Sebec River Canoe Race

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 12, 2019 - 8:09pm

Congressman Jared Golden to visit Milo on May 25, 2019

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 12, 2019 - 12:17pm

Congressman Jared Golden will spend Saturday, May 25th, visiting Milo and talking with constituents as he tours several venues in the area to begin the Memorial Day weekend.  The day begins with coffee and doughnuts at the American Legion Hall, 18 West Main Street in Milo from 9:30 to 10:30.  This event is open to the public, and the Congressman will be meeting and greeting veterans and other residents of the area to begin his visit.

During the day the Congressman will tour several local businesses and sites of economic development where he will talk with local officials and representatives of the businesses to learn more about these areas of growth and potential for further development.

The Congressman will wind up his day with a visit to Bissell Brothers Three Rivers at 157 Elm Street, Milo, at approximately 3 pm. This event is also open to the public, and the Congressman looks forward to talking with constituents at Bissell Brothers before departing the area.  Local residents are encouraged to come out and meet with the Congressman and his staff at the Legion in the morning and/or at Bissell Brothers Three Rivers in the afternoon.


Wolf Family Benefit Supper & Raffle

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 9, 2019 - 9:44pm

Sebec: Bean Supper

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 8, 2019 - 9:16pm

American Legion Unit 41 Auxiliary thanks first responders

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 8, 2019 - 3:40pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • May 8, 2019

Observer photo/Jeannette Hughes
A BIG THANK YOU FROM THE UNIT 41 AUXILIARY — On Saturday, May 4 American Legion Unit 41 Auxiliary of Milo hosted a luncheon to thank area first responders. There were 35 in attendance, representing the Milo Police Department, Three Rivers Ambulance and the Milo, Brownville, Sebec and LaGrange fire departments. Each organization was presented with a plaque and certificate in recognition of all the work done to protect the communities. Pictured are Unit 41 President Brenda Roberts, left, Milo Police Chief/Town Manager Damien Pickel and Eleanor Leeman, Unit 41 secretary presenting the plaque and certificate.

Observer photo/Jeannette Hughes
THANK YOU CAKE — A thank you luncheon for area first responders hosted by American Legion Unit 41 Auxiliary of Milo on May 4 included a three-layer cake. The bottom layer represented fire departments, the middle layer was for police departments and the top layer was for the ambulance service.

Penquis Valley third quarter honor roll

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 7, 2019 - 4:15pm
Linked from: Bangor Daily News

Penquis Valley High School, Milo

Third quarter honor roll

Grade 12, high honors: Amanda Godwin, Jordyn Mills, Camryn Rolfe, Connor Washburn; honors: Jacob Baker, Lexis Goddard, Gabriella Hewes, Jeremy Martin, Cymeria Robshaw, Faith Sickler, Megan Valvo.

Grade 11, high honors: Rachel McMannus; honors: Michael Brown, Rosa Cianci, Angelique Farnsworth, Sydney Fowles, Jessica Gervais, Emily Herbest, Tegan Johnson, Aiden Pardue, Elizabeth Sanborn, Jennifer Smart, Jaida Timmons.

Grade 10, high honors: Courtney Rouleau, Mackenzie Shaw; honors:Joslyn Black, Savannah Boislard, AnnaJo Conklin, Zakary Mills, Karri Whitten.

Grade nine, honors: Grady Atkinson, Angela Bryden, Hope Lovell, Maxwell Osgood, Cyan Prado, Alvin Robshaw, Makal Sickler.

Penquis Valley Middle School, Milo

Third quarter honor roll

Grade eight, high honors: Abigail Conlogue, Mackenzie Goodine; honors:Imaan Ali, Zak Gahagan, Evan Horne, Ambria St. Louis, Aileen Strout, Megan Whitten.

Grade seven, high honors: Layla Chai, Ashley Willis; honors: Cassandra Boislard, Addison Conklin, Matthew Coover, Christopher Crockett, Tyler Grant, Dylan McKenzie, Zoe Pickering, Destiny Sibert.

Grade six, high honors: Jimmy Annance, Lucas Chai, Lillian Craig, Tristan Goodwin, Jasmine Grotton, Rylee Heal; honors: Naima Ali, Meadow Brennan, Lily Coons, Mackenzie Fernald, Lydia Gauvin, Ryan Guzy, Wyatt Ladd, Samantha Lane, Emily Mckenzie, Mckenzie McMahon, Maverick Munn, Lark Sawyer, Taylor Small.

Grade five, high honors: Liam Atkinson, Vegas Carey, Amara Driscoll, Julian Gauvin, Mylee Grant, Frank Kelley, Gavin LaPointe, Paeton Mitchell, Aidan Murano, Maribel Peterson, Wyatt Romero, Kylie Smith; honors: Lilah Bell, Josie Bishop, Chelsea Broadus, Gerard Craig, Natalie Cummins, Brooklyn Decker, Phillip Herbest, Baylee Lewin, Kaitlynn McMahon, Byron Severance, Connor Smith, Lukas Trask, Sage Vilinski, Mya Welch.

Medford man involved in officer involved shooting makes first court appearance

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 7, 2019 - 4:13pm
Linked from: WABI TV-5

DOVER-FOXCROFT, Maine (WABI) - A Medford man involved in a police-involved shooting last month was in court Monday.

40-year-old Douglas Hazen is charged with criminal threatening with a firearm, failing to stop and driving after suspension.

He's being treated at a Bangor hospital.

Last month officers tried to pull Hazen over on arrest warrants.

Police say he didn't pull over and an armed confrontation ensued.

Authorities say Hazen has a history of threatening police...including an incident four years ago.

"And during that incident, he made a point of saying to the officer that if he were caught again or if he got into any further confrontations, that he would be carrying a gun and that he would be using it."

Hazen is due back in court in June.

Gov. Mills creates task force to address problem ATV riders

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 5, 2019 - 7:04pm

John Holyoke, Bangor Daily News Outdoors Editor • May 4, 2019

All it takes is one bad apple to spoil the bunch.

While most all-terrain vehicle riders are safe and respectful while operating their ATVs, some others aren’t. On May 1, Maine Gov. Janet Mills announced that she has formed an ATV Initiatives Task Force to address the riders who operate on the wrong side of the law, trespassing, damaging private land and making landowners reassess their access policies.

Through an executive order, Mills established the task force that will evaluate and recommend policy changes that will protect private lands and help preserve recreational opportunities, including ATVing, and the activity’s economic benefits, according to the governor’s office.

The task force will report back to the governor with recommendations on or before Jan. 1.

“Maine’s many responsible ATV users should not have to pay the price for the actions of a few irresponsible actors. But that may be the case unless we act,” Mills said. “Maine has a proud history of outdoor recreational activity, and I want to ensure it stays that way. This Task Force will help preserve our traditions and their substantial economic contributions while also protecting public and private lands.”

Judy Camuso, commissioner of the Maine Department of Inland Fisheries and Wildlife, said Mainers have long relied on a tradition of landowners allowing others to enjoy recreational access for off-road vehicles.

“The ATV task force is designed to ensure that the concerns of private landowners are addressed, in order to continue Maine’s tradition of landowners and land users working together to enjoy Maine’s outdoor recreational opportunities,” Camuso said.

ATV Maine, the Maine Woodland Owners and the Maine Forest Products Council each praised the formation of the task force.

“We support a complete review of the ATV trail system in Maine,” said Tom Doak, executive director of Maine Woodland Owners. “That system relies largely on the willingness of private landowners to allow access. The growth in ATV use, size and weight of machines and expansion of the trail network requires a fresh look.”

Patrick Strauch, the executive director of the Maine Forest Products Council, echoed Doak’s remarks, and pointed out that the ATV situation in Maine has changed over the years.

“The expansion of trails and increased size of ATVs is leading to serious concerns about property damage, environmental harm and safety in Maine’s working forests. We look forward to working with the Task Force on these challenging issues,” Strauch said.

The 14-member task force will be appointed by the governor and be made up of a very specific group of stakeholders, according to the governor’s office. The members will represent: Large forest landowners, a statewide forest products organization, a statewide small family woodlot organization, large farmland owner,...

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