Women’s club’s Sebec Lake Ice Out Contest returns

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 26, 2020 - 5:48pm

Contributed, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • February 25, 2020

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The General Federation of Women’s Clubs (GFWC)/Miosac Club is conducting its 2020 Sebec Lake Ice Out Contest for the 44th consecutive year.  Tickets may be purchased from any club member through March 31. Monies raised will be used to maintain a variety of club projects in the Dover-Foxcroft area.

Tickets are available for $1 each or six for $5.. The person who guesses the closest date and time the ice will go out of the Narrows at Sebec Lake will receive a $100 check.

Ice out dates on Sebec Lake have been recorded since May 1879. Research on the dates were released by the Sebec Lake Fish and Game Association with the assistance of Ruth Weatherbee. In the spring of 1976, former GFWC Miosac Club member Laura Stacy came up with the idea of a “Sebec Lake Ice Out Guessathon.”

It is now known as the Ice Out Contest.  This has become an annual event for the club since its inception with much anticipation from local residents. This year’s judges will be Jerry and Debbie Cole.  

For more information or for tickets, please call Anne Cress at 207-717-7576 or any GFWC Miosac Club member.

Lawsuit seeking to halt Mayo-Northern Light merger headed to court

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 26, 2020 - 5:48pm

Charles Eichacker, Bangor Daily News Staff • February 24, 2020

DOVER-FOXCROFT — A lawsuit seeking to block the merger of Mayo Regional Hospital with Northern Light Health is heading to court late next month after the Maine attorney general’s office and both health care organizations all filed motions seeking to dismiss the case.

Besides seeking to dismiss the legal case that was originally filed in December in Somerset County Superior Court, the Dover-Foxcroft hospital has also filed a separate motion seeking reimbursement of its legal fees from the plaintiffs. 

In December, the town of Cambridge and almost three dozen residents from the other communities that collectively own Mayo Regional Hospital filed the lawsuit trying to block the merger. They argued that special legislation authorizing the merger was unconstitutional and that leaders of the quasi-municipal entity that runs Mayo — Hospital Administrative District 4 — violated that entity’s charter by pursuing the deal without first holding votes in all of its 13 member communities.

On March 25, the various motions to dismiss the case are all scheduled to be heard at the Capital Judicial Center in Augusta, according to one of the plaintiffs, Gerald Nessmann of Sebec. 

The original lawsuit named several defendants: Northern Light Health, Hospital Administrative District 4, the state of Maine and Commissioner Jeanne Lambrew of the Maine Department of Health and Human Services. 

The boards of both Northern Light Health and Hospital Administrative District 4 have cast two rounds of votes approving the merger. Both organizations have argued that it will help Mayo Regional Hospital to keep operating after suffering operating losses every year since 2010. 

After those boards gave initial votes approving the merger early last year, the Legislature passed the special legislation authorizing it. In January, Lambrew gave the deal its final approval, but it’s not clear how the lawsuit will affect the eventual outcome of the merger. 

A copy of Northern Light Health’s motion to dismiss the case was not immediately available. The attorney general’s office pointed to several factors in its motion, including that proponents of the merger had demonstrated to the Legislature that it was for the public good and that it was supported by 13 of the 14 towns in Hospital Administrative District 4 during a round of advisory votes. 

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Notice of Town Owned Property Sale

Brownville Town Office News
Submitted by Seth Barden on February 26, 2020 - 5:46pm

Group working to bring playground to Penquis Valley School

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 20, 2020 - 6:54pm

Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer • February 20, 2020

MILO — Currently the younger students at Penquis Valley Middle School have little more than a decades-old basketball court and a small area with a pile of dirt and two roads going right by to use for recess but a group of educators, parents and community members are working to change this with a new playground.

Sitting in her classroom several days before the start of February vacation, grade 5-6 social studies teacher Debbie Page explained several years ago SAD 41 fifth-graders moved up to Penquis Valley, a few years after grade 6 students moved over from the Milo and Brownville elementary schools.

“There’s nothing, there’s just a piece of land with a road on two sides of it and a very dilapidated ball court, I think it’s been there for at least 40 years,” Page said, with an access road to D’Este Street and Penquis Drive each running by.

“There’s a mound of dirt and any given day that we can take the kids over there there’s a dozen kids on it, a mound of dirt,” she said. “We just think that we can do better.”

Cheana Bavelaar, who has three daughters under age 10 including two in grade school, said the current recess space is inadequate and unsafe. “I’m part of a program that comes and cleans students’ teeth at school and I was talking with a fifth-grader and I said ‘so what do you do at recess’ and the kid said ‘oh we sit on the hill and talk’ and my heart just sank,” she said. “I thought my kid will be here in two years, her and her friends I can’t imagine them just not going outside and playing, just sitting there with the energy that these kids have and the imagination that these kids have. It just broke my heart so I caught a teacher out here after soccer practice and I mentioned it to her.”

Bavelaar learned in 2018 a committee formed to create a playground on campus and soon she was in contact with Page. “Two days later Debbie called me and it was just like that, and that was in September and three months later we’ve done so much already,” Bavelaar said.

Page said the group was comprised of teachers but with parents getting involved, they became reenergized.“We knew we needed to bring the community in to really make it happen,” she said.

The group can be found on Facebook under “Penquis Valley Community Playground,” and the page statement reads “We believe that every school deserves a safe playground. Children need time for free play at recess. Research shows that it builds social skills, confidence and coordination. We also promote healthy initiatives for students, and the SAD 41 community.”

Earlier in her career Page taught third grade for 14 years. “I pushed recess so much I was taking my kids out three times a day, it made such a difference for the kids that they had that break in-between having to sit and learn and study,” she said. “There’s so much...

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Penquis Valley Community Playground Meetings

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 20, 2020 - 6:51pm

The Town Crier - Volume 17 - 1978

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 15, 2020 - 3:00pm

The Milo Historicay Society has added Volume 17 (1978) of The Town Crier to their website!


Town Crier – 1978

Milo Historical Society
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New Art Exhibit

Milo Library News
Submitted by Annette Banker on February 14, 2020 - 3:49pm