Bath & Biscuit: Dogs for Black Fly Festival

Submitted by Seth Barden on April 27, 2019 - 1:25pm


Free Community Luncheon in Brownville Junction a Success!

Submitted by Susan Worcester on April 26, 2019 - 3:42pm

There was plenty of food and conversation and some rousing tunes at the Free Community Luncheon offered at the Brownville Junction American Legion Building on Thursday, April 25th. The event was sponsored by the members of St. John’s Episcopal Church and supported by the Brownville Junction American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary. Approximately 60 people attended the luncheon offered solely to bring members of the community together. There was no charge. There was no cause to donate to. This is the second annual free meal offered by St. John’s and this one was more successful than last year’s event. Even though the menu was simple - a variety of soups/chowders/chili, sandwiches and home made desserts, people seemed to enjoy themselves. Following the meal the Notables sang a number of “old time” songs and encouraged the attendees to sing along with them. The church members thank those outside the church who assisted by cooking or serving and they thank the Notables for sharing their gift of music.


Milo voters unanimously approve Mayo merger with Northern Light Health

Submitted by Seth Barden on April 25, 2019 - 12:16pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • April 24, 2019

MILO — Citizens in Milo voted in favor of moving forward with a merger between Mayo Regional Hospital and Northern Light Health, voting 25-0 in favor of the merger at an April 23 special town meeting.

“This incredible show of support for the merger shows just how important Mayo Regional Hospital is to Milo and this region,” said Mayo Regional Hospital President and CEO Marie Vienneau. “With more votes scheduled over the next week, I hope more citizens read up on the issue at MayoHospitalFacts.com and finds time to cast an important vote in favor of this merger in their community.”

Because Mayo Regional Hospital is owned and operated as a Hospital Administrative District, its board is made up of members who are elected by the communities served by the hospital. HAD 4 is the only HAD left in Maine and is a quasi-governmental agency with taxing power. The effect of the merger would be to transform the HAD into a Maine charitable tax-exempt nonprofit corporation that would have a community-based board but would not have taxing authority. This would relieve the towns in the HAD from potential liability for the certain indebtedness of the hospital.

Milo’s vote is the fourth out of 13 communities. The Dexter Town Council unanimously approved the merger earlier in the month by a vote of 7-0, and Bradford voters approved the merger by a vote of 20-1. Cambridge is the only town to have voted against the merger so far, 22-12.

The remaining nine communities have all scheduled votes prior to April 30, although there is legislation being considered in Augusta that would mandate votes for all 13 communities to be held prior to May 7. The next votes are scheduled Thursday night. Monson residents can vote at a town meeting starting at 6 p.m. at the Monson Town Hall, 10 Tenney Hill Road, and Abbot residents can vote at a town meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Abbot Town Hall, 133 Main Road.

More details about the issue and votes can be found at www.MayoHospitalFacts.com.


Seacost Soccer Camp 2019

Submitted by Seth Barden on April 22, 2019 - 2:27pm

⚽️ Seacoast Soccer Camp is coming back to Milo this year. Click on the link below to sign up. ⚽️

Register for Soccer Camp


Full Plates Full Potential awards $500 to Milo summer food program

Submitted by Seth Barden on April 19, 2019 - 7:03pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • April 18, 2019

MILO — Full Plates Full Potential, Maine’s only statewide childhood hunger organization is proud to announce the Piscataquis County 2018 Summer Food Program winner. The town of Milo will receive a $500 Summer Food Grant to support the 2019 summer program. Full Plates Full Potential’s inaugural 16 County Competition was launched to highlight the critical work summer food programs do reaching the 82,000 children who qualify for free and reduced price school meals.

“We are so proud of the Town of Milo’s summer food program. This summer was the first year the town ran the program on their own, and they were able to serve 818 meals” said Anna Korsen, Full Plates Full Potential’s program director. “Summertime is an extremely challenging time for children who are hungry. In Milo, 92 percent of school-age children qualify for free meals at school and this program was critical to ensure they get the food they need when school is out. Our 16 county grant program goal was to showcase and reward the best of summer programs across our state.”

“Last year we partnered with Dover-Foxcroft to feed kids during the summer, and this year the town of Milo took ownership of the summer meals program. Bringing it home changed everything. It really showed the importance of the program to the community,” said Erin Callaway, executive director of the Piscataquis Regional Food Center.

“This was such an important thing for the town to do for the community.” said Town Manager and Police Chief Damien Pickel. “It’s the most important thing I’ve ever done. The town took ownership of the program, and the community embraced it. I just love this program and feeding the kids. I miss the connection with them now that they’re back in school.”

Last summer, Milo had the best results in all of Piscataquis County. The 2018 summer sites saw them feed over 800 summer meals.

Maine has 123 Summer Food Service Programs with 450 meal sites across the state. In 2018, 727,238 summer meals were served statewide. Started in 2015, Full Plates Full Potential is Maine’s only statewide child hunger organization. Full Plates Full Potential does its work by partnering with other hunger relief organizations, granting funds and providing technical support to schools and nonprofits and working with chefs, businesses and others to end child hunger. Learn more at www.fullplates.org.


Towns schedule votes on Mayo merger

Submitted by Seth Barden on April 19, 2019 - 6:58pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • April 18, 2019

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The towns that make up Hospital Administrative District 4 (HAD 4) are planning for public votes regarding the potential merger between Mayo Regional Hospital and Northern Light Health. The votes will be held on a variety of dates set by each individual town as a part of a town meeting format. The result of the votes will give legislators guidance on whether or not to submit legislation to change the HAD 4 charter to allow for the merger.

“Rural hospitals are facing challenges and difficulties around the country,” said Mayo Regional Hospital President and CEO Marie Vienneau. “We are fortunate to be ahead of the curve on those challenges. The HAD 4 Board of Directors prepared for these challenges five years ago, and did its due diligence and careful, thoughtful consideration when considering the next steps in a long term strategic plan for the hospital. The 12 town votes are important to help our legislators see that there is public support for this merger, which also means public support for keeping quality care close to home. Quality care is vital for Piscataquis County, and this vote is vital to maintaining that care.”

There is currently legislation that will direct the towns in HAD 4 to hold public votes. The legislation had a public hearing April 17 and will be taken up by the State and Local Government Committee later in the week before being voted on by the House and Senate. Once the towns in HAD 4 hold votes, the legislative delegation representing those communities will determine whether or not to submit legislation to change the HAD’s charter, which would allow for the merger.

In an April 18 Facebook post Rep. Norman Higgins, I-Dover-Foxcroft wrote, “The decision on the merger with Northern Light deserves the opportunity for all member towns to discuss, debate and determine a course of action on the merger. As legislators, we encouraged HAD 4 to conduct four information meetings to better inform all of us, however, the long recognized tradition of a town meeting is the best opportunity for all points of views to be expressed. I encourage each of you to attend your town meetings listed in this article. Your voice is important.”

Because Mayo Regional Hospital is owned and operated as a Hospital Administrative District, its board is made up of members who are elected by the communities served by the hospital. HAD 4 is the only HAD left in Maine and is a quasi-governmental agency with taxing power. The effect of the merger would be to transform the HAD into a Maine charitable tax-exempt nonprofit corporation that would have a community-based board but would not have taxing authority. This would relieve the towns in the HAD from potential liability for the certain indebtedness of the hospital.

Dexter has already decided on this matter at an April 11 town council meeting, voting...

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