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Submitted by Annette Banker on September 14, 2019 - 1:15pm

Hunger Action Day: Milo Food Cupboard provides for local community

Submitted by Seth Barden on September 12, 2019 - 8:28pm
Linked from: WABI TV-5

MILO, Maine (WABI) - "We who work down here every week, we are a family."

People all over the nation are coming together for Hunger Action Day.

"People like me, I also have a somewhat difficult time buying things that I can't afford, and this food pantry is helping a lot of people."

The Milo Food Cupboard provides an option for local folks in need.

"It's not just about food. It is about fellowship, it's about caring, it's about respect, and times are hard, especially in Piscataquis County. So, it is just amazing how important this food cupboard really is."

They feed hundreds of people each month.

"It's very important. This is something that we have to do."

"It's more of community relations more than anything along with not just nursing people but nursing souls."

Since the Save-A-Lot in Milo closed, it has been harder to purchase food, so donations are always a need.

"Along with donations, I'm told volunteers are also very important to keep the food cupboard open."

"This is actually my fifth time doing this, and I really love it here."

They accept all types of food but there are some items folks like to see the most.

"Some of the specialty items like marshmallow fluff, they just love marshmallow fluff, and we can't always afford to buy it for them."

The Milo Food Cupboard is located at the Park Street United Methodist Church and items can be dropped off there.

Penquis Valley facility improvements continue

Submitted by Seth Barden on September 7, 2019 - 5:31pm

Stuart Hedstrom • September 5, 2019

MILO — With students having been back in class for more than a week, work continues on an upgrade to the heating system at the Penquis Valley School as well as an elevator installation for the building.

During a Sept. 4 school board meeting in the library Director of Building and Grounds Donnie Richards said the majority of three dozen heaters arrived earlier in the day. “The piping’s going well, most of the middle school classrooms are done and they’re working through the night,” he said about the contractors.

Richards said before a heater can be put in, the accompanying plumbing work needs to be completed and a delay to this work has put the installation process behind by several weeks.

“We’re getting through the best we can,” he said, saying there will be some chilly mornings to start the day before the project is finished.

Earlier this year SAD 41 voters overwhelmingly approved — 152-25 — a $2.4 million funding package to upgrade the heating system.

The Penquis Valley project has three objectives. The first is to update the steam heating system infrastructure that is beyond its useful life, to improve reliability, comfort, indoor air quality and safety. The other objectives are to reduce annual energy and operating costs and reduce future building repair costs.

The gross projected project cost is $2,414,923, with a little more than $2.1 million for the steam to hot water system conversion, another $190,000 is for LED lighting upgrades and an additional is for $34,700 for building weatherization improvements.

The project is being financed under a 20-year bond through the Maine Municipal Bond Bank. The estimated annual bond cost, fixed for two decades starting with the 2020-21 fiscal year, is $177,694 but there would be various measures in place to reduce the costs.

SAD 41 would have a little more than $19,000 in existing budget savings for energy usage and another $40,000 in operating budget capital contributions. The Honeywell service contract would be reduced by $25,000, the maintenance budget could decrease by $2,500 and for the first year there would be a one-time Efficiency Maine rebate of $29,195.

The first year $61,953 cost is part of the 2019-20 academic year budget. SAD 41’s estimated total net cost, after the various savings measures such as reduced energy expenditures and a reduction in the Honeywell contract, over 20 years would be $744,143. The annual portion of the $744,143 to be paid by the district would vary year by year.

The loan and contract with Honeywell were both executed in late March. Construction began in early June with substantial completion set to be done by late September and the project sign off is Nov. 29.

“The elevator will be done next week,” Richards said about another project at Penquis Valley.

Superintendent Michael...

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