The Milo Garden Club will have a special outing on May 14. Meet at 11 at the Town Hall for a luncheon at Trapier’s in Enfield and a tour of Pelletier’s Greenhouses. We will car pool. Meeting will consist of new Slate of Officers confirmed, the Club’s plans for the Black Fly Festival and finalizing committees, etc. for the Summer Fair. For any more info, contact Bev Tucker or Joanne DeWitt.
Staff, Piscataquis Observer • April 26, 2019
MILO — The impaired driving simulation event “Every 15 Minutes” comes to the Penquis Valley School on Tuesday and Wednesday, May 7-8. Every 15 Minutes is a two-day program which demonstrates to high school students the impact drinking and driving (as well as distracted driving) has on friends, family and their community.
The first day of the impaired driving event begins with pre-selected and screened students being removed one by one from class every 15 minutes to symbolize that a life is lost every 15 minutes due to impaired driving. Those students are made up to represent the living dead.
That afternoon, a simulated accident scene involving the impaired driver/s and victims will occur on school grounds. Like a true accident, emergency medical services, fire department, police, etc. will arrive at the scene and respond in an appropriate manner. Students will be called out to view the mock accident scene as it unfolds.
The following day, a mock funeral will be held in the gymnasium for the victims of the crash. Activities will follow so students and staff will have a chance to debrief the event. Grief counselors and facilitators will be on hand both days.
Because this event could be difficult for some students to process, organizers are asking parents/guardians to discuss it with the child beforehand. Those not wanting their students to participate can request this and an alternative setting will be available.
There was plenty of food and conversation and some rousing tunes at the Free Community Luncheon offered at the Brownville Junction American Legion Building on Thursday, April 25th. The event was sponsored by the members of St. John’s Episcopal Church and supported by the Brownville Junction American Legion and the Ladies Auxiliary. Approximately 60 people attended the luncheon offered solely to bring members of the community together. There was no charge. There was no cause to donate to. This is the second annual free meal offered by St. John’s and this one was more successful than last year’s event. Even though the menu was simple - a variety of soups/chowders/chili, sandwiches and home made desserts, people seemed to enjoy themselves. Following the meal the Notables sang a number of “old time” songs and encouraged the attendees to sing along with them. The church members thank those outside the church who assisted by cooking or serving and they thank the Notables for sharing their gift of music.
Staff, Piscataquis Observer • April 24, 2019
MILO — Citizens in Milo voted in favor of moving forward with a merger between Mayo Regional Hospital and Northern Light Health, voting 25-0 in favor of the merger at an April 23 special town meeting.
“This incredible show of support for the merger shows just how important Mayo Regional Hospital is to Milo and this region,” said Mayo Regional Hospital President and CEO Marie Vienneau. “With more votes scheduled over the next week, I hope more citizens read up on the issue at MayoHospitalFacts.com and finds time to cast an important vote in favor of this merger in their community.”
Because Mayo Regional Hospital is owned and operated as a Hospital Administrative District, its board is made up of members who are elected by the communities served by the hospital. HAD 4 is the only HAD left in Maine and is a quasi-governmental agency with taxing power. The effect of the merger would be to transform the HAD into a Maine charitable tax-exempt nonprofit corporation that would have a community-based board but would not have taxing authority. This would relieve the towns in the HAD from potential liability for the certain indebtedness of the hospital.
Milo’s vote is the fourth out of 13 communities. The Dexter Town Council unanimously approved the merger earlier in the month by a vote of 7-0, and Bradford voters approved the merger by a vote of 20-1. Cambridge is the only town to have voted against the merger so far, 22-12.
The remaining nine communities have all scheduled votes prior to April 30, although there is legislation being considered in Augusta that would mandate votes for all 13 communities to be held prior to May 7. The next votes are scheduled Thursday night. Monson residents can vote at a town meeting starting at 6 p.m. at the Monson Town Hall, 10 Tenney Hill Road, and Abbot residents can vote at a town meeting starting at 6:30 p.m. at the Abbot Town Hall, 133 Main Road.
More details about the issue and votes can be found at www.MayoHospitalFacts.com.
⚽️ Seacoast Soccer Camp is coming back to Milo this year. Click on the link below to sign up. ⚽️
Staff, Piscataquis Observer • April 18, 2019
MILO — Full Plates Full Potential, Maine’s only statewide childhood hunger organization is proud to announce the Piscataquis County 2018 Summer Food Program winner. The town of Milo will receive a $500 Summer Food Grant to support the 2019 summer program. Full Plates Full Potential’s inaugural 16 County Competition was launched to highlight the critical work summer food programs do reaching the 82,000 children who qualify for free and reduced price school meals.
“We are so proud of the Town of Milo’s summer food program. This summer was the first year the town ran the program on their own, and they were able to serve 818 meals” said Anna Korsen, Full Plates Full Potential’s program director. “Summertime is an extremely challenging time for children who are hungry. In Milo, 92 percent of school-age children qualify for free meals at school and this program was critical to ensure they get the food they need when school is out. Our 16 county grant program goal was to showcase and reward the best of summer programs across our state.”
“Last year we partnered with Dover-Foxcroft to feed kids during the summer, and this year the town of Milo took ownership of the summer meals program. Bringing it home changed everything. It really showed the importance of the program to the community,” said Erin Callaway, executive director of the Piscataquis Regional Food Center.
“This was such an important thing for the town to do for the community.” said Town Manager and Police Chief Damien Pickel. “It’s the most important thing I’ve ever done. The town took ownership of the program, and the community embraced it. I just love this program and feeding the kids. I miss the connection with them now that they’re back in school.”
Last summer, Milo had the best results in all of Piscataquis County. The 2018 summer sites saw them feed over 800 summer meals.
Maine has 123 Summer Food Service Programs with 450 meal sites across the state. In 2018, 727,238 summer meals were served statewide. Started in 2015, Full Plates Full Potential is Maine’s only statewide child hunger organization. Full Plates Full Potential does its work by partnering with other hunger relief organizations, granting funds and providing technical support to schools and nonprofits and working with chefs, businesses and others to end child hunger. Learn more at www.fullplates.org.