District 81 candidates address chamber breakfast meeting


JAY – The May 5 legislative breakfast meeting of the Jay-Livermore-Livermore Falls Chamber of Commerce was hosted by Main-Land Development Consultants at LaFleur’s Restaurant.

The program featured two local candidates running for the Maine House seat for District 81. Gary Knight (R) and Clark Souther (D) spoke on their reasons for entering the race for the seat now held by Rodney Jennings of Leeds. They shared their views on a variety of topics, including Dirigo, the National Animal Identification System, Alternative Energy, term limits, taxes and Maine’s business environment.

Jennings stopped by to thank his constituents for their support over his two terms.

The Member in the Spotlight featured Bruce Adams of Group Adams Propane Services. Adams spoke on their nine-year-old family business located in downtown Livermore Falls. It is a full-service propane company offering an array of products, including gaslights, fireplaces, refrigerators and freezers.

Paula Coombs, Livermore Falls code enforcement officer, explained the Main Street-Maine Grant application the Downtown Betterment Group is submitting. The purpose includes enabling a community to stimulate economic development of an area through restoring historical buildings, upgrading building faades and providing a downtown manager for three years.

The manager would be a facilitator who would enable the interested community members to work together toward the common goal, without duplicating efforts. The group has a month to submit the application. They invite anyone interested in being a part of the process to join them every Tuesday at 5:30 p.m. at the Chuck Wagon Restaurant, Livermore Falls.

Dennis Stires reported on the final plans of the Main Street, USA ~ Remember the 60s celebration taking place Friday, May 19, in Livermore Falls and Jay. Events will include vintage cars parked on Main and Depot streets, music at the gazebo, old-style slide shows and historical displays at Murray Hall, quilt show, displays by grade eight students and door prizes. Many merchants will remain open until 8 p.m., as merchants did in the 60s.

The Economic Development Committee will sponsor an Economic Development Summit from 7 to 9 a.m. Thursday, June 15, at Murray Hall. Invitations will be extended to town managers, members of the Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, Jay Development Committee, Downtown Betterment Group, Gazebo Committee and the Western Maine Paper and Heritage Museum.

The June 2 Chamber of Commerce breakfast meeting will be held at Franklin Memorial Hospital from 7 to 8:45 a.m. Richard Batt, hospital and Franklin Community Health Network president, and Leah Binder, network vice president, will be speakers. Tours of the facility will be available.