Ok. So here is a summary of the day. Carmen, Magic and Tricks met us at our home where we looked at the map and made a plan. We went up to the last sighting, which was on Mill Lane. Magic immediately confirmed that she was smelling her by following the scent. If there hadn’t been a scent she would have just walk around like a normal dog. We walked about a mile up the road to the reservoir. At this point we swapped dogs and worked with Tricks. we crossed to the left into the woods and went back south. We later went further up that road to get a negative (a good thing… helps define his area). We then drove over to Ledges Golf Course and Magic got Ziggy’s scent again, up towards the compost area. We now have a defined area where he possibly is…. at least at the time we were there. Our job now is to let more people know up that way. More fliers, social media, etc. and put up cameras then traps. We are thrilled that we have a positive scent confirming it was him spotted. We obviously don’t have him home yet, but we are more optimistic. He is alive and we have an area.
For those who are following the news, I resigned from the Town Council.
Due to the smear campaign by the Town of Kittery, I’m issuing this statement.
In an obvious attempt to shift the discussion by creating the inference of illicit motives, the Town has issued a statement that I was “surveilling females”. In fact, regardless of gender, I was following-up on reports of town employees running personal errands while being paid by Kittery taxpayers.
Whether those employees happen to be male or female was of no moment; I felt- and feel- obligated to either document such abuse or to confirm that it was unfounded, and that is exactly what I did. Moreover, I promptly advised the Town Manager of both what I had done and what I had learned.
Despite the Town’s suggestion, nothing I did was in any way illegal and there has been no credible suggestion that it was. It is unfortunate that the Town would stoop to implicit defamation in an attempt to further frustrate good-faith efforts in obtaining transparency. This is a classic example of “shooting the messenger” and it was because of this mindset that I felt I could no longer be a part of the Council.
Town Council Vice Chair Kenneth Lemont submitted a letter of resignation Tuesday, one day after Charles Denault Jr.’s resignation from the council was approved.
Citing health-related reasons, Lemont’s departure comes after his reelection in November 2020 for a third three-year term.
When asked if he had a message for Kittery residents and constituents, Lemont said, “Only that I thank them for all these years of support for me and that I was thrilled to be in a position to help them out at positive junctures.”
Town Manager Kendra Amaral declined to comment for this story.
For the Portsmouth Heralds Article, Click here.
My resignation Letter to the Town.
Dear Ms. Estee,
Please accept this as my official resignation from the Kittery Town Council.
It has been my great honor and privilege to serve this community, first as a police officer for many years and, for the last seven years, as a Councilor. My goal in seeking election to the Council was to serve the entirety of Kittery, attempting to ensure transparency, fiscal responsibility and a productive work force. When presented with information raising concerns about these issues, I aggressively followed up in concert with what I believed my sworn duty to all of Kittery’s citizenry.
Unfortunately, despite apparent misuse of town resources, dissension within the town’s workforce and despite significant employee turnover, there was considerable resistance to these efforts. Not surprisingly, those that favored the status-quo took offense to my actions and charged that, despite being a Councilor, I was precluded from acting to shine a light on issues that I believed were important for the electorate, and so threatened to remove me from office.
While I believe that I have proceeded honorably in all regards, upon reflection it is clear that the business of governing outweighs the benefits challenge to the opposition, which would only serve to create still more dysfunction in town government and that is contrary to my sincere affection for Kittery.
I am grateful for the trust instilled by those that voted for me, along with the opportunity to serve those that did not. I continue to believe that my life-long hometown is a special place and will do all that I can to protect and promote it going forward.
Very truly yours,
Charles H. Denault Jr.
Can you help?
Calling on all skaters. The Kittery Community Center has the ice skating rink operational. The hours are from 9 am to 8 pm. The lights were donated by Jeffrey Pekey and are shut off at 8 pm.
A special thanks to the KCC team and all those who helped such as the Fire Department and the KPW.
Happy skating and enjoy the KCC.
Polls open at the drive through at 7:30 and close at 6:00 pm. The last vote ended in a tie so your vote will matter. So please consider COVID SAFE voting at the Kittery Water District drive up on State Road.
The Candidates are,
James Golter www.jimgolter.com
Jennifer Brewer https://www.facebook.com/jen4kitterywater
Do your homework and be informed.
Due to misinformation during this latest campaign, The following is an Official Press release from the Kittery Water District Trustees. This is signed by all KWD TRUSTEES and is on the front page of the KITTERY WATER DISTRICT and it is also published in the Portsmouth Herald.
Welcome to the Kittery Water District
*** FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE ***
The Kittery Water District would like to publicly restate their commitment to doing the work of the public in public, and to invite anyone concerned about transparency or public participation to reach out to us. We want to make sure our customers understand that we are beholden to them.
As a public utility we are also answerable to The Maine Public Utilities Commission. No changes can be made to water rates without going through their process and getting approval. All rate changes need to be justified with a Rate Analysis. This analysis is done on a regular basis.
Water quality is regulated by the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. We follow health-based standards and treatment techniques established by the EPA and enforced by the State of Maine Drinking Water Program. We are required to test water samples throughout the day and we have independently tested for arsenic, PFAS/PFOS, and other drinking water pollutants. None of the results indicated levels of concern. Results of all tests are kept on file indefinitely.
In 2019, after extensive public discussion, the Kittery Water District Board of Trustees decided not to use chloramines as a disinfectant. All three trustees remain strongly committed to our current disinfection process using chlorine. Any change to the disinfection process requires State Approval and multiple public notifications over a period of time.
We are still pursuing changes to our Charter for expanded voter eligibility and will hold a public hearing before a final draft is presented for enactment to the state legislature.
A tie-breaker election is being held at the Kittery Water District’s drive-up window on Tuesday, January 26, 2021 from 7:30 AM to 6:00 PM. All who wish to vote must prove residency within the original district. No regular business will be transacted on that day.
Kittery Water District – Board of Trustees
Caroline Rose, President
James Golter. Treasurer
Julia O’Connell, Clerk
Dear Friends. We are urgently looking for plasma donations for Kittery Resident, John Dorlean. He is in desperate need of AB plasma from a fully recovered covid survivor. If you are able, these measures are life saving. Please message …Wanda Dorlean Facebook or visit
Please share this message. John Dorlean needs AB blood type covid recovered people to fill out the form and donate at the red cross and put down John Dorlean at York Hospital.
Posted at the request of Wanda Dorlean.
Santa Claus is coming to Kittery – Saturday, December 19th! Starting at 2:00 PM.
Have you heard the news from the North Pole? Just in time for the holidays, Santa Claus is coming to Kittery!
The big man in red will be riding through town, escorted by the Kittery Police Department, Fire Department and the Community Center. Santa’s ride will kick off from the Community Center at 2:00 PM on Saturday, December 19th and follow the route below:
- Left onto Rogers Road
- Left onto Manson Ave
- Across to Dismukes Street
- Right onto Woodlawn Ave
- Across to Whipple Road
- Left onto Williams Ave
- Left onto Wentworth Street
- Right onto Walker Street
- Merge onto Government Street
- Right onto Cook Street
- Merge onto Old Post Road
- Left onto Dennett Road
- Right onto Martin Road
- Across to Stevenson Road
- Left onto Manson Road
- Left onto Wilson Road
- Left onto Pickernell Lane
- Right onto Wilson Road
- Left onto Picott Rd
- Right onto Cutts Road
- Left onto Route 1
- Right onto Ledgewood Drive
- Left onto Route 1
- Left onto Lewis Road
- Right onto Norton Road
- Left onto Miller Road
- Right onto Bartlett Road
- Left onto Haley Road
- Right onto Crockett Neck Road
- Right onto Pepperrell Road
- Merge into Whipple Road
- Merge into Shapleigh Rd
- Return to Kittery Community Center
To follow Santa’s progress during the parade, check out the Kittery Community Center Facebook page here.
Its that time again. One seat is up for the Kittery Water District. Two candidates for the open seat. Jennifer Brewer and Incumbent James Golter. Below is a quick recap of a full article in the Portsmouth Herald.
In order to read each candidates position on the matter, you will need to visit the Portsmouth Herald. Just follow the link below.
Read about each candidate and if you are in the original district then please vote. As you know there was a movement to get all water customers a chance to vote with changing the charter and making it fair to all. That is on hold. Stopped as well was a zero cost land deal/swap for a parking garage and work force housing and relocating the Water District which would have been a great benefit for the Work Force housing movement and adding plenty of parking for the Fore-side and Shipyard.
So please know about the candidate and VOTE on Tuesday.. Our drinking water depends on it.
KITTERY, Maine – The Kittery Water District will hold an election for one trustee seat on Tuesday, Dec. 8.
The candidates running are incumbent James Golter and newcomer Jennifer Brewer. Voting will take place on Tuesday from 7:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Due to COVID-19, contactless voting will be available from the drive-up window at the KWD office at 17 State Road.
Voting ballots will be issued to customers that show identification which indicates they live and are a customer within the original Kittery Water District. Those with questions about voting eligibility should visit kitterywater.org to see if they reside in the original district boundaries.
Seacoast Media Group sent questionnaires to both Golter and Brewer. Their responses are as follows. CLICK ON THIS LINK TO VIEW THE FULL STORY
James E. Golter
Years residing in Kittery: 25
Career experience: I have over 40 years of experience in the plumbing and heating industry. I have owned and operated J. Golter Plumbing & Heating since 1986. I am currently licensed in Maine, New Hampshire and Massachusetts as a Master Plumber and Gas & Oil Technician. I am also licensed as a Backflow Prevention Device Inspector/Tester in the state of Maine.
Years residing in Kittery: 5
Career experience: Currently a professor of geography and department chair at UNH. Prior experience in small business, government, and non-profit organizations.