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November 12, 2015

Lincoln Sanitary District seat declared vacant after write-in declines seat

LINCOLN – A three-year seat on the Lincoln Sanitary District remains unfilled at press time after a resident receiving the most write-in votes opted not to serve, according to Lincoln Town Clerk Amanda Woodard. Darlene Mulari (552 votes) was unopposed for another three-year seat on the Lincoln Sanitary District Board at the polls on Nov. 3, but no one returned papers for a second three-year seat. According to Woodard, Gilberte Mayo received 18 write-in votes, topping a field where many people received one or two write-in votes, she explained on Tuesday. Mayo declined to serve on the board, Woodard confirmed on Tuesday.

Ad hoc committee to examine new town office space proposals

LINCOLN – An ad hoc committee that has been examining proposals for town office space will be put back into service soon. The committee will examine a series of written proposals submitted to town officials last week as the town mulls options for the future of the town office. The committee, meeting since late 2014, evaluated several scenarios during a series of meetings, ultimately recommending the purchase and renovation the building that currently houses Lincoln District Court.

Evening to honor hometown heroes, aid Gordon memorial effort

LINCOLN – Veterans, firefighters, police and first responders will be honored at a Saturday event that will also serve as a fundraiser for a monument honoring Master Sgt. Gary Gordon and others who lost their lives in Somalia in 1993. The “Salute to Hometown Heroes” is set for Saturday night at Mattanawcook Academy, with festivities starting at 7 p.m., according to event organizers.

RSU 67 coaching hiring practices prompt policy discussion

LINCOLN – More than once over the years, the appointment of coaches has been a point of contention for the Regional School Unit 67 board. The issue surfaced again last week as the board discussed, and ultimately approved, a slate of winter coaches for Mattanawcook Academy and Mattanawcook Junior High School teams at its Nov. 4 meeting.

Lincoln Toys for Tots campaign is underway

LINCOLN – A local Toys for Tots campaign is underway in the greater Lincoln area to help answer Christmas dreams for area children in need. Jessica Straehle, a Marine veteran, has stepped in to become the coordinator for the Lincoln Toys for Tots effort. Donations of unwrapped toys can be left at drop boxes located at Machias Savings Bank branches in Lincoln, Marden’s in Lincoln, the Penobscot County Federal Credit Union branch in Enfield and the Bangor Savings Branch in Howland, among others, according to local Marine Corps League officials, who are aiding the effort. Cash donation containers are also located near cash registers at several area businesses, according to Straehle, and donations checks (made payable to Toys for Tots) can be sent to Toys for Tots, care of Greater Lincoln Detachment 976, P.O. Box 762, Lincoln, ME 04457.

Police officer’s quick action saves life of woman during suicide attempt

MILLINOCKET—The quick action and response of a Millinocket police officer is credited with saving the life of a local woman who was found in imminent danger during a suicide attempt early Sunday morning. Sgt. Gary Lakeman of the Millinocket Police Department located the woman inside a vehicle parked near the intersection of Route 157 and the Rice Farm Road around 1:15 a.m., according to information provided by the department’s deputy chief, Janet Theriault. Lakeman was requested by the woman to go to the Rice Farm Road, where upon arrival he found a vehicle with a female who appeared to be sleeping inside. Lakeman checked on the woman and discovered she did not appear to be breathing and was turning blue.

Newly elected town councilors ready to get to work after sweeping Millinocket seats

MILLINOCKET—To say last week’s municipal election brought a wave of change to the Millinocket Town Council is a bit of an understatement. It was more like a tsunami of change. Residents in the Magic City elected four freshmen councilors to the community’s seven-member governing board while simultaneously unseating the ballot’s lone incumbent, who also was the council’s longest serving member. Jesse Dumais, Louis Pelletier, Charles Pray and Paul Sannicandro each won seats during the Nov. 3 municipal election. Dumais and Sannicandro won three-year seats in a five-way election that also featured incumbent Jimmy Busque as well as challengers Cody McEwen and Eric Buckingham, Jr. while Pray and Pelletier ran unopposed for one-year and two-year terms respectively.

New sawmill tax prompts family to feel ‘singled out’

MEDWAY – The town of Medway has over 900 taxable properties and residents Peggy and Dwayne Stanley met with the board of selectman and town tax assessor Mike Noble to find out why they believe they are being unfairly taxed. At specific issue is a saw mill that the Stanleys have operated on their property since 2005 and the new personal property tax that has been assessed. The Stanleys said they believe they are being singled out and unfairly taxed as there are several other sawmills in town that are not being taxed.

Three days, three warrant arrests for Millinocket police Department

MILLINOCKET—Warrant arrests kept Millinocket police busy recently as officers nabbed three wanted individuals in as many days. Jeremiah Barkac, Ashley Dickinson and Melissa Youngblood were each taken into custody in recent days on unrelated warrants, according to information provided by Deputy Chief Janet Theriault of the Millinocket Police Department. Barkac and Youngblood were both transported to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor while Dickinson was released after posting bail following her arrest.

Speeding leads to charges against five Brewer area teens

EAST MILLINOCKET—Five teenagers from the Brewer area ran into trouble with the law in the Katahdin Region last weekend when they were charged with alcohol and marijuana related offenses following a traffic stop in East Millinocket. Two 16-year old females, one 16-year old male and two 17-year old males each received at least one juvenile summons stemming from the incident that unfolded Saturday evening, according to Chief Cameron McDunnah of the East Millinocket Police Department. The two 17-year old males, one of whom was the driver of the vehicle, were each charged with possession of a usable amount of marijuana while the driver was also summonsed for illegal transportation of liquor by a minor. The three 16-year olds were each charged with illegal possession of liquor by a minor after it was determined they consumed alcohol.