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McCarty Phototalented islander photographer  ―  We would like to recognize one of our fellow Frye Islanders for a special achievement. Chip McCarty took a photograph that was selected for the cover of the 2011 calendar published by the Portland Water District. Click on the thumbnail image of the photo on the right to see a larger version. The January 7th Issue of the Lakes Region Weekly has more information about the calendar. Congratulations Chip for this achievement.

grand list 2010  ―  Real estate tax bills for Year 2011 have been mailed to Frye Island property owners. First half payments are due into the Town Office by December 31, 2010. The 2010 Grand List for the Town of Frye Island is available online.

EZ-ride account holders  ―  The Frye Island season is ending in a few days. After closing down their cottage, each of the individuals that have an EZ-Ride account to use the ferry system should log onto the eTicket System and print off a copy of their Customer Account Report. This report shows all of the 2010 deposits and debits to the account, and the amount of money that will be carried over for use during the 2011 season.

ferry traffic data  ―  The ferry eTicket system has been capturing traffic data since the beginning of July. Ferry traffic charts are available online for interested people. This data covers most of the High Season traffic for 2010.

Newspaper article  ― In the Wednesday Portland Press Herald newspaper, an article appeared about the Frye Island Ferry, including an interview with Captain Ross Graham. A copy of the article is available online.

town meeting scheduled  ―  The Annual Town Meeting for the Town of Frye Island is scheduled for Saturday October 9th at 9am in the Community Center. The Warrant (PDF version) detailing the items to be covered at the meeting and the details of the 2011 Budget for the Town, the Ferry Operation, the Golf Club and the Yacht Club are online for your review.

uss jason dunham day  ―  Did you miss the USS Jason Dunham Day activities? If you were there, would you like to see some activities? Check out the online webpage on he Frye Island website.

ferry schedule correction  ―  There is an error in the ferry schedule for Saturday October 2nd. The schedule had the ferry running until 1 AM on Saturday; the last ferry is 11pm. In addition, there is no second ferry on Saturday.

Town 2011 budget  ―  A presentation of the Town of Frye Island 2011 Budget - Draft #1 was made at a public hearing in the Community Center on Saturday September 4th. This draft is currently being updated and will be a major focus of the Executive Committee work. A final version of the budget will be presented for approval at the October 9th Town Meeting.

hurricane Earl Press release  ―  The accouchement came from the Cumberland County emergency preparedness office:

From: Jim Budway

Subject: Fwd: Advisory 25 Hurricane Earl

We remain in the "track forecast zone" or "cone of uncertainty" for Hurricane Earl.  This means there is still a possibility the storm could make landfall in New England or in Maine specifically.  What this zone or cone depicts is the swath of area meteorologists anticipate within which the path of the center of the hurricane is most likely to travel.

 This zone or cone is not depicting an exact path of the storm or an anticipated swath of destruction.

Currently, we're a little less than 96 hours out from the storm's anticipated closest point of approach (CPA) to Coastal Cumberland County (0200 Saturday 4 September).  Based on historical hurricane track predictive accuracy, the actual path that the storm travels will fall within the projected zone or cone 60%-70% of the time and, at the 96 hour mark, the forecast track can vary by as much as 220 miles.  Thus, we need to continue to watch this storm closely and Emergency Managers need to begin planning as if this storm will have significant impact in Cumberland County.  Even if it passes off the coast, there could still be strong winds, heavy rains, flooding, storm surge and significant wave action/beach erosion.  

The following link provides the National Hurricane Center Tracking information:

hurricane Earl Press release  ―  Hurricane Earl May Impact Maine this Weekend.  Please see below for a press release issued yesterday by MEMA regarding the potential for Hurricane Earl to impact Maine this weekend.

Your local Emergency Management Directors will be working closely with Cumberland County EMA to track this storm.   Although it's too early to know whether this storm will actually hit Maine directly, this provides a good opportunity to remind people about a good resource for individual and family preparedness - the Maine Public Health Association's Get ME Ready campaign.  There are lots of good tools available online, including checklists for building Get Ready kits:

winter newsletter ―  The Frye Island Winter Newsletter is now online for your viewing.

transportation workshop  ―  The Board of Selectmen / Executive Committee & the Transportation Committee will hold a Workshop on Saturday August 28, 2010 at 9:00 A.M. in the Community Center.   The purpose of this workshop is to discuss the results of the Transportation Committees research into the use of the Willis property on the mainland.   The general public is invited.

sad6 meeting ―  A District Budget Meeting will be held at Bonny Eagle Middle School at 7pm on April 29 for the purpose of determining the budget meeting articles.

Information resulting from the above meeting is now available online: meeting results, ballot and warrant.

FIRST FERRY ―  At the February 6th Board of Selectmen / Executive Committee meeting the date of the first public ferry run of the 2010 season will be on Friday April 23rd. As normal, that first ferry date is subject to weather conditions. Check back on the website to get updates to see if this date is firm. If the weather is bad, the date will slip.

Selectmen / Executive COmmittee meeting ―  The next Selectmen / Executive Committee meeting is scheduled for Saturday April  3rd, starting at 9am. The Agenda for the meeting is online. Anyone interested in the meeting should contact Town Manager Wayne Fournier for information.

invitation to bid ―  TOWN OF FRYE ISLAND FERRY SERVICE, FEBRUARY 12, 2010

Bids due no later than 5 pm, March 31, 2010.

All bidding by email only; send email to

Bid Item, Two, 1986, ”Lugger” diesel marine engines, keel cooled, model #L-6414D, 143 HP @ 2500 RPM.  “Twin Disc” #506 transmissions are included with each engine.

All bids shall include both engines. Engines are sold as is, as shown, with no warranty.

Engines and transmissions were in good running condition when they removed from the ferries. Engines were last run in February 9, 2010 and removed from the ferry on the following week. Engines shall be sold to the highest responsible bidder.

Bidders may inspect the engines upon appointment only. For a viewing appointment Contact John Crosby by email only at, include a telephone contact number with your information. 

obituary ―  Our thoughts & prayers are with our Town Manager Wayne Fournier and his family on the death of his mother. The following obituary appeared in the Kennebec Journal on March 2, 2010:

Renee (Markham) Fournier

 NORTH VASSALBORO -- Renee (Markham) Fournier, 86, died peacefully Feb. 27, 2010, at her home. She was born in Sheffield, England, a daughter of George and Eliza Markham. Educated in England, Renee met her husband-to-be, Carleton "Ike" Fournier, as she was serving in the Timber Corps of the Land Army of England and Ike was a member of the U.S. Army Medical Corps.

In 1943, they met at a Woodchoppers Ball and, in 1944, they married. In 1945, their first child was born, and in 1946 she and her first child finally joined Ike in North Vassalboro. As was the case with most war brides, "getting married" was the easy part; getting her to the United States was the real challenge.

Renee was a member of St. Bridget's Catholic Church in North Vassalboro, where she was also the cantor for many years and a member of the Kennebelles; she delivered Meals on Wheels for more than 30 years. She worked for St. Bridget's Credit Union, which then became Vassalboro Federal Credit Union; and the American Woolen Mill, which was across the street; was manager of the Wyandotte Mill Store, and also worked for W.T. Grant.

Renee was predeceased by her parents and her sister and brothers; and, in 1989, her beloved husband, Ike. Surviving are her five children, Wayne and his wife, Nancy, of Frye Island and The Villages, Fla., Rick and his wife, Lisa, of St. Petersburg, Fla., Pat Soucie, of Oakland, Cindy Smith and her husband, Robert, of Oakland, and Bill and his wife, Kathy, of Athens, Ohio; 11 grandchildren and 13 great-grandchildren, as well as many nieces and nephews.

Visiting hours will be held from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9 p.m. on Wednesday, March 3, at Veilleux's Funeral Home, 8 Elm St., Waterville. A Mass of Christian burial will be celebrated at 11 a.m. on Thursday at St. Bridget's Catholic Church in North Vassalboro. Burial will be in the spring in The Village Cemetery, North Vassalboro. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made in Renee's memory to The Maine Children's Home for Little Wanderers, 93 Silver St., Waterville, ME 04901.

sebago lake video by airplane ―  The following link was sent by fellow islander, Tim McCarthy. It’s really cool. The Sebago Rotary Club flew over the lake checking ice conditions for the Derby.  (7 minutes in length)

Report on 2009 burglaries  ― A Report on the 2009 Burglary Investigation has been released by Police Chief Rod Beaulieu. A copy is available online.

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Posted: 03/14/2011