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Biddeford Journal Tribune (Newspaper) - November 30, 2007, Biddeford, Maine A2 journal Tribune Friday november 30, 2007 or. Buds lessons in conservation neighbor or. Gordon Quot Bud Quot Johnston was recently named citizen of the year by the Sanford Springvale kiwanis club. Here he gets a congratulatory handshake As Goodall Library director Jackie Mcdougal looks on. Tummy Weils journal Triton preserving natural spaces in Sanford is his priority by Tammy Well stuff writer Maine seems to be doing better than some other states when it comes to preserving land for the future. That s the word from or. Gordon a Bud Quot Johnston who in retirement is devoting much of his time to the Sanford Springvale Moussam Way land Trust. A i think the Public perception is that we need to protect land a said Johnston president of the Trust in a recent interview. In the eight years this land Trust has been in existence it has acquired three pieces of property and an easement to the old town farm on Hanson a Ridge Road. Last Spring the Trust completed a tally of areas vulnerable to development for the town and the Southern Maine regional planning commission. Johnston 70, is passionate about preserving the Community a treasures. A botanist with a doctorate from Harvard in Plant genetics the natural world has been an attraction for him from an Early age. A week ago Johnston a former Nasson College professor and department head at Sanford regional vocational Center was recognized for his Many contributions to the local Community and farther afield by the Sanford Springvale kiwanis club when it named him citizen of the year. While Many of Johnston s passions involve the great outdoors he has also made his Mark in other Arenas. He has been president of the Louis b. Goodall memorial Library Board and during his tenure a fund drive was launched to refurbish the Library s original furniture. Also a Long desired elevator was installed and Johnston helped develop a capital improvement plan for the Library As Well As a Long term plan for the Library a future said director Jackie Mcdougal. In keeping with Johnston s love of plants and horticulture the grounds were restored and a Butterfly Garden established. Johnston also stressed the importance of communications Between Library staff and the Board and was the first to Institute an annual get together she noted. A the should be an inspiration to All of us a Mcdougal said during the citizen of the year program. Johnston this week said his Mother told him that he d been interested in gardening Ever since he was about 3 years old and it was a pastime she and other family members encouraged. His maternal grandmother who lived in Bethel loved wildflowers he remembered. When he visited she d always get him to go out and Check her favorite plants like wild spearmint growing Down by the Brook. That Early love of the outdoors and growing things led Johnston to the University of Massachusetts where he earned a bachelors degree in botany a masters degree from the University of Maryland in horticultural studies and his . From Harvard. Johnston came to Sanford in 1965 to teach at Nasson College and left in 1978. He then took Over the agriculture program at Sanford regional vocational Center a program that evolved Over the years to applied science and agribusiness and on to environmental science. Johnston also developed a Media studies program at Sivc said former Center director Fred St. Cyr. He retired from the school after 20 years. For nearly 25 years a Cdr. Bud Quot As he is affectionately known was the voice of Maine gardening saturday mornings on a gang so Garden he also wrote a column called a grandpa s Garden Quot for the Magazine people places and plants for several years. Land Trust member Hazen Carpenter said Johnston devotes countless hours to helping in the Community particularly in his Forte of plants and wildlife. A the never forgets his role As an educator Quot Carpenter said. These Days Johnston said the land Trust is his focus. A the land Trust is Here for people and wildlife a he told kiwanis club members last week. A sometimes we forget we sometimes need a place alone in the Tammy Wells can be reached at 324-4444 or by a county from Page Al implemented. He noted the county can t go Back and re open prior evaluations. A a there la be plenty of time for that later a Dutremble said. A i can to elaborate More than that. Its a personnel Issue but we Are looking at every Dutremble outlined several Steps taken to make sure there s no repeat of the financial debacle including hiring a finance director the county s Firsta consultant to look at better policies and procedures establishing financial controls and procedures devoting 20 percent of surplus to county needs instead of using All surplus to lower the tax rate a new capital improvement plan and a move to a healthy fund balance. He said future goals include establishing an organization flow a formal spreadsheet for orders and projects examining the current computer system and an eventual change from a Calendar year to a fiscal year. The county is also discussing a human resources position. York county had an a designated fund balance of $2.8 million in 2 x 3. In 2 x 4, the first deficit emerged to the tune of $88, xxx in red Ink. The deficit shot up to $792, xxx at the end of 2 x 5. A figure not made Public until late in 2 x 6, in part due to the lateness of the audit that year. Dutremble noted the 2 x 5 audit completed by a different firm than is currently auditing the county s books indicated it believed the county s financing condition showed a slight a to me that a misleading Quot Dutremble said. A new auditing firm Runyon Kirsteen Ouellette was hired to examine the 2 x 6 books and their work revealed a number of deficiencies. Finance director Michael p. Foley projected thursday that the county will end up with a a slight Quot fund balance this year. On the Job Only since nov. I Foley the county a first Ever finance director was not prepared to name a figure. Runyon Kirsteen Ouellette s audit revealed that that in 2 x 6 there were no county employees with the training and background necessary to support More Complex areas of accounting for governmental standards that Bank statements were unreconciled for months and that periodic reviews and reconciliation of general Ledger accounts should be performed. It showed departmental budgets were overspent that there was no follow through on votes by the commission to establish Reserve accounts and that the county did not report All activity in the general Ledger for All Cash accounts. It recommended creating separate Cash funds rather than running All transactions through the general Ledger and found that some Federal Grants were not properly maintained. In one instance according to the audit report the county submitted an invoice on a Federal Grant for work in Advance. The work was not performed and the invoice was not paid. Runyon Kirsteen Ouellette auditor Hank Farrah described the Overall situation they encountered when examining the 2 x 6 books As Farrah said the result of no follow through on votes for Reserve accounts made it look like there was More Money available than there was. That surprised Sanford councilor Anne Marie Mastraccio who likened that scenario to a household Check Book that carried a larger balance than its owner expected. A you look it Over a she said. A was it ignorance or wilful neglect Quot asked Waterboro selectman Jon Gale who said he did t expect an answer. A if you Don t hold someone accountable god help you Guys Quot said Alfred selectman David bums. Tammy Wells can be reached at 324-4444 or by email at . Biddeford area forecast saturday wit i partly Cloudy mostly sunny Windy and very and Breezy cold a 21 sunday cold with increasing cloudiness tuesday wednesday a St la a monday Windy and very partly sunny rather Cloudy cold with Snow Windy and very and very cold cold a 32� �10 a33� �21� a31� �21� a30� v136 a30� v6 today s forecast met old Orch 21/32 Saco 24/34 re a Biddeford 21/32 Caribou 11/18 a a a Houlton a 12/21 Skowhegan a i my a Farmington bur1 no ,20/26 16/20 in. I Bangor Augusta 19/26 a. 19/27 a Eastport 20/29 % amx iwo a manc neater 4l 23/32 Portsmouth j Liszt. 22/34 Lewiston in for a Portland 21/32 shown is today a weather. Temperatures Are today a highs and tonight slows. Springfield Boston a 21/32 30/36 w i Providence is Cape cod i 33/35 Marine forecast Eastport to Merrimac River wind from the West at 25-35 knots tonight. Wave Heights 3-6 feet. Patchy Clouds. Wind from the Northwest at 25-35 knots tomorrow wave Heights 4-7 feet. Visibility Clear. Water temperature 47. M _. Forecasts and graphics provided by acc weather inc. ©2007biddeford Skyline Sunset 4 07 . Almanac statistics through yesterday. Temperature High 46�?o Low 29� records precipitation yesterday month to Date year to Date yearly surplus humidity yesterday at 4 . Barometric pressure yesterday at 4 . Wind average direction Speed highest Speed wind chill mean 38 Normal 33�?o 63� 19905� 1940 Trace 4.21&Quot 43.12 168&Quot 52% 29.97, rising swat 8.9 Mph 23 Mph lowest tomorrow .5� the wind chill is an indication of How cold it feels based upon temperature and wind Speed Moon phases last new first full i r i i dec i dec 9 dec 17 dec 23 regional cities sat. Sun. City Hilo who Low Augusta 27/9/s 28/20/pc Bangor 26/9/s 30/12/pc Biddeford 32/10/s 33/21/pc Boston 36/22/s 38/30/pc Concord 28/8/s 30/18/pc Hartford 33/15/s 29/27/c Yarmis 38/18/s 37/30/pc Kennebunkport 34/18/s 34/22/pc Manchester 32/15/s 32/23/pc Montpelier 17/7/pc 22/18/pc new Haven 38/23/s 33/31/c North Conway 28/9/s 31/16/pc Obj Orchard sch. 32/11/s 31/23/pc Plymouth 32/11/s 35/30/pc Portland 32/11/s 31/23/pc Portsmouth 34/ 15/s 29/25/pc Providence 36/18/s 34/32/pc Saco 34/19/s 35/22/pc Sanford 29/6/s 32/21 pc Wells 34/13/s 33/22/pc tide report Kennebunkport Day time High time Low fit 3 36 am. 84 9 32 . 0.9 3 48 pm. 90 10 14 . 0.3 sat. 4 36 am. 8.3 10 37 am 1.2 4 51 . 8.5 11 13 pm. 0 7 old Orchard Beach Day time High time Low fit 3 20 am. 8.6 9 10 . 1.0 3 32 pm. 9.3 9 52 . 0.3 sat. 4 20 am. 8.5 10 15 am. 1.3 4 35 . 8.7 11 03 . 0 7 o today s National weather in in in in in Ca cow Tram Shover rain to form Snow rum in anchored stationary front �?�10 shown Are noon positions of weather systems and precipitation. Temperature bands Are highs for the Day. National summary a major Winter storm will Blanket the country s Northern midsection with Snow tomorrow while rain wets Central parts of the Plains and Mississippi Valley in Between the Snow and ram icy weather will exist Snow will also Tell in the Rockies and the Pacific Northwest. The East coast will be dry with Chilly winds gripping new England National cities world cities sat. Sun. Sat. Sun. City Hilo who Low City Hilo who Low Albuquerque 56/37/r 56/31/s Amsterdam 48/39/pc 48/41/r Atlanta 63/45/s 64/48/t Athens 63/48/s 61/48/s Buffalo 28/20/pc 35/27/sn Bangkok 86/67/a 86/68/s Charleston so 66/46/s 68/56/pc Beijing 47/24/pc 43/24/pc Charlotte 61/38/s 54/49/c Bertin 45/37/c 43/39/r Chicago 33/31/sn 45/22/r Cairo 75/57/s 70/54/pc Cincinnati 46/36/pc 57/30/r Cancun 82/66/pc 86/64/pc Dallas 73/64/t 77/42/pc Copenhagen 46/35/r 41/41/c Denver 44/22/c 44/22/pc Dublin 48/41 pc 48/39/r Fairbanks 4/-16/s 5/-18/s Frankfurt 42/31/c 40/36/r Honolulu 82/74/pc 81/67/sh Geneva 46/35/r 45/38/r Houston 75/67/pc 78/53/t Havana 84/63/s 82/63/s Indianapolis 40/39/r 50/23/r Hong Kong 72/62/s 76/62/pc Kansas City 55/35tx 43/25/pc Jerusalem 70/52/s 61/43/pc Las vegas 61/37/c 59/38/s Johannesburg 76/57/pc 76/59/pc los Angeles 60/46/pc 65/49/s Lisbon 63/50/c 61/50/pc Louisville 51/47/pc 57/34/r London 50/48/pc 52/46/r Memphis 67/59/c 68/41/t Madrid 55/36/r 57/34/pc Miami 82/71/s 81/69/s Manila 86/73/pc 84/73/pc Nashville 60/51/pc 66/37/t Mexico City 73/43/pc 76/39/s new York 40/22/s 34/33/sn Nassau 82/70/s 82/70/s Oklahoma City 69/52/sh 58/30/pc new Delhi 82/54/pc 76/52/pc Orlando 77/61/8 82/61/8 Oslo 37/28/sn 36/30/sf Philadelphia 43/28/s 38/36/1 Paris 50/45/r 48/45/r Portland. Or 42/37/sn 45/44/r Rome 61/46/s 61/46/c Raleigh 59/36/s 54/49/c Seoul 46/23/pc 39/25/c St Louis 52/48/r 51/30/c Singapore 86/75/pc 87/75/pc san Francisco 55/45/pc 59/51/pc Tokyo 55/42/pc 54/42/pc Seattle 37/34/sn 45/44/r Toronto 27/20/pc 32/27/i Washington do 46/32/s 43/39/r Warsaw 37/36/sh 41/36/r weather w a sunny pc partly Cloudy a Cloudy so showers to thunderstorms a rain St Snow flurries in Snow Nee Sunrise 6 54 . A noon scattered Clouds 35� a 4 . Scattered Clouds 31� a scattered Clouds 8 . 30� Midnight Clear skies 27� a scattered Clouds 4 . 23� a scattered Clouds 8 . 25�

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