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JULY 12, 2018

Quick-acting couple saves woman in peril at Morgan's Beach

ENFIELD – A quick reaction by an Indian Island couple saved a woman in distress at Morgan's Beach last week. Dekota Allen and Chloe Sockbeson were swimming at the popular Enfield beach in the early afternoon hours on July 5 when Allen said he heard a woman yelling, he said on Tuesday. "I heard her holler, 'Help!'" Allen said. After first appearing to be fine, the woman apparently went underwater and passed out at some point, noted Kate Marsden, who manages Morgan's Beach for the 2018 summer season. The woman managed to resurface and yelled for help again before disappearing under the water's surface, Marsden added.

Two nabbed in Main Street heroin bust, more arrests likely

LINCOLN - A local woman and Philadelphia man are in jail after police executed a search on a Main Street apartment and recovered an undisclosed quantity of heroin Monday. Tammi Tilton, 45, of Lincoln and Shaquil Clark, 24, of Philadelphia have been charged with Class A Aggravated Trafficking in Scheduled W Drugs after Lincoln and State police discovered bags of heroin and a 9 mm handgun in Apartment A of 80 Main Street.

Council contemplates change in station hours

LINCOLN - Confusion over the days and months the Transfer Station opens late has at least one councilor requesting the hours be changed on Tuesdays to both allow employees to complete necessary projects while causing little disruption to the users of the facility. “I’d like to see . . . us close the dump every Tuesday. Open it from 12 until 4 (p.m.)” Councilor Jeff Gifford said. “That way, you eliminate the confusion of what Tuesday it is, what month it is.” The topic is likely to be brought forward during an upcoming workshop. The date and time of the session has not yet been determined.

Enfield selectmen agree to repair door damaged in break-in

ENFIELD – Selectmen agreed Monday afternoon to move ahead with repairs to the back door of the town office building damaged in last month's break-in. Chairman June Grey noted that an estimate to repair the door and the area around it after it was pried open sometime in early June. Michael Thurlow, 39, of Lincoln has been charged by police in connection with the burglary, as well as for other break-ins in the Lincoln Lakes region, including one at the Maxfield town office. Grey noted that town officials had received a quote of $1,000 for a brand new door   as well as $250 to repair damaged caused in the break-in.

New Howland transfer station, recycling center project progressing

HOWLAND – As construction continues on a new transfer station/recycling center,  the new center will operate with a few changes, following action taken by selectmen on July 2. One major decision made by selectmen at the meeting was to reduce the number of employees working once its opens. Currently, a total of four people are employed at the town's recycling center and transfer station, which is open on Tuesdays (8 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and Saturdays (8 a.m.to 4 p.m.). The new recycling area will include places to put recyclable material, Town Manager David Wilson explained. Also, at least one person will be needed to operate the solid waste compactor at all times, he added.

Lee man charged with OUI on tractor

LEE - John Deere Green is a well-known color as much as the tractors that gave it the name. However, it was State Police Blue that had the lasting impression last week as a local man was charged with Operating Under the Influence while driving his tractor. Randolph Delano, 60, was charged with OUI after attempting to tow his pickup home with a farm tractor after the vehicle’s transmission failed at 11:30 p.m July 4. “I observed a vehicle with its four-ways on,” State Trooper Andrew Peirson said, stating he passed a John Deere tractor driving on the South Winn Road. Moments later, he came across a truck parked beside the road. “While I was talking to witnesses, the tractor arrived on scene and backed up to the truck.

Economic development director impressed with the area, its people

LINCOLN - After years of heated debate, town officials voted this spring to hire an economic development director.  Two months ago, they signed a contract with Jay Hardy to fill that position. Hardy is no stranger to the economic development scene.  He has had over 35 years experience in consulting and is very familiar with not only the challenges that small communities face, but also the plentiful opportunities that are possible when all facets work together.  "I came up and spent a day driving around and got very excited about what could be done," he said in a recent interview.  "Our local leaders have learned lessons from other communities who have suffered the loss of a mill...as much as we grieve for the Lincoln that was, we need to look at the Lincoln that could be," Hardy said.

Seboeis Plantation residents discuss, pass budget at town meeting

SEBOEIS PLANTATION – Trying to anticipate student enrollment in smaller communities can be tricky, particularly when families move into and out of such towns regularly. Residents of Seboeis Plantation grappled with their town's education budget, as well as other town expenses, at Monday's town meeting, which drew 25 people to the Kenneth B. Brown Community Building.

State certifies primary election wins by Gifford, Javner

Final results from the June 12 primary have been certified and posted on the state's election website, including a few races with local interest.
Penobscot County Commissioner Jeff Gifford defeated Sam Clay 1,449-1,106 for the Republican nomination to earn his party's nomination for District Three, which includes towns in the Lincoln Lakes and Katahdin regions. Gifford, a current Lincoln councilor and former state representative, will face Democrat Laura Sanborn of Alton on the November ballot.
State House District 141 Kathy Javner of Chester edged Roger Ek of Lee 409-375 to win the Republican nomination in the sprawling district, which stretches to Vanceboro on the Maine-New Brunswick border and includes communities in Penobscot and Washington counties. According to the results, a total of 118 ballots of the 902 cast were left blank. Javner will face Donald Green of Berry Township (located in Washington County) in November.

Millinocket man arrested for allegedly shooting school bus, vehicles and house with BB gun

MILLINOCKET—An 18-year old Millinocket man was arrested last week after he allegedly shot out multiple windows of a parked school bus as well as at a house, parked vehicle and moving vehicles with a BB gun. Scott Lynch is facing a felony charge of aggravated criminal mischief while other charges will be forthcoming as the investigation continues into the Friday night vandalism spree throughout the community. Lynch was released on bail following his arrest while a 16-year old girl was also issued a juvenile summons for criminal mischief for her role in the alleged incidents.

Needles allegedly found on beach, citizens urged to call police not post on FB

MEDWAY – Citizens are reminded to let town or law enforcement officials know immediately if there are problems at the recreation area – not just post something on Facebook and other social media outlets. During Monday’s regular Medway Selectmen’s meeting, Eleanor Dillingham asked board members what was being done about the needles being found at the recreation area, specifically the playground and picnic areas. She said she was concerned about the children who play there all day unsupervised. Dillingham said she heard about it and then read it on Facebook. She said she heard adults found needles and a child also found one and brought it to its mother. Selectmen John Lee, Christine Whitmer and Board Chairman Barbara Hartford said this was the first they were hearing of the problem and Selectman Jane McLaughlin said she read it on Facebook.

Board gets updates on new truck, transfer site work

MEDWAY – With approval from voters to purchase a new plow/dump truck for the public works department, Medway Selectmen reviewed truck costs with Public Works Director Greg Hale. Hale brought in the cost and specs for a 2019 International chasse and cab that will need to be ordered. He said depending on what is already in the manufacturing pipeline he expected delivery in October. If something is currently being built that is close to the town’s specs and can easily be modified then the truck could arrive sooner. After receiving the cab and chasse, Hale said the truck will then be sent to whatever vendor is chosen to supply the dump body and plow that will be added. The cost of the chasse and cab is $80,000 with the cost of the dump body and ploy yet to be determined. Hale said now that he had the cab and chasse ordered he would work on the plow and dumb body specs. Hale assured the board that the needs of the town can be met with the current fleet while waiting for the new truck to be put into service.

Maine Water exceeds MCL; informs public

MILLINOCKET—Maine Water Company emphasizes that this is not an emergency. However, Maine Water Company has announced that there was a violation of a drinking water standard in the last quarter testing for maximum contaminant level (MCL). A letter was sent out to residents of Millinocket by a July 2, 2018 letter from Maine Water to inform customers of this violation. “Test results received after the second quarter 2018 testing in the Millinocket system representing the 12-month average for haloacetic acids showed: one of the two sample sites was 60.75 ppb, which exceeds the MCL. The second site was 53.0 ppb, which meets the EPA (Environmental Protective Agency) standard,” according to the letter from Maine Water.

Disorderly call leads to OUI summons for Winterport woman

MILLINOCKET—A complaint of disorderly conduct inside a parked vehicle in Millinocket led to a southern Penobscot County woman being charged with operating under the influence. Brianna Basso, 18, of Winterport was charged with OUI after her breath-alcohol concentration was allegedly found to be more than twice Maine’s legal limit during the Saturday morning incident investigated by Officer David Cram of the Millinocket Police Department. A passenger in the vehicle, 19-year old Jonathan Williams of Houlton, was also charged with violation of condition of release for allegedly violating his bail conditions during the incident.

Millinocket and East Millinocket to update comp plan

On Wednesday, June 27, town officials from Millinocket and East Millinocket, met with officials from the Eastern Maine Development Corporation (EMDC) to officially begin the process of updating the two town’s comprehensive plans. A comprehensive plan is a document adopted by a local government and created by local people.  It is actually a map to the town’s future that guides the decision making process regarding the community and the vision that the residents have for their future.  We are also looking at things on a regional level as well, as we believe that it is crucial for future economic development.

Erratic operation complaint leads police to alleged suspended driver

MILLINOCKET—A 60-year old Millinocket man was charged Monday night with operating after suspension following a traffic stop after reports of an erratically operating vehicle without license plates. Keith Haines is scheduled to appear Aug. 8 in Millinocket District Court to answer to the summons issued by Millinocket Police Officer David Cram. According to information from the department’s deputy chief, Janet Theriault, Cram was on patrol shortly after 8 p.m. when a call came through Penobscot Regional Communications Center about an erratically operating vehicle on Central Street. The vehicle, a blue car with no license plates, was reported to be all over the road before turning onto Rice Farm Road.

Board hears concerns about proposed UT development changes

MEDWAY – Medway Selectmen met with Cathy Johnson of the Natural Resource Council of Maine (NRCM) to hear why she and her organization are asking the state’s Land Use Planning Commission to slow down and get more input on proposed new changes to land development in the unorganized territories. Johnson said she was pleased to be able to talk with selectmen as many municipalities aren’t aware of the potential impacts these changes, if passed, will have on their towns and she is working hard to get the word out. Johnson said that for many years the “one mile” rule has worked well in the UT. It states that like development has to be within one mile of the closest existing development in the area. It’s called the “adjacency rule” and has kept development clustered so as to provide easier services and limit sprawl. However, for reasons that still aren’t clear, she said there is a push to change the law to greatly reduce the regulations required for development that will open up large areas and essentially drive economic development out of municipalities and into the UT at greatly reduced tax rates.

Our Katahdin holds Town Hall meeting

EAST MILLINOCKET—The nonprofit organization, Our Katahdin, has been making news since it began three years ago with funding of a project to decorate the Bandstand in Veterans Park for Christmas. Since then, it has been busy with nearly 30 “one-and-done” projects ranging from sprucing up various structures, funding for Summerfest, Medway Historical Society, and warming blankets for the Millinocket Regional Hospital Oncology Department, just to name a few. Our Katahdin held the Town meeting at Katahdin Region Higher Education Center (KRHEC) on Thursday, July 5. Despite all of the festive activities that were going on in connection with the July 4th holiday, more than 60 area citizens came out on a hot summer evening. There was much to share since the acquisition of the former Great Northern Paper Company from Cate Street in January 2017 and the announcement in February 2018 of LignaCLT’s interest in locating a new facility to manufacture Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) in Millinocket.

Talbot’s land purchase back on the table for board

MEDWAY – The sale of town ministerial land to Jim Talbot for the installation of a radio tower is back in the hands of the Medway Selectman. Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee informed selectmen that the required land survey, paid for by Talbot, had been delivered to the town office last week. The land he wants to purchase, located in the town’s ministerial lot off Nicatou Industrial Lane, measures 12.04 acres. Talbot, who owns and operates WSYY in Millinocket, has been trying to buy the land for several years but has been delayed by the need for numerous permits and regulatory issues as well as needed permission from Medway residents to purchase the land. Lee reminded board members that selectmen proposed the sale of the land, at $500 per acre, to Talbot two years ago and it was approved by residents. Because of the location of the land and the “cheap” price, selectmen were asked by voters to negotiate in certain elements that protect the town including the tower be new equipment for maximum taxable value as well as a time limit that the project be completed.