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Hi Jake, Because the photo

Hi Jake,
Because the photo was very backlit, I did lighten up the shadow areas and that is what happens. I should have used a desaturation wand to subdue the color so it looks more muted, and natural. By the time it runs through our press and is printed, it will look more like it should, but for the web, I should have included a different photo with the more muted color. Thanks for bringing it to my attention. .

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More info

Thanks for adding to the story Bob. After the Fahey funeral home closed, Guy B. Dostie Funeral Home was located there before he moved to outer Lisbon Street. However, the most important piece of history I thought should be mentioned is that is was originally built as a doctor's house and practice. Dr. Milton Wedgewood set up his practice in this property and from what I was told, the original grand parlor was still ornate and beautiful. They sure don't build them like that anymore.

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Total cost

Hi Fred,
Thanks for taking the time to comment. I figured that question would be one that readers would certainly like to know, and was one of the first I asked. The project manager smiled when I asked it and said "a lot." I asked if he could give a specific amount and he said that they didn't want to make that public. I think it is significantly more costly and time consuming than they ever anticipated, however, they still feel it is worth finishing. Whatever the bottom line for the company is, our local hotels, apartment owners, restaurants, retailers and others realizing more revenue from this project are happy they are still here. I will be sure to ask again when I do another update next year.

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Flyer

Thanks for bringing this to our attention Jason. I did not realize that the pdf of the flyers could not be enlarged. It does in our production software, but once it is uploaded to the website, it does not. So, I removed the pdf files I attached and added a link to Auburn's website where they should be easier to read. I learn something new every day. Hope you get out to enjoy some of the activities.

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Correction

Thanks for pointing that out Gary. I was in a hurry and made a rookie mistake. I changed it online. Russ Dillingham

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Photo caption

Perhaps you did not get a chance to read the caption under the first photo. I got the names of the two drivers involved in the accident, what happened, where, and when. Nobody was hurt. I included the second photo to show a different angle, but wrote a generic caption. I should have copied, pasted and tweaked it. If that was not the case, I would be interested in knowing what more information would you want to see?

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Video

Check back in later this afternoon to watch a video from this morning's launch.

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Distracted drivers

Your points are valid Ernest, however, no matter how much awareness there is, penalties, fines, etc., there will always be distracted drivers and those breaking the law. That will never change no matter what is done. So, I would rather spend some extra money to help avoid future accidents than hope that people will start paying more attention. We had a long discussion here yesterday about why would this particular turn have so many more accidents than others. Somebody pointed out that it is right after a long stretch with the lake on the left. People looking out at the lake, mesmerized by the beauty, become distracted by dreaming about swimming, fishing, whatever. We all agreed that a good solution would be for the state to buy some land from the church across the street from Lake Shore Drive (they have plenty they could give up and still have a big front lawn) and then jog the two lanes of traffic to the right a little so that a turning lane could be made for left turning traffic. I would guess that the money spent on doing that would be offset in 10 years by cutting the number of emergency responses, accident reconstructions......etc. etc. etc., not to mention possibly saving some lives.

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accident photos

In the initial story we published online, we reported that Mr. Chabot was traveling in the middle lane, designated for turning only, as that is was some witnesses said. Later I was told that some said he was not. From the skid marks, it appears he was not, but he could have started to swerve to the right to try avoiding the car pulling out in front of him, and by the time he applied his brakes, he had traveled out of the turning lane. Or, the tractor trailer that was turning could have been in the gigantic breakdown lane and Mr. Chabot was indeed in the travel lane all the time. The state police reconstruction teams are really good at what they do and with the evidence and eye witness accounts, I am pretty confident they will figure out exactly what happened. One thing for certain is that there was a tragic loss of life. I have seen so many of these over the past 30 years I have been a photojournalist, but it still breaks my heart when I am at a scene like this. Perhaps the woman had a mechanical issue with her car, she could have missed the brake and hit the gas instead. However, I would not be surprised if it was just a case of not exercising enough caution. Driver inattentiveness, distractions, and being in a hurry seems to be a factor that is causing more and more accidents these days. Folks, take a little more time, caution and care when driving. As the saying goes, "the life you save, may be yours." My thoughts and prayers are with the family and friends of the woman who lost her life today.

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Shoe leather reporting

Hi Chris. I just wanted to comment about our reporting on this issue. We have a lot of information on what is going on, why and how it happened. However, we have not been able to get anybody to go on the record with what they have told us. Because of ongoing investigations, or people not wanting to make a public statement, we are left with no credible sources to back up what we have found. We can not publish speculation and innuendo that we have dug up. Without attribution, we would be remiss to publish what we are pretty confident is factual, but that would not be credible journalism. We have been working this story relentlessly since news broke of the demise of the business, but until we have factual information, we can not go to press with what we have learned so far. We are continuing our investigation, and will hopefully have something to publish in the coming days/weeks.