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January 12, 2017

Lincoln Town Council votes to cease all work on airport project

LINCOLN – Councilors suspended the rules and voted to cease all spending on the town’s airport project in a vague motion that could cost Lincoln taxpayers in the long run if it costs FAA grant approval. The board voted 4-2 that “there will be no money spent moving forward on that project” until Lincoln residents vote on the project in a referendum. However, what was unclear was the scope of the cease work and if it would affect current maintenance and grant-related projects.

Access Road traffic stopped as firefighters battle car blaze

CHESTER - A local man escaped injury Monday afternoon when his car caught on fire on the Access Road, shortly after leaving the interstate. "He was driving down the road, heard a popping and cracking under the dash and then it burst into flames," Penobscot County Sheriff's Deputy Jason Matheson said. Traffic was stopped from both directions as firefighters extinguished the flames in the 2010 Dodge Grand Caravan being driven by Carroll Tash, Jr., 44, of Chester. The below-zero temperatures created an additional hazard for motorists as water being dumped on the fire quickly turned to ice

Enfield selectmen approve flat fee option for commercial containers

ENFIELD – After a month of implementing a new pay per bag trash disposal program, less garbage has been hauled from the town's transfer station, town officials learned Monday. The board also adopted an option to charge flat fee charge for commercial trash containers at Monday's meeting as the program continues. Starting in December, household waste must be placed in town trash bags only. The bags, available at the town office and transfer station, are $3 for 10 small bags (20 gallons) or $5 for 10 large bags (33 gallons).

Lincoln council to consider media policy

LINCOLN – Which town employees, if any, are allowed to talk to the media will be a future topic of conversation after a newly-elected councilor asked that a media policy be placed on next month’s agenda. In the closing moments of Monday night’s regular council meeting, Councilor John Trask asked that a potential media policy be part of the next meeting. “We want to check and see if there is a media policy now, what it is, or if there should be,” Chairman George Edwards said, adding that he was not certain of all the details at this times, but a policy could require all media requests be directed to either himself or the town manager. There was no explanation provided for the sudden move. One source, however, who wished to remain anonymous, did say that Trask took exception to an article in the NEWS, in which he criticized Tax Assessor Ruth Birtz during an open meeting and that may have caused the desire to restrict who speaks with members of the press.

Minor injuries in Public Works crash

LINCOLN - A 7-year-old was evaluated at Penobscot Valley Hospital after a public works tractor backed into the car he was a passenger in Friday morning. Detective Mark Fucile of the Lincoln Police Department said Monday Jessica Needham, 23, of Lincoln, was stopped at the light at the intersection of Main Street and Depot Street when her 1997 Honda was backed into by a front-end loader operated by Shaughn Millett, 44, of Lincoln. "Mr. Millett had stepped out of the vehicle to put up a caution sign," Fucile said, stating Millett then got back into the tractor and resumed operations. "He was backing up and struck the rear passenger side of Mrs. Needham's truck."

Long memory of law enforcement results in summons

LINCOLN – Everyone knows you can’t outrun the long arm of the law, but one Lincoln resident learned local law enforcement’s memory wasn’t short either. Stephen Senberg, 30, learned that lesson last Friday when a short drive ended in a summons for Operating After Habitual Revocation with One Prior, a felony. “Officer (John) Walsh saw a car pulling out of Baily Circle and recognized the driveer,” Detective Mark Fucile of the Lincoln Police Department said. “He believed Mr. Senberg to have a suspended license.” Fucile said Walsh was unable to locate Senberg after turning his vehicle around, so he waited for his return.

Medway gives support to MMS project

MEDWAY – Medway Middle School students are getting back to their roots. Eighth graders are learning about the history of their town and at the same time are giving back to their community. Several members of the eighth grade joined teacher Alyssa Dickinson and resident Bruce Cox and met with the board of selectmen to tell members about their project and ask for selectmen support. Dickinson explained that under the guidance of teachers and local citizens the students have formed a Medway Historical Society that they would eventually like to locate in the Old Medway Church. The citizens who are helping are serving as “mentors” and have been meeting with students after school on Fridays to share their knowledge and experiences and help them find artifacts and photos depicting town history and culture.

Millinocket Memorial Library hires director

MILLINOCKET—The Millinocket Memorial Library has a new face: Matt Delaney. Delaney was hired by the Library Board of Directors. Delaney made his first official appearance after the ball dropped saying goodbye to 2016 and hello to 2017. Delaney had been selected by the Board of Directors earlier in 2016. On an inquiring mission, Delaney had visited the Katahdin region during the early fall and fell in love with the place. He bought a house in Millinocket and is settling in with his partner, Emily, and two dogs. Delaney has been hard at work since coming to the Katahdin region and taking up the reins of the library while getting caught up on the history of the place, as well as, that of the duties of being director of a small town library.

Economic Development Standing Committee organizes

MILLINOCKET—After considerable debate at the last meeting of the Millinocket Town Council held on Thursday, December 22, 2016, it was decided that an Economic Development Standing Committee would be formed. At the meeting, Council Chairman Michael Madore appointed councilors Charles “Charlie” Pray, Gilda Stratton, and Jesse Dumais to the newly formed standing committee with approval of the Council. The Economic Development Standing Committee (EDSC) met on Wednesday, January 4 to officially organize. This meeting was open to the public.

Millinocket police nab area pair on outstanding warrants

MILLINOCKET—Two local residents wanted on outstanding warrants recently found themselves under arrest by the Millinocket Police Department. Karen Woodbury, 50, and Christopher Emery, 26, both of Millinocket, were taken into custody last week on active arrest warrants. Woodbury was released after posting bail following her arrest while Emery was transported to the Penobscot County Jail in Bangor. According to information from the Millinocket Police Department, Woodbury was wanted on three outstanding warrants, all for unpaid fines stemming from prior convictions for unlawful possession of scheduled drugs. She was arrested on the warrants around 1:50 a.m. Jan. 3 by Officer Marty Legassey, who encountered Woodbury at her Waldo Street residence while he was on routine patrol.

Medway School Board discusses superintendent secretary position

MEDWAY—Longtime Superintendant Secretary Mary DeSantis put in her letter to resign her position and retire after more than 15 years in her position. DeSantis notified in writing on December 1, 2016. DeSantis’ last official day will be on March 31. DeSantis has been working at the position since she had been selected to become the Superintendent’s Secretary in 2001. The position has also included duties associated with accounts payable, special services secretary and other duties. When DeSantis took the position she had recently become widowed with two sons to support. Through the 16 years that DeSantis has held the position, she has had the opportunity to impact the lives of administrators, teachers, and students.

Medway Board of Selectmen agrees to conservative sand plan

MEDWAY – The winter weather has already taken a toll on the Medway public works department as Director Greg Hale told the board of selectmen that December was the busiest month he’s had since he’s worked for the town. Because of the amount of storms and the kind of storms the town has seen, he cautioned selectmen that he is using a high amount of sand and the town’s pile is getting smaller and smaller. He said he wanted to know how to proceed. “We are low on sand,” Hale said, “I’d like to discuss where we could cut back on it. I’d like to sand the intersections, hills and stop signs and think that will be sufficient for town roads. I think we can cut back on some of the smaller side roads.” Hale said if the town doesn’t adopt a strategy to reduce it’s sand use he will be back in front of the board by the end of February looking for permission to purchase more.

Fanjoy selected as Barbara R. Trader Leadership award recipient

MILLINOCKET - At the 2016 TASH national conference in St. Louis, Missouri, Gail Fanjoy was presented the ‘Barbara R. Trader Leadership Award’, which is “presented to a TASH member who demonstrates extraordinary leadership toward the enrichment of the organization…who must exemplify TASH values, possess a profile of courage, contribute to the growth and success of the organization, and promote TASH’s contribution to advocacy and social justice for individuals with disabilities.” A leader in disability advocacy for 40 years, the mission of TASH (formerly, The Association of Persons with Severe Disabilities) is to promote the full inclusion and participation of children and adults with significant disabilities in every aspect of their community, and to eliminate the social injustices that diminish human rights. Gail is CEO of KFI (Katahdin Friends Inc.), a private not-for-profit agency which provides whole-life supports for people with disabilities, and whose headquarters are located in Millinocket, Maine (with branch offices in Lincoln, Bangor and Portland) www.kfimaine.org  Having worked for KFI since 1976, Gail has been a leader in the revolutionary shift in service delivery away from sheltered and segregated services to customized supports for people in the community.