Staff, Piscataquis Observer • January 20, 2019
ORONO — For the the fifth time in as many meets, Penquis Valley High School senior Cymeria Robshaw won the 55-meter dash during a Penobscot Valley Conference/Eastern Maine Indoor Track League competition at the University of Maine.
Robshaw most recent first-place performance came on Jan. 19 as she ran the 55 dash in a time of 7.54 seconds to best the time of 7.81 seconds for meet runner-up Bangor High School sophomore Naomi Noack.
On Saturday Robshaw also had the top distance in the long jump. Robshaw jumped 17 feet, 7.25 inches to best the distance of 17-00.75 for Bangor sophomore Alyssa Elliott. Robshaw also came in second in the triple jump with a leap of 34-03, trailing only Elliott’s distance of 35-02.
Robshaw scored all 22 points for Penquis as the team was fifth of five schools.
The Foxcroft Academy indoor track team team took part in another PVC/EMITL Jan. 19 meet at UMaine with both Pony squads placing sixth of six schools.
The Foxcroft boys scored four points as junior Hunter Clarke came in fourth in the 200 with a time of 26.46 seconds.
The Pony girls had one point with freshman Grace Carlson finishing sixth in the long jump at a distance of 11-00.50.
Stuart Hedstrom • January 17, 2019
MILO — A big second quarter helped the Piscataquis Community High School boys break open a Jan. 16 Class C North contest at regional rival Penquis Valley High School. During the second eight-minute session the visiting Pirates had a 23-12 scoring advantage to extend a narrow 9-6 lead to 32-18 and help propel the team to a 62-43 victory.
PCHS improved to 6-5 with the win over the Patriots (1-10) and the Pirates earned the team’s sixth victory in the last seven games after an 0-4 start — a run that began with a 79-69 win over Penquis in Guilford on Dec. 22.
With the score 9-6 in favor of the visitors to start the second quarter, a lay-up by Penquis freshman Cayden Cyr cut the deficit to one at 9-8 (Cyr would score a team-high 10 points). From there PCHS used a pair of 3-pointers from junior Caleb Crocker to quickly go ahead 15-8.
The Pirates were not done as the team followed with a 13-4 run lasting into the late minutes of the opening half for a 28-12 lead. Sophomore Kobe Gilbert paced PCHS with all 10 of his points in the second quarter coming during this stretch (junior Caleb Bailey would also connect from beyond the 3-point line). Gilbert scored on a trio of layups and four free throws to pick up 10 of his game-high 18 points.
After coming back from the locker room, the Pirates had a 15-7 scoring advantage in the third quarter to remain ahead 47-25 after the three sessions and play the fourth quarter with a double-digit lead. Sophomore Chris Easler had a half dozen points in the third quarter and sophomore Caleb Willis had four for a portion of his 16 points on the evening. Crocker would also reach double figures with 11 points.
Benefit dinner for Lagrange FD Captain Joe Fleming he is having some medical issues that require surgery so he will be out of work for a while. Please join us!
Stuart Hedstrom • January 10, 2019
DOVER-FOXCROFT — County officials are making preparations for Atkinson to join the Unorganized Territory (UT) on July 1 — the community voted 187-19 (nearly 91 percent) at the November referendum to deorganize. Many of the plans for how municipal services will be provided by the county have been set, but a few are still to be finalized prior to the start of the 2019-20 fiscal year when Atkinson joins the UT.
“Looking forward to when Atkinson is joining the UT, we thought it would be wise to come up with a 1-year transitional contract for next year,” County Manager Tom Lizotte said about snow plowing about 22 miles of future county roads in Atkinson during a Jan. 8 county commissioners meeting.
Lizotte said Atkinson contracts with Dexter resident Chuck O’Brien for maintaining the travelways in the winter, and the community’s current municipal budget includes $112,000 for winter roads. “There are two things, No. 1 he wants to maintain the roads and two, the people of Atkinson are pleased with his performance,” the county manager said. He has met with O’Brien and the day before a proposed contract for the 2019-20 season was mailed to him. This document could be formally approved by the commissioners at an upcoming meeting.
“If this works out you can award the contract to the current contractor for one year and then go out to bid in the spring,” Lizotte told the commissioners about a multiple-year agreement to be sought through a competitive bidding process for plowing beyond a potential one-year deal with O’Brien for the 2019-20 season.
“Summer maintenance we can do as projects arise,” he said. There are no paving projects on the horizon for Atkinson, and as a UT the county would continue a fire protection contract with Dover-Foxcroft and Atkinson residents would still be able to use the transfer station in Dover-Foxcroft.
Most of the community cemeteries are overseen by associations, but one graveyard on the Range Road is owned by the town so the county would assume responsibility as of July 1. Lizotte said a sexton would need to be hired and this position will go out to bid prior to deorganization.
“Most of the cemeteries in our UT are filled up but Atkinson really needs a sexton,” Lizotte said. He said there are still available plots in the Range Road cemetery.
“$5,000 is budgeted for the maintenance of that town cemetery, which basically will be mowing,” Lizotte said.
The county manager said he would be continuing to work with Atkinson selectmen on the transition to the UT leading up to and following the the community’s final annual town meeting in mid-March. A likely warrant item will be to vote on putting the salt/sand pile up for sale as the last major piece of business for the town to take care of before falling under the county government.
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Staff, Piscataquis Observer • January 5, 2019
AUGUSTA – As part of the Maine Department of Education’s ongoing efforts to highlight Maine’s outstanding teachers, nominations are now open for the 2019 County Teachers of the Year and 2020 Teacher of the Year. Members of the public are encouraged to nominate educators who demonstrate a commitment to excellence and nurturing the achievement of all students.
Nominations can be made through the Maine Teacher of the Year website through Feb. 4.
To be considered, a teacher must hold the appropriate professional certification for the position, be employed by a Maine public school – including a public charter school or publicly-supported secondary school, be actively teaching students at least 50 percent of full-time at the time of nomination and during the year of recognition, and have a minimum of five years teaching, three of which are in Maine.
The eventual winner serves as an advocate for teachers, students, and the efforts underway in Maine’s public schools to prepare students for success in college, career, and civic life.
Maine’s recently named 2019 Teacher of the Year, Joseph Hennessey, an English instructor at Piscataquis Community High School in Guilford, was selected from over 300 entries and included recognition as the 2018 Piscataquis County Teacher of the Year.
The 2020 Maine Teacher of the Year will be selected from the 16 county honorees. The field will be narrowed to eight semi-finalists, and then three state finalists before the ultimate winner is announced by Maine’s Education Commissioner at a surprise school assembly in the fall.
The Maine Teacher of the Year program is administered by Educate Maine, a business-led organization whose mission is to champion college, career readiness, and increased education attainment. Funding is provided by Bangor Savings Bank, Dead River Co., Geiger, Hannaford, the Maine Lottery, and Pratt & Whitney with support from the State Board of Education and the Maine State Teacher of the Year Association.
The Teacher of the Year program is no cost to taxpayers. Bangor Savings Bank reimburses the winning educator’s school district for the cost of substitutes while the Teacher of the Year is out of the classroom on their official duties, which includes travel throughout the state, a week at NASA Space Camp and a visit to the White House.
For more information about the Maine Teacher of the Year program, visit the Maine Department of Education website.
Staff, Piscataquis Observer • January 9, 2019
ORONO — Penquis Valley High School senior Cymeria Robshaw tied a high school facility record in the 55-meter dash at the University of Maine’s New Balance Field House.
During the Penobscot Valley Conference/Eastern Maine Indoor Track League Relays on Jan. 5, Robshaw won the 55 dash in a time of 7.39 seconds (.4 seconds faster than the 7.79 seconds for Bangor High School sophomore Naomi Noack). Robshaw’s time of 7.39 seconds matched the facility record set during last year’s conference championship by then senior Ashley Anderson of Mount Desert Island High Schoo
Jan. 5 also featured a separate meet and the Foxcroft girls finished eighth of eight teams with a score of three points. All three points came in the long jump with freshman Grace Carlson placing fifth at a distance of 11 feet, 2.5 inches and freshman Ruby Rideout coming in sixth at 10-09.75.
The Pony boys were ninth of nine schools at one point. Foxcroft junior Hunter Clarke finished sixth in the 200 with a time of 26.27 seconds.