If you live in Kittery, or a section of Eliot, Parts of York or the PNS (Shipyard) you can vote for the Kittery Water District Trustees. You can vote by absentee at the windows up to 4 P.M. tomorrow, Friday the 12th, 2021. The Voting in person will be held tomorrow in Thursday September 16, 2021 at the Kittery Community Center from from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kittery Community Center on Sept. 16.
If you live in Kittery, a section of Eliot, Parts of York and PNS you can vote for the Kittery Water District Trustees. You can vote by absentee at the windows up to 4 P.M. tomorrow, Friday the 12th, 2021. The Voting in person will be held on Thursday September 16, 2021 at the Kittery Community Center from from 7 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the Kittery Community Center on Sept. 16.
If you live in Eliot or York Maine, you may be able to vote as well. See the Kittery Water District’s Website. www.kitterywater.org.
York, ME – Edward Joseph Dubravsky, Sr. went on to his final home on July 7, 2021 at the age of 91. He passed away peacefully at the home of his son surrounded by family.
Ed was born on June 15, 1930, in Homestead, PA. to parents who had emigrated from Slovakia. Following his graduation from Homestead High School in 1948, he enlisted in the US Navy, serving 20 years and retiring as Chief Petty Officer. He then worked at the Portsmouth Naval Shipyard for 20 years, as well as running his own TV repair business. He liked to keep busy and worked various jobs such as driving for a local car rental company, bagging groceries at the base commissary and, for many years, was “EJ the DJ” for weddings and parties.
At the beginning of his naval enlistment, Ed was stationed in Kittery, ME where he met the love of his life, Eleanor “Bebe” Franklin. They were soon married and raised three sons. They were stationed in several places in the US before retiring to Kittery, ME in 1967. They lived an active life including bowling, square dancing and volunteering for Meals on Wheels. Years later, they became snowbirds, wintering in Estero, FL. After 55 years of marriage, Bebe passed away suddenly.
Ed never remarried and continued to split his time between Estero and being with his family in Kittery. He loved to dance and play cards and was very good at both. He loved his family and was a generous provider. His family will miss him dearly.
He is survived by three sons: Edward J. Dubravsky, Jr. and his wife, Dolly; Danny Dubravsky and his wife, Bridget; and Keith Dubravsky and his wife, Jackie; six beloved grandchildren: Sara, Ethan, Jared, Justin, Jessica and Aaron; seven great-grandchildren: Chloe, Isabel, Lucy Bea, Charlotte, Lorelai, Scarlette and Owen.
A memorial service will be held at the Church at Spruce Creek, 31 Wilson Road, Kittery, ME on July 19, 2021 at 11:00 followed by a graveside service at Orchard Grove Cemetery, Rogers Road, Kittery. Following the service, the family will be greeting friends and family at the church for shared memories and refreshments. Care of the Dubravsky family has been entrusted to the J S Pelkey and Son Funeral Home.
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.
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.
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.
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.