A few brief thoughts on various topics in our pages this week:
We congratulate James Bailey on his promotion to become the new administrator of Two Bridges Regional Jail. Col. Bailey has the right priorities as he begins his new post: to rehabilitate rather than simply warehouse, and to watch the budget closely as our corrections system continues to face financial challenges.
Dresden residents are reporting the discovery of human waste and toilet paper in an area behind the old town hall, which has apparently become a popular public restroom. Really? Who is doing this? I would like to invite the perpetrator or perpetrators to give us a call or write a letter to the editor to explain themselves. Have you no decency?
Firefighters have had a busy few weeks, with major structure fires in Bristol (two), Newcastle, and Whitefield. Check your homeowners insurance and make sure your smoke detectors work. And when the firefighters pass the boot, or when town meeting rolls around, remember how these folks drop whatever’s going on in their lives at a moment’s notice to protect you and your family and your stuff.
We have another record-breaking pumpkin in Damariscotta in time for this year’s Pumpkinfest. Remember to give yourselves an extra three hours to drive through downtown this week while everyone takes in the pumpkin sculptures. Traffic aside, we love the zany fun of Pumpkinfest and all the visitors it brings to our region. And don’t worry, one more week and “offseason” traffic should return. We should have at least two weeks of pleasant commutes before the snow begins.