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  • RIDING IN STYLE — Tiffany Payton, of Carousel Horse Farm, will be bringing her single-horse carriage to Downtown Bridgton for ride tours as a trial run during Fryeburg Fair week, Sept. 28 to Oct. 5.

    Horse-drawn carriage tours coming to Bridgton

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton Selectmen gave their blessing to Tiffany Payton, of Carousel Horse Farm in Casco, to offer the public horse-drawn carriage rides during Fryeburg Fair week starting Sept. 28. No permitting is required to offer the curb service, but Payton wanted to inform the town that she would like to add […]

  • NOT SHY ABOUT IT — Dressed as Mish the Mushroom Man, holding his sidekick Snee the Snail, Cheryl Johnson gets in the spirit for her planned 40-mile walk to Portland on Sunday to raise funds to help keep a lien from being placed on her home by a college loan company.

    Bridgton author embarks on ‘Mish’-ion Possible

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer In only 12 months, she’s published 10 books. In only 12 hours, she’ll walk 40 miles, from her hometown of Bridgton to Portland, outfitted head-to-toe like a giant mushroom, carrying helium balloons and a big pink stuffed snail. Nothing exceeds the imagination of Cheryl Johnson. Even though she’s 59 and […]

  • IN APRIL 2007 — at the foot of Mount Pleasant, Bridgton resident Sally Chappell and other community members rallied to reduce CO2 levels in the atmosphere. As a show of solidarity for the People’s Climate March in New York City, a couple rallies are being held in the area on Sunday. (Photo courtesy of Sally Chappell)


What: People’s Climate Marches are being held locally; the marches and rallies are happening in conjunction with the People’s Climate Change March in New York City.

When: Sunday, Sept. 21, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Where: On the Bay of Naples Bridge on the Causeway in Naples; and also in Bridgton, at the junction of Route 302 and Route 117.

Why: To demonstrate to the world’s political leaders the need for policies to reduce carbon emissions and stem the rising temperatures worldwide. On Monday, Sept. 23, the Climate Summit 2014 begins at the United Nations Headquarters in New York City.

What to bring: Rally posters and friends

For more info: View the film, “Disruption,” online, go to

    People rally for climate control

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer Seven years ago, Sally Chappell held a small protest on the causeway below Mount Pleasant in Bridgton. On the shoulder of Route 302, along with like-minded community members, Chappell rallied for new policies — changes in legislation to reverse climate change, to lower the CO2 particles in the atmosphere. […]

  • Naples voters okay money to buy property

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — The fiscally wise individual sometimes offsets a major purchase by selling an unwanted or seldom used item. Voters attending the Naples Special Town Meeting approved the allocation of two expenditures. One sum of money ($15,000) was for the improvement of the bathrooms including showers and new plumbing […]

  • Clerk assaulted behind store

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Bridgton Police are still searching for two men who assaulted a male clerk with a sharp object in the early hours of Sept. 8 behind the Big Apple on Main Street. Police Chief Kevin Schofield said the clerk, who is in his mid-20s, encountered two men sitting on the stone […]

  • Spaghetti dinner to help local food pantries

    What: Empty Bowl Dinner, a fundraiser for nine area food pantries When: Monday, 6 to 8 p.m. Where: Crooked River Adult Education Building, off Route 11 in Casco Cost: $10 per meal, cash only, includes meal and souvenir bowl decorated by area children  By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — A plate of spaghetti […]

  • BRIDGTON RESIDENT Steve Collins said he was speaking both as a citizen and the chairman of the Bridgton Planning Board in asking selectmen to approve a November referendum that would place a six-month moratorium on any new applications for a medical marijuana dispensary in town.

    Moratorium sought on pot dispensaries in Bridgton

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Would Bridgton be ready if a medical marijuana dispensary wanted to operate in town? Would it know how to deal with a permit request to lease a vacant warehouse for a marijuana-growing operation? Not by a long shot, believes Planning Board Chairman Steve Collins. That’s why, on Tuesday, Collins asked […]

  • EARLIER THIS WEEK, a crew from Glidden Excavating and Paving prepares for the paving job that will take place Wednesday and possibly today. One-lane closures will occur on that stretch of Route 302 near the Route 11 junction, as a turning lane is being installed to facilitate traffic traveling to Dunkin’ Donuts. (De Busk Photo)

    Turning lane added for Dunkin’ Donuts

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — Although it is company policy to expedite the order of each customer within minutes, Dunkin’ Donuts has been known to have a traffic lined up for drive-through service. Plus, coffee customers tend to gravitate to the well-known New England franchise at the same time of the day. […]

  • THE CASCO-NAPLES BULKY WASTE Transfer Facility is open to anyone who wants to get rid of materials that don’t fall into the category of household trash or recyclables. However, there is a fee of five cents per pound for people who don’t have bulky waste coupons. Members of the Club Sebago Association, Inc., have requested that the town provide them with bulky waste coupons, particularly since they pay property taxes. A decision was tabled until the Sept. 23 meeting of the Casco Board of Selectmen. (De Busk Photo)

    Club Sebago requests free bulky waste drop-off

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — Peter Church spends half the year in Casco, and the other six months in Florida. While in Maine, Church lives in a gated community with amenities such as access to Sebago Lake beach and the boat launch as well as the Point Sebago Resort Golf Course. He […]

  • Depot Street streetscape plan becomes clouded

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer The fate of the Depot Street Streetscape project in Bridgton became even more clouded Tuesday after bids came in over budget for a second time. Selectmen weren’t thrilled with the solution put forward by Anne Krieg, Director of Planning, Economic and Community Development, to make up a nearly $100,000 shortfall […]