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SEPTEMBER 18, 2014

Petition drive successful, public hearing, vote to take place on town office

LINCOLN – Voters will be asked to decide whether to overturn the town council’s vote last month to build a new town office on Fleming Street and lease the building from a local businessman. Eleven different citizens gathered 776 valid signatures, far more than the 321 needed, to put the matter to a public vote, according to Town Clerk Shelly Crosby. A public forum planned for Thursday night to talk about the town office, as well as a plan to sign a memorandum of understanding with Lincoln developer Sterling Osgood, has been scrapped, according to Crosby. The memo was to be signed on Sept. 8, but was postponed until Thursday. Instead, a public hearing will be held, as required by town charter, sometime before Oct. 11 to discuss the topic ahead of the vote.

Controlled burn keeps area firefighters prepared for any incident

LINCOLN – Area firefighters were able to receive training while burning a Curtis Farm Road home last weekend. A short time later, firefighters put some of those skills to use when a camper and the vehicle towing it were destroyed by fire, according to Lincoln officials. About 50 firefighters from eight fire departments, as well as emergency medical technicians from the Lincoln-East Millinocket ambulance service, took part in the training exercise, culminating in the burning of a house that had been part of the neighborhood for many years. “The training went very well,” Stratton said, noting that there were no injuries reported. Among the topics covered in the daylong event we host advance, fire behavior, ventilation, fire extinguishment, hose loads, water shuttling, use of hand tools, salvage and overhaul and communication and safety, Stratton noted.

Howland selectmen to craft solid waste referendum questions on Wednesday

HOWLAND – After soliciting information and potential alternatives for months, selectmen were scheduled to meet Wednesday night at 7 p.m. to finally decide which trash options to present to voters in November. The meeting, open to the public, will be designed for selectmen to develop a question or questions to present to voters regarding solid waste options, a subject that has been debated for the past few months. It is not likely that more public comment will be accepted on the matter. Selectmen had originally established a committee to look at the town’s solid waste and recycling programs as a way to prepare for the future. Currently, the Penobscot Energy Recovery Corporation accepts trash from Howland and converts it to energy.

LPT conducting maintenance, backlog management work  during shutdown

LINCOLN – Lincoln Paper and Tissue has been idled for the past few days to handle maintenance and other matters, the mill’s owner said in an e-mail message. The mill shut down late last week for what Keith Van Scotter called “maintenance and backlog management” at the mill.

Woman arrested after allegedly assaulting, attempting to stab church deacon in East

EAST MILLINOCKET—A Medway woman was arrested last week on two criminal charges after she allegedly assaulted and attempted to a stab the deacon at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in East Millinocket. Wendy Wood was taken into custody at her residence in Medway a short time after the Sept. 8 incident and charged with one count each of assault and criminal threatening, according to Sgt. Kevin Giberson of the East Millinocket Police Department. After her arrest, Wood was transported to Millinocket Regional Hospital for a mental health evaluation and subsequently transferred to a mental health facility after being released on bail.

PD probing second homemade explosive device thrown at Millinocket residence

MILLINOCKET—Three weeks after a homemade improvised explosive device was thrown onto the porch of an Iron Bridge Road residence Millinocket police and the State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating a second, similar incident that took place early Saturday morning at Kelley’s Mobile Home Park. The incident was brought to the attention of the Millinocket Police Department shortly after midnight when Officer Marty Legassey received a complaint from a resident in the mobile home park reporting what sounded like gun shots coming from an adjacent property, according to information from the incident report provided by Deputy Chief Janet Theriault. While Legassey was en route to the area, he received a call from the neighbor of the initial complainant stating he believed someone had thrown an explosive device at his residence.

Overwhelming generosity helps spur donation efforts

MILLINOCKET—In the days since eight families lost their homes and possessions earlier this month in the devastating fire that destroyed the Cyr Apartment building on Wassau Street, a local grassroots effort has developed to help the victims get back on their feet. Through the overwhelming generosity of countless area residents, a multi-phase donation campaign has yielded thousands of dollars worth of clothing and footwear along with monetary donations to assist those affected by the fire, and the collection effort has now turned its attention to household items to continue to assist the families with putting their lives back together following the Sept. 1 blaze.

Divided board sends school budget to town meeting

EAST MILLINOCKET – With both sides making valid arguments, the East Millinocket Board of Selectmen voted 3-2 to send the newly revised school budget to the public in a special town meeting on Sept. 18. Board Chairman Gary MacLeod and Selectmen Kelley Michaud and James Jamo voted yes while Selectmen Clint Linscott and Mark Marston voted no. The town meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in the Schenck High School auditorium and the school budget validation vote will be held the following week on Sept. 23. This is the third attempt to get a school budget passed; both times the budget has passed at the town meeting but has been rejected handily in the secret ballot validation voting. Linscott said the budget presented didn’t represent any changes from the last budget except that it was actually increased by almost $10,000. He said putting that budget forward was a “slap in the face” to citizens who have increasingly rejected the budget at the voting booth.