Beth Perron steps up to fill late husband’s planning board seat

Adam and his wife, Beth Perron. A benefit golf scramble to raise money for a fund in Adam Perron’s memory will be held next month. “We have lost one of our dear teachers, Adam Perron. He was a great person! Not only did he care about the Earth, but he cared about everyone,” wrote Lake Region Middle School student Shauna Hancock and the Katahdin Team. “In his honor, we are doing a fundraiser to kick-off the Adam Perron Scholarship for Educators. Adam was passionate about helping people get the education they need.” The fundraiser will be a golf scramble on Friday, June 17, at the Naples Country Club. This event starts at 3 p.m. and is $50 per person to enter the golf scramble. The cost includes nine holes of golf, a golf cart, barbecue, and prizes. The first 14 teams to register are in.  There is also a fun hat contest! You can register online at http://goo.gl/ forms/QGtcbfLijr. If you do not feel like golfing, you can join enjoy the barbeque for $20. Please send donations to: Lake Region Athletics, care of Paul True, Lake Region High School, 1877 Roosevelt Trail, Naples, ME 04055. For more information e-mail: kurt.peterson@lakeregionschools.org or thomas.coady@lakeregionschools.org Hole sponsors ($50 per hole) are also being sought. A sign will be displayed on the tee box with the business’ advertisement (please provide tourney organizers with a business card if you decide to sponsor a hole). Items are also being sought for the golf scramble raffle. Send the following information to the previously mentioned high school address: item donated, value and donation from…

Adam and his wife, Beth Perron.
A benefit golf scramble to raise money for a fund in Adam Perron’s memory will be held next month.
“We have lost one of our dear teachers, Adam Perron. He was a great person! Not only did he care about the Earth, but he cared about everyone,” wrote Lake Region Middle School student Shauna Hancock and the Katahdin Team. “In his honor, we are doing a fundraiser to kick-off the Adam Perron Scholarship for Educators. Adam was passionate about helping people get the education they need.”
The fundraiser will be a golf scramble on Friday, June 17, at the Naples Country Club.
This event starts at 3 p.m. and is $50 per person to enter the golf scramble. The cost includes nine holes of golf, a golf cart, barbecue, and prizes. The first 14 teams to register are in.
There is also a fun hat contest! You can register online at http://goo.gl/ forms/QGtcbfLijr. If you do not feel like golfing, you can join enjoy the barbeque for $20.
Please send donations to: Lake Region Athletics, care of Paul True, Lake Region High School, 1877 Roosevelt Trail, Naples, ME 04055.
For more information e-mail: kurt.peterson@lakeregionschools.org or thomas.coady@lakeregionschools.org
Hole sponsors ($50 per hole) are also being sought. A sign will be displayed on the tee box with the business’ advertisement (please provide tourney organizers with a business card if you decide to sponsor a hole).
Items are also being sought for the golf scramble raffle. Send the following information to the previously mentioned high school address: item donated, value and donation from…

By Gail Geraghty

Staff Writer

HARRISON — There was gratitude and praise from Harrison Selectmen last week in accepting the offer by Beth Perron to fill the Planning Board seat of her husband Adam Perron, who was killed in a traffic accident April 20.

“She came forward on her own,” said Town Manager George “Bud” Finch. “She really wants to participate, and with the loss of Adam, she feels filing for that seat is the right thing to do.”

Selectman Matthew Frank said Adam, an environmentalist and educator, always took his responsibilities as a planning board member seriously.

“He was a good man,” Frank said. “He made sure to read the rules, and he made his decisions based on rules, not relationships.” Frank said his wife Beth, a Lake Region High School and University of Maine graduate, will be “an excellent addition” to the board.

“We need young people to get involved,” he said.

Beth Perron’s appointment will run through June 30, 2018.

Candidates were also announced for local elections, to be held on Tuesday, June 14, with polls open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. at Harrison Town Hall. The only contest is for the one three-year seat on the Board of Selectmen. Board Chairman Kathy Laplante is not running again. Vying for the seat are Ray Laplante and Imelda Arris.

There’ll be a write-in contest for the two open seats on the Planning Board. Robert Celeste is stepping down in order to run for the one open seat on the SAD 17 Board of Directors. Another write-in contest will be held for one of two open seats on the Appeals Board. Incumbent Doug Wall has agreed to run for another three-year term.

During public participation, resident Rick Sykes asked about the process for buying a new $500,000 fire engine, if voters agree to the purchase at the Town Meeting.

Finch said the purchase will be put out to bid to a variety of vendors who must be capable of providing the specialty apparatus the town requires. He said this might limit how many vendors will bid, but added that most fire equipment suppliers now have comparable items, “so it will open it up” to more than one vendor.

A woman said she came to the meeting to “make sure town politics isn’t like Washington politics,” where only a few powerful politicians often control what is happening. She also wanted to make sure selectmen understand that the public has a right to know, “and not have one or two people make decisions or hide what’s happening.”

Board Chairman Kathy Laplante said, “I’ve been on the board six years, and we’re not hiding anything.” She added that all of the board’s meetings are videotaped on Lake Region Television.

In Finch’s manager’s report, he noted that the town is putting together a “very comprehensive road plan” for the upcoming year, and this year’s budget reflects a slight decrease in the tax rate.

If local, school and county budgets are passed as presented, the mil rate will be $10.95 per $100,000 of assessed valuation, which is 20 cents less than last year’s rate.

Finch said work on the pre-audit for fiscal year 2016 has begun, and the final audit is expected to be complete by August. An overhaul of the town’s personnel policy, required under state Fair Labor Standards, is in progress and should be completed before the audit.

A position will be filled in July at the transfer station, Finch said, and the town is looking into hiring on a per-diem basis for next winter’s snowplowing.

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