Milo man arrested on arson charge

Submitted by Seth Barden on July 5, 2019 - 2:36pm

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • July 2, 2019

MILO — Fire marshals arrested a Milo man Monday, July 1 and charged him with arson after he threw his wife’s belongings on the front lawn, poured gas on the items and set them on fire.

Jeffrey Stevens, 39, was arrested by an investigator from the Fire Marshal’s Office. The fire took place at the family’s 14 Spring Street home. There was minor damage to the residence but clothing and personal items thrown in the pile were destroyed by the fire.

Stevens was charged with arson and was taken to the Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft. He is awaiting a court appearance.

Sebec Village 4th of July Parade

Submitted by Seth Barden on July 4, 2019 - 9:06pm

Sebec 4th of July

Submitted by Seth Barden on July 1, 2019 - 3:58pm

Gov. Mills signs legislation allowing Mayo merger with Northern Light to go forward

Submitted by Seth Barden on July 1, 2019 - 3:57pm

Lauren Abbate, Bangor Daily News Staff • July 1, 2019

On Friday, June 28 Gov. Janet Mills signed into law legislation that will allow Mayo Regional Hospital in Dover-Foxcroft to move forward in merging with the statewide health care organization, Northern Light Health.

Hospital officials have been pursuing the merger since earlier this year. Mayo Regional Hospital administrators have said that merging with Northern Light Health will help keep the hospital financially stable after nearly a decade of operating losses.

“Small hospitals are finding it increasingly difficult to provide access to quality healthcare in a way that is financially viable; our integrated healthcare system has the infrastructure and resources to help in that regard,” Michelle Hood, Northern Light Health president and CEO, said in a press release Friday.

The merger required legislative approval because it is owned and overseen by a quasi-municipal entity, Hospital Administrative District 4, which has a charter that’s set in Maine law. The district includes Abbot, Atkinson, Bradford, Cambridge, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Guilford, Milo, Monson, Parkman, Sangerville, Sebec and Willimantic.

Of the 13 communities that make up Hospital Administrative District 4, 12 voted in favor of the merger, with Cambridge opposing the merger.

Amendments from Piscatiquas County lawmaker Rep. Paul Stearns, R-Guilford, were not included in the legislation that was passed. Stearns proposed several amendments that would have given the 13 communities more say over the happens to the hospital after the merger.

One of the amendments would have liquidated the assets of the Mayo Regional Hospital at the time of the merger and have the money go back to the communities instead of to Northern Light Health.

However, if the merger goes through, few assets are expected to be left over from the financially troubled hospital. Mayo Regional Hospital did have about $13.7 million in a reserve fund early this year, those funds would be needed to pay the hospital’s debts as part of the merger, according to CEO Marie Vienneau.

With approval from the Legislature and the governor, the next step in the merger will be for Mayo and Northern Light Health to submit a certificate of need application with the Maine Department of Health and Human Services, according to Friday’s release.

If the merger receives approval from DHHS, Mayo’s board and Northern Light Health’s board will hold a final vote on the merger this fall.

Formerly known as Eastern Maine Healthcare Systems, Northern Light Health is a Brewer-based organization that includes nine other hospitals stretching from Portland to Presque Isle, including Northern Light Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor.

Annual Strawberry Festival

Submitted by Seth Barden on July 1, 2019 - 3:56pm

High school Key Clubs holding bass tournament to help fight global water woes

Submitted by Seth Barden on June 30, 2019 - 11:01pm
Linked from: Bangor Daily News

By John Holyoke, BDN Staff • June 28, 2019 1:00 am 

Come July 14, a group of Maine Key Clubs, led by the club at Penquis Valley High School in Milo, will stage an event that you may want to consider supporting.

Not your run-of-the-mill fundraiser, the first Schoodic Lake Bass Fishing Tournament is trying to share something that Maine has plenty of — fresh water — with countries that simply don’t have enough of it.

Rachel McMannus, the school’s Thirst Project coordinator, said the idea to stage a bass tourney was her dad’s, and came on a day when she was engaging in a typical Maine activity and enjoying a day on a large, freshwater lake.

“We have a camp on [Schoodic] and we go fishing a lot,” McMannus explained. “We were out there fishing and we were talking about The Thirst Project, and some ways our club could try and raise some money. And he was like, ‘How about a fishing tournament?’”

The idea made sense to McMannus, and really drove the point home: We Mainers are lucky, and are surrounded by water. Others aren’t so fortunate.

“I think this is a perfect example of how in this country, and in the state of Maine, while we have so many lakes, we can take water for granted,” McMannus said. “So I brought it back to the club and they really liked the idea.”

The tournament is scheduled for Sunday, July 14, with registration running from 5 a.m. until 6:30 a.m. at the boat launch in Lakeview Plantation. The weigh-in and a barbecue will be held at 3 p.m.

McMannus, who will be a senior in the fall, said she learned about The Thirst Project during a Key Club convention in Massachusetts, where she watched a powerful video that showed children in other countries struggling to obtain clean drinking water.

“They were so happy, but yet they live in a community where most of them are sick because they drink water that is contaminated,” McMannus said. “And not only are they sick, they have to walk up to eight miles a day just to get that [contaminated] water.”

Women and children are typically the ones who go to fetch the water, McMannus said, which means that neither group is able to work nor get an education in some countries, as they’re spending most of their time trying to provide water for the family each day. She said that one child dies every 21 seconds as a result of drinking contaminated water.

The cost of one well in a developing country is estimated at $12,000, and that’s the total the Penquis Key Club is trying to raise. Through other efforts during the school year the club has already reached the $5,000 plateau.

“They’re so expensive because they drill wells a lot deeper than you normally would so they’re more sustainable,” McMannus said.

McMannus said her high school won’t be staging the event alone; Key Clubs from the area will also be pitching in.

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BJHS Alumni 2019 Newsletter

Submitted by Susan Worcester on June 30, 2019 - 1:17pm

Lake View Office CLOSED

Submitted by Cheryl Gormley on June 28, 2019 - 2:25pm

The Lake View Plantation office will be closed on July 4th. I will be open July 5th 10 to 2.