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Bridgton, Maine

June 23, 2016

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Democracy: Alive & well here By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer You’ve got to admire Bridgton voters: they demand detailed explanations for every penny they spend. It took the 125 Town Meeting voters three and a half hours to get through 41 warrant articles — even after voting to take 20 annual housekeeping articles as a block. In the end, after extensive debates on around a dozen issues, voters agreed with most of the town’s recommendations — with one significant exception: they rejected a $350,000 spending package to buy and develop a new Welcome Center on Nulty Street (see sidebar elsewhere in paper). They

also said “no” to taking over Home Run Road as a townowned road — instead agreeing to provide permanent access to the BRAG fields by improving BRAG Way, the town’s existing right-ofway off Route 302. Strong arguments were made, but ultimately rejected, to reduce or eliminate funding in the following areas: new restrooms and playground at the Salmon Point Campground ($70,000); design funds for the Main Street Streetscape Project ($30,000); interior improvements to Town Hall ($85,000); BRAG maintenance costs ($50,000); and hiring a new full-time police officer ($45,262).

Surprisingly few questions were raised over plans to hire a paid, full-time fire chief. The decision marks the town’s official transition to a paid fire department, although the stipend system for volunteer firefighters and deputy chiefs will remain in place. In a related matter, Fire Chief Glen Garland noted that a study will begin soon to research the location and condition of all dry hydrants in town. New patrol officer “There’s only eight of us, including me,” Police Chief Richard Stillman said, after Selectman Paul Hoyt moved to cut the new patrol officer position from the Public Safety account. The town’s

5,200-person population swells to 10,000-15,000 during the 12-week summer season, Stillman said, and he pointed out that the town hasn’t hired a new police officer for 30 years. Selectman Ken Murphy said Bridgton is the fastest-growing town in Cumberland County, “and if you don’t know that, the bell is going to ring soon.” The new position will eliminate the need to pay patrol officers overtime in order to cover all shifts, Selectman Greg Watkins pointed out. “Also, you’re looking at safety,” he said. Some criticisms were made that the warrant didn’t show a year-to-year compariBRIDGTON, Page 5A

By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton Selectmen were shown a conceptual plan June 14 for a new downtown Welcome Center with adult education classrooms, but the next night, Town Meeting voters resoundingly rejected spending any money on the plan. Selectmen were themselves a bit taken aback by the $1.2 million estimated cost for a complete makeover of the 4 Nulty Street building, now occupied by the Depot Street Redemption Center. Maureen Westrick of Sustainable Architecture was hired by the town to come up with a conceptual plan, and based her estimate on preliminary structural and environmental studies done on the 1940s building. Town Meeting voters

were asked to spend a total of $345,000 on the project, which would include $190,000 to buy the building and land, as well as a parking lot across the street. Selectmen had budgeted an additional $150,000 in renovation costs, which didn’t even come close to Westrick’s $1.2 million estimate. Westrick told selectmen that her estimate was on the high side, but that the cost might actually be much lower. Her idea was to replace the building with new steel frame construction, using the existing system as a curtain wall. “Or, you could also decide that (the building has) used its life, and start over,” she said. “There’s a lot of possibilities that can be done here.” Not only would it provide much-needed public restrooms for the downtown, but the Welcome Center could serve as a stopover for tour

buses. Selectman Bob McHatton expressed regret at the short seven-week time frame for consideration of the plans. “It’s too bad we didn’t have more time to work on this,” he said. Chairman Bernie King didn’t mince words. “I don’t share the vision that other staff have — I just don’t see it.” The voters speak As Town Meeting Moderator Richard Dailey began reading the budget warrant articles, newly-elected Selectman Glen “Bear” Zaidman asked that the two spending articles related to the Welcome Center (along with the Home Run Road question) be taken up first, instead of at the end of the warrant. Voters agreed. Zaidman said there were too many unanswered ques-

tions about the project. The town hasn’t fully researched what the final costs would be, he said, or whether tour buses could even make the turn from Main onto Nulty Street, given the existing turning radius. McHatton said the Community Development Committee recommended developing a tour bus stop, and the board asked Town Manager Bob Peabody to look into it. Peabody turned it over to Planning Director Anne Krieg, who worked with Westrick on the plans. “One of the responsibilities of the Board of Selectmen is to look at the possibilities” to move forward on ideas that have been bandied about for years, such as restrooms for the downtown, Peabody said. But residents weren’t buying it. WELCOME, Page 3A

Thumbs down to ‘Welcome’ idea

A HELPFUL HAND — Employees Richard Welch and Joe Vaughn toss household trash into the bin on a Wednesday in June. The Brownfield Transfer Station received the Most Improved Transfer Site Award from the Maine Resource Recovery Station recently. (De Busk Photo)

Improvements lead to award

By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer BROWNFIELD — For those people who remember the service provided at American gasoline stations in the 1930s through the early 1960s, the Brownfield Transfer Station is similar to that. People drive up in their vehicles. The crew at the Brownfield Transfer Station greets them, and happily takes their bags of trash and recyclable items. In the course of about a year, numerous upgrades have been made to the site. “We made improvements for the safety of the town employees and the public,” Public Works Director Frank Day said. “The biggest change is recycling,” he said. “We went to single-sort. It is easier for the public. It is easier for us,” Day said. “When we went to single-sort, the amount of recycling went up.” Transfer site employee Richard Welch agreed. STATION, Page 8A

Casco backs bond

By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO – Residents of Casco will see construction equipment descend upon several roads, and they will see a noticeable increase in their annual tax bill. The majority of voters at Casco Town Meeting on June 15 approved a $2.5 million bond that will fund infrastructure improvements such as the replacement of the Pleasant Lake-Parker Pond Dam and also major renovations on five roads. With the bond money, the roads that will be improved are: Edwards Road — which leads to the public beach on Crescent Lake, and Johnson Hill, Cooks Mills, Tenney Hill and Point Sebago roads. The first two roads on the list will receive extensive repairs while the other three will have the worst sections repaired. The repairs entail grinding the asphalt on portions, re-ditching the culverts, repaving and striping. According to Casco Town Manager Dave Morton, if the infrastructure bond had not passed it would have taken about eight years to wrap up construction on those roads. The passage of the bond — along with the approval of a land purchase for $440,000 — will increase the tax rate. The approved bonds will impact the tax rate with an increase of 48 cents or $72 per $150,000 valuation. Residents receive their tax bills bi-annually in the sumBOND, Page 6A

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CELEBRATING THE GRAND OPENING of the newly renovated Bridgton Hospital Emergency Department waiting room were: second row from left to right: Sue Mercer, Executive Director GBLRCC, John Ludwig, VP, David Frum, President & CEO of Bridgton and Rumford Hospitals, Board members: Phyllis Ginzler, Susan Cole, Phil Morissette, Phil Libby, Chairman, Bill Chalmers, Board Member, Peter Chalke, President and CEO of Central Maine Healthcare (CMH), Doug Collins, M.D., Jill Rollins, Director of Nursing.

Rebuilt hospital ER waiting room creates comforting setting By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer A trip to the emergency room is never a welcomed moment, but Bridgton Hospital is hopeful recent renovations to the waiting room will make one’s experience a little more comforting. The newly-designed and expanded waiting room area is officially open, and is certainly a welcomed improvement. Hospital and staff celebrated the project’s completion with a ribbon-cutting ceremony two weeks ago. The hospital (built in

2002) was designed after a series of hospitals built out West by Intermountain Healthcare to be able to consolidate spaces to make them more functional for the overlap of departments. “So in turn, at the time, it was the right size, what we needed. But, because of additional volumes, we outgrew the Emergency Room waiting room pretty quick,” Bridgton Hospital Vice President John Ludwig said. “When they did the design, the space allocation was very much focused on

the ‘real’ patient areas. Office space wasn’t the priority. These other ancillary areas weren’t considered the priority,” BH Director of Nursing Jill Rollins added. The original waiting room space underwent a minor renovation in 2006. A bathroom was moved to a different corner creating a better sight line to patients waiting for services and to create more seating space. Ten years later, hospital administration received a letter from a wheelchair-bound patient who felt the waiting

room lacked adequate space. “She told us that the current configuration of the Emergency Room waiting room forced her to sit in the middle of the space, and she WAITING, Page 7A

By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Recent comments sent to the U.S. Forest Service about their planned logging operation in the Maine portion of the White Mountain National Forest have been overwhelmingly negative, with many people reflecting grave concerns about the impact the forest management plan will have on the 56-square-mile Kezar Lake watershed. “I hope you will strongly consider Alternative 1, which is designated “No Action,” and leave the forest to manage itself,” wrote David Arthur of Lovell about the Albany South Project, which proposes to remove as much as 3,000,000 board-feet of timber from the Kezar Lake watershed, including some areas of old growth trees. “The chance that the logging effort will adversely affect or pollute the Kezar Lake watershed is enough for me to oppose this 100%.” The Kezar Lake Watershed CLIMATE, Page 3A

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HARRISON — Unlike neighboring Bridgton, whose voters spent three-plus hours inside the town hall, Harrison residents were in and out of their annual town meeting. 21 articles in 20 minutes. Budgetary items included: Administration, $495,240; Public Works for $539,726; Fire and Rescue for $100,126, up $687; Solid Waste, $231,567; Parks and Recreation, $188,782; Insurance, $51,304; Public Safety, $186,848; Community Service, $77,550; Capital Roads for $600,000; Capital Reserve, $300,000; Capital and reserve, $197,230 (which included a payloader payment of $44,730, fire engine payment of $70,000, deputy vehicle payment of $32,500, Transfer Station fencing for $10,000, Parks and Recreation generator overhaul for $12,500, Public Works maintenance for $17,500 and Town Office maintenance for $10,000). “The passing of this budget, the sixth since my arrival, is a milestone in the financial foundation we have worked so hard to put together,” Town Manager Bud Finch said. “While I still have seri-

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ous concerns about the future impact of state, county and education on taxation, I am confident our municipal operations are stable. We are now in position to provide long-term financial stability while maintaining improvement in services.” While the overall budget was $6.1 million, the portion voted on at the annual town meeting was for $1,871,081 for the municipal operations, of which $1,139,434 comes from property taxation, as does the $600,000 for capital roads and $300,000 for capital reserve, Finch explained. “This of course leaves the remainder of the $6.1 million, ($3,611,540 for education and $333,576 for the county), to come from taxes,” he said. The $197,230 for capital improvements comes from the capital reserve funds, which have been set aside annually to make the necessary payments and purchases for new equipment. “With a bit of support from the economy and the state, county and education (SAD 17) budgets, we should be able to maintain a minimal to no increase in the property tax mil rate for next three years,” Finch said. Voters decided to use $731,646 to reduce taxes.

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RAYMOND — Abstract art invokes an emotion in you, or it doesn’t. An abstract painting should make you feel happy or sad or feel some other emotion. The forces behind the generated emotions are a visual language of shapes, forms, lines and color to interpret a subject matter. This Saturday, June 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., Hole In The Wall Gallery will be having an art opening reception for the work of three Maine abstract artists. Annette Kearney’s work for this exhibit is encaustic dimensional monotypes. Annette’s work is colorful and exuberant, full of life. Tracy Sunday Mastro’s acrylic paintings are emotional and thought-provoking. Laurie Rothrock uses color, shapes and design as an integral part of capturing the mood and energy of places she has visited in order to share it with others. Meet the artists, browse the handcraft gallery, and enjoy refreshments this Saturday! The exhibit will continue through July 31. Gallery hours are: Monday to Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. For more information, call (207) 655-4952. Hole In The Wall Gallery is located at 1545 AERIAL ACT, by artist Laurie Rothrock, acrylic on paper, 11”x14,” at Hole in the Wall Gallery. Roosevelt Trail (on Route 302) in Raymond.

Casco buys 11acres for $440,000 By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — The Warrant Article that proposed to buy 11 acres of waterfront property next to town-owned land created tension and divisiveness during the Casco Town Meeting on June 15. When it was all said and done, an amended version of the article passed, 50-36. When moderator Jason Moen called for a ‘yes’ vote, one of the people sitting behind a row of folks favoring the land buy said, “You have more money than brains.”

The response was, “That was a really inappropriate comment.” Then, there was an outburst of inaudible exchanges, which quickly quieted down. Prior to the vote, a plethora of opinions had been expressed. For some, the purchase of the land felt like the straw that would break the camel’s back. After all, the town residents had just passed a $2.5 million infrastructure bond. Also, the $600,000 cost for construction of a town office, which was passed last year at Town

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real estate deal was negotiated by local elected representatives behind closed doors. It was later explained that the initial executive sessions were legal; and the land offer was made public at an April 26 meeting. By law, Maine municipalities cannot buy or sell land without permission at Town Meeting. Also, Casco Town Manager Dave Morton said there were no plans for the land – other than providing a town beach. However, there had been talk about creating a senior housing facility on a portion of the property off Meadow Road. No use for the land has been planned or set in stone, Morton said. Rick Thorpe spoke against the article, saying the land won’t be left as open space. “Let us stop being naïve idealists. No matter what we do with this, there will be some infrastructure,” he said. “Avesta Housing might not benefit seniors in Casco.” LAND, Page 8A


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Welcome Center

(Continued from Page 1A) “We do this year after year after year,” said resident Mark Lopez about the pattern of spending small amounts of money on projects that end up costing more than expected later on. Harry Cross likened it to “spending $350,000 on bathrooms,” since only that aspect of the project was an undisputed need. Bob Pelletier said that if the town wants to build public bathrooms, a better location would be the Bridgton Community Center on Depot Street. The adjacent town

parking lot also has ample room for tour buses, he added. Susan Hatch received applause when she said. “I didn’t know the town was in the real estate business.” She said tour bus passengers seem to enjoy the current stopover location at the Highland Lake Beach parking lot, where they enjoy a break in a picturesque setting. After rejecting the project, voters then passed over a proposal to buy the redemption facility, saying the question was moot.

UNSUSTAINABLE IDEA — A conceptual plan by Maureen Westrick of Sustainable Architecture shows how the Depot Street Redemption Center could be retrofitted into a modern Welcome Center with restrooms on the left and classrooms and offices for the SAD 61 Adult Education program on the right. Town Meeting voters, however, voted against investing in the project.

Albany South climate change effects a concern (Continued from Page 1A) Association also prefers “No Action,” but would support a middle ground among the five alternatives the USFS has listed for the Draft Environmental Impact Statement. KLWA has toughened its stance since the first comment period two years ago — and is now citing “the additive impact of climate change” as a cause for concern. “KLWA is of the opinion that the Draft EA may have underestimated the additive impacts of Climate Change on the Albany South Project,” wrote KLWA President James Stone. “With both increased temperatures and drier summers, the necessity for greater buffers for streams, wetlands, and vernal pools is logical.”

Stone stated that the likelihood of more frequent and violent rainstorms due to Climate Change is of immediate concern, “and is probably the greatest of all threats to our water quality.” Stone also has concerns about the quality of life impact to the local communities of Lovell, Stoneham and Stow. As proposed, the logging operation would require between 600 and 900 logging trucks travelling on local roads over the course of the five-year project. “Miles of road construction or reconstruction are proposed, which will involve hundreds of trips by large gravel trucks and earth-moving equipment,” Stone wrote. “This intense industrial traffic will create driving hazards

on the small rural roads of our watershed, particularly along the West Stoneham Road, Hut Road, and Beaver Brook Road.” KLWA is requesting that no logging or gravel trucks access Albany South via the Hut Road, a narrow, winding dirt road off Route 5 and West Stoneham Road. With regard to recreation, the

Association agrees with the Brook. “The Land Trust is acutely plans to relocate primitive The Greater Lovell Land aware of the potential threats camping sites at the end of Trust also seeks a middle a timber harvest of such magHut Road, alongside Great ground. ALBANY, Page 6A

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By Jay Spenciner I recently met with Captain George Walker, training officer of the Fryeburg Fire Department. JS: How long have you been a member of Fryeburg Fire? GW: I started here in 1987 as a junior firefighter during high school at Fryeburg Academy. My father was a firefighter here. Then, I went into the military and came back in ’93 and joined the police department in Conway. I got back in Fryeburg Fire in 2011. Shortly after I rejoined, the chief asked me if I’d be interested in overseeing the training program for the department. I agreed to. We do the annual training required by the Bureau of Labor Standards. And the first Wednesday of each month, I’ll put on a subject. Sometimes, I’ll do it myself and sometimes other professionals here in the State of Maine will do it. It’s also my duty to keep all the records and documentation of the firefighters up to date and accurate, making sure it’s all compliant with the Bureau of Labor Standards. I do training at the county level in hazmat (hazardous materials). I also do a lot of EVOC training, the driving (of fire apparatus). JS: Besides the mandatories, what else do you typically do for training? GW: Usually in December-January, I try to do some coldwater rescue training. We’ll do a little class room training on a Wednesday night and then on a Saturday or Sunday, we’ll go out in the field. In February and March, I’ll put on courses inside because of the weather, maybe ropes and knots, ladders. In early spring, we get Labor Standards mandatories out of the way. When it starts to get warm, we get into outside evolutions like nozzles, hoses, pumps and water supply. When it starts getting cold again, we bring the training back inside. I’ll do vehicle extrication sometimes in the summer. Sometime in the spring, I try to get some forestry training (woods fires) in as that’s usually coming into the driest time. JS: Do you have an assistant or committee to work with you? GW: No, it’s just me. JS: What is your teaching philosophy? GW: I use a combination. In my experience, especially with adult learners in a wide variety of ages, no one thing


George Walker of Fryeburg Fire Department is ever really perfect. Some like the lecture stuff; some like the hands-on, so I try to balance the two. I’ll throw some videos in there as well. It’s very easy to do PowerPoints night after night, but then you lose some of the people. If you do some PowerPoint, some video and some hands-on, that’s a pretty good balance. JS: What’s your best memory of being a training officer? GW: I don’t know that I have a best memory, but I get a lot of satisfaction when I present some training to members of the department and then I get to see them put it to use on a call. That’s when I get a lot of fulfillment out of training. I spend a lot of my life training. I’m one of those people who believe that you can never have enough training. When the fire chief asked me to become training officer, I had a lot of experience in the fire service, but didn’t have Firefighter 1 or 2 (advanced level of training). So, I took it upon myself to take them. It gives you credibility when you stand in front of the members. JS: Almost every department that I’ve talked to is really hurting for volunteers, especially the younger ones. Are you guys in better shape? GW: We’re in decent shape. Our numbers are up as far as personnel, but our members are aging. The median age in our fire department is probably 45-50 years old. We don’t have a lot of young people. We don’t see a lot of young people interested in the field anymore. Volunteerism, unfortunately is dwindling. I believe a lot if it is generational, but I also believe the training demands being put on CHATTER, Page 5A Stephanie Butterfield is






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These incidents appeared on the Bridgton Police Department blotter between the dates of Monday, June 13 and Sunday, June 19 (This is only a partial listing). Monday, June 13 2:51 a.m. Cats were left inside an abandoned house on Bacon Street, and animal control was called. 7:26 p.m. After firing an employee, a Main Street business manager asked police to check on the fired person to make sure she didn’t hurt herself. Tuesday, June 14 3:19 a.m. An aggressive patient at Bridgton Hospital, who wanted to leave, was attempting to hit hospital staff. 9:16 a.m. A Depot Street resident was disturbed by a weed whacker that someone was using behind her house. 10:01 a.m. A business on Willett Road believes an old customer came onto the property and dumped some oil. 11:08 a.m. Police were unable to catch up with a motorcyclist going over 80 miles an hour on Route 302, heading toward Naples. 5:53 p.m. Firefighters responded to a Willett Road residence where the exhaust over a microwave caught fire. Wednesday, June 15 2:21 p.m. A man was being harassed to the point where he told police he was going to have anger issues. 3:44 p.m. A car left the roadway and went into a ditch at Harrison and Middle Ridge Roads. 5:37 p.m. A person driving west on Main Street said the driver in front slammed his brakes intentionally, and when the person tapped his bumper the man got out, then got in and sped off. 10:18 p.m. Officers Smolinsky and Reese paid a visit to a resident accused of stealing a cell phone from a New Hampshire health care facility. 11:46 p.m. A very large beaver, about the size of a beagle, was struck and killed on the Moose Pond Causeway, and officer McCormick notified MDOT. Thursday, June 16 1:57 a.m. There was a suspicious person at Dunkin’ Donuts. 2:16 a.m. Someone dropped a cooler and trash in the roadway near the Morning Glory diner on Portland Road. BLOTTER, Page 5A







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(Continued from Page 1A) son of spending, but Town Manager Bob Peabody said a direct comparison wasn’t possible because some line items within general spending categories were moved up and down. Instead, Peabody chose to focus attention on the significant changes by providing copies of a new “Town Meeting Gazette.” Town Hall improvements It costs the town around $18,000 annually to heat and provide lights and water to Town Hall, Peabody said. Voters approved an extra $85,000 for interior work, including an office, repainting of walls and a new electronic bulletin board out front to announce upcoming events. The work comes on top of around a quarter-million dollars in stabilization work that was completed in

January. But some voters took exception to being asked for more money for Town Hall. “If the new furnace fails five years from now, are we going to have to rip up the ceiling and walls?” asked resident Dick Danis. “I move to remove the $85,000 because this won’t be the end of it — when you come back next time, it should be absolutely final and complete.” Selectmen pointed out that the Public Works Department is doing the inside painting, eliminating the need to hire a professional painter. McHatton said he brought in a retired contractor to estimate costs, and he said he is confident the estimate is accurate. Lopez said that method was used the year before, and the estimate ended up

being lower than what was required. At that point, McHatton became a bit frustrated. “I just can’t win with you,” he told Lopez. Streetscape Design Zaidman and others thought $30,000 was a lot of money to pay for landscape engineering plans for the Main Street Streetscape Project. But Planning Director Anne Krieg said the town has no choice if it wants to pursue grants to help with construction costs. Agencies such as Rural Development require “shovel-ready” design specifications before they’ll consider any appeal for funding assistance, Peabody said. The work would be done in conjunction with an upcoming repaving project planned by the Maine Department of

(Continued from Page 4A) 9:25 a.m. A suspicious vehicle had been parked for several days just before the dirt section of North Road. 9:54 a.m. A man was found lying unresponsive in the grass on the Bolsters Mill Road. 12:37 p.m. A Burnham Road resident saw a black bear in the back yard, where goats are kept. All of the humans were safe and inside the building. 2:32 p.m. An accident with personal injury occurred on Conforte Hill Road. 5:55 p.m. A person driving on Portland Road past Rivard’s Auction House almost hit a road sign that had tipped over in the road. 7:25 p.m. A Kansas Road resident complained about speeding in the area. 8:49 p.m. Officer Reese dealt with a cat custody dispute on Fowler Street. 9:04 p.m. A suspicious-

looking man walking toward Food City from Route 302 was holding something in his hands. Friday, June 17 7:48 a.m. An elderly man using a walker was seen hitchhiking on the Harrison Road. 8:58 a.m. A Hannaford employee reported being followed to work and then being threatened and harassed. 10:40 a.m. A log from a logging truck hit the power lines on Harrison Road. 12:44 p.m. A detached garage caught fire on Mountain Road. 12:55 p.m. A fire started in a dumpster that was three to five feet away from a house on Salmon Point Road. 3:35 p.m. A Wayside Avenue resident believed someone damaged his property and stole some items off the porch. 4:27 p.m. A woman

claiming to be from the U.S. Census Bureau came to the home of a Main Street resident, who was quite upset by the visit. 4:22 p.m. A caller said a Facebook posting indicated a woman was being held captive at a home in Harrison. 6:14 p.m. An apparently intoxicated man was hitchhiking near Sandy Creek Road and High Street. 8:23 p.m. Biddeford Police called Bridgton Police about a Bridgton woman who had called the National Crisis Hotline, saying she had overdosed on pills. 9:44 p.m. An apparently intoxicated man was screaming in the yard of a Highland Road residence. Saturday, June 18 2:51 a.m. Loud music was disturbing neighbors in the area of Ballard Street. 2:57 a.m. Someone was hitchhiking in the dark on Main Street. 6:28 a.m. A person driving on Harrison Road was screamed at by a hitchhiker carrying a sign, seeking a ride to Norway. 1:47 p.m. A man said someone was holding his daughter and granddaughter against their will and was going to kill them. 1:58 p.m. A woman was harassing a South High Street resident. 2:09 p.m. A car full of men hit a ditch three times on South High Street, then pulled over and jumped out near Swamp Road. 5:34 p.m. A woman was assaulted by her boyfriend, who then went into a store on the Portland Road. 5:39 p.m. Loud music was disturbing neighbors in the area of Campbell Drive. Sunday, June 19 1:25 p.m. Officer McCormick responded to a report of a reoccurring parking issue on Moose Pond Drive. 4:53 p.m. A woman lost the boat off her trailer as she was driving up the hill near South High Street and North Road. 9:33 p.m. A downtown tenant of an apartment building wanted to know if his landlord had the right to tell him he couldn’t be on the front porch of the building.

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(Continued from Page 4A) firefighters, especially volunteers, is a lot to ask of someone. They’ve got jobs. They’ve got lives, kids. So, what used to be an interesting job has almost become full-time because there are more and more fires, and we’re going further and further. The reason we’re going further and further is because other departments are struggling for personnel (mutual aid). JS: Every structure fire we have, we typically call 8-10 other departments for mutual aid. They’ll send over one truck with two firefighters or two trucks with three guys. That’s all they have. GW: Everyone is hurting. We don’t have a lot of interior firefighters and that’s where the young guys come in. I understand that the training standards that the Bureau of Labor Standards have are for our safety. But, we’re on the same level as the full-time guys and that can be very difficult to require that kind of training for a volunteer. JS: If you were in charge of policy, what would you suggest? GW: I would say that there has to be a certain level of training that a firefighter needs to put on an air pack and attack a fire inside. You have to have an understanding of fire behavior, safety, hose lines and streams. But, when you start getting into lock out, tag out, blood-born pathogens, hazardous materials, that stuff doesn’t need to be done every year. Lock out, tag out is a way of isolating energy and mechanical devices so you don’t get hurt. Once you get that training, it doesn’t change. So, I don’t know that you need it every year. You could do it every two or three years. JS: If someone was thinking about joining the Fryeburg Fire Department, who should they contact? GW: The fire chief, Richard Sheaff. He’s usually at the station Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. The phone number is 935-2615. Anyone interested in a really exciting and interesting career, and the fire service is just that, should reach out to join a fire department. JS: You don’t have to run in a burning building. You can drive a truck, do traffic control; there’s a job for everyone.


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Transportation, and he said he expected to meet Friday with MDOT officials to walk the length of the project, running from Green Street to the Monument on Main Hill. Lopez pointed out that the real preconstruction cost is $90,000, and Peabody acknowledged that the additional $60,000 is coming from a combination of TIF and Community Development Block Grant funds. Resident Susan Hatch cited her disappointment that many of the design suggestions by residents were not implemented with regard to last year’s Depot Street Streetscape Project. Much of the reason was because the bid came back way over the estimated cost, and the project had to be scaled back. “Why throw good money after bad?” asked resident Dave Crowell. Hoyt said the town doesn’t need to go along with every design element, such as the engineer’s proposal to create roundabouts at either end of Main Street. “In what world would you get funding for some sort of something we might like to do?” asked Hoyt. “I would never say $30,000 isn’t a lot of money What was cut Not all of the budget proposals were passed as presented, however. Voters cut $19,625 from General Government by eliminating a full-time grant writer, at the suggestion of Selectman Paul Hoyt. They also were able to shave $35,000 from the cost for

Fryeburg Police log These items appeared on the Fryeburg Police Department log (this is a partial listing): Monday, June 13 12:10 p.m. A subject threatened personal harm at a Smith Street residence. 2:16 p.m. Police checked a Main Street parking lot after receiving a report of suspicious activity. 3:20 p.m. A domestic disturbance allegedly occurred on Lovell Road. Tuesday, June 14 12:20 p.m. A 16-year-old was arrested at a Howe Street home on a probation violation. 12:20 to 1:12 p.m. Police checked Bridgton Road (Jockey Cap) and Stuart Street after receiving reports of suspicious activity. 6:22 p.m. Responding to a motor vehicle crash near the propane tanks on Lovell Road, police charged John Connelly, 31, of Denver, Colo. with refusing to sign a summons, operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (no test) and failing to maintain control of a motor vehicle. Wednesday, June 15 7 a.m. Police were sent to an Eastland Street location for a complaint. 10:15 and 10:30 a.m. Police went to a West Fryeburg Road residence for civil issues. 12:43 p.m. A theft occurred on Bradley Street. 9:20 p.m. Ronald Bartlett, 44, of Fryeburg was charged with violating conditions of release. Thursday, June 16 8:05 a.m. Following a stop

on Swan Falls Road, police charged six subjects. They included: Matthew Foy, 19, of Brentwood, N.H. with failing to provide correct name, address, date of birth, minor possessing liquor, and drinking in public; Todd Boutilier, 20, of Exeter, N.H., with minor possessing liquor; Sarah Gajewski, 20, of Durham, N.H., minor possessing liquor; Christian Larosa, 18, of Hampton, N.H., minor possessing liquor; Jay Izenga, 21, of Exeter, N.H., fishing without a valid license; Ryan N. Kelly, 20, of Epping, N.H., fishing without a valid license and minor possessing liquor. 10:30 p.m. While assisting Fryeburg Rescue at a Lovell Road campground, police charged Devlin C. Foley, 21, of Marshfield, Mass. with furnishing liquor to a minor. Sunday, June 19 3:38 a.m. Police investigated a report of a missing person from Wiley Drive. 9:57 a.m. Police responded to a complaint on Fish and Game Road. 4:48 p.m. Police checked a criminal trespass complaint on West Fryeburg Road.

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AFTER 30 YEARS, IT’S TIME — Bridgton Police Chief Richard Stillman successfully made his case at last week’s Town Meeting that after 30 years, it’s time for the town to hire a new police officer. The hiring will bring the force to nine officers, including Stillman, and will ensure that two officers are able to be on duty 24/7. new playground equipment Carole Ayer, who largely ($30,000) and restrooms funded the Woods Pond ($80,000) at the Salmon playground on her own, Point Campground by bring- was pleased by the drop in ing in $50,000 from camp- the taxpayer burden for the ground revenues and leftover playground construction. Resident Julie Whelchel CDBG funds. Peabody said the new wondered if it would see playground equipment will much use, but Peabody be similar in design and assured her that with the materials to the Woods Pond public beach at Salmon Beach playground installed Point, the playground would last summer. It will be be busy. The current playlarger, however, with more ground area, Peabody said, is swings, and will cost around nothing more than “a couple $30,000. The restroom costs of pieces of pipe,” which cannot be reduced because of wouldn’t be allowed legally labor requirements that come if not for its grandfathered with the use of CDBG funds. status. Woods Pond resident BRIDGTON, Page 7A

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Casco bond

(Continued from Page 1A) mer and in the autumn. The terms of the bond repayments will be 10 years. The town previously did not have any debt. Traditionally, Casco citizens are very involved in discussions during their Town Meeting. Typically, the turnout is good and the meeting lasts between two and three hours. Almost 100 people participated in this year’s Town Meeting, which lasted three hours. Before the first of three bond-related Warrant Articles got to the floor, someone suggested that all three bonds be open to discussion so that people can completely understand what each bond entailed. Resident Eric Dibner introduced the motion to talk about the proposed bonds. “The merit of Warrant Articles 11, 12 and 13 deserve a discussion,” Dibner said. After the discussion and when the vote was called, the moderator decided the vote was “too close to call.” The headcount for the second vote was 60-36, and the largest of the three bonds passed. Later, some Warrant Articles that had close votes had a head count that was about 10 people fewer, indicating some people might have left the building after the bond vote. During the discussion, there was a level of confusion among residents — a sentiment expressed by Stan Buchanan. “My biggest problem is that the three articles are doing almost the same thing. I am on the Finance Committee for the school board. If we came out and gave the public something like this,” they would wring our necks, he said. “There are a lot of people who are totally confused, and it’s like this was written up by a Boston lawyer,” Buchanan said. One common inquiry of Casco residents was how the roads were chosen for construction. “Everyone’s worse road is the one they live on and drive over,” Morton said. “What we look at is where we spend the most money. Right now, the greatest portion of maintenance money (goes toward) Johnson Hill and Edwards Road,” Morton said. “We had Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) engineers ride with us and they agreed with us.” Most of the residents who took a turn at the microphone had questions rather than comments. One woman, Susan Pollen, said as a fiscal conservative, she would prefer to keep the tax rate low. But the need to repair roads was pressing, making the $1.3 million bond was “a good compromise,” she said. It was agreed that the town was between a rock and a hard place regarding the replacement of the failing Pleasant Lake Dam, which is a cost shared equally with the Town of Otisfield. “As far as the dam, I know we have got to fix it. I don’t know why the state doesn’t kick in. It shouldn’t be towns of Casco and Otisfield,” resident Phil Shane said. Holly Hancock, chairman of the Casco Board of Selectmen, responded. “The rules of DEP (Department of Environmental Protection) said the owners of the dam are responsible for it. It is $1,000 a day (in fines) if we don’t fix it. So, in fact, they are not helping us,” Hancock said. The dam replacement was included in the approval of the $2.5 million bond. Other increases supported by the majority of residents included: more money in the mowing and cemetery care fund mostly to replace headstones and for professional tree removal, a part-time harbor master for $6,000, and $93,000

HELP MOVE RUFUS PORTER MUSEUM HOME — An effort is underway to move two homes for the Rufus Porter Museum in two different ways. Currently, the Red Church House, situated at 67 North High Street, is waiting to be moved onto Main Street and connect to the White Colonial on Church Street, across the street from the Bridgton Public Library. In order to move the Red Church House, the Rufus Porter Board of Trustees and Director have hired Ann Ruel of Keller Williams Realty to sell the antique green house at 67 North High Street, Bridgton (below, left). The sale of the Green Cape will raise the funds to move the Red Church House and benefit the community of Bridgton in a unique and special way. One move — a purchase of the Green house — will benefit the second move (the Red Church House). Pictured above right to left: Ann Ruel, broker for Keller Williams Realty; Margaret Lindsey Sanborn, board member; Martha Cummings, Rufus Porter Director; Ginney Eilertson, board member; and Don Eilertson, board member.

in stipends to help man the Casco Fire Station from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m. Chief Jason Moen was relieved by a deputy moderator so he could act in his role as chief. “We are increasing that coverage to 24/7. We have had a 100-call increase. With people at the station, it takes nine minutes to respond,” Moen said. “At night, we don’t have anyone on the duty and we rely on volunteers at their homes. That response time doubles or triples. And, if we don’t have anyone available, we have to call mutual aid.” “The increase was $93,000 — that is the only increase. All other line items were kept flat,” Moen said. Resident Nicholas Murray asked, “Based on your volume of calls, how many calls are during staff hours? Moen said, “Forty-five percent of the calls are from 6 p.m. to 6 a.m.” Murray asked if the department had considered going to 18-hour station coverage. “We did consider that. We broke it down. With those night calls, there was no set pattern. A two- to three-hour gap

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(Continued from Page 1A) nitude poses to this watershed,” wrote GLLT Board President Robert Upton on behalf of the board. To minimize such threats, the Land Trust is urging the Forest Service to complete the mapping of all streams to distinguish between intermittent and perennial streams. In addition, they are seeking tighter control on the creation and closing of skid trails and roads. Judith and Roger Green, who own several rental properties on Lake Keewaydin in Stoneham, are especially concerned about runoff into Virginia Lake, an undeveloped lake in the forest. “The trend of late icing and early ice-out in local lakes, as documented by the Lakes Environmental Association, will have serious effects on water quality and adding major runoff from logging could destroy our water quality completely,” the Greens wrote. Some project opponents are so upset by the prospect of large-scale logging in the forest that their comments tend to take on a more personal tone. “Have you ever wondered why the USFS teaches you that Americans who don’t want their national forest developed are rabid “enviros” to be disliked or hated?” asked retired USFS planner Dick Artley, addressing Androscoggin District Acting Ranger Preisendorfer. “The USFS has a timber agenda and culture it must feed and satisfy, despite the fact the public does not want their national forests logged.” Artley suggests that should the concerns of the public over Albany South be essentially ignored, the next step would be to file suit in federal District Court. Preisendorfer has since been replaced by a new District Ranger who will be evaluating the comments over the summer before issuing a final report. The 30-day comment period for the project, which had been delayed several times, ended on June 6, and logging operations may begin as early as this fall.

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Waiting room more comforting

(Continued from Page 1A) felt as if she was on display,” Ludwig said. “It was very unnerving. What you want is for the hospital to be comforting at a time when a person is scared and hurting.” “Someone used the analogy — and it was so true — that the room was like a subway station. The new space is amazing. When you see it from the outside, it looks small. But when you walk through the doors, it is night and day what it was before,” Rollins said. “It’s so much more aesthetically pleasing and comfortable for the patients and their families.” Work was also done to the hospital’s exterior, again to create a more comforting look, rather than an entrance that was like a “loading dock,” Rollins pointed out. “We didn’t realize it until the architect put a picture in front of us.” The addition is 473 square feet, so the overall renovation and increased floor space pushed the structure to 1,023 square feet. The project totaled about $400,000. It was financed by a major donation, as well as funds raised at the hospital’s 25th anniversary golf tournament. Ludwig said the donor made no specific requests, only that the renovated space be “handicap-accessible and more comfortable.” Creating more space proved somewhat tricky, due to some restrictions including structural supports, and an electrical box which could not be moved. Construction started in late February, and finished on time 12 weeks later — the goal being opening by Memorial Day weekend to beat the summer rush — and on budget. Herbert Construction of Lewiston was the general contractor.

Patients and family members will immediately notice and appreciate the upgrade, including new “green space” at the entrance. “It is noticeably more spacious and light,” Ludwig said. “It’s a feeling of comfort rather than a feeling of doom. There are specific spots that people in wheelchairs can back into, and have (electrical) plugs that they can plug into to charge their chairs.” The space also offers hospital staff greater visibility of patients in the waiting room. There is a children’s corner that includes two wall magnetized puzzles to keep young ones occupied, as well as two wall-mounted televisions that will air regular programming and a third unit, which will televise Bridgton Hospital information. Seating capacity has increased, and chairs are certainly more comfortable. Another improvement is expansion of the decontamination shower area, which is in a room to the right of the waiting room. This facility can either be accessed from inside the hospital or through an exterior door. “Before, you had to come into the hospital and then into the shower. Now, if there is a natural disaster or biohazardtype issue, those folks can access the showers from the outdoors,” Ludwig said. Rollins pointed out that the old showers were moved outdoors, which was a poor situation in the winter months. Now, it’s a double shower with internal and external entrances. There are 12,000 visits to the Emergency Department annually — between 800900 monthly in the off-season, and 1,500 during the summer months (Memorial

(Continued from Page 5A) BRAG field maintenance Rick Whelchel was against spending $50,000 for annual maintenance of the BRAG fields, saying the BRAG organization should be responsible for raising the money to finish the work on its own. McHatton said the all-volunteer BRAG organization hasn’t had the time or resources to focus on grantwriting, and has focused all its efforts on maintenance. He said selectmen opted against asking voters to take over the fields this year, although he was in favor of a straw poll. Selectman Greg Watkins said the board agreed to sit down with BRAG volunteers after Town Meeting to iron out any remaining issues, but “If we don’t do anything (to invest in maintenance), we’ll be looking at the possibility of jeopardizing the $225,000 the town has already invested in the fields. “It’s in our best interests to protect (the BRAG fields) as NEW FEATURES inside the Bridgton Hospital the lien holder in effect,” said Watkins, who also noted that Emergency Department waiting room includes more the $50,000 is not a gift; it will be placed in a draw-down comfortable chairs and a children’s corner. (Rivet Photos) account controlled by the town, to be used solely for the maintenance of the fields. “If it doesn’t cost that much by the time we reach an understanding (with BRAG), we still retain that balance,” he said. Recreation Director Gary Colello noted that the fields were already getting heavy use, with a 13-team Cal Ripkin Softball Tournament that was held over the weekend. “They’ve played on the fields for two years, and have drawn big crowds,” Colello said. Lake Region Bus Robert Howe argued that the $9,600 subsidy for the Lake Region Bus by Regional Transportation should be dropped, citing low ridership levels and its current use by mostly professional people. But Bridgton Community Center Executive Director Day to Labor Day). Now, whether they wanted their Carmen Lone said the Portland to Bridgton bus service is those visits will likely be a care here. It simply didn’t only in its second year, and should be given a chance to little more comforting. look professional. Now, it grow. Older people use the bus to go to Portland to get “People judge a book by does. It should change peo- their Social Security cards, she said. “Many lives have been its cover. At various times, ple’s immediate impressions improved.” we serve people from all when they walked through Murphy pointed out that of all of the Lake Region towns over. When they walked into the doors,” Rollins said. “We along the bus route, Bridgton has the highest useage. “It the old waiting room, you want what we look like to would be a big mistake (to eliminate the service) while we’re had to wonder what they match the outstanding, high- growing,” he said. thought about the hospital, quality care we provide here Most of the residents stayed until the meeting ended — at whether they questioned at Bridgton Hospital.” 10:30 p.m.

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Station upgrades lead to award (Continued from Page 1A) “People are doing a good job of recycling; and they like it better,” Welch said. Recently, the Brownfield Transfer Station was the recipient of the 2016 Most Improved Transfer Site Award by the nonprofit Maine Resource Recovery Association. The award was given during a ceremony in Rockland. According to Brownfield Selectman Bill Flynn, the crew has worked really hard to turn around the transfer station and earn the award. Before the transfer site introduced an easier way to recycle, it seems that most of the recyclable materials ended up in the household trash. And, that was not a costeffective habit for the town. It costs $56 per ton to haul away household trash while it costs $15 per ton

to get rid of recyclables, according to Day. To help with the transition, “ecomaine came to town for the weekend to explain it to people. They had brochures to hand out,” Welch said. The employees commented on residents’ attitude about the changes. “They were happy — most of them,” Welch said. Brownfield residents “came along over the weeks. A few opposed it at first. But, now they like it,” Transfer site employee Joe Vaughn said. “People resist change,” Day said. In addition to going to zero-sort or single-sort recycling, the other improvements included a safety gate around the bin for household trash and backfilling a steep incline that jeopardized drivers’ safety.

Bocce league scores In Week #4 in the Harrison Bocce League, Worsters beat Caswell 4-2; Long Lake and Searles tied 2-2; Henry’s squeaked past Mentus 3-2; and Ace’s and Ruby’s tied 3-3. North Division: Ruby’s +5, Worsters +4, Searles –4, Caswell –9. South Division: Henry’s +7, Ace’s +4, Mentus +1, Long Lake –8.


PROUD OF AWARD — Brownfield Public Works Director Frank Day, Brownfield Selectman Bill Flynn, and transfer station employees Joe Vaughn and Richard Welch pose with the 2016 Most Improved Transfer Station Award. (De Busk Photo) “We did some site work. The hill was too steep so we leveled it,” Day said. “It changed. It didn’t happen overnight,” he said. “We had to set it up so recycling would work and there would be a better flow of traffic.” The Town of Brownfield contracts with the trucking outfit North Conway Incinerator, which hauls away the trash when the bins get full, according to Day. The household trash goes to a landfill in Berlin, N.H.

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(Continued from Page 1A) He said the land purchase was a want rather than a need. “This town does not belong in the real estate business. This town does not need that property. The town does not need (another) beach,” Thorpe said. The concept that the town should refrain from buying real estate was expressed several times by other people. Linda Dwyer said the tax burden on many citizens did not outweigh owning the nice acreage. “I would love a sandy beach. I would love to have grandchildren playing there. I would love senior housing. That sounds great,” she said. “Hearing residents who are barely making their taxes. Our senior citizens — this is a strain on them.” Barbara York said she supported the land purchase. “I would hope people will vote in favor of this. It was discussed publically although some people think it wasn’t,” York said. Casco resident Jackie spoke against the land buy. “We are no longer living in the 1950s. Our economy is getting worse. You are living off of property taxes to keep your town going. The town shouldn’t be investing in private property. The town should be investing in businesses so that money could be taken from those businesses in taxes,” she said. “Bring businesses into town to pay taxes,” Jackie said.

Resident Sam Brown, who served on the Casco Finance Committee said, “I am happy to be here and respectful of all points of view.” “We do have a moment here to preserve quality of life and make Casco the place more people want to move homes and businesses to,” Brown said. The town will take out a bond with a 10-year term to purchase the land. The increase to the tax rate had not been calculated since that number was lowered by using Open Space land acquisition funds.

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June 23, 2016, The Bridgton News, Page 1B

Area Events ‘Shaping Maine’ forum at St. Joe’s

STANDISH — Saint Joseph’s College will gather some of Maine’s most influential and visionary individuals for a “Shaping Maine” gathering on Thursday, June 23, intended to spark collaboration and encourage leadership across the state. Invited to the informal event are all 200 past and present entrepreneurs, artists, educators, and visionaries named as “Mainers Boldly Leading Our State” by Maine Magazine since 2013. The event will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. at the newly renovated Stone Barn at Saint Joseph’s College, Richville Road, Standish.

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Waterford Library Book Sale

WATERFORD — The Waterford Library is currently seeking book donations for their upcoming 4th of July Annual Book Sale. They are accepting hardcovers, paperbacks, movies and audiobooks. All proceeds will benefit the library. The sale will be held Monday, July 4, from 8 a.m. to noon. Hardcovers will be $2 and paperbacks will be $1. From 11:30 a.m. to noon, fill a bag of books for only $1. For more information, visit or the library’s Facebook page or call 583-2050.

Art Guild offers ‘Palette-Table’ gala

The Bridgton Art Guild is celebrating both local art and local food with a “Palette-Table” gathering on Saturday. July 9, from 5 to 8 p.m. at Gallery 302, 112 Main Street, Bridgton. This summer fundraiser will feature fabulous appetizers prepared by local restaurants using fresh produce from Hosac Farm in Cornish, as well as cheeses from Fern Hill Farm in Naples and Silver Moon Creamery in Westbrook. Enjoy fine food, a cash bar (craft beer and wine) and live music from guitarist Carlos Olmeda while you bid on Silent Auction items. Proceeds support the operations of Gallery 302 and the Burr Chase Arts Center; offering fine art and art education in Bridgton and the surrounding communities. Tickets are $20 and are available at Gallery 302. For more information, call 647-2787.

Harrison Historical Society Museum Hours

HARRISON — The Harrison Historical Society Museum on Haskell Hill Road will be open on the following dates: Wednesdays, July 6, 13, 20 and 27 from 1 to 4 p.m.; Wednesdays, August 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31 from 1 to 4 p.m.; Saturdays July 2 and August 6 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. For more information please call Gerry Smith at 583-2213.

Finnish American Heritage Society Open House

WEST PARIS — The Finnish American Heritage Society, located at 8 Maple Street in West Paris, will host an Open House on Sunday afternoons in July and August, with the exception of August 21. The hall will be open from 2 to 4 p.m. and all are invited to stop by, cool off, share in the coffee and pastries, and visit the museum and gift shop.

Bingo back at St. Joseph Church

The annual Bingo at St. Joseph Church in Bridgton will begin on Thursday, June 30, this year. The doors open at 5:30 p.m. and early birds play is at 6:30 p.m. with regular play at 7 p.m. Refreshments are available. This event will run every Thursday evening through August 25. Come play and join the fun.

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GROWING BEAUTY — Patricia Turner’s garden in Porter is one of seven gardens that are part of a Garden Tour to be held on Saturday, June 25, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Garden tour set for Saturday

Tour seven gardens of artists in the towns of Baldwin, Hiram, Parsonsfield and Porter on Saturday, June 25, in a Garden Tour to benefit the historical societies of those towns. Each garden has a unique personality and

there is something for everyone during the tour, taking place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Rain date June 26). See an Alice in Wonderland cottage garden, fairy garden, Japanese garden, railroad garden, a stone-

WATERFORD — The kickoff to the 63rd year of Waterford Summer Breakfasts gets underway on Monday, July 4, at the Wilkins Community House at the foot of Plummer Hill Road, next to the Waterford Congregational Church. A breakfast of freshly baked muffins, eggs, pancakes, donuts, coffee, tea, and orange juice and real Maine Maple Syrup will be served from 7:30 to 10 a.m. Waterford’s Thunder Hill Farm will provide the Maine Maple Syrup again this year and Melby’s Market and Eatery in North Waterford will again provide the eggs, bacon and sausages.
 In addition to July 4, future breakfast dates are the Wednesdays of July 13, July 27 and Aug. 10. The price for each breakfast is $8 for adults, $4 for children ages 5-10, and free for children under 5 years of age.
 July 4th is always a wonderful morning in Waterford with breakfast; a short but lively parade at 11 a.m. featuring local summer camps, town vehicles, local veterans and more; and a book sale at the Waterford Library from 9 a.m. to noon. The Waterford

Historical Society also opens the historic Town House and the Rice Museum. 
While the breakfasts are happening on the main floor, the cool basement of the Wilkins House will be the site of an Indoor Yard Sale from 7:30 to 11 a.m. on each of the breakfast dates. Bargain hunters will find treasures galore, with new items appearing at each breakfast. 
Volunteers for a kitchen or dining room shift are always welcome to join the breakfast work crew, where many friendships have been formed over the years. Interested volunteers should call Ginny at 583-7357 for further information.
 Proceeds from the summer breakfasts help with the upkeep of the Wilkins Community House. Income from the yard sales goes to the maintenance funds for the Wilkins Community House and the Waterford Congregational Church.
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cutter’s ledge garden, a stumpery, a permaculture vegetable garden and more. Visit the gardener artists’ studios and an extensive model railroad layout. See artists painting in some gardens. There’ll also be raffles of a floral quilt

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NORWAY — Beginning on Saturday, June 25 and each Saturday thereafter, there will be a free Community Breakfast from 8 to 9 a.m. at the Norway Grange Hall on Whitman Street in Norway. Local churches have teamed up with the Norway Grange to offer this free breakfast. Many of the people that provided delicious breakfasts when the breakfast were held at Deering Memorial United Methodist Church are excited to be able to bring the free breakfasts back to the community. Everyone is welcome, and there is no income eligibility required. For more information, contact Deering Church Pastor Anna-Jean Alexander at 461-3093 or e-mail at

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Page 2B, The Bridgton News, June 23, 2016

Walking tours of downtown Bridgton offered

What was it like to shop in Bridgton in the 1870s? The 1920s? The 50s? Where did residents buy toothpowders, furniture, musical instruments, and hats? Where were their doctor’s offices and pharmacies? How did people make their living? How did they entertain themselves? (hint: bowling was popular). Have you ever wondered why Bridgton has a long, curving Main Street? This summer, residents and visitors have a chance to have these questions answered, and more. The Bridgton Historical Society is offering a fun and informative opportunity for people to get to know the stories that make up Bridgton’s colorful history. Beginning Wednesday, June 29, the Society will conduct weekly guided walking tours of downtown Bridgton on the last Wednesday of each month. Bridgton’s his-

tory is a fascinating combination of stories of quirky personalities, tragic fires, and enterprising business owners. These people, the structures they left behind, and the businesses that helped fuel the town’s prosperity make for a fun and instructive one-hour tour. Wearing period costumes, popular local author Caroline Grimm and Society President Margaret Reimer will be this summer’s tour guides. Tours, which begin at 10 a.m., will start at the Society’s museum at 5 Gibbs Avenue, and will wind their way along Main Street. Cost is $10 per person. Sunscreen and comfortable walking shoes are highly recommended. Call the Bridgton Historical Society at 647-3699 for a reservation, or come to the museum by 9:45 a.m. on Wednesday morning. Watch for the ladies in their costumes, and their

Lombard-rooster-on-a-stick, as they wend their way down Main Street, then come and enjoy the fun. After the June 29 tour, subsequent scheduled dates for the Wednesday tours in 2016 are July 6, 13, 20 and 27; and Aug. 3, 10 and 17. The goal of this walking tour is to increase foot traffic in downtown Bridgton and to promote the business community. Each week the tour will end at a different Bridgton business, where walkers will be treated to some inside history of the structure or business location. Participating businesses include Bridgton Books, J Décor, Loon Echo Land Trust and the Rufus Porter Museum. A full list of sponsors will be available on the Bridgton Historical Society website, The Bridgton Historical Society is excited about not only the fascinating history

of Bridgton’s Main Street, but also the history-in-themaking of the current business district. The Society hopes to increase awareness of the current dynamic business climate. With the town’s upcoming 250th anniversary in 2018, the tours will help in promoting this important anniversary, as well. It doesn’t matter if you are a summer visitor, a longtime resident or just passing through, try the Bridgton History Guided Walking Tour for some summer fun. The Bridgton Historical Society was founded in 1953 to preserve Bridgton’s significant historical artifacts and to tell the stories about the town. The Society operates the Museum at 5 Gibbs Avenue and Narramissic Farm in South Bridgton. Visit for more information on the summer schedule.

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headlong rush. Program II: July 19, All Things French All Things French offers works that are delightful, lively, and passionate – very French and perfect for a warm summer evening. This enchanting program begins with Poulenc’s charming Flute Sonata followed by two unusual trios, the cheerful and energetic Milhaud Suite with clarinet and the beautiful impressionistic trio by Gaubert with flute. The emotional and colorful conclusion to this program will be Faure’s second piano quartet. This should send everyone off with a full heart. Program III: July 26, Stringfest Stringfest is a celebration of our exceptional musicians — longtime friends and colleagues joyously bringing the music to life. A lovely, early Romantic trio by Weber features a wonderful combination of flute, cello and piano. The poignant Shostakovich Piano Trio will evoke an intense array of human emotions that will leave a profound affect on the listener. Finally, sparks will fly on the stage of Deertrees when the eight string players perform the exuberant and efferves-

HISTORICAL BRIDGTON — Bridgton Historical Society President Margaret Reimer shows off the tour outfit she’ll wear when she and author Caroline Grimm conduct the Bridgton History Guided Walking Tour the last Wednesday of each month this summer in downtown Bridgton. (Photo courtesy Lakes Chamber)

cent string octet written by the 16-year-old master, Felix Mendelssohn. Program IV: Aug. 2, Schubert’s Trout The popular and sublime “Trout” Quintet of Schubert is the centerpiece of this concert. By adding bass, Schubert produces a unique string sound that has extra richness and depth. The concert begins with the brilliant Gran Duo by Bottesini featuring the bass as an equal solo instrument to the violin. Then the mood changes quickly to Debussy’s beloved masterwork, Prelude to the Afternoon of a Faun, transcribed by Ravel for piano four-hands. Turina’s dramatic piano trio adds another dimension to this evening’s musical journey that started in Italy ending triumphantly in Germany with the Schubert “Trout” Quintet. Program V: Aug. 9, Windfest The finale of the season will be both grand and exhilarating featuring wind instruments as the festival dedicates the concert to its co-founding Music Director, Pianist Mihae Lee will serve her first season as Music the late Judy Pence. The Director of Sebago-Long Lake Music Festival this summer. piano and strings will join

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the other two are lobster bakes. Prices include the chairlift ride, dinner and two drinks. A cash bar will be available. The first chair up will be at 4:30 p.m.; last chair down is at 7:30 p.m. Blizzards Pub opens next

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Area birth

Nichole and Alvah Johnson III of Casco have a son, Alvah F. Johnson IV, born on March 19, 2016 at 12:34 p.m. at Bridgton Hospital. He weighed 8 pounds, 9 ounces. He joins sisters, Ava (age 8) and Adelaide (4). Maternal grandparents: Eric and Millie Beane of Bridgton. Great-grandmother: Helen Smith of Gorham. Paternal grandparents: Linda Johnson of Bridgton, and Nancy and Alvah Johnson Jr. of Carrabassett. Great-grandfather: Alvah Johnson Sr. of Bridgton.

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June 23, 2016, The Bridgton News, Page 3B

Harvest Gold honored

The collection features internationally-awarded artists, nationally-awarded sculptors, museum-quality glasswork, and many more artistic necessities! Come see some of Gwen Nagel’s pastels of local landscapes, Gene Whitney’s wonderfully whittled fish, or Jean Swan Gordan’s brilliantly bright floral bouquets! Outside of the gallery are beautifully arranged sculpture gardens, which complement a breathtaking view of Kezar Lake and the White Mountains. The ever-blooming gardens are a sight in themselves to stop by for. Indoors, the art and craftwork fill seven rooms to provide for you a tranquil adventure to undertake one fine summer day. Harvest Gold is open daily and is located just past the Center Lovell Market at 1082 Main Street. For further information about the gallery, call 925-6502 or check out the gallery’s web- BEST GALLERY HONORS — Lynda Rasco and Bill site at www.harvestgoldgal- Rudd of Harvest Gold Jewelry are proud receivers of the “Best Gallery” award from Yankee magazine.

Bridgton Farmers’ Market EBT/SNAP special event The Bridgton Farmers’ Market is excited to announce that it will be holding a special event for EBT/SNAP customers on Saturday, July 2. To celebrate the Fourth of July, the market will be offering a 100% match on all EBT/SNAP transactions. For example, if you spend $10, you’ll get $10 in vouchers to spend at any time this season! This is a special sale that will only happen on July 2, so come on down and take advantage. The market is open from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. every Saturday, located next to the Community Center on Depot Street. The market currently has 17 vendors, offering a wide variety of products, and plenty to fit your grilling needs for the Fourth of July. Grab some fresh veggies from market farmers — Hancock Family Farm, Patch Farm, Black Mountain Farm, Old Mill Farm, and Sky Blue Sky

Farm. Swing by Thunder Hill Farm for some delicious grass-fed beef and whip up some mean burgers. Top them with some goat cheese from Rams Farm, and grab some baked goods from Lollie Papa, A Country Flavor, Mad Batter, and gluten-free baked goods from Black Brook Farm. Don’t forget to

check out handmade signs from Bob Hatch, snag some great soaps and toiletries from Chase Street Soap Co. and Old Man Beard Co., and a fresh bag of beans from Maine Morning Micro Roasters. Spruce up your table setting with a bouquet from Banks Family Farm, and spruce up your yard with perennials from Lake

Region Nursery. For more information, please contact Assistant Market Manager, BrennaMae ThomasGoogins at 612-269-3457, or email Additional information may also be found on the website, at

NAPLES — The Sons of the American Legion Post 155, Naples, will host a fundraising dance in support of the Naples and Casco Food Pantries on Saturday, July 9, starting at 7:30 p.m. at the American Legion Post #155 Function Hall on Route 11 in Naples. The public of all ages is welcome to the dance, featuring The Wrong Road $6 per person, with all funds Band with Dr. Steve Barter, being donated to the food Donnie Levesque, Austin pantries of Naples and Casco. Burnell and Tom Betz, playing classic rock and roll. 207-647-2122 Donations at the door will be

There will also be a 50/50 drawing, a finger food buffet and a cash bar for beverages. Guests are welcome to bring canned goods to be delivered to the food pantries. For those wishing to write checks, please make them out to the American Legion and write the food pantry of your choice in the memo block. For more information, call the American Legion at 6936285.

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The Maine Lakes Brewfest is offering something new this year — a “Tickets In Hand” line. If you buy and print your tickets online, you can have your tickets scanned at the entrance, so that there’ll be no more waiting in will-call lines. The Brewfest will be held on Saturday, Sept. 24, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the beach at Point Sebago in Casco. There’ll be more than 35 brewers and 15 food vendors, and if you get your tickets now, the cost is only $25. The price rises to $30 on July 1, $35 on Aug. 1, and will be $40 at the door. Tickets include a souvenir sampling glass and 10 drink coupons. Live music will be provided by Oxford Hills Entertainment. To get your tickets online, go to A $5 parking fee is charged per car.

Suppers & breakfasts Saturday, June 25 The Casco Village Church United Church of Christ, 941 Meadow Road (Route 121) in Casco will hold a “Sensational Summer Strawberry Shortcake Saturday Night Supper” from 5 to 6 p.m. The menu is beans, casseroles, salads, rolls, beverages and fresh strawberry shortcakes. Cost is $8 adults, $5 children eight and under, and families with small children can eat for $21 max. The supper is sponsored by the Membership Committee. There will be a Bean Supper at the North Sebago Methodist Church on Rte. 114 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Sunday, June 26 Oriental Lodge #13 A.F & A.M on Route 117, Bridgton will hold a Public Breakfast from 7 to 10 a.m. The menu will include: eggs to order, French toast, biscuits and gravy, home fries, bacon, sausage, ham, pancakes, juice and coffee. The price is $7 for adults and $4 for children. All proceeds benefit the Oriental Lodge general fund. Sunday Brunch will be held at Our Lady of Perpetual Help Church, 919 Roosevelt Trail (Route 302), Windham from 9 a.m. until noon. Brunch includes pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, fresh fruit, donuts, coffee/tea/juice — just $7 per person. Tickets sold at the door and meals are available to go! South Bridgton Congregational Church is holding a Public Supper at 5 p.m. with music to follow. For reservations please call Sandy at 647-2800. Saturday, July 2 A Baked Bean and Chop Suey Supper will be held from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the Sebago Town Hall, Route 107. Menu will include: Salads, red and brown hot dogs, two kinds of beans, and pies for dessert. The cost is $9 for adults and $4 for children (ages 4-10) with children under 4 free. Tuesday, July 5 A Public Supper will be held at the North Waterford Congregational Church (Route 35, opposite Melby’s Eatery) from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Baked beans and brown bread, American chop suey, homemade casseroles, salads, brown bread and strawberry shortcake for dessert… all you can eat, and all are welcome! $9 for adults and $4.50 for children (under 12).


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BRIDGTON Thur., Jun. 23 — Rotary Club, Community Center, 7:15 a.m. Sat., Jun. 25 — Rise Up and Walk for Hunger Relief, starts 9 a.m. from Bob Dunning Bridge. FMI: 647-4459. Sat., Jun. 25 — LRHS lacrosse/track teams 5th annual mattress sale, 10 a.m. - 4 p.m., Stevens Brook Elem. School. Event link: textLAKERS to 536-8445. Sat., Jun. 25 — “Pouring of the First Pots” bagpipe celebration, 11 a.m., Clipper Merchant Tea House, 32 Main St. FMI: 803-8111. Sat., Jun. 25 — Eric Carle’s Birthday Party, 12:30 p.m., library. Sat., Jun. 25 — Botanical Illustration with artist Lynn Driscoll, noon to 4 p.m., LEA office, 230 Main St. Register: Tue., Jun. 28 — St. Joseph Food Pantry, 11 a.m. Tue., Jun. 28 — Pajama Storytime, 6 p.m., library. Tue., Jun. 28 — Author Event: Paul Doiron discusses Widowmaker, 6:30 to 8 p.m., library. Wed., Jun. 29 — Free Community Supper, St. Peter’s Church, 5:30 p.m., 42 Sweden Road. All are welcome for a meal of cool summer favorites. Thur., Jun. 30 — Rotary Club, Community Center, 7:15 a.m. Sat., Jul. 2 — 1st Annual Craft Fair, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Bridgton Library Courtyard. Sun ., Jul. 3 — Kids Fun Run/Walk, ages 8 and under, 5 p.m., starts at library. Sun., Jul. 3 — Spaghetti Dinner, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Masonic Lodge, Rte. 117, by library and Daughters of the Nile. Mon., Jul. 4 — 4 on the Fourth, parade to follow, downtown. Tue., Jul. 5 — Family Yoga, ages 5 and up, 2:30 p.m., library. Tue., Jul. 5 — Author Ron Chase, The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery, 6 p.m., library.   BROWNFIELD Fri., Jun. 24 — Brownfield Old Home Days planning meeting, 6 p.m., Community Center. DENMARK Fri., Jun. 24 — Easy hike to Greeley Ponds. Meet at the Denmark Congregational Church at 8 a.m. FMI: 7562247. Sat., Jun. 25 — Activist/ healer Taja Lindley, performance/conversation, 7:30 p.m., Denmark Arts Center. Tue., Jun. 28 — Songwriters Circle, 7:30 p.m., Denmark Arts Center. Fri., Jul. 1 — Easy hike to Devils Den. Meet at the Denmark Congregational Church at 8 a.m. FMI: 7562247. Fri., Jul. 1 — Contra Dance, 7:30 p.m., Denmark Arts Center. Sat., Jul. 2 — Experimental Short Films by Walter Ungerer, 7:30 p.m., Denmark Arts Center. FRYEBURG Fri., Jun. 24 — Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts

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to 1:30 p.m., Cancer Resource Center of Western Maine, 199 Main St., Norway. ONGOING WEEKLY DAILY Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., Clyde Bailey Center, 1311 Roosevelt Trl., Raymond. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Sweden Rd., Bridgton. O/D MONDAYS Jumpin’ Janes Senior Fitness, 9-10 a.m. Mon., Wed., Fri., Bridgton Town Hall, No. High St. FMI: 647-2402. Taoist Tai Chi, 9 a.m., Bridgton Community Center. Walking Warriors, 7 a.m. Mon., Wed., Fri., meet at church across from Crystal Lake Park, Rte. 117, Harrison. Tai Chi in the Park, for beginners, free, 9 a.m., Denmark Bicentennial Park, thru Aug. 22. If rain, use Municipal Bldg. Sebago Food Pantry, 9-10:30 a.m. (3:30-5:30 p.m. 2nd Mon.) Nazarene Church, Rte. 114. FMI: 274-1569. Casco/Naples Senior Meal Site, noon, Casco Fire Station. Card games before, bingo after. FMI: 627-4044. Bridge, 1 p.m., Bradley St., Fryeburg. Runs year-round. Cribbage, 2 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Celebrate Recovery, Christ-based 12-step recovery program, 6-8 p.m., Lake Region Vineyard Church, 402 Main St., Bridgton. FMI: 6475439. Coed Adult Basketball, 6 to 7:45 p.m., Harrison Elementary School. FMI: 5832241. Bridgton Community Band, 7 p.m., Stevens Brook Elem. School. FMI: info@ Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot St. ODLH Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Clyde Bailey Center, 1311 Roosevelt Trl., Raymond. TUESDAYS Jeanette’s Free Clothing Closet, 9 to 11:30 a.m., First Congregational Church, Bridgton.

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Chickadee Quilters, 9:30 a.m., Bridgton Community Center. Tai Chi Maine, Set Practice, 10 a.m., Bridgton Town Hall, No. High St. The Academy Collects, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Pace Galleries of Art, Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center, Fryeburg Academy. Naples Food Pantry, 10 to 11:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, Village Green. FMI: 595-2754. Bridgton Food Pantry, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Methodist Church, 98 Main St., Bridgton. FMI: 647-4476. Bridge, 12:15 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Cards/Board games, noon to 2:30 p.m., Harrison Fire Station Community Room. Pokemon Club, 3 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Taoist Tai Chi, 6:30 p.m.., Bridgton Community Center. Harrison Food Pantry, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Adventist Church, 2 Naples Rd. FMI: 583-6178. Adult Volleyball, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Brownfield Community Center. Al-Anon Bridgton, 7 p.m. Newcomers Meeting, 7:30 to 8:30 p.m. Open Meeting, St. Joseph Catholic Church. AA Step Mtgs., 7 p.m., Clyde Bailey Center, 1311 Roosevelt Trl., Raymond. WEDNESDAYS Jumpin’ Janes Senior Fitness, 9-10 a.m. Mon., Wed., Fri., Bridgton Town Hall, No. High St. FMI: 647-2402. Crafty Critters, 9 a.m. to noon, Harrison Fire Station Community Room. FMI: 5832241. Gathering Place Support Group, noon, Bridgton Community Center. Senior Lunch, noon, Bridgton Community Center. Ping Pong, 1-3 p.m., Harrison Fire Station Commnity Room, Harrison. Over 40 Pickleball, 5:30 to 7 p.m., Harrison Elementary School. FMI: 583-2241. Bible Study, 6 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Pickleball, 7 p.m., Casco Community Center Gym. FMI:

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OFFICERS SWORN IN — At the June 13 Bridgton Lions Club meeting, the club’s 2016–2017 officers were sworn in by the Lions District 41 (Maine) Governor Cliff Roderick. The officers are looking forward to a productive year ahead starting with the annual Fourth of July Parade. Pictured are: (standing, left to right) John Schuettinger, director; George Lariviere, Membership chairman; Bruce Jones, treasurer; Ernie Field, third vice president and Tail Twister; Brian Thomas, director; (seated) Elaine Rioux, second vice president; Cliff Tuchon, first vice president; Al Glover, president; and Eric Nelson, secretary. Missing from the photo were Kent Shalline, Lion Tamer; Bob Murphy and Ruth Shalline, directors.




Center, 2nd Encounters in Sound concert, 7:30 p.m., featuring pianist Jed Wilson and harpist Danielle Paus. Tickets online at or 935-9232. 18 Bradley St. HARRISON Fri., Jun. 24 — Informal reading by Deertrees New Repertory Co. of 84 Charing Cross Road by Helene Hanff, 7 p.m., Deertrees Theatre. Sat., Jun. 25 — VFW Pie Sale, 8:30 a.m. until sold out, VFW Hall. Sun., Jun. 26 — Car Show by Harrison Lions Club, 8 a.m. to 2 p.m., Crystal Lake Park.   Sun., Jun. 26 — Deertrees Theatre Open House with concert by The Island Beats Steel Band, 7 p.m. Thur., Jun. 30 — Jane & The Dragon by Junior Theatre Workshop, 4 p.m., Deertrees Theatre. Fri.-Sat., Jul. 1-2 — Around the World in 80 Days, 7:30 p.m., Deertrees Theatre. Also July 7. Sat., Jul. 2 — Woodworkers Demonstrations, 1 to 4 p.m., Scribner’s Mill, 244 Scribner’s Mill Rd. FMI: 583-6455.   Tue., Jul. 5 — Film, The Maine Frontier, 7:30 p.m., Deertrees Theatre. Wed., Jul. 6 — Park and Rec Annual 5K Run by the Lake, 7 p.m., Route 117 into Harrison Village. LOVELL Thur., Jun. 30 — The Liars’ Club and Friends adult storytelling performance, Brick Church for the Performing Arts, 7:30 p.m. FMI: 925-1500 or NAPLES Sun., Jun. 26 — Summer Concert Series, Village Green, 6-7 p.m. (inside Methodist Church, if rain). Jose Duddy, Oldies but Goodies. Mon.-Fri., Jun. 27-Jul. 1 — Naples Young Authors Camp, 1:30 p.m., library. Wed., Jun. 29 — “Animal Fitness: On Your Mark, Get Set, Read” by Chewonki Foundation, 7 p.m., library. Sun., Jul. 3 — Summer Concert Series, Village Green, 6-7 p.m. (inside Methodist Church, if rain). Tux Burke. RAYMOND Thur., Jun. 23 — Raymond Food Pantry, Lake Region Baptist Church, 1273 Main St., 4 - 6 p.m. FMI: 232-5830. Sat., Jun. 25 — Strawberry Festival, 6:30 p.m., Nathaniel Hawthorne House, 40 Cape Rd., Donation $10. per adult or $5 per child (8 and under). Sun., Jun. 26 — First Summer Book Sale, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., library. Sun., Jun. 26 — Summer Reading Program Kickoff, 1-2 p.m., Raymond Public Safety Bldg. Thur., Jun. 30 — The Art of Math, 10:30 a.m., library. Thur., Jun. 30 — Book Group, 7 p.m., library. SEBAGO Sat., Jun. 25 — Wildflower expert Dianne Sinclair, 7 p.m., Spaulding Library. Rte. 114. FMI: 787-2321. SWEDEN Sun., Jul. 3 — Open House, Sweden Fire Department, 9 a.m.-noon. WATERFORD Sat., Jun. 25 — Waterford Worlds Fair dance w/Country Ridge Riders, 8 p.m. to midnight, 21+ event, $10 person, at the fairgrounds. FMI: Lisa Scribner, 890-7669. Wed., Jun. 29 — Adult Coloring, 7 p.m., library. Thur., Jun. 30 — Summer Reading Program, free to all children, 11 a.m. Monday, Jul. 4 — Socrates

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Summertime happenings at Bridgton Library

VOLUNTEER WORK — Each year, the Maine Environmental Science Academy (MESA) in Fryeburg joins with a community partner to complete a volunteer project. This year MESA joined not just one, but three — Bryant Pond 4-H Extension Camp, Tin Mountain Conservation Center (TMCC), and Eastside Bike Guides (EBG). The focus this year was an engineering task: plan, design, and construct a series of bridges for a new trail on Tin Mountain’s East Bear Paw Trail Network located near the State Line Store in Conway, N.H. Over the course of a few months, students studied not only bridge construction, but with the help from Chris Krug, a master trail builder with EBG, the students made numerous site visits to ensure the bridge would be placed in sound and sustainable locations. Supplies were donated from TMCC and the Barry family of Fryeburg. With the assistance of Bryant Pond 4-H and EBG, construction of five bridges was recently completed and the trail is set to be opened this weekend. The main purpose of the trail is to provide another outdoor classroom experience for students and adults alike. The trail will offer also offer recreational use by trail runners, walkers, and mountain bikers.

Harrison Recreation notes

HARRISON — News and notes from Rec Director Paula Holt: • Be aware: Summer Rec Day Camp opens next Monday at Crystal Lake Park and Beach. Please keep that in mind as you are driving by the park or pulling into the parking lot, the Rec Department has close to 100 children who will be busy running, jumping, spinning, bending, throwing, catching, swimming, chatting with friends, enjoying lunch and simply having fun. Also, a reminder that the park is a smoke free/tobacco free area so please no smoking in the park where healthy activities are taking place. • Summer staff: Speaking of the summer programs,

Items sought WATERFORD — Back by popular demand, the Waterford Library is hosting a Silent Auction on Saturday, Aug. 13. The Gala, which met with great success four years ago, will be under the stars behind the library. The Trustees are heavy into the planning of the optionalblack tie event, lining up food, drink and items to auction off. Anyone who has an item they feel would spark interest in an eclectic audience should drop it off at the library by July 4. The proceeds of the auction will go toward matching grant money for improvements to the apartment and produce preservation from the Community Garden. The Trustees are very excited about this “happening.” There was wonderful support from the town and surrounding area for the last event, and Trustees hope to repeat the financial success again this summer. Tickets for the event can be purchased at the library, and are $3 for a single ticket and $5 for two.

here’s a list of the land and swim program staff members: Land Staff: Jessica DiBiase, Assistant; Bethany Shaw, Arts & Crafts instructor; Abby Lucy, counselor grades 1 and 2; Spencer Hurd, counselor 3 and 4; Michelle Basselet, counselor 5, 6, 7; Tyler Edwards, counselor 5, 6, 7; Jesse Leonard, junior counselor 3 and 4; Mike DiBiase, Recreation technician; Mollie Wilcox, counselor 1 and 2; Nicole Fox, counselor 3 and 4; Derrek Schrader, counselor 3 and 4; Dimitri DiBiase, counselor 5, 6, 7; Madison Pickering, junior counselor 1 and 2; George Menezes, junior counselor 5, 6, 7. Swim program: Hadley Hurd, WSI teacher; Angel Paglierani, WSI teacher; Hannah Murrin, Swim aid; Mae Milo, Swim Aid. • Pickleball Over “40” will be held on Wednesdays 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the Harrison Elementary School gym. Stop in for some great

fun! To find other locations for indoor and outdoor courts and times go to: • The Walking Warriors group (50 and over) meet at the Congregational Church across from Crystal Lake Park every Monday, Wednesday and Friday morning at 7 a.m. If you are looking for a great way to start your day and enjoy endless energy, then please join. It’s free and it’s fun! • Brits are returning. Registration is now open for the British Challenger Soccer Camp set for Aug. 1-5 at the RADR Recreation Complex. You can now choose from four different type camps: First Kicks ages 3-5; Half Day ages 6-8; Advanced Half Day ages 9-14; and the new Full Day Camp. Go to and click on British Soccer Camp and read more about it or just click on “register here” and it will take you directly to

the registration form or go to www.challengersports. com and find the camp in Harrison. Questions about any of the above programs/events please contact Rec Director Paula Holt at 583-2241 or e-mail her at • A big shout out to Al Lisowski and Rich Jennings for prepping and lining the baseball and softball fields for games and playoffs. Still lots of action going on at RADR and a busy July with tournaments.  Also, the Oxford Hills Booster Lacrosse program will be conducting lacrosse clinics for local youth the week of July 18-21 and Aug. 15-18. • Thanks: Summer staff and Rec Director Paula Holt were aboard two pontoon boats for some team building activities on Long Lake. Thank you to Jerry Knapp of Gateway Marina for providing these boats for the Rec crew!

Check with the children’s department for start time. • Friday, July 15 — Bike safety for kids: The Bicycle Coalition of Maine will teach kids about bike safety. Kids who bring their bikes to the program can have them inspected on the spot. Check with the children’s department for start time. • Friday, July 22 — Karate games for kids: Sensei Lisa Magiera from Bushido Karate Dojo and Fitness Center in Casco will teach kids karate through fun games. This activity begins at 11 a.m., and is designed for kids ages four and up. • Tuesday, July 26 — Pajama Storytime: Kids, put on your pajamas and head to the library for a storytime before bedtime! Begins at 6 p.m. • Wednesday, July 27 — Bookies Book Group: The Bridgton Bookies meet on the fourth Wednesday of each month at 3 p.m. On July 27, they will discuss Garlic and Sapphires by Ruth Reichl. Kids Ongoing Programs • Mother Goose Storytime: Come to the Children’s Room every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. for this lap-sit style program with songs, finger play and movement games for children ages 0-24 months. Story time is followed by play with blocks, puzzles and friends. • Family Craft Time: Every Wednesday at 3:30 p.m., the library hosts an hour of fun and crafts. • Lego Club: Every Friday from 3:30-4:30 p.m., the Children’s Room makes room for a Lego Club. Use your imagination and come up with your own ideas, or look through some of the library’s Lego books for inspiration. This group is geared to kids ages 5-13. • Maker Space: Check out the library’s space for creating! They have ongoing STEM-oriented activities. Adult Ongoing Programs • Technology Support Group: Staff members will be available every Tuesday from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m. for computer and technology help. • Needlecraft Club: Every Wednesday from 2 to 4 p.m., this club meets to work on knitting and needlecraft projects while enjoying friendly support and conversation. Beginners are welcome. • Coloring Club: Join this club for an afternoon of coloring for grown ups! Coloring has become popular all over again, and coloring books have become more elaborate and sophisticated, but it’s still a fun and relaxing activity. Bring your own supplies or use those provided. The club meets every Tuesday at 3 p.m. • Spanish Class: Interested in speaking Spanish? Come every Friday from 3 to 4 p.m., when Judith Randall will host a beginner’s conversational Spanish class.

BHS class of 1950 reunion

The 1950 graduating class of Bridgton High School recently celebrated their 66th reunion at Tom’s Homestead in Bridgton. Those attending were Gerry and Elaine Smith and Beverly Martin of Harrison; Richard McDaniels, Barbara Martin, Deborah Woodbury, Charlotte Wentworth, Walter McKeen, Virginia Hatch and Betty Cross of Bridgton; Lewis Delano of East Hartford, Conn. with daughters, Elaine and Judy; and a note was shared from Mrs. Charles Hazelton of Naples. Many stories and memories were shared, remembering those deceased class members and those not able to attend because of health or distance. Wonderful meals and service topped off the event. A good time was had by all, and the class members were very thankful for having the time together.


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author of The Great Mars Hill Bank Robbery will read from his exciting, true crime story about the life of a Vietnam War hero turned bank robber. Books will be available for purchase and signing. This event begins at 6 p.m. • Saturday, July 9 — Friends Book Sale: The annual Friends of the Bridgton Public Library book sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. All proceeds benefit the library. • Tuesday, July 12 — Kids author event, Mary Atkinson: The author of Owl Girl will read and sign copies of her book. A writing activity will follow. This program begins at 11 a.m. and is geared toward school-aged children. • Tuesday, July 12 — Author event, Susan Poulin: The author of The Sweet Life: Ida LeClair’s Guide to Love & Marriage will share tales from her hilarious new book. Copies will be available for purchase and signing. Please call the library for start time. • Wednesday, July 13 — Movie Matinee for Grownups: The library will show a popular movie on the second Wednesday of each month at 1 p.m. • Wednesday, July 13 — Pondicherry Poetry Club: This poetry workshop meets on the second Wednesday of each month. The workshop begins at 4:30 p.m., and will include reading and writing poems in a relaxed atmosphere. • Friday, July 15 — Families Hike!: The Lakes Environmental Association will conduct a presentation about hiking around Maine for families. Learn where to hike, how to stay safe, and what to look for. This program is for all ages.


• Saturday, July 2 — Craft Fair in the Courtyard: The library will host its 1st Annual Craft Fair in the Courtyard from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Craftspeople from all over Maine will be selling their goods at this library fundraiser. Baked goods will also be for sale. In case of rain, the fair will take place during the same hours on Sunday, July 3. • Sunday, July 3 — Kids Fun Run/Walk: A race just for kids (ages 8 and under) the night before the 4 on the Fourth. This event begins at 5 p.m. There is a $4 registration fee. Check the library website, for race registration information. • Sunday, July 3 — Spaghetti Dinner: The library is excited to partner with Daughters of the Nile for this year’s spaghetti dinner, which will be held on Sunday, July 3, from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at the Masonic Lodge on Route 117 (166 Harrison Road). Proceeds will benefit the library and Shriners Hospital for Children, Boston Burn Treatment. • Monday, July 4 — 4 on the Fourth: The 40th running of the 4 on the Fourth will take place this year! Runners from all over will come to Bridgton to participate in this four-mile race. Last year $29,000 was raised for the library. There is a registration fee. Check the library website: for race registration information. • Tuesday, July 5 — Family Yoga: Spiral Tree Yoga of Portland will lead a child-friendly (ages five and up) yoga class, beginning at 2:30 p.m. in the Children’s Room. • Tuesday, July 5 — Author event, Ron Chase: The

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All new 2016 members and all others interested in joining BHCC are invited for an afternoon 9-hole scramble starting at 2:30 p.m. This event is to welcome new members and provide information to individuals, couples and families who may be interested in membership at BHCC.

• New 2016 members play for free, including a cart, and are welcome to bring one or two guests who can play in the scramble for the price of a cart. • Other members of BHCC may also bring prospective members as guests.

• Anyone who joins BHCC prior to the scramble plays the scramble for free, including cart.

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Following the nine-hole scramble music will be provided by the “Holden Cousins.” Everyone is welcome.

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Awards and transitions at New Suncook

Goodbye to New Suncook Congratulations to the following elementary school students who received awards at the New Suncook Awards Day: Citizenship — Jillian Drew, Astrid Eklund, Haden Fox, Jacob Indeck, Olivia Labonte, Maya Mahan, Rylee McCabe, Natalie Merriam, Hannah Nguyen, Noah O’Connell, Kaitlyn Sakash and Jordan Smith. Physical Education — Austin Dorner, Maya Mahan, Rylee McCabe, Hannah Nguyen and Olivia Labonte. Music — Corbin Blake, Astrid Eklund, Haden Fox, Ava Kiesman, Olivia Labonte, Rylee MCabe, Greta Neddenriep, Noah O’Connell, Seth Riddensdale and Alicia Ridlon. Art — Astrid Eklund, Haden Fox, Ava Kiesman, Olivia Labonte, Caleb Micklon, Noah O’Connell and Kaylee Snyder. Library — Hunter Chaplin. Volunteer Recognition — Karen Bemis, Taryn O’Connell and Stacy Snyder.

Good luck to the fifth grade students moving on to Molly Ockett Middle School: Jacob Adams, Hogan Bemis, Corbin Blake, Ian Brain, Hunter Chaplin, Zachary Eastman, Astrid Eklund, Trysten Fisher, Haden Fox, Owen Galligan, Alanna Hamilton, Baylee Hutter, Jacob Indeck, Nichloas Kelley, Ava Kiesman, Olivia Labonte, Gabriel Lounsbury, Connor Marceau, Rylee McCabe, Colton McCarthy, Rocco Mezzanotte, Caleb Micklon, Mason Morrill, Greta Neddenriep, Hannah Nguyen, Noah O’Connell, Seth Riddensdale, Alicia Ridlon, Jonathan Slattery, Stacy Thunderhorse, Kylee Snyder, Nella Warren and Shirkeyshaw Winters. Start of Summer Celebration Yes, school is over, so the fun starts at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library on Saturday, June 25, with the Mad Science Show at 10 a.m. Kids, this is the chance


by Ethel Gilmore-Hurst Lovell Correspondent 925-3226 to sign up for the 2016 Summer Reading Club, “On Your Mark, Get Set, Read.” What better than to get free Portland Pirates tickets when signing up? You get three in one reading, Lovell Rec and, guess what, Olympic Madness. Starting at 10 a.m., the Mad Science Physics Olympics 2016 will explore the fun of sports. There’ll be lots to do, like a tug of war challenge. Learn about the ins and outs of tennis or soccer. Of course, what fun would it be without the wonderful goodies provided by Georgette Hardman. What a fun day.

Children’s Sumner Programming The library’s summer programs for children start on Friday, July 1. Leading the kids will be Deanna Wilson in Storytime programs for both preschool and elementary children. For more information, check out the library’s July newsletter. Solar saves $ for library In an earlier column I wrote how the library has become an example of looking to the future by installing solar panels. On Wednesday, June 29, at 7 p.m., the library will present a program explaining how they work and how it helps the

library. Should be fascinating. Liar’s Club at Brick Church The Brick Church for the Performing Arts will present the Liar’s Club on Thursday, June 30, at 7:30 p.m. The public is invited to hear some tales by three storytellers, Jo Radner, Michael Parent and Meg Gilman. This should bring a smile to your face or a giggle or two. Join these entertaining folks for an evening of fun. Congratulations Class of 2016 I didn’t realize until some of the names of the 2016 graduates sounded familiar that this was the class of New Suncook

students that I went to Plimoth Plantation with. Having lived within 40 miles of Plymouth, Mass., you would think I’d have been there before. As a lover of history, I really enjoyed going with the students while they were being educated about our past history. I hope they remember that time in their then young life, so they can pass it along to their own children. I enjoyed interviewing them after the trip so I could include their thoughts in my column. So thanks, New Suncook graduates, for the memory and I wish you luck in the future.

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Liars’ Club at Brick Church LOVELL — Never mind the Moth or StoryCorps. Stories just as fine and fascinating come from The Liars’ Club, Western Maine’s own group of vivid storytellers, who will be performing some of their tales at Lovell’s Brick Church for the Performing Arts on Thursday, June 30. Since January, the “Liars” (who do tell the truth, but enjoy the playful name) have

met on the third Friday of each month at the Charlotte Hobbs Library in Lovell to exchange well-crafted stories from their lives and their interests. The group — which is always open to new members, listeners as well as tellers — is part of a nationwide movement that is reviving adult storytelling. On June 30, the program

will include a variety of moving, hilarious, and intriguing stories. The audience will hear tales about a close encounter on the Appalachian Trail; a timely and astonishing yard sale discovery; a father whose care for others formed a powerful legacy for his daughter; a national catastrophe that became very personal; a doctor who killed a president; and

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Gallery 302 welcomes guest artist Linda Gray Gallery 302 in Bridgton Linda has made a career ating from Plymouth State For a decade after college, is pleased to welcome Linda in New Hampshire’s arts and College in 1978 with a bache- Linda was a freelance fiber Gray as its latest guest artist. nonprofit fields since gradu- lor’s degree in Art Education. artist, whose large applique wall hangings sold in galleries and juried shows and were commissioned by collectors throughout New England. For the past 28 years, Linda has worked professionally in three North Country nonprofit organizations while creating art in her free time. In 2006, Linda began a new chapter in her creative life when she started painting in oils, inspired by the landscapes she loves. Largely self-taught, she paints in locations off the coast of Maine and in New Hampshire’s White Mountains. Her work evokes a sense of peace and a love of place, a feeling of being alive in the elements — be it coastal fog, windswept hills or the stillness of a mountain pond. The exhibit may be viewed at 112 Main Street from now through July 14. Gallery hours in June are weekdays from 12 to 5 p.m. and weekends from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. In July, hours will change to Monday through Saturday OUT IN THE FIELD, artist Linda Gray, whose work is being shown at Gallery 302 in from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sunday from 10 a.m. to 5 Bridgton.

Raymond library

Monday, July 25, at the Public Safety Building at 10:30 a.m., there’ll be a Firefighter’s Obstacle Course. Wear comfy “hopping, skipping, crawling clothes.” Wednesday, July 27, at 10:30 a.m., it’s Sports and Activities. After a story, join others outside for bubbles! Finally, on Monday, Aug. 1, at 10:30 a.m. at the Public Safety Building, there’ll be a closing program, with a reading of Night Time Ninja by Barbara DaCosta, followed by a grand prize raffle and ice cream to celebrate. Summer Book Sale On Sunday, June 26, the lawns of the Raymond Library will be covered with tables full of books for sale. There will be great deals with an amazing variety of fiction, nonfiction, cookbooks, craft and sports books, as well as audiobooks and videos. The Art of Math The Art of Math is a summer 4-H program at the library sponsored by the University of Maine Cooperative Extension. This is a free six-week program on Thursdays from 10:30 a.m. to noon, running June 30 through Aug. 4. This program is for students ages 9-13 or those in grades 4-7. Participants will learn about patterns and the Fibonacci Sequence, symmetry, shapes, and tessellations, areas, perimeter, volume, and the strength of shapes through art. There are just six places left, so call the library at 655-4283 soon to register. Book Group The reading group on Thursday, July 28, the Book Group will meet to discuss The Little Paris Bookshop by Nina George. This best-selling novel is about Monsieur Perdu, who prescribes novels for the hardships of life. The book is meant for anyone who believes in the power of stories to shape people’s lives. Call the library at 655-4283 for time and place. New Library Hours The Raymond Village Library has new hours as follows: Sundays from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., Mondays from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., Wednesdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Thursdays from 2 to 6 p.m.

At a Glance Sunday, June 26 — Summer Reading Program Kickoff, Public Safety Building, 1 p.m. Sunday, June 26 — First Summer Book Sale, 10 a.m. Thursday, June 30 — The Art of Math, 10:30 a.m. Thursday, July 28 — Book Group Sunday, Aug. 7 — Last Summer Book Sale Summer Reading Program Public libraries all over the country, including Raymond’s, are preparing to open their doors wide to children of all ages to the summer reading program. A library science study at Dominican University shows that children who have participated in public library summer reading programs returned to school ready to learn, improved their reading achievement and skills, their enjoyment of reading and motivation to read. At the Raymond Village Library the “Ready, Get Set… READ!” summer reading program begins Sunday, June 26, at 1 p.m. Greg and his wonder dog Axel will demonstrate magic comedy and Axel’s funny hi-jinx will keep everyone laughing and learning. This program is sponsored by Engineered Construction Services. All children are invited to come and enjoy the fun. The summer reading program will continue on Monday and Wednesday, June 27 and 29, at 10:30 a.m., with Magic and Dogs and Sports, a short story, and learning magic tricks. On Wednesday, July 6 at 10:30 a.m., the theme is gardening, with a walk through the garden after the story. Monday, July 11 is Movie Time, when children and their parents will meet at Smitty’s in Windham at 11:30 a.m. to watch Nemo. On Wednesday, July 13 at 10:30 a.m., the theme is nutrition. After reading Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar, children will attempt to feed one! Yoga with Miss Debbie and Paige will lead the program on Monday and Wednesday, July 18 and 20, at 10:30 a.m. RIVER STREET (Route 113) FRYEBURG at the Public Safety Building; STRAWBERRIES & BISCUITS bring a yoga mat or towel. On

SUMMER SKY, one of Linda Gray’s works. by the artist will be given an p.m. The public is invited to hour prior to the reception. Located on Main Street meet the artist at a wine and cheese reception to be held in Bridgton, Gallery 302 is on Friday, July 1 from 5 to a multi-media artist coopera7 p.m. A demonstration of tive with over 40 exhibiting painting style and techniques artists.

Waterford Library community garden

WATERFORD — The Waterford Library’s foray into Community Gardening did spectacularly well last year, harvesting 278 pounds of produce from the two beds behind the library, and even more when the squash mounds are included. The Sweden Food Pantry, where the free veggies were distributed, said that the produce went as fast as it came in. People really appreciate fresh vegetables. With that in mind, Geraldine O’Donnell, President of the Library Trustees, pursued the idea of assembling garden kits to go. The Maine Community Foundation agreed with this idea, and funded the project with nearly $2,000. The grant paid for the actual wooden kits, which were purchased from Red Mill Lumber in Casco. Bags of organic soil to fill the forms were also provided through the grant. Veggies and herb plants were donated by Jane Trail, Kimball’s Greenhouse and from Geraldine’s own garden. Dan Drew, a local contractor Jane Traill, Bob Spencer and Gerry delivered the kits to those folks picked in a drawing. The drawing was necessary because there was such a huge response to the offering of the garden kits. The idea of growing your own food has great appeal to folks in the Waterford community, and extends the whole “One library doing many things.” The Library Trustees are working hard to build this community effort idea. The garden behind the Waterford Library is going great guns again this year. There is a critical need for volunteers to help care for the garden. If you are interested, please call the library at 583-2050, or come to the library and sign up to help.



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Top 10% — They strived for excellence They were the Tops of their Class academically. Members of the Top 10% of the Lake Region High School Class of 2016 included (the list is alphabetical, not based on actual class standing): Lily Charpentier Town: Naples Parents: Andrea Dacko and Paul Charpentier School organizations/ activities: Band, Chorus, Drama Club, National Honor Society, Tennis Team Honors: Class of 2016 Salutatorian; Class of 2016 Lily Charpentier Awards of Excellence in Spanish, English, Physics, Science, Math, and Art; Western Maine Conference Citizenship Award; High Honors

; Show Choir and Drama Awards; Dr. Charles J. McDonald Memorial Scholarship, Songo Locks School Scholarship Next stop: To attend the University of Maine to major in Biochemistry. Katherine Clavette Town: Naples Parents: David and Kelly Clavette School organizations/activities: Interact Club Honors: Peter Christensen Scholarship Next stop: To attend Stonehill College and major in Accounting or Mathematics. Grace Farrington Town: Sebago Parents: Susan and Lawrence Farrington School organizations/activities: Varsity lacrosse Honors: Dr. John Bischoffberger Scholarship, Sebago Elementary School Scholarship, Sebago Volunteer Association Scholarship Next stop: To attend the University of New England. Zachary Gray Town: Bridgton Parents: Jody and Daniel Gray School organizations/activities: Band, chorus, musicals, skiing, equitation, equine showmanship Honors: Lions’ Student of the Month (December), Excellence in Jazz Choir, Excellence in Spanish 5, Jazz Band and Show Choir Awards Next stop: To attend the University of Southern Maine. Laura Hunt Town: Naples Parents: Douglas N. Hunt and Linda G. Hunt School organizations/activities: Reading, writing, skiing, and singing Honors: Lions’ Club Student of the Month (October), Jeff Flanigan Memorial Scholarship, Shawnee Peak Scholarship Next stop: To attend Central Maine Community College. Jackson Lesure Town: Bridgton Parents: Marybeth and Whit Lesure School organizations/activities: Varsity basketball, Varsity Club and National Honor Society (treasurer) Honors: Lions’ Club Student of the Month (June) Next stop: To attend Bridgton Academy. Daniel Neault Town: Naples Parents: Anne Neault and the late Robert Neault School organizations/activities: National Honor Society, Football, Ska Band, Drama Program, Band, Chorus, Class President Honors: Lions’ Student of the Month (January), Excellence in Instrumental Music, Golden Globe Award in Social Studies, Excellent Participation in Drama, Math Team Award, Jazz Band Award, Show Choir Award, Drama Award Next stop: To volunteer in Guatemala. Keyana Prescott Town: Casco Parents: Pamela Babbitt and Jason Prescott School organizations/activities: Varsity soccer, basketball, softball, indoor and outdoor track & field, Varsity Club, Math Team, Interact Club, Student Council, National Honor Society (president), Class secretary Honors: High honors, valedictorian, Lions’ Student of the Month (April), Maine Principals’ Association Award, Math Team Award, Betty & Sumner O. Hancock Scholarship Fund/Lois Varney Award, Hazel F. Cook National Honor

Katherine Clavette

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Society Scholarship, Mitchell Institute Senator George Mitchell Scholarship, Theodore E. Nutting Scholarship Next stop: To attend St. Joseph’s College in Standish to major in Nursing. Nicholas Scarlett Town: Bridgton Parent: Mary Macdonald School organizations/activities: Golf, cross country, indoor track, outdoor track, National Honor Society (Sgt. At Arms), Varsity Club, Student Council, Public Relations Officer. 
 Honors: Rotary Good Citizen (June), Math Team Award, Western Maine Conference Citizenship Award, Honors Essayist, John T. Gyger Memorial Scholarship, Carl & Esther Kilborn Scholarship, Thomas Willins Scholarship, George M. Oberg Memorial Scholarship, Kendal C. & Anna Ham Charitable Foundation Scholarship Next stop: To attend Emory University. Matthew Stenger Town: Sebago Parents: Tom and Jayne Stenger School organizations/activities: Student Council, National Honor Society, soccer, indoor track, baseball, Math Team Honors: Lions’ Student of the Month (November), Math Team Award, Sebago Elementary School Scholarship, Sebago Lions Club Scholarship, Sebago Volunteer Association Scholarship, Alfred N. Frazier American Legion and Auxiliary of Naples, Casco & Raymond Scholarship, Reny Charitable Foundation Scholarship, Theodore E. Nutting Scholarship Next stop: To attend the University of Maine.

Devynn Turner Town: Casco Parents: Angelique Breton and Jeff Jones School organizations/activities: Teens Without Borders, varsity soccer, coaching soccer, volunteering Honors: Lions’ Student of the Month (May), Betty & Sumner O. Hancock Scholarship, Dr. Kathleen Beecher Scholarship, Evora Jordan Positive Action Committee Scholarship, Hancock Lumber Scholarship, Lake Region Teachers’ Association Scholarship, Songo Locks School Scholarship Next stop: To attend Thomas College. Nicholas Wandishin Town: Casco Parents: Betsy Mayo and Edward Wandishin School organizations/activities: Varsity baseball, football, basketball, National Honor Society Honors: All-Conference Academic, Betty & Sumner O. Hancock Scholarship Next stop: To attend Champlain College as a Management and Innovation major. Samantha Young Town: Naples Parents: Meg Yeaton and Scott Young, Hazel F. Cook National Honor Society Scholarship School organizations/activities: Soccer, National Honor Society, Yearbook, Teens Without Borders, Math Team, Student Council Honors: Bridgton Hospital Guild Scholarship, Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region Academic Scholarship Next stop: Enrolled in six-year accelerated physician’s assistant program at Massachusetts College of Pharmacy & Health Sciences.

Keeping Adam in their thoughts By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer When popular teacher Adam Perron was killed in a traffic accident, students needed an outlet to work through their grief. They wanted to do something special, something lasting. Ideas included a memorial garden, a walkway and composting. They ultimately thought a memorial bench placed in front of Lake Region Middle School was a good way to honor their teacher. As students and teacher Andrea Capano, (who had filled in for Mr. Perron after his untimely death), contemplated the idea, Jeff Lang of Arthur’s Memorial in Center Conway, N.H. unknowingly was on the same page. “Jeff e-mailed me after Adam’s death. He said that both he and his wife, who is a TRIBUTE TO THEIR TEACHER — A granite bench in teacher, were thinking about memory of late Lake Region Middle School science teach- our school and the students er Adam Perron has been placed in front of the school. as we went through the griev-

HE MEANT A LOT TO SO MANY — Adam Perron indeed made the world a better place in many roles, as inscribed on the memorial bench. (Rivet Photos) ing,” LRMS Principal Matt Lokken said. “He wanted to donate the granite bench in Adam’s honor.” As part of the school board process to receive donations in memorials, Capano collected 100 signatures for a petition to the school board

and gathered several letters of support. “The student letters were part of the healing process,” said Lokken, who added that students wished to keep their sentiments private and personal, not for publication. The school board

approved the project under its Dedication of District Buildings/Facilities policy, and just before LRMS went on summer break, students put the finishing touches on plantings near the bench, which is positioned between two trees to the left of the front entrance. Flat stones lead the way from the sidewalk to the bench. Students on Adam’s team came up with the inscription, which reads, “Adam Perron…Environmentalist, Educator, Community Leader, Musician, Friend, Husband, Father…Dedicated to his memory and his legacy… ‘Make the World a Better Place’ — Mr. Perron.” Coming up short: Trying to meet federal school lunch regulations and keeping the food service line in the black remains a major challenge in SAD 61. Finance Coordinator Sherrie Small informed the SAD 61, Page 3C

School news

Page 2C, The Bridgton News, June 23, 2016

Swing into summer

SAD 72 graduates (left to right) Caleb McNerney, Drue Stern and scholarship recipient and honor graduate Dakota Ward.

Your passion is calling

By Madelyn Litz, Adult Education Director Our adult education programming is winding down for the school year, with graduation set for Thursday, June 16 at 6 p.m. at Stevens Brook School. We’ve recently had two ceremonies for students completing both our Fire Fighter training and Certified Nursing Assistant programs. We are very proud of their accomplishments and that these are folks who have received workforce training with Adult Education that meet employment needs in our communities! We are highlighting a new workforce training opportunity this summer for those interested in obtaining their CDL Class B license! Students completing this class will be able to drive a school bus, passenger bus, dump truck, fuel truck, or any vehicle in this weight class. Class begins on July 12 at our Educational Services Building behind the high school. A great opportunity, and only $200 for this valuable training! Other requirements are necessary, so call

our office at 627-4291 or visit our website: for more information. It’s important for all our residents in both communities to know that all of our academic classes, career advising, college transition, and HiSET and diploma programming will be running right through the summer. We’ll continue to use our Bridgton location on Wednesdays at the Town Office, the library in Fryeburg, and at our main center in Casco. Remember, it’s never too late to graduate! Call for more information on all our academic, workforce, and enrichment programs. We’re working on our Fall 2016 catalog now, so if you’re interested in teaching or taking a class, please call us so we can continue to provide programming that meets the needs of our residents.

10 grads complete studies

Students, faculty and family gathered at Stevens Brook School Gymnasium last Thursday, June 16, for the graduation of the students who completed all diploma requirements during the 2015-16 academic year. Ten students of the 16, who met their requirements of the combined Adult Ed. program, stood to receive their diplomas from SAD 61 School Board Chairman Janice Barter and Superintendent of Schools Alan Smith. Four of the students received honor recognition for earning exemplary scores that indicated College and Career Readiness Standards on the HiSET diploma equivalency exams. They wore red cords to signify this achievement. The guest speaker was Nichelle Gardner, a GED graduate of the local adult education program in

SAD 61 Honor graduate Michael Lurvey, Justin Leland and Christopher Mirante 1989. She delivered a poignant message of persistence, and quoted Fabienne Fredrickson: “The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.” She encouraged students to open all the doors and not be afraid to walk through them. Her own persistence is proof of her calling and passion. Gardner is currently a graduate student at the University of Southern Maine studying to

become a licensed professional counselor. Her story was an inspiration to students and the audience. The Maine Adult Education Association awards two $500 scholarships each year. There are 102 adult education programs in Maine, and a local student, Dakota Ward, was selected to receive one of the scholarships from MAEA to attend college. He is enrolled at Central Maine Community College and will attend in the fall of 2016 in the Graphic Communications program.

CNA AWARD CEREMONY — Taking part in the Lake Region Adult Education Fall, 2016 Certified Nursing Assistant Award Ceremony were (left to right) Nicholle Robbins, Amy Montgomery, Meghan Wheeler, Elizabeth Egan, Sarah Shaheen, Tammy Wood and Instructor Julia McCarthy. List of graduates (* indicates honor recognition): *Nicole C. Berube, Charles E. Davis, Tiffany M. Edwards, Amber A. Feyler, Garrett G. Hawkins, Justin D. Leland, *Michael S. Lurvey, M. Caleb McNerney, Christopher R. Mirante, Taylor E. Griffin Polland, Morgan C. Redfield, Danika J. Shackley, *Drue M. Stern, Matthew C. Stevens, *Dakota S. Ward and Angela M. Woods.

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Michelle C. Boucher of Fryeburg was named to the Dean’s List at Colby College in Waterville for her outstanding academic achievement during the spring semester of the 2015-16 year. Michelle is one of 452 Colby students — or 24% of the student body — to qualify for the Dean’s List this semester. Michelle, a member of the Class of 2017, attended Fryeburg Academy and is the daughter of Gerard and Sarah Boucher of Fryeburg. She earned a semester grade point average of 3.75 or higher this spring to be included on the Dean’s List. Natalie Van Baars of Raymond has been named to the University of Hartford (Conn.) Dean’s List for the spring 2016 semester. COLLEGE, Page 3C

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June 23, 2016, The Bridgton News, Page 3C

SAD 61: Some good deeds go noticed

OUTSTANDING OFFICIAL — Sherrie Small, financial coordinator for the Lake Region School District was the 2015-16 recipient of the Dave Holden Award given out by Maine Association of School Business Officials (MeASBO) to an Outstanding School Business Official. This award is given annually to a member who has contributed to the organization and has consistently supported MeASBO and its members. Sherrie has served several years as the organization’s treasurer and financial recordkeeper. Sherrie will receive a $500 scholarship to award to a 2016 high school senior.

(Continued from Page 1C) school board at Monday’s meeting held at Songo Locks School that the district continues to run a deficit. She expects the food service account to be $50 to $60,000 in the red this year alone, citing the cost of products, the price of staffing, and writing off some student accounts. To address the shortfall, Small expects to approach the board in the fall and will request some funding be shifted from other accounts (which is allowable by law) to cover some of the overages. Still 1-2: There was no reshuffling for school board leadership as Janice Barter of Naples received unanimous support to serve as chairman, while Karla SwansonMurphy of Bridgton takes on another year as vice chairman. Named to the Finance Committee were: Phil Shane of Casco, Stan Buchanan of Casco, Karla SwansonMurphy of Bridgton, Karen Elder of Bridgton and Thomas Hancock of Casco.

Back to the Past: When members of the Class of 2016 entered Sebago Elementary and Stevens Brook Elementary dressed in their caps and gowns, their presence left staff with “goosebumps.” Meanwhile, the young students were in “awe” of their visitors, who once occupied their chairs and desks, wandered the same hallways and played on the same swings and outdoor fields. SES Principal Kirsten Goff and SBES Principal Cheryl Turpin praised the graduating seniors for taking time out of their busy schedules to visit the schools and give youngsters something to aspire to.

Unselfish gesture: Each year, Principal Cheryl Turpin gives out an award to recognize a student for noteworthy efforts. This year, the Principal’s Award went to Everett Yannelli. When Everett won a new bicycle from the local Masons, he gave it up. Because he already has a bike, Everett decided to give the new bicycle to a classmate, who doesn’t own one. Never missed a day: As part of their end of the school year recognitions, 20 students at SBES were honored for perfect attendance. They included: William McIntyre, Abigail Nadeau,Tiana Neal, Ella Jones, Jacyen Massey, Jacoby Muise, Jonathan

Serpa, Olivia Horne, Leonard Bouchard, Kaylee Maguire, Mallory Smith, Katerina Cleveland, Jasmin Mei, Emma Nadeau, Che Rich, Tyler Lafontaine, Colin Murphy, Tyler Neal, Ezra Gronlund and Larissa Harmon. Helping out schools: The school board accepted the following donations: • Hannaford Helps School Program donated $1,000 to Stevens Brook Elementary to be used for the Greenhouse Fund. • Sebago Elementary received $24.31 from Target. • Girl Scout Troop #1504 donated a picnic table (a $120 value) to Sebago Elementary. • Songo Locks Garden

Club donated $500 for Grade 4 students at Songo Locks School to go to the Maine State Museum in Augusta. • The Town of Sebago donated a 1990 Ford (aka Engine II) for educational purposes (when it no longer serves a useful purpose to the Fire Training Program, it will be returned to the Town of Sebago). Estimated value $5,000. Personnel moves: Susan Bryant was approved as a special education teacher at Lake Region High School (this is a new budgeted position). There were 13 applicants, five were interviewed. Maria Davis as a speech SAD 61, Page 4C

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FIRE TRAINING PROGRAM — Lake Region Adult Education 2016 Maine Department of Labor Basic Firefighter Course participants included: (front row seated, left to right) instructors and staff, FF Evan Armington, Lovell FD; DC Eric Field, Bridgton FD; Jason Beam; Chief Tommie McKenzie, Lovell FD; and FF Rick Shepard, Casco FireRescue, Program Coordinator; (middle row) students FF Matthew Porter, Stoneham FD; FF Joshua Laird, Harrison FD; FF Matthew Rouille, Harrison FD; FF Brian Brown, Brownfield FD; and Lt. Steven Mauran, Bridgton FD; (back row) students FF Jason Tarr, Baldwin FD; Lt. Gabriel Watson, Fryeburg FD; Lt. Timothy Bright, Bridgton FD; FF John Keresztessy, Harrison FD; FF Jason Dembowski, Lovell FD; and FF Benjamin Bailey, Fryeburg FD.


(Continued from Page 2C) Breanna Wilkinson of Casco, a Management major, has achieved Dean’s High Honors for the spring 2016 semester at Nichols College in Dudley, Mass. The Nichols College Dean’s List recognizes students who have achieved high grades during a single semester. In order to be included in the Dean’s List, a student must maintain a minimum grade point average of 3.2 for at least 12 credit hours and receive no grade below a C+ during the semester. A student who earns a grade point average of 3.6 or higher is awarded Dean’s High Honors. MCHP graduates The Maine College of Health Professions (formerly Central Maine Medical Center College of Nursing and Health Professions) graduated two Nuclear Medicine Technology, 55 Nursing and 20 Radiologic Technology students recently in a ceremony at the Lewiston Middle School. Local graduates included: Jasdeep Sandhu of Brownfield; Amanda Nichols and Brianna Thompson of Naples; Amy Sawyer and Nicole Mathieu of Raymond. The college offers fully-accredited associate degree programs in nuclear medicine technology, nursing, and radiologic technology. Certificate programs are available in computed tomography, Reiki, and nursing assistant. General education courses are offered each semester and are open to the public.

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Bridgton – Long Lake home without the taxes! Year-round 3BR, 2.5BA, granite counters & stainless appliances, garage, 100 ft. shared water frontage and boat slip. $269,000

Waterford – Seller wants offers! You can be the “Monarch of the Mtn.” from this 67-ac. of fields & woodland. Build your own priv. retreat w/magnificent mtn. views & scenic vistas. Good potential for development w/over 2000 ft. of road ftg. on Valley Rd. Owner recently had a new road constructed from Valley Rd. to the top of the property. $194,900 Harrison – Six 1- or 2-ac. affordable lots in small subdivision w/soils test, septic design & power already at the site. Private, wooded, close to shopping, public lake access, skiing, boating & snowmobiling. Some have mtn. views. Prices range from $18,000 to $25,000


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Harrison – 100 ft. of private waterfront on East Side Long Lake! 3BR, 2BA, beautiful sunsets, dock, step-in frontage with sandy bottom, granite countertops, and custom cabinets. $439,000

School news

Page 4C, The Bridgton News, June 23, 2016

SAD 61 personnel moves (Continued from Page 3C) pathologist at Stevens Brook Elementary, replacing Diane Warming who resigned. There were two applicants, two were interviewed. Janelle Foster as a kindergarten teacher at Stevens Brook, replacing Amanda Doherty. There were 34 applicants, four were interviewed. Emily Howes as a Grade 1 teacher at Stevens Brook, replacing Kathi Grossi who transferred to a Grade 2 teacher at SBES. There were 20 applicants, four were interviewed. Stephanie LeBlanc as a special services teacher at Lake Region Middle School, replacing Tracy Smith who transferred to another position. There were 13 applicants, five were interviewed. Angela Stover as a special services secretary for the Special Services Office, replacing Kathleen Brugnoli who resigned. There were 10 applicants, three were interviewed. At a meeting last month, the following were approved: Richard Doble as a head custodian at Songo Locks School, replacing Rick McConkey who retired. There were 28 applicants, eight were interviewed. Patricia Hayden was reappointed as assistant superintendent through June 30, 2018. Nicole Barton as a Grade 7/8 teacher at LRMS, replacing Stephanie Farrell who resigned. There were nine applicants, six were interviewed. Amy Boclair as a special

education teacher at Stevens Brook. There were eight applicants, three were interviewed. Kelsey Doiron as a special education teacher at Stevens Brook, replacing Christopher Morgan-Janes. There were five applicants, three were interviewed. Larry Forbes as a parttime band teacher at LRMS. He is currently working as a half-time band teacher, and this appointment will make his position full-time. There were seven applicants, one was interviewed. Megan Gillespie as a French teacher at LRMS, replacing Andrea Utz who resigned. There were nine applicants, four were interviewed. Kate Jenkins as a kindergarten teacher at Stevens Brook, replacing Amanda Doherty. There were 26 applicants, six were interviewed. Sarah Kearsley as a Grade 7/8 science teacher at LRMS, replacing Adam Perron. There were 38 applicants, nine were interviewed. Thomas Letourneau as a kindergarten teacher at Stevens Brook, replacing Jessica Hunt. There were 26 applicants, six were interviewed. Kristina Smalley as a guidance counselor at LRHS, replacing Michelle Gagnon who resigned. There were 29 applicants, four were interviewed. Miranda Walker as a Grade 3 teacher at Stevens Brook, replacing Jeffrey Brundage who resigned

after a leave of absence. Ms. Walker filled this position during 2015-16. There were 25 applicants, five were interviewed. Gail White as a school nurse at LRMS, replacing Deb Robson who resigned. There were six applicants, two were interviewed. Steven Lessard as a custodian at Stevens Brook, replacing Ken Brown who resigned. There were five applicants, three were interviewed. Daniel Kimball as a custodian at Crooked River Elementary, replacing Dana McConkey who retired. There were eight applicants, four were interviewed. Douglas Maker as a Grade 7/8 teacher at LRMS. Chandra Nizamoff as a science teacher at LRMS. Jennifer Hills as a permanent substitute at LRMS. Employee recognition: At the June 6 meeting, these employees were recognized at a reception: 10 years: Kirsten Goff, Kim Guptill, Norma Johnson, Charles Nicholas, Karyn Roy, Kristen Saunders, Kathy Sweezey, David Tampsett and Paul True.

NEW WALL ART — Stevens Brook Elementary School Principal Cheryl Turpin (left) is pictured with artist Cathy Grigsby, who was commissioned to create the quilted wall hanging with funds gifted by the former North Bridgton Library. Former North Bridgton Library director Sue Cole is pictured on the right. 15 years: Gail Andrews, Patricia Andrews, Elizabeth Cook, Joseph Dorner, Bonny Dyer, Faith Halterman, George Nye, Kyle Ross, Elaine Rowe, Lucy SaundersKish, Denise Stuart, Joshua Sturk, Lillian Whitney,

Janice Warren and Deanna Woodward. 20 years: Tim Bell, Richard Strout Sr. and Kathleen Tragert. 30 years: Nancy Hayes, Betsy Mayo, Lili NeedhamFox and Terry Reed.

35 years: Bruce Harmon. 40 years: Jean Martin. Retiring: Dana McConkey, head custodian, 20.5 years; Richard McConkey, head custodian, 20.5 years; and Katherine Minigell, LRMS teacher, 37 years.

Park (June 27 to Aug. 12) and Stevens Brook Elementary School (June 27 to Aug. 19), 12 to 1 p.m.; and Woods Pond (June 27 to Aug. 12), 12:30 to 1 p.m. Casco: Casco Community Center, 12 to 1 p.m., July 5 to Aug. 19. Naples: Lake Region

Middle School and Songo Locks School, 12 to 1 p.m., July 5 to Aug. 19; Naples Town Beach (rainy days at Naples Town Office), 12 to 1 p.m., June 27 to Aug. 19. Windham: Dundee Park, 12:30 to 1:30 p.m., June 21 to Aug. 24. All meal sites will be

closed July 4. To locate other meal sites throughout Maine, call 2-1-1. Games and activities will be available throughout the summer. Enrichment at Naples sites provided by the Naples Public Library. LUNCH, Page 5C

‘Free’ summer lunch program

Free summer lunch will be available for children and teens at four Lake Region area sites June through midAugust. The federal Summer Food Service Program will be offered Monday through Friday at these locations: Bridgton: Highland Lake

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DENMARK – Here is your classic Maine log cabin getaway in the woods! 90 ft. of frontage on Long Pond. Enjoy the meandering brook that leads to the water. Open concept living rm. and kitchen. Kitchen has custom cabinets, gas stove. Wood stove in the living rm. makes for a cozy winter evening! 2 bedrooms and 1 full bath. The bath comes w/a claw foot tub! Metal roof. Wonderful porch to enjoy your summer evenings. Full bsmt. gives you extra space. Close to skiing and North Conway, N.H. $182,000

BRIDGTON – Updated ranch with room to spare. Rights to Long Lake! Farmer’s porch. 2 bedrooms. Master bedroom has built-in storage, large attached bath with laundry, 2 closets. Ample 2nd bedroom plus additional full bath. Cook’s kitchen with eat-in area. Sunny and bright! Wood floors. Extra sunroom has many possibilities. New septic and drilled well installed in 2011. Oversized 2-car garage, additional workshop area and a 2nd floor for more storage. Walkout basement, room to grow. $179,000


Naples – Stunning Log Home with 320 ft. of sandy frontage on the Songo River near the mouth of Brandy Pond. 4-bedrooms, 3 baths, guest quarters above garage. $799,000. Jocelyn O’RourkeShane, 207-838-5555 (MLS 1255012)




Naples – East Shore Long Lake access from this 4-bedroom, 3.5-bath Garrison with 2-car garage, located on 2.6 private acres. Master bedroom suite and relaxing family room. Private beach. $398,500. Ray Austin, 207-232-0500 (MLS 1269417)

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Naples – Beautiful 3-bedroom log home with deeded beach rights on Sebago, with possible building lot for cottage or bunkhouse for extended family visits. $209,500. Kate Loverin, 207-776-8589 (MLS 1269129)

Naples Ready to enjoy the summer with this lovely 3-bedroom, 2-bath home on the East Shore of Long Lake. Open floor plan with 1200 ft. of deck, docking system and storage building. $859,900. (MLS 1269056)


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EXCELLENT LOCATION BRIDGTON – Enjoy this Cape-style home in a desirable, quiet neighborhood. Close to town and Highland Lake beach. Could be used as 1-floor living with 2 bedrooms and full bath/ laundry on the 1st floor. New gas cook stove in the kitchen, deck. The 2nd floor has 1 bedroom, and 2 attic areas that could be made into more living space. Full basement has much potential, too! 1-car attached garage. Propane heat stove in the living room. Close to skiing at Shawnee Peak and Sunday River. $175,000

Naples – Brandy Pond Condo! Unique Offering! 2 combined units, perfect for a large family. 4 bedrooms, 2 sleeping lofts, 4 full and 2 half baths. 3-season porch, deeded boat slip. $575,000. Nancy Hanson, 207-838-8301 (MLS 1259600)



HT D RIG PRICE BRIDGTON – Newly-remodeled kitchen with new kitchen cabinets and countertops, new wood floors in the kitchen and dining room, full bath down, 3 bedrooms up, large enclosed porch, large shed, and barn attached. Great location, walk to town and the town beach on Long Lake. $79,500

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Harrison – Pride of ownership is apparent in this lovely 3bedroom, 1.5-bath Ranch on ±6.34 acres. Remodeled kitchen, easy 1-level living, 3-car detached garage. $229,900. Jocelyn O’Rourke-Shane, 207-838-5555 (MLS 1262398)




BRIDGTON – Cute little Cape/ Cottage. Living room with fireplace, eat-in kitchen, 2 bedrooms, bath and enclosed porch. The home is located right across from Long Lake with views of the lake. Move right in and enjoy your summer in the water. $69,000


Bridgton – Classic Maine cottage ideal for 4-season fun! 75 ft. of deeded waterfront on desirable Woods Pond. $325,000. Lauri Kinser, 207-310-3565 (MLS 1259955)





CRYSTAL LAKE SANDY FRONTAGE HARRISON – Priced to Sell! Yearround home with waterfront on Crystal Lake. Enjoy your sunsets in the expansive sunroom overlooking the lake. 2 bedrooms on the 1st floor, 1 on the 2nd. Cathedral ceiling in the living/dining area. 1.5 baths for your convenience. Beautiful sandy bottom for swimming. 120 ft. of prime Crystal Lake frontage. 4-yearold dock. Perfect place to enjoy all 4 seasons. Close to town. Close to skiing in the winter. $179,000

Naples – Built to entertain! Enjoy 4-season activities in this 3+ bedroom, 2.5-bath Colonial located on quiet cul-de-sac. Lovely backyard, large family room. $199,900. Connie Eldridge, 207-831-0890 (MLS 1246074)


Naples – 90 ft. of Long Lake waterfront! Enjoy a day of boating from Long Lake to Sebago Lake. 4 bedrooms, 1.5 baths. Great room and master bedroom with fireplaces. $735,000. Marcia Stewart, 207-595-2984 (MLS 1263768)

Naples – Very Special East Shore Long Lake property. Completely renovated in 2010. 100 ft. of sandy frontage. Spectacular sunsets. 3-car garage with heated bay. $1,195,000. Russ Sweet, 9392938 (MLS 1250662)



Naples – Move right in and get ready to enjoy all that summer in the Lake Region has to offer! Well-maintained end unit is furnished. ROW to Long Lake. $159,900. Kamal Perkins-Bridge, 630-3031456 (MLS 1254702)

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Fun & games

June 23, 2016, The Bridgton News, Page 5C

This week’s puzzle theme:

Great Poets

ACROSS 1. Angry walk 6. Bell and Barker, e.g. 9. Fields and Basinger 13. Donny’s singing sister 14. *T.S. Eliot poem, “____ Wednesday” 15. Loosen laces 16. Glorify 17. *Theodor Geisel, ____ Dr. Seuss 18. Daughter of a sibling 19. *Wordsworth or Shakespeare 21. *He hears America singing 23. Pig’s digs 24. Discharge 25. Exchange for money 28. Grey, of tea fame 30. Like oxen put together 35. Second-hand 37. Saintly glow 39. Theater play 40. Ancient Scandinavian symbol 41. Pinch to save 43. F.B.I. operative 44. Nathaniels, to their friends? 46. Fencing weapon 47. Fail to mention 48. Swell 50. Unforeseen obstacle 52. Pub offering 53. *Cyrano de Bergerac had a big one 55. Cathode-ray tube 57. *Famous Russian poet

61. *”The Canterbury Tales” poet 65. Ernest, to mommy 66. Tarzan’s mom 68. Famous nurse Barton 69. Decorate 70. *____ McKuen, poet and songwriter 71. *”The Waste Land” poet 72. Lubricant 73. ATM extra 74. Slow on the uptake DOWN 1. Eurasian duck 2. It made Danny DeVitto a star 3. Word of mouth 4. Paper plants 5. The smallest, at the clothing store 6. “Howdy, ____!” 7. Pose a question 8. Medieval oboe 9. Make with needles 10. Individual unit 11. Flexible mineral 12. “____ but not heard” 15. Like the States 20. Nursemaids in India 22. Battleship game success 24. Oval 25. *”Auld Lang Syne” poet 26. “Round up the ____ suspects!” 27. Yiddish shrew 29. Garden ____ 31. Jason’s vessel 32. ABBA’s “_____ Mia!”

33. Not your grandmother’s mail 34. *”Divine Comedy” poet 36. Like Mariana Trench 38. Bad luck predictor 42. *”Do I dare to eat a ____?” 45. Like RMS Titanic

49. 51. 54. 56. 57. 58. 59. 60.

Person of interest, acr. Honored with presence Chow down voraciously Ballerina’s skirt fabric Ring like a bell Pakistani language Prig or snoot Engage for service

Robert Bridges 64. Goes with interest 67. *”The Raven” poet

61. Surrender territory 62. Jealous biblical brother 63. *”____ & Psyche” by

Solutions on Page 6C

Local teens spend break improving children’s lives delivered, which the group spread over a leveled and cleaned up playground area that had been previously unsafe due to sharp rocks and uneven ground. Fresh paint brightened up the school buildings. At another school in a poor neighborhood, the school building and a newly constructed bathroom were painted and plumbing was installed for two toilets and sinks. At both schools, the children learned about hand washing and the importance of good hygiene. The work was done in extremely hot, humid conditions, yet the smiles on the children’s faces made it all worthwhile. During breaks in the

work, the American students played games with the local children, each of whom received a gift bag filled with hygiene items, school supplies and a toy. While the adults selffunded the trip, students had to raise part of the cost, while the balance was made up of donations from 10 other

Rotary clubs in Maine and New Hampshire. The trip included: Rotary Club of Bridgton-Lake Region — Emma Bodwell, Mody Botros, George Klauber, Carol Madsen and Cathy

Sullivan. Fryeburg Academy Interact: Zoe Bodwell, Tianfang Cheng and Hengyu Ma. Molly Ockett Middle School EarlyAct: Abigail ROTARY, Page 6C


The group worked in a barrio constructing a girls’ and boys’ bathroom with separate toilets and sinks to replace an inadequate outhouse. Truckloads of gravel were

Summer lunch (Continued from Page 4C) No application is necessary. All children and teens under age 18 are welcome. All meals must be eaten on-site. Meal sites in Casco, Naples and at Stevens Brook Elementary in Bridgton are sponsored by the SAD 61 Food Service Department, while other Bridgton sites are by Kids Katering, a program of the Opportunity Alliance. The Windham site is sponsored by the Westbrook School Nutrition Programs. Meal sites are supported by site staff, community volunteers and Preble Street Maine Hunger Initiative. For more information or to volunteer, contact Andy Madura at SAD 61 at 693-6467 or Volunteers are needed to set up, serve lunch, record the number of meals served, facilitate group activities and clean up. You can volunteer for one or more days a week.

PHIL DOUGLASS (207) 647-3732


In April, 13 teenagers and nine adults from the greater Bridgton area spent a week in the Dominican Republic as part of a Rotary-sponsored work team that built school bathrooms, painted buildings, leveled a playground area and delivered muchneeded hygiene and school supplies to about 300 kids. Although it was spring break for the teens, they chose not to be relaxing on the beach or enjoying the ocean. Instead, they decided to work to improve two schools in this Caribbean country. It all began the prior year when the Rotary Club of Bridgton Lake Region applied for and received a grant from the Rotary Foundation. In La Romana, Dominican Republic, the “sister” Rotary Club worked with the Bridgton club to coordinate work plans, secure interpreters, arrange for lodging, transportation and address the myriad of details to travel internationally with a large group.


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Regional Sports

Page 6C, The Bridgton News, June 23, 2016

Nothing to get ‘rattled’ about

CHAFFEE CONTINUES COURT DOMINANCE — The Jackson Tennis Club hosted a Men’s Singles Open Tennis Tournament on Saturday, May 28. The tournament was played in hot humid conditions on red clay courts and had a great turnout with many competitive players with entertaining matches. Number two seed Jason Cicero played outstanding tennis to reach the finals, where he met number one seed Chris Chaffee, who is a varsity tennis coach at Fryeburg Academy. Chris was just too consistent and had too much game to capture his 27th singles title. Chris would like to congratulate Jason on his outstanding performance and said, “I really respect and think Jason is very talented tennis player.” Chris on his win said, “It’s nice that all the hard work on and off the court has paid off. I prepare well and just try to improve all the time. Winning and doing my best means a lot to me, especially when you play someone as good as Jason.” Jackson Tennis Club would like to thank everyone who played in the tournament and to everyone who came out to watch.

This week’s game solutions

Here is a nice hike with a daunting name — Rattlesnake Mountain in Casco/Raymond. Just to put your mind at ease — there are no rattlesnakes on Rattlesnake Mountain in Casco. Raymond Town Clerk Louise Lester told me “Rattlesnakes were once common on Rattlesnake Mountain up until the 1880s,” and added, “There was a vigorous effort by local farmers to eradicate them, and the snakes were also hunted for their medicinal value. As a result any trace of rattlers has been long ago eliminated on the mountain.” Actually, no rattlesnakes have been seen anywhere in Maine since 1901, but the name of the mountain persists. The Timber Rattlesnake, (Crotalus horridus) for which this mountain is named, used to be found from the Massachusetts border up to the White Mountains in Maine and New Hampshire. However, not only is it no longer found in Maine, there is only one known population in New Hampshire, where it is on the State Endangered Wildlife list as Critically Imperiled. The Timber Rattlesnake is a large, thick black snake measuring 36 to 60 inches with a large triangular head and a large rattle at the end of the tail. Although there are no rattlesnakes any more, the name is a very popular one for mountains. The Casco/ Raymond Rattlesnake Mountain (1,030 ft. elevation) is one of three so named in Maine (there is a Rattlesnake Mountain (1,179feet) in Porter and another Rattlesnake Mountain (1,350feet) in East Stoneham). In the United States, there are 55 mountains so named, including another seven Rattlesnake Mountains found in New Hampshire. The only trail up Rattlesnake Mountain is the Bri-Mar Trail, made possible by the generosity of the private family that owns the mountain and named for Brian and Marlene Huntress who hiked the trail in the

mid 1960s. The trail crosses the field from the parking lot, follows a broad woods road for less than a quarter mile, and then turns into a foot trail marked with a few red paint arrows. This trail climbs the shoulder of the mountain at a steep rate to the top of the ridge where the trail levels out and follows a long, nearly level ridge. This would be an easy climb suitable for children. At about a half mile from the trailhead, a large open ledge is reached with east and southeast of Crescent and Panther Ponds. The trail continues along the ridge at a nearly level pitch to a second open ledge at about 1 1/4 miles from the trailhead. This second ledge provides views of Sebago Lake, Casco Bay, and the White Mountains. The trail is marked infrequently with either red paint or blue paint on a few trees and rocks, and there are a number of side trails from the main trail that should be avoided. Most of these false trails have logs or branches across them, but some look well used and hikers need to be alert. While on the Rattlesnake Mountain trail please respect the generosity of the landowners in making this hike possible — leave no trash and pick up any that you find along the trail, light no fires, and do not camp overnight. Leave the trail and the mountain as you found it, so that others may enjoy the hike – even though there are no more rattlesnakes on the mountain. Rattlesnake Mountain in Cumberland County, Casco, Maine Difficulty – Easy Trail distance – 1.25 miles to summit Hiking time – 45 minutes to 1 hour to summit Elevation – 1,030 feet Vertical gain – 580 feet Coordinates – 43° 58’ 01’’ N 70° 29’ 07’’ W Topographic Map – USGS Raymond 7.5-minute quad Directions to the trailhead: Go south 0.9 miles from the intersection of Maine Routes 11 and 85 in

Senior Rambles Hiking Trips & Tips by Allen Crabtree

The trail along the spine of difficult. Webb’s Mills on the Casco/ Raymond line in Maine. The parking lot is on the right (west) side of the road in an

Rattlesnake Mountain is not (Photo by Allen Crabtree) area roped off at the edge of a large field. There is room for six to eight cars at the parking lot.

Fairway chips

Bridgton Highlands Country Club In Ladies Golf play on Wednesday, June 15, the annual Bridgton/Naples

Ladies Invitational was held. The theme was “Cats and Dogs.” Thirty-seven ladies donated 208 cans of food, which have been given to Harvest Hills Animal Shelter. A nine-hole scramble was played. The winning team consisted of JoAnne Diller, Sandy Long, Nita Barker and Dotty Dexter. Second place went to Donna Bleakney, Suzie Kinney, Linda Burnham and Pat Brandenberger. Third place went to Margy Scarlett, Pauline Elmer, Susan Howcroft and Gail Rammage. Closest to the pin on Hole 8 was Kathy Blanchard at 5-feet, 5-inches. Closest to the line on Hole 9 was Linda Burnham at 2-feet, 6-inches. Chairman of the event was Pat Brandenberger, Denmark Mountain Hikers in the rain on Rattlesnake. Caroline Grimm had to use the ably assisted by the ladies “View” side of our group banner to show us where the view should be in clear weather. league members. The ladies (Photo by Allen Crabtree) also provided food for the after party, which consisted of appetizers, salads and an array of cupcakes.

Rotary trip

(Continued from Page 5C) Hewes. Lake Region High School Interact: Amanda Botros, Zachariah Botros, Maxwell Evans, Sophia Fagone, Lauren Jakobs, Neva Leavitt, Madison Rock, Katelyn Sullivan and Michaela Tripp. Professionals: Lorraine Harden, Mark Nolette, Dr. Lisa Ryan and Dr. Stephanie Roming. Not only were the lives of children and teachers at these schools changed, all teens who worked said they had been changed by the experience of helping others in great need. When asked, they all want to go back. It clearly has lit a spark in them for continued service to others.

Regional sports

VOCATIONAL CENTER & ADMINISTRATION Laker Pride Awards were presented at the SAD 61 School Board meeting on May 16 to: (left to right) Chris Maguire, Transportation, nominated by Liné Mulcahy; Walter Ridlon, Lake Region Vocational Center, nominated by LRVC staff; Sherrie Small, Central Office, nominated by Alan Smith.

June 23, 2016, The Bridgton News, Page 7C

LAKE REGION MIDDLE SCHOOL Laker Pride Awards were presented at the SAD 61 School Board meeting on May 16 to: (left to right) Corbyn Hatch, Grade 6, nominated by Ms. Spizuoco, Chas Nicholas and Katherine Minigell; Austin Elliott, Grade 7, nominated by Katahdin Team; Evaristo Gutierrez, Grade 8, nominated by Team Kineo. Missing were: Keeli Towne, Grade 6, nominated by Cadillac Team; and Emma Mack, Grade 8, nominated by Team Sugarloaf. Staff member, Joanne Robbins, school-wide nomination.

Support for Hannah growing pact between Nestlé and the Fryeburg Water Company. Sekera created a GoFundMe scholarship fund for Hannah. As of Tuesday night, the site had 808 shares, 151 donors in eight days, and $5,482 pledged. The goal is $10,000. Donors praised Hannah’s stance, and made donations from $10 to over $100. In making donations, some included messages, including: Charlotte Fullam, “Hannah, you’re an inspiration! Stay true to your convictions!”



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Nicole Nordlund, “The world needs people like you. Your actions give us hope for the future.” Howie Wemyss, “Thanks for taking this public stand, HANNAH, Page 8C

Scholarship recipient

Faith Pelkie, a member of the Fryeburg Academy Class of 2016, is the recipient of the Oxford County Education Association-Retired Scholarship. Faith was one of five students to receive scholarships from the association. The daughter of Dewayne and Lori Pelkie, Faith has been accepted at Southern Maine Community College and the University of Maine at Farmington. She plans to major in Early Childhood Education. Each year, OCEA-R awards $500 scholarships to students who plan to enter the field of education. The recipients were chosen from an impressive group of applications.


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Laker Pride honorees

SEBAGO ELEMENTARY Laker Pride Awards were presented at the SAD 61 School Board meeting on May 16 to: (front, left to right) Ari Mains, Grade 1, nominated by Mrs. Harmon; Cami Fusillo, Kindergarten, nominated by Mrs. Mains; Wolfgang Hebert, Grade 2, nominated by Ms. Viitala and Mrs. Harmon; (back row) Landen Emery, Grade 5, nominated by Ms. Skarbinski; Brenden Anderson, Grade 4, nominated by Anita Quinlan; Josiah Suitter, Grade 3, nominated by Mr. Bridge-Koenigsberg. Staff member, Anita Quinlan, nominated by Carolynne Skarbinski.

SONGO LOCKS SCHOOL Laker Pride Awards were presented at the SAD 61 School Board meeting on May 16 to: (front, left to right) Samuel Symonds, Grade 2, nominated by Kim Flanagin; Lilly Hartnet, Grade 1, nominated by Alyson Schadler; Dayne Brooks, Kindergarten, nominated by Jessica Lockman; (back row) Natalie Blais, Grade 5, nominated by Mrs. Tremblay; Lily Hawkins, Grade 4, nominated by Mrs. Arbour; Shannon-Marie Goguen, Grade 3, nominated by Kimberly Nielsen. Staff member, Kimberly Hutchins, nominated by Mrs. Mayo.

STEVENS BROOK ELEMENTARY Laker Pride Awards were presented at the SAD 61 School Board meeting on May 16 to: (front, left to right) Isabella Googoo, Grade 1, nominated by Mrs. Clark; Marina Glendinning, Kindergarten, nominated by Ms. Shea; (back row) Jaden Davis, Grade 5, nominated by Kristi Crowley; Lauren Roy, Grade 4, nominated by Dagny Berry; Kayli Goodwin, Grade 3, nominated by Miranda Walker. Missing was Madison Frost, Grade 2, nominated by Ms. Roy. Staff member, Miranda Walker, nominated by Jordan Blanton, Kayli Goodwin, Allison Ver Wey, Adam Quincy, Cody Stevenson, Connor Neal, Kaylee Maguire, Nadia Leighton and Mya Lee.

LAKE REGION HIGH SCHOOL Laker Pride Awards were presented at the SAD 61 School Board meeting on May 16 to: (left to right) Dominic Adams, Grade 10, nominated by Linda Davis; Samantha DeSouza, Grade 10, nominated by Laker Pride Academy; Shaniya Bowman, Grade 9, nominated by Ms. DiBiase; (back row) Haley Bragdon-Clements, Grade 11, nominated by Laker Pride Academy; Maxwell Evans, Grade 12, nominated by Erik Good; Joshua Perkins, Grade 11, nominated by Laker Pride Academy. Staff member, Greg Watkins, nominated by Erik Good.

GoFundMe drive started after Hannah’s stand

(Continued from Page 7C) Hannah. You are an inspiration to others of all ages that we need to stand up for our beliefs and our rights.” Also on the GoFundMe page, “Your community here is so proud of your accomplishments, in the classroom and out. We are grateful for the opportunity to give you support in your educational endeavors. Community. Water. Justice. Youth shall lead the way!” In a story that appeared in the June 9 edition of The News, Hannah said, “I am grateful for the scholarship I have been awarded,

but I cannot in good faith accept money from a company that does not exhibit sustainable and ethical practices. For me to accept your scholarship would be hypocritical. I am in hopes that more people of my generation will become aware of the dire need to protect our water and the earth’s other precious resources.” Hannah will be pursuing a degree in sustainable agriculture and environmental protection law and policy in the fall at Sterling College in Craftsbury Common, Vt. “We are, of course, incredibly proud of Hannah and we can’t wait to welcome her to

campus! She is exactly the kind of environmental steward we need for the 21st century,” wrote Christian Feuerstein, Sterling’s director of Communications. “I’d also like to point out that, while our ‘sticker price ($46,152 for the 2016-17 academic year)’ quoted in the article was accurate, we maintain a commitment to affordability and financial access. We

work closely with each student and his or her family to create an affordable pathway to college completion. Additionally, we’re the only Work College in the Northeast; that means each student on campus works, and earns money toward his or her tuition.” The GoFundMe page is at https://www.


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Opinion & Comment

June 23, 2016, The Bridgton News, Page 1D

Small World by Henry Precht BN Columnist

Stop the killing

“Radical Islam.” That’s the term Donald Trump says should be used in describing the Orlando shooter and should justify banning all (1.6 billion?) Moslems from our shores. It’s the term President Obama says does nothing to help us combat terrorism and angers innocent Moslems whom we need in the struggle against terrorism. I say they’re both off-target. In recent times, we have had other Moslems gunning down non-Moslems. Christians shooting up Planned Parenthood offices, an African-American church, a public school and a movie theater. Perhaps the Asian student who gunned down youth at his college was Buddhist… or no faith at all. These religious labels — albeit fervently held — mask rather than disclose the realities about the shooters. True, many Moslems are deeply angry at the various colonizations by the West (some harking back to the Crusades). Meanwhile in this country, some Christians consider abortion a grievous sin. And too many Americans abhor the thought of racial or gender equality. But, I submit, those labels are just that: cover for deep, fundamental personality flaws. Any person who commits murder — of one person or of 49 — has to possess two things: (1.) a conviction that he has the personal right to inflict harm, the unrestrained power to take another’s life, and (2.) the means to do so. These are not normal folk. We are confronted by deeply disturbed people. People who, in an ideal society, would be identified as troubled and given appropriate treatment. But we place far more attention and resources on ferreting out terrorists than we do on addressing the needs of those, who are members of our society but not of it, who are separated from the rest of us. Why is it that we have so many more killers — real and KILLING, Page 5D

FUN IN THE SUN — Get set for the Casco Village Church’s annual Fun In The Sun, Artisan Fair, Auction and Flea Market, on Saturday, July 9, from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. on the grounds of the church, 940 Meadow Road (Route 121) in Casco Village. It’s the most “fun in the sun” you’ll have all summer. Vendors wishing to rent tables may call 591-4604; to make donations, call 627-4282. Local businesses also can promote their goods and services by making a contribution to the Auction Board; call Tom Hancock at 650-1734. Items and the names of donating businesses will be announced throughout the fair. As many as 50 vendors will be on hand to cater to every shopper’s whim, and admission is free.

Faulty funding a gimmick

Fiscal responsibility is something I take, as your governor, very seriously. The State of Maine does not have a revenue problem; it has a spending problem. Revenues collected by the state are up and because of sound financial policies the State’s credit rating continues to improve. However, socialist politicians made some bad decisions before they went home and now the executive branch is paying for it — literally. Simply put, the Maine Legislature passed four bills that could cost hundreds of thousands of dollars. I have no problem by Peter Bollen with the bills passing, but I do have an issue with the fact that our administration has no funding to pay for the bills. Contributing Writer If your family wants to go on vacation to Disney, but only has enough money to get to Fun Town, do you go to Disney anyway? Your household budget helps determine what you’re able to do. In this case, the executive branch doesn’t have enough money to pay for all four bills. Therefore, I am prepared to call a special session to address the Legislature’s failure to fund these four bills properly. The bills call for an unfunded study of ambulance services, an unfunded needle exchange program, additional funding to “Authors and artists do not boast that they have a right the county jails and pay increases to Riverview State employees. to bear arms. But they do cherish the right to keep and I am prepared to introduce a bill to legislators during the bear pencils and brushes, word processors and easels,” — Herbert Mitgang, NY Times Thanks to the Freedom of Information Act, history has revealed that a number of America’s greatest and most honored writers were spied upon and under suspicion during the witch-hunting days of FBI Director, J. Edgar Hoover and Senator Joe McCarthy, who had close ties to Hoover. By Susan Meeker-Lowry Their symbiotic relationship created an atmosphere to It has been just over three years since my oldest son, Jason, weed out Americans they deemed “un-American.” Congress in 1938 created the House Committee on died shortly after his 36th birthday. He died of a drug overUn-American Activities (HUAC), which became essen- dose, and the last year or so of his life was a struggle — for tially a unilateral fiefdom of the thought-police, where him and for his family and friends who tried, and failed, to American citizens were called to testify about their beliefs help him. Yes, he sought help, but for the most part it wasn’t and to name names of anyone suspected who were not available to him due to lack of insurance or the ability to pay “loyal” and sympathetic to the “American way of life.” for what he needed privately. He lived in Vermont, but the situAlthough names under cover were provided to the HUAC ation isn’t so different here in Maine, or in any state probably. For my whole life, nature — the woods, rivers, lakes and committee during the 1930s and 1940s, the Red Scare began in earnest during the 1950s when Sen. McCarthy the ocean on those times when I could get there — has filled began his public hearings, which were also televised me up and made me whole. Even as a child, when things hurt I’d take myself down back through the woods to the brook. nationally. The American writers who were under constant sur- Just being there made everything better. My parents never veillance included Nobel laureates Ernest Hemingway, freaked out — they knew where I was. My father especially, John Steinbeck, Pearl Buck and William Faulkner. Other encouraged my relationship with nature, and often took me esteemed writers under investigation include Sinclair hiking and exploring, teaching me in his easy way about the Lewis, Tennessee Williams, Carl Sandburg, Thornton ecology and the animals, as well as the importance of respect Wilder and Theodore Dreiser. Dashiell Hammett, author of and consideration. Being in the woods was always a magiSam Spade and The Thin Man series, was jailed for refus- cal thing: anything was possible, from seeing bear or deer or moose, to a fairy or cave dweller. That sparkly stone in the AUTHORS, Page 7D

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Views from Augusta by Paul LePage Governor of Maine

special session. The bill addresses the funding issues in a responsible manner, which avoids depleting existing resources and a fragile salary plan. However, I am also prepared should the Legislature refuse to address this problem to take action by executive order. These are not decisions I take lightly, but they must make financial sense. The Legislature cannot pass bills with faulty funding. It’s a gimmick and I will not put the State at financial risk because of it. So, legislative leadership has a choice. It can come back and deal with the fiscal issues it created and work with the administration to identify responsible ways to pay for these bills or we can go it on our own. Either way, I’m not planning a trip to Disney anytime soon, but I may go to Fun Town.

Upon coming back to life

Letters ‘Little’ men

FRANCO-AMERICAN FIDDLING — The Don Roy Trio will perform at the acoustically-superior Meeting House at Shaker Village on Saturday, June 25, as part of the Maine Festival of American Music, performing a blend of fiddle and piano styles and step dancing. The Trio performs from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m., offering a variety of mid-19th century folk and fiddle music born and bred in Maine’s French Canadian mill towns. Don Ray is a champion fiddler and, with his wife Cindy, directed the popular Maine French Fiddlers for its duration. Cindy is well known for her step dancing and her piano accompaniment, which is among the best in New England. Jay Young plays upright bass with the group, and has been accompanying Don and Cindy Roy for over 25 years. Tickets are $20 each and can be purchased in advance online at or by phone at 926-4597.

To The Editor: On June 15, I attended the annual Casco town meeting. In my opinion, these town meetings are the quintessential example of American Democracy. Each person gets one vote, all are welcome to express their opinions, and the side with the most votes wins. Sadly, at this meeting, there were several “gentlemen,” who disrupted this process while voting on one particularly contentious topic. As the “yes” votes were being counted, one of these men (who were “no” voters) loudly said, “You people must have more money than brains.” I looked over my shoulder and quietly said, “Oh, stop that…this is a free country.” In response, one of these “gentlemen” said to his cohorts, “What did that fat woman say?” Earlier in the evening, one of these men while standing at the microphone to express his thoughts turned to a seated townsperson and said, “Wait your turn, buckwheat.” Really!? Grown men!? I guess being a namecalling bully is acceptable

Earth Notes

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river, the water so clear I could see every little thing, could be gold! I loved finding rocks that hid tiny pieces of garnet — a real gem! Every place held magic and the potential to find something amazing — even if it was the same place I visited just the day before. When Jason was going through the last months of his struggles, this sense of magic slowly shifted. After he died, it disappeared completely. In its place was grief, anger, and, more LIFE, Page 5D behavior. Shocking that while we are teaching our children that name-calling is hurtful and rude, grown-ups(?) at town meetings behave this way. Several people at the meeting who heard of this occurrence were also upset about it. You men — a veteran, a business owner and a retiree — should be ashamed of yourselves! This is not the Casco or

Maine way to behave! Linda Mocello Casco

Free for all

To The Editor: In reading The Bridgton News this week, I am outraged by the food pantry. Anyone can go and get food, doesn’t LETTERS, Page 2D

Medicare nugget

By Stan Cohen Medicare Volunteer Counselor Colorectal cancer screening is one of the many preventive health measures now covered 100% by Medicare thanks to the Affordable Care Act. Medicare covers colorectal cancer screenings for all people ages 50 or older and who have Medicare Part B. Colon cancer often has no symptoms so physicians routinely recommend getting screened for it. Screening can find abnormal growths in the colon or rectum so that they can be removed before developing into cancer. Talk with your doctor. There are several other health screening tests also now covered fully by Medicare. Get a free copy of Staying Healthy: Medicare’s Preventive Services or Your Guide to Medicare’s Preventive Services by visiting on the Internet. Or, call 1-800-MEDICARE (1-800-633-4227). Medicare volunteer counselors are available for one-on-one consultations at no charge. Call the Bridgton Community Center at 647-3116 to arrange for an appointment.


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Understanding: The reward of our faith

“What do you know for sure?” Ernie Colvin asked me the same question many times with his Tennessee drawl. He was a veteran of two wars: the Spanish Civil War and World War II, during which he had been a prisoner of war in Germany. He would be sitting at his desk carving wood with a wry grin when I came by while supervising security guards on the night shift. It was 1970 and I was 19, though I pretended to be 21 so I could get a pistol permit, which was required for the job. In his sixties then, Ernie had experienced much and he offered thoughtful answers to my many questions. He taught me a great deal during our frequent, late-night conversations. “Not much,” was my usual answer. I thought I knew a lot as most young men do, but as I reflect nearly a half-century later, I would answer the same way, but with more seriousness. Though I’ve learned much since I knew Ernie, it’s only helped me realize how ignorant I am. As I liked to tell my students: “The more you know, the more you know you don’t know.” Most would look at me with puzzlement, when I said that, but some would get it. The truly educated understand that the best we can come up with after a lifetime of learning and reflecting is a very tentative framework of understanding about the world around us. I like to call it a working hypothesis subject to modification at regular intervals. One of my many faults has been to over use my brain and


(Continued from Page 1D) matter the income. Well, if my income is going to help fund it, there should be some guidelines, and if there are guidelines, let us know. If you can afford Internet on your cell phones, smoke your cigarettes while waiting for the door to open, then something is wrong here. I still have a flip phone. I have to make ends meet each week and I don’t stand in line at the food pantry as a handout each week. There are plenty of businesses hiring — get a job people and earn your way. It’s (the food pantry) not meant as a handout. It

is for those that need a helping hand. Hopefully, taxpayers that have to fund this will speak their minds and make them put some guidelines on this. My pockets are almost empty. Hey wait, I can go get free food…not! Esther Watkins Bridgton

Fair notice

To The Editor: Having just registered to vote here in Naples, I became aware of the recent vote on June 14. And yes I proudly voted. But some of my acquaintances were unaware of the vote and none of us knew about the annual town meeting. Strangely, neither of




TOWN OF DENMARK Meeting Change The Board of Selectmen will be meeting on the second and last Tuesday of the month at 7:00 p.m. at the Denmark Municipal Building, effective June 28, 2016. Public always welcome.


under use my heart — something I’m trying to bring into balance before I exit this phase of life. My youngest grandchildren help me with this. They’re full of wonder as they explore the world around them. They seem to feel it more than think about it and I remember being that way too until I got out of balance. My brain was the favorite utensil in my toolbox and I almost wore it out before realizing there were other instruments in there too. Somewhere around eight or nine, I would lie in bed after lights out and ponder the universe — the big one, that is, the outer limits. Trying to image our expanding universe fifteen billion years after the Big Bang, I’d consider space — the nothingness between material things flying out from the central point of the original explosion. How far would those things travel into nothingness? Was there a limit to the great nothing into which those things were hurtling in every direction? I knew intuitively there wasn’t, that it was limitless. It was infinite. I knew also that though the universe didn’t have limits, my brain did. It couldn’t comprehend infinity. All I could know was that the eternal existed. It was extremely frustrating until I accepted it. Accepting it became the basis for my belief in the Creator, but it wasn’t an “Aha!” moment. The process was gradual. Call it intelligent design or ultimate creativeness, but I began

these events were posted on the Town of Naples website. No wonder the attendance at town meeting was so light. I imagine not many voted either.  Why does the town not keep voters informed? Why does The Bridgton News not have a section dedicated to town meetings and/or candidates in upcoming elections? How are residents to be part of a democratic process if there is no communication and information to prepare “We the People?” Communication and awareness of governmental events such as these are critical to a healthy democracy. After all, local governments survive on our tax dollar. We pay them, but they are not informing us of critical events. Am I missing something or has the town simply neglected to communicate such important information? Wondering if the town leaders simply do not want us informed. Why would this be? Thank goodness we currently have strong Budget Committee members keeping a close eye on spending in Naples. It is time for our town manager and selectmen to prepare mailers to town members notifying us of such critical information. Probably it would be more cost effective to use The Bridgton News.   Nancy Vose Naples Editor’s note: A frontpage article, “Naples keeps budget tight…now up to voters” appeared on June 2, and outlined articles appearing on the annual town meeting warrant.



To The Editor: I would like to thank the people of Bridgton for voting me in as your new selectman. I cannot express how humbling and overwhelming this experience has been to have so many people write my name in on the ballot. We may have differences of opinion, but as a representative of the people, I will try to move things along in town with common sense and try to blend those different opinions. Hopefully, all of the people of Bridgton will become more involved by coming to meetings, joining committees, or sending e-mails and letters. This is our town! Together, we can build a monument to the past, present and future… for ourselves, our children, our grandchildren, and all who come to visit. Again, thank you for all the kind words and support. Bear Zaidman Bridgton


To The Editor: The Bridgton Food Pantry would like to thank the voters of Bridgton for passing our petition for funding! I have to admit without the selectmen’s backing I wasn’t sure it would pass! Thank you all so much, you have no idea how much this will help the families of Bridgton that are in need! I would also like to thank everyone that helped for all their hard work! Penni Robbins, Director and Pantry volunteers 
Bridgton Food Pantry


PUBLIC HEARING June 28, 2016 Casco Community Center 7:00 P.M.

TOWN OF STOW Public Hearing – Town of Stow Appeals Board June 16, 2016

The Casco Selectboard will hold a public hearing at the Casco Community Center on June 28, 2016, at 7:00 p.m. to review an application by the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, located at 101 Portland Road, Bridgton, Maine 04009, for a Liquor License for an Incorporated Civic Organization for the 2016 Maine Lakes Brewfest. 2T24

Public Notice

TOWN OF NAPLES Public Hearing

The Board of Selectpersons will hold a meeting on June 27, 2016, at 7:00 p.m., at the Municipal Office Building located at 15 Village Green Lane. On the agenda: 1. An application for a Liquor License for Captain Jack’s, located at 34 Naples Marina Lane. 2. A Special Amusement Permit for Captain Jack’s, submitted by James Allen. Public welcome. 2T24 Public Notice

The Town of Stow Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on an application for an appeal as requested by Daniel A. D’Auteuil Jr. Attorney, Isaacson and Raymond Attorneys and Counselors at Law on behalf of Michael and Linda Ranhoff, 32 Lake Shore Drive, Canton, Maine 04221– 3170. Date of Public Hearing: July 6, 2016 Time: 6 p.m. Place: Town of Stow Office Building/Town Hall, 710 Stow Road, Stow, Maine The application requests an Administrative and Variance Appeal. The Ranhoffs appeal the decision to deny them a permit to build on their Old Stow Road property pursuant to the “Town of Stow, Maine Land-use Zoning Ordinance,” and the “Street Acceptance Ordinance for the Town of Stow, Maine.” The Ranhoffs also request a building permit through the powers and duties vested upon the Appeals Board to hear and decide “Variance Appeals.” 1T25

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Public Notice

M.S.A.D. #61

DESTRUCTION OF SPECIAL EDUCATION RECORDS Notice to all persons who have attended MSAD #61, received Special Education services, and who were born between July 1, 1987, to June 30, 1989

MSAD #61 has confidential student records in its possession and will destroy these records after July 15, 2016. To obtain these records, please contact the Special Education Office at 627-4578, ext. 21. Once you have contacted our office to pick up your records please be sure to have a picture ID. 3T23

Maine School Administrative District No. 61 is inviting bids for the purchase and installation of new student lockers at Lake Region Middle School. Sealed bids will be received at the Superintendent’s Office, Attention: Locker Bid, M.S.A.D. #61, 900 Portland Road, Bridgton ME 04009, until 2:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 6th, 2016, at which time and place they will be opened and read aloud. Bids sent by facsimile and bids received after 2:00 p.m., on Wednesday, July 6th, 2016, will not be accepted. Bids must be in a sealed envelope marked “Locker Bid No: 7062016” in the lower left-hand corner. Bidders interested in a bid packet, please contact Ramona Torres at (207) 647-3048 ext. 525. Interested bidders may arrange to inspect and measure the specific areas by contacting Andy Madura, Facilities Director, at (207) 693-4635 or (207) 415-2293. Bidders will be held responsible for accurate measures and, therefore, we strongly recommend that each bidder perform a site visit to verify measurements and become familiar with the scope of work. 1T25

Front Row Seat by Tom McLaughlin BN Columnist

realizing that something conceived of the universe and caused it to be — with me in it. Accepting that the Eternal had a capital E helped me relax as well, but I’ll re-emphasize that the process has been gradual and ongoing. I’m still in it. Along the way I came to believe. Studying that brilliant atheist-turned-Christian, Augustine of Hippo, helped me make the leap. Something he wrote 15 centuries ago jumped right off the page at me: “If thou hast not understood, said I, believe. For understanding is the reward of faith. Therefore do not seek to understand in order to believe, but believe that thou mayest understand.” I know for sure now, even if I never told Ernie Colvin. Tom McLaughlin of Lovell is a retired middle school U.S. History teacher. dent’s town and each one of you is an important member of this community! To The Editor: Karen Hawkins I would like to thank all Bridgton those who voted “Yes” in support of providing $10,000 to our local Bridgton Food Pantry in order to help feed To The Editor: the needy in our town. I did not think the I also would like to express my appreciation to those who Campfire Grille could get voted for me for the posi- any better when Michelle and tion of selectman. Although Joel opened their restaurant I did not win, I offer my sin- back in 2010. I wondered, cere congratulations to Glenn at that time, if they would be successful? Now, the “Bear” Zaidman. I am also very pleased Campfire Grille has moved with the number of citizens to Route 302 to the east of who came out to vote and town and I wonder what are thereby making their voice the limits to their success. heard regarding our local gov- The new Campfire Grille is ernment. Kudos to each and superb; the ambiance is much every one of you. Bridgton is nicer than the old, the wait not just a town for the select staff is efficient and profesLETTERS, Page 3D few; it is every single resi-


Even better

Bird Watch by Jean Preis BN Columnist


So far, today, I have managed to resist the silent little voice that tells me to be busy, the one that tells me to just do a few more of those endless chores, and a few more after that. I should put out clean bath towels, and then I should empty the trash, but I walk past the bathroom door, leaving towels and trash unattended. Moments later, when I see loppers and hand clippers by the back door, the silent voice reminds me that I have been intending to trim back some shrubs that are growing out over the path. I resist. I should top up the seed feeder, refill the hummingbird feeder, and put out fresh suet. I should make time to vacuum out my car before going to the grocery store, the post office, the gas station, and the library. I refuse. I have declared today to be a Day of Rest. I will get out my wildflower guide and my hand lens, and look up some wildflowers I found a few days ago. I will sit on a screened porch by the lake and watch the water rippling in the sunlight. I will nap, read, have a cup of tea. I will listen to birds sing. I will write a letter to a friend, in ink, on a pretty note card. I will slip the letter into an envelope, address it, put a flowered stamp on it, take it to the post office, and send it on its way to my friend. Weeks later, when her reply appears in our mailbox, I will happily stop what I am doing, sit down, and read it. I will read it again later, and then when the time is right I will write back to her. I willingly performed one chore today, when I swept a thick layer of yellow pine pollen from the screened porch so I could sit there and read. I had just read in Mary Holland’s book, Naturally Curious, that the pine pollen comes from the small yellow cones adorning the tips of nearly every pine branch. Each one releases as many as two million grains of pollen, which can float on the breeze for a couple of miles, carrying the promise of new life to other white pines. This morning, I discovered a broken pine branch on the ground beside the cottage steps. When I picked it up and waved it gently it released a surprisingly thick cloud of pollen. Soon all the pollen cones will be spent, and then they will dry up, turn brown, and fall onto the ground in pieces. Today is a time to rest, write a letter, read, admire wildflowers in the yard, listen to birds, and watch the lake in the afternoon light. The world will have to struggle along without me today, because while the TV may broadcast its own version of today’s news I am paying attention to important events right here. The song sparrows and the robins are feeding youngsters in their nests, ferrying wiggly morsels to them on a frequent basis. The phoebes have left the nest. Two great blue herons sail across the sky on enormous curved wings. Two white-breasted nuthatches climb up the trunk of the red oak and I wonder if they have a nest hole somewhere out of sight. A RedEyed Vireo calls here I am, look at me, up here, not there, over here, over and over. A male Purple Finch lands on the seed feeder. When a light breeze turns the leaves of a shrub this way and that, they catch the sunlight in the most interesting way. I wander around the yard and find bright yellow cinquefoil and birdfoot trefoil, blue flag iris, ox-eye daisies, bright orange hawkweed, delicate bluets, and the three pink moccasin flowers. It takes willpower to resist the endless chores that stretch out before me, but I am fairly certain no terrible incidents in the world would be prevented if I were to do just one more load of laundry. Today, I have declared a Day of Rest, and I am determined to enjoy it.



(Continued from Page 2D) sional, and the food is well over the top. I am not the Phantom Gourmet, but if I were, I would travel to the Campfire Grille just for the martinis (shaken or stirred). Congratulations Michelle and Joel, and we wish you success and the very best going forward. Joseph W. Angelo Chickadee Lane Bridgton

‘Small’ response

To The Editor: In its own way, Tom McLaughlin’s column on the Orlando nightclub shooting is as small a response to the tragedy as Donald Trump’s tweeted self-congratulation for “being right on radical Islamic terrorism.” Most of the column describes how various news outlets spun the event according to their own liberal or conservative biases. A fair point, but one that hardly needs making. Mr. McLaughlin’s main purpose is to marvel at how confusing it must be for multicultural liberals that “two of their most cherished victim groups — Muslims and homosexuals — are incompatible.” I can’t speak for “multicultural liberals,” whatever that means, but like many Americans I am committed to the ideal of a pluralistic society that welcomes people of different cultures, faiths and backgrounds, with the understanding that not every belief will necessarily be compatible with every other belief. The playing out of


E Pluribus Unum in practice is a messy and sometimes risky business, to be sure. History shows us that. But the alternative, like Donald Trump’s proposal to ban Muslim immigrants, is an untenable abrogation of America’s founding principles. The Orlando shooter was a sick individual with no place in civil society. At first glance, it might seem reasonable to ascribe the evil he wrought entirely to his faith; he pledged allegiance to the Islamic State on the night of the massacre. But things are not always what they seem. Indications are that he had little understanding of what exactly the group stands for and how it differs from other Middle-Eastern terrorist organizations. Judging by references he reportedly made in his 911 call, it seems that he was motivated more by a desire to be associated with recent lone-wolf figures, who achieved notoriety meeting violent deaths in support of causes with impassioned adherents. The choice of a gay nightclub obviously suggests that the killer’s feelings about homosexuality played a role, as well. If he was struggling to reconcile his own homosexuality with the religious traditions in which he was raised, that is certainly not an experience unique to Muslims. Ultimately, the psychological wellsprings of his rampage are complex and unfathomable. Considering his history of worrisome, threatening and violent behavior, we can legitimately wonder how he twice passed scrutiny by the FBI and how he was permitted to purchase firearms. But this has little to do with Islam. The fact that the Orlando killer was Muslim does not explain his heinous act any more than


the murder of nine worshippers in a Charleston church last summer is explained by the fact that the shooter was a baptized Lutheran, who went to bible camp. In stressful times, it is comforting to retreat to the company of those who see the world the same way we do and to lay blame at the feet of those who don’t. Mr. McLaughlin’s final observation on the Orlando massacre is that the shooter was apparently a registered Democrat. Instead of attempting any substantive analysis of what transpired at that nightclub, which would have been worth reading even by those who might disagree with him, Mr. McLaughlin used it as an opportunity for snarky partisan potshots. A dishearteningly small response to a moment of enormous and tragic significance. Matthew Hartnett Harrison


To The Editor: The recent massacre in Orlando revealed an undeniable truth about both our world and the presidential nominees. It revealed that the police, FBI or military simply cannot realistically respond immediately, and it’s during such events that response time is what saves lives. It also revealed prevailing attitudes in posturing. Following the attack, both former Secretary Clinton and businessman Trump were quick to place their respective diagnosis and begin a national dialogue that fostered division at a time when our nation should have been unified with the victims and their families. Regardless of the merits or demerits of blaming radical Islamic terror or lacking gun control mea-


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sures, the aftermath of the attack should have been a time to come together in solidarity rather than seeking political division. Both mainstream candidates posted social media comments in the aftermath pushing their respective agenda in an authoritative, “I told you so,” manner. That’s not the mark of someone who can unify and lead our nation. Thankfully there was one candidate that did respond in a mature and unifying manner. Former Governor Gary Johnson, the Libertarian nominee, responded with respect to the solemn nature of the aftermath and called for us to stand in solidarity with the victims while we learned the details of the attack. Since then, he has consistently called for the protection of individual rights while the other candidates have seized upon the current anxieties to call for a reduction of the Constitutional protections that truly make our country strong. That’s one of many reasons why I support former Governor Gary Johnson. If you would like to know more, please e-mail ConwayLibertarianClub@ Tony Zore Fryeburg Conway Libertarian Club

Hasbara comes to Bridgton

To The Editor: It looks as if The Bridgton News and Henry Precht, the Sage of Bridgton, have hit the big time. Henry’s enlightened “Small World” column of June 9, “The History Trap,” has attracted the attention and ire of readers as near as Naples, Maine and as far away FLOORING J & M Wood Floors Installation/Sanding/Refinishing Fully insured – Free estimates 207-337-5623

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June 23, 2016, The Bridgton News, Page 3D as Natick, Massachusetts, Mt. Vernon, Ohio and even Atlanta, Georgia. If you read the “Letters” section of the June 16 edition, you may have noticed not only the far-flung origins of the response letters, but some rather strong common threads. One of those threads is the attempt to undermine the credibility of the writer in question. The first letter came right out with the accusation of anti-Semitism. That term is very commonly used to discredit and smear the image of anyone daring to criticize the government of Israel. Now, Henry Precht, as readers of his column know, is a retired U.S. Foreign Service Officer and most articulate and intelligent observer of today’s foreign policy situations. An evenhanded critic of many governments’ policies, including our own and Israel’s, for sure. But anti-semitic he is not. And he is not about to back away from his opinions because of name-calling.  Another common thread in the above-mentioned letters is a knee-jerk reactive defense of Israel, according to them the freest state and only democracy in the Middle East. Nowhere do the letter-writers mention the lack of freedom for Palestinians living under the brutal Israeli occupation for nearly 60 years. Freedom in Israel as long as you are not Palestinians living in Israel or the Israeli-occupied West Bank and Gaza. So how do people in Ohio and Georgia get their hands on The Bridgton News? I’ll bet three out of four of those people have never even visited Bridgton. Most likely they are part of a network of American media monitors, whose mission is to quickly snuff out any little whiff of the OIL DEALERS Dead River Co. Range & Fuel Oil Oil Burner Service Tel. 647-2882, Bridgton

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To The Editor: If Henry Precht really thinks that the United States should be reaching out to the violent fanatics leading Iran while moving away from Israel, he needs a history lesson. Israel is a flawed democracy with values similar to our own; Iran is run by extremists who despise the United States, openly calls for death to Israel, hang gays and children, and wreak havoc through their terror proxies around the world. Nothing

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(Continued from Page 1D) often than not, a gray numbness that settled within my heart. That first year, the only time I felt like I was living was tending the garden. Often, I’d find myself crying while I picked or weeded. And over time — I can’t say how long because it was a gradual thing — I became so very fearful of storms and strong winds, lightening and heavy downpours. I wasn’t afraid of being hurt or killed, rather I struggled with how I’d survive if my home was damaged, how I’d deal with the aftermath as an older, single woman living with a disabled sister, with no relatives close by. I felt alone and helpless. Jason was the son who lived closest, and he was always the one I could count on to help, plus he called often — just to check in. He was the best! With him gone, plus the knowledge of how he died and the pain he went through that I was powerless to make better (as mothers so want to do!) — I lost my sense of power and strength. I no longer knew who I was or who





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June 10)! Could it possibly be that the viscerally antiAmerican theocratic dystopia that is Iran is actually a “better fit for,” and America would be “better served by,” cozying up to its despicable regime, rather than, however deeply flawed, Saudi Arabia? Were he not so blatantly biased against Israel, Precht would see how the pejoratives he directed against that state perfectly describe Iran: an “aggressive regime,” “requiring an enemy for domestic political reasons,” employing “fake rhetoric and violence,” truly a “toxic partner.” Iran parades nuclear weapon capable missiles, inscribed with “Death to Israel,” in both Farsi and Hebrew. Its infamous Holocaust cartoon contests spew the rawest anti-Semitism; its operatives have attacked Jewish sites around the world. Massively armed by Iran terror groups, Hezbollah, Islamic Jihad, Hamas, etc. now threateningly surround the Jewish state. So much for Israel’s “false, fabricated alarms!” Over the past decades, America has made many Mideast mistakes, but has had relatively few successes. The mutually beneficial U.S.-Israel alliance surely

is one of them. The “trust and reliance” that America has placed in that “startup” nation has been repeatedly, and more than amply, highly rewarded. Richard D. Wilkins Syracuse, N.Y.

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To The Editor: In his column, “Small World: The History Trap,” Henry Precht divides the world into friends and enemies. He praises Iran as a possible friend that is making modest strides in democracy while he unfairly castigates Israel. Unfortunately, Iran is the largest state sponsor of terrorism in the world and has preached death to the United States. Mr. Precht then pivots to Israel. He accuses the country of fabricating dangers to its security. Israel has no need to fabricate hostilities. Israel has been attacked by its Arab neighbors many times. When Israel declared independence on May 14, 1948, Sheik Mamoun Al Shinawi, the spiritual leader of Moslems throughout the LETTERS, Page 7D

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term U.S. allies under the bus. If these views were representative of his Foreign Service work, it’s a good thing for our country that he’s retired. One can only quail at the thought of someone with his views continuing to influence United States foreign policy. Daniel H. Trigoboff, Ph.D. Williamsville, N.Y.

the United States can do will appease Iran’s leaders, who continue to defy the United States while laughing at our perceived weakness. Does Precht believe that giving Iran and its terror groups like Hezbollah free rein in the Middle East will help solve our problems? The tiny country of Israel — which has made incredible contributions to the world and offered the Palestinian Arabs statehood numerous times despite decades of rejection and terror by its neighbors — is our only true friend in the region. Calling Israeli leaders “fascist” while letting extremist Palestinian leaders, who have long-denied Jewish history in Israel and encouraged violence against civilians, off the hook is inexcusable. Listening to Precht’s wildly misguided advice would be a tragic mistake. Sara Miller Queens, N.Y.



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I’d become. Through all this, I often felt Jason close by. He visited me in my dreams, and I could tell when he was around. I was afraid that I’d forget what his voice sounded like, but no way. I can hear him telling me he loves me or giving me encouragement or even expressing pride and sometimes concern for his sons. Roll your eyes if you must, but to me this is quite real, and I welcome it. Others close to Jason have had similar experiences — he was wise in many ways, but so soft and tender in others — too much so for this world. Each evening when it’s not raining, it is my habit to head outside and walk around the garden, perhaps sit in the cedar swing with views of the mountains. My garden, which is fenced with a gate to enter, sits in the middle of the backyard — the mountains in the distance. There are huge white pines and two of the biggest maples I’ve ever seen on one side, a large maple and ancient crab apple on the other, and smaller white pines, oaks, and birches so that the yard is circled on three sides by the trees. (Hence my fear of strong winds). Earlier this spring as I stood in the yard feeling grateful for the beauty that surrounded me (and also feeling grateful that I could once more feel this way!), a gentle breeze came up rustling the young leaves of the maples and branches of the pines. I looked up and around at the circle of trees and clearly heard them say to me, “You do not have to fear us. We are guardians. We will protect you.” This is how I felt when I first moved here 20 years ago and it had been lost to me. Now, tears streaming down my cheeks, I raised my arms and said “thank you” to the trees. I am not the same woman I was before my son died. But I am coming back to myself. The numbness is leaving and peace and even joy often take its place. More recently on my evening stroll around the yard, again the breeze came up, and I looked out to the mountains, raised my head, lifted my chest and opened my arms and breathed it all in. And I felt strength and a certain power fill me up. I remembered it from years ago, from my youth, from walks amongst old growth, from standing on a cliff looking down at the seething tide of the ocean, from wanting to become the hawk soaring on wind currents in a blue-and-cloud-studded sky. Magic! I could feel it once again! It filled me up and felt wonderful.

Stopping the killing (Continued from Page 1D) potential — than do other nations at a similar stage of development? It must have to do with culture, with our societal norms. Ours is an individual-based society where rights are more highly valued than responsibilities. What the citizen wants is more important than what he owes. The murderers among us look like us, but they aren’t. They live outside the web of community. They are loners, frustrated by a failure to fit in, faced by rejections they cannot understand. But I drift into realms where I am little qualified. I’m neither psychologist not sociologist, neither philosopher not politician. I observe and try to understand. I try to avoid sticking labels, which cloud judgments. One thing is not so hard to understand but extremely hard to deal with is the means of carrying out mass murders. In a word, guns. Our loose gun control laws are a national disgrace. No other country can match our toleration for putting weapons in the hands of killers. Is it rational that assault weapons — unsuitable for hunting, self-defense or target practice — should be freely available to virtually any buyer? These guns are designed for military uses. Their only utility is to kill the opponent. Is it rational that we lack an effective national system for background checks of gun purchasers? We register — and re-register — cars. Why not weapons? The reason, of course, is that a relatively small lobby, funded in good part by gun manufacturers, dominates a sector of our national politics. Polls show that the larger part of the American public want effective gun controls; their wishes are outweighed by single issue partisans who oppose even studies by the respected Center for Disease Control of the public health aspect of the gun problem. Donald Trump wants everyone to be armed, for them to fight back should a terrorist turn up – a concept sure to multiply firearm deaths. Senator Collins and others want to limit weapon purchases to those not appearing on some terrorist lists — a concept sure to do little to limit firearm deaths. Both ideas are designed primarily to appease the NRA. We have all been complicit in the murders of blameless Americans over these past months. The Supreme Court for revising the historical purpose of the Second Amendment to fit purposes the Founders never contemplated; politicians for cowardly pandering to gun lobbyists; editors and writers for giving up on gun control as a hopeless cause; and the rest of us for shrugging off, for tolerating the deadly wrong that is visited on our nation, for ignoring the plain logic of common sense. Henry Precht is a retired Foreign Service Officer.


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Brantley W. S. Perry

Eleanor M. Lombard

Rosa M. Burnell

TURNER – Brantley W. S. Perry, 2 months old, was guided to Heaven in the arms of the angels, on Saturday, June 18 in Turner. He was born April 19, 2016 in Lewiston, the son of Jeremy and Lindsay (Ward, formerly of Bridgton) Perry. His precious soul touched the hearts of many even though his time here was brief, he will be held in their memories and hearts forever. He is survived by his parents, Jeremy and Lindsay Perry of Turner; brothers, Brayden and Braxton Perry and his sister, Keaira Perry; maternal grandmother, Darcy Ward of Revere, Mass.; paternal grandparents, Diane and Doug Perry of Norway; his aunt and uncles. Messages of condolence may be sent to: Visitation was held from 12 to 1 p.m. with the funeral service following at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, June 22 at Finley Funeral Home, 15 Church Street, Livermore Falls.

CASCO — Eleanor M. Lombard, 96, died on Friday, June 17, 2016. She was born on May 2, 1920, in Wayne, the daughter of Ernest L. Milliken and Marjorie G. Milliken. Eleanor grew up in Edes Falls, where she was raised by her grandparents, Harry G. and Edith E. Milliken. She married Charles Burton Lombard in 1941. They were married nearly 50 years before he passed away in 1991. Eleanor graduated from Casco High School and Golden’s Beauty Culture School. She owned and operated Lombard’s Cottages on Sebago Lake for 60 years and was a broker and owner of Lombard’s Realty. Eleanor was a founding member of Hawthorne Garden Club, a member of the Pine Cone Square Dancing Club, and enjoyed being a member of the Raymond Village Church and singing in the choir. She also enjoyed swimming, crafts, knitting, painting and gardening. Her motto was: “About yesterday, no tears — about tomorrow, no fears.” Eleanor was predeceased by her husband, Charles; her brother, Charles; and her sister, Edith. Surviving are her daughter Marjorie E. Wintle of South Casco; her granddaughter; her brother, Linwood Milliken of East Baldwin; many nieces, nephews, grandnieces and grandnephews. Visiting hours were held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Tuesday at Hall Funeral Home, Casco. A graveside service was held at 11 a.m. on Wednesday at Murch Cemetery. Online condolences may be left for the family at: In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Casco Rescue Unit, 635 Meadow Road, Casco, ME 04015.

CASCO — Rosa Marie (Smith) Burnell, 86, died, Wednesday, June 15, 2016, in Casco after a stoic battle with multiple myeloma. Rosa was born to Herbert Charles Smith and Grace (Fortier) Smith May 6, 1930, in Houlton. During her early years, she lived in Houlton, North Yarmouth and later moved to Scarborough. She attended Scarborough High School. On Nov. 21, 1948, she married Orland Fletcher Burnell Jr. in Fryeburg. They purchased their first home on Providence Street in Portland, where they raised eight children. She lived for many years in Portland’s East Deering section, prior to moving to Windham 10 years ago. Rosa will always be remembered as a loving caregiver, who gladly helped anyone needing a hand. After raising eight children, she could be found helping in the nursery at church, and later caring for her motherin-law and husband, as they became ill later in life. After moving to Windham, she would help care for those needing assistance during her stay at Unity Gardens. She was forever an optimist who, despite her declining health, was always able to look at the brighter side. Her strong faith and love of Jesus Christ were ever present in the way she lived her life and was a lifelong member of the North Deering Alliance Church. She, like her own mother, possessed a sense of humor that was infectious and will forever be a source of lasting memories for her family. Her greatest joys in life were spending time with her family and enjoying the simpler things in life. She will be missed dearly by all who knew her. Rosa was predeceased by her husband of 56 years, Fletcher, who died in 2004; by her parents, Grace and Hebert Smith; sisters, Anna Rogers, Elizabeth Triddle, Jean Batharas; and brothers, Larry Smith and Herbert Smith; as well as a grandson. Surviving Rosa is her sister, Laura Dalrymple of Freeport; her nieces and nephews; her three daughters Katherine C. Johnson of South Casco, Susan E. Greene of Kennebunk and Patricia G. Burnell of Columbus, Ohio; her five sons, Steven D. of Gray; Michael T. of Windham, Daniel E. of Portland, David B. of Columbus, Ga. and Peter B. of Windham; and her most cherished 21 grandchildren; and 16 greatgrandchildren. Visiting hours will be held 10 to 11 a.m., Friday, June 24, 2016, at A.T Hutchins Funeral Home, 660 Brighton Avenue, Portland. A memorial service will be held at 11 a.m., interment will immediately follow at West Baldwin Cemetery, West Baldwin. To share memories and condolences with the family, please go to

Claudia L. Gordon NAPLES — Claudia Louise (Burtsell) Gordon passed away peacefully Sunday, June 19, 2016. She was born April 8, 1935 in Mapleton, a daughter of Theodore and Gladys (Miller) Burtsell. Claudia was a 1954 graduate of Casco High School. For a number of years, she was a C.N.A. and worked at Fryeburg Health Care Center. She was predeceased by her husband, Edmund J. Gordon. Claudia is survived by her son, Malcolm Proctor Jr. of Naples; her daughter, Diana Hennigar of Evanson, Wyo.; two sisters, Dot Emmons and Cindy Coffin, both of Naples; her brother, Teddy Burtsell of Oxford; three grandchildren and four great-grandchildren. A private family graveside service will be held on Friday, In Loving Memory of June 24. A public celebration of her life will be held from 4 to 7 p.m. on Friday, June 24 at the Naples American Legion Post #155. Online condolences may be left for the family at hallfu6/27/55 —8/30/13

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Elinor M. Mains 12/22/27 – 6/22/12 A thousand times we needed you A thousand times we cried If love alone could have saved you you never would have died A heart of gold stopped beating Two twinkling eyes closed to rest God broke our hearts to prove he only took the best Never a day goes by that you’re not in our hearts and our souls. Your loving grandchildren, Kathleen “Buffy,” Amy, Amanda, Adam and Amber 1T25

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Richard J. St. Peter Sr. HARRISON — Richard “Dick” Joseph St. Peter Sr., 87, of Harrison, died on Monday, Jan. 25, 2016, at his home. He was born on June 4, 1928, in Fort Fairfield, the son of Herbert and Azelia Martin St. Peter. Always seen with a wide smile, wearing his flag lapel pin and accompanied daily by his faithful black Lab, Cinder, Dick enjoyed taking the time to acquaint himself and chat with other dog owners in the village. He was a friend to many; always greeting them with a firm handshake and a hearty “Hello.” He lived a full and interesting life — from being a proud Marine veteran to working as a traveling salesman throughout the Eastern seaboard, with a particular affinity for Maine — to co-owning and operating the Twilite Motel in Ellsworth, with his wife Chrissy. He was very active volunteering in the community, which continued even into his 80s, when he served as distribution manager for a local newspaper. Growing up in the East Deering section of Portland, he married the love of his life, Christine Adams, a romance that lasted 64 years. They lived in Massachusetts during the early years of their marriage, where they began raising their family, Patti and Richie. Returning to Maine, they lived in Portland, Cumberland (where Dick served on the school board) and Ellsworth. While owning the motel there, they relished wintering in Ft. Myers, Fla. They eventually chose to retire in a small town, purchasing their home in Harrison, where they have lived happily for the past 20 years. They enjoyed hosting and attending gatherings at the lake with friends or at their homes through the years, where Dick’s enthusiasm for good food never waned. Dick was a member of the American Legion Post 139 in Harrison, and the “Weary Club” of Norway. His cheerful disposition, warm heart and presence in the village will surely be missed. He was predeceased by his son, Richard St. Peter Jr.; his wife, Christine Adams St. Peter; his sister, Lorraine Doucette Kelby; and his brother, Norman J. St. Pierre. He is survived by his daughter, Patricia Vierra of Gray and Land O’Lakes, Fla.; and many nieces and nephews who loved him dearly. There will be a graveside service held at Calvary Cemetery at “high noon” on Friday, June 24. All family and friends are welcome. A celebration of life gathering will follow. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in memory of Richard J. St. Peter to: Harvest Hills Animal Shelter, 1389 Bridgton Road, Fryeburg, ME 04037, or New England USO, 427 Commercial Street, Boston, MA 02128.

Lucille W. Johnson Lucille W. (Whitney) Johnson, 85, of Bridgton, passed away peacefully at Bridgton Hospital in the early morning on May 24, 2016, after an acute illness with Kathy by her side. Lucille was the fifth child born to Alphonso and Laura (Newcomb) Whitney on Sept. 5, 1930, in South Portland. Lucille spent most of her formative years in North Yarmouth and graduated from North Yarmouth Academy in 1948. After graduating from high school Lucille worked for Farley Glass Company. While at Farley Glass she met the love of her life! They were married in 1950. Other than for a short time they made South Portland their home for 19 years. It was there they brought their two children Kathy and James into the world. Lucille was very active in South Portland School’s Parent Teacher’s Association and served in numerous capacities at People’s United Methodist Church. Lucille was a natural peacemaker and loved everyone. She simply loved all things family! Nieces and nephews and brothers and sisters meant the world to her. Her friends are countless. No one loved people more than Lucille. Lucille returned to the work force when she was 30 and worked at Eastern Musical Supply and then the Maine Bankers Association, retiring in her late fifties. Oh how she loved her banking family and her work at the Association. Lucille had many talents and interests besides being the best mom in the world. Her nieces and nephews say she was pretty good at being an Auntie, too! Lucille loved sewing, quilting, crocheting, knitting, rug hooking, and needlepointing. She did it all and she did it well. Lucille was a fabulous cook and baker. Flowers! She loved gardening. Her gardens were full of color and beauty. Her talents were endless. Yet it was her heart that touched so many. Lucille lived a life of giving and caring. Lucille lived to share her loving heart every day of her life. Lucille was predeceased by her soul mate, Mahlon of 64 years, her parents Alphonso and Laura Whitney, her brother Herbert and sisters Bertha and Thelma. She is survived by her daughter Kathy and son James; her son-in-law Ronald Dyer, whom she thanked daily for the past two and half years for caring for her at home so that she could remain at home. She also leaves her siblings, Elmer, Alton, Stanley, Nellie and Warren; and her daughter-in-law Debra. Lucille leaves her grandchildren, Sarah Dyer Wood, Amy Dyer Grace and Nicholas Johnson and their wonderful spouses; her great-grandchildren Ryan and Emily Wood and Penelope Johnson who she loved a bushel and a peck; and numerous loving nieces and nephews and friends who meant the world to her; as well as her special surrogate children as she called them, Jerre, Lisa and Karen. The family gives special thanks to Lucille’s medical provider and friend, Dr. Suzanne Dater, MD, for her exceptional medical care and her friendship. A special thank you to all the outstanding nurses and technical staff at Bridgton Hospital. Mom received the best of care. The family thanks Chandler Funeral Homes for their professional, thoughtful and caring ways. A special thank you to Lucille’s CNA, Darleen Morgan, and her very special volunteer, Betty Philips. A Celebration of Lucille’s life will be held at Bridgton United Methodist Church, 214 Main Street Bridgton, on Saturday, June 25th at 2 p.m. In lieu of flowers donations may be made to the Lucille W. Johnson, Nursing Scholarship Fund c/o The Development Office, Bridgton Hospital, 10 Hospital Drive, Bridgton, ME 04009. Arrangements are in the care of the Chandler Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Bridgton. Words of condolence and tribute may be shared with Lucille’s family at

Richard L. Jordan DURHAM — Richard London Jordan, 67, of Durham, and Melbourne Beach, Fla., passed away on Friday, June 10, 2016, at Bodwell House in Brunswick after a battle with cancer. Richard was born in Portland on Nov. 18, 1948, to parents Preston London Jordan and Marcia Florence (DeLinden) Jordan. Rick was a 1968 graduate of Kents Hill School, where he was a three-sport athlete and was awarded the MVP in soccer. He also attended Nasson College. He was a longtime registered Maine Guide. He enjoyed fly-fishing, golfing, canoeing, swimming, and all water activities, especially exploring the Allagash wilderness many times, beginning in his pre-teen years. He was an avid sports fan at all levels, including as a regular spectator at his niece’s and nephews’ contests. For many years, he thoroughly enjoyed the snowbird lifestyle, spending winters in Florida, summers in Maine, and making lifelong friends in both locations. Richard worked for many years as a server in restaurants from Maine to Florida. His longest employment was with Royal River Grill House in Yarmouth. He truly enjoyed his work and the repeat clients who appreciated his attentive service and often asked for him by name. Richard was predeceased by his parents. He is survived by his son Barton and three granddaughters; sisters, Judith Hennemann of Sandown, N.H., Susan Biggs of Harrison and Pamela Hanson of Bowdoinham; brother, Dean of Bath; stepmother, Mary Bird of North Yarmouth and Gainesville, Fla.; and numerous uncles, aunts, cousins, nieces and nephews. Friends and family are welcome to call at Royal River Grillhouse, 106 Lafayette St., Yarmouth, on Friday, June 24, from 4 to 6 p.m. Arrangements are under the care of Funeral Alternatives, 155 Bath Road, Brunswick. Condolences may be expressed to the family at: In lieu of flowers, donations are appreciated, to CHANS Home Health Care, 60 Baribeau Drive, Brunswick, ME 04011.

Catherine M. Legere 1924 – 2016 NO. WINDHAM — Catherine M. Legere, 91, passed away peacefully in her sleep in the early morning hours of June 17, 2016, at Ledgewood Manor in North Windham. Born in Gorham on Dec. 24, 1924, to Chester and Gladys Libby Merrifield, she was one of 10 children. Catherine moved her family to Naples in 1970 when she purchased her first home on her own. She was always grateful to her nephew, Robert Matta, who was a constant support as she raised her children as a single mother. While Catherine had a diverse work history, including teaching school and being a home companion to the elderly, caring for her children was always most important to her. She devoted her time to learning, teaching and sharing her strong faith in the Lord. She was an active member and board member at the Casco Alliance Church, formerly the Bridgton Road Alliance Church, for many, many years. She loved her family at the little white “Jesus Never Fails” church. Catherine enjoyed crossword puzzles, crocheting, knitting, cribbage and going to bible study with her friends. Catherine was predeceased by her parents, her son Kevin Legere in 2000, Robert Matta and eight of her nine siblings. She leaves behind her daughter, Deb Merrifield of Portland; sons Paul Kelly of Portland, Rick Legere and his wife Rachel of Naples; her grandsons, DC3 Richard Legere Jr. of the United States Coast Guard, currently stationed in Miami, Fla., Andrew and Joshua Legere of Naples; sister, Jean Dolloff and her husband Donald of Gorham; and many nieces and nephews. A graveside service will be held 2 p.m., Saturday, June 25, at Crooked River Cemetery on Rt. 11 in Naples. Those wishing to remember Catherine may make donations in her name to: Casco Alliance Church, 450 Roosevelt Trail, Casco, ME 04015. Online condolences may be left for the family at

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S. Natalie Armstrong

Dorothy T. McHugh

Judith E. Parker-Day

GORHAM — S. Natalie Armstrong, 74, died Saturday, June 18, 2016, at her home in Gorham. She was born Jan. 4, 1942, in Gorham, a daughter of Clarence and Ida (Cousens) James. Natalie grew up in Gorham and attended local schools. She had a great work ethic and enjoyed careers at Graybar Electric, W.T. Grants, Sylvania, Fairchild, and Unum, from where she retired in 1998. She enjoyed painting, bowling, beano, casinos, dancing and crocheting. Natalie was also a member of the fraternal order of Eagles and Elks Lodge #188. In addition to her parents, Natalie was predeceased by her husband of 52 years. Lester Armstrong; sister Carol Plummer; brothers, Clarence James Jr. and Edward James; and a granddaughter. She is survived by her children, Brent Armstrong of Greene, Todd Armstrong of Naples, Holly Sirois of New Hampshire, and Carissa Bucklin of Florida; 10 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren; and her sister, Barbara Nevers. Natalie will be laid to rest with a private graveside service at Hillside Cemetery, Gorham. To express condolences or participate in Natalie’s online tribute visit Those wishing to remember her may make gifts in her name to: Hospice of Southern Maine, 180 U.S. Route 1, Suite 1, Scarborough, ME 04074.

SOUTH PORTLAND — Dorothy T. McHugh, 84, of South Portland and Bridgton, passed away peacefully in her sleep on June 17, 2016. She died of complications from dementia. She was born to her parents, Edward and Clara Moran, on Aug. 31, 1931, in Portland. Dorothy graduated from South Portland High School in 1949 and Portland Business School. She began a long and successful career as a secretary for local businesses. During this time, she discovered skiing at Pleasant Mountain, where she met her husband, Christy; they were married until his death in 2001. They were lifelong members of the Downeast Ski Club and raised their five children to share their love of skiing. The family divided time between South Portland and Bridgton, where they made many lifelong friends. Upon retirement, Dorothy and Christy moved to “camp” on the Old County Road, where they enjoyed many happy years. She loved to spend time skiing, picking blueberries, and canoeing on the Saco River and Moose Pond. She also enjoyed gardening, the annual trips to the Fryeburg Fair, and listening to the symphony on the Fourth of July. She was predeceased by her parents; her brother Richard; and her husband of 49 years, Christy R. McHugh. She is survived by her brother Tom of Florida; her sons, Daniel of Schrewsbury, Mass., John of Aspen, Colo., Theodore of South Portland, and Scott of Rehoboth, Del.; her three grandchildren; many nieces, nephews, cousins and other family members. She will be missed. Visiting hours will be held on Saturday, June 25, from 10 to 11:30 a.m. at the Conroy-Tully Walker South Portland Chapel, 1024 Broadway, South Portland. A funeral service will follow in the funeral home at 11:30 a.m. Interment will follow at New Calvary Cemetery, Broadway. To view Dorothy’s memorial page or to share an online condolence, please see:

PORTLAND — Judith E. Parker-Day, 58, passed away on Wednesday, June 15, 2016, surrounded by family and friends. She was born in Hartford, Conn., on April 13, 1958, the daughter of the late Edward and Fern (Greene) Parker. Judy grew up on Peaks Island, and graduated from Portland High School in 1976. Throughout her life, she pursued a variety of unique careers and adventures. Whether serving as a chef on schooners in San Diego and Key West, owning her own restaurant, “Will’s” on Peaks Island, or as a personal assistant for several local area families, her life embodied one of constant entrepreneurial spirit and talent. Her love for cooking, inherited from the legendary Fern Parker, was a source of great satisfaction and pleasure throughout her life. Her other passions included gardening, the ocean, and caring for her beloved Maine Coon Cat, Maxwell. Over the last decade, she was a member of Holy Trinity Church in Portland, where she was welcomed by a wonderful community, who became lifelong friends. She was an avid participant in the annual Greek Festival, where she applied her love of cooking to help feed the thousands who would attend each year. Judy is survived by her son, William Day of San Diego, Calif.; her sisters, Kathy Parker of Portland and Dianne Parker of Bridgton; and her niece. She is predeceased by a nephew. A funeral service was held at 2:30 p.m., Saturday, June 18, 2016, at Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church, 133 Pleasant Street, Portland. A private interment will be held at a later date. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: the Adam Perron Scholarship for Educators, c/o Elizabeth Perron, 31 Walker Mills Road, Harrison, ME 04040 providing assistance to those who wish to pursue a career in education.

David T. Johnston Sr. NAPLES — David T. Johnston Sr., 72, died unexpectedly in his home with his beloved wife present, on Wednesday, June 15, 2016. He was born Oct. 25, 1943, in Waltham, Mass., the son of Robert and Eileen Johnston. Dave enjoyed sitting in his green recliner watching classic car shows, working on cars, camping, going to the coffee shops to gossip with the “Ole Bucks,” and spending time with his #1 granddaughter Hopey, his #2 granddaughter, Bella (don’t worry Hopey, we clarified this), and his wife Ruthy Johnston He is survived by his beloved second wife of 39 years, Ruth E. Johnston, 58, of Naples; his baby girl Tracy Johnston, 38, of Biddeford; his daughter, Christina Larrabee of Windham; his son, Bobby Bedard of Westbrook; and six his grandchildren. He was predeceased by his first wife of 16 years, Patricia Leary; and by his four sons, David T. Johnston Jr., Martin F. Johnston, Frederick T. Johnston and Richard R. Johnston. As his favorite saying goes: “Behold my grave as you pass by for as you are so once was I. For as I am so you must be, prepare for death and follow me.” We all miss you so much Daddy and weren’t ready for this. However, we take comfort in knowing you are finally with all your boys and your heartache from the pain of your losses is finally over and you have found your peace. We love you with all our heart! Visiting hours were held 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, June 20, 2016 at Hall Funeral Home, 165 Quaker Ridge Road, Casco. Online condolences may be left for the family at

In Memoriam

In Loving Memory JOANNA ROLLINS CROOKER 7/8/1933 – 6/22/2015 You left us beautiful memories, Your love is still our guide, Although we cannot see you, You’re always at our side. We miss you every day Mom Love Your Children Grandchildren, and Great-grandchildren

American authors

(Continued from Page 1D) ing to name names when confronted in Congress. Evidently their crimes were questioning authority or sympathizing with civil rights or signing petitions against the use of nuclear weapons or anything that J. Edgar Hoover deemed disloyal to his sense of personal prejudices. Sadly, many careers were destroyed by the scourge of the notorious blacklisting during that era. Senator McCarthy was eventually censured by the Senate after being discredited during the ArmyMcCarthy hearings in 1954. The HUAC committee wielded its subpoena power as a weapon and called citizens to testify in high-profile hearings before Congress. This intimidating atmosphere often produced dramatic but questionable revelations about Communists infiltrating American institutions and subversive actions by wellknown citizens. HUAC’s controversial tactics contributed to the fear, distrust and repression that existed during the anti-communist hysteria of the 1950s. By the late 1950s and early 1960s, HUAC’s influence was in decline, and in 1969 it was renamed the Committee on Internal Security. Although it ceased issuing subpoenas that year, its operations continued until 1975. During the midst of the Red Scare, two brave Mainers publicly spoke truth to power. Senator Margaret Chase Smith in her Declaration of Conscience denounced AUTHOR, Page 8D


(Continued from Page 5D) world at that time, called for a holy war for the sake of Allah against Israel. The following day, five Arab armies invaded the newborn country. The jihad against Israel continues even now. It has morphed into economic boycotts, propaganda attacks, suicide bombings and a “knifing intifida.” In spite of these obstacles, Israel continues to thrive and to be a friend to the United States and the world. It is one of the first countries to

arrive in times of natural disaster. It shares its information technology, which helps the U.S. economy. It has developed creative solutions for water shortages, which has been useful to California. Israel also shares its knowledge on dealing with security threats such as terrorism. According to an old Eskimo proverb, “You never really know your friends from your enemies until the ice breaks.” The ice has broken. Mr. Precht’s vision will leave us with Iran. I chose Israel. Elinor Weiss East Amherst, N.Y.

Pathetic scene

To The Editor: Watching the travails of the Republican Party today is like watching a drowning man, flailing desperately in the water while threatening to drag down even the lifeguards trying to save his life. It’s a pathetic scene. Donald Trump makes yet another idiotic statement while the rest of the GOP ducks into elevators and rest rooms to avoid commenting on it. Unlike Trump’s preposterous claim that he predicted the Orlando massa-

cre, I really did see this political crisis coming. Way back in 1973, I left the GOP and became an Independent after Richard Nixon devised his “Southern Strategy” and won the presidency by appealing directly to racist resentments and white supremacist ideas — especially in the states of the Old Confederacy, but also across the country. Then, after Nixon turned the White House into a full-scale criminal enterprise (for which several of his cronies served prison time), I abandoned the GOP for good. Nothing during the last 43 years has LETTERS, Page 8D


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this is what you get.” Then, as the final action of the convention, formally vote to disband the Republican Party as a political organization. Once that is done, they should devote the next four years to doing something positive for a change. Instead of obstructing everything that the next president proposes, as they did with President Obama, they should build a new political party that exists to help solve the massive problems that the United States now faces: climate destabilization, income inequality, runaway corporate power, insane gun laws, and endless spending on foolish, fruitless warfare. Lead, follow or get out of the way, Republicans. If the battered remnants of the “party of no” can manage that, I might even consider voting for them again. Rev. Robert Plaisted Bridgton

(Continued from Page 7D) made me doubt my decision. The Grand Old Party steadily degraded to become the racist, misogynistic, homophobic, xenophobic nightmare that it is today. Trumpism is simply the last stage of Republican depravity. So, let me offer some advice to my beloved former party. They’ve never taken my advice before, but I’ll give it another try. The best thing the Republican Party can do for itself, and for the United States, is to vote itself out of existence. If there are still enough Republicans who have a moral conscience, they should vote to disband the GOP at their national convention in Cleveland. Forego all the hoopla and phony political theatrics. Ratify the ugly decision made by primary voters and formally nominate Trump by acclamation. Allow him to make his ranting, white-nationalist convention speech. In effect, say to the To The Editor: The Lake Region angry old white guys, who Substance Abuse Coalition now control the GOP primaries, “This is what you want; (LRSAC) is surveying resi-

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Fighting back

To The Editor: When bad things happen, good people come together. It’s a horrible thing when someone is diagnosed with cancer. It is even worse when that person is one of the kindest, most caring, most polite children you

have ever met. In an effort to support and encourage this boy, who is a student here at Stevens Brook Elementary School, I had the idea of printing up some “Fighting Back” team shirts for our school community. I want to thank some people that made this endeavor possible. First, the kids in the SBES Student Council. When I asked them if they wanted to help with the project and told them a screen would cost us money, there was no debate, their vote was unanimous that we should do it. No matter the cost, Student Council would fund the price of the screen. The PTA stepped forward to cover the cost of the ink. I rushed the screen design to Chuck Hamaty at Maine Street Graphics telling him we only had three weeks left of school, and asking if he could he help us. Of course, he could! Not only did he rush to clean up the design, he made a large donation to help us out and got the screen to me within days!

I called Sandy Arris at the Lake Region High School and Nikolai Cudlitz — both of whom knew how to silkscreen. They both arranged their schedules to help with the screening. Not only did they come to my aid, but on the two days of printing shirts, Miranda Walker, Josh Arris, Kristin Curley, Quinn and Bill Macdonald, David Fox, Denise Stuart and Liz Cook came to help out! In those two days, we printed more than 200 shirts to help show our love and support of this wonderful young man battling leukemia! I never could have pulled this off without all your help! To the many people that helped out and contributed, thank you. You all rose to the occasion and made a beautiful thing happen. Lili Needham-Fox Bridgton

To tell the truth or not?

To The Editor: I returned from a very traumatic visit to the Department of Health and Human Services after losing all my benefits, even my $16 monthly allotment of food stamps, Part B of my once paid for Medicare plan. I visited DHHS yesterday after getting a notification that I had lost my benefits, but could reapply for them within 90 days of the time I received notification that I was being closed out from all services. This required spending hours talking to incoherent robots. When I found myself excessively enraged by talking to yet another robot, I made the decision to talk directly to a real life DHHS worker. The DHHS worker, who reviewed my benefit package, could not have been more empathic. She applauded me when I told her that I now had an additional thousand dollars a month in addition to my $1,171 a month Social Security check. I told her how and why my expenses Out on a Limb — A delicate balance, to keep it or lose had increased, i.e., how I had borrowed against my it on a hot summer day. monthly annuity by pur-

chasing a new used car after the transmission on my 1992 Chevrolet Lumina blew up, which involved taking out a loan with interest from my family that was now being subtracted from the monthly payment. I confided that my $4,400 used Subaru needed a new muffler and mentioned that my rent and utility bill had substantially increased because I had a family member living with me at the moment with no access to shelter or job prospects. I mentioned my $2,900.67 Care Credit bill that I used during a dire emergency with my teeth. She was particularly empathic when I told her about the volatile cost of having combined telephone, Internet and TV services from Time Warner without HBO or dial up. My very kind worker gently hinted that self-preservation often required one to — well — just not be so open about some things as she denied me access to any benefits. My worker suggested that many who come to DHHS to apply for benefits have assets they have not revealed. “It’s a matter of self-preservation,” she said. On the other hand, apparently, there are new fraud investigators who can figure these things out and people, of course, do not want to go to jail. Self-preservation and telling the truth is far more risky, I believe for the poor or those on the edge of it. Much of this has become legalized for the wealthy amongst us. I write this as I am convinced that most who write about matters of poverty give their public opinions from the standpoint of those who are not personally suffering from living within or on the edge of total poverty and despair. Newspaper articles are written about us, but not by us. We certainly will not be paid, publicly acknowledged or invited to participate in change except by giving donations to those who thank us by asking us to give more dollars to “those” who will represent our interest. Virginia (Tilla) Durr Bridgton

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(Continued from Page 7D) Senator McCarthy and HUAC’s tactics. She stated the basic principles of “Americanism” were: The right to criticize; The right to hold unpopular beliefs; The right to protest; The right of independent thought. E.B. White, the admired essayist and children’s author, spoke up for free-


dom of thought when other writers and editors shied away from criticizing the McCarthy hearings and “loyalty-checking system” in the hands of a few men. E.B. White was also investigated as possibly “subversive.” He received The Presidential Medal of Freedom in 1963. J. Edgar Hoover, a “politician without portfolio,” went after political activists and civil rights leaders while ironically, denying there was organized crime

such as the Mafia. During his era, groups like the Ku Klux Klan, the American Nazi Party and independent militia groups (all legal) continued their assault and intimidation on American citizens. Writers, under Hoover, were as much a threat to society and kept under constant surveillance. Many of the writers who were suspect of being disloyal or un-American served bravely in the military during World War II. The more than a hundred

men and women whose names appear in these dossiers were never convicted of any of the suspected crimes attributed to them by the FBI or other investigative agencies. Peter Bollen writes an occasional column for The Bridgton News dedicated to books and authors including reviews and news of the book trade. The author welcomes comments and suggestions, and can be reached at

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