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DECEMBER 11, 2014

Lincoln firefighters battle Dec. 3 chimney fire

LINCOLN – A chimney fire kept firefighters busy last week. The fire at the School Street home, owned by James Kneeland according to tax records, was contained to the chimney, according to firefighters. The fire was reported to authorities at about 4:20 p.m. on Dec. 3, according to records, with first reports stating that smoke was filling up the house. The building’s chimney was plugged, according to firefighters with a small fire discovered between the second story of the house and an attic crawl space.  Firefighters remained at the home for about two hours to put out the fire, according to a report on the call, finally leaving at about 6:20 p.m. There was no immediate estimate of the damage to the house. Part of School Street was blocked off while firefighters battled the fire, with waves of smoke filling the air. No injuries were reported.

Lincoln economic development panel members lists town’s strengths, weaknesses

LINCOLN – A group looking to foster economic development in Lincoln is looking for greater input from the greater community. The group gathered Monday afternoon in Lincoln’s town council chambers, located at the town office on 63 Main Street, and plans to hold its next meeting on Jan. 6 at 4 p.m. The meeting is open to the public and those attending will be asked to come up with ways to better promote the town and attract events and activities to Lincoln, according to Lincoln Town Manager Ron Weatherbee. Monday’s meeting focused on the town’s strengths and weaknesses, Weatherbee explained.

Lincoln firefighters battle Dec. 3 chimney fire

ENFIELD – The Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department continues to investigate a head-on car crash last month that killed a woman, according to police. Chief Deputy Troy Morton said Tuesday that the department is continuing its investigation into the crash, including an autopsy of the cars involved in the crash, which killed Karla Kennniston, 64, of Portland. The results of the investigation will be forwarded to the district attorney’s office, Morton explained. According to Morton, a sport utility vehicle driven by Katie Martin, 29, of Howland crossed the center line of U.S. Route 2 on Nov. 15 and stuck a sport utility vehicle driven by Kathi Hinkelman-Emery, 60, of Lincoln, near the intersection of U.S. Route 2 and the Mohawk Road at about 11:30 a.m.

DOT seeking Army Corps permit for new Howland-Enfield bridge

HOWLAND – Though town officials hope they won’t need the full amount, residents narrowly voted to give the town approval to borrow $150,000 to move and, eventually, improve the town’s transfer station and recycling facility. The 13-10 vote came during a special town meeting on Monday night and will allow town officials to move part of the town’s transfer station to its recycling center, which was needed to allow the Penobscot River Restoration Trust to move forward with construction of a fish bypass channel. The path of the channel is planned to travel through the area where the compactor is currently located, which has been a sore spot among residents over the past few months, as it was previously thought that the channel would not impact the transfer station and recycling center. An estimate to move the equipment, as well as make some other needed improvements at the site, was submitted by CES of Brewer for about $150,000, Town Manager Tracey Hutton told those attending Monday’s special town meeting.

Howland contractor speaks out about the sudden closure of his business

One part of the process to replace the crumbling Howland-Enfield bridge is now underway. One of the permits needed to replace the bridge must be obtained from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers, since work will be done in and around the Penobscot River. Public comment on the Maine Department of Transportation’s planned permit is underway and will continue through Jan. 3, according to the release. According to the corps, DOT plans to impact 7,000 square feet of the riverbed for bridge abutments and shore stabilization, 3,835 square feet of riverbank for the piers and 3,000 square  feet of the river bed for temporary access. Members of the public, state agencies, federal agencies, local agencies and officials, Indian tribes and others can comment on the permit, according to corps officials, who plan to use any comments received during the process in determining whether to grant or deny the permit.

District court to reopen once improvements are completed

MILLINOCKET—The temporarily closed Millinocket District Court will be reopening once improvements are completed at the Millinocket Municipal Building. That was the message delivered recently by Millinocket Town Manager Peggy Daigle, who indicated officials with the state judiciary last month inspected the top floor of the town office where the district court is housed in space rented from the town. Daigle stated court officials provided the town with verbal confirmation that they will be returning to Millinocket after closing the district court location in August because of health and safety concerns with the building, including mold and air quality issues. In an interview last week, Daigle stated she is unsure when the court will reopen but it will occur after building improvements are completed.

Family Dollar to open Thursday, site plan submitted for new Millinocket store

EAST MILLINOCKET/MILLINOCKET—As Family Dollar opens its new location in East Millinocket this week, plans are progressing for the construction of a new building to house the retailer’s Millinocket store. The new Family Dollar at 117 Main St. in East Millinocket will open for business Thursday, according to Bryn Winburn, public and media relations manager for the Charlotte, N.C.-based company. Winburn said the store’s grand opening event will take place Dec. 18, and as part of the promotion the first 50 customers in line at the grand opening will receive a gift card to the store. Winburn said like other Family Dollar stores the East Millinocket location will employ between eight to 10 full-time and part-time team members with employees hired from within the local communities

East Millinocket receives GNP tax payments made

EAST MILLINOCKET—The East Millinocket Board of Selectmen met Monday for a public hearing and also a regular meeting. During the public hearing, the board gave notice of an application process to apply for a grant, the purpose of which is for a study in regards to the wastewater treatment plant and the possibility of the town having to move toward a new facility. The recent sale of the Great Northern Paper Company holdings has given rise to the possibility that the town would no longer have the mill’s wastewater treatment facilities at its disposal. Therefore, with consideration of the possibility of what could come down the road, the selectmen notified the public that the board will begin the application process of a grant to study the situation and eventual need of a waste treatment plant.