Woman on Verge of Eviction Seeks Second Chance

BLUE HILL — Dorothy Leighton, a woman facing eviction due to nonpayment of property taxes, wants one more chance to stay in the home her grandfather built.

“I know change has to come,” Leighton said. “I don’t want to live the rest of my life without having a life. I’m trying to get a life. People just don’t get that. I want people to see me and not judge me.

“I’m working to get myself on a better track because I don’t want to stay disabled. I want to enjoy my life.”

Leighton said she has been diagnosed with a mild case of agoraphobia. She also suffers from post-traumatic stress disorder due to mistreatment she’s endured. Leighton said she also suffers panic attacks and anxiety.

The town of Blue Hill is in the process of evicting Leighton from her Mill Pond Lane residence. Property taxes have not been paid since 1991. After legal wrangling about who actually owned the residence, the Maine Supreme Court ruled this fall that the property belongs to Blue Hill.

The decision to evict Leighton was based on her safety and the condition of her house, according to Selectman Jim Schatz. The town owns the property and would be liable if something happened and Leighton or someone else was injured.

Leighton says that her house does need to be cleaned.

“I may not be a housekeeper, but so what, that can change,” she said.

If the people who are criticizing her property ever watched the television show “Hoarders,” they’d realize “this is Better Homes & Gardens,” Leighton said.

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Jennifer Osborn

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