What’s the latest for Jon & Kate Plus 8?

Maine-made rugged and whimsical playhouses for their household.

TLC has
been promoting a “special announcement” to be made during a special one-hour
episode Monday (tonight) – that episode will also feature the four custom
playhouses built for the sextuplets and twins, according to a news release from
Windham-based Kids Crooked House.

The playhouse business was started by
Glen Halliday and Jeff Leighton, two dads who couldn’t find unique, affordable
and imaginative playhouses for their children. So several years ago, they set
about designing their own.

Four of their playhouses were delivered to the
show last month, and Halliday was told that the structures would be featured
prominently in various scenes during Monday’s episode.

In a news release,
Halliday said, “Of course, it’s great to get our products in front of millions
of people, but it was also just a blast to hang out with the Gosselins and see
the kids having so much fun playing in the houses we built for them. The whole
experience was really cool.”


Really cool. And lacking all the controversy
that now swirls around the show.

What’s next for Kids Crooked House?
ABC’s “Extreme Makeover Home Edition.”

No kidding.

– Judith Meyer

Lewiston police reported charging three juveniles last week
with having graffiti tools.

The three had been walking behind Planet
Fitness on East Avenue shortly before midnight. All three of the males were
carrying backpacks with cans of spray paint, markers, drug paraphernalia and a
black BB gun, the police report said.


The three were cited for city
ordinance violations.

Police said the juveniles’ tags were: “RET,” “EZ,” “No
Sleep,” “BeBop!,” “SAIN” and “Alien.”

In the same report, but in a
separate entry, police logged an item about a lawnmower behind Sears, also on
East Avenue, tagged with “RET,” “No Sleep” and “Lung” sometime over that

The report also noted that the Lewiston Mall, same address, was
tagged with graffiti sometime over the same night.

A building at 183 Main
St. was tagged sometime over the next couple of days with graffiti that read:

– Christopher Williams
Speeders of the week


In his most recent Maine State Police weekly wrap-up, Steve
McCausland, a spokesman for the Department of Public Safety, noted a few young
drivers driving really fast.

One new driver got her first speeding ticket
only one day after she was issued her driver’s license, McCausland said. “State
Police Cpl. Bob Byron stopped the 18-year-old on the Maine Turnpike in Gray. The
teen was cited as traveling 89 mph. She said she was late for an

Another young driver ended up in jail for speeding 100 mph
on the spur in Scarborough between Route 1 and Interstate 295. The speed limit
on that section is 55 mph, McCausland said. “Trooper Doug Cropper stopped
20-year-old John Bettencourt from South Portland on June 8. Bettencourt had his
driver’s license back for only six days after a previous suspension.”

– Bonnie Washuk

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