While it wasn't a great day weather-wise, a dedicated bunch of car buffs gathered at the Brownville Junction Alumni/American Legion building on December 2nd for their Annual Meeting and Christmas Party. It should come as no surprise that the SAME officers were relected to lead the group for another year! Fred Worcester has been the president for 29 of the group's almost 30 years; Walter Cook will continue to serve as vice president; Sheri Conley has been the group's treasurer for many years and Susan Worcester has been the secretary/newsletter editor for as long as the group has existed.
During the business meeting, it was decided to give donations again this year to the Three Rivers Kiwanis Secret Santa program and to the Milo Area Food Cupboard.
Also, there was a brief discussion of the group's upcoming birthday: The Penquis Cruizers will have been in existence for 30 years on March 19, 1989. At their Cabin Fever Reliever event in the spring plans will be made for the group to celebrate this milestone.
Lunch was catered by the ladies of the American Legion Auxiliary and, as usual, the food was delicious and the decorations put the group in the spirit of Christmas.
If you'd like to know more about the Penquis Cruizers, contact Fred Worcester at 965-8070.
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Why one of Maine’s coolest breweries expanded in a small town in Piscataquis County
Author: Rob Caldwell
Running a business with your relatives can be tricky. How do you criticize a sibling whose work isn’t good enough? How do you fire a parent when costs need to be cut?
At Bissell Brothers, one of Maine’s most successful breweries, these problems could exist—but, happily, they don’t. Brothers Peter and Noah Bissell started the business in Portland five years ago, have been working together closely, and still get along fine. Each knows his role: Noah makes the beer and Peter markets it. “Without Peter nobody would ever care to buy what I wanted to make or be interested in it,” Noah says with a laugh, “because I wouldn’t even think to tell anyone that it was available.”
Bissell Brothers beer has been embraced with an almost cultish enthusiasm, which led to a problem most businesses would envy—not being able to produce enough to meet customer demand. The company took a step toward addressing the shortfall this past summer when it opened a second brewery and taproom in Milo, a small town about a 45-minute drive north of Bangor. Peter and Noah grew up in Milo, and one of the benefits of the location is that their father has pitched in whenever he can, whether mowing the lawn, cleaning the building, or hauling stuff away. “I build things and I take things apart,” Jensen Bissell told me. “I do a variety of things. I figure that my job is to make whatever is happening here happen a little better.”
The Bissells expanded in Milo in part because they want to help out their hometown, to give it a shot of adrenaline they hope will inspire other entrepreneurs to invest here. “I firmly believe that in the future we’re going to see a more entrepreneurial mindset take root in towns like Milo,” Peter Bissell says. “We can’t save the town—not that the town needs saving—but we’re doing what we can.”
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Stuart Hedstrom • December 11, 2018
DOVER-FOXCROFT — A Milo couple who over the last half decade have given back in the form of the Three Rivers Kiwanis Building, the Harrigan Learning Center & Museum, and the Milo-Brownville & Points North Visitor Center, all located in their hometown’s Eastern Piscataquis Business Park, have been honored as the 16th recipients of the Warren “Pete” Myrick Award by the Executive Committee of the Piscataquis County Economic Development Council (PCEDC). Tom and Nancy Harrigan were presented with the honor on Dec. 10 at The Commons at Central Hall during the PCEDC annual meeting.
Outgoing PCEDC President and Guilford Town Manager Tom Goulette said, “The Myrick Award for 2018, this is the 16th year of the award. Pete was a Guilford resident and a long-time history teacher who established the adult education program in SAD 4.
“He was also a founder of the PCEDC, serving as president in 2001. He died in 2002 and this award was established to honor his legacy.”
Goulette explained Myrick Award criteria includes overall impact of the candidate’s accomplishments, the duration of the candidate’s engagement in community service activities, and the breadth of community involvement. The award is not given to recognize anyone solely for job performance, but seeks to acknowledge those who go above and beyond in donating their time to community service.
He said the Harrigans more than exemplify Myrick’s concern for and commitment to education, economic development, and civic leadership through their generosity in serving as the benefactors for the three buildings in Milo.
“We enjoy every moment of what we do,” Tom Harrigan said.
He said shortly after the Three Rivers Kiwanis Building opened cribbage games began. At first the participants did not talk much to one another but after only a few sessions this changed as the cribbage players quickly became friends. Harrigan said Boy Scouts also meet at the facility and now there needs to be multiple meetings due to the high number of boys taking part.
“We just put in two scroll signs so we can attract people from the main road into the business park to see what’s there,” he said about the newest development for the property.
“Thank you very much for the honor and thank you very much for attending and coming tonight,” Harrigan said.
The Harrigans were presented with a Legislative Sentiment from Sen. Paul Davis, R-Sangerville and Rep. Norm Higgins, I-Dover-Foxcroft. “Tonight it seems to be what, the third time we’ve done this?,” Davis said as the Harrigans have been similarly honored at opening ceremonies for each of the buildings.
“A few years ago I stopped in, I had never met them before, and I was told you had a few rocks up in the attic,” Higgins said. “I thought you would have a few rocks up in the attic, but I found out you had...Read More
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Staff, Piscataquis Observer • December 11, 2018
Observer photo/Jeannette Hughes