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Hope elephants
  • Published
    June 9, 2011

    Planning board continues Hope Elephants review

    The Hope Planning Board and Jim Laurita have agreed to continue the site plan review for his plan to build a facility to rehabilitate a retired circus elephant to next month to give Laurita time to review several letters that have been submitted to the town opposing the project. The town has received 14 letters, many from individuals across Maine and Massachusetts, one from a man who worked with elephants at ...

  • Published
    May 31, 2011

    Hope Elephants to undergo site plan review

    The plan to construct a facility to house a retired circus elephant on Hatchet Mountain Road will go before the planning board Tuesday, June 7. The meeting, which is for a site plan review, begins at 7 p.m. at the Hope Town Office. At the meeting, if the application is found complete, the planning board will then schedule a public hearing, which will most likely be held in July. Veterinarian Jim Laurita has ...

  • Published
    May 18, 2011

    Hope Elephants kicks off fundraising campaign

    Veterinarian Jim Laurita has kicked off the Hope Elephants fundraising campaign after depositing nearly $1,700 worth of change collected over the past decade at the Laurita household into the bank. Laurita, his son Louis Laurita and his niece Esme Power arrived at The First in Camden on May 17 with a dolly carrying a heavy jug of coins. The elephant jug has been at the Laurita house for more than 10 years and ...

  • Published
    April 22, 2011

    Hope embraces man’s plan for circus elephant facility

    A majority of the 15 people who attended an informational hearing about veterinarian Jim Laurita's plan to bring a retired circus elephant to Hope were enthusiastic about the project. One person questioned whether Maine was the appropriate place for an elephant. Laurita organized the meeting after the April 19 planning board meeting where he presented pre-application plans to allow people to hear more about ...

  • Published
    April 16, 2011

    Laurita plans informational hearing on elephant project

    Veterinarian Jim Laurita plans to hold an informational meeting April 21 to inform citizens about his plan to build a facility to house an elephant at his Hatchet Mountain Road home. The meeting will be held at 7 p.m. at the Hope Fire Station on Camden Road. The meeting is not part of the planning board process, but an opportunity to discuss the plan with the public, Laurita said. On April 19, Laurita came ...

  • Published
    April 12, 2011

    Retired circus elephant may make Hope home

    If plans go forward as expected, Rosie, a 42-year-old Asian elephant may move to Hope by late summer. Veterinarian Jim Laurita and his brother Tommy Laurita have formed the nonprofit Hope Elephants and are currently in the early stages of fundraising to build a state-of-the-art facility on Hatchet Mountain Road in Hope to house and rehabilitate the elephant. Jim Laurita, who works at Camden Hospital for ...

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