All posts by Chris Shorr

Chris Shorr

About Chris Shorr

Chris is a lifelong Portlander who works on a lobster boat, advocates for the marginalized and downtrodden, and occasionally ruffles feathers in City Hall and Augusta.

‘Caner-Medley’s Corner’- The long trip back from injury

Nik Caner-Medley.

For the second edition of “Caner-Medley’s Corner,” Nik tells us what it’s like coming back from an injury to a team on which he has taken a leadership role. He also gives us a glimpse into the nervousness and “jitters” that he still gets before playing, even after more than a decade of playing elite level […]

Storm blows popular tour boat adrift in Portland Harbor

Photo- James Terroni.

Workers and patrons on Portland’s Custom House Wharf were surprised this morning to find that the popular tour and party boat, the “Casablanca” had blown adrift during last night’s harsh weather. A call to Casablanca Cruises was not answered, but witnesses said that the boat, floating dock, and gangway had all been reattached shortly after sunrise. […]

Portland’s ‘Haitian Sensation’ to defend title on ESPN’s ‘Friday Night Fights’

Russell "The Haitian Sensation" Lamour

Portland boxer Russell Lamour Jr., who won the International Boxing Association’s North American middleweight title on Nov. 15 at the Portland Exposition building, will defend his New England middleweight title on Jan. 30 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Connecticut. The fight will be broadcast nationally on ESPN for the network’s “Friday Night Fights” series. Lamour, […]

Pics, video, and a poem from yesterday’s ‘March to End Violence’ rally in Portland

Photo- Chris Shorr, BDN.

Reports had the total turnout for Sunday’s “March to End Violence”, which was organized by local and regional advocacy groups, at about 600 people. But as their chants reverberated through Portland’s downtown- at times approaching deafening levels- it felt like a lot more than that had turned out for the event. Pedestrians on the sidewalk […]

Students for #USMFuture release response to latest cuts

Photo by Chris Shorr, BDN.

Students for #USMFuture, a group formed in opposition to the massive cuts taking place at the University of Southern Maine, has released a statement to “Fighting the Tides” in response to the latest round of staff layoffs. They’ve also responded to the announcement made earlier this week by the American Association of University Professors that an investigation […]

Introducing ‘Caner-Medley’s Corner’- a behind-the-scenes look at a pro season with Maine’s best all-time basketball player

nik09

Back in his high school playing days in Portland, Maine, thousands of locals would turn out in the dead of winter and fill a steamy Deering High School gymnasium to see the local prodigy and budding superstar, Nik Caner-Medley, tear up the hardwood in person while they still had the chance. Following high school graduation in 2002- and […]

Animal Refuge League seeks support on ‘Giving Tuesday’

Amber Robinson, ARLGP staff member, says hi to four month old "Shelley".

On the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland’s website, the question, “what is Giving Tuesday?” is asked. To put it simply, Giving Tuesday is a global movement to encourage people to give back to their communities on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving. Forms of “giving back” can be as simple as helping an elderly woman cross the […]

Portland’s “Turkey Day Streaker” revisited

Fitzpatrick Stadium before the artificial turf was installed in 2001.

On Thanksgiving Day, fourteen years ago in 2000, a teenaged Jon DiDonato stood shivering in an obscure corner of the west end of Fitzpatrick Stadium in Portland, under the shadow of Hadlock Field. Roughly ten thousand people had shown up for that year’s annual Thanksgiving Day football game between storied crosstown rivals Portland High and […]