Saturday, November 27, 2021

The Portland Phoenix

Publisher: Karen Wood

Editor: Marian McCue

Managing Editor: Mo Mehlsak

Staff Writer: Colin Ellis, Evan Edmonds

Sales Executive: Janet Allen

Media Consultant & Columnist: Natalie Ladd

Production Manager: Suzanne Piecuch

Contributors: Ekhlas Ahmed, Edgar Allen Beem, Shannon Bryan, Al Diamon, Jan Grieco, Megan Grumbling, Bre Kidman, Greg Levinsky, Nick Lund, Andrew Marsters, Jim Neuger, Sam Pfeifle, Rebecca Reinhart, Douglas Rooks

The Portland Phoenix is a weekly newspaper covering greater Portland, Maine, distributed every Wednesday from Saco to Brunswick to Windham. It is owned by New Portland Publishing; Marian McCue and Karen Wood, co-founders. Our mailing address is 251 U.S. Route 1, Suite D4, Falmouth ME 04105.

We disclaim all legal responsibility for errors or omissions, although all reasonable care is taken to prevent such errors. We will gladly correct any errors if notification is received within 48 hours of any such error.

Advertising deadline is Friday prior to publication; inquiries to [email protected], 207-536-5210. We reserve the right to refuse any advertising.

Press releases and news tips may be submitted to [email protected]

Letters to the editor must be signed and should be no more than 200 words, with daytime phone number included for verification. We reserve the right to refuse publication, and to edit for length and clarity. Email letters to [email protected]; deadline is noon Friday. 

Calendar events may be submitted to [email protected]; include event name, brief description, venue, address, time, cost.


Marian McCue

Marian McCue’s journalism career began when she edited a daily newspaper at the University of Wisconsin. After graduating, she worked on an alternative magazine in New York City, and newspapers in Massachusetts and Westbrook. She took over The Forecaster in 1990, and was its editor until 2006. After a stint as communications specialist for the ACLU of Maine, she returned to journalism, writing political columns for The Forecaster. In the spring of 2019, she and Karen Wood founded New Portland Publishing to relaunch the Portland Phoenix. Marian was inducted into the Maine Press Association Hall of Fame in October 2019.

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Karen Wood

Karen Wood has worked in the weekly newspaper industry for more than 30 years. She was a co-owner of the original Falmouth Forecaster, and continued working in production, sales and administration after the paper was sold. She served as publisher of the expanded Forecaster group of newspapers for more than 20 years, responsible for all aspects of the business operation. Karen and Marian McCue formed New Portland Publishing in 2019 to relaunch the Portland Phoenix. Karen lives in Falmouth with her husband, Godfrey Wood, and has three grown children (who paid to throw her out of a plane) and six grandchildren.

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Mo Mehlsak

Mo Mehlsak has been a magazine and newspaper journalist in California and Maine since 1977. He previously was executive editor of The Forecaster weekly newspapers in Portland, city editor of the daily Journal Tribune in Biddeford, and a business writer at the Daily News of Los Angeles. He is a graduate of the S.I. Newhouse School of Public Communications at Syracuse University, and lives in South Portland. He and his wife have two married daughters and one adorable granddaughter.

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Colin Ellis is a Portland-based journalist who has previously written for the Morning Sentinel in Waterville and The Forecaster in Portland. He has a background in investigative journalism as well as city and state government coverage. He is a graduate of St. Michael’s College in Vermont, where he studied journalism and political science.

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Evan Edmonds

Evan Edmonds grew up in New Hampshire and recently graduated from the University of New Hampshire, where he wrote news and arts coverage for the student newspaper. He developed a love for investigative and solutions-based journalism working with Granite State News Collaborative and assisting in the production of New Hampshire PBS’ online interview show, “The State We’re In.” Evan worked through college as a cook at a busy restaurant and is looking forward to exploring all the great restaurants Portland has to offer.

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Suzanne Piecuch

Suzanne Piecuch thought her life would involve writing, and it does, but not in the way she expected. She worked at The Forecaster for 19 years as ad designer, production manager, and layout coordinator. She collects dead bugs, books by dead authors and volunteers as a transcriber of 19th-century letters for The Library of Congress’ crowdsourcing project. She is a graduate of Simmons College with a degree in English, a fascination with the history of private life, and a collection of Gorey-illustrated paperbacks.

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Janet Allen

Janet Allen brings several years of sales and marketing experience to the new Portland Phoenix, most recently with The Forecaster newspaper group. She excels at listening to her clients’ needs and presenting the best advertising alternatives to consistently bring proven results. Janet lives in North Yarmouth, with her husband, two unique dogs and a very large coon cat.

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Natalie Ladd

Natalie Ladd is a customer-oriented, results-driven sales and
marketing professional who joins the team from The Forecaster
newspaper group and Maine Woman Magazine. Also a Portland restaurant veteran known for her honest and humor-laden insight, she brings the newly cooked up column, “Leftovers,” to the Portland Phoenix. Natalie lives in Portland in a tiny new condo and is the mother of two successful millennial daughters.

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Mellie with Fivel the Phoenix

Mellie, the Portland Phoenix office dog, hails from Jackson, Mississippi. As a puppy, Mellie made her mark on the Clarion-Ledger newspaper, while sniffing out happy stories and hidden treats. In her new position as director of morale, Mellie brings her wet nose for news, along with assisting on sales calls and spreading the Portland Phoenix organizational philosophy of tail-wagging positivity.