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Several Accidents in Maine linked to same Drunk Driver

by Christian Mower on October 20, 2014

A Drunk Driver in Maine is being blamed for several accidents involving several vehicles as well as a house. At 8:30 Saturday night the Cumberland County Authorities received several 911 calls of a vehicle on the wrong side of the headed East on Route 302, Roosevelt Trail in Naples Maine. Less then 2 minutes later more calls came in reporting three separate motor vehicle crashes. One vehicle with a women driver and two 14-year-old girl passengers reported being “side-swiped” as it was crossing the Naples Causeway bridge. A second vehicle, driven by a single women, reported being struck by a vehicle in the wrong lane. Then another call came in saying a vehicle went off the road and struck a residential home at the intersection of Roosevelt Trail and Songo School Road. Sheriff’s Deputies investigated the crashes and determined that they were all related and caused by the same vehicle a 2011 Toyota Tacoma pickup Truck. The driver, 66-year-old Barbara J. Thorpe of Casco, was arrested for Operating Under the Influence of Alcohol. All drivers and passengers were not injured. The home was occupied at the time of the collision, however, no was injured as well. Thorpe is being held at Cumberland County Jail on $200 cash bail  for Operating Under the Influence and Leaving the Scene of a Property Damage crash. She is schedule to appear in Bridgton District Court on December 16.


Happy Conway Video Right On Track

by Christian Mower on October 9, 2014

Capturing some fun at Storyland for the Happy Conway Video Project with videographer Frank Benesh on Sep 26, 2014. Photo credit Keith Force.

The Happy Conway Video Project is well on its way to the creation of a locally filmed and edited version of the musical video “Happy,” by Pharrell Williams. People, places and events iconic to the Town of Conway and the area including the Conway Scenic Railroad, Mud Bowl, Storyland, the Conway Library and Arts Jubilee events have been filmed, as well as the North Conway Community Center, Theater-iffic at the Eastern Slope Playhouse and the Vaughan Community Golf Tournament. The filming continues this fall and winter right through spring of 2015. The finished compilation will be presented to the town of Conway in time for the celebration of the 250th anniversary.

Spearheaded and sponsored by Settlers’ Green Outlet Village, the project is headed up by two local videographers, Dick Pollock and Keith Force, along with community and school leaders and many, many talented videographers. The final and original video will be professionally edited and presented at the 2015 Fourth of July and community celebration in Schouler Park.

“We were very lucky to get, Emmy winning and Tony nominated, actor Gordon Clapp to agree to be a part of the video project and we were able to capture him dancing and playing golf at the North Conway Golf Club.” noted director Keith.   As the creative director behind the project, Keith has helped coordinate the many videographers involved in the project. Recently he was lucky enough to have an opportunity to fly with videographer Andrew Tucker in a couple of antique airplanes that took off from Fryeburg Regional Airport and they captured a bluebird foliage view of the Conway area.

The project continues filming over the next few weeks at the Maize at Sherman Farm, the Pine Tree School, and the Ham Arena with dozens of additional shoots planned over the next 7 months. The hope is to capture all four seasons of Conway and the beautiful and historic buildings, the natural beauty, the spirit of the schools, churches and also the people and organizations that make up the heart of the community.

The Happy Conway Video Project urges any business, organization or group that would like to be part of the project to contact Keith Force at [email protected] so we can add you to the schedule.   Of particular interest are kid’s organizations including boy scouts, girl scouts, church groups, sports teams and social groups. We will come to your location, help you with some basic choreography and the entire shoot takes about an hour.   The experience is a very positive one for everyone involved and would be a great group activity for a regularly scheduled meeting. No singing or dancing experience required, all you need is a Happy smile, and enthusiasm! And, best of all, you get to be part of a historic music video that will continue to bring smiles to everyone that loves Conway, New Hampshire for years to come. For more information go to and we are also on Facebook/HappyConwayNH where you can “like” us and follow our progress.


Candidates for Maine Governor Face Off in First Debate Today

by Christian Mower on October 8, 2014

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The three candidates in a tight race for Maine governor are ready to face off in their first debate.

The debate will be held Wednesday morning at the Holiday Inn by the Bay in Portland. Christopher Hall, CEO of the Portland Regional Chamber of Commerce, is serving as moderator.

Political observers say the debates could have a big impact in a race that will likely come down to a few percentage points.

Republican Gov. Paul LePage had initially raised questions about whether there would be any debates at all when he said he didn’t want to share the stage with Democrat Mike Michaud. LePage eventually agreed to five debates.

Polls have shown LePage and Michaud running neck-and-neck, with independent Eliot Cutler trailing.




Judge Considering Shortening Sex Offenders Sentence

by Christian Mower on October 8, 2014

A New Hampshire judge’s statement that he is inclined to reduce the sentence he gave a convicted child sex assailant has sparked indignation by prosecutors, domestic violence coalitions, the victim and her family. Carroll County Superior Court Judge David Garfunkel on Sept. 26 sentenced Joshua Baud to 7 ½ years on two convictions of sexually assaulting a 7-year-old girl eight years ago. Four days later, Garfunkel said he intends to reduce Baud’s sentence to six years. A hearing to discuss the sentence was scheduled Tuesday.

Prosecutors who were in court said Garfunkel told the lawyers the sentence was too harsh. Carroll County Attorney Robin Gordon says the decision is unfair. They also argue that the Judge does not have the power to change a sentence in this manner Defense attorney’s said Garfunkel gave an appropriate amount of notice about his intent to change the sentence.

A victim advocacy group has reached out to more than 500 constituents asking them to join a silent protest Tuesday. Many of whom did show up for the hearing wearing white shirts to silently protest the judges consideration.

Garfunkel called the case an extremely important matter of law and gave the attorneys some time to file additional pleadings if they wished. The judge said he would take the case under advisement and should be issuing a ruling in approximately 30 days.



Maine Business Owners May See Large Electric Bill in Winter

by Christian Mower October 7, 2014 Front Page News

AUGUSTA, Maine (AP) — State energy officials are telling mid-size businesses in Maine that their electric bills could more than double this winter. The Maine Public Utilities Commission said Monday that a medium-sized business such as a grocery store or a small sawmill could see energy costs jump from $870 in September to more than […]

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Gov. Hassan Blocking Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center From Receiving New Patients

by Christian Mower October 1, 2014 Front Page News

Effingham, NH – Based on a report from the Disability Rights Center Governor Maggie Hassan is stopping the state, or any other agency, from placing new patients into Lakeview Neurorehabilitation Center in Effingham. The disability Rights Center alleges that due to a long term pattern of abuse and neglect Lakeview needs to be closed down. […]

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