Archive for July, 2008

Scarborough 350: Paul Andriulli

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

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There’s an adage that says, “When you do something you love for a living, it will never feel like work.” Paul Andriulli is a man who loves what he does. It is evidenced in all the fine craftsmanship and detail he puts into his construction and renovation projects. A general contractor who specializes in kitchen and bathroom renovation, Paul learned how to build things from his dad in Paterson, NJ. “Dad loved to putter, to figure out how to fix things. I was always at his side as a kid,” says Paul, who has been running his own business for 32 years.

Paul and his wife, Toni, who works in patient registration at Mercy Hospital, moved to Scarborough in 1986 after coming several times to visit friends who had relocated to Maine. Their friends moved back to New Jersey 10 years ago, but the Andriullis are here to stay. We met right after I moved here, when Paul went out of his way to do me a favor on one of his trips to visit friends and family there, even though I was a complete stranger to him.

Helping people is in his nature. Paul served as a volunteer firefighter in Scarborough for 20 years. He also serves on the board of directors of the Italian Heritage Center in Portland. He was a member of the building committee for the construction of Town Hall, and he set the weather vane on top of the firehouse at Oak Hill. Paul feels he helps people through his construction business, as well. “I’m able to give people their dreams,” he says.

Paul says he is not just a craftsman — he is an artisan. He sees his projects as labors of love. If he has one complaint, it is that everybody seems to be in a rush these days. “People think that it’s like a TV reality show — that you should be able to get all the work done in a week,” he says. “But I need to take the time to do things right. I have pride in what I do.” Paul says you can’t rush the artistic process. “As long as I’m having fun with it,” he says, “I’m happy.”

Scarborough 350: Norman Morin

Wednesday, July 16th, 2008

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I met Norman Morin when I went to check out “Cruise Night” at the Rock & Roll Diner on Route 1 in Scarborough. The diner opened a year ago, and it began sponsoring classic car nights this spring. About 50 vintage vehicles typically show up there on Tuesdays from 5 – 8 p.m. When my eye was caught by a hood ornament that looked as though it belonged on an ancient sailing ship, Norman stepped forward to tell me it was not merely decorative — it serves as the hood release, and he was happy to give me a demonstration.

Norman is the proud owner of a 1941 Cadillac Fleetwood 60 special. He bought the car 44 years ago and is its fourth owner. He waxed rhapsodic as he told me about the car’s distinctive features. It was the only Cadillac model of that year whose front fenders extend back into the front door, and is the only one that has real mahogany trim on the inside of the doors. The car’s original owner, George Tidd, was the president of American Gas & Electric in New York City. Tidd had a summer place in Biddeford Pool and only drove the car three months a year. Norman grew up in Biddeford and used to draw pictures and talk to his mother about the cars he had seen and wished he could own someday. He acquired his first classic car, a 1941 Cadillac convertible, in 1963.

Norman and his wife, Jane, bought a home in Scarborough in 1975, where they raised two children and three grandchildren. It turns out that they are virtually neighbors of mine, living on the street just opposite mine along Pine Point Rd. Now retired, Norman spent 34 years working at the Portsmouth Shipyard in the metrology lab, in optical tooling, and as a shop planner. He was in the US Navy from 1966-68, aboard “Triton,” a twin nuclear submarine patrolling off the Russian coast. Norman has passed on his fascination with classic cars to his grandson, Hunter Jones, 8.

Scarborough 350: Parade Day!

Saturday, July 12th, 2008

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I’ll be celebrating Scarborough’s 350th anniversary all year on this blog with pictures and profiles of residents I’ve gotten to know, but this weekend is the town’s official celebration. I had been volunteering with the parade committee, but I had no idea how mammoth the final lineup was until I saw it coming together behind the high school this morning. Kudos to parade chair Dale Temm, who worked tirelessly for months putting it all together; to Mark and Barb Hough, who came down from Yarmouth to organize the procession; and to all the other volunteers and participants who gave their time and energy to make it happen.

There’s no way I can show you all the pageantry of the parade in this space, but I’ve chosen a few scenes to share that I observed as the marchers proceeded through Memorial Park:

1 – Hannaford was a lead sponsor of the parade, and their team carried a giant birthday cake to the town.

2- Barbara Gargano, of Falmouth, cheered on Shriners on scooters.

3- As the parade wound down, one young boy’s face on the Grange float showed that he had had enough.

4 – A Civil War reenacter was overcome by the heat after walking the route in a heavy wool uniform and was tended to at the side of the road.

5 – Members of the military and others pitched in to push an antique fire truck up the hill after it broke down in the middle of the road.

6 – Fred Abaroa, of Costa Vida Fresh Mexican Grill, still had enough energy at the end of the route to balance a surfboard on his chin.

Scarborough 350: Tricentennial Princesses

Friday, July 11th, 2008

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This weekend Scarborough will celebrate its 350th anniversary with an all-class high school reunion, concerts, dances, road races, a Native American PowWow, a Civil War encampment, historical demonstrations, and, of course, a parade. Riding in one of the cars will be a group of women who were “princesses” at the town’s tri-centennial in 1958. They are Gloria Harmon Durgin, Judith Harmon Williams, Judy Ahlquist Coulthard, Judith Coulthard McMann, and Sandra Stanford Hartford.

They describe Scarborough of 50 years ago as “a quiet town where we knew everybody.” The high school had about 215 students, and the kids’ favorite hangouts were the Big 20 Bowling Alley, Mary & Bob’s Log Cabin (where they went for burgers and soda), and the drive-in movie theater. Theirs was the first freshman class to graduate from the new school building. “Because of the town’s 300th anniversary, we had a historical theme for graduation, where we wore 18th century costumes and danced the minuet,” says Sandra. As tri-centennial princesses, the girls were also invited to dance on TV’s Dave Astor Show (a teen dance party like “American Bandstand).

The girls were sponsored by various companies and non-profit groups. They sold tickets for a fundraiser. “Whoever sold the most tickets got to be named ‘queen’,” says Sandra. “We weren’t in a beauty pageant or anything like that,” she chuckles.

Sandra volunteered at Town Hall during the tri-centennial. Now a resident of Cumberland, she is celebrating her 20th year as a librarian at the Scarborough Public Library. Gloria still lives in Scarborough. The week following graduation she started a job with Unum, but now works with the National Association of School Nurses. Judy Coulthard was a teacher for 25 years and now lives in Buckfield. Her twin great-nieces, Meaghan and Heather, will be carrying the banner in front of the princesses’ car. Judy McMann now makes her home in Phippsburg, and Judy Williams lives in Westbrook.

1957 Chevy provided courtesy of Black Point Auto Sales 

Scarborough 350: Carole Brush

Friday, July 11th, 2008

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I met Carole Brush my first summer here, when we were both working at the Scarborough Marsh Audubon Center — she as a part-time staffer, me as a volunteer. It turns out that she and I had each moved to Maine that spring. I came after a job layoff; Carole came to be nearer her children and grandchildren. A native of Teaneck, New Jersey, Carole had worked with Outward Bound in Boulder, Colorado, and as a trail guide at Mohonk Mountain House in New Paltz, New York.

“From the time I was little, I loved the mountains,” says Carole. “My earliest, most graphic memory is of lying in the grass in my backyard, looking through the fern banks and pretending I was in a forest.” As a teenager, Carole would drive up to the Ramapo Mountains every weekend to go hiking, paddling, and camping. “Sometimes friends came along; other times I went alone. It didn’t matter to me — I just wanted to be in the outdoors,” she says.

This is the first time Carole has lived by the ocean. Maine summers are a little too short for her taste, but she loves snow and snowshoeing. Since her arrival, Carole has become a registered Maine guide for inland water, canoeing, hiking and backpacking. Her goal is to do that full time, but for now she is working a combination of jobs. She teaches classes in yoga and pilates, works as a part-time staffer for the Eastern Trail Alliance, and still spends summers at Scarborough Marsh, working at the gift store and leading canoe tours.

Happy 4th of July!

Friday, July 11th, 2008

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Even though the town of Scarborough has boomed in population (the 2000 census reported a 35% growth over the previous measure), it manages to maintain much of its small town charm. This was nowhere more evident than at the 4th of July parade at Pine Point. Shortly before 9 a.m., people began arriving — kids on bikes with streamers, parents pulling toddlers in wagons decorated with flags, dogs wearing bandanas trotting alongside. Several of them stopped at corners to watch, but most proceeded down the road to the starting point. They weren’t there to watch the parade — they were the parade! Several minutes later a bagpipe began playing, and the group began walking or pedaling the six blocks back up the street. One girl did the walk on stilts; another rode a unicycle. It was so cute, you could just cry. The parade ended at the local firehouse, where the ladies’ auxiliary was waiting to dish up strawberry shortcake for everyone, watchers and walkers alike.