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Serving Bridgton and the surrounding towns of Western Maine since 1870. Vol. 144, No. 47

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Naples to Portland: Rural bus set to roll

By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — It is common knowledge that there is no such thing as a free lunch. But, for the next five-plus weeks, free bus rides will be offered in the Lake Region. The Regional Transportation Program (RTP) has announced a start date for its 22-passenger bus that will serve some of the towns west of Portland. On Nov. 25, the bus will start running between Naples and Portland with stops in Casco, Raymond and Windham. In addition to an official start date this month, RTP will be providing rides free of charge through the remainder of 2013. According to Daniel Goodman, RTP

Customer and Community Relations Coordinator, riders will be charged $3 on Jan. 1, 2014. The $3 fare will pay for a one-way ride, and includes a bus transfer, he said. “We are going to run the first week or two as a soft run,” Goodman said. This transition time will allow RTP to get into the swing of operating smoothly, he said. In fact, RTP has been contacting the people who responded to an online survey conducted during the summer. RTP has also been reaching out to municipalities to spread the word that the bus is finally on the road, he said. Bus stops have been identified in each BUS, Page A

SATs: It’s all about how you look at the numbers By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer When Principal Ted Finn reviewed Lake Region High School’s latest report card — SAT (Scholastic Achievement Test) scores — he had mixed emotions. If he looks at the numbers from a “glass half full” perspective, Finn can say that students produced an 11% improvement in math and reading over a three-year span. If Finn takes the approach of a parent who pushes a son or daughter to give their best effort to achieve top grades, he isn’t happy with the latest round of numbers. After taking two big steps forward last year, LRHS took a step backward in 2013. In 2011, juniors posted a combined math/ reading score of 74%. In 2012, the number jumped dramatically to 92% as the school started to see

some reward from its major overhaul in curriculum. This year, the number dropped to 85% — a 45 in reading and a 40 in math. “I am concerned,” Finn told SAD 61 school board members Monday night. “We’ll keep at it.” Schools are evaluated based on Adequate Yearly Progress — a combination of the previous AYP status and whether they meet academic, test participation and attendance/ graduation targets. Targets are the percentage of students who must be proficient in reading and math. Targets must be met by the student population as a whole and in eight subgroups — students with disabilities, economically disadvantaged, limited English-proficient and five ethnic groups. SAT SCORES, Page A

TALKING IT OVER — Discussing the plans before the start of last week’s Memorial School Charette were, from left, Peter Lowell, executive director of Lakes Environmental Association; Gary Colello, Bridgton Recreation Director; and Mike Tarantino, former Chairman of the Community Development Committee. (Geraghty Photo)

Ideas on table

Four options emerge for school redevelopment By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer A big dream is brewing for redevelopment of four allimportant acres of land at the upper end of Depot Street in downtown Bridgton. It is a dream of a one-

Present as Norway Savings Bank bestows a donation to Naples Main Street on Wednesday are: (From left) area resident and businessman Kevin Hancock, Naples Main Street members Nancy Hanson, Bob Neault, and Connie Eldridge, Norway Savings Bank President Pat Weigel, and Vice President and Naples Branch Manager Holly Chase. In addition to this monetary gift, Hancock and Dick Dyke donated $10,000 each. (De Busk Photo)

Causeway seed money grows By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — Kevin Hancock might be a resident of Casco, but he understands the ripple effect that the new bridge and the vastly improved Causeway in Naples have on the whole region. “The Causeway has become the destination. When people see the new bridge and the boardwalk, they feel like they have arrived,” Hancock said. The Naples Causeway has earned a place in people’s conversation, and the comments are typically positive, he said. The improvements are a boon for the tourists, the local residents and the area businesses, he said. When Hancock heard about future enhancements to the Causeway, he decided it was a project worth donating to. So, he wrote a check for $10,000.

While most people see a completed product — the fixed Bay of Naples Bridge and an entirely renovated Causeway — local residents involved with that process have envisioned an even more inviting public space, according to Causeway Renovation Committee Chairman Bob Neault. The Maine State Department of Transportation’s infrastructure project wrapped up in September. However, continued improvements to that section of Naples are still in the works. On Wednesday, Norway Savings Bank donated $10,000 as seed money to pay for the engineering plans, and kick-start the fundraising campaign for the public park on the Causeway. “More than being just a business in town, we see ourselves as members of the greater vibrant Naples com-

munity,” said bank President Pat Weigel. “We recognize all the good work that has already been completed on the Causeway project, and we support the enhancements. These improvements will definitely draw even more people to the area, which we think benefits the whole community,” Weigel said. Naples homeowner and area businessman Dick Dyke also dedicated money to the Causeway project. “We are thankful that these community businesses are contributing to the Causeway enhancements,” Neault said. “We cannot do this without seeing the engineering plans. People said, ‘We agree to help you get to that point because we think it is that important.’” According to Neault, that seed money is being donated to Naples Main Street, which is the financial arm for the

Causeway projects. The CRC assists in decision making about the project. As stages of the project are approved, Naples Main Street would turn over the funding to the Town of Naples, Neault said. The proposed project includes an amphitheater stage and pavilion, plus an interactive historical park, and varying styles of water fountains. The firm, Richardson and Associates Landscape Architects will be creating the engineering plans for the multi-faceted project. Earlier this month, owner Todd Richardson met with members of the CRC and the Naples Board of Selectmen to discuss ideas. Richardson struck an agreement with the town to draw up the engineering plans for what would be designed on the south side of the bridge. As part of the SEED, Page A

stop building complex with a gymnasium and community center that would be large enough to serve all of the community’s social and recreational needs, fronted by a Town Common for outdoor community events, and bordered by nature trails connecting to the adjacent elementary school and Pondicherry Park. That dream was the overwhelming favorite of four redesign options for the former Memorial School property presented by town consultants Nov. 13, at a second and final public planning charette held before the drafting of a master plan. Two other plans that called for mixed-use redevelopment of the property, with twostory commercial buildings built around a public square, received a much less favorable response, although there were some advocates of the more open and nature-centered design among the 20 or so residents in attendance. A fourth plan, to save the school building for either public or private use, was the least favorite option, with Selectman Bernie King going so far as to say such an option “might as well not even be there.” None of the plans call for residential redevelopment of the property, because that possibility was not raised at a first planning session held Oct. 9. However, on Nov. 13, resident Sandra Collins strongly advocated for the development of market-rate housing on the site, saying it could be a good place for intown condominiums or townhouses. “I would like to see the property be on the tax rolls. We already have $60 million in tax-exempt property in this town,” said Collins. She said a residential option was favored years ago, and is still viable and needed. “I’m not talking Avesta, and I’m not talking affordable. I’m talking market rate.” Last week’s meeting was the first big step in a series of

actions that must take place in sequence if the town is to take advantage of up to $200,000 in cleanup grant funds available through the Greater Portland Council of Government’s Brownfields Revolving Loan Fund. The former school has asbestos in floor tiles and other areas that needs removal, and there are several areas of contaminated soil, dating back to the late 1800s and early 1900s when the site was used as the depot terminal for the Narrow Gauge Railroad in town. Bridgton Director of Planning, Economic and Community Development Anne Krieg will by working with GPCOG’s Caroline Paras, as well as consulting professionals from Ransom Consultants and Richardson Associates to develop the master plan, which will be presented to Bridgton Selectmen sometime next month. At the same time, the town will be seeking proposals from the Bridgton Economic Development Corporation and other entities to act as a third party to implement the redevelopment plan for the property on behalf of the town. Under the Brownfields grant program, the town cannot receive the cleanup funds if it is also the owner of the property, so a third party is therefore needed. The Town Common/ Community Center plan, as drawn by landscape architect David Maynes of Richardson and Associates, features two larger buildings of 10,800 and 13,950 square feet each, big enough to accommodate both a community center and a recreational facility. An access road would allow people to be dropped off and picked up for activities, with parking for staff in the back. Maynes said the design is similar to the Town Common in Brunswick, with a large outdoor common area in front that could be used for public events and flooded in winter for skating. He said the design IDEAS, Page A

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Subdivision, yes or no?

Developer, town look for a solution

By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer HARRISON — Eddie Rolfe wondered why it took the town over five months to determine that land he sold on Chase Gate Road was an “unapproved” subdivision lot, thus ineligible for a building permit. He hopes “common sense” will prevail, and the new property owner can move forward with his plans to build a home there. Harrison Town Manager Bud Finch believes the matter can be straightened out in a simple way if both sides are willing to work together. Rolfe asked numerous questions regarding Code Enforcement Officer John Wentworth’s handling of the matter last Thursday night before the board of selectmen. Using two poster boards illustrating the site, Rolfe outlined his acquisition of the property from Delmore and Barbara Maxfield, which is partly in Harrison and Waterford. Rolfe received two deeds. The first one — involving the Waterford property — was recorded on Dec. 6, 2004 in Oxford County. The second deed — involving the Harrison land — was recorded on Dec. 28, 2004 in Cumberland County. Rolfe divided the property, selling a five-acre lot from the land in Waterford in January 2007. He then sold 6.25 acres in Harrison in September 2007. In August 2008, he sold 1.5 acres from the Waterford tract. This March, he sold land on the Harrison side to James and

Deborah Dyckman of Pembroke, Mass. When the Dyckmans sought a building permit on Sept. 25, Wentworth denied the request. In a letter to Rolfe and the Dyckmans, dated Oct. 30, Wentworth explained that the January and September 2007 transactions represented two divisions within a five-year period, thus creating a “subdivision” under Maine statute — which requires planning board approval. Rolfe questioned why Wentworth failed to let him know there might be a problem with the Dyckman property once he received the deed in April or when the tax bill was sent out. “He (Wentworth) knows the land. He’s the assessor. He couldn’t talk to me that there was a problem? I had no problem in Waterford. There is more to this than meets the eye,” Rolfe told selectmen. “You have a can of worms with that code officer.” Rolfe questioned Harrison officials’ interpretation of the state statute regarding the definition of a subdivision. “I don’t want any trouble with this town. What has happened is not right, and I don’t understand it,” Rolfe concluded. “You people need to find out some answers.” Selectmen did not comment on Rolfe’s presentation or questions asked. Town Manager Finch said Wentworth did not attend Thursday’s meeting because he had an early appointment out of town the next day, and if selectmen needed background information, he could provide it.

After Rolfe left the meeting and selectmen disposed of a few other agenda items, Finch addressed the subdivision question during his manager’s report. First off, Finch told selectmen that if there were any question of wrong doing, he would look into the matter and take appropriate action as the overseer of town personnel. If his performance or conduct was being called into question, Finch said he would gladly allow selectmen to question and evaluate him in open session — he would waive a closed-door executive session. As for a simple and legal solution to the matter, Finch said the Dyckmans can seek an “after the fact” subdivision approval from the planning board. While Finch could not speak for planners as to how they would rule, he sees no reason the request would be denied. “There is no problem with the lot size and it doesn’t involve shore frontage,” Finch said. “While I can understand Eddie’s frustration, there is a process we must follow, especially since it is a known issue. We can’t ignore it. And, we don’t want the problem to resurface five or 10 years from now. Let’s correct it and move on.” In other business Finance, town looking good: Four months into the fiscal year, Town Manager Bud Finch reports that Harrison’s finances are in good shape, compared to previous years. “Of course, winter can change that HARRISON, Page A

Casco gets down to business

By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — There are a myriad of reasons for attracting new businesses to a town. Those include increasing the commercial tax base and lessening the private homeowners’ taxes, creating more jobs for area residents, and offering more goods and services at the local level. According to Caroline Paras, the economic and community planner for Greater Portland Council of Governments (GPCOG), those are the motives behind

why a municipality would lay out a plan to create a more business friendly image. Casco Town Manager Dave Morton agreed that those concepts were the impetuses for the board’s focus on bringing in businesses. Paras and GPCOG Executive Director Neal Allen were the guest speakers during a Casco Board of Selectmen workshop on Tuesday night. In neighboring Raymond, Paras said she has been working with an Economic


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“The amount of people applying for jobs in Bridgton has dropped in favor of people seeking jobs in greater Portland,” Paras said. She highlighted some of the existing businesses that Casco could utilize to promote the town. “Casco has about 80 employers,” Paras said. The micro-business with eight or fewer employees makes up the majority of the existing businesses in Casco, she said. There are six manufacturing businesses in Casco including Hancock Lumber, Stuart Dental Lab, Yankee Mill, Casco Auto Part Manufacturers, and Blacksmiths Winery. “The number of people BUSINESS, Page A

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Memorial School demolition on ice

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(Continued from Page A) town. The service starts at 6 a.m. in the parking lot of the American Legion Post No. 155 in Naples; goes to Bailey’s Drop-Off Center in Casco; travels to Sunset Variety in Raymond; and ends up at the Windham Mall at the double glass doors that lead to Smitty’s Cinema. The last bus run will travel in the opposite direction — from Portland to Naples — leaving Portland at 7:20 p.m., and ending in Naples at 8:30 p.m., according to a copy of the bus schedule. “I hope that, if time allows, you have a chance to ride the bus,” Goodman said. For more information or for a copy of the bus schedule, go to

contractors involved in the original bidding process. “We are hoping to meet with the three local contractors who bid for job. That has not happened yet,” Morton said. The cost estimates ranged according to what plan of action the board decides to take. According to Morton, It would cost between $23,000 and $30,000 to remove debris by burning those materials that are flammable and nontoxic. It would cost between $25,000 and $35,000 to prepare the structure for winter, and that includes roof repair. A less expensive alternative is to bury the debris on the property; and that would cost between $10,000 and $15,000, Morton said. “But, we haven’t proceeded with environmental permits for burying the debris,” he said. “If we were to save the brick building for storage, there would be a cost, but that doesn’t include removal of the rest of the building,” he said. During the regular meeting, Casco resident Peg Dilley expressed her concern about any contamination from burying the debris onsite. She suggested that if burying the debris was the better option, transporting it to Tenney Hill Road’s former waste oil site might work. After all, the soil there is already contaminated, she said. Selectman Kimball asked about the details of burying the debris for the cost of $10,000 to $15,000. Morton said that the boiler in the basement would be removed as well as the windows, and workers would have to peel the asphalt from the roof. “Based on what we have for a budget, that would be most reasonable option,” Kimball said. Selectman Grant Plummer, who volunteered to sit on the subcommittee to explore the final fate of the school, spoke. “My recommendation is that last idea of burning. If we do burn, I would advise removing what is left,” he said, adding that the town should “stay inside of our $35,000 budget.” “We do not have a true purpose for that building,” he said. He said that asking for more money at Special Town Meeting is not a wise move. “I think that is a real tough pill for the taxpayers to swallow,” Plummer said. The topic of the Memorial School will be on the Dec. 3 agenda.

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Casco gets down to business (Continued from Page A) who work in manufacturing is 5%,” Paras said. As would be expected, Casco has an abundance of seasonal jobs as well as year round restaurant jobs. “You have 300 jobs in the hospitality sector, and that includes summer camps,” Paras said. Casco’s second largest employer is Hoop Camp, which is located on Pleasant Lake and has been in operation since 1971. Despite being coined as “a resort town,” Casco does not draw the number of tourists that Portland does. According to Paras, 10 million visitors a year explore Greater Portland, while 2 million people take a trip to the White Mountains. About 500,000 tourists come to Lake Region, she said. “It sounds like we need to do more to bring people here,” Selectman Tracy Kimball said. Paras agreed. She said that task does not mean starting up new companies, but promoting existing ones. “Most of economic growth is going to happen from entrepreneurs that are already here,” she said.

Paras asked board members if there was research they would like to see. Kimball asked about home-based business. “That makes up about 8% of the local jobs. I check out the ‘Made in Maine’ website. There is a lot of interesting stuff people do in their basements and garages,” she said. “If people have a successful at-home business, they might expand to another building,” she said. There are Brownfields Grants available to assist small business owners with expanding, especially if they are looking at vacant building that were formerly industry-related. The grants cover the cost of converting those properties in the most environmentally-sound way, Paras said. In a related matter, Morton announced the board’s intention to promote already established businesses. “As part of economic development, we should help our existing businesses first,” he said. “We talked about incorporating a segment” into the selectmen’s agendas. For a period of ten minutes, two local entrepreneurs could give five-minute presenta-

tions about their place of business. “It would give people an opportunity to be in front of the camera,” he said. Although it would add ten minutes to the meetings that are held every other Tuesday, it would be time well-spent, he said. Also, the business owners would not have to spend a dime on what could be perceived as “free advertising,” Morton said. “We ran this by Lake Region Television (LRTV); and we didn’t hear any objections from them,” he said.

“We ran this by legal counsel, and the only comment was that we would have to give an equal opportunity to all the businesses in town,” he said. Selectman Tracy Kimball clarified that the town was not selling advertising spots. “I do have concerns about becoming an ‘info-mmercial,’ ” she said. “I don’t want to see any demonstrations here. I am okay with it. I just don’t want to get a flood of people who drag out the Kirby, and do a vacuum demonstration,” Kimball said.

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By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO – The proposed demolition of the Casco Memorial School now faces a roadblock. The money in the budget will not cover the cost of demolishing the school and getting rid of the leftover debris. Bids last month all proved to be too high — leaving the Casco Board of Selectmen to reject those bids. The other option would have been to ask the town’s residents to add money to the budget. But, for now, board members said they would prefer to find a solution that is within the budgetary constraints. Once again, inclement weather is on the horizon and the building is still standing. Three years ago, as the winter months approached, the board, which was comprised of different individuals than it is now, was discussing how to protect the roof of the school until it decided on a future use of the building. Selectman Tracy Kimball coated with humor any frustration over the lengthy process of this project. “Let’s put it on the next agenda and every agenda from here to eternity,” she quipped. On Tuesday, Town Manager Dave Morton provided a list of options and different price ranges for getting rid of the building. Some of those plans included salvaging items worth value like the brick masonry — an idea proposed by Selectman Ray Grant during previous meetings. Morton said that the Casco Fire Department offered to come to the rescue, lowering the cost of demolition by using the structure for fire training. However, the town would still face the prospect of getting rid of the burned debris, he said. “The Casco Fire Department has asked about complete fire burn training of the building. That would be a valuable training tool,” Morton said. According to Morton, members of a subcommittee have done another walkthrough of the building. However, town officials have not yet contacted the



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PLAN 1 TOWN COMMON & COMMUNITY CENTER — This plan was the overwhelmingly preferred choice of those attending last week’s Memorial School Charette. Like Plans 2 and 3, it calls for demolition of the former Memorial School on Depot Street, and redevelopment of an interconnected complex of buildings, including one (at 10,800 square feet) big enough to accommodate a new Community Center and another space (at 13,950 square feet) large enough to serve as a gymnasium. In front is a Town Common that could serve as an event space in summer and be flooded in winter for public skating. The gazebo would be relocated from its current location at Stevens Brook Elementary School and be sited in front so as to be visible from Main Street

PLAN 2 NATURALIZED PUBLIC SQUARE — This plan came in second in popularity, although the Town Common concept was favored over it by a 2-to-1 margin. It also allows for a Town Common, but the big difference is that the buildings are designed for retail or commercial use. The buildings nearest Depot Street would be interconnected, and all of them are proposed to have two stories. Both the parking and the skateboard park would be located in the rear of the four-acre site.

Ideas on the table for school redevelopment could be an economic boon to Bridgton, drawing residents from eight or nine surrounding towns. He added that it would “open up things that I can offer that I can’t do right now. I don’t have the space for it.” Colello also noted that a recreation complex would attract young professionals to settle in Bridgton. A young

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woman with five young children agreed, saying such a complex could also have a child care center and “would bring everybody together in one positive space.” She didn’t favor redeveloping the site for commercial use, saying there are already enough

vacant signs along Main Street. Community Development Committee Chairman Chuck Renneker said that if the site were redeveloped for public use, and included a community center, that would open up the possibility that the

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(Continued from Page A) reflected most of the elements of what was proposed at the first charette. Recreation Director Gary Colello said 10,000 square feet is needed for a basketball court. “The Town Hall (where basketball is played now) is completely maxed out,” he said. Colello said providing a modern recreation complex




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PLAN 3 ENCLOSED PUBLIC SQUARE — This plan shows a collection of two-story buildings surrounding a public square with the relocated gazebo, also visible from Main Street. The intention here is to have the project developed by the private sector for professional office and/or retail use. As the largest building is 8,250 square feet, this redevelopment plan isn’t intended for community uses. Those attending last week’s planning meeting felt the design wasn’t open enough, and preferred Plan 2 over this option.

PLAN 4 ADAPTIVE REUSE OF SCHOOL — This plan envisions reusing the existing Memorial School building with the addition of a portico in front and parking at front to tie into a trail system. Asbestos contamination inside the building would need to be remediated, along with extensive renovations, to perhaps serve as an educational research facility or some other kind of use that is less intensive than commercial or retail. It was the least popular option among those attending last week’s charette.

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Former CDC Chairman Mike Tarantino said he originally favored a commercial redevelopment for the site, but is now convinced that a public use makes more sense. “What this town needs very badly is space for community meetings,” Tarantino said. It’s quite feasible for Plan 1 to accommodate a mix of public and private uses, he added. Krieg said the costs of redevelopment were not considered in the planning process, but “Ultimately, we’re going to have to figure out how to pay for this.” Selectmen will need to vote to approve the master plan and send it along for voter consideration at next June’s Town Meeting. At that time, voters will be asked to approve three items: taking over ownership of the property from the SAD 61 School District; approving the master plan; and transferring ownership to the third party for redevelopment.

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By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton Selectmen want to make sure they choose carefully on whoever will be tasked with bringing to life the vision for a redevelopment of the former Memorial School site. That’s because, under terms of the grant funding the town hopes to secure, they must transfer ownership of the four-acre site to a third party. A year or so ago, when plans were first discussed, it was generally assumed that the Bridgton Economic Development Corporation would fill that role. But at the last selectmen’s meeting, Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz said, “There’s no foregone conclusions as to who the third party will be.” He added, “We’ll go with the entity who has the best proposal.” Berkowitz acknowledged that the BEDC was early on considered the likely entity, as a private nonprofit development corporation, to do the work. “Their name was put in THIRD PARTY, Page A

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(Continued from Page A) that spot,” he said. But he gave the board proposed language for sending out the RFP, and the board will be acting on that language at their next meeting. When the BEDC was formed three years ago, redevelopment of the former Memorial School site on Depot Street was listed as one of its top priorities. “It’s why we were formed,” said BEDC Board member Madeline Lintz, who works as the Student Services Coordinator for the Lake Region Vocational Center. Berkowitz said opening up the process will allow the board to consider among several different proposals, and make the process more competitive. “You might be closing off some creative approaches that none of us have even thought of” if the third party process is too limited, he told the board. At the same time, it will be important for the board to consider the ability of the third party to deliver on what the town wants to see happen with the property. “You many get a group of well-intentioned individuals” who don’t realistically have the ability to attract developers or otherwise bring the project to fruition, he added.

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Last month, an inquiring mind asked how local children are going to be guaranteed to have enough food to eat during the 12 days of Christmas vacation. Since about 62 to 63% of Stevens Brook Elementary students qualify for free and reduced lunch program it’s a fair question. Maine’s food insecurity rate is the highest in New England, with 25% of school children facing uncertain food prospects. Yes, there are two food pantries in Bridgton, and between them they’ll be offering food to their registered clients on three days during the school recess. And several local organizations sponsor gift baskets and free food. Without a time-consuming needs study it’s difficult to say exactly how much need there is for local children to have healthy snacks during the upcoming recess. However, Food Fairies



Feeding Families (F4) has been formed to quickly and simply address the need. Thanks to the speedy efforts of Kirsten McKenzie-Wears, manager of Bridgton’s Food City, 20-ounce snack bags are now on sale at the supermarket for $2.50 each. “Without any publicity these babies have been flying off the shelf into the gift box,” reports McKenzie. These snack bags filled with a fruit cup, peanut butter crackers, Capri Sun juice pouch, raisins, granola bar and a plastic spoon and of course love. “You are going to have to address the difficult distribution problem,” suggested Carmen Lone, Bridgton Community Center’s director. “Maybe the fire barns will let you in. Try asking the churches. Bridgton covers a large area, and the kids live everywhere.” “It’s just 30 days until the Christmas recess begins,” a somewhat harried McKenzie-Wears reminded a customer poised to buy a snack bag.


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8:18 p.m. Police responded to an unattended death on Kilgore Road. 9:08 p.m. Peace was restored at a Beal Lane residence, where a brother allegedly attacked his sister. Traffic stops: Four verbal warnings were issued. Saturday, November 16 9:41 a.m. A motor vehicle accident with personal injury occurred on Portland Road. Drivers were identified as Lisa E. Moore, operating a 2002 Jeep Wrangler, and Elisabeth D. O’Donnell, traveling in a 2005 Ford Explorer. 4:09 p.m. A caller discovered a “bucket of needles” left in bushes at a South High Street property. 5 p.m. Jesse J. Allen, 27, of Bridgton was summoned for possession of a firearm by prohibited person by Bridgton Police Officer T.J. Reese. 5 p.m. Dennis W. Richardson, 64, of Bridgton was summoned for possession of a firearm by prohibited person by Bridgton Police Officer T.J. Reese. 10:40 p.m. Susan J. Paquet, 38, of Warwick, Mass. was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence by Bridgton Police Officer Brad Gaumont following a stop on Portland Road. Paquet was released on personal recognizance. 11:24 p.m. Police investigated a suspicious activity report on Power House Road. Sunday, November 17 12:18 a.m. Jamie E. Klimek, 32, of Bridgton was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence by Bridgton Police Officer T.J. Reese following a stop at the intersection of Middle Ridge and Dugway Roads. Klimek was released on personal recognizance. 9:29 a.m. Police received a “tip” regarding a theft at a local store. 9:36 a.m. A caller informed police that he had purchased some computer hard drives, and had since discovered child pornography within the system. The caller requested to speak to an officer. Monday, November 18 2:41 p.m. A male reportedly broke a lock on a barn at a Fowler Street property. 4:26 p.m. Two vehicles were involved in an accident on Portland Road, in front of Family Dollar. The drivers were identified as Cheryl T. Willey, operating a 2010 Nissan, and Zachary J. Laney, operating a 1987 Ford LTD. No injuries were reported. 7:05 p.m. A caller claimed that an ex-boyfriend was harassing her and posting nude photos of her on the Internet. Recap: This past week, the

and 2 motor vehicle crashes. There were six arrests resulting in the following criminals charges: 4 OUIs, 2 felons in possession of firearms and one criminal speed (30 mph above the posted speed limit).

Bridgton Police Department responded to 112 calls for service include the following: 13 traffic stops, 3 theft complaints, 6 animal control complaints, 19 disturbance/suspicious activity complaints, 2 service of court paper work

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FRYEBURG — The Fryeburg Police Department is currently assisting the State Fire Marshal’s Office with a structure fire that occurred at 61 Belair Estates early Tuesday morning, Nov. 12. Investigators have determined that the fire was caused by human element. The residence was unoccupied at the time of the fire and does appear to have been burglarized. The report of fire came at 3:455 a.m. Both agencies have busy collecting evidence from the scene and believe that it is connected with the other recent burglaries in the area. “We have again increased patrols in the East Fryeburg area. Residents in the East Fryeburg area can be rest assured that we are doing everything we can to ensure their safety and bring those responsible for these crimes to justice,” said Fryeburg Police Department Detective Sergeant Joshua Potvin. “We are still urging residents, visitors, and those passing through to remain extra vigilant and report any suspicious foot or vehicular traffic.” Anyone with information is urged to call Detective Potvin at 935-3323.

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Former Senator Bill Diamond of Windham is asking Governor Paul LePage and the Maine Legislature to provide proper funding for the Maine Computer Crimes Unit in the upcoming legislative session beginning in January. The recent arrest of Benjamin Rossignol from Aroostook County illustrates the urgency and seriousness of the need to provide sufficient resources needed to apprehend the perpetrators who prey on and attack innocent children. Rossignol was charged with sexual exploitation of a minor, taking sexual graphic pictures of a one-month-old baby girl and posting them on the Internet. “This is another example of the terrible things that are happening in our communities and all around us,” Diamond said. The Computer Crime Unit still, after several years, has a backlog of electronic evidence that is waiting in a closet to be examined. The reason for the backlog is the lack of sufficient funds to hire trained personnel to analyze the evidence and proceed to remove potential sexual offenders from the public.  “Having evidence sitting in a closet after all of these years — evidence that could remove a sexual predator of children from the streets — doesn’t make sense,” said Diamond. CCU funding is insufficient with nearly half of the budget coming from grants.


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These incidents appeared on the Bridgton Police Department blotter (this is a partial listing): Tuesday, November 12 1:57 p.m. Police responded to a disturbance on Wayside Avenue. 9:49 p.m. A 1993 Ford F-150, operated by Linda L. Chapman, collided with a deer on North High Street. Traffic count: Two verbal warnings issued. Wednesday, November 13 12:38 a.m. Police investigated a possible burglary in progress at a Highland Road residence. A caller reported hearing a loud crash downstairs. 8:29 a.m. Police checked a Holt Lane property after an alarm sounded. 9:15 a.m. A Whitetail Ridge Road resident reported receiving a fraudulent winning offer from Washington, claiming she had won $495,000. To claim the prize, she had to pay $495. 1214 p.m. Police were asked to remove a man from a Willett Road property after he reportedly was using vulgar language. 5:12 p.m. Robert D. Weishapl, 56, of Denmark was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence of drugs. Bridgton Police Officer Brad Gaumont responded to a report of an unresponsive man in a 2000 Mercury Mountaineer on Portland Road. Weishapl was released on personal recognizance. 10:26 p.m. Police checked a 2007 Honda Civic, which was just off the roadway on Harrison road. Thursday, November 14 12:55 a.m. Brian W. Young, 41, of Harrison was arrested for operating a motor vehicle while under the influence by Bridgton Police Officer Todd Smolinsky following a stop on Willett Road. Young was released on personal recognizance. 9:22 a.m. Police and fire personnel responded to a structure fire on Hio Ridge Road. Harrison firefighters also responded. 2:32 p.m. A tripod was stolen from a work site on Jim Douglass Road after surveyors went to lunch. 5:06 p.m. Police received a report of shoplifting at a Main Street store. 7:09 p.m. Police and fire responded to a chimney fire. 10:26 p.m. Paulo R. Lopes, 20, of Gloucester, Mass. was summoned for criminal speed by Bridgton Police Officer Brad Gaumont following a stop on Portland Road. Friday, November 15

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SAT scores: It’s how you look at the numbers (Continued from Page A) Proficient means students meet or exceed the standards in the content area. Of the 584 Maine public schools, 204 are “making AYP” (targets in math and reading have been reached); 106 schools are in “monitor” status, meaning their status was “making AYP” in 2011–12, but did not meet targets in at least one subject in 2011–12 testing; 217 are in “continuous improvement priority schools” status (have not met targets for at least two years in a row); 46 schools are in “CIPS on hold” status (CIPS last year and met all their targets this year); 6 schools with no AYP status due to no data (two new schools, four were reorganized). Here’s how Lake Region juniors performed: • Reading target, 78% of students must be proficient. 118 tested. LRHS last year 48%, this year 45%. LR twoyear span, up 7%. State average 47% last year to 49% this year. • Math target, 66% of students must be proficient. 118 tested. LRHS last year 44%, this year 40%. LR two-year

span, up 4%. State 46% to 48%. • Writing, 117 tested, LRHS 39% to 34%. LR twoyear span, up 6%. State average 47% to 44%. • Science, 121 tested, LRHS 46% to 41%. Twoyear span, up 3%. State average 45% to 41%. Economically disadvantaged • Reading, 59 tested, 41% to 38%; state average 30% to 33%. • Math, 59 tested, 33% to 31%; state average 29% to 30%. • Writing, 58 tested, 29% to 30%; state average 29% to 27%. • Science, 63 tested, 37% to 31%; state average 30% to 27%. Gender • Reading, 56 males and 62 females tested; males 48% last year to 38% this year (state 43% to 45%); females 49% to 52% (state 50% to 52%). • Math, males 43% to 34% (state 47% to 47%); females 37% to 45% (state 47% to 47%). • Writing, males 32% to 21% (state 40% to 37%); females 49% to 44% (state

53% to 49%). • Science, male 51% to 37% (state 49% to 44%); females 41% to 46% (state 40% to 37%). What’s next SAD 61 Assistant Superintendent Deb Howard admits several challenges await school officials to reverse some downward trending, but she added, “We’re not giving up because the youth in this community are worth every effort.” Principal Finn outlined a wide variety of efforts made over the past few years to specifically try to improve test results. LRHS offers bus service and breakfast to juniors to attend SAT testing, which falls on a Saturday. Those who attend are also awarded a “day off.” Finn noted other “rural schools” don’t offer such perks, yet post solid attendance numbers. Twentyone LR students failed to attend the testing session. School officials made arrangements for those missing students to take another exam — Maine Purpose Only Test — and 17 showed up. A year ago, LRHS initially saw its overall state grade come

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(Continued from Page A) quickly as can changes in Augusta and Washington,” Finch told selectmen. “For the most part, we have settled in and are spending most of our time working on the next fiscal year.” Property tax collections are on target with $2,943,630 or 50.6% of the $5,814,216 collected year to date — which compares favorably with the 48.7% average collection rate over the past eight years.

Finch reported that cash flow remains strong at $2.9 million, allowing the town to maintain a cash flow without concern for borrowing or cutting into the capital reserve. “Municipal revenue remains weak and slightly behind target as does State Revenue Sharing,” the manager reported. “The strong point remains excise tax collections.” It’s that time again: A winter parking ban is in effect

now to April 15. Parking on all public streets, roads and parking lots is prohibited during snowstorms. Vehicles will be towed at the owner’s expense.

Approvals: Selectmen approved the street naming of Diane’s Way, and issued a Quit Claim Deed to Michael and Kellie Sampson.

— Develop multi-tiered student support system to focus on academic interventions based on the severity of a student’s need. Although the high school offered a SAT Prep class, Finn felt there was little to no improvement in test scores. In regards to graduation rate, Lake Region has been on target, moving from 76% two years ago to 91%. In 2012, 140 of 146 seniors graduated, and by encouraging the six to take part in the extended school program, that number turned into 146 of 146. Last year, LRHS faced the same scenario. This time, one student opted for the extended program and ultimately graduated, leaving the final figure of 141 out of 146. To meet the state’s target,

schools must post a graduation rate of 83% or greater. One area Principal Finn will continue to seek improvement in will be parental involvement at LRHS. When Finn hosted a Laker Pride Night, there was a good turnout of staff and students, but just 10 families were in attendance. Finn has a Principal’s Advisory Council, which meets once a month. Anyone can attend, and Finn hopes more people will take advantage of it. When he hears SAD 61 elementary school principals report 98 to 100% parent turnout for Parent/Teacher conferences, Finn would like to see the same level of involvement at his school. “I’ll keep trying,” he said. “Any suggestions?”

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Womanspace location Linda Hamilton, coordinator of the Womanspace program at the Bridgton Community Center, is inviting all those who’ve participated in Womanspace to consider visiting at the new location and day of the week at Tri County Mental Health in Bridgton. Starting Dec. 3, Womanspace will be meeting on Tuesdays from 3:45 to 5:15 p.m. in the building’s group room at 32 North High Street, next to Town Hall. “I hope you enjoyed your experience at Womanspace and would really love to see you again,” said Hamilton of the program, which offers relaxing, fun activities and an informal place to unwind with peers. “Come help build a supportive environment for all of us — your presence would be a welcome contribution.” For more information, call Linda at 523-0700.

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(Continued from Page A) agreement, the town would own the architectural drawings, Neault said. According to Neault, having a set of blueprints in hand makes it much easier for possible donors to visualize the next steps of upgrades to the Causeway’s green-space. “I enjoy working with Todd. He and his firm are extremely excited about working on this project,” Neault said. “Over the course of a year, he has invested time and effort into the design and the concept. He has kept in touch with us, and is very excited to work on it.” Neault said he is looking forward to working with “a very energetic group from Richardson’s office” to bring these engineering plans to fruition. Local resident Barbara Clark, who is also executive director of Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, was thrilled about the three $10,000 donations. “It’s been a passion of mine — being part of the group of people who helps to shape the look of the Causeway,” she said. “The major project is done, but there is more work to do.”

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Area Events Wine Appreciation Night & Silent Auction

The Lake Region High School Project Graduation Committee is sponsoring another great fundraiser for the class of 2014. The 4th Annual Wine Appreciation Night and Silent Auction will be held this Saturday, Nov. 23 from 5:30 to 8 p.m. at the Goldsmith Dining Hall at Bridgton Academy. Tickets are $25 each, and there are lots of great auction items for Christmas shopping or treating yourself. For ticket information, please contact committee chairperson Sara-Sue Schreiber at 329-8254 or purchase them directly at The Umbrella Factory Supermarket (a.k.a. Tony’s Foodland) in Naples.

Auction fundraiser by New Suncook PTA

LOVELL — The New Suncook PTA Annual Auction and largest fundraiser of the year will take place on Saturday, Nov. 23. Doors open at 4:30 p.m. and the auction will begin promptly at 6 p.m. Items include a two-night stay at the Eastern Slope Inn & Spa, 20” bicycles, autographed sports memorabilia from the Boston Red Sox and Boston Bruins, cord wood from Lovell Lumber, lift tickets for Shawnee Peak, Attitash and Cranmore Mountain, campground gift certificates, gift baskets, toys, attraction tickets and much more. This event is the PTA’s largest fundraiser and supports such special events as Alternative Learning Day, educational field trips and Santa’s Workshop. Proceeds also support teachers with educational materials and supplies. Donations are welcome, and volunteers are always needed and appreciated. If you are able to help, please contact Stacey Snyder at 890-4390 or You can drop items off at New Suncook School during school hours or call Stacey to arrange a pickup.

Texas Hold ‘em Tournament Nov. 23

HARRISON — The holidays are almost here. Thanksgiving is just around the corner with Christmas following on its heels. What a great time of the year to hang out with friends at a Texas Hold ‘em Tournament. The Harrison Lions Club tournament will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, at the VFW Hall on Waterford Road in Harrison. There will be a $55 entry fee, which includes stipend for the state license fee. Doors open at 11:30 a.m., with starting time at 1 p.m. This is a BYOB event with great food and refreshments available. The proceeds will be used to provide services that the Lions’ Club renders to the community such as school scholarships, Christmas for Kids, and eye screening for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten classes.

Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service

The Lake Region Clergy will be hosting their Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, Nov. 24, at 7 p.m. at the South Bridgton Congregational Church, 16 Fosterville Road, Bridgton. The Lake Region Community will come together and give thanks for their many blessings. Everyone is welcome to join in this evening of giving praise and thanks. The Lake Region Clergy represent local churches from many communities surrounding the lake region. They meet the first Monday of each month and several events are planned throughout the year for the ecumenical community to come together and share their Christian faith. For more information, call St. Peter’s Episcopal Church at 647-8549.

THE HEATHER PIERSON QUARTET (left to right) Shawn Nadeau, Heather Pierson, Joe Aliperti and Matt Bowman will perform on Sunday, Dec. 8 in a presentation of A Charlie Brown Christmas.

Pierson Quartet returns for ‘Charlie Brown Christmas’

NORWAY — The Heather Pierson Quartet will present A Charlie Brown Christmas at the First Universalist Church in Norway on Sunday, Dec. 8 at 3 p.m. One of the most endearing Christmas tales ever told, A Charlie Brown Christmas has proven itself to be an enduring classic. Originally telecast in December 1965, the program was an instant hit with audiences who connected with Peanuts creator Charles M. Schultz’s

cast of characters — especially with its rounded-headed hero Charlie Brown, his woefullyscrawny Christmas tree, and his typewriter-wielding dog Snoopy. Nearly given the ax by CBS studios at the time of its release, this beloved holiday classic resonates with both children and adults of every generation. Though more than four decades old, the story of commercialism run rampant echoes clearly to this day. The musical score for A

Ring Farm Family Fun Farm Day Nov. 24

Bring the whole family to Ring Farm in Bridgton on Sunday, Nov. 24, from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy pony rides and carriage rides, and pat or brush a horse. Listen to a “horse story” read by a member of the Bridgton Literacy Task Force. Have your face painted, ride around the fields on the hay wagon pulled by a tractor. Enjoy refreshments, pick apples off the tree, and try your hand at “calf roping,” horseshoes, pin the tail on the horse, and shoot the kid-sized basketball. Have your family photo taken on the John Deere tractor and have the photo e-mailed to you. Donations for this event are appreciated, and benefit the Equine Journeys program at the farm, providing therapeutic equine-assisted activities. Ring Farm is located at 551 Upper Ridge Road in Bridgton. For more information, call 647-8475.

Firefighters holding Turkey Shoot Nov. 25

BROWNFIELD — The Brownfield Volunteer Fire Department is holding its annual Turkey Shoot on Monday, Nov. 25, at 6 p.m. at the Brownfield Community Center. Chances will be available for turkeys, pork loins, food baskets, and a 50/50 raffle. Games of chance include the Wheel of Fortune and sealed tickets. There will be a door prize and a mystery count jar. For more information, call 890-6706.

Christian Women United Luncheon Nov. 26

SOUTH PARIS — Christian Women United will gather for a Luncheon on Tuesday, Nov. 26, at 11:30 a.m. at the South Paris Congregational Church on East Main Street. Sharon Walker will be the speaker. Call Janice at 743-5770 for reservations.

Casco Holiday Celebration

CASCO — Casco Parks and Recreation invites you to gather with friends and family to celebrate the holidays at the Casco Community Center on Friday, Nov. 29, at 6 p.m. Visit with Mr. and Mrs. Claus, decorate your own cookies, make your own ornaments, and sing along with Mayberry Hill Preschool. There’ll be Christmas Carols and a tree lighting too. Volunteers are needed. For more information, contact Recreation Director Beth Latsey at 627-4187 or e-mail

Food Ministry Distribution Dec. 1

The Lake Region Vineyard Church will hold a Food Ministry Distribution on Sunday, Dec. 1, from 1 to 3 p.m. at 402 Main Street in Bridgton, near the ballfield. Prepared food will be available to eat in or to take home, along with several perishable, nonperishable and frozen items. The

Bridgton bars team up for ‘Bar Crawl’

By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton businesses that serve alcohol hope to raise at least $1,000 for the Bridgton Fuel Collaborative with a first annual “Bridgton Bar Crawl” this Friday, Nov. 22, from 7 to 11 p.m. There were 75 tickets, at $20 each, printed for the event, and they all sold out quickly, said Carrye Castleman-Ross, owner of the Depot Street Tap House and one of the organizers. Participating businesses in the Bar Crawl are the Black Horse Tavern, Depot Street Tap House, Bridgton House of Pizza, Campfire Grille, Standard Gastropub and the Beef & Ski Restaurant. During the crawl, the Tannery Pub at the Magic Lantern will offer a free movie and refreshments for designated drivers, and CRAWL, Page B

Charlie Brown Christmas, composed by the late Vince Guaraldi, is just as poignant and touching as the story and includes the hugely-popular hit Linus and Lucy. His gentle jazz riffs established musical trademarks that, to this day, still prompt smiles of recognition. This classic collection of holiday music will be performed by a quartet of talented musicians, led by singer/songwriter and performer Heather Pierson. The group features

Christmas in Harrison

HARRISON — Harrison Village will sparkle with the spirit of the holiday season when it celebrates Christmas in Harrison with three days of fun Thursday through Saturday, Dec. 5-7. The Committee is working hard to put together another familyoriented celebration of village values and holiday spirit, which kicks off Thursday at 5:30 p.m. with Soup & Song at the United Parish Congregational Church, followed by a musical program and live nativity upstairs at the church. On Friday, Santa arrives to preside over the annual lighting of the Christmas tree at 6:45 p.m. at Harrison Town Office. Bring a flashlight or candle, then come inside for hot chocolate and sugar cookies. Children can visit with Santa from 7 to 8 p.m. in the Town Office. Saturday is the main day for Christmas in Harrison. Breakfast and lunch items will be on sale at the Grange Hall from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. and there’ll also be a Breakfast Buffet from 7:30 to 9:30 a.m. at the Olde Mill Tavern, sponsored by the United Parish Congregational Church of Harrison and North Bridgton. Proceeds from the scrambled eggs and pancake buffet breakfast will provide Christmas Food Cards and Fuel Assistance for those in need in the community. Harrison Lions will be holding their Christmas Tree Sale from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Village Tie-Up parking lot. At 9:30 a.m. Saturday, the Christmas Parade rolls through town, with Santa arriving on an antique fire truck. Be sure to visit both Craft Fairs going on from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. CHRISTMAS, Page B ’RE WE EN OP

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Bar Crawl is this Friday (Continued from Page B) shuttle vans will stop at the restaurants and pubs every half hour so patrons can safely “crawl” from one establishment to another. Along with the shuttle service, provided by Macdonald Motors and the Campfire Grille, ticket holders get free snacks and a Tshirt featuring the “I Got Basted” Bridgton Bar Crawl logo with a partying turkey and the names of participating businesses. At 11 p.m., everyone will gather at the Campfire Grille for an “After-Crawl” party, complete with live entertainment. “We have been working on it for months and are so excited that it is finally here,” Castleman-Ross said. The Bridgton Bar Crawl “is the culmination of lots of meetings, brainstorming and teamwork, which is very cool considering we’re all in the same business and ‘fighting’ for the same dollars in our small town.” She said each business had 12 tickets to sell, and they sold out so quickly that organizers plan to make more tickets available next year. An additional six tickets were given to the Bridgton Fuel Collaborative to sell, she said. “It’s so exciting to have a big city-style event out here, rather than having to drive into Portland,” said Castleman-Ross. “We are thrilled by the response and immediate sellout of the tickets, and so happy to be supporting such a worthy local charity.”

GET INTO THE HOLIDAY SPIRIT by attending the Lake Region Community Chorus’ first Winter Holiday Concert on Friday, Dec. 6 at the Twitchell Chapel at Bridgton Academy.

LRCC Holiday Concert Dec. 6

Start off the holiday season with a song! The members of the Lake Region Community Chorus invite you to attend their first Winter Holiday Concert, which will be performed on Friday, Dec. 6, at the Brig. Gen. James D. Campbell, The Adjutant General for Bridgton Academy’s Twitchell Maine, recently announced the promotion of: Devin Allen, Chapel at 7 p.m. The snow date will be Spc. (specialist), of Denmark, 133d Engineer Battalion. Calahan McCue, Spc., of Fryeburg, 133d Engineer Saturday, Dec. 7, same time and venue. Battalion. Soldiers were promoted to rank in October 2013.

The 38 members of the chorus come from 12 surrounding towns and are bonded together through their love of music and singing. LRCC President, Linda May, pursued her dream of organizing a chorus in the Lake Region last winter. Their first concert was performed in June to a full house and was very well-received by

the community. The chorus is directed by Laurie Turley and accompanied by Carolyn Stanhope. Laurie brings a wealth of musical expertise to each rehearsal and has a knack for selecting beautiful music of different styles and cultures. The concert will include pieces with instrumental accompaniments and include seasonal favorites like Sleigh

Ride and the Hallelujah Chorus with audience participation! Refreshments will be provided and donations are appreciated. For questions about the concert or joining the spring session please call Linda at 310-3234. Snow cancellations will be posted on its Facebook page Lake Region Community Chorus, and WCSH6 Storm Center.

NAPLES — The Naples Public Library will hold its Annual Mini-Art Sale on Saturday, Nov. 30 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the library’s Gathering Room on the lower level. More than a hundred small, original, matted watercolor paintings donated by talented local artists will be displayed. The artwork includes landscapes, lighthouses, animals, flowers, birch trees and loons. All of the small-matted paintings are priced at $10. Those who buy two paintings will be able to get the third one at half price, giv-

ing the buyer an opportunity to have a nice grouping of three paintings. There are also several very affordable larger paintings for this sale, all priced from $20 to $35. This year’s sale again features donated prints by Richard Anzele, a prolific painter whose work is always very popular. There are well over 100 prints for sale including local scenes, beautiful lighthouses and sailing ships. The 5”x7” matted prints are $10 and are included in the special deal, buy two and get one at half price. While you are in the library,

roam the shelves of the Book Barn and stock up for your winter reading enjoyment. There will be special pricing for the day on the thousands of gently used books, audiobooks, CDs and DVDs. On your way out, don’t miss the annual Cookie Walk. With a $5 donation to the library, you can fill a bag with yummy holiday cook-

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Radio Show host Jonathan Sarty is bringing his Cold River Radio Band to the LHE/PAC on December 8th to celebrate the release of his upcoming album, “Cold River Radio Standards – Volume 1.” The combination live and studio album covers a collection of classic American jazz standards that Sarty perfoms with his Cold River Radio Band, a group of Boston-based musicians and special guests. FMI visit: The Met Opera Live Presents: Verdi’s Falstaff Dec. 14, 2013 • 1:00 PM — Verdi’s opera is the first new Met Falstaff since 1964. Set in the English countryside in the mid-20th century. Ambrogio Maestri sings the title role of the brilliant and blustery Sir John Falstaff, opposite a marvelous ensemble that includes Angela Meade, Stephanie Blythe, Lisette Oropesa, and Franco Vassallo. Falstaff is a co-production of the Metropolitan Opera; Royal Opera House, Covent Garden; Teatro alla Scala, Milan; the Canadian Opera Company, Toronto; and De Nederlandse Opera, Amsterdam. Lake Region Caterers will provide lunch at 12 PM in the LHE/PAC lobby. To reserve a meal call (207) 787-3327.

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Kayla M. (Dugal) and Haden F. Charles of Brownfield, have a daughter, Grace Ann Charles, born on Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013 at Bridgton Hospital. Grace joins Noah, age 2½. Maternal grandparent: Karen Dugal. Paternal grandparents: David and Cindy Charles; and Josie Charles. Great-grandparents: Ron and Fran St. Gelais of Eaton; Gloria and John Charles of Brownfield. Kacy L. (Chapman) and Battistta S. Passalaqua Jr. of Harrison, have a son Battistta S. Passalaqua III, born on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013 at Bridgton Hospital. Battistta joins Olive, age 5. Maternal grandparents: Blaine and Jan Chapman of Bridgton. Paternal grandparents: Battistta Passalaqua Sr. of Auburn; Shirley Passalaque of Sabattus. Danielle H. (Libby) and Michael T. Dole of Porter, have a daughter, Mya Dorinda Dole, born on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at Bridgton Hospital. Mya joins Lea, age 7, and Ava, 5. Maternal grandparents: Russell and Lucille Libby of Newfield. Paternal grandparents: Karen and Barry Dole Sr. of Massachusetts. Jessica Warren and Wesley Smith of Center Conway, N.H. have a girl, Stella Jean Smith, born Nov. 13, 2013 at Memorial Hospital in North Conway, N.H. Stella weighed seven pounds, eight ounces and joins a brother, Brigham Smith, 1. Maternal grandparents are Andrea Bryan and Patrick Warren of Fryeburg, and Jane Warren and Ed Bryan of Watertown, Conn. Paternal grandparents are Sally Thompson of Bridgton, and Wesley and Liz Smith of Norway. Jessie and Charlie Yarcey of Hebron have a boy, Thomas Anthony Yarcey, born Nov. 15, 2013 at Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway. Thomas weighed eight pounds. Maternal grandparents are Carol Waldeier and the late Tony Waldeier of Waterford. Paternal grandparents are Clyde Yarcey of Plantation, Fla., and Jonalyn Yarcey of Hermosa, S.D.

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Girl Scouts make game of filling wood shed Girl Scout Troop #58 did a great job recently, filling a woodshed with a cord of wood. As an activity before a sleepover at the United Church of Christ, the girls volunteered to help Mrs. Hurst get her wood in. The girls worked together, forming two lines and passing logs to each other, with the last two stacking. They made a game out of it, singing and laughing and having a ball. As Mrs. Hurst watched, she and leaders Linda Libby and Mary Anne Vitella couldn’t believe they did the whole pile. Thanks, girls, you did a great job, and I enjoyed watching you. The girls taking part were Audra Hamlin, Kirby Waterman, Amanda “Gracie” Neddenriep, Sinead Lounsbury, Julia Vitella and Madeline “Maddy” Darling. Adults working with Troop #58 were Megan Hamlin, Mary Anne Vitella, Linda Libby and Ellie Waterman. The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library’s annual appeal letter has gone out to the community. The library is astonishing in the amount of activities that they hold or sponsor. Yes, there is a new addition, but parts of the orig-

inal library need work — and that takes money. With donations, fundraising and support from the town, the library can support itself. But it’s those little extras that come up that cause the need for additional funds. Our library (and it is our library) has maintained a free library card for all, which is a blessing. We who use and appreciate the library need to step up to the plate now, so that the needed repairs be made to the elderly part of the library. Every time I look at the library, the tennis courts and the playground with the parking area, I can’t help be feel proud that the small town of Lovell could have such a beautiful facility. In planning your Christmas list, put your library right at the top. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. In New Suncook School PTA news, the Dad’s Dynamite Pie Sale sold 159 pies, with Molly Callaghan selling the most at 25 pies sold. For those who bought the pies, please note that they can be picked up at the school on Friday, Nov. 22, from 2:30 to 5:30 p.m., and Saturday, Nov. 23, from 4:30 to 8 p.m. during the Annual Auction.

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Lovell by Ethel Gilmore-Hurst Lovell Correspondent 925-3226 Help is needed, both in sorting out the pies and at the auction. You can contact Jean Andrews at 925-1163. The viewing starts at 4:30 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, with drawings at 6 p.m. There are great prizes in the offering, like a two-night stay at the Eastern Slopes Inn Resort and Spa, a six-month membership to Eastern Slope Inn or three-month family membership, two 20” bicycles, lift tickets to Shawnee, Attitash and Cranmore ski resorts, a treasured Red Sox autographed baseball and many more. To sign up for donations or help that day, contact Stacey Snyder at 890-4390 or The Lovell United Church of Christ will hold an Advent Open House on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 10 a.m. to noon in the vestry. This event is for

all ages, especially children, to have fun making some Crismons, cookies, and crafts and sing carols in celebration of the Advent season. There will be refreshments and items to make to take home. If you’ve ever come to Eggcitement, this is the Christmas season version. For more information, contact Carolyn at 928-2080. The Thanksgiving concert that was to be held on Saturday, Nov. 30, has been moved to Monday, Dec. 2, at the Lovell United Church of Christ at 7 p.m. The date change was because of a date conflict. The concert by the St. Petersburg Men’s Ensemble from Russia should be very interesting and an entertaining and unique experience. Vadim Smantser, Andrei Volikov, Kirill Sokolov and Sergey Shapinskiy have all

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(Continued from Page B) in the Grange Hall and the Town Office. The Lakeside Grange will also offer a Word Scramble/Letter Search Contest from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Or, you may like to try your hand at evergreen swag making or a treasure hunt, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the garage at the Town Office. Take a free horse-drawn wagon ride throughout the village from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., and see all the homes and



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Santa. The library will also be alive with fun Saturday, offering a Cookie Walk and Gingerbread Man Decorating from 10 a.m. to noon. The Harrison Brass Choir Ensemble will be playing at the Post Office Commons from 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., and then will play some more as they wander through the village from 11:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. There are still some tables available for vendors at the craft fairs, with rents of either


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had a raffle and raised $500. The Grand Lodge of Maine matched this sum, making it $1,000 that the Lovell Lodge will donate to the Friends Helping Friends. This is just another organization that works to make Lovell a great place to live. Friends of Christine Greer are holding a benefit supper on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 5 to 7 p.m. at the St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church in Fryeburg to help the family with funeral expenses. Christine Greer, daughter of Sheila Smith of Lovell, passed away suddenly Oct. 25, 2013. She is survived by her daughter Megan Travers, her granddaughter Aubrey and brothers Rick and Joseph Re. The menu for the dinner will be roast tenderloin pork, potatoes, peas, applesauce, rolls, beverage and dessert. The price is $8 for adults and $4 for children 12 and under. Takeout will be available. For those who would like takeout, or can’t attend but would like to make a donation or just help out, contact Penny Parmenter at 890-0708 or mail donations to Penny Parmenter, 140 Corn Shop Road, Fryeburg ME 04037.

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attended music colleges, and between them have sung in many musical groups throughout the years. Their music and training will show off their many talents. Donations are accepted. The Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library Holiday Raffle this year is a beautiful Kelly doll, dressed in her finest. She is the creation of Arden Johnson of Sweden, who poured, fired and assembled her, and then dressed her elegantly. There are other gifts for the raffle that you can buy a ticket for. This is a fundraiser that helps to continue all the programs at the library. If anyone would like to donate a gift for the raffle, they can call the library at 925-3177. Don’t forget the Gasping Gobbler 8th Annual Thanksgiving Race at the Lovell Rec Fields on Saturday, Nov. 23, at 10 a.m. If you don’t want to run/walk, go out in the brisk fresh air and cheer on those who do. There will be awards and soups and food at the VFW Hall on Smarts Hill Road at the conclusion of the race. The Delta Masonic Lodge #153 held a breakfast and


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Marilyn A. Bean

Helen G. Marois

Elroy C. Winckler

FRYEBURG — After a Saturday of opera at Fryeburg Academy’s Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center and Pace Galleries of Art enjoyed and shared with her daughter and close friends, Marilyn A. Bean, 89, of Fryeburg, died unexpectedly on Sunday, Nov. 10, 2013. The second child of Arthur and Bertha Allard, Marilyn was born on Oct. 2, 1924, and raised in Biddeford. Although “Mary Lou” excelled in school, she was unable to attend college when her father died just as she finished high school. Instead, she became the business manager for Butler’s Department Store in then thriving downtown Biddeford. This began a long and fulfilling career in business and finance, which suited her temperament, aptitude and skills. After a long courtship, Marilyn married the love of her life, Roger WP Bean, of Saco on June 15, 1947. Together, they had two children, Kathryn and Joel. Family meant a great deal to her. Also her life was enriched by an intense intellectual curiosity. She was a voracious reader. After retiring, she and her husband Roger traveled around the world exploring places they had read about — from the rivers of Europe to the wilds of Nepal. She also became proficient in Spanish, kept up with ever-evolving computer technology, and with the support of a writers’ group became a published author. Even while working, she found time to volunteer in her community, serving on the planning committee to establish the first Catholic Church in Fryeburg and in a variety of leadership positions including the Elizabeth Seton Parish Council secretary/treasurer, the Seton Society treasurer, and key roles in the Christmas Giving Tree for local families in need. She was a 20-year docent at the Victoria Mansion in Portland, president of the Saco Valley Garden Club, volunteer at the Fryeburg Library and at blood drives. At 89, she remained involved in many of these groups and still found time to play bridge weekly, discuss ideas at the library’s book club and share her recent work with a group of local writers. Marilyn was predeceased by her husband, Roger WP Bean in 2012; son, R. Joel Bean; sister, Marguerite Slocum; brothers, Robert and Roland Allard; and her parents. She is survived by her devoted daughter, Kathryn SB Davis of Kennebunk; two grandchildren; and three great-grandchildren. A service in her memory will be held at Saint Elizabeth Ann Seton Church, 857 Main Street, Fryeburg, at 10 a.m. on Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013. The Mass will be followed by a reception at the church. In lieu of flowers, donations in memory of Marilyn, may be sent to benefit Fryeburg Academy’s Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center & Pace Galleries of Art, 745 Main St., Fryeburg, ME 04037, in care Rachel Damon.

LEWISTON — Helen G. Marois, 91, of Auburn, formerly of New Gloucester, passed away Thursday, Nov. 14, 2013 at Central Maine Medical Center with family at her side. She was born in Houlton on Feb. 23, 1922, a daughter of the late Charles Smith and Blanche Davidson. She was educated in Canadian schools and married Armand J. Marois on Sept. 28, 1942. She worked from 1956 until 1973 on the family chicken farm in New Gloucester and also worked evenings at the Continental Mill in Lewiston to support her family. She was a member of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish at Sacred Heart Church and the AMVETS in New Gloucester. Helen enjoyed horseback riding even into her later years. She is survived by two daughters, Veronica Couture of Tennessee and Delia Sapiro of Chesapeake, Va.; a son, Armand Marois of Raymond; also nine grandchildren, 16 great-grandchildren and six great-great grandchildren. She was predeceased by her husband on Sept. 6, 1964; a son, Jonathan on June 16, 2003; and a grandson on Oct. 1, 2009. You are invited to share your condolences with the Marois family by visiting their guest book at Visitation was held Sunday at The Fortin Group Funeral Home in Auburn. A Mass of Christian Burial was celebrated Monday at Sacred Heart Church, Auburn. Committal followed at St. Peter’s Cemetery, Lewiston. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in her memory to the Disabled American Veterans, P.O. Box 3151, Augusta, ME 04330 or a charity of your choice.

RAYMOND — Elroy C. Winckler, 97, died on Nov. 14, 2013, at a Portland nursing home. He was born on Dec.19, 1915, in Portland, the son of Oscar and Pauline (Vogel) Winckler. Elroy graduated from Portland High School and worked at the Naval Ship Yard during WWII. He later worked for Olson’s sawmill for 27 years, retiring in 1978. Elroy was an outdoorsman and enjoyed fishing, hunting, gardening, swimming and hiking. He had a small fruit orchard and tried his hand at raising bees. Elroy was a proud member of the Masons and Shiners and a staunch supporter of the Republican Party and the NRA. He was a gentleman, who had the ability to tell a story filled with facts, a little exaggerated at times, “to make a big story bigger.” He will be missed by those who loved him and those who knew him only briefly. In addition to his parents, Elroy is predeceased by his beloved wife, Venita I. Conant in 1993. He is survived by his six children, John Winckler of Pennsylvania, Cliff Winckler of Naples, Eric Winckler of Casco, Anita Sanuk of Scarborough, Allan Winckler of South Portland, and Joan O’Reilly of South Portland; eight grandchildren; two step-grandchildren; and 13 great-grandchildren. He wished not to have a visitation or a formal funeral services. A celebration of his life will be held with his family and those who cared for him at Seaside Nursing Home at a later date. Arrangements handled by the Dolby Funeral Chapel, Windham. Condolences may be left for the family at

WESTBROOK — Lucille Waite, 87, of Westbrook, passed away on Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013, at the Maine Medical Center. Lucille was born on Dec. 3, 1925, the daughter of Oden Sr. and Rubie (Patridge) Naylor. She was raised, educated and resided in Westbrook. After school, Lucille worked at McLellans and Sears & Roebuck. She was also a volunteer as a plane spotter during the war. Lucille is survived by her two sons, Daniel Waite of Westbrook and Peter Waite of Casco; as well as seven grandchildren; and four greatgrandchildren. Funeral services were held on Friday, Nov. 15, at 1 p.m., at the Prides Corner Congregational Church. Interment followed at the Highland Cemetery in West Poland. To express online condolences please go to

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Timothy J. Tatu HARRISON — Timothy J. Tatu, 58, of Harrison, passed away after a brief illness on Monday, Nov. 18, 2013. Born in Staten Island, N.Y., on July 4, 1955, he was the son of the late Frank and Dottie Tatu. Timmy was a member of the Sons of the American Legion in Naples. He was predeceased by brothers Mike and Joe. He was the father of Jenna, Lisa and Jake of Michigan, and also a loving grandfather. He is survived by his siblings Kathy, Frank, Dan and other family members. A Celebration of Life will be held at the American Legion, Post 155, Route 11, Naples on Saturday, Nov. 23 at 11:30 a.m.

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Kelby L. Day OTISFIELD — Kelby L. Day, 39, of Otisfield died Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2013, after several surgeries and deteriorating health. He was born in Norway on July 31, 1974, the son of Stephen R. and Charlene Korhonen Day. He graduated from Oxford Hills High School. He was a certified logger, cofounder, owner and operator of Day Brothers. He enjoyed raising sheep, spending time with his family and hitting the river on a hot afternoon. He loved brook fishing with his son and he was very supportive of his daughter’s involvement in cheerleading. He had an infectious smile, a way of making people laugh. He was a huge presence and lived life to the fullest. He is survived by his parents; twin brother, Sewell Day; his brother Ralph Day; his sister, Marsha Day; his children, Lindsay Day and Logan Day; his grandmother, Winnifred Cleveland and her husband Ralph; two nephews; and four nieces. He was predeceased by his brother, Robert Day; his maternal grandfather Leo Korhonen; his paternal grandparents Ralph and Ola Day; and a true friend, Kerry Grover. A celebration of his life will be held on Saturday, Nov. 23. at 1 p.m. at the Otisfield Community Hall, Route 121, Otisfield. Donations in his memory may be made to the Oxford Hills Technical School, Forestry Program, PO Box 313, Norway, ME 04268. Online condolences may be shared with his family at Arrangements are under the care of Oxford Hills Funeral Services, 1037 Main St., Oxford.

Mark A. Proctor BRIDGTON — Mark A. Proctor, “PROC,” 66, of Bridgton, died Friday, Nov. 15, 2013, at his home. He was born in Portland on Dec. 24, 1946. He graduated from Casco High School. Mark proudly served in the Army and worked in many industries throughout his life. The real constant in Marks life, however, was music. His love for playing bass guitar had him in many bands throughout his early years and he continued to play regularly throughout his life, “Long Haired Country Boy.” Along with music, Mark loved his six grandchildren. He could be found playing pass with a football, baseball or shooting hoops with them. He looked forward to their sporting events as well as getting together to watch New England sports. Hearing of their accomplishments made him proud and put the biggest smile on his face. Mark will forever be remembered by his four children, Sherrie Small of Naples, Sudiek Neptune of Auburn, Roger Wing of Purcelville, Va., and America Proctor of San Francisco, Calif.; his six grandchildren, Jennifer Knapp, Chase Weese, Jordan Weese, Allyson Arel, Denali Neptune and Ashley Wing; his two sisters, Willa Spiller and Caroline Lambertson; and three brothers, James Proctor, John Proctor and David Proctor. He was preceded in death by his parents, Arthur W. and Laura C. (Bennett) Proctor. Mark touched many people with his bright smile, great sense of humor and gentle, friendly manner. Even through his recent battle with cancer, he kept that smile, sense of humor and persistent will to survive. He will be dearly missed. Online condolences may be shared with his family at Funeral services will be held on Friday, Nov. 22, at 1 p.m. at Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 8 Elm Street in Bridgton, followed by interment at South Bridgton Cemetery. A gathering to celebrate Mark’s life will follow the service at Jim & Midge Proctor’s home, 47 Sand Road, Naples. Family and friends may attend visitation on Thursday evening from 5 to 7 p.m. at the funeral home. In lieu of flowers, donations may be sent in Mark’s name to Norway Savings Bank, 1 Flint Street, Bridgton, ME 04009.

PORTLAND — Elizabeth S. (Meserve) Pottle, 84, of Portland died on Monday, Nov. 11, 2013 at Mercy Hospital. She was the wife of the late Lennie Pottle, who died Nov. 22, 2000. Elizabeth was born in Gorham, on Sept. 21, 1929, the daughter of the late Roger and Cynthia (Tripp) Meserve. She attended local area schools and graduated from Gorham High School. After high school, she worked as a waitress until she married her husband Lennie and had their daughter, Sharon. She then became a seamstress for Healthtex in Portland before retiring due to illness. She was a member of the Senior Citizens Program in Scarborough and loved to have lunch with the girls. She also enjoyed watching the First Baptist Church on television and loved her cryptograms. For the final 20 years of her husband’s life, she took care of him, “his angel,” he called her. She is now in heaven with her husband Lennie; and her grandson, her heart of gold. She will be missed by her daughter, Sharon M. Pottle of Portland; her grandson of Portland; her two great-grandchildren; and her brother, Robert Meserve of Raymond. Visitation was held on Tuesday, Nov. 19, 2013 at the First Baptist Church, Canco Road, Portland. A funeral service followed and burial was in Highland Lake Cemetery, Westbrook. Arrangements are under the care of Advantage Funeral Services, 981 Forest Avenue, Portland. Please visitwww.advantageportlan. com to sign Elizabeth’s guestbook and to leave condolences for the family. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to: American Cancer Society, 1 Bowdoin Mill Island, Topsham, ME 04086.

Children’s author and painter Tom Merriam painted this scene of moose locking horns in battle.

Harvest Gold Open House LOVELL — Harvest Gold Gallery is hosting a Holiday Open House on Saturday, Nov. 30, from noon to 6 p.m. Join others in greeting children’s book author Robin Chiarello, plein air painter Diane Scott, and author and painter Tom Merriam. Come enjoy some refreshments and wine, while viewing the three artists’ works and visiting with them. Robin Chiarello and Tom Merriam, both authors of children’s books, will be personally signing copies of their stories.  Robin is the award-winning author of The Blue Lobster’s Holiday and her new book It Only Takes One Friend. She tells lesson-learning stories about friendship and respect through the character the Blue Lobster. Her new book has already won the Mom’s Choice Award. Tom is a great storyteller, combining both his humor and love for nature to make for entertaining children’s books such as Yak Attack, Barnstorming, and the Bears Guide to Dining Out. Tom’s beautiful paintings are also at the Gallery. The new pieces that have just arrived are of lovely Maine wildlife, in natural settings, exquisitely crafted in oils and watercolors.  Diane Scott will also be at the Open House to show her plein air style oil paintings. She will be demonstrating so you can see art in action. Diane’s award-winning paintings sparkle with light and create magic out of a New England landscape, fly fisherman, and Monhegan Island’s shore-side shanties. Perhaps Tom and Diane will sign the back of the painting you might purchase as a gift, or for your very own.  All three featured artists are fascinating people, living locally, creating joy this holiday season. Harvest Gold Gallery is located on Route 5 in Center Lovell. Please call 925-6502 or visit

Country living Calendar BRIDGTON Thur., Nov. 21 — Lakes Region Rotary Club, 7:15 a.m., Alliance Church, 368 Harrison Rd. Thur., Nov. 21 — Senior College membership meeting, 1 p.m., Community Center. Fri., Nov. 22 — Norway Savings Bank staff reading children’s books aloud, 910:30 a.m., Bridgton Literary Taskforce officially ends Christmas Book Drive, 10:30 to 11 a.m., Bridgton branch, Pondicherry Square, refreshments provided. Fri., Nov. 22 — LELT Digital Slide Show Tour of preserves by Stewardship Coordinator and photographer Jon Evans, 5 p.m., LELT office, Depot St. FMI: 647-4352. Fri., Nov. 22 — Chamber Annual Dinner & Awards, social time 5:30 p.m., Angus King speech 6 p.m., dinner 6:30 p.m., awards to follow, Shawnee Peak. Reservations required. FMI: 647-3472. Fri., Nov. 22 — Deadline to apply for Adopt-a-Child for Christmas clothing distribution, return form to First Congregational Church, 33 So. High St. FMI: cjnolan765@ Fri., Nov. 22 — Bridgton’s 1st Annual Bar Crawl, 7-11 p.m., various businesses, free movie & snacks for designated drivers at Tannery Pub. Sat., Nov. 23 — Ladies Day Out, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m., participating Bridgton businesses. Sat., Nov. 23 — 4th Annual Wine Appreciation Night & Silent Auction to benefit LRHS Project Graduation, 5:30 to 8 p.m., Goldsmith Dining Hall, Bridgton Academy. FMI: 3298254. Sun., Nov. 24 — 7th Annual Ring Farm Family Fun Day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m., 551 Upper Ridge Rd. FMI: 647-8475. Sun., Nov. 24 — Open Mic, 6 to 9 p.m., Community Center. FMI: 647-3116. Sun., Nov. 24 — Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service, 7 p.m., South Bridgton Congregational Church, 16 Fosterville Rd. FMI: 6478549. Mon., Nov. 25 — Bridgton Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., Community Center. Thur., Nov. 28 — Free Zumba Class, “Burn the Turkey,” with Vicki Toole, 910 a.m., Town Hall. Fri., Nov. 29 — Start of 4th Annual Holiday Online Auction by Bridgton Academy, runs thru Dec. 8. Visit www. Fri., Nov. 29 — Girl Scouts, 3:45 p.m., Community Center. Sat., Nov. 30 — Craft/ Vendor Fair to benefit Laurie A. Carter Bergen Softball Field, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m., Town Hall, 26 No. High St. FMI: 627-7380. Sun., Dec. 1 — Food Ministry Distribution by Vineyard Church, 1-3 p.m., 402 Main St., near ballfield. FMI: 831-0737. BROWNFIELD Mon., Nov. 25 — Annual Turkey Shoot by Brownfield Fire Dept., 6 p.m., Community Center. FMI: 890-6706. CASCO Fri., Nov. 29 — Annual Christmas Tree Lighting, 6 p.m., caroling, performance by Mayberry Hill Preschool, Casco Day Park, cookies, crafts & Santa in Community Center. FMI: 627-4187. Sat., Nov. 30 — Christmas in the Village, craft fairs at Casco Village Church, 941 Meadow Rd., Community Center. & Country Village Assisted Living, 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Sat., Nov. 30 — Lobster Roll & Corn Chowder Luncheon, 11 a.m. to 1:30 p.m., Casco Village Church, 941 Meadow Rd. Sun., Dec. 1 — Hanging of the Greens, 10 a.m., Casco Village Church, 941 Meadow Rd. DENMARK Thur., Nov. 21 — Crystal Bowl Therapy, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Nurture Through Nature. FMI: 595-2695. Fri., Nov. 22 — Difficult

& long hike to Passaconaway Mountain, Kancamagus Hywy, N.H., by Denmark Mountain Hikers, meet 7 a.m. at Denmark Congregational Church. FMI: 756-2247. Fri., Nov. 29 — Annual Turkey Shoot by Denmark Lions Club, 6:30 p.m., Denmark Arts Center. Fri., Nov. 29 — Moderate hike to Pleasant Mountain Traverse, Denmark, by Denmark Mountain Hikers, meet 8 a.m. at Denmark Congregational Church. FMI: 756-2247. FRYEBURG Sat., Nov. 23 — Star in the East Craft Fair, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., Masonic Hall, Portland St. Sat., Nov. 23 — Benefit Supper by Friends of Christine Greer, 5-7 p.m., St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Church. FMI: 8900708. Sun., Nov. 24 — Fryeburg Teachers Association Craft Fair, 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Wadsworth Arena, Fryeburg Academy. FMI: 935-5004. HARRISON Wed., Nov. 20 — Harvest Potluck Supper by Landmark Human Resources, 5-8 p.m., Harrison VFW Hall, Waterford Rd. RSVP: 647-8396. Sat., Nov. 23 — Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament, doors open 11:30 a.m., play starts 1 p.m., VFW Hall, Waterford Rd. Sat., Nov. 23 — Dance with The Tina Kelly Band, 8 p.m. to midnight, Harrison VFW, Waterford Rd. Thur., Nov. 28 — St. Jude Turkey Day 5K, register starting 7 a.m., Harrison Village. FMI: Barb Stauble, 583-4445. LOVELL Sat., Nov. 23 — Advent Open House at Lovell United Church of Christ, 10 a.m. to noon, church vestry. FMI: 9282080. Sat., Nov. 23 — Gasping Gobbler 5K Run/Walk, 10 a.m., Lovell Rec Field, awards & soup lunch follows at VFW Hall, Smarts Hill Rd. Sat., Nov. 23 — Annual Silent Auction by New Suncook PTA, viewing starts 4:30 p.m., drawings 6 p.m., New Suncook School. FMI: stachual1@aol. com Sat., Nov. 30 — Holiday Open House, noon to 6 p.m., Harvest Gold Gallery, Rte. 5, Center Lovell. FMI: 925-6502. NAPLES Thur., Nov. 21 — Pokeman Club 4-5 p.m., library. Thur.-Sun., Nov. 21-24 — LRHS Drama Club presents Greater Tuna, 7 p.m. Thur.Sat., 2 and 7 p.m. Sun., Lake Region High School. Tue., Nov. 26 — Medicare Part D with Phil Ohman, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., library. Tue., Nov. 26 — Lego Club, 4-5 p.m., library. Tue., Nov. 26 — Scrabble Club, 7 p.m., library. Sat., Nov. 30 — Annual Mini-Art Sale & Cookie Walk by Naples Library, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m., library gathering room, lower level. FMI: 693-6841. RAYMOND Mon., Nov. 25 — Book Group, The Sweetness at the Bottom of the Pie by Alan Bradley, 7 p.m., library. Fri.-Sun., Nov. 29-Dec. 1 — Reception for Six Squared Show, 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Hole in the Wall Studioworks, Rte. 302. Sat., Nov. 30 — Free Community Meal, 4:30 to 6 p.m., Christ Chapel, 37 Northern Pines Road. Sun., Dec. 1 — Annual Tree Lighting, 5 p.m., library lawn. WATERFORD Thur., Nov. 21 — Community Potluck Supper, 6 p.m., Wilkins Community House, Waterford Flat. Mon., Nov. 25 — Waterford Bridge Group, 6:30 p.m., library. AREA EVENTS Thur., Nov. 21 — “Plants That Impacted New England History,” with June O’Donal, 6:30 p.m., Conway Library, Conway, N.H. Thur., Nov. 21 — Program honoring WW II veterans by New Gloucester Historical Society, 7 p.m., New Gloucester Meetinghouse, 389 Intervale

November 21, 2013, The Bridgton News, Page B

SO MANY SANTAS — Dozens of Santas are available at the Naples Public Library Santa Sale. Prices are from $1 to $5. Proceeds benefit the library. The Santas are available now, or come see them at the Mini-Art Sale and Cookie Walk on Saturday, Nov. 30, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Rd. Sat., Nov. 23 — DECA Holiday Craft Fair, 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m., Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, So. Paris. Sat., Nov. 23 — Erica Brown and the Bluegrass Connection, 7:30 p.m., Saco River Grange Hall, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills. FMI: 9296472. Sun., Nov. 24 — Rick Charette Annual Holiday Benefit Concert, 2 p.m., Saint Joseph’s College, Standish. FMI: 893-7794. Tue., Nov. 26 — Christian Women United Luncheon, 11:30 a.m., speaker Sharon Walker, So. Paris Congregational Church. RSVP: 743-5770. Tue., Nov. 26 — Mountain Storytellers Guild, 6 p.m., Conway Library, Conway, N.H. Sat.-Sun., Nov. 30-Dec. 1 — The Nutcracker by Maine State Ballet, 2 and 7 p.m. Fri., 2 p.m. Sun., Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle St., Portland. FMI: 842-0800. Sat., Nov. 30 — Rhythm Future Quartet in concert, 7:30 p.m., Saco River Theatre, 29 Salmon Falls Rd., Bar Mills. Tickets 929-6472. ONGOING WEEKLY DAILY Alcoholics Anonymous, 9 a.m., Clyde Bailey Drop In Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail (Rte. 302), Casco. Alcoholics Anonymous, noon to 1 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Sweden Rd., Bridgton. O/D MONDAYS Jumpin’ Janes Senior Fitness, 9 a.m., Town Hall, No. High St., Bridgton. Storytime for Preschoolers with Miss Liz, ages under five, 10-11 a.m., Lovell Library. Baby/Toddler Playtime, 10:30 a.m., Raymond Library. Storytime, 10:30 a.m., North Bridgton Library. The Food Basket and Kyrie’s Kitchen, every other Monday, 1 to 3 p.m., Naples Town Hall gym. FMI: 6153226. Knotty Knitters, noon to 2 p.m., Soldiers Library, Hiram. FMI: 625-4650. Cribbage, 2 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Mousepaint Storytime, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Lovell Library. Coed Adult Basketball, 6 to 7:45 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym, Rte. 35, Harrison. FMI: 583-2241.

Waterford Bridge Group, every 4th Monday except Dec. 23, 6:30 p.m., library. Casco Food Pantry, 6 to 7 p.m. third Monday of month, Casco Alliance Church. FMI: 344-5370. Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot St. ODLH Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m., Clyde Bailey Drop In Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail (Rte. 302), Casco. TUESDAYS Jeanette’s Free Clothing Closet, 9 to 11:30 a.m., First Congregational Church, Bridgton. Sebago Food Pantry and Clothes Closet, Nazarene Church, Rte. 114, 4th Tuesdays, 9 to 11 a.m. & 5 to 7 p.m.; clothes closet Saturdays, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. FMI: 274-1569. Chickadee Quilters, 9:30 a.m., Bridgton Community Center. Tai Chi Maine New Beginners’ Classes, 9:30 to 11 a.m., Town Hall, No. High St., Bridgton. Naples Food Pantry, 10 a.m. to 11:30 a.m., United Methodist Church, Village Green. FMI: 595-2754. Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Naples Library. Mother Goose Time, 10:30 a.m., Bridgton Library. Bridgton Food Pantry, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., Methodist Church, 98 Main St. FMI: 6474476. Sebago Senior’s Luncheon, noon, Sebago Church of the Nazarene. Prayer & Meditation Time, 12:15 to 12:45 p.m., First Congregational Church, Bridgton. Bridge, 1 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Womanspace, 3:45 to 5 p.m. starting Dec. 3, group room, Tri-County Mental Health, 32 No. High St. FMI: 523-0700. Teen Sports Night, 6-7:45 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym, Rte. 35, Harrison. FMI: 583-2241. Harrison Food Pantry, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Seventh-Day Adventist Church, 2 Naples Rd. FMI: 583-6178. Wood Carving Group, 7 p.m., Ice Rink behind Town Hall, No. High St., Bridgton. AA Step Mtgs., 7 p.m., Clyde Bailey Drop In Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail (Rte. 302), Casco. Al-Anon, 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Church, 225 High St., Bridgton.

WEDNESDAYS Jumpin’ Janes Senior Fitness, 9 a.m., Town Hall, No. High St., Bridgton. Free Well Woman Clinic, by appt., 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Birthwise Community Clinic, The Birth House. FMI: 6475968, ext. 108. Mother-Baby Tea Time, 10 a.m. to noon, The Birth House, 28 So. High St., Bridgton. FMI: 647-5968. Preschool Storytime, 10:30 a.m., Raymond Library. Sweden House Food Pantry, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 1st & 3rd Wednesdays, Sweden Church basement, 137 Bridgton Rd. FMI: 647-4429, 647-5399. Gathering Place Support Group, noon, Bridgton Community Center. Senior Lunch, noon, Bridgton Community Center (no Senior Lunch Nov. 27). Knitting Group, 1 to 3:30 p.m., Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library, Lovell. Discovery Kids, 3 p.m., Community Center. Makers Club, 3 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Reading with Holly Dog, 3:30 p.m., Bridgton Library. Cope Group session, 68 p.m., Harrison Fire Station Community Room. FMI: 508633-0159. Bible Study, 6 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Catherine’s Cupboard Food Pantry, 6 p.m. Wednesdays, Standish Town Hall, Rte. 35. Wood Carving Group, 7-9 p.m., Ice Rink building, behind Bridgton Town Hall. Alcoholics Anonymous, 7 to 8 p.m., Clyde Bailey Drop In Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail (Rte. 302), Casco. THURSDAYS Bridgton Rotary Club, 7:15 a.m., Bridgton Alliance Church, Rte. 117. Adult Children of Alcoholics, 10 a.m., Waterford Library. Storytime, 10 a.m.,

Harrison Library, Harrison Village. Senior Wii Bowling, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Casco Community Center. Storytime with Music, 10:30 a.m., Naples Library. Gathering Place Support Group, noon, Bridgton Community Center. Medicare Open Enrollment, 1 p.m. through Dec. 5 (except Nov. 28), Bridgton Community Center. FMI: 396-6524, 1-877-3533771. Pinochle, 1 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Brownfield Food Pantry, 1 to 5 p.m. third Thursdays, 701 Pequawket Trl. FMI: 9352333. Tai Chi Maine Set Practice, 2:30 to 4 p.m., Town Hall, No. High St., Bridgton. Raymond Food Pantry, 46 p.m., 2nd & 4th Thursdays, Lake Region Baptist Church, 1273 Main St. FMI: 232-5830. Community Kettle, free supper, 5 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. No Community Kettle Oct. 31, Halloween. Pajama Storytime, 6 p.m., Naples Library. Teen Sports Night, 6-7:45 p.m., Harrison Elementary School gym, Rte. 35, Harrison. FMI: 583-2241. Al-Anon, 6:30 to 7:45 p.m., Open Meeting, newcomers welcome, Naples Methodist Church, Village Green. Chickadee Quilters, 6:30 p.m., Bridgton Community Center. Narcotics Anonymous Women’s Meeting, 7 to 8 p.m., St. Peter’s Episcopal Church, Sweden Rd. (Rte. 93) off Rte. 302, Bridgton. AA Ladies Step-Meeting, 7 a.m. & 7 p.m., Clyde Bailey Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail, (Rte. 302) So. Casco. FRIDAYS Jumpin’ Janes Senior Fitness, 9 a.m., Town Hall, No. High St., Bridgton. Parents and Children Activity Group, 10 to 11:30 a.m., Casco Community Center. Brownfield Playgroup, 10:30 to 11:30 a.m., Brownfield Community Center. AWANA Youth Program, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m., Cornerstone Gospel Church, corner Rtes. 302 & 114, Naples. FMI: 6936102, 803-2199. Narcotics Anonymous, 7 p.m. Bridgton Community Center, 15 Depot St. ODLH SATURDAYS Tabletop Role Playing Games, 9:30 a.m., Bridgton Community Center. Makers Club, 10 a.m., Bridgton Community Center. AA Beginner’s & Group Mtgs., 7 to 8 p.m., Clyde Bailey Center, 224 Roosevelt Trail, (Rte. 302) So. Casco. SUNDAYS Table Tennis, 1-4 p.m., Bridgton Town Hall, No. High St., all welcome. Equipment provided free, 7 tables. Adult Basketball, 6 p.m., Town Hall, No. High St., Bridgton. Alcoholics Anonymous, 6:30 p.m., Harrison Congregational Church, corner Route 117 and Dawes Hill Rd.

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AS IN TIMES PAST — Bonnie Rolfe, manager of Main Street Mercantile, sits at a desk in the new group shop that opened Friday at 158 Main Street, Bridgton. (Loraine Janelle Photo)


Ryan and Maria Allen of Naples are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Ashlea Allen of Naples to Michael Shrier of Denmark. Michael’s parents, Deborah and Phillip Richardson of Denmark and Earl Shrier of Brownfield are also proud to acknowledge the engagement. The bride-to-be graduated from Lake Region High School, Class of 2006. She earned her associate’s degree in Medical Assisting at Kaplan University and works as a nationally-certified medical assistant at Pediatric Associates of Lewiston. The groom-to-be graduated with the Class of 2005 from Fryeburg Academy. Mike earned his degree from Baron Institute of Technology with high honors. He works as an Automotive Technician at Macdonald Motors in Bridgton, where he has completed master certification for Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep and Ram. Michael’s proposal took place on Oct. 19, 2013 at Hacker’s Hill in Casco while enjoying the foliage. The couple resides in Naples with their “fur-babies” — a dog named Ruger and two cats. They enjoy the outdoors and spending time with friends and family. A fall wedding is planned for Oct. 4, 2014.

New Main Street Mercantile opens A few weeks ago The Bridgton News ran a picture of several women standing beside a “Work Area Ahead” sign on Main Street in Bridgton. That work is now completed. Main Street Mercantile, a group shop, opened Friday, Nov. 15 at 158 Main Street. Store Manager Bonnie Rolfe feels like it’s a homecoming for all the vendors. “It’s wonderful for all of us to be able to get together in one place to sell our wares in such a great new setting,” she said. The shop will carry antiques, vintage items, collectibles, home décor, jewelry and more. This venue is handicappedaccessible, with parking behind the store and ramp access. The location is key, as it is across from Renys in the downtown walking district. Open seven days a week, the hours will vary according to the season. The vendors believe in giving back, so they sponsor the local nonprofit organization, Community H.E.L.P., with a store of its own on Nulty Street. Please stop in to renew old friendships and make new ones. Phone 647-8500 or like them on Facebook, ntileBridgton

Holiday Craft Fairs ‘Star in the East’ Craft Fair

FRYEBURG — The Pythagorean Chapter #169, Order of the Eastern Star, in Fryeburg will hold their annual craft fair on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Masonic Hall on Portland Street. Listen to carols as you shop, and enjoy the wonderful aromas of Christmas. There will be wreaths, baked goods, ornaments, vendors, handmade crafts and much more. 

DECA Holiday Craft Fair is Nov. 23

SOUTH PARIS — Over 150 crafters are taking part in this year’s DECA Holiday Craft Fair, the largest in western Maine, to be held on Saturday, Nov. 23, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School in South Paris. DECA is an association of marketing, management, finance and hospitality students who compete in state and national competitions. The fair helps pay expenses for the competitions, and the fair is put on by the third-year marketing students of Oxford Hills. With over 3,000 people expected to attend, parking is usually pretty rough throughout the day. Additional parking will be available at the Gouin Field, with a shuttle bus that runs all day. There is a $1 admission fee for anyone ages 13-64. The high school Chamber Choir will give a live performance at the fair, and over 100 of the crafters donate door prizes to give away to customers. For more information, visit www.decacraftfair., or e-mail

Aaron P. Kasprak and Brittney E. Messick


Brittney Elaine Messick, daughter of Wayne and Barbra Messick of Trussville, Ala. and Aaron Paul Kasprak, son of Paul and Catherine Kasprak of Fryeburg, were married Sept. 19, 2013, in an early morning ceremony on Lankai Beach, Kailua, on the Island of O’ahu, Hawaii. The bride is a graduate of Troy University, Ala. with a bachelor’s of science degree in Business Administration. She is currently employed at McGriff, Seibels and William, Inc. Brokerage Firm. The groom is a Navy nuclear engineer and Navy diver aboard the USS Hawaii, stationed at Pearl Harbor, Hawaii. The couple will reside in Hawaii after their honeymoon.

Area Events

(Continued from Page B) food ministry is open to anyone who wishes to be blessed with good quality food. For more information, call Dana Masters at 831-0737.

Hanging of the Greens and a concert in Casco

items, a silent auction, “twice nice” items, wreaths, raffles and a luncheon.

East Otisfield Church Christmas Fair

OTISFIELD — The annual Christmas Fair will be held Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at East Otisfield Free Baptist Church, 231 Rayville Road, Otisfield. Proceeds support the Scholarship Fund, which this year will benefit 10 local college students from Otisfield, Casco, Norway and Mechanic Falls who have family members belonging to the church. The fair features a cookie walk, bake sale, craft items, RADA cutlery, attic treasures and a Christmas table. In addition, there will be a display of Nativity sets in the church.

Christmas Fair features Shaker-baked goods

NEW GLOUCESTER — The annual Shaker Christmas Fair will be held on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at America’s only active Shaker Community on Route 26 in New Gloucester. Specialties include Shaker baked goods — wheat bread, cinnamon-raisin bread, Sister Frances’ famous fruitcakes, fresh-baked herbal biscuits, cookies, and more. There’ll also be a wide selection of gifts and holiday items such as Shaker culinary herbs and herbal teas, pickles, jellies, old-fashioned candy, Shaker biscuit mix and Shaker pancake mix, maple syrup, pickles, cheese, woodenware, furniture, antiques, baskets, knit goods, toys, ornaments, fresh-cut Maine Christmas trees and decorated Poland Community Church Christmas Fair balsam wreaths, hot cider and homemade donuts, and so POLAND — Poland Community Church, Route 26, much more. Proceeds from the White Elephant Room benwill hold its annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7, efit local food pantries. Lunch plates will be served, too. from 9 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. There’ll be holiday gifts, bakery For more information, call 926-4597.

CASCO — Christmas at the Casco Village Church, 941 Meadow Road (Route 121) begins on Sunday, Dec. 1 with the Hanging of the Greens by Sunday school children during worship at 10 a.m. The following Sunday, Dec. 8, the church will hold its annual Christmas Concert by the Casco Village Church Choir, under the director of Eugene Long and accompanist Evan Cuddy. On Tuesday, Dec. 17, at 7 p.m., folks can take a breather from the hectic holiday pace with “A Christmas Breath — a time with candles lit in the Sanctuary, soft music playing, a time to reflect and quiet the soul and to breathe. A Christmas Pageant will be presented by the youth of the church during worship on Sunday, Dec. 22, at 10 a.m.

Socrates Café Dec. 2 in Waterford

WATERFORD — A Socrates Cafe gathering will be held at the Waterford Library on Monday, Dec. 2, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Meetings are held on the first Monday of each month. The group offers a forum to discuss current topics and ideas in a warm, friendly atmosphere, where divergent views will be welcome. Coffee and light refreshments will be served. The topic for the December meeting will be “Are Humans the Masters of Their Fate?” The moderator will be Jim Kearney. For more information, call 583-6957 or e-mail the library at

Winter concert by Lake Region Community Chorus

The Lake Region Community Chorus is putting on a Winter Concert of holiday music on Friday, Dec. 6, at 7 p.m. at Bridgton Academy’s Twitchell Memorial Chapel, 11 Academy Lane in North Bridgton. Snow date is Saturday, Dec. 7, at 7 p.m. Refreshments will be provided, and donations are appreciated.

S.T.U.D. Vendor Fair in Brownfield

BROWNFIELD — Brownfield Rec is offering its annual S.T.U.D. Vendor Fair on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the Brownfield Community Center. Crafters are still wanted; for details, contact Tara at 9353800.


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Children’s Christmas Party

NAPLES — The American Legion Post #155 on Route 11 in Naples will sponsor a Children’s Christmas Party on Saturday, Dec. 7, from 1 to 3 p.m. The party includes lunch with Santa, and is intended for children age 10 and under. The child’s name must be in by Sunday, Nov. 24. Please contact Maxine at 400-1853 for more information.

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Landmark Human Resources of Bridgton is sponsoring a trip to hear the Portland Symphony Orchestras’ Magic of Christmas 2013 on Friday, Dec. 13, at 2 p.m. Round trip transportation for the preview performance will be provided from both Norway and Bridgton by VIP Bus Tours. A delightful picnic supper will be provided on the trip home. Cost for Landmark clients is $40, and the cost for community guests is $60, which includes ticket, picnic supper and round trip transportation. For more information, call Mary Sullivan at 647-8396 or e-mail her at

Regional Sports

November 21, 2013, The Bridgton News, Page C

Past, present runners shine Saturday was a good day for Fryeburg Academy crosscountry runners past and present. The Colby College men’s cross-country team, for the first time is headed to the NCAA Division III Championships after earning an at-large selection Sunday. Colby is one of 32 men’s teams competing for the national championship at Hanover College in Hanover, Ind., this Saturday. The men’s race will go off at 12:30 p.m. Colby has come from being a last place team in the New England Small College Athletic Conference in 2010 to securing an NCAA bid in 2013, just making the cut as the sixth-place team at Saturday’s championships. Part of the rise was the addition this fall of former FA star runner, Silas Eastman. He emerged as the Mules #2 runner, and was 19th out of 366 competitors Saturday in his first regional meet. Silas posted a 25:12.95. Former Raider Kenedi Hall placed 95th and helped his team, Lyndon State (he is the team’s #3 runner) to place 15th out of 50 teams. Meanwhile, current Raiders Patrick Carty and Anna Lastra were the top male and female finishers at the Mainely Moose 5K in Portland. Facing off against adult competition, Carty (age 15 from Sweden) posted the fastest time in 17:21, ahead of Dan Frey, 31, of Scarborough, who finished in 17:37. Lastra (age 15 from Fryeburg) was 15th overall in 21:16.15. Other local finishers were: 7. Liuke Yang, 16, Fryeburg, 20:01 27. Sarah Small, 19, Raymond, 23:10 38. Benjamin Johnston, 11, Sebago, 25:17 44. Elizabeth Grzyb, 16, Lovell, 26:41 46. Emily Johnston, 9, Sebago, 26:46 48. Linda Davis, 64, Casco, 26:52 57. Carmel Collins, 50, Bridgton, 27:53 63. Karen Shea, 51, Raymond, 29:23 66. Michael Pratt, 38, Fryeburg, 29:34 89. Danielle Pratt, 37, Fryeburg, 34:04 103. Tammy Malier, 39, Raymond, 38:51 There were 115 competitors.

SKYE DOLE, who was a second-team All-Conference RAIDER AWARD in football went to Matt Boucher, preselection in field hockey, received the Head of School sented by Fryeburg Academy varsity head coach David Award. She is pictured with AD Sue Thurston. Turner. (Photos by Rachel Damon/FA)

Don’t be a turkey, race!

Gasping Gobbler in Lovell Saturday LOVELL — The annual Gasping Gobbler 5K Run/ Walk takes place this Saturday, Nov. 23 at 10 a.m. at the Lovell Rec Fields. Following the run/walk will be an awards ceremony at the VFW Hall, along with a soup lunch. Homemade apple pie will go to the first place “teen team.” Ribbons given for the winners of each age group. Turkeys given to the top male/female runners, top walker and middle of the pack finisher. Register online at or fill out a brochure at a local business. Turkey Day 5K walk/run in Harrison HARRISON — Get your walking/running shoes on and join your family and friends for the Second Annual Turkey Day 5K on Thanksgiving morning, Nov. 28, beginning at 8:30 a.m. Registrations begin at 7 a.m. the day of the race. Pre-registration forms may be found at the Harrison and Bridgton town offices and libraries, the Village Tie Up, Maine Street Graphics, and Main Street Variety, or by contacting Barb Stauble at 583-4445. A $20 registration fee will be collected and donated to St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, which provides care to critically ill children regardless of their ability to pay. The race will start and end at the Greenwood Manor Inn on Tolman Road with prizes awarded to the top finishers in seven age categories. Goodies for all! The race coordinators would like to thank the following area businesses for their donations of prizes, money and efforts: The Greenwood Manor Inn, The Village Tie-Up, Crystal Lake Spa, Olde Mill Tavern, The Market Basket and Shawnee Peak. Running in the morning… Helping a good cause… Stuffing in the afternoon! What better way to spend Thanksgiving!

Skating times

The Bridgton Ice Arena in North Bridgton will offer public skating during the month of November as follows: Wednesday, Nov. 27, noon to 2 p.m. Special Friday, Nov. 29, 5 to 7 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 23, 2 to 4 p.m. Sunday, Nov. 24, noon to 2 p.m. Sticks and Pucks: Sunday, Nov. 24, 2 to 4 p.m. Conflicts do arise on occasion, so call ahead to confirm at 647-7637, ext. 1310. Prices: $4 for adults, $3 for students in grades 1-12, $2 for children ages 5 and younger, $2 for seniors ages 62 and older, $5 for sticks and pucks, and $4 for rentals. No ice skating charges for Bridgton residents (proof of residency required). For more information regarding adult leagues, learn to skate, scheduling and other programs, contact Rink Manager Steve Ryan at 647-7637. The arena is located on the Bridgton Academy campus. For more information, log on to

AARON HENNESSY was presented the Oxford County COACH’S AWARD in field hockey went to Dimitra Special Olympics Sportsmanship Award. He is pictured Katsigiannis, presented by Raider Head Coach Dede with FA Athletic Director Sue Thurston. Frost.

Raider fall athletes honored

FRYEBURG — With the fall sports season now in the books, Fryeburg Academy athletes were honored and recognized for their achievements recently at the Fall Awards Night. Senior speaker was Amber Dindorf, who is headed to be a 12-sport athlete, having participated in field hockey, Nordic skiing, lacrosse, and most recently in cross-country running. Amber lives in Bartlett, N.H., about an hour from the Academy, “so her commitment is beyond many of the athletes,” FA Athletic Director Sue

Thurston said. Amber has received Raiders awards and been a team captain. “She is very committed to everything she does and finds a way to commit to be being not only a good student- athlete, but also a top notch person who really enjoys competing,” Thurston said. Representatives from each fall sports teams provided season highlights. They included: David McLaughlin, football; Emily Ouellette, cheering; Dakota Griffin, boys’ soccer; Izzy Hodgman-Burns, girls’ soccer; Evan Armington,

mountain biking; Kylie Locke, field hockey; Liz Dyer, golf; Tyler O’Keefe, boys’ crosscountry; and Juliet Fink, girls’ cross-country. Raider plaques were presented by fall coaches. They went to: Golf: MVP to Van Nguyen; Coach’s Award to Mike Davis Field Hockey: MVP to Makayla Frost; Coach’s Award to Dimitra Katsigiannis Cheering: Raider Award to Kyla Towne Girls’ Soccer: Outstanding Teammate Awards to Savannah Kruguer and Sarah Welch Boys’ Soccer: Raider

Awards to Gabe Perry and Jared Schrader Cross-Country: Up and Coming Awards to Christian Bedell and Kristen Dostie; Iron Will Awards to Patrick Carty and Anna Lastra Mountain Biking: Raider Awards to Corey Thibodeau and Harrison Leavitt Football: Raider Awards to Matt Boucher and Ryan Gullikson Head of School Award: Skye Dole All Conference selections included: • Recognized at the Campbell AWARDS, Page C

Slideshow tours Loon Echo land

Join Loon Echo Land Trust (LELT) for a digital slide show “tour” of its preserves and trail systems at the LELT office this Friday, Nov. 22 at 5 p.m. The wheelchair-accessible office is located at 8 Depot Street, Suite 4. If you are new to exploring the outdoors, recently moved to the Lake Region, or have questions about the trails or uses at LELT’s preserves, this presentation is designed for you. SLIDESHOW, Page C

RAIDER AWARD in cheering went to Kyla Towne, pre- MOUNTAIN BIKIING MVP went to Harrison Leavitt, sented by varsity cheerleading coach JillianTetrault. who is pictured with Coach Tim Connell.

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Regional sports

ALL CONFERENCE SELECTIONS for the fall Fryeburg Academy sports season were: (left to right) Ryan Buzzell (football), Billy Rascoe (football), Anna Lastra (crosscountry), Sydney Charles (soccer), Makayla Frost (field hockey), Skye Dole (field hock-

ey), Van Nguyen (golf), Patrick Carty (cross-country), Ben Davis (soccer), Gabe Perry (soccer), Izzy Hodgman-Burns (soccer), Lexi L’Heureux-Carland (soccer) and Forrest Stearns (soccer). (Photos by Rachel Damon/FA)

Raider fall sports awards (Continued from Page C) Conference (Football) Awards night in three weeks — Ryan Buzzell, Campbell Conference First Team; Sulo Burbank, Campbell Conference Honorable Mention; Billy Rascoe, Campbell Conference Honorable Mention • Recognized by the Western Maine Conference: Patrick Carty, First Team, Cross-Country Sydney Charles, Girls’ Soccer Ben Davis, Honorable Mention, Boys’ Soccer Skye Dole, Second Team, Field Hockey Isabel Hodgman-Burns, Girls’ Soccer Makayla Frost, First Team, Field Hockey

Anna Lastra, Second Team, Cross-Country Alexis L’Heureux-Carland, Honorable Mention, Girls’ Soccer Van Nguyen, Golf Gabe Perry, Second Team, Boys’ Soccer Forrest Stearns, Honorable Mention, Boys’ Soccer Tyler Worcester, Golf All Academic selections — Seniors with a grade point average of 3.2 or better: Cross-Country: Chelsea Abraham, Sullivan Briggs, Amber Dindorf, Juliet Fink, Eric Hannes, Nick Kiesman, Liam LeConey, Tyler O’Keefe. Soccer: Sydney Charles, Hung Dau, Bailey Friedman, OUTSTANDING TEAMMATE AWARD winners were RAIDER AWARD SELECTIONS for boys’ soccer were Austin Gerchman, Dacota Sarah Welch (left) and Savannah Kruguer, pictured here Jared Schrader (left) and Gabe Perry, pictured here with RAIDER, Page C with Coach John Atwood. Coach Bob Hodgman-Burns.


SPECIAL RECOGNITION — (Left to right) Billy Rascoe received the Dave Woodsome Football Award; Makayla Frost earned All State honors in field hockey; cheerleaders Emily Ouellette and Alexis Maddocks will represent Fryeburg Academy at the Shriners Lobster Bowl game; Van Nyguyen placed fifth in the State Golf Championships; Gabe Perry will participate in the East-West soccer game; and the FA boys’ cross-country team won the Western Maine Conference small-team title. Runners included Eric Hannes, TJ Rose, Jon Burk, Liam LeConey, Tyler OKeefe, Sullivan Briggs, Patrick Carty and Liuke Yang.

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(Continued from Page C) Griffin, Thea Hart, Isabel Hodgman-Burns, Tucker Huppe, Thinh Huynh, Savannah Kruguer, Duc Le, Will Price, Jarad Schrader, Sarah Welch, Anna Williams, Hoonsik Woo. Field Hockey: Skye Dole, Makayla Frost, Dimitra Katsigiannis, Kylie Locke. Cheering: Andrea Engen, Ester Ortiz, Emily Ouellette. Other Awards Sulo Burbank, the David Woodsome Senior Lineman Award. Billy Rascoe, the Senior Running Back Award Makayla Frost was selected to the Maine Field Hockey Coaches Association All State Team. Alexis Maddocks and Emily Ouellette have been nominated to appear in the Maine Shriners Lobster Bowl representing the West Cheering Squad. Van Nyugen, fifth place at the Sate Golf Championships, qualifies for New Englands. Gabe Perry was selected to play in the Maine Soccer Coaches Association Senior Game later this month. Aaron Hennessy qualified for the Special Olympics Golf Championships in his first season as a golfer. Fryeburg Academy Special Olympic Team, under head coach Lee Dyer and Kathy Dunham, received the 2013 Good Sportsmanship Award from the Oxford County Special Olympics Boys’ cross-country was the Western Maine Conference Small Team champions. The Raider football team will be presented the Good Sportsmanship banner at this weekend’ championship football games at Fitzpatrick Stadium. 3 Star jackets to: Kaylee Barboza, Ben Davis, Maddy Davis, Mike Davis, Becca Dostie, Angel Esclante, Allison Fahey, Juliet Fink, Ariel Fodgen, Austin Gerchman, Danielle Graham, Mackenzie Hill, Tucker Huppe, Anna Lastra, David McLaughlin, Van Nguyen, Hannah Perry, Winston Richards, Mary Shea, Lucas Spencer, Eli Thompson and Reed Wales. Student-Athlete Summit: On Friday, the Western Maine Conference will hold its annual Student–Athlete Summit at St Joseph’s College. Each of the league’s 17 Athletic Directors selects eight Student-Athletes to represent a cross section from their school. This year’s conference will cover topics including: sport psychology, social media, sport nutrition and they will be developing a flyer on what athletes feel the role of parents should be at the high school level. Representing Fryeburg Academy will be Huxley Lovering, Allie Fraize, Hannes Schneider, Julia Quinn, Skye Dole, Emily Ouellette and Evan Wadsworth. AD’s Comments: Sue Thurston offered these comments: “I want to thank all the parents for their commitment to their students this fall. Fortunately, we didn’t have too many rainouts or changes. I want to especially thank Shari Smith, Dave Powers and Mary Tynor. All fall, I heard opponents come onto our campus and compliment the facilities — all that credit goes to Bobby Jordan who spends all summer and fall preparing our fields and has a great pride in his work. Jen Verrill, who shortly after the season started became Mrs. Jen Torch, our athletic trainer. Planning a wedding, administrating the Impact baselines and treating everyone who returned in August out of shape certainly gave her a quick start to the school year! “And lastly, I want to thank the coaches. It’s not easy to be a coach because there is always another offense or defense or strategy someone on the sidelines thinks is better. And while each of you watched your own child, these people (coaches) have to watch the whole group and create a chemistry and combination that works. There are many times when coaches missed out on their own families for our athletes and it goes unnoticed. I always encourage athletes and parents to take the time and thank those coaches you value and appreciate because they don’t hear it enough. I have tried to teach my son it’s important to thank your coach after every practice, game or meeting because before you even get there, they have already put in more time than you will give. So, to each of these coaches, I say ‘thank you.’”

NORTH CONWAY, N.H. — The American Cancer Society’s Hope on the Slopes Race to Beat Cancer will be taking place on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 at Mount Cranmore Resort, North Conway, N.H. Volunteers interested in serving on the planning committee are needed now. Join other area residents to help organize this fun and meaningful event. Race to Beat Cancer is a family-oriented event where participants enjoy the camaraderie of a day on the slopes and also raise funds to support the activities of the American Cancer Society. Whether you’re a recreational skier, a snowboarder, a downhill racer, a tubing enthusiast, or just want to help in the fight against cancer, you can join this worthwhile event. Participants gather donations from friends and family, with a minimum $75 contribution per participant ($50 for ages 17 and under). Participants get a full-day lift or two-hour tubing pass. To register and for more information, visit www. or call Kathy Metz, American Cancer Society, Community Executive at 603-356-3719 or

Alumni game

This Saturday, area residents can get a look at the Lake Region junior varsity and varsity boys’ basketball teams as they square off against former Lakers in the annual alumni game. The JV game is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. followed by the varsity tilt at 7 p.m. Lake Region winter sports teams started practice on CASEY VICKERS of Bridgton Academy is pictured here in a recent game against Central Maine Community Monday. Previews of both Lake Region and Fryeburg Academy teams coming soon. College at the Wolverine Dome.

Bridgton Academy sports beat

By Eddie Mastro Assistant Basketball Coach/Marketing Intern Bridgton Academy Hockey: This past weekend, Bridgton Academy’s prep hockey team traveled to Dover, N.H. to face the University of New Hampshire Club team. It was an evenly matched game that saw scoring chances both ways. The Wolverines would fall to a score of 3-2 with Max Davies (Martha’s Vineyard, Mass.) chipping in a goal and an assist, Artem Yasynetskyy (Kharkov, Ukraine) with a goal and Colin Donnelly (Quincy, Mass.) with an assist. BA had great goaltending from Dan Curran (Chelmsford, Mass.). The junior hockey team traveled to Quebec, Canada for two games this past weekend. In the first game, BA came out firing on all cylinders, but ended up falling short 4-1. The only goal scored by BA came from

Zach Lemerand (Grosse Ile, Mich.), assisted by Jordan Smith (Fremont, Calif.). On Saturday the Wolverines came out flying, but could not find the back of the net. The game ended 5-0, and BA never gave up for a second. Football: The Wolverine football team had their final game of the year this past Sunday against East Coast Prep. Both teams came out fired up and ready to go. East Coast Prep scored early with a touchdown, but the Wolverines bounced back and by halftime were up 107. BA’s touchdown run came from Malik Lee (Mashpee, Mass.) with a field goal by Anthony Garron (Danvers, Mass.). Early in the second half, Svenn Jacobson (Cumberland) ripped the ball from the opposing running back, and proceeded to run the ball in for a touchdown. The Wolverines continued to fight hard, but in the end




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(Continued from Page C) LELT’s Stewardship and Volunteer Coordinator Jon Evans will be your host and will share some of his many pictures and experiences from these beautiful preserves that are in permanent protection. LELT’s lands that are open to the public will be featured and include Mayberry Hill and Hacker’s Hill in Casco, Bald Pate Mountain in South Bridgton, Sebago Headwaters in Bridgton, Pleasant Mountain in Denmark, Sylvan Woods in Harrison and Perley Mills Community Forest in Sebago and Denmark. Light refreshments will be served. Since 1987, LELT has been protecting land in the northern Sebago Lake region for future generations to enjoy. By the use of conservation easements (private agreements with landowners), land donations and land purchases, LELT has preserved over 5,000 acres. Each preserve has its own set of use guidelines which can be found at www. . All Loon Echo hikes and slide shows are free; however, donations are always welcome and will qualify you for a one-year membership. For more information about this event, contact Jon Evans at or 647-4352.

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Regional sports

Freedom of the Hills hike

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“It is not the mountain Crawford the ravine was we conquer but ourselves,” also dubbed “Escape Glen” — Edmund Hillary in 1823 by two hikers from Boston who narrowly By Allen Crabtree escaped death when climbGuest Writer ing down the ravine from The name “Ammonoosuc” the Lakes of the Cloud. Over conjures up visions of wild the years, the ravine has exotic places, and the ravine offered a quick and sheltered and waterfall with the name route off the upper slopes of measures up nicely to the Mount Washington when the vision. weather turns bad. “Ammonoosuc” is an Alex MacPhail, in his Abenaki word meaning White Mountain Sojourn “Fish place” from “namos” blog, says “the first recorded (fish) and “auke” (a suf- use of Ammonoosuc Ravine fix meaning place). The as a means of descent from Ammonoosuc Ravine is the Mt. Washington was in 1742 most direct route up the by a small British militia western slopes to the sum- unit that had climbed the mit of Mount Washington, eastern flank of the mounconnecting the Cog Railroad tain as training. It had gotten Base Station with the Lakes very cold while they were on of the Cloud Hut. The the summit and they retreatAmmonoosuc River origi- ed down Ammonoosuc nates at the two Lakes of Ravine.” the Clouds and flows down The AMC trail up the the steep ravine, creating ravine was officially opened several waterfalls including in September 1915. the 100-foot Ammonoosuc An outing up the ravine Falls. to view Ammonoosuc Falls Moses Sweetser, author of was popular for guests at New England: A Handbook the Crawford House and for Travellers (1873) is given other hotels in the area. credit for naming the ravine In Eastman’s 1859 White after the Ammonoosuc Mountain Guide Book he River. According to Lucy describes the falls poeti-

The second crossing of the Ammonoosuc River high in Ammonoosuc Ravine (photo at right), looking up to the top of the with the ravine headwall on a magical winter day. (Photos by Allen Crabtree)

cally: “This cascade unites the wildness of Nature with a close resemblance to the nice workmanship of Art, in a most surprising and beautiful manner.” The Denmark Mountain Hikers climbed Ammonoosuc Ravine in November and encountered early winter conditions. The trees were covered in rime ice and it was a winter wonderland, but tough climbing. The trail into Gem Pool was snow-covered and as we climbed the steep portion of the trail above the pool microspikes were required because of the heavy icing on the rocks and ledges. The winds that day were at gale force and we turned back at the edge of the trees rather than fight the winds and ice to our Lakes of the Clouds destination, saving the hike to complete another day. Hike facts Ammonoosuc Ravine is located in Coos County, Sargents Purchase, N.H. Difficulty: Difficult Trail distance: 6.2 miles to Lakes of Clouds Hut and return Hiking time: 3 hours to Lakes of Clouds Hut Elevation: 5,012 feet Vertical gain: 2,512 feet Coordinates: 44° 16’ 14” N; 71° 18’ 16” W ALLEN CRABTREE at the Gem Pool in Ammonoosuc Topographic Map: USGS Ravine. (Photo by John Patrick) Phone: Fax: Outside ME: 100 Main Street Bridgton, ME 04009

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Hikers should consult the often wet and slippery, and in winter quite icy, so hik- Appalachian Mountain Club ers need to be prepared for (AMC) White Mountain Guide for more information adverse trail conditions. on Ammonoosuc Ravine. What to bring: Clothes suitable to the season (hat, gloves, jacket), rain gear, touring poles, sunglasses, water and snacks, personal first aid kit, pocket knife, whistle, matches or fire starter, map and compass, flashlight or headlamp and cell phone. Let someone know your hiking plans before you leave! Next: The next hiking column will be on West Royce Mountain in Evans Notch, N.H. For the next Denmark Mountain Hikers’ EOWO climb, check The Bridgton News community calendar.

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November 21, 2013, The Bridgton News, Page C

Postcards from China By Judy Crowell China has a National holiday in September. I decided to go travel during this fiveday vacation. It is so hard to travel here. I looked through many books and pictures online to decide where to go and finally decided on going to Guilin. It has been said that Guilin is the closest thing to heaven. The pictures I have seen were incredible, but I had to see it for myself! Sarah and I decided to go together for five days. We decided to go on an allinclusive vacation because it is so much easier to have transportation and hotels all decided for you, besides they knew all the places to visit. We found a really cheap deal and decided to book it online. Unfortunately, we were not able to do that. We found a few travel agents in Sanming and went to find the best deal there. Again, we were told we could not book it until two days before the trip started. I do not know TWO CORMORANTS sit with Judy Crowell of Harrison during her visit to the beauti- about you, but I really like to ful mountains of Guilin. “The Li River is truly a piece of heaven on earth!” Judy said. be sure of where I am going

and what I am doing more than two days before the trip! I guess spontaneity is expected in China. But for me, it was absurd! We waited the 10 days with me complaining the entire time; why do we have to wait? Why can’t we do this? Blah, blah, blah! Finally, we were able to book the trip and I was excited to go see Guilin! The adventure started with a bus trip for about an hour to Nanping. We then boarded a train for a 13-hour voyage to Guilin. The train was very crowded. I had a lower berth so I was able to sleep. When I went to Hong Kong last year, I was in a train car that had four layers of beds! Anyone who knows me, knows I am petrified of heights and there was no way I could climb up

there so forget about sleeping! Guilin was incredibly beautiful, so different from the mountains we see in Maine! Every turn of my head produced an incredible view! The Li River is incredibly beautiful, but it also is a magical place. Fishermen teach the cormorants here. The cormorants catch fish for the fishermen. Yes, you read that right! I watched it happen! The cormorants do not have strings on them when they fish. They would probably get all tangled up and drown. But the fishermen do a little chant and tie a small string loosely around the bird’s neck (so he does not swallow the fish) and then lets the bird into the water. CHINA, Page C

This week’s puzzle theme: Pop Culture 1. “The buck _____ here” 6. Augment 9. Like a jury unable to agree 13. Orca, e.g. 14. *Photographs in text messages 15. Wiser 16. Buddhist who has

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School news

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GREAT SHOW TO CATCH — The Lake Region High School Drama Club, Bridgton Community Chiropractic and Director Eugene Long invite the public to opening night of Greater Tuna at Lake Region High School auditorium on Thursday, Nov. 21, at 7 p.m., with subsequent performances this Friday, Nov. 22 and Saturday, Nov. 23 at 7 p.m. and matinees on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 23-24, at 2 p.m. Don’t miss this hilarious romp about the third smallest town in Texas, with a wonderful cast and crew under the expert direction of Eugene Long, including Christina Axtman, Zoey Barrett, Taylor Bass, Harold Bracy, Reed Bridge-Koenigsberg, Sarah Carlson, Katie Caulfield,

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(Continued from Page C) The bird catches fish after fish, bringing each one to the fisherman. The fisherman puts the fish into a basket to sell at a market or to feed the village. After the cormorant catches seven fish, it waits on the side of the raft until the fisherman gives him a fish to eat. It happened time and time again! It was rather funny! They would perch on the side of the raft with their head in the air, as if saying, “I am not going back in there until you feed me!” It was an incredible trip! About the Writer Judy Crowell, 47, of Harrison is teaching English in China. She plans to send a weekly article looking at life and her experiences in China.

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November 21, 2013, The Bridgton News, Page C

Lions’ Student of the Month

SANDRA HAMBLIN’S SEVENTH GRADE students at the Lake Region Middle School library show off their new books. Last week, the Bridgton Literacy Taskforce donated 450 books to Lake Region Middle School, care of Librarian Paula Boyce. “It was fun to watch the students see so many books for their reading and interest level. One seventh grader picked up a new book and put it to her nose to smell it. Three girls who chose the same book formed an impromptu book club. It was magical,” said Boyce. One student wrote: The books were great, thank you! I love that we got to pick one to treasure forever! I have to say my experience was really cool. Keep doing what you’re doing, it’s truly amazing! Pictured left to right are Emma Brown, Morgan Stokes, Susan Rose, Gabrielle Crockett, Jordan Magiera, Zachary Flynn, Mark Mayo, Tristan Kollander, Nathan Bragdon-Clements and Matthew Mayo. (Photo by P. Boyce)

Miranda L. Chadbourne of Bridgton has been selected as the area Lions Clubs’ “Student of the Month” for November. Each month, area Lions Clubs recognize a Lake Region High School senior who has excelled academically. The recipient is honored at a Lions’ dinner meeting and is presented a monetary award. Parents: Gary and Laurie Chadbourne Sibling: Jacob Activities: Field Hockey, Basketball, Varsity Club president, National Honor Society, Math Team Community activities: Law Enforcement Torch Run for Maine Special Olympics, Youth Field Hockey Program volunteer, Youth Basketball Program volunteer, Earth Day volunteer, Red Cross Certified Water Safety Instructor Hobbies: Running, hiking, biking, swimming, skiing Future plans: Pediatric Ophthalmologist Schools applied to: University of New England, Holy Cross, St. Anselm,

Miranda Chadbourne Amherst What is your favorite class? MC. My favorite class is Spanish. I’ve enjoyed the challenge of learning a foreign language for four years. Also, Mrs. Hubka is an amazing teacher that brought so much fun into the classroom. I hope someday to travel to Spain. What is your toughest class? MC. My toughest class is without a doubt math. I have to really focus because the concepts take time for me to fully understand. How do you balance your class work and your extracurricular activities? MC. Having a busy schedule forces me to manage my MIRANDA, Page C

Rotary Club’s Good Citizen

COINS FOR HEIFER PROJECT — When the Sunday school kids of South Bridgton Congregational Church tried to decide on a project to help others in need, they settled on participating in the Heifer Project. This organization buys livestock and delivers it to impoverished areas of the world. The students raised funds through weekly coin collections to purchase anything from a cow to a chicken. The cow is one of the most expensive animals to buy, and the chicken the least. They chose to buy a heifer for $500 since the cow provides the most good for a poor community. After almost one year, the kids reached their goal and more. Here, students Laura Dutton and Joshua Wright of Bridgton proudly stand next to Pastor Vance Jordan showing the funds raised, $675, to be given to the international aid group that runs the Heifer Project.

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Ben Roy of Naples has been selected as the Bridgton-Lake Region Rotary Club’s “Citizen of the Month” for November. Each month, the Rotary Club recognizes a Lake Region High School student who displays good citizenship and contributes to the school community. The recipient is honored at a Rotary breakfast meeting and is presented a savings bond. Parents: Glen and Joanne Roy Sibling: Chris Roy Activities: CrossCountry, Indoor Track, Lacrosse, Math Team, Dirigo Boys State Community activities: Volunteer at the New England Hemophilia Association’s Family Camp as a counselor. The camp provides families of New England that have Hemophilia in the family a place to get away from the daily stresses of everyday life and meet other families that also deal with the blood disorder. Hobbies: Running, skiing, hiking, spending time with family and friends.

Ben Roy Future plans: To study industrial design in Boston and minor in Business. Schools applied to: Wentworth Institute of Technology, Northeastern University, University of New Hampshire, Keene State, University of Maine. What is your favorite class? BR. My favorite class would have to be Humanities with Mr. Carlson and Mrs. Gaumont. Humanities is my favorite class because of how it combines English and Social Studies together in one. Combining the classes creates a further understanding of each subject that you just don’t get BEN, Page C

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Area news

Free Zumba class on Thanksgiving morning

By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer Thanksgiving is a holiday often associated with overeating a variety of favorite foods, and feeling ready for a nap after consuming too much turkey. So, why not throw some calorie-burning dance moves into the mix? Local Zumba instructor Vicki Toole will offer a free dance class on the morning of Thanksgiving Day. She suggested popping the bird in the oven, and then popping into the Bridgton Old Town Hall, from 9 to 10 a.m. The name of the class is: Burn the Turkey, which is a reference to burning off the calories from a turkey dinner.

“You don’t want to literally burn the turkey,” Toole joked. Holding a no-cost Zumba class on Thanksgiving Day is not entirely uncommon, she said. “It was not an original idea, but I liked it,” Toole said. “It is a great way to say thank you to the community. I am so thankful for my students,” she said. “Plus, I want to be able to eat a lot. I won’t lie about that one,” she said. Toole estimated that people would burn about 700 calories an hour during a Zumba class. Meanwhile, according to a Time magazine news article, there are 4,500 calories in a traditional Thanksgiving meal.

Miranda Chadbourne

(Continued from Page C) time and prompts me to get my work done before or after practice or a game. I try to stay very organized. What is the biggest challenge high school students face today? MC. Finding the balance between academics, athletics, social time and family time. Who has inspired you educationally? MC. My parents have always supported me in my studies and in all aspects of my life. They have encouraged me to challenge myself and have taught me that knowledge is the key to success, and with effort and commitment, anything is possible.

Benjamin Roy

(Continued from Page C) without the combination of both studies. It also helps that both teachers truly care about their students and their students’ education. What is your toughest class? BR. My toughest class would be Honors Statistics because I have always had to work harder at my math classes then all other courses. I have to put in the extra time, but it is worth it in the end. How do you balance your class work and your extracurricular activities? BR. To balance my busy schedule, I have to set my priorities. I am a student before I am an athlete and I keep this in mind. If I have to stay after for a teacher, my coaches are very understanding. Over the years, I have learned how much time I need to finish homework and how much time my practices take everyday. This helps me balance my class work and my extracurricular activities. What is the biggest challenge high school students face today? BR. I feel that the biggest challenge that high school students face today is how to pay for college. Who has inspired you educationally? BR. My Mom and Dad have both inspired me educationally because they both graduated from college and have proven to me that with hard work I can accomplish anything that I want to.

“It will keep you in a good mood for all your relatives who are visiting,” Toole said, adding, “Your family will thank you for starting the morning with Zumba,” she said. Toole suggested that busy cooks give themselves the gift of exercise. “The price is right,” she said. “After a Zumba class, you’ll be in a better mood and have increased energy – all for free,” she said. “The hardest part is getting there – that is the truth,” she said. As an added incentive, people who attend the Burn the Turkey class will receive a rain check for another free class, Toole said. For more information about a Zumba class in the area, go to and type in your zip code to find class nearest to you, she said.

AARP tax aid

Although nearly everyone has heard of the AARP organization, many have not heard of the AARP Tax-Aide program. This program, which has now been in existence for more than 40 years, provides free tax preparation and counseling services for low to middle income taxpayers with special attention to those age 60 and over. Individuals who are comfortable with numbers, with following written directions, with dealing with people one-on-one and with basic computer skills are ideal candidates to be a volunteer income tax preparer (counselor). Having prepared your own tax return in the past also helps. Since return preparation is done from Feb. 1 through April 15, volunteering with the AARP Tax-Aide program gives one a meaningful, challenging volunteer activity that only requires a time commitment in the winter months. Tax counselors are pro-

HONORING VETERANS — Taking part in the Veterans Day Service in Sebago was George Tinkham, a retired U.S. Marine, who led residents in singing God Bless America. Sebago Lions want to extend a sincere thank you to all who joined in the Veterans Day Service. Special thanks to guest speaker, State Representative Jonathan Kinney; Pastor Dave Suitter; soloist Maureen Scanlon; Ron Shaw who played Taps; Sebago firemen, who placed a wreath at the war memorial; and Sebago Bakers for refreshments. (Photos by Diana Letellier)

Education grant available Delta Kappa Gamma is a society of women educators. One of the goals of the society is to help recognize women in education and promote professional growth. The Zeta Chapter of DKG will be awarding a $300 Emugene Staples Recruitment Grant to one recipient this fall. Applicants must be women who have completed their freshman year of college, are going into the field of education and come from a town in one of the following school units: RSU 17, SAD 17, RSU 10 or RSU 44/SAD 44. Applicants should submit a one-page letter telling about vided training in both tax law and the use of tax software. Training is scheduled for Jan. 6-10, 2014. The actual time commitment during the filing season is approximately four to eight hours per week, or a total of 40 hours during the 10-week filing season. Volunteers are reimbursed for mileage. Also, it is not necessary to be an AARP member or of a “certain age” to volunteer. Plans for the upcoming filing season are being made now. To learn more, or to volunteer, contact Frances via e-mail at

their educational background, future plans and why they feel they would be a good choice to receive this grant. The deadline for letters of

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application is Saturday, Dec. 14, 2013. Please submit your letter of application to: Toni Hamlin, 8 Frederick Ave., South Paris, ME 04281.

Opinion & Comment

Cat proves smarter

I know, I know, your dog is smarter than my cat, or so you say. But can he comprehend complex sentences, draw moral conclusions and adapt his actions to your mandates and proclamations? Thought not. My cat can, though. Here is a picture of the cinnamon wonder (actual life size). Notice that it is absorbing through its forepaws Webster’s Dictionary. (After I took this picture, she moved on to squat upon Umberto Eco’s The Name of the Rose, which even I haven’t gotten through yet.) Now, I know, just because my cat has exotic reading habits doesn’t mean she’s smarter than your dog, but let’s try an experiment. I challenge you to call your dog over, and (if it comes), look the beast squarely in the eye

My Irish Up by Mike Corrigan BN Columnist and say: “Goofball, I need you to go out into the kitchen, get my hammer out of the drawer, trot out to the shed, get some nails, and repair the mailbox. Could you please have this important task done within the hour?” Now, wait an hour. Mailbox fixed? Ha! Not unless the cat overheard and decided to take matters into its own hands. I knew my cat, Socrates, was intelligent, perhaps even an intellectual, yet even I seriously underestimated its

mental capacities. This was because most of our conversations until recently have gone like this: Mike: Is she a good kitty? Cat: Mike: Is she the bestest kitty? Cat: Mike: Is she a good good good kitty pity kitty-poo? Cat: I mistook its silence for a lack of comprehension. I see now that Socrates took me for an idiot (a common

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perception) and just couldn’t be bothered to respond. I finally figured this out last week. I had been afflicted with allergies all day and the cat took my subsequent hacking and unsightly drainage as a signal to come sit directly on my nose. Now, I am mildly allergic to cats, but we’re cool as long as they don’t choose to sit directly on my nose. It was about midnight and I couldn’t sleep so I turned on the light and regarded my curled-up fluffball from a distance of six inches and gave this heartfelt speech: “Socrates, we need to talk. I am having trouble breathing and I can’t get to sleep if you’re all up in my face. Now, I love you and you know I like having you around, but CAT, Page D

The gift at the door Views from the Uppermost House by S. Peter Lewis BN Columnist

On a recent Friday evening, following sketchy directions from a toothless guy at a gas station, I turned a rented sedan onto a quiet street in a small town in western Virginia and began scanning house numbers. When I got close, I flicked the headlights off and drove the last hundred feet in the dark. At the correct driveway, I turned in and let the car coast slowly to a stop on the crunchy gravel. I got out, left the door ajar, stepped quietly up onto the porch and rang the bell. A beautiful young woman answered wearing sweatpants,

a hoodie and socks. She stared, tipped her head, blinked, and then her eyes got big and she fell into my arms. “I didn’t know what to get you for your birthday,” I said through a mouthful of brown curls. “So you got me you!” my daughter whispered in my ear. It took Amanda 7,670 days to reach her 21st birthday, which, if you do the math, is just about average. I pondered for weeks what to get her as a gift for this milestone day, but dismissed each idea in turn — cash (too impersonal), shoes (57 pairs is enough already), and a baby rhinoceros (they smell, plus her room at college is pretty small). Finally, I listened to my heart and realized that I didn’t wanted to give my precious daughter some thing; I wanted to be with her, to stand in front of her and hold her face in my hands and tell her how proud I was of the young woman she’d become. So, I bought a plane ticket. There was some pushback about the idea, especially from some of my female friends. “Yuck,” said one; and “If my dad showed up on my 21st birthday I’d shoot him,” said another; and “Are you sure this is a good idea?” said a third, deeply concerned, her hand on my arm, ready to pull me back from GIFT, Page D

Front Row Seat by Tom McLaughlin BN Columnist

Washing off dirty labels

Something’s going on. Still ubiquitous only a month ago, Obama stickers are disappearing from the Volvos and Priuses around the very blue metropolitan area of Portland, Maine. As I wrote last August, they seemed to be everywhere then. People were proud to identify themselves with President Obama and his policies. Now, I have to look for them. Driving around my usual routes, I saw fewer than a dozen last week. What does it mean? Yeah, the president’s poll numbers are tanking. Yeah, making fun of him on Saturday Night Live is getting to be a habit. Yeah, 53% of Americans don’t trust him now — but think of what it takes for all those bumper stickers to disappear. People who loved what Obama represented now want to sever their public identification with him. After listening to his 1000th speech, they walked to their vehicle, saw the stickers, and made a decision to peel them off. Some had been on since 2007 or 2008 and it’s not as easy to take those old ones off as it was to put them on. The adhesive hardens. The vinyl breaks up and your fingernails wear down trying to get purchase on remaining fragments. Then, you need to rub off dirty old adhesive with a solvent. These are actions akin to taking off a wedding ring and throwing it away. Or, in an age in which people tend to just live together without getting married, it’s more than just choosing to sleep on the couch. It’s like putting his clothes out on the sidewalk — or even throwing them out a secondstory window if you’re’ really mad that your health insurance policy was cancelled after hearing him promise you thirty times that if you like your policy, you can keep it — period. But, unless he’s impeached, Obama will still be your president for more than three more years. Considering that, it seems more like you bought a house with him and you both have to live in it together until the divorce is final and you can sell it. Then you can split up the proceeds and move on, but that can take a long time. Meanwhile you treat him with silent contempt and try not to brush up against him when walking by. But what if he keeps on talking? Should you tell him to just shut up because you don’t believe him any more? Why does he keep thinking he can make everything all right by giving another speech? For three more years you’ll think to yourself: “What did I ever see in him?” and “How could I ever have fallen in love with him?” and “Why didn’t I pay attention to those early warning signs?” and “He’s been lying about a lot of things. How could I have been so stupid?” The media fell in love with him too and avoided looking into his relationships with friends like Bill Ayers — the leftwing terrorist, or Reverend Jeremiah Wright — the racist pastor, or Frank Marshal Davis — the communist pornographer who was his mentor. They never looked into his college transcripts either or whether he and his wife got into those prestigious universities through Affirmative Action, and not because they were smart, hard-working students in high school. He belonged to the “Choom Gang” in high school LABELS, Page D

READY TO START A PROJECT Service of Naples recently completed heavy-duty crane tree work around This photo shows Darren Cole (left) Gardner setting up for a project.

Letters We won’t forget

To The Editor: On behalf of the Ronald St. John VFW Post in Harrison, we would like to thank all those involved — students and staff alike — for a fantastic event put on in our behalf. You too shall not be forgotten! Larry Newth, Adjutant

Veterans Day salute

To The Editor: On Monday, Nov. 11, 2013, the Ladies Auxiliary of the Ronald St. John VFW Post 9328 hosted its annual dinner for veterans and families. This year, we served over 130 veterans, families and friends of veterans. It was a huge success that would not have been possible without the generosity and hard work of many people and businesses. I would like to take this opportunity to recognize and thank the Ladies Auxiliary of the William

— Q-Team Tree an entire week of the Lake Region. and helper Beau

Pembroke American Legion, the Olde Mill Tavern in Harrison, Campfire Grille in Bridgton, Harrison Historical Society, Muddy River Signs in Bridgton, Hannaford in Bridgton and Friendly’s Ice Cream in Windham. We can’t forget those delicious homemade rolls by Arlin and Peggy Bigelow of Harrison. Thank you all! Special thanks go to Doug Holt for “organizing and running” the kitchen, as well as his wife Paula, and Debbie and Bruce Bell of Waterford. This year, we were fortunate to have two go-to helpers who did anything and everything to help us and our veterans — Cody Phillips of Waterford and Patrick Joyce of Harrison. Cody is the grandson of the Ronald St. John VFW Post 9328 Commander, Lou Bernier. Patrick Joyce is the son of Paul (a veteran) and Renee Joyce of Harrison. Thanks Cody and Patrick, you did a great job. All in all it was a very festive evening with lots of delicious food, great entertainment and, hopefully, showing our appreciate for all of our veterans and the sacrifices they and their families made so that we can continue to be the “land of the free.”

The Cat

Medicare nugget By Stan Cohen Medicare Volunteer Counselor Medicare open enrollment for Part D plans and for Medicare Advantage plans continues through Dec. 7. If you are considering switching to Medicare Advantage, I suggest that you ask these questions: • Are my doctors and hospitals part of the plan’s network of providers? • Who can I choose as my primary care physician? • Is there a requirement that I must notify the plan before admission into a hospital? What is the penalty if I fail to do so? • Which specialists, home health agencies and skilled nursing facilities are in the plan’s network? • What is the co-pay for visits to specialists? • Do I need a referral to see a specialist? • Is there drug coverage and are my drugs on the plan’s list of covered prescription drugs? • Does the plan require that I get “prior authorization” before my prescription will be covered, or impose other restrictions (like limiting the quantity or requiring that I try a cheaper medication before it will cover a more expensive one)? • Is there a deductible for the drug coverage? • If you travel outside the plan’s service area, will you be covered? • How much is the annual out-of-pocket spending limit? • Does the cap exclude any services (i.e. skilled nursing)? • Is there a co-pay for Part B drugs? • What is the hospital in-patient, per diem co-pay and for how many days? • Are there co-pays for skilled nursing facilities and home health care? • What are the co-payments for ambulance trips, outpatient visits, physical therapy? • Are there any rules regarding access to costly tests or surgery? • If the plan is a Private Fee For Service plan, will my doctor accept payment from the plan? How can I be sure that he/she will continue to do so? • What is the cost sharing I would have to pay for durable medical equipment (like wheelchairs, walkers, oxygen tanks, commodes)? • Will the company provide me with a written copy of their “SUMMARY OF BENEFITS” before I decide to enroll? Stan Cohen, a Medicare Volunteer Counselor, is available for free, one-on-one consultations at Bridgton Hospital on Tuesdays from 8 to 11 a.m. No appointment is necessary. During open enrollment, Phil Ohman also will be available by appointment on Thursdays at the Bridgton Community Center from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Tuesdays at the Naples library from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Call 800-427-7411 to make an appointment with Phil. As with any great event it takes a team effort to succeed and I had one of the best! Heartfelt thanks to my fellow sisters of the Ladies Auxiliary, as well as our veterans from the Ronald St. John VFW and the William Pembroke American Legion. Let’s not just honor our veterans on Nov. 11, but every day thank them for their service and sacrifices that allow us to live in the “land of the free and home of the brave.” To all of our veterans, we salute you, we thank you and God bless you and your families. Sharon Wilson, Harrison Veterans Day Dinner

Giving thanks

To The Editor: When I was 13, I was in a sorority called Delta Phi. Just before Thanksgiving, we Delta Phi girls went into the neighborhoods of those who were poor and black to hand out turkeys and canned goods. Mrs. Dolly Baldwin (of the Montgomery banking Baldwin family), our Delta Phi “mother,” the genetic mother of Bitsy, Betsy, Biddy and Buddy Baldwin, drove her sleek black Cadillac equipped

with white leather seats while we “sisters” were subjected to a lecture on how to treat colored people who were, Mrs. Baldwin said, “among the less fortunate and very much like little children.” Having huddled together in prayer and “blessed” by our Creator, we crossed the threshold of Bertha Brown’s rickety shack, which smelled of burnt grease and hair pomade. As Mrs. Baldwin doled out the canned collard greens and presented the turkey, Bertha — dark as coal dust, wearing a red kerchief over her head and a soiled apron covering her plump torso — sang out as if on cue, “Thank you so much Mzzz Dolly. Hallelujah! I didn’t know whether me or my people could have Thanksgiving this year, but now Willy, my husband and the young uns’ can have somethin’ to eat. Thank you, M’am. Thank you, chillum,” she said referring to us saintly Delta Phi sisters. “Thank you so much. I am also thankin’ God Almighty.” No one was prepared for what came next. In a split second, the grateful recipient of the divinely inspired Sisters of Charity — what Delta Phi sisters wanted to be at their LETTERS, Page D

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Politics looks to the North Pole

By Frank Daggett According to the U.S. Navy’s Naval Oceanographic Office, the Arctic Ocean will be relatively ice-free by the mid-2020s. This will be just in time, it seems, for the oilthirsty developed nations which are looking for new sources as old wells are tapped out. Melting Arctic ice has global and local political implications. Last fall, China demonstrated its interest by sending 60 scientists aboard the icebreaker Snow Dragon on a trans-Arctic cruise from the Bering Strait to Iceland. Though mineral rights to much of the Arctic Ocean floor is claimed by Russia, Canada, Norway, Denmark and the United States, China undoubtedly has its sights set on the large areas seen by some (but not all) as being in international waters, areas under which significant reserves of petroleum are thought to lie. Rear Admiral Jonathan


White has been quoted as saying, “The likelihood of having conflict is low, but it’s not zero.” Perhaps the United States is unlikely to find itself in a conflict with China over Arctic oil, but the same cannot be said of a potential China-Russia conflict. Russia’s Arctic claims extend far beyond what the United States and most other nations accept. How far will China go to exercise what it sees as its right to obtain oil its rapidly developing economy needs in the face of what it would consider an invalid Russian claim? This past summer, the Coast Guard conducted its largest-ever Arctic deployment, seeking to learn more about handling the challenges that are unique to the Arctic environment. One issue discussed at a conference in New London last spring is the lack of detailed charts of the ocean floor. Despite years of underice transits by Navy nuclear


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submarines, these voyages, even when declassified, were along essentially point-topoint routes, and did not collect the voluminous data that takes long, tedious, and comprehensive bottom surveys as have been done in the now-open oceans. If the Coast Guard is concerned about navigating its cutters in this region, what does that mean for a deepdraft, heavy-laden oil tanker that might “discover” a new reef by ripping its hull open? What would be the effects of an Exxon Valdez-type spill, or a Deepwater Horizon-like rig blowout, in these sensitive waters? The cold temperatures




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too risky — for now. Will they reassess this as a risk worth taking after another decade of draining oil reserves? One variable with local implications is tar sands oil. This month, South Portland narrowly rejected an ordinance that would have prohibited the development of waterfront facilities needed to process and transship tar sands oil, should that be piped across the Lake Region from Canada. Will problems with

obtaining Arctic oil make tar sands oil more attractive to the petroleum industry? Will the industry then step up the pressure on Mainers and others along the pipeline route? Or will resistance to pipelines ashore, not only here but also the Keystone XL pipeline, encourage multi-national oil corporations to go off-shore, into new waters where the enforcement of environmental regulations is exceedingly more difficult?



deep in the Gulf of Mexico caused significant problems in BP’s attempts to cap that well, a surprise to most people who think of warm Gulf Coast beaches. Deep down, however, the temperature drops and the pressure increases dramatically. In the Arctic, which is just as deep as the Gulf, how much colder is the ocean floor, when the surface temperature is just about freezing? If BP is just now developing the technology needed for the Gulf, what tools will be on hand in the Arctic in just 10 more years? Shell and two Norwegian oil companies recently decided MELTING ARTIC ICE has local as well as geopolitical that drilling in the Arctic is implications. (US Navy photo) HARDWARE L. M. Longley & Son Hardware/Plumbing/Heating/Metal Shops Electrical/Welding supplies/Housewares Main St., Norway, ME 743-8924


Downeast Energy/Denmark Delivery and Service Denmark, Maine Tel. 207-452- 2151

Bridgton Trash & Rubbish Service Bridgton/Naples/Harrison/Fryeburg Weekly & 1-time pickups – Cleanouts Tel. 207-595-4606


Insured – Junk removal Basement and attic cleanouts George Jones Quality Painters 207-450-5858 Interior/Exterior – Fully Insured Free Estimates Excellent References SELF STORAGE 207-318-3245 Bridgton Storage Jerry’s Painting Service 409 Portland Rd Bass Heating Quality Painting – Interior/Exterior 28 units & 4000’ open barn Oil Burner Service Fully Insured – Free Estimates Bridgton 647-3206 Sales and Installations 207-527-2552 Waterford (207) 595-8829 JB Self Storage Webber Painting & Restoration Rt. 5 Lovell, Maine Thurlow’s Carpet & Home Center Exterior & Interior painting Monthly/yearly secure storage Monitor Heaters Sales & Service Repairs/Installations/Modifications 207-925-3045 Meadow Rd. (Sandy Creek Junction) Fully insured – Estimates – References Bridgton 647-5562, 800-310-5563 Craig, 207-831-8354 SEPTIC TANK PUMPING A –1 Thompson’s Services LLC Cleanings and repairs, Boilers Furnaces, Monitors, Oil tanks New installations, 24 hr burner service Licensed and insured 207-693-7011

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

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

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

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

PET SUPPLIES Paw Prints Health Food Store For your pet 647-9907


A Plus Plumbing & Heating Inc. Southern Maine Retirement Services Plumbing Supplies – LP Gas Medicare Supplements & Prescription Plans BBQ Gas Grill Parts & Access. 647-2029 Life and Long-Term Care Insurance Portland St., Bridgton 150 Main St., Bridgton 1-866-886-4340 Collins Plumbing & Heating Inc. Specializing in repair service in KENNELS The Lake Region  647-4436 Bridgton Veterinary Kennels Ken Karpowich Plumbing Boarding Repairs/Installation/Remodeling Route 117, Bridgton, Me. Master Plumber in ME & NH Tel. 647-8804 Over 20 years experience 207-925-1423 Wiley Road Kennels PROPERTY MANAGEMENT Groom & Board Wiley Rd, Naples Clement Bros. Lawn and Landscape 207-693-3394 Organic lawn & garden maintenance Shoreline restoration LANDSCAPING Creative stonework, property watch Snowplowing & sanding Cabins to Castles, Inc. 207-693-6646 Design/Build/Landscapes Shoreline Restoration Handy Hands Property Maintenance Comprehensive custom service 207-452-2997 Caretaking – long or short term A-Z/lot clearing to structure & LP GAS grounds care 647-8291 Bridgton Bottled Gas J Team Property Services LP Gas Cylinders/Service Property security checks-Handyman repairs Route 302   Bridgton Fully insured – Painting/carpentry 207-647-2029 Fall/Spring cleanups – Lawn care Downeast Energy/Denmark Home/rental home cleaning LP Gas Bulk/Cylinders John England 207-650-9057 Box 300, Denmark Tel. 452-2151 REAL ESTATE

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

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

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

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

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

REFRIGERATION/A/C Tech Air HVAC/R Residential/Commercial/Industrial 207-890-3836/

RUBBISH SERVICE ABC Rubbish Weekly Pick-up Container Service Tel. 743-5417

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

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

SURVEYORS Maine Survey Consultants, Inc. Land Information Services P.O. Box 485, Harrison, Maine Off: 583-6159 D. A. Maxfield Jr., P.L.S. Over 10,000 surveys on file

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

TOWING Stuart Automotive Free Junk Car Removal 838-9569

TREE SERVICE Q-Team & Cook’s Tree Service Removal-pruning-cabling-chipping Stump grinding-bucket work-bobcat Crane-licensed & fully insured Q Team 693-3831 or Cook’s 647-4051 Toll free 207-693-3831 Rice Tree Service – Sheldon Rice Complete tree service – free estimates Removal-prune-chipping-stump grinding Licensed and insured Utility and Landscape Arborist Waterford ME – 583-2474

VETERINARY N. D. Beury, DVM Spay/Neuter – Well-pet care North Bridgton For Appointment 583-2121 Bridgton Veterinary Hospital Small Animal Medicine & Surgery Rt. 117, Bridgton, ME 647-8804 Fryeburg Veterinary Hospital Small Animal Medicine & Surgery Route 302, Fryeburg 207-935-2244 Norway Veterinary Hospital Naples Clinic Corner Rte. 302 & Lambs Mill Rd. By Appointment 693-3135 Rozzie May Animal Alliance Low-cost spay/neuter - Conway, NH By appointment 603-447-1373

WELDING Iron Man Welding/Metal Sales Fabrication and repairs No job too small Construction – homeowners or business Lge. inventory steel/metal in stock/spec. order 647-8291


November 21, 2013, The Bridgton News, Page D

Ode to 8.3 million souls Tree Talk

We spent two weeks in New York City this month, renting an apartment in Brooklyn Heights from a friend of a relation. We had visited the city occasionally, but never longer than passing through for a few days. For me, the place holds a sort of mythic memory. It’s where a century and a half ago my German grandparents separately landed after emigrating. Very likely they lodged in a cramped apartment building/boarding house like the one we visited in lower Manhattan’s Tenement Museum. Water only from a tap in the backyard, sparse light and heat, too many other newcomers crowding in. Pretty soon, the first Henry Precht was told by his doctor that he had to leave the damp, cold job of churning ice cream in a basement and move to the (damp, hot) south. Growing up in that then poverty and depressionracked region, I looked up to the “North,” or New York, as a land of advanced people, without exception smarter than my bunch. Until World War II came, most of the people of our town were born there. Then, families with kids began to move in; they were always quicker and bet-


(Continued from Page D) very best — was possessed by demonic fury. The menacing voice rumbling from Bertha’s deep throat was horrible — as if an earthquake was imminent, threatening to cause cataclysmic destruction of all that we Delta Phi girls and Mrs. Baldwin held dear. “Get out and take your stuck up white trash with you,” she hissed. While we “sisters” and our sorority “mother” stood paralyzed on the threshold, Bertha Brown hurled the Thanksgiving turkey that just missed shattering Mrs. Dolly Baldwin’s eyeglasses. But, we were sure the impact would have everlasting consequences. The rumbling and the hissing turned to thunder. “Get out of this house before I get my gun.” We sisters just knew that civilization — at least as we knew it — was about to end. As soon as we were able, we “sisters” wearing our Mary Jane flats, ran lickety-split out of that hellhole into the white leather upholstery of the back seat of Mrs. Baldwin’s black Cadillac. Two years later, Rosa Parks refused to relinquish her seat to a white man on a Montgomery, Alabama bus and we know what came of that. I should, I suppose, be more afraid of the Bertha Browns of this world, but I continue to feel a frisson of greater fear when subjected to judgmental, patronizing and condescending tones of voice that seem to come from almost everywhere.

Small World by Henry Precht BN Columnist

ter performing in class and on the playground. Of course, they had the arrogance to go with those talents. During our recent visit, I was able to confirm that initial impression. For 14 days we were baffled by the complexities of the subway and bus systems. Ask — as we did repeatedly — any New Yorker for directions to even the most distant site and without hesitation he or she could spill out the complicated route. Or just stand there hesitating and looking lost and someone was bound to ask if we needed help. The reputation that the city has for abrupt rudeness is a canard; we never experienced even a hint of unpleasant behavior. Another — apparently — false accusation one hears about the city is that its residents are by nature dishonest. If they don’t cheat you, they will mug and rob you. While we didn’t venture into the darkest zones of iniquity, we

never were short changed, never felt threatened by anyone on the streets — as seemingly safe as Bridgton. Normally, when we have made a trip in the fall, we have journeyed to a city overseas where we had lived during my Foreign Service career. Throughout our New York stay I had the distinct impression that we were in a foreign land. Not just because so many languages were spoken on the streets, but behaviors were sometimes bizarre (or different from what we had known elsewhere). Like the lady delivering a sermon or religious rant, standing in the front of the bus and addressing the riders. Most tried to ignore her, but others engaged her in an active dialogue. Or the young fellow who turned on his tape recorder in a long stretch of an express subway ride without stops and performed a break dance to an enthusiastic audience. Or at least

Sometimes, I wonder if I’m just being “paranoid” and need to “up” my medication. Other times, I’m pretty convinced that condescension, judgment and blame our values that we try to pass along, praying to God that they pass for “wisdom” and “kindness” which, of course, will land us in heaven ne’er to God than thee. Anyway, there is a reason beyond the failure of efficiently launching Obamacare that is dividing our nation and our world. Happy Thanksgiving folks. If you didn’t notice, I am feeling very angry and judgmental, which seems to happen to me when I am frightened. Pray for me and all of us. Thank you, Virginia (Tilla) Durr Bridgton (Names have been altered to protect survivors still living. The Cadillac was green and not black. I lied.)

instances where proximity to our facilities raises employee safety issues, or where this policy has been abused. We hold this land for watershed and natural resource protection, including wildlife resources.  In the future, if anyone has a question about Poland Spring or the management of our property, I encourage them to call our local office in Fryeburg at 935-1514 and we would be glad to speak with you.  Mark Dubois Natural Resource Manager Poland Spring

Rights not for sale

To The Editor: This letter is in response to a recent letter The Bridgton News published from Amy Imdieke that contains numerous inaccuracies. Our response is clear and to the point: Poland Spring will not sell recreational rights on the 60-acre parcel in Fryeburg or sell rights to exclusive recreational use of any of our other parcels. Poland Spring owns over 5,000 acres in Maine and over 1,000 acres in Fryeburg and Denmark. We have an open access policy except in

Tired old arguments

To The Editor: Each week, I read Henry Precht’s editorials and simply shake my head in disbelief. This week, after reading “Diagnosing the Malaise,” I had to pick up my computer and reply to Mr. Precht’s

that was what I imagined it was; I could only see his feet bobbing over the heads of his standing, cheering audience. Further testimony to the superiority of New York were three things: The opulence of holdings in its museums — surely not surpassed anywhere in the world — and the excellence of its eateries. We stayed over an Italian restaurant — the equal of what we knew in Rome — without a sign over the door but every evening packed with a hungry crowd. Or the Indian restaurant a few doors down with a rich menu of unfamiliar tastes — at half price for lunch. Finally, there is the theater to be praised. Only perhaps in London are to be seen such a variety of classic and new pieces on offer. We chose a bridge between the two cities: an imported version of Julius Caesar performed by an all-female cast of jailbirds with the audience treated as if in prison too. Never have I seen such an electric, expertly executed drama. Who knows? If grandpa hadn’t gotten the chills in that slum basement, I might have known those delights all my life. Henry Precht is a retired Foreign Service Officer.

nonsense. All I can say is thank God that Mr. Precht is out of the State Department. How he got there I have no idea, but it certainly goes a long way to explain the mess we are in around the globe. “Dogooder” socialists like Mr. Precht have always been more concerned about the welfare of other countries than our own. This is, of course, consistent with their socialist thinking. I was stunned that anyone could believe that the problems of our country are due to an “excess of individualism and a shortfall in collective cohesion.” I don’t even know where to start. It is individualism and freedom that built this great country. The idea of American exceptionalism is horrible to Mr. Precht. He equates individuals who strive to excel with greed, and sees government as the cure for everything. In truth, it is an out of control

Dirty labels

(Continued from Page D) for cripes sakes. He was a stoner. But, he made all of you feel good when he spoke. He gave you tingles up your leg. When he said he would bring Hope and Change, you thought he meant your hopes, the changes you wanted. He knew that. He kept it vague and you all swooned because he said it so well. Yeah, the man sure could talk. But now you’re realizing, along with everyone else, that that’s all he knows how to do. And it isn’t enough anymore. Talk is cheap, but it’s all he’s got. You know he’s going to keep on talking, and you’re not sure you’ll be able to stand it for three whole years. Tom McLaughlin of Lovell is a retired middle school U.S. History teacher.


A site walk will be conducted by the Harrison Planning Board on Wednesday, December 4, at 3:00 p.m. The site walk will take place at 8 Harrison Pines Road, off Route 35, Naples Road, Harrison, Tax Map 45, Lot 48, owned by Ken and Wendy Davis. A Planning Board meeting will be held that same evening at 7:00 p.m. at the Harrison Town Office meeting room. The meeting is open to questions and comments for anyone interested. 2T47

Lovell residents attending, or planning to attend, a school of post-secondary education (whether liberal arts or vocational) are invited to apply. The Warren B. and John W. McKeen Educational Foundation will be awarding a number of scholarships to such students who have been Lovell residents for at least one year. Application forms may be obtained at the Lovell Town Office (Tel.: 207-925-6272), or at the office of the Foundation’s Trustee, Peter J. Malia, Jr., HastingsMalia, P.A., P.O. Box 290, 376 Main Street, Fryeburg, ME 04037 (Tel.: 207935-2061), or at the Guidance Office at Fryeburg Academy. Some financial information will be required, since awards must be made on the basis of financial need, but such information will be kept confidential.

Respectfully submitted, Mary M. Tremblay, Assistant CEO

Public Notice Global Tower, LLC, would like to place on notice a non-lit 200 foot monopole communications tower (725 feet above mean sea level), located at 44° 05’ 24.22” north latitude and -70° 6’ 43.57” west longitude at 255 Fish Street, Fryeburg, ME 04037, Application A0864788. The application for this project can be viewed at applications by entering the ASR file number. If you have environmental concerns about the recently modified structure, a Request for Environmental Review may be filed with the FCC at or by writing to FCC Requests for Environmental Review, ATTN: Ramon Williams, 445 12th St. SW, Washington, DC 20554. The FCC strongly encourages interested parties to file Requests for Environmental Review online. Requests for Environmental Review may only raise environmental concerns and must be filed within 30 days of the date that notice of the project is published on the FCC’s website. 1T47




The Lovell Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Wednesday, December 4, 2013, on a proposed amendment to the Town Beaches and Landings Ordinance adopted at Town Meeting on June 14, 2011. The ordinance, as adopted, included a provision for its expiration. The proposal is to re-adopt the ordinance, but will the expiration provision deleted. The hearing will be held at the Town Office beginning at 7:00 p.m. Copies of the proposal are available at the Town Office. Interested persons should plan to attend or submit written comments to the Board at PO Box 236, Center Lovell, ME 04016, prior to the hearing. Edward Ryan, Chairman Planning Board 2T47

Advice from an Arborist

Grow Happy Trees By Robert Fogg One of our crews recently took down a 40-foot tall maple tree that was suddenly dying for no apparent reason. The tree had been planted years ago and had always done great, up until a few years ago. Forty feet away, under identical conditions, was another maple of similar size that was thriving. There had been no soil disturbance nearby, no sign of insects or disease and no evidence of contamination. No change in water flow or sun exposure. There had been no damage to the tree from any outside sources. Lightning? Possible, but unlikely as there were plenty of taller trees nearby that would have made much better lightning rods. Both trees appeared to be exposed to the exact same elements, yet one died and one thrived. We could find no apparent reason whatsoever for the tree’s death. I think the key to the mystery lies in the fact that the tree was planted, rather than growing naturally from a seed. We’ve all seen what happens to a plant in a plant pot when the plant outgrows the pot. The roots are in a tangle. If this tree had outgrown its pot before being transplanted, the roots were likely tangled and twisted around each other. Once the tree was transplanted from the pot to the lawn, the roots were free to roam and grow in diameter. Any roots that had been tangled with other roots eventually began to run out of space to grow and thus started choking off other roots, or being choked off by them. There’s no way to prove my theory, short of digging up the stump for analysis (a tree autopsy?), which isn’t likely to happen since it was growing in a beautiful lawn area nearby a paved driveway. Lacking any evidence to the contrary, I will assume the tree died of a bad case of root tangle. Beware of the potential for future root tangle the next time you plant a tree. Spread the roots out evenly and aim them in an outward direction. Trim the roots if you must to keep them tangle-free as you plant. Healthy roots make for a happy tree, and who wants an unhappy tree? Robert Fogg is general manager of Q-Team Tree Service in Naples and is also a licensed Arborist. He can be reached at or 693-3831. government and socialistic policies that are the cause of America’s problems today. Our current president continues to spend like a drunken sailor on all of his pet social welfare programs. We now have more people receiving government assistance than working, so the country has truly reached the tipping point. Backed by an irrational Federal Reserve, the Obama administration has run our debt up more than all other presidents combined — borrowing 40 cents of every dollar we spend. Add this to nearly $100 trillion of unfunded liabilities for Social Security, Medicare, etc. (not to mention Obamacare), and it does not paint a bright picture for the future of America. This insanity can only end badly. The question is not if the merry-go-round will stop, but when, and when it does, it won’t be pretty. He seems to forget that socialism and Marxism

(the endgame of socialism) have failed everywhere they have been employed on this planet. Even Europe is now coming unglued. Margaret Thatcher had it right when she said that the problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people’s money. A few weeks ago, Mr. Precht wrote another misguided piece on Detroit, which is a prime example of the failure of socialistic policies over the years. The corrupt and dictatorial mayor drove out the businesses and productive citizens leaving behind a wasteland, just as many had predicted. When I grew up, programs like welfare were a short-term safety net that most people were reluctant to take. We now have a president who makes millions of people feel proud to be part of an entitlement society. We have generations of people addicted to these programs LETTERS, Page D

Public Notice




Public Notice

From November 15, 2013 – April 15, 2014 no vehicle shall be parked on any public street or way from 11:00 p.m. to 7:00 a.m. as per MRSA 29A Section 2068-2069 and the Bridgton Traffic Ordinance adopted January 10, 1995 and amended August 27, 1996 and October 25, 2005. A townwide parking ban may be called for with notification. Vehicles may be towed at owner’s expense. Thank you for your cooperation. James Kidder, Public Works Director 2T46


NOTICE TO PERSON(S) PLOWING DRIVEWAYS WITHIN THE LIMITS OF THE TOWN OF BRIDGTON, MAINE Warning is hereby given that no person or persons shall plow, shovel or otherwise deposit snow, or cause the same to be done, into the limits of any traveled public way within the Town of Bridgton. It is permissible to plow the snow bank left by the street plow directly in front of a driveway to each side of the driveway onto the snow bank. Pursuant to MRSA 17A, Section 505, “Placing Obstructions on a Traveled Road” and MRSA 29A Section 2396 “Snow, a person may not place and allow to remain on a public way snow or slush that has not accumulated there naturally.” Persons in violation of these laws shall be subject to legal action. Thank you for your cooperation. James Kidder Public Works Director 2T46




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If interested please contact Mindy Paterson, F.S.S., 647-8821.

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Our facility is always anxious to interview prospective staff to join our team. We employ Licensed Nurses (R.N. and L.P.N.), Certified Nursing Aides, Certified Residential Medication Aides and a variety of ancillary staff for numerous essential services. If you are seeking a challenging position where you can work with a seasoned, professional team and come home from work every day knowing you have made a difference, then give us a call, stop in, or email us for an application. Call 935-3351, or e-mail E.O.E.

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Health Care Professionals


DELIVERY DRIVER - SEASONAL Dead River Company meets diverse energy needs of customers throughout Northern New England with over 1000 employees and a commitment to our core values of integrity, caring and excellence. We have an opening at our South Paris facility for a full-time, seasonal oil delivery driver. Applicants must have a current CDL with tank and hazmat endorsement. Good driving record, stable work history and references required. Use your customer relations skills to provide prompt and courteous service to our residential and commercial accounts. We offer flexible hours, competitive wages, a seasonal bonus, heating oil discounts, and a top-notch delivery fleet equipped with navigation tools. If you have an interest in joining a company with a long history of stability and growth, please email your resume to:, send by mail to the address below, or complete an application at:


207.252.9821 Driveways • Parking Lots Recycled Asphalt Patch Work • Sealcoating Rubberized Crack Filling

DEAD RIVER COMPANY Attn: John Yates 16 Charles Street South Paris, ME 04281


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Please visit our website at to upload an application or contact Wanda Millett, Human Resource Manager at (207) 647-8244, ex. 11.


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A highly-competitive health insurance plan; Dental Insurance; Vision Insurance; Life Insurance; Generous paid leave.


GENTLY USED — children’s books needed for Bridgton Literacy Taskforce giveaways. Drop off at 3 Pleasant Street or call Bill for free pickup 647-5209. tf21

• We Buy Standing Timber • Crane Work • Firewood



Good Neighbors offers an attractive benefits package that includes:

DEN­MARK HOUSE — Painting, Inc. Inter­ior and Exterior Paint­ing. Also, Paper­hang­ing. 40 years of painting ex­pe­ri­ence. Call for esti­mates. Call John Math­ews, 207-452-2781. tf49

• Tree Removal • House Lot Clearing • Pruning • Brush Mowing

Visit our website, or application can be filled out at the RTP offices at 127 St. John St., Portland, from 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. daily. 1T47CD

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

AIRPORT CAR EXPRESS – Luxury sedan or minivan transportation to and from regional airports, bus and train stations. 24 hr. operation with advance reservation. Major credit cards accepted. Child or booster seat upon request. 207-893-8294. 26t32x


Exciting opportunity to drive brand new Lakes Region Bus Route, Naples to Portland three to four days a week. Must have license for at least five years, clean driving record, ability to pass criminal and DHHS checks. Minimum 21 years old. $13.26/hr.

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

for Junk Cars

Bus Driver with CDL-P Needed


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





Chimney Cleaning Roof Repair Roof Raking Snowblowing & More

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Direct Support Professionals Wanted (Bridgton, Naples and Cornish)

BRIDGTON — 16 South High Street. Non-smoking, no pets. 1 or 2 bedroom apartments, quiet, safe building. Includes heat, hot water, off-street parking. Walking distance to Main Street, town beach, church. Coin-op laundry on site. $700 to $800 month. First, last and security requested. References checked. 207-632-8508 or 6328510. tf41


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NAPLES — Modern 2-bedroom, Long Lake townhouse condo, includes a boat slip. Many amenities including 1½-baths, washer-dryer, beach and tennis court. Walking distance to town, on Rte. 35. $800 CASCO — Completely furnished plus utilities. No pets/no smoking. rooms, heat, li ghts & cable TV in- Furnished or unfurnished. 617cluded. $120 weekly. No pets. Call 448-0693. 2t46 cell, 207-650-3529. tf37 BRIDGTON — Spacious 2-bedHARRISON — 3-bedroom, 1- room apartment, sunroom, full bath bath mobile home, $550 plus utili- with W/D hookup, large kitchen ties, security & references. 583- S/S appliances, garage parking, 2879. 1t47x paved driveway, snow removal, MAINE/NH LINE — 1-bedroom heated. Walk to stores, hospital, apartment, mountain views, cable 10 minutes to skiing. Heated, $900 & Internet included. $600 month month. No smoking. References plus security. No pets. Call 207- checked. 207-925-9022. 4t45x 415-1444. 3t47x WATERFORD — Mobile home, BRIDGTON  — 2-bedroom, 2- available November. 2-bedroom in bath, large living area, close to pleasant neighborhood, newly reFood City. Heat, electric, water, modeled, no pets. 1st, last, security. 3t46x W/D, plowing, trash pickup in- $650.00. 583-4011. cluded. $960. Section 8 welcome. BRIDGTON/DENMARK — 1781-361-1368. tf46 bedroom, 1st floor, deeded beach, HARRISON — Apartment, 2- no pets/smokers (Photos Craigbedroom, 2½-baths, large rooms, slist). Caretaker discount available. very private. Garage, mountain $650 includes heat, plow, cable, 2t47x and lake views, access to lake. Wi-Fi. 452-3006. $950 month plus utilities with NAPLES — 2-bedroom mobile one-month security. No pets. No home, corner of Route 302 and smoking. References required. Sand Road. For more information, 583-4044. tf44 call Ron 831-6253. 4t47x EFFICIENCY APARTMENT BRIDGTON — 3-bedroom — in Harrison. 1 person only. $425 house, 1½-baths, convienent locaper month. Includes heat/electric. tion, washer/dryer hookup. $800 Non-smokers/no pets. References month plus utilities. 207-595needed. Nice, quiet area. 207-415- 1321. 3t46 9166, leave message. tf47

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1996 BUICK PARK AVENUE — 140,000 miles, good running condition. Asking $1,200 or best ATTENTION reasonable offer. Call 647-4134. 2t46x Classified line ads are now posted on our website at NO EXTRA JESUS IS LORD – new and CHARGE! used auto parts. National locator. Most parts 2 days. Good used cars. HELP WANTED Ovide’s Used Cars, Inc., Rte. 302 tf30 WAIT STAFF — Apply in per- Bridg­ton, 207-647-5477. son, Punkin Valley Restaurant. 2005 DODGE GRAND — 3t46 Caravan. 129,000 miles. Runs great. Everything works. $4,950 WORK WANTED 2t47x OBO. 647-5571. CONTRACTOR — Semi-retired, looking for plumbing and electric work in the local area. Call 647-8026. tf45 BN 47




2004 CHRYSLER SEBRING — convertible, green with tan top. One owner. Under 58,000 miles, has A/C, DVD player, outside temperature gauge. New tires rated for 85,000 miles. Runs great. WEEKLY CLEANING — Walk $5,500 or BRO. Call 647-5571. your dog, run errands, take to ap- 2t47x pointments, etc. Reliable and honest. References available. Call FOR RENT Laurel 697-2100. 2t46x NAPLES — Off Rte. 35, quiet, DAY CARE one-bedroom, 1st floor, pine paneling, built-in book shelves, coinOASIS CHILDCARE — is a op laundry onsite, no smoking, no state-licensed, fully-insured and pets, 1st and one-month security CPR/First Aid Certified Home required, $650 month, oil heat & Daycare for Before & After School electricity included. 207-899-5052. children ages 5-12. Built in 2011 tf35 with over 2,000 sq. ft. dedicated solely for the children, M-F, 6 NORTH BRIDGTON — 1-beda.m.-6 p.m. for $75.00 per week. room apartment. Nice quiet locaWe offer Worry-Free Coverage tion. Non-smokers, no pets. Heat for all school/summer vacations included. $675 month with rent as well as snow days and early re- options. Call 617-272-6815. 5t43 lease days. Over 30 years experience working with children of all LOVELL — Serene. Quiet. Very age groups. Please contact Kelly large apartment: 1 bedroom, full at 207-329-2658 or for photos and kitchen & bath, and living room more information, please see us on with fireplace in new carriage Facebook. 8t40 house. $995 month includes electricity, laundry hookup, and 50% of heat. Mountain views and Kezar FOR SALE Lake access. No pets/no smok$5 FOR TATTERED – U.S. Flag ing. 1 year lease/first and security when purchasing new U.S. Flag 3’x deposit/reference check required. 5’ or larger. Maine Flag & Banner, (207) 221-2951. 4t45x Windham, 893-0339. tf46 NEWER 2-BEDROOM — brick GENERAC XP6500E — house, $875 month plus utilities, generator. Like new. Only 6 hours plowing, mowing & kitchen aprun time. New cost $1,700. Must pliances included. Close to Hansell $1,300 firm. 693-6028. 1t47x naford, Renys, Bridgton Hospital. RED’S FIREWOOD — Cut, Bright & clean, open kitchen/dinsplit and delivered. Any amounts. ing/living area, bath w/walk-in Call 615-6342 for details. tf35 shower, full basement, FHW, W/D hookups, paved drive. No pets. See 1973 JOHN DEERE — Lawn & pics & more info on Craig’s ListGarden Tractor. Runs great, needs Maine posting #4195030561. Call front tire & battery, $1,200. John 452-2441. tf46 Deere snowblower, $500. 647SEBAGO — 1-bedroom apart5571. 2t47x ment. Carpeted, fireplace, covered DRY HARDWOOD — Firewood patio, lake view, beach nearby, quicut & split. U-pickup 1/2 cords, et. No smoking indoors, no pets. $100. Call 583-4550 Waterford. Includes heat, hot water, parking & 1t47x electric. $790 per month plus security. Call 787-2121. 5t44



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To The Editor: The Bridgton Community Center wishes to express our appreciation to all of the veterans and their families who honored us with their presence at the annual Veterans Day Dinner on Monday, Nov. 11. To host our area veterans representing those from World War II, the Korean War, The Vietnam War, Afghanistan, Desert Storm and Iraqi Freedom, was an honor and a privilege. You all have given so much to protect the freedoms we so often take for granted. Such an event could not have been accomplished without our loyal volunteers. Our sincere thanks to Eileen and Dave Croteau, Richard King, Ann Donahue, Charlotte Perham, Allen Curtis, Linda Goldrup, Dave Goldrup, Jim Pinkerton, Gayle Elliot, Lee Boothby and Virginia Moran, as well as Frank Johnston who led the prayer, and for his able assistance with the introductions. Many thanks to Chris and Norma Rugg from Bridgton Academy for their generous contributions and endless support. A special thank you to Oriental Lodge #13 and George Drisko for the use of their facilities. Lorraine Goldrup Bridgton Community Center

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To The Editor: With the great generosity and support of the following individuals, merchants and organizations, St. Joseph’s Food Pantry had a successful Silent Auction and we extend our most heartfelt thanks to: NAPA, Bridgton Books, Paris Farmers Union, Ken’s Kove Highland Seafood, Unc’L Lunkers, Beef & Ski, Hayes True Value, Renys, Dugout Pizza in Naples, Sportshaus, Firefly Boutique, The Corn Shop, Warren’s Florist, Elegance, The Printery, Wizard of Paws, Zumba of Naples, Campfire Grille, Black Horse Tavern, Ricky’s Diner, Joe and Priscilla Angelo (two gift certificates), Ted Bishop (computer tune-up), Macdonald Motors, Lake Region Nursery, Beth’s Kitchen Café, Michelle Porter (throw), Anna Mosca (dog grooming), Robyn’s Nest Jewelry and Ruth Crehan (doll). LETTERS, Page D


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in the past two years since a chat with Mr. MacDonald before he announced his retirement last December. It makes sense that the middle school probably has extra classroom space. However, it does not necessarily follow that moving all fifth grades to the middle school “has merit.” That space could be used for more appropriate curriculum development for the middle school students. A program named Perkins Farm Explorers — now being shared at the Tamworth Community School by a teacher named Heidi Fayle — is only one example. An article in the Conway Daily Sun’s Nov. 7 edition says you can find out more about it by calling 323-7000 or checking the website at The folks who provide the after-school program for both the C.A. Snow School and the middle school probably would be a great source for ideas, too. Just because research is discovering that some American girls are hitting puberty between nine or 10 years of age, it does not mean that they are ready for the current climate of middle school culture or peer pressure (actually, just the opposite is more realistic). Both boys and girls need as many years of non-pressured time to become strong in their sense of themselves in order not to become victims of bullying in all its forms. One almost forgotten, but very disconcerting trend a few years ago was a game that spread among middle schoolers that left some of the children dead in their bedroom closets. The increase in the number of suicides among our young people ought to be a clear message that they are questioning their value and place in their world. We wouldn’t have to say “kids will be kids” when we hear of underage drinking parties that plunge out of control or more burglaries and drug possession charges, in addition to DUI cases nearly as often if we could only “let kids be kids” a while longer.  Convenience for adults does not always match up with what is best for our children; if it did, we would be seeing more success in classrooms and communities all across America. Cindy Alden To The Editor: The Center Lovell Fire West Fryeburg House was the place to be on Sunday, Nov. 10. Many people came to sample 13 different chilis and vote for their favorite recipe. The Sixth Annual Battle of the Bowls To The Editor: The Harrison Village had a variety of chili styles Library is celebrating the — some were hot, some mild successful conclusion of our and some vegetarian — but fall fundraising activities. We all were delicious. The Chili Challenge raises enjoyed the support and participation of many residents funds for the Lovell Friends of Harrison and neighboring Helping Friends Emergency communities. We had a good Fuel Program. This year, time at the events, and we more than $1,230 was colhelped ensure the budget for lected at this event. There were two judging the coming year of serving categories — The People’s our patrons. Choice and the Judges’ This year’s 4th annual Golf Tournament was our Choice. The People chose the most successful to date. father/son team of Paul and Participants played at Lake Adam Armington for their Kezar Country Club in entry (Wicked Good Store Lovell and enjoyed the won- in second and Chris and derful course and excellent Stacey Mills in third place) hospitality and service of while the Caracciola family the Club, which we thank was the Judges’ top choice specifically and publicly for (Mary Heroux in second and their efficient and gracious Paulette/Pratt and the Wicked hospitality. Participants also Good Store tied for third enjoyed a barbecue catered place). The best-decorated once again by Leroy Edwards table went to Mary Heroux, of Harrison; we thank Leroy and the Junior Division was



we are now encouraged to become dependent upon the government for everything we need. While this is good for the politicians and cements their power over the citizenry, it creates a permanent underclass that is dependent upon the government for all aspects of daily life. The role of government is to create an environment in which people can succeed and build better lives for themselves, their families, communities, and country. Socialist policies, on the other hand, feed a few crumbs to people and keep them down; permanently dependent upon the hand of government for survival. How can this be a better way? Of course, capitalism has it flaws; every system does, but it is without a doubt the best system on this planet to date. I sincerely doubt that Mr. Precht would rather live in North Korea or Cuba than here in the United States. America has always been a melting pot. The only difference between then and now is that, in the past, our country was successful because its citizens shared common goals, culture, and language. Today that common bond is gone…destroyed by multiculturalism. Today we have the Tower of Babel, where small groups focus only on their own self-interest instead of a national sense of pride. Of course, this is a page out of Marx 101. Destroy religion and religious values, divide the people, lower the bar on education, and create dependency on the all-powerful central government. To call our society “individualism” is truly disingenuous. The success of individuals in the United States over the years has allowed the country to prosper and grow and bring up all of its inhabitants with it (not to mention the rest of the world). For Mr. Precht, it’s always about the “haves” vs. the have-nots”. He seems to ignore the fact that millions of hard working Americans give generously of their time and money to many charities and their communities. In his jaded eyes, they are just greedy people who want to take from someone else in a zero-sum game. As a member of both the Masonic Lodge and Lions Club, I see many people who work tirelessly to give to their communities and never ask to be recognized for it in any way. These are all successful people in their own right, but are committed to give something back. I suppose these are the very people that Mr. Precht views as “excessive individualists”. I would suggest that Mr. Precht take five minutes to view the discussion between Milton Freidman and Phil Donahue that took place in 1979. It is as relevant today as it was then. He can find it at watch?v=MQ0-cDKMS5M. For socialists like Mr. Precht, the answer to the problems of socialism is always…you guessed it…. more socialism. He is just a spokesperson for the same tired old socialist arguments. What puzzles me is how intelligent people can ignore the fact that socialism has never worked anywhere it’s been tried. Dave Berryman Lovell

and his crew for the tasty meal and friendly service. In addition, many individuals and businesses contributed gift certificates, hole sponsorship and hole prizes. Contributors include Lake Kezar Country Club; Hancock Lumber (Bridgton store); Reliable Rubbish Removal; Northeast Bank; Macdonald Motors; Chalmers Insurance Group; AC Construction; QC Services; Lakes Region Properties; Lake Region Physical Therapy; Robert W. Libby & Sons; Ron Smith, Builder; Peter A. Toohey Painting and Restoration; Roberts Overhead Door; The Barber of Bridgton; Evergreen Tree and Landscape; The Olde Mill Tavern; Henry’s Concrete; R.W. Merrill, Electrical Contractor; The Market Basket; Norway Country Club; Bridgton Highlands Country Club; Naples Golf and Country Club; Maple Springs Farm; Beth’s Kitchen Café; Renys (Bridgton); Crabapple Barn; William Perry Cigar Lounge; Ruby Slippers Café and Bakery; Noble House Inn; Bridgton Books; The Corn Shop Trading Co.; Point Sebago Golf Resort; Summit Spring Water; The Village Tie-Up; Amy Gerry (Scentsy); TD Bank (Bridgton); Golf Warehouse; Greenwood Manor Inn; The Fisherman’s Wife; and Camp Newfound-Owatonna. One week later, we sponsored our annual Turkey Supper and welcomed a record number of our friends and neighbors for a traditional community meal of fresh home-roasted turkey with all the fixin’s. Again this year, Camp Newfound-Owatonna graciously allowed us to use their dining hall and kitchen for this event, and we thank them gratefully. In addition, we received generous donations and support from Hannaford (Bridgton); Shaw’s (Portland and Auburn); BJ’s (Portland and Auburn); Walmart (Windham); Food City; The Olde Mill Tavern; The Flaky Pie Lady; Ruby Slippers Café and Bakery; and Green Thumb Farms. We appreciate the support of these businesses and the public in these events that enable us to continue serving as the community library of the Friendly Village. Mark Heidmann President, Harrison Village Library Board of Trustees.

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(Continued from Page D) In addition, we thank the Magic Lantern for collecting both food and money for our pantry. What a wonderful and innovative way to help the families we serve. We are most appreciative of the Campfire Grille Trivia Evening, of which we netted a goodly amount of money for our pantry. It was a fun evening with lots of good food and laughter. To all of you who participated in these three fundraisers, we thank you, of course, but we congratulate you and admire you for reaching out and caring so generously about the people in need around you. God bless you all. Christina Minnicozzi Chairman St. Joseph’s Food Pantry

Live and let live

To The Editor: Most every election now leaves Religious Right reactionaries reeling. Just consider the last few weeks. U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud announced that he is gay, and Maine voters reacted with a

big yawn. In New York City, mayor-elect Bill de Blasio, a full-throated liberal, won three-quarters of the vote. He’s married to a bisexual African-American woman, who previously identified herself as a lesbian, and they are raising two biracial children. The Washington Post reported: “This family represents the cultural changes that have enveloped parts — but not all — of America. To cultural conservatives, this doesn’t look like their country at all.” No, it doesn’t, thank God. Even way down south in Dixie, things went little better. Tea Party candidate Ken Cuccinelli lost the Virginia governor’s election to moderate Democrat Terry MacAuliffe, having turned off women, minorities and young voters with non-stop railing against women’s reproductive rights, contraception and other Religious Right obsessions. Then for good measure, within a couple of weeks after the election, two more states, Hawaii and Illinois, voted to legalize same-sex marriage, and Seattle, Washington, elected its first avowedly socialist public official in more than a century. As Bob Dylan famously wrote, “the times, they are a’changin.” Ever since the late Rev.

Jerry Falwell created the so-called Moral Majority in the early 1970s, the most fervent opposition to social change in the United States has come from the Religious Right. Arch-reactionary Pat Buchanan thundered at the 1992 Republican Convention: “There is a religious war going on in this country. It is a cultural war…for the soul of America.” He was wrong, of course. Those of us who oppose the Religious Right are not fighting a religious war. We’re not trying to destroy their faith. All we ask is that they stop using the coercive power of government to force their religious doctrines on people who don’t subscribe to them. Religious Rightists are free to believe anything they wish, but they don’t have the right to make their beliefs binding on the whole nation. Sectarian religious dogma never should be the law of the land. It’s simple. If they don’t like same-sex marriage, then let them marry whomever they choose, while allowing others to do the same. Live and let live. If they think using contraception is immoral, then they don’t have to use it. If they want to discriminate against LGBT Americans (lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans-

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(Continued from Page D) the brink of parental impropriety. The general fear was spawned by the fact that turning 21 in our culture has a certain social significance — for mostly the wrong reasons, unfortunately — and having a middle-aged guy show up unannounced could certainly spoil a typical 21-year-old’s evening plans. But for my daughter, the stereotypical first chance at boozing and partying and acting like an utter fool until the wee hours without risking jail time held no such attraction. This is a girl virtually immune to negative peer pressure, whose life has been characterized by a nearly unbroken string of wise decisions. In the end, I flew south riding the buoyant encouragement of my wife: “Oh Peter, you should totally do that!” The next two days were perfect. Amanda drove me around the town and the

university campus, pointing to this and that while I just looked at her and smiled, hearing almost none of her words, just delighted to be breathing the same air with her. We worked out, went trail running high in the Blue Ridge Mountains, and ate pizza and burritos with her many friends. We laughed constantly and flopped exhausted each night in her room, watching movies until we began to doze off. It was just like when we were kids growing up together. On Sunday morning, she was excited to take me to her church. It was a big, energized place, full of young people, and the musicians were many and the music was joyful. I stood next to my daughter and sang my heart out to God, thankful beyond measure. On the wall of Amanda’s room is a poster that she has covered with inspiration-

al quotes and sayings, from famous people, from her friends, and many from the Bible. On Monday morning, while she was rummaging around in the kitchen getting ready for class and I was packing my bags to go home, I found a blank spot near one corner and wrote, “I love you. I’m praying for you. I trust you. You’re safe. I’m listening, — Dad.” A few minutes later, we stood in the driveway, facing each other with our hands intertwined. I prayed for her and then held her for a very long time in my arms. And then we let go and she drove off to class and I pointed my rental car east toward Richmond. I had trouble driving away from my daughter, and it wasn’t because of the glare of the early sun. It’s just hard to see through so many tears. •

honor Thanksgiving Day — gather with others at the Christian Science Church in Norway. Giving thanks to God is at the very core of Americans on this day. Mary Baker Eddy, the founder of Christian Science, placed major emphasis on looking for every opportunity to thank God for His goodness. She even established an annual Thanksgiving service for her church. First Church of Christ, Scientist, Norway, will hold its one-hour service, Thanksgiving Day at 10 a.m. at 5 Morrill Road (corner of Route 118, diagonally across from the Norway Country Club). To The Editor: Following brief readings I would like to alert readers to an additional way to from the Holy Bible and the gendered), then they might be more comfortable in a country like Russia, Iran or Uganda, where brutal homophobic discrimination not only is tolerated, but actively encouraged by the government. If Religious Rightists think God is calling them to rid the world of homosexuality, then they should try living in a society that is as bigoted as they are. Rev. Robert Plaisted Bridgton

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