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McD’s granted permit By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Construction of a McDonald’s Restaurant can begin as soon as the ground is dry enough, now that developer Mark Lopez has won state permitting approval to fill wetlands on the Portland Road site. The Maine Department of Environmental Protection issued Lopez a land use permit on April 15 for the project, located diagonally across from Hannaford’s supermarket next to the entrance to Hancock Lumber. To offset the loss of wetlands, the permit will require Lopez to make a $30,000 contribution to the Maine Natural Resources Conservation Fund and protect an 8.35-acre parcel of land with a streambed, near Sandy Creek. In addition, Lopez will be required to pay $4,975 to the state’s Lake Stormwater Compensation Fee Program to compensate for the excess phosphorus export of .199 pounds per year. Lopez will submit the fee to the Lakes Environmental Association prior to the start of construction. The McDonald’s restaurant and adjoining retail space will consist of a 4,420-square-foot building, 35-vehicle parking lot, drive-through lanes and one-way right-turn access road for northbound Route 302 traffic. It will be built on a sloped hillside that PERMIT, Page 2A

April 28, 2011

Body found in North Conway, N.H. pond near abduction site At press time

THE SEARCH — Family and friends distributed “missing” flyers throughout Bridgton and the Lake Region Tuesday in hopes of finding more information regarding the disappearance of Krista Dittmeyer, who grew up in Bridgton and had moved to Portland. (Rivet Photo)

By Lisa Williams Ackley Staff Writer UPDATE — Police cordoned off a small pond around 9 a.m. Wednesday morning and asked members of the press to move away from the area, in their search for missing 20-year-old single mother Krista Deann Dittmeyer. According to witnesses, police scanner traffic indicated there could be a body in a snowmaking pond. The pond is located approximately one-quarter mile from where Krista’s car was found over the weekend with her 14-month-old baby daughter sleeping inside at a ski resort in North Conway, New Hampshire. The small snowmaking pond is close to a child care center at the Cranmore Resort. The N.H. State Police has turned the case over to the state Attorney General’s office. The case will be handled by Assistant Attorney General Jane Young, who is UPDATE, Page 4A

Editor’s Note: The following story was filed as The News went to press Wednesday morning. By Lisa Williams Ackley Staff Writer There is nothing is this world more important to Krista Deann Dittmeyer than her 14-monthold baby daughter, Aliyah. That fact is why her older sister, Kayla, knows in her heart that 20-year-old Krista would never willingly “abandon” her little girl in the back of her car — left alone in her car seat in a dark parking lot at a ski resort in North Conway, New Hampshire that had closed for the season. Responding to news reports that said Krista’s baby girl was “abandoned” by her sister, Kayla said, “I was so angry, when I heard the word ‘abandon.’” No — she would never abandon her child. She did everything she could, to keep that baby safe.” Kayla flew to Maine from her home in Colorado, as soon as she was made aware that her sister, who is 15 months younger, was missing. Krista, who graduated from Lake Region High School in 2008, was living in Portland and waitressing at Buffalo Wild Wings Grill and Bar in South Portland, at the time of her unexplained disappearance. Police said Krista’s late-model

Nissan Sentra sedan was found at 6:30 Saturday morning in the parking lot of the Cranmore Resort Ski Area Recreational facility and the vehicle was running with its emergency flashers on and the front door of the car open. Baby Aliyah was transported via ambulance to Memorial Hospital in North Conway where she was evaluated before being turned over to her grandmother, LaNell Shackley of Bridgton, who is caring for her. Now, as a nationwide manhunt is underway for Krista, and her bewildering disappearance was the lead story on every network television outlet and major newspaper across the country, this week — her friends, and even complete strangers, in Bridgton and throughout the Lake Region, are rallying together to support Krista’s family. They are being proactive by posting the missing person poster for Krista on their Facebook pages — and they are going to gather round at a candlelight vigil at Stevens Brook Elementary School in Bridgton tonight, April 28, at 8 p.m., where candles will be lit at 8:30 p.m. Krista’s family is offering a $3,000 reward for information that leads to her whereabouts and location. Anyone with information is urged to contact the MOTHER, Page 5A

Library, Community Center plea to keep funding

By Lisa Williams Ackley Staff Writer The Bridgton Board of Selectmen told the trustees of the Bridgton Public Library Tuesday evening exactly what they previously said to the directors of the Bridgton Community Center — times are tough and cuts that have never before been proposed during the municipal budget process can not be avoided — not this year, at least.

Historically, voters at the annual town meeting have appropriated $75,000 to both the Bridgton Public Library and the Bridgton Community Center (BCC). The selectmen have met several times this spring to review and discuss Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz’s proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012. They have reduced the bottom lines of municipal departments, saying

they felt they had to do the same for outside agencies, regardless of how beneficial their services are to townspeople. David N. Hursty, president of the Bridgton Public Library’s Board of Trustees, implored the selectmen April 26 not to make their suggested $5,000 cut to the library’s appropriation, saying it was the trustees’ “attempt to have you maintain level funding” for the library.

“The $75,000 represents under 50% of our budget,” said Hursty. “Every year, we have to raise over $80,000. We also look to support from the town — it’s an equilibrium for us. That $5,000 really does make a difference. We watch every penny.” Hursty said that, no matter what, the trustees are committed to having the library open one more day a week.

The library distributes 40,000 tapes, books and CDs per year, “not counting the Internet,” Hursty said. “If taxpayers paid $10 a piece (for books, if they had to buy them) that would be $400,000,” stated Hursty. “So, we provide a great return on investment — enormous benefits — and we get 15,000 people coming in, because they know our value — the rewards are

tripled or quadrupled. And, we count on the support of the town and town leaders that they value what we do…we want to partner with the town on that.” Hursty told the selectmen that “the courage is not to do it (the proposed $5,000 cut).” “To stay tough with services, the courage is really right here,” Hursty said. “I urge you to take political courage and make the FUNDING, Page 2A

By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer HARRISON — Selectmen have switched their meeting day from Tuesdays to Thursdays in hopes of offering live coverage to residents by Lake Region Television. The change to the first and third Thursdays of each month also works better for Town Manager George “Bud” Finch, who said it will give him more time to gather and prepare all the paperwork he needs for meetings. Some equipment details still need to be worked out, so the live coverage may not be ready by the board’s next meeting on May 5, when selectmen are expected to approve and sign the warrant for the Fiscal Year 2012 budget.

The total budget for Harrison is projected to be just over $6 million, a 4.9% increase. The budget committee has met around five times, and Finch said that the goal of holding the mil rate flat, at $9.75 per $1,000 of valuation, is “still within reach, barring any unexpected increases in education costs or decreases in state revenues.” The town is bracing for as much as a $100,000 decrease in state revenue sharing, Finch said. “They (the state) want to use that to balance the state budget, but they’ve passed it on to us.” The committee has done its best to compensate for a school budget assessment that is up 7.7% over last year from

Harrison switches selectmen’s night


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LIGHTNING STRIKE TRIGGERS DEVASTATING BLAZE — A bolt of lightning struck a tree, and caused the limb to fall onto a Highland Pines Road home last week, sparking a blaze

that destroyed the residence. Firefighters did manage to pull a boat out of an adjacent garage. More photos on Page 6A. (Photo courtesy of Susan Campisano)

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Library, Community Center plea to keep funds (Continued from Page A) right step. We’re not looking for a larger appropriation amount to operate our library.” “I hear what you’re saying,” Selectman Paul Hoyt told Hursty. “I disagree with you that the hard thing to do would be to not make the ($5,000) cut. Hoyt pointed out that the board has made some major reductions to other appropriation line items, including town departments, the Bridgton Community Center and United Ambulance Service. “We sat here and took $250 FINDER OF THE GOLDEN EGG — In the Courtyard at the Bridgton Public Library, Ryan out of a $500 budget,” said Philbrook, age 5, holds the golden egg he found during the Easter Egg Hunt. His sister, Olivia, Hoyt, referring to the five-houris in the background. long budget workshop April 11,

at which the board went through the entire proposed budget with a fine-toothed comb. “It was a long night. The (proposed) tax rate is going up 55 cents and that’s down from an original increase of $1.20 per $1,000 of property valuation.” Hoyt said the selectmen decided to reduce the number of days the town’s transfer station is open, saying they did that “because we have to save money.” “No one took it lightly, the cuts we made,” said Hoyt. Hursty said, “My great concern is for the long-term — that there will be a degradation of services — and that it will slowly denegrate the (services

(Continued from Page A) SAD 17, from $3,173,563 to $3,419,151. “I can’t imagine asking for that kind of an increase,” Finch said. When combined, education and county assessments account for 62% of the budget, leaving only 38% for all other local municipal services, “thus, the difficulty in holding the mil rate flat,” Finch said. Funding from the capital and reserve account will be used to upgrade the computer system at

the town office, replace both a 1993 and 1998 truck at public works and buy new self-contained breathing apparatus and cascade refilling bottles for the fire department. It will also pay for the new communications equipment for the fire department, emergency management and public works that is needed to meet new federal guidelines. This year’s budget also includes a $32,000 increase in the roads account, to $300,000,

which will pay for drainage, shoulder work and repaving of the entire 3½-mile length of Cape Monday Road. Work will also be done on Tolman Road and the far end of Summit Hill Road that got washed out in a recent rainstorm, Finch said. There will be culvert work done on Carlsley Road, as well. Voters at the June 15 town meeting, which will be held at 6:30 p.m. at Harrison Elementary School, will see a

budget that has been restructured to show the actual operating costs of each department. Finch said he plans to explain the new budget process by doing a show on Lake Region Television that will be aired beginning in mid-May. “I’ve got an excellent budget committee this year. It’s a very diverse group of people,” he said. Selectmen have been working concurrently on the budget as the budget committee has been holding their

meetings. Finch said the budget contains around $15,000 more than last year in salaries for the town’s 14 employees, and that he hopes to have negotiations completed by town meeting with the new union that a majority of the employees voted to join. He said he is in the process of formulating job descriptions and a pay grade system. There are no changes in health insurance in the current budget.

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wetlands, resulting in a cumulative total of 29,795 square feet of wetland impact. The DEP made Lopez demonstrate that no practical alternative site existed along the corridor where the disruption to wetlands would be less. Officials visited three alternative sites, and McDonald’s Corporation gave written testimony arguing that the site across from Hannaford’s was, from a commercial perspective, best suited to their requirements for traffic, being located at

a signalized intersection. “The alternative sites were found to be less suitable to meet the needs of the applicant and the siting criteria of the restaurant tenant,” the permit states. The project will be built on 1.74 acres of land and include nearly an acre of impervious development. Lopez will handle stormwater through construction of a subsurface wastewater disposal system and a vegetated underdrained filter basin. The DEP recommended lining the

vegetated soil filter bed with an impermeable layer to prevent direct infiltration of untreated stormwater runoff into the underlying aquifer. Lopez revised the

filter bed design to include a sixinch layer of bentonite, covered with six inches of sand, so that the water will exit only through the discharge piping.

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receives flow from a short section of stream, which begins at an off-site culvert on the abutting property to the east. Because Lopez purchased the property as a split-off from the Hancock Lumber development, the DEP under its rules must consider the previous construction on the retail lumber site, which required filling of 10,127 square feet of wetlands. The McDonald’s project will require the filling of another 19,668 square feet of

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Social media proved to be an intriguing topic. Recently the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and the Oxford Hill’s branch of SCORE teamed up to present yet another successful Business Roundtable. The use of social media like Facebook and Twitter as a way to market business services and provide information was the topic, and 34 local business persons showed up. The gathering listened to a panel of four speakers and participated in a lively group discussion. Chamber Executive Director Jim Mains Jr. said the event was so successful that plans are in process for a follow-up session. The follow-up event will focus more on a hands-on approach to social media, with an emphasis on how to get started with a Facebook page and basic navigation.

offered to) community — maybe not in one or two years. That’s my greatest fear…” Selectmen Chairman Arthur Triglione told Hursty, “Believe me, it took more courage for me to cut (budget requests) than not cut.” Chairman Triglione said further that it’s the selectmen’s job to make cuts where necessary, and they “should not have to justify why.” “We’re working hard to keep every taxpayer in mind,” said Triglione. “We have counted on level funding, and it’s going to cost $10,000 more (per year) to stay open one more day (per week),” said Hursty. He said the trustees might have to “dip in to our endowment a little bit,” if the town’s appropriation is reduced. Bridgton Community Center Steve Collins, who is the president of the Bridgton Community Center’s Board of Directors, asked the selectmen April 26 to consider placing an article on the June annual town meeting warrant that would tell voters selectmen were recommending a reduction from $75,000 to $67,500, but that would allow townspeople to approve the $75,000 if they so choose. “It gives the town a chance to say, ‘We respectfully disagree,’” said Collins. Typically, the selectmen have a closed warrant at town meeting, which does not allow for articles requesting monetary appropriations to be increased, but they can be decreased by voters. Collins asked that if that is not possible, could the board consider making a smaller reduction from the typical $75,000 of three or four percent? It was pointed out that, under the memorandum of understanding (MOU) the town has with the Bridgton Community Center, the town is to pay the Center $75,000 per year or 45% of its operating costs, or whichever is less. The directors said their budget totals $107,000, and $75,000 is 63 percent of the total budget, much more than the historically appropriated $75,000.

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By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — The departure of the residents living on townowned Kent’s Landing is dependent on weight-limit postings in Bridgton. With the recent deluge of rain this week, it appears the weather may not cooperate. According to Naples Town Manager Derik Goodine, Ken Burnham Sr., will be able to transport his mobile home from the Kent’s Landing parcel to a piece of property in Bridgton once weight-limit postings are removed. The legal agreement was that Burnham and other residents would be off the property by May 1, Goodine said, but nobody can bust a move until the roads are dry enough. “May 1 is the date to get out,” Goodine told the Naples Board of Selectmen during a mid-April meeting. “But, we are not going to run right up there, and get that order.” The legal agreement between the town and the Kent’s Landing tenants gives the town the leverage to have them forcibly removed — if the parcel isn’t vacated after May 1, he said. “If Bridgton has roads un-posted by May 1, they have the piece of property,” Goodine said. According to Bridgton Public Works Director Jim Kidder, it is likely the Town of Bridgton won’t “un-post” the roads by Sunday. “At this point, with the rain we’ve got, I don’t know if it will be May 1,” Kidder said. “There is still a lot of water coming out of the woods onto the roads.” Kidder added that the roads just aren’t dry enough to handle anything that exceeds the current weightlimit postings. “We are not ready to un-post roads yet,” Kidder said. During the April board meeting, Selectman Rick Paraschak said many residents have wondered about the eviction date, since it had changed several times. “This is a big thing in town. People are watching this issue evolve,” Paraschak said.

Terri Linnell has joined the sales team at Bearfoot Realty in Oxford. Linnell is a Portland Maine native, who has resided in Casco for 30 years. She has been a licensed real estate broker for 25 years, affiliated with several national real estate agencies in the Lake Region area and also has had her own real estate agency. She is well known in the area as the owner of The Village Gift Barn in Casco on Route 121 and at 273 Main

NAPLES – With the last bit of snow melting miles from public roads, the towns of Naples and Casco will be putting out to bid snow-removal contracts. Likely, it will be another six months until the two towns experience a plowable amount of snow. However, time is of the essence since the annual cost

of snow-removal needs to be placed in budgets before town meetings in June. During a recent Naples Board of Selectmen meeting, the board agreed to wait until Casco gets through its bidding process to advertise Naples’ wintertime road maintenance contracts. Naples Town Manager Derik Goodine and Selectman

Rick Paraschak recently have invested time in revamping the language of a 15-year-old contract, but it could be mid-May before contractors are reading the revised document. “We would prefer to go out to bid after Casco does theirs,” Selectman Paraschak said. He added that the timing of the bid process wasn’t necessary to budget planning

Bridgton’s funeral home has had a name change. R a y m o n d - We n t w o r t h Funeral home, located at 8 Elm Street, is now The Chandler Funeral Home and Cremation Service. The facility was converted because Goodine had an estimate already calculated into to funeral use over 50 years ago, and has served as a famthe budget. NAME, Page A Goodine said the winning bidder’s price might be available before town meeting in June. If the contract is not awarded until town meeting, Goodine plans to open the article and amend the snow removal funds at that time. — D.D.

By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — Knowing that springtime care is the key to lawn and landscaping maintenance, Casco community members urged their elected officials to immediately award the bid for summertime upkeep of town properties.

Recently, the Casco Board of Selectmen convened for its only April meeting, and reviewed five lawn-care bids for the 2011 season. When it came time to vote, three of the selectmen supported the status quo, awarding the bid to Mains and Son of Naples, which

has been responsible for the job during the past three years. The vote was 3-0, with Selectman Mary-Vienessa Fernandez abstaining because she “needed more time.” Selectman Carroll Morton also abstained. Earlier, Fernandez said she wanted more time to decide between the bids, which ranged from $13,900 and $27,000 for a

three-year contract. Selectman Paul Edes cautioned board members to not vote for the lowest bid just to save money. Hiring someone whose work the town is unfamiliar with could backfire, he said. Edes cited a recent low bidder’s substandard job on the community kitchen. BIDS, Page A

JOINS REALTY FIRM — Monica LaVerdiere (right, owner of Bearfoot Realty) is pleased to announce that Terri Linnell (left) has recently joined the sales team at Bearfoot Realty in Oxford.

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“The forest around us is a natural supermarket, but most people just don’t know it,” Kevin Pennell explained as he strolled through Pondicherry Park. After only 15 minutes of investigating the trails with Pennell, Lakes Environmenntal Association nature educator Sarah Morrison had learned a plethora of new plant names and their medicinal uses and edibility. “Even the most common plants can be valuable including white pine, whose needles when brewed make a hot tea filled with more vitamin C than an orange,” Pennell said as he pointed to the towering pines above. After the pines, Morrison learned about the benefits of partridge berry, old man’s beard, watercress, and even some invasive plants in the park, including Japanese barberry and Japanese knotweed. With his extensive knowledge and cheerful spirit, LEA is very lucky to have the opportunity of including Kevin Pennell in this spring and summer’s Caplan Series Events. Once a month, Pennell will take groups out for walks throughout town, the Holt Pond Preserve, and Pondicherry Park, in order to show and explain the many uses of Lake Region’s native plants. The public’s first chance to take an educational plant walk with Pennell through HERB, Page A

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PORTLAND — A Cumberland County Superior Court judge sentenced Nicholas T. Sparrow to seven years in prison Wednesday morning for causing the deaths of his two passengers in a car crash on Route 11 in Casco last summer. Sparrow was driving his car without headlights on the night of Aug. 29, 2010 and being pur-

sued by a police officer, when the vehicle failed to negotiate a curve on Route 11 just north of the Ryefield Flats and crashed into a stand of trees. Killed were 14-year-old Michael Daye, of Baldwin, and 29-year-old Thomas St. Saviour, of Hiram. Daye was ejected from the vehicle, as it struck a tree, while

St. Saviour, who was wearing a seat belt, according to police, died inside the 1993 Infiniti. Sparrow, who was partially ejected from the vehicle, was later listed in fair condition at a Lewiston hospital. Investigators said alcohol and speed “appeared to be” contributing factors in the crash and that Sparrow was driving with a suspended driver’s license, the result of a prior operating under the influence conviction.

(Continued from Page A) Pondicherry Park begins on May 14 at 9 a.m. The group will meet at LEA on 230 Main Street in Bridgton, before heading off to explore the park’s vegetation. Pennell has been studying and exploring the natural flora for over 20 years. He is a holistic practitioner as an herbalist and a licensed massage therapist at East West Healing Arts & Apothecary, having received his massage education from New Hampshire Institute for Therapeutic Arts. By age 11, Pennell was given his first set of binoculars and has been outside exploring the natural world ever since. Pennell was born in Michigan and was raised in Florida, where he earned a degree in theology. Including Florida, his travels found him living in Arizona and western New York working as a camp counselor, church pastor, and police officer. Pennell moved to Maine in 1998 residing in Bethel. On top of all his other accomplishments, Pennell also authored the book, Two Feathers: Spiritual Seed Planter in 2003, which is a biographical study discussing the life of his good friend Ken Two Feathers of Bethel. Pennell recently moved his therapeutic business, East West Healing Arts & Apothecary to the beautifully renovated building at 6 Harrison Road in Bridgton. “I really like the sense of community I feel in Bridgton,”

he said as they drove through Main Street. “It is apparent in Bridgton’s efforts to create such a beautiful park.” Since moving to Maine, Pennell has taken courses at the Maine Primitive Skills School studying topics such as wilderness survival, native awareness, plants and foraging, and sustainable living. Pennell believes that as a species, we need to partner up with the world around us, learning everything we can about the environment, in order to create balance and sustainability in the world. A friend recently asked if Pennell was going to get his fishing license this year. “No,” he responded, “perhaps this year I’ll just invest in a better pair of binoculars for exploring.” Dates for future herb walks with Pennell will be posted on the LEA website, www.mainelakes. org as they are scheduled. If you are interested in joining a walk, please register with Sarah Morrison by e-mail, sarah@lea-, or by calling at 6478580, ext. 12. Participation is $5 for non-members, and free for members. After the educational walk through the woods, perhaps a peaceful massage at East West would be the perfect continuation to your relaxing day. For more information about East West, visit Pennell’s website at www. Big thanks go out to Hu and Ray Caplan for funding these Caplan events. Dr. and Mrs. Caplan have been members and directors of LEA since the mid1970s. Dr. Caplan was the vice president of LEA’s Board of Directors from 1978-1980 and president from 1982-1990. Mrs. Caplan was the secretary from 1992-2006. The Caplans recognize the vital importance of education in all aspects of LEA’s work in protecting the Lake Region’s most important resource and asset: its bodies of water and watersheds.

Update: Body found in N.H. Sparrow sentenced (Continued from Page A) a known homicide prosecutor. Initially, police planned to hold a 3 p.m. press conference, but later cancelled. The Bridgton News was unable to

verify if the body found was that of Ms. Dittmeyer. For updates, check the website: Sandy Pasquale, an organizer of tonight’s (April 28) can-

dlelight vigil at Stevens Brook Elementary at 8 p.m., said it would still take place to show the community’s continuing support for Krista’s daughter and the rest of her family.

(Continued from Page A) ily-owned and operated funeral home ever since. “Many smaller communities are without a local funeral home, which places residents at a real inconvenience when they are forced to travel to a neighboring community for funeral services. The Chandler Funeral Homes are located in smaller communities; in fact, serving small Maine communities is our business focus. Being familyowned we operate without the exceptional overhead of large, national corporations. Instead of working for stockholders

and Wall Street investors, our only objective is to serve your family,” acknowledges Dana Chandler. The recent name of the funeral home in Bridgton was changed to reflect the actual ownership of the firm; the ownership and staff remain the same. “Funeral pre-arrangement and pre-payment represents a very good investment for families, both financially and emotionally. Pre-need allows families to make difficult decisions in advance of a family death thus relieving surviving family

members from having to make decisions at a difficult time,” Chandler said. “It’s important to me that the many families in Bridgton that have made pre-arrangements and pre-payments with us know their money is secure. We invite families to telephone our offices, to visit the Chandler Funeral Home, inspect our facilities, and review your funeral pre-arrangement files. Or, telephone for an appointment to discuss funeral costs, cremation options, and any other questions you may have regarding end of life decisions.”

(Continued from Page A) “You’ve got some low numbers here, but you got to remember the kitchen,” he said. “I’d kind of go for Mains and Son. Probably in a week or two, you’ll need to mow.” A resident, who said he was associated with the local baseball leagues, told the board it didn’t have the leisure to wait until its

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April 28, 2011, The Bridgton News, Page A

Mother of infant child goes missing in North Conway

Krista Dittmeyer ance. In fact, Acker was arrested last July in South Portland by the Maine Drug Enforcement Agency for aggravated trafficking in Scheduled drugs (cocaine) and is serving 18 months of a four-year sentence at the Maine State Prison in Warren. Acker had a North Conway address, at the time of his arrest on July 1, 2010. Nationwide focus on Krista’s disappearance Krista Dittmeyer’s case has gained national, and even international, attention from news media outlets, and Nancy Grace of Headline News did nearly a full hour on her disappearance Monday night. When questioned by Grace, Lt. Perley clarified that he has never said force was used in Krista’s disappearance. “We have not said nor confirmed that force was used against her, and we are investigating He also confirmed that she was living with roommates in Portland.


“We have been in contact with the roommates,” said Perley. Several times, Perley said he could not comment on specifics of Krista’s missing person case. He said the resources of both the Bridgton Police Department and the Portland Police Department have been utilized by his investigators. Grace asked the lieutenant, “Do they (the roommates) know what time she left?” “Yes, they do,” Perley replied. Lt. Perley told Nancy Grace that all affidavits in the investigation into Krista’s disappearance have been sealed, in order to protect the integrity of the case. “We follow the evidence where it takes us,” Perley told Grace, which he said helps investigators to “include suspects and also exclude suspects.” A search was announced on Facebook Tuesday that was supposed to take place on April 27 with volunteer searchers meeting at 10 a.m. in North Conway Village. However, police urged the public not to try to search the area where Krista’s car was found, saying even well meaning people could impede their investigation by doing just that. Ironic twist? A CBS television show, Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior, aired an episode on April 13, 10 days before Krista was discovered missing, which has characteristics similar to those in Krista’s disappearance. In the episode entitled “Smother,” the FBI investigates instances where young mothers in Manchester, New Hampshire are missing, but their infant chil-

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dren were found in the same location where the mothers were kidnapped. On the show, one of the mothers who was abducted from a parking lot in Manchester and her baby was found safe in a vehicle with a door ajar, just as Krista’s was. Lt. Perley said he is aware of the Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior television show episode, saying linking it in any way to Krista’s disappearance would be merely speculative. Krista’s sister Kayla speaks out Pointing to Krista’s devotion to her daughter and her strong desire to protect her at all costs, Kayla said she believes her sister convinced whoever took her to not harm little Aliyah. “She is a very loving mom,” said Kayla. “She would never leave Aliyah alone. She has always done whatever it takes to keep her safe and healthy. She thinks the world of her daughter, and her daughter thinks the world of her.” “I want people to know that Krista is definitely one of the strongest people I know — physically and mentally,” said Kayla. “I honestly believe she’s out there somewhere and holding on, waiting for someone to find her.” Krista loves children of all ages, and often babysat for friends’ children, long before she had her own little girl. Kayla said she and her family are very appreciative of the support and love they have


substantial leads” in the case. Search warrants have been obtained for Krista’s car and a second vehicle, but Perley would not elaborate on the details. Investigators are also analyzing Krista’s computer records, bank accounts and cell phone call history. The last known call Krista made was to her mother around 8 p.m. on Friday night, according to investigators. LaNell Shackley told Matt Lauer on NBC’s Today Show Wednesday morning that Krista told her mother in that phone conversation that she would see the family on Easter Sunday. She disappeared just a few hours after the call to her mother. “We gathered physical evidence and are having it analyzed,” the lieutenant said. “We are investigating not only the circumstance of Krista’s disappearance, but also to find Krista and bring her home. If the public has any tips at all, we want them to feel free to call — even if they feel it is insignificant — our phones are manned 24 hours a day — we would appreciate any and all help we can get in solving this matter.” Krista Dittmeyer is five feet, two inches tall, weighing 117 pounds, with brown hair and hazel eyes. FBI now involved in Krista’s disappearance Lt. Perley confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation had entered the investigation into Krista’s disappearance Tuesday, by assigning three special agents from its New Hampshire office to the case. “Our focus was, and still is, finding and reuniting Krista with her family,” Lt. Perley said April 26. Asked how the investigation was progressing on Tuesday, Lt. Perley replied, “With good oldfashioned police work.” Police have said the father of Krista’s baby, 26-year-old Kyle Acker, was not in the area at the time of her disappear-


(Continued from Page A) Conway Police Department at (603) 356-5715 or by calling the Anonymous Tip Line at 1-888Giv-A-Tip (1-888-448-2847). Meanwhile, Lieutenant Chris Perley of the Conway Police Department said he could not confirm published reports on April 26 that investigators had found blood evidence inside Krista’s car. However, Lt. Perley did tell The Bridgton News late Tuesday afternoon, “That report was attributed to (Chris Conley) the sheriff of Carroll County (N.H.), and he’s not been a component of this investigation, and we are not going to comment on specific pieces of information we are or are not in possession of.” Perley stated that his department and the New Hampshire State Police had been mounting a “cooperative effort to follow up on leads and tip lines.” As to Krista’s disappearance being considered a criminal act, Perley said that is because there is no reason to believe Krista voluntarily left her vehicle with her baby inside. Lt. Perley said the car had been running for several hours, before it was spotted by a passerby at 6:30 a.m. on April 23 who notified police. “We do not believe she left of her own volition,” said Lt. Perley. He said there is nothing to indicate that Krista was suicidal or suffering from mental illness, when she vanished. “It’s an active criminal investigation,” Perley stated. The area where Krista’s car was found was thoroughly searched both on the ground and from the air, and a nearby retention pond was drained, as well, with no results. However, Lt. Perley has said Krista may not have been in the area where her baby daughter was found, which suggests someone else may have brought the child to that location and left her there for someone to find. According to Lt. Perley, police have developed “some


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Bridgton Police blotter incidents

These items appeared on the Bridgton Police Department blotter (this is a partial listing): Tuesday, April 19: 5:26 a.m. The Bridgton Fire Department responded to a ranch home on Sweden Road for a report that the homeowner could smell smoke and heard “crackling” so they had shut off the furnace. The command was terminated at 6:05 a.m., after the firefighters checked and nothing was found. 5:47 p.m. Police were requested to respond to a Sweden Road address where a subject was allegedly “breaking up things.” Peace was restored. Wednesday, April 20: 3:48 p.m. Police officers responded to and investigated a report of a domestic disturbance at a residence on Kansas Road. No one was injured. Thursday, April 21: 7:58 p.m. A 2000 Saab operated by Jeanne M. Rosato of Denmark struck and killed a deer on Harrison Road near Pond Road. Friday, April 22: 2:41 p.m. A 23-year-old man from Bridgton was issued a summons for possession of a useable amount of marijuana at the intersection of Main and Chase Streets. 7:15 p.m. Officers responded to a report of a domestic disturbance on Portland Road where a couple in a van was allegedly fighting. The parties were separated.

Saturday, April 23: 1:20 p.m. No injuries were reported, when a 2008 Toyota Corolla sedan operated by Mary Bastoni of Fryeburg and a 2000 Chevrolet Blazer operated by Arthur Mann of Bridgton collided on North High Street. Sunday, April 24: 12:04 a.m. Responding to a report of suspicious activity at Sawyer Circle, Bridgton police issued a summons to a 20-year-old female from Bridgton for possession of liquor by a minor by consumption. A 26-yearold man from Norway was issued summonses for possession of a useable amount of marijuana, possession of drug paraphernalia and operating a motor vehicle while his driver’s license was suspended or revoked (prior conviction). 2:31 a.m. A police officer responded to a 9-1-1 hang-up call at a residence on Bennett Street whereby the female caller stated there was “loud music outside.” The responding officer could hear no loud music in the area, upon his arrival and issued a warning for misuse of the 9-1-1 Emergency system. All parties present denied calling 91-1, and all parties present were intoxicated, the officer reported. 1:04 p.m. A caller inquired about a rabbit that was “on someone’s porch” on Maple Street. Dispatch had received no information on it. 9:14 p.m. and 9:30 p.m.

Fryeburg Police log FRYEBURG — The following is a partial listing of incidents handled by the Fryeburg Police Department from April 18 through 24, 2011: Monday, April 18: 1:30 a.m. Fryeburg Police assisted another agency on Route 113. 5:45 p.m. Criminal mischief on Portland Street was reported, and a report was taken. Tuesday, April 19: 11:18 p.m. Suspicious activity at the Eastern Slope Airport on Lyman Drive was reported, and a report was taken. Wednesday, April 20: 1:27 p.m. A 16-year-old juvenile was issued a summons for possession of tobacco products by a minor, following a motor vehicle stop on Main Street. Thursday, April 21: 1:03 p.m. A subject came to the police station to report the theft of a wallet and its contents. 5:40 p.m. Police officers responded to a disturbance on Lovewell’s Pond Road, and a report was taken. 8:27 p.m. A theft on Main Street was reported, and a report was taken. Friday, April 22: 11:42 p.m. Fryeburg Police assisted another agency at the intersection of Haleytown and Farnsworth Roads. Saturday, April 23: 12:20 a.m. An assault was reported at a restaurant on Jockey Cap Lane, and a report was taken. Sunday, April 24: 9:30 a.m. A burglar alarm sounding at a store on Bridgton Road (Route 302) was investigated.



QUICK BURN — There wasn’t much firefighters could do to save a Highland Pines Road (off Route 93 in Bridgton) home after a blaze was triggered by a lightning strike last Wednesday. The owner was away at the time of the fire. Photos courtesy of Susan Campisano. The News also thanks Tom Leamon and Al Glover for offering fire scene photos. Calls were received reporting several shots fired from a high-powered rifle in the area of North High Street. Police located the subject shooting the rifle on Quarry Road and he was spoken to by the officer. Monday, April 25: 12:10 p.m. A caller reported their mailbox on Burnham Road had been smashed. 3:57 p.m. A caller from North Bridgton Road reported his life had allegedly been threatened by another male. A report was made. Tickets: During this reporting period, police issued four summonses and 40 warnings.


April 28, 2011, The Bridgton News, Page B

Is there a future for the Narrow Gauge in Bridgton?

few believed then that America would become the Land of Leisure Time, and Maine truly Vacationland. The decision to unload was made in the interests of practicality and Yankee common sense. However wise or un-, that decision had the practical effect of preserving the equipment. For decades, the miniature train ran on its two-foot tracks on the cranberry bogs of Massachusetts. My friend, Elaine Rioux, remembers riding on those tours in the days when her hair was yellower. The Christmas tours were particularly memorable. But the owner, Ellis Atwood, used the trains mainly for moving equipment and product through the cranberry fields. Hauling freight, in fact, was the line’s original rationale, and sustain-

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What does the petition for the narrow gauge railroad’s return to Bridgton actually say? “1. Do you support the Town Selectmen accepting title to the 4.5 acre parcel of land where the Bridgton Memorial School is located, when and if the current owner of said property, SAD 61, offers it to the town?” “2. Upon acceptance by the Town of Bridgton selectmen of the 4.5-acre parcel of land where the Bridgton Memorial School is now located, do you support the Town Selectmen entering into good faith negotiations with the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad and Museum to relocate the Maine Narrow Gauge and Museum operation to said parcel in the Town of Bridgton?” To be assured of an appearance on the town warrant in June, the petition needs just over 200 valid signatures. Signatures must be collected by this Saturday, to be presented in time to beat the deadline (45 days before annual town meeting). There are petitions at Landmark Inn,, Macdonald Motors and Chris McDaniel’s garage. Bill Shelley, the local old-time rail buff who has brought display equipment back to the Chamber and done other local rails projects, is leading the petition drive. He said last week, “The only reason we’re going this route is to assure that Bridgton has its chance to get the railroad equipment, that started out here 127 years ago, back into town. This is our opportunity, and the door won’t be open forever. Do we want to make Bridgton a destination point, or just another town people pass through on the way to somewhere else?” Shelley will be at the Chamber of Commerce this Saturday, April 30 and Sunday, May 1 from 10 a.m. to noon to answer questions regarding the petition. Shelley said the most common objection he’s heard to the idea is that it might cost Bridgton money, in tight times. The only local expenses would be “in-kind” staff support. The money to do the Bridgton project would come from the nonprofit museum group, through grants, revenues, fundraisers, etc. The Portland-based group is looking for a new home. “Every time they had a charette they had on what to do with Depot Street, a lot of local people mentioned that they’d like to see the railroad back here, if possible,” Shelley said last Friday. “Well, this is our chance — and we may not get another one.” Town officials were scheduled to meet with narrow gauge museum officials at the Depot Street site this past Tuesday afternoon.

ing purpose. But eventually, the hard-working Bridgton & Saco became the hardly-working Bridgton & Harrison. After that, it became historical, and Atwood took over. Many remember riding the narrow rails past the stations at Rankin’s Mills, Twin Lake and West Sebago, however. “The Dinky” was my friend Betsy Moriarty’s introduction to the Lake Region in the Thirties, as she traveled each June to her mother’s camp, Accomac, on Peabody Pond. The campers hung out the windows, the brush and little rivers drifted past, and it was a neat little ride. But there was smoke, too, and sometimes cinders would just about have some kid fullyinvolved before the conductor arrived to put him out. That little train wasn’t a toy. The narrow gauge line was part of Maine’s industrial, economic and social past. And for 50 years, that’s where it stayed: in the past. At least, that’s where it stayed until 1993, when the nonprofit Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad Company and Museum bought the cars back from the Edaville Railroad. The museum is housed in an old manufacturing plant on Fore Street. If you want to ride the little trains, you can, on weekends in the spring, and on some weekdays when summer arrives. But rent is high there, and the nonprofit has hundreds of pieces of equipment and a lovely museum to market; last year, the MNGRR&M began looking for a new home. Bridgton, Monson, Gray and Portland submitted proposals. Nobody offered financial inducements, though all the towns mentioned “staff support.” Monson, Gray and Bridgton also offered land and room space or leases. Bridgton’s proposal focuses on 4.2 acres at Bridgton Memorial School — the former railyard. There is an adjunct plan for downtown tours and contingent attractions, and offers to allow the museum to build replica ancillary buildings. The funding would be up to the nonprofit. Though narrow gauge officials were supposed to meet Tuesday afternoon at the site in Bridgton, negotiations have moved slowly. Rail fan Bill Shelley, executive director of the local nonprofit, Return of the Rails, is circulating a petition that would move Bridgton off the dime in negotiating with the museum and working railroad group. Return of the rails has already arranged for display cars in Bridgton, and has set up its own nonprofit, with the mission of “bringing the trains,” as Shelley says, “back where they belong.” Back to Bridgton? Should the museum and working train come to Bridgton, operating out of the old site, will we see shadowy figures moving from cornfields to ghostly tresRAILS, Page B

IN HONOR OF BROOKE — Holding a copy of Dog Heaven by Cynthia Rylant is Dale Honaberger, with his wife Carol, left, surrounded by some of the children and adults who came to love their therapy dog, Brooke, who held weekly reading sessions in the Children’s Room of the Bridgton Public Library. Brooke died unexpectedly of a heart attack a few weeks ago at age 11, and Friday’s remembrance gave everyone a chance to fondly recall her. Sitting beside Carol is Harrison Z. Morin. Sitting beside Dale, from left, are Alicia Silverblade, Kyle Grigg and Toni Field. In back, from left, are Aaron Silverblade, Alex Silverblade, Tyler Silverblade, Rose Hagerstrom and Zoe Silverblade. (Geraghty Photo)

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By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer In a book by Cynthia Rylant, “God created Dog Heaven, a place where dogs can eat ice cream biscuits, sleep on fluffy clouds, and run through unending fields.” If there is such a place, Brooke, the 11-year-old golden retriever of Carol and Dale Honaberger of Bridgton, has surely earned it. For nearly five years, Brooke served as the therapy reading dog in the Children’s Room of the Bridgton Public Library. Every Friday afternoon, Brooke shared her enthusiasm, her love of life, with the children who came to read to her. Previously she worked at Sebago House, a residential facility for troubled adolescents. Before that, she brought comfort to patients at a mental health facility in Conway, N.H. She was at the library on a recent Friday when she started having seizures. She was rushed to a nearby veterinary hospital, but they couldn’t save her. Her heart gave out. Last Friday, those who loved Brooke, both young and old alike, gathered in the Children’s Room to remember her. On a table, Children’s Librarian Annika Black had set out a display. There were pictures of the children reading to Brooke. There was a basket filled with dog biscuits, and her red vest, which read “Therapy Dogs, Inc. Sharing Smiles and Joy. I am a therapy dog.” Brooke used to sniff biscuits out of people’s pockets until they gave them up. She’d check the trash cans for treats. One time, said Julie Thompkins, Brooke snatched a card, with money in it, from her purse. “It was so comical, I couldn’t

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By Mike Corrigan Special to The News One morning in 1922, a small boy stood on the berm above Sandy Creek, shifting foot to foot, waiting for the little steam train to pour on past, so that he could wave at the engineer. All through those evermoreendless minutes, the lad knew he had to relieve himself, but he opted to stand right there for his daily interaction with the larger world of industry and romance and far-off places, such as Brownfield Junction. He waited, he waved, he wet his pants — not exactly veni, vidi, vici, but a good family story nonetheless. Later, he admitted to his mother, “I made the wrong decision.” Bridgton made two fateful decisions regarding railroads. One was starting up a narrow gauge line at all; the trains were a long time coming, and there were any number of proposals for alternate routes; there were intrigues, screaming matches, cracker-barrel discussions and back-room deals aplenty before the town at an 1882 town meeting voted to purchase $36,000 of railroad stock. The first cars arrived at Bridgton Depot in January of 1883. The total cost of the line had come to just under $200,000. At a 1941 town meeting, the second fateful decision was made, to unload the line, lock, stock and barrel. The 1920s and 30s, and highways and cars, and the Great Depression did the Bridgton & Saco River in. While rail fans now say the line never should have been sold,

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Family recipes sought for local cookbook

NAPLES — Naples Main Street is collecting family recipes passed down through the generations or your newest favorite, to create a community cookbook. The proceeds go to the “Causeway Revitalization Project.” If available, Naples Main Street would like a black and white old-time photo to go with your recipe. Making a contribution is simple, and can be done online in just a few minutes. These cookbooks make great gifts, since your name and recipe is in it. The cookbooks will be a treasured keepsake for years to come. To contribute, submit your recipe via e-mail to or mail to Deborah Berlant, P.O. Box 1292, Naples ME 04055, with a photo, which will be returned. The recipe or recipes (3-5) should be that special recipe that your family loves to eat and you love to make. Enter your name as contributor as you would like it to appear on your recipe. It could be LINDA PANZERA of Sebago captured first place with her photograph of three fox kits entitled, “Red, Cutie and RICH ANTINARELLI of Sebago earned the honorable men- your name or something like Sweetie,” which was entered in the 30th Maine Sportsman’s tion award for his picture, “Mr. Robin Sitting Pretty,” which “The Smith Family” or “Great Grandma Brown’s Bean reciShow. was entered in the 30th Maine Sportsman’s Show.

Sebago phographers honored

SEBAGO — Photographers Rich Antinarelli and Linda Panzera from Sebago were awarded ribbons in the 14th annual photography contest at the 30th Maine Sportsman’s Show in Augusta on April 2-4. This contest draws hundreds of entries from Maine artists. The judges follow the criteria of: technical merit (sharpness, proper exposure, composition and lighting) and aesthetic value (color, impact, creativity and uniqueness). Antinarelli was awarded honorable mention for his pic-

ture of a robin entitled, “Mr. Robin Sitting Pretty” in the “songbird” class of the wildlife category. Antinarelli is an amateur photographer, who focuses on birds and nature. As an avid fisherman, he takes numerous photographs of sunrises and sunsets on the water. His photographs have been published in the Portland Water District’s calendar in 2009, 2010 and 2011. Panzera was awarded first place for her photograph of three fox kits entitled, “Red, Cutie and Sweetie” in the

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pe.” Next, enter your e-mail address or return address. Enter the name of the recipe, the ingredients (in order of how they are added) directions and an old family photo of the person who passed down the recipe (if available in black and white). Double-check spelling on the measurements and directions and your name. You can dedicate your recipe to the person you got it from, or write something like “this recipe was a longtime family favorite, especially when we all got together on holidays.” To help us know how many cookbooks to order, let us know how many you would like to order. The deadline for entering recipes is Friday, May 6, in order to have the cookbooks printed in time for the Blues Festival. Entering more than one recipe is best, so that Main Street Naples can fill all the categories and avoid duplicates. Recipes may also be dropped off at Coldwell Banker Lakes Region Properties in Naples, next to Bray’s Brew Pub. For more information, call 8310890 and ask for Connie.

Casco church supper

CASCO — It’s music to your mouth — yes, it’s another traditional Saturday Night Supper at the Casco Village Church United Church of Christ this Saturday, April 30, from 5 to 6 p.m., sponsored by the church’s Music Committee. Dine on fabulous casseroles, beans, salads, homemade pies, and enjoy a very special addition — baked ham. The cost is only $7 for adults and $4 for children under 10. Families with small children can eat for $20 max, and that includes beverage and rolls. Don’t cook this Saturday — come and visit the church at 941 Meadow Road.

May at Naples Public Library

NAPLES — What’s happening in May at the Naples Public Library? Syntha Green’s Cake Pops classes have been very popular. The class on Thursday, May 5, 7 p.m., is full. There are still openings in the fourth and final class at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, June 1. The Book Group will meet Wednesday, May 18, at 1:30 p.m., to share their favorite recent reads with the group. In the Youth Library, the Kids Book Club is reading and discussing Misty of Chincoteague by Marguerite Henry. After-school activities include “Cooking a Tasty Treat” on Tuesday, May 3 at 3:30 p.m., and “Making a Necklace” on Tuesday, May 17 at 3:30 p.m. “Play With Your Food” will be at 11 a.m. on Saturday, May 14. Mother’s Day will be the theme at Storytime on Tuesday, May 3 at 10:30 a.m. and at Pajama Storytime on Thursday, May 5, at 6 p.m.

As you do your spring cleaning, remember the library’s Annual Yard Sale on Saturday, July 9. This year the sale will be in the Naples Town Office gymnasium. For further details, call the library at 693-6841 or check the website at www.naples.lib.

Ice Out winners

NAPLES — It’s official! Ice Out on Long Lake was determined by Judges Dan Allen and Jim Allen to be at 4:20 p.m. on April 19, 2011. This means that there were three lucky winners of the Naples Causeway Ice Out Contest: Laura Shaknis, James Skillings and Susan Robbins, all of Naples. They will share the winner’s portion of the 5050 pot.

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Naples Spring Spruce Up Day

The Inn at Long Lake and Naples Main Street are getting together to have the first annual Naples Spring Spruce Up Day. This will take place on Saturday, May 21 (rain date May 22). Please join Naples Main Street and the Inn at Long Lake for their first annual clean up day around the Main Street area. They are looking for volunteers to help. Meet at the inn at 8:30 a.m., and you’ll be divided into four groups. These groups will be assigned an area to spruce up — Kent’s Landing, Route 114, the Causeway and the Village Green. Volunteers are asked to bring gloves, rakes, and bottles of water. Trash bags will be provided. There will be a barbecue back at the inn for all volunteers at 12:30 p.m. For more information, call Keith at 6936226, or Connie Eldridge at 831-0890. I think this is such a great idea, especially since, with all the construction work being done in the area, it will need some cleaning. The Edes Falls Sewing Circle will hold a supper on Saturday, April 30 from 4:30 to 6 p.m. There will be two kinds of beans, chop suey, potato salad, coleslaw, lemonade, hot dogs, jellied salads and of course, our yummy homemade pies. Red Hatters: don’t forget lunch, at noon at the Bridgton Methodist Church, on Friday, April 29. Birthday ladies, wear your purple hats and red outfits. Don’t forget the Chinese

Auction on Saturday, April 30, at Stevens Brook Elementary to benefit the BRAG Complex and Laurie Carter Bergen Softball Field. Doors will open at 11 a.m., and the auction starts at 1 p.m. The American Legion Ladies Auxiliary will hold their annual Chinese Auction on Saturday, May 7. Doors will open at 4 p.m., and the drawings start at 6 p.m.

Pig roast NAPLES — Naples Custom Motorsports invites the public to their third annual Open House & Pig Roast on Saturday, May 7 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., rain or shine. This free event at their 20 Kansas Road location offers a Philly-style pig roast, raffles, giveaways, bikini bike wash, and live music. Bikers and nonbikers are welcome.

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HARRISON — The Harrison Historical Society will start its 2011 season with a meeting on Wednesday, May 4 at the museum on Haskell Hill Road at 7 p.m. Sara Wentworth will present a program on the Harrison Button Club. Join members for an interesting meeting. For more information, call Elaine Smith at 583-2213.

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BALDWIN May 7 — Pancake Breakfast, 7 to 9 a.m., West Baldwin Church, Rte. 113. BRIDGTON April 28 — Bridgton Rotary Club, regular meeting, 7:15 a.m., Alliance Church. April 28 — Tai Chi, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Town Hall. April 28 — Senior College, Wild Things That Fly, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Community Center. FMI: 6479599. April 28, May 5 — The Gathering Place Support Group, noon, Community Center. April 28, May 5 — Knitter’s Day, 2 p.m., No. Bridgton Library. FMI: 647-8563. April 28 — Business After Hours, Integrated Primary Care Project by Tri-County Mental Health and Bridgton Hospital, 5 to 7 p.m., Bridgton Hospital. April 29, May 2 — Jumpin’ Janes Senior Fitness, 9 to 10 a.m., Town Hall. FMI: 647-2402. April 29 — Vernal pool exploration around Highland Lake with LEA Educator Sarah Morrison, meet 10 a.m. at LEA, 230 Main St. FMI: 647-8580. April 29 — Mother Goose Time, plant a tree for Arbor Day, 10:30 a.m., library. April 29 — Red Hat Ladies of the Lakes, noon, Bridgton Methodist Church. April 30 — Bridgton Police Department prescription drug disposal day, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Community Center. April 30 — Aquafina MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition, 10 a.m. to noon, Junior Harmon Field. FMI: 647-8786. April 30 — Chinese Auction to benefit BRAG Recreation Complex, doors open 11 a.m., drawings start 1 p.m., Stevens Brook Elementary School. FMI: 627-7380 or 6473304. April 30-May 26 — Miniature Show by Bridgton Art Guild, M-F noon-4 p.m., Gallery 302, Main St. Reception 5-7 p.m. May 6. April 30, May 7 — Ping pong, 1 to 4 p.m., Town Hall. FMI: 6472847. April 30 — Open House at Special Delivery Family Birthing Center, 2 to 4 p.m., Bridgton Hospital, 10 Hospital Dr. FMI: 6476000. April 30, May 7 — Adult Indoor Soccer, 6 to 8 p.m., Town Hall. April 31 — Stories read by

Michael, 4 to 4:30 p.m., library. FMI: 647-2472. May 1, 8 — Adult Basketball, 6 to 9 p.m., Town Hall. FMI: 408-2299. May 2 — Cribbage, 2 p.m., Community Center. May 2 — Exercise group open to anyone, 6 p.m., Highland Lake Beach. 647-2897. May 2 — So. Bridgton Cemetery Assn. annual meeting, 7 p.m., So. Bridgton Congregational Church. May 3, 5 — Tai Chi, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Town Hall. May 3 — Chickadee Quilters, 10 a.m., Community Center. May 3 — Mother Goose Time, Earth Day celebration, 10:30 a.m., library. May 3 — Bridge, 12:30 p.m., Community Center. May 3 — COPD Support Group, 1 p.m., Community Center. May 3 — Youth Basketball Open Gym for grades 3-6, 3-5 p.m., Town Hall. FMI: 647-8786. May 4, 6 — Jumpin’ Janes Senior Fitness, 9 to 10 a.m., Town Hall. FMI: 647-2402. May 4 — Senior Lunch, noon, Community Center. May 4 — Discovery Kids, 3 p.m., Community Center. May 4 — Bible Study, 6 p.m., Community Center. May 4 — Bereavement Support Group, 6 p.m., Community Center. May 5 — Bridgton Rotary Club, Marty Helman/Rotary DGN, 7:15 a.m., Alliance Church. May 5 — Gathering Place Support Group, noon, Community Center. May 5 — Free Well Woman Clinic, 4 to 7 p.m., Birthwise Midwifery School. FMI: 647-5968. May 5 — Chickadee Quilters, 7 p.m., Community Center. May 6 — Bridgton Art Walk, downtown businesses with art exhibits open 5 to 7 p.m., Main St. May 6 — Reception for Miniature Show with music by Highland String Trio, 5 to 7 p.m., Gallery 302, Main St. May 7 — Bridgton Community Crime Watch roadside cleanup, meet 8:30 a.m., upper lot, Municipal Center, work 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 7 — Chickadee Quilters, 10 a.m., Community Center. May 8 — Mother’s Day Brunch by Knights of Columbus, 11 a.m., St. Joseph Church, No. High St. May 8 — ATV Club meeting, 4 p.m., Community Center. BROWNFIELD April 28, May 3, 5 — Playgroup, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Community Center. April 30 — New five-week Zumba class series begins, 9 a.m., Community Center. April 30 — Susan Werner in concert, 8 p.m., Stone Mountain Arts Center, Dugway Rd. FMI: 935-7292. CASCO April 28 — Dodge Ball, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for middle and high school age, 3:30 to 4:30 for grades 3 to 5, Community Center. April 28 — Adult Coed Volleyball, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Community Center. FMI: 6274187. April 30 — Registration

April 28, 2011, The Bridgton News, Page B for Casco Recreation Day Camp (July 5-Aug. 19), 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Community Center. FMI: 6274187. April 30 — Public supper, 5 to 6 p.m., Casco Village Church, 941 Meadow Rd., Rte. 121. May 3 — Storytime with Michelle Brenner, 10:30 a.m., library. May 3 — Jennifer Rice from U.S. Sen. Collins office, noon, Community Center. May 7 — Bean supper by Sunshine Club, 5 to 6 p.m., Webbs Mills Community Hall. DENMARK April 28 — Free workshop on The Work, by Byron Katie, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Nurture Through Nature, 77 Wilton Warren Rd. FMI: 452-2929. April 30 — Spaghetti supper ($7 adults, under 10 $3) and Chinese Auction raffle and 50/50 to benefit FA’s Project Graduation, 5 to 7 p.m., Denmark Town Hall. May 4 — Preschool Storytime, 9:30 a.m., library. FRYEBURG April 28-May 1 — National Belted Galloway and Pride of the Pines Hereford Sale and Youth Show, Fryeburg Fairgrounds. FMI: 696-3812, 935-2248. April 30 — The Met: Live in HD, Il Trovatore, 1 p.m., Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy. FMI: 9359232. April 30 — Benefit supper, raffle, Chinese auction for Bryson Herlihy, 5 to 7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. FMI: 935-2546. May 1 — Annual May Breakfast by First Congregational Church to benefit Pilgrim Lodge camperships, 7 to 9:30 a.m., Masonic Hall, Portland St. May 1 — Issues and Activism Caucus Meeting with Mike Tipping of Maine Peoples Alliance, 3 to 5 p.m., Legion Hall, Fryeburg. FMI: 875-2116. May 2 — Bridge, 1 p.m., Legion Hall, Bradley St. May 5 — Veterans’ Service Officer available, 9 to 11 a.m., American Legion, Bradley St. FMI: 324-1839.

May 6 — SAD 72 Kindergarten registration, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. FMI: 935-2600, ext. 24. May 6 — Storyhill folk duo in concert, 7:30 p.m., Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy. FMI: 9359232. May 7 — Walk A Rotary Mile by area Rotary Clubs, register between 9 and 10 a.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, walk between 10 a.m. and noon. FMI: 240-1643, 7436358 or 803-2106. May 7 — Take a Chance/ Silent Auction by Saco Valley 4-H Beef-Dairy & Sheep Club, viewing 5 to 7 p.m., drawings 7 p.m., Natural Resource Bldg., Fryeburg Fairgrounds. FMI: 935-2248. May 7 — New York Short Film Concert, 7:30 p.m., Fryeburg Academy. FMI: 935-9232. HARRISON April 30 — Bean supper, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Edes Falls Community Center. April 30 — Spaghetti supper tp benefit student trip to Camp Kieve, 5 to 7 p.m., Harrison Elementary School. May 2 — Adult Coed Basketball, 6 to 8 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym. May 3 — Jennifer Rice from U.S. Sen. Collins office, 10 a.m., Town Office. May 3 — Teen Basketball, 7th grade +, 6 to 8 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym. May 3 — Co-Ed Adult Softball, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Crystal Lake Park. May 4 — Coed Adult Volleyball, 6 to 8 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym. May 4 — Harrison Historical Society, talk on Harrison Button Club, 7 p.m., museum, Haskell Hill Rd. FMI: 583-2213. LOVELL April 28-30 — $1 a Bag Sale. 10 a.m. to noon Mon., Wed., Sat., Thrift Shop at United Church of Christ, Rte. 5. April 28, May 5 — Family Playtime, 10:30 a.m., library.


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April 28 — Family Literacy Night with New Suncook PTA, pork dinner 5:30 p.m., literacy activities to follow, New Suncook School. FMI: 925-6711. April 28 — Using native trees and shrubs in the landscape with Barbara Murphy, 12:30 to 2 p.m., library. FMI: 925-3177. April 29, May 6 — Mouse Paint Storytime, 2:45 to 4 p.m., library. April 29, May 6 — Bingo, early birds 6:30 p.m., regular play 7 p.m., VFW Hall. April 30 — VFW Ladies Auxiliary Ladies Fair and Food Drive, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., VFW Hall, Smarts Hill Rd. April 30 — Family Bookmaking Workshop with Barbara Anderson, library. FMI: 925-3177. May 2 — Preschool Storytime, 10 to 11 a.m., library. May 2 — Charlotte’s Web, 2:45 to 4 p.m., library. May 5 — Flatbread Pizza Fundraiser, order by 4 p.m., pickup at library. FMI: 925-3177. May 7 — Valley Pride Day litter campaign, 8:30 to 10 a.m., VFW Hall, Smarts Hill Rd. FMI: www. NAPLES April 28, May 5 — Musical Playgroup, 10:30 a.m., library. April 28, May 5 — Pajama Storytime, 6 p.m., library. FMI: 693-6841. April 29 — American Red Cross Blood Drive, noon to 5 p.m., Naples Library, 940 Roosevelt Trail. FMI: 1-800-482-0743. April 30 — Public supper by Edes Falls Sewing Circle, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Community Hall. May 3 — Preschool Storytime, under age 5, 10 to 11 a.m., library. May 3 — Storytime w/ Mother’s Day theme, 10:30 a.m., library. May 3 — After-school activity, Cooking a Tasty Treat, 3:30 p.m., library. May 5 — Cake Pop class with Syntha Green, 7 p.m., library. FMI: 693-6841.


Hills Duplicate Bridge Club, 9:15 a.m., Rec. bldg., King St., Oxford. FMI: 783-4153, 743-9153. April 29 — Public pasta supper to benefit Relay For Life of Oxford Hills, 5 to 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, 12 Church St., So. Paris. FMI: 373-3704. April 29 — Kids Hunting For A Cure Banquet w/pig roast, raffle, auction, 6 p.m., Paris Fire Station, Western Ave., So. Paris. April 29 — Norway Open Mic with host Nate Towne, signup 6:30 p.m., begins 7 p.m., Norway Universalist Church, 479 Main St., Norway. FMI: 743-2828. April 29 — Eight Planets and Counting, 7 p.m., Two Pieces of Small Glass, 8:30 p.m., USM Southworth Planetarium, 70 Falmouth St., Portland. FMI: 7804249. April 30 — “Awakening the Dreamer, Changing the Dream,” environmental sustainability symposium, 12:30 to 4:30 p.m., Conway Library, Conway, N.H. April 30 ­— Oxford County Democrats caucus meeting, environmental impacts of LePage agenda, 3 to 5 p.m., Paris Town Office. FMI: 875-2116. April 30 — Public supper by Heywood Club, 5 to 7 p.m., contra dance by Western Foothills Land Trust, 7 p.m., Norway Grange, Whitman St. April 30 — Roast beef dinner, 5 to 6:30 p.m., Windham Hill U.C.C., 140 Windham Center Rd. May 1 ­— Oxford County Democrats caucus meeting with Mike Tipping of Maine Peoples Alliance, 3 to 5 p.m., Paris Town Office. FMI: 875-2116. May 1 — Eight Planets and Counting, 3 p.m., USM Southworth Planetarium, 70 Falmouth St., Portland. FMI: 780-4249. May 1 — Taste of the Valley food tasting event, silent auction, 5 to 7 p.m., Red Jacket Mountain View Resort, 2251 White Mtn. Hywy, No. Conway, N.H. FMI: 603-356-7816, ext. 517. May 2, 3 — Grieving support programs begin, various times, Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, 15 Strawberry Ave., Lewiston. FMI: 795-9468. May 2 — Become a Vernal Pool V.I.P, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Sebago Lake Ecology Center, cor-

ner Rtes. 237 & 35, Standish. FMI: 774-5961, ext. 3324. May 2 — 15th annual Poetry Contest awards party, 7 p.m., Conway Library, Conway, N.H. May 3 — Walk through the Grades, 8 a.m., White Mountain Waldorf School, 1371 Route 16, Albany, N.H. FMI: 603-447-3168. May 3 — Hike Along the Sebago to the Sea Trail, 1 to 3 p.m., Sebago Lake Ecology Center, corner Rtes. 237 & 35, Standish. FMI: 7745961, ext. 3324. May 3 — Writers’ Group, 4:30 p.m., Conway Library, Conway, N.H. FMI: 603-447-5552. May 3 — Mollyockett Chorus, Chapter of Sweet Adelines, 7 p.m., Church of the Latter Day Saints, Skeetfield Rd., Oxford. May 4 — Fish Printing, 10 a.m. to noon, Sebago Lake Ecology Center, corner Rtes. 237 & 35, Standish. FMI: 774-5961, ext. 3324. May 4 — Wednesday Knitter’s Group, noon, Soldier’s Memorial Library, Hiram. FMI: 625-4650. May 4 — Diabetes Support Group, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Memorial Hospital, No. Conway, N.H. FMI: 603-356-0796. May 4 — Guided tour of Sebago Lake Ecology Center’s lake-friendly yard, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Sebago Lake Ecology Center, corner Rtes. 237 & 35, Standish. FMI: 774-5961, ext. 3324. May 5 — Lakes and Loons, 2 to 3 p.m., Sebago Lake Ecology Center, corner Rtes. 237 & 35, Standish. FMI: 774-5961, ext. 3324. May 6 — Owls of Maine, 10 a.m. to noon, Sebago Lake Ecology Center, corner Rtes. 237 & 35, Standish. FMI: 774-5961, ext. 3324. May 6 — Mars Quest 7 p.m., Two Pieces of Small Glass 8:30 p.m., USM Southworth Planetarium, 70 Falmouth St., Portland. FMI: 780-4249. May 6 — Death by Dance by Art Moves Dance Group, 7 p.m., Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. FMI: 743-5569. May 7 — Valley Pride Day litter campaign, 8:30 to 10 a.m., various Mount Washington Valley towns in Me. and N.H. FMI: May 7 — Quilt show, 9 a.m. to noon, New Gloucester History Barn, Rte. 231 behind town hall,



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Food Pantry, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, Sweden Church basement, 137 Bridgton Rd. FMI: 909-208-6377, 256-7380. ###### 12 STEP MEETINGS BRIDGTON Monday through Friday — Alcoholics Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m., American Legion, Depot St. O/D Monday — Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Community Center, 15 Depot St. ODLH Tuesday — Al-Anon, 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 225 High Street. Thursday — Narcotics Anonymous Women’s Meeting, 7 to 8 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Sweden Rd. (Rte. 93) off Rte. 302. CASCO Monday through Saturday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., Clyde Bailey Drop In Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail (Rte. 302). Thursday — Alcoholics Anonymous, Ladies Step-Meeting, 7 to 8 p.m., beginners welcome. Clyde Bailey Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail, (Rte. 302) So. Casco. Sunday — Al Anon Family Groups, 6:30 p.m. Clyde Bailey Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail (Rte. 302), So. Casco. HARRISON Sunday — Alcoholics Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Harrison Congregational Church, corner Route 117 and Dawes Hill Road. NAPLES Thursday — Al Anon, 7:30 p.m. Beginners Meeting, 8 p.m. Open Meeting, Naples Methodist Church, Village Green, side door entrance down stairs. NO. CONWAY, N.H. Wednesday — Adult Children of Alcoholics (& other dysfunctions), 7:30 p.m., Ste. B, Eastern Slope Inn, 2760 White Mtn. Highway, No. Conway, N.H. Friday — Al-Anon, 8 p.m., Gibson Center, Grove St. & White Mtn. Hwy, No. Conway, N.H. WATERFORD Thursday — Adult Children of Alcoholics, 10 a.m., library.

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May 6 — Deadline for submitting recipe(s) to Naples Main Street Community Cookbook. FMI: 8310890. May 6 — Annual dance recital by The Ballroom, 7 p.m., Lake Region High School. FMI: 5836964. May 7 — Third annual Open House & Pig Roast, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m., Naples Custom Motorsports. May 7 — Naples Playground cleanup, 1 to 3 p.m., playground. May 7 — Chinese auction, doors open 4 p.m., start time 6 p.m., American Legion, Rte. 11. RAYMOND April 30 — Free community meal, Christ Chapel, 37 Northern Pines Rd. FMI: 655-5058. May 2 — Baby Time, 10 a.m., library. FMI: 655-4283. May 2 — Preschool Time, 11 a.m., library. FMI: 655-4283. May 2 — NAMI Family Support Group, 7 to 8:30 p.m., Public Safety Building, Rte. 302 and Main St. FMI: 655-4193. May 4 — Toddler Time, 10 and 11 a.m., library. FMI: 655-4283. May 4 — Library Board of Trustees meeting, 7 p.m., library. SEBAGO April 30 — Milkweed Puppets, free, 2 p.m., library. FMI: 7872321. May 2 — Story Hour for Preschoolers, 9:30 a.m., library. May 3 — Jennifer Rice from U.S. Sen. Collins office, 2 p.m., Town Office. WATERFORD May 1 — Waterford World’s Fair meeting, 2 p.m., town office. FMI: 595-2430, 595-1601. May 2 — Socrates Cafe, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., library. FMI: 583-6957. AREA EVENTS April 28 — Otisfield Historical Society, “The People of Pugleyville,” 7 p.m., Otisfield Town Office. FMI: 539-2521. April 28-30 — M&D Productions, 5 Women Wearing The Same Dress, 7 p.m., 1857 Harold Alfond Center, Saint Joseph’s College, Standish. FMI: 893-6615. April 29, May 6 — Oxford


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St. Joseph’s Knights of Columbus Council #11376 will host a Mother’s Day Brunch on Sunday, May 8, at 10 a.m. in the church hall. The brunch will feature crème brulee French toast, scrambled eggs, sausage or bacon, fruit salad, coffee tea and punch. Cost is $9 for adults and $5 for children under 12. All Knights will have advance tickets available for $8.

with decorated bikes, wagons, strollers and even dogs. The library will have great prizes for the best decorated bikes, wagons and strollers. The children’s tent will provide bike decoration kits for purchase and, of course, children’s books. The library is saying goodbye to its librarian of many years, Sue Black, who is retiring. Black’s last day will be Monday, June 6. Sue will continue to work on Mondays until then; be sure to come by and wish her well. Those who haven’t had the chance to meet the new Librarian, Heather Silvia, should come by on Thursdays and Saturdays. Silvia, whose background is working with children, is very excited and honored to be the next librarian. She is planning a summer reading program for pre-K through elementaryage children called Campfire Stories, which will begin on Monday, June 20 at 6:30 p.m. in the library. Children will be invited to wear their pajamas, bring a flashlight, blanket or sleeping bag and their favorite stuffed animal and join in for stories around the campfire. Other activities include crafts, music, s’mores and more. The program will run through the last Monday in August. For more information, call the North Bridgton Public Library at 647-8563. Visit the library on Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The library is also on Facebook. Become a fan and keep updated on library activities and news.

Business After Hours April 28 The next Business After Hours offered by the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce will feature information about the Integrated Primary Care Project ongoing between Bridgton Hospital’s primary care practices and Tri County Mental Health. The event will take place on Thursday, April 28, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the hospital. There will be a Chinese and Live Auction on Saturday, April 30 at the Stevens Brook Elementary School to benefit the B.R.A.G. Complex. Doors open at 11 a.m., with gift cer-

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Jeremiah and Jennifer Merrill of Norway have a girl, Regan Elizabeth Merrill, born April 17 at Central Maine Medical Center in Lewiston. Regan weighed six pounds, six ounces and joins a sister, Lauryn. Maternal grandparents are Leroy and Phyllis Edwards of Harrison. Paternal grandparents are Jack and Wanda Merrill of Bridgton. Great-grandparents are Dawn Robinson of Naples, Elmer Edwards of Harrison, Clyde and Margaret Butterfield of Harrison and Robert Pendexter of Windham. Rachel A. Burnell and Rob W. Smith of Conway, N.H. have a girl, Olivia Ann Smith, born April 20 at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H. Olivia weighed eight pounds, two ounces. Maternal grandparents are Cindy Eaton of Brownfield and Ralph and Alica Burnell. Paternal grandparents are Wendy and Wyatt Relton of Sweden and Bradford Smith of Marblehead, Mass. Shantell Mckay and David Avery of Ossipee, N.H. have a tificates, items, a 50/50 raffle boy, David Gabriel Avery, born April 23 at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H. David weighed eight pounds, seven ounces. and refreshments for sale. Those who would like to Maternal grandparent is Lisa Saulenas of Ossipee, N.H. Paternal donate to the cause can call Lyn grandparents are Lorna Avery and David Avery of Wolfeboro, N.H. at 627-7380. The Red Hat Ladies of the Lakes will gather for lunch at noon at the Bridgton United Methodist Church on Friday, April 29. Birthwise Midwifery School is sponsoring a free clinic for women in western Maine on DENMARK — There are a which you will be honored Thursday, May 5 from 4 to 7 number of upcoming commu- by a meal of vegetarian chili p.m. An appointment is recom- nity workshops being offered and salad, as well as share in mended to assure a time slot. in Denmark at Nurture a community sauna at 4 p.m. Call 647-5968. Walk-ins will be Through Nature’s retreat cen- For those who just want to accepted on a first-come, first- ter on the following dates: come to the sauna, the cost served basis. • Thursday, April 28, 6 to is $15. 7:30 p.m., free introduction • Saturday, May 7, Plant to The Work of Byron Katie. Medicine Workshop with The Work is a form of medi- Master Maine Guide Ray tation and all are welcome to Reitze. Ray studied and lived polio can be wiped off the face come learn a simple and pow- with a native Mic Mac elder of the earth forever. erful tool that offers a way and has an enormous amount Sponsors contribute $5 for out of stress and pain through of knowledge to share. Cost each walker. To become a spon- a self-inquiry. is $65 plus an optional sauna sor, contact your local Rotary • Sunday, May 15, 9 a.m. for additional $18. Club: Fryeburg: 240-1643; to 4 p.m., Spring Clean up To register for any of these Bridgton: 803-2106; Oxford and Community Sauna. Come events, call 452-2929, or eHills: 743-6358; Bethel: 592- to serve, build community mail getaway@ntnretreats. 9614; and Rumford: 357-8023. and participate in a spring com. For more information, Registration for the Fryeburg clean up at the retreat, for visit event will be at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Fryeburg between 9 and 10 a.m. Walkers may complete their walk anytime between 10 WATERFORD — The tary school combine, they are a.m. and noon. Registration for Waterford and Harrison fifth able to act on what they learn. the Bethel event will be at and sixth grade elementary In order to keep this traDavis Park, Route 26 in Bethel classes combined last year dition alive, the parents are between 7 and 8 a.m. Walkers for a cost savings initiative in doing multiple fundraisers may complete their walk any- SAD 17. this spring and summer, so time between 8 and 10 a.m. In doing so, some of the that the kids will have the school’s traditions needed to money to go this fall. The first be combined, and one of them fundraiser is a spaghetti supOXFORD HILLS was the sixth-graders going per this Saturday, April 30, to Camp Kieve in Nobleboro. from 5 to 7 p.m. at Harrison This is a camp that teaches the Elementary School. Cost is $7 meaning of teamwork, and as for adults and $5 for children the classes from the elemen- 12 or under. OXFORD PLAZA, MAIN ST., (RT. 26)

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The North Bridgton Library 2010-2011 annual Gift-giving Campaign runs through June 30. Gifts from the community help support a wide range of activities, including purchasing books, books on CD, magazines, computers, Wi-Fi, children’s reading programs and general upkeep of the historic library building. Gifts can be made to the library in honor of a loved one’s memory or as a tribute to someone on a special occasion. The library has fallen short of its goal for the year, and is asking community members to donate if they are able. The library’s annual Book, Bake and Plant Sale will be held Saturday, May 28. The library is looking for donations of books, books on CD, movies and plants for the popular fundraiser. In addition to the sale, the library is adding some fun raffles, a kid’s tent and a children’s parade, hopefully

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Spotlight on literacy tonight

A reminder that the New Suncook School will be having a Family Literacy Night at the school on Thursday, April 28. The Pequawket Kids Association will be serving a free pork sandwich dinner from 5 to 5:30 p.m. in the cafeteria; reservations must be made by calling the school at 925-6711. Other activities will begin after dinner at 5:30 p.m., which include a story and small group activities. Some students will read stories they have written, and local author and illustrator Tom Merriam will help participants in creating their own story by writing or doing an illustration. To stimulate both physical activities and literacy, there will be a word relay game. The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library will have a table for those who would like to sign up for that all-important library card. Last but not least, there will be a book given out and the evening will end at 7 p.m. Literacy is one of the most important components in learning, and the school is doing its best to emphasis this. Don’t forget to get your pizza orders in for the library’s

Flatbread Co. fundraiser on Thursday, May 5. This popular event allows folks to order a delicious pizza, then pick it up at the library instead of the North Conway, N.H. Flatbread Co. restaurant. At Flatbread Co. there will be a raffle, which is great fun, and get your pizza while it’s hot. For those who wish to order a pizza to go, your order must be in by 4 p.m. Wednesday, May 4. There will be menus at the library for diner’s convenience. The number for the library is 925-3177. The April Lovell Neighborhood Watch had Meryl Molly, the Lovell animal control officer, as guest speaker. Mrs. Molly related tales of her experiences in that position. It also gave the audience an idea of what to do concerning any animal problems. Anyone needing her services can call her at 749-1219 or 925-1181. The group also heard Sgt. Tim Ontengco issue a warning for home invasions and what to do. The next meeting will be held on Wednesday, May 18 at a new time of 7 p.m. for the convenience of the public

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Bridgton Rec news The Aquafina MLB Pitch, Hit & Run Competition for boys and girls ages 7-14 takes place on Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to noon at Junior Harmon Field. This national initiative provides youngsters with opportunities to showcase their skills in pitching, hitting and running, and also provides the chance to compete at regional competitions. The competition is free to all Bridgton residents, and forms are in the Bridgton Municipal Center. Proof of age and residency is required at the event. Contact Recreation Director Tom Tash at 647-8786 for more information. The Bridgton Art Walk takes place on Friday, May 6, joining participating galleries, shops and organizations as they remain open until 7 p.m. to display art exhibits. Summer Swim Program forms are now available online on the Town of Bridgton website and also at the front desk of the town office. The Adult Indoor Soccer Program has changed its weekly gatherings to Saturdays from 6 to 8 p.m. at Town Hall. Join Ed Somers and an active group of indoor soccer players for free fun play. Bring appropriate attire

and footwear. Other recreation programs continue at Town Hall as usual: • Youth/Teen Basketball Open Gym, Tuesdays from 3 to 5:30 p.m., open to grades 3 to 12. • Adult Basketball Drop-in Program, Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m. with Bill Schrader, for men and women ages 16+. For more information, call Bill at 408-2299. • Ping Pong, Saturdays, 1 to 4 p.m. with Bill Preis. All ages welcome. For more information, call Bill at 647-2847. • Senior Fitness “Jumpin’ Janes,” Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. with Dot Kimball and Jean Gilman. For more information, call Dot at 647-2402 or Jean at 6478026. • Aerobic Dance, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. with Dee Miller. Cost is $5 per class. For more information, call Dee at 647-9599. • Adult Martial Arts, Mondays from 6:30 to 8 p.m. with Justin Kashuba. For more information, e-mail Justin at Justinkashuba@ • Zumba, Mondays from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m. with Vicki Toole. • Tai Chi, Tuesdays from 9:30 to 11 a.m. and Thursdays from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

FOUR GENERATIONS — Rev. Ronald A. Murch, Bridgton High School Class of 1947, holds his great-grandson, Benjamin Joel Murch, Jr., with son Bruce Evan Murch II and grandson Benjamin Joel Murch, Sr. standing behind them. Rev. Murch now lives in Lewiston, and his son, eight of his grandchildren, and two of his great-grandchildren, live in Brookneal, Va.

Ballroom dance Fair improvements recital at LRHS

NAPLES — The Ballroom in Harrison will be holding its annual dance recital at Lake Region High School Friday, May 6, at 7 p.m. Ballet, jazz, modern and tap dancers from preschoolers to pros will be performing in pieces choreographed by teachers

Roadside cleanup

Bridgton Community Crime Watch will be doing a roadside cleanup on Saturday, May 7. Any crime watch members or other groups that would like to help, please call Bette-Jean at 693-3681. The group will meet at 8:30 a.m. in the upper lot at the town office. Start time is 9 a.m., and the cleanup will end at 2 p.m. Don’t forget your work gloves.

Juliette Lauzier (soloist with the Maine State Ballet); jazz and modern dancer Erin Hamlin; and ballet, jazz and tap teacher Mckinley Page (daughter of Ballroom Director Nan Brett). In addition to this stellar lineup of dancers, there will be guest appearances by Imari and The Sahara Desert Dancers, Dinah Aldrich and the Zumba Dancers and by the modern dance troupe Nevaeh. All of the performers in the show either take classes at or rehearse at The Ballroom. Classes at The Ballroom focus on building a strong technique and professional level training (many of their dancers also dance with the Maine State Ballet), while also offering opportunities for fun, fitness and creative self-expression. For information on classes at The Ballroom, contact Brett at 583-6964 or visit

WATERFORD — The next meeting of Waterford World’s Fair will be held at the Waterford Town Office on Sunday, May 1 at 2 p.m., which is a change from the usual date. Dale Merrill will present the blueprints for the new steer and oxen barn that is planned for this summer. All members are encouraged to attend to see the blueprints for the 28’x82’ building, and to ask any questions about the building. Members will then need to vote on it. The Waterford World’s Fair is looking for a small merry-goround or Ferris wheel that they could rent for the fair. If anyone knows of where these rides might be available, call President Dana Hemingway at 595-2430 or Vice President Bill Winslow at 595-1601.

Rail proposals

(Continued from Page B) there are several ideas forwarded for the use of the iconic property.) Right-of-way behind the school to the Chamber office, at least, could be used for a short train experience. Historical integration with downtown tours and facilities could be easily worked out, according to the RFP, which keeps referring to the narrow gauge line’s “Actual Historic Location.” Most of the equipment owned by the nonprofit group comes from Bridgton, also, which was sold in 1941 and quickly moved, lock, stock and barrel, to the cranberry bogs of eastern Massachusetts, where it stayed for 50 more years, before coming to Portland almost 20 years ago.

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At a Glance • Wednesday, May 4 — Board Meeting, 7 p.m. at the library • Tuesday, May 17 — Publicity Meeting, 6:30 p.m. at the library • Sunday, May 22 — Louise Penny Book Discussion, 3 p.m. at the library • Tuesday, May 24 — Brainstorming Meeting, 7 p.m. at the library • Wednesday, May 25 — Book Group, 7 p.m. at the library • Monday, May 30 — Memorial Day, library is closed • Sundays, May 1 and May 8 — Library closes at 4 p.m. • Tuesday, June 7 — Annual Town Meeting, 7 p.m. at Jordan Small Middle School • Saturday, June 11 — Annual Plant Sale, 7 a.m. to noon at the library Chief Inspector Gamache books Are you one of many readers who have gotten hooked on Louise Penny’s wonderful stories of the village of Three Pines and Chief Inspector Gamache? There are many of us who have enjoyed and look forward to each new book in the series. On Sunday, May 22 at 3 p.m., meet at the Raymond Village Library over café au lait and croissants to share the favorite characters who live — and murder — in the fascinating village of Three Pines, a place people would all love to live, or at least visit. Please join others for a fun-filled afternoon of interesting opinions and friendly camaraderie as they recall and revisit this special place and its interesting people. Creative ideas needed On Tuesday, May 24 at 7 p.m., there will be a gathering of people at the library to do some fun and interesting brainstorming. The library is trying to come up with new and creative ways to raise money, and they invite any and all to come and share their ideas and suggestions. This session will be fast-paced, designed just for

folks to throw out ideas. There is no future commitment on the part of the participants. The library really wants folks to come forward with as many ideas as possible in a short time period. The more participants, the more fun and the more ideas. For more information, call the library at 655-4283. Book Group The Book Group will meet on Wednesday, May 25 at 7 p.m. at the library. This month the book chosen is Nickel and Dimed on (Not) Getting by in America, by Barbara Ehrenreich. Millions of Americans work for poverty-level wages, and one day Barbara Ehrenreich decided to join them. She was inspired in part by the rhetoric surrounding welfare reform, which promised that any job equals a better life. But how can anyone survive, let alone prosper, on $6 to $7 an hour? This was a New York Times bestseller, a classic of undercover reportage. Books will be available upon request at the library. For more information, call the library at 655-4283. Library hours Mark your calendars for these changes in the times the library will be open. The library will be closed on Monday, May 30, celebrating Memorial Day. It will be closing at 4 p.m. on Sunday, May 1, and also Sunday, May 8. Annual town meeting The Raymond Town Meeting will be held on Tuesday, June 7 beginning at 7 p.m. at the Jordan Small Middle School. The library has copies of the annual town report for pickup. Annual plant sale and paperback book sale Spring has finally arrived and with it the early blooms and dreams of beautiful flowers for the summer. The Raymond Village Library’s Plant Sale on Saturday, June 11 from 7 a.m. to noon can use all those extra plants you will be thinning out or removing to make room for new seedlings. Please bring your plants to the library on RAYMOND, Page B


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Is the Return of the Rails in Bridgton’s future?

(Continued from Page B) tles? A build-it-and-they-willcome scenario? Well, it’s more mundane than all of that. Today’s is a bottom-line world, after all. Still, romance can be good business. Romance-that’s-good-business often offers a connection to the long-gone past, which, after all, was always glorious, at least in retrospect. Many rail fans are rail fans because the world where the old trains ran has vanished almost completely, and they loved that world, and loved being young in it: looking at old schedules and collecting dinged signal lanterns and restoring steam engines and booming down the track on a two-footer, these are ways of returning to a past that remains important to people. Then there are the younger generations, who may have listened to a former trainman’s glory-days stories, or had a grandfather who was a brake-

man on the old B&O. From these shards of second-hand memory, they have built a sort of false-front, Our Town, ice cream parlor version of the past that is no less vital to their image of the world — and trains are a visible and powerful symbol of the world they think America used to be. They imagine Dharma Bums. By the alchemy of memory, they conjure lonesome freights howling through the million miles of American night. It all seems more full of the promise of life than anything that contemporary America can offer. And so they bring their kids to museums, and take them on train rides behind Little Engines That Still Can. (One of those engines soon may be be old Bridgton 7, a 1913 Baldwin, now being restored by the Maine Narrow Gauge Railroad volunteers.) And then there are people who know that railroads, like the rest of industrial America,

(Continued from Page B) said Black. Brooke received her training as a therapy dog working in a nursing home with her older sister, Shady, another golden retriever and therapy dog owned by the Honabergers, who’ve had four golden retrievers and six dogs over the years. “She and I were very close,” Carol said. “We walked every morning. She was so happy when she saw her leash.” In the future, the couple, who own The Lamp & Shade

Shop on Main Street, may decide to get another golden retriever, but it’s too soon to say for sure. “There’s no replacing Brooke. She was very enthusiastic. She loved people and she loved other dogs,” Carol said. Dwight MacCormack, a friend of the Honabergers, was on hand for Friday’s remembrance. He recalled a quote from Edith Wharton that seemed to sum up Brooke’s impact on the lives of so many people: “My little old dog — a heartbeat at my feet.”

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WILL BRIDGTON BRING BACK A PIECE OF ITS PAST? — Return of the Rails fan Bill Shelley will be available to talk with those interested in the project this Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to noon at the Chamber of Commerce building. offered a difficult life, but an honest living, and rumbled along as the very beating heart of the American Dream. The Bridgton & Saco River was one such line, helping to pull Bridgton into the modern world. In this category are many of the rail fans. And they travel station-tostation across America; a new Bridgton Depot might fit right into their itineraries, geographically located between the working tourist trains in Portland and North Conway. Portland’s working train, running along a 1.5-mile track along the inner harbor, provided 25,000 rides last year. In Portland, while prized, the narrow gauge museum and train would be listed behind the cruise ships and the Old Port and Portland Head Light and the shopping opportunities. In Bridgton, wouldn’t a high-quality museum and working trains on Depot Street, also visible from Route 302, be an attraction listed right up there with

the lakes themselves? And, oh yes — that little boy by the train track, lingering too long on that sunny morning so that he could wave at the train? He is no romantic stereotype

out of the past. That boy was Donald K. Saunders, my late uncle, who was born nearly a century ago now, right there by the train tracks and the mill in Sandy Creek.

Greenhouse and Nursery Day Greenhouses, nurseries and garden centers statewide will be celebrating on Saturday, April 30, as the industry kicks off its second annual Maine Greenhouse and Nursery Day. Building on the success of last year’s event to promote the “shop local” concept, 38 family-owned businesses will hold special events to highlight the joys (and challenges) of gardening in Maine. After a seemingly endless winter, Mainers are eagerly looking forward to the col-

ors and scents of spring. And Maine greenhouse and nursery folks are using all their daylight hours to grow them for you. Here’s your chance to get a preview of the season’s new introductions, start planning your displays, and designing your window boxes. Bring the kids — it’s a family-oriented day across the state. Planned activities include giveaways, door prizes, raffles, plants and balloons for kids, container-planting demonstrations, landscape design advice, personal tours, expert speakers, mini workshops, and lots more. Find your local participating greenhouse or nursery tunity to get a variety of garden (Continued from Page B) at plants at very reasonable prices, June 10, the day before the sale from 4 to 6 p.m. Perennials are as well as books for summer GreenhouseAndNurseryDay. shtml and get the details. very popular as are groundcov- reading. ers, flowering shrubs, vines, bedding plants and annuals. The library would appreciate any extra herb or vegetable seedlings that you could contribute. For more information, call Marie at 221-0568, or Jane at 655-5354. During the next few weeks as you are spring cleaning, please keep your library in mind. Your donations of new and gently used books, videos, DVDs, audios and puzzles are always accepted. The June 11 plant sale is a wonderful oppor-

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When the Maine Narrow Gauge & Railroad Museum sent out requests for proposals to move its operations from Portland to another Maine town, there were 75 expressions of interest. But only three RFPs were received before the December deadline; Bridgton’s proposal came in three months afterwards, to put four municipalities in the hunt. None of the proposals, including Bridgton’s, offer any financial incentives, beyond “staff support.” The nonprofit museum is thinking of leaving its current location behind because its Fore Street digs are expensive to rent; the MNGRR&M operates a museum and carries 25,000 visitors on train rides on 1.5 miles of track near the Portland waterfront. Proposals were received from: Portland, which likes its little train. But the narrow gauge home is basically offering the current deal, which boils down mostly to track use and permitting. Monson, which once had its own narrow gauge train. There are a couple of sheds and offices still standing. A community room is offered, and some track right-of-way should be available. Gray would like to reinvent its section of the old Portland-Lewiston Interurban Railway, proffering a couple of miles of right-of-way and space in a local mall. Bridgton, which would permit a museum and train HQ at the old rail yard site at the turn of Depot Street, has a 4.5-acre parcel, which would have to be taken over from SAD 61. (This has long been the town’s plan, though RAIL, Page B

Regional Sports

April 28, 2011, The Bridgton News, Page C

West champs muscle up

Raiders score 30 runs in first two games

By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer FRYEBURG — Fred Apt often sounds like Bill Belichick when he talks about his Raider softball team. Fryeburg dominated its first two opponents, scoring a combined 30 runs in wins over Poland and York. Freshman pitcher Sarah Harriman is the real deal. She struck out 13 hitters in each game, and recorded her first high school no-hitter at York Monday. In typical Apt fashion, FA’s head coach pointed out, “It’s just two games against teams we expect to beat. We still have a lot of work ahead of us to be where we need to be in June.” So, don’t crown the Raiders as champs quite yet, although there is plenty to like about this collection of players. Coming off a 5-1 trip to Connecticut, the Raiders returned home last Thursday and were sharp in the season opener on Friday with a 12-1 win over Poland. Sophomore catcher Carla Tripp, who is recovering from a shoulder injury, paced the attack with a 3-for-5 outing. FA also got two hits apiece from Charlotte Lewis (2 runs scored, RBI) and Maggie

SHE’S IN THERE — Senior Ashley Watkins safely slides into third base during Friday’s home victory over Poland. Watkins has provided early punch in the middle of the FA line-up, smacking a triple in Monday’s victory at York. (Rivet Photo) McConkey (3 runs scored, 2 stolen bases). Senior co-captain Ashley Watkins chipped in a double to go along with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI. The coaching staff has really liked the leadership quali-

ties Lewis has brought to the team thus far. “I was very happy with our play. I would have liked for us to be more focused at the plate,” Coach Apt said. “We need to put teams away when

we have the chance.” In her first varsity start, Harriman overpowered Knight hitters. She allowed just three hits over seven innings, and didn’t walk a batter. Despite RAIDERS, Page C

Around bases: FA wins; LR blanked

PHENOM-ENAL START — Freshman Sarah Harriman has brought the heat in Fryeburg Academy’s first two games, striking out 26 in Raider wins over Poland and York. If Mother Nature cooperated, the Raiders faced a tougher test yesterday with a home game against Cape Elizabeth. (Rivet Photo)

Preview: Girls’ Lacrosse

FRYEBURG ACADEMY GIRLS’ LACROSSE Head Coach: Robert Cobb. Outlook: It has taken some time to shake out the varsity roster and Coach Cobb is still in the process of filling some positions. “It should prove to be an interesting year. We have some potential. It all depends on how quickly players learn to play together in a new system,” Coach Cobb said. “They are working hard, though the inability to get outside has been a hindrance. Gotta love spring in Maine!”   With a large contingent of players new to play at the varsity level, the leadership of senior captain Aslyn Dindorf and junior goalie Brittany Fox will be key to the season. The team’s greatest asset will be midfield speed. Juniors Megan MacGillvray and Brenna Gerchman along with sophomore Kendra Fox will anchor the group. The defense will be anchored by seniors Catherine Manoogian and Claudine Clarke. “The girls have come together as a team very well during the preseason, a testament to the spirit and leadership of the upperclassmen,” Coach Cobb said. “The early

season will concentrate on integrating the new players and an offense that will be more wide open than last year. Later, we will be looking for those key wins that earn a playoff berth.” First home game First home game is set for Thursday, May 5 at 4 p.m. against Freeport. Home Games Wednesday, May 11, Windham Monday, May 16, York Thursday, May 19, Wells Saturday, May 21, Cape, 10 a.m. Tuesday, May 24, Greely Away Games Tuesday, April 26, Freeport Thursday, April 28, Cape, 6 p.m. Saturday, April 30, Mtn. Valley, 11 a.m. Monday, May 9, Greely Tuesday, May 31, York • All games are at 4 p.m. unless otherwise noted.

Just as the weather has been unsettled, so has the start of the baseball and softball seaons. Lake Region was held to just two hits — a well stroked liner to right-center by outfielder Alex Hartford and an infield hit by Matt Rivet — as Yarmouth rolled to an 11-0 victory Monday in

OUT OF REACH — Lake Region shortstop Mike Shea makes a valiant try to snare a hard drive off a Yarmouth player’s bat during Monday’s home opener in Naples. The Clippers rolled past the Lakers, 11-0. (Rivet Photo)

Change in Pitch, Hit & Run

Scratch this Saturday for the first 2011 official Aquafina Major League Baseball Pitch, Hit & Run competition at Junior Harmon Field in Bridgton. Due to the late exit of snow, the field is not ready to be played on, so the competition has been rescheduled for Saturday, May 7 from 10 a.m. to noon. The event is open to Bridgton residents only. Registration forms are available at the Bridgton Municipal Complex. This nationwide skills initiative gives boys and girls, ages 7 to 14, the chance to showcase their pitching, hitting and running abilities. Boys and girls

compete separately at all levels of competition. The event is intended to encourage youth participation and emphasize the “fun” element of baseball. Since there is no registration fee, everyone has the chance to participate. Here’s the test: • Pitch — Participant throws strikes to a designated “strike zone” target. • Hit — Youngster hits a ball off a stationary tee for distance and accuracy. • Run — Youngster is timed, starting from second base, touching third and then home plate.

Naples. The Clippers roughed up LR starter Zach Allen and then launched two bombs against reliever Patrick Irish. Fortunately for the Lakers, the outfield fence has not been installed since two rockets to leftfield certainly would have been out of the park. Yarmouth pitchers kept the Lakers off balance most of the day, snapping off good fastballs and curves. LR looked to turn things around Wednesday against Poland. The Lakers face a busy road schedule next week with games at Wells (Monday), Cape Elizabeth (Wednesday) and Falmouth (Friday). The Lake Region softball team was stung by big innings Monday in losing their seasonopener 14-2 to Yarmouth. After the Clippers went up 1-0, the Lakers did manage to tie the game. But, Yarmouth rolled courtesy of some costly defensive mistakes. Fryeburg Academy opened the baseball season with a 6-1 victory over Poland behind a strong INCOMING — Lake Region pitcher Allison Clark delivers a outing from Ian MacFawn, who pitch during Monday’s home opener against Yarmouth. The Clippers prevailed, 14-2. (Rivet Photo) NOTES, Page C

All of the events are individually scored and converted to a total point score through the use of conversion tables. The competition has four levels — local, sectional, team championship (during June in all 30 Major League Baseball markets) and national finals (at the 2011 MLB All-Star Game). Champions at the local level advance to the sectional competition. All participants must provide a copy of a valid birth certificate at all levels of competition; each youngster may participate KEEPING THE PLAY ALIVE — Lake Region catcher Danny Place leaps to snag a high in only one local competition; throw, and then came down to put a tag on a Yarmouth runner for an out at home plate. Yarmouth, however, got the best of the host Lakers, 11-0, Monday afternoon. (Rivet Photo) no metal spikes.

Grad speaker

Student of the Month Morgan Brown of Casco has been selected as the area Lions Clubs’ “Student of the Month” for April. Each month, area Lions Clubs recognize a Lake Region High School senior who has excelled academically. The recipient is honored at a Lions’ dinner meeting and is presented a savings bond. Parents: Amy and Sam

Brown. Sibling: Luke. Activities: Soccer, lacrosse, National Honor Society, Ski Patrol, Alternative Spring Break. Community activities: Volunteer Ski Patrol and Alternative Spring Break with Habitat for Humanity. Hobbies: Snowboarding, guitar, cooking. Future plans: Mass communications/Journalism. What is your favorite class? English, because the teachers have always been very engaging. What is your toughest

class? AP Calculus, because it’s a lot of new subject material. How do you balance your class work and your extracurricular activities? By staying interested in both school and my extracurricular activities — so I want to participate in both. What is the biggest challenge high school students face today? Staying out of trouble because there are a lot of double standards. Who has inspired you educationally? Mr. Ian Carlson because he’s shown that there are more creative ways to learn than just using a textbook.

Lake Region H.S. honor roll

Lake Region High School Principal Ted Finn has announced the honor roll for the third quarter. Grade 12 High Honors: Stella Fillmore-Patrick, Eve Rottersman. Honors: Stephen Achorn, Leah Bennett, Elysha Bosworth, Morgan Brown, Kelci Burgess, Jennifer Cobb, Hannah Cutting, Crystal Farrington, Tiffany Greenleaf, Jessica Johnson, Leona Kluge-Edwards, Carmela Policastro, Michael Shea, Allison Stewlow, Christina Thiessen, Heather Wood. Merit Recognition: Colton Abrams, Andrew Carlson, Stephanie Chaplin, Wasint Fahkrajang, Timothy Giles, Jordan Hohman, Cameron Horton, Yutaro Katayama, Dorothy Leckie, Sarah Lister, Rachel Loring, Anthony Marcella, Bruce McKeil, Damen Peterson, Kyle Peterson, Tim Richardson, Noemi Salmeri, Matthew Schreiber, Adam Shane, Veronika Smirnova, Sydney Spaulding, Clark Sulloway, Julia Thibodeau, Jack Tragert, Ronald Willey. Grade 11 Honors: Samantha Cormier, Samantha Dole, Emily Doviak, Jessie Gray, Heidi Jewett, Christina Kuvaja, Kathryn Merrill, Bryanna Plummer, Alice Sanborn, Ryan Skillern, Wesley Sulloway, Ashley Thibodeau, Rachel Wandishin, Stephanie Winslow. Merit Recognition: Emily Bartlett, Austin Bragdon, Colin Bridge-Koenigsberg, Allison Clark, Wesley Cowperthwaite, Alyssa Curtis, Jonathan Fox, Hayden Horr, Timothy Leach, Gregory Locke, Chelcie Murch, Lindsay Nason, Jordan Perry, Ethan Strain, Rowan Wallace, Kelsey Wilcox. Grade 10 High Honors: Kasey Huntress, Derrek Schrader. Honors: Dylan Balestra, Lucas Brown, Brian Butler, Julia Carlson, Rashawnda Currier, Kathryn Cutting, Savannah DeVoe, Derek Douglass, Sydney Hancock, Gage Hawkes, Sarah Hemingway, Mason Kluge-Edwards, Tyler LaPlante, Maude Meeker, Jack Mills, Kristina Morton, Kayla Reinhard, Michael Triglione, Emma Walker, Breanna Wilkinson, Kelsey Winslow. Merit Recognition: Michael Brooks, Miranda Cady, Kelli Chaplin, Hannah Conley, Jared Curtis, Katelyn Esty, Kayla Grant, Emily Hemingway, Molly Hook, Patrick Irish, James McCann, Colby Padulo, Samuel Perham, Hannah Perkins, Cody Reinhard, Margaret Rickert, Max Silverblade, Abigail Thomson. Grade 9 High Honors: Kathryn Caulfield, Miranda Chadbourne, Taylor Cronin, Elizabeth Schreiber, Delainey Wescott. Honors: Erik Christensen, Chance Gallant, Heather Hall, Frances Kimball, Meredith Lastra, Even Logan, Abigail Lucy, Nicole Marucci, Samantha Marucci, William McMahon, Amina Meziani, Joelson Rodrigues, Benjamin Roy, Elisabeth Waugh. Merit Recognition: Brandon Baillargeon, Ashley Chamberlain, Lucy Fowler, Chance Gallant, Heather Hall, Tucker Irish, Misty Kelley, Paige Kenison, Danielle LaPointe, Jordan Pelletier, Sam Smith.

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Rotary Club’s Good Citizen

Michelle Basselet of Casco has been selected as the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club’s “Citizen of the Month” for April. Each month, the Rotary Club recognizes a Lake Region High School student who displays good citizenship and contributes to the school community. The recipient is honored at a Rotary breakfast meeting and is presented a savings bond. Parent: Nancy Basselet. Siblings: Apryl Ashcraft, Nienke Postma. Activities: Volleyball, soccer, basketball, indoor track, Concert Choir, Jazz Choir, band, musicals, softball, AFS Club vice president. Community activities: Youth Group, Casco Days. Hobbies: Piano, flute, piccolo, Church Choir. Future plans: I will take a year off and go to Belgium as part of AFS. What is your favorite

Serena Dawn Gosbee of Sebago will be the student commencement speaker at the University of Southern Maine’s 131st Commencement on Saturday, May 14, at the Cumberland County Civic Center in Portland. Serena will graduate with a bachelor’s degree in communication. Isle au Haut resident, bestselling author and sword-fishSerena Gosbee ing Captain Linda Greenlaw will give the commencement address. It is expected that nearly 900 graduates will march at the ceremony. Serena graduated in 2005 — one year before her class — from Lake Region High School, and was a member of Southern Maine Community College’s Class of 2008. At USM, she was inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society and the Honor Society of Phi Kappa Phi. She also received the Outstanding Senior in Communication Award. Outside of USM, she is a Sunday school teacher at Sebago Center Community Church, and enjoys belly dancing. She has recently become interested in the Society for Creative Anachronism, an organization dedicated to researching and recreating pre-17th century European history. After graduation, she plans to continue working at AMEC Earth and Environmental in South Portland while exploring opportunities to work with children. Serena is the daughter of Robin Gosbee (USM Class of ’82) and the late Lane Gosbee (USM Class of ‘03) of Sebago.

Society inductee Michelle Basselet class? I think that my favorite class is psychology because it is something I’m very interested in studying in college. I find the course fun and challenging at the same time. What is your toughest class? Math. It’s certainly not my thing, but I work as hard as I can to improve. ROTARY’S, Page C

Kimberly E. Rivet of Bridgton was recently inducted into the Golden Key International Honour Society at the University of Southern Maine. A junior, Kim is a health/wellness major. Named to the Dean’s List this past fall, Kim was a member of the USM women’s basketball team. Founded on Nov. 29, 1977, Golden Key is an academic honor society, which recognizes and encourages scholastic achievement and excellence among college and university students from all academic disKimberly Rivet ciplines.  In an effort to reflect the Society’s diversity and international presence, Golden Key uses the globally accepted spelling of “honour” in its name.  Golden Key has emerged as one of the most dynamic, forwardthinking organizations in higher education. Committed to an ethos of recognizing academic achievement and encouraging altruistic service, the Society’s on-campus presence has reached over 390 chapters at colleges and universities worldwide. Golden Key is a mission focused, values based and demographics driven organization.  With 34 years of rich tradition, Golden Key remains committed to academics, leadership and service. A Lake Region High School graduate, Kim is the daughter of Susan and Wayne Rivet of Bridgton.

On the Dean’s List


Lindamarie M. McDonald of Bridgton has been recognized by State Representative G. Paul Waterhouse (R-Bridgton), State Senator David R. Hastings III (R-Fryeburg) and Dean Joyce T. Gibson, PhD., of USM-Lewiston/Auburn Campus, for her outstanding achievement of earning Dean’s List honors at USM-LAC, during the Fall 2010 semester. McDonald is matriculated in the Leadership and Organizational Studies program and is in her junior year. She has a work-study grant and works in the Dean’s Department as an Administrative Assistant II, and in the Franco-American Archives Collection as a assistant to the director. She currently serves in the Student Government Association, and is in training for the Campus Safety Project as a Prevention Educator. McDonald currently holds an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice. She has been married for 25 years to Keith McDonald, and is a mom to Felicia B. McDonald, who also lives in Bridgton. McDonald has volunteered as a Hospice & Respite Care Worker with Androscoggin Home Care & Hospice, since 2009. This summer, she will participate in the Maine NEW Leadership Summer Institute program in Orono, where she was elected based on her academic excellence and service.

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School page

Fun & games

Scholarship deadline

This week’s puzzle

Theme: Mother’s Day

ACROSS 1. Eats hastily 6. Thrown before a hook? 9. British art gallery 13. Spurious wing 14. _ __ carte 15. Frodo Baggins’ homeland 16. Humpy ungulate 17. Under the weather 18. “_____ to the metal” 19. *Mother-__-_____ 21. *Mamma in movie “Mamma Mia!” 23. ___ Paolo, Brazil 24. A foolhardy challenge 25. *Yours is 50% inherited from your mom 28. Spy 30. Whine 35. Tears 37. Rock formed as deposit from springs or streams 39. Departure from life 40. Please do not delay 41. One way to sell tickets 43. Causing pain 44. Large, colorful parrot 46. Christmastime 47. Objective case of “they” 48. Deficiency of red blood cells 50. “The Coal Miner’s Daughter” is her life story 52. Metal-bearing rock 53. *Busy moms keep a todo ____ 55. Wooden pin 57. Like a gruesome murder scene 60. *Minnelli’s mom 64. Infamous Greek lawmaker 65. Street in France 67. *”Mommie Dearest,” e.g. 68. Related to oats 69. Function 70. Get up 71. *Some moms seem to have these in back of their heads

DENMARK — Saturday, April 30 is the final deadline for those students wishing to submit a Denmark Lions Club scholarship application. The program assists Denmark residents who have applied for full-time attendance at a collegiate/vocational institution or who are already attending college. Prior recipients may reapply for one additional grant, which may be awarded if funds are available. Applications may be obtained at the Denmark Town Office.

72. Bachelor’s dwelling 73. Disintegration DOWN 1. Site of 1993 Texas disaster 2. “A Series of Unfortunate Events” count 3. Should be checked for cancer 4. Quickly runs away 5. Dar es ______, Tanzania 6. Folsom or Sing Sing, e.g. 7. “___ the King’s Men” 8. Light craft wood 9. You, in bygone era 10. ____-de-camp 11. Mouse catcher, e.g. 12. Unagi 15. Impressive display of food 20. Alex Haley’s dramatized novel 22. Give it a shot 24. Automatic option 25. As opposed to a comedy 26. Seventh month of Hebrew calendar 27. Speedily 29. *She gave birth in life and on TV on same day 31. Not in a horse’s diet 32. “_____ Man,” song 33. Olden days anesthetic 34. *Mother Goose story form 36. Junk e-mail 38. Russia to U.S. in WWII 42. Pen in Italian 45. *President who proclaimed second Sunday of May as Mother’s Day 49. Be unwell 51. Conventional 54. Comes from tapped maples 56. First word in chorus of “The Battle Hymn of the Republic” 57. Between black and white

USM youth musicians

Local youth grades 12 and younger joined their peers from all over the northeast region to perform in the University of Southern Maine School of Music’s Youth Ensembles as part of the Spring Instrumental Concert held on April 14 at Merrill Auditorium in Portland. Local musicians included: Leah Bennett of Bridgton, Lake Region High School, senior, Portland Youth Wind Ensemble, oboe. Andrea Engen of Conway, N.H., Fryeburg Academy freshman, Portland Youth Junior Orchestra, viola. Students of all levels rehearse and perform repertoire both classic and modernly innovative, challenging their skills and developing musical experience, and gaining from the opportunity to work with esteemed professional musicians, including University of Southern Maine School of Music faculty. Members are accepted by audition, with the next round of auditions scheduled for May 25-27. Contact marshunda. to arrange an appointment.

Studio & Academy talk

What is all this talk about “Studios” and “Academies” at Lake Region High School? Principal Ted Finn and department leaders will paint a clearer picture this evening. Two information sessions regarding the changing curriculum this coming fall will be held Thursday, April 28, from 6 to 8 p.m. Parents of next year’s juniors and seniors should attend the “Academy” presentation in the auditorium, while parents of next year’s sophomores and freshmen should report to the LRHS gym for the “Studio” talk.

58. Equal to distance divided by time 59. Frosts, as in a cake 60. Turned to the right, as in horse 61. Latin for bird 62. Not yet final or absolute 63. Sandra and Ruby, actresses 64. *Bambi’s mom 66. Sum of 50 states

Rotary’s Good Citizen

(Continued from Page C) How do you balance your class work and your extracurricular activities? It’s tough, especially during the musical. It’s important to develop time management skills, especially before going to college. Who has inspired you educationally? Mr. Long and Mr. Greenstone because music has always been a big part of my life. They have both been my teachers for four years. I respect them and know that they have taught me a lot about hard work and dedication that I have applied to both music and education.

Game solutions can be found on Page 5C

Fryeburg native chosen top coach

John E. Gordon Jr.

April 28, 2011, The Bridgton News, Page C

John Edward Gordon Jr., a Fryeburg native, will be named the USA Wrestling Magazine’s “High School Coach of the Year” in the May 30 issue. Last year, John accepted a position as the Athletic Director and wrestling coach at the St. Christopher’s School in Richmond, Va. His wife, Gina, teaches and coaches at the sister school — St. Catherine’s. Both schools are under the auspices of the Episcopalian church. This past August, John received the news of the national honor to bestowed upon him in his first year on the job. He is the only Virginia coach in the

39 years of the award to receive it. A member of the Fryeburg Academy Class of 1980, John grew up on the school’s campus. The son of Jack and the late Grace (Weston) Gordon, John has lived “on campus” all of his life. After graduating from Plymouth State, he returned to Fryeburg Academy where he taught Social Studies and coached wrestling for nine years. He and his wife, the former Gina Chiaravelotti of North Conway, N.H., the

daughter of Mario and Barbara Chiaravelotti, moved with their two children — Allie and Nicky — to the Dublin School, where John took another teaching/ wrestling position. Two years later, they were on the move again for a six-year period as the Dean of Students and the wrestling coach at the New Hampton School. Six years later, they left New Hampshire and settled in Pennsylvania. At Wyoming Seminary Wilkes-Barre, John was the Head of the Upper TOP COACH, Page C

Brookings speaks to PKA

Lovell’s Lauren Brooking, Distinguished Young Woman of Maine for 2011, visited Pequawket Kids Association After School Program on Wednesday, April 27 to present the program’s message of self-esteem and positive values. The senior at Fryeburg Academy is one of many young women who will take the positive message of the “Be Your Best Self” program to Boys & Girls Clubs and other organizations across the nation during National Be Your Best Self Week. The national event, presented by Distinguished Young Women will take place the week of April 25-29, 2011, and is expected to reach thousands of young people across the nation.

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Regional sports

Raider softball starts season with a bang — 30 runs some early season problems, which were the direct result of being unable to get outdoors. “We really need to get outside and practice more. Because of the weather and field conditions, we have only had four outdoor practices to date, and it showed,” he said.

Fryeburg made the long trip to York count on Monday by thumping the Wildcats 181. Again, Harriman shined by striking out 13 over five innings. She did hit a batter in the second inning (Harriman had no walks on the day), which came back to haunt the Raiders. “We had her picked off first, but the runner took off for second on the throw and Do you love soccer? Want to play more and get more prac- we didn’t make the throw in time,” Assistant Coach Chris tice? The Lake Region Soccer Club will hold tryouts for the fall soc- Dutton said. After the runner stole third, cer program on Sunday, May 1 and Sunday, May 15. Girls will try out at 5 p.m. and boys at 6 p.m. at the Kansas Road field in Naples. The program is open to girls and boys, ages 8 to 13, as of July 31, 2011. For more information contact: Don White at 321-1882 or email or Harvey Toews at 647-3985 or e-mail

(Continued from Page C) the sparkling debut, Coach Apt says the rookie has some work to do. “I liked her change-up and I think she needs to get ahead in the count more often,” Coach Apt said. Defensively, Coach Apt saw his club work through

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FA had another chance to record an out, but a rundown situation was “botched” and the Wildcats (0-2) scored. It proved to be their lone

run of the contest. As she was a year ago, Tripp provided the spark the Raiders needed to get rolling. She went 4-for-5 with 3 runs scored. McConkey also continued her torrid start with a 3-for-4 day with 3 runs scored and 2 RBI. Harriman helped her own cause with a 3-for-5 game with two triples and 5 RBI. Fryeburg showed their hitting depth as Maddie Pearson belted a bases-clearing double for 3 RBI, while Ashley Watkins crushed a drive that

resulted in a triple. With the Raiders up by a healthy margin, Coach Apt put on the brakes and held Watkins at third, which drew a few complimentary remarks from the York coaches following the contest. At 2-0, Fryeburg now faces some expected challenges. First up, if Mother Nature allowed yesterday, was always tough Cape Elizabeth. The Raiders then host Wells on Friday at 4 p.m. followed with a noon time game Saturday against Yarmouth.

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NAPLES — The Naples Recreation Department is holding the 9th Annual Lake Region Youth Football Golf Outing at the Naples Golf and Country Club on June 4 at 2 p.m. The cost to participate in this event is $65 per person. All proceeds go to help make tackle football affordable in the area. If you are a business in the area and would like to donate prizes or sponsor a hole please contact the Naples Recreation Director Harvey Price Jr. at 595-0602.





Ridge walk, run sign-up

Runner and walkers are warming up for the 2nd annual 5K Ridge Run/Walk on June 25. Registration forms for the 5K Ridge Run/Walk are available at Bridgton Books, The Umbrella Factory in Naples, and the Harrison Town Hall. Runners/walkers registered by June 21 pay $15 and receive a free race t-shirt. After June 21, the fee is $15. Online registration is also available at     Extra t-shirts will be available for sale as long as supplies last.  As they did last year, Poland Springs is generously donating water for the event, and local businesses are contributing prizes for the racers.  Runners depart at 9 a.m. from Ring Farm; walkers depart at 9:05 a.m. The route travels around Upper Ridge, Del Chadbourne, Porter Hill and Upper Ridge back to the farm.    All proceeds go to support Equine Journeys programs — the nonprofit provides therapeutic farm activities for individuals with disabilities. For more information, please call 647-8475.

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(Continued from Page C) School and the wrestling coach…for six more years! Both of the Gordon children are students at the University of Virginia. John is the oldest grandson of Betty Weston of Fryeburg.


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April 28, 2011, The Bridgton News, Page C

State assists anglers with easy access Savvy Maine anglers know that some of the best earlyspring fishing can be found at Sebago Lake — Maine’s deepest lake. The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands (BPL), under the Maine Department of Conservation, in cooperation with the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife (MDIF&W), is making it easier for fishermen with boats to get access to the lake for excellent fishing during April and May. “We are working closely with MDIF&W Commissioner Chandler Woodcock to provide fishermen access to some of Maine’s prime fishing waters,” said Commissioner Bill Beardsley of the Maine Department of Conservation. “This is an example of how Commissioner Woodcock and I expect our two agencies to work together.” “MDIF&W is thrilled to work with DOC Commissioner EYE ON THE TARGET — Lake Region relief pitcher Patrick Beardsley and the Bureau of Irish focuses in on the target as he prepares to fire a pitch Parks and Lands in providagainst Yarmouth on Monday. (Rivet Photo) ing this early availability to

Maine’s fishing community,” said Commissioner Woodcock. “Our goal is that this will be the first of many collaborations between our departments to improve access to, and encourage participation in, Maine’s outdoor recreation opportunities.” Fishermen who want to launch their boats from the deepwater boat launch at Sebago Lake State Park in Casco for some early-spring fishing now will find it easier to get an early-morning start, according to Ron Hunt, BPL regional manager-Southern Region. Park entrance guidelines have been enhanced “to allow open access to what most fishermen consider the best fishing boat launch ramp on Sebago Lake,” Hunt said. The Sebago Lake boat ramp is unique in that it is inside the state park and also is a deep-water entry

boat ramp that accommodates boats of any draft depth, he said. The regional manager said the best fishing on Sebago Lake usually takes place between April 1 after ice out and early May in conjunction with the spring smelt run. The Songo River’s entry into the lake attracts the spring smelt run, which in turn causes salmon to concentrate at the mouth of the river, creating “a very good opportunity for salmon fishing,” Hunt said. Commenting on fishing conditions, Hunt said, “They should be excellent now as the ice is out and the smelt run starts.” Anglers are encouraged to check their fishing law book for bag and size limits. The fishing law book is available on MDIF&W’s website at www., or where

fishing licenses are sold statewide. Anglers now will find the park entrance to the boat ramp “much more convenient,” regional manager Hunt said. “There is an expectation, however, that even though the gate is open 24/7 that all boaters pay the applicable entrance fee when they enter the park,” Hunt emphasized. The maximum that any party of fishermen should pay at the park entrance is $5, he said. To clarify, Hunt said that before May 21, prior to the control station being staffed, the park gate will be open 24 hours a day for seven days a week. Fishermen who want access to the boat ramp must do one of the following: • Deposit the appropriate offseason park fee in the metal receptacle known as the “Iron LAKE ACCESS, Page C

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NAPLES – 4-bedroom, 2 1/2-bath colonial built in 2006 in beautiful upscale subdivision of similar homes, on ±3.46-acre lot with seasonal views of Mt. Washington and surrounding mountains. Cherry cabinets with granite-topped island. Large front-to-back living room, 2-car garage under with mudroom and office, finished 3rd floor. $364,900.

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Bridgton – Like-new 3 level slopeside ski in/ski out townhouse at Shawnee Peak offering huge game room/great room. 3 BAs, open kitchen/living area, decks, and fireplace. Wood & tile floors, walk to ski slopes & lodge. $225,000.


OTISFIELD – Great home for new family with easy commute to Portland and close to schools. New appliances, hardwood floors, full basement to finish off. $132,900. MLS #1004654

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BRIDGTON – Good price for a brand new home in neighborhood of similar homes, yet close to town and amenities. Come make your choices on colors or siding, roofing, cabinets, countertops and flooring. Have it built the way you want it! $209,900. MLS #1009320

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Bridgton – Intown retail building in excellent location for road traffic. Close to traffic light & next door to Norway Savings Bank. Parking & loading dock. 1.5-story building with lots of opportunity. Many possibilities: 3 rooms upstairs could be made into living quarters or used for storage. $139,000.

LAND Bridgton – LOW, LOW LAND PRICES-MOTIVATED SELLER! Two 1-acre lots for sale at the amazing price of $13,900 per lot! One 3-acre lot available for only $15,900! Unbelievable prices! Private location. Sebago, Priced To Sell! – 1.85 acres convenient to lakes, skiing, mountains yet commute to Portland, Cornish or Bridgton areas. Great location for cabin or getaway, or year-round home. $12,000. Bridgton, Reduced! – Fantastic price for water access! Half-acre parcel in Knights Hill waterfront community. Amenities include inground pool, tennis courts, clubhouse, beach & marina. Only 5 minutes from Shawnee Peak Ski Resort. You can’t beat this price! $25,000. Harrison – Beautiful 8-acre lot with stunning views of Mt. Washington, Shawnee Peak & more in quality subdivision with paved road. $89,000.

Bridgton – 1975 Knights Hill home with deck, porch, 2-BRs up, fireplace, eat-in kitchen, and full walk-out partially finished basement. Knights Hill amenities include beach, marina, tennis & newly renovated swimming pool! Skiing very close by. $99,000.

Sweden, Reduced! – 4-BR home tucked away on 2 acres in the country that can be used either as a single family home, 2-unit rental property, or owneroccupied home with rental unit/in-law apt. Lots of possibilities! Fryeburg Academy school district. $119,000.

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IN THE PIRATES’ SPOTLIGHT — The Lake Region Middle School Band, under the direction of Paul Greenstone, performs the national anthem prior to the start of the Portland Pirates hockey game on Tuesday, March 29, at the Cumberland County Civic Center. The LRMS musicians were the first band to perform the anthem for the Pirates in recent memory. HANDLING A LOBSTER — Lake Region Middle School students (left to right) Tyson Prescott, Caitlin Richards and Heather Tait take an up-close look at a lobster during their reent trip to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute.

Life of a lobster, up close

By Heidi Fox and Maggie Somers LRMS Kenduskeag Team Bam. You’re there. A splash of colors catches your attention as you walk by. A deep blue ocean full of underwater creatures looms in front of you, waiting to be noticed. What is this beautiful display? It’s an underwater mural representing the sixth grade field trip to the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) arranged by our science teacher, Mrs. Pauline Lyons. At GMRI, the theme was “Lobsters: Untold Tales.” We learned about the scientific method of problem solving. We also learned about how lobsters affect the Gulf of Maine, what they eat, the lobstering industry, anything and everything we needed to know about lobsters! We took a charter bus to their high-tech facility and started right off on learning. There were four stations that we visited. Two of them involved great touch-screen computers: learning about a lobster’s habitat and deciding how many lobster traps to set on a virtual fishing trip. In the other two stations we were hands on: getting a lobster to view up close to see its adaptations and using microscopes to observe what they ate. It was such a great experience! After we did the lab work, we

TOP STUDENTS IN FEBRUARY — Molly Ockett Middle School in Fryeburg honored these students during February: Students of the Month, eighth grader Devon Wentworth, seventh grader Patrick Carty and sixth grader Chase Carus; Most Improved, eighth grader Felicia Rogers, seventh grader Allison Manoogian and sixth grader Rachel Conder. Pictured (left to right) Felicia Rogers, Devon Wentworth, Chase Carus, Rachel Conder, Allison Manoogian and Patrick Carty.

got to videotape our responses. There were often questions about what we learned at each station. The best part was we got cards with a code to go online with after the field trip. On the site, it shows the videos we made and the pictures we took, as well as our group picture. Our technology teacher, Mr. John Lucy, challenged us to make a mural about sea life and what we learned at GMRI. We were all very excited to share what we learned. Some of the

Easy lake access

(Continued from Page C) Ranger,” the maximum being $5 for a party of fishermen; • Or purchase a vehicle season pass (adults 64 and under) for $70 from BPL; or purchase a senior (65 and over) vehicle season pass for $30. After May 21, during regular business hours, 9 a.m. to sunset, fishermen may choose from the following: • Pay the appropriate fee to park staff from 9 a.m. to sunset, the maximum being $5 for a party. • Or deposit the appropriate in-season park fee in the Iron Ranger if no staff is present. After May 21, the park gate will be closed at sunset and opened each day by staff at 9 a.m., Hunt said. Fishermen who want earlymorning access must: • Purchase a seasonal Early Launch Permit for $10, which also will provide the gate lock combination. Similar guidelines will be put in place for Webb Lake at Mount Blue State Park in Weld, for Range Pond at Range Ponds State Park, and for Rangeley Lake at Rangeley Lake State Park. Anyone with questions can contact Park Manager Andy Haskell at Sebago Lake, at 693-6231; Park Manager Bruce Farnham, Mount Blue, at 585-2261; Park Manager Adam McKay, Rangeley Lake, at 864-3858; and Park Manager Gordeen Skolfield, Range Ponds, at 998-4104.






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things that were included on the mural were sea mammals, such as sharks, dolphins and whales; starfish and clams; outside creatures and objects that have an effect on our underwater ecosystem such as trash and oil; seabirds, like loons and seagulls; and of course, lobsters! The whole sixth grade team, Kenduskeag, had a part in making the three-dimensional mural. We worked really hard on it, and we’re very pleased with the final product! It was a great experience going to GMRI, and we had a blast making the mural!

MARCH TOP STUDENTS — Molly Ockett Middle School’s March Students of the Month and Most Improved Students were: Students of the Month, Shelby Hesslein, Grade 8; Kathryn Clark, Grade 7; Tyler Worcester, Grade 6. Most Improved, Shelby Shea, Grade 8; Sage Boivin, Grade 7; Bowen Greenleaf, Grade 6. Pictured left to right, Kathryn Clark, Sage Boivin, Shelby Hesslein and Bowen Greenleaf. Absent from photo were Shelby Shea and Tyler Worcester.

Diamond notes: FA baseball

(Continued from Page C) struck out 10 over five innings while also collecting 2 hits. In the second inning, MacFawn tripled and scored when Andrew Rascoe lined a shot up the middle

for the game’s first run. The Raiders made it 4-0 after three innings, and added two more runs in the fourth as Colby Locke belted a double. The Raiders knocked 7 hits

and played error-free ball. FA pitchers MacFawn, Andrew Rascoe and Brady Lloyd silenced the Knights’ bats, allowing just 3 hits.

Opinion & Comment

April 28, 2011, The Bridgton News, Page D


Finding safe energy

In Alaska, a regional electric company was eying property for a coal-fired generator to put more power on its grid. The proposed project became feasible enough that public hearings were held. Matanuska Electric Company owned industrially zoned property upon which to build. In addition, the resource – coal lie beneath the ground in old mines that closed in the mid1960s when Anchorage’s military base quit using coal-burning furnaces. One issue: Un-mined coal had a high moisture-content. But, new technology promised to dry the product so it could be used as a sustainable resource. At the mention of burning coal, the hairs stood up on the necks of many residents. People expressed fears about pollution to the air and water as well as potential health hazards for citizens near the plant. Advocates for coal-fired energy unveiled a plan for “cleaner and safer” technology. “Don’t throw the baby out with the bath water,” one supporter said, adding people didn’t understand how this technology had improved since the early 1900s. The structure was never built. So, it’s hard to say whether damage to the watershed and air and human health was averted or not. On March 24, 1989, when the oil tanker Exxon Valdez hit a reef, all the promises from industry officials and lawmakers tainted Southeast Alaska waters. Eleven million gallons spilled before it was “under control.” The crude spread across 11,000-square miles of the Pacific Ocean, and gradually worked its way to 1,300 miles of the coastline. It seems even a drunken captain could have avoided the environment catastrophe IF tanker manufacturers hadn’t skimped on the steel needed for a double-hulled tanker. Maybe, laws were made lax. Or, ship builders (in an effort to save money) weren’t producing up to code. As investigations continued, people learned that the Exxon Valdez had a single hull, not two as folks had been led to believe when tankers started shipping crude from the pipeline. Does it seem like history repeated itself a year ago, with the explosion of an oil rig that for three months spewed crude oil into the ocean off Florida’s coast? Research into the incident revealed that the April 20, 2010, accident may have been prevented if certain precautions had been in place. Supposedly, software programs that predicted the problem were ignored by higher ups. Later, a television-viewing public learned the back-up plan (to plug the wellhead) was a venture into unchartered waters, not fool-proof or tested. The Deepwater Horizon sank on Earth Day last year, but 4.9 million barrels of crude oil continued to spill from the source. Comparatively, the Exxon Valdez spill totaled 257,000 barrels of crude. Eight times that amount of oil was released during the Florida spill. In both Alaska and Florida, livelihoods were jeopardized. Animals were killed, and food chain resistance thrown into question. But, far worse, the Deepwater Horizon accident caused the death of 11 employees. This week, news articles observe the 25th anniversary since the nuclear power plant explosion in Chernobyl. That incident took lives – some mercifully faster than others. Was this another example of upper-level mismanagement, or a government not having ENERGY, Page D

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Town of Sweden Residents NEW TOWN OFFICE HOURS

Effective May 1, 2011 Effective May 1, 2011, the Sweden Town Office will be open during the following hours: Town Clerk – Tuesdays 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., Thursdays 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and 2nd and 4th Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Tax Collector/Treasurer – Mondays 3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m., Tuesdays 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m., and 1st and 3rd Saturdays 9:00 a.m. to 12 nooon. If you have any questions, please call the Town Office at 647-3944. 2T17

SO VERY SWEET — From left, Mimi Wetzel and Joan Ehrler, pictured with Director Wanda Foss, are members of the Mollyockett Chorus, Chapter of Sweet Adelines International, that have been busy preparing to compete at the Regional Competition in Springfield, Mass. on Saturday, May 14, along with 18 other show choruses. The public is invited to Friends and Family Night, the final dress rehearsal before heading to competition, on Tuesday, May 3, at 7 p.m. at the Church of the Latter Day Saints on Skeetfield Road, Oxford.

The state of the onion

All seasons are unpredictable, but spring may be the most fickle — it just can’t make up its mind (pardon the blatant anthropomorphism). I have written proof. I am an ardent journal-keeper. A series of speckled composition notebooks have been following me for decades and I seem bent to write everything down: to-do lists, sketches of home improvement ideas, whimsical doodles that meant something once but now are gibberish, descriptions of things seen and heard, wish lists, phone numbers, notes for writing projects (like this column) — an anthology of haphazard stuff now some 3,000 pages long, that occasionally proves useful. And that leads us back to spring, which, as an enthusiastic gardener, I have been keep-

Views from the Uppermost House by S. Peter Lewis News Columnist

ing track of since Ronald Regan was president. And here’s where the fickleness comes in. A few examples: March 31, 2001: “Fortyseven inches of snow on the ground, ugh!” March 31, 2002: “Garden is virtually snow-free, if (a bit)

mucky.” May 18, 2002: “Been raining (and snowing!) all morning. 2009: “Rain, rain, rain, everything soggy, rotting, or dead. No garden to speak of this year.” 2010: “One of the best springs I can remember.” So, one year we’re buried in snow on April Fools Day, and a year-to-the-day after that we’re dry as a bone, yet get flurries several weeks later. Iceout has come as early as the end of March (2006), or as late

as the first day of May. Peas have gone in the ground in late March, or some six weeks later. The last frost? Oh, who in the world knows — I suppose the Fourth of July is safe. See what I mean? For all its delights, spring is positively schizophrenic. It’s chaotic and wishy-washy, frantic one year (like when the thermometer hit 88 in March, 1998) and shut right down another year (when you can’t get a shovel in the ground until long after the taxes are due). Spring is like a blind date; you open the door and say hello and sometimes things warm up, and sometimes the frost never seems to leave the ground. My problem is (partly, at least) these silly journals I keep, this compulsive need I have to ONION, Page D

Time for me to leave teaching

Time to leave teaching. It’s been 36 years — two in Lowell, Mass. teaching juvenile delinquents and 34 in Maine public schools. I’m going to miss it because I love teaching U.S. History and current events to 14 year olds, most of the time. They can be trying. When I tell people what age I teach, they often say, “God bless you. I could never do that.” What I’d come to like about the age is that they’re capable of learning virtually anything, and most of the things I teach them they’re hearing about for the first time. They don’t have too many biases or

Front Row Seat by Tom McLaughlin News Columnist

rewards in this work. When I didn’t enjoy teaching, it was often because of some fault of my own — usually my attitude.


Public Notice




The Municipal Officers of the Town of Bridgton will hold a Public Hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at the Municipal Building located at 3 Chase Street, in Bridgton to accept oral and written comments on a special amusement permit application for The Big Kahuna Café located at 270 Main Street. 1T17



Public Notice

PUBLIC HEARING The Municipal Officers of the Town of Bridgton will hold a Public Hearing at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at the Municipal Building located at 3 Chase Street, in Bridgton to accept oral and written comments on a special amusement permit application for Punkin Valley Inn located at 1270 North High Street. 1T17

NORTH BRIDGTON CEMETERY ASSOCIATION MEETING The annual meeting of the North Bridgton Cemetery Association will be held May 2, 2011 at the North Bridgton Public Library, at 7 p.m. Anyone owning a lot at the cemetery or interested in owning a lot in our cemetery is encouraged to attend. 1T17

The Municipal Officers of the Town of Bridgton will hold a Public Hearing at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at the Municipal Building located at 3 Chase Street, in Bridgton to hear public comment on the following questions that will be presented to the voters via referendum ballot on June 14, 2011: ARTICLE 3. Shall an ordinance entitled “Site Plan Review Ordinance” be amended? ARTICLE 4. Shall an ordinance entitled “Shoreland Zoning Ordinance” be amended? ARTICLE 5. Shall an ordinance entitled “Sign Ordinance” be amended? ARTICLE 6. Shall an ordinance entitled “Special Amusement Ordinance” be amended? ARTICLE 7. Shall an ordinance entitled “Ordinance Controlling Nudity in Commercial or Business Activities Not Requiring a Special Amusement Permit” be enacted? ARTICLE 8. Shall the voters of the Town of Bridgton authorize the Board of Selectmen to enter into a contract with the Cumberland County Regional Communications Center for the provision of dispatching services for the Town and to complete all other necessary actions related thereto? The Board of Selectmen recommends a “YES” vote. ARTICLE 9. NON-BINDING: There are four main options for the renovation of the Town Hall on North High Street. Which option would you prefer the Board of Selectmen take? Please choose only one option: Option 1. Complete the basic structural maintenance, building repairs and roof renovations for similar facility uses. Est. Cost: $400,000 Option 2. Complete option 1 and renovate the exterior siding and roof to meet historical renovation standards which have increased ongoing maintenance based upon the materials used. Uses in the building could be more restricted. Est. Cost: $750,000 Option 3. Disassemble the building and replace with a modern building for similar facility uses. Est. Cost: $600–$750,000 Option 4. Close the building and disassemble without replacement. Est. Cost: $50–$100,000

preconceived ideas about the wider world and they’re very bright. Every year, I realize that many are brighter than I am, but I’ve been around longer. I’ve had more time and opportunity to learn. When I teach them classic concepts, they ask extremely perceptive questions I never hear in discussions with jaded adults. Their questions have forced me to consider fresh perspectives on ancient enigmas and those have been my biggest

If you require information about the cemetery please call 647-5549.


Never did expect to be at it so long, but that’s how it unfolded. There were times I wanted to do something else, but circumstances prevented career change. Twenty-five years ago, I was diagnosed with a medical condition for which I needed several expensive surgeries, each requiring about six weeks of recovery. With a young family, a mortgage and a pre-existing condition, no other insurance company would take me on. So, for a while, I felt stuck in the job. That wasn’t good for my students until I managed to I change my attitude by counting my blessings, of which there have been many. For the past few years, I’ve met with a retired history teacher to chat about the trade. I asked him how he knew when to give it up. “When the time comes, you just know,” he said, but it didn’t feel right for me then. My five-year teaching license was due to expire in July and I proceeded to renew it. Soon after going through that process, however, I decided to call the Maine Public Employees Retirement Service and inquire about what my pension would look like if this were my last year and the numbers didn’t point to a cushy life, with medical insurance looming as the biggest expense. The economy doesn’t look promising for TEACHING, Page D


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Struck a nerve

To The Editor: Evidently, I struck a nerve when I called the two new members of Casco’s Finance Committee “busybodies” in the course of asking if and when the present Finance Committee had changed from a committee to review the proposed budget for the next fiscal year into a body to set financial policy for every aspect of the town. I grant that the word “busybodies” isn’t quite the right word for what these women are doing, but oh well. Regardless, I have not yet had an answer as to if and when the Finance Committee’s purpose changed. As I have understood things in the past, it is the selectmen who set financial policy and are responsible for looking at individual accounts in depth. The Finance Committee in the past has simply given recommendations to guide the townspeople in their votes at town meeting. If this has changed, I think voters should know. If this much power is to be given to or taken by a non-elected committee, then I strongly advise there be a town vote to establish this. I do not take issue with anyone for finding and pointing out errors, problems, discrepancies, etc. Unfortunately, however, these new Finance Committee members as well as some other Casco residents seem to have an agenda — to fire the town man-

Maine values

To The Editor: We were not surprised Friday afternoon when we discovered our old wooden flagpole broken and on the ground. The flagpole was old when we arrived here 32 years ago. We were surprised when we discovered the new flag had been removed


TOWN OF DENMARK Absentee ballots for the Annual Town Elections will be available on May 3, 2011 at the Denmark Town Office during normal office hours. Chery Booker Town Clerk



Town of Sweden Residents

from the rope to which it had been reattached recently with new fittings. Why would anyone in Maine take our American flag? We were surprised again the next morning to find it neatly folded in the newspaper mailbox. Our faith in Maine’s old-fashion value system had been redeemed. Our thanks to whomever retrieved and safely stored our flag. They reaffirmed our decision to move and stay in Maine, not withstanding the usual delay of the much-awaited spring weather. Ron and Fran Fryer Bridgton

Difficult times

To The Editor: I read with appreciation the Viewpoint editorial entitled, “Tough times, tough choices,” which included the following: “People on fixed incomes, and those who are unemployed or unable to work, are perhaps hardest hit by the prolonged global economic downturn… with many families barely able to hold on — living from paycheck to paycheck, or having little or no income and having to seek General Assistance in the form of rent assistance, food vouchers, and utility payments from their hometowns.” I see people struggling every day. I see it in my line of work, where the organization I direct works to house some of the poorest and most vulnerable populations. I see it as I look around nearly every part of Maine. I think it is pretty easy to see that poor and vulnerable people are facing very difficult times. Yet, the elected representatives of this region appear to be making their own “tough choices” in a partisan vacuum. It is the juxtaposition and timing of their recent votes with this well-written editorial that strikes me. The same week this editorial was published, in a straight party line vote, the Republican majority of the

Maine Legislature’s Taxation Committee voted to approve a tax package for the biennial state budget that will disproportionately benefit a small number of people who are wealthy at the expense of Maine workers, families and the elderly. In addition to eliminating or reducing the estate tax to benefit roughly 600 of Maine’s wealthiest families, Governor LePage and the Republican majority are also proposing to reduce income taxes for Maine’s top earners. Here’s how they propose to pay for the hundreds of millions of dollars in tax breaks for the wealthy: • Cut property tax relief for 88,000 low, moderate, and middle-income families; • Cut prescription drug assistance for seniors and people with disabilities, who are already on fixed incomes; • Cut health care for thousands of low wage working parents whose families depend on their paychecks; • Cut state reimbursement to municipalities for General Assistance; and, • Cut wages and benefits of Maine public workers and teachers. I fail to see how this creates jobs or benefits the economy. But I do see how this will hurt people who are poor, and I do see how the rest of us will pay. This tax giveaway to the wealthy will cost $200 million in the next two years and more than $350 million the two years after that, resulting in even more massive cuts to programs important to middle and lowincome Mainers. These are the committee members from our region who voted in favor of this proposal: State Senator David R. Hastings III (District 13: Baldwin, Bridgton, Harrison, Naples, Sebago, Brownfield, Denmark, Fryeburg, Hiram, Norway, Otisfield, Oxford, Paris, and Porter); and State Representative Paul Waterhouse (District 98: Bridgton, Harrison, Lovell, Stow and Sweden). It makes me wonder who they feel a duty to represent. LETTERS, Page D

Public Notice


SPECIAL TOWN MEETING The Town of Sweden will hold a Special Town Meeting on Saturday, May 14, 2011 at 9:00 a.m. at the Town Meeting Hall. The purpose of this meeting is to elect a new Selectman. For more information please call the Town Office at 647-3944. 2T16 Public Notice

It is requested that all old flowers and accessories be removed from the Waterford Cemeteries by May 1, 2011. After that date, they will be removed at the sexton’s discretion. Bill Haynes Cemetery Sexton



Applications for a Special Amusement Permit and Liquor License for Merced’s on Brandy Pond, Inc., submitted by Frank Merced; and renewal of Liquor License and Special Amusement Permit applications for Tail of the Lake Lobster Co., submitted by Scott Coulombe.

Truck may be seen at the Waterford Highway Garage on the Waterford Road. Bids must be submitted by May 2, 2011 and a decision will be made May 9, 2011.

Public welcome.

TOWN OFFICE CLOSED The Lovell Town Office will be closed on Thursday, April 28, 2011.

Invitation to Bid The Town of Lovell is now taking bids on the installation of a septic system for the Center Lovell Fire Station. Copies of the septic design are available at the Lovell Town Office. The Selectmen reserve the right to refuse all bids.



TOWN OF NAPLES PUBLIC SALE OF MOBILE HOME and HOUSE The Town of Naples is selling “as-is” a 1972 Mann Mobile Home located at Kent’s Landing (second mobile home located down Kent’s Landing). The mobile home is 12' x 60' with 7 foot high ceilings and is in need of some “TLC,” thus is being sold as is. It is blue and white in color. Buyer will be responsible for promptly removing mobile home after purchase. Deed will be Quit Claim. Also the Town is selling the stone façade house located at 1 Kent’s Landing Road and the corner of Rt. 302. Interested buyers must be prepared to move home in a timely manner, or salvage whatever portions of home in timely manner agreed upon by the Town. The house is for sale and no land; thus the requirement to move it. Proposals will be received by the Town Treasurer no later than 12:00 p.m. on May 6, 2011. Proposals should be clearly marked “Kent’s Landing Proposal,” and mailed or delivered to Naples Town Office, 15 Village Green Lane, PO Box 1757, Naples ME 04055. Proposals can be for either or both mobile home and house. Proposals will be opened at noon on May 6, 2011, and reported to Selectboard at their next scheduled meeting following May 6, 2011. Tax Map & Lot No.


Map U25 Lot 4

Blue and White Mobile Home, and House with stone façade



Public Notice

Scholarship Applications for the Jean Murray, Ernest Murray, Josephine Caswell, Gerald Forest, Horton-Ricker, Blake and Gosselin-Beck Scholarships are now available at the Town Clerk’s office. These scholarships are for the residents of Harrison continuing their education at a college, university or vocational school. Applications must be received at the Harrison Town Office no later than May 1, 2011. 2T16 PUBLIC NOTICE


s/Harrison Board of Selectmen



For further information or to view the mobile home or house, contact Derik Goodine, Naples Town Manager, at 15 Village Green Lane, Naples, Maine 04055 or 693-6364. 3T15

PUBLIC HEARING There will be a Public Hearing to consider the application of Gordon R. Wentworth d/b/a 302 West Smokehouse and Tavern for the issuance of a Special Amusement Permit for the 302 West Smokehouse and Tavern, 636 Main Street, Fryeburg village on May 5, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. at the Town of Fryeburg Municipal Office, 16 Lovewell Pond Road. Public comment is invited.

PUBLIC HEARING There will be a Public Hearing to consider a Mass Gathering Permit for Denmark Lions Club to host the Western Maine BBQ Festival at the Fryeburg Fairgrounds on May 5, 2011 at 6:15 p.m. at the Town of Fryeburg Municipal Office, 16 Lovewell Pond Road. Public comment is invited.




The Town of Naples reserves the right to accept or reject any and/or all bids.

Derik Goodine Town Manager/Treasurer

well, so it’s been lonely. I started writing the book a few years ago, but my life has been just too busy to make any progress. I’ve saved most of the paperwork generated by my adversaries — most of it in the form of letters to various principals, superintendents, the school board, the state licensing board, and so forth. Then, there are angry letters to the editor from various newspapers in which my column has appeared, and they number well into the hundreds. I don’t know if I’ll be able to sell the book to a publisher once it’s written, but hey, nothing ventured, nothing gained. There’s been no shortage of people who have publicly declared me unfit to teach and who have tried to have me dismissed over the years, but I’ve weathered it all. I’m leaving now because I want to. Tom McLaughlin of Lovell is a middle school U.S. History teacher. He can be reached at


TRUCK FOR BID: A 1997 International 4900 Plow Truck with a stainless steel hopper sander. Mileage 79,981.

(Continued from Page D) the foreseeable future either, but I could be dead by the time that changes. My wife and I are physically in good shape right now and we have no debts. She’s gotten her counseling practice down to a manageable pace, but I’ve been the one who is too busy. I’ve maintained a small property-management business for the past 26 years and written a regular weekly column for 20. I intend to continue with both. My income will diminish. I won’t be able to travel as often, but I’ll have time to pursue other interests, which I expect to enjoy more than teaching. There’s at least one book in me about what it’s been like as a controversial columnist in the same community where I’ve taught. Early in my career, I was a liberal and I annoyed conservatives. Then, I morphed into a conservative and annoyed liberals. Public education is a very liberal profession, which doesn’t tolerate conservatives

Leaving teaching



The Naples Board of Selectpersons will hold a public hearing at their next meeting on May 2, 2011 at 7:00 p.m. at the Naples Municipal Offices. On the agenda:

so long as Medicare coverage applies. No matter which state or territory you’re in, the amount you pay for a doctor’s visit depends on whether or not the doctor takes assignment from Medicare. Doctors who don’t take assignment can charge up to 15 percent above the Medicare-approved amount. Some Medicare supplement plans will cover that excess charge. Stan Cohen, a Medicare Volunteer Counselor, is available for free, one-on-one consultations at Bridgton Hospital on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. No appointment is necessary. Alternatively, call the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (800-427-7411) and ask for a Medicare Advocate.


Public Notice


By Stan Cohen Medicare Volunteer Counselor Last week, I wrote about health coverage while traveling if you have a Medicare Advantage plan. If you have original Medicare however, you can travel anywhere in the United States and its territories and get the health care you need from any doctor or hospital that accepts Medicare. On the other hand, original Medicare doesn’t usually cover care you get outside the country. An exception to this would be if you are in the United States and need emergency care and the closest hospital that can treat you is in Mexico or Canada. Most Medicare supplement plans will work in other states also,


Cemetery Cleanup

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ager, remake the town office — and perhaps incidentally to make names for themselves. So rather than work to improve the town, they look for anything to further their aim. There are always discrepancies and errors in any government or enterprise — just look at the State of Maine where the Department of Health and Human Services lost millions; the federal government, ditto. An honest desire to better Casco would be to question, show and help. That should be the aim. Casco and its town office have been subjected to endless fishing expeditions in order to find something, anything, to hang the town employees and its manager. Aside from the destructive negativity of this, it has been very costly, in time, Freedom of Information Act copies, responses, and much more. This should stop! Honest analyses should and would always be welcomed. If I thought these people truly had Casco’s best interests at heart, I would support them, applaud them, but when the aim is to destroy rather than contribute, I cannot. Alice Darlington Casco



MUNICIPAL OFFICERS’ NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Municipal Officers of the Town of Bridgton will hold a Public Hearing at 6:00 P.M. on Tuesday, May 10, 2011 at the Municipal Building located at 3 Chase Street, in Bridgton to hear public comment on the following article that will be presented to voters at Annual Town Meeting on June 15, 2011: Moose Pond Land Trust Fund Balance for 2012 – “Shall the voters of the Town of Bridgton authorize the balance of the Moose Pond Land Trust Fund allocation for FY 2012 estimated at $9,815 to be split between the Bridgton Recreation Advancement Group’s efforts to construct a fence at the BRAG field Complex and to a fund designated for future use in town parks, meaning and intending to make a split allocation of 50%/50% between BRAG and the “Park Fund,” but that the total allocation shall not exceed the available balance after the approval of the amount in Article “Y” above? The Board of Selectmen recommends a “YES” vote. 1T17



(Continued from Page D) And it makes me very worried about those among us who are hardest hit. Cullen Ryan Portland/Denmark Executive Director, Community Housing of Maine


To The Editor: I was also in attendance last Friday night at the debate between Tom McLaughlin, our local conservative opinion writer, and Shenna Bellows, executive director of the Maine Civil Liberties Union. I think it important — before I get to the affirmative action part — to mention that Bellow’s response to the ACLU’s position on federally-funded abortions is that federal funds do not pay for abortions, but do pay (through 42 Planned Parenthood clinics


in Maine) for preventive medical examinations and health counseling to prevent and reduce unwanted pregnancies and abortions. This counters the argument that the ACLU’s support of Planned Parenthood advocates government paid for eugenics program to “force” mandated abortions. In his attack on “affirmative action,” McLaughlin said if he had a “loved” one in need of a good brain surgeon, he would have to look around for an Asian neurosurgeon and avoid using a black one. This was because a black student (because of affirmative action) can get into college with a score of 1100, a Hispanic student matched in background must have 1230, a white student, a 1410 and an Asian student a 1550. As much as I agree with Tom that using this criteria for admissions into college seems odd to say the least, SAT scores have little to do with the long, arduous years of training it takes to become qualified as a brain surgeon.


The black brain surgeon may have gotten a push from affirmative action, but such does not guarantee results. And then again, for anyone to choose a brain surgeon (say an Asian over a black man) based on his or her high school SAT scores is not the brightest light around when it comes to good judgment. To claim that affirmative action is racist and sexist and that heterosexual white men like Tom McLaughlin are victims of race and sex discrimination after he has called poor people and minorities (except for white heterosexual men) every negative slanderous, stereotype in the book is beyond ludicrous. The point I want to make is that those black, white, Asian, Muslim, Jew, homosexual, heterosexual, Hispanic, etc. forced to work in insecure jobs with no benefits or hopes for advancement at unlivable wages are the people both in America and around the world who are facing the worst kind of scape-


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ALARMS WAM-ALARM Systems Installation, Service, Monitoring Burglar-Fire-Temperature Sensors Free Security Survey 647-2323

APPLIANCE REPAIR Jones Appliance Service/Repair LLC Quality service you deserve All major brands 595-4020


CARPET CLEANING McHatton’s Cleaning Service Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Fire, Smoke, Soot, Water Certified Technicians Bridgton 647-2822, 1-800-850-2822

CARPETING Bolster’s Decorating Center Carpet-Linoleum-Ceramic Always free decorating consulting Rte. 117 at 302, Bridgton 647-5101 Thurlow’s Carpet & Home Center Sales & Service Meadow Rd. (Sandy Creek Junction) Bridgton 647-5562, 800-310-5563

CATERING A Fine Kettle of Fish Catering Personal chef service/catering Sheila Rollins 583-6074

CHIMNEY LINING The Clean Sweep LLC Chimney Cleaning Service Supaflu and Stainless Steel Chimney lining and relining Dana Richardson 935-2501


First Impressions Cleaning Inc. WardHill Architecture Residential & Commercial 25 yrs. exp.-Residential/Commercial Seasonal Custom plans, Shoreland/site plan permit 647-5096 Design/Build & Construction mgmt. 807-625-7331 Lake & Mountain View Property Maintenance Cleaning & caretaking ATTORNEYS Exceptional references Shelley P. Carter, Attorney 207-650-1101 Law Office of Shelley P. Carter, PA McHatton’s Cleaning Service 110 Portland Street, Fryeburg, ME 04037 Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning 935-1950 Fire, Smoke, Soot, Water Certified Technicians Michael G. Friedman, Esq., PA Bridgton 647-2822, 1-800-850-2822 132 Main St. P.O. Box 10, Bridgton, ME 04009 Servicemaster 647-8360 Prof. Carpet Cleaning – Home/Office Fire/Smoke Damage Restoration Hastings Law Office, PA 1-800-244-7630   207-539-4452 376 Main Street – PO Box 290 TLC Home Maintenance Co. Fryeburg, ME 04037 Professional Cleaning and 935-2061 Property Management Robert M. Neault & Associates Housekeeping and much more Attorneys & Counselors at Law 583-4314 Corner of Rte. 302 & Songo School Rd. COMPUTERS P.O. Box 1575, Naples 693-3030 Backwoods Computer Consulting

AUTO REPAIR Naples Auto Repair Auto State Inspection Snowblower Repair M-F 8-5, Sat. by appt.


CARETAKERS Caretake America Managing and Patrolling Kevin Rogers, Owner/Manager Rte. 35, Naples  693-6000 Lake & Mountain View Property Maintenance Cleaning & caretaking Exceptional references 207-650-1101 North Country Home Watch “We’ll be there when you can’t” 207-713-0675 Rick Lewis Property Surveillance Seasonal and Year Round Bridgton 207-415-4476

CARPENTRY Robert E. Guy General Carpentry – Additions Repairs – Remodeling Harrison 743-5120 239-4804 (cell)

Virus recovery/data recovery/web sites Plus more Tim Haight 693-4580 Ms. C’s Computer Repair Virus and spyware removal PC repairs 207-228-5279 27 Zion Hill Road, Bridgton Naples Computer Services PC repair/upgrades – on-site service Virus and spy-ware removal Home and business networking Video security systems 71 Harrison Rd., Naples 207-693-3746

CONCRETE Concrete Works Slabs, floors, block work Custom forming & finishes Masonry repairs Bill@409-6221

CONSTRUCTION Authentic Timberframes Handcut Timber Frames & Post/Beam Structures – Erected on your site 207-647-5720

CONTRACTORS Jeff Hadley Builder New homes, remodels, additions Painting, drywall, roofing, siding Kitchens, tile & wood floors Fully insured – free estimates 27 yrs. experience 207-583-4460 J. Jones Construction Services Inc. New Construction – Remodeling Roofing – Siding – Decks – Docks Free Estimates – Fully Insured Call 928-3561 Newhall Const. Inc. Framing – Roofing – Finish Handyman services Shawn Newhall 743-6379 Quality Custom Carpentry Specializing in remodeling & additions Jeff Juneau Naples 207-655-5903

COPIES The Printery Black & White/Color Copies Special discounts for large orders Fax: Sending and Receiving Rte. 302, Bridgton 647-8182

COUNSELING Ellia Manners, LCPC In Her Own Image/Counseling for Women Call for brochure/Insurance accepted 207-647-3015 Bridgton

CRANE SERVICE Bill O’Brien Inc. Crane Service Hourly rates 838-7903

DANCE INSTRUCTION The Ballroom Dance - Exercise - Yoga - Aikido Main St., Harrison, Maine 207-583-6964

Jerry’s Carpentry & Painting Carpenter & General Contractor Log homes – decks – remodeling Fully insured – Free estimates – 207-527-2552

Dan’s Construction Homes/cottages/garages Siding/rep. windows/roofing Insured/ references/ 25+ yrs. exp. No job too small – 625-8159

Northern Extremes Carpentry Custom Decks – Additions Remodeling – Free Estimates Log Hunting and Fishing Camps Insured Bridgton 647-5028

Douglass Construction Inc. Custom Homes/Remodeling/Drawings 30 years exp. in Lakes Region Phil Douglass, 647-3732 - Jeff Douglass, 647-9543 Sweden Rd. Bridgton


has created an almost impenetrable barrier to fact-based non-violent speech, dissent and protest by ordinary Americans so necessary for the rebalancing of power and democratic reform. This is the essence of any democracy and it is now at a tipping point. Although the ACLU has done good work in support of minorities, it has also been complicit in the demise of free speech in America as a means to redress abuses in power. I would hope the ACLU might take another look at how to advocate for free non-violent speech of the working class and the poor for the purpose of ongoing reform because I believe that is the best interpretations of this constitutional right. Money should not be seen as speech. Virginia (Tilla) Durr Sweden

National Earth Day last Friday. The cleanup started at 8 a.m. at the Bridgton Community Center and was mostly done by 2 p.m. The volunteers picked up trash in Pondicherry Park by Stevens Brook, Main Street and Depot Street. We’d like to “thank” all of the volunteers from the following clubs and organizations: Bridgton Community Center, Boy and Cub Scouts, Lakes Environmental Association, Bridgton Lions Club, Bridgton Lake Region Rotary Club and all the resident volunteers who just showed up. We also thank the following sponsors: Bridgton Fire Department, for the fine lunch at the fire station on Gibbs Avenue; Carmen Lone, for the use of the Community Center for the new Community Garden; John Martin, for teaching children how to build their own kite; Steve Haggett, for putting dirt in the new Community To The Editor: Thanks to over 50 Bridgton Garden; Cathie Pinkham, for residents, who showed up on LETTERS, Page D


R.W. Merrill Electrical Contractor 24 hour Emergency Service Residential & Commercial Harrison 583-2986 Fax 583-4882

Oberg Insurance Auto, Home, Business, Life 132 Main St., Bridgton Tel. 647-5551, 888-400-9858

David K. Moynihan Master Electrician Licensed ME & NH Bridgton 647-8016

Southern Maine Retirement Services Medicare Supplements & Prescription Plans Life and Long-Term Care Insurance 150 Main St., Bridgton 1-866-886-4340

Stanford Electric Commercial, Industrial and Residential Wiring – Generators Naples 693-4595 Tuomi Electric Chip Tuomi, Electrical Contractor Residential & Commercial Harrison 583-4728

EMPLOYMENT SERVICES Bonney Staffing & Training Center Temporary & Direct Hire Placements Call us with your staffing needs Rte. 302  Windham 892-2286

EXCAVATION K.S. Whitney Excavation Sitework – Septic Systems Materials delivered Kevin 207-647-3824

EXERCISE/FITNESS Dee’s BodyCraft Personal Training, Aerobics, Pilates Certified – Experienced Bridgton 647-9599

FLIGHT INSTRUCTION Sheila Rollins Private/instrument/multi-engine instructor Flight training – Ground school Flight review 583-6074

FOUNDATIONS Barry Concrete Foundations Tim Barry Inc. Poured foundations – Frost walls Bridgton 207-650-3507 Henry’s Concrete Construction Foundations, Slabs, Floors Harrison Tel. 583-4896 J. B. Concrete Bill O’Brien Poured Foundations 207-647-5940

KENNELS Bridgton Veterinary Kennels Boarding Route 117, Bridgton, Me. Tel. 647-8804 Wiley Road Kennels Groom & Board Wiley Rd, Naples 207-693-3394

LAWN MAINTENANCE Chapman’s Lawn & Yard Works Mowing - Cleanup - Brush Cutting Debris removal – Bark mulch Blaine Chapman 647-5255

LP GAS Bridgton Bottled Gas LP Gas Cylinders/Service Route 302   Bridgton 207-647-2029 Country Gas, Inc. LP Gas Bulk/Cylinders Box 300, Denmark Tel. 452-2151 Maingas Your Propane Specialist 1-800-648-9189

MASONRY D & D Masonry Chimneys/fireplaces/walks/etc. Fully insured Free estimates Darryl & Doug Hunt 693-5060

MOVING Bridgton Moving Residential & light commercial – Glynn Ross 240 N. High St. – 647-8255 – 671-2556 (cell)

MUSIC LESSONS Up Scale Music Studio Piano Lessons – All Levels Composition-Theory-Transcription Evan 647-9599


J. Jones Construction Services Inc. Foundations – Frost Walls DENTAL HYGIENE SERVICES Free estimates – Fully insured Call 928-3561 Bridgton Dental Hygiene Care, PA Complete oral hygiene care-infant to senior Most dental insurances, MaineCare accepted HAIRDRESSERS 207-647-4125 email:

The Printery General line of office supplies In stock or special orders Rubber stamps - Fax Service - Labels Rte. 302, Bridgton 647-8182

Victoria’s Hairitage Fryeburg Family Dental One Beavercreek Farm Rd Preventative Dental Hygiene Services (top of Packard’s Hill – Rte. 302) 19 Portland Street / PO Box 523 207-256-7606 Vicki Crosby Owner/Stylist Jessica Zaidman Color Specialist Mountain View Dentistry 647-8355 Dr. Leslie A. Elston Cosmetic/restorative & Family Dentistry HEATING 207-647-3628 A –1 Thompson’s Services LLC Cleanings and repairs, Boilers Furnaces, Monitors, Oil tanks DOCKS New installations, 24 hr burner service Great Northern Docks, Inc. Licensed and insured Sales & Service 207-693-7011 Route 302, Naples Bass Heating 693-3770 1-800-423-4042 Oil Burner Service Sales and Installations Waterford (207) 595-8829 ELECTRICIANS

Dead River Co. Range & Fuel Oil Oil Burner Service Tel. 647-2882, Bridgton

All Service Electric John Schuettinger Licensed Master Electrician Residential, Commercial Alarms Bridgton Phone 647-2246 A to Z Electric “The Boss Does The Work” David S. Gerrish, Master Electrician Residential/Commercial/Industrial 30+ yrs. exp., Naples 693-6854 Bouchard Electric Co. Mike Bouchard – Master Electrician Generators All types of wiring Lakes Region 583-9009

THIS SPACE CAN BE YOURS D. M. Electric Inc. & Sons Call 647-2851 Dennis McIver, Electrical Contractor for details CONTRACTORS

goating and discrimination. Not only is there less chance than ever of upward mobility, but the gap between the rich and the poor is widening as never before. Each side is becoming more than willing to see the “other” as collateral damage — a utilitarian commodity — until they become unnecessary. The possibility of using non-violent dissent, free speech, protest, collective bargaining or even the vote to re-balance huge polarities in wealth between the rich and the poor is made almost obsolete. The ability to use one’s basic conscience or ethics within the workplace is long gone. The financial institutions in collusion with the multi-nationals have unprecedented power everywhere. This is true throughout American and the world   The Supreme Court decision U.S. vs. Citizens United in support of corporate political spending and its decision to grant corporations and unions the rights of “persons” when it comes to political campaigning

April 28, 2011, The Bridgton News, Page D

Residential/Commercial/Industrial Licensed in Maine & New Hampshire Bridgton 207-647-5012 J.P. Gallinari Electric Co. Residential - Commercial - Industrial Aerial - Auger - Lifting Service Bridgton 647-9435 McIver Electric “Your on time every time electricians” 221 Portland Rd, Bridgton 647-3664

Thurlow’s Carpet & Home Center Monitor Heaters Sales & Service Meadow Rd. (Sandy Creek Junction) Bridgton 647-5562, 800-310-5563

INSULATION Newhall Construction Blown-in insulation Air-sealing – BPI trained Shawn 743-6379 Western Me. Insulation Co. Blown-in or Rolled – 28 yrs. exp. Free estimates – Fully insured 693-3585 – 7 days-a-week

INSURANCE Ace Insurance Agency Inc. Home/Auto/Commercial 43 East Main Street Denmark 1-800-452-0745 Chalmers Ins. Agency 100 Main St., Bridgton Tel. 647-3311 Harrison Insurance Agency Full Service Agency 100 Main Street, Bridgton 583-2222


McBurnie Oil/Casco Oil Delivery and Service Denmark, Maine Tel. 207-452- 2151

PAINTING CONTRACTORS George Jones Quality Painters Interior/Exterior – Fully Insured Free Estimates Excellent References 207-318-3245 Gotcha Covered Painting Interior/exterior-deck refinish-powerwash Serving the Lakes Region over 15 years Free estimates Kevin 693-3684 Jerry’s Painting Service Quality Painting – Interior/Exterior Fully Insured – Free Estimates 207-527-2552

PLUMBING & HEATING A Plus Plumbing & Heating Inc. Plumbing Supplies – LP Gas BBQ Gas Grill Parts & Access. Portland St., Bridgton 647-2029 Collins Plumbing & Heating Inc. Specializing in repair service in The Lake Region  647-4436 Ken Karpowich Plumbing Repairs/Installation/Remodeling Master Plumber in ME & NH Over 20 years experience 207-925-1423

PRINTING The Printery Single Color to Multi-Color Business Cards - Letterheads Brochures - Forms - Booklets Wedding Announcements Rte. 302, Bridgton 647-8182

REAL ESTATE Chalmers Real Estate 100 Main St., Bridgton Tel. 647-3311 Coldwell Banker Lakes Region Properties “At the Lights in Naples” Waterfront, Residential Commercial & Land 207-693-7000 Oberg Agency Residential, Business,Lake Shore Property 132 Main St., Bridgton Tel. 647-5551, 888-400-9858

RUBBISH SERVICE ABC Rubbish Weekly Pick-up Container Service Tel. 743-5417 Bridgton Trash & Rubbish Service Serving Bridgton Weekly pick-ups Tel. 207-595-4606

SELF STORAGE Bridgton Storage 409 Portland Rd 28 units & 4000’ open barn Bridgton 647-3206 JB Self Storage Rt. 5 Lovell, Maine Monthly/yearly secure storage 207-925-3045

SEPTIC TANK PUMPING Bridgton Septic Pumping Free Estimates 647-3356 329-8944 Dyer Septic Septic systems installed & repaired Site work-emergency service-ecofriendly 1-877-250-4546 207-583-4546

SURVEYORS F. Jonathan Bliss, P.L.S. Bliss & Associates Surveying, Land Planning P.O. Box 113, Route 5 Lovell, ME 207-925-1468 Maine Survey Consultants, Inc. Land Information Services P.O. Box 485, Harrison, Maine Off: 583-6159 D. A. Maxfield Jr., P.L.S. Over 10,000 surveys on file Pioneer Surveying & Mapping Services Boundary/topographic/construction surveys Commercial/residential Kenneth Farrar PLS PO Box 368, W Paris ME 04289 674-2351

TOWING Stuart Automotive Free Junk Car Removal 838-9569

TREE SERVICE CARMUR Inc. Logging Specializing in selective cutting House lots cleared 29 years experience – references C. Murphy Silvicultural Tech 647-5061 Cook’s Tree Service Removal-Pruning-Cabling Licensed – Insured 647-4051 Q-Team Tree Service Removal – Pruning – Cabling – Chipping Stump Grinding – Bucket Work – Bobcat Crane – Licensed & Fully Insured Since 1985, Naples 693-3831 or Toll Free 877-693-3831 Rice Tree Service – Sheldon Rice Complete tree service – free estimates Removal-prune-chipping-stump grinding Licensed and insured – Utility and Landscape Arborist Waterford ME – 583-2474

VETERINARY N. D. Beury, DVM Spay/Neuter – Well-pet care North Bridgton For Appointment 583-2121 Bridgton Veterinary Hospital Small Animal Medicine & Surgery Rt. 117, Bridgton, ME 647-8804 Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital Small Animal Medicine & Surgery Route 302, Fryeburg 207-935-2244 Norway Veterinary Hospital Naples Clinic Corner Rte. 302 & Lambs Mill Rd. By Appointment 693-3135


The Fair Housing Act of 1968 at 42 U.S.C. 3604(c) makes it unlawful “to make, print, or publish, or cause to be made, printed, or published any notice, statement, or advertisement, with respect to the sale, or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.


$5 FOR TATTERED – U.S. Flag when purchasing new U.S. Flag 3’x 5’ or larger. Maine Flag & Banner, Windham, 893-0339. tf46


FIRE­WOOD – Cut, split, delivered. Seasoned $230 per cord, green $180 per cord. Call Wendell Scribner 5834202. 10t8x

GOTCHA COVERED PAINTING — Interior, exterior, deck refinishing, power washing. Serving the Lakes Region for over 15 years. Free estimates. Kevin, 693-3684. 14t13x

CATERPILLAR CLUBHOUSE – Childcare currently has openings for all ages. CPR/FA, preschool curriculum followed. Meals and snacks provided. Children will learn in a safe, fun and interactive way, which helps to increase a child’s academic and social development. For more information or to set up a visit, call 647-4156. 6t12

FIRE­ARMS – Sup­plies. Buy, sell, trade. Wan­ted, firearms, ammunition & mili­tary items. Swe­den Trad­ing Post. 207-647-8163. tf43

KITCHEN CABINETS — & Appliances. Schuler made white cabinets, chrome handles, large Lshaped island counter, back wall and island, 1 oven stove, microwave. All items in good condition. Bridgton, ME. Email Call 617-750-3051 or 207-647-4299. 2t16x

FIREARMS, MILITARY ITEMS NORTH BRIDGTON — 1,700 — and ammunition, Swe­den Trad­ing square foot apartment, 3-bedrooms, Post. 207-647-8163. tf43 2½-baths, open concept, stove and furnished. W/D hook-ups, VEHI­CLES FOR SALE refrigerator monitor heater. We pay water bill, JESUS IS LORD – new and used lawn service and plowing. No animals auto parts. National locator. Most . . No smokers. $800 month. First/last 2t16x parts 2 days. Good used cars. Ovide’s & security. 207-647-3953. Used Cars, Inc., Rte. 302 Bridg­ton, HARRISON — 1-bedroom apartment 207-647-5477. tf30 in quiet area. Partially furnished, includes heat & electric. No pets, nonFOR RENT smoker. Set up for 1 person. $450 per BRIDGTON – 1, 2, and 3-bedroom month. Call 415-9166 leave message. apartments. $550-$675 mo. plus tf13 references and security. JPD Properties, 310-0693. tf2 CASCO — Completely furnished rooms, heat, lights & cable TV COMMERCIAL SPACE — for included. $120 weekly. No pets. Call lease, 1,000-2,000 sq. ft. with Rte. cell, 207-650-3529, home 207-627302 frontage. Call for details, 647- 1006. tf17 4465. tf46 SOUTH BRIDGTON — 1-bedroom, NAPLES — Well-maintained one- heat, hot water & electric included, bedroom, off Rte. 35, thirty-day- sun deck. $635 unfurnished, $700 notice lease, no smoking, no pets, furnished. Security deposit required. laundry on site, quiet setting. $600/ 247-4707 or 232-9022. tf13 month including heat and electricity. WEST BRIDGTON — 2-bedroom 207-899-5052. tf15 apartment available. $595 month & BRIDGTON — Second floor, 2- security deposit. Includes heat. No bedroom unit, full bath, eat-in kitchen. pets. 207-450-4271. EHO tf3 Trash, heat and H20 included. Near downtown. $675 month. Call 603- BRIDGTON — Cozy second floor 494-0325. tf11 two-bedroom apartment near Highland Lake Beach. Walk to Renys, theater, BRIDGTON — Furnished 1- shopping, restaurants, hospital. $725 bedroom apartment. Heat & utilities month. Heat, plowing, trash paid. Offincluded. $200 per week plus security street parking, onsite laundry. 207deposit. Call 647-3565. tf38 358-0808. tf13 SEBAGO — 2-bedroom mobile, W/ D, near Nason’s Beach, 2 people preferred. No pets. $650, plus security and utilities. 787-2661. 3t16x

NAPLES — 3-bedroom, 1-bath ranch full walkout basement. Clean and comfortable. Great location. Great home. DENMARK: 2-bedroom, 1bath cottage lake rights to Moose SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL — Pond, deck and furnished. SOUTH Logger and heat with carbon neutral PARIS: Great office space location wood or wood pellets. Purchase a great for public access. All rents need Central Boiler outdoor wood furnace application and security deposit and on sale, EPA qualified to 97% efficient. first month rent when approved. 603-447-2282. 13t14x Call Ralph at Lake Country Property Rentals (207) 647-8093. tf13 FIREWOOD — Please call Ron between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at 647- NORTH BRIDGTON — Upstairs 5173. 15t16x large 1-bedroom apartment, very energy efficient, $650 per month plus AIR HOCKEY TABLES — 3 utilities. Call 207-358-0808. tf49 available, 7 foot, good condition, paddles, pucks included, $250 each. SEBAGO — 1-bedroom apartment, Bridgton, ME. Email info@5seasons. carpeted, fireplace, covered patio, net. Call 617-750-3051 or 207-647- lake view, beach nearby, quiet, no 4299. 2t16x smoking indoors, no pets. Includes heat, electric. $790 per month + PLEASE CONSIDER – donating security. 787-2121. 7t11x your leftover garage sale items and CAMP HEALTHCARE — RN, MISS KELLY’S IMAGINATION your attic, basement and closet LPN, Paramedic, EMT — Girls’ — Station Daycare, Harrison, has overflow to Harvest Hills Animal residential camp on Sebago Lake seeks immediate openings for ages 6 Shelter. For more information, call a full time healthcare provider. Fun job weeks - 4 years. We offer meals, 935-4358 ext. 21. Thank you. tf28 working with kids. Training provided. lots of play and dance time, and we SCREENED LOAM — Please call June 16-August 11. Live-in position, also have nap/quiet time. For more Ron between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m. at HOME FOR RENT campership and salary provided for information please contact: Kelly 647-5173. 24t16x applicants with a child interested in Laplante @ 207-583-4351. (I am Naples camp. Contact Wohelo - 655-4739, state licensed). I accept daycare assis- HILLTOP FIREWOOD — East side of Causeway, 1 BR, tance also. 2t17x Seasoned, $220 cord delivered. Call 1t17 1 BA, spacious in-law apartfor details, 890-9300. tf31 ment with w/d, has access to beautiful sandy beach on Magic Lantern Brandy Pond. $675 month — A 60-Bed Nursing Home — Theatre & year round includes HEAT/ Rte. 115, Windham, ME 04062 ELECTRICITY, yard mainTannery Pub POSITIONS AVAILABLE: tenance & snowplowing. WITS END CHILD CARE — Center & Community Resources & Inc. A state-licensed facility located on Route 302 in Bridgton has full/ part time openings for children from Part of the Chalmers Group 1 year to 5 years old. We offer a safe, clean, and quality year round 100 Main Street, program for all ages including preBridgton, ME 04009 school, Junior Pre-School, infant and toddler development. We particPhone: 207-647-3311 ipate with the state of Maine Quality Fax: 207-647-3003 Rating System and our quality staff offer a combination of 25+ years of experience in child development and social services. All staff are certified BN 17 in Adult/Infant/Child CPR and First Aid. Our hours are Monday thru FriHELP WANTED day from 7 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. We are 2 POSITIONS AVAILABLE also accepting fall registration for — Dishwasher & Expeditor. Bring Pre-School 3-5 year olds. For more resume & apply in person. The Black information call 647-2245 or stop in. Horse Tavern, Route 302, Bridgton. We would love to show you around! 1t17 4t17



ANTIQUE COOK STOVE — Village Crawford Royal with all parts, $150. In Harrison, 650-9768. 3t17

Krainin Real Estate

NORTH BRIDGTON — Chadbourne Hill Apartments. 1-bedroom, 2nd floor apartment, nice location. $625 month includes heat. Call 617-2726815. 4t17

Applications taken through May 6th.



If interested, please contact Paula Lowell, RN/DON at 892-2261.

HELP WANTED PART-TIME CLEANER to work 4 hours/day, 7 days/week in the morning. Hours are flexible. Must be responsible and reliable. Please call for interview.

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70 Fairview Drive Fryeburg, ME 04037 Phone 207-935-3351 Fax 207-935-2454

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for our incoming Fall Class. Students range in age, are interesting, fun, holistic women who come from all over. Some have pets, families. Most have limited budgets. If you have an apartment, or a house that you would like to rent for our academic year, let us know at 647-5968, 24 S. High Street, Bridgton




Midwifery School

BRIDGTON — Main Street location professional office space now available. Desirable 2nd floor, front office, client parking on site, hardwood floors, cable and Cat 5 are available within the air conditioned suite. Heat is included. Call 207-591-4292 for additional information or to view space. 3t15x

HARRISON — Cape on back lot. Good neighbors. $400/month/ room. $40 extra person. Choose room. Share house. W/D, smokers + pets welcome home. 233-5033. 1t17x


NAPLES — 100-plus acres of land, Route 35. Trout brook, 2 very large fields with 500-plus feet of shore frontage on Long Lake with restorable 3-story New England farmhouse and large barn, 2 wells and replaced septic system. Wooded with acres of soft and hardwood trees, sunset views, clean title and up-to-date survey. For information call Gary Bennett, 207-415-0078. 4t17x



142 Main Street Conway, NH 603-447-3611 Metal Detectors

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Large Selection of Costume Jewelry and Beads Nice Assortment of DRYING Antique Showcases – RACKS all different sizes, a few modern & towers

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CROOKED RIVER — Adult and Needed for home in North Bridgton. Community Education Center currentReferences please. Call 647-2113. ly has openings available in our state 2t16x licensed childcare center for children 6 weeks to 5 years old. Your child’s COOK — Person who enjoys cooking. care will be provided by nurturing, Training provided. Girls’ summer positive role models who are trained camp on Sebago Lake. Live-in or by in Maine’s Early Learning Guidelines the day, June 16-August 11, off by 2 and certified in CPR and First Aid. We p.m. Relaxed atmosphere. Campership pride ourselves on helping children and salary provided. Contact Wohelo develop the skills that are necessary to 655-4739, 1t17 become successful in school. Our facility offers a gym, and outdoor playWORK WANTED ground to encourage healthy habits EXCAVATING – Have hoe, will for children through play. We are open travel. Site work, foundations dug, Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. back filling, septic systems, sand, to 6 p.m. For more information, please loam, gravel. Call Brad Chute, 653- call 627-4291, ext. 21, 23 or 24. 3t15 4377 or 627-4560. tf44 EXPERIENCED HOUSEKEEPER –

Classified advertising is sold in this space at the rate of $3.50 for 20 words or less and 15¢ a word over 20. All ads are payable in advance. Repeats are charged at the same rate as new ads. Ads taken over the phone must be called in by Monday with payment arriving by Tuesday. A charge of $1.00 per week extra is made for the use of a box number if requested. A Charge of $1.00 per classified is made if billing is necessary. Cards of Thanks and In Memoriams are charged at the same rate as classified ads. Poetry is charged by the inch. Classified display is sold at $6.25 per column inch. Classified advertisers must furnish written copy. The Bridgton News assumes no financial responsibility for typographical errors in advertisements other than to reprint that part of any advertisement in which a typographical error occurs. Advertisers will please notify the business office promptly of any errors that may occur, phone 207-647-2851.




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Transfer Station Attendant/Laborer/Truck Driver/Equipment Operator The Town of Fryeburg is accepting resumes for the position of Transfer Station Attendant/Laborer/Truck Driver/Equipment Operator. This position is a semi-skilled manual labor job at the municipal Transfer Station. The position requires the use of several pieces of heavy equipment, including a front-end loader; as well as assisting citizens in the proper disposal of waste materials. Crosstraining with the Highway Department is necessary. Special requirements include; Class C driver’s license, A or B commercial driver’s license, an air brakes endorsement, and to be insurable under the Town’s vehicle insurance coverage. A job description for this position is available at the Town Office and on our website at The Town of Fryeburg offers a full range of benefits including health insurance and a retirement program.

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Please forward a letter of interest and an application or resume to Sharon Jackson, Town Manager, Town of Fryeburg, 16 Lovewell Pond Road, Fryeburg, ME 04037 or e-mail to Applications/resumes will be accepted until May 18, 2011. The Town of Fryeburg is an Equal Opportunity Employer. 2T17CD

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YARD SALE — Barn sale at Rivard Hall. Tools, furniture, misc. items cleaned out of barns and homes. Lots of surprises! Saturday, April 30, 8 a.m.-4 p.m., 510 Portland Road., J.C. HURD BUILDERS — Custom Bridgton. 1t17 homes & additions. caretaking, snowplowing, removal and sanding, 2-FAMILY TAG SALE — Saturday, commercial & residential. 207-809- April 30, 8-2, Bridgton. Jet horizon6127. tf35 tal/vertical metal bandsaw, table top drill press, single-tank air compressor, A & B CONSTRUCTION — Tamrac pro camera backpack & shoulSpecializing in roofing (metal & der bag, Lightware large equipment shingles), siding, building, camp case, round mahogany table, kid’s restoration, fully insured, free bikes, Electrolux vacuum cleaner & estimates, reasonable prices, quality power rug head. Also books, glasswork. Call Doug Flint, 207-210- ware & kitchen utensils. 1.5 miles 8109. 2t17x north on Rte. 93 from Rte. 302, then DEN­MARK HOUSE — Painting, left on Blueberry Hill Rd. House is at 1t17x Inc. Inter­ior and Exterior Paint­ing. top of hill. Also, Paper­hang­ing. 35 yrs. ex­pe­ri­ DOWNSIZING TAG SALE — Satence. Call for esti­mates. Call John urday, April 30, 8 a.m.-2 p.m. (inMath­ews, 207-452-2781. tf31 doors), 79 Blueberry Hill, Bridgton. DIRIGO CUSTOM PAINTING — Furniture, fabric/patterns, clothing, Looking for houses and camps to paint tools, books, dishes, chandeliers, garfor 2011 season. 23 years experience, dening. For info call: 207-595-5910. 1t17x fully insured, free estimates. Power washing available. Call 743-9889. 7t15x

State of the onion

(Continued from Page D) write my life down, including my exploits with spade and hoe — my annual State of the Onion Address, if you will. And all the years of compiled data drive me a little nuts and I just can’t relax. Does it really matter, after all, if I get my tomatoes in the ground this year no later than May 3 (by 4:15 in the afternoon) to set some silly record? I mean, I’m pretty sure you can still buy tomatoes in the store. Yet, I doodle on. Just yesterday, in fact, I felt obligated to grab journal number 14 and scribble this depressing entry on page 83: “April 23, 2011, 11:35 a.m., snow falling on lettuce.” I suppose the trick for me would be to chuck the journals and just roll along with whatever (and whenever) spring comes knocking. Warm, cold, early, late, wet, dry, who cares — don’t write anything down,


PROFESSIONAL CLEANER — & organizer. Non-toxic, own equipment, spring cleaning & organizing. Offer(Continued from Page D) ing weekly, bi-weekly or monthly. coordinating the Community Free estimates, excellent references. Garden this year; Bill Brockett Senior discount. 207-595-1542. 6t15

just enjoy the inevitable wonder of the end of winter. I mean, there has never been a spring that didn’t come at all, right? No, spring can’t be trusted, but neither has it ever failed. All you can know for sure is that the snow will eventually melt, you will get your peas in, the onions will shoot up, and then, some glorious weeks (or months) later, you will be able to run screaming down the dock and jump in the lake without having a heart attack.

from Bill’s Picnic Tables, for making the new Community Garden sign and picnic tables; Sarah Morrison of Lakes Environmental Association, for helping me with all the details; Al Hayes, for supplying trash bags; and Pam Smith, for supplying the gloves for all volunteers. Thanks for all you did to help clean up Bridgton. Ken Murphy Earth Day Clean Up, Chairman Bridgton

Affirmative Action

To The Editor: In a recent issue, The Bridgton News published a column by Tom McLaughlin on the subject of Affirmative Action. Tom’s column was a repetition of the text he read during the TV “debate” held on April 8. We adopted Affirmative Action policies in the 1970s knowing that equality was not going to be attained simply by declarations of openness or by making racial discrimination illegal. Prejudice and racism are so systemically woven into the fabric of economic, political, and social life that the problem demands more than just nondiscrimination. It is still true that in this country most of those who make the major policy decisions, which affect large numbers of people are white males, and they make those decisions in the long run (and often unconsciously) with a white, male bias. Mr. McLaughlin contends that discrimination has been illegal for four decades and therefore Affirmative Action is no longer necessary. I think the following parable demonstrates the fallacy in that view: Joe and Mike have built experimental cars for their M.I.T. science project and plan to race each other in these cars from Cambridge to Philadelphia.

They decide to take separate routes. Mike drives unimpeded the entire distance. In Connecticut Joe is delayed for more than an hour because of a tree toppled across the highway in front of him. At a gas station he is told that the pumps are not working — even though another car has just finished filling up. In New York, Joe is stopped by a state policeman who wants to see his license and registration — even though he has committed no infraction. In New Jersey, however, Joe receives wonderful news. There will be no further obstacles all the way to Philadelphia. In other words — Joe and Mike will now have an equal opportunity to win! Really? In United States history, dating it from the time when the institution of slavery was in place, the race is about 350 years old. Affirmative Action as public policy is hardly 40 years old, and that span of time is about one-tenth of the years of our history. One of the goals ofAffirmative Action is to create a climate of fairness by making opportunities possible for groups, which have been left out. It is not the goal of Affirmative Action to discriminate against white males, but rather to level a playing field that has historically been tilted against people of color and women. Affirmative Action is a part of the balancing which is necessary to implement fairness. So, when I hear people complain that Affirmative Action has outlived its usefulness, that all the adjustments that fairness requires have been made, I look at the persistent history of discrimination against people simply because they have been members of groups (minorities, women, gays, the disabled). I know that it may take a lot longer than a few minutes of history to balance things fairly. This article is based heavily on two essays written by my friend, Horace Seldon, a Massachusetts cleric who has devoted his life to social justice. Stan Cohen Bridgton

Views from Senate by Bill Diamond State Senator, D-Windham

Correcting Sex Offender Registry

It was almost exactly five years ago, on April 16, 2006, that two Maine men who were on the sex offender registry were murdered by a man who had used the registry to pick his victims. While the registry can be a valuable instrument for keeping citizens informed of convicted offenders who may pose a danger to them or their families, its current set-up is such that all it gives is a general warning with no detail. There is no differentiation between the people on the list. While the suspect in those murders, Stephen Marshall, killed himself before he could be questioned by police, and we will never know his real motive, I often wonder if Marshall would have killed anyone, let alone these particular men, if the list had been more descriptive. For example, one of the two who was killed was William Elliot, who was on the list because his girlfriend was two weeks shy of her 16th birthday when they

became sexually involved. There are two serious problems with the registry, and I have submitted legislation, LD 1025, entitled “An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Sex Offender Registry,” to correct them. The primary problem is that the current registry makes no distinction between a young person who is dating another young person who is just under the legal age of consent and their relationship becomes sexual, and a person who violently preys upon and molests children. LD 1025 would change this by creating a multi-tiered classification system based on the risk the offender poses to the community. This classification system would be developed taking such things as the level of violence involved in the original crime and the likelihood that the person will reoffend. What information there is in the registry needs to be clearer as well. If you take a look REGISTRY, Page D


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Are you SPRING CLEANING and have items that you would like to donate? Drop off your donations at Coldwell Banker Lakes Region Properties or call us and we’ll come pick it up! Call Heather at 693-7000.

All proceeds go directly to the Relay for Life of Sebago Lakes Region! Walk with us on June 25th & 26th at Windham HS Track.

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AUCTION: SUNDAY, MAY 1, 2011 TIME: 12 NOON PREVIEW: Saturday, APRIL 30TH 9 AM to 4 PM AND Sunday, MAY 1ST 9 AM to sale time

Following is a small sampling of items to be sold: Meade LX200 Telescope, Borg 150ED (lens) Telescope, 1951 Red Sox Champion Ball signed by Ted Williams & Team, 4 Edoward DeTaille Prints, Sampson 8-station Intercom, Field Phone Gen., Victorian Marble Top Table, Vic. Brass Fireplace Screen, Brass Bed, Mason & Hamlin Pump Organ, Armoir, Dropleaf Dining Room Table, Framed Theater Posters, Dining Room Table w/ Inlays & 8 Matching Chairs, Antique Military Sword by Bent & Bush, 1917 Trench Knife, Schrade-Walden Knife w/ Sheathe, 2 Bayonets, Vietnam Badges, Belt Buckles, Memorial Clock, & Die Cast Helecopter & more, WWII Sterling Silver Air Force Gunner’s Badge, 14' Alumacraft fishing Boat, 10-hp Generator, Wilderness Piccolo Kayak, near-new .410 H&R 12 ga., Oragon Comp. Bow w/ acces., Snowshoes, Legend Electric Handicap Scooter, Boy Scout Collectibles, Sports Photos, 6vol. Dickens Book Set, Misc. Old Books (including Wizard of Oz), Knife Collection, 4 Lighted Beer Signs, Tonka Toys, Stamp Collection, Coins, Sterling Silver Items, Bedroom Set w/7-Drawer Highboy Chest & dbl Bureau, 4-month old Sleeper Couch, Cedar Chest, Oak 4-drawer Bureau, 5-drawer Pine Dresser, All-nighter Wood Stove, Mohawk Top Loader Wood Stove, Lopi Glass-front Wood Stove, Kenmore Stainless Dishwasher, Oil Paintings by Redmand, Ray Huntsman & others, Schwinn Bicycles, Hardrock CX Sport Bike, Folding Bicycle, Ross bicycle (1950-1960s), 2 Dunlop 700-17 Tires (NOS), Baby Crib/ Bed w/ Changing Table & Drawers. Google: “Tom Troon, Auctioneer” for auctionzip link for more details & photos. Terms & Conditions: Cash, Check, Master Card, or Visa. 13% buyer’s premium will be charged.

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Snow 2010-2011 = 81.8" Yet we have had 12 winters with less snow A low 2005-06 of 37.5" to a high 2007-08 of 134.2"

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Elizabeth B. Nester

Sunya M. Pitman

SOUTH PARIS — Elizabeth “Libby” B. Nester, 91, formerly of Fryeburg, passed away on April 24, 2011 at the Maine Veterans Home. Libby was born to Ennis and Lida Clark Bachman on May 26, 1919, in Orange, N.J. She spent many happy summers at the family camp at the north end of Kezar Lake. Libby graduated from Columbia High School and Greenbriar Junior College. She taught nursery school before marrying DeWitt “Dewey” B. Nester in 1949 and raising three daughters (Dottie, Sue and Lynnie) in Maplewood, N.J. Libby was a dedicated daughter, wife, mother and grandmother. In addition, she always found time to volunteer for church, community service league, and Girl Scouts. Libby and Dewey retired to Fryeburg in 1980. Their retirement provided them many opportunities to travel cross-country to visit family and friends. Libby was an active member of the Fryeburg Congregational Church, Fryeburg Garden Club, the Nautilus Guild, and the Fryeburg Hookers (rugs, of course). Her grandchildren especially enjoyed spending time with her at the camp in North Lovell. They have many fond memories of playing games and exploring the woods with her. Libby is survived by three daughters, Dorothy Eastman, Marilyn Brown and Susan Beem; and seven grandchildren. Libby was predeceased by her husband, Dewey, in 2008, after 51 years of marriage. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at A graveside service will be held at North Lovell Cemetery at a later date. In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Maine Veterans Home, 477 High Street, South Paris, ME 04281 or the First Congregational Church of Fryeburg, 655 Main Street, Fryeburg, ME 04037. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg.

SOUTH CHATHAM, N.H. — Sunya (Sunny) M. Pitman, 68, of South Chatham, N.H., passed away peacefully after a long illness Easter Sunday, April 24, 2011 at home surrounded by her family. Sunny was a lifelong resident of South Chatham. She was born Dec. 31, 1942, the daughter of Woodrow L. and Abbie W. Munroe. She attended local Conway elementary schools, and graduated from Kennett High School. Sunny married William Pitman right after graduation, and was a homemaker for many years before working for several years at the Irving Service Station in Fryeburg. Sunny was the ultimate in customer service; a greeter, an ambassador and cheerful cashier making many friends while employed at the Irving Service Station. Survivors include her husband of 50 years, William M. Pitman of South Chatham, N.H.; two sons, Matt W. Pitman of South Chatham, N.H. and Mark M. Pitman of North Chatham, N.H.; a grandson; two sisters, Mona Ames of Plainfield, Conn. and Wanda Irish of South Chatham, N.H.; and many nieces and nephews.  A graveside service will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, May 7 at Greenhill Cemetery in South Chatham, N.H.  In lieu of flowers, memorial contributions may be made to Universalist Community Chapel, 558 Fish Street, Fryeburg, ME 04037 or Fryeburg Rescue, P.O. 177, Fryeburg, ME 04037. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.woodfuneralhome. org

PORTLAND — Peter E. Field Sr., 76, of Portland, passed away on April 19, 2011. He spent his final days at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough surrounded by his family. Peter was born in Portland on Jan. 6, 1935, to his parents Larry Field and Angelina (Caiazzo) Lozier and was the third of five children. He grew up attending local schools where he excelled artistically while working several jobs at the same time. He graduated from Portland High School in 1953. On Sept. 6, 1958, Peter married his wife Sarah Sabatino. They had three children, Joanna Coey, Peter Field Jr. and Vicky Cichon. Peter was extremely generous, caring, outgoing, and always on the move. He loved every holiday and was like a real life Santa Claus giving to friends, family, and children who would otherwise go without. He also enjoyed his career as a salesman and was honored to earn the Bell Ringer of the Year Award. His friends and family loved listening to his stories and jokes. He truly had a knack for making people laugh. He always carried pictures of his grandchildren and great-grandchildren to show friends and almost everyone he met. His family was his pride and joy. Peter was predeceased by his brothers, James Field and Robert Field. He is survived by his wife of 52 years, Sarah Field; his children, Joanna Coey of Casco, Peter Field Jr. of Tampa, Fla. and Vicky Cichon of Tampa, Fla.; his sisters, Cynthia Beattie and Beverly Prescott; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours were held at Independent Death Care of Maine, 660 Brighton Avenue, Portland, on Monday, April 25. Prayers were recited on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at the funeral home, followed by a memorial Mass, which was held at St. Pius X Church, 492 Ocean Avenue, Portland. To offer words of condolence to the family, sign a guest book and share memories, go to the obituary page at In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House. Donations can be mailed to: Hospice of Southern Maine, Attn. Development, 180 U.S. Route One, #1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

Gregg E. Belanger BUCKFIELD — Gregg Eugene Belanger, 51, passed away April 20, 2011 unexpectedly at his home. He was born Feb. 23, 1960, in Meriden, Conn., the son of Robert and Emma (Parker) Belanger. A longtime employee at Bath Iron Works, he was always very proud of his work. Gregg’s many hobbies included boating, canoeing down the Saco River, holiday gatherings, cooking, and caring for his animals. He enjoyed being with his loved ones and his daughter, Cassi, who was like his right hand. He will be most remembered for his vivacious, roaring laugh and the nicknames he had for those around him. He is survived by his mother, Emma Belanger of Lewiston; his fiancée and love of his life, who he was to remarry on May 14, Denise Belanger; his three children, Cassi Lynn Belanger of Auburn, Brandon Belanger of Jay and Alicia Belanger of Jay; and their mother, Bonnie Belanger-Beaulieau of Livermore Falls; two stepsons, Louis Rubino and Chad Rubino, both of Auburn; two sisters, Cathi Waterman of Old Orchard Beach and Lynn Curran-Sargent of Waterford; two grandsons; and several nieces and nephews, who knew him as “Uncle G.” He was predeceased by his father, Robert Belanger; and his maternal and paternal grandparents. Family and friends may offer their condolences to the Belanger family by visiting Visitation was held Tuesday at Fortin Group Funeral Home in Auburn, where a funeral service was held Wednesday. Interment will be private. Memorial donations may be made to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 14301, Cincinnati, OH 45250-0301, Attn: Gift Processing. Arrangements were by Fortin Group/Plummer & Merrill Funeral Home, Cremation and Monument Services, 217 Turner Street, Auburn.

Blanche R. Pramis BUXTON — Blanche Ruth Pramis, 77, of Buxton, passed away on April 20, 2011, at Mercy Hospital, surrounded by her family. She was born in St. Paul, Minn., on Nov. 17, 1933, the daughter of the late Harry and Dorotha (Runyon) Sawyer, and graduated from Portland High School. Although she was a “jack of all trades” and worked many jobs over the years, it was raising her family that was most important to her. She will always be remembered as the “Best Nana Ever.” Besides being with family, she enjoyed bingo, crocheting, puzzles, traveling, and was an avid Mickey Mouse fan and collector. She was predeceased by her husband, Robert P. Pramis Sr.; her significant other, Elroy Mills; daughter, Donna Pramis; and brother, James Sawyer. Blanche is survived by her sons, Richard Pramis of Portland, Robert Pramis Jr. of New Gloucester and David Archibald of Naples; daughters, Penni Lee of Gorham, Susan Sanborn of Standish and Risa Dennison of Buxton; sisters, Marilyn Hodgdon of Portland and Carol Hall of Windham; 18 grandchildren; and 14 great-grandchildren. Visitation was held on Saturday, April 23, followed by a funeral service at the Dennett, Craig & Pate Funeral Home, located on the corners of Routes 202 and 4A (13 Portland Road) in Buxton (Bar Mills). Burial will be held on another date at Mayberry Cemetery in Windham.

By Maureen King President of Maine School Boards Association The week of April 25 is being declared Local School Board Recognition Week in Maine, and we urge members of the community to take time during that week to say thank you to their local board members for their public service. The job is not an easy one. It is the school board that has to stand up and voice the need for taxpayer support of quality education even in tough economic times. And, when there’s no more money to give, it is the school board that makes the difficult choices of recommending which programs should be saved or cut. It is the school board that has to set high academic standards for the district and approve the hiring of staff and the method by which they are evaluated to assure qualified teachers are in SCARBOROUGH — A committal service for Wayne Harmon, 74, the classroom. the husband of Meredith Harmon, who passed away on Dec. 20, 2010, It is the school board that will be held on Saturday, May 7, at 2 p.m. at Number 4 Cemetery, puts in countless hours, not located on Kimball Road in Lovell. only at the committee meetings, but in the grocery store and at the soccer game, to take the heat over the school budJune 23, 1917 – April 23, 2011 get, school disciplinary policies, the proposed closing of a WINDHAM — Phyllis Marie Norton

Burial announcement Phyllis M. Warren

Warren, 93, of 196 North High Street, Bridgton, Maine and more recently of Casco Residential Facility and Ledgewood Manor, Windham, died Saturday, April 23, 2011. Phyllis was born in Sebago, June 23, 1917 to Alvin Norton and Myrtle Foster Norton Graffam and was predeceased by her husband, Carleton Rue Warren, in 1981 after 45 years of marriage. She is survived by her son William and wife Beverley of Gorham, two grandchildren, Mark Warren and friend Elisa Farina of Coral Springs, Florida and Amy Warren Bacon and her husband Russell of Windham; four greatgrandchildren, Shane Bacon and Emelia Bacon Smith and husband Kyle, Cassandra Warren and Joshua Warren; great-great-grandson Jeremiah Smith; sisters Gertrude Graffam Cole of Bridgton and Faye Graffam Shepherd and her husband George (Buck) of Dover, Oklahoma; her close nephew Gordon (Gene) Stuart of Harrison, and 93 nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her parents and three siblings, Dorothy Norton Stuart of Harrison; Alice Norton Sanborn of Standish; Harold Graffam Jr. of Bridgton. She lived her childhood through grammar school in Sebago Lake Center with her parents and sister Dorothy and then with her beloved grandparents, Milledge and Martha Foster until she joined her mother in Bridgton to attend Bridgton High School. She and her sister Dorothy loved life and dancing, often taking in the Big Star Bands like Benny Goodman at Old Orchard Pier. In her junior year of high school she was crowned “Miss Bridgton.” She and Carleton were married following high school and they spent their working years together at Warren’s Market, first with Carleton’s father Rue L. Warren, then his mother Grace E. Warren and last with his brother Merton. During their early married years Phyllis worked as a seamstress and summer camp cook at Camp Millbrook and Moose Trail Lodge. After building their camp on Moose Pond in 1959, the family gathering place for the summer was at “The Point.” She loved her family and was always pleased when the kids were coming for the weekend or there was a family event — Fourth of July, birthdays, and the annual Clambake. The grandchildren knew it was swimming time when “Gram” had the floating bottles out for the swimming area. Phyllis and Carleton had many years of fishing on Moosehead Lake as well as on Sebago and Moose Pond with friends and family. Snowmobiling became a past-time for her and she rode many miles with friends and her grandchildren, Mark and Amy. She loved bird-watching and was an active deer and rabbit hunter with her sister, Gertrude. Phyllis was a leader of the exercise group, the Jumping Janes, for at least 25 years. Highlights of traveling were trips to the Holy Land led by Reverend John Swanson; to Donegal, Ireland with her family, where she met seventh cousins from her Grandfather Foster’s family; to Prince Edward Isle to celebrate her 85th birthday and visiting her sister Faye and family in Oklahoma. She loved her church family and served the First Congregational Church faithfully as a member, choir member, kitchen crew member, Christmas tree organizer, and clerk for annual meeting — her love for the music never waned and she sang all the Christmas Carols from memory with the choir who visited her in her home in 2010. Phyllis was a life-member of the Order of the Oriental Eastern Star in Bridgton serving in all the chairs and was also a member of The White Shrine. Phyllis requested her funeral service be held at the First Congregational Church. The service is scheduled for July 6, 2011 at 10:30 a.m., with a reception to follow in the church vestry. Evening visiting hours will be held on July 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Raymond-Wentworth Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Bridgton. Donations may be made in her memory to the Building Fund, First Congregational Church of Bridgton, P. O. Box 243, Bridgton, Maine 04009 or to the Charity Organization of your choice. Online condolences may be shared with her family at

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(Continued from Page D) at the registry (the website is, all that is clear is the name, age and address of the offender. While the classification system I am proposing will help, I believe that people need some idea of the crime(s) involved to help people make up their own mind about the danger a particular offender may pose. What little specific information is on the current registry is both overly vague and in complicated “legalese.” My bill calls for fixing this with information that is both readily understood and more complete. The sex offender registry is a critical tool for helping people determine the safety of their community, but to be

(Continued from Page D) safety protocols in place? The nuclear energy argument will continue. Do people continue to pursue safer nuclear power? Or does a world-wide community turn its back on nuclear power? In Loving Memory of MATTHEW C. YOUNG Oct. 10, 1989 - April 29, 2010

Loved and sadly missed by Mother Sharon Stepfather Harry Pendexter Sisters Valerie Hartman & Holly Lefebvre Grandfather Clayton Richardson

It’s hard to offer a subjective decision on nuclear energy after watching the faces of community members from the towns to which Fukushima officials had promised a brighter future. This week, Tepco, the company which operates Fukushima Nuclear Plant , offered $1 million yen to each evacuated family. In light of recent incidents, why isn’t there a bigger push to fund scientists and engineers to fine-tune ways to put renewable energy on the grid? Science dedicated to improving ways to fuel the lifestyles of the masses is a good use of science. These scientists need to be free of the industry-owners. Renewable-energy scientists need to be free to ask the questions, “What if this or that disaster happened?” and find ways to solve those potential problems. No longer can the public operate on the hollow assurance of, “Don’t worry, it won’t hap­— D.D. pen.”

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really useful it must provide more and clearer information. I believe that “An Act To Amend the Laws Governing the Sex Offender Registry” will do that. While it has not been scheduled yet for public hearing, the session is winding down, and the hearing will probably occur in the next two or three weeks. If you would like any more information on this bill, or need any other help with the state, you can call me at the State House at 287-1515 or visit my website, diamond to send me an e-mail. Senator Bill Diamond is a resident of Windham, and serves the District 12 communities of Casco, Frye Island, Raymond, Standish, Windham and Hollis.

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‘Il Trovatore’ returns to the Met

FRYEBURG — As part of The Met: Live in HD series, Il Trovatore will be broadcast live at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Saturday, April 30 at 1 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors and $18 for students. Tickets may be ordered through the Box Office by calling 935-9232 or at David McVicar’s production of Verdi’s Il Trovatore will be conducted by James Levine. Marcelo Álvarez will play Manrico, joined by three singers who earned rave reviews for their performances in the production’s premiere engagement: Sondra Radvanovsky as Leonora, Dolora Zajick as Azucena, and Dmitri Hvorostovsky as Count di Luna. This cast will star in four performances, including the April 30 matinee that will be transmitted to movie theaters around the globe as part of The Met: Live in HD series. This staging of Il Trovatore,

which is visually inspired by Francisco Goya’s series of prints entitled “The Disasters of War,” features sets by Charles Edwards, costumes by Brigitte Reiffenstuel, lighting by Jennifer Tipton, and choreography by Leah Hausman. McVicar’s production of Il Trovatore, which is notoriously difficult to stage due to its complex plot, won critical acclaim for its straightforward emotional power when it debuted at the Met in 2009 with Álvarez in the title role. The New York Times, reviewing the new production’s premiere, applauded McVicar’s “clear-headed, psychologically insightful and fluid staging” of a work that has long daunted opera directors. It is the first new Met Trovatore production in half a century to receive largely favorable reviews for the staging itself. Expected run time is 3 hours, 15 minutes. Please note that timings are approximate and CADENCE IN CONCERT — The Canadian a capella group Cadence will be performing casting is subject to change. at Fryeburg Academy’s Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Thursday, May 19, at 7:30 p.m.

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PARIS — Known for capturing the interesting and historic architecture of the region, artist Cynthia Burmeister of Paris has been chosen as the poster artist for the 2011 Moore Park Art Show. Her newest watercolor of Market Square will be featured on the poster for the show that will take place on August 13 (rain date Aug. 14). Before retirement to Paris in 1994, Burmeister devoted her art life to being a docent at the University of Michigan Museum of Art for 20 years. Her work as a docent was immensely enjoyable and exposed the artist-tobe to an extremely wide variety of fine arts. Burmeister started studying watercolors in 1997 with

renowned watercolorist Lee Bean, an original founder of the Western Maine Art Group who studied for many years under the Hungarian Fine Arts Professor Lajos Matolcsy. Burmeister went on to study with artists Gene Fuller and Painted Mermaid Gallery owner Brenda Sauro. Currently, Burmeister studies oil painting with Murad Saÿen. Her work, which focuses on regional architecture and scenes, has been featured at the Norway Library, the Lajos Matolcsy Arts Center, the Norway Arts Festival, the Moore Park Art Show and at Book N Things in Norway. She received best of show at the 2007 Moore Park Art Show and POSTER, Page D

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and eclectic originals. With an infectious energy and a good measure of wild stage antics, this cool cat rat pack of musical misfits is guaranteed to leave you shouting out for more. “One of the finest quartets to make an appearance in the a cappella scene,” Cadence continues to thrill its fans night after night by pushing a cappella music to new heights and demonstrating that the human voice has no limits. Cadences three-time Junonominated albums have been met with wide critical acclaim, having received numerous awards and nominations including Best Jazz Song, Best Original Composition and Best Rock/Pop Album. Their 2005 release “Twenty for One” was nominated for the Juno Award for Best Vocal Jazz Album alongside such established musical mainstays as Diana Krall and Paul Anka. Most recently, Cadence’s 2010 release, “Speak



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FRYEBURG — Fryeburg Academy is very excited to be bringing back John Pizzarelli on Friday, May 13, at 7:30 p.m. Tickets are $25 for adults, $20 for seniors and $15 for students; group rates are available to groups of 10 or more. You may purchase tickets by visiting or contacting the box office at 935-9232. John Pizzarelli has had a multi-faceted career as a jazz guitarist, vocalist and bandleader. Internationally known for classic standards, late-night ballads, and the cool jazz flavor he brings to his performances and recordings, he has recently established himself as the consummate entertainer and radio program host with the launch of “Radio Deluxe with John Pizzarelli,” a nationally-syndicated radio program co-hosted with his wife, Broadway star Jessica Molaskey. Pizzarelli has been playing guitar since age six, following in the tradition of his father, guitar legend Bucky Pizzarelli. Hanging out with his father, John was exposed to all the great jazz music of the era, from Erroll Garner and Les Paul to Django Reinhardt. He began playing with his father at age 20, before going out on his own. John Pizzarelli has recorded as a bandleader for RCA, Chesky, Stash and Novus, and in 1997 appeared in the Broadway musical Dream, a revue of Johnny Mercer songs. Along the way, Pizzarelli and his band have earned rave reviews. Reviewers often compare the Pizzarelli Trio to jazz icons such as Nat “King” Cole: “The John Pizzarelli Trio has never been tighter, and Pizzarelli himself has never been looser,” said The Village Voice of a recent New York show. “We can say we’re as lucky to listen to (Pizzarelli) as Nat Cole fans were in the years before he became a legPIZZARELLI, Page D

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FRYEBURG — As part of The Met: Live in HD series, Die Walküre will be broadcast live at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Saturday, May 14 at 12 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors and $18 for students. Group discounts are available. Tickets may be ordered through the box office by calling 935-9232 or at pac Met Music Director James Levine leads the new production premiere of Die Walküre, Robert Lepage’s staging of the second opera in Wagner’s cycle Der Ring des Nibelungen. The production opens Friday, April 22, with an exceptional cast of Wagnerian singers, most of whom are singing their roles for the first time at the Met. Deborah Voigt sings her first-ever performances of Brünnhilde, the Valkyrie of the title; Bryn Terfel, in a North American role debut, is her disapproving father Wotan; Stephanie Blythe is the imposing queen of the gods, Fricka; Eva-Maria Westbroek, in her Met debut, and Jonas Kaufmann, in his role debut, are the long-separated twins Sieglinde and Siegmund; and Hans-Peter König makes his Met role debut as Sieglinde’s jealous husband, Hunding. The May 14 matinee of the opera will be transmitted live to 1,500 movie theaters in 46 countries around the world as part of The Met: Live in HD. Lepage’s production of the opera combines cutting-edge video and scenic technology with traditional costuming to create Wagner’s world of gods and heroes. Die Walküre employs the same flexible computerized set seen in the season-opening production of Das Rheingold, which will

BROWNFIELD — Internationally-renowned Canadian fiddler, singer, songwriter and step dancer April Verch will rock the hall at the Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield on Friday, May 13 at 8 p.m. Verch and her band blend old-time, folk, jazz and bluegrass music together into a repertoire infused with soulful energy. Their dynamic performances feature instrumentals, vocals and Ottawa Valley step dancing. Hailed by the Toronto Star as “absolutely captivating,” Verch has released seven albums to

shift and adapt to create 22 settings and scenes — including the forest hut of Hunding and Sieglinde, the jagged mountaintop where Valkyries bring the bodies of dead heroes, and the flaming rock where Wotan forces Brünnhilde into supernatural slumber. Three singers from the new production premiere of Das Rheingold return for Die Walküre. Bass-baritone Bryn Terfel returns as Wotan, his 10th role at the Met, where he most recently sang Scarpia in Tosca during the 2009-10 season. Terfel’s other Met roles have included Wolfram in Tannhaüser and the title roles in Falstaff, Don Giovanni, and Le Nozze di Figaro. Stephanie Blythe sings Fricka, a role she first sang at the Met in the 2007-08 season under the baton of Lorin Maazel. Her broad Met repertory encompasses a variety of composers and styles, ranging from Handel and Gluck to Puccini and Verdi to Wagner. In the Met’s 2011-12 season, she will make her Met role debut as Amneris in Aida, reprise her Eduige in Handel’s Rodelinda, and sing Fricka in complete Ring cycles. Hans-Peter König, who sang the giant Fafner in Das Rheingold, will make his Met role debut as Hunding. He made his Met debut last season as Sarastro in Die Zaüberflote and also sang Daland in Der Fliegende Holländer. Lepage’s production team for Die Walküre includes Associate Director Neilson Vignola, set designer Carl Fillion, costume designer François St-Aubin, lighting designer Etienne Boucher, and video image artist Boris Firquet. Expected running time is 5 hours, 30 minutes.

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the people who live in them (Continued from Page D) and create what I see. Norway, has received purchase awards DIE WALKURE — As part of the continuing Metropolitan Paris and Western Maine have from Weston Chandler Funeral Opera Live! in HD series, Die Walküre will be broadcast live at so many examples of historic Homes and the Norway Savings the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Saturday, buildings. When architecture Bank. Burmeister has also been May 14 at 12 p.m. a longtime member and sup- comes together with interesting porter of the Western Maine Art light, I am off!” Artist, artisan, food and comGroup in Norway. “I have always loved old munity booth applications are houses, so I suppose it is not still being accepted. Please go surprising that they are my to favorite subject to paint. Old or call show Director Aranka buildings are interesting visu- Matolcsy at 890-9399 for more ally and I enjoy thinking about information. BROWNFIELD — Susan right for couples of any sex to Werner will be performing marry and the act of sex itself. at the Stone Mountain Arts The concert begins at 8 p.m., Center on Saturday, April 30, and doors open at 6 p.m. For in support of her new critically more information, call SMAC acclaimed album, “Kicking The at 935-7292. Beehive.” Produced by veteran Nashville Producer Rodney Crowell and featuring guest appearances by the likes of Keb Mo, Vince Gil and Paul Franklin, “Kicking The Beehive” finds Werner in fine form — easily ARTISTIC MARKET SQUARE — Cynthia Burmeister’s (Continued from Page D) crossing the lines and stretching watercolor of Market Square in South Paris will be the feathe boundaries between blues, end.” For Pizzarelli, the compari- tured art on the 2011 Moore Park Art Show Poster. alt country, jazz and acoustic while confronting such issues son to the Nat “King” Cole as homelessness, autism, the Trio is the highest of compliments. “I’ve always said in my concerts that Nat ‘King’ Cole is why I do what I do,” he said. Using greats like Nat “King” Bridgton 647-5348 Cole and Frank Sinatra and the songs of writers like Sammy Cahn and Jimmy Van Heusen as touchstones, Pizzarelli is among the prime contemporary interpreters of the great American EOWO songbook, bringing to the work his signature style and brilliant guitar playing. John has performed numerous times on the country’s most popular national television shows such as ‘The Tonight Show with Jay Leno,’ “The Late Show with David Letterman,” Sand • Gravel • Loam • Site Work “Live With Regis & Kelly,” Soil Tests • Septic System Specialists “The Tony Danza Show,” “The CBS Early Show,” Fox News Road Building • Foundations Channel and Jerry Lewis’ Labor CASCO Day Telethon.

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