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November 12, 2020

Recall ordinance set for action at Burlington special town meeting   

BURLINGTON – A recall ordinance highlights a 10 article warrant for a special town meeting set for Nov. 16 at the town’s municipal building. Residents will also be asked to essentially take tax money raised from its tax increment financing district and distribute it to two other accounts, which normally would have happened at the annual town meeting earlier in the year. The special town meeting will take place at the town office, starting at 6 p.m.


Sale of Howland tannery land to Hermon businessman draws complaint

HOWLAND – The recent announcement by Howland officials of a potential sale of the former Pine Tree Tannery property to a Hermon businessman brought out a resident who feels the property is best left as part of a larger park development. Bill Bowie expressed his displeasure with the sale early in Monday’s meeting of Howland’s select board and the fact that the sale was not presented to voters for final approval. On Oct. 27, Howland Town Manager David Lloyd released a statement noting that selectmen had agreed to enter a purchase and sales agreement with Tylor Perry of Hermon, who plans to develop a grocery store and other retail space on the site of the Pine Tree Tannery property, a long-time industrial site which has remained off the town’s tax rolls for years.

Town approves sale of riverfront property to local businessman

LINCOLN - A small piece of land has been added back to the tax rolls after a second attempt by a resident to purchase it was approved. Councilors voted 5-1 to sell Richard Larkin property behind 725 West Broadway for $2,500. This is the second time Larkin has requested the land, which is allegedly not developable. Larkin spoke during Monday’s regular council meeting as a follow up to a letter he submitted to Town Manager Richard Bronson. In the letter, he stated the property was of zero value to the town. “If you sell it to me, it will immediately be added to the tax rolls,” he wrote.

Council gives special recognition to outgoing Gifford

LINCOLN - The Town Council took time during its special meeting Monday to recognize the dedication of one of their own. Long-time councilor Jeff Gifford did not run for re-election to the local governing body this year. He did win a seat in the state legislature and will take over for Councilor Sheldon Hanington in Augusta. “We have an award here for Jeff Gifford in recognition for all his years of service to the town of Lincoln,” Council Chair George Edwards said. Gifford was not in attendance Monday.

Enfield residents to face transfer station questions at upcoming special town meeting

ENFIELD – Voters will be facing a pair of questions regarding the town’s transfer station and its operation at an upcoming special town meeting. The questions were approved by selectmen at Monday’s meeting, with the date of the special town meeting to be determined. One question facing voters at the special town meeting is the result of mediation between the town and Ireland’s Rubbish Service and the solid waste and recycling contract between the parties. Attorneys for both sides met for an arbitration session in late September on the contract, which followed a series of sessions between the town and IRS regarding certain aspects. IRS has had a long-term deal with Enfield to handle trash pickup and assist with operations at the town’s transfer station; the current deal expires in June 2022.


Man charged despite efforts to place blame on girlfriend’s dad

LINCOLN - A Medway man has been charged for illegally attaching a license plate, despite trying to put the blame on his girlfriend’s father. Logan McLaughlin, 23, first appeared on police radar when he allegedly ran a red light in front of Lincoln Police Officer John Keniston. Lincoln Public Safety Director Dan Summers said Keniston pursued McLaughlin’s 2014 red Subaru as it turned onto River Road from West Broadway just after midnight on Friday, November 6

Job application escalates into alleged struggle with police

LINCOLN - A Howland man who allegedly tried to gain access to the hospital’s emergency room to continue a fight has been arrested again for an unrelated incident. Zachary Muncey, 22, was arrested for Disorderly Conduct after a hostile encounter at a local restaurant ended with a skirmish with law enforcement officers from multiple agencies. Officer Arron Rideout, who charged Muncey with Terrorizing in October, again found himself trying to de-escalate a situation involving the man, this time at McDonalds on Goding Avenue.

Hallowell man charged in Burlington selectman assault

BURLINGTON - A Hallowell man has been charged with assaulting one of the town’s selectmen on Friday, October 30. Peter Stebbins, 33, was charged for assault the day following the incident. Maine State Trooper Kari Kurth said Stebbins allegedly knocked First Selectman Richard Marvel to the ground.

Firefighters battle second house fire in two weeks

CHESTER - Firefighters from several greater area communities were called on to fight the second house fire in as many weeks. Law enforcement officials were also called to 10 Butterfield Ridge Road as the homeowner first refused to evacuate and then later allegedly had a confrontation with responders. Captain Jon Spearin of the Lincoln Fire Department said heavy smoke was coming out from under the eaves of the home of Matt Hanson when he first arrived at 4:12 p.m.

Enfield seeking engineering proposals for Stover’s Beach boat launch proposal

ENFIELD – Work is moving ahead on the potential development of a boat launch at Stover’s Beach, Town Manager Charles Frazier explained on Monday night. He told selectmen that the town is seeking engineering proposals for the entire scope of the project to get a better handle on all permits needed to convert a former boat house into a long-sought boat launch in the area, including how much the project could cost. Last month, selectmen agreed to accept the former boat house, owned by Herb Sargent, to start the process of converting it into a new boat launch. As part of the plan, Sargent had agreed to commit $50,000 of “in-kind” work toward the project.

RSU 67 board hears concerns of school staff as ’20-21 school year continues

LINCOLN – While Regional School Unit 67 schools have opened for in-person and remote instruction models as of press time, adapting to new strategies and Covid-19 related protocols has been challenging, Superintendent Jean Skorapa told the district’s board last week. During her most recent update on the 2020-2021 school year, Skorapa updated the board on a series of meetings with staff at Ella P. Burr School and Mattanawcook Academy, with plans to meet with Mattanawcook Junior High School staff in the works.

SAD 30 board approves long-term substitute at Lee-Winn after discussion

LEE – Normally, the hiring of a long-term substitute is not brought before the School Administrative District 30 board, as was the case Tuesday night. This time, though, time and circumstance prompted Superintendent William Braun to present Dana Kasian’s name to fill in as a long-term substitute kindergarten teacher at the Lee-Winn Elementary School. While Kasian was ultimately approved by the board, there were a few bumps encountered along the way. Braun reported to the board that a committee, which included Principal Tom Vicaire, teachers and members of the SAD 30 board, had interviewed and unanimously recommended Kasian to the full board.

Lincoln issues new safety guidelines as state COVID cases increase

LINCOLN - The state’s new mask mandate has forced a change in procedure at the local town office. On Tuesday, Lincoln Town Clerk Ann Morrison issued a press release outlining new procedures in response to Governor Janet Mills latest COVID-19 response. “We will remain open Monday through Friday from 8am to 5pm but in order to enter the building customers must wear a mask, regardless of a medical condition,” Morrison said. “If they cannot or do not want to wear a mask they will be asked to complete the transaction by regular postal mail.”

Tour of potential Lakeville expansion of Downeast Lakes Community Forest helds

LAKEVILLE – Lakeville Shores LLC has plans for 2,000 acres of land it owns in town, which includes frontage along Sysladobsis and Horseshoe lakes in town. Now, thanks to efforts from a local group, the Downeast Lakes Land Trust and the Trust for Public Land, the 2,025 acre tract is now on track to become part of the former’s Downeast Lakes Community Forest. DLLT officials offered a tour of the property on Sunday, with about 20 people joining the tour, which included stops at key points, including along the Sysladobsis Lake shoreline, a gravel pit and a recreational trail, among other features of the land.

Michaud named board chair, new EMT’s hired

EAST MILLINOCKET – Last week brought a change in leadership to the East Millinocket Board of Selectmen but not a change in focus. Both selectmen Peggy Daigle and Clint Linscott were re-elected as they ran unopposed. However, Daigle stepped down as chairman as board members elected Mike Michaud to fill that role this year. Daigle said she supported the change as she is very involved in the redevelopment of the mill site including grant writing and its very time consuming. Michaud has also been working on the redevelopment and as chairman he can continue to make contacts and open doors that may lead to more assistance.

Golieb selected as new  Millinocket chair, McEwen honored

MILLINOCKET—Councilor Cody McEwen had resolved to hold onto the seat of the council chairman for one year and nearly gave it up to Councilor Michael Madore a year ago. However, McEwen had ably held the position and Madore opted to finish out his term as a councilor. Thus, McEwen accepted a second year as chairman but vowed that would be his last when he was selected for the position by the council in November 2019. McEwen was true to his promise even though Madore and others encouraged him to maintain the chair for 2021, especially, after navigating some roiling waters with former town manager John R. Davis after the council elected to remove Davis from the office by a 6-1 vote at the council meeting of September 24.

Passadumkeag man nabbed on warrant after giving police false identity

MEDWAY—A 36-year old Passadumkeag man was arrested last week in Medway on a failure to appear warrant after initially providing police with a false identity. Darrin Cail was arrested Nov. 3 on a warrant that was issued when he allegedly failed to appear in court on a charge of unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. Cail posted bail following his arrest and was released with a new court date on the original charge. Corporal Brad Fitzgerald of the East Millinocket Police Department said he was on patrol shortly after 11 p.m. when he conducted a traffic stop of a vehicle with a defect on Medway Road in Medway. During the traffic stop, Fitzgerald made contact with the vehicle’s male passenger, later identified as Cail, who initially verbally identified himself with what turned out to be someone else’s name and date of birth.


Authorities investigating alleged assault, motor home theft in Sherman 

SHERMAN—The Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office is searching for a 25-year old woman from Somerset County wanted in connection with an alleged domestic violence assault and theft of a motor home that occurred Saturday morning in Sherman. Authorities are searching for Samantha R. White of Skowhegan who is accused of assaulting her boyfriend of three weeks and then stealing his 1996 Winnebago motor home, according to information provided by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Office.

New EMill Fire/EMS Chief looks to work regionally, develop high level department

EAST MILLINOCKET – “Whimsical” wouldn’t be a word used in a sentence to describe new EMS/Fire Chief Rob McGraw. Words like logical, analytical, research driven would be more applicable but McGraw admits that it was a whimsical decision that led him and his wife to leave their native Illinois and move to Medway, Maine. McGraw said the couple were ready to move from the “corruption” of Illinois and found the Katahdin region on the internet. He said he called the Medway town office to learn about the area and soon heard from former East Millinocket Ambulance Supervisor Les Brown who offered him a job without even seeing a resume.

Council confirms Padilla as interim manager 

MILLINOCKET—Millinocket has an interim town manager in the person of Dr. Annette Padilla. Padilla was confirmed by the council at the organizational meeting held on November 9 by a unanimous vote. Order #287-2020 officially confirmed the agreement between the council and Padilla. The two parties had agreed to the arrangement on Monday, November 2. “Dr. Padilla holds needed characteristics for the position and holds a variety of professional skills that show a benefit for the town,” according to the order. “The Interim Town Manager brings extensive experience, credibility, and contacts to Town of Millinocket in the field of town management.”

Stacyville woman accused of leading state police on high-speed chase

HERSEY—A 39-year old Stacyville woman was arrested last week on a host of charges accused of leading Maine State Police on a high-speed chase with speeds exceeding 85 mph in southern Aroostook County. Cynthia Burley was arrested on charges of felony eluding, refusing to submit to arrest, criminal mischief, driving to endanger, operating after suspension and violation of condition of release. She was transported to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton following her arrest.


East Mill man accused of assaulting female companion

EAST MILLINOCKET—A 45-year old man from East Millinocket was arrested last week after he allegedly assaulted his female companion during an altercation inside a local residence. Eric Vermeersch was arrested Nov. 2 on a charge of domestic violence assault. He was transported to the Penobscot County Jail following his arrest and remained incarcerated as of late last week held in custody on a probation hold.


Man accused of possessing firearms as convicted felon

MILLINOCKET—A 35-year old Millinocket man was charged Monday afternoon accused of possessing multiple firearms as a convicted felon. Paul York was charged with a felony count of possession of a firearm by a prohibited person. He was also charged with violation of condition of release when he allegedly failed a drug test. York was summonsed and released, and he is scheduled to appear Jan. 14 in Superior Court at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor to answer to the charges.