Kittery Fire Department Log for January 2016

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Fire Log for January 2016

01/01/16 @ 2028        19 Traip Avenue; medical assist
01/03/16 @ 0603        7 Wilner Street; natural gas leak
01/04/16 @ 0759        York Village; station coverage
01/04/16 @ 2110        21 Old Post Road; leaking oil tank
01/06/16 @ 0842        3 Lawrence Lane; alarm activation
01/06/16 @ 0903        34 Haley Road; carbon monoxide alarm
01/07/16 @ 1152        6 Ranger Drive; diesel fuel spill
01/07/16 @ 1205        Route 236, Gagne & Son; smoke in building
01/07/16 @ 1441        Dion Avenue; medical assist, working code
01/08/16 @ 0931        I-95 North @ Exit 3; motor vehicle accident with injury
01/08/16 @ 2122        2 Paul Street; carbon monoxide incident
01/09/16 @ 1921        34 Haley Road; carbon monoxide alarm
01/09/16 @ 1934        10 Old Armory Way; propane gas smell
01/10/16 @ 1026        360 US Route 1, Talbots; burning smell in store
01/10/16 @ 1446        19 Crockett’s Neck Road; wires down
01/10/16 @ 1626        3 Shapleigh Road; gasoline spill
01/10/16 @ 1946        9 Roseberry Lane; odor of gas in building
01/12/16 @ 1837        9 Ox Point Drive; carbon monoxide alarm
01/12/16 @ 2113        22 Wilson Road; odor of oil in house
01/13/16 @ 1527        105 Whipple Road; smoke alarm sounding
01/16/16 @ 0721        3 Dion Ave; carbon monoxide alarm
01/16/16 @ 1101        Route 236; motor vehicle accident
01/16/16 @ 2355        70 Route 1 Bypass; motor inn guest lockout
01/17/16 @ 1157        US Route 1, Weathervane restaurant, alarm activation
01/17/16 @ 1219        5 Manson Ave ext; medical lift assist
01/18/16 @ 0616        5 O’Reilly Lane; chimney fire
01/19/16 @ 1332        Picott Road; motor vehicle accident
01/19/16 @ 1755        Eliot; station coverage
01/21/16 @ 1120        16 Central Street; porch fire
01/21/16 @ 1919        13 Foyes Lane; smoke alarm activation
01/22/16 @ 1438        220 State Road, parking lot; medical assist
01/23/16 @ 1600        24 Dismukes Street; medical assist, working code
01/23/16 @ 1612        182 Whipple Road; medical lift assist
01/23/16 @ 2125        New Castle, NH; mutual aid, structure fire
01/23/16 @ 2133        76 Wilson Road; motor vehicle accident with injury
01/24/16 @ 0159        90 US Route 1 Bypass, Rex Motel; alarm activation
01/24/16 @ 1022        79 Tower Road; alarm activation
01/26/16 @ 0852        I-95 South; passenger car fire
01/27/16 @ 0717        32 Idlewood Lane; medical lift assist
01/29/16 @ 1212        US Route 1 Bypass, Irving; fuel spill
01/29/16 @ 1528        4 Goodwin Road; alarm activation
01/30/16 @ 1528        27 Cutts Island Lane; alarm activation
01/20/16 @ 1945        36 Pepperrell Road; alarm activation, smoke in building

43 Calls for January    43 Calls for Calendar Year

Kittery School Committee wants public input on budget

listening-1krbdt2Kittery School Committee wants public input on budget By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

KITTERY, Maine — The Kittery School District is hosting a 2017 budget listening session prior to the regular scheduled meeting of the School Committee Tuesday evening.

“This an opportunity for parents and community members to express their opinions and priorities,” as it relates to the three district goals of providing a safe and respectful school culture, developing and implementing a proficiency based learning system and to ensure support and quality teachers in every classroom every day, according to the agenda.

for the full story, click this link for the Portsmouth Herald.

Wood Island agreements benefit all Kittery residents

editorialPortsmouth Herald Editorial

Wood Island agreements benefit all Kittery residents

The Wood Island Life Saving Station Association and the Kittery Town Council are to be commended for finally sealing a deal that will allow restoration work of the iconic life saving station to begin. Two agreements were penned Monday night. The first will allow the organization to begin repairs on the inside of the building and complete repairs to the exterior. The second is a 20-year concession agreement that will allow WILSSA to operate a maritime museum and gift shop – an accommodation by the town that seemed out of reach not so very long ago.

WILSSA has been the only organization to step forward with a plan to save the life saving station, filing its first documents with the town in 2011. Things became occasionally acrimonious between WILSSA and the town as both worked in good faith but with sometimes different agendas to reach an agreement. In fact, it is perhaps not surprising that the vote Monday night broke down between the council’s old guard and the new. Frank Dennett, Jeff Thomson and Judy Spiller, who did not support the agreements, certainly remember the summer days of 2013 when heels were dug in, lawsuits threatened and personalities clashed. The four councilors who approved the agreements Monday – Chuck Denault, Ken Lemont, Russell White and Gary Beers have been elected in the relatively halcyon times since.

For the rest of the full editorial, click this link. It was from the Portsmouth Herald.

 

 

Colbert Puff named new deputy city manager for Portsmouth

Colbert Puff named new deputy city manager for Portsmouth

Nancy Colbert Puff (Deborah McDermott file photo)
Nancy Colbert Puff (Deborah McDermott file photo)

By Jeff McMenemy

PORTSMOUTH – The town manager of Kittery, Maine has been appointed as the new deputy city manager for Portsmouth, according to City Manager John Bohenko.

Current Deputy City Manager David Allen, who has worked for the city for 27 years, is retiring effective May 15.

Nancy Colbert Puff will take over as Portsmouth’s new deputy city manager when Allen retires.

for the rest of this story, click here to visit the Portsmouth Herald for the full story.

 

School district solicits bids for boiler replacement project

project approvedBy Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

KITTERY, Maine —The Kittery School District is soliciting bids for a boiler system replacement project at the Horace Mitchell Elementary School in Kittery Point.

The project includes the removal of two existing oil boilers and the installation two high-efficiency L.P. gas boilers. The project is slated to begin in either April or May, weather permitting, and finish before the beginning of the 2016/2017 school year. Part of the project is also to reduce a significant amount of energy usage through conservation measures.

The project also calls for the removal of an above ground 3,000 gallon oil storage tank and installing two 1,000 gallon L.P. gas storage tanks.

The bids are due by Feb. 12 at 3 p.m. at the Central Administrating Building of the School Department, which is housed in the Kittery Town Hall. The bids must be in sealed envelopes and clearly marked “Bid for Mitchell School Replacement Boiler Project – not to be opened until February 16, 2016.” Bids will be read allowed on Feb. 16 at noon at the administration building. View bid details at www.kitteryschools.com.

Public Service Announcement from the Portsmouth Herald. To visit this and other news stories, click here.

 

Wood Island group readies bids

Wood Island group readies bids

This rendering depicts the restored Wood Island Life Saving Station in Kittery, Maine. Courtesy image
This rendering depicts the restored Wood Island Life Saving Station in Kittery, Maine. Courtesy image

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

KITTERY, Maine — After the Town Council approved an updated repair, use and maintenance contract for the Wood Island Life Saving Station Monday, the group tasked with repairs is putting final touches on a proposal they hope to put out to bid next week.

Wood Island Life Saving Station Association President Sam Reid said they are doing a “final final review” on the bid packages for the two projects expected to happen later this year. The town and other stakeholders are assisting with the review. Reid is planning for work to begin in May.

“We’re nearly ready to advertise (the bid), thanks in large part to Town Manager (Nancy Colbert) Puff and her staff,” Reid said.

In Kittery, ‘Gear Up!’ for RPM Challenge

‘Gear Up!’ for RPM Challenge

Seacoast musicians from left, Guy Capecelatro III, who has participated in every RPM (Record Production Month) Challenge, and two of the organizers of
Seacoast musicians from left, Guy Capecelatro III, who has participated in every RPM (Record Production Month) Challenge, and two of the organizers of “Gear Up!” Peter Squires and Jonathan Blakeslee at the inaugural gear swap at the Second Congregational United Church of Christ in Kittery, Maine, on Saturday. Photo by Ioanna Raptis/Seacoastonline

By Suzanne Laurent
news@seacoastonline.com

KITTERY, Maine – Karen Marzloff, co-founder of the RPM Challenge, said she’s not a musician.

“I’m an appreciator and an enabler,” she said. “I love the local music scene and fostering connections between musicians.”

For the 11th year, the RPM Challenge encourages musicians to write, produce and submit a complete album within the month of February. And it’s not just a local event. Thanks to the RPM website, www.RPMChallenge.com, the charge has gone global.

“We have one man in Sweden who has participated for 10 years. We have a lot of people in England and the U.K., and even some from Japan,” Marzloff said.

Participants must complete a full-length CD of 10 songs or 35 minutes during the month of February.

In honor of 2016 being the 11th annual RPM Challenge, a T-shirt was designed to commemorate the event. A yellow disc adorns a tomato-red short-sleeved shirt that reads, “This is not a contest. This is a challenge.”

there is a lot more to this story, so to read it click here to visit the Portsmouth Herald

Interpretive sign about sub disaster

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

January 31. 2016 6:41PM

Interpretive sign about sub disaster

KITTERY, Maine — An interpretative sign to commemorate USS Thresher submarine, which sank in 1963 killing all 129 on board, was recently installed at the Kittery Memorial Circle, which has the Thresher Memorial Flag Pole at the center of it.

The sign is near the Dairy Queen, which allows visitors to read about the submarine and the accident while having the 129-foot flag pole in view. Each foot of the pole represents one of the people who died aboard the submarine April 10, 1963. On board was a mix of Navy officers, sailors and civilian workers.

USS Thresher (SSN 593), which was built at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard and commissioned in 1961, was undergoing a nine-month overhaul at the shipyard. It was conducting deep water tests in the Atlantic Ocean when the accident occurred, which was “the worst submarine disaster the world has ever known,” it says on the sign.

to read the full story, click this link to visit the Portsmouth Herald

Commander reflects on tenure at Shipyard

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

January 31. 2016 2:01AM

Commander reflects on tenure at shipyard

KITTERY, Maine — The U.S. Navy announced earlier this month that Capt. William Greene will be relieved as commander of Portsmouth Naval Shipyard this summer after about a three-year tour. The Navy named David Hunt as the shipyard’s 85th shipyard commander.

The Navy has not announced Greene’s next assignment, though he believes it is likely he will be in Washington, D.C. Seacoast Sunday sat down with Greene earlier this week to reflect on his time as commander, his family, the community and his next steps.

to read the full story, click here to visit the Portsmouth Herald.

Shipyard to conduct anti-terrorism exercise

By Brian Early
bearly@seacoastonline.com

February 01. 2016 2:01AM

Shipyard to conduct anti-terrorism exercise

KITTERY, Maine — If you see or hear security forces working with a sense of urgency at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard on Wednesday, it’s likely to be a part of a scheduled drill.

A release from the shipyard’s Public Affairs Office said that Gate 2 on Whipple Road will be closed at some point on Feb. 3 for less than 15 minutes. Gate 1 at Walker Street remains closed during the day for ongoing bridge construction. The exact time of the closure is not known, but it will be during non-peak traffic hours, said Public Affairs Officer Danna Eddy.

for more on this story, click here to visit the Portsmouth Heralds Full Story