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  • Budget cuts keep Naples mil rate stable

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — Naples residents should be pleased that the property tax rate will stay the same as last year. However, the less pleasing news is that the tax bills will be in the mail by early to mid-September. The Naples tax rate has been set at $13.55. On Monday, […]

  • MARY CELESTE PHILLIPS, 70, of Lovell, will speak on the challenges of eating on a limited food budget at the Empty Bowl Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser, which will be held at the Lake Region Vocational Technology School in September. (Photo courtesy of Mary Phillips)

    Hunger whispers to Mary — Lovell woman to be voice for seniors, food insecurity

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer LOVELL — Mary Phillips and her husband cannot afford to eat meat very often. That source of protein is not always included in the budget. “We get meat every two weeks. This month, I bought a big package of ground beef and one slab of fish. I made as […]

  • BRAG fields need town help

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton Selectmen agreed Tuesday to allow the Bridgton Recreation Advancement Group to use $30,000 in budgeted set-aside funds to improve the Kendal and Anna Ham Recreation Complex. The money will be used to improve the complex’s ballfields and help construct a concession building with restrooms and a press box. The […]

  • AMONG THOSE ON HAND to celebrate the start of bus service in Bridgton were, from left, Sally Chappell and another member of the Bridgton Transportation Coalition; Rick Harbison, planner for the Greater Portland Council of Governments; Carmen Lone, executive director of the Bridgton Community Center; Jack Uminski, Regional Transportation System bus driver; Phyllis Ginzler, state representative; Paul Hoyt, Bridgton selectman; Bill Hurley, transit supervisor for the Department of Transportation; Jack DeBeradinis, RTP executive director; Ken Murphy, Bridgton selectman; Bob Peabody, Bridgton town manager; and Anne Krieg, Bridgton planner. 
(Geraghty Photo)

    Lakes Region Explorer bus service celebrated

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Town officials and true believers of public transit came together Monday to celebrate the journey of finally bringing bus service to Bridgton. The Lakes Region Bus, soon to be renamed the Lakes Region Explorer, began service Monday, Aug. 17, from Portland to the Bridgton Community Center, offering four trips a […]

  • Fryeburg selectmen consider Red Brick Building options

    By Emily Butterfield Contributing Writer FRYEBURG — Options for alternative storage for items contained in the Old Brick Building on Main Street were discussed at the last selectmen’s meeting on August 20. Town voters approved the sale of the building to the Historical Society for $1.00 back in June at the Annual Town Meeting. Before […]

  • Dogs on dock okay for boaters at Salmon Point Campground

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton Selectmen approved a policy change Tuesday that will allow campers with dogs at the Salmon Point Campground to bring their dogs to the dock to be loaded onto boats. The town-owned campground’s rules had stated that no dogs are allowed on the public beach area or in the water. […]

  • COLLAGE OF MEMORY — For his brother’s funeral, Deborah Buffington’s family chose photos that “caught him best, always smiling.”
NAMI to offer in-depth course 
HARRISON — For the first time ever in Northern Cumberland County, the National Alliance on Mental Illness of Maine, known as NAMI, is sponsoring its free 12-week Family-to-Family Education Program for families of people diagnosed with mental illness. 
The free series of classes from the nation’s largest grassroots mental health organization will be offered in Harrison beginning on Wednesday, Sept. 9, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. Those who sign up will be given the location details once they have contacted Susan Dovell at 583-8054. The program is also being offered in Westbrook beginning Tuesday, Sept. 3, from 6 to 8:30 p.m. (Call Karen, 653-6269, or Jack at 653-7600), and in Brunswick beginning Monday, Sept. 14, from 6:30 to 9 p.m. (Call Valerie, 319-7956).
The course is an evaluated, national best practice program, and will cover information about schizophrenia, the mood disorders (bipolar disorder and major depression), panic disorder, obsessive-compulsive disorder and other major mental health challenges. In addition, coping skills such as handling crisis and relapse; basic information about medications; listening and communication techniques; problem-solving skills; recovery and rehabilitation; and self-care around worry and stress will be included.
The course is designed specifically for parents, siblings, spouses, teenage and adult children and significant others of persons with severe and persistent mental illness. The curriculum has been written by an experienced family member mental health professional, and the course will be taught by NAMI family member volunteers who have taken intensive training as course instructors. 
Both of the co-teachers for the Harrison course are local; Dovell is from Harrison and the other instructor, Debbie Buffington, is from Bridgton. Both also have had family members who were mentally ill.
"This course is a wonderful experience!” says Christine Canty Brooks, Director of Peer and Family Programs at NAMI Maine. “It balances basic psycho-education and skill-training with emotional support, self-care and empowerment. We hope families with relatives who have mental health challenges will take advantage of this unique opportunity."
For more information, contact Christine at the NAMI Maine office at 1-800-464-5767, ext. 2305 or e-mail

    Dealing with the pain of a loved one’s mental illness

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Two women from the Lake Region have made it their mission to help families cope with the pain, guilt and horrible helplessness that comes when a loved one is diagnosed with a mental illness. Deborah Buffington of Bridgton and Susan Dovell of Harrison didn’t know each other when they went […]

  • Concerns raised after Route 11 fatal crash

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — Residents and town officials in Casco started a conversation about ways to reduce the number of vehicular accidents that occur on Route 11. On Tuesday, it was noted that earlier that day along Route 11 a driver had lost control of a vehicle, which ended up taking […]

  • Tonya Arnold has resigned as Lake Region Middle School principal to accept the principalship at the Maine School of Natural Sciences, a charter high school. (File Photo)

    With two weeks until school opening, SAD 61 loses two administrators

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer With the start of the new school year just two weeks away, SAD 61 is searching for a new middle school principal and an adult education director. Tonya Arnold resigned as Lake Region Middle School principal effective Aug. 11. She has been named the principal of the Maine Academy […]

  • Residents: Lawyer contradicted DEP letter

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — Several citizens of Naples brought it to the attention of elected public officials that statements made by the town attorney in mid-July contradicted a letter dated December 2014. The residents spoke on Aug. 10 during the bi-monthly Naples Board of Selectmen meeting; and they asked for an […]