Help Support the Bubar Family

Submitted by Sethen on August 14, 2018 - 5:50pm

Eric Bubar recently passed in a tragic car accident, and we are trying to help his wife and four kids raise money for the funeral and housing.
Here are some links and events to help donate to his family.

GoFundMe Fundraiser

Benefit Spaghetti Supper
Saturday, September 1st
4:00 - 6:00 pm
Legion Hall / BJHS Alumni Hall
Railroad Avenue, Brownville Junction

Seeds of recovery have been planted in Milo

Linked from: Piscataquis Observer
Submitted by Sethen on August 14, 2018 - 5:49pm

V. Paul Reynolds, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • August 14, 2018

Milo, like so many small, rural Maine towns, was once a robust, economically thriving community. Rewind back to the 1950s and even the late 1960s. The town of three rivers boasted three car dealerships, big churches, clothing, furniture and drug stores, many restaurants, movie theater, regal homes, hardware and sporting goods stores, supermarkets, a hospital, a big, bustling railroad yard in neighboring Derby, and a spool mill that employed many.

A shadow of its former self with no mill and a somewhat anemic local economy, Milo is, nonetheless, still a town with a soul and a smaller population of concerned townspeople who remember the heydays and remain hopeful for the future.

Tom Harrigan, a relative newcomer to Milo, is one such person. Harrigan’s wife Nancy long had a Schoodic Lake connection. According to the 85-year-old retired electrical engineer, he and Nancy decided 12 years ago to leave Florida for good and settle in Milo. They... Read More

August 2018 News Article

News - Milo Library
Submitted by MiloLibrary on August 8, 2018 - 5:53pm


What Is A Watershed?  The Making Of A River!

This program will be presented at the Milo Library on Friday, 8/10 at 3 PM by the Piscataquis County Soil and Water Conservation District.  There will be some super great activities to discover the answer to this question.  It is open to children and adults.  See you there!


Kathy’s pick is ‘Hit the Beach’.  Come and check out the selected variety and you may find a new author.


We have many donated puzzles (500 to 1,000 pieces), DVD’s, VHS movies and books on CD’s.  They can be checked out just like a book.


Ongoing Book Sale – We are always adding new books for sale with quite a selection.  Both hardbacks and paperbacks can be purchased for one thin dime each.


NOW – for some of the New Books that have arrived:


Paul Doiron                         Stay Hidden

Brad Thor                            Spymaster

Ace Atkins                          The Sinners... Read More

Brownville residents can sign up for free smoke alarms

Linked from: Piscataquis Observer
Submitted by Sethen on August 8, 2018 - 2:15pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • August 6, 2018

BROWNVILLE — The American Red Cross of Maine and the Brownville Fire Department are teaming up to make town residents safer by installing free smoke alarms in their homes and teaching them about fire safety on Saturday, Aug. 18.

Brownville residents can make an appointment by calling the Red Cross at 874-1192, extension 113, emailing or going to

“Home fires are a real threat to our communities. Nationwide, home fires kill seven people every day – more than all other natural disasters combined,” said Fire Chief Kevin Black. “Working smoke alarms can make all the difference.”

In addition to installing free smoke alarms, the free service also includes a check of batteries in existing alarms and battery replacement as needed and working with residents on escape plans.

The partnership between the Brownville Fire... Read More

Violet Grant Recognized for Service at the Brownville Community Church

Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on August 8, 2018 - 10:24am

On Sunday, August 5th, the Brownville Community Church honored Violet Grant for her many years of service to the church by presenting her with the title Deacon Emeritus. Through the years Violet has taught Sunday school, sung in the choir, served as a deacon, worked on church suppers - too many to count, and assisted with other events that have taken place there.

Pastor Elizabeth Coffey stated that Violet is “the embodiment of the good and faithful servant.” Pastor Coffey referenced the many years of service given by both Violet and her husband noting that "there was no job too low or too big….In your humble and quiet way you carry the church’s history with you, and spread the love and compassion of Jesus in all that you do.”

Violet was presented with a corsage of daisies, a symbol of cheerfulness, and in addition each lady in the congregation received a daisy. In recognition of her service of so many years, Violet’s name will be added to the church’s plaque of those recognized for distinguished service to the... Read More

SAD 41 officials put Penquis elevator and sprinkler projects out to bid

Linked from: Piscataquis Observer
Submitted by Sethen on August 2, 2018 - 11:07am

Stuart Hedstrom • August 2, 2018

MILO — In June 2017 SAD 41 residents — via a vote of 179 to 135 across the four district communities — approved an approximate $474,000 loan from Maine’s school revolving renovation fund for sprinkler and elevator upgrades at the Penquis Valley School. Under the program the state covers 70 percent of the costs, meaning a little more than $142,000 would be paid back by the district over five years at zero percent interest.

The SAD 41 directors had hoped to start the combined project this summer, but instead the plan will be for the elevator to be installed prior to the start of classes and the sprinkler work to be done in the summer of 2019.

“As I mentioned in the capital improvement committee meeting, the elevator has gone out to bid and we are closing bids Aug. 15,” Superintendent Michael Wright said during an Aug. 1 school board meeting. “We would hope to go with the low bid,” he said with the lift to ideally be in place... Read More