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American Legion Post 41 news

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Richard Graves, Post 41 adjutant/finance officer • January 30, 2019

MILO — The American Legion Post 41 home at 18 West Main Street in Milo is open to all veterans to visit and if you need assistance with veterans benefits we are ready to assist veterans, widows, and next of kin in obtaining discharge records, and placing them in contact with the Department of Maine service officers who will assist in seeking veterans benefits and information. You do not need to be an American Legion member. The American Legion Department Service Officer Carl Curtis can be reached directly at 623-5726 and provides service to all veterans at no cost.

On Dec. 15 American Legion Auxiliary Unit 41 was using the Post home for a craft day and I decided to check on the activity. Upon arriving I met Santa Claus about to leave and Mrs. Claus in full costume remains along with some 60 children all of ages busy making crafts with the assistance of Unit 41 members and helpers. What a wonderful outreach to the community children. Later the Auxiliary Unit 41 made up Christmas food baskets to be delivered to selected community individuals and family. We are very fortunate and appreciate the great support this Unit 41 provides to the Legion Post, the community, and its children. A true meaning of Legion family as we approach the centennial birthday of the American Legion on March 15.

Saturday, Feb. 16 the Poulliot-Seavey American Legion Post 53 at 15 Grove Street in Dexter will host the 14th District meeting, lunch at noon and meeting at 1 p.m. Our own Commander Dan Nutter Sr. who is also the 14th District Commander will present a complete Four Chaplain solemn service honoring the four chaplains who gave up their lives to save others on Feb. 2, 1943 when the USAT Dorchester was struck by a torpedo and sunk in the freezing waters of the Atlantic Ocean. It is hoped that all District post commanders will attend and bring others with them.

On Friday, March 15 the Post will be hosting a centennial birthday party at Elaine’s Bakery on Main Street in Milo with free birthday cake from 9 a.m. to noon, all are welcome to come and share in the celebration. Those in need of assistance can call Richard Graves at 943-9198 or 299-4308 (cell). We are trying to conserve heating expense and may not be at the Post on a regular basis.

Red Cross, Emera Maine, Milo Fire Department team up to install free smoke alarms

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Staff, Piscataquis Observer • January 31, 2019

MILO — The American Red Cross of Maine and Emera Maine are partnering with the Milo Fire Department to prevent home fire deaths by installing free smoke alarms and providing safety education in Milo.

Milo residents can make an appointment to have smoke alarms installed in their homes free of charge by calling 874-1192 ext. 113 or by registering at Home fire teams will follow up with the installations on Saturday, Feb. 9.

Home fire safety teams will install battery-operated smoke alarms, help residents create emergency escape plans, and provide other preparedness education – all free of charge. These services are made possible thanks to a generous grant from Emera Maine and the efforts of community volunteers and the Milo Fire Department.

The Milo event is part of the Home Fire Campaign launched by the Red Cross in 2014 to reduce home fire deaths and injuries by 25 percent. The Red Cross and its partners have installed more than 1.5 million free smoke alarms and made more than 686,000 homes safer across the country. At least 511 lives – including eight in Maine – have been saved because of these efforts.

Emera Maine’s grant enables the Red Cross to hold the Home Fire Campaign event in Milo. Emera Maine has also partnered with the Red Cross for events in Machias and East Machias, Ellsworth, Dover-Foxcroft, and Millinocket.

“Safety is a priority at Emera Maine and we look for ways to support safety efforts in the communities in which we live and work. Partnering with the Red Cross for these events puts an emphasis on safety in the home and that’s the sort of initiative we stand for,” said Amanda Cummings, corporate communications specialist for Emera Maine.

“Smoke alarms save lives. When a fire breaks out in a home, you may have as little as two minutes to escape. Working smoke alarms and an escape plan dramatically improve the odds of getting out safely,” said Kristen Simas, the Red Cross disaster program manager for Piscataquis County.

Robshaw continues her winning ways on the track

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Staff, Piscataquis Observer • January 27, 2019

ORONO — For the sixth time in as many meets Penquis Valley High School senior Cymeria Robshaw won the 55-meter dash during a Penobscot Valley Conference/Eastern Maine Indoor Track League competition at the University of Maine.

Robshaw most recent first-place performance came on Jan. 26 as she ran the 55 dash in a time of 7.54 seconds to narrowly best the 7.56 seconds for Orono High School senior Camille Kohtala.

On Saturday Robshaw also had the top distance in the triple jump. Robshaw jumped 33 feet, 8.25 inches to placed ahead of the distance of 31-00.75 for Old Town High School junior Grace Harvey.

Robshaw also came in second in the long jump with a leap of 16-09. She only trailed the new league-record distance of 18-02.75 for Kohtala.

Robshaw scored all 28 points for Penquis as the team ended the day sixth of seven schools.

Athletes from three other area schools took part in the Jan. 26 meet.

Foxcroft Academy junior Hunter Clarke placed seventh in the 200 with a time of 25.86 seconds and he also came in eighth in the 55-prelims at 7.57 seconds. Right behind was Piscataquis Community High School sophomore Ty Massie in ninth place with a time of 7.60 seconds.

Dexter Regional High School freshman Clyde Day had the 13th-best time in the 400 at 67.92 seconds.

Foxcroft freshman Grace Carlson finished 13th in the long jump at a distance of 11-01.75.

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Free Smoke Alarm Installation

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American Red Cross will be installing Smoke Alarms on Saturday, February 9th in Milo.

Here is the link to Request a Smoke Alarm Online:

Anyone from the Community who would like to Help the Red Cross, meet at the Milo Fire Dept at 8:30am on February 9th

By the age of 21, this LaGrange man has built a regional wrestling empire

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Troy R. Bennett, Bangor Daily News Staff • January 21, 2019

WESTBROOK — It’s chaos. A sold-out crowd of over 400 professional wrestling fans cheer, scream and jeer all at once. Massive men in tights wail on each other in the ring. A savage woman belts another with a folding chair in the front row while spectators run for cover. Music blares. The room smells like beer, sweat and excitement.

Amid the mayhem, tucked in a corner, sits a mountain of calm. Dressed in shorts and a hoodie, he’s calling the shots, giving orders to more than 30 wrestlers. They all listen. Randy Carver jr. is just old enough to buy a beer, but he’s already the biggest, most successful pro wrestling promoter in the state.

At the end of the last match, Carver springs up and grabs a wireless microphone. A few seconds later, he’s in the ring, throwing f-bombs at feuding wrestlers. They back off. Carver tells the crowd there’ll be a special match for the title belt at the next event in March. The mob goes wild and starts chanting: “Ran-dy, Ran-dy, Ran-dy.”

They know it’s Carver’s show and they love him.

Success from the start

Carver, 21, started Limitless Wrestling in September 2015 with a savings account and a $700 loan from his mom and dad. He was 18, just out of Penobscot Valley High School and living with his parents in LaGrange. His first wrestling show was at a Brewer banquet center. It was a success and he paid his parents back that night.

“We had seven matches and drew about 150 people,” Carver said.

That was almost twice as many people as another local wrestling outfit had been attracting at the time.

At 18, Carver had already been in the business for three years. He started working as a ring announcer for independent wrestling shows when he was 15. That early experience is what drove him to start his own company. Carver was constantly disappointed by what he saw as low quality shows. He knew he could do better.

At his first event, he took a chance, spending extra money augmenting his Maine talent with a carload of wrestlers from New York. The gambit worked and it’s been his formula ever since. Carver seeks out high-quality talent, regularly rotating in wrestlers from around the country. It keeps the stories and the faces fresh.

“Right now, I only have four wrestlers from Maine,” Carver said.

To improve the local talent pool, Carver recently opened a wrestling school with those four locals last fall in Brewer. Currently, they’re training 11 student wrestlers and referees.

“The level of quality is insane,” said Portland stand-up comedian and avowed wrestling expert Connor McGrath. He’s been to nearly all Limitless Wrestling’s events in southern Maine.

The state has at least two other independent wrestling organizations, but McGrath is confident that Limitless is the best.

“It’s a much higher level of quality than Maine was used to,” he said.

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