Atkinson gains approval from Legislature to dissolve, again

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Submitted by Sethen on April 20, 2018 - 12:40pm

Alex Acquisto, Bangor Daily News Staff • April 20, 2018

ATKINSON — The town of Atkinson, nestled between Dover-Foxcroft and Milo, is one step closer to deorganizing, now that Gov. Paul LePage has signed a bill to authorize the effort.

Gov. LePage signed LD 1484 on April 12, which represents the state’s approval of the deauthorization of the Piscataquis County town. The final step will be a townwide referendum in November.

If the majority of the estimated 330 residents vote in favor of the measure, Atkinson will become the largest municipality in Maine to dissolve into the vast 9 million acres of Unorganized Territory. In that case, the state and county would govern the territory.

In the past 20 years, Atkinson residents have tried unsuccessfully three times... Read More

Penquis Valley Third Quarter Honor Roll

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Submitted by Sethen on April 18, 2018 - 3:40pm

Penquis Valley High School, Milo

Third quarter honor roll

Grade 12, high honors: Adam Stetson; honors: Kelsey Robinson, Daniel Spurgeon, Alex White, Noah Zambrano.

Grade 11, high honors: Katelyn Bolstridge, Camryn Rolfe; honors: Jacob Baker, Jeremy Martin, Cymeria Robshaw.

Grade 10, high honors: Tegan Johnson; honors: Camron Bailey, Rosa Cianci, Angelique Farnsworth, Sydney Fowles, Macee Grant, Emily Herbest, Latoya Lemon, Joseph McKinnon, Rachel McMannus, Myranda Place, Jennifer Smart.

Grade nine, honors: Zakary Mills, Angelina Roberts, ... Read More

2018 Black Fly Festival - Vendor Application

Submitted by Sethen on April 18, 2018 - 2:52pm

"Let's Talk About It" Series - Civil War Fiction

News - Brownville Library
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MDOT looks to replace Pleasant River Bridge

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Submitted by Sethen on April 16, 2018 - 5:18pm

Stuart Hedstrom • April 16, 2018

MILO — Earlier this year the Maine Department of Transportation (MDOT) was awarded a $10.8 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) grant to replace three structurally deficient bridges in Piscataquis and Penobscot counties. Among the trio of projects is the Pleasant River Bridge in Milo and future improvements to the span on outer Pleasant Street were the subject of a preliminary public hearing held by the MDOT on April 11 at the town hall.

“This bridge has been around since 1936, this is an old bridge,” said Michael Wight, senior project manager for the MDOT bridge program. “This bridge has had some work done to it.”

Wight said the Pleasant River... Read More

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