Archive for ‘News’

  • Insurance coverage puts Harrison in position for fire engine upgrade

    HARRISON — Maybe, there is a silver lining in the loss of Engine 4. The Harrison Fire Department is down a truck following an accident last month, which resulted in a fire truck sliding out of control on Harrison Heights Road and crashing into trees. Fortunately, the driver escaped with minor cuts and bruises. Another […]

  • NEW CURBSIDE BUILDING — The new two-story building that will replace the N.A.H.G.A. office building in Bridgton, owned by Chalmers Insurance, will be built right up against the sidewalk on Main Street, shown at left, on space that is currently used for parking. The curbside orientation will be in line with the Chalmers Realty office building located on the other side of Bacon Street, shown at the bottom of this sketch. Stevens Brook, at right, forms the rear border of the property. The project will be constructed by Main Eco Homes, which is currently finishing work on a new two-story retail/office building diagonally across Main Street.

    Chalmers Insurance project gets green light

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer The Bridgton Planning Board gave preliminary site plan approval Tuesday for a new two-story office building across from the Big Apple on Main Street. The 2,380-square-foot building at 88 Main Street will serve as the new headquarters for the National Health National Accident Health General Agency (N.A.H.G.A.), the small claims […]

  • NEW OWNERS BEHIND MELBY’S — Wayne and Tracie Hill stand behind the restaurant counter at Melby’s Market & Eatery, where they will take over ownership Feb. 15 from Paul and Kay Legare, seated.

    Melby’s Market & Eatery sold

      By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Twenty-six years ago, Paul and Kay Legare bought North Waterford’s iconic Tut’s General Store and brought it back from the brink of disaster. They gave it a new name — Melby’s Market & Eatery —and worked countless hours to build it back as a central hub of community life, […]

  • By an overwhelming margin, Sebago votes to enter withdrawal mode

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Sebago is now in withdrawal mode. Voters Tuesday passed a referendum that will start the withdrawal process from SAD 61. The measure carried with 336 “yes” votes, while 58 residents voted “no.” There was one blank ballot. By state statute, Sebago will now formally notify SAD 61 via written […]

  • Lake Region Middle School Principal Matthew Lokken

    Conversation with LRMS Principal Matthew Lokken

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer If someone 20 years ago told Matt Lokken that he would someday become a middle school principal, he would have simply responded, “No way!” Although several family members pursued careers in education, Matt’s passion was science. “I love the outdoors,” he said. “I like the ecology, animal side of […]

  • Bill to honor Bob Neault clears first hurdle

    The Maine Legislature will consider a measure to rename the Naples Bay Bridge after Robert Neault. Neault, who passed away at age 56 in November, was a longtime Naples attorney with deep ties to the community. He served on the Naples Planning Board and the Causeway Revitalization Committee. He helped found the Naples/Casco Before and […]

  • Naples man seriously injured in crash

    NAPLES — A Naples man was seriously injured early Monday morning when his vehicle went off Route 302 and crashed in the Naples Shopping Center parking lot. Keegan C. Eldridge, 25, was found unconscious by a Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office deputy following the 1:40 a.m. crash. Eldridge was transported to the Bridgton Hospital with a […]

  • HALF A LOAF BETTER THAN NONE — As seen facing south toward Bridgton, this Photoshopped image of the Moose Pond Causeway shows a brown powder-coated guardrail on the Sabatis Island side, instead of the granite stones. But on the right, the “red granite guardians” have been preserved overlooking Moose Pond and Pleasant Mountain. The lettering depicts the plan to shift the centerline in order to create a 10-foot parking lane next to the stones, along with a four-foot shoulder and rumble strip. A five-foot shoulder would be created on the guardrail side.  (MDOT image)

    Compromise saves one side of Causeway granite stones

      By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer State highway officials, called out by the town on their failure to follow federal historic preservation regulations on the Moose Pond Causeway, have agreed to let the granite stones stay in place on the Pleasant Mountain side of the Causeway. A brown powder-coated guardrail with narrow posts will be […]

  • Withdrawal process — ‘It’s a negotiating tool’

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer SEBAGO — Lisa Johnson fully understands why residents here are adamant about reaching an agreement with SAD 61 to keep their community school open or they will seek to withdraw from the district. A former resident of Cornish, Johnson was disappointed when SAD 55 decided to close the town’s […]

  • Naples policy tough on personal property tax debtors

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — The draft for a Naples personal property tax collection policy drew mixed reviews, although it appeared it could be on a fast-track to be adopted in two weeks. One resident said the policy gave too much leeway and latitude for the Naples Board of Selectmen to favor […]