Archive for ‘News’

  • I LOVE THIS PICTURE — On his book’s website, Kevin Hancock writes of this church photograph, “I love this picture. I took it on the first day of my first trip to Pine Ridge. It captures so many elements of the Pine Ridge experience. Nature overshadows the human footprint. The church itself is symbolic of the effort to ‘remake’ the Lakota, yet the church lies abandoned. The church, the road, the telephone poles are the only signs of human existence. From no vantage point can you see another building because it is a long way to the next one. When I took this picture, I just stopped my car in the road and got out. There was no traffic. Except for the wind, it was perfectly silent.”

    ‘A story I had to tell’ — Kevin Hancock writes book about Pine Ridge journey

    “The goal should not be the eradication or abandonment of one culture in favor of another, but rather the connectivity of cultures. The best of mankind is distributed like a puzzle throughout all the peoples of the world, who, in the end, are not so different after all.” — Kevin Hancock, a quote from the […]

  • BEING PINNED — Bridgton Police Chief Richard Stillman received his Police Chief lapel pin at Monday’s swearing-in ceremony from his father-in-law, Peter O’Brien. (Geraghty Photo)

    Chief Stillman vows to ‘respond appropriately’

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer The man who spent every summer of his childhood on Moose Pond has returned to Bridgton as its new Police Chief. Richard B. Stillman was officially sworn in as Police Chief at a Monday welcoming gathering attended by around 30 people, including several of his relatives and fellow law enforcement […]

  • Senator James Hamper

    Legislators answer letter writer regarding ‘no’ vote on LMF bond

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer When Daniel Crofts of Casco saw that an attempt by legislators to advance Land for Maine’s Future bond sales despite the governor’s opposition fell just short of the two-thirds majority needed, he looked to see how local representatives voted. His question became, why did they vote against the measure? […]

  • OVER A DOZEN bags containing pet feces were pulled from Trull Brook in Sweden this week by Lakes Environmental Association members.

    ‘It’s repulsive’ — Bags containing pet feces pulled from Trull Brook

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer SWEDEN — Miriam Gibely was looking to enjoy fresh air while on a walk with her dog Saturday along Trull Brook Road in Sweden. Instead, she stumbled upon a stinky and disturbing situation. “I stopped on the little bridge to gaze down into the burbling stream and spied about […]

  • LEA’s Maine Lake Science Center nestled in the woods adjacent to Pondicherry Park. (Photo by Bridie McGreavy)

    LEA opens the Maine Lake Science Center

    By Leigh Macmillen Hayes Special to The News Last week, I sat in the conference room of the brand new Maine Lake Science Center, in awe of this space, which the Lakes Environmental Association (LEA) has created over the past year. To be honest, it was a seven-year undertaking since Executive Director Peter Lowell, his […]

  • Couple robbed at gunpoint at boat landing

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton Police are tracking down leads in hopes of catching two men wearing facemasks, who committed armed robbery after threatening a man and woman from Bridgton with a handgun and a pipe at the boat landing on Power House Road. A neighbor called police around 8:30 p.m. July 21 after […]

  • Casco Fire, Rescue outline purchases

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — The Casco Fire and Rescue Department is scheduled to get a new tanker truck next spring as well as a much needed replacement for its 1987 ambulance. Also, well before winter arrives, the shingles on the fire station roof will be replaced, and water and ice guards […]

  • Naples backs budget cuts

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — To everyone’s knowledge, Naples is the first town in Maine to have voters at a Town Meeting approve the budget, and then vote down a warrant article allowing the town to exceed the tax levy limit without making any adjustments to the just approved budget. In most […]

  • BARE TO THE BONES — Workers from Doten Construction were adding rigid insulation Monday between the exposed framing on the rear of Bridgton Town Hall, after spending the first week shoring up deterioration in the foundation involving the entire rear half of the North High Street building. The building had to be jacked up slightly to level the floor space in the hall’s storage area and replace the deteriorated portions of the foundation. The workers say the damage was worse than they had anticipated, but that it should not result in added costs or delays to the project.  

(Geraghty Photo)

    Jacked up Bridgton Town Hall now level

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Anyone who has renovated an old building knows the maxim: you never know what you’ll find until you have it uncovered. So says Bridgton Town Manager Bob Peabody about the ongoing repair project at Bridgton’s historic Town Hall. “It was always the hope that the building could remain open, but […]

  • Come welcome the new police chief

    WHO: New Bridgton Police Chief Richard Stillman WHAT: Official Swearing-in Ceremony WHEN: Monday, July 27, 6 p.m. WHERE: Municipal Complex, downstairs multipurpose room By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton may have just hit the jackpot in attracting the caliber of police chief that is Richard Stillman. Just consider what people were saying in Walpole, Mass., […]