Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club Participates in ARRL Field Day

Submitted by George R. Dean on June 24, 2019 - 11:03am

The Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club (PARC) will be participating in the 2019 American Radio Relay League Field Day at the camp of David Ramsey and Debbie Kaczowski on the Sebec River on the weekend of 22 and 23 June.   We will be operating continuously for 24 hours from 2 pm Saturday to 2 pm Sunday.  We will be using the callsign K1PQ, which is the callsign assigned to us by the Federal Communications Commission.  This event is open to the public.

PARC is an affilieated ARRL radio club and meets monthly on the 4th Tuesday of each month at the Milo Town Hall.  The club also runs a UHF repeater on Stickney Hill on 444.950.  We provide public service communications to area organizations such as the Dover Foxcroft and Milo/Brownville Kiwanis.  We assisted with the Kenduskeag and the Piscataquis River races with our last club event being to provide communictions support to the 2019 Sebec River Race.  Check out our Facebook page "Piscataquis Amateur Radio Club".

 

WHAT IS ARRL FIELD DAY?

ARRL Field Day is the single most poppular on-the-air event held annually in the US and Canada.  On the fourth weekend of June of each year, more than 35,000 radio amateurs gather with their clubs, groups or simply with friends to operate from remote locations

Field Day is a picnic, a campout, practice for emergencies, an informal contest and, most of all FUN!

It is a time where many aspects of Amateur Radio come together to highlight our many roles.  While some will treat it as a contest, other groups use the opportunity to practice their emergency response capabilities.  It is an excellent opportunity to demonstrate Amateur Radio to the organizations that Amateur Radio might serve in an emergency, as well as the general public.  For many clubs, ARRL Field Day is one of the highlights of their annual calendar.

The contest part is simply to contact as many other stations as possible and to learn to operate our radio gear in abnormal situations and less than optimal conditions.

We use these same skills when we help with events such as marathons and bik-a-thons; fund-raisers such as walk-a-thons; celebrations such as parades; and exhibits at fairs, malls and museums .. these are large, preplanned, non-emergency activities.

But despite the development of very complex. modern communications systems - - or maybe because they ARE so complex - - ham radio has been called into action again and again to provide communications in crises when it really matters.  Ama Radio people (also called "hams") are well known for our communications support in real disaster and post-disaster situations.

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Submitted by Seth Barden on June 21, 2019 - 2:42pm


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Submitted by Seth Barden on June 21, 2019 - 10:59am
Linked from: WABI TV-5

By Brianna Bires  | Posted: Thu 4:24 PM, Jun 20, 2019  | Updated: Thu 7:27 PM, Jun 20, 2019

MILO, Maine (WABI) - A small town police chief is going above and beyond for kids in his community.

Milo Police Chief Damien Pickel runs the summer meal program for kids and teens in Piscataquis County.

For the past four years, he has been traveling all across the county providing bagged lunches to kids that may not get a meal otherwise.

Today we caught up with the chief who made food stops in Lagrange, Milo, and Derby.

So, why does he do it?

"It's the kids! A hungry kid is an unhappy kid. An unhappy kid is a destructive kid. So, when you feed a kid you're getting a more productive and happier kid and somebody that wants to do good things and maybe they'll return the favor down the road. Paying it."

The chief provides lunches four days a week, well, sometimes five.

He says when he gets a call from someone that needs a lunch, he will be there, even if it's on the one day he takes off.

"Even though we don't do it on Wednesday, we did it on Wednesday."

Many folks in the community say the chief is someone kids in the area know and trust because of this program.

"He's somebody that they can be friends with, that they don't always have to look at the police as scary people."

Chief Pickel tells us he grew up watching his father help others so he knew he had to do the same.

"Everything I'm doing now is a reflection on him."

Volunteers are always needed if you would like to help you can visit the Milo Police Department on Facebook.

"Volunteers are going to be everything. We can't do this without people helping us."

To find meals in other areas text "Summer Meals" to 97779 or call Maine 211.

Brianna Bires, WABI TV5 News, Milo.


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Submitted by Seth Barden on June 20, 2019 - 2:40pm


$9.6M SAD 41 budget moved to June 27 referendum

Submitted by Seth Barden on June 20, 2019 - 2:39pm

Stuart Hedstrom • June 18, 2019

MILO — A proposed 2019-20 SAD 41 budget of $9,639,532 was approved with all 15 articles passing with minimal discussion over 15 minutes during the annual district meeting June 13 at the Penquis Valley School. The approximate $9.6 million total is now moved to a referendum in the district towns of Brownville, LaGrange and Milo on Thursday, June 27 for a “yes” or “no” vote.

The budget for 2019-20 represents a near $562,700 increase from the current year’s figure of $9,077,841. Next year SAD 41 will be receiving a little more than $5,877,800 in Essentials Programs & Services funds from the state, a near $147,000 increase.

In order to get the $5.8 million-plus the three SAD 41 towns are required to raise $1,347,156, an amount that is $238,469 less than for 2018-19.

“If you look at that initially, it looks great,” Superintendent Michael Wright said. He said in order to make up the near $240,000 difference more monies need to be come from the towns and/or budget cuts are needed.

Wright said the amount of local additional monies being asked for would be increasing by $243,373 to $976,468. Per state law, an article concerning local additional funds needs to be voted on by written ballot and this item passed via a count of 13-0.

The superintendent said next year the district will be losing Atkinson, as this community will be deorganized and part of the Piscataquis County Unorganized Territory as of July 1. He said as part of the town’s withdrawal agreement from SAD 41, developed over a year and a half, Atkinson is making a $275,000 payment to the district.

The $275,000 is a little more than the approximate $251,4000 the community paid for its share of the current school budget. The payment is listed undesignated fund balance in the 2019-20 spending plan, a line that had no money in it for the current fiscal year.

Wright said after 2019-20 the $275,000 from Atkinson will need to made up somehow. He said some preliminary ideas could be using a portion of the fund balance, he said the account has about $500,000, as well as a $200,000 heating system grant SAD 41 is applying for.

“So those things will all fit in to offsetting that $275,000 gap,” he said.

The three district communities would each see an increase in the respective shares of the budget. The total local amount (local required, local additional and other expenses such as adult education and career and technical education) of $2,379,277 is up by $60,557 (2.61 percent).

Brownville’s $769,207 share is $110,582 more (16.79 percent) than in 2018-19. LaGrange would see a $58,500 (15.57 percent) increase to $434,324. For Milo a $1,175,746 amount represents a $142,853 (13.83 percent) increase from the current school year.


Sebec 4th of July - 5K

Submitted by Seth Barden on June 20, 2019 - 2:38pm

Entry fee - $15 for the 5k
Start time - 8am

Kids 1k fun run - free to anyone 12 and under. 
Start time - 7:45

We will be at the Reading Room starting at 6:30 am to take registrations. Come early if you want a T-shirt!

If you would like to pre-register, let me know and we can work out some details.

Signup online for the Sebec 5K!


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Submitted by Seth Barden on June 17, 2019 - 9:40pm


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Submitted by Seth Barden on June 17, 2019 - 9:39pm

Community Garden is tilled at Kromers Pond, space is open to anyone who is interested.

FMI Contact Frank Cochrane 943-7369.

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