Milo Elementary: Pre-K Supplies

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Milo Elementary: Kindergarten Supplies

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Milo Elementary: First Grade Supplies

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Brownville Snowmobile Club

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Penquis Valley facility upgrade continues

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Staff, Piscataquis Observer • August 15, 2019

MILO — With students’ summer vacation nearing an end in several weeks, work continues on an upgrade to the heating system at the Penquis Valley School as well as an elevator installation for the building.

“The things we can control we are in pretty good shape on,” Director of Building and Grounds Donnie Richards said during an Aug. 14 school board meeting in the library.

Richards said the installation of three dozen heaters would not be finished until early September. “They are going to have to go on nights,” 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 postponed the installation.

Earlier this year SAD 41 voters overwhelmingly approved a $2.4 million funding package to upgrade the heating system. The vote was 152-25 with the referendum approved in each district community: 7-1 in Atkinson, 55-9 in Brownville, 19-5 in LaGrange and 71-10 in Milo.

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.

“They hope to have it up and certified by the end of the first week of September,” Richards said about the Penquis Valley elevator....

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Piscataquis Valley Fair returns for the 132nd year Aug. 22-25

Submitted by Seth Barden on August 21, 2019 - 5:34pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • August 19, 2019

DOVER-FOXCROFT — This year marks the 132nd anniversary of the Piscataquis Valley Fair, which began in 1887. The 2019 fair will run from Thursday, Aug. 22 to Sunday, Aug. 25 at the fairgrounds located at 77 Fairview Avenue. The four days will feature exhibitions, rides, concerts and fun for all ages.

The festivities begin on Thursday, Aug. 22 with the farmers steer, oxen and open ox weigh-in at 8 a.m. and open flower judging at 10 a.m. At noon the fire department museum, located next to the police building, exhibition halls and Animal Land all open. The farm steer and oxen pulls also begin at noon and the midway rides open at 2 p.m.

Frisbee toss behind the ice cream parlor starts at 3 p.m. with the pedal tractor pull at the milking parlor at 4 p.m. The first bingo session begins at 4 p.m. as well. At 5:30 p.m. a bicycle drawing will take place at the fair office.

Evening events for the first day of the Piscataquis Valley Fair will include milking parlor demonstrations at 6 p.m., figure eight mechanical truck competition at 6 p.m., Borderline Express takes to the stage from 6-9 p.m., the He Man contest at 7:30 p.m. and then fireworks at 9 p.m.

Friday, Aug. 23 events will kick off with the farm horse weigh-in at 9 a.m. and the youth dairy show at 10:30 a.m. The fire department museum, exhibition halls and Animal Land all open at noon, as does bingo.

Friday midway rides open at 2 p.m., as does Dan Grady’s marionettes show (he will also perform at 6 p.m.). A relay race takes place behind the ice cream parlor at 3 p.m. Magician Conjuring Carroll performs at 4 p.m. A pedal tractor pull takes place at the milking parlor at 4:30 p.m. At 5:30 p.m. a bicycle drawing will be at the fair office.

At 6 p.m. will be a milking demonstration at the parlor and also at 6 p.m. will be the tuff truck competition at the track. The day concludes with AC/DC tribute act AD/HD on the stage from 7:30-10 p.m.

On Saturday, Aug. 24 the horse pulling weigh-in begins at 6 a.m. and later in the morning the fun horse show starts at 8:30 a.m. Farm tractor pulls at the mechanical track kick off at 10 a.m. Opening at 10 a.m. is the antique auto display, exhibition halls, fire department museum, horse pulling, Animal Land, youth beef cattle show and cookie decorating on the hill.

The fifth annual Miss Maine Maple Pageant for girls in kindergarten through high school starts at 10 a.m. on the stage.

The midway rides will open at 11 a.m. and the skillet throw begins at 11:30 a.m. At noon will be bingo and Dan Grady’s marionette show — with another at 3 p.m. In the tradition of Mark Twain, a frog jumping competition is slated for 1 p.m. as is a pedal tractor pull at the milking parlor.

An animal costume parade begins at 3 p.m. and at 4 p.m. a bicycle drawing will take place at the fair office with magician Conjuring...

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Brownville Community Church Bicentennial Service

Submitted by Seth Barden on August 14, 2019 - 7:11pm

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

Submitted by Seth Barden on August 14, 2019 - 7:10pm

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.