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Serving Bridgton and the surrounding towns of Western Maine since 1870. Vol. 145, No. 2

20 PAGES - 2 Sections

Bridgton, Maine

January 9, 2014

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December’s cold ‘one for record books,’ PW Director Kidder says

CLEARING THE WAY — Bridgton Public Works Department employee Lester France was busy all day long Monday clearing slush and spreading sand. Here, he makes a last pass in the parking lot of the town garage before parking the plow out back. (Geraghty Photo)

Busy times for Bridgton planners By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Dunkin’ Donuts franchise owner Brian Fram will be able to separate the vacant lot he owns next to his Portland Road restaurant, in approvals given at Tuesday’s Bridgton Planning Board meeting. Down the road a piece and across the street, Justin McIver won final approval for Eco Estates, his eight-lot condo project of one-story single-family homes. The board also took note of departmental approval for a new downtown business, Crooked River Clock Works, where wooden-geared clock and kinetic artwork will be displayed and sold by Ron Edson in Unit 2 at Potter’s Place, at 2 Depot Street. Fram had already received a final okay on a site plan that will relocate his drive-thru window to the back of the building and allow for diagonal parking. There’ll be three more parking spaces under the new parking flow plan, he said, and he realized during site plan review that he didn’t need to tie the two lots together in order to meet parking needs. He doesn’t want the lots tied together, he said, because connecting them on the plans might hamper future use of the vacant lot, despite the fact that the town considers them as separate lots. McIver came back with a few tweaks to his subdivision plans, most notably a name change to the project’s planned new access road, located across the street from New England Boat & Storage. His first choice, Main Eco Way, was rejected for sounding too much like Main Street. So he chose Roosevelt Crossing instead, and the board agreed, providing E-911 Addressing Officer Dawn Taft agrees. The board also agreed to allow less of a turning radius around the project’s cul-de-sac. Engineer George Sawyer said the plans worked best in terms of environmentallyfriendly building design if the houses were built closer together. McIver plans to build the “empty nest” homes himself, through his Main Eco Homes business. A minimum centerline turning radius of 65 feet is required by the town, but the cul-de-sac will have a 35-foot turning radius, with a 25-foot width. Fire Chief Glen Garland told the board he was okay with the nonconforming radius, which Sawyer said is six feet greater than what is required by the town’s largest fire truck. PLANNERS, Page 12A

SAD 72, FA agree on pact

FRYEBURG — SAD 72 and Fryeburg Academy have reached an agreement on a five-year contract. “I am happy to report that the negotiating committees from Fryeburg Academy and SAD 72 have reached agreement on a five-year contract that will go into effect July 1, 2014, pending voter approval,” said SAD 72 Superintendent of Schools Jay Robinson. “Both the Board of Trustees at Fryeburg Academy and the Board of Directors of the (SAD 72) District voted unanimously to support the contract, and we both feel that the contract is fair to both parties and more importantly will meet the needs of the district’s secondary students.” The previous contract spanned 10 years. Superintendent Robinson said most of the changes had to do with clarifying language, which both sides were able to work through. Monetarily, the Academy agreed to a reduction in the per-student tuition (a combination of maximum-allowable tuition and Insured Value Factor), which will help SAD 72 moving forward, the superintendent said. From a SAD 72 perspective, Robinson and negotiators felt it was very important to continue the long-standing and successful relationship with Fryeburg Academy. “The students of our district have been the direct beneficiaries of a quality education for many years, and we are happy that this relationship will continue into the future,” Robinson said. “Additionally, the Academy has been willing to negotiate the financial implications of the contract, to the benefit of district taxpayers, at a time when districts all over the state are struggling to pass local school budgets.” Another important aspect of the contract is that it guarantees that the Academy can maintain its autonomy in making decisions that support its mission and beliefs. “The contract provides that the (school) district and Academy will regularly communicate to assure the mutual exchange of information such as enrollment numbers, stanCONTRACT, Page A

By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton’s Public Works crew is down by half of its heavy-duty snowplow fleet as it tries to keep up with the worst that winter can offer. The department was already down one truck and awaiting delivery of its replacement, when a second truck broke down Dec. 30 in South Bridgton during a snowstorm. Since then, temperatures have dipped to the coldest on record for the past three years. Public Works Director Jim Kidder said Monday he has no idea when the second truck will be fixed. The cooler part that is needed is on back order. “He (the driver) managed to drive

(the second truck) back to the garage, but it had to be towed to Whited in Auburn,” Kidder said. He is not sure when he can expect delivery of the replacement truck, a new $120,000 wheeler. “I’m hoping by the end of the month,” he said. For now, he said he has six employees trying to do eight snowplow routes. That means long hours, with most of the men working 50- to 60hour weeks the last couple of weeks. If plowing of some outer roads was a bit slow during the most recent storm, the truck shortage was the reason why, said Kidder, who issued a press release after the Dec. 30 storm on the town’s website.

“This December has been one for the record books, with close to zero temperatures and (a number of days) of freezing rain and snowstorms,” Kidder wrote. “While we will continue to work to make our streets and roads safe, we ask for your patience, since it may take us a little longer to get to your neighborhood.” The recent icy roads have also been a headache, said Kidder. “I’m going through a lot of sand.” The town’s sand shed holds 7,000 yards. Kidder said he doesn’t like to use salt unless he has to, because it tends to be harder on the machinery in the truck’s rear spreader. RECORD, Page 12A

THIS PICTURE IS PROOF that sled dog racing in Bridgton dates back at least 73 years, much longer than when the tradition was revived 25 years ago by West Bridgton businessmen on Moose Pond. The photo, printed in a 1940 edition of The Bridgton News, also shows that the course ran right through the heart of the downtown business district. The mushers are shown racing by the block of buildings where Main Street Variety and Bridgton Books are located. (Photo courtesy Bridgton Historical Society)

Musher’s Bowl course most technically-challenging in N.E. By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer For sled dog racers that seek excitement and challenge, nothing in the Northeast compares to the hills and curves of the sixmile course at Five Fields Farm in South Bridgton. “There’s no question that this is not a typical course. It’s probably one of the hilliest courses in the Northeast,” said Tom Gyger, a key organizer in this year’s Maine Lakes Musher’s Bowl, set for Saturday and Sunday, Jan. 25 and 26. The course also has a number of fairly tight turns, requiring considerable technical skill. “The young drivers really like it — it’s exciting,”

said Gyger, owner of Five Field Farms, who works with neighbors Paul Field Sr. and Jr. and members of The Downeast Sled Dog Club to prepare the five miles of trails for the race. “They describe it as being technical, and that translates into being difficult.” Club members tell him that skijorers (those pulled on skis instead of a sled) are quizzed on their skill level before registering for the Musher’s Bowl. If new to competition, Gyger said “They say, ‘I wouldn’t make Bridgton your first race’.” Most of the 75 or more sled dog teams planning to compete will be running fourto six-dog teams, although

Kathleen Beecher will retire this June as Superintendent of Schools for SAD 61. The announcement was released on the school board’s agenda for this past Monday night. The meeting was canceled due to bad weather. District officials are working with Maine School Management regarding setting up a search for Beecher’s successor. “I am retiring as of June 30 for health reasons,” Dr. Beecher said. “It has been an honor working as the Superintendent for the Lake Region Schools. I have learned a great deal in all the jobs I have done for the

District: Principal of Sebago Elementary School, Assistant Superintendent for the District and Superintendent.” In other school board news: • Meeting rescheduled: Due to bad weather, Monday’s board meeting was canceled. It will be held this Monday, Jan. 13 at 7 p.m. in the Great Room at Lake Region Vocational Center. • Condom policy: Directors will consider first reading approval to three policies regarding condom distribution at the high school. First up is “Access to Comprehensive Sexual Health Services.”

three-dog junior teams will also compete. Five Fields Farm didn’t set out to provide a challenge course for the sled dog racing community; it was simply a matter of keeping the sled dog racing tradition alive in Bridgton, said Gyger. “In the past, many of the races were held on lakes or open farmland, because both are flat,” he said. “Whatever the grooming equipment might be, you just carved out how many miles that you wanted, and you end up right back where you started.” Back in 1940, a musher’s bowl was held along downtown Main Street in Bridgton. West Bridgton businessmen revived the sport 25 years ago

on Moose Pond, and races were also held on Highland Lake. Racing on ice had its inherent problems, however. “With changing climate conditions it became difficult and unpredictable to plan for races,” said Gyger. Hidden pressure ridges and open spots on the lake ice posed a serious safety concern for both the dogs and the mushers. Seeking safer ground, the Musher’s Bowl was moved to the Fryeburg Fairgrounds. But that venue was laborintensive, because one or two handlers were needed at each street crossing. “It was difficult to procure enough labor to hold the races there,” he COURSE, Page 12A

Superintendent Beecher to retire “The intention of this service is to prevent sexuallytransmitted infections and/or pregnancy. These services will include condom availability and counseling for students who are or may become sexually active.” Condoms and informational pamphlets about absti-

nence, sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) and how to properly use a condom will be available free of charge. Prior to receiving the requested condom, the nurse and the student will discuss, in a confidential manner, the practice of safe sex, healthy relationships and POLICY, Page A

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First reading on proposed policy

NEW YEAR’S BABY — The First Born 2014 baby of the New Year was born at Bridgton Hospital on Jan. 3. Joanne M. (Vienneau) and Matt W. Bunch of Bridgton welcomed a son, Jackson H. Bunch on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Jackson was born at 9:05 a.m. and weighed 6 pounds 12 ounces. Jackson will join Gracin, age 4, Collin, 4 and Addison, 2, at their home. Baby Jackson was presented with a canvas tote bag filled with baby items. In addition mom and dad were presented a floral arrangement as a gift from the Bridgton Hospital employees and a gift check from the Bridgton Hospital Guild.

(Continued from Page A) how to apply a condom. Under the policy, parents/guardians will be notified of condom availability (entitled, “Parental Form To Have Access to Condoms,” see below) and will have the opportunity to deny in writing (opt out) access to condoms for their student(s). If the parent/guardian does not submit written notice to “opt out” of this program, the student will have access to condoms. The nurse’s office will maintain a list of students who are not allowed to have access to condoms. Students will not be allowed to leave class to get a condom. Priority will be given to ill or injured students that enter the nurse’s office at the same time. Second, directors will review the “Parental Form” regarding condom distribu-

tion. The form includes: student name, grade, parent name, parent signature and date. The form will be kept on file for that school year. Also, parents/guardians are informed that “by signing this form, it does not exempt your student from their Sexual Health Curriculum or for regular visits to the school nurse. Finally, directors will review a letter that will be sent to parents/guardians regarding the free condom program. “The philosophy of this program is abstinence first, combined with providing appropriate information about available services in order to decrease risky sexual behaviors and reduce the risk of teen pregnancy. Students will be encouraged to share the information with his/her parent/guardian.” Students who seek condoms will receive counsel-

ing from the school nurse related to relationships, communication, decision-making, abstinence, pregnancy, contraception, sexually-transmitted infections, anatomy and physiology, and reproductive health. Condoms (with appropriate counseling) will be available at no cost to high school students. “MSAD 61 realizes that, as parents, you are the primary sexual health educators for your teens. If you do not want your child to have access to condoms, please fill out and returned the enclosed Parental Form to Decline Access to Condoms to decline access to condoms,” the letter concludes. Before a proposal becomes policy, it must receive second reading approval. If members of the public wish to make comments about these policies, those remarks would need to be made under

(Continued from Page A) dardized test results, attendance data, etc.,” Robinson said. “It also provides both parties with the opportunity to meet during ‘Liaison Meetings,’ where ideas can be exchanged and issues of interest to both parties can be explored and resolved.” Superintendent Robinson is hopeful SAD 72 voters will turn out this spring to vote in support of the proposed contract. Public meetings will be scheduled to present terms of the contract. The school district’s negotiating team included Norma Snow, Robert Steller, Ed Spooner, Pat White and Laura Lucy.

RIGHT ANSWER — William McGowan, who participated in last Sunday’s trip with Harrison Parks and Rec to the Portland Expo to watch the Maine Red Claws take on the Tulsa 66ers, is pictured with Crusher the Crustacean. Crusher asked William what day is Crusty’s birthday. William answered correctly, Feb. 28 and he won a Celtics jersey!

“Public Comments on Agenda Items,” which follows a presentation by Special Services Director Lisa Caron. Directors will take up the condom policies under “Action Items.”

Quit for life

LEWISTON — The Patrick Dempsey Center and Healthy Androscoggin have partnered to offer “Quit for Life,” a five-week workshop to anyone interested in quitting tobacco. The workshop will take place Wednesdays, Jan. 15 through Feb. 12 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Dempsey Center, 29 Lowell Street, Lewiston. Pre-register by calling 7955990.

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need revamping By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton Selectman Bernie King, speaking as a citizen and not as a townelected official, is taking a special interest in the Planning Board’s progress on a new downtown sign ordinance. He’ll be attending a workshop set for Tuesday, Jan. 21, to refine final language on both a new sign ordinance, a new fire protection ordinance and new third party rules for subdivision review, all of which are being finalized for a vote at Town Meeting this June. The Planning Board has been working on new rules for signs for quite a while, and King became involved after voicing his concern over

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the number and appearance of signs sprouting up last summer on the traffic island in Pondicherry Square. “In my opinion those portable signs do not protect the aesthetic atmosphere, but rather take away from it,” King wrote in a Jan. 7 letter to the planning board. His suggestion is to give Code Enforcement Officer Robbie Baker the authority to immediately remove any sign he sees placed on the island, unless the sign is sanctioned by the town or the state. King said he realizes that SIGN, Page A

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Roll-over in Fryeburg FRYEBURG — A Fryeburg man was injured after his vehicle rolled over on Fish Street at 3:40 p.m. last Tuesday, Dec. 31. Police say Ian Shaw, 27, was operating his green 2006 Ford Escape southeast on Fish Street when he lost control of the vehicle on a turn. The vehicle spun around and rolled over onto its roof near the driveway of #154 Fish Street. Shaw was transported to Bridgton Hospital for back, neck and hand injuries, which were considered to be non-life-threatening at this time. “The vehicle came within inches of a striking a utility pole prior to rolling over,” said Fryeburg Police Department Detective Sgt. Joshua Potvin. “Driving too fast for the road conditions is the primary contributing

Crash victim released FRYEBURG — Stanley Vladyka, who was involved in a motor vehicle accident on West Fryeburg Road on Monday, Dec. 23, has been released from Maine Medical Center and has returned to his Fryeburg home, where he will continue to recover from his injuries. “I’m glad Mr. Vladyka will get to bring in the New Year at home with his family,” Fryeburg Police Department Sgt. Joshua Potvin reported. “He is extremely fortunate to have survived this crash. We wish him a speedy recovery.”

ROLLED OVER — This Ford Escape rolled over last Tuesday afternoon on Fish Street in Fryeburg. (Photo courtesy Fryeburg Police Department) factor in this crash.” Sergeant Potvin at 935Anyone who may have 3323. witnessed the crash is Fryeburg Police added urged to contact Detective patrol units New Year’s Eve

to help ensure motorist safety in Fryeburg during the celebration of New Year’s, Sgt. Potvin reported.

Selectman King: Sign rules need revamping (Continued from Page A) some believe the signs are good for business and let people know about events at local churches or other nonprofits. But he said that, in his opinion, “there are other avenues to take” to promote local fundraising events. “I don’t think there should be any signs exempt from this,” King wrote. He also offered his thoughts on the size permitted for business signage. Businesses don’t like being told what size their sign should be, King said. While he “wouldn’t want billboard types” of signs, King said the town should keep in mind that local business don’t just pay property taxes, they pay personal business taxes too. The board has proposed continuing

Photograph of the Narrow Gauge Trail in Denmark, by Jon Evans.

the practice of allowing one freestanding sign per property of no more than 100 square feet, even in multi-tenant buildings. However, they want that one sign to serve all of the tenants, and eliminate current rules that give each tenant the right to have their own small sign of unified design. The proposed new language reads as follows: “In multiple tenant nonresidential buildings that have two or more tenants, there shall be no more than one freestanding sign that will consolidate signs for all of the individual tenants in the building.” King said he would “be more than happy” to work with the board on his suggestions or other suggestions they may have.

Weather adds days to holiday about it,” he said. There was a very real risk of exposing school children to frostbite or hypothermia, he said. On Monday, the icy conditions kept children from going back to school for yet another day. “Anything that was sanded, the rain washed the sand off the roads and they were icy,” Madura said. Although Route 302 had been plowed and was wellsanded, the back roads still had a lot of snow and ice buildup, he said. “We travel a lot of back roads; and it just wasn’t safe for the buses,” he said. Additionally, on Monday, there were power outages at some of the schools in the district. Madura said a lot of consideration goes into making

the call of whether or not to cancel school. In fact, while most people are still sleeping, he is awake, gathering information to make that final decision. “I get up at 3:30 a.m. to start that process,” he said. First, he phones the National Weather Service in Gray. Then, he checks with road commissioners in the towns of Bridgton, Casco, Naples and Sebago. “I do travel into each town,” he said, adding he ends up driving in some hostile weather conditions. He also converses with people from the surrounding school districts. “I have to give a recommendation to the school superintendent by 5 a.m.,” he said. Then, in order to inform the general public, cancella-

tion notices go to the local television and radio stations. “I also e-mail the school staff,” he said. Within the next month, the district plans to install a program that would send school cancellation notices directly to parents. The notifications would go to people’s Facebook or Twitter accounts or be sent as a text message to their cell phones. The district recently purchased the program, and Madura hopes to have it up and running by February. According to Madura, the three snow days will be tacked onto the end of the school year, which means the last day of school will be June 16. Per usual, that final date depends on the weather.

Loon Echo Land Trust purchased the 1,600-acre Perley Mills Community Forest from K&W Timberlands on Dec. 18, 2013, marking a major milestone in the project’s progress. The land located in Bridgton, Denmark and Sebago was placed under contract in October of 2012, and since then $1.42 million has been raised from local families and businesses, grant-making foundations and municipal appropriations. This vast forest is now conserved and owned by Loon Echo; however, there are a few more steps to be taken to complete the project. Loon Echo will craft the terms of the conservation easements with the towns of Denmark and Sebago, with a goal of transferring the property to the municipalities in the summertime. Denmark will ask its voters in June to accept both the Denmark and Bridgton properties, which make up over 90% of the project. This will allow for a comprehensive approach to the natural resource and trail system management. The conservation easements with the municipalities will allow Perley Mills to be managed for sustainable forestry while carefully conserving the wildlife habitat and water quality of Pickerel Pond, Sucker Brook, Willett Brook, Willett Pond, and the high quality wetlands. The purpose of a community forest is to ensure the woodland remains intact and undeveloped, while offering beneficial income from sustainable timber management to local and municipal needs. The traditional recreational uses will also be guaranteed in the easements, retaining three miles along the Narrow Gauge Trail, a major snowmobile, ATV and pedestrian trail network connecting Hiram to Bridgton. Hunting, trapping and fishing will also continue. To learn more about the Perley Mills Community Forest and Loon Echo Land Trust’s mission to conserve land and natural resources in the northern Sebago Lake region of Maine call 647-4352 or visit

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By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — Students in the region had three days added to their school break — thanks to the recent weather systems. Area classrooms were supposed to be back in session after New Year’s Day, but inclement weather caused school cancellations on Jan. 2, Jan. 3, and again on Monday. Typically, snow or ice on the roads prevents buses from operating safely. The road conditions factor into any school cancellation. However, on Friday, Jan. 3, the bitterly cold temperatures were taken into account when making the decision to completely cancel school, rather than delay school until the roads were plowed, according to Andy Madura, the Director of Transportation and Food Services for School Administrative District (SAD) 61. “Friday was more of the blowing snow that was leftover from the storm. It was the cold that was mostly a concern. With the wind chill, it was down to minus 30,” he said. “If the buses were delayed, the children at the bus stops might be waiting in the cold,” he said. “A lot of people don’t get that message, which is aired on the TV and the radio, and posted on our website,” Madura said. “Any day there is a delay, we get at least 25 calls from parents who didn’t know

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The Fryeburg Police Log These incidents appeared on the Fryeburg Police Department log (this is a partial listing): Monday, December 30 3:11 a.m. Police checked an alarm at a Portland Street store. 1:46 p.m. Harassment complaint on Lovewell Pond Road. 3:59 p.m. Assist a citizen on South Elkins Brook Road. 6:50 p.m. Theft report taken on Ice House Road. 7:44 p.m. Motor vehicle accident on Lyman Drive. Tuesday, December 31 12:40 a.m. Harassment complaint on Bridgton Road. Warning issued. 3:22 to 5:12 a.m. Thirty-three building checks made. 3:43 p.m. Motor vehicle crash on Fish Street. 6:24 p.m. Harassment complaint on Smith Street. 11:20 to 11:58 p.m. Eleven building checks made. Wednesday, January 1 12:22 to 2:05 a.m. Fourteen building checks made. 10:42 a.m. Assist Fryeburg Rescue on Lyman Drive. 11:51 a.m. Motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Lovell and Old River Roads. Thursday, January 2 3 to 5:21 a.m. Thirty-one building checks were made. 12:37 p.m. Concealed weapon permit given. 6:20 p.m. Welfare check on Kimball Lake Shores. Friday, January 3 2:03 p.m. Complaint on Portland Street. 4:30 p.m. Welfare check on Ice House Road. Saturday, January 4 2:27 a.m. Suspicious activity at the Information Center, warning issued. 5:43 p.m. Abandoned motor vehicle found on Kimball Lake Shores Road. 9:04 p.m. Assisted Fryeburg Rescue on Oxford Street. Sunday, January 5 2:32 a.m. Suspicious activity at the parking area for walking trail on Portland Street. 12:40 p.m. Disturbance on Ice House Road. 1:07 p.m. James D. Harris, 32, of Fryeburg was charged with failing to pay a fine or fee. 4:17 p.m. Brandon Parent, 19, of Fryeburg was charged with failure to appear in court for a criminal summons. 6:26 p.m. Harassment complaint on Menotomy Road. 10:50 p.m. Traffic complaint on Hapgood Hill.

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The Bridgton Police Blotter These items appeared on the Bridgton Police Department blotter (this is a partial listing): Tuesday, December 31 2:17 p.m. A two-vehicle accident occurred on Main Street. The drivers were Susan Cormier, operating a 1990 Acura, and Dana Beth Wells-Goodwin, operating a 2008 Mazda. 6:25 p.m. A caller inquired how late bars can serve alcohol. 7:56 p.m. Police were notified that a subject, wearing a dark jacket and hood, was crying on Main Street. 9:09 p.m. A 2003 Chevy Malibu, operated by Justin M. Peterson, struck a deer while traveling on North High Street. 11:32 p.m. Fireworks complaint filed in the Harrison Road and Meadow Street area. Wednesday, January 1 4:08 p.m. Snowmobile complaint at Commons Drive. 6:14 p.m. A car struck a deer on Kimball Road. 9:09 p.m. A 2013 Subaru Outback, operated by Abigail Couture, struck a deer on Portland Road, near the Naples town line. 9:32 p.m. Michael J. Roose, 52, was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence following a stop on Main Street. 11:28 p.m. A Saugus, Mass. dispatch center informed Bridgton Police that a call had been received from a suicide prevention hotline regarding a female in Bridgton who had taken 20 Advil. Tickets: Police issued seven written and nine verbal warnings, and one summons. ’RE WE EN P O



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Area Events Healthy Forests and Healthy Lakes

The forests of the Lakes Region are the key to maintaining the water quality of our lakes and streams as well as the quality of life we all enjoy. Join Lakes Environmental Association and the Portland Water District’s Paul Hunt on Thursday, Jan. 9 at 7 p.m. at LEA to learn how our forests have changed over the past 150 years, their condition today, and about a new source of funding to help conserve them into the future. Paul Hunt is the environmental manager for the Portland Water District and has been working with LEA to help conserve land and protect water in the lake region since 1999. If you would like to attend this talk, please register by calling or emailing Adam Perron at 647-8580 or

Identity Theft Program at Harrison Library

HARRISON — You wouldn’t leave a safe wide open with all of your valuables waiting to be taken by someone, yet many people do not take the proper steps to protect their most valuable possession — their identity. Harrison Village Library will present “The Better Business Bureau Identity Theft Program” on Monday, Jan. 13, at 5:30 p.m., covering the most common ways in which identity thieves are obtaining our personal information and the precautionary tactics we can use to protect ourselves from falling victim to fraudulent activity. This program is free and open to the public; for more information, please contact the library at 583-2970.

Images of romantic love

LOVELL — The Charlotte Hobbs Library on Route 5 in Lovell will be hosting the Maine Humanities program, “Destruction or Redemption: Images of Romantic Love.” This is a six-part series of romantic love, one of the most universal and puzzling features of the human condition. For more information, call the library at 925-3177. The books are available at the library. The schedule of readings is as follows: • Jan. 13 — Madame Bovary by Gustave Flaubert • Feb. 10 — The French Lieutenant’s Woman by John Fowles • March 10 — The End of the Affair by Graham Greene • April 14 — Morgan’s Passing by Anne Tyler • May 12 — A Mother and Two Daughters by Gail

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Digital Nectar: How to attract ideal customer

NORWAY — Oxford Hills SCORE, the Oxford Hills Chamber of Commerce, and the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce are pleased to present a program and discussion on Media Advertising. The program will be presented Tuesday, Jan. 14, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Norway Town Office, 19 Danforth Street, Norway. A social media workshop will be presented by Rick Brooks. The workshop title is Digital Nectar: How to Attract Your Ideal Customer. Finding and engaging your ideal customer these days require that you rank well in the search engine, engage your audience on social media, and are ready to serve them on a smart phone. In this information-packed two-hour session, you’ll learn how to optimize your website to rank well in Google, how to develop your social media marketing plans, and what you need to do to have a mobile friendly website. This workshop is free for Oxford Hills Chamber members, Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber members and for SCORE Mentors. For all others, the cost is $25. To register, contact SCORE at 743-0499.

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NORWAY — Stephens Memorial Hospital is pleased to offer Get Out and Enjoy the Trails by Snowshoeing on Saturday, Jan. 18 from 9 to 10 a.m. at Witt Swamp Preserve in Norway, off of Pleasant Street. Registration is required and there is no cost. Join experienced instructor Eric Rathbun as he leads you on a mile-long loop through the Witt Swamp Preserve. This beginner class is a great place to start and no experience is necessary. Snowshoes and poles are available if needed. For more information or to register, please call 743-1562, ext. 6896.

CASCO — It’s a new semester and a new year. Learn something new or do something you enjoy. Upcoming classes at the Crooked River Adult Education Center on Route 11 in Casco include: Coastal Navigation. This is an introductory course in Marine Navigation. You will learn chart symbols, reading charts, ties, currents, plotting between points, calculating distance, speed or time. This

is an invaluable course for anyone who plans to be on the coastal water in Maine. Class starts on Tuesday, Jan. 7. Flow Yoga. Yoga is a gentle, fun and accessible form of exercise that helps with stress management, increases flexibility and strength, tones muscles, and helps manage weight. This class will include movement through yoga postures, a focus on


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BROWNFIELD — The Brownfield Lions will be hosting a Country/Western dance at the Brownfield Lions Den on Routes 5 and 113 in Brownfield on Saturday, Jan. 18. Music will be by Linwood Cash and “The Ridge Riders,” and the dance will run from 8 p.m. to midnight, for adults 21 and older. Admission is $10 per person and the dance is BYOB. There will be a bottle and a 50/50 raffle held as well. Proceeds will benefit the Brownfield Lions Community Fund. For more information or reservations, call Earl at 935-2911.

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WATERFORD — The Wilkins Community House will hold a Community Potluck Supper on Thursday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. All are welcome. The Community House is located in Waterford Flat on Plummer Hill Road behind the village green next door to the church. Community suppers are held on the third Thursday of each month A warm winter Chowder Fest through May. The hosts for this supper are Nancy and EAST OTISFIELD — Coming soon to East Otisfield Fred Engdahl and Mary and Bill Colbath. Bring a friend Free Baptist Church, 231 Rayville Road, is the 4th and a dish to share and enjoy chatting with new friends Annual Soup and Chowder Fest put on by Al and Pattie and neighbors. Haggerty. Save Saturday, Jan. 25 from 11:30 a.m. to Dinner with piano bar/sing-along 1:30 p.m., but if it rains or snows, the date will be RAYMOND — Ol’ Blue Eyes will be smiling down Saturday, Feb. 1. The menu includes Al’s seafood chowduring our Italian dinner and piano bar/sing-along der, turkey soup, beef stew, Pauline’s gluten-free corn on Saturday, Jan. 18, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the chowder, vegetable soup and Fred’s famous Dutch pea Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main Street soup. There will also be cornbread, dumplings, biscuits in Raymond Village. Frank would approve of the anti- and desserts. For more information, call 539-8922. pasto and cheese plate, homemade lasagna, tossed salad, Donations are appreciated. Italian bread, and brownie sundaes. There’ll be just one seating at 5:30 p.m. And he’d also enjoy pianist/vocalist Karen Strange’s music of the ‘40s, 50s, and 60s, timeless show tunes, and more than a few classics from the chairman of the board. Bring your main squeeze, neighbors, and friends and join others for great food, great music, and great company on a cold winter’s night. The church

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Trevor goes to the mat for Academy year. He also came out on top in the Mountain Valley Tournament. Last year he took second in Regionals and fourth in States. His current record is 18 wins and two losses. He and his coach Bryce Thurston have been together from the start. He is a busy young man in his sport, but maintains a GPA of 3.43. His other activities include the Youth Group, Student Council, Daniel Webster Society, Raider Patrol, Interact, baseball, cross-country and wakeboarding. As his grandparents live in Fryeburg, he visits after school. Like most grandmothers, Trevor’s has snacks ready, and like most grandpas, he teases the boy about his love life. An active fan of her brother, sister Ashley missed his achievements this season, as she was away from home at the University of New

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Lovell by Ethel Gilmore-Hurst Lovell Correspondent 925-3226 England, where she majors in Dental Hygiene. Good luck next year, Trevor. Well another year has passed, and I made it. It seems just days ago I was happy to make 2000, and now here we are in 2014. Unbelievable. The biggest news in Lovell was the fire in the village, which leveled a historic building. The landscape changed, but the village maintains its New England character. Lovell Hardware closed until a buyer can be found, the Wicked Good reopened, and the Homestead Scoop opened up. I missed this year’s used book sale at the Arts and Artisans Fair. The United Church of Christ had two very important people move away, which was very sad, and we lost some much-loved people. Life in our little town

goes on, and of course I left 80-degree weather in Florida for snow — and it looks like more snow is coming. Happy New Year to all. I love Maine. The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library had a very successful Christmas raffle and Christmas tree lighting. Over 150 members of the community enjoyed each other’s company after singing carols around the newlylighted tree. Santa gave over 50 eager children books as a special gift. Those taking home the raffle prizes were Rayna Wales, Roger Woodward, Echo Lowell, Abby Nataluk, Philip Morris, Kristin Venza and Mary Heroux. The Library Board of Trustees is grateful to all those who have been generous in their support of the library, which was evident in

Birthwise Midwifery School in Bridgton, a directentry midwifery education program founded in 1994, has expanded their campus by adding an additional classroom to the restored carriage house. The new classroom is filled with natural light, comfort and beautiful natural wood. Not only is the new space going to act as a classroom, but as a general space for yoga, meetings and other gatherings. New yoga classes for the Bridgton community, Birthwise students and staff began in the new space on Jan. 3. For more information please visit: or call 647-5968.

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dents collected $187.32 in change from their families in just two weeks. The purpose was to raise money to donate to UNICEF for families and their children in the Philippines. Congratulations on a great job. Congratulations to Camryn O’Connell for abiding by the New Suncook pledge of Respect, being Responsible and keeping herself Safe; she was awarded her 25th Gold Star. Camryn’s Star will join the others on the Wall of Stars. For the cross-country skiers, a note that the trails on the Kezar Golf course will be groomed as soon as possible. Brad Littlefield, course president, has it in the works, but because of the quicklychanging weather, it’s hard to get someone who isn’t plowing, sanding, and shoveling roofs and other snow-related jobs. It will be done, and with the base now in place it will be a great winter for skiing. Don’t forget for those who like to walk that the Rec Department sponsors a walking program at the New Suncook School on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday TREVOR, Page A

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the annual appeal. With the new addition, the library is a very busy place with all the activities held there. Because of this support, check out the added days the library will be open. The library would like to thank Limmer Boots of Intervale for their contribution to the raffle. The library has opened its doors to the Ward family of Fly Away Farms in Stow, who will hold a Farmer’s Market at the library on Saturday, Jan. 11 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Others who would like to take part can contact Director Anna Roma at 925-3177. The Maine Humanities Council’s “Let’s Talk About It” series will start on Monday, Jan. 13 at the library at 1 p.m. with the subject “Destruction or Redemption: Images of Romantic Love.” The first book for this six-part series is Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert, published in 1856. For those who would like to participate, there are free books available at the library. The library will be open on Monday, Jan. 20, which is Martin Luther King Day. Before the holidays, the New Suncook School stu-

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Briana L. Cobbett and Joshua J. Lawton of Brownfield, have a daughter, Livanna Marie Lawton, born on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2013 at Bridgton Hospital. Maternal grandparent: Darlene Cobbett. Paternal grandparents: Mark Lawton and Mary Lawton. Great-grandparents: Mary Gagne, Peter Gagne and David Durgin. Kiersten O. Kise and Christopher D. Beaudoin of Waterford, have a daughter, Lily Ann Beaudoin, born on Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 at Bridgton Hospital. Maternal grandparents: Paul and Carol Kise of Waterford. Paternal grandparents: David Beaudoin and Joline True of Lewiston and Sabbatus. Great-grandparent: Joanne Beaudoin of Lewiston. Joanne M. (Vienneau) and Matt W. Bunch of Bridgton, have a son, Jackson H. Bunch, born on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at Bridgton Hospital. Jackson joins Gracin, age 4, Collin, 4 and Addison, 2. Jackson, born at 9:05 a.m., was the First Born 2014 baby at Bridgton Hospital! Susan S. (Bennett) and Nicholas J. LeBel of North Bridgton, have a son, Isaac Lucien LeBel, born on Friday, Jan. 3, 2014. Isaac joins Oscar, age 4. Maternal grandparents: Carol and David Bennett of North Conway, N.H. Paternal grandparents: Kathie and Chris LeBel of Westbrook. Joy and Andrew Norkin of Denmark, have a daughter, Noelle Ada Norkin, born on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013 at 9:38 a.m. at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H. Noelle joins Sophia, Mae, Irina and Jonah. Maternal grandparents: Dexter and Virginia Spiller of York. Paternal grandparents: Florence and the late Paul Norkin of Wethersfield, Conn. Marcy LaVallee and Asher Anderson have a girl, Charlotte Alzena Anderson, born Dec. 30, 2013 at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway. Charlotte weighed seven pounds, four ounces. Maternal grandparent is Elizabeth LaVallee of Gilead. Paternal grandparent is Julie Anderson of Casco. Charlotte joins a brother, Lewis, age 6.


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The Fryeburg Academy Wrestling Teams finished 4th in the Atlantic Invitational as one among other tournaments they’ll take part in this wrestling season. One student who goes to the mat for the Academy is Trevor Henschel of Lovell, who can look back at the season with satisfaction. This 17-year-old junior has had a long history in wrestling. He started the sport when he was in the first grade, honing his skills in the Lovell Rec Wrestling program. His parents, Mark and Kara Henschel, spent many hours following their son’s career in the sport. Trevor made the Academy team in his freshman year, in his ninth year of wrestling. Tenacious in an individual sport, Trevor won first place this year at the Noble Invitational, one of the most important tournaments of the

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Trevor goes to mat (Continued from Page A) from 4 to 5:30 p.m. Exercise class is Tuesday and Thursday at the VFW from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. The cost is $90 for the 15 weeks, or $4 a week. The 1st Annual Martin Luther King Choir Invitational event was so successful last year that there will be a 2nd Annual Invitational on Sunday, Jan. 19. This wonderful afternoon of choral music will be held this year at the Fryeburg Congregational Church. Those participating will be the Fryeburg Congregational Church, the Fryeburg New Church, and the Lovell United Church of Christ. Following the concert, refreshments will be served. A $5 donation is suggested, which will be donated to the Brownfield Food Pantry.

Holding the “I Got Basted” T-shirt given out to patrons at the Bridgton Bar Crawl are, from left, representatives of some of the Bridgton businesses that participated: Michelle Hapgood, Campfire Grille; Sherry Flanigan, Beef & Ski; Carrye Castleman-Ross, Depot Street Tap House; and Janine Francisco, bartender at The Black Horse Tavern. Not pictured are Spiro Hronarakis, Bridgton House of Pizza; Nick Klimek, Black Horse; and Will Holmes, Standard Gastropub. (Photo by Veronica Kugelman)

Bar Crawl a success

Jamie Finck and Ryan Durocher of Woodland Hills, Calif., were married at The Noble House Inn in Bridgton on Saturday, Dec. 21, 2013. Price Hutchins officiated, and a small group of family and friends attended. All enjoyed a celebration dinner catered by Fine Kettle of Fish and hospitality was provided by The Noble House Inn proprietors. The bride is the daughter of Bob and Cathy Finck of Bridgton. The groom is the son of Ron and Therese Durocher of Swanville.

while simultaneously raising much-needed money for a great local program. The Fuel Collaborative is run and funded solely by local volunteers and donations, and we are so grateful for their donation.” Winter is not over yet, and the fund always needs help. If you would like to make a donation that directly benefits a local charity, please stop by the Community Center or call Lone at 657-3116.

Mineral and Gem open house BRYANT POND — In 1948, a group of rock collectors sat down in a Rumford house and created the Oxford County Mineral and Gem Association. Sixty-five years later, there are well over 100 members of the club. Every year they hold a show in July featuring gems, minerals, fossils and jewelry. They

award two annual scholarships to local high school graduates and conduct an annual auction, donating the proceeds to Christmas for Kids and Christmas for Families. This year the club gave $650. Next year they hope for $1,000. This past year they sponsored 18 field trips to local mines. One thing, however, that

the club has never done is to hold an open house for the public. Thanks to the Franklin Grange in Bryant Pond, the club will invite all interested people to meet with them on Saturday, Jan. 11, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. There will be a silent auction and a chance to buy raffle tickets for three tourma-

line rings. The two pink rings have been donated to help the Grange; a green one to help the club. Each chance only costs $1, and tickets are selling fast. For more information call Oxford County Mineral and Gem Association President Ken Briggs at 665-2607 or Treasurer Dennis Gross at 665-2759.

Dems holding training The Oxford County Democrats will hold a training for caucus convenors as part of their regular meeting on Sunday, Jan. 12 at the Crescent Park School in Bethel, beginning at 2 p.m. Jon Hillier, field director for the Maine Democratic Party, will conduct the convenor training at 3 p.m. The Maine Democratic Party Caucus Day is Sunday, March 2, with meetings scheduled for individual towns at any time between 1 and 8 p.m. Many towns hold their meetings as part of regional events but also have the option of caucusing in their own town. The business of the caucus is to elect delegates and alternates to the 2014 State Convention on May 30-31 in Bangor, as well as to organize the party structure throughout the county. Legislative and county candidates, as well as those representing the top of the ticket campaigns, will be attending many of the meetings to gather nominating signatures and recruit volun-

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The first annual Bridgton Bar Crawl was a huge success, as 75 locals and visitors walked and were shuttled to six participating bars and restaurants. Many people commented on how exciting it is to finally have a “scene” in Bridgton, instead of having to drive to Portland for nightlife and entertainment. Along with providing a fun, safe night on the town, the local business owners worked

Everything from Exercise to Excavation is on tap for the winter session of Senior College at Bridgton. Beginning on Monday, Jan. 20, single two-hour classes will be held on Mondays and Thursdays (please note new scheduling) for four weeks. Open to everyone over age 50, the classes are free to Senior College members and cost only $5 per class for nonmembers. The location, as usual, is the Bridgton Community Center, and classes begin at 10 a.m. Classes include viewing and discussion of the 1930s comedy, Dinner at Eight, an overview of the exploration of Fort Shirley, exercise for seniors, a recollection of poet Seamus Heaney, the ins and outs of self-publishing, a discussion of town planning, and a session on forensic archaeology. Information was to be mailed by Jan. 3, but was delayed by the weather. Nevertheless, materials should be in the hands of members by the time this article is published. Information has also been placed at libraries throughout the region and is available on the website: People are asked to pre-register (for planning purposes), but may register before the class begins. Payment is by check only. It is possible to write one check for all chosen classes.

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Philip Tanguay WESTBROOK — Philip Tanguay, 73, of Westbrook, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2013, at Maine Medical Center. He was born in Westbrook, the son of Albert and Anna (Richards) Tanguay. He attended Westbrook schools and Southern Maine Vocational Technical Institute. Phil served in U.S. Army during the Vietnam era. He worked for WF Blake, Dixon Bros., Dodge Oil and the Maine Turnpike Authority for many years before retiring. Phil married Ida (Brown) in 1963, and just celebrated their 50th anniversary on Dec. 21. He enjoyed his family and all our gatherings, as well as tending to farm animals, gardening, fishing, boating, ice fishing and attending fairs. He also enjoyed his visits to the casinos. He loved his family and friends dearly and would give generously of himself to anyone in need. Phil was a hard-working man and a great provider for his family. He will be greatly missed by his family and friends. He was predeceased by his brothers, Joseph, Leo, Maurice and Richard Tanguay; and sisters, Theresa Mondor, Annette Ledoux and Irene Trepanier. He is survived by his wife, Ida Tanguay of Westbrook; daughter Debra Tanguay Larson of Buxton; son James Tanguay of Raymond; daughter Cynthia Smith of Gorham; son Jeffrey Tanguay of Gorham; a brother, Henry Tanguay of Gray; sisters, Yvette Girourd of Westbrook, Rita Tardiff of Gorham, Constance Baillargeon of Westbrook and Margeret Palmer of Gorham; his 12 grandchildren as well as his only godson and many nieces and nephews. Visiting hours were held on Sunday at Blais & Hay Funeral Home, 35 Church Street, Westbrook. A Mass of Christian Burial was held on Monday at St. Anthony of Padua Church in Westbrook at 10 a.m. Online condolences may be expressed at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made in his name to American Diabetes Association.

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DELAND, FLA. — Louis Tilio Genesio II, 54, of DeLand, Fla., died at home early Thursday, Dec. 26, 2013 following a lengthy illness. He was born at the U.S. Naval Hospital, Camp Lejeune, N.C., a son of Gerald E. (Jerry) of Scarborough and the late Elizabeth A. (Best) Genesio. Following service in the U.S. Marine Corps, he pursued his dreams and natural talent playing his guitar and singing both solo and with several bands from Maine to California and Florida. He will be remembered as a loving and gentle person who found wonder and comfort in the beauty of nature and great joy in his music. In addition to his father, he leaves his stepmother, Judith A. Genesio of Bridgton; stepsiblings Lauri A. Genesio of Santa Fe, N.M., Mark R. of South Portland and Kristy Dixit of Lafayette, La. In addition to his mother, he was predeceased by his brother, Anthony Vincent. In accordance with his wishes, there will be no funeral ser(207) 627-7561 vices. Following cremation, his ashes will be interred in North Carolina where his mother and The Bridgton News brother are buried. Memorial donations may be sent to Frannie Peabody Center, 30 Danforth Street, Suite 311, Portland, ME 04101.


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Judy Lynne Morrill who went to be with the Lord January 2, 1993 Born May 26, 1952 ~~~•~~~ Our children are sent from heaven To warm God’s heart of love Our Judy being an example To prepare her for above. His presence in her heart Evident for all to see In smile, song and speech Bring many memories. The void without her presence Can never be replaced But we are looking forward To see her smiling face.



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HARRISON — Pauline Hatch, 71, lost a long-fought battle with breast cancer on Monday, Dec. 23, 2013 while surrounded by family and friends at her Harrison home. Born Pauline Estella Richardson in Denmark on April 1, 1942, she was the sixth of 10 children born to Mary and James Richardson. Pauline worked most of her life, with many years at Bridgton Knitting Mill, and later at Pleasant Mountain Moc, also in Bridgton. All through her life, Pauline enjoyed many hobbies. She liked to knit and crochet while watching her soap operas in the afternoon, and also enjoyed doing puzzle books. She loved listening and dancing to country music, and as her health allowed, she would be found dancing the night away every Saturday night. Pauline enjoyed farming, hunting and fishing, hobbies that she passed onto her children, as well.   On Oct. 9, 1999, Pauline married Bruce Hatch, whom she loved traveling and being with. Together, they would vacation in many places across Maine and some places as far away as Florida.   In 2011, Pauline was diagnosed with breast cancer. She fought very hard and in early 2013 was said to be cancer-free. In November 2013, it was discovered that the cancer had come back with a vengeance. Pauline was a very generous and giving woman. Numerous times, she opened her home to those in need. She loved to cook (well-known for her pies and mile-high biscuits!) and loved sharing the fruits of her labor with others. She passed this skill on to some of her family, as was evident at Thanksgiving when her 10-year-old grandson came to her house to make an apple pie for her because she was not feeling well enough to cook. Pauline taught us a lot, listened a lot more, and will be missed by many. Pauline was predeceased by her husband, Bruce Hatch; and siblings Silver, Burton, Helen, Kay, Ivan and Valeria.  Pauline is survived by a brother, Frank Richardson of Hiram; two sisters, Saramay Daniel of Denmark and Francena of South Hiram; her children, Tracey Robitaille of Bryant Pond, Tony Bean of Harrison, Tammy McAllister of Oxford, and James Bean of Harrison; six grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; many nieces and nephews who will miss her as well.  A celebration of her life is being planned for June 21. Services were performed by Dolby Funeral Home, South Windham.

NAPLES — M. Audrey Peterson, 92, passed peacefully at Maine Medical Center on Dec. 29, 2013. She was born M. Audrey Casey on April 27, 1921 in Portland. Audrey attended local schools and graduated from Portland High School. Upon graduation, she attended Portland Business School. Audrey married Edmund R. Peterson on Sept. 3, 1941. Audrey began working at the Maine Turnpike as a machine operator in 1947. She was the first person to run the IBM machine. She received the Joseph T. Sayward Award (Maine Turnpike’s highest recognition) for her hard work and dedication. Audrey was the only person ever named “Employee of the Year” by the Maine Turnpike Authority. She retired after 30 years of service in 1979. Upon retiring, Mr. and Mrs. Peterson moved to Leesburg, Fla., where they enjoyed golfing and many Burger King lunches with friends. Edmund and Audrey spent many happy summers at their camp on Brandy Pond in Naples. In later years, Audrey loved cooking for her family. She had daily visits from her youngest grandchildren looking for warm molasses cookies and homemade bread. Audrey took great pleasure in her cats of which she took wonderful care. Audrey was predeceased by her beloved mother; her loving husband; her son, Edmund R. Peterson Jr.; her brother, Lawrence Casey; and her sister, Thelma Oakes. She is survived by brothers, Donald Casey of Washington, D.C., and Kenneth Casey of Cumberland; sons, Bruce Peterson of Portland, Leslie Peterson of Naples, and Everett Peterson of Naples. Audrey will be deeply and sadly missed by her brothers, her sons and daughters-in-law, her many grandchildren, great-grandchildren, great-great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews. A funeral service was held Saturday, Jan. 4, 2013 at Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Road, Casco.

George C. Hilton Jr. George C. Hilton Jr., 85, of Hampton, Va. passed away on Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014 after a brief illness. He was born in Turner, the son of George and Dorothy, and grew up on the family farm in Bridgton. He graduated from Bridgton High School and attended the Franklin Institute in Boston and studied engineering at the University of Virginia. George enlisted in the Army during the Korean War and was stationed at Ft. Eustis, where he met and married Marvette Nichols. He worked in the calibration lab at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard and later as an engineer at the Naval Weapons Station in Yorktown. He retired from the Department of the Navy after 35 years of service. He is survived by four children, George C. Hilton III of Hampton, Va., Carolyn G. Hilton of Braselton, Ga., Catherine Warner of Vinton, Va. and James A. Hilton of Cumming, Ga.; and two grandchildren. Funeral services will be held at the family cemetery in North Bridgton at a later date. Arrangements are by Weymouth Funeral Home.

Kevin L. Douglas SCARBOROUGH — Kevin L. Douglas passed away on Jan. 3, 2014, at Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. He was born in North Conway, N.H. on Jan. 13, 1951, the son of Clinton L. and Phyllis B. Douglas. He was a 1969 graduate of Fryeburg Academy and attended Bowdoin College. He was a veteran of the U.S. Air Force. As a young man, Kevin was employed as a computer programmer at the Yield House in North Conway. He was an avid duck hunter. Kevin was a member of the Fryeburg Assembly of God Church. His strong faith helped him cope with a disabling auto accident in 1980. It also gave him strength to cope with cancer with grace and dignity. Kevin will be remembered for his sense of humor, his creative use of photography, and his poetry. He was predeceased by his father in 2004. He is survived by his mother Phyllis of Fryeburg; sister Sally Libby (Jonathan) of Biddeford; niece Holly Croteau (Christian) of Westbrook; several aunts and uncles; and many cousins. The family wishes to thank Christine and Martine of Southern Maine Hospice and the staff of Gosnell Memorial Hospice House for their compassionate care during this difficult time. At Kevin’s request, there will be a graveside service later in the spring or late summer. Memorial contributions may be made to Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, 11 Hunnewell Road, Scarborough, ME 04074, or to Fryeburg Assembly of God Church, 2 Drift Road, Fryeburg, ME 04037. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at

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SCARBOROUGH — Elizabeth Benway, 69, of Freeport and Bridgton, passed away Friday, Dec. 27, 2013, at the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House in Scarborough. Bette (as she preferred to be called) was born Jan. 7, 1944, in No. Conway, N.H., to Beulah and Clifford Blake of Bridgton, where she grew up. She spent many summers on her uncle’s farm in Brownfield, and shared many fond memories of that time with her family. After graduating from the University of New Hampshire with a degree in Mathematics, Bette began her long career as an educator, teaching math at the high school and collegiate level. She retired from the University of Maine as an adjunct faculty member after many years of helping students master statistics. Bette was an active member of numerous committees during her residence in Freeport, helping to promote education, and spent many years as a private math tutor. She also worked part-time as the head bookkeeper and office manager for one of the Town of Freeport utilities. After retiring she moved back to her childhood home in Bridgton, spending the last eight years there. She became a member of the local Red Hat Society and enjoyed their support and friendship. Bette is survived by her son and daughter-in-law, Dayton and Nichole Benway of Freeport; her grandson Colby; her daughter and son-in-law Cathy and JT Tyler, also of Freeport; and her grandsons, Connor Brown and Asher Tyler. A graveside service will be held in the spring at the family plot in Brownfield. Details will be sent out to friends and family at that time. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the Gosnell Memorial Hospice House, Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 US Route One, #1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

Eileen F. Morse BANGOR — Eileen F. Morse, 89, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 28, 2013, in Bangor. She was born in Portland on April 14, 1924, the daughter of I. Ray and Marion Libby. She graduated from Portland High School in 1941 and then attended Westbrook Junior College. She worked at University of Maine Portland, Jack Junior, and Yarmouth High School during her lifetime. On Feb. 16, 1946, she married Stephen H. Morse, her lifelong companion of nearly 68 years. They resided in Portland for 20 years before moving to Yarmouth in 1968. After retirement, they moved to Bangor and have resided there since. Eileen was a voracious reader, conquered many crosswords, loved to sew and quilt, and surrounded herself with music. While in Yarmouth, Eileen was member of the Calico Quilting Group. Eileen and Stephen traveled extensively throughout New England and Europe. Eileen was an active participant at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland. Most of all, Eileen was a loving mother, wife, and grandmother. She was always there for the family, be it a phone call or in person. She kept the family up to date on all happenings and could be relied on for daily weather updates. She is survived by her loving husband, Stephen of Bangor; her sister, Ray Hutchinson of Falmouth; and children, Bruce of Naples and Stephen of Alton, N.H. Eileen had five grandchildren, one great-grandson, and numerous nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her son, Lawrence in 2011; her parents; brother Robert; sisters Helen and Marion. A memorial service will be held in the spring at Trinity Episcopal Church in Portland.

Frances A. Hunt FORESTVILLE, CONN. — Frances Alma Hunt, 82, widow of Richard Merrill Hunt, of Forestville, passed away at her home on Sunday, Jan. 5, 2014. Frances was born on Nov. 1, 1931, in Casco, Maine, a daughter of the late Warren and Inez (Knight) Tenney. Mrs. Hunt retired from SNET and enjoyed spending time in both Rhode Island and Maine. She is survived by her sons, Brian Hunt of Burlington, Conn., and Richard Hunt and his wife Lynda of Newington, Conn.; her grandchildren, Elizabeth, Matthew, Emily, Michael and Jeffrey; her great-grandchildren Riley and Sadie; her sister Emma Grant of Portland, Maine; her twin brother Franklin Tenney of Gainesville, Fla.; and her brother Melvin Tenney of Naples, Maine; and several nieces and nephews. Calling hours will be held on Saturday morning, Jan. 11, 2013 from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. at O’Brien Funeral Home, 24 Lincoln Ave., Forestville/Bristol, Conn., followed by a funeral service at 11 a.m. The burial will follow at Forestville Cemetery. To leave a message of condolence, share a memory or a photo, please visit

Robert V. Chiarello, Esq. FRYEBURG — Robert Vincent Chiarello, Esquire, 75, of Chatham, N.J., and Center Lovell, Maine, passed away unexpectedly on Jan. 1, 2014, in Fryeburg. Mr. Chiarello was born in 1938 in Brooklyn, N.Y., to Joseph John and Marguerite Chiarello. He attended Poly Prep Country Day School, of which he was an active and committed alumnus. He was a graduate of Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pa., and a member of the Phi Delta Theta Fraternity. He served in the United States Army, attaining the rank of Captain. He received his Juris Doctor from Saint John’s University Law School and was a member of the New York Bar Association. Following law school, Mr. Chiarello became an attorney for the Federal Aviation Administration, before leaving to join his father in the family insurance business in New York City. Mr. Chiarello continued to preside over Joseph Chiarello & Co., Inc., Elizabeth, N.J., until the time of his passing. Mr. Chiarello was a member of Saint Patrick’s RC Church in Chatham, N.J. He was a Past President of the Elizabeth Development Corporation, The Elizabethtown Cotillion and The Benedicts. He served on the boards of the Evergreen Cemetery and the Union County Savings Bank. At the time of his death, he was President of the Severance Lodge Club in Center Lovell. “Bob,” as he was known to friends, had a passion for aviation. He earned his private pilot certificate more than 50 years ago, flew regularly and loved to share his joy of flying with others. He was a member of the Aircraft Owners and Pilots Association, T-34 Association, and EAA War Birds of America. One of his other great loves was wooden boating, and he enjoyed both of these beloved pastimes at his home on Kezar Lake in Maine. He will be remembered for his selflessness, his generosity, his commitment to community, his love of family, his gift for storytelling and his incredible hospitality. He was predeceased by his first wife, Marilyn Wilson Chiarello, in 1973, his son Thomas Clifford Chiarello in 1991, and his sister Carole Ann Paolicelli in 2010. He is survived by his wife of 39 years, children’s author, Robin Taylor Chiarello; sons Joseph John Chiarello II (Gina) of Hoboken, N.J., and Stephen Robert Chiarello of Summit, N.J.; daughter Amy Chiarello Barnett (Steve) of Upper Montclair, N.J.; his granddaughters Grace and Madeline Barnett; and his beloved dog Taxi. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Robert V. Chiarello Fund at Poly Prep Country Day School, 9216 7th Avenue, Brooklyn, NY, 11228-3698, attn: Lisa Della Pietra. For further information, to order flowers, or to send the family a condolence, please visit Arrangements by Wm. A. Bradley & Son Funeral Home, Chatham, N.J.


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HIRAM — Leon R. Chadwick of Hiram died suddenly on Monday, Jan. 6, 2014. He was the son of Richard and Anna (Jacquel) Chadwick. Leon retired from the local telephone company. He loved his dog and fishing, camping and boating. He is survived by his wife, Liza Chadwick; a son, Michael Chadwick of Portland; a stepson, Joel Holt of Lewiston; two stepdaughters, Tabitha Holt of Bridgeton, Conn. and Dorothy Martin of Waterville; and three grandchildren. Services will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations will be accepted to help defray funeral expenses. Send donations to: Liza Chadwick, PO Box 105, Bingham, ME 04920.

Nancy Medbury Bartlett BERLIN, CONN. — Nancy Medbury Bartlett, 65, of Naples, Fla., died Dec. 28, 2013, after a courageous battle with kidney cancer. Nancy passed away peacefully at her daughter’s home, while surrounded and cared for by her family and loved ones. Words cannot express the sorrow felt by family and friends at the loss of their beloved Nancy. Nancy was born on April 20, 1948, in Hartford, Conn., to Elizabeth Ibell Medbury (of West Hartford, Conn.) and Dr. Sawyer Eldredge Medbury (of Putnam, Conn.). Nancy’s mother, Elizabeth Medbury, was the proprietor of the Bridgton Book House formerly located on Depot St. Nancy is predeceased by her second husband, H. Lawrence Bourland. Surviving Nancy are her two daughters, Tracy Williams and her husband Brian, owners of the Village Tie Up in Harrison, and their three children, Colby (15), Jackson (13), and Emma (10); and Sarah Manzo and her husband Robert of Berlin, Conn., and Sarah’s children from her first marriage, Sawyer (14), and Hudson (9), and Sarah and Rob’s two boys, Anthony (3), and Walker (4 months). Nancy is also survived by her brother Bret Medbury and his wife Laura of Oak Harbor, Wash.; and her sister Marilyn Sames and her husband Rufus of Greene. Also surviving Nancy is her first husband, longtime friend and father of her two beautiful daughters, Robert W. Bartlett Jr. of Bridgton. Always the “rock,” Nancy was the driving force behind family time. Nancy planned annual family vacations to Long Lake in Maine, organized a very special mother-daughter-sister trip to Boca Grande, Fla., and a trip to Disney World with Larry and his son and grandsons and Nancy’s two daughters and their children in 2004. Nancy’s family will forever be indebted for the time and love she gave them. A luncheon in celebration of Nancy’s life will take place for all family and friends of Nancy and her daughters at Shuttle Meadow Country Club, 51 Randecker Lane, Kensington, Conn., on Jan. 17, 2014, from 12 to 3 p.m. For those who plan to attend, the family kindly requests that an e-mail be sent by Jan. 10th to so the proper accommodations can be arranged. A private burial will be in the spring of 2014 in Bridgton. In lieu of flowers, donations in Nancy’s honor may be made to The Jimmy Fund or St. Jude Children’s Hospital.

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ing up for a great year with lots of amazing acts. Big acts like Los Lobos, Bela Fleck, Cowboy Junkies, Richard Thompson, along with small acts and free shows too. Something for

everyone. January also brings comedian Paula Poundstone, singer Paula Cole, country favorite Don Campbell, and rockabilly rising stars Girls, Guns and Glory.

And to help out everyone’s wallets, Stone Mountain has two free admission shows in January. One show is a classical matinee and the other is an evening with the Erica Brown Bluegrass Band.

Dea Dea retires after 24 years Dea Dea Robbins is retiring from Bridgton Health Care. She had been part of the Activity Department since 1989. Dea Dea started out as the assistant activities director and a few years later became the activities director. She has devoted herself to the residents in many ways. She organized many fundraisers for the Resident Council such as several Chinese auctions that made several thousands of dollars. With this money, she purchased many things for residents to enjoy, including a 60-inch TV for the activity room. Another was raising enough money to help build a patio, which residents enjoy in good weather. “Dea Dea was always looking for music programs, dance recitals, magic shows, animal shows, etc. to entertain and delight our residents. She wanted our residents to always have something to do — whether it is one-onone visits, coming to a big family function, or playing a game of cribbage,” Bridgton

GOODBYE AND HELLO — Bridgton Health Care owner David Hicks shows off the cake at the send-off party for Dea Dea Robbins, second from right, who is retiring as activities director after 24 years and countless events and fundraisers to benefit residents. With them is Linda Fifield, left, who is replacing Robbins as activities director, and Janine Roberts, right, who will be in charge of activities on the residential care wing. tor. Janine Roberts will be Health Care officials said. staff.” Linda Fifield will replace in charge of activities on the “She will be missed by our residents, their families and Robbins as activities direc- residential care wing.

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(Continued from Page A) Beginner Bee School. Have you ever wanted to be a beekeeper? This course is intended for those interested in keeping bees as well as novice beekeepers. Some of the topic covered will be basic equipment needs and costs, building hives, supers and frames, disease and pests, swam management, honey production and harvest, and fall management and winter preparation. Class will begin on Wednesday, Jan. 15. Pickleball. Are you looking for an alternative to tennis? Pickleball is a combination of tennis, ping pong, and badminton that is played with paddles, a plastic ball and a lowered net. Join others for a fun-filled evening activity. Give pickleball a try! Class begins on Tuesday, Jan. 21. Meet Your Spirit Guide Hypo-Meditation. Spirit guides are incorporeal beings that are assigned to us before

we are born that help nudge and guide us through life. Come learn more about them and be guided on your hypomeditation journey to meet your guide. Class will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 22. Explore 4-H. Join others for this informational session to learn more about 4-H. Learn how to start a 4-H club or volunteer in your area. 4H has always emphasized the importance of building life skills needed to be successful adults. Today, 4-H also is focused on science and technology to help foster interest in these areas as avenues to successful careers. Session will be Tuesday, Jan. 28 with a snow date of Wednesday the 29th. K-9 Family Dog Obedience (for dogs 5 months and up). This class will teach basic manners and will address problem behaviors like jumping, barking and crate training. Proof of vaccinations is required.

Class begins on Wednesday, Jan. 29. K-9 Intermediate Obedience. This class is for dogs that have completed one or two basic obedience courses and have a clear understanding of sit, down, heel, stay and come. This class will teach off leash heeling, extended stays, automatic sits and perfecting “come.” Course begins on Wednesday, Jan. 29. Introduction to Spiritual Energies. This class will help you to understand what spiritual energies are and how they can positively or negatively impact your life. You’ll learn the basics of what your aura and chakras are and how they are affected

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by your thoughts and feelings. This class will also help you to strengthen your connection to the Divine, learn how to change your thought processes and to achieve the joyful life you were meant to live. Class will be held on Thursday, Jan. 30. Painting Preformed Ceramics I. Attend this course and learn to paint ceramics. All supplies will be provided and you will be able to take your piece home with you after the second class. You will be using acrylic stains so be sure to wear old clothes. Course begins on Thursday, Jan. 30. Registration is simple and easy online, by mail, by phone (627-4291), or in person.


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NORWAY — Ruth Haynes Chute died on Jan. 4, 2014, after a short illness, and after waiting to see all her children and grandchildren from around the world. She was born on her uncle Albert’s birthday, Nov. 9, 1925, in South Waterford, the daughter of Harry and Carrie Hamlin Haynes. She graduated from Bridgton Academy in 1943 and from the University of Maine in 1947 with a degree in Home Economics. During the wildfires of 1947 she married her high school sweetheart, Glenn Chute. Together with her family, they built a campground at Keoka Beach in South Waterford. Ruth also assisted her husband in managing the camping at Fryeburg Fair for many years. They wintered in Apache Junction, Ariz., where she loved playing the piano for programs and making afghans for everyone. Ruth was pianist at Bear Mt. Grange #62 where she had been a member for more than 70 years. She also belonged to Pomona, State and National Grange, North American Family Campers Association, Pine Tree Chapter and White Mt. Sams. Ruth is survived by her loving husband; three children, Nancy Marcotte of So. Paris, Linda Davis (Keith) of Sylmar, Calif., and Alan Chute (Laurie) of Gilbert, Ariz., and Ayr, Scotland. She leaves six grandchildren: Tracy Orlndo (Ryan) of Fryeburg, Thomas Marcotte (Stephanie) of Farmington, Nathan Davis (Meghan) of Auburn, Erin Phillips (Dan) and Meghan Chute of Tucson, Ariz., and Hannah Chute of Gilbert, Ariz., and Corvallis, Ore. Greatgrandchildren include Devin and Cailyn Ludwig, Ben and Tessa Marcotte, Owen, Olivia and Jake Orlando. She also leaves nephews, nieces and cousins. Ruth was predeceased by siblings William Haynes and Mildred Haynes Noyes. Family and friends may call Friday, Jan. 10, 2014 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Oxford Hills Funeral Services, 1037 Main Street, Oxford. Spring interment will be in Maple Ridge Cemetery, Harrison. In lieu of flowers those who wish may make donations in her memory to the Waterford Library, P.O. Box 176, Waterford, ME 04088. Online condolences may be shared with her family at

TOGETHER FOR ONE NIGHT — John Hiatt and Lyle Lovett at Stone Mountain Arts Center in Brownfield on Tuesday, Jan. 14. Tickets are still available.


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BROWNFIELD — 2014 will start out in a big way when Lyle Lovett and John Hiatt make a stop at Stone Mountain Arts Center on Tuesday, Jan. 14. SMAC is very honored to have this special show. SMAC has hosted each of them solo before, but to have them together acoustically for one night will be a perfect fit for the intimate space at Stone Mountain. Tickets and information are available at www. stonemountainartscenter. com or call 935-7292 Two American treasures, both of these cream-of-thecrop songwriters are on stage together, alone with just their wits and their guitars, sharing great humor, songs and musicianship. Stone Mountain is gear-


PORTLAND — Daphne M. Butler, 93, formerly of Otisfield died Friday, Jan. 3, 2014 at the Birchwoods at Canco Assisted Living facility in Portland. She was born on Oct. 6, 1920 at home in Freeport on her mother’s kitchen table, one of nine children of William Stanley and Catherine Libby Miller. Daphne attended schools in South Portland and worked as a welder at the shipyard during WWII. Due to her mother’s health, she raised her younger siblings and enjoyed a lifetime of closeness with her sister, Norma, they were “virtual twins.” She worked 20 years at Pratt-Abbott cleaners. Daphne was a single mother who raised her three children, teaching them love, compassion, devotion and showing them the meaning of willpower, courage and strength, traits they hold to this day. She had a magnetic personality, attracting people and animals. Daphne loved to dance, read, in younger years drive her convertibles and fish with her husband. Cross-stitch was a passion she had right up until her death. In her younger years, she sang in the Woodfords Church choir and was a member of the Pocahontas. She married Charles E. Butler Sr. in 1969. He died Aug. 18, 2009. Survivors include two sons, David Rendall of Casco and Stephen Rendall Sr. of Portland; a daughter, Carolyn Brewer of Mooresville, N.C.; her sister, Norma Buffum of Sanford; five grandchildren and seven great-grandchildren. Some of her grandchildren’s greatest memories were made in Otisfield with Nana, swimming in Pleasant Lake, exploring the woods behind her house and swinging on her oldfashioned wooden glider. Daphne was predeceased by a grandson. Online condolences may be shared with her family at Graveside services will be held in the spring at the Elmwood Cemetery, Rayville Road, Otisfield. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to the American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham, ME 04086. Arrangements are under the care of Chandler Funeral Homes and Cremation Service, 45 Main Street, South Paris.

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This week’s puzzle theme: Winter Fun Calendar ACROSS 1. Kenyan warrior 6. That male 9. *____ down snow pile to build fort 13. Graven images 14. E in B.C.E. 15. Coveted publicity spot 16. Flooring choice, pl. 17. Bag in Paris 18. Get up 19. *Ice fisherman’s gear, pl. 21. *Christmas, e.g. 23. Of a female 24. Farmer’s joy 25. Nile viper 28. Famous bus rider 30. Comes clean 35. Denials 37. “National Velvet” author Bagnold 39. Like 1950s style, today 40. Put one over 41. Paisley in paisley fabric, e.g. 43. Large aquatic tetrapod 44. Impede 46. Lush 47. *”I flew like a flash, tore open the shutters, and threw up the ____” 74. Ranee’s wrap 48. Sci-fi weaponry 50. Snaky swimmers DOWN 52. Yellow river tributary 1. Technology school 53. “Twelve ____” of 2. Mine entrance “Gone with the Wind” 3. Solo activities 55. Feverish 4. First in Hebrew 57. *Cozy fabric alphabet 61. Dough 5. Federal Reserve in 64. Sanctioned by law relation to U.S. 65. Boiling blood currency 67. Pontifical 6. Hitler’s deputy 69. Convex molding 7. George Gershwin’s 70. Convent dweller brother 71. Manicurist’s file 8. “_____ Man” (Village 72. Pay for work People) 73. Down Under bird

9. Reality TV actress Spelling 10. Full of enthusiasm 11. ___ Verde National Park 12. Mouse to a snake 15. Less agitated 20. Intro 22. Stupid person 24. Groups of lay people 25. *Winged impression 26. Composer of U.S. military marches 27. *Hides or skins used for hats and gloves 29. *From above in winter 31. Shorter than seconds 32. Scarecrow stuffing 33. Jagged, as a leaf’s edge 34. *2014 Olympic site 36. ___ gin fizz 38. Can be done in our out 42. Manuscript sheet 45. Quick, to Dora 49. Ed.’s request 51. *To be hit in winter? 54. “A Fish Called Wanda” star 56. Andean animal 57. Move like lava 58. Bulgarian money 59. All excited 60. Cairo’s waterway 61. MaÓtre d’s list 62. Copycat 63. Fabled racer 66. *Hot buttered ___ 68. Caustic chemical

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BRIDGTON Thur., Jan. 9 — Feline Fix It Wagon at Paris Farmer’s Union, 7:30 a.m. Call 603447-1373 to register. Thur., Jan. 9 — Forest Ecology Talk by Paul Hunt of Portland Water District, 7 p.m., LEA office, 230 Main St. Register: 647-8580. Fri., Jan. 10 — Easy Riders Snowmobile Club, 5:30 p.m., Community Center. Sun., Jan. 12 — Womanspace Winter Hike, meet at noon at Tri County Mental Health Center, 32 No. High St. FMI: 523-0700. Mon., Jan. 13 — Bridgton Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., Community Center. Tue., Thur., Jan. 14, 16 — Free exercise classes, 8-9 a.m., Town Hall. Tue., Jan. 14 — Harvest Hills meeting, 5 p.m., Community Center. Tue., Jan. 14 — Okbari plays Middle Eastern music in evening, Depot St. Tap House. FMI: 542-9525. Wed., Jan. 15 — BCC Board Meeting, 6 p.m., Community Center. Fri., Jan. 17 — Joy of Singing group, 3-5 p.m., First Congregational Church, 33 So. High St. Sun., Jan. 19 — Open Mic, 6-9 p.m., Community Center. BROWNFIELD Tue., Jan. 14 — Adult Play Group, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Community Center. Sat., Jan. 18 — Dance with Linwood Cash and The Ridge Riders, 8 p.m. to midnight, Brownfield Lions Den, corner Rtes. 5 & 113. FMI: 935-2911. DENMARK Fri., Jan. 10 — Difficult day hike to Mount Kearsarge North in No. Conway by Denmark Mountain Hikers, meet at Denmark Congregational Church 8 a.m. FMI: 756-2247. Fri., Jan. 17 — Easy hike to Mount Willard, Crawford Notch, N.H. by Denmark Mountain Hikers, meet at Denmark Congregational Church 8 a.m. FMI: 7562247. FRYEBURG Tue., Jan. 14 — Fryeburg Business Assn., 6 p.m., Fryeburg Fairgrounds conference roo (upstairs in building at main gate). Sun., Jan. 19 — Choral Music Invitational, 2 p.m., Fryeburg Congregational Church. HARRISON Mon. Jan. 13 — Identity Theft Program, 5:30 p.m., library. FMI: 583-2970. Tues., Jan. 14 — Seniors Play Games, 1-3 p.m., fire station community room. FMI: 583-2241. LOVELL Sat., Jan. 11 — Farmer’s Market by Fly Away Farms, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., library. FMI: 925-3177.



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ONGOING WEEKLY DAILY Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., Clyde Bailey Drop In Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail (Rte. 302), Casco. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Sweden Rd., Bridgton. O/D MONDAYS Jumpin’ Janes Senior Fitness, 9 a.m., Town Hall, No. High St., Bridgton. Storytime for Preschoolers with Miss Liz, ages under five, 10-11 a.m., Lovell Library. Knittervention, weekly knitting circle, 10 a.m., North Bridgton Library. All crafters welcome. Baby/Toddler Playtime, 10:30 a.m., Raymond Library. Storytime, 10:30 a.m., North Bridgton Library. The Food Basket and Kyrie’s Kitchen, every other Monday, 1 to 3 p.m., Naples Town Hall gym. FMI: 6153226. Knotty Knitters, noon to 2 p.m., Soldiers Library, Hiram. Drop-ins welcome. FMI: 6254650. Cribbage, 2 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Mousepaint Storytime, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Lovell Library. Indoor Walking Program, 4 to 5:30 p.m., New Suncook School, Lovell. Coed Adult Basketball, 6 to 7:45 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym, Rte. 35, Harrison. FMI: 583-2241. Waterford Bridge Group, every 4th Monday, 6:30 p.m., library.


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Mon., Jan. 13 — Adult Book Discussion Group, Madame Bovary by Gustav Flaubert, 1 p.m., library. NAPLES Thur., Jan. 9 — Night of creative expression by Visual Performing Arts Academy, begins 6:30 p.m., Lake Region High School. RAYMOND Sun., Jan. 12 — Game Day, 1-3 p.m., library. Sat., Jan. 18 — Dinner with piano bar/sing-along, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m., Raymond Village Church, 27 Main St. FMI: 939-7947. WATERFORD Thur., Jan. 9 — After School Nordic Ski Program for Waterford, Harrison Elementary kids, bus leaves school 3:10 p.m., FMI: 7392124. Thur., Jan. 16 — Community Potluck, 6 p.m., Wilkins Community House, Waterford Flat. Sat., Jan. 18 — Pork Roast Supper by Waterford World’s Fair Assn., 5 p.m., Waterford Congregational Church. FMI: 595-2430. AREA EVENTS Thur., Jan. 9 — “Staying On Your Feet,” free monthly balance screening for age 60 and older, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m., Stephens Memorial Hospital, Norway. FMI: 744-6160. Sat., Jan. 11 — Open House, Oxford Country Gem & Mineral Club, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Franklin Grange, Bryant Pond. FMI: 665-2607, 6652759. Sat., Jan. 11 — Oxford Hills Honey Bee Club, talk by commercial beekeeper Tony Bachelder, 1 p.m., Oxford County Extension Center, 9 Olson Rd., So. Paris. Sat., Jan. 11 — Music with a Mission features “Ithacappella,” in concert, 7 p.m., North Windham Union Church. FMI: 892-7149. Sun., Jan. 12 — Babysitter training certification class for ages 11-15, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Alfond Center, St. Joseph’s College, Standish. FMI: 8936615. Sun., Jan. 12 — Oxford County Democrats Caucus Training, 3 p.m., Crescent Park School, Bethel. FMI: 875-2116. Mon., Jan 13 — How plants impacted New England’s history, with author June O’Donal, 11 a.m., Salyards Center for the Arts, Conway Village. Mon., Jan. 13 — Program “Not for Sale,” about slave labor, by June and Wayne O’Donal, 6:30 p.m., Conway Library, Conway, N.H. Tue., Jan. 14 — Digital Nectar: How to Attract Your Ideal Customer, SCORE workshop, 9-11 a.m., Norway Town Office, 19 Danforth St., Norway. FMI:

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Casco Food Pantry, 6 to 7 p.m. third Monday of month, Casco Alliance Church. FMI: 344-5370. Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot St. ODLH Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Clyde Bailey Drop In Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail (Rte. 302), Casco. TUESDAYS Jeanette’s Free Clothing Closet, 9 to 11:30 a.m., First Congregational Church, Bridgton. Sebago Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, Nazarene Church, Rte. 114, 4th Tuesdays 9-11 a.m. & 5-7 p.m.; clothes closet Saturdays, 10 a.m.-1 p.m. FMI: 274-1569. Chickadee Quilters, 9:30 a.m., Bridgton Community Center. Tai Chi Maine New Beginners’ Classes, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Town Hall, No. High St., Bridgton. Naples Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, Village Green. FMI: 595-2754. Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Naples Library. Mother Goose Time, 10:30 a.m., Bridgton Library. Bridgton Food Pantry, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Methodist Church, 98 Main St. FMI: 6474476. Sebago Senior Luncheon, noon, Sebago Church of the Nazarene. Prayer & Meditation Time, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., First Congregational Church, Bridgton. Bridge, 1 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Games Seniors Play, cards,

Catherine’s Cupboard Food Pantry, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Standish Town Hall, Rte. 35. Wood Carving Group, 7-9 p.m., Ice Rink building, behind Bridgton Town Hall. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 to 8 p.m., Clyde Bailey Drop In Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail (Rte. 302), Casco. THURSDAYS Bridgton Rotary Club, 7:15 a.m., Bridgton Alliance Church, Rte. 117. Adult Children of Alcoholics, 10 a.m., Waterford Library. Storytime, 10 a.m., Harrison Library, Harrison Village. Senior Wii Bowling, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Casco Community Center. Storytime with Music, 10:30 a.m., Naples Library. Gathering Place Support Group, noon, Bridgton Community Center. Pinochle, 1 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Brownfield Food Pantry, 1 to 5 p.m. third Thursdays, 701 Pequawket Trl. FMI: 9352333. Tai Chi Maine Set Practice, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Town Hall, No. High St., Bridgton. Indoor Walking Program, 4 to 5:30 p.m., New Suncook School, Lovell. Raymond Food Pantry, 46 p.m., 2nd & 4th Thursdays, Lake Region Baptist Church, 1273 Main St. FMI: 232-5830. Community Kettle, 5 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Pajama Storytime, 6 p.m., Naples Library. Teen Sports Night, 6-7:45 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym, Rte. 35, Harrison. FMI: 583-2241. Al-Anon, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., Open Meeting, newcomers welcome, Naples Methodist Church, Village Green. Chickadee Quilters, 6:30

CLASSICAL ARABIC, OTTOMAN MUSIC — Eric LaPerna and Amos Libby are Okbari, a Middle Eastern Ensemble who will perform for free at a special Middle Eastern Night on Tuesday, Jan. 14, at the Depot Street Tap House in Bridgton. (Photo by Mary Zarate)

Middle Eastern music on tap at The Tap House Bridgton has a thriving summer scene, but the cultural offerings in winter can be few and far between. Fortunately the Depot Street Tap House is hosting a special Middle Eastern Night on Tuesday, Jan. 14, and all are welcome. Okbari, the Portlandbased duo of Eric LaPerna and Amos Libby, performs Classical Arabic and Ottoman music that is spirited and lively. LaPerna and Libby are also the co-directors of the Bowdoin College Middle

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p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Narcotics Anonymous Women’s Meeting, 7 to 8 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Sweden Rd. (Rte. 93) off Rte. 302, Bridgton. AA Ladies Step-Meeting, 7 a.m. & 7 p.m., Clyde Bailey Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail, (Rte. 302) So. Casco. FRIDAYS Jumpin’ Janes Senior Fitness, 9 a.m., Town Hall, No. High St., Bridgton. Parents & Children Activity Group, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Casco Community Center. Brownfield Playgroup, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Brownfield Community Center. Tai Chi Maine beginner practice, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Bridgton Town Hall. AWANA Youth Program, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Cornerstone Gospel Church, corner Rtes. 302 & 114, Naples. FMI: 6936102, 803-2199. Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot St. ODLH SATURDAYS Tabletop Role Playing Games, 9:30 a.m., Bridgton Community Center. Makers Club, 10 a.m., Bridgton Community Center. AA Beginner’s & Group Mtgs., 7 to 8 p.m., Clyde Bailey Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail, (Rte. 302) So. Casco. SUNDAYS Table Tennis, 1-4 p.m., Bridgton Town Hall, No. High St., all welcome. Equipment provided free, 7 tables. Adult Basketball, 6 p.m., Town Hall, No. High St., Bridgton. Alcoholics Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Harrison Congregational Church, corner Route 117 and Dawes Hill Rd.



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Musher’s Bowl course

RITE AID’S RIBBON CUTTING CEREMONY — (From left to right) Rite Aid employees Carol Dupuis, Mary Douglas, and Kristen Harris, Store Manager John Balsamo, Naples Town Manager Derik Goodine, and Assistant Store Manager Bill Schrader pose during the Naples Rite Aid grand opening event, which was held on Jan. 2. (De Busk Photos)

Bridgton planners busy (Continued from Page A) allows McIver to turn over the units are sold, instead of A second, and more minor, maintenance of the project’s 80% as the town requires. Lastly, the plans were waiver granted by the board common space after 75% of revised to have the location of the sign for the project moved from its first proposed location at the corner of Roosevelt Crossing and (Continued from Page A) the new entrance road, Eco All 12 of the department’s employees participate in Estates Drive. The sign will one way or another each winter in keeping Bridgton’s now be located on the sixroads, sidewalks and municipal lots well-sanded and free acre site where Eco Estates of snow. In keeping with standard practice, the crew must will be built, on land that rest a day after clearing the roads before beginning snow is part of over 100 acres removal. McIver owns. He wants to Kidder said the public works crew has been busier than eventually extend Roosevelt last year, but not the busiest he’s seen it. Crossing to access the back “Not so far, anyway.” land.

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(Continued from Page A) said. At Five Fields, equal care is shown to safety, with handlers positioned at the turns to keep the sleds on course. Barricades and cones are also placed along the carefullygroomed cross-country trail to guide the dogs around the corners. “The lead dog will go left or right only under command,” said Gyger. “So when you go around a sharp corner, it’s nice to have a helping hand.” In keeping with sled dog racing standards, a five-mile course was created at Five Fields Farm eight years ago, when the Greater Bridgton Lake Region Chamber of Commerce took over sponsorship of the race. The farm is surrounded by 750–800 acres of land under conservation by the Loon Echo Land Trust. Trail conditions prevented the race from being held there the first year. Seven years ago, the club inspected the course and deemed it appropriate. The Maine Lakes Musher’s Bowl was on again. However, there was an injury that first year, said Gyger. “Initially, the twists,

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yanks and turns were too tight. On a lake, all you do is tell the dogs to go.” Working with club members, Gyger came up with a laundry list of modifications. The trail was extended and improved with banked corners. Racing was held for six straight years before snowpack conditions once again caused the races to be cancelled last year. This year the Musher’s Bowl faced another challenge, when the chamber decided to drop their sponsorship of the race. Gyger, the Fields and their daughter Charlotte Carroll got together with local attorney and sled dog enthusiast Michael Friedman and formed a nonprofit organization, Down East Musher’s Bowl Inc. to serve as a hosting entity to keep the races alive. “If we put the time and energy into establishing a venue here, we’re reasonably sure it’s going to stay this way,” Gyger said. Along with the distinction of being the most technically challenging sled dog course in the Northeast, the Maine Lakes Musher’s Bowl also rates high for being one of

the most spectator-friendly courses. There are great viewing spots from Loon Echo’s parking lot, as well as around Gyger’s home and along Fosterville and Town Farm Roads. “From the open field, there’s a 90-percent chance you’ll see a pass,” which is when one musher passes another. “The minute they come from the trees and get into that field they go for it, if the trailing team has the gumption” to do it, he said. Spectators are fed too, which doesn’t happen at races held on lakes or fields. Inside a warm building next to Gyger’s farmhouse that is used to house agricultural workers, the South Bridgton Congregational Church brings in tables and chairs and does a good trade by selling chowder and other refreshments. Admission to the Maine Lakes Musher’s Bowl is $5, which includes both days of racing and parking. Children ages five and under are free. For more information, visit the club’s website, www. or call Gyger at 647-2425.

Regional Sports

January 9, 2014, The Bridgton News, Page B

Lakers complete Raider sweep Early LR blitz downs Raiders

Lakers deliver big ‘D’ stops

By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer FRYEBURG — If the formula works, no sense to change it. Lake Region forced eight turnovers to start the game, moved the ball on offense with precision and held Fryeburg Academy to just one field goal. Opening result: A 13–2 start. End result: A 54–32 victory over the Raiders. Lake Region improved to 7–1, winners of four straight and currently ranked Number 3 (27.9321 tourney points) in the Class B West Heal Ratings (Spruce Mountain occupies Number 1 at 8– 0, 35.8951 tourney points followed by Wells at 7–1, 33.6420). When the Lakers weren’t forcing bad passes or coming up with steals in the backcourt — the Raiders commited 23 turnovers — they showed good patience and crisp ball movement on offense. The balanced attack saw eight players score with Tiana-Jo Carter scoring a game-high 11 points to go along with 12 rebounds and three blocked shots. Senior forward Jordan Turner made several quick moves inside

By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer FRYEBURG — Quinn Piland was up for the challenge. After FryeburgAcademy’s athletic point guard Ryan Gullikson had torched the LR defense for 17 points to give the Raiders a 28–22 halftime lead, Laker Coach J.P. Yorkey decided to give Piland a crack at slowing down Gullikson. It worked. Gullikson would score just one field goal and six points before fouling out with 3:53 left in the game as Lake Region rallied for a 51–47 victory at Wadsworth Arena Tuesday night. “I was proud of how our guys gutted it out. They hung in there and we got the stops we needed and made some big plays in the second half,” LR Coach Yorkey said. “Quinn’s defense on Gullikson in the second half was a huge difference maker for sure. Quinn loves the challenge of guarding our opponent’s best player. He is unique in that way for a high school kid. He’s happy to play defense and rebound, and will score in the flow of things, but I really don’t think he cares if he scores. Not too many kids like that. Gullikson obviously hurt us in the first half. Quinn held him to one field goal in the second half. Fryeburg Assistant Coach Charlie Tryder said that Quinn’s defense on Gullikson in the second half was the best

STEAL AND A SCORE — Lake Region’s Jordan Turner converts a steal into two points during Tuesday night’s win at Fryeburg. Defending is Raider Nicole Bennett. (Rivet Photo) the lane, beating the Raiders Up 30–15 at the half, the to the glass and finishing Lakers put the game on ice with 10 points. with a 17–2 run aided by The Raiders scored in 10 Raider turnovers. Sarah spurts in the second quarter. Hancock, who guided the Sarah Welch netted a jump- LR offense with steady play er and scored on a lay-up, and good decision-makwhile Julia Quinn drained ing, knocked down a pair a three-pointer to trim the of three-pointers to lead the deficit to 17–9 with 5:53 left charge. She finished with in the half. nine points. Following a timeout, the Fryeburg’s lone hoop Lakers went on an 11–0 came at 4:15 on a baseline run as five different player jumper by Sydney Charles. scored led by Turner’s four FA’s Kristen Chipman points. snapped a 12–0 Laker run to end the third quarter by scoring at the start of the final period. Chipman scored six in the quarter to lead the Raider reserves. “We lost to a better team. Our kids worked hard, tried to do what was asked By Bill Reilly of them to the best of their Guest Columnist BLITZ, Page B Children need physical work. Yet, in our present urban civilization, so many of the home chores and so many of the jobs that once were Lakers 67, Poland 59: open to youngsters have As Nick Hall was about to evaporated, so that parents shoot a critical foul shot are confronted with a hard, with 39.7 seconds left and hard problem. his team up 57–55, a Poland True, schoolwork is player walking behind him more demanding than it started to shout some instrucused to be, and homework tions. is required; this is some help Hall missed the free throw, in teaching habits of indusBill Reilly but the referee whistled the try. Still, there is great value Poland player for a techniin a reasonable amount of physical work for children cal foul. Hall made a pair of — accompanied by a reasonable degree of responsibility foul shots and senior captain — and I think parents make a great mistake when they Sam Smith added the two don’t insist that their youngsters be responsible for some technical free throws as the of the tasks that are still left to do around the home. Lakers pulled away from the While we are on the subject of physical things, I want Knights. to say a word about sports and good habits of play. When Senior Ben Chaine capped I hear of children — as I often do — who come home off a wild finish by sinking from school and with at least tacit parental permission, 5-of-6 foul shots. plunk themselves down in front of the television for hours The Lakers enjoyed a on end, instead of indulging in healthful outdoor play, I good start behind speedy am as the saying goes, fit to be tied. I think of the startling guard Mark Williams, who statistics on physical rejects in the drafts of World War scored the team’s first six II and the Korean conflict. I also think of the increasing points en route to a gamemental troubles of the young and the middle-aged, many high 28-point night. of which I am convinced stem partly from slothful physiThe teams were tied at cal habits — from our failure as a people to place enough 14 with 1:16 left in the first emphasis on the cleansing therapy of vigorous physical when the Lakers scored eight recreation. straight points, including a Our public schools could help more than they do on Chaine three-point play, a this problem — by trying harder to get all the youngsters three-pointer by Williams and into healthful sports, instead of concentrating so much a hustle offensive rebound effort on the handful of superior athletes who are good and score by Jack Lesure. enough to make the team. And in the cities, where there The Lakers would hold a is far too little space and opportunity for outdoor play, we 27–20 led midway through should have more, many more, gymnasiums, basketball, the second quarter after a tennis and handball courts, and all the rest — not only for Smith pull-up three-pointthe vital matter of physical development, but also to work er. But, nine LR turnovers off some of that excess energy which builds up in youth in the quarter enabled the and can become dangerous if undirected. Knights to rally. CJ Martin In that nebulous better world of the future, I certainly went on a tear, scoring 13 of would hope that every young man would develop at least his team’s final 15 points of a little skill in some interesting sport, which he could the quarter to give Poland a carry with him through life. 33–29 halftime lead. Martin It strikes me that any boy, any young man, who fails had 17 points at the break, to learn the need for regular exercise is asking for trouble but would be held somewhat later in life. We have made profound medical advances in in check in the second half, the past generation, but all the good doctors in the world, scoring just six points (four all the medical science at our command, cannot keep us from the line). healthy and clear of mind if we do not take care of ourWilliams proved to be selves. As Mother so often said, it is up to each one of us a match-up problem for to play the cards. the Knights. His quickness As a coach in youth sports for the last 25 years, I have allowed the LR guard to break witnessed a steady deterioration of the pursuit of physidown the Knights’ defense cal fitness by girls and boys in our schools from the first and find cracks inside the grade to the 12th grade. It drives me crazy when I hear lane. Williams opened the all the rhetoric about what we should be doing to improve third quarter with a steal and FITNESS FOR LIFE, Page B score, then drained a three3-

The importance of fitness for life

FLYIN RYAN — Fryeburg Academy guard Ryan Gullikson soars in for two of his 23 points Tuesday night against Lake Region. (Rivet Photo) he has been defended this CoachYorkey said. season.” The Laker offense sputAs expected, the game tered early in the second was somewhat of a roll- quarter as the Raiders scored ercoaster with each team nine straight points — seven making runs throughout the by Gullikson and an offennight. sive rebound putback by Lake Region took the Jaquan Causer, to give FA a early advantage, 12–8, as 25–15 lead. Sam Smith drained a pair of Sophomore guard Jack three-pointers. The Raiders Lesure provided a much — who were again short- needed spark for the Lakers. handed with Alex Lazic First, he hit a soft floater and Ignnacio Calleja still in the lane off a nifty spin away — shot ahead behind move. Then, Lesure threadGullikson’s seven points to ed a pass to Marcus Devoe take a 16–15 lead after one. on the baseline for a score. LR was careless at times And, Lesure’s high-arching with the ball, committing 13 three3-point shot from the first half turnovers. right corner trimmed the def“Overall we weren’t very icit to 28–22 at halftime. sharp offensively. Having Lesure stayed hot in played on Saturday and no the third, knocking down school/practice Monday due a straightaway three-pointto the ice storm, we didn’t er with 3:18 left to put the have any on-court prep time Lakers back on top, 33–32. and I think that showed,” LR DEFENSE, Page B

Late LR free throws sink Poland pointer to put the Lakers on top. Poland pounded the ball inside to Alan Young (13 points) and Josh Gary (seven points) to take a 46–45 lead into the final eight minutes. Williams continued his clutch play, making a pair of hanging-in-the-air floating shots in the lane to put the Lakers up 55–51 with 3:16 left. Young closed the gap with a pair of hoops to make it 57–55, setting the stage for a very strange ending. For the Lakers, Smith finished with 14 points, Chaine 11, Lesure 7, Hall 4 and Marcus Devoe had 1 point and 5 rebounds. Quinn Piland collected 6 rebounds and had 2 points. Stat Lines Turnovers: Lakers 25, Poland 19 Free Throws: Lakers 21– 29, Poland 14–19 Rebounds: Lakers 24, Poland 27 Up next: The Lakers travel to Freeport tonight, Jan. 9 for a 6:30 p.m. game. LR then hosts Gray-New Gloucester on Saturday at 6:30 p.m. and travels to Waynflete on Tuesday for a 5:30 p.m. game.

LR girls rolling

Lakers 73, Poland 45: CeCe Hancock scored a game-high 27 points to lead the Lakers over Poland Saturday. Although the Knights were playing without top scorer Michaella Arsenault, Poland gave the Lakers all they could handle in the first half behind guard Emily Bolduc, who scored nine of her 22 points. Lake Region sought out

CHALLENGING THE SHOT — Lake Region’s Quinn Piland (right) challenges a shot by Poland’s CJ Martin during Saturday’s game. (Rivet Photo) senior center Tiana-Jo Carter early and often. Carter scored the team’s first seven points. With the Knights forced to add more defenders in the paint, Hancock went to work. After Poland

had taken a 12–10 lead on a Sarah Bolduc inside hoop, Hancock drained back-toback three-pointers and added two short-range jumpers to put the Lakers up LR GIRLS, Page B

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LR girls roll past Knights (Continued from Page B) 20–14. The Lakers were unable to shake the Knights in the second quarter, but stayed ahead behind four points from Jordan Turner, a threepointer by Sarah Hancock, and six points from CeCe Hancock. The game was decided in the third quarter as the Lakers blitzed Poland with a 22–5 run that included nine Knight turnovers. Poland went nearly five minutes without scoring before Sarah Walton sank a jumpshot to end an 11–0 LR run. Offensively, the Lakers moved the ball well, finding open players who promptly knocked down jumpers, including three-pointers by Lucy Fowler and Spencer True. Up 55–31, the Lakers kept rolling as Coach Paul True

mixed some starters with reserves. Freshman Kristen Huntress scored 10 points off the bench, including a pair of three-pointers. For the Lakers, Turner finished with 12 points and 6 rebounds; Carter 10 points, 10 rebounds; Fowler 5, True 5, Sarah Hancock 3 and Meghan VanLoan 1 point, 8 rebounds. Stat Lines Turnovers: LR 10, Poland 17 Free Throws: LR 19–33, Poland 2–5 Rebounds: LR 44, Poland 18 Up next: Tonight, Jan. 9, the Lakers host Freeport at 6:30 p.m. The Lakers then host Gray-New Gloucester on Saturday, Jan. 11 at 5 p.m. The homestand continues next Tuesday, Jan. 14 when the Lakers host Waynflete at 5:30 p.m.

BALL CAUGHT ON HER HIP — Raider Nicole Bennett PUTBACK FOR TWO — Fryeburg center Skye Dole missteps trying to make a move by LR center Tiana-Jo scores two points after a rebound, defended by Lakers Carter (right) along the baseline. Meghan VanLoan (left) and Miranda Chadbourne.

Early LR blitz sets tone, 54-32

(Continued from Page B) abilities. For the last couple years, in most situations, our team has not been outworked. We may not have come out on top, but generally speaking it is not due to a lack of effort,” FA Coach Sean Watson said. “I think we’ve improved from the last time we squared off. We did a

better job of dealing with their pressure. They create match-up problems for just about everyone they play. We are not an exception to that. We are fully aware that this is a big week for us and it is not because Lake is on the schedule. The Lake Region game is always important, but we also have Falmouth,

Poland and Gray on the road. All of those teams are good teams and will certainly be great tests for us.” For the Lakers, Lucy Fowler scored 7 points, CeCe Hancock added 7, Allison Morse 4, Kristen Huntress 3 and Miranda Chadbourne had 3. For the Raiders (2–5), Quinn netted 5, Skye Dole

(Continued from Page B) our children’s chances for a healthy productive life while we ignore one of the most critical facets of education, a sound physical education. A person no less than a former president of the United States recognized this over 50 years ago. Yet after a decade of enthusiasm along with John F. Kennedy’s President’s Council on Physical Fitness and Sports for physical education in our schools in the 1960s, we have slowly degenerated to the current sorry state of physical education in our schools.

Schools need to take a hard look at their programs and reassess their direction of physical education in their school for all students. I want to stimulate a healthy discourse about physical education in school among teachers, coaches and administrators resulting in a more challenging physical education for all students. I want to encourage parents to ask this question “Is my child really getting a sound start in life by learning all the benefits that can be had in later life with vigorous exercise.” In future columns, I want

to examine in more detail, why children in our schools desperately need a more indepth learning experience through physical education. I always want to welcome any comments positive or negative and can be reached at my e-mail,, Perhaps we

scored 4 points and hauled down 10 rebounds. Other scorers: Welch 4, Mackenzie Buzzell 4, McKenna Gerchman 4, Nicole Bennett 2, Charles 2, Sage Boivin 1. Stat Lines Turnovers: LR 11, FA 23 Free Throws: LR 7–19, FA 11–16 Rebounds: LR 34, FA 23

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can generate a consensus which will enable us to allow all students to participate in a program that can truly be “a TOUGH SHOOTING ANGLE — Poland’s Emily Bolduc life saver” in later years. looks to shoot over LR center Meghan VanLan during Bill Reilly of Brownfield Saturday’s game. (Rivet Photo) is a USATF Level 2 Coach in Endurance. He is also the varsity cross-country running coach at Fryeburg Academy. GIRLS’ BASKETBALL Greely 52, Fryeburg Academy 42: Julia Quinn tied for game-high honors with 16 points, but the Raiders fell short against the Rangers at Fryeburg. The Bridgton Ice Arena in North Bridgton will offer pubGreely enjoyed a 25-20 lead at halftime despite center lic skating during the month of December as follows: Ashley Storey going scoreless. Storey, however, was a big Sunday, Jan. 12 and 19 from noon to 2 p.m. factor in the second half, scoring all of her 16 points in the Every Tuesday from noon to 2 p.m. final 16 minutes of play. Saturday, Jan. 11, noon to 2 p.m. Lexi L’Heureux-Carland fired in 8 points for the Raiders, Saturdays, Jan. 18 and 25, from 4 to 6 p.m. while Skye Dole added 6, Mackenzie Buzzell had 5, Sydney Sticks and Pucks, every Sunday, from 2 to 4 p.m. Charles 2, Sarah Welch 2, Nicole Bennett 2 and McKenna Conflicts do arise on occasion, so call ahead to confirm at Gerchman had 1 point. 647-7637, ext. 1310. BOYS’ BASKETBALL Prices: $4 for adults, $3 for students in grades 1-12, $2 for Greely 61, Fryeburg Academy 40: With just six players children ages 5 and younger, $2 for seniors ages 62 and older, available due to the holiday break, the Raiders were no match SKATING, Page A for a deep Greely team. Ryan Gullikson scored a game-high 27 points for the Raiders. Ben Southwick netted 5 points, Alex Blake 3, Nicholas L’Heureux-Carland 3 and Henry Santara had 2 points.

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CONTESTED ONE-HANDER — Ben Chaine of Lake Region (#15) puts up a shot while being defended by Poland’s CJ Martin.

FIRST TO THE HOOP — Lake Region’s Sam Smith JUMPER IN THE LANE — Jack Lesure of Lake Region scores after coming up with a late steal. Hoping for a miss looks to shoot over Fryeburg’s Ryan Gullikson during is FA’s Nicholis L’Heureux-Carland. (Rivet Photos) second half action at Wadsworth Arena.

LR defense down stretch wins it

ACROBATIC DRIVE — Mark Williams of Lake Region prepares for an underhand scoop shoot while catching a little air time against Poland. (Rivet Photos)

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(Continued from Page B) LR had rallied by making 6-of-6 foul shots. LR showed better patience and ball movement on offense as Smith canned a mid-range jumper and Nathan Smith scored off his own miss to make it 39–36. Gullikson made 4-of4 foul shots in the closing minute to keep the Raiders close, down 40–38 entering the final quarter. A Lesure three-pointer from the left corner and a steal by Sam Smith resulting in a lay-up gave the Lakers their biggest lead, 48–38 with 6:06 left. Fryeburg’s comeback bid was dealt a major blow when Gullikson was tagged for his fifth foul on a drive by Ben Chaine. But, the Raiders would not quit. Henry Santana came up with a steal and score and Causer followed it up with a theft of his own, resulting in a pair of foul shots with 2:48 to cut the deficit to 49–43. Phone: Fax: Outside ME:

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Sam Smith showed his veteran experience when he missed a jumper, but stayed with the play, coming up with a steal and score with 1:32 left to make it 51–43. FA’s Alex Blake knocked down a three-pointer in the closing minute, but the rally fell short. “Obviously, Jack (Lesure) made some big shots in the second half to help us regain the lead and extend it. He actually hadn’t yet made a three this season until tonight, and he made three,” Coach Yorkey said. “He is a good shooter and has been for us in the off-season. I knew his shooting would come around. He is very well-rounded — good defender and rebounder, ball handler, passer, and shooter. And, he has the poise of an older player.” Coach Yorkey credited players with making big defensive stops with the game on the line. “Sam (Smith) had some of the biggest defensive plays of his career down the stretch with a couple of steals/recoveries and a key defensive rebound,” Coach Yorkey said. “I was pleased with our ability to come from behind and make big plays when we needed them. I’d like to see us execute better offensively and do a better job on the


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Opinion & Comment

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The same only better

My Irish Up

Views from the Uppermost House

by Mike Corrigan BN Columnist

Mission accomplished

It’s 2014 — you heard it here first — and time to review my performance on last year’s New Year’s resolutions. Please keep in mind that my resolutions, like some of yours, will have to be recycled again in 2014, since the word resolution can be broken into re(do again) and solution(solve the same dumb problem, over and over). 1. Lose 10 pounds. Success! In fact, I lost 15 pounds. Then, I gained back 20. They said it couldn’t be done by someone with my level of intelligence. I don’t know if that’s a compliment or an insult. 2. Don’t join a health club. Success! I decided to get fit by exercising at home instead of joining a club, then faithfully actually going once and then diligently not going again for the rest of the year. I began working out with free weights instead, hurt my shoulder, and gained 20 pounds. Now there’s no point in joining an exercise club, anyway, since I can’t move my left arm without extreme pain. Mission accomplished. 3. Quit smoking. Success! I didn’t have one cigarette all year long. Of course, I don’t smoke… An easy target for me, sure, but experts in these things (Martha Stewart, Donald Trump) say you should go after the low-hanging fruit first, before moving on to bigger tests. Like… 4. Shutting down the government. Success! I accomplished this not once, but three times in 2013. 5. Celebrate a Red Sox World Series victory. Success! I rooted hard all summer and fall, and I can report that my will to win and expert managerial advice pulled the team through, despite inept ownership, weak management and sometimes idiotic bench coaching, while all season I had to work with a collection of ne’er-do-wells and minor talents. Then, there were the resolutions that worked out less well. 6. Broker world peace. Partial success! I did manage to avoid war with Iran and Syria, and as of today, our boys are not fighting overseas. True, some of our men and women are still fighting in Afghanistan, but none of our boys are. I call this pretty good, considering the world I had to start with. 7. Turn back climate change. Partial success. I sold my car, turned down the heat, rode buses and tried to eat more local foods (windfall apples, dumpster leavings, trapped rodents, grass clippings). By the end of the year, scientific reports indicated that global warming had advanced by the lowest percentage in a decade! I can’t take all the credit, and I’ll try to do even better next year, perhaps by not eating at all, or by not even exhaling for that matter. 8. Win a Nobel Prize. Once again, my quest was sidetracked in 2013, not having stuck with any one field long enough to gain worldwide fame. Maybe mathematics? Last week, I squared the circle! For a 5cm-radius circle, I got a value of 8.862188372 centimeters for s, when the calculator showed an ideal of 8.862269254. Off by only 8/100,000th of a centimeter! That’s probably not close enough, mathematics not being horseshoes or dynamite (speaking of Nobel). Ah well, I hear that Stockholm is overrun with reindeer in the summertime, anyway. This year, I have decided to go for the Nobel in columnwriting. I’m off to a slow start. But world peace is something I promise to work on every day. Mike was a slow starter when he worked for The News, too. In fact, most weeks, you couldn’t even tell whether he’d started or not.

by S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist The first things that most people want to save when their house catches fire (after the kids, the widescreen TV, and the hamster, of course) are photographs. I’ve always wondered about that. Perhaps, it’s because a lot of us still like to think of ourselves as who we used to think we were — it’s why we look in the mirror and sometimes see somebody else. And the irony is that the picture you so quickly stash upsidedown in your sock drawer when the neighbors knock unexpectedly on your front door is the same picture you now want

Letters Calling all folk!

To The Editor: Happy New Year! The Village Folk Festival planning team is excited to begin work on the 2014 Festival. This year’s event, expanded to two days, will be held Friday and Saturday, Aug. 22-23, 2014 in, on and around Depot Street in downtown Bridgton. We’ll be building on last year’s kickoff event, developing each theme and adding a Marketplace Day with vendors, demonstrations, exhibits and all kinds of fun things to do. So mark your calendars, tell your friends, and plan to come! Better yet, get involved. Some time, some energy, some ideas, all will be appreciated. Whether you can bring your skills and time to the planning process, contribute some time during the week of the Festival, or volunteer to help during the event itself, being part of an effort like this is rewarding and the best fun! We are looking for new planning team members with particular skill sets and areas of expertise, as well as help of all kinds, whether it be now, in the summer, or in August. Please think about joining us! The Village Folk Festival’s mission is “To celebrate the area’s unique charm through its history, its people, and their many talents and skills.” It strives to attract people into Bridgton and give them a rich and varied look at who we are and all we have to offer;

and to bring the community, not only Bridgton, but all the surrounding towns, together in a celebration of — ourselves, this special place and all the folk who make it what it is. Please watch for more information here in The Bridgton News and find us on Facebook; our new page will be there soon! For more information, please call Lucia Terry at 4159837 or e-mail terry.lucia@ Lucia Terrry Bridgton

Broken promises

To The Editor: How many promises is President Obama going to make before one comes true? When President Obama ran for office for his first term he said, “If the economy doesn’t turn around in three years, I will be a one term proposition.” Well, what happened? He ran for a second term. President Obama said, “A woman has a right to contraceptives.” Under Obamacare, contraceptives will be provided to her for free and paid for by taxpayer money. A woman also has a right to say “no” to sex, costing the taxpayer nothing. So, why does the government have to supply them at taxpayer expense? President Obama said, “Small town Americans are bitter so they cling to guns and religion.” Holding on to our guns is a Constitutional right protected by the Second Amendment — the Right to Keep and Bear Arms. This amendment is a right to protect ourselves from being a victim

to charge back into the blazing inferno to rescue even though your wife’s got a wad of your bathrobe in her fist and is yelling Buster, it just ain’t worth it in your ear as loud as she can. It’s the same photo that your brother-in-law once saw and said, That sure looks like polyester and you said, No, that’s a fine linen suit and then he looked down at the floor and said, I was talkin’ about your hair. Like the rest of you, I have images of my family in my office. There’s an old B&W photo of my son riding away from me down a dirt road on his bicycle when he was about six, and a from-the-waist-down self-portrait of my teenage daughter and me standing in front of our barn in our rubber boots after mucking out a horse stall. And I have two photographs of my wife, Karen. On a shelf right above my desk, in the cheap plastic frame supplied by the photographer, is the engagement photo that ran in the local paper in the summer of 1981. She was just 21, all soft and new and airbrushed. And on the background of my computer screen (the first thing I see each morning when I get to work) is a picture of Karen and me taken just last year. Between these two images are a pair of children, seven homes, a dozen cars, many job changes, BETTER, Page B of a robbery, rape or harm of any kind. It is also to protect us from tyranny. To protect us should the government become a dictator? We hang onto our religion because when there is nothing else to hang onto or believe in, it is God who delivers us from evil and gives us hope in the future. It is God who gives you a peace of mind. The government has never given the poor any hope of ever becoming well-to-do citizens. The government gave you despair, poverty and a way to control you, we the people. Government gave you nothing but corruption, stress and a lot of anxiety keeping you awake at night, or whether you are on a government watch list, or being investigated by the IRS. President Obama said, “The rich do not pay their fair share.” Yet, the rich pay more taxes than anyone else. President Obama said, “I will have the most transparent administration in history.” So far, he has had the most secretive, lying, corrupt administration in American history. Cover up and lies from fast and furious scandal, the Benghazi cover up, the IRS investigating Republican conservatives whom applied for 503c tax status and other Republican conservatives including newspaper reporters, and the famous, but not the last, the NSA scandal. President Obama said, “On this day, we gather because we have chosen hope over fear, unity of purpose over conflict and discord.” Those are just words. We have a new fear. Not a fear like before. A fear of war. We already had that war going on before President Obama took

office in Iraq and Afghanistan. The fear we have now is from within from our own government. As FDR said, “The only thing there is to fear is fear itself”; a new kind of fear has been creeping in over the past 30 years or so. The total takeover of our lives; from trying to destroy our Constitution to controlling all aspects of our lives. Remember on Capitol Hill when President Obama was going on tour to convince the American people that Obamacare is great for our country. This is what he said, “If you want to keep your health care insurance you can, and if you want to keep your doctor you can.” How is this working out for you? How many insurance companies are going out of business? How high are the premiums going to climb? How many doctors are going to quit their practice? How fast will our new health care system going to decline in the proper care of patients? Our government is watching you, scrutinizing you, and trying to pass laws that will eventually control everything we do and Obamacare is just the starting point. The government is tracking us through GPS devices, listening to our phone conversations and using various surveillance devices and techniques all in the name of keeping us safe. The government is monitoring us on Facebook, Twitter and various search engines we use on the Internet. Where have our freedoms gone? Gone to the graveyard everyone. Most of the things I have written here is what he said in his first inaugural speech or LETTERS, Page B

Human-safe packaging and breaking the ice

This year, I took down the Christmas tree. Usually, it’s my wife who decides the season is over and it’s time to move on into the less charming part of our long, New England winter. Granddaughters Claire and Lila were against taking it down, however, and I had to deal with their profound disapproval during the process. Tenmonth-old twins, Henry and

Luke, were indifferent. They were content to sit on the living room carpet and watch me as, one-by-one, they picked up various toys around them and by Tom McLaughlin put them into their mouths. They know something really BN Columnist exists only when they experience it orally. Most of what they were tasting were round, painted pieces of wood they tree-shaped pole upon which things. The toy was labeled removed from a Christmas- they had been stacked up. I “Melissa and Doug,” whom I assume the paint was non- assume were the designers and toxic, because they have teeth manufacturers. now and they like to gnaw on Which brings me to the

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two “Melissa and Doug Annie 12-inch Drink and Wet” dolls which Santa Claus put under the tree for Christmas morning. After unwrapping them, Claire and Lila asked their grandmother to get them out of the box they came in. She fumbled with one for a several minutes and then handed it to me saying, “I can’t do this. Can you?” I took it, wondering how difficult could it be to take a doll out of a box. It turned out to be the hardest

thing I had to do all day. The peeing dolls were bound inside their little prison boxes to prevent any possibility of escape unless industrialgrade extraction tools were utilized. Each sitting doll was bound hand, foot and neck by plastic-coated steel wire. I have fairly strong fingers, but I couldn’t fully un-twist even one of the sadistic bonds that held the poor doll in place. I went to the kitchen drawer for ICE, Page B


January 9, 2014, The Bridgton News, Page B

Pinpointing Joy: A resolution

A new year unfolds before the human mind full of such promise. It is the time and the season to make goals to better one’s own self, to line up objectives to improve one’s community, or perhaps to pledge to do something — or to refrain from doing certain things — in order to help the environment. On the onset of Auld Lang Syne, many of us make a checklist of “want to do’s” or “what to do’s”. This ritual is often referred to as making New Year’s resolutions. Frequently, those resolutions are health-related goals that have a concrete result. Sometimes, the set goal is achieving something in one’s career, or laying down the steps to start a new business venture, or expand on an existing business. My mom’s New Year’s resolutions always included fun things to do before another year came


to a close. For some folks, the resolutions are a practical list of home improvement projects, or figuring out workable ways to budget better or bring in more income. One of my goals for 2014 is to eat more chocolate, and to be more joyful and optimistic. More precisely, my goal is take joy in my humanness, and the humanity around me. When correctly accomplished, this goal is less tangible than say: Losing pounds or inches, hauling away clutter from past years thus clearing a space in the basement, or crossing off the days on the calendar that one has gone without smoking. So, the act of being joyful does not seem to have a real measurable result. Therefore, how will I know if I am on track? Maybe, tracking joy is like measuring the wind. (This time of year, measuring snow would be a much more


It Dawned on Me by Dawn De Busk BN Columnist

straight-forward task.) We all have seen the way the wind affects things, even empty chocolate wrappers. We all know that we cannot see air, but we breathe it and see proof of its evidence through breezes, hurricanes, Nor’easters, and the white caps on lakes. Therefore, joy, which is invisible, can also become obvious by watching our surroundings. So, how will I know when I am feeling the joy of being human? How will I measure it? One thing to take into


CONSULT OUR LISTING OF BUSINESS SERVICES AND LET AN EXPERT DO THE JOB! ACCOUNTANTS Chandel Associates Accounting, Taxes Audits, Full Service Payroll 3 Elm St., Bridgton Office 647-5711 Jones & Matthews, PA Certified Public Accountants Accounting and taxes Roosevelt Trail Prof. Bldg. Route 302, Bridgton 647-3668

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

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

DOCKS Great Northern Docks, Inc. Sales & Service Route 302, Naples 693-3770 1-800-423-4042


Scott Docks Inc. Sales and Service Evergreen Cleaning Floating and stationary docks Lake Region’s eco-friendly cleaning serv. Jason Kelman Kevin Whitney Jennie McLeod, Owner 207-647-3824 207-253-9044 First Impressions Cleaning Inc. Residential & Commercial Seasonal 647-5096

ELECTRICIANS A to Z Electric “The Boss Does The Work” David S. Gerrish, Master Electrician Residential/Commercial/Industrial 30+ yrs. exp., Naples 693-6854

Lake & Mtn. View Cleaning and Caretaking Exceptional references, 25+ yrs. exp. D. M. Electric Inc. & Sons Julie 207-650-1101 APPLIANCE REPAIR Dennis McIver, Electrical Contractor McHatton’s Cleaning Service Residential/Commercial/Industrial Jones Appliance Service/Repair LLC Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Licensed in Maine & New Hampshire Quality service you deserve Fire, Smoke, Soot, Water Bridgton 207-647-5012 All major brands Certified Technicians 595-4020 Bridgton 647-2822, 1-800-850-2822 J.P. Gallinari Electric Co. Residential - Commercial - Industrial ATTORNEYS Servicemaster Aerial - Auger - Lifting Service Prof. Carpet Cleaning – Home/Office Bridgton 647-9435 Shelley P. Carter, Attorney Fire/Smoke Damage Restoration Law Office of Shelley P. Carter, PA 1-800-244-7630   207-539-4452 McIver Electric 110 Portland St., Fryeburg, ME 04037 “Your on time every time electricians” 935-1950 TLC Home Maintenance Co. 221 Portland Rd, Bridgton Professional Cleaning and 647-3664 Michael G. Friedman, Esq., PA Property Management 132 Main St. Housekeeping and much more P.O. Box 10, Bridgton, ME 04009 583-4314 R.W. Merrill Electrical Contractor 647-8360 24 hour Emergency Service COMPUTERS Residential & Commercial Hastings Law Office, PA Harrison 583-2986 Fax 583-4882 EEcomputer Services 376 Main Street – PO Box 290 Small business specialists Fryeburg, ME 04037 David K. Moynihan 935-2061 Master Electrician 603-733-6451 Licensed ME & NH Robert M. Neault & Associates Bridgton 647-8016 Ms. C’s Computer Repair Attorneys & Counselors at Law Virus and spyware removal Tuomi Electric Corner of Rte. 302 & Songo School Rd. PC repairs 207-228-5279 Chip Tuomi, Electrical Contractor P.O. Box 1575, Naples 27 Zion Hill Road, Bridgton Residential & Commercial 693-3030 Harrison 583-4728 Naples Computer Services Miklos M. Pongratz, Esq. PC repair/upgrades – on-site service 1250 Roosevelt Trail (Rte. 302) EXCAVATION Virus and spy-ware removal Raymond, ME 04071 Home and business networking K.S. Whitney Excavation 655-8760 Video security systems 71 Harrison Rd., Naples 207-693-3746 Sitework – Septic Systems Materials delivered BOOKKEEPING Kevin 207-647-3824 CONTRACTORS NE Professional Services Douglass Construction Inc. Snow’s Excavation Exceptional bookkeeping services Custom Homes/Remodeling/Drawings Complete site work 207-583-4364 30 years exp. in Lakes Region Foundations-Septic-Lots cleared Phil Douglass, 647-3732 207-647-2697 Jeff Douglass, 595-8968 CARETAKERS Sweden Rd. Bridgton EXERCISE/FITNESS Caretake America Quality Custom Carpentry Dee’s BodyCraft Managing and Patrolling Specializing in remodeling & additions Personal Training, Aerobics, Pilates Kevin Rogers, Owner/Manager Jeff Juneau Naples Certified – Experienced Rte. 35, Naples  693-6000 207-655-5903 Bridgton 647-9599 North Country Home Watch COUNSELING “We’ll be there when you can’t” FOUNDATIONS 207-713-0675 Ellia Manners, LCPC In Her Own Image/Counseling for Women Henry’s Concrete Construction CARPENTRY Call for brochure/Insurance accepted Foundations, Slabs, Floors Harrison Tel. 583-4896 Robert E. Guy 207-647-3015 Bridgton General Carpentry – Additions GARAGE DOORS Repairs – Remodeling DANCE INSTRUCTION Naples Garage Door Co. Installation & repair services Harrison 743-5120 239-4804 (cell) The Ballroom Dance - Exercise - Yoga - Aikido Free estimates Main St., Harrison, Maine Jerry’s Carpentry & Painting Naples 207-693-3480 207-583-6964 Carpenter & General Contractor Roberts Overhead Doors Log homes – decks – remodeling Commercial/residential – free estimates DENTAL SERVICES Fully insured – Free estimates Now offering Master Card & Visa 207-527-2552 Bridgton Dental Hygiene Care, PA 207-595-2311 Complete oral hygiene care – infant to senior CARPET CLEANING Most dental insurances, MaineCare HAIRDRESSERS 207-647-4125 McHatton’s Cleaning Service The Hairitage Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Jetport Denture Center One Beavercreek Farm Rd. Fire, Smoke, Soot, Water Full dentures – partial dentures (top of Packard’s Hill – Rte 302) Certified Technicians Relines – repairs Vicki Crosby Owner/Stylist Bridgton 647-2822, 1-800-850-2822 Austin Carbone, LD & Kelly Richardson, LD Tami Prescott, Nail Specialist 171 Portland Rd, Bridgton 647-8355 CARPETING 207-274-1887 Thurlow’s Carpet & Home Center Sales & Service Meadow Rd. (Sandy Creek Junction) Bridgton 647-5562, 800-310-5563

Mountain View Dentistry Dr. Leslie A. Elston Cosmetic/restorative & Family Dentistry 207-647-3628

HARDWARE L. M. Longley & Son Hardware/Plumbing/Heating/Metal Shops Electrical/Welding supplies/Housewares Main St., Norway, ME 743-8924

consideration: Self-fulfilling prophecy will alter the results. If I go about my day expecting to find this joy, in the end, my expectations might become reality. Likely, just to prove my point, my perceptions might change to acknowledge joy where there is none. Also, my actions might fall in line with my preconceived notions. Lastly, my actions might alter other people’s reactions. According to theorists, self-fulfilling prophecy occurs throughout famous literature, and in real life as well.

One thing that I have observed about goals: It is much easier if it is a continuation of what you are already doing. It is much harder to go from an out-of-shape coach potato to a frequent-miles marathon runner. But, that one is doable in the realm of achieving goals. Back to joy: This little piece of happiness strikes me quite frequently. I find it fascinating and exciting to be residing in the New England states where so many famous authors have lived: Henry David Thoreau, Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, E.B. White, Edna St. Vincent Millay, Linda Greenlaw, Rachel Carson and Stephen King. I feel lucky to have visited some of the places that have inspired their writings. I have a good feeling when I read quotes that align with what I believe. I have found prose that dances with the reverence and

the simple celebration of being human, such as that of Walt Whitman. Unfortunately and quite frequently, the human mind tends to make being human much more complicated than it is. Sometimes, a poet can use his or her words to bring clarity to how simple it is to be human. To be human means to enjoy that which we must do to live such as eating, drinking water, getting a good night’s sleep, seeking support from other people, caring for our friends, and craving family. Shortly after Christmas, inside the Social Security building in Portland, I watched two women interact. About 15 or 20 years seemed to separate their ages, with the elder woman in her 80s or 90s. The younger one said that the lobby chairs were too tall, and her feet did not reach the floor. The older lady asked if JOY, Page B




A –1 Thompson’s Services LLC Cleanings and repairs, Boilers Furnaces, Monitors, Oil tanks New installations, 24 hr burner service Licensed and insured 207-693-7011

George Jones Quality Painters Interior/Exterior – Fully Insured Free Estimates Excellent References 207-318-3245

The Dump Guy Insured – Junk removal Basement and attic cleanouts 207-450-5858

Bass Heating Oil Burner Service Sales and Installations Waterford (207) 595-8829 Thurlow’s Carpet & Home Center Monitor Heaters Sales & Service Meadow Rd. (Sandy Creek Junction) Bridgton 647-5562, 800-310-5563

INSULATION Western Me. Insulation Inc Batts, blown or foamed Over 30 yrs experience Free estimates – fully insured 7 days a week – 693-3585

INSURANCE Ace Insurance Agency Inc. Home and Auto 43 East Main Street Denmark 1-800-452-0745 Chalmers Ins. Agency 100 Main St., Bridgton Tel. 647-3311 Oberg Insurance Auto, Home, Business, Life 132 Main St., Bridgton Tel. 647-5551, 888-400-9858

Jerry’s Painting Service Quality Painting – Interior/Exterior Fully Insured – Free Estimates 207-527-2552 Webber Painting & Restoration Exterior & Interior painting Repairs/Installations/Modifications Fully insured – Estimates – References Craig, 207-831-8354

PEST CONTROL Protect Pest Services Service designed to need & budget Free inspections and estimates 40 yrs. experience 207-321-9733

PET GROOMING Wag On Wheels Mobile Pet Grooming 627-4896 We Come To You

THIS SPACE CAN BE YOURS Call 647-2851 for details


A Plus Plumbing & Heating Inc. Southern Maine Retirement Services Plumbing Supplies – LP Gas Medicare Supplements & Prescription Plans BBQ Gas Grill Parts & Access. Life and Long-Term Care Insurance Portland St., Bridgton 647-2029 150 Main St., Bridgton 1-866-886-4340 Collins Plumbing & Heating Inc. KENNELS Specializing in repair service in The Lake Region  647-4436 Bridgton Veterinary Kennels Boarding Ken Karpowich Plumbing Route 117, Bridgton, Me. Repairs/Installation/Remodeling Tel. 647-8804 Master Plumber in ME & NH Over 20 years experience 207-925-1423 Wiley Road Kennels Groom & Board PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Wiley Rd, Naples 207-693-3394 Clement Bros. Lawn and Landscape

LANDSCAPING Cabins to Castles, Inc. Design/Build/Landscapes Shoreline Restoration 207-452-2997

LP GAS Bridgton Bottled Gas LP Gas Cylinders/Service Route 302   Bridgton 207-647-2029 Downeast Energy/Denmark LP Gas Bulk/Cylinders Box 300, Denmark Tel. 452-2151

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

OIL DEALERS Dead River Co. Range & Fuel Oil Oil Burner Service Tel. 647-2882, Bridgton Downeast Energy/Denmark Delivery and Service Denmark, Maine Tel. 207-452- 2151

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 Dyer Septic Septic systems installed & repaired Site work-emergency service-ecofriendly 1-877-250-4546 207-583-4546

SNOW REMOVAL Aquila Snowplowing - residential & commercial Bridgton – Naples – Sebago Rob 207-310-3370 Webber Snowplowing Service Residential & private roads Naples/Sebago/Bridgton/Casco/Harrison Craig (207) 831-8354

SURVEYORS F. Jonathan Bliss, P.L.S. Bliss & Associates Surveying, Land Planning 693 Main St, Lovell 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

TAXIDERMIST Trapper’s Taxidermy Jason Pingree 112 Bush Row Rd Denmark 207-452-2091


Organic lawn & garden maintenance Shoreline restoration Stuart Automotive Creative stonework, property watch Free Junk Car Removal Snowplowing & sanding 838-9569 207-693-6646 Handy Hands Property Maintenance Comprehensive custom service Caretaking – long or short term A-Z/lot clearing to structure & grounds care 647-8291 Lawrence Construction & Property Management Carpentry-Remodeling-Painting Snow removal 25+ years exp. Fully insured 207-452-9000

REAL ESTATE Chalmers Real Estate 100 Main St., Bridgton Tel. 647-3311 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


TREE SERVICE Q-Team & Cook’s Tree Service Removal-pruning-cabling-chipping Stump grinding-bucket work-bobcat Crane-licensed & fully insured Q Team 693-3831 or Cook’s 647-4051 Toll free 207-693-3831 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

Tech Air HVAC/R Residential/Commercial/Industrial 207-890-3836/ Rozzie May Animal Alliance Low-cost spay/neuter - Conway, NH RUBBISH SERVICE By appointment 603-447-1373 ABC Rubbish WELDING Weekly Pick-up Container Service Iron Man Welding/Metal Sales Tel. 743-5417 Fabrication and repairs Bridgton Trash & Rubbish Service No job too small Construction – homeowners or business Bridgton/Naples/Harrison/Fryeburg Weekly & 1-time pickups – Cleanouts Lge. inventory steel/metal in stock/spec. order 647-8291 Tel. 207-595-4606



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2000 FORD EXPLORER — EMPLOYMENT — opportu- 4x4. Runs excellent. Needs transnity in Naples. Our small business mission work, $600. 329-7007, needs a dependable worker. Must 452-2244. 2t2x be able to multi-task and work independently. Class B is a plus but JESUS IS LORD – new and not necessary. Clean driving record used auto parts. National locator. and knowledge of heavy equip- Most parts 2 days. Good used cars. ment. Call for further information. Ovide’s Used Cars, Inc., Rte. 302 tf30 207-693-4100. 4t1 Bridg­ton, 207-647-5477.

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CLASS A CHIP TRUCK DRIVER Drivers with CLEAN driving record only need apply. Experience with a log loader is a plus but not necessary. Pay commensurate with experience. Benefits to include paid holidays, vacation pay and production bonus. Please contact 207-925-1138.


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CASCO — 1-bedroom apartment. Small pet welcome. Heat, electric & WiFi included. First & last month, $650 a month. Call 2074t51x 627-4471. BRIDGTON — Cozy 2-bedroom mobile home. Private lot. No pets, no smoking. Plowing included. W/D, no utilities included. $750 month. 1st, last & security. Near Hannaford. Call 400-7211. 4t50x NAPLES — 3-bedroom ranch, double-wide. All appliances included. Private lot. Repair work in progress but ready to move into by right tenant. Possible reduced first month’s rent in exchange for help with repairs. Call 207-838-2022. 2t2x BRIDGTON — 16 South High Street. Non-smoking, no pets. 1 or 2 bedroom apartments, quiet, safe building. Includes heat, hot water, off-street parking. Walking distance to Main Street, town beach, church. Coin-op laundry on site. $700 to $800 month. First, last and security requested. References checked. 207-632-8508 or 632tf41 8510.


HEAP HAULERS — Towing service. Cash paid for junk cars. tf12 Call 655-5963.

AIRPORT CAR EXPRESS – Luxury sedan or minivan transportation to and from regional airports, bus and train stations. 24 hr. operation with advance reservation. Major credit cards accepted. HARRISON — Apartment, 2- Child or booster seat upon request. bedroom, 2½-baths, large rooms, 207-893-8294. www.airportcarexvery private. Garage, mountain 26t32x and lake views, access to lake. DEN­MARK HOUSE — $950 month plus utilities with one-month security. No pets. No Painting, Inc. Inter­ior and Exterior smoking. References required. Paint­ing. Also, Paper­hang­ing. 40 583-4044. tf44 years of painting ex­pe­ri­ence. Call for esti­mates. Call John Math­ews, BRIDGTON — Walk to down- 207-452-2781. tf49 town. Close to elementary school. WANTED 5 rooms newly-renovated, 3 bedrooms, 1 bath. Large private yard, GENTLY USED — children’s appliances, washer-dryer included. books needed for Bridgton Literacy First month’s rent, security deposit Taskforce giveaways. Drop off at 3 & references. $860 per month plus Pleasant Street or call Bill for free utilities. 207-452-2585/207-615- pickup 647-5209. tf21 7344. tf1 PLEASE CONSIDER – donatEFFICIENCY APARTMENT ing gently used furniture, house— in Harrison. 1 person only. $390 hold items and more to Harvest per month. Includes heat/electric. Hills Animal Shelter. FMI, go to Non-smokers/no pets. References our website needed. Nice, quiet area. 207-415- for details or call 935-4358, ext. tf44 9166, leave message. tf51 21.


Gifts from the heart

To The Editor: I am the manager of the Bridgton Hospital Guild Thrift Shop and I’d like to take this opportunity to send a special thank you to a very gracious, anonymous donor. A few weeks before Christmas, a woman stopped at the Thrift Shop and dropped off a large plastic container filled with beautiful hand-knit sweaters, hats and mittens for infants and children. She mentioned that she had cancer and knitting helped her to get through her treatments. These exceptional items became Christmas gifts for many little ones, and the money raised by their sale will go to support our local Bridgton Hospital. The generosity of this special donor helped to make a wonderful holiday season for so many.

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To The Editor: Good day, class. Let me begin our first lesson by asking you to raise your hand if you believe that the majority of people receiving SSDI/ Medicare income from the government are looking for a free ride at taxpayers’ expense?  Well, let me see if some facts that are still not immediately obvious to those who have not found themselves being forced by life altering health conditions, or lack of work opportunities to seek assistance, which they hope may only be needed temporarily, might change your views a bit. In the recent past, it has been quite a process to learn how to apply for government assistance. It has become recommended that those turned down on first application employ a lawyer, who specializes in closely watching changes in policies decided by politicians, to assist them. I can recommend that one find a lawyer who is willing to accept a small, one-time percentage of what will be awarded to the client, only if the client is determined to really qualify to receive benefits.  What happens to families while they are going through the application process? Raise your hand if you think they usually retain their former financial status indefinitely. Please think again. If they have


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POSITION NOTICE BOKS LEAD TRAINER (RECREATION) Town of Bridgton Dept. of Recreation The Town of Bridgton is seeking an enthusiastic, motivated, qualified individual with background knowledge of proper exercise techniques, and working with elementary students. This is a stipend salary position. BOKS will operate three times per week before school at Bridgton’s Stevens Brook Elementary School. Position Description and Application are both available online at and also through the Town Office. Please submit application, resume, and professional references to: Recreation Director, 3 Chase St., Suite 1, Bridgton, Maine 04009 or by e-mail at The deadline for filing for this position is Feb. 1, 2014. at noon. 5T52CD

Good Neighbors Incorporated, a nonprofit organization, with an over 30-year track record of providing high quality assistance to adults with intellectual disabilities, is seeking motivated individuals to work in a challenging and rewarding environment. Candidates will be willing to support individuals, both in their homes and in the community, with a strong focus on dignity, respect, health, safety and therapeutic supports in a variety of environments and situations. Good Neighbors Incorporated prefers individuals that have previous training in the field of disability services, but experience is not necessary if the candidate displays a strong desire to learn the ethics and principals that guide the company. The abilities to make sound decisions, assist the people we support in leading a meaningful life, and self-motivation are highly desired.

Price subject to change.

10' x 10' Unit $50.00 per month


Successful Candidates must:

Have a High School Diploma or GED; Be at least 18 years of age; Have a valid Driver’s License.

Good Neighbors offers an attractive benefits package that includes:

A highly-competitive health insurance plan; Dental Insurance; Vision Insurance; Life Insurance; Generous paid leave. Please visit our website at to upload an application or contact Wanda Millett, Human Resource Manager at (207) 647-8244, ex. 11. *Location: Bridgton, Naples and Cornish areas. *Compensation: hourly *This is a 501c3 nonprofit charitable organization *Principals only: Recruiters, do not contact this job poster *Do not contact job poster about other services, products or commercial interests

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(Continued from Page B) throughout his career. There is so much more that I could write about what he said and promised. So how is he doing now? This president and our legislators have showed very little leadership quality. They mostly criticize the Republican Party and divide the country. So much for reuniting us. As you can see, many promises made and many promises broken, I think we will be waiting many years for these promises to materialize Richard E. Cross Naples

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CASCO — Completely furnished rooms, heat, lights & cable TV included. $120 weekly. No pets. Call tf37 cell, 207-650-3529.

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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.

BRIDGTON — One-bedroom apartment. Modern kitchen, big sunny windows. On quiet deadend street. Walk to downtown. $550 month, no utilities included. EXCAVATING – Have hoe, will Security deposit. 625-8812. 5t2 travel. Site work, foundations dug, back filling, septic systems, sand, NEWER 2-BEDROOM — brick loam, gravel. Call Brad Chute, house, $875 month plus utilities, tf44 plowing, mowing & kitchen ap653-4377 or 627-4560. pliances included. Close to HanFOR SALE naford, Renys, Bridgton Hospital. $5 FOR TATTERED – U.S. Flag Bright & clean, open kitchen/dinwhen purchasing new U.S. Flag 3’x ing/living area, bath w/walk-in 5’ or larger. Maine Flag & Banner, shower, full basement, FHW, W/D tf46 hookups, paved drive. No pets. See Windham, 893-0339. pics & more info on Craig’s ListN.E. WOOD PELLETS — 3 Maine posting #4195030561. Call tons $230/ton. Cash & carry. 452-2441. tf46 2t2x Naples, 207-415-5009. NAPLES — off Route 35. 2-bedMOVING SALE BRIDGTON room apartment, 2nd floor, $900 — Large dining table, 12’-x-47” in middle. Boat shape, custom made month includes heat, hot water, of solid maple as a conference electric. No smoking, no pets. 207tf37 table for Mass. State House. Seats 899-5052. 12 with some chairs, $500. Also BRIDGTON — 2-bedroom some other quality pieces at good apartment. Big sunny windows, prices. Victorian couches, chests clean and quiet. Laundry hookups, and beds including a Jacobean parking with nice yard. Walk to hand-carved bed from Leeds castle downtown. $650 month, security in England. Call 925-9022. 4t51x deposit, no utilities included. Call 5t2 RED’S FIREWOOD — Cut, 625-8812. split and delivered. Any amounts. NAPLES — Long Lake, furCall 615-6342 for details. tf35 nished, 2-bedroom, large open SNOWMOBILE — 1996 Grand concept, newly remodeled mobile Touring SE Rotax 670 2 up. Good home located in beautiful Vacation condition with enclosed trailer, Home Park. Ice fish, snowmobile. No pets. No smoking. First, $2,295. 329-7007, 452-2244. 2t2x security, references. $950.00 plus utilities, 3/4 tank of fuel. www. SEASONED FIREWOOD— 8764 cell. tf2 Cut 13 months ago. Cut, split, delivered. $260 per cord. Call 583- BRIDGTON — 16 S. High St. 4t51x Non-smoking, no pets. 1-bedroom 4113 or 595-5029. apartment, quiet, safe building. SNOWMOBILE PARTS — D Includes heat, hot water, off-street & G Snowmobilers Discount. parking. Walking distance to Main New & used snowmobile parts. St., town beach, church. Coin-op 9 a.m. - 8 p.m. Closed only on laundry on site. $650.00 first, last Wednesdays. Call 207-583-2312. and security requested. References 13t51x checked. 207-632-8508. tf2 CONTRACTOR — Semi-retired, looking for plumbing and electric work in the local area. Call tf45 647-8026.



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(Continued from Page B) somehow been able to save or invest some of their income before needing assistance, they may at least not go into debt. If they have only been able to just get by, or have had to borrow money to help pay living expenses, they probably will fall further behind while waiting for eligibility confirmation. In that case, at least part of their first few checks might have been spent before  they come in the mail.  How many of you have been led to believe that once you are granted government assistance you are set for life? What if you discovered that what the government thinks will more than generously cover your needs, may just barely cover your medical expenses, if your health continues to limit your ability to work even part time? Did you know that Medicare does not pay for eyeglasses, hearing aids or dentist bills? Did you know that Medicare sets rates for payments for medical treatments and doctors fees that are well below what doctors charge and pharmaceutical companies claim their products are worth? Did you know that a supplemental insurance policy (monthly payments you might take from your monthly SSDI allotment) can prevent you having to make up the differences (called co-payments) between what doctors and hospitals charge and what Medicare agrees is appropriate to charge? So much for Medicare squandering tax dollars indiscriminately. What happens when the yearly increase in your monthly allotment from SSDI doesn’t even cover the inevitable increase in your supplemental insurance payments? What happens when you reach The Donut Hole stage in medicine coverage currently set up for Medicare recipients? If you guessed that you will be needing to spend more of that monthly SSDI income, or dip into any limited savings you are allowed without losing benefits, I see you have been paying attention. What happens when the total amount of your medical

expenses matches or exceeds the SSDI/Medicare amount? Where does the money come from to pay bills, buy food, cover travel costs, etc.? No brainer, right? Well, your generous government representatives feel they have that covered, too. They allow SSDI recipients to work part time (when they are able). What’s the catch? They determine how much you are allowed to earn yearly and still qualify for help. If you should fail to stay under the limit, or to report accurately what you earned, you could lose, big time. No, I’m not joking. Even if you just aren’t aware of going over the limit, you will: A.) be forced to return what ever you earned beyond the limit (usually you will be taking monthly payments from your original SSDI amount), or B.) be investigated for welfare fraud (determined guilt means hefty fines and/or jail time.) So, if you aren’t really good at record keeping, try to find some one who is to help you keep close watch over how much you are receiving in your weekly paychecks. Loss of benefits is a given if you fail to pay them back or are convicted of welfare fraud. Oops. I almost forgot. The government does not give you free Medicare coverage either. Raise your hand if you think that taxes cover that, and every taxpayer helps pay for all of it. Only partially true. When your determined SSDI amount is decided, a certain amount of the total is deducted to help defray Medicare payments to doctors and hospitals. You never see it. Because of the astronomical increases in charges for medical care, the amount taken for Medicare goes up, too. So, when you hear that your yearly income will be increased a bit, you can bet it will not help you cover the cost of living increases wherever you live in the U.S.A. One important point is that you should agree to both Part A and Part B Medicare coverage since Medicare pays only about 80% of what they say is appropriate for doctors and hospitals to charge for treatment and medicines. If you decide not to purchase a supplemental insurance policy, you’ll be expected to some how pay the

differences in costs on your own (co-payments) sooner or later. What happens when you can no longer work part time, or have nothing in savings or investments? Let’s not go there. Well, I see our class time is up for today. Our current Medicare system could use some additional attention to eliminate fraud and inequities, but it is far from the drain on our taxes as most people believe because the government is already watching you much more closely than how the Pentagon manages their budgets. Also, it does not follow that the existence of Medicare is solely responsible for the huge increases in health care costs — much more appropriate to examine doctors’ charges, hospital rates for any type of treatment, and unregulated, unnecessary increases in pharmaceutical prices for medicines. Good luck, because medicine is now big business. Everyone knows that every big business has lobbyists in Washington looking after their best interests. Look after your own best interests by protecting and cherishing your own health. Next class we could be examining the roles of health insurance companies and unionization in the increases in both health care and overall costs of living. After that, we will be examining the indirect role of the banking industry on these increases as well. Class dismissed! Cindy Alden West Fryeburg

Sticking to principles

To The Editor: The Conservatives and Republicans have a golden opportunity to turn the ship of state around and start to repair the Constitutional Republic that has been so mangled by the leftist and Progressives. However, we cannot win in 2014 or in 2016 if we nominate candidates who think, in order to win, they must run as Democrats in order to appeal to independents, women and minorities. We must resist the

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temptation and realize that Republicans can’t possibly give the electorate more government goodies than the Democrats will. Republicans who have tried to beat the Democrats in vote buying game got no credit for the goodies and were blamed for any problems that occurred. Republicans have won when they put forth good, principled, conservative candidates who did not let the Democrats and the media define them. On a national level, we had principled conservatives who blew the opposition out of the water. Ronald Reagan in 1980 and 1984 (not only did he beat the Democrats but he beat the Russians), Newt Gingrich and the Contract with America in 1994 (Newt and the Conservatives took the House away from the Democrats who held it since the Great Depression) and the Tea Party sparked recapture of the House and gains in the Senate in 2010 (the Tea Party galvanized the Conservatives against the Progressives headlong rush down the road to serfdom). The states are proving that conservative principles will carry elections and make better governance; the presidential elections are proving that Republicans make lousy Democrats and ought to stick to being Republicans; the electorate will always pick the real article over the wannabees. At this point in time, Obamacare and the president’s obsession with doubling down to make things better has given the Conservative Republicans a huge opportunity to present free market solutions to economic problems and Constitutional solutions to the problems of governance.   The president’s pet project, Obamacare, had at best a slim to none chance to survive and to make matters worse the ugly, greedy hand of politics is gutting the already questionable financial structure of Obamacare by exempting special interest groups from the more onerous parts of the law (so much for the 14th Amendment). For instance Congress, government workers and certain union work-

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To The Editor: Imagine the future. It’s something we all do. In fact, it’s the only thing we can do, since the future exists only in our imagination. The instant the future reaches us, it becomes the present, then an instant later, the past. We live eternally in the present, yet we constantly imagine what the future will be like. The only thing we can say for certain is that the future will be different from both the present and the past. Having just celebrated my 70th New Year’s Day, I’m spending a lot of time thinking about the future. In recent months, I’ve been reading a lot of futurists. Futurists are people — usually scholars in a variety of disciplines: history, science, philosophy, mathematics — who specialize in dealing with four questions about the future, using the symbols PPPW, which stand for possible, probable, preferable and

Public Notice








January 13, 2014 Casco Community Center 940 Meadow Road 7:00 P.M. 1. Elect a Chair of the Planning Board 2. Approve Minutes of August 12, 2013 3. Wayne T. Wood, as agent for Bernadette M. Hynes, has submitted an application for An Amendment to an Approved Subdivision to relocate certain boundary line/s to remove 7.58 acres of land from Lot 3 and adding it to lot 2 on property known as Map 9, Lot 8-1A, and a portion of Lot 8-2. The property is commonly known as 119 Jim Small Road and is located in a Residential Zone. 4. Other. 2T1

VOLUNTEER REPRESENTATIVE NEEDED The Town of Bridgton is seeking an individual to be our representative on the ecomaine Board of Directors. This position is voluntary and provides input in the policy-making decisions for the operations of ecomaine. Having an interest in recycling is important. Bridgton is a member community to ecomaine, where all of our trash, waste and recyclables are properly disposed of. The meetings are usually held once a month in the evenings in Portland. Interested persons are asked to fill out an application from the Town’s website and submit it to the Office of the Town Manager, Three Chase Street, Suite 1, Bridgton, ME 04009. We will continue to accept applications until the Select Board makes the appointment. For more information contact Mitchell Berkowitz, Town Manager, at 207-647-8786. Mitchell Berkowitz, Town Manager







Request for Proposals Expression of Interest Cleanup, Reuse and Redevelopment of the Memorial School Property Depot Street, Bridgton, Maine Bridgton Planning, Economic & Community Development Department Sealed responses to provide expression of interest and evidence of qualification to redevelop the Memorial School property at Depot Street will be received by the Selectmen’s Office (care of Anne Krieg, AICP, Director of Planning, Economic & Community Development [PECD], 3 Chase Street, Bridgton, Maine 04009, until 3:00 p.m., February 14, 2014, at which time they will be publicly opened. Proposals shall be submitted in envelopes plainly marked on the outside with the RFP’s title. No late, faxed, or electronic proposals shall be accepted. There will be an optional pre-submission walk through of the property scheduled for January 14, 2014 at 2:00 p.m. Bidders unable to make this walk-thru can schedule another time with staff schedules. The full RFP, any further addenda, and all background material can be found at

wildcard. Is a particular future scenario possible? If so, how probable is it? Is one future scenario preferable to another? What wildcards exist that could change any future scenario radically? (A wildcard is an event with low probability but enormous impact if it happens, such as a thermonuclear holocaust or a massive asteroid striking Earth.) Since the dawn of human history, people have been obsessed with trying to predict the future. The Bible is chockfull of predictions, many of them dire warnings about catastrophic events that surely will unfold in the future unless people abandon their sinful ways and turn to God. The theological term for such predictions is apocalypticism, and fundamentalist Christians tend to believe apocalyptic biblical passages literally, regardless of how wildly improbable they may be. Futurists, on the other hand, deal only with predictions based on scientific data, not on faith in biblical revelation. Many futurists are non-religious, but more than a few are people of faith. Unlike fundamentalists who tend to dismiss all science that challenges their religious dogma, futurists don’t dismiss faith out of hand. They simply ask questions like this: How probable is it that one day Jesus will gallop down out of heaven on a white horse, with a sword sticking out of his mouth and King of Kings and Lord of Lords written on his thigh? (If you think I’m making this up, read Revelation 19:11-16.) Christians of my persuasion don’t ignore biblical passages like this. Rather, we treat them as symbolic warnings that life on earth could get pretty ugly if we continue to treat our planet as if it were a big piggy bank, which we can plunder and pollute without paying a heavy price for our folly. One thing that always has bothered me about religious fundamentalists is that they seem oblivious to the possibility that they might be wrong. Jesus is not going to swoop down out of the sky LETTERS, Page B

The Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on January 21, 2014, at 7:00 p.m. at the Municipal Office Buildings located at 15 Village Green Lane. On the agenda: 1. A Public Hearing on a minor change to an approved subdivision entitled Mayberry Landing, located at 4 Mayberry Lane, Map R05, Lot 5-8, submitted for Kilton Lamb Jr. Public welcome. 1T2


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ers have different rules than we the people have and have been exempted from the taxes that we would have to pay if we earned what they earned and had their top of the line medical insurance. Without the healthy, the young, the privileged friends of Obama and the government types, Obamacare will crash. The question now becomes will the grownups take over, scrap Obamacare and replace it with a Constitutional, market based, rational system or will Obama get the single-payer government-run health care system he has always coveted?    It is time to change course and return our government to its Constitutional roots and to let the free market economy provide the wealth that will bring all people up to a better standard of living instead of down to an egalitarian subsistence. Jock MacGregor North Sebago


Notice is hereby given that in accordance with the Judgment of Foreclosure and Sale entered on September 18, 2013, by the Maine District Court for Cumberland County, in Bridgton, Docket No. BRIDC-RE-13-59, in the action entitled Infinity Federal Credit Union v. Curt S. Chim and Lisa M. Chim, wherein the Court adjudged the foreclosure of a certain mortgage given by Curt S. Chim and Lisa M. Chim to Infinity Federal Credit Union dated December 10, 2004, and recorded in the Cumberland County Registry of Deeds in Book 22137, Page 325, the period of redemption having expired, a public sale of the property described in the mortgage will be conducted on Wednesday, February 12, 2014, commencing at 11:00 a.m., at the law firm of Drummond Woodsum & MacMahon, 84 Marginal Way, Suite 600, Portland, Maine 04101, of the following property: PROPERTY DESCRIPTION: Certain property located at 4 Small Road in Raymond, Maine. The property is also described on the Town of Raymond Tax Maps as Map 12, Lot 8. Reference is made to said mortgage deed for a more detailed legal description of the property to be conveyed. TERMS OF SALE: THE PROPERTY IS BEING SOLD ON AN AS IS, WHERE IS, BASIS WITHOUT ANY WARRANTY WHATSOEVER AS TO THE CONDITION OF OR TITLE TO THE PROPERTY. The property will be sold subject to all outstanding municipal assessments, whether or not of record in the Cumberland County Registry of Deeds, as well as all real estate transfer taxes assessed on the transfer. The sale will be by public auction. The deposit to bid, which is nonrefundable as to the highest bidder, is $5,000.00 in official bank check or certified funds (cash deposits not accepted). The deposit to bid should be made payable to Infinity Federal Credit Union. The highest bidder will be required to execute a purchase and sale agreement with Infinity Federal Credit Union at the time and place of sale. The balance of the sale price will be due and payable within 30 days of the public sale. Conveyance of the property will be by release deed. All other terms, including any modifications of or additions to the terms set forth above, will be announced at the public sale. Dated: January 9, 2014

By: David S. Sherman, Jr., Esq. Attorney for Infinity Federal Credit Union Drummond Woodsum & MacMahon 84 Marginal Way, Suite 600 Portland, ME 04101-2480 (207) 772-1941 3T2


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(Continued from Page B) and rescue us from the ugly consequences of our own bad decisions. I don’t dismiss the ancient insights of the Bible. I just reject the idea that biblical literalists have all the answers about Earth’s ever-unfolding future and our place in it. We are wrecking our home, and all the religious dogma in the world won’t change that. Rev. Robert Plaisted Bridgton

everyone on the sunny, closedin porch. The Noble House was the perfect setting for this special occasion with its grand piano, winding staircase, cozy fires and perhaps most important, comfortable beds! We look forward to our next visit to this charming inn. Nancy and Rich Worthington Brunswick (former Bridgton residents for 22 years)

Fire and rescue

SCHEDULED PERFORMERS — Music will be provided at the upcoming Musher’s Bowl on Saturday, Jan. 25 by The New Highland String Trio, which includes (left to right) Walt Bannon, Vanessa Jones and Chris Bannon. They will play their Celtic-styled music from 11:30 a.m. To The Editor: Thank you to the Harrison to 1 p.m. in the food pavilion at Five Fields Farm in South Fire Department and rescue Bridgton. for coming to our assistance last week. Our smoke and CO2 Progressive Insurance com- Affordable Care Act, is provTo The Editor: detectors went off and we called mercial, in which splitting ing to be an unmitigated disasRecently, we attended a 9-1-1. We were told to get out atoms disintegrate a co-work- ter for the American economy. wedding for our great niece of the house. As I am bedrid- er? It’s Obamacare at work, Instead of cutting his losses and at the Noble House Inn in den, I told my wife to get out people. Who’s next? Your pol- bringing in impartial experts to Bridgton. Our overnight stay but she refused. Fortunately, icy won’t go away, but it looks try to salvage the program, was so enjoyable that I feel two guys from the fire depart- like you will. Remember Mr. in his overweening arrogance and narcissism the President is compelled to share the experi- ment showed up within five Bill — ooh, no! David Fifield going to double down and force ence with others. minutes, checked everything Harrison this program on us despite the The new owners, Cindi out and told us it was safe. We catastrophic consequences for and Julie, were not only gra- are very grateful for the fast the American people. cious and accommodating, but and caring response. Obamacare is the law of the most creative in the presentaRichard Pendexter land, yet it is proving to be so tion of our morning breakfast Harrison unworkable that the adminisand the overall holiday décor. tration changes course almost There were two children under To The Editor: the age of three in our party, All hail the King. The daily, leaving America’s insurand they were made to feel imperial presidency of Barack ance companies and many citias welcome as the grownups. Obama continues to exact zens no idea how to proceed. Many legal experts believe The wedding “feast” was prean escalating, terrible toll on that the president has no authorpared by a local caterer, and To The Editor: Has anyone watched the the American people. All the ity to willy-nilly change a law there was ample room to serve evidence would suggest that Obama and his co-conspira- that is on the books. As he has tors in the now far left radi- proven again, and again, the cal Democratic Party have no law means nothing to him if he intention whatsoever of back- doesn’t agree with it. Obama’s ing off from their nonsensical presidency is showing itself and overtly destructive poli- to be the most lawless one in (Continued from Page A) decades, and no one is holding some wire-cutters, but they weren’t sufficient either. I had to cies. If their goal is to bring him accountable. America to its knees, they are go out to the garage for the bigger ones and then it was hard Our federal government to avoid cutting off the dolls hands as I severed the wire. within reach of achieving their has grown exponentially under “What’s taking you so long?” my wife hollered from the liv- prize. Obama’s signature pro- Barack Obama and his legion ing room as I was cussing out Melissa and Doug and thinkof radical Democratic coming they must be clandestine bondage fetishists. Thankfully, gram, the ridiculously-named I don’t think Claire or Lila heard me. Later, I saw reviews of the peeing doll on Amazon, one of which said: “It is really precious BUT I almost lost my religion trying to get it out of the box!!! Please tell me what awful thing happened in your childhood that you would package your toys in such a horrendous, frustrating way!!! Seriously! I broke nails, bled and cursed trying to undo all the ‘tie downs’ together. (Continued from Page B) before I finally freed her of her prison of a box! Please I look at those two photos two college degrees, a decade lighten up a bit. There has GOT to be a better method!” Watching television news later that day, I saw that a ship of homeschooling, a ridiculous all the time. The engagement was stuck in Antarctic ice and a Chinese ice-breaker was try- number of cats, various and picture is always just a quick ing to rescue it. It was very cold in Maine Christmas Day and sundry trials, frustrations, and glance to my right, and I can I felt sorry for the passengers. It wasn’t until a week later that tragedies, too many wonder- (and do) catch it anytime I I learned the ice-bound ship was on an expedition to observe ful church services to number, want. To see the recent photo, the effects of “human-caused” climate change. That’s what countless prayers together, and the one on my computer the Greenies used to call “human-caused global warming” now (still walking hand-in- screen, I need to minimize all until the globe ceased warming after 15 years of increasing hand) an empty nest, a new the various files and software carbon in the atmosphere. As I write this, my thermometer is granddaughter, and Skype. programs I’m running so they struggling to get above zero in midday, making me wish we Bookends to a good chunk drop out of sight. And then my humans actually could cause global warming. I’d actually of a challenging-yet-joyful life bride just pops up. I minimize lobby for it if I didn’t know what a mass-hysterical scam it was. Newsbusters reported that 96% of coverage by the mainstream media networks neglected to mention the actual purpose of the ice-bound expedition when reporting the story. As of Jan. 3, they continued to keep the mission’s objective toward her friend. A big smile (Continued from Page B) a secret. Too embarrassing for the liberal-biased networks, she still had that pink folding warmed her face. I guess, especially after they’ve spent more than a decade stool in her car. “No,” was the “You can put your feet on beating the “climate change” the drum for environmental response. mine — if you want,” the neurotics. After the Chinese icebreaker also got stuck six “If I put my feet on the eldest said. miles from the original Greenie-weenie ship, they sent two floor, then I have to push forThey both laughed. more icebreakers, so the story has enough legs to bring it ward in the seat, which hurts For 2014, I would like to well into 2014. Wonder if they’ll ever say what the ship was my back,” she said. share this quote from William actually doing down there. I doubt it. “And if I sit upright in Henry Channing. Somehow, I don’t feel bad for those climate-change- the seat and my feet don’t kool-aid-drinking Greenies anymore. I feel bad for the rest touch the floor, it still hurts of America still caught up in their pseudo-scientific, mass my back,” she said. hysteria. The other woman stretched Tom McLaughlin of Lovell is a retired middle school U.S. out her much longer legs, History teacher. and put her waterproof boots

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Ensnaring Americans

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rades. Even a cursory perusal of the present size and scope of the federal apparatus would suggest that America is under siege by a progressive juggernaut, with a voracious appetite for its citizens’ money and freedom, and will not be sated until it is in total control of each and every American’s entire lives. Democrats truly believe that the heavy hand of central planning and control is the end all and be all for our nation, and they are totally oblivious to the horrendous damage they are inflicting on this once vibrant country. This Democratic Party has succeeded beyond their wildest dreams in ensnaring millions of Americans in the trap of governmental dependence. Vast numbers of Americans are caught up in the cult of personality that surrounds Barack Obama, and millions more of the nation’s citizens are grossly uninformed about how the government and the economy actually function, which leads one to believe that President Obama and the Democratic Party will emerge from the current string of economic, foreign policy and moral debacles as strong as ever, while the country continues its rapid and precipitous slide towards the abyss. A shocking example of what America’s debt is, is to visualize all the people in the world (seven billion), multiply that number by 2,431, and you arrive at the amount of money ($17 trillion) owed by the American people, a number so beyond human comprehension that it can never be repaid. Much of our astounding amount of debt has accumulated on the watch of Barack Obama. Yet, to listen to Nancy Pelosi and the rest of the Democratic machine, they

have cut spending to the bone, the cupboard is bare, yet they continually come up with new programs they want to foist on the American people. Go figure. Our chickens are rapidly coming home to roost. Robert M. Howe Jr. Bridgton

The CMP crew rocks!

To The Editor: This letter is to publicly thank and acknowledge the hard work and dedication of Central Maine Power workers during the cold and harsh weather we have been experiencing. On Thursday afternoon, Jan. 2, a one-car accident in front of our house on Mountain Road in Denmark took down our mailbox and the utility pole at the end of our driveway, causing the loss of power. The young man involved was not hurt, and he was extremely helpful and cooperative. We called CMP to report the problem and the workers were there in less than an hour to reassure us that power would be restored as soon as possible. With all the recent power outages and long hours the linemen have been putting in lately, we are very grateful that they worked for several hours in the dark and cold. They were friendly and upbeat despite the poor working conditions. We were warm and cozy in front of our woodstove, but we were happy to have full power back by 7:15 p.m. Thanks again to all those people who need to work outside in brutal conditions to keep us warm and comfortable. Bob and Chris Vaillancourt Denmark

The same thing, only better a lot. And when I look at those two photos, back and forth and then forth and back again, I see the same smile and the same hair and the same dark eyes in both of them. And I blink and I stare; but no matter how hard I try, I just can’t tell the difference. Oh sure, you’ll say. He’s just seeing now what he used to see then. This is the same guy that looks in the mirror

and doesn’t see any gray hair. And you might right. Maybe, if I could wrench my heart away for just a moment and look at those two photographs of my wife with the cold objective eye of say, a geologist, I’d see the difference the decades made. Okay, I’ll do it. Hold on please… Yes, you were right after all. She is so much more precious and beautiful now.

Pinpointing Joy: A resolution


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hard, think quietly; talk gently, act frankly, to listen to stars and buds, to babies, and sages with open heart, await occasions, hurry never…this is my symphony.”

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