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 )