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David Krall and Jen Rohde win 12th Harrison 5K Run by the Lake

David Krall topped the Harrison 5K field at 18:11

David Krall topped the Harrison 5K field at 18:11

Jen Rohde was 10th overall and first among the women finishers

Jen Rohde was 10th overall and first among the women finishers

Arno Bommer outruns a Coastal Road Repair truck for second

Arno Bommer outruns a Coastal Road Repair truck for second

(Harrison ME) David Krall and Jen Rohde took top honors in the 12th running of the Harrison 5K Run by the Lake on Wednesday night.

David (from South Weymouth MA) covered the scenic course in 18:11 and had a commanding forty-second advantage over Arno Bommer (Houston TX) who finished second.

Jen (from Cumberland ME) ended up tenth overall (20:45) but her margin of victory was only eleven seconds over Ann Lastra of Fryeburg Academy.

The weather was pleasant for running (overcast) compared to the last two years when the participants faced pouring rain in 2013 and sun in 2012.

There was plenty of space between the first four finishers.  Let their times tell the story: David Krall (18:11), Arno Bommer (18:51), Dana Welch (19:38), and Michael Mageles (20:03).

The race for 5th between David Landry (138), Glenn Gordon (167) and Mark Hogan (371)

The race for 5th between David Landry (138), Glenn Gordon (167) and Mark Hogan (371)

The first close race, from the Harrison Marina to the finish line in front of the Harrison Grange, was over fifth place.  Sixteen-year-old David Landry came into view ahead of Glenn Gordon and Mark Hogan and was able to hold that spot.

Josh Weisbach looked as if he would take 8th but 14-year-old Dorn Scalfani caught him at the bridge before the Grange.

As I mentioned earlier, Jen Rohde was the quickest female.  Ann Lastra finished second last year to Westbrook’s Sara Bradley by seven seconds.

Virginia Cain (Barrington RI) notched third place among the women runners.

Benjamin Sykes in the stretch run

Benjamin Sykes in the stretch run

Nearly two hundred participants registered times for the event.

The course records of Jeffrey Sprague (15:45 in 2008) and Tina Meserve (18:47 in 2007) were never in any kind of danger this time around.

David Krall’s 18:11 would have earned him fourth place last year.  Maybe David’s time would have been a lot better if there had been competitors in his vicinity.

I marvel at the turnover in the Harrison 5K.  The familiar faces are mostly in the crowd.

Arno Bommer improved his time from 2013 and moved up four slots from his 6th place finish that year.  Arno looked as if he was trying to outrun a Coastal Road Repair truck over the final yards.

Michael Mageles improved five spots from 2013

Michael Mageles improved five spots from 2013

Michael Mageles also improved his closing spot.  Last year he was 9th, this time around 6th.

This race appeared to be well organized thanks to race director Kelly Meuse.  My only worry on her behalf was before the race when a very dark cloud was moving over Long Lake with a thunderstorm in the forecast.  Thankfully, none of that possible decision-making bad weather kicked in.

The complete race results

(All of the pictures above and below will enlarge considerably if you click on them.)

David Krall runs alone to victory

David Krall runs alone to victory

Dana Welch (3rd)

Dana Welch (3rd)

Dorn Scalfani (131) on the way to catching Josh Weisbach (127) for 8th place

Dorn Scalfani (131) on the way to catching Josh Weisbach (127) for 8th place

Dimitri Dibiase (11th)

Dimitri Dibiase (11th)

Anna Lastra (2nd woman)

Anna Lastra (2nd woman)

Virginia Cain (3rd woman)

Virginia Cain (3rd woman)

Evan Hamm

Evan Hamm

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Age Distrusted, Experience Underestimated

After reading the October 18th issue of The Bridgton News I’m thinking this if your last name starts with “T” and you’ve been on the job for a while it is clearly time to take note.

Out the door locally in recent days have gone Bridgton police officer Doug Taft and Harrison town manager Mike Thorne.  Expanding nationally we can add Yankee manager Joe Torre to the unemployed lot.  Let’s face it, if each of them were to take off their shirts we would still see the marks of the handprints on their backs providing visual evidence of how they were “helped” to find the exit.

It can happen to any of us I suppose.  Consider the senior citizen bumper sticker that states, “I was taught to respect my elders but there are none of them left.”  In this day, the chances of getting respect because of advanced age and/or extensive experience are vanishing.

I believe that it is important to remember that everything in life is terminal.  No question in my mind that each of these three men knew at the outset of employment that there would be an ending.  The unfortunate surprise for each of these men was that they weren’t able to choose the ending time – others forced the decision.

What makes me unhappy about what has happened is that those doing the forcing were younger than the victims are and certainly much less experienced. 

I read of the impact of the local twosome in The Bridgton News and I quickly sensed how important they were to their respective communities. 

I overheard someone in the Market Basket in Harrison say this week about Mike Thorne, “They ran him out of town.  Now they’ll find out what he did.” 

Sgt Taft’s contributions on and off duty in Bridgton have been well documented over the past few weeks.  No way that the, “let’s-bring-everything-up-to-the-21st-century,” crowd managing the Bridgton police department will be able to quickly replace a person of Sgt. Taft’s stature.

I look at Joe Torre’s exit with a lot less sympathy.  As a Red Sox fan I am pleased to see Joe Torre forced out because I’m quite sure that the resulting turmoil will keep the Yankees where I want them to be – behind Boston in the standings and struggling to make the playoffs.  No surprise that George Steinbrenner’s two sons, Hank (50) and Hal (38), who are now in charge of the Yankees, masterminded Joe’s exit.  It is just one more example of youth and inexperience messing things up.

I suspect that the forced exits of Doug Taft, Mike Thorne, and Joe Torre  will lead to lingering divisions, especially over the two local guys involved.  No question that the wounds won’t heal very quickly from any of these cases. 

I read somewhere that God gave us two ears and one mouth so that we would listen twice as much as we speak.  Too bad the decision makers forcing the ousters of Doug Taft, Mike Thorne, and Joe Torre got it backwards.

( Appeared in the Bridgton News – October 25, 2007 )

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Harrison – The Friendly Village???

Wow!  I wonder when that October 18th selectmen’s meeting in Harrison is going to be on cable.  Talk about reality TV!

Mark Chag (“Harrison fights to live up to its nickname after teen terrorism” – October 27th) wrote the summary of a very lively meeting in Harrison for the Advertiser Democrat.

I love Harrison and am in that town almost every day.  I have enjoyed the folks that I have met there.  This meeting, however, made me realize that the Harrison I was familiar with was very different from the one that some people are experiencing.

I am reading a book called, “The ABC’s of Real Estate Investing” by Ken McElroy.  One of the things he says is that you can learn a lot about a place of possible investment by what’s said about it in the news.  Try selling your year-round property to anyone who saw Mark Chag’s article!

Are any of these assumptions that I picked up from this story true?
(1) a group of leaders, children, and parents spent a miserable summer because of a group of ill-mannered kids,
(2) the group being bothered were unable to make the problem go away,
(3) some of those causing the problem now realize they were wrong and want to correct it,
(4) some parents do not know if their kids were involved. 

Like the water around here an unsupervised child will usually find its lowest point.  That’s the beauty of a summer-long rec program – children get supervised.  If those supervised kids are being bothered by some unsupervised kids then the solution seems real obvious.  Supervise your children or be prepared to deal with the consequences of their behavior.  However, it’s not real nice for a parent to find out that his/her child is a problem long after the problem takes place. 

I keep thinking that the sequence at Crystal Lake Park should be that:
(1) the kid causes a problem at the park,
(2) the rec director contacts the sheriff’s department,
(3) the sheriff’s department comes to Harrison and takes down the complaint,
(4) the sheriff’s department goes to the home of the kid and informs the parent,
(5) the parent instructs the kid as to what they’re not going to be doing in the future.

Is my list missing anything?

Being a grandparent I wasn’t surprised to hear that people were sticking up for their children.  My own grandchildren (4 and 7) can be amazingly impish at times.  However, when they climb onto my lap or call me “grandpa” they are assured of a future of being completely in the clear!  If someone accused them of doing something wrong I’d do what the relatives in this article did – “no relative of mine could do such a thing.”  It’s a “blood” thing!

Might solutions to this problem include?
(1) the rec department director reports future problems to the sheriff’s department the first time they happen,
(2) the sheriff’s department patrols the Crystal Lake Park area and actually get out of their vehicles and go to where the harassing kids generally congregate,
(3) teens in this area get supervised and any apartments given for them to use be closely monitored,
(4) parents of children at the park check in with Town Manager Thorne to hear what he’s doing about the problem.

As I said at the beginning, I love Harrison.  May they quickly find a solution to the problem and return to being the “friendly” village.

( Appeared in the Bridgton News – November 3, 2005 )

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