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Friday, October 31, 2014

PLEASE, Your Civic Duty, Get Out And Vote!!!!


This coming Tuesday, November 4th, is voting day.  Many many Americans have sacrificed a great deal for the right to voice your opinion by voting in elections.  It would be a disgrace and a waste of many lives to not exercise your right to vote.  So, please make time Tuesday, November 4th to vote.

There are several facts that are important to consider before casting your vote for Town Council:

1.     Dale Crafts needs to attend more Council meetings and learn what and how the Town Council works and what the town’s issues are.

2.     Dean Willey is the only candidate who is a taxpayer and has suffered the tax increases and knows the efforts on families.

3.     Dean Willey owns a home in Lisbon.

4.     Dean Willey is very involved in the community.

5.     Lisa Ward does not pay real estate tax in Lisbon.

6.     The three years Lisa Ward has been on the council our taxes have gone up every year.

7.     Lisa Ward blocked every attempt to cut the Police Department budget.

8.     Lisa Ward had a resident removed, after she recognized him, for speaking against the Police Department Budget.   Our freedom of speech has been lost.

Please take these facts into consideration when you vote for the best candidate for Town Council.

The most critical issue is that every resident of Lisbon take the time to vote.

Larry Fillmore

NaturalNews: CDC admits it was lying all along about Ebola‏

Dear Lisbon Reporter and NaturalNews readers,
In a bizarre twist, the CDC now admits it has been lying all along about Ebola transmission.
Now they say Ebola can spread through sneezing and contaminated objects like doorknobs:

Thanks to Ebola, one million hazmat suits have been ordered from a U.S. manufacturer:

The Ebola infected doctor who traveled all around NYC via public transit lied to police, claiming he had gone nowhere:

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The only proven cure for many common diseases is a strong immune system:

more breaking news continues below...

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Hemp Seeds for An Energized Life

5 Ways to Recognize Cancer Without Damaging Tests

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Thursday, October 30, 2014

AGENDA TOWN COUNCIL Wednesday, November 5, 2014



wednesday, november 5, 2014


7:00 P.M.



___Councilor Bickford
___ Councilor Brunelle
___ Councilor Garrison
___ Councilor Lunt
___Councilor Metivier
___ Councilor Pesce
___ Councilor Ward

      Town Clerk reading of meeting rules


      2014-232   ORDER − 2014 Lisbon Recreation Pee Wee Football Team Proclamation

      2014-233   ORDER − 2014 Lisbon Recreation Youth Football Team Proclamation


A. Victualer's License for Aroma Joe's




      2014-234   ORDER − A. Victualer's License for Aroma Joe's

                                       B.  Manufactured Mobile Home Park License

                                       C.  Minutes of October 21, 2014



2014-235   ORDER − Boston Gold Post Cane Award

2014-236   ORDER − Authorization for the Library to apply for Community Health Information Partnership (CHIP) grant

      2014-237   ORDER − Public Works Heavy Duty Truck Bid

      2014-238   ORDER − Audit Bids

      2014-239   ORDER − Beaver Park Timber Harvesting


      A. Town Manager's Report







      2014-240   ORDER - To Adjourn

Them Damn Democrats! WND VIDEO Busted! Democrat senator's husband steals GOP signs

Arrest warrant issued after brazen act caught on video


Police in Middletown, Delaware, say the husband of Democrat state Sen. Bethany Hall-Long is the man seen on video stealing dozens of Republican campaign signs.
Dana Armon Long has been charged with a Class A misdemeanor for theft under $1,500. He faces up to one year in prison and a fine of up to $2,300.
Republican campaign workers sprang into action when they realized someone was stealing political signs highlighting Delaware’s economy and urging residents to vote for Republican candidates. Some of the signs read “Fix the Economy! Vote Republican.”



Submitted by: 'Gordie'

The Circle Of Corruption Goes Round 'n Round!!! BrassCheckTV: A bumper crop - of dope‏ "America's Bogus Drug War"

BrasscheckTV Report
Well, at least one industry
is booming in this bankrupt
Afghanistan's opium crop
is booming. 

Crops will increase as aid decreases

Afghan farmers are experiencing a bumper crop of poppies this year.

Poppies yield opium, which in turn yields heroin.

The profits have funded the Taliban in the past - leading to temporarily successful American efforts to eradicate the crop.

However, it is a large part of the Afghan economy, and has made a comeback.

With American troops withdrawing and foreign aid expected to dwindle, Afghan reliance on the opium trade doesn't look like it will end anytime soon.

- See more at:
- Brasscheck TV 
P.S. Please share Brasscheck TV with your
friends and colleagues. 

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Self-Funding Energy Reduction Project‏


Last night at the Lisbon Community School cafeteria, approximately 40 residents gathered to listen to Tom Seekins, Siemens Representative and Don Fellows from the Planning Board.  The briefing was to explain the Self-Funding Energy Reduction project which is Question 3 on the town’s ballot.  The people of Lisbon will be voting on this issue come Tuesday, November 4, 2014.

 Press here for presentation.

I have included with this article the slides utilized during this presentation.  After the briefing, there was a question and answer period and only two questions were asked by Dean Willey.

It is important that the residents of Lisbon turn out to vote on November 4, 2014.

Larry Fillmore

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Lisbon Informational Night Invitation‏

Lisbon School Department Offers Community Informational Meeting

Lisbon – Lisbon School Department, Superintendent of Schools, Richard Green, personally invites you to attend the Community Informational Meeting scheduled for Monday, October 27 at Lisbon Community School, 33 Mill Street, Lisbon from 6 to 7 p.m.  During the meeting, the public will be provided an update on the Self-Funding Energy Reduction Project and the upcoming November 4 referendum to approve financing to complete this work.  Please feel free to contact Superintendent directly at 353.6711 or email with any questions related to the proposal.  We hope you will be able to join us Monday night.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

Lisbon Town Council Meeting, October 21, 2014

Part One 

Part Two

Lisbon Town/Schools Self-Funding Energy Reduction Project

Meet The Candidates Night‏


Last night, the three candidates running for the Town Council provided the people of Lisbon with their ideas and agendas.  The three candidates running for the one seat on the Town Council are Liza Ward; Dean Willey and Dale James Crafts.  Of the three, there is only one taxpayer who owns property and that is Dean Willey.  The other two do not own property or pay real estate taxes in Lisbon.

I do not want to spoil it for anyone, so I encourage everyone to watch the video of “meet the candidate’s night”.  I am not sure exactly what night it will be aired but it will appear on the Town web site.  Please, before you go to the polls to vote review the video and see which candidate makes the best impression on you.   My personal opinion is that Dean Willey stands out as the best candidate.

Lisa Ward has been a Councilor for three years and during that time our taxes went up every year.  I live on a fixed income and cannot stand for my taxes to continue to rise.  Councilor Ward refused to address or entertain any cuts to the Police Department’s budget.  In my opinion, there are several areas of the Police Department budget that needed to be cut and Councilor Ward refused to consider any of them. 

Dale Crafts is an excellent young man who is inexperienced and during these tough financial times would be lost.  Dale Crafts needs to attend council meetings and get to know how the local government works.  I know that his father was once a Councilor but it is not the same.

Dean Willey is the candidate that will get my vote for Councilor.

Larry Fillmore

Friday, October 24, 2014



At last night’s Town Council meeting, I witnessed yet another act of what I consider “Dumbing Down” of America.  It is disguised as Lease to Purchase method of acquiring equipment for the town but it is nothing more than borrowing money the town does not have.

Last year Mr. Dale Olmstead briefed the Council on the financial situation the town was facing and recommended a maintenance budget for last year.  Instead of listening to Mr. Olmstead, some Department Heads continue to budget unnecessary equipment.

On October 7, 2014, Runyon Kersteen Ouellette (RKO) briefed the Town Council on the results of the Fiscal Year 2014 annual audit.  These results contained the usual results and recommendations.  However, an interesting fact came out of this briefing and that is the town’s Undesignated Fund is at 7% instead of the 12.5% recommended by our Charter.  The Undesignated Fund is for emergency use and is suppose to keep the town from going bankrupt.   Remember prior to Eldridge coming to this town, there was over three million dollars in this account.

Being 5.5% below the recommend level for the Undesignated Fund has changed the approach by some Department Heads.  Now these Department Heads are using the Lease to Purchase program to fulfill their perceived needs.   Lease to Purchase means the town makes yearly payments instead of paying the purchasing price upfront.   Lease to Purchase means the taxpayers have to pay more for the equipment because the town is borrowing the money and making yearly payment.  Yes, the town gets the equipment now but every year the town has a contract to pay yearly payments with tax dollars.  This is one of the reasons our taxes continue to go up every year.

Think about it!  If the town continues to borrow money it does not have, how is the town ever going to get out of debt?  You do not have to be a rocket scientist or an accountant to figure this one out.  In what universe do you spend more than you make and think for a second that you are going to get out of debt?

These Department Heads, Town Manager, and this Town Council have got to immediately stop spending money the town does not have.  This means no more Lease to Purchase agreements.  If the town does not have the money to purchase the equipment outright, the town does not purchase it.  In cases of an emergency acquisition, the Town Manager should take an appropriate amount from each department until the town has the total purchasing price.  This practice of borrowing money with a Lease to Purchase is wrong for the town and needs to stop. 

Common sense tells you that spending more money than you have is a true sign of pending disaster.

Larry Fillmore

Lisbon HS Drama Little House Of Horrors‏


Seymour Audrey & Orin:  Max Poulin, Olivia Botting and Eric Yim.

 Trio girls and Mr. Mushnik: Bri Livingston, Caitlin Johnson, and Jake Angelico

Lisbon - Lisbon High School Drama Club proudly presents Little Shop of Horrors! What better way to spend Halloween weekend than enjoying a doo-wop spoof of 1950s sci-fi disaster movies? Little Shop of Horrors follows the misadventures of Seymour, a down-and-out floral assistant who longs to get the girl of his dreams and escape life on skid row. He becomes an overnight sensation when he discovers an exotic plant with a mysterious craving for fresh blood. Soon “Audrey II” grows into an ill-tempered, R&B-singing carnivore who offers him fame and fortune in exchange for feeding its growing appetite, finally revealing itself to be an alien creature poised for global domination! Laced with dark humor and irresistible music, Little Shop of Horrors is one of the longest-running off-Broadway shows of all time. Book & Lyrics by Howard Ashman, Music by Alan Menken, Based on the film by Roger Corman, Screenplay by Charles Griffith.  Performances are scheduled for Friday, October 31 through Sunday, November 2, 2014. Friday &Saturday nights at 7:00 pm, Sunday Matinee at 2:00 pm in the LHS GYM, 2 Sugg Drive Lisbon Falls.  Tickets $5.00 at the door.  Performance run time is 2 hours with one 15-minute intermission.  Little Shop of Horrors contains comic horror violence, mild language and sexual references. Parental guidance suggested for children under age 10.  FMI contact Director Jen Fox, 353.3030 or email  Visit Community Resource News in Lisbon Schools on FaceBook for the latest programs and events.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Recap Town Council Meeting - October 21st‏


Last night was another Town Council meeting.  The following is a recap of what took place:

Under Council Orders, Resolutions & Ordinances – The following agenda items were approved by a vote of 6-0.  Councilor Garrison was excused.

1.      Amendment to Ch. 70-1 Definitions & Division 2 Groundwater and Wellhead Protection (Second Reading).

2.     The Homeland Security Grant was accepted by the town for $15,360.75.

3.     Chief Galipeau was approved to RFP a Thermal Imaging Camera damaged in the Public Works garage fire.  The insurance company has sent a check to the town for $12,782.18.

4.     Verla Brooks was approved to RPF a furnace for the Beaver Park Cabin.  The Parks Department has carried forward $11,535.04 for this purpose.

5.     The Council approved to Lease to Purchase an Asphalt Reclaimer for the town.

6.     Fairpoint Communications has agreed to install poles and cables across Route 196 for Banners.  This is in support of the community.

The Council voted 4-2 to approve the Engineering Contract to Olver Associates, Inc.  The two councilors voting against were Councilor Ward and Pesce.

The following agenda items were tabled – Amend Ch. 70 Zoning Ordinance Division 5 Signs (Second Reading) and Repeal Ch. 62 Site Plans Sec. 62-169 Signs (Second Reading).

Also, the Town Council did not want to commit the town to Referendum Question 3.

Under Other Business – The Town Manager reminded everyone that on Monday night, October 27, 2014, 6:00 PM, at Lisbon Community School, there will be an informational night into the Energy Conservation Contract that is on the November ballot.

Under Appointments – Monique Gayton was appointed a Warden for the November 4, 2014 election.

Larry Fillmore

The Maine Wire: Power, Money & Politics: The Case For Term Limits

Power, Money & Politics: The Case For Term Limits
Posted: 22 Oct 2014 01:24 PM PDT
In my previous article Why Elections Cannot Fix Washington D.C., I demonstrated that amendments are superior to elections in solving our nation’s problems because the incumbency rate of Congress prevents us from electing enough good people in a reasonable amount of time to restore sanity to Congress. In regards to the service tenure of Congress, […]

The Maine Wire: Mike Tipping’s Excellent Adventure‏

Mike Tipping’s Excellent Adventure
Posted: 21 Oct 2014 08:54 AM PDT
Mike Tipping is communication director of the Maine Peoples Alliance (MPA). As such, his primary  mission is to expose Paul LePage as a man devoid of good will, accomplishment, competence, intelligence, and even humanity; a man who has never done any good, never wanted to do any good, never done anything right, and never had […]

Monday, October 20, 2014

Lisbon Town Council Agenda for 10-21-2014‏


TUESDAY, October 21, 2014


7:00 P.M.

___Councilor Bickford
___ Councilor Brunelle
___ Councilor Garrison
___ Councilor Lunt
___Councilor Metivier
___ Councilor Pesce
___ Councilor Ward

      Town Clerk reading of meeting rules


A. Amendments to Ch. 70 -1 Definitions & Division 2 Groundwater and Wellhead Protection
B. Amend Ch. 70 Zoning Ordinance Division 5 Signs
C. Repeal Ch. 62 Site Plans Sec. 62-169 Signs 



      2014-219  ORDER −  A. Minutes of September 16, 2014
                                       B. Minutes of October 7, 2014
2014-220  ORDINANCES − Amendments to Ch. 70 -1 Definitions & Division 2 Groundwater and Wellhead Protection (Second  Reading)
2014-221  ORDINANCES − Amend Ch. 70 Zoning Ordinance Division 5 Signs (Second Reading)
2014-222  ORDINANCES − Repeal Ch. 62 Site Plans Sec. 62-169 Signs (Second Reading)
      2014-223  ORDER − Homeland Security Grant
      2014-224  ORDER − Solicit Bids for Thermal Imaging Camera
      2014-225  ORDER − Solicit Bids for Beaver Park Furnace
      2014-226  ORDER − Engineering Bid Award
      2014-227  ORDER − Asphalt Reclaimer Bid Award
      2014-228  ORDER − Installation of Poles and Cables for Banners
      2014-229  ORDER − CEI Support of Referendum Question 3
      A. Town Manager's Report




       2014-229  ORDER − Appoint Warden for November 4, 2014 election - Monique Gayton 



      2014-230  ORDER − 1 MRSA § 405 (6)(E) Consultations with legal counsel 


      2014-231  ORDER - To Adjourn

The Maine Heritage Policy Center: Jinger Duryea named Chairman of MHPC Board of Directors‏

PORTLAND – The Maine Heritage Policy Center, Maine’s preeminent free-market think tank, announced today the election of Mrs. Jinger Duryea, president, C.N. Brown Company to Chair MHPC’s Board of Directors.

“Jinger will bring energy and enthusiasm to MHPC at a critical time for the state of Maine. Under her leadership, I am confident that MHPC will continue to grow and advocate fiercely for economic freedom,” said MHPC’s outgoing Chairman Peter Anania.

Anania served as Chairman of the Board of Directors from January of 2012 to October 14, 2014. Duryea joined MHPC’s Board of Directors in May 2007.

“MHPC could not have chosen a more capable Chair, in Jinger Duryea.  She is a successful businesswoman, a strong leader, and an eloquent champion of free markets. Mrs. Duryea brings with her a wealth of experience and an intimate knowledge of policy that will be critical for us in leading the conservative movement in Maine," said Chief Executive Officer Matthew Gagnon.

Duryea is the president of C.N. Brown Company, a South Paris, Maine-based family business that operates all Big Apple Food Stores and Red Shield Heating Oil locations throughout New England.  She has the distinction of having been the first female Chairman of the Maine Oil Dealers Association, and previously served on the Board of Directors of the National Association of Convenience Stores.

Saturday, October 18, 2014

United States Redneck Special Forces - USRSF‏

The Pentagon announced TODAY the formation of a new 500-man elite fighting unit called the United States Redneck Special Forces (USRSF)

These boys will be dropped off in Iraq and have been given only the following facts about ISIS
1. The season opened today.
2. There is no limit.
3. They taste just like chicken.
4. They don't like beer, pickups, country music or Jesus..
5. They are directly responsible for the death of Dale Earnhardt.
The Pentagon expects the problem in IRAQ to be over by Friday.

Submitted by: 'Gordie'

What Is PAYT? Well Read This And Learn!

Sent: ‎Friday‎, ‎October‎ ‎17‎, ‎2014 ‎2‎:‎40‎ ‎PM


After reaching out to the students who are performing this research, the survey is for everyone, not just PAYT municipalities. They have asked if we could please share the article and ask folks to complete the survey.  They are more than willing to share the results of their research after completion.  I would appreciate it if you could share this letter and link in the Lisbon Reporter.

My name is Travis Blackmer. I am graduate student and researcher at the University of Maine. For the past four years I have been investigating the world of Municipal Solid Waste. I began as a Maine Waste Composition Study project leader in 2011. Hand sorting waste was not a dream of mine as a child, but it was an eye opening experience that led to a great dialogue with waste and recycling directors at the Maine Resource Recovery Association 2012 annual conference and the  2012 ecomaine annual Board Meeting. We presented a common theme: the effectiveness of Pay-As-You-Throw (PAYT) at limiting the waste stream.

The towns utilizing PAYT confirmed our views. Towns that did not have PAYT had a consistent question: where does the waste go? Looking at a handful of towns we saw that waste tonnages were cut in half on average, but only 1/4 of that waste reduction ended up in the recycling stream. For larger Maine municipalities, that is over 100 tons of waste that had (or would be expected to) evaporate.

That would be a major concern. If the idea behind PAYT is to reduce the waste stream, the public mistrust of the actual effectiveness would reduce town and citizens’ willingness to introduce PAYT. The negative behavior most associated with PAYT is illegal dumping. No widespread occurrences of illegal dumping were prevalent among PAYT communities. In multiple cases the offenders were identified by the waste contents and fined accordingly.  There are other behaviors possibly accounting for the waste stream lost tonnage. Finding commercial dumpsters, composting, purchasing products with less packaging, more reuse, and burning trash are among some of the behaviors households could take that may explain this phenomenon.

Our web survey looks to capture how households interact and perceive the waste stream, what behaviors households are making in response to PAYT, and their general attitudes towards how their waste stream impacts the outside world. I am looking to survey towns that both have PAYT as well as towns that do not have PAYT. The distribution of this link to places where people can notice it with a abstract explaining its purpose is vital. Your willingness to assist in my research would be greatly appreciated. I thank you for your time.


Travis Blackmer
Graduate Assistant
School of Economics
University of Maine

Two additional articles in the bangor daily news on the same subject (cited and linked in the above article)

Gregg Garrison
Lisbon Town Council
Councilor at Large

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Maine Wire: 3,289 Mainers lose health insurance plans due to Obamacare‏

3,289 Mainers lose health insurance plans due to Obamacare
Posted: 15 Oct 2014 01:23 PM PDT
More than 3,000 Mainers are set to lose their current health insurance plans due to President Barack Obama’s unpopular and controversial health care law. The newest round of cancellations has affected or will affect nearly 400 plans in the small businesses and 3,289 employees and family members. According to the Maine Bureau of Insurance and a form letter […]

YES on question 1 !‏

Dear Editor:
“As Maine goes, so goes the nation?”  Then, why are we the last state to allow bear trapping and other cruel methods for ‘trophy’ killing (of) bears?  ‘Harvesting’, some call it.  We harvest pumpkins and wheat.  We kill bears.
Hunting is something, entirely, different.  It requires skill, knowledge and pursuit of prey.  There is no hunting in walking up to a restrained bear and executing it at point-blank range.
November’s ballot initiative is a no-brainer.  Please vote YES on Question 1 to protect our bears from these unfair ‘tools’ of baiting, trapping and hounding.  Maine does not allow these cruel methods for deer and moose hunting... why bears? 
Get it done; YES on 1 !  Let’s make Maine proud of us, not ashamed!
Thank you.
Anne Hilton-Sawyer
Ocean Park, ME. 04063