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Friday, February 19, 2016

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Photo courtesy of K. Aspen Mikella

Win Free Door Prizes Every Hour and Learn Field Hockey Skills in Lisbon

Win free door prizes every hour from 4:30 until 7 pm on Saturday, Feb. 27 at a MAINE STYX Field Hockey Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser at Lisbon’s MTM Community Center located at 18 School Street.  This donation Benefit Dinner will also include a Silent Auction, and 50/50 Raffle. 

Kaitlyn Philbrick of Lisbon Falls is one of the MAINE STYX players raising money for travel expenses. MAINE STYX Field Hockey is an elite team that travels as far as Virginia to compete in tournaments and players are actively recruited by colleges. Kate will be performing stick skills she has learned throughout her field hockey training. If you have your own stick feel free to bring it, but several will be provided. 

Local businesses that have donated auction items include Ferns Auto Body, Crafts Cars, Amelia Dawn Designs, Kokopelli Photography, Haggerty Realty, Gridiron Restaurant and Pub, and Advanced Auto Parts.

For more information, contact Janice at 207-504-3449.  

 

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

The Unitil Project Passed‏ !!!

THE UNITIL PROJECT PASSED!!!

At last night’s Special Town Council meeting, four of the Councilors voted to approve this project.  These Councilors were Roger Bickford, Eric Metivier, Mark Lunt and Gregg Garrison.  Councilors Dillon Pesce and Chris Brunelle voted against the project.

Prior to the vote was a lengthy discussion starting with Mr. Leighton providing a small briefing followed by question and answer period by the Councilors?   Mr.  Leighton stated first that Public Works personnel would not be doing the trenching and later stated that Public Works personnel would be preparing the trench for paving.    According to Mr. Leighton, Unitil will be responsible for the trenching and laying the gas line.  However, it is unclear as to why the Public Works personnel and backhoe would have to be on a standby mode.

Another curious point was, if this is a Unitil project, why was there no one from Unitil there to clarify any points, and there were numerous unanswered questions?  One would be why Unitil is doing the trenching but does not have to complete the work to satisfy the final trench so it can be paved without Public Works personnel having to ensure the work is done right.  Also, why is there no written Unitil proposal detailing the project and who is responsible for what? 

Also, there was no documentation from the Brunswick Housing Authority as to what they are responsible for.  It was stated that the Brunswick Housing Area was to pay half of the cost for paving but did not mention if the Public Works personnel are required to prepare the trench for paving if the Brunswick Housing Authority would split the cost with the town.  In other words, the Town could end up paying for preparing the trench for paving and then split the cost of paving with the town.  If this is the case, the taxpayers are getting screwed again.

Mr. Leighton was unable to answer all the questions asked by both the Council and the Public.  Mr. Leighton changed his story several times.  The Council will still have to go out for bid on the paving because it is over $5,000.00 which is required by the town Purchasing Policy.

I cannot explain why these four Councilors voted the way they did other than this project will provide a cost savings on heating the MTM Center, once completed.  I support the project but I am against approving a project when there are so many questions that remain unanswered.   I will submit a Freedom of Access Act (FOAA) for the documentation from Unitil and the Brunswick Housing Authority which should provide the answers to these questions.  I want to know who is responsible for what.

Larry Fillmore

Monday, May 26, 2014

IS SUMPTHIN' FISHY IN LISBON?‏

Why do I feel that the Public Works Director and the Town Council are trying to put something over on the Town of Lisbon taxpayers?

 

At the May 20, 2014 Town Council meeting, in Other Business is an article:

"                             "Unitil paving proposal"

                                

With it is an attachment from Public Works Director Ryan Leighton stating "in order for the project to move forward the Town and Brunswick Housing Authority would each need to pay $1,852 up front and split the cost of paving the trench following the gas extension installation."

 

The memorandum does not state what the $1,852 is for.

 

Earlier this year Unitil had a public meeting at LES. At that meeting they said they intend to install a gas line from Route 196, across School Street, up Berry Avenue to Campus Avenue,

         AT NO COST TO THE TOWN OF LISBON.

They also said that there would be no fee to connect to said gas line!

 

So, my question, what will the $1,852 pay for?

A connection fee to Unitil?

There is no explanation in Mr.. Leighton's Memorandum.  

 

The Memorandum further reads that the cost to prepare and

pave the trench ,materials would be approximately $6,000 and labor to be around $7,000.

 

Yet we were told at said  May 20 council meeting that Lisbon Public Works would be doing the trenching.

 

Who would we, the taxpayers of the Town of Lisbon, be paying to dig the trench, when we, public works,  would be digging the trench?

 

Mr. Leighton "anticipates" "Brunswick Housing Authority will agree to split the cost of the materials and labor to pave the trench".  Evidently there is agreement with BHA, so why is Mr.. Leighton and our town council rushing into this?  

 

Note: This is a Memorandum from Ryan Leighton, and not a copy of Unitil's proposal.

 

I think the residents and taxpayers of the Town of Lisbon are entitled to see Unitil's proposal prior to the council's vote to accept. Extending the gas line would benefit both the Town of Lisbon and BHA as the MTM Center and Campus Commons could convert to natural gas, thus resulting in savings in heating costs.

 

The Town Council will be voting on this issue at a Special Town Council meeting Tuesday May 27, 2014. The meeting is schedule for 6:00 to 6:30 p.m., a quickie, with no audience participation
 
You, members of the present Town Council, are better than that!
Please consider all aspects of Unitil's proposal, BHA's participation, and Ryan Leighton's proposal before voting on this issue.
 

We need to remember that a former town manager, and previous town council sold the old high school on Campus Avenue to the Brunswick Housing Authority for ONE DOLLAR!

 And  with it, a historical Grant of over One Million Dollars.

 

Dot Fitzgerald

A Very Concerned Lisbon Citizen

Thursday, May 22, 2014

Lisbon Taxpayers Pay For Incompetency, But Why?

WHY ARE WE PAYING FOR INCOMPETENCY??

At the last Town Council meeting, there was an agenda item under Other Business called “Unitil Paving Proposal”.  This proposal was submitted by the Town Engineer, Ryan Leighton (See Attached). 






The proposal lacks several items such as a map of the route, distances and who was going to be doing the trenching.  During the discussion by the Council and the Interim Town Manager, it came out that Public Works would be doing all the trenching.  A minor detail left off the original request.  This agenda item was tabled until next week during the Special Town Council meeting.

On the agenda for May 27, 2014, there is no “Audience Participation” so the people will not have a chance to speak on this subject.  I do not believe that even if the people could speak would it be heard.  I believe this has already been decided and the council will approve this proposal.  The fact that Public Works will be doing the trenching, at no cost to either Unitil or the Brunswick Housing Authority, and the people are going to be forced to pay an additional amount for paving is crazy.  Why isn’t the trenching by Public Works not sufficient payment for this project by the taxpayers.

Most of you do not know this but a former council sold Brunswick Housing Authority 4 Campus Avenue for $1.00 and with it went over a MILLION dollar grant for the renovation of the building by Federal Grant.  The property at the time was valued at $265,050.00.  I understand that the Brunswick Housing Authority is a non-profit organization but the Town of Lisbon is not.  The Town should not be making concessions like this and now the Town is willing to do all the trenching and then pay for half of the paving even though there is no benefit to the town from the MTM center to 4 Campus Avenue.  Why should the taxpayers be forced to pay anything for this project?

Please review this proposal by Mr. Leighton and tell me if you believe that this inept performance is worth the $78,000.00 plus Mr. Leighton receives as a salary from the town.  This is exactly what you get from an individual that has absolutely no credentials for the position. 

So why does the Interim Town Manager and the Town Council accept a proposal that is incomplete and does not present ALL the facts in order for the Council to make a competent decision?

Larry Fillmore

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

LISBON’S MOTHER-SON DANCE SCHEDULED FOR MAY 10


Lisbon – The third annual Lisbon Mother-Son Mother’s Day Dance is scheduled for May 10.  The event will be held at the MTM Center in Lisbon Falls from 6 to 8 p.m.  Advance tickets are at the Lisbon Recreation Department for  $10 per couple and $5 each additional child from April 22 through May 8.   

Tickets are also available at the door for $15 per couple/additional child for $5 each.  Positive Change Lisbon and the Lisbon Recreation Department are sponsoring the event.   Mother-son portraits available by a professional photographer.  DJ, dancing, refreshments and door prizes.  Create a memory, buy your tickets today!

Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Recap Town Council Workshop & Special Meeting January 28, 2014

                RECAP TOWN COUNCIL WORKSHOP & SPECIAL MEETING


Tonight was another very special evening.  The Town Council held a Workshop and then a Special Town Council Meeting.  We are going to start off with the Workshop.

During the Workshop, the Town Council heard three presentations.  This first one was about the Maine Municipal Association (MMA).  This was presented by Mr. David Barrett.  If this organization sounds familiar to you; it is because they recommended Mr. Stephen Eldridge to the town of Lisbon.  At that time, Mr. Eldridge was the poster boy for MMA.   Do we really want to repeat our mistake?

The second presentation was presented by Mr. Bill Van Tuinen.  Mr. Van Tuinen is the current Town Assessor.  He provided an excellent outline of the responsibilities of the Assessor’s office.  He also briefed the Council on the Reevaluation his company is conducting in Lisbon.  According to Mr. Van Tuinen, the reevaluation should be complete in 2014-2015.  The new evaluations will go into effect in 2015.

The final presentation was done by Mr. Mark Stevens.  Mr. Stevens is the Director of the Recreation Department.  Mr. Stevens outlined the accomplishment of the Recreation Department.  He also explained the numerous programs available to the community.  The Recreation Department has programs available for all ages from seniors to 3 and 4 year olds.  The Recreation Department is one of the only departments in the town that actually make money for the town.

At this point, the Council ended the Workshop and started the Special Town Council Meeting.  The first order of business was to go into Executive Session.  At this point, Mrs. Paula Gibbs Reporter for the Sun Journal left.  The Council was in Executive Session for approximately one hour.   At two different times, they asked Mr. Dale Olmstead to join in the Executive Session.

When the Town Council came out of Executive Session, they took a vote to see if Mr. Dale Olmstead would be the Interim Town Manager or not.  The vote was 5 to 2 in favor of Mr. Olmstead becoming the next Interim Town Manager.  The two councilors NOT in favor were Chairwoman Ward and Councilor Bickford. 

The following is an article outlining what Mr. Olmstead did for the town of Freeport during his tenure as their Town Manager.  http://www.keepmecurrent.com/tri_town_weekly/news/dale-olmstead-a-farewell-to-freeport/article_d2fb7fe2-121a-11e2-842a-0019bb2963f4.html .  After reading this article, how can anyone doubt that Mr. Olmstead is exactly what the town of Lisbon needs?  Mr. Dale Olmstead will be sworn in at the next Town Council meeting.

Larry Fillmore


Monday, September 30, 2013

Lisbon's Councilors To Ponder Plight Of Proper Use Of Forfeited Funds Tuesday Night







HOW TO SPEND $71,750.78 FORFEITURE FUNDS???????????



On Tuesday night, the Town Council will be asked by Lisbon Police  Chief David T. Brooks; What to do with $71,750.78 the community received in forfeiture funds from the U.S. Treasury Department?  These funds were turned over to the town because our police department did their jobs, nothing more.  As Chief Brooks’ indicated the Federal people took control of the case immediately. 

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Now the town council has three options:

1.       To utilize these funds as the council sees fit.
2.       To give these funds to the Police Department to use as they see fit.
3.       To give these funds to the Police Department in return for $71,750.78 of tax dollars which was approved by the council for such things as the purchase of two cruisers at $48,816.00?

So let’s review each option.  Option 1 is by far the best option because it allows the council to take care of some urgent needs of the community such as:

1.       Repair roads
2.       Resolve the boiler issue at MTM Center before winter
3.       Replace more windows at MTM Center before winter
4.       Restore service on Thursday at the dump
5.       Restore services that were cut at the library

These suggestions are not ranked by priority but are excellent opportunities where this $71,750.78 would benefit the whole community.

Option 2 is by far the worst option.  The Town Council approved a budget for the Police Department of $1,297,864.00.  This is over a million dollars to cover the operations of the Police Department.  This is a small community with many residents on a fixed income.  I dare say that the Lisbon Police Department is the most costly per capita in the state of Maine.

Option 3 is a viable option.  According to Chief Brooks’ the correct protocol is to provide forfeiture funds to the police department to utilize for things such as vehicles.  Since the taxpayers have already budgeted for the vehicles with tax dollars then these tax dollars should be returned to the community and Chief Brooks should use the forfeitured funds to cover whatever he wants.  The taxpayers should not have to pay twice for whatever Chief Brooks wants to spend this $71,750.78 on.  The taxpayers should be reimbursed their tax dollars to be spent for such things as outlined in Option 1. 

This is an excellent opportunity to see if Chief Brooks is a team player and will put the needs of the community ahead of his own needs.  It is about time the community came first in this town and that goes for the town council too.  This community has a lot of needs that this $71,750.78 could eliminate or at least reduce greatly.  So now it is up to the Town Council to see if they are going to use this windfall for the good of the community or the good of Chief Brooks.  Citizens need to watch closely to how each councilor’s votes on this issue.

Let’s see if Chief Brooks is a team player and puts the community’s needs first.  But more important is to see which councilors support their friend or put their community first.



Larry Fillmore



Lisbon Town Council Agenda For Tuesday October 1, 2013

                                                        AGENDA
                                         TOWN COUNCIL MEETING
                                       TUESDAY, OCTOBER 1, 2013
                                           LISBON TOWN OFFICE
                                                      7:00 P.M.


1. CALL TO ORDER & PLEDGE TO FLAG


2. ROLL CALL


___Councilor Bickford
___ Councilor Garrison
___ Councilor Larochelle
___ Councilor Lunt
___Councilor Mason
___ Councilor Pesce
___ Councilor Ward


Town Clerk reading of meeting rules


3. PUBLIC HEARING


A. Victualer License for Randall Smith d/b/a Pinky D’s


4. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION


5. AUDIENCE PARTICIPATION RESPONSE


6. CONSENT AGENDA


2013-154 ORDER −
A. Victualer License for Randall Smith d/b/a Pinky D’s


B.Minutes of September 17, 2013


7. COUNCIL ORDERS, RESOLUTIONS, & ORDINANCES


2013-155 ORDER −
Fuel Bids


2013-156 ORDER −
Agency Liquor Store Relocation - Bootleggers


2013-157 ORDER −
New Agency Liquor Stores - Food City, Lisbon Gulf, and Rite Aid


2013-158 ORDER −
Forfeiture


2013-159 ORDER −
Winter Sand Bids


8. OTHER BUSINESS


A. Androscoggin River Trail Update


B. Town Manager’s Report


9. APPOINTMENTS


10. COUNCILOR COMMUNICATIONS


11. EXECUTIVE SESSION


2013-160 ORDER −
1 MRSA § 405 (6) (A) Personnel Matter - EMA Director


2013-160 ORDER −
1 MRSA § 405 (6) (A) Personnel Matter -Water Department


12. ADJOURNMENT
2013-161 ORDER −
To Adjourn

Thursday, February 14, 2013

TO THE EDITOR.‏


Good evening. A couple of questions pertaining to the article you ran about the MTM school. Do not understand why it would be so difficult to repair? Am quite positive one of our local oil repairmen would not have any problem at all DIAGNOSING AND REPAIRING.
 
JUST BY READING THE ARTICLE I WOULD WAGER THEY KNOW ALREADY WHAT THE PROBLEM IS. 

But my main reason for this email is a question about the fuel being used here. I understand THAT natural gas is available maybe less than 75 YARDS FROM MTM? Would IT NOT BE FEASIBLE TO CONVERT THE BURNERS TO THIS TYPE OF FUEL? I would imagine there could/would be a savings of maybe  25 TO 50 PERCENT?
 
THANK YOU.
PAPPY
 

Wednesday, February 13, 2013

MTM Fiasco Starts To Heat Up In Lisbon



IS THERE MORE MONEY MISSING IN LISBON



According with today’s article in the Sun Journal by Paula Gibbs, there appears to be a continuing problem in the MTM center.  There have been complaints from taxpayers that doors and windows have been left open in the winter heating the outdoors and costing the taxpayers more money in heating bills.





Lisbon Town Manager Stephen Eldridge


This problem was identified years ago and the Town Council took action and awarded a contract to Siemens.  The article indicates that according to Town Manager Eldridge the contract was only to identify the problems and not fix it.  The problem appears to be with valves and the furnace but Siemens has not provided an estimate to correct the situation


Lisbon Councilor Gina Mason

 Lisbon Town Council Chairman Fern Larochelle
 
According to the article one solution, provided by Councilor Mason, is increase the fees.  This includes the elderly which are normally on a fixed income.  The residents utilizing the facility are not responsible for the upkeep and maintenance of the furnace.  Chairman LaRochelle made a statement in the article I do not understand and that is and I quote “I don’t think the council is saying shut it down, but is it worth renting if we are heating the outdoors?” This is a town owned building and it is the responsibility of the town to maintain the facility. 



But the most disturbing comment came from MTM Board of Directors Chairman Gordon Curtis when he said and I quote “There was a contract awarded to Siemens, but I was told today there’s no money left.”  The town carried forward over a million dollars on August 21, 2012 so I hope Mr. Curtis is talking about the contract and not the town. 



With an approved budget plus over a millions dollars carried forward, this town should have plenty of money available to take care of this problem without raising the fees at the MTM center.  The MTM center is a profit making facility and supports our elderly.  This is apparent by 90 people who attended the senior luncheon last week.  Any thoughts by the council or the town manager to shut down the MTM center would be a disgrace and an injustice to the residents of Lisbon.



Larry Fillmore

Concerned Citizen







No fix yet for Lisbon community building heating problem







LISBON — Complaints from taxpayers that doors at the town’s community center are being propped open in midwinter prompted members of the Town Council to try to get to the source of the problem Tuesday night.
The MTM Center, originally built as a school in the 1950s, has a heating system that overheats some rooms, leaving hallways and other rooms too cool, MTM Board of Directors Chairman Gordon Curtis told the council.
Curtis was one of several committee chairmen who met with the council to update them on what’s happening in their areas.
“Our biggest problem is the heat,” Curtis said. “We can’t seem to get it fixed. I don’t know if it’s a circulator issue or not, but we have one zone that we have no control over. Some people are saying we should shut it down."

Read the rest of the story HERE:


Wednesday, February 6, 2013

'It's Cold Outside;' Windows at the MTM school‏ left open

As home owners no one needs to be reminded of the high cost of heating oil. Last year I was witness to open windows at the MTM school gym when temperatures were below freezing and said nothing. Enough is enough. I have sent three emails to the town manager so far this year expressing my concerns and it continues. 
 
Tonight (Tuesday 2/5/13)
I drove past at 7:30 pm and the gym windows were open.I am sure that the people attending this function had their windows and doors closed at home..If the supervisors of these programs don’t have enough common sense to keep doors and windows closed may be they should look for another venue. The MTM is no real asset to me and I don’t want my tax dollars wasted this way.
 
Glenn Beal
TAX PAYER

Sunday, January 27, 2013

Corruption, Collusion, and Cover Up Just Normal Sailing For Lisbon Town Government Operations!











HOW TO CREATE A SLUSH FUND!!!!

I want to apologize up front for the length of this article but because of Chairman LaRochelle insisting I do not have correct information; I am forced to provide proof utilizing town documents.  I would like to think my word is good enough but the town council tries to down play everything I present to the council.

A representative of the town attended the State of Maine auction for vehicles and obtained three trucks on various dates.  I want to discuss two of these trucks and how they were obtained.  The first one is a 2003 Ford F250 for Public Works.  The cost of the vehicle was $5,500.00.  Below is a copy of the Purchase order with the account the funds were taken from.  If you look at the account E03-305-5390 you will find it is assigned to the Public Works Department for Supplies Parts.  I have included a copy of the budget provide by the Finance Director.  This line item is supposed to be used for “provides parts for all units as necessary”.  I cannot believe a Ford F250 truck qualifies as parts for all units as necessary.





Second, was a 2002 GMC Sierra K2500 for $5,000.00 for the Recreation Department?  I have included a copy of the Purchase Order but this line of accounting is crossed out and another one added.  This gets even crazier because E04-405-5380, which was the original line of accounting, is for Supplies Operating and this was changed to E04-405-5201 which is Advertising/Notices.  Trust me it is a long stretch to justifying the purchase of a 2002 GMC Sierra K2500 under Advertising/Notices.  Also note there is not sufficient funds in the Advertising/Notices account to cover the $5,000.00.





Both of these Purchase Orders are signed by our town manager, Stephen Eldridge; so much for verifying the information pertaining to our tax dollars.  If you are wondering how this applies to creating a slush fund.  This is how the town manager and the town council scam the taxpayers.  First you increase each line item in the budget under the pretense of needing to have a little more to cover emergencies when in fact it is used to create the slush fund.  This is one of the reasons why the town raised our taxes last year. 

Now think about this!  Each of the lines of accounting are going to show payment for these trucks as expenditures under these line item so with this coming budget we will have to increase these lines of accounting to cover the increase in spending.  These expenditures have absolutely nothing to do with these line items but they are going to show up as money spent on these line items.  This will increase our budget in the coming year.   This is how you create a slush fund to be used by the town manager to purchase whatever he wants at taxpayers’ expense.

How can you determine how much you need to operate if you continue to apply unrelated items to line items?  It is impossible to determine where to make cuts in a budget if the accounting is not posted to the correct line of accounting.  I now have shown where the furniture for the Communication Center was charged to the wrong accounts and again with these two trucks. 

This is what I have discovered on my own but it certainly reveals a pattern of misappropriation of town funds. 

Larry Fillmore
Concerned Citizen

Wednesday, September 12, 2012

Recap September 11, 2012 Town Council Workshop‏

THIS SUMMERY WILL BE BRIEF AS WE IN THE AUDIENCE COULD BARELY HEAR WHAT WAS BEING SAID.
The topic was Updates from all Town Boards and Committee Chairmen
Present at the meeting were Town Manager Steve Eldridge, Councilors, Chair, Fern Larochelle, Roger Bickford, Lisa Ward,
and Mark Lunt.
Others present were Richard Golden, Chair of the Library Governing Board; Diane Nadeau, Director, Lisbon Library;
Gordon Curtis, Chair MTM Center; Don Fellows, Chair, Planning Board; Calvin Beaumier, Chair, Conservation Committee;
Miriam Alexander, Chair, Board of Appeals; Steve Warren, Trails Commission; Verla Brooks, Director Parks Department;
Mark Stevens, Director, Recreation Department.
In the audience were Roger Cote, Dillon Peasce, Dot Fitzgerald.
First up was The MTM Center. Gordon Curtis gave an update on the window replacement, furnace,
and future improvements. He said the Committee has a Mission Statement but no by-laws.
They are down one member, the building is at maximum usage.
Next, Don Fellows said the Planning Board has been busy. The new Town Planner has been reviewing
ordinances, and the Comprehensive Plan, updating codes, drafting by-laws, working on addressing
code violations and a master Plan for Route 196. They will be having a public forum on Route 9.
Richard Golden said the Library Committee does have by-laws. The newly installed air conditioner is working well. 
Next project is replacing the sign over the Library door. Diane is working with Verla on a new sign.
Library usage is up and they should have the new computers and person to assist citizens with job searches
very soon. Diane said the winter project is waterproofing the Children's Reading Room in the basement.
It was most difficult to hear Calvin with the Conservation Department. The most I got to of it
was they are updating their web-site, identifying our Watersheds, identifying town owned properties,
protecting our resources. there was a lot of discussion on the Trails, both paved and ones used
by ATV's and snowmobiles. Sorry for any errors, or omissions but I can only report what I heard.
Miriam Alexander said the Board of Appeals has been quiet, not much going on which is not a bad thing.
Steve Warren with the Trails Committee said he was pleased that the Trails Committee has brought
lots of Federal funds to the town.
The Army Corp of Engineers has finally given approval for the next phase, the River Trail.
He stressed that the trails are not just for recreation but transportation also.
There was talk of connecting our trails to both Lewiston and Topsham.
There was much discussion about the town paid for trails, maintaining them,
 and the ATV and snowmobile trails.
Last but not least Mark Stevens said the Recreation Department had their best and busiest summer.
He said they do have working rules and do background checks on all who work there,
especially those who work with the children. They would like to have a senior citizen on
their committee. He spoke about overlapping usage of the fields, with the school department,
L J A L,and ones in Beaver Park, and maintaining the many fields.
That was echoed by Verla Brooks.
He said the ice rink is badly in need of upgrading the water lines and boards,
before it can be flooded for skating this winter.
Next workshop will be on if there will be a Moxie Festival next year,
 and if the town can afford to put it on.
That workshop will be on September 25, 2012 at 7 p.m. at the Town Office.
                                           Respectfully,
                                           Dot Fitzgerald
                                          Concerned Citizen

Sunday, September 9, 2012

Eastern Area Agency On Aging:Medicaid Nursing Home Benefits 15 MYTHS REGARDING MEDICAID NURSING HOME BENEFITS IN MAINE


 15 MYTHS REGARDING MEDICAID NURSING HOME BENEFITS IN MAINE
Provided by Skelton Law Office 
“The Estate Planning and Elder Law Firm"


No one chooses to live in a nursing home. But some older Mainers eventually need care in a nursing home setting. For many, this means not only the loss of personal autonomy but also the depletion of all assets. That is because nursing home care can cost $80,000 per year or more. According to the Cost of Care Survey for 2006 conducted by Genworth Financial, the average rate in Maine is $197 (semi-private) and $219 (private) per day. 
Elder law attorneys provide advice to individuals who want to preserve assets from long-term care costs. They offer legitimate strategies for hastening eligibility for Medicaid benefits to pay for care in nursing homes, in assisted living facilities, and at home. But Medicaid law is complex and became more complicated with the adoption of the Deficit Reduction Act on February 8, 2006. This article highlights some of those changes and dispels certain myths about the Medicaid program.


Please follow the rest of the story here, it is too important not to.

http://www.eaaa.org/feed.php?num=6&news_id=101&feed_id=45

Submitted by: Rufus

Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Vintage Moxie Car Show proceeds to help seniors‏


Vintage Moxie Car Show proceeds to help seniors
The Lisbon Recreation Department and the Moxie Festival Committee are pleased to announce that Moxie Car Show has returned after a more than 10-year hiatus to the Moxie Festival weekend.  Proceeds will benefit the Sunshine Hill Neighbor’s Senior Citizen Program.

Applications for the 2012 Moxie Car Show on Sunday, July 15 from 8 am until 1 pm are now available.  The Moxie Car Show takes place in the fields behind Lisbon High School. 

Spectator admission is $5, $3 for children 12-17, and children under 12 are free.  There is an entry fee of $10 for the driver and passenger.  

The car classes include  Antiques, Special Interest, Street Rods, Camaros, Corvettes, Mustangs, Mopars, Motorcycles, Tuner Cars, Pic-up Trucks 2 Wheel, Pic-up Trucks 4 Wheel, Best of the 50’s, Best of the 60’s, Best of the 70’s, Best of the 80’s, Best of the 90’s, Kids Pick, and Senior’s Pick.

All entries will receive a souvenir dash plate and the trophies will definitely have “Moxie.”

Other Moxie Car Show attractions include a Swap Meet, Car Corral, Entertainment from WQRY, Concessions, Moxie Style Trophies.

According to Lisbon Public Safety Officials, an estimated 50,000 people attend the three-day Moxie Festival.  The Town of Lisbon has approximately 9,300 residents.

Since 1982, The Moxie Festival in Lisbon, Maine has been held on the second weekend in July.  The Festival now includes a three day Pow Wow; Friday night fireworks; a Saturday 5K Race, parade, Street Fair, Concert in the Park, and on Sunday, the Chief Worumbo Androscoggin River Race and the Moxie Car Show.  Moxie was designated Maine’s official soft drink on May 20, 2005.

To get a Moxie Car Show pre-registration form, visit the Moxie Festival website: www.moxiefestival.com  or call the Lisbon Recreation Department at 207-353-2289.  

Sunday, November 27, 2011

Town Christmas Tree‏

 
  IS THERE A GRINCH HERE STEALING CHRISTMAS? ? ?
                    NO TOWN CHRISTMAS TREE! ? ! ? ! ? !
NOW, A LIGHTED CHRISTMAS TREE IN BACK OF THE MTM CENTER
FOR THE RESIDENTS OF BERRY AVENUE AND ADDISON STREET
                                 TO ENJOY?
          WHAT ABOUT THE REST OF THE COMMUNITY?
                I APPLAUD ROSS CUNNINGHAM.
       HE CAME FORWARD WHEN NO-ONE ELSE DID.
HE IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE CONCERTS IN THE PARK
THAT SO MANY ENJOY ON SUNDAY SUMMER EVENINGS.
    HIS OCTOBER FESTIVAL IS A POPULAR EVENT.
THE MERRY MAIN STREET IS LOOKED FORWARD TO.
                   IT IS A THANKLESS JOB.
I KNOW. I HAVE WORKED ON MANY AN EVENT IN THE
     PAST, AS A MEMBER OF THE LISBON ROTARY
               AND MERCHANTS ASSOCIATION.
               BUT  
    LEAVE THE TOWN CHRISTMAS TREE, THE LIGHTING
AND ALL THAT GOES WITH IT RIGHT WHERE IT BELONGS!!
WHERE ALL WHO TRAVEL ROUTE 196 CAN SEE AND ENJOY.
                   AFTER THE TREE LIGHTING
       LET SANTA LEAD A CHRISTMAS PARADE! ! ! !
       DOWN ROUTE 196 TO THE MTM CENTER ! ! ! ! !
          
                 WITH CHRISTMAS CAROLS,
           PICTURES AND VISITS WITH SANTA.
WHO KNOWS, MAYBE AN ELF AND REINDEER MAY SHOW UP.
THE FOLLOWING PICTURE OF THE GAZEBO, COMPLETE
WITH MULTI-COLORED CHRISTMAS LIGHTS AND SANTA
             IS TRULY A SIGHT TO BEHOLD! ! ! ! !
THIS IS THE TRUE CHRISTMAS SPIRIT OF LISBON! ! !
WITH MANY THANKS TO THE TIRELESS EFFORTS OF
             OUR ONE AND ONLY FAYE BROWN.
  LETS KEEP OUR LISBON CHRISTMAS TRADITION ALIVE.
   MULTI-COLORED LIGHTS ON THE GAZEBO AND TREE
AND SANTA LIGHTING THE TREE FOR ALL TO SEE.
Dot Fitzgerald
A Lisbon Concerned Citizen




Anonymous said...
Who order this change? The town manager as payback to Faye Brown for her departing gift to him or the town social director Gina Mason.