Brownville Town Office: Closed Jan. 20

Brownville Town Office News
Submitted by Seth Barden on January 13, 2020 - 7:03pm

Church Cancellations

Submitted by Seth Barden on January 11, 2020 - 2:17pm

SAD 41 officials to consider adding school resource officer

Submitted by Seth Barden on January 11, 2020 - 2:08pm

Stuart Hedstrom, Piscataquis Observer • January 9, 2020

MILO — The details, including where the necessary funding would come from, are still all to be determined but officials in SAD 41 are considering creating a resource officer position to work across the three district schools. The possibility was a topic of discussion during a Jan. 8 school board meeting at the Penquis Valley School.

In the region both the Dexter-based SAD 46 and RSU 68/Foxcroft Academy in Dover-Foxcroft have school resource officers who are members of the respective town police departments

Superintendent Michael Wright said when he worked as an administrator at Ellsworth High School there was a resource officer in the building. “I saw a great benefit to it and I think it’s like a lot of positions in that the person determines the success of it,” he said.

Wright said he has had preliminary discussions with the Milo Police Department about the idea, such as how the town and school district could share the costs. “I think they have been in the schools quite often,” he said. “Maybe it’s something we could look at in the upcoming budget process.”

For nearly half a decade SAD 41 has submitted a grant application to the East Millinocket-based Gloria C. MacKenzie Foundation, which through its mission and vision hopes to improve economic growth and enhance the quality of life for the people of Maine, for a school resource officer position. Wright said these applications have not been successful but the plan is to apply again in 2020.

“It’s just another person students could seek out when they’re having issues,” Penquis Valley High School Principal Michael Rollins said. “I think of them more as a resource rather than a police officer enforcing behavior.”

“I think it’s building relationships where they’re feeling safe,” board member Chris Hamlin said.

Wright said having the school resource officer in the building would allow the police department to have a presence beyond responding to incidents. “I always think you will never know what they deter,” he added, mentioning the officer would be in uniform and be fully equipped.

Rollins was asked if Milo Police Chief Damien Pickel might consider having a school resource officer for SAD 41. “I think it’s certainly something he would be interested in,” the principal said, saying there could be room set up in the building for the police department even if the new position is not started. 

“I think it’s something we would like to explore more,” Wright said. “We will meet with Chief Pickel to get some more information and talk more about it.”

In other business, the directors voted to continue the district partnership with the Piscataquis Valley Adult Education Cooperative for the 2020-21 academic year. SAD 41 costs will be determined and the funds will be part of the next school budget...

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Brownville Elementary students go for the Gold in WinterKids Winter Games

Submitted by Seth Barden on January 11, 2020 - 2:07pm

Contributed, Special to the Piscataquis Observer • January 8, 2020

BROWNVILLE — Students from the Brownville Elementary School are participating in the WinterKids Winter Games in January. Students compete in a four-week series of outdoor physical activity and nutrition challenges designed to help them be active in the winter and learn healthy habits.  Each school is encouraged to involve volunteers, parents, healthy eating and active living organizations in their community and hold a winter carnival to close out the month’s events. This year’s WinterKids Winter Games theme is STEAM (science, technology, engineering, arts and math).

WinterKids selected two schools in each of Maine’s 16 counties to participate this year for a total of 7,200 students and 750 teachers. Schools compete for weekly points based on the total percentage of the student body that participates. Brownville Elementary is one of the Piscataquis County schools for 2020 (the Greenville Consolidated School is the other). Schools competing in the WinterKids Winter Games receive a toolkit full of resources and incentives to help students earn points, including the award-winning WinterKids Guide to Outdoor Active Learning — an easy to use resource to help kids move, learn, and explore outdoors while meeting education standards. 

“We are delighted to have been chosen to participate in the WinterKids Winter Games,” Principal Carol Smith said. “Students are getting outside and are taking part in activities that are challenging them both physically and mentally. We hope we can earn some prizes for our school.”

Schools participating in the WinterKids Winter Games accrue points for cash prize awards: $5000 – Gold Medal School, $3000 – Silver Medal School and $1,500 – Bronze Medal School. There are honorable mentions and prizes for all participating schools. 

For more information about Brownville Elementary involvement in the WinterKids Winter Games, please contact Smith at 207-965-8184 or email at For a complete list of participating schools or questions regarding the WinterKids Winter Games, please visit

WinterKids is the nonprofit organization that helps children develop healthy lifelong habits through education and fun, outdoor winter activity. The organization delivers innovative outdoor programs for families, schools, and communities. WinterKids’ major community sponsor is Hannaford.  WinterKids supporting sponsors are Agren, Harvard Pilgrim Health Care, Irving Oil, L.L. Bean, Portland Glass and WEX. The WinterKids Winter Games is also supported by The Bingham Program, TD Bank, Sam L. Cohen Foundation, Emera Maine, Let’s Go!, Subway of Maine, Backyard Farms, Johnny’s Seeds, UNE, Ski Maine Association, and MMG Insurance. Learn more at

Photo courtesy of Brownville Elementary

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Community Playground Fundraiser

Submitted by Seth Barden on January 11, 2020 - 2:05pm

Mexican Dinner - Jan. 28

Submitted by Seth Barden on January 11, 2020 - 2:02pm

Sweep Away Cancer! Broomball Tournament

Submitted by Seth Barden on January 11, 2020 - 2:01pm

Dover-Foxcroft – The Foxcroft Academy Key Club and American Cancer Society are partnering to invite you to Sweep Away Cancer at a Broomball tournament being held on Sunday, January 26th at 12:30pm at the Piscataquis County Ice Arena in Dover-Foxcroft.

This fun, fast-paced sport takes gliding on the ice up a notch.  Move around the ice surface using your own boots or shoes (no ice grippers) while wearing the certified helmet of your choice (bicycle, skateboard, snowboard, ski, hockey, etc). We’ve got the sticks; you bring the energy! Each team of 5 players will have the opportunity to participate in this fun tournament to help sweep away cancer.

Sign-up today to honor a cancer survivor, remember loved ones, or support someone currently battling cancer. The event will be capped at 12 teams, turn in your forms early to the ice arena to be part of this great event. Registration form and entry fee needed to register your team.

The cost is just $35 to play ($175 for a team of 5), which includes two games, a pizza buffet, and a free skate and lighting of the luminary ceremony to close the event.

Milo Mystery Book Group Jan 2020

Milo Library News
Submitted by Annette Banker on January 10, 2020 - 2:40pm