Archive for ‘News’

  • Planners recuse member for Hotel Bridgton deliberations

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer When Hotel Bridgton was first proposed, Doug Oakley was one of several residents who was vocal and openly opposed to the project. While a long recess occurred and the developer, Justin McIver of Main Eco Homes, revised the project, Oakley was elected as an alternate to the Bridgton Planning […]

  • Historic ‘Lock’ gets new gates

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — The gates at the Songo Lock have swing open and closed for thousands of boaters each year. Built in 1961, for 57 years those gates have accomplished the job of allowing boaters to continue their journey at a junction in the Songo River where the water levels […]

  • School Board member knows Songo Locks portable situation firsthand

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer CASCO — School board member Tuan Nguyen put a personal spin on his presentation about the proposed $8 million Crooked River School Additions and Renovation project. After all, he had a child in fifth grade — the student body that has its classrooms in portables linked by walkways outside […]

  • Are utilities in state or business’ ROW

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — The Town of Naples is involved in a challenge regarding whose rights-of-way the Naples Fire Department’s underwater pipes are located in: the state’s ROW or that of a private business. “It is an issue about utilities — if they are in or out of the state’s rights-of-way,” […]

  • Crooked River project pitched as ‘budget neutral’

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Selling million-dollar projects can be difficult because taxpayers already feel stretched to the limit and bristle at the thought of paying more. Al Smith has experienced this scenario numerous times in his 14 years as superintendent of schools. The proposed Crooked River project is different. With SAD 61set to […]

  • Bridgton Selectmen: Does more wastewater disposal capacity exist?

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Business growth in Bridgton has slowed to a trickle in recent years due to limitations of an aging and near capacity wastewater system. Voter approval in November of a nearly $23 million system will significantly change the town’s growth potential. But, will new business ventures need to wait two […]

  • Naples special town meeting not warranted

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — A special town meeting will not be warranted this winter for Naples residents. Typically, most towns reserve January as the month for special town meetings to approve financial items not foreseen in the budget or time-sensitive ordinances. However, it is almost a guarantee that next month’s calendar […]

  • Naples board votes to buy, fly flag on Causeway

    By Dawn De Busk Staff Writer NAPLES — Naples Selectman Bob Caron II said he is proud of how good the Causeway looks during the Christmas season with lights wrapped around the bridge railings and around the large flag pole at the scenic vista. Still, there is one thing missing, he said. The pole has […]

  • Forum to look at C.A. Snow School possible uses

    FRYEBURG — A group of Fryeburg citizens see the closed C.A. Snow School as a “gift” to the community. Appearing on their website: Snow School is our PAST, serving thousands of kids growing up and learning in our community. It’s a PRESENT, from the school district which is no longer able to use this historic […]

  • Town to seek bill to move forward with senior tax relief plan

    By Wayne E. Rivet Staff Writer Years ago, Bear Zaidman learned how to cut wood from others who had experience and a willingness to take a little time to guide him. Now, those folks are in their 80s and 90s, and need some assistance. “We have people in this town that have lived here a […]