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FEBRUARY 26, 2015

Cars damaged by Feb. 19 car crash on Route 6

LINCOLN – Three cars were damaged, but no serious injuries reported, in a Feb. 19 three-car crash on Route 6 near the Lee-Lincoln town line. According to Lincoln Police Officer Brandi Alton, a pickup truck driven by Richard Tracey of Oakfield had stopped to make a left turn onto the road that leads to the Rollins Mountain wind turbines in Lincoln shortly before noon on Feb. 19. Riley Coburn, 18, of Lincoln was driving toward Lee and looked up to see that the pickup was waiting to make the turn, according to Alton. Coburn tried to avoid hitting the pickup, but the front passenger side of Coburn’s car hit the back driver’s side of the pickup, the officer said. The truck was pushed in to the path of a car driven by Amber Frodahl of Lee, who was driving toward Lincoln at the time of the crash, causing extensive damage.

Howland charter commission to delay initial report, Tannery forum planned

HOWLAND – A lengthy delay in the initial report of the town’s charter commission was approved by selectmen earlier this month in an attempt to keep from potentially having to start the process over again. In a close 3-2 vote on Feb. 3, selectmen approved a delay in the charter committee’s first report until July 2016. The delay is needed, according to Town Manager Tracey Hutton, due to the number of votes needed to initially pass the charter. At least 169 Howland voters would be needed to pass the charter, she explained at the meeting.

Snowstorms taking big bite out of winter roads budgets

Area public works departments have been working all winter to get snow off area roads. With several snow and ice storms occurring during the current winter season, budgets for this work have been strained, with warmer weather still seemingly several weeks away.

Rare Civil War ledger returned to Mattawamkeag

MATTAWAMKEAG – A piece of the town’s past was returned last week.  During a Feb. 20 ceremony at the town’s municipal building, a ledger detailing relief granted to the town’s Civil War soldiers was returned to the town by Secretary of State Matt Dunlap on Feb. 20. The ledger was found on eBay by a state employee and returned to Maine through what is known as the state’s replevin law, which states that such records belong to the state and not in the hands of private collectors, such as the one who had placed the ledger on eBay. The book was returned to Maine after the seller was contacted and a digital copy of its contents were made at the Maine State Archives. The original was brought to Mattawamkeag by Dunlap, whose office oversees the state archives, and formally presented to town leaders in a Feb. 20 event that drew town leaders and curious residents.

FY 14 audit shows positive improvements

MILLINOCKET—After a year filled with multiple fiscal challenges, the town of Millinocket and its school department ended fiscal year 2014 in a better financial position than it began, according to the findings of the recently completed audit. Roger Lebreux, a principal with the South Portland accounting firm Runyon Kersteen Ouellette, delivered the positive news when he met with the Millinocket Town Council and Millinocket School Committee earlier this month to present his report on the audit for fiscal year 2014, which ran from July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

East Millinocket, Medway board agree to write letters to support park

EAST MILLINOCKET and MEDWAY – Just 10 days after the Millinocket Town Council voted to table a letter to the Maine Congressional Delegation regarding conditions it would like to see met in any legislation for a proposed Katahdin Woods & Waters National Park/National Recreation Area, the towns of East Millinocket and Medway voted in support of a letter. In East Millinocket selectmen voted 4-1 to have Board Chairman Mark Scally write up a draft letter for the board’s review and approval. In the letter selectmen want to make sure various concerns and questions are addressed if legislation for a national park/national recreation area moves forward. Selectman Mark Marston voted against the letter. In Medway, selectmen voted 4-0, with Rob Farrington absent, to have Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee draft a letter indicating support for a park/recreation area and reiterating that the concerns of the area be addressed as much as possible in legislation.

Council to vote on hiring new town manager

MILLINOCKET—Town councilors will vote this week on who will be the next person to occupy the corner office as Millinocket’s town manager. Council Chairman Richard Angotti, Jr. stated in an e-mail Monday that the council has selected a new town manager to replace Peggy Daigle, who is retiring from the position when her current two-year contract expires in approximately five weeks. Angotti said the appointment of the new town manager will be on the agenda for Thursday’s regular council meeting and will be voted on at that time. Angotti went on to say Daigle’s last day will be April 3, and the new town manager will take over at that point. Angotti did not name who has been selected as the new town manager and stated further information will be available at Thursday’s meeting, which is slated to begin at 4:30 p.m. in Charles Sanders Council Chambers on the top floor of the Millinocket Municipal Building.

Pair pleads guilty to charges in East Millinocket home invasion

BANGOR/EAST MILLINOCKET—Two local men have pleaded guilty to burglary and theft charges in connection with a home invasion last summer in East Millinocket. Kyle Bellfleur, 30 of East Millinocket, and Corey Allen Day, 29 of East Millinocket, were each indicted in October by a Penobscot County grand jury on felony charges of burglary and theft by unauthorized taking stemming from an August incident when they allegedly broke into a residence on the Hathaway Road and stole several thousand dollars worth of items and cash. Both Bellfleur and Day recently pled guilty to the charges before a judge in superior court at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.