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JULY 4, 2019

Large crowd drawn for Gary Gordon weekend, dinner event

LINCOLN - The weekend long celebration, commemorating the sacrifice of native son Gary Gordon, is once again being deemed a success by organizers with early numbers indicating the spaghetti supper had a larger turnout than last year. More than $6,000 was raised during the fifth-annual event, with proceeds earmarked for a life-sized bronze statue of the Congressional Medal of Honor recipient. This year was highlighted by a special bridge dedication ceremony, as Representative Sheldon Hanington co-sponsored a bill to rename the Lincoln-Chester Bridge in Gordon’s honor.

Stored Solar officials update Enfield officials on plans

ENFIELD – The best path for the long-term future of Stored Solar's future is the development of other enterprises as opposed to just selling electricity on the open market, company officials informed selectmen last month. The officials also toured some tax benefits that make the site attractive for potential investment, including the designation of the property as an "Opportunity Zone" by the U.S. Treasury in May 2018. Selectmen also asked for a tour of the facility, which reopened in 2016 after they were shuttered earlier that year by Covanta Energy. The plant converts biomass into energy.                                                                                     

Burlington voters to head to polls on July 8 to chose selectmen

BURLINGTON – Voters will have a choice of candidates to fill all three selectmen’s positions next week. A special election on July 8 will fill all three selectmen’s seats through March 24, 2020, when the annual municipal election will be held. A total of seven candidates will be vying for the three seats and polls will be open from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. at the town’s municipal building.

Annual beach and barbecue day raises funds for House scholarship fund

LEE – Cool weather failed to deter the annual Sgt. Joel House Camp Scholarship Fund's annual Beach and Barbecue Day last weekend. The day was the 10th annual free beach and barbecue held at Cole's Landing on Silver Lake in Lee, the same lake where Paul and Deanna House, Joel House's parents, still own a camp. Sgt. Joel House was killed in action in Iraq in 2007 by a roadside bomb while serving in the U.S. Army. His parents and family created the fund as a way to honor his life and help children attend the camp of their choice. This year, some 68 students are attending 34 summer camps, Dee House noted at the June 29 event, with the fund paying more than $14,000 in tuition. As has been the case in each of the nine previous beach days, hot dogs and hamburgers, along with other barbecue favorites, were served free of charge. Also, there was face painting and children's games available.

Town continues to investigate cheaper trash options

LINCOLN - A pay-per-bag may not be the most popular alternative for councilors to a town-run transfer station, but officials will continue to investigate possible cost saving alternatives. On Thursday, the Town Council discussed possible trash disposal alternatives in an effort to reduce the more than $440,000 currently spent operating a transfer station. Councilor John Trask, who has been one of the most vocal in his opposition to a “pay-as-you-throw” system, calling it a “double tax” on residents, suggested the town look at hiring a third party contractor to run the station.

Multiple municipal positions open as town seeks board volunteers

LINCOLN - An influx of resignations from public boards and committees has the town seeking volunteers to fill critical roles. On Tuesday, Lincoln Town Clerk Ann Morrison announced there were four immediate vacancies on critical boards, such as the Planning Board, Water District and School Board. “Due to unexpected vacancies, we are accepting Citizen Participation Forms to fill those (Planning Board) openings,” Morrison wrote in a Public Notice filed with the NEWS.

Police searching for three with warrants, investigating other incidents

LINCOLN - Though local law enforcement continues to investigate shoplifting incidents at local department stores, no arrests have been made this week. Sgt. John Walsh of the Lincoln Police Department said Tuesday police had several cases that may result in charges, but could not provide further details as they were being openly investigated. That is not to say police do not have their list of Lincoln’s Most Wanted individuals who have active warrants.

Lincoln Regional Airport hosts annual fly-in buoyed by successful June vote

LINCOLN – After an overcast and rainy start, planes eventually made their way to the Lincoln Airport's annual Fly-In and Camp Out last weekend. Similarly, the airport's future has brightened considerably following last month's passage of a referendum question supporting a $4.5 million project to address safety concerns.

SAD 30 voters approve $3.85 million budget

LEE – Despite a plea from at least one resident for cuts, some 31 voters opted instead to approve a $3.85 million budget for School Administrative District 30 last week. The budget was approved at the annual district budget meeting, held June 27 at Mt. Jefferson Junior High School and moderated by Gary Haynes. While the overall budget is increased by just 1.2 percent (or $45,712.20) compared to the current spending plan, a decrease in state subsidy and increases in costs, including a $60,000 special education placement, are resulting in large increases in assessment to the district's four towns.

Two local women competing in Inked Magazine Cover Girl contest

Two local women continue to advance in the Inked Magazine Cover Girl contest, currently playing out at the magazine's website. Caprice Stevens of Lincoln and Kylie Bean of Enfield remain in position to advance through the third round of online voting, which continues through July 3 at 11 p.m. Eastern Daylight Time. The winner will receive $25,000 and join celebrity photographer Christopher Kolk for a cover shoot.

Howland fish derby to raise funds for permanent park restroom

HOWLAND – The Howland Economic Development Committee is looking to build a handicap accessible restroom at the Howland Veterans Memorial Park. Part of that effort includes a bass fishing derby set for July 27 on the waters of the Piscataquis and Penobscot rivers. Tickets for the derby are $5 each and anglers have a chance to take home $25, $75 or $100 for one of the three largest bass caught during the day as well as door prizes, according to organizers. Fishing will take place from 5:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. on July 27, with the weigh-in held from noon to 6 p.m. at the park's boat landing.

Mills signs bill renaming Route 11 bridge after Detective Campbell

AUGUSTA—Maine Gov. Janet Mills gave her approval last month to a bill passed by the Maine Legislature renaming a bridge on Route 11 west of Millinocket in honor of Maine State Police Detective Benjamin Campbell. LD 1827, a resolve to designate a bridge in Indian Purchase Township the “Detective Benjamin Campbell Bridge,” was signed into law by Mills on June 19 after it garnered the support of the Maine House of Representatives and Maine Senate earlier in the month. State Sen. James Dill, D-Penobscot, who represents the Katahdin Region in the upper chamber of the Maine Legislature, introduced the bill to name the bridge after the state police detective from Millinocket who was killed April 3 in an accident while assisting a motorist alongside Interstate 95 in Hampden.

Board awards three percent raises; culverts to be replaced

MEDWAY – With the budget now passed, Medway Selectmen agreed to give three percent raises to eight of the town’s 11 municipal employees. Selectmen made special exception for Town Treasurer Beth Jandreau and gave her a $1 per hour raise bringing her up to $15.86 per hour. Selectman John Lee said the board is trying to increase Jandreau’s pay to more accurately reflect her job duties and responsibilities and to be competitive with others in her field. John Lee said the steadily increasing minimum wage is forcing Medway and other municipalities to look at pay rates and adjust them accordingly to keep employees. It was noted that the three percent increases do not apply to Fire Chief Aaron Lee or Town Tax Collector Traci Waite as they are new employees and that the money to cover the raises was built into the budget that was passed.

Police probing alleged assault of man at Millinocket bar

MILLINOCKET—The Millinocket Police Department is investigating an alleged assault early Saturday morning inside a Central Street bar that left a local man with a head injury. According to information provided by Millinocket Deputy Police Chief Janet Theriault, the incident was reported around 12:20 a.m. when Officer Paul Gamble was dispatched to Highlands Tavern for a reported bar fight resulting in a male subject sustaining injury to his head during an alleged assault.

Council passes budget

MILLINOCKET—At last the figures are in for the town and school budgets for 2019-2020 and both have been approved by their respective governing bodies. Members of the town council approved the budgets during a public hearing for the Fiscal 2020 municipal and wastewater budgets and for the school budgets. There was little discussion from the public concerning either budget presentation. Councilors added $1,200 to Order #139-2019 to Public Safety and Protection line 204 for ambulance budget to compensate nurses for ambulance runs.

Woman indicted on multiple felony assault charges from March attack on medical providers

MILLINOCKET/BANGOR—For the second time in as many months, a 37-year old Millinocket woman was indicated by the Penobscot County grand jury, this time for multiple felony assault charges stemming from an alleged attack in March on medical providers. Grand jurors returned an indictment against Amber McMahon on three counts of Class C assault during their June session in Bangor.

NH man charged after accident when vehicle takes down utility pole

MILLINOCKET—A 34-year old New Hampshire man is facing multiple charges stemming from an accident early Saturday morning when his car collided with a utility pole resulting in the closure of a Millinocket road for several hours and disrupting utility service in the area. Matthew Gaudet is facing one count each of leaving the scene of a property damage accident and failure to report accident by quickest means. He was summonsed to appear Aug. 7 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charges.

Route 157 scene of two crashes involving vehicles and moose

MILLINOCKET—Route 157 just outside the Central Street business district in Millinocket was the scene of two recent crashes when vehicles collided with moose. One of the crashes sent a Millinocket woman to the hospital for medical attention while the driver in the second crash was not injured.

EMPD is stepping up their patrols to help curb speeding vehicles

EAST MILLINOCKET/MEDWAY—The East Millinocket Police Department is asking motorists to be mindful of the posted speed limits and watch out for pedestrians when traversing roadways in the area. In a recent post on its Facebook page, the department stated that with the arrival of summer and vacationers coming from outside the area there is typically an influx of motorists driving through East Millinocket and Medway who are not familiar with the region. EMPD stated it is very common for officers to observe vehicles going in excess of 60 mph on primary routes, including Main Street in East Millinocket and Medway Road in Medway.

Drone pilots reminded to be mindful of regulations

MILLINOCKET—Recently received complaints about the use of drones, also known as unmanned ariel vehicles (UAV), has the Millinocket Police Department reminding operators to be mindful of regulations governing the use of the aircraft. All UAV that weigh more than 8.8 ounces must be registered with the Federal Aviation Administration before they are flown outside. Registration costs $5 and is valid for three years. Registration stickers must be affixed to the exterior of the aircraft.

Man asks to use police station restroom, found allegedly in possession of meth making items

MILLINOCKET—A 35-year old East Millinocket man was arrested Friday after he allegedly possessed materials to make methamphetamine as well as trace amounts of the drug and hypodermic needles when he asked to use the restroom at the Millinocket police station. Jules Michaud is facing charges of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs and unlawful possession of hypodermic apparatuses. He was on probation at the time of the alleged incident and was placed on a probation hold. Michaud was transported to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor and is scheduled to appear Sept. 4 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charges.

Council updates Tobacco Free Zone

MILLINOCKET—It has been illegal to smoke in public places in Millinocket since February 2015 when the town council passed Resolve #1-2015. Now that has been updated to include e-cigarettes and vaping pens. At the regular council meeting on Thursday, June 27, Councilors unanimously amended the Tobacco Free Zones to ban not only recognized tobacco products such as cigarettes, cigars, pipes, and second hand smoke, but also e-cigarettes and vaping pens.

Evening parade, fireworks highlight Millinocket’s three-day July 4 celebration

MILLINOCKET—An evening parade followed by a fireworks display along with street dances, vendors and a host of other activities highlight a three-day, star-spangled, Independence Day celebration this week in Millinocket. With a theme of honoring our veterans, the celebration, presented by the Town of Millinocket Events Committee, runs Thursday through Saturday. The event kicks off on Thursday, July 4, with food and gift vendors downtown and at Veterans Memorial Park beginning at 2 p.m. Also at 2 p.m. there will be a dunk tank, climbing wall and obstacle course at Veterans Memorial Park presented by Calvary Temple. The food and gift vendors as well as the dunk tank, climbing wall and obstacle course also open Friday at 10 a.m. and Saturday at 9 a.m.

Council nominates several for Spirit of America

MILLINOCKET—At the Millinocket Town Council meeting on June 13, Manager John Davis told councilors that he was seeking nominations for the Spirit of America award. Councilors came up with several suggestions: five to be exact. The five nominees were each given a proclamation so honoring the nomination at the council meeting on Thursday, June 27. The nominees were Albert (Al) Fowler, Tricia Cyr, Cody McEwen, Jerry Bulley, and Matt Delaney.

Opioid crisis looking for a coalition

EAST MILLINOCKET—The opioid crisis has taken the country by a storm; and that includes New England, the state of Maine, and the Katahdin region. Measures are underway to combat the crisis as addictions take over lives and families. It can consume families, strain resources and ruin lives. Battling the effects of opioid addictions and finding the resources put strains on families and communities. Finding cures and solutions are difficult.

House tour nets $1,100 towards MML campaign

MILLINOCKET—A tour of a house on Rhode Island Avenue and Heritage Street raised a $1,100 towards the Millinocket Memorial Library’s Phase II of Capital Campaign for the Centennial Renovation Project. The house known as 1854 Heritage was the scene for an hour of Harold and Judy Waltz’s residence showcasing flower gardens in bloom and a collection of antiques and artifacts from the Victorian era. The house tour took place on Friday, June 21. A little more than 50 persons came out for the tour and to donate towards the fundraising efforts of the library as a six-to-eight month construction and renovation gets underway at MML located on Maine Avenue.