Bay State trustee appointed college’s interim president

A Massachusetts man has been appointed interim president of Saint Joseph’s College in Standish by college trustees.

Kenneth M. Lemanski of Winchester, Mass., will serve as interim president while a search committee composed of trustees, faculty, and the Sisters of Mercy conducts a national search for a permanent president, college officials announced Tuesday.

Lemanski began his duties Oct. 3.

Lemanski, who has been a member of the trustees at Saint Joseph’s College since 2008, most recently worked as the vice president of Advancement and University Relations at Westfield State University in Westfield, Mass.

He earned his bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Massachusetts, a law degree from Western New England University School of Law, and is a candidate for a doctoral degree. He also served in the Massachusetts House of Representatives for 13 years.


Two northern Maine projects will get development grants

The Northern Border Regional Commission said it has approved funding for two economic development projects in northern Maine.

The commission said it is awarding $200,000 to the town of Van Buren toward construction of a vegetable-processing plant to help expand markets for local farmers. It’s also awarding $50,000 to Northern Maine Finance Corp. in Caribou to establish a public-private partnership aimed at linking entrepreneurs with investors to grow businesses and jobs in Aroostook and Washington counties.

The commission is charged with spurring economic development and job creation in economically distressed areas of northern Maine, Vermont, New Hampshire and New York.


Nineteen Colby students summonsed over alcohol

Nineteen Colby College students were summonsed early Saturday on alcohol-related charges at an off-campus party on Collette Street, according to police.

None of the students involved was cited two weeks ago when more than 50 Colby students were charged with alcohol-related offenses in connection with an off-campus party on Winter Street.

All 20 students summonsed Saturday are scheduled to appear in Waterville District Court at 1 p.m. Dec. 20, police said.


Academy holding ceremony today for new school head

North Yarmouth Academy will hold an official installation ceremony for new Head of School Brad Choyt at 1 p.m. today in the gymnasium at 154 Main St.

More than 450 people are expected to attend. The event, including student musical performances, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow under a tent in front of the Curtis Building at 148 Main St.

Choyt was appointed last October and came to work at the academy in July, replacing Peter Mertz, who had been head of school for a decade.

Choyt is a New Hampshire native and graduate of Phillips Exeter Academy, Brown University and the University of Pennsylvania. He is the former headmaster of the creativity-focused Blue School in New York City. He and his wife, novelist Charlotte Bacon, live in Yarmouth with their three children.

The 198-year-old academy is a private, co-educational, college-prep school for students in grades 5 through 12.


Local teen dies from injuries in post-game car accident

Maine police said a young man from Dover-Foxcroft died after he crashed his car while returning home from a high school football game last weekend.

Police Chief Dennis Dyer said 18-year-old Christopher Bartlett died Monday afternoon at Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Dyer told the Bangor Daily News that Bartlett and a 17-year-old female companion were returning home from the Bangor area early Saturday morning when he crashed head-on into a tree on Route 15 in Dover-Foxcroft.

Dyer said said the passenger was also taken to EMMC, but her injuries were not life-threatening.


Man charged with molesting boy almost 20 years ago

A 56-year-old Maine man has been charged with sexually assaulting a boy nearly 20 years ago.

Kendrick Dorsch of Paris was charged Friday with gross sexual assault on the boy, who at the time of the alleged incidents was 12 to 14 years old.

Paris police said a woman Dorsch knew wore a listening device and got Dorsch to admit to molesting the boy years ago.

The Sun Journal reported that Dorsch was released on bail Monday.


Texas woman will enter plea Nov. 4 in killing of son, 6

The Texas woman who has agreed to plead guilty to killing her 6-year-old son in New Hampshire and leaving his body on a remote South Berwick, Maine, road will enter her plea next month.

Officials at Rockingham Superior Court said 42-year-old Julianne McCrery’s plea hearing is scheduled for Nov. 4. Sentencing is scheduled for Jan. 13.

The Irving, Texas, woman agreed to plead guilty Sept. 23 to second-degree murder for the slaying of her son, Camden Hughes. He died of asphyxiation.

McCrery faces a 45-year sentence.


Hospital donates house to city housing authority

Biddeford Housing Authority has another affordable housing option for a first-time homebuyer or moderate income family.

The house was donated to the authority by Southern Maine Medical Center and was moved early Sunday morning from the hospital’s campus on Route 111 to land on Newtown Road. The land was previously purchased by the authority through a foreclosure and the house is valued at $110,000.

“Our master plan for the SMMC campus on Route 111 called for removing the house, so donating the building to the Biddeford Housing Authority is a win-win,” stated Edward McGeachey, the hospital’s president and CEO.

Guy Gagnon, executive director of Biddeford Housing Authority, said the house will likely be listed below market price. The listing price has not been determined.


Danforth man shot in leg while hunting ruffed grouse

The Maine Warden Service said a Danforth man was seriously injured when he was shot in the leg while bird hunting in Weston.

Officials say 35-year-old John Shaw was wounded when the shotgun being held by his uncle and hunting partner, Douglass Conklin, discharged Tuesday morning. The two men were hunting ruffed grouse.

Wardens said 59-year-old Conklin, of Wingdale, N.Y, was in the passenger seat of a pickup truck when the two spotted a bird on a logging road. Conklin got out of the truck to load his 20-gauge shotgun, but as he loaded it, the shell fired in the chamber and injured Shaw, who was sitting in the driver’s seat.

Shaw was transferred from a Danforth hospital to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor in serious but stable condition.