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Auditor Says Rumford Looks Good If You Don’t Look At It

Rumford Maine downtown rush hourRUMFORD — Selectmen learned Thursday night from town auditor Ron Smith that Rumford is doing well financially. Smith said Rumford uses about $1.2 million in tax revenue in the budget, but only needs about $150,000 of that. “So that’s the good news,” he said. Concerns in 2013-14, were a large property abatement, a tough winter, and a lot of road projects happening, Smith said. He said auditors use a benchmark of 30, 60 and 90 days that they like to see a town’s operating budget sit in reserve. Selectmen Chairman Greg Buccina asked him to explain. Smith said that means a town should have $1.5 million in reserve for 30 days, $3 million for 60 days and $4.5 million for 90 days. He said Rumford’s operating budget is at $3.6 million for the year ending June 30, 2013. “I’m not sure you’re going to be there come June 30, 2014,” due to a lot of fiscal challenges this year, he said. “Rumford’s a very busy town and this was a challenging year,” Smith said. He said Rumford has about $1.2 million in capital reserve funds and plenty of reserve funds it can access if needed. “This town is in good financial shape,” Smith said. “I think 2014 is going to be more of a trying year on your resources, for lack of a better word.” (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)

Rumford Voters Choose Two Selectmen To Use Their Time Machine To Go Back To 1960 And Fix Everything

Mainers looking Maine-y at the Rumford Meteor, Maine news from the seat of Oxford CountyRUMFORD —  Incumbent Selectman Jeff Sterling and former Selectman Mark Belanger got the nod from voters on Tuesday for three-year terms in a six-way race for two selectmen seats. Sterling received 571 votes and Belanger got 749 votes. Tallies for the other candidates were: Incumbent Jolene Lovejoy, 567 votes; and challengers James Windover, 550 votes; Patrick A. Ryan, 235 votes; and Candice Casey, 87 votes. In uncontested municipal races, Town Clerk and Treasurer Beth Bellegarde was reelected, as was Tax Collector and Constable Thomas B. Bourret; and for write-ins, Incumbent Craig Chamberlain won the assessor seat if he wants it, Bellegarde said, and Jennifer LeDuc won election to the RSU 10 School Board. (read more at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Superintendent Disappointed 60 Percent Of His Schools Get An “F” For Lack Of Progress In Math And Reading. Well, At Least It’s Less Than Half, Right?

Is our childs lerning approach tried at Maine schoolsDIXFIELD — RSU 10 Superintendent Craig King said he was disappointed in the state’s latest report cards for 10 schools in the district. Six received F’s, one received a D and three received C’s. He agreed that the schools must be accountable for the quality of education provided to students, but he also believes the topics on which the grades were based are only a part of the program. The grades were almost all based on progress — or lack of progress — in mathematics and reading. “We’re working as a district to ensure that we have a positive school climate, that the school has strong relationships with homes and communities and that we monitor student progress and provide extra help,” he said. “We provide lots of opportunities for all of our students to learn.” (read more, if you can read, at the Lewiston Sun Journal)

Crisis Hotline Alerts Rumford Police That A Woman Is Suicidal, And Asks If They Deliver

Rumford Maine shootingRUMFORD — A reportedly suicidal woman was shot twice by a Rumford police officer on Maine Avenue on Tuesday, police said. The woman called a crisis hotline in the afternoon, and police were sent to 77 Maine Ave. to look into it, Rumford police Chief Stacy Carter said. When police arrived at the apartment, she attacked them with a knife and a Rumford officer shot her twice, the chief said. Only one of the officers fired a gun, Carter said. He would not identify the shooter but said the officer would be on administrative leave while the Attorney General’s Office investigates the incident. The woman was taken to Rumford Hospital for treatment, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office Capt. Christopher Wainwright said. (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)

State Allows Rumford Lawyer To Keep Practicing, But Don’t Expect Him To Get Much Better At It

Ronald HoffmanRUMFORD, Maine — Lawyer Ron Hoffman was suspended from practicing law a year after admitting to phoning in a pair of bomb threats to schools in 2012. The suspension itself comes with a twist — according to the Maine Overseers of the Bar, Hoffman’s suspension was, itself, suspended, meaning he can continue to practice law on a probationary basis. Hoffman had been charged with misdemeanor terrorizing after phoning bomb threats to Cushing and Academy Hill schools in Wilton on March 29, 2012. He later pleaded no contest to the charge. He was ordered to serve a year in jail, although that sentence was also suspended. Hoffman, 53, lives in Sumner and practices law in Rumford. According to the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar, Hoffman is required to comply with the conditions of his Maine Assistance Program contract for the next five years. He is subject to random mental health and drug testing and must submit his law practice to monitoring by a Wilton lawyer. Additionally, Hoffman was ordered to attend and complete a seminar focusing on stress management in the law field. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Local Writer’s Book About Black Mountain Ski Area Says Rumford’s Been Going Downhill Since 1961

Ski area- Maine news from the Rumford MeteorRUMFORD, Maine — Richard Kent was at the Black Mountain Ski Resort the first day it opened in 1961. “I lived right next to the mountain growing up,” Kent said, “and my whole family grew up there as skiers and racers.” Through the 1970s and 1980s, Kent was a ski coach for Rumford High School and, later, Mountain Valley High School ski teams. He also acted as program director at Black Mountain. He’s since begun teaching at the University of Maine in Orono, but acts as an “adviser to the U-Maine Ski Club.” Now, as the 2013 ski season approaches, Kent has published a book about Black Mountain. Writing a book is nothing new to Kent; he has 12 books to his name about topics ranging from writing instructions to his experiences as a high school soccer coach. However, Kent said that “Words for a Mountain,” first released on Tuesday, was the first time he had finished a book so quickly. “Normally, it takes me between a year-and-a-half and five years to write a book,” he said with a laugh, “but whereas my new book is so short, I was able to finish it quickly. (read more at Bangor Daily News)

 

Women Who Elbow Other Women For A Hobby Tell Rumford High School Girls Not To Elbow Other Girls

Rumford Roller DerbyRUMFORD, Maine — A 39-year-old geographical information science manager. A 40-year-old social worker. A 28-year-old who works with autistic children. A 52-year-old former hairdresser and nurse. What do these four women have in common? They play roller derby for the Central Maine Derby team out of Bangor, along with a variety of other women. Despite their differences in age and career, they claim that their love for roller derby is what brings them together. The Central Maine Derby team showcased their talents and their love for roller derby to a small group of incoming female Mountain Valley High School freshmen Wednesday morning inside Puiia Auditorium at MVHS. The roller derby demonstration was a part of their program “Skate Not Hate,” an anti-bullying initiative that the team launched in 2012. Terry Parady, whose derby nickname is “Ransom Note,” told the students, “We’re here for two reasons: to teach you about roller derby and to talk to you about an issue that’s important to us: school bullying.” (read more at Bangor Daily News)

Necessary Municipal Budget Cuts Have Rumford Selectmen Rethinking Their Current Policy Of Hiring Half The Population To Arrest The Other Half

Rumford Board of SelectmenRUMFORD — Selectmen took the voice of taxpayers who rejected their proposed $8 million municipal budget last week to heart Tuesday night. The board began work at a special meeting to hack out the town’s “new reality,” as Selectman Brad Adley called it. That new reality means job losses in municipal government. Without taking any input from police Chief Stacy Carter on his proposed reduction, Selectmen Chairman Greg Buccina proposed to cut Carter’s budget to $711,355. That was a $106,301 reduction from the department’s budget of $817,656 that failed to pass on June 11. Selectman Jolene Lovejoy and Adley said they thought selectmen were going to listen to department heads propose budget reductions. Buccina said he was going to share his figures, which he then did. Afterwards, Carter was asked to state how that would affect the police level of service. Carter said the department would lose a detective, a dispatcher and a utility officer and greatly reduce the department’s effectiveness at combating drugs. “I understand that, but personally, we need to get a budget that will pass,” Buccina said. “I understand there will be a reduction in manpower, but we need to change the way we do things now.” (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)

Laying Off Most Of The Workers Has Done Wonders For Rumford Mill’s Safety Record. Chinese Workers Nicknamed “Refty” On The Rise, Though

paper mill interiorRUMFORD — The NewPage Corp. paper mill was recognized Tuesday afternoon by county, local and state officials for its “outstanding” safety efforts over the past year. Paul Ouellette of NewPage accepted the Facility of the Year 2012 award in Rumford Falls Auditorium from Teresa M. Glick, chairwoman of the Oxford County Local Emergency Planning Committee of South Paris. Glick said the LEPC commends NewPage “for their continued efforts to keep their workplace and the surrounding community safe.” “It’s an honor,” Ouellette, the mill’s manager of Safety, Security and Emergency Response, said. He said NewPage has participated with the Oxford County LEPC for a long time. Its rapid response team serves not only the county and the mill, but also the state. The Rumford mill previously won the LEPC Facility of the Year for its efforts in 2010. (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)

Rumford Zip Line Riders Disappointed When The Ride’s Over And They’re Still In Rumford

Rumford Zip LineRUMFORD — “Best ride ever!” and “Awesome!” were the top exclamations from a few hundred riders who rode 700-foot zip lines Saturday. They flew side by side at an estimated 20 to 30 mph while dangling 65 feet above the Androscoggin River during Envision Rumford’s daylong, debut Paul Bunyan Lumberjack Festival. The zip-line ride was the main attraction for many. “It was a little bit scary at first, and until I got down, I just, whoo! had fun with it,” said Casey Saisi, 15, of Rumford. She said she’d ridden a smaller zip line strung between trees at Bryant Pond, but this was her first ride on a much longer line. She rode down beside her father, Kevin Saisi, who was on the other line. “It was terrifying,” Casey Saisi said of flying over the river. “Because I’ve never, never gone across the river like that in my life. Yeah, I screamed.” (read more at Lewiston Sun Journal)

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