D-F Police Sgt. Lyford hired as sheriff’s chief deputy

Submitted by Seth Barden on December 18, 2018 - 8:28pm

Stuart Hedstrom • December 18, 2018

DOVER-FOXCROFT — The Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office did not have to look far to find the the department’s next chief deputy with the hiring of Dover-Foxcroft Police Department Sgt. Todd Lyford, who also has served as a police chief in Brownville and Milo. Sheriff-Elect and current Chief Deputy Bob Young made the announcement during the Dec. 18 meeting of the Piscataquis County Commissioners.

“Todd Lyford, the sergeant with the Dover-Foxcroft Police Department, is the new chief deputy so he will start the first of January,” Young said. “He lives in Brownville which is a plus. He’s well known in the area, well respected so he’ll do well.”

During a commissioners’ meeting earlier in the month, Young said Sheriff John Goggin recommended department officials look externally to find the next chief deputy for some new outside perspectives for the sheriff’s office operations.

Young said then he and three other officers have all been with the sheriff’s department for over two decades. The sheriff-elect said he likes to promote from within but in this instance an external perspective would be a benefit.

The Dover-Foxcroft Police Department is currently advertising for Lyford’s position, with Lyford continuing to serve with the department through the end of the month.

Young said a banquet the previous week served as a send off for Goggin, who is retiring after nearly three decades as sheriff. “We said goodbye to the sheriff at our banquet, he still has to clean out his office but he’s winding down. The sheriff was very particular that he did not want any recognition so it was a fine line there.”

In other business, Jail Administrator Maria Landry praised all the agencies responding to what turned out to be a small fire in the jail kitchen the week before. “Everybody did a great job,” Landry said. She said Rowell’s Garage very quickly had a school bus on scene to evacuate inmates should this have been necessary.

Landry said towels are stored under a sink after coming out of the dryer. Chemicals are used in the cleaning process and this time the cleaning agents spontaneously combusted — similar occurrences have taken place at other jails and prisons and hospitals across Maine and the country.

Landry said Office of Maine State Fire Marshal Sgt. Scott Richardson had an idea of the cause before he arrived later on the day of the incident. Landry said there is now a special storage container for the towels.

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Penquis Cruizers' Re-elect Officers for 2019

Submitted by Susan Worcester on December 14, 2018 - 6:18am

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.


'Tis the Season for Giving.....Good Books!

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Bissell Brothers is ready for another round

Submitted by Seth Barden on December 13, 2018 - 10:29pm
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Why one of Maine’s coolest breweries expanded in a small town in Piscataquis County

Author: Rob Caldwell
Published: 10:53 AM EST December 13, 2018

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.”