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Legal Investigator Donald Saastamoinen to Describe His Experiences at the Cushing Public Library

Donald Saastamoinen will discuss his 40-year career as a legal investigator in a public lecture at the Cushing Public Library on Saturday, January 26, at 2 p.m.  The illustrated talk is free and open to the public.

Since 1980, Saastamoinen has investigated cases for Maine law firms and insurance companies. He has worked in such diverse areas as legal and medical malpractice, vehicle accidents, missing persons (expert witnesses, heirs, debtors and skips), criminal cases, product liability and insurance fraud.

In one case, he was able to track down three key witnesses to an accident nine years earlier, with nothing known but their names, including one named simply John Brown. His education includes substantial work in the sciences and graduate training in psychology and counseling. He is especially known for his skills in finding people and motivating even reluctant ones to cooperate. His tools include expertise in photography and surveillance.

He will talk mainly about finding people but does not plan to provide a list of specific sites to use.  Rather he will discuss procedures and tactics that have worked in the past for him and which might help others locate somebody.

Saastamoinen is a member of the Maine Licensed Private Investigator Association and the National Association of Legal Investigators.


How Buildings Speak: Architecture as Media- Judith Bing and J. Brooke Harrington 2/9/2020 1-3pm

This presentation will explore – through selected historic and contemporary examples – how architecture communicates its purposes and values, as a medium of expression. From the pyramids of ancient Egypt or cathedrals of medieval France, to the global modernism of airports, highrises, and museums, buildings “speak” in visual terms legible to most observers – with provocative exceptions.


Cushing Bi-Centennial Event Schedule

Cushing plans to celebrate Maine's Bicentennial Year (2020) with numerous special events over two full days: Saturday, August 15 and Sunday, August 16.
“There's so much happening and we'd love to have people get involved and participate, especially with the parade” says event coordinator Wendy Roberts. “It's going to be a fun two days.”
If you would like to volunteer to help out, or have ideas and suggestions to share, Roberts can be reached at: 354-2341 (landline), 691-0833 (cell), or at

Saturday events:

* 7:30-10 am: Community breakfast including blessing and period recipes, Broad Cove Church;
* 11am-1pm: Parade (includes floats, kids on bikes, pets, walkers), Cushing Rescue Squad, Cushing Fire Department, oldest Cushing resident-Alma Black, Grand Marshalls (Select Board);
* 2-2:30 pm: Time capsule placement at Cushing Community School;
* 2:30-4 pm; Baseball game, Cushing Recreation Field;
* 4-6 pm: Cookout, Cushing Fire and Rescue Station;
* 7:30-9 pm: Historical photo display, barn dance, Cushing Historical Society.

Sunday events:

* 9 am: Church service, Broad Cove Community Church;
* Time and event to be decided (by Cushing Historical Society): Old South Cushing Church
* 2-4 pm: Historical presentation (students' research about Maine), display of Maine and Cushing books, Historian David Rockwell to speak, Cushing Public Library.


A Special Thank You

The Library recently received a generous donation from a local resident – a series of novels by the late British author Alexander Kent.  These exciting & well-reviewed adventures in naval history focus on the British Royal Navy, from the Napoleonic Wars to the 20th century. We are so thrilled to receive such a generous gift.

About Alexander Kent

English novelist Douglas Reeman, a master storyteller of the sea, from the time of Nelson to the twentieth century, has been thrilling readers around the world for over 50 years. Under his pen name, Alexander Kent, the former Royal Navy officer continues to chronicle the adventures under sail of Richard and Adam Bolitho. As Douglas Reeman, he writes about naval action during the twentieth century, with a primary focus on Britain's Royal Navy. At present, he has more than 34 million copies of his books in print.