Archive for ‘News’

  • A short history of zoning in Bridgton

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer When the final public hearing was held Tuesday on Bridgton’s Comprehensive Plan, there was only one comment, by Selectman Bob McHatton, who wanted residents to know that the plan was not, in itself, a zoning ordinance. And in fact, the proposed update to the 2004 Comprehensive Plan that voters will […]

  • Study says Bridgton can support a national hotel

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer A study commissioned by the Bridgton Economic Development Corporation has concluded that the town needs, and can support, a nationally-branded hotel — one that could add another $3 million a year to the local economy. A 65- to 75-room hotel, such as a Best Western or other such recognized name, […]

  • TAKING PART IN THE HIKE  was Kathy McDonald, whose son Sgt. Edmund McDonald was killed in Afghanistan. (Rivet Photo)

    They climbed to the Summit in fallen soldiers’ honor

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Carmel Collins is always looking for opportunities to “bring real life experiences” to the classroom. This August, she “stepped” into an incredible project. While waiting for the start of the 5K Race for the Fallen in Brunswick, she noticed Marines were handing out small, little white notices promoting The […]

  • BARBARA BECKWITH AND HER GROOM, T.J., pose on the Naples Causeway on their wedding day two years ago. In 2014, the Naples Causeway construction project won an America’s Transportation Award in the category of quality of place and community development. (Photo courtesy of Barbara Beckwith)

    ‘Picture perfect’ spots win Causeway an award

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — When Barbara Beckwith was planning her wedding, it was a piece of cake for her to decide where it would be held. The Naples Causeway provided the picture-perfect place. “I got married at the historical church. I had my reception on the Songo River Queen. The whole […]

  • Marijuana moratorium seems rushed to some

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer The speed at which voters are being asked to enact a medical marijuana moratorium in Bridgton has some residents wondering — why the rush? The six-month moratorium on medical marijuana dispensaries and cultivation sites was only proposed one month earlier, on Sept. 7. Tuesday’s public hearing was the only chance […]

  • Cell tower in the church bell tower?

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — The church located in the Casco Village could be the site of a cell tower. It has long been a source of frustration for both residents and visitors that cell service is sketchy at best, and calls constantly get dropped in the Village. Plus, the problem stands […]

  • THE CREW FROM Long Lake Marina poses aboard “the fun boat.” Long Lake Marina recently acquired property in Bridgton with ample boat storage space, a maintenance shop plus a show room. Last fall, when the marina’s Naples-based boat storage facility reached its capacity, owner Jim Davenport knew it was time to expand the business again.   (De Busk Photo)

    Long Lake Marina expands into Bridgton

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — Jim Davenport is ready to make some waves about Long Lake Marina’s recent expansion. The Naples-based marina, that has been on Long Lake since the 1950s, can offer its boating customers yet another location. Davenport is excited to let the word out: Long Lake Marina purchased the […]

  • NW dd41 PHOTO for fire wood supply story

    ‘Seasoned’ wood in short supply

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — Some local firewood suppliers say that there is a shortage of seasoned firewood, and green is all that is to be had. But, there is no shortage of people hoping to purchase a dry cord for their woodstoves. “Customers call every day, asking for seasoned firewood,” said […]

  • ON THE JOB — Dan Merhalski, Denmark’s new Town Manager, brings 10 years of experience as a planner to his new job.

    Denmark names new town manager

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer DENMARK — Daniel Merhalski had served 10 years as a municipal planner for cities, towns and tribes both large and small when he decided to return to the small town life he loves best. As of Sept. 29, the 37-year-old began working for Denmark, in his first job as a […]

  • Stan Cohen

    Q&A: Stan Cohen pens 500th ‘Nugget’

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer As a finance officer at a prestigious educational Academy, Stan Cohen thought he was well-versed regarding planning for his upcoming retirement. He wasn’t. Cohen discovered how complex and confusing various Medicare programs are, and if not correctly addressed, one could face either higher premiums or penalties. He would ultimately […]