SAD 41 summer lunch program postponed after positive COVID-19 test

Submitted by Seth Barden on July 2, 2020 - 3:34pm

Ernie Clark, Bangor Daily News Staff • July 1, 2020

MILO — A school-based summer lunch program that serves SAD 41 children in Milo, LaGrange and Brownville has been halted this week after an employee tested positive for COVID-19.

One food-service worker was notified last Friday of a positive outcome to a coronavirus test, according to Superintendent Michael Wright.

The Maine Centers for Disease Control and Prevention contacted that employee and soon determined that one co-worker also met the CDC’s at-risk criteria. That co-worker was tested, and both that person and the employee who originally tested positive now are self-quarantining for 14 days.

Wright alerted parents and guardians of children in the school district of the situation Sunday via voice message.

All other food-service employees involved in the program were contacted and voluntarily tested. Most of those workers already have gotten their results, Wright said.

“All tests received back thus far are negative,” he said. “The at-risk person is one of them.”

The summer meal program has been shut down for this week while school officials await the remaining test results.

“We will revisit it when we hear back from all the tests,” Wright said. “If all goes well we will have the lunch program back and running next week.”

The SAD 41 summer lunch program has been providing meals for area children on Wednesdays since early June.

Maine CDC Director Dr. Nirav Shah addressed the Milo situation during a news conference Monday.

“Based on what we know about the scientific transmission of COVID-19, the likelihood of transmitting it through food is very, very low,” Shah said. “Certainly if there were any individuals who were in close proximity with the individual, say in the back of the house in the kitchen, that’s who we would want to focus our efforts on in terms of testing.

“But the exposure to any particular child or parent by something like a common object or food is very, very low.”

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Milo Garden Club cancels Summer Fair and Plant Sale

Submitted by Seth Barden on June 25, 2020 - 10:04am

Contributed, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • June 18, 2020

MILO — Without a full meeting since March, Milo Garden Club members quietly waited at home plotting their next gardening moves. For many, planting perennials and pretty annuals was the light at the end of their pandemic tunnel. Monthly, members waited patiently for state confirmation allowing the group to meet again. It was like waiting for spring sprouts to appear.

On June 9 the Milo Garden Club was finally able to meet, it was their last meeting of the 2019-20 year. Seventeen members were able to attend. They were properly socially distanced and masked and thrilled to see friends again.

The original agenda included recognition of the club’s 90th birthday. This was postponed until the September meeting. Instead the club learned disappointing news. The annual Summer Fair and Plant Sale will not be held this year.

“This was an incredibly difficult decision to make. There were so many factors to consider,” explained members of the Milo Garden Club Advisory Board. Because the Summer Fair is a major fundraiser which enables the club to donate to 14 organizations and charities, members will discuss fundraising ideas in September.

Milo Garden Club will begin its  2020-21 year on Sept. 8. Watch for notices in the local paper and please consider them an invitation to join. For more information, please call Victoria at 207-943-2400.

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Submitted by Seth Barden on June 16, 2020 - 6:07pm

Quick-thinking neighbors help put out fire in Ebeemee Township

Submitted by Seth Barden on June 16, 2020 - 6:06pm
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EBEEMEE TOWNSHIP, Maine (WABI) - Fire destroyed a shed near a camp in Ebeemee Township in Piscataquis County.

Crews from multiple towns responded to the fire on Ebeemee Lake Road Friday afternoon.

We're told neighbors brought their tractors to the scene to help contain the fire from spreading to a nearby camp.

The cause of the fire is unknown at this time.

This was the second fire there this season as a camp was destroyed there in April.

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