Thursday, December 8, 2016


On Tuesday night, the Town Council met and discussed many items and this is a summary of what took place. 

The first item of business was to swear in the two new councilors and the councilor that was reelected. Once this was completed, the new council selected Councilor Allen Ward as the Chair and Councilor Chris Brunelle as Vice-Chair of the Town Council.

Under Orders, Resolutions & Ordinances –

1. Medical Marijuana Ordinance Chapter 70-1 & 70-531 (First Reading) – The Town Council discussed this for over a half hour and came to no conclusion. They accepted input from residents in the audience. At the end, there were more questions than answers. The Town Council schedules a Public Hear for the next meeting. 

2. Adoption of GA Maximums Appendix A-F (First Reading) – The Council voted 7-0 to accept the appendix as written. 

3. Establishment of the Lisbon Development Committee (Second Reading) – The Council voted by a vote of 7-0 to approve as written. 

4. Lisbon Development Committee Bylaws – The Town Council noted that the bylaws did not match the written establishment so they did not take any action except to send this back for review. 

5. Designate Council Members to Sign Payroll & School Payroll Warrants – The Town Council voted by 7-0 to accept the guidance of the Town Manager. 

6. Loader Bid Award – The Town Council accepted the bid for a loader at a cost of $167,725.00 by a vote of 7-0.

Under Other Business – The Town Council approved for Tracy Steuber to be nominated to the Northeast Economic Developers Association (NEDA) by a vote of 7-0. Chairman Ward passed out a listing of the goals he would like to see addressed in the New Year. He encouraged each Councilor to the listing and added anything they wanted. The Council also setup January 10, 24 & 31st for dates for Workshops to discuss items on the listing.

Larry Fillmore

Monday, December 5, 2016

Secret Drum Corps

Daraprim drug's key ingredient recreated by high school students in Sydney for just $20

By Raveen Hunjan
Updated Wed at 3:22am

For $US20, a group of high school students has created 3.7 grams of an active ingredient used in the medicine Daraprim, which would sell in the United States for between $US35,000 and $US110,000.

Key points:
Sydney Grammar students recreate Pyrimethamine in school lab at just $20 cost

Daraprim retails in the tens of thousands in the United States

Drug used to treat parasitic infection in people with weak immune systems

Pyrimethamine, the active ingredient in Daraprim, treats a parasitic infection in people with weak immune systems such as pregnant women and HIV patients.

In August 2015, the price of Daraprim in the US rose from $US13.50 per tablet to $US750 when Turing Pharmaceuticals, and its controversial then-chief executive Martin Shkreli, acquired the drug's exclusive rights and hiked up the price.

Since then, the 17-year-olds from Sydney Grammar have worked in their school laboratory to create the drug cheaply in order to draw attention to its inflated price overseas, which student Milan Leonard said was "ridiculous".

"It makes sense that if you're putting billions of dollars into research for a drug like this, you should be able to reap some profit, but to do something like this … it's just not just," he said.

Milan described the moment he realised he and his classmates had been successful.

"It was ecstatic, it was bliss, it was euphoric," he said.

"After all of this time spent working and chemistry being such a high and low, after all the lows, after all the downs, being able to make this drug, it was pure bliss."

Fellow student Brandon Lee said he could not believe the result after a year of work.

"At first there was definitely disbelief," he said.

"We spent so long and there were so many obstacles that we, not lost hope, but it surprised us like 'oh, we actually made this material' and 'this can actually help people out there'.

"So it was definitely disbelief but then it turned in to happiness as we realised we finally got to our main goal."

First Major Clinical Trials Show Magic Mushrooms Heal Mental Illness Like A “Surgical Intervention”


By Justin Gardner

In June 2015 we reported on the re-emerging field of using psychedelics to treat mental illness, with psilocybin, in particular, showing great promise for chronic anxiety and depression. Western medicine began realizing its potential in the 1940s, but medical research was stamped out with the War on Drugs.

Now, as the injustice of the drug war is fully exposed, research is again turning to the amazing, natural power of psilocybin. William Richards at Johns Hopkins University has been dosing people with psilocybin for 15 years, and in 2006 published his first study demonstrating positive therapeutic results.

That study provided the impetus for a rapid expansion in psychedelic research. On December 1, results of the first two major clinical trials were published in the Journal of Psychopharmacology – showing yet again psilocybin’s remarkable effect on depression and end-of-life stress.

Which causes cancer more quickly: cigarettes, diet soda or GMOs?

Tuesday, September 09, 2014 by: S. D. Wells
Tags: cancer, cigarettes, GMOs

(NaturalNews) Some people believe that regularly smoking the 7,000 chemicals in commercial cigarettes is the quickest way to get cancer in the world. Other folks believe that artificial sweeteners, because they taste so sweet, trick the body into ingesting them and are the "Trojan horses" of the food industry, causing breast cancer and prostate cancer faster than any other food, drink or consumable chemical-laced product on the market. But then again, there's GMOs. Genetically modified organisms contain pesticides that can kill nearly any living thing that consumes them, including insects, rats and, yes, humans. Pesticide is the umbrella name for herbicides, insecticides, fungicides, algaecides and even fertilizers meant to kill "pests" -- hence the name.

There is really NO MEASUREMENT right now for how many GMOs are in foods, drinks and even cigarettes. Scientists who modify organism through gene insertion are apt to promote the corresponding pesticides, no matter whether humans are dying from them or not. Cigarettes, diet soda and GMOs -- are you guilty of "consuming" all three daily? Then your clock is ticking!

Most foods labeled "diet," "light" or "zero" are toxic to humans. They are carcinogenic and cause free radicals to warp your good cells, strangulating mitochondria and multiplying uncontrollably. Eventually, cancerous cells find damaged tissue or an organ to suffocate. This is when most doctors and oncologists in America first "discover" cancer, after it is fully manifested, and for many, it's too late. More than 50 percent of people who getcancer die from it, and one-third of all Americans get cancer at some point in life. Who gets it first and who gets it the worst -- the diet soda drinkers, the pesticide-laden GMO food eaters or the smokers?

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Warns citizens it will be monitoring angry Facebook posts
Paul Joseph Watson | - DECEMBER 5, 2016 

The German government has reacted to the shocking news about a Muslim migrant who raped and killed a 19-year-old woman by warning that it would be watching Facebook posts carefully for instances of Islamophobia.

A teenage Afghan asylum seeker was arrested on Friday for the alleged rape and murder of medical student in Freiburg which took place last month.

The victim’s father is a senior EU official and a vehement supporter of the migrant policy that has seen over a million “refugees” pour into Germany over the last year.

Sunday, December 4, 2016

EDUCATING THE PEOPLE ---- By Larry Fillmore

I am ashamed to have to write this article because I feel that our leadership should have been straight forward with the residents of Lisbon. Unfortunately, previous Town Council’s and the former Chief of Police were less than straight with the community when it came to the Lisbon Communication Center.

The first area is in terminology. What is the Public Safety Answering Point (PSAP) and how does it affect the residents of Lisbon. Not many people know this term for what it is but everyone knows it as the 911 emergency systems. This is the location where all 911 calls for Lisbon are received. It is located in Auburn at the Androscoggin County Dispatch.

Androscoggin County Dispatch receives all 911 calls for emergency service for Lisbon but they do not dispatch our first responders. Why you wonder? It is because previous Town Councils have demanded that instead of the 911 operators dispatching first responders they must contact Lisbon Communication Center so that they can dispatch our first responders. This current system is fine if the 911 operators can get through to the Lisbon Communication Center but there have been numerous times when the 911 operators cannot immediately get through to the Lisbon Communications Center. This creates an unnecessary delay in getting first responder to the scene of the emergency. This is a real problem with a simple solution and that is pay Androscoggin County Dispatch to contact our first responder directly and eliminate the middle step of notifying Lisbon Communication Center prior to dispatching first responders.
I am not saying anything against the Lisbon Communication Center but there is a better and faster way to get our first responders to the scene. As of October 1, 2016, not one of the dispatchers in the Lisbon Communication Center is even currently as Emergency Medical Dispatchers (EMD). This is critical because in a medical emergency only EMD’s are allowed to gather medical information in order to generate an Emergency Medical Code (EMC) which is used by Emergency Medical Technicians (EMT) to ensure that they have the proper medicine and equipment with them. This is crucial in order to treat a patient properly. Without this code, Lisbon resident’s lives are put at risk.

Keep in mind that Lisbon is the only town/city in Androscoggin County and as far as I know the state that is not properly using the 911 emergency correctly and it is costing the taxpayer over $350,000.00 annual. Previous Town Council determined that by paying Androscoggin County Dispatch to do our dispatching there was at that time a cost savings of $190,000.00 annually to the town. To me, it makes perfect sense to have Androscoggin County Dispatch perform our dispatching because it means the 911 operators who are also qualified as EMDs can dispatch our first responders immediately upon receipt of the 911 call for emergency services. It also saves the taxpayers a significant amount of money.

For the past two years, the Town Council did not take any action on this, knowing lives were placed at risk and that the town could save a great deal of money. The reason is because it is political. Maybe our new Council will put what is best for the community ahead of politics. 

Call your Councilors and the Town Manager and express your concerns. It has cost the taxpayers roughly $380,000.00 tax dollars for the two years the Town Council failed to take action to correct this situation.

Larry Fillmore

Saturday, November 26, 2016

What is that black pavement on Davis Street?

Recently we finished the work on Davis Street sidewalk.

This project has been discussed in Council Meetings for quite some time. The purpose of this sidewalk was to give a pedestrian friendly approach to the new walking Trail extension.

Recently I drove down Davis Street and the above picture illustrates what I saw..

The town euphemistically calls the added pavement a sidewalk, I call it street widening or at best a small breakdown lane. describes a "Sidewalk" as follows.

"A hard-surfaced path for pedestrians alongside
and a little higher than a road."

There are several reasons for the elevated nature of a sidewalk but the most important one is safety. Drivers are aware that if they hit the raised sidewalk they risk damaging their vehicles. This risk keeps vehicles off the sidewalk and makes it much safer for pedestrians.

Placing a rumble strip to delineate the sidewalk will not make pedestrians any safer. It will just signal drivers that they are within a couple feet of the gravel.

In my humble opinion adding a couple feet in width to a street and calling it a sidewalk is counter productive. It doesn't make pedestrians safer and may even encourage driver to increase their speed thus making it less safe for those walking on the side of the road.
In conclusion I think this is a $30,000 dollar boondoggle.


Joe Hill