Town of Sebec launches new Website!

Submitted by Don Rush on May 12, 2020 - 1:05pm

The Town of Sebec has recently launched a new website.

Though it is only in its infancy stages, it will blossom over time.

Please be sure to stop by often to see the progress.

Milo woman launches virtual artisan market

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 8, 2020 - 7:01pm
Linked from: WABI TV5

By Morgan Sturdivant  | Posted: Fri 6:50 PM, May 08, 2020

MILO, Maine (WABI) - If you're missing craft fairs and farmers' markets, a Milo woman has come up with something you might like.

VAM is a virtual artisan market, right on Facebook.

On Saturday mornings new artisans will be sharing their products through Facebook live.

Creator Heather Lux says she saw the need for crafters and artisans to connect with people now more than ever.

Lux says it's totally free for participants and anyone is able to watch and shop right from home.

She says this is a way to share these handmade products with people while large gatherings are prohibited and many fairs are being canceled.

Heather Lux, Creator of VAM - Virtual Artisan Market" I realized we could create a bridge to bring the artisan to the consumer in a really fun and interesting way that's safe, that's in the comfort and convenience of peoples own homes every Saturday morning."

The next live show is Saturday morning at ten.

Past shows are posted to the page if you can't make it.

Milo Memorial Day Parade Cancelled

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 8, 2020 - 9:02am

MSAD #41 Parent Guide to Continuity of Learning

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 6, 2020 - 11:26am

Town of Brownille Water Dept. Customers

Brownville Town Office News
Submitted by Seth Barden on May 6, 2020 - 10:05am

Bissell Brothers Brewing supporting new Maine Tourism Relief Fund

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 5, 2020 - 9:43am

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • April 30, 2020

The Maine Tourism Association and Poland Spring 100% Natural Spring Water, part of the Nestlé Waters family, announced the official launch of “The Maine Tourism Relief Fund, Founded by Poland Spring and the Maine Tourism Association.” Thanks to a generous donation of $100,000 by Poland Spring and the work of the Maine Tourism Association, one-time grants will be made available to Maine’s tourism businesses and employees who have been impacted by a loss of business, or decrease in income, due to the COVID-19 crisis.

In addition to Poland Spring, contributors to the fund include Experience Maine and Bissell Brothers Brewing which has a location in the founders’ hometown of Milo. The latter two companies are selling Maine-made products, a portion of the proceeds of which will be donated to the fund. Links to these products can be found on the Maine Tourism Relief Fund website. 

Stay-at-home orders mandated by the state have closed restaurants, retail outlets and attractions, and left small motels and B&Bs empty. Camps, cottages, and outdoor attractions have been forced to delay their season opening — significantly reducing their opportunity to earn income. These delays also prevent many Mainers from the seasonal employment that so many depend upon. Tourism supports over 110,000 employees in Maine. Around one in three of Maine’s private sector wage and salary employees work for businesses with fewer than 50 employees. 

“Our mission is to keep the tourism businesses sustainable, which fits into our mission of why we are an association,” said Tony Cameron, CEO of the Maine Tourism Association. “Tourism is the backbone of Maine’s economy, and that is why the industry needs to be supported in this difficult time. These small businesses are what makes Maine a unique and special place to live – and visit! They give us great food, excellent service, and give us experiences that make memories that last a lifetime. We hope that by creating this fund, we can help protect the industries that Mainers and visitors alike will enjoy for many years to come.”  

All of the money donated to the Maine Tourism Relief Fund founded by Poland Spring and the Maine Tourism Association will be given directly to fund recipients. 

“175 years ago, Poland Spring started out as a small Maine business and tourist destination, and we are proud to team up with the Maine Tourism Association to help support today’s small businesses in the tourism industry,” said Tara Carraro, executive vice president and chief corporate affairs officer for Nestlé Waters North America, which owns the Poland Spring brand. “We believe in the power of coming together as a community during difficult times, and hope that this fund will provide some relief to those whose work makes Maine so special.”

“We are thrilled to be joining forces with Poland...

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SAD 41 continues with remote learning

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 5, 2020 - 9:42am

Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer • May 1, 2020

MILO — Like their peers across the state amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, SAD 41 students have been receiving classroom instruction remotely for the last month and a half and will continue with this method through the remainder of the 2019-20 academic year. Teachers and administrators have been adjusting along the way with the changes being incorporated into what is now known as an emergency learning plan. The approval and name change was formally OKed by the school board during an April 29 meeting conducted via Zoom.

“We are looking at the plan closely over the next month or so,” Superintendent Michael Wright said, saying district officials will continue to learn from what SAD 41 is doing should remote learning still need to be in place once classes resume after summer vacation.

“Our future direction for the fall, we will be told rather than have a choice,” he said with the Maine Department of Education likely to inform school districts of the method of instruction to be used then. 

“I think we need to be as prepared as possible and hope something’s around the corner to change this,” Wright said.

“It has been an interesting month or so to say the least, I was back in the school on April 15 to help staff start packing up their student’s belongings and workbooks to send home to continue their leaming,” Brownville Elementary School Principal Carol Smith wrote in her report. “It felt surreal like you were walking into a scene that was frozen in time. The students’ belongings were still in their desks and decorations for St Patrick’s Day were still up on the walls. Hard to put into words the feelings that go through you as you see cach student’s name on their belongings and picture their faces. Feels like they were ripped from us, as I’m sure it does for all educators in the country.”

“One of the challenges we are facing along with everyone else ,not just in this district, are students who are hard to reach,” she said. Smith said for pupils without internet access, hot spots have been set up for them with devices provided by the MDOE and/or paper packets of schoolwork have gone to their homes, with similar measures in place for other SAD 41 schools.

Milo Elementary Principal Angie Kelley said she wanted to take the opportunity to thank all of the school staff for their work under the challenging circumstances — a stance shared by all the administrators. 

“This couldn’t be possible without how hard they are working and how much they care,” Penquis Valley Middle School Principal Tina Dumond said. 

Penquis Valley High School Principal Michael Rollins said he and others are working on developing plans for an alternative to the traditional graduation ceremony. He said he has been checking on what other schools are doing and is formulating a plan that will be announced if the...

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Sebec Curb-Side Pickup Bean Supper

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 5, 2020 - 9:38am