Archive for ‘News’

  • Business equipment valued less than $2K won’t be taxed

      By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — Casco Selectman Mary-Vienessa Fernandes has been talking to the town’s tax collector. Not only that, Fernandes has been studying the Maine Municipal Association (MMA) guidelines for personal property taxes, reviewing the assessed values of the recent inventories completed by Casco-based business owners, and considering the long […]

  • Denmark board chairman criticized about her service

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer DENMARK — A year after surviving a recall vote, Denmark Selectman Chairman Beverly Caparco is once again facing strong criticisms about her service on the board. At last week’s selectmen meeting, local contractor Roger LeGoff recited a list of what he saw as questionable actions taken by the board under […]

  • Education, not advocacy, is Next Gen’s role in sewer vote

      By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer With only a month to go before the vote, some in Bridgton are concerned about the effectiveness of the public relations firm the town hired to explain the need for a new fee structure for sewer system users. “I’m really nervous about time, and where we’re at and what […]

  • HAYES TRUE VALUE celebrates 50 years in business this year. Co-owners Kerry (left) and Al Hayes continue the tradition left by their parents, Al and Betty. (Rivet Photo)

    One on One with…Kerry & Al Hayes

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer When Al and Betty Hayes decided to fill a void left in town with the closure of Fitton Hardware (one of Bridgton’s longest continuous enterprises back in that era, 25 years) by opening a new store, a shovel cost under $1, gas was 32 cents and a first-class stamp […]

  • Beth Perron steps up to fill late husband’s planning board seat

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer HARRISON — There was gratitude and praise from Harrison Selectmen last week in accepting the offer by Beth Perron to fill the Planning Board seat of her husband Adam Perron, who was killed in a traffic accident April 20. “She came forward on her own,” said Town Manager George “Bud” […]

  • No discussion or debate, SAD 61 budget passes first hurdle

    In 22 minutes, over $29 million was approved to cover educational costs in SAD 61 next year. Unlike the spirited and vocal debate that rocked the school system over how to address overcrowding at Songo Locks School by repurposing and renovating the Crooked River facility, barely a peep could be heard Tuesday night regarding the […]

  • Nominations sought for Bridgton’s first ‘Spirit of America’ award

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer At the urging of Selectman Greg Watkins, Bridgton Selectmen have decided to participate in the national Spirit of America Foundation Tribute, by which a local person or group is honored for outstanding community service. The public is invited to visit the town website, www.bridgtonmaine.org or come into the Municipal Complex […]

  • Bridgton Food Pantry users step up to support funding request

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer The personal stories of residents who depend on the Bridgton Food Pantry to make ends meet highlighted Tuesday’s public hearing on a citizen petition seeking $10,000 from taxpayers to help the pantry feed Bridgton residents. One man said that when he came to Bridgton four years ago, “I was in […]

  • Dr. Eric Gerchman 
Raised in Allentown, Pa., grew up in the suburbs with three siblings. Eric’s dad had a private practice on the west side of Allentown for 40 years, and sold it to Lehigh Valley Health systems two years before retiring.

Education: Eric attended Temple University for his undergraduate studies, where he met his wife, Denyell. Medical school degree is from the Chicago Medical School. Returned to Pennsylvania for residency at Lancaster General Hospital Family Practice Residency program and graduated in 1998. Joined a very busy practice in Pennsylvania and after a year, joined the National Health Service Corp. Moved to Maine to follow “his heart and raise four children (Brenna, Logan, Austin and McKenna) in a much better environment — in Denmark.”

“Our plan was to stay for four to five years, but fell in love with the Maine way of life and have been here ever since,” he said.

Joined Bridgton Hospital after the government decided not to honor the National Health Service Corp contract and shortly thereafter, Eric found myself having a cholecystectomy at Bridgton Hospital.

“During my hospital stay, I inquired about a job with the Bridgton Hospital Group. That was in 2001. I have enjoyed the full family practice experience of office-based care, hospital care and delivering babies for most of my time with Bridgton Hospital,” he said. “With the changing demands on healthcare, my practice has narrowed to primarily out-patient care, with some hospitalist care and inpatient newborn care.”

    One on One with…Maine Family Physician of the Year, Dr. Eric Gerchman

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer FRYEBURG — When Eric Gerchman decided to follow in his father’s footsteps to become a doctor, he also followed his dad’s approach to medicine. “Take good care of the patient and the rest will take care of itself.” For the past 20 years, those words of wisdom served him […]

  • Naples man injured in ATV crash

    NAPLES — A 31-year-old Naples man suffered life-threatening injuries Tuesday night as the result of an ATV accident on Lake House Road in Naples at 8:27 p.m. The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office reported that Caleb Humphrey was transported to Bridgton Hospital following the accident on the public way. Due to his injuries, Humphrey was subsequently […]