Website Issues

Submitted by Seth Barden on March 12, 2019 - 12:37pm

We would like to apologize, as we are currently having some major issues with a lot of the code on our website.  Our host has forced us to upgrade to PHP 7, and a ton of our custom written code is so ancient, it no longer works.

We are currently working on updating the code, but this could take some time.  Several sections of the website will be unavailable until this issue is dealt with.  Included are the Calendar, Directory, and Memoriams.

Sorry for the inconvenience!!!

2019 Lake View Plt. Town Report

Submitted by Seth Barden on March 12, 2019 - 11:24am

2019 Milo Town Meeting

Submitted by Seth Barden on March 11, 2019 - 11:21am

The 2019 Milo Town Meeting is TONIGHT at 7pm at the Milo Town Hall.

We apologize for the late information, but we just found out about the meeting ourselves.  The Milo Town Office never advertised it anywhere :( 

Bissell Brothers releases its first sour beer made entirely in Milo

Submitted by Seth Barden on March 6, 2019 - 9:13pm

Nina Mahaleris, Bangor Daily News Staff • March 4, 2019

MILO — Bissell Brothers opened its newest brewery location in Milo last summer, making it the first brewery in Piscataquis County. Last Friday, the brewery that got its start in Portland celebrated the release of its first sour beer brewed from start to finish in Milo.

The beer, called Seed, has been in the works since last winter, before Bissell Brothers opened its Milo location, co-founder Peter Bissell said. It underwent a yearlong fermentation process in an oak foudre — a large wooden barrel that ferments beer over time — before bottling and more conditioning.

The brewery used berries from Bradbury Mountain Berry Farm in Pownal to give the sour beer a fruity taste.

Since opening in Milo in July 2018, Bissell Brothers has tried to make the location it calls Bissell Brothers Three Rivers a destination both for travelers and for people in Milo, where co-founders and brothers Noah and Peter Bissell grew up. Part of the idea was to contribute to their hometown’s revitalization.

“It’s an area that society has written off,” Peter Bissell said.

Last Friday’s Seed release drew a number of people from out of town.

For Portland couple Chrystina and Mike Nicolette, making the trip to Milo for the release was a no-brainer. The Nicolette’s are former Colorado residents who often exchanged craft beers with their friends from other states before moving to Maine in 2017. Mike tried out a Bissell Brothers IPA when it arrived in a package from the other side of the country, and he’s been hooked ever since.

Bissell Brothers “was the first stop off the plane,” Chrystina said.

While Bissell Brothers doesn’t track how far customers travel to visit the Three Rivers brewery, General Manager Hester Bissell said she’s carded people from overseas and various states, including Alaska.

For the brewers, Milo appears to offer the freedom to explore new approaches to beer making.

Since opening, the brothers and their staff have integrated the use of a coolship, a unique beer fermentation method adopted from Belgium. The coolship is a large metal vessel that holds wort — essentially the beer before it ferments. Windows in the coolship room allow natural yeast from the air to integrate into the wort, which then contributes to the fermentation.

Bissell Brothers calls beer made with this process “A Taste of Milo,” because it relies on the natural yeast unique to the Milo air and the taste cannot be replicated anywhere else.

Bissell Brothers’ long-term plans in Milo include buying land behind the brewery to grow fruits to incorporate into beer recipes. Peter Bissell also said they’re considering farming and beekeeping in the future, and maybe even yurts — circular tent structures — for on-campus lodging.

“It’s been a great adventure so far,” he said.

Seed are available for purchase at Bissell Brothers’ Portland...

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Milo musher Portalatin wins Can-Am 100 in Fort Kent

Submitted by Seth Barden on March 6, 2019 - 9:13pm

Jessica Potila, St. John Valley Times/Fiddlehead Focus • March 5, 2019

FORT KENT — Rico Portalatin of Milo said weather conditions ahead of the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races had him concerned, but he was relieved and pleased when he encountered the trail conditions while competing in the Willard Jalbert Jr. Can-Am Crown 100.

“I want to thank the folks who organized this race and the guys who did the trails,” Portalatin said at a March 3 breakfast banquet to honor mushers and race volunteers. Even as the breakfast was underway, competitors in the grueling 250-mile race remained on the course.

“There were 60-70 mile per hour winds (in the days leading up to the race). That was freaking me out the last couple of days before the race,” said Portalatin, who took first place in the 100-mile race on Saturday. “To see the trails, the way [they were] that must have taken a ton of work to do that.”

All 14 mushers who registered for the Can-Am 100 completed the race, including Florence Shaw of Quebec. At just 13 years old, Shaw finished in eighth place.

Bailey Vitello of New Hampshire took second, and Denis Tremblay of Quebec finished in third.

Many of the mushers at the breakfast banquet indicated that they plan to return to Can-Am next year.

“We’re so grateful that we can always count on the fact that this race will be here for us year after year, and year after year you guys put on a class event for us. It just makes us want to come back,” said Gavin Baker of Ontario. “This race is really important to mushers, especially mushers from Ontario and Quebec. There are no races for us in our own provinces.”

Musher Jaye Foucher of New Hampshire said she has organized multiple races in that state and appreciates the Can-Am event.

“It blows my mind how many volunteers you have and how well run this organization is,” she said. “The trails are beautifully marked. It’s an amazing amount of work that goes into marking trails and maintaining them, just incredible. I hope it continues for many \more years.”

Can-Am President Dennis Cyr said the organization welcomes more trail volunteers to help ensure the race’s longevity.

“The average age of the trail crew is 64-66 years-old. We need the young people to step up,” he said.

Some very excited sled dogs ran down the middle of Main Street in Fort Kent Saturday morning pulling mushers behind them as the Can-Am Crown International Sled Dog Races kicked off.

Competitors and their dogs running the Willard Jalbert Jr. Can-Am Crown 100 left the starting gate beginning at 8 a.m. Despite the temperature hovering at minus 2 degrees Fahrenheit, fans lined both sides of the street, which was packed with plenty of snow overnight to create the runway for the races.

Participants in the Pepsi Bottling and Allen’s Coffee Flavored Brandy Can-Am Crown 30 headed out one at a time beginning at about 9:10, while the signature...

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2019 Annual Town Meeting

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Mayo board votes 15-3 to start merger with Northern Light Health

Submitted by Seth Barden on March 1, 2019 - 3:17pm

Charles Eichacker, Bangor Daily News Staff • February 28, 2019

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The public board that oversees Mayo Regional Hospital has voted to begin a merger with Northern Light Health, the statewide health care organization that’s based in Brewer and includes Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

The board members, who are elected from 13 Piscataquis County communities served by the hospital and who oversee a quasi-municipal entity known as Hospital Administrative District No. 4, approved the merger agreement in a 15-3 vote — one board member was absent — during a meeting Wednesday night, Feb. 27.

The vote followed months of due diligence, planning, and gathering public input, as well as a board review of the agreement negotiated between representatives for Mayo Regional Hospital and Northern Light Health.

During the meeting, multiple board members said that joining a larger health care system is necessary for the community-owned hospital to continue operating after suffering years of operating losses.

Before approving the merger agreement, the board also voted 14-2 to inform the district’s member communities that they may have to pay taxes in the coming year to help the hospital pay back its debts. The board’s treasurer, Jensen Bissell of Milo, expressed his hope that the merger would go forward and improve the hospital’s finances enough that the tax wouldn’t be needed. But he said the ability to tax member communities would be an important backstop.

“This is a tool to put the ability to tax communities on the table,” he said. “We’ll be able to tell later in the year if we need to.”

The hospital administrative district board has the ability under its charter to levy taxes to support Mayo Regional Hospital’s operations.

He also questioned the timing of the earlier vote on taxing communities, calling it “a scare tactic” meant to raise support for the merger.

With the administrative district board’s vote behind them, hospital administrators now must seek various other key approvals for the merger to go forward, including from state regulators and the board of Northern Light Health, which runs nine hospitals stretching from Presque Isle to Portland, including one other in Piscataquis County: Northern Light CA Dean Hospital in Greenville.

“This vote is significant, but it’s certainly not the completion of our work,” Mayo Regional Hospital President and CEO Marie Vienneau said in a statement. “I’m pleased that this board voted in favor of ensuring quality care for this region.”

Mayo Regional Hospital administrators and board members are also pursuing state legislation that they have said is necessary for the merger to happen, because the district is governed by a charter that is set in Maine law.

For Hospital Administrative District No. 4 to be dissolved, the charter requires an affirmative vote by all of its member communities. Upon...

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