Archive for ‘News’

  • Slight increase in proposed SAD 72 budget

    By Emily Butterfield Contributing Writer FRYEBURG — Over the past year, the SAD 72 school board has been diligently chipping away at creating a budget for 2016. After much deliberation by members and consideration from the public, it appears a consensus has been reached, and a mere 1.32% increase from last years budget will be […]

  • Q&A: Naples candidates field questions

    NAPLES – On Tuesday, when people go to the polls for the school budget validation vote, Naples residents will also decide who will fill two three-year seats on the Naples Board of Selectmen. In 2015, four people are running for those vacancies on the board. Incumbents John Adams and Rick Paraschak are vying for the […]

  • Harrison Selectman Richard Sykes challenged decisions made by Town Manager George “Bud” Finch at the May 14 meeting.

    Selectman Sykes cites litany of concerns

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer With only a few weeks to go before stepping down, Harrison Selectman Rick Sykes laid out a long list of concerns on May 14 about how town business has been conducted during his one-year stint on the board. Sykes spent nearly an hour questioning the actions of both selectmen and […]

  • Citizen petitions aired at public hearings

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Be it a money pit or a town treasure, the Town Hall perennially evokes strong emotions in Bridgton, and this year the emotions are running very high indeed. Last week’s official public hearing on the issue proved a case in point, as Bridgton Selectmen sparred with Dave Crowell over whether […]

  • Bus service budget goes to town meeting

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — During a recent Naples Budget Committee meeting, members voted to not recommend funding the regional bus service that links Naples to Portland. The primary reason for voting in this manner is because the Regional Transportation Program bus that serves the region has an average of one person […]

  • THE BOAT LAUNCH at the Town Beach is reserved for Naples taxpayers. However, if passed at the Town Meeting, the use could be offered to nonresidents for a fee. (De Busk Photo)

    Boat launch fee shouldn’t cause waves

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — Last summer, out-of-towners and out-of-staters were turned away from the Naples Town Beach boat launch. However, it is possible that some people not owning property in Naples, or staying with Naples friends, launched their boats while the area was not being manned. “An informal survey of boat […]

  • Bus route support strong in Bridgton

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Residents in favor of bringing public transportation to Bridgton have mounted a strong challenge to the “vote no” recommendation by Bridgton Selectmen regarding a citizen’s petition to help fund a Lake Region bus route. They say the benefits of helping Regional Transportation Program operate a Portland to Bridgton route far […]

  • New Bridgton Police chief expected to start by July

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer If all goes as planned, Bridgton should have a new police chief in two months. Town Manager Bob Peabody said Tuesday that 19 applicants from Maine and New England, with a few from other states, have applied to become Bridgton’s next police chief. Applications closed May 8. Peabody distributed a […]

  • FEW IN ATTENDANCE — Although 100 chairs were set up in the Lake Region High School gym and bleachers were pulled, most seats went empty at Tuesday's district budget meeting. (Rivet Photo)

    On a quiet night, SAD 61 proposed $29.8 million budget passes first test

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer On a night when 47 voters passed a total school budget package of $29,831,066 within 35 minutes, the loudest voice in the high school gym belonged to Phil Shane of Casco. Wearing the hat of a SAD 61 school board member, Shane expressed his concerns regarding the proposed purchase […]

  • A SIGN MARKS the town boundary between Casco and Naples along Route 11. The Town of Naples is pricing signs for major and minor roads. (De Busk Photo)

    More ‘welcome’ to Naples’ signs?

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — There are several roads that cross the Naples boundary line, where vehicles travel into “the heart of the Lakes Region.” Some of those main thoroughfares like Route 302 and Route 11 have signs that were supplied by the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT.) Naples Town Manager Ephrem […]