Articles by Peter L. McGuire

Brunswick Superintendent of Schools Paul Perzanoski

Brunswick won’t send 5th grade to junior high, may move 2nd grade

By Peter L. McGuire on Feb. 12, 2015, at 11:08 a.m.
Plans to move fifth-graders to Brunswick Junior High School were postponed Wednesday to give the school department time to investigate other options for easing overcrowding at Harriet Beecher Stowe Elementary School. Following a recommendation by Superintendent Paul Perzanoski, school board members voted unanimously to table the move …
Elisabeth Doucett, director of Curtis Memorial Library in Brunswick, shows off the library's new Genealogy Room, which provides several resources to help patrons research their ancestry.

Brunswick library among 21 in US awarded financial literacy grant

By Peter L. McGuire on Feb. 11, 2015, at 1:53 p.m.
BRUNSWICK, Maine— Curtis Memorial Library has been awarded a $92,000 grant to develop a community-wide financial literacy program. The library was one of 21 selected nationwide by the American Library Association and the Financial Industry Regulatory Authority. This is the second time Curtis Memorial has received the award. The grant …
Clam digger Paul Austin hunts bivalves near Thomas Point on the New Meadows River in Brunswick.

Brunswick’s plan to avoid federal penalties by raising shellfish license fee muddied by legal questions

By Peter L. McGuire on Feb. 05, 2015, at 1:02 p.m.
Concern about tax implications and liability may sink Brunswick’s proposed shellfish fee change. The fee increase was proposed to shield the town from possible legal action by the U.S. Department of Labor, which found that some of the uncompensated conservation work towns and cities require from shellfish …
Codie Small slings a fish onto a scale on Jan. 18 at the Portland Fish Exchange in Portland.

New online tool makes it easier for foodies to add Maine fish to their homegrown menus

By Peter L. McGuire on Feb. 04, 2015, at 4:52 p.m.
BRUNSWICK | Regional development nonprofit CEI has released an online tool aimed at helping retailers, wholesalers and consumers source Maine seafood. The aim is to integrate the state’s resources with the growing locavore and buy-local movements that have fortified Maine’s agriculture industry. “Maine just has so much seafood to …
A sign celebrates the September court decision allowing public access to Cedar Beach on Bailey Island. The ruling is now being challenged.

Road owner asks court to overturn public access to Cedar Beach

By Peter L. McGuire on Dec. 27, 2014, at 9:29 a.m.
HARPSWELL | Defendants in a court case that allowed public use of a private Bailey Island beach access road are appealing the Superior Court decision to the Maine Supreme Judicial Court. Gables LLC, a real estate company owned by road owner Betsy Atkins, filed the appeal in Portland on …

Woman shot by police accused of threatening authorities with a knife

By Peter L. McGuire on April 26, 2014, at 7 a.m.
PARIS | A young woman wounded in a police shooting in Rumford in March has been charged with threatening officers with a knife shortly before being shot. Jessica Byrne, 25, was arrested by Maine State Police in Rockland on Thursday and booked at the Oxford County Jail on Friday …

Lawyers boycott state-appointed sex assault cases, citing low pay

By Peter L. McGuire on March 29, 2014, at 7:01 a.m.
FARMINGTON | Two defense lawyers in Franklin County have announced they no longer will take on state-appointed sexual assault cases, in a protest against the state’s compensation rate for public defenders. In a March 6 letter to the Franklin County Courts, Walter Hanstein of Farmington and David Sanders of …
Dr. Stephen Sears

Rabies a ‘big deal’ in Maine, state officials say

By Peter L. McGuire on March 23, 2014, at 5:58 a.m.
FRYEBURG | A dog that was euthanized Tuesday after biting a 5-year-old Brownfield boy in the face tested negative for rabies, according to Animal Control Officer Kathleen Hathaway. The 7-year-old pit bull was the most recent of 51 animals tested for rabies this year, according to data from the …

Norway woman accused of leading police on high-speed chase, drove 6 miles after hitting spike mats

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 14, 2014, at 7:42 a.m.
A local woman remained in jail Monday on charges of drunken driving and leading police on a high-speed chase through Oxford Hills on Friday night. Kristen M. Mcleod, 19, appeared in 11th District Court in Paris on Monday afternoon to face charges of eluding an officer, criminal …

Buckfield town manager resigns to take job in Southern Maine

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 13, 2014, at 7:32 a.m.
Town Manager Dana Lee tendered his resignation late last week and intends to take a new job in Eliot, leaving possibly as early as next month. In an interview on Friday, Lee said he would miss working in Buckfield but was being presented with a excellent professional …

Mexico man sentenced for stealing, forging Girl Scouts check

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 11, 2014, at 6:30 a.m.
PARIS | A Mexico man was sentenced Friday to 90 days in Oxford County Jail on three separate theft cases, including forging a $200 check from the Girl Scouts of America. Nathan Arsenault, 31, pleaded guilty to three counts of theft and one count of forgery in Oxford County …

Mexico man pleads guilty to sexual assault of boy

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 10, 2014, at 6:02 a.m.
PARIS | A Mexico man pleaded guilty to a gross sexual assault charge Thursday in Oxford County Superior Court. Alan Chimsky-Lustig, 21, of Sun Valley Circle, faces up to 30 years in jail and a fine of up to $50,000. He was arrested in April 2013 and accused of …

County emergency assistance teams facing new training requirements

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 04, 2014, at 9:15 a.m.
PARIS | New state requirements will allow highly skilled teams from county emergency management departments to deploy anywhere in the state, but few may be willing to sign up for training that squeezes time and energy out of a limited and dwindling population of emergency responders. Last year, the …

Man extradited from South Carolina on vehicle, assault charges in Maine

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 03, 2014, at 7:28 a.m.
PARIS | A man wanted on two warrants from area police departments was apprehended in South Carolina last week and extradited to Oxford County Jail. Joshua Daniel Bailey, 29, was picked up at a police roadblock in Orangeburg in central South Carolina after failing to appear for a November …

Two arrested on drug trafficking, child endangerment charges in Mexico

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 03, 2014, at 7:14 a.m.
PARIS | Two Mexico residents were arrested Tuesday as part of an ongoing investigation into drug trafficking in the River Valley. Ashley Morissette, 22, and Nicholas Varnum, 23, were arrested after law enforcement agents executed a Maine Drug Enforcement Agency search warrant at a house on Sun Valley Circle …

Hebron Station School cancels classes indefinitely after 1,900-gallon oil spill

By Peter L. McGuire on Jan. 01, 2014, at 6:29 a.m.
Classes at Hebron Station Elementary School have been canceled until further notice while the school district and the Maine Department of Environmental Protection deal with the fallout from a heating oil spill. A DEP response team was on site Tuesday, determining the extent of the spill that …

Fryeburg man in critical condition after crashing into CMP pole

By Peter L. McGuire on Dec. 25, 2013, at 6 a.m.
A Fryeburg man was listed in critical condition at Maine Medical Center in Portland on Tuesday after suffering life-threatening injuries in a single-vehicle crash Monday night. Stanley Vladyka, 42, was transported to MMC by LifeFlight after his condition was downgraded by staff at Bridgton Hospital late Monday …

Hebron crash leads to drug charges

By Peter L. McGuire on Dec. 20, 2013, at 6:27 a.m.
Police said a Mexico man faces felony drug charges after more than 50 prescription pills were found on him at the scene of a car crash Tuesday afternoon. Joseph Samson, 60, was charged with operating under the influence and possession of illegal drugs and booked at the …
A skier catches some air off a jump on the new Sidewinder Snowboardcross Course at the Sugarloaf ski resort in Carrabassett Valley in 2010.

Early winter weather a boon for Maine ski areas

By Peter L. McGuire on Dec. 03, 2013, at 5:13 p.m.
Local ski hills and huge resorts alike are gearing up for a busy season as wintry weather arrives early in the state. Sunday River in Newry saw a 20 percent increase in the number of skiers and riders on its slopes during the Thanksgiving weekend from last year, according to …

Police investigate bomb threat at Oxford Walmart

By Peter L. McGuire on Dec. 03, 2013, at 6:31 a.m.
Police are investigating a bomb threat that forced the evacuation of Walmart late Saturday night. According to Oxford police Lt. Michael Ward, approximately 50 shoppers and employees left the store on Route 26 after the threat was called in around 11:30 p.m. The store is open from …