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Board stands firm on reappointment policy By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Dec. 21, 2012 may not be the end of the world as some say is prophesied by the Mayan calendar, but it certainly will be a day to remember in the history of Bridgton town politics. On that day, a new policy will go into effect: all members of appointed committees will serve annually, and must reapply by Dec. 21 if they want to stay on for another year. Yet all but one of the members of four town committees — around 15 residents — have signed a letter stating it’s “unlikely” they’ll reapply, because they view this new requirement as an attempt by town government to “recall” cer-

tain members and “rewrite” the committees’ charges. Members of the Comprehensive Plan Committee, the Community Development Committee, the Sewer Committee and the Pondicherry Park Committee agreed with the letter’s view that requiring existing members to reapply is a “battle for control” by selectmen who’ve shown a “lack of leadership” in moving projects forward, yet who don’t want committees to take the initiative on any issue. Significantly, the letter suggests that it might be time for town volunteers to quit trying to work with the town, and to instead act on their own on behalf of residents, by filing citizen petitions. The only

member who didn’t sign was Dee Miller of the CDC. The four letters from the four committees all had the same wording, and were delivered in envelopes to the municipal complex on Dec. 6. On Tuesday, three members of the five-member Bridgton Board of Selectmen fought back, saying the letter misrepresented what they are trying to do. Woody Woodward, Bob McHatton and Paul Hoyt rejected a motion by Bernie King, backed by Doug Taft, to exempt current committee volunteers from having to reapply to serve. Instead, the board voted, by the same 3–2 split, to require all existing committee members to notify the town by Dec. 21 if

they want to continue serving, and to also update the board of any changes in the committees’ status. The new policy opens up applications for each of the town’s nine committees to any new resident who would like to apply by the Dec. 21 deadline. The board will then review all applications and decide on committee membership in January. In January the board will also finalize the “charge, mission and authority” of each committee. The board reviewed newly-redrafted charges Tuesday for the CDC, CPC, Investment Committee, Recycling Committee, Sewer Committee and the Budget Advisory Committee. Budget


RV use on parcel tabled

By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — A property owner on Sebago Lake Shores Road expressed his disappointment about a buyer leaving behind the potential real-estate deal — if a year-round recreational vehicle is no longer allowed on the parcel. Meanwhile, abutters favored discontinuing the current uses on the property, which is considered a non-conforming lot and is located on wetlands. However, according to Town Attorney Natalie Burns, the town is not in a position to demand the recreational vehicle’s removal because the property owner has written permission from Casco’s former code enforcement officer (CEO). “By Maine state law, the town cannot take another posiRV USE, Page A

and “It’s our fiduciary responsibility to make sure these committees are staffed.” But, Taft said, it was counter-productive to make changes in mission statements midway through a committee’s efforts. “We appointed them, we may not agree with them, but we need to stop interfering — that’s not the right word — stop interjecting (the board’s opinions) partway through the project.” Every town employee is reappointed annually to their position, Woodward said, “and I don’t think it demoralizes them.” Woodward said committee members signed a letter that was based “on gossip and lies,” POLICY, Page A

Community forest eyed for 3 towns

School slated for rescue trainings By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — Local elected officials will allow the town’s fire and rescue departments to use the Casco Memorial School for training exercises before the building is demolished this summer. However, the building will not be burned. “The fire chief understands there will be no fires,” said Town Manager Dave Morton. He added that the structure will provide the department with other types of training such as night vision and search and rescue. In a 3–2 vote, the Casco Board of Selectmen cast the final fate of the Memorial School building, which for two years has remained vacant. Selectmen Paul Edes and Ray Grant opposed the decision. Also — as part of Tuesday’s motion, the town will put the demolition of the school out to bid. That job will likely include the removal of hazardous mate-

Committee members were held to an earlier application deadline of Dec. 7, since they need to meet in advance of the presentation of the FY 2014 budget on Jan. 8. “I’m not looking for anything more than an acknowledgement that any committee member is wanting to continue,” said Hoyt, who denied that the annual reappointments were either a “recall” or an attempt to change the wording of mission statements. There was a lack of consistency in both the format and content of committee mission statements that the board thought it was time to address, he said. Woodward added that, over the course of a year, some committee volunteers drop out,

COMMEMORATING FAMILY AND COMMUNITY — Amid the summertime crowds on the Causeway, wood craftsman Rob Brand sits on the bench he purchased and dedicated to the memory of his mother and father. (Photo courtesy of Rob Brand)

Long-lasting gift

Craftsman finds bench work both satisfying, emotional By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — Woodwork craftsman Rob Brand was commissioned to create the benches that will adorn the Causeway through the seasons. Also, the benches — many dedicated to people who have passed away, will help raise money to pay off the town’s cost for the Bay of Naples Bridge construction project and the simultaneously improved Causeway. Brand said visiting the bench he purchased and dedicated to his parents was an emotional, yet satisfying, experience. “Having put my own bench out there, and having sat on it and gazed at the lake, it is very moving to think that the bench will be there as a legacy for many years to come,” Brand said on Tuesday morning. Rather than inscribing a saying on the plaque for the bench, Brand put a picture of a frog — an animal that was meaningful to his mother, and a cardinal to represent his dad. The local businessman said it was a privilege to have his bench design selected by the Causeway Restoration Committee and the Naples

Board of Selectmen. “It honors me, and it honors the people for whom I am building the benches,” he said. “What better gift to a craft person: That you make something— it is not quite immortal — but, a long-lasting gift to somebody,” Brand said. More than a dozen of the 20 benches he has already crafted have been placed in the green space of the Causeway. This spring, Brand plans to complete nine more benches. By summer, those remaining benches will begin to take residence on the Causeway. Lately, some community members have questioned whether or not the benches would be removed from the Causeway during the winter months. After all, most individuals store patio and lawn furniture when summer takes its final curtsey. According to CRC Chairman Bob Neault, the benches “are designed to weather, and the idea is to leave them in place.” Brand explained that the benches are constructed from African mahogany — a dense, heavy wood that rates well for being weather tolerant. “The benches themselves will last 50 years easily,” he

said. “African mahogany was used on ships for decking. It has been used for decking on homes,” he said. “I used time-honored mortise and tenon joinery,” he said, explaining the joinery technique used to assemble the pieces. While these wooden benches have proven to be weathertolerant, the lettering on some of the plaques has not been. “We will have to re-do the plaques,” he said. “The engraving is great. But, the weather — between the sun and exposure from wind on the lake — is fading the lettering very rapidly.” He said he has been in contact with the vendor of the product, and hopes to find a solution by using a different product or a different technique. He said he was considering “a material that is inlaid with UV-tolerant paint or a nonwood material that will last forever.” After all, those people who have benches dedicated to loved ones want that commemoration to endure through time. Brand received an e-mail BENCHES, Page A

By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer The largest remaining tract of undeveloped forestland in the Lake Region is under contract to Loon Echo Land Trust and would be given to the town of Denmark next June, under an ambitious $1.4 million land conservation plan rolled out to the Bridgton Board of Selectmen Tuesday. “Can one town own property in another town? The answer is yes,” Denmark Town Manager Ephrem Paraschak told Bridgton selectmen. Paraschak was joined by LELT’s Executive Director Carrie Walia and Denmark Selectman Rick Mason in presenting the Perley Mills Community Forest plan to the board. For several years, Denmark Selectmen and the Denmark Conservation Commission have been active supporters of the plan to purchase and manage the 1,666-plus acre forestland because the town has an “interest in owning a municipal forest for the benefit of the public,” Walia wrote in a letter to Bridgton Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz. The land scored as a high priority for resource protection in the Lake Region, under the Greenprint mapping project completed over a year ago. Bridgton Selectmen were asked to consider asking voters next June to commit $25,000

from the Moose Pond Trust Fund toward the purchase price, and perhaps to also become active partners in the plan. Denmark voters will also be asked to chip in $25,000. Walia said the land came close FOREST, Page A

By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer The Bridgton Police Department has softened its approach to posting arrest information and mug shots on its Facebook page, Police Chief Kevin Schofield told selectmen Tuesday. But while the board welcomed the news, more work still needs to be done to craft a Digital Media Policy that allows the public to interact with the town through online social media. On Monday, the police depart-

ment started posting a weekly arrest log, which requires fans to click on the link to see recent arrests, along with photos of the persons arrested. Selectmen Bernie King, a leading critic of the practice, said the format change doesn’t go far enough, because fans can still comment at the end of the log on any of the persons arrested. As example, the list posted Monday included a comment revealing additional personal information about the circumFACEBOOK, Page A

POPULAR TRAIL INCLUDED — Nearly three miles of the former 16-mile Bridgton and Saco River Railroad, now a popular recreational trail used by snowmobilers, hunters, hikers and ATV users, passes through the center of the Bridgton and Denmark portion of the proposed Perley Mills Community Forest.

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RELIEF EFFORT — Fryeburg Academy students Shelby Hesslein, Sydney Andreoli and Lucy Kneissler along with FA Librarian Leslie Stryker are a few folks participating in donation and bottle drives to benefit relief efforts for Hurricane Sandy victims. Several FA students with ties to areas hit in New York and New Jersey are helping with Saturday’s events.   

Drives to help ‘Sandy’ relief effort Fryeburg Academy students will be conducting a donation/ bottle drive this Saturday, Dec. 15 to raise funds and collect items for the Superstorm Sandy relief effort. Two outlets will be used: the Magic Lantern Theater in Bridgton and Fryeburg Academy parking lot from 9 a.m. to noon.

Needed items include new and used winter clothes, blankets, hats, gloves, cleaning supplies and toiletries. Students will also be collecting Maine returnable bottles to raise funds for an upcoming community service trip to the impacted region early in 2013. As a special thank you, the

Magic Lantern will be giving free popcorn to everyone who makes a donation in Bridgton that day. In addition, students will be collecting non-perishable food items, new household cleaning supplies, and personal toiletries to deliver to families in need. The Donation/Bottle Drive culminates a week of activities on the

Fryeburg Academy campus for students and teachers who will be working on the relief efforts. The work involves the whole Fryeburg Academy community, in recognition that Fryeburg Academy is home to several students from the New York City area, many of whose families were directly impacted by the storm.

By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — Santa will be tying up his reindeer in the town’s sand shed during his visit

to Naples’ children this Saturday. Inside the Grange, Christmas wreaths will hold a wealth of gift certificates from local businesses.

Prior to the scheduled tree lighting, someone will read a poem explaining why the Naples Causeway is Santa’s first stop in North America. Sound magical? Then, don’t miss out. The fifth annual Christmas in Naples family event will be held Saturday from 4 to 7 p.m. at the Grange, located on the Village Green. According to Naples Main Street, Inc. member, Bob Neault, “It will be a fun time for the community to gather together and support a good cause.” The holiday event is a fundraiser for Naples Main Street — since money is raised through a wreath auction. “It is a great opportunity for businesses to get advertising. Usually, the wreaths have gift certificates or product discounts associated with the donating business,” Neault said.

About 25 wreaths were purchased and handed out to area entrepreneurs, who then got creative decorating the circular garlands. For locals, the only hangup might be which one to choose. Christmas music will be performed by Tracy Andrews in the main room of the Grange. There will also be a variety of holiday sweets as well as traditional hot

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By Judy Crowell Special to The News As I was walking down the stairs after finishing my last class, a student ran up to me crying. I immediately stopped and asked her what was wrong. She said, “Can you help him?” She showed me the most pathetic looking cat I have ever seen. He was covered in dirt. You could see each and every bone in his tiny body and his eyes were barely open. I have always been an animal lover and quickly scooped up the little guy and said, “Of course.” The student was shocked and kept thanking me for caring. She gave him a shower while I made a makeshift bed for him in a small box. I put a hot water bottle on the bottom of the box and a blanket over that. After we dried him off, we put him in his box. I tried to feed him, but he would not have any part of that. He could not even stand. I got a plate full of water and unfortunately he could not drink on his own either. So, I took a straw and put it in the water held my finger over one end and then put the water into the cat’s mouth. The cat eventually started swallowing the water. I did this for about 5 to 6 minutes then I let him rest. The cat loved his new bed and purred contently. I had another class that afternoon so I had to leave the cat alone. I gave him more water before I left and placed the blanket over him. I was afraid by the time I made it back he would be dead. I taught my class and let the students leave a little early and rushed home. The cat was still alive when I got there! Phew! I gave him more water and he curled up on my chest sleeping kneading and purring happily! All night, I continued feeding him water and reheating the water bottle for him. The next morning without very much sleep, I awoke to see the cat drinking water out of his dish! I could not believe it! While I had breakfast, he drank and then would sit and then try to walk. Unfortunately, he would fall each time he tried. He walked sideways


Gandalf most of the time. I checked his mouth and noticed his gums were white instead of pink. Besides being malnourished, he was anemic. I am sure he had worms. The poor little guy was a fighter though. The next day, I fed him chicken and rice because it is impossible to buy cat food here. I thought the chicken and rice mixture would be easy for him to digest. He ate a little and then I put him back in his box to sleep. This went on for a few days. Each day, I would see a slight improvement. I decided to name him Gandalf because like Gandalf of The Hobbit and Lord of the Rings series, he always came at the right time. Gandalf came to me at just the right time. I am feeling sad about the upcoming holiday season being away from my family. Gandalf is still very weak. I have only had him for a little more than a week, but he continues to get stronger every day. He also loves to sit on my feet. Even when other people are visiting, he goes right to my feet and lies down! I am still not sure if Gandalf will live, but I will do my best to keep him alive. Well, I am sad to say that Gandalf died this morning (Monday, Dec. 10). He took a turn for the worst on his ninth day with me. He did not get out of his bed the entire day. I kept trying


Food pantry

CLARIFICATION — In the article about the Harrison Seventh-day Adventist Food Pantry on Nov. 29, the story included an incorrect number (which was provided to the newspaper) regarding families served. The food pantry serves from 20 to 45 families every week. “We have one or more new families every week,” said Barbara Merrill, food pantry director. Northeast Bank made a generous donation to enable the pantry to purchase a new refrigerator and food. “We do need donations to carry us through the holiday season,” Merrill said. “Without future donations, we will have to cut back greatly on what we can do for families in our community.”

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Community forest eyed for 3 towns (Continued from Page A) to being sold to a developer this fall before the trust and K&W reached agreement on a sale price of $1.3 million on Oct. 31. Most of the unbroken and contiguous tract has a long history of forest management dating back to its purchase by the S.D. Warren Co. in 1951. K&W bought the land in 2002, and prior to that, private landowners have permitted people to use it for public recreation. The tract is unique in that it lies within three towns, Bridgton, Denmark and Sebago. Three miles of the former 16mile Bridgton and Saco River Narrow Gauge Railroad run right through the center of the Bridgton and Denmark land. The popular trail serves as part of the state ITS 89 snowmobile and regional ATV network, and is locally well-known and used as a hiking and hunting trail. The developer, who backed out Oct. 1 from the land purchase, was planning to shut down the trail system, Walia said. The land in Bridgton,

called “The Jungle” on town tax records, includes around 576 acres of forest and wetlands and the headwaters of Willett Brook — the source of Bridgton’s public drinking water. Around 870 acres of the forest is in Denmark, including Willett Pond, a small wetland pond, and Pickerel Pond, where fishing, swimming and canoeing would be guaranteed and improvements made to the boat launch and parking area. Another 135 or so acres lie in the town of Sebago, at the parcel’s southern end. The land would be open to the general public for recreational use, regardless of what town a person lives in. All of the land would remain taxable property, Walia said, in response to a question by resident Steve Stevens. She said the property has been heavily logged off in recent years, so it won’t have any value for logging for another 15 years or so. “We don’t want to make it seem like we were just trying

to gobble up land in Bridgton,” Paraschak said, and both he, Mason and Walia said they would welcome Bridgton’s active involvement in the project, perhaps by having representation on a citizen-based policy board in charge of managing the conservation easement that will be a condition for transferring the land to the town of Denmark. “We’re definitely interested in involving Bridgton in any way we can,” Paraschak said. But, another resident, Greg Watkins, asked, “If Bridgton gives $25,000, what are they getting that they wouldn’t have gotten if they didn’t participate?” To that, Walia said the money would help LELT meet its fundraising goal, which is counting on a combination of grant funds and individual donations. “There’s no certainty that we will meet the goal,” said Walia. LELT has set its sights on raising $75,000 in individual donations, along with around $500,000 in local, state

and federal grants. A total of $847,500 in funding has been secured so far, with $687,500 being provided by an anonymous foundation and $160,000 from an Open Space Institute grant. Walia pointed out that LELT pays taxes on over 3,000 acres of Lake Region land held in trust, including many acres in Bridgton, at Pleasant Mountain and elsewhere. Selectman Woody Woodward said restrictions on what uses can be made for Moose Pond Trust Fund money might prevent Bridgton from being able to use that source of funds for its $25,000 contribution. Walia said LELT would take fee ownership of all of the land on or before Dec. 31, 2013, when the purchase agreement with K&W Timberlands expires. LELT may retain ownership of a portion of the property, while a majority of the land would be transferred to Denmark with a conservation easement in place, pending voter approval.

Judy Crowell’s postcard from China (Continued from Page A)

to feed him, but he would not eat. Sunday night, I got up every hour to give him a drop or two of water, but at 3 a.m., he stopped fighting. The poor little guy was a joy for the 10 wonderful days that I had him. He was always excited to see me and would meow

as soon as I got home. I was extremely saddened by his passing. But, I am sure I gave him the best care I possibly could. He had a lot of love and care in his last 10 days of life. A few of my students and I buried him under a grove of bamboo trees close to the library. I am sure he would be happy there.

He is close to the river and has a lot of space to run and play. My student made an adorable rock for him with the word “Mao,” which is Chinese for “cat.” I will

Sprinkler rules softened in new draft

Santa’s arrival (Continued from Page A)

cocoa with marshmallows. Upstairs, volunteers will have crafts tables set up for the children, Neault said. Fire Chief Chris Pond, who is in charge of escorting Santa upon his arrival, said that members of the Naples Fire Department are thrilled to see Saint Nick. “Absolutely, it is exciting. We look forward to it every year,” Pond said on Tuesday. There was a rumor that Santa would not be flying solo on Saturday. “This is true — he will be accompanied by Mrs. Clause,” Pond said. “We escort him around town. We hit most of the roads in town, and deliver Santa by 6 p.m.,” he said. “We actually see quite a few kids out in their yards around town and we try to bring them down to the tree lighting,” he said. “Santa will be at the tree lighting and we are inviting everyone to come down and visit Santa,” Pond said. According to Town Manger Derek Goodine, the town’s Christmas tree has been restrung with LED lights — replacing the ones from years past. Goodine said the energy-conserving LED lights will be a welcome change

not quickly forget the love and happiness this little guy gave me. He will forever be a wonderful memory of 10 wonderful days in China.

AERIAL VIEW — This map shows the outline of 1,600 acres of unbroken forestland in Bridgton, Denmark and Sebago under contract from K&W Timberlands to the Loon Echo Land Trust. The trust needs to raise $1.4 million within the next year to buy it and protect it, and is asking both Bridgton and Denmark voters to chip in $25,000 each, at town meetings next June.

By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton’s Fire Protection Committee was directed for this community. Tuesday by selectmen to turn Also happening in town, over its revised draft ordibut taking place earlier in the nance to the Planning Board, day on Saturday, the American with the hope that all their Legion Post No. 155 will hold its Children’s Christmas party from noon to 2 p.m. According to Post Commander Curtis Merrill, the Legion will be Rt. 302, Bridgton open to the public. It will be good Tuesday Evenings time for parents who are or have been in the military to join the until Legion. In addition, there will be activities and refreshments to put smiles on the faces of children who cannot wait until Christmas day.

many hours of effort will lead struction except seasonal cot- several public meetings, and to a workable definition of tages. That idea was quickly the committee went back to what developers need to do to and decisively shot down after SPRINKLER, Page A provide “adequate fire protection” for new subdivisions. The new rules replace a first draft that required sprinkler systems for all new con-


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Incidents on the Bridgton Police Department blotter These items appeared on the Bridgton Police Department blotter (this is a partial listing): Tuesday, Dec. 4 11:22 a.m. Fuel was stolen from a Portland Road location. 11:57 a.m. A 2006 Mazda, operated by Liana M. Austin of Bridgton, rolled over and struck a tree on South Bridgton Road. 12:07 p.m. A clerk at a Portland Road store reported that a motorist failed to pay for

fuel at 10:10 a.m. 4:16 p.m. Police received a report that a 12-year-old boy was missing from a Main Street location. 5:28 p.m. A caller reported that someone tossed an object through the back window of a vehicle. Wednesday, Dec. 5 6:35 p.m. A local man reported that he went hunting at 2 p.m. and when he returned his wife was missing. Thursday, Dec. 6 10:38 a.m. Barron C.

Tibbetts, 33, of Bridgton was arrested on a warrant for failure to pay fines for criminal trespass by Bridgton Police Officer Phillip Jones. Mr. Tibbetts was released on bail. 12:52 p.m. Derek J. Ledbetter, 27, of Standish was arrested for operating a motor vehicle after suspension. He was stopped on South High Street by Bridgton Police Officer Phillip Jones. Mr. Ledbetter was released on personal recognizance. 12:52 p.m. Crystal D.

Peterson, 24, of Bridgton was arrested for permitting unlawful use by Bridgton Police Officer Phillip Jones. Ms. Peterson was released on personal recognizance. 4:16 p.m. A caller claimed that she was being harassed by drug dealers and a motorcycle gang. 4:21 p.m. A female asked for police assistance to retrieve medication from a family member, who reportedly refused to give it back. 5:44 p.m. A caller asked for

Items on the Fryeburg Police log The Fryeburg Police Department handled the following calls (this is a partial listing): Monday, Dec. 3 2:45 a.m. Following a motor vehicle stop on Oxford Street, Nathan M. Smith, 27, of Fryeburg was charged with violating conditions of his release. 2:48 p.m. Police handled a

harassment complaint at a North Fryeburg Road residence. 4:22 p.m. Police were sent to a domestic disturbance at an Ice House Road location. Tuesday, Dec. 4 12:33 a.m. Following a stop on Elm Street, Brooke L. Miniutti, 19, of Porter was charged with operating a motor vehicle after license

suspension. Wednesday, Dec. 5 3:56 p.m. Police handled a harassment complaint at a Cobb Street location. Thursday, Dec. 6 10:01 p.m. Following a stop at the intersection of Harbor and North Fryeburg Roads, Brian K. Parmenter, 40, of Fryeburg was charged with unlawful pos-

session of a schedule drug, violating conditions of his release and sale/use of drug paraphernalia. Friday, Dec. 7 5:46 p.m. Police were sent to a motor vehicle accident on Portland Street. 11:52 p.m. Police were dispatched to a motor vehicle accident on Bridgton Road.

Sprinkler rules softened in new draft a given subdivision,” the draft states. For example, if only a few of the subdivision’s lots are within 1,000 feet of a hydrant, the other lots would need to be served by a water storage system, or by requiring the builder to install a sprinkler system. “It’s not perfect, but it’s a good first step,” Fire Protection Committee member Skip Sullivan told the board. He said the committee “overstepped” what the community would accept when it suggested a town-wide sprinkler requirement for new construction. In subsequent

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The following is the December list of grand jury indictments by the Cumberland County District Attorney’s Office. The list includes all indictments by the DA’s office unless they have been impounded by the Unified Criminal Court or otherwise restricted. Lake Region area residents on the indictment list include: Michael Emerson, 48, of Gorham, gross sexual assault (Class A), unlawful sexual contact (Class B) and unlawful sexual contact (Class A), brought by the Frye Island Police Department, violation in June 2012. Danny Grant, 37, of Casco, domestic violence assault (Class D), aggravated criminal mischief (Class C), domestic violence reckless conduct (Class C), criminal operating a motor vehicle while under the influence (Class D) and license class restriction (Class E), brought by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, violation on Nov. 8, 2012. Joseph Harmon, 23, of South Portland, four counts of burglary (Class B) and theft (Class B), brought by the Bridgton Police Department, violation in October 2012. Anthony Mattia, 26, of Bridgton, robbery (Class B), falsifying physical evidence (Class D) and VCR (Class E), brought by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, violation on Oct. 15, 2012. Jody Miner, 43, of Baldwin, theft of a firearm (Class B), brought by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, violation in July 2012. Thomas Peavey, 55, of Baldwin, theft (Class C), brought by the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Department, violation on April 13, 2012. Seth Tompkins, 34, of Casco, assault on an officer (Class C), brought by the Freeport Police Department, violation on Sept. 2, 2012.

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being sure if adequate fire protection could be provided, since the term was not defined in the subdivision ordinance. The Fire Protection Committee began work in July of 2011, and Sullivan said he and other members have easily put in between 600 and 1,000 man hours researching the issue. Selectmen thanked the committee for all their hard work and asked its members to continue to serve as a resource for the planning board as the amendments are reviewed and public hearings held.


(Continued from Page A) the drawing board. Currently, the committee is proposing design standards for fire protection that define adequate water supply for new subdivisions as being one or more of the following: • Having a public fire hydrant with 1,000 feet of any dwelling unit; • Water storage systems, such as natural or man-made fire ponds or cisterns with an approved dry hydrant; • Sprinkler systems. “Any combination of the above means may be used to satisfy this requirement within

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Causeway benches: Long-lasting tributes (Continued from Page A) from Sandy Warren who, along with her siblings, purchased a bench for her parents, Richard and Barbara Ann Pierro. “This is all such a blessing to my mother. She has terminal cancer. My dad passed a few years ago. They summered on Long Lake since 1967. Now, we are summering still with the fourth generation,” Warren wrote. “So, this is the perfect gift

for her, and has given her comfort at this difficult time,” she said. The bench is among those facing Long Lake. The engraving is clear as a bell. CRC Chairman Neault said he is looking forward to this spring’s resolution to improve the longevity of the plaques, especially since some had not fared well after only one summer. He commented on not only

the aesthetics of the benches, but the practicality of providing people with places to sit down and extend their stay on the Causeway. “I’ve paid attention to how these benches are being utilized, and they seem to be a welcome addition to the Causeway,” Neault said. The boardwalk and benches are not simply summertime tourist attractions, he said. “We are seeing, with the new

lighting up and working on both sides off the Causeway, that people are walking no matter what the weather,” he said. “People will feel more inclined to walk those areas now that the street lamps are lit,” Neault said. The wooden benches are $1,500 each, and can be ordered through the Naples Town Office. A slightly higher fee will be added for plaques with more than three lines of writing.

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1:49 p.m. Deputy Gorham filed a report regarding a burglary at a Bridgton Road residence in Sebago. 8:21 p.m. Deputy Hanna investigated a theft of an automobile on Liberty Lane in Harrison.

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place. “The problem we’re facing is that most people can make comments for which they take no responsibility,” Berkowitz said. Page administrators can delete inappropriate or negative comments, but they cannot be expected to monitor each comment the moment it’s made, and some of those comments can stay on the page for hours before they’re detected and removed. “Municipal government is slow to catch up with technology,” Berkowitz said. Facebook is the most popular social media site and potentially a very effective tool for municipalities to communicate information to its residents. But Twitter and other forms of social media are coming into vogue, said Berkowitz, and “if we don’t recognize that, we are going to be the digital dinosaur.” Resident Greg Watkins suggested that the town could use a static website, which doesn’t allow commenting, for the posting of arrests and other information, and then provide a link to an interactive Facebook page. He said Facebook offers options for many different kinds of pages, based on the category that is selected when the page is first created. “As soon as you post something to Facebook, it no longer belongs to you,” he said. Watkins added that pages can be created for people without their knowledge. Speaking to Selectman Doug Taft, who has no knowledge of Facebook, Watkins said, “I can go home


ROWS OF BENCHES HEADED FOR CAUSEWAY — The first ten wooden benches sit in the workshop of Sebago Furniture. The African mahogany benches were sold to individuals and businesses as a fundraiser to help with the town’s cost for the Bay of Naples Bridge and Causeway construction project. (Photo courtesy of Rob Brand)

(Continued from Page A) stances related to the arrest. And while the comment stated, “You look great in this pic,” it could have just as easily said something negative or defamatory about the person — which is what selectmen want to avoid. The debate over the pros and cons of posting arrests and mug shots has been raging on the department’s Facebook page for months now, with strong opinions on both sides. In one recent post, Dayna Lea Shulack said she knows of at least six people who have lost their jobs because of the page’s “compete disregard to our constitutional rights.” She added that “Some of the crimes these people committed are FAR from crimes that could pose a threat to a job, yet now, they are faced with fines they cannot pay because (of) your poor decision to keep this ridiculous circus going on Facebook. Now they are facing yet another problem, being in contempt of a court order because they have no income to pay their fines. When will this end?” Schofield said there have been no inappropriate comments posted under mug shots for a month now. He was commended for his efforts in working with a staff-based Digital Policy Committee to provide arrest information in a more acceptable format. But as Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz said, social media is structured to invite social interaction, and to prevent any commenting defeats the purpose of a town using social media in the first

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Reappointment policy (Continued from Page A) when they could have contacted selectmen to ask if the allegation of an intended recall was true. “All of this is being misrepresented,” he said. The letter writer wasn’t identified, but two people in the audience said CDC and CPC member Chuck Renneker was the primary person behind the message. McHatton said the reappointment process simply requires filling out a one-page application with basic questions. “I don’t think that’s that big a deal.” McHatton said to committee members in the audience, “As

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a selectman, I want to work with you. I have the same passion for the town (that others do) and I’ve lived here for 44 years. I ask you to be a team player with me,” by returning the reappointment application on Dec. 21. “That’s a signal that you want to be a team player,” McHatton said. “If you do not want to be a team player, then I don’t

want you on the team with me.” When Hoyt suggested the board move on to other things, McHatton said he wasn’t done. “This is an important issue. “Whoever feels you cannot work with the board of selectmen, go out on your own and do petition work,” McHatton said. “(But) you should do yourself a favor and the town a favor, and resign your position.”

School demolition slated

(Continued from Page A) rial and the use of an excavator to demolish the structure and fill in the hole left behind. The selectmen engaged in very little discussion prior to the vote — a vote which was placed on the agenda two weeks ago. “I think we have discussed it pretty well,” Grant said after Selectman Tracy Kimball stated the motion on the floor. According to the language

of the motion, the Memorial School will be made available to the Casco’s public safety personnel for a six-month period. The bid process will call for the mechanical removal of the building. While the destiny of the town-owned structure has been decided, the future of that property is less detailed. Chairman Mary-Veinessa Fernandez proposed constructing a memorial on the public

(Continued from Page A) tion,” Burns told the audience at the Casco Board of Selectmen meeting on Tuesday night. “The public would like to know why the board would even consider a consent agreement for something not allowed in this town,” she said, “it’s because the former CEO allowed it.” Burns said the current landowner, Darren Brown, had provided a letter of agreement from the town, and it is legally binding. “We do have proof. That puts the town in a difficult position to require complete removal of camper and pad,” Burns said. Recently, the current CEO Don Murphy has been working on a consent agreement to resolve the land use issue, she said. Ultimately, it is up to the board to decide upon an appropriate resolution, she said. Since last month, Brown has been seeking from the selectmen the approval of a consent agreement that would allow an RV to be parked on the property — an attractive option for potential buyers. On Tuesday, Chairman MaryVeinessa Fernandes tabled until January the consideration of any consent agreement. “I have concerns that this is the tip of the iceberg. There will be other issues like this throughout the town,” Fernandes said. “We have quite a bit that we will have to review, and on a case-by-case basis,” she said. “The board might consider reviewing a newly-crafted con-

sent agreement,” she said. Then, the selectmen voted unanimously to hold off on the consent agreement until Jan. 8. Brown responded to the issue being postponed. “I have a buyer who is ready to walk away,” he said. “I only recently learned that I am in violation. I didn’t do it. I just want to sell it and move on,” Brown said. He said he was not responsible for any tree removal on the parcel, and that tree removal had been done by the previous owner. “I did not take any more trees down than were already cut. I took debris off the property. As far as I am concerned, I did nothing but improve the area,” Brown said. Earlier in the evening, the board went into executive session with the town’s legal counsel. That executive session lasted about half an hour. After the vote to table the item until a second consent agreement was drafted, Burns said her recommendations to the board included putting limitations on the number of months out of the year that a camper could be parked on the premises. A proposed consent agreement could also address aesthetics, thus requiring the property owner to improve the physical appearances of the parcel, she said. “Whether or not the former CEO had power to authorize RV use on property, because it is in writing, it is an agreement,” Burns said.

KNIGHTS DONATE TO DODGE HOUSE — The Fr. Michael J. McGivney Knights of Columbus Council of St. Joseph Parish in Bridgton recently donated funds to NFI North’s parcel. She suggested the pos- Dodge House School and Bridge Crossing residential program. Pictured left to right are: Bob sible use of contingency fund McCarthy, Bob Pelletier, Dodge House Program Director Kurt Berger, Roland Dube and Phil money. Gabardi. That topic will be on agenda of the next board meeting, which falls on Jan. 8. The Memorial School had been dedicated to three area NFI North’s Dodge House assist with the program and bers of the Knights of Columbus veterans from World War II. School and Bridge Crossing school’s efforts to build an for their kind and thoughtful Kimball said she would like residential program is pleased to industrial playground set for the donation as well as their support the board to outline a plan for and volunteering of their time,” the property “so five years from announce that it recently received children. “We would like to take this Berger added. “It is greatly now we don’t have to remove a a generous donation from the Fr. Michael J. McGivney Knights of opportunity to thank the mem- appreciated.” memorial.” Columbus Council of St. Joseph Parish in Bridgton. The programs serve children with behavioral and emotional disabilities in the Bridgton comDuring the meeting, one munity. Over the past four years, abutter asked the selectmen to the Knights have built a strong draw the line in the sand and relationship with the program protect the Shoreland Zoning through regular donations and Ordinance. support to program activities “There will be more rec- and programs. reational sites that have been The Knights of Columbus there all along. Those people have long been known for their will come up and point at this annual fundraising and dona(an approved consent agree- tions through the Tootsie Roll ment) as a precedence. This is Drive to support children and not a single issue. There will be adults with cognitive disabilimore,” he said. ties. Don Trafford, another abutter In addition, the council supon Sebago Lake Shore Road, ports many community efforts described the parcel being dis- including the St. Joseph Food Thursday, Dec. 27th edition cussed as a “completely wooded Pantry and their tireless suplot 10 years ago.” port to the Mother Seton House All display advertising due Wed., Dec. 19th at 5 p.m. “In the past 10 years, the lot in Fryeburg, which supports was completely clear-cut and young single mothers and their Editorial copy and classified line ads filled in,” he said. babies. due Mon., Dec, 24th at 9:30 a.m. “If I have a tree in the way on “We are very pleased to be my property, I have to wait for thought of and recognized by The Bridgton News office will be closing at the beavers to cut it,” he said. the Knights of Columbus for our 12:00 noon on Christmas Eve, Mon., Dec. 24th, “I put in a well, and I did work serving children and famiand will be closed Christmas Day, Tues., Dec. 25th everything by the book. This lies in the Bridgton Community,” is a slap in the face for every- said Kurt Berger, program direcWe wish everyone a Safe & Happy Holiday! one who does it by the book,” tor at the Dodge House School. Trafford said. The funds will be used to

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McDonald’s Grand Opening: New business welcome

OFFICIAL WELCOME TO TOWN — Nearly 100 people attended last Friday’s grand opening celebration of the new McDonald’s in Bridgton, located on Lumberyard Drive, off Route 302, across from Hannaford. Taking part in the ribboncutting ceremony were (left to right) Anne Krieg, director of Planning, Economic & Community Development for the Town of Bridgton; Mark Lopez of Lopez Properties, LLC, property developer; McDonald’s owner Edward Roetman; Jim Mains, executive director of the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce; Leslie Roetman, McDonald’s owner; Sharon Hingley and Elaine Kelter, McDonald’s field service representatives; and Mitch Berkowitz, Bridgton town manager. “We are excited about opening our doors in the Bridgton community,” Roetman said. “The creation of jobs in this region, especially with the state of the current economy, is something we can all celebrate. Bridgton is a great place to do business, and we are honored to be working together with so many outstanding individuals who have a shared commitment to this area.” Roetman said nearly 40 employees were hired to staff the new McDonald’s, including 32 service and kitchen crew and six managers. He and his family recently relocated to Bridgton from Lake Placid, N.Y. area, where they previously owned and operated five McDonald’s restaurants. (Rivet Photos)

PITCHING IN — During last Friday’s grand opening celebration at McDonald’s in Bridgton, restaurant owner Edward Roetman presented a check for $1,000 to Bridgton Recreation Advancement Group (BRAG) members Bill Macdonald (center) and Jon Evans. Macdonald pointed out that with the donation, the BRAG effort to develop a sports complex off Route 302 is now 65% funded. The new McDonald’s features a dining room that has seating for more than 40 and includes several over-sized murals of community scenes and events, such as the Mushers Bowl. Customers have access to free Wi-Fi and a flat screen television while dining.

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UNEXPECTED PERFORMANCE — Autumn Lopez, age 3, gave an unscheduled performance of God Bless America, at the conclusion of last Friday’s grand opening celebration at Bridgton’s McDonald’s. She is pictured here with her mother, Tracey Lopez, and McDonald’s owner Edward Roetman. Autumn is the daughter of property developer, Mark Lopez.

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FRYEBURG — The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center continues its Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2012-13 Season with Aida on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors (65-plus) and $18 for students and are available for purchase online at or by calling the Box Office at 935-9232. The theater is located at 18 Bradley Street on the Fryeburg Academy campus. Parking is free. Plan to come early and have lunch in the Eastman Performing Art Center’s beautiful lobby. Beginning at 12 p.m., Lake Region Caterers will be offering a unique variety of fresh sandwiches and hearty soups as well as delicious desserts and other tasty snacks, both sweet and salty. Reservations are recommended, though not required. For reservations contact Lake Region Caterers directly at 7873327 or Also, the Fryeburg Academy Opera Lecture Series continues

on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss Aida. This series, designed to help opera goers prepare for each of the Met operas, is led by Fryeburg Academy’s own opera enthusiast Joe DeVito. Join Joe as he summarizes the plot, introduces the music, shares some reviews and gives an interpretive view of the upcoming Met simulcast. All are welcome, no previous opera knowledge is needed, and admission is free, though donations are appreciated. For more information, call the box office at 935-9232. The Met’s unforgettable production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle with the heroic Radamès, played by Roberto Alagna, and the proud Egyptian princess Amneris, sung by Olga Borodina. Fabio Luisi conducts. Approximate run time: 3 hours, 40 minutes. For more information about the Met Live in HD visit www.

SWEDEN — The Holiday Harmonies and Decadent Desserts event in Sweden on Saturday, Dec. 8 was a joyous event due to the hard work of committee members Kathleen Lyman, Marilyn Smith, Dell Foss, Ursula Duve and Mary Sohl. Thanks go to Alberta Ridlon and Barbara Geneseo, who officiated at the raffle table, with help from Father Craig Hacker. Instrumental and vocal music was provided by Greg HuangDale with Jenny Huang-Dale, Ken and Lori Turley and John Waldie. They played and sang from various locations around the hall starting well before the official opening time of 7 p.m. Raffle items included three sets of greeting cards by Tilla Durr. Miriam Gibely won two sets and Mimi Roy the third. Don and Linda Bradley contributed three certificates to Treehouse Farm Greenhouses. Winners were Cindy Priest, Dell Foss and Lori Turley.  A beautiful lamp was contributed by Gail Bartlett and won by Shirley Crowe.  A handmade hat from handspun wool was contributed by Sue Black and won by Phoebe Crowe.  A handmade wool hat contributed by Jane Gibbons was won by Cailiegh Crowe.  Collin Jardine contributed a

wood sculpture, won by Cindy Gorman. A silk scarf with a dog design was an anonymous gift designed by Laura Bush. Sandy Bell won the scarf.  Beverly Bishop won the wreath donated by Dell Foss.  Stanley Brown won the decorative red glass bowl contributed by Kay Lyman. Cailiegh Crowe won the handmade rag doll contributed by Kay Lyman.  Stanley Brown won a can of nuts. Mary Whitworth made bear cookies, which were won

STANDISH — A generous donor has made an offer to match all Annual Fund donations to Schoolhouse Arts Center in Standish that are received by Saturday, Dec. 15. This is an absolutely fabulous opportunity for Schoolhouse Arts Center to raise money for all those things on its “Wish List.” Most money raised through ticket sales and class tuition goes to paying the Arts Center’s bills and other general expenses. “It seems there is never enough left over to put towards

the items on our Wish List,” said Kristen Watson, president of the SAC board of directors. “Fortunately, everyone at Schoolhouse Arts Center believes in miracles, and this matching donor is definitely a miracle. So, please help us raise as much money as we can to utilize this offer to its fullest.” Don’t forget, your generous donation is tax deductible on your 2012 tax return. Here’s how you can contribute to the Annual Membership Fund: • Visit the website (www.

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Desserts and beverages were contributed by all committee members as well as Miriam Gibley, Barbara Harris, Pietree Orchard and Julie Goodwin of White Wulff Farm. Autumn Johnson helped Kay Lyman with the chocolate fondue. The Sweden Emergency Fund has distributed $4,678.90 for people in need since Jan. 1, 2012. Heating, electricity, food, shelter and repairs have helped these families, most of whom have lost work due to job loss or illness. The total intake from the event was $1,225.

Knitters selling at local craft fairs. If you stop by the library soon, there may still be some knit goods for sale. The library will be closed on Christmas and New Year’s Day. From the week of Dec. 16 through Jan. 5, hours are from 2 to 5 p.m. on Tuesdays, Wednesdays and Thursdays, Dec. 18, 19, 20, 26 and 27 and Jan. 2 and 3; on Saturdays, the hours are from 9:30 a.m. to

12:30 p.m. Dec. 22, 29 and Jan. 5. There may be a possibility of longer hours during some of those weekdays. It is advised to call ahead at 625-4650. The Third Monday Book Discussion group will resume on Jan. 21, from 11 a.m. to noon. The title is to be announced, or call the library. “Like” the library on its Facebook page to view pictures from past events, or visit

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Memories of magical Christmas past Lovell by Ethel Gilmore-Hurst Lovell Correspondent 925-3226

That year, Lux flakes detergent came up with the idea of beating up the flakes in a bowl to make snow for the tree. We decided to try it, so got out the old egg beater, no electric beaters yet, and made a bowl full of snow; it looked like whipped cream. We weren’t sure how long the snow would last, but it was fun putting it on the tree. We started really carefully but it didn’t go quickly, so when Mom wasn’t looking we started to just toss handfuls on the tree. It wasn’t that messy! When we finished with the ornaments, we were quite proud of ourselves, as the tree was beautiful. When Dad got home the light in his eyes and the smile on his face said it all. Merry Christmas to all my family, friends and readers. Note that yesterday was 12/12/12, which will never happen again in our lifetime, as there are only 12 months in a year. The year 2012 hasn’t been the kindest to the Hurst family, but with the help of family and friends, we have survived. I wish I could say that the times we are living in are the kindest, but I did learn about the kindness of the people in both Fryeburg and Lovell with regard to my daughter Robin. One year

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The Christmas season is a sentimental one, and when you reach my age, you have many memories. I remember the year my brother Bill and I donned skis and made our way on a trail through the woods, looking for a Christmas tree. We were going to find it, cut it down, and bring it home to decorate. Our dad worked for the Salvation Army and was away during the week, so we wanted to show him how responsible we were and surprise him with the tree. The moon was shining full on the snow, guiding us where we went. It was so quiet that we sang carols to encourage us on our task. It was dark, but it seemed the moon was helping us to find the perfect tree. When we found one it looked perfect to us, so down it came. My brother tied a rope to it and wrapped the other end around his body so he could drag the tree behind. Yes, we were young (about 10 and 14), and the last hill was tough for us, but we made it, huffing and puffing. Quickly we picked a spot in the living room and set up the tree. While we were working, my mother heated up hot chocolate for us and gave us cookies she’d made that day.

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ago she was going through a medical crisis, but she came through it with strength given to her by generous strangers and friends, for which she and I are still grateful. Every year when the New Suncook School students are reading books for the reading program, they pick one organization that the PTA would make a donation to, according to the amount of books read. For this year the students picked Harvest Hills Animal Shelter as the recipient. The goal this year was 3,500 hours of books read. Everyone joined in the endeavor — students, parents, teachers, brothers and sisters — so that the donation would help Harvest Hills to acquire the pet supplies needed. With all this help, the accumulated reading hours totaled 3,594. Three classes — Mrs. Broyers, Mrs. Johnson and Mrs. Carpenter — accumulated over 400 hours each, with Mrs. Carpenter’s class reading the most, with 498. Of course, Character Day at the School gives the students the opportunity to show off their costumes, taken from the books they read. That is also the day the PTA treats them to sundaes for their effort. Congratulations to all the students, for reading is not only fun, but you’d be surprised how much you learn. Another PTA event that was fantastic was the Santa’s Workshop, held last Saturday at the school. The different tables set up for the students to pick an item they wanted to make themselves were inspiring. The New Suncook School is so fortunate to have such an active PTA that wholly supports the school. They do great work, as does the PKA, who is joining with the PTA and Lovell Rec to hold a Holiday Movie Night on Friday, Dec. 14 from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. It’s very important for the parents to fill out the form sent home with the newsletter or

online, so the number of pizzas needed can be ordered. The Warren B. and John W. McKeen Educational Foundation will award Lovell residents student scholarships to attend a liberal arts or vocational post-secondary school. Those students applying must have been a resident of Lovell for at least one year. John McKeen, who has a fishing derby named for him, was always interested in young people and ways to help them. To apply for a scholarship, the student can get application forms at the Lovell Town Office, at the office of the Foundation Trustee, Peter J. Malia Jr., P.O. Box 290, 376 Main Street, Fryeburg ME 04037 or at the guidance office at Fryeburg Academy. All applications must be turned in by Jan. 31, 2013 to be considered. Don’t forget the Lovell Historical Society raffle of three donated items with a chance for anyone to win a $100 gift certificate to Ebenezer’s Pub, Dinner for Two at the Center Lovell Inn (minus alcohol and gratuity) and a $200 gift certificate for Heating Fuel Purchase. They graciously thank Chris and Jen Lively, Janice Safe and Ginny Roriston for their generosity in donating the items. Don’t forget the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library basket raffle. The library elves every year seem to outdo themselves with each basket having a unique theme. This year the baskets are named Mainly Maine, Forever Flowers, Home Office, Pamper Me, and Be a Sports, which is a children’s basket. All the baskets will be on display in the library, and the drawing will be Dec. 21. Win a lovely gift and support the library and its many programs. The cribbage group at the Charlotte Hobbs Memorial Library will start on Wednesday, Jan. 2.

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Caroling at North Waterford Church NORTH WATERFORD — Rev. Doretta Colburn invites church and community members to meet at the North Waterford Congregational Church Vestry at 2 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16, to go Christmas caroling at the homes of shut-ins and elderly in the North Waterford and Stoneham area. All are welcome to join in this yearly holiday tradition. The North Waterford Church is located on the Five Kezars Road (off Routes 35 and 37, opposite Melby’s Market). Following the caroling, refreshments will be served at the home of Doretta and Ted Colburn at 4 p.m. at Beech Hill Farm & Bison Ranch, located at 630 Valley Road in North Waterford. Even if you are not able to attend the Christmas caroling, everyone is invited to join the Colburns at their home. All members of the local community are invited to attend a Christmas Eve Candlelight Service at 5 p.m. on Monday, Dec. 24 at the North Waterford Church, to celebrate the Christmas story and enjoy traditional Christmas music. The service will be conducted by Rev. Doretta Colburn. Sunday church services are being held at the North Waterford church through the winter months. Choir practice is held at 9 a.m. each Sunday.

Brownfield rec news BROWNFIELD — Brownfield Recreation is sponsoring skiing lessons at King Pine Ski Area on Sundays starting Jan. 6, 2013, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Parents must attend with children, and you do not need to attend all five weeks, but can pay as you go. Cost is $5 for the bunny slope (no lift) or $15 for the lift. Lessons will be provided free, compliments of rec volunteers Dan Patterson and Rhonda and Jake Jacobson. Rentals will be available if needed, and fees will be paid directly to King Pine. All ages are welcome. Mark your calendars for Brownfield Recreation’s 3rd Annual Winter Carnival, to be held on Saturday, Jan. 26. There’ll be sled dog rides, horse-drawn sleigh rides, ice skating, snowball fight, a snow castle competition, sledding, hot cocoa, and a yummy lunch. Contact Terri Vaughan for more details at 935-3029. Only 10% of newspapers are still independently owned. ‘The News’ supports our community each and every day.

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LHS new book for sale at Christmas open house

USHERING IN THE HOLIDAY SEASON — On Nov. 26, the Bridgton Hospital Guild members, along with community members, gathered round the Christmas tree located on the hospital campus for their annual tree lighting.

Bridgton Hospital Guild hosts tree lighting The Bridgton Hospital Guild officially lighted their outside “Tree of Love” for the holidays on Monday, Nov. 26. Led by Bridgton Congregational Church Choirmaster Carolyn Stanhope, the large fir tree located at the side of the new Bridgton Hospital was lighted by Guild President, Sandra Weygandt. Guild members, community members, employees and, yes, even Santa, were present with great choral spirit! This was followed by hot chocolate and homemade cookies at the Guild Twitchell Café Coffee Shop. The Bridgton Hospital Guild inside “Tree of Love” will be in the lobby throughout December. The Tree of Love inside is decorated with clear glass bulbs in memory or honor of loved ones. A holiday light can be purchased for $5 (or more!) in memory or honor of anyone you wish. They

are available in the Guild coffee shop, Guild thrift shop, hospital lobby, or by sending your check and details of the memorial/honoree to BH Guild, 10 Hospital Dr., Bridgton ME 04009. The Bridgton Hospital Guild is a 501(c)3 charitable organization, whose mission is to “render service to Bridgton Hospital

and its patients through ways approved/proposed by the governing board.” All fundraising of the not-for-profit organization benefits the patients of Bridgton Hospital. Gifts to the organization are tax-deductible.




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LOVELL — The Lovell Historical Society will be holding a Christmas Open House at the 1838 Kimball-Stanford House this Sunday, Dec. 16 from 1 to 4 p.m. Available for sale that day will be the Society’s newest publication, A History of West Lovell. In addition to the book sale and signing, the KimballStanford House will be decorated for the holidays and the museum exhibit will be open, featuring its permanent display. An assortment of holiday “goodies” will be offered in the Bakeshop along with free refreshments for all. Additionally, children will have the opportunity to decorate gingerbread men and several local businesses will be exhibiting their wares. Also available is the opportunity to win one of three raffle prizes: $200 gift certificate for heating fuel (oil, propane, or wood); $100 gift certificate to Ebenezer’s Pub, and dinner for two (minus alcohol and gratuity) at the Center Lovell Inn. Tickets for the raffle are $5 for a book of six or $1 each. The raffle drawing will be held at 3 p.m. on Sunday. Tickets may be purchased either at the Historical Society or the Lovell




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BALDWIN Fri., Dec. 14 — Mount Etna Grange #147, Christmas party, 6 p.m. potluck supper, home of Glenn & Norma Haines. Contest entries due; bring donation to Baldwin Food Pantry. BRIDGTON Thur., Dec. 13 — Songo Garden Club, noon, Tom’s Homestead. FMI: 221-0706. Thur., Dec. 13 — Annual Silver Tea, all women invited, 2 to 3 p.m., Methodist Church, Main St. FMI: 693-3476. Fri., Dec. 14 — Trip by Landmark Human Resources to see Magic of Christmas, by Portland Symphony Orchestra, 2 p.m., Merrill Auditorium, Portland. Bus leaves Community Center parking lot 11:45 a.m., returns 5:30 p.m. FMI: 6478396. Fri., Dec. 14 — Kids pajama movie, Polar Express, w/Santa visit, treats, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m., No. Bridgton Library. FMI: 647856y3. Sat., Dec. 15 — Hike in Pondicherry Park by LELT, begins 9 a.m. from kiosk behind Magic Lantern. FMI: 647-4352. Sat., Dec. 15 — Breakfast with Santa, CHIP event, 7 to 10 a.m., Masonic Lodge, Rte. 117. Sat., Dec. 15 — Bottle Drive & food pantry collection by Fryeburg Academy students, free popcorn, 9 a.m. to noon, Magic Lantern Theater. Hurricane Sandy relief effort. Sun., Dec. 16 — Family Christmas Program, 10:30 a.m., followed by potluck dinner, Bridgton Alliance Church, Rte. 117. Sun., Dec. 16 — Pancake Brunch by Lake Region Knights of Columbus, 11 a.m., St. Joseph Catholic Church, 225 So. High St. BROWNFIELD Sat., Dec. 15 — Benefit Dance for family of Helen Button, 8 p.m. to midnight, Brownfield Lions Den, Rtes. 5 & 113.



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NORWAY — Jim Douglas, BA, M.Ed, is leaving Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice to become the new director of Healthy Oxford Hills, a Healthy Maine Partnership and a program of Stephens Memorial Hospital. Jim lives in Norway with his wife Patti-Ann, their cat and two dogs. They have two sons who currently reside in Portland. Douglas has over 25 years of experience in a variety of human services positions in Maine, and has worked for the past eight years as the Bereavement Supervisor at Androscoggin Home Care and Hospice. He received a bachelor’s degree from Middlebury College in Vermont and earned his master’s degree in Education from the University of Maine in Orono. He has lectured, held workshops and training sessions and taught courses at Central Maine Community College. Douglas was also an adjunct professor at New Hampshire Technical Institute. As the hospice organization’s Bereavement Supervisor, Douglas was responsible for program development and expansion, staff and volunteer supervision and funding to support growing services for over 1,000 hospice patients and families each year. He is looking forward to working in the Oxford Hills area with community members, developing and delivering programs to improve the Jim Douglas health and well-being of Oxford County.

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Library patrons should be aware that the library is kept open by volunteers and may occasionally be closed due to inclement winter weather. Call ahead, 583-2050, to be sure the library is open if the weather is questionable.

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Christmas Services

Local Events Polar Express reading for kids

Kids, put on your pajamas and join Mrs. Claus for a reading of The Polar Express on Friday, Dec. 14, from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the North Bridgton Library. Be ready for a special surprise, along with treats, goodies and free pictures with Mrs. Claus. For more information, call 647-8563.

Breakfast with Santa, CHIP event

The Oriental Lodge will be holding a Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 7 to 10 a.m. at the lodge hall, Route 117 towards Harrison. The menu will be scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes, home fries, sausage and coffee cake. Price is $7 for adults, kids at no charge. Also that morning, the Masons will be running, for free, CHIP (Child Identification Program) for any parents who would like to have a child take part. All identifying items generated at a CHIP event are placed in a pack and given to the parent or guardian to take home for safekeeping. If their child becomes missing, the pack can then be provided to law enforcement to aid in recovery and identification.

Aida on tap at Leura Eastman

FRYEBURG —The Metropolitan Opera Live in HD Presents Aida on Saturday, Dec. 15, from 1 to 5 p.m. at the Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on the Fryeburg Academy campus. The Met’s unforgettable production of Verdi’s ancient Egyptian drama stars Liudmyla Monastyrska as the enslaved Ethiopian princess caught in a love triangle. For ticket prices to the opera, contact the box office at 935-9232 or visit www. There is a lunch before the show, for which reservations are requested. Call Lake Region Caterers at 787-3327 or

Santa will attend Harrison breakfast

HARRISON — The Harrison VFW Post, on the Waterford Road in Harrison, will be holding its popular breakfast from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the post on Route 35. Santa will attend the breakfast, which features scrambled eggs, French toast, pancakes, biscuits and gravy, bacon, sausage, home fries, fruit cup, sweet breads, orange juice, and beverage. Donations will be accepted.

Knight’s popular Pancake Brunch

The Lake Region Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly will hold a Pancake Brunch on Sunday, Dec. 16, at 11 a.m. in the St. Joseph Catholic Church Parish Hall, 225 South High Street, Bridgton, The menu will be pancakes, scrambled eggs, bacon or sausage and beverages. Cost is $8 per person, $5 for children.

If you wish to have your local church listed, please submit information by Monday, Dec. 17 at 5 p.m.

BRIDGTON St. Joseph Catholic Church Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Masses at 4 and 9 p.m.; Dec. 25: Christmas Day Mass at 8:30 a.m. South Bridgton Congregational Church Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Service, 11:30 p.m.; Bridgton Alliance Church Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, 6:30 p.m.; St. Peter’s Episcopal Church Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Pageant and Eucharist Service, 4:30 p.m. Dec. 25: Christmas Day Service & Holy Eucharist, 9 a.m. CASCO Casco Village Church UCC Dec. 24: Family-friendly service, 7 p.m.; O Holy Night Candlelight Communion Service, 9 p.m. FRYEBURG St. Elizabeth Ann Seton Catholic Church

Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Mass Candlelight Service, 5 p.m. at 6:30 p.m. HARRISON United Parish Congregational Church of Harrison and N. Bridgton Dec. 24: Christmas Eve Service of readings & carols, 5 p.m., Community Room, Harrison Fire Station. LOVELL

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Les Troyens live opera at LHEPAC FRYEBURG — The Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center continues its Metropolitan Opera Live in HD 2012-13 season with Les Troyens on Saturday, Jan. 5, from 12 to 5:30 p.m. Tickets are $26 for adults, $23 for seniors (65-plus) and $18 for students and are available for purchase online at or by calling the box office at 935-9232. The theater is locat-

ed at 18 Bradley Street on the Fryeburg Academy campus. Parking is free. Plan to come early and have lunch in the Eastman Performing Art Center’s beautiful lobby. Beginning at 11 a.m., Lake Region Caterers will be offering a unique variety of fresh sandwiches and hearty soups as well as delicious desserts and other tasty snacks, both sweet and salty. Reservations are recommended,

though not required. For reservations contact Lake Region Caterers directly at 787-3327 or Also, the Fryeburg Academy Opera Lecture Series continues on Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2013 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. to discuss Les Troyens. This series, designed to help operagoers prepare for each of the Met Operas, is led by Fryeburg Academy’s own opera enthusiast Joe DeVito. Join Joe as

Christmas Sing-along in Raymond Village

RAYMOND — The public is invited to a Christmas Singalong on Sunday, Dec. 16, from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. at the Raymond Village Community Church, 27 Main Street (Route 121 just north of Route 302), in Raymond Village. There’ll be no service, no sermon, no collection — just all the old favorites from all traditions and all ages, led by the church’s new Music Director, Karen Strange. If you love the songs and carols of Christmas, you’ll love this. For more information, contact the church office at 655-7749.

he summarizes the plot, introduces the music, shares some reviews and gives an interpretive view of the upcoming Met simulcast. All are welcome, no previous opera knowledge is needed, and admission is free, though donations are appreciated. For more information, call the box office at 935-9232. The Met offers a rare opportunity to witness Berlioz’s vast epic, last performed at the Met in 2003. Deborah Voigt, Susan Graham, Marcello Giordani, and Dwayne Croft lead the starry cast, portraying characters from the Trojan War. Met Principal Conductor Fabio Luisi marshals the large-scale musical forces. Approximate run time: five hours. For more information about the Met Live in HD visit www.

Christmas Caroling in Harrison Village

HARRISON — The Harrison Seventh-day Adventist Church, located at 2 Naples Road, invites the public to an evening of fun and fellowship. Friends and neighbors will meet at the church on Friday, Dec. 21 at 5:30 p.m. for Christmas Caroling in the village, then return to the church’s fellowship room for holiday refreshments. On Saturday, Dec. 22 at 4 p.m., the church will have a vespers program, which will include The Christmas Story, and a social to follow. All are welcome. For more information, call Sue at 583-2560 or Coreen at 693-4047.

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All you quilters, or those who’d like to learn, start your New Year off right and come join the Chickadee Quilters, an energetic and creative group. They just held an enjoyable holiday party at the home of Dodie Hennings Thursday, where food, songs, gifts and laughter abounded. The first meeting of the New Year will be held on Thursday, Jan. 3, at 7 p.m. at the Bridgton Community Center. For more information, e-mail

CHARLIE BROWN CHRISTMAS — The Heather Pierson Quartet (left to right, Shawn Nadeau, bass; Heather Pierson, piano and vocals; Joe Aliperti, alto and tenor sax; and Matty Bowman, drums) will bring “A Charlie Brown Christmas” to Fryeburg Academy’s Leura Hill Eastman Performing Arts Center on Friday, Dec. 14 at 7:30 p.m. and to Norway’s First Universalist Church on Sunday, Dec. 16 at 3 p.m. Tickets and more information are available at

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Pushed to limit on opening night By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer POLAND — Tiana-Jo Carter had had enough. She was tired of being pushed from behind and not getting the benefit of a foul call. She was frustrated that her short jump shot was off the mark most of the night, seemingly rattling every part of the rim for three quarters. She showed something one rarely sees from the 6-foot-2 junior center, who will offer an opponent a helping hand when knocked to the floor — an angry streak. It was a good thing Tiana got mad. After trailing Poland for three quarters on opening night, the allconference center took control of the game, scoring 6 points, collecting 6 rebounds and blocking 3 shots as the Lakers rallied for a 49-38 victory. Carter finished with 12 points, 10 blocked shots and 22 rebounds. “Our girls showed tremendous resiliency on a night where some of our players had to take RYAN BUZZELL locks up an opponent during Saturday’s Fryeburg Academy Invitational held at Wadsworth Arena. Buzzell on additional duties that they placed second overall in the 138-pound weight class. (Rivet Photos) were not necessarily ready to perform,” Laker Coach Paul True said. “Our senior leadership ultimately came through for us.” The Knights seemed primed to upset the defending Class B West champs — something the school has never done in its 13year existence. FRYEBURG — As fans filed Ryan Buzzell, FA, second place. Poland shot the ball extremely into the Wadsworth Arena Saturday Buzzell defeated Emery Wilson well in the first half as Michaella for the Fryeburg Academy by decision 17-5, and was pinned Arsenault (16 points) and Hope Invitational, one got a quick sense by Gambino at 2:43. that the Raider wrestling team was 145: Jake Thurston, FA, first headed for a very good day. place. Thurston pinned Brendon Five FA wrestlers recorded pins Tervo of Oak Hill, pinned Stewart in the opening matches of the Buzzell of Monmouth at 5:02, and day. When the final clock reached decisioned Danny Moreshead of zero, Fryeburg’s Jake Thurston, CJ Madison 8-2. Bartlett, Forrest Stearns and Ian 152: Cody Soucier, Madison, By Wayne E. Rivet McFawn each won their respec- first place; Jesse McNally, Noble, Staff Writer tive weight classes. second place; Matt Boucher, FA, FRYEBURG — For Coach Here’s the top Raider finishers third place. Boucher lost his first Sean Watson, two stats told in each weight class: match against Jesse McNally of the story as to why his Raiders 120: Jake Gagne, Biddeford, Noble, but came back with a pin girls’ basketball team just quite first place; Conor Smith, FA, sec- of Sam Woodard of Oak Hill in couldn’t get over the hump ond place. Smith recorded a pin of 1:38 and earned a 12-0 decision Ahmed Adman of Deering in 52 over Angus Koller of Monmouth BILLY RASCOE of Fryeburg Academy gains the upperhand against Falmouth. 36, as in turnovers against seconds. Smith lost to Gagne by to capture third place. against an Oak Hill wrestler during Saturday’s Invitational. the Yachtsmen’s press — 12 an 11-7 decision. 160: CJ Bartlett, FA, first 126: Lucas Dion, Massabesic, place; Nick Darling, Deering, place. Stearns defeated teammate place. Henschel won his first match in the opening eight minutes, first place; Zach Sheehan, FA, sec- second place; Zach McGrath, Willy McFawn with a pin at 4:19, against Sam Ezzy of Deering with which FA scored just 4 points ond place. Sheehan pinned Brady Massabesic, third place; Patrick pinned Alex Haskell of Biddeford a pin at 2:45, lost a 14-7 decision and 11 in the second quarter. 43, the number of times Waterman of Noble in his first Moody, FA, fourth place. Bartlett at 3:09 and defeated Hank Richards to Derek Vermette of Biddeford, match in 41 seconds, earned a pinned Dakota Fogg of Noble in of Deering in the finals. pinned Bruce Hill of Massabesic Falmouth went to the foul line, technical fall (18-3) against Will 42 seconds, pinned Zach McGrath 182: Bruce Goodrich, Noble, at 1:23 and earned third place compared to the Raiders’ 24. Livermore of Biddeford, but lost of Massabesic in 55 seconds and first place; Derek Vermette, with a 9-8 decision over Matt Fortunately, the Yachtsmen were 3-of-12 in the first quardefeated Nick Darling of Deering Biddeford, second place; Trevor McLaughlin of Madison. to Dion in the finals by decision. 138: James Gambino, in the finals. Henschel, FA, third place; Matt 195: Ian McFawn, FA, first ter, but they improved in the second half, connecting on 16170: Forrest Stearns, FA, first McLaughlin, Madison, fourth Monmouth Academy, first place; WRESTLING, Page C of-22, which ultimately kept Fryeburg from inching back into the contest. Despite 17-second half points by junior center Skye Dole, the Raiders fell short in their comeback attempt, 5949 to drop to 0-2 on the season. Dole led all scorers with 23 points and hauled down a game-high 12 rebounds. “We had 20-plus turnovers in the first half, which makes it tough for us to compete,” By Wayne E. Rivet FA Coach Sean Watson said. Staff Writer “A positive is that our girls POLAND — Sam Smith competed from the beginning has worked hard to improve to the end of the game.” his shooting release. Watson added that the It looked pretty good on Raiders struggled against opening night. Falmouth’s zone, “something The junior point guard sank that really shouldn’t happen.” two long-range 3-pointers to “We need to do a better job close out the first and second recognizing it, reversing the quarters and scored a teamball and breaking it down,” high 18 points to lead Lake he said. Region to a solid 53-48 victory last Friday night at Poland. Smith tied Poland’s Alan Young for evening scoring honors. Young led the Knights with eight rebounds. In a gritty battle, Smith tallied four treys while the Lakers BEN CHAINE of Lake Region (right) picks up Poland ballhandler Derek Michaud at halfheld a 7-0 advantage in long court during last Friday’s season opener. Chaine scored 13 points to help lead the Lakers to a FRYEBURG — Walker (Rivet Photo) Mallory sank three 3-pointers balls, while the Knights had 53-48 victory on the road. a slight lead in rebounding, against Poland’s dynamic our balance and we do have he’s a sophomore. Not bad, I’d and was the only Raider to 32-30. Ultimately, the differ- guard CJ Martin, and Mike depth, which I think you will say,” Coach Yorkey said. “CJ reach double digits on opening ence was the Lakers’ ability to Triglione’s inside work, which see as the season progresses. did score 14, but very few of night as Fryeburg Academy fell knock down big shots every resulted in nine rebounds and We have emphasized rebound- those points were scored in the to York 54-35 last Friday. time the Knights made a come- 11 points. York built a 16-7 lead after ing as a team with consistent half court against Quinn. CJ back bid. “The kids worked hard and technique by each player.” had to work very hard just to one quarter and took a 12-point LR Coach J.P. Yorkey they followed our game plan. Piland paced the Lakers’ catch the ball, and often times advantage into the halftime praised the overall team effort We were a bit sloppy in the rebounding effort with 11. Quinn was able to prevent CJ break. The Raiders were held to turned in by his squad, from beginning, but our defense “Quinn had an amazing game from catching, even on plays single-digit scoring in three of Smith and fellow guard Ben and timely shots allowed us to defensively guarding their best that were for him with multiple the four quarters. Chaine connecting on big establish and maintain the lead player, CJ Martin, almost the screens to get him open. Quinn Meanwhile, the Cats had shots to stingy defense turned for the rest of the game,” Coach whole game. A double-double hustled through the screens and three players reach double digit in by sophomore Quinn Piland Yorkey said. “Our strength is in his first varsity start, and scoring with 11, 11 and 17 LAKERS, Page C

Four Raiders pin down top honors

LAKERS 49 Tiana-Jo Carter 5-212, Kate Cutting 1-2-4, Savannah Devoe 2-3-7, Kayleigh Lepage 2-0-5, Sarah Hancock 2-0-5, CeCe Hancock 1-3-6, Kelsey Winslow 1-8-10, Miranda Chadbourne, Lucy Fowler, Spencer True. Totals: 14-1849. 3-pointers: Lepage, S. Hancock, C. Hancock. FT 18-40. Turnovers: 23. POLAND 38 Michaella Arsenault 5-416, Emily Bolduc 3-3-10, Hope Kohtala 1-0-3, Melora Lavoie 1-0-2, Brittina Maheux 1-0-3, Kayla Yirrell 2-0-4, Amanda Gibson, Aliyah Gregory, Renee Reid, Lindsay Theriault. Totals: 137-38. 3-pointers: Arsenault 2, Bolduc, Kohtala, Maheux. FT 7-14. Turnovers: 19. Kohtala each connected for 3pointers in the closing minute to give the Knights a 10-8 lead. “We expected a physical game, and that’s what we got,” Coach True said. “They (Poland) ESCAPE, Page C

Turnovers put Raiders in a hole

Smith delivers key big LR shots

RAIDERS 49 Skye Dole 7-9-23, Sydney Charles 2-2-6, Lexi L’Heureux-Carland 3-0-6, Julia Quinn 1-0-2, Kendra Fox 2-4-8, Sarah Welch 12-4, Ellen Bacchiocchi, Makayla Frost. Totals: 1617-49. 3-pointers: 0. FT 1724. Turnovers: 36. Rebounds: Dole 12, Fox 7, Welch 2, Bacchiocchi 4, Charles 7, L’Heureux-Carland 4. FALMOUTH 59 Ally Hickey 5-5-17, Maddie Inlow 5-1-11, Anna Hickey 1-8-10, Dayna Vasconcelos 2-6-10, Jessica Burton 2-0-4, Molly Ryan 1-1-3, Erica Pugsley 01-1, Emma Powers 0-1-1. Totals: 17-23-59. 3-pointers: A. Hickey 2. FT 23-43. Turnovers: 14. Falmouth was able to break FA pressure most of the night with quick passes down the sidelines, often resulting in lay-ups or foul calls. “They (Falmouth) are well coached and athletic,” Coach Watson said. “When we do press under the right circumTURNOVERS, Page C

Raiders struggle on offensive end

points. For the Raiders, Alex Lazic scored 6 points, Alex Blake 4, Winston Richards 3, Tyler Saunders 2, Nick L’HeureuxCarland 2, Bright Amoako 2 and Ryan Gullikson 1. On Tuesday night, the Raiders managed just 12 first half points as Falmouth rolled to a 28-point lead en route to a 83-33 win. Mallory paced the Raiders with 9 points — all 3-pointers. RAIDER, Page C

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LR girls escape

FA wrestling recap (Continued from Page C)

place. McFawn pinned Mason Moody of Madison in 34 seconds, pinned Nick Ackerman of Biddeford in 39 seconds and pinned Jamel Durrani of Noble for first place. 220: Travis Walton, Massabesic, first place; Sasha KurlychekGodard, Biddeford, second place; Angel Escalante, FA, third place; Matt Kelisiec, Deering, fourth place. Escalante recorded two pins, was pinned by Travis Walton of Massabesic in 21 seconds, earned a 7-3 decision over Paul Harris of Monmouth, and captured third place with a pin of Matt Keusiec of Deering in 2:22. 285: Ryan Malcolm, Madison, first place; Andrew Lyman, FA, second place; John Deloach, Deering, third place; Jordan Drain, Massabesic, fourth place. Lyman pinned Sean Copp of Noble in 2:41, pinned Kyler Czerepanyn of Monmouth in 1:16, was pinned by champion Ryan Malcolm in 2:33. Next: The Raiders travel to Mountain Valley on Saturday, Dec. 15 for the McDonald’s Invitational. The match begins at 9 a.m. The Raiders then travel to Lisbon on Wednesday, Dec. 19 to meet the Greyhounds and Madison at 6 p.m.

GEARING UP FOR THEIR FIRST INDOOR MEET — Members of the Fryeburg Academy Indoor Track & Field team are preparing for their opener set for Jan. 4. Members are pictured here with Coach Kevin McDonald (back left) and Assistant Coach Bob Collins (back right)

Winter preview: Indoor Track & Field Head Coach: Kevin McDonald Assistant Coach: Bob Collins Outlook: Fifty-two athletes turned out for the first two weeks of workouts. “Some are still sore, but they are all still here,” Coach McDonald said. On the girls’ side, the Raiders look very strong in mid distance, distance, sprinting, shot put, pole vault and the high jump. “Hurdles and jumps will need development. Relays look strong as well,” the coach said. “I hope we can match last year’s success. Time will tell.” Athletes to watch include Jamie Gullikson (senior), Emily Heggie (senior), Bailey Friedman (junior), Izzy Hodgeman/Burns (junior), Anna Lastra (freshman) and Oriagna Inirio (freshman). Other girls on the roster include: senior Jen Perry; juniors Danae Dostie and Ahn Doung; sophomores Liz Grzyb, Kiara Duran, Francesca Llanos. Angie Monegro and Jasmine Vargas; freshmen Abby Davis,

Erika Dennery, M o l l y Euklund, M a r t a Ferreire, Ariel Fogden, Esme Hernedez, H a n n a h H o w a r d , Emmelena Stanhope and Faith Pelkie. On the boys’ side, Fryeburg Academy could have a “fantastic year.” “This team shows talent and lots of it. We are very strong in the sprints, mid distance, distance and relays,” Coach McDonald said. “We hope to develop in the jumps, hurdles and shot put. We have only had one boy on the podium at States, Scot Plekie in the shot put last year. This year we could have a boys and girls team right in the mix at States.” Athletes to watch include Devine Dockery (senior), Eric Hannes (junior), TJ Rose (sophomore), Jared Schrader (junior), Wayne Smith (junior),

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(Continued from Page C) came out pretty loose and shot the ball very well in the first half.” With all-conference guard Sydney Hancock out due to a hamstring injury, Lake Region struggled mightily, turning the ball over nine times in eight minutes. The Knights doubled and triple teamed Carter in the low post, holding her to just 2 points. Carter picked up two quick fouls and was forced to the bench. It was a whistle fest as officials called 14 fouls over the first eight minutes. Poland junior guard Emily Bolduc took over in the second quarter, draining a 3-pointer and scoring 9 points to lead the Knights to a surprising 28-20 halftime lead. The Lakers managed to stay in striking range because of solid play from senior forward Savannah Devoe, who had 5 points and 5 rebounds (9 rebounds for the game), and sophomore guard Sarah Hancock, who knocked down a 3-pointer to make it a 17-14 deficit and hauled down 4 rebounds. Freshman CeCe Hancock also swished a 3-pointer with 3:41 left in the half to close the gap to 21-20, but the Knights finished the half with a 7-0 run as Melora Lavoie scored on an offensive rebound, Brittina Maheux netted a 3-pointer from the corner and Bolduc converted two foul shots. “Even though we were down, I didn’t sense any panic, nervousness or shock. I think our kids were more disappointed in how we played in the first half,” Coach True said. “We knew we had to pick it up in the second half, and they did.” What else could go wrong for the Lakers? Coach True had to do some serious backcourt juggling when starter Sarah Hancock collapsed near the LR bench just after the team returned from the halftime break. The sophomore suffered from an anxiety attack, as well as another ailment. With reserve CeCe Hancock saddled with four fouls, True revamped his line-up, and received quality minutes from seniors Kayleigh Lepage and Kate Cutting. Carter sparked the comeback with six points and Cutting drained a jumper with 1:18 left in the third as the Lakers tied the game 30-30. Poland responded with hoops by Kayla Yirrell and Arsenault (a trey) over the final minute to regain the lead, 35-30. After a quiet three quarters (no points), LR senior forward Kelsey Winslow finally rediscovered her shooting touch. Winslow scored all 10 of her points in the final quarter, including eight from the foul stripe, to lead the Lakers to the comeback victory. Carter tied the game at 37-37 by sinking one of two foul shots with 4:17 left. Devoe then sparked a 12-1 run by delivering a perfect pass to Winslow for a lay-up. Lepage connected on a jumper from the right wing for a 4-point lead, and momentum had clearly shifted. After a Poland air ball, Knight Coach Darren Littlefield called time out. It didn’t help. Poland remained ice cold from the outside, while the Lakers shook off early poor free throw shooting to convert 8-of-12 in the final 2 minutes to ice the victory. “In that fourth quarter, we played like we’ve been in big games before. We got some big plays from Kayleigh and Savannah. They both played extremely well in a tough situation. Several kids got some valuable varsity experience in this game, which should give them more confidence as the season goes along.” Lakers roll past Yarmouth Opening night was a hardly memorable one for Kelsey Winslow and Sarah Hancock. Tuesday, however, is one that left them smiling. Winslow scored a career-high 36 points and Hancock chipped in 20 as the Lakers improved to 2-0 with a 77-53 victory at Yarmouth (02). The Lakers opened a 21-8 lead in the first and enjoyed a 37-20 halftime advantage. But, the Clippers — which had three players reach double figures, led by center Sean Cahill with 14 points — cut into the deficit with a 21-13 run. The Lakers responded with a solid fourth quarter, outscoring the Clips 27-12. LR scorers were: Miranda Chadbourne 6, Tiana-Jo Carter 5 and Savannah Devoe 4. Kate Cutting and Spencer True each netted a 3-pointer. Up next: The Lakers (2-0) host Waynflete tonight, Thursday, Dec. 13 at 7 p.m. and Freeport on Saturday, Dec. 15 at 6 p.m. The Lakers travel to Gray-New Gloucester on Tuesday, Dec. 18 for a 5:30 p.m. game.

Regional sports Winter preview: Varsity cheerleading Head Coach: Ashleigh London, sixth year Co-Coaches: Kelley Tibbetts and Samantha Scarf Top Returnees: Sarah Curley, Kassandra Girard, Rashawnda Currier, Carley Watts, Frances Kimball, Jackie Laurent, Kacie Tripp and Mikayla Fortin. Top Newcomers: Rachel Davis, Jessica Chabot and Aime Worcester. Team Members: Elizabeth Mitchell, Emily Secord, Brittany Perreault, Ashton Anderson, Adrianna Merrill and Faith Duquette. Team strengths: “We have many strengths as a team this season and I’m so excited to see where these strengths bring us this year,” Coach London said. “We have strong jumpers, tumbling that is improving every day, and more advanced stunting techniques than we’ve had in the past. All of these aspects, combined with the dancing skills and positive attitudes of these athletes should make for a successful season.” Keys to this season: Commitment, dedication and communication. “We, as coaches, expect 100% commitment from every one of the girls. In order to get to where we want to go as a team this season, we are pushing stronger attendance at both practices and games and requiring the girls to be responsible should

For the team to be successful, we must… “For the team to be successful, we, as coaches, must require more from each member to make sure they are working to their highest potential every single day. We have many strong athletes this season so we’re excited to see what we can accomplish in the next few months,” the coach said. “To be successful, especially when the first competition rolls around, we want to make sure the girls stay motivated. It’s very important that during those early Saturday morning practices, the girls keep the big picture in mind and work their very hardest at every practice.” What do you like most about this year’s team? Coaches like the strong sense of unity and positivity. “Even for being a new team, the girls have come together so much already and they are always pushing each other to succeed, helping each other out with skills or choreography, and having a good time while working as a group,” Coach London said. “We’ve also loved seeing how motivated they are to fund raise for new uniforms. We’ve had various successful fundraisers and the girls feel they’re getting closer and closer to their goal each time. We’re so pumped for this year and we’re so thankful for the support we’ve gotten.”

they miss a practice by making them up outside of scheduled practice times,” Coach London said. “The dedication we are seeing from this group has improved quite a bit since the fall season and we hope it continues to get better. There is always room to improve on communication and having many parents, a much bigger team, three coaches, as well as a tumbling coach/competition choreographer, makes it slightly more difficult to

ensure we all stay on the same page. We do our best and we require the same from the team members when it comes to communicating any issues to their coaches.” What impressed you during preseason? What impressed London and other coaches was the amount of interest they saw from girls wanting to join cheerleading. “It was so refreshing to see girls coming from other sports wanting to try something new and advancing so quickly in such a short amount of time,” Coach London said.

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Winter preview: Indoor Track & Field Head Coach: Mark Snow, fifth year Assistant Coach: Dana Caron, third year Volunteer Assistant: Eric Hall, second year GIRLS’ TRACK & FIELD Roster: Seniors, Julia Carlson 800m, shot put; Victoria Girardin, distance; Kayla Gray, 800m, 1600m; Emily Hemingway, sprints; Sarah Hemingway, sprints; Molly Hook, shot put, 55m; Leanne Kugelman, sprints; Mascha Kuhlmann, 400m, 800m; Maude Meeker, 800m, hurdles; Kristina Morton, 800m, shot put; Hannah Perkins, sprints, relays; Luna Zhang, sprints, jumps. Juniors, Amy Angelone, sprints, relays; Zoe Barrett, middle distance; Dani LaPointe, 800m, shot put; Elizabeth Schreiber, long jump, 400m; Courtney Yates, jumps, sprints. Sophomores, Kate Hall, sprints, long jump; Julie Lent, middle distance; Bridgette Letarte, sprints; Natasha Snow, shot put, sprints; Rachel Stofflet, shot put, 400m. Freshmen, Audrey Blais, 400m, 800m; Zoe Snow, shot put, jumps. Top returnees: Kate Hall won the league and state titles in the long jump, 55 meters and 200 meters; Hannah Perkins placed sixth in the 800m at the State Meet and ran the 1000 meters at the New Englands; Kristina Morton and Maude Meeker scored over 20 points in last year’s regular season. Top newcomers: LR coaches are excited to add Molly Hook, Kayla Gray and Courtney Yates from the outdoor team to complement veterans Julia Carlson, Elizabeth Schreiber and Dani LaPointe from last year’s indoor team. Team strengths: “Our top strength is that we have two of

the top sprinters in the league. Kate is the best around and Hannah was a wide range of abilities,” Coach Snow said. “The middle distance group and shot putters should also score consistently during the regular season.” Question marks: How to cover all 21 events during the regular season? “I don’t think we can and I don’t want the girls to worry about that. Training during the indoor season is tough. Adding a new

event is even tougher,” Coach Snow said. What events to have Hannah and the other runners enter in the meets? “We are tentatively planning on Hannah primarily running the 400 meters. This will allow most of the other girls to run the 800 meters and possibly the mile,” the coach said. “We can also rotate girls in the 4x800m relay as we have quite a few interested.” What has impressed you during the preseason? “I have been impressed with how both teams have accepted our increase in conditioning drills and weight training,” Coach Snow said. “We have a few new routines and the team has not complained once.” Keys to the season (for both squads): Stay healthy. It’s been said many times by many coaches of many sports — Have a healthy team and you will have a successful, satisfying season. Also, will the increase in conditioning

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Laker basketball (Continued from Page C) still denied passes or was able to contest the shots. Quinn had a huge blocked shot down the stretch. It was a standard wing closeout situation, CJ pulled up for a jump shot. Quinn stayed right with him, and used his length to make a clean block. Great effort.” With an undersized front line, LR also received solid glass work from Cody Gibbons (seven rebounds) and Triglione. “Cody did an excellent job keeping his man off the offensive glass, by consistently establishing and maintaining good position. This is something that he has improved on significantly in practice since our opening scrimmage with Oxford Hills,” Coach Yorkey said. “Mike surprised me last summer with his interior defense as he has been mostly a perimeter defense for the last two years. Now, he needs to help us out inside as we have lost our top three inside defender players from last season. Mike had a good all around game handling the ball for us as needed, creating for others, defense and rebounding, and he hit some huge shots. Nick Hall also looked good inside, I thought.” The Lakers fell behind 4-1, but Chaine drained a 3-pointer to tie the game. Both Smith and Chaine put pressure on the Knights’ interior defense, resulting in early foul trouble for forward Josh Gary, connecting on driving hoops to tie the game at 8-8. Smith put LR up with a trey at the buzzer. Smith continued to shoot the ball well in the second, knocking down a 3-ball from the corner with 16.4 seconds left and then drilled another trey with 1.2 seconds on the clock for a 25-22 Laker lead at the half. The Lakers enjoyed the game’s biggest lead at 158 after two Piland hoops, but seven turnovers in the quarter opened the door for the Knights to tie the game at 15, 17 and 22. Martin and Young each scored 4 points during the rally. “We have a lot of good guards. Sam and Ben played well. They both had great offseaons and also have two years of varsity experience under their belts. Sam had a good all around game. He shot the ball well, handled the point well when he needed to, went to the basket and finished with con-

LAKERS 53 Ben Chaine 3-5-13, Cody Gibbons 0-1-1, Quinn Piland 4-2-10, Sam Smith 7-0-18, Mike Triglione 4-211, Adam Faulk, Nick Hall, Mark Williams. Totals: 1810-53. 3-pointers: Chaine 2, Smith 4, Triglione 1. FT: 10-21. Turnovers: 17. POLAND 48 Nick Allen 1-1-3, Derek Michaud 0-1-1, Josh Gary 1-0-2, CJ Martin 5-4-14, Shawn Murphy 0-1-1, Tyler Michaud 4-1-9, Alan Young 8-2-18, Adam Mocciola, Adam Moody. Totals: 19-1048. 3-pointers: 0. FT: 10-17. Turnovers: 13. tact, created for others, and was solid on defense and rebounding position,” Coach Yorkey said. “Ben was consistently good attacking the basket. He drew a lot of fouls, getting two of their bigs in foul trouble with one ultimately fouling out. Ben was also able to find the open man when the defense helped on his penetration, and he hit some timely threes himself. Ben had a few more turnovers (4) than I would expect, but I will chalk that up to nerves and also give the Poland guards credit: they have quick hands and are decent on-ball defenders. He had decent on ball defense against their point guard holding him to 1 point and making him work.” Coach Yorkey said LR also received quality minutes from guards Mike Mageles and Mark Williams, a talented newcomer who is settling in. Much like the first half, the third quarter was a tightly fought battle. The Lakers opened up a 32-27 lead on a foul-line jumper by Triglione with 3:24 left in the period. Chaine swished a 3-pointer with 2:10 to go to make it 37-29, but the Knights edged closer on a strong drive by Martin. Martin made it even tighter when he came up with a steal

Wolverine wrap The Bridgton Academy Wolverines had a busy stretch with two home basketball games and four home hockey game that stretched from the end of last week though the weekend. The action began on Wednesday, Dec. 5 as the Wolverines hosted Lee Academy. This home basketball game had a final score that was much closer than anyone — who had left at halftime — might have expected. Lee got out to an early lead that would grow to nearly 30 points before Coach Whit Lesure’s team began to claw their way back to close within a couple of possessions with just two minutes left. The score ended with Bridgton taking a 80-73 loss. The Wolverines bounced back on Saturday night when they hosted Holderness School of New Hampshire. The Wolverines jumped to an early lead and never really gave Holderness much of a chance to get into the game. BA went on to take a 83-55 win. On the ice, both the Junior Hockey team and the Prep Hockey team found some success. The Junior team hosted Rothesay Netherwood School of New Brunswick for two games over the weekend. The Junior team took a 4-2 win in the first game and dropped the second game, 2-1. The Prep Hockey team also skated twice this past weekend when Academie St. Louis traveled south from Quebec. The first game saw a very tight contest that required overtime for the Wolverines to come out with a 2-1 win. The second game saw a few more pucks in the net as Bridgton again emerged the JOSHUA IRVING (Evanston, Ill.) hoists up a shot from the victor with a 4-3 win. All three teams will be playing again this week. The schedcorner against Holderness School. Bridgton Academy downed ule is available on Holderness 83-55.

Turnovers put Raider girls in hole (Continued from Page C) stances, we need to trap quicker.” Falmouth started quick as Ally Hickey (17 points) drained a 3-pointer to put the Yacht up 7-2. FA managed just two hoops — an inside score by Dole and a lay-up by Sydney Charles (6 points, 7 rebounds). “We’d like to get the ball in the paint. Our kids are pretty unselfish and do a good job moving the ball to find the better shot,” Coach Watson said. “Sometimes, you do try to make the extra pass instead of taking a good shot, and ultimately turn the ball over.” Down 14-4, the Raiders developed a little momentum early in the second with a 7-0 run as freshman forward Lexi L’Heureux-Carland connected on two offensive rebounds. But, Fryeburg would scored just 4 points over the final four minutes as Falmouth pushed the lead to 27-15. Sinking 7-of-8 foul shots, Falmouth widened its lead to 17 with 3:15 left in the third quarter. FA’s Sarah Welch


scored 4 straight points and freshman Julia Quinn knocked down a jumpshot with 1:24 left to cut the deficit to 4030. FA had a scare in the closing minute when Dole went down just over halfcourt, clutching her knee. Fortunately, she walked back to the bench, and would return to the line-up two minutes later. Dole kept the Raiders in striking range, scoring her team’s first 6 points of the fourth. She would net 12 of the Raiders’ 19 points. But, Fryeburg simply couldn’t put the defensive hammer down on Falmouth to make a late run. Falmouth’s Dayna Vasconcelos scored 7 points, including two lay-ups as the Yachtsmen used their quickness to break the Raider press. Two Dole foul shots with 42.6 seconds left cut the deficit to nine, but the Raiders would get no closer. Admittedly, the Raiders are a work in progress and will continue to struggle at times against the press, but Coach

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Watson remains extremely pleased with the effort players put forth — be it in practice or late in games. “We’re going to keep working at it,” Coach Watson said. Bad start hurts With an inexperienced backcourt, FA Coach Sean Watson knows his Raiders will struggle against a good press. York’s heat was too much for the Raiders to handle on opening night as the Wildcats forced 11 turnovers in the first eight minutes and rushed out to a 24-2 lead. Fryeburg played better, cutting their turnover numbers per quarter in half the rest of the way, but the Raiders were unable to recover, losing 5238. FA turned the ball over 30 times. Center Skye Dole netted a game-high 23 points to go along with 16 rebounds and two assists. Guard Kendra Fox played all 32 minutes produced a stat line of 4 points, 4 rebounds, 4 assists and 3 steals. Lexi L’Heureux-Carland


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December 13, 2012, The Bridgton News, Page C

This week’s puzzle theme: Holiday traditions

ACROSS 1. Prepare for surgery 6. One time around 9. “____ we forget” 13. Uniform shade 14. Sacha Baron Cohen’s ___ G 15. Raccoon cousin 16. Smidgins 17. Olden-day aerosol can propellant 18. Be of one mind 19. *”A Visit from St. Nicholas” beginning 21. *Waiting time 23. Chapter in history 24. Moldy appetizer 25. Greyhound, e.g. 28. Sea World attraction 30. *They hang around 35. Cross to bear 37. “You betcha!” 39. Nigerian monetary unit 40. Judicial document

41. A-bomb on steroids 43. Largest organ of human body 44. It sometimes gets infected 46. Water color 47. It usually goes with “up” 48. *It’s sometimes spiked 50. Cold war initials 52. Poseidon’s domain 53. Gridiron move 55. Letters of distress 57. Willing to face danger 60. *Left out as snack 64. D in LED 65. Unit of electrical resistance 67. Common thing? 68. As a rule 69. Extremely 70. Tennessee footballer 71. Kind of cell

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DOWN 1. SNL production, e.g. 2. Grub 3. Pro ____ 4. Edict of Russian tsar 5. Eating place 6. Speed test 7. *Polar helper 8. “The _____ of Wakefield” 9. Opera house box 10. Deserve 11. Proofreader’s mark 12. 20-20, e.g. 15. Miner’s fear 20. Like Siberian winters 22. Nickelodeon’s youngest Pickle 24. Painter Rubens’ style 25. Haul with a tackle 26. Strip of rigging 27. Seeking damages 29. Largest island in West Indies

31. Tackler’s breath? 32. Rate _____, pl. 33. Father, Son and Holy Ghost, e.g. 34. *Legendary patron saint of children 36. Flabbergast 38. Outback birds 42. Lowest male singing voice 45. Make less severe 49. Gangster’s gun 51. Hen beds 54. Former capital of Japan 56. Coil of yarn 57. *Partridge in a pear tree, e.g. 58. Learning method 59. Footnote word 60. Expression of encouragement 61. A fan of 62. Biblical twin 63. Email folder 64. ___ and don’ts 66. To what extent, amount or degree Solutions on Page 6C

Lakers hit big shots to down Poland (Continued from Page C) and was awarded a break-away foul. Martin sank two foul shots, and Tyler Michaud scored on a nifty spin move in the lane to cut the LR lead to 40-37 after three quarters. But, as they did all game, the Lakers remained cool under fire and answered the Knights’ surge. Triglione scored off a reverse lay-up and Smith connected on a 3-pointer. LR moved the ball with five crisp passes, which resulted in Smith’s wide open look with 5:27 left. Poland kept the pressure on as Gary made a baseline jumpshot with 2:43 left to close the gap to 47-44. Triglione, however, hit the dagger shot — a deep 3-pointer

in front of the Laker bench with 1:48 left. Down 50-44, the Knights closed within a buck after two Young inside hook shots. Piland delivered the big defensive play to seal the victory when he blocked a Martin jumper with 22.3 seconds. Triglione collected the rebound, was fouled immediately, and converted both foul shots. After a Poland miss, Chaine snagged the rebound, and made 1-of-2 foul shots to put the game in the books.

While Coach Yorkey was thrilled to see his team open the season with a victory, there is plenty of work ahead. “We’re going to work on polishing up our team offenses and team defenses, and individually we will focus some time on passing and catching under heavy defensive pressure,” he said. “We need to clean up some footwork a bit too. I’m looking for our guys to have good focus this week, as they have so far. We have three games this week and each of our three practices

will be the day before a game. All three teams play differently and which will require a different focus each day.” Lakers clipped The Lakers fell into a first half hole, and couldn’t dig their way out Tuesday night. Yarmouth raced to a 20-6 start and handed the Lakers their first loss of the season, 67-52. LR scorers were: Quinn Piland 15, Mike Mageles 11, Cody Gibbons 6, Mike Triglione 6, Mark Williams 5, Jack Lesure 5 and Sam Smith 4 points. 3-pointers: Mageles,

(Continued from Page C) Maine park passes are good for day use at all the state’s parks and historical sites. They are $35 for an individual pass that allows access only to the pass holder or $70 for a vehicle pass that permits entrance to all occupants of a one-ton/17passenger vehicle. Passes can be ordered online at www.maine. gov/doc/parks/ and will be mailed within seven business days. The seasonal passes allow unlimited day use at Maine state parks and historic sites, but don’t apply to Baxter State Park, the

Allagash Wilderness Waterway, Penobscot River Corridor, Penobscot Narrows Observatory, Maine Wildlife Park, Peacock Beach or Scarborough Beach. More than 2.4 million people visited Maine’s 48 state parks and historic sites this year, up four percent over last year. With a total of 10,763 vehicle passes and 1,354 individual passes sold this year, 2012 marked the biggest year for park pass sales in the history of the 77-year-old state park system. Park visitors will be able to enjoy Maine’s parks starting Jan.

1, 2013 with the annual Maine State Parks First Day Hikes at four parks: 9 to 10:30 a.m., Aroostook State Park, Presque Isle; 9:30 to 10:30 a.m., Popham Beach State Park, Phippsburg; 10:30 a.m., Sebago Lake State Park; and 2 to 3 p.m., Wolfe’s Neck Woods State Park, Freeport. Other Winter Family Fun Days will be held in January and February at various parks around the state. To buy a 2013 Maine State Park Pass go to doc/parks/

Holiday gift: State Park pass

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Freedom on the Hills: Sawyer Mountain in Limerick “O! Hills of Strong! my native hills! Wherever I may be, The thought of you forever fills The depths of memory.” — Julia H. May from The Happy Hills of Strong, in Songs from the Woods of Maine. By Allen Crabtree Guest Writer The Sawyer Mountain Highlands are part of the single largest block of undeveloped land in York and Cumberland Counties. The Sawyer Mountain Highlands area is preserved under the Francis Small Heritage Trust, which owns over 1400 acres in northern York County. This private, “not-for-profit” land trust was founded in 1990 and its purpose is to conserve natural resources and provide public

access to these lands. The hiking trail follows the Sawyer Mountain Road, an old town road now discontinued, and traverses the mountain from Limington to Limerick. There are trailhead parking lots on either side of the mountain. The trail is steep and eroded in places, with evidence of old tarmac and culverts. Along the way, several old cellar holes and family cemeteries are passed, mute testimony to the families that once lived here and called Sawyer Mountain their home. According to unconfirmed sources, the summit of Sawyer Mountain, at 1,213 feet, was once the site of a whale oil light that was used for navigation in Portland Harbor in the early 1800s. In 1884, the U.S. Geological Survey placed a 15-foot tall stone tower on the summit. Later, the tower was

LR indoor track (Continued from Page C) athlete and their individual goals,” Coach Snow said. Question marks: Why do so many boys not participate in winter sports? There are separate events for the ninth and 10th graders. There are 21 events for the athletes. “We can improve every athlete’s speed, strength and endurance so they can perform better in their spring sport,” Coach Snow said. “The boys and girls on the team have a great time. It is the biggest question I have about the indoor season.” The Schedule • All regular season meets held at the University of Southern Maine field house in Gorham. Saturday, Dec. 29, USM Classic, time to be determined Friday, Jan. 4, Wells, Fryeburg Acdademy, Poland, Traip, North Yarmouth Academy, Cape Elizabeth, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 11, Cape Elizabeth, Gray-NG, Freeport, Falmouth, Traip Academy, 3:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 18, Cape Elizabeth, Fryeburg Academy, Freeport, Yarmouth, Gray-NG, York, 6:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 25, Cape Elizabeth, Greely, Freeport, Fryeburg Academy, NYA, Wells, 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 1, Wells, Gray-NG, Freeport, Hyde, Yarmouth, NYA, 4:30 p.m. Friday, Feb. 8, Western Maine Conference League Championships, 4:30 p.m. Monday, Feb. 18, Class B State Meet, Bates College, Lewiston Friday, March 1, New England Track Championships, Reggie Lewis Center in Boston, Mass.

struck by lightning, and now only scattered stones remain. We could see Sebago Lake and nearly to the coast, 22 miles from the summit. There is a sign at the summit with this information. Maude Estes, the greatgreat-grandmother of one of our Denmark Mountain Hikers, Celia Wilcox, was born in her family’s farmhouse on the mountain, and many of the Estes and McKenney family are buried there. On a Nov. 9, 2012 hike, Wilcox told the nine Denmark Mountain Hikers on the hike about her family while we explored the old farmhouse, now just the granite foundation and cellar hole, and the family cemetery on a little hill near the farmhouse. Hike facts Sawyer Mountain is located in York County, in the Town of Limerick. Difficulty: Easy Trail distance (one way): 1.8 miles Hiking times (one way): 1.5 hours Elevation: 1,213 feet Vertical gain: 763 feet Coordinates: 43° 44’ 46” N 70° 45’ 19”W Topographic Map: USGS Limerick 7.5-minute quad Directions to the Limington trailhead: Take Route 25 south from Cornish toward Standish, and turn onto Route 117. The trailhead is located on Route 117, 2.5 miles south of this junction of Routes 25 and 117. Alternatively, take Route 117 north from the junction of Route 11 and 117 in Limington for 2.4 miles. The trailhead is on the west side of the road. There is another trailhead on the Limerick side of the mountain. Trail information: From the Limington trailhead, follow the old Sawyer Mountain Road to a point near the summit, where a side trail (marked) diverts left to the summit. The Sawyer Mountain Road trail

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All that remains of the Estes farm is this granite cellar hole. (Photo by Allen Crabtree) is eroded and rocky in places, has some steep parts, and passes the Estes family cemetery and several old cellar holes of former farms on the mountain. Hikers may wish to continue on the old Sawyer Mountain Road to the Limerick trailhead on the other side of the mountain. It is recommended that hikers refer to a trail guide for more details in planning a trip. The Francis Small Heritage Trust brochure has more information on Sawyer Mountain and can be downloaded from their website at What to bring: Good boots, rain or wind gear and gloves, touring poles, sunglasses, water and snacks, personal first aid kit, matches, map and compass, trail guide, flashlight or head lamp, cell phone and microspikes. As the days become shorter going into win-

Celia Wilcox shows the Denmark Mountain Hikers her family’s cemetery on Sawyer Mountain. (Photo by Allen Crabtree) ter, plan your hike accordingly leave! — on long hikes it may be dark Next: The next hiking colreturning to the trailhead so get umn will be on Mount Chocorua an early start. Bring heavier in Albany, N.H. For the next clothing suitable to the colder Denmark Mountain Hikers’ weather. Let someone know climb, check The Bridgton your hiking plans before you News community calendar.

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McDonald’s is reality, what now?

It is right and proper that town leaders should extend a warm welcome with the opening of McDonald’s in Bridgton. Ed Roetman, the restaurant’s owner/operator, is an energetic, positive, community-minded businessman, and McDonald’s did a high-class job in building both the outside and inside of its fast-food eatery. The property taxes, the 40 jobs, the inexpensive ready-made meals the business will provide — these are all pluses. But we wonder, whatever happened to the passionate debate of just two years ago, when letters about McDonald’s, both pro and con, flooded into The Bridgton News? “Everyone is getting their bloomers in an uproar,” Robert Champagne wrote in September of 2010, referring to letter-writers who said McDonald’s would be the death of downtown, or that they wouldn’t have moved here if they’d known McDonald’s was coming to town. It was an emotional time, with a Facebook page started, called “No McDonald’s in Bridgton.” But it was an exciting time too, because it seemed everyone got involved in a public conversation about Bridgton’s future. The Facebook page has faded away into cyberspace, and McDonald’s is now a done deal. But the present reality shouldn’t silence the voices of those residents who have real concerns about View from the summit of Sawyer Mountain. the impact of national fast-food chains locating on the Portland Road. It is said that a time comes when silence is betrayal; and that’s certainly true of the democratic spirit in a small town. The citizen initiative that sought to ban fast-food chains and big box stores failed, it’s true, but it failed in part because the question itself was flawed, and would have prevented existing businesses from expanding. We think most people are pleasantly surprised with the look of the new McDonald’s. But the broader debate of the face of future development in Bridgton remains — industry trends show that once a McDonald’s opens in a town, other fastfood chains eventually follow. by Jean Preis Is that what Bridgton wants? Maybe it is, and if so, so be it. In BN Columnist VIEWPOINTS, Page D

(Photo by Allen Crabtree)

Real-life nature watch Bird Watch

My Irish Up by Mike Corrigan BN Columnist

Atop the cliff

Many recent tourists in Washington, D.C. are surprised to find that the fiscal cliff is not only real, it’s tangible. The cliff, situated between the White House and the Capitol and closer to the latter, drops off sheer from about 350 feet at its highest; it slopes upward to the sheer face from a gentle ramp starting just east of the White House lawn. A man named Harvey Frill, noticing that neither the Congress nor the White House was taking ownership of the cliff, saw an opportunity for the kind of old-fashioned entrepreneurship CLIFF, Page D

In the early morning, the air is usually quite still, but this morning a strong wind has been blowing down the lake, whipping up the water into white caps. We are looking out the window, binoculars near at hand, hoping, but not expecting, to see something interesting. This morning, we are not disappointed. Seemingly out of nowhere, a large bird appears, fluttering low over the water, rising and falling on the wind. It looks as if the bird may be trying to land somewhere along the shore, behind a grove of white pines that interferes with our view, but it is having trouble landing in the wind. When a strong gust lifts it, carrying it backward on huge partially spread wings, we can see it is an adult bald eagle, with white

head and tail. We wonder why it is here, and what it is doing. Has the eagle caught a fish, or a duck? Is it trying to land on one of the rocks along the shore where it will eat its prey? Twice again, the bird is lifted up and carried backward, but each time it turns in a tight circle, flies into the wind, and manages to land. If

this were a nature show on television we would see everything perfectly, but this is real-life drama, and seen through the thick curtain of trees we have to use our imaginations to fill in the details. Moments later, another bird appears, and it, too, is having trouble with the wind. It lands near the eagle, but perhaps it did not close its wings quickly enough, because the wind catches it and it drifts back up into the air. Like the eagle, this bird circles tightly, flies back down, and lands successfully. It happens again, and this time when it circles around we can see its large size, its mottled plumage, and the white underNATURE, Page D

By Stan Cohen Medicare Volunteer Counselor Last week, I addressed a problem in Medicare coverage called the “Improvement Standard” (denying coverage on the grounds that the patient is not improving). This standard has been applied in several settings: nursing homes, home healthcare and skilled nursing facilities (like rehab hospitals). There has been a class action lawsuit, Jimmo vs. Sebelius, brought against the Secretary of Health and Human Services “to eliminate the policy and practice of the illegal, harmful and unfair Medicare Improvement Standard.” This action was brought by the Center for Medicare Advocacy and other groups, and there has been a settlement. The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will revise Medicare Manuals to correct suggestions that coverage is dependent on a beneficiary “improving,” and add provisions stating that skilled services necessary to maintain a person’s condition can be covered by Medicare. After the policy revisions are completed, CMS will conduct an education campaign to inform providers, Medicare decision-makers, and adjudicators of the new skilled maintenance provisions. Once again, sanity prevails. Stan Cohen, a Medicare Volunteer Counselor, is available for free, one-on-one consultations at Bridgton Hospital on Tuesdays from 8:30 to 11 a.m. No appointment is necessary. Alternatively, call the Southern Maine Agency on Aging (800-427-7411) and ask for a Medicare advocate.

To all the Bridgton residents that supported the McDonald’s project. Special thanks to the following contractors and suppliers for a job well done. R.N. Willey & Sons Excavating Hancock Lumber Coleman Concrete North & South Custom Builders Bob Miles & Son Plumbing HVAC Services Western Maine Insulation Richard F Nadeau & Son, Inc. RD MacRae Vinyl Exteriors Applicators Sales & Service Ridlon’s Metal Shop

Henry’s Concrete Exeter Glass Norway Savings Bank Don Smith Masonry Carmel Electric Kiesman Drywall SMC Construction Kamco Supply Sign Design, Inc. Dead River Chalmers Insurance

Thank you, Mark Lopez Lopez Properties LLC


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Letters Applying to volunteer?

To The Editor: Dear Chairman (Paul) Hoyt, The purpose of this correspondence is to express my sincere disappointment with the recently announced policy of requiring volunteers to reapply each year for committee positions that they have faithfully served on for, in some cases, several years. It is demeaning and disrespectful to those members that have given countless hours to the town to assist your board in doing their job to make them reapply for volunteer positions. They work to bring the town together and make this town a better place. With specific regard to the Comprehensive Plan Committee (CPC), I would suggest that the board of selectmen reread the latest charge given to the committee on March 13, 2012. Please note that the charge stipulates that the members will be seated on the committee until such time as the state approves the new Comprehensive Plan. It further states that the only way a member can be removed is by a majority vote of the committee. The board of selectmen has solicited additional volunteers to serve on new and existing committees with little or no response from the public. Given this lack of response and participation from new volunteers, the reappointment of existing members should be automatic. This would save paper and time, which would allow your board to work on more productive issues. If you do not reappoint existing volunteers, where do you think you will find new

volunteers? If this new policy is a response to recommendations that have been put forth by your committees that the board of selectmen or management disagrees with or if this is an attempt to remove certain members from certain committees, have the fortitude to be honest with the volunteer committee members, the voters and yourselves and just remove the members that are not telling you what you want to hear. As stated above, people serve on these committees and do your work in an effort to bring the community together. This new policy is another slap in the face to these volunteers that will do nothing more than divide the town. With regard to my numerous volunteer positions, please be advised that I have no intention whatsoever of reapplying for any of my positions. If you do not want me to volunteer my time any longer, look me in the eyes and tell me publicly, not through a charade of making me reapply. Glenn “Bear” Zaidman Bridgton

Standing in the light

To The Editor: Many thanks go out to all the residents of Bridgton for coming out to watch the 10th Annual “Festival of Lights” Parade, Candlelight Walk and the arrival of Santa and Mrs. Claus. At this time I’d like to thank all the entries: Bridgton Police Officer, Josh Muise for leading the parade, Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce (Winter Carnival/ Mushers Bowl entry), Landmark Human Resources, Maine Masonic Charitable Foundation,

(Oriental Lodge #13, Bridgton), McHatton’s Water Out, Key Bank, Bridgton Community Center, (IC and Gang), Juggler’s Erik Porter and Seth Strout, Shawnee Peak (Let it Snow), Bridgton Girl Scout Troop #1744, Magic Lantern Movie Theater and The Tannery Pub, Bridgton Lake Region Rotary (Duck Race Countdown), Bridgton Public Library (Let it Snow), Rolfe Construction (Maine Winter Wonderland), Beth’s Kitchen Cafe, Western Maine Dance & Gymnastics, Bill Bailey’s Repairs (Stow), Everlast Roofing Company, North Bridgton Public Library (Snow Shoveling), Bridgton Recreation Advancement Group (BRAG), Hayes True Value Hardware, and Gorham Sand & Gravel (Butch Hashey) and Santa and Mrs. Claus. Many thanks to the more than 250 people who either rode or walked in our parade plus the 200 people who walked in the Candlelight Walk. Also, thanks to our emcee, Jim Mains, executive director of the Greater Bridgton Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce, and our judges, Gary Gomes, owner of Barber of Bridgton, Kristin Apovian, practice manager of the Bridgton Hospital Physicians Group and Anne M. Krieg, director of Planning, Economic & Community Development for the Town of Bridgton. Also, thanks to the committee members, Anne Krieg, Carmen




The Bridgton Board of Appeals will conduct a Public Hearing at the Bridgton Town Office, Three Chase Street, Suite 1, Bridgton, Maine 04009 on Thursday, December 27, 2012 at 7:15 p.m. to consider the following: An Appeal for a Variance filed by Joseph P. Gallinari, agent for Paul A. Gallinari, regarding property located at Highland Lake/13 Gallinari Way; Bridgton Tax Map 43, Lot 10-1. The application is available for viewing at the Bridgton Town Office Monday – Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. All interested individuals are invited to attend at the above place and time to present any comments. 2T50


White Pine: Healer Earth Notes

“Earth Notes” is an outgrowth of a deep ecology discussion group. Writers reflect a delight in and concern for the earth and are individually responsible for opinions and information. Community members are invited to submit articles. E-mail jschap@ for details. By Susan Meeker-Lowry White pine has always been special to me. My playground as a child was “the woods down back,” and the predominant tree was white pine, with some birch and hemlock mixed in. Lady slippers, trillium (mostly painted but some larger red as well), Jack-in-the-pulpits, violets of all types, partridge berry and mayflower grew abundantly in the soft, needle-covered ground, which also featured a small swampy area near the brook. A fast grower, the White Pines can become giant guardian trees and a huge, split white pine was my first tree friend. It grew at the edge of our driveway, towering over the yard and the street. The split was many feet above ground and fragrant, sticky pitch oozed from it, building up over the years. From my child’s point of view, the tree’s heart was where the pitch came from. I conversed with this tree often and whenever I felt sad or just out-of-sorts, I felt com-

forted and understood by it. We sold a piece of the property when I was about 13, and the owners wanted to cut my white pine, fearful that it would fall on the house. I implored my father, who was a tree surgeon, to talk with the new owners and reassure them that the tree had been there for decades and was no danger. I even threatened to climb the tree and stay there until the tree was safe. Daddy reached an agreement to prune the tree so that if it did fall wouldn’t land on the house. And so the tree was spared. The house I live in now also has a huge white pine at the edge of the driveway, though it has a single, straight trunk. It, too, is a strong guardian. And down back, there are many more white pines, some amazingly huge with trunks as big as old growth, the biggest of which grows in the middle of the field. This particular tree has a very special spirit, so much so that our neighbors call it “The Loving Tree.” I see this

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tree every day from our back windows, and it’s in many of the pictures I take of the garden and backyard. White pine (and other evergreens) make wonderful medicine and soothing, healing salves. A delicious syrup can be made of twigs, bark, and needles by making a very strong tea. To do this, fill a pot with needles, twigs cut in small pieces, and some bark shaved from younger branches with a sharp knife, cover with water and bring to a boil. Simmer very gently for 15 to 20 minutes, strain, and add a cup of sugar for every 1 1/2 cups infusion. Simmer very gently, uncovered, until the syrup is as thick as you like, about 20 to 30 minutes. Pour into bottles and store in the refrigerator. This can be used as you would any syrup. It’s also excellent for sore throats (with a little lemon) and colds, can be used to sweeten tea, or as the basis for sparkling drinks, with or without spirits. Long before Europeans arrived, Native Americans ate the inner bark of white pines in winter, and saved colonists’ lives by introducing them to white pine needle tea, an excellent source of vitamin C. The pitch, which oozes from wounds in the trees, is an excellent medicine for coughs and colds, as well as for cuts and PINE, Page D


TOWN OF SWEDEN Public Hearing

The Sweden Planning Board will hold a Public Hearing on Tuesday, December 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. to consider the Conditional Use Permit application for Timber Harvesting in a Natural Resource Protection Zone on a portion of the property at Map R-6, Lot 23 (Lee Gray Road). The Board will conduct a site walk at 3:00 p.m. at the site on Lee Gray Road (Map R-6, Lot 23) and reconvene in the Town Office at 7:00 p.m. for the Hearing and their regular meeting. The applicants are Tom Fadden and Harold Whitaker of PO Box 243, Conway, NH 03818. 2T49

The Harrison Board of Appeals will hold a public hearing on Tuesday, December 18, 2012, at 7:00 p.m. at the Harrison Town Office to hear testimony on a request for an Administrative Appeal Application submitted by Chris Livak of South Paris, Maine, regarding a denial of a Building Permit for 67 Silver Birch Road, Map 32, Lot, 20-3, Long Lake, Harrison, Maine 04040. A Site Walk will be performed.

s/Mary M. Tremblay Secretary, Board of Appeals


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The Naples Board of Appeals will meet on December 18, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Naples Municipal Office Buildings located at 15 Village Green Lane. On the agenda: 1. Review and approve the minutes of November 27, 2012. 2. Sign Findings of Fact for reconsideration of an Administrative Appeal submitted by Cynthia White for property located on Dee’s Way and shown on Naples Tax Map U35, 14A. 3. An application for a Lot Setback Reduction for property located at 18 Scenic View Drive and shown on Naples Tax Map U10, Lot 37, submitted by Russ Ventura. Public welcome. 2T49


The Harrison Board of Selectmen will hold public hearings on Thursday, December 20, 2012 at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Office regarding applications submitted by Walter Connell to operate an Automobile Graveyard/Junkyard on 60 Springhouse Road, Harrison, Tax Map 53, Lot 3E-2, and John Campbell, d/b/a Sports Cars, to operate an Automobile Graveyard/Junkyard on Edes Falls Road, Harrison, Tax Map 3, Lot 12-3. All interested individuals are encouraged to attend.

s/Mary M. Tremblay Secretary









(Continued from Page D) Lone (executive director of the Bridgton Community Center) and Tom Tash, Bridgton’s Recreation director. Last but not least, thanks to the Bridgton Police Department and Bridgton Fire Department for keeping our road safe! Ken Murphy, chairman Festival of Light Parade

daughter took her wish trip in December 2010. We did not accomplish this feat alone. Thank you to Melissa Meymaris, Carlene Chute, Carrye Castleman-Ross, Shannon Leydon, Wells Carr, Grace Chute, Harry and Lisa VanHasseln, The Black Horse Tavern, Hayes True Value, McIver Electric and to each of you that made a donation. With thanks, Mitzi McIver-LaBarge Bridgton

Wishes do come true

A decorative thank you

To The Editor: I would like to thank Running with Scissors Hair Salon, and my friend, Sarah Lowell DeKubber, for once again opening her salon and talents to hold our third fundraiser together. Thanks to many supporters, we were able to donate $1,200 to the Make-A-Wish of Maine Foundation. Make-A-Wish is special to our family, as our


To The Editor: I would like to take this time to send out thanks to everyone who made the Denmark Congregational Church 5th Ginger Bread House Decorating Event possible. Our corporate sponsors were Dairy Queen of North Conway for gift certificates for our prizes; Hannaford of Bridgton for baking supplies; and Renys for


donating Necco candy. Thank you once again! Our church family donates candy and baking supplies that make this possible. A huge thank you for all you do to support us! Our volunteers, where would we be without all the volunteers? It takes three preparation nights to make this event happen and then the day of the event. People from the community come in to help us. We hope it is part of their holiday tradition. Many thanks to everyone who helped us this year. Volunteers have as much fun as the kids do and we look forward to it. A special thank you goes out to Brian Libby of Standish who came and took pictures of all the kids and their families along with their house creations. We can’t forget Santa and his elves. Thanks for stopping by on your busiest time of year. The kids really enjoyed your visit. This event has turned into such a wonderful family afternoon. Each house is surrounded


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Shopping for the best gift

To The Editor: Haunted by the Ghost of Christmas Presents, we spend this month of December shopping, budgeting, partying, overindulging and hoping that somewhere in the busyness we will — like the Grinch or George Bailey — chance upon the “real meaning of Christmas.” Often, the season passes leaving us frustrated, depressed, overweight and in debt. But that desire to ascribe a universal truth to this season is a memory — of sorts — of a long gone garden where God walked face to face with his beloved in the cool of FOUNDATIONS Henry’s Concrete Construction Foundations, Slabs, Floors Harrison Tel. 583-4896

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Douglass Construction Inc. Custom Homes/Remodeling/Drawings CARPENTRY 30 years exp. in Lakes Region Phil Douglass, 647-3732 - Jeff Douglass, 647-9543 David K. Moynihan Robert E. Guy Master Electrician Sweden Rd. Bridgton General Carpentry – Additions Licensed ME & NH Repairs – Remodeling Flint Construction Bridgton 647-8016 Roofing – Siding – Carpentry Harrison 743-5120 239-4804 (cell) Fully insured – Free estimates Stanford Electric 207-210-8109 Commercial, Industrial and Jerry’s Carpentry & Painting Residential Wiring – Generators Carpenter & General Contractor Jeff Hadley Builder Naples 693-4595 Log homes – decks – remodeling New homes, remodels, additions Fully insured – Free estimates – 207-527-2552 Painting, drywall, roofing, siding Tuomi Electric Kitchens, tile & wood floors Northern Extremes Carpentry Chip Tuomi, Electrical Contractor Fully insured – free estimates Affordable timberframes Residential & Commercial 27 yrs. experience 207-583-4460 Old home and barn restoration Harrison 583-4728 Custom sawmilling Newhall Construction Insured Bridgton 647-5028 Framing/roofing/finish EMPLOYMENT SERVICES Cellulose insulation – drywall CARPET CLEANING 743-6379 798-2318 Bonney Staffing & Training Center McHatton’s Cleaning Service Temporary & Direct Hire Placements Quality Custom Carpentry Carpet & Upholstery Cleaning Call us with your staffing needs Specializing in remodeling & additions Fire, Smoke, Soot, Water Rte. 302  Windham 892-2286 Jeff Juneau Naples Certified Technicians 207-655-5903 Bridgton 647-2822, 1-800-850-2822 EXCAVATION Riley Woodworks New Life Carpet & Uph. Cleaning K.S. Whitney Excavation Custom home builders Commercial & Residential Sitework – Septic Systems Log homes, Timberframes Free estimates Materials delivered Devin Riley 207-415-6225 Carol 615-1506 Kevin 207-647-3824


with grandparents, parents, siblings and friends. It brings people together and its something to look forward to next year. Hope to see you then. Happy New Year! Pam Hale & The Ginger Bread House committee

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

INSURANCE Ace Insurance Agency Inc. Home/Auto/Commercial 43 East Main Street Denmark 1-800-452-0745 Chalmers Ins. Agency 100 Main St., Bridgton Tel. 647-3311 Oberg Insurance Auto, Home, Business, Life 132 Main St., Bridgton Tel. 647-5551, 888-400-9858 Southern Maine Retirement Services Medicare Supplements & Prescription Plans Life and Long-Term Care Insurance 150 Main St., Bridgton 1-866-886-4340

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December 13, 2012, The Bridgton News, Page D each evening. Deep down, we believe in a place of perfect joy, universal peace and goodwill toward all mankind. As Randy Stonehill wrote, “Like a child who dreams of flying and begs for something more, we hold a dim remembrance of an ancient golden shore…” All humanity believes in utopia. Every world religion teaches this concept. New Agers speak of the Age of Aquarius, and even atheists talk of higher levels of evolution that will create harmony for all mankind in the future. These beliefs are all evidence of a distant echo from that garden that once stood between the Tigris and Euphrates Rivers, where the lion laid down with the lamb and we were naked and unashamed.  So Christmas is a natural time for these echoes of utopia past — or perhaps the distant rumbling of utopia future — to resound a little louder. The problem is, we’re looking for the source of these reverberations in the mall when they originated in a stall. The “real MUSIC LESSONS Up Scale Music Studio Piano Lessons – All Levels Composition-Theory-Transcription Evan 647-9599

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

PAINTING CONTRACTORS George Jones Quality Painters Interior/Exterior – Fully Insured Free Estimates Excellent References 207-318-3245 Gotcha Covered Painting Interior/exterior-deck refinish-powerwash Serving the Lakes Region over 15 years Free estimates Kevin 693-3684 Jerry’s Painting Service Quality Painting – Interior/Exterior Fully Insured – Free Estimates 207-527-2552

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meaning of Christmas” is that a bridge was built between Eden and eternity. The entrance to the bridge is a foul-smelling, fly-infested barn and it exits through an empty tomb — no longer onto that “ancient golden shore,” but into a new golden city where the one so often lost in the tumult of this season will reign over an eternal season of peace and goodwill. Richard Hagerstrom Bridgton

Politely political

To The Editor: I am in total support of Roxy Hagerman’s response to Maura Mead’s callous and elitist letter demeaning the state of Roxy’s house and place of business. Although, I do not share Roxanna’s politics, I fully support her campaign slogan, which is “Ordinary People Can Make LETTERS, Page D SELF STORAGE Bridgton Storage 409 Portland Rd 28 units & 4000’ open barn Bridgton 647-3206 JB Self Storage Rt. 5 Lovell, Maine Monthly/yearly secure storage 207-925-3045

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SURVEYORS F. Jonathan Bliss, P.L.S. Bliss & Associates Surveying, Land Planning P.O. Box 113, Route 5 Lovell, ME 207-925-1468 Maine Survey Consultants, Inc. Land Information Services P.O. Box 485, Harrison, Maine Off: 583-6159 D. A. Maxfield Jr., P.L.S. Over 10,000 surveys on file Pioneer Surveying & Mapping Services Boundary/topographic/construction surveys Commercial/residential Kenneth Farrar PLS PO Box 368, W Paris ME 04289 674-2351

TAXIDERMISTS Trapper’s Taxidermy Animal damage control trapping 112 Bush Row Road, Denmark Jason Pingree 207-452-2091

TOWING Stuart Automotive Free Junk Car Removal 838-9569

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

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The Fair Housing Act of 1968 at 42 U.S.C. 3604(c) makes it unlawful “to make, print, or publish, or cause to be made, printed, or published any notice, statement, or advertisement, with respect to the sale, or rental of a dwelling that indicates any preference, limitation, or discrimination based on race, color, religion, sex, handicap, familial status or national origin, or an intention to make any such preference, limitation or discrimination.


WITS END CHILD CARE — Center, Bridgton. Seeking full- or parttime/relief staff. Must love to work with children ages 0-12. Hours will vary, pay commensurate with experience. CDA preferred, First Aid, CPR a must. 615-4098. Please submit resume to: Director, P.O. Box 804, Naples, ME 04055. 2t50

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BRIDGTON — Modern 2-bedroom apartment. Hardwood floors, big sunny windows, oak cabinet kitchen, granite countertops, off-street parking, and rubbish. $600 monthly, VEHI­CLES FOR SALE plowing utilities not included, security deposit 4t47x JESUS IS LORD – new and used required. 625-8812. auto parts. National locator. Most LOVELL — Serene. Quiet. Very large parts 2 days. Good used cars. Ovide’s apartment: 1 bedroom, full kitchen & BEHAVIORAL HEALTH — profes- Used Cars, Inc., Rte. 302 Bridg­ton, bath, and living room with fireplace tf30 in new carriage house. $995 month sionals are needed to work with chil- 207-647-5477. dren with special needs in your area. includes electricity, laundry hookup, FOR RENT Hours are late afternoon & weekends. and 50% of heat. Mountain views and For info contact Lori at lgriffiths@ SOUTH BRIDGTON — Furnished Kezar Lake access. No pets/no, 878-9663. 2t50 1-bedroom apartment. Everything in- ing. 1 year lease/first and security decluded. $200 a week plus $400 secu- posit/reference check required. (207) WORK WANTED rity deposit. Call 647-3565. tf46 221-2951. 4t49x SEMI-RETIRED CONTRACTOR WEST BRIDGTON ­— Studio apart- BRIDGTON — 2-bedroom, 1-bath — looking for plumbing and electric ment with views of Beaver Pond. duplex house. Walk to town hall, Food work in the local area. Call 647-8026. Available immediately. $425 month City. All utilities, everything included tf45 includes heat. Call Suz at 781-631- for $850. 781-963-1148. tf45 tf48 EXCAVATING – Have hoe, will 6731. SEEKING QUIET — responsible travel. Site work, foundations dug, NAPLES — 2-bedroom mobile. Very person to share a beautiful new house. back filling, septic systems, sand, clean, bright, nice layout. Located in A rural setting but still close to Bridgloam, gravel. Call Brad Chute, 653- small park near village. No pets. $595 ton. $500/month includes everything. 4377 or 627-4560. tf44 month plus utilities. Available Decem- W/D, D/W, cable, Internet, kitchen ber. Call 221-3423. tf48 privileges, garage access. A great FOR SALE place for the right person. 595-2969. SUPPORT YOUR LOCAL — BRIDGTON — Sunny, nicely-sized 3t50 1-bedroom apartment in a perfect inLogger and heat with carbon neutral town location, walk to everything. NAPLES — 2-bedroom, 2-bath wood or wood pellets. Purchase a Central Boiler outdoor wood furnace Quiet house, nice details included: with one-car attached garage condo. on sale, EPA qualified to 97% efficient. hardwood floors, decorative fireplace, Furnished. Available now until end 603-447-2282. 13t40x eat-in kitchen. $475 plus utilities. of June. No pets or smoking. $850 Available now. 1st & security, refer- month. CASCO: 1-bedroom apartPLEASE CONSIDER – donating ences required, no smoking. Call Ter- ment, $700 month includes all utilities. your leftover garage sale items and ry 617-312-5925. 3t48 Lighthouse Group 693-8000. tf46 your attic, basement and closet overflow to Harvest Hills Animal Shelter. Go to our website www. for details or call 9354358, ext. 21 tf3 SEASONED HARDWOOD — Cut, split, delivered, stacked. Guaranteed cordage, dried 11 months. $230 per cord. $120 per half cord. 5834113. 4t50x



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Candidates must meet both Maine Certification and highly-qualified requirements. This teacher will be working with 6th graders in an exploratory program as well as 7th graders on Level 1 Spanish curriculum. Demonstration of subject matter knowledge, backwards design, and strong classroom management skills are necessary.

Good Neighbors, Inc. is taking applications for a few great people to join our TEAM of Direct Support Professionals in providing supports to adults with intellectual and physical disabilities. Currently, we have full-time, part-time and substitute hours available. The job entails working directly with people in a variety of daily living and community situations. To qualify, you must be over the age of 18, have a valid driver’s license and a high school diploma or G.E.D. Applications must be received no later than December 19th to be considered for our January 10th and 11th Orientation. Some weekend and evening hours are expected. Competitive benefits. Please call in advance for more information, 647-8244, ext. 11, or stop by our 119 Sandy Creek Rd. Bridgton location to pick up an application Mon. – Fri. between the hours of 9 a.m. and 3 p.m. 2T49CD

• Prefer K-12 Certification • Experience teaching Spanish literacy, higher level thinking, and 21st Century skills • Experience teaching Spanish using all modalities with particular emphasis on cycle of listening, speaking, reading and writing • Proven success with data analysis, interventions, and the RTI process • PBIS knowledge and experience • Experience integrating technology tools to enhance learning, assessment, and communication We are looking for an organized, flexible, high-energy teacher with the ability to work well in a fast-paced collegial environment. INTERESTED CANDIDATES SHOULD DOWNLOAD AND FORWARD A COMPLETED TEACHER APPLICATION, LETTER OF INTEREST, CURRENT RESUME, TRANSCRIPTS, COPY OF CERTIFICATION AND THREE LETTERS OF RECOMMENDATION TO:


Qualifications: A high school diploma or G.E.D. is required, as well as basic math skills, knowledge of nutrition and experience cooking for groups. Background screenings, TB test and physical exam completed upon hire. This position is eligible for limited benefits including vacation, sick and holiday pay, numerous training opportunities, and quality supervision. For more information or to view a copy of the job description, go to our website at To Apply: Interested, qualified applicants must submit a cover letter, resume, and Community Concepts’ application for Employment (available at our business sites or on our website). For specific information about the job, contact Kim Bessette at 207-739-6578.

Send all 3 required items to: Community Concepts Inc. Attn: Barb Bishop, Human Resources PO Box 278 South Paris, ME 04281


Work with young children and help contribute to their nutritional well-being! Our Children’s Services Department is seeking a Food Coordinator at our Fryeburg Head Start Center. This is a 24-hours-per-week, part-year position, Monday through Friday. The Food Coordinator will plan, purchase and prepare meals following Head Start and USDA nutritional requirements for children ages birth to five years; prepare and participate in nutrition activities with children; and complete food production reports.

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WEST BRIDGTON — 2-bedroom, 1-bath, multi-level duplex with waterfront on upper basin of Moose Pond. Recently updated with new flooring and painted interior. Large deck, basement for storage. Waterfront is gradual entry with beautiful views of Shawnee Peak Ski Mt. Dock. 10 minutes from town, 4 minutes to Shawnee Peak. 25 minutes to No. Conway, N.H. $700/month, Monitor heating included. Electricity/plowing/cable not included. Dogs considered. 1st & security required with application. Call 207-647-4000. 3t48

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FIREWOOD — Seasoned or green. Cut, split and delivered. Also, PCA IN CASCO — Older woman Christmas trees for sale. Call Wendell needs light duty care. Respite one Scribner at 583-4202. 9t44x day a week, more as needed. Flexible. References. 631-399-0165. 2t49x JERRY’S SPORT SHOP — Denmark, Me. Closing our doors Dec. 31st. Everything 25%-70% off. Lots of ammo and fishing gear, reloading supplies. Rods and reels, 40 to 50% off. Open 7 days, but may have doctor’s appointments; please call before coming. 207-452-2320. 5t48x

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SEBAGO — 2-bedroom winterized cottage at Routes 11 & 114. Starting Jan. 1. Fireplace, propane FHA heat. 1 bath. $650. Call for application 6552154. 4t49x

DEFY’S COMPUTER SUPPORT — On-site home and small business support. Kevin Shaw, PC Technician. (Continued from Page D) or 207-7661151. 4t48x Extraordinary Differences.”

BRIDGTON — 4-bedroom, 2-bath home in Knights Hill. New appliances, carpeting and paint. All amenities of Association included. Close to Shawnee Peak. Snowplowing included. No pets. $1,200 month. 207-647-2600. tf45

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McDonald’s continued

(Continued from Page D) such troubled economic times, jobs speak louder than more esoteric concerns, and it’s easy to embrace whatever kind of development will keep the economy alive. But we saw strong evidence recently that Bridgton residents still care deeply about their beloved downtown, when they rejected new Shoreland Zoning rules written to allow Avesta to build a big three-story low income housing complex on the former Chapter 11 property. Avesta, the largest housing developer in the Northeast, which was willing to invest in a $4.5 million building, was sent packing with this message: we will not compromise when it comes to downtown. Portland Road, on the other hand, can be seen now as facing a different future — and we hope those who say we can have both kinds of development, without squeezing out the longtime independent business operator, are right. The question Bridgton residents need to ask themselves is, can you look beyond the knee-jerk response to each development proposal as it comes, in only a reactionary way? The Comprehensive Plan Committee is now writing a draft of the town’s future development goals, which are in many ways quite different than the 2004 plan. How many residents know that the language discouraging big box development has been removed from the earlier plan? It behooves all of Bridgton’s residents to take the time now to read the draft that will be issued in mid-January, and become involved. McDonald’s is our present reality, but our future is in our hands. GG

Neither Social Security nor Medicare should be used in last-minute budget deals that cut benefits for seniors to reduce the deficit. With the fiscal cliff discussions continuing in Washington, I hope Congress will work toward responsible solutions that strengthen both programs for current and future generations. Right now, Washington is considering a proposal that would change the way the Social Security COLA is calculated, reducing benefits by $112 billion in the next 10 years alone. That’s money directly out of the pockets of today’s seniors, their children and grandchildren. The president and Congress are also considering raising the Medicare eligibility age. This would dramatically increase costs for younger seniors, drive up premiums for those in Medicare and raise health care costs. Americans have paid into Medicare and Social Security. They deserve an open debate about how to strengthen these programs and how any changes would impact them and their families. This is what we heard during AARP community forums held across Maine over the last few months. I applaud bipartisan poli-

ticians who express the need to work together on important issues including the deficit. I hope they understand that cutting Medicare and Social Security benefits of seniors with national average incomes of just over $20,000 is unfair and wrong. Over 200,000 Maine seniors receive Social Security for an average annual benefit of $13,100 or just over $1,000 a month. As Congress works toward solving the budget issues, they should remember the lasting impact their decisions will have on real people. Roberta Downey AARP Executive Council Bangor


To The Editor: After reading the article called “A warm Mc-welcome” in the paper, I shall feel a little embarrassed for humankind each time I drive through Bridgton, especially when passing McDonalds. I find it disturbing that the opening of a McDonalds is referred to as “an historic occasion.” I wonder how the residents of Bridgton feel about the quote, “Bridgton’s a hamburger town, and always will be a hamburger town.” If I were a working man in Bridgton, I would not appreciate the comment, “For the working man today, if you can come here and get two cheeseburgers and two fries for $4, it’s just a great thing for Bridgton.” I can only assume he was referring to working women, as well, but that is not the reason for my concern. My concern is with health. Working people need to be healthy. When it comes to healthy eating, McDonalds is not a great thing at all. Don’t forget that McDonalds is a large corporation, whose goal is to make a profit. Hidden behind the free things they are giving away during the opening week and the donations they

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make to charities, they don’t care about health or nutrition. As long as we keep feasting on their cheap, ultra-convenient food, they will take advantage of our addiction and drive the cost of healthy alternatives up. I encourage everyone to view a movie called Super Size Me to learn more about how unhealthy McDonalds food is and about their corporate goals, including their desire to insure that children become lifelong consumers of their food (silly clowns, why would they do something like that?). Did you know that as of June 2012, there were more than 14,000 McDonalds in the United States? I feel that the opening of McDonalds in Bridgton should have either been considered non-newsworthy or a story focused on how sad it is that Bridgton has taken a significant step toward becoming just another “Anytown, USA.” Robert J. Dow Waterford

Right under our noses

To The Editor: Last week, the U.S. Senate failed to ratify a United Nations treaty granting basic human rights to disabled people around the world. The treaty was modeled after our own Americans with Disabilities Act, and has been ratified by 126 other nations to date. The vote was 61-38, with all 38 “No” votes cast by Republicans. One of the reasons given for voting “No” was that joining United Nations treaties might infringe on our national sovereignty. While some people direct their fear toward the U.N., believing that it might take over some of our sovereignty, international corporations are pulling the heist right under our noses. They distract us with cheap trinkets — much like what our ancestors did to the Native Americans. They tell us that they are too important to pay their fair share of taxes because they are the job producers. Meanwhile, many of the jobs are shipped overseas — not just for the cheap labor, but also to avoid our regulations on product quality, workers’ rights and environmental stewardship. Our throwaway society happily consumes the low-price junk. Many products, including food, are laced with toxic chemicals. Workers are laid off while executives receive multi-million dollar bonuses and golden parachutes. Our taxes are used to clean up Superfund sites left behind by businesses that have moved on bearing little or no responsibility. I could go on, but the pattern of corporate favoritism over the individual should be clear by now. If not, maybe you have fallen victim to the corporate brain washing tools designed to repeatedly “drill baby drill” their propaganda into our heads — you may call them commercials.  Corporations are using our legal system to gain “personhood” with all of our rights but few of the responsibilities. For example, they’ve been granted the First Amendment right of freedom of speech, but because of this change speech is no longer a free or equal right — it goes to the highest bidder. Their speech is actually superior to ours because it can be anonymous. They can set up Super PACs and foundations to do their talking for them while not disclosing the donors. Concerning responsibility, corporations usually just pay a fine, which they simply write off as a cost of doing business.  While we are in the process of abdicating our leadership role among the nations of the world through nonparticipation in numerous treaties, we are letting our freedoms and democracy slip away to the international corporate profiteers.  Jon Chappell Bridgton

Rescue rocks

To The Editor: My family and I want to thank and acknowledge the fine rescue team that helped me get out from two large stones which my leg was wedged between. Bridgton is a small town with a very efficient and caring team

of professionals. We’re all so lucky to have them. We would also like to thank our friend and neighbor, Donna, for her cool head and help. The Arsenaults Bridgton

Snowmobile club support

To The Editor: Attention fellow winter enthusiasts. Greetings from the Interstate Sno-Goers snowmobile club of Fryeburg. Well, it’s just about that time of year again when we need to start thinking about the upcoming season and all the things that need to be done in order to be ready for whatever Mother Nature decides to throw at us. What a tough season we had last year with all that rain and warm temperatures. Despite all that, I still saw some people out on the trails enjoying what the landowners and local snowmobile clubs have continued to make possible year after year. So, if you enjoy being able to travel on some of the best trails this area has to offer, then please help us get them ready for the season. We desperately need your help, as do many other local clubs in our area. We are an all-volunteer, nonprofit group and we do what we can to ensure that the snowmobile and cross-country skiing trails in our area are open, safe and clearly marked for everyone to enjoy. These trails connect our communities in such a way that it would be a great loss to so many if they were lost due to a lack of support from those who use them. The reason we do it is because we have a strong belief that if you benefit from something in life and you want it to always be there, not only for yourself, but others as well, then you should do what you can to contribute back to it. “Especially” when it comes to those activities that we actually enjoy doing. We also realize that these trails would not be what they are without the hard work of an “unfortunately dwindling” number of dedicated, caring “yet aging” volunteers. We are extremely grateful to the landowners, who allow us to use their properties for our recreational enjoyment. Because without them, we would have absolutely nothing. Please do what you can to show your appreciation to them for all that they make possible. This last season was so hard on us due to the lack of snow resulting in our inability to groom or have fundraisers, that we found ourselves unable to provide all our many landowners with gift certificates to Weston’s and Sherman’s Farms, as we have done so in the past, to show our appreciation. We truly regret not being able to do this. We feel that it is a great program and we hope to be able to do it again after this hopefully much snowier than lately season. Registering one’s snowmobile(s) is not enough, there is physical work that needs to be done well before the first snowflake hits the ground. If you care about your sport, whichever it may be, don’t you think you should make sure you’d always have a place to go and enjoy it? Please, try to get out in the fall and walk just one mile of trail, try to image how much work it takes to keep it open and safe. Now go back home and take look at the odometer on your snowmobile or just think about how many miles you covered on your cross-country skis in years past. Please help us so that you can continue to get in many more miles of enjoyment for all the seasons yet to come. Please do all that you can to ensure our recreational activities, our good relationships with landowners, and our access to public and private lands stays a part of our culture. Treat the landowners and the local clubs with respect and use the trails like you want be able to use them again next year and the year after that and so on. Remember, winter is only too long if you don’t go out and play! Hope to see you out there. From September until April, we have meetings at 7 p.m. every second Thursday of the month. Please contact us for more information. For trail LETTERS, Page D


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William L. Mageles

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GORHAM — William L. Mageles, 81, died on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012, at his home in Gorham. Bill was born in Portland on March 2, 1931, the son of George and Marie Macarrick Mageles. He graduated from Deering High school and attended Tilton Academy in New Hampshire. Bill served his country in the U.S. Army during the Korean War. He later worked at the Puritan Restaurant in Portland, which was started by his father then later co-owned Wasson’s Grove Restaurant in Falmouth with his brother Ted from 1955-1975. Mr. Mageles was a steward of the Holy Trinity Greek Orthodox Church in Portland. He was also a life member of the Elks National Foundation of Portland Maine Lodge No. 188. Bill is survived by a daughter, Cynthia Mageles Egan of Rangeley; two sons, Michael T. Mageles of Denmark and Mark W. Mageles of Bridgton; and seven grandchildren. A celebration of life was held at the Dolby & Dorr Funeral Chapel, 76 State Street, Gorham, on Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2012, at 2 p.m. Private burial was in the Evergreen Cemetery, Portland. For online condolences, please visit the website at

SEBAGO — John Nesteruk, 82, of Sebago passed away on Saturday, Dec. 1, 2012. At his side was his loving wife of 57 years, Joanne Nesteruk. Educated at Trinity College, John enjoyed a long successful career as a business executive at Pratt & Whitney in Connecticut. He was a star swimmer and held the Connecticut state record for the butterfly stroke while in college. An avid fisherman throughout his adult life, John enjoyed nature, boating, sports, good food and time with family and friends. For many years, he brought cherished memories to the Nesteruk family with his annual family reunions. Even in his later years, John could with a little prompting entertain younger family members with the ukulele songs he used to court his wife. Upon retirement, John and his wife, Joanne, split their time between Maine and Florida. Active in the community throughout his life, John found new ways to serve others during his retirement years. He was a longtime member of the Masonic Lodge. A volunteer with Habitat for Humanity, he was a member of the Fort Myers Beach Shrine Club in Florida and served as president of the Lake Region Shrine Club in Maine. He was a particular sight to see as an enthusiastic member of the Shriners Oriental Band. John was also a member of the Sebago Lions and volunteered at the soup kitchen in Portland. After a period of spiritual reflection, John converted to Catholicism in his retirement. In addition to his wife, John is survived by three children, Jeffrey Nesteruk of Lancaster, Pa., Janet Nesteruk of Watertown, Conn. and Jim Nesteruk of Andover, Mass.; and five grandchildren. John loved all his children and their families dearly and took great joy in their activities and accomplishments. Visiting hours will be held from 9 to 10:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 20, 2012, at St. Anne’s Church, 299 Main Street, Gorham, followed by a Mass of Christian Burial at 11 a.m. At a future date, a burial service will be held in Connecticut. Arrangements are by the Dolby Funeral Chapel, 434 River Road, Windham. For online condolences, please visit the website at www. In lieu of flowers, contributions in John’s memory may be made to: The Pulmonary Fibrosis Foundation, 230 East Ohio St., Suite 304, Chicago, Illinois 60611 or St. Anne’s Church, 299 Main St., Gorham, ME 04038 or to a charity of the donor’s choice.

Evelyn Ohlsson Evelyn Ohlsson, a former Bridgton resident and member of the Methodist Church on Main Street, passed away on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012 at hospice. Evelyn is survived by her sister, three children, nine grandchildren, 19 great-grandchildren and one great-great-grandchild. Evelyn was thankful that she made friendships in Maine.

Corliss A. Sargent SOUTH HIRAM — Corliss Alton Sargent, 91, died on Dec. 7, 2012, at Gorham House Nursing Home following a long, brave battle with Alzheimer’s disease. He was born in Hiram on July 23, 1921, the son of Harry F. and Lena B. (Libby) Sargent. He attended Cornish schools, graduating from Cornish High School in 1940. In his youth, Corliss played and excelled in both basketball and baseball. He was a World War II veteran proudly serving in the U.S. Army from 1942 to 1946 as an airplane and engine mechanic crew chief with the 6th Night Fighter Squadron in the Hawaiian Islands, Texas and Florida. Corliss had been on his way to Japan when the war ended. Corliss was a carpenter for 60 years in Hiram, Cornish, Porter and Parsonsfield. He was also a building and plumbing inspector for several local towns for many years. He was a longtime member of the South Hiram Fire Department, as well as selectman of Hiram for 12 years. In addition, Corliss was a past sachem of the Great Council of Maine of the Improved Order of Redmen, a lifetime member of the Ossipee Valley Agricultural Society, a member of the Charter Oak Grange Patrons of Husbandry of South Hiram, the Greenleaf Masonic Lodge #117 in Cornish, the Ossipee Valley Fair Association and a lifetime member of the Hiram Historical Society. Corliss and Shirley were honored by the Town of Hiram dedicating the 2005 Annual Report to them. During the last years of his life, he attended Galilee Baptist Church in Gorham. In addition to his memberships in the many organizations, Corliss enjoyed bowling and fishing in his spare time. He also enjoyed spending time with his four grandchildren who were the light of both his and Shirley’s lives. He appreciated the visits from his many nieces and nephews as they were growing up. They all had a special place in his heart. Corliss was predeceased by his parents; his sister, Lorraine Southworth; his two half-sisters, Thelma (Hopkinson) Cook and Adeline (Hopkinson) Moody; and his beloved wife of 60 years, Shirley (Pendexter) Sargent. Corliss is survived by his brother, Lloyd Sargent of Cornish; his daughter, Patricia Bartlett of Gorham; his son, Dwight Sargent of Florida; four grandchildren and one great-grandson; as well as several nieces and nephews. Visiting hours were on Wednesday, Dec. 12, from 6 to 8 p.m., at the Watson, Neal & York Funeral Home, 71 Maple Street, Cornish, where a funeral service with military honors will be on Thursday, Dec. 13, at 11 a.m. Burial will be in Cornish in the spring. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to: The South Hiram Fire Dept., 18 Allard Circle, Hiram, ME 04041 or the Sacopee Rescue, P.O. Box 367, Parsonsfield, ME 04047.

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Barbara J. Porter WINDSOR — Barbara J. Porter, 82, died peacefully Friday, Dec. 7, 2012 surrounded by her loving family at Maine General Medical Center-Augusta Campus. Barbara was born on March 14, 1930 in Everett, Mass., a daughter of the late William and Anne Luscombe. Barbara’s favorite job in life was taking care of her family and supporting them in every way she could. She was married to the love of her life, Warren K. Porter, for 55 years. One thing she always said was she, “held on to Warren’s shirt tails and went for the ride of her life.” Gardening was one of her passions and a beautiful garden it was. Barbara and Warren moved their family to Casco in 1970, purchased a small country store, fell in love with Maine, and never looked back. She is predeceased by her husband, Warren K. Porter; and her son, Gary A. Porter. Barbara is survived by her two daughters: Sandra L. Laflin of Gardiner and Valerie J. Porter and her life partner and Barbara’s adopted daughter, Sunshine Folsom of Augusta; seven grandchildren; three great-grandchildren; and her brother, William Luscombe, Jr. of Scituate, Mass. A private memorial will be held at the convenience of the family. Burial will take place at a later date in Maine Veterans Memorial Cemetery in Augusta. Donations in Barbara’s memory may be made to: Kennebec Valley Humane Society, Pet Haven Lane, Augusta, ME, 04330. Arrangements are under the direction of Plummer Funeral Home, 16 Pleasant Street, Augusta. Condolences, photos and memories may be shared at

Kay K. Everett Kay K. Everett, 76, of Bridgton, passed away peacefully in her home Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012, surrounded by her family and loved ones. She was born in Waterbury, Conn., the daughter of the late James A. and Esther (Nichols) Kennedy. She was employed by Anthony Cusano MD in Waterbury, Conn. until her recent retirement. Kay lived in Thomaston, Conn. most of her life and was very active in her church and community After moving to Maine in 1991, her time was enjoyed with grandchildren, tending to her gardens or boating on Sebago Lake. Kay was predeceased by her loving husband of 54 years, Jack J. Everett, and her grandson John Michael Baserwski. She is survived by three daughters, Cathy Houle of Summerfield Fla., Elaine Merced of Naples, and Lisa Everett Kepler of Bridgton; five grandchildren, John Vincent Barber, Matthew Baserwski, James and Alyssa Kepler and Tina Stawicki. Kay was blessed with four greatgrandchildren, Jackson Baserwski, Frank Merced, Elyssa and Ethan Stawicki. Services were held at Hall Funeral Home Monday, Dec. 10, 2012.

Geraldine A. Twombly AUBURN — Geraldine A. “Gerry” Twombly of Naples, formerly Geraldine A. DeNicola of Londonderry, N.H., passed away on Dec. 3, 2012 from cancer at the Hospice House in Auburn, in the presence of her husband, Bernard Twombly Jr. Born and raised in Braintree, Mass., she was the daughter of Fire Capt. Austin M. Greeley and Imogene (Simonds) Greeley. Gerri worked as a corporate buyer and secretary to the Director of Corporate Sales, Multiwire Corporation, as a secretary, and New Hampshire Ball Bearing as secretary for the Vice President of Sales. Gerri retired from Freudenburg NOK in Manchester, N.H. as Human Resources Coordinator. She was also secretary for the Lake Sebago Home Owners Association for many years, and a member of the Pondicherry Order of the Eastern Star in Bridgton. She is survived by her husband, Bernard Twombly Jr. of Naples; four sons, Gary Sullivan of Londonderry, N.H., Glen Sullivan of Jaffery, N.H., Gregory Sullivan of Milford, N.H. and Dean L. Sullivan of Hudson, N.H.; eight stepchildren; many grandchildren; great-grandchildren; great-greatgrandchildren; and a special mention to Diane DeSimone of Amherst, N.H. The Pondicherry Order of the Eastern Star in Bridgton will conduct a memorial service at 1 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 16 at the Masonic Hall in Bridgton. All friends and neighbors are welcome. A second memorial service will be held in East Derry, N.H. in the spring, date to be announced later. In lieu of flowers memorial donations may be made to the Hospice House, 236 Stetson Rd., Auburn, ME 04210. Arrangements by Chandler Funeral Homes & Cremation Service, 8 Elm Street, Bridgton, Maine. Online condolences may be shared with her family at

Robert D. Greene

SEBAGO — Robert “Bob” Greene, 69, died at his home in Sebago on Saturday afternoon, Dec. 8, 2012.  He was born on April 30, 1943. Bob will be remembered for his zest for life, quick wit (and corny jokes) and his love for his family, friends and his hometown.  He grew up in Sebago, the son of Dwight and Leona Greene. Bob attended schools in Sebago, graduated from Sebago’s Potter Academy, and attended the University of Maine before striking out to see the world. As a long-term employee of Intel and then Leasing Systems in California, Bob was one of those fortunate people who are able to combine what they love with their job. In Bob’s case, it was his love of technology and computers, his love of teaching and mentoring people, and his love of travel and different cultures. He traveled all over the world as a computer hardware applications expert, marketer, and systems teacher. His jobs allowed him to live for many years in Japan and in England. He wholeheartedly embraced their cultures, their language, their customs and their food. One of the highlights of his globetrotting was flying in the SST (Supersonic Transport plane) across the Atlantic.  One of his lesser-known hobbies was collecting a t-shirt from every place and every position he had ever visited or worked for — these will soon be made into a memory quilt. Bob never forgot the small town in Maine where he grew up and kept strong ties. When he first met his wife, Lin Petersen, in California in 1997, he introduced himself as just a “dumb farmer from Maine.” He moved back home to Sebago and he and Lin were married in his parent’s home at Mac’s Corner on Dec. 30, 1998.  Bob was always more comfortable in his flannel shirt and suspenders than in a suit and tie, but his world experience gave him a perspective and love of learning that never left him.  Sometimes, it felt as if Bob Greene was everywhere in Sebago — he loved his hometown and supported it with his labors and talents. He was active with the annual Sebago Days festival, setting up the wiring so that everything ran. He was a deacon in the Sebago Center Community Church. Bob was a beloved guest teacher at the Sebago Elementary School, telling stories about Sebago’s history and early settlers. He was active with the Sebago Historical Society and wrote the “Sebago History” page of the Town of Sebago’s website. For years, he helped coordinate the Potter Alumni annual dinners, baked Leona’s “secret baked bean recipe” for Sebago Auxiliary bean suppers, and was active with the Sebago Emergency Shelter Committee, The night before he died, Bob was the jolly and exuberant Santa at the Sebago Christmas Tree lighting at the Veterans’ Park. Bob’s love of computers and technology was lifelong. When he moved back home, he started Lake Region Electric and did a variety of electrical contracting and computer trouble-shooting in the region. With good friend and colleague Herb Ranks (Ranks Plumbing and Electric), the two tackled a number of tough commercial electrical installations and repairs, including large equipment installations with F.R. Carroll in Limerick. Bob and Herb affectionately referred to each other as “the team of Rigor and Mortis!” In recent years, he helped out his good friend Bob Laliberte teaching an online project management course. He had a close brush with death on July 13, 2003 when he suffered a burst abdominal aortic aneurysm. Had it not been for the prompt response of the Sebago EMS and Fire Department, Bob would not have survived. He was transported by ambulance to Bridgton Hospital and then rushed by LifeFlight helicopter to Maine Medical Center in Portland. There, he remained in intensive care for two weeks and his wife Lin was told that Bob was not expected to live.  At a ceremony honoring LifeFlight in Lewiston in June 2005, Bob said, “I would not be alive and standing here today if it were not for LifeFlight.” The nine years since 2003 have been golden and have been treasured by everyone who knew and loved Bob.  Bob is survived by his wife Lin; his brother, Ted; his sister Joanne; many nieces and nephews; his son David of Gloucester, Mass.; and stepsons Jeff, Erik and Joshua on the West Coast. Bob was predeceased by his father Dwight and mother Leona; and his sister Nancy. Services will be on Saturday, Dec. 15, 2012. Visiting hours will be from 10 a.m. to noon at the Sebago Center Community Church followed by a funeral service there. Interment will be at the North Baldwin Cemetery in the Greene family plot following the funeral service.  Arrangements by Watson, Neal & York Funeral Home (  Donations and memorials honoring Bob may be made to the Sebago Center Community Church or LifeFlight of Maine.

Richard A. Duncanson Jr. RAYMOND — Richard “Rick” A. Duncanson Jr., 47, died unexpectedly at his home on Dec. 10, 2012. He was born in Portland, and was a 1984 graduate of Windham High School. On March 5, 1986, Rick joined the Windham Fire Department as a volunteer firefighter and EMT. He rose through the ranks from EMS lieutenant to EMS company captain, to EMS deputy chief, and to the current rank of fire lieutenant assigned to North Windham Company. He also owned and operated Home Enhancement, Inc. Rick enjoyed snowmobiling and motor cross with his brothers and nephews. He was one of the original members of the Windham Baptist Church in his teen years. He recently became a grandfather and was enjoying it tremendously. Surviving him are his mother, Carole Brett of Windham; his wife, Lisa M. Long Duncanson; daughters Skylar M. Duncanson, and Taylor N. Duncanson, all of Raymond; a grandson; brothers, Thomas A. Duncanson of New Gloucester and Brian J. Duncanson of Raymond; and many aunts, uncles, nieces and nephews. Visiting hours for the family will be private. Funeral services will be held on Friday, Dec. 14, 2012, at 1 p.m., at North Windham Union Church, UCC, 723 Roosevelt Trail, North Windham. The Rev. Dr. Dana Reed will officiate. Interment will follow in Arlington Cemetery, North Windham. Arrangements are by Dolby Funeral Chapel, Windham. Online condolences may be expressed at In lieu of flowers, contributions in Rick’s memory may be made to: The Rick Duncanson Jr. Scholarship Fund, in care of Evergreen Credit Union, 785 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, ME 04062.

Margaret E. Crowell Margaret (Maggie) E. Crowell, died Wednesday, Dec. 5, 2012. A resident of Manomet, Mass. for seventy years, Margaret was born in Sekonk, Mass., Dec. 4, 1921, the daughter of the late Emily and Joseph Souza. She was predeceased by her husband of 63 years, Leslie (Let) Crowell, and one son Richard Crowell of Manomet. She is survived by two sons, Martin Crowell and wife Muffett Crowell of Harrison, Maine; Donald Crowell and wife Christine, of Pensacola, Fla.; and a daughter Kathleen Mann, of Manomet, Mass.; 11 grandchildren and 22 greatgrandchildren. Margaret worked for several years as a hairdresser in Plymouth, Mass., and was owner of Leslie’s Beauty Salon in Manomet during the 1960s. She enjoyed doing ceramics, often making gifts for her children and grandchildren. She was an avid baker, known for her delicious pies and pastries. During her late seventies she began feeding dozens of birds at her home on Falmouth Rd. and enjoyed spending part of her day watching them come and go. An afternoon drive to Gellars for ice cream was another of her favorite pastimes. She attended many suppers and dances at the John Alden Sportsmans Club. Since 1976, she and her husband spent summers in Harrison, Maine, where they were active in the community. A funeral service was held at Davis Funeral Home followed by her burial at Manomet Cemetery on Saturday, Dec. 8, 2012. In lieu of flowers, donations in her memory may be made to St Anne’s Church, 890 Brock Ave, New Bedford, MA 02744.



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Susan E. Sinnwell


Susan Elizabeth Oakley Sinnwell, of Burke, Va. and formerly of Bridgton, passed away on Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2012. She was the beloved wife of 40 years to Thomas L. Sinnwell; the loving mother of the late Star Marie Sinnwell, Steven James Sinnwell and Kristal Marie Sinnwell; dear sister of James Barker. Visitation was held at Everly Funeral Home, 10565 Main Street, Fairfax, Va., on Monday, Dec. 10. A Celebration of her Life was held at 1:30 p.m. Susan’s remains will be taken to Machias for her interment. The family requests memorial contributions may be made to the Salvation Army, or the American Red Cross, www.redcross. org

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NORTH FRYEBURG — Leslie “Les” Howard Farrin, 81, of North Fryeburg, passed away on Dec. 8, 2012, with family by his side. Les was born in Athens on Dec. 15, 1930. He had an adventurous spirit and at the young age of 13 he slipped a note under his seventh grade teacher’s door announcing that he was quitting school. He supported himself through his teen years doing various jobs and often reminisced about working for his father and living at the Fernald’s Farm in Stow. One of the things he was proud of as a young man was operating a bulldozer and helping contain the 1947 Brownfield fire. He continued this work ethic and interest in his community throughout his life. Les served in the Army Air Corp., 82nd Airborne Division, Ft. Bragg, N.C., from 1952–1954. He made numerous parachute jumps and one of his prize possessions was a picture of the 82nd parachuting during a training exercise. He lived in the North Fryeburg area for more than 40 years and was the owner/operator of several general contracting companies and lastly, Farrin Trucking. Then it was just himself, his truck, his dog Smokey, and the open road until he finally retired in 2004. Les had a zest for life and had many passions. He raced mini-modified cars and snowmobiles, loved to fish, organize family reunions, and drive his dune buggy. He was also very passionate about local and national politics. He was a member of the Masons and always wore his ring proudly. He enjoyed attending and participating in the Fryeburg Fair and was a life member. Les is survived by his three children, Joanne Farrin, Dawn Canales and Clayton Farrin; his three grandchildren; his four great-grandchildren; along with many nieces and nephews. Les was preceded in death by his parents, Harry Farrin and Isabel York Farrin; as well as 11 siblings. Visiting hours were held from 6 to 8 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 12, at Wood Funeral Home, 9 Warren Street, Fryeburg. A funeral service will be held at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, at the Fryeburg Church of the New Jerusalem, with the Rev. Sage Currie officiating. Interment will follow at Pine Grove Cemetery, Fryeburg. Online condolences may be expressed to the family at In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Alzheimer’s Association,

To The Editor: This letter is something of a confession. I have been an ordained minister of the United Church of Christ since 1983 and served for many years before that as a Christian educator. I have been very devoted to my local church and its mission to help people who are hurting financially. But, there are a number of issues I have struggled with throughout my adult life. One has been a sense that the majority of established belief and orthodoxy of the Christian Church has been a power play on the part of the elite establishment to keep power in the vested church and its political buddies. Hence, the creedal formulas, the ordination of only men, the accumulation of wealth gathered from poverty stricken people, the preaching of damnation to people who don’t agree with the establishment and the subjugation of the richness of cultures throughout the world.  A second struggle has been the self-righteousness of laity and clergy with respect to the marginalized of society. We say we welcome all, but find some are not a good “fit.” One of the most courageous persons in our community is Tilla Durr, who constantly reminds us that our world could be a better place if we all realized we were in this together.

Like her father and mother, Clifford and Virginia Durr, Tilla has named the corruption, fought for the rights of the less fortunate, lost jobs and been alienated from her profession. Even as I know I have tried to be loving and accepting, I have been afraid and hurt and not been eager to stand up for Tilla in public and bring others to task when they have been abusive. Unlike Jeremiah or Hosea or Jesus Christ and 11 of his inner circle, I have been afraid to declare the corruption and name the elephant in the room. It isn’t nice to know that clergy are not always loving. It isn’t good to feel that you can be rejected by church folk for being honest about how the Bible came to be, about how humans have shaped what we take for granted as God’s word, about how difficult it has been until recent times to even discuss homosexuality in the church, and about how unjust the chosen people can be to their neighbors. I have seen too often that even liberal churches reject clergy who attempt to raise questions of social conscience. I have seen too often the comfortable pew win out over social justice concerns.  For me, the church’s worship is a place for me to recharge my batteries, to find courage to go on in the struggle for justice and love. I find in my church some of the most dedicated and self-sacrificing people on earth. They give me strength. However, most of us enter church or a library group hoping that no one is going to point out our lack of commitment. We don’t want to feel that our attempts to support someone aren’t enough. We don’t want to take the blame for some other person’s rejection. I am willing to receive specific supportive criticism, but not belittling. I want to be more open to suggestions, but not have my motives twisted and contorted. If the church I choose to attend can truly be a loving community within and work that love out into the community, it is following in the steps of Jesus. If the church I choose to attend can be open to God’s revelation

in other religious communities beyond Christianity, I feel it is the right place to be. I have been a part of a church which listened to Tilla and tussled with the dynamics of social inequality (not just in words but in deeds) more than any other church I have ever been a part of and it is right here in Sweden, Maine. Many churches are closing and the younger generation seems uninterested in finding a spiritual home in organized religion. I weep for our churches and for the lack of roots for our young folks. When they take away their cell phones, I hope they will hear the voice of God calling them into a community of love and justice. Jane Gibbons Sweden

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To The Editor: At Tuesday’s Bridgton Board of Selectmen’s meeting, there was much debate amongst the board with regard to the decision to make all current volunteer committee members complete a Committee Application for their “re-appointment.” As a result of this policy, selectmen received a near unanimous response from the various volunteer committee members. The board of selectmen received signed statements indicating that the committee members would not apply for re-appointment to the committee they currently serve. At the meeting, this issue was discussed in a manner that did not permit comment from the public, many of them the very volunteer committee members that were accused of listening to the “rumor mill” or not being “team players.” Hands of volunteer committee members were raised to make comments, but not acknowledged. This was not apparent to those watching at home since, curiously enough, only the audio was broadcast on Lake Region TV. Selectmen asked for “respect” from the committee members, but would not acknowledge their desire to respond to

comments directed at them by board of selectmen members. It was somewhat reminiscent of watching the barrage of political ads during the last year. You see a 30-second spot with outof-context sound bites, which certainly appear factual when the other side is not given the opportunity to respond. When the other side does respond, the factual appearance of the initial comments is often called into question. The board of selectmen insisted that they are “thankful” for the service of the volunteers that serve the town, that this process was not a “recall” of the committee members, that they just wanted to obtain “updated information” from the members. The committees are comprised of dedicated, intelligent and sincere volunteers. They can read between the lines. If it is not a “recall,” why were members asked to fill out an application for “re-appointment?” If you wanted “updated information,” why didn’t you simply ask if any contact information from your volunteers has changed? If you are truly “thankful” for the countless hours your volunteers spend trying to help you do your job, the board of selectmen should have sent a letter of thanks to all of the members with a request to provide an update of any information that may have changed and a request to let the town know if they no longer wished to remain on their respective committee. The fact of the matter is that nearly every committee member did view this request as a recall and they did feel that there is no gratitude for their service. They did not form these opinions by way of the “rumor mill” as Selectman Woody Woodward suggested. This is their perception and, as the saying goes, perception is reality. As the elected leaders of this community, you need to be acutely aware of how your actions are perceived on the street. You missed the bus on this one. Mark Lopez Bridgton

Thoughts of home from abroad Small World by Henry Precht BN Columnist

I believe there’s a rule that when you write for The Bridgton News, there should be a connection — even a glancing one — to Bridgton itself. I’ve been fretting about that this week because the subject I want to discuss is distant in space and about every other way from our lakeside home. I want to write about our October stay in Rome. The richness of those days might be of some interest to local friends. The main connection I have found (devised) between Bridgton and the Italian capital is that both boast of artificial mountains that no one is allowed to scale. You are familiar with the lofty green hill at the transfer station. It is prickled with vent pipes for methane gas because buried within it are years of decaying garbage and pre-recycling other stuff. The neighborhood where we stayed is named for Rome’s manmade Monte Testaccio. Its origins date back to ancient days when the neighborhood was the port on the Tiber for wine and olive oil shipped in clay amphorae. These jugs were too cheap to be returned and reused by producers in Spain or Sicily. They were busted up and thrown out back, creating a 150-foot high hill. An excess of shard-picking tourists caused the mountain to be closed off, but the wine shops that were carved into its cool, damp sides still prosper.


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Rome didn’t. Like Bridgton, changing times brought new conditions. The barbarian invasions cut the water supply, the population declined, the port closed. Testaccio became a desolate area for centuries until the 19th when the unification of Italy brought new life. The city’s huge slaughterhouse was built there, as well as, model apartment blocks for workers. Well, maybe not so model, for they lacked all utilities. Come Mussolini and, better, post-WWII prosperity and the area was rejuvenated. Apartments were updated by the residents; now they are being gentrified by developers. The slaughterhouse was closed; now it houses an art gallery and a new open-air market. (The area’s eating places still have tripe and other offal on their menus.) Our apartment building faced a two-block public square. On our end was the playground for small children; at the other end elderly folk read or sat and remembered. Facing the square was our only church. In the surrounding streets were small supermarkets, which didn’t faze the many small shop owners, cafes whose tables spilled into the square, a theater, banks and to our pleasure excellent bread and ice cream stores and a pizzeria. I guess you would say it was a typical, ordinary neighborhood, a fact recognized by one street being closed off for a week for the filming of an international movie. Like Bridgton, we were some distance from the principal tourist sites — although we did have Roman walls and a pyramid, plus Keat’s grave in the Protestant cemetery. The problem was solved for us — unlike for Bridgton — by superb public transportation of buses, trams and a metro. For many Romans the solution was a two-seat car or, better, a scooter. The price of gas — maybe four times ours — was an incentive for smallness. Rome is attuned to ecological and social needs. You sort trash for recycling and garbage; it is picked up twice a week. The streets are sprayed with high-pressure hoses and swept almost every day. Health care is covered by — you choose — a national scheme or


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private medicine. All this, generous pensions and widespread tax dodging add to the huge national debt which the technocrat government is trying to trim, drawing some public opposition. We read often about the radical Moslem Arab threat to Europe. There are, to be sure, people of darker hue about. But the ones I met were from Bangladesh (running fruit stores) or Christians from India and the Philippines working as nurses or other low paying jobs. I never saw or heard any negative reaction from pale faces. The moral of this tale, I submit, is that we ought to keep an open mind about the superiority of our system to the feared “European socialism.” It might be, for example, that more small shops and fewer national chains, a cheaper single payer health care system and functioning public transportation systems would serve us better. Henry Precht is a summer Bridgtonian.


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(Continued from Page D) neath where the wings join the body. It is an immature bald eagle. Surrendering to the wind, the young eagle lands on top of a very small pine tree that grows at the tip of the rocky point. The tree is delicate, its slender trunk permanently curved by a lifetime of being blown by strong north winds, and only a few tufts of live growth remain on the top branches. We are surprised to see it support something as large as this young eagle. Perched on the little pine tree, the youngster appears to stare down at the adult, and it becomes clearer to us that he

WHITE PINE — The magnificent guardian and healer of the forest.

White Pine: Guardian (Continued from Page D) wounds. Its purpose is to heal the tree’s wounds, protecting it from disease and insects. It can do the same for us as it has strong antiseptic, antifungal qualities. I have made some wonderful pine pitch salve by carefully harvesting the pitch (it can be hard, runny, clear, yellow, dark — it doesn’t matter — don’t take too much as the tree needs it too), melting it with a little

olive oil, straining it through cheese cloth to remove any bits of bark, then adding beeswax to make a salve. This is an excellent drawing salve as well, for splinters, bites, even pimples. The process of finding and harvesting the pitch is one of my favorite things to do, and I am so appreciative of the generosity of these magnificent guardians.


or she probably is hoping to get some of the adult’s food. So far, it has not succeeded in landing near the adult, and we suspect that the adult has been taking advantage of the wind to help it chase the youngster away. Several times in the past week, we have seen an adult eagle fly over our cove. It looks as if he or she is making reconnaissance flights to check out the small flocks of migrating ducks, who have been stopping off here. Bald eagles typically eat fish, which they pluck live from the water, as well as dead fish and carrion, but they are also adept at hunting live

(Continued from Page D) the government is always talking about, but does so little to boost. His company, Serving the People Enlarges the National Debt (SPEND), offers tours of the new landmark. Interest is high, Frill said; but then, so is debt. “I can’t lose, really,” he said. In three weeks, SPEND has grossed $14 million dollars; Frill has built stairs and paths up the slope side, has installed three high-speed elevators up the cliff side, has leased out a gondola concession (run by the National Park Service), and most recently completed a four-million dollar funicular tramway to the top. If Jan. 1 comes with little progress, his company may do a public stock offering. “Didn’t you have trouble getting the permits?” I asked Frill on a visit last week. “Are you kidding? The government is in complete denial

about this place. And the contractors all were looking for work. I built most of it in three days. I’ve already repaid the bank loans and it’s been all profit for the last several days,” he said. Crowds of hundreds this cold and cloudy day were pressing up to the railings at the cliff edge. “Why is business so strong here at the fiscal cliff?” I said. “Lots of free advertising; we’re all over the television and newspapers,” Frill said. “Plus, there’s the pride factor.” I must have looked quizzical. “This cliff belongs to the American people,” Frill told me. “We all built it, we all paid for it, we’re all in debt for it. It’s the most massive structure in Washington, a symbol of this great nation’s wealth and majesty. The least we can do is enjoy it while it’s here.” He spread his hands wide


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and swept them over the scene. “Just look at this view!” he said. “It’s not as tall as the Washington Monument,” I observed. “Not yet,” shrugged Frill. “But this is the people’s monument.” “What happens to your company if the fiscal cliff is averted?” I asked. Frill laughed. “Easy come, easy go,” he said. But he stamped his foot on the cliff edge. “It’s so solid. I’m pretty sure it’s going to be here awhile. In fact, I’ll bet you next year at this time, business will be booming up here again.” I asked Willard Frump of Grand Rapids, Mich. why he shelled out twenty bucks to visit

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shadows along the shore. We never did see if the eagle flying down the lake that morning caught a merganser. We never saw if the young bald eagle, perched on the fragile pine tree out on the point this morning, managed to steal part of the adult’s meal, since it gave up after a few minutes and flew out of sight. As often happens in real life, nature watching consists of tantalizing glimpses, educated guesses, and imagination. The Sweden-Bridgton Christmas Bird Count is scheduled for Dec. 27, 2012.

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ducks, and the ducks know this. One morning a few days ago, we watched two common mergansers paddle their feet along the surface of the water and take off into the air. They flew down the lake, with a bald eagle in hot pursuit. Five common goldeneyes in the cove saw the eagle, too, and they took to the air. At first, they flew down the lake behind the eagle, but then they turned and headed north. When the goldeneyes took off, eight mallards, who had been watching the action, swam quietly away from their exposed position in the middle of the cove and disappeared into the