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Local and state dispatches June 10

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Blake Baldwin, president of Video Creations, where Burns’ mother works, said he was already filming Mrs. Bush for an upcoming United Way event, so he decided to ask her for a “shout-out” for Burns.    Mrs. Bush was game but asked, “What’s a shout-out?” he said.

“It’s a tribute to Mrs. Bush and how gracious she is that she just said, ‘Absolutely,”’ Baldwin said.   

Last summer, Burns visited Walker’s Point in neighboring Kennebunkport, where Barbara Bush and former President George H.W. Bush spend their summers. As part of the “You’ve been rammed” fundraiser, a bunch of rams – the school’s mascot – began popping up on lawns of homes and businesses throughout town.   

“Not only do I have a picture of me with President (George H.W.) Bush, but I have a personalized message from the first lady,” John Burns said.

VASSALBORO

Former state police chief named ‘legendary trooper’   

A former chief of the Maine State Police and longtime trooper has been named a “legendary trooper,” the highest honor for a state police retiree.   

Retired Col. Malcolm Dow is being formally presented with the honor Tuesday at the annual State Police Awards ceremony at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy in Vassalboro.   

Dow served 23 years in the state police and retired in 1999, being named trooper of the year in 1980. He was promoted to deputy chief in 1993 and later served in the top job for two years. Dow now works as security director for Irving Oil, splitting his time between Portsmouth, N.H., and Saint John, New Brunswick.retired in 1999, being named trooper of the year in 1980.

-- From wire service reports

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