Archive for ‘News’

  • Walk with Casco open space group on public land

    What: An informational walk with the Casco Open Space Commission Where: Town-owned property off Route 302 in South Casco; park on the unpaved portion Ring Landing Road  When: Saturday, Sept. 13, 9 a.m. What to expect: Approximately an hour walk, a gentle walk with Open Space member and Ring’s Landing resident Frank Cantor leading. By […]

  • THE TOWN OF NAPLES has made a legal agreement with the owners of this estate, property located at 1074 Roosevelt Trail. If approved at Special Town Meeting, the town will purchase the parcel for $188,000 using money from the Undesignated Fund Balance. This agreement is in lieu of paying for a new well and guaranteeing the water quality for a decade. (De Busk Photo)

    Salty proposition: Lawsuit to end with land purchase

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — The solution has been a long time in the making. The solution will be the potentially least expensive route for the town. On Friday, the Town of Naples received news from the lawyer for the estate, which is located at 1074 Roosevelt Trail, near the Town Sand […]

  • NEW PRINCIPAL — Standing in front of the décor in her new office, Songo Locks School Principal Cheryl Frechette prepares earlier this week for the first day of school, which starts on Sept. 2. (De Busk Photo)

    Songo Locks a good fit for new principal

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES – Of course, Cheryl Frechette’s heart fluttered and her mood moved toward elation when she heard she had been chosen as the new principal at Songo Locks School. But, she also experienced astonishment. She had applied for the position to be part of the collaborative teaching that has […]

  • Bridgton begins fire department study

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer There’s still time to have your say on how well you think the Bridgton Fire Department is doing its job. Residents have until tomorrow, Aug. 29, to submit a request to be interviewed by Public Safety Strategies Group, the Massachusetts consulting firm the town hired to do the study of […]

  • IT COULD COLLAPSE — Bridgton Code Enforcement Officer Robbie Baker told Bridgton Selectmen this home on Cottage Street could collapse this winter from snow loads if it isn’t torn down. Selectmen agreed, empowering Baker to notify the owners that the building must be removed.

(Geraghty Photo)

    Town pushes owners to demolish dangerous building

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton Selectmen on Tuesday agreed to order the demolition of a house at 2 Cottage Street that was badly damaged by a fire last winter. The February fire destroyed nearly half of the roof, and Code Enforcement Robbie Baker said, “With the snow load this winter, I’m concerned it will […]

  • Bridgton to take another shot at ‘friendly’ business status

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again. To be business friendly, that is. After being turned down last year in its bid to become state-certified as a Business Friendly Community, Bridgton will be applying again — but not until next spring, when the Depot Street Streetscape project is […]

  • ON SUNDAY — a crew of about six men extended the Otisfield Bridge to battle erosion at that spot along the trail system that is part of JugTown. Those who helped with the work last weekend included: Bill Chute, Lonney Girard, Ernest Hinkley II, Jay Morse, Eric Lacrasse and David Hicks. (Photo courtesy of Bill Chute)

    ATV Club members keep trails safe, smooth for others

      What: The Lakes Region ATV Club Why: To ride with other people, to help with JugTown Trail work projects, to go on planned rides Ways to contact: Meets every third Thursday at 7 p.m. at the Casco Central Fire Station, or through social media Lakes Region ATV Club on Facebook, or download membership form […]

  • Magic Lantern gets waiver on changeable sign

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer The Maine Department of Transportation contacted the town of Bridgton recently to force compliance on a law requiring a 20-minute interval between messages displayed on changeable electronic signs. The law, adopted around seven years ago, arose from the concern that drivers would be distracted by signs with colored text messages […]

  • A HOUSE IN THE WOODS will be transformed into an educational center focusing on lake water quality, now that the Lakes Environmental Center has been given the green light by the Bridgton Planning Board.

    LEA Science Center gets green light

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer The Bridgton Planning Board’s Aug. 5th approval of the new Maine Lakes Science Center is being touted, not surprisingly, as a “watershed moment” by Lakes Environmental Association Executive Director Peter Lowell. Actually, Lowell is using the term to describe the bigger picture, that of bringing forth what was only a […]

  • TOWN OF NAPLES SECRETARY — Kate Matthews had the chance to test drive an electric car on a rainy day. All last week, the Town of Naples got to borrow the Nissan Leaf from the Greater Portland Council of Governments (CPCOG). The first comment most people made about the vehicle is how quiet it is. (Photo Courtesy of Naples Town Manager Ephrem Paraschak)

    Electric car makes the rounds

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — The electric car has been making the rounds. In July, employees at the Casco Town Office got to take the Nissan Leaf for a spin. Also, Casco borrowed the car during the weekend of Casco Days, and the clean energy vehicle made an appearance in the parade. […]