Brownville's Food Pantry for Deer

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 26, 2018 - 3:01pm

Donations for PAWS

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Hometown Holidays returns to the region this weekend

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 26, 2018 - 11:36am

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • November 26, 2018

Piscataquis County sets aside one day early in December to celebrate the wonder of Christmas and the magic of the holiday season. This year, Monson, Guilford (Nov.30), Milo, and Dover-Foxcroft are participating.

All events take place on Dec. 1 except where noted and the following is a tentative schedule from each of the participating towns.

Guilford will hold all Hometown Holidays events on Friday, Nov. 30. Events begin at 5 p.m. at the Guilford Historical Society Museum, where children will join Julie and Friends to carol their way to the Guilford Subway for a quick snack and a children’s coloring contest. Afterwards, families are encouraged to stop at Davis Brother’s Furniture, winner of 2015 and 2016 Hometown Holidays Traveling Trophy for their breathtaking displays. Families can enjoy the music and take photos at this year’s beautiful Old Fashioned Christmas window display, and then head over the river to the Guilford Historical Museum for hot cocoa and a visit with Santa’s helpers to the make and take reindeer food table.

At 6 p.m., Santa and Mrs. Claus will arrive by fire truck to help the children light up the town Christmas tree. All are invited to join in at the annual Christmas bonfire for more caroling.

At 7 p.m., everyone will take a stroll to the Guilford Memorial Library to wrap up the evening with a special story-time and treat.

Dover-Foxcroft has a jam-packed schedule beginning at 9 a.m. and ending late into the day when Santa packs up and heads back to the North Pole.

The festivities begin bright and early on Saturday, Dec 1 at the Dover-Foxcroft Congregational Church with the annual Kris Kringle Coffee from 9-11 a.m. A $3 donation is requested.

The Thompson Free Library will host the Dover Cove Farmer’s Market and offer ornament making for children from 9 a.m. to noon.

Community members are excited to have the Miracle Tree Event returning to Dover-Foxcroft this year, held at The Commons at Central Hall from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Sunday, with the final drawings at 4:15 p.m. Sunday. Stop in to buy a raffle ticket for a fully decorated tree (there will be many to choose from) and the presents resting underneath; all proceeds go to benefit local charities and those less fortunate this Christmas. Families can also enjoy a bake sale and face painting during the event and a reading of Christmas stories by local author Joe Siccardi.

Bob’s Sugarhouse will be open from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in celebration of Hometown Holidays and the owner, Bob Moore’s birthday celebration, offering discounts, door prizes, refreshments, sweets, Christmas music, birthday cake, and so much more.

Also beginning at 10 a.m., the Ultimate Gift Giveaway returns — a Hometown Holidays event that was loved by the community back in 2016 and...

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Penquis Valley High/Middle School first quarter honor rolls

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 24, 2018 - 1:54pm

Penquis Valley High School, Milo

First quarter honor roll

Grade 12, high honors: Jordyn Mills, Camryn Rolfe, Faith Sickler, Dylan Spencer, Connor Washburn; honors: Jacob Baker, Madisyn Bellatty, Katelyn Bolstridge, Amanda Godwin, Alexander Lapointe, Leah McKissick, Emily Monahan, Mackenzie Pelletier, Cymeria Robshaw, Kylee Trafton, Megan Valvo.

Grade 11, high honors: Rachel McMannus; honors: Mercedes Ames-Cartwright, Rosa Cianci, Sydney Fowles, Emily Herbest, Tegan Johnson, Aiden Pardue, Jennifer Smart, Jaida Timmons.

Grade 10, high honors: Zakary Mills, Angelina Roberts, Courtney Rouleau; honors: Joslyn Black, Savannah Boislard, Destiny Golden, Ethan Johnson.

Grade nine, honors: Grady Atkinson, Hope Lovell, Maxwell Osgood.

Penquis Valley Middle School, Milo

First quarter honor roll

Grade eight, honors: Imaan Ali, Victoria Boislard, Haley Cavagnaro, Abigail Conlogue, Valerie Craig, Devin Dionne, Mackenzie Goodine, Syreniti Grant, Ida-Grace Lundin, Aileen Strout, Megan Whitten.

Grade seven, high honors: Layla Chai, Ashley Willis; honors: Cassandra Boislard, Tyler Grant, Dylan McKenzie.

Grade six, high honors: Meadow Brennan, Lillian Craig, Lydia Gauvin, Tristan Goodwin, Rylee Heal, Mckenzie McMahon; honors: Naima Ali, Jimmy Annance, Lucas Chai, Mackenzie Fernald, Jasmine Grotton, Christian Ludwick, Lark Sawyer, Whitnee Stone.

Grade five, high honors: Liam Atkinson, Vegas Carey, Amara Driscoll, Paeton Mitchell; honors: Liah Bell, Josie Bishop, Natalie Cummins, Brooklyn Decker, Julian Gauvin, Brianna Gonyaw, Phillip Herbest, Emily Herbest, Kaitlyn McMahon, Aidan Murano, Wyatt Romero, Connor Smith, Kylie Smith, Lucas Trask.

Brownville woman lobbies in Washington, D.C.

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 24, 2018 - 1:51pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • November 24, 2018

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Laurie Sproul of Brownville recently returned from a lobbying trip to the nation’s capital. She was part of a nationwide effort where 600 volunteers met with 500 congressional offices. Not only did she meet with all four offices of the Maine delegation, but she also approached congressmen from California. Twenty Maine residents made this trip in early November, and that group included 10 students from southern Maine.

The mission of the Citizen’s Climate Lobby (CCL) is to address global warming by putting a price on pollution. The group has a commitment to bipartisanship, since our climate situation will require all of us to find a solution. The CCL has far-and-near endorsements from such respected groups as the IPCC, the International Panel on Climate Change, and MOFGA, the Maine Organic Farmers & Gardeners Association. Even energy producers such as Exxon-Mobil have favored their economic solutions to global warming, over other proposed government regulations. In particular, the fee and dividend model first used in British Columbia, and now adopted across Canada, has appealed to energy producers and environmentalists alike.

There are six other chapters of the CCL in Maine. Sproul herself has founded the Portland and Brunswick groups. Belfast, Paris, Winslow, and Bangor all have active chapters as well. Members focus on letter writing and lobbying their delegation in Congress to address climate change with common-sense, economic solutions.

If you are interested in learning more about a CCL chapter here in Dover-Foxcroft, an informational meeting is scheduled at Mayo Regional Hospital from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 2. The agenda includes a short film called “Facing the Surge” produced by Adaptation Now. Through the flooding of the Norfolk Army Base, it documents the effects of fossil fuel on atmosphere, demonstrating the need for a market based pricing solution supported by R’s and D’s. Sproul will be on hand with other panelists to address our responses to climate change. According to the IPCC, we have 20 years to act if we hope to limit climate change to a 1.5 degree increase. For the thousands of families burned out of their homes in Paradise, California, it may be too late to ease the impact of global warming. Yet if we act now, maybe we can spare others from the terrible reality of a wild fire, or an intensifying hurricane. We welcome all to attend.

Watch the Hometown Holidays Parade LIVE Online!

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 22, 2018 - 7:16pm

TRC will be streaming the Hometown Holidays Parade LIVE on YouTube.

Our stream should start a little before 5:00 pm on Saturday, December 1st.

The link will be available on TRC and Facebook as soon as we are live!

Happy Thanksgiving from TRC

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 22, 2018 - 11:15am

We hope that everyone has a safe and happy Thanksgiving!

Breakfast with Santa - Dec 1

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 19, 2018 - 10:40am