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Friday, August 17, 2012
Volume 8 • Issue No. 33
Run for the Fallen this Weekend in Ogunquit
By C. Ayn Douglass
OGUNQUIT On Flag Day, June 14,
2008, a group of runners made
it their goal to run from Fort
Irwin, California, to Arlington
National Cemetery to commemorate the lost lives of servicemen
and women who served in Operation Iraqi Freedom. Since then,
the Run for the Fallen has been
an annual event in many states
and is locally supported by many
On August 19 in Ogunquit, the fifth annual Run for the
Tributes and flags from last year’s Run for the Fallen (courtesy photo)
Fireball Run Contestants Plot
Strategies for Upcoming Race
By Timothy Gillis
The team of Leeanna Cusimano and Robert Levinstein have
jumped in the Fireball Run race,
joining Bill and Valerie Sowles
of Yarmouth, and Timber Tina
Scheer and Carolann Ouellette
of central Maine. Cusimano, who
owns Café Amore and Amore
Calendar of Events
Home & Business
Where To Dine
Breakfast, and Levinstein, executive producer of 22Q Entertainment in New York City, are trying
to raise awareness for missing
teen Ajariana Ouftt, from Brockton, Massachusetts.
The new team invited their
Maine competitors to dinner last
week to share strategies and prepare for the epic, eight-day race.
The Sowles, who will be
trying to increase awareness for
the search for Aydriana Tetu of
Lewiston, joined Cusimano and
Levinstein at Amore Breakfast in
Ogunquit for some fresh Maine
lobster and to share a heaping
helping of strategic advice. (Bill
Sowles owns Morong Brunswick
and Morong Falmouth with his
Scheer, a world champion
lumberjill, and Ouelette, director of the Maine Office of Tour-
ism, could not make the dinner.
Scheer’s nightly lumberjill show
and Ouellette’s busy Monday precluded traveling south for the evening. Their team will be raising
awareness for the search for Ayla
Reynolds, of Waterville.
The new team of Cusimano
and Levinstein has had some success already. The first child they
were linked with was considered
a “cold case.” Levinstein plugged
her name into facebook and found
her profile. He made a friend request, and was pretty startled to
have it accepted a few days later.
“Her page said things like
‘Where are you?’ and ‘What happened?’ so I was pretty sure it
was the right child,” Levinstein
said. He alerted the organizers
of Fireball Run of the discovery,
See FIREBALL page 38...
Leeanna Cusimano and Robert Levinstein with their 2006 PT Cruiser,
dubbed Ogunquit-a-GoGo (Photo by Tim Gillis)
Sun Rise Sun Set
A special section
concerning your health...
See FALLEN page 24...
Jillian Dumais with Damn Yankees cast member Justin Flexen
Kids get chance to play ball
with “Damn Yankees” cast
The Maine Children’s
Cancer Program visited the
Ogunquit Playhouse this past
Sunday, August 12, to catch a
matinee edition of “Damn Yankees” and then play ball with
the cast. It was a special day for
several children as they got to
meet the actors and actresses,
team up with them in the field,
Arts & Entertainment
Health & Fitness
from the sudden loss of a family
member on foreign soil doesn’t
end with the funeral. It goes on
and takes the form of emotional and financial upheaval. In
Maine, the lives of the families
of eighty-one servicemen and
women have been changed forever as a result of that loss.
“The biggest thing we do
is raise awareness and make
a great day for them,” Mixon
said. “Not only a great day; a
no red-tape lifeline when they
have a need.” Those needs are
quite basic such as fuel oil, medi-
Ogunquit Playhouse &
Maine Children’s Cancer
Program Team Up
Story and photo by Timothy Gillis
Local Average Tide Chart
Fallen will take place with an
expected 200 runners covering
the forty-two miles between the
town square and the end point in
While the energy and excitement of the event is spectacle enough, the run is a staging
point for a more sobering and
deeply felt commitment held by
organizer John Mixon and his
dedicated group of volunteers
and supporters. Their mission
doesn’t begin or end with the
Run for the Fallen. It is a yearround labor of love.
Mixon, a military veteran
himself, realized that the pain
Take a look...
and take their cracks at the bat.
The event, which took
place on the field beside the
playhouse, provided young
cancer patients and their families a day’s respite from the ongoing battles.
“It was a fantastic day,”
said Timothy Boynton, development manager for MCCP. “The
families had a great time.” Also
taking part in the festivities were
physicians, board members, and
See PLAY BALL page 34...
check out our
special section on
August 17, 2012
38 The Weekly Sentinel
~ News ~
will be bookshelves in the empty
Great Hall of the new Library.
“So much work already
has been accomplished in the
Great Hall, but our new Library
can’t proceed much further
without bookshelves. Most of
our collection has been stored in
the basement while we continued raising money to complete
the new library,” said Friends’
capital campaign chair Patti
Added to that good news
was announcement of a grant
from the Strawberry Festival
Committee to purchase a sturdy
outdoor book drop, replacing
the wooden box that stood at
the former Library entrance for
petitors in the race, the four participants shared strategies during
the meal, with a constant eye on
the real purpose of the contest – to
help locate missing and endangered children from all over the
The Sowles have also made
progress on their search. They
talked to Tetu’s mother and discovered that the girl is a runaway
and doesn’t want to be found.
“She had leukemia as a
child,” Bill Sowles said. “She ran
away, they found her and brought
her back. She ran away again. Her
mother just wants her to go to the
hospital for a blood test to find out
how she’s doing.”
The teams will begin in
Independence, Ohio, and travel
more than 2,000 miles in eight
days, through fourteen cities.
The trip stops in Ogunquit and
Sanford on Friday, September 28,
and ends in Bangor the next day.
They will complete hundreds of
missions, locating items of local,
historic nature or something from
pop culture. The teams race to
collect points for achieving a mission, and then find out what the
next mission is.
The four talked about using
the internet and a network of preestablished friends to help with
each task. “We wake up each
morning with a CD with our next
tasks slipped under our door,” Bill
The first stop on the trip in
Jamestown, New York, Cusimano’s birthplace and the hometown
of funny lady Lucille Ball. Cusimano’s café and breakfast place
are filled with visual references to
The race is also filled with
feel-good stories. Thirty-eight
children have been located because of Fireball Run’s efforts
since its inception in 2007, thirtynine when you count the recent
Last year, the event helped
locate twins at a homeless shelter.
“The father of those two
children is doing the run this
year,” Valerie Sowles said.
Next year, no new racers
will be able to join, as the popularity has caused participation to
swell to capacity.
“Next year, it will only be for
alumni,” Cusimano said. Asked
whether or not they will compete
in 2013, the two teams seemed focused on making it through this
year’s epic road rally first.
King Foundation Donates $50K for New Shelves
SOUTH BERWICK –
A $50,000 grant last week
from the Stephen and Tabitha
King Foundation to the Friends
of South Berwick Library’s
building fund means there soon
...FIREBALL from page 1
and they connected the team with
Ouftt, hoping to help create a
greater awareness of her absence.
Levinstein, who was associate producer at Ogunquit
Playhouse for six years and stage
manager before that, was back in
New England for a wedding, so
he took the opportunity to link up
with his racemate. Even though
the Sowles are technically com-
Owners Steve Anderson and John Loftus
Serving the Seacoast area since 1974
Business Hours: Monday-Friday 8-5
336 US Route 1
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The King grant brings the
total raised by the Friends to
$655,000, 60 percent of the $1.1
million the volunteer organization pledged to raise toward the
cost of the renovation.
“Despite reaching this
milestone, we still have some
heavy lifting to do in terms of
fundraising,” said Mitchem.
“Shelving, furniture and equipment, including computers,
must be purchased. Some construction items have been put
off, including insulation of the
foundation, a restroom in the
children’s area, a stairway to the
former choir loft, and eventual
completion of the loft for use as
a reading area.”
The Friends currently are
raffling off an overnight stay at
The Country Inn at Camden/
Rockport in a Country Suite that
accommodates couples or families. The certificate is good from
October 29 through May 20 of
next year. Included are three
guest passes to the Farnsworth
Art Museum in Rockland. Tickets are $5 each or five for $20, on
sale through August 31 at the Library and Hot Summer Nights.
The temporary wall between the addition and the
Great Hall is scheduled to be removed in mid-September. In the
meantime, library patrons can
view the ongoing work through
a window in the wall.
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