It is with a very heavy heart that we have decided to “Pause for the Cause”. As of Sunday, March 29th, we will be closed for two weeks. Although we are deemed an essential business and have been complying with CDC guidelines, we feel that it is the best decision not only for our staff but also for our community. We will be pausing operations for a couple weeks to implement the best business practices moving forward. With all this uncertainty and constant change, we want to prioritize our staff’s mental and physical well-being and the sanitation of our facility. We plan to reopen with a safe and appropriate order/pickup system, designed to cut down on person-to-person contact, on Monday, April 13th. Keep an eye on our socials for updates. Thank you for your patience and understanding in this time and we look forward to getting things back to normal.
Mariah & Thomas Roberts
Beach Pea Baking Co.
53 State Rd.
Kittery, ME 03904
Ronald Edward Avery, Sr., a lifelong resident of York, Maine passed away on March 16, 2020 after a courageous five year battle with brain cancer. He died peacefully at home, in the company of his loving wife and four sons. Ron was born on September 17, 1952 to Clarence and Sarah Avery. A member of York High School’s class of 1970, he also graduated with a degree in criminal justice from the University of Maine in 1974. That same year, he married the love of his life, whom he had met in the seventh grade, Wanda-Lee Butler.
A graduate of the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s training academy in Quantico, Virginia, Ron served as a law enforcement officer for nearly four decades. He was the first juvenile aide officer in Kittery, Maine. He also served as Chief Deputy for the York County Sheriff’s Department and retired as Sergeant of Detectives in Kittery.
He was a devoted New England sports fan, particularly the Boston Celtics. The week prior to Ron’s passing, the NBA suspended the Celtics season. Ron found it humorous when his family jokingly told him that the Celtics had stopped their season in his honor. Despite being an avid Celtics fan, there were no athletes more important to watch than his grandchildren. Ron was predeceased by his parents, Clarence and Sarah and four older siblings: Jill Hamm, Shirley Hendley, Kenneth Avery, and Gerald Avery.
He is survived by his wife of 46 years, Wanda Avery and their four sons: Ronald Avery, Jr., his wife Elizabeth and their children Lincoln, Daphne, and Tobin; Brandon Avery, his wife Johnna and their children Nya and Ronin; Ryan Avery, his children Myles and Della and their mother Melissa; Ryan’s girlfriend Rebekah and her children Tatum and Eli; and Jared Avery, his wife Angela and their children Owen, Addisyn, and Quinn.
Due to the current restrictions on large gatherings from the CDC, a private service will be held with the family at the First Parish Cemetery in York, Maine. A public memorial service will be held at a date and time to be announced later this spring. In lieu of flowers, the family has requested donations to be sent to the National Brain Tumor Society at www.braintumor.org.
To send flowers to the family or plant a tree in memory of Ronald E. Avery, please visit our floral store.
I am writing to inform you as your Town Councilor, that after much thought and deliberation I will be moving to withdraw the public hearing for funding for a proposed pier at Wood Island.
Unfortunately, there aren’t the votes of the Council to put this to a vote of the people. The negative phone calls, emails, and texts seem to have nothing to do with the proposal and adds no value to public debate.
I apologize that we as a community were unable to have a civil conversation about public funding for this incredible project. At this time the withdrawing of the public hearing is best for our community.
I remain so impressed with the outstanding job that WILSSA has done and will do. I have every confidence that WILSSA will complete this outstanding project, the Jewel of the Harbor.
A letter From Wood Island Association Why WILSSA Exists: And Thank You Ken The reason that this charity was founded was to help Kittery.
There was a serious problem at Wood Island. The old life saving station needed to be demolished as it was in dangerous disrepair. WILSSA formed to help the Town not have to demolish this lovely and historic place. And that is what we have done.
Now it is time to take the last steps to finish the interior spaces and build a pier. That will allow the public to enjoy Wood Island.
The agreement between the Town and WILSSA said there would be no public funding for any portion of the project. It also said that if the parties agreed, amendments to the agreement were acceptable.
So, when Town Council member Lemont proposed public funding for the pier, the question became; should there be an amendment to the agreement? The best way to learn that would be a vote of all of the people of Kittery.
There has been a vocal group of folks who don’t want to have public funding for a pier. That is fine. That is exactly why having a vote makes sense. There are also many people who are eager to have that vote to support the idea of some public funding. That is what democracy is all about.
But, sadly, many of the things that have been written on Facebook, in emails to Council, etc are just untrue. What is more, even when given the correct information some people have continued to repeat the falsehoods.
To take a few examples, some are saying that the island is closed to the public – and even that the new sea walls now prevent people from landing their kayaks! In fact, the island is a public park and will always be open to the public. The new sea walls replaced the 1908 sea walls, same exact location, just 30 inches taller. Kayakers are welcomed.
But the most frequent falsehood has been that Ken Lemont has betrayed the agreement, or acted in an underhanded way. This is quite literally the opposite to the facts. Hosting a public hearing to discuss an amendment to the agreement is no betrayal. If the Council had agreed to put the funding on the ballot in June, everyone would have been able to vote before any funds were spent.
Ken’s letter describes that the misinformation was so bad and so plentiful that is was clear Council was not going to move ahead on Monday night with a ballot item. He decided that it was best to cancel the hearing rather than make matters worse. It is a sad situation when we can’t get together and discuss ideas without personal attacks and misinformation.
WILSSA was founded to help Kittery. We have done so in remarkable fashion. For this funding idea to cause problems in our Town is the last thing that WILSSA wants. We are about bringing people together, not creating division.
We thank Ken Lemont for proposing public funding for the pier.
In order to address the misinformation that some our circulating in the community, Jeff Thomson has announced that, if elected, at his first KWD Trustee meeting on Thursday morning he will make the following motion:
from: Jeff Thomson
“On Thursday, February 13, 2020, the KWD Board of Trustees re-affirms the Trustee vote of June 13, 2019 that chloramines will NOT be introduced as a treatment to Kittery drinking water now or in the future”.
Below are the roads of the people in the original water district who can vote. All you need is your id or drivers license or water bill. You can vote for Caroline Rose of Jeff Thomson. Doors open at 7:30 and close at 4:00 pm.
TOWN OF KITTERY
Office of the Town Manager
200 Rogers Road, Kittery, ME 03904 Telephone: 207-475-1329 Fax: 207-439-6806 firstname.lastname@example.org
Kendra Amaral Town Manager
January 29, 2020
Senator Mark Lawrence, Representative Seth Berry
Members of the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology Legislative Information Office
100 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333
RE: LD 1877 – An Act to Amend the Kittery Water District Charter
Dear Honorable Members of the Committee on Energy, Utilities and Technology,
I am writing to offer comment on behalf of the Town of Kittery on LD 1877, An Act to Amend the Kittery Water District Charter. The primary purpose of LD 1877 is to empower all Kittery Water District (KWD) customers in the governance of the district.
The original charter, enacted in 1907, did not empower customers added through expansion of the service, to elect or serve as Trustees. In the ensuing 113 years, the number of disenfranchised customers represents a significant segment of those served by KWD.
As proposed, the amendment expands the eligibility of KWD customers to serve in the role of Trustee, and most importantly grants all eligible customers the opportunity to decide who will lead the district. Additional changes proposed, codify the manner in which election of Trustees will occur and makes steps towards standardizing the election process. The Town of Kittery is supportive of these amendments.
Though not in the current version of LD 1877, the Town wishes to express its opposition to any amendments that would result in the Town administering or co-administering the KWD’s Trustee election. The Town is aware that municipally administered or co-administered elections were discussed during the drafting of LD 1877.
Not all Kittery residents are KWD customers, and not all KWD customers are Kittery residents. Combining Town-administered elections (municipal, state and/or federal) with KWD Trustee elections, will jeopardize the Town’s ability to administer a fair and efficient election.
KWD’s most recent election was held on November 5, 2019, coinciding with a municipal election. We experienced significant voter confusion both outside and within the polling location, and complaints from voters and poll workers alike.
In conclusion, the Town of Kittery supports the Charter amendments as currently proposed in LD 1877 and asks that no amendments be made to link the municipal elections with KWD Trustee elections. Thank you for your consideration of this matter. Sincerely, Kendra Amaral Town of Kittery cc: Kittery Town Council Michael Rogers, KWD Superintendent
On February 10th, 2020 the residents who live on the following roads will have a right to vote for the next Kittery Water District Board of Trustee. Currently there is a plan moving forward to allow all Kittery Water District customers a chance to vote but that will not be in effect at this time. OURKITTERY has taken the time to list all the roads of the people who have the right to vote for a person with integrity and to ensure that the water from the water district stays affordable and clean as it has for the last 100 plus years.
Jeffrey Thomson is running for the opened seat on the Board
of Trustees. I have worked under Jeff for over 25 years as a Town Employee and alongside
of him for seven. I may not always have agree with him, but he brings
experience, institutional knowledge, loyalty to Kittery, he is irreproachable, moralistic
and I will attest he is not part of any group. He has connections that will be
advantageous to the water district both here in Kittery and in Augusta.
the other candidate is Caroline Rose. A Kittery resident and Mom and a friend of Current Trustee Julia O’Connell. An outspoken critic of the Kittery Water District.
These two candidates are running for the Open KWD Trustee seat to fill the remander of the term until 2021,
The water quality in Kittery and the management of the Kittery Water District should not be taken lightly. It has been perfect for over one hundred years and should remain so.
This is an important election. Please be concerned about the misinformation being put out there by certain groups and people. We should all stick with the facts and OURKITTERY will be keeping you informed with more information as we near the election.
The information for the public hearing for all customers to
have a say in the water district is:
The following roads are included with the Original Water
I know, I know, you just went through an election. However this one is important. This election is the Kittery Water District Election to fill an upcoming opening on the Board of Trustees.
On FEBRUARY 10th, only certain people will have the right to vote for a person to be on the Kittery Water District Board of Trustees.
People in the original water district will be the only people who will be allowed to vote. Even though there is a Charter change is going thru the Maine State Legislature to expand voting eligibility, it won’t be in effect for this vote in February. At the end of this article I will list the area of those who can vote for this important position.
To start with, Kittery and Eliot does have clean, plentiful, reasonably priced water. Kittery has never experienced a ‘boil water order’ in the over 100 years of the Kittery Water District (KWD) existence. Fortunately, we don’t live in Flint, Michigan folks! Never a hint of corruption or malfeasance-so let’s keep it that way.
Jeff Thomson has indicated to the KWD that he would like to fill that position. Jeff Thomson has served as a member of the Kittery Town Council for over 22 years, and been involved in key project development and completion in Kittery. Planning and construction of the Transfer Station on Rte. 236, Traip Academy addition and renovations, and a member of the building committee for our own town gem-the Community Center-and served as the Chair of its first Board of Directors. Jeff also has experience with quasi-public/private entities and nonprofits. He is a member of the Board of Governors of the Warner House in Portsmouth and served eight years as a member of the Maine-New Hampshire Interstate Bridge Authority-appointed by former Governor Angus King.
As the Foreside and Kittery continue to undergo dynamic changes, stable leadership and institutional knowledge is essential in this decision-making position on the Kittery Water District Board of Trustees. The Kittery Water District needs this type of leadership.
Voting on February 10 takes place at the KWD on State Road between 7:30 AM and 4:00 PM for customers living in the original 1908 District. People can call the Kittery Water District (KWD office) to see if they are eligible to vote.
We need someone who is not inexperienced or lacks historical context. Our water supply management is too important to be involved in experimentation and ‘let’s try this’……
Do your home work and ensure your vote counts and you are not voting for part of another problem. Kittery and Eliot needs a person who has proven time and time again that the residents come first and communication is requirement.
After all, it’s your water and that means everything.
Eligible voters include anyone in Foreside, Admiralty Village and both sides of Pepperell Road up to Chauncey Creek Road (not including Chauncey Creek Road) – essentially anyone living between Spruce Creek and the Ocean. If you are not sure you live in the “approved area” please call 207-439-1128. There are no absentee ballots, so you must show up at the Water District to vote.
Kittery Water District will be holding an election for the position of Trustee on Monday, February 10, 2020 between the hours of 7:30 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. at its business office at 17 State Road, Kittery, Maine. All persons interested in running for office should file Declaration of Candidacy papers with the Kittery Water District no later than January 10, 2020 at 4:00 p.m. To be eligible, you must reside within the corporate limits of the District within the Town of Kittery, which area is described in greater detail below.
LEGAL NOTICE: the Kittery Water District will be holding a public hearing to discuss proposed changes to its 1907 Charter. The meeting will be held at the Kittery Community Center on Thursday, January 30, 2020 at 7:00 P.M.
Below is a description of the territory that covers legal voters from their website:
Bounds Describing the Territory of Said Legal Voters of Said District
This describes the Original District of the Kittery Water District
The following described territory, and the people within the same, namely: so much of the town of Kittery in the County of York, beginning: At a point on Chauncey’s creek directly south to the base of Tenney’s hill, so called, and extending northerly to the tracks of the York Harbor and Beach Railroad; thence westerly by said railroad tracks to the west bank of Spruce Creek; thence northerly by said Spruce creek to the Post road; thence westerly by the Post road to James’ corner; thence north-westerly by the Spinney road to Spinney’s creek; thence southerly and easterly by Spinney’s creek, the Piscataqua river, Pepperell cove and Chauncey’s creek to the point of beginning, shall constitute a body politic and corporate under the name of the Kittery Water District, for the purpose of supplying the inhabitants of said District, and likewise of the remaining portion of said town of Kittery, with pure water for domestic and municipal purposes.
Those living within said bounds and of legal age, were constituted legal voters in said district