Robshaw wins 55-dash and triple jump at state meet

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 20, 2019 - 11:33am

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • February 17, 2019

LEWISTON — Penquis Valley High School senior Cymeria Robshaw won the 55-meter dash and triple jump, and she came in second in long jump, at the 2019 Class B indoor championship on Feb. 16 at Bates College.

After Robshaw posted the fastest time — 7.43 seconds — among the 17 entrants in the 55-prelims, she and seven others advanced to the event finals. Robshaw entered the state meet undefeated in the 55-meters this indoor season, and she continued her run of success at the state meet

In the 55-finals Robshaw’s winning time was 7.33 seconds, .3 seconds faster than event runner Cape Elizabeth High School junior Darcy Cochran’s time of 7.63 seconds.

At a distance of 36 feet, 1.75 inches, Robshaw earned top state honors in the triple jump. She bested Cochran’s leap of 34-09.25 by more than 16 inches.

Robshaw’s day included a runner-up finish in the long jump. Her distance of 18-03.75 in the long jump trailed only the 18-04.75 for Orono High School senior Camille Kohtala.

On her own Robshaw scored 28 points for Penquis and this total tied the Patriots with Cape Elizabeth for fourth place out of 24 schools scoring points at the state meet. Brewer won the girls’ team title with a score of 71 points, York High School was next at 63, and Greely High School of Cumberland Center came in third at 60 points.

Robshaw earned the opportunity to compete at this year’s New England championship in the 55 meters and triple jump on Saturday, March 2 at the Reggie Lewis Center at Roxbury Community College in Boston.

The pair of indoor titles follows two outdoor state championships for Robshaw. As a junior last spring she won both the triple and long jumps at the Class C state meet. She jumped respective distances of 34-10.50 and 17-02. At the 2018 Class C championship, Robshaw also came in third at 100 meters at the 2018 Class C outdoor championship.

Eight train cars derail east of Brownville Junction

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 20, 2019 - 11:31am

Eesha Pendharkar, Bangor Daily News Staff • February 19, 2019

Eight rail cars on an Eastern Maine Railways train left the tracks in a remote area of Piscataquis County on Friday, Feb. 8, according to a spokesperson from J.D. Irving, the Canadian conglomerate that owns the rail company.

No one was injured in the derailment, and no materials spilled from the eight cars, said Mary Keith, the Irving spokesperson. The train derailed in a remote, wooded area 10 miles east of Brownville Junction, she said. It was moving at 10 miles per hour at the time of the derailment.

Keith said the railway company notified the appropriate authorities of the derailment, but neither the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Office nor the Maine State Police sent officers to the scene. A member of the Milo Fire Department said the train company had not contacted the town’s firefighters or any other local fire departments.

The train line was repaired and was back in service by Sunday evening, Keith said.

She said the cause of the derailment is under investigation.

Keith didn’t say which authorities the company contacted, and she didn’t say what the train was carrying.

2019 Fishing Derby Results

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 17, 2019 - 9:57pm

Click here to view the results from the
2019 Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby!

Fishing Derby Prize Drawing LIVE Online

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 16, 2019 - 3:20pm

TRC will be broadcasting the Fishing Derby Prize Drawing LIVE on YouTube!

The Prize Drawing starts about 7 pm on Sunday, check our website and Facebook for the link a little beforehand!

Fishing Derby Weigh Stations are ready!

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 13, 2019 - 10:37pm

New Live Webcam - Trafton's Falls

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 12, 2019 - 7:39pm

TRC is proud to announce our newest live webcam - Trafton's Falls!

This webcam is a live stream on YouTube, with sound!  The view shows the Sebec River and West Main Street in Milo.

Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby returns this weekend

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 12, 2019 - 7:17pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • February 11, 2019

Observer file photo/Jeannette Hughes
CELEBRATING A BIRTHDAY WITH SOME ICE FISHING — Then 13-year-old Nathaniel, left, and Brody — who celebrated his ninth birthday on Feb. 18, 2018 — Lovejoy from Williamsburg each had two successful days of fishing during last year’s Schoodic Lake Ice Fishing Derby. The two caught five pickerel each on both days for a total of 10 fish apiece and 20 together for the brothers. Nathaniel and Brody Lovejoy were fishing at Ebeemee Lake and registered their fish at the Milo Fire Station. The derby takes place on several lakes and proceeds benefit Milo Fire Department charities and events. This 57th annual derby will be Saturday, Feb. 16 and Sunday, Feb. 17 and more information is at In 2018 770 total fish were registered between the two days.

Penquis Valley facility upgrade referendum March 14

Submitted by Seth Barden on February 12, 2019 - 7:15pm

Stuart Hedstrom • February 11, 2019

MILO — Nearly a year after residents of the four SAD 41 communities voted down a referendum on an approximate $2.3 million funding package for a heating system upgrade, converting from steam to hot water, and energy efficiency project at the Penquis Valley School, a revised project will be brought forward for a vote at the polls on Thursday, March 14 with an information meeting the week before at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, March 6.

“We are making another run at the energy efficiency upgrades at this complex,” Superintendent Michael Wright said during a Feb. 6 school board meeting at Penquis Valley. “We would look to have an informational meeting, which is required by law, on March 6 and the referendum on March 14.”

“If you remember the last time, Atkinson really voted it down but it passed two to one in the other towns so I would hope it passes this time around,” he said.

In May 2018 a $2.3 million project was voted down via a count of 161 to 111 across the four district communities. Residents of Brownville, LaGrange, and Milo passed the question 106 to 42, but in Atkinson the referendum was turned down 114 to 5.

Atkinson is scheduled to deorganize and join the Piscataquis County Unorganized Territory (UT) as of July 1. Had the project been approved last year then the community would have been responsible for 10.4 percent of the upgrade debt moving forward. As part of the UT, Atkinson students will head west to RSU 68/Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft.

In December the SAD 41 directors approved an amendment to the withdrawal agreement with Atkinson in which the town would not be liable for new debt approved prior to June 30, 2019 in exchange for an agreement by Atkinson that its selectmen will strongly recommend to the community’s voters to support approval of the new debt by district voters. Wright said the attorneys for the district and Atkinson would draft paperwork to be signed to formally have this stipulation in place prior to next month’s referendum.

“We have a commitment from Atkinson that they would not contest the referendum,” Wright said.

Bob Marcotte, lead energy engineer on the project for Honeywell which has serviced SAD 41 facilities for multiple decades, provided an overview of the energy infrastructure upgrade by saying “The main driven of this project is your existing steam heating system.”

“When a heating system is 40-50 years old, that’s the time piping experiences leaks,” he said with the original 50-plus -year-old infrastructure still in place at Penquis Valley. “Given the age of the system it’s far exceeded the age of its service life.”

“The upgrade of the heating system will be to change from steam to hot water,” Marcotte said. “All of this work will result in a decrease in your energy use,” and he said this would reduce the annual energy and operating costs as...

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