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‘Re-up fiasco’ shows signs of healing By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Seeking to salvage their broken relationship with town committees over a new reappointment policy, the Bridgton Board of Selectmen and Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz took it on the chin Tuesday, allowing committee members and other frustrated residents to rebuke
them for nearly an hour. But both sides saw the hourlong back-and-forth as only a beginning. The board agreed to table any action on reappointments and continue the discussion by holding an informal meeting with members of all seven committees next Tuesday, Jan. 15, at 6 p.m. in the Selectmen’s meeting room.
The goal would be to come to an understanding and agreement on what steps are necessary to restore communication and trust between elected and appointed officials. It may take more than one sit-down session, all agreed, but in the meantime, the committees would continue to meet under their current membership.
Simmering resentments The meeting was in strong contrast to their last meeting on Dec. 11, when virtually no public comment was allowed as the board voted 3–2 (with Bernie King and Doug Taft dissenting) to proceed with an annual reappointment plan and standardization of the format for charges RE-UP, Page A
Turning salvage to cash By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — The items salvaged from a demolished home may have monetary value. The Casco Board of Selectmen would like to turn those salvaged treasures into cash. Or, more likely a check made out to the town: Money to defray the costs associated with ridding the community of an eyesore and public safety hazard. On Tuesday, the board discussed with Town Manager Dave Morton what to do with the rescued items that are now being stored at the Casco Memorial School. Among those items are a couple of wood stoves, a marble sink, a riding lawn mower and other yard work equipment. Morton pitched to the board the idea of donating some of the salvaged stuff to the CascoRaymond Historical Society. SALVAGE, Page A
IT’S CLEANUP WEEK at Bridgton’s Gallery 302 at 112 Main Street, where Bridgton Art Guild members are repainting all the walls, display racks and stands in preparation for a Grand Reopening this weekend. Pictured is Elna Stone washing one of the big display windows. Members are excited by two major infrastructure improvements at the gallery. The first is a new, energy-efficient lighting system that will direct soft light directly into display areas, making it no longer necessary to use existing overhead fluorescent lighting. The lighting system was made possible by a grant from the Davis Family Foundation. The second improvement is a new security system, made possible by a grant from the Ham Foundation. For a complete listing of Winter 2013 Classes and Programs, visit www.gallery302.com
MacDonald to retire in June By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer FRYEBURG — When Gary MacDonald was a substitute teacher in New Hampshire back in 1972, he had no idea that 41 years later, he would retire as SAD 72’s superintendent. After 31 years as an educator and administrator in SAD 72, MacDonald will retire June 30. He informed the school board of his decision in mid December. Under state law, school boards are required to vote on the superintendent’s contract in December, so MacDonald announced his decision — which he termed as “very difficult.” “I have been and continue to be so impressed with the professionalism of staff, the interest and dedication of school board members, and the support of parents and taxpayers,” MacDonald wrote in his letter to the SAD 72 School Board. “It has been a privilege to work with my colleagues in this district.” MacDonald praised the work of the SAD 72 administrative team, as well as Business Manager Madeline Bassett, who after 33 years working in SAD 72, will also retire in June. “I’ve been thinking about retirement for a few years — it was a matter of exactly when. I told the School Board chair last summer that this current year would very likely be my last year as superintendent of SAD 72,” MacDonald told The News
Gary MacDonald SAD 72 Superintendent this week. “There is never a good time to retire, especially when you enjoy so much of what you are doing. But, I am looking forward to having the flexibility of time to explore new things, having time to do the activities I enjoy, and spending more time with family.” The school board has contracted with Maine School Management Association to conduct a search for a new superintendent. A MSMA official was scheduled to meet with the school board yesterday (Jan. 9) to set up the process. MacDonald has served as SAD 72’s superintendent for the past eight years. Previously, he was the New Suncook Elementary School principal for 23 years. He served as principal at the old Sadie Adams School, the Annie Heald School (before MACDONALD, Page A
Selectmen to state: Don’t shift shortfalls to towns By Gail Geragty Staff Writer Bridgton Selectmen on Tuesday agreed to send a strongly worded appeal to county and state elected officials saying they need to avoid shifting state budget shortfalls onto local taxpayers, lest they have Bridgton “rethink our relationship with our state government.” The letter, dated Dec. 30, challenged state senators and representatives in the Lake Region, along with those in
Oxford and Androscoggin Counties, to not fall prey to pressures to reduce traditional revenue sources that towns rely on in preparing their annual budgets. The letter, drafted by Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz at the board’s request, cites three well-established revenue sources: the Municipal Revenue Sharing Program (MRS), Urban and Rural Initiative Program (URIP) and state education funding, more recently known as Essential Programs and
Services (EPS) funds. “The bottom line for Bridgton is that established statutes, relationships and partnerships with the state must not end, nor can we afford to assume expenses that have originally been within the obligation and purview of the state,” the letter states. The letter was approved and signed by the five-member board and Berkowitz at Tuesday’s selectmen meeting. It expresses the concern that changes may be on the hori-
zon in those longstanding funding relationships, borne of “an emerging attitude of the current administration” of Maine Gov. Paul LePage. If changes are made, the letter states that, “such actions would be construed as a fractured and mediocre approach to Maine’s future and the quality of life in our municipalities.” Further, states the letter, they would reflect a trend by the state to “dilute, dissolve or dismember the statutes that municipal officials and
‘Gazer’ captures UFO surprise By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer On a mountainside in West Bridgton Monday night, 18-yearold Chris Maglione trained the lens of his new mini-cam skyward, so his mother could remember the stars. “She was just so amazed at the stars outside,” he said, the last time they came to visit his grandmother, Cathy McKinley, of Little Mountain Lane. Their clarity seemed in stark contrast to the night sky above their home in Dorchester, Mass., Boston’s largest neighborhood. His Canon camcorder couldn’t pick up any stars, though; they were too distant. But then he noticed a bright light, much closer, “Not anywhere near as far away as the stars,” he said. “My first reaction was kind of like, wow, it’s a UFO,” said Chris. He started the video over again. “It was like…the ‘Where’s Waldo’ of the whole thing.” His second reaction was to immediately share his footage with the local newspaper. McKinley said her grandson could barely contain his excitement. They both arrived at The News the next afternoon. The footage shows a diamond-shaped white object looming large in the flip-out LCD screen that appears to be moving erratically. But Chris said the jiggling movement was his own shaking hands, as he held the mini-cam in both hands above his head while craning his neck back. “It was vibrating, but just a BRIGHTER THAN A STAR — Chris Maglione captured around 15 seconds of video of what appears to be a UFO little bit,” he said. on his mini-cam while stargazing Monday night in West Bridgton. (Geraghty Photo) UFO SURPRISE, Page A
state officials have respected and honored for decades.” Revenue sharing In terms of revenue sharing, which the letter refers to as “a key element in how municipalities budget and reduce the local tax burden,” the concern is that “you will be pressured into revisiting the mechanics of the MRS” as a way to make up state revenue shortfalls. The program, the letter notes, dates back to the early 1970s, when the Legislature decided to distribute
5% of all sales and income taxes to towns. In return, the towns agreed to no longer levy taxes on the value of inventory, such as logs in wood yards and other retail-related inventory. State aid for roads The letter said reimbursements from the URIP program, by which the state reimburses towns for handling certain elements of road maintenance on state-classified roads, “are not keeping pace with the costs for LETTERS, Page A
Resolution: Tar sands unwelcome By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — For several residents of the area, the idea of a potential tar sands oil spill is scary. Those community members spoke out against a proposal to use an existing pipeline to pump tar sands oil from the boreal forest in Canada to Portland for export. Representatives of a Canadian company, Enbridge Inc., and Exxon Mobil Corporation have repeatedly denied there is such a plan, which would call for reversing the direction of the
pipeline flow, according to residents’ reports. But, people are convinced the pipeline plan is on the drawing board and they want it in writing that the transportation of tar sands oil is unwelcome here. The 60-year-old pipeline crosses under Crooked River and also areas of Sebago Lake. A town-wide resolution to promote alternatives to using the pipeline for tar sands oil is among the issues that will be voted on at a Special Town Meeting on Saturday. TAR SANDS, Page A
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Shoreland RV-use consent agreement goes forth
By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — The landowner of a nonconforming recreational lot can sell the property, and the buyer will be guaranteed some limited uses of the property. The lot is located in a natural resource protection zone, and the acreage is too small to provide the adequate setbacks required for building a permanent structure. In years prior, a parked recreational vehicle had been allowed to remain year round on the lot off Lake Shore Drive. For the new
owner of the property, RV time would be limited but allowable. Current deed holder Darren Brown said he was pleased with the consent agreement, and the land uses would be an asset for the prospective buyer. On Tuesday, the Casco Board of Selectmen unanimously approved the consent agreement, which incorporated requests made by the abutters and discussed by the selectmen. The board had received copies of the paperwork about three weeks ago. In addition, property
owner Brown had reviewed the document. During the board workshop, which happened prior to the regular meeting, Town Manager Dave Morton provided the highlights of the agreement. The consent agreement allows landowners to enjoy the parcel in the ease of a self-contained RV, but does not permit the property owner to set up stakes with their mobile camper, he said. “The requirement is for a single RV or tent, and limited to maximum of 120 days. The pad area
is to include one single group,” Morton said. Drainage issues will be resolved, he said. Improper drainage that could jeopardize water quality was a concern to several abutters as well as the aesthetics of the fence. “All fencing will be removed. It ceased to have a valuable function,” Morton said. Exterior lighting would be sealed so that the light cannot spill over into adjoining yards, he said. “It follows our zone ordinance, unless there are items that the
Jenkins to present ‘safe plan’ talk
Motivational speaker John Municipal Center. Jenkins of Lewiston will presThe personal safety semient “Safe Plan™” on Tuesday, nar, sponsored by the Bridgton Jan. 15 at 6 p.m. at the Bridgton Recreation Department, will
focus on essential risk prevenAttendees should arrive with: tion strategies. The self-defense comfortable clothing for range techniques are simple, safe, fun of motion activities; a positive and are designed for beginners. attitude for participation; and a willingness to laugh. Based on interest, a followup course will be offered. A professional version of this Selectman Grant Plummer suggested post- course has been approved for ing a list of the auction articles on the town’s nine professional credit hours toward real estate licensing website. Seeking clarification from the selectmen, (new and renewal) by the direcMorton said, “Is the board considering giving tor of the Maine Real Estate Commission. this to the historical society?” For more information, conPlummer answered he would prefer to try to tact Bridgton Rec Director Tom recoup the $400 first. Earlier during the meeting, Morton had Tash. Jenkins will return to expounded on Grant’s auction idea. He recommended providing the bid items as one lot, or Bridgton on Thursday, Jan. one pallet of items, rather than selling the stuff 17 when he presents an effective leadership and life-skills individually. “It might not be worth the town’s time to sell strategies program at Bridgton Academy. the items separately,” he said. The program is designed “Some of the items, according to Ray, would have a greater value than I would ever imagine to inform, inspire and engage them to have. If you have watched some of the Bridgton Academy students in reality television shows, these items have value implementing proven navigation strategies for success in to people,” Morton said. school, work and life.
Turning salvage items into cash (Continued from Page A) He also talked about Selectman Ray Grant’s brainstorm to auction off those items. “There may be things that are there that will have a greater purpose if given to the historical society. (Those things) would have an ongoing value to the community,” Morton said. “I am open to an idea from Ray Grant to have a bid auction for the public,” he said. The majority of the board favored putting the items up for auction, and putting the profit towards the bills. According to Morton, it cost $400 to contract someone to remove the objects of value from the home, which was located near the corner of Route 11 and Cooks Mills Road. The building was torn down and removed last month. “The gentleman had to cut a hole in the wall to remove the wood stove,” Morton explained.
board considered more stringent,” Morton said. Selectman Paul Edes gave the agreement a verbal stamp of approval, saying, “I read the redline copy, and I approve this docu-
ment as we have it now.” Chairman Mary-Vienessa Fernandes said, “This mirrors our zoning ordinance as closely as possible, and I think it is a pretty good consent agreement.”
DEP fines Sebago co. George Anderson & Sons, Inc. of Sebago has been fined $3,920 as a civil monetary penalty by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection. The company reportedly violated Maine’s “Performance Standards for Quarries (PSFQ),” by creating or operating a quarry exceeding one acre without submitting a “Notice of Intent to Comply” with the PSFQ, according to the DEP. Specifically, Anderson operated an aggregate quarry of approximately two acres without having submitted the required notice. In addition, Anderson violat-
ed Maine’s “Natural Resource Protection Act” by filling in approximately 3,000 square feet of a freshwater wetland during the construction of a road on the subject property without first obtaining a permit from the DEP, the state reported. Subsequent to DEP involvement, Anderson submitted a Notice of Intent to Comply for the aggregate quarry and submitted a restoration plan to the DEP to restore the impacted freshwater wetland and restored the wetland in accordance with the plan, the state said in its monthly enforcement report.
(Continued from Page A) He kept shooting the object for around 15 seconds, he said, then raced for the house to tell his grandmother. She was on the phone, though, and rather than yell at her, he said he ran back outside. By that time, though, the object was gone. Several of those in the newspaper office that viewed the footage were suitably impressed, and encouraged him to post the video online, perhaps on YouTube, or on a website that invites submissions from people around the country that have filmed what they believe was a UFO. Chris, who is studying to be an actor at Roxbury Community College, said he isn’t yet sure what he’ll do with the footage; the whole experience was still sinking in. Of one thing, however, he has no doubt: “I genuinely think it was a UFO.”
Tar sands, legal fees, rezoning on Casco warrant (Continued from Page A) The meeting starts at 9 a.m., and will be held at the Casco Community Center. At Tuesday night’s Casco Board of Selectmen meeting, a handful of residents spoke in favor of the resolution, and urged community members to support that warrant at town
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Dibner said. If passed, the resolution would promote the town’s support of clean fuel for the region, he said. “Finally, the town writes a letter for a clear review of any permitting that needs to happen so that Exxon Mobil doesn’t bowl us over,” Dibner said. Other warrant items for the Special Town Meeting include allocating additional funds to the legal services fund. Following several lawsuits in 2012, the town’s legal bills added up to approximately $18,000. “We had a number of unexpected lawsuits. The one that took up most of the money was filed by Jeannine Oren. We have to cover those costs so we have money to operate for the remainder of the fiscal year,” Morton said. According to the warrant, $13,500 is needed to cover legal services through June 30. Also to be voted on during Saturday’s town meeting is
the appropriation of funds for Casco’s Animal Control department. According to the warrant, $27,500 would be re-allocated from the Undesignated Fund Balance to the animal control budget. “We had an emergency with a cat hoarding issue. We still need to provide animal control services into the new fiscal year,” Morton said. Another warrant item, which was tabled at Town Meeting in June 2012, would create a contract zone for Camp Sunshine. Currently, Camp Sunshine shares zoning with Point Sebago Resort. If passed, the warrant would state that Camp Sunshine and Point Sebago Resort are two separate entities when it comes to zoning. Representatives of Camp Sunshine have been pursuing the contract zone change prior to appearing before the Casco Planning Board with expansion plans. A copy of the warrant is available on the town’s website, www.cascomaine.org
Dixfield not Dixie: In a story entitled, “Clearing the way for others,” which appeared in the Jan. 3 edition of The Bridgton News, the Town of Dixfield was incorrectly referred to as “Dixie.” Incorrect rec listing: Casco Recreation is not currently offering Senior Beginner Fitness as one of its programs for seniors, as last week’s paper incorrectly stated on page 7A. It is, however, offering the two other listed programs of Open Walking and Senior Bowling. For more information, call Rec Director Beth Latsey at 627-4187,
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‘Re-up fiasco’ (Continued from Page A) given to committees. The board went ahead with the plan despite near unanimous criticism from the members of four committees. The members signed letters saying the board’s plan was a thinly veiled attempt to “recall” certain committee members, since their reappointment would not be guaranteed. Many committee members responded by not returning an application under the Dec. 21 deadline imposed by the new policy, leaving two committees — the Comprehensive Plan Committee and the Waste Water Committee — with only one member remaining. The atmosphere Tuesday, however, was one of compromise. Board members Paul Hoyt, Woody Woodward and Bob McHatton, as well as Berkowitz, complied with requests to apologize, and acknowledged that the policy change was poorly communicated. McHatton and Woodward additionally said they were sorry for becoming angry and defensive at the Dec. 11 meeting — behavior that further incensed many committee members. Strong words Resident Dick Bennett, who does not serve on any town committee, started out the public comment by saying he was “appalled” by the board’s handling of the reappointment process, which he called “demeaning.” The genesis of the strife between selectmen and committee members had been simmering for quite some time, he said, yet the board “put (the new reappointment policy) out there at a time when the fuses and matches were ready to be lit.” He urged selectmen to sit down with committee members and talk it out, so the members “can be welcomed back to do their good work.” CPC member Lucia Terry read two letters she had written to the board. The first, on Dec. 21, 2012, was intended, she said, as a reapplication, but only if selectmen were willing to table “the present re-up fiasco” and meet with all the committee members (See her statement, this page). A second, longer letter detailed her view of how the present state of “disconnect” between the board and committee members came about, at least on the CPC. In that description, she said “the constant saying of one thing and doing another” of former Community and Economic Development Director Alan Manoian in working with the CPC during its first eight months “started to
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LAYING IT OUT — Bridgton Comprehensive Plan Committee member Lucia Terry outlined both the background of the current strife between committee members and selectmen and some possible solutions in two letters she wrote to the board and read at their Tuesday meeting. (Geraghty Photo) committees than he had been to be part of the solution.” He receiving — a concern shared acknowledged that he doesn’t by Taft. McHatton said he would always hear what is being said like to reinstate the policy of as clearly as he could. having a selectman serve as a “We recognize that we all liaison on each committee, say- have fingerprints on this issue,” ing it would solve much, if not said Berkowitz. “We have a lot all, of the current communica- of bright and talented people tion problems that are happen- on the committees (and) I have ing. to try harder.” The bottom line, Taft said, in effect, that com- he said, is that the polarization munication is a two-way street, needs to be resolved because because when he served as a “I don’t think the community committee liaison, the chairman needs to suffer in the same cycle “was circumventing me and over and over again.” doing things without my being Right decision aware of them.” Mark Lopez hoped to publish Hoyt also expressed frustra- a letter to the editor with the title, tion that some committee mem- “Right decision.” But, the section bers initially responded to the was already set to print. Here’s reappointment request by writ- his comment on the matter: ing letters to The News instead “In the past, I have been of calling him to ask for an quick to criticize actions taken explanation. He stressed that the by the Bridgton Board of mission statements of the com- Selectmen that I do not feel mittees were not changed. are in the best interest of the Hoyt came under some extra town or taxpayer. At the Jan. fire when CPC member Greg 8 meeting, the selectmen took Watkins said, “Paul, I’m going to a giant step toward mending ask you to stop speaking,” saying the divide that had developed both sides appeared to be resolv- between them and the volunteer ing their differences until he began committees that report to them. to speak. Resident Nelle Ely then They were able to put aside pointedly asked Hoyt, “Do you egos in the interest of moving the town forward,” Mark Lopez have an apology, or not?” Hoyt asked what, specifically, said. “Their decision to keep he was being asked to apologize existing committees seated and for, and then repeated earlier to meet in an informal format statements that every commit- with the volunteer committee tee in Bridgton has done a great members to get things back on track was a prudent decision, it job. “I’m sorry it has gotten to was a productive decision, and it the point it has gotten to,” Hoyt was made in the best interest of the town. Thank you making the said. Berkowitz added his mea right decision.” culpa by saying, “I’m clearly part of the problem, and I want
(Editor’s note: Lucia Terry, Comprehensive Plan Committee member, read this statement of her concerns about the reapplication process to the Bridgton Board of Selectmen Tuesday.) To the Bridgton Select Board: I ask that this letter be read aloud at the next Select Board meeting first thing, before the subject of it is addressed, and that it be part of the public record. I would like to express my desire and intention to continue to serve as a member of the Comprehensive Plan Committee and finish the work we were appointed to do. You will notice I have not used the words “reapplication,” as I believe my original appointment was for the duration of the job set before the committee. I would also like to comment on the current climate of no confidence we all find ourselves in. This was once again perpetuated by your choices and actions. Whatever the need for or intention was for this annual reappointment policy, the request for it should have been accomplished in a much better way, a way that would have lifted people up rather than tearing them down. Whether there were dark, evil intentions behind this request or not; the way it played out was the result of poor choices, poor communication, and bad timing from your end, causing even the most even-tempered volunteers to, well… lose it! My suggestion is a letter from the Select Board to each committee member, whether mailed or e-mailed, thanking them for their work, acknowledging the importance of that work and their appreciation of it, explaining the new policy, and asking that the reappointment papers be filled out by the date specified. And for goodness sake, if you want a form, make a separate form for the re-up, don’t just use the same form as the original application! Be respectful, and even a little bit sensitive to the reactive climate, which you have just stoked up again. This has to begin with you all; and some acknowledgement of how badly handled this last round was would be a good start. An apology wouldn’t hurt either. Furthermore, there have been some good proposals made that would help to create a better working relationship between the Select Board and the committees. These would be to table the present re-up fiasco at the Jan. 8 meeting, and ask for a joint meeting of the Select Board and all the Committees. At this meeting all parties will have the chance to share suggestions for committee policy, committee charges and ways of working together that allow for better communication and productivity. Maybe hammer out a draft of these right at the meeting for the Select Board to take and finish; I know this is your job, your responsibility, but I have to say, you’ve made a real mess of it and I think you need some help. Then, after this is done and out there, follow perhaps the suggestion in the first paragraph and send the letter out and ask for the re-up. If indeed you use this letter as a “re-application” and I am on the CPC come Jan. 8, 2013, please know that if these suggestions are not taken and these concerns are not addressed fully, I will immediately resign my position on that committee, so it will be kind of like I didn’t re-apply, which I’m not. I thank you in advance for your thoughtfulness. — Lucia Terry, citizen and CPC member
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erode the working relationship” of the committee and the town. Then, after he left in January of 2012 and the committee began “to depend more on ourselves to manage the work and the process,” she said there was “poor communication and little participation from” selectmen, “with occasional wrist-slaps when you looked up and noticed the CPC might actually be doing something and you didn’t know about it.” As for the reappointment controversy, Terry said the first that members knew of the change was when current Planning, Community and Economic Development Director Anne Krieg e-mailed them what she called a “reappointment” form (which was created years ago for new applicants) on Nov. 30. Terry said Krieg, being relatively new in the job, must have assumed “this was an annual known thing” and no more than a formality. “This was a very unfortunate error in judgment on somebody’s part, and in no way is that somebody’s name Anne Krieg!” Terry said. Members were confused by Krieg’s e-mail, she said. When they subsequently learned that the board’s next agenda listed an item to discuss committee charges (which, in the CPC’s case, had already been revised earlier that year following an unrelated dispute between the CPC and selectmen), Terry said the CPC announced “We’ve had enough.” Selectmen respond After offering his apologies, Woodward said that there was a time, under a different chairman, that he and McHatton routinely acted on annual appointments rather than allowing members to serve until either they resigned or the committee was dissolved. He agreed it was a mistake for the board to assume all members of all committees were aware that the board was reviewing the policy on appointments. He said that, going forward, the board needs to ensure that committees are kept apprised of any decisions they make that might affect them. He also said that a new form should be created for committee members who are renewing their service. “We’ve been working on a new policy, but we haven’t been working (at the same time) on a method of communication,” Woodward said. He added, however, “I can’t apologize for putting people on the chopping block, because we didn’t.” McHatton said, since joining the board last June, he has wanted more regular and detailed information on the activities of
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Incidents on the Bridgton Police Department blotter These items appeared on the Bridgton Police Department blotter (this is a partial listing): Tuesday, Jan. 1 3:33 a.m. Edward J. Ohanlon, 40, of Saco was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence by Bridgton Police Officer Todd Smolinsky. Ohanlon was released on personal recognizance. 8:27 a.m. Police checked an animal complaint regarding seven dogs being left outside with insufficient shelter.
12:13 p.m. A motorist failed to pay for gas at the Big Apple Store on Portland Road. 3:53 p.m. Police received a report of multiple shots fired in the Kimball Road area. 4:30 p.m. A tenant complained that a landlord trespassed by entering her apartment. 10:57 p.m. John C. Happel, 39, of Harrison was charged with operating a motor vehicle after suspension by Bridgton Police Officers Todd Smolinsky and “Mac” McCormick. Happel
was released on personal recognizance. Wednesday, Jan. 2 6:01 a.m. Nicholas M. White, 28, of Norway was summonsed for possession of a usable amount of marijuana following a stop on Harrison Road by Bridgton Police Officer Todd Smolinsky. 7:38 a.m. Police investigated a burglary at a Portland Road business.
Thursday, Jan. 3 12:54 a.m. After receiving a report that a female was “screaming” at someone at a South High Street apartment, police issued two disorderly conduct warnings. 3:57 a.m. Police were advised that two subjects had been brought to the hospital from Denmark as the result of stab wounds. The Oxford County Sheriff’s Department
was notified. Friday, Jan. 4 12:28 p.m. Police investigated a complaint that a boy was being harassed. Sunday, Jan. 6 10:49 a.m. Police investigated a possible burglary at a Highland Road location. Monday, Jan. 7 5:38 a.m. A 2001 Dodge Ram, operated by Warren S. Noble of Sweden, collided with
a deer while traveling on Sweden Road. 3:01 p.m. Police responded to a disturbance at a Sandy Creek Road residence involving a landlord and tenant. 5:53 p.m. Police were sent to a residence for a possible overdose. Tickets: During this reporting period, police issued nine summonses and 40 verbal/written warnings.
These items appeared on the and obstructing reporting of a a North Fryeburg Road location Fryeburg Police Department crime following an alleged inci- regarding a suspicious person log: dent at Union Hill Road. there. Monday, Dec. 31 Tuesday, Jan. 1 3:19 p.m. A report was taken 10 a.m. Police responded to 2 p.m. Police were sent to an regarding a harassment coma motor vehicle accident in the Ice House Road location regard- plaint at a Serenity Lane locapost office parking lot. ing suspicious activity. tion. 10:36 a.m. Police checked a Wednesday, Jan. 2 Thursday, Jan. 3 complaint at a Portland Street 8 a.m. James J. Frati, 53, of 11:51 a.m. Police served a location. Fryeburg was charged with fail- subject a restraining order at a 4 p.m. A motor vehicle crash ing to obtain a driver’s license Corn Shop Road location. occurred at Indian Acres Hill. and failure to register a motor Saturday, Jan. 5 10:16 p.m. Paul M. Harriman, vehicle following a stop on 7:15 p.m. Police went to 42, of Fryeburg was charged Bridgton Road. a Haley Town Road location with domestic violence assault 10 a.m. An officer was sent to regarding an animal complaint.
10:13 p.m. Tyler A. Normand, 22, of Norway was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license and violating conditions of his release following a stop on Portland Street.
RAYMOND — A six-monthold infant suffered serious but non-life threatening injuries after being ejected from a vehicle involved in an accident last Thursday, Jan. 3. The accident occurred at 4:50 p.m. at the intersection of North Raymond Road and Ledgehill Road in Raymond. Chynna Blaney, 19, of Raymond — with her six-month old infant son — was operating a 1999 Toyota Corolla eastbound on Ledgehill Road and entered the intersection of North Raymond Road toward Poland. Ms. Blaney was not familiar with the area and failed to stop at the posted stop sign, according to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department. Angie Horler, 35, of New Gloucester was operating a 2003 Ford F-150 truck, southbound on North Raymond Road toward
Reconstruction Unit; the matter remains under investigation. Fire and EMS resources from Raymond, Gray and Poland responded to assists at the scene.
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11:10 a.m. Robert J. Sheaf, 26, of Fryeburg was charged with operating a motor vehicle after license suspension following a stop on Oxford Street. 5:30 p.m. Police investigated a suspicious activity complaint at a Cobb Street location.
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SOUTH PARIS — Keith Kanoti, water quality specialist for the Maine Forest Service, will explain the changeover to the new statewide standards for water quality regulations for timber harvesting at a meeting of the western Maine chapter of the Small Woodland Owners Association of Maine at 7 p.m. on Thursday, Jan. 17 in Room 118 at Oxford Hills High School. For the last several years, towns have been voting on whether to accept statewide standards or stay with their own water quality ordinances. If they accept, enforcement of water quality regulations for timber harvesting will move from town code enforcement officers to the Maine Forest Service as of Jan. 1, 2013. If towns have voted to keep their own ordinances, they will continue to enforce those ordinances after Jan. 1. Enforcement of water quality regulations in unorganized towns has already moved over from LURC to the Maine Forest Service on Nov. 1, 2012. Meeting is open to all. Call Merle Ring at 743-5976 evenings.
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Gray with her two young children in the vehicle. The two vehicles collided at the intersection. The Blaney’s Toyota Corolla sustained serious damage to the driver side of vehicle. Blaney’s son was ejected from his child safety seat that was belted in the rear of the vehicle. The child landed in the soft snow of the wooded area approximately 25 feet from the resting point of the vehicle. The child was located in the woods by Mrs. Horler, who had observed something being ejected during the impact of the two vehicles. The Ford F-150 sustained serious front end damage. Blaney and her child were transported to Maine Medical Center by rescue. Horler was transported by rescue to Mercy Hospital for minor injury/complaint of pain. The
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The following individuals were charged and transported to the Oxford County Jail in South Paris: Ryan D. Jameson, 25, of Brownfield was charged with operating a motor vehicle while under the influence and operating a motor vehicle after suspension following a stop on Denmark Road in Denmark on Thursday, Jan. 3 by Oxford County Deputy Matthew Noyes. Joshua D. Barton, 21, of Tuftonboro, N.H. was charged with failing to stop for a police officer and driving to endanger following a stop on Saturday, Jan. 5, in Lovell by Oxford County Deputy Tim Ontengco. Lisa J. Distefano, 49, of Brownfield was charged with violation of bail conditions on Saturday, Jan. 5 in Brownfield by Deputy Matthew Noyes. Tyler A. Normand, 22, of Greenwood was charged with operating a motor vehicle without a license and violation of bail conditions on Sunday, Jan. 6 following a stop on Portland Road in Fryeburg.
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Art in Park sign-up It is time to apply for a space in the Bridgton Art Guild’s outdoor summer show in Shorey Park in Bridgton on the shores of Highland Lake. There are many excellent spots still available for this juried show — Art in the Park — which attracts thousands of visitors each year who enjoy a leisurely day of talented artists, music and food. The show will celebrate the 10th anniversary of the opening of Gallery 302 at 112 Main Street. Applications are available at Gallery 302 (647-2787) or may be downloaded from the gallery’s website at www.gallery302.com Rates increase on applications received after Jan. 31. If you have any questions, please call the gallery between 12 and 4 p.m. or call 583-6677.
Area events Historical research library open in Fryeburg
FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Historical Society’s Research Library will be open by appointment only until May 1. The staff is busy readying the collection to be moved to the new historical society home. Appointments may be made by calling Peg Chute at 603-694-3285 or Linda Drew at 207-697-2268. Messages can also be left at the research library at 207-697-2044.
Rabies Vaccination & Microchipping Clinic
NORWAY — A Rabies Vaccination and Microchipping Clinic sponsored by Responsible Pet Care will be held on Saturday, Jan. 12, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the Norway Fire Station on Beal Street. The cost for rabies shots is $10, and microchipping costs $25. The attending veterinarian will be Dr. Suzanne Best, DVM. Microchipping your pets will aid in locating them should a disaster occur or if they are lost. For more information, call 743-8679.
Golden Oldies Lunch Bunch
If you are over 50 and are looking for good conversation, the Golden Oldies Lunch Bunch may be the group that you are looking for. They are a group of friends that gather on the second Monday of each month for a $12.50 lunch and conversation at the Punkin Valley Restaurant on Route 302 in West Bridgton. This month’s gathering will be on Monday, Jan. 14, at noon. For information and reservations, call Donald MacLean at 647-3635
With snow beginning to pile up and temperatures dropping into the single digits it becomes easy to spend the dark evening hours huddled in the comfort of your own home. You can’t stay cooped up all winter long! On the last Saturday night of the month, the old Bridgton Town Hall will heat up with live bluegrass music, delicious snacks, and the company of family and friends. This year’s Ninth Annual Deep Freeze Bluegrass Music Festival will be celebrated on Saturday, Jan. 26, at 7 p.m. at the Old Town Hall on Route 302 in Bridgton. Bring your instrument for the open jam at the end! With fast catchy tunes, wonderful dancing numbers and raw talent, you will be warmed up in no time no matter the outside temperature. This year, Lakes Environmental Association will shake things up with two new local musicians — Davey Sturtevant and Jeanie Lubier. LEA is also pleased to have back for another night of singing and dancing, The Hemingway Brothers and the family band, Squash and Gourds. • The Hemingway Brothers of Harrison are a fast mov-
SQUASH AND GOURDS returns to the Bridgton Town Hall on Saturday, Jan. 26 for the Ninth Annual Deep Freeze Bluegrass Music Festival. ing, hard-driving traditional group that plays festivals and private events all over New England. Brothers Kip and Dale Hemingway have been playing music together for well over 20 years and their tight brother harmonies are reminiscent of famous brother duos of years past. Bruce “Curly Ray” Hobart of Mechanic Falls plays a fine old-time fiddle and occasionally mandolin. John Sparrow has been playing the
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HARRISON — Have you considered going vegan as part of a healthier lifestyle? Last year, Harrison residents Melissa and Ryan Phillips made the momentous decision to switch their family to a vegan (no animal products) diet. On Monday, Jan. 14 at 6 p.m. at Harrison Village Library, they will share their reasons for changing their diet and their experiences, and will offer tips, resources, and recipes. This program is free and open to the public; for more information, please contact the library at 583-2970.
Talk and fly-tying demonstration
SOUTH PARIS — The January meeting of the Mollyockett Chapter of Trout Unlimited will feature a talk and fly-tying demonstration by Greg Ponte, former chair of the Maine Council of Trout Unlimited and one of the founders of the Maine TU Trout Camp. The subject of his discussion will be the Trout Camp, which is held each year at the Evergreens Campground in Solon, Maine. Greg will also conduct a fly-tying demonstration. The meeting will be held on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 6 p.m. at the Haskell House, located at 17 East Main Street, South Paris. The Haskell House is adjacent to the First Congregational Church located on Route 117, just south of Market Square.
Community Suppers return to Waterford
WATERFORD — The Wilkins Community House will hold a Community Potluck Supper on Thursday, Jan. 17 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 through May. The hosts for
upright acoustic bass for over 45 years. Hunter Webber of Minot is just 17, but still brings a wealth of drive and experience to the band. • Squash and Gourds is a popular family band that “was conceived as fathers and their young children, but now the children are getting older and they’re starting to blow us poor fathers away,” says Dan Pierce of New Gloucester. His sons, Jack and Tucker, and daughter,
Samantha, are band members along with Carter Logan, better known as a member of Jerks of Grass, who is joined by his daughter Sarah. Purchase your tickets at the LEA office, 230 Main Street, Bridgton, or at Bridgton Books, Running with Scissors, and at the door. Admission is $10 for adults and $20 for families. For more information, contact LEA at 647-8580 or lakes@ leamaine.org
this supper are the Raymonds and the Patries. Bring a friend and a dish to share and enjoy chatting with new friends and neighbors.
Free Soup and Chowder Fest
OTISFIELD — Al and Pattie Haggerty announce the third Annual Free Soup and Chowder Fest at the East Otisfield Free Baptist Church, 231 Rayville Road, off Route 121 in Otisfield. It will be held from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 19. The rain or snow date is Jan. 26. There’ll be home-cooked soups and chowders, cornbread, dumplings, biscuits and desserts. Donations are appreciated. For more information, call 539-8922.
Public Hymn Sing at Raymond Church
RAYMOND — A Public Hymn Sing will be held on Sunday, Jan. 20, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at Raymond Village Community Church UCC, 27 Main Street (Route 121 just north of Route 302) in Raymond Village. The event is an old-fashioned (or “new fashioned”) open hymn sing — just for the joy of it! All are welcome and encouraged to participate; there’ll be no service, no sermon, no collection. Old favorites, new selections, and your requests covering all traditions and all ages will be sung, led by Raymond Village Church Music Director Karen Strange. If you love to sing — especially if you love to sing hymns — you’ll love this. For more information, call the church office at 6557749.
Church holding Turkey Extravaganza
A “Turkey Extravaganza Smorgasbord” will be served on Saturday, Jan. 26, from 4 to 6 p.m. at Grace Christian Church, 11 Pinhook Road, Bridgton. The meal is a fundraiser to send children to the church’s Summer Camp. Come and enjoy turkey soup, turkey casseroles, turkey fricassee and all the trimmings. And don’t forget dessert! For more information, call 647-2796.
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Rachel and Anthony Barker of Harrison have a girl, Eva Violet Barker, born Dec. 31, 2012 at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway. Eva weighed eight pounds, two ounces, and joins a brother, Benjamin, 2½. Maternal grandparents are Steven and Judith Randall of Bridgton. Paternal grandparents are Errol and Gloria Barker of South Paris. Shaun Hinkley and Kristen Pendexter of Oxford have a girl, Kaitlyn Ann Hinkley, born Dec. 26, 2012 at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway. Kaitlyn weighed seven pounds, three ounces and joins a sister, Kendyll, 2½. Maternal greatgrandparents are Dale and Barbara Ward of Waterford. Maternal grandparents are Richard and Belinda Pendexter of Harrison. Paternal great-grandmother is Gertrude Hinkley of South Paris. Paternal grandparents are Jeff and April Wells of Greenwood. Lindley Edwards and Edward Radcliffe of Oxford have a boy, Wesley Charles Radcliffe, born Jan. 3, 2013 at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway. Wesley weighed seven pounds, 14 ounces and joins a brother, Eli, age 3. Maternal grandparents are Jeanna and Don Packard of Norway, and Sean and Heidi Edwards of Bridgton. Paternal grandparents are Cathy and Gary Bell of Harrison.
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Congrats to Michelle, a teen who cares Congratulations to Michelle Boucher of Fryeburg for being named as one of Channel 6’s Teens Who Cares. Michelle is a senior at Fryeburg Academy and has been president of her class for the last four years. The lists of her accomplishments are numerous. She’s been on the academy’s softball team for four years, and this year
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joined the ski team. In community works, she is a member of the Interact Club, where she has been involved with the Giving Tree and the 30-Hour Famine. Scholastically, she is a member of the National Honor Society and the Daniel Webster Society, the latter of which is a group of students who provide tours of the school. Musically she is involved with the jazz combo and the jazz band. Her thoughts for the future include college, aiming for a career in medicine, since medicine and science has always been one of her interests. Michelle is very interested in her community, and when she heard about a young boy named Bryson, struggling with cancer, she organized a benefit supper for him. She loves her school, and started the campaign to acquire used dresses that could be used by girls at the formal dances at the academy. This endeavor is in full swing right now, and anyone who would like to donate a
Lovell by Ethel Gilmore-Hurst Lovell Correspondent 925-3226 firstname.lastname@example.org dress for a young girl to wear can drop it off at the box in the Fish Bowl at the academy’s main office. Michelle’s parents, Sarah and Gerard Boucher, are very proud of their busy daughter — but imagine trying to keep up with her schedule! Good job, Michelle. The New Suncook School PTA is looking for volunteers to help with this year’s events that include the grades 3-5 Spelling Bee, Winter Carnival, Italian Dinner, Farther-Daughter Dinner, Staff Appreciation event and Literacy Night. Discussion for these events began on Wednesday, Jan. 9 at 6 p.m. at the school library. All these
events require many people to help, so even if you’re not a parent and you would like to help your local school, you can join and enjoy working with the parents and the students on these programs. If you would like to be part of the PTA, you can call Julie Frum at 647-4510. The Adult Book Discussion Series “The Gilded Age” at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library will start on Monday, Jan. 14 at 1 p.m. This series, sponsored by the Maine Humanities Council, will start with the book The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. The book covers the 1893 World’s Fair in Chicago and
Dr. Holmes’s strange career as a serial murderer. The next book in the series will be a book written by Mark Twain and Charles Warner entitled The Gilded Age. All books are available at the library. The January speaker on Wednesday, Jan. 16 at 2 p.m. at the library will be Kathleen Dunn Lyman, who will help us solve all our electronic woes. Confused when trying to wrap your mind around smart phones, blogs and social media? Kathleen can help. Like many of our generation, we shake our heads when our great-grandchildren can outdo us on the computer. This is the opportunity to become electronically correct. A Professor Emerita of Education who has taught at Simmons College for 43 years, Kathleen will certainly be able to help the helpless. From 19912000 she was part of an NSF grant, which brought the use of the Internet to science classrooms. The format for her program will be more of a work-
shop, with the final 30 minutes spent in small groups working with each other. Join the ladies and the gentlemen who need help. Just a brief reminder that any program held at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library after school requires a note to the school so the student can take the bus to the library. For those who did not receive a notice with a survey sheet from the United States Postal Service, there are survey sheets in the post office. Filling out this survey is important to the community to let the postal service know our feelings on the subject of keeping a local post office. All surveys must be mail by Monday, Jan. 14 at 4:45 p.m. inside the post office and 4 p.m. in the outside box. A meeting on the subject will be held on Jan. 29 at 5 p.m. at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library. The venue has been changed because the post office was deemed to be too small to handle the number of people expected to attend.
Wanted: Knitters, quilters The Bridgton Hospital Comfort Care program is dedicated to assuring caring, compassionate, comfortable care for terminally ill patients. The program is seeking dona-
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Garden initiative What if money was not an issue in building a Community Garden? Please join others for the first Bridgton Community Garden Initiative meeting on Thursday, Jan. 24, at 6 p.m. The meeting will be located at the Bridgton Community Center on Depot Street, behind the Magic Lantern Movie Theater. This is a new initiative that will focus on the development and implementation of a new community garden in Bridgton.
The goals of the meeting are, a) introducing the initiative; b) determining whether there is a significant interest in a community garden; c) determining what kind of gardens should be created; d) determining whom the initiative should involve, and whom it will benefit the most; and e) formation of a planning committee. There will be ample opportunity for everyone to share knowledge and ideas. Please RSVP to: email@example.com
Samantha R. Lettiere and William A. Bennett
Carol Lettiere of Brownfield and Patrick Lettiere of Chatham, N.H. announce the engagement of their daughter, Samantha Rose Lettiere of Fryeburg to William Alonza Bennett of Fryeburg, the son of Rebecca Bennett of Hiram and Aaron Bennett of Fryeburg. Samantha is a graduate of Spa Tech Institute of Westbrook and is a licensed aesthetician. She is employed at The Cut Off Salon and Day Spa in North Conway, N.H. William is a graduate of Wyo Tech in Blairsville, Pa. with a degree in business management and general automotive. He is employed by B&B Performance Carquest Auto Parts in Fryeburg. A September 2013 wedding is planned.
Ice skate swap at Naples Rec Dept. NAPLES — Naples Recreation Department will be holding an ice skate swap in the selectmen’s room on Thursday, Jan. 17 from 5 to 7 p.m. If you have an old pair of skates that your kids have out grown and would like to swap them for a bigger size come to the Naples Town Hall to exchange them. If you have old pairs that you would just like to donate you can drop them off at the Naples Town Hall before Jan. 17. Sizes and styles are limited and are not guaranteed. For more information, please call Rec Director Harvey Price Jr. at 693-6364.
Little Jaxson Phillip Snow made his debut as Memorial Hospital’s First Baby of 2013 on Monday, Jan. 7. Jaxson is the son of proud mom Erin Snow of Fryeburg, and joins siblings Ashlyn and Blair at home. (Photo by Joan Phillips)
FIRST BORN — The first baby born at Bridgton Hospital in 2013 is Wilfredo Rafael Villanueva, son of Jennifer (Negron) and Rafael Villanueva of Naples. Wilfredo was born on Jan. 2, 2013 at 2:47 p.m. Wilfredo joins Jeyleanne E. Pellot (pictured at left), age 9, Austin J. Villanueva, 17, and Reiko O. Villanueva, 22. Baby and mom were presented a number of gifts from Bridgton Hospital and the Bridgton Hospital Guild.
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Senior College accepting winter session reservations Senior College at Bridgton is accepting reservations for the popular winter session. For four weeks, beginning Monday, Jan. 21, Senior College will present a single-subject, two-hour class on Mondays and Tuesdays. These classes are free for Senior College members and have a fee of $5 per class for non-members. Classes
run from 10 a.m. until noon and are held at the Bridgton Community Center. This winter, four of the eight classes will be offered by local authors. Jim Leamon discusses his book, The Reverend Jacob Bailey, Maine Loyalist, followed by Don Perkins’ popular study, The Barns of Maine: Our History Our Stories. They
are joined by Mary Morton Cowan, the author of Captain Mac: The Life of Donald Baxter MacMillan, Arctic Explorer, and Robert Williams, who will discuss CSI-History: The Forensic Historian. Books will be available after each class session or at Bridgton Books.
Also this winter, Margaret Reimer will examine the popular Thin Man movies series, and Lega Medcalf will help us explore the Island of Malta. The final classes make up an unusual pair with Richard Lyman’s discussion of The Plague of the Black Death, to be followed by John O’Brien’s study of The
Poetry of Love. In order to accommodate everyone, interested seniors are requested to mail in a reservation form, indicating the classes they plan to attend. Walk-ins will be accepted only if there is available space. Classes are free to Senior College members. Non-mem-
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(Continued from Page A) maintaining a mile of road.” As a result, towns have had to increasingly tap into capital improvement funds that might have gone elsewhere in order maintain roads. “We do not believe it is in the best interest of our state to place the added burden of continued maintenance of these class of roads onto the local taxpayers, who are already supporting a responsible local capital improvement program and schedule,” the letter states. State aid to education The letter bemoans a state pattern of “tweaking” the formula by which the state has agreed to fund 55% of local education
costs. The continual cycle of underfunding for education, the letter states, is perhaps the most egregious example of shortfallshifting, and ultimately leads to graduates less capable of making a difference in growing the state’s manufacturing, technology and trades sectors. “Without the appropriate state support for education, we are doomed to repeat and endure economic lackluster performance instead of a vibrant state economy through a competitive workforce at all levels,” the letter states. Shifting more of the education burden on taxpayers, the letter states, often comes “at the expense of their own monthly housing pay-
ments, food, medical needs and quality of life.” At their meeting Dec. 11, selectmen said Bridgton is particularly affected by state revenue cuts because it is a local service center, and as such has more infrastructure obligations and other services it must provide. Selectmen especially wanted county and state officials to know that, as a service center, Bridgton relies on state agencies such as the Fire Marshal’s office, the Department of Environmental Protection and the Department of Health and Human Services to help them when the need arises, and “we have reservations that these (agencies)
will remain intact at the state level.” Of particular concern are the needs of the fire chief to get state help with arson investigations, and the code enforcement officer to get help with inspecting neglected housing units or suspected safety violations in commercial buildings. “As 2013 begins, we challenge you to make history that will demonstrate the leadership qualities of a forward thinking body, and not a recording or playback of the last several years,” the letter states. “Will you help us and our state to move forward or should we rethink our relationship with our state government?”
(Continued from Page A) the fire) and for a year at the Snow School. MacDonald also served for many years as the Curriculum Coordinator for the District before he became superintendent. He took a year leave of absence in 1992 to direct a statewide educational program in Concord, N.H. When MacDonald looks back at his career, there are stories to tell, challenges to remember and rewards to savor. He said the last eight years as superintendent “have been particularly challenging” with such a wide range of situations that have had to be addressed. One major issue is declining state and federal aid for education. SAD 72 will lose $64,933 as the result of Gov. Paul LePage’s curtailment. “Our budget is extremely tight this year and this reduction will be difficult to absorb. We froze the budget for any non-essential purchases a few weeks before the holiday break in anticipation of this happening,” MacDonald reported. “Administratively, we will be looking at all line items to see where we can reduce spending for the rest of the year.
Unfortunately for this district, any budget reductions will have to come from the K8 component of our budget, because we tuition our secondary students to Fryeburg Academy and those costs are obligated by our contract with the Academy.” Another trying moment during MacDonald’s tenure was the failed attempt by the Maine Department of Education to consolidate local school districts. “What makes this job so energizing on the one hand and so frustrating on the other is the variety of issues that a superintendent of schools gets involved with, requiring an assortment of skills,” MacDonald wrote. “I have always tried to keep the focus of my work and the decisions I have made on doing what is best for all students as they move along their educational
journey.” When asked by The News was his greatest rewards and challenges were, MacDonald said, “Probably the greatest reward is seeing students be successful as they move through our educational system. To make this happen, I have been very fortunate to work with so many professionals, who demonstrate their commitment to students on a daily basis.” As to challenges faced, he said, “As superintendent, there are many. Certainly, the financial condition of the nation and state has greatly impacted our work over the last several years. Significant subsidy decreases from the state and other sources have created great tension between being fiscally responsive to our district’s taxpayers, where local town tax assessments continue to grow,
and providing the necessary resources for our classrooms. Trying to find the appropriate balance has not been an easy task — and it will continue to be difficult.” In the closing paragraphs of his letter to the SAD 72 School Board, MacDonald recalled a quote: It has been said that “the mark of a vibrant and dynamic school district is one in which the entire school community is continually examining and challenging their work, never accepting the status quo, nor the complacency that they are doing the best they can.” He concluded, “I believe that the work that is going on in this district — at all levels — reflects the characteristics of a vibrant and dynamic school district. I look forward to being a part of this work through the end of this school year.”
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Lady Lakers bounce back; Raiders’ comeback short LAKE REGION: When the Lakers lost their first game of the season last week, 38-33 to Greely, Coach Paul True was disappointed in his team’s overall execution. The Lakers rebounded with an impressive effort Tuesday night against previously undefeated York. Playing at a playoff level at both ends of the court, the Lakers received 11 points from center Tiana-Jo Carter and guard CeCe Hancock for a big 37-30 victory on the road. The win elevated the Lakers into second place in the Class B West Heals at 8-1 with a tourney index of 36.5123, just behind Leavitt, who was hammered by Camden-Rockport. The Hornets are 8-1 with a TPI of 36.7284. This one was tight throughout with LR up 14-12, 2119 and 28-23. Neither team reached double digit scoring after the first quarter. For the Lakers, Kelsey Winslow scored 5 points, Miranda Chadbourne 4, Kate Cutting 3 and Sydney Hancock had 3 points. Center Emily Campbell led York with 12 points. The Cats
(8-1, #4) had no other player in double digits. • At Greely last week, the Rangers used their size advantage to limit Laker center Tiana-Jo Carter to just 4 points as the Rangers (7-1) edged the Lakers. CeCe Hancock and Sydney Hancock each had 9 points while Kelsey Winslow tossed in 6 points, Kate Cutting 3 and Miranda Chadbourne had 2 points. • After a slow start Saturday, the Lakers shifted their offense into overdrive with an 18-3 rush propelling them to a 57-33 victory over Wells (3-6). Kelsey Winslow led the charge with 13 points, while Sydney Hancock knocked down three 3-pointers for 9 points. Other scorers were: Carter 9, CeCe Hancock 8 (two 3-pointers), Chadbourne 7, Kayleigh Lepage 5, Cutting 3 and Savannah Devoe 3. FRYEBURG: “We need to stop knocking at the door, and walk through it.” A frustrated Coach Sean Watson continues to see his Raider girls’ basketball team make good strides in their game,
yet they continue to come up just short on the scoreboard. The latest — a 45-42 loss Tuesday night at Wadsworth Arena to Freeport. Fryeburg (2-6) had several chances to knock off the Falcons, but poor free throw shooting and turnovers (FA had 25 to Freeport’s 15) at critical moments prevented the Raiders from notching a win. “It’s ironic that our free throw shooting hurt us tonight because that has been one area which we’ve done a pretty good job at this year,” Coach Watson said. FA went 14-for-25 at the stripe. Early struggles, 3-of-9 in the second quarter, helped Freeport to build a 22-18 lead at intermission. The Raiders led for most of the first quarter, but saw Freeport take a brief lead on a Nina Davenport (22 points) drive with 4.4 seconds. But, Skye Dole (10 points, 12 rebounds) drained a 3-pointer at the buzzer to put FA up 11RAIDERS, Page B
LR up for tall task; FA pulls off an upset
LAKE REGION: Even though he felt a little under the weather, Greely’s Mike McDevitt was a game changer Friday night. Despite some hard work inside by a host of players, Lake Region had no answer for the 6-foot-7 Ranger center, who closed down the lane with several blocked shots, while scoring a game-high 26 points in a 56-40 Greely victory at Nutting Gym. The Lakers played a gritty game, staying close enough all night. Guard Mark Williams was effective taking the ball to the basket, often using a quick burst to get past his defender. He scored 9 points on the night, including a 3-pointer. Guard Sam Smith also had good rhythm working on the offensive end, sinking three 3pointers en route to an 11-point TIGHTEING UP THE DEFENSE — Fryeburg Academy for- night. LR trailed 14-9 after one, ward Sarah Welch (right) defends against a Freeport player trailed 33-22 at the half, but Tuesday night. (Rivet Photo) made a solid 10-5 run in the
Good opening indoor track night
LAKE REGION GORHAM — Coaches Mark Snow and Dana Caron spent Opening Night enjoying the efforts by their “rookies.” “They did well and we are excited to see how much they will improve as the season and years go on,” they said. The biggest highlight of the first varsity indoor track meet held at the University of Southern Maine in Gorham was Kate Hall’s winning long jump of 18 feet, 0.5 inches. That is the farthest a Maine high school girl has ever jumped indoors! The old record was 17-8.75 set by Jesse Labreck in 2008. Kate also won the 55 meters and 200 meters. Her 200-meter time lowered her school record to 26.25 seconds. Other Laker event winners were: Hannah Perkins in the 400 meters (1:05.49); the senior girls 4x200 meter relay team of Courtney Yates, Kate
Hall, Leanne Kugelman and Hannah Perkins (2:02.52); and Mason Kluge-Edwards in the triple jump (35-10.5). “Mason had a great meet. He set personal records in all three of his events,” Coach Snow said. “He placed third in the hurdles (9.56 seconds) and second in the high jump (5-6). State qualifying is 5 feet, 8 inches so Mason will definitely put in a little more time with that event and see if he can qualify. His third attempt at 5-8 on Friday was very good so I think he’ll get 5-8 in the next few weeks.” Although many athletes were competing in the first meet and thus not able to break personal records, some Lakers did post personal records on Friday. “Some by a lot, some by very little, but every PR is celebrated and is a great accomplishment,” Coach Snow said. Maude Meeker ran some TRACK, Page B
HAND IN THE FACE — Although the Lakers played pretty good defense all night, including some tight coverage applied here by Mike Triglione (#15), they had a tough time stopping Greely’s 6-foot-7 center Mike McDevitt, who scored 26 points in the Rangers’ win. (Rivet Photo) third to cut the margin to 3832. “I thought we had a good start to the game. We won the tip and our opening play was perfectly executed, resulting in a three-point play with McDevitt committing the foul on the play,” Laker Coach J.P. Yorkey said. “We had steady play through most of the first period. The kids did a good job defensively for the most part. Greely had a couple of stretches at the end of the first and second periods where their bigs really hurt us.”
Yes, the Lakers had trouble with a front line that included two players at 6-foot-4, joining McDevitt. “Cody (Gibbons) did a great job on Bailey Train, who only had two points and no threepointers (he is a great shooter) through the first three periods. He hit two in the fourth, but that was when we had to extend our defense due to the time and score.” Greely pulled away in the fourth quarter with an 18-8 run. “We will look to build on
the good stuff, and work on the breakdowns,” Coach Yorkey said. For the Lakers, center Adam Falk scored 7 points while Gibbons had 4, Quinn Piland 4, Mike Triglione 3 and Jack Lesure had 2 points. • It’s always a tough trip to Wells, and the Lakers found it is never good to get too far behind on the scoreboard, especially there. Wells put up a 25-spot in the opening quarter, and the Lakers never recovered from BASKETBALL, Page B
PLAYERS OF THE WEEK By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Jackie Laurent is everything Lake Region cheerleading head coach Ashleigh London and assistant coach Samantha Scarf look for in a teammate. “She is extremely hardworking, is always motivating herself to improve as much as she can, has perfect attendance for every practice and game, makes sure to always keep her grades a priority, and is willing to help in any way she can, whether it be with a fundraiser, a teammate who needs help with a routine, or anything else the coaches ask of her,” the coaches said. “Jackie’s positive attitude is something to admire. You can always catch her smiling and laughing, even when things are not running smoothly. She truly cares about her team, and about the sport, and is constantly trying to better herself.” Even with bad knees, Jackie can be found working on her
Jackie Laurent jumps any chance she can, while also improving her skills as both a flyer and a base. “It has been exciting to watch Jackie grow as a cheerleader since her freshman year and she never ceases to amaze me,” Coach London said. “That’s why we chose her as JACKIE, Page B
By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer When a team struggles, coaches look for a player to step up and be a spark to get his mates back on track. The Fryeburg Academy/ Lake Region Ice Cats ice hockey team has started the season rather slow (1-4-1), so Coach Dave Lepage has looked for someone to be a difference maker. That someone is Tyler LaPlante, a senior defenseman. “Tyler has done a tremendous job leading this year as the beginning of the season has proved to be a big challenge for us. He is the kind of player that every coach wants on the team. He is the most upbeat kid there is, asks questions when he needs to and has this intense desire to win,” Coach Lepage said. “Although we have struggled as of late, Tyler really has kept us on an even keel with his tremendous play and quiet leadership. He
Tyler LaPlante is definitely the best model of a team player.” In recognition of his strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Tyler is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete TYLER, Page B
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Postcard from China: Bamboo grove By Judy Crowell Guest Writer I do not own a time machine, but last week I was magically transported back in time. A time when life was simple and people were loving! They live at the top of a hill under a large grove of bamboo trees. Their home is made of cement, bricks and wood. They have no indoor plumbing, but there is a spigot of water just outside the kitchen door. My student is from a poor family. That being said, they also are extremely rich. The family has no money, but what they do have I would take over money any day! You can take a bus to get to Ning Hua, but we rented a car to take us as it was cheaper and a lot faster! Although the driver of the car was a little crazy and sitting in the back seat swirling back and forth made me a little sick, it was still better than taking a bus! Ning Hua is a little village about three hours away from Sanming (China). When I arrived, it was pouring rain and yet the mother came down the hill to wait for us.
The mother had never seen a foreigner before and was so excited about me coming she spent the day cooking a feast! She also later told me she could not have been more excited if Mr. Obama himself had come to visit. We all piled out of the car and picked up our luggage and started up the hill toward the family’s home. The path was narrow and it was very hard to see in the dark, but with my student’s arm I was able to navigate it well. The home was what I would call a duplex with her grandfather living on the other side. The kitchen had no electric stove, but two, huge wok-like pans with a fire underneath. When we walked through the door, the mother quickly put everything on the table. There was enough food to feed an army, and yet everything on the table was made by their own hands. Every vegetable was grown, every piece of tofu made by their soybeans, the rice was grown from their hands. Even the chicken and duck were animals from their farm. The food was incred-
SIMPLE LIVING was something Judy Crowell (center) enjoyed during a recent stayover. ible. Everything had such a fresh, mouthwatering taste! My stomach was full too quickly! The house was mostly made of cement. With no heat, the house chilled me to the bone! When we finally retired to bed, I quickly added layers to my clothing. I had only brought three pairs
of pants and six shirts, but all of them went on me to keep me warm during the cold evening. Although the layers helped a little, we all froze at night. The homemade down comforter did little to keep the cold out. When I awoke, I felt achy and moved very slowly! I POSTCARD, Page B
GEO BEE WINNER at Lake Region Middle School was eighth grader Anja Schwieterman.
Anja is bee queen
Anja Schwieterman, an eighth grader, won the Lake Region Middle School Geographic Bee. Kate Springer was runner up. For the 25th year, the National Geographic Society is holding the National Geographic Bee for students in fourth through eighth grades. As the winner of the LRMS Bee, Anja will advance to the next level of competition, a written examination to determine the state’s competitors. All school winners are eligible to win the national championship and its first prize of $25,000 college scholarship at the national competition May 20-22, in Washington, D.C.
To honor ‘students’
Believing that change is often a good idea, two of the local Lions Clubs are planning a combined awards dinner and ceremony to honor seven of the Lake Region High School seniors who have been selected as “Student of the Month” by the three Lions Clubs within the school district. The Sebago and Naples clubs will honor the students on Wednesday, Jan. 16, at a specially planned event to be held at the American Legion Hall on Route 11 in Naples. The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. The students invited include: Jack Miller, Emma Walker, Savannah Devoe, Kathryn Cutting, Mason Kluge-Edwards, Maude Meeker and Julia Carlson. Their parents and siblings have also been invited. (It should be noted that the Bridgton club will honor three seniors separately.) The organizers hope that the unified event will give the award a feeling of greater significance and allow the students to celebrate their accomplishments together. Club presidents John Descoteaux of Sebago and Jack Horne of Naples will present the certificates and monetary gift following dinner. At that time, each of the honorees will be asked to give a brief outline of their future hopes and career dreams. Past International Director of Lions Clubs International, Ron Johnson of Sebago, will act as the emcee for the evening. Several Lions officers from across the Lions district have been invited to attend.
Hubka ‘unsung hero’
Lake Region High School teacher Mary Hubka was selected as an Unsung Hero in the Saint Michael’s College (Colchester, Vt.) Teacher Recognition Program. “Through this program, we honor those teachers who provide their students with the academic skills and moral support necessary to be successful in post-secondary pursuits,” said Jerry Flanagan, Saint Michael’s vice president for Admission and Enrollment Management. Hubka was nominated by Shannon VanLoan, who is a graduate of Lake Region High School and a
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LAKE REGION MIDDLE SCHOOL ART CORNER — Above, Josh Perkins created a monotype self-portrait. Josh used programs on his computer to photograph himself and from that image, he simplified the shapes within his face to create a single print. He used a brush to apply ink onto plexiglass then hand-rubbed the ink onto paper. The alternation of color and value differentiated the shapes within his face. Below the self-portraits are three abstract representations of an old runner sled created by (left to right) seventh graders Jayson Grindel, Olivia Deschenes and Meghan Harmon. Students designed compositions after drawing two or more realistic, observational drawings of an old wooden sled. Repetition, overlapping and visual balance was considered. The students chose a dominant, contrasting color scheme to be represented, an example would be Olivia’s complementary colors of red and green, Jayson’s complementary colors blue and orange, and Meghan’s complementary colors red and green. Students practiced various techniques using colored using pencils such as mixing colors, creating tints, and different surface qualities. “Incredible, individual outcomes were produced!” said LRMS art teacher Cindy Worcester.
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H.S. boys’ basketball recap last week. FA rallied from a six-point first quarter deficit with a big 23-7 second quarter. Bright Amoako paced the attack with 15 points, while Walker Mallory chipped in 13 (including three 3-pointers), Jaquin Causer had 12, Tyler Saunders 11 (two 3pointers) and Jon Burk 10. Alex Blake netted 6 points and Ryan Gullikson had 2. Moody led all scorers with 31 points for the Warriors. • FA received 12 points from Amoako and Causer, but missed a golden chance to knock off Waynflete, losing to the Flyers 47-44. Mallory tossed in nine points, while Saunders had five, Burk four and Blake two. • It took a while for the Raiders to heat up Tuesday night, but FA picked up a 53-
POW: Jackie Laurent (Continued from Page B) this week’s Player of the Week.” In recognition of her strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Jackie is this week’s Boosters and Hancock Lumber “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Lake Region athlete is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a speciallydesigned t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber. The Laurent File Name: Jackie Laurent Year in School: Junior Town: Bridgton Parents: Nancy and Marty Laurent School Activities/Sports: Cheering and softball Q. Why did you choose cheering? JL. I decided to try it out in seventh grade and loved it, so I continued doing it through high school. Q. What do you hope to accomplish this season? JL. To improve our scores from last year so we do better at competitions this year. Q. What do you enjoy the most? JL. The competitions because they’re a really fun experience and the team gets to bond the whole day. Q. What do you like the least? JL. The fact that we can’t get gym time every day so we don’t get to stunt as often as we need to. Q. What makes you successful? JL. My hard work, determination and dedication. I also work out outside of cheering. Q. What would your dream moment be? JL. Making it to States. Q. What has cheering taught you? JL. To work as a team, to be able to trust others and to keep a positive attitude even when we don’t do as well as we had hoped. Q. Who has inspired you? JL. Belisa Harriman, my gymnastics coach from elementary school and cheering coach from middle school. She taught me to always believe in myself and to never say that I can’t do something.
36 victory at Freeport behind Walker Mallory’s 16 points. The Raiders (2-7) led 20-17 at the half, but finally broke away with a 21-8 run in the fourth quarter. Jaquin Causer tossed in 13 points while Bright Amoako added nine, Jon Burk eight, Tyler Saunders four, Alex Blake two, and Winston Richards had one point. The Raiders moved into the final tourney spot in the latest Heal Ratings at #12.
Eastman wins 5K NEW GLOUCESTER — With a time of 16 minutes, 32 seconds, Fryeburg Academy senior Silas Eastman won the opening conference Nordic ski race last Wednesday at Pineland. Logan Gerchman posted a 21:24 to finish 33rd. Other FA finishers were: 42. Dacota Griffin, 21:57 53. Liam LeConey, 22:38 59. Sullivan Briggs, 22:55 62. Patrick Carty, 23:23 66. Jesse Liljedahl, 23:32 67. Austin Gerchman, 23:36 96. Reed Wales, 41:26. Final standings: Yarmouth 33, Falmouth 35, Merriconeag 53, Freeport 82, Portland 91, Fryeburg 117, Gray-NG 117, Cape Elizabeth 136, Wayflete 137, Greely 158. Hannah Plowden was 32nd on the girls’ side in 25:59 with teammate Amber Dindorf right behind her at 26:01. Other FA finishers were: 43. Kelsey Liljedahl, 27:26 57. Kristen Dostie, 30:33 Final standings: Merriconeag 28, Yarmouth 36, Gray-NG 66, Freeport 72, Cape Elizabeth 72, Falmouth 78, Portland 94, Fryeburg 132, Greely 168, Waynflete 199. Up next: The Raiders travel to Pineland on Wednesday, Jan. 16 for a 3:30 p.m.
SPARKPLUG — Freshman Julia Quinn (left) sparked the Raiders’ rally Tuesday night, playing tight defense while also scoring a key 3-pointer and going 4-for-4 from the foul line. Here, she guards Freeport’s Leigh Wyman. (Rivet Photo)
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Freeport capitalized on eight Raider turnovers in the third quarter to open up a 37-27 lead as Leigh Wyman connected for a 3-pointer with 4.2 seconds left in the quarter. With 6:10 left in the game, Freeport pushed the deficit to 12. When you talk to Coach Watson about the Raiders, the one point he always brings up is the team’s never-quit approach. With Freeport going scoreless over a four-minute stretch, the Raiders slowly clawed their way back into the game, sparked by freshman guard Julia Quinn, who brought energy at both ends of the court. Quinn coolly went 4-for-4 at the foul stripe and netted a 3-pointer from the left wing with 2:56 left to make it 43-39. Seconds later,
It has been slick sledding for the Ice Cats so far this ice hockey season. The Fryeburg/Lake Region skaters fell to 1-4-1 in Class A play following losses of 31 to Noble/Wells and 6-2 to Skowhegan last week. The Cats own a 4-4 tie with Leavitt and a 7-5 victory over Sacopee Valley. In five games, senior forward Mike LeGoff leads the team in points with 6 goals and 2 assists, while freshman Mason LaPlante has netted 3 goals. Junior forward Dakota Russo and senior forward Tyler Harnden each have a goal and 4 assists. Sophomore Evan
Kellough has scored 2 goals and recorded an assist, while freshman Nick Lepage has a goal and an assist. Freshman forward Brennan Lane and senior defenseman Tyler LaPlante each had an assist. In goal, Pavle Stepanovic has faced 162 shots, and turned away 146. Up next: The Ice Cats face a three-game road stretch at South Portland tonight, Jan. 10 at 5:45 p.m., at Windham Saturday and at Westbrook on Wednesday. The next home game at Bridgton Ice Arena is Friday, Jan. 18 at 7:20 p.m. against Marshwood.
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while Lexi L’Heureux-Carland had 7, Kendra Fox 7, Julia Quinn 6, Ellen Bacchiocchi 4 and Sarah Welch 3. • Wells opened the game with a 10-4 run as the Raiders failed to reach double figures in any quarter in a 344-28 loss to the Warriors. FA scorers: Fox 9, Dole 7, Quinn 4, Welch 4, L’HeureuxCarland 2 and Bacchiocchi 2.
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(Continued from Page B) is recognized for his/her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber. The LaPlante File Name: Tyler LaPlante Year in School: Senior Town: Bridgton Parents: Gary and Janette LaPlante School Activities/Sports: Ice hockey, lacrosse, soccer. Q. Why did you choose ice hockey? TL. I have been playing hockey for a long time. It’s fun to play. Q. What do you hope to accomplish this season? TL. I would like to make it to the playoffs and really bond as a team. Q. What do you enjoy the most? TL. I enjoy everything about this sport, from the intense games to hard practices. Q. What do you like the least? TL. There is not one thing I don’t enjoy. Q. What makes you successful? TL. My team, my coaches and my family. Q. What would your dream moment be? TL. To be accepted into college and make their hockey team. Q. What has ice hockey taught you? TL. To really put forth my best all the time. It’s important to be noticed and to succeed. Q. Who has inspired you? TL. My parents have inspired me tremendously.
Quinn came up with a steal, was fouled and converted at the foul line to make it 43-41. After a timeout, Freeport (43) scored on a nifty backside cut to the hoop by Wyman. Fryeburg had three chances to score with 24.2 seconds left, but the ball would simply not drop. For the Raiders, Kendra Fox scored 13 points, Quinn had 8, Sarah Welch 5, Lexi L’Heureux-Carland 4 and Ellen Bacchiocchi had 2 points. • A 26-11 run in the third quarter propelled Waynflete to a 53-39 win over the Raiders. FA led early 14-7, but managed just four points in the second. “Our biggest problem this year is that we go through stretches that we just can’t generate any offense,” Coach Watson said. For the Raiders, Skye Dole was high scorer with 12 points,
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(Continued from Page B) the 17-point deficit in a 67-56 loss Saturday. LR bounced back with a 2010 run in the second quarter, but could never make a big dent. Mike Triglione was on fire, scoring 20 points including three 3-pointers. But, Wells had two players hit for 20-plus. For the Lakers, Ben Chaine netted 10 points in his return from a leg injury (he had been out since the start of the season), while Quinn Piland tossed in 8 points, Falk 5, Smith 5, Gibbons 4, Lesure 2 and Mike Mageles had 2 points. The Lakers slipped in the latest Heal Ratings, falling out of the playoff picture (top 12) to Number 15 at 3-5. FRYEBURG: With five players reaching double digits, the Raiders upset Wells 69-61
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This week’s puzzle theme: Twentieth Century
ACROSS 1. Alfred Hitchcock in his movie, e.g 6. *Banned insecticide 9. *Infamous weapon in Persian Gulf War 13. *”The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy” author 14. Two halves 15. Chummy 16. Site of witchcraft trials 17. Fred Flintstone to Barney Rubble, e.g. 18. Stupid or silly 19. *Code name for detonation of first nuclear device 21. *1945-1990 antagonism 23. Batman and Robin, e.g. 24. *Rock and ____ 25. Unit of absorbed radiation 28. Manufactured 30. Stubbornly unyielding 35. Prima donna problems 37. Clever 39. Used to indicate compliance over radio 40. It hovers
41. Red Cross supply 43. Like something that can’t fit anymore 44. Stay clear 46. *Ernest Hemingway’s nickname 47. Blue-green 48. *Split by a wall 50. Like Dr. Evil’s tiny self 52. Hog heaven? 53. Openmouthed astonishment 55. Recipe amount 57. *Salk’s discovery 61. Sea dog 65. “_____ Last Night,” movie 66. *Shock and ___ 68. Wide open 69. One who “_____ it like it is” 70. 100 lbs. 71. Attach to, as in a journalist 72. Editor’s mark 73. Lamb’s mother 74. Plural of lysis DOWN 1. Those in a play 2. Purim’s month
3. *French Sudan after 1960 4. Correct 5. Heaviest known metal 6. Showing stupidity 7. *Its discovery had a huge impact on crime investigation 8. *Ma Bell, e.g. 9. Equivalent to hands on clock? 10. Eagle’s talons, e.g. 11. Long forearm bone 12. Textile worker 15. ______ talk 20. A despicable person, pl. 22. *Hemingway’s “The ___ Man and the Sea” 24. Sometimes done to an argument 25. Betty Ford Center, e.g. 26. Type of nectar 27. Sorrow 29. Like a billionaire’s pockets 31. Received on special occasions 32. They can be Super or Krazy
33. Enthusiastic approval 34. *First cloned mammal 36. Potting need 38. South American Indian people 42. Kind of ray 45. 20 on a human body 49. *A Bobbsey twin 51. *Newly-founded state, 1948 54. *Gerald Holtom’s sign 56. Unusually small individual 57. Giant kettles 58. Lend a hand 59. *First African-American to host a TV show 60. *Branch Davidians or Heaven’s Gate, e.g. 61. “Out” usually follows it 62. Captures 63. D’Artagnan’s weapon of choice 64. *Bolsheviks 67. *A huge web
Week 1 of high school indoor track Gray, LR, 15:20.47; 5. Victoria Boys’ senior division Girardin, LR, 17:05.14; wt 200 Meters: 13. Jared Schrader, 13:01.26. FA, 25.94; 24. Paul Dostie, FA, 4X800 Relay: 1. Cape 11:34.40; 28.71; 27. Tristan Harvie, FA, 2. Fryeburg Academy 11:54.30; 5. 29.34; wt 23.98. Lake Region 13:23.70. 400 Meters: 1. Eric Hannes, Pole Vault: 2. Jamie Gullikson, FA, 57.09. FA, 8-0; wv 10-0. 55 Meter Hurdles: 3. Mason Long Jump Open: 1. Kate Hall, Kluge-Edwards, LR, 9.56; wt LR, 18-0.50; 4. Danae Dostie, FA, 8.99. 12-7.50; 11. Elizabeth Schreiber, Shot Put: 5. Paul Dostie, FA, LR, 11-5.75; 16. Courtney Yates, 31-0; wt 34-10. LR, 10-7.75; 17. Bridgette Letarte, 800 Meters Open: 3. Tyler LR, 10-5.50; 18. Audrey Blais, O’Keefe, FA, 2:26.19; 6. Blaine LR, 10-3.25. Andreoli, FA, 2:35.85; 7. Ben Triple Jump Open: 6. Courtney Roy, LR, 2:43.66; wt 2:16.42. Girls’ senior division Mile Run Open: 1. Jared 55 Meters: 1. Kate Hall, LR, Yates, LR, 24-0; wj 35-6.25. Schrader, FA, 4:57.24; 3. TJ Rose, 7.34; 9. Danae Dostie, FA, 8.59; Boys’ junior division 10. Courtney Yates, LR, 9.17; 15. 55 Meters: 7. Joseph Schrader, FA, 5:10.70; 7. Blaine Andreoli, Leanne Kugelman, LR, 9.35; 18. FA, 7.81; 14. Jared Stefano, FA, FA, 5:27.11; 14. Nick Scarlett, LR, 6:22.60. Emily Hemingway, LR, 9.52; 26. 8.09; wt 7.26. Two Mile Run Open: 5. Molly Hook, LR, 10.49; 28. Luna 200 Meters: 1. Eric Hannes, Zhang, LR, 14.61. FA, 26.66; 6. Joseph Schrader, David Powers, FA, 14:38.57; wt 200 Meters: 1. Kate Hall, FA, 27.87; 7. Jared Stefano, FA, 10:00.97. 4X800 Relay: 1. Fryeburg A LR, 26.25; 4. Hannah Perkins, 27.94; 20. Nick Scarlett, LR, 9:31.80; 2. Fryeburg B 10:29.0. LR, 30.14; 12. Luna Zhang, LR, 33.17. Long Jump Open: 11. Gaelon 35.45; 14. Leanne Kugelman, LR, 400 Meters: 6. Tristan Harvie, Kolczynski, LR, 15-0.50; wj 1835.61; 17. Amy Angelone, LR, FA, 1:06.12; wt 58.72. 36.22; 18. Emily Hemingway, 55 Meter Hurdles: 1. Kevin 10. Long Jump Open: 1. Mason LR, 36.99; 19. Danielle LaPointe, Lumenello, Wells, 8.91; 2. Liuke Kluge-Edwards, LR, 35-10.50. Yang, FA, 11.41. LR, 37.22. 400 Meters: 1. Hannah Perkins, LR, 1:05.49; 6. Elizabeth Schreiber, LR, 1:18.31. 55 Meter Hurdles: 4. Jamie Gullikson, FA, 10.48; 7. Maude Meeker, LR, 11.87; wt 9.59. Orthopaedic Surgery & Sports Medicine 4X200 Relay: 1. Lake Region 2:02.52. 55 Main Street High Jump: 3. Kristina Morton, Bridgton, ME 04009 LR, 4-0; wj 4-4. Shot Put: 1. Bailey Friedman, Phone 207-647-3633 FA, 31-55; 3. Molly Hook, LR, 100 Brickhill Ave., Suite 303 25-6.75; 7. Danielle LaPointe, South Portland, ME 04106 LR, 23-6; 9. Victoria Girardin, Phone 207-774-4523 TF36 LR, 22-11; 9. Kristina Morton, LR, 22-11; 11. Julia Carlson, LR, 21-6; 18. Jen Perry, FA, 190.50; 21. Elizabeth Schreiber, LR, 18-5; 23. Maude Meeker, LR, 16-5; 25. Amy Angelone, LR, 15-9; 26. Zoe Barrett, LR, Cell: 207-939-2938 12-10. 800 Meters Open: 4. Liz Grzyb, www.russsweetmainehomes.com FA, 2:51.14; 6. Anna Lastra, FA, Rte. 302 • P.O. Box 97, 2:57.24; 7. Ariel Fogden, FA, Naples, ME 04055 2:59.64; 15. Julia Carlson, LR, 207-693-7000 3:24.75; 18. Zoe Barrett, LR, 3:35.62; wt 2:40.53. Russell Sweet INDEPENDENTLY OWNED AND Broker Mile Run Open: 7. Maude LOCALLY OPERATED Meeker, LR, 6:33.17; 11. Molly Eklund, FA, 7:01.19; wt 5:56. Two Mile Run Open: 3. Kayla 35.57; 18. Rachel Stofflet, LR, 36.80; 19. Bridgette Letarte, LR, 37.03; wt 28.98. 400 Meters: 1. Erika Dennery, FA, 1:12.58; 5. Audrey Blais, LR, 1:16.59. 4X200 Relay: 1. Wells 2:02.80; 2. Fryeburg Academy 2:08.11. High Jump: 3. Izzy HodgemanBurns, FA, 4-6; wj 4-10. Shot Put: 5. Izzy HodgemanBurns, FA, 22-3; 7. Hannah Howard, FA, 20-4; 8. Natasha Snow, LR, 19-8.50; 13. Rachel Stofflet, LR, 17-2; wt 25-1.25.
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(Continued from Page B) went down stairs and out the door to the outside bathroom. It had snowed in the evening and there were little traces of it outside. My two Chinese teachers (also students at the college) had accompanied me on this trip and had never seen snow before. Their eyes were full of wonder and surprise! The mother had been up for hours getting breakfast on the table. She had me sit next to the cooking stove fire. I felt my bones warming by the fire. We sat in the dining room to eat. I enjoyed the ginger tea, warming my soul. After breakfast, the mother took my arm and we walked around the village. I was welcomed by each and everyone! Each and every villager put their head outside the door to welcome the “foreigner.” I felt more love than I had in all my days on earth. My life is forever changed by the gracious innocence and beauty. The family has no concern for the outside world. Their world is surrounding them in their village. The people live every day with a new beginning, a new harmony full of love and happiness. I thought long and hard about getting them a gift. I wanted to buy them a washing machine or a new stove to make their life easier, but honestly I did not want to bring my crazy world to them. I did not want them to change in the least. What they had was better than any modern conveniences. I was able to enter their world and come out a different person. I will never forget those freezing cold nights in Ning Hua or the amazing people I had the honor of visiting! They changed my world forever. I was asked by the family to return and I am sure I will make the trip again, if for nothing more than just to be in the presence of royalty for one more day. About the Writer Judy Crowell, 47, of Harrison is teaching English in China. She plans to send a weekly article looking at life and her experiences in China.
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(Continued from Page B) great middle laps and just missed placing in the mile. Her time was a PR by 4 seconds (6:33.17). Bridgette Letarte set a PR in the long jump by 6 inches (105.5). In the shot put, PRs were broken by Julia Carlson by 3.5 inches (21-6), Molly Hook by 0.75 inches (25-6.75) and Dani LaPointe by over two-and-a-half-feet! (23-6). FRYEBURG ACADEMY Bailey Friedman broke the indoor school record in the shot put. The new record is 31-feet 05-inches. “A very impressive way to open the season,” FA Coach Kevin McDonald said. “Coach Collins and I feel this record is temporary at best.” Eric Hannes was named MVP on the boys’ side for his very impressive 200/400 double win. “We are quite happy for Eric as he has been working extremely hard and the results are proof of it,” Coach McDonald said. Jared Schrader just missed qualifying for States with a nice win in the mile. His time 4:57.24 was just two seconds off what one needs to go to States. “That should happen soon,” the coach predicted. Ericka Dennery made her debut with an impressive 200/400 double win. “If Ericka works hard, she could become a force in the league,” Coach McDonald said. Izzy Hodgeman-Burns just missed the state mark in the high jump, while Jamie Gullikson “showed flashes of her talent,” the coach said. “We are very pleased with her leadership this year,” Coach McDonald added. “We were blessed over the holidays with many alumni paying visits to the gym, as well as meets. The insight they provide is invaluable.” Meet results Girls’ junior division 55 Meters: 14. Bridgette Letarte, LR, 9.65; wt 7.98 200 Meters: 7. Erika Dennery, FA, 31.83; 9. Danae Dostie, FA, 32.27; 11. Hannah Howard, FA, 33.26; 16. Bailey Friedman, FA,
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Opinion & Comment
January 10, 2013, The Bridgton News, Page B
My Irish Up
by Mike Corrigan BN Columnist
Admit it, you never really liked the climate anyway. All that snow and rain and sun and wind and so on. It is way past time for something new! So, eee-hah! — Climate Change, bring it on! And look, it turns out that climate is the “change” Barack Obama promised us in 2008 — or it’s the only real change he’s been able to pull off, anyway. Scientists now say we have until 2020 to reduce carbon emissions significantly, or we’ll see hurricanes hitting New York City in November and polar ice caps melting and the extinction of thousands of interesting animal species such as the CLIMATE, Page 12B
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By the time you read these words, you will most likely have already broken one or more resolutions for 2013. It’s not too late, however, to do a repair job. To that end, let me suggest a burden-free repair patch that will keep you going all year and leave you in better shape for the next one: Solemnly vow to read from one or more good books every day of the year. RESOLUTION, Page 12B
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Bridgton – This home has it all! Amazing panoramic views of Mt. Washington and Pleasant Mtn. combined with convenience of Bridgton Highlands Country Club 1st tee just across the street! Many, many updates and renovations. Upscale and beautiful! Granite counters, 3 fireplaces, wood floors, 6.7 acres in desirable neighborhood. Must see!......................$495,000.
Bridgton – Beautiful new home with open kitchen/dining/living room area. Living room has gas fireplace. Kitchen has granite countertops and cherry cabinets. Hardwood floors, 1st floor master with bath. 2nd level has 2 bedrooms and office. Granite counters in baths, finished basement. Close to Shawnee Peak and outlet shopping....... ................................................$284,900.
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Harrison – Enjoy the birds in this raised ranch on 1.25 acres, located on lovely, serene lot. Very private. 27 ft. aboveground pool with gazebo, 3-car attached garage, 1st floor bedroom. 3 bedrooms, porch and more....$155,000.
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Sweden – Charming 1827 renovated schoolhouse with period details. 2 bedrooms, open loft area for extra sleeping space or studio. Newer carpeting, roof, furnace and appliances. Huge new deck and hot tub! Close to area lakes, skiing, snowmobiling and Fryeburg Academy school district. Wow!..............$149,000.
Instead, it borrowed money by issuing bonds. Now, it cannot afford to pay for either pensions or bonds and is trying to stiff bondholders. Better to confront investors than confront government unions. They’ll have to scale back pensions too, but they’re refusing to for now. Bondholders will lose almost $200 million. Can’t imagine who would ever lend money to Stockton again, so how will it pay for those pensions now? One former police chief retired at $204,000 a year after serving only eight months. How can this continue? How many times can a city go bankrupt?
By Stan Cohen Medicare Volunteer Counselor Sometimes, a Medicare beneficiary who has changed her Part D plan finds that one of her medicines is no longer covered, or that it has a restriction that did not exist in her previous plan. As explained by the Medicare Rights Center, Medicare has a process in these situations to make sure that seniors have a way of getting their drugs, at least temporarily. It is called a transition refill. Transition refill policies require that Part D plans and Medicare Advantage plans cover at least one 30-day supply of drugs that are not on the plan’s list of covered drugs, or that have restrictions on them, such as step therapy or prior authorization. Transition refills aren’t for new prescriptions. You can only get one if you were already taking the drug before you signed up for the plan or before the plan stopped covering it. You have 90 days after you join a plan to get a transition refill. A plan must send you a notice within three business days to let you know that the prescription is being supplied as a transition refill. The transition refill gives beneficiaries enough time to ask their doctors to switch their prescription to a drug that is covered by the plan. If that is not clinically appropriate, the transition refill should give beneficiaries enough time to appeal the plan’s denial. The rules for a transition refill are a little different if you live in a nursing home. Stan Cohen, a Medicare Volunteer Counselor, is available for free, one-on-one consultations at Bridgton Hospital on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. No appointment is necessary. Alternatively, call the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (800-427-7411) and ask for a Medicare advocate.
BRIDGTON – Outstanding high and dry 2.27-acre surveyed lot with spectacular views of Shawnee Peak Ski Resort. Highland Lake rights with protective covenants. Private boat dock and 1000 ft. common lakefront, swimming dock, float, gazebo with picnic area. Excellent fishing, too!..........................$99,900. North Bridgton – 2.8-acre sunny, wooded lot in rural subdivision in North Bridgton, abutting Bridgton Academy. Snowmobile and crosscountry skiing on the common area. Golf course 1 mile away and Shawnee Peak nearby. 2 miles from all town amenities................$20,000. Harrison – Here’s the best deal for a building lot with access to Crystal Lake! Great level lot in a small waterfront association, with rights to 75 ft. sandy beach on Crystal Lake. Don’t miss this one..............$69,000. Fryeburg – Development potential! 20+ acres with 599 ft. road frontage and 79 ft. of frontage on Rte. 302. Nice sandy soil, close to town, many possibilities.........................$135,000.
MLS #1074958 ~ DENMARK $99,900 Attention home builders! This property has it all… 16 acres with views, fields and privacy. The setting is stunning among other fine country homes and the school district is Fryeburg Academy! As fine a property as now available in the area for your “Country Estate!” Call Bill Reilly – 207-890-6587
MLS #1066102 ~ DENMARK $130,000 Sweet cottage with 200 ft. of “non-swimmable” waterfront on Moose Pond, easy boating into large area of Moose Pond. Sandy association beach. Cottage has full bath, one bedroom, large loft, large deck, cathedral ceiling, tons of privacy and large windows. SHORT SALE! Call Jennifer Regan – 207-838-1581
MLS #1044626 ~ BRIDGTON $249,500 Beautiful two bedrooms and loft, with remodeled master suite on the main floor, kitchen has new appliances, new lighting, stone counters, tile floors, fieldstone fireplace, open concept. Fun, bright, open finished walkout basement. Moose Pond and Shawnee Peak! Call Jennifer Regan – 207-838-1581
MLS #1062452 ~ DENMARK $199,000 This contemporary cape has it all. Gorgeous cathedral ceilings, two woodstove brick hearths, spacious open concept, hardwood and tile floors, ample storage with a two-car garage, three bedrooms and two full baths. Great lot and a view of Pleasant Mtn. Fryeburg Academy SAD 72! Call Bill Reilly – 207-890-6587
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MLS #1074439 ~ BROWNFIELD $99,900 Contractors, investors and visionaries… a rare opportunity! This once lovely lakefront home and lot have gone to seed. All pictures represent what could be again. House and workshop are tear down, but garage and full basement are savable. Huge footprint! Call Bill Reilly – 207-890-6587
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MLS #1050035 ~ DENMARK $435,000 One acre with 780 ft. of beautiful waterfront with large sandy beach, located between two peninsulas, creating a unique protective cove. Large master bedroom suite, with steam shower and walkout deck. Three-season porch overlooking waterfront. Minutes to Shawnee Peak! Call Jennifer Regan – 207-838-1581
Bridgton – Rustic Maine cottage on desirable Woods Pond. Very private for that getaway retreat or build new with 30% expansion. Bunkhouse adds to expansion potential. 3 bedrooms, 1 bath.........................................$270,000. MLS #1061121 ~ FRYEBURG $99,900 Located in the heart of the beautiful Fryeburg Intervale, this completely renovated property is a perfect starter or vacation home. Lovely views and endless four-season recreation dot the area with trails, miles of level roads plus lakes and rivers! Call Bill Reilly – 207-890-6587
Bridgton – Open concept space for year round entertaining! 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths, 3-season enclosed porch, fireplace, butler’s pantry and many updates and improvements....$249,900.
MLS #1063646 ~ FRYEBURG $154,900 Built 2005, like new three-bedroom home, wonderful level lawn area, large two-car garage with direct entry into home. Open concept with kitchen/living room and half bath, laundry room, screen porch complete first floor. Three bedrooms, bath and den on second level. Plus FULL RV SITE! Call Jennifer Regan – 207-838-1581
MLS #1063410 ~ FRYEBURG $349,900 Thinking of moving to Fryeburg, but your tastes are for a truly upscale home? Your search has ended. Country privacy yet only a mile from Fryeburg Academy and the village center. Gorgeous grounds and the pictures speak for themselves. Meticulous in detail. Call Bill Reilly – 207-890-6587
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Lessons from the Third World By Frank Daggett It’s ironic that the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere is in some respects ahead of the richest, most technologically advanced nation on the planet. Last week in Haiti, I accompanied a team of 12 students and three faculty members, who rang in the New Year assisting in a medical clinic, laying a house foundation, and providing expertise in developing budget spreadsheets, job descriptions and other administrative tools in the ongoing work of helping the people in a small village on the outskirts of Port au Prince lift themselves from the dust of bone-crushing poverty. The juxtaposition of advanced and backward, Space Age and Bronze Age, creates an other-worldly feel. A man living in a tin hovel checks his iPhone. Women balance on their heads five gallon buckets of water, drawn from a handoperated pump, lit at night by a modern streetlamp powered by a solar panel. The brightly colored words painted on a cinderblock shack announce items for sale, including Coke and phone cards, and that it’s also a cyber café. In front, an old woman cooks food on an open fire. Goats, chickens and dogs so thin you can see their ribs wander freely, the whole scene watched over by a tower with various antennae and satellite dishes.
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one owns a car. Everyone either walks or takes a bus. The brightly colored buses aren’t air-conditioned, and though their well-maintained paint jobs make them appear new, they’re mostly old school buses from the States — we passed one still bearing its “Wells-Ogunquit School District” livery. Seeing first-hand how these people live, how content they are with a lifestyle that takes little from the planet, that provides joy and fulfillment beyond all expectation, the alarm sounded by some in this country about the environmental impact of the developing world is exposed as a thinly veiled attempt to preserve the consumptive lifestyle many of us have come to demand as our entitled standard of living. Instead, we need to take reduce, reuse and recycle to whole new levels.
Bird Watch by Jean Preis BN Columnist
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There is a small millpond just below the dam at the foot of the lake. In winter, when most of the water around here is frozen, ducks gather on that little pond because of the open water. Often, they are mallards, with a few American black ducks mixed in, but sometimes more unusual visitors, such as hooded mergansers or common goldeneye, show up. Last week, I discovered two Canada geese there, well camouflaged among the tall dried stalks of vegetation at the far end of the pond. This morning, I happened to be driving past the millpond when I noticed a large flock of ducks, so I drove home, grabbed a pair of binoculars, and returned for a closer look. The place had all the ingredients of a classic New England winter scene: a cloudless blue sky, a sparkling blue pond surrounded by gleaming white snow, tall golden-colored dried vegetation standing at one end of the pond, big blocks of hand-cut granite forming part of the shoreline, and a picturesque footbridge draped with the remnants of holiday greens. The crowning touch to the scene was the flock of about a hundred mallards, most of whom floated serenely on the water in bright sunshine, with the icy current swirling gently around them. A few ducks tipped their tails skyward as they searched for something to eat on the bottom of the pond, a couple of dozen snoozed on the sun-drenched snow with their heads tucked into the feathers on their backs, and a few ducks busily preened themselves. As far as I could tell, there was one American black duck in with the mallards. The road up to the ridge runs right past the mill pond, but only a few of the drivers who passed by glanced over to notice the flock of ducks. Although most folks are familiar with mallards, and know the males have green heads, and the females are brown, I wonder how many folks have taken a good close look at one. Seen up close, a mallard is a stunning creature, and viewed through binoculars the details of their feather patterns are magnificent. Just as it is worth the effort to take a closer look at common birds like mallards, birders around here are often surprised by the SOLAR PANELS power a clinic operated by Ipswich, Mass.based Partners in Development outside Port au Prince, Haiti, number and variety of birds we can find on a cold winter day if only we will put some effort into looking for them. Fortunately, where Saint Joseph’s College students served last week. the Christmas Bird Count prods us into doing that every year. For this year’s Count, on Dec. 29, 21 of us spent the day covering • Tree Removal/Pruning/Cabling different sections of the 15-mile wide Count Circle, while another • Stump Grinding/Brush Chipping eight people, who live within the Circle, stayed home and counted • Bucket Truck/Bobcat Work/Trucking birds at their feeders. By the end of the day we had counted over Robert E. Fogg Licensed Arborist Naples, Maine www.Q-Team.com 2,000 individual birds, representing 40 different species. It was a 693-3831 877-693-3831 Toll Free good day. ~ Over 25 Years In Business ~ LOOK, Page B
In the clinic, diseases long ago eradicated from the modern world are treated using stateof-the art diagnostic equipment powered by rooftop solar panels. Haitian industriousness and resourcefulness is simply amazing. In the year since my last visit, most signs of the 2010 earthquake have vanished. The rubble has been collected and by pickaxe and sledgehammer worked into the mix of new concrete and cinder block. A small plot behind a house grows mangoes, bananas and onions. (Fresh mangoes for breakfast, al fresco on New Year’s Day — what a treat! especially when it’s in the single digits in Maine, as my Haitian friend sees on his phone — mine has no service outside the United States.) Shredded plastic shopping bags and soda bottles form colorful displays on lines across the main street. I’ve come to this village at the time when their environmental impact is the greatest, when Christmas lights are hung from some homes and shops. It’s surprising how festive a single string of maybe 40
colored mini-lights can be in a village where most homes are lit only by a single bulb — a CFL, by the way, a single CFL in the family room, light for a couple of hours in the evening, as the family shares its one substantial meal of the day — all ingredients from within five miles, most within yards of the cooking pot. Packaging waste is practically non-existent; fruits are carried in bags, rice and chunks of meat wrapped in cloth. No
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Naples – Prime Sebago Lake property with a very sunny and private setting. Property has nearly 4500 sq. ft. of thoughtfully-planned living space with 173 ft. on lake with 2 docks. $1,200,000. Nancy Hanson, 838-8301 (MLS 1070506)
Sebago – Spacious 4-bedroom, 2-bath Farmhouse with large barn. Open concept, living room with wide pine floors. Close to library and town beach. $66,500. Jocelyn O’Rourke-Shane 838-5555 (MLS 1077167)
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BRIDGTON – Spacious “Contemporary” ranch nestled in a private setting. Open concept kitchen/dining/living room. 3 bedrooms, 2 full baths, family room, workout room and den. Just move in and enjoy. Nearby 4-season amenities — public beach/boat launch, skiing, hiking, sledding. $156,143. MLS #1074713
BRIDGTON – 3-bedroom, 2-bath 1998 cape on ±26 acres for Only $165,000… What a tremendous value with acreage. Full, unfinished daylight basement, seasonal views of Pleasant Mtn. and Mt. Washington. 5 minutes to skiing. MLS #1042774
RAYMOND – ±9 acres with ±225 ft. road frontage, with level land in a good, busy Route 302 location. Owner financing available. $79,900. MLS #1068816 SEBAGO – Large lot for a great price on townpaved road and in area of well-cared-for homes. Property just over the Naples line. 2004 2-bedroom installed septic. 24’x38’ slab. $24,900. MLS #1056853
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To The Editor: With help from Bridgton businesses, churches, organizations and individuals, Operation Christmas Angel provided Christmas gifts for Bridgton youth for an 11th year. Every year on Christmas Day, firefighters deliver presents by fire truck to area kids. What started out as “passing forward” a kindness to a few families has now turned into a year-round effort by a whole lot of people. This past Christmas, toys were provided to over 200 kids. Operation Christmas Angel is a united Christmas toy distribution by the Bridgton United Firefighters Association, the Bridgton United Methodist Church, in conjunction with Bridgton community business-
es, organizations and individuals. Their generous support is what makes it all possible. This is a continuation of a community endeavor to provide toys for area children for over the last 45 years. This year, a huge thank you goes to the following for their support in 2012: Anonymous, Berry and Marilynn Hill, Bridgton Easy Riders Snowmobile Club, Inc., Bridgton Lake Region Rotary Club, Bridgton Lions Club, The Bridgton News, Campfire Grille, Grady’s West Shore Hotel, Depot Street Arts Center Inc., DogWatch Systems, Inc., Donald and Willa Spiller and family, Edna Fadden, Food City, Gayle Miller, Grace Christian Church, Hayes True Value, Howell Laboratories, Inc., Jones & Matthews, P.A., Jones Appliance Service & Repair LLC, Kathleen Stevens of Kathleen of Bridgton, Kathleen and Edward Stevens, Lakeside Pines Campground, Leonard and Sandra Carsley, Little Mountain Store,
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To The Editor: The Community Giving Tree program of Fryeburg wishes to thank the many people and businesses, who helped it to be a great success. For 33 years, the project has provided gifts of clothing and toys to children, who live in the towns of SAD 72.
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A to Z Electric “The Boss Does The Work” David S. Gerrish, Master Electrician Residential/Commercial/Industrial 30+ yrs. exp., Naples 693-6854 D. M. Electric Inc. & Sons Dennis McIver, Electrical Contractor Residential/Commercial/Industrial Licensed in Maine & New Hampshire Bridgton 207-647-5012 J.P. Gallinari Electric Co. Residential - Commercial - Industrial Aerial - Auger - Lifting Service Bridgton 647-9435 McIver Electric “Your on time every time electricians” 221 Portland Rd, Bridgton 647-3664 www.mciverelectric.net R.W. Merrill Electrical Contractor 24 hour Emergency Service Residential & Commercial Harrison 583-2986 Fax 583-4882
Douglass Construction Inc. Custom Homes/Remodeling/Drawings 30 years exp. in Lakes Region Jerry’s Carpentry & Painting Phil Douglass, 647-3732 - Jeff Douglass, 647-9543 David K. Moynihan Carpenter & General Contractor Master Electrician Sweden Rd. Bridgton Log homes – decks – remodeling Licensed ME & NH Fully insured – Free estimates – 207-527-2552 Flint Construction Bridgton 647-8016 Roofing – Siding – Carpentry Northern Extremes Carpentry Fully insured – Free estimates Stanford Electric Affordable timberframes 207-210-8109 Commercial, Industrial and Old home and barn restoration Residential Wiring – Generators Custom sawmilling Jeff Hadley Builder Naples 693-4595 Insured Bridgton 647-5028 New homes, remodels, additions Painting, drywall, roofing, siding Tuomi Electric CARPET CLEANING Kitchens, tile & wood floors Chip Tuomi, Electrical Contractor Fully insured – free estimates McHatton’s Cleaning Service Residential & Commercial 27 yrs. experience 207-583-4460 Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Harrison 583-4728 Fire, Smoke, Soot, Water Newhall Construction Certified Technicians Framing/roofing/finish EMPLOYMENT SERVICES Bridgton 647-2822, 1-800-850-2822 Cellulose insulation – drywall 743-6379 798-2318 Bonney Staffing & Training Center New Life Carpet & Uph. Cleaning Temporary & Direct Hire Placements Commercial & Residential Quality Custom Carpentry Call us with your staffing needs Free estimates Specializing in remodeling & additions Rte. 302 Windham 892-2286 Carol 615-1506 Jeff Juneau Naples 207-655-5903 CARPETING EXCAVATION Thurlow’s Carpet & Home Center Sales & Service Meadow Rd. (Sandy Creek Junction) Bridgton 647-5562, 800-310-5563 www.thurlowscarpet.com
Thanks to the generosity of so may people, we were able to give to 115 families resulting in 260 children and 1,059 actual gifts — many of which were winter jackets, snow pants and snow boots. Thanks to the individuals and businesses, who made monetary donations. Thanks to the businesses that allowed trees with tags to be placed in their locations. Thanks to the many people who took tags and shopped for the specific items. Special thanks go to Poland Spring, whose substantial contribution allowed us to continue to shop for additional requests right up to Christmas Day. The community needs kept coming in even after the program was over, but the needs were truly genuine. In these difficult times, it is heartwarming to be able to provide warm clothing to those in need, and share the joy of Christmas, which would not be possible without such generous support.
K.S. Whitney Excavation Sitework – Septic Systems Materials delivered Kevin 207-647-3824
EXERCISE/FITNESS Dee’s BodyCraft Personal Training, Aerobics, Pilates Certified – Experienced Bridgton 647-9599
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/Auto/Commercial 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 Southern Maine Retirement Services Medicare Supplements & Prescription Plans Life and Long-Term Care Insurance 150 Main St., Bridgton 1-866-886-4340
KENNELS Bridgton Veterinary Kennels Boarding Route 117, Bridgton, Me. Tel. 647-8804 Wiley Road Kennels Groom & Board Wiley Rd, Naples 207-693-3394
LP GAS Bridgton Bottled Gas LP Gas Cylinders/Service Route 302 Bridgton 207-647-2029 Country Gas, Inc. LP Gas Bulk/Cylinders Box 300, Denmark Tel. 452-2151 Maingas Your Propane Specialist 1-800-648-9189
MASONRY D & D Masonry Chimneys/fireplaces/walks/etc. Fully insured Free estimates Darryl & Doug Hunt 693-5060
January 10, 2013, The Bridgton News, Page B The Community Giving Tree Committee Judy Raymond and Sarah MacGillivray Fryeburg
To The Editor: In a 1927 opinion, Supreme Court Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes Jr. wrote, “Taxes are what we pay for civilized society.” Similar quotes can be traced back at least to the early 19th century. In other words, the settled opinion of American society for well over a century was this: In a democracy, if we want a civilized society, we have to tax ourselves heavily enough to support civilization. Otherwise, we get barbarism. As the reactionary right gained power over the last 30 years, foolish ideas began to emerge: Taxes are a form of theft. Rich people are job creators, and if they are taxed MOVING Bridgton Moving Residential & light commercial email@example.com – 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 McBurnie Oil/Casco Oil Delivery and Service Denmark, Maine Tel. 207-452- 2151
PAINTING CONTRACTORS George Jones Quality Painters Interior/Exterior – Fully Insured Free Estimates Excellent References 207-318-3245 www.georgejonespainters.com Gotcha Covered Painting Interior/exterior-deck refinish-powerwash Serving the Lakes Region over 15 years Free estimates Kevin 693-3684 Jerry’s Painting Service Quality Painting – Interior/Exterior Fully Insured – Free Estimates 207-527-2552
PLUMBING & HEATING A Plus Plumbing & Heating Inc. Plumbing Supplies – LP Gas BBQ Gas Grill Parts & Access. Portland St., Bridgton 647-2029 Collins Plumbing & Heating Inc. Specializing in repair service in The Lake Region 647-4436 Ken Karpowich Plumbing Repairs/Installation/Remodeling Master Plumber in ME & NH Over 20 years experience 207-925-1423
PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Clement Bros. Lawn and Landscape Organic lawn & garden maintenance Shoreline restoration Creative stonework, property watch Snowplowing & sanding 207-693-6646 www.clementbros.com Handy Hands Property Maintenance Comprehensive custom service Caretaking – long or short term A-Z/lot clearing to structure & grounds care 647-8291 or 866-678-1974 J Team Property Services Property security checks-Handyman repairs Snow removal - Painting/carpentry Fall/Spring cleanups – Lawn care Home/rental home cleaning – Fully insured John England 207-650-9057
REAL ESTATE Chalmers Real Estate 100 Main St., Bridgton Tel. 647-3311 Coldwell Banker Lakes Region Properties “At the Lights in Naples” Waterfront, Residential Commercial & Land 207-693-7000
heavily, they won’t expand employment. The more we subsidize corporations with tax breaks and exemptions, the more jobs we will have. Those “trickle-down” economic theories failed in the 1880s and again in the 1920s, but once again we fell for the same old voodoo. That’s how we got the economic decline of the last 30 years. When Ronald Reagan took office in 1981, the United States was the largest creditor nation on earth. Within four years, we had become the largest debtor nation, and we’ve been there ever since. Reagan cut taxes on the wealthiest Americans (himself included) from 78 to 28% — thereby reducing our national income, tripling our national debt, and setting us on the disastrous path of starving our greatest national treasure, the federal government that Abraham Lincoln called, “the last, best hope of mankind.” Between 1990 and 2013, not a single Republican member of LETTERS, Page B SELF STORAGE Bridgton Storage 409 Portland Rd 28 units & 4000’ open barn Bridgton 647-3206 JB Self Storage Rt. 5 Lovell, Maine Monthly/yearly secure storage 207-925-3045
SEPTIC TANK PUMPING Bridgton Septic Pumping Free Estimates 647-3356 329-8944 Dyer Septic Septic systems installed & repaired Site work-emergency service-ecofriendly 1-877-250-4546 207-583-4546
SNOW REMOVAL Aquila Snowplowing – residential & commercial Bridgton – Naples – Sebago Rob 207-310-3370 Webber Snowplowing Service Private roads and driveways Fully insured – Reliable Lakes Region 207-831-8354
SURVEYORS F. Jonathan Bliss, P.L.S. Bliss & Associates Surveying, Land Planning P.O. Box 113, Route 5 Lovell, ME 207-925-1468 Maine Survey Consultants, Inc. Land Information Services P.O. Box 485, Harrison, Maine Off: 583-6159 D. A. Maxfield Jr., P.L.S. Over 10,000 surveys on file Pioneer Surveying & Mapping Services Boundary/topographic/construction surveys Commercial/residential Kenneth Farrar PLS PO Box 368, W Paris ME 04289 674-2351
TAXIDERMISTS Trapper’s Taxidermy Animal damage control trapping 112 Bush Row Road, Denmark Jason Pingree 207-452-2091
TOWING Stuart Automotive Free Junk Car Removal 838-9569
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 www.Q-Team.com 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
Oberg Agency Residential, Business,Lake Shore Property 132 Main St., Bridgton Tel. 647-5551, 888-400-9858
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
ABC Rubbish Weekly Pick-up Container Service Tel. 743-5417 Bridgton Trash & Rubbish Service Bridgton/Naples/Harrison/Fryeburg Weekly & 1 time pickups – Cleanouts Tel. 207-595-4606
RUBBISH SERVICE The Dump Guy Insured - Junk removal Basement and attic cleanouts 207-450-5858 www.thedumpguy.com
Rozzie May Animal Alliance Low-cost spay/neuter www.rozziemay.org - Conway, NH By appointment 603-447-1373
WELDING Iron Man Welding/Metal Sales Fabrication and repairs No job too small Construction – homeowners or business Lge. inventory steel/metal in stock/spec. order 647-8291 or 866-678-1974
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CHALMERS INSURANCE &
SEMI-RETIRED CONTRACTOR — looking for plumbing and electric work in the local area. Call 647-8026. tf45 MAINTENANCE WORK — Odd jobs by the hour, day, week or job. Free estimates. Call 627-4649. 4t1x ROOFS SHOVELED, DECKS — Walkways. Reasonable rates. Insured. Call Dan Knapp 1-207-992-8238 or Mike Follett 1-207-890-8566. 4t2x EXCAVATING – Have hoe, will travel. Site work, foundations dug, back filling, septic systems, sand, loam, gravel. Call Brad Chute, 6534377 or 627-4560. tf44
PLEASE CONSIDER – donating your leftover garage sale items and your attic, basement and closet overflow to Harvest Hills Animal Shelter. Go to our website www.harvesthills. org for details or call 935-4358, ext. 21 tf3
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$5 FOR TATTERED – U.S. Flag when purchasing new U.S. Flag 3’x 5’ or larger. Maine Flag & Banner, Windham, 893-0339. tf46
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JESUS IS LORD – new and used auto parts. National locator. Most parts 2 days. Good used cars. Ovide’s Used Cars, Inc., Rte. 302 Bridgton, 207-647-5477. tf30
NAPLES — 2-bedroom mobile. Very clean, bright, nice layout. Located in small park near village. No pets. $575 month plus utilities. Call 221-3423. tf2
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MECHANICAL DRAFTSMAN — wanted: must be efficient and accurate creating drawings by hand on drafting table, no CAD software. Mail Attn: Draftsman to Bortec, P.O. Box 310, Fryeburg, ME 04037, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org 2t2
SOUTH BRIDGTON — Furnished 1-bedroom apartment. Everything included. $200 a week plus $400 security deposit. Call 647-3565. tf46 WEST BRIDGTON — Studio apartment with views of Beaver Pond. Available immediately. $425 month includes heat. Call Suz at 781-6316731. tf48
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Ledgewood Manor Healthcare — A 60-Bed Nursing Home — Rte. 115, Windham, ME 04062
BRIDGTON — Large 1-bedroom apartment near Hannaford’s – walk to town. Second floor, all utilities included. $500/month, references and security deposit, no pets. Call 5951434 for information. tf2 SEBAGO — 2-bedroom winterized cottage at Routes 11 & 114. Now available. Fireplace, propane FHA heat, 1 bath. $650. Call for application 655-2154. 2t2x BRIDGTON INTOWN — 3rd floor studio apartment. Neat, clean, bright, sunny. No pets, no smoking. $500 includes heat, hot water, snow, trash removal. Security, first. 647-9090. tf51 DENMARK — Single family house, near the center of town. Six rooms newly renovated, 2 bedrooms, 1 bath. Off-street private parking, large private yard, appliances, washer-dryer included. First month rent, security deposit & references. $750 per month plus utilities. Section 8 OK. Possible pets. 207-452-2585. tf49
HEAP HAULERS — Towing service. Cash paid for junk cars. Call 655-5963. tf12 DENMARK HOUSE — Painting, Inc. Interior and Exterior Painting. Also, Paperhanging. 40 years of painting experience. Call for estimates. Call John Mathews, 207-452-2781. tf49
MUSIC LESSONS — Jim Sakofsky. Scholarship graduate Juilliard Berkeley School of Music, New York City Opera, Alice Tully Hall. All brass instruments. www.brassinstruction.com. 647-2016. 8t50x GUITAR LESSONS — All ages. 207-595-4606. tf39
Full-Charge Bookkeeper Bridgton Water District is looking for an EXPERIENCED full-charge bookkeeper. MUST have experience in Quickbooks, billing software, payroll, accounts receivable and payable, bank deposits, bank reconciliations, preparing monthly financial reports, trial balance, balance sheet and income statements, etc. Candidates must have good customer skills. This is a Mon. – Fri., 5-hours-a-day position. To apply, please send resume to P.O. Box 237, Bridgton, ME 04009. E-mail email@example.com. Fax: 647-2881. Questions, please call 647-2881. 1T2CD
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(Continued from Page B) Here’s what we found: 4 Canada geese, 7 American black ducks, 55 mallards, 4 ring-necked ducks, 6 hooded mergansers, 2 ruffed grouse, 92 wild turkeys, 1 sharp-shinned hawk, 33 pigeons, 192 mourning doves, 3 red-bellied woodpeckers, 27 downy woodpeckers, 27 hairy woodpeckers, 4 pileated woodpeckers, 1 northern shrike, 328 blue jays, 81 crows, 2 ravens, 428 black-capped chickadees, 42 tufted titmice, 35 red-breasted nuthatches, 73 white-breasted nuthatches, 4 brown creepers, 4 goldencrowned kinglets, 2 robins, 122 European starlings, 8 Bohemian waxwings, 9 cedar waxwings, 91 American tree sparrows, 1 song sparrow, 1 white-throated sparrow, 28 dark-eyed juncos, 22 snow buntings, 18 northern cardinals, 2 pine grosbeaks, 170 common redpolls, 57 American goldfinches, and 106 house sparrows. In addition to the birds seen on Count Day, we are allowed to add species seen during Count Week, which includes the three days prior to and three days following Count Day. Those species were bald eagle and evening grosbeak.
(Continued from Page B) Congress voted to raise any tax. Meanwhile, we watched our national infrastructure rust, rot and decay. The millionaire antitax lobbyist Grover Norquist and his GOP stooges defeated all attempts to raise the revenue necessary for our government to do its job. As a result, our nation became less well educated, less solvent, and less civilized with each successive year, as Justice Holmes predicted. On New Year’s Day, two decades of right-wing antitax folly was shattered. Forty GOP senators and 85 repreLETTERS, Page B
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IMMACULATE, VERY ENERGY — efficient 2-bedroom brick home located in small brick community close to Bridgton village. No pets, no smoking, first, last & security plus references. freshly-painted and new BRIDGTON — 1-bedroom near carpets throughout. $875 month plus town $550 month. Includes heat. First utilities. Includes plowing and lawn month and security required. Nice lo- maintenance. Fryeburg Academy cation. 207-890-5016 after 4 p.m. 3t2 school district. Call Brickwoods at tf48 WEST BRIDGTON — Two, 2- 207-452-2441. bedroom, 1-bath, 2-level apartments DENMARK — New 1-bedroom, available in duplex. They each have 1 full bath, solar-designed, 1st floor an open living room/kitchen area, 2 apartment with radiant heated floors. bdrms on top floor, deck, back yard, ROW to beach access on middle bastorage area and waterfront on the up- sin of Moose Pond. 3 miles to Shawper basin of Moose Pond with dock. nee Peak Ski Area. Furnished or not. Two miles from Shawnee Peak, 6 $3,300/Dec.-March 31. Includes miles from Town. One unit has a heat/cable/electric/Wi-fi & plowing fireplace for $725/month, the other or $700 month for year lease. Nonunit does not for $700/month. Both smokers only. Dogs only considered include Monitor heating. Electric, w/deposit. Perfect for single person or cable, and plowing are not included. couple. 1st & security required with 1st & security required. Dogs ONLY application. Call 207-647-4000. 2t2 considered. No Cats/smoking. Call 207-647-4000. 2t2 BRIDGTON — South High Street. Three-bedroom, 1-bath house with NAPLES — 4 bedrooms, 2 full baths, fireplace, back deck, full basement private deck & yard. Paved parking at and oil heat. Available January 15. the door. Trash pickup. $1,100 month. $900 month plus utilities. Security de749-9109. 2t2x posit required. Call 671-8189. tf2 BRIDGTON — Large 1-bedroom BRIDGTON — 700-square-foot inapartment near Hannaford’s – walk law apartment close to town, hospital to town. First floor, bay windows, big and schools. Tile and wood floors, kitchen and living room, all utilities granite tile countertop, stainless steel included. $650/month, references and appliances. Furnished kitchen. Newly security deposit, no pets. Call 595- painted. Rinnai heater. Private park1434 for information. tf2 ing, nicely landscaped yard with deck BRIDGTON — 2-bedroom apart- off living room. Snow plowing, rubment, intown location, 1st floor, heat/ bish removal and yard maintenance hot water included. $800 per month. included. Cable and Internet included. 207-583-4211. tf51 $575 per month, utilities not included. First month and damage deposit prior WEST BRIDGTON — 2-bedroom to occupancy. Contact 207-647-5570 apartment available. $625 month & after 6 p.m./voice mail okay if no ansecurity deposit. Includes heat. No swer. 2t2x smoking. No pets. 207-450-4271. tf2 HARRISON — 1-bedroom apartHARRISON — 2-bedroom house, ment. Country area. No pets, nonnew hardwood floors, close to town. smoker. 1 person only. Partially $800 month plus security deposit. furnished. Nice area. $410 month/heat/ Call 583-4809. tf2 electric included. Call 415-9166. tf1
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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.
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Classified advertising is sold in this space at the rate of $3.50 for 20 words or less and 15¢ a word over 20. All ads are payable in advance. Repeats are charged at the same rate as new ads. Ads taken over the phone must be called in by Monday with payment arriving by Tuesday. A charge of $1.00 per week extra is made for the use of a box number if requested. A Charge of $1.00 per classified is made if billing is necessary. Cards of Thanks and In Memoriams are charged at the same rate as classified ads. Poetry is charged by the inch. Classified display is sold at $6.25 per column inch. Classified advertisers must furnish written copy. The Bridgton News assumes no financial responsibility for typographical errors in advertisements other than to reprint that part of any advertisement in which a typographical error occurs. Advertisers will please notify the business office promptly of any errors that may occur, phone 207-647-2851.
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(Continued from Page B) sentatives joined Democrats to raise the tax rate on the richest Americans back to where it was in the 1990s. Hopefully, that will be only the first of many tax increases on our “one-percent” faction, which has freeloaded off the rest of American society for the last 32 years. With a little luck and the grace of God, I might live long enough to see the tax rate for millionaires and billionaires go back to 78%, where it was before Reagan gave himself and his cronies the biggest Christmas present any group of fat cats has ever received. While our rich got richer, the rest of us got the shaft. It’s 2013, not 1983 — way past time for the Reaganomics fairy tale to end. Rev. Robert Plaisted Bridgton
To The Editor: They simply cannot help themselves. Last fall’s Hurricane Sandy inflicted horrific damage on many communities along the northeastern seaboard of the United States. In response, politicians of both parties have rammed through Congress a bill that ostensibly provides $64 billion in relief for the massive storm’s tens of thousands of victims. Buried deep within the legislation is $24 billion that is nothing but pure pork barrel spending that has absolutely zero to do with damage mitigation from the disaster. Our nation is drowning in debt, yet we’re racking up an additional trillion plus in red ink each and every year. Congress can’t even bring itself to help hurting Americans without using the occasion to lard up the bill with billions in pork in order to reward the numerous special interest groups that every member of Congress is beholden to. America is teetering on the brink of fiscal catastrophe, and our elected officials appear to be oblivious to the damage they are doing to the very foundation
To The Editor: Just writing to say how awesome it is to be heading north on Route 302 and arriving at the junction of Route 35, to see the large American flag flying at the beginning of the Naples Causeway. Whether it is flying in the sun or at night with the lights on, it is truly an awesome sight to see. Thank you Naples for this wonderful proof of patriotism with this glorious flying flag. Sandra Gabardi Bridgton
The human condition
To The Editor: I am convinced that what is global is local and vice versa. Somehow, the significant scientific and technological gains we have made to tweet and twitter to each other have not greatly improved moral intelligence of the kind that keeps respectful and loving human connections sustainable. The capacity to reason and
think through the kind of locked in stereotypical logic produced by mass media and marketing doesn’t bode well for the evolution of the human spirit. Excessive competition, capitalism and indifference can be as much a hindrance to democracy as any totalitarian society run by despots. I was raised to believe that politics was a noble profession — to improve the quality of life for individuals and social groups as small as families and as great as mankind. Both the public and the private arena needed to be in partnership so that sustainable incomes could be made while promoting justice, civil liberties and economic security for ourselves and others no matter what race, ethnicity, creed or color. I thought this endeavor required courage and endurance and to watch out for quick fixes. What is good about the human condition is that no matter how badly we behave, we are resilient and are always given new opportunities to keep learning and doing better both individually and collectively. I pray that we take this New Year as yet a new opportunity to keep in mind what we have in common even as we respectfully learn to value our differences. I don’t know a better way than to start with ourselves and each other. This takes more courage sometimes than going along with the kind of physical and emotional violence, perpetuated in a culture that too often makes us fearful to practice our finest ideals and values. Virginia (Tilla) Durr Bridgton
Preserve the neighborhood
To The Editor: Our family has owned property on Acadia Road in Casco since the 1940s — long before Point Sebago and Camp Sunshine were established. We have watched Camp Sunshine grow over the years and we have had no problem with their activities. We fully support their mission to help ill children.
In 1998, Camp Sunshine purchased residential property off Acadia Road; in 2011 they purchased a residence across the street from our property. They now want to build a nonconforming building (maintenance garage) on the property purchased in 2011 so they need to have the residential properties re-zoned. Towns enact zoning for many reasons: sometimes it is to prevent unwanted development, but usually it is to protect existing residential property owners. Zoning is used to prevent development from interfering with existing residents and to preserve the “character” of a community. Camp Sunshine purchased these lots knowing that they were zoned residential. They have over 20 acres that are not residentially zoned, where they could locate their proposed maintenance building. On Saturday, Jan. 12, residents of Casco will be asked to approve re-zoning this residential property. Imagine how a change in zoning would affect your neighborhood. Please vote “no” on Articles 5 and 6 and preserve our residential neighborhood. Carol Cottrill Rumford
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To The Editor: We hope all of you had a very Merry Christmas with your families and loved ones! Thanks to you, our committee has filled the wishes of 78 children this year! We were overwhelmed with the number of needs this year and are truly blessed to have all of you there helping us. Each year, we have lots of smiles and lots of happy tears. This year, we had sobbing parents. They were so stressed and worried that when they saw all the gifts, relief came forward like a burst dam. It was hard to see the total breakdown, but we realized how wonderfully the program is working. Have a wonderful and safe New Year! We hope the experience was as wonderful for you as it was for us. If you have any ideas of how we can make the experience even better, please let us know your ideas. Again, thank you! Casco Christmas Committee for Kids
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WORKSHOP Casco Planning Board
Board of Appeals Public Hearing
January 14, 2013 Casco Community Center 940 Meadow Road 7:00 P.M.
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To The Editor: Folks, I know that I am no smarter than our members of Congress. I know I am no smarter than Barak Hussien Obama. I know that Gov. Paul LePage is every bit as smart, if not smarter than me, as are the majority of Maine’s Legislature, sheriffs, police, courts and media. So, it only stands to reason that if I am smart enough to know that by making schools gun free zones, by making it illegal for anyone who works for the schools to be armed, it is only inviting criminals and evildoers, so are they. Yet, the politicians, the police, the media, the courts, all have done their part to make sure that when a crazed killer wants to attack a school there
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will be no one there to interfere with his, her or their evil deed. These sheriffs, those police, courts, politicians and media are just as guilty, just as responsible for the deaths of those 20 five and six year olds as is the killer. And I for one will no longer hold them harmless. A little note for teachers in Maine to ponder: Do you think, even for one moment, that if you pull out a gun and stop a crazed killer in a school here in Maine, that any cop, outside of Portland, would dare to arrest you? Do you think for even a minute that the people in that community would allow the superintendent, the principal or anyone else to fire you, demote you or do anything other than applaud you? Oh sure, Portland Police would arrest you if you were in a Portland school; you would, if you teach in Portland and broke a rule to save a kids or kids, be fired, harassed, arrested, prosecuted and sentenced to life under the jail, but in the rest of the state you would be a hero. Rev. Robert M. Celeste ChristianPatriot.com Harrison
The Casco Planning Board will hold a WORKSHOP on January 14, 2013 to discuss discrepancies and weaknesses in the Casco Zoning Ordinance. • NOTE: This Workshop session is open to the public. However, public participation is limited. • Board Members are not able to vote in workshop session. • Participation at workshop sessions is for the Board Members, staff and invited guests only. Public participation is limited at the invitation of the Board. 2T1
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RUFUS PORTER MUSEUM FAÇADE RESTORATION RUFUS PORTER MUSEUM 121 MAIN STREET BRIDGTON, ME The Town of Bridgton is requesting bids for exterior restorations to the Rufus Porter Museum, located at 121 Main Street in Bridgton, Maine. Sealed bids for the RUFUS PORTER MUSEUM FAÇADE RESTORATION will be received by the Town of Bridgton at Bridgton Town Office until 3 PM on February 4, 2013, and then opened and read aloud. Bids submitted after this time will not be accepted. Submit bids in a sealed envelope, clearly marked “RUFUS PORTER MUSEUM FAÇADE RESTORATION BID.” Bids must be accompanied by a deposit of 5% of the bid amount. This may be a certified check, bank treasurer’s check, bank cashier’s check, bank money order, cash, or a bid bond. Checks and money orders shall be payable to the Town of Bridgton, to be deposited in its account. Deposits will be returned to bidders within a reasonable amount of time after signing of contract. Additional information can be obtained by contacting Anne Krieg, Town of Bridgton Planning, Economic, & Community Development Director, at 207-647-8786 or email@example.com. Contract bid documents are available at the Bridgton Town Office, 3 Chase St., Bridgton, ME 04009, and on the town’s website: www.bridgtonmaine.org A mandatory Pre-Bid Meeting will be held on February 23, 2013 at 8:30 a.m. at the Museum, 121 Main St., Bridgton. Contact Anne Krieg at 207647-8786 for more information. The successful bidder will be required to sign a standard contract and provide a certificate of insurance for public liability, property damage, and worker’s compensation coverage. The Town of Bridgton reserves the right to waive all informalities in bids, to accept any bid, or any portion thereof, or to reject any or all bids deemed in its best interest to do so. The award of this bid shall be governed by the Town’s purchasing policy, unless otherwise required by law.
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of our country. Unfortunately, most Americans are totally ignorant about what is happening to our once great nation. Barack Obama, when he was running for president in 2008, stated that, “his goal was to fundamentally change America.” He has succeeded beyond his wildest dreams. We are now a shadow of the great nation that has sat astride the world since WWII. Our political system is grossly corrupt and judging by the results of the recent election, a clear majority of Americans could care less as long as the goodies keep on flowing out of Washington, D.C. We are doing a great disservice to our children and grandchildren. They will never be able to get out from under the awful mess we are leaving for them. Shame on all of us. Robert M. Howe Jr. Bridgton
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TOWN OF RAYMOND
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PLANNING BOARD NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING Wednesday, January 16, 2013 7:00 p.m. The Town of Raymond Planning Board will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, January 16, 2013 in accordance with Article 7 of the Land Use Ordinance, and 30-A MRSA §4352 for the purpose of receiving public input on proposed amendments for the following ordinances: – Addressing Ordinance of the Raymond Miscellaneous Ordinances – Article 6, Section D (Reductions from Minimum Setbacks) of the Raymond Land Use Ordinance, and Section 16G (Appeals) of the Raymond Shoreland Zoning Ordinance – Article 8B (Net Residential Density Calculation) of the Raymond Land Use Ordinance. – Article 9, Section T (Back Lots and Back Lot Driveways), Article 12 (Applicability and Definition of Terms Used in this Ordinance) of the Raymond Land Use Ordinance, Article 3 (Definitions) of the Raymond Subdivision Ordinance and Raymond Street Ordinance The complete text will be available online at www.raymondmaine.org and at the Town Office by January 9, 2013. 2T1
TOWN OF NAPLES
Erosion Control Practices Class The Town of Naples is sponsoring the Department of Environmental Protection Basic Erosion Control Practices Class on January 24, 2013 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. The workshop will be held at the Naples Town Office, 15 Village Green Lane, Naples, Maine. Earthwork Contractors in the shoreland zone must be certified after January 1, 2013. Any excavation contractor, including landscaping contractors that engages in any activity that adds or displaces more than one cubic yard of soil within the shoreland zone must have a person certified in erosion and sedimentation control practices by DEP on site each day earth-moving activities occur. This course is necessary to become certified in erosion control practices by the Department. In addition to sections on “Why Erosion Control is Important,” and “Erosion and How it Happens,” participants are provided with information on the proper selection, installation and maintenance of practices such as sediment barriers, mulch, vegetative stabilization, riprap, etc. The cost of the course is $45.00. Please contact Reneé Carter or Barbara Beckwith for more information. Naples Town Office Gymnasium 15 Village Green Lane, Naples, Maine 04055 51-1-2 (207) 693-6364
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Alice M. Kenny
David C. Love Jr.
Kenneth E. Thomes Jr.
PORTLAND — Alice M. Kenny, 81, of Portland, died on Sunday, Dec. 30, 2012, at the Barron Center after a courageous struggle with Parkinson’s disease. She was born in New York City on May 17, 1931, the daughter of John and Alice (Deary) McElroy. She was educated in Manhattan, attending St. Joseph’s School and graduating from Cathedral High School. Alice recalled the New York City of her childhood as a time when it was rare for people to own cars and children often played games in the street. She married her high school sweetheart, Thomas P. Kenny on March 1, 1949, at St. Catherine of Siena Church in New York City. Together, they moved to Queens Village, N.Y., and then to Long Island where they raised five children. Alice loved to read for pleasure and to enhance her own awareness and understanding of the issues of the day. She had a sharp wit and did the NY Times crossword puzzle daily. Having instilled a love of learning and a keen sense of social justice in her children and grandchildren, she took great pride in their accomplishments and choice of professions. Alice worked for many years as a real estate agent for Birchwood Estates on Long Island. She retired and moved to Hiram in 1985, where she had maintained a summer residence since 1970. She wintered in Ponce Inlet, Fla. She enjoyed socializing with her neighbors in Hiram and Ponce Inlet and was a gracious hostess. She was predeceased by two sisters and one brother. She is survived by her loving husband of 63 years; three daughters, Alice Susan Lawson of East Walpole, Mass., Ellen Kenny of Nazareth, Pa. and Laura Kenny of Montclair, N.Y.; two sons, Thomas Kenny of Portland and Mark Kenny, also of Portland; nine grandchildren and two great-granddaughters. A graveside service will be held in the spring at Pleasant View Cemetery in Hiram. Arrangements are by Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. Online condolences may be expressed at www.ctcrawford.com Memorial donations may be made to: National Parkinson Foundation at www.parkinson.org or 1-800-327-4545.
AUBURN — David Carrington Love Jr., 87, of Harrison passed away on Saturday, Jan. 5, 2013. Dave was born on Sept. 27, 1925 in Orange, N.J., the son of David Carrington Love Sr. and Katharina Jensen Love. Dave graduated from West Orange High School and proudly served in the United States Air Corps during World War II. After Dave’s military service, he was employed by New Jersey Bell Telephone Company for 27 years. Dave, known as Carrington to all, married Margaret Mary Fleming on May 5, 1951 in East Orange, N.J. The sad and untimely passing of his wife, Margaret, left him to raise their two young daughters, Susan and Nancy. While living in South Orange, N.J., he spent many summers traveling to Maine with the girls to visit their Grammie Love, his sister Barbara Jenni and brother-in-law Hans Jenni in Bridgton. Dave moved to Bridgton in 1977 after meeting and marrying Janet Watkins, a widow herself with three children — Liz, Tom and Lynn. Dave brought his skills as a mechanic working for Portland Street Garage in Bridgton. He later opened his own repair shop in Harrison for several years before his retirement in 1990. He was a member of the Western Maine Fish and Game of Harrison and a proud Life Member of the NRA. Dave spent many years with Jan “snow-birding” in Florida. Traveling across the country many times in their motor home, he made friends wherever he went. Friends and relatives enjoyed their visits and hearing about their travels. You could always be sure to find him tinkering in his workshop fixing something or reading up on the latest sportsman’s magazines. He had a passion for anything and everything with wheels and loved the history of automobiles and motorcycles. Moving to Bolsters Mills Village in Otisfield in 1985 and then just across the river to Harrison in 2004, Dave spent the remainder of his life surrounded by good friends and family. He was truly loved by all that met him for his genuine warmth, humor and kindness. Dave is survived by his daughters Susan Mulligan and Nancy Love; his sister Barbara Jenni; two nephews; his wife, Janet Watkins Love; stepchildren, Elizabeth Patterson and Tom Watkins; nine grandchildren and six great-grandchildren. Dave is predeceased by his wife, Margaret Love; and stepdaughter, Lynn Potter. Family and friends are invited to attend a memorial service on Saturday, Jan. 12 at 11 a.m. at the Bolsters Mills United Methodist Church in Harrison. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Dave’s memory to Camp Sunshine, 35 Acadia Road, Casco, ME 04015 or the Hospice House, 236 Stetson Road, Auburn, ME 04210. Arrangements under the care of Oxford Hills and Weston Funeral Services, 1037 Main Street, Oxford. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.oxfordhillsfuneralservices.com
PORTLAND — Kenneth E. Thomes Jr., 78, of Dover Foxcroft, died on Jan. 4, 2013, at his son’s home surrounded by his loving family. He was born in Portland on July 10, 1934, the son of Kenneth, Sr. and Margaret (Ryan) Thomes. Kenneth grew up in Falmouth and attended Falmouth High School, Class of 1953. After high school, Ken joined the National Guard and was part of the 103rd Armored Calvary. On July 2, 1957, Ken reported to work for the Portland Fire Department at Ladder Company 6 on Park Avenue and retired as captain at Central Station on Nov. 1, 1977, after 20 years of service. Kenny then worked for Central Maine Power for years and was especially happy to work at the Harris Project just above his camp in Moxie. He later started work as a carpenter with Thomas Kane Associates and retired completely after working for Cianbro Corporation. Kenneth was “at home” in the outdoors. He loved hunting, trapping, and fishing and enjoyed these treasures with many lifelong friends, especially his grandson Trey, who took to his same interest and pleasures. Kenny was a member of the Maine Trappers Association and a member of Maine’s Big Buck Club multiple times. In addition to his parents, Kenneth was predeceased by his former wife and mother of his children, Barbara L. Savage in 1997; and his son, Glen H. Thomes in 2004. He is survived by his two sons, Steven A. Thomes and Scott M. Thomes; two daughters, Linda J. Thomes and Patricia A. Bailey, all from Portland; 12 grandchildren; 14 great-grandchildren; his sister, Patricia A. Thomes of Windham; aunt, Eva Langley of Casco; and a special nephew. Visiting hours were on Wednesday, Jan. 9, at Conroy-Tully Crawford Funeral Home, 172 State Street, Portland. A private service will be held for family. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www. ctcrawford.com In lieu of flowers, the family asks that donations be made in Kenny’s name to: Firefighter Cancer Support Network, care of Jeff Howe, 22016 Superior Court, Santa Clarita, CA 91390.
FITCHBURG, MASS. — Helen Smith Farwell, 95, of Fitchburg, Mass., passed away on Monday, Dec. 17, 2012 at her home, with loved ones at her side. She is survived by Ann Devereux of Denmark, Ernie Farwell of New Mexico, Malcolm Farwell of Massachusetts and their spouses. She is also survived by six grandchildren, six great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren. Two of her three sisters in New Zealand also survive her. Two of Helen’s grandchildren (Brian and Robert Devereux) were born and raised in this area, graduating from Fryeburg Academy. She spent a lot of time here visiting with them and their family. Her funeral was in Fitchburg, Mass. on Dec. 27, 2012 in the middle of a blizzard. Born and raised in Auckland, New Zealand, she was welcomed in a blizzard her first day at her new home. It was her first sight of snow. In New Zealand, she was a midwife and maternity R.N. She married an American Pearl Harbor survivor and at the end of WW II sailed and rode on trains for two months to get here. Her marriage to Guy Farwell lasted 53 years, until Guy passed on.
Reverend John W. Lennon HARRISON — Reverend John W. Lennon was born Jan. 20, 1928, ordained June 11, 1955 and died Dec. 16, 2012 of heart failure in Massachusetts. After ordination in 1955, John traveled to the Philippine Islands, where he obtained his doctorate degree in languages. He was a pastor in different churches during his 12 years in Asia. He returned to America in 1967, and was a pastor and teacher in the Bronx, N.Y., Boston and Yonkers until his retirement in 2003. He lived in Harrison at 25 Ruby Lane, and had many good friends in Harrison and Bridgton. Funeral services were held at the Flower Funeral Home in Yonkers, N.Y. on Dec. 29, 2012 followed by burial in his family plot in St. Mary’s Cemetery, Yonkers, N.Y.
Wilbur F. Hammond FRYEBURG — Wilbur F. Hammond, 90, of Fryeburg, passed away peacefully on the 29th of Dec., with his wife and members of his family at his side. Born on the 19th of Oct. in 1922, at his parents’ home in Hiram, he went on to attend Fryeburg Academy, where he was an outstanding student athlete, graduating as Valedictorian and Class President in 1941. He married his high school sweetheart, Adeline Ellen Brown, of Lovell, Maine on Nov. 21 1942. He attended Worcester Polytechnic Institute and left to enlist in the United States Marine Corps, where he served in the Pacific and was honorably discharged in 1945 with the rank of Staff Sergeant. He returned to join his father in the lumber business and together they formed Thomas Hammond & Son, in Hiram, which he continued to operate until his retirement in 2006. In conjunction with his business he also was an advocate for his industry, serving as Director of the Maine Forest Products Council, President of the Northeast Lumber Manufacturers Association, Director of National Forest Products, and he served under the Bush Administration as Chairman and Treasurer of the American Lumber Standards Committee. He also served with his wife “Bette” as People to People Ambassador to China. Wilbur was active in his community, serving as a school board member and Selectman for the Town of Hiram, on the Board of Northern Cumberland Memorial Hospital and as a Trustee of Fryeburg Fair, where he helped establish the Saco Valley Woodsmen’s Field Day and served as its Chair for over 30 years. He was a Past Commander of the McLaughlin-Hartford Post 7642 VFW and a member of the Maine Audubon Society. A Past Master of the Mount Moriah Lodge AF&AM #56 and a Christian man, he served as Deacon in both the Congregational Church of Hiram and the United Church of Christ in Fryeburg. A devoted son, he was predeceased by his father, Thomas R. S. Hammond and his mother Henrietta Milliken Hammond. Hammy, as Wilbur was often known, was dedicated to and proud of his family. He is survived by his beloved wife of 70 years, Adeline Ellen “Bette” Brown Hammond and his children: Wilbur F. Hammond Jr. and wife Barbara of Sequim Wash., Toby B. Hammond and wife Janie of Naples, Connie-Lee Jones and husband Woody of Portland, Cheryl-Lynn Outram and husband Jim of Fryeburg, Thomas S. Hammond and wife Debbie of Sarasota, Fla., and Christian T. Hammond and wife Madeleine of Hiram; grandchildren: Wilbur F. Hammond III and wife Colleen, Robyn Sala and husband Joseph, Holly Nass and husband Jon, Nathan Boothby and wife Casey, Justin Boothby and wife Ashley, Amanda Boothby, Thomas Hammond II and wife Susie, Greta Fiorina and husband Mike and Benjamin Hammond; and 11 greatgrandchildren: Willow Hammond, Jacob, Maxwell and Eliza Nass, Karlie and Kayla Boothby, Cyrus and Liesl Boothby, Carter Hammond and Adeline and John Thomas Fiorina. A private celebration of life will be held at the family home on Kezar Lake in the summer. Wilbur will be interred in Pine Grove Cemetery in Fryeburg, Maine. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to Fryeburg Rescue, P.O. Box 177, Fryeburg, ME 04037, in Wilbur’s name. Arrangements are made with Wood Funeral Home, Fryeburg, ME. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.woodfuneralhome.org
Clifford L. Ridlon Jr. NORTH BRIDGTON — Clifford L. Ridlon Jr., 85, of North Bridgton, died Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 in Bridgton Hospital after a period of failing health. He was born in North Bridgton on Feb. 17, 1927, the son of Clifford L. and Maud (Haley) Ridlon Sr. He served his country for three years in the United States Army. Upon his discharge, he worked in his grandfather’s Sawmill in North Bridgton until 1952. Junior worked for several different places over the years. In 1970, he began his 25-year career with N.T. Fox Lumber Company in Bridgton, from which he retired in 1995. Junior had a great love for his dogs and enjoyed walking them throughout town. Junior also loved raising horses out in the back fields. He will best be remembered for his storytelling abilities and he had many stories to share. He was predeceased by his son, Samuel Ridlon and two sons-in-law, Ray Cross and Ronald McIver. Surviving are his wife of 68 years, Dorothy (Wyman) Ridlon; two sons, Clifford L. Ridlon III and his wife Lynda, and John Ridlon; three daughters, Laurel Cross, Cynthia McIver, Linda Staples and her husband Vaughn; 12 grandchildren, 18 greatgrandchildren and many nieces and nephews. A burial will take place in the spring in the North Bridgton Cemetery. Arrangements are in the care of the Johnson Funeral Home, North Berwick, Maine. Online condolences may be expressed at www.JohnsonFuneralHomeME.com
William M. Clifford, M.D. BELLEFONTE, PENNSYLVANIA — William M. Clifford, of State College, Pa., previously of Bridgton, Maine and Pelham Manor, N.Y., passed away at home, surrounded by his wife and loving family on Jan. 2, 2013, one week shy of his 88th birthday. He was born in New York City on Jan. 7, 1925, the son of Michael Francis Clifford and Anne Elizabeth (McNulty). “Bill” was accepted to the premed program at Columbia in the fall of 1941, and obtained his medical degree at New York Medical College. Starting in 1952, Dr. Clifford served as Urologist and Triage Officer for the United States Army for the 11th Evacuation Hospital during the Korean War. On April 12, 1958, he was married to Alyce Helen Cousins, and raised four children in Pelham Manor, N.Y. He is survived by his wife, Alyce of State College, Sister Betty Macomber of Sun City, Ariz., daughters Cathey (Steven) Taft of White Plains, N.Y., Kimberly McMahon of Oxford, Maine, Patricia (Micah) Barbash of State College, Pa., and son William Michael Jr. of Seymour, Conn., along with 11 grandchildren: Holly (Vroom) Villanueva, Cpt. Joshua Taft, and Matthew Taft of White Plains, N.Y.; Shad Clifford, Erin (McMahon) Colby and Jessica McMahon of Maine, Emily, Caroline, William III and Mary Clifford of Shelton, Conn.; and Daniel Barbash of State College, Pa. Also surviving are his six adoring great-grandchildren: Herizen Clifford and Jessie Vessel of Maine; Martin, Seff and Valentino Villanueva of White Plains, N.Y., and Christopher Mas Jr. of Shelton, Conn. He was preceded in death by sister Marion (Edwin) Mallam (N.Y.) and brother Daniel Clifford (Mich.). Dr. Clifford was devoted to the practice of Urology for over 40 years at the Westchester Square Hospital, Bronx, N.Y., where he was both Chairman of the Board and Head of Medicine. But his devotion to his family went unmatched. He treated them to rich life experiences of culture, travel, education and leisure throughout their lives. He thoroughly enjoyed the ocean, whether it be at the Jersey Shore during childhood summer vacations, the beaches of Breezy Point while visiting his sister Marion, or the crystal waters of St. Maarten, Netherland Antilles, where he owned a vacation home with his wife. He spent many hours swimming and boating along the shores of Moose Pond in Bridgton, Maine, where he and Alyce resided for many years after his retirement. Dad was a gentle, caring and generous man to everyone he met, and will be sorely missed by his family. His life will be celebrated at a private family gathering. Arrangements are under the direction of Wetzler Funeral Service Inc., Bellefonte, Pa. Online condolences may be made to the family at www.wetzlerfuneralhome.com
John L. LeViness Jr. RAYMOND — John Lawrence LeViness Jr., 68, of Raymond passed away on Friday, Jan. 4, 2013. He was born on Sept. 5, 1944, in Mount Vernon, N.Y. He was the son of John and Eva LeViness, devoted husband of Myra LeViness and proud father of John Lawrence LeViness III, Tammy Benson, Heather Steckino and Joshua LeViness. He grew up in Yonkers, N.Y., and graduated from Lincoln High School in 1962. His youth was spent scaling buildings, ice skating on the Bronx River and pestering his siblings. He had many interests including boxing, martial arts, gymnastics and harmonizing on the streets of New York with his buddies. John devoted 23-1/2 years of his life serving in the Air Force, proudly upholding the freedoms of this great nation. He retired in 1985 as a Master Sergeant. During his service, he was also the pastor of Heart and Soul Ministry, where he baptized and led many to Christ. He spent his life fervently spreading the message of God and prayed all would know of his saving grace. His wisdom of the Bible was expansive, a favorite passage of his was John 14:6 “I am the way, the truth and the life, no man cometh unto the Father except through me.” After retiring from the Air Force, he worked at the Maine Correctional Center and retired after 13 years upon which he devoted his life to his exuberant family’s wellbeing. From him, they learned the importance of courage, respect, love of country, family, friends and the Father. He was an all-around athlete and competitor. Many thought it was a great accomplishment to best him in a game of tennis. He love to golf, fish, garden and made a mean pot roast. He was predeceased by his parents, John and Eva LeViness; sister Carol Grimaldi of Mount Vernon, N.Y.; two nephews; and a cousin, who died in Vietnam in 1971. John is survived by his wife and four children mentioned above; his brother, William LeViness; four grandchildren; three great-grandchildren and the soon expected John LeViness V; and three nephews and CARD OF THANKS four nieces. Services will be held at a later The family of George G. Holden date to be announced. Arrangements would like to express our sincere are by Dolby Funeral Chapel. Online and heartfelt thanks to our many relatives, friends, and neighbors for condolences may be sent to www. their love and thoughtfulness in our dolbyfuneralchapels.com In lieu of flowers, donations in time of sorrow. Your cards, prayers, and kindness will never be forgotten. his memory may be made to: St. A special thank you to Dr. William Jude’s Hospital, 332 N. Lauderdale, Medd and the staff at Market Square Memphis, Tennessee 38105. Health Care Center skilled unit for their excellent care and compassion during his time there. Also a very special thank you to Bridgton Academy for allowing the use of the Chapel and dining hall for the services — it meant so much to us and was a wonderful tribute to our husband and father.
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Obituaries PRESQUE ISLE — Audrey Elaine Bishop Thibodeau, 97, of Presque Isle, died Jan. 2, 2013. Audrey was born in Caribou, on Dec. 13, 1915, the daughter of Elsie (Berce) and Charles T. Bishop. She attended Caribou public schools and graduated from the University of Maine in 1937 with a degree in nutrition after which she taught Home Economics at Houlton High School. In 1939, Audrey married Lawrence A. Thibodeau, also of Caribou who had been a high school classmate. The couple then moved to New York State to join Audrey’s brother, Jack, in farming, but missed their home and soon moved back to Maine. Audrey and Tib were off on their next adventure and moved to Fort Kent, where they lived on the banks of the St. John River. Audrey was committed to learning French while there and enjoyed the “valley experience.” In 1946, they moved to Presque Isle, which became the lifelong home of Audrey and Tib. Audrey was a stay-athome mom as her children were growing up, however, at Christmas she worked at Sears Roebuck demonstrating and selling sewing machines to earn extra money. In the late 60s, she owned and managed the family store, L.S. Hall Co. in Caribou. Audrey was passionate about raising awareness and fostering education for students with reading disabilities in the public school system. She started the Presque Isle Pony Club and served as the District Commissioner for several years. Audrey was recognized by several educational and charitable organizations in Aroostook County. She was instrumental in incorporating the Vera Estes House into the Presque Isle Historical Society and promoted the preservatwion of the Old Presque Isle Fire Station. Audrey was “a County Girl” and proudly supported UMPI, NMCC and UMFK. Audrey is survived by her children, Berna (Bunny) T. Andrews of North Yarmouth, Ann T. Seitz of North Yarmouth, Lee Lawrence Thibodeau M.D. of Cumberland Foreside and Don R. Thibodeau of Fryeburg; her brother Harold (Swamp) Bishop of Muncy, Pa.; 10 grandchildren, and several great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband Tib; her sister, Berna Richards; brother Jack Bishop; and a grandson. A Celebration of Life will be in the spring so all relatives and friends may attend. An announcement will be forthcoming prior to the gathering. Online condolences may be expressed at www.duncan-graves.com Memorial contributions may be made to: The Audrey B. Thibodeau Charitable and Educational Fund, in care of Hugo Olore, P.O. Box 1087, 408 Main Street, Presque Isle, ME 04769.
Flora E. Gartman Flora E. (Cox) Gartman, 81, of Bridgton, passed away Monday, Jan. 7, 2013 at Bridgton Hospital. She was born in Norway, June 16, 1931, a daughter of Irving B. and Florence H. (Card) Witham. In 1950, she married Aaron E. Cox, who passed away in 1981. She then married Hugo F. Gartman in 1988. He passed away in 2005. She worked at Wilner Wood Products and Robinson Manufacturing. After retiring, she wintered in Orlando, Fla., for 25 years and most summers in Norway in between traveling all over the United States. The only state she didn’t make it to was Hawaii. Flora was a very loving and caring mother and loved doing things with her family. She was known as the family historian. She and Hugo made many family tree books for family members. She loved the Maine seacoast and had a collection of lighthouses. She is survived by her children, Rosemary Herrick, Stephen Cox, Robert Cox, David Cox, Deborah Renney, Douglas Cox, Doris Marston and Michelle Cox; 20 grandchildren; 13 great-grandchildren; and several nieces and nephews. She was predeceased by her husbands; and children, Carol Asi and Dennis Cox. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at www.oxfordhillsfuneralservices.com Graveside services will be held in the spring, time and date to be announced at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Flora’s memory to the Oxford Advent Christian Church, 1130 Main St., Oxford, ME 04270. Arrangements under the care of Oxford Hills and Weston Funeral Services, 1037 Main Street, Oxford.
Michael S. Record CASCO — Michael S. Record, 44, of Casco, passed away unexpectedly on Thursday, Jan. 3, 2013. He was born in Portland, the son of George Record III and Susan Conant. Michael attended Gorham and Deering High Schools. He worked as a master oil burner technician for 15 years. For the past three years, he has followed his passion as a truck driver, working for Jewett & Noonan Transportation. Michael enjoyed fishing, camping, and riding ATVs with his family. He loved animals and had a special connection with his dogs. He loved the Doberman breed and always wanted one. Michael enjoyed going to car shows and especially liked Camaros. His greatest joy in life was his children. He took great pride in being there for the birth of his daughter and son. He is survived by his mother, Susan Jordan of Windham; his wife Amy (McElman) Record of Casco; a daughter Hannah and son Michael of Casco; and two sisters, Karen Record of Scarborough and Lindsay Maffei of Sanford. A gathering of family and friends will be held from 1 to 4 p.m. on Sunday at Blais & Hay Funeral Home, 35 Church Street, Westbrook. Interment will take place at a later date. Online condolences may be expressed at www.blaisandhayfuneralhome.com
Calendar BRIDGTON Thur., Jan. 10 — Pinochle, 1 p.m., Community Center. Fri., Jan. 11 — Easy Riders Snowmobile Club, 5:30 p.m., Community Center. Sat., Jan. 12 — Chickadee Quilters, 10 a.m., Community Center. Mon., Jan. 14 — Golden Oldies Lunch Bunch, noon, Punkin Valley Restaurant. FMI: 6473635. Mon., Jan. 14 — Bridgton Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., Community Center. Tue., Jan. 15 — Motivational speaker John Jenkins, personal safety seminar sponsored by Bridgton Rec, 6 p.m., Municipal Complex. Wed., Jan. 16 — BCC Board Meeting, 6 p.m., Community Center. Thur., Jan. 17 — Chickadee Quilters, 7 p.m., Community Center. DENMARK Thur., Jan. 10 — Helpful Huskies 4-H Club meeting, 3:30 p.m., library. Fri., Jan. 11 — Easy hike to Notch Mountain, Hiram, with Denmark Mountain Hikers, meet 8:30 a.m. at Denmark Congregational Church. FMI: 756-2247. Fri., Jan. 18 — Moderate hike to Arethusa Falls/Frankenstein Cliffs, Crawford Notch, N.H. meet 8:30 a.m. at Denmark Congregational Church. FMI: 756-2247. FRYEBURG Fri., Jan. 11 — NRBQ in Concert, eclectic rock, jazz and pop band, 7:30 p.m., Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy. FMI: 935-9232. Wed., Jan. 16 — Opera Lecture Series, discussion of Maria Stuarda by Joe DeVito, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy. FMI: 935-9232. Thur., Jan. 17 — National Theatre of London presents The Magistrate, 2 and 7 p.m., Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy. FMI: 935-9232. Fri., Jan. 18 — FA Film Series, Sunrise, with accompaniment by Brent Arnold, 7:30 p.m., Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy. FMI: 935-9232. Sat., Jan. 19 — Metropolitan Opera Live presents Maria Stuarda, 1 to 4:15 p.m., Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy. FMI: 935-9232. HARRISON Sat., Jan. 12 — BYOB Dance with Road Kingz, 8 p.m. to midnight, Harrison VFW Post, Waterford Rd. FMI: 583-4558, 461-4558. Mon., Jan. 14 — Talk by Melissa and Ryan Phillips on vegan (no animal products) lifestyle, 6 p.m., library. FMI: 583-2970. LOVELL Mon., Jan. 14 — Adult Book Discussion Series, The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson, 1 p.m., library. Wed., Jan. 16 — Talk on learning to use smart phones, other gadgets, social media, by Kathleen Dunn Lyman, 2 p.m., library. NAPLES Thur., Jan. 10 — Lego Club, 4 p.m., library. Wed., Jan. 16 — Book Group to
discuss In the Garden of Beasts by Erik Larson, 1:30 p.m., library. Thur., Jan. 17 — Ice Skate Swap by Naples Rec, 5-7 p.m., Selectmen’s Room, Town Hall. FMI: 693-6364. Thur., Jan. 17 — Library Board of Trustees meeting, 7:15 p.m., library. RAYMOND Sun., Jan. 13 — Game Day, 1 p.m., library. Wed., Jan. 16 — Publicity Committee meeting, 6:30 p.m., library. Sun., Jan. 20 — Public Hymn Sing, 4:30 to 5:30 p.m., Raymond Village Church, 27 Main St. FMI: 655-7749. SEBAGO Mon., Jan. 14 — Knitting Group, 2:30 to 4 p.m., library. WATERFORD Sun., Jan. 13 — Waterford World’s Fair Assn. meeting, 2 p.m., Town Hall. Thur., Jan. 17 — Community Potluck Supper, 6 p.m., Wilkins Community House, Waterford Flat, Plummer Hill Rd. Sat., Jan. 19 — Public Supper by Waterford World’s Fair Assn., 5 to 6:30 p.m., North Waterford Congregational Church, across street from Melby’s Market on Rte. 35. AREA EVENTS Sat., Jan. 12 — Rabies Clinic by Town of Norway, 9-11 a.m., Norway Fire Station. FMI: 7436651. Sat., Jan. 12 — Oxford Hills Honey Bee Club, 1 p.m., Oxford County Extension Center, 9 Olson Rd. FMI: 743-5009. Sat., Jan. 12 — Technology Petting Zoo, 1-on-1 help with UEDs (Undecipherable Electronic Devices), 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., Conway Library, Conway, N.H. 603-447-5552. Sat., Jan. 12 — Swingin’ Bears Square Dance Club dance, 710 p.m., Oxford Hills Middle School, 100 Pine St., So. Paris. FMI: 782-4050. Mon., Jan. 14 — Technology Petting Zoo, 1-on-1 help with iPad, iPhone, Kindle, smart phone, 6-8 p.m., Conway Library, Conway, N.H. 603-447-5552. Tue., Jan. 15 — Feline Fix It Wagon of Rozzie May Animal Alliance at Paris Farmers Union, So. Paris, by appt: 603-447-1373, www.rozziemay.org Tue., Jan. 15 — Veterans Job Fair, general public welcome, 9 a.m. to noon, Lewiston CareerCenter, 5 Mollison Way, Lewiston. FMI: 753-9005, 1-800-741-2991. Wed., Jan. 16 — Friends of the Conway Library meeting, 4 p.m., Conway Library, Conway, N.H. Public invited. Wed., Jan. 16 — Mollyocket Chapter of Trout Unlimited, fly-tying talk & demo by Greg Ponte, 6 p.m., Haskell House, 17 East Main St., next to First Congregational Church, So. Paris. Thur., Jan. 17 — Book Chat, 10:30 a.m., Norway Library, Main St., Norway. FMI: 743-5309. Thur., Jan. 17 — New Gloucester Historical Society annual meeting, 7 p.m., New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale Rd., next to Town Hall. Thur., Jan. 17 — SWOAM meeting with talk on water quality regulations for timber harvesting, 7 p.m., Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School. FMI: 743-5976. Sat., Jan. 19 — Free Soup and Chowder Fest, 11:30 a.m. to
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MONDAYS Naples Warming Site, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Naples Town Hall. Senior Fitness Jumpin’ Janes, 9-10 a.m., Bridgton Town Hall, No. High St. FMI: 647-2402, 647-8026. Storytime for Preschoolers with Miss Liz, ages under five, 10-11 a.m., Lovell Library. Baby/Toddler Playtime, 10:30 a.m., Raymond Library. Storytime, 10:30 a.m., North Bridgton Library. The Food Basket and Kyrie’s Kitchen, 1st & 3rd Mondays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Naples Town Hall gym. FMI: 615-3226. Knotty Knitters, noon to 2 p.m., Soldiers Library, Hiram. FMI: 625-4650. Cribbage, 2 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Mousepaint Storytime, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Lovell Library. Step Into Fitness Walking Program at LRHS, Naples, 4:30 to 6 p.m., through May 3. FMI: 647-3116. Coed Adult Pickup Basketball, 6-8 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym. Follows school calendar; ends May 20. Casco Food Pantry, 6 to 7 p.m. third Monday of month, Casco Alliance Church. FMI: 3445370. TUESDAY Sebago Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, Nazarene Church, Rte. 114, 4th Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m.; clothes closet Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tai Chi Maine New Beginners’ Class, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Bridgton Town Hall. Chickadee Quilters, 9:30 a.m., Bridgton Community Center. Naples Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. Tuesdays, United Methodist Church, Village Green, FMI: 595-2754 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. Tuesdays, Methodist Church, 98 Main St. FMI: 6474476. Bridge, 1 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Youth/Teen Basketball Open Gym for G. 3-12, 3-5 p.m., Bridgton Town Hall. Teen Sports Night, 6-8 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym. Follows school calendar; ends April 30. Harrison Food Pantry, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2 Naples Rd. FMI: 583-6178. WEDNESDAYS Senior Fitness Jumpin’ Janes, 9-10 a.m., Bridgton Town Hall, No. High St. FMI: 647-2402, 647-8026. Free Well Woman Clinic, by appt., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Birthwise Community Clinic, The Birth House. FMI: 647-5968, ext. 108. Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Raymond Library. Early Literacy Group, 10:30 a.m., Bridgton Library. Sweden House Food Pantry, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, Sweden Church
FRIDAYS Naples Warming Site, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Naples Town Hall. Senior Fitness Jumpin’ Janes, 9-10 a.m., Bridgton Town Hall, No. High St. FMI: 647-2402, 647-8026. Parents and 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 Beginners’ Practice Class, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Bridgton Town Hall. Reading with Holly Dog, 3 p.m., Bridgton Library. Step Into Fitness Walking Program at LRHS, Naples, 4:30 to 6 p.m., through May 3. FMI: 647-3116. Adult Indoor Soccer, 5-7 p.m., Bridgton Town Hall. Womanspace, for women with substance abuse issues, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. SATURDAYS Paris Winter Farmers Market, runs thru Dec. 22, 9 to 11 a.m., Oxford County Extension Office, 9 Olson Rd., So. Paris. Table Tennis, 1-4 p.m., Bridgton Town Hall. All welcome, equipment provided free. FMI: 6472847. Adult Indoor Soccer, 5-7 p.m., Bridgton Town Hall.
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The changing climate: Bring it on
(Continued from Page B) Australian human spleen borer and the Kardashian sisters. And clearly, some effects are already being felt. “See that,” President Obama said just yesterday, as pontoons were being fitted onto Air Force One, “Just as I promised: meaningful change!” The trouble with climate change is that most Americans don’t believe in it, or don’t want to believe in it, which amounts to the same thing. Wait, what difference does “belief” make, you ask, in the face of data and facts? Why, you science elitist know-nothing! Belief is reality. Psychologists have shown that, when presented with evidence, a man will study it for awhile and then carefully select those four facts which best support what he already believed before he even knew there were even
any facts at all to be considered, or a supposed “problem” — and then he’ll change the channel to a different football game. Hey, did you see that hit? Women are different, but since it’s their belief that men will screw up the world anyway, what else is new? Meanwhile, the man with the four facts argues with someone else who has selected the 74 facts that best fit his side of the argument. You’d think the 74 facts would win, but they do not. Studies show that people need as little as one fact to go on, even if they made the fact up themselves, to support their unshakable belief that what they already thought was right, really is. And so it is with climate change, where the world wonders why America doesn’t face the facts and do something serious about carbon emissions,
because the rest of the world wants to believe that America is destroying the Earth, and meanwhile America naturally doesn’t want to believe we’re destroying the Earth, and so we deny that anything is wrong at all, except that they’re taking all the big hits out of pro football for some reason. This is called “running the numbers.” Here are some of my ideas for controlling climate change, whether it’s a problem or not. 1. Stilt cars. Retrofit all automobiles with those flexible, stilt-like devices as seen in that War of the Worlds movie starring Tom Cruise as a mostly-sane person, for once. If Hollywood can do it, so can America. Hollywood’s gift for prophecy was proven by such groundbreaking films as 2001: A Space Odyssey, which showed us how to launch scary giant
babies into near-earth orbit, and Tootsie, which brought on the cross-dressing fad that eventually reached into the highest offices of the FBI. 2. Plutonium rocket packs. Gradually replace the auto and the bus and the commuter train with millions of individual atomic-powered jetpacks, like the kind we’ve been promised for over 50 years now. (Also: We will have to loosen the federal fracking laws for pitchblende, as more plutonium will be needed. This will preserve our track record of saving the environment on the one hand while completely devastating the environment in an entirely new way, on the other hand. This is called “the balance of Nature.”) 3. Change the building codes. Forty percent of American fossil fuel goes to
heating homes and offices and other buildings. So, change the codes to make cluster housing mandatory, to the point of putting all the houses in any one town on the same lot. Also, allow only 10 square feet for each family member; ergonometric design has come a long way in the last 20 years. Americans have always wanted to eat, telecommute and go to the bathroom without once getting out of bed. Ta-da! The American Dream, realized! 4. Convert California and Texas into giant solar collectors. One Blue State and one Red State, so it’s fair — and, really, who’d miss either one? I also have big plans for the sacrifices to be made by the swing states, such as Florida. One problem though, right? How do the politicians know if climate change is real or not?
They look at the poll numbers! Of course! America isn’t about problem-solving anymore, despite what you see in those movies where a giant asteroid is heading toward Earth and everyone agrees something involving Bruce Willis should be done about it, it’s about taking a daily poll so that people can decide if they’ve changed their minds about what’s a problem or what isn’t a problem since yesterday’s poll was taken. And, guess what? Nothing ever changes! Because when it turns out that everyone thinks taxes are a problem, politicians spend two seconds thinking about taxes — and then they remember they already made up their minds about taxes a long time ago. So then they turn from the NFL game to an asteroid movie, where someone at least is sure to be blown up.
Shhhhh — a fun New Year’s resolution
(Continued from Page B) To start you off, let me mention a few titles that I have liked: • Major Pettigrew’s Last Stand by Helen Simonson tells a story of encounters between generations, personalities and ethnicities in an English village. Intelligent, wise, witty and beautifully written, it will make you laugh out loud. I did — countless times. • Fortress Israel: The Inside Story of the Military Elite Who Run the Country — and Why They Can’t Make Peace by
Patrick Tyler. A rarely published view of a perhaps overly-trusted friend. Tyler was until retirement an eminent reporter for the Washington Post and New York Times. His writing is fine and his arguments fairly and amply supported. • Inferno, the World at War, 1939-45 by Max Hastings. Here is the fast-moving story of WWII told from the perspective of all the countries that fought in that terrible conflict. The author pulls no punches in evaluating the leadership of all the combatants, frequently
correcting propaganda from the victors. • Wolf Hall and its recent sequel, Bring up the Bodies by Hillary Mantel. Intrigue at the court of Henry VIII. Gripping fictionalized history, the way it wasn’t written for your high school. Should hold you until well past time to get the garden started. • Skios by Michael Frayn, another hard-to-put-down, laugh-out-loud book, a wacky farce I wished would never end until the end fizzled. Set on a Greek island, it depicts
romance, utter confusion and deft satire of intellectual pomposity. • The Passage of Power, the fourth installment of Robert Caro’s biography of LBJ. Takes you through the hard times of his vice presidency to the days after he succeeded Kennedy. Rich in the details of governance and of LBJ’s difficult relations with Bobby Kennedy and friends, the text (I listened to rather than read it) forces us to admire the forceful and abused leader — Vietnam will be covered in the next and final
volume. • The Last Chronicle of Barset (or any of the other novels in the series) by Anthony Trollope. There’s nothing like a plot and personality-rich, meaty Victorian novel to make the days pass quickly, too quickly whether under two feet of snow or two feet off the ground in a summer hammock. • Rome by Robert Hughes, a perfect guidebook whether or not you’re going there. Never lacking strong opinions, Hughes takes us from the [sometimes] glory days of Empire to mis-
creant popes to fumbling fascists with plenty of commentary on artists and thinkers who helped fashion the great city and Western culture. There, that should help you get started. Holly at Bridgton Public Library or Justin at Bridgton Books will be happy to see you through the entire year — which I hope will be a happy and literary one. Henry Precht, author of A Diplomat’s Progress – Ten Tales of Diplomatic Adventure in and Around the Middle East, is a summer resident of Bridgton.
Bankruptcy and shame: Behind a curtain of funny money (Continued from Page B) San Bernardino went bankrupt too, a few months before Stockton. One third of its 210,000 citizens are below the poverty line but a police lieutenant can retire in his fifties at $128,000 a year, and, according
to Reuters, that’s after getting “$230,000 in one-time payouts on his last day.” Unions provide campaign contributions to politicians who vote them pension benefits. Want to guess which political party gets those union
contributions? Hint: it isn’t the Republicans. Democrats will bankrupt a city before confronting the unions. A Detroit city councilwoman asked President Obama for a bailout last month: “Our people in an overwhelming way sup-
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ported the re-election of this president and there ought to be a quid pro quo.” Maybe she didn’t hear that President Obama is busy trying to dodge a bankruptcy crisis of his own. States are flirting with bankruptcy too and for the same reasons: Government union pensions, especially for teachers, police and firemen. Even a liberal news outlet like the Huffington Post is admitting there’s a crisis: “(Illinois has) the nation’s worst case of underfunding state employees’ pensions,” it declared, “a problem approaching $100 billion and mounting by $17 million per day.” Illinois recently raised income taxes by 62% but even that didn’t make a dent. Several other states are in danger of bankruptcy too. Will states that manage their affairs be expected to bail out states that don’t? I hope not. Will federal Democrat “leaders” try
to bail out fellow Democrats running blue states? Will the United States itself go bankrupt? These are open questions as we watch irresponsible political “leaders” limp along with last-minute deals and continuing resolutions month to month. There’s one important difference between the feds and the states: the U.S. government can print money. States cannot. Democrats who control both the White House and the Senate refuse to deal with our looming unfunded liabilities in Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid. Observers with rudimentary knowledge of arithmetic see impending bankruptcy unless there are huge cuts immediately. When federal Democrats try to borrow more money, creditors are reluctant to lend. Bond sales have few buyers, so what to do? Get the Federal Reserve to create digi-
tal money out of thin air and buy up unsold bonds. Do our Democrat leaders think we’re any different than Weimar, Germany or Zimbabwe? Do they think they can print funny money forever without inflationary consequences? I guess. Will they ever admit their New Deal and Great Society predecessors promised more than they could deliver? Not likely. Meanwhile, they blame “the rich” for “not paying their fair share” as if taking more from them will make it all add up. It won’t. Even if we took 100% of what “the rich” make, it wouldn’t put a dent in our ever-expanding debt. Thus, we drift toward unparalleled catastrophe — because if we go belly up, there’s no one else out there to fix it. Tom McLaughlin of Lovell is a retired middle school U.S. History teacher.
Published on Jan 10, 2013