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AUGUST 28, 2014

Council opts for local businessman to build new town office on Fleming Street

LINCOLN – Town officials plan to formally break ground on a new town office building complex on Fleming Street on Thursday morning, following a 5-1 vote at a special town meeting Monday night. Following a three hour public hearing on four proposals for a new town office, councilors opted a plan advanced by local businessman Sterling “Boody” Osgood, which calls for a new town office on Fleming Street. While the groundbreaking ceremony is planned for 10 a.m. on Thursday morning at the site, once home to an automated teller machine, opponents of Monday’s vote could stop the process through a petition drive.

Community mourns death of recent MA graduate in Lincoln car crash

LINCOLN – A funeral for Nick Haynes, who died on Aug. 23 in a single-car crash on the Bagley Mountain Road in Lincoln, was scheduled to take place on Wednesday afternoon at 4 p.,m. in the Mattanawcook Academy gymnasium. The service was scheduled to start after this week’s edition of the Lincoln News went to press. Several members of the community have shown support for Haynes, who graduated in June from Mattanawcook Academy and worked at the Timberhouse Restaurant at the time of his death. Police are continuing to investigate the crash, according to Lincoln Police Detective Mark Fucile, and anyone with information about the matter can contact Fucile at 794-8455.

Masonic building to be tested for air quality following discovery of substance Monday

LINCOLN –  A plan to hold Monday’s special town council meeting at its usual location was changed just a few hours before its scheduled start time after a substance described as mold was found in the building’s basement. The building will be tested on Wednesday, Town Manager Ron Weatherbee said on Tuesday afternoon. Air quality tests will be taken on the main floor of 63 Main Street, where the town office is currently located, and in the basement, where a substance described as mold was discovered Monday afternoon as workers prepared for Monday’s meeting, according to Councilor Curt Ring, who announced the findings at the start of Monday’s council meeting.

More towns joining regional cooperation effort

ENFIELD – More towns have joined an effort aimed at helping save money for all, with representatives from five area towns meeting Monday afternoon at Enfield’s town office. Those attending the meeting would like more company when the group next gathers on Sept. 9 at Northern Penobscot Tech/Region Three’s main headquarters in Lincoln. The meeting starts at 6 p.m.  Officials from Enfield, Howland, Passadumkeag, Lincoln and Burlington sent representatives to the meeting.

PD deploy Taser on aggressive Medway man accused of lawn mower OUI

MEDWAY—A 34-year old Medway man was subdued with a Taser after he became aggressive toward two East Millinocket police officers who responded to a Medway residence after receiving a report of an intoxicated man operating a riding lawn mower. Michael Morrison was arrested and charged with one count each of operating under the influence and refusing to submit to arrest or detention in connection with the Aug. 20 incident at Old Farm Trailer Park, according to Sgt. Kevin Giberson of the East Millinocket Police Department.

Police probing explosive device thrown at residence of sex offender

MILLINOCKET—The Millinocket Police Department and State Fire Marshal’s Office are investigating an incident last week when a homemade improvised explosive device was thrown at a residence of a registered sex offender three days after he moved to the location. The incident at 40 Iron Bridge Road occurred around 12:40 a.m. Friday at the residence of a man who is listed on the Maine Sex Offender Registry. Deputy Chief Janet Theriault of Millinocket Police Department said the man notified police on Aug. 19 that he was now residing at the location after moving to Millinocket, and the neighborhood notification about his presence  was performed that same day in accordance with departmental policy.

Mold, air quality issues prompt closure of Millinocket District Court

MILLINOCKET—Concerns about mold and air quality in the rented space within the Millinocket Municipal Building have prompted the state’s judicial service to close the Millinocket District Court for the foreseeable future. Mary Ann Lynch, government and media counsel for the State of Maine Judicial Branch, said in an interview earlier this week that the temporary closure of the Millinocket District Court took effect Monday amidst health concerns about the space the court rents from the town of Millinocket. Lynch said there is visible mold within the location and the Maine Department of Labor was at the facility on Monday to conduct air quality testing. She said a decision was made late last week to temporarily close the court pending the findings of the tests.

East Millinocket holds ‘Mike Night’ to honor hometown Congressman Michaud

EAST MILLINOCKET—Throughout his political career in Augusta and Washington, D.C., Mike Michaud has undoubtedly been to more public functions than he can count. But it will be an event of different sorts this week in his hometown when Michaud is the guest of honor at “Mike Night” at Hamlet Pub on Main Street in East Millinocket  when area residents will have an opportunity to meet with Michaud to thank him for his dedicated public service during his time in Congress and wish him well on his ongoing campaign to become the next governor of the Pine Tree State.