Jon Fishman’s Lincolnville General Store Re-Opens With A Bang In His Maine Hometown [Video]

first_img[Cover photo via Lincolnville General Store Facebook] Last Friday night, October 27th, after a lengthy restoration and renovation process, the Lincolnville General Store was re-opened by of the small Maine town’s most well-known citizens: Phish drummer/town Board of Selectmen member Jon Fishman and his wife and town Board of Education member Briar Fishman. According to local Maine paper The Free Press, the long-awaited grand re-opening went off with a bang last weekend with a party featuring pizza fresh out of the stone oven, hot dogs and burgers, a crowd of about 600 people and, of course, live music. Local groups The Mallett Brothers and the Route 17 Ramblers provided the entertainment, with Fishman joining both groups as a special guest.Phish Drummer Jon Fishman Elected For Local Political Office In Maine HometownThe store, which was built in the mid-19th century, has been closed for almost a decade. According to a 2016 report in Penobscot Bay Pilot, Fishman and his wife, Briar, purchased the mid-19th century Lincolnville General Store in 2011, but wound up selling it to another family to focus on the upkeep of their making their local farm. After the buyers made initial renovations to the store, the Fishman family put in an offer and wound up buying back the property and continuing the upgrading process.The store’s focus is on organic and store-made products, including prepared foods and condiments. Since the Fishmans have five children, they can understand the importance of an all-in-one store, and the Lincolnville General Store aims to be just that. The property also features an outdoor porch area, WiFi, and a brick oven pizza stop for residents to come and chat. They’ll also work with local businesses to ensure that they aren’t stepping on anyone’s toes, and are planning to break into groceries and delivery services for the elderly and handicapped townspeople. “Most markets don’t just sell their own stuff,” Briar told the Penobscot Bay Pilot back in 2016. “It takes the community to stock the shelves and we will be working with not only local farmers, but local bakers, local artisans and craftspeople.”Particularly with Phish toning down the scope of their famously extensive touring schedule this year, Fishman and his family have continued to make themselves an important part of the local Lincolnville community–and make Lincolnville just a little more special in the process.Congrats to Jon, Briar, and the town of Lincolnville on the new store!You can watch full footage of The Mallett Brothers Band’s performance at the opening of the Fishmans’ new Lincolnville General Store, featuring a sit-in from Jon Fishman himself, via the store’s Facebook page:Check out assorted videos and clips from the Lincolnville General Store Grand Re-Opening below via Instagram:last_img read more

Art. V glitch bill finalized

first_imgArt. V glitch bill finalized Art. V glitch bill finalized Gary Blankenship Senior Editor A bill outlining how the state will pay for more of the trial court system — and that gives counties some enhanced abilities to raise revenues for court functions — cleared the Florida Legislature in its closing days.SB 2962 was passed by the Senate on April 28 and concurred in by the House on April 29. The “glitch bill” addressed problems with HB 113A, (Ch. 2003-402, Laws of Florida) passed last year, to govern the funding shift mandated by Revision 7 to Art. V, the constitutional amendment approved by voters in 1998.“We are satisfied that the glitch bill has those things that are important to the courts, in both the House and Senate version,” said Sixth Circuit Judge Susan Schaeffer, chair of the Trial Court Budget Commission, the day before the Senate gave final approval. “Unless something disastrous happens, I’m expecting a very satisfactory bill from the legislature.”“I think that they did a really good job on the glitch bill,” added State Courts Administrator Lisa Goodner. “It’s an extremely complicated issue that they had to contend with. It touched on so many different parts of the statutes and so many operational issues for the clerks, the courts, the state attorneys, and the public defenders. They did a good job in addressing everyone’s concerns as they came up.”Sen. Rod Smith, D-Gainesville, chair of the Appropriations Subcommittee on Article V Implementation and Judiciary, explained the bill on the Senate floor and said the final version addressed many of the financial concerns of counties.It requires the counties to impose an extra $65 in costs on many criminal cases with that money going for legal aid, law libraries, juvenile justice programs including teen courts, and for a court innovation fund controlled by the circuit chief judges. It also adds a $4 per page increase to court clerks’ recording fee. The clerks will get $2, the state attorneys and public defenders $.50 each, and the counties $1 with the money used for court technology.That provision, Smith said, will raise the recording fee for the typical three-page document from $15 to $27, and bring in about $104 million annually just for technology improvements.Counties can also tack on $15 to traffic cases. Smith said that will provide money for Miami-Dade, Hillsborough, and Bay counties that had pledged filing and fee revenues — now taken over by the state — to repay bonds sold to build court facilities.Counties with no bonds to repay can use that assessment to raise money for court facilities, still a county obligation under Revision 7, Smith said. Pro Hac Vice Fee Of interest to The Florida Bar, the bill also imposes a $100 fee on out-of-state attorneys when they appear pro hac vice in Florida. The Bar, in proposed rule changes on multijurisdictional practice pending at the Supreme Court, has proposed collecting a $250 fee from those out-of-state lawyers.The bill also requires counties to provide office space for the guardian ad litem program. Smith, in response to a question on the Senate floor, said the legislature is increasing the $20 million guardian ad litem budget by $1 million statewide, plus another $400,000 to continue an Orange County program.Overall, Smith said while the legislature is hitting counties with a $90 million expense from another bill by requiring them to pay for juvenile detention centers, they will save or have the ability to raise far more than that from SB 2962.He also said the bill had the approval of the Florida Association of Counties, which had expressed reservations about earlier drafts. FAC officials said those versions left the counties with too much of the bills for the court system and without resources to pay for them. Compromises The final bill had compromises between initial House and Senate positions. For example, the Senate had agreed counties could contract with state attorneys and public defenders to handle criminal violations of local ordinances. The House initial bill set the reimbursement rate at $60 an hour, an amount the counties called too high. The final bill allows the contracts with reimbursement up to $50 per hour.The $65 add-on cost for criminal cases for legal aid, law libraries, and other uses was also a compromise. The Senate originally set a $150 figure, while the House wanted $50.Kent Spuhler, executive director of Florida Legal Services, said the surcharge will be applied to approximately one million criminal cases handled by the courts each year, but he said projections are that the $65 new fee will be collected on mostly the 800,000 misdemeanor and criminal traffic cases. In reality, no one is exactly sure how much will be raised, he said.“We really don’t know,” he said. “There were wildly different estimates floating around in the legislature.”The bill requires that if counties don’t raise as much from the new fee for legal aid as they did with filing fees, then they must make up the difference from other revenues. Spuhler said it also requires counties that did not have local legal aid programs supported by filing fees to impose the new charge, with the split for legal aid.“Each county is going to have to pass an ordinance enacting that provision,” he said, adding he’s not sure of the total fiscal impact other than each county will now be contributing to local legal aid programs. “There’s potential there; how much is realistic, we don’t know. We’ll work with counties in getting ordinances in place and do what we can to make the system work.”John Ricco, of the Florida Association of Counties, said the Senate estimate was that the $65 fee would raise $33 million statewide, with the legal aid portion coming in at $7.5 to $8.2 million. Legal aid officials have said they get about $8 million from filing fee surcharges now.While the association had criticized early drafts of the legislation, “Overall, we’re relatively pleased with the bill; it’s a good product,” Ricco said. “A number of our concerns were not resolved in the manner in which we initially proposed, but the legislature made concessions and attempted to address them in other fashions.”He said counties still do not believe they are responsible for information technology costs for the courts. But with the legislature increasing the recording fee and providing a revenue stream, counties can manage. The problem, Ricco said, can be while the statewide total for the recording fee looks like enough to address needs, the income can vary from county to county and some might have a shortfall.Schaeffer said the glitch bill was the result of hard work not only by the Trial Court Budget Commission, but by legislators who were continually willing to listen.“The main authors of the glitch bill were Sen. Rod Smith (D-Gainesville) and Rep. Holly Benson (R-Pensacola),” the judge said. “Both of these legislators deserve tremendous credit for coming up with a bill that serves the courts’ needs.“We had requested many amendments to their original drafts and found them both to be very willing to listen to the courts’ needs and make necessary changes.”Goodner, the state courts administrator, noted that in a sense the passage of HB 113A and SB 2962 are the prologues for the transfers demanded by Revision 7. Starting July 1, the state will take over from the counties or be hiring 1,253.5 positions, plus dealing with a completely revamped fiscal system.“I’m looking forward to getting through the first month (July),” Goodner said, “that we know all our people got on the payroll, that all of the contracts are up and running, that everything is running.“It’s going to be a rough couple of months to move this thing across. The budget was a huge deal and a large part of it, but you can’t imagine the number of implementation questions we are trying to address every day.” May 15, 2004 Senior Editor Regular Newslast_img read more