Walker’s Point valued at $1,316,300

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Dear Sun Spots: With the recent summit meeting between Presidents Bush and Putin at Walker’s Point, all eyes, as we know were on Kennebunkport and the state of Maine.

I’m probably not the only reader who is curious about the Bush family connection to our state. With the name Walker used as a middle name, and as the name of the family’s summer home, there must be a family connection. Is this Walker line an old one that connects to early Walker families in southern Maine? – Dorothy B., Wilton.

Dear Sun Spots: With President Putin’s recent visit, Kennebunkport was again in the headlines. My question is about Kennebunkport at this time. The Bush family has a huge piece of property there, and the last we knew, it was tax-free! Do they still have that same privilege and if so why? Anyone else who owns property, especially in Maine whether you’re a resident or an out-of-stater, there’s no way you can get away with not paying taxes on whatever property you may own. Having been president or not is no excuse to be exempt from these responsibilities. It’s not because they can’t afford it.

What are the officials of Kennebunkport thinking about or getting out of this? If I resided in that town I certainly would complain, especially if my taxes were increasing on an annual basis while they’re living the Life of Riley! – No Name, No Town.


Answer: Many thanks to Dorothy and No Name for these fascinating questions. Regarding Dorothy’s question, it is much too lengthy to answer here in the column other than briefly. You and other readers seeking a more in-depth answer might want to check in with the New England Historic Genealogical Society at 101 Newbury St., Boston, MA 02116, 617-536-5740, which has a wonderful family tree introducing eight charts connecting George Walker Bush and John Forbes Kerry. You can find more online at www.notablekin.org, sponsored by www.newenglandancestors.org.

George Herbert “Bert” Walker was a wealthy American banker and businessman. His daughter Dorothy, married Prescott Bush, making him the grandfather and namesake of president George H.W. Bush and the great-grandfather of current President George W. Bush. The Bushes, George and Barbara, sold their five-bedroom home in Houston, Texas, for $843,273 in 1981. They then purchased Walker’s Point from Bush’s aunt, Mary Walker, for $800,000.

Regarding No Name’s question, according to the town’s Web site, the Walker’s Point property buildings, outbuildings, tennis court, and land is assessed at $1,162,300. The home was built in 1940 and the building is valued at $154,000. The five-bedroom, two-bathroom home is one story.

Sun Spots also checked in with the town of Kennebunkport regarding your question about property taxes. According to Lorraine Brooks at the assessor’s office, the Bush property at Walker’s Point is taxed at the same rate as all other Kennebunkport property owners and always has been. For the 2006/2007 tax year, the Bushes have received two property tax bills in the amounts of $38,717.25 and $18,887.38.

Dear Sun Spots: Where can I have copies made of VHS and cassette tapes to CDs? Thanks. I can be reached at 783-9110. – Karen in Auburn.

Dear Sun Spots: Thanking you in advance if you would please be able to tell me the words to the chorus of the song “Cecilia.”

I read your questions and answers every day. – No Name, Auburn.

Answer: According to www.answers.com, this song was written by Pat Genaro and Sunny Skylar and published in 1948. Popular versions on the charts in 1949 included recordings by Vic Damone, The Ink Spots, Buddy Clark, and Jan Garber. And as noted on www.artgarfunkel.com, “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” released in 1970, was Simon and Garfunkel’s biggest release, rocketing to No. 1 in the United States and Britain, gaining a Grammy Award for album of the year and spawning three hit singles, including the title track, “The Boxer” and “Cecilia.”

Here’s the chorus:

Cecilia, You’re breaking my heart

You’re shaking my confidence baby

Oh Cecilia, I’m down on my knees

I’m begging you please to come home

Awww…

Cecilia, you’re breaking my heart

You’re shaking my confidence baby

Oh Cecilia, I’m down on my knees

I’m begging you please to come home

Come on home

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