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By Terry Karkos, Staff Writer
Friday, May 5,2006 FMI
To learn more about the proposed casino, visit http://evergreenmountainenterprises.com/default.aspx

RUMFORD - A Rumford man has launched a bid to establish a casino in Oxford County.

A Web site seeks help collecting thousands of signatures supporting the casino and the effort has created quite a stir.

Town Manager Stephen Eldridge said town office phones had been ringing off the hook all morning about it.

Angela Howitt, a 15-year employee at NewPage Corp., said the Rumford mill was buzzing with news of a casino, possibly in Rumford.

[url=http://www.sunjournal.com/news/rivervalley/20060505145.php]SOURCE[/url]

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Is this not the same Evergreen as in Evergreen valley ski area which has a
checkered past as to financial stability and profitability .
And if so was there not some state funds (guaranteed bonds or something in beginning)
that were involved :?:

Dennis Bailey report to the General King this is not a drill you are going to war!

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I am on fence when it comes to a casino. I can see both the good and the bad.

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Casino Proposal
Would you vote to allow a casino in Oxford County?

Yes: 57.00%

No: 41.25%

Undecided: 1.75%

Total Votes: 400

[url=http://news.mainetoday.com/]POLL[/url]

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I have a cousin who lives in close proxzimity to one of the Conn. casinos
and relates that the affect on the area has created great resentment in comunity.
This appears to be because these areas were somewhat underdeveloped and saw
rapid expansion sprawl type issues that caused concerns more than gambling
pro and con question.
I started out a no on Sanford proposal but decided that it was a bad idea
only because, if it was a good idea ,I should be able to do it not just the indians!
Remember all colective guilt(the basis for all tribe proposal support)was absolved by land claim
ssettlement!
Ultimately , the question becomes how much developement and revenue sources can we
turn away versus our zeal to artificially protect ourselves from all concieved dangers
except poverty , which we are all faced with due to taxes etc.!
Another way to look at this is geography and population density. Just as in Sanford proposal
I question how many would come and could get there easily to gamble consistently! I always
thought that Sanford was on the far outer reaches of major population centers that would draw
pepole away from Conn. north to gamble any great amount to a non-smoking casino.(75% gamblers smoke)
But all this aside if some private business can pull it off at some point it is going to happen.
For all to many living "the way life should be" is becoming a crap shoot anyway :!:

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Rumford is basically a one industry town. If the paper mill goes, much of the business in the area will go also. It would be good to have at least something else to back up the mill.

The impact of the casino would probably vary depending on it's size. It's hard to picture Rumford, which doesn't have any really good transportation access, and isn't near a population center, being huge.

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Being a Rumford resident I would be totally in favor of a Casino being built in Rumford. The only reason to come here at the moment is to smell the Mill. The mill will not be here forever the way things are going. Any influx of people would have a good effect on other recreational business's in the area. I say,,,, bring it on!!!

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Sooner or later a casino will be built in Maine.

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[size=18]Drive revives casino effort[/size]

By Jessica Alaimo , Staff Writer
[b]Thursday, April 5, 2007 [/b]
AUGUSTA - Las Vegas: Northeast.

That's what a group of legislators, by request of a group of residents, want to bring to Oxford County.

Touting jobs and economic advancement, Rep. John Patrick, D-Rumford, has put a bill before the Legislature to allow a casino and resort to be built in Western Maine.

Unlike Hollywood Slots in Bangor, with 450 slot machines, Patrick's bill calls approval of a full-fledged casino, with 4,500 slot machines, card games and table games.

[url=http://www.sunjournal.com/story/206381-3/MaineNews/Drive_revives_casino_...

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What I wonder about is infrastructure - is what we have now adequate to transport enough people to make a casino profitable?

We just bought a seven bedroom house 20 minutes from Rumford - wooohooo, B & B for all those tasty outah statahs (just practicing my Mainespeak in advance of giving them a [u]real[/u] Maine experience)!!

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[quote]Sooner or later a casino will be built in Maine. [/quote]

Not while John Baldacci is governor. Almost guaranteed.

Anonymous
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[b]Casino with resort proposed for Oxford County[/b]
By PAUL CARRIER, Staff Writer

Friday, April 6, 2007

AUGUSTA - The legislative debate over gambling, which has focused on plans for a slot machine parlor in Washington County, added a twist this week when a bill surfaced that would give voters a chance to authorize a casino in Oxford County.

The latest plan faces an uphill fight, because a spokesman for Gov. John Baldacci said Thursday that the governor will veto the bill if the Legislature passes it. It would then take two-thirds votes in both the Senate and the House of Representatives to override the veto and order a referendum over Baldacci's objections.

[url=http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/statehouse/070406casino.html]sour...

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[b]Let's pretend [/b]- - "Baldacci's alternative plan for the economically depressed area is to relocate to the Rumford area people with mental illness needs, teens with behavioral problems, as well as creating more low-income housing to attract welfare cases. A spokesperson for the governor said, "This is what we have been doing for several years now, and we are confident that eventually our plan to attract federal dollars to the area will work to stimulate the economy in... ummmmmm - oh yes, the Rumford area." Town representatives were reported as saying something, but their voices were not heard."

:evil:

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LD 1828 will have a hearing 10 a.m. Friday, May 4.

Anyone know if this hearing will be simulcast on the internet and, if so, the URL needed to listen in?

Anonymous
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[b]Oxford County on fence about casino[/b]

By PAUL CARRIER, Staff Writer

Friday, May 4, 2007

- Marie Marcoux pulled up a chair at a senior center in this blue-collar town near the New Hampshire border and offered an impassioned endorsement of a casino in Oxford County.

"I like the idea because we need the employment," Marcoux said this week. "The only thing we've got here is the (NewPage Corp.) mill, and Lord knows how long that will be with us."

[url=http://pressherald.mainetoday.com/news/statehouse/070504casino.html]sour...

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[b]Casino for Western Maine stirs debate[/b]

By Jessica Alaimo , Staff Writer
Saturday, May 5, 2007

AUGUSTA - Seth Carey has a vision of an eco-friendly resort casino nestled in the woods of Western Maine.

A bill to put a statewide referendum before voters to allow the casino, sponsored by Rep. John Patrick, D-Rumford, was heard by the state's Legal and Veterans Affairs Committee on Friday.

[url=http://www.sunjournal.com/story/210826-3/MaineNews/Casino_for_Western_Ma...

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Somehow, the words "eco-friendly" and "casino" together make me chuckle. Picture Las Vegas as an "eco-friendly" resort area.

[img]http://www.bartcop.com/las-vegas-strip-south06.jpg[/img]
[i][b]"Lights OUT! We're Eco-Friendly Now!"[/b][/i]

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"John Iezzi, 90, of Rumford fears a casino would alter Oxford County's character. "We're nice and peaceful now," he said. A casino "is going to bring a lot of traffic in here. It's going to bring a lot of people in here. I think it's going to affect the (social) clubs" whose own bingo games could not possibly compete with the lure of casino gambling, he said. He advocated finding other ways to boost the economy."

Is there a way to bring industry/jobs to an area without adding people and traffic?? This is yet another reason why young working people cannot live here in Maine but have to go elsewhere to make a living and raise families. Retired people want and deserve peace and quiet, yes, but we need to consider the entire population.

While I don't necessarily advocate gambling, I don't see another plan on the table to bring jobs to this area.

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lsj.com
Carey quits casino team

By Scott Thistle , Regional Editor
Friday, April 18, 2008

RUMFORD - Seth Carey, the Rumford lawyer backing a pending statewide referendum on a private casino in Oxford County, abruptly resigned from the campaign Thursday.

Carey, 33, also stepped down from his post as president of Evergreen Mountain Enterprises, the limited liability corporation he formed to own and operate the casino if it's approved by voters in November.

The Sun Journal also learned Thursday that Carey was charged with misdemeanor assault on March 18.

http://www.sunjournal.com/index.php?t=3&storyid=261648

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Another reason to vote this turkey down.

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When the petition signing kicked off in Rumford I think most were under the illusion that the casino was intended
for Rumford and would benefit the River Valley area directly. It is my understanding that the actual
casino location would be in Greenwood which would impact Norway/S.Paris and Bethel but
not so much the River Valley area with the exception of those willing to travel for work. Voters supporting
a casino in Greenwood greatly reduces the chance of River Valley ever having one. I do think if casinos are
allowed it should be equal opportunity. In this day and age allowing one race to have exclusive rights to
a particular industry seems quite unfair.

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Wow - after reading the article, it becomes apparent why Mr. Carey might think it best if he resigned, and fast. He and Ms. LaMarche make quite the team.
:shock:

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I am not a gambler. That being said,,, I fail to see the difference between buying scratch tickets, lottery tickets, a slot machine business in Bangor and a casino in Western Maine. Its a form of tourism I guess. Besides the moral issues that are brought up from time to time, whats the difference? Might as well let it happen, pandora's box was opened long ago by political mafia gamers running our state.

Its one of the few new business's that could probably make it in this "tax em death" state.

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[quote="jemhunter"]
Its one of the few new business's that could probably make it in this "tax em death" state.[/quote]

In the big scheme, the business fits well with the reigning government philosophy.

Gambling is a tax on the stupid.

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Charge against Carey dropped
Staff Report
Saturday, May 10, 2008

PARIS - An assault charge against Seth Carey, the Rumford lawyer backing a pending statewide referendum on a private casino in Oxford County, has been dropped.

[url=http://www.sunjournal.com/story/264877-3/RiverValley/Charge_against_Care...

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Advertiser Democrat
5/8/2008

Oxford fairgrounds shooting for slots
by Duke Harrington

OXFORD -If all goes according to plan, Oxford County Fairgrounds could become home to as many as 1,500 slot machines as part of the state's newest racino.

On 5/11 Oxford County Commissioner Caldwell Jackson appeared before Oxford selectmen in his role as harness racing director for the fairgrounds. Jackson's question: Would selectmen call a public hearing, allowing the fair association to gauge public reaction to the possibility of opening the track to non race-related gambling.

http://www.advertiserdemocrat.com/frontstory1.shtml

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The Truth Behind the Alleged Assault Charge

Are we seeing a pattern here yet? The leaders (and past leaders) in our community use the Sun Journal and Rumford Falls Times to manipulate the citizenry into thinking one thing when in fact what they are saying is just plain false! This blanket statement can be applied to the River Valley Growth Council, Med-Care, the Rumford Fire Department, and especially the Rumford Police Department.

In an effort to pad their statistics and justify their bloated municipal budget, the Rumford Police Department supported a groundless allegation by a "shady" person and seized the opportunity to not only add another number but to go after a citizen who has been calling them out for quite some time. The alleged assault charge against Mr. Seth Carey has been dropped because the charge had no grounds. The RPD should have and could have done the right thing by investigating the matter prior to serving Mr. Carey a summons. Notice they took full advantage of then leaking the alleged charge to the RFT and the SJ. This proves our point: it appears that the RPD doesn't like Mr. Carey because he has been questioning the police department budget since he has moved back to the area. Mr. Carey has pointed out on several occasions that the RPD has one of the larger budgets per capita in the State and that they often in general harass people and charge people with things to justify their million dollar departmental budget. We can predict who they will go after next!

It's a sad day when you have to be hypersensitive in your own community because you know that the Rumford Police Department will find any way they can to pull you over or charge you with a trumped up charge if you have been targeted. Members of our Rumford Finance Committee who supported the roughly $100,000 decrease in their budget this year will be next. And, according to our sources, one Rumford Finance Committee member has already been pulled over by TWO Rumford police officers for a seatbelt violation, ticketed, and treated badly to boot.

Now, just imagine if you were a community member that wasn't aware of your rights or didn't have money to hire an attorney to fight the "alleged" charges. Just imagine how those people feel about the world. No wonder we hardly have any young people in Rumford. They are instant targets and because our police officers are determined to pad their statistics to justify their budgets, they go after the same people over and over. It appears that they are looking for the person to mess up. We think it would be interesting to look at how many times the Rumford Police Department charges someone versus the outcome in court. Remember, just because the RPD charges someone and adds the number as a statistic doesn't mean that the allegations are founded and the person is found guilty by a court of law.

We'll be sitting by patiently waiting for the Sun Journal and the Rumford Falls Times to report that the charges against Mr. Carey have been dropped. Don't be surprised if it never makes it to print. We'll also be paying close attention to the future actions of the Rumford Police Department. Don't be surprised if they find ways to come after you in an effort to pad their statistics and fight the $100,000 decrease in their budget. Just imagine what would happen to you if we didn't have the Secret Ballot and we still voted at a public Annual Town Meeting. We can thank Mr. Carey for that change in the government process because now you can vote the way you want to vote without fear of reprisal. Mr. Carey is our hero!

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lsj.com
Casino debate heats up

By Scott Thistle , Regional Editor
Thursday, June 5, 2008

RUMFORD - Ted Hotham hopes the campaign supporting a November ballot question to bring a private casino to Oxford County won't hold back when it comes to challenging what Hotham sees as the false claims made by gambling opponents.

Hotham, a Rumford resident with a background in broadcasting, said anti-gambling rhetoric often goes unchallenged and it's one reason Maine voters have been largely reluctant to endorse casinos here.

An estimated 35 people showed up for the discussion.

http://www.sunjournal.com/index.php?t=3&storyid=268740

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Judge doubts Carey's ability
By Christopher Williams , Staff Writer
Friday, June 6, 2008 PHOTO GALLERY

A Rumford judge says a local lawyer may be unfit to practice law.

In an April letter, Judge Valerie Stanfill wrote the Maine Board of Overseers of the Bar that she would not appoint Seth Carey to any cases in her courtroom because she was concerned he would be "constitutionally ineffective."

[url=http://www.sunjournal.com/story/268882-3/RiverValley/Judge_doubts_Careys... Journal[/url]

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lsj.com
LaMarche pitches casino to Rotary

By Ann Bryant , Staff Writer
Friday, August 1, 2008

FARMINGTON - Pat LaMarche is trying to garner support for a statewide ballot initiative that goes to voters in November asking for the approval of a privately run casino for Oxford County.

Economic growth and employment were two of her reasons for supporting the citizen initiative campaign. Casino areas become "job intense" with employment not only at the casino but other jobs within the community are created that interact with casino employment, she said.

http://www.sunjournal.com/index.php?t=3&storyid=276674

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LaMarche leaves

[url=http://www.sunjournal.com/storyupdate.php?PHPSESSID=98d9ae2aea9c2e312c22... leaves [/url]

An interesting quote in the story: "I've promised the people of Maine I would never lie to them and if I keep this job I would have to break that promise," LaMarche said.

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