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May 12, 2016

Congressional candidate presents plan for Woodville nuclear power plant

LINCOLN – A nuclear power plant in Woodville could provide a jumpstart for the area economy, a Bangor man seeking a congressional seat explained at a May 5 meeting at Mattanawcook Academy. "I'm looking to go from papermaking to power plants," Mike Turcotte told those who gathered to hear more about his proposal. Turcotte, an unenrolled candidate, is seeking Maine's Second Congressional District seat, currently held by Republican Bruce Poliquin. Democrat Emily Cain, a former state senator, is also running for the seat. The plant would be sited on 1,500 acres of land in Woodville, Turcotte explained, bringing 2,500-3,500 construction jobs and 700-800 permanent jobs to the region for the expected 60 year lifespan of the power plant. State law requires nuclear power plants to be approved through state referendum, he added. As part of the nuclear power plant, Turcotte proposed setting aside land in northern Maine to be managed like the Bigelow Preserve, allowing for a working forest while keeping the land free of development.

Howland selectmen recommend staying with PERC, final vote to be scheduled

HOWLAND – Selectmen voted Monday night to recommend that residents continue their relationship with an Orrington-based trash to energy plant. Voters will have their say at a special town meeting later this month on whether the town will continue to haul its trash to the Penobscot Energy Recovery Corporation's plant in Orrington or follow the Municipal Review Committee and have trash hauled to a newly constructed plant in Hampden overseen by Fiberight. An exact date for the town meeting had not been determined as of press time Town Manager Bill Lawrence said on Tuesday that the board voted to stay with PERC going forward, opting to stay with a plant that has been open for years, rather then join a new venture that some felt was riskier to taxpayers. The plan is to invite representatives from both entities to attend the special town meeting, Lawrence said, with voting to take place at the end of the meeting.

Father, son duo arrested in Penobscot County Federal Credit Union robbery

BANGOR – A father and son from Etna have been arrested and charged with robbing the Enfield branch of the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union, the Penobscot County Sheriff's Office announced last week. According to the department's Facebook page, Edward Cooney, 56, of Etna, along with his son, Christopher Coney, 30, of Etna were arrested on May 4 in connection with the robbery, which took place on March 28. Both men were charged with robbery, a Class B felony, while Christopher Cooney also faces a probation violation charge, according to police.

Soucier, Sirois tapped as Howland's co-interim town managers

HOWLAND – Selectmen have turned to two veteran employees to lead the town while they search for a new town manager. The board opted to have current Town Clerk Kim Soucier and Kelly Sirois, a clerk for the town's water and sewer department, serve as co-interim town managers while the board finds a permanent replacement for Bill Lawrence, who will start as Warren's town manager on June 1. Soucier and Sirois will be paid a stipend of $200 each per week to serve as co-interim town managers, according to town officials.

Lincoln man cited for illegal killing wild birds through pesticides, bread

LINCOLN – A local man was cited for illegally taking or killing wild birds after seven dead crows were found on an Enfield Road farm. Al Fugazzi, owner of Stone Wall Farms on Enfield Road, was formally presented with the citation for the crime, a Class E misdemeanor, as a result of an investigation launched after a pair of local dogs died after eating pesticide-laced bread, according to police. "It was an unfortunate chain of events," Lincoln Public Safety Director Dan Summers said on Tuesday. According to Summers, the dogs were being walked by their owners on April 23 when they ran onto a field that is part of the farm. Fugazzi, in an attempt to keep crows away from the fields, applied a pesticide to pieces of bread, Summers said, trying to ensure that the crows would not eat crops ready to be planted. The dogs saw the pieces of bread, ate them and ended up dying as a result, Summers said. "He (Fugazzi) was not expecting the dogs to eat the bread," Summers said.

NPS director to visit Katahdin Region

KATAHDIN REGION—The director of the National Park Service will be in the Katahdin Region next week to hear from elected officials and members of the public concerning efforts to designate land in the area owned by Elliotsville Plantation Inc. as a national monument. NPS Director Jonathan B. Jarvis along with U.S. Sen. Angus King will hold a meeting Monday at noon with elected municipal officials from Millinocket, East Millinocket, Medway, Patten and Stacyville to discuss the possible national monument designation for privately-owned land east of Baxter State Park. The meeting, which will be moderated by King, will take place at 12 p.m on May 16 at the Katahdin Region Higher Education Center in East Millinocket, and the session will be open to members of the public, according to Scott Ogden, press secretary for Maine’s Independent junior U.S. Senator.

Millinocket Planning Board holds public hearing on livestock ordinance

MILLINOCKET—In the dead of winter with spring being anticipated, the Millinocket Planning Board was grappling with issues over whether certain businesses were allowed to have livestock on the premises and for sale. It was nearly a scandalous outcry among the public at the time that threatened to bring an early spring with heated debate. In January, businesses were handed cease and desist orders from Code Enforcement Officer Mike Noble over the issue of the sale and keeping of livestock. The interpretation of the code presumed that Tractor Supply Company and other businesses could not receive the expected shipment of chicks in the spring. Tractor Supply Company complied with the order, which was later overturned by the Millinocket Appeals Board. Twenty people came out, including Planning Board members, on May 3 to discuss further the ramifications and intentions of the proposed changes to the town’s livestock ordinance.

Medway Selectmen talks pools, plowing

MEDWAY – Citizens of Medway may be looking at paying a little more to have the town’s fire department fill their pools this summer. Selectmen said they wanted to continue to provide the community service but had to cover the cost of the labor as well as the operation of the pumper truck (fuel) in doing it. Fire Chief Jon Buckingham said the advent of warmer temperatures and nicer weather has brought up the question of filling pools and he wanted to know how selectmen wanted him to handle it. Buckingham said the department made about $200 last year before paying for fuel. Each year he is asked to fill more and more pools, he agreed it was a great community service for the department and provided some training but it also raises some concerns. “Last year we filled 10 pools, with one in Woodville and one in Molunkus,” Buckingham said,  “and the year before that it was two or three so it’s something that’s growing.” It’s a risk that’s taken every year but Buckingham also wanted to reiterate that when the personnel and truck is tied up filling a pool it makes it difficult to respond to an emergency if needed. You can’t predict when an emergency will happen but with the increasing demand to fill pools it does make that occurrence more likely.

East Millinocket man charged with motor vehicle burglary

MILLINOCKET—A 33-year old East Millinocket man was summonsed to appear in district court next month on a charge of burglary to a motor vehicle in connection with an incident Sunday afternoon when he allegedly took loose change from inside a vehicle parked at a Millinocket residence before being confronted by the car’s owner following a foot pursuit. Brian Landry was issued the summons to appear June 8 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the charge stemming from the case that unfolded around 2:20 p.m., according to information provided by Deputy Chief Janet Theriault of the Millinocket Police Department. Theriault received a report from a Somerset Street resident stating he observed a male subject, who was about 6-feet tall and 200 pounds wearing a red hooded sweatshirt and jeans, come onto his property, access his vehicle that was parked in the driveway and steal change from the center console.

Battle For A Cure continues cause of raising money, awareness for cancer fight

MILLINOCKET—Seventeen softball teams will descend upon the Katahdin Region this weekend for the seventh-annual Battle For A Cure benefit tournament continuing the grassroots event’s cause of raising money and awareness to aid the fight against cancer. The two days of softball for a cause with games slated throughout the day on Saturday and Sunday at the Millinocket Elks Field and Delahanty Field at the Millinocket Recreation Complex  will likely bring the event’s fundraising total to more than $40,000 since its inception in 2010, according to organizer Tiffany Stanley. All proceeds from the tournament benefit Relay For Life of Katahdin through Team Morrow, which was the Relay team founded by Stanley’s cousin, Angela Morrow-Cote, the co-founder of Battle For A Cure who passed away in 2012 after losing her own battle with cancer. Stanley said this year’s Battle For A Cure is the largest in the tournament’s history with 17 teams, including squads coming from as far away Mount Desert Island, Calais and the greater Bangor area. There will be a mix of teams that compete regularly in co-ed softball tournaments as well as those formed specifically for Battle For A Cure as a way to remember and honor loved ones who fought cancer.