recommendation of Superintendent Xavier Botana, the Portland Board of Public Education has voted to cancel classes for students at Deering High School and East End Community School on Election Day, Tuesday, Nov. 8. Those schools are designated polling places and the high voter turnout anticipated during this year’s general election could disrupt student learning.

Dirty Laundry, Part 1: Smells and Bells by Peter Donatelli

Dirty Laundry, Part 1: Smells and Bells by Peter Donatelli

The smell of Nissen's Bakery permeated the Hill. As a child in the 70's, there was a certain comfort growing up in a neighborhood that was a community of friends in a setting that was, for me, both sensationally sensory and mystically spiritual. The best of all worlds for a family that immigrated to Maine (of all places) from Italy, a country filled with a plethora of traditions and superstitions that many townships and communities would reject and ostracize but NOT Portland, Maine and more specifically the culturally diverse yet amazingly inclusive Munjoy Hill. In the 70's we had the benefit of being accepted for our financial struggles in an area where most of our neighbors had no pretense nor condescension.

City to Host 9/11 Remembrance Ceremony at Fort Allen Park Sunday

PORTLAND, Maine – City of Portland officials along with the Portland Fire Department and the Portland Police Department will join on Sunday for a 9/11 remembrance ceremony at the 9/11 Memorial at Fort Allen Park. Fire Chief David Jackson and Police Chief Michael Sauschuck will participate in a wreath laying ceremony just before a moment of silence at 8:46 AM to mark the 15th anniversary of the terrorist attacks.

The Portland Fire Department will also be participating in a blood drive with the American Red Cross on Sunday at the Portland Elks Lodge at 1945 Congress St from 7:00 AM - 5:00 PM. People can walk in to give blood or sign up ahead of time online at http://www.redcrossblood.org/rcbmobile/drive/chooseDonationTime.jsp. 
 
WHEN: Sunday, September 11, 2016 at 8:30 AM
WHERE: Fort Allen Park, Eastern Promenade, Portland.

City Council Focusing on Giant Solar Array, TIF Amendments & Puppy Mills

City Council Focusing on Giant Solar Array, TIF Amendments & Puppy Mills

Wednesday night’s Portland City Council meeting featured a unanimous decision from the council to authorize the City Manager to negotiate an agreement with ReVision Energy LLC to install a 660 kilowatt solar array in the Ocean Avenue Landfill. 

The project, costing the City of Portland $150,000 over six years, would create one of the largest municipal arrays in Maine.