Fryeburg seeks $34,000 for aquifer study update

By Daymond Steer

Selectmen-and-HarkFryeburg, Maine, selectmen meet with town attorney Robert Hark (right) on July 27. (DAYMOND STEER PHOTO)FRYEBURG, Maine — Fryeburg selectmen voted last week to update a 2005 study of the Ward's Brook aquifer — if $34,000 can be raised to pay for it.

Resident Dick Krasker, who had raised the money for the original study, was put in charge of that effort at the July 27 selectmen's meeting.

It was 12 years ago that Emery & Garrett Groundwater of Meredith produced a study of the aquifer that serves both the Poland Spring water company and town residents.

That report forms the basis through which Fryeburg Water Co. and Poland Spring's sustainable yield were developed.

Poland Spring Bottling, a division of Nestle Waters North America, already withdraws water from sites in Fryeburg and Denmark, Maine.

The company is reportedly seeking a site for its fourth Maine bottling plant in either the Fryeburg and Rumford areas or north of Bangor.

Sobriety checkpoint granted in Wakefield

WAKEFIELD — As a result of the increasing incidents of drinking and driving, the Wakefield Police Department in cooperation with the Wolfeboro Police Department and New Hampshire State Police Troop E, applied for and was granted, a Superior Court Petition to conduct a sobriety checkpoint.

Grand opening of White Horse Shed draws crowd

By Daymond Steer

White-Horse-Addiction-openingLocal dignitaries join governor's adviser Marty Boldin (right) to cut the ribbon at The Shed in Ossipee last Friday. (DAYMOND STEER PHOTO)OSSIPEE — About 150 people turned out for the grand opening of White Horse Addiction Center's Shed on Friday evening. Speakers included the governor's policy adviser on prevention, treatment and recovery and those who regained their lives with help from the center.

White Horse President/CEO Mitch Yeaton describes the Shed as a non-clinical resource center for people in recovery and their families. The staff helps clients do things like signing up for insurance or getting connected to treatment.

Following the grand opening, a barbecue took place with hamburgers, hot dogs and fixings provided by River's Edge Tavern.

Yeaton first came up with the idea for White Horse in 2012 while he was working for UPS in Georgia.

White Horse was incorporated in 2014 and began with the thrift store and counseling in 2015.

"We're at the beginning," Yeaton told the crowd. "I can't imagine, two years from now, where this is going to be. I know we have helped two or three hundred people already and there's going to be a lot more."

First Congregational Church of Ossipee Pastor Dan Mitchum showed Yeaton the two buildings that would become the Thrift Store and Shed.

Injured, lost hikers keep rescuers busy

CHATHAM — Fish and Game conservation officers and other first responders were kept busy last weekend.

-- At 3:12 p.m. on Sunday, 911 emergency dispatches received a call about an injured hiker on the Baldface Circle Trail in the White Mountain National Forest in Chatham.