2019 Black Fly Festival Parade

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Submitted by Seth Barden on June 1, 2019 - 11:48am

The annual Black Fly Festival Parade was held on Saturday, June 1st, 2019.  Here is a collection of pictures from the parade!


U.S. Sen. Collins congratulates Robshaw as a Maine Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 31, 2019 - 11:29am

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • May 31, 2019

PORTLAND — U.S. Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine recently attended the Maine Sports Hall of Fame VIP reception, where she met with this year’s recipients of the 2019 Maine Sports Hall of Fame Scholar-Athlete Awards. The six students were presented with $5,000 scholarships during the 44th annual awards ceremony on May 19 at Merrill Auditorium.

The students include Penquis Valley High School’s Cymeria Robshaw and Alex Ezzy of Caribou High School, Tyler Bridge of Wells High School, Emma Hargreaves of Old Town High School, Nyagoa Bayak of Westbrook High School and Liberty Ladd of Falmouth High School.

“I was delighted to have the opportunity to congratulate these six outstanding students on receiving this award, which recognizes their hard work and dedication both in the classroom and on the field,” Collins said.

Established in 1972, the Maine Sports Hall of Fame appoints and bestows recognition awards and scholarships to outstanding Maine high school scholar-athletes and formally honors Maine athletes and sports figures who have brought distinction to the state.

Black Fly Festival this Saturday!

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 29, 2019 - 1:52pm

Black Fly Festival - Vendors

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 29, 2019 - 1:50pm

U.S. Rep. Golden tours Milo

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 29, 2019 - 1:47pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • May 29, 2019

MILO — U.S. Rep. Jared Golden, D-Maine spent Saturday, May 25 visiting with constituents from the Milo/Brownville area and touring local businesses. The day began with coffee and doughnuts at American Legion Post 41 of Milo where the Second District Congressman spoke individually with some veterans and then addressed the group thanking veterans for their service and reflecting on the significance of Memorial Day.

From the Legion Golden proceeded to the Derby Shops where Chad Mowery, Gaynor Ryan and Ryan Ratledge, representing the Central Maine and Quebec Railway, provided a tour of the redevelopment of the facility and answered the many questions from the group regarding workforce needs and work conducted at the site.

The next stop for the Congressman was the Veterans Memorial at the Evergreen Cemetery where Ronnie Knowles spoke personally with Golden about the building of the memorial and the many veterans’ stories represented there. From here the group moved to the Three Rivers Kiwanis complex and the Greater Milo/Brownville Area and Points North Visitor Center where lunch was hosted by Tom and Nancy Harrigan.

After lunch and conversation with invited guests, Golden visited the Harrigan Learning Center & Museum before moving outside to view the future site of a solar farm which has been in the works for some time. Nick Mazuroski, who represents Dirigo Solar, explained the plans in detail. Construction should be underway before the end of this year.

The Congressman wrapped up the afternoon with a visit to Bissell Brothers Brewery where Mathew Robinson led a tour of the brewery which is operated by Noah and Peter Bissell who grew up in Milo. Golden spoke with numerous constituents while enjoying the sunny weather.

Brownville native becomes Washburn school superintendent

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 29, 2019 - 1:43pm

Anthony Brino, Star Herald Staff • May 28, 2019

WASHBURN — Larry Worcester, who is originally from Brownville and is a former Washburn High School teacher and long-time Aroostook County educator, has taken the helm of SAD 45 in Washburn and is bringing a spirit of collaboration.

Worcester was hired as the SAD 45 superintendent effective May 13.

He graduated from Penquis Valley High School, the University of Maine Presque Isle and moved to Washburn in 1993 with his wife Kim, a fellow teacher and Washburn native. Worcester taught physical education at Washburn High School for 13 years and both his son and daughter graduated from the district.

Worcester spent the past four years as principal of Easton Elementary School. He said he was interested in working in Washburn and taking on the challenges and opportunities of leading the district of more than 300 students.

“I’m really excited to be back where I started and looking forward to the challenges,” Worcester said.

“We have really good people who work here. Staff care about kids and work hard. The challenge is: How do we meet the kids where they’re at and provide the best possible education and see the achievement go in a positive direction?”

Worcester is SAD 45’s first superintendent in more than two years. Former superintendent Elizabeth Ervin left in 2016 after a cancer diagnosis and died in 2018. Since the 2016-17 school year, SAD 45 has contracted with SAD 1 in Presque Isle for administration and later other services.

Worcester said the district has fiscal responsibility as a top priority and is in the midst of several collaborative, cost-saving initiatives.

Worcester is serving in dual roles as superintendent and high school principal.

“We’ve been combining a lot of things to try to save money and consolidate. We’re trying to combine as many things as possible,” Worcester said. “Everybody’s looking for ways to make the dollars stretch a little further,” he said.

Milo Garden Club Annual Meeting

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 28, 2019 - 11:29am

The Milo Garden Club will hold its annual meeting at the Kiwanis Visitors Center at noon on June 11th.  Bring your lunch.  Dessert and drink will be furnished.  Program:  Plant swap, talk of the changes for the Summer Fair and your ideas on this.  New slate of officers takes over for the upcoming two years.

The Junction Music Park - 2019 Schedule

Submitted by Seth Barden on May 27, 2019 - 8:17pm