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The Three Rivers Community is a group of towns in the Maine Highlands with a total population of about 6,000: Atkinson, Bowerbank, Brownville, LaGrange, Lake View, Medford, Milo, and Sebec. TRC links our communities, businesses, & organizations together online for better social and economic progress.

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Minutes - July 18, 2017 Minutes

Town Docs - Brownville
Submitted by aharmon on August 24, 2017 - 9:23am

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BJHS Alumni Help "Turn on the Heat" for B-BJHS

Submitted by Susan Worcester on August 13, 2017 - 4:18pm

At their annual business meeting on Friday, August 11th, the members of the Brownville Junction High School Alumni decided to make a donation to the Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society's fundraising efforts to install a heat pump in the Parish House Museum this year. The organization has been raising funds for about a year and the $1500 donation from the BJHS Alumni puts them in reach of their goal! Other donations have been coming from individuals throughout the year. Along with this effort, a 50-50 raffle was held during the Alumni Luncheon on Saturday to benefit the Historical Society's heat pump fund. The total amount raised from this was $157. The winner of the raffle was Peggy Witham of Brownville who donated her share of the total back to the Historical Society!... Read More

BJHS Alumni Announce 2017 Scholarship Recipients

Submitted by Susan Worcester on August 13, 2017 - 4:08pm

At their annual business meeting on Friday, August 11th the Brownville Junction High School Alumni Association decided to increase the number of scholarships given this year. This decision was made after reviewing the excellent grades of not only the top eight (the usual number of scholarships awarded) applicants but the next four, as well. All twelve scholarship recipients have grade point averages above 3.7; six have grade point averages of 4.0 or above. Each scholarship is in the amount of $1500 and will be awarded at the beginning of the second semester of the school year.

Recipients of scholarships this year are as follows:

          Four Margaret Law scholarships will be awarded this year to students who are pursuing a career in the medical field. The first... Read More

Emerging Icon – Noah Bissell

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Submitted by Sethen on August 11, 2017 - 6:54pm

The Bissell Brothers website warns people there is almost always a line on beer release days and that they regularly run out of cans. It also lets out-of-staters know they can’t expect to find Bissell Brothers beer outside of Maine anytime soon because they simply can’t keep up with the demand, even in Maine.

The brewery has become not just a successful business, but a phenomenon.

Noah Bissell started brewing as a hobby, with no intentions of running a brewery. He was simply a twenty-year-old looking for a hobby and also trying to get beer other than the cheap stuff his over-21 roommates left in the fridge.

When Bissell started experimenting with homebrews, he was still a student at the University of Maine Farmington (... Read More

SeDoMoCha School students will be returning to the classroom soon

Linked from: Piscataquis Observer
Submitted by Sethen on August 9, 2017 - 8:27pm

Stuart Hedstrom • August 7, 2017

DOVER-FOXCROFT — With pre-kindergarten through grade 8 students at the SeDoMoCha School scheduled to have their first day of classes on Tuesday, Aug. 29, the RSU 68 board of directors had its last meeting of the summer on Aug. 1 to prepare for the 2017-18 academic year and learn more about the summer lunch program which is running through Friday, Aug. 18.

“It’s been hugely successful,” Superintendent Stacy Shorey said. Meals are served at the school free of charge to all children under the age of 18 weekdays at 11 a.m. and a free breakfast is available at 8:30 a.m. Lunch is also being served across town at the Piscataquis Regional YMCA and in Milo at the Derby Community Center.

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$8.5M SAD 41 budget moved to Thursday referendum

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Submitted by Sethen on August 9, 2017 - 8:25pm

Stuart Hedstrom • August 7, 2017

MILO — A proposed 2017-18 SAD 41 budget of $8,500,571 was approved with all 12 articles passing, without any discussion, over 17 minutes during a district budget meeting on Aug. 2 in the cafeteria at the Penquis Valley School. The $8.5 million total is now moved to a referendum in the district towns of Atkinson, Brownville, LaGrange, and Milo on Thursday, Aug. 10 for a “yes” or “no” vote.

Polling hours are listed at www.msad41.us and are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in Atkinson, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. in Brownville, 8 a.m. to noon in LaGrange, and 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. in Milo.

At the end of June SAD 41 residents voted down the first version of the budget by a... Read More

SAD 41 directors authorize $474,000 funding package for Penquis Valley upgrades

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Submitted by Sethen on August 9, 2017 - 8:23pm

Stuart Hedstrom • August 7, 2017

MILO — In June SAD 41 residents — via a vote of 179 to 135 across the four district communities — approved an approximate $474,000 loan from Maine’s school revolving renovation fund for sprinkler and elevator upgrades at the Penquis Valley School. Under the program the state covers 70 percent of the costs, meaning a little more than $142,000 would be paid back by the district over five years at zero percent interest.

“There’s another phase of the school revolving renovation fund loan,” Superintendent Michael Wright said during an Aug. 2 school board meeting. He said a final step is needed as “the board has to approve the receiving of funds by the Maine Municipal Bond Bank.”

Once... Read More

"More Than a Train Yard & a Whistle Stop" - Orders Accepted Now

Submitted by Susan Worcester on August 5, 2017 - 6:45pm

Ken Hatchette's book, "More Than a Train Yard and a Whistle Stop: The Canadian Pacific Railway's Brownville Division 1886-1963" is ready for publication and you can order your copy NOW! The Brownville-Brownville Junction Historical Society is taking pre-paid pre-publication orders until August 15th. Orders received with payment by this date will be delivered free of charge. If you live locally, a volunteer from the Society will deliver the book to you. If you live outside the local area, the book will be sent to you via media mail as soon as it is available. **This offer is valid only in the United States.*

Here are a few excerpts from the book to "wet your whistle"...

This story describes the many attributes the CPR brought to Brownville in the form of the installed... Read More

Revised $8.5M SAD 41 budget being brought to Wednesday’s district meeting

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Submitted by Sethen on August 3, 2017 - 2:27pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • July 31, 2017

MILO — A little more than a month after the first version of the 2017-18 SAD 41 budget was voted down — by a combined total of 270 to 68 across the district communities of Atkinson, Brownville, Milo, and LaGrange — a revised spending plan will be brought to voters at a district budget meeting on Wednesday, Aug. 2 at the Penquis Valley School. The session will begin with an information meeting at 5:30 p.m. in the Walter E. Oakes Gymnasium, and the total budget approved on Aug. 2 will then go to a referendum in the four SAD 41 towns on Thursday, Aug. 10.

The total of the second proposed 2018-18 budget also equals $8,500,571, an increase of a little more than $181,500... Read More

"More Than a Train Yard and a Whistle Stop" Ready for Publication

Submitted by Susan Worcester on August 1, 2017 - 6:37am

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The Brownville – Brownville Junction Historical Society and Parish House Museum volunteers would like to thank all who contributed photos, negatives and offered artwork for use as a basis for the book cover contest announced last month. The Publishing Committee narrowed the selection to five. The final selection was a photographic excerpt of a section of an existing mural hanging in the Society’s Parish House Museum that was painted by local artist, Suzette East. The mural is a beautiful handpainted and vividly colored work that has graced the museum for nearly 20 years. A cover credit will appear on the copyright page of the book describing the work in detail as well as a historical account of the steam locomotive depicted in the excerpt. The winning entry in its final form can be... Read More