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August 6, 2020

Howland selectmen approve interim financing for new fire station

HOWLAND – Selectmen agreed Monday to use interim financing for its new fire station and town office complex. The board approved working with First National Bank for what Town Manager David Lloyd described as a bond anticipation note, which will last through October 2022. The town will pay a 1.58 percent interest rate to First National.   

Lakeville project seeking funds, input from locals

LAKEVILLE – A plan to purchase and preserve 2,025 acres of forest land, including frontage on a pair of lakes, is coming closer to reality, a pair of speakers noted during Monday's educational program sponsored by the Lakeville Camp Owners Association. Fundraising efforts will increase and input from local and seasonal residents about how the land will be managed highlighted the event, which drew about 30 camp owners and residents to the Sysladobsis Lake boat launch.

Town office closed as selectmen seek clerk replacement

PASSADUMKEAG - The town’s municipal office remains temporarily closed, following the resignation of the town clerk and tax collector. The SAD 31 budget vote has also been cancelled as the same person was also the Registrar of Voters.

Onstar aids police in tracking down stolen vehicle

LINCOLN - A local woman is facing multiple charges after allegedly stealing a truck from an unlocked hangar this weekend. Local authorities were able to quickly track down the vehicle, thanks to Onstar, an emergency service that provided the exact location of the vehicle. Holly Mushero, 37, has been charged with felony Class C Burglary, Class D Unlawful Use of Property and Class E Violation of Conditions of Release after admitting to taking a 2018 GMC Sierra and attached trailer from the Lincoln Airport sometime after noon Sunday.

RSU 67 board set to decide on reopening plan approach

LINCOLN - After receiving a detailed plan outlining three possible scenarios to reopen schools for the 2020-2021 school year, the Regional School Unit 67 board will decide on Wednesday evening just how that reopening will occur. The board is scheduled to meet on Wednesday night at 6:30 p.m. via the Zoom teleconferencing application. A link to join the meeting can be found on the RSU 67 website ( by:

Corinna woman killed in Pierce-Webber Road ATV crash

LINCOLN - The Maine Warden Service is continuing to investigate a fatal crash here Saturday evening. Shannon Brewer, 40, of Corinna was killed after losing control of the 2020 Can Am Maverick 1000 side-by-side on the Pierce Webber Road at 8:30 p.m. Brewer was driving the machine with owner Michael Martin when she lost control of the ATV at a four-way intersection near Upper Pond. The vehicle skidded approximately 50 feet before rolling against a tree.

SAD 31 board to vote Monday on reopening plan

HOWLAND – After getting a first look Tuesday at School Administrative District 31's plan to reopen schools for the upcoming school year, the board of directors will be asked to approve it early next week. A special board meeting will take place on Monday night at 6 p.m. over the Zoom teleconferencing application, Superintendent Michael Wright announced at the end of Tuesday's workshop.

Noisy neighbor’s rowdy radio silenced after sixth complaint

LINCOLN - A local woman has been charged for disorderly conduct after police responded to six noise complaints in two weeks. Dawn Burt, 32, was warned by local authorities earlier in the evening Thursday, July 30, that the volume of her music was too loud.

Treasurer position removed from Aug. 22 Burlington election ballot

BURLINGTON – After consulting with an attorney, Burlington's upcoming election ballot will have only two open seats instead of three. In a legal notice appearing in this week's Lincoln News, the treasurer's seat will not be filled through the Aug. 22 special election as previously advertised.

Construction at Public Safety begins in preparation for ambulance service

LINCOLN - Construction for two bunk rooms has begun at the town’s Public Safety Building in preparation for the ambulance team. On Wednesday, July 29, carpenters from Precision Framing and Finish of Howland, began one of several projects to not only get the aging building ready to house its own EMS service, but also to correct some code concerns.

Howland town manager to continue work on sewer rate reduction policy

HOWLAND – Town Manager David Lloyd told selectmen on Monday that he will continue tackling what has been an elusive problem covering many town managers and town officials – how to properly handle sewer bills for customers using more water in the spring and summer months. One major problem is the way Howland determines its water and sewer bills, Lloyd noted during Monday's meeting at the town office.

Recount confirms Rosen as Senate District 8 primary winner

AUGUSTA – While Larry Lockman edged closer to State Sen. Kim Rosen, a July 30 re-count of votes of their July 14 Republican primary race affirmed Rosen's win. The recount was held in Augusta in the Cross Building following a request made by Lockman before the deadline earlier this month.

SAD 31 budget validation vote set for Thursday

The School Administrative District's proposed $7.098 million budget faces its second and perhaps final hurdle on Thursday when voters cast their votes in a budget validation vote. Polls will be open various hours in each of the towns, including 1-7 p.m. in Enfield and 3-7 p.m. in Howland. Voters in Maxfield and Edinburg should contact their town offices for polling hours. It was unclear at press time what would happen in Passadumkeag following the sudden resignation of their town clerk. (See separate story)

Police union files complaint over Davis’ handling of misconduct allegations

MILLINOCKET—The labor union representing members of the Millinocket Police Department has filed a complaint with the Millinocket Town Council about how Town Manager John Davis has handled misconduct allegations against Police Chief Craig Worster.

East Mill ambulance service seeking stability

EAST MILLINOCKET – While the town’s ambulance service continues to evolve the East Millinocket Board of Selectmen is answering requests for proposals for emergency medical services. Earlier this month the town answered a request from Mattawamkeag (which, according to the NEWS was rejected in favor of a contract with Lincoln) and now there is a request from the town of Winn. Board Chairman Peggy Daigle said the town was contacted by Winn officials to “find out what the town would charge for ambulance services.”

Murray sentenced to life for murder in 2017 Millinocket home invasion shooting

BANGOR—A North Carolina man was sentenced to life in prison after being convicted of multiple charges, including murder, stemming from a December 2017 home invasion and shooting at a Millinocket residence that left local businessman Wayne LaPierre dead and his wife, Diem LaPierre, seriously injured. Christopher Murray, 40, received the life sentence Friday from Superior Court Justice William Anderson at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor for his role in the Dec. 19, 2017 shooting that took place inside the LaPierres’ home on Massachusetts Avenue. Murray was convicted in February 2019 on one count each of murder, elevated aggravated assault and robbery following a four-day jury trial inside a Bangor courtroom.

Mulligan indicted on manslaughter charge stemming from March shooting

BANGOR/MILLINOCKET—A 45-year old man from East Millinocket was indicted last week for manslaughter stemming from a March shooting inside a Millinocket residence that resulted in the death of a 23-year old Millinocket man. Jason C. Mulligan was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury on one count each of manslaughter and possession of a firearm by prohibited person stemming from the March 15 incident at an address on Penobscot Avenue. Grand jurors also indicted Mulligan on two counts of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and one count of criminal operating under the influence stemming from an unrelated case.

Ditching project postponed to spring, steel body purchase okayed

MEDWAY – Public Works Director Greg Hale met with selectmen Monday to update them on projects his department is working on and ask for more time to bid out the Dickey Moore Rd ditching project. Hale said that there are a number of variables in the project and he wants to take his time to figure all the scenarios so he can get the best deal for the town. He said renting an excavator alone could cost significant money depending on what work that is known and what might be found after work has started.

Woman accused of violating harassment order with phone call from police station after arrest

MILLINOCKET—A 34-year old Millinocket woman who was arrested Sunday on an outstanding warrant is facing multiple additional charges, including one for harassment when she allegedly placed a phone call from the Millinocket police station to a woman whom she is barred from contacting because of a cease harassment order. Kimberly Roberts was also charged with violation of conditional release when she allegedly tested positive for methamphetamine when she submitted to a drug test as part of her existing bail conditions. She was transported to the Penobscot County Jail following her arrest and is scheduled to appear Nov. 4 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charges of harassment and violation of conditional release

Man indicted for alleged attack with Samurai sword

BANGOR/MILLINOCKET—A Millinocket man was indicted last week on a felony charge of aggravated assault stemming from an incident last winter when he allegedly attacked another man with a Samurai sword. Jeremy Rideout, 35, was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury during its July session in Bangor. Rideout is accused of aggravated assault stemming from a Dec. 29, 2019 incident when he allegedly drew a Samurai sword during a fight with another man and used the weapon to cut the other man’s arm.

Millinocket school administrative team updates school start plans

MILLINOCKET—The 2020-2021 school year planning is probably one of the most difficult years in which to be ready for the opening of school—even knowing the exact date that school does commence is not in the realm of an exact science—at least not this year. With that said, it doesn’t mean that an administrative team tasked with planning for the opening of the school year hasn’t been making plans: it has, according to Superintendent Francis “Frank” Boynton as he informed the school board on Tuesday, July 28 and an update meeting the morning of the 29th which was held in the school library.

Pair charged for canine violations

MILLINOCKET—Two local residents were charged recently with canine-related offenses following complaints investigated by the Millinocket Police Department. According to information provided by Chief Craig Worster of the Millinocket Police Department, James Hall, 30, was summonsed to appear Nov. 4 in Millinocket District Court on charges of dog at large, unlicensed dog and unvaccinated dog while Robert Raymond, 45, was summonsed to appear Sept. 9 in Millinocket District Court on a charge of dog at large.

Paving, upkeep of town gazebo discussed

EAST MILLINOCKET – East Millinocket Public Works Director Steve Campbell reported to the board of selectmen that he’s received one quote for paving and is waiting on two more. He said as of now he has enough funds to pave County St. from Spring St. to Birch; Maple St. from Main St. to Park St.; Elm St. from Main St. to Park St. and sidewalks from Main St from Spruce St. to Maple St. Campbell said the paving would also include “reshaping some of the tree belts.” He added that until all the quotes come in the paving schedule isn’t set in stone and is subject to change.

Incumbents take out papers for East Mill; seven declare interest for Millinocket council

KATAHDIN REGION—Incumbents have taken out nomination papers to seek re-election to municipal office in East Millinocket while seven people have started the nomination process to run for Millinocket Town Council. As of Monday afternoon, incumbents were the only people who have officially declared interest in running for Board of Selectmen and School Board in East Millinocket, according to Town Clerk Erica Ingalls.

East Millinocket, Medway survey on school opening results

EAST MILLINOCKET AND MEDWAY—Just how the beginning of the school year will start is a question on nearly everyone’s mind. Will students attend? Will teachers be ready for new roles that include in person and distance learning? Will the school buildings be ready? Can administrators and staff work safely? East Millinocket schools made telephone calls and sent out surveys trying to find out the thoughts and response of households that have children in the educational system. Principal Justin Page and a team of administrators and staff made those calls to determine what the pulse of the public is as concerns the COVID-19 pandemic and education for the school year 2020-2021. Page revealed the results at the school board meeting on Wednesday, July 29.

East schools to get PPE from state

EAST MILLINOCKET—The COVID-19 pandemic has put extra burdens on school systems that have tight budgets as school administrators and teachers teach children with fewer and fewer resources despite increased demand for up-to-date materials. The latest addition to the budget and burden of the East Millinocket School departments is PPE otherwise known as personal protective equipment. Business Office Manager Luci Milewski reported at the School Board meeting on Wednesday, July 29 that the state is coming through with much needed PPE supplies which include masks, gloves, and hand sanitizer. These PPE items will help to relieve some of the increased burden to begin the school year, but it won’t entirely cover the total need.

East schools planning for fall educational options

EAST MILLINOCKET—It has yet to be determined the exact start of the 2020-2021 school year, but that doesn’t mean the administrative team has been idly wiling away the hours just to see what the crystal ball will show. True enough, there are many unknowns and what is known changes nearly every day; so go ahead, and make a scheduled based on that. But that is what the administrators must do: plan for whatever and be prepared to adapt to the newest changes.

Cares Act to help schools with COVID issues

EAST MILLINOCKET AND MILLINOCKET—The Coronavirus pandemic has placed an added burden upon area schools. Supplies for cleaning, sanitizing, and other safety measures are not something that was automatically built into budgets for 2020-2021 but are a significant added financial burden that must be met. To that end, the Cares grant will assist schools with monies funneled through the state from the federal government will make the extra costs more manageable. However, it will not be an end-all solution to the increase demand for school budgets.

Board signed bond paperwork, camp sites questioned

MEDWAY - Selectmen officially signed all necessary paperwork for the school’s new $150,000 bond at the regular board meeting Monday evening. Because the school is a department of the town, the documentation for borrowing needs to be authorized by selectmen. It was noted by board members that the bond was already approved by voters so the signing of the paperwork was not debatable. Selectman Jim Michaud said he’d go along with it because it was the “people’s” choice but “I didn’t vote for it, I wasn’t in favor.”

Town informed of PPE grant, mask campaign

KATAHDIN REGION – Mobilize Katahdin (MK) steering committee members Jane Danforth and Charlie Pray met with the East Millinocket Board of Selectmen via Zoom last week to inform them of a state grant opportunity for municipalities to purchase masks and other safety equipment. Danforth explained that in her position as a public health advocate, director of grants and community wellness for Millinocket Regional Hospital and project director of Thrive Penobscot she promotes wearing masks and has a goal of providing free masks to all who need them in the Katahdin region – locals and visitors alike.

MPA releases updated guidelines for return to high school athletics

KATAHDIN REGION—The Maine Principals’ Association has released updated guidelines for the return of interscholastic athletics in the Pine Tree State and the hopeful start of the 2020 fall sports season. The most recent guidelines from the MPA call for practices to begin on Sept. 8 with regular season competition to start on Sept. 18 for a delay of approximately two weeks from the original projected start dates.