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Referendum: Battle of unlikely adversaries

By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer They are two unlikely advisaries: Mark Lopez, developer of the McDonald’s Restaurant in Bridgton who’s also a member of the town’s Economic Development Committee, and Scott Finlayson, a Bridgton resident with no experience in town politics, much less as a

Fund on fumes

By Lisa Williams Ackley Staff Writer As the most frigid subzero temperatures in two years’ time gripped the Lake Region this week, the Bridgton Community Center Fuel Collaborative had less than $1,000 in its fund specifically set up to aid local residents who need heating fuel assistance. Kevin Hayes, owner of Bridgton Gas & Convenience, is once again chipping in to do his part to help out the local fuel collaborative, and he is encouraging other local businesses to do the same. During the months of January and February, for every gallon of gas pumped at Bridgton Gas & Convenience on Tuesdays, Hayes has pledged to contribute two cents per gallon to the Bridgton Community Center Fuel Collaborative. “Kevin did this before, and he’s doing it again this year,” said Carmen Lone, director of the Bridgton Community Center who also serves on the board of directors of the Bridgton Community Center Fuel Collaborative. “Kevin just stepped up and offered to do it. He’s a very community spirited person. He said he would challenge other businesses in Bridgton to do something similar.” “This effort started in 2006 as part of Project Warm, and it still is part of Project Warm,” said Lone. “It was started by a group of concerned citizens with the help of Bridgton Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz — he helped us with setting up bylaws, administrative policy, the board of directors and an application review committee.” Lone said she wanted to point out that she is on the fuel collaborative’s board of directors, but she does not review individual applications for assistance — that is done by the application review committee members. “We established the Bridgton Community Center Fuel Collaborative back in 2007, when oil prices were spiking and we knew people would be falling through the cracks, like those FUND, Page 11A

grassroots political organizer. The two men represent opposite poles of a debate that has this town split down the middle and will soon culminate in a historic vote on March 1 on whether to ban big box development and fast-food and/or formula restaurants in town. Lopez said Finlayson’s citizen’s initiative that will be

decided by voters March 1 to ban both types of development is “unconstitutional and antiAmerican,” and will result in unintended negative consequences to both established and future business growth (See Lopez letter, Page 8B.) And, Lopez said, because the petitions that triggered the initiative included language

making the ban retroactive to Dec. 1, 2010, it will also most certainly be challenged legally by McDonald’s, whose formal town approval by the planning board didn’t come until Jan. 4, 2011 (Separate state approvals are still pending on the project). Finlayson said his two proposed amendments to the Site

Plan Ordinance are much more than about any one company. The loosely-organized group of concerned residents he represents are not anti-business or anti-development. They say they want to promote “a vibrant and sustainable local economic model that preserves the character and scale of Bridgton while attracting companies and

Tough times ahead?

By Lisa Williams Ackley Staff Writer Bridgton Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz didn’t sugarcoat his message, in his presentation of the proposed municipal budget for 20112012, at the selectmen’s meeting Tuesday night. The proposed budget for Fiscal Year 2012 stands at $13,161,887, or an increase from the Fiscal Year 2011 budget of $231,238 or 1.79%. These figures reflect a projected assessment increase from School Administrative District 61 of $7,795,000, or $183,507 more than in 2011, as well as a projected increase of $15,945 in the Cumberland County assessment. Like many other communities across Maine and the rest of the country, the Town of Bridgton is faced with receiving less revenue from the state and other sources while needing to address current programs and services for its citizens, as well as still trying to maintain its infrastructure. The proposed budget exceeds the state-mandatTOUGH, Page 11A

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required for a vote. According to the consent agreement, Chase would pay $65,000 in one lump sum. That monetary sum includes fines and reimbursing the town’s legal fees,

By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — A few plow truck drivers got a sudden jolt when their rigs hit the dip that recently developed on the Causeway. Those unexpected jolts have resulted in phone calls from residents to Naples Board of Selectmen and Maine Department of Transportation officials to report what some have referred to as “a sink hole.” The sizable dip in the pavement is located immediately after the Naples Bridge on the westbound lane of Route 302. A new warning sign lets drivers know about the upcoming change in the pavement beneath their wheels. “People thought the road was sinking,” said MDOT Resident Engineer Craig Hurd, who fielded some of the phone calls from concerned residents. “It’s not a sink hole. It’s just some settlement, and it was caused during the installation of the cofferdam,” he said. The cofferdam is typically

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SO, WAS IT REALLY, REALLY, REALLY COLD? Those taking part in the annual Freezing for a Reason polar dip at Highland Lake in Bridgton Saturday gave mixed reviews. While the water temperature was a cool 34 degrees, some didn’t mind the chill while others couldn’t get onto the shoreline fast enough. Above, Harvest Hills Animal Shelter director Bill Woods of Harrison interviews a “jumper” as part of a Lake Region TV program on the fundraising event. Joan McBurnie of Harvest Hills announced that donations exceeded $16,000. (Rivet Photos)

Landowner seeks new clear-cut settlement

By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — Members of the Naples Board of Selectmen were taken aback — unsettled, even — when they received word that John Chase had not formally signed the settlement, which was reached during a mediation process five weeks ago. At least, everybody was under the impression that the town and Chase had arrived at an agreement. According to Town Manager Derik Goodine, Town Attorney Geoff Hole and Chase’s lawyer were back on the phones with

entrepreneurs that will invest in the community,” not take their dollars out of town. “This is about what we’re going to give away, and what we’re not going to ever get back,” he said. He recalled a quote from a glowing article about Bridgton printed in DownEast magazine: “We’ve BATTLE, Page 4A

each other — trying to iron out the details with which Chase had an issue. “We have a consent agreement that’s not totally consented to,” Goodine told the board. So — with Goodine’s cue, Monday’s meeting went into executive session to discuss the particulars that Chase had asked his lawyer to renegotiate or to clarify before his John Hancock ends up on the formal documents. Chairman Dana Watson shook his head in disgust on hearing the news of Chase’s reluctance to accept the settlement. Watson

said the town might end up with little option but to “take him to court.” Prior to going into executive session, Goodine reminded the board that the former Former Chief Justice of the Maine Supreme Court who mediated the settlement had agreed to step in if problems arose. “There’s the judge we have for mediation, he’s the guy to go to,” he said. In March 2010, someone reported to Naples Code Enforcement Officer Boni Rickett that a clear-cut incident had occurred on the shores of Long

Lake. Almost an acre of trees, including those growing in the area 100 feet from the high water mark, had been removed from the property owned by Chase. The clear cutting violated at least three Shoreland Zoning Ordinances. This spring, selectmen voted unanimously to pursue the clearcut case in court. However, a mediation process was recommended as a way to resolve the case. The mediation process took place on Dec. 18, 2010. Goodine described the process, saying selectmen were present at the beginning of the day, and returned whenever a quorum was

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Settlement change? (Continued from Page A) which Goodine estimated would total $25,000. In addition, Chase would be prohibited from selling the property for 10 years — except if it passed hands between family members. The 10-year lien allows town officials to monitor the reforestation plan. The only unresolved portion of the paperwork was the restoration plan. This upcoming spring, the parties involved would do a site walk to see which newly planted trees survived the winter. Also, the landscaping experts had argued two approaches for reforestation. One concept was to plant more mature trees and create a natural screen sooner. The other belief was that transplanted mature trees don’t have a high survival rate, so smaller ones should be planted instead. Another recommendation was to place boulders around the property for additional erosion protection. However, Chase’s attorney claimed the rocks weren’t on the property to begin with. Because of the possibility of the case going back into negotiations, Goodine could not state the exact clause or language that was still being discussed. “Apparently, in the language of the agreement, there’s a misunderstanding on what the agreement meant in certain paragraphs,” Goodine said. “The agreement is specific and doesn’t allow for much flexibility. I guess Chase’s lawyer told our attorney it should be more flexible,” he said. “It seems black and white to the board,” Goodine said. “The selectmen are clear about what is in the agreement,” he said.

Gas price watch Average retail gasoline prices in Maine have risen 0.8 cents per gallon in the past week, averaging $3.19 per gallon Sunday. This compares with the national average that has increased 1.3 cents per gallon in the last week to $3.09 per gallon, according to OUT FOR A SLED RIDE — Many enjoyed a snowmobile sled ride on Highland Lake Saturday as part of the Bridgton Winter gasoline price website MaineGasPrices.com Carnival festivities. (Rivet Photo) Including the change in gas prices in Maine during the past week, prices yesterday were 39.0 cents per gallon higher than the same day one year ago and are 6.5 cents per gallon higher than a month ago. The national average has increased 8.1 cents per gallon during the last month and stands 39.3 cents per gallon higher than this day one year ago. By Dawn De Busk eyed is town-owned proper- now,” Goodine said. If plans can go, they should create an Staff Writer ty off State Park Road, said to transform the site into a dog alternative place for folks to go NAPLES — In the future, Paraschak, who serves on park move forward, tree clear- with their dogs,” Silcott said. local dogs might be begging the Naples Property Planning ing would need to be done, “I am going to spearhead this their owners to take them to the Committee. Selectman Robert and a fence would need to be thing once I get the blessing of park. Caron Sr. also sits on that com- erected, he said. the committee. I will surround With summertime restrictions mittee. According to Animal Control myself with pet lovers and busiat the town beach and other pubThe private road, Springer Officer Bobby Silcott, who is nesses that support animals; and If you would like to join or come to one of lic waterfront areas, members of Street, gains access to the parcel scheduled to meet with the com- those people will help make this the Naples Property Planning — which was once the town’s mittee on Wednesday, the plan project a reality,” he said. our meetings, please call Richard E. Cross Committee have been tossing transfer site, according to Town is in “the very, very preliminary “I think a nice community at 693-7945 or email: rich06@roadrunner.com around the concept of creating a Manager Derik Goodine. The stages.” dog park would be something community dog park where the spot was also a gravel pit at one “What is going to help this that would pull people from a for more information. 2T3X - 1T6X transfer site once existed. time, he said. is: If they are going to create an fair distance just to bring their The idea of a dog park “It’s overgrown with trees ordinance to restrict where dogs dogs to,” Silcott said. stemmed from the issue of people walking their canines on the Naples Town Beach, but ignoring the responsibility of cleaning up after their dogs, By Lisa Williams Ackley Dr. Dennison said that last Jan. 31 in order to be considSelectman Rick Paraschak told Staff Writer Friday evening members of the ered for grants disbursed in April, the Board of Selectmen on The Bridgton Board of board of directors of Community according to Dr. Dennison. The Monday. Selectmen voted unanimousDental approved an architectural next round of applications would After last summer’s E. ly Tuesday night to show their work-up of the area to be used be due in July for disbursement in coli outbreaks in the water at support for the effort to bring as a dental clinic at the former October, Dennison said. many popular beaches such a noprofit dental clinic to town Bridgton Hospital, as well as Apologizing for the short as Raymond Town Beach and that would benefit the entire Lake okayed “whatever work needed notice Tuesday night, Dr. Crystal Lake Beach, officials Region. to be done on the inside” to bring Dennison told the five selectmen in Naples had posted “No Local dentist Dr. Donald the dental clinic location to fruithe group working to bring a nondogs” signs at the public beach. Dennison, DDS, announced at tion. profit dental clinic to Bridgton Recently, some residents have the Jan. 25 selectmen’s meeting Karen Rickley, program man“has nothing on paper to show been talking about providing that part of the former Bridgton ager for Community Dental, is the board of selectmen’s support another venue for dog walking Hospital on South High Street putting together a Kendal and of this project.” — especially if the town adopts was visited three weeks and an Anna Ham Foundation grant The selectmen voted to a no-dog ordinance. area of that building mapped out application that must be received authorize Town Manager Mitch Currently, the location being DENTAL, Page A for use as a dental clinic. at the Foundation no later than

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Dips in the road (Continued from Page A) installed when building structures under water, he said. In order to put in the cofferdam, crews used a vibratory hammer. The vibrations caused settlements of sandy soil to move from under the pavement causing the roadway to sway downward, according to Hurd. However, the pavement did not crack, he said. At this point, the best remedy has been putting up a bump sign and advising drivers to cross the bridge at 25 miles per hour, which is the posted speed limit, according to Hurd. “If people go 25, there’s no issue. But, people are going a lot faster with plows on the front of their trucks. If people are going through there at 40 miles per hour with a plow, their plow is probably going to hit the pavement,” Hurd said. “We put up a bump sign. We are going to put up a permanent bump sign there,” he said. He added the dip won’t be a permanent part of the road, but frigid wintertime conditions prevent immediate repair of the offending spot in the pavement. “If it gets worse, we’d have to rip off the pavement and put in some gravel. This time of year, if you start doing things like that you are making more of a problem,” Hurd said. The issue of the dip on the Causeway came up during Monday’s selectmen meeting. “We’re used to doing 35 or 40 mph over the bridge in the wintertime. It does shake you up a little bit if you’re driving a truck with a plow on it,” Selectman Rick Paraschak said. “I’ve been getting phone calls on it. The resident engineer is well aware of the settling that is going on,” Paraschak said. Town Manager Derik Goodine said his theories weren’t based in science, but from seeing the sandy soil that has seeped from between rocks when the 50-year-old riprap was removed. “This has never happened there before. But, you’ve got vibrating from when crews put in the cofferdam. You’ve got voids under the Causeway. The vibration is moving the really sandy soil, and causing it to settle into the voids. That’s what I think created the dip,” he said. “The sink hole on the Causeway needs to be fixed,” Goodine said during Monday’s meeting.

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(Continued from Page A) Berkowitz and Economic Development Director Alan Manoian to “pen the letter” that they will sign showing their support for the proposed dental clinic. Selectman Earl Cash asked if the town would be required to come up with any matching funds, should the grant application be approved by the Ham Foundation. Dr. Dennison pointed out that the applicant for the grant is Community Dental and any required match would be made by that organization or the local group in this area that has championed the idea of providing affordable dental care for people of all ages and income levels. “This has all come about, because we have just realized their deadline (for grant applications) at the Ham Foundation,” said Dennison. “All we want is that the board of selectmen supports this project.” Community Dental provides access to quality, affordable dental health treatment, disease prevention and education to all people of Maine and is governed by a volunteer board of directors who represent the geographical areas they serve. Community Dental currently has clinics in Biddeford, Farmington, Lewiston, Portland and Rumford.

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SERVICE PROJECT — Josh Axtman, a member of Bridgton Boy Scout Troop 149, put wreaths at veterans’ memorials in town at Christmas as part of his service project. He thanks all those who assisted with this project. Josh is the son of Tina and Chris Axtman of Bridgton, and is a seventh grader at Lake Region Middle School.

Bridgton manager’s report Bridgton Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz gave his manager report, at Tuesday night’s selectmen’s meeting, which included an update on the status of hiring a new police chief and who has been appointed to the positions of Emergency Management Director and Waste Water Supervisor. Personnel updates Police Chief position — The town manager said the interviews for the police chief’s position will continue into next week. He said there have been 19 applicants, thus far. New Emergency Management Director — “Effective today (Jan. 25), I have appointed Mr. Todd Perreault as our next Emergency Management Director,” said Berkowitz. “With Todd’s Fire Department experience and understanding of the functions of Public Safety during emergencies I believe he will continue to build upon the foundation that Bill Morrisseau has developed.” New Waster Water Supervisor — “I have appointed Mr. Kevin Avery as our next Waste Water Supervisor replacing Richard Mowatt,” the town manager announced. “Kevin had been filling in for Dick during vacation periods and knows our system though he will now have to be the key contact per-

son. Kevin will also be preparing for the Waste Water Operator’s exam in June. He started today, as well.” Referring to both Perreault and Avery, Berkowitz stated, “This shows the dedication of our employees and those who care about their community.” Other town notes Automatic foreclosures — “Having sent out the statutory notices to the owners of properties which have outstanding taxes for Tax Year 2008 all but 18 made their payments and those 18 have now gone through automatic foreclosure,” Berkowitz said. “For comparisons only, the number of foreclosures in 2006 was 15 and in 2007, 13. We will be working with those folks in an effort to have them pay the four years of taxes that would now be due if they want to redeem their properties. As in the past, such arrangements may be made up to the point where the town advertises these properties for auction. This is usually in late spring or early summer.” Tax collections — “Tax collections for this fiscal year are now at 52% though some of the payments were for the whole year leaving some still in arrears,” the town manager said. “Our cash flows are still strong as we head into the February 15, 2011 due date for the next installment of

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property tax payments.” Congratulations — “A hearty ‘congratulations and job well done’ goes to the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, all of the agencies and sponsors involved, public safety services and the participants,” said Berkowitz. “It was a great Mushers’ Bowl weekend and once again places our town in a special showcase New England wide. Thank you.”

FRYEBURG — Town Manager Sharon Jackson reports the following items of interest regarding the start-up of zero sort program, the budget process, information on the status of the Red Iron Bridge, public hearings on the downtown plan, seeking the oldest citizen in town and a warning to motorists about reasons their vehicles could be towed: Zero Sort Program — Town Manager Jackson said the “Zero Sort” trial program at the transfer station began on Dec. 15, and there has been “a very good response to throwing everything in one container.” The town is now ready to introduce the new “punch cards” that will eliminate the handling of checks and cash at the transfer station. As of Monday, Feb. 21, residents will no longer pay for disposal fees at the transfer station. Punch cards can be purchased at the town office for $10, $25 or $55. When ready to throw out an old couch, chair, TV, tires or other items that require a fee, bring the item to the transfer station along with the punch card and the attendant will punch out the $1, $2 or $5 dot to pay for the disposal. Each card denomination has a different color and all cards are numbered. Residents will need the punch card to buy bags at the transfer station. Another location will be desigFRYEBURG, Page A

Celebrate art!

“Life Celebrates Art” and “Art Celebrates Life” cry the banners outside Gallery 302. These words describe the reality that many Gallery 302 artists experience daily. In the coming months, The Bridgton News will feature some of the exhibiting artists, their inspiration and their work. “Celebrate Art” was the theme for the Bridgton Art Guild’s Art in the Park last year and will be used this year as well. It’s hard to improve on something that is so appropriate. Artwork for the new Art in the Park poster contest must be submitted by Jan. 28 and a new graphic will ART, Page A

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Fryeburg hires finance director By Lisa Williams Ackley Staff Writer FRYEBURG — Sharon Gendreau, the new finance director for the Town of Fryeburg, has been practicing bookkeeping, since she was 16 years old. Gendreau, now 40 years old and who grew up in Madawaska, further developed her bookkeeping skills, while earning both an undergraduate degree in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Business Administration at the University of Maine in Orono.

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She began her duties here on Jan. 3, after having served as finance and personnel administrator for the Town of Paris for two years where she reported to Fryeburg Town Manager Sharon Jackson, who came here nearly a year ago. Asked why she chose to come to Fryeburg, Gendreau replied, “I wanted a change from Paris, and I loved working for Sharon in Paris.” Gendreau’s duties here include payroll and benefits administration. “I call myself a paper push-

(Continued from Page A) got a Renys, but we don’t have a Wal-Mart — yet.” Finlayson said he tried, in November, to convince the Board of Selectmen they needed to take a leadership role in having the town’s site plan ordinance amended to protect against the coming advent of national chain stores. They declined, and he was told a citizens’ initiative was his only other option. So he went ahead Sharon Gendreau with a petition drive, and said Fryeburg Finance Director he added the Dec. 1 date at the er,” said Gendreau. “I am reor- end of the petition because that ganizing the town’s financial was the date that the petition records and making sure every- drive started — not, as Lopez maintains, as a way to prevent thing’s up to standards.” the McDonald’s project from

happening. “That’s a flat-out lie,” said Lopez on Monday. “I think this whole petition is targeted at McDonald’s. And it doesn’t take a corporate lawyer to tell you that they (McDonald’s) are not going to sit idly by. They’ve got to fight this. For obvious reasons — because it becomes a blueprint for any other town that doesn’t want a McDonald’s, and they come in, get their approvals, and then the people do a petition.” McDonald’s has certainly dealt with towns that have passed amendments prohibiting fast-food and/or formula restaurants as a result of their efforts to locate there — the Maine

deck to complete. Dog registration fees — The last day for Fryeburg residents to register their dogs without paying a late fee will be Jan. 31. Beginning on Feb. 1, it will cost an additional $25 late fee. Downtown Plan — WrightPierce was chosen to work with the Planning Committee to put together a downtown plan. The committee has started working with Wright-Pierce and will soon be scheduling public hearings to solicit information about the project. Oldest Citizen in Fryeburg — Town officials are looking to find the “Oldest Citizen in Fryeburg” to present him or her with the “Boston Post Cane.” In 1909, the publisher of the Boston Post newspaper sent selectmen in 700 New England

place. Don’t forget the parking ban. Vehicles cannot be parked on any public street between the hours of 10 p.m. and 6 a.m. or they will be towed. One more thing to remember when plowing or shoveling snow, Jackson said, is that it is unlawful to place snow in a public way because this can create a hazardous situation. Drive safely.

(Continued from Page 3A) be chosen by Bridgton Art Guild members and the public. Any member of the Guild is invited to submit a design (contact the Gallery). The designs will be on display in time for the First Friday Art Walk on Feb. 4 and the Gallery will feature a “Love and Chocolate” reception from 5 to 7 p.m. with live entertainment by “Notations” — flute and keyboard duo of Virginia Halligan and Carolyn Stanhope. Halligan is a lifelong flautist and organizer of “Flutations,” a flute ensemble and frequent performer at the Bridgton Public Library sum-

towns of Ogunquit and York have such bans in place. But as for the retroactivity clause in the Bridgton petition, Lopez said, “McDonald’s has never seen anything like this before.” It is without precedent. Finlayson said he hired a lawyer who specializes in Maine land law, Sarah McDaniel of Gorham, to help him draw up the petition language. As for McDonald’s, he said, “We were all under the impression that since they already had submitted their application, they would not be affected” by the fast-food restaurant ban if passed. “I didn’t even know that the state law existed,” said Finlayson, referring to the provisions of M.R.S.A. 302, subparagraph 7.A.2.g., which will appear on the ballot before voters March 1. The law known as the “Retroactivity Clause” was brought up to him by Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz, he said, when he appeared before selectmen in November to seek action on amending the site plan review ordinance. He said Berkowitz mentioned the law in the context of explaining alternatives open to him since the board declined to act on his request. Finlayson said he did not request that the language be included, but when McDaniel asked him how far he wanted to go back on pending applications, he said Dec. 1, the date the petition drive started. “I could have gone back six or eight months,” Finlayson said. “I really didn’t understand it. Mitch said that it exists and it’s available.” Finlayson’s group met Thursday to plan strategy and has put up a website, www. keepingbridgton.local.com, dedicated to the goal “to provide residents with as much information as possible so that they can form their own conclusions for the upcoming vote.” They also plan to run ads publicizing the website. Lopez thinks Finlayson and his group are being short-sighted.

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(Continued from Page A) nated to purchase punch cards on the weekend. The next big change the town is planning to make is eliminating the $1 bags, according to Jackson. She said this will allow townspeople to purchase bags at stores for a lot less money. Jackson said this change will require a vote by the legislative body of the town, because citizens voted to have the bags. If voters support this, the town manager said the new transfer station sticker will be introduced and will become effective on July 1, 2011. The sticker will have the resident’s license plate number on it and it will be in effect from July 1, 2011 through June 30, 2012 and will cost $20. This will be the cost to dispose of trash that

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(Continued from Page A) “He’s trying to scare the people of Bridgton, but I’ve got to believe the people of Bridgton are smart enough,” he said, not to buy into their stance that sprawl and uncontrolled development will result along Portland Road if immediate steps are not taken. Lopez said established businesses such as Paris Farmers’ Union, Hayes True Value, Macdonald Motors, Brill Lumber and Renys would become “pre-existing non-conforming uses” if the ban against retail development of an aggregate of 30,000 square feet or more is passed. They wouldn’t have been allowed to exist at all, likewise Hannaford’s supermarket or Hancock Lumber, had

TAX TRAINING — Volunteer tax preparers recently concluded a week of training in Lewiston for the coming tax season. The classes are sponsored by AARP although tax preparation and filing (Federal and State) are available to persons of any age. Volunteers are trained and certified by IRS and returns are electronically filed. Complex returns or high-income returns are referred to outside preparers. Pictured are: (seated, left to right) AARP volunteer tax preparers, Sheila Sullivan, Gloria Maduzia, Jerry Maduzia, (back row) Peter Sullivan and David Goldrup. To make an appointment for free tax help at the Bridgton Community Center on Thursday or Friday morning, call 647-3116. Beginning Feb. 14, free tax help will also be available at the Fryeburg Public Library on Monday mornings by calling 935-2731.

the ban been in place when they were developed, he said. “I’m passionate about this not because of McDonald’s but because I believe what’s right is right and what’s wrong is wrong,” Lopez said. “I didn’t mention McDonald’s one time in my letter (to the editor) but the fact is that they will bring a $425,000 payroll annually into the local economy. That’s not taking money out of the local economy — that’s what is important to the local economy.” Finlayson said his intent from the beginning has been simply to impress upon people the need for the town’s ordinances to come up to speed with the intent of the comprehensive plan, which clearly states that

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By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton’s Economic Development Committee, which for years has operated mostly in the background of public affairs, is being called upon to take a leadership role in the public debate over whether big box stores and fast-food restaurants should be allowed in town. They urged selectmen to take a stand against the March 1 special town meeting referendum that would ban both types of development, and on Monday, voted to organize and conduct public forums to educate the public on why they think the citizens’ initiative would have negative development impacts in Bridgton (see Lee Eastman letter, Page 11B). At Tuesday’s Board of Selectmen’s meeting, EDC Chairman Lee Eastman and the rest of the seven-member board were present to explain why

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Incidents appearing on the Bridgton Police blotter These items appeared on the Bridgton Police Blotter (this is a partial listing): Tuesday, January 18: 2:54 p.m. A caller reported her son lost his brown bi-fold wallet on Main Street the previous evening that contained cash, a driver’s license and a bank debit card. 4:08 p.m. A North High Street homeowner reported that a fluffy orange and white male cat got into her basement and was found there two days before. 9:37 p.m. A caller inquired when the sand truck would be sanding Woods Pond Hill on Route 117 as they couldn’t make it up the hill. The caller was advised the road would not be sanded until 4 a.m. 10:07 p.m. A caller advised a Poland Spring tanker truck was stuck on Main Hill on Main Street. “Bridgton Public Works advises will try to wait until 4 a.m.” Four trucks were backed up on the hill. They got the trucks backed down and the Poland Spring truck was directed to Sandy Creek Road. The other trucks were then able to make it up Main Hill. Wednesday, January 19: 12:37 a.m. Bridgton Dispatch was advised that Portland Road (Route 302) by Dunkin Donuts was “all glare ice.” A police officer also advised Dispatch that “Main Hill is slick.” 7:05 a.m. A caller reported that Upper Ridge Road was “icy and treacherous.” The Bridgton Public Works director was

advised. 4:42 p.m. A caller inquired “why the police were peeking in the house that their eightyear-old child was staying at last Saturday night in Harrison.” The caller was referred to the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office. 5:51 p.m. A resident of Kimball Road called to report that their “road has not been plowed all day and it is hard to get out of their driveway.” A police officer advised that he had checked the road and it was a little slippery, but not too bad at that time.” 9:56 p.m. A police officer followed a vehicle to Bridgton Hospital in which the driver had allegedly been traveling at 70 miles per hour. The vehicle operator’s wife was in labor. Thursday, January 20: 10:25 a.m. A caller reported a fight between two males in the parking lot of a restaurant on Portland Road. The caller advised that one of the men left in a vehicle toward Naples and the other man was on foot. The vehicle that left the area then returned. 11:32 a.m. A 50-year-old man from Bridgton was arrested and charged with possession of a useable amount of marijuana and possession of drug paraphernalia, following a traffic stop on South Bridgton Road. 3:57 p.m. A report was received of a truck parked in a pit on Waterford Road (Route

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and orange hat.” The responding police officer could not locate the subject. 7:40 p.m. A report was received that vandalism had occurred at a racecourse and cross-country ski trail on South Bridgton Road. The Maine Warden Service was advised, as well. The individual who allegedly vandalized the property was located, and a parent was going to bring the youth to meet with a police officer. The youth was issued a warning for criminal trespass and received “a stern talking to about going on to other people’s property.” 5:40 p.m. A caller reported the strong odor of gas on Portland Road (Route 302) near Hayes True Value. More calls were received reporting the smell of gas at Food City, the Bridgton Health Care Center, Paris Farmers’ Union, the laundromat on Maple Street and near the intersection of Pond Road and Cross Street. The Bridgton Fire Department checked all the areas for over an hour, but could not locate the source of the odor. The command was terminated at 6:51 p.m.

10:59 p.m. The Bridgton Fire Department responded to an alarm going off at the Bridgton Health Care Center on Portland Road. It was determined it was a low-pressure alarm from the building’s boiler system and maintenance personnel would be on their way there to fix it. Sunday, January 23: 11:12 a.m. A caller reported the theft of a washing machine from a house on Maple Street that occurred over a week ago. The responding police officer determined it was a civil matter. 1 p.m. A vehicle was reported off the road and in a ditch on Summit Drive. 2:06 p.m. A subject came to the police station with an injured turkey and a local bird rehabilitation specialist was notified who determined the bird’s injuries “were most likely fatal.” A tag for the turkey was issued to a local subject. Monday, January 24: 12:50 a.m. A caller reported hearing something hit the side of their house on Smith Avenue. The caller had gone outside and believed they heard someone cocking a rifle or possibly an

air gun. The responding police officer checked the area, but nothing was found. 3:36 a.m. A power outage on Burnham Road was reported, and the caller was given the phone number for Central Maine Power Company. 12:45 p.m. Two individuals came to the police station to pick up a heater and a blanket. 4:24 p.m. A resident of Bennett Street reported the smell of gas at their residence. The caller was advised to evacuate the home and go to a neighbor’s house. The Bridgton Fire Department responded to the scene and checked the area and determined the odor appeared to be caused by methane gas. 4:30 p.m. A two-vehicle motor vehicle accident with only minor property damage happened in front of Reny’s, when a 2007 Jeep owned by The Chemical Company, Inc., of Jamestown, R.I., was clipped on the side by a 2007 Ford Econoline van owned by Pork in the Beans of Falmouth. Tickets: During this reporting period, police issued two summonses and 13 warnings.

(Continued from Page A) another regardless of ownership or location by virtue of the architectural design, uniforms, color schemes, signage, name, presentation format or similar standardized features. The second question asks whether a limit of 30,000 square feet of gross floor area in the aggregate be imposed on any retail establishments in town located in a single building, a combination of buildings, single tenant space or combination of tenant spaces. Both questions apply to any application that was pending before the town as of Dec. 1, 2010.

According to the draft minutes of Monday’s meeting, prepared by Economic and Community Development Director Alan Manoian, EDC member Jim Mains Jr. said the committee is going to have “a fight on our hands” to convince voters not to pass the questions. Mains, the executive director of the Greater Bridgton-Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, told The Bridgton News Monday that the chamber’s executive committee has not yet formalized a position paper on the issue, but will be doing so and making it public prior to the March 1 vote. “Member Ray Turner stated that a “vacuum” has been unfortunately created as a result of inaction over the past six years by the Bridgton Planning Board and Board of Selectmen to guide and assure more professional and sound town planning and development ordinances and practices,” the min-

utes state. “The ‘Ban Petition’ effort is not a ‘bad thing,’ but an important opportunity for our town to find a ‘better way’ of directing professional town planning and development,” the minutes state. Eastman is quoted in the minutes as saying that Bridgton must work towards establishing a firm development “Brand.” There’s a lot of turnover in the downtown among small, local businesses, Eastman said, making it difficult for Bridgton to keep a stable and sustainable business community. Formula businesses, Eastman is quoted as saying, “will bring the commercial/ employment stability the town can build upon; why would Bridgton shun these national businesses?” Member Chuck Renneker is quoted in the minutes as saying that debate engendered by the March 1 referendum election should be used “as a catalyst to improve our local site plan

review ordinance, subdivision ordinance, signage ordinance, etc. and to engage in professional town planning and growth management. He also stated that the EDC should offer something better and different; ‘we can’t just say we don’t want this, and return to the status quo.’” Member Mike Tarantino said he was concerned that if the ban petitions were approved, “that Bridgton’s strength as a regional service center will be eroded and weakened.” Manoian said Monday his office will be issuing its own position statement on the petition questions, independent of the stated position of the EDC as outlined in Eastman’s letter. “There’s only around a dozen towns or cities across this nation (including Ogunquit and York, Maine) that have adopted or enacted these bans” on fastfood/formula restaurants or big box stores, Manoian said. “It’s new ground for us. Hell, it’s new ground in the whole country.” And while the affluence of a York or Ogunquit may be able to allow those towns to fill in development despite the bans, Manoian said, “Up here in Bridgton, will that development vacuum be filled? And what kind of development will fill it? The work for us will be much more challenging to fill the vacuum.”

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Busy day at AAA I guess Mother Nature has seen fit to turn her AC on. Thousands of cars were unable to start in Maine, New Hampshire and Vermont. Told to me by my daughter who works for AAA. She had to go into work on her day off. Over 7,000 calls had been taken by the time she came home. One can only hope she will turn up the heat real soon. Keep warm. Condolences to the family of Richard Adams of Naples. Although I didn’t know him as well as the others in the family, I know he loved his family a lot as a father, husband, son, brother and grandpa. He was as nice a guy as you could meet. He will be sadly missed by all who knew

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him. In April, when spring is around the corner, Foxwoods is the place to go. Dea Dea Robbins is getting a bus to go there on Saturday, April 2. For $39, you get a seat. Give Dea Dea a call at 693-3408. You will receive a $15 Keno card, and free buffet. The bus will leave Bridgton Health Care at 7 a.m., with a pickup in Naples (probably at the American Legion on Route 11, but she’ll let you know). Seats are going fast, she says. If you have anything you need to put into the paper, let me know. If you call me leave a message (name, number, the list) to let me know; e-mail me at the address above.

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The Bridgton Ice Rink behind the Town Hall on North High Street is now open, and offers free skating, free skate rentals and free hot cocoa for all ages. Bridgton Recreation wants to put up a sign for the ice rink, and is seeking a donor to help with costs. Call Director Tom Tash at 647-8786. Hours at the rink are Tuesday through Friday from 3 to 6 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. The rink is closed on Mondays. Bring friends and family for an entire day or just an afternoon of free fun. A new Youth Basketball Open Gym drop-in program for grades 3-6 is being offered free of charge at the Old Town Hall on Tuesdays from 3 to 5 p.m. Come down to work on those basketball skills. Call Tash for more information. A second new free program being offered at the Old Town Hall is Teen Basketball Open Gym, open to grades 7-12. This program will be held on Tuesdays from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Other ongoing weekly programs offered by Bridgton Recreation continue as follows:

Adult Basketball Dropin Program — free, with Bill Schrader, Sundays from 6 to 9 p.m. at Town Hall. Men and women, ages 16 and older are invited to participate in casual shooting as well as organized games. For more information, call Bill at 408-2299. Ping Pong — free, with Bill Preis, Saturdays from 1 to 4 p.m. at Town Hall. Come down to show your skills or just to watch some of the community’s best players. All are welcome. For more information, call Bill at 647-2847. Senior Fitness “Jumpin’ Janes” — free, with Dot Kimball, Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 9 to 10 a.m. at Town Hall. For more information, call Dot at 647-2402 or Jean Gilman at 647-8026. Aerobic Dance — $5 per class, with Dee Miller, Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8 to 9 a.m. All ages welcome. For more information, call Dee at 6479599. Adult Indoor Soccer — free, with Ed Somers, Saturdays from 5 to 7 p.m. at Town Hall. Bring appropriate attire and footwear.

Finding fun fitness opportunities during cold Maine winters may seem difficult. However, your local recreation and adult education departments are offering great free or low-cost activities open to everyone. Some of the programs being offered are truly unique. Take a look and learn how you can get active close to home: Snowshoeing With funds from Communities Putting Prevention to Work, a program of Healthy Lakes at the People’s Regional Opportunity Program (PROP), both Casco and Sebago Recreation Departments have recently purchased snowshoes for public use. Snowshoes are free to sign out by community members for personal use, and will also be used for organized events. For sign-out information, contact Casco Recreation at 6274187. They are open Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. In Sebago, snowshoes can be checked out at Sebago

Elementary School from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Monday through Friday when school is in session, or contact Corinne Davis at 595-8173. Snowshoes are the ultimate in convenient winter recreation, allowing anyone who likes to walk the opportunity to explore the outdoors in the quiet of winter. With snowshoes from your local recreation department, all you need is a pair of boots, some warm clothing, transportation to pick up the equipment and a desire to explore the trails, public lands and even your own neighborhood. WINTER, Page A

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Bluegrass Festival The 7th annual Deep Freeze Bluegrass Festival to benefit Lakes Environmental Association takes place this Saturday, Jan. 29 beginning at 7 p.m. at Town Hall. For more information, call 647-8580. Lake Region Community Theatre will present One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest Thursday and Saturday, Jan. 27 and 29 at 7:30 p.m., and Sunday, Jan. 30 at 4 p.m. at Lake Region High School. Vote for your favorite Art in the Park Poster at Gallery 302. The artwork will be on display from Saturday, Jan. 29 to Friday, Feb. 4.

A reception for the artists will be held on Friday, Feb. 4, featuring live music and lots of chocolate. And don’t forget that from Feb. 25 to March 30, Gallery 302 will be hosting the annual Student Show. For more information, call 647ARTS. The Special Delivery Family Birthing Center at Bridgton Hospital is offering a new course on newborn care, which is geared toward new and expectant grandparents. The free class will be held on Saturday, Feb. 12 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the hospital. For more information, call 647-6128. Ice Out tickets are on sale now at a cost of $2 each, or six for $10. The Bridgton Lions Club They can be purchased at Bridgton wishes to say thanks to every- Community Center. one who participated in the club’s annual Christmas raffle, Casco/Naples American Legion Post #155 and announced the winners at the club’s holiday party on Dec. Friday, Saturday, 13. very E Jan. 28 They were Mountain View sday th Jan. 29th Dentistry, $1,000; Dearborn Wedne Precision Products, $500; and Linda Macdonald, $250. Winners of $50 were Judy 5:30-7:0 Pelletier, Rex Rolfe, Doreen Route 11 0 7:00 Ward, Kyan Macdonald and Naples, ME Irene Junes.

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teers to whip up that favorite dish that makes a cold night feel warmer. If you would like to donate a main dish, salad or dessert for that night, contact the school at 925-6711, or call me at 925-3226 after 3 p.m. — e-mail me at ehurst3@yahoo.com The committee is also looking for articles to put in the baskets, and any help would be appreciated. The cost for the event is $7 for adults and $4 for children. Order sheets for families with children attending the school will be included in the school newsletter. There will also be a sign up sheet for volunteers for food or help the night of the supper. The drawing for the raffle will take place at 6:45 p.m. One of the most delicious fundraisers is quickly approaching with February in sight. The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library will be holding the favorite “Taste of Lovell” on Sunday, Feb. 13, the day before Valentines Day. This is the time for all those who love to compete for bragging rights to the sweetest dish in Lovell to get out the cookbook and make your choice of a yummy dessert with the most chocolate possible. For those who favor more healthy morsels, there will be those too. All the tasting begins at 2 p.m. and, as they used to say, “be there or be square.” The Lovell Rec Department has the cross country ski trails BENEFIT, Page A

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Winter fitness

Playground benefit

With colors of the stools used by the patrons, it seemed that this particular piece was made for display on this particular wall. The painting was done by artist Gifford D. Pierce, who was born in Worcester, Mass. His credentials as an artist and a professor are lengthy, having attended Yale University and served as a member of the faculty in the architecture department of Rhode Island School of Design, Montana State, Carnegie Mellon and the University of Idaho. His artworks were based entirely on geometric studies in color and form in large dimensions. The works displayed at the library were donated by Pierce’s sister and brother-inlaw Nancy and Eliot Lilien, longtime summer residents of Lovell and longtime supporters of the library. The library appreciates the opportunity to display the painting for the enjoyment of the patrons.

Benefits of Tai Chi

By Brian Grennan, Taoist Tai squeezed back to the heart. The Chi Society™ Instructor blood in the artery flows easier Start your new year off right and fuller; and the looser joints by committing to improving will let the blood flow through your health, your balance, your without impediment. With good flexibility and your mental agil- circulation, the body will heal ity — through regular tai chi and rejuvenate itself naturally. practice. Physical benefits of tai chi Taoist Tai Chi®, located at include improved lymphatic, 41Depot Street in Bridgton, nervous and digestive systems. continuously starts new class- There is also a reduction in pain, es for beginners interested in better sleep patterns, increased learning how to strengthen their energy, improved balance, and bodies and improve mental acu- better motor coordination. ity. Mental benefits are numerHow does tai chi work? Tai ous, as well: reduced stress and chi exercise allows the body anxiety, increased ability to to rejuvenate itself naturally. relax, better concentration and During tai chi practice, the focus, and an enhanced sense muscles and tendons are alter- of wellbeing. nately stretching and relaxFor more information, coning. That makes them flexible tact Brian at phf@fairpoint. HIRAM — The Wednesday and the joints become looser. net. Knitting Group meets every During the stretching and relaxBrian is a participant in the week at Soldiers Memorial ing, blood in the veins is being TAI CHI, Page 10A Library, 85 Main Street, from noon to 2 p.m. New members 5D A are always welcome. ’RE WE YS-A E W EN EK The third Wednesday Book OP Discussion Group’s next meeting is Wednesday, Feb. 16 from 11 a.m. to noon. The title is My Pasta • Seafoods • Yardbird • Home of the Puffa Steak World is an Island by Elisabeth Ogilive. Check with the library for available copies. Watch for further information about their program with local singer/songwriter Katherine Rhoda on Saturday, Feb. 19 at 2 p.m. Hours at the library are Tuesdays from 2 to 5 p.m., and relax with us at Wednesday and Thursday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Saturday The Caswell House! from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. ACCESSIBLE BY SNOWMOBILE For more information, call 6254650 or visit www.soldiers.lib. DAILY LUNCH AND DINNER SPECIALS me.us or visit on Facebook under Winter Hours: Wed. – Sun., 11 A.M. ’Til Closing Soldiers Memorial Library.

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(Continued from Page A) For trail suggestions, contact your recreation department or visit the webpages of Loon Echo Land Trust and Lakes Environmental Association.      Book club/snowshoe program If you’d prefer to explore the outdoors in a group setting, rather than going solo, Casco Recreation is offering a unique opportunity: A book club/snowshoe program, led by an experienced snowshoe guide. Join others in a 45-minute snowshoe every Tuesday morning starting at 10:30 a.m. for a trek that will leave from the Casco Recreation Department. At 11:15 a.m., the snowshoers will reconvene at the center for hot drinks, healthy snacks, and a lively book discussion.  The first book will be Elizabeth Gilbert’s Eat, Pray, Love. Feel free to participate in one or both activities. To learn more and sign up for this great program, visit: http://cascomaine. org/CM_REC_FallWinter.php or call 627-4515. Indoor walking/fitness If you’re looking for alternatives to outdoor activities, Casco Recreation, Crooked River and Windham/Raymond Adult Education departments and the Bridgton Community Center all offer opportunities for indoor walking. The Bridgton Community Center even offers rides to Bridgton walkers. To arrange for a ride, call 647-3116. Meet new people and experience the relaxation that comes with stretch-

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ing your muscles and breathing deeply. Walking is great for getting your heart pumping and is gentle on your joints. It’s free and requires no special gear; just a pair of sneakers. The Crooked River Adult Education Center takes it one step further with its Lifetime Fitness Program. For $60, you will receive access to eight weeks of fitness classes, five days a week if you choose.  The “Early Bird Fitness” class if offered Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 6 to 7 a.m. It combines cardio, strength training and flexibility exercises. “Cardio and Core” is offered on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 10:30 a.m. This class focuses on improving cardiovascular fitness, burning calories and strengthening your midsection. These classes are for all different fitness levels. For more information, contact Crooked River Adult Education at 627-4291, ext. 21, or visit their website: http://crookedriver.maineadulted.org/courses/ course/lifetime_fitness Fitness and outdoor recreation is for everyone and the Lakes Region has a treasure trove of indoor and outdoor recreation opportunities — most of which don’t require expensive gear or large fees. There are many trails, fields, and forests that are open to the public, as well as community gathering spaces for you to use. For more information about how to access these opportunities, contact your local recreation or adult education department. They would love to hear from you.

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(Continued from Page A) on the Kezar Country Club property groomed for those who would like to use them. These trails are for cross-county only so please, snowmobilers, don’t try to use them. Mother Seton House update: at the latest check, we are now in 73rd place. If the house can continue in the top hundred they can go on to February. There is now a new incentive for those voting to get a new person to vote and we get an extra vote. Someone remarked “if we keep going it might just take nine months to win this contest just like having a baby.” Don’t quit on the house now — keep voting, please. Well we’re all disappointed again because the New England Patriots lost, but there will still be a Super Bowl game. Because of the great response to the lobster roll sale, the Fryeburg Academy Softball parents, through the Raiders Booster Club, are bring them back again. Anyone living in the SAD 72 area or Bridgton, Cornish, North Conway/Conway area can call for a lobster roll to be delivered to your door on Sunday, Feb. 6 between 3 and 5 p.m. To order, you can go online to raidersboosterclub@yahoo.com and order the number of rolls including your name, address and phone number. You can also call Stacy McConkey at 3200006, Val Tripp at 557-2566 or Coach Fred Apt at 935-3019. The amount of people needed to make this fundraiser a success is testament to the amount of support and respect the softball team receives from the booster and family members. The lobster rolls are $8 each and must be paid for on delivery with the correct amount, or beforehand. The academy’s softball team has brought great success to the program, and this is a great way to support them. Since the opening of the addition to the library, there have been many works of art displayed there. One such piece of art is the painting hung over the computers in the young adult section of the library.

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Area news Please note: Deadline for all calendar submissions is Tuesday at noon. BALDWIN Feb. 5 — Pancake breakfast, 7 to 9 a.m., West Baldwin Church, Rte. 113. BRIDGTON Jan. 27 — Bridgton Rotary Club, dental hygenist Cathy Fasper, 7:15 a.m., Bridgton Alliance Church. Public welcome. Jan. 27 — Gathering Place Support Group, noon, Community Center. Jan. 27 — Knitters Day, 2 to 4 p.m., North Bridgton Library. Jan. 27 — Community Kettle, 5 p.m., Community Center. Jan. 28 — Jumpin’ Janes Senior Fitness, 9 to 10 a.m., Town Hall. FMI: 647-2402. Jan. 28 — Mother Goose Time, 10:30 a.m., library. Jan. 28 — Red Hat Ladies of the Lakes Luncheon Group, 1 p.m., Tom’s Homestead. Jan. 28, Feb. 4 — Reading with Brooke, therapy reading dog, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m., library. Jan. 29 — CAD (Computer Aided Drafting) Classes, 9 a.m., Community Center. Jan. 29 — Adult Indoor Soccer, 5 to 7 p.m., Town Hall. Jan. 29 — 7th annual Deep Freeze Bluegrass Music Festival benefit for LEA, 7 p.m., Town Hall. FMI: 647-8580. Jan. 30 — Adult Basketball, 6 to 9 p.m., Town Hall. FMI: 4082299. Jan. 31 — Cribbage, 2 p.m., Community Center. Feb. 1 — Rainbow Days Play Group for Toddlers 6 months to 5 years, 9 a.m. to noon, Community Center. Feb. 1 — Chickadee Quilters, 10 a.m., Community Center. Feb. 1 — Bridge, 12:30 p.m., Community Center. Feb. 1 — COPD Support Group, 1 p.m., Community Center. Feb. 1 — Stories read by Michael, 4 to 4:30 p.m., library. FMI: 647-2472. Feb. 2, 4 — Jumpin’ Janes Senior Fitness, 9 to 10 a.m., Town Hall. FMI: 647-2402. Feb. 2 — Senior Lunch, noon, Community Center. Feb. 2 — Discovery Kids, 3 p.m., Community Center. Feb. 2 — Bible Study, 6 p.m., Community Center. Feb. 3 & 4 — Free Income Tax Preparations for people of all ages with low to moderate income, Community Center.  Call 647-3116 for appointment. Feb. 3 — Yoga, 9 a.m., Community Center. FMI: 6935247. Feb. 3 — The Gathering Place

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

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AREA FOOD PANTRIES BRIDGTON — Bridgton Food Pantry, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Tuesdays, Methodist Church, 98 Main St. FMI: 647-4476. BROWNFIELD — Brownfield Food Pantry, 1 to 5 p.m. third Thursdays, 701 Pequawket Trl. FMI: 935-2333. CASCO — Casco Food Pantry, 6 to 7 p.m. third Mondays, Casco Alliance Church. HARRISON — Harrison Food Pantry, 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Seventh Day Adventist Church, 2 Naples Rd. FMI: 583-6178. FRYEBURG — Food Pantry, Fryeburg Assembly of God, by appointment, 8 Drift Rd. FMI: 9353129. NAPLES — Naples Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to noon Tuesdays, United Methodist Church, Village Green. RAYMOND — Raymond Food Pantry, 4-6 p.m., 2nd & 4th Thursdays, Lake Region Baptist Church, 1273 Main St. FMI: 2325830. SEBAGO — 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.

STANDISH — Catherine’s Cupboard Food Pantry, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Standish Town Hall, Rte. 35. SWEDEN — Sweden House Food Pantry, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, Sweden Church basement, 137 Bridgton Rd. FMI: 909-208-6377, 256-7380. ######

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Feb. 3 — Master Gardener Volunteer Training begins, 5:30 to 9 p.m., U. of Me. Coop. Extension, Olson Rd., So. Paris. FMI: 1-800287-1482. Feb. 4 — Oxford Hills Duplicate Bridge Club, 9:15 a.m., Rec. bldg., King St., Oxford. FMI: 783-4153, 743-9153. Feb. 5 — Memoir-writing class with Elizabeth Peavey, 9 a.m. to noon, also March 5, Norway Library, Main St. FMI: 743-5309, ext. 2. Feb. 5 — CPR class, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saint Joseph’s College, Standish. FMI: 893-6615. Feb. 5 — Child Safety Seat training class, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., Norway Fire Station, Beal St., Norway. FMI: 743-1562, ext. 138. Feb. 5 — Great Chili Challenge by Windham Community Garden, 2 to 7 p.m., No. Windham Union Church Parish Hall, Rte. 302. FMI: 892-7192. Feb. 5 — Annual fried clam dinner by Rock-O-Dundee Riders Club, 4 to 6:30 p.m., clubhouse, Paine Rd., East Oxford. FMI: 5392616, 539-2322. #####

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Jan. 28, 31 — Step Into Fitness, indoor walking program starts, 4:30 to 6 p.m., LRHS. Transportation: 647-3116. Feb. 1 — Books for Babies, 10:15 a.m., library. Feb. 1 — Preschool Storytime, 10:45 a.m., library. FMI: 693-6841. Feb. 2 — Free Breakfast and Fellowship, 8 to 10 a.m., Naples United Methodist Church, 1000 Roosevelt Trail. Cancels with SAD 61 schools. FMI: 693-6594. Feb. 2 — American Red Cross Blood Drive, 2 to 7 p.m., Naples Town Hall. Feb. 2, 4 — Step Into Fitness, indoor walking program starts, 4:30 to 6 p.m., LRHS. Transportation: 647-3116. Feb . 3 — China and its peoples, talk by educator Pam Gatcomb, 5:30 to 7 p.m., library. FMI: 6936841. RAYMOND Jan. 29 — Free community meal, pasta dishes, meatballs, salads, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Christ Chapel, 37 Northern Pines Rd., off Rte. 85. Jan. 31 — Baby Time, 10 a.m., library. FMI: 655-4283. Jan. 31 — Preschool Time, 11 a.m., library. FMI: 655-4283. Feb. 2 — Toddler Time, 10 and 11 a.m., library. FMI: 655-4283. Feb. 2 — Raymond Library boardmeeting, 7 p.m., library. SEBAGO Jan. 31 — Story Hour for Preschoolers, 9:30 a.m., library. Feb. 5 — Sebago Branch Snowmobile Rally, register 8 a.m. to noon at Sebago Town Hall. Feb. 5 — Painting on slate by artist and teacher Donna Kantor, 2 p.m., library. WATERFORD Jan. 24 — Bridge Group, 6:30 p.m., library. 583-2729. AREA EVENTS Jan. 28 — Oxford Hills Duplicate Bridge Club, 9:15 a.m., Rec. bldg., King St., Oxford. FMI: 783-4153, 743-9153. Jan. 30 ­— Alan Day Community Garden community meeting, 3 to 5 p.m., Universalist Church, Main St., Norway. FMI: 739-6222, 717497-0625, 743-2423. Feb. 2 — Wednesday Knitter’s Group, noon, Soldier’s Memorial Library, Hiram. FMI: 625-4650. Feb. 2 — Diabetes Support Group, 5:30 to 6:30 p.m., Memorial Hospital, No. Conway, N.H. FMI: 603-356-0796.

FRYEBURG Jan. 27 — American West art exhibit on display through Feb. 28 at Bion R. Cram Library, Fryeburg Academy. Jan. 31 — Bridge, 12:30 p.m., Legion Hall, Bradley St. Feb. 1 — Fryeburg Historical Society, 7 p.m., American Legion Hall, Bradley St. FMI: 697-3484. Feb. 3 — King Lear by London National Theater, 7:30 p.m., Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center. FMI 935-9232. HARRISON Jan. 29 — Benefit supper for Jacob “Jake” Hill, 5 p.m., Harrison VFW. Jan. 31 — Adult Knitting Circle, 1:30 to 3 p.m., library. FMI: 583-2970. Jan. 31 — Knitting basics with Donnamarie Martinsen, 3:30 to 5 p.m., library. FMI: 583-2970. Jan. 31 — Adult Coed Basketball, 6 to 8 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym. Feb. 1 — After-school ski program, 3:15 to 4:15 p.m., Crystal Lake Park. FMI: 583-2241. Feb. 1 — Teen Coed Basketball, 6 to 8 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym. Feb. 2 — Chess Club, 5 to 6 p.m., library. FMI: 583-2970. LOVELL Jan. 28, Feb. 4 — Mouse Paint Storytime, K-2, 2:45 to 4 p.m., library. Jan. 31 — Preschool Storytime, under age 5, 10 to 11 a.m., library. Jan. 31 — Charlotte’s Web, grades 3-5, 2:45 to 4 p.m., library. Feb. 2 — Cribbage, 9 a.m., library. Feb. 5 — Potluck dinner and Heather Pierson concert to benefit New Suncook School playground equipment campaign, doors open 3:30 p.m., New Suncook School. FMI: 925-6711. Feb. 6 — Lobster roll sale and delivery, 3 to 5 p.m., FMI: 9353019, 557-2566, 320-0006, raidersboosterclub@yahoo.com NAPLES Jan. 27, Feb. 3 — Musical Playgroup, 10:30 a.m., library. Jan. 27, Feb. 3 — Pajama Storytime, 6 p.m., library. FMI: 693-6841. Jan 27, 29, 30 — One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest by Lake Region Community Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Thurs. & Sat., 4 p.m. Sun., Lake Region High School.

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Support Group, noon, Community Center. Feb. 3 — Knitters Day, 2 to 4 p.m., North Bridgton Library. Feb. 3 — Community Kettle, Free Supper, 5 p.m., Community Center. Feb. 3 — Chickadee Quilters, 7 p.m., Community Center. Feb. 4 — Reception for Art in the Park poster contest artists, 5 to 7 p.m., Gallery 302, Main St. Feb. 5 — Computer Aided Drafting Class, 9 a.m., Community Center. Feb. 5 — Project Linus, 10 a.m., Community Center. Feb . 5 — Ping pong, 1 to 4 p.m., Community Center. Feb. 6 — Super Bowl Skate Fest, 2:30 to 4:30 p.m., Bridgton Academy Ice Arena, free to all Harrison residents. BROWNFIELD Jan. 27, Feb. 3 — Tai chi, 6 p.m., Brownfield Community Center. Jan. 29 — Second annual Winter Carnival, Brownfield Community Center. FMI: www.brownfieldrecdept.com Feb. 4 — Fryeburg Fish & Game Club junior shooters meet and shoot event, 7 p.m., Brownfield Recreation Center, Main St. CASCO Jan. 27 — Dodge Ball, 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. for middle and high school age, 3:30 to 4:30 for grades 3 to 5, Community Center. Jan. 27, Feb. 3 — Adult coed volleyball, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Community Center gym. FMI: 6274187. Jan. 29 — Bean supper, 5 to 6 p.m., Casco Village Church. Jan. 30 — Adult coed basketball, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Community Center gym. FMI: 627-4187. Feb. 1 — Social yoga, 9 a.m., Community Center. FMI: 6274187. Feb. 1 — Storytime with Michelle Brenner, 10:30 a.m., library. Feb. 1 — Book Club/Snowshoe Program, Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert, 10:30 a.m. snowshoe, 11:15 a.m. book talk, Casco Recreation. FMI: 627-4515. Feb. 5 — Public bean supper by Sunshine Club, 5 to 6 p.m., Crescent Lake Community Center, Rte. 11, Webbs Mills. Feb. 6 — Casco “Sweetheart of a Deal” Book Sale, 10 a.m., library. FMI: 627-4541. DENMARK Jan. 29 — Inside Yard Sale by Denmark Congregational Church, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Denmark Municipal Building. Feb. 1 — The Four Agreements by Don Miguel Ruiz discussion group, 6 p.m., Nurture Through Nature, FMI: 452-2929. Feb. 2 — Preschool Storytime, 9:30 a.m., library.

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SEBAGO — With the date fast approaching for the Special Winter Olympics competitions, area residents of Sebago and Denmark have joined others in preparing for the event with yards of yarn and clicking needles to create scarves for each participant. The “Knit Wits” of Maple Grove Grange gathered the information and spread the word to the Denmark Library Knitting Group. Each scarf was knit or crocheted using specific colors and sizes chosen by the Special Olympics Committee. A total in excess of 300 scarves

will be needed. As of last week, nearly 200 had been received, and workers were still counting when Grange members Robin Gosbee and Ann Burns delivered over a dozen to the Maine office in South Portland. This is the first year that the Maine Chapter has participated, but members indicated they will continue in 2012. Different colors will be selected and will be announced hopefully by early summer. Those wishing to participate may check the Maine Special Olympics website for further details.

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The following winter programs are being offered by the Harrison Recreation Department: • Coed Adult Basketball — Mondays, 6 to 8 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym, for ages 18 and older • Coed Adult Volleyball — Wednesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym, for ages 18 and older. • Coed Teen Basketball — Tuesdays, 6 to 8 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym, for grades 7 to 11. • Cross-country Ski Program — Tuesdays from 3:15 to 4:15 p.m. at Crystal Lake Park, on Feb. 1, 8 and 15, for Harrison Elementary School 4th and 5th graders. Skis, boots and poles provided, or bring your own. Cost is $5, and hot cocoa provided. • Super Bowl Skate Fest — Sunday, Feb. 6 at Bridgton Academy Ice Rink, from 2:30

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Area news more on the overall tax rate when overlay, exemptions and the like are finally computed in June, 2011.” There are several factors that have contributed to this, he said, and “it is due to several sectors and not just the town side of the budget.” A specific strategy was used in developing the proposed budget, according Berkowitz. “During the summer of 2010, the Board was introduced to a report called, ‘A Sustainable Tax Rate’,” Berkowitz said. “The purpose of that report was to begin the process of realizing the difficulties Bridgton faces as it moves into future fiscal years, the demands of operational funding and the growing exposure to ‘unmet needs’ in our capital investments. Coupled with slow growth and declin-

Tough times ahead (Continued from Page A) ed limit known as LD-1 by about $882,000, according to Berkowitz. Berkowitz said the proposed budget “reflects a sizeable tax rate increase if no further budget actions are taken.” “However, it also mirrors some of the predictions we have all been aware of over the past two years,” stated Berkowitz. Revenues down $185,000, expenses up $745,000 Predictions made to the selectmen in fiscal years 2009 and 2010 “are now showing true,” Berkowitz said. “Expenditures for most municipal operations are still

holding well,” said Berkowitz. “However, energy and capital improvements and meeting more of the ‘unmet needs’ are increasing the bottom line while revenues have continued to decline.” The town manager said that, at the time the proposed budget was being developed, “revenues appear to have decreased by almost $185,000 and overall expenses increased by about $745,000.” “When viewed in the total budget picture (including county and education), this equates to about a $930,000 dollar impact,” Berkowitz stated. “This could translate to an impact in the range of $1.20

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ing revenues, the simple goal of ‘holding the tax rate to a current year’ was more of a magical effort rather than a practical reality.” “A challenge that cannot be underestimated” “As prior year budgets have been submitted,” said Berkowitz, “we have attempted to position the community in such a way to assure that service levels continued while being fiscally prudent. We did so not knowing that in 2009, the world would be immersed in a global recession with severe and protracted impacts. We also have realized that as our state re-balances its budget it does so on the backs of municipalities like Bridgton. General revenue sharing, homestead exemption BUDGET, Page 12A

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LIFE IN THE FAST LANE — Dog power was in full view at Five Fields Farm in South Bridgton during the annual Mushers Bowl. Two days of racing included one and two-dog skijoring and two, four, six and eight dog sled teams. Even the youngsters tried their hand at racing, competing in the junior sled one dog speed class. Pictured are #28 Zoe Carey (top), who won the event in 11.06 seconds. Below right, Grey Vanderwood was fourth in 16.54. (Rivet Photos)

Budget: Tough times ahead (Continued from Page 11A) reimbursements, tree growth and road assistance funds were all being reduced going forward affecting Fiscal Year 2010, Fiscal Year 2011 and now Fiscal Year 2012. The loss of this revenue coupled with a legislatively driven tax cap, creates a challenge that cannot be underestimated. Yet, we have maintained the services that our community continues to rely upon. Unfortunately, our fears about declining revenues, unmet needs and the tax cap are coming true. To meet

future needs, communities are turning to reduced services and increased debt to cover costs of capital improvements and investments. They are making structural changes to their government organizations and attempting to minimize reductions. This is in addition to what some are expecting to be the most difficult year ahead with a new governor and legislature. We are also witnessing the increase of the ‘unmet needs’ or increased future liabilities for a community.” The town manager pointed

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out the guidelines he gave to town department heads when the budget was initially developed: • Flat line operational budgets except utilities and energy related increases; • Minimize Capital Investment requests but identify the “unmet needs”; • Look at services to determine if they are being impacted and how; • For the purposes of the budget, a 1.5% COLA is used; and • Contract negotiations are continuing. The budget itself was not discussed by the board, as they will do that at their next meeting on Feb. 8.


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KICKED ASIDE — Ice Cats goalie Tyler LeGoff kicks a shot away to the right side of the goal during Saturday’s varsity ice hockey game against Bonny Eagle. Ice Cat defenders Dakota Russo (#5) and Kameron Arnold (#8) try to clear out a Bonny Eagle attacker. The Ice Cats

take on Westbrook this Friday night at the Bridgton Ice Arena. Game time is 7:20 p.m. (Photo courtesy of www.lakeregionphotography.com. See more photos taken by photographers Greg Van Vliet, Sheila Weeman and Nicole Noble on the website)

Bonny Eagle’s power play gave the Ice Cats fits. Enjoying early leads of 1-0 and 2-1, the Fryeburg Academy/Lake Region varsity ice hockey team fell to Bonny Eagle 4-2 at the Bridgton Ice Arena Saturday. Mike LeGoff scored the only goal of the first period with an assist going to Ice Cats team-

Up next: The Ice Cats (2-8) host Westbrook Friday at 7:20 p.m. at Bridgton Ice Arena, and take on Marshwood on Saturday at BIA at 4 p.m. The Cats hit the road for away tilts on: Thursday, Feb. 3 at Portland Ice Arena against Deering at 6 p.m.; and Saturday, Feb. 5 at MHG Ice Centre against Massabesic at 4 p.m.

Ice Cats stung by Scots’ power play mate Don Kellough. The Scots tied the game with a power-play goal with 1:04 gone in the second period. But, the Cats regained the lead as Conrad Ward scored at just 41 seconds later, assisted by Patrick Hayes. The Scots netted the equalizer at the 6:08 mark. Bonny Eagle took its first

lead just seconds into the final period, and added an insurance goal with a power-play tally at 11:57. The Scots were 2-of-3 on power-play chances, while the Ice Cats had zero manadvantage opportunities. The Scots had a 30-17 advantage in shots. Ice Cats goalie Tyler LeGoff recorded 26 saves.

Raiders fading

TIGHT DEFENSIVE PRESSURE — Lake Region guard Rachel Wandishin plays tight defense against a Poland ballhandler during Tuesday’s game. After a sluggish start, the Lakers pulled away from the Knights for a 52-30 victory to improve to 10-2. (Rivet Photo)

Lakers find just enough ‘O’ By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Basketball is often decided by match-ups. With two of their top shooting guards — Abby Craffey and Allison Clark — dressed in street clothes and sitting on the bench due to injury Tuesday night, Lake Region’s best match-up against Poland was rather obvious — get the ball inside. While the strategy was obvious, it took the Lakers nearly three quarters to shake a pesky Poland squad. Tianna-Jo Carter scored a game-high 19 points and fellow post players Hannah Cutting added 16 and Kelsey Winslow 10 as the Lakers notched their 10th win of the season with a 52-30 victory over the Knights. While the final score was lopsided, this one was not pretty or easy. Early on, the Lakers failed to get into a rhythm due to poor passing decisions resulting in turnovers. LR also missed a number of second and third opportunity shots, thus managing slight leads of 9-4 and 20-11. When the ball fails to fall, you better play aggressive defense — which the Lakers did. Poland badly missed several outside shots, and when the Knights tried to take the ball to the basket, the long arms of

Carter were there to swat balls away. Winslow gave the Lakers a big lift, showing strong moves to the hoop. Up front, Kasey Huntress, Rachel Wandishin and Sydney Hancock harassed Poland ballhandlers all evening, forcing several steals. For the Lakers, Huntress tossed in 3 points, Kate Cutting had 2 points, Wandishin 1 and Shannon Van Loan had 1. Slip up at Cape: Cape 37-34 The Lakers took an early 118 lead, but fell behind 19-15 at the half. Neither team could put the ball in the hoop in the third quarter with the Lakers holding a 7-5 edge. Cape won the fourth quarter, 13-12. Sydney Hancock and TiannaJo Carter each fired in 10 points. In her first game back following a high ankle sprain, forward Kelsey Winslow tossed in 9 points, while Hannah Cutting had 3 and Savannah Devoe scored 2 points. Heal Watch: The Lakers stumble against Cape dropped them to sixth in the Heals released Tuesday. York sits atop of the Heals with a 110 record and 69.7531 tourney index points. Leavitt is second at 12-0, 69.6914 followed by: 3. Mountain Valley 9-4, 49.3210; 4. Greely, 9-2, 46.2963; 5. Oak Hill, 9-3, 42.6852; 6. Lake Region, 9-2, 42.2840; 7. Cape Elizabeth, 7-4, 35.8025; 8.

Gray-NG, 7-5, 26.2346; and 9. Wells, 6-6, 23.3025. The Top 9 teams qualify. Up next: The Lakers host Freeport tonight, Thursday, Jan. 27 at 6:30 p.m. (JV is at 4:30). The big showdown with Greely was postponed Friday, and will be held this Monday, Jan. 31 at home at 7 p.m. The Lakers then travel to Gray-New Gloucester on Wednesday, Feb. 2 for a 6 p.m. game (JV at 4:30). The home stretch is as follows: home against Falmouth, Friday, Feb. 4 at 7 p.m.; home against Fryeburg Academy, Tuesday, Feb. 8 at 7 p.m.; and at Greely, Friday, Feb. 11 at 7 p.m.

Gray-NG stops FA GRAY — Colby Locke netted 20 points Tuesday night, but Fryeburg Academy were out scored 37-22 in the middle quarters in a 57-49 loss to GrayNew Gloucester. Bright Amoako chipped in 13 points, while Forsting had 6, Walker Mallory 5, Ian Sundgren 3 and Mike Costa had 2 points. Up next: The Raiders host Poland Friday and Greely on Tuesday, both games at 6:30 p.m.

FRYEBURG — Time is slipping out of the playoff hour glass for the Raider girls. Fryeburg Academy varsity girls basketball coach Dan Leland pointed to this threegame stretch as a pivotal one for the Raiders. Going 0-for-3 hurts, big time. Because off three teams sit above the Raiders in the Heal Ratings released Monday, Fryeburg had a golden chance to move up the board from 12th to the final playoff spot, Number 9. Unfortunately, the Raiders saw the slide begin at Wells last week, losing to the Warriors 4241. Fryeburg started well with a 24-18 halftime lead, but the Warriors came back with a 15-7 third quarter run and made three big free throws in the final minute to edge the Raiders. Maggie McConkey had a big night for FA with a game best 13 points, including a pair of 3-pointers. Freshman Skye Dole chipped in 12 points while senior center Katie Heggie added 10. Other scorers were Kendra Fox with 4 and Maddy Smith with 2 points. With the victory, Wells moved up to ninth with a 66 mark, just a tourney point behind Gray-NG and one up on Falmouth. Speaking of Falmouth, the Yachtsmen gained some revenge against the Raiders Saturday, humbling FA at Wadsworth Arena 45-23. The Raiders struggled offensively, unable to break double digits in any quarter. Falmouth took an 11-4 lead after one quarter and 22-13 at the half. Falmouth (5-4) never let up with runs of 10-4 and 13-6 in the second half. Dole, McConkey and Bailey Frost each had 5 points for the Raiders. Ellen Bacchiocchi, Fox, Brenna Gerchman and Heggie each had 2 points. Tuesday, the Raiders lost to Gray-NG 38-26. A woeful first quarter, which saw the Patriots take a 19-1 lead, put FA behind the eight ball. Katie Heggie was high scorer for FA with 9 points followed by Maggie McConkey with 7, Skye Dole had 6, Bailey Frost 2 and Brenna Gerchman had 2. Up Next: The Raiders travel to Poland Friday night for a 6:30 p.m. game against the Knights, and Tuesday at Greely,

SURROUNDED — Lake Region’s Kevin Gilson (#20) and Erik Christensen look to stop Poland’s Jacob Littlefield inside the lane during Tuesday’s night game at Nutting Gym. The Lakers made clutch shots and free throws down the stretch to dump the Knights. (Rivet Photo)

Gilson, Hartford swat away Poland

By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer It seemed like Kevin Gilson and Jacob Littlefield were playing a schoolyard game of H-OR-S-E. Littlefield would drop a clutch 3-pointer, and not to be out done, Gilson would come right back with a shifty, hang in the air between two defenders and flick a soft jumper for nothing but net. In the end, their tallies were identical: Jacob — 31 points. Kevin — 31 points. But, the night belonged to the Lake Region varsity boys’ basketball team. Alex Hartford made a key block in the final minutes and Danny Place connected on a handful of free throws as the Lakers upset the Knights, 58-52. After a low scoring 24 minutes — LR led 19-17 at the half and trailed 29-27 after three — the action certainly intensified in the fourth quarter as the Lakers put up 31 points. And, Kevin Gilson was virtually unstoppable. His dribbling ability and quick first step enabled Gilson to get to the basket, where he made several highly athletic moves to shake taller defenders. And when the Knights tried to double the LR senior guard, Gilson did a great job of finding open players on the weak side, including rookie Erik Christensen who scored two key baskets with the game in the balance. Ultimately, the Lakers won it at the defensive end, where Hartford, Alex Hall (who sank

a big free throw in the final minute), Place and Gilson gave it their all to haul down key rebounds, limiting Poland to one-and-done opportunities. Place contributed 11 points, while Hartford had 7, Christensen 5, Mike Triglione 3 and Hall 1. For Poland, Jordan Chase had 10 points, Jonah Farrington 5, Logan Nichols 4 and Andrew Peterson 2. Clippers fire on all cylinders. It didn’t take long to figure out the Lakers were headed for a very long night against Yarmouth last Wednesday. The Clippers came out gunning, leading 27-6 after the first eight minutes. By halftime, the Lakers were staring at a 47-13 deficit. While the Lakers were able to reach double digits in each quarter in the second half, the Clippers nearly broke the century mark with a 93-40 victory. “It was very frustrating because Yarmouth’s greatest strength is their full-court 1-2-2 press and we broke that well, and they ended up coming out of it, which they rarely do,” Lake Region Coach J.P. Yorkey said. “We were well-prepared in large part to Coach (Jon) Gilson’s keen insight that prompted us to tweak our press breaker.” Coach Yorkey said his club failed to execute in the half-court and turned the ball over 28. “They also shot the ball very well,” he added. LR scorers were: Kevin Gilson 12, Alex Hartford 9, Mike Triglione 6, Erik Christensen 4, LAKERS, Page B


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PLAYERS OF THE WEEK By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Hannah Cutting is one of the most coachable young ladies that Lake Region varsity girls’ basketball coach Paul True has ever coached. “Hannah has a tremendous work ethic, great attitude, and always puts her team first,” Coach True said of his senior starting forward. “One of the best qualities that Hannah possesses is her ability to make all of her teammates feel like they are a big part of the team.” Coach True added, “Hannah has a welcoming way about her which makes her a fantastic leader and has earned her the girls’ basketball player of the week honors.” In recognition of her strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Hannah 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 specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber, and a $25 gift certificate to Salon at 616 in Casco. The Cutting File Name: Hannah Cutting, senior Town: Sebago Parents: Marie and Jeff Cutting School Activities/Sports: Varsity field hockey, basketball, softball, National Honor Society, AFS and Varsity Club Q. Why did you choose basketball? My older sister played, and I always wanted to do the same things she did. By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Alex Hall does all the “little things” on the basketball court that a coach likes to see. Consistent exemplary effort. Good attitude, and behavior in practice and games. Plays great defense. Makes the big hustle plays that impact games (diving on the floor for any and all loose balls — always either coming up with the ball or causing a jump ball). “Alex is very unselfish on offense,” LR Head Coach J.P. Yorkey said. “Alex represents our school and communities well. He sets a good example for younger players throughout the program.” Coach Yorkey added, “Alex also has a great sense of humor that helps to keep things light in the locker room. Alex is one of those athletes that every team needs. He does the intangible things that don’t always show up in the box score. Alex was our practice ‘Player of the Week’ last week, and he is very deserving of this Player of the Week recognition as well.” In recognition of his strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Alex 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 specially-designed t-shirt, sponsored by Hancock Lumber, and a $25 gift certificate to Salon at 616 in Casco. The Hall File Name: Alex Hall Year in School: Junior Town: Casco Parents: Rebecca and Jeff Hall School Activities/Sports: Varsity basketball, crosscountry and baseball. Q. Why did you choose basketball? I didn’t play basketball as a sophomore and I missed it, so I decided to give it a try with Coach Yorkey being the new coach. I decided it would be a good change (to play).

Hannah Cutting Q. What do you hope to accomplish this season? I want us to make it to the playoffs and win the Western Maine Conference championships. Q. What do you enjoy the most? I love playing on a team that is as close as our team this year. Q. What do you like the least? The season goes by way too fast. Q. What makes you successful? My attitude, because I always want to improve my skills and I want to do what is best for my team. Q. What would your dream moment be? Playing in the Class B State Championship game. Q. What has basketball taught you? Basketball has taught me that I can always get better at something just by having more confidence. Q. Who has inspired you? My family because they come to all of my games to support me, and they always push me to do my best.

HE SHOOTS...HE SCORES! — Mike LeGoff (right) gave the Ice Cats an early 1-0 lead in the first period Saturday night against Bonny Eagle. The Scots, however, would rally with two goals in the third period to down the Ice Cats 4-2. (Photo courtesy of Sheila Weeman/www.lakeregionphotography.com)

Raider Player of Week

By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer FRYEBURG — Jenny Perry has a very positive attitude and works very hard every day to improve, according to Fryeburg Academy Indoor Track Coaches Kevin McDonald and Bob Collins. “She has the potential to be a valuable member of the team

as she continues to increase her knowledge of the (shot put) throws,” they said. In recognition of her strong work ethic, determination, commitment and good sportsmanship, Jenny is this week’s Raider Boosters Club “Player of the Week.” Each week, a Fryeburg Academy athlete is recognized for his/ her dedication (does more than what is asked), work ethic, coachability and academic good standing. Recipients receive a specially-designed tshirt, sponsored by the Raiders Boosters Club. The Perry File Name: Jenny Perry Residence: Chatham, N.H.

Year in School: Sophomore Parents: Bill and Sue Perry School groups/ Sports: Interact, Math Team, Class Treasurer, Indoor Track and Student Council. Q. Why did you choose indoor track? I chose Indoor Track because I thought it would be a good transition into high school sports and allow me to get prepared for Spring Track. Q. What do you hope to accomplish this season? I hope to improve and become a better athlete. Q. What do you enjoy the most? I enjoy the hard practice

Jenny Perry days. I think the hard practice days help to reduce personal stress. Q. What do enjoy the least? I would like to think that I don’t dislike anything, but I hate being injured, and JENN, Page B

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Alex Hall Q. What do you hope to accomplish this season? I hope for all of us to become tighter as a family and set new building blocks for the program in place so that more kids will hopefully join the following years. Q. What do you enjoy the most? I enjoy just being together with all of the guys and going out there competing as best as we can, no matter the outcome. Q. What do you like the least? Losing. Doing suicides isn’t my favorite either. Q. What makes you successful? Just trying to use whatever skills I have and playing the hardest that I can every minute of every game. Q. What would your dream moment be? My dream moment would be winning the Gold Ball as a team, but for right now, just win each game, one step at a time. Q. What has basketball taught you? Basketball has really taught me how to be patient and work with other people, even though I may think they are better than me or worse. Keeping my cool even though we may be losing. Q. Who has inspired you? I think my dad has inspired me the most just because he is always willing to help me. Even after a tough loss, he can try to pick out all of the good things I did to keep my head up.


Fun & games

January 27, 2011, The Bridgton News, Page B

Profile: Jenn Perry

This week’s puzzle Theme: Super Bowl

ACROSS 1. Sounds of horse’s hooves 6. Greenwich time 9. Type of ball 13. Get hot or make more intense 14. Female reproductive cells 15. Staple of American frontier 16. Description for twins 17. Choose instead 18. Necktie alternative 19. *Super Bowl I winner 21. *It’s very pricey during the big game 23. “Without further ___” 24. Pretentiously artistic 25. Pimple fluid 28. *The 50 ____ line 30. Actress Loren 35. *Football fan quality 37. Prince of India 39. Persons, places and things 40. Moon in Spanish 41. This Dogg can rap 43. Scraps of meal 44. Camel’s cousin 46. *The Big ____, won two rings as coach 47. Urban myth, e.g. 48. *Last year’s winner 50. Tear violently 52. ‘90s sarcastic catchphrase 53. City noise, sing. 55. Author Fleming 57. *Pay dirt 61. Moon between Sun and Earth, e.g. 65. Address to a woman 66. Old, over-worked horse 68. Alternates with bounds 69. Advertisers pay dearly to protect this 70. Dental group 71. Misbehave 72. Grazing lands 73. Acid 74. Sleazy DOWN 1. Crack in a lip 2. “The Kinks” hit

(Continued from Page B) when I can’t do as much. Q. What makes you successful? Hard work and dedication are both a key in being successful, not just sports but in all aspects of life. Q. What would your dream moment be? My dream moment would be to qualify for States. Q. What has sports taught you? Sports have taught me to work hard and never give up. Sports have also taught me the importance of teamwork. Q. What do you like most about your team? I like how supportive the team is. Everyone’s so positive and always there to cheer you on. Q. Who has inspired you? My teammates and especially my coaches. They encourage and push you toward your goal and what you want to achieve. My teammates are always there to give positive and inspirational words of wisdom.

3. Relating to ear 4. Absolutely first class and genuine 5. Like cartoon mouse Gonzales 6. Thick, messy substances 7. *Best performer 8. Batu Khan’s people 9. “Cliffs Notes,” e.g. 10. Reproductive structures 11. Rumpelstiltskin’s weaver 12. ____ up 15. Heavy elementary particle 20. Bellows 22. “___ Now or Never” by Elvis 24. Take a recess 25. Burial garments 26. Palate lobe 27. Moses’ mountain 29. “____ and rave” 31. *Betting game 32. 2nd largest of the Great Lakes 33. Opening 34. Balance sheet entry 36. Wish harm upon 38. First-rate 42. _____ attack 45. “Don’t try this __ ____” 49. *MVP Eli’s relationship to Archie 51. *Site of 2011 Super Bowl 54. Relating to kidneys 56. Sister’s daughter 57. Male version of Emilia 58. Cher has only one 59. June 6, 1944 60. Follows zigs 61. Exclamation of surprise, archaic 62. Liver delicacy 63. Potato 64. ESPN award 67. *As anticipated as the big game?

Public skating Public skating will be offered at the Bridgton Ice Arena in North Bridgton on Sunday, Jan. 30 and Tuesday, Feb. 1 from noon to 2 p.m. Prices: $4 for adults, $3 for students in grades 1-12, $2 for children ages 5 and younger, $2 for seniors ages 62 and older, and $4 for rentals. Bridgton residents skate at no charge (possess proof of residency). For more information regarding adult leagues, learn to skate, scheduling and other programs, contact Rink Manager Matt Foye at 647-7637. The arena is located on the Bridgton Academy campus.

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CAPE ELIZABETH — Organizers of the TD Bank Beach to Beacon 10K Road Race Tuesday announced the online registration plan for this year’s Saturday, Aug. 6 race in Cape Elizabeth. Similar to last year’s new program, the registration process will begin March 14 for Cape Elizabeth residents, then on March 15 opens up to the general public. A lottery with an expanded 1,750 slots — up from 1,500 last year — will then take place from March 15 to March 22. Here is the registration schedule: • Monday, March 14, 2011 at 7 a.m.: online registration opens for Cape Elizabeth residents only. First come, first serve. Limit of 600. • Tuesday, March 15, 2011 at 7 a.m.: online registration opens to general public. First come, first serve. Limit of 4,000.  • The remaining 1,750 spots will be distributed by lottery. Provisions for couples and families will be made in the lottery process. Registration for the lottery will be held from March 15 to March 22. The lottery drawing will be on March 23. The race will charge a $5 fee to enter the lottery.  The race will allow transfers from May 1 through June 30. The race will charge a $5 transfer fee. Cape Elizabeth residents registered in the 600 entries allocated to Cape Elizabeth residents can BEACON SIGN-UP, Page B

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Ping pong action heated up at Bridgton Town Hall The 6th Annual Winter Carnival Giant Round Robin Ping Pong Tournament was held on Saturday at the Bridgton Town Hall as part of the Mushers Bowl/Winter Carnival weekend. The event was well attended with 22 of the best players

in Maine participating in four classes of competition — open classes A, B and C, plus doubles. All matches were best 3-of-5 games. Each contestant played every other person in their class. Trophies were awarded to first and second place finishers

of each class as well as gift certificates given from the Peking Restaurant in North Conway for Class A trophy winners. Class A was on by Eric Medina of Lewiston. Eric went undefeated in all of his matches. Second place went to Al Landry, also of Lewiston. Al had won first in Class A singles in 2009.        Class B was won by Shouping Huang of Portland. Last year, The Maine Bureau of Parks and Lands’ reservation system Shouping took second place in will be open for Sebago Lake State Park campground reserva- Class B. Second Place in Class tions only on Feb. 1 and for all state park campgrounds at 9 a.m. Monday, Feb. 7, according to BPL officials. The BPL is using a “rebuilt” reservation system to improve customer service. Online-reservation start days also are being split, with reservations being taken for the very popular Sebago Lake campsites only on Tuesday, Feb. 1, through Feb. 6 to reduce wait times. As of opening reservation day, there will be no fee increase for By Alison Vigneau sites at the state park campgrounds. Fees, however, do vary from Sports Information Director campground to campground, with the highest fees for non-resiBridgton Academy battled the dents who want sites with water and electricity hookups. snow this week to make sure Campers can make reservations at Maine state campgrounds their games went on.  in four ways: The basketball team started • Online at www.CampWithMe.com; off the week with a big 77-45 • By calling in state at 800-332-1501; or (out-of-state) 207- win over the Holderness School. 624-9950; They then traveled to Oakville, • By mailing reservations to: Bureau of Parks and Lands, Conn. to participate in the Prides ATTN.: Reservations, 22 SHS, Augusta, ME 04333. Mailed reser- Corner Tournament. They won vation requests must not be postmarked before Feb. 1, 2011. the first game against Phelps • By dropping off completed reservations, which will be pro- Academy 87-80, but dropped the cessed during business hours at the Augusta office. second game to host St. Thomas On Tuesday, Feb. 1, Sebago Lake reservations will be accepted More 80-62.  for a four-night minimum stay, only. This is being done because The Junior A hockey team Sebago tends to average longer stays than other campgrounds. traveled to Hebron Academy and returned home with a tough 5-1 loss. They then went to Lake Placid, N.Y. to participate in the Northwood Tournament. After NORWAY — The Western Foothills Land Trust will host its losing the first game 2-1 to the first event on the new Nordic trails at Roberts Farm Preserve in Springfield Pics, they came back Norway with the Southern Maine Biathlon Club (www.somainebi- and won the second against Rothesay Netherwood 5-3. In athlon.com) this Sunday, Jan. 30. The club, which was formed to promote the sport within the final game of the tournament Maine, will provide six air rifles and will offer a morning biathlon against the Nichols School, the clinic for participants from 10 a.m. to noon. As these rifles are a Wolverines ended the game in major investment, this is a great opportunity for Nordic skiers to a 3-3 tie. At the Hoop experience and enjoy a biathlon. The Bridgton Academy basAfter the morning training, two races will follow at noon: a 2k ketball team returned to playing race for 10 to 18-year-old competitors, and a 3k race for adults 18 winning basketball with a teamand older. Online registration at www.wfltmaine.org is $7. Day of race registration is $10. Registration will open at 9 a.m. For addi- oriented 77-45 victory against Holderness School (N.H.). tional information, please contact Lee Dassler at 739-2124. BA started strong with several baskets, but the visitors rallied to even the game 17-17 at the 10-minute mark of the first half. The Wolverines capitalized on the cold shooting of the visitors (Continued from Page B) to mount a game-breaking run to only transfer to another Cape Elizabeth resident. “We made a significant change in the registration process last lead 41-17 at the half.  Corey Spence (Baltimore, year and feel overall it went well, so we are staying the course,” said volunteer Race President David Weatherbie. “Also, we are Md.) paced a balanced BA attack pleased to be able to expand the number of lottery slots this year with 16 points, but Coach Whit Lesure was quick to point out to accommodate more runners.” Last year’s Cape resident registration filled in 21 minutes, the contributions of several playwhile online registration for the general public was open just 32 ers off the bench to spark the minutes before all slots were filled. Runners will continue to reg- Wolverines. “I thought no one played a ister at the race website, www.beach2beacon.org better overall game than Nebby Exantus (Apopka, Fla.). He is

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B went to Matt Williams of Burnham. Class C was won by Tom (TJ) Braley of Bangor, while second place went to Bob Westhoven of Cumberland. Doubles was won by John Simpson of Auburn and his partner Peter Wong of Lewiston. This team improved on last year’s second place finish in doubles. Second place went to Rick Shea and partner Al Landry, both of Lewiston. Al and Rick

took second place doubles in 2009. Tourney organizers thank the Greater Bridgton-Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce and Bridgton Rec Director Tom Tash for supporting this event.         Remember, ping pong is

played every Saturday at the Bridgton Town Hall from 1 to 4 p.m. There are seven tables, paddles and balls. All people with a basic knowledge of ping pong are welcome. Bring a friend. It is great exercise, and it’s lots of fun!

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Class C first place went to CJ Braley of Bangor, Class B first place went to Shouping Huang of while the runner-up was Bob Portland, while Matt Williams of Burnham captured second Westhoven of Cumberland place. (not in photo).

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finally getting healthy and ready to contribute on both ends,” said Coach Lesure. Later in the week, Bridgton Academy kept the momentum going as they entered the Prides Corner Tournament. Forward Donnie Hale (New Albany, Ind.) swished a 65-foot shot as time expired Friday night to force overtime and ultimately spur the Wolverines to a thrilling 87-80 victory over Phelps Academy (Pa.) in the first round of the Prides Corner Tournament at the St. Thomas More School in Connecticut. The late game excitement was not the only desperate comeback made by Bridgton Academy in the game. Seemingly show- Class A runner-up was Al Landry of Lewiston (left), ing some effects of a more than while Eric Medina, also of Lewiston, won the division. six hour bus ride begun in the snow of Central Maine, Phelps Academy raced to a 30-11 lead to reflect a balanced offensive fectly on the first possession of the midway through the first half. output. BA Coach Lesure cred- second half to take a 35-34 lead Remarkably, the Wolverines ited his team’s determination in against host St. Thomas More in the Prides Corner Championship, were able to reduce the deficit the uplifting win. “The shot was incredible, but it appeared as if the Wolverines to four by the half at 40-36, and took their first lead in the game you could see Donnie line it up had turned an important corner with eleven minutes to play in the and shoot it like he was going to in the season. Some solid play on second half. Bridgton Academy make it. My hat is off to him for both ends of the court including a had several chances of their own the mental toughness to play to game opening steal by Brendan to put the game away in the final the final second,” Coach Lesure Allen (Windsor, Conn.) off some minutes, but ultimately a total of said. “I think our team showed pressure defense locked the two 12 missed free throws in the sec- great poise in the first half getting NEPSAC foes in a virtual deadond half alone set up the game’s to halftime with a life. We talk lock at halftime. about 40 minutes and how long a Unfortunately for the visiting biggest drama. Five Wolverines scored in game is all the time and tonight it Wolverines, the host Chancellors had a different agenda and played double figures, led by Hale’s 18 really showed.” The basketball team’s only smart and aggressive basketball loss of the week came when they to soundly defeat BA highlighted faced St. Thomas More. When by a 10-0 run five minutes into WYONEGONIC POINT WOLVERINES, Page B Bridgton Academy executed per-

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January 27, 2011, The Bridgton News, Page B

Ladies roll to a title at SV Lanes

Doubles champions were John Simpson of Auburn and Peter Wong of Lewiston (left), while runner-ups were Al Landry and Rick Shea, both of Lewiston.

Wolverines back in action (Continued from Page B) a second half that looked like it might head for a second day of fantastic finishes. On the Ice The Junior A hockey team had a tough start to the week as they traveled to Hebron Academy. Unable to come out and dominate from the start, Hebron had a 5-0 lead toward the end of the game.   Steve Laliberte (Falmouth, Mass.) scored late in the third period with assists from DJ Cavicchi (Plymouth, Mass.) and Ryan Kulik (Pembroke, Mass.) which narrowed Hebron’s lead to four and ended with a 5-1 loss for the day.  Brad Cray (Raleigh, N.C.) played in net and stopped 20 of the 25 shots he saw for the day.  With the disappointing loss behind them, the team returned to Bridgton to prepare for their trip to Lake Placid for the Northwood Tournament. After the long bus ride to New York, the team came out strong in the first game against the Springfield Pics. With the score tied at 1-1, everyone was fighting for the go ahead goal. When it looked like the game was heading into overtime, with under a minute left on the clock, the Pics snuck the winning goal past BA’s goaltender Will Husic (Glastonbury, Conn.). Husic saved 18 of the 20 shots.  Brad McGovern (Haverhill, Mass.) scored the lone goal for BA with assists from Ryan Donovan (Bridgewater, Mass.) and Ryan Menard (Ashland, Mass.). In the second game of the tournament, BA had another great effort. When Rothesay Netherwood stepped on the ice, they didn’t know what hit them. BA pulled together, realizing they needed a win to play in the championship bracket. BA showed no mercy, securing a 5-3 win. The Wolverines goals were scored by Sean Yule (West Newton, Mass.), McGovern, Donovan, Cavicchi and McGovern again as he sealed the win.  Tyler Gallagher played between the pipes, and remains

undefeated for the season saving 17 of the 20 shots. In the final game of the week, the Wolverines were playing against former Bridgon Academy coach Jamie Printz. The team knew they were going to be talented, but also knew they needed a win to secure a spot in the final four. After a tremendous 50 minutes of hockey the two teams skated to a 3-3 tie ending the tournament for the Wolverines. Goals came from Dan Concannon (Everett, Mass.) from Tyler Albano (Beverly, Mass.) and Menard. Charlie Cobb (South Burlington, Vt.) scored next from Marco Spisso (Highland Falls, N.Y.) and Ryan Dooley (Topsfield, Mass.). Kulik scored the final goal off a feed from Laliberte.

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SENIOR DOUBLES CHAMPS at the Maine State Candlepin Bowling Association tourney were Izzy Koceika and Jayne Britton of Saco Valley Lanes in Fryeburg. of Saco came out on top. Bert Dube rolled a 714 and Don Saucier a 718 for a grand total of 1432. Second place went to Saco Valley’s Ron Thompson with a 739 and Jim Layne with a 689 for a 1428. Third place went to Saco Valley’s Bob Alward with a 668 and Leon Adjutant with a 741 for a total of 1409. Other Saco Valley bowlers included: Bob Libby with a

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ter and out scoring the visitors 24-23, the Lakers fell 64-47 at Nutting Gym Saturday night. Cape’s Theo Bowe was a one man wrecking crew, knocking down several treys during the 22-8 spurt. He finished with a game-high 24 points, including five 3-pointers. Alex Hartford played tough inside in the second half, scoring 15 points on the night. Guards Kevin Gilson (15 points) and

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Lakers take two on chin (Continued from Page B) Mike Mageles 3, Ben Chaine 2, Lewis Morton 2 and Josh VanEeuwen 2. Bad quarter dooms Lakers. Lake Region played three good quarters — first, third and fourth — against Cape Elizabeth. The second quarter, however, was a bit of a disaster that would haunt the Lakers. Despite holding Cape to just 6 points in the third quar-

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Cray played the final game in net stopping 21 of the 24 shots fired his way. Coach Travis was pleased with the weekend saying, “The guys played very well and should be very proud of their efforts. They played three very talented teams and skated away 1-1-1 in the tournament just missing the final round with the tie.” On the Schedule In the coming week, there will be tough competition for the Wolverines. Over the weekend, the basketball team is hosting the Wolverine Winter Classic.  On Sunday, Jan. 30, the Junior A team will be traveling to New Brunswick for their first trip to Canada to play Rothesay Netherwood.

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Snow is falling outside our window at the moment, a gray-white veil that softens silhouettes of trees and gives the backyard a dreamlike feel. Sitting here in this big comfy chair, lulled by the falling snow, it feels very odd to think that only a few days ago we were in Florida visiting family. One of our favorite things when we’re there is to go to different county parks and look for birds. This year, we found the usual herons and egrets, shorebirds and water birds, as well as bluebirds, Carolina chickadees, bald eagles, and a brownheaded nuthatch. We admired a red-shouldered hawk perched on a light pole down the street from our family’s house, and we even came upon three sandhill cranes dancing together at the edge of a small pond. The tall cranes lifted their giant wings, leapt gracefully into the air, and bent to pick up small objects on the ground, which they tossed lightly over their heads. Hundred of robins flew back and forth daily in loose flocks, and then perched in the groves of bald cypress trees that dotted the neighborhood. The neigh-

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borhood was also a favorite haunt of a large flock of turkey vultures and black vultures. They soared through the sky, or rested on tree limbs, and often twenty or more perched on the sloping ground around the retention ponds, which locals refer to as lakes, soaking up the sunshine and watching traffic pass by on the road. We wondered how such large birds found enough carrion to eat in that heavily-developed area. One day it rained, and we stayed in the house reading, playing Scrabble, and watching four hooded mergansers in the small pond behind the house. On the computer, we tracked a big green blob of rain as it moved slowly across the Gulf of Mexico. By late afternoon, the big green blob moved to the east, the rain let up, and a few patches of blue sky appeared, so I put on my jacket, slung binoculars around my neck, and

went out for a walk. The air was pleasantly warm and felt slightly muggy, and every so often a few rays of sun broke through the cloud cover. Vultures soared overhead in the light breeze, and a flock of robins flew past. When I rounded the corner I noticed four vultures on the ground at the edge of a yard, dining on a gray squirrel carcass, which most likely they had found in the road. A turkey vulture was eating while the others watched, but when I came back that way a few minutes later a black vulture had taken over. At the end of the block, 14 black vultures and turkey vultures were gathered around a large retention pond. Half a dozen perched on a fence, a few stood beside the pond, and a few were clustered around a dead fish on the ground. I heard a caw sound, and looking up discovered I was not the only

one watching the scene. A very attentive crow, perched on a streetlight, was leaning forward and cawing, as if it would have liked to have some of that fish. The vultures ignored me, and the crow, but whenever one of the vultures hopped over and tried to get too close to the fish the turkey vulture, which was eating drove it away. For about 10 or 15 minutes, the vultures continued to stand around watching, while one plucked at the fish, but suddenly the view through my binoculars changed. Instead of a vulture, I was looking at a very large black bird with a white head and white tail. An adult bald eagle had landed beside the vultures. It sauntered over to the fish, the vultures quickly stepped back, and the bird, which had been eating the fish dropped it. The eagle picked up the fish in its bill, spread its huge black wings, and took off over the pond as the flock of vultures scattered into the air. The eagle rose over the pond, banked to the left and, followed by the crow, who was flying only a few feet behind it cawing loudly, flew out of sight. I turned, and walked back down the street to my own dinner.

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Notice of Public Hearing on Secret Ballot Referendum Issue Notice is hereby given that the Municipal Officers of the Town of Bridgton will hold a public hearing February 8, 2011 at 6:00 p.m. in said Town to hear public comment on the following referendum ballot question to be voted upon on March 1, 2011: Shall an Ordinance entitled “Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) Ordinance” be enacted? 2T4

looked very pretty under the glass and continued that way for quite a long time, blooming and apparently thriving. Until I looked one day and saw that the stalks had turned transparent, the flowers wilted. I uncapped the mouth but too late — the violets had rotted in all the humidity of the closed terrarium. I felt very guilty for not having foreseen or, more accurately, seen that this was going to happen. African violets like heat, but not much water. The enclosed environment in the sunny windows had given them a steam bath, poor things! I then went to the book about terrariums to learn more and found that they are really more for shaded locations where the steam bath effect wouldn’t happen so easily. However, I wanted the terrarium for my kitchen,

so what to do? Well, cacti! I bought five small cacti; small being very important as I was now well aware, though not aware enough because somehow it had been easier to drop the violets into the terrarium. The cacti didn’t drop upright and then trying to set them in the soil with just one hand while trying to avoid cactus thorns was very hard and in the end my hand was a pincushion and the cacti weren’t all straight. They certainly didn’t seem to mind and didn’t die or rot or show any sign of anything. Not a very satisfactory planting. Every now and again I’d try to move them a bit to get a better placement. I found that using a pair of chopsticks helped with the moving but my hand was still often necessary. However, aside from the fact that the cacti weren’t very attractive, they were obviously not what a terrarium should house because they didn’t need the humidity of the closed container — so out they came and back into their individual pots. At least, I hadn’t killed them! By now it was late summer so I decided to try the same MINIATURE, Page B

Positive growth

To The Editor: In 2004, when we voted on and passed our Comprehensive Plan, I remember feeling that we had come together as a town and created a fine vision for our future. I also thought that we had protected ourselves from becoming another North Windham (which I recall was the unified rallying cry). What I didn’t understand at the time was that this plan was just a blueprint, a guide to help us create ordinances that would secure our vision as well as protect us from a vision that was not of our choosing. And now, I see that without ordinances on the books we have no say in managing our growth. I will admit that I’m not normally one to advocate for too many rules in my life, having moved to Maine from Michigan in 1980 with my “back-to-theland” ideals. But, the ordinances can and do protect us and help us live together as a community. In fact, we already have 34 of them here in Bridgton (my count from our town’s website). Who knew we had a Phosphate Detergents Ordinance, but I’m glad we do and we have clean lakes to show for it. Voting in favor of the two amendments (to the Site Plan Review Ordinance) before us on March 1 is an important first step in securing our future. Without these amendments, any developer has the right to come here, build what they want and make a fast buck. I would much rather see an investor wanting to create something in keeping with our vision. We have so many positive projects in the works — the renovation of two historic buildings on Main Street, a new brewpub along with a beautiful new park and the fabulous Bob Dunning Memorial Bridge. I’ve heard people say that they don’t want to limit growth. But unregulated growth has its limits too. If we let it all happen out on Route 302, we have limited our ability to become anything but “Anytown, USA.” We have limited ourselves from being anything but a car-centric, congested maze of signs and pavement. And, ultimately, we have limited our possibilities. Our economic development director has talked about a new Comprehensive Plan and Form Based Codes and I think these are good ideas. But, we need to realize that we never implemented

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To The Editor: Last week, when Tom McLaughlin shamelessly acknowledged that he approved of his middle-school students referring to the mentally ill as “nutcases,” my first inclination was to write this letter. I wished to let the SAD 72 School Board know I would not have wanted any of my children at that age to remain in a class being taught by one who, in my opinion, seems to be such an insensitive role model. My children attended middle school in the SAD 72 system, however, they’re grown now and I decided to leave the matter to others. As it turned out, Peter C. Berry, a former teacher, addressed the matter very well indeed. I hope Tom McLaughlin will heed Peter Berry’s advice and publicly apologize. This week, I realized I really did need to write one more letter. I have tried to give Tom McLaughlin the benefit of doubt, but he persists in serving as little more than a defender and an apologist for zealots who rarely fail to embarrass themselves and their own constituents whenever they open their mouths in the presence of a media microphone. I, for one, won’t be wasting any more of my time reading Front Row Seat, and I certainly won’t bother to write any more letters focused on Tom McLaughlin or his column. I believe the attention only encourages him. Jerry Genesio Bridgton LETTERS, Page B

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Saturday, February 5th, 2011 Brownfield Town Office 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Price: $8.00

The following roads will be closed for winter traffic beginning on October 1, 2010 and will reopen on May 1, 2011: Marr Road from the Jones' residence to Hardscrabble Road, Fern Drive from Brad Dunlap's to the Lovell town line, Bennett Road and Trull Brook Road from Buker Road to Route 93 (Bridgton Road).

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The Naples Board of Selectpersons will hold a Public Hearing at their regular meeting on February 7th, 2011 at 7:00 PM at the Naples Municipal Offices. On the agenda: 1.   Renewal of a Liquor License & Special Amusement Permit Application for Sydney’s Restaurant & Pub. 2.   Renewal of a Liquor License & Special Amusement Permit Application for the Songo River Queen II.  3. Renewal of a Junkyard Permit Application for Scott J. Kimball on Old Country Road. Public welcome.

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By Alice Darlington A year ago, I received a terrarium for Christmas. It was meant to replace the plants I kept in the sunny windows of my kitchen — plants I no longer had because I didn’t want to risk moisture on our new birch floor. I loved the idea and started to think about what I’d plant. What immediately came to my mind was a small glass jar I had been given when I first came to Maine. It contained a plant with green leaves and red berries, the top covered with plastic wrap — a terrarium. That was what I wanted to replicate if I could. I didn’t know then what the plant was and now I think it was either wintergreen or partridgeberry, both of which grow in the woods around my house. But, I would have to wait until spring or summer to get to them, so I decided to plant something else for the winter.

Letters

our old plan and if we wait another six years (or even six months) the opportunity to chart our own course may be lost. In fact, the 2004 plan states (on page 84) as one of two strategies to prohibit large-scale strip commercial development to “Develop standards, such as maximum building footprints, to limit inappropriate big box commercial development.” I believe that we knew where we were going then and that we still do. By banning big box stores and formula fast food restaurants, we open ourselves to the possibility of having a walkable, thriving town and jobs with living wages. I see the bans as assets to our town and statements that say, “We have something valuable here that is worth protecting.” I encourage you to read the information available at keepingbridgtonlocal.com and vote in favor of the amendments on March 1. Christine Erikson Bridgton

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TOWN OF BRIDGTON 3 CHASE STREET, SUITE 1 BRIDGTON, MAINE 04009

PUBLIC NOTICE

PUBLIC HEARING The Bridgton Board of Selectmen and the Bridgton Planning Board will conduct a joint Public Hearing at the Bridgton Town Office, Three Chase Street, Suite 1, Bridgton, Maine 04009 on Tuesday, February 8, 2011 beginning at 6:00 p.m. for the purpose of the following two Citizen Petitions which were submitted on January 3, 2011: 1. Petition to Vote at Referendum for Amending the Site Plan Review Ordinance Regarding Size Limit on Big Box Development. 2. Petition to Vote at Referendum for Amending the Site Plan Review Ordinance Regarding Prohibition of Formula Fast Food Restaurants. All interested individuals are invited to attend at the above place and time to present any comments. 2T4

DISTRICT COURT BRIDGTON DOCKET NO. FM 10 248 MINDY N. HAFFORD Plaintiff v. BRETT A. BLUNDELL Defendant ORDER FOR SERVICE BY PUBLICATION This court has reviewed the motion of the Plaintiff for service by publication pursuant to Rule 4(g) of the Maine Rules of Civil Procedure. The type of action is a divorce. Property or credits of the defendant (may be) affected. The name and address of the plaintiff’s attorney is not available. It is ORDERED that service be made upon the other party by publishing a copy of this Order once a week for three (3) successive weeks, in the BRIDGTON NEWS, a newspaper of general circulation in the county where the action is pending. It is FURTHER ORDERED that the party being served by publication appear and serve an answer to the motion or complaint on the other party at the above address. The answer must be filed with the court within forty-one (41) days after the first publication of this Order. It is FURTHER ORDERED that the moving party mail a copy of the Order as published to the other party at the party’s last known address. Failure to serve an answer will cause judgment by default to be entered, granting relief sough in the motion or complaint.

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PRELIMINARY INJUNCTION: IT IS FURTHER ORDERED that the above named parties by: 1. Prohibited from transferring, encumbering, concealing, selling or otherwise disposing of any property of either or both of the parties, except in the usual course of business or for the necessities of life, without the written consent of the parties or the permission of the court. 2. Prohibited from imposing any restraint on the personal liberty of the other party or on any natural or adopted child of either or both of the parties. 3. Prohibited from voluntarily removing the other party or any child or children of the parties from any policy of health insurance that provides coverage for the other party or the child or children of the parties. WARNING: This Preliminary Injunction is an official court Order. If you disobey this Order, the court may find you in contempt of court. This court Order is effective until the earliest of the following: 1) The court revokes or modifies it; 2) A final judgment is entered in the matter before the court; or 3) The action is dismissed. This order is incorporated into the docket by reference at the specific direction of the court. Date: 12/9/10 s/ Nancy D. Carlson Magistrate A TRUE COPY ATTEST: Belinder Becher, Clerk Maine District Court #9 Bridgton, Maine

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Classifieds VEHICLES FOR SALE

FIRE­ARMS – Sup­plies. Buy, sell, 1987 IROC CAMARO — Loaded trade. Wan­ted, firearms, ammunition plus. $2,500 or best offer. Trade con& mili­tary items. Swe­den Trad­ing sidered. Call 653-4377. tf1 Post. 207-647-8163. tf43

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BRIDGTON – 1, 2, and 3-bedroom apartments. $550-$675 mo. plus references and security. JPD Properties, 310-0693. tf2

COMMERCIAL SPACE — for lease, 1,000-2,000 sq. ft. with Rte. 302 CORINTH PREMIUM WOOD — frontage. Call for details, 647-4465. tf46 pellets. 75 40-lb. bags $225. Picked up Naples. 207-415-5009. NAPLES — Well-maintained one 2t4x bedroom, off Rte. 35, thirty-day-notice PLEASE CONSIDER – donating lease, no smoking, no pets, laundry on your leftover garage sale items and site, quiet setting. $600/mo. incl. heat & tf15 your attic, basement and closet over- elect. 207-899-5052. flow to Harvest Hills Animal Shelter. BRIDGTON — Second floor, 2-bedFor more information, call 935-4358 room unit, full bath, eat-in kitchen. ext. 21. Thank you. tf28 Trash, heat and H20 included. Near SEARS WASHER (06) — and dryer downtown. $700 month. Call 603-494tf50 (07). Both run well and are in good 0325. condition. $225 for both. 647 -8923. NAPLES — 3-bedroom, 1-bath ranch, 2t4 full walkout basement. Clean and comBONE DRY FIREWOOD — $250 fortable. Great location, great home. per cord; seasoned, $225 per cord. 5” NAPLES: 2-bedroom, 1-bath apartment x 5” round bales, good hay, $50-$60 located in duplex on quiet road with Discriminatory Advertising each; square bales, $4 and up. Call upstairs and downstairs. Great space. under the Fair Housing Act 583-4694. 10t4x OTISFIELD: Log home, 2-car garage, The Fair Housing Act of 1968 at 42 U.S.C. 3-bedroom, 1.5-baths, full walkout base3604(c) makes it unlawful “to make, print, or $5 FOR TATTERED – U.S. Flag ment. DENMARK: 2-bedroom, 1 bath publish, or cause to be made, printed, or when purchasing new U.S. Flag cottage, lake rights to Moose Pond, deck published any notice, statement, or adver3’x5’ or larger. Maine Flag & Banner, and furnished. All rents need application tisement, with respect to the sale, or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limiWindham, 893-0339. tf46 and security deposit and first month tation, or discrimination based on race, color, rent when approved. Call Ralph at Lake EMERGENCY GENERATORS Country Property Rentals (207) 647religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention to make any — New standby generators. Install. 8093. tf4 such preference, limitation or discrimination. Service. 3 year warranty. All types of electrical wiring. Mike Bouchard, HARRISON — Main St., sunny 1st master electrician. Tel. 583-9009. floor 2-bedroom apartment, fully appli 5t4x anced in “like new” condition. Available now at $895 month heat included. For FIREWOOD — Dry, seasoned or information or to apply, contact Susan at green. Cut, split, delivered. 1/2 cord Heritage Realty, 207-583-6001. tf36 & loads available. Call Wendell Scribner 583-4202. 10t48x NAPLES — Very nice 2nd floor, 2Part of the Chalmers Group bedroom, rear deck, apartment available. WANTED TO BUY Appliances, washer & dryer included. 100 Main Street, FIREARMS, MILITARY ITEMS $750 monthly with 1st & last months’ Bridgton, ME 04009 — and ammunition, Swe­den Trad­ing rent plus security deposit. (Some furPost. 207-647-8163. tf43 niture available). References required. Phone: 207-647-3311 Heat and plowing included. No smokBUYING OLD CARS— and trucks ing, no pets. Village location and walk Fax: 207-647-3003 for junk, old jewelry, coins, glassware to stores. Nancy at 207-838-8301. 4t4 www.chalmers-ins.com and furniture. 890-5363, 583-4694. 8t2x BRIDGTON — Walk to downtown. BN 4 4 rooms newly renovated, 2 large VEHI­CLES FOR SALE bedrooms, 1 bath. Large private yard, WORK WANTED appliances, washer-dryer included. First JESUS IS LORD – new and used month’s rent, security deposit & referSEMI-RETIRED — contractor look- auto parts. National locator. Most ing for electrical and plumbing work. parts 2 days. Good used cars. Ovide’s ences. $750 per month plus utilities. tf47 Please call 647-8026. tf41 Used Cars, Inc., Rte. 302 Bridg­ton, 207-452-2585. tf30 BRIDGTON — Furnished 1-bedroom GOTCHA COVERED — Looking for 207-647-5477. apartment. Heat & utilities included. roof & walkway shoveling. Also interior $175 per week plus security deposit. painting. Superior service at affordable Call 647-3565. tf38 prices. Fully insured, free estimates. Kevin, 693-3684. 13t1x NAPLES — Basement studio apartment, $500 month includes all utilities, ANNA ROSE HOUSEKEEPING TV & WiFi. No smoking, perfect for — and Pet Care. Dependable, reliable, working single. Maintenance handy perlocal. Call 693-4334. 2t4x son preferred. Call 310-8664. tf3 EXCAVATING – Have hoe, will travel. BOOTH RENTALS — Stylist, nail Site work, foundations dug, back filling, tech. Call Amy, Shear Techniques, septic systems, sand, loam, gravel. Call Naples, 693-3052. 2t3 Brad Chute, 653-4377 or 627-4560.tf44

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HILLTOP FIREWOOD — Seasoned, $220 cord delivered. Call for details, 890-9300. tf31

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LILY BEE DAY CARE – Academy in Fryeburg has openings for 6 weeks to 12 years old. We’re open on snow days and most holidays. All staff CPR certified, RN-owned and operated. 207-8905745. 1t4x

Now Hiring Experienced Waitstaff, Bartenders and Line Cooks Accepting applications Monday–Friday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. Pleasant Mountain Inn Route 302, West Bridgton

Crooked River Adult and Community Education Center has openings available in our new State-licensed Crooked River Childcare Center. Your child will have opportunities through play and learning that encourage language development, motor skills, social/emotional skills, and problem solving. We pride ourselves on helping children develop the skills that are necessary to become successful in school. Our childcare staff is trained in Maine’s Early Learning Guidelines, CPR and First Aid, and are nurturing, positive role models. Our facility offers a gym, and outdoor playground to encourage healthy habits for children through play. Crooked River Childcare will provide daycare for children age 6 weeks to 5 years old during the school year, and older children up to age 8 during the summer months. 1T4CD

We are open Monday through Friday from 6 am to 6 pm.

The Town of Lovell, Maine will be hiring a

Courtesy Boat Inspection Program Coordinator Work Schedule May through August, this part-time job will require 20 to 25 hours per week. Fewer hours per week will be required year round. The Coordinator will be a member of the Lovell Invasive Plant Prevention Program Committee. Principle Responsibilities Recruit and schedule inspectors A mix of paid and volunteer inspectors will be scheduled and supervised to provide boat inspection coverage within the Kezar Lake Watershed. The inspection schedule will provide coverage from 6:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. seven days per week. Training The Coordinator, having received the necessary training, will thoroughly understand the boat inspection process and be responsible for training new inspectors. Reporting The Coordinator is responsible for collecting/organizing/ summarizing data and reporting results. Hiring Process Candidates for this job must submit a letter of intent with appropriate credentials and experience no later than February 11th, 2011. This job is planned to be filled by March 1, 2011. Please note “CBI ” on the lower left corner of the envelope. Contact Town of Lovell P.O. Box 236 Center Lovell, ME 04016 207 925-6545

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of the federal poverty level (it is currently 100%), and also eliminates the consideration of assets in eligibility determinations. For those ineligible for Medicaid, the law creates a sliding scale of government subsidies based on income that will help individuals buy coverage through state-run exchanges. Health-related out-of-pocket costs are very high for the 50- to 64-year-olds who have insurance and that acts as a barrier to care. However, reforms included in the ACA, such as the elimination of lifetime limits on coverage, the development of essential benefit standards and limits on out-of-pocket spending, will MEDICARE, Page B

NAPLES — 1st floor office space or 1-bedroom apartment available. Appliances, washer & dryer. $750 monthly with 1st & last months’ rent plus security deposit. References NAPLES — $750. Beautiful furnished required. Heat and plowing included. By Stan Cohen one-bedroom apartment. Price includes No smoking, no pets. Village location electric heat, hot water, laundry, plow- and walk to stores and local services. Medicare Volunteer Counselor ing. Need 1st & last months’ rent, or one Nancy at 207-838-8301. This “Nugget” is not specifi4t4 month rent at $800 and $800 thereafter. cally about Medicare benefits, Checking for employment and refer- WATERFORD — 2 bedroom, 2nd ences. Absolutely no smoking or pets. floor unit overlooking Back Pond in it is about “baby boomers” that Call 207-693-4408. tf50 Waterford. Peaceful and private spot. will soon be on Medicare. Knotty pine interior with deck just 15’ They are among those who FRYEBURG — 3-bedroom home, fur- from the waters edge. $550/month plus nished, fridge, W/D, included, $1,100 utilities. One pet considered with depos- will especially benefit from plus utilities. Lease required. Quiet & it. Security & 1st month required. Call the 2010 Affordable Care Act convenient, no smokers or pets. 617- 207-647-4000. 4t2 (ACA). According to the report 838-1138. 3t3 Realizing Health Reform’s NAPLES — 2-bedroom mobile home HARRISON — 1 bedroom, cozy 2nd with 1½-baths. Nice layout. Near LRHS, Potential (released by the floor apartment in quiet location, private easy to heat. Available February. $550 Commonwealth Fund), 75% of deck, 2 minutes from town. $450/month monthly plus utilities. Security/lease uninsured individuals aged 50 plus fuel. Electric included. No dogs - required. 221-3423. tf4 to 64 do not get needed care cats considered. 1st and security deposit required with application. Call 207-647- BRIDGTON — Main Street profes- because of cost and seven out of 4000. 4t2 sional office space available. Historical 10 baby boomers who are uninbuilding, 2nd floor, front, 400 square BRIDGTON — Upstairs, 2-bedroom feet, hardwood floors. Lighted client sured or underinsured reported apartment, no smoking. Heat, trash and parking. Cable/cat 5/ air conditioned in having problems paying their plowing included. $700 month. Call suite. Heat is included. $375. Info or medical bills. But the ACA will 207-358-0808. tf49 view, call 207-591-4292. 2t3x help these individuals better WEST BALDWIN 2 BR HOUSE CASCO — Completely furnished afford care. The ACA expands — carpeted, 2 baths, small loft, washer/ rooms, heat, lights & cable TV included. Medicaid (MaineCare) coverdryer/dishwasher. No smoking, no pets, $100 weekly. No pets. Call cell, 207- age to those individuals with quiet location. $780 per month. 787- 838-1181, home 207-627-1006. tf48 incomes at or below 133 percent 2121. 5t4x WATERFORD — Very nice large 3bedroom house with attached garage in quiet setting close to Route 35. $900 month + utilites. Security deposit. Pet negotiable with deposit. No smoking. Call 939-8951. 2t4x NORTH BRIDGTON — Charming 2+ bedroom/3-bath home for rent, only $700 + utilities. Beautiful, sunny yard. Enclosed porch, built-ins & hardwood floors. 1st & security deposit required. Pets negotiable, no smoking. Call Cheryl Willey @ Chalmers Realty. 803-2648. 1t4

$54,900 - NORWAY — Privately located 3.8-acre lot with brook frontage. Cape style home features large attached garage and bonus room. Dan The Man Real Estate, 207-939-8970 dan@danbolling.com 2t4

HARRISON BLOCK — Main Street store available for sale or rent. Call 583-4095. 1t4

BUSINESS SERVICES

HEAP HAULERS — Towing service. Cash paid for junk cars. Call 655tf12 SUNNY BRIGHT — Two-bedroom, 5963. one-bath apartment. Large open con- TATE’S PLOWING — Driveways, cept single unit, private balcony, wash- walkways, entrances, roofs, decks, etc. er/dryer, dishwasher. Great location, For all your snow removal needs, call very clean. Minutes from downtown Rick at (207) 409-5859. 5t1x Bridgton and grocery shopping. Utilities and plowing included. One year mini- SNOWPLOWING — Bridgton and mum. First month and security. $875 Denmark area. Reasonable rates. Call month. Call 647-5012 or e-mail jmciv- for estimate. 452-2127 or cell 2076t51x ers@gmail.com tf50 400-1040. SOUTH BRIDGTON — 2-bedroom apartment. Heat & hot water included. Sun deck, laundry facilities on site. $675. Also at same location, 1-bedroom, heat, hot water & electric included. $665. Security deposit required. 247-4707, 647-2970. tf46

J.C. HURD BUILDERS — Custom homes & additions. caretaking, snowplowing, removal and sanding, commercial & residential. 207-809-6127. tf35

DEN­MARK HOUSE — Painting, Inc. Inter­ior and Exterior Paint­ing. NORTH BRIDGTON — Upstairs Also, Paper­hang­ing. 35 yrs. ex­pe­ri­ large 1-bedroom apartment, very energy ence. Call for esti­mates. Call John tf31 efficient, $650 per month plus utilities. Math­ews, 207-452-2781. Call 207-358-0808. tf49 B & L ROOFING — 20 years expeWEST BRIDGTON — 2-bedroom rience, fully insured. New roofs and tf20 apartment available. $595 month & repairs. Call 207-650-6479. security deposit. Includes heat. No pets. 207-450-4271. EHO tf3

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Letters

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What is next?

To The Editor: Mr. Finlayson seeks to scare the residents of Bridgton with his vision of what the town may come to look like and with what he believes will be increased costs for town services if he and his fellow petitioners are not successful in prohibiting certain businesses from coming to Bridgton. He says it is time for the voters of Bridgton to “educate yourself” and urges the voters to “scratch beneath the surface” and “look for the truth.” The reality is that the “truth” Mr. Finlayson would like you to believe is based on conjecture and speculation without any regard whatsoever for the facts. Below are a few facts, which are supported by data. The notion that Bridgton is going to look like Windham, South Paris or North Conway is unlikely and this can be assured with proper planning instead of

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a petition banning certain businesses. What is more unlikely is that Bridgton will look like York or Ogunquit. Here is why. The per capita income of Ogunquit is #7 in the state, York is #13. The per capita income of Bridgton is #222 in the state and, at $17,352 per person, is 10% below the state average. We need to be honest and ask ourselves what type of local economy can be supported solely by residents with a per capita income that is 10% below the state average. To find the answer, one need only take a drive through downtown Bridgton. Several decaying buildings and empty storefronts provide the answer. One surefire way to insure that the “character” of the downtown remains in its current state is to eliminate competition by limiting new businesses, and the shoppers they attract, from coming to town. Let’s look at the increased cost for “services” relative to the tax revenue generated by two relatively new retailers that would not have been allowed to come to Bridgton had an ordinance, like the one proposed by Mr. Finlayson, been in place sever-

al years ago. Hancock Lumber and Hannaford collectively pay $71,164 in annual real estate taxes. This does not count tax on business equipment. How much was added to the town budget for the increased “police coverage and equipment” and “improved fire coverage and equipment” for these two new businesses? Other current retailers that would be prohibited under the proposed ordinance would be Paris Farmers Union, Hayes True Value, Macdonald Motors, Brill Lumber and Renys, which was, ironically enough, one of the site’s where the petitioner gathered signatures to ban similar retailers. What is the aggregate tax that is collected from these businesses? What was the amount “added” to the town budget for these businesses? Mr. Finlayson asks, “Do you believe that your taxes will go down because there is greater development in Bridgton”? I certainly do not. I do, however, “believe” my taxes will increase less as the commercial tax base increases. The reality is that these petitions will destroy the very “character” and alienate the “independent entrepreneurs” they seek to protect. This is evident by the mass exodus to North Conway on almost any day of the week. These shoppers are not driving 30 miles or more to shop at Zeb’s, eat at the Muddy Moose or buy cake at Riverstones. They may end up doing all of the aforementioned, but that was not the reason for their trip. They are driving there because they do not have a more local alternative for their shopping needs. (The argument will be made that these shoppers cross the border to save the sales tax. With at least a 60 mile round trip and gas approaching $3.25 per gallon, or more depending when this letter is printed, the argument falls apart based on the pure economics of filling the gas tank.) Mr. Finlayson wants to tell us that Flatbread can still come to town because they have a “difquite fascinating — both as a ferent look.” He apparently has a “different” read on his own proposal than I do. The regulation reads, in part, “…restaurants that prepare food…and

Miniature world

(Continued from Page B) woodland plants as those in my first little terrarium and I dug up mosses and partridgeberries that turned out to be far easier to get in the glass opening than either violets or cacti. An auspicious start! And also success. I have been watering them occasionally by spritzing them lightly on an irregular basis. Whenever I see a lot of condensation inside the glass, I remove the wooden ball top and when it is very warm, I cover the terrarium with a piece of green canvas to mimic the cooling shade of the plants’ natural habitat. It has now been several months for this lovely miniature world and it is thriving. One morning, I discovered several tiny mushrooms growing here and there and a mys-

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tery plant has grown quite tall and almost touches the top. A second mystery plant has joined the first and threatens to take over the small space, which means I may have to do some culling. I’m waiting to see what else may germinate and considering adding a snail in honor of a lovely book I just read, The Sound of a Wild Snail Eating by Elizabeth Tova Bailey, that happens to be about a snail, a terrarium and a very ill author. Not only have the plants in my terrarium thrived but my terrarium itself has reproduced because visiting grandchildren have wanted their own so I have planted several large empty glass jars with similar plants for them to take home — perhaps sowing seeds of love for nature into the future.

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are required to utilize any of the following: name…which cause the restaurant to be substantially identical to another restaurant regardless of ownership.” If it is called “Flatbread,” it has the same “name” and will have a substantially identical menu as the other Flatbread restaurants. I guess they are out. What about Maine restaurants such as Amato’s or the Governor’s? I guess they are out. Mr. Finlayson wants to tell us that it will be acceptable, under his ordinance for a Starbucks to come to town as long as they do not call themselves “Starbucks.” He makes specific mention of a Starbucks that calls itself “15th Avenue Coffee and Tea.” Sorry Mr. Finlayson, bad example. Perhaps you should have done what you are encouraging the Bridgton electorate to do and Google the coffee shop. Their window sign specifically mentions the parent company “Inspired by Starbucks.” I guess they are out. The resurgence of the downtown will not be viable if we continue to rely on neighboring service centers to meet the basic shopping needs of our residents and visitors. Bridgton does not need to become Windham or North Conway, but can and should become more self-reliant by allowing viable, financially capable businesses into town. Vibrant downtown areas are developed as a result of people coming to town, not the other way around. I happen to believe that the Bridgton electorate is, in fact, educated. Accordingly, they acknowledge the state of the economy, understand the need for jobs, do not like the certainty that their tax bill is going to increase each year and do not want to fill the gas tank to drive to a nearby service center to do their shopping. The real danger is not what business may or may not come to town. The real danger is that this group of petitioners is successful in getting these ordinances passed. The result will be a multitude of legal challenges that will place a substantial financial burden on the town. If they are successful, it begs the question. What is next on their agenda? Remember the attempt at banning watercraft?

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These ordinances need to be soundly defeated and we need to allow the upcoming edition of the comprehensive plan to guide the direction of development in the town. Mark Lopez Bridgton

Sensible limits

To The Editor: Neither of Scott Finlayson’s proposed amendments to Bridgton’s Site Plan Review Ordinance bans big box stores or chain restaurants from town. Scott’s carefully-worded amendments do impose sensible local limits on global retailers. In the case of the big boxes, size is capped at 30,000 square feet, while fast food restaurants are banned from imposing their ubiquitous cookie-cutter stylings across our landscape. When it comes to job creation for Bridgton’s taxpayers, there’s no guarantee that the multi-national chains will hire Bridgtonians. As I left the Economic Development Committee meeting on Monday, I heard Alan Manoian (Bridgton’s director of Economic and Community Development) saying, “There’s great news. Last week, five different businesses talked to me about coming to Bridgton.” This could indeed be great news for

Medicare

(Continued from Page B) make coverage for this population more affordable.   It would be, in my opinion, a national catastrophe if the Affordable Care Act is repealed. The dramatically increased benefits to those on Medicare, plus other populations like the baby boomers, would be swept away. 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 at 800427-7411 and ask for a Medicare Advocate.

Bridgton. I can’t wait to hear the details. Bridgton is home to scores of small, friendly businesses we all enjoy patronizing and hitting up for donations for local causes. Let’s keep Bridgton local. Please vote “yes” on March 1. George Bradt Bridgton

Home

To The Editor: Home is one of the most meaningful words we encounter in life. It is a word of multiple definitions, each incredibly unique. The denotative, or literal, meaning of home according to Merriam-Webster is one’s “place or residence or origin.” However, that is not what we usually think of when “home” pops into our minds. We imagine the secondary, or connotative meaning. This other definition of home is defined by some sort of emotional attachment to a place. Our homes are places where we have spent a great deal of meaningful time in our lives, developing and growing. For me, home means Bridgton, this fine town that weaves itself around Stevens Brook. When I am asked to recall my home, I do not have to pause for a second before I respond, proudly, with “Bridgton.” This town of 5,000 is a place where I will forever be attached. Nothing can separate me from the memories I have of Bridgton. The voters of Bridgton will soon be faced with what may be one of the most important decisions in its 217-year history. In many ways, the referendums to place moratoriums on the development of both formula restaurants and “big box” stores is a referendum on the future of this town. Will we decide to go the way of open development, inviting in businesses from away? Or will we choose to stay the course as an anomaly in rural America today: an independent community, not tied down to an outside corporation. If you couldn’t read the meaning of my words in that last paragraph, I’ll be voting an absentee “Yes.” When I think of my home, I don’t think of McDonald’s or LETTERS, Page B

NURSE ANESTHETIST WEEK — Bridgton Hospital will celebrate Nurse Anesthetist Week Jan. 23-29. Pictured are Thomas Nolan (right) and Ibra (Chip) Ripley, Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists at Bridgton Hospital.

What is an anesthetist?

Certified Registered Nurse Anesthetists (CRNA) are advanced practice nurses who administer approximately 30 million anesthetics per year in the United States. CRNAs are the sole anesthesia providers at Bridgton Hospital and nearly all rural hospitals in America and have been the primary providers to the military since World War I. Thomas Nolan, CRNA, and Ibra (Chip) Ripley, CRNA MSNA, are employed by Bridgton Hospital. The services they provide include anesthesia for surgery and special procedures, acute pain management, epidural analgesia for labor and delivery and airway management for resuscitation. All services are available 24 hours a day. Tom and Chip are members of the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists, the Maine Association of Nurse Anesthetists and are adjunct clinical faculty at the University of New England School of Nurse Anesthesia. Bridgton Hospital serves as a clinical practice site for the UNE. Tom and Chip are both residents of the community and are committed to providing high quality, compassionate anesthesia care to all patients referred to them.

N.B. Library new hours

The North Bridgton Library is now open on Thursdays instead of Wednesdays. Being open on Mondays and Thursdays, when the Bridgton Library is closed, ensures that Bridgton residents will have access to a library every weekday. To better serve Bridgton and North Bridgton residents, the library is open Mondays from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Thursdays from 1 to 5 p.m. and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. The knitting group now meets on Thursdays at 2 p.m. and welcomes all skill levels. The knitters are always there to help out with projects and answer any knitting questions you might have. There are also a variety of knitting books to check out that can help you start a new knitting project at home. Janet Derouin is offering handmade magnetic bookmarks. Come by and pick one up, compliments of the library. Patrons who may be on waiting lists at other local libraries should check with North


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Letters

(Continued from Page B) Wal-Mart. I think first of my family’s hardware store, locally owned and still strong after 45 years. I think of all of the business that line our unique Main Street, all of which are owned and operated by members of the Bridgton community, our neighbors. Part of what keeps people coming to the Lake Region, and keeps the lights on and the buildings warm, is the independent spirit that can be found here. I see Bridgton as a down to earth Telluride, Colo. We’re not stuck up, but we don’t need places with large parking lots and long, empty aisles. We live in a place that is naturally spectacular, and there is no reason to destroy this with sprawling growth that does not reflect who we really are. That unspoiled beauty and slowed pace of life is another reason people visit here in all seasons, pumping in millions of

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dollars to the local economy, and literally saving many of the business that reside along the mile long strip of Main Street and beyond. By cluttering it, we are only cutting our own legs off. I am all for the development of business and jobs. We live in hard times and sometimes people need to catch breaks. The problem is that the jobs and development proposed by the folks from away won’t really benefit us. The average employee at a formula restaurant or box store can measure their expected time there in weeks. Compare that to the many fine establishments that line the stretch of Route 302 between Pondicherry Square and Main Hill. How many people who work in those business have worked there for years, are active members of this community, and know you on a personal level never achievable quickly over the counter? Growth is good. Responsible growth is better. It is important that the future of Bridgton be established after a proper analysis

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of who we are and what we stand for. To me, Bridgton has a unique charm, and one that we can leverage on Tuesday to help us grow smartly in the long term. Shep Hayes Boston, Mass.

Ordinances

To The Editor: Fifteen years ago, we were looking to move into this area because our daughter lives here. Driving through Windham, leaving the obvious tourist “rummel” behind and driving on the treelined Route 302 into Bridgton appealed to us right away. We could have moved a little farther out, but Bridgton’s charm and subtle tourist activities seemed a better fit. So much of that tree-lined stretch of Route 302 is gone already; the idea of losing more makes you wonder if this is the town people want to move to? How do we want our town to look? Whom do we want to attract?

BUSINESS DIRECTORY

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

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CARPETING Bolster’s Decorating Center Carpet-Linoleum-Ceramic Always free decorating consulting Rte. 117 at 302, Bridgton 647-5101

Newhall Const. Inc. Framing – Roofing – Finish Handyman services Shawn Newhall 743-6379

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

Quality Custom Carpentry Specializing in remodeling & additions Jeff Juneau Naples 207-655-5903

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

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

CLEANING SERVICES First Impressions Cleaning Inc. Residential & Commercial Seasonal 647-5096

ARCHITECTURAL SERVICES Lake & Mtn. View Caretaking WardHill Architecture 25 yrs. exp.-Residential/Commercial Custom plans, Shoreland/site plan permit Design/Build & Construction mgmt. wardhill@roadrunner.com 807-625-7331

ATTORNEYS Shelley P. Carter, Attorney Law Office of Shelley P. Carter, PA 110 Portland Street, Fryeburg, ME 04037 935-1950 www.spcarterlaw.com Michael G. Friedman, Esq., PA 132 Main St. P.O. Box 10, Bridgton, ME 04009 647-8360 Hastings Law Office, PA 376 Main Street – PO Box 290 Fryeburg, ME 04037 935-2061 www.hastings-law.com Robert M. Neault & Associates Attorneys & Counselors at Law Corner of Rte. 302 & Songo School Rd. P.O. Box 1575, Naples 693-3030

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CARPENTRY Robert E. Guy General Carpentry – Additions Repairs – Remodeling www.bobguy@myfairpoint.net Harrison 743-5120 239-4804 (cell) Jerry’s Carpentry & Painting Carpenter & General Contractor Log homes – decks – remodeling Fully insured – Free estimates – 207-527-2552 Northern Extremes Carpentry Custom Decks – Additions Remodeling – Free Estimates Log Hunting and Fishing Camps Insured Bridgton 647-5028

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Residential/Commercial cleaning House watch and pet care 18 years Exceptional references 207-650-1101 Julie Parsons McHatton’s Cleaning Service Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Fire, Smoke, Soot, Water Certified Technicians Bridgton 647-2822, 1-800-850-2822 Servicemaster Prof. Carpet Cleaning – Home/Office Fire/Smoke Damage Restoration 1-800-244-7630   207-539-4452 TLC Home Maintenance Co. Professional Cleaning and Property Management Housekeeping and much more 583-4314

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

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

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

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DENTAL HYGIENE SERVICES

Having been told that Bridgton residents are the poorest in the county and that they need McDonald’s for an inexpensive meal, I shudder! A much better and less expensive hamburger is served at Twitchell’s Café at the hospital. Hannaford sells frozen entrees for $1 to $4, and I am sure that the nutritional value is not less than a hamburger from McDonald’s. “No, it is the jobs Bridgton needs!” Before we let that argument sink in, let’s think about the number of people who would be employed and of the money they would earn. Would that be compensation enough to make up for the loss of character of this town? Before we go any further, bring the comprehensive plan that was developed into the open, discuss it and see if we still want to adopt it. If the answer is “Yes,” then expect our elected officials to implement the necessary ordinances. Ingrid von Kannewurff Bridgton EXCAVATION K.S. Whitney Excavation Sitework – Septic Systems Materials delivered Kevin 207-647-3824

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Henry’s Concrete Construction Foundations, Slabs, Floors Harrison Tel. 583-4896 J. B. Concrete Bill O’Brien Poured Foundations 207-647-5940 J. Jones Construction Services Inc. Foundations – Frost Walls Free estimates – Fully insured Call 928-3561 www.jjonesconstruction.com

HAIRDRESSERS Victoria’s Hairitage One Beavercreek Farm Rd (top of Packard’s Hill – Rte. 302) Vicki Crosby Owner/Stylist Jessica Zaidman Color Specialist 647-8355

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

Ms. C’s Computer Repair Senior Citizen Discount Marjy Champagne 207-228-5279 26 Zion Hill Road, Bridgton

All Service Electric John Schuettinger Licensed Master Electrician Residential, Commercial Alarms Bridgton Phone 647-2246

High Efficiency Spray Foam Open and closed cell Laurie Frizzell - 595-0369 Merlin Bahr – 595-1125

Naples Computer Services PC repair/upgrades – on-site service Virus and spy-ware removal Home and business networking Video security systems 71 Harrison Rd., Naples 207-693-3746

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

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

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

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

J. Jones Construction Services Inc. New Construction – Remodeling Roofing – Siding – Decks – Docks Free Estimates – Fully Insured Call 928-3561 www.jjonesconstruction.com

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

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

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

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

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

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

Douglass Construction Inc. Custom Homes/Remodeling/Drawings 30 years exp. in Lakes Region Phil Douglass, 647-3732 - Jeff Douglass, 647-9543 Stanford Electric Commercial, Industrial and Sweden Rd. Bridgton Residential Wiring – Generators Jeff Hadley Builder Naples 693-4595 New homes, remodels, additions Tuomi Electric Painting, drywall, roofing, siding Chip Tuomi, Electrical Contractor Kitchens, tile & wood floors Residential & Commercial Fully insured – free estimates Harrison 583-4728 27 yrs. experience 207-583-4460

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

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the person or persons who so generously made a donation in my name to the Dead River Heating Oil Co. to assist me in being able to “keep warm” through the winter months. I really thank you from the bottom of my heart. I would like to thank you in person, but since that’s not possible, paper words will have to do. Thank you again. It was a beautiful gesture on your part. God bless you. Ferne Adams Naples

To The Editor: With all the negativism in the papers and on the news today, perhaps it’s time we take a look around and give some thanks for things that are right. Along those lines, I’d like to thank the Harrison Highway Department workers for the beautiful job they did this past summer/fall on the north end of the Maple Ridge Road. I hope I’ve named the road correctly, but those of us who travel the “back way” between Naples and Waterford know that that section of road has been one of the roughest around and now it is one of the smoothest. Thank you to a job well To The Editor: If you like crude, vulgar, done! Steve Edwards locker room banter, you’ll love Waterford our new governor, Paul LePage. During the 2010 campaign, he boasted that he would tell President Obama to “Go to hell.” Then a short time ago, he told the NAACP to “Kiss my butt.” In his Jan. 20 column, Tom To The Editor: LETTERS, Page 11B I would publicly like to thank

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

MOVING Bridgton Moving Residential & light commercial bridgtonmoving@verizon.net – 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

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

REAL ESTATE Oberg Agency Residential, Business,Lake Shore Property 132 Main St., Bridgton Tel. 647-5551, 888-400-9858

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

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

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

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Obituaries

Page 10B, The Bridgton News, January 27, 2011

Harry L. King Sr.

Edward F. Murch

Guy M. Borsetti

GORHAM — Harry L. King Sr., 83, of Gorham, died on Sunday, Jan. 16, 2011, at the Barron Center in Portland. He was born in North Conway, N.H. on Aug. 16, 1927, the son of the late Oliver M. and Hilda (Fernald) King. Mr. King attended schools in Jackson, N.H. He later enlisted into the U.S. Army during World War II and served as a Private First Class. Following his honorable discharge from the service, he returned home to work on the Maple Rock Farm in Parsonsfield. After two years of work on the farm, he became employed at Burnham & Morrill, where he worked as a machine operator for more than 40 years, retiring in 1988. He enjoyed fishing, hiking and camping in New Hampshire all of which he did with his grandchildren. He also enjoyed family reunions, mowing his grass, landscaping, and tinkering in his garage. He was married to Lorraine (White) King who died in 2004. In addition to his wife, he was predeceased by two daughters, Mary Stover and Cynthia Wallace. Family members include a son, Harry L. King Jr. of Standish; a daughter, Sandra King of Bridgton; several grandchildren and greatgrandchildren; a brother, Paul King of Webster, Fla., and a sister, Sarah Burnham of Westfield, Mass.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins. Services were held at the Dolby & Dorr Funeral Chapel, 76 State Street, Gorham, on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011. Private burial will be in the Calvary Cemetery, South Portland. For online condolences, please visit www.dolbyfuneralchapels.com In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The Girls and Boys Club of Portland, 169 Broadway Street, South Portland, ME 04106.

HARRISON — Edward F. Murch, 68, of Harrison passed away at home on Jan. 19, after a couragous battle with lung cancer. He was born July 2, 1942, to the late Ellsworth F. and Mildred Rose Millett Murch. He was drafted and served two years in the U.S. Navy. He married Karon Clark on Aug. 30, 1975, and together they raised two daughters. Eddie worked 32 years at Bridgton Knitting Mill. He enjoyed hunting, ice fishing and watching sports. His favorites were the Boston Red Sox and New England Patriots. Survivors include his wife, Karon of Harrison; two daughters, Lori of Harrison and Heidi of Lincoln, Neb.; six grandchildren; two great-grandchildren; three brothers, Rodney of Covina, Calif., Jimmy of Waterford and Glenn of Norway; four sisters, Geri Murch of Covina, Calif., Betty Verrill of Bryant Pond, Bunny Beckwith of Bethel and Mary Learned of Bridgton; and many aunts, uncles, cousins, nieces and nephews. He was predeceased by his parents; and a brother, Roger Murch. By Edward’s request, there will be no services.

MILFORD, N.H. — Guy Michael Borsetti, 31, of Milford, N.H. died on Jan. 13, 2011 of Niemann Pick disease (Type C). Born on April 8, 1979 in Beverly, Mass., Guy was the beloved son of Michael and Jane Borsetti of Sebago. He graduated from Nashua High School. He is survived by his parents; his brother, Gunnar of Sebago; and a sister, Moriah of Sebago. Services were held in New Hampshire on Jan. 18, 2011.

Janie R. Smith AUBURN — Janie R. Smith, 69, of Mechanic Falls died Friday, Jan. 21, 2011 at the Hospice House. She was born in Annapolis, Md., May 21, 1941, the daughter of Jack and Marybelle Colfer Harriman. She attended school in Mechanic Falls and spent summers in Princeton as a child. She had been a spinner at Robinson Woolen Mill, and was also employed at Mecon Manufacturing, Etonic, Roak the Florist and Cole Farms. She married Robert D. Smith on Jan. 9, 1960. She was a good homemaker and loved family events. She enjoyed gardening, fishing, long rides, picking blueberries and playing beano. She was a Tom Brady and Patriots fan. She is survived by her husband, Robert of Mechanic Falls; three children, Robert T. of Mechanic Falls, Daniel of Auburn and Mary Pepin of Poland; a sister, Jackie Cross of Bridgton; seven grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren. She was predeceased by a brother, Gaylon; her parents; a sister, Shirley Harriman; and a grandson. Online condolences may be shared with her family at www. In loving memory of chandlerfunerals.com A memorial service was held Elizabeth Lambert on Monday, Jan. 24, at Chandler 1908 - 2010 Funeral Homes & Cremation Denmark, Maine Service, 26 West Dwinal Street, Mechanic Falls. How constantly we think of you, Donations in her memory With hearts and eyes that fill, may be made to Hospice House, The love in life we had for you, Androscoggin Home Care and In death grows stronger still. Hospice, P.O. Box 819, Lewiston, Let the winds of love blow softly ME 04240. And whisper for you to hear, We love and miss you sadly, as It dawns another year.

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Louis A. Sawyer Sr BUXTON — Louis A. Sawyer Sr., 81, died peacefully on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2011 at the Gorham House following a long battle with cancer. Born in Gray, he was the son of Charles Henry and Ella-Alpha Allen Sawyer. Louis was employed with Hannaford in Standish the last five years of his life. His previous work history included Coury Pontiac, Haverty Buick, Century Tire and many convenience stores. Louis was always a very hard worker and usually held two jobs. Louis had a passion for gardening, helping others, making Christmas wreathes and baskets and spending time with family and friends. He will be missed tremendously by all who loved and cared for him. He was predeceased by his parents; his wife, Lorraine J. Sawyer, son Gerald F. Sawyer and brothers Charles and William Sawyer in Heaven. Louis leaves behind six children, Hazel A. Pinkham of Buxton, Louis A. Sawyer Jr. of Standish, Steven W. Sawyer of Sebago, Jacqueline M. Tucker of Sebago, Norman K. Sawyer of Windham and Brian K. Sawyer of Standish; 15 grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren; and two great-great grandchildren. Spring burial will take place in Hillside Cemetery, Huston Road in Gorham. Arrangements by Dolby Funeral Chapel.

Frances P. Cail Pearl Cail, of Port Orange, Fla., peacefully passed away on January 15, 2011 at the South East Volusia Hospice Care Center in Edgewater. Born on September 5, 1933 in Burlington, Mass., Pearl graduated from Woburn High in 1951 and went on to Chamberlain, graduating in 1953. She married William E. Cail in 1955. After semi-retiring in 1983, she and her husband Bill, moved to Bridgton, Maine, where they owned and operated an RV dealership for a number of years. She also worked for the Lake Region school district for many years, receiving her 15-year pin. Pearl loved camping for many years in the Bridgton and Waterford area. In 1995 Pearl and Bill finally retired and relocated to Port Orange, where they both enjoyed the warmer weather and the many friends that they formed friendships with in their community. Pearl was always on the go and kept herself very busy; if she wasn’t running to the store for something, she was knitting mittens and children’s sweaters that she would mail to Maine and Mass., to be distributed to those in need. She is preceded by her husband Bill. Pearl leaves behind a daughter, Paula Cail of Harrison, Maine; a son, Doug Cail of Port Orange, Fla.; and a grandson, Doug, of Burlington, Vt. A memorial service was held on Wednesday, Jan. 19th at the Port Orange Hospice Center, followed by a Celebration of Life at the Tanglewood Estate Mobile Park clubhouse. Memorial donations may be made to the Halifax Health-Hospice of Volusia/Flagler, or the American Cancer Society. 1T4X

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They say there is a reason They say that time will heal But neither time nor reason Will change the way we feel. For no one knows the heartache That lies behind our smiles. No one knows how many times We’ve broken down and cried. We want to tell you something So there won’t be any doubt Your are so wonderful to think of But so hard to be without. Honey, my blues eyes are Crying in the rain. I Love You So Much and I Miss You So Much. Sadly Missed 1t4 by your Wife, Norma and Your Grandchildren; Lloyd, Henry, Cody, Carrie, Stacey, Mary, Dale & Derrick

Two years ago you left us With memories over the years. Some are filled with laughter Some are filled with tears. Like the lonely gander who met his fate By looking at himself in a shiny hubcab Thinking it was his mate. — That was laughable to some, but Not to the man who owned it And so, no more geese were allowed to run about. Didn’t really miss them, though. And then there was the Pinewood Derby Car It didn’t win a prize by racing, but was a prize in itself – covered with that funny trio, the 3 Stooges they were a laugh themselves. So, Billy me boy, there are fond memories, and sad memories, but the best ones of all are of you and now you’re oldest brother joins you & the others. And that will be another memory. Wish you were here to celebrate your birthday... #56. How time flies! With love, from your mother — Ferne Adams

Pamela J. Amoroso HINGHAM, MASS. — Pamela J. (Travis) Amoroso, 63, of Hingham, Mass., died unexpectedly on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011, at the South Shore Hospital. Pam was born in Portland, and was raised and educated there. She attended Endicott College in Beverly, Mass., and received her bachelor of arts degree from the University of Maine at Portland and her master’s degree in Education from Bridgewater State College. Pam taught in the Town of Weymouth, Mass. for 35 years, retiring in 2006. She was a member of the South Shore Country Club, very active with the Singles Executive Club; enjoyed bowling, traveling and loved to be with family and friends. Pam was a five-year breast cancer survivor. She is the devoted mother of Joseph S. Amoroso of Weymouth, Mass. and Alison M. Amoroso of Hingham, Mass. She is the sister of Robert L. Travis Jr. of Casco, Donald S. Travis of Texas, and Susan T. Kellogg of North Yarmouth; and the former wife and dear friend of Frank F. Amoroso of Weymouth, Mass. A funeral service was held at the Old South Union Congregational Church, Columbian Street, South Weymouth, Mass., on Monday, Jan. 24. Arrangements were by East Weymouth McDonald Funeral Home, 3 Charles Street. Interment was at the Fairmount Cemetery, Weymouth, Mass. Donations in Pam’s memory may be made to: The Susan G. Komen for the Cure Breast Cancer Foundation, 5005 LBJ Freeway, Ste 250, Dallas, Texas 75244.

Jean B. Potter Jean B. Potter, 79+1, of Bridgton and Fort Lauderdale died peacefully on Jan. 2, 2011, surrounded by members of her loving family. Jean was born July 19, 1930 in Bristol, Conn. She was the only daughter of Donald H. and Catherine S. Browne. Jean was raised in Needham, Mass. and graduated from Needham High School. Jean went on to graduate from Westbrook Junior College of Westbrook, Maine, where she met her husband, Frederick M. Potter, of Bridgton, Maine. They were married July 29, 1951 and were married 55 years before her husband’s passing in 2007. Jean and Fred raised their five children in Bridgton. Jean was involved in many clubs and groups throughout her life. She held positions of president of the St. Joseph’s Women’s Club, member of the Evening Extension, Bridgton Highland Women’s Golf League, Girl Scout Leader, president of the Hospital Guild, volunteer ski teacher and volunteer at area schools. She was also a member of Park City Shuffleboard and Park City Petanque Club in Florida. Jean enjoyed skiing at Pleasant Mountain, and was always up for taking her children on the spur of the moment adventures. Jean was a substitute teacher at SAD 61 for many years. She and her husband, Fred, were owners of Westwood Cottages and several rental properties in Bridgton. She was predeceased by her husband Frederick and her daughter-inlaw Lynn Potter. She is survived by her children, Kathleen Potter of New Gloucester, Deborah Potter of North Berwick, Pamela Potter of Lyndeborough N.H., Mark Potter of Cape Elizabeth, and James Potter and his wife Sarahjo of Sebago. She is also survived by 10 grandchildren, Amy Kogut and her wife Martha of Jamaica Plain, Mass., Adam Zalgenas of Wareham, Mass., Bradford Potter of Provincetown, Mass., Andrea Zalgenas of Osterville, Mass., Eric Zalgenas of Osterville Mass., Jessica Potter of Biddeford, Samantha Potter of Standish, Matthew Kogut of Burlington Vt., Mark Potter Jr. and his wife Chelsey of Cape Elizabeth, and Erin Potter of Wells, and 3 great-grandchildren. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., Jan. 29th at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Bridgton. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to the charity of your choice.

Chester R. Parker Chester “Chet” R. Parker of No. Bridgton died peacefully on Friday, Jan. 21 at Schooner Estates, Auburn, Maine. He was 95. The son of Edgar Parker and Pearl Townsend Parker Smith and stepson of George Smith, “Chet” was born in Saugus, Mass. on May 12, 1915. He graduated from Bates College in 1939 and received his Master Degree in Education at Boston University. His career as an educator spanned almost forty years as he served as teacher, principal, and Superintendent of Schools in over a dozen towns and school districts throughout the State of Maine. He was an early proponent of school consolidation and his innovative leadership was instrumental in the formation of School Administrative Districts in Buxton (MSAD 6), Bridgton (MSAD 61), and Lincoln (MSAD 67). He was a respected leader in the community, volunteering his time and energy to many causes. For over twenty years he was a member of the Bridgton Appeals Board and the Harrison/North Bridgton Water District. He served as State President of the Maine Parents Teachers Association and was a former president of Maine’s Prevention of Blindness Program. A Life Member of the Lions, he was former King Lion of the Bridgton Lions Club, and former Cabinet Secretary/Treasurer of the District 41L Lions. An active sportsman, he skied into his seventies and played tennis into his eighties. His lifelong love of sailing included many years of participating in Friendship Sloop races, cruises on his son’s sailboat in the Mediterranean, and sailing trips with his daughter and family in the Caribbean. He and his wife traveled extensively throughout North America and Europe; making lifelong friendships with people from all over the world. At home, his warm wit and easy company made his kitchen table a welcome interlude for friends and neighbors throughout the years. He is survived by his wife of sixty-nine years, Eleanor Smart Parker, his daughter, and her husband, Lynn and John Schiavi of Hale’s Location, N.H. and Naples, Fla., his son, C. Randolph Parker of No. Bridgton, two grandchildren, Deborah Schiavi Cote and her husband Paul of Auburn, and Katherine Schiavi Melioris and her husband Todd of Atlanta, Ga., five great-grandchildren, Nicholas and Michael Cote, and Evan, Ella Pearl and Bryson Melioris, and his sister, Marion Gibbs of Laconia, N.H. A memorial service will be held at the United Parish Congregational Church of Harrison and North Bridgton, 77 Main Street, Harrison, Maine, at 1:00 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 29, 2011. In lieu of flowers the family suggests donations to the Bridgton High School Scholarship Foundation, 132 Main Street, Bridgton, ME 04009, or the Bates College Fund, 2 Andrews Road, Lewiston, ME 04240.


Obituaries

Opinions

January 27, 2011, The Bridgton News, Page 11B

Kathleen S. Ferris SEBAGO — Kathleen S. Ferris, 68, of Sebago, died on Saturday, Jan. 22, 2011, at a Scarborough health care facility. Born in Waterboro, she was the daughter of Harry C. and Wilhelmina Stankie Shepard. She grew up in Waterboro and attended local schools. Mrs. Ferris completed her GED at Gorham Adult Education. She worked in manufacturing plants all her working life, retiring from Nichols Portland in 2006. She enjoyed knitting, crocheting, cross stitch and yard sales. Lighthouses and her cat, Fluffy, were also very important in her life. She was predeceased by her husband, Charles “Skip” O. Ferris in 2001; and a granddaughter in 1997. Surviving are her children, Darlene A. Nadeau of Berwick, Patricia A. Lord of Barrington, N.H. and Richard M. Moulton of Naples; her longtime companion, Kenneth Raymond of Hiram; nine grandchildren and five great-grandchildren. Visiting hours were held on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2011, at the Dolby and Dorr Funeral Chapel, 76 State Street, Gorham. Funeral services were held on Wednesday at the chapel. Interment in Pine Grove Cemetery, Waterboro will be in the spring. Online condolences may be left at www. dolbyfuneralchapels.com In lieu of flowers, contributions in her memory may be made to: American Cancer Society, New England Division, One Main St., Suite 130, Topsham, ME 04086.

Richard C. Adams NAPLES — Richard C. Adams, 70, passed away unexpectedly at his home on Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2011 as the result of failing health reasons, which led to congestive heart failure. He was born on April 24, 1940 in Naples, the oldest of the nine sons born to Charles H. Adams, Sr. and Ferne Whitlock Adams. He attended schools in Naples and Casco. Upon leaving Casco High School, he entered the U.S. Navy. It was while he was in Navy that he met and married his first wife, Louise Klusaritz of Pennsylvania, who was the mother of his four children. Richard enjoyed watching Red Sox games, deep-sea fishing and hunting. November was a special month for him and his hunting buddies, tracking down the wily whitetails. After moving back to Maine after many years in Connecticut, he was employed at Dielectric Communications in Raymond, and lastly at Yankee Machine in Casco. He was a skilled machinist and lathe operator. He was predeceased by his father and four brothers, Austin, George, Michael and Billy. Survivors besides his wife, Gwen and mother, Ferne, are sisters Sylvia Wentworth of Lisbon Falls, Elizabeth Chute of Casco and Charlotte Adams of Sebago; brothers Harry and Steven of Bridgton, and John and Freddy of Naples; sons Richard C. Adams Jr. of West Haven, Jeffrey of Naples and Scott of Decatur, Ga.; daughter Boni Rickett of Naples; eight grandchildren; two great-grandsons; and numerous nieces and nephews. Visiting hours were held on Jan. 19 at Hall Funeral Home in Casco. Interment will be held at a later date. Time and place to be announced. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent to Mrs. Sally Wentworth, 622 Lisbon Road, Lisbon Falls, ME for the Flag Fund.

‘King Lear’ broadcast FRYEBURG — King Lear will be broadcast at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center at Fryeburg Academy on Thursday, Feb. 3 at 7:30 p.m. Tickets may be ordered through the Box Office by calling 9359232 or go online at www.fryeburgacademy.org. Tickets are $22 for adults, $18 for seniors and $15 for students.

To speak about China

NAPLES — Educator Pam Gatcomb will speak about China and its peoples on Thursday, Feb. 3 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Naples Public Library, 940 Roosevelt Trail. Pam taught in various schools and colleges in China for 2 1/2 years, particularly in Shanghai. Pam will talk about her interactions with the people, their attitudes toward the west, education in China, beliefs about China, its culture and its scenery. Pam dresses in traditional Chinese garb while speaking, and brings many items from in country that can be handled and viewed by the public. A complete photo slide show runs concurrently while Pam speaks. Don’t miss this great opportunity to learn more about this fascinating country, on the occasion of the Chinese New Year. For more information, call the library at 693-6841.

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Letters

(Continued from Page B) McLaughlin galloped to Gov. LePage’s defense, predictably vilifying the NAACP along the way. In the process, he managed to be even more crude and vulgar than LePage was. McLaughlin wrote, “The NAACP expects politicians to kiss their butts, and for decades they’ve gotten in line, kneeled down, and puckered up. Many resented having to do so, I’m sure, but they held their noses and laid on the lip smacks anyway.” What class! What style! What a graceful way with words! Who needs Shakespeare when we have right wing trash-talkers in the Blaine House and the newspaper? Frankly, as a minister of the gospel, I didn’t expect to read this kind of tasteless, juvenile sniggering in The Bridgton News. You did yourselves no credit by printing it. McLaughlin’s column reminded me of the Internet posting by Sarah Palin a few weeks ago. When people had the temerity to suggest there might be a connection between the Tucson massacre and Palin’s vitriolic rhetoric about reloading and putting gun sight crosshairs on political opponents, she responded by attacking as “reprehensible” those who dared to question her judgment. In the process, she used one of the most offensive anti-Semitic slurs in the English language, “blood libel,” a term employed since the Middle Ages to justify murdering Jews. All words have consequences and vicious, violent words often have vicious, violent consequences. Maybe someday the folks on the extreme right will own up to that fact. I hope so. I’m tired of listening to their self-serving excuses. Rev. Robert Plaisted Bridgton

Cheap energy

To the Editor: The almost full “wolf” moon hung low in the sky last Thursday night as I proceeded to the Bridgton Town Office. A group of us would be trying to prevent Bridgton from succumbing to the sprawl associated with fast food restaurants and big box stores. What a pretty sight it was making my way through the lamp-lighted as well as moonlighted Main Street and feeling very fortunate to live in such a place. Fast Food Nation, the bestselling book by Eric Schlosser, was a motivation for me to attend the meeting. The book paints a sad picture of what has happened elsewhere and could become Bridgton’s fate. Dunkin’ Donuts and Subway have already started the ball

rolling. Two multinational corporations are already sending local money to corporate headquarters in who knows where. McDonald’s Corporation is not only trying to move into Bridgton, but wants to build on a wetland that is already in use serving the community with natural filtration. No doubt a few people owning land along desirable stretches in Bridgton are looking forward to benefiting from real estate sales that would usher in a wave of all too recognizable names associated with other sprawled towns in America. But for most people in Bridgton, our quality of life would suffer from such an influx. We have grown up in an age of cheap energy. It is clear that that age is coming to an end. The model of big, centralized businesses is giving way to the local resilience movement like Transition Towns (www.transitiontowns.org). We all want a secure future for ourselves and our descendants. Big box stores and fast food restaurants are not the answer to a better tomorrow. Sally Chappell Bridgton

Thanks for support

To The Editor: We would like to take a moment to thank all of the wonderful people that have supported our family in one way or another. We are blessed to live in such a caring community of kindhearted people. Through a very challenging time, we have been blessed by all of the prayers, donations, meals, and kind deeds people have shown us. From the bottom of our hearts, we want you all to know how much we appreciate everything. We would like to acknowledge a few of the people that have helped us out. A big thank you goes out to our whole family: Jessy, Linda and Dennis, Melissa, Lisa Libby, Cindy Butters, Charlie and Karen at Webster’s Country Store, Arts in Motion, The Masons of North Conway, Mark, Ken, M&D Productions, Fryeburg Academy Class of 2013, Kennett High School ice hockey team, Kennett High School girls’ basketball team, Meredith and family, the Town of Fryeburg, Kennett High School and to the many others that have given so much. We wish everyone a healthy New Year, and pray that God blesses you as much as you have blessed us. Our appreciation is endless. Please continue to keep Bryson in your prayers as he fights this battle. Thank you. God bless. TJ, Aimee and Bryson Herlihy Fryeburg

Positions on petitions

To the Editor: The following is the text of the letter submitted by Lee Eastman, chairman of Bridgton’s Economic Development Committee, to the Bridgton Board of Selectmen explaining their position against the two referendum questions voters will be asked to decide on March 1. To: Bridgton Selectboard From: Economic Development Committee Re: Formula Restaurant/Big Box Petition Recently the Economic Development Committee asked you to take a position against the two petitions that have been proposed. We did this with much thought and discussion on this subject. We recognize that our town is in the middle of a resurgence as a regional business center. Further growth can be expected when the high-speed data network is completed. Having the town vote on two petitions that solely target proved business all over the nation makes poor economic sense. We have been trying to attract all types of businesses to our town. Businesses coming to our region want to know they can be offered great services and also want great convenience and services for their employees. Discriminating against a particular type of business is not the free enterprise that America created. Competition breeds excellence and may induce local businesses to reach for a higher level. Why is it okay for us to allow another private pizza place to come in and compete but we don’t want a formula pizza place to come in and do the same thing? Hannaford came to town. The proposed petitions would have precluded Hannaford from locating in Bridgton. Food City recently installed new meat coolers to upgrade their meat department, emphasizing the idea that competition improves existing services to the town. Hancock Lumber came to town. The proposed petitions would have precluded Hancock Lumber from locating in Bridgton. Brill Lumber is still in business and recently installed a new road sign and improved their services to the town. If Amato’s wanted to come to town they could not under this new ordinance. A Maine company started in 1902 in Portland, Maine. No new car dealer would be allowed. Big Boxes and Formula Restaurants can morph into a smaller business with a different name, and slide right by the new proposals. Right now Home Depot has a brand store called Village Hardware. The newest marketing trends developed by major retailers

are smaller stores to create new growth in smaller towns. It also appears to me that the new go-kart place that had been approved earlier this year would also be in jeopardy because they would be over the square foot allotment. Why not take the approach of forming Districts or Zones so the character of Bridgton on Main Street is retained and we also can have vehicular commerce outside that zone. This would allow growth and keep the Bridgton Brand intact. A couple of examples would be Burlington, Vt. and Brunswick, Me. Both have great downtown walking areas but both also have Formula Restaurants and Big Boxes. This would be a much better fit for our town and allow our tax base to grow and prosper. Please feel free to contact me with any other questions you have. Sincerely, Lee Eastman Committee Chairman

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To The Editor: It has been overwhelming with all the love and support given to us and our family — Aimee, TJ and Bryson Herlihy. Friends, family and the community have shown their love through many different ways; whether it be a word of encouragement, a shoulder to cry on, a prayer, a meal, a card, a gift or financial help. I thank you all very much. I am so thankful for my friends — Lisa, Hopsing and Cindy. Thank you for taking care of my work schedule and customers and thank you for being there when I need you. Thank you to my customers for being supportive and understanding. Thank you again to everyone who has had a part in helping our grandson, Bryson. May you all be rewarded well some day. Please continue to keep Bryson in your thoughts and prayers. Deb and Mike Santa Maria Center Conway, N.H.

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Student news

DECEMBER’S TOP STUDENTS — Molly Ockett Middle School has announced its Students of the Month and Most Improved Students for December. Students of the Month are: Grade 8, Mackenzie Hill; Grade 7, Shauna Riddensdale; and Grade 6, Hannah Frye. Most Improved are: Grade 8, Shay Daley; Grade 7, Aaron Hennessy; and Grade 6, Rebecca Longpre. Pictured (left to right) Rebecca Longpre, Hannah Frye, Mackenzie Hill and Shauna Riddensdale. Absent from photo were Aaron Hennessy and Shay Daley.

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Hall, who also approached TransCanada Energy for a significant grant to augment their efforts. TransCanada Energy is one of the continent’s largest providers of gas storage and related services. A growing independent power producer, TransCanada owns, controls, or is developing more than 10,800 megawatts of power generation including wind farms in Maine. Together, over $10,000 was raised to fund the initial project. Fundraising is continuing to add more panels at a future date. The system is being installed by

the professionals from ReVision Energy of Portland, who will also be conducting energy seminars for students prior to the installation. The system is designed both as an energy producer and ongoing teaching tool. Located in the Academy’s dedicated science facility, students will be able to monitor and learn about the system as part of the day-to-day curriculum. With the subject of energy conservation high on everyone’s list of priorities, especially as the Maine winter sets in, this project is seen as very timely.

written test; up to 100 of the top scorers in each state will be eligible to compete in their state Bee on April 1, 2011. Anthony won the school Bee last year and also participated at the state level. The National Geographic Society will provide an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the state champions and teacher-escorts to participate in the Bee national championship rounds on May 24-25, 2011. The first-place national winner will receive a $25,000 college scholarship, a lifetime membership in the Society, and a trip to the Galapagos Islands. “Jeopardy” host Alex Trebek will moderate the national finals on May 25. The program will air on television. Check local listings for dates and times. Everyone can test their geography knowledge with the new and exciting GeoBee Challenge and online geography quiz at

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Anthony Champoli, an eighth grade student at Lake Region Middle School, won the school-level competition of the National Geographic Bee on Jan. 6 and a chance at a $25,000 college scholarship. Anthony’s winning answer was “Croatia” to this question: “Zagreb is the capital of a country that includes islands off the coast of Dalmatia. Name this country.” Shaun Loreng, an eighth grader, was the runner-up. The school-level Bee, at which students answered questions on geography, was the first round in the 23rd annual National Geographic Bee. This year’s Bee is sponsored by Google. The kickoff of this year’s Bee was the week of Nov. 15, with thousands of schools around the United States and in the five U.S. territories participating. The school winners, including Anthony, will now take a

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FRYEBURG — Fryeburg Academy has added a touch of “green” to its science building. Thanks to the efforts of students in the senior classes of both 2009 and 2010, during the week of Jan. 18, Fryeburg Academy installed solar electric panels on the south-facing roof of the Eastman Science Building. Also known as photovoltaic panels, the system will generate electricity, which will pass through an inverter to both supply electricity for the building and also to return to Central Maine Power’s electric grid. The system utilizes nine Conergy P solar photovoltaic panels and one SMA 3000 U.S. grid-tied inverter. Each panel is rated at 235 watts. It is expected that the system will generate 2 kilowatts of energy for the Academy, which will be shared through a net-metering arrangement with CMP. Any excess power generated that the Academy does not use will flow back to the grid. This is the equivalent of 35-60% of the energy required by the average Maine home. The genesis for this project began with the students in the Class of 2009, led by Logan Cline, who launched the first year’s efforts to raise funds while also raising community awareness of the need to conserve energy on campus. This was followed in 2010 by Senior Class President Kenedi

FINALISTS — Bee champion Anthony Champoli (left) and runner-up Shaun Loreng hold gift certificates to Bridgton Books presented to them by Lake Region Middle School Principal Mr. Peter Mortenson.

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