Articles by Larry Grard

 

Richmond man accused of sending images of genitalia to girl, 13

By Larry Grard on Aug. 14, 2013, at 7:28 a.m.
A Richmond man faces charges of visual sexual aggression against a child after he allegedly sent images of his genitalia via the internet to a 13-year-old Wiscasset girl. Daniel N. Reusch, Jr., 18, will answer to the charge on Sept. 25 in Wiscasset District Court. Scott Hayden, …

State forum set for Tuesday on Wiscasset ‘s RSU 12 exit

By Larry Grard on July 08, 2013, at 11:45 a.m.
The state Department of Education has called a public meeting for Tuesday night at Wiscasset Middle School, so residents can weigh in — perhaps one last time — on the withdrawal agreement between the town and Regional School Unit 12. Residents will have the opportunity to express …

Freeport to discuss withdrawing from RSU 5

By Larry Grard on July 02, 2013, at 12:35 p.m.
Residents’ requests to investigate withdrawal from Regional School Unit 5 will be addressed at a public workshop July 9. Town Manager Peter Joseph emphasized that no formal petition to leave RSU 5 has been circulated, only that he has spoken to several residents who favor that action. …

Police investigating Bath infant who suffered serious injuries, is in coma

By Larry Grard on June 22, 2013, at 6:02 a.m.
Bath and Maine State Police are investigating how an infant suffered injuries serious enough to require hospitalization. The mother said Friday morning the child may not survive; he is in a medically induced coma at Maine Medical Center in Portland. In a statement, state police said a …
Artist and author Dahlov Ipcar shows her latest painting in her Georgetown studio on Wednesday.

Famed Georgetown artist Ipcar to release calendar of new artwork, support local groups

By Larry Grard on June 21, 2013, at 2:18 p.m.
With the understanding that any published story include an account of her soon-to-be released calendar, Dahlov Ipcar relaxed Wednesday in the 1865 Cape Cod she has called home since 1937. The gentle lady, whose kaleidoscopic paintings of farm animals are in permanent collections in places such as …
Ed Polewarczyk takes his new seat as chairman of the Wiscasset Board of Selectmen on Tuesday night. The board elected Judy Colby as the new vice chairwoman.

Wiscasset eyes limits on adult entertainment

By Larry Grard on June 20, 2013, at 9:43 a.m.
Residents will vote in November on an ordinance that would establish restrictions on adult entertainment in the town’s rural and commercial districts. Selectmen voted 4-1 Tuesday in favor of an ordinance some municipal officials say may be unconstitutional as worded. Jefferson Slack cast the dissenting vote, without …

Judge declines to dismiss West Bath’s cost-sharing case against RSU

By Larry Grard on June 12, 2013, at 11:36 a.m.
A Sagadahoc County Superior Court judge has denied all four defendants’ motions to dismiss West Bath’s lawsuit against Regional School Unit 1. Justice Andrew Horton’s order, dated June 7, means that West Bath’s lawsuit, in which it seeks to recover approximately $1.9 million it claims it was …

Georgetown voters pass amendment to relax shoreland zoning restrictions

By Larry Grard on June 10, 2013, at 11:08 a.m.
With virtually no discussion, voters at Saturday’s annual town meeting passed an amendment to the shoreland zoning ordinance that relaxes standards, in accordance with new state statutes. Mary McDonald, assistant to the Board of Selectmen, said that all 43 articles passed. Residents voted in municipal elections June …
Daniel Bussiere

Lisbon man faces charges after allegedly throwing girlfriend from his truck

By Larry Grard on June 04, 2013, at 12:27 p.m.
BATH | Police from Bath and Topsham teamed up Saturday to arrest a Lisbon man who allegedly threatened to kill his girlfriend and hurled her out of his pickup truck. Daniel Bussiere, 50, faces charges of domestic violence assault and domestic violence terrorizing. He is free on $1,000 unsecured …

‘Disgruntled’ 15-year-old charged with breaking into, vandalizing Morse High School in Bath

By Larry Grard on May 23, 2013, at 4:49 p.m.
A 15-year-old boy who allegedly brought a pocket knife to Morse High School on May 20 returned to the school, broke in and vandalized it sometime last night, police said today. Police received a call from school officials at 6:11 a.m. today. Bath police Lt. Bob Savary …

Bath-area residents to vote on shortening school budget approval process

By Larry Grard on May 22, 2013, at 1:31 p.m.
Residents of the five Regional School Unit 1 towns will have the option of eliminating half of the two-step budget-approval process when they vote June 4. Tim Harkins, chairman of the RSU 1 Board of Directors, made that known during Monday night’s meeting at Morse High School. …
The spacious Grange on the New Meadows Road in West Bath will come alive with activity this year if Will Snow and others have anything to say about it.

Grange Hall avoids closing trend, reopens in West Bath

By Larry Grard on May 20, 2013, at 3:06 p.m.
Granges, places of congregation in what once was a rural nation, have closed by the dozens in Maine over the past few decades. Rarely, if ever, do you hear of a Grange reopening. Until now. At 6 p.m. Tuesday, Maine State Grange Vice President Vicki Huff …

Georgetown voters to consider school security upgrades

By Larry Grard on May 20, 2013, at 1:26 p.m.
The Board of Selectmen has approved a request of $20,000 to upgrade security at Georgetown Central School. The proposal goes to a town meeting vote on June 8. Kristin Malin, chairwoman of the Georgetown School Committee, made the proposal during the April board meeting. Malin suggested two …

West Bath residents to vote on ordinance allowing recalls of selectmen

By Larry Grard on May 17, 2013, at 1:45 p.m.
Not that residents necessarily have any problem with the members of the Board of Selectmen. But if they do in the future, and they vote accordingly at Thursday’s special town meeting, townspeople will have the option of recalling elected municipal officials. “Elected officials,” in West Bath’s …

9-year-old allegedly threatens schoolmate with jackknife in Bath

By Larry Grard on May 14, 2013, at 3:35 p.m.
Police will not file charges against a 9-year-old Fisher Mitchell School student who allegedly threatened another student with a jackknife at school. Lt. Robert Savary said Tuesday there is a discrepancy in the accounts given by the student with the knife and the other student, who also …

Regional school district approves withdrawal plan for Wiscasset; Westport Island could be next

By Larry Grard on May 10, 2013, at 2:50 p.m.
Regional School Unit 12 directors approved a withdrawal agreement Thursday with the Wiscasset RSU Withdrawal Committee — an agreement that puts the matter in the state Department of Education’s hands. Hilary Holm, RSU 12 Board of Directors chairwoman, said this morning there was only one dissenting vote. …

Wiscasset nears withdrawal vote from regional school district

By Larry Grard on May 06, 2013, at 3:10 p.m.
The town’s RSU Withdrawal Committee is seeing the proverbial light at the end of the tunnel. On Thursday night, Regional School Unit 12 will consider a negotiated agreement between its Ad Hoc Withdrawal Committee and the RSU Withdrawal Committee of Wiscasset. The meeting at the RSU 12 …

Bath council enacts 180-day moratorium on strip clubs

By Larry Grard on May 02, 2013, at 1:05 p.m.
The City Council passed an ordinance Wednesday night placing a moratorium on establishing adult entertainment clubs in the city. The ban is in place for 180 days, and could be extended, councilors indicated. No application has been formally submitted to open an adult entertainment club in the …
Jay Pinkerton, Morse High School principal

Lincoln Academy headmaster to become principal of Morse High School

By Larry Grard on April 30, 2013, at 6:32 p.m.
BATH | Jay Pinkerton says when he noticed an ad seeking a new principal at Morse High School back in December, he saw it as a calling. He recalls tossing the newspaper on the table and saying as much to his wife, Kathy. The Lincoln Academy headmaster applied for …

Frosty’s Donuts to open new store in Bath

By Larry Grard on April 25, 2013, at 12:33 p.m.
A third Frosty’s Donuts is set to open June 1 in the Mid-coast, within walking distance of Bath Iron Works. Owners Nels and Shelby Omdal have signed an agreement with Webber Energy to purchase the small building at 770 Washington St. that last existed as a convenience …