Brownville Community Church Bicentennial Service

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Area Democrats collect more than 3,400 pencils for SAD 41 schools

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Staff, Piscataquis Observer • August 12, 2019

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PENCILS FOR SAD 41 STUDENTS — This summer area Democrats undertook a “Write On” service project and collected 3,486 pencils for SAD 41 schools. Pencils came in from different areas of Maine as well as North Carolina and Washington. Lynn Weston, left, presents the pencils to Brownville Elementary grade 3 teacher Crystal Cail to be distributed to each school in the district.


Robshaw receives Red Sox Service Scholarship at Fenway Park

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Staff, Piscataquis Observer • August 9, 2019

BOSTON — Recent Penquis Valley High School graduate Cymeria Robshaw, who will be attending the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, Massachusetts, was recognized as a Red Sox Service Scholarship recipient during a pregame ceremony at Fenway Park before the Red Sox-Tampa Bay Rays game on July 30. The program awarded students from public high schools across New England with $1,000 scholarships toward their college education based on academic performance, financial aid eligibility and demonstrated community service.

A total of 210 public high school graduates from Vermont, Rhode Island, New Hampshire, Maine and Connecticut have been awarded scholarships this year, and nearly all of the recipients were on hand to be recognized before the game.

Before their recognition on the field at Fenway Park, the awardees participated in a community service project in collaboration with Mayor Marty Walsh’s office and the Boston Parks and Recreation Department. The group will conduct a #Trashtag Challenge to pick up trash in five different public parks and spaces throughout Boston.

The service scholarship program was introduced in 2010 by then-New Hampshire Gov. John Lynch, and Red Sox Principal Owner John W. Henry and Red Sox Foundation Board Member Linda Pizzuti Henry. Today, the New England Red Sox Service Scholarships Program has grown to include more than 200 high schools throughout the region.


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SCHOLARSHIP FROM THE RED SOX — Recent Penquis Valley High School graduate Cymeria Robshaw, center, was presented with a $1,000 Red Sox Service Scholarship at Fenway Park prior to the July 30 game alongside more than 200 fellow recipients from across New England.


Bowerbank Days returns

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Staff, Piscataquis Observer • August 11, 2019

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REELED IN A BIG ONE — Every five years the town of Bowerbank celebrates community with Bowerbank Days, held Aug. 9-10 in 2019 with a mid-morning parade on Saturday as the procession traveled down the Bowerbank Road past the town hall and fire station. Residents and camp owners were among the participants, including the float for 38 Clark Cove Road.

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THE DISHES NEED TO BE DONE — The Camp Timberboo float travels past the fire station during the Bowerbank Days parade on Saturday, Aug. 10. Every five years the community in the woods on the shore of Sebec Lake celebrates with several days of events.

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START OF THE PROCESSION — The 2019 Bowerbank Days parade starts down the Bowerbank Road on Saturday morning toward the town hall/fire station campus.

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RESCUE BOAT — A Bowerbank Fire & Rescue truck hauls the department’s rescue boat during the parade on Aug. 10, a craft used for calls on Sebec Lake. Several Milo Fire Department trucks joined the Bowerbank vehicles in the procession.

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SEYMOUR COVE YACHT CLUB — The Seymour Cove Yacht Club float brings up the rear of the 2019 Bowerbank Days parade on Saturday morning.


Three Rivers Kiwanis Blueberry Suppah

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Three Rivers Kiwanis Cruise-In: 9/21

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Brownville Elementary: Meet The Teachers

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Sheriff’s patrol office moving to Guilford medical building

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Stuart Hedstrom • August 7, 2019

DOVER-FOXCROFT — To alleviate cramped conditions and lack of privacy inside the main sheriff’s office in the same larger complex as the Piscataquis County Jail on Court Street in Dover-Foxcroft, in the spring of 2018 the patrol and investigation divisions moved up Route 15 to Guilford at the former primary school building. The law enforcement space previously was the home of the SAD 4 administrative office suite.

With the school building for sale county officials are working with the town of Guilford on an agreement to rent and then purchase, following an affirmative vote at the annual town meeting in mid-March, the C.H. Lightbody Medical Center on Park Street. In April Mayo Regional Hospital closed its primary care office in Guilford after experiencing significant provider turnover in the previous year and a half. Guilford Medical Associates was housed there via a lease with the town.

During an Aug. 6 meeting of the county commissioners, Chair James White said the previous night county officials met with the Guilford selectmen at the C.H. Lightbody Medical Center. He said the selectmen passed a motion in favor then and the commissioners voted on Tuesday morning to relocate the patrol office starting in November.

“All parties agreed it would be the patrol deputy location for the sheriff’s department,” White said, saying Guilford officials agreed to a comparable rental rate as the current location.

Earlier this year the commissioners approved extending the space lease through the end of 2022, continuing the $1,200 rent for the remainder of 2019 and then going to $1,600 per month for 2020-22 with utilities included.

“In March it will be put on the town meeting warrant in Guilford for the county to purchase if we can come to an agreeable price,” White said.

“It certainly is suitable, the county potentially has room to expand in the future with dispatch capabilities,’ he said, as the medical building is comprised of about 20 rooms.

County Manager Michael Williams said the 2019 assessment has the building worth $322,000 with another $22,400 for the land for a total of $344,400, the same as for the previous decade-plus.

White said the county is looking to move the sheriff’s office across Guilford for Nov. 1. “The town’s agreed to let us have access in the building in the meantime,” he said, as between the first day of November and mid-March the county and Guilford officials will negotiate a potential sale price.

“The reason we’re doing this is the building we’re renting now is for sale and we don’t know what the future is,” White said. He said the school building also has a limited scope for expansion.

“It was basically an experiment to see how stationing the majority of deputies in Guilford would work out and it is shortening the response time and giving the sheriff’s department a...

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