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December 8, 2016

Lincoln Council taps Lubec admin for manager job

LINCOLN – Barring any unforeseen abnormalities with a pending background check, the town will have a new manager effective January 3. On Monday, officials announced John Sutherland, the current administrator of Lubec, will be taking on the responsibilities of town manager at the start of the new year. “The big thing that stood out to me is he has been the administrator for Lubec for six years,” Council Chair George Edwards said in an interview Tuesday. “We want a town manager who is going to stick around for the long term.” Sutherland accepted a three-year contract that will initially pay $60,000 per year, with the potential to be increased to $62,500 after July 3 contingent upon job performance. Following that, Sutherland could earn between 1 percent and 3 percent increases depending upon job performance. Edwards said of the four finalists, Sutherland was the number one choice both for hi

Howland voters approve moratorium on marijuana retail shops, social clubs

HOWLAND – While a recount of a state referendum question approving of the use and sale of some marijuana for adults is underway in Augusta, a moratorium on marijuana retail and social establishments has been enacted here. The moratorium was approved by a handful of Howland voters attending a special town meeting on Monday night, giving the town's planning board a chance to draft a permanent ordinance dealing with recreational marijuana retail stores and social clubs within the town limits. State referendum question one, allowing for recreational marijuana use for those 21 years old or older, narrowly passed at the polls on Nov. 8, prompting opponents to ask for a recount. The recount started on Monday in Augusta in a process that could take weeks, according to state officials, particularly since more than 700,000 ballots were cast out of about one million registered voters.

LUPC to discuss Carroll Plantation wind petition at Dec. 12 meeting

BREWER – The Land Use Planning Commission will discuss Carroll Plantation's petition to be taken out of the state's expedited wind area at its Dec. 12 meeting. The matter will be discussed at 10:20 a.m. at the meeting, scheduled to start at 9 a.m. at Jeff's Catering, located at 15 Littlefield Way in Brewer. According to a memo prepared by LUPC staff, the board could take one of three actions at the Dec. 12 meeting:
  • Remove Carroll Plantation from the state's expedited wind area, meaning that any proposed wind projects would have to go through the regular LURC zoning process.
  • Leave Carroll in the expedited area, or
  • Ask for more information, which would require a reopening of the public record on the matter.

Howland to hold Jan. 24 election to fill vacant selectman's seat

HOWLAND – Voters will head to the polls in late January to decide who will take the place of a veteran selectmen now employed full-time with the town. An election to replace Joey Dunn, who is now a part of the town's two member public works crew, will take place on Jan. 24 from 1-7 p.m., as approved by selectmen on Monday night. Nomination papers for the vacancy must be returned to the town office by 1 p.m. on Jan. 11, selectmen also decided at Monday's meeting.

Facebook photo leads to charges for Lincoln man

LINCOLN – The wonders of social media allow people to stay in touch like never before. It could be messaging a friend on the other side of the country. Sharing videos of holidays with loved ones that cannot be there. The infamous photos of that desert someone felt they needed to share. Or, in the case of one Lincoln resident, a photo of a hunting success resolved a two-year old theft case. “The victim was looking through photos on Facebook and saw either a moose or a deer on a trailer,” Detective Mark Fucile of the Lincoln Police Department said. “He recognized the trailer as his.” Parrie Eager, 57, of Lincoln, has been charged with Receiving Stolen Property after allegedly selling a trailer that was stolen in 2014.

Proposed shoreland zoning changes approved by Howland selectmen, set for June 2017 vote

HOWLAND – Proposed changes to the town's shoreland zoning ordinance were approved by selectmen on Monday night. The changes will be presented to voters at the annual town meeting referendum in 2017. According to Town Manager David Wilson, the suggested changes are at the suggestion of state officials and has been on the back burner of late. The planning board provided its recommendation to selectmen, which mirrored the state suggestions, noted Selectman Jack Neel.

Millinocket man arrested for assaulting his partner

MILLINOCKET—A 31-year old Millinocket man was arrested last week after he allegedly threatened to kill his domestic partner in front of her young child before allegedly assaulting the woman as she tried to flee the residence. Paul Lizotte was arrested and charged with domestic violence assault stemming from the Nov. 29 incident at an Iron Bridge Road residence. Lizotte then refused to sign the domestic violence assault summons yielding an additional charge of refusing to sign a Uniform Summons and Complaint. He was transported to the Penobscot County Jail following his arrest and was later released from custody after posting bail on Saturday.

Marijuana law prompts discussions in Medway

MEDWAY – With the Maine vote to legalize the use and sale of marijuana still being recounted (it passed by less than one percent) the Medway Board of Selectmen are trying to decide what, if any restrictions it may impose as a town on the sale and use of the drug. Administrative Assistant Kathy Lee said in the wake of the positive vote, the Maine Municipal Association (MMA) has advised its members to consider how to handle marijuana in their towns. Lee said MMA isn’t advocating for one thing over another but is offering sample ordinances in case towns want to be proactive in their approach. Several towns have already enacted ordinance prohibiting use and sales, and some, like the city of Bangor have passed moratoriums on the law in order to give them time to thoroughly research and review the pros and cons of the new law before taking any municipal action.

Our Katahdin to submit application EPA Brownfield Clean-Up Grant

EAST MILLINOCKET—Our Katahdin is an organization that literally has like the phoenix risen out of the ashes. Much of the focus of projects in the few short years has been to bring beauty and economic vitality back to the Katahdin region. Shortly after the tall stacks from the Great Northern Paper Company (Cate Street) came tumbling down, Our Katahdin began to make a difference. One of the first projects was to beautify and decorate the Bandstand for Christmas. Now Our Katahdin has turned its scope on bringing life back to downtown Millinocket. Our Katahdin held a public hearing at the Eastern Maine Higher Learning Center in East Millinocket on Monday, December 5. This is part of the process of submitting a grant to use in revitalizing the former Miller’s building which has been vacant since 2008.

Local police warn of vacation rental scam

MILLINOCKET—A Millinocket couple recently lost $2,300 after falling victim to an internet scam involving a vacation rental property in Florida, and the Millinocket Police Department is reminding residents to be cautious when conducting online transactions. The incident was reported last week to Millinocket Deputy Police Chief Janet Theriault. The man and woman were searching Craigslist for vacation rental properties in Florida and found one in which they were interested in Cocoa Beach, Fla. The listing contained photographs and had a legitimate name and address associated with the property. The couple corresponded via email with the person who listed the property and received a vacation property rental agreement with legitimate appearing conditions. Per the agreement, the couple got a bank check for $2,300 for a reservation deposit and sent it to an account manager with an address in Miami. The check was subsequently cashed, but the couple had no further communication from the person listing the property. Upon reporting the incident to police, it was noted the vacation rental contact sent to the couple contained two irregularities. The owner’s name was listed backward and the rental dates were listed in day/month format indicating it may have been drafted by an individual from outside the United States.

Millinocket Regional Hospital  purchases Dr. Shippee’s practice

MILLINOCKET—Millinocket Regional Hospital (MRH) and Dr. David Shippee, O.D. announce a joint effort in the purchase of Dr. Shippee’s Optometry business. It is one in which both parties are excited for this merger as Shippee looks towards retirement and MRH looks to continue to expand the offerings that are essential to Katahdin area residents. Dr. Shippee came to Millinocket shortly after his service in Fort Hood, Texas as a medical/optometry officer in the Army came to a conclusion. Shippee relocated to Millinocket in 1976 starting his longtime practice and service to residents in the Katahdin region. “I have practiced in Millinocket and the Katahdin region for over 40 years and it is time to announce my retirement,” Shippee stated. “It has been a privilege to have had the trust, support, and friendship of patients I have seen over these many years.” Both Shippee and MRH realize the need to continue to offer services in the Katahdin area that will cater to the essential medical concerns of citizens on a local level. Through the collaborative arrangement, MRH will maintain Optometry series in the Katahdin region. Patient’s records and Shippee’s staff will be moved to the White Birch medical facility at 899 Central Street as Shippee prepares for his upcoming retirement. The move will begin in January and it is hoped to be complete by February 2017. MRH and Shippee are working together to make this transition as seamless as possible. MRH is seeking an Optometrist to take over Shippee’s practice at the White Birch Medical Center. It is the goal of MRH to begin taking in new patients by February 1, 2017.