Author Archives: Chuck Denault

Where is the Charles R. Hansom Fountain Gone ?

What Fountain?  It was once Located at the corner of Rogers Rd, Love lane and Whipple road was a park. It has long since vanished Someone has a story to tell. Do you know what happened? Reach out and tell us and I will continue with this story.

Well it recently restarted after Local Resident Donald Hands and Councilor Ken Lemont brought this up in a recent coffee conversation. It was a fountain that was located int he Rogers Rd park next to the Getty Station and it was placed there in 1913.  Don sent me some photocopied copies, so I took it a bit further. (as usual).

After getting the original and colorizing it, I took pictures of the area and although the house lines up, I think it was either moved or they reconfigured the park. What do you think.

As you can see in the pictures, the angle of the curb differs. Perhaps our Senior Residents can chime in. I would like this story to keep going and I will do a followup.

CHARLES R. HANSCOM donated this Bronze Fountain in 1913. (See the attached aArticle, although it is tough to read)


Picture 2

Picture 3

This is my guess


To read the articles publish in 1913, click here below.

fountain clipped 1

Fountain Doc 2

Charles Hanscom Park, Best Automotive formerly Frank and Danny’s Getty at the Corner of Whipple and Rogers Rd.

from an article published in the Portsmouth Herald in 1913.

Town Council and Affordable Housing work shop 01/14/2019

Town Council Packets

Meeting tonight

Workshop Affordable Housing w/ Planning Board
5:00 p.m.
Kittery Town Council
Regular Meeting
1. Call to Order
2. Introductory
3. Pledge of Allegiance
4. Roll Call
5. Agenda Amendment and Adoption
6. Town Manager’s Report
7. Acceptance of Previous Minutes
November 14, 2018 Regular Minutes
November 26, 2018 Regular Minutes
8. Interviews for the Boa
rd of Appeals and Planning
9. All items involving the town attorney, town engineers, town employees or other town consultants or
requested officials
(010119- 1) The Kittery Town Council moves to hear a report from a member of the Kittery
Conservation Commission on the town of Kittery’s Adopt a Road Program.
a. (010119-2) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing
and ordain amendments to Title 8 – Blasting.
b. (010119- 3) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing t
o consider an application from the Loyal Order of Moose Lodge #444 for a Special Activity Amusement permit for The Loyal Order of Moose
Lodge #444, 76 US Route 1 Bypass, Kittery.
c. (010119-4) The Kittery Town Council moves to hold a public hearing to consider an application
for aVictualers License from Chick -fil- A,286 Turnpike Rd. Westboro, MA 01581 for Chick
-fil- A (mobile food truck)
a. Discussion by members of the public (three minutes per person)
b. Response to public comment directed to a particular Councilor
c. Chairperson’s response to public comments
a. Donations/gifts received for Council disposition.
(010119- 5) The Kittery Town Council moves
to accept a donation in the amount of
$300.00 from Staritch Foundation, Inc. to be deposited into the Kittery Community
Center Fundraising Account # 2063.
b. (010119-6) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve the disbursement warrants
c. (010119-7) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve an application from Weather
vaneSeafoods Inc, for a malt, vinous and spirituous liquor license for Weathervane Seafoods,
306 US Route 1, Kittery.
d. (010119-8) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve an application from The Ares LLC,
for a malt and vinous liquor license for AJ’s Wood Grill Pizza, 68 Wallingford Square,
e. (010119-9) The Kittery Town Council moves to release funds in the amount of $1,000 from
unassigned surplus and deposit said amount into account #101740-
28427- Expense Self Insurance Claims Coverage, to cover the cost of the deductible for an insurance claim.
f. (010119- 10) The Kittery Town Council moves to schedule a public hearing on proposed
amendments to Title 2-Fire Department.
g. (010119- 11) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve the2019
Town Council and Town Manager Goals, and FY 20 Budget Goals.
h. (010119- 12) The Kittery Town Council moves to appoint a representative to meet with the
Chair of the Shellfish Conservation to interview Jean Treacy for reappointment to that
board until 12/31/21.
(010119 -13) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve amendments to
appendix A – Fort Foster Fees.
(010119- 14) The Kittery Town Council moves to appoint Nicole Maurice as Registrar of
Voters until 12/31/20.
k. (010119-15) The Kittery Town Council moves to
approve an application from the Kittery
Outlets for their 2019 Sales Events
Memorial Day Sale –
May 24
July 4
Sale Weekend
– July 4
Back to School Event
– August 9
Labor Day Sale Event
– August 30 –
September 2
Columbus Day Sale-
October 11
16) The Kittery Town Council moves to authorize the release of funds in the
amount of $6,380.00 from
Wetlands Preservation Fee fund
2 of the Fort Foster
Invasive Species Management Plan.
m. (010119-17) The Kittery Town Council moves to appoint a representative to meet with the
chair of the Conservation Commission to interview Cassandra O’Brian to move from an
associate member to a full member of that board with her term
expiring on 12/31/22.
n. (010119-18) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve an application from
BNKittery LLC for a malt, vinous and spirituous liquor license for the Farm Bar and Grille, 57 State Road, Kittery.
o. (010119- 19) The Kittery Town Council moves to approve and application from T
asty Thai Inc. for a malt, vinous and spirituous liquor license for Tasty Thai, 182 State Road, Kittery.
a. Communications from the Chairperson
b. Committee Reports
Posted: January 10, 2019

Spiller, Thomson and Clark Elected to Town Council

Judy Spiller, Jeff Thomson and Cyrus Clark

KITTERY, Maine — Voters on Tuesday sent three to sit on the Town Council while simultaneously saying a non-binding “yes” to retail marijuana operations in commercial zones.

According to preliminary results, voters elected Judy Spiller (2,960), Jeffrey Thomson (2,340) and Cyrus Clark (2,026) to the council. Candidates Frank Dennett and Brett Costa received 2,000 and 1,452 votes, respectively.


Link about Kittery Council Race

Dean Rykerson, Mark Lawrence and Michele Meyer

Link About Dean Rykerson

Link about Michele Meyer

Link about mark Lawrence

Public Hearing at Traip right now

Spinney Creek shellfish issue. More coming.

Lots of Eliot and Kittery residents in attendance. Candidates for Kittery Town Council are here. Brett Costa and Cyrus Clark and Jeff Thomson is trying to get here soon.

It just started and Ken Lemont and I are here as well as State Rep. Dean Rykerson.  Hopefully we can learn more about this issue. has more to the story in previous articles.

Representing the Kittery Conservation Commission Karen Saltus questioned the State.

PUBLIC HEARING SPINNEY CREEK September 27, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.

NOTICE OF RESCHEDULED HEARING: Spinney Creek Shellfish, Inc.
The Department of Marine Resources will hold a public hearing on the application of Spinney Creek Shellfish, Inc. for a 3.67-acre, 3-year, experimental aquaculture lease for a site located in Spinney Creek, Kittery, Maine, for suspended culture of American/Eastern oysters and Northern quahogs.  At the hearing, the Department will take evidence relating to the criteria and standards for granting an experimental lease as listed in 12 M.R.S. §6072-A and DMR Rule Chapter 2.64(7)(A). 
The rescheduled hearing will be held as follows:
September 27, 2018 @ 6:00 p.m.
R.W. Traip Academy
12 Williams Avenue
Kittery, ME   03904
INFORMATION ON DMR WEBSITE:  See the Department of Marine Resources’ website,, for the lease application and DMR site report, Riparian and Others Notice of Hearing, and Public Notice Ad re:  hearing.   
SPEAKING AT THE HEARING:  Any interested person may attend the hearing and ask questions of the parties or testify under oath about the effect of the proposed lease.  
Address questions to:
Maine Department of Marine Resources
Attn:  Aquaculture Hearing Officer
21 State House Station
Augusta, ME 04333-0021
(207) 624-6567
Send emails to
For disability accommodations, contact Amanda Beckwith at
(207) 287-7578, TTY (207) 624-6391,
Authority:  5 MRS §9501 et seq. & 12 M.R.S §6072
articles for information below links
 Cindy L. Burke
Paralegal Assistant
Department of Marine Resources
21 State House Station
Augusta, ME  04333
(207) 624-6567
other writings and pictures.

The Spinney Creek Problem–Tomorrow Night at the Rice 10-19-18

The articles in the Portsmouth Herald carry get information and I encourage you to read them. The links are below.

September 19, 2018 @ 6:00pm
Rice Public Library
8 Wentworth Street
Kittery, ME 03904


The way it is now.







The way it could be soon.



The story as provided to me for publication.

Along with many other residents in both Kittery and Eliot, we have grave concerns about plans by an Eliot-based shellfish company to over-commercialize Spinney Creek by substantially increasing their already robust shellfish farming operation. The proposal as submitted to the Maine DMR, is called an “experimental” lease. It calls for the installation on the Kittery side of the creek of 800 floating metal cages and over 1600 floatation devices. All of this will occupy an area greater than 3 football fields! Furthermore, three years from now when this lease period is over, the shellfish company will be eligible to apply for a standard commercial license, lasting as long as 20 years and occupying as much as 100 acres.

Our concerns are many and include:

  1. the impact on navigation, recreation and safety within what is, for all intents and purposes, a land-locked, non-tidal, salt water pond.
  2. the overwhelming effect on the overall community including noise, odors and more commercial power boat activity.
  3. the transformation of a picturesque, serene environment to a commercial body of water.
  4. the destruction of our scenic vistas.
  5. the devaluation of our homes.
  6. the short and long-term impact on the delicate ecosystem.
  7. Lots of questions need answers…

-Who empowered a private company to be in charge of Spinney Creek?

-Does this present a conflict of interest?

-Where is the oversight?

-Who are the stewards or caretakers of Spinney Creek?

-Where is the system of checks and balances for this special body of water and its surrounding neighborhood?

-What are the limits to aquaculture growth at this location?

-Who is responsible, liable and accountable for issues that result from having a commercial business intentionally or unintentionally harm the creek, as well as the humans who live and recreate on or in this body of water?

As of today, the shellfish company:

  • controls the opening and closing of the tidal gate.
  • they seed the creek bed.
  • they rake and harvest the bed.
  • they prevent anyone from taking a single shellfish from the water.
  • they have farmed the surface of the creek with 180 metal cages for the past 4 years on the Eliot/Kittery line.
  • they purchase and process the shellfish of other companies.
  • they produce discharge into the Creek through their depuration process.
  • they want to unreasonably expand into the forseeable future while affecting over 50 homeowners.

Who oversees this exploitation of Spinney Creek and who is looking out for the residents of these two towns?

A hearing, moderated by the DMR will be held a week from Wednesday, September 19th at 6:00 PM at the main Kittery Library. The outcome of this hearing will determine the decision to either approve or reject this imposing, three year lease.

It’s critical that we “Save Spinney Creek!”.



















September 19, 2018 @ 6:00pm

Rice Public Library
8 Wentworth Street
Kittery, ME 03904

Friends of Spinney Creek
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PO Box 230, Eliot, ME, 03903-0230

What it could look like is pictured below. This picture is from another area and is shown only to represent the look of many traps.

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Hearing Announcement Download Here



Other Stories from the Portsmouth Herald

OURKITTERY does not take a position on this issue but since it is for the people by the people, it is posted to keep you, the citizen informed. Since I pay for the site, I will decide if it is a benefit to the community to post and I have concluded it is important for the public to know what is going on.

Kittery Town Manager releases KCC bus investigation letter to families.

The following letter was released today and with the Town Manager’s permission, it is being posted here on to provide continuing  transparency.






Office of the Town Manager
200 Rogers Road, Kittery, ME 03904

Telephone: 207-475-1329 Fax: 207-439-6806
Kendra Amaral Town Manager
August 31, 2018

Dear Families,

I am writing regarding the August 10 Recreation Department van accident in Greenland, NH, in which two staff members and eleven children in the Town’s summer program were involved. While we are deferring to – and cooperating as appropriate with – the New Hampshire law enforcement agencies to investigate the actual accident, we have been investigating the personnel hiring and driver assignment issues raised by the accident.

I tasked the Interim Police Chief Donald O’Halloran, to conduct an internal investigation of the hiring process for the Kittery Community Center summer camp counselors and the decision-making process for driving assignments in the SAFE Summer Camp program.

The following is to provide you with details regarding the results of the investigation. Please note, some details are not able to be released due to legal confidentiality restrictions regarding certain personnel information.

The internal investigation concluded that miscommunication within the Kittery Community Center led to the new summer camp staff (inclusive of the van driver) being hired without a state-wide driving background review as part of their overall background check. Subsequent to the hiring, the employee was selected to drive the van when needed.

The internal investigation found there were no irregularities in the hiring process for the van driver. The internal investigation concluded that the driver had a valid driver’s license appropriate for operation of the van, with no medical restrictions, during the time of employment with the town. He was trained on the safe operation of the van.

The van was utilized a number of times over the course of the summer program to transport children on field trips. Typically, it would be driven by the program supervisor or other full-time year-round staff. Two of the camp counselors (inclusive of the driver involved in the accident) also performed some driving duties when needed. The driver involved in the accident had driven three times prior to August 10.

The miscommunication within the Kittery Community Center appears to have occurred late in 2017 when there was an effort to enhance the documentation of the protocols for hiring of the KCC staff. The effort produced a detailed hiring and onboarding checklist that was developed with the former KCC Director and Human Resources. It was known that both the KCC and Human Resources were responsible for different parts of the hiring and onboarding process. The checklist did not specify who was responsible for each part of the process.

The KCC has historically performed the driving background checks and Human Resources has historically performed the general background check. The background check conducted by Human Resources included a Social Security trace, County Criminal Court Search, Sex Offender Registry, National Criminal Database, Terrorist Watch List. Because the job description did not include driving as a duty, the requirement to collect the driving record was not apparent during the hiring and onboarding process.

The driving duties were identified/assigned by the KCC staff after the hiring and onboarding process occurred based on the needs of the program.

The internal investigation concluded that the court record review protocols, in place since 2014, only captured the county in which an applicant presently resides, resulting in a limited and narrow review of court actions involving applicants. The town did run a national criminal background check on all seasonal employees including the van driver, however no convictions on the driver were returned.

The national criminal database is proprietary and did not contain a record of the convictions.

We are developing and implementing an action plan to resolve the issues identified in the investigation. This includes reviewing and clearly documenting responsibilities for each part of the hiring and onboarding process for each department (inclusive of the KCC); reviewing all job descriptions to ensure they properly list when driving responsibilities are or may be part of the job duties; and reviewing the background check service plan, InforME, and other states’ services (e.g.: New Hampshire) to determine what combination will provide the most complete picture of applicants. In the immediate term, we have enhanced the level of background checks for new hires including a full driving record review.

We are also reviewing the SAFE Summer Program to determine what changes to the program offerings should occur such as utilizing only contractors for transportation, and the distance and timing of field trips. We are reviewing our handling of the emergency and identifying changes to the transportation tracking and notification process for parents, in an effort to speed up communications in case of an emergency.

I am committed to addressing the issues identified and making sure we are taking every possible step to provide safe and engaging programs at the KCC. If you have any questions or wish to discuss this, please do not hesitate to contact me at 207-475-1329 or at

Kendra Amaral Town Manager





Kittery to request State Road speed limit reduction






By Hadley Barndollar

KITTERY, Maine — Following a petition that garnered more than 40 resident and business owner signatures coalesced by a push from a town councilor, the town will place a formal request to the Maine Department of Transportation to reduce the posted speed limit on State Road to 25 mph.

Councilor Charles Denault was a strong proponent for the petition submitted in June that sought a consistent and safe speed on State Road, which is currently posted as 35 mph between Newmarch Street and the Memorial Circle. In Denault’s report to council, he noted the average speed on State Road has consistently been in excess of 45 mph and even with limited police patrol, speed radar trailers and strobed crosswalks, a large amount of motorists do not obey the speed limit.

“The road is heavily traveled,” Denault said. “It is a major hub from New Hampshire to Maine, and Maine back to New Hampshire. There’s a lot of pedestrians now, we have sidewalks up and down that road.”

In contrast, Denault noted the Route 1 Bypass is four lanes, featuring turning lanes, and is posted at 35 mph. “The residents on this road have clearly articulated their frustrations,” he said.

There is more to this story here. Click here to visit the Portsmouth Herald.