Staff, Piscataquis Observer • July 5, 2019
SEBEC VILLAGE — Twenty two boats showed up to paddle in the annual Sebec Fourth of July canoe race this year. Results are as follows:
K-1, Eight Mile Racing, Male 1. Dan Baumert, 1 hour, 41 minutes and 12 seconds;
C-2, Eight Mile Racing 1. Chip Loring and Mark Ranco, 1:41:45 and 2. Clayton Cole and Linda Basilicato, 1:49:12;
C-1, Eight Mile Racing, Youth Male 1. Apemesim Galipeau, 1:41:09;
C-1, Eight Mile Racing, Male Adult 1. Richard Gause, 1:50:31;
K-1, Eight Mile Racing, Female 1. Amy DiFrancesco, 2:06:10;
K-1, Four Mile, Female 1. Barbara Hunt, 1:05:07
Two Mile Family Canoe 1. John Lattanzi, John Lattanzi Jr., Tegan Haggerty, 30:56; 2. Paul Lattanzi, Zachary Lattanzi, Stephen Lattanzi, William Lattanzi, 36:47; and 3. Ryan Proctor, Easton Haggerty, Tanner Haggerty, Darron Haggerty, incomplete time;
K-1, Two Mile, Male 1. Steve Mazerolle, 34:40;
C-1, Two Mile, Senior Male 1. Bob Miller, 38:15;
K-1, Two Mile, Youth Male 1. Russell LaMarre, 31:02;
K-1, Two Mile, Female 1. Audrey Carter, 35:48 and 2. Karen Lattanzi, 42:47;
K-1, Two Mile, Jr./Sr. 1. Lindsey Bushway, 56:13;
K-1, Two Mile Senior Female 1. Sandy Fessenden, 56:16;
C-2, Two Mile, Male Adult 1. Brian Mailhot, Shawn Durfee, 32:39;
C-2, Two Mile, Adult Mixed 1. Jill Hastings, Stephen Hastings, 40:52;
K-1, Two Mile, Adult Male 1. Mark Ruby, 26:12;
K-1, Two Mile, Youth Female 1. Pearl Lattanzi, 33:41;
C-1, Two Mile, Youth Under 10 1. Brody Arcaro, 1:20:45.
Stuart Hedstrom • July 2, 2019
MILO — SAD 41 residents in Brownville, LaGrange and Milo approved a $9,639,532 budget for 2019-20 during the June 27 referendum by a combined total of 152-37. In Brownville the numbers were 35 in favor with 15 opposed, 16-5 in LaGrange and 101-17 in Milo.
Citizens also opted to continue with the annual district budget meeting/referendum process for three more years by a count of 139-50 (34-15 in Brownville, 18-3 in LaGrange and 87-32 in Milo). Per state statute this question is on the ballot every three years, otherwise there would only be the district budget meeting to approve the yearly district finances.
The total budget for 2019-20 represents a near $562,700 increase from the current year’s figure of $9,077,841. SAD 41 will be receiving a little more than $5,877,800 in Essentials Programs & Services (EPS) funds from the state, a near $147,000 increase.
In order to get the $5.8 million-plus the three SAD 41 towns are required by the state to raise a combined $1,347,156. This EPS local required amount is $238,469 less than the $1,585,625 for 2018-19.
“If you look at that initially, it looks great,” Superintendent Michael Wright said during last month’s district budget meeting at the Penquis Valley School. He said in order to make up the near $240,000 difference in EPS local required funds between 2019-20 and 2018-19, more monies would have to come from the towns.
Wright said the amount of local additional monies being asked for — beyond the approximate $1.3 million in EPS local required monies — would be increasing by $243,373 to $976,468.
The three district communities will each see an increase in the respective shares of the budget. The total local amount (local required, local additional and other expenses such as adult education and career and technical education) of $2,379,277 is up by $60,557 (2.61 percent).
Brownville’s $769,207 share is $110,582 more (16.79 percent) than in 2018-19. LaGrange is seeing a $58,500 (15.57 percent) increase to $434,324. For Milo a $1,175,746 amount represents a $142,853 (13.83 percent) increase from 2018-19.
The superintendent said the district will lose Atkinson because the town deorganized and as of July 1 is part of the Piscataquis County Unorganized Territory. He said under the town’s withdrawal agreement from SAD 41 Atkinson made a $275,000 payment to the district.
The $275,000 is a little more than the approximate $251,4000 the community paid for its share of the 2018-19 school budget. The payment is listed under undesignated fund balance in the 2019-20 spending plan, a line that had no money in it for the previous fiscal year.
Staff, Piscataquis Observer • July 2, 2019
MILO — Fire marshals arrested a Milo man Monday, July 1 and charged him with arson after he threw his wife’s belongings on the front lawn, poured gas on the items and set them on fire.
Jeffrey Stevens, 39, was arrested by an investigator from the Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire took place at the family’s 14 Spring Street home. There was minor damage to the residence but clothing and personal items thrown in the pile were destroyed by the fire.
Stevens was charged with arson and was taken to the Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft. He is awaiting a court appearance.
Lauren Abbate, Bangor Daily News Staff • July 1, 2019
On Friday, June 28 Gov. Janet Mills signed into law legislation that will allow Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft to move forward in merging with the statewide health care organization, Northern Light Health.
Hospital officials have been pursuing the merger since earlier this year. Mayo Regional Hospital administrators have said that merging with Northern Light Health will help keep the hospital financially stable after nearly a decade of operating losses.
“Small hospitals are finding it increasingly difficult to provide access to quality healthcare in a way that is financially viable; our integrated healthcare system has the infrastructure and resources to help in that regard,” Michelle Hood, Northern Light Health president and CEO, said in a press release Friday.
The merger required legislative approval because it is owned and overseen by a quasi-municipal entity, Hospital Administrative District 4, which has a charter that’s set in Maine law. The district includes Abbot, Atkinson, Bradford, Cambridge, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, Milo, Monson, Parkman, Sangerville, Sebec and Willimantic.
Of the 13 communities that make up Hospital Administrative District 4, 12 voted in favor of the merger, with Cambridge opposing the merger.
Amendments from Piscatiquas County lawmaker Rep. Paul Stearns, R-Guilford, were not included in the legislation that was passed. Stearns proposed several amendments that would have given the 13 communities more say over the happens to the hospital after the merger.
One of the amendments would have liquidated the assets of the Mayo Regional Hospital at the time of the merger and have the money go back to the communities instead of to Northern Light Health.
However, if the merger goes through, few assets are expected to be left over from the financially troubled hospital. Mayo Regional Hospital did have about $13.7 million in a reserve fund early this year, those funds would be needed to pay the hospital’s debts as part of the merger, according to CEO Marie Vienneau.
With approval from the Legislature and the governor, the next step in the merger will be for Mayo and Northern Light Health to submit a certificate of need application with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, according to Friday’s release.
If the merger receives approval from DHHS, Mayo’s board and Northern Light Health’s board will hold a final vote on the merger this fall.
Formerly known as Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Northern Light Health is a Brewer-based organization that includes nine other hospitals stretching from Portland to Presque Isle, including Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.