Sebec woman’s business ‘Darn Good Yarn’ looking to branch out

Submitted by Izzy Warren on March 4, 2014 - 8:20pm
Linked from: Bangor Daily News

Brownville: Post 92 Bingo !

Submitted by Izzy Warren on March 4, 2014 - 5:42pm
Brownville Post #92 will be starting Bingo again on Tuesday night, March 4th at 6:30pm. 
$400.00 jackpot if we have enough players. 
Hopefully everyone will come out and support the American Legion.

Maine Public Utilities Commission Approves New Stranded Cost Rate for Customers in Emera Maine’s Bangor Hydro District

Submitted by Izzy Warren on March 1, 2014 - 10:44am

Bangor, ME—Emera Maine customers in the Bangor Hydro District have a new stranded cost rate effective March 1, 2014. The current rate expired on February 28.

A typical residential customer using 500 kWh per month will see their total bill of $80.26 increase by $1.54 (1.9%) to $81.80 per month. Stranded cost rates are approved by the Maine Public Utilities Commission.

Stranded cost rate cases happen every three years and the new rate is expected to be effective through February 28, 2017.

Stranded costs are largely above-market supply costs generated from power contracts that were required before the electric industry was restructured in 2000. There are also newer contracts with renewable generators that are not stranded costs, but are recovered through stranded cost rates. For example, utilities are sometimes required to buy power from generators that the State wants to encourage or support. When utilities are required to buy at above-market contract prices and sell at lower market prices, the difference is recovered through stranded cost rates.

Stranded cost charges are included as part of the electricity delivery charge on the customer bill.

Emera Maine is an electricity delivery company. Our role is to deliver electricity that is generated or supplied by others.

Emera Maine, headquartered in Bangor, Maine, is Maine's second largest electric utility. The company delivers electricity to 154,000 residential, commercial, and industrial customers throughout eastern and northern Maine.

Emera Maine came to be as the result of a merger of Bangor Hydro Electric Company and Maine Public Service. Bangor Hydro became part of the Emera Inc. group of companies in 2001 and MPS was acquired in 2010. The two companies formally merged as one utility on January 1, 2014.

Emera Maine's service territory spans 9,350 square miles over five counties. The company's 410 employees operate a system consisting of 1,056 miles of transmission lines, 6,654 miles of distribution lines, 260 miles of underground and submarine cable, as well as 104 substations.

Both companies are committed to operational excellence, growth through transmission development, and providing energy solutions to its customers.

A thought from Milo: How the super-rich could create meaningful ripples

Submitted by Izzy Warren on February 28, 2014 - 9:09am
Linked from: Bangor Daily News

"The wonderful world we live in was made for us to enjoy, and we are expected to be good stewards of it. But our responsibilities go much further, for we also are expected to be kind and loving stewards in caring for our fellow travelers during our life journey. That stewardship is rooted in unselfishness and our willingness to sacrifice for others."

Winner of Maine Savings Fishing Derby Prize

Submitted by Izzy Warren on February 27, 2014 - 6:08pm

The Maine Savings Milo branch sponsors one of the prizes for the Schoodic Lake Fishing Derby
(the Derby is sponsored by the Milo Fire Department).

Mackenzie Pelletier (who is also a Maine Savings member!) landed the second place for largest fish in the 16 and under age group.

Here's Beth Beals awarding the prize - $25 in gold coins - to Mackenzie.

Milo Police Department

Submitted by Izzy Warren on February 27, 2014 - 5:33pm

Good evening, Milo.

In our ever growing phone scam list, I was told of a new one that has been circulating around the area. People have been receiving calls from persons identifying themselves as IRS Agents. They will inform you that either they need your bank account and routing number to deposit your refund OR that you owe the government on your taxes. They will ask for bank information so they can just withdraw the money to save you the time.

These scammers tend to prey upon our older generation, who are more predisposed to being trusting and are more likely to give out this information.

No government agency, especially the IRS will contact you directly and ask for your personal information like bank account or Social Security Number.

Don't be fooled by the area code that displays on your screen. There are programs that can generate fake phone numbers and make it appear that the call is coming from places like Ohio and Washington DC.

It is that time of year when opportunists will try to use tax season as a means to get your money. Protect yourself by making sure you don't give out your personal information. No reputable business or government entity will ask you for it.

PVHS Annual Reunion to be held Saturday, August 2, 2014

Submitted by Izzy Warren on February 26, 2014 - 5:29pm

More information as it is received.

LePage lets $40 million in state aid to towns pass into law without signature

Submitted by Izzy Warren on February 26, 2014 - 12:08pm
Linked from: Bangor Daily News