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Touching Judy Crowell is teaching in China. She recently spent time at an orphanage Page 2C Fire away Inside News Pumpkins were airborne at Sebago Elementary School fields during Punkin Chunkin Page 3C Calendar . . . . . . . . . . 5B Classifieds . . . . . . . . . 4D Country Living 1B-3B, 6B Directory . . . . . . . . . . 2D Obituaries . . . . . . . . . 4B Opinions . 1D-3D, 5D-6D Police/Court . . . . . . . . 5A Sports . . . . . . . . . 7C-8C Student News . . . 1C-6C Games . . . . . . . . . . . . 5C Serving Bridgton and the surrounding towns of Western Maine since 1870. Vol. 144, No. 46 28 PAGES - 4 Sections Bridgton, Maine November 14, 2013 (USPS 065-020) Weather . . . . . . . . . . . 5D SEVENTY-FIVE CENTS Signs creating ‘trashy’ look? By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Too many sandwich board event signs in the median are making Pondicherry Square look “trashy,” Selectman Bernie King believes. He wants it to stop. The square, at the corner of Main Street and Routes 302 and 117, is the gateway to downtown Bridgton, where aesthetics are particularly important. Local divisions of state highway crews used to be pretty good at policing the median, but no longer, said Chairman Doug Taft. “I don’t care who does it, I just think it needs to be cleaned up because it’s trashy,” King said. Safety also becomes an issue when it’s windy and flimsier sandwich board signs blow over, sometimes ending up in the road. “I like the square without all those sandwich signs,” King said during the “Selectmen’s Concerns” portion of Tuesday’s meeting. King wasn’t the only selectman who had signage concerns. Member Paul Hoyt wanted to know whether McDonald’s restaurant on the Portland Road had permission to put all of the small signs around the perimeter of its property announcing daily special menus. He said he’s SIGN, Page A THANK YOU FOR YOUR SERVICE — Lake Region High School students paid tribute to local veterans last Thursday during their annual Veterans Day Celebration. Flowers were presented to past and present military personnel including Curtis Merrill (middle) and Steve Wentworth. Earlier in the day, a luncheon was offered by the (Rivet Photos) vocational school’s culinary arts department. Thanksgiving dinner tabled NAPLES — For the last three years, CrossWalk Community Outreach has hosted free Thanksgiving dinners at the Naples Town Hall, serving upwards of 70 people each year. Unfortunately this year, there will be no free Thanksgiving dinner. “Due to volunteers’ other commitments, we cannot do this in 2013. We hope to return in full swing next Thanksgiving to join our community in celebrating this wonderful holiday,” said Joanna Moore, director of CrossWalk Community Outreach. “Thanks in advance for your understanding.” Permit fees waived for vets CrossWalk will, however, have a holiday celebration for veterans in the community in December.  “Our Christmas Cheer for Troops is planning to honor our local Lake Region veterans, young or old, with refreshments, a holiday food basket and a small token of our appreciation for their service,” Moore said. “We are also wishing as well to help local veterans’ families at Christmas by giving their children and families Christmas gifts this year to make their season a little brighter.” Families that are referred DINNER, Page A For most, the heating crunch hasn’t officially started. For others, it has. With LIHEAP scheduling appointments into December and January, already many people have stopped by the Bridgton Community Center Fuel Collaborative for emergency help. Nov. 1 was the start date for the program and already 11 families have been assisted at $3,388. During the 2012-2013 heating season, 38 families were assisted.  “It’s a one-time per season 100 gallon delivery, but it means a lot to seniors on fixed incomes, folks with disabilities and families whose weekly paychecks just are making it through the month,” said By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Residents in the military, past or present, won’t have to pay building permit fees in Bridgton under new language now being written by the Board of Selectmen. All four of the five board members at Tuesday’s meeting enthusiastically supported the waiver idea, originally brought forward by resident Mark Lopez. They differed somewhat, however, on the language, particularly as to whether the rule should only apply to those who’ve been honorably discharged. Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz said he’d write proposed wording for the town’s Building, Razing and Plumbing Permit Ordinance, and bring it back for a vote at the Dec. 10 meeting. Carmen Lone, BCC execThe fee exemption would utive director. “We call it AT ATTENTION — Paul Hoyt, a veteran and Bridgton apply only to the primary the BCC Fuel Collaborative, selectman, holds one of the flags during Monday’s residence of active duty or but it really is the people of Veterans Day service in Post Office Square. veteran military personnel, Bridgton fuel collaborate.” Since its inception in 2007, the major contributors have been the people of Bridgton. Year round and seasonal resiBy Dawn De Busk tion funds that was awarded residents voted to accept the dents, businesses, churches Staff Writer to Casco by the DEP. DEP reparation funds during and fraternal organizations all CASCO — In 1983, the According to Town a Town Meeting a few years have made it possible for the Bridgton Community Center Town of Casco contacted the Manager Dave Morton, what ago, Morton said. During the past few to administer this emergen- Department of Environmental has been discussed and what cy program to qualifying Protection (DEP) about pos- has been put on paper is “not months, Casco Board of sible contamination of soil set in stone.” Selectman Mary-Vienessa Bridgton residents.  and groundwater at the site But, a plan is vital to Fernandes, Casco Code This year, the Collaborative is fortunate to receive of a former waste oil collec- deciding how to best spend Enforcement Officer (CEO) the money that has been ear- Don Murphy and Open some funding through the tion facility. Thirty years later, multiple marked for groundwater con- Space Commission President Community Development Eric Dibner have been meetBlock Grants and a little left players are laying out a plan servation, he said. to utilize $500,000 in reparaWhat is for certain: The ing with Kate McDonald, HEAT, Page A By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer FRYEBURG — While many questions remain regarding how SAD 72 should proceed in building a new C.A. Snow School, directors John Carter of Lovell and Steve Dupuis of Stow have heard one very loud and clear message. People do not want consolidation! A recent survey backs up comments several directors have heard on whether SAD 72 should support a project that would move all elementary school students to one campus at Molly Ockett Middle School in Fryeburg. Option C would close “community schools” in Lovell and Denmark, while also eliminating all portable classroom units. While the state’s Department of Education has been a major driver behind regionalization and consolidation efforts over the past five years, SAD 72 taxpayers want no part of it, as Carter found when he conducted his own informal poll. “Twenty-eight of them said not only ‘no,’ but ‘bleeping no.’ Every single one of them took me to the woodshed for agreeing to even consider the issue of consolidation,” Carter said during last Wednesday’s school board meeting. It appears SAD 72 officials are also moving away from the super campus idea. Ad Hoc Building Committee chairman James Stacy informed the school board that the group met the previous week and decided Need for heat starting early and could not be used for commercial development. Building permit fees would also be waived for additions to that residence, or accessory structures such as a garage or a shed. With board member Bob McHatton absent Tuesday, each of the board members first had to disclose that they were veterans before they discussed the idea. The day after Veterans Day ceremonies were held in Bridgton, Chairman Doug Taft and members Ken Murphy, Paul Hoyt and Bernie King each announced the branch of the military they served in, as well as their years of service. Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz said the disclosures were necessary, given that Lopez’s proposal could conceivably grant them a financial benefit. The “rule of necessity” allowed the board to consider the proFEES, Page A DEP funds could pay for education a project scientist with the Cumberland County Water and Soil Conservation District (CCWSCD). The group will meet again on Wednesday, Nov. 20. According to both Morton and Fernandes, education plays a big part not only in deciding how to allocate the funds, but also educating the public is one of the ways FUNDS, Page A Committee suggests dumping Snow ‘Option C’ to take Option C off the table. The committee plans to focus on Option B. The SAD 72 board, however, has yet to formally act on which course to pursue. However, Superintendent of Schools Jay Robinson suspects Option C is off the table after hearing such a resounding negative response from the public. Robinson said exploring possible longterm savings a consolidated elementary school campus might bring to beleaguered taxpayers was simply due diligence. “Certainly, we had to consider it. Five or 10 years from now, I don’t want to hear taxpayers asking why we didn’t look into it,” Robinson said. Option B calls for the construction of a new C.A. Snow School on the Molly Ockett site. The project would also include an addition and improvements to the middle school, thus eliminating the need for portable units. It could also include space for the Central Office, which is currently housed in “an aging building” on the Snow School grounds (“It doesn’t make financial sense to spend exorbitant amounts of money fixing up a building that will continue to present costly issues moving forward,” school officials said in a Building Project Q & A sent to district residents). Although Dupuis, SAD 72 board chairman Bob Steller, and others have heard strong comments against any consolidation, it may need to happen. If the state stays firm on the idea of eliminating portables district-wide as part of the construction project, then SAD 72 would face a space problem at Denmark Elementary. While the school could accommodate the fourth grade, the building — as it is presently constituted — could not also house Grade 5. Unless taxpayers want to dig deeper to pay for a permanent addition at Denmark Elementary, SAD 72 officials would look to move all fifth grades to Molly Ockett. Dupuis questioned whether the school board was listening that residents want no consolidation. New Suncook School Principal Rhonda Poliquin said there would be no problem utilizing space created if the fifth graders were moved to Molly Ockett. Director Norma Snow OPTION C, Page A The Bridgton News Established 1870 P.O. Box 244, 118 Main St. Bridgton, ME 04009 207-647-2851 Fax: 207-647-5001


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