Jackson police chief resigns, and another officer on leave

By Daymond Steer

JACKSON — Jackson selectmen announced early Tuesday that Chief of Police Douglas Jette has resigned and that his second-in-command, Officer Andrew Koplin, has been placed on paid administrative leave. With Officer Lauren Orsini recently resigning, that leaves only Officer Ryan McDonald on duty there.

3-3-Coffee-with-cops-2Jackson Chief Doug Jette (center, shown earlier this year) has resigned, selectmen said. (FILE PHOTO)Meanwhile, down in Tamworth, Police Chief Penny Colby is apparently no longer with that department. Tamworth Officer Greg Cooper said he's now the only officer at the department, which had three officers at the start of the year (see related story on page 8).

The circumstances surrounding Jette's departure were kept under wraps by selectmen, who cited privacy laws.

But the July 28 Jackson selectmen's meeting, the board revealed that Orsini had resigned weeks after being promoted. Orsini had been the police prosecutor and animal control officer.

Selectmen said the Carroll County Sheriff's Office would investigate Jette.

About 20 people showed up at the Jackson town office Tuesday for a 7:30 a.m. meeting to hear selectmen's latest revelations about the beleaguered department.

"We convened this meeting primarily to share with you that former Chief Jette has resigned from his position," said Selectmen's Chair Bob Thompson at the outset of the meeting. "His resignation is effective now, and we will move forward to conduct a search for a replacement chief in short order."

And then there was one: Cooper lone Tamworth officer

By Daymond Steer

TAMWORTH — Police officer Greg Cooper, on Tuesday, said that Penny Colby, who had been chief of police since February, is no longer with the department and he is in charge. Cooper is now the only officer at the department, which had three at the start of the year.

Community leaders salute Peter Pinkham

By Tom Eastman

CONWAY — Community leaders and colleagues shared memories of late Realtor, writer, playwright, former selectman and past town meeting moderator Peter Pinkham in interviews following his death at age 91 Friday.

Remembering Peter Pinkham

By Linda Pinkham
Special to The Conway Daily Sun

While we are grieving today, the tale of Peter Pinkham's life is anything but sad. It is filled with the cheerfulness, love, humor and zest for life he radiated throughout his 91+ years. Last week, when he was in a wheelchair heading to the hospital lab for a blood draw, someone he knew saw him and said, "Hi, Peter, how are you?" And he replied, enthusiastically, "Just dandy!" He meant it.

7-27-09-Peter-Pinkham Killer-MountainThe late Peter Pinkham is shown in 2009. He died at the age of 91 last week. (JAMIE GEMMITI FILE PHOTO)Peter was born on June 4, 1925, the son of Charles Hacker Pinkham Jr. and Gertrude Harney Pinkham in Lynn, Mass. He was the great-great-grandson of Lydia Pinkham, 19th century entrepreneur and purveyor of Lydia Pinkham's Vegetable Compound, who founded the family medicine company.

The first child in the family, Peter was the little prince. His bright, creative parents, known as Toots and Hack, celebrated his arrival by arguing about his name, ultimately, dubbing him Charles Hacker Pinkham III (dad's preference), which was immediately overruled as his mother called him Peter, inspired by Peter Pan, whom she had played in a community theater production. With that start, life was bound to be colorful!

After five years as adored only child, Peter was joined by sister Sheila (Pinkham Wyatt), then by Patricia "Dinky" (Pinkham Casey), and Wendy nee Gertrude (Pinkham Crothers) — who else could be Peter Pan's sister but Wendy?

Both parents were amateur thespians, actively involved with Marblehead's Tavern Players, where young Peter was often on the stage, and learned to love words, comedy and music.

He attended Belmont Hills School from the age of 8, and then Andover, which he credited with teaching him to study and inspiring a love of learning. It is where he began writing: stories, poetry, music.

After graduating from Andover in 1943, Peter joined the Marine Corps. Serving his country was important to him, as patriotism underscored much of his life and ethos. While he never saw active duty, he credits the Marines with making him a man, teaching him he could accomplish more than he thought he could.

After the Marines, Peter attended Brown University, writing music and lyrics for a fight song that was played at games for years. Following his graduation in 1948, the handsome, charming fellow became a man about town. He wrote a couple of songs played at the "21" Club in New York and showed up, tuxedo-clad, to hear them.

Fryeburg selectmen opt to wait until June town meeting to fill vacancy

By Tom Eastman

FRYEBURG, Maine — Despite pleas from over a dozen residents who attended the Fryeburg selectmen's meeting last week, Selectmen Rick Eastman and Janice Crawford stuck by their 2-0 vote to wait until town meeting next June to fill a vacancy on the board.

9-22-fryeburg-selectmenFrom left: Town Manager Sharon Jackson, Selectman Rick Eastman and Selectman Janice Crawford. (TOM EASTMAN PHOTO)The vacancy was created when Jeff Cox resigned in July.

A planned special election Sept. 13 ran into problems when it was abruptly canceled after town staff neglected to post a special town meeting warrant.

That left it to selectmen to decide whether to go with a vote on the Nov. 8 general election date or to wait until June.

At the Sept. 22 meeting, Eastman moved to have selectmen candidates prepare for a June election. The motion was seconded by Crawford, and they then voted in favor.

The quick action led many in the audience to protest that they had not been allowed to speak prior to the vote.

Eastman said residents would be invited to air their views further down the meeting's agenda during the scheduled public comment period. "You get to speak your mind. But not now," said Eastman, explaining that selectmen hold their meetings by following an agenda that is prepared the day before.

During the public comment period, Eastman invited those in the audience to make comments if they wished.