Archive for ‘News’

  • Threat leads to student searches, LRMS stays in session

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer When a written threat appeared on a Lake Region Middle School bathroom wall, officials proceeded in a different direction. Rather than close the school Monday, Principal Matt Lokken and his staff used the situation as a teaching moment. An electronic notice was sent to parents last week notifying them […]

  • New debt collector to handle unpaid ER bills

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES – Some people probably have techniques for avoiding bill collectors – not answering the phone, blocking bill collector calls or claiming, “The check is in the mail.” If a person were to put the shoe on the other foot, what is the best way to collect a debt? […]

  • 3 town managers, 1 budget process

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES – The first budget committee meeting of the Town of Naples had some historical significance. Naples’ Interim Town Manager Mitch Berkowitz brought up the noteworthy observation. He made a reference to the movie Back to the Future, which some people may remember watching in the ‘80’s. “For our […]

  • New Naples manager looks to take town to the next level

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES – John Hawley would not have the future he now has as the fulltime Naples Town Manager if the town’s selectmen had not extended the application deadline past Labor Day weekend. Hawley was on vacation when the job was posted, and did not hear about it until after […]

  • SAD 61 to give Crooked River project third try

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Will a third time be a charm? SAD 61 is gearing up to give the Crooked River School expansion project another crack. Architect Stephen Blatt of Portland made a brief presentation to school board members mainly showing how the price of the scaled-down second version of renovating and expanding […]

  • ‘Candidates’ Night’ set in Sebago; those seeking school board election

    SEBAGO — Sebago voted overwhelmingly at a referendum on Nov. 7, 2017 to withdraw from the SAD 61 school district and form a new Sebago School Administrative Unit (SAU). One of the first steps in this process will be the election of a new Sebago SAU School Board. Three members with staggered one-, two- and […]

  • Baklava, sweet for the palate

      By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO – Don’t get frustrated with the filo dough. “A lot of people are intimidated by working with the filo dough. Filo is approachable as long as you keep it damp,” according to Christina “Mina” Staples. “The important thing is that it doesn’t dry out. The most important […]

  • Change could be many a Monday away

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES – It sounds like that song by The Mamas and The Papas: Monday, Monday. A series of national holidays falling on Monday put the Naples Board of Selectmen on a different meeting schedule than its regular first and third Mondays. However, the most recent meeting postponement happened because […]

  • The Little Drummer Boy: Inspiration for the Journey

    By Caroline Grimm It was August of 1970 when I first heard it. I was eight years old and attending Vacation Bible School for the first time. Mrs. Musgrave was our teacher. She was what we’d call today an outlier, a bit of a character, and the salt of the earth. The book we were […]

  • After 31 years, Lucille Griffin passes deputy clerk torch

        By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — Lucille Griffin had enough skills on her job application to be hired for a part-time position in the 1980s. A few characteristics — other than knowing where things are in the office and how to use them – factored into Griffin landing the fulltime position […]