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FEBRUARY 7, 2019

Howland seeking new water/sewer superintendent, auditing firm

HOWLAND – The town is looking for a full-time water and wastewater superintendent and, perhaps, a new auditor. During Monday's selectmen's meeting, the board formally voted to accept the resignation of Rick Thompson as its water and wastewater superintendent, effective Feb. 15. While the town begins the search for Thompson's replacement, Town Manager David Wilson addressed what will happen until that replacement is hired.

Lincoln manager to present town office options Monday

LINCOLN - Councilors will have an opportunity to review four potential locations for a temporary move Monday as town officials have evaluated area locations that may be suitable for at least a short-term solution. Town Manager Rick Bronson said he will be presenting a matrix that outlines the pros and cons of the vacant West Broadway property that formerly housed Family Dollar, the mini-mall property vacated by Penobscot Valley Hospital’s billing office and Machias Savings Bank, the Lincoln Court House, and the current structure at 63 Main Street that houses both the town offices and the Masonic Lodge.

Man who fled police in manhunt jailed for violation

LINCOLN - A local man who fled the scene of an alleged assault, armed with a shotgun, in December has been arrested again, this time for violating the conditions of his release from jail. Tyler Langley, 25, was apprehended in a joint effort by local, county and state law enforcement after a third party reported him at the residence located on the Enfield Road in Lincoln last Thursday. Langley was prohibited from being at the 650 Enfield Road house and from having contact with the person living there.

Much loved area businesswoman passes

LINCOLN - The greater Lincoln area is shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden passing of one of the area's most loved businesswomen. Kathryn "Kathy" Wilson died unexpectedly on Monday, January 28.  At the time of her passing she was employed as the office manager for the law offices of Martha Novy-Broderick, a position she had held for eignt years.  On Monday, Novy-Broderick told the News that she would be missed terribly

Multiple departments battle Sunday morning blaze

MATTAWAMKEAG - The home of Robbie and Rachel McNeal on the Hathaway Road was destroyed by fire on Sunday morning.  Mattawamkeag fire chief Mike Coombs said the department got the call at 9:40 a.m. "The call came in and luckily we were at the station training," he said.  "We were on scene at 9:46," he said.

Sudden slide into snowbank leads to alcohol arrest

LINCOLN - Slippery road conditions and a sudden stop in a snowbank led to the arrest of a local man for Operating Under the Influence early Monday morning. The charge became criminal for Jarret Schick, 27, after he refused multiple requests for first a field sobriety test and then for a breath test at the Lincoln Public Safety Building.

Friday vehicle fire forces road closure

ENFIELD - Traffic temporarily came to a standstill Friday as a vehicle fire forced Main Road to be shut down as responders attempted to extinguish the blaze. Cpl. Daren Mason of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Office said Stephanie Eryn, 27, of Enfield was traveling south when she smelled smoke coming from her 2004 Chrysler van.

Howland officials working on sewer policies

HOWLAND – As Town Manager David Wilson continues work on a sewer discharge policy, selectmen asked him Monday night to also develop a policy covering how sewer abatement requests are handled. Selectmen continued to work on a proposed sewer surcharge policy as the town attempts to reduce the amount of water entering the town's wastewater system through private drains and the like. The proposed policy would add a $75 quarterly surcharge on a customer's bill if they don't schedule a home inspection.

New school renovation fund bill could help SAD 30

LEE – A bill has been filed by two Washington County legislators that could help School Administrative District 30,  Superintendent William Braun reported last week. The bill, titled "An Act To Create and Fund the School Revolving Maintenance Fund To Support the Usefulness and Longevity of Public School Buildings," was filed by State Sen. Marianne Moore (R-Calais), whose district includes towns in Washington and Hancock counties. Her district includes many towns in Alternative Organizational Structure 90, which is overseen by Braun.

SAD 30 officials hope to take advantage of resources available through Tier III designation

LEE – While the reason for the School Administrative District 30's Tier III designation is not optimal, Principal Tom Vicaire sees an opportunity. "I think this is a great opportunity," he told the SAD 30 board at its Jan. 29 meeting at the Lee-Winn Elementary School. The district is considered in need of what is known as Tier III support by the Maine Department of Education due to its performance on state assessment tests in English/language arts and math for two student groups (children with disabilities and economically disadvantaged), as well as chronic absenteeism, according to information handed out at the meeting.

Murray convicted on all charges in LaPierre shooting

BANGOR—It took a jury of five men and seven women fewer than five hours of deliberations Friday to find a 39-year old North Carolina man guilty of all charges stemming from a December 2017 home invasion and shooting that left Millinocket businessman Wayne LaPierre dead and his wife, Diem LaPierre, injured. Christoper Murray was found guilty of one count each of murder, elevated aggravated assault and robbery. Jurors returned their verdict Friday afternoon following a four-day trial before Justice William Anderson in superior court at the Penobscot Judicial Center in Bangor.

Pattagumpus water issues discussed, town meeting set

MEDWAY - During last week’s meeting, Medway selectmen discussed concerns regarding water build up at several corners of the Pattagumpus Road. Selectman Emery “Jeff” Lee IV said he knew the town had to take extra measures in some places to keep the road safe and passable. He said the extra time was adding up and he wanted to know what the town’s options were. The town contracts with the state to take care of Pattagumpus which is also Route 116 so Public Works Director Greg Hale said the town has a responsibility to keep the road plowed and sanded. However, as the extra run off in the road can be attributed to some property owners he didn’t know if the town might be able to compel those owners to get the drainage issues fixed.

LifeFlight of Maine lands at EBSR

MEDWAY—When an accident occurs time can be critical; even a matter of life or death. Hours, minutes, and even seconds can be the difference that can lead to recovery or the unthinkable: death. LifeFlight of Maine has a new landing zone: the lower field adjacent to the East Branch Sno Rovers (EBSR) Clubhouse along the river near the Hathaway Farm Road in Medway. Snowmobilers came out in force for a fundraiser to establish the landing zone and participate in the Remote Access Ride for LifeFlight that took riders through absolute perfect conditions and enjoying the scenic vistas along the way.

Board agrees to police increases, clarifies new EMS benefits

EAST MILLINOCKET – The East Millinocket Board of Selectmen met in executive session with Police Chief Cameron McDunnah to discuss police staffing issues. As a result of the discussion selectmen agreed to raise wages for officers beginning Feb. 25. The increases will come out of McDunnah’s existing budget: full time patrol officer up to $22 per hour; sergeant’s position $23.75 per hour; blue pin reserve officers (those who have graduated from the Maine Criminal Justice Academy) at $17.50 per hour and green pin reserves (those who have not graduated from the MCJA) at $16.50 per hour.

Recycle building demo concerns board

EAST MILLINOCKET – Selectmen met in executive session Monday morning to discuss a concerning development with the mill site. Monday morning it was revealed that Katahdin KI 50 LLC owner Jason Inoff had given the go ahead to the dismantling of the recycle building warehouse. Administrative Assistant Angela Cote said selectmen directed her to email the Maine Department of Environmental Protection to get a clarification on exactly what Inoff had permission to demolish as well as a plan for the site development. Selectmen do not believe that the recycle building is part of Inoff’s permit and were under the impression it would be left alone.

Girsa recognized by school board with WLBZ Varsity Club

MILLINOCKET—Bailey Girsa was described by WLBZ-TV2’s Lee Goldberg as an overachiever in education and sports. Certainly, it is the qualities and achievements of Girsa that prompted a nomination and acceptance to the coveted WLBZ Varsity Club. The school board recognized Girsa with a certificate and congratulations on her successful nomination to the Varsity Club at the warrant meeting held on Tuesday, January 29. “This is the part of the meeting that I really enjoy,” Chairman Mike Jewers declared. Bailey has been recognized for her academic and athletic achievements.”

Flu activity in Katahdin region

MILLINOCKET - The Maine Center for Disease Control has notified Millinocket Regional Hospital that the flu has reached all 16 of Maine’s counties. Officials at MRH received communication from MSDC on January 30 of the widespread influenza outbreak.  Ryan Hafford, laboratory manager for MRH released the figures on the outbreak locally. “We have had 12 positive influenza results through our lab,” Hafford said.   “The first case was reported on 1/23/2019, and it has been going strong since,” he said.