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  • Sewer allocations presage new projects

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Two new commercial developments are in the planning stages in downtown Bridgton.Selectmen on Tuesday approved sewer allocations for Justin McIver to convert the former Sportshaus building at 103 Main Street for medical/health care offices, and for Chuck Renneker to accommodate a 64-seat restaurant at 18A Depot Street. Both projects will […]

  • Medical marijuana moratorium called ‘vauge’ and ‘unenforceable’

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer The medical marijuana moratorium ordinance, that Bridgton voters will decide next Tuesday, is “incredibly vague and casts too broad a net,” and could, in fact, open the town up to harmful legal action, Bridgton Selectmen were told Tuesday. Hillary Lister, director of Medical Marijuana Caregivers of Maine, drove from Bangor […]

  • Veit drops conflict of interest charge on cell tower

    By Gail Geraghty Staff Writer Paul Veit abruptly withdrew his conflict of interest appeal against Bridgton Planning Board member Michael Figoli at last week’s Board of Appeals meeting, once he heard from Figoli himself. Figoli, whom Veit had alleged was biased in favor of the application by AT&T and American Towers for a cell tower […]

  • TWINS ISABELLA (LEFT) AND JULIA DOYON enjoy some free time at the Raymond Village Library on Tuesday afternoon. The girls, who turn four years old in November, were diagnosed with Hypophosphatasia (HPP) earlier this summer. (De Busk Photo) 
“The truth is we do not know everything there is to know about HPP. It’s an area where we still have much to learn. However, by coming together, sharing experiences, supporting research, and writing our efforts, we can make a difference and move closer toward a treatment.”
— Deborah Sittig, Founder, Soft Bones

Oct. 27 through Oct. 31 is Hypophosphatasia (HPP) Awareness Week. 
Hypophosphatasia, which is pronounced high-poe-fos-fuh-TAY-shuh, is a rare inherited bone disease. The symptoms and time of onset varies greatly from patient to patient. HPP affects the way the body absorbs minerals such as calcium and phosphorous. Therefore, HPP patients experience problems stemming from ‘soft’ bones and teeth. Symptoms range from bone or joint pain to broken bones. HPP can cause health issues with the kidneys, muscles and the brain. 
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    Mother shares kids’ diagnosis journey

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer RAYMOND — Tracy Doyon’s twin daughters are accustomed to hospital visits and medical tests. It is something that has been happening since they were nine months old, and even more frequently during the past two years. The preschool girls might get antsy and bored in the waiting room; but […]

  • THIS CANINE SKELETON exits its doghouse on a pulley system designed by Casco resident Rick Poland. (De Busk Photo)

    Halloween magic: Poland’s yard delights neighborhood

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — Certainly, asking for the devil isn’t on the typical honey-do list. But, that is what Laura Poland asked her husband, Rick, to try to accomplish. He was willing, too. After all, she wanted a devil in the yard as a Halloween decoration. That year, when she got […]

  • Work begins on Depot Street project

    Traffic may be diverted for some time on Depot Street in Bridgton as work begins this week on the much-anticipated streetscape improvement project. Construction will initially include stormwater improvements and reconstruction of the roadway, followed by sidewalk improvements as weather conditions permit. Anne Krieg, Bridgton director of Planning, Economic and Community Development, asks the public […]

  • Route 11 shoulders worry Casco board

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — Casco’s public officials are concerned about the shoulders that drop off from some sections of the new pavement along Route 11. On Tuesday, Town Manager Dave Morton updated the Casco Board of Selectmen, saying the road repair on Route 11 had not been completed. “Route 11 work […]

  • Bonnie Titcomb-Lewis

    Election ’14: House District 67

    RACE: HOUSE DISTRICT 67 District Makeup: In Cumberland County, the municipality of Frye Island; and part of the municipality of Casco south and west of a line described as follows: Beginning at the point where Roosevelt Trail intersects with the Naples-Casco boundary; then southeast along the centerline of Roosevelt Trail until it intersects with Casco-Raymond […]

  • Dennise Whitley

    Election ’14: House District 71 race

    RACE: HOUSE DISTRICT 71 District Makeup: In Oxford County, the municipalities of Norway, Sweden, Waterford and West Paris. Candidates: D-Dennise Whitley, R-Tom Winsor Background/Political experience: Whitley: Resident of Norway; 30-year career in hospital management starting as a switchboard operator for Stephens Memorial Hospital in Norway, which is the town I grew up in and now […]

  • SURVEILLANCE photo of the suspected purse snatcher.

    Police seek public’s help to nab purse snatcher

    NAPLES — The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office is seeking the public’s help in identifying the individual responsible for robbing a woman of her purse while grocery shopping at the Umbrella Factory in Naples. On Saturday at about 3:15 p.m., a 41-year-old Harrison woman had just purchased groceries and was walking out to her car in […]