Looking Back – AUG. 29, 2002


Issue of Aug. 29, 2002

Scarborough town councilors told the Current they plan to back a $26.8 million bond for a new high school, following the Board of Education’s unanimous support of the project at a meeting last week.

Councilors attributed their support for the project to a cooperative relationship between the council and the board. Councilors also believe the project needs unanimous support to get the approval of voters in November.

“I expect the council will be unanimous in support of the project,” said Council Chairman Jeff Messer.

“I think it really needs to be a unanimous vote,” said Councilor Steve Ross, who has been the councilor most critical of the price tag. “But after this, I’ve made it clear I’m against any further bonding for awhile.”

When Cape Elizabeth’s much loved Deputy Fire Chief Jim Murray died recently, Town Council Chairman Jack Roberts personally contacted the governor’s office to get permission to lower flags in town to half-staff. Under law only the president or the governor can order that the United States and state flags be lowered in honor of important people or events.

Cape has lowered the flag to half-staff several times before, including in honor of former Police Chief David Pickering and public safety volunteer, John Civile. After Murray’s death, councilors requested that Town Manager Mike McGovern propose a policy that would more formally guide them when requests are made to lower the flags.

As an addition to our story on the Snow family wedding earlier this month, these facts were sent to us about the Blue Point Congregational Church. Harold Snow, whose father Fred Snow started Snow’s Canning company in Pine Point, designed and helped build the Blue Point Congregational Church in 1954, but many other families also put a lot of hard work and effort into building the church.

These families include, among others: Laurine and George Leavitt; Joan and Edward Collins; Paul Bayley; Vie G o l o v e r, Marion Mehlman, Kay and Oscar Young; Ann and Lennie Douglass; Doris Libby; Millie and John MacDonald; Eddie Hawes; Gladys and Ray Collins; Flossie and Tom Cocroft; Barbara and Richard Sterling; Marjorie Snow; Marcie and Fred Burnham; Ruby Coffin; Otho Baker; John Boyce; Edward Lothrop; Dan Googins; Marge and Asa Douglass, Jr.; John Sturgeon; Marjorie and Amos Sturgeon; Olive and Harold Barker; Ken Skillings; Bernice Sturgeon; Laura and Walter Jordan; Sally Gochie; Mary Jacks; Arthur Fogg; Polly and Neal Douglass; Ruth and Lloyd Douglass; Laura and Leon Maxwell; Konrad Chase; Pauline Sterling; Harriet Lothrop; Joe Philbrick; Jeannette Lary; Ellen Lothrop; Stella and Robert Googins; Collen Reusswig; Amy and Ken Peterson; Gloria Carson; Donna Jordan; Helen Deis; Mike Silvera; Eleanor Philbrick; Harriet Turner; Dot Willette; Madeline Pillsbury; Ruth Anderson; Cliff Bowser; Billy Snow; Howard Mehlman; Eddie Thibeau; Ellen and Earle Thurston; Cora Snow; Olaf Olsen; Frances Collicut; and Evelyn Paul.

Bill Waldron, who has proposed building a Mercedes Benz dealership on the northern end of Route 1 in Scarborough, has one year to “substantially” construct the project under a contract approved by the Scarborough Town Council last week.

An unexpected increase in federal funding has the Cape Elizabeth School Board breathing a bit easier in the current climate of concern over state budget cuts, but the specter of additional state cuts still looms.

For now, $39,800 in state cuts will be offset by an estimated $40,000 in federal grants for students who have additional needs but don’t qualify for special education.

“We’ve heard rumors there may be more,” said Business Manager Pauline Aportria.

Dozens of kids already have tried out the new playgrounds at Pond Cove and the middle school, and the reviews, from kids of all ages, is unanimously positive.

“There’s a tire swing there, there’s a trampoline there, and there’s a street sweeper,” said Will Downes, age 4, pointing out some of the new playground’s features.

“I think the playground looks beautiful,” said the well-spoken 4-year-old, who will start kindergarten this year. He went on to detail the virtues of the new slides (there are three) and several ladders, a climbing pole and a fireman’s pole.

“My favorite is the tire swing,” Downes said.

Mac Sweeney, 8, is eager for crews to put the finishing touches on the playground next to Pond Cove.

“I can’t wait until the other playgrounds open,” he said. But he is happy with what he’s seen so far. “I think it’s great,” he said.

Although Scarborough’s code enforcement officer has been busy taking phone calls from property owners worried about the latest changes to rules regarding properties in the sand dunes, the revised rules don’t affect many beach-front owners in Scarborough, if any.

“They seem to have the idea it applies to all houses in the sand dune system,” Linda Kokemuller, a representative of the Maine Department of Environmental Protection, said of the people who have contacted her. “It doesn’t. It only applies to the V flood zones,” or those areas most susceptible to floods along the coast.

(Editor’s note: Looking Back is a weekly column including news items reported 10 years ago in The Current, which celebrated its 10th anniversary in September 2011.)

Joe Tufts, on the left, shows off the largest shark landed in the ERA Agency 1 Sportfishing Open in this file photo from Aug. 29, 2002.