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SAD 44 attorney on school taxation fairness

Following is the text of an explanation from SAD 44 Attorney Richard Spencer on tax assessment for school districts. It was originally presented at Monday’s SAD 44 School Board meeting, and has been revised since then to include a more specific focus on SAD 44, according to Supt. Dave Murphy. Spencer also testified April 15 […]

Legislative committee tables LD 1082 discussion

The Maine Legislature’s Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs tabled discussion Tuesday on LD 1082, a bill that, if passed, could impact SAD 44 more financially than the withdrawal of Newry would. The bill proposes to remove an exemption imposed 10 years ago on SAD 44 and SAD 6 that kept local school cost sharing […]

Blanco to give Gould Commencement address

Richard Blanco, best known for creating and reading his original work, One Day, at President Obama’s second inauguration ceremony in 2013, will deliver the commencement address at Gould Academy’s 179th Commencement Ceremony on Saturday, June 6, 2015. The ceremony will begin at 10:30 a.m. on Gould’s Alumni Field and is open to the public. Richard […]

Poet Rachel McKibbens at Gould

In celebration of National Poetry Month, Gould Academy will welcome award-winning poet Rachel McKibbens and Inaugural Poet Richard Blanco to its Bingham Hall auditorium on Thursday, April 23, at 7:30 p.m., for a free public reading by Ms. McKibbens. She is a New York Foundation for the Arts poetry fellow and author of the critically acclaimed […]

Update on LD 1082: SAD 44 residents testify at hearing

Local officials wait for the public hearing on LD 1082 to start on Wednesday. From left are Newry Town Administrator Loretta Powers, Bethel Town Manager Christine Landes, Woodstock Town Manager Vern Maxfield and SAD 44 Supt. Dave Murphy. Entering the room in the background is state Rep. Fran Head. (Photo: C. Newell)

“Listening to the testimony, our situations are drastically different.” That was Woodstock Town Manager Vern Maxfield’s take on SAD 44 and SAD 6 at Wednesday’s public hearing on LD 1082 in Augusta, before the Committee on Education and Cultural Affairs. (For background on the bill see related article this page.) The two school districts are […]

LD 1082 could hurt SAD 44 more than Newry withdrawal

LD 1082 is a school funding bill that, if passed by the Maine Legislature, could potentially impact SAD 44 more than Newry withdrawing from the district would, according to district officials. The bill is written to take effect Jan. 1 and would specifically affect SAD 44 and SAD 6. A public hearing on the proposal […]

TEAMMATES, OPPONENTS, FRIENDS

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Former Telstar High School baseball pitchers/teammates Danny Whitney (right) and Kyle Peterson of Bethel faced each other in an opposing game last week. “Kyle and Danny have played baseball together since the Petersons moved to Bethel, when they were around 8 or 9 years old, and they became best friends over the years as well,”said […]

SMITH PRESENTED EAGLE CANE

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Veteran Larry G. Smith of Bethel was presented his Eagle Head Cane on Friday, April 3 at the South Paris Veterans Home for disabilities sustained while on duty in the U.S. Army.  The cane was Made by Steven Hatch, a member of the Maine Wood Carvers & Western Mountain Wood Turners.

Frog listeners needed locally

Maine Audubon is looking for volunteers to “lend an ear” and help observe the presence of frogs and toads in their local area. Wood frogs, the Northern Leopard frog and other amphibians will be active in vernal pools and wetlands throughout the state in the next week or two. Because of the long and cold […]