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SEPTEMBER 11, 2014

Forum planned next week on town office proposal, turn lane vote set

 LINCOLN – While work at the Fleming Street site of a potential new town office is halted for now, discussion about the building, and the council vote that authorized it, remain hot topics of discussion. A public forum on the project has been scheduled for Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the council chambers, though the site could be moved. The forum was called after a planned vote on entering a memorandum of understanding with Sterling “Boody” Osgood was postponed over concerns that proper notice for the meeting where the vote took place was not given. It also appears that the Fleming Street lot where construction had started on a potential new town office building has not been sold by Osgood after all, contrary to information reported in last week’s Lincoln News.


Lincoln Town hall basement off limits for time being

LINCOLN – A Brewer engineering firm has asked officials to restrict their use of the basement of the Main Street building that houses the town office, at least for now. CES Inc. had concluded, based on air quality testing performed in the basement and first floor of the Masonic building, showed some mold and fungi present in the basement of the building, apparently due to water seeping into the basement, inoperable drainage system (a floor sump pump and drains) and a lack of ventilation. The conditions found in the basement appear not to have migrated upstairs to the town office space on the first floor, according to the report.


Former Lincoln Pulp and Paper owner Joseph Torras dies at 90

The man who purchased Lincoln’s pulp and paper mill in the late 1960s after it had closed died earlier this month, according to an obituary. Joseph Torras, who owned what was Lincoln Pulp and Paper from 1969 through 2004, died Sept. 2, according to the obituary. Torras owned paper mills in West Springfield, Mass., Lincoln and Brewer during a 53 year career in the paper industry after earning degrees from Yale University and Harvard Business School.


RSU 67 member urges colleagues to keep sports out of board meetings

LINCOLN – The Regional School Unit 67 school board has spent a good deal of time over the years discussing athletic-related matters. The Sept. 3 meeting was no exception, as the board opted to return Mattanawcook Academy assistant football coach Pat House to a paid position, after volunteering last year. While the motion ultimately passed, it didn’t come without some discussion and a plea from board member Kevin Olsen that such matters should be handled through administrative staff first instead of the board.


School budget up $10,000, goes back to voters for third time in East Millinocket

EAST MILLINOCKET – The East Millinocket School Board will send yet another budget before residents to try to get approval at a special town meeting tentatively scheduled for Sept. 18 with the budget validation vote set for the following week on Sept. 23. The last budget passed at a July town meeting but defeated in the following validation vote cut expenses by $226,000 reducing a $4.2 million budget down to just over $4 million and reducing the local appropriation to $1.2 million. However, due to some unexpected expenditures and revenue losses, the new proposed budget is up $9,440.


Registered sex offender facing charges from alleged fight

MEDWAY—A 44-year old Medway man who is a registered sex offender is facing multiple criminal charges in connection with a fight late last month at a Medway apartment. Richard Lee was arrested Aug. 29 on one count each of assault, domestic violence assault and domestic violence terrorizing after he allegedly grabbed the throat of a female companion and then allegedly choked and punched a male subject who attempted to intervene during an altercation earlier that day at a Medway Road apartment, according to Sgt. Kevin Giberson of the East Millinocket Police Department.


Board still hopeful mill investor out there for GNP

 EAST MILLINOCKET – After receiving an interest payment from Cate St./Great Northern Paper on the $657,000 taxes still owed to East Millinocket, members of the board of selectmen agreed to press further for a payment plan last week. Selectman Clint Linscott, who made the call that resulted in the tax payment, said he talks with Cate St officials almost daily and would be willing to make another call to see what kind of payment plan could be worked out.

Medway Road apartment, according to Sgt. Kevin Giberson of the East Millinocket Police Department.


Charge against MFD/EMT Chad MacArthur dropped

MILLINOCKET—The Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office has dropped a domestic violence assault charge that was filed against a Millinocket man who works as a full-time firefighter and emergency medical technician with the town of Millinocket. Chad MacArthur, 40, was arrested July 24 on one count of Class D domestic violence assault following an alleged incident between MacArthur and his wife. MacArthur was arrested after an investigation by Officer David Cram of the Millinocket Police Department determined he was the predominant aggressor in the alleged incident that took place that evening at the MacArthur’s Riverside Drive residence. But late last month Penobscot County District Attorney R. Christopher Almy declined to prosecute the case against MacArthur. Almy determined there were insufficient facts to prove the charges beyond a reasonable doubt. Deputy Chief Janet Theriault of the Millinocket Police Department stated Almy said his decision was based on a lack of cooperation from the alleged victim in the case in addition to the witness of the alleged incident changing her story in her written statement to police from the account she provided in the 911 call on July 24.