2004 News from FI Homepage
(Year 2003 Old News)

FLORA AND FAUNA -- The people of the Frye Island Conservation Commission have put together a document that describes the Flora and Fauna of Frye Island. Thanks to them for all of the hard work that went into compiling this information.

TOWN & STOCKHOLDER MEETINGS -- On Saturday October 9th the Town of Frye Island will hold a Town Meeting. Registration begins shortly after 8 AM. Information about the Town Meeting is online. The Voter List for the Board of Island Trustees is online for your review; contact the Town office is you see a problem with the listing. The Stockholders of Frye Island Incorporated will also be meeting that morning. Registration begins shortly after 8 AM. Information about the Stockholder meeting is online. See the paragraph below about the Stockholder Listing.

Information about the voting procedures on Frye Island is also online.

Attention All Yacht Club Members -- The Marina Committee is attempting to set up an email distribution list of all members of the Frye Island Yacht Club.  If you have a boat slip in either the Long Beach Marina or Quail Circle Marina, then you are a Yacht Club member.  The purpose of the list is to attempt to keep all Yacht Club members informed when issues arise or other timely notifications need to be made.  If you would like to be on the email list, please email Dave Bond at dbond@topsfieldpublicworks.org.

Residency Status for Maine -- A very informative document has been developed by the Maine Revenue Services providing guidance for individual income tax purposes. That document is on the State of Maine website (in PDF format) and is entitled "Maine Revenue Services Guidance to Residency Status". As you read the document please note, May 1 to October 31 is 183 days.

FII Stockholder Listing -- On October 9th the stockholders of Frye Island Incorporated will be meeting at the Community Center on the Island. The Capital Stock Ledger (1.1M in size) has been recently updated to show who is the voting party for each share of stock. Please check out this list to see if your name is listed correctly, and if you own more than one lot on the Island that the correct number of shares are listed. If there are any corrections needed, please email Joe Potts describing the needed change.

ISLAND MOOSE -- Did you see the Frye Island moose this year. Well Rob Travis shot some photos of the moose while she was at one of the back ponds by Long Beach Marina. Thanks for sharing with us Robert.

LAKE KEZAR GOLF TOURNAMENT -- The Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is having a golf tournament on September 24. Why not think of this as a fun way of supporting Habitat for Humanity. Even if you cannot play golf that day, you can sponsor a hole for only $100.

CONSERVATION LAND APPROVED -- The Conservation Commission of the Town of Frye Island has requested that several Frye Island Incorporated (FII) lots be dedicated to conservation. After discussion at several Board meetings, the FII Board  approved at their 8/26/04 meeting to move 131+ lots into conservation. Complete details are available in text and map format. This recommendation was presented to the Town Selectmen/Executive Committee at their 9/4/04 meeting; they approved accepting the gift of conservation land with the defined restrictions.

VIC RICHARDS MEMORIAL PLANNED -- By now you have probably heard that Vic Richards, former long-time Manager of Frye Island, died last week in New Hampshire after suffering a heart attack about a month ago.

We Frye Islanders have great affection for Vic; the Frye Island we now enjoy is a result of his steady hand, dedication, and vision -- and it is in this spirit that a memorial is being planned in his honor. Plans are underway to acquire a granite bench, which will be placed in “Vic’s Garden” on the right-hand side of the ferry landing – a spot that Vic planned, purchased, and planted while he was our Town Manager. This seems an appropriate site, as Vic’s wife Janet, has reminisced how much Vic enjoyed being near the lake and loved the view from his office window.

Contributions are now being accepted for his memorial at the Town Office. If you would like to participate in this effort, please make your check out to the Vic Richards Memorial and send to the Frye Island Town Office at 1 Sunset Lane, Frye Island, ME 04071. It is our hope to quickly acquire the necessary funds, place the order this fall. A formal dedication of Vic’s bench is planned for Memorial Day weekend of 2005.

Questions? Please contact either Jan Roberts at 655-7585 or Kathy Potts at 655-3044.

Information is available on the Internet concerning Newspaper Obituary and Memorial Service Program

God bless you, and rest in peace, Vic!

STROKE INFORMATION -- There are some simple check points if you feel someone is having a stroke. Check out the "Is This a Stroke" webpage.

ISLAND RECYCLE CENTER -- The Frye Islanders are really taking advantage of the Recycle Center on the Island. This year the Public Works Department has done a lot to make the Recycle Center more attractive. Next time you are up there, take time to compliment the staff on the great job they are doing.


TOWN MEETING JULY 3, 2004 -- The Warrant for the upcoming meeting is available online for review by Town Voters and other interested parties. Detail minutes of the Town Meeting will be posted after approved by Selectmen/Executive Committee. All warrant articles passed; Roberts & Nisula were elected. The Manager's Comments section of the 7/9/04 FINS provides additional information about the meeting.

RECREATION ACTIVITY APPLICATION -- An application form for Recreation Activities on Frye Island in now online for your information and use. This application form can be retrieved by using the link in the previous sentence, or going to the Find Information portion of the menu in the top right corner and selecting Topic Index; then look for Recreation Activity Application.

FERRY USER FEE SCHEDULE -- A detail sheet describing the Ferry User Fee Schedule is now available at the Ferry Office, Town Office and the Frye Island website.

SEBAGO WATER SAFETY WATCH -- Check out the citizens movement on Sebago Water Safety Watch. A planned meeting for all interested citizens at the Raymond Public Safety building is scheduled for Tuesday, June 1 at 6:30 PM.

ISLAND OPENING REVISED -- Opening Day for Frye Island is Thursday April, 29, 2004.

BOAT SLIP ASSIGNMENTS -- The boat slip assignment information for the Long Beach Marina and Quail Circle Canal has been made available for website posting. The Waiting List is also online. In accordance with the Yacht Club Policy, if the appropriate fee is not received on or before Memorial Day for the rental slips, the slip will be made available to the next Frye Island property owner on the waiting list. If payment for an equity slip is not received on or before Memorial Day the slip may be assigned as a General Rental Slip. All of this information can normally be found  using the index at the top left of the page - select Documents, then FII Documents, then Boat Slip Assignments, then Marina or Quail Circle.

HABITAT FOR HUMANITY PROJECT  -- Islanders have been supporting the Habitat For Humanity of Greater Portland  operation for years. Now a project is planned for the Lakes Region area. We would like to provide support for this project from Frye Islanders. Contributions can be given following the instructions shown in the following newsletter article. Any one interested in helping with the construction of the home should contact Islander Joe Potts. We hope to arrange car pooling to assist anyone who would rather go as a group. Please let Joe know of your interest.

Article from Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland Spring Newsletter

Steering Committee Begins Naples Effort Residents of Naples, Bridgton, Denmark, Windham and Harrison have joined forces with Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland to spearhead a fundraising effort to build a Habitat house in Naples. Chairing a steering committee comprising members from these towns is Mike McClellan, director of the Greater Bridgton Lakes Chamber of Commerce. He will be assisted by Vice-Chair and Naples Selectperson Christine Powers; Barbara Clark of the Sebago Lakes Region Chamber of Commerce; Naples Town Manager Phil Covelli; Cheryl Willey of Chalmer’s Realty; Kathy and Russ Sweet of Coldwell Banker Realty; John Brenan of the Casco Village Church; Linda Amesquita and Emma Bodwell of Rotary International; and Lake Region residents Carmen Lone and Wes Perkins. The prospective homeowner, Tammy Foss, is also an integral and active member of this committee. Foss lives in Naples with her three sons, Micquel, Philip and Daniel. She is employed by Catholic Charities and is looking forward to helping “pound nails” on her own house this summer. The steering committee seeks to raise $80,000-$85,000 in cash and “in-kind” donations to fund the building of the three-bedroom, ranch-style house. The group has already secured a commitment from Hancock Lumber to provide all needed lumber, and offers from other local material providers are coming in. The group’s first fundraising event, the “Moose Doo Catapult Fling” was immensely popular at the Bridgton Winter Carnival, held in January. Youngsters of every age participated by catapulting stuffed toy moose towards a target for a prize. The group is planning equally unique and fun events in the months to come. Habitat is hoping to break ground in the spring/summer of 2004, at which time volunteers will be sought to work with Habitat and the Foss family to begin building. The house will be built on a piece of land generously donated by the Town of Naples. The parcel is located on Route 302 in Naples, diagonally across from the Lakes Region Vocational Center. Anyone seeking to support this effort is invited to contact the Habitat office at 207-772- 2151 or Mike McClellan at 207-647-8104. Donations may be made to Habitat for Humanity; please designate “Lakes Region Project” on the memo line of your check.

 Sincerely, Jennifer Gregg, Volunteer Community Liaison

2004 FERRY SCHEDULE -- The Ferry Schedule for the 2004 season is now online. It can be found using the index at the top left of the page - select Documents, then 2004 Ferry Schedule, then click on desired month.

CHANGE IN TOWN FEES -- At the March meeting the Selectmen voted to revise the fees required for Building Permits. The Town had been relying on individuals to give a fair estimate of the expected building costs and the Town then charged 10 dollars per 1000 dollars of this value for the Building Permit. A review of the permits issued for the past couple of years exposed what appear to be glaring inequities in the values estimated and the subsequent fees that were charged. Therefore, it was decided to revise the fee schedule to charge on a square foot basis. A fee of $1.00 per square foot for living space and $0.50 a square foot for non-living space (i.e. decks, garages, sheds etc.) was approved and will be charged for all future Building Permits. For renovations to an existing dwelling that does not involve an increase in square footage, the fee of $10.00 per $1000 of renovation value will continue. For all permits, there will be a minimum charge of $25.00. A copy of the complete Town Fee Schedule is online; it can be found using the index at the top left of the page - select Find Information, then click on Topic Index, then click on  F, then click on Fees.

ISLAND OPENING IN JEOPARDY -- As of Monday, April 12, 2004, there is still ice on the lake all the way to the Island. The crews need a couple of weeks to re-open the Island and get the water system in operation; therefore, the April 23rd opening is in jeopardy. Once the ice is out and we can get the crew on the Island we will be able to solidify the date for the opening. Watch this web-site for further updates. Please don't head for the Island without confirming when we will be open.

WINTER ON THE ISLAND -- Check out the photos some Islanders took (Video) showing what Sebago and the Island looks like in February. (Note: The video is in WMV format and is designed to be viewed with the Microsoft Media Player version 9; if you don't already have it on your PC, you can download a free copy from Microsoft.)

ISLANDER'S 16 YEAR OLD SON DIES -- The son of Islanders Ken & Lisa Heitz and a friend were killed by another driver, suspected to be a drunk driver. The obituary is shown below. In addition to contributions to the scholarship fund described below, a special Memorial Bench is being planned for the Frye Island Family Park. The granite bench will be provided at cost from a monument company in MA; the owners of the monument company (Bruce & Theresa Lane) are also Islanders. Contributions to help cover the cost of the granite bench should be sent to Michael K. Heitz Memorial Fund, c/o Fleet Bank, 772 Roosevelt Trail, Windham, Maine 04062 ( If account #94802 15473 could be added to the memo field it would be helpful).

Michael K. Heitz    

Of Beverly, January 9, 2004, age 16 years. Son of Kenneth and Lisa (Szczechowicz) Heitz. Brother of Megan Heitz, 14, of Beverly. Grandson of Leonard and Elaine (Tapley) Heitz of Rochester, NH, and Edward and Kathleen (Wickers) Szczechowicz of Hamilton. Nephew of David and Donna Szczechowicz and Eric Heitz all of New Hampshire; Alison Tyack of Wenham; Peter and Linda Heitz and William Tyack all of Hamilton; and his dog Roxy. The Funeral Service will be held at the First United Methodist Church, Hamilton, on Thursday at 11:00 a.m. Relatives and friends are invited to attend. Visiting hours at the Campbell Funeral Home, 525 Cabot St., BEVERLY, on Wednesday from 4 to 8 p.m. In lieu of flowers, memorial donations may be made to the Michael K. Heitz Memorial Scholarship Fund, c/o Beverly Co-operative Bank, 254 Cabot St., Beverly, MA 01915.

 Published in the Boston Globe on 1/13/2004.

ISLAND OPENING DATE SET -- The Selectmen/Executive Committee have set Friday April 23 as the Opening Day for the 2004 season. As usual, this date is weather permitting. Before anyone makes plans to leave for the Island, check to see if the weather (e.g., lake ice out) is OK. Either call the office or check back on the website in mid-April to verify Island opening. The ferry schedule is in the development stage, and when it is finalized it will be placed on the website.

SELECTMEN / EXEC COMMITTEE MEETING CHANGE -- The March meeting originally scheduled for Saturday March 20th has been rescheduled to Saturday March 27th --- meeting starts at 9 AM. It will be held at the Holiday Inn Express at exit 5 on the Maine Turnpike. Prior to the meeting, there will be a Public Hearing to receive comments on the renewal of the liquor license for the Golf Course Leisure Lounge operated by the Town of Frye Island and for the Frye’s Leap Café, operated by Fryes Leap General Store and Café, LLC.

GRAND LIST 2003 -- The Final Version of the 2003 Grand List is now online.

TOWN LAND USE MAP -- The Town Land Use map maintained by the Planning Board has been updated as of 9/5/03. The updated version is now online.

Posted: 03/11/2010