Archive for ‘News’

  • Debris in culvert raises Heath water level

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — Local selectman Grant Plummer and his family spend time on their snowmobiles “down at the Heath.” When trying to cross over to the Heath, Plummer noticed that the Thompson Lake side is open water, when it should be solid ice. When his family is out riding, they […]

  • CDC makes block grant funding recommendations to Bridgton selectmen

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer As Chuck Renneker and Community Development Committee members reviewed applications for funding, they initially wondered, “why do they need money?” Then, they heard some emotional and desperate stories. Given the task to review seven requests for Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) for public services helping low- or moderate-income people […]

  • Harrison signs road bond to get jump on spring project; manager receives ‘bonus’

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer HARRISON — Spring may seem a long time from now after Mother Nature has dumped close to three feet of fresh snow, but once road construction season arrives, the town will be ready. Ready to seek and award construction/paving bids as part of an aggressive plan to improve Harrison […]

  • Naples selectmen address school project rumor

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — To set the record straight, the Naples Board of Selectmen did not take a formal stance on the Crooked River School project, which was twice rejected by voters in the four towns included in the regional school district. On Feb. 6, a concerned resident, who is also […]

  • Water release causes flooding below Casco dam

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — More water than was anticipated rushed downstream of the Pleasant Lake Dam, when the cofferdam was opened in order to lower lake levels. A cofferdam is the temporary structure which holds back water so that construction can occur on a dam or on marine vessels. Within a […]

  • Casco CEO to get harbormaster’s aid

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — More than fifty percent of Casco Code Enforcement Officer (CEO) Alex Sirois’ time is spent dealing with the Shoreland Zoning Ordinance and mooring issues. This summer those mooring issues will be shouldered by a part-time harbormaster. It’s a position that comes without a boat. So, technically shoreland […]

  • Director questions student trip where Zika virus present

      By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer As Tom Hancock listened to details about student travel requests for 2017 on Monday night, he likely thought how lucky Lake Region students are to be offered chances to see the world. Italy. New Zealand and Australia. Or, how about a fun day at Six Flags in Agawam, […]

  • Belated audit slows Naples budget process

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — The Naples selectmen experienced the domino effect this week. On Monday, the board should have been receiving the town manager’s budget for the upcoming fiscal year. Instead, the board heard that the auditing firm was holding up the budget process for the town. The auditing firm engaged […]

  • Resident recommends branding of Naples

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — Branding is something that livestock owners do. They brand their cattle or sheep with their logo so that everyone knows that those animals belong to that particular agricultural business. Branding is also a time-proven technique used in marketing. It can apply to products that people might buy. […]

  • Rumble strips to be installed this summer

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — The rumble strip is a simple solution. Rumble strips, the grooves placed in the pavement on the centerline, have been used to reduce head-on collisions, according to the state transportation department. When a vehicle’s tires pass over the rumble strip, it creates a noise that alerts the […]