Annual dinner brings people together to thank veterans

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 13, 2018 - 8:49am

MILO - A Veterans Day dinner brought nearly 200 people out Monday in Milo.

The annual Three Rivers Kiwanis Veterans Day Dinner has been serving up meals to honor the holiday for nearly 15 years.

The event is a way for the Kiwanis Club to say thank you to veterans from all branches of military service.

Veterans and their families enjoyed fellowship, musical entertainment provided by the Elementary Veterans Singers, and of course, a great meal prepared by Elaine's Cafe in Milo with help from several Kiwanians, and the PVHS Key Club.

"They've served their country, so we need to serve them," said Brenda Kelley, the Lt. Governor for the Kiwanis Div. 2. "We need to show we're proud of them and we appreciate everything they've done for us."

A special ceremony honoring prisoners of war and those missing in action was also hosted Monday by American Legion Post 41.

Key Club - Thirst Project Dinner & Auction

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 11, 2018 - 6:50pm

The TRC Webcams Need Your Help!

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 9, 2018 - 6:56pm

The TRC Webcam server was recently struck with some nasty ransomware.  Our Webcam Guy has spent numerous hours rebuilding the server from scratch, and all the webcams are now back up and running.  

We are looking for any and all donatinos to help with the costs of this, and the normal upkeep of the 20+ live webcams we have here on the site.

TRC hopes to continue bringing these webcams to the world for years to come, but we need your help!

All donations go towards upkeep and maintenance of the webcams!

Nov. 6 election results

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 9, 2018 - 11:17am

Staff, Piscataquis Observer • November 8, 2018

Representing Abbot, Beaver Cove, Bowerbank, Greenville, Guilford, Monson, Parkman, Sangerville, Sebec, Shirley, Willimantic plus the unorganized territories of Blanchard Township, Northeast Piscataquis (including Barnard and Elliottsville Townships) and Northwest Piscataquis
Tyler Adkins,
I-Monson 1,308
Jaco Deertrack,
G-Abbot 114
Paul Stearns*,
R-Guilford 2,166

Representing Atkinson, Brownville, Dover-Foxcroft, Medford, Milo and Lake View Plantation, plus the unorganized territory of Orneville Township
Richard Evans, MD,
D-Dover-Foxcroft 1,146
Norman Higgins*,
I-Dover-Foxcroft 1,386

Representing Abbot, Alton, Athens, Atkinson, Beaver Cove, Blanchard Township, Bowerbank, Bradford, Brighton Plantation, Brownville, Cambridge, Charleston, Detroit, Dexter, Dover-Foxcroft, Garland, Greenville, Guilford, Harmony, Hartland, Kingsbury Plantation, LaGrange, Lake View Plantation, Medford, Milo, Monson, Northeast Piscataquis, Northwest Piscataquis, Palmyra, Parkman, Ripley, St. Albans, Sangerville, Sebec, Shirley, Wellington and Willimantic
Paul Davis*,
R-Sangerville 3,999
Sue Mackey Andrews,
D-Dover-Foxcroft 2,380

Shall the town withdraw from SAD 41?
Yes 193
No 12
Shall the town deorganize?
Yes 187
No 19

Dexter Town Council
(top two elected to three-year terms)
Stephen Gudroe 678
Marcia Delaware* 590
Adam Briggs 433
Kenneth Irvin 267
Anthony Pandozzi 224
Noreen O’Brien 219

Shall an ordinance entitled “Town of Dover-Foxcroft Land Use Ordinance” be enacted?
Yes 845
No 859
Shall an ordinance entitled “Town of Dover-Foxcroft Land Use Ordinance pertaining to Mega Projects: Transportation Corridors” be enacted?
Yes 796
No 903
Shall an ordinance entitled “Town of Dover-Foxcroft Land Use Ordinance pertaining to Mega Projects: Large-Scale” Water Extraction be enacted?
Yes 804
No 891

Piscataquis County
County Commissioner

Representing Abbot, Blanchard, Guilford, Kingsbury Plantation, Monson,
Parkman, Sangerville, Shirley, Wellington and Willimantic
James White*,
R-Guilford 1,960
County Treasurer
Johanna Greenfield*,
R-Dover-Foxcroft 5,358
District Attorney
Joseph Belisle,
D-Bangor 2,097
Marianne Lynch,
R-Bangor 3,919
(district includes Penobscot County which Lynch carried
via a count of 34,096-26,400 as of presstime)
Register of Probate

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SAD 41 could bring forward another referendum on Penquis Valley upgrades

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 9, 2018 - 11:14am

Stuart Hedstrom • November 9, 2018

MILO — Last spring 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 was voted down via a count of 166 to 111 across the four SAD 41 communities. The combined tally between Brownville, LaGrange, and Milo was 106 yes votes to 42 no votes, while in Atkinson the question was voted down 114 to 5 to result in the 166-111 overall tally.

In the months since district officials have been discussing what to do next, and during a Nov. 7 meeting the possibility of a referendum without Atkinson was brought up.

The day before Atkinson residents approved a pair of referendum questions in their town. The first asked if residents would favor withdrawing from SAD 41, and this passed 193 to 12. The second asked if citizens favor deorganizing, and the second question passed 187-19 as Atkinson is now set to become part of the Piscataquis County unorganized territory as of July 1, 2019.

As part of the unorganized territory, students from Atkinson would head west to RSU 68/Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft.

“One of the issues is what do we do now and between when Atkinson withdraws at the end of the school year, they are part of the vote,” Wright said. Atkinson would be responsible for an approximate 10.4 percent proportional share of any debt incurred while it is still part of the district even after voting to deorganize.

He said SAD 41 officials would like to bring a plan for the Penquis Valley School forward, but waiting until after June 30 would delay any possible projects beyond next summer.

“We have talked to our attorney and they said it’s legal and Atkinson’s talked with their attorney,” Wright said about the potential for a referendum in only Brownville, LaGrange, and Milo, with Atkinson not liable for any debt associated with a project being voted on at the polls.

The superintendent said he will be conducting more research and should have something to bring forward to the December school board meeting.

“We need to have something and I think it’s a workable solution,” Board Chair Roberta Trefts said. “We need to get something done.”

One idea is the installation of heat pumps in the building, and this was discussed during a capital improvement meeting before the school board session with more research to come.

In other business, appointments have been made for the 2018-19 winter sports coaches. Jason Mills will be head coach of the boys basketball team and Dawn McLaughlin will lead the girls basketball squad. Tammy Murano will serve as the cheering coach.

For the middle school, Crystal Cail will be the boys basketball head coach, Tony Heal will coach girls basketball, and Amanda Beckwith will lead the cheering squad.

Family, friends offer $12,000 reward in Medford woman’s ‘unsettling’ 2016 disappearance

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 9, 2018 - 11:12am

Eesha Pendharkar, Bangor Daily News Staff • November 8, 2018

The brother of a Medford woman who went missing two years ago announced a $12,000 reward Thursday for information that could lead law enforcement to his sister, who was 71 when she went missing.

Paul Estey, whose sister Diana disappeared from her home in November 2016, contributed $6,000 to the reward, matching $6,000 in contributions from friends, family and other Medford residents that Kent Black, a Medford resident and friend of Diana Estey’s, raised through a GoFundMe campaign.

Black met Estey in the summer of 2016 when she volunteered to help out with the renovation of the community center, a project that he was overseeing in the Piscataquis County town of 245 people where they both lived. Estey had just moved back to her hometown after years of working as a university registrar in North Carolina. Black and his wife, Lyn, occasionally socialized with Estey before she disappeared.

“A 71-year-old woman doesn’t just disappear with no money,” Black told the BDN last month. “From an outsider’s perspective, it doesn’t make any sense, and it’s unsettling.”

Black has participated in multiple searches to find his friend in the two years since her disappearance. He started the GoFundMe campaign to raise money for a reward after those multiple searches turned up no meaningful leads.

Paul Estey of Bangor, who has also participated in search efforts for his sister announced the $12,000 reward during a news conference at Maine State Police barracks in Bangor.

“Offering the reward is just a way to get people thinking and talking about it,” Paul Estey told the BDN last month. “She had eye problems and balance problems. Even if she wanted to, she couldn’t have wandered that far.”

At the time of her disappearance, Diana Estey’s neighbors noticed the lights in her house had been left on overnight, and the front door unlocked. Inside, they found the TV on, her purse on a table and her car keys in clear sight.

The Maine Warden Service and some Medford residents held the most recent search for Estey on Sunday. Given the amount of time that has passed and the lack of activity from Diana Estey’s bank accounts, police say there’s a strong possibility she has died.

People with information on Estey’s disappearance can call the Maine State Police at 207-973-3700.

Milo Community Cafe - Thanksgiving Dinner

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 8, 2018 - 9:53am

Penquis girls make dramatic turnaround to reach ‘C’ North soccer final

Submitted by Seth Barden on November 8, 2018 - 9:47am
Linked from: Bangor Daily News

By Larry Mahoney, BDN Staff • October 29, 2018 6:18 pm

The Penquis Valley High School girls soccer team stumbled into the Class C North playoffs.

The Milo-based Patriots (8-7-2) went 0-6-1 in their past seven regular-season games and were the ninth seed for the playoffs.

Head coach Dawn McLaughlin called the seven-game swoon “abysmal.”

McLaughlin moved senior midfielder Camryn Rolfe back to sweeper to complement the four backs, the team refocused and the Patriots responded. Penquis rattled off three road victories to earn an unlikely berth in Wednesday’s noon Class C North championship game against third seed Fort Kent at the University of Maine at Fort Kent.

The Patriots are seeking their first regional title since they won the Class B state championship in 1984.

McLaughlin’s postseason message was that the playoffs is a new season.

“It has been like one of those miracle seasons. Everyone counted them out. I never counted them out,” McLaughlin said. “It took them a minute to realize they were really talented.

“They started to believe in themselves again,” she added.

Penquis has overcome some adversity this season.

A popular assistant coach left the team during the season and two former Penquis students were killed in car accidents.

“We had to get our equilibrium back. For the two weeks [before the playoffs], I spent a lot of time on team-building and communication … not on soccer,” said McLaughlin, who has taught at the Brownville Elementary School for 33 years.

The playoff run began with a 7-2 preliminary win over No. 8 Bucksport. Then came a stunning 2-0 quarterfinal round victory over top seed and undefeated Dexter (14-0), which had handled the Patriots twice during the regular season, 11-2 and 9-5.

The Patriots followed that up by edging No. 4 Central of Corinth 1-0. It was the first time this season they had posted back-to-back shutouts.

“We had a lot of things working against us, but the girls never gave up. There is a lot of grit in them,” said McLaughlin, who is in her sixth season in her second stint as the head coach.

She coached the program from 1985-2000 before stepping down to raise her family.

The two catalysts for the dramatic resurgence have been Rolfe and Cymeria Robshaw, two of the eight seniors.

Robshaw has scored 45 goals this season, and Rolfe has been the steadying influence in the back. She has cleared at least three balls off the goal line in the playoffs, McLaughlin said.

“Cymeria is the purest athlete in every sense,” McLaughlin said. “She’s quick. She’s strong. If she falls she gets right back up. Central had three defenders on her.”

Robshaw scored the game-winner on a set play. She had both goals against Dexter.

McLaughlin said having Rolfe in the back “enables our fullbacks to take risks. They can make...

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