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February 23, 2017

Deliberate Dexter downs Lee Academy in Northern Maine “B” boys basketball quarterfinal

BANGOR – For Lee Academy boys basketball coach Randy Harris, a fast start was vital to his team’s potential success during Tuesday’s Northern Maine “B” quarterfinal game against Dexter at the Cross Insurance Center. Unfortunately for Harris and the Pandas, fifth-seeded Dexter led from start to finish of a 58-45 quarterfinal victory over fourth-seeded Lee Academy, which fell for a second straight season in its first postseason contest. Dexter (15-5) will face top-ranked George Stevens Academy of Blue Hill (19-0) in a Friday quarterfinal at about 3:35 p.m. Lee ends its season at 14-5.

Lincoln Town Council weighs Economic Director position, discusses airport land purchase

LINCOLN – Good things are probably not going to fall out of the sky. That was the statement made to the town council Wednesday by Economic Development Committee Chair Bill Davis that highlighted discussion about Lincoln’s future of growth. “People…expressed a willingness to invest,” Davis said. “In fact, they expressed a requirement that we invest in things that will produce jobs.” “We (the town of Lincoln) are a well-kept secret and things are probably not going to work out well for us if we just do nothing,” he said. Councilor John Trask, whose campaign was strongly based on economic development and the town hiring an economic director, said the town could invest in that position without costing taxpayers anything.

Alleged kiter caught in attempted ATM scheme

LINCOLN – An Enfield woman is facing theft charges after what police believe was an attempt to defraud a local financial institution of an estimated $888. Jade Simon, 28, has been charged with Theft by Unauthorized Taking after allegedly making false deposits totaling $1,000 into a checking account opened minutes before closing time at a local bank on January 26. “Mrs. Simon deposited an empty envelope at 4:37 p.m., with an amount of $500 written on it,” Detective Mark Fucile of the Lincoln Police Department said, stating a second deposit of an empty envelope, also filled for a $500 deposit, was made at 6:58 p.m.

Enfield selectmen approve changes to personnel policy, adopt purchase policy

ENFIELD – Selectmen altered one employee-related policy and adopted another during Tuesday's regular meeting.
  • The board unanimously approved a change to the personnel policy that gives the town manager the authority to send public works employees home the day before large anticipated snow storms, such as the Feb. 12-13 blizzard that dropped nearly 30 inches of snow in the Lincoln Lakes region. Additionally, Town Manager Theresa Thurlow reiterated that workers plowing snow should only work 15 hours at a time before taking a break.

LPD officer bids farewell to the routine, accepts position with TSA

LINCOLN – Last week was a week of nostalgia, a week of reminiscing about a day, once upon a time five years ago when a young woman, fresh off a trip from Europe, decided to “take a leap” and become a full-time police officer, joining a small department in Lincoln, Maine. A feeling of nostalgia tinted with sadness as now that officer was moving on to the next adventure in her life and the department would not be quite the same without her around. “Missing Lincoln and my co-workers will be challenging,” Officer Brandi Alton said. “I will miss the camaraderie and the cooperation through everyday interactions the most.” Alton, who will still stay on as a reserve officer, has accepted a position with TSA. Reserve Officer Seth Burns was originally slated to replace Alton but took another position.

Bill for Lincoln byway signage receives positive reception in Augusta

LINCOLN – The chairman of the economic development committee was encouraged with the reception of a bill that directs the Department of Transportation to put up signs directing drivers to a Lincoln scenic byway route. "I think we made a good impression," said William Davis, chairman of the town's economic development committee, during a visit to the Lincoln News on Monday. Davis and fellow committee member Denise Desaulniers-Kusnierz and Angie Belk, owner of the Lincoln Tim Hortons restaurant, travelled to Augusta on Feb. 16 to testify in support of LD 216 before the legislature's transportation committee. The bill asks the DOT to place signs on I-95 to direct drivers to a scenic byway route in Lincoln. According to Belk and Davis, the byway would use U.S. Route 2 and Route 6.

Howland selectmen to ask for bids to tear down dangerous building, use reserve funds for water

HOWLAND – After not  hearing from two people responsible for what selectmen have termed a dangerous building, the board voted to solicit bids to tear down the building at 105 Water Street at a recent meeting. The board agreed in a 4-0 vote, with board member Michael Harris abstaining, to ask for bids to eventually tear down the property, which has been a subject of discussion by the board for a few years. "We've been talking about this for three years," Selectman Glenn Brawn said at the board's Feb. 14 meeting. Earlier this year, the board declared the 105 Water Street property as a dangerous building and asked Gary Buck or Mr. Von Der Hyde, who had interest in the property, to take ownership and take steps to make repairs by Feb. 10.

Holden man killed in icy fall at Baxter State Park

BAXTER STATE PARK—A southern Penobscot County man became the second person to lose his life this month inside Baxter State Park when he was fatally injured in a fall over the Presidents Day weekend. The 68-year old Holden man, whose name was not released, died Saturday while hiking with a companion as the pair attempted a climb of Mount Katahdin on the Abol Trail, according to a press release issued Monday from Baxter State Park officials. The man fell down the icy surface of Abol Slide after losing his footing near the top of the Abol Trail where it intersects with the top of the slide. The man was unable to stop his descent down the steep, ice-covered Abol Slide. He slid more than 1,000 feet before coming to rest near the bottom of the open section of the slide. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. The man had been camping with a group at Daicey Pond Campground inside Baxter State Park.

East Mill police bust man for alleged heroin possession

EAST MILLINOCKET—A suspicious vehicle parked at an East Millinocket business led police to a Greenbush man accused of being in possession of heroin. John P. Murray, 29, was charged with one count of unlawful possession of schedule W drugs when heroin was allegedly found in a plastic bottle located in the trunk of his vehicle during a search conducted by Corporal Brad Fitzgerald of the East Millinocket Police Department. Murray, who at the time of the incident was on probation for unlawful sexual contact, was taken into custody on a probation hold and transported to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. He is scheduled to appear March 8 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the drug possession charge, which is a Class D crime as defined by Maine law.

Land sale, marijuana moratorium among Medway warrant articles

MEDWAY – With few citizens in attendance, the Medway Board of Selectman held an informational meeting on Feb. 14 to discuss proposed ordinances and articles that will be voted on during a special town meeting Feb. 28 at 6 p.m. at the Medway Middle School. After officially signing the warrant selectmen were asked about Article 4 which asks for permission to sell approximately 12 acres of ministerial land (also known as the public lots) to James Talbot for the purpose of constructing a new radio tower. During a special meeting in October 2013, citizens gave permission for the process to move forward indicating they would be willing to sell the land thereby giving Talbot the go ahead to obtain the necessary permits. Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said it’s taken Talbot this long to get through all the regulatory processes and obtain permits. She said due to the town’s involvement she has seen the emails and conversations that have gone back and forth and it’s been “ridiculous.” Lee said the Old Medway Church and its historical designation held up the permit process for years.

Stearns survives scare, stops Narraguagus for semifinal berth

BANGOR—On a day that already produced two upsets at the Cross Insurance Center, the top-seeded Stearns girls received a stern test from reigning state champion Narraguagus during Tuesday afternoon’s Class C North quarterfinal. But Stearns avoiding being the tournament’s biggest upset victim thus far prevailing over the eighth-ranked Knights 51-41. The Lady Minutemen (18-1) earned the program’s first-ever victory at the Cross Insurance Center and advanced to Friday’s 8:35 p.m. regional semifinal against No. 5 Dexter (14-6), which rolled to a 50-26 win over No. 4 Madawaska in Tuesday afternoon’s first quarterfinal.

Thompson, King help Wolverines soar over Hawks into semifinals

BANGOR—A pair of key first-half surges enabled the Schenck boys basketball team to build an early advantage during Tuesday morning’s Class C North quarterfinal against Hodgdon before the Wolverines came through with some important momentum-altering stretches in the second half to quell comeback attempts by the higher-seeded Hawks. That, along with 20-plus point performances by seniors Justin Thompson and Chris King, earned the No. 6 Wolverines (15-5) an impressive 65-46 victory over No. 3 Hodgdon (12-7) at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. Schenck, which has won nine straight, advanced to Friday’s 2:05 p.m. regional semifinal against No. 2 Fort Fairfield (18-1), which dispatched No. 7 Piscataquis 66-43 in Tuesday morning’s second quarterfinal.