New Sarah Long Bridge center span to be floated into place

PORTSMOUTH — The 4 million-pound center lift span for a new Sara Mildred Long Bridge is scheduled to be floated up the Piscataqua River Wednesday morning, then set in place with the rising tide.

The float-in will be a final step toward completion of the new bridge, which will move traffic over the river on the Route 1 Bypass.

After 76 years of use, the former bridge was closed in August 2016 due to mechanical failure and the cited high cost to repair it amid construction of a replacement bridge. At the time of the closure, New Hampshire Department of Transportation officials said 14,000 vehicles crossed the red-listed bridge daily.

Maritime traffic on the river, within a 300-yard radius of the bridge, has been closed this week in preparation for the float-in.

 

read the full story here at the Portsmouth Herald.

3 library options to go before Kittery voters

Become informed before you vote.

KITTERY, Maine – Nearly two-dozen residents turned out to listen to an informational session from the town’s Rice Library Working Group on the possible Rice Library location options that will appear in a non-binding referendum question.

The non-binding referendum question will be on the town’s Nov. 7 ballot with three library options for voters to decide on, which include building an addition and renovating the existing Rice building to make it compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), building a new library on the grounds of the Kittery Community Center along Rogers Road or leaving the current status quo with the library spread across the Rice and Taylor buildings.

Neither building is currently ADA compliant.

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Kittery Fuel and More Event OCT 22, 2017

Foreside for Fuel –

A Benefit to Help Keep Kittery Stay Warm – Sunday, October 224 p.m. to 8 p.m.

More than 20 local restaurants and businesses will be contributing food for a major fundraising event at the Black Birch and Buoy Gallery located at 2 Government Street in Kittery.

Foreside for Fuel is organized by Kittery Fuel & More, a non-profit all volunteer organization, that helps Kittery residents who are having trouble paying for heat but don’t qualify for town assistance.  Since 2005, Fuel & More has provided fuel assistance to hundreds of families.

In addition to great food prepared by locally recognized chefs, trumpeter/composer Chris Klaxton and singer Taylor O’Donnell will be performing.   Foreside for Fuel tickets can be purchased online at Fuel & More’s website (https://www.fuelandmore.org/) and at the Kittery Community Center, 120 Rogers Road, Kittery.

Kittery Council Candidates night.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pictured here are candidates Matt Brock, Dennis Estes, Ken Lemont and Judy Spiller

KITTERY, Maine – The four candidates vying for the two open seats on Town Council were front and center for candidates’ night on Wednesday and discussed a whole host of topics affecting Kittery with Traip Academy students ahead of the Nov. 7 election.

To read more about this story, click here to visit the Portsmouth Herald or watch it on Kittery Channel 22 or at Townhallstreams.com. See the below link.

http://townhallstreams.com/stream.php?location_id=68&id=13224

 

Candidates Night Tonight in Kittery

It is that time to do your home work. Tonight in the Town Council Chambers are the candidates for School Committee and Kittery Town Council. Be there or watch it on Channel 22

 

 

 

 

6:05-7:00 Town Council Candidates

• Dennis Estes

• Kenneth Lemont

• Judith Spiller

• Matthew Brock

7:15-8:30 School Committee Candidates

• Nicholas Chalupa

• Danielle Hoffman

• Suzanne Sayer

 

 

 

Cianbro faces fines for Sarah Long Bridge delay

PORTSMOUTH — The float-in and installation of the draw portion of the new Sarah Mildred Long Bridge has been delayed until mid-October and will come at a cost to general contractor, the Cianbro Corporation.

Maine Department of Transportation senior engineer Ron Taylor said due to tidal patterns the next available window to install the lift would be starting on Oct. 3 but added on the current schedule, it would “unlikely” be ready for the third. He said the next available date for installation to begin would be Oct. 17 and would close Portsmouth Harbor for tidal navigation for more than a week.

“We don’t think this will delay our schedule,” Taylor said. “Right now, our goal is to have the bridge open for vehicular traffic on Nov. 10.”

by Alex LaCasse

THERE IS MORE. To read the rest of this story, click here to visit the Portsmouth Herald.

Kittery Town Council works on updating code of ethics

KITTERY, Maine – The Town Council discussed a new town councilor rules and procedures manual and a potential town ordinance establishing a code of ethics for municipal officials during a workshop on Monday night.

With five members present, the body discussed language modifications on both documents, with the code of ethics applying to councilors, volunteer board members and other town employees. The code of ethics would be added to the Kittery Town Code as Title 15.

Story by Alex laCasse

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Kittery: The fascinating life of Gen. William Whipple

 

Lecture Series at the Kittery Naval Museum 9-21-2017. See Below for more info.

KITTERY, Maine – Gen. William Whipple sailed the seas as a ship’s captain, led troops into battle during the Revolutionary War, served alongside future Presidents Thomas Jefferson and John Adams in the Continental Congress and signed the Declaration of Independence.

But before all that he was a hometown Kittery boy, born and raised in a home just outside the present back gate of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard.

Local writer D. Allan Kerr will discuss highlights from the fascinating life of the Seacoast’s own Founding Father during a presentation Thursday, Sept. 21, at Kittery Historical and Naval Museum. The event is part of Kittery Adult Education’s lecture series.

The Second Continental Congress, which issued the Declaration of Independence in 1776, included some of the best-educated and most brilliant minds of the age. Whipple, however, tended to be a man of action. A former cabin boy, he made his fortune as a Kittery sea captain before settling down across the Piscataqua River in Portsmouth, New Hampshire.

He became a successful merchant, served as one of New Hampshire’s representatives in Congress from 1776 to 1779, and was appointed brigadier general of the state’s militia. He saw action at the pivotal Battle of Saratoga, where he helped negotiate the surrender terms of British Gen. John Burgoyne. He then escorted the defeated commander back to the Boston area, where Burgoyne was shipped back to England.

“War with all its horrors is preferable to an inglorious peace,” Whipple once wrote to fellow Declaration signer Josiah Bartlett.

Born in Kittery in 1730, Whipple grew up in the house still standing at 88 Whipple Road. His father, also named William, was a former brewer from Massachusetts who pursued a career at sea, and his grandfather was the famed local shipbuilder Robert Cutts.

He is the only native Mainer to sign the Declaration of Independence.

And like many of his fellow Founding Fathers, Whipple grappled with the issue of slavery – at one time he even owned a slave ship. Kerr will share a story of the general’s evolving views on the matter, as demonstrated through his relationship with his slave Prince Whipple.

Whipple was riding the circuit on horseback as a justice of New Hampshire’s Superior Court when he died of heart failure in 1785. He is buried in Portsmouth’s North Cemetery.

 

Kerr is a columnist for the Portsmouth Herald and Seacoast Sunday, and author of the book “Silent Strength,” about the loss of USS Thresher in the worst submarine disaster of all time. He is heading the ongoing installation of historical markers throughout Kittery, Maine’s oldest town, including the most recent – a panel about the general on Whipple Road, just down the street from where Whipple was born and raised.

The general’s portrait also now hangs in Kittery’s Town Hall, alongside a copy of the Declaration.

The Sept. 21 event starts at 6 p.m. There is a $10 course fee, with a portion of the proceeds going to the Kittery Historical & Naval Museum. Those interested in attending can call Kittery Adult Education at (207) 439-5896.

 

Heeeee’s Back! Alex LaCasse is back covering Kittery

Ourkittery reported last week that we lost a great reporter due to budget cuts. Well for what ever reason, the Portsmouth Herald hired him back today.

He will be once again covering the Kittery and Kittery Point Areas. Alex works for the Portsmouth Herald again and you can visit the seacoastonline.com for his articles covering Kittery.

Welcome back Alex.

Kittery issues press release on JOSE

Press Release

For Immediate Release

Hurricane Jose is expected to move east into the Atlantic this week, causing limited impact on the area.   Current weather models indicate Hurricane Jose will reach southern Maine by Tuesday evening into Wednesday.  The hurricane is expected to cause wave surge, splash over, and strong rip tides.  Winds gusts are expected to reach 30 miles per hour by Wednesday.

Residents and businesses are encouraged to secure loose items in yards and driveways for the duration of the storm.  Watercraft and floats should also be secured in anticipation of wave surges.  The Harbormaster has issued an advisory to mooring holders with specific information.

If you encounter downed tree limbs in roadways, please contact the Department of Public Works at 207-439-0333 during normal business hours, or Kittery Police Department at

207-439-1638.  Do not attempt to move or touch downed wires, as they may be an electrical shock hazard.  If you lose power during the storm, please contact

Central Maine Power Company at 1-800-696-1000.