Brownville Town Office News
Stuart Hedstrom • February 21, 2019
DOVER-FOXCROFT — Plans for Atkinson to join the Unorganized Territory (UT) on July 1 — the community voted 187-19 (nearly 91 percent) at the November referendum to deorganize — are still on track.
“I attended the annual Atkinson town meeting on Feb. 11,” County Manager Tom Lizotte said during the Feb. 19 meeting of the Piscataquis County Commissioners. “They did what they had to do in order to comply with the state’s deorganization plan.”
Lizotte said items approved by Atkinson citizens the week prior were authorizing the selectmen to sell the town hall and 12-acre salt/sand pile lot as well as approving the closure of a bridge and remainder of the McCorrison Road over Alder Stream. The overpass is weight restricted and has been closed to all but recreational traffic during the winter.
“I think sometime in May we will go out to Atkinson to look at their roads,” Lizotte told the commissioners. He said the county officials will conduct a final inspection to make sure the roads are in good enough shape for the county to take over and Atkinson, and all along the community has been doing a job maintaining its travelways.
In other business, Piscataquis County Emergency Management Agency Deputy Director Debra Hamlin said the Friday before prior eight rail cars on an Eastern Maine Railways train left the tracks in a wooded area about 10 miles east of Brownville Junction — no one was injured in the derailment.
Hamlin said the rail cars were carrying liquid asphalt, but none of the frozen substance spilled. She said a steamcar is needed on scene and this was scheduled to arrive from either Quebec or Boston later in the week.
“So now it’s kind of at a standstill so they can unload that spill,” Hamlin said.
The commissioners also opened four bids for a large format copier/scanner for the registry of deeds. Each document was then given to Register of Deeds Linda Smith for her to review and make a recommendation on for the next commissioners’ meeting set for Tuesday, March 5.
“That way we’re not making a decision on apples and oranges because there’s a lot to review,” Commissioners Chair James White said, as each firm has varying prices for equipment, toner, service contracts, etc.
Staff, Piscataquis Observer • February 17, 2019
LEWISTON — Penquis Valley High School senior Cymeria Robshaw won the 55-meter dash and triple jump, and she came in second in long jump, at the 2019 Class B indoor championship on Feb. 16 at Bates College.
After Robshaw posted the fastest time — 7.43 seconds — among the 17 entrants in the 55-prelims, she and seven others advanced to the event finals. Robshaw entered the state meet undefeated in the 55-meters this indoor season, and she continued her run of success at the state meet
In the 55-finals Robshaw’s winning time was 7.33 seconds, .3 seconds faster than event runner Cape Elizabeth High School junior Darcy Cochran’s time of 7.63 seconds.
At a distance of 36 feet, 1.75 inches, Robshaw earned top state honors in the triple jump. She bested Cochran’s leap of 34-09.25 by more than 16 inches.
Robshaw’s day included a runner-up finish in the long jump. Her distance of 18-03.75 in the long jump trailed only the 18-04.75 for Orono High School senior Camille Kohtala.
On her own Robshaw scored 28 points for Penquis and this total tied the Patriots with Cape Elizabeth for fourth place out of 24 schools scoring points at the state meet. Brewer won the girls’ team title with a score of 71 points, York High School was next at 63, and Greely High School of Cumberland Center came in third at 60 points.
Robshaw earned the opportunity to compete at this year’s New England championship in the 55 meters and triple jump on Saturday, March 2 at the Reggie Lewis Center at Roxbury Community College in Boston.
The pair of indoor titles follows two outdoor state championships for Robshaw. As a junior last spring she won both the triple and long jumps at the Class C state meet. She jumped respective distances of 34-10.50 and 17-02. At the 2018 Class C championship, Robshaw also came in third at 100 meters at the 2018 Class C outdoor championship.
Eesha Pendharkar, Bangor Daily News Staff • February 19, 2019
Eight rail cars on an Eastern Maine Railways train left the tracks in a remote area of Piscataquis County on Friday, Feb. 8, according to a spokesperson from J.D. Irving, the Canadian conglomerate that owns the rail company.
No one was injured in the derailment, and no materials spilled from the eight cars, said Mary Keith, the Irving spokesperson. The train derailed in a remote, wooded area 10 miles east of Brownville Junction, she said. It was moving at 10 miles per hour at the time of the derailment.
Keith said the railway company notified the appropriate authorities of the derailment, but neither the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office nor the Maine State Police sent officers to the scene. A member of the Milo Fire Department said the train company had not contacted the town’s firefighters or any other local fire departments.
The train line was repaired and was back in service by Sunday evening, Keith said.
She said the cause of the derailment is under investigation.
Keith didn’t say which authorities the company contacted, and she didn’t say what the train was carrying.
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