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February 22, 2018

Lincoln recreational marijuana moratorium set for March council vote

LINCOLN – While awaiting action by the state's legislature on recreational marijuana regulations, Lincoln councilors will be asked to extend its own moratorium next month to prevent possible legal headaches later. At Tuesday's planning board meeting, Code Enforcement Officer Bruce Arnold explained the reasoning behind the proposed moratorium ordinance to be voted on by the town council at its March 12 meeting. A moratorium on recreational marijuana establishments in Maine expired on Feb. 1 and was not extended by the Maine Legislature, Arnold noted in a memo to the planning board.


Howland selectmen agree to ask for bids on Lagoon Lane transfer station project

HOWLAND – A long-planned move of the town's transfer station to a new location off Lagoon Lane moved one step closer Tuesday afternoon. Selectmen voted 3-0 in a special meeting to selectively solicit bids for the project and also requesting that CES Inc. of Brewer work with Town Manager David Wilson to determine a date for a pre-bid conference. The goal is to have a new transfer station completed in 2018, Wilson said at Tuesday's special meeting. Howland has been working with engineering firm CES for years to design a transfer station, which would be moved from its current location near the former Pine Tree Tanning building. Moving the transfer station would open up what town officials have considered a valuable piece of developable property


RSU 67 board delays action on creation of curriculum committee

LINCOLN – While some members of the Regional School Unit 67 board were able to express their reasons to add a curriculum committee, a final vote on whether to create another standing committee will wait for another day. The board again discussed whether to add such a committee during its Feb. 13 board meeting in the Mattanawcook Academy library. No decisions were made at the meeting, with Chairwoman Katie Clay noting that she needed more information from other school districts who already have curriculum committees.


Lincoln man jailed for Valentine’s Day domestic assault

LINCOLN - A local man was jailed Wednesday, Valentine’s Day, after allegedly “wrestling” with an unnamed victim, and possibly kicking her in the face during the incident. Jesse Dicker, 33, has been charged with Domestic Violence Assault after Lincoln police, with backup from State and County officers, arrived on scene to find the victim bruised and bloodied. Detective Mark Fucile said the victim at first stated everything was “ok” but Cpl. Jay Hallett noticed her odd behavior.


Howland economic committee selects new chair, prepares tif district

HOWLAND - The town's Economic Development Committee has selected a new chairperson at a time when Howland is perhaps showing its greatest potential for growth in recent memory. Tom DeCoste was selected for the role during Tuesday's meeting, and though the agenda was primarily housekeeping topics, several could potentially have big impact on the immediate and long term financial future of the community. Town Manager David Wilson said Wednesday that the committee is finalizing a proposed Tax Increment Financing District (TIF) that will be put before voters during the annual town meeting in June.


Penobscot Valley's Codi Sirois wins state "B" 113 wrestling title

WELLS – Chris Sirois was a three-time individual wrestling championship winner (1994-1996) and helped Penobscot Valley win two state team titles. Wining those championships, though, was secondary to the pride he felt when his son, Codi, etched his name into the school's history books. Codi Sirois won his first state individual title on Feb. 17 at Wells High School, defeating Ryan Norton of Wells 12-6 in the Class B 113 pound title bout.


MA's Daegan Eastman reaches 100 career win milestone

Hard work has indeed paid off for Mattanawcook Academy's Daegan Eastman. The senior wrestler became the second Lynx wrestler this season to earn his 100th career victory, which took place during the Northern Maine "B" regionals on Feb. 10 at Mount View High School in Thorndike.   "His improvement definitely shows," MA coach Matt Lindsay said about Eastman during a break at the Feb. 17 Class B state championships at Wells High School. Along the way, Eastman won the 126 pound title at the Penobscot Valley Conference championships on Feb. 3 in Howland and earned the outstanding wrestler of the meet award while also finishing second at the regional meet.


Half a century of holding us all together: Carll celebrates 50 years at NEWS

LINCOLN - It is early Wednesday morning. It could be any Wednesday or every Wednesday at the NEWS office. Laverne Carll is seated at her desk, with her McDonald’s coffee, preparing the newspaper. In the back of the building, Owner and Editor David Whalen shouts out a question, usually ad-related. Without stopping to look, Laverne answers him. It might be about what page an ad is on, or what size it is, or even the wording. It doesn’t matter. She knows the answer, without looking.


Upcoming verdict to be announced in Fournier murder trial

BANGOR—A verdict is expected to be announced Thursday morning in the murder trial of Philip Scott Fournier, the 57-year old East Millinocket man accused of the 1980 homicide of Joyce McLain. Justice Ann Murray is scheduled to deliver her verdict at 9:30 a.m. in Superior Court at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor. Murray presided over the bench trial of Fournier after he waived his constitutional right to trial by jury. Fournier stood trial on one count of murder in connection with the slaying of McLain, the 16-year old East Millinocket teen who was found dead Aug. 10, 1980 along the power line near the athletic fields at Schenck High School two days after she was last seen alive when she left her home to go jogging.


No PCBs found in transformers

MILLINOCKET—The problem of transformers needing replacing had been identified in 2016 and replaced in 2017. Everything was a go after the replacement. Only one issue remained: did the old transformer contain PCBs? Replacing the former transformers went fairly smoothly. They had been installed in 1974 and had served the school community well. The new replacement should get that much time or more. Removal of the old transformer would need to be facilitated, but only after testing to determine whether there were any issues: specifically did they contain PCBs (polychlorinated biphenyl) which was a popular material back in the 1950s-1970s? The answer is no.


Millinocket police respond to apparent heroin overdose

MILLINOCKET—The Millinocket Police Department responded last week to an apparent heroin overdose involving a subject at an Elm Street residence. The victim, who did not appear to be breathing when police arrived on scene, was revived by Narcan administered by emergency medical personnel from the Millinocket Fire Department. The victim, whose identity was not disclosed, was transported to Millinocket Regional Hospital before being treated and released.


Dionne, Wolverines stymie GHCA, soar into semifinals

BANGOR—It’s become a familiar script for the Schenck boys basketball team during recent years. Wear their visiting green uniforms and knock off a higher seed during the regional quarterfinal at the Cross Insurance Center in Bangor. After ousting No. 4 Lee Academy and No. 3 Hodgdon during 2016 and 2017 respectively, Greater Houlton Christian Academy played the role of upset victim this year as the Wolverines used a stifling defensive effort to go along with a 22-point performance from senior guard Riley Dionne to roll to a 54-30 victory over GHCA during Monday’s Class D North tournament contest.


Board approves new auditorium seats

MILLINOCKET—The Millinocket School Board approved new seats for the Jerry Walker Auditorium with a unanimous vote at the regular meeting on Tuesday, February 13. This will complete the second segment to refurbish the old seats that had been installed with the auditorium when it was constructed in 1976. Walker Auditorium was a state-of-the-art facility when it was built and it remains one of the best school auditoriums in the state. However, countless plays, festivals, and other events have seen these seats outwear their usefulness and comfort throughout the years.