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  • THANKS FOR YEARS OF SERVICE — Honoring Mike Fitch (middle) for the years of service to the town of Bridgton at his retirement party were (left to right) Selectman Ken Murphy; Mike’s wife, Cheryl; Chairman of the Board of Selectmen Bernie King; and Bridgton Town Manager Robert Peabody.

    Town’s head custodian retires after 35 years

    The Bridgton Town Office has seen many changes over the past 35 years from new personnel to structural renovations. One constant has been Mike Fitch, who has served as building superintendent and head custodian. Last Wednesday, Sept. 17, the staff of the Bridgton Town Office held a barbecue to recognize Mike’s retirement after 35 years […]

  • Dustin Roma, project engineer for the Depot Street Streetscape Project.

    Depot Street extras: extravagant or smart?

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Faced with a project that turned out to be much more expensive than first thought, Bridgton Selectmen on Tuesday debated on how far the Depot Street Streetscape Project should be scaled back. But first, Selectman Paul Hoyt wanted to know how the project’s design engineers from Milone & MacBroom could […]

  • LAKE REGION MIDDLE SCHOOL science students, (left to right) Aisley Sturk, Isabelle Davis-White and Lindsey Keenan, all 14 years old, hold signs on the Naples Causeway. Although the turnout was much smaller than the People’s Climate March in New York City, the students said it was important to educate others about the Greenhouse Effect as well as convincing others to lower their individual carbon footprints. (De Busk Photo)

    Greenhouse effect: Hoax or science?

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — In K Bolduc’s science class, Lake Region High School (LRHS) students are learning about the Greenhouse Effect (Joseph Fourier, 1824) and ways to lower their carbon footprints. The curriculum is part of an eight-week course on environmental science, and includes a discussion on the connection between increased […]

  • Board dismisses Farmers’ Market green space petition

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer A petition signed by 86 people who wanted to keep the Farmers’ Market green space as it is wasn’t enough to convince Bridgton Selectmen to make any changes to the sidewalk design for Depot Street. The petitioners were, however, able to save the large red maple tree that was slated […]

  • Route 11: Three weeks until project is finished

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — For the past few months, residents and commuters have enjoyed a smooth ride on Route 11. The frost heaves and car-jarring cracks have been replaced with reclaimed, cement-injected pavement. Ultra-wide shoulders make driving a pleasure. Lately, road construction crews have been putting a nice, shim layer on […]

  • Hop on over to annual Brewfest

    What: 11th Annual Maine Lakes Brewfest Where: Point Sebago Resort When: Saturday, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Price: Tickets purchased after Sept. 24 will be $30, same price as ‘at the door.’ Also, there is a $5 parking fee. By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — Everything has been coming to a head. Area […]

  • Casco borrows from bank

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — For the second autumn in a row, the Town of Casco must borrow money from the bank in order to pay bills before property tax payments occur. The amount that must be borrowed is $1 million; and the interest rate is 1.6% or about $4,000 — both […]

  • RIDING IN STYLE — Tiffany Payton, of Carousel Horse Farm, will be bringing her single-horse carriage to Downtown Bridgton for ride tours as a trial run during Fryeburg Fair week, Sept. 28 to Oct. 5.

    Horse-drawn carriage tours coming to Bridgton

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton Selectmen gave their blessing to Tiffany Payton, of Carousel Horse Farm in Casco, to offer the public horse-drawn carriage rides during Fryeburg Fair week starting Sept. 28. No permitting is required to offer the curb service, but Payton wanted to inform the town that she would like to add […]

  • NOT SHY ABOUT IT — Dressed as Mish the Mushroom Man, holding his sidekick Snee the Snail, Cheryl Johnson gets in the spirit for her planned 40-mile walk to Portland on Sunday to raise funds to help keep a lien from being placed on her home by a college loan company.

    Bridgton author embarks on ‘Mish’-ion Possible

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer In only 12 months, she’s published 10 books. In only 12 hours, she’ll walk 40 miles, from her hometown of Bridgton to Portland, outfitted head-to-toe like a giant mushroom, carrying helium balloons and a big pink stuffed snail. Nothing exceeds the imagination of Cheryl Johnson. Even though she’s 59 and […]

  • IN APRIL 2007 — at the foot of Mount Pleasant, Bridgton resident Sally Chappell and other community members rallied to reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere. As a show of solidarity for the People’s Climate March in New York City, a couple rallies are being held in the area on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Sally Chappell)


What: People’s Climate Marches are being held locally; the marches and rallies are happening in conjunction with the People’s Climate Change March in New York City.

When: Sunday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: On the Bay of Naples Bridge on the Causeway in Naples; and also in Bridgton, at the junction of Route 302 and Route 117.

Why: To demonstrate to the world’s political leaders the need for policies to reduce carbon emissions and stem the rising temperatures worldwide. On Monday, Sept. 23, the Climate Summit 2014 begins at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

What to bring: Rally posters and friends

For more info: View the film, “Disruption,” online, go to

    People rally for climate control

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer Seven years ago, Sally Chappell held a small protest on the causeway below Mount Pleasant in Bridgton. On the shoulder of Route 302, along with like-minded community members, Chappell rallied for new policies — changes in legislation to reverse climate change, to lower the CO2 particles in the atmosphere. […]