Kittery Police Department Log 12/03/2014 to 12/09/2014

Kittery Police Department Log 12/03/2014 to 12/09/2014

BadgelogDec 3rd

11:59 a.m. – Assistance was provided to another agency on Manson Ave.

12:46 p.m. – Suspicious activity was reported on Stevenson Road.

6:15 p.m. – A two vehicle motor vehicle accident occurred at the intersection of State Road and Walker Street.

7:03 p.m. – A stray dog was reported in the area of Government Street and Main Street.

11:10 p.m. – Officers responded to Idlewood Lane for a report of a domestic disturbance.

Dec 4th

1:56 a.m. – An officer checked on suspicious activity they observed on Haley Road.

8:52 a.m. – A motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles occurred at the intersection of US Route One and Haley Road.

1:02 p.m. – Another agency was assisted.

4:46 p.m. – A motor vehicle accident occurred on Pepperrell Ter.

5:26 p.m. – A license plate was found on US Route One.

6:32 p.m. – A report of stalking was investigated.

8:35 p.m. – A suspicious vehicle was reported on Haley Road.

10:03 p.m. – An officer initiated a traffic stop at the intersection of Man Street and Government Street.

10:51 p.m. – A motor vehicle was stopped on Badger Island for a traffic issue.

Dec 5th

12:17 a.m. – The area was checked for a vehicle.

1:13 a.m. – An officer checked on suspicious activity they observed on US Route One.

3:37 a.m. – A motorist was stopped for a traffic violation on the US Route One Bypass.

3:39 a.m. – An Alarm received from State Road was determined to be a false alarm.

6:38 a.m. – A resident reported suspicious activity on Seapoint Road.

7:49 a.m. – An alarm received from a business on US Route One was investigated and determined to be a false alarm.

8:44 a.m. – Following a motor vehicle stop on Haley Road Robert Howard Needham, 65, of Kittery was arrested for violating condition of release.

9:13 a.m. – An officer assisted with a civil issue on Manson Ave.

9:30 a.m. – A dog was reported missing from a residence on Pepperrell Road.

10:21 a.m. – An officer assisted another agency on Shapleigh Road.

2:41 p.m. – A dog was reported missing from a residence on Boush Street.

4:40 p.m. – Joey C. Lundvall, 48, of 1495 US Route One #1, Cape Neddick was arrested on a warrant.

5:35 p.m. – Following a motor vehicle stop on Route 236 Nicholas D. Ottanio, 35, of 17 High Street, South Berwick was summonsed for failure to register vehicle.

6:08 p.m. – Officers assisted the fire department on Rogers Road.

8:02 p.m. – A resident came into the police department to report harassment.

9:16 p.m. – An alarm received from a location on State Road was determined to be a false alarm.

9:32 p.m. – An alarm from Pepperrell Road was investigated and found to be a false alarm.

Dec 6th

2:44 a.m. – An officer initiated a traffic stop near the intersection of Whipple Road and Wentworth Street.

6:26 a.m. – An alarm from a business on US Route One was found to be a false alarm.

8:43 a.m. – A resident of Stevenson Road called to report an animal complaint.

10:18 a.m. – A citizen came into the police department to report a theft that occurred on Bartlett Road.

11:14 a.m. – The animal control officer responded to Bayview Lane for an animal issue.

11:49 a.m. – A motor vehicle accident occurred on US Route One.

12:01 p.m. – Suspicious activity was investigated on Philbrick Ave.

12:23 p.m. – A theft was reported on State Road.

4:00 p.m. – An individual came into the police department to speak to an officer regarding harassment.

4:37 p.m. – A report of shoplifting was investigated on US Route One.

5:45 p.m. – Suspicious activity was reported on US Route One.

6:49 p.m. – An officer assisted another agency.

9:32 p.m. – Another agency was assisted on Bicknell Street.

10:34 p.m. – An officer initiated a traffic stop on Route 236.

Dec 7th

2:43 p.m. – A motor vehicle stop was conducted near the intersection of Cook Street and Bridge Street.

9:25 a.m. – An animal issue was reported on Gailey Farm Lane.

9:55 a.m. – An animal complaint was received from Tenney Hill Road.

1:48 p.m. – A motor vehicle accident involving two vehicles occurred on US Route One.

3:19 p.m. – Following a report of harassment George Henry Noyes, 56, of 26 Cedar Drive was arrested for harassment by telephone.

3:59 p.m. – Officers assisted another agency on the I-95 Freeway.

5:12 p.m. – Another agency was assisted on the I-95 Freeway.

8:13 p.m. – As a result of a report of phone harassment Benjamin Mark Nawfel, 26, of 38 Cole Street was arrested for violating condition of release.

Dec 8th

9:16 a.m. – A wallet was found on Rogers Road.

9:44 a.m. – Paperwork was served on Dana Ave.

10:43 a.m. – A report of theft was investigated on Wallingford Square.

12:42 p.m. – A citizen reported a theft that occurred on Leach Road.

2:08 p.m. – An officer served a subpoena.

7:40 p.m. – An officer served a summons at the police department.

9:21 p.m. – An alarm from a business on US Route One was determined to be a false alarm.

Dec 9th

7:58 a.m. – A disturbance was reported on Williams Ave.

8:01 a.m. – A vehicle went off the roadway on Route 236.

2:56 p.m. – Paperwork was served on Manson Ave.

3:23 p.m. – An officer attempted to serve paperwork on Cutts Road.

4:53 p.m. – Assistance was provided to another agency.

8:35 p.m. – An officer served paperwork on Cedar Drive.

9:44 p.m. – Paperwork was served on Cutts Road.

Kittery Approves two residential projects

2 residential projects approved By Jesse Scardina
jscardina@seacoastonline.com
NH_Portsmouth_Herald

project approvedKITTERY — The Planning Board approved the plans, site walks and public hearings of two residential projects while also electing a new chair and vice chair Thursday night.

A five-lot residential subdivision plan was approved for a location between Highpoint Circle and Kittree Lane. The roughly 58-acre lot would include the construction of a 570-foot roadway to reach each subdivision, which range in size from a little more than one acre to more than 40 acres. Ken Markley, president of Northeasterly Survey Inc., presented the proposal to the board.

Also approved was the reconstruction of a residential home on Goose Point. Planning Board member Tom Emerson abstained from the discussion and approval of the project, as he is principal of Studio B-E Architecture, which is designing the remodel.

Both plans were unanimously approved, aside from Emerson abstaining. Walk-throughs were scheduled for Dec. 22, while a public hearing regarding the Goose Point residence was scheduled for Jan. 8 and a public hearing to discuss the five-lot subdivision was scheduled for Feb. 12.

At the beginning of the meeting, the board voted Ann Grinnell as the new chairwoman, replacing Emerson. The board also voted to name Karen Kalmar vice chairwoman, while re-electing Ann Driscoll as secretary.

New member Robert Harris was also welcomed to the Planning Board.

Kittery to evaluate board appointment process

Kittery to evaluate board appointment process

By Jesse Scardina
jscardina@seacoastonline.com
NH_Portsmouth_Herald

interviewsKITTERY, Maine — The town appointed two residents to the personnel board, while also talking about re-examining the town’s process for filling community boards.

Both Robert Harris and Paul Lucy were appointed to the personnel board, but several residents spoke about the confusion surrounding the town’s process for appointing residents to boards, something the councilors acknowledged. The council will hold a workshop later this month to discuss the appointing process.

“We do need to address the rules of appointment,” said Councilor Charles Denault. “But there are rules in place, so we need to follow them.”

Council Chairman Jeffery Thomson said the council will complete a workshop on the process prior to the Dec. 22 council meeting.

In other news

The town extended the sunset date for the Economic Development Committee to Dec. 31, 2015, as it was set to expire toward the end of the month. Committee member George Dow presented in front of the council.

“I think George and this committee has been putting this together and there has been clearer focus and responsibility for the board,” said Denault, who added that he is also on the Economic Development Committee.

The council also appointed Vice Chairman Russell White to meet with a member of the Rice Library Board of Trustees to interview William Tredwell for his appointment to the board, and appointed Thomson to meet with the chair of the Comprehensive Plan Update Committee to interview Tom Hibschman for his appointment to the committee.

 

Wreaths across america stops in Kittery

Wreaths Across America stops in Kittery

Wayne Hanson, chairman of the board of Wreaths Across America, waves to supporters as the convoy approaches Kittery Trading Post on the journey to Arlington National Cemetery on a frigid Monday afternoon.<br />
Photo by Deb Cram/Seacoastonline
Wayne Hanson, chairman of the board of Wreaths Across America, waves to supporters as the convoy approaches Kittery Trading Post on the journey to Arlington National Cemetery on a frigid Monday afternoon. Photo by Deb Cram/Seacoastonline

By Jesse Scardina
jscardina@seacoastonline.com
NH_Portsmouth_Herald

KITTERY, Maine — Each time Morrill Worcester rides through communities with his caravan of wreaths destined for Arlington National Cemetery, he’s humbled by the turnout and stories he hears.

“I’ve been in the wreath business for 44 years,” said Worcester, founder of the now-nationwide event, Wreaths Across America. “I never realized before this event happened and spread the power of a simple wreath. Just placing a wreath on someone’s grave, and what that means to so many, that’s why this continues to grow.”

On a chilly Monday afternoon, the convoy of thousands of wreaths, along with police officers, sheriffs and volunteers, stopped at the Kittery Trading Post for its final Maine destination before continuing its trip to the Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C. About 100 Seacoast residents braved the single-digit temperatures, waving American flags to welcome the line of semi-trucks, motorcycles and police cruisers.

The annual event —started in 1992 by Harrington, Maine-based Worcester Wreath Company — has spread across the country over the last decade, as former veterans, and the friends and families of those who served have joined the cause to commemorate veterans by placing a holiday wreath atop a veteran’s grave.

Worcester, along with his wife, Karen, were in attendance at the Kittery Trading Post on Monday, along with Maine first lady Ann LePage, Wayne Hanson, chairman of the Board for Wreaths Across America, and about 100 thankful residents braving the cold to hold American flags and clap for the barrage of trucks, cars and motorcycles that trekked throughout the state.

“It’s very moving seeing all of you out there waving those flags,” Hanson said.

Worcester said that for the first 14 years of placing wreaths at Arlington National Cemetery in Washington D.C., it was just a personal way to give back.

“It was just my family’s personal gift to the veterans,” Worcester said. “In 2006, I visited the Pentagon and a guy from there took a photo of all the wreaths in the snow and it blew up. We started with just a handful of volunteers. It means a lot to me. It’s really incredible.”

The event has grown to include more than 1,000 local fundraising groups across the country, representing more than 900 cemeteries and military memorials in all 50 states. In 2013, 540,000 wreaths were placed across the country, including 143,000 at Arlington National Cemetery.

Many of the people welcoming the convoy were taking time off work or otherwise sacrificing the warmth of indoors to honor the cause. After a brief ceremony inside the Trading Post, where several honorary wreaths were given, including one featuring all military flags on it to the Kittery Trading Post, the convoy continued its trek toward D.C.

“We’re here to thank the veterans and this is our way of doing it,” said Eliot resident Mikael Bush, who was dressed up in World War I uniform and is part of the Elite Living History Association. “They need to be remembered for their service.”

Documentary examines ‘The Castle,’ legendary Navy prison

Documentary examines ‘The Castle,’ legendary Navy prison

Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, also known as
Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, also known as “The Castle,” is the subject of local lore and legend. Filmmaker Neil Novello will offer a video presentation of its history at a Dec. 17 event at Rice Public Library in Kittery, Maine. Courtesy photo

By D. Allan Kerr
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NH_Portsmouth_Herald

It’s one of the most prominent features of the Seacoast landscape, but few living have ever seen it up close, much less entered inside.
The former Naval prison at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard was appropriately dubbed “The Castle” in its heyday, and the moniker holds fast today – even 40 years after the prison closed its doors.
On Dec. 17, the Castle will be brought to life again at Rice Public Library in Kittery, through a free event featuring a video presentation by filmmaker Neil Novello.
The Castle has for decades been a source of local myth and urban legend. Novello’s presentation will enlighten viewers to the factual history of this landmark institution.
The event will include film footage from inside the prison not seen by the public for more than 90 years, from a 1917 silent movie produced by the only civilian commander of the prison, Thomas Mott Osborne.
Novello also provides rarely seen video filmed in 1945 of captured German U-Boat crews escorted to the naval prison at the end of the World War II. Fifteen U-boats were brought to the shipyard after Germany’s surrender, according to the filmmaker.
Novello’s presentation will cover eras including World War I, World War II and the Vietnam War. National archival photos of the building of the prison in 1904 will also be included, as will interviews with prisoners filmed during the Vietnam era as part of a U.S. Navy documentary about the facility.
“As far as I know, I’m the only filmmaker to make any documentaries about the history of the Naval prison outside of the Navy,” Novello said.
Lording over the Piscataqua River for several decades now, the long-abandoned prison has inspired some tall tales over the years. Perhaps most famous is the legend of a young inmate named Walt Disney, who supposedly served time at the facility and found there his inspiration for Cinderella’s Castle years later. Tour boat captains have frequently repeated this story during river cruises.
That story, though fascinating, is not true. Disney never served time at the prison, and the design for Cinderella’s Castle was inspired by 15th-century German castles, according to Novello.
However, it is a fact that Navy sailor Humphrey Bogart was escorting a prisoner to the Castle when the convict smashed his handcuffs into Bogart’s mouth during an escape attempt. The future movie icon’s famous scar and lisp reportedly resulted from the incident.
And in the classic 1973 film “The Last Detail,” Jack Nicholson portrays one of the Navy sailors escorting Randy Quaid to the prison for an eight-year sentence. However, none of the filming took place here.
The prison’s construction was completed in 1908, and at the time it was the largest poured concrete building in the world. But even before that, more than 1,600 enemy prisoners from the Spanish-American War were held at the site toward the end of the 19th century.
For nearly seven decades, the Castle housed Navy sailors and Marines sentenced for a wide range of offenses, reaching a peak of more than 3,000 during World War II.
A sneak preview of the production assures it’s quite a kick seeing a place that most people have only known as a monolithic ghost of a building teeming with life again. The footage includes interviews with several individuals who worked at the Castle before it finally closed its doors for good back in 1974.
Novello has provided a wide range of productions over the past quarter-century, specializing in documentaries. He produces both family biographies and Internet business videos. Previews of his documentaries can be found on his production company’s website at www.iguanadivision.com.
Copies of Novello’s DVD will be on sale at the Wednesday, Dec. 17 event, which starts at 6 p.m. Those interested in attending should register at Rice Public Library or through the library’s Web site, www.rice.lib.me.us.
D. Allan Kerr is the author of “Silent Strength,” the story of the crewmen lost aboard the USS Thresher in history’s worst submarine disaster based upon a series of articles that ran in the Portsmouth Herald in advance of the 50th anniversary of the 1963 Thresher disaster. He is also a member of Rice Public Library’s board of directors.

Shipyard bridge work to begin Monday

PNSY Bridge1_McHenry_140801 PAOShipyard bridge work to begin Monday
NH_Portsmouth_Herald

KITTERY, Maine – Bridge 1 renovations at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard are scheduled to begin this week. New traffic patterns were put in place Dec. 4 to accommodate the work. Gate 1 will be open for peak inbound traffic Monday to Friday, 5 to 8 a.m. and again for peak outbound traffic from 2:30 to 5 p.m.

Pedestrian traffic is allowed at Gate 1 during the project, but during its first phase, pedestrian traffic will be limited to the outbound side of Bridge 1. Gate 2 will be the primary access route and will remain open at all hours to accommodate all vehicular traffic. Pedestrian traffic will be allowed at Gate 2 at all hours during the project. There will be three lanes available for inbound traffic, but the third lane will only be available from 5 to 7 a.m. Traffic must merge into one lane before crossing the bridge. The Raleigh Square Bypass will be open for inbound traffic from 5 to 8 a.m.

Increasing use of car and van pools and buses will decrease wait times and shared rides are recommended by shipyard officials. Traffic will continue to be evaluated throughout the project and mitigating options will be implemented as necessary, shipyard officials stated.

Rangers race past Old Orchard By Dan Doyon

Rangers race past Old Orchard By Dan Doyon
sports@seacoastonline.com
NH_Portsmouth_Herald

KITTERY, Maine — Jeremy Paul feels that his Traip Academy boys basketball team has the potential and the pieces to win games in a variety of ways.

After a disappointing 4-13 campaign last year, the Rangers gave their coach a promising start to the season.

Traip never trailed in its Western Maine Class C season opener against Old Orchard Beach High School on Friday night, but the Rangers held off a fourth-quarter rally by the Seagulls for a 74-62 victory. Joe Cavanaugh came off the bench to lead the Rangers with 14 points, as six different Rangers scored in double figures.

“We made it way more exciting than it had to be, but I expect nothing less when we play these guys; we always get good games out of each other,” Paul said. “I just told then when we play with composure and we use our heads, it’s fun to watch.”

Traip (1-0) led 58-42 before Old Orchard Beach guard Eric Hogan (game-high 25 points) scored the final seven points of the third quarter to close the gap to 58-49. Rangers’ center Daniel Tokarz gave the Rangers a 12-point cushion with five minutes left in the fourth, when hoops by Andrew Graves and Zach Hirst were sandwiched around an Evan Christiansen 3-pointer to trim Traip’s lead to 63-58.

With the momentum shifted to the Seagulls (0-1), the Rangers needed to a lift. Alex Foye provided it by draining his third 3-pointer of the game to give Traip a 66-58 lead with 2:49 left in the fourth.

“It’s just good to get into a rhythm and when it starts going in, it feels good,” Foye said. “Through tryouts and practice I couldn’t really get into a rhythm, but in Wednesday’s scrimmage it started to click.”

Foye added a putback to give Traip a 68-60 lead with 1:40 left in the game and finished with 11 points off the bench.

“That’s what he does,” Paul said. “From the middle of the summer and on, he struggled with his shot. He hit a big 3-pointer in one of our preseason games and it has got him going. When he’s shooting with confidence we want him on the court.”

Traip forced seven turnovers in the first quarter and jumped out to a 13-4 lead after Angelo Succi (12 points) found Colin Macomber. Josh Schneier scored eight of his 12 points in the quarter to give the Rangers a 24-11 lead.

The Rangers continued to use their transition game in the second, and back-to-back 3-pointers from Cavanaugh and Foye gave the Rangers a 34-18 lead; Old Orchard Beach cut its deficit to 40-33 at halftime.

“They got out of the gate fast, they ran floor well and they converted. They had 40 points at halftime and that’s way too much for us to give up defensively,” Old Orchard Beach coach John Regan said. “I thought we used a lot of energy getting back into it and we just weren’t able to get over that seven-, eight-, nine-point margin.”

Traip was able to run the floor and connected on eight 3-pointers, but Tokarz gave the Rangers plenty of chances by grabbing 14 rebounds. The 6-foot-5 Tokarz added 11 points and he’ll be looked upon to continue his progression.

“Being the only big man, I’m going to have to put in a lot more work and it’s paid off so far,” Tokarz said. “I think we’ve got a lot of potential this year. I think we can make some noise.”

The Rangers will travel to Class D North Yarmouth on Tuesday.

“We moved the ball and the shots we wanted to,” Paul said. “Tonight being our first game experience, it was a good steppingstone for us.”

 

Traip, 74-62

OLD ORCHARD BEACH (62)

Custeau 2-1-5, Christensen 7-0-15, Anderson 1-0-2, Hogan 8-6-25, Hirst 4-1-9, Graves 2-0-4. Totals: 24-8-62.

TRAIP (74)

Schneier 4-1-12, Macomber 5-0-10, Tokarz 5-1-11, Succi 5-2-12, Pelkey 2-0-4, Cavanaugh 5-2-14, Foye 4-0-11. Totals: 30-6-73.

Old Orchard Beach 11 22 16 13—62

Traip 24 16 18 16—74

3-point goals: Old Orchard Beach 6: Hogan 3, Hirst 2, Christiansen; Traip 8: Schneir 3, Foye 3, Cavanaugh 2. Fouled out—none.

Portsmouth Navy Shipyard sponsors FIRST teams

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Tuesday, December 2, 2014

KITTERY, Maine – FIRST Robotics teams sponsored by Portsmouth Naval Shipyard (PNSY) received grants totaling $7,659 from the National Defense Education Program.

The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) Robotics program is a non-profit, charitable, organization headquartered in Manchester, NH that is dedicated to showing people of all ages that science, technology, and problem solving are fun and rewarding pursuits. The program brings together students and mentors to design, build, test, drive, and compete robots within a well-organized, financially balanced, and professionally marketed and run team.

These grants will help local teams compete in FIRST Robotics competitions by covering the cost of registration and materials. PNSY will mentor eight FIRST Robotics teams in the 2014-15 Season.

PNSY is supporting two rookie teams: a First Tech Challenge team from a Girl Scout troop in Rochester, NH, and a First Lego League team from St. James School in Biddeford, ME. PNSY began sponsoring FIRST Robotics teams in 2011.

Veteran schools sponsored by PNSY include Central School in South Berwick, Maine; Traip Academy in Kittery, Maine; and Dover High School, Sanford High School, and Prospect Mountain High School in Alton, NH.

Traip girls will learn on the fly

Traip girls will learn on the fly   FROM THE FOSTERS DAILY DEMOCRAT

 

By Mike Zhe
Thursday, December 4, 2014
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Traip Academy’s Codi Smith goes up for a shot during practice on Wednesday. (Ioanna Raptis/Portsmouth Herald photo)

KITTERY, Maine — What a difference a year makes.

On two fronts, actually, for the Traip Academy girls basketball team.

Flash back 12 months and new coach Scott Blake had plenty of seniors but little familiarity with his personnel, having been hired just weeks before the start of preseason practice.

On the eve of this season, he’s got just one senior — guard Codi Smith — and no returning starters, but a year’s worth of getting-to-know-you that he thinks can pay dividends this winter.

“We had a great summer,” said Blake, before practice on Wednesday. “We played a lot of games, did a lot of team building stuff. We played a tournament in Madison and went whitewater rafting as a team (on the Kennebec River). … It was great. And that’s helped us going into the first three weeks of the season here.

“Getting used to each other and seeing what each other can do has been a great thing for us to get us ready to start the season.”

All three local Maine girls teams tip off new seasons Friday night. The Rangers visit Old Orchard Beach, usually one of the top teams from the southern tier of Western Maine Class C.

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Ioanna Raptis/Portsmouth Herald photo Traip Academy’s Jessica MacNeil practices on Wednesday.

They’ll be learning on the fly, to some extent, with just four girls who saw regular minutes a year ago.

“A lot of things are very different,” said Smith. “We lost a lot of girls last year, so getting new girls to get into positions, finding out who fits better where, that’s coming together. (Blake) is really good about figuring who should fit where and who plays good with who.”

The Rangers are coming off back-to-back six-win seasons that both ended in the Western Maine Class C prelims, the program taking a step back in the win/loss department since standout Selena Lorrey graduated in 2012 and took her talents to Bowdoin College.

Last year’s team featured five senior starters, including three (Alli Barrett, Kaylie Andrews and Kendra Kagiliery) who are continuing their athletic careers in college or junior college, and that’s where a lot of the minutes went.

“We’re a young team,” said sophomore forward Marina Casey, “but I think we have a very good chance at doing well.”

Casey will be a part of that if they do. The Rangers will try to work the ball inside more instead of pushing the pace every chance they get.

“She averaged about five points a game last year so we’re going to look for her to up that, a least up to double digits,” said Blake. “She’s got good moves inside. We’re definitely going to kick it into her.”

Casey and Smith are projected as starters, along with junior guard Jessica MacNeill, junior guard/forward Jessica Segura and freshman forward Cassidy Delano.

It’s a rare team that boasts just one senior, in sharp contrast to a year ago.

“It gets hard at times, not having other seniors to look at and say, ‘Hey, what do you think about this?’” said Smith. “The six girls we had last year, they could all talk to each other. But all three coaches can be helpful because I know I can talk to them and ask them if I could do something. I really want to be the person people can look up to.”

Blake spent a decade as an assistant boys coach at Marshwood before taking the job here last November, replacing Paul Marquis, who is now the coach at Class A Noble. His daughter, Ashley, is a junior guard, so he’s got more familiarity with this year’s cast.

“I knew we had some good seniors last year,” said Blake, “and that was really all I knew. … It was difficult, not having that offseason.”

“He makes it easier,” said MacNeill. “He makes sure we have a plan.”

The plan gets put into action on Friday night.

“I think we’re definitely going to surprise people,” said MacNeill. “We have some strong girls who play down low and Codi is a very strong outside shooter. We’re excited.”

KITTERY THRESHER MEMORIAL PROJECT THANK YOU

Thanks to all who contributed to Thresher Memorial Project
NH_Portsmouth_Herald

Dec. 4 — To the Editor:

ARThe Kittery Town Council by unanimous consent recently accepted the gift of all the Thresher Memorial Project improvements (flagpole, signage, monumentation, benches, trees and plantings, and water-electricity additions), along with $5,000 in funds for a permanent municipal fund to be used for future maintenance.

The Project’s improvements in the Circle and Kittery Memorial Park reflect the stately, dignified, and symbolic objective to honor the men of Thresher in the town she was built in, and serve to signify Kittery’s pride in our rich maritime history, standing up for the freedom of this great country, and clearly displaying that we honor our own.

Thresher contributor, and member of the Kittery Rotary After Hours Club, Nancy Peschel, sponsored their accepting the role of project administration with our gratitude. A very dedicated group of community-service oriented local folks, it is pleasing to see that the efforts will continue under a formal umbrella.

Especially meritorious credit goes to the Town Council, and Town departments, for unwavering support in making this memorial a reality. Sincerest appreciation to President George H. W. Bush for his generous support and endorsement, as well as the communities of Portsmouth, Rye, Hampton, and Wells.

Greatest indebtedness to the Kittery Maine Improvement Foundation, a non-profit entity established to support improvement projects benefitting of the Town of Kittery, officers Judy Spiller, George Dow, Duncan McEachern, Gerry Mylroie, who first accepted sponsorship of the Thresher Project, enabling tax deductible status for contributions.

The Group fully acknowledges that this Project could not have come to fruition at all without every individual and company who made contributions large and small. More than 430 from all around the United States (including 82 from Kittery) donated funds, or in-kind materiel and services, in the amount of $216,874.61 to the project. 91 came forward to sponsor publication of D. Allen Kerr’s book “Silent Strength” leading to sizeable and continuing contributions.

And with certainty, most generous contributions by our largest donors: Lang Landscaping Services, H. L. Patten Construction, PNS National Association of Superintendents of Naval Shore Installations, the Men & Women of Electric Boat, Northrop Grumman and Northeast Credit Union.

For those interested, future donations are welcome and may be made payable to “Town of Kittery Thresher Memorial Permanent Fund (Note in Memo: Account #5007)” and sent to: Town of Kittery, 200 Rogers Road, Kittery, ME 03904.

Great thanks as well to the Portsmouth Herald. Your magnanimous coverage throughout, offered widespread awareness of the Thresher stories and Project progression, keeping the goal alive and the end realized.

Finally, it goes without saying that a great, great, many Thresher family members, and many folks with personal connections, expressed welcome closure, best stated by Thresher Chief Petty Officer Jack Noonis’ son Tim, “As a young boy, then a teenager, eventually a young man, and now as an adult, there was never a monument where we could go to on April 10 to place flowers and acknowledge their sacrifice. Now we have such a place.”

Gary Beers

Kittery, Maine