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August 3, 2017

Fire marshal investigating Edinburg house fire

EDINBURG – A Wednesday, July 26 fire remains under investigation by the state Fire Marshal’s Office after a stove fire gutted a house despite a quick response by firefighters. “The first alarm sounded at 5:45 p.m. and we were on scene with 10 firefighters at 5:57 p.m.,” Howland Fire Chief Josh McNally said. The call came in as Howland’s team was conducting training at the station, initially reported as a stove fire at 791 Edinburg Road, a property owned by Dale and Emma Jean Cook but being rented out to an unnamed family. “The resident reported he was cooking moose meat on the stove and stepped outside to take a phone call,” McNally said. “When he came back inside, a fire had spread from the stove up the wall to the cabinets.”

Poland Spring officials cite strength of aquifer; construction to begin soon on load station

LINCOLN - Representatives from Poland Spring were on hand Saturday morning at Region III to host an informational meeting regarding the loading (pumping) station that will be under construction starting next week. Near the Enfield line, the site is the same well that supplied Lincoln Paper and Tissue, which pulled 180 million gallons of water per year from the aquifer. Tom Brennan, senior natural resource manager of Poland Spring, said that water district customers would always come first, however.

Howland board opts to move forward with transfer station project

HOWLAND – Howland selectmen opted Monday afternoon to seek bids for the first phase of what will eventually become the new home for its transfer station and recycling center. In a 3-0 vote, Jack Neel, Michael Sereyko and Tami Colbath voted to have Civil Engineering Services Inc. of Brewer help Town Manager David Wilson develop bid specifications for groundwork, the pouring of a slab and necessary electrical work at the site.  The next phase of the project would include construction of necessary buildings.

PUC blesses Poland Spring plan to truck water from Lincoln Water District well

Poland Spring's plans to use water from the Lincoln Water District's aquifer and truck it to points south gained a key approval on Tuesday morning. The Public Utilities Commission voted 2-0 to support a bulk water transport permit to Nestle Waters North America, the parent company of Poland Spring, at its Tuesday session at its offices in Augusta. The commission will send a letter with its findings to the Maine Drinking Water Program, which also needs to approve the plan before the permit is issued. The drinking water program asked the PUC for its input on the matter, commissioners noted during a brief Tuesday deliberative session.

Mattawamkeag voters approve town budget, elect Steve Worster to board of selectmen

MATTAWAMKEAG - Over forty residents attended Monday night's annual town meeting and voted to pass the municipal budget for 2017-2018 totaling (with education voted on previously) $1,157,108.29, an increase of $93,697.54. While some people questioned expenditures that they had concerns with, selectmen told them that the amounts reflected in several articles were looking forward and trying to plan for major expenditures down the road. John Whitehouse, first selectman, explained to the group the philosophy behind the requested amounts.

Blundered bombing victims indicted for meth making

BANGOR – Two individuals who were targeted in a failed fire bombing, only to be later caught manufacturing methamphetamine both in their Howland home and car as they drove through Lincoln, were indicted last Wednesday. Tiffany Lord, 26, and Christopher McGinn, 30, were both formally charged with the Unlawful Operation of a Methamphetamine Lab by a Penobscot Grand Jury. The two first came to the attention of law enforcement after Lord reported an unknown suspect had attempted to bomb her Cemetery Road home on May 4. State and Lincoln police responded along with Howland firefighters to find a small glass bottle filled with a suspected flammable liquid sitting on a chair. The suspected Molotov Cocktail was not only unlit, but did not have any form of ignition device attached to it.

Medway’s 882 out of service, citizens need to decide future

MEDWAY – Fire Chief Jon Buckingham’s report on the new and ongoing mechanical issues with Engine 882, and his recap of numerous past issues with the engine sparked, at times, heated discussion on the future of the truck. Over the last three years Buckingham has attended numerous meetings reporting to selectmen on various issues with 882 and obtaining estimates on fixing the various problems. Over the last couple of months Buckingham has been back in front of selectmen explaining that the engine’s power inverter needs to be replaced as well as some other wiring issues and two weeks ago he explained that there were leaks in the engine’s piping. He had arranged to have the piping repaired during the truck’s annual pump test this past week.

Recycling and brush pile: issues for Public Works

MILLINOCKET—There was a time when you had garbage you simply burned it, buried it, or threw it away. However, over the decades those practices are no longer in vogue. Today’s environment demands that we take better care of the things that we no longer use. There will still remain issues with landfills, garbage that is dumped in rivers, lakes, and oceans. But ignoring it and not doing our part will not help one iota. Recycling, reducing, and reusing whenever possible may not solve the problems associated with trash, but it won’t hurt. Lately, the main issue of concern has been with the brush pile: a place where leaves, branches, and such are open to the public to dispose of their backyard debris. Residents can do so 24 hours a day. But lately, there has been abuse with other refuse thrown in to boot.

Medway man indicted for alleged meth lab operation

MEDWAY/BANGOR—A 31-year old Medway man was indicted last week on a felony count of unlawful operation of a methamphetamine laboratory in a case that unfolded after East Millinocket police discovered the alleged drug making set up in a Pattagumpus Road residence. Darin Botting was indicted by the Penobscot County grand jury during its July session in Bangor. Grand jurors returned a one-count indictment against Botting for unlawful operation of a methamphetamine laboratory, which is a Class B crime as defined by Maine law punishable by up to 10 years in prison and a fine not to exceed $20,000.

Millinocket man indicted on multiple charges including alleged burglary, assault

MILLINOCKET—A 48-year old Millinocket man has been indicted on multiple charges stemming from a May incident when he allegedly assaulted his former female companion and twice forced his way into her Kelley’s Mobile Home Park residence. Mark Jacobs was indicted last week by the Penobscot County grand jury on two counts each of burglary and violation of condition of release as well as one count each of aggravated criminal trespass, domestic violence assault and criminal mischief. Jacobs is currently being held at the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor on $10,000 cash bail.

Connecticut man dies while hiking in Baxter State Park

BAXTER STATE PARK—A 60-year old Connecticut man died Sunday while hiking in Baxter State Park. The man, whose name was not released, was hiking on the Chimney Pond Trail when he collapsed, according to a press release issued Tuesday morning by Baxter State Park. He was found unresponsive by hikers Sunday morning, and numerous attempts to revive him were not successful. The man was pronounced dead at the scene. His body was transported from the Chimney Pond Trail by Maine Forest Service helicopter to a roadside location. He was then brought to a local funeral home.