Penquis Valley grad Olmstead becomes a state trooper

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Submitted by Sethen on April 16, 2018 - 4:00pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • April 15, 2018

VASSALBORO — Maine’s newest state troopers received their badges April 13 in ceremonies at the Maine Criminal Justice Academy.

Among the five new state troopers is David Olmstead. He grew up in Milo and graduated from Penquis Valley High School in 2008. Olmstead enlisted in the Maine Army National Guard and deployed to Afghanistan in 2010. He has been a patrol officer with the Bangor Police Department for the past five years. Olmstead is assigned to Troop E, Penobscot County

Olmstead and the other four troopers completed 10 weeks of specialized Maine State Police training. All are previous graduates of the Maine Criminal Justice Academy. The new troopers will now patrol... Read More

Penquis Valley School facility upgrade referendum set for May 10

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Submitted by Sethen on April 11, 2018 - 3:01pm

Stuart Hedstrom • April 10, 2018

MILO — A project to make the Penquis Valley School complex more energy-efficient will be heading to the voters of Atkinson, Brownville, LaGrange and Milo on Thursday, May 10. Eight days prior the public is invited to learn more at an information meeting scheduled for 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, May 2 in the Penquis Valley cafeteria. Both events were set by the SAD 41 school board during an April 4 meeting.

“This would be about a $2.35 million project,” Superintendent Michael Wright said in going through a project overview prepared by Honeywell for the last school board meeting in February.

The project objectives are to update the steam heating system that is beyond its useful life,... Read More

Superior Court Justice Walker nominated to U.S. District Court for the District of Maine

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Submitted by Sethen on April 11, 2018 - 3:00pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • April 10, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — U.S. Sens. Susan Collins, R-Maine and Angus King, I-Maine announced that Maine Superior Court Justice Lance Walker, a native of Piscataquis County, has been nominated by President Donald Trump to the U.S. District Court for the District of Maine.

“During his nearly two decades of experience as both an attorney in private practice and as a judge in Maine’s judicial system, Justice Walker has demonstrated that he has the intelligence, temperament, and integrity required for this important position,” said Sens. Collins and King in a joint statement. “Justice Walker has made numerous contributions to Maine’s legal community and would serve our state well as a... Read More

Mayo Regional Hospital celebrates 40th anniversary

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Submitted by Sethen on April 11, 2018 - 2:58pm

Stuart Hedstrom • April 10, 2018

DOVER-FOXCROFT — A look at the past four decades serving the region and a look to the future of helping the community were both features of the 40th anniversary celebration for Mayo Regional Hospital on the afternoon of Monday, April 9 in the Resource Center.

After two years of construction and prior years of planning to consolidate three hospitals to a single facility, a 52-bed acute care hospital opened on April 2, 1978 when HAD 4 board member Hap Gerrish, DMD was given the ceremonial first key from the architect and declared the new Mayo Regional Hospital open.

In her opening remarks at the 40th anniversary celebration, Mayo Regional Hospital President & CEO Marie... Read More

Penquis Valley Talent Show

Submitted by Sethen on April 10, 2018 - 9:56pm

Friday, April 13th
Oakes Gymnasium
Penquis Valley High School

Admission by Donation!

U.S. Sen. Collins tours Milo bridge to be replaced through $10.8M TIGER grant

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Submitted by Sethen on April 9, 2018 - 4:39pm

Stuart Hedstrom • April 6, 2018

MILO — Three structurally deficient bridges in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties will be replaced using $10.8 million in Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery or TIGER grant funds awarded to the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) last month. Each bridge has exceeded its lifespan and the MDOT will work to replace the structures over the next few years before there are negative impacts on the region’s infrastructure and economy.

U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, the chairman of the Transportation Appropriations Subcommittee, announced the awarding of $10,836,220 in federal funds to replace the three bridges in what she called “the Penquis Region Rural Bridges... Read More